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THIS IS A COPY OF THE ORIGINAL VERSION OF THIS PAGE
BEFORE THE OFFICIAL CHARTS COMPANY ADDED STREAMING SALES TO THE WAY THEY CREDIT OFFICIAL MILLION SELLING SINGLES

candle97UKThe List of Singles that have
Sold a Million in the UK has stalled at 167

One Direction’s ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ was the last single to be announced by The Official Charts Company to have passed the One Million sales mark in the UK, back in October 2016
I
n November 2012, to celebrate 60 years of the UK Singles Chart, they published the list of 123 that had sold over a million.  So, in just over four years, over 40 more have joined the list.  More than 30 records released since January 2010 have already sold a million.  Worthy of note, is that it is only real sales, and not streams, that count for reaching this milestone.  However, there’s not been a new million seller announced since October 2016!  Whether no more have passed the milestone, or if the chart publishers are getting coy, we don’t yet know!

do they knowThe top two best sellers are charity singles:  ‘Something About the Way You Look Tonight/Candle in the Wind ‘97’ by Elton John, and ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ by Band Aid.  The Band Aid track appears twice in the list, with the 20th Anniversary recording selling an additional 1.17M copies
The best seller that didn’t make No.1 is Wham’s ‘Last Christmas/Everything She Wants’ which was kept off the top spot by the original Band Aid release.
George Michael donated the first year of royalties to the Band Aid Appeal.

RockAroundTheClockThe first UK Chart was published in November 1952, and the first single to chart that sold over a million was ‘Rock Around the Clock’ by Bill Haley & His Comets.  There’s one million seller that pre-dates the chart; ‘White Christmas’ by Bing Crosby, released in 1942.

The table below shows the list of Million Sellers, in as close to a chart as you can get, until the Official Charts Company release full sales figures.

You will spot songs that are higher placed in my chart than the sales figures indicate.  This is because when the Official Charts Company last published them in sales order, they did not include any sales data.  Their latest lists are by date of release only.

The last time full sales figures were published was in August 2013.  However, in their news articles, The Official Chart Company occasionally gives out sales data on particular tracks, and I’ve used this to update my list.

Songs already close to selling a million include: Hozier’s ‘Take Me to Church’, OMI's ‘Cheerleader’, and
Ellie Goulding’s  ‘Love Me Like You Do’.

she loves you
dancing queen fairytale Pharrell_Williams_-_Happy Queen-Bohemian-Rhapsody-114937_7585
Angels_CD_lo Frank-Ifield-Ill-Remember-You-252822
Ken Dodd titanium Diana_(song) rivers of babylon careless whisper
YMCA_single_cover ed sheeran1

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Track

Artist

Sales (M)

Released

Sales Data

1

SOMETHING ABOUT THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT/CANDLE IN THE WIND 97

ELTON JOHN

4.92

1997

Jun'14

2

DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS?

BAND AID

3.75

1984

Jun'14

3

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

QUEEN

2.44

1975

Jun'14

4

MULL OF KINTYRE/GIRLS' SCHOOL

WINGS

2.08

1977

Jun'14

5

YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I WANT

JOHN TRAVOLTA & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN

2.05

1978

Jun'14

6

RELAX

FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD

2.03

1983

Aug'13

7

RIVERS OF BABYLON/BROWN GIRL IN THE RING

BONEY M

2.02

1978

Aug'13

8

UPTOWN FUNK

MARK RONSON FEATURING BRUNO MARS

2.12

2014

Sep'15

9

SHE LOVES YOU

THE BEATLES

1.91

1963

Aug'13

10

LOVE IS ALL AROUND

WET WET WET

1.86

1994

Aug'13

11

MARY'S BOY CHILD/OH MY LORD

BONEY M

1.86

1978

Aug'13

12

UNCHAINED MELODY/THE WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER

ROBSON GREEN & JEROME FLYNN

1.86

1995

Aug'13

13

I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU

STEVIE WONDER

1.84

1984

Aug'13

14

HAPPY

PHARRELL WILLIAMS

1.81

2013

Jun'15

15

BARBIE GIRL

AQUA

1.83

1997

Oct'15

16

I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND

THE BEATLES

1.77

1963

Aug'13

17

ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE/EVERGREEN

WILL YOUNG

1.79

2002

Aug'13

18

BELIEVE

CHER

1.80

1998

Oct'15

19

(EVERYTHING I DO) I DO IT FOR YOU

BRYAN ADAMS

1.75

1991

Aug'13

20

LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS

WHAM!

1.70

1984

Aug'13

21

IMAGINE

JOHN LENNON

1.64

1975

Aug'13

22

BLURRED LINES

ROBIN THICKE/TI/PHARRELL

1.63

2013

Jun'15

23

SUMMER NIGHTS

JOHN TRAVOLTA & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN

1.60

1978

Aug'13

24

I'LL BE MISSING YOU

PUFF DADDY & FAITH EVANS

1.58

1997

Aug'13

25

TWO TRIBES

FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD

1.59

1984

Aug'13

26

SOMEONE LIKE YOU

ADELE

1.57

2011

Jun'15

27

DON'T YOU WANT ME?

HUMAN LEAGUE

1.56

1981

Aug'13

28

I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU

WHITNEY HOUSTON

1.55

1992

Aug'13

29

PERFECT DAY

VARIOUS ARTISTS

1.55

1997

Aug'13

30

THREE LIONS

BADDIEL & SKINNER & LIGHTNING SEEDS

1.54

1996

Aug'13

31

CAN'T BUY ME LOVE

THE BEATLES

1.54

1964

Aug'13

32

MOVES LIKE JAGGER

MAROON 5 FEATURING CHRISTINA AGUILERA

1.50

2011

Jun'15

33

EYE OF THE TIGER

SURVIVOR

1.46

1982

Aug'13

34

MY HEART WILL GO ON

CELINE DION

1.56

1998

Oct'15

35

...BABY ONE MORE TIME

BRITNEY SPEARS

1.52

1999

Oct'15

36

TEARS

KEN DODD

1.52

1965

Aug'13

37

KARMA CHAMELEON

CULTURE CLUB

1.49

1983

Aug'13

38

SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW

GOTYE FEATURING KIMBRA

1.48

2011

Jun'15

39

GANGSTA'S PARADISE

COOLIO FEATURING L.V.

1.54

1995

Oct'15

40

YMCA

VILLAGE PEOPLE

1.47

1978

Aug'13

41

CARELESS WHISPER

GEORGE MICHAEL

1.46

1984

Aug'13

42

(WE'RE GONNA) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK

BILL HALEY & HIS COMETS

1.43

1955

Aug'13

43

THE POWER OF LOVE

JENNIFER RUSH

1.40

1985

Aug'13

44

THE CARNIVAL IS OVER

THE SEEKERS

1.42

1965

Aug'13

45

I FEEL FINE

THE BEATLES

1.42

1964

Aug'13

46

I GOTTA FEELING

BLACK EYED PEAS

1.35

2009

Aug'13

47

KILLING ME SOFTLY

FUGEES

1.38

1996

Aug'13

48

WE CAN WORK IT OUT/DAY TRIPPER

THE BEATLES

1.39

1964

Aug'13

49

WONDERWALL

OASIS

1.32

1995

Aug'13

50

GET LUCKY

DAFT PUNK FT PHARRELL WILLIAMS

1.00

2013

Aug'13

51

RELEASE ME

ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK

1.38

1967

Aug'13

52

COME ON EILEEN

DEXY'S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS

1.33

1982

Aug'13

53

IT WASN'T ME

SHAGGY FEATURING RIKROK

1.32

2001

Aug'13

54

WANNABE

SPICE GIRLS

1.34

1996

Oct'15

55

UNCHAINED MELODY

GARETH GATES

1.34

2002

Aug'13

56

WE FOUND LOVE

RIHANNA FEATURING CALVIN HARRIS

1.26

2011

Aug'13

57

THINK TWICE

CELINE DION

1.32

1994

Aug'13

58

NEVER EVER

ALL SAINTS

1.32

1997

Aug'13

59

(IS THIS THE WAY TO) AMARILLO

TONY CHRISTIE FT PETER KAY

1.32

2005

Aug'13

60

WAKE ME UP

AVICII

-

2013

No Data

61

TAINTED LOVE

SOFT CELL

1.29

1981

Aug'13

62

SEX ON FIRE

KINGS OF LEON

1.25

2008

Aug'13

63

HEART OF GLASS

BLONDIE

1.30

1979

Oct'15

64

CALL ME MAYBE

CARLY RAE JEPSEN

1.18

2012

Aug'13

65

IT'S LIKE THAT

RUN-D.M.C. VS JASON NEVINS

1.26

1997

Aug'13

66

HALLELUJAH

ALEXANDRA BURKE

1.25

2008

Aug'13

67

IMPOSSIBLE

JAMES ARTHUR

1.12

2012

Aug'13

68

IT'S NOW OR NEVER

ELVIS PRESLEY

1.26

1960

Aug'13

69

MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY

SLADE

1.23

1973

Aug'13

70

DIANA

PAUL ANKA

1.25

1957

Aug'13

71

GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME

TOM JONES

1.24

1966

Aug'13

72

JUST THE WAY YOU ARE (AMAZING)

BRUNO MARS

1.17

2010

Aug'13

73

PARTY ROCK ANTHEM

LMFAO FT LAUREN BENNETT AND GOONROCK

1.19

2011

Aug'13

74

GANGNAM STYLE

PSY

1.27

2012

Oct'15

75

BRIGHT EYES

ART GARFUNKEL

1.20

1979

Aug'13

76

BLUE MONDAY

NEW ORDER

1.21

1983

Oct'15

77

HEARTBEAT/TRAGEDY

STEPS

1.19

1998

Aug'13

78

PRICE TAG

JESSIE J FEATURING B.O.B

1.24

2011

Oct'15

79

MARY'S BOY CHILD

HARRY BELAFONTE

1.19

1957

Aug'13

80

EARTH SONG

MICHAEL JACKSON

1.17

1995

Aug'13

81

THE LAST WALTZ

ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK

1.17

1967

Aug'13

82

CAN'T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD

KYLIE MINOGUE

1.16

2001

Aug'13

83

DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS? (20)

BAND AID 20

1.17

2004

Aug'13

84

LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE

EMINEM FEATURING RIHANNA

1.11

2010

Aug'13

85

ANGELS

ROBBIE WILLIAMS

1.14

1997

Aug'13

86

STRANGER ON THE SHORE

MR ACKER BILK & HIS PARAMOUNT JAZZ BAND

1.16

1961

Aug'13

87

SATURDAY NIGHT

WHIGFIELD

1.18

1994

Oct'15

88

TITANIUM

DAVID GUETTA FT SIA

1.00

2011

Aug'13

89

DON'T GIVE UP ON US

DAVID SOUL

1.16

1976

Aug'13

90

SPACEMAN

BABYLON ZOO

1.15

1996

Aug'13

91

TORN

NATALIE IMBRUGLIA

1.12

1997

Aug'13

92

POKER FACE

LADY GAGA

1.12

2009

Aug'13

93

I LOVE YOU LOVE ME LOVE

GARY GLITTER

1.14

1973

Aug'13

94

NO MATTER WHAT

BOYZONE

1.13

1998

Aug'13

95

GHOSTBUSTERS

RAY PARKER JR.

1.11

1984

Aug'13

96

ONLY GIRL (IN THE WORLD)

RIHANNA

1.08

2010

Aug'13

97

2 BECOME 1

SPICE GIRLS

1.11

1996

Aug'13

98

LET HER GO

PASSENGER

-

2012

No Data

99

HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK

IAN DURY AND THE BLOCKHEADS

1.11

1978

Aug'13

100

I BELIEVE/UP ON THE ROOF

ROBSON & JEROME

1.12

1995

Aug'13

101

I DON'T WANT TO MISS A THING

AEROSMITH

1.07

1998

Aug'13

102

ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2)

PINK FLOYD

1.10

1979

Aug'13

103

TELETUBBIES SAY "EH-OH!"

TELETUBBIES

1.11

1997

Aug'13

104

THAT'S MY GOAL

SHAYNE WARD

1.10

2005

Aug'13

105

I REMEMBER YOU

FRANK IFIELD

1.10

1962

Aug'13

106

HEY JUDE

THE BEATLES

1.12

1968

Oct'15

107

BLUE (DA BA DEE)

EIFFEL 65

1.08

1999

Aug'13

108

BACK FOR GOOD

TAKE THAT

1.08

1995

Aug'13

109

PURE AND SIMPLE

HEAR'SAY

1.09

2001

Aug'13

110

WE ARE YOUNG

FUN FT JANELLE MONAE

1.01

2011

Aug'13

111

I FEEL LOVE

DONNA SUMMER

1.07

1977

Aug'13

112

DANCING QUEEN

ABBA

1.07

1976

Aug'13

113

CRAZY

GNARLS BARKLEY

1.06

2006

Aug'13

114

BLEEDING LOVE

LEONA LEWIS

1.06

2007

Aug'13

115

UNCHAINED MELODY.

THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS

1.05

1965

Aug'13

116

RIDE ON TIME

BLACK BOX

1.06

1989

Aug'13

117

THE YOUNG ONES

CLIFF RICHARD & THE SHADOWS

1.06

1962

Aug'13

118

FAME

IRENE CARA

1.05

1982

Aug'13

119

USE SOMEBODY

KINGS OF LEON

1.00

2008

Aug'13

120

FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK

POGUES FT KIRSTY MACCOLL

1.02

1987

Aug'13

121

I WILL SURVIVE

GLORIA GAYNOR

1.03

1979

Aug'13

122

STAND & DELIVER

ADAM AND THE ANTS

1.04

1981

Aug'13

123

UPTOWN GIRL

BILLY JOEL

1.03

1983

Aug'13

124

SAILING

ROD STEWART

1.03

1975

Aug'13

125

CHASING CARS

SNOW PATROL

-

2006

No Data

126

THE A TEAM

ED SHEERAN

1.00

2011

Aug'13

127

SUGAR SUGAR

THE ARCHIES

1.02

1969

Aug'13

128

WHITE CHRISTMAS

BING CROSBY

1.02

1942

Aug'13

129

CAN WE FIX IT?

BOB THE BUILDER

1.02

2000

Aug'13

130

THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT

TIGHT FIT

1.01

1982

Aug'13

131

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU

MARIAH CAREY

-

1994

No Data

132

SAVE YOUR KISSES FOR ME

BROTHERHOOD OF MAN

1.02

1976

Aug'13

133

FIGHT FOR THIS LOVE

CHERYL COLE

1.00

2009

Aug'13

134

MYSTERIOUS GIRL

PETER ANDRE FEATURING BUBBLER RANX

1.03

1995

Oct'15

135

BAD ROMANCE

LADY GAGA

1.03

2009

No Data

136

I'D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING

THE NEW SEEKERS

1.01

1971

Aug'13

137

WHEN WE COLLIDE

MATT CARDLE

1.01

2010

Aug'13

138

DIAMONDS

RIHANNA

-

2012

No Data

139

WHOLE AGAIN

ATOMIC KITTEN

1.00

2001

Aug'13

140

DON'T GO BREAKING MY HEART

ELTON JOHN & KIKI DEE

1.00

1976

Aug'13

141

UNDER THE MOON OF LOVE

SHOWADDYWADDY

1.00

1976

Aug'13

142

DON'T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA

JULIE COVINGTON

1.01

1976

Aug'13

143

EYE LEVEL

THE SIMON PARK ORCHESTRA

1.01

1972

Aug'13

144

TIE A YELLOW RIBBON ROUND THE OLE OAK TREE

DAWN FEATURING TONY ORLANDO

1.00

1973

Aug'13

145

ROLLING IN THE DEEP

ADELE

-

2011

No Data

146

LONG HAIRED LOVER FROM LIVERPOOL

LITTLE JIMMY OSMOND

1.00

1972

Aug'13

147

GIVE ME EVERYTHING

PITBULL FT NE-YO, AFROJACK AND NAYER

-

2011

No Data

148

FIREWORK

KATY PERRY

1.05

2010

Oct'15

149

LA LA LA

NAUGHTY BOY FT SAM SMITH

1.04

2013

Oct'15

150

RATHER BE

CLEAN BANDIT FT JESS GLYNNEH

-

2013

No Data

151

RED RED WINE

UB40

-

1984

No Data

152

DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’

JOURNEY

-

1981

No Data

153

RULE THE WORLD

TAKE THAT

1.03

2007

Oct'15

154

COUNTING STARS

ONEREPUBLIC

1.07

2013

Oct'15

155

ESPECIALLY FOR YOU

KYLIE MINOGUE & JASON DONOVAN

-

1988

No Data

156

MAMBO No.5

LOU BEGA

-

1999

No Data

157

ALL OF ME

JOHN LEGEND

-

2014

No Data

158

ROAR

KATY PERRY

-

2013

No Data

159

THINKING OUT LOUD

ED SHEERAN

1.01

2014

Apr'15

160

HERO

ENRIQUE IGLESIAS

1.01

2002

Apr'15

161

DON’T YOU WORRY CHILD

SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA FT. JOHN MARTIN

-

2012

No Data

162

DON’T SPEAK

NO DOUBT

-

1997

No Data

163

LOSE YOURSELF

EMINEM

-

2002

No Data

164

JAR OF HEARTS

CHRISTINA PERRI

-

2011

No Data

165

YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE

GERRY & THE PACEMAKERS

-

1963

No Data

166

STARSHIPS

NICKI MINAJ

-

2012

No Data

167

WHAT MAKES YOU BEAUTIFUL

ONE DIRECTION

-

2011

No Data

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