The Guardian lists and discusses the 10 biggest selling singles in UK history

From The Guardian:

The 10 biggest selling singles in the UK
1. Something About the Way You Look Tonight/ Candle in the Wind 97 – Elton John (1997) Sales: 4.9 million
2. Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid (1984) 3.69m
3. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen (1975) 2.36m
4. Mull of Kintyre/ Girls’ School – Wings (1977) 2m
5. You’re The One That I Want – John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (1978) 2m
6. Rivers of Babylon/ Brown Girl in the Ring – Boney M (1978) 2m
7. Relax – Frankie Goes To Hollywood (1983) 2m
8. She Loves You – The Beatles (1963) 1.9m
9. Unchained Melody/ (There’ll Be Bluebells Over) The White Cliffs of Dover – Robson Green & Jerome Flynn (1995) 1.86m
10. Love Is All Around – Wet Wet Wet (1994) 1.85m

It is a music chart in which Don’t You Want Me? by the Human League sits outside the top 20 but above the Beatles’ Can’t Buy Me Love. Lennon and McCartney’s 1964 hit, in turn, is just ahead of Whitney Houston’s power ballad I Will Always Love You, followed by the Three Lions football anthem and Ken Dodd’s cheesy 1965 song Tears.

The records are ranked by sales in the most authoritative chart of the UK’s top-selling singles to have been issued.

Compiled by the Official Charts Company to mark the 60th anniversary of the singles chart, the list features a total of 123 records that have sold more than one million copies since the chart began in 1952.

It is topped by Elton John’s double A-side Something About The Way You Look Tonight/Candle in the Wind, which was released in the aftermath of the 1997 death of Diana, Princess of Wales and sold 4.9m copies in the UK.

At the other end of the chart, in 123rd place and just scraping past the million mark, is When We Collide by X-Factor winner of two years ago Matt Cardle.

Since the NME published the first singles chart on 14 November 1952 – with Here in My Heart by Al Martino at No 1 – more than 32,000 records have appeared on it, making those 123 million-sellers an elite group.

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