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Carly Rae Jepsen and Cheryl Cole join the Million Sellers Club

18/12/2012

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Cheryl Cole and Carly Rae Jepsen join the Million Sellers Club

By Dan Lane

Carly Rae's Call Me Maybe and Cheryl's Fight For This Love break the 1 million copies sales barrier.

According to the Official Chart’s Company’s sales data, Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe and Cheryl Cole’s Fight For This Love have now both sold over a million copies in the UK. They join Gotye FT Kimbra’s Somebody That I Used To Know as the second and third tracks to be certified for sales over a million copies this year.

Cheryl’s 2009 debut solo single, and Carly Rae’s 2012 international breakthrough hit now take their place in the prestigious list of just 125 singles which have sold over a million copies in the 60 year history of the Official Singles Chart. When the Official Singles Chart celebrated its 50th birthday back in 2002, only 76 singles had reached this sales landmark. However, with the advent of digital downloads, the number of million selling singles have dramatically increased in the subsequent 10 years.

Martin Talbot, the Official Charts Company’s Managing Director, comments:

"Many congratulations are due to Carly Rae Jepsen and Cheryl Cole, who have joined Gotye to make it three million sellers this year. The fact that there has still only been 125 million sellers over the last 60 years indicates just quite how impressive a landmark it is to reach."

Historically, the 1970s were responsible for the highest number of million selling singles (27) until the 1990s smashed that total when 32 tracks reached the million copies mark. However, even though we’re only three years into the decade, the 2010s look set to surpass both the ‘70s and ‘90s, with 12 singles passing that significant sales milestone already. Artists such as the unstoppable Rihanna (who has racked up three million selling singles), plus the mighty Adele, Jessie J, Calvin Harris and Gotye are helping to create a new era of the super-hit.

To read the inside story of The Million Sellers, you can order the Official Charts Company’s book here, or download the Kindle version here.

The full list of the UK’s 125 million selling singles is as follows:

The Million Sellers

  TITLE ARTIST YEAR OF RELEASE
1 SOMETHING ABOUT THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT/CANDLE IN THE WIND 97 ELTON JOHN 1997
2 DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS? BAND AID 1984
3 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY QUEEN 1975
4 MULL OF KINTYRE/GIRLS' SCHOOL WINGS 1977
5 YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I WANT JOHN TRAVOLTA & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN 1978
6 RIVERS OF BABYLON/BROWN GIRL IN THE RING BONEY M 1978
7 RELAX FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD 1983
8 SHE LOVES YOU THE BEATLES 1963
9 UNCHAINED MELODY/(THERE'LL BE BLUEBIRDS OVER) THE WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER ROBSON GREEN & JEROME FLYNN 1995
10 LOVE IS ALL AROUND WET WET WET 1994
11 MARY'S BOY CHILD/OH MY LORD BONEY M 1978
12 I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU STEVIE WONDER 1984
13 BARBIE GIRL AQUA 1997
14 ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE/EVERGREEN WILL YOUNG 2002
15 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND THE BEATLES 1963
16 BELIEVE CHER 1998
17 (EVERYTHING I DO) I DO IT FOR YOU BRYAN ADAMS 1991
18 LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS WHAM! 1984
19 IMAGINE JOHN LENNON 1975
20 SUMMER NIGHTS JOHN TRAVOLTA & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN 1978
21 TWO TRIBES FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD 1984
22 I'LL BE MISSING YOU PUFF DADDY & FAITH EVANS 1997
23 PERFECT DAY VARIOUS ARTISTS 1997
24 DON'T YOU WANT ME? HUMAN LEAGUE 1981
25 CAN'T BUY ME LOVE THE BEATLES 1964
26 I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU WHITNEY HOUSTON 1992
27 THREE LIONS BADDIEL & SKINNER & LIGHTNING SEEDS 1996
28 TEARS KEN DODD 1965
29 ...BABY ONE MORE TIME BRITNEY SPEARS 1999
30 MY HEART WILL GO ON CELINE DION 1998
31 KARMA CHAMELEON CULTURE CLUB 1983
32 YMCA VILLAGE PEOPLE 1978
33 CARELESS WHISPER GEORGE MICHAEL 1984
34 (WE'RE GONNA) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK BILL HALEY & HIS COMETS 1955
35 I FEEL FINE THE BEATLES 1964
36 THE CARNIVAL IS OVER THE SEEKERS 1965
37 GANGSTA'S PARADISE COOLIO FEATURING L.V. 1995
38 EYE OF THE TIGER SURVIVOR 1982
39 THE POWER OF LOVE JENNIFER RUSH 1985
40 WE CAN WORK IT OUT/DAY TRIPPER THE BEATLES 1964
41 RELEASE ME ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK 1967
42 SOMEONE LIKE YOU ADELE 2011
43 KILLING ME SOFTLY FUGEES 1996
44 UNCHAINED MELODY GARETH GATES 2002
45 WANNABE SPICE GIRLS 1996
46 (IS THIS THE WAY TO) AMARILLO TONY CHRISTIE FT PETER KAY 2005
47 NEVER EVER ALL SAINTS 1997
48 COME ON EILEEN DEXY'S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS 1982
49 THINK TWICE CELINE DION 1994
50 I GOTTA FEELING BLACK EYED PEAS 2009
51 IT WASN'T ME SHAGGY FEATURING RIKROK 2001
52 SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW GOTYE FT KIMBRA 2012
53 TAINTED LOVE SOFT CELL 1981
54 HEART OF GLASS BLONDIE 1979
55 MOVES LIKE JAGGER MAROON 5 FEATURING CHRISTINA AGUILERA 2011
56 WONDERWALL OASIS 1995
57 IT'S NOW OR NEVER ELVIS PRESLEY 1960
58 DIANA PAUL ANKA 1957
59 IT'S LIKE THAT RUN-D.M.C. VS JASON NEVINS 1997
60 HALLELUJAH ALEXANDRA BURKE 2008
61 GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME TOM JONES 1966
62 SEX ON FIRE KINGS OF LEON 2008
63 BRIGHT EYES ART GARFUNKEL 1979
64 MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY SLADE 1973
65 HEARTBEAT/TRAGEDY STEPS 1998
66 MARY'S BOY CHILD HARRY BELAFONTE 1957
67 THE LAST WALTZ ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK 1967
68 EARTH SONG MICHAEL JACKSON 1995
69 DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS? BAND AID 20 2004
70 BLUE MONDAY NEW ORDER 1983
71 STRANGER ON THE SHORE MR ACKER BILK AND HIS PARAMOUNT JAZZ BAND 1961
72 DON'T GIVE UP ON US DAVID SOUL 1976
73 CAN'T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD KYLIE MINOGUE 2001
74 I LOVE YOU LOVE ME LOVE GARY GLITTER 1973
75 SPACEMAN BABYLON ZOO 1996
76 SATURDAY NIGHT WHIGFIELD 1994
77 WE FOUND LOVE RIHANNA FEATURING CALVIN HARRIS 2011
78 NO MATTER WHAT BOYZONE 1998
79 JUST THE WAY YOU ARE (AMAZING) BRUNO MARS 2010
80 PARTY ROCK ANTHEM LMFAO FEATURING LAUREN BENNETT AND GOONROCK 2011
81 I BELIEVE/UP ON THE ROOF ROBSON & JEROME 1995
82 ANGELS ROBBIE WILLIAMS 1997
83 HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK IAN DURY AND THE BLOCKHEADS 1978
84 TELETUBBIES SAY "EH-OH!" TELETUBBIES 1997
85 2 BECOME 1 SPICE GIRLS 1996
86 TORN NATALIE IMBRUGLIA 1997
87 POKER FACE LADY GAGA 2009
88 I REMEMBER YOU FRANK IFIELD 1962
89 THAT'S MY GOAL SHAYNE WARD 2005
90 GHOSTBUSTERS RAY PARKER JR. 1984
91 CALL ME MAYBE CARLY RAE JEPSEN 2012
92 PURE AND SIMPLE HEAR'SAY 2001
93 ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) PINK FLOYD 1979
94 BACK FOR GOOD TAKE THAT 1995
95 BLUE (DA BA DEE) EIFFEL 65 1999
96 PRICE TAG JESSIE J FEATURING B.O.B 2011
97 HEY JUDE THE BEATLES 1968
98 THE YOUNG ONES CLIFF RICHARD & THE SHADOWS 1962
99 DANCING QUEEN ABBA 1976
100 I FEEL LOVE DONNA SUMMER 1977
101 LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE EMINEM FEATURING RIHANNA 2010
102 FAME IRENE CARA 1982
103 RIDE ON TIME BLACK BOX 1989
104 ONLY GIRL (IN THE WORLD) RIHANNA 2010
105 UNCHAINED MELODY THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS 1965
106 BLEEDING LOVE LEONA LEWIS 2007
107 CRAZY GNARLS BARKLEY 2006
108 STAND & DELIVER ADAM AND THE ANTS 1981
109 I DON'T WANT TO MISS A THING AEROSMITH 1998
110 CAN WE FIX IT? BOB THE BUILDER 2000
111 UPTOWN GIRL BILLY JOEL 1983
112 I WILL SURVIVE GLORIA GAYNOR 1979
113 SAILING ROD STEWART 1975
114 SUGAR SUGAR THE ARCHIES 1969
115 SAVE YOUR KISSES FOR ME BROTHERHOOD OF MAN 1976
116 I'D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING THE NEW SEEKERS 1971
117 WHITE CHRISTMAS BING CROSBY WITH THE KEN DARBY SINGERS AND JOHN SCOTT TROTTER ORCHESTRA 1942
118 DON'T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA JULIE COVINGTON 1976
119 THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT TIGHT FIT 1982
120 EYE LEVEL THE SIMON PARK ORCHESTRA 1972
121 LONG HAIRED LOVER FROM LIVERPOOL LITTLE JIMMY OSMOND 1972
122 UNDER THE MOON OF LOVE SHOWADDYWADDY 1976
123 TIE A YELLOW RIBBON ROUND THE OLE OAK TREE DAWN FEATURING TONY ORLANDO 1973
124 WHEN WE COLLIDE MATT CARDLE 2010
125 FIGHT FOR THIS LOVE CHERYL COLE 2009

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