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The biggest selling singles of every year revealed! (1952-2011)

18/11/2012

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The biggest selling singles of every year revealed! (1952-2011)

By Dan Lane

As part of the Official Singles Chart’s 60th birthday celebrations, legendary DJ Tony Blackburn has been counting down the biggest selling single of each year on BBC Radio 2!

Yesterday (Saturday, November 17) Tony Blackburn revealed the final list of the biggest selling singles of each year since the Official Singles Chart began in 1952.

You can listen back to the countdown, which featured the biggest sellers from 1986 to 2011 via the BBC’s iPlayer Radio service.

The full list of the biggest selling singles of each year (from 1952 to 2011) is below:

YEAR SINGLE ARTIST
1952 AUF WIEDERSEHEN (SWEETHEART) VERA LYNN
1953 I BELIEVE FRANKIE LAINE
1954 SECRET LOVE DORIS DAY
1955 ROSE MARIE SLIM WHITMAN
1956 I'LL BE HOME PAT BOONE
1957 DIANA PAUL ANKA
1958 JAILHOUSE ROCK ELVIS PRESLEY
1959 LIVING DOLL CLIFF RICHARD
1960 IT'S NOW OR NEVER ELVIS PRESLEY
1961 WOODEN HEART ELVIS PRESLEY
1962 I REMEMBER YOU FRANK IFIELD
1963 SHE LOVES YOU BEATLES
1964 CAN'T BUY ME LOVE BEATLES
1965 TEARS KEN DODD
1966 GREEN GREEN GRASS OF HOME TOM JONES
1967 RELEASE ME ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK
1968 HEY JUDE BEATLES
1969 SUGAR SUGAR ARCHIES
1970 THE WONDER OF YOU ELVIS PRESLEY
1971 MY SWEET LORD GEORGE HARRISON
1972 AMAZING GRACE ROYAL SCOTS DRAGOON GUARDS
1973 TIE A YELLOW RIBBON DAWN FEATURING TONY ORLANDO
1974 TIGER FEET MUD
1975 BYE BYE BABY BAY CITY ROLLERS
1976 SAVE YOUR KISSES FOR ME BROTHERHOOD OF MAN
1977 MULL OF KINTYRE WINGS
1978 RIVERS OF BABYLON/BROWN GIRL IN THE RING BONEY M
1979 BRIGHT EYES ART GARFUNKEL
1980 DON'T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME THE POLICE
1981 DON’T YOU WANT ME HUMAN LEAGUE
1982 COME ON EILEEN DEXY'S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS
1983 KARMA CHAMELEON CULTURE CLUB
1984 DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS ? BAND AID
1985 THE POWER OF LOVE JENNIFER RUSH
1986 DON'T LEAVE ME THIS WAY COMMUNARDS
1987 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP RICK ASTLEY
1988 MISTLETOE & WINE CLIFF RICHARD
1989 RIDE ON TIME BLACK BOX
1990 UNCHAINED MELODY THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS
1991 (EVERYTHING I DO) I DO IT FOR YOU BRYAN ADAMS
1992 I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU WHITNEY HOUSTON
1993 I'D DO ANYTHING FOR LOVE (BUT I WON'T DO THAT) MEATLOAF
1994 LOVE IS ALL AROUND WET WET WET
1995 UNCHAINED MELODY/WHITE CLIFFS... ROBSON & JEROME
1996 KILLING ME SOFTLY FUGEES
1997 SOMETHING ABOUT THE WAY YOU LOOK / CANDLE IN THE WIND ELTON JOHN
1998 BELIEVE CHER
1999 BABY ONE MORE TIME BRITNEY SPEARS
2000 CAN WE FIX IT BOB THE BUILDER
2001 IT WASN'T ME SHAGGY FT RIKROK
2002 ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE / EVERGREEN WILL YOUNG
2003 WHERE IS THE LOVE BLACK EYED PEAS
2004 DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS ? BAND AID 20
2005 (IS THIS THE WAY) TO AMARILLO TONY CHRISTIE FT. PETER KAY
2006 CRAZY GNARLS BARKLY
2007 BLEEDING LOVE LEONA LEWIS
2008 HALLELUJAH ALEXANDRA BURKE
2009 POKER FACE LADY GAGA
2010 LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE EMINEM FT RIHANNA
2011 SOMEONE LIKE YOU ADELE

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