By Dan Lane
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Official Singles Chart, every weekend throughout September, our good friends at MTV have been counting down some very special Top 60s. This weekend, they revealed the Top 60 biggest selling singles of the 21st Century which debuted at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart.
Pop Idol winner Will Young leads the charge with his 2002 double A-side single Anything Is Possible / Evergreen being crowned the biggest-selling debut single of the 21st Century. In its first week on sale, it sold a staggering 1.1 million copies, and has shifted nearly 1.8 million copies to date.
Will’s fellow Pop Idol finalist Gareth Gates is at Number 2 with his version of Unchained Melody, which was made famous by The Righteous Brothers in 1965, and later Robson & Jerome in 1995. Gareth’s version, which was also released in 2002, sold 850,000 in its first week on sale and has sold over 1.3 million copies to date.
Shaggy's 2001 smash, It Wasn't Me, FT Rikrok is in third place, Peter Kay's 2005 reworking of Tony Christi's Number 18 1972 hit Is This the Way to Amarillo? Is at Number 4. 2008 X Factor winner Alexandra Burke’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah completes the Top 5.
You can view the Top 10 below, but be sure to tune into MTV at 12 (midday) today to see the full Top 60 countdown!
|01||ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE/EVERGREEN||WILL YOUNG|
|02||UNCHAINED MELODY||GARETH GATES|
|03||IT WASN'T ME||SHAGGY FT RIKROK|
|04||(IS THIS THE WAY TO) AMARILLO||TONY CHRISTIE FT PETER KAY|
|06||WE FOUND LOVE||RIHANNA FT CALVIN HARRIS|
|07||DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS||BAND AID 20|
|08||CAN'T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD||KYLIE MINOGUE|
|09||JUST THE WAY YOU ARE (AMAZING)||BRUNO MARS|
|10||THAT'S MY GOAL||SHAYNE WARD|
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