Official Top 40 best-selling songs of 1992

The UK's top songs of 1992, featuring classics from Whitney Houston, Shakespears Sister, and Snap!.

1992 saw turnover at the top of the Official Singles Chart slow down dramatically, with just 12 new Number 1s that year - the lowest since 1962. 

The UK's best-selling single of the year went to Whitney Houston, whose big ballad I Will Always Love You spent a mammonth ten weeks at the summit, also claiming the 1992 Christmas Number 1.

The track, which featured in Whitney's hit film The Bodyguard, sold 960,000 copies to finish as the year's biggest song, according to Official Charts Company data.

I Will Always Love You quickly became Whitney's signature hit, and proving its enduring success, in 2020 it reached a landmark 1 billion views on YouTube - the first song released by a soloist in the 1990s to achieve the feat. View Whitney Houston's Official Chart history in full here.


Whitney Houston in The Bodyguard

1992's second best-seller was Rhythm Is A Dancer by Eurodance group Snap!, with 583,000 sales. It was the German outfit's second UK chart-topper, following 1990's The Power and was a global smash, topping the charts in eight countries, including six weeks at the UK summit. 

In third is Would I Lie To You by US soul duo Charles & Eddie (516k), a two-week Number 1 in November; and in fourth is duo Shakespears Sister with their breakout hit Stay (484.5k), which set a record as the longest chart-topper for a girl band, at eight weeks.

Rounding out the Top 5 is Please Don't Go, the debut single by British dance act KWS, with 484,000 sales.

MORE: Official Top 40 best-selling singles of 1991


Erasure (Rex/Shutterstock)

1992 was also the start of the ABBA revival, marked by Erasure's chart-topping ABBA-esque EP, which places seventh on the year-end chart (572k), while further down, British pop singer Tasmin Archer ranks 16th with her debut single Sleeping Satellite, a two-week Number 1 in October.

Further down, actor Nick Berry features at 35 with Heartbeat, his second single and the theme song to the hit series which he starred in; Take That's highest-charting single yet Could It Be Magic? places at 37, and Mariah Carey's Number 2 hit I'll Be There rounds off the Top 40.

The Official biggest songs of 1992 are counted down on Channel 5's new series Britain's Biggest 90s Hits.

Official Top 40 best-selling singles of 1992

  TITLE ARTIST PEAK
1 I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU WHITNEY HOUSTON 1
2 RHYTHM IS A DANCER SNAP 1
3 WOULD I LIE TO YOU CHARLES & EDDIE 1
4 STAY SHAKESPEARS SISTER 1
5 PLEASE DON'T GO KWS 1
6 END OF THE ROAD BOYZ II MEN 1
7 ABBA-ESQUE EP ERASURE 1
8 AIN'T NO DOUBT JIMMY NAIL 1
9 HEAL THE WORLD MICHAEL JACKSON 2
10 GOODNIGHT GIRL WET WET WET 1
11 BAKER STREET UNDERCOVER 2
12 DEEPLY DIPPY RIGHT SAID FRED 1
13 EBENEEZER GOODE THE SHAMEN 1
14 HAZARD RICHARD MARX 3
15 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY/THESE ARE THE DAYS OF OUR LIVES QUEEN 1
16 SLEEPING SATELLITE TASMIN ARCHER 1
17 THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE LUTHER VANDROSS/JANET JACKSON 2
18 IT'S MY LIFE DR ALBAN 2
19 JUST ANOTHER DAY JON SECADA 5
20 ON A RAGGA TIP SL2 2
21 ACHY BREAKY HEART BILLY RAY CYRUS 3
22 MY GIRL TEMPTATIONS 2
23 PEOPLE EVERYDAY ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT 2
24 I LOVE YOUR SMILE SHANICE 2
25 JUMP KRIS KROSS 2
26 TWILIGHT ZONE 2 UNLIMITED 2
27 SESAME'S TREET SMART E'S 2
28 I'M DOING FINE NOW PASADENAS 4
29 I'M GONNA GET YOU BIZARRE INC FT ANGIE BROWN 3
30 BARCELONA FREDDIE MERCURY & MONTSERRAT CABALLE 8
31 TO BE WITH YOU MR BIG 3
32 MY DESTINY LIONEL RICHIE 7
33 DON'T YOU WANT ME FELIX 6
34 KNOCKIN' ON HEAVEN'S DOOR GUNS N' ROSES 2
35 HEARTBEAT NICK BERRY 2
36 SOMETHING GOOD UTAH SAINTS 4
37 COULD IT BE MAGIC TAKE THAT 3
38 I WONDER WHY CURTIS STIGERS 5
39 EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU UGLY KID JOE 3
40 I'LL BE THERE MARIAH CAREY 2

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