1994 saw 15 songs top the Official Singles Chart, but one finished head and shoulders above the rest to become the year's best-seller - Love Is All Around by Wet Wet Wet.
The pop-rock ballad - a cover of The Troggs' 1967 single - was recorded for the Four Weddings And A Funeral movie soundtrack and was near-inescapable, taking up residency at Number 1 for 15 weeks between June and September, the joint-third longest Number 1 reign of all time.
As discussed on Channel 5's Britain's Biggest 90s Hits, Love Is All Around gave the Scottish band their third UK Number 1 and sold 1.28 million copies to finish at the year's top song, according to Official Charts Company data. View Wet Wet Wet's Official Chart history in full here.
Finishing in second on the year-end Top 40 is Saturday Night by Whigfield, an Italian dance act fronted by Danish singer Sannie Carlson. It was the song that ended Wet Wet Wet's spell at the top, and gave Whigfield the distinction of being the first artist to enter straight in at Number 1 with their debut single. Boosted by a catchy dance routine (which Whigfield never actually did herself), Saturday Night spent four weeks at Number 1 and sold 729,000 copies by the end of the year.
In third is East 17's Stay Another Day (585k), 1994's Christmas Number 1, while Birmingham reggae singer Pato Banton places fourth with his cover of Baby Come Back ft. Robin and Ali Campbell of UB40 (541k). R&B ballad I Swear by US group All-4-One rounds out the Top 5 (507k).
Mariah Carey (Rex/Shutterstock)
Elsewhere, Mariah Carey makes two entries; Without You gave the star her first UK Number 1 and was the year's seventh best-seller (402k), and All I Want For Christmas Is You at 12. The latter famously missed out on that year's Christmas Number 1 but finally hit the top spot in 2020.
1994 also saw the arrival of Irish boyband Boyzone, who scored a Number 2 hit with their debut single Love Me For A Reason, which ranks 15th, while fellow boybanders Take That make two appearances with their chart-toppers Everything Changes at 19 and Sure at 37.
Official Top 40 best-selling songs of 1994
|1||LOVE IS ALL AROUND||WET WET WET||1|
|3||STAY ANOTHER DAY||EAST 17||1|
|4||BABY COME BACK||PATO BANTON||1|
|7||WITHOUT YOU||MARIAH CAREY||1|
|8||CRAZY FOR YOU||LET LOOSE||2|
|10||THE SIGN||ACE OF BASE||2|
|11||COME ON YOU REDS||MANCHESTER UTD FOOTBALL SQUAD||1|
|12||ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU||MARIAH CAREY||1|
|13||THE RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT||CORONA||2|
|14||LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY||BABY D||1|
|15||LOVE ME FOR A REASON||BOYZONE||2|
|16||7 SECONDS||YOUSSOU N'DOUR FT NENEH CHERRY||3|
|17||LIKE TO MOVE IT||REEL 2 REAL FT MAD STUNTMAN||5|
|19||EVERYTHING CHANGES||TAKE THAT||1|
|20||(MEET) THE FLINTSTONES||BC-52'S||3|
|21||CROCODILE SHOES||JIMMY NAIL||4|
|23||STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA||BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN||2|
|24||THE MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD||PRINCE (SYMBOL)||1|
|26||WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD||LOUIS ARMSTRONG||3|
|27||COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS||RED DRAGON WITH BRIAN AND TONY||2|
|28||ANOTHER NIGHT||(MC SAR &) THE REAL MCCOY||2|
|29||BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY||BIG MOUNTAIN||2|
|30||THINK TWICE||CELINE DION||1|
|31||THE REAL THING||TONY DI BART||1|
|33||REGULATE||WARREN G & NATE DOGG||5|
|34||HEY NOW (GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN)||CYNDI LAUPER||4|
|35||AROUND THE WORLD||EAST 17||3|
|36||RETURN TO INNOCENCE||ENIGMA||3|
|38||STAY (I MISSED YOU)||LISA LOEB & NINE STORIES||6|
|39||SWEETS FOR MY SWEET||C J LEWIS||3|
|40||COTTON EYE JOE||REDNEX||1|
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