1995 was the year an enduring pop classic finally got its dues to become the year's best-seller: Unchained Melody.
The cover of the popular track by Robson & Jerome - comprising of actors/singers Robson Green and Jerome Flynn - spent seven weeks at Number 1 across May/June and sold 1.39 million copies to be the best-seller of 1995, according to Official Charts Comapny data. The single was a double A-side release with another cover, White Cliffs Of Dover, and ranks as the UK's second best-selling debut single ever.
As discussed on Channel 5's new series Britain's Biggest 90s Hits, Unchained Melody was written in 1955 and released by numerous artists that year alone - including Jimmy Young, Liberace, Al Hibbler, and Les Baxter - and recorded by hundreds of acts since. See every version of Unchained Melody that has charted in the UK here.
Robson & Jerome's take on the track - recorded for and first performed on their television series Soldier Soldier - was based on the Righteous Brothers' 1965 version, which changed the melody of the final verse and became widely established as the standard version of the song.
Off the back of its huge success, Robson & Jerome scored a second Number 1 in November, with double A-side I Believe/Up On The Roof and places third on the year-end chart with 835,000 copies sold. View the duo's Official Chart history in full here.
The UK's second best-seller of 1995 was Gangsta's Paradise by Coolio (882k). The track, which samples Stevie Wonder's Pastime Paradise, spent two weeks at the top, boosted to the summit thanks to its tie in with Michelle Pfeiffer movie Dangerous Minds.
Rounding out the Top 5 best-sellers of the year are Take That's four-week Number 1 and international smash Back For Good (721k) at 4, and Celine Dion's Think Twice (696k) at 5. The power ballad had been released in October 1994 and eventually climbed to Number 1 the following February, scoring seven weeks at the top.
Meanwhile, Michael Jackson's Earth Song - the 1995 Christmas Number 1 - finishes sixth with 630k sales, while another big chart-topper, Simply Red's Fairground, is seventh on 609k.
1995 saw the rise of Britpop, led by Oasis, who score three entries in the end-of-year Top 40: Wonderwall at 10 (527k), Roll With It at 21 (345k), and Some Might Say at 34 (260k). The band famously lost the 'Battle of Britpop' for Number 1 with Roll With It against Blur's Country House in August that year, which ranks 12th with 486k sales.
Official Top 40 best-selling singles of 1995
|1||UNCHAINED MELODY/WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER||ROBSON & JEROME||1|
|2||GANGSTA'S PARADISE||COOLIO FEATURING L.V.||1|
|3||I BELIEVE/UP ON THE ROOF||ROBSON & JEROME||1|
|4||BACK FOR GOOD||TAKE THAT||1|
|5||THINK TWICE||CELINE DION||1|
|6||EARTH SONG||MICHAEL JACKSON||1|
|8||MISSING||EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL||3|
|9||YOU ARE NOT ALONE||MICHAEL JACKSON||1|
|11||FATHER AND SON||BOYZONE||2|
|13||BOOM BOOM BOOM||OUTHERE BROTHERS||1|
|14||DON'T STOP (WIGGLE WIGGLE)||OUTHERE BROTHERS||1|
|16||LIVING NEXT DOOR TO ALICE||SMOKIE FT ROY CHUBBY BROWN||3|
|17||COTTON EYE JOE||REDNEX||1|
|18||SET YOU FREE||N-TRANCE||2|
|19||TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME||BOBBY BROWN||3|
|20||HOLD ME, THRILL ME, KISS ME, KILL ME||U2||2|
|21||ROLL WITH IT||OASIS||2|
|22||GUAGLIONE||PEREZ 'PREZ' PRADO & HIS ORCH||2|
|23||I'LL BE THERE FOR YOU||REMBRANDTS||3|
|24||IT'S OH SO QUIET||BJORK||4|
|25||NEVER FORGET||TAKE THAT||1|
|26||HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER||INI KAMOZE||4|
|27||SHY GUY||DIANA KING||2|
|28||DON'T GIVE ME YOUR LIFE||ALEX PARTY||2|
|32||I'D LIE FOR YOU (AND THAT'S THE TRUTH)||MEAT LOAF||2|
|33||SCATMAN (SKI-BA-BOP-BA-DOP-BOP)||SCATMAN JOHN||3|
|34||SOME MIGHT SAY||OASIS||1|
|35||STAYIN' ALIVE||N-TRANCE FT RICARDO DA FORCE||2|
|38||FREE AS A BIRD||BEATLES||2|
|39||HEAVEN FOR EVERYONE||QUEEN||2|
|40||I'VE GOT A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU||MN8||2|
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