The best-selling singles of all time on the Official UK Chart

Every million-selling song in the UK counted down.

They're the very top of the pops – the UK's million-selling singles. It's still a relatively rare feat, with currently only 175 songs making it to seven figures.

Not all of them managed to make it to Number 1 – 27 million-sellers never hit the top spot – but they've earned their place in British pop history.

Way out in front, with 4.93 million sales is Elton John's double-A Candle in the Wind 97/Something About the Way You Look Tonight, released after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Another charity record is in second, the original Band Aid with Do They Know It's Christmas? on 3.8 million, and the next five songs have all sold over two million copies.

The biggest selling cover version is Boney M's Rivers of Babylon/Brown Girl in the Ring from 1978, shifting 2.03 million, although the originals never charted – the most popular cover version of a song that had already charted is Wet Wet Wet's redo of the Troggs' Love Is All Around, on 1.9 million.

Look back over every Number 1 on the Official UK Singles Chart

The top selling song released in the 21st century goes to Pharrell Williams' Happy, which is eighth with 1.93 million sales, while in 12th is the top selling song never to reach Number 1 – Wham!'s Last Christmas, which was blocked by Band Aid in 1984 and has sold 1.88 million. Cher's Believe, the best-selling song by a female artist, is 17th in the rundown, with 1.83 million.

Frankie Goes to Hollywood's Relax claims the best-selling debut single by a group (2.06m) and Will Young takes the prize for a solo artist with Anything Is Possible/Evergreen (1.79m)

Some stars are just greedy and bag more than one million-seller: 22 acts have two or more entries in the list of the UK's all-time bestselling singles. Way out in front, with an astonishing six, are the Beatles, with their top-selling honour going to 1963 chart-topper She Loves You, on 1.92 million.

Rihanna is up next – she appears on four, with We Found Love (feat Calvin Harris) her biggest, shifting 1.41 million copies. Adele and Pharrell Williams have three million-sellers each – Someone Like You from 2011 is Adele's big one (1.64m) and Pharrell's is Happy.

The UK's best-selling songs of all time

POS TITLE ARTIST YEAR PEAK
1 SOMETHING ABOUT THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT/CANDLE IN THE WIND 97 ELTON JOHN 1997 1
2 DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS? BAND AID 1984 1
3 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY QUEEN 1975 1 (1975 & 1991)
4 MULL OF KINTYRE/GIRLS' SCHOOL WINGS 1977 1
5 YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I WANT JOHN TRAVOLTA & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN 1978 1
6 RELAX FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD 1983 1
7 RIVERS OF BABYLON/BROWN GIRL IN THE RING BONEY M 1978 1
8 HAPPY PHARRELL WILLIAMS 2013 1
9 SHE LOVES YOU THE BEATLES 1963 1
10 LOVE IS ALL AROUND WET WET WET 1994 1
11 MARY'S BOY CHILD/OH MY LORD BONEY M 1978 1
12 LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS WHAM! 1984 2
13 I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU STEVIE WONDER 1984 1
14 UNCHAINED MELODY/(THERE'LL BE BLUEBIRDS OVER) THE WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER ROBSON GREEN & JEROME FLYNN 1995 1
15 (EVERYTHING I DO) I DO IT FOR YOU BRYAN ADAMS 1991 1
16 BARBIE GIRL AQUA 1997 1
17 BELIEVE CHER 1998 1
18 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND THE BEATLES 1963 1
19 ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE/EVERGREEN WILL YOUNG 2002 1
20 IMAGINE JOHN LENNON 1975 1975 No 6 / 1980 No 1
21 BLURRED LINES ROBIN THICKE/TI/PHARRELL 2013 1
22 I'LL BE MISSING YOU PUFF DADDY & FAITH EVANS 1997 1
23 UPTOWN FUNK MARK RONSON FT BRUNO MARS 2014 1
24 EYE OF THE TIGER SURVIVOR 1982 1
25 SOMEONE LIKE YOU ADELE 2011 1
26 I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU WHITNEY HOUSTON 1992 1
27 SUMMER NIGHTS JOHN TRAVOLTA & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN 1978 1
28 DON'T YOU WANT ME? HUMAN LEAGUE 1981 1
29 TWO TRIBES FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD 1984 1
30 GANGSTA'S PARADISE COOLIO FEATURING L.V. 1995 1
31 MY HEART WILL GO ON CELINE DION 1998 1
32 THREE LIONS BADDIEL & SKINNER & LIGHTNING SEEDS 1996 1
33 ...BABY ONE MORE TIME BRITNEY SPEARS 1999 1
34 PERFECT DAY VARIOUS ARTISTS 1997 1
35 CAN'T BUY ME LOVE THE BEATLES 1964 1
36 MOVES LIKE JAGGER MAROON 5 FEATURING CHRISTINA AGUILERA 2011 2
37 CARELESS WHISPER GEORGE MICHAEL 1984 1
38 KARMA CHAMELEON CULTURE CLUB 1983 1
39 TEARS KEN DODD 1965 1
40 SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW GOTYE FEATURING KIMBRA 2011 1
41 WONDERWALL OASIS 1995 2
42 YMCA VILLAGE PEOPLE 1978 1
43 WAKE ME UP AVICII 2013 1
44 I GOTTA FEELING BLACK EYED PEAS 2009 1
45 GET LUCKY DAFT PUNK FT PHARRELL WILLIAMS 2013 1
46 KILLING ME SOFTLY FUGEES 1996 1
47 THE POWER OF LOVE JENNIFER RUSH 1985 1
48 (WE'RE GONNA) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK BILL HALEY & HIS COMETS 1955 1
49 IT WASN'T ME SHAGGY FEATURING RIKROK 2001 1
50 COME ON EILEEN DEXY'S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS 1982 1
51 THE CARNIVAL IS OVER THE SEEKERS 1965 1
52 I FEEL FINE THE BEATLES 1964 1
53 WE FOUND LOVE RIHANNA FEATURING CALVIN HARRIS 2011 1
54 WE CAN WORK IT OUT/DAY TRIPPER THE BEATLES 1964 1
55 SEX ON FIRE KINGS OF LEON 2008 1
56 WANNABE SPICE GIRLS 1996 1
57 RELEASE ME ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK 1967 1
58 THINK TWICE CELINE DION 1994 1
59 NEVER EVER ALL SAINTS 1997 1
60 CALL ME MAYBE CARLY RAE JEPSEN 2012 1
61 TAINTED LOVE SOFT CELL 1981 1
62 (IS THIS THE WAY TO) AMARILLO TONY CHRISTIE FT PETER KAY 2005 1
63 UNCHAINED MELODY GARETH GATES 2002 1
64 JUST THE WAY YOU ARE (AMAZING) BRUNO MARS 2010 1
65 IT'S LIKE THAT RUN-D.M.C. VS JASON NEVINS 1997 1
66 HEART OF GLASS BLONDIE 1979 1
67 HALLELUJAH ALEXANDRA BURKE 2008 1
68 IMPOSSIBLE JAMES ARTHUR 2012 1
69 TITANIUM DAVID GUETTA FT SIA 2011 1
70 MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY SLADE 1973 1
71 GANGNAM STYLE PSY 2012 1
72 RATHER BE CLEAN BANDIT FT JESS GLYNNE 2014 1
73 PARTY ROCK ANTHEM LMFAO FEATURING LAUREN BENNETT AND GOONROCK 2011 1
74 ALL OF ME JOHN LEGEND 2014 2
75 IT'S NOW OR NEVER ELVIS PRESLEY 1960 1
76 LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE EMINEM FEATURING RIHANNA 2010 2
77 GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME TOM JONES 1966 1
78 DIANA PAUL ANKA 1957 1
79 LET HER GO PASSENGER 2012 2
80 BLUE MONDAY NEW ORDER 1983 ORIGINAL 1983 NO 9 / 1988 Remix NO 3
81 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK POGUES FT KIRSTY MACCOLL 1987 2
82 THINKING OUT LOUD ED SHEERAN 2014 1
83 ANGELS ROBBIE WILLIAMS 1997 4
84 PRICE TAG JESSIE J FEATURING B.O.B 2011 1
85 BRIGHT EYES ART GARFUNKEL 1979 1
86 HEARTBEAT/TRAGEDY STEPS 1998 1
87 EARTH SONG MICHAEL JACKSON 1995 1
88 TORN NATALIE IMBRUGLIA 1997 2
89 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU MARIAH CAREY 1994 2
90 CAN'T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD KYLIE MINOGUE 2001 1
91 I DON'T WANT TO MISS A THING AEROSMITH 1998 4
92 SATURDAY NIGHT WHIGFIELD 1994 1
93 MARY'S BOY CHILD HARRY BELAFONTE 1957 1
94 STRANGER ON THE SHORE MR ACKER BILK AND HIS PARAMOUNT JAZZ BAND 1961 2
95 THE LAST WALTZ ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK 1967 1
96 DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS? BAND AID 20 2004 1
97 POKER FACE LADY GAGA 2009 1
98 GHOSTBUSTERS RAY PARKER JR. 1984 2
99 CHASING CARS SNOW PATROL 2006 6
100 DON'T GIVE UP ON US DAVID SOUL 1976 1
101 ONLY GIRL (IN THE WORLD) RIHANNA 2010 1
102 SPACEMAN BABYLON ZOO 1996 1
103 NO MATTER WHAT BOYZONE 1998 1
104 ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) PINK FLOYD 1979 1
105 WE ARE YOUNG FUN FT JANELLE MONAE 2011 1
106 I LOVE YOU LOVE ME LOVE GARY GLITTER 1973 1
107 HEY JUDE THE BEATLES 1968 1
108 2 BECOME 1 SPICE GIRLS 1996 1
109 DANCING QUEEN ABBA 1976 1
110 COUNTING STARS ONEREPUBLIC 2013 1
111 CRAZY GNARLS BARKLEY 2006 1
112 BLUE (DA BA DEE) EIFFEL 65 1999 1
113 I FEEL LOVE DONNA SUMMER 1977 1
114 HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK IAN DURY AND THE BLOCKHEADS 1978 1
115 THE A TEAM ED SHEERAN 2011 3
116 ROAR KATY PERRY 2013 1
117 I BELIEVE/UP ON THE ROOF ROBSON & JEROME 1995 1
118 BACK FOR GOOD TAKE THAT 1995 1
119 USE SOMEBODY KINGS OF LEON 2008 2
120 BLEEDING LOVE LEONA LEWIS 2007 1
121 DON'T STOP BELIEVIN' JOURNEY 1982 6 (2010)
122 THAT'S MY GOAL SHAYNE WARD 2005 1
123 TELETUBBIES SAY "EH-OH!" TELETUBBIES 1997 1
124 I REMEMBER YOU FRANK IFIELD 1962 1
125 UNCHAINED MELODY THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS 1965 1
126 DIAMONDS RIHANNA 2012 1
127 PURE AND SIMPLE HEAR'SAY 2001 1
128 FIREWORK KATY PERRY 2010 3
129 RIDE ON TIME BLACK BOX 1989 1
130 LOSE YOURSELF EMINEM 2002 1
131 ROLLING IN THE DEEP ADELE 2011 2
132 I WILL SURVIVE GLORIA GAYNOR 1979 1
133 FAME IRENE CARA 1982 1
134 RULE THE WORLD TAKE THAT 2007 2
135 LA LA LA NAUGHTY BOY FT SAM SMITH 2013 1
136 RED RED WINE UB40 1983 1
137 UPTOWN GIRL BILLY JOEL 1983 1
138 THE YOUNG ONES CLIFF RICHARD & THE SHADOWS 1962 1
139 SAILING ROD STEWART 1975 1
140 STAND & DELIVER! ADAM AND THE ANTS 1981 1
141 DON'T YOU WORRY CHILD SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA/MARTIN 2012 1
142 GIVE ME EVERYTHING PITBULL FEATURING NE-YO, AFROJACK AND NAYER 2011 1
143 WHITE CHRISTMAS BING CROSBY WITH THE KEN DARBY SINGERS AND JOHN SCOTT TROTTER ORCHESTRA 1942 5 (1977) - since 1952
144 BAD ROMANCE LADY GAGA 2009 1
145 THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT TIGHT FIT 1982 1
146 MYSTERIOUS GIRL PETER ANDRE FEATURING BUBBLER RANX 1995 1
147 SUGAR SUGAR THE ARCHIES 1969 1
148 FIGHT FOR THIS LOVE CHERYL COLE 2009 1
149 HERO ENRIQUE IGLESIAS 2002 1
150 DON'T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA JULIE COVINGTON 1976 1
151 MAMBO NO.5 (A LITTLE BIT OF...) LOU BEGA 1999 1
152 DON'T GO BREAKING MY HEART ELTON JOHN & KIKI DEE 1976 1
153 CAN WE FIX IT? BOB THE BUILDER 2000 1
154 WHERE IS THE LOVE BLACK EYED PEAS 2003 1
155 SAVE YOUR KISSES FOR ME BROTHERHOOD OF MAN 1976 1
156 JAR OF HEARTS CHRISTINA PERRI 2011 4
157 WHOLE AGAIN ATOMIC KITTEN 2001 1
158 DON'T SPEAK NO DOUBT 1997 1
159 WHEN WE COLLIDE MATT CARDLE 2010 1
160 I'D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING THE NEW SEEKERS 1971 1
161 YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE GERRY & THE PACEMAKERS 1963 1
162 STARSHIPS NICKI MINAJ 2012 2
163 UNDER THE MOON OF LOVE SHOWADDYWADDY 1976 1
164 WHAT MAKES YOU BEAUTIFUL ONE DIRECTION 2011 1
165 TIE A YELLOW RIBBON ROUND THE OLE OAK TREE DAWN FEATURING TONY ORLANDO 1973 1
166 ESPECIALLY FOR YOU KYLIE MINOGUE & JASON DONOVAN 1988 1
167 MAKE YOU FEEL MY LOVE ADELE 2008 4
168 EYE LEVEL THE SIMON PARK ORCHESTRA 1972 1
169 LONG HAIRED LOVER FROM LIVERPOOL LITTLE JIMMY OSMOND 1972 1
170 FORGET YOU CEE LO GREEN 2011 1
171 GRENADE BRUNO MARS 2011 1
172 PARADISE COLDPLAY 2011 1
173 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP RICK ASTLEY 1987 1
174 DON'T LOOK BACK IN ANGER OASIS 1996 1
175 SEXY AND I KNOW IT LMFAO 2011 5

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* Sales for White Christmas have only been counted since the inception of the chart in 1952.