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, the tracks that have achieved one million paid-for sales, whether they be physical singles or downloads. It's still a relatively rare feat, with currently only 178 songs making it to seven figures.

Not all of them managed to make it to Number 1 – 28 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 1.95 million sales, while in 10th 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 1.9 million. Cher's Believe, the best-selling song by a female artist, is 17th in the rundown, with 1.84 million.

Frankie Goes to Hollywood's Relax claims the best-selling debut single by a group (2.07m) 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 1.43 million copies. Adele and Pharrell Williams have three million-sellers each – Someone Like You from 2011 is Adele's big one (1.66m) and Pharrell's is Happy.

The UK's best-selling songs of all time (physical single and download sales)

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

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