The Official Top 40 best-selling songs of 1984

The UK's top-selling tracks of 1984 include classic hits by Wham!, Stevie Wonder and Madonna.

The UK's best-selling single of 1984 was Do They Know It's Christmas? by Band Aid, with chart sales in excess of 2.4 million, according to Official Charts Company data.

As revealed on new Channel 5 series Britain's favourite 80s songs, currently airing on Fridays at 10pm, the iconic charity single organised by Bob Geldof is both the second-bestselling single of all time in the UK, as well as the best-selling Christmas single ever, with the original spending five weeks at Number 1.

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Band Aid also has an enviable legacy - the 1984 original has since spawned three successive cover versions for charity, all of which have also peaked at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart. 

Coming up in second place is Stevie Wonder, whose tender ballad I Just Called To Say I Love You sold a cool 1.82 million that year, swiftly followed by Frankie Goes To Hollywood's controversial debut single Relax on 1.8 million. 

Frankie Goes To Hollywood also make another appearance at Number 4 with Two Tribes, the follow-up to Relax which also peaked at Number 1 and sold 1.7 million. For two weeks that summer, Two Tribes was Number 1 while Relax was Number 2.

George Michael is the most featured artist in the Top 40, with a total of five appearances overall, including as a solo artist, as a member of Wham! and as part of Band Aid.

His biggest hit of the year was his first solo single Careless Whisper (included on the duo's LP Make It Big but credited as a singular George release) which lands at Number 5 selling 1.2 million, with Wham! themselves just one spot behind at 6 with Last Christmas/Everything She Wants, shifting 937k in the process.

The highest-selling female release of 1984 came from Chaka Khan with I Feel For You at Number 12, selling 639k. It was the first chart-topping hit for the Queen of Funk who celebrated her 68th birthday last month

Further down the Top 40, Madonna released one of the most iconic hits of her entire career with in Like A Virgin (18), Tina Turner finds emancipation and re-births herself as a rock superstar with What's Love Got To Do With It (20) and Culture Club (the best-selling act of 1983 with Karma Chameleon) also found success with The War Song (31).

The Official Top 40 best-selling songs of 1984

  TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
1 DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS? BAND AID 1 1984
2 I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU STEVIE WONDER 1 1984
3 RELAX FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD 1 1984
4 TWO TRIBES FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD 1 1984
5 CARELESS WHISPER GEORGE MICHAEL 1 1984
6 LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS WHAM! 2 1984
7 HELLO LIONEL RICHIE 1 1984
8 AGADOO BLACK LACE 2 1984
9 GHOSTBUSTERS RAY PARKER JR 2 1984
10 FREEDOM WHAM! 1 1984
11 WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GO GO WHAM! 1 1984
12 I FEEL FOR YOU CHAKA KHAN 1 1984
13 WHITE LINES (DON'T DO IT) GRANDMASTER FLASH & MELLE MEL 7 1984
14 WE ALL STAND TOGETHER PAUL MCCARTNEY AND FROG CHORUS 3 1984
15 99 RED BALLOONS NENA 1 1984
16 THE POWER OF LOVE FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD 1 1984
17 THE REFLEX DURAN DURAN 1 1984
18 LIKE A VIRGIN MADONNA 3 1984
19 TAKE A LOOK AT ME NOW (AGAINST ALL ODDS) PHIL COLLINS 2 1984
20 WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT TINA TURNER 3 1984
21 I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER JIM DIAMOND 1 1984
22 NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS PAUL MCCARTNEY 2 1984
23 I WANT TO BREAK FREE QUEEN 3 1984
24 HOLE IN MY SHOE NEIL 2 1984
25 TIME AFTER TIME CYNDI LAUPER 3 1984
26 RADIO GA GA QUEEN 2 1984
27 TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS GIORGIO MORODER & PHILIP OAKEY 3 1984
28 WHEN DOVES CRY PRINCE 4 1984
29 DOCTOR DOCTOR THOMPSON TWINS 3 1984
30 SELF CONTROL LAURA BRANIGAN 5 1984
31 THE WAR SONG CULTURE CLUB 2 1984
32 GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN CYNDI LAUPER 2 1984
33 THE WILD BOYS DURAN DURAN 2 1984
34 I WON'T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME NIK KERSHAW 2 1984
35 LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL HOWARD JONES 4 1984
36 NELLIE THE ELEPHANT TOY DOLLS 4 1984
37 PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) U2 3 1984
38 AUTOMATIC THE POINTER SISTERS 2 1984
39 JOANNA KOOL AND THE GANG 2 1984
40 THAT'S LIVIN' ALRIGHT (FROM AUF WIEDERSEHEN PET) JOE FAGAN 3 1984

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