2013 was a bumper year for million sellers. Four singles crossed the landmark the same year they debuted, creating the biggest annual haul of million-selling singles since 1998.
Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines, feat TI and Pharrell Williams, was the biggest seller, clocking up over 1.47 million since its June debut. With five non-consecutive weeks at the top, it was also the longest running Number 1 of 2013.
Daft Punk’s Get Lucky, the first 2013 single to reach a million sales, reached one million sales in just 69 days and ended the year at Number 2 with a sales tally of 1.3 million.
Avicii claimed the third biggest seller of 2013 and the fastest-selling single, with Wake Me Up, which shifted 267,000 copies in its first week of release. It spent three weeks at Number 1, selling 1.18 million in 2013.
The final million seller released in 2013, and only single by a home-grown artist to hit this sales milestone, belonged to Passenger, AKA Mike Rosenberg. More than 1.03 million copies were sold, despite Let Her Go never actually reaching Number 1; it peaked at Number 2 behind Get Lucky in April.
Naughty Boy’s La La La, featuring Sam Smith, who won the BRITs Critics' Choice prize ahead of 2014's ceremony, was fifth – over 941,000 copies sold since its May release.
Sales of singles hit 182.2 million in 2013, the second highest in British music history, and coming close to matching the all-time record of 186.6 million set in 2012.
The Official Top 40 biggest selling singles of 2013
|1||BLURRED LINES||ROBIN THICKE/TI/PHARRELL|
|2||GET LUCKY||DAFT PUNK FEAT PHARRELL WILLIAMS|
|3||WAKE ME UP||AVICII|
|4||LET HER GO||PASSENGER|
|5||LA LA LA||NAUGHTY BOY FEAT SAM SMITH|
|7||THRIFT SHOP||MACKLEMORE/RYAN LEWIS/WANZ|
|8||JUST GIVE ME A REASON||PINK FEAT NATE RUESS|
|12||WAITING ALL NIGHT||RUDIMENTAL FEAT ELLA EYRE|
|13||CAN'T HOLD US||MACKLEMORE/RYAN LEWIS/DALTON|
|14||LOVE ME AGAIN||JOHN NEWMAN|
|16||WHEN I WAS YOUR MAN||BRUNO MARS|
|17||I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE||TAYLOR SWIFT|
|18||SCREAM & SHOUT||WILL I AM FEAT BRITNEY SPEARS|
|19||I LOVE IT||ICONA POP FEAT CHARLI XCX|
|20||DEAR DARLIN'||OLLY MURS|
|22||STAY||RIHANNA FEAT MIKKY EKKO|
|23||SUMMERTIME SADNESS||LANA DEL REY VS CEDRIC GERVAIS|
|24||ONE WAY OR ANOTHER (TEENAGE KICKS)||ONE DIRECTION|
|25||TALK DIRTY||JASON DERULO FEAT 2 CHAINZ|
|26||THE MONSTER||EMINEM FEAT RIHANNA|
|27||I COULD BE THE ONE||AVICII VS NICKY ROMERO|
|28||WE CAN'T STOP||MILEY CYRUS|
|29||WHITE NOISE||DISCLOSURE FEAT ALUNAGEORGE|
|31||HOLD ON WE'RE GOING HOME||DRAKE FEAT MAJID JORDAN|
|32||I NEED YOUR LOVE||CALVIN HARRIS/ELLIE GOULDING|
|33||BANG BANG||WILL I AM|
|34||SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW||LILY ALLEN|
|35||NEED U (100 PERCENT)||DUKE DUMONT FEAT AME|
|36||PLAY HARD||DAVID GUETTA FEAT NE-YO & AKON|
|37||WHAT ABOUT US||SATURDAYS FEAT SEAN PAUL|
|38||WILD||JESSIE J/BIG SEAN/D RASCAL|
|39||THE OTHER SIDE||JASON DERULO|
|40||DRINKING FROM THE BOTTLE||CALVIN HARRIS FEAT TINIE TEMPAH|
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