List of million-selling singles in the United Kingdom

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"(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley & His Comets was the first single to sell 1 million copies in the UK.

The definition of a million-selling single, as regarded by the Official Charts Company (OCC), has changed in line with new technology for music consumption. Originally only physical record sales were counted since the start of the UK Singles Chart in November 1952. Digital downloads of a track were included from 2004 onwards and from 2014 onwards BPI-certified awards (Silver, Gold and Platinum) and the weekly charts include audio streaming.[1][2] In 2017, the OCC included streaming in their definition of a million-seller and published a full list of the 311 songs which had achieved this.[3] Certified awards can also include shipments (sales to trade).[4][5][6] The OCC and Music Week regularly announce when a record becomes a million seller.[7][8][9]

History

In 1959, British periodical Disc introduced an initiative to present a Gold record to singles that sold more than 1 million units.[10] Information about when a record was classified Gold by Disc is "not well documented", and the awards relied on record companies correctly compiling and supplying sales information.[10] This led to errors, such as The Shadows' instrumental "Apache" and The Archies' "Sugar, Sugar" incorrectly being awarded a gold disc in January 1970.[nb 1] Such inaccuracies led to the instigation of an official classification system.[10] In April 1973, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) began classifying singles and albums by the number of units sold. The highest threshold is "Platinum record" and was then awarded to singles that sold more than 1 million units.[11] For singles released after 1 January 1989, the number of sales required to qualify for Platinum, Gold and Silver records was dropped to 600,000 units (Platinum), 400,000 units (Gold) and 200,000 units (Silver).[11][12] In February 1987, the BPI introduced multi-Platinum awards so that if a single sold 1,200,000 units it was classified as double Platinum, 1,800,000 units as triple Platinum, etc.[12]

Digital downloads have been counted towards singles sales from 2004 onwards.[13] Additionally, audio streaming has been included in the official chart and BPI awards since 30 June 2014, at a rate of 100 streams representing one unit sale,[2] however the OCC still compiles a 'sales' (only) chart.[14]

In 1963, The Beatles' song "She Loves You" became the best-selling single of all time in the UK.[15] This record was broken in 1977 when Paul McCartney's new band Wings surpassed it with "Mull of Kintyre", which also became the first song to sell 2 million copies in the UK.[16] In 1984, Band Aid released the charity-record "Do They Know It's Christmas?" in response to the famine in Ethiopia; it sold 1 million copies in the first week and soon became the best-selling single.[17][18] This record was broken in 1997, following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, when Elton John released "Candle in the Wind 1997", a re-write of the Marilyn Monroe tribute released in 1973. Selling more than 650,000 copies on its first day on sale and more than 1.5 million in its first week, it quickly became the UK's best-selling single.[17][19][20] It was classified by the BPI as 9× Platinum (5.4 million) in October 1997, but more recent reports by the OCC put its total sales at 4.93 million.[3]

Million-selling singles (paid-for sales)

The following list is restricted to paid-for sales since the inception of a UK chart in 1952. Sales figures from the OCC are as of 19 September 2017.[3] At this date, the OCC started recording million-sellers using combined sales (including streaming), but published the paid-for sales figures as well.

As of September 2017, 170 singles have sold 1 million copies in the UK.[3] Of these, 108 were originally released in the 20th century (70 of them selling 1 million before the year 2000)[8] and the remainder were released between 2000 and 2014. The most recently released single to become a million-seller is "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars,[21] which was released in December 2014 and passed a million sales ten weeks later in February 2015. Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" is the earliest release: originally 1942, although only sales from 1952 onwards are counted. The year in which the most million-sellers were released is 2011, with twelve; while a record 37 releases the 2010s have sold a million copies.[22][3]

Artist Single (two songs separated by / denotes a double A-side) Date released[nb 2] Date certified
Platinum
Date sold
1 million
[nb 3]
Copies sold[nb 4] Order in which songs reached
1 million
Crosby, BingBing Crosby "White Christmas" 1942[24] N/A 2010–12 1,047,349 117
Haley & His Comets, BillBill Haley & His Comets "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock" December 1954[25] N/A 1955[26] 1,439,196 1[26]
Anka, PaulPaul Anka "Diana" August 1957[27] N/A 1957 1,253,486
Belafonte, HarryHarry Belafonte "Mary's Boy Child" October 1957[28] N/A 1957 1,187,752
Presley, ElvisElvis Presley with The Jordanaires "It's Now or Never" October 1960[28] N/A 1960 1,272,271
Bilk, AckerAcker Bilk "Stranger on the Shore" November 1961[27] N/A 1961 1,186,534
Richard, CliffCliff Richard and The Shadows "The Young Ones" January 1962[27] N/A 1962 1,068,368
Ifield, FrankFrank Ifield "I Remember You" June 1962[27] N/A 1962 1,106,190
Beatles, TheThe Beatles "She Loves You" August 1963[29] N/A 1963 1,922,275
Gerry and the Pacemakers "You'll Never Walk Alone" October 1963 N/A 2016[30] 1,011,244 165[30]
Beatles, TheThe Beatles "I Want to Hold Your Hand" November 1963[29] N/A 1963 1,810,829
Beatles, TheThe Beatles "Can't Buy Me Love" March 1964[29] N/A 1964 1,547,454
Beatles, TheThe Beatles "I Feel Fine" November 1964[29] N/A 1964 1,423,196
Righteous Brothers, TheThe Righteous Brothers "Unchained Melody" July 1965
October 1990 (re-issue)
1 November 1990 2004–10[31] 1,101,570
Dodd, KenKen Dodd "Tears" August 1965[27] N/A 1965 1,523,690
Seekers, TheThe Seekers "The Carnival Is Over" October 1965[27] N/A 1965 1,426,218
Beatles, TheThe Beatles "Day Tripper" / "We Can Work It Out" December 1965[29] N/A 1965 1,402,308
Jones, TomTom Jones "Green, Green Grass of Home" November 1966[32] N/A 1966 1,257,737
Humperdinck, EngelbertEngelbert Humperdinck "Release Me" May 1967[33] N/A 1967 1,384,673
Humperdinck, EngelbertEngelbert Humperdinck "The Last Waltz" November 1967[33] N/A 1967 1,184,163
Beatles, TheThe Beatles "Hey Jude" August 1968 N/A 2010–12 1,141,635 116
Archies, TheThe Archies "Sugar, Sugar" October 1969[28] N/A 2004–10[nb 1] 1,040,461
New Seekers, TheThe New Seekers "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)" December 1971[36] N/A 2004–10[37] 1,016,440
Park Orchestra, SimonSimon Park Orchestra "Eye Level" November 1972 1 January 1978 1978 1,008,481
Osmond, Little JimmyLittle Jimmy Osmond "Long Haired Lover from Liverpool" November 1972[38] N/A 2004–10[39] 1,006,661
Orlando and Dawn, TonyTony Orlando and Dawn "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" February 1973 N/A 2010–12 1,011,658 118
Glitter, GaryGary Glitter "I Love You Love Me Love" November 1973 1 January 1974 1973 1,146,051
Slade "Merry Xmas Everybody" December 1973 1 December 1980 1980 1,306,566
Stewart, RodRod Stewart "Sailing" September 1975 N/A[nb 5] 2010–12 1,064,038 120
Queen "Bohemian Rhapsody"
"Bohemian Rhapsody" / "These Are the Days of Our Lives"
October 1975
November 1991
1 January 1976
1 December 1991
1975[nb 6] 2,540,604
Lennon, JohnJohn Lennon "Imagine" October 1975 1 February 1981 1981 1,714,351
Showaddywaddy "Under the Moon of Love" November 1975 N/A[nb 5] 2010–12 1,014,475 121
Brotherhood of Man "Save Your Kisses for Me" March 1976 1 May 1976 1976 1,025,364
John, EltonElton John and Kiki Dee "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" June 1976 N/A[nb 5] 2013[40] 1,029,242 134[40]
ABBA "Dancing Queen" August 1976 N/A[nb 5] 2004–10[35] 1,133,288
Covington, JulieJulie Covington "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" November 1976 N/A[nb 5] 2004–10[42] 1,032,296
Soul, DavidDavid Soul "Don't Give Up on Us" December 1976 1 February 1977 1976 1,167,371
Summer, DonnaDonna Summer "I Feel Love" July 1977 N/A 2012[43] 1,127,511 115
Wings "Mull of Kintyre" / "Girls' School" November 1977 1 December 1977 1978 2,086,183
Boney M. "Rivers of Babylon" / "Brown Girl in the Ring"dagger April 1978 1 May 1978 1978 2,032,656
Travolta, JohnJohn Travolta and Olivia Newton-John "You're the One That I Want" May 1978 1 July 1978 1978 2,072,035
Travolta, JohnJohn Travolta and Olivia Newton-John "Summer Nights" September 1978 1 October 1978 1979 1,640,672
Gaynor, GloriaGloria Gaynor "I Will Survive" October 1978 N/A[nb 5] 2010–12 1,082,038 119
Boney M. "Mary's Boy Child – Oh My Lord" November 1978 1 December 1978 1978 1,885,274
Village People "Y.M.C.A." November 1978 1 January 1979 1979 1,513,677
Dury and the Blockheads, IanIan Dury and the Blockheads "Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick" November 1978 N/A[nb 5] 2004–10[8] 1,129,369
Blondie "Heart of Glass January 1979 1 February 1979 1979 1,322,316
Garfunkel, ArtArt Garfunkel "Bright Eyes" January 1979 1 May 1979 1979 1,222,230
Pink Floyd "Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)" November 1979 1 January 1980 2004–10 1,146,548
Adam and the Ants "Stand and Deliver" May 1981 N/A[nb 5] 2004–10[8] 1,060,856
Soft Cell "Tainted Love" July 1981 N/A[nb 5] 1981 1,356,094
Human League, TheThe Human League "Don't You Want Me" November 1981 1 January 1982 1982 1,560,000
Journey "Don't Stop Believin'" December 1981 22 July 2013 2014[44] 1,105,177
Tight Fit "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" January 1982 N/A[nb 5] 2010–12 1,045,051 122
Dexy's Midnight Runners and the Emerald Express "Come On Eileen" June 1982 1 September 1982 1982 1,425,474
Cara, IreneIrene Cara "Fame" June 1982 N/A[nb 5] 2004–10[35] 1,079,222
Survivor "Eye of the Tiger" July 1982 1 December 2014 2004–10[35] 1,650,293
New Order "Blue Monday" March 1983 N/A[nb 7] 1,239,137
UB40 "Red Red Wine" August 1983 N/A 2014[44] 1,063,106 150[44]
Culture Club "Karma Chameleon" September 1983 1 October 1983 1983 1,528,498
Joel, BillyBilly Joel "Uptown Girl" September 1983 N/A[nb 5] 2004–10[46] 1,066,141
Frankie Goes to Hollywood "Relax" October 1983 1 March 1984 1984 2,066,230
Frankie Goes to Hollywood "Two Tribes" June 1984 1 June 1984 1984 1,629,287
Michael, GeorgeGeorge Michael "Careless Whisper" July 1984 1 September 1984 1984 1,523,852
Wonder, StevieStevie Wonder "I Just Called to Say I Love You" August 1984 1 September 1984 1984 1,874,225
Parker, Jr., RayRay Parker, Jr. "Ghostbusters" August 1984 N/A[nb 5] 2004–10[35] 1,170,587
Band Aid "Do They Know It's Christmas?" November 1984 1 December 1984 1984 3,802,066
Wham! "Last Christmas" / "Everything She Wants" December 1984 1 January 1985 1985 1,825,115
Rush, JenniferJennifer Rush "The Power of Love" May 1985 1 November 1985 1985 1,456,087
Pogues, TheThe Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl "Fairytale of New York" December 1987 22 July 2013 2012[47] 1,217,112 126[47]
Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan "Especially for You" November 1988 N/A[nb 5] 2014[48] 1,008,057 154[48]
Black Box "Ride On Time" August 1989 1 October 1989 2004–10[49] 1,092,718
Adams, BryanBryan Adams "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" June 1991 1 August 1991 1991 1,848,154
Houston, WhitneyWhitney Houston "I Will Always Love You" October 1992 1 December 1992 1993 1,642,360
Wet Wet Wet "Love Is All Around" May 1994 1 June 1994 1994 1,898,790
Whigfield "Saturday Night" September 1994 1 September 1994 1994 1,193,115
Dion, CelineCeline Dion "Think Twice" October 1994 1 January 1995 1994 1,374,888
Carey, MariahMariah Carey "All I Want for Christmas Is You" December 1994 19 December 2013 2013[50] 1,172,436 142[50]
Robson Green & Jerome Flynn "Unchained Melody" / "White Cliffs of Dover" May 1995 May 1995 1995 1,867,755
Take That "Back for Good" March 1995 1 April 1995 2004–10[8] 1,119,470
Andre, PeterPeter Andre featuring Bubbler Ranx "Mysterious Girl" September 1995 1 August 1996 2013[40] 1,040,672 135[40]
Coolio featuring L.V. "Gangsta's Paradise" October 1995 1 November 1995 1995 1,585,504
Robson Green & Jerome Flynn "I Believe" / "Up on the Roof" October 1995 1 November 1995 1995 1,121,703
Oasis "Wonderwall" October 1995 1 January 1996 2004–10[51] 1,502,270
Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson "Earth Song" November 1995 1 December 1995 1995 1,210,297
Babylon Zoo "Spaceman" January 1996 1 January 1996 1996 1,161,286
Baddiel & Skinner & The Lightning Seeds "Three Lions"
"3 Lions '98"
June 1996
June 1998
1 July 1996
3 July 1998
1998[nb 8] 1,577,260
Fugees "Killing Me Softly June 1996 1 June 1996 1996 1,457,641
Spice Girls "Wannabe" July 1996 1 August 1996 1996 1,385,211
Spice Girls "2 Become 1" December 1996 1 December 1996 1996 1,137,775
No Doubt "Don't Speak" February 1997 22 July 2013 2015[52] 1,017,532 163[52]
Puff Daddy featuring Faith Evans "I'll Be Missing You" June 1997 1 July 1997 1997 1,663,303
John, EltonElton John "Candle in the Wind 1997" /
"Something About the Way You Look Tonight"
September 1997 1 September 1997 1997 4,935,426
Aqua "Barbie Girl" October 1997 7 November 1997 1997 1,844,310
Imbruglia, NatalieNatalie Imbruglia "Torn" October 1997 12 December 1997 2004–10[53] 1,197,721
Various artists "Perfect Day" November 1997 21 November 1997 1997 1,550,017
All Saints "Never Ever" November 1997 5 December 1997 1998 1,363,504
Teletubbies "Teletubbies say "Eh-oh!"" December 1997 12 December 1997 1997 1,110,708
Williams, RobbieRobbie Williams "Angels" December 1997 6 February 1998 2009–10 1,228,319
Dion, CelineCeline Dion "My Heart Will Go On" February 1998 27 February 1998 1998 1,583,276
Run–D.M.C. vs Jason Nevins "It's Like That" March 1998 27 March 1998 1998 1,322,898
Boyzone "No Matter What" August 1998 7 August 1998 1998 1,157,952
Aerosmith "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" September 1998 22 July 2013 2012[54] 1,190,480 113[54]
Cher "Believe" October 1998 30 October 1998 1998 1,826,573
Steps "Heartbeat" / "Tragedy" November 1998 8 January 1999 1999 1,212,288
Spears, BritneyBritney Spears "...Baby One More Time" February 1999 19 February 1999 1999 1,558,054
Bega, LouLou Bega "Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit of ...)" August 1999 September 1999 2014[55] 1,029,722 155[55]
Eiffel 65 "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" September 1999 8 October 1999 2000-02 1,130,082
Bob the Builder "Can We Fix It?" December 2000 15 December 2000 2001 1,029,644
Atomic Kitten "Whole Again" February 2001 2 March 2001 2013[40] 1,021,465 131[40]
Shaggy featuring Rikrok "It Wasn't Me" February 2001 2 March 2001 2001[56] 1,428,204
Hear'Say "Pure and Simple" March 2001 30 March 2001 2001[56] 1,100,356
Minogue, KylieKylie Minogue "Can't Get You Out of My Head" September 2001 28 September 2001 2002[57] 1,195,229
Iglesias, EnriqueEnrique Iglesias "Hero" January 2002 15 March 2002 2015[58] 1,036,015 159[58]
Young, WillWill Young "Anything Is Possible" / "Evergreen" February 2002 1 March 2002 2002[59] 1,795,213
Gates, GarethGareth Gates "Unchained Melody" March 2002 22 March 2002 2002 1,345,850
Eminem "Lose Yourself" December 2002 22 July 2013 2015[52] 1,077,213 162[52]
Black Eyed Peas, TheThe Black Eyed Peas "Where Is the Love?" June 2003 October 2003 2017 1,018,056 168-170[3]
Band Aid 20 "Do They Know It's Christmas?" November 2004 17 December 2004 2004 1,184,396
Christie, TonyTony Christie featuring Peter Kay "(Is This the Way to) Amarillo" March 2005 8 April 2005 2005 1,354,478
Ward, ShayneShayne Ward "That's My Goal" December 2005 13 January 2006 2006[60] 1,112,671
Gnarls Barkley "Crazy" April 2006 26 May 2006 2010–11[8][61] 1,131,184 104[61]
Snow Patrol "Chasing Cars" July 2006 22 July 2013 2013[62] 1,159,099 139[62]
Lewis, LeonaLeona Lewis "Bleeding Love" October 2007 18 January 2008 2010[63] 1,114,596 103[63]
Take That "Rule the World" October 2007 22 July 2013 2014[44] 1,070,725 152[44]
Kings of Leon "Sex on Fire" September 2008 22 July 2013 2010[9] 1,386,171 101[9]
Adele "Make You Feel My Love" October 2008 22 April 2011 2017 1,002,171 168-170[3]
Kings of Leon "Use Somebody" December 2008 22 July 2013 2013[64] 1,115,392 133[40]
Burke, AlexandraAlexandra Burke "Hallelujah" December 2008 16 January 2009 2009[7] 1,310,017
Gaga, LadyLady Gaga "Poker Face" April 2009 7 January 2010 2010[9] 1,180,377 102[9]
Black Eyed Peas, TheThe Black Eyed Peas "I Gotta Feeling" July 2009 7 January 2010 2010[8] 1,477,778 100[8]
Cole, CherylCheryl Cole "Fight for This Love" October 2009 14 May 2010 2012[65] 1,040,958 125[65]
Gaga, LadyLady Gaga "Bad Romance" October 2009 20 August 2013 2013[66] 1,045,372 138[66]
Eminem featuring Rihanna "Love the Way You Lie" July 2010 22 July 2013 2011[67] 1,258,763 107[67]
Green, CeeLoCeeLo Green "Fuck You" August 2010 January 2011 2017 1,153,973 168-170[3]
Mars, BrunoBruno Mars "Just the Way You Are (Amazing)" September 2010 2 August 2011 2011[61] 1,331,684 106[61]
Rihanna "Only Girl (In the World)" October 2010 7 January 2011 2011[68] 1,162,460 108[68]
Katy Perry "Firework" November 2010 11 March 2011 2014[69] 1,091,743 147[69]
Cardle, MattMatt Cardle "When We Collide" December 2010 22 July 2013 2012[70] 1,017,149 123[70]
Adele "Rolling in the Deep" January 2011 24 June 2011 2014[71] 1,086,347 144[71]
Adele "Someone like You" January 2011 1 April 2011 2011[61] 1,644,597 105[61]
Jessie J featuring B.o.B "Price Tag" January 2011 13 May 2011 2012[72] 1,228,371 111[72]
LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock "Party Rock Anthem" January 2011 22 July 2013 2012[73] 1,284,335 110[73]
Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer "Give Me Everything" March 2011 16 September 2011 2014[69] 1,048,500 146[69]
Christina Perri "Jar of Hearts" May 2011 22 July 2013 2016[74] 1,001,400 164[74]
Sheeran, EdEd Sheeran "The A Team" June 2011 28 October 2011 2013[40] 1,118,825 132[40]
Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera "Moves like Jagger" August 2011 22 July 2013 2011[75] 1,536,041 109
Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris "We Found Love" September 2011 22 July 2013 2012[76] 1,415,416 112[76]
One Direction "What Makes You Beautiful" September 2011 15 February 2013 2016[77] 1,010,042 167[77]
Gotye featuring Kimbra "Somebody That I Used to Know" December 2011 22 July 2013 2012[43] 1,515,527 114[43]
Guetta, DavidDavid Guetta featuring Sia "Titanium" December 2011 10 August 2012 2013[78] 1,300,566 130[78]
Minaj, NickiNicki Minaj "Starships" February 2012 22 July 2013 2016[30] 1,162,065 166[30]
fun. featuring Janelle Monáe "We Are Young" April 2012 22 July 2013 2013[79] 1,145,195 128[79]
Jepsen, Carly RaeCarly Rae Jepsen "Call Me Maybe" April 2012 22 July 2013 2012[65] 1,358,631 124[65]
Passenger "Let Her Go" July 2012 28 June 2013 2013[80] 1,243,336 141[80]
Psy "Gangnam Style" August 2012 22 July 2013 2013[81] 1,304,437 129[81]
Rihanna "Diamonds" September 2012 15 February 2013 2014[71] 1,098,959 145[71]
Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin "Don't You Worry Child" October 2012 22 July 2013 2015[58] 1,050,457 160[58]
Arthur, JamesJames Arthur "Impossible" December 2012 15 February 2013 2013[82] 1,310,169 127[82]
Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams "Get Lucky" April 2013 22 July 2013 2013[40] 1,471,356 136[40]
Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith "La La La" May 2013 22 July 2013 2014[69] 1,070,199 148[69]
Thicke, RobinRobin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams "Blurred Lines" May 2013 22 July 2013 2013[83] 1,667,615 137[83]
OneRepublic "Counting Stars" June 2013 23 November 2013 2014[84] 1,132,526 153[84]
Avicii "Wake Me Up!" July 2013 9 August 2013 2013[62] 1,483,346 140[62]
Legend, JohnJohn Legend "All of Me" August 2013 30 May 2014 2015[85] 1,259,708 156[85]
Perry, KatyKaty Perry "Roar" September 2013 1 November 2013 2015[86] 1,112,787 157[86]
Williams, PharrellPharrell Williams "Happy" November 2013 24 January 2014 2014[87] 1,921,805 143[87]
Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne "Rather Be" January 2014 7 March 2014 2014[14] 1,283,122 149[14]
Sheeran, EdEd Sheeran "Thinking Out Loud" June 2014 14 November 2014 2015[58] 1,219,184 161[58]
Ronson, MarkMark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars "Uptown Funk" December 2014 6 January 2015 2015[21] 1,647,310 158[21]

daggerAlthough "Brown Girl in the Ring" was listed as the B-side, it received extensive airplay, which caused the single to peak in the charts for a second time.

Artists with the most million-selling singles

Twenty-two artists have had at least two million-selling singles in the UK (if John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John are counted as one artist), but only four artists have had more than two: The Beatles, who have six; Rihanna, who has four (including one as a featured artist); Adele and Pharrell Williams, who both have three (including two for Williams as a featured artist).

Artist No. of
million-sellers
Songs
Beatles, TheThe Beatles 6 "She Loves You", "I Want to Hold Your Hand", "Can't Buy Me Love", "I Feel Fine",
"Day Tripper" / "We Can Work It Out", "Hey Jude"
Rihanna 4* "Love the Way You Lie", "Only Girl (In the World)", "We Found Love", "Diamonds"
Pharrell Williams 3* "Get Lucky", "Blurred Lines", "Happy"
Adele 3 "Make You Feel My Love", "Rolling in the Deep", "Someone like You"
Boney M. 2 "Rivers of Babylon" / "Brown Girl in the Ring", "Mary's Boy Child – Oh My Lord"
Bruno Mars 2* "Just the Way You Are (Amazing)", "Uptown Funk"
Black Eyed Peas, TheThe Black Eyed Peas 2 "Where Is the Love?", "I Gotta Feeling"
Celine Dion 2 "My Heart Will Go On", "Think Twice"
Ed Sheeran 2 "The A Team", "Thinking Out Loud"
Elton John 2 "Don't Go Breaking My Heart", "Candle in the Wind 1997"
Eminem 2 "Lose Yourself", "Love the Way You Lie"
Engelbert Humperdinck 2 "Release Me", "The Last Waltz"
Frankie Goes to Hollywood 2 "Relax", "Two Tribes"
John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John 2† "You're the One That I Want", "Summer Nights"
Katy Perry 2 "Firework", "Roar"
Kings of Leon 2 "Sex on Fire", "Use Somebody"
Kylie Minogue 2 "Especially for You", "Can't Get You Out of My Head"
Lady Gaga 2 "Poker Face", "Bad Romance"
Robson & Jerome 2 "I Believe" / "Up on the Roof", "Unchained Melody" / "White Cliffs of Dover"
Spice Girls 2 "Wannabe", "2 Become 1"
Take That 2 "Back for Good", "Rule the World"

* Includes featured performances dagger Duets

Songs with 1 million combined sales

This is a list of singles which have reached a million combined sales when streaming is taken into account (100 streams equivalent to one download or physical sale). 141 songs in addition to those 170 listed above have achieved one million combined sales.[3] Eighteen of these were released before 2000 and twenty-seven in 2015. The most combined sales (and only song with over 2 million streaming equivalent sales) without a million traditional sales, is "Shape of You" by Ed Sheeran.

In the full list of 311 songs with combined sales over a million, Rihanna features as a named artist on 10 and Sheeran features on 9.

Artist Single Date released[nb 9] Date certified Platinum Copies sold Streaming sales Combined sales
Beatles, TheThe Beatles "Help!" July 1965 N/A 987,769 51,019 1,038,788
Sinatra, FrankFrank Sinatra "My Way" March 1969 N/A 991,563 55,991 1,047,554
Harrison, GeorgeGeorge Harrison "My Sweet Lord" January 1971 N/A 960,561 54,578 1,015,139
Stewart, RodRod Stewart "Reason to Believe" / "Maggie May" July 1971 N/A 928,882 99,112 1,027,994
John Lennon & Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band
with the Harlem Community Choir
"Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" December 1971 N/A 937,801 85,084 1,022,885
Bee Gees "How Deep Is Your Love" September 1977 N/A 963,471 52,051 1,015,522
Jam, TheThe Jam "Town Called Malice" / "Precious" January 1982 N/A 931,196 133,602 1,064,797
Jackson, MichaelMichael Jackson "Billie Jean" January 1983 N/A 843,050 252,869 1,095,919
Bowie, DavidDavid Bowie "Let's Dance" March 1983 N/A 908,867 155,360 1,064,227
Richie, LionelLionel Richie "Hello" February 1984 N/A 964,623 67,679 1,032,302
Stevens, Shakin'Shakin' Stevens "Merry Christmas Everyone" December 1985 N/A 855,675 176,416 1,032,090
Starship "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" March 1987 N/A 957,336 103,849 1,061,185
Astley, RickRick Astley "Never Gonna Give You Up" July 1987 N/A 997,005 123,264 1,120,270
Oasis "Don't Look Back in Anger" February 1996 1 April 1996 987,063 344,014 1,331,077
Morrison, MarkMark Morrison "Return of the Mack" March 1996 1 May 1996 921,665 111,534 1,033,198
Smith, WillWill Smith "Men in Black" August 1997 1 August 1997 961,805 48,759 1,010,565
Goo Goo Dolls "Iris" April 1998 22 July 2013 975,953 274,718 1,250,671
B*Witched "C'est la Vie" June 1998 1 July 1998 927,535 77,032 1,004,568
Eminem featuring Dido "Stan" December 2000 15 December 2000 953,053 196,492 1,149,545
Wheatus "Teenage Dirtbag" February 2001 22 July 2013 924,964 234,043 1,159,007
Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland "Dilemma" October 2002 25 October 2002 933,965 176,126 1,110,091
R. Kelly "Ignition (Remix)" May 2003 22 July 2013 767,829 487,222 1,255,050
Killers, TheThe Killers "Mr. Brightside" May 2004 22 July 2013 969,851[88] 775,092[88] 1,744,943[88]
West, KanyeKanye West "Gold Digger" August 2005 4 July 2014 649,157 362,163 1,011,321
Coldplay "Fix You" September 2005 4 July 2014 727,508 318,738 1,046,246
Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean "Hips Don't Lie" June 2006 22 July 2013 795,563 250,928 1,046,491
Fray, TheThe Fray "How to Save a Life" January 2007 22 July 2013 748,702 319,381 1,068,082
Rihanna featuring Jay-Z "Umbrella" May 2007 12 December 2008 869,597 171,399 1,040,996
Jason Mraz "I'm Yours" March 2008 22 July 2013 830,946 371,728 1,202,674
Coldplay "Viva la Vida" April 2008 23 November 2012 860,580 317,442 1,178,022
Lady Gaga "Just Dance" January 2009 7 January 2010 961,655 90,602 1,052,257
Beyoncé "Halo" February 2009 22 July 2013 760,027 295,025 1,055,052
Owl City "Fireflies" January 2010 22 July 2013 844,895 163,452 1,008,347
Tempah, TinieTinie Tempah "Pass Out" April 2010 11 March 2011 917,533 173,967 1,091,500
Bruno Mars "Grenade" January 2011 22 July 2013 997,862 170,354 1,168,216
Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull "On the Floor" March 2011 22 July 2013 919,643 90,280 1,009,923
LMFAO "Sexy and I Know It" July 2011 22 July 2013 999,080 64,411 1,063,492
Coldplay "Paradise" September 2011 4 July 2014 995,808 261,497 1,257,304
Labrinth featuring Tinie Tempah "Earthquake" October 2011 22 July 2013 936,842 131,143 1,067,985
Perri, ChristinaChristina Perri "A Thousand Years" November 2011 22 July 2013 844,044 285,467 1,129,511
Sheeran, EdEd Sheeran "Lego House" November 2011 22 July 2013 811,534 293,051 1,104,585
Imagine Dragons "Radioactive" February 2012 22 July 2013 692,497 598,387 1,290,884
Lumineers, TheThe Lumineers "Ho Hey" March 2012 22 July 2013 890,096 317,186 1,207,282
Rudimental featuring John Newman "Feel the Love" May 2012 22 July 2013 907,979 264,573 1,172,552
Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa "Payphone" June 2012 22 July 2013 859,932 173,821 1,033,753
Script, TheThe Script featuring will.i.am "Hall of Fame" August 2012 22 July 2013 829,898 294,584 1,124,481
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz "Thrift Shop" September 2012 14 June 2013 841,728 203,738 1,045,466
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton "Can't Hold Us" October 2012 11 October 2013 760,854 460,757 1,221,610
Mars, BrunoBruno Mars "Locked Out of Heaven" November 2012 22 July 2013 863,122 246,329 1,109,451
Labrinth featuring Emeli Sandé "Beneath Your Beautiful" December 2012 22 July 2013 963,449 197,914 1,161,363
Pink featuring Nate Ruess "Just Give Me a Reason" February 2013 22 July 2013 851,173 219,664 1,070,836
Bastille "Pompeii" March 2013 7 November 2013 959,693 749,011 1,708,704
Rudimental featuring Ella Eyre "Waiting All Night" April 2013 27 February 2015 790,626 301,268 1,091,893
Arctic Monkeys "Do I Wanna Know?" June 2013 7 February 2015 459,623 575,455 1,035,078
John Newman "Love Me Again" June 2013 27 December 2013 804,466 250,831 1,055,297
Lana Del Rey vs. Cedric Gervais "Summertime Sadness" July 2013 4 July 2014 652,060 364,386 1,016,446
Ellie Goulding "Burn" August 2013 3 January 2014 785,459 320,272 1,105,731
Goulding, EllieEllie Goulding "How Long Will I Love You?" August 2013 6 June 2014 776,390 228,482 1,004,872
Avicii "Hey Brother" September 2013 23 May 2014 711,296 314,200 1,025,496
Ezra, GeorgeGeorge Ezra "Budapest" September 2013 10 October 2014 761,988 866,882 1,628,870
Hozier "Take Me to Church" September 2013 13 February 2015 934,466 1,017,851 1,952,317
Eminem featuring Rihanna "The Monster" October 2013 7 March 2014 696,280 363,633 1,059,913
Magic! "Rude" October 2013 17 October 2014 596,606 506,388 1,102,994
Vance Joy "Riptide" November 2013 3 April 2015 424,836 721,599 1,146,436
Menzel, IdinaIdina Menzel "Let It Go" November 2013 2 December 2013 817,522 442,630 1,260,153
Pitbull featuring Kesha "Timber" December 2013 27 February 2015 817,206 474,155 1,291,361
Mr Probz "Waves" February 2014 4 July 2014 933,555 757,402 1,690,957
Route 94 featuring Jess Glynne "My Love" March 2014 4 July 2014 594,828 407,241 1,002,069
Sia "Chandelier" March 2014 27 February 2015 661,055 860,819 1,521,874
Sam Smith "Stay with Me" April 2014 22 August 2014 834,622 832,637 1,667,260
Ed Sheeran "Sing" April 2014 20 June 2014 671,626 667,036 1,338,662
James Bay "Let It Go" May 2014 5 February 2016 332,633 770,619 1,103,253
Sam Smith "I'm Not the Only One" May 2014 23 January 2015 507,375 603,131 1,110,507
Henderson, EllaElla Henderson "Ghost" May 2014 20 June 2014 860,629 533,046 1,393,675
Ed Sheeran "Don't" June 2014 13 February 2015 399,001 674,153 1,073,154
Lilly Wood and Robin Schulz "Prayer in C" July 2014 1 January 2015 471,505 530,711 1,002,215
Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj "Bang Bang" July 2014 30 January 2015 554,197 544,591 1,098,788
Meghan Trainor "All About That Bass" August 2014 14 November 2014 884,347 493,444 1,377,790
Taylor Swift "Shake It Off" August 2014 28 November 2014 962,045 222,251 1,184,296
Maroon 5 "Sugar" August 2014 5 June 2015 499,025 699,682 1,198,708
Ariana Grande "One Last Time" August 2014 9 June 2017 373,318 644,752 1,018,070
James Bay "Hold Back the River" November 2014 1 May 2015 666,955 802,947 1,469,902
Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell "Firestone" December 2014 18 September 2015 368,736 700,133 1,068,869
Goulding, EllieEllie Goulding "Love Me Like You Do" January 2015 8 January 2015 823,581 677,205 1,500,786
Fetty Wap "Trap Queen" January 2015 23 October 2015 316,087 779,095 1,095,181
Rihanna featuring Kanye West and Paul McCartney "FourFiveSeconds" January 2015 8 May 2015 521,572 478,597 1,000,169
Years & Years "King" January 2015 5 June 2015 547,326 744,835 1,292,162
Skrillex and Diplo featuring Justin Bieber "Where Are Ü Now" February 2015 28 August 2015 389,654 848,976 1,238,630
Major Lazer featuring DJ Snake and "Lean On" March 2015 17 July 2015 508,189 1,122,573 1,630,762
Khalifa, WizWiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth "See You Again" March 2015 22 May 2015 725,538 750,415 1,475,954
Jess Glynne "Hold My Hand" March 2015 26 June 2015 599,567 661,809 1,261,377
Omi "Cheerleader" April 2015 15 May 2015 861,086 1,057,439 1,918,526
The Weeknd "The Hills" May 2015 4 December 2015 402,281 850,674 1,252,956
Derulo, JasonJason Derulo "Want to Want Me" May 2015 21 August 2015 517,338 709,925 1,227,263
Major Lazer featuring Nyla "Light It Up" May 2015 6 May 2016 243,603 886,372 1,129,975
Little Mix "Black Magic" May 2015 13 November 2015 511,452 602,663 1,114,114
Ed Sheeran "Photograph" May 2015 25 September 2015 386,001 961,965 1,347,966
Lost Frequencies "Are You with Me" June 2015 4 September 2015 472,916 704,534 1,177,449
Walk the Moon "Shut Up and Dance" June 2015 2 October 2015 561,532 804,348 1,365,879
Larsson, ZaraZara Larsson "Lush Life" June 2015 22 April 2016 364,088 1,044,625 1,408,713
Weeknd, TheThe Weeknd "Can't Feel My Face" June 2015 6 November 2015 399,177 900,528 1,299,644
Harris, CalvinCalvin Harris featuring Disciples "How Deep Is Your Love" July 2015 30 October 2015 428,914 859,413 1,288,326
Justin Bieber "What Do You Mean?" September 2015 13 November 2015 533,581 1,320,256 1,853,837
Mendes, ShawnShawn Mendes "Stitches" September 2015 27 May 2016 462,447 1,083,740 1,546,188
Adele "Hello" October 2015 13 November 2015 948,618 906,431 1,855,050
Zara Larsson and MNEK "Never Forget You" September 2015 19 February 2016 286,487 797,993 1,084,480
DNCE "Cake by the Ocean" September 2015 8 July 2016 387,666 700,763 1,088,430
Justin Bieber "Sorry" October 2015 4 December 2015 724,188 1,443,719 2,167,907
Justin Bieber "Love Yourself" October 2015 5 January 2016 718,549 1,340,666 2,059,215
Coldplay "Adventure of a Lifetime" November 2015 15 April 2016 358,763 667,486 1,026,248
Coldplay "Hymn for the Weekend" December 2015 8 July 2015 285,453 850,515 1,135,968
Blue, JonasJonas Blue featuring Dakota "Fast Car" January 2016 8 April 2016 375,295 857,590 1,232,886
Zayn "Pillowtalk" January 2016 22 April 2016 279,742 725,346 1,005,089
Lukas Graham "7 Years" January 2016 11 March 2016 653,657 1,054,211 1,707,868
Rihanna featuring Drake "Work" February 2016 8 April 2016 320,615 979,179 1,299,794
Posner, MikeMike Posner "I Took a Pill in Ibiza" February 2016 15 April 2016 481,827 1,112,294 1,594,122
Fifth Harmony "Work from Home" February 2016 27 May 2016 327,487 882,415 1,209,902
The Chainsmokers featuring Daya "Don't Let Me Down" February 2016 2 September 2017 274,575 961,855 1,236,430
Kungs vs. Cookin' on 3 Burners "This Girl" February 2016 19 August 2016 378,758 732,577 1,111,335
Shawn Mendes "Treat You Better" March 2016 21 October 2016 234,717 807,200 1,041,918
Neiked "Sexual" March 2016 13 January 2017 232,032 787,850 1,019,882
Sia "Cheap Thrills" March 2016 13 May 2016 517,082 1,247,640 1,764,721
Scott, CalumCalum Scott "Dancing On My Own" March 2016 26 August 2016 564,531 799,103 1,363,635
Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla "One Dance" April 2016 13 May 2016 553,973 1,791,007 2,344,981
Drake featuring Rihanna "Too Good" April 2016 12 August 2016 217,917 950,620 1,168,538
Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna "This Is What You Came For" May 2016 24 June 2016 472,496 1,029,796 1,502,292
Timberlake, JustinJustin Timberlake "Can't Stop the Feeling!" May 2016 15 July 2016 619,672 896,803 1,516,475
Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MØ "Cold Water" July 2016 16 September 2016 290,821 1,028,294 1,319,114
Chainsmokers, TheThe Chainsmokers featuring Halsey "Closer" July 2016 16 September 2016 399,659 1,192,591 1,592,250
James Arthur "Say You Won't Let Go" September 2016 4 November 2016 441,807 1,043,327 1,485,134
DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber "Let Me Love You" August 2016 21 October 2016 278,911 882,940 1,161,851
Weeknd, TheThe Weeknd featuring Daft Punk "Starboy" September 2016 16 December 2016 260,561 921,864 1,182,426
Little Mix "Shout Out to My Ex" October 2016 30 December 2016 373,706 697,130 1,070,835
Clean Bandit "Rockabye" October 2016 30 December 2016 472,156 901,941 1,374,097
Rag'n'Bone Man "Human" November 2016 17 February 2017 521,543 747,730 1,269,274
Ed Sheeran "Shape of You" January 2017 3 February 2017 764,737[89] 2,241,667[89] 3,006,404[89]
Ed Sheeran "Castle on the Hill" January 2017 10 February 2017 478,716 1,192,607 1,671,322
Ed Sheeran "Galway Girl" March 2017 21 April 2017 246,524 952,547 1,199,071
Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson "Symphony" March 2017 26 May 2017 264,440 802,053 1,066,492
French Montana featuring Swae Lee "Unforgettable" April 2017 14 July 2017 148,756 857,998 1,006,754
Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber "Despacito" April 2017 2 June 2017 566,425 1,334,174 1,900,599

Footnotes

  1. ^ a b "Sugar, Sugar" was erroneously awarded a gold record by Disc having sold approximately 945,000 copies. RCA Records informed Disc that 1 million copies had been shipped, however not all were sold.[34][10] The single went on to sell more than 1 million copies with the introduction of music downloads in 2004.[35]
  2. ^ Unless explicitly cited, the release dates are given by the BPI.[23]
  3. ^ General reference, except where explicitly cited
  4. ^ Sales figures given by the OCC - these do not include streaming
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n The record was classified "Gold" (500,000) prior to 1989.[41] Not classified Platinum when the threshold was reduced to 600,000 in 1989, as record was released under the old thresholds.[11]
  6. ^ "Bohemian Rhapsody" has sold 1 million copies and been certified Platinum both in its original 1975 release and in its 1991 re-release as a double 'A' side following the death of Freddie Mercury.
  7. ^ "Blue Monday" was released in 1983 and re-released in 1988 and 1995. New Order's label, Factory Records, was not a member of the British Phonographic Industry so they never received any sales certifications.[45] However, the record sold more than 1 million units.
  8. ^ "Three Lions" and "3 Lions '98" were each treated as individual songs and classified Platinum by the BPI. The OCC's list of million-sellers grouped them as the same song, thus making it a million-seller.
  9. ^ Unless explicitly cited, the release dates are given by the BPI.[23]

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