Mercury/RocketWho's got the top-selling single in the history of the U.K.? Why, it's Elton John.
To mark the 60th anniversary of the British singles charts, the U.K.'s Official Charts Company has ranked in order all the country's biggest-selling singles, and John easily comes out on top. His 1997 release, "Something About the Way You Look Tonight"/"Candle in the Wind '97" has sold 4.9 million copies in the U.K.: about 1.2 million more than any other song. The single's huge sales were due to the fact that that particular version of "Candle in the Wind" was Elton's musical tribute to Princess Diana following her tragic death.
Coming in at #2 on the list of best-selling British singles of all time is Band Aid's all-star charity record "Do They Know It's Christmas," which went on to inspire "We Are the World." The song, which featured contributions from Sting, Phil Collins, U2's Bono, Paul McCartney, David Bowie and members of Kool & the Gang, Duran Duran and Culture Club, among others, has sold 3.69 million copies to date.
At #3 is Queen's epic "Bohemian Rhapsody," which has sold 2.36 million copies. Next up on the tally is McCartney's post-Beatles group Wings, whose single "Mull of Kintyre"/"Girls' School" moved 2 million copies. At #5 is John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John's classic Grease duet "You're the One that I Want," which also sold 2 million copies.
Amazingly, The Beatles don't appear on the chart until #8, with "She Loves You," which has only sold 1.9 million copies since its release in 1963. And Adele doesn't appear until #36, with "Someone Like You." Check out the entire list at OfficialCharts.com.
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