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post Jan 9 2016, 07:04 PM
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From the OCC.

Biggest single of every year
The Official Singles Chart has been around for over 60 years, kicking off in November 1952. The big deal, of course, is making it all the way to Number 1 and staying there as long as possible. But what about the tracks that achieve the ultimate chart-topping experience? We're not just talking a few weeks at Number 1, we're talking owning the entire year, and finishing as the biggest song of them all.

We've been through the archives to collect every single one of the biggest singles, top sellers from 1952–2013 and from 2014 based on a combined figure of sales and streams, for each year of the Official Singles Chart.

Only a handful of artists have managed to nab the year's top song more than once: Elvis Presley (1958, 1960, 1961, 1970), the Beatles (1963, 1964, 1968) and Pharrell Williams (2013, 2014). Elvis, as you can see, has done it the most – four times!

Only two songs have managed to finish as the biggest seller more than once. Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas was 1984's Number 1, while Band Aid 20's cover repeated the feat to decades later. Unchained Melody was the top seller of 1990 for Righteous Brothers, while Robson & Jerome's cover did it again just five years later.

1952: Vera Lynn – Auf Wiederseh'n (Sweetheart).
1953: Frankie Laine – I Believe.
1954: Doris Day – Secret Love.
1955: Slim Whitman – Rose Marie.
1956: Pat Boone – I'll Be Home.
1957: Paul Anka – Diana.
1958: Elvis Presley – Jailhouse Rock.
1959: Cliff Richard – Living Doll.
1960: Elvis Presley – It's Now Or Never.
1961: Elvis Presley Wooden Heart.
1962: Frank Ifield – I Remember You.
1963: Beatles – She Loves You.
1964: Beatles – Can't Buy Me Love.
1965: Ken Dodd – Tears.
1966: Tom Jones – Green Green Grass of Home.
1967: Engelbert Humperdinck – Release Me.
1968: Beatles – Hey Jude.
1969: Archies – Sugar Sugar.
1970: Elvis Presley – The Wonder of You.
1971: George Harrison – My Sweet Lord.
1972: Royal Scots Dragoon Guards – Amazing Grace.
1973: Dawn – Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree.
1974: Mud – Tiger Feet.
1975: Bay City Rollers – Bye Bye Baby.
1976: Brotherhood of Man – Save Your Kisses For Me.
1977: Wings – Mull Of Kintyre.
1978: Boney M – Rivers of Babylon/Brown Girl in the Ring.
1979: Art Garfunkel – Bright Eyes.
1980: The Police – Don't Stand So Close To Me.
1981: Soft Cell – Tainted Love.
1982: Dexy's Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen.
1983: Culture Club – Karma Chameleon.
1984: Band Aid – Do They Know It's Christmas?
1985: Jennifer Rush – The Power Of Love.
1986: The Communards – Don't Leave Me This Way.
1987: Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up.
1988: Mistletoe and Wine – Cliff Richard
1989: Black Box – Ride On Time.
1990: Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody.
1991: Bryan Adams – (Everything I Do) I Do It For You.
1992: Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You.
1993: Meatloaf – I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)
1994: Wet Wet Wet – Love Is All Around.
1995: Robson & Jerome – Unchained Melody.
1996: Fugees – Killing Me Softly.
1997: Candle In The Wind/Something About The Way You Look Tonight – Elton John.
1998: Cher – Believe.
1999: Britney Spears – Baby One More Time.
2000: Bob The Builder – Can We Fix It.
2001: Shaggy – It Wasn't Me.
2002: Will Young – Evergreen.
2003: Black Eyed Peas – Where Is The Love.
2004: Band Aid 20 – Do They Know It's Christmas.
2005: (Is This The Way To) Amarillo – Tony Christie feat. Peter Kay.
2006: Gnarls Barkley – Crazy.
2007: Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love.
2008: Alexandra Burke – Hallelujah.
2009: Lady Gaga – Poker Face.
2010: Eminem feat. Rihanna – Love The Way You Lie.
2011: Adele – Someone Like You.
2012: Gotye feat. Kimbra – Somebody That I Used To Know.
2013: Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell – Blurred Lines.
2014: Pharrell Williams – Happy.
2015: Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk.

I assume that subsequent sales have not been added on (otherwise Slade would be top in 1973 instead of Dawn).
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post Jan 9 2016, 07:13 PM
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Many thanks for this - a very interesting read smile.gif
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post Jan 10 2016, 12:49 AM
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Cliff Richard also did it twice - in 1959 and 1988.
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post Jan 10 2016, 01:21 AM
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I thought Eminem was 2nd biggest selling single in 2010.
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post Jan 10 2016, 02:46 AM
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Nope. He was number 1. Though I think it was the first time in a couple of years that the number 1 hadn't sold over a million (at that point - it has now, I believe).
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post Jan 10 2016, 09:14 AM
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QUOTE(slowdown73 @ Jan 10 2016, 01:21 AM) *
I thought Eminem was 2nd biggest selling single in 2010.

It was definitely the biggest seller - Love The Way You Lie was unique in being the first ever song to not reach number one and still be the best selling single of the year.
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post Jan 10 2016, 09:55 AM
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I think R1's countdown had Eminem at #2 but they broadcast it one week too early.
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post Jan 10 2016, 10:04 AM
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Nope, the BBC revealed it to be Eminem/Rihanna: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/1205...-tracks-in-2010
It sold 854,000 within the calendar year of 2010,

When We Collide (#2 with 815,000) overtook in January 2011, and eventually Bruno Mars overtook both later that year.
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That seems comically low for a y/e seller today, given the huge amount of million (and two million) sellers in the last couple of years. 2010 was an odd one - it really hasn't produced as many long-lasting hits as I thought it would at the time, they've all sort of remained in their own era and right now they're too old to be current but too recent to be retro/nostalgic. Maybe we'll have a massive Owl City/Iyaz revival in a few years time...
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post Jan 10 2016, 12:15 PM
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I'd like to see a download only version (pre-2004 at least). Would also love to see a Top 100 list of the biggest 80s and 90s downloads.
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post Jan 10 2016, 02:54 PM
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QUOTE(ben08 @ Jan 9 2016, 08:04 PM) *
From the OCC.

Biggest single of every year
The Official Singles Chart has been around for over 60 years, kicking off in November 1952. The big deal, of course, is making it all the way to Number 1 and staying there as long as possible. But what about the tracks that achieve the ultimate chart-topping experience? We're not just talking a few weeks at Number 1, we're talking owning the entire year, and finishing as the biggest song of them all.

We've been through the archives to collect every single one of the biggest singles, top sellers from 1952–2013 and from 2014 based on a combined figure of sales and streams, for each year of the Official Singles Chart.

Only a handful of artists have managed to nab the year's top song more than once: Elvis Presley (1958, 1960, 1961, 1970), the Beatles (1963, 1964, 1968) and Pharrell Williams (2013, 2014). Elvis, as you can see, has done it the most – four times!

Only two songs have managed to finish as the biggest seller more than once. Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas was 1984's Number 1, while Band Aid 20's cover repeated the feat to decades later. Unchained Melody was the top seller of 1990 for Righteous Brothers, while Robson & Jerome's cover did it again just five years later.

1952: Vera Lynn – Auf Wiederseh'n (Sweetheart).

How can that possibly be correct?
Al Martino's 'Here in my Heart' was at no.1 from the time the chart was first published in November 1952 until the end of the year.
The Vera Lynn track managed just one week at no.10.


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Well logically, I guess it could have sold more before the chart began being published in November?


Or maybe it just had really high levels of streaming?
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post Jan 10 2016, 03:07 PM
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Yeah, Love the Way You Lie is the only song in history to not spend a single week a number 1 and still be the best-seller of the year. Moves Like Jagger nearly did in 2011 though - it had seven weeks at number 2 and was only outsold by Someone Like You. All of Me also got to number 3 in the 2014 year-end charts without going to number 1 and only spending one week at number 2. Also weirdly enough, It Wasn't Me only had one week at number 1 in 2001 and still managed to outsell Whole Again (four weeks at number 1), Can't Get You Out of My Head (four weeks), Pure and Simple (three weeks), Because I Got High (three weeks) and another of Shaggy's hits that year, Angel (three weeks). Although selling 375,000 copies in a single week (the highest this century) probably helped.
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post Jan 10 2016, 03:09 PM
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that Vera Lynn song spent 10 weeks at #1 in the 'missing' charts so I assume they're counting those sales for 1952.
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post Jan 10 2016, 04:34 PM
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biggest single of 1970 was In The Summertime not Wonder Of You (Pick Of The Pops Top 50 of 1970, 27/12/70).
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post Jan 10 2016, 04:34 PM
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why do people like unchained melody so much
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Yeah it's awful.

Surprising the Spices didn't even manage one year, but like I keep saying they just weren't relatively THAT big.
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It makes me smile reading this list. Only we, Great Britain, can count both Wyclef Jean and Neil Morrissey as propietors of yearly biggest sellers smile.gif
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QUOTE(Virginia @ Jan 10 2016, 05:28 PM) *
Yeah it's awful.

Surprising the Spices didn't even manage one year, but like I keep saying they just weren't relatively THAT big.


black magic outselling all of girls aloud singles says it all
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post Jan 10 2016, 06:31 PM
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QUOTE(Virginia @ Jan 10 2016, 05:28 PM) *
Surprising the Spices didn't even manage one year, but like I keep saying they just weren't relatively THAT big.
What are you talking about? They lost out to:

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1996: Fugees – Killing Me Softly.
1997: Candle In The Wind/Something About The Way You Look Tonight – Elton John.
1998: Cher – Believe.
2 of the biggest singles of ALL TIME. The only red herring really is 1996 as I would've thought 'Wannabe' would have sold more over 'Killing Me Softly', but KMS is a massive song in it's own right. If you looked at the full rundown of these Year-End lists, you'd probably see multiple high entries from the girls, as opposed to just one high entry.

Stop trying to downplay their success. laugh.gif They were (and still are) one of the biggest groups in the UK, ever.
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