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post Jun 23 2016, 12:36 PM
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EU referendum special: The 15 biggest selling singles by European acts
23 June 2016
By Justin Myers


One of the biggest votes for a generation is happening right now in the UK the EU referendum.

Leave or Remain? We couldn't possibly comment, but what we can do is go through the archive to bring you the top selling songs by European artists. Whether from over on the continent or closer to home in Ireland, we present the 15 biggest Euro-smashes.

The Top 10
Out in front is Denmark's Aqua with their 1997 smash Barbie Girl. The novelty dance track, which has the catchiest chorus this side of the European Court of Human Rights, spent four weeks at Number 1 and has sold a whopping 1.83 million copies to be the 15th biggest selling single of all time in the UK. Proof that a banger is a banger no matter where it's from. Excellent songs need no passport.

Next up is Gotye, who, along with New Zealander Kimbra, had a monster hit in 2011 with Somebody That I Used To Know. "Hang on," we hear you cry, "isn't he Australian?" Born in Bruges in Belgium, though, babes. No Europe, no Gotye. 1.5 million of you have got that one in your collection.

We're nipping over to Sweden to sample the smorgasbord of EDM next, for at Number 3, it's DJ Avicii, with Wake Me Up from 2013, and has sold 1.46 million copies. Yes, that's right: Sweden's top export is not Abba, or even Ikea, but Avicii.

For the next two tracks, we're settling down with a chocolat chaud and a croissant and wearing our finest Breton stripes. Oui, mes amis, we are in France, thanks to Daft Punk's Get Lucky (4) and David Guetta's Titanium (5). Both of these songs benefitted massively, of course, from trade agreements with the US and Australia, thanks to featured artists Pharrell Williams and Sia respectively.

The highest female solo artist is next, another Danish export, Whigfield. Her 1994 holiday hit Saturday Night was the first ever debut single to go straight in at Number 1, and has sold 1.18 million!

They may not be on the European mainland, but they've got the Euro and that's what counts we've a double helping of Ireland next. Pogues' Fairytale of New York comes in seventh and Boyzone's No Matter What is right behind it.

Italy and Sweden round off the Top 10. Blue's unforgettable (for many reasons) Blue (Da Ba Dee) from 1999 comes in ninth with 1.12 million sales, while Abba classic Dancing Queen finally speeds round the corner in a shiny Volvo at 10, a few thousand copies behind.

Heading for the top of the Eurozone
Black Box's Ride On Time just misses out. The 1989 Number 1 caused controversy when it emerged it featured an uncredited vocal that had been used without permission, so it was then rerecorded by Heather Small, who would go on to sing with M People! It spent six weeks at the top.

Sweden get another shot at glory thanks to Swedish House Mafia and John Martin's Don't You Worry Child.

Smouldering Spanish-born Enrique Iglesias can only settle for 13th place with his 2002 blubfest Hero, and Lou Bega's million-selling Mambo No.5 gives Germany its highest seller.

The oldest song on the lost just sneaks in at 15, it's Dutch band Pussycat with their 1976 hit Mississippi. You know the one.

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There were a few tracks that we had to discount in the name of fairness. Boney M, for example, are considered by some to be German because they were formed in Germany by a German producer. However, the band's members were from Jamaica, Montserrat and Aruba, which aren't very European at all, really. If they had been included, Rivers of Babylon would've been Number 1 (!) and Mary's Boy Child in runner-up positions. A controversial decision, perhaps, but rules are rules.

If we were including featured artists, we'd have to give props to Afrojack, who's Dutch and guests on Pitbull's Give Me Everything. He'd be 12th. It is, however, Mr Worldwide himself who's the lead act on that song, so we're afraid we had to leave it out.

Here's the full Top 15. Where would we be without some of these absolute bangers, eh?

TITLE ARTIST COUNTRY
1 BARBIE GIRL AQUA DENMARK 1,830,000
2 SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW GOTYE BELGIUM 1,500,000
3 WAKE ME UP AVICII SWEDEN 1,460,000
4 GET LUCKY DAFT PUNK FRANCE
5 TITANIUM DAVID GUETTA FRANCE
6 SATURDAY NIGHT WHIGFIELD DENMARK 1,180,000
7 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK POGUES IRELAND
8 NO MATTER WHAT BOYZONE IRELAND
9 BLUE (DA BA DEE) EIFFEL 65 ITALY 1,120,000
10 DANCING QUEEN ABBA SWEDEN
11 RIDE ON TIME BLACK BOX ITALY
12 DON'T YOU WORRY CHILD SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA FEAT JOHN MARTIN SWEDEN
13 HERO ENRIQUE IGLESIAS SPAIN
14 MAMBO NO.5 (A LITTLE BIT OF...) LOU BEGA GERMANY
15 MISSISSIPPI PUSSYCAT NETHERLANDS

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post Jun 23 2016, 12:44 PM
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The Pogues are of Irish decent but are not an Irish act.

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Who else but Avicii would have the top selling song from Sweden though? heart.gif Abba who?
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QUOTE(danG @ Jun 23 2016, 02:49 PM) *
Who else but Avicii would have the top selling song from Sweden though? heart.gif Abba who?



I think you answered your own question.
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'Wake Me Up' has outsold every ABBA song though, the slayage is unreal.
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Blue's unforgettable (for many reasons) Blue (Da Ba Dee) from 1999 comes in ninth with 1.12 million sales


Unforgettable? I don't recall either Blue or Blue (both of whom were from the UK) ever recording this...

And they do seem to have excluded the UK from Europe.
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fantastic to see avicii, daft punk, david guetta & eiffel 65 killing it in the top10 dancing.gif
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QUOTE(paulgilb @ Jun 23 2016, 05:40 PM) *
Unforgettable? I don't recall either Blue or Blue (both of whom were from the UK) ever recording this...

And they do seem to have excluded the UK from Europe.


Eiffel 65, of course - just another appalling blunder from the OCC
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Looks like Wake Me Up has overtaken Get Lucky since last year's update
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I'm gonna hazard a guess that no one has the faintest idea how well Mississippi has sold in the last 40 years?
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