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This is the official list of the 100 top sellers of the '80s, but does anyone have sales figures for these?

1. BAND AID Do They Know It's Christmas (1984)
2. FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD Relax (1984)
3. STEVIE WONDER I Just Called To Say I Love You (1984)
4. FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD Two Tribes (1984)
5. HUMAN LEAGUE Don't You Want Me (1981)
6. WHAM! Last Christmas/Everything She Wants (1984)
7. CULTURE CLUB Karma Chameleon (1983)
8. GEORGE MICHAEL Careless Whisper (1984)
9. JENNIFER RUSH The Power Of Love (1985)
10. DEXY'S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS Come On Eileen (1982)

11. SOFT CELL Tainted Love (1981)
12. SURVIVOR Eye Of The Tiger (1982)
13. NEW ORDER Blue Monday (1983)
14. ADAM AND THE ANTS Stand And Deliver (1981)
15. KYLIE MINOGUE & JASON DONOVAN Especially For You (1988)
16. TIGHT FIT The Lion Sleeps Tonight (1982)
17. IRENE CARA Fame (1982)
18. RAY PARKER JNR Ghostbusters (1984)
19. BILLY JOEL Uptown Girl (1983)
20. BLACK BOX Ride On Time (1989)
21. JIVE BUNNY & THE MASTERMIXERS Swing The Mood (1989)
22. CULTURE CLUB Do You Really Want To Hurt Me (1982)
23. LIONEL RICHIE Hello (1984)
24. ELAINE PAIGE & BARBARA DICKSON I Know Him So Well (1985)
25. JOHN LENNON Imagine (1981)
26. POLICE Don't Stand So Close To Me (1980)
27. BLACK LACE Agadoo (1984)
28. BARBRA STREISAND Woman In Love (1980)
29. UB40 Red Red Wine (1983)
30. ADAM AND THE ANTS Ant Music (1980)
31. MADONNA Into The Groove (1985)
32. RENEE & RENATO Save Your Love (1982)
33. KELLY MARIE Feels Like I'm In Love (1980)
34. MUSICAL YOUTH Pass The Dutchie (1982)
35. RICK ASTLEY Never Gonna Give You Up (1987)
36. ADAM AND THE ANTS Prince Charming (1981)
37. CLIFF RICHARD Mistletoe And Wine (1988)
38. COMMUNARDS Don't Leave Me This Way (1986)
39. EDDY GRANT I Don't Wanna Dance (1982)
40. SHAKIN STEVENS This Ole House (1981)
41. BUCKS FIZZ The Land Of Make Believe (1981)
42. STARSHIP Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now (1987)
43. ULTRAVOX Vienna (1981)
44. GOOMBAY DANCE BAND Seven Tears (1982)
45. WHAM! Freedom (1984)
46. MICHAEL JACKSON One Day In Your Life (1981)
47. BUCKS FIZZ Making Your Mind Up (1981)
48. ABBA Super Trouper (1980)
49. TWEETS The Birdie Song (1981)
50. PAUL HARDCASTLE 19 (1985)

51. NICK BERRY Every Loser Wins (1986)
52. JOE DOLCE Shaddup Your Face (1981)
53. MADONNA Like A Virgin (1984)
54. BORIS GARDINER I Want To Wake Up With You (1986)
55. JACKIE WILSON Reet Petite (1986)
56. OTTAWAN D.I.S.C.O (1980)
57. SISTER SLEDGE Frankie (1985)
58. FOREIGNER I Want To Know What Love Is (1985)
59. BLONDIE The Tide Is High (1980)
60. DAVID BOWIE Let's Dance (1983)
61. BONNIE TYLER Total Eclipse Of The Heart (1983)
62. SPANDAU BALLET True (1983)
63. DIANA ROSS Chain Reaction (1986)
64. PAUL McCARTNEY We All Stand Together (1984)
65. YAZZ The Only Way Is Up (1988)
66. CLIFF RICHARD & THE YOUNG ONES Living Doll (1986)
67. PAUL McCARTNEY & STEVIE WONDER Ebony And Ivory (1982)
68. FLYING PICKETS Only You (1983)
69. SHAKIN STEVENS You Drive Me Crazy (1981)
70. WHAM! Wake Me Up Before You Go Go (1984)
71. CHRIS DE BURGH Lady In Red (1986)
72. DEXY'S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS Geno (1980)
73. MEN AT WORK Down Under (1983)
74. DAVID BOWER & MICK JAGGER Dancing In The Streets (1985)
75. JAM A Town Called Malice/Precious (1982)
76. KYLIE MINOGUE I Should Be So Lucky (1988)
77. FERN KINNEY Together We Are Beautiful (1980)
78. KENNY ROGERS Coward Of The County (1980)
79. CHAKA KHAN I Feel For You (1984)
80. SPECIALS Ghost Town (1981)
81. WHITNEY HOUSTON I Wanna Dance With Somebody (1987)
82. PHYLLIS NELSON Move Closer (1985)
83. JOHN LENNON Just Like Starting Over (1980)
84. DAVE STEWART & BARBARA GASKIN It's My Party (1981)
85. SMOKEY ROBINSON Being With You (1981)
86. DETROIT SPINNERS Working My Way Back To You - Forgive Me Girl (1980)
87. BILLY OCEAN When The Going Gets Tough (The Tough Get Going) (1986)
88. MICHAEL JACKSON Billie Jean (1983)
89. SHEENA EASTON 9 To 5 (1980)
90. FEARGAL SHARKEY A Good Heart (1985)
91. MADNESS Baggy Trousers (1980)
92. A-HA Take On Me (1985)
93. ALTERED IMAGES Happy Birthday (1981)
94. OTTAWAN Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart) (1981)
95. DAVID BOWIE Ashes To Ashes (1980)
96. JOHN LENNON Woman (1981)
97. KING Love And Pride (1985)
98. STRANGLERS Golden Brown (1982)
99. LIONEL RICHIE All Night Long (1983)
100. PAUL YOUNG Love Of The Common People (1983)

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Band Aid????
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I've got it ...
But It wasn't me that did the numbers.

[1] DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS - Band Aid (3,550,000)
[2] RELAX - Frankie Goes To Hollywood (1,910,000)
[3] I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU - Stevie Wonder (1,775,000)
[4] TWO TRIBES - Frankie Goes To Hollywood (1,510,000)
[5] DON'T YOU WANT ME - Human League (1,430,000)
[6] LAST CHRISTMAS - Wham! (1,420,000)
[7] KARMA CHAMELEON - Culture Club (1,405,000)
[8] CARELESS WHISPER - George Michael (1,365,995)
[9] THE POWER OF LOVE - Jennifer Rush (1,321,530)
[10] COME ON EILEEN - Dexy's Midnight Runners (1,201,000)

[11] TAINTED LOVE - Soft Cell (1,135,000)
[12] EYE OF THE TIGER - Survivor (990,000)
[13] BLUE MONDAY - New Order (987,000)
[14] STAND AND DELIVER - Adam & The Ants (985,000)
[15] ESPECIALLY FOR YOU - Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan (982,000)
[16] THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT - Tight Fit (978,000)
[17] FAME - Irene Cara (975,000)
[18] GHOSTBUSTERS - Ray Parker Junior (974,500)
[19] UPTOWN GIRL - Billy Joel (974,000)
[20] RIDE ON TIME - Black Box (973,850)

[21] SWING THE MOOD - Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers (940,000)
[22] DO YOU REALLY WANT TO HURT ME - Culture Club (905,000)
[23] HELLO - Lionel Richie (860,000)
[24] I KNOW HIM SO WELL - Elaine Paige & Barbara Dickson (820,000)
[25] IMAGINE - John Lennon (810,000)
[26] DON'T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME - The Police (800,000)
[27] AGADOO - Black Lace (790,000)
[28] WOMAN IN LOVE - Barbra Streisand (780,000)
[29] RED RED WINE - UB40 (770,000)
[30] ANTMUSIC - Adam & the Ants (765,000)

[31] INTO THE GROOVE - Madonna (760,000)
[32] SAVE YOUR LOVE - Renee & Renato (760,000)
[33] FEELS LIKE I'M IN LOVE - Kelly Marie (755,000)
[34] PASS THE DUTCHIE - Musical Youth (755,000)
[35] NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP - Rick Astley (750,000)
[36] PRINCE CHARMING - Adam & The Ants (750,000)
[37] MISTLETOE AND WINE - Cliff Richard (745,000)
[38] DON'T LEAVE ME THIS WAY - Communards (745,000)
[39] I DON'T WANNA DANCE - Eddy Grant (745,000)
[40] THIS OLE HOUSE - Shakin' Stevens (740,000)

[41] LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE - Bucks Fizz (740,000)
[42] NOTHING'S GONNA STOP US NOW - Starship (740,000)
[43] VIENNA - Ultravox (735,000)
[44] SEVEN TEARS - Goombay Dance Band (735,000)
[45] FREEDOM - Wham! (735,000)
[46] ONE DAY IN YOUR LIFE - Michael Jackson (730,000)
[47] MAKING YOUR MIND UP - Bucks Fizz (730,000)
[48] SUPER TROUPER - ABBA (730,000)
[49] BIRDIE SONG - Tweets (725,000)
[50] 19 - Paul Hardcastle (725,000)

[51] EVERY LOSER WINS - Nick Berry (725,000)
[52] SHADDUP YOU FACE - Joe Dolce Music Theatre (720,000)
[53] LIKE A VIRGIN - Madonna (720,000)
[54] I WANT TO WAKE UP WITH YOU - Boris Gardiner (720,000)
[55] REETE PETITE - Jackie Wilson (715,000)
[56] D.I.S.C.O. - Ottawan (715,000)
[57] FRANKIE - Sister Sledge (715,000)
[58] I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS - Foreigner (710,000)
[59] THE TIDE IS HIGH - Blondie (710,000)
[60] LET'S DANCE - David Bowie (710,000)

[61] TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART - Bonnie Tyler (705,000)
[62] TRUE - Spandau Ballet (705,000)
[63] CHAIN REACTION - Diana Ross (705,000)
[64] WE ALL STAND TOGETHER - Paul McCartney & The Frog Chorus (700,000)
[65] THE ONLY WAY IS UP - Yazz & the Plastic Population (700,000)
[66] LIVING DOLL - Cliff Richard & The Young Ones (700,000)
[67] EBONY AND IVORY - Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder (695,000)
[68] ONLY YOU - Flying Pickets (695,000)
[69] YOU DRIVE ME CRAZY - Shakin' Stevens (690,000)
[70] WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GO GO - Wham! (690,000)

[71] LADY IN RED - Chris De Burgh (685,000)
[72] GENO - Dexy's Midnight Runners (685,000)
[73] DOWN UNDER - Men At Work (680,000)
[74] DANCING IN THE STREET - David Bowie & Mick Jagger (680,000)
[75] A TOWN CALLED MALICE - The Jam (675,000)
[76] I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY - Kylie Minogue (670,000)
[77] TOGETHER WE ARE BEAUTIFUL - Fern Kinney (670,000)
[78] COWARD OF THE COUNTY - Kenny Rogers (670,000)
[79] I FEEL FOR YOU - Chaka Khan (665,000)
[80] GHOST TOWN - Specials (665,000)

[81] I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY - Whitney Houston (660,000)
[82] MOVE CLOSER - Phyllis Nelson (660,000)
[83] (JUST LIKE) STARTING OVER - John Lennon (655,000)
[84] IT'S MY PARTY - Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin (655,000)
[85] BEING WITH YOU - Smokey Robinson (650,000)
[86] WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU/FORGIVE ME GIRL - Detroit Spinners (650,000)
[87] WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH - Billy Ocean (645,000)
[88] BILLIE JEAN - Michael Jackson (645,000)
[89] 9 TO 5 (MORNING TRAIN) - Sheena Easton (640,000)
[90] A GOOD HEART - Feargal Sharkey (640,000)

[91] BAGGY TROUSERS - Madness (635,000)
[92] TAKE ON ME - A-Ha (635,000)
[93] HAPPY BIRTHDAY - Altered Images (630,000)
[94] HANDS UP (GIVE ME YOUR HEART) - Ottawan (630,000)
[95] ASHES TO ASHES - David Bowie (625,000)
[96] WOMAN - John Lennon (625,000)
[97] LOVE AND PRIDE - King (620,000)
[98] GOLDEN BROWN - Stranglers (620,000)
[99] ALL NIGHT LONG (ALL NIGHT) - Lionel Richie (615,000)
[100] LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE - Paul Young (615,000)
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Wow over 100 singles shifted 600+k in the 80's compared to just 26 in the 00's so far!
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QUOTE(ej87 @ Dec 17 2008, 11:15 PM) *
Wow over 100 singles shifted 600+k in the 80's compared to just 26 in the 00's so far!
and there were 160 singles in the 1980s that sold 500,000+ - Alan Jones reported this when the 1980s chart was printed in 1990.

I'm not sure how accurate the actual figures in the chart above are, as Dave B says the figures were calculated by someone else. Black Box (at #20) was reported to have sold 849,000 copies at the end of 1989, in this chart they are on 973,850, which may be the figure that was calculated for the all time top 100 chart in 2002 and will include sales into 1990 and beyond that too. Similarly, Jive Bunny (at #21) was reported to have sold about 820,000 up to the end of 1989 - here it has gained an extra 120,000 sales, again from the 2002 all time list. I think the compilers of the 2002 list revised some historic sales and those sales have been used here. Some sales here are accurate though so there may have been a bit of tweaking to fit guessed sales around known sales. But it is likely the top 100 sold 600,000+ copies.

Comparing sales here to the best sellers for the 1990s, there were 91 records in the 1990s that sold 600,000+ with the top 46 selling 800,000, 32 selling 900,000+ and 25 passing the 1 million sales mark - of which only 11 did in the 1980s. In the 1980s those 11 million sellers were all from 1981 to 1985 (6 from 1984 alone), in the 1990s million sellers were from 1991 to 1999 but mostly from 1994 onwards.

Since the 1980s charts were compiled Eye Of The Tiger by Survivor and Blue Monday by New Order have passed a million (the former doing so last year, the latter in the mid 90s) and from the 1990s charts, Wonderwall by Oasis and Torn by Natalie Imbruglia (both #2 hits) have passed a million sales. Both had been close to a million sales by the end of 1999.
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Best selling singles of the 90s

Like Dave B's list, the listing itself is official but the numbers (and comments in the chart) aren't mine. That said, the top 63 is described as being 100% accurate...

1 Something About The Way You Look Tonight/Candle In The Wind 1997 - Elton John 1997 4,864,000
2 Unchained Melody/White Cliffs Of Dover - Robson Green and Jerome Flynn 1995 1,843,000
3 Love Is All Around - Wet Wet Wet 1994 1,783,000
4 Barbie Girl - Aqua 1997 1,722,000
5 Believe - Cher 1998 1,672,000
6 Perfect Day - Various 1997 1,540,000
7 (Everything I Do) I Do It For You - Bryan Adams 1991 1,527,000
8 Baby One More Time - Britney Spears 1999 1,445,300
9 I'll Be Missing You - Puff Daddy and Faith Evans 1997 1,375,000
10 I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston 1992 1,355,000
11 My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion 1998 1,302,000
12 Wannabe -Spice Girls 1996 1,269,000
13 Killing Me Softly - Fugees 1996 1,268,000
14 Never Ever - All Saints 1997 1,254,000
15 Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio feat. L.V. 1995 1,245,000
16 Think Twice - Celine Dion 1994 1,234,000
17 Heartbeat / Tragedy - Steps 1998 1,148,900
18 It's Like That - Run DMC with Jason Nevins 1998 1,119,905 (includes import versions. Non-import version about 1.09 million)
19 Teletubbies Say Eh-Oh! - Teletubbies 1997 1,103,000
20 Spaceman - Babylon Zoo 1996 1,098,000
21 Saturday Night - Whigfield 1994 1,092,000
22 I Believe / Up On The Roof - Robson Green and Jerome Flynn 1995 1,090,000
23 No Matter What - Boyzone 1998 1,074,000
24 2 Become 1 - Spice Girls 1996 1,072,000
25 Earth Song - Michael Jackson 1995 1,030,000
26 Blue (Da Ba Dee) - Eiffel 65 1999 992,000 (includes import versions. Non-import version sold 956,100 to end of 1999)
27 Torn - Natalie Imbruglia 1997 970,000
28 Back For Good - Take That 1995 959,000
29 Bohemian Rhapsody/These Are The Days Of Our Lives - Queen 1991 940,000
30 Say You'll Be There - Spice Girls 1996 930,000
31 Wonderwall - Oasis 1995 920,000
32 Stay Another Day - East 17 1994 910,000
33 Men In Black - Will Smith 1997 883,000
34 Mambo No.5 - Lou Bega 1999 880,000 (includes import versions. Non-import version sold 850,200 to end of 1999)
35 Missing - Everything But The Girl 1994 870,000
36 The Millennium Prayer - Cliff Richard 1999 860,900
37 Chocolate Salty Balls (PS I Love You) - Chef 1998 850,900
38 Cest La Vie - B*Witched 1998 850,500
39 Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers 1990 840,000
40 Return Of The Mack - Mark Morrison 1996 837,000
41 Dont Speak - No Doubt 1997 834,000
42 Goodbye - Spice Girls 1998 833,500
43 Angels - Robbie Williams 1997 828,000
44 Father And Son Boyzone 1995 828,000 (Music Week 29-08-1998)
45 9PM (Till I Come) - ATB 1999 810,000 (includes import versions. Non-import version sold 791,500 to end of 1999)
46 Spice Up Your Life - Spice Girls 1997 800,000
47 Ooh Aah Just A Little Bit - Gina G 1996 790,000
48 Three Lions - Baddiel/Skinner/Lightning Seeds 1996 785,000
49 Fairground - Simply Red 1995 783,000
50 Tubthumping - Chumbawamba 1997 780,000
51 Livin La Vida Loca - Ricky Martin 1999 775,700
52 Un-break My Heart - Toni Braxton 1996 770,000
53 Children - Robert Miles 1996 770,000
54 Cotton Eye Joe - Rednex 1994 764,000
55 That Don't Impress Me Much - Shania Twain 1999 763,000
56 I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) - Meat Loaf 1993 761,200
57 Mysterious Girl - Peter Andre 1995 750,000
58 Baby Come Back - Pato Banton 1994 750,000
59 Together Again - Janet Jackson 1997 741,000
60 Don't Look Back In Anger - Oasis 1996 730,000
61 How Do I Live? - LeAnn Rimes 1998 713,900
62 You Are Not Alone - Michael Jackson 1995 712,000
63 MMMBop - Hanson 1997 712,000
64 Breathe - Prodigy 1996 709,000
65 D'You Know What I Mean - Oasis 1997 707,000
66 Sweet Like Chocolate - Shanks & Bigfoot 1999 706,700
67 I Swear - All 4 One 1994 700,000
68 Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are) - Pras Michel 1998 680,000
69 Flat Beat - Mr. Oizo 1999 678,000
70 I'll Be There For You - Rembrandts 1995 676,000
71 I Believe I Can Fly - R Kelly 1997 673,000
72 When The Going Gets Tough - Boyzone 1999 671,400
73 Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead OConnor 1990 670,000
74 How Deep Is Your Love - Take That 1996 670,000
75 Mama/Who Do You Think You Are - Spice Girls 1997 660,000
76 Truly Madly Deeply - Savage Garden 1998 657,500
77 Too Much - Spice Girls 1997 657,000
78 Boom Boom Boom - Outhere Brothers 1995 650,000
79 Sacrifice / Healing Hands - Elton John 1990 650,000
80 Music Sounds Better With You - Stardust 1998 644,000
81 Country House - Blur 1995 640,000
82 When You're Gone - Bryan Adams feat. Melanie C 1998 635,300
83 3 Lions 98 - Baddiel/Skinner/Lightning Seeds 1998 624,000 (Music Week 15-06-2002 624,000. 619,000 in 1998)
84 Bring It All Back - S Club 7 1999 623,600
85 Viva Forever - Spice Girls 1998 623,000
86 Don't Stop (Wiggle Wiggle) - Outhere Brothers 1995 620,000
87 Genie In A Bottle - Christina Aguilera 1999 608,100 (includes import versions. Non-import version sold 595,100 to end of 1999)
88 Better Off Alone - Alice Deejay 1999 606,400
89 (I Cant Help) Falling In Love With You - UB40 1993 606,000
90 All That She Wants - Ace Of Base 1993 603,900
91 I Wanna Be The Only One - Eternal 1997 600,000
92 Perfect Moment - Martine McCutcheon 1999 592,600
93 Doctor Jones - Aqua 1998 591,000
94 Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice 1990 590,000
95 Rhythm Is A Dancer - Snap 1992 582,700
96 Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!! - Vengaboys 1999 578,900
97 Mr. Blobby - Mr. Blobby 1993 576,000
98 I Don't Want To Miss A Thing Aerosmith 1998 572,000
99 Things Can Only Get Better - D:ream 1993 570,000
100 Would I Lie To You - Charles and Eddie 1992 570,000
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Does anybody know the top 200 singles of the 80's and of the 90's? biggrin.gif
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I don't think anyone had access to Top 200s back in the 80s.
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[13] BLUE MONDAY - New Order (987,000)


And to think it peaked at #8
just goes to show what sales were like in those days

It's UK's biggest selling 12" single
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Does anybody know the 160 other singles that sold 500,000 in the 80's then? tongue.gif
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QUOTE(jaybird @ Mar 18 2009, 03:05 PM) *
Does anybody know the 160 other singles that sold 500,000 in the 80's then? tongue.gif


Don't know if this is official, but this is what I have:

THEME FROM MASH - Mash 595,000
GOING UNDERGROUND - The Jam 585,000
CRYING - Don McLean 580,000
THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL - Abba 565,000
DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY - Liquid Gold 560,000
NO ONE QUITE LIKE GRANDMA - St Winifred's School Choir 550,000
ATOMIC - Blondie 535,000
UPSIDE DOWN - Diana Ross 505,000
USE IT UP WEAR IT OUT - Odyssey 500,000
STARS ON 45 - Starsound 600,000
GREEN DOOR - Shakin Stevens 580,000
BEGIN THE BEGUINE - Julio Iglesias 565,000
JEALOUS GUY - Roxy Music 535,000
KIDS IN AMERICA - Kim Wilde 515,000
JAPANESE BOY - Aneka 510,000
CHI MAI - Ennio Morricone 505,000
HOOKED ON CLASSICS - Royal Philiharmonic Orchestra 500,000
MAD WORLD - Tears For Fears 595,000
MICKEY - Toni Basil 580,000
LOVE PLUS ONE - Haircut 100 555,000
THE MODEL/COMPUTER LOVE Kraftwerk 540,000
OH JULIE - Shakin Stevens 520,000
GOODY TWO SHOES - Adam Ant 505,000
SWEET DREAMS - Eurythmics 580,000
YOU CAN'T HURRY LOVE - Phil Collins 550,000
TOO SHY - Kajagoogoo 535,000
WHEREVER I LAY MY HAT - Paul Young 525,000
EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE - The Police 520,000
IS THERE SOMETHING I SHOULD KNOW - Duran Duran 505,000
GIVE IT UP - KC & The Sunshine Band 500,000
WHITE LINES (DON'T DO IT) - Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel 605,000
99 RED BALLOONS - Nena 550,000
THE POWER OF LOVE - Frankie Goes To Hollywood 530,000
THE REFLEX - Duran Duran 505,000
EASY LOVER - Philip Bailey & Phil Collins 572,000
AXEL F - Harold Faltermeyer 556,000
I GOT YOU BABE - UB40 ft Chrissie Hynde 526,000
CRAZY FOR YOU - Madonna 508,000
YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) - Dead Or Alive 500,000
PAPA DON'T PREACH - Madonna 590,000
TAKE MY BREATH AWAY - Berlin 550,000
SO MACHO/CRUISING - Sinitta 530,000
TRUE BLUE - Madonna 520,000
A DIFFERENT CORNER - George Michael 505,000
YOU WIN AGAIN - Bee Gees 590,000
CHINA IN YOUR HAND - T'Pau 585,000
RESPECTABLE - Mel & Kim 580,000
STAND BY ME - Ben E King 540,000
IT'S A SIN - Pet Shop Boys 500,000
ALWAYS ON MY MIND - Pet Shop Boys 515,000

No idea how accurate this is, but that's what I got.


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i think there are some others but i'm not sure of the figures
Madonna-Holiday
Madonna-Like a prayer.
Whitney Houston-saving all my love for you.
Eurythmics-There must be an angel(playing with my heart).
Tiffany-I think we're alone now.
Glenn Mederious-Nothings gonna change my love for you.
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QUOTE(jaybird @ Mar 18 2009, 09:20 PM) *
i think there are some others but i'm not sure of the figures
Madonna-Holiday
Madonna-Like a prayer.
Whitney Houston-saving all my love for you.
Eurythmics-There must be an angel(playing with my heart).
Tiffany-I think we're alone now.
Glenn Mederious-Nothings gonna change my love for you.


Don't think Holiday passed 500,000+ until 1991 (but I could be wrong). Plus in 1989, only two singles passed half million mark. I think Like A Prayer passed the half million mark since, but not in 1989.

Saving All My Love For You probably sold 500,000+, but I'm not sure about the others.

Anyone else know?
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QUOTE(Euro Music @ Mar 18 2009, 11:39 AM) *
cool.gif--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Dave B @ Dec 17 2008, 10:31 PM) *</div><div class='quotemain'><!--quotec-->[13] BLUE MONDAY - New Order (987,000)

And to think it peaked at #8
just goes to show what sales were like in those days

It's UK's biggest selling 12" single
it peaked at #3 not #8.

Blue Monday sold about 400,000 to 450,000 in 1983 alone when it reached #9, it then sold 170,000 when remixed and issued as a 7" single in 1988 where it peaked at #3 and in between those years it was an ever present on the top 200 weekly charts selling small but consistent amounts of usually several hundred copies per week though it did continue to sell in the low thousands most weeks in 1984.
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QUOTE(Dave B @ Mar 18 2009, 10:37 AM) *
I don't think anyone had access to Top 200s back in the 80s.
all the top 200s from 1983 onwards (to 1994) are held in the public reference library at the BPI in County Hall, London. The chart reports available include the full top 200 for each week plus "starred out" (ie excluded) songs listed in their proper sales place, chart panel sales for each record that week and total chart panel sales for each record plus a breakdown of sales by format. This is for both singles and albums.
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QUOTE(AH Gold @ Mar 21 2009, 05:38 PM) *
Don't think Holiday passed 500,000+ until 1991 (but I could be wrong). Plus in 1989, only two singles passed half million mark. I think Like A Prayer passed the half million mark since, but not in 1989.

Saving All My Love For You probably sold 500,000+, but I'm not sure about the others.

Anyone else know?
Holiday was certified Gold (for 500,000 shipments) in 1985. My guess is that it sold 200,000 in 1984 and perhaps the same or slightly more in 1985. With back catalogue sales it may have reached 500,000 in the 80s but it could have sold just under that amount.

Saving All My Love For You sold about 450,000 in 1985 so I'd imagine that it eventually reached 500,000. Like Holiday it too was certified Gold for 500,000 shipments.
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QUOTE(Robbie @ Mar 21 2009, 11:43 PM) *
Holiday was certified Gold (for 500,000 shipments) in 1985. My guess is that it sold 200,000 in 1984 and perhaps the same or slightly more in 1985. With back catalogue sales it may have reached 500,000 in the 80s but it could have sold just under that amount.

Saving All My Love For You sold about 450,000 in 1985 so I'd imagine that it eventually reached 500,000. Like Holiday it too was certified Gold for 500,000 shipments.


Thanks for the information Rob thumbup.gif Do you know if I've missed any other 500,000+ sellers? I've heard Bangles - Eternal Flame was the 161st biggest seller of the 80s and was the biggest non half million seller?
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Does anyone know all the other tracks that sold over 400,000 in the 80's?
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Found some more sales figures-
The bangles-eternal flame 598,000
Tiffany-i think we're alone now 535,000
Glenn mederious-nothings gonna change my love for you 517,000
Jason donovan-too many broken hearts 507,000
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