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Bill Lamb

Celebrating 60 Years of UK Pop Singles Charts

By November 19, 2012

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On November 14, 1952, American crooner Al Martino was ranked #1 in the first UK pop singles chart published in the music industry newspaper New Musical Express, also known simply as NME. Through the years the official charts appeared in a range of publications. Today the custody of the charts is maintained by the Official Charts Company. Today approximately 3.5 million singles are sold every week. The Official Charts Company estimates that 3.7 billion singles have been sold overall since the chart began in 1952. In celebration of the 60 years of charting music the Official Charts Company compiled lists of the best selling singles of all time. Check out the top 10 below.

  1. Elton John - "Candle In the Wind '97" (1997)
  2. Band Aid - "Do They Know It's Christmas?" (1984)
  3. Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody" (1975)
  4. Wings - "Mull of Kintyre" / "Girls' School" (1977)
  5. John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John - "You're the One That I Want" (1977)
  6. Boney M - "Rivers of Babylon" / "Brown Girl in the Ring" (1978)
  7. Frankie Goes To Hollywood - "Relax" (1983)
  8. The Beatles - "She Loves You" (1963)
  9. Robson Green & Jerome Flynn - "Unchained Melody" / "(There'll Be Bluebells Over) The White Cliffs of Dover" (1995)
  10. Wet Wet Wet - "Love Is All Around" (1994)


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