They're the very top of the pops — the UK's million-selling singles, the tracks that have achieved one million paid-for sales, whether they be physical singles or downloads. It's still a relatively rare feat, with currently only songs making it to seven figures. Not all of them managed to make it to Number 1 — 28 million-sellers never hit the top spot — but they've earned their place in British pop history. Way out in front, with 4. The top selling song released in the 21st century goes to Pharrell Williams' Happy, which is eighth with 1. Cher's Believe, the best-selling song by a female artist, is 17th in the rundown, with 1. Frankie Goes to Hollywood's Relax claims the best-selling debut single by a group 2. Some stars are just greedy and bag more than one million-seller: 22 acts have two or more entries in the list of the UK's all-time bestselling singles. Way out in front, with an astonishing six, are the Beatles, with their top-selling honour going to chart-topper She Loves You, on 1.
Yes, yes. The dads, unfortunately, are at it again. Radio X, the radio station of choice for people who call the shed at the back of the garden their "Man Cave," has run its second annual "Best of British" poll, where listeners are invited to vote for the tracks they believe to be the best British songs of all time. Behold the top ten:. What we have here is a poll albeit one called "Best of British" which sounds more like a marketing campaign for sausages than a serious music vote claiming one band made five out of the ten greatest musical achievements in the history of an entire nation. The result, while unsurprising considering Radio X's listener base, is actually kind of important because it speaks to the way that many consider white maleness to be the default for British musicianship. In , that couldn't really be further from the truth, and it's a shame that a poll with a wide-spanning title like "Best of British" should represent only one tiny sub-section of British society although admittedly, it's a sub-section that is overrepresented in the British music industry. It's also pretty typical of a casual listenership: you won't find any deep cuts in the top on this list — it's all singles, and extremely famous ones at that. But let's be honest: if you were to scrape together the most popular and broad music for our generation in about 30 years, the list would likely be a shambles too.
Fri 5 Jun We present to you a ranking of the greatest UK No 1 singles since the charts began in The only rule was that an artist could only feature once. As such, it is very much open to discussion, which we heartily encourage in the comments section. Also, note that dates listed are the dates the songs reached No 1. As much a generational bellwether as a pop classic. The weirdness of 70s Britain in musical form. Trevor Horn and co turned this material into postmodern gold, building jingles, prog, orchestral pop and more into a screwball fantasy. That cold steady kick drum, meanwhile, is like techno kicking the door down to take over pop culture. After a fitfully successful start, this was the song to turn the Kosovan-British pop singer into a global star.
This is a list of number-one hits by British artists in the United States on the Billboard Hot existent since August 3, The only British artist to have a pre-Hot number one was Vera Lynn , with " Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart " holding the top spot for nine weeks starting from July 12, With 20 number-one singles, the current most successful British act on the Billboard Hot is the Beatles. They are followed by George Michael who had ten number 1 singles on the chart including his duets with Aretha Franklin and Elton John and of course with the band Wham! The Rolling Stones have had eight number one singles. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It is unknown whether she chose to become a British national too. He was born in the UK proper, but moved with the rest of his family to Australia as an infant, grew up mainly in Australia, and lived in the US for most of his recording career.