Best selling singles each year since 1957 | UK Chart Number Ones

Here is the definite list of best-selling singles on the UK Singles Chart for each year since 1952 to present day.

We’ve been through the archives to collect every single one of the biggest singles, top sellers from 1952–2021 for each year of the Official Singles Chart at MarkMeets Music facts.

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), Pharrell Williams (2013, 2014) and Ed Sheeran (2017, 2021). Elvis, as you can see, has done it the most – four times!

YearSong TitleArtist
1952 “Here in My Heart” Al Martino 
1953 “I Believe” Frankie Laine 
1954 “Secret Love” Doris Day 
1955 “Rose Marie” Slim Whitman 
1956 “I’ll Be Home” Pat Boone 
1957 “Diana” Paul Anka 
1958 “Jailhouse Rock” Elvis Presley 
1959 “Living Doll” Cliff Richard 
1960 “It’s Now or Never” Elvis Presley 
1961 “Wooden Heart” Elvis Presley 
1962 “I Remember You” Frank Ifield 
1963 “She Loves You” The Beatles 
1964 “Can’t Buy Me Love” The Beatles 
1965 “Tears” Ken Dodd 
1966 “Green, Green Grass of Home” Tom Jones 
1967 “Release Me” Engelbert Humperdinck 
1968 “Hey Jude” The Beatles 
1969 “Sugar, Sugar” The Archies 
1970 “In The Summertime” Mungo Jerry 
1971 “My Sweet Lord” George Harrison 
1972 “Amazing Grace”* The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Band 
1973 “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” Dawn featuring Tony Orlando 
1974 “Tiger Feet” Mud 
1975 “Bye Bye Baby” Bay City Rollers 
1976 “Save Your Kisses for Me” Brotherhood of Man 
1977 “Mull of Kintyre” / “Girls’ School” Wings 
1978 “Rivers of Babylon” / “Brown Girl in the Ring” Boney M. 
1979 “Bright Eyes” Art Garfunkel 
1980 “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” The Police 
1981 “Tainted Love ” Soft Cell 
1982 “Come On Eileen” Dexys Midnight Runners 
1983 “Karma Chameleon” Culture Club 
1984 “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”* Band Aid 
1985 “The Power of Love” Jennifer Rush 
1986 “Don’t Leave Me This Way” The Communards 
1987 “Never Gonna Give You Up” Rick Astley 
1988 “Mistletoe and Wine” Cliff Richard 
1989 “Ride On Time” Black Box 
1990 “Unchained Melody” The Righteous Brothers 
1991 “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” Bryan Adams 
1992 “I Will Always Love You” Whitney Houston 
1993 “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” Meat Loaf 
1994 “Love Is All Around” Wet Wet Wet 
1995 “Unchained Melody” Robson & Jerome 
1996 “Killing Me Softly” Fugees 
1997 “Candle in the Wind 1997” / “Something About the Way You Look Tonight”* Elton John 
1998 “Believe” Cher 
1999 “…Baby One More Time” Britney Spears 
2000 “Can We Fix It?” Bob the Builder 
2001 “It Wasn’t Me” Shaggy featuring Rikrok 
2002 “Anything Is Possible” / “Evergreen” Will Young 
2003 “Where Is the Love?” The Black Eyed Peas 
2004 “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”* Band Aid 20 
2005 “Is This the Way to Amarillo”* Tony Christie featuring Peter Kay 
2006 “Crazy” Gnarls Barkley 
2007 “Bleeding Love” Leona Lewis 
2008 “Hallelujah”* Alexandra Burke 
2009 “Poker Face” Lady Gaga 
2010 “Love the Way You Lie” Eminem Featuring Rihanna 
2011 “Someone like You” Adele 
2012 “Somebody That I Used to Know” Gotye featuring Kimbra 
2013 “Blurred Lines” Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams 
2014 “Happy” Pharrell Williams 
2015 “Uptown Funk” Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 
2016 “One Dance” Drake featuring Wizkid & Kyla 
2017 “Shape of You” Ed Sheeran 
2018 “One Kiss” Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa 
2019 “Someone You Loved” Lewis Capaldi 
2020 “Blinding Lights ” The Weeknd 
2021“Bad Habits”Ed Sheeran

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