10 Best-selling UK singles

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North East music-lovers are being invited to contribute their most memorable songs - and the stories behind why they are so memorable - as part of an arts project.

Mr Drayton’s Human Jukebox is part of the Cultural Spring, an Arts Council-funded initiative raising engagement and participation in the arts.

There may be some obscure songs mentioned, but many will be famous million-sellers. But do you know the 10 best selling songs in the UK. Test your friends to see if they know....

1 Candle in the Wind 1997 / Something About the Way You Look Tonight

Elton John

Released: September 1997

4.92 million sold

2 Do They Know It’s Christmas?

Band Aid Mercury

November 1984

3.75 million sold

3 Bohemian Rhapsody & Bohemian Rhapsody / These Are the Days of Our Lives


October 1975 / November 1991

2.44 million sold

4 Mull of Kintyre / Girls’ School


November 1977

2.08 million sold

5 You’re the One That I Want

John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John

May 1978

2.05 million sold

6 Relax

Frankie Goes to Hollywood

January 1984

2.03 million sold

7 Rivers of Babylon / Brown Girl in the Ring

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April 1978

2.02 million sold

8 She Loves You

The Beatles


August 1963

1.92 million sold

9 Love Is All Around

Wet Wet Wet


1.86 million sold

10 Mary’s Boy Child / Oh My Lord

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1.86 million sold