Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras are weighted differently to account for chart turnover rates during various periods. Artists are ranked based on a formula blending performance, as outlined above, of all of their Hot chart entries.
Every million-selling song in the UK counted down.
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290 More Popular English Songs of All Time
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.
When you hear a great song, you can think of where you were when you first heard it, the sounds, the smells. It takes the emotions of a moment and holds it for years to come. It transcends time. A great song has all the key elements — melody; emotion; a strong statement that becomes part of the lexicon; and great production. As soon as you start, you get that magic feeling, an extra feeling. Robinson thought Barrett Strong should record "Shop Around," but Gordy persuaded Smokey that he was the right man for the song. After it came out, Gordy heard it on the radio and found it way too slow. He woke Robinson at 3 a. That one worked.