To mark 60 years of the British Singles Charts the Official Chart Company has collated and ranked all 123 ‘million-selling singles’ in the UK. We were on hand to visualize the data in BIME. We lifted the data from the fantastic Guardian Data Blog.
As the data reveals, The Beatles unsurprisingly lead the way with 7 different ‘million-selling singles’. Other musical luminaries, Boney M and Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta also make up a varied mix of artists who have had more than one ‘million-selling single’.
1997 appears to be a great year for music with 9 ‘million-selling singles’ released that year including “Something About The Way You Look Tonight/Candle In The Wind” – by far the highest selling single in Britain with 4.7m sales.
Parlophone are the record company with both the most overall sales (11.9m) and the most ‘million-selling singles’ (10) on the list.
Other singles on the list include…
2 – Kids TV shows turned popstars : Teletubbies, Bob The Builder
4 – Christmas singles : Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid & re-recorded by Band Aid 20, Last Christmas – Wham!, Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade, White Christmas – Bing Crosby with the Ken Darby Singers and John Scott Trotter Orchestra
6 – Reality Show Winners – Will Young, Gareth Gates, Shayne Ward, Hear’Say, Leona Lewis, Matt Cardle
Using the BIME calculation engine we were able to discover the most common words amongst the song titles and thus the secret formula to creating a ‘million-selling single’… so look out for the new single by BIME – “Rock ‘n’ Roll Baby Lion Heart Girl I believe / feel you never loved me” due out sometime in 2013.
View the full dashboard HERE.