90’s UK Top 30 Million Sellers (and my Top 100 “Sellers”)

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This is the latest list of sales-only million-sellers – that is to say not including streaming-based made-up “sales” or the number of times people play a track or playlist while picking their nose thinking about what’s for tea. People actually paid for these specific tracks. In the 5 years since the last list there has been 3 more million sellers from the 90’s with Goo Goo Dolls Iris not far off the mark now, being as it has over a quarter of a million stream-equivalent sales so the last 15 or 20 thousand downloads it needs can’t be far off, even in greatly-reduced downloading sales of 2019/20. Shaggy has been moved into the right decade BTW (the Noughties) which is why number 16 from last time is missing! This time there are 37 million sellers with 4 new entries…

Almost double the numbers of million-sellers than previous decades, the 90’s had the biggest of all on top – so far ahead that it is never going to be caught on sales unless you bung in made-up streaming plays “sales” – Elton John’s Princess Diana tribute. The theme among a large number of climbers is “Movies” – if it’s in a 90’s movie soundtrack it’ll have gone up relative to the bland pop that was huge during the decade, Wet Wet Wet now at 2, Bryan Adams up to 4, Coolio and Celine Dion both entering the top 10, Aerosmith leaping 8 spots into the 30. The other theme is Oasis, Wonderwall climbing and Don’t Look Back In Anger entering, helped by the Manchester charity concert following the Ariana Grande concert bombing.

Then there’s the other anthems: Angels is a huge record still, and climbs into the 20 for Robbie Williams. Huge in the UK that is, mystifyingly not so huge in North America, even if you account for Take That not being that big there. Mariah Carey takes over the world every Christmas, charting as high as she ever did first time round, and is the definitively most-popular Christmas record in the world. It just IS. So in at 23, and by the time this Christmas’s sales of downloads are counted (which while not as bloated as streaming chart-positions are still healthy as she currently sits at 2 in the UK Christmas-week chart) no doubt she will have overtaken Steps and Earth Song by January, with Robbie overtaken next Christmas, and Run-DMC by New Year 2022. It’s inevitable.

Torn is a radio regular that stays popular, just cos it’s sooo good, and still sells well, though is unlikely to climb much further for some time as Aerosmith will overtake soon. That leaves 2 1999 tracks which surprise me – OK, they were a bit unusual for the time, but still selling?! Eiffel 65 and Lou Bega? Go figure! I can only put it down to 10-year-olds in 1999 getting all nostalgic as they start to move into their 30’s – the 2-decade nostalgia rule for revivals in pop music still obviously applies as much as it always has! That might also apply to No Doubt but that still sounds good, and Gwen Stefani has continued the great solo career and band career to maintain interest.

1 ( 1 ) SOMETHING ABOUT THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT/CANDLE IN THE WIND 97 ELTON JOHN 1 1997
2 ( 3 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND WET WET WET 1 1994
3 ( 2 ) UNCHAINED MELODY/(THERE’LL BE BLUEBIRDS OVER) THE WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER ROBSON GREEN & JEROME FLYNN 1 1995
4 ( 6 ) (EVERYTHING I DO) I DO IT FOR YOU BRYAN ADAMS 1 1991
5 ( 4 ) BARBIE GIRL AQUA 1 1997
6 ( 5 ) BELIEVE CHER 1 1998
7 ( 7 ) I’LL BE MISSING YOU PUFF DADDY & FAITH EVANS 1 1997
8 ( 8 ) I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU WHITNEY HOUSTON 1 1992
9 ( 13 ) GANGSTA’S PARADISE COOLIO FEATURING L.V. 1 1995
10 ( 12 ) MY HEART WILL GO ON CELINE DION 1 1998

11 ( 10 ) THREE LIONS BADDIEL & SKINNER & LIGHTNING SEEDS 1 1996
12 ( 11 ) …BABY ONE MORE TIME BRITNEY SPEARS 1 1999
13 ( 9 ) PERFECT DAY VARIOUS ARTISTS 1 1997
14 ( 17 ) WONDERWALL OASIS 2 1995
15 ( 14 ) KILLING ME SOFTLY FUGEES 1 1996
16 ( 15 ) WANNABE SPICE GIRLS 1 1996
17 ( 19 ) THINK TWICE CELINE DION 1 1994
18 ( 18 ) NEVER EVER ALL SAINTS 1 1997
19 ( 20 ) IT’S LIKE THAT RUN-D.M.C. VS JASON NEVINS 1 1997
20 ( 26 ) ANGELS ROBBIE WILLIAMS 4 1997
21 ( 21 ) HEARTBEAT/TRAGEDY STEPS 1 1998
22 ( 22 ) EARTH SONG MICHAEL JACKSON 1 1995
23 ( NEW ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU MARIAH CAREY 2 1994
24 ( 28 ) TORN NATALIE IMBRUGLIA 2 1997
25 ( 33 ) I DON’T WANT TO MISS A THING AEROSMITH 1 1998
26 ( 23 ) SATURDAY NIGHT WHIGFIELD 1 1994
27 ( 24 ) SPACEMAN BABYLON ZOO 1 1996
28 ( 27 ) NO MATTER WHAT BOYZONE 1 1998
29 ( 25 ) 2 BECOME 1 SPICE GIRLS 1 1996
30 ( 32 ) BLUE (DA BA DEE) EIFFEL 65 1 1999
31 ( 31 ) BACK FOR GOOD TAKE THAT 1 1995
32 ( 29 ) I BELIEVE/UP ON THE ROOF ROBSON & JEROME 1 1995
33 ( 30 ) “TELETUBBIES SAY “”EH-OH!”” TELETUBBIES 1 1997
34 ( 34 ) MYSTERIOUS GIRL PETER ANDRE FEATURING BUBBLER RANX 1 1995
35 ( NEW ) MAMBO NO.5 (A LITTLE BIT OF…) LOU BEGA 1 1999
36 ( NEW ) DON’T SPEAK NO DOUBT 1 1997
37 ( NEW ) DON’T LOOK BACK IN ANGER OASIS 1 1996

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 CANDLE IN THE WIND ’97/ SOMETHING ABOUT THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT Elton John
2 UNCHAINED MELODY/ WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER Robson & Jerome
3 LOVE IS ALL AROUND Wet Wet Wet
4 BARBIE GIRL Aqua
5 BELIEVE Cher
6 (EVERYTHING I DO) I DO IT FOR YOU Bryan Adams
7 I’LL BE MISSING YOU Puff Daddy/Faith Evans
8 I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU Whitney Houston
9 PERFECT DAY Various Artists (Lou Read)
10 THREE LIONS/’98 Baddiel & Skinner/ Lightning Seeds
11 …BABY ONE MORE TIME Britney Spears

12 MY HEART WILL GO ON Celine Dion
13 GANGSTA’S PARADISE Coolio/ LV
14 KILLING ME SOFTLY Fugees
15 WANNABEE Spice Girls
16IT WASN’T ME Shaggy/ Rik Rok
17 WONDERWALL Oasis
18 NEVER EVER All Saints
19 THINK TWICE All Saints
20 IT’S LIKE THAT Run DMC vs Jason Nevins
21 TRAGEDY/ HEARTBEAT Steps
22 EARTH SONG Michael Jackson
23 SATURDAY NIGHT Whigfield
24 SPACEMAN Babylon Zoo
25 2 BECOME 1 Spice Girls
26 ANGELS Robbie Williams
27 NO MATTER WHAT Boyzone
28 TORN Natalie Imbruglia
29 I BELIEVE/UP ON THE ROOF Robson & Jerome
30 TELETUBBIES SAY EH OH Teletubbies

31 BACK FOR GOOD Take That
32 BLUE (BA DA BEE) Eiffel 65

33 I DON’T WANT TO MISS A THING Aerosmith

34 MYSTERIOUS GIRL Peter Andre/ Bubbla Ranx

The listed above are official UK million sellers as of July 2013.

1 YOU GOT THE LOVE/’97/’06 Source/Candi Staton
2 GO WEST Pet Shop Boys
3 EARTH SONG Michael Jackson
4 FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS Bee Gees
5 BITTERSWEET SYMPHONY Verve
6 SADNESS PART 1 Enigma
7 BACK FOR GOOD Take That
8 MILLENNIUM Robbie Williams
9 TIME TO SAY GOODBYE Sarah Brightman/Andrea Bocelli
10 SAY WHAT YOU WANT Texas

11 BELIEVE Cher
12 IRONIC Alanis Morissette
13 CAN YOU FORGIVE HER Pet Shop Boys
14 6 UNDERGROUND Sneaker Pimps
15 SUNNY CAME HOME Shawn Colvin
16 HALO Texas
17 EVERYTHING I DO (I DO IT FOR YOU) Bryan Adams
18 IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT Manic Street Preachers
19 TO THE MOON AND BACK Savage Garden
20 WONDERWALL Oasis

21 A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
22 SUMMER SON Texas
23 WRONG Everything But The Girl
24 JUSTIFIED AND ANCIENT KLF/ Tammy Wynette
25 TAKE A BOW Madonna
26 PUSH IT Garbage
27 MY HAND OVER MY HEART Marc Almond
28 TORN Natalie Imbruglia
29 KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
30 EVERYBODY (BACKSTREET’S BACK) Backstreet Boys

31 ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
32 RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
33 YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE New Radicals
34 RISE Gabrielle
35 WICKED GAME Chris Isaak
36 SPINNING THE WHEEL George Michael
37 SMOOTH Santana/ Rob Thomas
38 BEING BORING Pet Shop Boys
39 PAYING THE PRICE OF LOVE Bee Gees
40 ONE BY ONE Cher

41 PUT YOUR ARMS AROUND ME Texas
42 FASTLOVE George Michael
43 UR THE BEST THING D:Ream
44 HOW TO FALL IN LOVE PART ONE Bee Gees
45 STAY Bernard Butler
46 YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
47 7 SECONDS Youssou N’Dour/Neneh Cherry
48 DRINKING IN L.A. Bran Van 3000
49 WOMAN Neneh Cherry
50 THAT DON’T IMPRESS ME MUCH Shania Twain

51 YES McAlmont & Butler
52 ALONE Bee Gees
53 LARGER THAN LIFE Backstreet Boys
54 AMERICA: WHAT TIME IS LOVE KLF
55 WHATEVER Oasis
56 NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
57 YOU ONLY TELL ME YOU LOVE ME WHEN YOU’RE DRUNK Pet Shop Boys
58 HALLO SPACEBOY David Bowie/Pet Shop Boys
59 THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER Marc Almond
60 HAZARD Richard Marx

61 IN OUR LIFETIME Texas
62 TELL ME WHEN Human League
63 GANGSTA’S PARADISE Coolio/LV
64 DEEPER AND DEEPER Madonna
65 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
66 FAIRGROUND Simply Red
67 EVEN BETTER THAN THE REAL THING/REMIX U2
68 LIFE Haddaway
69 YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun/Sonia
70 LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys

71 HOLD ON Wilson Phillips
72 WATERFALLS TLC
73 SE A VIDA ES Pet Shop Boys
74 ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
75 THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell/Pam Starks
76 PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
77 DANGEROUS Roxette
78 MERCY MERCY ME/ I WANT YOU Robert Palmer
79 WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME/CAN’T TAKE.. Pet Shop Boys
80 ANGELS Robbie Williams

81 I WANT YOU Savage Garden
82 FREE AS A BIRD Beatles
83 JESUS TO A CHILD George Michael
84 WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME Monaco
85 IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
86 RHYTHM IS A DANCER Snap!
87 WHEN WE ARE TOGETHER Texas
88 BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
89 RETURN TO INNOCENCE Enigma
90 I WANT YOU BACK N-Sync

91 WILD WOOD Paul Weller
92 COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
93 LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU Robbie Williams
94 I DON’T WANT TO FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
95 SCREAM Michael/Janet Jackson
96 HUMAN BEINGS Seal
97 JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
98 UNINVITED Alanis Morissette
99 THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
100 COME UNDONE Duran Duran

Obviously I’m biased, but I think my charts give better records then the real ones!

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