List of best-selling singles of the 1980s in the United Kingdom

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The following list comprises the top 100 selling singles in the UK for the 1980s. The UK Singles Chart was compiled weekly during the 1980s by the BRMB and later The Gallup Organization. During the 1980s the chart was based purely on the sales of physical singles. The 1984 charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Band Aid was the best-selling single of the decade, and also became the biggest selling single of all time in the UK. It kept this title until 1997, when Elton John's "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" / "Candle in the Wind 1997" overtook it.

At number six is Wham! with "Last Christmas / Everything She Wants", which is the highest selling number two hit and the highest selling single not to top the chart.[1] In total, there were 20 non-number one singles in the Top 100 (eight of these in the bottom ten), including the biggest selling number three single "Blue Monday" by New Order.

Jennifer Rush at number nine with "The Power of Love" became the first female artist ever to have a million-selling single in the UK. Wham!, David Bowie, John Lennon and Adam and the Ants have three singles in the Top 100, while Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Stevie Wonder, Culture Club, Dexy's Midnight Runners, Kylie Minogue, Lionel Richie, Madonna, Cliff Richard, Shakin' Stevens, Bucks Fizz, Michael Jackson, Ottawan and Paul McCartney all have two.

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  1. "Do They Know It's Christmas?" - Band Aid – 3,550,000 sales
  2. "Relax" - Frankie Goes to Hollywood – 1,910,000 sales
  3. "I Just Called to Say I Love You" - Stevie Wonder – 1,775,000 sales
  4. "Two Tribes" - Frankie Goes to Hollywood – 1,510,000 sales
  5. "Don't You Want Me" - The Human League – 1,430,000 sales
  6. "Last Christmas / Everything She Wants" - Wham! – 1,420,000 sales
  7. "Karma Chameleon" - Culture Club – 1,405,000 sales
  8. "Careless Whisper" - George Michael – 1,366,000 sales
  9. "The Power of Love" - Jennifer Rush – 1,321,500 sales
  10. "Come on Eileen" - Dexys Midnight Runners – 1,201,000 sales
  11. "Tainted Love" - Soft Cell – 1,135,000 sales
  12. "Eye of the Tiger" - Survivor – 990,000 sales
  13. "Blue Monday" - New Order
  14. "Stand and Deliver" - Adam and the Ants – 985,000 sales
  15. "Especially for You" - Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan – 982,000 sales
  16. "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" - Tight Fit – 978,000 sales
  17. "Fame" - Irene Cara – 975,000 sales
  18. "Ghostbusters" - Ray Parker Junior – 974,000 sales
  19. "Uptown Girl" - Billy Joel – 975,000 sales
  20. "Ride On Time" - Black Box – 973,850 sales
  21. "Swing the Mood" - Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers
  22. "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" - Culture Club
  23. "Hello" - Lionel Richie
  24. "I Know Him So Well" - Elaine Paige & Barbara Dickson
  25. "Imagine" - John Lennon
  26. "Don't Stand So Close to Me" - The Police
  27. "Agadoo" - Black Lace
  28. "Woman in Love" - Barbra Streisand
  29. "Red Red Wine" - UB40
  30. "Antmusic" - Adam & the Ants
  31. "Into the Groove" - Madonna
  32. "Save Your Love" - Renee and Renato
  33. "Feels Like I'm In Love" - Kelly Marie
  34. "Pass the Dutchie" - Musical Youth
  35. "Never Gonna Give You Up" - Rick Astley
  36. "Prince Charming" - Adam & the Ants
  37. "Mistletoe and Wine" - Cliff Richard
  38. "Don't Leave Me This Way" - Communards
  39. "I Don't Wanna Dance" - Eddy Grant
  40. "This Ole House" - Shakin' Stevens
  41. "The Land of Make Believe" - Bucks Fizz
  42. "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" - Starship
  43. "Vienna" - Ultravox
  44. "Seven Tears" - Goombay Dance Band
  45. "Freedom" - Wham!
  46. "One Day in Your Life" - Michael Jackson
  47. "Making Your Mind Up" - Bucks Fizz
  48. "Super Trouper" - ABBA
  49. "The Birdie Song" - The Tweets
  50. "19" - Paul Hardcastle
  51. "Every Loser Wins" - Nick Berry
  52. "Shaddup You Face" - Joe Dolce Music Theatre
  53. "Like a Virgin" - Madonna
  54. "I Want to Wake Up with You" - Boris Gardiner
  55. "Reet Petite" - Jackie Wilson
  56. "D.I.S.C.O." - Ottawan
  57. "Frankie" - Sister Sledge
  58. "I Want to Know What Love Is" - Foreigner
  59. "The Tide is High" - Blondie
  60. "Let's Dance" - David Bowie
  61. "Total Eclipse of the Heart" - Bonnie Tyler
  62. "True" - Spandau Ballet
  63. "Chain Reaction" - Diana Ross
  64. "We All Stand Together" - Paul McCartney & The Frog Chorus
  65. "The Only Way is Up" - Yazz & the Plastic Population
  66. "Living Doll" - Cliff Richard & The Young Ones
  67. "Ebony and Ivory" - Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder
  68. "Only You" - The Flying Pickets
  69. "You Drive Me Crazy" - Shakin' Stevens
  70. "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" - Wham!
  71. "The Lady in Red" - Chris de Burgh
  72. "Geno" - Dexy's Midnight Runners
  73. "Down Under" - Men at Work
  74. "Dancing in the Street" - David Bowie & Mick Jagger
  75. "Town Called Malice / Precious" - The Jam
  76. "I Should Be So Lucky" - Kylie Minogue
  77. "Together We Are Beautiful" - Fern Kinney
  78. "Coward of the County" - Kenny Rogers
  79. "I Feel for You" - Chaka Khan
  80. "Ghost Town" - The Specials
  81. "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" - Whitney Houston
  82. "Move Closer" - Phyllis Nelson
  83. "(Just Like) Starting Over" - John Lennon
  84. "It's My Party" - Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
  85. "Being With You" - Smokey Robinson
  86. "Working My Way Back to You" - The Detroit Spinners
  87. "When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going" - Billy Ocean
  88. "Billie Jean" - Michael Jackson
  89. "9 to 5" - Sheena Easton
  90. "A Good Heart" - Feargal Sharkey
  91. "Baggy Trousers" - Madness
  92. "Take On Me" - a-ha
  93. "Happy Birthday" - Altered Images
  94. "Hands Up (Give Me Your Heart)" - Ottawan
  95. "Ashes to Ashes" - David Bowie
  96. "Woman" - John Lennon
  97. "Love & Pride" - King
  98. "Golden Brown" - The Stranglers
  99. "All Night Long (All Night)" - Lionel Richie
  100. "Love of the Common People" - Paul Young

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Official UK Charts Company (Chart positions)". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Rice,Tim; Rice,Jonathan; Gambaccini,Paul Guinness Hits of the 80s (pub.June 1990) ISBN 978-0851123981 , Page 288