Biggest-selling songs not to get to number one in the UK

I did a list of these way back in 2013 and it’s time to update it as things have changed. Back in 1994, Mariah Carey released the song All I Want for Christmas is you which peaked at number two and has subsequently entered the UK chart since 2014 when downloads were counted towards the UK singles chart even though, due the bizarre rules the OCC seem to have invented which really obscures the reality of the chart, it’s been permanently on ACR which stand for Accelerated Chart Ratio. In a net shell, this means that ‘sales’ of old tracks that return to the chart down have the same ratio of streams to sales. Why? Who knows! This is probably one of the reasons the chart is so irrelvant to anyone outside the music industry.

The song has returned to chart every Christmas since 2014 and has peaked, again, at number two on three further occasions. But on week ending 19th December 2020 the song finally went to number one which means it was no longer the biggest selling single not to get to number one. This is the reason for updating this table and here is the current top 10 singles to fall into that category.

Rank Artist  Title Peak Position Year first charted Weeks on chart
10 Snow Patrol Chasing Cars 6 2006 111
9 Natalie Imbruglia Torn 2 1997 19
8 Robbie Williams Angels 4 1997 28
7 Idina Menzel Let It Go 11 2013 63
6 New Order Blue Monday 9 1983 54
5 Pogues & Kirsty McColl Fairtytale of New York 2 1987 92
4 Eminem & Rihanna Love The Way You Lie 2 2010 48
3 John Legend All Of Me 2 2014 75
2 Oasis Wonderwall 2 1995 40
1 Maroon 5 Ft Christina Aguilera Moves Like Jagger 2 2011 52

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