From Elvis Presley to Ed Sheeran, what was the best-selling single the year YOU were born?

THERE’S no doubt that 2020 will go down as one of the most memorable years in modern history – and there’s certainly no forgetting its biggest anthem.

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s smash hit WAP is set to top the singles charts this year after breaking streaming records and garnered over 26 million views in its first 24 hours on YouTube.

Cardi B and Meg Thee Stallion had the hit of the summer with WAP


Cardi B and Meg Thee Stallion had the hit of the summer with WAP

However, the outrageous song sparked furious debate over its explicit lyrics and raunchy video, with comedian Russell Brand questioning whether it was “pornographic”.

It’s certainly a world away from Here in My Heart by Al Martino, the first song to top the yearly UK single charts back in 1952.

But which chart topper was the talk of the nation in the year you were born?

After we brought you the top films of years past, here we look back at each decade’s best selling singles – from Elvis to Lady Gaga.

In the first decade that the UK singles charts began, 1958 saw Elvis Presley break through with Jailhouse Rock.

The Sixties brought Beatlemania, with She Loves You, Can’t Buy Me Love and Hey Jude becoming some of its best-selling records.



Fast-forward to 1980, and Rick Astley came out on top with Never Gonna Give You Up, which infamously sparked the ‘Rick Rolling’ craze decades later.


Whitney Houston bagged the biggest hit of the Nineties with her timeless classic I Will Always Love You, which still holds the record for being the best-selling single by a woman in music history.

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More surprisingly, the artist that kicked off the century was Bob The Builder, who led chart sales with Can We Fix It? in 2000.



If Bob’s bop doesn’t suit you, then maybe Lewis Capaldi’s heart-wrenching ballad Someone You Loved might. The 23-year-old released the hit in 2019, spending seven weeks in the top spot.

Capaldi is joined by the likes of Rihanna, Adele, Pharell, Drake and Bruno Mars for the top single in the 2010s.

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