178th MILLION SELLER CHART RECORD
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Friday 28th February 2020
Did you know in the life of the UK Singles Chart, published since 14th November 1952 there had only been 177 records/songs that have sold 1 million copies or more.
CHECK OUT THE FULL LIST OF MILLION SELLERS BY CLICKING ON THIS PICTURE:
In Valentine’s Day Week 2020 the number rose to 178 as Goo Goo Dolls (See header photograph), whose slow burner hit Iris has reached the pinnacle of mega-hit status in the UK as it tops one million pure sales in the UK, with 1.003 million downloads and physical CD sales, according to Official Charts Company data. It’s a rare feat to achieve in 2020, when the preference is often to stream music.
Iris’s million-seller status is the latest feat in the song’s particularly unique journey. While it was a big hit in the US, Iris missed the Top 40 on the Official UK Singles Chart when it was first released in 1998, debuting at Number 50 in July. A re-release the following year saw it enter the Top 40 for just one week, landing at Number 26.
Still, awareness of the song and its popularity steadily grew, and the introduction of downloads into the Official Chart in 2005 gave the song a new lease of life, spending six months in the lower half of the Top 100 between 2006-2007.
Iris saw its biggest resurgence in 2011, when it was a popular choice of audition song on The X Factor, notably by finalist Frankie Cocozza, whose rendition during the show’s Bootcamp stage sent it to Number 3 on the Official Singles Chart the following week.
Iris has so far managed 22 separate chart runs in the UK appearances in the Official Singles Chart – the last was in 2015 – totalling 92 weeks in the Top 100. Over the past year in the UK, it has been downloaded an average of 148 times a week and streamed around 410,000 times a week, while its music video gets 95,000 plays a week on average.
Band frontman John Rzeznik told OfficialCharts.com: “I’m so happy that this song has had such a long life in the UK. Thank you to everyone who gave us this amazing gift.” See Goo Goo Dolls full Official Chart history, click on ‘Chart Facts’ to see the stats and week by week chart positions for Iris.
Iris – the title of which was inspired by a country singer named Iris DeMent – has, 22 years on, slowly-but-surely earned its place in the love ballads hall of fame. Its unreservedly romantic lyrics such as “you’re the closest to heaven that I’ll ever be” and “I just don’t want to miss you tonight” have made it an extremely popular choice for one particular occasion: never underestimate the power of a wedding song.
The Goo Goo Dolls – Iris Facts:
UK Sales: 1.003 million
UK Streams: 76 million
UK Video Streams: 8.7 million
Weeks on UK Chart: 92
Official Chart Peak; No.3 October 2011
MILLION SELLERS ANALYSED
Not all of them managed to make it to Number 1 – 28 million-sellers never hit the top spot – but they’ve earned their place in British pop history.
Way out in front, with 4.93 million sales is Elton John’s double-A Candle in the Wind 97/Something About the Way You Look Tonight, released after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Another charity record is in second, the original Band Aid with Do They Know It’s Christmas? on 3.8 million, and the next five songs have all sold over two million copies.
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
Enjoy yourself it’s later than you think
Happiness is…a million selling record
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Doctor, Doctor, I tend to flush a lot
Don’t worry, it’s just a chain reaction
Love is…in the air
©2020 Phil M Robinson