Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Is Best Selling UK Rock Single Of All Time

Band beats Beatles to top spot.

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"Bohemian Rhapsody" has long been a staple of "greatest of all time" lists, so it's fitting to see that the song's reputation is matched in sales. The Official Charts Company has compiled the list to celebrate 60 years of the UK single chart. "Bohemian Rhapsody" has notched up 2.35 million sales since its 1975 release and only Elton John's Princess Diana tribute version of "Candle In The Wind" and Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas" have sold more copies.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, apart from Queen, the list was dominated by The Beatles, and Beatles' subsequent solo records. Bryan Adams and Bill Haley also made appearances. And while The Rolling Stones did not feature in the top ten, they are still one of the UK's best selling singles rock bands, having shifted 10.1 million units.

UK's biggest-selling rock singles of all time:

1. Queen: "Bohemian Rhapsody" (1975) 2.36m 2. Wings: "Mull Of Kintyre" / "Girls' School" (1977) 2.00m 3. The Beatles: "She Loves You" (1963) 1.90m 4. The Beatles: "I Want To Hold Your Hand" (1963) 1.77m 5. Bryan Adams: "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" (1991) 1.72m 6. John Lennon: "Imagine" (1975) 1.60m 7. The Beatles: "Can't Buy Me Love" (1964) 1.53m 8. Bill Haley & His Comets: "Rock Around The Clock" (1955) 1.42m 9. The Beatles: "I Feel Fine" (1964) 1.41m 10. Survivor: "Eye Of The Tiger" (1982) 1.41m

UK's best-selling singles rock bands:

1. The Beatles: most successful track: "She Loves You" 22.1m 2. Queen: most successful track: "Bohemian Rhapsody" 12.8m 3. Rolling Stones: most successful track: "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" 10.1m 4. U2: most successful track: "With Or Without You" 7.5m 5. Status Quo: most successful track: "Rockin' All Over The World" 7.2m

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    sung way too much by the young pop fans in today's society. best part of the song is right after the opera bridge. MOSH TIME.
    you complain when pop fans listen to pop music and now you complain when pop fans sing good music...
    Candle in the wind is a decent song, but that 1997 version is dog shit. Bohemian Rhapsody is well deserved of its place though.
    damn.. the beatles are so populair! luckily these records never will be broken by a justin bieber or nicky minaj because people use the internet nowadays.
    In other news, Ultimate Guitar has been awarded the No Shit Sherlock award for Journalism.
    Queen is just better than the Beatles. There's no ifs and buts about it. Queen can sing better, compose better, play better, and perform better. The only reason they're popular is because they were the boy band of the day.
    I'm sorry, how exactly is U2 a UK band?
    Yeah that is a questionable inclusion, I guess close enough counts here.
    Never understood why this song got as much attention as it did. IMO the "Scaramouche, Scaramouche" section is just ridiculously annoying. They have way better songs. And as far as best UK singles, I would have to say 'Stranger in a Strange Land' by Maiden.
    Nice to see that Led Zeppelin aren't on this list as they are in a league of their own as they never released one single!!!
    Yes they are, three members are from Dublin and one is from England but met them in Dublin. No it is not, Northern Ireland is (six of thirty two counties) but the Republic of Ireland is separate and has been since 1949.
    The only song I've even heard on that list is Eye Of The Tiger. What gives? I would have expected a little more Iron Maiden or even Motorhead... Hmmm.
    Just for fun I decided to see what where the top selling rock singles in the US. I couldn't find it but I did find a list of the top singles (in general) of all time in the US. Suffice it to say I think I might be moving to the UK next year. All you need to know is that Flo' Rida "low" is the number 1 single. 'Nuff said.