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Title: UK Platinum Singles
Description: Shipment Awards 1973 to date


SimonW - January 10, 2004 01:03 AM (GMT)
The list as requested with latest addition, and I've also included biggest over-shipments.

SimonW - January 10, 2004 12:53 AM (GMT)
Below is a brief history of BPI awards in relation to UK singles. The BPI site is not clear about the totals required for awards before 1989, so I hope that my synopsis makes sense.

Underneath that is a list of all UK singles to have been presented with platinum awards. These are of course shipments to record stores. Records that did not actually convert these shipments to over-the-counter sales have been highlighted in bold.

Awards cannot be presented retrospectively, which rules out singles that reached platinum status before 1st April 1973.

Singles released before 1st April 1973 can have their sales recognised so long as the total required for an award occurred after this date. Examples are:

White Christmas - Bing Crosby released 1942 (1977 Silver);
Reet Petite - Jackie Wilson (1957) (1987 Gold);
Stand By Me - Ben E. King (1961) (1987 Gold);
Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers (1965) (1990 Platinum);
Young Girl - Union Gap ft. Gary Puckett (1968) (1974 Silver);
Albatross - Fleetwood Mac (1968) (1973 Silver);
He Ainít Heavy Heís My Brother - Hollies (1969) (1988 Silver)
Eye Level - Simon Park Orchestra (1972) (1978 Platinum)

British Phonographic Industry [BPI] Shipment Awards

A. Singles released between 01-04-1973 and 31-12-1988 are entitled to the following awards for certified singles shipments:

Silver: 250,000; Gold: 500,000; Platinum: 1,000,000; Multi-Platinum: multiples of 1,000,000

B. Singles released from 01-01-1989 are entitled to the following awards for certified singles shipments:

Silver: 200,000; Gold: 400,000; Platinum: 600,000; Multi-Platinum: multiples of 600,000

C. Double platinum and triple platinum awards began on 01-01-1985

D. Multiples above triple platinum began on 01-02-1987

E. Singles released before 01-04-1973 are not entitled to awards retrospectively


Platinum Singles 1st April 1973 to 31st December 1988 (1 million)

Title Artist Date

1 I Love You Love Me Love Gary Glitter 01-01-1974
2 Bohemian Rhapsody Queen 01-01-1976
3 Save Your Kisses For Me Brotherhood Of Man 01-05-1976
4 Donít Give Up On Us David Soul 01-02-1977
5 Mull Of Kintyre/Girlsí School Wings 01-12-1977
6 Eye Level Simon Park Orchestra 01-01-1978
7 Rivers Of Babylon/Brown Girl In The Ring Boney M 01-05-1978
8 Youíre The One That I Want J Travolta / Olivia Newton-John 01-07-1978
9 Summer Nights J Travolta / Olivia Newton-John 01-10-1978
10 Maryís Boy Child-Oh My Lord Boney M 01-12-1978
11 YMCA Village People 01-01-1979
12 Heart Of Glass Blondie 01-02-1979
13 Bright Eyes Art Garfunkel 01-05-1979
14 Another Brick In The Wall (Part II) Pink Floyd 01-01-1980
15 Merry Xmas Everybody Slade 01-12-1980
16 Imagine John Lennon 01-02-1981
17 Donít You Want Me Human League 01-01-1982
18 Come On Eileen Dexyís Midnight Runners
and Emerald Express 01-09-1982
19 Karma Chameleon Culture Club 01-10-1983
20 Relax Frankie Goes To Hollywood 01-03-1984
21 Two Tribes Frankie Goes To Hollywood 01-06-1984
22 Careless Whisper George Michael 01-09-1984
23 I Just Called To Say I Love You Stevie Wonder 01-09-1984
24 Do They Know Itís Christmas? Band Aid 01-12-1984
25 Last Christmas Wham! 01-01-1985
26 The Power Of Love Jennifer Rush 01-11-1985

Most Platinum Singles (1 million shipments)

2 J Travolta / Olivia Newton-John
2 Boney M
2 Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Platinum Singles 1st January 1989 Ė (600,000)
1 Swing The Mood Jive Bunny & the Mastermixers 01-08-1989
2 Ride On Time Black Box 01-10-1989
3 Nothing Compares 2 U Sinead OíConnnor 01-03-1990
4 Do They Know Itís Christmas? Band Aid II 01-04-1990
5 Sacrifice Elton John 01-09-1990
6 Unchained Melody Righteous Brothers 01-11-1990
7 Ice Ice Baby Vanilla Ice 01-01-1991
8 (Everything I Do) I Do It For You Bryan Adams 01-08-1991
9 Bohemian Rhapsody/These Are The Days
Of Our Lives Queen 01-12-1991
10 I Will Always Love You Whitney Houston 01-12-1992
11 Would I Lie To You Charles and Eddie 01-01-1993
12 All That She Wants Ace Of Base 01-06-1993
13 (I Canít Help) Falling In Love With You UB40 01-07-1993
14 Iíd Do Anything For Love (But I Wonít
Do That) Meat Loaf 01-11-1993
15 Mr Blobby Mr Blobby 01-12-1993
16 Love Is All Around Wet Wet Wet 01-06-1994
17 I Swear All 4 One 01-09-1994
18 Saturday Night Whigfield 01-09-1994
19 Baby Come Back Pato Banton 01-11-1994
20 Stay Another Day East 17 01-12-1994
21 Think Twice Celine Dion 01-01-1995
22 Cotton Eye Joe Rednex 01-02-1995
23 Back For Good Take That 01-04-1995
24 Unchained Melody/White Cliffs Of Dover Robson Green and Jerome Flynn 01-05-1995
25 Fairground Simply Red 01-11-1995
26 Gangstaís Paradise Coolio feat. L.V. 01-11-1995
27 I Believe / Up On The Roof Robson Green and Jerome Flynn 01-11-1995
28 Earth Song Michael Jackson 01-12-1995
29 Missing (re-mix) Everything But The Girl 01-01-1996
30 Wonderwall Oasis 01-01-1996
31 Father And Son Boyzone 01-01-1996
32 Spaceman Babylon Zoo 01-01-1996
33 How Deep Is Your Love Take That 01-03-1996
34 Children Robert Miles 01-04-1996
35 Donít Look Back In Anger Oasis 01-04-1996
36 Return Of The Mack Mark Morrison 01-05-1996
37 Ooh AahÖJust A Little Bit Gina G 01-05-1996
38 Killing Me Softly Fugees 01-06-1996
39 Three Lions Baddiel/Skinner/Lightning Seeds 01-07-1996
40 Mysterious Girl Peter Andre 01-08-1996
41 Wannabe Spice Girls 01-08-1996
42 Say Youíll Be There Spice Girls 01-10-1996
43 2 Become 1 Spice Girls 01-12-1996
44 Un-break My Heart Toni Braxton 01-01-1997
45 What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted/
Saturday Night At The Movies/ Youíll
Never Walk Alone Robson and Jerome 01-01-1997

46 Breathe Prodigy 01-01-1997
47 Mama / Who Do You Think You Are Spice Girls 01-03-1997
48 I Believe I Can Fly R Kelly 01-06-1997
49 MMMbop Hanson 01-06-1997
50 Iíll Be There For You Rembrandts 01-07-1997
51 Iíll Be Missing You Puff Daddy/Faith Evans/112 01-07-1997
52 DíYou Know What I Mean? Oasis 01-07-1997
53 Men In Black Will Smith 01-08-1997
54 Something About The Way You Look
Tonight / Candle In The Wind 1997 Elton John 01-09-1997
55 Tubthumping Chumbawamba 01-10-1997
56 Spice Up Your Life Spice Girls 17-10-1997
57 Barbie Girl Aqua 07-11-1997
58 Perfect Day Various 21-11-1997
59 Never Ever All Saints 05-12-1997
60 Torn Natalie Imbruglia 12-12-1997
61 Teletubbies Say Eh-Oh! Teletubbies 12-12-1997
62 Too Much Spice Girls 09-01-1998
63 Together Again Janet Jackson 23-01-1998
64 Angels Robbie Williams 06-02-1998
65 My Heart Will Go On Celine Dion 27-02-1998
66 Itís Like That Run DMC with Jason Nevins 27-03-1998
67 Truly Madly Deeply Savage Garden 29-05-1998
68 Cíest La Vie B*Witched 03-07-1998
69 3 Lions 98 Baddiel/Skinner/Lightning Seeds 03-07-1998
70 How Do I Live? LeAnn Rimes 17-07-1998
71 No Matter What Boyzone 07-08-1998
72 Viva Forever Spice Girls 13-08-1998
73 Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are) Pras Michel 21-08-1998
74 Believe Cher 30-10-1998
75 Music Sounds Better With You Stardust 06-11-1998
76 Goodbye Spice Girls 18-12-1998
77 Heartbeat / Tragedy Steps 08-01-1999
78 When Youíre Gone Bryan Adams feat. Melanie C 12-02-1999
79 Baby One More Time Britney Spears 19-02-1999
80 Chocolate Salty Balls (PS I Love You) Chef 26-02-1999
81 When The Going Gets Tough Boyzone 19-03-1999
82 Flat Beat Mr. Oizo 01-04-1999
83 Perfect Moment Martine McCutcheon 14-05-1999
84 Sweet Like Chocolate Shanks & Bigfoot 04-06-1999
85 That Donít Impress Me Much Shania Twain 16-07-1999
86 No Scrubs TLC 23-07-1999
87 9PM (Till I Come) ATB 23-07-1999
88 Bring It All Back S Club 7 30-07-1999
89 Liviní La Vida Loca Ricky Martin 13-08-1999
90 Mambo No.5 Lou Bega 17-09-1999
91 Blue (Da Ba Dee) Eiffel 65 08-10-1999
92 The Millennium Prayer Cliff Richard 03-12-1999
93 I Have A Dream / Seasons In The Sun Westlife 23-12-1999
94 If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of Time R. Kelly 14-01-2000
95 Re-Rewind The Crowd Say Bo Selecta Artful Dodger feat. Craig David 03-03-2000
96 Pure Shores All Saints 03-03-2000
97 Better Off Alone Alice Deejay 19-05-2000
98 It Feels So Good Sonique 30-06-2000
99 Rock DJ Robbie Williams 13-10-2000
100 Can We Fix It? Bob The Builder 15-12-2000
101 Stan Eminem 15-12-2000
102 Who Let The Dogs Out Baha Men 22-12-2000
103 Whole Again Atomic Kitten 02-03-2001
104 It Wasnít Me Shaggy feat. Rikrok 02-03-2001
105 Uptown Girl Westlife 16-03-2001
106 Pure And Simple HearíSay 30-03-2001
107 Donít Stop Moviní S Club 7 08-06-2001
108 Canít Get You Out Of My Head Kylie Minogue 28-09-2001
109 Hey Baby DJ Otzi 19-10-2001
110 Evergreen / Anything Is Possible Will Young 01-03-2002
111 Hero Enrique Iglesias 15-03-2002
112 Unchained Melody Gareth Gates 22-03-2002
113 A Little Less Conversation Elvis vs JXL 02-08-2002
114 Dilemma Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland 08-11-2002
115 The Ketchup Song Las Ketchup 24-01-2003
116 Sound Of The Underground Girls Aloud 14-03-2003
117 Spirit In The Sky Gareth Gates with Special Guests
The Kumars 02-05-2003

118 Where Is The Love? Black Eyed Peas 31-10-2003
119 Mad World Michael Andrews ft. Gary Jules 09-01-2004

Most Platinum Singles (600,000 shipments)

8 Spice Girls
3 Robson and Jerome
3 Oasis
3 Boyzone

Double Platinum Singles 1st January 1985 to 31st December 1988 (2 million)

1 Mull Of Kintyre / Girlsí School Wings 01-11-1986

Double Platinum Singles 1st January 1989 - (1.2 million)

1 (Everything I Do) I Do It For You Bryan Adams 01-09-1991
2 I Will Always Love You Whitney Houston 01-01-1993
3 Love Is All Around Wet Wet Wet 01-08-1994
4 Unchained Melody/White Cliffs Of Dover Robson Green and Jerome Flynn 01-05-1995
5 Killing Me Softly Fugees 01-06-1996
6 Iíll Be Missing You Puff Daddy/Faith Evans/112 01-07-1997
7 Something About The Way You Look
Tonight / Candle In The Wind 1997 Elton John 01-09-1997
8 Barbie Girl Aqua 05-12-1997
9 Teletubbies Say Eh-Oh! Teletubbies 19-12-1997
10 Perfect Day Various 09-01-1998
11 Never Ever All Saints 30-01-1998
12 My Heart Will Go On Celine Dion 24-04-1998
13 Angels Robbie Williams 04-12-1998
14 Believe Cher 08-01-1999
15 Baby One More Time Britney Spears 26-03-1999
16 Pure And Simple HearíSay 30-03-2001
17 Evergreen / Anything Is Possible Will Young 01-03-2002
18 Unchained Melody Gareth Gates 22-03-2002

Triple Platinum Singles (1.8 million)

1 Something About The Way You Look
Tonight / Candle In The Wind 1997 Elton John 01-09-1997
2 Evergreen / Anything Is Possible Will Young 01-03-2002

4 x Platinum Singles to 9 x Platinum Singles

1 Something About The Way You Look
Tonight / Candle In The Wind 1997 Elton John 01-10-1997

(although 5.4 million singles were shipped, over-the-counter sales were 4,864,611 to September 2002)

Biggest Over-shipments

- Double Platinum 1,200,000: Angels - Robbie Williams 340,000;
- 9 x Platinum: Something About The Way You Look Tonight / Candle In The Wind 1997 - Elton John 540,000

Steveweiser - January 10, 2004 01:15 AM (GMT)
That was the one I was looking for, thanks very much for transferring it over. Wonder if there will be many additions this year, if any at all other than Gary Jules...

Letsbolt - January 10, 2004 08:33 AM (GMT)
WOW, Thanks :D

Oasis - January 10, 2004 09:46 AM (GMT)
record stores must have really overestimated robbies single angles. 1.2million shipped yet only 860,000 copies sold over the counter.




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