No. 6 was first released in 1960, while Elvis Presley was stationed in Germany, then reissued in 2005, giving it combined sales of 20,000,000. The single, "It's Now or Never", was a rewrite of Tony Martin's "There's No Tomorrow", which in turn was based on the traditional Italian ballad, "O Sole Mio". When you hear it, you don't think of its origin, for Elvis made it his own.
No.5 is that exercise in vocal histrionics, "I Will Always Love You", as covered by Whitney Houston for the movie, "The Bodyguard". First time Dolly Parton heard this cover, she nearly wrecked her car. 20,000,000 sold, which is befitting for something so OTT.
No. 4 is "Rock Around the Clock" from 1955. Bill Haley & His Comets sold 25,000,000 of that one, with sales propelled by it appearing over the opening credits of the cinema seat slasher movie of the same name. Then Bill Haley went and recorded it again, the greedy bastard.
No. 3 is a bit of a surprise, even if it's been comped to death, and was released twice by singer Ray Dorset. It is that irresistible skiffle hit from 1970, "In the Summertime", by the band Mungo Jerry. A staggering 30,000,000 sold, now that's a good bit of royalty... !
No. 2 is no surprise
Elton John - Candle in the Wind (Universal, 1997)
STILL THE CHAMP
OVER 50,000,000 SOLD
Bing Crosby - White Christmas (Decca, 1942)
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