International Women’s Day: Cher’s ‘Believe’ is the best-selling song by a female artist in the UK
Strangely enough, Madonna doesn't feature in the top 40 despite sales of over 17.8 million singlesRead more on Cher Listen to Cher on Spotify
To mark International Women's Day, the good people over at The Official Charts Company have paid tribute to the power of pop's biggest female singers with a list of their top 10 best-selling singles.
Unsurprisingly, Cher is still the reigning queen at number one with 'Believe'. The single has sold over 1.78 million copies since it was released in 1998, where it dominated the number one spot for eight weeks.
Whitney Houston's cover of 'I Will Always Love You' is at number two with sales of 1.58 million. The song, which featured on The Bodyguard soundtrack in 1992, spent 10 incredible weeks at number one when it was released, becoming one of the biggest-selling songs of all time and a huge cash-cow for Dolly Parton.
Britney Spears is at three with her debut single, '...Baby One More Time.' The pop classic sold over 460,000 copies in its first week on sale in the UK and has since gone on to sell 1.53 million copies.
Celine Dion's 'My Heart Will Go On' is in no danger of hitting an iceberg. The diva is at number four with sales of 1.53 million copies, putting her around 3,000 copies below Britney. And Adele completes the top five with 'Someone Like You'.
The top 10 best-selling singles by women are:
1. Cher - 'Believe'
2. Whitney Houston - 'I Will Always Love You'
3. Britney Spears - '...Baby One More Time'
4. Celine Dion - 'My Heart Will Go On'
5. Adele - 'Someone Like You'
6. Jennifer Rush - 'The Power of Love'
7. Spice Girls - 'Wannabe'
8. Celine Dion - 'Think Twice'
9. Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris - 'We Found Love'
10. All Saints - 'Never Ever'
The surprising thing about the list is that Madonna doesn't feature in the top 40 at all despite being named the 'Biggest-selling UK Singles Artist Ever' by the Official Charts Company in 2012, having sold over 17.8 million singles since she began her career.