PEAK POSITION: Number 1 (5 weeks)
SALES: 2.06 million (December 2017)
YEAR OF RELEASE: October 1983
YEAR IT REACHED 1 MILLION SALES: March 1984
No one ever had a better start to their UK recording career than Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Their first two singles both sold well over one million copies in 1983 and 1984. No previous act had reached the Top Five in the chart with their first five singles either.
On its release the song climbed slowly, reaching the Top 40 seven weeks after its release. But then it rocketed after an appearance on Top Of The Pops and it reached the top in January 1984. Part of the reason for its success was due to a highly-publicised ban by a Radio 1 DJ. Of course, this did the record more good than harm, despite not being allowed to appear on Top Of The Pops after that.The ban was lifted by Christmas 1984 so it was featured on the Christmas edition of the show.
In total, the song spent 22 weeks in the Top 10, the longest stay since the Beatles’ 1963 hit ‘She Loves You’.
The song has been released and remixed a few times over years, notably in 1985 and in 1993.
In December 2017 combined sales were confirmed as 2.06 million.