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Will Young’s debut tops list of bestselling singles

Gay singer's first single Evergreen/Anything Is Possible tops a BBC list of the bestselling singles of the 21st century
Will Young, pictured here in his number 1 single Jealousy, has topped a list of bestselling singles in the UK.

Gay singer-songwriter Will Young’s debut has topped a list of the bestselling singles of the 21st century in the UK.

Revealed by BBC Radio 1 in a list of the 150 bestselling singles, Young’s first single Evergreen/Anything Is Possible sold over 1.7 million copies.

Young slammed the double-A singles last year, calling them ‘dreadful’.

He said: ‘I can't bear 'Evergreen' or 'Anything is Possible', they're absolutely shocking. And you wouldn't believe the amount of money that was spent on those videos. F**king hell! Dreadful videos.

‘At one moment it looks like I'm in love with a tree! Dreadful. Really odd. Dreadful. No, no, no. No. But since then the track record has been pretty good actually - apart from one - but the first one was really awful.’

The fastest selling debut in UK chart history, Young shot to fame after winning the original Pop Idol in 2002.

Young was the first winner of the Idol series, which has spawned versions in 42 countries including the USA, Australia, France and Kazakhstan.

The format, created by Simon Fuller, ended in the UK after the second season.

Simon Cowell’s first judging role was followed by American Idol four months after Young’s victory, and he later created The X Factor and the Got Talent series.

Pop Idol runner-up Gareth Gates makes second place on the list with Unchained Melody, and Jamaican reggae singer Shaggy takes the third spot with It Wasn’t Me.

Young released his critically acclaimed sixth album Echoes last year, and entered the UK Album chart at number 1.

Watch Will Young’s debut single Anything Is Possible, where he looks like he’s in love with a tree, here:

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