Here's a site you might like: http://www.ukmix.org/articles/charts/
Here's their blurb:On the 14th November 2002, the charts celebrate their golden jubilee. This feature looks back at the past 50 years of the singles chart with the attempt to find out exactly what was the biggest charting hit of all time. Throughout the 200 days leading up to the jubilee, we will look back at every year and every decade of the past 50 years looking at which are the biggest charting hits.
So what will be the biggest hit of all time, could it be Frankie Laine's "I Believe", which managed 16 weeks at the top? Could it be Frank Sinatra's "My Way" which managed over 100 weeks on the chart? Could it be Elton John's "Candle In The Wind 1997 / Something About The Way You Look Tonight", which is the best seller of all time? Maybe Elvis, or Cliff, or the Beatles? All surely must be up near the top with something, or are they? Watch this space gradually update as we go through the year.
There's a page for each year considered.
As it's UKMIX, I assume they are talking about Britain.
They have worked out that this is the all-time top 20:
1 Frank Sinatra My Way 48.19
2 Frankie Laine I Believe 41.64
3 Bill Haley and his Comets Rock Around The Clock 38.38
4 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Relax 33.91
5 Mr Acker Bilk and the Leon Young String Chorale Stranger On The Shore 31.87
6 Wet Wet Wet Love Is All Around 29.03
7 Doris Day Secret Love 28.81
8 Beatles She Loves You 28.71
9 Judy Collins Amazing Grace 28.70
10 Bryan Adams (Everything I Do) I Do It For You 28.39
11 Englebert Humperdinck Release Me 28.25
12 Queen Bohemian Rhapsody 27.61
13 David Whitfield Cara Mia 26.69
14 Jim Reeves I Love You Because 24.36
15 Elvis Presley Hound Dog 24.34
16 Paul Anka Diana 24.10
17 Frank Ifield I Remember You 23.88
18 Russ Conway Side Saddle 23.36
19 John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John You're The One That I Want 23.29
20 Boney M Rivers Of Babylon 23.15
For the top 100 (or even 1000) look here: http://www.ukmix.org/articles/charts/coat.html