I Know Him So Well among top selling duets of all time

The Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson classic, from the concept album of CHESS by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice is the seventh best selling duet recording of all time in the UK according to the Official Charts Company.

Here is the Top 10:

1. John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John – You’re The One That I Want
2. John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John – Summer Nights
3. Puff Daddy and Faith Evans – I’ll Be Missing You
4. Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue – Especially For You
5. Elton John and Kiki Dee – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
6. Windsor Davies and Don Estelle – Whispering Grass
7. Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson – I Know Him So Well
8. Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder – Ebony And Ivory
9. David Bowie and Mick Jagger – Dancing In The Street
10. Phil Collins and Philip Bailey – Easy Lover

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9 Comments on "I Know Him So Well among top selling duets of all time"

  • I do a lot of work for the Official Charts Company, and I helped to compile the Duets Chart. The OCC did not include Acts who were a Duet most of the time – which is why there was no Simon & Garfunkel, Everly Brothers, or Righteous Brothers in the Chart. Nor did they include Acts where only one of the ‘Duet’ was actually a Chart Act – which is why there was no ‘Somethin’ Stupid’, by Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman in the list.

    The list also left out Hits that ‘Featured’ another Act – which is why ‘Love The Way You Lie’, by Eminem Feat. Rihanna,is not in it. That one sold enough to to be about No.6 in the List.

    ‘I Know Him So Well’ is in 7th place due to around 835,000 UK Sales – mostly from the 1980’s. It sells very few as a Download. (‘Dancing Queen’ is on over 110,000 UK Downloads, & over 600,000 USA Downloads).

  • I love the fact that their talents were visible after the ABBA period – although we know now that that song originates from the very core of their songwriting time with ABBA.

  • It should have come much higher on the list, at least at number three…
    This is timeless music! I never get tired of this lovely song!
    The music in Chess is an absolute masterpiece!

  • 8-10 what were we thinking 😉

  • I think for a duet with two female singers it may be top, also I notice the Susan Boyel and Elian page version , is the most popular version on you tube,and may well become the most popular version of a song from chess on you tube, I do realize however that hits on you tube are not a science as its dependent on the number of videos there are of the same song.

  • Brilliant song but what a dreadful video to go with it!

    The other Chess promo videos were much better, especially the one for Pity the child. With hindsight, I wonder if the Three Knights wish that they’d gone the extra mile and got Elaine and Barbara in the same room to make the video for this one…

  • Great to see it’s come so high on the list if you think of all the duets there have been over many years of the charts.

    Thought the Robbie/ Nicole Kidman ‘Somethin’ Stupid’ would have been in there.
    It can’t have sold as much I guess!

  • Great song. Shame about the 80’s hairdos. What were they thinking back then!

  • I just read that Susan Boyle and Peter Kay will perform a comedy version of this, this Friday on Comic relief
    I can imagine this being very funny.

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