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The Killers’ ‘Mr Brightside’ becomes biggest song to never hit No. 1

It's replaced Oasis’ ‘Wonderwall’ with the unusual accolade.

By Nick Reilly

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The Killers (Picture: Todd Weaver)

The Killers’ ‘Mr Brightside’ has overtaken Oasis’ ‘Wonderwall’ to become the the biggest song to never reach No 1 in the UK singles chart.

The song – which is currently spending its 408th week in the chart as the longest-running Top 100 hit in UK chart history – scored the latest accolade after notching up 5.57m chart sales (including 1.066m actual sales and 530,340,000 streams).

First released in 2003, the song has become a staple of boozy celebrations at events across the UK and the group’s most popular hit in the UK. It was re-released in 2004 after the success of their breakout hit ‘Somebody Told Me’ and reached No.10 – its highest ever position.

The band said: “This award means a lot to us, ‘Mr Brightside’ has been completely embraced by the British public and we can’t wait to celebrate with you all on the road.”

Later this summer, The Killers will also head out on a UK and Ireland arena tour with support from Travis.