Blurred Lines has sparked feminist ire, been banned in university bars and inspired a National Theatre production. Now the 2013 Robin Thicke track has been named the UK's biggest selling download, topping the list of 100 singles in the all-time official download chart, unveiled on Monday.
Blurred Lines, which also features T.I. and Pharrell Williams, has sold more than 1.5 million downloads since it was released in May last year. The track reached 1 million sales in eight weeks, after debuting at the top of the charts and spending five weeks there.
Thicke said: "I'm so honoured - the success of Blurred Lines is a dream come true."
Blurred Lines was banned in 20 university bars after its lyrics were thought to promote rape, and the sexual overtones of its video, which included naked women, were parodied by Lily Allen with her comeback single, It's Hard Out Here. However, nearly a year later the track continues to be popular, with 70,000 downloads purchased since the beginning of 2014.
The new all-time official download chart is one of the celebrations to mark 10 years since legitimate music downloads began in the UK.
Oscar-winning singer Adele, who hails from Croydon, is the only other artist to have achieved more than 1.5 million downloads of a track; her ballad Someone Like You has sold 1.53 million copies to date.
The all time official official download chart top
1. Blurred Lines, Robin Thicke/T.I./Pharrell Williams
2. Someone Like You, Adele
3. Moves Like Jagger, Maroon 5, ft. Christina Aguilera
4. Somebody That I Used To Know, Gotye ft. Kimbra
5. I Gotta Feeling, Black Eyed Peas
Source, Top 100