Cher's smash hit Believe has been named the U.K.'s best-selling single by a female artist.

The pop superstar released the dance track in 1998 and it has since sold 1.79 million units to date, placing it ahead of Whitney Houston's 1992 classic I Will Always Love You, which landed in second place with 1.58 million copies.

Britney Spears' debut single ...Baby One More Time, Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On and Someone Like You by Adele round out the top five on the countdown, which was compiled by editors to mark International Women's Day on Friday (08Mar14).

Dion is the only singer to feature twice in the top 10 - Think Twice, which was released in 1994, comes in at number eight.