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This is a summary of 2001 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year.

The year saw the tradition of UK acts dominating the top of the charts carried on from 2000. Songs were starting to spend 2–3 weeks at the summit improving on the large amounts of one week number ones from the previous year. CD sales also improved slightly with 3 million selling singles being issued this year. Overall, 30 songs topped the charts over the course of this year.

Summary[edit]

The first new No. 1 of the year was from the first ever Portuguese act to top the UK charts; Rui Di Silva featuring Cassandra and their dance track, "Touch Me" spent 1-week at the summit. The year ended with the announcement that the pop group Steps were to split up on Boxing Day.

21st century boy bands[edit]

Five scored their final chart topper with the title track from their 3rd album, Kingsize, which peaked at #3. "Let's Dance" marked their final single as a group, with the follow-up No. 4 hit, "Closer To Me" being released after news of the band's split. They released a Greatest Hits compilation at the end of the year which made #9. BBMak were another boyband to split, however their career was very short-lived with 2001 seeing the start and end of it. Their debut single, "Back Here" failed to make the Top 20 upon initial release, however was then re-issued and peaked at #5. The follow-up single, "Still On Your Side" peaked at No. 8 and despite seeming to continue on with success, they disappeared after the release of their debut album Sooner Or Later, which was a very slight Top 20 smash.

Blue were the most successful new boyband of 2001; their debut single "All Rise" only made No. 4, however with other boybands quickly fading away, it wasn't long before Blue could take centre stage. Their next 2 singles, "Too Close", a cover of the 1998 chart topper from US boyband Next & "If You Come Back", a slow love ballad quickly became chart toppers for the group. However, once again, Westlife became the most successful boyband of the year. Although their run of consecutive No. 1 singles had been broken the previous year by Bob The Builder, they quickly returned to the top spot with the Comic Relief single of the year, "Uptown Girl" (a cover of the Billy Joel 1983 UK #1) and "Queen of My Heart". By the end of the year, they had accumulated a total of 9 No. 1 singles on the UK chart, putting them side by side with the Spice Girls & ABBA. Their 3rd album, entitled World Of Our Own, topped the UK albums chart for 1-week.

ABC aired a talent show, Making The Band, in which by the public vote, boyband O-Town were picked as winners. Their debut single, "Liquid Dreams" peaked at No. 3 in the UK and their follow-up, "All Or Nothing", stalled one place lower.

The Backstreet Boys released The Hits: Chapter One, which went platinum. The greatest hits album featured a new song, Drowning, which got to number 4.

Girl groups – changing styles[edit]

Girl groups were slowly changing away from 90s pop styles to a more R'N'B/Hip Hop direction. All Saints scored their final UK chart hit, with "All Hooked Up", a final release from their second album, peaking at #7. A greatest hits compilation, entitled All Hits followed, but it only made No. 18 on the albums chart.

Replacing Kerry Katona, Jenny Frost joined girl group Atomic Kitten, who became one of the main early 21st century pop girl groups. After the member change, the band's single "Whole Again", hit No. 1 for 4 weeks, becoming the longest stay since Westlife at New Year in 1999/2000 and also the 4th biggest selling single of the year. They scored a 2nd chart topper later in the year with a remake of The Bangles' "Eternal Flame" chart topper from 1989, which spent 2 weeks at the top and continued on to be one of the most successful groups of the decade.

Destiny's Child started the new trend for girl groups to veer away from pop, as their chart-topping third album, Survivor, spanned a 2nd consecutive No. 1 hit with the title track. The third single, "Emotion" peaked at #3. Mis-teeq, a girl group in a similar vein to Destiny's Child, scored great success throughout the year, with their No. 3 album Lickin' On Both Sides spanning 3 Top 10 hits; "Why", their No. 8 debut, "All I Want" (#2) & One Night Stand (#5). 3LW also made their debut on the UK charts with the No. 6 hit "No More (Baby I'ma Do Right)". Their follow-up single only made No. 21 and their eponymous debut album was not released in the UK.

Film and TV music[edit]

2001 was a moderately successful year for film and television music, providing some memorable hit singles and albums. The Tweenies and Bob The Builder both released singles, the former of which was a Christmas release making No. 9 and the latter having his 2nd No. 1 single with a re-make of the No. 1 from 1999 by Lou Bega, "Mambo No. 5". This 2nd No. 1 made Bob the first non-human who "sung" on his recordings to hit the top more than once.

Two very successful movies, Moulin Rouge! and Bridget Jones's Diary, had equally successful soundtracks and produced memorable hit singles each. On the Bridget Jones soundtrack, former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell had a chart-topping hit with a cover of the Weather Girls classic "It's Raining Men", while Gabrielle provided her vocals on the No. 4 hit "Out Of Reach" which became her first Top 5 single since the chart-topping "Rise" in early 2000. The Moulin Rouge!collaboration proved to be slightly more successful with Christina Aguilera joining forces with Pink, Lil' Kim and Mýa on a cover of the 1975 hit single "Lady Marmalade" (itself previously covered in 1998 by All Saints. Their version proved to be even more successful, topping the charts worldwide and becoming the 900th single to top the UK charts.

Glitter became Mariah Carey's acting debut and the soundtrack became her 10th album release. Despite her massive worldwide success throughout the 90s, the new millennium did not take so kindly to her as both the movie and the soundtrack were a critical and commercial flop. Lead single "Loverboy" failed to make much of an impact, peaking at No. 12 in the UK (made No. 2 in the US, breaking her run of lead single chart toppers). The album peaked at No. 10 in the UK, another weak showing on Carey's behalf. Interestingly enough although the former of these singles failed to chart in the US and the latter was not released due to the weak performance of prior singles, "Never Too Far/Last Night a DJ Saved My Life" was able to crack the UK Top 40, peaking at #32.

2001 also saw the beginning of music talent programmes with the band Hear'Say being created on the T.V programme "Popstars" in the UK. It would go on to spawn the creation of similar formats including the British "Pop Idol", American version, "American Idol" and "The X Factor".

Classical music[edit]

Events[edit]

Russell Watson came to the fore in 2001, with the release of his best-selling album The Voice. Another hit album was the score from Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Stephen Warbeck. Karl Jenkins "mass for peace", entitled The Armed Man, went quickly into the Classic FM top 300 annual chart, making him the highest-placed living composer.

Works[edit]

Charts[edit]

Number-one singles[edit]

Release date Song Artist(s) Sales
7 January "Touch Me" Rui Da Silva featuring Cassandra 68,473
14 January "Love Don't Cost a Thing" Jennifer Lopez 67,879
21 January "Rollin'" Limp Bizkit 49,487
28 January 47,435
4 February "Whole Again" Atomic Kitten 69,286
11 February 85,295
18 February 101,919
25 February 113,090
4 March "It Wasn't Me" Shaggy featuring Ricardo "RikRok" Ducent 345,498
11 March "Uptown Girl" Westlife 292,319
18 March "Pure and Simple" Hear'Say 549,839
25 March 242,000
1 April 81,000
8 April "What Took You So Long?" Emma Bunton 76,317
15 April 64,818
22 April "Survivor" Destiny's Child 104,062
29 April "Don't Stop Movin'" S Club 7 178,985
6 May "It's Raining Men" Geri Halliwell 154,811
13 May 78,000
20 May "Don't Stop Movin'" S Club 7 63,500
27 May "Do You Really Like It?" DJ Pied Piper and the Masters of Ceremonies 148,594
3 June "Angel" Shaggy featuring Rayvon 178,645
10 June 101,000
17 June 76,000
24 June "Lady Marmalade" Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa and Pink 109,405
1 July "The Way To Your Love" Hear'Say 75,514
8 July "Another Chance" Roger Sanchez 72,534
15 July "Eternity / The Road to Mandalay" Robbie Williams 70,186
22 July 64,000
29 July "Eternal Flame" Atomic Kitten 141,994
5 August 70,000
12 August "21 Seconds" So Solid Crew 118,135
19 August "Let's Dance" Five 84,782
26 August 52,000
2 September "Too Close" Blue 83,886
9 September "Mambo No. 5" Bob The Builder 102,056
16 September "Hey Baby" DJ Ötzi 90,748
23 September "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" Kylie Minogue 306,648
30 September 180,699
7 October 122,000
14 October 95,500
21 October "Because I Got High" Afroman 129,613
28 October 109,000
4 November 77,060
11 November "Queen of My Heart" Westlife 139,344
18 November "If You Come Back" Blue 87,600
25 November "Have You Ever" S Club 7 143,324
2 December "Gotta Get Thru This" Daniel Bedingfield 108,799
9 December 80,000
16 December "Somethin' Stupid" Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman 98,506
23 December 110,000
30 December 68,000

Number-one albums[edit]

Issue Date Album Artist(s) Sales
7 January 1 The Beatles 43,000
14 January 31,000
21 January The Greatest Hits Texas 29,000
28 January Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavored Water Limp Bizkit 40,000
4 February No Angel Dido 78,500
11 February 79,000
18 February 101,000
25 February 84,000
4 March 83,000
11 March 64,000
18 March Songbird Eva Cassidy 78,000
25 March 120,000
1 April Popstars Hear'Say 306,631
8 April 127,000
15 April Just Enough Education to Perform Stereophonics 140,000
22 April 51,000
29 April Free All Angels Ash 39,900
6 May Survivor Destiny's Child 118,000
13 May 53,000
20 May Reveal R.E.M. 111,000
27 May 53,000
3 June Hot Shot Shaggy 54,500
10 June Amnesiac Radiohead 90,500
17 June The Invisible Band Travis 199,697
24 June 78,000
1 July 53,000
8 July 35,000
15 July 8701 Usher 42,500
22 July Survivor Destiny's Child 30,000
29 July 31,500
5 August White Ladder David Gray 35,000
12 August Right Now Atomic Kitten 47,000
19 August White Ladder David Gray 180,000
26 August Break the Cycle Staind 39,000
2 September Iowa Slipknot 52,000
9 September A Funk Odyssey Jamiroquai 80,200
16 September 43,500
23 September The Id Macy Gray 36,000
30 September No Angel Dido 35,000
7 October Fever Kylie Minogue 139,000
14 October 115,000
21 October Gold – The Greatest Hits Steps 146,000
28 October 98,000
4 November Invincible Michael Jackson 110,000
11 November Gold – The Greatest Hits Steps 55,000
18 November World of Our Own Westlife 178,000
25 November Swing When You're Winning Robbie Williams 295,024
2 December 194,000
9 December 212,000
16 December 245,000
23 December 365,208
30 December 180,000

Top 40 singles[edit]

Position Song Artist(s) Highest position Sales
1 "It Wasn't Me" Shaggy 1 1,180,700
2 "Pure and Simple" Hear'Say 1 1,078,400
3 "Can't Get You Out of My Head" Kylie Minogue 1 1,037,235
4 "Whole Again" Atomic Kitten 1 939,000
5 "Hey Baby" DJ Ötzi 1 747,000
6 "Uptown Girl" Westlife 1 745,000
7 "Don't Stop Movin'" S Club 7 1 710,000
8 "Angel" Shaggy featuring Rayvon 1 585,000
9 "Teenage Dirtbag" Wheatus 2 550,000
10 "Because I Got High" Afroman 1 505,000
11 "Do You Really Like It?" DJ Pied Piper and the Masters of Ceremonies 1 472,960
12 "Clint Eastwood" Gorillaz 4 450,000
13 "It's Raining Men" Geri Halliwell 1 421,760
14 "Lady Marmalade" Christina Aguilera / Lil' Kim / Mýa / Pink 1 405,000
15 "Eternal Flame" Atomic Kitten 1 379,000
16 "Gotta Get Thru This" Daniel Bedingfield 1 374,000
17 "Mambo No. 5" Bob the Builder 1 368,000
18 "What Would You Do?" City High 3 356,000
19 "21 Seconds" So Solid Crew 1 350,130
20 "Eternity / Road to Mandalay" Robbie Williams 1 343,000
21 "Have You Ever" S Club 7 1 341,000
22 "Castles in the Sky" Ian Van Dahl 3 316,000
23 "Queen of My Heart" Westlife 1 307,000
24 "Out of Reach" Gabrielle 4 292,000
25 "Touch Me" Rui Da Silva featuring Cassandra 1 291,440
26 "Perfect Gentleman" Wyclef Jean 4 288,000
27 "Rollin'" Limp Bizkit 1 285,000
28 "Follow Me" Uncle Kracker 3 283,000
29 "Let's Dance" Five 1 275,000
30 "Somethin' Stupid" Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman 1 274,000
31 "I'm like a Bird" Nelly Furtado 5 271,000
32 "Smooth Criminal" Alien Ant Farm 3 269,000
33 "Heaven Is a Halfpipe" OPM 4 265,000
34 "Starlight" The Supermen Lovers featuring Mani Hoffman 2 263,000
35 "Survivor" Destiny's Child 1 260,500
36 "Purple Pills" D-12 2 256,000
37 "Chain Reaction" / "One for Sorrow" Steps 2 252,000
38 "Butterfly" Crazy Town 3 251,000
39 "Always Come Back to Your Love" Samantha Mumba 3 248,000
40 "Another Chance" Roger Sanchez 1 246,140

Top 40 albums[edit]

Position Title Artist Highest position Sales
1 No Angel Dido 1 1,920,170
2 Swing When You're Winning Robbie Williams 1 1,491,750
3 White Ladder David Gray 1 1,058,490
4 Just Enough Education to Perform Stereophonics 1 946,290
5 Dreams Can Come True, Greatest Hits Vol. 1 Gabrielle 2 945,820
6 Gold: Greatest Hits Steps 1 934,220
7 The Invisible Band Travis 1 933,610
8 Songbird Eva Cassidy 1 872,880
9 Survivor Destiny's Child 1 870,600
10 Fever Kylie Minogue 1 832,790
11 Hot Shot Shaggy 1
12 Iowa Slipknot 1
13 Hybrid Theory Linkin Park 4
14 Popstars Hear'Say 1 680,000
15 Not That Kind Anastacia 2
16 All Rise Blue 1
17 Sunshine S Club 7 3
18 Encore Russell Watson 6
19 Parachutes Coldplay 1
20 GHV2 Madonna 2
21 Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavoured Water Limp Bizkit 1 500,000
22 Gorillaz Gorillaz 3 488,000
23 All That You Can't Leave Behind U2 1 455,000
24 Their Greatest Hits: The Record Bee Gees 5 454,000
25 Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd Pink Floyd 2 454,000
26 Whoa, Nelly! Nelly Furtado 2 454,000
27 The Very Best of Rod Stewart Rod Stewart 7 454,000
28 A Funk Odyssey Jamiroquai 1 300,000
29 Onka's Big Moka Toploader 4
30 J.Lo Jennifer Lopez 2
31 The Greatest Hits Texas 1
32 Sing When You're Winning Robbie Williams 1
33 Solid Bronze – Great Hits Beautiful South 10
34 Songs from the West Coast Elton John 2
35 1 The Beatles 1
36 The Ultimate Collection Billy Joel 4
37 The Complete Greatest Hits The Eagles 3
38 Songs in A Minor Alicia Keys 7
39 Rise Gabrielle 1
40 The Marshall Mathers LP Eminem 1

Music awards[edit]

BRIT Awards[edit]

The 2001 BRIT Awards winners were:

Mercury Music Prize[edit]

The 2001 Mercury Music Prize was awarded to PJ HarveyStories from the City, Stories from the Sea.

Record of the Year[edit]

The Record of the Year was awarded to "Don't Stop Movin'" by S Club 7.

Deaths[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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