2005 in British music

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This is a summary of 2005 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts. Average sales for a number-one single were 80,437 per week.

Popular music genres were pop with the likes of Sugababes and Girls Aloud plus Rock, Indie Rock and Soul!

Elvis Presley broke the record for the most UK number-one singles. Arctic Monkeys helped a continued resurgence of Indie Rock music, as part of the Post-Punk Revival scene scoring two UK No1 singles in 2005 including I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor.

Summary[edit]

The first number one of the year, displacing Band Aid 20's "Do They Know It's Christmas?", was Steve Brookstein with his cover version of Phil Collins' "Against All Odds".

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of his birth, one of Elvis Presley's eighteen Number One singles were released each week from January until May. The first, "Jailhouse Rock", entered at Number One in early January. The second, "One Night", was the 1000th number-one single in the UK charts, and also set the record for being the lowest-selling weekly sale ever to reach the top spot. The run did not extend to a third week with "A Fool Such As I" only making number two, having been beaten by the debut release by Ciara. Elvis returned to the top spot in the fourth week, with "It's Now or Never".

The Scissor Sisters topped the album chart in the second week of 2005 having had a very successful 2004. Their eponymous album Scissor Sisters was released on 9 February 2004 and went on to sell 1,594,000 copies by the end of that year.

On 14 January pop band Busted announced that they were to split. The band had released two albums and topped the singles chart four times.

The Chemical Brothers topped the album and download charts with Push the Button and "Galvanize", respectively, with the single reaching the top ten. Keane returned to the top of the chart in the second week of February due to their success at the BRIT Awards, while on 6 February, Eminem got his sixth number one with "Like Toy Soldiers", making him the most successful rap artist in the UK singles chart.

On 6 March, Stereophonics earned their first number-one single with "Dakota", the first single to be taken from their new album, Language. Sex. Violence. Other?, which topped the album chart two weeks later.

The Comic Relief single of the year, the double A-side of "All About You" and "You've Got a Friend" by McFly, reached the top of the chart on 13 March. It was knocked off by a second Comic Relief single – a reissue of Tony Christie's "Is This the Way to Amarillo" with the associated video seeing comedian Peter Kay mime alongside various guest stars. Tony Christie topped the singles, album and download chart. The song spent seven weeks at the top of the singles charts, the longest stay at number 1 since Cher's "Believe" in 1998. On its original release in 1971, the song had charted no higher than No. 18.

On 29 May, Damon Albarn's Gorillaz topped the album charts with Demon Days. The following week, Gorillaz were knocked off the top by Albarn's former Britpop rivals Oasis who in turn were knocked off the top by Coldplay's eagerly awaited X&Y, which was met with mixed reviews itself. It was the second fastest album on first week sales only, second only to Oasis' 1997 release, Be Here Now.

Headliners at the major festivals included: The Foo Fighters and Green Day at T in the Park; Faithless, Morrissey and R.E.M. at the Isle of Wight Festival; Feeder, Black Sabbath and System of a Down at the Download Festival; Scissor Sisters and Oasis at V Festival; Basement Jaxx and Faithless at Creamfields; New Order, Basement Jaxx, Keane and Kasabian at the Wireless Festival; Foo Fighters, Pixies and Iron Maiden at the Carling Weekend, while Glastonbury seen White Stripes, Coldplay and Basement Jaxx headline.

On 17 July 2005 James Blunt's single "You're Beautiful" went to number one six weeks after its release, having been in the top 15 for all the previous weeks. His album Back To Bedlam had hit the top spot the week previous. After five weeks at the top, he was then replaced by McFly, who scored their fourth chart topper with I'll Be OK, the second release from their second album Wonderland which was to also top the album chart, making them the youngest band ever to have scored two UK number-one albums.

Oasis then followed up their May chart topper Lyla with a second, The Importance of Being Idle, which would be their final number one before their break up in 2009. Gorrilaz then scored their first (and to date only) number 1 when Dare, featuring the vocals of Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder topped the chart for a week. Pussycat Dolls reached number 1 on 11 September with Don't Cha, becoming the first American girl band to top the charts since Destiny's Child in 2001. Their next release, Stickwitu, would also top the chart for two weeks in early December.

After a year's break, Sugababes returned to the top of the charts for the fourth time with the release of Push the Button, and their fourth studio LP Taller in More Ways. These releases along with the album's second single Ugly would prove to be their last with Mutya Buena, who departed from the band that December to be replaced by Amelle Berrabah. The Arctic Monkeys entered the UK mainstream when their debut single, "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor", went in at Number One on 23 October, beating the new single by Robbie Williams and knocking the Sugababes off the top.

Robbie Williams' new album Intensive Care set a new record when it topped the UK album chart on 30 October, because British acts will have occupied the number-one album spot for 25 consecutive weeks. The previous record, set in March 1990, was 24 weeks.[1]

Kate Bush returned to the music world after a 12-year absence with the single "King of the Mountain", which became her biggest UK hit in 20 years by reaching No. 4, and was followed on 7 November by the acclaimed double album Aerial, which reached No. 3 and was certified platinum.

In the latter part of the year, the album chart was dominated by the usual range of 'greatest hits' packages, the most successful being Eminem's Curtain Call: The Hits, which topped the chart for four weeks in December and sold around nearly a million copies by early 2006. Mariah Carey also had success with her Greatest Hits album. Madonna also launched another successful comeback, spending three weeks at number one with her single "Hung Up". The coveted Christmas number one spot was taken by The X Factor winner Shayne Ward, who comfortably beat surprise contenders Nizlopi and the charity re-release of "Fairytale of New York". His single, "That's My Goal", became one of the quickest selling songs ever, with over 742,180 copies sold in just four days. Eminem continues to dominate in the albums chart with Curtain Call: The Hits reaching #1 for 5 weeks and selling around a million in the UK.

The world of jazz and avant garde music lost one of its pioneers at the end of this year, with the death of free improvising guitarist Derek Bailey on Christmas Day.

In addition to his appearance at the Pink Floyd reunion, Roger Waters released his first opera, Ça Ira, as a CD, with Bryn Terfel among the performers. Another "crossover" composer, Christian Forshaw, brought out Mortal Flesh, notable for featuring saxophone as the lead instrument in a classical work. Other British composers with new works included successful film composer Stephen Warbeck, who scored a new ballet, Peter Pan, and Northern Irish composer Ian Wilson, whose concerto, Sullen Earth, had its first performance. For the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, Alun Hoddinott produced a Celebration Fanfare, and another Welsh composer, Karl Jenkins, released his Requiem, which quickly topped the classical charts. Master of the Queen's Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, continued his series of Naxos Quartets with nos. 6 and 7.

Extracts from James Whitbourn's new oratorio, Annelies (based on The Diary of Anne Frank) were first performed at the National UK Holocaust Memorial Day in Westminster Hall, London on 27 January; the full première of the work took place in April.

Chart calculation change[edit]

On 17 April, the first combined physical and downloaded singles sales chart was published, in an attempt by the record industry to boost flagging singles sales. It has been suggested that this will make a significant impact on the demographics of the people that buy the music – 96% of people downloading from the Internet are male.[2][needs update]

Charts[edit]

Number-one singles[edit]

Release date Song Artist(s) Sales
2 January "Against All Odds" Steve Brookstein 26,400
9 January "Jailhouse Rock" Elvis Presley 21,262
16 January "One Night/I Got Stung" 20,463
23 January "Goodies" Ciara featuring Petey Pablo 21,128
30 January "It's Now or Never" Elvis Presley 21,887
6 February "Like Toy Soldiers" Eminem 30,496
13 February "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own" U2 30,359
20 February "Get Right" Jennifer Lopez 49,928
27 February "Over and Over" Nelly featuring Tim McGraw 41,528
6 March "Dakota" Stereophonics 40,378
13 March "All About You/You've Got a Friend" McFly 158,000
20 March "Is This the Way to Amarillo" Tony Christie featuring Peter Kay 266,844
27 March 261,031
3 April 130,700
10 April 99,636
17 April 69,000
24 April 57,810
1 May 47,945
8 May "Lonely" Akon 87,695
15 May 59,772
22 May "Lyla" Oasis 75,124
29 May "Axel F" Crazy Frog 149,466
5 June 120,246
12 June 72,281
19 June 52,084
26 June "Ghetto Gospel" 2Pac featuring Elton John 56,016
3 July 54,820
10 July 39,627
17 July "You're Beautiful" James Blunt 38,951
24 July 46,443
31 July 51,671
7 August 44,875
14 August 35,671
21 August "I'll Be OK" McFly 45,814
28 August "The Importance Of Being Idle" Oasis 47,235
4 September "DARE" Gorillaz featuring Shaun Ryder 26,661
11 September "Don't Cha" Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes 85,021
18 September 65,120
25 September 44,897
2 October "Push the Button" Sugababes 78,282
9 October 64,489
16 October 46,783
23 October "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" Arctic Monkeys 38,962
30 October "You Raise Me Up" Westlife 97,288
6 November 58,175
13 November "Hung Up" Madonna 105,128
20 November 59,969
27 November 40,254
4 December "Stick-wit-U" Pussycat Dolls 43,989
11 December 31,311
18 December "JCB" Nizlopi 81,660
25 December "That's My Goal" Shayne Ward 742,180

Number-one albums[edit]

Issue Date Song Artist(s)
2 January American Idiot Green Day
9 January Scissor Sisters Scissor Sisters
16 January Hot Fuss The Killers
23 January
30 January Push the Button The Chemical Brothers
6 February Tourist Athlete
13 February Hopes and Fears Keane
20 February Scissor Sisters Scissor Sisters
27 February Some Cities Doves
6 March G4 G4
13 March The Massacre 50 Cent
20 March Language. Sex. Violence. Other? Stereophonics
27 March Definitive Collection Tony Christie
3 April
10 April Counting Down the Days Natalie Imbruglia
17 April The Singles Basement Jaxx
24 April Trouble Akon
1 May Devils and Dust Bruce Springsteen
8 May Trouble Akon
15 May Heart and Soul Steve Brookstein
22 May Forever Faithless - The Greatest Hits Faithless
29 May Demon Days Gorillaz
5 June Don't Believe the Truth Oasis
12 June X&Y Coldplay
19 June
26 June
3 July
10 July Back to Bedlam James Blunt
17 July
24 July
31 July
7 August
14 August
21 August
28 August
4 September Wonderland McFly
11 September Back to Bedlam James Blunt
18 September Life in Slow Motion David Gray
25 September
2 October Piece by Piece Katie Melua
9 October You Could Have It So Much Better Franz Ferdinand
16 October Taller In More Ways Sugababes
23 October Their Law: The Singles 1990-2005 The Prodigy
30 October Intensive Care Robbie Williams
6 November Face to Face Westlife
13 November Ancora Il Divo
20 November Confessions on a Dancefloor Madonna
27 November
4 December Curtain Call: The Hits Eminem
11 December
18 December
25 December

Number-one downloads[edit]

Issue Date Song Title Artist
5 January Vertigo U2
12 January What You Waiting For? Gwen Stefani
19 January What You Waiting For? Gwen Stefani
26 January Boulevard of Broken Dreams Green Day
2 February Galvanize The Chemical Brothers
9 February Galvanize The Chemical Brothers
16 February Galvanize The Chemical Brothers
23 February Galvanize The Chemical Brothers
2 March Dakota Stereophonics
9 March Dakota Stereophonics
16 March All About You McFly
23 March All About You McFly
30 March Is This the Way to Amarillo Tony Christie featuring Peter Kay
6 April Is This the Way to Amarillo Tony Christie featuring Peter Kay
13 April Is This the Way to Amarillo Tony Christie featuring Peter Kay
20 April Is This the Way to Amarillo Tony Christie featuring Peter Kay
27 April Speed of Sound Coldplay
4 May Speed of Sound Coldplay
11 May Speed of Sound Coldplay
18 May Don't Phunk with my Heart The Black Eyed Peas
25 May Don't Phunk with my Heart Black Eyed Peas
1 June Feel Good Inc. Gorillaz
8 June Feel Good Inc Gorillaz
15 June Feel Good Inc Gorillaz
22 June You're Beautiful James Blunt
29 June You're Beautiful James Blunt
6 July You're Beautiful James Blunt
13 July Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Paul McCartney & U2
20 July Electricity Elton John
27 July You're Beautiful James Blunt
3 August You're Beautiful James Blunt
10 August Bad Day Daniel Powter
17 August Bad Day Daniel Powter
24 August Bad Day Daniel Powter
31 August Bad Day Daniel Powter
7 September Bad Day Daniel Powter
14 September Don't Cha Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes
21 September Don't Cha Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes
28 September Don't Cha Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes
5 October Push The Button Sugababes
12 October Push The Button Sugababes
19 October Push The Button Sugababes
26 October Push The Button Sugababes
2 November Hung Up Madonna
9 November Hung Up Madonna
16 November Hung Up Madonna
23 November Hung Up Madonna
30 November Hung Up Madonna
7 December Hung Up Madonna
14 December Hung Up Madonna
21 December JCB Nizlopi
28 December That's My Goal Shayne Ward

Year-end charts[edit]

Top 40 singles of 2005[edit]

Position Song Artist Sales Peak position
1 Is This the Way to Amarillo Tony Christie 1,100,233 1
2 That's My Goal Shayne Ward 874,444 1
3 Axel F Crazy Frog 526,740 1
4 You're Beautiful James Blunt 471,388 1
5 All About You McFly 388,250 1
6 Don't Cha Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes 369,520 1
7 Lonely Akon 335,026 1
8 Hung Up Madonna 327,504 1
9 You Raise Me Up Westlife 319,976 1
10 Push the Button Sugababes 303,301 1
11 Bad Day Daniel Powter 296,280 2
12 The JCB Song Nizlopi 295,056 1
13 Ghetto Gospel 2Pac featuring Elton John 275,683 1
14 Feel Good Inc. Gorillaz 259,203 2
15 Switch Will Smith 199,275 4
16 I Like The Way (You Move) Bodyrockers 187,623 3
17 I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor Arctic Monkeys 177,792 1
18 Tripping Robbie Williams 164,241 2
19 Signs Snoop Dogg featuring Justin Timberlake & Charlie Wilson 163,581 2
20 Shot You Down Audio Bullys featuring Nancy Sinatra 162,840 2
21 Let Me Love You Mario 161,893 2
22 We Belong Together Mariah Carey 159,389 2
23 Get Right Jennifer Lopez 158,924 1
24 Over and Over Nelly & Tim McGraw 157,000 1
25 Don't Phunk with My Heart The Black Eyed Peas 152,000 3
26 DARE Gorillaz featuring Shaun Ryder 148,000 1
27 We Be Burnin' Sean Paul 147,000 2
28 Since U Been Gone Kelly Clarkson 142,000 5
29 Candy Shop 50 Cent featuring Olivia 141,000 4
30 Stickwitu Pussycat Dolls 138,000 1
31 Lyla Oasis 138,000 1
32 Pon De Replay Rihanna 129,000 2
33 Crazy Chick Charlotte Church 128,000 2
34 The Importance Of Being Idle Oasis 124,000 1
35 Dakota Stereophonics 123,000 1
36 Gold Digger Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx 122,000 2
37 My Humps The Black Eyed Peas 121,000 3
38 Roc Ya Body (Mic Check 1 2) MVP 121,000 5
39 1 Thing Amerie 117,000 4
40 Doctor Pressure Mylo vs Miami Sound Machine 116,000 3
  • Top 40 Singles 2005[3]

Top 40 albums of 2005[edit]

Position Album Title Artist Sales Highest Position
1 Back To Bedlam James Blunt 2,367,758 1
2 X&Y Coldplay 1,999,000 1
3 Intensive Care Robbie Williams 1,432,000 1
4 Employment Kaiser Chiefs 1,312,000 3 (#2 in 2006)
5 Demon Days Gorillaz 1,205,000 1
6 Face to Face Westlife 1,146,000 1
7 Eye to the Telescope KT Tunstall 1,018,000 3
8 Breakaway Kelly Clarkson 952,631 3
9 Curtain Call: The Hits Eminem 926,012 1
10 Forever Faithless - The Greatest Hits Faithless 915,000 1
11 Piece by Piece Katie Melua 869,000 1
12 Hot Fuss The Killers 859,000 1
13 Don't Believe the Truth Oasis 848,000 1
14 Ancora Il Divo 840,000 1
15 Confessions on a Dancefloor Madonna 830,000 1
16 American Idiot Green Day 814,000 1
17 Scissor Sisters Scissor Sisters 787,000 1
18 Hopes and Fears Keane 754,600 1
19 Never Forget - The Ultimate Collection Take That 754,400 2
20 Love Angel Music Baby Gwen Stefani 746,000 4
21 Monkey Business The Black Eyed Peas 689,000 4
22 Taller In More Ways Sugababes 640,000 1
23 Life In Slow Motion David Gray 625,000 1
24 The Singles Basement Jaxx 595,000 1
25 PCD Pussycat Dolls 574,000 8
26 G4 G4 573,000 1
27 In Your Honour Foo Fighters 571,000 2
28 Definitive Collection Tony Christie 561,000 1
29 The Massacre 50 Cent 554,000 1
30 In Between Dreams Jack Johnson 531,000 1 (in 2006)
31 The Emancipation Of Mimi Mariah Carey 526,965 7
32 Tourist Athlete 499,000 1
33 Trouble Akon 487,000 1
34 Keep On Will Young 477,974 2
35 Their Law: The Singles 1990-2005 The Prodigy 468,000 1
36 Ultimate Collection Eurythmics 453,000 5
37 Language. Sex. Violence. Other? Stereophonics 451,000 1
38 War of the Worlds Jeff Wayne 446,000 5
39 The Magic Numbers The Magic Numbers 444,000 7
40 Greatest Hits Mariah Carey 439,000 7

Top 10 downloads of 2005[edit]

Position Song Title Artist
1 You're Beautiful James Blunt
2 Hung Up Madonna
3 Bad Day Daniel Powter
4 Push The Button Sugababes
5 Feel Good Inc Gorillaz
6 Don't Cha Pussycat Dolls Featuring Busta Rhymes
7 That's My Goal Shayne Ward
8 Is This the Way to Amarillo Tony Christie Featuring Peter Kay
9 Gold Digger Kanye West Featuring Jamie Foxx
10 I Like The Way Bodyrockers

Music awards[edit]

BRIT Awards[edit]

The 2005 BRIT Awards winners were:

A Special BRITs 25 Award for the best single from the past 25 years was awarded to Robbie Williams "Angels".

Classical BRITs[edit]

Mercury Music Prize[edit]

The 2005 Mercury Music Prize was awarded to Antony and the JohnsonsI Am a Bird Now

Popjustice £20 Music Prize[edit]

The 2005 Popjustice £20 Music Prize was awarded to Girls Aloud for their song "Wake Me Up" from the album What Will The Neighbours Say?

The Record of the Year[edit]

The Record of the Year was awarded to "You Raise Me Up" by Westlife.

Deaths[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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