2010 in British music charts

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In early January, Iyaz's début single "Replay" went to number one. February saw the release of X Factor finalists Jedward's debut single, "Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby)". Debuting at number one mid-month was the Helping Haiti single, a cover of "Everybody Hurts". The single, which was arranged by Simon Cowell, features 21 artists including Kylie Minogue, Cheryl Cole, Leona Lewis, Robbie Williams, Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart and Susan Boyle. It recorded the biggest first-week sales of any single since 2000, selling over 453,000. All of the proceeds went to the Disasters Emergency Committee and The Sun's Helping Haiti charity.

The BRIT Awards on 16 February boosted the sales of both singles and albums; the songs performed on the BRIT Awards climbed the singles chart while the albums that won BRIT Awards climbed the albums chart. British artists received awards recognition overseas, with The Ting Tings, Adele, Seal, Imogen Heap, Pet Shop Boys and Coldplay nominated at the 52nd Grammy Awards. Also in February, the band Sade's first studio album in ten years, Soldier of Love, debuted at number one in the United States.

In March, rapper Tinie Tempah's debut single "Pass Out" entered the singles chart at number one, with sales of just over 92,000. In April, Scouting for Girls returned to the charts with their first UK number-one single "This Ain't a Love Song", the first single from their second album Everybody Wants to Be on TV. A Facebook group called Christian Music set up an Internet campaign to get Christian rock anthem "History Makers" by Delirious? to number one on Easter Sunday; it ended up getting to number four. Diana Vickers debuted at number one with "Once", and rapper Chipmunk and Dutch singer Esmée Denters secured a number-three hit with "Until You Were Gone". Tina Turner re-entered the top ten with "The Best", following an Internet campaign set up by fans of Glasgow Rangers Football Club in an attempt to get their unofficial anthem to number one.

May began with London rap collective Roll Deep releasing their first single since 2005, "Good Times", which was at number one for three weeks. Diana Vickers' debut album Songs From The Tainted Cherry Tree knocked Plan B's The Defamation of Strickland Banks off the top spot, making Vickers only the second X Factor non-winner whose debut single and album both topped their respective charts. At the end of the month, Dizzee Rascal scored his fourth number-one single with "Dirtee Disco" and Pendulum scored their first number-one album with Immersion.

June coincided with the FIFA World Cup competition, and seven World Cup-related songs entered the singles chart, including the number-one single "Shout for England" by Dizzee Rascal and James Corden, which was produced by Simon Cowell and released as a charity single. Oasis scored their seventh UK number-one album with their second compilation album, Time Flies... 1994–2009.

To begin the month of August, new British boyband The Wanted topped the UK Singles Chart with "All Time Low". The Iron Maiden album The Final Frontier was released to enormous acclaim from rock music reviewers. By September, reality television shows were starting to influence both the singles and albums charts. 2009 X Factor runner-up Olly Murs topped the singles chart with "Please Don't Let Me Go", followed by Alexandra Burke, winner of X Factor 2008, with her sixth single "Start Without You" (featuring American rapper Laza Morgan). Artists from Sky1's new reality TV show Must Be the Music achieved success during this month, including the eventual winner Emma's Imagination. Some songs used on the audition stages of X Factor 2010 also re-entered the chart, including Adele's "Make You Feel My Love" (originally recorded by Bob Dylan).

In October, Tinie Tempah repeated his initial success by topping the singles chart with "Written in the Stars" and the album chart with debut album Disc-Overy. "Ambitions" by X Factor 2009 winner Joe McElderry reached the top ten, and his album Wide Awake the top five, although sales were below expectations. The show's judge Cheryl Cole topped the charts with "Promise This" and Messy Little Raindrops.

During November, every number-one single had been performed live on The X Factor. Take That's much anticipated comeback with Robbie Williams started successfully; new single "The Flood" reached number two, and album Progress topped the album chart for the rest of the year. The X Factor Finalists of 2010 topped the singles chart with a cover of David Bowie's "Heroes".

The winner of that show, Matt Cardle, took the Christmas number-one of 2010, with winning single "When We Collide", a cover of the Biffy Clyro song "Many of Horror". The single sold over 700,000 copies, making it the third best-selling X Factor winning single. It also prompted the re-entry of the original version of the song by Biffy Clyro. Several internet campaigns were initiated in an unsuccessful attempt to topple X Factor following the success of the Rage Against the Machine campaign in 2009.

Number ones[edit]

Number-one singles[edit]

Issue Date Song Artist Sales
3 January "Bad Romance" Lady Gaga 76,265
10 January "Replay" Iyaz 106,237
17 January 86,814
24 January "Fireflies" Owl City 71,866
31 January 79,911
7 February 77,669
14 February "Everybody Hurts" Helping Haiti 453,426
21 February 102,769
28 February "In My Head" Jason Derülo 68,134
7 March "Pass Out" Tinie Tempah featuring Labrinth 92,002
14 March 64,573
21 March "Telephone" Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé 65,561
28 March 58,299
4 April "This Ain't a Love Song" Scouting for Girls 71,954
11 April 52,393
18 April "OMG" Usher featuring will.i.am 58,385
25 April "Once" Diana Vickers 69,407
2 May "Good Times" Roll Deep 66,523
9 May 52,376
16 May 48,593
23 May "Nothin' on You" B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars 85,333
30 May "Dirtee Disco" Dizzee Rascal 69,757
6 June "Gettin' Over You" David Guetta and Chris Willis featuring Fergie and LMFAO 48,827
13 June "Shout" Shout for England featuring
Dizzee Rascal and James Corden
113,258
20 June 84,145
27 June "California Gurls" Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg 123,607
4 July 93,363
11 July "The Club Is Alive" JLS 84,283
18 July "Airplanes" B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams 75,892
25 July "We No Speak Americano" Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP 89,107
1 August "All Time Low" The Wanted 84,173
8 August "Beautiful Monster" Ne-Yo 69,387
15 August "Club Can't Handle Me" Flo Rida featuring David Guetta 61,027
22 August "Green Light" Roll Deep 57,411
29 August "Dynamite" Taio Cruz 108,397
5 September "Please Don't Let Me Go" Olly Murs 93,239
12 September "Start Without You" Alexandra Burke 73,306
19 September 53,123
26 September "Just the Way You Are" Bruno Mars 82,855
3 October "Written In the Stars" Tinie Tempah featuring Eric Turner 115,073
10 October "Fuck You" Cee Lo Green 106,962
17 October 76,331
24 October "Just the Way You Are" Bruno Mars 116,684
31 October "Promise This" Cheryl Cole 157,210
7 November "Only Girl (In the World)" Rihanna 134,540
14 November 93,426
21 November "Love You More" JLS 118,551
28 November "Heroes" X Factor Finalists 2010 144,014
5 December 70,597
12 December "The Time (Dirty Bit)" The Black Eyed Peas 74,918
19 December "When We Collide" Matt Cardle 439,007
26 December 262,953

Number-one albums[edit]

Key
dagger Best-selling album of the year
Issue Date Album Artist Sales
3 January Sunny Side Up Paolo Nutini 58,082
10 January 49,698
17 January Lungs Florence + the Machine 51,005
24 January 42,360
31 January Sunny Side Up Paolo Nutini 35,739
7 February The Element of Freedom Alicia Keys 35,336
14 February 57,312
21 February Glee: The Music, Volume 1 Glee Cast 62,451
28 February The Fame Monster Lady Gaga 45,358
7 March Lights Ellie Goulding 36,854
14 March Brother Boyzone 101,096
21 March The Fame Monster Lady Gaga 45,025
28 March Brother Boyzone 61,886
4 April 45,267
11 April The Fame Monster Lady Gaga 25,211
18 April The Defamation of Strickland Banks Plan B 68,173
25 April Iron Man 2 AC/DC 56,936
2 May The Defamation of Strickland Banks Plan B 41,001
9 May Songs from the Tainted Cherry Tree Diana Vickers 35,951
16 May Night Train Keane 28,063
23 May Exile on Main St. The Rolling Stones 31,287
30 May Immersion Pendulum 58,859
6 June To the Sea Jack Johnson 27,254
13 June Bionic Christina Aguilera 24,300
20 June Time Flies... 1994–2009 Oasis 101,297
27 June Recovery Eminem 141,023
4 July 69,045
11 July Aphrodite Kylie Minogue 79,153
18 July Recovery Eminem 49,616
25 July 41,593
1 August 39,864
8 August The Suburbs Arcade Fire 61,263
15 August Recovery Eminem 32,097
22 August The Final Frontier Iron Maiden 44,384
29 August Recovery Eminem 27,081
5 September Teenage Dream Katy Perry 54,176
12 September Flamingo Brandon Flowers 65,518
19 September Science & Faith The Script 70,816
26 September Going Back Phil Collins 40,684
3 October Science & Faith The Script 34,313
10 October Disc-Overy Tinie Tempah 84,993
17 October In and Out of Consciousness: The Greatest Hits 1990–2010 Robbie Williams 124,689
24 October Come Around Sundown Kings of Leon 183,298
31 October 72,611
7 November Messy Little Raindrops Cheryl Cole 105,431
14 November The Gift Susan Boyle 102,993
21 November Progress dagger Take That 518,601
28 November 208,220
5 December 176,881
12 December 203,210
19 December 330,252
26 December 432,328

Number-one singles downloads[edit]

Issue date Song Artist
3 January "Bad Romance" Lady Gaga
10 January "Replay" Iyaz
17 January
24 January "Fireflies" Owl City
31 January
7 February
14 February "Everybody Hurts" Helping Haiti
21 February "You Got the Dirtee Love" Florence and the Machine & Dizzee Rascal
28 February "In My Head" Jason Derülo
7 March "Pass Out" Tinie Tempah featuring Labrinth
14 March
21 March
28 March "Telephone" Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé
4 April "This Ain't a Love Song" Scouting for Girls
11 April
18 April "OMG" Usher featuring will.i.am
25 April "Once" Diana Vickers
2 May "OMG" Usher featuring will.i.am
9 May "Good Times Roll Deep
16 May
23 May "Nothin' on You" B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars
30 May "Dirtee Disco" Dizzee Rascal
6 June "Gettin' Over You" David Guetta & Chris Willis featuring Fergie & LMFAO
13 June "Shout" Shout For England featuring Dizzee Rascal & James Cordon
20 June
27 June "California Gurls" Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg
4 July
11 July "The Club Is Alive" JLS
18 July "Airplanes" B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams
25 July "We No Speak Americano" Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP
1 August "All Time Low" The Wanted
8 August "Beautiful Monster" Ne-Yo
15 August "Club Can't Handle Me" Flo Rida featuring David Guetta
22 August "Green Light" Roll Deep
29 August "Dynamite" Taio Cruz
5 September "Please Don't Let Me Go" Olly Murs
12 September "Start Without You" Alexandra Burke featuring Laza Morgan
19 September
26 September "Just The Way You Are" Bruno Mars
3 October "Written In The Stars" Tinie Tempah featuring Eric Turner
10 October "Fuck You" Cee Lo Green
17 October "Just The Way You Are" Bruno Mars
24 October
31 October "Promise This" Cheryl Cole
7 November "Only Girl (In The World)" Rihanna
14 November
21 November "Love You More" JLS
28 November "Heroes" The X Factor Finalists
5 December "Your Song" Ellie Goulding
12 December "The Time (Dirty Bit)" The Black Eyed Peas
19 December "When We Collide" Matt Cardle
26 December

Number-one album downloads[edit]

Issue date Album Artist
3 January The Fame/The Fame Monster Lady Gaga
10 January Lungs Florence and the Machine
17 January Contra Vampire Weekend
24 January My World Justin Bieber
31 January Hope For Haiti Now Various Artists
7 February Animal Ke$ha
14 February Heligoland Massive Attack
21 February Glee: The Music, Volume 1 Glee Cast
28 February
7 March Lights Ellie Goulding
14 March Plastic Beach Gorillaz
21 March Glee: The Music, Volume 2 Glee Cast
28 March
4 April Now 75 Various Artists
11 April
18 April The Defamation of Strickland Banks Plan B
25 April
2 May Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna Glee Cast
9 May Songs from the Tainted Cherry Tree Diana Vickers
16 May The Remix Lady Gaga
23 May The Dance Faithless
30 May Immersion Pendulum
6 June To The Sea Jack Johnson
13 June Bionic Christina Aguilera
20 June Glee: The Music, Journey To Regionals Glee Cast
27 June Recovery Eminem
4 July
11 July Aphrodite Kylie Minogue
18 July Recovery Eminem
25 July Now 76 Various Artists
1 August
8 August The Suburbs Arcade Fire
15 August Recovery Eminem
22 August
29 August
5 September Teenage Dream Katy Perry
12 September Flamingo Brandon Flowers
19 September Science & Faith The Script
26 September
3 October Record Collection Mark Ronson and The Business int.
10 October Disc-Overy Tinie Tempah
17 October In and Out of Consciousness: Greatest Hits 1990–2010 Robbie Williams
24 October Come Around Sundown Kings of Leon
31 October
7 November Messy Little Raindrops Cheryl Cole
14 November Some Kind of Trouble James Blunt
21 November Progress Take That
28 November Now 77 Various Artists
5 December
12 December
19 December Loud Rihanna
26 December Now Xmas! Various Artists

Number-one compilation albums[edit]

Issue date Album
3 January Now 74
10 January Anthems - Electronic 80s
17 January Running Trax
24 January
31 January Hope For Haiti Now
7 February R&B Lovesongs 2010
14 February
21 February BRIT Awards 2010 With Mastercard
28 February
7 March Mash Up Mix 90s
14 March Forever Friends - Mum In A Million
21 March Massive R&B - Spring 2010
28 March
4 April Now 75
11 April
18 April
25 April
2 May
9 May
16 May
23 May Chilled Acoustic
30 May R&B Clubland
6 June
13 June The Twilight Saga - Eclipse
20 June American Anthems
27 June
4 July Clubland 17
11 July
18 July Anthems R&B
25 July Now 76
1 August
8 August
15 August
22 August
29 August
5 September
12 September
19 September
26 September
3 October
10 October R&B In The Mix 2010
17 October
24 October Now Dance 2010
31 October BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge - Vol 5
7 November Dreamboats & Petticoats 4
14 November Clubland 18
21 November Pop Party 8
28 November Now 77
5 December
12 December
19 December
26 December

Number-one albums in Scotland[edit]

Issue date Album Artist
3 January Sunny Side Up Paolo Nutini
10 January
17 January
24 January
31 January
7 February
14 February
21 February Glee: The Music, Volume 1 Glee Cast
28 February
7 March
14 March Brother Boyzone
21 March Glee: The Music, Volume 2 Glee Cast
28 March Brother Boyzone
4 April
11 April
18 April The Defamation of Strickland Banks Plan B
25 April Iron Man 2 AC/DC
2 May
9 May
16 May
23 May Exile on Main St. The Rolling Stones
30 May Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers Glee Cast
6 June
13 June
20 June Time Flies... 1994–2009 Oasis
27 June Recovery Eminem
4 July
11 July Aphrodite Kylie Minogue
18 July Recovery Eminem
25 July
1 August
8 August The Suburbs Arcade Fire
15 August Recovery Eminem
22 August The Final Frontier Iron Maiden
29 August Recovery Eminem
5 September Teenage Dream Katy Perry
12 September Flamingo Brandon Flowers
19 September Science & Faith The Script
26 September
3 October
10 October Disc-Overy Tinie Tempah
17 October In and Out of Consciousness: Greatest Hits 1990–2010 Robbie Williams
24 October Come Around Sundown Kings of Leon
31 October
7 November Greatest Hits Bon Jovi
14 November The Gift Susan Boyle
21 November Progress Take That
28 November
5 December
12 December
19 December
26 December

Year-end charts[edit]

Best-selling singles of 2010[edit]

[1]

For the first time in British music history, a song that never reached number one became the biggest-selling single of the year. "Love the Way You Lie", by Eminem featuring Rihanna, also sold all its singles in digital format.

No. Title Artist Peak
position
Sales[1]
1 "Love the Way You Lie" Eminem featuring Rihanna 2 855,144
2 "When We Collide" Cardle, MattMatt Cardle 1 814,997
3 "Just the Way You Are" Mars, BrunoBruno Mars 1 765,889
4 "Only Girl (in the World)" Rihanna 1 711,819
5 "OMG" Usher featuring will.i.am 1
6 "Fireflies" Owl City 1
7 "Airplanes" B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams 1
8 "California Gurls" Perry, KatyKaty Perry featuring Snoop Dogg 1
9 "We No Speak Americano" Yolanda Be Cool vs. DCUP 1
10 "Pass Out" Tempah, TinieTinie Tempah 1
11 "Everybody Hurts" Helping Haiti 1
12 "Forget You" Green, Cee LoCee Lo Green 1
13 "Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down" Keys, AliciaAlicia Keys 4
14 "Rude Boy" Rihanna 2 551,735
15 "Telephone" Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé 1
16 "She Said" Plan B 3
17 "Dynamite" Cruz, TaioTaio Cruz 1
18 "Replay" Iyaz 1
19 "Firework" Perry, KatyKaty Perry 3
20 "Club Can't Handle Me" Flo Rida featuring David Guetta 1
21 "Your Song" Goulding, EllieEllie Goulding 2
22 "Ridin' Solo" Derulo, JasonJason Derulo 2
23 "Billionaire" McCoy, TravieTravie McCoy featuring Bruno Mars 3 442,431
24 "Don't Stop Believin'" Glee cast 2 438,882
25 "Don't Stop Believin'" Journey 6 435,103
26 "The Time (Dirty Bit)" Black Eyed Peas, TheThe Black Eyed Peas 1
27 "What's My Name?" Rihanna featuring Drake 2[a]
28 "Pack Up" Doolittle, ElizaEliza Doolittle 5
29 "Starstrukk" 3OH!3 featuring Katy Perry 3
30 "Bad Romance" Lady Gaga 1
31 "Written in the Stars" Tempah, TinieTinie Tempah featuring Eric Turner 1
32 "Teenage Dream" Perry, KatyKaty Perry 2
33 "Cooler Than Me" Posner, MikeMike Posner 5
34 "Not Afraid" Eminem 5
35 "The Flood" Take That 2
36 "All Time Low" Wanted, TheThe Wanted 1
37 "If We Ever Meet Again" Timbaland featuring Katy Perry 3
38 "Riverside (Let's Go!)" Samson, SidneySidney Samson featuring Wizard Sleeve 2
39 "Promise This" Cole, CherylCheryl Cole 1
40 "In My Head" Derulo, JasonJason Derulo 1
41 "This Ain't a Love Song" Scouting for Girls 1
42 "Starry Eyed" Goulding, EllieEllie Goulding 4
43 "Wavin' Flag" K'naan 2
44 "Kickstarts" Example 3
45 "Nothin' on You" B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars 1 367,038
46 "Alejandro" Lady Gaga 7
47 "Baby" Bieber, JustinJustin Bieber featuring Ludacris 3
48 "Make You Feel My Love" Adele 4
49 "Parachute" Cole, CherylCheryl Cole 5
50 "Frisky" Tempah, TinieTinie Tempah featuring Labrinth 2

Best-selling albums of 2010[edit]

[2]

No. Title Artist Peak
position
Sales[2]
1 Progress Take That 1 1,841,148
2 Crazy Love Bublé, MichaelMichael Bublé 2[b] 1,227,909
3 The Fame/The Fame Monster Lady Gaga 1 1,051,909
4 Loud Rihanna 2[c] 839,608
5 The Defamation of Strickland Banks Plan B 1
6 Sunny Side Up Nutini, PaoloPaolo Nutini 1
7 The Element of Freedom Keys, AliciaAlicia Keys 1
8 Lungs Florence and the Machine 1
9 Recovery Eminem 1
10 Sigh No More Mumford & Sons 3[d]
11 Come Around Sundown Kings of Leon 1
12 My World Bieber, JustinJustin Bieber 3
13 The Gift Boyle, SusanSusan Boyle 1 556,933
14 In and Out of Consciousness: Greatest Hits 1990–2010 Williams, RobbieRobbie Williams 1
15 Teenage Dream Perry, KatyKaty Perry 1
16 Greatest Hits Bon Jovi 2
17 Turn It Up Lott, PixiePixie Lott 7[e]
18 Outta This World JLS 2
19 Science & Faith Script, TheThe Script 1
20 Olly Murs Murs, OllyOlly Murs 2
21 Messy Little Raindrops Cole, CherylCheryl Cole 1
22 Glee: The Music, Volume 1 Glee Cast 1
23 The E.N.D Black Eyed Peas, TheThe Black Eyed Peas 3
24 Lights Goulding, EllieEllie Goulding 1
25 Brother Boyzone 1
26 Only Revolutions Biffy Clyro 3
27 Forever Vienna Rieu, AndréAndré Rieu 2
28 Rated R Rihanna 9
29 Disc-Overy Tempah, TinieTinie Tempah 1
30 Moonlight Serenade Rieu, AndréAndré Rieu and His Johann Strauss Orchestra 4
31 Only By the Night Kings of Leon 11[f]
32 Greatest Hits... So Far!!! Pink 5
33 JLS JLS 8[g]
34 Gravity Westlife 3
35 3 Words Cole, CherylCheryl Cole 12[h]
36 Seasons of My Soul Rumer 3
37 xx xx, TheThe xx 3
38 Time Flies... 1994–2009 Oasis 1
39 Iron Man 2 AC/DC 1
40 Plastic Beach Gorillaz 2
41 The Wanted Wanted, TheThe Wanted 4
42 Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful? Faith, PalomaPaloma Faith 13[i]
43 Overcome Burke, AlexandraAlexandra Burke 18[j]
44 Eliza Doolittle Eliza Doolittle 3
45 Aphrodite Minogue, KylieKylie Minogue 1
46 The Beginning Black Eyed Peas, TheThe Black Eyed Peas 8
47 Glee: The Music, Volume 2 Glee Cast 2
48 I Am... Sasha Fierce Beyoncé 15[k]
49 Jason Derulo Derulo, JasonJason Derulo 8
50 Fly Me to the Moon... The Great American Songbook Volume V Stewart, RodRod Stewart 5

Notes:

  1. ^ Reached number 1 in 2011
  2. ^ Reached number 1 in 2009
  3. ^ Reached number 1 in 2011
  4. ^ Reached number 2 in 2011
  5. ^ Reached number 6 in 2009
  6. ^ Reached number 1 in 2008
  7. ^ Reached number 1 in 2009
  8. ^ Reached number 1 in 2009
  9. ^ Reached number 9 in 2009
  10. ^ Reached number 1 in 2009
  11. ^ Reached number 2 in 2009

Best-selling compilation albums of 2010[edit]

[3]

No. Title
1 Now 77
2 Now 76
3 Now 75
4 American Anthems
5 Pop Party 8

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The 2010 Official Singles Chart Top 100". Music Week (London, England: United Business Media): 17. 15 January 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "The 2010 Official Albums Chart Top 100". Music Week (London, England: United Business Media): 19. 15 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "2010 Compilations Chart". Music Week (London, England: United Business Media): 18. 15 January 2011.