List of UK Singles Chart number ones of the 2010s
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Christmas number one
The UK Singles Chart is a record chart compiled by the Official Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. The chart week runs from Sunday to Saturday with the chart-date given as the following Saturday.
The first song of the 2010s was "The Climb" by Joe McElderry, the winner of the sixth series of the UK talent show The X Factor, which hit number one for the week ending 2 January 2010 (announced 27 December 2009). Subsequently, "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga hit the top spot for the second time; the single was also number one for the week ending 19 December 2009. The first entirely new number one of the decade was "Replay" by Iyaz on the following week.
In an attempt to raise money for the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown asked Simon Cowell to arrange a charity single. Cowell chose "Everybody Hurts", Brown agreed to waive VAT on the single and R.E.M. agreed to waive all royalties. The release was under the name Helping Haiti. The single featured many singers, most linked to Cowell's talent shows like: Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke, JLS, Cheryl Cole and Susan Boyle. The song went straight in at number one and remained there for two weeks.
2010 was another X Factor dominated year, with chart-toppers from Alexandra Burke, Cheryl Cole, Diana Vickers, JLS, Matt Cardle and Olly Murs; many of whom also featured on the Helping Haiti single. Lady Gaga, JLS, B.o.B, Tinie Tempah, Bruno Mars, Dizzee Rascal and Roll Deep all achieved two number-one singles in 2010. Despite only peaking at number two on the UK Singles Chart, the biggest selling song of the year was Eminem and Rihanna with the collaborative single "Love the Way You Lie".
The first new number-one of 2011 came from Rihanna and the single "What's My Name?", which features Drake. The song topped the charts on 15 January, having already spent six consecutive weeks in the top 10.
Artists who achieved their first number-one singles during the year included: Kesha, Drake, Jessie J, Adele, Nicole Scherzinger (solo), Pitbull, Lauren Bennett, GoonRock, Afrojack, Nayer, Example, DJ Fresh, Sian Evans, Dev, Cher Lloyd (solo), Nero, Wretch 32, Josh Kumra, Rizzle Kicks, One Direction (solo), Sak Noel, Professor Green, Emeli Sandé, Little Mix, Military Wives and Gareth Malone.
It was revealed on 2 October that a record had been broken regarding the most consecutive number-one singles by British artists. The record was broken when Dappy's single "No Regrets" became the eleventh consecutive number-one single from British artists.
Rihanna and Calvin Harris's "We Found Love" spent the most weeks at number-one in 2011, having spent six non-consecutive weeks at the peak in October and November. The song is trailed by Adele's "Someone Like You", which spent five non-consecutive weeks at the peak in February and March. Bruno Mars, Example, Rihanna and Pitbull each achieved two number-ones in 2011, a year which was again dominated by X Factor contestants; including Cher Lloyd, JLS, Little Mix, Olly Murs and One Direction.
Bruno Mars became the first artist to achieve four number-one singles during the 2010s when "The Lazy Song" topped the chart on 21 May – having previously topped the chart with "Grenade", "Just the Way You Are (Amazing)" and "Nothin' on You" (which he featured on alongside B.o.B).
The first number-one of 2012 came from Coldplay and their second single from the number-one album, Mylo Xyloto, "Paradise". The song reached the summit after nine weeks in the top 20, having also spent six weeks ineligible from charting; having been available as an 'instant grat' (free download) for those who pre-ordered the respective album.
2012 marked another chart year dominated by reality television alumni. The X Factor judges Tulisa Contostavlos and Gary Barlow both claimed number-ones in early 2012, while series 6 runner-up Olly Murs, Series 7 finalists One Direction, series 8 winners Little Mix and series 9 winner James Arthur also each claimed a number-one. Rival show, The Voice UK also saw its alumni dominate the chart, with coaches Jessie J, Danny O'Donoghue and will.i.am each claiming a number-one; including "Hall of Fame", a collaboration between the latter two.
For the chart week dated 6 October, Korean musician Psy topped the chart with the K-pop track "Gangnam Style". The track's success arose from the respective music video, which on 21 December became the first video to surpass 1 billion views on YouTube. The track topped 28 international charts, including in Australia, Canada and New Zealand; also reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100.
The year's Christmas number-one (chart week dated 30 December) was awarded to charity single "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"—a cover of The Hollies' track—released in aid of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. The collective —made up of various vocalists, musicians and producers, including Paul McCartney, Melanie C and Robbie Williams—sold 269,248 copies of the single in its first week, 20.32% more than the number two; "Impossible" by James Arthur.
The year's biggest selling single went to Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know", featuring Kimbra. It topped the chart for 5 non-consecutive weeks during February and March. It sold 1,318,000 copies and was also the biggest selling single worldwide of 2012 with just over 10 million copies sold.
The year saw the first number-one singles for: Cover Drive, Sia, Gotye, Kimbra, Rita Ora, Chris Brown, Carly Rae Jepsen, Tulisa (solo), fun., Janelle Monáe, Rudimental, John Newman, Maroon 5, will.i.am (solo), Eva Simons, Florence and the Machine, Wiley, Sam and the Womp, The Script, Psy, Swedish House Mafia, John Martin, Florence Welch (solo), Gabrielle Aplin, James Arthur and The Justice Collective.
March saw British girl group The Saturdays claim their first number-one single with "What About Us". The feat marked a particular achievement for the group, who after eleven top 10 singles—including number-two hits "Just Can't Get Enough" (March 2009) and "Forever Is Over" (October 2009)—had yet to reach the chart summit. That same month saw the revival of 1990s pop duo PJ & Duncan. The pair—who have since been working under Ant & Dec (Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly)—performed their 1994 single "Let's Get Ready to Rhumble" on Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (23 March); resulting in the track's ascent to the chart summit.
2013 became infamous for high sales in the singles chart, with the number-one single selling an excess of 100,000 copies on twelve consecutive weeks between 28 April – 7 July. Daft Punk began the run—with "Get Lucky" selling 155,215 copies on 4 May—while John Newman concluded the run with "Love Me Again" on 7 July (124,885 copies). A total of five number-one singles contributed to the achievement, including Naughty Boy's "La La La", Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams and Icona Pop's "I Love It" (featuring Charlie XCX); with the twelve-week run becoming the longest since January—April 1998.
The year saw the first number-one singles for: Bingo Players, Far East Movement, Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Wanz, Avicii, Nicky Romero, The Saturdays, PJ & Duncan, Duke Dumont, A*M*E, Ella Eyre, Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, Naughty Boy, Sam Smith, Robin Thicke, T.I., Icona Pop, Charli XCX, Miley Cyrus, Ellie Goulding, 2 Chainz, OneRepublic, Lorde, Storm Queen, Martin Garrix, Alesso, Hurts and Sam Bailey.
On 29 June, the last number-one based on sales figures alone was claimed by Oliver Heldens and Becky Hill's "Gecko (Overdrive)"; with audio streaming (100 streams equivalent to 1 sale) incorporated as of 6 July. The track also marked the first number-one achieved by a contestant of The Voice UK (Becky Hill, series 1).
Artists who achieved their first number-one singles during the year included: Clean Bandit, Jess Glynne, Route 94, DVBBS, Borgeous, Jax Jones, 5 Seconds of Summer, Aloe Blacc (solo), Sigma, Kiesza, Mr Probz, SecondCity, Ed Sheeran, Ella Henderson (solo), Oliver Heldens, Becky Hill, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Cody Wise, Rixton, Magic!, Nico & Vinz, Sam Martin, Lilly Wood, Robin Schulz, Paloma Faith, Nicki Minaj, Meghan Trainor, Gareth Malone's All Star Choir, Band Aid 30, Mark Ronson and Ben Haenow.
In January 2015, "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars achieved the longest run at number-one (seven non-consecutive weeks) since "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis in November 2007. The first new number-one of 2015 came from Ellie Goulding with "Love Me like You Do", a track taken from the soundtrack to Fifty Shades of Grey. So far 2015 has been unusual in that every number-one single except for "King" by Years & Years has been at the top for several weeks each.
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The following artists have all spent more than a total of five or more weeks at the number-one spot during the 2010s. The figure for group LMFAO includes collaborations with David Guetta & Chris Willis, the figure for Calvin Harris includes a collaboration with Rihanna, the figure for Bruno Mars includes collaborations with B.o.B & Mark Ronson, the figure for Tinie Tempah includes collaborations with Rita Ora, DVBBS, Borgeous & Cheryl Cole, the figure for Pitbull includes a collaboration with Jennifer Lopez, the figure for Kimbra includes a collaboration with Gotye, the figure for will.i.am includes collaborations with Usher & The Script, the figure for Pharrell Williams includes collaborations with Daft Punk & Robin Thicke, the figure for Ne-Yo includes a collaboration with Pitbull, the figure for T.I. includes a collaboration with Robin Thicke, the figure for Rihanna includes a collaboration with Eminem, the figure for Jess Glynne includes collaborations with Clean Bandit & Route 94, the figure for Rita Ora includes a collaboration with DJ Fresh and the figure for Sam Smith includes a collaboration with Naughty Boy.
|Artist||Number ones||Weeks at number-one|
|Mars, BrunoBruno Mars||5||13|
|Williams, PharrellPharrell Williams||3||13|
|Harris, CalvinCalvin Harris||5||10|
|Glynne, JessJess Glynne||3||8|
|Tempah, TinieTinie Tempah||5||7|
|Goulding, EllieEllie Goulding||2||7|
|Ronson, MarkMark Ronson||1||7|
|Murs, OllyOlly Murs||4||5|
|Ora, RitaRita Ora||4||5|
|Smith, SamSam Smith||4||5|
|Perry, KatyKaty Perry||3||5|
|Thicke, RobinRobin Thicke||1||5|
By record label
Twelve record labels have spent ten or more weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart so far during the 2010s.
|Record label||Number ones||Weeks at number-one|
|Def Jam Records||7||14|
|Ministry of Sound||8||11|
|Warner Bros. Records||5||10|
Million-selling and platinum records
Since April 1973, the British Phonographic Industry has been classifying singles by the number of units shipped. The highest threshold is "Platinum record" and is currently awarded to singles that have shipped over 600,000 units.[d] From July 2014 BPI certifications (along with the Official Singles Chart) include audio streaming at 100 streams equals one unit; this does not affect sales when referring to million-sellers (hence a double platinum single may not be a million-seller).
For million selling records see List of best-selling singles of the 2010s in the United Kingdom
For Platinum singles see List of Platinum singles in the United Kingdom awarded since 2000#Released since 2010
- List of Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles of the 2010s
- List of Official Subscription Plays Chart number-one songs of the 2010s
- In 2010, the best-selling single of the year was "Love the Way You Lie" by Eminem featuring Rihanna, which entered the chart on 27 June and peaked at number two.
- The artist, single, date of reaching number one and number of weeks at number one are those given by the Official Charts Company.
- The record labels are those given by the OCC.
- The number of sales required to qualify for Platinum, Gold and Silver discs was dropped in 1989 from the former thresholds of Silver (250,000 units), Gold (500,000 units), and Platinum (1,000,000 units) to the current thresholds of Silver (200,000 units), Gold (400,000 units), and Platinum (600,000 units).
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