List of UK Singles Chart number ones of the 2010s
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|UK Singles Chart
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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, and the Top 40 is first revealed each Sunday on BBC Radio 1.
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 featured 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" and "Nothin' On You" ft Bruno Mars, written and produced by B.o.B.
The first number-one of 2012 came from British band 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 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.
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 one 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 Chisholm 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 years 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 just over 1.6 million 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, of which Naughty Boy's "La La La", Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Icona Pop's "I Love It" featured; 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.
The first new number-one of 2014 came from Pitbull with the single "Timber" featuring singer Kesha. So far, excluding "Happy" by Pharrell Williams and "Rude" by Magic!, all the songs which peaked atop the chart have debuted at number one.
29 June 2014 saw The Voice UK score its first Number 1 from Series 1 Semi-finalist Becky Hill alongside Oliver Heldens with "Gecko (Overdrive)" This was also a notable Number 1 as it was the last based on Sales Figures alone as from 6 July, Streaming was also incorporated into the Chart. Every 100 Streams are now equivalent to 1 sale.
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!, and Nico & Vinz.
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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 a collaboration with David Guetta, the figure for Calvin Harris includes a collaboration with Rihanna, the figure for Bruno Mars includes a collaboration with B.o.B, 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 and the figure for Rita Ora includes a collaboration with DJ Fresh.
|Artist||Number ones||Weeks at number-one|
|Harris, CalvinCalvin Harris||4||9|
By record label
Eight 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|
|Warner Bros. Records||6||12|
Million-selling and platinum records
Since April 1973, the British Phonographic Industry has been classifying singles and albums by the number of units shipped. The highest threshold is "platinum record" and is awarded to singles that have shipped over 600,000 units.[d] As of May 2014[update], forty singles from the 2010s have gone platinum. 23 singles released in the 2010s have sold over one million units: Eminem featuring Rihanna's "Love the Way You Lie", Bruno Mars' "Just the Way You Are", Rihanna's "Only Girl (in the World)", Matt Cardle's "When We Collide", Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" and "Someone Like You", Jessie J featuring B.o.B's "Price Tag", LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock's "Party Rock Anthem", Ed Sheeran's "The A Team", Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera's "Moves Like Jagger", Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris' "We Found Love", Gotye featuring Kimbra's "Somebody That I Used to Know", David Guetta featuring Sia's "Titanium", fun. featuring Janelle Monáe's "We Are Young", Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe", Passenger's "Let Her Go", Psy's "Gangnam Style", Rihanna's "Diamonds", James Arthur's "Impossible", Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams' "Get Lucky", Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams' "Blurred Lines", Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc's "Wake Me Up!" and Pharrell Williams' "Happy".
|Artist||Song||Date released||Date certified
|Helping Haiti||"Everybody Hurts"||7 February 2010||22 July 2013||N/A||N/A|
|Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg||"California Gurls"||21 June 2010||29 October 2010||N/A||N/A|
|Cee Lo Green||"Fuck You!"||4 October 2010||7 January 2011||N/A||N/A|
|Rihanna||"Only Girl (in the World)"||25 October 2010||7 January 2011||2011||N/A|
|Rihanna featuring Drake||"What's My Name?"||20 December 2010||6 March 2011||N/A||N/A|
|Tinie Tempah||"Pass Out"||17 April 2010||11 March 2011||N/A||N/A|
|Katy Perry||"Firework"[No. 3]||26 November 2010||11 March 2011||N/A||N/A|
|Matt Cardle||"When We Collide"||12 December 2010||22 July 2013||2012||N/A|
|Adele||"Rolling in the Deep"[No. 2]||17 January 2011||24 June 2011||2014||N/A|
|Adele||"Someone Like You"||24 January 2011||25 January 2013||2013||2× (2013)|
|Adele||"Set Fire to the Rain"[No. 11]||24 January 2011||1 April 2011||2011||2× (2013)|
|Jessie J featuring B.o.B||"Price Tag"||28 January 2011||12 May 2011||2012||N/A|
|Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer||"Give Me Everything"||1 April 2011||16 September 2011||N/A||N/A|
|One Direction||"What Makes You Beautiful"||11 September 2011||15 February 2013||N/A||N/A|
|Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera||"Moves Like Jagger"[No 2]||14 August 2011||22 July 2013||2012||2× (2013)|
|Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris||"We Found Love"||22 September 2011||5 June 2012||2012||2× (2013)|
|Avicii||"Levels"[No 4]||20 November 2011||22 July 2013||N/A||N/A|
|David Guetta featuring Sia||"Titanium"||11 February 2012||11 August 2012||2013||N/A|
|Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa||"Payphone"||8 June 2012||22 July 2013||N/A||N/A|
|Rihanna||"Diamonds"||28 September 2012||15 February 2013||2014||N/A|
|Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton||"Can't Hold Us"[No 3]||9 October 2012||11 October 2013||N/A||N/A|
|Taylor Swift||"I Knew You Were Trouble"||9 October 2012||22 July 2013||N/A||N/A|
|Robbie Williams||"Candy"||18 October 2012||22 July 2013||N/A||N/A|
|Adele||"Skyfall"||29 October 2012||25 January 2013||N/A||N/A|
|James Arthur||"Impossible"||9 December 2012||22 July 2013||2013||2× (2013)|
|Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams||"Blurred Lines"||28 January 2013||28 July 2013||2013||2× (2013)|
|Passenger||"Let Her Go"[No. 2]||22 February 2013||16 August 2013||2013||N/A|
|Bastille||"Pompeii"[No 2]||24 February 2013||16 August 2013||N/A||N/A|
|Rudimental featuring Ella Eyre||"Waiting All Night"||14 April 2013||16 August 2013||N/A||N/A|
|Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams||"Get Lucky"||19 April 2013||22 July 2013||2013||2× (2013)|
|Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith||"La La La"||19 May 2013||22 July 2013||N/A||N/A|
|OneRepublic||"Counting Stars"||14 June 2013||22 November 2013||N/A||N/A|
|Avicii||"Wake Me Up"||8 July 2013||9 August 2013||2013||2× (2014)|
|Ellie Goulding||"Burn"||4 August 2013||3 January 2014||N/A||N/A|
|Katy Perry||"Roar"||1 September 2013||1 November 2013||N/A||N/A|
|Eminem featuring Rihanna||"The Monster"||29 October 2013||7 March 2014||N/A||N/A|
|Pharrell Williams||"Happy"||15 December 2013||24 January 2014||2014||3× (2014)|
|Pitbull featuring Kesha||"Timber"||29 December 2013||11 April 2014||N/A||N/A|
|Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne||"Rather Be"||17 January 2014||7 March 2014||2014||4× (2014)|
- 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).
- [No. 2]: "Rolling in the Deep", "Moves Like Jagger", "Let Her Go" and "Pompeii" peaked at number two in the UK Singles Chart.
- [No. 3]: "Firework" and "Can't Hold Us" peaked at number three in the UK Singles Chart.
- [No. 4]: "Levels" peaked at number four in the UK Singles Chart.
- [No. 11]: "Set Fire to the Rain" peaked at number eleven in the UK Singles Chart.
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