List of UK Official Download Chart number-one singles of the 2000s

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Colour photograph of Rihanna performing live in 2008.
Barbadian singer Rihanna featured on five different number-one singles during the 2000s, more than any other artist.

The UK Official Download Chart is a weekly music chart that ranks the most downloaded songs in the United Kingdom. During the 2000s, the chart was compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf on the British music industry, and was based solely on non-subscription downloads of songs from selected online music stores.[1][2] It was compiled using weekly sales from Sunday to Saturday, and was published each Wednesday afternoon, so as not to clash with the Sunday evening announcement of the UK Singles Chart.[2]

The chart was founded in September 2004, with its first number one being a live version of "Flying Without Wings" by Irish boy band Westlife.[3] By the end of the decade, 109 further singles had topped the chart. The most downloaded single of the 2000s was "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga.[4] Released in 2009, the song was downloaded 779,000 times, and topped the chart for three weeks. "Just Dance", also by Gaga, and "Sex on Fire" by Kings of Leon were the third and second highest selling downloads of the decade respectively.[4] The single that spent the longest time at number one was "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley, which spent 11 weeks at the top and became the UK's 18th best-selling download of the 2000s.[2][4]

The most successful artist of the decade was Barbadian singer Rihanna, who featured on five different number-one singles for a total of 13 weeks. The most successful record label was Universal Music Group; with an artist roster that included Rihanna, The Black Eyed Peas and U2, Universal spent 110 weeks at number one with 40 different singles. The final number one of the 2000s was "Killing in the Name", a 1993 single by American rap metal band Rage Against the Machine, which was pushed to the top of the chart as a result of an online campaign to prevent Joe McElderry, the 2009 winner of the The X Factor, from reaching number one.[5] "Killing in the Name" sold over 500,000 copies in one week, making it the UK's fastest-selling digital download of all time.[6]

Chart history[edit]

Before the inauguration of the download chart, only sales of physical formats—such as CD, vinyl and cassette tape—contributed towards a single's position on the UK music charts.[7] From late-2002 onwards, these sales began to significantly decline. By the start of 2004, they had dropped to their lowest level in over 35 years, with singles needing to sell only 35,000 copies to reach number one.[8] One year later, a limited edition re-release of "One Night" / "I Got Stung" by Elvis Presley topped the chart with 22,000 copies, making it the lowest selling number-one single at that time.[9] Conversely, the music download market was growing considerably: during the same 2004–05 period, sales of downloads grew by 743%, and overtook physical sales in December 2004.[10][11] The following year, the UK's online music revenue reached 42.1 million.[12]

"The [first download chart] proved that for the moment online purchases need to exist in their own separate bubble, if only until stunts such as Westlife releasing a live version of a five year old song as an online exclusive cease to have any meaningful impact."

— UK chart commentator James Masterton[13]

As a result of this growth, the OCC were commissioned in 2004 to compile a new music chart based solely on the UK's download sales, which was initially sponsored by Coca-Cola.[14] A "sample" download chart was trialled for 10 weeks, with the first number one being "Bam Thwok" by American rock band Pixies.[15][16] After this ten-week period, the UK Official Download Chart was launched on 1 September 2004, with Westlife achieving the first official number one.[17] The group topped the chart with a live version of their 1999 single "Flying Without Wings", a move that UK chart commentator James Masterton branded a "stunt".[13]

By 2007 the UK had become Europe's largest consumer of online music, with almost 78 million tracks being downloaded that year – by the end of the decade this figure had nearly doubled.[12][18] Sales of downloaded singles were finally incorporated into the UK Singles Chart in April 2005[7][19] – as of May 2013, the UK Official Download Chart continues to be published each week by the OCC.[20]

Number-one singles[edit]

Key
No. nth single to top the UK Official Download Chart
N/A Reached number one on an unofficial, "sample" download chart[15]
re Return of a single to number one
double-dagger Most-downloaded single of the decade[4]
Contents
2004 • 2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010s →
No. Artist[a] Single[a] Record label[a] Reached number one[a] Weeks at
number one[a]
N/A Pixies "Bam Thwok" Not on label[b] 23 June 2004 1
N/A Maroon 5 "This Love" Sony 30 June 2004 1
N/A Streets, TheThe Streets "Dry Your Eyes" Warner 7 July 2004 5
N/A Shapeshifters "Lola's Theme" EMI 11 August 2004 3
1 Westlife "Flying Without Wings" Sony 1 September 2004 1
2 Bedingfield, NatashaNatasha Bedingfield "These Words" Sony 8 September 2004 4
3 U2 "Vertigo" Universal 6 October 2004 3
4 Mouldy Lookin' Stain "Dogz Don't Kill People Wabbits Do" Warner 27 October 2004 1
re U2 "Vertigo" Universal 3 November 2004 5
5 Band Aid 20 "Do They Know It's Christmas" Universal 8 December 2004 4
re U2 "Vertigo" Universal 5 January 2005 1
6 Stefani, GwenGwen Stefani "What You Waiting For?" Universal 12 January 2005 2
7 Green Day "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" Warner 26 January 2005 1
8 Chemical Brothers, TheThe Chemical Brothers "Galvanize" EMI 2 February 2005 4
9 Stereophonics "Dakota" V2 2 March 2005 2
10 McFly "All About You" Universal 16 March 2005 2
11 Christie, TonyTony Christie featuring Peter Kay "Is This the Way to Amarillo" Universal 30 March 2005 4
12 Coldplay "Speed of Sound" EMI 27 April 2005 3
13 Black Eyed Peas, TheThe Black Eyed Peas "Don't Phunk with My Heart" Universal 18 May 2005 2
14 Gorillaz "Feel Good Inc." EMI 1 June 2005 3
15 Blunt, JamesJames Blunt "You're Beautiful" Warner 22 June 2005 3
16 McCartney, PaulPaul McCartney and U2 "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" Universal 13 July 2005 1
17 John, EltonElton John "Electricity" Universal 20 July 2005 1
re Blunt, JamesJames Blunt "You're Beautiful" Warner 27 July 2005 2
18 Powter, DanielDaniel Powter "Bad Day" Warner 10 August 2005 5
19 Pussycat Dolls, TheThe Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes "Don't Cha" Universal 14 September 2005 3
20 Sugababes "Push the Button" Universal 5 October 2005 4
21 Madonna "Hung Up" Warner 2 November 2005 7
22 Nizlopi "JCB" FDM 21 December 2005 1
23 Ward, ShayneShayne Ward "That's My Goal" Sony 28 December 2005 2
re Nizlopi "JCB" FDM 11 January 2006 2
24 Notorious B.I.G., TheThe Notorious B.I.G. featuring Diddy, Nelly, Jagged Edge and Avery Storm "Nasty Girl" Warner 25 January 2006 2
25 Ordinary Boys, TheThe Ordinary Boys "Boys Will Be Boys" Warner 8 February 2006 1
26 Meck featuring Leo Sayer "Thunder in My Heart Again" Universal 15 February 2006 2
27 Bailey Rae, CorinneCorinne Bailey Rae "Put Your Records On" EMI 1 March 2006 2
28 Orson "No Tomorrow" Universal 15 March 2006 1
29 Gnarls Barkley "Crazy" Warner 22 March 2006 11
30 Thom, SandiSandi Thom "I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair)" Sony 7 June 2006 1
31 Furtado, NellyNelly Furtado "Maneater" Universal 14 June 2006 4
32 Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean "Hips Don't Lie" Sony 12 July 2006 4
33 Timberlake, JustinJustin Timberlake "SexyBack" Sony 9 August 2006 1
re Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean "Hips Don't Lie" Sony 16 August 2006 1
34 Scissor Sisters "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" Universal 23 August 2006 7
35 Razorlight "America" Universal 11 October 2006 3
36 McFly "Star Girl" Universal 1 November 2006 1
37 Grand, Fedde leFedde le Grand "Put Your Hands Up 4 Detroit" Ministry of Sound 8 November 2006 1
38 All Saints "Rock Steady" EMI 15 November 2006 1
39 Take That "Patience" Universal 22 November 2006 5
40 Lewis, LeonaLeona Lewis "Moment Like This, AA Moment Like This" Sony 27 December 2006 2
re Take That "Patience" Universal 10 January 2007 1
41 Mika "Grace Kelly" Universal 17 January 2007 6
42 Kaiser Chiefs "Ruby" Universal 28 February 2007 3
43 Proclaimers, TheThe Proclaimers featuring Brian Potter and Andy Pipkin "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" EMI 21 March 2007 3
44 Lavigne, AvrilAvril Lavigne "Girlfriend" Sony 11 April 2007 1
45 Ronson, MarkMark Ronson featuring Daniel Merriweather "Stop Me" Sony 18 April 2007 1
46 Beyoncé and Shakira "Beautiful Liar" Sony 25 April 2007 3
47 Gym Class Heroes "Cupid's Chokehold" Warner 16 May 2007 1
48 Rihanna featuring Jay-Z "Umbrella" Universal 23 May 2007 8
49 Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson and D.O.E. "Way I Are, TheThe Way I Are" Universal 18 July 2007 2
50 Nash, KateKate Nash "Foundations" Universal 25 July 2007 2
51 West, KanyeKanye West "Stronger" Universal 15 August 2007 2
52 Kingston, SeanSean Kingston "Beautiful Girls" Sony 29 August 2007 2
53 Plain White T's "Hey There Delilah" EMI 12 September 2007 3
54 Sugababes "About You Now" Universal 3 October 2007 4
55 Lewis, LeonaLeona Lewis "Bleeding Love" Sony 31 October 2007 7
56 Carey, MariahMariah Carey "All I Want for Christmas Is You" Sony 19 December 2007 1
57 Jackson, LeonLeon Jackson "When You Believe" Sony 26 December 2007 2
58 Timbaland presents OneRepublic "Apologize" Universal 9 January 2008 1
59 Basshunter featuring DJ Mental Theo's Bazzheadz "Now You're Gone" Ministry of Sound 16 January 2008 3
60 Adele "Chasing Pavements" Beggars 6 February 2008 1
61 Nickelback "Rockstar" Warner 13 February 2008 1
62 Duffy "Mercy" Universal 20 February 2008 5
63 Estelle featuring Kanye West "American Boy" Warner 26 March 2008 4
64 Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake "4 Minutes" Warner 23 April 2008 4
65 Rihanna "Take a Bow" Universal 21 May 2008 1
66 Ting Tings, TheThe Ting Tings "That's Not My Name" Sony 28 May 2008 1
re Rihanna "Take a Bow" Universal 4 June 2008 1
67 Mint Royale "Singin' in the Rain" Sony 11 June 2008 2
68 Coldplay "Viva la Vida" EMI 25 June 2008 2
69 Dizzee Rascal featuring Calvin Harris and Chrome "Dance wiv Me" Dirtee Stank 9 July 2008 4
70 Kid Rock "All Summer Long" Warner 6 August 2008 1
71 Perry, KatyKaty Perry "I Kissed a Girl" EMI 13 August 2008 5
72 Kings of Leon "Sex on Fire" Sony 17 September 2008 3
73 Pink "So What" Sony 8 October 2008 3
74 Girls Aloud "Promise, TheThe Promise" Universal 29 October 2008 1
75 X Factor Finalists, TheThe X Factor Finalists "Hero" Sony 5 November 2008 2
76 T.I. featuring Rihanna "Live Your Life" Warner 19 November 2008 1
77 Beyoncé "If I Were a Boy" Sony 26 November 2008 1
78 Take That "Greatest Day" Universal 3 December 2008 1
79 Lewis, LeonaLeona Lewis "Run" Sony 10 December 2008 2
80 Burke, AlexandraAlexandra Burke "Hallelujah" Sony 24 December 2008 3
81 Lady Gaga "Just Dance" Warner 14 January 2009 3
82 Allen, LilyLily Allen "Fear, TheThe Fear" EMI 4 February 2009 4
83 Clarkson, KellyKelly Clarkson "My Life Would Suck Without You" Sony 4 March 2009 1
84 Flo Rida featuring Kesha "Right Round" Universal 11 March 2009 2
85 Lady Gaga "Poker Face" double-dagger Warner 25 March 2009 3
86 Harris, CalvinCalvin Harris "I'm Not Alone" Sony 15 April 2009 2
87 Tinchy Stryder featuring N-Dubz "Number 1" Universal 29 April 2009 3
88 Black Eyed Peas, TheThe Black Eyed Peas "Boom Boom Pow" Universal 20 May 2009 1
89 Dizzee Rascal and Armand Van Helden "Bonkers" Dirtee Stank 27 May 2009 2
re Black Eyed Peas, TheThe Black Eyed Peas "Boom Boom Pow" Universal 10 June 2009 1
90 Lott, PixiePixie Lott "Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)" Universal 17 June 2009 1
91 Guetta, DavidDavid Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland "When Love Takes Over" EMI 24 June 2009 1
92 La Roux "Bulletproof" Warner 1 July 2009 1
93 Cascada "Evacuate the Dancefloor" Universal 8 July 2009 2
94 JLS "Beat Again" Sony 22 July 2009 2
95 Black Eyed Peas, TheThe Black Eyed Peas "I Gotta Feeling" Universal 5 August 2009 1
96 Tinchy Stryder featuring Amelle Berrabah "Never Leave You" Universal 12 August 2009 1
re Black Eyed Peas, TheThe Black Eyed Peas "I Gotta Feeling" Universal 19 August 2009 1
97 Guetta, DavidDavid Guetta featuring Akon "Sexy Chick" EMI 26 August 2009 1
98 Dizzee Rascal "Holiday" Dirtee Stank 2 September 2009 1
99 Jay-Z featuring Rihanna and Kanye West "Run This Town" Sony 9 September 2009 1
re Guetta, DavidDavid Guetta featuring Akon "Sexy Chick" EMI 16 September 2009 1
100 Cruz, TaioTaio Cruz "Break Your Heart" Universal 23 September 2009 3
101 Chipmunk "Oopsy Daisy" Sony 14 October 2009 1
102 Burke, AlexandraAlexandra Burke featuring Flo Rida "Bad Boys" Sony 21 October 2009 1
103 Cole, CherylCheryl Cole "Fight for This Love" Universal 28 October 2009 2
104 JLS "Everybody in Love" Sony 11 November 2009 1
105 Black Eyed Peas, TheThe Black Eyed Peas "Meet Me Halfway" Universal 18 November 2009 1
106 X Factor Finalists 2009, TheThe X Factor Finalists 2009 "You Are Not Alone" Sony 25 November 2009 1
107 Derülo, JasonJason Derülo "Whatcha Say" Warner 2 December 2009 1
108 Rihanna "Russian Roulette" Universal 9 December 2009 1
109 Lady Gaga "Bad Romance" Warner 16 December 2009 1
110 Rage Against the Machine "Killing in the Name" Sony 23 December 2009 2
  1. ^ a b c d e The artist, single, record label, date of reaching number one and number of weeks at number one are those given in issues 158 to 436 of ChartsPlus.[21][22][23][24][25][26][27]
  2. ^ "Bam Thwok" by Pixies was distributed exclusively on iTunes.[28]

By artist[edit]

Colour photograph of Leona Lewis signing an autograph in 2006.
Singer Leona Lewis topped the UK Official Download Chart three times during the 2000s.
Colour photograph of Gnarls Barkley performing live in 2007.
"Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley spent eleven weeks at the top of the chart, longer than any other single.
Colour photograph of U2 performing live in 2005.
U2 were one of the first acts to top the official download chart, with their single "Vertigo".

Fifteen different artists spent seven or more weeks at the top of the UK Official Download Chart during the 2000s. The totals below include only credited performances, and do not include appearances on charity ensembles such as Band Aid 20 or The X Factor Finalists.

Artist Number-one singles[a] Weeks at number one[a]
Black Eyed Peas, TheThe Black Eyed Peas 4 7
Dizzee Rascal 3 7
Gnarls Barkley 1 11
Jay-Z 2 9
Kay, PeterPeter Kay[b] 2 7
Lady Gaga 3 7
Lewis, LeonaLeona Lewis 3 11
Madonna 2 11
Rihanna 5 13
Scissor Sisters 1 7
Shakira 2 8
Sugababes 2 8
Take That 2 7
U2 2 10
West, KanyeKanye West 3 7

By record label[edit]

Nine different record labels released chart-topping singles during the 2000s.

Record label Number-one singles[a] Weeks at number one[a]
Beggars Group 1 1
Dirtee Stank 3 7
EMI 12 34
FDM Records 1 3
Ministry of Sound 2 4
Sony BMG 31 65
Universal Music Group 40 110
V2 Records 1 2
Warner Music Group 19 53
  1. ^ a b c d The totals count only singles that reached number one on or after 1 September 2004.
  2. ^ The totals for Peter Kay include a credit as Brian Potter.

Download sites[edit]

During the 2000s, the UK Official Download Chart was compiled by the OCC using data from the following music download websites:[29]

References[edit]

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