2006 in British music charts

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This is a summary of 2006 in music in the United Kingdom including the official single and album charts.

Summary[edit]

  • At both ends of the year, the chart was dominated by acts from series 2 and series 3 of the television show The X Factor. Shayne Ward, Chico Slimani and Leona Lewis from the show had number one singles, with Ward and Journey South both enjoying number one albums.
  • A number of pop acts from the 1990s enjoyed comebacks, with Take That in particular having chart and touring success; Emma Bunton and All Saints also returned to the charts.
  • The internet had an increased impact on music. Sandi Thom and Lily Allen both had massive success off the back of initial exposure on the web,[1] Many artists used MySpace to spread their music to the wider world[1] Downloaded music also began to dominate the charts,with sales of legal downloads rising from less than six million in 2004 to over 50 million in 2006. When the rules changed, "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley became the first song to top the singles chart on the basis of downloads alone. From the beginning of 2007, 'physical' copies of a song no longer need to be issued for a song to chart which raises the possibility of golden oldies entering the charts on the back of downloads alone.
  • The rise of the internet's influence contrasted with the end of some other long running pop media. Smash Hits magazine and Top of the Pops television show both ended in 2006;[1] Top of the Pops had been broadcasting on the BBC since 1964.

Chronological Review[edit]

In January, X Factor winner Shayne Ward held on to the top spot in the single chart with his debut "That's My Goal" for three weeks. Ward later went on to top the charts with his debut album in April, on the back of his reality TV show success.

Meanwhile, The Strokes and HARD-Fi both got their first number one albums in January, the Strokes previously having two number twos. Arctic Monkeys were the big story, with their second single "When the Sun Goes Down" repeating the feat of their debut and reaching number one. A week later their debut album, "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not", sold over 360,000 copies in its first week. It stayed at number one for four weeks. Arctic Monkeys were also big winners at the NME Awards, taking home three awards.[2] They picked up Best Single for "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor", Best New Band and Best Group. Other winners included Kanye West, singer Ricky Wilson and the Kaiser Chiefs who despite being nominated for six awards only came away with one for Best Album.

The 2006 BRIT Awards were dominated by 'new' acts, with the Kaiser Chiefs winning 3 awards, including 'Best Group', and James Blunt coming away with two. Other big winners were Coldplay, who had the best album and single, and Green Day.

The pop band All Saints announced that they would be reforming, five years after they had split in 2001.[3] Another return came from Leo Sayer, who hit number one 29 years after his previous chart topper, with a remix of the single "Thunder in My Heart". Smash Hits magazine, however, left the music business after 28 years of covering pop music. Later in the year, Top of the Pops also ended, after 42 years on British television. It had been losing ratings for the past five years, having been usurped by music television.

The other number ones in the start of the year went to Madonna, with her 12th chart-topper "Sorry", and to US rapper The Notorious B.I.G. in February, who climbed to number one. The song was a re-working of his debut single "Nasty Girl" (which features guest appearances from Jagged Edge, P. Diddy, Nelly, and Avery Storm). He died in 1997, but this is the first time he has scored a #1 and just under a year after "rival" rapper 2Pac had also achieved his first #1 with "Ghetto Gospel".

Chico Slimani, who had finished fifth in the X Factor, went straight to number one with "It's Chico Time", holding on to the top spot for two weeks in March. Orson climbed to the top of the singles chart successfully knocked Chico off the top spot with their song "No Tomorrow".

With a new chart rule stating that singles on downloads alone may enter the chart a week before their full release, Ne*Yo was the first act who managed to climb from #18 to #1, one week after it was released on downloads alone, with his debut single So Sick. Embrace entered to #2 that week with their new single "Nature's Law", making it their biggest single to date. However, it only failed to reach #1 due to a large count of legal downloads which didn't register in the official charts. The following week, their fifth studio album This New Day became their third album to reach #1 in the UK Albums Chart. Other acts that benefited from the change in rules included The Black Eyed Peas, Pink, Liz McClarnon, Girls Aloud, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, James Blunt, Joey Negro, Sean Paul and Nelly. The following week, Gnarls Barkley became the first act to top the singles chart on downloads alone, with Crazy. This was the start of huge success for the duo, who went on to top the singles charts for 9 weeks, as well as the album chart for a week and also the UK Official Download Chart for an outstanding 11 weeks making it the longest stay on the UK Official Download Chart history. However, the single version of Crazy was deliberately deleted on 28 May in order to stop the single's welcome being overstayed. "Crazy" was the first single to top the UK singles chart for nine weeks consecutively since 1994 when Wet Wet Wet's "Love Is All Around" was number one for fifteen weeks (the last song to spend exactly nine weeks on top was "Two Tribes" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood in 1984). But, Crazy's nine week run at number one came to an end when singer/songwriter Sandi Thom finally knocked it off number one with her debut single I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair). 2006 also saw Morrissey return to the top of the album chart for the first time in 12 years with "Ringleader of the Tormentors".

Thom occupied the number one spot for a solitary week before being replaced by Nelly Furtado, who climbed to number one with Maneater and maintained her position the following 3 weeks. On 18 June 2006 there were five England Football World Cup songs in the top 13 in the Official UK Singles Chart. This included the official single by Embrace, a parody of the Dad's Army theme by the Tonedef Allstars and the former number 1 single Three Lions, which topped the chart in both 1996 and 1998.

The festival season was marked by the absence of Glastonbury, which was taking a 'fallow year'. Headliners at the major festivals included: The Who and Red Hot Chili Peppers at T in the Park; Coldplay and the Foo Fighters at the Isle of Wight Festival; Metallica and Guns N' Roses at Download Festival; Radiohead and Kasabian at V Festival; The Prodigy and Goldfrapp at Creamfields; Daft Punk and Groove Armada at Global Gathering 2006; The Who and The Strokes at the Wireless Festival; and Pearl Jam and Muse at the Carling Weekend. This would turn out to be the penultimate year, that the much disputed sponsorship deal by the brewery would take place, and would go on to be the start of the brewery's decline in the UK live music scene, as it suddenly lost its sponsorship deals for gig venues to LiveNation and O2

Following Nelly Furtado's 3 weeks on top for the first time, both Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean's Hips Don't Lie and Lily Allen's Smile enjoyed a first time at the top of the UK singles chart summit with Shakira's smash hit and Lily Allen's debut single. Another debut single to be released was German dance group Cascada's Everytime We Touch which went on to peak at #2, as Hips Don't Lie held them of the top spot. It ended 2006 as being the UK's fifteenth best selling single.

Pop band McFly scored their fifth UK number one single Don't Stop Me Now/Please, Please but the following week dropped to number 6 in the top 40. The week after Shakira climbed back on top with "Hips Don't Lie", the first time since 2004's single Call on Me by Eric Prydz to return to the top. July also saw first time number one albums for the Lostprophets and Razorlight.

In August, it was an American female double on top of both charts, with Christina Aguilera's Back To Basics topping the album chart, and the following week former Destiny's Child star Beyoncé Knowles scored her second (fourth, including her career with the group) number one single with Deja Vu along with her boyfriend Jay-Z.

September kicked off with another American act at #1 in both charts, this time former 'N Sync star Justin Timberlake with his comeback single Sexyback and with his second album FutureSex/LoveSounds. He had previously has three number two records and this is his first #1 single as a solo artist and as part of 'N Sync.

The following week the Scissor Sisters managed to score their first UK #1 with I Don't Feel Like Dancin' and is third highest seller (so far) of this year. They also scored their second #1 in the album chart with Ta-Dah, therefore topping both the album and singles chart at the same time (the last act to manage that was Gnarls Barkley with Crazy and St. Elsewhere).

In October, Girls Aloud became the first British act (sixth act overall) to enter the UK Top 10 on downloads alone when Something Kinda Ooooh charted at #5 on 22 October. The following week it climbed to #3, but they were beaten to number one by McFly with their sixth number one Star Girl. We also saw #1 albums from The Killers, Robbie Williams, Girls Aloud and Jamiroquai.

November saw Dutch DJ and producer Fedde Le Grand manage to get his first UK #1 with Put Your Hands Up For Detroit, while Westlife were still breaking records with their 14 number one The Rose. Westlife didn't last long at the top and later got replaced by rapstar Akon with Smack That which featured the rap music legend Eminem; this was Akon's second and Eminem's seventh number one single.

In November and early December, the charts were dominated by boy bands. Ten years since their last number one single, Take That managed to reclaim their position on top of the singles chart with Patience. Meanwhile, Westlife's number one streak continued with their sixth #1 album The Love Album beating compilation albums from Oasis, The Beatles and U2. This was then knocked off the top by Take That's album Beautiful World. These remained on top of the charts for two more weeks. During this time there were hit singles from Emma Bunton's Official Children in Need song Downtown, Chris Cornell's You Know My Name which was used in Casino Royale, Cliff Richard's 21st Century Christmas and Wind It Up from No Doubt front woman Gwen Stefani.

The X Factor was won by Leona Lewis, beating former child actor Raymond Quinn in the final. She became the first female winner of the show. Her debut single "A Moment Like This" was chosen for whomever won the competition and was released on download the day after the final, selling 50,000 copies in its first half-hour,[4] more than most songs this year achieved in a whole week.

Record sales[edit]

Single sales bounced back in 2006 as legal downloads added nearly thirty million sales to the total for the year. Despite this, the 17,694 copies sold during its week at number one gave Orson's "No Tomorrow" the distinction of being the lowest sales ever of a chart topper.[5] However 2006 also saw one song achieve sales of over half a million in its first week, Leona Lewis's song "A Moment Like This" sold 571,992 copies. Although not the biggest first week sales of any of the UK television talent show winners it was still a remarkable figure when total sales of individual records were generally in decline.

As of year end, Gnarls Barkley's single "Crazy", had sold over 800,000 (plus an additional 40,000+ before it became chart eligible) to become the best selling single of 2006, while Leona Lewis had the second biggest seller of the year and enjoyed a second week at number one as 2006 became 2007.The rest of the top five best sellers saw Shakira at three with over 500,000 copies sold in what was a very long chart run, Scissor Sisters were fourth and Sandi Thom was fifth in the overall sales list.

Charts[edit]

Number-one singles[edit]

Release date Song Artist(s) Sales
1 January "That's My Goal" Shayne Ward 132,284
8 January 54,152
15 January 31,724
22 January "When the Sun Goes Down" Arctic Monkeys 34,992
29 January "Nasty Girl" The Notorious B.I.G. featuring P. Diddy, Nelly, Jagged Edge, and Avery Storm 27,482
5 February 24,854
12 February "Thunder In My Heart" Meck featuring Leo Sayer 36,185
19 February 33,635
26 February "Sorry" Madonna 36,928
5 March "It's Chico Time" Chico 51,000
12 March 29,000
19 March "No Tomorrow" Orson 17,694
26 March "So Sick" Ne-Yo 28,287
2 April "Crazy" Gnarls Barkley 31,709
9 April 194,179
16 April 118,714
23 April 76,114
30 April 69,202
7 May 50,163
14 May 42,968
21 May 40,000
28 May 37,682
4 June "I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker
(With Flowers In My Hair)
"
Sandi Thom 39,797
11 June "Maneater" Nelly Furtado 48,724
18 June 42,859
25 June 34,537
2 July "Hips Don't Lie" Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean 32,584
9 July "Smile" Lily Allen 39,501
16 July 35,228
23 July "Don't Stop Me Now" / "Please, Please" McFly 36,469
30 July "Hips Don't Lie" Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean 29,109
6 August 33,400
13 August 28,638
20 August 29,955
27 August "Deja Vu" Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z 29,365
3 September "SexyBack" Justin Timberlake 49,556
10 September "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" Scissor Sisters 66,757
17 September 56,044
24 September 42,310
1 October 32,338
8 October "America" Razorlight 32,753
15 October "Welcome to the Black Parade" My Chemical Romance 33,883
22 October 29,201
29 October "Star Girl" McFly 54,802
5 November "Put Your Hands Up For Detroit" Fedde Le Grand 34,391
12 November "The Rose" Westlife 44,305
19 November "Smack That" Akon featuring Eminem 35,119
26 November "Patience" Take That 61,978
3 December 38,337
10 December 37,894
17 December 30,833
24 December "A Moment Like This" Leona Lewis 571,253
31 December 109,027

Number-one albums[edit]

Issue Date Song Artist(s)
1 January Curtain Call: The Hits Eminem
8 January First Impressions of Earth The Strokes
15 January Back to Bedlam James Blunt
22 January Stars of CCTV Hard-Fi
29 January Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not Arctic Monkeys
5 February
12 February
19 February
26 February In Between Dreams Jack Johnson
5 March Corinne Bailey Rae Corinne Bailey Rae
12 March On An Island David Gilmour
19 March Corinne Bailey Rae Corinne Bailey Rae
26 March Journey South Journey South
2 April This New Day Embrace
9 April Ringleader of the Tormentors Morrissey
16 April The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living The Streets
23 April Shayne Ward Shayne Ward
30 April St. Elsewhere Gnarls Barkley
7 May Eyes Open Snow Patrol
14 May Stadium Arcadium Red Hot Chili Peppers
21 May
28 May
4 June Bright Idea Orson
11 June Smile... It Confuses People Sandi Thom
18 June Under the Iron Sea Keane
25 June
2 July Liberation Transmission Lostprophets
9 July Black Holes and Revelations Muse
16 July
23 July Razorlight Razorlight
30 July
6 August Undiscovered James Morrison
13 August
20 August Back To Basics Christina Aguilera
27 August Eyes Open Snow Patrol
3 September Empire Kasabian
10 September Eyes Open Snow Patrol
17 September FutureSex/LoveSounds Justin Timberlake
24 September Ta-Dah Scissor Sisters
1 October
8 October Sam's Town The Killers
15 October
22 October
29 October Rudebox Robbie Williams
5 November The Sound of Girls Aloud Girls Aloud
12 November High Times: Singles 1992-2006 Jamiroquai
19 November Twenty Five George Michael
26 November The Love Album Westlife
3 December Beautiful World Take That
10 December
17 December
24 December
31 December

Number-one downloads[edit]

Issue Date Track Title Artist
4 January "That's My Goal" Shayne Ward
11 January "The JCB Song" Nizlopi
18 January "The JCB Song" Nizlopi
25 January "Nasty Girl" The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Diddy,
Nelly, Jagged Edge, and Avery Storm
1 February "Nasty Girl" The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Diddy,
Nelly, Jagged Edge, and Avery Storm
8 February "Boys Will Be Boys" The Ordinary Boys
15 February "Thunder In My Heart Again" Meck featuring Leo Sayer
22 February "Thunder In My Heart Again" Meck featuring Leo Sayer
1 March "Put Your Records On" Corinne Bailey Rae
8 March "Put Your Records On" Corinne Bailey Rae
15 March "No Tomorrow" Orson
22 March "Crazy" Gnarls Barkley
29 March "Crazy" Gnarls Barkley
5 April "Crazy" Gnarls Barkley
12 April "Crazy" Gnarls Barkley
19 April "Crazy" Gnarls Barkley
26 April "Crazy" Gnarls Barkley
3 May "Crazy" Gnarls Barkley
10 May "Crazy" Gnarls Barkley
17 May "Crazy" Gnarls Barkley
24 May "Crazy" Gnarls Barkley
31 May "Crazy" Gnarls Barkley
7 June "I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker
(With Flowers In My Hair)
"
Sandi Thom
14 June "Maneater" Nelly Furtado
21 June "Maneater" Nelly Furtado
28 June "Maneater" Nelly Furtado
5 July "Maneater" Nelly Furtado
12 July "Hips Don't Lie" Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean
19 July "Hips Don't Lie" Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean
26 July "Hips Don't Lie" Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean
2 August "Hips Don't Lie" Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean
9 August "SexyBack" Justin Timberlake featuring Timbaland
16 August "Hips Don't Lie" Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean
23 August "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" Scissor Sisters
30 August "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" Scissor Sisters
6 September "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" Scissor Sisters
13 September "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" Scissor Sisters
20 September "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" Scissor Sisters
27 September "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" Scissor Sisters
4 October "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" Scissor Sisters
11 October "America" Razorlight
18 October "America" Razorlight
25 October "America" Razorlight
1 November "Star Girl" McFly
8 November "Put Your Hands Up for Detroit" Fedde Le Grand
15 November "Rock Steady" All Saints
22 November "Patience" Take That
29 November "Patience" Take That
6 December "Patience" Take That
13 December "Patience" Take That
20 December "A Moment Like This" Leona Lewis
27 December "A Moment Like This" Leona Lewis

Year-End Charts[edit]

Top 200 singles of 2006[edit]

Position Song title Artist Sales Highest position
1 "Crazy" Gnarls Barkley 820,053 1
2 "A Moment Like This" Leona Lewis 700,069 1
3 "Hips Don't Lie" Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean 495,000 1
4 "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" Scissor Sisters 353,733 1
5 "I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair)" Sandi Thom 325,600 1
6 "From Paris to Berlin" Infernal 308,000 2
7 "Maneater" Nelly Furtado 296,000 1
8 "Patience" Take That 282,423 1
9 "SOS" Rihanna 243,000 2
10 "SexyBack" Justin Timberlake 241,250 1
11 "Smile" Lily Allen 228,500 1
12 "No Tomorrow" Orson 227,000 1
13 "Nasty Girl" The Notorious B.I.G. 222,000 1
14 "Chasing Cars" Snow Patrol 210,606 6
15 "Everytime We Touch" Cascada 201,000 2
16 "No Promises" Shayne Ward 197,500 2
17 "America" Razorlight 197,000 1
18 "That's My Goal" Shayne Ward 196,000 1
19 "Naïve" The Kooks 186,000 5
20 "Put Your Hands Up for Detroit" Fedde le Grand 184,000 1
21 "Monster" The Automatic 182,500 4
22 "Thunder in My Heart Again" Meck featuring Leo Sayer 181,500 1
23 "Unfaithful" Rihanna 177,250 2
24 "Put Your Records On" Corinne Bailey Rae 174,000 2
25 "You Give Me Something" James Morrison 171,000 5
26 "Welcome to the Black Parade" My Chemical Romance 169,000 1
27 "Smack That" Akon featuring Eminem 166,250 1
28 "Voodoo Child" Rogue Traders 163,500 3
29 "Irreplaceable" Beyoncé 158,000 4
30 "Who Knew" Pink 157,500 5
31 "Beep" Pussycat Dolls 157,000 2
32 "So Sick" Ne-Yo 152,250 1
33 "Ain't No Other Man" Christina Aguilera 152,000 2
34 "Pump It" The Black Eyed Peas 148,500 3
35 "One" Mary J. Blige and U2 148,000 2
36 "Something Kinda Ooooh" Girls Aloud 147,000 3
37 "JCB" Nizlopi 146,500 1
38 "Promiscuous" Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland 141,500 3
39 "She Moves in Her Own Way" The Kooks 141,000 7
40 "It's Chico Time" Chico 140,500 1
41 "Ridin'" Chamillionaire featuring Krayzie Bone 140,000 2
42 "Somebody's Watching Me" Beatfreakz 137,000 3
43 "Dani California" Red Hot Chili Peppers 136,500 3
44 "Sorry" Madonna 136,000 1
45 "Last Request" Paolo Nutini 134,500 5
46 "Love Don't Let Me Go (Walking Away)" David Guetta vs. The Egg 132,000 3
47 "When You Were Young" The Killers 130,000 2
48 "Control Myself" LL Cool J featuring Jennifer Lopez 129,000 2
49 "Boys Will Be Boys Ordinary Boys 127,000 3
50 "Me & U" Cassie 124,000 6
51 "When the Sun Goes Down" Arctic Monkeys 123,500 1
52 "In The Morning" Razorlight 123,000 3
53 "Check On It" Beyoncé Knowles featuring Bun B & Slim Thug 122,500 3
54 "Rock This Party (Everybody Dance Now)" Bob Sinclar & Cutee B featuring Dollarman, Big Ali & Makedah 120,500 3
55 "My Love" Justin Timberlake 118,000 2
56 "Déjà Vu" Beyoncé Knowles featuring Jay-Z 117,500 1
57 "Buttons" Pussycat Dolls 117,250 3
58 "All Time Love Will Young 117,000 3
59 "Run It" Chris Brown featuring Juelz Santana 115,500 2
60 "You're All I Have" Snow Patrol 113,000 7
61 "Say, Say, Say" Hi-Tack 112,500 4
62 "The Rose" Westlife 111,250 1
63 "Hung Up" Madonna 109,000 3 (1 in 2005)
64 "Fill My Little World" The Feeling 106,000 10
65 "Sexy Love" Ne-Yo 105,000 5
66 "Yeah Yeah" Bodyrox featuring Luciana 104,000 2
67 "I'll Be Ready" Sunblock 102,000 4
68 "Valerie" The Zutons 100,250 9
69 "Never Be Lonely" The Feeling 100,000 9
70 "U + Ur Hand" Pink 99,500 10
71 "You Got The Love" The Source featuring Candi Station 97,000 7
72 "Heartbeats" José González 96,500 9
73 "Boogie 2Nite" Booty Luv 95,500 2
74 "Is It Any Wonder" Keane 94,500 3
75 "My Humps" The Black Eyed Peas 94,250 6 (3 in 2005)
76 "Come To Me" Diddy featuring Nicole Scherzinger 92,000 4
77 "Stoned In Love" Chicane featuring Tom Jones 91,500 7
78 "Empire" Kasabian 90,500 9
79 "Chelsea Dagger" The Fratellis 90,000 5
80 "Sewn" The Feeling 89,500 7
81 "Nature's Law" Embrace 89,250 2
82 "Steady, As She Goes" The Raconteurs 89,000 4
83 "Because of You" Kelly Clarkson 88,000 7
84 "Supermassive Black Hole Muse 87,500 4
85 "Rehab Amy Winehouse 87,000 7
86 "Checkin' It Out" Lil' Chris 86,750 3
87 "Stupid Girls" Pink 86,500 4
88 "Star Girl" McFly 86,000 1
89 "Please, Please" McFly 85,000 1
90 "Touch It" Busta Rhymes 84,000 6
91 "Rock Steady" All Saints 83,750 3
92 "Sugar, We're Goin' Down" Fall Out Boy 83,000 8
93 "Touch The Sky" Kanye West featuring Lupe Fiasco 80,250 6
94 "Goodbye My Lover" James Blunt 80,000 9
95 "Faster Kill Pussycat" Oakenfold featuring Brittany Murphy 79,500 7
96 "Numb/Encore" Jay-Z & Linkin Park 78,000 14 (in 2004)
97 "Bang Bang You're Dead" Dirty Pretty Things 76,250 5
98 "Smiley Faces" Gnarls Barkley 75,520 10
99 "You Spin Me Round 06" Dead or Alive 75,000 5
100 "My My My" Armand van Helden featuring Tara McDonald 74,500 12
101 "It's Not That Easy" Lemar 74,250 7
102 "Red Dress" Sugababes 74,100 4
103 "Rudebox" Robbie Williams 74,000 4
104 "Country Girl" Primal Scream 74,000 5
105 "Say I" Christina Milian featuring Young Jeezy 72,000 4
106 "Break The Night With Colour" Richard Ashcroft 72,000 3
107 "World, Hold On (Children of the Sky)" Bob Sinclar featuring Steve Edwards 72,000 9
108 "London Bridge" Fergie 72,000 3
109 "The Saints Are Coming" U2 & Green Day 72,000 2
110 "Gold Digger" Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx 72,000 2 (in 2005)
111 "Temperature" Sean Paul 72,000 11
112 "Mas Que Nada" Sérgio Mendes featuring The Black Eyed Peas 71,750 6
113 "Who Am I" Will Young 71,500 11
114 "Leave Before The Lights Come On" Arctic Monkeys 70,500 4
115 "LDN" Lily Allen 70,000 6
116 "Dance, Dance" Fall Out Boy 70,000 8
117 "Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Jurgen Klinsmann?" Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters, Frank Bruno & Bill Pertwee 69,750 9
118 "Downtown" Emma Bunton 69,500 3
119 "Something About You" Jamelia 69,000 9
120 "All Good Things (Come To An End)" Nelly Furtado 69,000 4
121 "I Predict A Riot" Kaiser Chiefs 69,000 9
122 "Stars Are Blind" Paris Hilton 69,000 5
123 "You're Beautiful" James Blunt 69,000 1 (in 2005)
124 "I Love My Chick" Busta Rhymes featuring will.i.am & Kelis 68,750 8
125 "Don't Cha" Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes 68,500 1 (in 2005)
126 "Fairytale Of New York" The Pogues And Kirsty MacColl 68,500 6 (2 in 1988)
127 "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor" Arctic Monkeys 67,000 16 (1 in 2005)
128 "Bright Idea" Orson 66,000 11
129 "George Best - A Tribute" Brian Kennedy & Peter Corry 61,250 4
130 "Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)" Lostprophets 61,000 8
131 "World at Your Feet" Embrace 60,500 2
132 "Stickwitu" Pussycat Dolls 60,500 6 (1 in 2005)
133 "Better Together" Jack Johnson 60,000 24
134 "Ugly" Sugababes 59,500 7 (3 in 2005)
135 "Wonderful World" James Morrison 59,250 8
136 "Starlight" Muse 57,500 13
137 "Truly Madly Deeply" Cascada 57,250 4
138 "I Don't Need A Man" Pussycat Dolls 56,250 7
139 "Call Me When You're Sober" Evanescence 56,000 4
140 "Make A Move On Me" Joey Negro 55,000 11
141 "Nine2Five" Lady Sovereign vs Ordinary Boys 54,000 6
142 "All I Want For Christmas Is You" Mariah Carey 54,000 4 (2 in 1994)
143 "Push The Button" Sugababes 53,500 19 (1 in 2005)
144 "Tell Me Why" Supermode 53,000 13
145 "Wind It Up" Gwen Stefani 52,000 3
146 "Dancing In The Dark" Jessy vs Mickey Modelle 51,000 10
147 "Teenage Life" Daz Sampson 50,750 8
148 "Long Way 2 Go" Cassie 50,500 12
149 "First Time" Sunblock featuring Robin Beck 50,250 9
150 "Hurt Christina Aguilera 50,000 11
151 "It's All Coming Back To Me Now" Meat Loaf & Marion Raven 49,000 6
152 "Everybody's Gone To War" Nerina Pallot 48,500 14
153 "You Know My Name" Chris Cornell 48,250 7
154 "When I'm Gone" Eminem 47,500 4
155 "Jump In My Car" David Hasselhoff 47,000 3
156 "Be Without You" Mary J. Blige 47,000 32
157 "Bad Day" Daniel Powter 47,000 21 (2 in 2005)
158 "Get Together" Madonna 47,000 7
159 "Jenny Don't Be Hasty" Paolo Nutini 44,000 20
160 "Listen To Your Heart" D.H.T. featuring Edmee 43,500 7
161 "Piece of My Heart" Beverly Knight 43,500 16
162 "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)" Chris Brown featuring Dre 43,250 13
163 "(Is This The Way To) The World Cup" Tony Christie 43,250 8
164 "21st Century Christmas/Move It" Cliff Richard 43,000 2
165 "Cash Machine Hard-Fi 43,000 14
166 "3 Lions" Baddiel & Skinner & The Lightning Seeds 42,400 9
167 "I Like The Way (You Move)" Bodyrockers 42,250 3 (in 2005)
168 "No Worries" Simon Webbe 42,000 4
169 "Tell Me" Diddy featuring Christina Aguilera 42,000 8
170 "When You Wasn't Famous" The Streets 41,000 8
171 "Sleep" Texas" 40,500 6
172 "Fix You" Coldplay 40,000 4 (in 2005)
173 "Bing Bang (Time To Dance)" LazyTown 40,000 4
174 "When The Night Feels My Song" Bedouin Soundclash 40,000 24
175 "Lovelight" Robbie Williams 40,000 8
176 "Ain't Got No, I Got Life" Nina Simone vs Groovefinder 40,000 30
177 "Tell Me Baby" Red Hot Chili Peppers 40,000 16
178 "Candy Shop" 50 Cent featuring Olivia 38,500 4 (in 2005)
179 "All Over Again" Ronan Keating & Kate Rusby 38,250 6
180 "Your Body" Pretty Ricky 38,250 37
181 "Upside Down" Jack Johnson 38,000 30
182 "Amazing" Westlife 38,000 4
183 "Hoppípolla (Jumping Into Puddles)" Sigur Rós 38,000 24
184 "Wisemen" James Blunt 38,000 23
185 "Munich" Editors 37,500 10
186 "I'm Gonna Be" The Proclaimers 37,500 11 (in 1988)
187 "Why Won't You Give Me Your Love?" The Zutons 37,250 9
188 "Whole Lotta History" Girls Aloud 37,000 6
189 "Super Freak" Beatfreakz 37,000 7
190 "Up All Night" Matt Willis 36,750 7
191 "Dirty Harry" Gorillaz 36,500 20 (6 in 2005)
192 "Easy" Sugababes 36,250 8
193 "Henrietta" The Fratellis 36,000 19
194 "Trouble" Ray LaMontagne 36,000 25
195 "Coming Around Again" Simon Webbe 35,500 12
196 "I Think We're Alone Now" Girls Aloud 35,250 4
197 "Iris" Goo Goo Dolls 35,000 39
198 "Angels" Robbie Williams 35,000 4 (in 1997)
199 "Bohemian Rhapsody" Queen 35,000 1 (in 1975)
200 "One Wish" Ray J 34,250 13

Top 50 Albums of 2006[edit]

Position Album Title Artist Sales Highest Position
1 Eyes Open Snow Patrol 1,504,000 1
2 Beautiful World Take That 1,122,000 1
3 Ta-Dah Scissor Sisters 1,120,000 1
4 Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not Arctic Monkeys 1,111,000 1
5 Inside In/Inside Out The Kooks 1,099,000 2
6 Razorlight Razorlight 1,067,000 1
7 Stop The Clocks Oasis 898,000 2
8 The Love Album Westlife 891,000 1
9 I'm Not Dead Pink 844,000 3
10 Undiscovered James Morrison 839,000 1
11 In Between Dreams Jack Johnson 788,000 1
12 Sam's Town The Killers 770,000 1
13 Corrine Bailey Rae Corinne Bailey Rae 763,000 1
14 Under The Iron Sea Keane 699,000 1
15 Stadium Arcadium Red Hot Chili Peppers 682,000 1
16 The Sound of Girls Aloud 664,000 1
17 Love The Beatles 663,000 3
18 Twenty Five George Michael 617,000 1
19 18 Singles U2 609,000 4
20 Siempre Il Divo 609,000 2
21 Twelve Stops and Home The Feeling 592,000 2
22 Back To Bedlam James Blunt 585,000 1
23 Costello Music Fratellis 552,000 2
24 These Streets Paolo Nutini 552,000 3
25 FutureSex/LoveSounds Justin Timberlake 546,000 1
26 Black Holes And Revelations Muse 541,000 1
27 High Times: Singles 1992-2006 Jamiroquai 539,000 1
28 PCD Pussycat Dolls 533,000 7
29 Alright, Still Lily Allen 519,000 2
30 Breakaway Kelly Clarkson 506,000 3
31 St. Elsewhere Gnarls Barkley 489,300 1
32 Employment Kaiser Chiefs 489,232 2
33 Collected - The Best Of Massive Attack 461,000 2
34 Eye To The Telescope KT Tunstall 459,300 3
35 Shayne Ward Shayne Ward 459,200 1
36 Rudebox Robbie Williams 451,000 1
37 Tired of Hanging Around The Zutons 445,000 2
38 Keep On Will Young 444,500 2
39 Loose Nelly Furtado 440,000 5
40 The Best of Nina Simone 440,000 6
41 Overloaded: The Singles Collection Sugababes 441,000 3
42 Demon Days Gorillaz 411,000 1
43 Empire Kasabian 406,000 1
44 Journey South Journey South 404,500 1
45 A Girl Like Me Rihanna 390,000 5
46 Confessions on a Dancefloor Madonna 384,900 1
47 Voices of the Valley Fron Male Voice Choir 384,600 9
48 The Singles Feeder 384,300 2
49 X&Y Coldplay 374,000 1
50 The Truth About Love Lemar 369,000 3
  • All highest chart placings shown is that reached by the album overall and not necessarily its 2006 peak.

Music awards[edit]

BRIT Awards[edit]

The 2006 BRIT Awards took place on 15 February 2006, at Earl's Court in London

Mercury Music Prize[edit]

The 2006 Mercury Music Prize was awarded to Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not

Popjustice £20 Music Prize[edit]

The 2006 Popjustice £20 Music Prize was awarded to Girls Aloud for their song Biology from the album Chemistry.

Record of the Year[edit]

The Record of the Year was awarded to "Patience" by Take That.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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