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Brit Award for Song of the Year
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2022 winner Adele
Awarded forAchievement in excellent song
CountryUnited Kingdom
Presented byBritish Phonographic Industry (BPI)
First awarded1977
Currently held byAdele (3) – "Easy on Me" (2022)
Most awardsTake That (5)
Most nominationsCalvin Harris (8)

The Brit Award for Song of the Year is an award given by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), an organisation which represents record companies and artists in the United Kingdom.[1] The accolade is presented at the Brit Awards, an annual celebration of British and international music.[2] The winners and nominees are determined by the Brit Awards voting academy with over one-thousand members, which comprise record labels, publishers, managers, agents, media, and previous winners and nominees.[3] The award was first known as Brit Award for British Single, from the inaugural 1977 Brit Awards[4] through to the 2019 Brit Awards,[5] was first renamed as Song of the Year in 2020,[6] returned to the name British Single in 2021,[7] then returned to Song of the Year in 2022.[8] As of May 2022, no announcements have been made as to whether there will be a fourth annual consecutive name change for the 2023 Brit Awards.

In 1984 and 1991, the category was non-competitive, with the award given directly to the highest-selling single of the year.


Take That holds the record for most wins in this category at five. They are followed by Adele and Robbie Williams with three victories each. Calvin Harris lead all performers with eight nominations. Take That have the most nominations as a group with seven. Jess Glynne, Adele and Dua Lipa have the most nods amongst female artists with five each.

Take That was the first artist to win British Single in two consecutive years: for the 1993 ("Could It Be Magic") and 1994 ("Pray"); and they achieved this feat twice, in 2007 ("Patience") and 2008 ("Shine"). That record was overtaken by Robbie Williams, a former Take That's member himself, when he had three wins in a row; for the years 1999 ("Angels"), 2000 ("She's the One"), and 2001 ("Rock DJ").

The first women act to win the award was Spice Girls in 1997, for "Wannabe". Dido became the first female solo performer to win in 2004, for "White Flag". Adele is the first female artist to win the award twice and thrice, winning for "Skyfall", "Hello" and "Easy on Me".

The first and only tie in this category in Brits history happened at the inaugural ceremony in 1977, when both "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen and "A Whiter Shade of Pale" by Procol Harum win the award.

Only foreign artist to ever win this award is Bruno Mars; he won in 2015 as a featured artist on Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk".

In the history of the award, only four artists have won British Single twice: Queen (1977, 1992), with another two artists winning it three times: Robbie Williams (1999, 2000, 2001), Adele (2013, 2016, 2022), and one artist wins it five times: Take That (1993, 1994, 1996, 2007, 2008).


Inaugural and the first two-time winner Queen
Inaugural winner Procol Harum
Take That is the first three, four and five-time winner.
Robbie Williams was the first solo artist to win twice and thrice.
Adele is the first woman to win two and three times.


Year Single Artist(s)
"Bohemian Rhapsody" Queen
"A Whiter Shade of Pale" Procol Harum
"I'm Not in Love" 10cc
"She Loves You" The Beatles


Year Single Artist(s)
"Tainted Love" Soft Cell
"Prince Charming" Adam and the Ants
"Stand and Deliver" Adam and the Ants
"Come On Eileen" Dexys Midnight Runners
"Eye of the Tiger" Survivor
"Fame" Irene Cara
"Karma Chameleon" Culture Club
"Relax" Frankie Goes to Hollywood
"Careless Whisper" Wham!
"Smalltown Boy" Bronski Beat
"Smooth Operator" Sade
"Two Tribes" Frankie Goes to Hollywood
"Everybody Wants to Rule the World" Tears for Fears
"19" Paul Hardcastle
"Dancing in the Street" David Bowie & Mick Jagger
"Money for Nothing" Dire Straits
"Running Up That Hill" Kate Bush
"West End Girls" Pet Shop Boys
"Don't Leave Me This Way" The Communards & Sarah Jane Morris
"Holding Back the Years" Simply Red
"The Lady in Red" Chris de Burgh
"Sledgehammer" Peter Gabriel
"Never Gonna Give You Up" Rick Astley
"China in Your Hand" T'Pau
"It's a Sin" Pet Shop Boys
"Love in the First Degree" Bananarama
"Pump Up the Volume" MARRS
"Perfect" Fairground Attraction
"Kiss" Art of Noise featuring Tom Jones
"Real Gone Kid" Deacon Blue
"She Makes My Day" Robert Palmer
"Twist in My Sobriety" Tanita Tikaram


Year Single Artist(s)
"Another Day in Paradise" Phil Collins
"All Around the World" Lisa Stansfield
"Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)" Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
"Belfast Child" Simple Minds
"Do They Know It's Christmas?" Band Aid II
"Ferry Cross the Mersey" The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden & Stock Aitken Waterman
"Let's Party" Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers
"Sealed with a Kiss" Jason Donovan
"Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart" Marc Almond featuring Gene Pitney
"Swing the Mood" Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers
"That's What I Like" Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers
"Too Many Broken Hearts" Jason Donovan
"You'll Never Stop Me Loving You" Sonia
"Enjoy the Silence" Depeche Mode
"These Are the Days of Our Lives" Queen
"3 a.m. Eternal" The KLF
"Any Dream Will Do" Jason Donovan
"Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter" Iron Maiden
"Dizzy" Vic Reeves & The Wonder Stuff
"The Stonk" Gareth Hale & Norman Pace
"Could It Be Magic" Take That
"Goodnight Girl" Wet Wet Wet
"It Only Takes a Minute" Take That
"A Million Love Songs" Take That
"Stay" Shakespears Sister
"Pray" Take That
"Animal Nitrate" Suede
"Creep" Radiohead
"Don't Be a Stranger" Dina Carroll
"Wild Wood" Paul Weller
"Boom Shack-A-Lak" Apache Indian
"Dreams" Gabrielle
"Moving On Up" M People
"Oh Carolina" Shaggy
"Regret" New Order
"Parklife" Blur featuring Phil Daniels
"Girls & Boys" Blur
"Live Forever" Oasis
"Love Is All Around" Wet Wet Wet
"Stay Another Day" East 17
"If I Only Knew" Tom Jones
"Searching" China Black
"Sweetness" Michelle Gayle
"Texas Cowboys" The Grid
"Things Can Only Get Better" D:Ream
"Back for Good" Take That
"Common People" Pulp
"Country House" Blur
"Missing" Everything but the Girl
"Wonderwall" Oasis
"Alright" Supergrass
"Fairground" Simply Red
"A Girl Like You" Edwyn Collins
"No More "I Love You's"" Annie Lennox
"Roll with It" Oasis
"Wannabe" Spice Girls
"Born Slippy" Underworld
"A Design for Life" Manic Street Preachers
"Don't Look Back in Anger" Oasis
"Fastlove" George Michael
"Firestarter" The Prodigy
"Lifted" Lighthouse Family
"Return of the Mack" Mark Morrison
"Tattva" Kula Shaker
"You're Gorgeous" Babybird
"Never Ever" All Saints
"Bitter Sweet Symphony" The Verve
"I Wanna Be the Only One" Eternal featuring BeBe Winans
"Old Before I Die" Robbie Williams
"Paranoid Android" Radiohead
"Say What You Want" Texas
"Something About the Way You Look Tonight" / "Candle in the Wind 1997" Elton John
"Song 2" Blur
"Tubthumping" Chumbawamba
"You're Not Alone" Olive
"Angels" Robbie Williams
"Brimful of Asha" Cornershop
"If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next" Manic Street Preachers
"Life" Des'ree
"Millennium" Robbie Williams
"Outside" George Michael
"Perfect 10" The Beautiful South
"Road Rage" Catatonia
"The Rockafeller Skank" Fatboy Slim
"Teardrop" Massive Attack


Year Single Artist(s)
"She's the One" Robbie Williams
"Hey Boy Hey Girl" The Chemical Brothers
"Moving" Supergrass
"Praise You" Fatboy Slim
"Red Alert" Basement Jaxx featuring Blu James
"Sing It Back" Moloko
"Sweet like Chocolate" Shanks & Bigfoot
"Tender" Blur
"Why Does It Always Rain on Me?" Travis
"You Stole the Sun from My Heart" Manic Street Preachers
"Rock DJ" Robbie Williams
"7 Days" Craig David
"Babylon" David Gray
"Dancing in the Moonlight" Toploader
"Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)" Spiller featuring Sophie Ellis-Bextor
"It Feels So Good" Sonique
"Overload" Sugababes
"Pure Shores" All Saints
"The Time Is Now" Moloko
"Yellow" Coldplay
"Don't Stop Movin'" S Club 7
"21 Seconds" So Solid Crew
"Clint Eastwood" Gorillaz featuring Del the Funky Homosapien
"Do You Really Like It?" DJ Pied Piper and the Masters of Ceremonies
"Eternity/The Road to Mandalay" Robbie Williams
"Gotta Get Thru This" Daniel Bedingfield
"It's Raining Men" Geri Halliwell
"Mambo No. 5" Bob the Builder
"Pure and Simple" Hear'Say
"Whole Again" Atomic Kitten
"Just a Little" Liberty X
"Anyone of Us (Stupid Mistake)" Gareth Gates
"Anything Is Possible" Will Young
"The Tide Is High" Atomic Kitten
"Unchained Melody" Gareth Gates
"White Flag" Dido
"Scandalous" Mis-Teeq
"Spirit in the Sky" Gareth Gates
"Superstar" Jamelia
"Sweet Dreams My LA Ex" Rachel Stevens
"Your Game" Will Young
"Amazing" George Michael
"Do They Know It's Christmas?" Band Aid 20
"Dry Your Eyes" The Streets
"Everybody's Changing" Keane
"In the Middle" Sugababes
"Lola's Theme" The Shapeshifters
"Take Me to the Clouds Above" LMC vs U2
"Thank You" Jamelia
"These Words" Natasha Bedingfield
"Speed of Sound" Coldplay
"Is This the Way to Amarillo" Tony Christie featuring Peter Kay
"Push the Button" Sugababes
"That's My Goal" Shayne Ward
"You're Beautiful" James Blunt
"Patience" Take That
"All Time Love" Will Young
"America" Razorlight
"Chasing Cars" Snow Patrol
"Fill My Little World" The Feeling
"I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair)" Sandi Thom
"A Moment Like This" Leona Lewis
"Put Your Records On" Corinne Bailey Rae
"She Moves in Her Own Way" The Kooks
"Smile" Lily Allen
"Shine" Take That
"Bleeding Love" Leona Lewis
"Grace Kelly" Mika
"Valerie" Mark Ronson featuring Amy Winehouse
"Worried About Ray" The Hoosiers
"1973" James Blunt
"About You Now" Sugababes
"Foundations" Kate Nash
"Real Girl" Mutya Buena
"Ruby" Kaiser Chiefs
"The Promise" Girls Aloud
"Better in Time" Leona Lewis
"Heartbeat" Scouting for Girls
"Mercy" Duffy
"Viva la Vida" Coldplay
"American Boy" Estelle featuring Kanye West
"Chasing Pavements" Adele
"Dance wiv Me" Dizzee Rascal featuring Calvin Harris & Chrome
"Hallelujah" Alexandra Burke
"Hero" The X Factor Finalists 2008


Year Single Artist(s)
"Beat Again" JLS
"Bad Boys" Alexandra Burke featuring Flo Rida
"Break Your Heart" Taio Cruz
"Breathe Slow" Alesha Dixon
"The Climb" Joe McElderry
"The Fear" Lily Allen
"Fight for This Love" Cheryl
"In for the Kill" La Roux
"Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)" Pixie Lott
"Number 1" Tinchy Stryder featuring N-Dubz
"Pass Out" Tinie Tempah featuring Labrinth
"All Night Long" Alexandra Burke featuring Pitbull
"All Time Low" The Wanted
"Dynamite" Taio Cruz
"Many of Horror" Matt Cardle
"Parachute" Cheryl
"Please Don't Let Me Go" Olly Murs
"She Said" Plan B
"This Ain't a Love Song" Scouting for Girls
"You Got the Love" Florence and the Machine
"What Makes You Beautiful" One Direction
"The A Team" Ed Sheeran
"All About Tonight" Pixie Lott
"Changed the Way You Kiss Me" Example
"Glad You Came" The Wanted
"Heart Skips a Beat" Olly Murs featuring Rizzle Kicks
"Price Tag" Jessie J featuring B.o.B
"She Makes Me Wanna" JLS featuring Dev
"Someone like You" Adele
"Wherever You Are" Military Wives featuring Gareth Malone
"Skyfall" Adele
"Beneath Your Beautiful" Labrinth featuring Emeli Sandé
"Black Heart" Stooshe
"Candy" Robbie Williams
"Domino" Jessie J
"Feel the Love" Rudimental featuring John Newman
"Hot Right Now" DJ Fresh featuring Rita Ora
"Impossible" James Arthur
"Mama Do the Hump" Rizzle Kicks
"Next to Me" Emeli Sandé
"Princess of China" Coldplay & Rihanna
"R.I.P." Rita Ora featuring Tinie Tempah
"Spectrum (Say My Name)" Florence and the Machine
"Too Close" Alex Clare
"Troublemaker" Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida
"Waiting All Night" Rudimental featuring Ella Eyre
"Burn" Ellie Goulding
"Dear Darlin'" Olly Murs
"I Need Your Love" Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding
"La La La" Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith
"Let Her Go" Passenger
"Love Me Again" John Newman
"One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)" One Direction
"Pompeii" Bastille
"White Noise" Disclosure featuring AlunaGeorge
"Uptown Funk" Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
"Budapest" George Ezra
"Ghost" Ella Henderson
"I Got U" Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones
"My Love" Route 94 featuring Jess Glynne
"Nobody to Love" Sigma
"Rather Be" Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne
"Stay with Me" Sam Smith
"Summer" Calvin Harris
"Thinking Out Loud" Ed Sheeran
"Hello" Adele
"Black Magic" Little Mix
"Bloodstream" Ed Sheeran & Rudimental
"Hold Back the River" James Bay
"Hold My Hand" Jess Glynne
"How Deep Is Your Love" Calvin Harris & Disciples
"King" Years & Years
"Love Me like You Do" Ellie Goulding
"Up" Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato
"Wish You Were Mine" Philip George
"Shout Out to My Ex" Little Mix
"Dancing on My Own" Calum Scott
"Faded" Alan Walker
"Fast Car" Jonas Blue featuring Dakota
"Girls Like" Tinie Tempah featuring Zara Larsson
"Hymn for the Weekend" Coldplay
"Pillowtalk" Zayn
"Rockabye" Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie
"Say You Won't Let Go" James Arthur
"This Is What You Came For" Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna
"Human" Rag'n'Bone Man
"Did You See" J Hus
"Feels" Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean
"Mama" Jonas Blue featuring William Singe
"New Rules" Dua Lipa
"Shape of You" Ed Sheeran
"Strip That Down" Liam Payne featuring Quavo
"Symphony" Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson
"Touch" Little Mix
"You Don't Know Me" Jax Jones featuring Raye
"One Kiss" Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa
"2002" Anne-Marie
"Barking" Ramz
"I'll Be There" Jess Glynne
"IDGAF" Dua Lipa
"Leave a Light On" Tom Walker
"Lullaby" Sigala & Paloma Faith
"Shotgun" George Ezra
"Solo" Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato
"These Days" Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen


Year Single Artist(s)
"Someone You Loved" Lewis Capaldi
"Dancing with a Stranger" Sam Smith & Normani
"Don't Call Me Up" Mabel
"Giant" Calvin Harris & Rag'n'Bone Man
"I Don't Care" Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber
"Just You and I" Tom Walker
"Ladbroke Grove" AJ Tracey
"Location" Dave featuring Burna Boy
"Nothing Breaks Like a Heart" Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus
"Vossi Bop" Stormzy
"Watermelon Sugar" Harry Styles
"Ain't It Different" Headie One featuring AJ Tracey & Stormzy
"Don't Need Love" 220 Kid & Gracey
"Don't Rush" Young T & Bugsey featuring Headie One
"Head & Heart" Joel Corry featuring MNEK
"Lighter" Nathan Dawe featuring KSI
"Physical" Dua Lipa
"Rain" Aitch & AJ Tracey featuring Tay Keith
"Rover" S1mba featuring DTG
"Secrets" Regard & Raye
"Easy on Me" Adele
"Bad Habits" Ed Sheeran
"Bed" Joel Corry, Raye & David Guetta
"Body" Tion Wayne & Russ Millions
"Clash" Dave featuring Stormzy
"Cold Heart" Elton John & Dua Lipa
"Don't Play" Anne-Marie, KSI & Digital Farm Animals
"Friday" Riton & Nightcrawlers featuring Mufasa & Hypeman
"Heat Waves" Glass Animals
"Holiday" KSI
"Latest Trends" A1 x J1
"Little Bit of Love" Tom Grennan
"Obsessed with You" Central Cee
"Remember" Becky Hill & David Guetta
"Wellerman (220 Kid x Billen Ted remix)" Nathan Evans, 220 Kid & Billen Ted

Artists with multiple wins[edit]

Artists that received multiple awards
Awards Artist
5 Take That
3 Adele
Robbie Williams
2 Queen

Artists with multiple nominations[edit]

8 nominations
7 nominations
6 nominations
5 nominations
4 nominations
3 nominations
2 nominations



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