List of most downloaded songs in the United Kingdom

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"Happy" by Pharrell Williams is the most-downloaded single in the UK

A music download is the transfer of music as a digital file from a provider (such as iTunes) to a device capable of playing it; legal sales of music downloads have been monitored and charted in the United Kingdom since 2004. As of 9 September 2014, the UK's most downloaded song of all time is "Happy" by Pharrell Williams, which topped both the UK Singles Downloads Chart and UK Singles Chart.[1]

The first single to sell 1 million downloads in the UK was "I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas[2] and "Someone Like You" by Adele is the best-selling download by a female artist.[1] The best-selling song not to top the UK Singles Chart is "Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera, whilst the best-selling song not to top the Download Chart is "Love the Way You Lie" by Eminem featuring Rihanna, which peaked at number two.[1]

Most downloaded songs[edit]

No. Artist Song Record label Year Peak
position
Copies sold[a]
1 Pharrell Williams "Happy" Sony 2013 1 1,813,000[3]
2 Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams "Blurred Lines" Universal 2013 1 1,620,000+
3 Adele "Someone Like You" Beggars 2011 1 1,570,000+
4 Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera "Moves Like Jagger" Universal 2011 2 1,500,000+
5 Gotye featuring Kimbra "Somebody That I Used to Know" Universal 2012 1 1,470,000+
6 Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams "Get Lucky" Sony 2013 1 1,400,000+
7 The Black Eyed Peas "I Gotta Feeling" Universal 2009 1 1,350,000+
8 Avicii "Wake Me Up!" Universal 2013 1 1,340,000+
9 Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris "We Found Love" Universal 2011 1 1,337,000+
10 Kings of Leon "Sex on Fire" Sony BMG 2008 1 1,293,000+
11 Carly Rae Jepsen "Call Me Maybe" Universal 2012 1 1,264,000+
12 Bruno Mars "Just the Way You Are (Amazing)" Warner 2010 1 1,247,000+
13 Psy "Gangnam Style" Universal 2012 1 1,229,000+
14 LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock "Party Rock Anthem" Universal 2011 1 1,229,000+
15 Jessie J featuring B.o.B "Price Tag" Universal 2011 1 1,188,000+
16 Eminem featuring Rihanna "Love the Way You Lie" Universal 2010 1 1,173,000+
17 David Guetta featuring Sia "Titanium" EMI 2012 1 1,158,000+
18 Lady Gaga "Poker Face" Warner 2009 1 1,131,000+
19 Passenger "Let Her Go" Nettwerk 2012 1 1,114,000+
20 Rihanna "Only Girl (In the World)" Universal 2010 1 1,103,000+
21 fun. featuring Janelle Monáe "We Are Young" Warner 2012 1 1,095,000+
22 Kings of Leon "Use Somebody" Sony BMG 2008 2 1,068,000+
23 James Arthur "Impossible" Sony 2012 1 1,053,000+
24 Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne "Rather Be" Warner 2014 1 1,053,000+
25 Ed Sheeran "The A Team" Warner 2011 3 1,053,000
26 Snow Patrol "Chasing Cars" Universal 2006 6 1,023,000
27 Rihanna "Diamonds" Universal 2012 1 1,006,000
28 Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith "La La La" Universal 2013 1 1,000,000+
29 Katy Perry "Firework" EMI 2010 3 1,000,000+
30 Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer "Give Me Everything" Sony 2011 1 1,000,000+
31 Adele "Rolling in the Deep" Beggars 2011 2 1,000,000+
32 Journey "Don't Stop Believin'" Sony 1981 6 1,000,000
33 Lady Gaga "Bad Romance" Universal 2009 1 1,000,000
35 Katy Perry "Roar" Universal 2013 1 990,000
36 Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin "Don't You Worry Child" Universal 2012 1 980,000
37 LMFAO "Sexy and I Know It" Universal 2011 5 974,000
38 Nicki Minaj "Starships" Universal 2012 2 967,000
39 CeeLo Green "Forget You" Warner 2010 1 963,000
40 Bruno Mars "Grenade" Warner 2011 1 949,000
  1. ^ As of 2014[1]

Most downloaded songs by year[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Copsey, Rob (9 September 2014). "Pharrell's Happy now the UK's most downloaded track of all time". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Kaufman, Gil (14 September 2011). "Adele, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber Land New Guinness Records". MTV. Viacom International Inc. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  3. ^ Moss, Liv (19 June 2015). "The Official 40 biggest songs of the decade revealed". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 December 2016. 

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