List of UK Singles Chart number ones of the 2010s

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UK Singles Chart number ones
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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 with the chart-date given as the following Saturday.[1]

Chart history[edit]


  1. Joe McElderry version|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.[2] 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.

The year saw the first number ones for: Tinie Tempah, Owl City, Labrinth, Diana Vickers, Roll Deep, Scouting for Girls, B.o.B, Jason Derulo, The Wanted, Olly Murs and CeeLo Green (solo).

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 features 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 (Amazing)" and "Nothin' on You" (which he featured on alongside B.o.B).


The first number-one of 2012 came from 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 UK also saw its alumni dominate the chart, with coaches Jessie J, Danny O'Donoghue and each claiming a number-one; including "Hall of Fame", a collaboration between the latter two.

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 1 billion views on YouTube.[3][4] 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.[5] The collective —made up of various vocalists, musicians and producers, including Paul McCartney, Melanie C 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 year's 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 1,318,000 copies[6] and was also the biggest selling single worldwide of 2012 with just over 10 million copies sold.[7]

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, (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.


The first new number-one of 2013 came from and the Britney Spears-assisted "Scream & Shout"; marking the first number-one for Spears since "Everytime" in 2004.

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.[8] 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.[9]

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, including Naughty Boy's "La La La", Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams and Icona Pop's "I Love It" (featuring Charlie XCX); with the twelve-week run becoming the longest since January—April 1998.[10]

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.

On 29 June, the last number-one based on sales figures alone was claimed by Oliver Heldens and Becky Hill's "Gecko (Overdrive)"; with audio streaming (100 streams equivalent to 1 sale) incorporated as of 6 July. The track also marked the first number-one achieved by a contestant of The Voice UK (Becky Hill, series 1).

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!, Nico & Vinz, Sam Martin, Lilly Wood, Robin Schulz, Paloma Faith, Nicki Minaj, Meghan Trainor, Gareth Malone's All Star Choir, Band Aid 30, Mark Ronson and Ben Haenow.


In January 2015, "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars achieved the longest run at number-one (seven non-consecutive weeks) since "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis in November 2007. The first new number-one of 2015 came from Ellie Goulding with "Love Me like You Do", a track taken from the soundtrack to Fifty Shades of Grey. So far 2015 has been unusual in that every number-one single except for "King" by Years & Years has been at the top for several weeks each.

The year saw the first number-one singles for: Years & Years, John Legend, Charlie Puth and OMI.

Number-one singles[edit]

American singer Lady Gaga reached number one with "Bad Romance" and "Telephone", a duet with Beyoncé.
B.o.B achieved his first and second chart-topping singles in 2010 with "Nothin' on You" and "Airplanes". He then scored a third in 2011 with "Price Tag", a collaboration with Jessie J.
Tinie Tempah achieved his first number-one single in 2010 with "Pass Out", topping the charts again with "Written in the Stars" and as a featured artist on "R.I.P.", "Tsunami and "Crazy Stupid Love".
Rihanna broke her own record in 2013 by becoming the first female artist to have number-one singles in seven consecutive years. The singles include "Only Girl (In the World)" (2010), "We Found Love" (2011), "Diamonds" (2012) and "The Monster" (2013).
Adele achieved her first number-one single in February 2011 with "Someone Like You", which became the year's biggest seller; having spent five weeks at the peak and sold over 1 million copies.
Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen achieved her first number-one single in 2012 with the international hit "Call Me Maybe", which spent four consecutive weeks at the summit.
Gary Barlow achieved his fourteenth number-one single with "Sing"—whilst also becoming the first artist in 2012 to have the UK number-one single and album in the same week.[11]
Belgian-Australian singer Gotye held the number-one spot for five weeks in 2012 with the year's biggest selling international hit "Somebody That I Used to Know", which featured Kimbra.
Florence and the Machine scored their first UK number-one single with "Spectrum (Say My Name)" in 2012, spending three weeks at number one.
Girl group Little Mix became the first band to win The X Factor and have scored two number ones so far with a cover of the Damien Rice song "Cannonball" in 2011 and their own song "Wings" in 2012.
X Factor boy band One Direction had a number-one single three years in a row with "What Makes You Beautiful" in 2011, "Little Things" in 2012, and "One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)" in 2013.
Pharrell Williams scored three number-one hits in 2013 after producing and being featured on the songs "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk, "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke, which also featured T.I., and his own song "Happy".
Sam Smith scored his first and second solo number ones in 2014 with "Money on My Mind" and "Stay With Me", giving him his third number one in total after his feature on "La La La" with Naughty Boy topped the charts in 2013.
Calvin Harris took his total to seven number ones after gaining five this decade; his collaboration with Rihanna on "We Found Love" in 2011, "Sweet Nothing" in 2012, "Under Control" in 2013 and "Summer" and "Blame" in 2014.
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini made chart history in 2014, becoming the British female artist with the most UK number-ones; which include "Fight for This Love" (2009), "Promise This" (2010), "Call My Name" (2012), "Crazy Stupid Love" (2014) and "I Don't Care" (2014).
Jess Glynne is so far this decade the highest British female with weeks at number 1. She has spent 8 weeks at the top featuring on Clean Bandit's song "Rather Be", Route 94's track "My Love" and her solo single "Hold My Hand".
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No. Artist[b] Single[b] Record label[c] Week ending date[b] Weeks at
number one[b]
1118 Joe McElderry "The Climb" Syco 2 January 2010 1
re Lady Gaga "Bad Romance" Interscope 9 January 2010 1
1119 Iyaz "Replay" Reprise 16 January 2010 2
1120 Owl City "Fireflies" Island 30 January 2010 3
1121 Helping Haiti "Everybody Hurts" Syco 20 February 2010 2
1122 Derülo, JasonJason Derülo "In My Head" Warner Bros. 6 March 2010 1
1123 Tinie Tempah "Pass Out" Parlophone 13 March 2010 2
1124 Lady Gaga featuring Beyoncé "Telephone" Interscope 27 March 2010 2
1125 Scouting for Girls "This Ain't a Love Song" Epic 10 April 2010 2
1126 Usher featuring "OMG" LaFace 24 April 2010 1
1127 Vickers, DianaDiana Vickers "Once" RCA 1 May 2010 1
1128 Roll Deep "Good Times" Relentless/Virgin 8 May 2010 3
1129 B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars "Nothin' on You" Atlantic 29 May 2010 1
1130 Dizzee Rascal "Dirtee Disco" Dirtee Stank 5 June 2010 1
1131 David Guetta and Chris Willis
featuring Fergie and LMFAO
"Gettin' Over You" Positiva/Virgin 12 June 2010 1
1132 Shout for England
featuring Dizzee Rascal and James Corden
"Shout" Syco 19 June 2010 2
1133 Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg "California Gurls" Virgin 3 July 2010 2
1134 JLS "The Club Is Alive" Epic 17 July 2010 1
1135 B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams "Airplanes" Atlantic 24 July 2010 1
1136 Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP "We No Speak Americano" AATW/Sweat It Out 31 July 2010 1
1137 Wanted, TheThe Wanted "All Time Low" Geffen 7 August 2010 1
1138 Ne-Yo "Beautiful Monster" Def Jam 14 August 2010 1
1139 Flo Rida featuring David Guetta "Club Can't Handle Me" Atlantic 21 August 2010 1
1140 Roll Deep "Green Light" Relentless/Virgin 28 August 2010 1
1141 Cruz, TaioTaio Cruz "Dynamite" 4th and Broadway 4 September 2010 1
1142 Murs, OllyOlly Murs "Please Don't Let Me Go" Epic/Syco 11 September 2010 1
1143 Alexandra Burke featuring Laza Morgan "Start Without You" Syco 18 September 2010 2
1144 Mars, BrunoBruno Mars "Just the Way You Are" Elektra 2 October 2010 1
1145 Tinie Tempah featuring Eric Turner "Written in the Stars" Parlophone 9 October 2010 1
1146 Green, Cee LoCee Lo Green "Forget You" Warner Bros. 16 October 2010 2
re Mars, BrunoBruno Mars "Just the Way You Are" Elektra 30 October 2010 1
1147 Cole, CherylCheryl Cole "Promise This" Polydor 6 November 2010 1
1148 Rihanna "Only Girl (In the World)" Def Jam 13 November 2010 2
1149 JLS "Love You More" Epic 27 November 2010 1
1150 The X Factor Finalists 2010 "Heroes" Syco 4 December 2010 2
1151 Black Eyed Peas, TheThe Black Eyed Peas "The Time (Dirty Bit)" Interscope 18 December 2010 1
1152 Cardle, MattMatt Cardle "When We Collide" Syco 25 December 2010 3
No. Artist[b] Single[b] Record label[c] Week ending date[b] Weeks at
number one[b]
1153 Rihanna featuring Drake "What's My Name?" Def Jam 15 January 2011 1
1154 Mars, BrunoBruno Mars "Grenade" Elektra 22 January 2011 2
1155 Kesha "We R Who We R" RCA 5 February 2011 1
1156 Jessie J featuring B.o.B "Price Tag" Island/Lava 12 February 2011 2
1157 Adele "Someone Like You" dagger XL 26 February 2011 4
1158 Scherzinger, NicoleNicole Scherzinger "Don't Hold Your Breath" Interscope 26 March 2011 1
re Adele "Someone Like You" dagger XL 2 April 2011 1
1159 Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull "On the Floor" Def Jam 9 April 2011 2
1160 LMFAO
featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock
"Party Rock Anthem" Interscope 23 April 2011 4
1161 Mars, BrunoBruno Mars "The Lazy Song" Elektra 21 May 2011 1
1162 Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer "Give Me Everything" J 28 May 2011 3
1163 Example "Changed the Way You Kiss Me" Ministry of Sound 18 June 2011 2
1164 Derülo, JasonJason Derülo "Don't Wanna Go Home" Warner Bros. 2 July 2011 2
1165 DJ Fresh featuring Sian Evans "Louder" Ministry of Sound 16 July 2011 1
1166 Wanted, TheThe Wanted "Glad You Came" Global Talent 23 July 2011 2
1167 JLS featuring Dev "She Makes Me Wanna" Epic 6 August 2011 1
1168 Lloyd, CherCher Lloyd "Swagger Jagger" Syco 13 August 2011 1
1169 Nero "Promises" MTA 20 August 2011 1
1170 Wretch 32 featuring Josh Kumra "Don't Go" Levels/Ministry of Sound 27 August 2011 1
1171 Olly Murs featuring Rizzle Kicks "Heart Skips a Beat" Epic/Syco 3 September 2011 1
1172 Example "Stay Awake" Ministry of Sound 10 September 2011 1
1173 Lott, PixiePixie Lott "All About Tonight" Mercury 17 September 2011 1
1174 One Direction "What Makes You Beautiful" Syco 24 September 2011 1
1175 Dappy "No Regrets" AATW/Takeover/Island 1 October 2011 1
1176 Sak Noel "Loca People" 3 Beat/AATW 8 October 2011 1
1177 Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris "We Found Love" Def Jam 15 October 2011 3
1178 Professor Green featuring Emeli Sandé "Read All About It" Virgin 5 November 2011 2
re Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris "We Found Love" Def Jam 19 November 2011 3
1179 The X Factor Finalists 2011 "Wishing on a Star" Syco 10 December 2011 1
1180 Murs, OllyOlly Murs "Dance with Me Tonight" Epic 17 December 2011 1
1181 Little Mix "Cannonball" Syco 24 December 2011 1
1182 Military Wives with Gareth Malone and Paul Mealor[12] "Wherever You Are" Decca 31 December 2011 1
No. Artist[b] Single[b] Record label[c] Week ending date[b] Weeks at
number one[b]
1183 Coldplay "Paradise" Parlophone 7 January 2012 1
1184 Flo Rida "Good Feeling" Atlantic 14 January 2012 1
1185 Jessie J "Domino" Island/Lava 21 January 2012 2
1186 Cover Drive "Twilight" Global Talent 4 February 2012 1
1187 David Guetta featuring Sia "Titanium" Positiva/Virgin 11 February 2012 1
1188 Gotye featuring Kimbra "Somebody That I Used to Know" dagger Island 18 February 2012 1
1189 DJ Fresh featuring Rita Ora "Hot Right Now" Ministry of Sound 25 February 2012 1
re Gotye featuring Kimbra "Somebody That I Used to Know" dagger Island 3 March 2012 4
1190 Perry, KatyKaty Perry "Part of Me" Virgin 31 March 2012 1
1191 Brown, ChrisChris Brown "Turn Up the Music" RCA 7 April 2012 1
1192 Jepsen, Carly RaeCarly Rae Jepsen "Call Me Maybe" Interscope 14 April 2012 4
1193 Tulisa "Young" AATW/Island 12 May 2012 1
1194 Rita Ora featuring Tinie Tempah "RIP" Columbia/Roc Nation 19 May 2012 2
1195 Fun featuring Janelle Monáe "We Are Young" Atlantic/Fueled by Ramen 2 June 2012 1
1196 Rudimental featuring John Newman "Feel the Love" Asylum/Black Butter 9 June 2012 1
1197 Gary Barlow and the Commonwealth Band featuring Military Wives[13] "Sing" Decca 16 June 2012 1
1198 Cheryl "Call My Name" Polydor 23 June 2012 1
1199 Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa "Payphone" A&M/Octone 30 June 2012 1
1200 featuring Eva Simons "This Is Love" Interscope 7 July 2012 1
re Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa "Payphone" A&M/Octone 14 July 2012 1
1201 Florence and the Machine "Spectrum (Say My Name)" Island 21 July 2012 3
1202 Wiley featuring Ms D "Heatwave" One More Tune/Warner Bros. 11 August 2012 2
1203 Ora, RitaRita Ora "How We Do (Party)" Roc Nation/Columbia 25 August 2012 1
1204 Sam and the Womp "Bom Bom" One More Tune 1 September 2012 1
1205 Little Mix "Wings" Syco 8 September 2012 1
1206 Ne-Yo "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)" Def Jam 15 September 2012 1
1207 Script, TheThe Script featuring "Hall of Fame" Epic/Phonogenic 22 September 2012 2
1208 Psy "Gangnam Style" Island 6 October 2012 1
1209 Rihanna "Diamonds" Def Jam 13 October 2012 1
1210 Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin "Don't You Worry Child" Virgin 20 October 2012 1
1211 Harris, CalvinCalvin Harris featuring Florence Welch "Sweet Nothing" Columbia/Fly Eye 27 October 2012 1
1212 Labrinth featuring Emeli Sandé "Beneath Your Beautiful" Syco 3 November 2012 1
1213 Williams, RobbieRobbie Williams "Candy" Island 10 November 2012 2
1214 One Direction "Little Things" Syco 24 November 2012 1
1215 Murs, OllyOlly Murs featuring Flo Rida "Troublemaker" Epic 1 December 2012 2
1216 Aplin, GabrielleGabrielle Aplin "The Power of Love" Parlophone 15 December 2012 1
1217 Arthur, JamesJames Arthur "Impossible" Syco 22 December 2012 1
1218 The Justice Collective "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" Metropolis 29 December 2012 1
No. Artist[b] Single[b] Record label[c] Week ending date[b] Weeks at
number one[b]
re Arthur, JamesJames Arthur "Impossible" Syco 5 January 2013 2
1219 featuring Britney Spears "Scream & Shout" Interscope 19 January 2013 2
1220 Bingo Players featuring Far East Movement "Get Up (Rattle)" Ministry of Sound 2 February 2013 2
1221 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz "Thrift Shop" Macklemore 16 February 2013 1
1222 Avicii vs. Nicky Romero "I Could Be the One" Positiva/Virgin 23 February 2013 1
1223 One Direction "One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)" Syco 2 March 2013 1
1224 Timberlake, JustinJustin Timberlake "Mirrors" RCA 9 March 2013 3
1225 Saturdays, TheThe Saturdays featuring Sean Paul "What About Us" Polydor 30 March 2013 1
1226 PJ & Duncan "Let's Get Ready to Rhumble" Sony BMG 6 April 2013 1
1227 Duke Dumont featuring A*M*E "Need U (100%)" Ministry of Sound 13 April 2013 2
1228 Rudimental featuring Ella Eyre "Waiting All Night" Asylum/Black Butter 27 April 2013 1
1229 Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams "Get Lucky" Columbia 4 May 2013 4
1230 Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith "La La La" Virgin 1 June 2013 1
1231 Thicke, RobinRobin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell "Blurred Lines" dagger Interscope 8 June 2013 4
1232 Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX "I Love It" Atlantic 6 July 2013 1
1233 Newman, JohnJohn Newman "Love Me Again" Island 13 July 2013 1
re Thicke, RobinRobin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell "Blurred Lines" dagger Interscope 20 July 2013 1
1234 Avicii "Wake Me Up" Positiva/Virgin 27 July 2013 3
1235 Miley Cyrus "We Can't Stop" RCA 17 August 2013 1
1236 Ellie Goulding "Burn" Polydor 24 August 2013 3
1237 Katy Perry "Roar" Virgin 14 September 2013 2
1238 Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz "Talk Dirty" Warner Bros./Def Jam 28 September 2013 2
1239 OneRepublic "Counting Stars" Interscope 12 October 2013 1
1240 Miley Cyrus "Wrecking Ball" RCA 19 October 2013 1
re OneRepublic "Counting Stars" Interscope 26 October 2013 1
1241 Lorde "Royals" Republic 2 November 2013 1
1242 Eminem featuring Rihanna "The Monster" Interscope 9 November 2013 1
1243 Storm Queen "Look Right Through" Ministry of Sound 16 November 2013 1
1244 Martin Garrix "Animals" Spinnin' 23 November 2013 1
1245 Lily Allen "Somewhere Only We Know" Warner Bros. 30 November 2013 1
1246 Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts "Under Control" Sony Music 7 December 2013 1
re Lily Allen "Somewhere Only We Know" Warner Bros. 14 December 2013 2
1247 Sam Bailey "Skyscraper" Syco 28 December 2013 1
No. Artist[b] Single[b] Record label[c] Week ending date[b] Weeks at
number one[b]
1248 Pharrell Williams "Happy" dagger Columbia 4 January 2014 1
1249 Pitbull featuring Kesha "Timber" RCA 11 January 2014 1
re Pharrell Williams "Happy" dagger Columbia 18 January 2014 2
1250 Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne "Rather Be" Atlantic 1 February 2014 4
1251 Sam Smith "Money on My Mind" Capitol 1 March 2014 1
re Pharrell Williams "Happy" dagger Columbia 8 March 2014 1
1252 Route 94 featuring Jess Glynne "My Love" Rinse 15 March 2014 1
1253 DVBBS & Borgeous featuring Tinie Tempah "Tsunami (Jump)" Spinnin' 22 March 2014 1
1254 Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones "I Got U" Virgin EMI 29 March 2014 1
1255 5 Seconds of Summer "She Looks So Perfect" Capitol 5 April 2014 1
1256 Aloe Blacc "The Man" Interscope 12 April 2014 1
1257 Sigma "Nobody to Love" 3Beat 19 April 2014 1
1258 Kiesza "Hideaway" Lokal Legend 26 April 2014 1
1259 Mr Probz "Waves" Epic 3 May 2014 1
1260 Calvin Harris "Summer" Columbia 10 May 2014 1
re Mr Probz "Waves" Epic 17 May 2014 1
1261 Rita Ora "I Will Never Let You Down" Columbia 24 May 2014 1
1262 Sam Smith "Stay with Me" Capitol 31 May 2014 1
1263 SecondCity "I Wanna Feel" Ministry of Sound 7 June 2014 1
1264 Ed Sheeran "Sing" Atlantic 14 June 2014 1
1265 Ella Henderson "Ghost" Syco 21 June 2014 2
1266 Oliver Heldens & Becky Hill "Gecko (Overdrive)" Parlophone 5 July 2014 1
1267 Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea "Problem" Republic 12 July 2014 1
1268 featuring Cody Wise "It's My Birthday" Interscope 19 July 2014 1
1269 Rixton "Me and My Broken Heart" Interscope 26 July 2014 1
1270 Cheryl Cole featuring Tinie Tempah "Crazy Stupid Love" Polydor 2 August 2014 1
1271 Magic! "Rude" RCA 9 August 2014 1
1272 Nico & Vinz "Am I Wrong" EMI/Warner Bros. 16 August 2014 2
1273 David Guetta featuring Sam Martin "Lovers on the Sun" Parlophone 30 August 2014 1
1274 Lilly Wood & Robin Schulz "Prayer in C" Warner Music 6 September 2014 2
1275 Calvin Harris featuring John Newman "Blame" Columbia 20 September 2014 1
1276 Sigma featuring Paloma Faith "Changing" 3Beat 27 September 2014 1
1277 Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj "Bang Bang" Republic 4 October 2014 1
1278 Meghan Trainor "All About That Bass" Epic 11 October 2014 4
1279 Ed Sheeran "Thinking Out Loud" Atlantic 8 November 2014 1
1280 Cheryl "I Don't Care" Polydor 15 November 2014 1
1281 Gareth Malone's All Star Choir "Wake Me Up" Decca 22 November 2014 1
1282 Band Aid 30 "Do They Know It's Christmas?" Virgin EMI/Universal Music 29 November 2014 1
1283 Take That "These Days" Polydor 6 December 2014 1
re Ed Sheeran "Thinking Out Loud" Atlantic 13 December 2014 1
1284 Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars "Uptown Funk" Sony 20 December 2014 1
1285 Ben Haenow "Something I Need" Syco 27 December 2014 1
No. Artist[b] Single[b] Record label[c] Week ending date[b] Weeks at
number one[b]
re Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars "Uptown Funk" Sony 3 January 2015 6
1286 Ellie Goulding "Love Me like You Do" Polydor 14 February 2015 4
1287 Years & Years "King" Polydor 14 March 2015 1
1288 Sam Smith featuring John Legend "Lay Me Down" Capitol 21 March 2015 2
1289 Jess Glynne "Hold My Hand" Warner Music 4 April 2015 3
1290 Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth "See You Again" Atlantic 25 April 2015 2
1291 OMI "Cheerleader" Oufah 9 May 2015 4

By artist[edit]

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 collaborations with David Guetta & Chris Willis, the figure for Calvin Harris includes a collaboration with Rihanna, the figure for Bruno Mars includes collaborations with B.o.B & Mark Ronson, 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 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, the figure for Rita Ora includes a collaboration with DJ Fresh and the figure for Sam Smith includes a collaboration with Naughty Boy.

Artist Number ones Weeks at number-one
United States Mars, BrunoBruno Mars 5 13
United States Williams, PharrellPharrell Williams 3 13
Barbados Rihanna 5 11
United Kingdom Harris, CalvinCalvin Harris 5 10
United Kingdom Glynne, JessJess Glynne 3 8
United Kingdom Tempah, TinieTinie Tempah 5 7
United States 5 7
United Kingdom Goulding, EllieEllie Goulding 2 7
United Kingdom Ronson, MarkMark Ronson 1 7
United States Pitbull 3 6
United Kingdom Murs, OllyOlly Murs 4 5
United Kingdom Ora, RitaRita Ora 4 5
United Kingdom Smith, SamSam Smith 4 5
United States Perry, KatyKaty Perry 3 5
United States Ne-Yo 3 5
United Kingdom Jessie J 3 5
United States LMFAO 2 5
Australia Gotye 1 5
New Zealand Kimbra 1 5
United Kingdom Adele 1 5
Canada Thicke, RobinRobin Thicke 1 5
United States T.I. 1 5
Jamaica OMI 1 4

By record label[edit]

Twelve 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
Interscope Records 14 27
Syco Music 17 26
Island Records 8 19
Epic Records 11 17
Polydor Records 9 14
Columbia Records 7 14
Def Jam Records 7 14
Atlantic Records 8 11
Ministry of Sound 8 11
Warner Bros. Records 5 10
Virgin Records 7 10
RCA Records 8 10

Million-selling and platinum records[edit]

Since April 1973, the British Phonographic Industry has been classifying singles by the number of units shipped. The highest threshold is "Platinum record" and is currently awarded to singles that have shipped over 600,000 units.[14][15][d] From July 2014 BPI certifications (along with the Official Singles Chart) include audio streaming at 100 streams equals one unit; this does not affect sales when referring to million-sellers (hence a double platinum single may not be a million-seller).

For million selling records see List of best-selling singles of the 2010s in the United Kingdom

For Platinum singles see List of Platinum singles in the United Kingdom awarded since 2000#Released since 2010

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x The artist, single, date of reaching number one and number of weeks at number one are those given by the Official Charts Company.[16][17][18]
  3. ^ a b c d e f The record labels are those given by the OCC.[19]
  4. ^ 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).[14][20]


  1. ^ "About Us > Who We Are". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  2. ^ "Haiti all-star charity single gets first airplay". BBC News Online. 2 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  3. ^ "Gangnam Style hits one billion views on YouTube". BBC. 21 December 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  4. ^ "PSY – 'Gangnam Style' – Music Video". YouTube. 15 July 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  5. ^ "Paul McCartney guests on Hillsborough charity single with Robbie Williams". The Guardian. 23 November 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  6. ^ "NME News Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used To Know' named 2012's biggest-selling single - NME.COM". NME.COM. 2 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Gotye wins official biggest-selling single of 2012". Digital Spy. 
  8. ^ "Are The Saturdays finally on course for their first ever number 1 single?". Official Charts Company. 20 March 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-24. 
  9. ^ "Ant and Dec: We performed 'Let's Get Ready to Rhumble' to fill a hole in our show". The Independent. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-31. 
  10. ^ "Midweek Charts update: John Newman hitting the 100,000 sales". Music Week3. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  11. ^ Jones, Alan (11 June 2012). "Official Charts Analysis: Gary Barlow tops Album and Singles". 
  12. ^ "Military Wives with Gareth Malone and Paul Mealor". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  13. ^ "Gary Barlow and The Commonwealth Band featuring Military Wives". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2012-06-09. 
  14. ^ a b "Certified Awards". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 7 June 2010. 
  15. ^ "International Certification Award levels" (PDF). International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. March 2010. p. 7. Retrieved 7 June 2010. 
  16. ^ "All the Number One Singles: 2010". London: Official Charts Company. 2010. Retrieved 3 October 2010. 
  17. ^ "All the Number One Singles: 2011". London: Official Charts Company. 2011. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  18. ^ "All the Number One Singles: 2012". London: Official Charts Company. 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  19. ^ "Artist Chart History". London: Official Charts Company. 2010. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  20. ^ Gallup (4 February 1989). "The Top of the Pops Chart" (PDF). Record Mirror: 4. Retrieved 16 July 2010. 

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