Official New Zealand Music Chart

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The Official New Zealand Music Chart is the weekly New Zealand top 40 singles and albums charts, issued weekly by Recorded Music NZ (formerly Recording Industry Association of New Zealand). The Music Chart also includes the top-20 New Zealand artist singles and albums and top 10 compilation albums. All charts are compiled from data of both physical and digital sales from music retailers in New Zealand.[1]


The singles chart is currently sales and streaming data of songs. In June 2014 it was announced that the chart would also include streaming;[2] this took effect for the chart published 7 November 2014 and dated 10 November 2014.[3] Previously airplay was factored into the chart methodology as well.[4][5]


Prior to 2004, RIANZ also published an annual ranking chart of singles and albums released in New Zealand. Position was awarded by a simple scoring system whereby a number one in one week gets 50 points, a number two gets 49 points and so on, then all weeks are added together. From 2004 onwards, however, the annual charts have songs positioned based on the number of sales for that year.

From April 2007 to October 2011, the charts were displayed and archived at the website which listed 13 different charts, most notably RadioScope100 and NZ40 Airplay Chart.[6] In November 2011, RIANZ launched an updated chart website. The new Chart website also provides the ability to listen to song previews, view music videos, and buy tracks and albums.[7][8]

40th anniversary[edit]

In May 2015, Recorded Music NZ celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Official NZ Top 40 Music Charts. An event was held at Vector Arena in Auckland and featured performances from 16 artists from New Zealand and overseas who had previously achieved various chart milestones, including most number ones, most chart entries, most weeks in the chart and most weeks at number one.[9]

As part of the celebrations, a limited edition single pressed on red vinyl was released, with Tiki Taane's song "Always on my Mind" (the New Zealand track to spend the most weeks - 55 - in the singles chart) and Scribe's song "Stand Up" (the New Zealand single to spend the most weeks - 12 - at number one).[10]

The following chart achievements were noted:

  • Most No.1 singles: Michael Jackson, U2, and Katy Perry, eight No.1 singles each
  • Most No.1 singles (NZ): Deep Obsession, 3x#1 singles
  • Most chart entries: Madonna, 53 entries
  • Most chart entries (NZ): Shihad, 25 entries
  • Most weeks in chart: New Order "Blue Monday", 74 weeks
  • Most weeks in chart (NZ): Tiki Taane "Always On My Mind", 55 weeks
  • Most No.1 albums: U2, 13 No.1 albums
  • Most No.1 albums (NZ): Local Act: Hayley Westenra, and Shihad, five No.1 albums each
  • Most chart entries: Elton John, 35 entries
  • Most chart entries (NZ): Split Enz, 14 entries
  • Most weeks in chart: Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon, 297 weeks
  • Most weeks in chart (NZ): Fat Freddy's Drop Based on a True Story, 108 weeks
  • Most weeks at No.1: Adele 21, 28 weeks
  • Most weeks at No.1 (NZ): Hayley Westenra Pure, 19 weeks


From June 2016, the method of determining certifications was changed to a points-based system based on a combination of physical sales, digital sales and online streams. For singles, 175 streams is considered equal to one sale. For albums, the Stream Equivalent Album (SEA) system is used.[11]

A single qualifies for gold certification if it exceeds 15,000 points and platinum certification if it exceeds 30,000 points. An album qualifies for gold certification if it exceeds 7500 points and platinum certification if it exceeds 15,000 points. wholesale sales to retailers. For music DVDs (formerly videos), a gold accreditation represents 2,500 copies shipped, with a platinum accreditation representing 5,000 units shipped.[1]

Thresholds for Recorded Music NZ accreditations, by format
Format / product Gold Platinum
Singles 15,000 30,000
Albums 7,500 15,000
Music DVDs 2,500 5,000

Chart records[edit]

Artists with the most number-one hits[edit]

These totals include singles when the artist is 'featured'—that is, not the main artist.

 ‡  – The Beatles' 14 chart placings predate the Official New Zealand Music Chart which began in May 1975.
Artist Number-one
Longest run Total weeks at
number one
The Beatles 14 ‡ "Hey Jude" (5 weeks) 31
Justin Bieber 9 "Despacito (Remix)" (13 weeks) 44
Katy Perry 9 "Roar" (11 weeks) 30
Michael Jackson 8 "Beat It", "Black or White" (5 weeks each) 28
U2 8 "One Tree Hill" (6 weeks) 23
Rihanna 8 "We Found Love" (9 weeks) 33
Mariah Carey 8 "I'll Be There", "Endless Love" (5 weeks each) 19
Eminem 7 "Without Me" (7 weeks) 29
Akon 7 "Moonshine" (7 weeks) 23
Bee Gees 7 "Tragedy" (6 weeks) 17
Beyoncé 6 Sweet Dreams (3 weeks) 13
Chris Brown 6 "Forever" (8 weeks) 26
The Black Eyed Peas 6 "I Gotta Feeling" (9 weeks) 20
ABBA 6 "Fernando" (9 weeks) 17
Kanye West 6 "Knock You Down" (6 weeks) 16
Post Malone 6 "Rockstar" (8 weeks) 15

New Zealand artists with the most number-one hits[edit]

These totals includes singles when the artist is 'featured'—that is, not the main artist.

 †  – includes duet or collaboration by two New Zealand artists.
 ‡  – includes songs whose chart placings predate the Official New Zealand Music Chart which began in May 1975.
Artist Number-one
Longest run Total weeks at
number one
Scribe 4 "Stand Up"/"Not Many" (12 weeks) † 20
John Rowles 3 ‡ "Tania" (4 weeks) 6
Mr. Lee Grant 3 ‡ "Thanks To You" (3 weeks) 6
Lorde 3 "Royals" (3 weeks) 5
Deep Obsession 3 "Lost in Love", "One & Only" (2 weeks each) 5
Savage 3 "Moonshine" (7 weeks) 17
Jon Stevens 2 "Jezebel" (5 weeks) 7
Mark Williams 2 "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" (4 weeks) 7
Stan Walker 2 "Black Box" (6 weeks) † 7
P-Money 2 "Stop the Music", "Everything" (3 weeks each) † 6
3 The Hard Way 2 "Hip Hop Holiday" (3 weeks) 4
Avalanche City 2 "Love Love Love" (3 weeks) 4
Ginny Blackmore 2 "Bones", "Holding You" (1 week each) † 2
Tex Pistol 2 "Game of Love", "Nobody Else" (1 week each) 2

Singles with most weeks at number one[edit]

 †  – Song of New Zealand origin[nb 1]
Songs denoted with an asterisk (*) spent non-consecutive weeks at number one
Year Artist Song Total weeks at
number one
2014 Pharrell Williams "Happy" * 15
1978 Boney M. "Rivers of Babylon" 14
2016 Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla "One Dance" 13
2017 Ed Sheeran "Shape of You" * 13
2017 Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber "Despacito (Remix)" 13
1975 Freddy Fender "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights" * 12
2003 Scribe New Zealand "Stand Up/Not Many" * 12
1992 Whitney Houston "I Will Always Love You" 11
1993 UB40 "Can't Help Falling in Love" * 11
2005 Crazy Frog "Axel F" * 11
2009 Smashproof featuring Gin Wigmore New Zealand "Brother" 11
2011 LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock "Party Rock Anthem" 11
2013 Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell Williams & T.I. "Blurred Lines" * 11
2013 Katy Perry "Roar" 11
1973 Tony Orlando & Dawn "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" 10
1976 Pussycat "Mississippi" 10
2008 Lady Gaga "Poker Face" 10
2009/2010 Stan Walker New Zealand "Black Box" 10
2015/2016 Justin Bieber "Love Yourself" 10
1976 ABBA "Fernando" * 9
1976 Elton John and Kiki Dee "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" * 9
1986 All of Us New Zealand "Sailing Away" 9
1995 Coolio featuring L.V. "Gangsta's Paradise" * 9
2002 Avril Lavigne "Complicated" 9
2009 The Black Eyed Peas "I Gotta Feeling" 9
2011 Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris "We Found Love" 9
2012/2013 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz - "Thrift Shop" 9
2014/2015 Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars "Uptown Funk" 9
2018 Drake "God's Plan" 9
2019 Tones and I "Dance Monkey" *
  1. ^ Whether or not a song is of New Zealand origin is determined by Recorded Music New Zealand

List of certified albums[edit]

The following is a list of albums that have been certified by the Recorded Music NZ.



Multi platinum[edit]

Two times[edit]

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Thirteen times[edit]

Fourteen times[edit]

Fifteen times[edit]

Sixteen times[edit]

Seventeen times[edit]

Twenty times[edit]

Twenty one times[edit]

Twenty four times[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "ABOUT THE CHART". NZ Music Charts. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Online streaming to feature in NZ music charts". One News. Television New Zealand. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  3. ^ Jenkin, Lydia (6 November 2014). "Streamed music hits charts". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  4. ^ Scapolo 2007, p. 3.
  5. ^ "Chart Facts". RIANZ. Archived from the original on 11 July 2010.
  6. ^ "Charts - RadioScope New Zealand". Archived from the original on 26 May 2009. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  7. ^ "NZ Singles". The Official New Zealand Music Chart. RIANZ. Archived from the original on 11 June 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  8. ^ "NZ Albums". The Official New Zealand Music Chart. RIANZ. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  9. ^ "Ruby anniversary for NZ Top 40 charts - The Facts". NewstalkZB. NZME. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  10. ^ McAllen, Jess (28 May 2015). "40 years of chart-topping music". Stuff. Fairfax. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  11. ^ "On Demand Streams Added To New Zealand Top 40 Album Charts". Scoop. Scoop. Retrieved 15 October 2016.


  • Scapolo, Dean (2007). "Introduction". The Complete New Zealand Music Charts: 1966 – 2006. Maurienne House. ISBN 978-1-877443-00-8.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

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