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Best-selling albums of 2019

Unlike last week, the album still exists in a vinyl and CD format as well as downloads, so here is a list of the top 20 best-selling albums of last year.

 

Position Title Artist
1 Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent Lewis Capaldi
2 No.6 Collaborations Project Ed Sheeran
3 The Greatest Showman Motion Picture Cast Recording
4 When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go? Billie Eilish
5 Bohemian Rhapsody (Soundtrack) Queen
6 Staying At Tamara’s George Ezra
7 Thank U, Next Ariana Grande
8 What A Time To Be Alive Tom Walker
9 A Star Is Born (Soundtrack) Motion Picture Cast Recording
10 ÷ Ed Sheeran
11 50 Years – Don’t Stop Fleetwood Mac
12 The Christmas Present Robbie Williams
13 Always In Between Jess Glynne
14 You’re In My Heart Rod Stewart with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
15 Diamonds Elton John
16 Greatest Hits I Ii & Iii – The Platinum Collection Queen
17 Don’t Smile At Me Billie Eilish
18 Dua Lipa Dua Lipa
19 Everyday Life Coldplay
20 Hollywood’s Bleeding Post Malone
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Best-selling tracks of 2019

Even though the industry still call it a singles chart, it’s not really as it’s pretty much all downloads and streams, so here is a list of the top 20 most streamed/downloaded tracks of 2019.

Position Title Artist
1 Someone You Loved Lewis Capaldi
2 Old Town Road Lil Nas
3 I Don’t Care Ed Sheeran + Justin Bieber
4 Bad Guy Billie Eilish
5 Giant Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man
6 Sweet But Psycho Ava Max
7 Vossi Bop Stormzy
8 Don’t Call Me Up Mabel
9 Piece Of Your Heart Meduza feat Goodboys
10 Señorita Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
11 Dance Monkey Tones & I
12 Shotgun George Ezra
13 7 Rings Ariana Grande
14 Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse) Post Malone & Swae Lee
15 Wow Post Malone
16 Location Dave feat Burna Boy
17 Hold Me While You Wait Lewis Capaldi
18 Ladbroke Grove AJ Tracey
19 Just You And I Tom Walker
20 Shallow Lady GaGa & Bradley Cooper

 

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Best-selling vinyl albums of the last decade

This information comes courtesy of the OCC who have issued a list of the top 30 biggest selling albums of the last decade on the vinyl format.

 

Position Artist Title
30 Joy Division Unknown Pleasures
29 Guns N’ Roses Appetite For Destruction
28 Cast Recording The Greatest Showman
27 Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here
26 David Bowie The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust
25 Smiths Hatful Of Hollow
24 Adele 25
23 Smiths The Queen Is Dead
22 Liam Gallagher As You Were
21 Original Soundtrack Pulp Fiction
20 Prince & The Revolution Purple Rain – Ost
19 Led Zeppelin Four Symbols
18 Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m
17 David Bowie Legacy
16 Nirvana Unplugged In New York
15 David Bowie Blackstar
14 Ed Sheeran Divide
13 Oasis Definitely Maybe
12 Beatles Abbey Road
11 Queen Greatest Hits
10 Bob Marley & The Wailers Legend
9 Nirvana Nevermind
8 Beatles Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
7 Oasis What’s The Story Morning Glory
6 Arctic Monkeys AM
5 Stone Roses The Stone Roses
4 Original Soundtrack Guardians Of The Galaxy – Awesome Mix 1
3 Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon
2 Amy Winehouse Back To Black
1 Fleetwood Mac Rumours
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Fewest weeks on chart for a top five album

Since the UK album chart began back in July 1956, there have been 21 albums that have reached the top five, but only spent one week on the chart. To put it into perspective, the chart was originally just a top five, in November 1958 it increased to a top 10 and in March 1960 it increased again to a top 20. In April 1966, it went to a top 30 then eight months later a top 40. Two further increases followed, a Top 50 in January 1971 and then finally a top 75 in December 1978.

Here is the list:

Artist Album title Year Position
The Seekers The Four and Only Seekers 1969 1
Herb Alpert And The Tijuana Brass Early Alpert 1969 4
Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong at the Crescendo 1956 4
Mario Lanza Songs from the Student Prince 1956 4
Bill Haley And His Comets Rock the Joint 1957 5
Tommy Steele The Tommy Steele Stage Show 1957 5
The Crickets The Chirping Crickets 1958 5
Ella Fitzgerald The Irving Berlin Song Book 1958 5
Bars & Melody 143 2015 4
Deaf Havana All These Countless Nights 2017 5
Everything Everything A Fever Dream 2017 5
Enter Shikari The Spark 2017 5
Embrace Love Is a Basic Need 2018 5
The Fratellis In Your Own Sweet Time 2018 5
The Courteeners St. Jude Re Wired 2018 5
Dodie Human 2019 5
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes End of Suffering 2019 4
Divine Comedy Office Politics 2019 5
Two Door Cinema Club False Alarm 2019 5
Feeder Tallulah 2019 4
Frank Turner No Man’s Land 2019 3
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Christmas B Sides

There have been 42 December-charting songs that have a B-side (or track two on a CD single) with Christma/Xmas in the title. I have not included B sides which are either a part 2 of the A side, a ‘Christmas’ mix of the A side or a re-issue of an old A side. I also haven’t included any where the record company have lazily just stuck an instrumental version of the A side.

Artist B Side A side Year charted Peak Position
Eva Cassidy & Katie Melua Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas What A Wonderful World 2007 1
S Club 7 Perfect Christmas Never Had A Dream Come True 2000 1
Spice Girls Christmas Wrapping Goodbye 1998 1
The Beatles Christmas Time (Is Here Again) Free As A Bird 1995 2
Mariah Carey Miss You Most (At Christmas Time) All I Want For Christmas 1994 2
Cliff Richard Feat Brian May & Brian Bennett 21st Century Christmas Move It (Re-Recording) 2006 2
Emile Ford And The Checkmates White Christmas Counting Teardrops 1960 4
Gareth Gates Christmas To Remember What My Heart Wants To Say 2002 5
The Idols Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Happy Xmas (War Is Over) 2003 5
Alma Cogan Christmas Cards I Can’t Tell A Waltz From A Tango 1954 6
Goodies Father Christmas Do Not Touch Me The In Betweenies 1974 7
Gloria Estefan Christmas Through Your Eyes Miami Hit Mix 1992 8
Childliners The Gift Of Christmas(Accapella) The Gift Of Christmas 1995 9
Elton John & Luciano Pavarotti Step Into Christmas Live Like Horses 1996 9
Tweenies It’s Christmas Time I Believe In Christmas 2001 9
Jane Mcdonald Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Cruise Into Christmas 1998 10
Chris Hill (It’s Gonna Be) A Merry Xmas Day Renta Santa 1975 10
Elton John Ho Ho Ho (Who’d Be A Turkey At Christmas) Step Into Christmas 1973 11
Elvis Presley White Christmas Blue Christmas 1964 11
Elvis Presley Merry Christmas Baby It Won’t Seem Like Christmas 1979 13
Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Christmas Festival Little Drummer Boy 1972 13
Judge Dread Christmas In Dreadland Come Outside 1975 14
Chicken Shed Don’t Know If I Believe In Christmas I Am In Love With The World 1997 15
Crazy Frog We Wish You A Merry Christmas Last Christmas 2006 16
Andy Williams Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year 2007 17
Harry Belafonte I Heard The Bells Of Christmas Day The Son Of Mary 1958 18
Michael Bolton White Christmas Drift Away 1992 18
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Merry Christmas Baby War 1986 18
Santa Claus & The Christmas Trees Blues For Father Christmas Singalong-A-Santa (Medley) 1982 19
Fat Les Naughty Christmas Naughty Christmas (Goblin In The Office) 1998 21
Wedding Present Step Into Christmas No Christmas 1992 25
Billy Mack All I Want For Christmas Is You (sung by Olivia Olson) Christmas Is All Around 2003 26
Jethro Tull Christmas Song Ring Out Solstice Bells 1976 28
Jethro Tull A Christmas Song Love Story 1969 29
Mike Flowers Pops Give Her One For Christmas Don’t Cry For Me Argentina 1996 30
Santa Sings Santa’s Christmas Wrap Is This The Way To Amarillo? (Santa’s Grotto) 2005 30
Ac/Dc Mistress For Christmas Moneytalks 1990 36
Carpenters Merry Christmas Darling Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town 1975 37
Saint Etienne My Christmas Prayer I Was Born On Christmas Day 1993 37
Celine Dion Blue Christmas Goodbye’s (The Saddest Word) 2002 38
Mini Pops A Christmas Time Around The World Thanks For Giving Us Christmas 1987 39
Keith Harris & Orville That’s What I Wish For Christmas White Chistmas 1985 40
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Songs about real places

Here is a list of 11 songs that were written about a real place.

 

Ed Sheeran’s Castle on the Hill is about a hill in Framlingham, Suffolk where he grew up and at the top of that hill is a castle.

Barry Manilow’s Copacabana is the real Copacabana Night Club in Times Square, New York where Barry was a frequent visitor in the 60s.

The Small Faces’ hit Itchycoo Park is all about Little Ilford Park in east London where lead singer Steve Marriott grew up.

Coldplay’s Violet Hill is about a real street in London’s St John’s Wood area.

Eddy Grant’s 1983 hit Electric Avenue is a true story about the street just up from Brixton Station in south London.

Peter Gabriel’s 1977 hit Solsbury Hill is Little Solsbury Hill, which is northeast of the city of Bath in Somerset.

The Beatles’ Penny Lane was a real busy crossroads where Paul and John regularly met.

And the other side of Penny Lane was Strawberry Fields Forever and Strawberry Field was a children’s home run by the Salvation Army in Liverpool.

Ralph McTell’s 1974 hit Streets of London was about Croydon and the all night cafe is about one.

The Monkees’ hit Pleasant Valley Sunday was written about Pleasant Valley Way where the song writers Goffin & King lived in New Jersey.

Radiohead’s 1995 hit Fake Plastic Trees was written about the Docklands area of London.

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