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Biggest selling debut singles

Here is a list of the top biggest selling debut hit to make the UK singles chart. All of them have sold over a million copies, only the number one has sold over two million copies.

RankTitleArtistDebut year
15CrazyGnarls Barkley2006
14SpacemanBabylon Zoo1995
13Don't Give Up On UsDavid Soul1976
12Saturday NightWhigfield1994
11TornNatalie Imbruglia1997
10ImpossibleJames Arthur2012
9HallelujahAlexandra Burke2009
8Unchained MelodyGareth Gates2001
7WannabeSpice Girls1996
6Careless WhisperGeorge Michael1984
5…Baby One More TimeBritney Spears1999
4Three LionsBaddiel, Skinner & The Lightning Seeds1996
3Anything Is Possible / EvergreenWill Young2001
2Unchained Melody / (There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of DoverRobson & Jerome1995
1RelaxFrankie Goes To Hollywood1983
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Interesting facts

Leo Fender is one of the most famous inventors of electric guitars including the Stratocaster and Telecaster models yet he could not play the guitar himself.

The tension of the 230-odd strings in a grand piano exert a combined force of 20 tonnes on the cast iron frame.

Four weeks ago a track called The Shores of Normandy by Jim Radford entered the chart at number 72 and in doing so he became the oldest living artist to chart. He was 90.

I Write the Songs is a well-known song recorded by most Barry Manilow and David Cassidy yet neither of them wrote it, Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys did.

Gioachino Rossini wrote his aria Di tanti palpiti while waiting for some risotto in a restaurant in Venice.

In 1992, Bruno Mars had a cameo in the film Honeymoon In Vegas as an Elvis Presley impersonator called Little Elvis. He was just four years old.

Up until the end of 2018, the most ‘shazamed’ song was Wake Me Up by Avicii.

Before he was famous, Olly once appeared on Deal or No Deal where he walked away with just £10.

The only band to play on all seven continents is Metallica.

In 2016, Mozart sold more CDs than Beyoncé.

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Albums that have spent over a year in the top 10

The Official Charts Company have recently released a list of the 22 albums to spend 52 or more week in the top 10 on the UK album chart. Here is the list.

Albums With most Weeks In The Top 10.xlsx

RankAlbum titleArtistWeeksYear
20=Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandBeatles521967
20=(What's The Story) Morning GloryOasis521995
20=÷Ed Sheeran522017
19Led Zeppelin IiLed Zeppelin541970
18Best of The Beach Boys Vol 1Beach Boys551966
15=Talk On CornersCorrs561997
15=No AngelDido562000
15=+Ed Sheeran562011
13Greatest HitsSimon & Garfunkel591972
12Please Please MeBeatles621963
11The Singles 1969-1973The Carpenters641974
10Brothers in ArmsDire Straits661985
9Our Version of EventsEmeli Sande672012
7=Back To BlackAmy Winehouse722006
7=The FameLady Gaga722009
6Tubular BellsMike Oldfield741973
5In The Lonely HourSam Smith762014
421Adele77 2011
3ThrillerMichael Jackson881982
2XEd Sheeran972014
1Bridge Over Troubled WaterSimon & Garfunkel1351970
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Most viewed videos on YouTube

Remember when charts were compiled by actual sales of records and CDs? Well, the majority of pop charts these days are compiled on what people consume rather than own. In the latest figures, up to the end of May 2019, here is the top 10 most viewed pop videos and the numbers are in billions.

RankArtistTitleViews (billions)
10Taylor SwiftShake It Off2.7
9PinkfongBaby Shark2.8
8Katy PerryRoar2.8
7Maroon 5Sugar2.9
6Justin BieberSorry3.1
5PSYGangnam Style 3.3
4Mark Ronson feat Bruno MarsUptown Funk3.5
3Wiz Khalifa feat Charlie PuthSee You Again4.1
2Ed SheeranShape of You4.2
1Luis Fonsi feat Daddy Yankee & Justin BieberDespacito6.2


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Time Out Top 50

Last year Time Out magazine printed a list of their top 50 ‘best pop songs’. Apparently compiled by ‘Time Out’s music obsessives who have filtered through pop’s finest floor-fillers and chart-toppers and selected the absolute cream of the crop.’ An interesting list to say the least with some odd choices by well known acts. It should have started at number 48!

50One DirectionWhat Makes You Beautiful
49Daphne & CelesteU.G.L.Y
48Idina MenzelLet it Go
47All SaintsPure Shores
46Edwyn CollinsA Girl Like You
44DrakeHotline Bling
43Eve ft Gwen StefaniLet Me Blow Ya Mind
42t.A.T.u.All the Things She Said
41Christina AguileraCan't Hold Us Down
40SisqoThong Song
39Martha Reeves & The VandellasDancing in the Street
38Icona PopI Love It
37The MonkeesDaydream Believer
36Ace of BaseAll That She Wants
34Craig David7 Days
33BlondieHeart of Glass
32Jennifer PaigeCrush
31MarioLet Me Love You
30Kelly ClarksonSince U Been Gone
29Katy PerryHot N Cold
28Taylor SwiftShake it Off
26Missy ElliottGet Ur Freak On
25The BanglesEternal Flame
24Girls AloudBiology
23Depeche ModeJust Can't Get Enough
22Cyndi LauperGirls Just Want to Have Fun
21Daft PunkGet Lucky
20Mark Ronson ft Bruno MarsUptown Funk
19Backstreet BoysEverybody (Backstreet's Back)
17Little MixBlack Magic
15Pet Shop BoysWest End Girls
13Michael JacksonThe Way You Make Me Feel
11The SupremesYou Can’t Hurry Love
10BeyoncéLove On Top
9PrinceI Wanna Be Your Lover
8Britney SpearsToxic
7Beach BoysGod Only Knows
6Natalie ImbrugliaTorn
4Justin BieberSorry
3The RonettesBe My Baby
2Whitney HoustonI Wanna Dance With Somebody
1Carly Rae JepsenCall Me Maybe
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Streaming records

Here is a list of the most streamed female artists in YouTube history, data only includes official videos.

10Cardi B
7Selena Gomez
6Ariana Grande
5Taylor Swift
3Katy Perry
2Nicki Minaj


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