The Official Top 40 Biggest Songs of 2016

These are officially the UK's Top 40 biggest singles of 2016...

The Official Top 40 Biggest Songs of 2016

What a year it's been for pop music! Now that 2016 is done and dusted and consigned to history, we can reveal the official biggest of the entire year.

Sitting at the very top of the year-end rundown, which counts digital, physical and streaming equivalent sales, is – what else? – Drake's One Dance, feat. Wizkid and Kyla.

One Dance was the inescapable sound of the summer in 2016, notching up an astonishing 15 weeks at Number 1, leveling with Wet Wet Wet’s epic stint with Love Is All Around in 1994 but falling short of the all-time record.

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One Dance, which was Drake's first Number 1 as a lead artist, has racked up 1.95 million combined sales, made up of 530,000 downloads and an impressive 142 million streams. Along with being the most streamed song of 2016, One Dance also enjoyed the biggest one-week combined sales figure for a Number 1 single of the year so far, notching up 140,000 during its fourth week at the top in April. See the song's full chart history here.


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Up in second with a combined tally of 1.49 million, it's Lukas Graham's 7 Years. The Danish band spent five weeks at Number 1, and actually finishes top of this year's sales-only countdown.

Sia's Cheap Thrills spent 38 weeks in the Top 40 but missed out on a Number 1 – it does, however, claim its place as the third biggest song of the year, with 1.46m combined sales.

Mike Posner’s big comeback track I Took A Pill In Ibiza (Seeb remix) spent four weeks at the summit in March/April and is our fourth biggest tune of the year, with a tally of 1.38m.

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Golden collaborators Calvin Harris and Rihanna reunited for This Is What You Came For, and while it stalled at Number 2 thanks to Drake, it still finishes in fifth, racking up 1.28m combined sales over 2016.

Zara Larsson’s Lush Life scored 13 weeks in the Top 10 this spring, and is sixth biggest song of 2016 1.16m), and The Chainsmokers appear in seventh place with Closer (1.15m), and Justin Bieber's Love Yourself claims 1.14m combined sales to take eighth. 

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Calum Scott's cover of Robyn classic Dancing On My Own peaked at Number 2 in August, but still lands 12th (1.11m), ahead of and Major Lazer's massive Number 1 single Cold Water feat. Justin Bieber and MØ (14th with 1.06m).

Just sneaking in the the Top 40 biggest songs of 2016 are Clean Bandit - their eight-week chart leader Rockabye places at 37. 

The UK's Top 40 Official Biggest Songs of 2016 are...

1 ONE DANCE DRAKE FT WIZKID & KYLA
2 7 YEARS LUKAS GRAHAM
3 CHEAP THRILLS SIA
4 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA MIKE POSNER
5 THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR CALVIN HARRIS FT RIHANNA
6 LUSH LIFE ZARA LARSSON
7 CLOSER CHAINSMOKERS FT HALSEY
8 LOVE YOURSELF JUSTIN BIEBER
9 WORK RIHANNA FT DRAKE
10 CAN'T STOP THE FEELING JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
11 STITCHES SHAWN MENDES
12 DANCING ON MY OWN CALUM SCOTT
13 FAST CAR JONAS BLUE & DAKOTA
14 COLD WATER MAJOR LAZER/JUSTIN BIEBER/MO
15 WORK FROM HOME FIFTH HARMONY FT TY DOLLA SIGN
16 SORRY JUSTIN BIEBER
17 DON'T LET ME DOWN CHAINSMOKERS FT DAYA
18 TOO GOOD DRAKE FT RIHANNA
19 SAY YOU WON'T LET GO JAMES ARTHUR
20 LIGHT IT UP MAJOR LAZER FT NYLA
21 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND COLDPLAY
22 THIS GIRL KUNGS VS COOKIN' ON 3 BURNERS
23 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE
24 PILLOWTALK ZAYN
25 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ SNAKE FT JUSTIN BIEBER
26 GIRLS LIKE TINIE TEMPAH FT ZARA LARSSON
27 TREAT YOU BETTER SHAWN MENDES
28 FADED ALAN WALKER
29 PERFECT STRANGERS JONAS BLUE FT JP COOPER
30 NO MONEY GALANTIS
31 STRESSED OUT TWENTY ONE PILOTS
32 I HATE U I LOVE U GNASH FT OLIVIA O'BRIEN
33 TEARS CLEAN BANDIT FT LOUISA JOHNSON
34 STARBOY WEEKND FT DAFT PUNK
35 WHAT DO YOU MEAN JUSTIN BIEBER
36 PANDA DESIIGNER
37 ROCKABYE CLEAN BANDIT
38 HEATHENS TWENTY ONE PILOTS
39 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX LITTLE MIX
40 ALL MY FRIENDS SNAKEHIPS FT TINASHE & CHANCE

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Check out the full Top 100 Official Biggest Songs of 2016 here

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The Official Top 10 most streamed songs of 2016 appear below: 

1 ONE DANCE DRAKE
2 CHEAP THRILLS SIA
3 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA MIKE POSNER
4 7 YEARS LUKAS GRAHAM
5 THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR CALVIN HARRIS FT RIHANNA
6 WORK RIHANNA FT DRAKE
7 LUSH LUFE ZARA LARSSON
8 CLOSER CHAINSMOKERS FT HALSEY
9 LOVE YOURSELF JUSTIN BIEBER
10 COLD WATER MAJOR LAZER/JUSTIN BIEBER/MO

©2016 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.

The Official Top 10 most downloaded songs of 2016 appear below: 

1 7 YEARS LUKAS GRAHAM
2 ONE DANCE DRAKE FT WIZKID & KYLA
3 CAN'T STOP THE FEELING JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
4 DANCING ON MY OWN CALUM SCOTT
5 CHEAP THRILLS SIA
6 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA MIKE POSNER
7 THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR CALVIN HARRIS FT RIHANNA
8 STITCHES SHAWN MENDES
9 SAY YOU WON'T LET GO JAMES ARTHUR
10 FAST CAR JONAS BLUE & DAKOTA

©2016 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.

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