2011 was the biggest year for single sales in Official Charts history, according to the latest Official Charts Company data released by The BPI.
Over the past seven years, the singles market has been redefined and re-energised by the explosion of legitimate downloads. Since 2004, sales of singles have increased by more than five times, from 32m in 2004 to a record 177.9 million in 2011. The vast majority (99.3%) were sold as digital tracks and bundles. 1.1m CD singles were sold in 2011, representing just 0.6% of the total. All of the top 20 best-selling singles of 2011 sold more than 500,000 copies apiece.
“In these challenging economic times, it is extraordinary that singles sales continue to surge – all evidence of the easy access and fantastic value offered by downloads at this time,” said the Official Charts Company’s managing director Martin Talbot.
Adele, who dominated the end of year album chart, also bagged two places in the 2011 year-end singles chart. The recorded and live performance of ‘Someone Like You’ - recorded at The BRIT Awards 2011 – together sold 1.2m copies to become the top-selling single of 2011 overall, with ‘Rolling In The Deep’ also ending the year at Number 9.
Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera’s mega-selling hit, ‘Moves Like Jagger’, finished the year in second place and has now sold over a million copies despite never actually reaching Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart. LMFAO’s ‘Party Rock Anthem’ (3), Jessie J and BoB’s ‘Price Tag’ (4) and Rihanna and Calvin Harris’ ‘We Found Love’ complete the Top 5.
The full Top 20 is as follows:
Top 20 Singles Of 2011
01 SOMEONE LIKE YOU - ADELE 1,242,000
02 MOVES LIKE JAGGER - MAROON 5 FT CHRISTINA AGUILERA 1,043,000
03 PARTY ROCK ANTHEM - LMFAO FT LAUREN BENNETT AND GOONROCK 995,000
04 PRICE TAG - JESSIE J FT BOB 981,000
05 WE FOUND LOVE - RIHANNA FT CALVIN HARRIS 902,000
06 GIVE ME EVERYTHING - PITBULL FT NE-YO, AFROJACK AND NAYER 866,000
07 GRENADE - BRUNO MARS 852,000
08 THE A TEAM - ED SHEERAN 801,000
09 ROLLING IN THE DEEP - ADELE 798,000
10 ON THE FLOOR - JENNIFER LOPEZ FT PITBULL 784,000
11 JAR OF HEARTS - CHRISTINA PERRI 669,000
12 S&M - RIHANNA 643,000
13 WHEREVER YOU ARE - MILITARY WIVES AND GARETH MALONE 631,000
14 BORN THIS WAY - LADY GAGA 625,000
15 THE LAZY SONG - BRUNO MARS 618,000
16 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE - CHRIS BROWN FT BENNY BENASSI 588,000
17 CHANGED THE WAY YOU KISS ME - EXAMPLE 582,000
18 I NEED A DOLLAR - ALOE BLACC 576,000
19 SWEAT - SNOOP DOGG 558,000
20 WHAT MAKES YOU BEAUTIFUL - ONE DIRECTION 540,000
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