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The UK's Top 100 most downloaded tracks of all time revealed!

21/04/2014

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The UK's Top 100 most downloaded tracks of all-time revealed (Pictured: Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines)

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Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines revealed as the UK’s most downloaded track of all time as BBC Radio 1 countdown the All-time Official Download Chart Top 100.

Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines is today confirmed as the UK’s most downloaded track of all time, according to a new countdown compiled by the Official Charts Company and unveiled by BBC Radio 1.

Blurred Lines (which also features T.I. and Pharrell Williams) has sold 1.54 million copies since it was released in May last year, according to the All-time Official Download Chart Top 100, which was unveiled today (Monday April 21) by BBC Radio 1 across seven hours on air.

Speaking to OfficialCharts.com, Robin Thicke said he was delighted with the success. “I’m so honoured, the success of Blurred Lines is a dream come true.”

In taking the all-time title, Blurred Lines overhauls the previous biggest selling download, Adele’s Someone Like You, which has now sold 1.53 million copies to date. These are now the only two tracks to have sold more than 1.5 million downloads in the UK, with a total of 27 tracks having passed the 1 million mark.

The All-time Official Download Chart Top 5 is completed by 2011’s Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5 FT Christina Aguilera, 2011’s Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye FT Kimbra, and I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas which was first released in 2009.

The fastest growing new million-seller is Pharrell WilliamsHappy, which has now surpassed 1.3 million sales– making it the 9th biggest selling download of all time.

Aside from its new all-time record, Blurred Lines is a genuine phenomenon. Released in May last year, it entered the Official Singles Chart at Number 1 in its first week, reached 1 million sales in eight weeks and spent five weeks at the summit in two different spells. Even today, it continues to sell – having racked up 70,000 copies since the start of 2014 alone.

Jameela Jamil, host of BBC Radio 1’s Official Chart said, “I am so thrilled to be part of Radio 1's Official All-Time Download Top 100 chart and acknowledging the future of the music market. Is it ok that I'm glad the 'The Fox' song didn’t make it to Number 1?”

Official Charts Company chief executive Martin Talbot added, “Blurred Lines is surely one of the catchiest pop hits of all time, so its success is no great surprise. But to become one of only two tracks to have been downloaded 1.5m times – and climb to the top of the poll as the biggest download of all time - is an incredible achievement.”

The Official All-time Official Download Chart Top 100 is being unveiled as part of the UK music industry’s Decade Of Digital celebrations. The initiative, supported by labels association the BPI, the Entertainment Retailers’ Association and the Official Charts Company, is designed to celebrate 10 years since legitimate downloading launched in the UK in 2004.

The legitimate digital music market took off 10 years ago this year, with the launch of a number of download stores including iTunes Europe, 7 Digital Music and MyCokeMusic (a service launched as part of Coca Cola’s sponsorship of the Official Singles Chart). The Official Download Chart was subsequently introduced soon after, in September 2004.

Key moments of those 10 years include:

  • September 2004 – the UK’s first Official Download Chart is launched, with Westlife’s Flying Without Wings the first Number 1.
  • April 2006 – Crazy by Gnarls Barkley becomes the first single to top the Official Singles Chart as a download only release.
  • July 2008 – Leona Lewis’s Bleeding Love is the first download to sell more than 500,000 copies.
  • June 2010 – I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas becomes the first download to pass the 1 million sales mark.
  • April 2014 – Blurred Lines and Someone Like You are confirmed as the first 1.5 million selling downloads.

In that 10 year period, 1.17 billion single track downloads have been bought in the UK and 153 million album downloads – adding up to more than 2.7 billion music tracks, or 108 tracks for every UK household and 513 downloads per minute for those 10 years.

The download explosion turned 2012 and 2013 into the two biggest years for singles sales in the history of the UK market (with sales of 188.6m and 182.2m tracked) respectively. The era has also seen more “super-hits” than ever - in 2004, it had taken 50 years for UK fans to push almost 80 singles to million-seller status; this number has now almost doubled to nearly 150.

The UK's Top 100 most downloaded tracks of all-time are as follows:

The All-time Official Download Chart Top 100

1 BLURRED LINES ROBIN THICKE/TI/PHARRELL
2 SOMEONE LIKE YOU ADELE
3 MOVES LIKE JAGGER MAROON 5 FT CHRISTINA AGUILERA
4 SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW GOTYE FT KIMBRA
5 I GOTTA FEELING BLACK EYED PEAS
6 GET LUCKY DAFT PUNK FT PHARRELL WILLIAMS
7 WE FOUND LOVE RIHANNA FT CALVIN HARRIS
8 WAKE ME UP AVICII
9 HAPPY PHARRELL WILLIAMS
10 SEX ON FIRE KINGS OF LEON
11 CALL ME MAYBE CARLY RAE JEPSEN
12 JUST THE WAY YOU ARE (AMAZING) BRUNO MARS
13 PARTY ROCK ANTHEM LMFAO/LAUREN BENNETT/GOONROCK
14 GANGNAM STYLE PSY
15 PRICE TAG JESSIE J FT BOB
16 LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE EMINEM FT RIHANNA
17 TITANIUM DAVID GUETTA FT SIA
18 POKER FACE LADY GAGA
19 LET HER GO PASSENGER
20 ONLY GIRL (IN THE WORLD) RIHANNA
21 WE ARE YOUNG FUN FT JANELLE MONAE
22 IMPOSSIBLE JAMES ARTHUR
23 USE SOMEBODY KINGS OF LEON
24 THE A TEAM ED SHEERAN
25 CHASING CARS SNOW PATROL
26 DIAMONDS RIHANNA
27 GIVE ME EVERYTHING PITBULL/NE-YO/AFROJACK/NAYER
28 ROLLING IN THE DEEP ADELE
29 FIREWORK KATY PERRY
30 BAD ROMANCE LADY GAGA
31 LA LA LA NAUGHTY BOY FT SAM SMITH
32 DON'T STOP BELIEVIN' JOURNEY
33 STARSHIPS NICKI MINAJ
34 SEXY AND I KNOW IT LMFAO
35 FORGET YOU CEE LO GREEN
36 DON'T YOU WORRY CHILD SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA/MARTIN
37 GRENADE BRUNO MARS
38 FIGHT FOR THIS LOVE CHERYL COLE
39 JAR OF HEARTS CHRISTINA PERRI
40 ROAR KATY PERRY
41 JUST DANCE LADY GAGA
42 COUNTING STARS ONEREPUBLIC
43 PARADISE COLDPLAY
44 MAKE YOU FEEL MY LOVE ADELE
45 EARTHQUAKE LABRINTH FT TINIE TEMPAH
46 BENEATH YOUR BEAUTIFUL LABRINTH FT EMELI SANDE
47 WHAT MAKES YOU BEAUTIFUL ONE DIRECTION
48 ON THE FLOOR JENNIFER LOPEZ FT PITBULL
49 PASS OUT TINIE TEMPAH
50 RULE THE WORLD TAKE THAT
51 IN FOR THE KILL LA ROUX
52 IRIS GOO GOO DOLLS
53 DOMINO JESSIE J
54 FEEL THE LOVE RUDIMENTAL FT JOHN NEWMAN
55 SCREAM & SHOUT WILL I AM FT BRITNEY SPEARS
56 RUN LEONA LEWIS
57 WHAT'S MY NAME RIHANNA FT DRAKE
58 MEET ME HALFWAY BLACK EYED PEAS
59 RATHER BE CLEAN BANDIT FT JESS GLYNNE
60 WE NO SPEAK AMERICANO YOLANDA BE COOL VS D CUP
61 HO HEY LUMINEERS
62 PAYPHONE MAROON 5 FT WIZ KHALIFA
63 POMPEII BASTILLE
64 FIREFLIES OWL CITY
65 THRIFT SHOP MACKLEMORE/RYAN LEWIS/WANZ
66 LOCKED OUT OF HEAVEN BRUNO MARS
67 I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE TAYLOR SWIFT
68 YOUR SONG ELLIE GOULDING
69 OMG USHER FT WILL I AM
70 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK POGUES FT KIRSTY MACCOLL
71 CALIFORNIA GURLS KATY PERRY FT SNOOP DOGG
72 JUST GIVE ME A REASON PINK FT NATE RUESS
73 GOOD FEELING FLO RIDA
74 SKYFALL ADELE
75 AIRPLANES BOB FT HAYLEY WILLIAMS
76 EMPIRE STATE OF MIND (PART II) ALICIA KEYS
77 EMPIRE STATE OF MIND JAY-Z FT ALICIA KEYS
78 DYNAMITE TAIO CRUZ
79 KILLING IN THE NAME RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
80 VIVA LA VIDA COLDPLAY
81 I'M YOURS JASON MRAZ
82 DANCE WITH ME TONIGHT OLLY MURS
83 MR BRIGHTSIDE KILLERS
84 S&M RIHANNA
85 HUMAN KILLERS
86 SEXY CHICK DAVID GUETTA FT AKON
87 IF I WERE A BOY BEYONCE
88 WILD ONES FLO RIDA FT SIA
89 HALL OF FAME SCRIPT FT WILL I AM
90 MIRRORS JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
91 MAMA DO THE HUMP RIZZLE KICKS
92 LEGO HOUSE ED SHEERAN
93 BOOM BOOM POW BLACK EYED PEAS
94 BROKEN STRINGS JAMES MORRISON/NELLY FURTADO
95 BAD BOYS ALEXANDRA BURKE FT FLO RIDA
96 TROUBLEMAKER OLLY MURS FT FLO RIDA
97 THE LAZY SONG BRUNO MARS
98 THE MAN WHO CAN'T BE MOVED SCRIPT
99 SINGLE LADIES (PUT A RING ON IT) BEYONCE
100 WAITING ALL NIGHT RUDIMENTAL FT ELLA EYRE

© 2014 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved. Chart compiled from Week 1 2004 to Week 15 2014.

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