40 songs you slept on in the first half of 2020, including Celeste, Tom Grennan and Madison Beer

The biggest songs that narrowly missed the Official Singles Chart Top 40 in the first half of 2020.

2020 has so far been a busy year at the top end of the Official Singles Chart. The first six months has seen 12 songs reach Number 1 – the same amount as the whole of 2019.

But while turnover at the top is on the up, breaking into the Top 40 is still no mean feat. Competition is tough, meaning some songs – usually for very different reasons - miss out on a spot in the top flight.

The biggest song to miss out on a Top 40 placing this year is Juliet & Romeo by French DJ/producer Martin Solveig and Canadian singer-songwriter Roy Woods. The dance-pop track first appeared on the Official Singles Chart in April, debuting at Number 77 and peaking at 51 four weeks later.

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Despite being hugely popular on radio, the song’s chart success was possibly hindered by his Jax Jones and Raye collaboration, Tequila, hitting the Top 40 around the same time. Its total chart sales to date stand at 164,000.

In second is What If I Told You That I Love You by Ali Gatie. The rap ballad was the follow-up to the Iraqi-Canadian star’s debut single It’s You – a hit around the world in 2019 (though it stalled at 45 in the UK). Released in January, the song logged 10 weeks inside the Top 100, peaking at Number 57 in March, notched up 130,000 chart sales to date.

Another hit-that-shoulda-been, soul-jazz stomper Stop This Flame by Celeste ranks third in the biggest songs to miss the Top 40 this year, topping out at Number 47 in February (112,000 chart sales), shortly after winning this year’s Rising Star BRIT Award.


BRIT Award winner Celeste (John Marshall/JMEnternational)

In fourth, British singer-songwriter Tom Grennan kicked off his second album campaign in January with This Is The Place, a song, he said, “is about finding a place of complete calm and escaping utter chaos and carnage”. Despite seemingly having all the makings of what could have been his first Top 40 single, the track topped out at Number 73 in April, logging eight weeks in the Top 100.

Elsewhere, stripped-down pop ballad Selfish by US singer-songwriter Madison Beer also features in the Top 10 biggest songs to miss the Top 40 this year, peaking at Number 53 in April. Just behind is The Other Side by SZA and Justin Timberlake, released for the Trolls World Tour film and a massive radio hit in March, which stalled at Number 44.

Also featured in the list is NSG’s Ourself, which landed at 43 in February, Level Of Concern by Twenty One Pilots, which topped out at 42 in April, and Rita Ora’s How To Be Lonely. The Lewis Capaldi-penned song missed the Top 40 in March, peaking at Number 57.

The Official Top 40 biggest songs that missed the Top 40 in 2020 so far

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  TITLE ARTIST PEAK
1 JULIET & ROMEO MARTIN SOLVEIG & ROY WOODS 51
2 WHAT IF I TOLD YOU THAT I LOVE YOU ALI GATIE 57
3 STOP THIS FLAME CELESTE 47
4 THIS IS THE PLACE TOM GRENNAN 73
5 LIKE IT IS KYGO/ZARA LARSSON/TYGA 49
6 SELFISH MADISON BEER 53
7 THE OTHER SIDE SZA & JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE 44
8 SURRENDER NATALIE TAYLOR 58
9 AFTER PARTY DON TOLIVER 47
10 ONLY IF YOU KNEW DUTCHAVELLI 95
11 INDULGE M HUNCHO FT D-BLOCK EUROPE 50
12 GOOD NEWS MAC MILLER 45
13 OURSELF NSG 43
14 LEVEL OF CONCERN TWENTY ONE PILOTS 42
15 MAGIC ILL BLU/OFB/BANDOKAY/DOUBLE LZ 46
16 WALK EM DOWN NLE CHOPPA FT RODDY RICCH 85
17 LOST IN YESTERDAY TAME IMPALA 89
18 HOW TO BE LONELY RITA ORA 57
19 ELEVEN KHALID 70
20 BULLY BEEF YOUNG T & BUGSEY FT FREDO 48
21 P*SSY FAIRY (OTW) JHENE AIKO 84
22 SHAKE THE ROOM POP SMOKE FT QUAVO 76
23 POPPIN KSI FT LIL PUMP & SMOKEPURPP 43
24 CHARADES HEADIE ONE & FRED AGAIN 57
25 MYA MILLS LIL PINO 50
26 FLEX JAY1 FT JB SCOFIELD 60
27 JUICY DARKOO & HARDY CAPRIO 62
28 CAUSE A COMMOTION BUGZY MALONE FT SKIP MARLEY 89
29 TOP WINNERS TINIE TEMPAH FT NOT3S 64
30 SUM 2 PROVE LIL BABY 94
31 FAKE FRIENDS PS1 FT ALEX HOSKING 44
32 BLACK SWAN BTS 46
33 THAT WAY LIL UZI VERT 47
34 OPRAH'S BANK ACCOUNT LIL YACHTY/DA BABY/DRAKE 54
35 NUMBERS A BOOGIE/RICCH/GUNNA/LONDON 53
36 LOSE SOMEBODY KYGO & ONEREPUBLIC 46
37 44 LOTTO BOYZZ FT DAPPY 80
38 OT BOPPIN OFB/BANDOKAY/DOUBLE LZ 91
39 XYZ HARDY CAPRIO & SL 62
40 HOUSE PARTY MIST FT FREDO 42

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