Despite the unprecedented challenges of 2020, overall consumption of recorded music in Ireland rose year-on-year, the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) can confirm today.
New data from the Official Charts Company and IRMA, illustrates the resilience of the Irish singles market, which saw a 19% year-on-year rise in 2020, with 71.8 million singles either streamed, downloaded or physically purchased. Total streams broke 9 billion for the first time, up from 7.69 billion in 2019, while audio streams rose 20% to 8.2 billion.
The Weeknd takes pole position on Ireland’s Official Top 50 biggest songs of 2020 with Blinding Lights. First released at the end of 2019, Blinding Lights stormed to Number 1 on the Official Irish Singles Chart in January, claiming four non-consecutive weeks at the top. The track was the most downloaded and streamed single of 2020 and spent a total of 51 weeks inside the Top 50.
The year’s longest-reigning Number 1 single Roses by Saint Jhn ranks at Number 2 - a new remix of the US rapper’s breakthrough song by Kazakh producer Imanbek saw it gain popularity on TikTok, resulting in eight consecutive weeks atop the Official Irish Singles Chart.
Joel Corry & MNEK delivered the biggest weekly sales tally of the year during their reign at Number 1 in, their dance smash Head & Heart ends the year at Number 3 in the chart of 2020.
Dermot Kennedy scoops 2020’s biggest song from a homegrown act, as Ireland’s first Number 1 single by an Irish artist in five years Giants finishes the year at Number 8. The fastest-selling single of 2020 was Rain On Me by Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande, which places at Number 20.
Both Dua Lipa and Harry Styles lay claim to three songs apiece in Ireland’s end-of-year Top 50. Dua picks up placings for Don’t Start Now (6); Physical (25) and Break My Heart (32) – all of which were Top 3 singles - while Harry Styles lands in the Top 10 with Watermelon Sugar (9), as well as Adore You (19) and Falling (41).
Plenty of chart toppers from 2020 wind up scoring an end-of-year chart slot – including Lewis Capaldi – Before You Go (7); 24kGoldn’s Mood ft. Iann Dior (12); Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion’s WAP (16); Savage Love from Jawsh 685 & Jason Derulo (17); Drake – Toosie Slide (29) and Eminem ft. Juice WRLD’s Godzilla (36).
Ireland's Official Top 50 biggest songs of 2020
|3||HEAD & HEART||JOEL CORRY FT MNEK||1|
|4||ROCKSTAR||DABABY FT RODDY RICCH||1|
|5||DANCE MONKEY||TONES & I||1|
|6||DON'T START NOW||DUA LIPA||1|
|7||BEFORE YOU GO||LEWIS CAPALDI||1|
|9||WATERMELON SUGAR||HARRY STYLES||2|
|10||SAY SO||DOJA CAT||4|
|11||SOMEONE YOU LOVED||LEWIS CAPALDI||1|
|12||MOOD||24KGOLDN FT IANN DIOR||1|
|14||THE BOX||RODDY RICCH||2|
|15||BREAKING ME||TOPIC FT A7S||3|
|16||WAP||CARDI B FT MEGAN THEE STALLION||1|
|17||SAVAGE LOVE (LAXED - SIREN BEAT)||JAWSH 685 & JASON DERULO||1|
|19||ADORE YOU||HARRY STYLES||4|
|20||RAIN ON ME||LADY GAGA & ARIANA GRANDE||1|
|21||OWN IT||STORMZY/ED SHEERAN/BURNA BOY||2|
|22||LIFE IS GOOD||FUTURE FT DRAKE||5|
|23||EVERYTHING I WANTED||BILLIE EILISH||1|
|24||POWER OVER ME||DERMOT KENNEDY||11|
|26||ROVER||S1MBA FT DTG||3|
|30||BLUEBERRY FAYGO||LIL MOSEY||4|
|31||YOU SHOULD BE SAD||HALSEY||5|
|32||BREAK MY HEART||DUA LIPA||3|
|33||YOU BROKE ME FIRST||TATE MCRAE||3|
|34||BAD GUY||BILLIE EILISH||2|
|35||SAVAGE||MEGAN THEE STALLION||3|
|36||GODZILLA||EMINEM FT JUICE WRLD||1|
|38||SECRETS||REGARD & RAYE||7|
|40||INTENTIONS||JUSTIN BIEBER FT QUAVO||7|
|43||DEATH BED||POWFU FT BEABADOOBEE||7|
|44||WHATS POPPIN||JACK HARLOW||13|
|45||DON'T NEED LOVE||220 KID & GRACEY||9|
|46||LOSE CONTROL||MEDUZA/BECKY HILL/GOODBOYS||7|
|47||THINK ABOUT THINGS||DADI FREYR||3|
|48||HOLD ME WHILE YOU WAIT||LEWIS CAPALDI||1|
|49||RAIN||AITCH/AJ TRACEY/TAY KEITH||10|
|50||COME & GO||JUICE WRLD & MARSHMELLO||6|
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