Olivia Rodrigo’s Drivers License is the UK’s biggest song of 2021 so far following runaway success in the first half of the year that includes nine weeks at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart.
The US singer-songwriter's debut single has now tipped the 1 million chart sales mark (1.03m), including 123m streams. The track’s stint at the summit was the longest for a debut single in 15 years, since Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy in 2006.
At the time it first hit Number 1, Olivia told OfficialCharts.com: "I want to say thank you guys so much, it means the absolute world to me that you guys are listening to and loving Drivers License. Sending you all the love in the world."
Solidifying her place as the year’s biggest new artist, Olivia’s two other singles released this year also feature in the year-to-date Top 40: five-week Number 1 Good 4 U places at 10, while Top 5 hit Deja Vu is at 32.
In second place is another debut single, Wellerman, by Nathan Evans (713k). The Scottish postman-turned-viral-sensation scored a worldwide hit with his rendition of the sea shanty, securing two weeks at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart in March/April.
Dutch DJ Tiesto has the UK’s third biggest song with The Business (640k), which peaked at Number 3 in March and logged 22 weeks in the Top 40 between January and June. Close behind in fourth is Lil Nas X with Montero (Call Me By Your Name) (638k), which spent five weeks at Number 1 across April/May, while The Weeknd’s Save Your Tears completes the Top 5 (637k). The track made its Official Chart debut in January and has enjoyed Top 40 success all year, boosted by a remix featuring Ariana Grande released in April.
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Other big hits this year featuring in the year-to-date Top 10 include club smash Friday by Riton, Nightcrawlers, Mufasa and Hypeman at 7 (629k), and Tion Wayne & Russ Millions’ Body at 8 (626k) – the UK’s first drill Number 1 in May and the second most-streamed song of the year on 92.5m plays.
Big breakout hits
As well as Olivia and Nathan, 2021 has seen several new artists enjoy big breakout success in the UK. Australian rapper/singer The Kid Laroi places at 9 on the year-to-date Top 40 with Without You (613k), while TikTok stars A1 & J1 are at 15 with their debut single Latest Trends.
More hits from newcomers this year include A Little Bit Of Love by singer-songwriter Tom Grennan (17), which became his first Top 10 single in April, plus Top 10 smash Get Out Of My Head by Irish DJ/producer Shane Codd (22), Heat Waves by Oxford band Glass Animals (26), and You Broke Me First by Canadian artist Tate McRae (39).
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Dance tracks dominate
Club-friendly dance pop tracks make up around a quarter of the Top 40, including two entries for Joel Corry – 2020 chart-topper Head & Heart places at 12, followed by his latest hit Bed with Raye and David Guetta at 13. A dance mix of Travis Scott’s Goosebumps by HVME (18), ATB, Topic & A7S’ Your Love (9pm) (19), and Paradise by production trio Meduza ft. Dermot Kennedy (20) all rank within the Top 20 of 2021.
Official Top 40 biggest songs of 2021 so far
|1||DRIVERS LICENSE||OLIVIA RODRIGO||1|
|2||WELLERMAN||NATHAN EVANS/220KID/BILLEN TED||1|
|4||MONTERO (CALL ME BY YOUR NAME)||LIL NAS X||1|
|5||SAVE YOUR TEARS||WEEKND||2|
|8||BODY||TION WAYNE & RUSS MILLIONS||1|
|9||WITHOUT YOU||KID LAROI||2|
|10||GOOD 4 U||OLIVIA RODRIGO||1|
|12||HEAD & HEART||JOEL CORRY FT MNEK||1|
|13||BED||JOEL CORRY/RAYE/DAVID GUETTA||3|
|14||DON'T PLAY||ANNE-MARIE/KSI/DIGITAL FARM||2|
|15||LATEST TRENDS||A1 & J1||2|
|17||LITTLE BIT OF LOVE||TOM GRENNAN||7|
|18||GOOSEBUMPS||TRAVIS SCOTT & HVME||8|
|19||YOUR LOVE (9PM)||ATB/TOPIC/A7S||8|
|20||PARADISE||MEDUZA FT DERMOT KENNEDY||5|
|21||KISS ME MORE||DOJA CAT FT SZA||3|
|22||GET OUT MY HEAD||SHANE CODD||6|
|23||CALLING MY PHONE||LIL TJAY & 6LACK||2|
|24||LET'S GO HOME TOGETHER||ELLA HENDERSON & TOM GRENNAN||10|
|25||SWEET MELODY||LITTLE MIX||1|
|26||HEAT WAVES||GLASS ANIMALS||19|
|27||ASTRONAUT IN THE OCEAN||MASKED WOLF||12|
|28||MOOD||24KGOLDN FT IANN DIOR||1|
|31||MY HEAD & MY HEART||AVA MAX||18|
|32||DEJA VU||OLIVIA RODRIGO||4|
|33||SOMEONE YOU LOVED||LEWIS CAPALDI||1|
|35||DANCE MONKEY||TONES & I||1|
|37||WATERMELON SUGAR||HARRY STYLES||4|
|39||YOU BROKE ME FIRST||TATE MCRAE||3|
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