Songs you slept on: singles that missed the Top 40 in 2019

Competition for the Top 40 is fierce - with even big name acts sometimes getting left out in the cold.

Competition for a spot in the Official Singles Chart Top 40 is fierce. There are many factors at play: radio play, promotion, playlist inclusion and positioning are just some of the key ingredients. When they all line up, the results can send a song stratospheric. However, there’s not room for everyone and even some big-name artists can find themselves out in the cold.

We’ve complied 31 songs at the bottom of the page released in the first half of 2019 that, for whatever reason, missed the Top 40. But first, some particularly surprising omissions...

I Can’t Get Enough – Benny Blanco, Tainy, Selena Gomez & J Balvin

Released: February
Chart peak: 42

This all-star collaboration led by Benny Blanco seemed like an obvious hit when it was released back in February, not least because it arrived off the back of Benny’s Number 1 hit Eastside. The bilingual, Latin-influenced bop hung around the Top 100 for eight weeks but never quite managed to crack the Top 40. Maybe it would have stood a better chance in the UK if it was pushed during the summer months?

Medicine – Bring Me The Horizon

Released: January
Chart peak: 42

The third single from the band’s latest album Amo was all over radio in the first half of 2019. It might have narrowly missed the Top 40, but it did help the band score their first Number 1 album.

Wanting – Not3s

Released: May
Chart peak: 42

Hackney singer, rapper and actor Not3s came frustratingly close to landing a Top 40 hit with Wanting; a romantic ode to a partner that has the sway and swagger of Drake at his most wistful.

Last Hurrah – Bebe Rexha

Released: February
Chart peak: 50

This towering midtempo ballad about going out on a high had a familiar feeling to it but never quite took off on the charts, topping out at Number 50. Hopefully it's not actually Bebe's last hurrah.

You Mean The World To Me – Freya Ridings

Released: March
Chart peak: 57

Following up her runaway hit Lost Without You was always going be tricky for Freya, but You Mean The World To Me felt like it had all the makings of a Top 40 hit when it was released back in March. It seems radio and general public weren’t quite done with her previous single though.

Hypersonic Missiles – Sam Fender

Released: March
Chart peak: 65

It’s been a favourite on radio since its release, and Sam delivered a stellar performance of it on The Graham Norton Show, but as yet it hasn’t graced the Top 40. That could all change though when his debut album of the same name drops on August 9.

Big singles that missed out on the Official Singles Chart Top 40 so far in 2019

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TITLE ARTIST PEAK
FAST JUICE WRLD 41
I CAN'T GET ENOUGH BENNYBLANCO/GOMEZ/BALVIN/TAINY 42
MEDICINE BRING ME THE HORIZON 42
WANTING NOT3S 42
DAILY DUPPY J HUS FT GRM DAILY 42
POP OUT POLO G FT LIL TJAY 42
BET OCTAVIAN FT MICHAEL PHANTOM 44
BABY GIGGS 48
LAST HURRAH BEBE REXHA 50
NO CAP DIGDAT & LOSKI 51
NOBODY MARTIN JENSEN & JAMES ARTHUR 52
YOU MEAN THE WORLD TO ME FREYA RIDINGS 57
2ALL CATFISH & THE BOTTLEMEN 57
SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST FREDO 58
11 MINUTES YUNGBLUD/HALSEY/TRAVIS BARKER 59
PURE WATER MUSTARD & MIGOS 62
LOOSE ENDS LOYLE CARNER & JORJA SMITH 62
THROWBACK UNKNOWN T/CRAZY COUSINZ 63
CLOUT OFFSET FT CARDI B 64
PARADISE BAZZI 64
HYPERSONIC MISSILES SAM FENDER 65
CON CALMA DADDY YANKEE/KATY PERRY/SNOW 66
I COULD GET USED TO THIS BECKY HILL & WEISS 67
EXITS FOALS 70
ALMOST (SWEET MUSIC) HOZIER 82
WORTH IT YK OSIRIS 84
PEER PRESSURE JAMES BAY FT JULIA MICHAELS 85
MIXED PERSONALITIES YNW MELLY FT KAYNE WEST 97
WHITE LIES M-22 NA
SHOT & WINE SEAN PAUL FT STEFFLON DON NA
BETTER WHEN YOU'RE GONE DAVID GUETTA/BROOKS/LOOTE NA

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