The Weeknd is off to a blinding start this year as Blinding Lights takes an early lead as the UK’s biggest song of 2020 so far, OfficialCharts.com can reveal.
The ‘80s-inspired track became the Canadian superstar’s first Number 1 on the Official UK Singles Chart in February and has so far notched up five weeks at the summit.
Blinding Lights has logged 698,000 chart sales to date, including 75 million streams, according to Official Charts Company data, which combines physical, downloads and streaming equivalent sales. The single heads up his latest album After Hours, which last week debuted at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart. View The Weeknd's Official UK Chart history in full here.
"When I started making this album, I never imagined it would be released as we face a worldwide pandemic." The Weeknd said of his new music. "I always felt that music helped me in hard times and I hope that this body of work can do the same for others. It’s been amazing to see the real heroes shine in our world right now, the healthcare workers, the grocery store clerks and staff, delivery people, first responders – everyone putting their lives on the line to help others. This album is for them and any small joy or relief it can bring."
The Weeknd finishes ahead of global behemoth Dance Monkey by Tones & I (672,000 chart sales in 2020), which is still holding up strong in the Top 40 some six months after its first chart appearance.
Lewis Capaldi’s chart-topper Before You Go is the third biggest song of 2020 so far (581k), while viral smash The Box by Roddy Ricch places fourth (552k). The track became a global hit in February - including the UK, where it peaked at Number 2 - thanks to TikTok, where its squeaky intro was used in millions of comedy clips.
Stormzy’s Own It ft. Ed Sheeran and Burna Boy – the UK’s first Number 1 single of the year – rounds out the Top 5 (550k).
Other songs that have enjoyed viral success on TikTok that feature in the UK’s year-to-date chart include Say So by American singer/rapper Doja Cat (23), Falling by US singer Trevor Daniel (25), and Number 2 hit Ride It by Regard (27).
Billie Eilish with her Official Number 1 Single Award for No Time To Die
Elsewhere, Billie Eilish’s success continues to flourish in 2020, with three entries in the Top 40 of the year so far: Everything I Wanted in tenth, Bad Guy at 16, and Bond theme No Time To Die at 19. No Time To Die earned Billie her first UK chart-topper in February and had the biggest opening week for a Bond theme ever.
Other songs newly released in 2020 that are shaping up to be among the biggest of the year include dance hit Lonely by British DJ Joel Corry (22), Dua Lipa’s Physical (26), and Becky Hill’s Better Off Without You ft. Shift K3y (36).
The Official Top 40 Biggest Songs of 2020 so far
|2||DANCE MONKEY||TONES & I||1|
|3||BEFORE YOU GO||LEWIS CAPALDI||1|
|4||THE BOX||RODDY RICCH||2|
|5||OWN IT||STORMZY/ED SHEERAN/BURNA BOY||1|
|6||DON'T START NOW||DUA LIPA||2|
|7||SOMEONE YOU LOVED||LEWIS CAPALDI||1|
|10||EVERYTHING I WANTED||BILLIE EILISH||3|
|11||ADORE YOU||HARRY STYLES||7|
|12||LIFE IS GOOD||FUTURE FT DRAKE||3|
|13||GODZILLA||EMINEM FT JUICE WRLD||1|
|16||BAD GUY||BILLIE EILISH||2|
|18||MY OH MY||CAMILA CABELLO FT DABABY||13|
|19||NO TIME TO DIE||BILLIE EILISH||1|
|20||YOU SHOULD BE SAD||HALSEY||12|
|21||LOSE CONTROL||MEDUZA/BECKY HILL/GOODBOYS||11|
|23||SAY SO||DOJA CAT||7|
|24||PUMP IT UP||ENDOR||8|
|29||THIS IS REAL||JAX JONES FT ELLA HENDERSON||9|
|30||LOSE YOU TO LOVE ME||SELENA GOMEZ||3|
|31||HOLD ME WHILE YOU WAIT||LEWIS CAPALDI||4|
|32||SOUTH OF THE BORDER||ED SHEERAN/CABELLO/CARDI B||4|
|33||INTENTIONS||JUSTIN BIEBER FT QUAVO||9|
|34||GOOD AS HELL||LIZZO||7|
|35||I DON'T CARE||ED SHEERAN & JUSTIN BIEBER||1|
|36||BETTER OFF WITHOUT YOU||BECKY HILL FT SHIFT K3Y||14|
|37||BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE||ED SHEERAN FT KHALID||1|
|39||LADBROKE GROVE||AJ TRACEY||3|
|40||GANGSTA||DARKOO & ONE ACEN||22|
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This chart is compiled taking in downloads and streaming equivalent sales.