2011 set a new record as the biggest year for single sales in Official Charts history.
Adele, who also dominated the end-of-year album chart, bagged two places in the 2011 year-end lineeup. Together the studio and live version of Someone Like You – performed at the BRIT Awards 2011 – sold 1.24m copies to become the biggest single of 2011 overall, with Adele's Rolling In The Deep also ending the year at Number 9 on just short of 799,000.
Despite never actually reaching Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart, Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera’s collaboration Moves Like Jagger sold 1.04 million copies, finishing in second place on the year-end chart too and becoming the second biggest Number 2 of all time, after Wham's Last Christmas.
LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem sold 995,000 copies to land in third, while, Jessie J and BoB’s Price Tag reached almost 982,000 sales and is fourth. Rihanna and Calvin Harris’s huge Number 1 We Found Love shifted over 902,000 to finish at 5 – and RiRi's S&M finished 12th on 644,000.
Mr Worldwide Pitbull had a great 2011, finishing twice in the Top 10 – Give Me Everything, with Ne-Yo, Afrojack, and Nayer, landed sixth on 866,600 sales, while his feature on Jennifer Lopez's On The Floor scored tenth place, on 785,000.
Bruno Mars landed two entries in the Top 20: Grenade scored 853,000 sales at 7, and The Lazy Song notched up 619,000 to finish at 15.
And what a year it was for singles sales in 2011. In the seven previous years, the singles market had been redefined and re-energised by the explosion of legitimate downloads. From 2004, sales of singles saw a five-fold increase, from 32m in 2004 to a record 177.9 million in 2011. The vast majority (99.3%) were sold as digital tracks and bundles. 1.1m CD singles were sold in 2011, representing just 0.6% of the total. All the Top 20 bestselling singles of 2011 sold over 500,000 copies each. But another record-breaking year was to come…
Official Top 40 biggest selling singles of 2011
|1||SOMEONE LIKE YOU||ADELE|
|2||MOVES LIKE JAGGER||MAROON 5 FEAT CHRISTINA AGUILERA|
|3||PARTY ROCK ANTHEM||LMFAO/LAUREN BENNETT/GOONROCK|
|4||PRICE TAG||JESSIE J FEAT BOB|
|5||WE FOUND LOVE||RIHANNA FEAT CALVIN HARRIS|
|6||GIVE ME EVERYTHING||PITBULL/NE-YO/AFROJACK/NAYER|
|8||THE A TEAM||ED SHEERAN|
|9||ROLLING IN THE DEEP||ADELE|
|10||ON THE FLOOR||JENNIFER LOPEZ FEAT PITBULL|
|11||JAR OF HEARTS||CHRISTINA PERRI|
|13||WHEREVER YOU ARE||MILITARY WIVES/GARETH MALONE|
|14||BORN THIS WAY||LADY GAGA|
|15||THE LAZY SONG||BRUNO MARS|
|16||BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE||CHRIS BROWN FEAT BENNY BENASSI|
|17||CHANGED THE WAY YOU KISS ME||EXAMPLE|
|18||I NEED A DOLLAR||ALOE BLACC|
|20||WHAT MAKES YOU BEAUTIFUL||ONE DIRECTION|
|21||HEART SKIPS A BEAT||OLLY MURS FEAT RIZZLE KICKS|
|22||MR SAXOBEAT||ALEXANDRA STAN|
|23||EARTHQUAKE||LABRINTH FEAT TINIE TEMPAH|
|24||GLAD YOU CAME||WANTED|
|25||LOUDER||DJ FRESH FEAT SIAN EVANS|
|26||DO IT LIKE A DUDE||JESSIE J|
|27||THE EDGE OF GLORY||LADY GAGA|
|28||YEAH 3X||CHRIS BROWN|
|29||SET FIRE TO THE RAIN||ADELE|
|30||SUPER BASS||NICKI MINAJ|
|31||SEXY AND I KNOW IT||LMFAO|
|32||WHERE THEM GIRLS AT||DAVID GUETTA/FLO RIDA/MINAJ|
|33||DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH||NICOLE SCHERZINGER|
|34||BEST THING I NEVER HAD||BEYONCE|
|35||BOUNCE||CALVIN HARRIS FEAT KELIS|
|36||ET||KATY PERRY FEAT KANYE WEST|
|37||READ ALL ABOUT IT||PROFESSOR GREEN FEAT EMELI SANDE|
|38||CHAMPION||CHIPMUNK FEAT CHRIS BROWN|
|40||LEGO HOUSE||ED SHEERAN|
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