The Top 40 biggest songs of 2016 on the Official Chart

The best-selling and most streamed hits of the year revealed.

2016 was a big year for pop music, and sitting at the very top of the year-end rundown, which counts digital, physical and streaming equivalent sales, was – what else? – Drake's One Dance, feat. Wizkid and Kyla.

One Dance was the inescapable sound of the summer in 2016, notching up an astonishing 15 weeks at Number 1, equalling Wet Wet Wet’s epic stint with Love Is All Around in 1994 but falling short of the all-time record.

One Dance, Drake's first Number 1 as a lead artist, racked up 1.95 million combined sales over the year, made up of 530,000 downloads and an impressive 142 million streams. The most streamed song of 2016, One Dance also enjoyed the biggest one-week combined sales figure for a Number 1 single of the year, notching up 140,000 during its fourth week at the top in April. See the song's full chart history here.


Image: Rex

MORE: The UK's Official Top 40 biggest albums of 2016

Up in second with a combined tally of 1.49 million, was Lukas Graham's 7 Years. The Danish band spent five weeks at Number 1, and actually finished top of the year's sales-only countdown.

Sia's Cheap Thrills spent 38 weeks in the Top 40 but missed out on a Number 1 – it did, however, claim its place as the third biggest song of 2015, clocking up 1.46m combined sales.

Mike Posner’s big comeback track I Took A Pill In Ibiza (Seeb remix) spent four weeks at the summit in March/April and was the fourth biggest tune of the year, with a tally of 1.38m.

MORE: The Official Top 40 biggest songs of 2017

Golden collaborators Calvin Harris and Rihanna reunited for This Is What You Came For, and while it stalled at Number 2 thanks to Drake, it still finished fifth for the year, racking up 1.28m combined sales over 2016. Rihanna also made a showing, this time with Drake, at 9 with Work.

Zara Larsson’s Lush Life scored 13 weeks in the Top 10 back in spring 2016, and finished sixth with a tally of 1.16m, while The Chainsmokers were seventh with Closer, feat Halsey, on 1.15m, and Justin Bieber's Love Yourself claimed 1.14m combined sales to take eighth place. 

Calum Scott's cover of Robyn classic Dancing On My Own peaked at Number 2 in August, and landed 12th with 1.11m, ahead of Major Lazer's massive Number 1 single Cold Water feat. Justin Bieber and MØ, 14th with 1.06m.

Just sneaking in the the Top 40 biggest songs of 2016 was Clean Bandit – their eight-week chart leader, and Official Christmas Number 1, Rockabye placed at 37. 

Get more Official Charts news and features straight to your inbox with The Official Word newsletter

The UK's Top 40 Official Biggest Songs of 2016

1 ONE DANCE DRAKE FEAT WIZKID & KYLA
2 7 YEARS LUKAS GRAHAM
3 CHEAP THRILLS SIA
4 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA MIKE POSNER
5 THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR CALVIN HARRIS FEAT RIHANNA
6 LUSH LIFE ZARA LARSSON
7 CLOSER CHAINSMOKERS FEAT HALSEY
8 LOVE YOURSELF JUSTIN BIEBER
9 WORK RIHANNA FEAT DRAKE
10 CAN'T STOP THE FEELING JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
11 STITCHES SHAWN MENDES
12 DANCING ON MY OWN CALUM SCOTT
13 FAST CAR JONAS BLUE & DAKOTA
14 COLD WATER MAJOR LAZER/JUSTIN BIEBER/MØ
15 WORK FROM HOME FIFTH HARMONY FEAT TY DOLLA SIGN
16 SORRY JUSTIN BIEBER
17 DON'T LET ME DOWN CHAINSMOKERS FEAT DAYA
18 TOO GOOD DRAKE FEAT RIHANNA
19 SAY YOU WON'T LET GO JAMES ARTHUR
20 LIGHT IT UP MAJOR LAZER FEAT NYLA
21 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND COLDPLAY
22 THIS GIRL KUNGS VS COOKIN' ON 3 BURNERS
23 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE
24 PILLOWTALK ZAYN
25 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ SNAKE FEAT JUSTIN BIEBER
26 GIRLS LIKE TINIE TEMPAH FEAT ZARA LARSSON
27 TREAT YOU BETTER SHAWN MENDES
28 FADED ALAN WALKER
29 PERFECT STRANGERS JONAS BLUE FEAT JP COOPER
30 NO MONEY GALANTIS
31 STRESSED OUT TWENTY ONE PILOTS
32 I HATE U I LOVE U GNASH FEAT OLIVIA O'BRIEN
33 TEARS CLEAN BANDIT FEAT LOUISA JOHNSON
34 STARBOY WEEKND FEAT DAFT PUNK
35 WHAT DO YOU MEAN JUSTIN BIEBER
36 PANDA DESIIGNER
37 ROCKABYE CLEAN BANDIT
38 HEATHENS TWENTY ONE PILOTS
39 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX LITTLE MIX
40 ALL MY FRIENDS SNAKEHIPS FEAT TINASHE & CHANCE

©2016 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.

The full Top 100 Official Biggest Songs of 2016

The Official Biggest Albums of 2016 

The Official Top 10 most streamed songs of 2016: 

1 ONE DANCE DRAKE
2 CHEAP THRILLS SIA
3 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA MIKE POSNER
4 7 YEARS LUKAS GRAHAM
5 THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR CALVIN HARRIS FEAT RIHANNA
6 WORK RIHANNA FEAT DRAKE
7 LUSH LUFE ZARA LARSSON
8 CLOSER CHAINSMOKERS FEAT HALSEY
9 LOVE YOURSELF JUSTIN BIEBER
10 COLD WATER MAJOR LAZER/JUSTIN BIEBER/MØ

©2016 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.

The Official Top 10 most downloaded songs of 2016 appear below: 

1 7 YEARS LUKAS GRAHAM
2 ONE DANCE DRAKE FEAT WIZKID & KYLA
3 CAN'T STOP THE FEELING JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
4 DANCING ON MY OWN CALUM SCOTT
5 CHEAP THRILLS SIA
6 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA MIKE POSNER
7 THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR CALVIN HARRIS FEAT RIHANNA
8 STITCHES SHAWN MENDES
9 SAY YOU WON'T LET GO JAMES ARTHUR
10 FAST CAR JONAS BLUE & DAKOTA

©2016 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.

Look back at the Official Top 40 biggest songs of 2015

Look back at the Official Top 40 biggest songs of 2014

Look back at the Official Top 40 biggest songs of 2013

Look back at the Official Top 40 biggest songs of 2012

Click through the biggest selling single of every year since 1952 below: 

View Image Gallery
2016 Drake - One Dance

Article Images: Rex