The UK has been rocking out to Olivia Rodrigo this summer, as her Number 1 smash Good 4 U claims the Official Song of Summer 2021, OfficialCharts.com can reveal.
The emo-pop-rock track logged 834,000 chart sales over the summer period, according to Official Charts Company data, tracking from the first week of June to the last week of August.
Olivia narrowly beats another huge summer Number 1 - Ed Sheeran’s Bad Habits – which logged 812,000 chart sales across the summer.
Good 4 U became Olivia’s second leader on the Official Singles Chart, hitting the top spot in the first week of June, and notching up a total of five weeks at the summit. Its reign at Number 1 was the longest for a rock-influenced song in 18 years, since Evanescence’s Bring Me To Life.
Olivia Rodrigo in the Good 4 U music video.
Four more tracks from the US star’s chart-topping debut album Sour – a collection about adolescence, failed romance and heartache released in June – dominate the summer Top 40: Traitor (13), Deja Vu (18), Drivers License (27), and Favourite Crime (32). View Olivia Rodrigo's Official UK Chart history so far here.
Also sound-tracking the UK’s sunny(-ish) months is Save Your Tears by The Weeknd, which finishes in third after peaking at Number 2 in June thanks in part to a remix featuring Ariana Grande. Top 3 hits Heartbreak Anthem by Galantis, David Guetta and Little Mix (4), and Kiss Me More by Doja Cat ft. SZA (5) round out the Top 5.
As well as Olivia, pop-punk-rock continued to dominate in summer 2021 thanks to Italian band Måneskin. After winning the Eurovision Song Contest in May, the band went on to land two sizeable summer smashes. I Wanna Be Your Slave (6) and their rendition of Beggin’ (12) both enjoyed Top 10 success across July and August.
Måneskin (credit: Francis Delacroix)
As always, this summer saw plenty of club-friendly bangers flourish on the Official Chart, with a quarter of the summer Top 40 made up of dance-pop. Big hits include Jonasu’s Black Magic (10), Joel Corry, Raye and David Guetta’s Bed (15), Becky Hill and Guetta’s Remember (16), Riton, Nightcrawlers, Mufasa and Hypeman’s Friday (25), and Majestic and Boney M’s Rasputin (37).
Elsewhere, this summer saw several rap artists score big on the Official Chart, including Lil Nas X’s chart-topping Montero (Call Me By Your Name) (7), and Tion Wayne & Russ Million’ Body (8) the UK’s first Number 1 drill single. Other popular tracks were Dave and Stormzy's huge collaboration Clash (20), and Oliver Twist (23), the breakout hit from Brighton rapper ArrDee.
Official Songs of the Summer 2021
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|1||GOOD 4 U||OLIVIA RODRIGO||1|
|2||BAD HABITS||ED SHEERAN||1|
|3||SAVE YOUR TEARS||WEEKND||2|
|4||HEARTBREAK ANTHEM||GALANTIS/GUETTA/LITTLE MIX||3|
|5||KISS ME MORE||DOJA CAT FT SZA||3|
|6||I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE||MANESKIN||5|
|7||MONTERO (CALL ME BY YOUR NAME)||LIL NAS X||1|
|8||BODY||TION WAYNE & RUSS MILLIONS||1|
|9||STAY||KID LAROI & JUSTIN BIEBER||2|
|15||BED||JOEL CORRY/RAYE/DAVID GUETTA||3|
|16||REMEMBER||BECKY HILL & DAVID GUETTA||3|
|17||BY YOUR SIDE||CALVIN HARRIS FT TOM GRENNAN||9|
|18||DEJA VU||OLIVIA RODRIGO||4|
|19||3 LIONS||BADDIEL/SKINNER/LIGHTNING SEED||1|
|20||CLASH||DAVE FT STORMZY||2|
|21||LITTLE BIT OF LOVE||TOM GRENNAN||7|
|22||GOOD WITHOUT||MIMI WEBB||8|
|24||LET'S GO HOME TOGETHER||ELLA HENDERSON & TOM GRENNAN||10|
|27||DRIVERS LICENSE||OLIVIA RODRIGO||1|
|28||OUR SONG||ANNE-MARIE & NIALL HORAN||13|
|30||DIDN'T KNOW||TOM ZANETTI||14|
|31||HEAD & HEART||JOEL CORRY FT MNEK||1|
|32||FAVORITE CRIME||OLIVIA RODRIGO||17|
|33||HEAT WAVES||GLASS ANIMALS||19|
|35||FLY AWAY||TONES & I||11|
|37||RASPUTIN||MAJESTIC & BONEY M||11|
|40||ASTRONAUT IN THE OCEAN||MASKED WOLF||12|
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