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Official Singles Chart on 29/12/2017

29 December 2017 - 4 January 2018

The Official UK Singles Chart reflects the UK’s biggest songs of the week, based on audio and video streams, downloads, CDs and vinyl, compiled by the Official Charts Company. The UK Top 40 is broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and MTV, the Top 100 is published exclusively on OfficialCharts.com. View the biggest songs of 2024 so far.

 

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🧡 oliviasnoodles 🍜

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I’m starting the 2018 train right here. Fill up the fuel, and off we go!

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Gavin Baldwin

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Top 40 just gets worse and worse, music is going downhill rapidly. Time to hang up the headphones I think. RIP music it was a pleasure while it lasted

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Marian Q

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When Jesus Child is born then uk chart is dying;)

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Marian Q

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In December instead official uk chart is published retro christmas chart. There's the same songs evry year, it's boring and unfair for new songs. The results of this is broken phonografic market. The artists can't release new songs in Nov and Dec because they don't have to chance to rival with christmas songs.

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Sakgra

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Congrats to Kylie,Chris Rea and Wham...but i would like to see them no1 .they deserve it more than Ed

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etin

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anybody knows postion of "mistletoe & wine" ?

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Willam Mckechnie

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https://youtu.be/AQyeuS-mtxk
What about something totally different?

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James England

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Amber Run - Fickle Game is one of the songs of the year!

https://youtu.be/Xu3_bNLR328

Ralph Taylor - Limit. Best pop soul song of 2017!

https://youtu.be/R2LSwFXb38s

Daft Funk - Gettin' High Tonight - one of the best dance songs of 2017!

https://youtu.be/PeapEGrL2CY

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James England

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2017 is coming to an end. What is the best song of the year? This is my choice:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gVf9lqL5oc

:) Play it loud!

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Lars Van Moer

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"Brave Captain" by Big Big Train, a song about the English WWI pilot Albert Ball. Greetings from Flanders / Belgium.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ehm_bHR8c3M

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James England

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It's tragic how so many other artists fail to have chart success and Ed Sheeran has hit the chart jackpot. I'm not wishing to dismiss any talent he may possess but there are so many other talented singers/songwriters that release music each week and they don't even break the top 100, let alone the top 40. It's just so depressing to see one artist having an absurdly successful career when there appears to be no logic behind such success. It's a complete mystery.

My guess is Ed Sheeran will dominate the album/single chart for much of 2018. The madness of streaming will continue.... It's a broken format (the number of Christmas songs in the chart is ridiculous and proves what a broken format it is!). Streaming is just the digital version of a jukebox. It's not based on sales, free streams are counted as sales (that is nonsensical but no-one from the OCC will ever admit it) - the very concept of the chart has been destroyed by streaming and allowed one artist - Ed Sheeran - to dominate.

I assume the album chart has gone the way of the singles chart and streaming 'sales' now take precedence? It must be why Ed Sheeran's album is still selling so well.

I'd rather listen to new music on Spotify each Friday - at least that gives us new music! The current singles/streaming chart format is stale. The idea of Ed Sheeran's Perfect breaking the record for longest ever number one single - ergh, no thanks.

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Foxes

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I doubt that Ed will dominate the charts in 2018. 'Happier' is the only single left to be released from '÷', and at most he'll have 1 single from his next album towards the end of the year. '÷' will fall throughout the year, as well.
Streaming isn't broken, but I do agree that it could do with some refining in the way that streams count towards the chart. Rather than having a flat ratio for all streams, I think that having different ratios for paid streams and free streams is the best way forwards. Something like a 100:1 ratio for paid streams (Spotify Premium, Apple Music, etc.), a 200:1 ratio for free streams (Spotify Free, Apple Music Trial, etc.) and a 400:1 ratio for YouTube streams should work quite well. 150:1, 250:1 and 500:1 could also work, though I think that paid streams should be worth more than streams are currently.
While on the singles chart streaming is king (it makes up around 93% of the entire singles market in the UK), on the albums chart sales still take precedence. The all-time record for streaming in the albums market in the UK was around 47%, and while I don't have any figures for this week just gone, in the previous week streams accounted for just 22.6% of the total. Last week's #1 on both the main chart and streaming chart, 'Revival', sold just 19,400 of its 131,622 total from streams. And 'Revival' was a huge streaming album. Which means that '÷' sold even less than that of its 120,546 total from streams, since it was #3 on the streaming chart, plus '÷' sold 109,000 in physical sales alone last week. Also, at the beginning of October '÷' had 1.7m pure sales and 511,000 streaming-equivalent sales. Even with '÷' being the biggest streaming album the UK has ever seen, it still gets the majority of its sales from pure sales.

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James England

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Put it another way, if streaming didn't exist and you could only buy singles via digital downloads or actual physical copies bought in a store, would the top 40 be full of so many Xmas songs? I doubt it. Perhaps someone into chart stats can look back at the pre-streaming era to see if so many Xmas songs charted so high inside the top 40 - top 20. From memory, I think Wham's Last Christmas was the most popular but I can't remember it charting as high as number 2 on re-release. I doubt many people have actually paid to hear all these old Christmas songs (see next paragraph!).

But of more significance - I think my point about FREE Spotify streams is 100 percent valid and does make the concept of streaming rather absurd. Why should any free stream count to a so-called single 'sale'. I doesn't matter what ratio you have - free streams should not be part of a 'sale'. It's an oxymoron! As long as free streams count as sales I don't consider the chart to be accurate or legitimate (no offence meant, just the way I feel about it). Why doesn't the OCC and record companies ditch the current singles chart format and just call it the Official Streaming Chart. The only singles we'll ever encounter is at a dating website. :P

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Foxes

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We could fix that issue by having the OCC ditch the terms "sales" and "singles", and instead replace them with "points" and "songs". If all of the Christmas songs had a certain amount of chart "points" this week instead of having a certain amount of "sales", would that help you to feel like that chart was a bit more legitimate?
I don't think that free streams should be completely excluded from the chart, as that is how a lot of people listen to music nowadays, but I do believe that they should be worth less than paid streams, and you are right in that these streams are not "sales" in any sense of the word. Again, the term "chart points" (similar to the US) would fix this slight issue.
Just making it the Official Streaming Chart wouldn't work at this point, but in 5-10 years we will see a chart where sales have all but lost their power and streaming is the only real factor, in a similar way to how digital downloads were the only real factor in 2013/2014, when physical single sales had all but died out and before streaming counted towards the chart.
And in a cruel twist of fate that I feel like you might enjoy, Ed Sheeran manages to have 4 songs in the Sales Chart Top 40 this week, but only manages 2 in the Streaming Chart Top 40 and only gets 1 in the Official Singles Chart Top 40.

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Painmix King

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James, you can find that out by looking at The Sales Chart

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Spaceman

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Rather than having a flat ratio for all streams, I think that having different ratios for paid streams and free streams is the best way forwards.

Yup. This is how the US charts will be doing it starting next year.

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A Taste Of International Music

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Nice! Best and most interesting charts for a long time. Can't wait to see the dramatic changes next year. 13 songs in the Top 20 will disappear! :O

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George

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Wow, never seen so many Christmas songs in the top 100, including in the top 10. Fantastic!

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Ronald van Veen

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Eartha Kitt & Kylie Minogue singing Santa Baby!!!

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Painmix King

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Very interesting to see the differnce between this Top 100 and the sales chart regarding Xmas songs. In the sales chart Wham have the highest position for a Xmas song at No. 16, and not one Xmas song moved up the chart. A tad more accurate5 days after Xmas Day me thinks.

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I.B.

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FAR too much Xmas tat in the top 40, they should restrict it to 5 songs at the most.

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Dan Love

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Why?

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Dan Love

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I mean why should popular songs which people listen to and buy be restricted from entering the charts? It's obvious that people would start listening to Christmas songs at this period so why should they be prevented?

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Foxes

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Definitely agree with you on this one, and this includes the manipulative "300:1 ratio" and "3 per artist" rules that they implemented not so long ago.

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Billy Clarke

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This chart is different from what was announced on Radio 1, anyone know what happened?

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Piran

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Radio 1 counted down the biggest songs of the year today, unlike the usual weekly Top 40 singles of 2017.

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Finally KYLIE breaks into top 40 !!!!!

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Ronald van Veen

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At last!!!

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Karl Fursey

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Watch what happens next week when Wham's Last Christmas will set a new unwanted chart record by dropping from 2 out of the 100 when all the festive releases also disappear.

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TheInkAndThePaper

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Why can't Ed Sheeran just disappear forever?

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Dan Love

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Because sadly he's popular

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George

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Yes, I agree he is nothing special. People just buying what everyone else is buying is boring zzzz

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Hungryadamjones

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crazy how people just can't like music these days. lmao.

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Piran

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I didn't expect Christmas songs to do much better than they did last week, but I like that we have some new festive hits breaking the Top 40, like 'Santa Baby' & 'Santa's Coming For Us'.
I also love that we're getting some of 2017's biggest hits rebounding, including the big gain for 'Despacito' & the re-entry for 'Galway Girl'! :)

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Naos

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"Galway Girl" is SO good.

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Piran

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I completely agree! I wish that got as much popularity in the US as it did everywhere else in the world.