List of UK Singles Chart number ones of the 2010s
The UK Singles Chart is a weekly record chart compiled by the Official Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. As of 10 July 2015, the chart week runs from Friday to Thursday with the chart-date given as the following Thursday. Before this, the chart week ran from Sunday to Saturday, with the chart date given as the following Saturday. During the 2010s, a total of 238 songs have been number one on the UK Singles Chart. Joe McElderry was the first artist to top the chart in the decade, when "The Climb" replaced "Killing in the Name" by Rage Against the Machine.
|UK Singles Chart number ones|
|UK Singles Chart|
Official Charts Company
Christmas number one
Digital downloads made up the majority of music sales at the start of the decade. In 2011, singles sales hit an all-time high, a record that was then surpassed in 2012. From July 2014, as download sales began to decline, audio streaming began to be counted at a rate of 100 streams equivalent to a sale, later increased to 150 streams, and later still to 300 streams once a song had spent a certain time on the charts and its consumption had declined.
|No.||nth single to top the UK Singles Chart|
|re||Return of a single to number one|
|Best-selling single of the year[a]|
Artists with the most number onesEdit
Nineteen artists have all had at least four number-one singles during the 2010s. Calvin Harris has had eight, more than anyone else.
Songs with the most weeks at number oneEdit
The following songs spent at least six weeks at number one during the 2010s.
|Drake featuring Kyla and Wizkid||"One Dance"||15|
|Ed Sheeran||"Shape of You"||14|
|Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber||"Despacito (Remix)"||11|
|Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie||"Rockabye"||9|
|Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa||"One Kiss"||8|
|Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber||"I Don't Care"|
|Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars||"Uptown Funk"||7|
|Lewis Capaldi||"Someone You Loved"|
|Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris||"We Found Love"||6|
|Justin Bieber||"Love Yourself"|
|Calvin Harris and Sam Smith||"Promises"|
|Ariana Grande||"Thank U, Next"|
Artists with the most weeks at number oneEdit
The following artists have all spent a total of ten or more weeks at the number-one spot during the 2010s.
Record labels with the most weeks at number oneEdit
Fourteen record labels have spent ten or more weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart so far during the 2010s.
|Record label||Number ones||Weeks at|
|Def Jam Records||11||26|
|Warner Bros. Records||8||17|
|Cash Money Records||2||16|
|Ministry of Sound||10||13|
Million-selling and Platinum recordsEdit
Since April 1973, the British Phonographic Industry has been classifying singles by the number of units shipped or by sales. The highest threshold is "Platinum record" and is currently awarded to singles that have shipped or sold over 600,000 units.[d] From July 2014, BPI certifications (along with the Official Singles Chart) include audio streaming at 100 streams equal to one unit; these are referred to as 'combined sales' or 'chart sales'. So for example, "All of Me" by John Legend was certified double Platinum (1,200,000 combined sales) in October 2014 and became a million-seller in January 2015.
For million selling records see List of million-selling singles in the United Kingdom
For Platinum singles see List of Platinum singles in the United Kingdom awarded since 2000
- In 2010, the best-selling single of the year was "Love the Way You Lie" by Eminem featuring Rihanna, which entered the chart on 27 June and peaked at number two.
- The artist, single, date of reaching number one and number of weeks at number one are those given by the Official Charts Company.
- The record labels are those given by the OCC.
- The number of sales required to qualify for Platinum, Gold and Silver discs was dropped in 1989 from the former thresholds of Silver (250,000 units), Gold (500,000 units), and Platinum (1,000,000 units) to the current thresholds of Silver (200,000 units), Gold (400,000 units), and Platinum (600,000 units).
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