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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The UK's 40 Best-Selling Singles Of 2010

Earlier today NME posted the list of the UK's 40 Best-Selling Singles Of 2010. A few things about the roundup became caused me to arch an eyebrow, and I've noted them below. Check it:

* The United Kingdom seems to have missed on the strange phenomenon that is Train's "Hey, Soul Sister" for the most part—though not entirely. The song peaked at a lowly #18 across the pond, while here in the States it haunted the Top 10 for months (eventually reaching #3), has been certified quadruple Platinum and is the top-selling MP3 of 2010 on iTunes.

* The #1 song on the list didn't reach #1 on the UK chart.

*  There are only five entries in the Top 20 of the UK's Top 40 Best-Selling Singles Of 2010 that feature artists from the UK.

* Katy Perry sings on five of the 40 singles, which officially makes her the current consumers' choice for Queen Of Pop overseas. Or just plain evil.

* Two different versions of "Don't Stop Believin'" feature on the list.

* Matt Cardle's "When We Collide" is #20, despite having been released a mere week-and-a-half ago. By the same token, Lady Gaga's "Alejandro"—a song that's been available in the UK for over a year—is #40.

* Three of the songs listed here made it onto Chart Rigger's 10 Best Pop Singles Of 2010 list. Two appeared on the 10 Worst Singles Of 2010 roundup.

* Fucking Iyaz, man...


1. Eminem feat. Rihanna, “Love The Way You Lie”
2. Bruno Mars, “Just The Way You Are”
3. Usher feat. will.i.am, “OMG”
4. Owl City, “Fireflies”
5. B.o.B feat. Hayley Williams, “Airplanes”
6. Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg, “California Gurls”
7. Yolanda Be Cool vs. DCUP, “We No Speak Americano”
8. Helping Haiti, “Everybody Hurts”
9. Rihanna, “Only Girl (In The World)”
10. Tinie Tempah, “Pass Out”
11. Alicia Keys, "Empire State Of Mind (Part II) Broken Down"
12. Rihanna, "Rude Boy"
13. Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce, "Telephone"
14. Plan B, "She Said"
15. Iyaz, "Replay"
16. Cee Lo Green, "Forget You"
17. Taio Cruz, "Dynamite"
18. Flo Rida feat. David Guetta, "Club Can't Handle Me"
19. Jason Derulo, "Ridin' Solo"
20. Matt Cardle, "When We Collide"
21. Glee Cast, "Don't Stop Believin'"
22. Journey, "Don't Stop Believin'"
23. Travie McCoy feat. Bruno Mars, "Billionaire"
24. 3OH!3 feat. Katy Perry, "Starstrukk"
25. Lady Gaga, "Bad Romance"
26. Eliza Doolittle, "Pack Up"
27. Katy Perry, "Firework"
28. Katy Perry, "Teenage Dream"
29. Eminem, "Not Afraid"
30. Tinie Tempah feat. Eric Turner, "Written In The Stars"
31. Timbaland feat. Katy Perry, "If We Ever Meet Again"
32. Sidney Samson feat. Wizard Sleeve, "Riverside (Let's Go!)"
33. Jason Derulo, "In My Head"
34. Scouting For Girls, "This Ain't A Love Song"
35. K'naan, "Wavin' Flag"
36. Ellie Goulding, "Starry Eyed"
37. The Wanted, "All Time Low"
38. B.o.B feat. Bruno Mars, "Nothin' On You"
39. Example, "Kickstarts"
40. Lady Gaga, "Alejandro"

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  • At 7:58 PM, Blogger Diva Incarnate said…

    That's only what the people who are too stupid to ilegally buy their music like. People that break the law have much better tast over here...

    I take it Jane MacDonald was #41?

  • At 8:37 PM, Anonymous The OCC said…

    Who gives a fuck about NME? This is NOT the official chart (December isn't over yet).

    The official chart will be revealed in January, as compiled by The Official Chart Company (OCC).

    Fuck NME!

  • At 9:05 PM, Blogger D'luv said…

    OCC, that list is determined by the Official Charts Company, numbskull. NME just posted the info.

    Diva Incarnate, I was hoping Jedward was.

  • At 10:29 PM, Anonymous The OCC said…

    Hey numbskull! From your link:

    Eminem's Love The Way You Lie featuring Rihanna is the biggest selling single of 2010 so far in the UK, according to the Official Charts Company.


    Full end of year lists will be published on Sunday January 2.

  • At 1:28 AM, Blogger Paul said…

    surely the list will be revised by Jan 1st as this week is usually one of the top selling of the year, and then old faves usually get a boost after Christmas when all the kids spend their iTunes vouchers on songs they really want rather than the susan boyle album they got!! :)

    I assume Matt will then place much higher as he's sold well this week too! Ooo it's a complicated chart world!

    Yes, why did the UK miss out on Hey Soul Sister? I never heard it until I saw lovely Darren Criss sing it on Glee and now i'm obsessed with his version!

  • At 10:43 AM, Blogger D'luv said…

    Alright, bitchez, to make everyone happy I'll update with the final tally when it's out.

  • At 12:20 PM, Blogger Joshua said…

    I try to imagine a world where Hey Soul Sister doesn't exist and I just can't tear my soul away from his hell on earth. I should move to the UK :(

  • At 4:35 AM, Blogger princess Totta said…

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