Drake's One Dance leads UK's biggest singles of 2016
Now that 2016 is done and dusted and consigned to history, the Official Charts Company can reveal the official biggest singles of the entire year.
Sitting at the top of the year-end rundown, which counts digital, physical and streaming equivalent sales, is – 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, leveling with Wet Wet Wet’s epic stint with Love Is All Around in 1994 but falling short of the all-time record.
One Dance, which was Drake's first Number 1 as a lead artist, has racked up 1.95 millions combined sales, made up of 530,000 downloads and an impressive 142 million streams. With streaming now accounting for 80% of the singles market here in the UK, One Dance also nabs the title of the most streamed song of 2016, holding the record for the most streams in one week at 7.86m plays. Plus the track also enjoyed the biggest one-week combined sales figure for a Number 1 single of the year so far, notching up 140,000 during its fourth week at the top in April. See Drake and One Dance’s full chart history here.
Up in second with a combined tally of 1.49 million, it's Lukas Graham's 7 Years. The Danish band spent five weeks at Number 1, and also claims the accolade of 2016’s most purchased track of the year (630,000 downloads).
Sia's Cheap Thrills spent 38 weeks in the Top 40 but missed out on a Number 1 – it does, however, claim its place as the third biggest song of the year, with 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 is our fourth biggest tune of the year, with a tally of 1.38m.
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 finishes in fifth, racking up 1.28m combined sales over 2016.
Zara Larsson’s Lush Life scored 13 weeks in the Top 10 this spring, and is sixth biggest song of 2016 1.16m), and The Chainsmokers appear in seventh place with Closer (1.15m), and Justin Bieber's Love Yourself claims 1.14m combined sales to take eighth.
Calum Scott's cover of Robyn classic Dancing On My Own peaked at Number 2 in August, but still lands 12th (1.11m), ahead of and 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 are Clean Bandit - their eight-week chart leader Rockabye places at 37. To view the full chart visit OfficialCharts.com from 7pm, and listen back to BBC Radio 1’s full end of year Official Chart countdown on iPlayer.
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