Wednesday, January 4, 2023

UK Official Charts: Songs of the Year, 1952-2022

UK Official Charts:

Songs of the Year, 1952-2021

The UK Official Charts Company is a company which tracks sales of albums and singles in the United Kingdom. The company formed in 1969, but have integrated New Musical Express (NME) charts which date back to 1952. There are year-end charts posted on the official site, but they are easier to access here.

Check out other “songs of the year” lists here.

  • 2022: Harry Styles “As It Was
  • 2021: Ed Sheeran “Bad Habits”
  • 2020: The Weeknd “Blinding Lights

  • 2019: Lewis Capaldi “Someone You Loved
  • 2018: Keala Settle with the Greatest Showman Ensemble “This Is Me”
  • 2017: Ed Sheeran “Shape of You
  • 2016: Drake with Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance
  • 2015: Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk!
  • 2014: Pharrell Williams “Happy
  • 2013: Robin Thicke with T.I. & Pharrell Williams “Blurred Lines
  • 2012: Gotye with Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know
  • 2011: Adele “Someone Like You
  • 2010: Eminem & Rihanna “Love the Way You Lie

  • 2009: Lady Gaga “Poker Face
  • 2008: Alexandra Burke “Hallelujah
  • 2007: Leona Lewis “Bleeding Love
  • 2006: Gnarls Barkley “Crazy
  • 2005: Tony Christie & Peter Kay “Is This the Way to Amarillo”
  • 2004: Band Aid 20 “Do They Know It’s Christmas?
  • 2003: Black Eyed Peas with Justin Timberlake “Where Is the Love?”
  • 2002: Will Young “Anything Is Possible”
  • 2001: Shaggy with Ricardo “Rik Rok” Ducent “It Wasn’t Me”
  • 2000: Bob the Builder “Can We Fix It?”

  • 1999: Britney Spears “Baby One More Time
  • 1998: Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On
  • 1997: Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112 “I’ll Be Missing You
  • 1996: Spice Girls “Wannabe
  • 1995: Celine Dion “Think Twice”
  • 1994: Wet Wet Wet “Love Is All Around”
  • 1993: Meat Loaf “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)
  • 1992: Shapespear’s Sister “Stay”
  • 1991: Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You
  • 1990: Elton John “Healing Hands”/“Sacrifice”

  • 1989: Black Box “Ride on Time”
  • 1988: Kylie Minogue “I Should Be So Lucky”
  • 1987: Rick Astley “Never Gonna Give You Up
  • 1986: Communards “Don’t Leave Me This Way”
  • 1985: Jennifer Rush “The Power of Love”
  • 1984: Frankie Goes to Hollywood “Relax
  • 1983: Culture Club “Karma Chameleon
  • 1982: Dexy’s Midnight Runners “Come on Eileen
  • 1981: Shakin’ Stevens “This Ole House”
  • 1980: Don McLean “Crying”

  • 1979: Art Garfunkel “Bright Eyes”
  • 1978: Boney M “Rivers of Babylon”
  • 1977: Abba “Knowing Me, Knowing You”
  • 1976: Brotherhood of Man “Save Your Kisses for Me”
  • 1975: Bay City Rollers “Bye Bye Baby”
  • 1974: David Essex “Gonna Make You a Star”
  • 1973: Tony Orlando & Dawn “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Ole Oak Tree”
  • 1972: Harry Nilsson “Without You”
  • 1971: Tony Orlando & Dawn “Knock Three Times
  • 1970: Elvis Presley “The Wonder of You”

  • 1969: The Archies “Sugar, Sugar
  • 1968: Louis Armstrong “What a Wonderful World
  • 1967: Engelbert Humperdinck “Release Me”
  • 1966: Jim Reeves “Distant Drums”
  • 1965: Ken Dodd “Tears”
  • 1964: Jim Reeves “I Love You Because”
  • 1963: The Beatles “She Loves You
  • 1962: Frank Ifield “I Remember You”
  • 1961: Elvis Presley “Wooden Heart”
  • 1960: The Everly Brothers “Cathy’s Clown

  • 1959: Russ Conway “Side Saddle”
  • 1958: The Everly Brothers “All I Have to Do Is Dream
  • 1957: Paul Anka “Diana
  • 1956: Doris Day “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera Sera)”
  • 1955: Tennessee Ernie Ford “Give Me Your Word”
  • 1954: Doris Day “Secret Love
  • 1953: Frankie Laine “I Believe”
  • 1952: Al Martino “Here in My Heart”

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First posted 4/14/2019; last updated 1/4/2023.

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