08 October 2021
This year’s big breakout star Olivia Rodrigo dominates the UK’s Official biggest songs of 2021 so far with three entries in the year-to-date Top 40.
Olivia’s two chart-topping singles currently rank as the Top 2 biggest songs of the year, with Drivers License at Number 1, followed by Good 4 U at Number 2. Rodrigo’s debut single Drivers License has racked up 1.19m chart sales, including 142 million streams, while Good 4 U is close behind on 1.15m. Her Top 5 hit Deja Vu features further down the chart at Number 29.
Close behind Olivia at Number 3 is Ed Sheeran’s Bad Habits (1.14m), which spent a mammoth 11 weeks at Number 1 between July – September, while the Weeknd’s Save Your Tears – which logged two weeks at Number 2 in June – is at Number 4 (963k). Lil Nas X’s five-week leader Montero (Call Me By Your Name) closes out the Top 5 (917k).
Tion Wayne and Russ Millions with their Official Number 1 Single Awards for Body.
Other singles performing strongly this year include Body by British rappers Tion Wayne & Russ Millions’ – the UK’s first Number 1 drill single in May – at Number 7 (832k), while dance smash Friday by Riton, Nightcrawlers, Mufasa & Hypeman is at Number 9 (795k).
British DJ/producer Joel Corry is enjoying a successful 2021 with two entries in the year-to-date Top 20: Top 3 smash Bed with Raye and David Guetta is at 12, while last year’s Head & Heart with MNEK remains a streaming powerhouse at 15. Meanwhile, Little Mix – who celebrated their 10th anniversary this year – also have two entries with Galantis and David Guetta collaboration Heartbreak Anthem (24) and January chart-topper Sweet Melody (32).
Little Mix with their Official Number 1 Single Awards for Sweet Melody.
2021 has undoubtedly been a breakout year for The Kid Laroi. The Australian singer and rapper’s first big hit Without You, which peak at Number 2 in February, ranks at Number 13, while his latest single Stay with Justin Bieber, which also peaked at Number 2, is at 19.
Elsewhere, British singer-songwriter Tom Grennan landed his first three Top 40 singles this year, all of which went Top 10. His first, Little Bit Of Love, places 16th on the year-to-date chart, while Ella Henderson duet Let’s Go Home Together is at 22.
This year has also seen the rise of Canterbury-born artist Mimi Webb, so far scoring three Top 40 singles. Her first, Good Without, peaked at Number 8 in July and places at Number 33 on the YTD Top 40. Meanwhile, Italian rockers Måneskin have become global superstars since their Eurovision win in May – their Top 5 follow-up single I Wanna Be Your Slave is at 35.
The Official Singles Chart has seen several viral hits on TikTok land in the Top 40 this year. One of the biggest is Heat Waves by Oxford band Glass Animals, which places at 18 after appearing in the Top 100 for most of 2021, claiming the biggest song of the year so far by a group or band. Close behind at 21 are British rap newcomers A1 & J1, who enjoyed massive viral success with their debut single Latest Trends, peaking at Number 2 in March.
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