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Ed Sheeran has the top single and album of 2017
Ed Sheeran's Shape Of You is the number one signle of 2017 and his ÷ is the number one album

The musical year 2017 has undoubtedly belonged to Ed Sheeran. His third studio album ÷ is easily the best-selling album of the year and he also has the best-selling single with Shape Of You. Three more Sheeran songs make the year’s top six. Castle On The Hill is at number three, Galway Girl at five and Perfect (which spends a fourth week at the top of the singles chart this week) is at number six. On top of all that he also headlined the main stage at Glastonbury in the summer.

Sheeran, unsurprisingly, has more songs in the top 100 than any other artist with eleven. That, of course, means that some songs from ÷ actually missed the top 100. What a bunch of flops.

Shape Of You spent a total of fourteen weeks at number one at the start of the year. The year’s other long-running number one - Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber’s Despacito - topped the chart for eleven weeks in the middle of 2017. That finishes as the second biggest seller of the year. The only other song in the top six not to be by Edward Christopher Sheeran is French Montana and Swae Lee’s Unforgettable at number four.

The state of the music industry in 2016 was epitomised for some by the fact that the biggest-selling debut album by a male solo artist came from Bradley Walsh, to be seen in 2018 as one of Jodie Whittaker’s travelling companions in Dr Who. This year’s best-seller by a debut artist of any description, and the second best-seller of the year is Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Human. The title track is at number eight in the singles list. The second single, Skin, was nowhere near as big as Human but still finishes at number 40 in the year-end chart.

When Sheeran’s ÷ was released every track from the album went into the top twenty, leading to the Official Charts Company imposing a limit of three songs from one artist in the singles chart. In that week Sheeran had nine songs in the top ten. The one exception was Chainsmokers and Coldplay’s collaboration Something Just Like This, first performed at the Brit Award ceremony in February. The song is at number nine in the year-end list.

Little Mix are the most successful group with five songs in the list including their 2016 number one Shout Out To My Ex at number 73. The highest of them, at number seventeen, is Touch. Their Glory Days album is the year’s fourth best-seller.

Most current hits are a long way from the top of the list. Perfect is an exception having spent some time in the chart earlier in the year. While this has always been true to a large extent, the effect has been exacerbated by the increasing contribution to the chart made by streaming with songs continuing to be streamed in large numbers long after real sales have declined. As examples, Marshmello and Khalid’s Silence, whose nine week top ten run ended a week ago, is only at number 61 for the year. Camila Cabello’s Havana took 13 weeks to get to number one and then spent five weeks at the top. Even so, it still only makes number eighteen in the year-end list. With a successful song’s “sales” now spread over many months the concept of a chart of the year has a very different meaning.

The year has seen a string of entries from former members of another X Factor act, One Direction. The highest placed of them in the year-end list is Liam Payne’s Strip That Down at number twenty. Harry Styles’ Sign Of The Times surprised many critics by being rather good. That finishes as the number 56 song of the year.

One of the surprises of 2016 was the return of Craig David. In 2017, the surprise comeback came from James Arthur who spent three weeks at number one with Say You Won’t Let Go. That is at number 46 in the chart of the year.

The enduring popularity of The Killers’ Mr Brightside is evidenced by its appearance at number 88 in the list, one place above Taylor Swift’s chart-topping Look What You Made Me Do. Mr Brightside entered the chart at number ten in May 2004 before dropping out of the top twenty the following week. It has never returned to the top twenty and has only spent a total of six weeks in the top forty, three of them in 2013. However, it remains extremely popular and continues to make regular appearances in the top 100. Measured purely in terms of its top forty history it is one of the least successful songs to accumulate over one million real sales.

Two of 2016’s biggest hits are in the lower part of the list. Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop The Feeling is at number 83 and Drake’s snoozefest One Dance is at 80. Imagine Dragons didn’t get a lot of top forty success in 2017 but they do have two songs in the list. Thunder is at number 98 while Believer (which didn’t reach the top forty at all) is at 94.

In May of this year 22 people were murdered in a terrorist attack after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. Grande’s response was to organise a concert to raise money for the victims and to unite the city of Manchester. The concert was organised remarkably quickly and took place the following month. Grande also announced that royalties from her song One Last Time would go to the same cause. The song re-entered the chart and reached a new peak of number two. It finishes at number 38 for the year.

Well after the mid-point of her second decade in the charts Pink has the fifth best-selling album with Beautiful Trauma. Sam Smith’s second album, The Thrill Of It All, was only released in November but has already sold enough to finish at number three in the year-end chart. The lead single from the album, Too Good At Goodbyes, topped the singles chart but didn’t quite make the top forty of the year.
Published on: 2017-12-29 by Suedehead2 || 36401 Views
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