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By Andy Malt | Posted on Friday, April 9, 2021
The BPI revealed yesterday that Britons are listening to more music to get through the lockdown. Now, the Official Charts Company has revealed the hottest singles and albums of 2021 so far. OK, the BPI research doesn’t technically cover that period, but, I don’t know if you noticed, we’ve been in pretty much complete lockdown – more or less – since the start of the year, so I think confusing these two things is fine.
Hey, too, before I went crazy, Dua Lipa’s ‘Future Nostalgia’ is the most popular album, which was the big lockdown release last year, and was the UK’s third biggest album of 2020. These are definitely lock down charts! Yes! Let’s all talk a little more about containment!
Actually, no, you might be right. Let’s just talk about the music. People don’t want to hear about confinement, they just care about music. They listen to music to forget about confinement, after all (or so says BPI research)! Hey, did you know there’s been a new number one album every week this year so far? It’s a lot of music to distract you from confinement. Let’s talk about that for a moment.
After Dua Lipa, Foo Fighter’s ‘Medicine At Midnight’ is the second most popular album of the year so far, with Harry Styles’ ‘Fine Line’ coming in third and ‘Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon’ of Pop Smoke in Fourth. Which young upstart completes the top 5? Why it’s Queen, of course, with their classic album, ‘Greatest Hits’.
But what about singles? Well, I don’t think it will surprise anyone at all that Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Drivers License’ is the UK’s most popular track so far of 2021. But would it shock you to know that the dance remix of the sea song “Wellerman” was number two? No, probably not. Can you guess number three? Wrong! The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” is number five. Bad luck. Two weeks of additional confinement for you.
“While much of life seems to have come to a standstill during the lockdown, it’s really been a great start to 2021 for music,” says Martin Talbot, Managing Director of Official Charts Company. “The steady stream of new releases has allowed us to see a new official number one album every week of the year so far, driven by CD and vinyl sales, and such a wide range of artists and genres. music too, from Lana Del Rey and Barry Gibb to Foo Fighters and Slowthai, what a fantastically promising start to the year!
Well, how about we look at the top ten, huh? I mean, there are full top 40 lists, but I’m not about to start putting them into a usable format just for you. You can watch all singles here and albums here, if you like. Or below are the top ten, which you should be both pleased with and grateful for.
UK’s Most Popular Singles – Q1 2021
1. Olivia Rodrigo – Driving license
2. Nathan Evans – Wellerman (220kid x Billen Ted Remix)
3. Kid Laroi – Without You
4. Tiesto – The Company
5. The Weeknd – Blinding Lights
6. Anne-Marie – Don’t Play (with KSI and Digital Farm Animals)
7. Joel Corey – Head and Heart (with MNEK)
8. Meduza – Paradise (with Dermot Kennedy)
9. Shane Codd – Get Out Of My Head
10. Small mix – sweet melody
UK’s Most Popular Albums – Q1 2021
1. Dua Lipa – Nostalgia for the future
2. Foo Fighters – Midnight Medicine
3. Harry Styles – Fine Line
4. Pop Smoke – Aim for the stars, aim for the moon
5. Queen – Greatest Hits
6. Lewis Capaldi – Divinely uninspired to a hellish extent
7. Taylor Swift – Always More
8. Fleetwood Mac – 50 Years – Don’t Stop
9. Ed Sheeran – Divide
10. Celeste – Not Your Muse