The biggest albums and singles of 2016 so far have been revealed

The biggest albums and singles of 2016 so far have been revealed

As Q3 comes to a close, the biggest selling albums and singles of 2016 so far have been revealed, with Drake and Adele leading the way.

Drake’s monster hit One Dance is out in front in the singles list, with combined chart sales of 1.695m, including 540,600 downloads and 119m streams.

By staying at Number One for 15 weeks over the summer, the track equalled Wet Wet Wet’s achievement with 1994 single Love Is All Around. The top five is completed by Lukas Graham’s 7 Years (1.402m), Mike Posner’s I Took A Pill In Ibiza (Seeb remix) (1.292m), Sia’s Cheap Thrills (1.281m) and Calvin Harris and Rihanna’s This Is What You Came For (1.112m).

Adele’s 25 is out in front as the year’s biggest album, outselling everything in its path so far. It was also the highest selling album of 2015. So far in 2016, the Tottenham singer’s third record has amassed 623,000 combined sales. The album’s paid-for sales account for 96% of its overall figure, with 598,500 copies sold in the UK this year.

Behind it in the top four are Justin Bieber’s Purpose (413,000), David Bowie’s Blackstar (376,000) and Coldplay’s A Head Full Of Dreams (371,000). In the year of his death, Bowie’s greatest hits collection Best Of Bowie is in fifth place, while Drake’s Views is at six.

The full top 10 lists of the biggest singles and albums of 2016 so far can be seen below.


1. Drake Ft Wizkid & Kyla

One Dance

2. Lukas Graham

7 Years

3. Mike Posner

I Took A Pill In Ibiza

4. Sia

Cheap Thrills

5. Calvin Harris Ft Rihanna

This Is What You Came For

6. Zara Larsson

Lush Life

7. Rihanna Ft Drake


8. Justin Bieber

Love Yourself

9. Shawn Mendes


10. Jonas Blue & Dakota

Fast Car



1. Adele


2. Justin Bieber


3. David Bowie


4. Coldplay

A Head Full Of Dreams

5. David Bowie

Best Of Bowie

6. Drake


7. Jess Glynne

I Cry When I Laugh

8. Beyonce


9. Little Mix

Get Weird

10. James Bay

Chaos And The Calm

Music Week Radar, 6th October 2016

Nova Twins – Hitlist. Filmed at Music Week Radar, Under the Bridge

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