Top 10 albums, singles, vinyls and streams of 2016 revealed

Top 10 albums, singles, vinyls and streams of 2016 revealed

Following yesterday’s BPI and OCC report into music consumption in 2016, Music Week has rounded up the Top 10 albums, singles, vinyls and streams of the past 12 months.

2016 marked a second consecutive year of growth for the music industry, with streaming and vinyl sales driving a 1.5% increase in Album Equivalent Sales (AES) to 123.4 million.

The figures also revealed 2016’s most successful artists and releases. Adele’s 25 was the year’s No.1 album, while Drake’s One Dance was the year’s top-selling single. One also came out on top of the Top 10 most streamed songs of 2016 chart.

Unsurprisingly, the success of One Dance earned Drake the crown of most streamed artist of 2016.

As for vinyl, the late David Bowie’s Blackstar was the year’s top seller.

You can see each of these Top 10 2016 round ups below.


1.            Adele, 25
2.            Coldplay, A Head Full Of Dreams
3.            Michael Ball & Alfie Boe, Together  
4.            Justin Bieber, Purpose            
5.            Elvis Presley, The Wonder Of You
6.            David Bowie, Blackstar  
7.            Little Mix, Glory Days
8.            Drake, Views  
9.            Jess Glynne, I Cry When I Laugh
10.          David Bowie, Best Of Bowie  


1.            Various Artists, Now 95
2.            Various Artists, Now 93
3.            Various Artists, Now 94
4.            Various Artists, Now Christmas
5.            Various Artists, Sing Your Heart Out 2016
6.            Various Artists, 100% Clubland
7.            Various Artists, Throwback – Summer Jamz
8.            Various Artists, Now Disney
9.            Various Artists, The Country Album
10.          Various Artists, The Annual 2017


1.            Drake ft. Wizkid & Kyla, One Dance
2.            Lukas Graham, 7 Years
3.            Sia, Cheap Thrills
4.            Mike Posner, I Took A Pill In Ibiza
5.            Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna, This Is What You Came For
6.            Zara Larsson, Lush Life
7.            Chainsmokers ft. Halsey, Closer
8.            Justin Bieber, Love Yourself
9.            Rihanna ft. Drake, Work
10.          Justin Timberlake, Can’t Stop The Feeling

Chart 4 – OFFICIAL CHARTS MOST STREAMED SONGS 2016 (audio streams only)

1.           Drake ft. Wizkid & Kyla, One Dance
2.           Sia, Cheap Thrills
3.           Mike Posner, I Took A Pill In Ibiza
4.           Lukas Graham, 7 Years
5.           Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna, This Is What You Came For
6.           Rihanna ft. Drake, Work
7.           Zara Larsson, Lush Life
8.           Chainsmokers ft. Halsey, Closer
9.           Justin Bieber, Love Yourself
10.         Major Lazer/Justin Bieber/MO, Cold Water

Chart 5 – OFFICIAL CHARTS MOST STREAMED ARTISTS 2016 (audio streams only) Provisional – up to week 50 only

1.            Drake
2.            Justin Bieber
3.            Rihanna
4.            Kanye West  
5.            Coldplay
6.            The Weeknd
7.            Twenty One Pilots
8.            Sia
9.            Ed Sheeran
10.          Eminem

Chart 6 – OFFICIAL VINYL ARTIST ALBUMS CHART 2016 – © Official Charts Company

1.             David Bowie, Blackstar          
2.             Amy Winehouse, Back To Black
3.             Various Artists OST, Guardians Of The Galaxy - Mix 1
4.             Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool
5.             Fleetwood Mac, Rumours
6.             The Stone Roses, The Stone Roses
7.             Bob Marley And The Wailers, Legend
8.             The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
9.             Prince & The Revolution, Purple Rain OST
10.           Nirvana, Nevermind

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