Top 10 Most Downloaded Rock Songs Of All Time In UK

  • ‘Killing in the Name’ – Rage Against The Machine The UK’s most downloaded rock songs of all-time have been announced and here's the top 10, starting with the ultimate screw-you to your parents and teachers anthem ‘Killing in the Name’, by Rage Against The Machine. Sales were buoyed by the successful campaign to prevent the 2009 Xmas no.1 being another X Factor song.


    Added: 11 Oct 2012

  • ‘Pompeii’ – Bastille Number 9 on the most downloaded rock chart is ‘Pompeii’ by Bastille. Written about two corpses stuck in molten lava having a conversation about their recently destroyed city. Sombre topics for the party hit of the summer.

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    Added: 25 Aug 2013

  • ‘Ho Hey’ – Lumineers Number 8 and it's America’s answer to Mumford and Sons, the Lumineers with ‘Ho Hey’.

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    Added: 02 May 2014

  • ‘Iris’ – Goo Goo Dolls At number 7 is indie crossover anthem ‘Iris’. Johnny Rzeznik wrote this hit song for the movie City Of Angels, where it is sung from the perspective of an angel who must choose between eternal life or starting a relationship with Meg Ryan. Tough.

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    Added: 02 May 2014

  • Paradise’ – Coldplay At number 6 is ‘Paradise’ by Coldplay which was originally recorded for the winner of the 2010 X Factor. Chris Martin was taken to task by drummer Will Champion who forced him to claim it for themselves and put it on their thematic rock opera album 'Mylo Xyloto'.

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    Added: 25 Feb 2014

  • ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’ – Journey Nearly on to the top 5 and the Glee effect comes in to play. They really should start their own record label. The Glee cover returned the 1981 Hair Ballad to its former greatness so we never had to stop believin’ we would hear the song again.

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    Added: 02 May 2014

  • ‘Chasing Cars’ – Snow Patrol Coming in at number 4 is tear-jerking anthem ‘Chasing Cars’. Gary Lightbody called the song "the most pure and open love song I've ever written." Some of this honesty certainly resonated with the record downloading masses. The song also has the honour of being the last song performed live on Top Of The Pops.

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    Added: 07 Jul 2012

  • ‘Use Somebody’ – Kings of Leon In third place it’s the most successful Nashville family band ever, the Kings of Leon. ‘Use Somebody’ on its release was described by NME as ‘easily the best 80s power ballad of 2008’. The song beat pop titans Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Taylor Swift to a Grammy for song of the year. Rock wins again!

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    Added: 20 Mar 2013

  • 'We Are Young' - Fun ft. Janelle Monae Fun originally wanted Rihanna to feature on this song but she missed out on the opportunity. The song broke when it was handed to Glee creator Ryan Murphy who flexed his newly found A&R skills and immediately wrote it into the show. The tune culminated in a valuable Super Bowl advert spot that led sales to soar.

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    Added: 30 Aug 2012

  • ‘Sex On Fire’ – Kings of Leon And at number one is the ultimate Kings Of Leon rock anthem. Caleb Followill said he nearly didn’t even bother recording this sexy banger, good job his bandmates persuaded him.

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    Added: 28 Apr 2011

  • Check out the Top 20 here. (Data © Official Charts Company 2014).

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    Added: 02 May 2014