Adele DOESN’T Have The Bestselling UK Single Of 2015 – And 5 Other End-Of-Year Chart Surprises

The end-of-year UK Singles Chart for 2015 is in, and there are plenty of unexpected results. Here are the choicest oddities of the bunch.

1. Adele’s ‘Hello’ came sixth

That’s right. The comeback single that broke all of the records and held the top spot in charts all over the world came a measly sixth in the end-of-year lists, trailing behind Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’ and OMI’s ‘Cheerleader’. To be fair to Adele, she did only release it in November, giving her two months of selling time – maybe it’ll top next year’s list instead.

2. Only a quarter of the Top 20 songs are performed by women

That’s right – in the Top 20 the only women are Ellie Goulding, Adele, Rihanna, Jess Glynne, and Mø. Fuck you, patriarchy.

3. Hozier’s ‘Take Me To Church’ was Number 3 in the End of Year chart but never hit Number One in the weekly charts

This two-year-old song climbed from Number 76 in 2014’s End of Year chart to Number 3 in 2015’s, so it’s done incredibly well. It managed to hit that height by remaining at Number 2 in the weekly charts for four consecutive weeks after a 20-week climb inside the top 40.

4. The Weeknd’s ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ didn’t get into the top 20

…despite being a proper banger, hands down.

5. Fewer than half of the top 20 singles are by British artists

But three of the top 20 are taken up by Justin Bieber songs. You’ve made your choice, guys.

6. Despite being an inescapable meme ‘Hotline Bling’ only came 40th

‘Hotline Bling’ was all over the internet, like a rash, for most of autumn, thanks to the many, many parody versions of its music video, which featured Drake improvising a weird dance. Even Channel 4’s newsreader, Jon Snow, had a go, for god’s sake. Isn’t that a surefire recipe for chart success…?

See the full end-of-year UK Singles Chart list for 2015 below:
1. Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson Ft Bruno Mars
2. Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix) – OMI
3. Take Me To Church – Hozier
4. Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding
5. See You Again – Wiz Khalifa Ft Charlie Puth
6. Hello – Adele
7. Lean On – Major Lazer Ft Mø & Dj Snake
8. Hold Back The River – James Bay
9. What Do You Mean – Justin Bieber
10. Sorry – Justin Bieber
11. King – Years & Years
12. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
13. Sugar – Maroon 5
14. Hold My Hand – Jess Glynne
15. Where Are U Now – Skrillex & Diplo/Justin Bieber
16. Want To Want Me – Jason Derulo
17. Are You With Me – Lost Frequencies
18. FourFiveSeconds – Rihanna/Kanye West/McCartney
19. Shut Up & Dance – Walk The Moon
20. How Deep Is Your Love – Calvin Harris & Disciples
21. Can’t Feel My Face – Weeknd
22. Firestone – Kygo Ft Conrad Sewell
23. Trap Queen – Fetty Wap
24. Love Yourself – Justin Bieber
25. The Hills – Weeknd
26. Earned It – Weeknd
27. Black Magic – Little Mix
28. Wish You Were Mine – Philip George
29. Photograph – Ed Sheeran
30. The Nights – Avicii
31. Runaway (U & I) – Galantis
32. Elastic Heart – Sia
33. Bloodstream – Ed Sheeran
34. Marvin Gaye – Charlie Puth Ft Meghan Trainor
35. Up – Olly Murs Ft Demi Lovato
36. Not Letting Go – Tinie Tempah Ft Jess Glynne
37. Shine – Years & Years
38. Ayo – Chris Brown & Tyga
39. Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself – Jess Glynne
40. Hotline Bling – Drake