Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ becomes UK’s most downloaded track of all time

Song has overtaken Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines', according to new data

Pharrell Williams‘ single ‘Happy’ has become the UK’s most downloaded track of all time.

Data from the Official Charts Company reveals that the song has been downloaded 1.62 million times since its release. The track, which was used on the soundtrack to the film Despicable Me 2, went to Number one upon its release in November last year.

“I would just like to say thank you, first and foremost, to the people, because the charts are determined by them,” said Pharrell. “I have a lot to be thankful for because they’ve chosen these things and it’s resulted in ‘Happy’ being what it’s become.”

Robin Thicke’s single ‘Blurred Lines’ – which was produced by Pharrell – is the UK’s second most downloaded track of all time, having sold 1.59 million digital copies, with Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ in third. Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera’s collaboration ‘Moves Like Jagger’ is fourth, while Gotye’s ‘Someone That I Used To Know’ placed fifth.

Pharrell is also involved in the UK’s sixth most downloaded song of all time, his Daft Punk collaboration ‘Get Lucky’. Black Eyed Peas’ ‘I Got A Feeling’, Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’, Rihanna and Calvin Harris’s ‘We Found Love’ and Kings Of Leon’s ‘Sex On Fire’ round out the rest of the top 10.

Official Charts Company Chief Executive Martin Talbot said: “Immense congratulations to Pharrell Williams. To have a staggering three tracks among the all-time Official Download Chart Top 10 plus the biggest-selling download of all time with the much-loved ‘Happy’, is quite remarkable. Few artists have ever dominated an era as he has done over the past 18 months – he is a true phenomenon of our times.”