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OCC publishes end-of-year charts

By | Published on Wednesday 1 January 2014

Pharrell Williams

So, it will come as no surprise to anyone who pays attention to these things that pop and the pop ends of urban and EDM dominate in the end-of-year music charts genre wise, with Pharrell having had a hand in both of the two best selling singles of 2013, the controversial summer hit ‘Blurred Lines’ being, rather depressingly, the most purchased track of the year. Meanwhile, on the albums side, we already knew that the One Direction boys had the best selling LP of the last twelve months.

Though it is interesting to look at the list of most streamed artists in 2013, in amongst the end-of-year lists published by the Official Charts Company this morning, where indie rock bands Arctic Monkeys and Bastille top the chart. The much mooted rock revival is still really on the moot list, though it would be interesting to know what the picture of the musical year would have looked like if streaming data was incorporated into the flagship music charts. Though if YouTube data was included in the UK singles countdown, as it is in America’s Billboard 100, then bloody ‘Blurred Lines’ would probably have dominated even more.

Anyway, here are your end of year charts courtesy of the OCC…

Best selling singles of 2013
1. Robin Thicke feat TI and Pharrell – Blurred Lines (Universal/Interscope)
2. Daft Punk feat Pharrell – Get Lucky (Sony/Columbia)
3. Avicii – Wake Me Up (Universal/Positiva/PRMD)
4. Passenger – Let Her Go (Nettwerk)
5. Naughty Boy feat Sam Smith –  La La La (Universal/Virgin)
6. Katy Perry – Roar (Universal/Virgin)
7. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat Wanz – Thrift Shop (Macklemore)
8. Pink feat Nate Ruess – Just Give Me A Reason (Sony/RCA)
9. OneRepublic – Counting Stars (Universal/Interscope)
10. Justin Timberlake – Mirrors (Sony/RCA)

Best selling albums of 2013
1. One Direction – Midnight Memories (Sony/Syco Music)
2. Emeli Sandé – Our Version Of Events (Universal/Virgin)
3. Michael Bublé – To Be Loved (Warner/Reprise)
4. Robbie Williams – Swings Both Ways (Universal/Island)
5. Olly Murs – Right Place Right Time (Sony/Epic)
6. Bruno Mars – Unorthodox Jukebox (Warner/Atlantic)
7. Rod Stewart – Time (Universal/Decca)
8. Arctic Monkeys – AM  (Domino Recordings)
9. Gary Barlow – Since I Saw You Last (Universal/Polydor)
10. Ellie Goulding – Halcyon (Universal/Polydor)

Most streamed artists of 2013
1. Arctic Monkeys
2. Bastille
3. Daft Punk
4. Eminem
5. One Direction
6. Imagine Dragons
7. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
8. Calvin Harris
9. Drake
10. Rihanna

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