List of years in British music

This is a summary of the year 2016 in British music.

Events

Television series

  • 8 January – Launch of the first series of Lip Sync Battle: UK on Channel 5, a British version of the American musical comedy television show where celebrities lip sync battle each other to various popular songs.
  • 9 January – Launch of the fifth series of The Voice UK, the last to be broadcast by the BBC.

Artists and groups reformed

Groups on hiatus

Groups disbanded

Classical works

Opera

Musical theatre

Musical films

Film scores and incidental music

Film

Television

British music awards

Charts and sales

For the first time in the history of the singles chart, the top three positions were occupied by the same artist. In the chart ending 14 January 2016, Justin Bieber was at number one with "Love Yourself", number two with "Sorry" and number three with "What Do You Mean?".

In the chart ending 4 February, David Bowie matched an album chart record of having 12 albums simultaneously in the top 40, a record set by Elvis Presley following his death in 1977. His album Best of Bowie also became the first ever album to reach number one due to streaming.

In the chart ending 3 November, Elvis Presley broke a record for most number-one albums for a solo artist when his album The Wonder Of You reached number one.

Number-one singles

The singles chart includes a proportion for streaming.

Key
dagger Best performing single of the year
Chart date
(week ending)
Song Artist(s) Chart sales References
7 January "Love Yourself" Justin Bieber 122,997 [90]
14 January 78,658 [91]
21 January 74,565 [92]
28 January "Stitches" Shawn Mendes 68,125 [93]
4 February 71,503 [94]
11 February "Pillowtalk" Zayn Malik 112,497 [95]
18 February "7 Years" Lukas Graham 104,881 [96]
25 February 133,758 [97]
3 March 131,488 [98]
10 March 106,494 [99]
17 March 91,299 [100]
24 March "I Took a Pill in Ibiza" Mike Posner 77,838 [101]
31 March 81,548 [102]
7 April 83,907 [103]
14 April 75,710 [104]
21 April "One Dance" dagger Drake featuring Wizkid & Kyla 72,615 [105]
28 April 115,078 [106]
5 May 128,535 [107]
12 May 140,731 [108]
19 May 123,519 [109]
26 May 104,998 [110]
2 June 92,593 [111]
9 June 84,742 [112]
16 June 72,934 [113]
23 June 60,866 [114]
30 June 60,493 [115]
7 July 59,256 [116]
14 July 58,851 [117]
21 July 54,726 [118]
28 July 59,563 [119]
4 August "Cold Water" Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber & 102,489 [120]
11 August 104,446 [121]
18 August 93,807 [122]
25 August 82,925 [123]
1 September 71,507 [124]
8 September "Closer" The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 79,970 [125]
15 September 91,666 [126]
22 September 88,597 [127]
29 September 82,593 [128]
6 October "Say You Won't Let Go" James Arthur 84,842 [129]
13 October 92,360 [130]
20 October 105,603 [131]
27 October "Shout Out to My Ex" Little Mix 95,273 [132]
3 November 111,816 [133]
10 November 79,039 [134]
17 November "Rockabye" Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 72,071 [135]
24 November 76,189 [136]
1 December 74,545 [137]
8 December 82,445 [138]
15 December 70,467 [139]
22 December 63,335 [140]
29 December 57,631 [141]

Number-one albums

The albums chart includes a proportion for streaming.

Key
dagger Best performing album of the year
Chart date
(week ending)
Album Artist Chart sales References
7 January 25 dagger Adele 75,783 [142]
14 January 43,446 [143]
21 January Blackstar David Bowie 146,168 [144]
28 January 81,403 [145]
4 February 34,456 [146]
11 February Best of Bowie 28,997 [147]
18 February A Head Full of Dreams Coldplay 30,146 [148]
25 February 25 dagger Adele 27,780 [149]
3 March 28,168 [150]
10 March I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It The 1975 58,378 [151]
17 March 25 dagger Adele 53,936 [152]
24 March 22,795 [153]
31 March 20,915 [154]
7 April Mind of Mine Zayn Malik 22,250 [155]
14 April Everything You've Come to Expect The Last Shadow Puppets 30,797 [156]
21 April Cleopatra The Lumineers 10,892 [157]
28 April The Hope Six Demolition Project PJ Harvey 11,436 [158]
5 May Lemonade Beyoncé 73,392 [159]
12 May Views Drake 78,397 [160]
19 May A Moon Shaped Pool Radiohead 50,543 [161]
26 May Views Drake 23,846 [162]
2 June Dangerous Woman Ariana Grande 19,582 [163]
9 June The Ride Catfish and the Bottlemen 38,103 [164]
16 June Stranger to Stranger Paul Simon 19,218 [165]
23 June 50 Rick Astley 23,691 [166]
30 June A Moon Shaped Pool Radiohead 44,272 [167]
7 July 25 dagger Adele 24,837 [168]
14 July California Blink-182 23,529 [169]
21 July Ellipsis Biffy Clyro 37,308 [170]
28 July Love & Hate Michael Kiwanuka 11,639 [171]
4 August All Over the World: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra Electric Light Orchestra 15,302 [172]
11 August Viola Beach Viola Beach 17,379 [173]
18 August Blossoms Blossoms 20,987 [174]
25 August 7,948 [175]
1 September Blond Frank Ocean 31,866 [176]
8 September Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway Barbra Streisand 19,778 [177]
15 September Cartwheels Ward Thomas 12,127 [178]
22 September Wild World Bastille 36,039 [179]
29 September 12,025 [180]
6 October Young as the Morning, Old as the Sea Passenger 18,885 [181]
13 October Following My Intuition Craig David 24,500 [182]
20 October Revolution Radio Green Day 30,880 [183]
27 October Walls Kings of Leon 49,964 [184]
3 November The Wonder of You Elvis Presley 63,500 [185]
10 November Back from the Edge James Arthur 40,906 [186]
17 November The Heavy Entertainment Show Robbie Williams 66,825 [187]
24 November 24 Hrs Olly Murs 57,981 [188]
1 December Glory Days Little Mix 96,205 [189]
8 December 57,151 [190]
15 December Blue & Lonesome The Rolling Stones 105,830 [191]
22 December Together Michael Ball & Alfie Boe 96,643 [192]
29 December 109,708 [193]

Number-one compilation albums

Key
dagger Best-selling compilation of the year
Chart date
(week ending)
Album Sales References
7 January Now 92 54,811 [194]
14 January 22,215 [195]
21 January Go Hard or Go Home 16,413 [196]
28 January Acoustic Cafe 14,093 [197]
4 February 14,164 [198]
11 February Throwback Slow Jamz 25,152 [199]
18 February 21,800 [200]
25 February 17,731 [201]
3 March Brit Awards 2016 11,751 [202]
10 March Sing Your Heart Out 2016 20,532 [203]
17 March 21,036 [204]
24 March 20,820 [205]
31 March Now 93 246,889 [206]
7 April 149,467 [207]
14 April 81,598 [208]
21 April 50,936 [209]
28 April 36,873 [210]
5 May 29,106 [211]
12 May 27,431 [212]
19 May 100% Clubland [213]
26 May Now 93 18,694 [214]
2 June 100% Clubland 19,467 [215]
9 June Now 93 18,252 [216]
16 June 100% Clubland 14,629 [217]
23 June Throwback Summer Jamz 30,228 [218]
30 June [219]
7 July 23,569 [220]
14 July Now Summer Hits 22,339 [221]
21 July 16,958 [222]
28 July 16,462 [223]
4 August Now 94 216,560 [224]
11 August 117,412 [225]
18 August 69,408 [226]
25 August 48,029 [227]
1 September 33,991 [228]
8 September 29,744 [229]
15 September 22,130 [230]
22 September 20,084 [231]
29 September 16,430 [232]
6 October 15,447 [233]
13 October 14,690 [234]
20 October 12,256 [235]
27 October 11,527 [236]
3 November Now 20th Century 12,681 [237]
10 November Funk the Disco 13,579 [238]
17 November The Annual 2017 18,730 [239]
24 November Dreamboats & Petticoats: 10th Anniversary Collection 17,949 [240]
1 December Now 95 dagger 222,765 [241]
8 December 159,404 [242]
15 December 132,020 [243]
22 December 124,948 [244]
29 December 138,880 [245]

Best-selling singles

[246]

Combined
position
Sales
position
Streaming
position
Title Artist Peak
position
Sales Streams Combined
sales
1 2 1 "One Dance" Drake featuring Wizkid & Kyla 1 530,000 142,000,000 1,950,000
2 1 4 "7 Years" Lukas Graham 1 1,490,000
3 5 2 "Cheap Thrills" Sia featuring Sean Paul 2 1,460,000
4 6 3 "I Took a Pill in Ibiza" Mike Posner 1 1,380,000
5 7 5 "This Is What You Came For" Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna 2 1,280,000
6 7 "Lush Life" Zara Larsson 3 1,160,000
7 8 "Closer" The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 1 1,150,000
8 9 "Love Yourself" Justin Bieber 1 1,140,000
9 6 "Work" Rihanna featuring Drake 2
10 3 "Can't Stop the Feeling!" Justin Timberlake 2
11 8 "Stitches" Shawn Mendes 1
12 4 "Dancing On My Own" Calum Scott 2 1,110,000
13 10 "Fast Car" Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 2
14 10 "Cold Water" Major Lazer feauring Justin Bieber & 1 1,060,000
15 "Work from Home" Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla Sign 2
16 "Sorry" Justin Bieber 2[a]
17 "Don't Let Me Down" The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 2
18 "Too Good" Drake featuring Rihanna 3
19 9 "Say You Won't Let Go" James Arthur 1
20 "Light It Up" Major Lazer featuring Nyla & Fuse ODG 7
21 "Hymn for the Weekend" Coldplay 6
22 "This Girl" Kungs vs Cookin' on 3 Burners 2
23 "Cake by the Ocean" DNCE 4
24 "Pillowtalk" Zayn 1
25 "Let Me Love You" DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 2
26 "Girls Like" Tinie Tempah featuring Zara Larsson 5
27 "Treat You Better" Shawn Mendes 6
28 "Faded" Alan Walker 7
29 "Perfect Strangers" Jonas Blue featuring JP Cooper 2
30 "No Money" Galantis 4
31 "Stressed Out" Twenty One Pilots 12
32 "I Hate U, I Love U" Gnash featuring Olivia O'Brien 7
33 "Tears" Clean Bandit featuring Louisa Johnson 5
34 "Starboy" The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 2
35 "What Do You Mean?" Justin Bieber 3[b]
36 "Panda" Desiigner 7
37 "Rockabye" Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 1
38 "Heathens" Twenty One Pilots 5
39 "Shout Out to My Ex" Little Mix 1
40 "All My Friends" Snakehips featuring Tinashe & Chance the Rapper 5
41 "Secret Love Song" Little Mix featuring Jason Derulo 6
42 "Adventure of a Lifetime" Coldplay 8[c]
43 "Controlla" Drake 18
44 "Me, Myself & I" G-Eazy & Bebe Rexha 13
45 "History" One Direction 6
46 "Into You" Ariana Grande 14
47 "Middle" DJ Snake featuring Bipolar Sunshine 10
48 "Hello" Adele 3[d]
49 "Side to Side" Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 4
50 "The Greatest" Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 5

Best-selling albums

[247]

No. Title Artist Peak
position
Sales
1 25 Adele 1 753,000
2 A Head Full of Dreams Coldplay 1 512,000
3 Together Michael Ball & Alfie Boe 1
4 Purpose Justin Bieber 2 478,500
5 The Wonder of You Elvis Presley 1 458,000
6 Blackstar David Bowie 1 410,000
7 Glory Days Little Mix 1 409,000
8 Views Drake 1 387,000
9 I Cry When I Laugh Jess Glynne 2[e]
10 Best of Bowie David Bowie 1 328,500
11 Lemonade Beyoncé 1 328,000
12 24 Hrs Olly Murs 1 304,000
13 Nobody but Me Michael Bublé 2
14 The Heavy Entertainment Show Robbie Williams 1
15 Get Weird Little Mix 6[f]
16 This Is Acting Sia 3
17 Blue & Lonesome The Rolling Stones 1
18 50 Rick Astley 1
19 Chaos and the Calm James Bay 5[g]
20 x Ed Sheeran 9[h]
21 All Over the World: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra Electric Light Orchestra 1
22 If I Can Dream Elvis Presley 2[i]
23 Christmas Michael Bublé 6[j]
24 24K Magic Bruno Mars 3
25 I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It The 1975 1
26 Long Live the Angels Emeli Sandé 2
27 Blurryface Twenty One Pilots 5
28 A Moon Shaped Pool Radiohead 1
29 The Singles Phil Collins 2
30 Back from the Edge James Arthur 1
31 Legend Bob Marley and the Wailers 5[k]
32 Anti Rihanna 7
33 Chaleur Humaine Christine and the Queens 2
34 Communion Years & Years 11[l]
35 Upon a Different Shore Alexander Armstrong 8
36 Walls Kings of Leon 1
37 Beauty Behind the Madness The Weeknd 13[m]
38 Delirium Ellie Goulding 11[n]
39 Nine Track Mind Charlie Puth 6
40 Nothing Has Changed David Bowie 5
41 The Ride Catfish and the Bottlemen 1
42 The Very Best of Prince Prince 2
43 In the Lonely Hour Sam Smith 11[o]
44 1989 Taylor Swift 8[p]
45 Falling in Love André Rieu & Johann Strauss Orchestra 7
46 Back to Black Amy Winehouse 20[q]
47 21 Adele 10[r]
48 Death of a Bachelor Panic! at the Disco 4
49 Just... Fabulous Rock 'n' Roll Cliff Richard 4
50 Wild World Bastille 1

Notes:

  1. ^ Reached number 1 in 2015
  2. ^ Reached number 1 in 2015
  3. ^ Reached number 7 in 2015
  4. ^ Reached number 1 in 2015
  5. ^ Reached number 1 in 2015
  6. ^ Reached number 2 in 2015
  7. ^ Reached number 1 in 2015
  8. ^ Reached number 1 in 2014
  9. ^ Reached number 1 in 2015
  10. ^ Reached number 1 in 2011
  11. ^ Reached number 1 in 1984
  12. ^ Reached number 1 in 2015
  13. ^ Reached number 1 in 2015
  14. ^ Reached number 3 in 2015
  15. ^ Reached number 1 in 2014
  16. ^ Reached number 1 in 2014
  17. ^ Reached number 1 in 2007
  18. ^ Reached number 1 in 2011

Deaths

See also

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  91. ^ UK Singles Chart 14 January 2016
  92. ^ UK Singles Chart 21 January 2016
  93. ^ UK Singles Chart 28 January 2016
  94. ^ UK Singles Chart 4 February 2016
  95. ^ UK Singles Chart 11 February 2016
  96. ^ UK Singles Chart 18 February 2016
  97. ^ UK Singles Chart 25 February 2016
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  99. ^ UK Singles Chart 10 March 2016
  100. ^ UK Singles Chart 17 March 2016
  101. ^ UK Singles Chart 24 March 2016
  102. ^ UK Singles Chart 31 March 2016
  103. ^ UK Singles Chart 7 April 2016
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  106. ^ UK Singles Chart 28 April 2016
  107. ^ UK Singles Chart 5 May 2016
  108. ^ UK Singles Chart 12 May 2016
  109. ^ UK Singles Chart 19 May 2016
  110. ^ UK Singles Chart 26 May 2016
  111. ^ UK Singles Chart 2 June 2016
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  116. ^ UK Singles Chart 7 July 2016
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  119. ^ UK Singles Chart 28 July 2016
  120. ^ UK Singles Chart 4 August 2016
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  123. ^ UK Singles Chart 25 August 2016
  124. ^ UK Singles Chart 1 September 2016
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  132. ^ UK Singles Chart 27 October 2016
  133. ^ UK Singles Chart 3 November 2016
  134. ^ UK Singles Chart 10 November 2016
  135. ^ UK Singles Chart 17 November 2016
  136. ^ UK Singles Chart 24 November 2016
  137. ^ UK Singles Chart 1 December 2016
  138. ^ UK Singles Chart 8 December 2016
  139. ^ UK Singles Chart 15 December 2016
  140. ^ UK Singles Chart 22 December 2016
  141. ^ UK Singles Chart 29 December 2016
  142. ^ UK Albums Chart 7 January 2016
  143. ^ UK Albums Chart 14 January 2016
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  145. ^ UK Albums Chart 28 January 2016
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  155. ^ UK Albums Chart 7 April 2016
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  162. ^ UK Albums Chart 26 May 2016
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