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Most popular song and album of 2017 so far revealed – and it’s not who you’d think! (No, sorry, it is)

By | Published on Wednesday 5 July 2017

Official Charts Company

The Official Charts Company has revealed the biggest selling singles and albums in the UK for the first six months of 2017. I’m sure it will surprise and shock you all to learn that Ed Sheeran is well represented on both lists.

Sheeran’s latest album, ‘÷‘, tops the most consumed albums list, while his previous two records also feature in the top ten. Meanwhile, he also takes up three slots in the singles list, starting with the top two. And as if that wasn’t enough, it’s also just been announced that his song ‘Shape Of You’ has overtaken Drake’s ‘One Dance’ as the UK’s most streamed song OF ALL TIME. It’s been played 184 million times since it was released in January.

Anyway, ‘÷‘ has shifted almost two million units, once you lump in the 415,000 streaming equivalent sales (which is a thing we do now). All of which makes Rag N Bone Man, in at number two with the most popular debut album of the year, ‘Human’, a bit of a lazy arse, having shifted just 668,000 actual and equivalent copies. Bad luck, Raggy.

You can see the full top 40 most popular albums here, and most popular singles here.

Here are the two top tens, if that’s all you can be bothered with:


1 Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You
2 Ed Sheeran – Castle On The Hill
3 Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee – Despecito (Remix feat Justin Bieber)
4 Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl
5 Rag N Bone Man – Human
6 Jax Jones – You Don’t Know Me (feat Raye)
7 Clean Bandit – Symphony (feat Zara Larsson)
8 Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This
9 Little Mix – Touch
10 Martin Jensen – Solo Dance


1 Ed Sheeran – ÷
2 Rag N Bone Man – Human
3 Various Artists – Now That’s What I Call Music 96
4 Drake – More Life
5 Ed Sheeran – x
6 Little Mix – Glory Days
7 Take That – Wonderland
8 Stormzy – Gang Signs And Prayer
9 Various Artists – Now That’s What I Call Music 95
10 Adele – 25