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The UK's most-streamed songs of 1952 to 2022 revealed

'BBC News' today revealed the UK's most-streamed songs of 1952 to 2022. The 'Official Chart Company' compiled the list of the biggest streaming hit for every year since the chart's inception in 1952. Their findings will be broadcast on 'BBC Radio 1' and 'Radio 2' next weekend, marking 70 years of the UK singles chart.

The list features superstars from Elvis and the Beatles to Adele and Harry Styles - alongside several songs that were overlooked on release, only to be reclaimed as classics over time.

Here is the list in full ...


1952 - 'Singin' In The Rain' by Gene Kelly

1953 - 'That's Amore' by Dean Martin

1954 - 'I've Got A Woman' by Ray Charles

1955 - 'Tutti Frutti' by Little Richard

1956 - 'I Walk The Line' by Johnny Cash

1957 - 'Jailhouse Rock' by Elvis Presley

1958 - 'Johnny B. Goode' by Chuck Berry

1959 - 'Put Your Head On My Shoulder' by Paul Anka


1960 - 'At Last' by Etta James

1961 - 'Stand By Me' by Ben E King

1962 - 'Cry To Me' by Solomon Burke

1963 - 'Be My Baby' by Ronettes

1964 - 'My Girl' by The Temptations

1965 - 'I Can't Help Myself' by Four Tops

1966 - 'Paint It Black' by Rolling Stones

1967 - 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

1968 - '(Sittin' On The) Dock Of The Bay' by Otis Redding

1969 - 'Here Comes The Sun' by The Beatles


1970 - 'Your Song' by Elton John

1971 - 'Take Me Home Country Roads' by John Denver

1972 - 'Tiny Dancer' by Elton John

1973 - 'Jolene' by Dolly Parton

1974 - 'Sweet Home Alabama' by Lynyrd Skynyrd

1975 - 'Bohemian Rhapsody' by Queen

1976 - 'Go Your Own Way' by Fleetwood Mac

1977 - 'Dreams' by Fleetwood Mac

1978 - 'September' by Earth Wind & Fire

1979 - 'Don't Stop Me Now' by Queen


1980 - 'Another One Bites The Dust' by Queen

1981 - 'Don't Stop Believin'' by Journey

1982 - 'Africa' by Toto

1983 - 'Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)' by The Eurythmics

1984 - 'Wake Me Up Before You Go Go' by Wham

1985 - 'Summer Of '69' by Bryan Adams

1986 - 'Livin' On A Prayer' by Bon Jovi

1987 - 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody' by Whitney Houston

1988 - 'Everywhere' by Fleetwood Mac

1989 - 'We Didn't Start The Fire' by Billy Joel


1990 - 'Thunderstruck' by AC/DC

1991 - 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' by Nirvana

1992 - 'Creep' by Radiohead

1993 - 'What Is Love?' by Haddaway

1994 - 'Juicy' by The Notorious B.I.G

1995 - 'Wonderwall' by Oasis

1996 - 'No Diggity' by Blackstreet Ft. Dr Dre

1997 - 'Bitter Sweet Symphony' by The Verve

1998 - 'Iris' by Goo Goo Dolls

1999 - 'No Scrubs' by TLC


2000 - 'Dancing In The Moonlight' by Toploader

2001 - 'How You Remind Me' by Nickelback

2002 - 'Lose Yourself' by Eminem

2003 - 'Mr Brightside' by The Killers

2004 - 'Let Me Love You' by Mario

2005 - 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor' by Arctic Monkeys

2006 - 'Naïve' by The Kooks

2007 - 'Fluorescent Adolescent' by Arctic Monkeys

2008 - 'I'm Yours' by Jason Mraz

2009 - 'Party In The USA' by Miley Cyrus


2010 - 'Love The Way You Lie' by Eminem Ft. Rihanna

2011 - 'Someone Like You' by Adele

2012 - 'Let Her Go' by Passenger

2013 - 'Riptide' by Vance Joy

2014 - 'Thinking Out Loud' by Ed Sheeran

2015 - 'Cheap Thrills' by Sia

2016 - 'Say You Won't Let Go' by James Arthur

2017 - 'Shape Of You' by Ed Sheeran

2018 - 'Someone You Loved' by Lewis Capaldi

2019 - 'Dance Monkey' by Tones & I


This information lends itself well to a music based group activity.

Before coming to the session, ask members of your CST Group to identify their favourite song from each decade, perhaps x 5, one for each of the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s. Family members could be asked to help.

Ahead of time, make a playlist of the songs and link to YouTube music videos, then taking it in turn go through favourite songs for each decade and get members up singing and dancing.


You could also then print images of artists selected ahead of time and together make a 'Music Memories Collage' to display in your group's room.


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