Chart Watch Extra: The Year’s Top 30 Hits
Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" rolled to a record this year. The song sold more copies than any other song has sold in a calendar year in digital history. To find the last song that has sold as many copies in a calendar year you have to go back to the pre-digital era for Elton John's "Candle In The Wind 1997," his tribute to the late Princess Diana.
Here are the stats: "Rolling In The Deep" sold 5,813,000 copies in 2011. The previous calendar-year sales record in the digital era was set two years ago when the Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow" sold 4,762,000 copies. "Candle In The Wind 1997" sold 8,011,000 physical copies in 1997, though the rush of emotion connected to Diana's death, and the charity aspect of the single (proceeds went to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund), make it an extraordinary case.
Adele has a second song in the year's top 10. "Someone Like You" is #7. Adele is the only artist with two songs in this year's top 10. She's the first female artist to put two songs in the year-end top 10 since Lady Gaga scored two years ago with "Poker Face" and "Just Dance" (featuring Colby O'Donis).
The year's #2 hit is "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock. It sold 5,468,000 copies (which also breaks the Peas' calendar-year digital sales record). LMFAO consists of Stefan "Redfoo" Gordy, 36, and Skyler "Sky Blu" Gordy, 25, the son and grandson, respectively, of Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr.
Katy Perry is the only artist with three songs in the year's top 30. "E.T.," her collabo with Kanye West, is #3. "Firework" is #17. "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" is #21. This marks the third time in the past four years that Perry has had a song in the year-end top five. "I Kissed A Girl" was the fourth best-seller of 2008. "California Gurls (featuring Snoop Dogg) was #1 for 2010.
Four of the year's top five hits were collaborations, a new record. Collabos accounted for three of the top five hits of 2010.