Ed Sheeran is the U.K.’s top recording artist of the decade by the Official Charts Company
The Brit is the recipient of the Official Charts Record Breaker Award, the latest in a frighteningly long list of accolades accumulated since 2010.
Sheeran achieved the milestone after a combined run of 12 number one singles and albums between 2010 and 2019 – more than any other artist.
He’s also had the most weeks (79) at number one in both the album and singles charts in this period.
He’s the third recipient of the OCC’s award, following Justin Bieber (the first act in history to hold all top three positions in the Official Singles Chart simultaneously), and Beatles great Paul McCartney (for his 22 career No. 1s, better than any other act).
Speaking on his latest honor, Sheeran commented:
“Thank you to everyone who’s supported me over the past 10 years, especially my amazing fans. Here’s to the next 10!”
Overall, Sheeran has spent 38 weeks at number one in the singles chart and sold 53.8m tracks. His songs have also been streamed 4.6 billion times in the UK alone.
In the albums chart, X is at number three followed by Divide at number four.
Top 10 singles of the decade
1) Shape Of You Ed Sheeran
2) Uptown Funk Mark Ronson Ft Bruno Mars
3) Thinking Out Loud Ed Sheeran
4) Despacito (Remix) Luis Fonsi/Daddy Yankee/Bieber
5) Perfect Ed Sheeran
6) One Dance Drake Ft Wizkid & Kyla
7) Happy Pharrell Williams
Cool All Of Me John Legend
9) Sorry Justin Bieber
10) Rather Be Clean Bandit Ft Jess Glynne
Source: Official Charts
Martin Talbot, chief executive of the Official Charts Company, said Sheeran had “truly dominated” the decade.
“At the start of the decade, he was a little known, albeit highly-rated, young 18-year-old lad from Suffolk – but his catalogue of achievements since then are genuinely remarkable. Today, he is firmly established among the highest level of global music superstars,”
The star’s latest accolade comes a week after Spotify named him the UK’s most-streamed artist of the 2010s. Globally, only Drake achieved more plays.
The remainder of the top 10 biggest singles is dominated by male artists. They include Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars at number two for Uptown Funk and Justin Bieber at number nine for Sorry.
Female singers only appear as featured artists – with Kyla cited for her collaboration with Drake on the track One Dance, and Jess Glynne for singing Clean Bandit’s Rather Be.
In the album charts, however, it’s Adele who comes out top, holding both the first and second positions with 21 and 25 respectively.
Top 10 albums of the decade
1) 21 Adele
2) 25 Adele
3) Multiply (x) Ed Sheeran
4) Divide (÷) Ed Sheeran
5) Christmas Michael Buble
6) In The Lonely Hour Sam Smith
7) Plus (+) Ed Sheeran
Cool Our Version Of Events Emeli Sande
9) Progress Take That
10) The Greatest Showman Motion Picture Cast Recording
Source: Official Charts
Her second album 21, released in 2011, has sold 5.17 million copies. It debuted at number one and spent 23 weeks at the top of the albums chart.
Her follow up 25 spent 13 weeks at the top and became the UK’s fastest-selling album to date, selling 800,307 copies in its first chart week in November 2015. And Adele’s debut album 19 from 2008 is the UK’s 13th biggest record of the 2010s.
The only other woman in the top 10 albums is Emeli Sande who comes in at eight for Our Version Of Events.
With the chart company’s data spanning an entire decade of sales, older releases tend to dominate the countdown.
The most recent album in the top 100 is the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman, which was released in December 2017.