Ed Sheeran named ‘artist of the decade’

Ed Sheeran named ‘artist of the decade’

Ed Sheeran has been named the UK’s artist of the decade by the Official Charts Company.

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.

Shape Of You was the biggest hit of the 2010s, spending 14 weeks at number one and selling more than 4.5m copies.

Sheeran thanked his followers for his success.

“Thank you to everyone who’s supported me over the past 10 years, especially my amazing fans. Here’s to the next 10!”

Shape Of You is one of three Sheeran singles in the top five end-of-the-decade list. Thinking Out Loud is at number three while Perfect is at number five.

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.

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In the albums chart, X is at number three followed by Divide at number four.

Top 10 singles of the decade

Title Artist
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
8) All Of Me John Legend
9) Sorry Justin Bieber
10) Rather Be Clean Bandit Ft Jess Glynne


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,” Talbot added.

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.


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