- 03 Oct 19
Believe it or not, but we're 75% of the way through 2019. Here's where the Irish charts stand after the first nine months.
Three quarters of the way through the year, we're taking a look at where the Official Irish Charts stand.
Top Single Charts
Lewis Capaldi continues his stronghold on the Irish charts with the biggest song of 2019 so far. The Scotsman's breakthrough single and six-week chart-topper 'Someone You Loved' has achieved the most downloads and audio streams in the nine months of the year to date.
But that’s not his only hit this year. Fellow No. 1 'Hold Me While You Wait' lands at the year's 15th biggest song to date, 'Grace' holds strong at No. 20, and new single 'Bruises' is at No. 30.
Lil Nas X claims the biggest debut single of 2019 thus far with 'Old Town Road' at No. 2, while Billie Eilish secures not only the most popular track by a female artist, but also the highest ranking track of the year that didn’t reach the top of the Official Irish Singles Chart with 'Bad Guy', which rounds out the top three.
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper have the most streamed video of 2019 so far with 'Shallow' which ranks in fourth, while Ariana Grande rounds out the top five with '7 Rings', the track with the biggest week of streams in Irish Charts history.
2019’s longest-reigning No. 1 'Senorita' from Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello is currently at No. 14. The song spent nine weeks atop the Official Irish Singles Chart and was the official Song of the Summer.
Top Homegrown Single Charts
The biggest homegrown hit of the year so far – as well as the second biggest – go to Dermot Kennedy. This comes as no surprise, seeing as he's dominated the Official Irish Homegrown Chart since its inception. Kennedy's singles 'Outnumered' and 'Power Over Me' claim the top two spots, respectively.
'Outnumbered' has spent 15 weeks at No. 1 on the Homegrown Top 20, the only chart focusing solely on acts from the Republic of and Northern Ireland. The track – which peaked at No. 2 on the Official Irish Singles Chart - ranks at No. 17 on the overall list of Ireland’s biggest songs of 2019 so far.
Westlife made their music comeback in January with 'Hello My Love', peaking at No. 2 on the Official Top 50. The single, which was co-written with Ed Sheeran, is the third most popular song of 2019 by an act from Ireland. 'Everything or Nothing' by Picture This and Hozier's 'Almost (Sweet Music)' round out the top five.
Elsewhere on the list, rising stars take chart honours. Dublin hip-hop duo Versatile, who headline 3Arena next month, land at No. 6 with 'Prefontaine'. And rising boy band Wild Youth are at No. 10 with 'Making Me Dance'. Soule sees her breakthrough hit 'Love Tonight' featuring C Cane at No. 14.
Top Album Charts
Lewis Capaldi claims Ireland’s biggest album released in 2019 with Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent. Ireland’s fastest-selling debut album of the decade by a male artist, the album has spent five weeks at No. 1 so far.
While Capaldi claims the biggest album released this year, the overall best-seller since 1 January 2019 is the Motion Picture Cast Recording to The Greatest Showman. The soundtrack, first released in December 2017, has shifted more copies on physical and download formats than any other so far this year and is also the fourth most streamed record.
Billie Eilish takes the honours for the most-streamed album of 2019 to date with her debut album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, also the year’s longest-reigning No. 1 album at six weeks. It's the biggest album by a female artist so far this year. Ariana Grande ranks fourth with Thank U, Next, followed by A Star Is Born’s cast recording in fifth position.
2019’s biggest album not to reach No. 1 on the Irish Top 50 is Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody OST, which peaked at No. 2 and sits in sixth position in the year-to-date chart. Ed Sheeran cemented his place as the act with most weeks at No. 1 on the Official Irish Albums Chart this decade (61 weeks) with No.6 Collaborations Project, which is 2019’s seventh biggest LP.
Picture This are ninth with their second studio album MDRN LV, 2019’s biggest album by an Irish act so far, while fellow homegrown acts in the Top 20 include Hozier’s chart-topping album Wasteland, Baby! at No. 13 and Dermot Kennedy’s self-titled collection makes an appearance at No. 16.
Bruce Springsteen’s chart-topper Western Stars charts at No. 12, while Taylor Swift occupies No. 25 with Lover – her fourth chart topper this decade. Fellow 2019 No. 1 albums Hurts 2B Human from Pink and Hollywood’s Bleeding by Post Malone are at Number 30 and Number 38 respectively.