The top songs, films and TV shows of the decade


How will we remember the 2010s?

If we’re going to remember it by the UK’s most popular culture, it’s been the decade of Ed Sheeran and Adele; of Daniel Craig, Marvel and Star Wars sequels; and of the Fifty Shades phenomenon.

Take a look back at the most successful albums, songs, books, films, TV shows and games of the decade.

Top 10 albums

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Image caption Ed Sheeran and Adele dominated the top spots, followed by Michael Buble
3.Ed SheeranX2014
4.Ed SheeranDivide2017
5.Michael BubleChristmas2011
6.Sam SmithIn The Lonely Hour2014
7.Ed Sheeran+2011
8.Emeli SandeOur Version Of Events2012
9.Take ThatProgress2010
10.Motion Picture Cast RecordingThe Greatest Showman2018

Source: Official Charts Company

Top 10 singles

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Image caption Sheeran had three of the decade’s biggest hits, with Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars and Justin Bieber also making their mark
1.Ed SheeranShape of You2017
2.Mark Ronson ft Bruno MarsUptown Funk2014
3.Ed SheeranThinking Out Loud2014
4.Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee & Justin BieberDespacito (Remix)2017
5.Ed SheeranPerfect2017
6.Drake ft Wizkid & KylaOne Dance2016
7.Pharrell WilliamsHappy2013
8.John LegendAll of Me2014
9.Justin BieberSorry2015
10.Clean Bandit ft Jess GlynneRather Be2014

Source: Official Charts Company

Top 10 books

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Image caption Fifty Shades author EL James scored a hat-trick at the top of the book chart
1.EL JamesFifty Shades of Grey4.8m copies sold
2.EL JamesFifty Shades Darker3.4m
3.EL JamesFifty Shades Freed3.13m
4.Paula HawkinsThe Girl on the Train2.51m
5.Stieg LarssonThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo1.88m
6.Jamie OliverJamie’s 30-Minute Meals1.87m
7.The Stationery OfficeThe Official Highway Code1.85m
8.JK RowlingHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone1.78m
9.JK Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack ThorneHarry Potter and the Cursed Child1.77m
10.David WalliamsGangsta Granny1.76m

Source: Nielsen BookScan

Top 10 films

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Image caption Daniel Craig in Skyfall (left) and Spectre (right), and Daisy Ridley in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
1.Star Wars: The Force Awakens2015£123.2m
4.Avengers: Endgame2019£88.7m
5.Star Wars: The Last Jedi2017£82.7m
6.The Lion King2019£76m
7.Toy Story 32010£74m
8.Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 22011£73.1m
9.Beauty and the Beast2017£72.4m
10.Avengers: Infinity War2018£70.8m

Source: BFI

Top 10 TV programmes

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Image caption The Spice Girls hitched a ride at the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony
1.Olympics 2012 Closing Ceremony24.5mBBC One2012
2.Olympics 2012 Opening Ceremony24.2mBBC One2012
3.World Cup 2018: Croatia v England20.7mITV2018
4.Euro 2012: England v Italy20.3mBBC One2012
5.The X Factor Results17.7mITV2010
6.World Cup 2018: Sweden v England17.4mBBC One2018
7.Olympics 2012: Men’s 100m Final17.3mBBC One2012
8.World Cup 2018: Colombia v England17.2mITV2018
9.Gavin and Stacey17.1mBBC One2019
10.World Cup 2018: Tunisia v England16.9mBBC One2018

Source: Barb

Top 10 TV programmes (excluding sport)

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Image caption The X Factor peaked with Matt Cardle’s victory in 2010
1.The X Factor Results 17.7mITV2010
2.Gavin and Stacey17.1mBBC One2019
3.EastEnders16.4mBBC One2010
4.The Great British Bake Off 15.9mBBC One2016
5.The X Factor15.4mITV2010
6.The Diamond Jubilee Concert 15.3mBBC One2012
7.Coronation Street 14.7mITV2010
8.Bodyguard14.3mBBC One2018
9.Strictly Come Dancing 14.3mBBC One2010
10.Blue Planet II 14mBBC One2017

Source: Barb

Top 10 games

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1.Grand Theft Auto V
2.Call of Duty: Black Ops
4.Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
5.Fifa 14
6.Fifa 13
7.Fifa 15
8.Call of Duty: Black Ops II
9.Fifa 11
10.Fifa 12

Physical sales only. Source: Official Ukie Games Charts, compiled by GfK

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