Ireland’s Number 1 Singles of 2017

2017 is almost over! What a year it was full of great hits that will forever be associated with beautiful 2017 moments. Not always beautiful moments, but moments that will forever be memorable whenever these hits are played in the future. This year there were not many songs topping the Irish charts. This basically means that a few occupied the number 1 spot for an impressive amount of weeks! The best performer is the super hit “Despacito” that was number 1 for 15 weeks straight! Runner up is Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” which was 14 weeks number 1. Not 14 weeks straight as after 8 weeks “Galway Girl” took over for 2 weeks. Then for 6 weeks straight “Shape of You” was back on  the number 1 spot. Ed Sheeran did have the most number 1 hits this year: he was topping the charts for 18 weeks! Check here all the number 1 2017 hits of Ireland we will never forget!

Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie – Rockabye

  • Release date: 21 October 2016
  • Album: Not yet released
  • Who: Grace Chatto, and brothers Jack and Luke Patterson are from the UK, Sean Paul from Jamaica
  • How many weeks no 1 in Ireland: First week of January only
  • Trivia: The hit became the UK Christmas number 1 for 2016 on December 23rd 2016. It is the first song in chart history to become Christmas number 1 after already being at the top of the charts for 6 weeks.

Ed Sheeran – Shape of You

  • Release date: 6 January 2017
  • Album:  : (divide)
  • Who: Ed Sheeran is from Halifax, West Yorkshire, UK
  • How many weeks no 1 in Ireland: 14 weeks
  • Trivia: The song’s lyrical rhythm drew comparisons to the TLC song “No Scrubs”, particularly in the pre-chorus line, “Boy, let’s not talk too much/ Grab on my waist and put that body on me.” Therefore the composers were awarded co-writing credits.

Ed Sheeran – Galway Girl

  • Release date: 17 March 2017
  • Album:  : (divide)
  • Who: Ed Sheeran is from Halifax, West Yorkshire, UK
  • How many weeks no 1 in Ireland: 2 weeks
  • Trivia: Sheeran filmed the video of the song himself in Galway with a Sony A6500. The video features Irish-American actress Saoirse Ronan who plays in the oscar nominated movie “Brooklyn”. A great  must see movie about Ireland!

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber – Despacito

  • Release date: 12 January 2017
  • Album: Not yet released
  • Who: Both Luis López-Cepero aka Luis Fonsi and Ramón Rodríguez aka Daddy Yankee are from Puerto Rico
  • How many weeks no 1 in Ireland: 15 weeks
  • Trivia: It became the first song primarily in Spanish to top the Billboard Hot 100 since “Macarena” (Bayside Boys Mix) in 1996. In July 2017, it was reported that tourist interest in Puerto Rico increased by 45% since the worldwide success of the song, crazy!

Dua Lipa – New Rules

  • Release date: 21 July 2017
  • Album: Her eponymous debut studio album Dua Lipa
  • Who: Dua Lipa (her real name) is from London, UK to Albanian parents from Kosovo
  • How many weeks no 1 in Ireland: 8 weeks
  • Trivia: Many people and critics label the hit as a break-up and female empowerment anthem. The music video is practically just as popular. Dua Lipa: “[I wanted to] show [in the music video for “New Rules”] that you and your friends are kind of helping each other. Your friends are the rules, they are the ones that are preventing you from making a mistake with this guy”.

Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do

  • Release date: 24 August 2017
  • Album: Reputation
  • Who: Taylor Swift is from Reading, Pennsylvania, US.
  • How many weeks no 1 in Ireland: 1 week
  • Trivia: The song broke a string of records, including the record for the most plays in a single day on Spotify. This hit is actually Swift’s first song to top the Irish Singles Chart. The bathtub scene in the music video contains authentic  diamonds that are worth over $10 million!

Post Malone featuring 21 Savage – Rockstar

  • Release date: 15 September 2017
  • Album: Beerbongs & Bentleys
  • Who: Austin Richard Post aka Post Malone is from Syracuse, New York, US, 21 Savage from Dominica.
  • How many weeks no 1 in Ireland: 2 weeks
  • Trivia: The song reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Post Malone and 21 Savage’s first number-one song. It’s Post Malone and 21 Savage’s first number-one single in Ireland.

Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug – Havana

  • Release date: 8 September 2017
  • Album: Camila
  • Who: Camila Cabello is from Cuba and Young Thug from Atlanta, Georgia, US.
  • How many weeks no 1 in Ireland: 5 weeks
  • Trivia: On November 12, a remix version of the hit with Daddy Yankee was uploaded to Cabello’s YouTube page. The first verse of the song is sung in Spanish while Daddy Yankee replaces Young Thug’s verse.

Ed Sheeran – Perfect

  • Release date: 26 September 2017
  • Album:  : (divide)
  • Who: Ed Sheeran is from Halifax, West Yorkshire, UK
  • How many weeks no 1 in Ireland: 2 weeks
  • Trivia: In an interview with Zane Lowe, Sheeran said that he needed to write the best love song of his career with “Perfect”. He said: “I need to do it 100% me, so everyone will listen to that will be like, “Ah! He can actually do it! In November 2017, Sheeran released an acoustic version of “Perfect” and two remixes by Mike Perry and Robin Schulz.  There is also a duet with American singer Beyoncé that was released on 1 December 2017.