Sales milestone reached on 8 April, 2013
Michael Baggs

14:03 9th April 2013

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Adele's tear-jerking 'Someone Like You' is the most downloaded track in the UK of all time, after digital sales this week passed the one billion mark, with record breaking single sales recorded in 2013.

The Official Charts Company have announced the sales milestone, revealing that an average of 500,000 singles have been downloaded a day in 2013. The most downloaded track of all time in the UK is Adele's 'Someone Like You', taken from her all-conquering 2011 album, 21. The track has been downloaded 1.46million times since its release, and Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera's 'Moves Like Jagger' is the second best selling, having shifted an impressive 1.4million.

Further big sellers making up the Top 5 most downloaded are Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used To Know', Black Eyed Peas' 'I Gotta Feeling' and 'We Found Love' by Rihanna and Calvin Harris.

"The explosion in download sales over the past nine years means we are genuinely now living in the digital music age – with Adele as our queen!" says Martin Talbot of the Official Charts Company.

"Over the nine years of legitimate digital music, more than 16 new tracks have sold 1 million copies, which emphasises just how popular digital music is in the modern age."

Maroon 5's 'Moves Like Jagger' is the UK's second most downloaded track ever

The full Top Ten most downloaded songs in the UK is as follows:

1 Someone Like You – Adele (2011) – 1.46m
2 Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 (2011) – 1.40m
3 Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye featuring Kimbra (2012) – 1.38m
4 I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas (2009) – 1.38m
5 We Found Love – Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris – (2011) 1.27m
6 Sex On Fire – Kings Of Leon (2008) – 1.24m
7 Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen (2012) – 1.21m
8 Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO (2011) – 1.19m
9 Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars (2010) – 1.18m
10 Price Tag – Jessie J (2011) – 1.13m

Below: the top ten most downloaded songs in UK music history

  • 10. Jessie J 'Price Tag' (2011) - 1.13m

  • 9. Bruno Mars 'Just The Way You Are' (2010) - 1.18m

  • 8. LMFAO 'Party Rock Anthem' (2011) - 1.19m

  • 7. Carly Rae Jepsen 'Call Me Maybe' (2012) - 1.21m

  • 6. Kings Of Leon 'Sex On Fire' (2008) -1.24m

  • 5. Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris 'We Found Love' (2011) - 1.27m

  • 4. Black Eyed Peas 'I Gotta Feeling' (2009) - 1.38m

  • 3. Gotye feat. Kimbra 'Somebody That I Used To Know' (2012) - 1.38m

  • 2. Maroon 5 'Moves Like Jagger' (2011) - 1.40m

  • 1. Adele 'Someone Like You' - 1.46m

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