Robin Thicke's morally questionable 'Blurred Lines' is the most downloaded track in UK chart history, according to figures releases by the Official Charts Company. The song was downloaded over 1.54 million times in the UK, just pipping Adele's 'Someone Like You' to the top spot by around 40,000 units.
'Moves Like Jagger' by Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera somewhat surprisingly (in our opinion, anyway) comes in third place ahead of Gotye's perennial radio hit 'Somebody That I Used To Know' and the Black Eyed Peas' 'I Gotta Feeling'.
'Blurred Lines' was a very divisive song upon its release and became the first song to be banned by Queen's University in Belfast based upon the content of its lyrics but, even in spite of its occasionally negative press, it managed to come out on top of the list.
Martin Talbot, CEO of the Official Charts Company, explains more: "'Blurred Lines' is surely one of the catchiest pop hits of all time, so its success is no great surprise. But to become one of only two tracks to have been downloaded 1.5m times and climb to the top of the poll as the biggest download of all time is an incredible achievement."
The full top ten is:
Robin Thicke/T.I./Pharrell Williams – 'Blurred Lines'
Adele – 'Someone Like You'
Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera – 'Moves Like Jagger'
Gotye featuring Kimbra – 'Somebody That I Used To Know'
Black Eyed Peas – 'I Gotta Feeling'
Daft Punk ft Pharrell Williams – 'Get Lucky'
Rihanna featuring Calvin Harris 'We Found Love' – 'We Found Love'
Avicii – 'Wake Me Up'
Pharrell Williams – 'Happy'
Kings Of Leon – 'Sex On Fire'