Are you ready to relive some of the most amazing songs from 2005 in the United Kingdom? We’ve compiled a list of the very best songs that shook our ears and hearts that year. From pop to rock, hip-hop to R&B, indie to dance, we’ve got it all.
And guess what? We’ve put them all into one big awesome Spotify playlist! You can listen to them anytime, anywhere, and enjoy the nostalgia.
But wait, there’s more! We also put all the videos on our YouTube channel! You can also watch them and see how much the artists have changed over the years. This is a treat for all music lovers.
Don’t miss this chance to re-watch some of the 2005 UK classics. Check out our list of “Top 100 UK Songs 2005”. You won’t regret it!
About the UK Music Charts in 2005
The year 2005 was a remarkable one for the music charts in the United Kingdom. It was a year of diversity, innovation, and surprises, with a mix of genres and styles dominating the top 40.
In this article, we are going to review some of the highlights and trends of the British music scene in 2005 and share our personal favorites and opinions.
The rise of downloads
One of the most striking features of the 2005 charts was the rise of digital downloads. For the first time, songs that had not been released as physical singles could enter the charts based on their online sales.
This opened up new opportunities for artists and labels to reach a wider audience and promote their music in different ways. Some songs that benefited from this change were “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley, “Gold Digger” by Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx, and “You’re Beautiful” by James Blunt.
These songs were among the best-selling singles of the year, despite not being released on CD or vinyl.
Another trend in 2005 was the comeback of veterans. Several acts that had been successful in previous decades returned to the charts with new material or reissues.
For example, Madonna scored her 11th No. 1 single in the UK with “Hung Up,” which included a sample of ABBA’s “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)” from 1979. And Queen celebrated its 30th anniversary with a new compilation album, The Platinum Collection, featuring their classic hits and new remixes.
New talents and genres
The year 2005 also saw the emergence of new talents and genres. One of the most successful newcomers was Arctic Monkeys, a four-piece indie rock band from Sheffield.
Their debut single, “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor,” hit the charts in October. Another breakthrough was James Morrison, a soulful singer-songwriter who impressed critics and fans with his debut single “You Give Me Something” from his debut album Undiscovered.
And one of the most influential genres of the year was grime, a form of urban music that combines elements of rap, garage, and dancehall. Some leading grime artists include Dizzee Rascal, Kano, Lethal Bizzle, and Lady Sovereign.
Highlights UK Music Chart of 2005
The year 2005 was a memorable one for music lovers in the United Kingdom. Many singles topped the charts and became instant classics.
Here are some highlights from the most popular songs of that year.
You’re Beautiful by James Blunt
You’re Beautiful is a song by James Blunt, released in 2005 as the third single from his debut album Back to Bedlam. The song reached number one on the UK Singles Chart and became a worldwide hit.
The song is about seeing an ex-girlfriend with another man and feeling heartbroken. Blunt performed the song live at the Cambridge Union in 2019.
“Don’t Cha” by The Pussycat Doll
Don’t Cha is a song by American girl group The Pussycat Dolls, featuring rapper Busta Rhymes. It was released in 2005 as the lead single from their debut album PCD.
The song reached number one on the UK Singles Chart and became the fifth best-selling song of that year. The song samples Swass by Sir Mix-a-Lot and was written by Busta Rhymes, CeeLo Green, and Sir Mix-a-Lot. Don’t Cha is about a woman who mocks another woman’s boyfriend and says he wishes he were with her.
“Feel Good Inc.” by Gorillaz
The song “Feel Good Inc.” by Gorillaz is a hit single from their album Demon Days. It features the rap group De La Soul and combines different genres such as alternative rock, hip hop, rap rock, and funk rock.
The song reached number 2 on the UK Official Singles Chart in 2005 and stayed on the chart for 48 weeks. It also won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals in 2006.
|#||Title - Artist|
|1||You're Beautiful - James Blunt|
|2||(Is This The Way To) Amarillo - Tony Christie featuring Peter Kay|
|3||Bad Day - Daniel Powter|
|4||Don't Cha - The Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes|
|5||Axel F - Crazy Frog|
|6||Ghetto Gospel - 2Pac featuring Elton John|
|7||Feel Good Inc - Gorillaz|
|8||Lonely - Akon|
|9||Push The Button - Sugababes|
|10||You Raise Me Up - Westlife|
|11||I Like The Way - Bodyrockers|
|12||Hung Up - Madonna|
|13||Switch - Will Smith|
|14||Dare - Gorillaz|
|15||I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor - Arctic Monkeys|
|16||Since U Been Gone - Kelly Clarkson|
|17||We Be Burnin' - Sean Paul|
|18||We Belong Together - Mariah Carey|
|19||Tripping - Robbie Williams|
|20||Shot You Down - Audio Bullys featuring Nancy Sinatra|
|21||All About You / You've Got A Friend - McFly|
|22||Let Me Love You - Mario|
|23||Gold Digger - Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx|
|24||Get Right - Jennifer Lopez|
|25||Against All Odds - Steve Brookstein|
|26||Over And Over - Nelly featuring Tim McGraw|
|27||Signs - Snoop Dogg featuring Charlie Wilson & Justin Timberlake|
|28||Doctor Pressure - Mylo vs Miami Sound Machine|
|29||Roc Ya Body 'Mic Check 1, 2' - MVP|
|30||Pon De Replay - Rihanna|
|31||Candy Shop - 50 Cent|
|32||Don't Phunk With My Heart - The Black Eyed Peas|
|33||Crazy Chick - Charlotte Church|
|34||Out Of Touch - Uniting Nations|
|35||Somewhere Else - Razorlight|
|36||Like Toy Soldiers - Eminem|
|37||Dakota - Stereophonics|
|38||Boulevard Of Broken Dreams - Green Day|
|39||The Importance Of Being Idle - Oasis|
|40||StickWitU - The Pussycat Dolls|
|41||Goodies - Ciara featuring Petey Pablo|
|42||1 Thing - Amerie|
|43||Numb / Encore - Jay-Z / Linkin Park|
|44||Speed Of Sound - Coldplay|
|45||Galvanize - The Chemical Brothers|
|46||My Humps - The Black Eyed Peas|
|47||No Worries - Simon Webbe|
|48||Falling Stars - Sunset Strippers|
|49||Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day|
|50||1, 2 Step - Ciara featuring Missy Elliott|
|51||I See Girls - Studio B|
|52||Rich Girl - Gwen Stefani featuring Eve|
|53||Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid 20|
|54||Fix You - Coldplay|
|55||Locked Up - Akon|
|56||Nine Million Bicycles - Katie Melua|
|57||Hollaback Girl - Gwen Stefani|
|58||Lyla - Oasis|
|59||Lose Control - Missy Elliott featuring Ciara & Fat Man Scoop|
|60||They - Jem|
|61||Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall|
|62||Lay Your Hands - Simon Webbe|
|63||Don't Love You No More - Craig David|
|64||It's Like That - Mariah Carey|
|65||Hate It Or Love It - The Game featuring 50 Cent|
|66||Almost Here - Brian McFadden & Delta Goodrem|
|67||I Predict A Riot / Sink That Ship - Kaiser Chiefs|
|68||Behind These Hazel Eyes - Kelly Clarkson|
|69||Only U - Ashanti|
|70||Best Of You - Foo Fighters|
|71||Hush - LL Cool J featuring 7 Aurelius|
|72||Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own - U2|
|73||I Believe In You - Kylie Minogue|
|74||Wires - Athlete|
|75||I'll Be OK - McFly|
|76||Love Generation - Bob Sinclar featuring Gary 'Nesta' Pine|
|77||Song 4 Lovers - Liberty X|
|78||Slow Down - Bobby Valentino|
|79||Shiver - Natalie Imbruglia|
|80||Ooh La La - Goldfrapp|
|81||How We Do - The Game featuring 50 Cent|
|82||Father And Son - Ronan Keating featuring Yusuf|
|83||If There's Any Justice - Lemar|
|84||Oh - Ciara featuring Ludacris|
|85||California - Phantom Planet|
|86||Mockingbird - Eminem|
|87||Gasolina - Daddy Yankee|
|88||You Can Do It - Ice Cube featuring Mack 10 & Ms Toi|
|89||Don't Lie - The Black Eyed Peas|
|90||Biology - Girls Aloud|
|91||Everyday I Love You Less And Less - Kaiser Chiefs|
|92||These Boots Are Made For Walkin' - Jessica Simpson|
|93||Can I Have It Like That - Pharrell featuring Gwen Stefani|
|94||JCB Song - Nizlopi|
|95||Army Of Lovers - Lee Ryan|
|96||Somebody Told Me - The Killers|
|97||Star To Fall - Cabin Crew|
|98||Ass Like That - Eminem|
|99||Time To Grow - Lemar|
|100||The One I Love - David Gray|
Spotify Playlist Top 100 UK Songs 2005
The 2005 charts in the United Kingdom showed a diverse and dynamic musical landscape, with artists from different genres and backgrounds competing for the top spots.
Some of the most successful acts of the year were James Blunt, Coldplay, Kaiser Chiefs, Gorillaz, and Madonna.
The charts also reflected the influence of new technologies and platforms, such as digital downloads, streaming services, and social media, on the music industry and consumer behavior.