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Gnarls Barkley top single download chart (2006)

Gnarls Barkley

Story by Jack Foley

GNARLS Barkley’s breakthrough hit Crazy was officially the biggest selling single of 2006.

The track was the first to reach number one on downloads alone and even held off a late challenge from X-factor winner Leona.

Snow Patrol’s latest album Eyes Open topped the album download chart with 1.5m estimated sales, closely followed by Take That’s comeback Beautiful World.

The continued success of the download format is indicated by the fact that sales of singles have doubled to over 65m since the chart was first launched in September 2004.

But Crazy benefited from a change in chart rules that allowed downloads to count to chart position a week before a physical format was released.

It sold over 30,000 copies in that first week and remained at number one for nine weeks after its release in March.

In album terms, Snow Patrol enjoyed a massively successful year that saw them top the chart on three separate occasions with their critically-acclaimed fourth album, Eyes Open.

And Take That confirmed that there is life without Robbie Williams when their comeback, Beautiful World, breezed past the million sales mark in just four weeks to take second spot in the year-end sales list.

In a further nod to the growing success of the download format, more changes are being introduced from the beginning of this year.

Download singles and album tracks that are not supported by a physical format will also now count towards the chart.

The Top 5 download singles of 2006
Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
A Moment Like This – Leona Lewis
Hips Don’t Lie – Shakira Ft Wyclef Jean
I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ – Scissor Sisters
I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker – Sandi Thom

The top 5 download albums of 2006
1. Eyes Open – Snow Patrol
2. Beautiful World – Take That
3. Ta-Dah – Scissor Sisters
4. Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not – Arctic Monkeys
5. Inside In/Inside Out – Kooks