The annual End-of-Year Official Charts have been published. View them here
Compiled by Recorded Music NZ, the End-of-Year Official Charts are the only charts to combine all major sources Aotearoa music fans use throughout the year to buy and stream their favourite music. Data from sources including Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, YouTube, Bandcamp, gig sales and a myriad of brick and mortar physical retailers provide the authoritative ‘big picture’ of what we were all buying and listening to over the course of 2023.
Of the international superstars, one artist dominated 2023 with their mix of brand new music, catalogue repertoire and the latest in a series of re-released albums. With seven albums in the 2023 Top 20 albums and two tracks in the Top 20 singles, no prizes for guessing that the highest-selling artist of the year was Taylor Swift.
But even Taylor couldn’t top the annual Singles and Albums Charts, beaten by two other powerhouses.
SZA’s SOS was released at the very end of 2022 and didn’t leave the Top 10 all year. The album has become a global R&B blockbuster, breaking records and topping charts worldwide, including eight weeks at #1 in Aotearoa. It takes out the top spot on the 2023 End-of-Year Album Chart.
Over on the Singles list, Miley Cyrus claimed the top spot with ‘Flowers’. Lifted from her eighth studio album Endless Summer Vacation, the hit track debuted at #1 in January, spending four consecutive weeks there before a subsequent two-week return to the top spot in April. It has spent 46 weeks in the Top 40 this year.
Of the locals, L.A.B. notched up another annual #1 single title with ‘In The Air’ – the third time the tune has topped the End-of-Year NZ Top 20 Chart, having done the same in 2020 and 2022, while coming in at #2 in 2021. As in past years, L.A.B. control the top end of the 2023 End-of-Year Singles Chart overall, holding the top four positions.
It’s a similar story for the NZ Top 20 albums, with Six60’s self-titled 2011 album once again proving the top performer. It is the fourth year since its release that the album has been the most popular Kiwi long player, topping the 2022 End-of-Year Chart, as well as in 2011 and 2012.
Throughout 2023, several songs held strong at the top of the Te Reo Maori Singles Chart, swapping the lead several times. But with the year at a close, it’s Te Matatini And Te Pikikōtuku o Ngāti Rongomai and Whenua Patuwai who edge out the competition, topping the annual chart with ‘Te Ata Māhina’.
View the full 2023 End-of-Year Official Charts here
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Meri Kirihimete and a Happy New Year!