UK Songwriting Chart – 20 January 2017

The xx
The xx

The xx: performing at Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto in 2009. Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Jareed

With Royalty Exchange’s help, we reveal the top 20 songwriters behind the biggest hits on this week’s UK Singles Chart

Sheeran’s domination of our weekly chart of top songwriters continues, as the Halifax-born singer-songwriter’s third studio album ÷ (pronounced Divide) triggers a surge in streams/sales of his latest singles and his back catalogue.

Very little has changed in the last seven days for the other songwriters in the top half of the chart, except for The xx’s Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim, who provide the only new entry this week. The London indie-pop band also recently released their third studio album, titled I See You, which spawned the singles On Hold and Say Something Loving. Elsewhere, Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum songwriter Emily Warren as well as frequent collaborator Rachel Keen – aka Raye – become new names on the chart…

1ED SHEERANCastle On The Hill – Ed Sheeran
Photograph – Ed Sheeran
Shape Of You – Ed Sheeran
The A Team – Ed Sheeran
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
Cold Water – Major Lazer/Justin Bieber/MO
2STEVE MACAlarm – Anne-Marie
Rockabye – Clean Bandit
Shape Of You – Ed Sheeran
So Good – Louisa Johnson
3 TOM ZANETTIYou Want Me – Tom Zanetti ft. Sadie Ama
4 CALVIN HARRISMy Way – Calvin Harris
This Is What You Came For – Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna
5 GREG KURSTINWater Under The Bridge – Adele
Cheap Thrills – Sia
The Greatest – Sia ft. Kendrick Lamar
6 ANDREW TAGGARTParis – Chainsmokers
Don’t Let Me Down – Chainsmokers ft. Daya
Closer – Chainsmokers ft. Halsey
All We Know – Chainsmokers ft. Phoebe Ryan
7 JOHNNY MCDAIDPhotograph – Ed Sheeran
Shape Of You – Ed Sheeran
Love Of My Life – Robbie Williams
8 DOMINIC WYNN WOODSNow And Later – Sage The Gemini
9 ROMY MADLEY CROFT & OLIVER SIMA Violent Noise – The xx
Dangerous – The xx
I Dare You – The xx
Lips – The xx
On Hold – The xx
Say Something Loving – The xx
10 BENJAMIN LEVINCastle On The Hill – Ed Sheeran
Cold Water – Major Lazer/Justin Bieber/MO
Luv – Tory Lanez
11 ALEX SMITH & JOHN PAUL COOPERPerfect Strangers – Jonas Blue ft. JP Cooper
September Song – JP Cooper
12 LIN-MANUEL MIRANDAHow Far I’ll Go – Alessia Cara
13 RORY GRAHAM & JAMIE HARTMANHuman – Rag’n’Bone Man
14 TAYLOR SWIFTThis Is What You Came For – Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna
I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades) – Zayn/Taylor Swift
16 SIA FURLERCheap Thrills – Sia
The Greatest – Sia Ft Kendrick Lamar
17 TYLER JOSEPHHeathens – Twenty One Pilots
18 JOHN RYANLove Me Now – John Legend
Don’t Wanna Know – Maroon 5 ft. Kendrick Lamar
Shed A Light – Robin Schulz & David Guetta ft. Cheat Codes
19 EMILY WARRENDon’t Let Me Down – Chainsmokers ft. Daya
Should’ve Been Me – Naughty Boy ft. Kyla & Popcaan
No Lie – Sean Paul ft. Dua Lipa
20 RACHEL KEEMAfter The Afterparty – Charli XCX ft. Lil Yachty
You Don’t Know Me – Jax Jones & Raye
Not In Love – MO & Kent Jones
Don’t Leave – Snakehips & MO

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