Chart Watch Britain: Chart of December 31, 2011

Our weekly recap of veteran artists on the current British music charts. Chart highlights:
  • It's a second week for the Bee Gees as the biggest selling veteran artist in Britain with Number Ones falling only 24 to 29.
  • The battle for the Christmas Number One single has been an event for years in Britain. Lately, a number of groups have tried to abduct that top spot through planned downloads of certain songs. One group this year tried to get Nirvanna's Smells Like Teen Spirit to number one, but they fell short of even the top 10. The most successful effort didn't make it either but Lou Monte's 1960 holiday hit Dominick the Donkey came close, jumping from 132 to number 3.
1968-1970. TW = This Week, LW = Last Week, N = New, R = Returning to Chart.  The highest charting entry by a veteran artist is shown in red.

Top 100 British Albums
TW LW Title Artist
1 1 Christmas Michael Buble
2 2 Lioness: Hidden Treasures Amy Winehouse
3 4 In Case You Didn't Know Olly Murs
4 3 Mylo Xyloto Coldplay
5 5 Talk That Talk Rihanna
29 24 Number Ones Bee Gees
31 35 Storyteller: The Complete Anthology Rod Stewart
36 34 Duets II Tony Bennett
37 32 Best of the Best Frank Sinatra
52 41 50 Words for Snow Kate Bush
53 53 A Foot in the Door: The Best of Pink Floyd
62 64 Greatest Hits Simon & Garfunkel
76 87 Greatest Hits Bon Jovi
89 98 Gold: Greatest Hits ABBA
91 86 Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage 1982-2011 R.E.M.
92 117 Private Investigation: The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler
94 122 The Greatest Hits & More Doris Day
95 109 Number Ones Michael Jackson
97 91 The Final Wham
98 78 A Christmas Cornucopia Annie Lennox

The balance of the British charts are after the cut.
Top 100 British Singles
TW LW Title Artist
1 N Wherever You Are Military Wives Featuring Gareth Malone
2 1 Cannonball Little Mix
3 132 Dominick the Donkey Lou Monte
4 N Forever Yours Alex Day
5 2 Paradise Coldplay
13 13 Fairytale of New York Pogues Featuring Kirsty MacColl
34 28 Last Christmas Wham
36 53 Driving Home for Christmas Chris Rea
38 31 I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday Wizzard
40 37 Merry Christmas Everybody Slade
41 42 Do They Know It's Christmas Band Aid
62 48 Merry Christmas Everyone Shakin' Stevens
78 95 Merry Xmas (War is Over) John Lennon & Yoko Ono With Plastic Ono Band
85 64 Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree Brenda Lee
89 78 Step Into Christmas Elton John

Top 40 British R&B Albums
TW LW Title Artist
1 1 Talk That Talk Rihanna
2 2 Jukebox JLS
3 3 Take Care Drake
4 4 4 Beyonce
5 5 Stereo Typical Rizzle Kicks
30 24 The Ultimate Collection Whitney Houston

Top 40 British R&B Singles
TW LW Title Artist
1 2 Good Feeling Flo Rida
2 1 Dedicated to My Ex (Miss That) Lloyd Featuring Andre 3000 and Lil Wayne
3 6 Mama Do the Hump Rizzle Kicks
4 4 Earthquake Labrinth Featuring Tinie Tempah
5 5 Take Care Drake Featuring Rihanna
- - No Veteran Artists Charting

Top 20 British Country Albums
TW LW Title Artist
1 1 Own the Night Lady Antebellum
2 2 Ghost on the Canvas Glen Campbell
3 4 Better Day Dolly Parton
4 6 Paper Airplane Alison Krauss & Union Station
5 8 Clear As Day Scotty McCreery
7 9 I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive Steve Earle
8 14 An American Trilogy Mickey Newbury
11 18 Rare Bird Alert Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Band
14 17 American 6: Ain't No Grave Johnny Cash
18 R Hard Bargain Emmylou Harris
20 R Original Album Series Emmylou Harris

Top 40 British Rock & Metal Albums
TW LW Title Artist
1 1 Here and Now Nickelback
2 2 Greatest Hits Foo Fighters
3 6 Nevermind Nirvana
4 4 The Path of Totality Korn
5 9 Greatest Hits Guns N' Roses
7 11 Mothership Led Zeppelin
11 3 Beyond Magnetic Metallica
18 29 Greatest Hits Black Sabbath
24 19 Lulu Lou Reed & Megadeth
34 36 Slash Slash
36 R Stadium Arcadium Red Hot Chili Peppers
38 40 The Very Best of Aerosmith
39 31 Th1rt3en Megadeth

Top 40 British Rock & Metal Singles
TW LW Title Artist
1 3 Christmas Time (Don't Let the Bells End) Darkness
2 1 Iris Goo Goo Dolls
3 2 When We Stand Together Nickelback
4 6 Bite My Tongue You Me at Six Featuring Oli Sykes
5 4 Narcissistic Cannibal Korn / Skrillex / Kill the Noise
6 10 Sweet Child O' Mine Guns N' Roses
7 12 Livin' on a Prayer Bon Jovi
9 15 Bohemian Rhapsody Queen
10 13 Don't Stop Me Now Queen
11 30 Thank God It's Christmas Queen
18 21 Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin
19 20 Enter Sandman Metallica
21 28 We Will Rock You Queen
22 25 Free Bird Lynyrd Skynyrd
23 22 Nothing Else Matters Metallica
24 29 Ace of Spades Motorhead
26 37 Here I Go Again Whitesnake
27 38 Paradise City Guns N' Roses
39 R Paranoid Black Sabbath
40 R You Give Love a Bad Name Bon Jovi

Top 40 Dance Singles
TW LW Title Artist
1 2 Levels Avicii
2 1 We Found Love Rihanna Featuring Calvin Harris
3 3 Sexy and I Know It LMFAO
4 4 Down For Whatever Kelly Rowland Featuring the Wavs
5 8 Party Rock Anthem LMFAO Featuring Lauren Bennett and Goonrock
38 R Enjoy the Silence Depeche Mode

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