Drake Tops the UK Singles Chart

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Canada’s most internationally famous rapper, Drake, has scored his first number one single as a lead artist … in Britain. The track in question is the newly released “Once Dance”. As a lead artist, Drake has never reached the top in either his homeland of Canada or where he has been the most successful among the big Anglo markets – the United States. Prior to “One Dance”, all of Drake’s singles as a lead artist have charted higher in the US than in Canada or the UK with the exception of “Crew Love”, which made the top 40 in Britain. (“Hold On, We’re Going Home” reached #4 in Both the US and UK and #5 in Canada). A reasonable explanation for his superior popularity in the States is that that country likes rap music more than Commonwealth nations. The UK updates its charts on Fridays as opposed to Tuesdays in the US and Canada which may explain why “One Dance” debuted higher there. Below is a chronological list of all of Drake’s hit singles – 24 in total – that made the top 40 in Canada, the US, or UK with peak chart positions in the three countries for comparison. Note that the list excludes tracks where Drake is a featured or co-credited artist.

TRACK CA US UK
Best I Ever Had 24 2  
Successful   17  
I’m Going In   40  
Forever 26 8 42
Over 17 14 50
Find Your Love 10 5 24
Miss Me 73 15  
Fancy 54 25  
Marvin’s Room   21  
Headlines 18 13 57
Make Me Proud 25 9 49
Take Care 15 7 9
The Motto 38 14 80
Crew Love 80 80 37
Started from the Bottom 36 6 25
Hold On, We’re Going Home 5 4 4
All Me 72 20  
0 to 100 / The Catch Up 59 35 68
Energy 53 26 71
Back to Back 27 21 77
Hotline Bling 3 2 3
Summer Sixteen 12 6 23
One Dance 13 21 1
Pop Style 20 16 33