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Sam Ryder reaches number 2 in the UK chart

'Space Man' becomes the highest charting United Kingdom entry of the 21st Century!

Not only is he up in space, man, the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 runner-up is riding high in the UK charts too! Today the Official Charts Company has confirmed that Sam Ryder has reached number 2 with ‘Space Man’ in the UK top 40 chart. The highest charting United Kingdom Eurovision entry this century!

Since the introduction of streaming to the UK charts in 2014, it has become harder for Eurovision entries to crack the UK chart. Along with the US Billboard Hot 100, the UK top 40 is seen as one of the toughest markets and a key indicator of an artists’ success. However in recent years the success of music via TikTok has seen Eurovision artists find international chart success once more. Duncan Laurence, Daรฐi Freyr and last years’ winners Mรฅneskin have all broken into the UK top 40.

Sam Ryder soars into the UK charts!

Over the past week we have seen the fiercest chart battle since Joe McElderry vs Rage Against The Machine, in Sam Ryder vs Harry Styles. Despite every effort, TikTok star and Eurovision 2022 runner-up Sam Ryder and ‘Space Man’ officially reached number 2 in the UK chart, as announced on BBC Radio 1. Thus Sam Ryder becomes the highest charting UK Eurovision entrant of the 21st Century! As well as this, his entry is the highest charting Eurovision entry overall since Gina G topped the charts with ‘Ooh Aah… Just A Little Bit’ in 1996.

Two is the luckiest number?

We all remember the school ground rhyme, “first the worst, second best.” Throughout this season Sam Ryder has taken that literally! Many fans on twitter have noticed a pattern between Sam and the number 2.

So of course, it is only fitting that today’s chart result continues that theme!

  • Sam Ryder releases ‘Space Man’ – 22/02/22
  • ‘Space Man’ revealed on BBC2
  • Drew second half and running order – 22
  • Eurovision 2022 Grand Final streamed 2.2million times on BBC Iplayer
  • ‘Space Man’ reaches number 2 in UK charts

United Kingdom in UK Chart history

From the Official Charts Company we have data for all of the United Kingdom Eurovision entries and their peak position in the charts. Below we have accounted only for those who reached the Top 40.

YEARARTISTSONGPEAKEUROVISION
1959Teddy Johnson & Pearl CarrSing Little Birdie122
1960Bryan JohnsonLooking High, High, High202
1961The AllisonsAre You Sure22
1963Ronnie CarrollSay Wonderful Things64
1965Kathy KirbyI Belong362
1966Kenneth McKellarA Man Without Love309
1967Sandie ShawPuppet On A String11
1968Cliff RichardCongratulations12
1969LuluBoom Bang-A-Bang21
1970Mary HopkinKnock, Knock, Who’s There?22
1971Clodagh RodgersJack In The Box34
1972The New SeekersBeg, Steal Or Borrow22
1973Cliff RichardPower To All Our Friends43
1974Olivia Newton-JohnLong Live Love114
1975The ShadowsLet Me Be The One122
1976Brotherhood of ManSave Your Kisses For Me11
1977Lynsey de Paul & Mike MoranRock Bottom192
1978Co-coBad Old Days1311
1981Bucks FizzMaking Your Mind Up11
1982BardoOne Step Further27
1983Sweet DreamsI’m Never Giving Up216
1984Belle & The DevotionsLove Games117
1990EmmaGive A Little Back To The World336
1991Samantha JanusA Message To Your Heart3010
1992Michael BallOne Step Out Of Time202
1993SoniaBetter The Devil You Know152
1994Frances RuffelleLonely Symphony (We Will Be Free)2510
1995Love City GrooveLove City Groove710
1996Gina GOoh Aah… Just A Little Bit18
1997Katrina & The WavesLove Shine A Light31
1998ImaaniWhere Are You?152
1999PreciousSay It Again612
2000Nicki FrenchDon’t Play That Song Again3416
2001LindsayNo Dream Impossible3215
2002Jessica GarlickCome Back133
2003JeminiCry Baby1526
2004James FoxHold Onto Our Love1316
2005JavineTouch My Fire1822
2006Daz SampsonTeenage Life819
2007SoochFlying The Flag (For You)522
2009Jade EwenIt’s My Time275
2011BlueI Can1611
2014MollyChildren of The Universe2317
2022Sam RyderSpace Man22

Who else charted?

Meanwhile there is chart success for Ukraine’s Eurovision winners Kalush Orchestra. Their entry debuts on the UK chart at number 38. Therefore marking the second appearance of Ukrainian in the chart since Verka Serduchka in 2007 with ‘Dancing Lasha Tumbai’, peaking at number 28.

Outside the Top 40 we also have several entries in the Top 100! These are as follows:

  • 47. ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway – Subwoolfer – ‘Give That Wolf A Banana’
  • 56. ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain – Chanel – ‘SloMo’
  • 59. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden – Cornelia Jakobs – ‘Hold Me Closer’

As well as this, last years’ winners Mรฅneskin have charted at 43 with latest single, ‘SUPERMODEL’.

Are are you excited for Sam Ryder’s success in the UK charts? Let us know! Be sure to stay updated by following @ESCXTRA on Twitter, @escxtra on Instagram and liking our Facebook page for the latest updates! Also, be sure to follow us on Spotify for the latest music from your favourite Eurovision acts. As well as YouTube to see our reactions to the news in the run up to the 2023 Eurovision season!

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Lisa Bird

My first Eurovision memory was watching 1994 as a hatchling. I've been tapping my talons to the bops and bangers from Europe and beyond ever since! I finally spread my wings to attending the contest in Lisbon 2018 and am now a regular at many events and national finals - especially my regular nest at Eesti Laul.

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