The X Factor (UK) discography

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Leona Lewis, the series 3 winner and the show's most successful winner, has achieved three number-one singles, eight top five singles and two number-one albums
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Series two winner Shayne Ward had a number-one single with "That's My Goal" in 2005.
Chico came in fifth place in 2005, and had a number-one single with "It's Chico Time" in 2006.
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Leon Jackson, the series four winner, debuted at number-one in the UK with a cover of "When You Believe".
Alexandra Burke, the series five winner, has achieved six top ten singles including three number-one hits.
Series five runners up JLS have had five solo UK number-one singles; more than any other UK X Factor act.
Diana Vickers, who came fourth in series 5, has achieved a number-one single ("Once") and a number-one album ("Songs from the Tainted Cherry Tree").
Joe McElderry, who was the winner of the sixth series in 2009, was the first contestant to release four albums.
Series six runner-up Olly Murs has had 9 top 20 singles, including 4 number-ones, as well as three top ten albums.
One Direction, who came third in 2010, have gone on to achieve eight top 10 singles including number-one "What Makes You Beautiful".
Series eight winners Little Mix have achieved two number-one singles with "Cannonball" in December 2011 and "Wings" in September 2012.

The X Factor is a British television singing talent show. It has been broadcast annually since 2004. The winners and finalists of the series have seen varied levels of success but artists from the show have gone on to produce over 30 Number 1s and 57 UK chart hits.[1] Steve Brookstein, the winner of series 1, onwards, Shayne Ward, Leona Lewis, Leon Jackson, Alexandra Burke, Matt Cardle, Little Mix, James Arthur and Sam Bailey all reached the top spot with their début singles. The biggest selling former contestant according to the Official Charts Company (figures correct as of August 2013) in the UK is Lewis, followed by Olly Murs, JLS, One Direction and Burke.[2][3]

In 2008, the finalists from the fifth series released a cover version of Mariah Carey's "Hero" to raise money for the charity Help for Heroes; the single charted at number one in the United Kingdom. In 2009, the finalists of that year released a cover of Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone", in 2010, they released a cover of "Heroes", and in 2011 they released a cover of "Wishing on a Star" featuring former finalists JLS and One Direction. The process was discontinued in 2012.


ArtistSeriesPosition in showSong titleUK release dateUK peak chart
Brookstein, SteveSteve Brookstein1Winner"Against All Odds"20 December 20041[4]
"Fighting Butterflies"2 October 2006193[citation needed]
G4Runners-up"Bohemian Rhapsody"14 March 20059[5]
Ward, ShayneShayne Ward2Winner"That's My Goal"21 December 20051[6]
"No Promises"10 April 20062[6]
"Stand by Me"10 July 200614[6]
"No U Hang Up"/"If That's OK with You"24 September 20072[6]
"Breathless"19 November 20076[6]
"Gotta Be Somebody"7 November 201012[6]
Abraham, AndyAndy AbrahamRunner-up"Hang Up"27 March 200665[7]
"December Brings Me Back to You"11 December 200618[7]
"Even If"19 May 200867[7]
Chico Slimani5th"It's Chico Time"27 February 20061[8]
"D.I.S.C.O."14 August 200624[8]
"Curvy Cola Bottle Body"8 October 200745[8]
The Dolly RockersJudges' houses"Gold Digger"29 August 200946[9]
Lawson, MariaMaria Lawson8th"Sleepwalking"14 August 200620[10]
Avenue3Judges' houses"Last Goodbye"22 September 200850[11]
Lewis, LeonaLeona LewisWinner"A Moment Like This"17 December 20061[12]
"Bleeding Love"19 October 20071[12]
"Better in Time"/"Footprints in the Sand"7 March 20082[12]
"Forgive Me"3 November 20085[12]
"Run"30 November 20081[12]
"Happy"8 November 20092[12]
"I Got You"21 February 201014[12]
"Collide"3 September 20114[12]
"Trouble"7 October 20127[12]
"Lovebird"16 November 2012DNC[13]
"One More Sleep"5 November 20133[12]
Jackson, LeonLeon Jackson4Winner"When You Believe"16 December 20071[14]
"Don't Call This Love"12 October 20083[14]
"Creative"15 November 200894[14]
Same Difference3rd"We R One"24 November 200813[15]
"Shine On Forever (Photo Frame)"29 August 2010100[citation needed]
Burke, AlexandraAlexandra Burke5Winner"Hallelujah"17 December 20081[16]
"Bad Boys"12 October 20091[16]
"Broken Heels"11 January 20108[16]
"All Night Long"3 May 20104[16]
"Start Without You"23 August 20101[16]
"The Silence"6 December 201016[16]
"Elephant"13 March 20123[16]
"Let It Go"27 May 201233[16]
JLSRunners-up"Beat Again"12 July 20091[17]
"Everybody in Love"1 November 20091[17]
"One Shot"22 February 20106[17]
"The Club Is Alive"11 July 20101[17]
"Love You More"14 November 20101[17]
"Eyes Wide Shut"13 February 20118[17]
"She Makes Me Wanna"22 July 20111[17]
"Take a Chance on Me"4 November 20112[17]
"Do You Feel What I Feel?"1 January 201216[17]
"Proud"16 March 20126[17]
"Hottest Girl in the World"21 October 20126[17]
"Billion Lights"15 November 201314[17]
Vickers, DianaDiana Vickers4th"Once"19 April 20101[18]
"The Boy Who Murdered Love"18 July 201036[18]
"My Wicked Heart"17 October 201013[18]
"Cinderella"21 July 201376[citation needed]
"Music to Make Boys Cry"15 September 2013DNC[citation needed]
The X Factor finalists 2008All 12 finalists"Hero"27 October 20081[19]
Joe McElderry6Winner"The Climb"14 December 20091[20]
"Ambitions"10 October 20106[20]
"Someone Wake Me Up"5 December 201068[20]
"Last Christmas"19 December 201168[20]
Olly MursRunner-up"Please Don't Let Me Go"29 August 20101[21]
"Thinking of Me"21 November 20104[21]
"Heart on My Sleeve"6 March 201120[21]
"Busy"29 May 201145[21]
"Heart Skips a Beat"21 August 20111[21]
"Dance with Me Tonight"20 November 20111[21]
"Oh My Goodness"1 April 201213[21]
"Troublemaker"18 November 20121[21]
"Army of Two"10 March 201312[21]
"Dear Darlin'"26 May 20135[21]
"Right Place Right Time"25 August 201327[21]
Stacey Solomon3rd"Driving Home for Christmas"18 December 201127[22]
Jedward6th"Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby)"5 February 20102[23]
"All the Small Things"18 July 201080[citation needed]
"Lipstick"12 February 201140[23]
"Bad Behaviour"3 July 201160[23]
"Wow Oh Wow"20 November 2011DNC[citation needed]
"Waterline"24 February 2012122[citation needed]
"Young Love"18 June 2012DNC[citation needed]
"Luminous"15 October 2012DNC[citation needed]
The X Factor finalists 2009All 12 finalists"You Are Not Alone"16 November 20091[19]
Matt Cardle7Winner"When We Collide"13 December 20101[24]
"Run for Your Life"10 October 20116[24]
"Starlight"4 December 2011185[citation needed]
"Amazing"19 February 201284[citation needed]
"It's Only Love"29 October 2012DNC[citation needed]
"Anyone Else"31 December 2012175[citation needed]
"Loving You"18 August 201314[24]
"When You Were My Girl"19 February 201214[citation needed]
Cher Lloyd4th"Swagger Jagger"31 July 20111[25]
"With Ur Love"31 October 20114[25]
"Want U Back"19 March 201225[25]
One Direction3rd"What Makes You Beautiful"11 September 20111[26]
"Gotta Be You"11 November 20113[26]
"One Thing"6 January 20129[26]
"More than This"26 June 201286[citation needed]
"Live While We're Young"30 September 20123[26]
"Little Things"11 November 20121[26]
"Kiss You"7 January 20139[26]
"One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)"17 February 20131[26]
"Best Song Ever"22 July 20132[26]
"Story of My Life"25 October 20132[26]
Rebecca FergusonRunner-up"Nothing's Real but Love"20 November 201110[27]
"Too Good to Lose"2 March 2012186[citation needed]
"Glitter & Gold"29 April 2012116[citation needed]
"Backtrack"14 October 201215[27]
"I Hope"1 December 201315
Aiden Grimshaw9th"Is This Love"3 June 201235[28]
"Curtain Call"12 August 201249[28]
The X Factor finalists 2010All 16 finalists"Heroes"21 November 20101[19]
Little Mix8Winner"Cannonball"11 December 20111[29]
"Wings"26 August 20121[29]
"DNA"11 November 20123[29]
"Change Your Life"3 February 201312[29]
"How Ya Doin'?"17 April 201316[29]
"Move"25 October 20133[29]
Marcus CollinsRunner-up"Seven Nation Army"4 March 20129[30]
"Mercy"10 June 2012DNC[citation needed]
Amelia Lily3rd"You Bring Me Joy"9 September 20122[31]
"Shut Up (and Give Me Whatever You Got)"18 January 201311[31]
"Party Over"21 April 201340[31]
Misha B4th"Home Run"15 July 201211[32]
"Do You Think of Me"4 November 20129[32]
"Here's to Everything (Ooh La La)"11 May 201335[32]
Janet Devlin5th"Wonderful"13 November 2013DNC[33][34]
The X Factor finalists 2011 featuring JLS and One DirectionAll 16 finalists"Wishing on a Star"27 November 20111[35]
James Arthur9Winner"Impossible"9 December 20121
"You're Nobody 'til Somebody Loves You"20 October 20132[citation needed]
"Recovery"15 December 201319
Jahméne DouglasRunner-up"Titanium"22 July 201394
Union J4th"Carry You"2 June 20136
"Beautiful Life"21 October 20138[citation needed]
Lucy Spraggan7th"Last Night (Beer Fear)"1 September 201211[36]
"Lighthouse"27 July 201326[36]
"Tea and Toast"19 October 201350[36]
Sam Bailey10Winner"Skyscraper"28 December 20131[37]


Only albums that charted in the Top 100 of the UK Albums Chart are included in this list.

ArtistSeriesPosition in showAlbum titleUK release dateUK peak chart
Brookstein, SteveSteve Brookstein1WinnerHeart and Soul9 May 20051[4]
G4Runners-upG428 February 20051[5]
G4 & Friends28 November 20056[5]
Act Three27 November 200621[5]
Rowetta4thRowetta3 October 200589[citation needed]
Voices with Soul6thCelebration16 December 200587[38]
Shayne Ward2WinnerShayne Ward17 April 20061[6]
Breathless26 November 20072[6]
Obsession15 November 201015[6]
Andy AbrahamRunner-upThe Impossible Dream20 March 20062[7]
Soul Man13 November 200619[38]
Journey South3rdJourney South20 March 20061[38]
Home22 October 200743[38]
Maria Lawson8thMaria Lawson28 August 200641[10]
Leona Lewis3WinnerSpirit9 November 20071[12]
Echo16 November 20091[12]
Glassheart15 October 20123[12]
Christmas, with Love29 November 201313[12]
Ray QuinnRunner-upDoing It My Way12 March 20071[38]
Ben Mills3rdPicture of You12 March 20073[38]
The MacDonald Brothers4thThe MacDonald Brothers2 April 200718
The World Outside15 October 2007 41 
Leon Jackson4WinnerRight Now20 October 20084[14]
RhydianRunner-upRhydian24 November 20083
O Fortuna30 November 200925
Same Difference3rdPop1 December 200822[15]
The Rest is History7 February 2011100[15]
Alexandra Burke5WinnerOvercome19 October 20091
Heartbreak on Hold4 June 201215
JLSRunner-upJLS9 November 20091[17]
Outta This World22 November 20102[17]
Jukebox14 November 20112
Evolution5 November 20123
Eoghan Quigg3rdEoghan Quigg6 April 200914
Diana Vickers4thSongs from the Tainted Cherry Tree3 May 20101
Music to Make Boys Cry15 September 201337
Jedward66thPlanet Jedward16 July 201017
Victory15 August 201134
Young Love22 June 201263
Joe McElderryWinnerWide Awake25 October 20103
Classic22 August 20112
Classic Christmas25 November 201115
Here's What I Believe10 September 20128
Olly MursRunner-upOlly Murs28 November 20102
In Case You Didn't Know25 November 20111
Right Place Right Time26 November 20121
One Direction73rdUp All Night18 November 20112
Take Me Home12 November 20121
Midnight Memories25 November 20131[citation needed]
Mary Byrne5thMine & Yours28 March 20116[36]
...with Love5 March 201228
Matt CardleWinnerLetters17 October 20112
The Fire29 October 20128
Cher Lloyd4thSticks and Stones7 November 20114
Rebecca FergusonRunner-upHeaven5 December 20113
Freedom29 November 20136
Aiden Grimshaw9thMisty Eye20 August 201219
Marcus Collins8Runner-upMarcus Collins12 March 20127
Little MixWinnerDNA19 November 20123
Salute8 November 20134
James Arthur9WinnerJames Arthur4 November 20132[citation needed]
Jahméne DouglasRunner-upLove Never Fails22 July 20131
Union J4thUnion J28 October 20136[citation needed]
Lucy Spraggan7thTop Room at the Zoo8 September 201222[36]
Join the Club19 October 20137[36]

See also[edit]


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