Ed Sheeran has been named the number one artist of the decade by the Official Charts Company, which compiles the UK pop charts.

The 28-year-old singer-songwriter has scored 12 number ones across the singles and albums chart between 2010 and 2019, more than any other artist.

He has also spent the most weeks at number one across both charts over the last decade, at 79 weeks.

Sheeran said: "This is nuts - I didn't really expect to have a career past five years, so to be able to have done it for a decade.

"Thank you to everyone who's supported me over the past ten years, especially my amazing fans. Here's to the next ten."

Martin Talbot, chief executive of the Official Charts Company, commented: "Ed truly has dominated this decade and is a worthy recipient of this amazing new award.

"At the start of the decade, he was a little-known (albeit highly rated) young 18-year-old lad from Suffolk - but his catalogue of achievements since then are genuinely remarkable.

"Today, he is firmly established among the highest level of global music superstars."

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Sheeran's 2017 hit single Shape Of You was named the biggest song of the decade having spent 14 weeks at number one and amassing more than 4.5 million chart sales.

The top ten biggest songs of the decade, according to the Official Charts Company, are:
Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran
Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Despacito (remix) - Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
One Dance - Drake ft Wizkid & Kyla
Happy - Pharrell Williams
All Of Me - John Legend
Sorry - Justin Bieber
Rather Be - Clean Bandit

The top ten albums of the decade are:
21 - Adele
25- Adele
x - Ed Sheeran
Divide - Ed Sheeran
Christmas - Michael Buble
In The Lonely Hour - Sam Smith
+ - Ed Sheeran
Our Version Of Events - Emeli Sande
Progress - Take That
The Greatest Showman - Motion picture cast recording