Ellie Goulding has scored the final number one of the decade

Ellie Goulding has scored the final number one of the decade

Ellie Goulding’s version of Joni Mitchell’s ‘River’ got the final number one of the decade.

River is Goulding’s third number one, following 2013’s Burn and 2015’s Love Me Like You Do.

She managed the achievement despite the song being an Amazon exclusive, meaning it was unavailable on Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming services.

However, fans could stream the song on YouTube, where it was accompanied by a video highlighting the problem of plastic pollution.

The track scored 78,000 chart sales. The rest of the singles chart was dominated by Christmas songs, with 29 festive hits appearing in the Top 40.