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Posted by: liamk97 Jan 13 2019, 10:45 PM

Westlife's Top 20 biggest songs on the Official Charts
12 January 2019 | By Helen Ainsley

A look back at how the Irish group's timeless (and countless) hits stack up.

Westlife are one of the most successful groups of all time in the UK, holding fourteen Number 1 singles in the UK: a number only surpassed by The Beatles and Elvis Presley.

Known for stools (both for sitting on and getting up from dramatically), key changes, ballads and a few bops here and there, their first seven singles all debuted at Number 1 within 18 months of each other, leading a total of 25 Top 10 singles. Additionally, seven of their albums went straight to Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart.

Their new, long-awaited single Hello My Love is their first release following an eight-year hiatus, so to celebrate we're going to tell you things that no-one else knows, like the definitive list of Westlife's Top 20 biggest songs of all time. First, a few highlights:

When You're Looking Like That
A rare early uptempo number, When You're Looking Like That never actually charted in its own right; it had to settle for being a double A-side with Queen Of My Heart.

Despite this it remains one of their most popular tracks – it's their 6th most streamed song, clocking up 11.4 million plays – and appears in 20th place overall with 126,000 units via streaming and downloads only (as physical sales aren't counted – Queen of My Heart keeps those all to itself).

My Love
At 11 is My Love, in part an ode to the lads' home of Ireland. It's their fifth most-streamed single with 1.17 million across video and audio.

Make sure to check out the official music video for this one, featuring shots of Ireland's stunning beaches and the Cliffs of Moher – and some pretty liberal use of a green screen.

What About Now
One of Westlife's many super-successful covers, this is the band's most recent addition to the list – though this hasn't prevented it from being their eighth biggest song of all time.

The sales split is an interesting reflection of its year of release, 2009: 79% of its total sales are digital downloads vs. 8% physical and 13% audio and video streams.

Against All Odds
Westlife and Mariah? In the same studio? This really happened and the results were stellar. Westlife helped Mariah take her version of Phil Collins' 1984 Number 2 hit all the way to the top in 2000, notching up 441,000 combined sales. Westlife would repeat this formula five years later, teaming up with Diana Ross on a new version of her 1991 Number 2 hit When You Tell Me That You Love Me, which also peaked at Number 2.

Flying Without Wings
The band's third straight Number 1 in 1999, this was perhaps the first glimpse of the ballad masters the band would become. The rousing choir, Mark's impressive vocal acrobatics, those pristine white outfits and angelic smiles – millions of hearts across the country were lost and Westlife's place as kings of weepy slow songs was assured.

You Raise Me Up
Westlife perch on their high stools, crooning. The crowd listens, waiting, in silent anticipation. The song changes key. Westlife stand. The crowd goes wild.

Though it's been covered by countless artists, You Raise Me Up was first made popular by Josh Groban in 2003. In third place overall, Westlife's iconic version is their most-streamed single of all time with 19.7 million listens.

I Have A Dream/Seasons in the Sun
Another double-A side and two covers for the price of one, Westlife scored the Official Christmas Number 1 of 1999, and thus the first chart-topper of the 21st century. Westlife's version of I Have A Dream did what the original could not – ABBA's version had to settle for Christmas Number 2 exactly 20 years earlier, behind Pink Floyd. Blimey. It's their second biggest single and has shifted over 680,000 across physical, digital, and streaming equivalent sales.

Uptown Girl
At the top spot – having racked up over 920,000 total sales – Westlife's cover of the Billy Joel classic was their eighth Number 1. In the video for the track, which was Comic Relief's 2001 charity single, the boys sport some rather fetching American diner uniforms to serve high class patrons, portrayed by the likes of Robert Bathurst, Tim McInnerny, and of course Claudia Schiffer as the titular Uptown Girl.

Charity songs used to do pretty big business on physical format, as they tended to be available in most supermarkets, which is why to date the song's physical sales make up 81% of the total units, totalling 800,000 CDs and digital downloads.

Westlife's Official Top 20 biggest singles (physical sales + digital downloads + audio & video streams)

POS TITLE ARTIST HIGHEST POS YEAR
1 UPTOWN GIRL WESTLIFE 1 2001 920,000
2 I HAVE A DREAM/SEASONS IN THE SUN WESTLIFE 1 1999 680,000
3 YOU RAISE ME UP WESTLIFE 1 2005
4 FLYING WITHOUT WINGS WESTLIFE 1 1999
5 SWEAR IT AGAIN WESTLIFE 1 1999
6 AGAINST ALL ODDS MARIAH CAREY FT WESTLIFE 1 2000 441,000
7 WHAT MAKES A MAN WESTLIFE 2 2000
8 WHAT ABOUT NOW WESTLIFE 2 2009
9 QUEEN OF MY HEART WESTLIFE 1 2001
10 IF I LET YOU GO WESTLIFE 1 1999
11 MY LOVE WESTLIFE 1 2000
12 WORLD OF OUR OWN WESTLIFE 1 2002
13 FOOL AGAIN WESTLIFE 1 2000
14 UNBREAKABLE WESTLIFE 1 2002
15 HOME WESTLIFE 3 2007
16 MANDY WESTLIFE 1 2003
17 THE ROSE WESTLIFE 1 2006
18 BOP BOP BABY WESTLIFE 5 2002
19 WHEN YOU TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME WESTLIFE FT DIANA ROSS 2 2005
20 WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING LIKE THAT WESTLIFE N/A 2000 126,000

©2019 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.

Westlife's Top 20 best-selling singles (paid-for sales)
POS TITLE ARTIST HIGHEST POS YEAR
1 UPTOWN GIRL WESTLIFE 1 2001 800,000
2 I HAVE A DREAM/SEASONS IN THE SUN WESTLIFE 1 1999
3 YOU RAISE ME UP WESTLIFE 1 2005
4 FLYING WITHOUT WINGS WESTLIFE 1 1999
5 WHAT MAKES A MAN WESTLIFE 2 2000
6 AGAINST ALL ODDS MARIAH CAREY FT WESTLIFE 1 2000
7 SWEAR IT AGAIN WESTLIFE 1 1999
8 QUEEN OF MY HEART WESTLIFE 1 2001
9 WHAT ABOUT NOW WESTLIFE 2 2009
10 IF I LET YOU GO WESTLIFE 1 1999
11 MY LOVE WESTLIFE 1 2000
12 WORLD OF OUR OWN WESTLIFE 1 2002
13 UNBREAKABLE WESTLIFE 1 2002
14 FOOL AGAIN WESTLIFE 1 2000
15 HOME WESTLIFE 3 2007
16 MANDY WESTLIFE 1 2003
17 THE ROSE WESTLIFE 1 2006
18 BOP BOP BABY WESTLIFE 5 2002
19 WHEN YOU TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME WESTLIFE FT DIANA ROSS 2 2005
20 TONIGHT/MISS YOU NIGHTS WESTLIFE 3 2003

©2019 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.

Westlife's Top 20 most-streamed songs
POS TITLE ARTIST HIGHEST POS YEAR
1 YOU RAISE ME UP WESTLIFE 1 2005 19.7m
2 UPTOWN GIRL WESTLIFE 1 2001 12m
3 FLYING WITHOUT WINGS WESTLIFE 1 1999
4 WORLD OF OUR OWN WESTLIFE 1 2002
5 MY LOVE WESTLIFE 1 2000 11.7m
6 WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING LIKE THAT WESTLIFE N/A 2000 11.4m
7 I WANNA GROW OLD WITH YOU WESTLIFE N/A 2001
8 IF I LET YOU GO WESTLIFE 1 1999
9 SWEAR IT AGAIN WESTLIFE 1 1999
10 WHAT ABOUT NOW WESTLIFE 2 2009
11 QUEEN OF MY HEART WESTLIFE 1 2001
12 I'LL SEE YOU AGAIN WESTLIFE N/A 2009
13 SEASONS IN THE SUN WESTLIFE N/A 1999
14 I HAVE A DREAM/SEASONS IN THE SUN WESTLIFE 1 1999
15 AGAINST ALL ODDS MARIAH CAREY FT WESTLIFE 1 2000
16 THE ROSE WESTLIFE 1 2006
17 MANDY WESTLIFE 1 2003
18 HOME WESTLIFE 3 2007
19 I LAY MY LOVE ON YOU WESTLIFE N/A 2000
20 WHAT MAKES A MAN WESTLIFE 2 2000

©2019 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.

Posted by: 777666jason Jan 13 2019, 11:08 PM

Not to take away from their success but they seem to have been lucky due to circumstance only 2 possibly 3 platinum tracks and not a single million seller/ millionaire

Posted by: Steve201 Jan 13 2019, 11:10 PM

When Your Looking Like That is by far their best. Telling that they have no millionsellers and 14 no1s!!

Posted by: Tawdry Hepburn Jan 14 2019, 12:38 AM

Their only good song in 12th place!

QUOTE(Steve201 @ Jan 13 2019, 11:10 PM) *
When Your Looking Like That is by far their best. Telling that they have no millionsellers and 14 no1s!!


Madonna has 13 of them, and no million sellers.

Posted by: girlsaloudjunkie Jan 14 2019, 03:30 AM

Legit 3 of their best singles not in the top 20... Something Right, Obvious, Amazing cry.gif

Posted by: Jay ☆ Jan 14 2019, 06:21 AM

World of Our Own is my favourite! It was said to have sold 195,000 physicals in 2002, and it has somewhere between 117,000 to 120,000 from streaming. I wonder how far away from Gold it is?

I'm wondering if OCC might have missed out Fool Again from the most-streamed songs list? Out of all of their singles on Spotify, it's their 10th most streamed. Unless a disproportionate number of its streams were achieved outside of the UK, I suppose.

Posted by: myxxd Jan 14 2019, 09:06 AM

What Makes A Man is already dislodged as their best selling original song. It was #4

I Wanna Grow Old With You, their most streamed song written by them, all five of them. I think they will perform this on their concerts in the future.

I'll See You Again, their tribute song to Kian and Nicky's fathers passing at the same year of 2009. Stephen Gately died from that year too.

Posted by: sammy01 Jan 14 2019, 10:12 AM

Those streaming numbers surely show playlists make a huge difference, the 2 random non singles at 6 and 7 on the most streamed must surely be on playlists.

Posted by: gooddelta Jan 14 2019, 10:21 AM

I'd say When You're Looking Like That is better known than some of their actual singles personally and it really should have been a double a-side or even a standalone single rather than relegated to b-side status. It was a rare uptempo moment for them among a sea of ballads back in 2001 and its video was on the music channels non-stop at the time, so i'm sure it's still pretty well remembered. (I have no idea where I Wanna Grow Old With You's popularity came from though!).

Posted by: JCM20 Jan 14 2019, 12:57 PM

QUOTE(Tawdry Hepburn @ Jan 14 2019, 12:38 AM) *
Their only good song in 12th place!
Madonna has 13 of them, and no million sellers.


Elvis has more than 20, and only one sold a million.

Posted by: Danny89 Jan 14 2019, 01:03 PM

I echo the thoughts about 'when you're looking like that'.

It was on 'The Box' music channel a lot if I recall. I'm surprised it didn't go to No.1

'World of our own' holds up well today too. 'Bop bop baby' was quite different from their usual output at the time.

Posted by: myxxd Jan 14 2019, 02:53 PM

When You're Looking Like That's release was cancelled at the last minute

Posted by: Charis Jan 14 2019, 02:54 PM

QUOTE(myxxd @ Jan 14 2019, 04:53 PM) *
When You're Looking Like That's release was cancelled at the last minute



wasn't aware of that... what was the story? and when was supposed to be released? in the summer?

Posted by: myxxd Jan 14 2019, 02:59 PM

My theory was one, it didn't match the success of Uptown Girl on its debut releases on the neighboring countries like Sweden. Sweden, in my observation, had been Simon's benchmark when it comes to releases in Europe. For example, the Ain't That a Kick in the Head in 2004, they released it as a single first in Sweden and when they found out that the peak and sales were lower than expected. They had cancelled or stopped the UK/IE release of it.

Also, When You're Looking Like That leaked and it was already the fourth single of Coast to Coast in UK. he might be thinking it was too risky for them to release it and it might break their top charting streak in UK.

Posted by: vibe Jan 14 2019, 03:47 PM

Wasn’t when your looking like that a bside ?

The video had them in pants I seem to remember 😂

Posted by: myxxd Jan 14 2019, 03:52 PM

yes was included with Queen of my heart single but it's supposed to be a single release alone

Posted by: gooddelta Jan 14 2019, 04:00 PM

It's such a shame that pop bands were so fussed with getting No.1/top 10/whatever the bar they'd set themselves was back then that some excellent pop songs didn't end up getting released.

Sure, standalone When You're Looking Like That probably would have missed No.1 as it was from an album that was nearly a year old at that point, but their streak had already been broken the previous Christmas with What Makes A Man. And I'm sure it would have gone top three at least.

Same with Atomic Kitten's You Are around the same time. That had everything set up for it to be a sizeable No.3/4 follow-up to two big No.1s, but they canned it at the last minute as it was clear it didn't have quite enough momentum behind it to be another No.1. I guess they didn't want to spoil their streak too.

Posted by: Jordan Lee Jan 14 2019, 04:01 PM

Flying Without Wings is my favourite.

Posted by: myxxd Jan 14 2019, 04:13 PM

QUOTE(gooddelta @ Jan 14 2019, 04:00 PM) *
It's such a shame that pop bands were so fussed with getting No.1/top 10/whatever the bar they'd set themselves was back then that some excellent pop songs didn't end up getting released.

Sure, standalone When You're Looking Like That probably would have missed No.1 as it was from an album that was nearly a year old at that point, but their streak had already been broken the previous Christmas with What Makes A Man. And I'm sure it would have gone top three at least.

Same with Atomic Kitten's You Are around the same time. That had everything set up for it to be a sizeable No.3/4 follow-up to two big No.1s, but they canned it at the last minute as it was clear it didn't have quite enough momentum behind it to be another No.1. I guess they didn't want to spoil their streak too.


I think it's not the number one streak they cared about at that time but their top 3 or 5 streaks

You Are was given to Westlife first but ended up to Atomic Kitten.

Posted by: pippa Jan 14 2019, 05:30 PM

Flying Without Wings is their best.
Surprised by how low Mandy is, i had believed it was much bigger.

Posted by: myxxd Jan 16 2019, 01:27 PM

QUOTE(girlsaloudjunkie @ Jan 14 2019, 03:30 AM) *
Legit 3 of their best singles not in the top 20... Something Right, Obvious, Amazing cry.gif


common denominator: they are all not the first singles
they tend to release the "best" tracks as the second, third or last singles for the album sales

Posted by: myxxd Feb 16 2019, 02:01 PM

another notable track on their 20 most streamed songs, which is not released as a single in UK, is
19 I LAY MY LOVE ON YOU WESTLIFE N/A 2000

Posted by: Spiceboy Feb 17 2019, 11:00 PM

When you're looking like that is their best track by far, a brilliant song! I loved You raise me up too really grew on me.

Posted by: Charis Jun 1 2019, 12:36 PM

QUOTE(Jay ☆ @ Jan 14 2019, 09:21 AM) *
World of Our Own is my favourite! It was said to have sold 195,000 physicals in 2002, and it has somewhere between 117,000 to 120,000 from streaming. I wonder how far away from Gold it is?

I'm wondering if OCC might have missed out Fool Again from the most-streamed songs list? Out of all of their singles on Spotify, it's their 10th most streamed. Unless a disproportionate number of its streams were achieved outside of the UK, I suppose.


It's still needs some streams.. I find it really strange Westlife don't release/promote another version of this song a remix or a live version to expose themselves more into this streaming era.

Anyway My Love is the next one to be certified Gold long before World Of Our Own, so let's see it should be close.

Posted by: Medellíam Jun 1 2019, 12:58 PM

Added some sales from certifications from the past couple of years:

1 UPTOWN GIRL WESTLIFE 1 2001 920,000 (Jan 2019)
2 I HAVE A DREAM/SEASONS IN THE SUN WESTLIFE 1 1999 680,000 (Jan 2019)
3 YOU RAISE ME UP WESTLIFE 1 2005 600,000 (Dec 2017)
4 FLYING WITHOUT WINGS WESTLIFE 1 1999 600,000 (March 2019)
5 SWEAR IT AGAIN WESTLIFE 1 1999
6 AGAINST ALL ODDS MARIAH CAREY FT WESTLIFE 1 2000 441,000 (Jan 2019)
7 WHAT MAKES A MAN WESTLIFE 2 2000
8 WHAT ABOUT NOW WESTLIFE 2 2009 400,000 (Oct 2018)
9 QUEEN OF MY HEART WESTLIFE 1 2001 400,000 (May 2019)
10 IF I LET YOU GO WESTLIFE 1 1999 400,000 (May 2019)
11 MY LOVE WESTLIFE 1 2000
12 WORLD OF OUR OWN WESTLIFE 1 2002
13 FOOL AGAIN WESTLIFE 1 2000
14 UNBREAKABLE WESTLIFE 1 2002
15 HOME WESTLIFE 3 2007
16 MANDY WESTLIFE 1 2003
17 THE ROSE WESTLIFE 1 2006 200,000 (May 2019)
18 BOP BOP BABY WESTLIFE 5 2002
19 WHEN YOU TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME WESTLIFE FT DIANA ROSS 2 2005
20 WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING LIKE THAT WESTLIFE N/A 2000 126,000 (Jan 2019)

Posted by: 777666jason Jun 1 2019, 03:25 PM

Suprising they never had a milliom selling / millionaire with all their succesd

Posted by: Charis Jun 1 2019, 10:11 PM

QUOTE(777666jason @ Jun 1 2019, 06:25 PM) *
Suprising they never had a milliom selling / millionaire with all their succesd


They might eventually get one in the next couple of years with Uptown Girl.... They were on their peak on a different era, before the streaming so it's only fair not to have many million selling singles. They also must be close to 10 million singles in the UK alone which is a fantastic achievement as well. They must be close to 13.5 million albums as well, as well which makes them above 23 million CD's in the UK alone, comfortably 25 Million records including the DVD's.



Posted by: 777666jason Jun 1 2019, 10:26 PM

I didnt expect them to have loads i just said suprised they have zero didnt they have something like 13 number 1s

Posted by: Charis Jun 1 2019, 10:57 PM

QUOTE(777666jason @ Jun 2 2019, 01:26 AM) *
I didnt expect them to have loads i just said suprised they have zero didnt they have something like 13 number 1s


14 smile.gif but yes back in the day the number ones stayed there for just 1 or a few weeks and not like today and you didn't need to have a million sales to get 1. smile.gif


Posted by: The Hit Parade Jun 1 2019, 11:16 PM

I don't want to think about Westlife exposing themselves, thanks.

Posted by: 777666jason Jun 2 2019, 10:19 AM

QUOTE(The Hit Parade @ Jun 2 2019, 12:16 AM) *
I don't want to think about Westlife exposing themselves, thanks.


There are worse looking acts exposes themselves all the time tongue.gif laugh.gif

Posted by: The Hit Parade Jun 2 2019, 10:03 PM

I know but I'm still recovering from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4_bw2pNRDw.

Posted by: Charis Jun 3 2019, 08:26 AM

how can I know how many records westlife sold as of today?

Posted by: Charis Jun 9 2019, 09:54 AM

Just a few questions. Are the streams on this list counted 1:100 or 1:600, or a mix?

Also who is credited the stream sales of When your looking like that, I ll see you again and I wanna grow old with you? The songs individually like they were singles or are being calculated only as album sales?

How can i build an updated list? smile.gif

Posted by: Jay ☆ Jun 21 2019, 03:22 PM

QUOTE(Jay ☆ @ Jan 14 2019, 07:21 AM) *
World of Our Own is my favourite! It was said to have sold 195,000 physicals in 2002, and it has somewhere between 117,000 to 120,000 from streaming. I wonder how far away from Gold it is?

I now have my answer - it’s been certified Gold today! This means it’s overtaken My Love.

Posted by: Charis Jun 21 2019, 07:43 PM

QUOTE(Jay ☆ @ Jun 21 2019, 06:22 PM) *
I now have my answer - it’s been certified Gold today! This means it’s overtaken My Love.



WOW impossible! That means My Love is only a few thousands away from being GOLD as well...

And btw any idea which other singles are close to be certified? Tonight / Bop Bop Baby / WYTMTYLM ?

Posted by: Charis Aug 12 2019, 08:22 AM

Anyone knows or can help finding out how close is Uptown Girl to 1 million sales?

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