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S Club 7’s Official Top 10 Best Selling Singles
09 May 2015
By Justin Myers

To celebrate the super seven’s comeback tour, we look back at their biggest hits. Did your fave come out on top?

We’d never had a dream come true until S Club 7 announced they were reforming for a special comeback tour.

Bring It All Back 2015 kicked off in Birmingham this week and the super seven are looking and sounding as fresh as ever – it’s seemed that it’s us who’ve aged join their behalf.

While we welcome back Jo, Jon, Bradley, Rachel, Hannah, Tina and prodigal son Paul, we take a look back at the S Club’s top selling singles and delve into their archive for some top pop facts.

1: Don’t Stop Movin’

“And just go with the magic baby, I can see it there in your eyes.”

The band’s biggest seller is the mighty Don’t Stop Movin’, of course – a song so amazing it was Number 1 TWICE! Even diehard S Club haters loved this one, and if you need proof, just check out its sales.

Shifting 178,000 copies in first week on sale, the track knocked Destiny’s Child’s Survivor off Number 1. We’d love to know how Bey feels about that one.

Geri Halliwell’s It’s Raining Men replaced Don’t Stop Movin’ at the top, but S Club weren’t beaten yet – they sent Geri packing by returning to the Number 1 spot a mere two weeks later. DJ Pied Piper’s Do You Really Like It eventually deposed Don’t Stop Movin’ once again.

All these years later, we are still obsessed with that dance move when they song "DJ's got us going around".

ChartFact: Don’t Stop Movin’ was the band’s longest run in the Top 10: nine consecutive weeks.

Sales: 801,000

2: Bring It All Back

The band’s very first hit went straight in at Number 1 on 13 June 1999, selling a whopping 190,000 copies in its first week on sale – the highest of any of their singles.

Bring It All Back owed its success to Miami 7 – the fictional series which tracked S Club’s attempt to make it big Stateside. Altogether now: “United we stand, divided we fall”.

ChartFact: Bring It All Back stopped Madonna’s Beautiful Stranger getting to Number 1, beating her by 55,000 copies!


Sales: 675,000

3: Never Had A Dream Come True

S Club’s most successful ballad was their second Number 1. And guess what? Like Don’t Stop Movin’ it knocked Destiny’s Child off the top spot – this time with Independent Women. Never Had A Dream Come True was eventually toppled by Eminem Lose It.

Never Had A Dream Come True was chosen as the official single for BBC charity Children In Need in 2000 and was the ninth biggest selling song of that year

ChartFact: Never Had A Dream Come True was the band’s only hit in the US and had the longest run in the UK Official Singles Chart Top 100 of any of their singles.


Sales: 655,000

4: Reach

You’d be forgiven for misremembering that this catchy track – arguably S Club’s signature singalong song – was actually a Number 1. But it was in fact held off the top spot and kept at Number 2 for three weeks by Sonique's It Feels So Good.

The video for Reach was an instant classic, with the band riding aboard a truck that looks like a health and safety nightmare, handing out pieces of positivity candy to onlookers and, of course, laying some serious dance routine on them. It’s what they do.

And if you’re one of those people who always thought this song was called Reach For The Stars, you might need to brush up on your S Club fandom. It’s just Reach, guys. One word, like Madonna, or Cher.


Sales: 588,000

5: Have You Ever

Fast forward to the end of 2001, where we see the band score what was to be their last Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart. Well, so far anyway – you never know…

Once again, the band were chosen to be the official song for charity Children In Need, spending a week at the top. It was a last-minute decision – the band’s next single was meant to be You, which, as any true S Club fan will tell you, is their best video.

This means that while it wasn't their last single with him, Have You Ever is the final video Paul shot before he broke all our hearts and decided he didn’t want to be at the S Club party any longer. Oh Paul.

ChartFact: Have You Ever toppled Blue’s If You Come Back from Number 1. It was given its own marching orders by Daniel Bedingfield’s debut Gotta Get Thru This, which would go on to spend three non-consecutive weeks at the top.

Sales: 398,000

Here’s the full Top 10:

TITLE PEAK POSITION YEAR
1 DON'T STOP MOVIN' 1 2001
2 BRING IT ALL BACK 1 1999
3 NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE 1 2000
4 REACH 2 2000
5 HAVE YOU EVER 1 2001
6 S CLUB PARTY 2 1999
7 TWO IN A MILLION/YOU'RE MY NUMBER ONE 2 1999
8 YOU 2 2002
9 NATURAL 3 2000
10 SAY GOODBYE/LOVE AIN'T GONNA WAIT FOR YOU 2 2003
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post May 9 2015, 11:12 AM
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A great read, thanks for posting that Liam!

Actually surprised that Reach isn't #2 on that list, it's a huge classic these days!

Poor Alive being their lowest seller cry.gif (not surprising though)
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Don't stop movin and never had a dream come true are my favourites. Reach didn't quite connect with me and I find it a bit kiddy like.
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Don't Stop Moving is great. Never liked anything else they did.
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Never Had A Dream Come True was eventually toppled by Eminem Lose It.


It was Stan that knocked NHADCT off #1, not Lose It (which isn't even the title of an Eminem hit!).
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"You" was only one their great single.
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Not surprised at all by that top 10. I'd imagine with streaming and sales combined over the next 5, maybe 10 years, 'Don't Stop Movin' could even become a future million seller? It's a long shot but if Atomic Kitten can achieve a million selling single over a decade...
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^ Whole Again was on 935,000 by the end of 2001 though! So it was really close already. Don't Stop Movin' is too far away to do it I think. It's sold 97,000 in the last 13 years.

QUOTE(Sword of Justice @ May 11 2015, 01:20 PM) *
"You" was only one their great single.

You is my least favorite single of theirs. kink.gif

My S Club singles rank:

Don't Stop Movin' [Favourite]
Have You Ever
Never Had A Dream Come True
Reach
Natural
S Club Party
Say Goodbye
Bring It All Back
Two In A Million
Alive
Love Ain't Gonna Wait For You
You're My Number One
You
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My rank:

1. Don't Stop Movin'
2. Reach
3. Bring It All Back
4. S Club Party
5. Alive
6. You
7. Say Goodbye
8. Never Had a Dream Come True
9. Have You Ever
10. Natural
11. You're My Number One
12. Two in a Million
13. Love Ain't Gonna Wait For You

I love all of them though, so many memories with them all wub.gif
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QUOTE(Jay ジ @ May 11 2015, 03:18 PM) *
^ Whole Again was on 935,000 by the end of 2001 though! So it was really close already. Don't Stop Movin' is too far away to do it I think. It's sold 97,000 in the last 13 years.


Ah. And there was me thinking Atomic Kitten had only sold a fraction more than they did in the year end chart of 2001 - if memory serves me correctly the top 3 of that year (Shaggy, Hear'Say and Kylie) had all shifted a million each.

'Reach' is always one of those songs that everyone automatically thinks was a number 1, such was its ubiquity then and of course, as it became a wedding disco staple along with 'Don't Stop Movin' in the years immediately following its release.

I dare say had 'Reach' come out in any other week that year it would have done it, I remember around its release they were on everywhere and in everything on the BBC promoting it, and of course 'L.A 7' was airing at the time as well, and was being re-run on BBC One on Saturday lunchtimes so people who missed it in its usual 5pm transmission two days previously could see it which of course was gaining them a much wider audience.

I did quite like the Sonique record that beat it at the time but with the passing of 15 years' distance it's 'Reach' that's remained the more timeless on the whole - for me, anyway. Even my nephew who's 2 when it came on one of the music channels recently was going mental for it.
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Am I only the one person here, who dislike "Don't Stop Movin'" ?
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Don't Stop Movin' is unashamedly my favourite song of all-time.
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I hated 'Don't Stop Movin', but it recently grew in my affections.

1. Reach
2. Natural
3. Bring It All Back
4. S Club Party
5. Don't Stop Movin'
6. Two In A Million
7. Alive
8. Have You Ever
9. You
10. Say Goodbye
11. Love Ain't Gonna Wait For You
12. Never Had A Dream Come True
13. You're My Number One

I only actually like the top 7, when I think about it.
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1 Don't Stop Movin
2 Reach
3 Bring It All Back
4 You're My No.1
5 Never Had A Dream Come True
6 Have You Ever
7 Two In A Million
8 You
9 S Club Party
10 Say goodbye
11 Natural
12 Alive
13 Love Ain't gonna Wait For You
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QUOTE(ThePensmith @ May 11 2015, 04:20 PM) *
Ah. And there was me thinking Atomic Kitten had only sold a fraction more than they did in the year end chart of 2001 - if memory serves me correctly the top 3 of that year (Shaggy, Hear'Say and Kylie) had all shifted a million each.

'Reach' is always one of those songs that everyone automatically thinks was a number 1, such was its ubiquity then and of course, as it became a wedding disco staple along with 'Don't Stop Movin' in the years immediately following its release.

I dare say had 'Reach' come out in any other week that year it would have done it, I remember around its release they were on everywhere and in everything on the BBC promoting it, and of course 'L.A 7' was airing at the time as well, and was being re-run on BBC One on Saturday lunchtimes so people who missed it in its usual 5pm transmission two days previously could see it which of course was gaining them a much wider audience.

I did quite like the Sonique record that beat it at the time but with the passing of 15 years' distance it's 'Reach' that's remained the more timeless on the whole - for me, anyway. Even my nephew who's 2 when it came on one of the music channels recently was going mental for it.


It was such a shame that 'Reach' couldn't manage at least 1 week at #1! Stuck at #2 for 3 weeks. sob.gif

Weeks at #1:
03-Jun It Feels So Good Sonique 195,306
10-Jun It Feels So Good Sonique 109,000
17-Jun It Feels So Good Sonique 85,000

Weeks at #2:
03-Jun Reach S Club 7 123,500
10-Jun Reach S Club 7 87,000
17-Jun Reach S Club 7 53,000

So Sonique was convincingly ahead in each week, unfortunately! The first week of 123,500 would have been enough to be #1 the week before (although it would have prevented Billie's 'Day & Night' from #1 - she sold 104,000!). 123,500 was more than what 35 weeks of 2000 needed for #1.

Chart runs:
01-01-01-02-04-10-17-17-22-26-27-32-32-36-41-62-75->17 weeks [Sonique - It Feels So Good]
02-02-02-04-09-13-18-21-23-23-26-27-29-37-38-51-71->17 weeks [S Club 7 - Reach]

Ahead of Sonique in some latter weeks though... laugh.gif

Sources for this info: Gezza's Weekly Sales Of Number One Singles 1980-2013 thread / Music Week!
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1st Week Sales
(In release order)

190,000 - Bring It All Back (debut at #1)
84,000 - S Club Party (debut at #2)
92,000 - Two In A Million / You're My Number One (debut at #5) [later climbed to #2 in third week on sales of 30,000]
123,500 - Reach (debut at #2)
39,500 - Natural (debut at #3)
144,000 - Never Had A Dream Come True (debut at #1)
178,983 - Don't Stop Movin' (debut at #1)
143,324 - Have You Ever (debut at #1)
46,500 - You (debut at #2)
26,500 - Alive (debut at #5)
54,000 - Say Goodbye / Love Ain't Gonna Wait For You (debut at #2)

Natural deserved more. sad.gif Modjo was #1 with 78k and Kylie 'On A Night Like This' #2 with 51k. Pretty low weekly sales for 2000!

Interesting that their two Children In Need singles opened with almost the same number of sales!

Apparently 'Say Goodbye' was initially midweek #1, but R. Kelly 'Ignition (Remix)' ended up taking it with over 60,000 copies. Also 'S Club Party' was #3 in the midweeks but ended up overtaking Shania Twain's 'Man I Feel Like A Woman' by a margin of 4,000 copies.

(Sources: Gezza/Music Week)
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I remember being gutted when SCP was #2 because I was expecting Spice Girls level success as they'd come along during that 99 quiet Spice year.

My rank in 2003 would be completely different to what it is now, but for me...


BEST
Don't Stop Movin
Natural
Two In A Million
Bring It All Back
S Club Party
Love Aint Gonna Wait
Never Had A Dream Come True
Say Goodbye
You
Reach
Alive
Have You Ever
Your My Number One



LEAST FAVOURITE
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i'd quite like a Rachel Stevens top 5 if anybody knows....

my rank there would be

SOME GIRLS
I SAID NEVER AGAIN
SO GOOD
SWEET DREAMS MY LA EX
FUNKY DORY
NEGOTIATE WITH LOVE
MORE MORE MORE
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QUOTE(missingyou @ May 12 2015, 04:26 AM) *
I remember being gutted when SCP was #2 because I was expecting Spice Girls level success as they'd come along during that 99 quiet Spice year.


You weren't the only one! I remember a couple of months after 'S Club Party' came out and Paul said in Top of the Pops magazine they were gutted to miss out to Eiffel 65. Mind I don't think anyone had seen that record ('Blue') coming, I remember it charting on import a couple of weeks before - and thinking no more of it - and then it just exploded back out of nowhere. Still, if memory serves me correctly they remixed 'Reach' for them, possibly as a peace offering!

QUOTE(Jay ジ @ May 12 2015, 12:19 AM) *
It was such a shame that 'Reach' couldn't manage at least 1 week at #1! Stuck at #2 for 3 weeks. sob.gif

Weeks at #1:
03-Jun It Feels So Good Sonique 195,306
10-Jun It Feels So Good Sonique 109,000
17-Jun It Feels So Good Sonique 85,000

Weeks at #2:
03-Jun Reach S Club 7 123,500
10-Jun Reach S Club 7 87,000
17-Jun Reach S Club 7 53,000

So Sonique was convincingly ahead in each week, unfortunately! The first week of 123,500 would have been enough to be #1 the week before (although it would have prevented Billie's 'Day & Night' from #1 - she sold 104,000!). 123,500 was more than what 35 weeks of 2000 needed for #1.

Chart runs:
01-01-01-02-04-10-17-17-22-26-27-32-32-36-41-62-75->17 weeks [Sonique - It Feels So Good]
02-02-02-04-09-13-18-21-23-23-26-27-29-37-38-51-71->17 weeks [S Club 7 - Reach]

Ahead of Sonique in some latter weeks though... laugh.gif

Sources for this info: Gezza's Weekly Sales Of Number One Singles 1980-2013 thread / Music Week!


Wow. So had it been released one week early it would have done it! Still, they did get #1 album with '7' so at least that was consolation in itself.
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Reach is what i remember S Club 7 for and i am surprised its in the top 2 sales ranking for them.
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