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post Sep 21 2016, 05:01 PM
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When you think of Calvin Harris, one word that immediately springs to mind is 'hit-maker'.

The Scot has been turning out bangers for the past nine years; ever since his debut single Acceptable in the 80s hit Number 10 in March 2007. Since then, he has achieved seven Number 1 singles, one massive million selling classic and has produced material for Kylie Minogue, Scissor Sisters, Rihanna, Cheryl Cole and Rita Ora.

Calv has an impressive 20 Top 10 singles under his belt, and this Friday (September 23), Calvin's new single My Way is expected to become his 21st. Not too shabby, right? Before that nice round figure has a 1 stuck on the end, we thought to look back at his near ten-year chart history and rank his 20 biggest singles. Will all of his Top 10 tunes make it into the list?

With streams and sales are combined, let's delve into the Top 5...

5. Blame

One of Calvin's most euphoric singles, this John Newman-featured belter is one Calvin often closes out his sets with. Blame was Calvin's third consecutive Number 1 during the Motion album era and was a tough act to follow. The song debuted at the top spot, shifting a combined tally of 70,000 and held in the Top 10 for eight weeks straight. To date, Blame has accumulated combined chart sales of 818,000.

4. Summer

Another single from his fourth studio album Motion, Summer was the album's lead single and went straight in at Number 1, riding a wave of momentum following his previous top spot hogger, the non-album track Under Control. Featuring Calvin on vocals, this track was the soundtrack summer 2014 (well, it wasn't going to be winter was it?) and pushed past the 100,000 barrier in week one with a combined total of 106,000. The song is also Calvin's biggest hit with himself on vocals. Too bad I'm Not Alone. Overall, the track has garnered combined sales of 874,000.

3. This Is What You Came For

The first of two Number 2 hits in Calvin's all-time Top 5, this bad boy was kept off Number 1 by the almighty One Dance by Drake. Not sure if you've ever heard of that one - people tend to forget it was ever Number 1.

Calvin's second hook-up with Rihanna, This Is What You Came For has been a monster hit in 2016. It became Calvin's 20th Top 10 single and RiRi's 28th(!) and achieved over 100,000 combined sales for two weeks running. No doubt Calvin is a little miffed he missed out on an eighth Number 1, but he will certainly be happy with its lifetime total: 1,065,000.

2. How Deep Is Your Love

Another song that had to settle for second place, it is back at the runner-up slot again on this list. Calvin tag teamed with Disciples in 2015 for How Deep Is Your Love, which has so far racked up a combined chart sales figure of 1,119,000. Although not Calvin's biggest hit when streaming and sales are combined, it is the most streamed smash in his repertoire and has been played over 70 million times in the UK. The songs that kept this off Number 1? One Direction's Drag Me Down and Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor's Marvin Gaye.

1. We Found Love

Rihanna is back again, this time for the million-selling We Found Love. To date, the song has sold 1,404,000 units, a figure that rises to a combined total of 1,583,000 when streaming data is included. Calvin's only million seller, it has shifted 777,000 more copies than the DJ's second biggest seller Dance Wiv Me, his collaboration with Dizzee Rascal and Chrome.

We Found Love topped the Official Singles Chart on two separate occasions, staying on top for six non-consecutive weeks. A song so nice, it was Number 1 twice!

The rest of the Top 20
Calvin's second collaboration with Ellie Goulding Outside comes in at Number 6, some 137,000 combined chart sales behind Blame. His first outing with Ellie I Need Your Love also makes the Top 10, as does Sweet Nothing, his duet with Florence Welch.

The only one of Calvin's Top 10 singles not to make the cut in the Top 20? It is The Girls. Despite peaking at Number 3 in 2007, the song is at Number 21 overall, just behind the only non-Top 10 on the list, Pray To God which features HAIM and reached Number 35.

Here's Calvin Harris' Official Top 20 biggest songs in the UK:
1 WE FOUND LOVE RIHANNA FT CALVIN HARRIS 1,583,000 (1,404,000 pure sales)
2 HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE CALVIN HARRIS & DISCIPLES 1,119,000
3 THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR CALVIN HARRIS FT RIHANNA 1,065,000
4 SUMMER CALVIN HARRIS 874,000
5 BLAME CALVIN HARRIS FT JOHN NEWMAN 818,000
6 OUTSIDE CALVIN HARRIS/ELLIE GOULDING 681,000
7 DANCE WIV ME DIZZEE RASCAL/CALVIN HARRIS/CHROME (627,000 pure sales)
8 FEEL SO CLOSE CALVIN HARRIS
9 SWEET NOTHING CALVIN HARRIS/FLORENCE WELCH
10 I NEED YOUR LOVE CALVIN HARRIS/ELLIE GOULDING
11 I'M NOT ALONE CALVIN HARRIS
12 BOUNCE CALVIN HARRIS FT KELIS
13 DRINKING FROM THE BOTTLE CALVIN HARRIS FT TINIE TEMPAH
14 UNDER CONTROL CALVIN HARRIS/ALESSO/HURTS
15 WE'LL BE COMING BACK CALVIN HARRIS FT EXAMPLE
16 LET'S GO CALVIN HARRIS FT NE-YO
17 THINKING ABOUT YOU CALVIN HARRIS FT AYAH MARAR
18 READY FOR THE WEEKEND CALVIN HARRIS
19 ACCEPTABLE IN THE 80S CALVIN HARRIS
20 PRAY TO GOD CALVIN HARRIS FT HAIM
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post Sep 21 2016, 05:02 PM
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Queen Ellie with 2 features in the top 10 biggrin.gif
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post Sep 21 2016, 05:06 PM
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Poor I'm Not Alone not even top 10 sad.gif
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post Sep 21 2016, 05:13 PM
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This is What You Came For will end up #2 soon
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post Sep 21 2016, 05:59 PM
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Calvin was also heavily responsible for these hits;

Tinchy Stryder Off The Record
Florence + The Machine Spectrum (Say My Name)
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post Sep 21 2016, 06:33 PM
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putting the DAN in dance music.
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oops at 'The Girls' not being top 20, must've been a low sales period (surprised 'Pray to God' and 'Acceptable' have outsold it)
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Happy with his top two biggest sellers (for now). 'This Is What You Came For' is decent but doesn't come close to touching those two tracks - never quite understood its continued level of success, blatant name power aside.

Both of his Ellie collaborations don't do much for me either, but it's great to see 'Dance Wiv Me' still holding its own in that top 10 after so many years/subsequent hits, alongside 'Feel So Close' (the superior of the two solo tracks there) and 'Sweet Nothing'.

'Pray To God' remains such a baffling flop single - had everything going for it so a #35 peak still seems so wrong. Thankful for small mercies in scraping the list here at least!


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How Deep Is Your Love and This Is What You Came For are so average.
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