OCC: Robbie Williams Top 40 Best Sellers
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Robbie Williams' Official Top 40 biggest selling singles
10 November 2016 | By Justin Myers
As Rob returns with new album The Heavy Entertainment Show, we count down his big ones.
The world of pop would be a duller place without Robbie Williams, and that's why we're glad he is back back BACK with his first new album in three years, The Heavy Entertainment Show.
In a solo career spanning 20 years, Robbie has scored 34 Top 40 hits, of which 31 went Top 10, with seven of those going all the way to Number 1, so what better way to mark his triumphant return than with a look back at his biggest sellers.
Before we show the whole Top 40, here are some highlights:
Out in front is the song that saved Robbie's solo career and also proves you don't have to get to Number 1 to be a massive, much-loved song. Angels stalled at Number 4, but has sold over 1.2 million copies, was voted the best song of the previous 25 years at the 2005 BRIT Awards and is apparently the song most Brits would like played at their funeral. Angels, you see?
At 2, it's Robbie's most recent Number 1, written with his old Take That bandmate Gary Barlow. It is, interestingly, the only other song of the 2010s to make Robbie's Top 20. Its sales this week stand at 707,707 copies, which is pretty cool if you're a bit of a numbers geek (which w are, obviously – it's what we do)
Way back in 2000, Robbie caused huge controversy with his third bestseller Rock DJ. It wasn't his rapping that caused the issue – although he would try it out again to a mixed reaction with Rudebox in 2006, his 26th bestseller – it was the video. Robbie ripped off his flesh and fed it to some cannibalistic rollerskating models (as you do) and TV channels had a bit of a meltdown and wouldn't show the whole thing before 9pm. Its sales tally stands at 680,000.
She's The One
Robbie's fourth biggest seller is a cover and gave Robbie his second Number 1, with over 503,000 copies sold.
Robbie's very first chart-topper, the lead single from his second album I've Been Expecting You, sampled a James Bond theme (Nancy Sinatra's You Only Live Twice) and was a BIG event. Only fitting then, that it should be fifth on his countdown, with 497,000 sales.
Robbie's top-selling duet is with Hollywood megastar Nicole Kidman, who teamed up with Rob on a cover of Frank and Nancy Sinatra's Somethin' Stupid. Another Nancy connection? Rob must be a big fan. It scored the Official Christmas Number 1 for 2001 and has sold almost 385,000 copies.
Kids, 2000's ballsy team-up with Kylie Minogue, complete with raunchy video, comes in 14th with 240,000 sales, while Robbie's reunion with old rival Gary Barlow, Shame, is right behind in 15th, with 229,000 copies shifted.
Robbie hooked up with Dizzee Rascal on Goin' Crazy in 2013, and its 155,000 sales help it make his all-time Top 20, and She's Madonna, with the Pet Shop Boys (but not Madonna, sadly) is in 35th place.
Other notable entries
Radio is Robbie's lowest selling Number 1, released when singles sales were low as a result of illegal downloading, in 2004, and scores just over 100,000 sales, coming in 23rd. Robbie's top seller not to chart at all is Mr Bojangles, from his first swing album Swing When You're Winning in 2001, making his Top 30.
Robbie William's Official Top 40 best selling songs:
1 ANGELS 4 1997 1,200,000
2 CANDY 1 2012 707,707
3 ROCK DJ 1 2000 680,000
4 SHE'S THE ONE 1 1999 503,000
5 MILLENNIUM 1 1998 497,000
6 ETERNITY 1 2001
7 SOMETHIN' STUPID (WITH NICOLE KIDMAN) 1 2001 385,000
8 LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU 3 1998
9 FEEL 4 2002
10 NO REGRETS 4 1998
11 YOU KNOW ME 6 2009
12 BODIES 2 2009
13 FREEDOM 2 1996
14 KIDS (WITH KYLIE MINOGUE) 2 2000 240,000
15 SHAME (WITH GARY BARLOW) 2 2010 229,000
16 SUPREME 4 2000
17 STRONG 4 1999
18 TRIPPING 2 2005
19 OLD BEFORE I DIE 2 1997
20 GOIN' CRAZY (WITH DIZZEE RASCAL) 5 2013 155,000
21 GO GENTLE 10 2013
22 COME UNDONE 4 2003
23 RADIO 1 2004 100,000
24 SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL 3 2003
25 LET LOVE BE YOUR ENERGY 10 2001
26 RUDEBOX 4 2006
27 LAZY DAYS 8 1997
28 ADVERTISING SPACE 8 2005
29 LOVELIGHT 8 2006
30 MR BOJANGLES n/a 2002
31 MY CULTURE (WITH 1 GIANT LEAP & MAXI JAZZ) 9 2002
32 MISUNDERSTOOD 8 2004
33 SOUTH OF THE BORDER 14 1997
34 MORNING SUN 45 2010
35 SHE'S MADONNA (WITH PET SHOP BOYS) 16 2007
36 SEXED UP 10 2003
37 MACK THE KNIFE n/a 2001
38 DIFFERENT 64 2012
39 I WAN'NA BE LIKE YOU (FT OLLY MURS) 78 2013
40 SIN SIN SIN 22 2006
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