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post May 9 2017, 01:06 PM
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TLC's Official Top 10 biggest selling singles revealed
09 May 2017 | By Rob Copsey

With the group's first album in 15 years out this summer, Official Charts looks back at their biggest hits and reveals their best-selling singles.

For nearly a decade, US girl group TLC ruled the charts with their brand of effortlessly cool R&B-pop.

While their sound and look inspired a wave of similar girl bands (hello All Saints and the original Sugababes lineup), TLC have kept a relatively low profile since 2002, after member Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes tragically died in a car accident.

15 years after their last studio album, remaining members Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins and Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas are releasing their fifth and - they insist - final album this summer. And judging by trailer singles Way Back and Haters, their music still packs plenty of punch.

With their first (ever!) UK show taking place in London tonight (May 9), Official Charts looks back at the timeline of their most significant hits, revealing their biggest selling singles.

Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg

Released in the UK in 2002, TLC's debut single is a confident statement of sexual prowess. A swaggering slice of New Jack Swing, Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg earned its songwriters Dallas Austin and Lisa Left Eye a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Song.

The track topped out at Number 13 in on the Official Singles Chart - not too shabby for a relatively unknown US import - and has shifted just over 55,000 copies to date, as well as 387,000 plays on streaming services since 2014.

Creep

TLC's lead single from their hugely successful second album CrazySexyCool was their first Number 1 in America and eventually reached the UK Top 10 at Number 6 after a 1996 re-release. Over time it's been regarded as one of their best; a slinky mid tempo R&B hit that, for a moment, divided the group - Lisa was strongly against the song's message of infidelity.

It's enduring success is reflected in its sales. Creep has sold just over 183,000 copies and 4.2 million streams to land fourth in their all-time best-sellers list.

Waterfalls

It wasn't until the group's third single from their CrazySexyCool album that TLC scored their big UK breakthrough. While Waterfalls' lyrical content is deliberately ambiguous (the song tackles issues of the illegal drugs trade, sex and HIV), it's armed with a killer singalong chorus.

The track reached Number 4 on the Official Singles Chart in August 1995 and has sold 372,000. It's also their second most streamed song, with 9.8 million plays to date.

No Scrubs

Four years after CrazySexyCool, TLC returned with a new futuristic R&B sound and what was to become one of their defining hits. A kiss-off to the kind of men who "just sits on his broke ass", No Scrubs still sounds as fresh as when it first charted 18 years ago.

Speaking of which, No Scrubs is TLC's highest charting single in the UK, reaching Number 3. Unsurprisingly, it's their biggest selling track, with 677,000 sold. It's also their most streamed song with just shy of 24 million plays since 2014.

Unpretty

"You can buy your hair if it won't grow, you can fix your nose if he says so," TLC sing on Unpretty, the second single from their FanMail album. As with a lot of group's slower moments, the song has a gentle, folkier vibe to it, though its message about the pressures of adhering to society's unrealistic beauty standards is no less powerful.

Unpretty topped out at Number 6 in the UK and is their last Top 10 hit to date, having sold just shy of 290,000 copies and 2.6 million plays on streaming services.

Girl Talk

The first single from their fourth record 3D is one of the few tracks on the collection to feature Left Eye, who passed away in the middle of recording the album. Super slick and with killer choreography, it was a fitting tribute to their departed member.

Girl Talk, which peaked at Number 30 in December 2002, doesn't quite make TLC's Top 10 biggest sellers list, finishing just outside in 11th place.

TLC's Official Top 10 biggest selling singles

TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
1 NO SCRUBS TLC 3 1999 677,000 (917,000)
2 WATERFALLS TLC 4 1995 372,000 (470,000)
3 UNPRETTY TLC 6 1999 290,000 (316,000)
4 CREEP TLC 6 1996 183,000 (225,000)
5 DIGGIN' ON YOU TLC 18 1995
6 DEAR LIE TLC 31 1999
7 AIN'T TOO PROUD TO BEG TLC 13 1992 55,000 (59,000)
8 RED LIGHT SPECIAL TLC 18 1995
9 CROOKED SMILE J COLE FT TLC N/A 2013
10 BABY BABY BABY TLC 55 1992

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TLC's Official UK Top 10 most streamed songs

TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
1 NO SCRUBS TLC 3 1999 24m
2 WATERFALLS TLC 4 1995 9.8m
3 CROOKED SMILE J COLE FT TLC N/A 2013
4 CREEP TLC 6 1996 4.2m
5 UNPRETTY TLC 6 1999 2.6m
6 RED LIGHT SPECIAL TLC 18 1995
7 AIN'T 2 PROUD 2 BEG TLC 13 1992 387k
8 WHAT ABOUT YOUR FRIENDS TLC 59 1992
9 KICK YOUR GAME TLC N/A 1994
10 BABY BABY BABY TLC 55 1992

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didn't realise 'No Scrubs' was that much bigger than 'Waterfalls', thought both would have similar sales but 'No Scrubs' is my fave of theirs.
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The entire Top 3 are classics as far as I'm concerned wub.gif special mention also to Red Light Special, another one of my faves.
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I'm going to the concert tonight
Baby baby baby is my fav tune !!

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wow at Dear Lie!

yasss at Unpretty in the top3 and Creep just behind it.

Shame about Damaged not getting a UK release, so much better than Girl Talk
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I was a huge fan of TLC back in the day - particularly the FanMail album, it was so cleverly produced and executed. I always draw correlation between them - but specifically the late great Left Eye - and Aaliyah. Forward thinking R&B tragically robbed of further greatness that they promised.

"Unpretty" remains my overall favourite of theirs. Even now when it comes on the radio it still sounds as fresh as it did in the summer of '99 with the mix of guitars and soul harmonies.
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Would be interesting to see a Bananarama Best Selling List seeing as they just recently reunited.
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Would have thought that Waterfalls would have done better since its release after the Stooshie version a few years back
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