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post Oct 7 2017, 05:22 PM
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I've decided to put down Take That's first top 10 single and then below album (charts where available) to show their breakthrough nation to nation for anyone who's interested!

First Top 10 Single

Australia: Pray
Austria: Back For Good
Belgium (Flanders): Could It Be Magic
Belgium (Wallonia): Could It Be Magic
Brazil: Back For Good
Canada: Back For Good
Chile: Back For Good
China: Patience (before early 00's unknown)
Czech Republic: How Deep Is Your Love (1996 chart established/published)
Denmark: Everything Changes
Finland: Relight My Fire
France: Back For Good
Germany: Babe
Hungary: How Deep Is Your Love (mid 1995 singles chart was established however albums chart running since 1990. Never Forget just missed out at #11 peak)
Iceland: Back For Good
Ireland: Could It Be Magic (It Only Takes a Minute just missed out on #11 peak)
Israel: Could It Be Magic
Italy: Sure
Latvia: Pray
Netherlands: Relight My Fire
New Zealand: Back For Good
Norway: Pray
Poland: Why Can't I Wake Up With You
Portugal: Pray
Slovakia: Patience (mid 2006 first published)
Spain: No Si Aqui No Hay Amor (Love Ain't Here Anymore)
Sweden: Babe
Switzerland: Babe
Taiwan: Shine (1997 onwards published)
UK: It Only Takes a Minute
USA: Back For Good
Zimbabwe: Back For Good (Pray just missed out at #11 peak)

Breakthrough Song Tally count by nations

Back For Good: 9 nations
Pray: 4 nations
Babe: 3 nations
Could It Be Magic: 3 nations
How Deep Is Your Love: 2 nations
Patience: 2 nations
Relight My Fire: 2 nations
Everything Changes: 1 nation
It Only Takes a Minute: 1 nation
Love Ain't Here Anymore: 1 nation
Shine: 1 nation
Sure: 1 nation
Why Can't I Wake Up With You: 1 nation

First Number 1 single

Australia: Back For Good
Brazil: Back For Good
Canada: Back For Good
Chile: Back For Good
Denmark: Back For Good
Germany: Back For Good
Hungary: Cry
Ireland: Babe
Israel: Relight My Fire
Italy: How Deep Is Your Love
Latvia: Love Ain't Here Anymore
Norway: Back For Good
Spain: Back For Good
Switzerland: Patience
UK: Pray

First top 10 Album - N/A = Albums charted in nation but none top 10. Highest peak in brackets alongside - Countries not provided either album charts were not published or not yet found for said nation

Australia: Nobody Else
Austria: Everything Changes
Belgium (Flanders): Take That & Party
Belgium (Wallonia): Everything Changes
Canada: N/A (23)
Chile: Nobody Else
Czech Republic: Greatest Hits (1996 chart established)
Denmark: Everything Changes
Finland: Everything Changes
France: N/A (13)
Germany: Everything Changes
Greece: Progress (1997 earliest charts available)
Hungary: Everything Changes
Iceland: Nobody Else
Ireland: Take That & Party
Italy: Nobody Else
Japan: Nobody Else
Netherlands: Everything Changes
New Zealand: N/A (21)
Norway: Nobody Else
Portugal: Nobody Else
Spain: Nobody Else
Sweden: Nobody Else
Switzerland: Everything Changes
Taiwan: Never Forget: The Ultimate Collection (1997 onwards published)
UK: Take That & Party
USA: N/A (69)
Zimbabwe: Nobody Else

Breakthrough Album Tally count by nations

Nobody Else: 10 nations
Everything Changes: 8 nations
Take That & Party: 3 nations
Greatest Hits: 1 nation
Never Forget: The Ultimate Collection: 1 nation
Progress: 1 nation

First Number 1 album

Austria: Nobody Else
Belgium (Flanders): Nobody Else
Denmark: Greatest Hits
Finland: Nobody Else
Germany: Nobody Else
Greece: Progress (1997 earliest charts found)
Ireland: Nobody Else
Italy: Nobody Else
Netherlands: Nobody Else
Spain: Greatest Hits
Switzerland: Nobody Else
Taiwan: Beautiful World (1997 onwards published)
UK: Everything Changes

What these top 10 breakthrough lists show is that as a band they were on the up in terms of global breakthrough in songs and albums and truly did quit at the top and their highest point.

It also shows that the nations that first truly embraced them with chart success from the early Take That & Party album were Belgium, Ireland and Israel outside of the UK.

The whole of Europe excluding France they broke with the Everything Changes album and singles as well as Africa, Australia, the Middle East and they were reported in print as 'chart stars all across Asia in 1994' though charts are elusive for the 90's on that continent. Everything Changes album was big in India and South Korea. Definite big hits however in Asia were Pray, Everything Changes, Love Ain't Here Anymore, Back For Good, Never Forget and How Deep Is Your Love haven't come across which others for the 90's.

By the time Nobody Else and Back For Good came around in 1995 they were truly global with big chart success now including North and South America. Both continents had not been fully committed to by the band or approached until Back For Good huge success gave reason for promotion and presence on the continents. America and Canada were visited in early 1993 promoting It Only Takes a Minute in these countries. USA the single sank without a trace however in Canada it had a #20 peak though would be over two years until another Canadian hit #1 Back For Good. Pray was released in early 1996 and was modest hit (#55) there. How Deep Is Your Love was a huge hit in South America and in North America in other countries excluding USA & Canada (#80 peak in mid 1996).

The bands top 5 most successful countries (information where available) during the 1990's and excluding the UK were:

2.Belgium (Flanders)

The bands top 5 most successful countries (information where available) since returning in 2005 and excluding the UK are:


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post Oct 8 2017, 04:15 PM
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Very happy to see Ireland on top.
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post Oct 8 2017, 04:47 PM
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Yes Ireland were the first non British nation to give TT international success followed by Belgium and Israel. Later as explained above TT popularity (i.e top 10 national chart status) caught fire with the Everything Changes cycle for other European nations and further afield.

Ireland also comes out top for #1's overall (singles & albums) for nations outside the UK (information where present and only multiple chart toppers listed):

Singles #1

1=Ireland/Latvia/Spain: 4
2=Israel: 3
3=Denmark/Germany: 2

Albums #1

1.Ireland: 5
2.Germany: 3
3=Austria/Denmark/Italy/Netherlands: 2

If only those 6 #2 singles had gone to #1 in Ireland also they would have been in double digits!

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post Apr 24 2018, 05:12 AM
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Wow, thanks for compiling all of this! It looks like they are more international than people give them credit for then! I'm shocked at their success in Taiwan but that's great for them!
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