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Beyonce and Jay-Z's biggest singles on the Official UK Chart
13 March 2018 | By Rob Copsey

As the couple gear up to bring their double act to the UK this summer, OfficialCharts.com reveals their biggest singles.

Things have changed quite a lot in the world of Beyoncé and Jay-Z since they first hit the road together in 2014.

Two years after their first On The Run dates - a tour that was limited to North America, Canada and France - Beyoncé surprise-dropped Lemonade, an album that addressed her husband's infidelity and cast doubt over the future of music's golden couple. The following year Jay responded with the repenting 4:44.

Both with a considerable arsenal of hits behind them, OfficialCharts.com has looked at the pair's biggest singles in the UK and combined them together to create what, in theory, should be a dream set list for their newly announced On The Run II, which arrives in the UK this June.

Bey and Jay's first On The Run tour included a mammoth 44 songs, so we're revealing each of their Top 22 songs (based on sales and streams combined) before merging them together into the ultimate Mr and Mrs Carter chart.

Beyoncé
Queen Bey's Top 3 singles in the UK have all achieved more than one million combined sales. Her biggest single is Halo, which, despite peaking at Number 4 in 2009, has 1.2m combined sales. If I Were A Boy, the chart-topping lead to her I Am... Sasha Fierce album, is second on 1.1m, closely followed by her Number 1 solo debut Crazy In Love on 1.03m.

Beyoncé's biggest collaboration is her 2008 hook-up with Lady Gaga, Telephone (846,000), though Jay-Z collab Drunk In Love from her self-titled collection is less than 2,000 behind.

Her 2008 album I Am... is the best represented in the list with six entries here (unsurprising as it's her best-selling album with 1.67m sales), while just one song from Lemonade, Hold Up, appears at 22. See where all of Beyonce's singles and albums have reached on the Official UK Chart here.

Beyonce's Official biggest singles in the UK

POS TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
1 HALO BEYONCE 4 2009
2 IF I WERE A BOY BEYONCE 1 2008
3 CRAZY IN LOVE BEYONCE 1 2003
4 SINGLE LADIES (PUT A RING ON IT) BEYONCE 7 2008
5 TELEPHONE LADY GAGA FT BEYONCE 1 2010
6 DRUNK IN LOVE BEYONCE FT JAY-Z 9 2013
7 RUNNIN' (LOSE IT ALL) NAUGHTY BOY/BEYONCE/A BENJAMIN 4 2015
8 IRREPLACEABLE BEYONCE 4 2006
9 BEST THING I NEVER HAD BEYONCE 3 2011
10 LOVE ON TOP BEYONCE 13 2011
11 SWEET DREAMS BEYONCE 5 2009
12 RUN THE WORLD (GIRLS) BEYONCE 11 2011
13 BEAUTIFUL LIAR BEYONCE & SHAKIRA 1 2007
14 LISTEN BEYONCE 8 2007
15 07-Nov BEYONCE 33 2014
16 XO BEYONCE 22 2014
17 PARTITION BEYONCE 74 2014
18 BROKEN-HEARTED GIRL BEYONCE 27 2009
19 BABY BOY BEYONCE FT SEAN PAUL 2 2003
20 DEJA VU BEYONCE FT JAY-Z 1 2006
21 COUNTDOWN BEYONCE 35 2011
22 HOLD UP BEYONCE 11 2016

©2018 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.

Jay-Z
The rapper's singles catalogue is distinctly more collab-heavy than Bey's, but it's equally impressive on the sales front. His biggest single, Umbrella with Rihanna, has shifted 1.1m combined sales to date, while N****s In Paris, on which he takes the lead credit alongside Kanye West, is second on 1.02m.

Other notable collaborations include 2009's Empire State of Mind with Alicia Keys which, despite somehow missing the top spot, has 929,000 combined sales to be his fourth biggest hit, while the chart-topping Run This Town with Rihanna and Kanye is seventh (511,000).

Jay's first solo entry on his best-sellers list is at 7 with 2004's 99 Problems, followed by Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem) at 9 (476,000) and 2004's Big Pimpin' at 16. See where all of Jay-Z's singles and album have charted in the UK here.

Jay-Z's Official biggest singles in the UK

POS TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
1 UMBRELLA RIHANNA FT JAY-Z 1 2007
2 N****S IN PARIS JAY-Z & KANYE WEST 10 2012
3 NUMB/ENCORE JAY-Z & LINKIN PARK 14 2004
4 EMPIRE STATE OF MIND JAY-Z FT ALICIA KEYS 2 2009
5 DRUNK IN LOVE BEYONCE FT JAY-Z 9 2013
6 99 PROBLEMS JAY-Z 35 2004
7 RUN THIS TOWN JAY-Z FT RIHANNA & KANYE WEST 1 2009
8 HOLY GRAIL JAY-Z FT JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE 7 2013
9 HARD KNOCK LIFE (GHETTO ANTHEM) JAY-Z 2 1998
10 NO CHURCH IN THE WILD JAY-Z/KANYE WEST/F OCEAN 37 2012
11 YOUNG FOREVER JAY-Z FT MR HUDSON 10 2009
12 OTIS JAY-Z/KANYE WEST/OTIS REDDING 28 2011
13 DEJA VU BEYONCE FT JAY-Z 1 2006
14 03 BONNIE & CLYDE JAY-Z FT BEYONCE KNOWLES 2 2003
15 TALK THAT TALK RIHANNA FT JAY-Z 25 2011
16 BIG PIMPIN' JAY-Z 29 2000
17 MONSTER KANYE WEST FT JAY-Z/BON IVER N/A 2010
18 FRONTIN' PHARRELL WILLIAMS FT JAY-Z 6 2003
19 DIRT OFF YOUR SHOULDER/LYING FROM YOU JAY-Z & LINKIN PARK N/A 2004
20 POUND CAKE/PARIS MORTON MUSIC 2 DRAKE FT JAY-Z N/A 2013
21 IZZO (H.O.V.A.) JAY-Z N/A 2001
22 I JUST WANNA LOVE U (GIVE IT 2 ME) JAY-Z 17 2000

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Combining the two together and putting them in reverse order of sales (because the biggest songs are usually saved until the end), makes for a solid set list that would see Jay kick off proceedings with a couple of classics, Beyoncé dominating in the middle and plenty of moments for the pair to unite on stage peppered throughout. Plus, just look at the potential for surprise guest appearances from their collaborators:

POS TITLE ARTIST
1 I JUST WANNA LOVE U (GIVE IT 2 ME) JAY-Z
2 IZZO (H.O.V.A.) JAY-Z
3 POUND CAKE/PARIS MORTON MUSIC 2 DRAKE FT JAY-Z
4 DIRT OFF YOUR SHOULDER/LYING FROM YOU JAY-Z & LINKIN PARK
5 FRONTIN' PHARRELL WILLIAMS FT JAY-Z
6 MONSTER KANYE WEST FT JAY-Z/BON IVER
7 BIG PIMPIN' JAY-Z
8 TALK THAT TALK RIHANNA FT JAY-Z
9 HOLD UP BEYONCE
10 COUNTDOWN BEYONCE
11 DEJA VU BEYONCE FT JAY-Z
12 BABY BOY BEYONCE FT SEAN PAUL
13 BROKEN-HEARTED GIRL BEYONCE
14 OTIS JAY-Z/KANYE WEST/OTIS REDDING
15 PARTITION BEYONCE
16 XO BEYONCE
17 YOUNG FOREVER JAY-Z FT MR HUDSON
18 NO CHURCH IN THE WILD JAY-Z/KANYE WEST/F OCEAN
19 07-Nov BEYONCE
20 HARD KNOCK LIFE (GHETTO ANTHEM) JAY-Z
21 HOLY GRAIL JAY-Z FT JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
22 RUN THIS TOWN JAY-Z FT RIHANNA & KANYE WEST
23 LISTEN BEYONCE
24 BEAUTIFUL LIAR BEYONCE & SHAKIRA
25 99 PROBLEMS JAY-Z
26 RUN THE WORLD (GIRLS) BEYONCE
27 SWEET DREAMS BEYONCE
28 LOVE ON TOP BEYONCE
29 BEST THING I NEVER HAD BEYONCE
30 IRREPLACEABLE BEYONCE
31 RUNNIN' (LOSE IT ALL) NAUGHTY BOY/BEYONCE/A BENJAMIN
32 DRUNK IN LOVE BEYONCE FT JAY-Z
33 TELEPHONE LADY GAGA FT BEYONCE
34 EMPIRE STATE OF MIND JAY-Z FT ALICIA KEYS
35 SINGLE LADIES (PUT A RING ON IT) BEYONCE
36 NUMB/ENCORE JAY-Z & LINKIN PARK
37 N****S IN PARIS JAY-Z & KANYE WEST
38 CRAZY IN LOVE BEYONCE
39 IF I WERE A BOY BEYONCE
40 UMBRELLA RIHANNA FT JAY-Z
41 HALO BEYONCE

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Positions in brackets is where the songs placed when the OCC last did a list in June 2016:

POS TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
01 (02) HALO BEYONCE 4 2009 1.2m
02 (01) IF I WERE A BOY BEYONCE 1 2008 1.1m
03 (05) CRAZY IN LOVE BEYONCE 1 2003 1.03m
04 (03) SINGLE LADIES (PUT A RING ON IT) BEYONCE 7 2008
05 (04) TELEPHONE LADY GAGA FT BEYONCE 1 2010 846k
06 (06) DRUNK IN LOVE BEYONCE FT JAY-Z 9 2013 844k
07 (08) RUNNIN' (LOSE IT ALL) NAUGHTY BOY/BEYONCE/A BENJAMIN 4 2015
08 (09) IRREPLACEABLE BEYONCE 4 2006
09 (07) BEST THING I NEVER HAD BEYONCE 3 2011
10 (11) LOVE ON TOP BEYONCE 13 2011 600k+
11 (10) SWEET DREAMS BEYONCE 5 2009
12 (13) RUN THE WORLD (GIRLS) BEYONCE 11 2011
13 (12) BEAUTIFUL LIAR BEYONCE & SHAKIRA 1 2007
14 (14) LISTEN BEYONCE 8 2007
15 (15) 07/11 BEYONCE 33 2014 400k+
16 (16) XO BEYONCE 22 2014
17 (**) PARTITION BEYONCE 74 2014
18 (19) BROKEN-HEARTED GIRL BEYONCE 27 2009
19 (20) BABY BOY BEYONCE FT SEAN PAUL 2 2003
20 (17) DEJA VU BEYONCE FT JAY-Z 1 2006
21 (**) COUNTDOWN BEYONCE 35 2011
22 (**) HOLD UP BEYONCE 11 2016
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post Mar 13 2018, 04:34 PM
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Wow at Crazy in Love having passed 1m combined now. 400k in the last 3 years!
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Partition outselling Baby Boy and Deja Vu is ridiculous. At least her top five is reflective of her biggest songs though.
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I know streaming has its problems when it comes to total sales but it's great to see 'Crazy in Love' now in the 'millionaire' club because it is definitely worthy of such status.

Crazy to think it only sold 261k in 2003!
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Yay at the sales update for all three of her millionaires! I always found it crazy that Bey (and Madonna) never achieved a million-selling single so I'm very pleased that she's managed to gain three with the addition of streaming. A shame the same hasn't happened for Madge yet.
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Halo being her biggest song astounds me. I genuinely thought Single Ladies was her staple hit.
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Halo is her most popular song on Spotify (well, it's second behind Perfect Duet), whereas Single Ladies isn't within her Top 10 (and neither is If I Were a Boy), so that's certainly helped Halo gain the upper hand and become her top hit now.
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QUOTE(Jay ☆ @ Mar 13 2018, 07:28 PM) *
Halo is her most popular song on Spotify (well, it's second behind Perfect Duet), whereas Single Ladies isn't within her Top 10 (and neither is If I Were a Boy), so that's certainly helped Halo gain the upper hand and become her top hit now.


I love Halo even more so than Single Ladies for example but it doesn't feel like a moment in comparison, if that makes any sense? I would also expect Single Ladies to be on more playlists which would help it gain more casual streams but apparently not ohmy.gif
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Halo seems like a huge fan fave, like one that people go mad for on tour, and is obviously a huge hit, but I would have thought Crazy in Love and Single Ladies were bigger with the general public. Even something like Run the World and Drunk in Love, but I suppose they are more suitable for the club.

I guess Halo is pretty popular on radio still which helps.
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