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post Jul 3 2018, 11:55 AM
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Florence and the Machine's official Top 10 biggest UK singles revealed
02 July 2018 | By Adam Bloodworth

From Dog Days Are Over to High as Hope

With her distinct brand of bohemian chic, Florence Welch graduated quickly from the South London indie circuit to launch her band's breakthrough debut LP, Lungs, in 2009 to enormous critical success.

It contained early hits Kiss With A Fist and Drumming Song, but those songs may sound unfamiliar to Florence's younger fans who know her, and her band, by songs like Dog Days Are Over and Shake It Out, which have propelled the star to huge international audiences.

Later, Florence's collaboration with Calvin Harris would introduce her early fans to a more commercial sound, whereas Florence's seminal remake of Eighties dance hit You Got The Love will go down in history.

A hit in tricky-to-break America, Florence has a classical look but a modern understanding of what makes a banging indie-pop crossover tune.

Surprisingly, Florence only has one number 1 UK singles chart hit under her belt, despite her commercial success. Here are Florence's top 10 biggest UK singles.

Just missing out on the Top 10: At 11 it's Never Let Me Go

Mournful ballad Never Let Me Go was a pillar of Flo's second album, Ceremonials. The powerful anthem - which was made using drums and piano and Welch's vocal - was released in 2012. It's racked up 133,000 combined sales but didn't quite do the business in the charts, reaching Number 82 at its highest point.

10. Kiss With A Fist

Florence's debut single makes it into the band's top ten. The boisterous, politicised track has shifted 135,000 combined sales to date and as Flo's first release, has gone down in history. Bizarrely, though, as the band weren't really a thing in June 2008 when the track was released, the single shifted just 14 (!) copies in its first week, though it eventually climbed to Number 51 in August and success quickly followed.

9. What Kind Of Man

Florence traditionally writes the lyrics for all of the band's singles, and What Kind Of Man is no exception. The third album's lead single and a fan favourite, What Kind of Man is the first from the Top 10 so far to enter the Top 40 singles chart: it peaked at Number 37. Released in 2015, the song has a combined sales figure of 177,000, including 11.2m streams.

8. Ship To Wreck

The second track from Flo's third album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, boasts a broader sound, and feels markedly more joyful than her most famous tracks. At the time, Flo's producer Markus Dravs banned the singer from writing about water after second album Ceremonials was obsessed with it - but Florence got this one through and onto the band's third record. The track peaked at 27 in the Official Singles Chart and it's shifted 279,000, including 17 million streams, and counting.

7. Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)

Another early single, lifelong Florence fans will no doubt remember where they were when this single dropped in June 2009. Rabbit Heart became Flo's chart breakthrough, debuting at Number 12 on the Official Singles Chart in July 2009. It has since shifted another 308,000 combined sales and streams.

5. Shake It Out

Bold and honest Florence said it only took her an hour to write this banger, one of her most famous hits. The creative process, just like the lyrics of the song, were therapeutic: shake it out, move on from bad memories, start afresh. The single reached Number 12 in the UK in 2011 and has shifted an impressive 598,000 copies, combining streaming and sales. A whopping 25 million have streamed this since records began in 2014.

4. Sweet Nothing

Florence added her ethereal, indie-rock touch to this Calvin Harris floorfiller in 2012, which earned the star her second Number 1 single that year. A commercial dance track, Sweet Nothing is themed to feel lyrically like a Florence song but found a more diverse audience than most of her band's tracks. The track's combined sales stand at 735,000, including 21 million streams.

3. Spectrum (Say My Name)

Saaaaaayyyy myyyy naaaaaaaaaame! Better known by the words in brackets than by its true title, this scorching hot hit from Flo's second album was also given a dancefloor makeover by Calvin. It went down a storm, spending three weeks at Number 1 in the summer of 2012. It's total combined sales to date are 942,000.

2. Dog Days Are Over

Featuring now-iconic harp playing, Dog Days is one of Florence's signature hits, with a fiercely catchy riff. Despite this, the song charted at a modest 23 when it was released in 2008. As the band's international presence grew though, so did that figure: to date, the song has racked up a mighty 955,000 combined sales.

1. You Got The Love

Not many acts can boast scoring their biggest hit with the fifth single from their album. Initially missing the Top 40 when it was first put out, the cover of the Candi Staton classic - one of Flo's all time favourite songs - was originally the B-side to Dog Days Are Over before being given the full single treatment. The track eventually climbed to Number 5 on the Official Singles Chart in 2010, shortly before a remixed version featuring Dizzee Rascal was released following their duet at the 2010 BRIT Awards hit Number 2 (that version places at 6 on her all-time list).

Combined sales for her standalone version of the song stand at 1.2 million, while the Dizzee version is at 434,000. Not bad for a song added as a bonus track from your debut album, right?

Florence + The Machine's Official Top 10 singles

POS TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
1 YOU'VE GOT THE LOVE FLORENCE & THE MACHINE 5 2010 1,200,000
2 DOG DAYS ARE OVER FLORENCE & THE MACHINE 23 2008 955,000
3 SPECTRUM ARTIST 1 2012 942,000
4 SWEET NOTHING CALVIN HARRIS/FLORENCE WELCH 1 2012 735,000
5 SHAKE IT OUT FLORENCE & THE MACHINE 12 2011 598,000
6 YOU GOT THE DIRTEE LOVE FLORENCE/DIZZEE RASCAL 2 2010 434,000
7 RABBIT HEART (RAISE IT UP) FLORENCE & THE MACHINE 12 2009 308,000
8 SHIP TO WRECK FLORENCE & THE MACHINE 27 2015 279,000
9 WHAT KIND OF MAN FLORENCE & THE MACHINE 37 2015 177,000
10 KISS WITH A FIST FLORENCE & THE MACHINE 51 2008 135,000

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Something's wrong with the sales of 'You've Got the Love' - it passed 1m in November 2017 and has yet to be certified 2x Platinum, never mind 3x Platinum like the reported 1.82m sales suggest!
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Really surprised by her sales - much higher than I was expecting!

I was expecting the overpriced commercial Calvin one to be no.1, so for it to be lower down is a nice surprise! biggrin.gif

SPECTRUM ARTIST

Her iconic change of name though
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I was about to ask how YGTL had sold 1.8m laugh.gif

That's a larger total than expected for Dog Days Are Over too but I imagine that one's done really well on streaming (it's her most streamed song on Spotify worldwide) and it had already sold quite a bit, so I believe that.

Good figures for her Sir Calvin collabs too. biggrin.gif
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My favourites are "Spectrum (Say My Name)", "Sweet Nothing", "Kiss With A Fist", "Shake It Out" and "Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)".
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knew You got the love and Dog days would be high, they're always in the Spotify top 200, a bit like Mr Brightside, so it's easy to see how they've picke up streams in recent years

pity about You got the love being their highest, wish it was one of her originals, which are much better

Cosmic Love and Shake it off are my fav of hers + Sweet nothing is amazing too
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QUOTE(liamk97 @ Jul 3 2018, 11:59 AM) *
Something's wrong with the sales of 'You've Got the Love' - it passed 1m in November 2017 and has yet to be certified 2x Platinum, never mind 3x Platinum like the reported 1.82m sales suggest!


Adjusted to 1.2 million now.
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Fab to see Dog Days near 1 million, her best along with Shake It Out and I had no idea it'd sold that well wub.gif
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Omg at Dog Days sales!! Amazing song but I never thought her sales were that high.
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I am totally amazed by 'Dog Days...' ohmy.gif I mean, I know it's became really famous and well known over time but still. Shame 'Cosmic Love' appears nowhere. sad.gif

I never would have imagined in 2009 that she'd have done as well as she has, or that she'd be here today with any real relevance. I totally thought she was a hype artist but fair play to her, she's come such a long way.
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QUOTE(Jordan Lee @ Jul 3 2018, 07:50 PM) *
Omg at Dog Days sales!! Amazing song but I never thought her sales were that high.


This!!

No longer surprised she is giving fake shitty Drake a run for his payola fake album this week.
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QUOTE(Bjork @ Jul 3 2018, 01:38 PM) *
knew You got the love and Dog days would be high, they're always in the Spotify top 200, a bit like Mr Brightside, so it's easy to see how they've picke up streams in recent years


Both the songs get good recurrent play on radio as well. I've heard both quite a lot over the last few months or so at work. Couldn't tell you which radio stations specifically as it changes a lot but generally alternates between BBC Radio 1/2, Capital, Heart and Radio X.
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Anyone has her album sales?
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I remember hearing Kiss with a Fist back in the summer of 2008 and took me a while to twig they were the same act when they released Rabbit Heart the following summer. Despite loving Kiss, I wasn't keen on their first album at all apart from Dog Days and You've Got The Love when it first came out but did think they were a good band, however now I absolutely love it.

Shake it off though is my favourite. An absolute tune and one of my all time favourites! do not know how an earth it never went top 10 even after performing it on X Factor, its such an uplifting song.
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its kinda crazy that Dog days only peaked at #23 in the UK
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QUOTE(Bjork @ Jul 4 2018, 05:11 AM) *
Anyone has her album sales?

Lungs 1.773m
Ceremonials 820k
How Big... 364k
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thanks
lower than I was hoping for How Big
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No, How Big was a massive flop, so those sales are around what I was expecting
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I wouldn't call it a massive flop, more to do with album sales collapsing + not having any post-album hit
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I think How Big How Blue How Beautiful is her best album as well! Still high sales though all over 300K is quite strong.
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