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The Prodigy's biggest singles and albums on the Official Chart
05 March 2019 | By Rob Copsey

The numbers behind The Prodigy's most successful records revealed.

As the charismatic and hyperactive frontman of The Prodigy, Keith Flint was one of the most recognisable faces in British pop.

Tributes from the music world have been flooding in for Flint, who was found dead at his home on March 4 after he took his own life.

Emerging from the underground rave scene with their 1991 single Charly - a Number 3 hit in August that year - The Prodigy have notched up 17 Top 40 singles, including two Number 1s. Their Official Albums Chart history is even more impressive: seven chart-toppers, most recently with last November's No Tourists. Check out The Prodigy's Official Charts history in full.

Their biggest single is Breathe, the second release from their 1996 album The Fat of the Land, with 977,000 combined sales. The track spent two weeks at Number 1 and was released shortly after the album's six-week stint at summit.

Their second biggest song is Fat of the Land's lead single Firestarter (851,000), a three-week chart-topper earlier that year. The techno-rave track is generally recognised as their signature hit; their first Number 1 and released amid a flurry of controversy around its violent lyrics and music video.

1992's Top 5 hit Out Of Space, which samples classic reggae song Chase The Devil, places third on their all-time chart (723,000), while Omen from 2009 album Invaders Must Die is fourth (429,000) and their debut single Charly is fifth (411,000). See The Prodigy's Official Top 20 biggest songs below:

POS TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
1 BREATHE PRODIGY 1 1996 977k
2 FIRESTARTER PRODIGY 1 1996 851k
3 OUT OF SPACE PRODIGY 5 1992 723k
4 OMEN PRODIGY 4 2009 429k
5 CHARLY PRODIGY 3 1991 411k
6 VOODOO PEOPLE PRODIGY 13 1994
7 SMACK MY BITCH UP PRODIGY 8 1997
8 NO GOOD (START THE DANCE) PRODIGY 4 1994
9 WARRIOR'S DANCE PRODIGY 9 2009
10 EVERYBODY IN THE PLACE PRODIGY 2 1992
11 INVADERS MUST DIE PRODIGY 49 2009
12 WIND IT UP (REWOUND) PRODIGY 11 1993
13 ONE LOVE PRODIGY 8 1993
14 POISON PRODIGY 15 1995
15 FIRE PRODIGY 11 1992
16 SPITFIRE PRODIGY NA 2004
17 TAKE ME TO THE HOSPITAL PRODIGY 38 2009
18 BABY'S GOT A TEMPER PRODIGY 5 2002
19 THE DAY IS MY ENEMY PRODIGY NA 2015
20 STAND UP PRODIGY NA 2009

©2019 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.
Chart is based on sales, downloads and streaming equivalent sales combined.

When it comes to albums, 1996's Fat of the Land is their most successful, with 1.43 million combined sales to date, followed by their 2005's retrospective Their Law - The Singles 1990 - 2005 on 904,000. 1994's Music For The Jilted Generation, which has spent 149 weeks in the Top 100 to date, is third on 813,000.
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post Mar 5 2019, 03:06 PM
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Ooh 'Breathe' being that close to millionaire status! (I'm not sure what streaming ratios they're using to determine these all-time totals these days though - do they still use the original 100 to 1 ratio for everything or has it been adapted to the new system now? If it's the former then it surely could pass the million mark within a couple of weeks if not this week depending on how much of a boost it gets on streaming platforms).

I didn't realise that 'Out Of Space' had sold quite that much, I'd probably have guessed either 'Charly' or 'Omen' would be third place on the list but it's not even close! Glad to see 'The Day Is My Enemy' just about making it in there so they have at least some representation for their most recent work, it was very disappointing how much they fell into complete irrelevance on the singles chart in the break after 'Invaders Must Die' (although they did very well to get 2 top 10 hits off that album really after the album before that had none).
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Pleased to see Breathe so close to a million and well ahead of Firestarter too (no doubt helped by it being more popular on Spotify but I think even at the time it had the higher sales total).

Where did Out Of Space get all those sales from though? And I thought Smack would've been a bit higher too as it's their 2nd most popular on Spotify.
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I remember Out Of Space was very popular in the clubs when I was first at uni, in the years following their Greatest Hits release. The Pendulum remix of Voodoo People as well. Perhaps the renewed interest in it carried on through the generations and helped its streaming tally?
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Out of Space has 17m Spotify streams, even if half of those are from the UK it doesn't explain how it's got that big of a sales total. It only had a modest chart run back in 1992 and a re-release a few years later (plus the 2005 double A side with Voodoo People). Maybe it just did really well on trickle downloads without anyone noticing.
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QUOTE(danG @ Mar 5 2019, 03:46 PM) *
Out of Space has 17m Spotify streams, even if half of those are from the UK it doesn't explain how it's got that big of a sales total. It only had a modest chart run back in 1992 and a re-release a few years later (plus the 2005 double A side with Voodoo People). Maybe it just did really well on trickle downloads without anyone noticing.


I think that's plausible though, it's a very popular and well-known track.
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It probably did trickle a lot in the era when downloads took off
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I had thought Firestarter was head of Breathe on sales.
Breathe should easily pass a million due to the awful news this week.
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QUOTE(Bré @ Mar 5 2019, 03:06 PM) *
Ooh 'Breathe' being that close to millionaire status! (I'm not sure what streaming ratios they're using to determine these all-time totals these days though - do they still use the original 100 to 1 ratio for everything or has it been adapted to the new system now? If it's the former then it surely could pass the million mark within a couple of weeks if not this week depending on how much of a boost it gets on streaming platforms).

I didn't realise that 'Out Of Space' had sold quite that much, I'd probably have guessed either 'Charly' or 'Omen' would be third place on the list but it's not even close! Glad to see 'The Day Is My Enemy' just about making it in there so they have at least some representation for their most recent work, it was very disappointing how much they fell into complete irrelevance on the singles chart in the break after 'Invaders Must Die' (although they did very well to get 2 top 10 hits off that album really after the album before that had none).


Omen and it's album was a big return to form with their first new material in 7 years(apart from the immaculate Girls from the Singles album). I was surprised at the time that radio 1 continued to get on board, thank goodness they did!
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QUOTE(pippa @ Mar 5 2019, 05:36 PM) *
I had thought Firestarter was head of Breathe on sales.
Breathe should easily pass a million due to the awful news this week.

I think Breathe was always the bigger sales hit.

I’m sure it was also released way ahead of the album, despite what the article says.
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QUOTE(dandy* @ Mar 6 2019, 05:21 AM) *
I think Breathe was always the bigger sales hit.

I’m sure it was also released way ahead of the album, despite what the article says.

Yes I thought it was a 1996 number 1 with the album out in 1997??
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yes Breathe was released in November 1996
and the album in June 1997 with no single released just the weeks before the album, that was very uncommon strategy at the time
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From Music Week:
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Earlier this week, the news broke that The Prodigy’s Keith Flint had passed away. The music world has united in paying tribute to Flint, who died aged 49, while co-manager John Fairs told Music Week that he and the band are “devastated”.

Here, we look at the band’s chart history so far, with their millions of sales spanning seven albums – six of which topped the charts – and a host of hit singles.

After their initial XL Recordings EP What Evil Lurks, The Prodigy began their chart career in 1991, with debut single Charly, released on CD, cassette and vinyl on August 12.

They have since released seven studio albums, the most recent of which, No Tourists, came out last year via their new home BMG. The group have also worked with Cooking Vinyl.

After hitting No.3 Charly - which sampled dialogue from the Charley Says animated films - had sold 200,000 copies in the UK by October the next year and since then, the Essex group have assumed a place at the heart of the country’s musical heritage.

In 1992, Experience followed Charly as The Prodigy’s debut album, it has 377,196 sales to date according to the Official Charts Company.

Its highest position was No.59, but the band – whose initial line-up comprised Flint, Liam Howlett, Leeroy Thornhill, Maxim and Sharky – have gone on to scale the charts with each subsequent album release.

Music For The Jilted Generation followed in 1994, peaking at No.1. It has 813,265 sales to date, according to OCC data.

Released in 1997, The Fat Of The Land also hit No.1 and is the biggest-selling Prodigy album. It has 1,432,579 sales to date and is the band’s only million-selling UK album.

A seven-year gap elapsed before Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned was released in 2004. It also reached No.1 and has 230,248 sales to date. Invaders Must Die (2009) has sold 701,916 copies and was another chart-topper, so too was The Day Is My Enemy (130,764 sales to date) in 2015.

Since its release via BMG last November, No Tourists has sold 48,151 copies. It also hit the top of the charts.

The band’s most successful compilation is 2005’s Their Law – The Singles (1990-2005). It has 903,543 sales to date.

The Prodigy’s back catalogue also boasts two chart-topping singles, Breathe (1996, 977,374 sales) and Firestarter (1996, 850,759 sales). Omen (2009, 429,452 sales) and No Good (Start The Dance) released in 1995 (358,559 sales) peaked at No.4.

The band have almost 3 million monthly Spotify listners, while their biggest songs on the platform are Breathe (50m plays), Smack My Bitch Up (48m) and Firestarter (35m).

The Firestarter video is their most-played YouTube clip, with 104m views. Breathe has 49m. Timebomb Zone, released in December last year, has almost 5m.
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As a point of fact, 'No Good (Start The Dance)' was in fact released in May 1994. Real shame about Keef, but his tufty haircut occasionally lives-on when I step out of a shower and half-dry my own hair and look in the mirror...
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