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post Oct 16 2019, 09:10 AM
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Sugababes' Official Top 20 biggest singles
16 October 2019 | By Rob Copsey

To celebrate the return of the original Sugababes line-up, we reveal the group's Top 20 biggest singles in the UK.

Sugababes are back! And we're talking about the original group: Mutya Buena, Keisha Buchanan and Siobhan Donaghy.

The first line-up may have been short-lived, but such was the power of their debut single Overload that, for girl group fans, they're impossible to forget.

Approaching 20 years since their debut, the trio have reformed for an appearance on DJ Spoony's new Garage Classical album; a collection of garage classics that - you've guessed it - have been re-worked with new orchestral arrangements and new vocalists. Sugababes have taken on Sweet Female Attitude's Flowers, originally a Number 2 hit in April 2000 - just five months before the release of Overload.

To celebrate, we're revealing Sugababes' Top 20 biggest songs in the UK, based on physical sales, downloads and streams. To date they've notched up 26 Top 40 singles in the UK, including six Number 1s. The full chart appears at the bottom of the page, but first, some highlights...

19. Run For Cover
An often-forgotten gem in the Sugababes' discography, Run For Cover crystallised the moody, don't-even-try-it attitude of the original line-up. With lyrics about being an outsider and the suggestion of being in an abusive relationship, it's quite possibly group's darkest single across all line-ups.

14. Red Dress
The third line-up's first single, when Mutya Buena was replaced by Amelle Berrabah, still encapulates a lot of the group's original essence ("We're pulling the strings/ We're taking the lead"), albeit with a hefty layer of gloss applied to their sound, on this occasion by chief Girls Aloud collaborator Brian Higgins/Xenomania. Despite the member swap-out, Red Dress reached Number 4 on the Official Singles Chart in 2006.

13. Walk This Way
After being pitted against each other for close to five years, Sugababes and Girls Aloud decided to settle the score with the biggest UK girl group battle of the century (?) by poking fun at their fan-driven rivalry for charity. Their cover of Run DMC and Aerosmith's Walk This Way was a curious choice, but it reached Number 1 and did its bit for Comic Relief. As for the winner of Sugababes vs. Girls Aloud? We're going for Sugababes - if only because Nadine was green-screened in to the video...

10. Overload
As far as debut singles go, Overload is up there with the very best. A melting pot of pop, soul, R&B and hip-hop mixed with surf guitar and a distinctive vocal (led by Siobhan Donaghy) immediately set them apart. It was classy but fresh, sophisticated yet commercial. It may not be one of the group's six Number 1 singles, reaching Number 6 on the Official Singles Chart, but the bar for them was set high.

4. Too Lost In You
When it comes to which Sugababes ballad is the best, there are two primary contenders: Stronger and Too Lost In You. The latter ranks significantly higher in their Top 20 countdown, placing fourth with 338,000 chart sales. Surprisingly, it only went as far as Number 10 on the singles chart - it was released during an incredibly competitive Christmas chart week - but its popularity endures thanks to its inclusion in the Love Actually film soundtrack. Written by pop's go-to woman for power ballads, Diane Warren, Too Lost In You is as goose-pimple-inducing as they come.

3. Freak Like Me
After founding member Siobhan left the group in 2001, Sugababes emerged a year later with a new member in Hedi Range and an even fiercer sound. Helmed by electropop producer Richard X, Freak Like Me was unusual at the time for being both a cover and a mashup: a re-work of Adina Howard's '90s R&B original with Gary Numan's '80s classic Are Friends Electric?. It earned the group their first Number 1 single and ranks third in their Top 20 with 353,000 chart sales.

2. Push The Button
Written by the group about Keisha's failed attempts at flirting with another singer, Push The Button saw Sugababes branch out overseas, teaming up with US hitmaker Dallas Austin (TLC, Pink, Janet Jackson). The result was a dancey and joyous singalong that stood out for its sparse electropop production, and even drew comparisons to ABBA. The song became the group's fourth Number 1, and is their second biggest single overall with 640,000 chart sales.

1. About You Now
Sugababes had a tradition for delivering killer album lead singles and About You Now was no exception. Produced by Dr. Luke and co-written by Cathy Dennis, the track's perky production and fizzing synths pushed their sound into an electro-pop-rock territory that was big in the US at the time (see Kelly Clarkson's Never Again, Rihanna's Shut Up And Drive). About You Now spent four weeks at Number 1 - their longest chart-leader - and to date has notched up 812,000 chart sales.

Sugababes' Official Top 20 Singles

POS TITLE ARTIST YEAR PEAK
1 ABOUT YOU NOW SUGABABES 2007 1 812k
2 PUSH THE BUTTON SUGABABES 2005 1 640k
3 FREAK LIKE ME SUGABABES 2002 1 353k
4 TOO LOST IN YOU SUGABABES 2003 10 338k
5 ROUND ROUND SUGABABES 2002 1
6 HOLE IN THE HEAD SUGABABES 2003 1
7 UGLY SUGABABES 2005 3
8 GIRLS SUGABABES 2008 3
9 GET SEXY SUGABABES 2009 2
10 OVERLOAD SUGABABES 2000 6
11 ABOUT A GIRL SUGABABES 2009 8
12 STRONGER/ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES SUGABABES 2002 7
13 WALK THIS WAY SUGABABES VS GIRLS ALOUD 2007 1
14 RED DRESS SUGABABES 2006 4
15 WEAR MY KISS SUGABABES 2010 7
16 CHANGE SUGABABES 2007 13
17 DENIAL SUGABABES 2008 15
18 NEW YEAR SUGABABES 2000 12
19 RUN FOR COVER SUGABABES 2001 13
20 SHAPE SUGABABES 2003 11

Copyright: Official Charts Company 2019
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post Oct 16 2019, 09:19 AM
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We know from BPI certifications that all of the Top 10 have sold over 200k. FYI, that's the same amount as Girls Aloud (funnily enough, both groups' Top 2 singles have sold pretty much the same too).

A shame to see songs like 'In the Middle' and 'Caught in a Moment', presumably, just miss out as I think they're slightly more remembered than some of the songs that appear in the low Top 20.

It's unusual for these lists to correlate with the acts' best songs in quality but all of the Top 6 place among my favourite Sugababes songs. 'Push the Button' and 'Hole in the Head' are two of my very favourites of all girl groups. 'Red Dress', 'Stronger', 'Angels With Dirty Faces' and 'Run For Cover' are big favourites of mine too.
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50/50 for me! Enjoy half of them but the other half are either overrated (Freak Like Me specifically & Too Lost In Poo) or just haven't done anything for me.

AYN is my absolute fave and probs top 3 girl group songs of all time heart.gif Happy to see that comfortably ahead! Run For Cover is so underrated though sad.gif Wish that was higher. Also Flatline (although under MKS ofc) should be up there.
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Bugs me that they were most successful throughout a low sales climate however, they felt much bigger at the time, it’s weird. Hopefully there’s going to be more to add to the list soon with the Graham Norton appearance on Friday to start.
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3. Overload
2. Freak Like Me
1. Too Lost in You
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Too Lost In You is pop band ballad perfection!
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Get Sexy outselling Overload? Ugh...
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surprised Too Lost is so high! Good ballad although I much prefer Stronger

agree on Run for Cover, that's perfection

their last 2 albums were terrible, I kinda pretend they never happened ohmy.gif some for Walk this Way
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Stronger was also amazing!

They were always a bit hit and miss for me. Get Sexy, Red Dress and Girls reaching top 10? rotf.gif
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For their second, third and fourth albums everything was brilliant for me, the albums the singles all top Norwich. Fifth and first albums were good enough but not on the level of the other three, and the last two were crap they really went downhill at the end, shame really for a moment they were incredible.
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Stronger was Spice Girls quality. It was easily a song they woupd have released.
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Aside from About You Now pretty much all my personal favourite songs come from 2.0 line up

That’s what I imagine most people will picture if you were to say Sugababes

Caught In A Moment robbed of top 20! But most of the list isn’t too surprising.

Too Lost In You their biggest non #1 track and a #10 peak shows how much that was actually a hit! I remember the week it was released too I bought the actual CD single of it.

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QUOTE(Spiceboy @ Oct 16 2019, 12:27 PM) *
For their second, third and fourth albums everything was brilliant for me, the albums the singles all top Norwich. Fifth and first albums were good enough but not on the level of the other three, and the last two were crap they really went downhill at the end, shame really for a moment they were incredible.
ALL TOP NORWICH!!!

I'M SCREAMING. OMG.
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Weirdly Catfights is probably one of the top 3 I go back to most.
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I had thought they had some higher selling singles and was expecting a million seller.
Hole in the Head just missing out on Top 5 in 6th place sad.gif
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No, they released at a time sales eere super low during the death of cds. Same as Girls Aloud and Anastacia actuslly. If sales had been higher, GA would have been as big as the Spice Girls and Sugas as All Saints!!
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"Too Lost In You" peaking at #10 seems SO low for those sales. What was it against?!
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The Christmas chart! They shoulf have released it earlier too.
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QUOTE(Simon. @ Oct 16 2019, 03:25 PM) *
Weirdly Catfights is probably one of the top 3 I go back to most.
No lie but... SAME.
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QUOTE(Jordan Lee @ Oct 16 2019, 12:55 PM) *
Too Lost In You their biggest non #1 track and a #10 peak shows how much that was actually a hit! I remember the week it was released too I bought the actual CD single of it.


I guess being on the soundtrack to 'Love Actually' has helped 'Too Lost In You' stand up to the test of time as the film is repeated quite alot through November and December. It's easily my favourite of their ballads.
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