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post Apr 17 2020, 04:11 PM
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Kelly Rowland's Official Top 10 biggest songs
17 April 2020 | By Rob Copsey

As Kelly returns with her new single Coffee, we reveal the numbers behind her Top 10 biggest hits in the UK.

10. What A Feeling (with Alex Gaudino)
Released: March 2011
Official Chart peak: 6
Chart sales: 132,000

Back in 2011, Kelly's music was swerving between US-friendly R&B sound and dance, having recently been appointed the queen of club 18-30 Euro-pop. This collaboration with Italian DJ Alex Gaudino is essentially a re-tread of the vibrant house-pop she’d been releasing ad-hoc since 2009, but given it’s a sound that suits her so well, it’s no bad thing.

9. Motivation ft. Lil Wayne
Released: April 2011
Official Chart peak: NA
Chart sales: 142,000

Released just a month after What A Feeling, Motivation – a seriously sultry R&B number - was aimed more at the US market, where it became her highest-charting single in nine years and was nominated for a Grammy. While it wasn’t pushed in the UK and thus failed to chart, that didn’t stop it gaining a following - it’s Kelly’s third most-streamed song with 10.5 million plays.

8. Like This
Released: 2007
Official Chart peak: 4
Chart sales: 151,000

The lead single from Kelly’s second album Ms. Kelly had some heavyweight R&B talent behind it, co-written and produced by Sean Garrett and Polow da Don (Beyoncé, Usher, Nicki Minaj). It’s one of the few songs in Kelly’s singles catalogue that could easily be mistaken for a Destiny’s Child song – something that probably helped it become one of her highest-charting hits.

7. Down For Whatever ft. The Wavs
Released: December 2011
Official Chart peak: 6
Chart sales: 177,000

The release of Kelly’s third album Here I Am was delayed to November that year in the UK (compared to July elsewhere) to coincide with her judging duties on The X Factor, making Down For Whatever the record’s trailer single. Co-produced by RedOne, it’s probably the most frenetic of her dance releases, but, as ever, she pulls it off… just.

6. Invincible (with Tinie Tempah)
Released: 2010
Official Chart peak: 11
Chart sales: 256,000

The story goes that Tinie – a huge Destiny’s Child fan as a teen – insisted this collaboration was released as a single, much to the reluctance of his label. It’s easy to see why they hesitated: in truth this R&B torch song is probably one of the weaker songs on his otherwise forward-looking, futuristic hip-hop debut Disc-Overy.

5. Stole
Released: February 2003
Official Chart peak: 2
Chart sales: 293,000

If Kelly was aiming for a clear separation between Destiny’s Child and her solo career, she certainly achieved it with her first proper solo single. Stole, with its social commentary on gun violence, bullying, depression, suicide and teen pregnancy - combined with an unusual blend of R&B-rock - certainly made people sit up and take notice of her. Despite the mixed reviews it was a big hit, reaching Number 2 on the Official Singles Chart.

4. Work
Released: January 2008
Official Chart peak: 4
Chart sales: 367,000

“Put it in!” Kelly declares more than once on the second single from her Ms. Kelly album. Originally a slick R&B-funk number, the song became a Top 5 hit on the Official Chart thanks to a bhangra-infused dance-pop makeover by Brighton production duo The Freemasons. The re-swizz sparked a bright-but-brief trend in pop with singles by everyone from Beyonce to Kylie and Whitney Houston getting the Freemasons treatment. We had a chat with them all about it in 2018.

3. Commander ft. David Guetta
Released: 2010
Official Chart peak: 9
Chart sales: 411,000

Kelly and David’s second collaboration was a highly anticipated affair following the success of 2009’s When Love Takes Over. Commander is a darker and thump-ier affair than its predecessor, but as sequels go its more Ghostbusters II than The Godfather Part II. At least it’s not Jaws: The Revenge.

2. When Love Takes Over (with David Guetta)
Released: 2009
Official Chart peak: 1
Chart sales: 954,000

Yes, the riff is worryingly similar to Coldplay’s Clocks, but Kelly and David’s first collaboration was a genuine revelation at the time. Not only is it wildly euphoric and genuinely uplifting, it kick-started the movement of big names teaming up with DJs: Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Justin Bieber would all follow suit in the years after.

1. Dilemma (with Nelly)
Released: October 2002
Official Chart peak: 1
Chart sales: 1.5 million

Few have managed to launch a solo career after a wildly successful stint in a girl group as well as this. So popular was Nelly & Kelly’s situationship anthem Dilemma in America that it entered the Billboard chart solely on airplay (which, incidentally, doesn’t count towards the Official UK Chart). In the UK it spent two weeks at Number 1, shifting 208,000 copies in its opening week. It’s still proving popular today; it’s by far Kelly’s most-streamed song in the UK, with 66.2 million plays since 2014.
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Those sales for Dilemma! Slay Kelly omg

Kinda surprised to see Commander above Work too - I definitely prefer Work personally and it felt bigger to me? Or at least it feels bigger now
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well well some nice sales for top 2 w00t.gif

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QUOTE(Nick F1 @ Apr 17 2020, 04:54 PM) *
well well some nice sales for top 2 w00t.gif


Honestly, Commander sold way more than I thought to be fair. I thought it stalled around 200k.

And slay Motivation - for a track that never charted almost 150k is great.
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post Apr 17 2020, 05:10 PM
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I would've thought Work would be well over 400k by now. ohmy.gif 2008 sales weren't that bad if I remember right and it was a pretty big hit at the time.

Great sales for Dilemma with Stole getting some top 5 recognition. cheeseblock.png Poor Can't Nobody though. Probably my fave Kelly single to date.
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post Apr 17 2020, 05:12 PM
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Woah those sales for Dilemma are huge!

Work and When Love Takes Over are my favourite Kelly songs.
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She really has had some bops.

Stole really was huge and was charting from imports alone weeks before the actual single release.

So hard to pick a favourite.
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I thought When Love Takes Over would’ve been #1!

Good sales though. Musically she’s my favourite Destiny’s Child member tbh.

Motivation though genuinely forgot how that song even goes shook that it’s top ten!
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Motivation is stunning ! That video !!!
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Also I’ve been under such a rock. I never noticed the similarities to Clocks by Coldplay and When Love Takes Over. I listen to both songs so much too and now I’ll never unhear it!
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QUOTE(Jordan Lee @ Apr 21 2020, 08:33 PM) *
Also I’ve been under such a rock. I never noticed the similarities to Clocks by Coldplay and When Love Takes Over. I listen to both songs so much too and now I’ll never unhear it!

I was today's years old when I found this out.
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Commander is such a bop.

Stole grew on me immensely these past few years, I love it now. But I still prefer "Can't Nobody"
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"Can't Nobody" is bop, should have been bigger!
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QUOTE(Euphorique @ Apr 21 2020, 11:25 PM) *
Stole grew on me immensely these past few years, I love it now. But I still prefer "Can't Nobody"

QUOTE(Nick F1 @ Apr 22 2020, 09:13 AM) *
"Can't Nobody" is bop, should have been bigger!

Yes loving the Can't Nobody recognition!! Her first era was so strong!
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Agreed it's a shame her following eras couldn't really live up to Simply Deep - Here I Am comes close with its great singles but I still prefer the debut as a whole
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