She's the fighter who loved to get dirrty and owed her early success to a magical genie – kind of. She's been away a while, but the signs are good for a Christina Aguilera comeback in 2017. She's confirmed a new album is coming.
While we wait, we look at the songs that got her here – an impressive lineup of 23 Top 40 hits, of which 17 went Top 10 and four made it all the way to Number 1. Before we reveal the full Top 20, some highlights:
Genie in a Bottle
Every pop superstar's career has to start somewhere and Christina's kickoff was better than most. A genuine phenomenon when released in 1999, demand was so high that the US import charted the week before its official UK release. Shifting 172,000 copies in that first seven days on sale, Genie in a Bottle spent two weeks at Number 1. It lands as her second biggest song with 712,300 copies sold, and 5.9 million streams.
Some of Christina's most enduring hits have been her team-ups with other huge artists – she is not afraid of a collaboration! 2001's Lady Marmalade was a real turning point for Christina – while she'd been spotted out and about sporting a more outré look, this was the first time we'd seen Christina fully expressing herself and letting out her wild side. With Lil Kim, Pink and Mya on board, this was a guaranteed hit – another Number 1. On her rundown, it clocks in as her fourth biggest song overall, combining sales of 582,000 and 9.3 million.
So if Lady Marmalade was the starter, here was the main. Christina was pulling no punches – indeed, the video was set at a very rough boxing match – on this fantastically gritty Number 1 from 2002. The lead from her huge-selling sophomore album Stripped, Dirrty spent two weeks rubbing itself up against the Number 1 spot, and has scored 393,000 sales and 6.7 million streams to land in Christina's all-time Top 5.
Christina's last Number 1 (so far), this classic "look hun, you're actually a really great person so who cares what people think" ballad knocked Tatu's All The Things She Said off the top in 2003. It's sold 377,400 copies and racked up 6.6 million plays since we started counting in 2014.
Moves Like Jagger
Now, a big one. Christina hadn't been in the Top 10 for a while when this insanely catchy track from a revitalised Maroon 5 came along in 2011. Christina's scene-stealing cameo helped Moves Like Jagger to million-selling status – but it couldn't lift it to Number 1. Yep, Moves Like Jagger spent an agonising SEVEN weeks at 2, beaten to the top by six different songs, including Example, Rihanna FT Calvin Harris, Pixie Lott and One Direction.
In fact, Moves Like Jagger is the second bestselling single in the history of the Official Singles Chart not to get to Number 1, beaten (again) by Wham’s Last Christmas. It was the second biggest selling single of 2011, behind Adele's Someone Like You, and is Christina's biggest song in the UK – 1.53 million sales and 16.8 million streams. However… while it is her top seller, it isn't her most streamed track.
Another memorable feature from Christina, this song became a hit after our leading lady spotted it on So You Think You Can Dance – we can just imagine Christina settling down to watch this at home, shouting out NO whenever someone attempted the moves from Dirrty – and was anxious to collaborate with A Great Big World on a new version. The Christina-enhanced song reached Number 4 in 2014 and sold 432,000 copies. It's Christina's most streamed track in the UK, notching up 31 million plays, helping it to finish third in her all-time Top 20. It's also her most recent Top 40 hit – but we reckon that will change pretty soon…
The Official Top 20 biggest Christina Aguilera songs:
|1||MOVES LIKE JAGGER||MAROON 5 FEAT CHRISTINA AGUILERA||2||2011|
|2||GENIE IN A BOTTLE||CHRISTINA AGUILERA||1||1999|
|3||LADY MARMALADE||CHRISTINA AGUILERA/LIL' KIM/MYA/PINK||1||2001|
|4||SAY SOMETHING||A GREAT BIG WORLD/CHRISTINA AGUILERA||4||2014|
|5||DIRRTY||CHRISTINA AGUILERA FEAT REDMAN||1||2002|
|7||FEEL THIS MOMENT||PITBULL FEAT CHRISTINA AGUILERA||5||2013|
|9||AIN'T NO OTHER MAN||CHRISTINA AGUILERA||2||2006|
|12||WHAT A GIRL WANTS||CHRISTINA AGUILERA||3||2000|
|13||TELL ME||P DIDDY FEAT CHRISTINA AGUILERA||8||2006|
|14||NOBODY WANTS TO BE LONELY||RICKY MARTIN WITH C AGUILERA||4||2001|
|15||CAR WASH||CHRISTINA AGUILERA FEAT MISSY ELLIOTT||4||2004|
|16||TILT YA HEAD BACK||NELLY & CHRISTINA AGUILERA||5||2004|
|17||COME ON OVER BABY (ALL I WANT IS YOU)||CHRISTINA AGUILERA||8||2000|
|18||CAN'T HOLD US DOWN||CHRISTINA AGUILERA FEAT LIL' KIM||6||2003|
|19||THE VOICE WITHIN||CHRISTINA AGUILERA||9||2003|
|20||KEEPS GETTIN' BETTER||CHRISTINA AGUILERA||14||2008|
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