Kelis is one of pop's greatest chameleons. 18 years after she arrived on the scene shouting her mouth off on Caught Out There, the singer has made her mark on hip-hop, electro, R&B, house and funky soul with relative ease - and often ahead of the curve of her peers.
With 16 Top 40 hits on the Official Singles Chart to her name, we've crunched the numbers to reveal her biggest tracks to date.
An often forgotten gem in her singles catalogue, the electro-throbbing Finest Dreams was helmed by British producer Richard X (Sugababes' Freak Like Me, Rachel Stevens' Some Girls) and is a mash-up based on a instrumental remix of The Human League track The Things That Dreams Are Made Of.
The track, released in August 2003, gave Kelis her second Top 10 hit and first since her 2000 debut Caught Out There. It finishes 13th on her all-time Top 20 with 42,000 sales.
Not In Love
"Are you ready?" Enrique asked Kelis in their 2004 hook-up. "Born ready" was, of course, her reply. Not In Love saw Kelis take on Latin pop with the world's ultimate Spanish serenader with impressive results, topping out at Number 5 on the Official Chart. With 112,000 sales, it places as Kelis's ninth best-seller in the UK.
Got Your Money
Before her debut single proper Caught Out There, Kelis guested on Got Your Money by hip-hop heavyweight Ol' Dirty Bastard. It was helmed by the Pharrell-fronted Neptunes, who would go on to work with her for the next few years, including production on her debut album Kaleidoscope, which features some of her biggest hits. More on that shortly...
In 2010, after a three year break from music, Kelis re-emerged as an icy electro queen on Acapella, a still-sublime slice of club pop with a near-hymnal chorus. Produced by David Guetta, the track is a dedication to then baby son, Knight. Acapella places as Kelis's third best-seller in the UK with 262,000 sales.
The blaring synth-funk tones of Milkshake still ring out at clubs across the world today. Helmed by The Neptunes, the track's inventive production and Kelis's vocal performance were groundbreaking at the time and turned all parties involved into household names. As things stand, it's her second biggest selling single, on 338,000 sales.
As for what one's milkshake actually is, Kelis once explained: "A milkshake is the thing that makes women special. It's what gives us our confidence and what makes us exciting."
Kelis's best-selling single in the UK is also her most recent appearance on the Official Singles Chart. Off the back of her successful turn to dance music on Acapella, Kelis was enlisted on Bounce, the lead single from Calvin Harris's third album 18 months.
The track peaked at Number 2 earned Kelis her 10th Top 10 single in the UK. With 550,000 sales to its name, Bounce is the singer's best-seller to date. It's also her most streamed, with 9.6 million plays. Check out the full Top 20 below.
Kelis's OfficialTop 20 best-selling singles
|1||BOUNCE||CALVIN HARRIS FT KELIS||2||2011|
|5||CAUGHT OUT THERE||KELIS||4||2000|
|6||GOT YOUR MONEY||OL' DIRTY BASTARD FT KELIS||11||2000|
|7||MILLIONAIRE||KELIS FT ANDRE 3000||3||2004|
|8||LIL STAR||KELIS FT CEE-LO||3||2007|
|9||NOT IN LOVE||ENRIQUE FT KELIS||5||2004|
|11||4TH OF JULY (FIREWORKS)||KELIS||32||2010|
|12||BOSSY||KELIS FT TOO SHORT||22||2006|
|13||FINEST DREAMS||RICHARD X FT KELIS||8||2003|
|14||DO IT LIKE ME (ICY FEET)||TCTS FT SAGE THE GEMINI/KELIS||2017|
|15||IN PUBLIC||KELIS FT NAS||17||2005|
|16||U DON'T HAVE TO CALL||USHER FT KELIS||2002|
|17||YOUNG FRESH N' NEW||KELIS||32||2001|
|18||SPACESHIP||BENNY BENASSI/KELIS/APL DE AP||94||2010|
|20||GET ALONG WITH YOU||KELIS||51||2000|
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