Kesha. A name that conjures up one word: Bangers. Not the Miley Cyrus kind, but the glitter-throwing, two-fingered saluting IDGAF sort that only she knows how.
Over the past eight(ish) years, she's delivered plenty of party starters, and though she's faced some tough times in recent years, she's back and delivering the goods once again.
With her long awaited third album Rainbow out this month, Official Charts has crunched the numbers to reveal her 10 biggest singles so far. Across her 15 singles including guest features, Kesha has sold 4.1 million singles and notched up just shy of 100 million streams in the UK. But did Tik Tok take the top spot? Where does Timber tumble to? Let's get into the numbers...
Your Love Is My Drug
Released: May 2010
Chart peak: 13
"Do you wanna have a slumber party in my basement?". That joyous chorus. Your Love Is My Drug was Kesha's third single from her debut album Animal and reached Number 13 on the Official Singles Chart. It finishes a worthy sixth place on her countdown with combined sales of 250,000.
We R Who We R
Released: January 2011
Chart peak: 1
When it comes to waving your freak flag in pop, Kesha was a trailblazer. Frank, fearless and unashamedly fun, We R Who We R is peak Kesha. Speaking of, it also reached the peak of the Official Singles Chart in 2011 and has shifted 402,000 combined sales to date.
Released: November 2009
Chart peak: 4
Wait, Tik Tok wasn't a Number 1 single? While it topped the charts around the world, Kesha's debut (back when she was Ke$ha) landed at Number 6 and eventually peaked at 4 in the UK. Looking back at its chart run, it was released during the busy Christmas period and was holding its own against big singles from JLS, Cheryl Cole, Rihanna and Black Eyed Peas for a place in the Top 10 - no mean feat for your first release.
Regardless, Tik Tok is one of those songs that defined a more carefree time in pop music. With 840,000 combined sales, it's Kesha's second biggest single on her official countdown.
Released: January 2014
Chart peak: 1
156 years from now, the world will probably be a very, very different place, but one thing you can be certain of is Timber being whacked on at the office Christmas party. It's a rowdy rodeo romp. A modern day Cotton-Eyed Joe. Nobody knows the exact origins of Cotton-Eyed Joe (research suggests it pre-dates the American Civil War, which started in 1861), but that doesn't matter, because people know it, and in the year 2173, the same will be said about Timber.
With 1.3 million combined sales, Kesha's collaboration with Pitbull is her biggest single in the UK. Fun fact: It took 16 people to write Timber, including Pitbull, Kesha and Kesha's mum Pebe.
Kesha's Official Top 10 biggest singles
|1||TIMBER||PITBULL FT KESHA||1|
|3||RIGHT ROUND||FLO RIDA FT KESHA||1|
|5||WE R WHO WE R||KESHA||1|
|6||YOUR LOVE IS MY DRUG||KESHA||13|
|7||DIRTY PICTURE||TAIO CRUZ FT KESHA||6|
|8||TAKE IT OFF||KESHA||15|
|9||MY FIRST KISS||3OH3 FT KESHA||7|
|10||BLAH BLAH BLAH||KESHA FT 3OH3||11|
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Kesha's biggest non-single is Kiss N Tell, a track from her debut album Animal. And the song that just missed out on placing in the Top 10 at Number 11 is Crazy Kids, her collaboration with will.i.am.