By Justin Myers
She’s already been on the pop scene an incredible 16 years, and now Sophie Ellis-Bextor is set to celebrate her 11th solo Top 40 hit this Sunday with Youngblood. Last week Sophie enjoyed her highest charting album since her solo debut Read My Lips in 2001, when Wanderlust entered the Official Albums Chart at Number 4.
Most people remember Sophie’s first big hit as her uncredited collaboration with dance DJ Spiller on huge Number 1 single Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love) in 2000. Hardcore Sophie fans, however, would be quick to tell you that the Bextor’s first dalliance with chart success was actually as part of indie pop band Theaudience (no we haven’t missed a space between the words). They had two Top 40 hits in 1998, A Pessimist Is Never Disappointed peaking at Number 27 and the biggest, I Know Enough (I Don’t Get Enough), reaching Number 25 on the Official Singles Chart and coming up 12th in Sophie’s sales countdown.
The big one, of course, was that first solo outing as lyricist and vocalist on Spiller’s Groovejet. It’s sold 620,000 copies and was the 7th best selling single of 2000. The track was involved in an infamous chart battle with former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, who was also having her first shot at solo success, featuring on True Steppers’ Out Of Your Mind with Dane Bowers. It was Spiller and Sophie who won out, leaving Victoria to settle for second place.
Sophie’s very first single with a solo artist credit was Take Me Home, a cover of a 1970s Cher track. It reached Number 2 on the Official Singles Chart, but it comes in third on Sophie’s sales countdown, shifting 240,000 copies.
Take Me Home’s follow-up, Murder On The Dancefloor, also made it to Number 2, selling 355,000 copies and taking its place as Sophie’s second biggest seller. Sophie’s collaboration with Freemasons from 2010, Heartbreak Make Me A Dancer, sold 130,000 copies to land 4th in Sophie’s hit list.
Making a surprise appearance in 19th place is Sophie’s cover of disco classic Yes Sir I Can Boogie, originally a Number 1 hit for Baccara in 1977. Sophie recorded the track as a B-side to 2004’s I Won’t Change You.
Including Groovejet, Sophie has scored seven Top 10s on the Official Singles Chart. All five of her albums went Top 40, with 2001’s Read My Lips, 2007’s Trip The Light Fantastic and this year’s Wanderlust all going Top 10. Youngblood will be Sophie’s 14th Top 40 hit altogether.
Here’s the full Top 20 of Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s biggest selling tracks:
|1||GROOVEJET (IF THIS AIN'T LOVE)||SPILLER||1||2000|
|2||MURDER ON THE DANCEFLOOR||SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR||2||2001|
|3||TAKE ME HOME||SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR||2||2001|
|4||HEARTBREAK (MAKE ME A DANCER)||FREEMASONS/SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR||13||2009|
|5||GET OVER YOU/MOVE THIS MOUNTAIN||SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR||3||2002|
|6||CATCH YOU||SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR||8||2007|
|7||MUSIC GETS THE BEST OF ME||SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR||14||2002|
|8||MIXED UP WORLD||SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR||7||2003|
|9||I WON'T CHANGE YOU||SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR||9||2004|
|11||ME AND MY IMAGINATION||SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR||23||2007|
|12||I KNOW ENOUGH (I DON'T GET ENOUGH)||THEAUDIENCE||25||1998|
|13||A PESSIMIST IS NEVER DISAPPOINTED||THEAUDIENCE||27||1998|
|14||NOT GIVING UP ON LOVE||ARMIN VAN BUUREN/SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR||165||2010|
|15||YOUNG BLOOD||SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR||55||2014|
|16||IF I CANT DANCE||SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR||N/A||2007|
|17||IF YOU CAN'T DO IT WHEN YOU'RE YOUNG||THEAUDIENCE||48||1998|
|18||TODAY THE SUN'S ON US||SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR||64||2007|
|19||YES SIR I CAN BOOGIE||SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR||N/A||2003|
|20||LEAVE ME OUT OF IT||THE FEELING FT SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR||N/A||2011|
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