By Justin Myers
She kissed a girl and she liked it, and we loved her! It’s hard to believe its five years since Katy Perry’s breakthrough hit I Kissed A Girl smashed its way to the top of the Official Singles Chart. The controversial lusty love letter to lip balm managed to stay at Number 1 for five weeks, setting the tone for a stellar career that would see Katy Perry a regular fixture on the charts – and in the tabloids.
But which KP classic is the biggest of them all? Katy has appeared on 14 Official Singles Chart Top 40 hits, and she’s reached the summit three times. Her chart-toppers are the afore-mentioned I Kissed A Girl, 2010’s California Gurls and Part Of Me from 2012. Did any of those manage to be her top-seller?
Well the answer to that is, um, no. Katy’s biggest selling single didn’t make it to Number 1 at all, despite being a karaoke staple and the empowering anthem for anyone who’s felt rather less than sparkling. Katy Perry’s top selling single in the UK is the mighty Firework, which may have only fizzed its way to Number 3 in October 2010, but has shined brighter than all Katy’s other hits in the long run.
The sparky track has sold almost 955,000 copies in the UK since its release three years ago, and is way ahead of the hit that comes in second – California Gurls, the lead single for the Teenage Dream album, itself a Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart.
Watch the video for Firework before we reveal the rest of Katy’s Top 10:
That unforgettable debut I Kissed A Girl has to settle for fourth place with 676,000 copies, just behind its follow-up single Hot N Cold. Only 400 copies separate them – can I Kissed A Girl smooch its way past to make it into the Top 3?
Katy’s collaboration with Colorado electropoppers 3OH!3 also did pretty well for Katy. Starstrukk is her most successful track as a featured artist, shifting 580,000 units and coming in at 5 on her list of big sellers. Another featured track makes the Top 10, with the Timbaland collaboration If We Meet Again selling 412,000 to make it to 9.
Big Katy tracks that just miss her Top 10 sellers include Wide Awake at 11 – it reached Number 9 in April 2012 and has sold 325,000 copies. Just behind it is the boohoo-worthy The One That Got Away, which is almost at the 325K mark.
Firework’s sales tally just goes to show that it’s not always the Number 1s that are the biggest songs. All eyes are now on the track to see whether it will pass the 1 million mark. Will Firework be Katy Perry’s ticket into the Million Sellers’ Club? And when? Keep your eyes on the prize – right here, in other words – for all the latest updates.
Meanwhile, Katy’s ready to add some more hits to her list – her brand new single Roar is out 8 September. Can it be her fourth chart-topper?
See the full Official Katy Perry Top 10:
|2||CALIFORNIA GURLS||KATY PERRY FT SNOOP DOGG||1||2010|
|3||HOT N COLD||KATY PERRY||4||2008|
|4||I KISSED A GIRL||KATY PERRY||1||2008|
|5||STARSTRUKK||3OH3 FT KATY PERRY||3||2009|
|6||TEENAGE DREAM||KATY PERRY||2||2010|
|7||ET||KATY PERRY FT KANYE WEST||3||2011|
|8||LAST FRIDAY NIGHT (TGIF)||KATY PERRY||9||2011|
|9||IF WE EVER MEET AGAIN||TIMBALAND FT KATY PERRY||3||2010|
|10||PART OF ME||KATY PERRY||1||2012|
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