By Justin Myers
Can it really be ten years since everybody went bonkers for Crazy In Love? “Uh-oh, uh-oh, uh-oh, a-no-no” blasted from every car, club, pub, party and bedroom for what seemed like a blissful eternity during summer 2003.
It wasn’t Beyoncé’s first solo hit – that honour went to Work It Out, which reached Number 7 the year before thanks to an appearance on the soundtrack of Austin Powers: Goldmember. It was, however, her first solo Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart and announced to the world that post-Destiny’s Child Beyoncé was a force to be reckoned with when it came to pure pop power.
Beyoncé’s chart story starts 15 years before Crazy In Love hit Number 1, however. As part of R&B girl group Destiny’s Child, she enjoyed 15 Official Singles Chart Top 40 hits, including two Number 1s back-to-back, with Independent Women Part 1 in 2000 – from the soundtrack of the Charlie’s Angels movie starring Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz – and Survivor in 2001.
Their first hit was No, No, No, which reached Number 5 in March 1998. Independent Women is the biggest selling Destiny’s Child single in the UK, shifting over 470,000 copies. Survivor managed over 335,000 and also worth a mention is the Number 2 comeback hit from 2004, Lose My Breath, just a few thousand behind. And all from a pre-digital age, remember.
But it’s when she’s going it alone that Queen Bey is at her most chart-worthy. As a solo artist, Beyoncé has racked up an impressive 23 Top 40 hits, including five Number 1s. Her biggest seller is If I Were A Boy, an Official Singles Chart Number 1 from 2008, the lead single from her third album I Am… Sasha Fierce. Sasha Fierce is also Beyoncé’s best-selling album in the UK, with a sales tally of over 1.5 million. If I Were A Boy has shifted 735,000 copies.
Runner-up for best-selling Beyoncé track is Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It), released alongside If I Were A Boy and racking up 690,000 sales. Nobody could get enough of Beyoncé in 2008, it seems.
Her biggest ballad is the beautiful Halo, a staple of Beyoncé’s live shows. It’s sold almost 650,000 copies to be her fourth biggest hit. Her collaboration with Lady Gaga, Telephone, also an Official Chart Number 1, is up in third. It’s shifted almost 690,000 copies. And the big one itself, Crazy In Love, comes in as her fifth biggest seller with 510,000.
Watch Crazy In Love before we reveal the Official Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child Top 40 Singles:
A surprise Crazy In Love isn’t her top seller? Maybe. But the album it was taken from, Dangerously In Love, was released the week before it, so anyone desperate for that Crazy In Love fix – which was quite a few people as it turned out – grabbed the album, helping it to sell almost 1.2 million copies in the UK since its release in July 2003. The album spent five consecutive weeks at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart, while Crazy In Love itself still managed to spend three weeks atop its throne on the Official Singles Chart.
Also worth a mention is Beyoncé’s collaboration with Shakira, Beautiful Liar, at Number 9. The track, Shakira’s third biggest seller in the UK, has sold over 420,000 copies and was Number 1 for three weeks.
Beyoncé’s first Top 40 hit with future husband Jay-Z wasn’t Crazy In Love, but a duet, ’03 Bonnie And Clyde, a Number 2 hit in early 2003. They’d go on to have two Number 1s together: Crazy In Love, of course, and Déjà Vu three years later, the lead single from Bey’s second album B Day.
So here it is! The Official Ultimate Beyoncé and Destiny's Child Top 40:
|1||IF I WERE A BOY||BEYONCE||1||2008|
|2||SINGLE LADIES (PUT A RING ON IT)||BEYONCE||7||2008|
|3||TELEPHONE||LADY GAGA FT BEYONCE||1||2009|
|5||CRAZY IN LOVE||BEYONCE||1||2003|
|6||BEST THING I NEVER HAD||BEYONCE||3||2011|
|7||INDEPENDENT WOMEN||DESTINY'S CHILD||1||2000|
|9||BEAUTIFUL LIAR||BEYONCE & SHAKIRA||1||2007|
|12||LOSE MY BREATH||DESTINY'S CHILD||2||2004|
|14||LOVE ON TOP||BEYONCE||13||2011|
|15||RUN THE WORLD (GIRLS)||BEYONCE||11||2011|
|16||SAY MY NAME||DESTINY'S CHILD||3||2000|
|18||JUMPIN' JUMPIN'||DESTINY'S CHILD||5||2000|
|19||DEJA VU||BEYONCE FT JAY-Z||1||2006|
|20||03 BONNIE & CLYDE||JAY-Z FT BEYONCE KNOWLES||2||2003|
|21||BILLS BILLS BILLS||DESTINY'S CHILD||6||1999|
|23||NO NO NO||DESTINY'S CHILD||5||1998|
|25||CHECK ON IT||BEYONCE FT SLIM THUG||3||2006|
|26||BABY BOY||BEYONCE FT SEAN PAUL||2||2003|
|27||BUG A BOO||DESTINY'S CHILD||9||1999|
|28||SOLDIER||DESTINY'S CHILD/TI/LIL WAYNE||4||2005|
|30||WORK IT OUT||BEYONCE||7||2002|
|31||END OF TIME||BEYONCE||39||2011|
|34||VIDEO PHONE||BEYONCE FT LADY GAGA||58||2010|
|36||WHY DON'T YOU LOVE ME||BEYONCE||51||2010|
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