Calvin Harris isn't shy when it comes to collaborating. In fact, more than 10 years into his career, he's not far off having teamed up with every major pop player in the business.
Fortunately, when that day comes, he's more than capable of having success when he goes it alone.
Celebrating his 34th birthday today (Jan 17), OfficialCharts.com has looked into which are his most successful tracks in the UK when you strip away the guest features.
The Scot came out the blocks solo for his debut single Acceptable In The '80s in 2007 - and with it delivered a distinctive nu-disco electropop sound. Peaking at Number 10 on the Official Singles Chart, the track is Calvin's sixth biggest solo song with 270,000 combined sales, including 5 million streams.
Calvin has notched up a mighty eight Number 1 singles so far, two of which are without the aid of a guest vocalist. His first was 2009's I'm Not Alone, the pensive, late-night trance lead from his second album Ready For The Weekend. The track logged two weeks at the summit, knocking Lady Gaga's Poker Face off the top in the first and holding off La Roux's In For The Kill for the second. I'm Not Alone ranks as Calvin's fourth biggest solo offering, with 647,000 combined sales, including 6 million streams.
Back in 2011, ahead of his third album 18 months, Calvin said he was putting his vocal chords into early retirement, saying he wanted to focus on production. It was short lived, because the record's second single, Feel So Close, is a Calvin-only club thumper - although technically speaking, there is no singing in the chorus and he's sing-speaking the verses at best. The song was a huge hit anyway, peaking at Number 2 and finishing second place on his all-time solo chart with combined sales of 725,000 to date, including 18 million streams.
After a string of Top 10 hits from his collab-heavy 18 Months album in 2012, Calvin returned to his solo self for the lead from 2014's Motion album. The song, Summer, did exactly what it said on the tin, becoming that year's song of the season. The track spent a week at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart and to date has notched up combined sales of 980,000, including 50 million streams. As well as ranking as his biggest solo single, it places fourth in his overall list - not bad for a man who once said he wasn't cut out for singing.
Calvin Harris' Top 10 biggest solo singles on the Official Chart
|2||FEEL SO CLOSE||CALVIN HARRIS||2||2011|
|3||MY WAY||CALVIN HARRIS||4||2016|
|4||I'M NOT ALONE||CALVIN HARRIS||1||2009|
|5||READY FOR THE WEEKEND||CALVIN HARRIS||3||2011|
|6||ACCEPTABLE IN THE 80S||CALVIN HARRIS||10||2007|
|7||THE GIRLS||CALVIN HARRIS||3||2007|
|9||YOU USED TO HOLD ME||CALVIN HARRIS||27||2009|
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