Enya's Official Irish Singles Chart history - the numbers behind her success in Ireland

As Enya posts her first tweet in three years potentially teasing a comeback, we look back at her Irish Chart success.

Is Enya plotting a comeback?

There's been no new music from the elusive Irish songstress since 2015's Dark Sky Island, but could that be about to change? Enya posted to Twitter on December 3 for the first time since April 2016, either to hype a potential new era, or just to stop her Twitter account from being removed due to inactivity. Whatever the reason, everyone is talking about her, including us.

With the spotlight once again back on Enya, we've looked back through the archives to reveal her Official Irish Singles Chart history to date.

Top 50 hits

Enya has visited the Irish Top 50 on 11 occasions, the first being in 1988 with Orinoco Flow, and the latest in 2005 with Amarantine.

How many times has she cracked the Top 10?

Enya has entered the top flight on five occasions, reaching the Top 3 three times.

Number 1s

Enya has sat at the top of the Official Irish Singles Chart on just one occasion, but what a song it is! Orinoco Flow spent four weeks at Number 1 in 1988 and was the lead single from Watermark, her second album and first released on a major label.

2004 was the year she was sampled, twice

We never thought Enya would ever be on an R&B track but that all changed in 2004 when she featured on two. Enya's instrumental track Boadicea was sampled by Mario Winans on I Don't Wanna Know featuring P Diddy. 

Unlike The Fugees who had previously sampled Boadicea without consent, Mario got the rights. Hot Press reported at the time that Enya's manager Nicky Ryan said: "The lyrics were fine. It was unusual for P. Diddy to produce such a clean song. The guy singing it is known as a gospel singer. Mario is a clean act in that respect so we said 'okay'."

Giving away 60% royalties paid off as I Don't Wanna Know was a global smash, spending three weeks at Number 2 on the Official Irish Singles Chart. Later in 2004, a response track from a female perspective You Should Really Know by The Pirates used the same Enya sample and also featured Shola Ama, Naila Boss and Ishani. The "answer back" reached Number 25.

Enya's Official Irish Chart Top 50 hits to date

TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
ORINOCO FLOW ENYA 1 1988
EVENING FALLS ENYA 3 1988
STORMS IN AFRICA (PART II) ENYA 12 1989
CARIBBEAN BLUE ENYA 8 1991
HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING ENYA 19 1991
BOOK OF DAYS ENYA 12 1992
ANYWHERE IS ENYA 8 1995
MAY IT BE ENYA 30 2002
I DON'T WANNA KNOW MARIO WINANS FT. ENYA & P DIDDY 2 2004
YOU SHOULD REALLY KNOW THE PIRATES FT. ENYA, SHOLA AMA, NAILA BOSS & ISHANI 25 2004
AMARANTINE ENYA 50 2005

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