To celebrate the return of Harry Styles' mammoth Love On Tour concert to UK shores, the Official Charts Company is proud to present the Cheshire-born chap's Official Top 20 biggest songs ever in the UK.
Finding infamy as a member of One Direction alongside Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Zayn Malik, Harry earned four Number 1 singles and albums during his time in the band, cultivating an enormous fanbase as a teen idol. Then, once 1D announced their indefinite hiatus in January 2016, Harry shed his pin-up skin almost immediately.
His solo music has expanded this frontman persona; deeply indebted musically and stylistically to British icons like Mick Jagger, David Bowie and Elton John.
Across three albums, Harry has explored various genres (soft rock, psychedelia and, on his latest record, post-funk and disco); all the while managing to front-load his own personal experiences and emotions to lend an air of authenticity that has only deepened with each new record.
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Before we reveal the Top 20 in full below, let's take a closer look at Harry's Top 5 to date:
UK chart units: 1.3 million
UK streams: 152 million
Official Singles Chart peak: Number 15
Thanks in part to a show-stopping performance of the track at the 2020 BRIT Awards - and a BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge reimagination of the track by Little Mix later that year, Falling is Harry's fifth-biggest solo song in the UK to date; boasting total chart units of 1.3 million and 152 million UK streams and counting.
4. Adore You
UK chart units: 1.5 million
UK streams: 181 million
Official Singles Chart peak: Number 7
A perfectly produced, written and performed pop tune, Adore You is an immaculate show of Harry's showmanship, one of the best post-boyband singles in recent memory. It also showed his weird side brilliantly, with the Dave Meyers-directed video transplanting Harry to the fictional British isle of Eroda, where he befriends a gigantic fish. Despite being Harry's third most successful single in the UK overall, Adore You is more successful on streams, being Harry's third most-streamed hit in the UK (181 million streams to date).
3. Sign of the Times
UK chart units: 1.6 million
UK streams: 166 million
Official Singles Chart peak: 1
Imagine the pressure Harry must have felt going into the release of his debut single. He needn't have worried, however. Sign of the Times is an epic, transcendent rock ballad that wears its ode to David Bowie on its sleeve. Harry's first UK Number 1 single, five years on it still remains one of his most confident solo statements.
2. As It Was
UK chart units: 2 million
UK streams: 233 million
Official Singles Chart peak: Number 1
The Official biggest song of 2022 in the UK, As It Was launched Harry's third studio album Harry's House full-throttle. The '80s-tinged behemoth went on to win the 2023 BRIT Award for Best British Song and already boasts total UK chart units of 2 million just over a year after its original release. Could it soon overtake Watermelon Sugar to become Harry's Official biggest solo song in the UK?
1. Watermelon Sugar
UK chart units: 2.2 million
UK streams: 258 million
Official Singles Chart peak: Number 4
Cheeky! Innuendo is rife throughout Watermelon Sugar, the song itself a barely-hidden ode to the female orgasm. Using sumptuous imagery, Watermelon Sugar glides by on its funk-inspired beat. Harry's biggest hit in the UK, it boasts total chart units in excess of . With , its also Harry's most-streamed song ever too. Although it never reached Number 1 here, it was his first chart-topper in the US and signalled his arrival as a bona fide superstar.
Harry Styles' Biggest Songs in the UK: The Official Top 20
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|3||SIGN OF THE TIMES||HARRY STYLES||1|
|4||ADORE YOU||HARRY STYLES||7|
|7||LATE NIGHT TALKING||HARRY STYLES||2|
|8||LIGHTS UP||HARRY STYLES||3|
|9||SWEET CREATURE||HARRY STYLES||46|
|11||MUSIC FOR A SUSHI RESTAURANT||HARRY STYLES||3|
|13||TWO GHOSTS||HARRY STYLES||58|
|14||FINE LINE||HARRY STYLES|
|19||LITTLE FREAK||HARRY STYLES|
|20||SUNFLOWER - VOL 6||HARRY STYLES|
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