Innovative, controversial, game-changing and polarising are all words you could use to describe Kanye West. A leader in the rap game for 15 years, Kanye attracts major attention from critics and the public alike with every release - even when he delays them at the last minute, as is the case for his latest record Donda.
Ahead of the album's impending (we're sure) release, we delve into Kanye's 40 biggest hits in the UK, based on sales and streams.
N****s in Paris (with Jay-Z)
Official Chart peak: 10
UK chart sales: 1.45m
"No one knows what it means, but it's provocative." Who'd have thought that sample of Will Ferrell and Jon Heder from Blades of Glory would become so iconic? If you've seen Kanye and Jay-Z perform Paris live or have just listened to the track in a club, you'll know people can't get enough of the song. Dominated by an adrenaline-pumping synth loop, Paris can get a room bouncing in seconds.
N****s in Paris peaked at a modest Number 10, but its legacy is long-lasting. With almost 1.5 million chart sales, including 91 million streams, it ranks as Kanye's fifth biggest track in the UK.
FourFiveSeconds (with Rihanna and Paul McCartney)
Official Chart peak: 3
UK chart sales: 1.52m
Kanye and Rihanna have collaborated on three UK Top 20 hits, with FourFiveSeconds being the biggest overall. Sir Paul McCartney is a curveball feature on this campfire-meets-hip-hop song, which peaked at Number 3. The track is Kanye's fourth biggest song in the UK, with 1.52 million chart sales, including 113 million streams.
American Boy (with Estelle)
Official Chart peak: 1
UK chart sales: 1.7m
An Official Singles Chart Number 1, Estelle struck gold (pun intended) when she drafted in Kanye to appear on her breakthrough hit American Boy. Fresh off the back of the success of his UK chart-topping album Graduation, American Boy continued Kanye's momentum, dethroning Duffy's Mercy from Number 1 in 2008. 1.7 million chart sales, including 188 million streams (recently boosted after going viral on TikTok) puts the track as Kanye's third biggest song in the UK.
Official Chart peak: 1
UK chart sales: 1.71m
Kanye is the king of sampling, and Stronger - which uses a vocal sample of Daft Punk's Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger - was Kanye's first of three UK Number 1s, and his only chart-topper as a lead artist. While its 1.71m chart sales, including 120 million streams, is impressive, a retro Kanye classic pips it to the post on the all-time artist chart.
Gold Digger (with Jamie Foxx)
Official Chart peak: 2
UK chart sales: 1.77m
It may not have been a UK Number 1, but Gold Digger reached a top spot in the end. The Jamie Foxx collaboration from 2005 is Kanye's most streamed song with 123 million plays since records began in 2014. Its total tally stands at 1.77 million. We never did find out if she was a gold digger or not.
Elsewhere in Kanye's all-time Top 40, his guest spot on Katy Perry's E.T. is at 10, his third Number 1 Run This Town with Jay-Z and Rihanna lands at 11, and 2018 Lil Pump duet I Love It is at 12 thanks to a massive 104 million streams.
Kanye West's Official Top 40 biggest songs in the UK
|1||GOLD DIGGER||KANYE WEST FT JAMIE FOXX||2|
|3||AMERICAN BOY||ESTELLE FT KANYE WEST||1|
|4||FOURFIVE SECONDS||RIHANNA/KANYE WEST/MCCARTNEY||3|
|5||N****S IN PARIS||JAY-Z & KANYE WEST||10|
|6||ALL OF THE LIGHTS||KANYE WEST FT RIHANNA||15|
|8||BLACK SKINHEAD||KANYE WEST||34|
|9||KNOCK YOU DOWN||KERI HILSON/KANYE WEST/NE-YO||5|
|10||ET||KATY PERRY FT KANYE WEST||3|
|11||RUN THIS TOWN||JAY-Z FT RIHANNA & KANYE WEST||1|
|12||I LOVE IT||KANYE WEST & LIL PUMP||3|
|13||TOUCH THE SKY||KANYE WEST FT LUPE FIASCO||6|
|16||ALL FALLS DOWN||KANYE WEST FT SYLEENA JOHNSON||10|
|18||NO CHURCH IN THE WILD||JAY-Z/KANYE WEST/F OCEAN||37|
|19||LOVE LOCKDOWN||KANYE WEST||8|
|20||HOMECOMING||KANYE WEST FT CHRIS MARTIN||9|
|21||CLIQUE||KANYE WEST/JAY Z/BIG SEAN||22|
|22||SUPERNOVA||MR HUDSON FT KANYE WEST||2|
|23||FATHER STRETCH MY HANDS PT 1||KANYE WEST||54|
|24||OTIS||JAY-Z/KANYE WEST/OTIS REDDING||28|
|25||FADE||KANYE WEST/POST MALONE/TY||50|
|26||GOOD LIFE||KANYE WEST FT T-PAIN||23|
|27||MONSTER||KANYE WEST FT JAY-Z/BON IVER||NA|
|28||FLASHING LIGHTS||KANYE WEST FT DWELE||29|
|29||THROUGH THE WIRE||KANYE WEST||9|
|30||JESUS WALKS||KANYE WEST||16|
|31||MERCY||KANYE WEST/BIG SEAN/PUSHA T||55|
|32||BOUND 2||KANYE WEST||55|
|33||CAN'T TELL ME NOTHING||KANYE WEST||NA|
|34||RUNAWAY||KANYE WEST FT PUSHA T||56|
|36||ULTRALIGHT BEAM||KANYE WEST/CHANCE THE RAPPER||63|
|37||WOLVES||KANYE WEST/FRANK OCEAN||88|
|38||REAL FRIENDS||KANYE WEST FT TY DOLLA SIGN||78|
|39||ALL MINE||KANYE WEST||11|
|40||ALL DAY||KANYE WEST/LONDON/KINGDOM||18|
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