Ever since making her grand entrance to the mainstream in 2011 with the stirring Video Games, Lana Del Rey has been a creature of mystery.
Across her four studio albums (discounting her independently-released record under Lizzy Grant), she has used American pastiche to explore love, addiction and deception via all manner of female characters – from Stepford moll, to ‘60s flower-power hippy, to surf-rock Instagram baddie on her new collection Norman F**king Rockwell.
To celebrate the release of her fifth album, we have revealed Lana's biggest tracks in the UK to date, based on downloads and streams. See where all of Lana Del Rey's songs have charted in the UK
Across her 20 songs that have charted inside the UK's Top 100, Lana has amassed 5.2 million chart sales. That figure includes a whopping 431 million streams.
Young And Beautiful
Released: April 2013
Official Chart peak: 23
Chart sales: 477,000
Originally meant for her Born To Die: Paradise album, this sweeping and lush ballad was later released as part of The Great Gatsby movie soundtrack in 2013. Written by Lana and legendary songwriter Rick Nowels, Young and Beautiful was key in establishing the star in America, where it became her first Top 40 single. In the UK, it ranks as her fourth biggest track.
Born To Die
Released: December 2011
Official Chart peak: 9
Chart sales: 525,000
The title track of Lana’s debut album followed her massive debut single Video Games, proving she was more than a one-trick pony. About a doomed relationship and packed with apocalyptic lyrics, it’s a signature song in Lana’s cannon. The accompanying music video sees Lana in the arms of a tattoo-clad man (model Bradley Soileau), who Lana said was cast because he reminded her of the ex-boyfriend the song was about. Amazing.
Lust For Life
Released: April 2017
Official Chart Peak: 38
Chart Sales: 175,000
Lana's most recent entry in her all-time Top 10 is the title track from her 2017 album, a collaboration with The Weeknd with a doo-wop, Motown-inspired sound that took her from adored miserablist to adored optimist. It stands as Lana's eighth biggest track overall, including 21 million streams.
Released: January 2012
Official Chart peak: 4
Chart sales: 1.3 million
As is often the case with Lana, her biggest successes arrive when you least expect them. A year and a half after the release of her Born To Die album, the wistful album cut Summertime Sadness had new life breathed into it by French house producer Cedric Gervais, sending the song Number 4 on the Official Singles Chart – her highest peak on the UK Top 40. The song's 1.3 million chart sales figure includes a mega 88 million streams.
Lana Del Rey's Official UK Top 10 biggest singles
|1||SUMMERTIME SADNESS||LANA DEL REY VS CEDRIC GERVAIS||2013||4||1.3M|
|2||VIDEO GAMES||LANA DEL REY||2011||9||890,345|
|3||BORN TO DIE||LANA DEL REY||2012||9||524,959|
|4||YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL||LANA DEL REY||2013||23||476,950|
|5||BLUE JEANS||LANA DEL REY||2012||32||331,657|
|6||WEST COAST||LANA DEL REY||2014||21||205,685|
|7||LOVE||LANA DEL REY||2017||41||202,800|
|8||LUST FOR LIFE||LANA DEL REY FT THE WEEKND||2017||38||174,526|
|9||NATIONAL ANTHEM||LANA DEL REY||2012||92||155,153|
|10||RIDE||LANA DEL REY||2012||32||148,362|
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Bonus trivia: Lana's biggest album track, placing 12th behind High By The Beach, is Dark Paradise. It wasn't released as a single in the UK but was serviced in Australia, Germany and Switzerland as the final single from her debut album Born To Die.
Speaking of which, Born To Die is Lana's biggest album in the UK, with 1.17 million chart sales, followed by 2014's Ultraviolence on 230,000.
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