There is only one Lana Del Rey.
Across a career that has now spanned a decade and included nine generation-defining major label studio albums, Lana has morphed from Born To Die's swaggering femme fatale, to Ultraviolence's bruised, wandering traveler, using each new project to slowly strip away the mythos and allure of her alter-ego.
If her new album, Did you know that there's a tunnel under Ocean Blvd. wasn't evidence enough, Lana has used her time in the spotlight to slowly strip away the excesses of her production and songwriting, arriving at something approaching her real self - Elizabeth Grant.
With Ocean Blvd. now approaching Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart (it would be Lana's sixth Number 1 album - see her biggest-ever LPs in the UK here) she's made her most personal and self-analytical body of work yet, analysing her own familial ties on opening track The Grants and starting to wonder what her own legacy will be on the title track.
Lana Del Rey has always contained multitudes, and it takes just one look at her biggest songs in the UK to believe that - from the braggadocios raps of Off To The Races (21), the tender yet forceful rejection of a man who refuses to see her as anything but a muse on Norman F*cking Rockwell! (20) or her epic, Steinbeck-esque Americana road-trip on Ride (12), Lana has never, ever been content to stay in one lane. She is an ever evolving artist.
Below, we've revealed just how evolved; discover her Top 10 biggest songs to ever hit the Official Charts below, and then dive into the Top 40 in full below.
View Lana Del Rey's full Official UK Chart history here
10. National Anthem
Official Singles Chart peak: Number 92
Total UK chart sales: 320,000
Money is the anthem, god you're so handsome. On Lana's big 2012 summer single (the more propulsive demo version is the biggest single she never released), she leaned into the enigmatic allure of celebrity for the first time; spinning a tale of scandalous Page Six romance told against the flash of paparazzo cameras and devotion to the American flag. Its music video, casting Lana as the Jackie to A$AP Rocky's JFK, is perhaps the ultimate distillation of her first album persona; corrupted, beautiful and totally dedicated to her man.
9. Stargirl Interlude (with The Weeknd)
Official Singles Chart peak: Number 73
Total UK chart sales: 336,000
Despite being less than 2 minutes long, Stargirl Interlude has become one of Lana's most popular tracks in recent years, thanks to TikTok. With the recent success of The Weeknd adding Ariana Grande into a remix of Starboy single Die For You, it doesn't seem a stretch to imagine a fuller version of Stargirl arriving at some point.
8. Don't Call Me Angel (with Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus)
Official Singles Chart peak: Number 2
Total UK chart sales: 357,000
While it was perhaps surprising to see Lana team up with Ariana and Miley on this Max Martin cut - she had been steadily dipping her toe into more commercial chart prospects for a while, hooking up with both Martin and Benny Blanco on tracks for Lust For Life - the biggest shock on Don't Call Me Angel is how the song stops in its tracks to accommodate her, proving that even when she was masquerading as a Big Pop Girl (Don't Call Me Angel is still Lana's highest-peaking song in the UK), Lana Del Rey will always be Lana Del Rey.
7. Doin' Time
Official Singles Chart peak: Number 42
Total UK chart sales: 372,000
A cover of a track originally released by ska-pop band Sublime, Doin' Time is by far the biggest single to come from Lana's confident and assured Norman F**king Rockwell! album, which properly established her as her generation's greatest living songwriter (ironic, then, that Doin' Time is a cover).
6. West Coast
Official Singles Chart peak: Number 21
Total UK chart sales: 394,000
Ultraviolence is Lana's magnum opus, and bruised and brilliant sophomore records that abandons the aggressively enshrined aesthetic of Born To Die and, track by track, slowly strips the Lana Del Rey character away. It's lead track, West Coast, is most indicative of this; helping Lana set fire to her old persona and leave New York, setting out on the open road.
5. Blue Jeans
Official Singles Chart peak: Number 32
Total UK chart sales: 505,000
With hindsight, it's easy to see just how Born To Die and its singles helped to influence the ebb, flow and feel of pop music for the next decade - but Blue Jeans is a succinct reminder of the sometimes under-played effect hip-hop played on Lana's early career. Indeed, her flow, bars and cadence have been just an influential on mumble-rap and SoundCloud-core rappers as they have pop stars like Halsey, Billie Eilish and Selena Gomez.
4. Born To Die
Official Singles Chart peak: Number 9
Total UK chart sales: 757,000
One criticism levied against Lana early in her career was that she was too overly morose. And, yeah, we have to give it to her - Born To Die isn't what you'd listen to for a little pick me up. But fresh off the success of Video Games, Born To Die burnt a very depressing trail back into the UK Top 10, establishing Lana as one of the biggest breakout stars of her time.
3. Young and Beautiful
Official Singles Chart peak: Number 23
Total UK chart sales: 813,000
A swooning orchestral masterstroke, Young and Beautiful was originally meant for Lana's Paradise EP, but found its home on the original soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann's adaption of the Great Gatsby. And so it should; its focus on the trap of materialism perfectly melds to the film's themes of lost innocence in a world that's obsessed with image and status, and how they will both, inevitably, fade.
2. Video Games
Official Singles Chart peak: Number 9
Total UK chart sales: 1.4 million
Quite simply one of the most brilliant and influential debut singles of the 21st century, Lana Del Rey entered the culture as a fully-formed being, with a definitive point of view. The fact that it was also a chart success here - Number 9 peak and over 92 million streams to date - is a testament to Lana reading the temperature of pop music in the early 10s and setting out defy odds and subvert expectations, something she still does to this day.
1. Summertime Sadness (Lana Del Rey vs Cedric Gervais)
Official Singles Chart peak: Number 4
Total UK chart sales: 2 million
In its original form, Summertime Sadness is evocative and stirring. Its big rave-up remix courtesy of Cedric Gervais certainly sands down its edges (just take the tracks Sapphic music video, cut up and edited out of all meaning) but was an unqualified success. Up until Don't Call Me Angel, it was Lana's highest-peaking single in the UK, and with over 2 million total UK chart sales and a staggering 158 million streams, it diluted Lana's image and message for the masses brilliantly.
The story goes that Lana wasn't even aware of the remix's existence until she heard it on the radio one day. For an artist who has never willingly forsaken her artistry for commercial gain, you can certainly believe it.
Lana Del Rey's Official Top 40 biggest songs in the UK
|1||SUMMERTIME SADNESS||LANA DEL REY VS CEDRIC GERVAIS||4|
|2||VIDEO GAMES||LANA DEL REY||9|
|3||YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL||LANA DEL REY||23|
|4||BORN TO DIE||LANA DEL REY||9|
|5||BLUE JEANS||LANA DEL REY||32|
|6||WEST COAST||LANA DEL REY||21|
|7||DOIN' TIME||LANA DEL REY||42|
|8||DON'T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE'S ANGELS)||GRAND/CYRUS/LANA DEL REY||2|
|9||STARGIRL INTERLUDE||THE WEEKND FT LANA DEL REY||73|
|10||NATIONAL ANTHEM||LANA DEL REY||92|
|11||LOVE||LANA DEL REY||41|
|12||RIDE||LANA DEL REY||32|
|13||BROOKLYN BABY||LANA DEL REY||86|
|14||LUST FOR LIFE||LANA DEL REY FT THE WEEKND||38|
|15||DARK PARADISE||LANA DEL REY||N/A|
|16||SNOW ON THE BEACH||TAYLOR SWIFT FT LANA DEL REY||4|
|17||DIET MOUNTAIN DEW||LANA DEL REY||N/A|
|18||RADIO||LANA DEL REY||N/A|
|19||HIGH BY THE BEACH||LANA DEL REY||60|
|20||NORMAN F**KING ROCKWELL!||LANA DEL REY||44|
|21||OFF TO THE RACES||LANA DEL REY||N/A|
|22||MARINERS APARTMENT COMPLEX||LANA DEL REY||79|
|23||ULTRAVIOLENCE||LANA DEL REY||N/A|
|24||ONCE UPON A DREAM||LANA DEL REY||60|
|25||GODS & MONSTERS||LANA DEL REY||39|
|26||CINNAMON GIRL||LANA DEL REY||N/A|
|27||HAPPINESS IS A BUTTERFLY||LANA DEL REY||N/A|
|28||PRISONER||THE WEEKND FT LANA DEL REY||78|
|29||F**K IT I LOVE YOU||LANA DEL REY||59|
|30||VENICE BITCH||LANA DEL REY||N/A|
|31||CARMEN||LANA DEL REY||N/A|
|32||CHEMTRAILS OVER THE COUNTRY CLUB||LANA DEL REY||58|
|33||THIS IS WHAT MAKES US GIRLS||LANA DEL REY||N/A|
|34||HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING FOR A WOMAN||LANA DEL REY||99|
|35||CHERRY||LANA DEL REY||N/A|
|36||COLA||LANA DEL REY||N/A|
|37||SUMMER BUMMER||LANA DEL REY/ASAP ROCKY/CARTI||81|
|38||SHADES OF COOL||LANA DEL REY||N/A|
|39||MILLION DOLLAR MAN||LANA DEL REY||N/A|
|40||PRETTY WHEN YOU CRY||LANA DEL REY||N/A|
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