Mariah Carey and Westlife debut at Number 1 with Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now): Official Charts Flashback

Billie Piper and Anastacia also scored Top 10 debuts this week in 2000
Westlife and Mariah Carey

This week 23 years ago, Mariah Carey and Westlife topped the Official Singles Chart with a classic collaboration: their cover of Phil Collins' Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now).

Produced by Mariah with Steve Mac – who would go on to work with everyone from Ed Sheeran to Pink – their emotive rendition of the wistful love song stormed straight to Number 1 in its week of release. Phil's original version of the song peaked at Number 2 in 1984.

MORE: See where every Mariah Carey song and album has charted in the UK

At the time, this became Mariah's second Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart, following 1994's Without You. She has since added a third to her tally with her festive favourite All I Want for Christmas is You, which first charted in 1994 but finally climbed to Number 1 for the first time in 2020.

Meanwhile, Against All Odds was the sixth consecutive Number 1 for Westlife, maintaining their perfect record of Official Number 1 singles at the time. The Irish boyband have since added another eight chart-toppers to their tally, bringing their career total so far to 14. This put them level with Ed Sheeran and Cliff Richard – and behind only Elvis Presley (21) and The Beatles (17) on the all-time list.

Quite an achievement, we think you'll agree.

Elsewhere on the Official Singles Chart this week in 2000…

Zombie Nation – aka German DJ-producer Florian Senfter – debuted at Number 2 with his electronic classic Kernkraft 400. This remains its highest position to date and the only Official Charts entry for Zombie Nation.

Meanwhile, Billie Piper entered at Number 4 with Something Deep Inside, the sixth and to date most recent of her Top 10 hits. The singer-turned-actress has often ruled out a pop comeback in recent years but, well, never say never, right? Right behind her, Pink entered at Number 5 with Most Girls, scoring the second of her 21 Top 10 hits to to date.

And in an action-packed week, Anastacia made her Official Charts debut by entering at Number 7 with I'm Outta Love. This iconic pop-soul banger would go on to peak at Number 6, helping to pave the way for future Anastacia smashes including the Top 10 hits Left Outside Alone and Sick and Tired.

Revisit the Official Singles Chart Top 100 from this week in 2000 here.

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