Natasha Bedingfield's Unwritten returns to Top 20 thanks to Anyone But You

We are indeed releasing our inhibitions and feeling the rain on our skin.
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Release your inhibitions! FEEL THE RAIN ON YOUR SKIN!

Today, Official Charts can confirm that Natasha Bedingfield's 2004 British pop classic Unwritten has made a startling return inside the Top 20 of the Official Singles Chart.

Moving up to Number 18 in today's chart, Unwritten's major boost, nearly 20 years after its initial release, comes from its inclusion in the brand-new romcom Anyone But You, starring Sydney Sweeney (Euphoria) and Glen Powell (Top Gun: Maverick) as two frenemies who decide to pretend that they're dating when they accidentally turn up single to a mutual friends' destination wedding. 

As you can imagine, hijinks ensue. Anyone But You has proved to be solid hit across both sides of the Atlantic, even topping the US box office, and as a result of the large social cachet around its stars, Sweeney especially, scenes from the film (and its equally evocative soundtrack) have exploded across TikTok, where there are fancams aplenty. 

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Last week saw Unwritten return to the Top 40, climbing back up to Number 24, while this week sees the track experience a week-on-week chart unit sales uplift of 42%. Overall, Unwritten received 1.8 million streams across the UK this week.

But given the enduring popularity of Anyone But You, you'd have to be betting man to bet against it rising further and further. 

Upon initial release, Unwritten became Natasha's third consecutive Top 10 single from her debut album of the same name. Her enviable roster of hits included the UK Number 1 smash These Words and debut single...uh...Single (3).

Of course, Unwritten is already a definitive hit to a certain generation, given that for many years it was the theme song to MTV reality show The Hills. 

We'd also be remiss to not acknowledge that the resurrection of noughties' hits thanks to their inclusion on the soundtrack of a buzzy new film is something of a trend right now! As Unwritten rises week-on-week, it follows in the steps of Sophie Ellis-Bextor's Murder on the Dancefloor, which has managed to reach a re-peak of Number 2 in the Official Singles Chart, thanks to Emerald Fennell's gothic comedy-drama, Saltburn.

See this week's Official Singles Chart Top 100 here from 5.45pm.

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So happy for her and so well deserved "second" success for that amazing song from Natasha: my favorite from that underrated artist!!