Official Chart Flashback: Cheryl Cole - Fight For This Love

Look back at the Top 40 from this week in 2009, including Whitney Houston, Alexandra Burke and Alphabeat.

Going solo is always a pretty big deal for any popstar who has enjoyed huge success as part of a group, but expectations were especially high for Cheryl Cole, as she was then. Success isn’t guaranteed for ex-band members – some of the most popular singers from the biggest groups haven’t been able to cut it alone.

The Newcastle-born star was arguably the most famous member of Girls Aloud, thanks to a high-profile marriage to football ace Ashley Cole, lucrative ad campaigns and a seat on the most well-known judging panel in Britain. Cheryl could quite easily have stayed behind that famous X Factor desk and lived happily ever after, but she wasn’t done with pop yet. 

After a feature on’s 2008 hit Heartbreaker, Cheryl seemed to make solo stardom look effortless. Almost 18 months later, when she was good and ready her debut single Fight For This Love went straight in at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart, ten years ago this week. Cheryl recently celebrated the milestone herself: 

Fight For This Love wasn’t just a Number 1; it was a phenomenon, selling over 430,000 copies in its first two weeks on sale - no doubt boosted by this stellar performance on X Factor. Cheryl knocked her former X Factor protégée Alexandra Burke off the top and stayed there two weeks until another bunch of X Factor stars sent her packing – JLS’s Everybody In Love was the song to do the deed.

Fight For This Love was the first of five Number 1s for Cheryl – she also hit the top with Promise This (2010), Call My Name (2012), Crazy Stupid Love and I Don't Care (both 2014). See where all of Cheryl's singles and albums have charted in UK.

Fight For This Love has a total of 1.17 million chart sales in the UK, 1.04 of which are pure sales - one of the few tracks in UK chart history to pass the one million sales figure. Since streaming records began in 2014, the song has been played 14.7 million times.

Elswhere in the Official Singles Chart that week, Whitney Houston returned to the Top 10 for the first time in nine years with the Alicia Keys-penned Million Dollar Bill (5), and Black Eyed Peas were climbing fast with their future Number 1 Meet Me Halfway up 15 to Number 11. Further down, Alphabeat were new at Number 20 with often-forgotten gem The Spell. 

View the full Top 100 Official Singles Chart from this week in 2009

Listen to the Official UK Top 40 from this week in 2009 on Spotify below: 

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million dollar bill was better than this song. it must had been #1




I'm sorry to say, but Cheryl has got to be the one of the most talentless people around. It baffles me as to why she has had 5 No.1 hits as a soloist considering she can't sing, can't play an instrument or know how to write a song, yet she judges others who she thinks can or can't when at the end of the day, she was created through a television set also. We've had far better female singers over the years and the majority of them have NEVER had a UK No.1, yet the only reason Miss Princess Tinytears gets there is because there is always a PR campaign behind it in a vain, desperate attempt to get there, which smacks of desperation. And yet, this fake, heavily made-up, no-hoper is supposedly "the nation's sweetheart" despite having no discernible talent or credibility, and of course she at one time attacked a bathroom attendant but apparently we're supposed to forget about that. Vera Lynn is the real sweetheart of the UK, and for everything she's achieved and done for this country over the years. Cheryl's not.