Steps' Official biggest singles revealed: Tragedy, One For Sorrow, Deeper Shade Of Blue and more

As Lisa, Lee, Claire, Faye and H celebrate 25 incredible years in music, we reveal Steps' Official biggest singles of all time

This week, pop royalty Steps commemorate 25 years in music with the release of their Platinum Collection. Currently on course to become the band's fourth Number 1 album, ahead of competition from Aitch and actual Madonna midweek, it's a record positively bursting with bangers spanning a quarter of a century.

And, since we've got a whole new appreciation of Steps' back catalogue of late, we thought we'd better update you on Claire Richards, Ian 'H' Watkins, Lee Latchford-Evans, Faye Tozer and Lisa Scott-Lee's Official Top 20 biggest hits in the UK to date.

It's time to begin, now count it in...

MORE: Steps' Lisa Scott-Lee reflects on 25 years in pop

5. Better Best Forgotten
Album: Step One
Released: 1999
Combined UK chart units: 394,000

The fifth and final single lifted from Steps' debut, Better Best Forgotten is anything but. And while its accompanying music video is by no means a favourite of the band's (the metallic blue was a choice), the track remains a stone cold Steps classic.

4. Last Thing On My Mind
Album: Step One
Released: 1998
Combined UK chart units: 408,000

Following-up polarising debut single 5, 6, 7, 8, things could've gone either way. Would Steps be destined for 'one-hit wonder' status, or could they defy all odds and go the distance?

Thankfully, it was the latter. Second single Last Thing on My Mind, a cover of the 1993 Bananarama track, gave the group their first-ever Top 10 single; peaking at Number 6 in February 1998.

3. One For Sorrow
Album: Step One
Released: 1998
Combined UK chart units: 509,000

Heralded by Lisa as the song that 'really made people listen,' Steps' third single One for Sorrow comes third on the list. Peaking at Number 2 in May '98 and becoming the group's highest-charting single at the time, the ballad proved Steps were no one trick pony.

Vocals for days on this one, mate.

MORE: See Steps' full Official Charts history so far

2. 5, 6, 7, 8
Album: Step One
Released: 1997
Combined UK chart units: 721,000

While Steps' techno-come-country creation might've been denounced as a novelty tune, solely suited to the confines of a school disco, their debut has racked up an impressive 721,000 combined UK chart units in its time.

5, 6, 7, 8 may not have ever made the UK Top 10, but it remains a staple of the band's live shows and, tbh, we wouldn't want it any other way.

1. Heartbeat/Tragedy
Album: Step One
Released: 1998
Combined UK chart units: 1,400,000

In at the top spot, boasting an incredible 1,400,000 combined UK chart units to its name, is Steps' first-ever UK Number 1 single. A double a-side of Step One ballad Heartbeat and their iconic cover of the Bee Gees' Tragedy, previously unreleased at the time, the Platinum-certified single remains Steps' biggest to date.

Steps' Official Top 20 biggest singles on the Official Chart

  TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
1 HEARTBEAT/TRAGEDY STEPS 1 1999
2 5 6 7 8 STEPS 14 1997
3 ONE FOR SORROW STEPS 2 1998
4 LAST THING ON MY MIND STEPS 6 1998
5 BETTER BEST FORGOTTEN STEPS 2 1999
6 LOVE'S GOT A HOLD ON MY HEART STEPS 2 1999
7 CHAIN REACTION STEPS 2 2001
8 SAY YOU'LL BE MINE/BETTER THE DEVIL STEPS 4 1999
9 IT'S THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL STEPS 2 2001
10 DEEPER SHADE OF BLUE STEPS 4 2000
11 STOMP STEPS 1 2000
12 AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE STEPS 5 1999
13 SCARED OF THE DARK STEPS 37 2017
14 WHEN I SAID GOODBYE/SUMMER OF LOVE STEPS 5 2000
15 WORDS ARE NOT ENOUGH STEPS 5 2001
16 HERE AND NOW/YOU'LL BE SORRY STEPS 4 2001
17 STORY OF A HEART STEPS 173 2017
18 MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY STEPS   2012
19 WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS STEPS   2020
20 SOMETHING IN YOUR EYES STEPS   2020

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Steps' Platinum Collection is out now via Sony Music.