Tupac Shakur's Top 10 biggest singles on the Official Chart

With Tupac biopic All Eyez On Me out on DVD this week, we reveal the hip-hop icon's biggest sellers.

This week sees the DVD release of Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez On Me; the true and previously untold story of the prolific rapper, actor, poet, activist and hip-hop gamechanger.

The film stars Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Tupac, who, in this exclusive clip below, reveals that he never intended to audition for the film despite his looks baring a strong resemblance to the star. Watch below: 

"I don't know who, I just remember in High School, that's when I was getting called Pac every day," he said. 

"I didn't even want to audition for the role back in 2011, but [his friend] was adamant that I should do it. I waited until the last day and then did my audition." 

21 years after Tupac's untimely death at the age of 25, five albums of the singer's work have been released posthumously, plus countless compilations and collaborative collections, including 2001's Until The End Of Time and 1998 retrospective Greatest Hits. 

MORE: See where all of Tupac's singles and albums charted in the UK

To mark the film's home entertainment release, here's a look back at Tupac's biggest selling singles on the Official UK Chart - and which songs continue to make an impact in the downloading and streaming eras. 

California Love 

Tupac's collaboration with Dr Dre was released as his comeback single following his release from prison in 1995. California Love has his big commercial breakthrough hit, spending two weeks at Number 1 in America and becoming his first Top 10 hit in the UK, where it reached Number 6. The track served as the lead single from his fourth album and last in his lifetime All Eyez On Me. 

California Love was nominated for a posthumous Grammy Award in 1997 as a Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. It finishes as his third biggest single on the Official Chart with 319,000 combined sales, including 6.4 million streams. 

Ghetto Gospel 

Originally released as the second single on his posthumous 2004 album Loyal to the Game, Ghetto Gospel samples Elton John's 1971 track Indian Sunset and was produced by Eminem.

The track spent three weeks at Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart in 2005 and has shifted 560,000 in the UK, including 229,000 physical singles, 221,000 downloads and 11 million streams. 

Changes 

Released posthumously on his Greatest Hits album in 1998, Changes is Tupac's biggest selling single in the UK. The song, which interprets the 1986 hit The Way It Is by Bruce Hornsby and the Range - talks about racism, police brutality, drugs and gang violence.

The song refers to the possibility of a black president of the United States, claiming "we ain't ready", while the last verse refers to Tupac's premonition about being shot. 

Changes peaked at Number 3 on the Official Chart and it has sold 597,000 in the UK, split between 284,000 copies from its physical release, plus 180,000 downloads and 13.3 million streams since 2014.

When it comes to albums, Tupac's 1998 Greatest Hits album finishes top of the pile, logging 619,000 sales despite is Number 17 peak, while All Eyez On Me is second with 338,000 sales. 

Tupac's Official Top 10 biggest singles on the Official Chart

POS TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
1 CHANGES 2PAC FT TALENT 3 1999
2 GHETTO GOSPEL 2PAC FT ELTON JOHN 1 2005
3 CALIFORNIA LOVE 2PAC FT DR DRE 6 1996
4 UNTIL THE END OF TIME 2PAC 4 2001
5 I AIN'T MAD AT CHA 2PAC FT DANNY BOY 13 1996
6 DEAR MAMA 2PAC 27 1999
7 DO FOR LOVE 2PAC 12 1998
8 AMBITIONZ AZ A RIDAH 2PAC N/A YEAR
9 HOW DO U WANT IT 2PAC FT K-CI & JOJO 17 1996
10 LETTER 2 MY UNBORN 2PAC 21 2001

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