Westlife's Top 20 biggest songs on the Official Charts

A look back at how the Irish group's timeless (and countless) hits stack up.

Westlife are one of the most successful groups of all time in the UK, holding fourteen Number 1 singles in the UK: a number only surpassed by The Beatles and Elvis Presley.

Known for stools (both for sitting on and getting up from dramatically), key changes, ballads and a few bops here and there, their first seven singles all debuted at Number 1 within 18 months of each other, leading a total of 25 Top 10 singles. Additionally, seven of their albums went straight to Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart.

Their new, long-awaited single Hello My Love is their first release following an eight-year hiatus, so to celebrate we're going to tell you things that no-one else knows, like the definitive list of Westlife's Top 20 biggest songs of all time. First, a few highlights: 

When You're Looking Like That

A rare early uptempo number, When You're Looking Like That never actually charted in its own right; it had to settle for being a double A-side with Queen Of My Heart. 

Despite this it remains one of their most popular tracks – it's their 6th most streamed song, clocking up 11.4 million plays – and appears in 20th place overall with 126,000 units via streaming and downloads only (as physical sales aren't counted – Queen of My Heart keeps those all to itself).

My Love

At 11 is My Love, in part an ode to the lads' home of Ireland. It's their fifth most-streamed single with 1.17 million across video and audio.

Make sure to check out the official music video for this one, featuring shots of Ireland's stunning beaches and the Cliffs of Moher – and some pretty liberal use of a green screen. 

What About Now

One of Westlife's many super-successful covers, this is the band's most recent addition to the list – though this hasn't prevented it from being their eighth biggest song of all time.

The sales split is an interesting reflection of its year of release, 2009: 79% of its total sales are digital downloads vs. 8% physical and 13% audio and video streams.

Against All Odds

Westlife and Mariah? In the same studio? This really happened and the results were stellar. Westlife helped Mariah take her version of Phil Collins' 1984 Number 2 hit all the way to the top in 2000, notching up 441,000 combined sales. Westlife would repeat this formula five years later, teaming up with Diana Ross on a new version of her 1991 Number 2 hit When You Tell Me That You Love Me, which also peaked at Number 2.

Flying Without Wings

The band's third straight Number 1 in 1999, this was perhaps the first glimpse of the ballad masters the band would become. The rousing choir, Mark's impressive vocal acrobatics, those pristine white outfits and angelic smiles – millions of hearts across the country were lost and Westlife's place as kings of weepy slow songs was assured.

You Raise Me Up

Westlife perch on their high stools, crooning. The crowd listens, waiting, in silent anticipation. The song changes key. Westlife stand. The crowd goes wild.

Though it's been covered by countless artists, You Raise Me Up was first made popular by Josh Groban in 2003. In third place overall, Westlife's iconic version is their most-streamed single of all time with 19.7 million listens.

For those of you who love The Stand, check out this Top Of The Pops performance – the big moment happens around 1:45.

I Have A Dream/Seasons in the Sun

Another double-A side and two covers for the price of one, Westlife scored the Official Christmas Number 1 of 1999, and thus the first chart-topper of the 21st century. Westlife's version of I Have A Dream did what the original could not – ABBA's version had to settle for Christmas Number 2 exactly 20 years earlier, behind Pink Floyd. Blimey. It's their second biggest single and has shifted over 680,000 across physical, digital, and streaming equivalent sales.

Uptown Girl

At the top spot – having racked up over 920,000 total sales – Westlife's cover of the Billy Joel classic was their eighth Number 1. In the video for the track, which was Comic Relief's 2001 charity single, the boys sport some rather fetching American diner uniforms to serve high class patrons, portrayed by the likes of Robert Bathurst, Tim McInnerny, and of course Claudia Schiffer as the titular Uptown Girl.

Charity songs used to do pretty big business on physical format, as they tended to be available in most supermarkets, which is why to date the song's physical sales make up 81% of the total units, totalling 800,000 CDs and digital downloads.

Westlife's Official Top 20 biggest singles (physical sales + digital downloads + audio & video streams)

POS TITLE ARTIST HIGHEST POS YEAR
1 UPTOWN GIRL WESTLIFE 1 2001
2 I HAVE A DREAM/SEASONS IN THE SUN WESTLIFE 1 1999
3 YOU RAISE ME UP WESTLIFE 1 2005
4 FLYING WITHOUT WINGS WESTLIFE 1 1999
5 SWEAR IT AGAIN WESTLIFE 1 1999
6 AGAINST ALL ODDS MARIAH CAREY FT WESTLIFE 1 2000
7 WHAT MAKES A MAN WESTLIFE 2 2000
8 WHAT ABOUT NOW WESTLIFE 2 2009
9 QUEEN OF MY HEART WESTLIFE 1 2001
10 IF I LET YOU GO WESTLIFE 1 1999
11 MY LOVE WESTLIFE 1 2000
12 WORLD OF OUR OWN WESTLIFE 1 2002
13 FOOL AGAIN WESTLIFE 1 2000
14 UNBREAKABLE WESTLIFE 1 2002
15 HOME WESTLIFE 3 2007
16 MANDY WESTLIFE 1 2003
17 THE ROSE WESTLIFE 1 2006
18 BOP BOP BABY WESTLIFE 5 2002
19 WHEN YOU TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME WESTLIFE FT DIANA ROSS 2 2005
20 WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING LIKE THAT WESTLIFE N/A 2000

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Westlife's Top 20 best-selling singles (paid-for sales)

POS TITLE ARTIST HIGHEST POS YEAR
1 UPTOWN GIRL WESTLIFE 1 2001
2 I HAVE A DREAM/SEASONS IN THE SUN WESTLIFE 1 1999
3 YOU RAISE ME UP WESTLIFE 1 2005
4 FLYING WITHOUT WINGS WESTLIFE 1 1999
5 WHAT MAKES A MAN WESTLIFE 2 2000
6 AGAINST ALL ODDS MARIAH CAREY FT WESTLIFE 1 2000
7 SWEAR IT AGAIN WESTLIFE 1 1999
8 QUEEN OF MY HEART WESTLIFE 1 2001
9 WHAT ABOUT NOW WESTLIFE 2 2009
10 IF I LET YOU GO WESTLIFE 1 1999
11 MY LOVE WESTLIFE 1 2000
12 WORLD OF OUR OWN WESTLIFE 1 2002
13 UNBREAKABLE WESTLIFE 1 2002
14 FOOL AGAIN WESTLIFE 1 2000
15 HOME WESTLIFE 3 2007
16 MANDY WESTLIFE 1 2003
17 THE ROSE WESTLIFE 1 2006
18 BOP BOP BABY WESTLIFE 5 2002
19 WHEN YOU TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME WESTLIFE FT DIANA ROSS 2 2005
20 TONIGHT/MISS YOU NIGHTS WESTLIFE 3 2003

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Westlife's Top 20 most-streamed songs

POS TITLE ARTIST HIGHEST POS YEAR
1 YOU RAISE ME UP WESTLIFE 1 2005
2 UPTOWN GIRL WESTLIFE 1 2001
3 FLYING WITHOUT WINGS WESTLIFE 1 1999
4 WORLD OF OUR OWN WESTLIFE 1 2002
5 MY LOVE WESTLIFE 1 2000
6 WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING LIKE THAT WESTLIFE N/A 2000
7 I WANNA GROW OLD WITH YOU WESTLIFE N/A 2001
8 IF I LET YOU GO WESTLIFE 1 1999
9 SWEAR IT AGAIN WESTLIFE 1 1999
10 WHAT ABOUT NOW WESTLIFE 2 2009
11 QUEEN OF MY HEART WESTLIFE 1 2001
12 I'LL SEE YOU AGAIN WESTLIFE N/A 2009
13 SEASONS IN THE SUN WESTLIFE N/A 1999
14 I HAVE A DREAM/SEASONS IN THE SUN WESTLIFE 1 1999
15 AGAINST ALL ODDS MARIAH CAREY FT WESTLIFE 1 2000
16 THE ROSE WESTLIFE 1 2006
17 MANDY WESTLIFE 1 2003
18 HOME WESTLIFE 3 2007
19 I LAY MY LOVE ON YOU WESTLIFE N/A 2000
20 WHAT MAKES A MAN WESTLIFE 2 2000

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