It's been exactly 23 yearstake thatscored their first Top 40 hit with Promises, and few could have guessed then that the quintet-turned-quartet-trio would still be huge chart hits all these years later.
They've had more ups and downs than the elevators at Selfridges, but one thing has remained constant: that hitting ability.11 No. 1 singles, 25 Top 40 hits, and sales stats that would kill most boy bands, or all-man bands, to update them, for a quarter.. Over 9.3 million singles sold is the kind of sales pitch we're dealing with here.
They broke our hearts on Valentine's Day 1995 when they said it was over, but we should have known they couldn't stay away.
In recent years we have seenjason orange,marcus owen,gary barlowYHoward donaldreform as a foursome, re-recruit a lost band memberrobbie williams, just to throw bothRobbieYjasonjust in time for the release of his new albumthird.
And with their first single as a trioA serious contender for this week's number 1 these days., we thought it was time to take a good old-fashioned route through their best-selling songs to see which tracks are doing the best. And since we have over 23 years of history to look back on, why not go all out and make it a top 40 hit?
First top 10...
1: Back Forever (1995)
The heartfelt ballad was something of a bittersweet experience. Possibly a pinnacle of their career, the band seemed invincible at the time (something they would disprove on the next single).Never forget), but problems were going on behind closed doors and this was the last single to be released while Robbie was still in the band.
I spent a month at the top since April 1995,back forevergave us an idea of the kind of songs to expect from Take That when they reformed in 2006, of course none of us suspected it was on the horizon.
Released in 1995premios BRITTheir demand for the song was so great that the publication had to be brought forward. Back For Good won at the BRIT Awards the following yearBest British Single. It's solid gold, well, platinum, actually, a classic that no disco slow dance would be without.
GRAPHIC DATA:Back For Good ended a week-long reign at the top ofbrothers from outsidenovelty hitDon't stop (Wiggle Wiggle)and his own number 1 four-week period ended withBONEShe scored his first chart hit with Some Might Say. It was the band's only US Top 10 hit and reached No. 1 in over 30 countries around the world.
A famous fan of Back For Good isColdplayfrom Chris Martin, who invited Gary onstage with him and the band to sing while he did backing vocals.
2: Rule the World (2007)
And so we zoom 12 years into the future, skipping the solo careers of Gary, Mark and Robbie, a triumphant comeback and more No. 1s for a little oddity that didn't even make it to the top of the world.Official Singles Chart.
rule the worldwas a bonus track on the repackaged tour edition of the band's hit comeback albumBeautiful world, and also appeared in the Michelle Pfeiffer filmstar dust. Released as a single, it was a hit on the proportions of Back For Good, save for the minor detail of the missing number 1, and became an instant radio staple.
factor XContestants argued over who could sing it, couples about to get married immediately reconsidered their early dance playlists and bought it in droves – it was the fifth best-selling single of the year. And earlier this year it became Take That's second single to achieve massive success – it sold a million copies!
SALE:A "cool million"
GRAPHIC DATA:How is it possible for a great song to sell so well and still never hit number 1? Well, Rule The World was blocked by Leona Lewis's Bleeding Love, which topped the charts in 2007 and spent seven weeks at number 1.
Rule The World spent 12 weeks in the top 10, more than any other Take That song.
3: Patience (2006)
After a silence of over a decade, TT were B-A-C-K. A reunion TV show and tour the year before had shown there was still an appetite for the band, so they gave it their all and tried out the best microphone and went back to the studio. to make a comeback with new material.
first waspatienceAlmost a backing track to Back For Good, Patience stormed to the top of the Official Singles Chart almost exactly eight years ago, refusing to budge for a month.
To say the comeback was a success is an understatement: Beautiful World has sold over 2.8 million copies in the UK.
SALE:Patience has achieved over 690,000 sales.
GRAPHIC DATA:The band had their first meeting with Leona when they knocked her out of No. 1 with their X Factor winning single "A Moment Like This".
Patience was the ninth best-selling single of 2006 despite being released so late in the year. patience wonBRIT Award2007 for Best British Single.
4: How Deep Is Your Love (1996)
We're going back in time to the song we all thought would be the end of the Take That story. The band's first number 1 without Robbie (he left before Never Forget was released but still sang on it),How Deep Is Your LoveIt was their swan song, released after the announcement of their separation.
How Deep Is Your Love sold over 230,000 copies in its first week, compensating Oasis for dropping Back For Good with Don't Look Back In Anger. How Deep Is Your Love stayed at number 1 for three weeks.
GRAPHIC DATA:How Deep Is Your Love is, of course, a cover of the Bee Gees classic from the John Travolta movie soundtrack.Saturday night fever.
Take That did what the Gibb brothers couldn't: it made it to #1. The original only made it to #3 in 1977.
5: The Flood (2010)
Another return to the boys' catalogue, this time Take That welcomed their long-lost fifth member, Robbie Williams. Yeah, the reunion that no one, especially Robbie and Gary, thought would happen was actually a real thing and we were wide awake and dreamless and we hadn't even hit our heads or anything!Floodit was the first single with Robbie in over 15 years!
GRAPHIC DATA:Cruelly kept from the top by those in powerRihannaand his future millionaire salesman Only Girl (In The World). The Flood was one of the top 40 selling singles of 2010.
6: The Best Day (2008)
The lead single from the fifth album.The circus, Greateat Day became Take That's eleventh number 1, their youngest to date.
GRAPHIC DATA:Another Take That song you can playLeona LewisEffect - your cover ofRunremoved Greatest Day from the top after one week. But it's her own fault. Take That helped Leona win The X Factor when she performed A Million Love Songs with the star at the 2006 grand finale.
7: Never Forgotten (1995)
If you think about it, this is the actual moment when old Take That said goodbye. Although Robbie recently left the band, they went ahead with the release of Never Forget. The first song with Howard on lead vocals and the last number 1 with Robbie, there was hardly a dry eye in the house.Never forgetreigned in 1st place.
GRAPHIC DATA:"Never Forget" marked the second time Take That had ousted the Outhere Brothers from No. 1 in the same year; some might say it got personal.eye eye eyehe was denied a fifth week at the helm thanks to Howard and the gang.
Never Forget meant that all Take That members had reached number 1 on lead vocals, except for Jason. Gary, of course, sang most of the band's chart-topping acts, but by this point, Robbie and Mark had also managed one each at the top with Everything Changes and Babe, respectively. Mark would have another No. 1 leader when Shine took over the business in 2007.
Take That accidentally got into the Britpop fray when Oasis and Blur went head-to-head to knock them out of No. 1. That was it.Keep goingcontracottage, and Blur of course won that round.
8: Shine (2007)
The second single from Beautiful World propelled Take That to number 1 for the sixth year in a row and for some reason reminds us to go to the supermarket at Christmas for a few tidbits. Mark returned to lead vocals for the first time since 1993's Ten Hanky Blubfest Babe.
GRAPHIC DATA:Shine spent two weeks at No. 1, giving the Kaiser Chiefs' only hit Ruby the push. was overturnedsweet girlscontraloud girland his comedic version of Walk This Way.
9: Complete (1993)
Take That is their first number 1 and the first of four consecutive chart-topping hits for the band.Praythat's when the TT mania really took hold. Dream video on the beach? Review. Does everyone seem to have gone to the gym? Review.A month at number 1? Review.Tried the power from last time, great.reinaleader to unseat them, but it wasn't the last we heard of Take That at No. 1...
GRAPHIC DATA:Pray was the first of Take That's three No. 1 hits in 1993: they spent a total of seven weeks atop the Official Singles Chart that year.
10: Baby (1993)
And just making the top 10 is thatchristmas number 1that was never Babe had all the ingredients needed to make it big on the holiday charts. It was moving, with a story of love, loss and reunion. The video had snow. And a sweet boy.
But you should never underestimate the purchasing power of the British public, and the UK found it too hard to resist the charms of a giant pink alien/monster (we're not entirely sure).mr blobby, of course, it was this big, ahem, chart-topping piece that bounced up to No. 1, knocked it off the top after a week, and landed there just in time for turkey.
GRAPHIC DATA: Babywas the first Take That single to feature Mark on lead vocals and thethe band's first number 1 to be fronted by someone other than Gary.
Other notable entries in the top 20 and beyond...
Take That is the second number 1rekindle my firePIEPowderjust missed a spot in the top 10 with 330,000 sales. It is the only time Take That has released a single with a featured artist.
The band's first top 10 hitonly takes a minuteranked 20 andhappy now, from the band's Progress album, is their best-selling song to fail to reach the top 40 at number 24.
First strikePromiseit lands as his thirtieth bestseller.
And right at number 41 is the band's classic debut single.do what you want, which could not be mapped. Since then, we will never be able to look at jelly like this.
Here are the official 40 best-selling songs from Take That...
|1||FOR GOOD BACK||1||YEAR|
|2||RULE THE WORLD||2||YEAR|
|4||HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE||1||YEAR|
|6||THE GREATEST DAY||1||YEAR|
|11||RE-LIGHT MY FIRE||1||YEAR|
|13||CAN IT BE MAGICAL?||3||1992|
|14||A MILLION LOVE SONGS||7||1992|
|sixteen||LOVE IS NO LONGER HERE||3||1994|
|17||WHY CAN'T I WAKE UP WITH YOU?||2||1993|
|18||UP ALL NIGHT||14||2009|
|20||ONLY TAKES A MINUTE||7||1992|
|23||I FOUND HEAVEN||15||1992|
|25||I WOULD WAIT FOR LIFE||17||2007|
|26||HOLDS A LIGHT||N / A||2008|
|28||CALL FOR HELP||N / A||2010|
|29||THE GARDEN||N / A||2008|
|30||WHEN WE WERE YOUNG||N / A||2011|
|31||BEAUTIFUL WORLD||N / A||2006|
|32||EIGHT LETTERS||N / A||2010|
|33||REACH||N / A||2006|
|34||JULIA||N / A||2008|
|35||WOODEN BOAT/BUTTERFLY||N / A||2006|
|36||STAY TOGETHER||N / A||2007|
|37||LIKE I'VE NEVER LOVED YOU AT ALL||N / A||2006|
|38||CLING TO||N / A||2006|
|39||HOLA||N / A||2008|
|40||THE CIRCUS||N / A||2008|
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