Top 10 Calvin Harris Songs

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10. "Sweet Nothing" featuring Florence Welch (2012)

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Calvin Harris - "Sweet Nothing" featuring Florence Welch. Courtesy Columbia

Calvin Harris broke into the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time as lead artist with this collaboration with Florence Welch, the voice of Florence and the Machine. Calvin Harris stated that he was very interested in working with Florence Welch, but he had some difficulty tracking her down due to her busy schedule. "Sweet Nothing" was a #1 dance hit in both the US and the UK. It broke Calvin Harris' string of #2 hits on the pop chart in the UK and went to #1. It was his first to top the UK pop singles chart since 2009. The song earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Dance Recording. 

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9. "How Deep Is Your Love" with Disciples (2015)

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Calvin Harris and Disciples - "How Deep Is Your Love". Courtesy Columbia

The Disciples are a British production trio. Also featured on this Calvin Harris record is Norwegian singer Ina Wroldsen who did not receive label credit.  The Disciples and Ina Wroldsen initially wrote and recorded "How Deep Is Your Love" and then sent it to Calvin Harris in search of feedback. He loved it so much that he proposed collaborating. The song climbed to #27 in the US, but it was a much bigger pop hit around the world hitting #1 in many countries. "How Deep Is Your Love" reached #2 on the UK pop singles chart becoming his fifth single to do so.

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8. "Acceptable In the 80s" (2007)

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Calvin Harris - "Acceptable In the 80s". Courtesy Columbia

Calvin Harris landed in the UK top 10 with his first widely released single. "Acceptable In the 80s" is a tribute to the decade in the title. The synthesizer sounds that squiggle their way through the mix are pure 80s pop. The song was a centerpiece of Calvin Harris' debut album I Created Disco which climbed to #8 on the UK album chart and was certified gold. The accompanying music video also references many 80s culture items including big hair and bright colors.

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7. "Blame" featuring John Newman (2014)

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Calvin Harris - "Blame" featuring John Newman. Courtesy Columbia

Singer John Newman was a very hot property in the UK when he recorded "Blame" with Calvin Harris. His debut single "Love Me Again" had gone to #1 and later became a top 40 hit in the US. John Newman had also reached #1 in the UK as featured vocalist on the Rudimental single "Feel the Love." John Newman initially approached Calvin Harris about the collaboration. The pair co-wrote "Blame" with John Newman's brother James. The song was given praise for its full, soulful sound. "Blame" hit #1 on the UK pop singles chart and broke into the top 20 in the US reaching #3 on the mainstream pop radio chart. "Blame" also hit the top 10 in most other major music markets around the world.

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6. "Summer" (2014)

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Calvin Harris - "Summer". Courtesy Columbia

Calvin Harris took over vocal duties on "Summer" like he did on his previous hit "Feel So Close." The song became, fittingly, a big summer pop anthem. It earned a nomination for Best British Single at the Brit Awards. "Summer" became Calvin Harris' second top 10 pop hit as lead artist in the US. It topped the UK pop singles chart and became a major pop smash around the world.

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5. "Let's Go" featuring Ne-Yo (2012)

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Calvin Harris - "Let's Go" featuring Ne-Yo. Courtesy Columbia

Ne-Yo had already proved himself a top notch collaborator helping Pitbull hit #1 with the song "Give Me Everything." On "Let's Go" he helped Calvin Harris earn a Grammy Award nomination for Best Dance Recording. Ne-Yo sang the song at the 2013 NBA All-Star Game. It climbed into the top 20 on the US pop chart while hitting #5 at mainstream pop radio. In the UK it debuted at #2 but failed to climb to #1. "Let's Go" appears on both Calvin Harris' album 18 Months and Ne-Yo's R.E.D.

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4. "Dance Wiv Me" with Dizzee Rascal featuring Chrome (2008)

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Dizzee Rascal - "Dance Wiv Me" featuring Calvin Harris and Chrome. Courtesy Columbia

Calvin Harris connected with UK grime artist Dizzee Rascal for this massive #1 smash hit single. It deftly incorporates elements of both grime and Calvin Harris' contemporary dance music. The song was the first #1 hit in the UK by Dizzee Rascal and brought him a wider pop fan base. Calvin Harris co-wrote and produced the song while also contributing vocals on the chorus. Dizzee Rascal stated that he wanted to collaborate with Calvin Harris after the latter's single "Acceptable In the 80s" got him excited about music again.

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3. "I'm Not Alone" (2009)

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Calvin Harris - "I'm Not Alone". Courtesy Columbia

"I'm Not Alone" was the lead single for Calvin Harris' second studio album Ready For the Weekend. He described the song as a combination of light and dark. The dance mix was a distinctive move into contemporary dance pop after the nostalgia of his first album. "I'm Not Alone" was Calvin Harris' first solo #1 pop hit single in the UK and helped Ready For the Weekend hit #1 as well. When Chris Brown's 2010 single "Yeah 3X" was released, Calvin Harris noted strong similarities between the two records. His name was eventually added to the songwriting credits for the Chris Brown record.

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2. "We Found Love" with Rihanna (2011)

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Rihanna - "We Found Love" featuring Calvin Harris. Courtesy Def Jam

With growing international buzz at his back, Calvin Harris headed to the studio with one of the world's biggest pop stars Rihanna. From the opening synth pattern, "We Found Love" sounds like the massive pop hit it became. It hit #1 on pop charts around the world, including the US, and made Calvin Harris a household name among pop music fans worldwide. "We Found Love" ultimately spent 10 weeks at #1 in the US becoming the longest running chart-topping hit ever for Rihanna. The accompanying music video directed by Melina Matsoukas drew controversy over its graphic depictions of drug use and sexuality. However, it earned a Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video and Video Of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards.

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1. "Feel So Close" (2011)

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Calvin Harris - "Feel So Close". Courtesy Columbia

Although Calvin Harris had claimed he was finished with singing on his records, he returned to the microphone in stunning fashion for "Feel So Close." The towering production and engaging vocals became instant favorites among club DJs around the world. "Feel So Close" became Calvin Harris' first solo pop hit single in the US climbing to #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. Back home in the UK it climbed to #2.

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