Top 10 Robbie Williams Songs

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10. "Candy" (2012)

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Robbie Williams - "Candy". Courtesy Island

"Candy" was released as the first single from Robbie Williams' ninth studio album Take the Crown. It is an upbeat pop song. Robbie Williams himself declared it was a "summer song" similar to "Rock DJ." It became his first #1 pop hit single in the UK in eight years. "Candy" soared into the pop top 10 in many other countries around the world. The accompanying music video was put together by veteran director Joseph Kahn. 

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9. "Radio" (2004)

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Robbie Williams - "Radio". Courtesy EMI

"Radio" was released as a single accompanying Robbie Williams' greatest hits collection. It was the first hit single written with Stephen Duffy after Williams and his songwriting partner Guy Chambers went their separate ways. The song is particularly remembered for its music video that included tattooed cheerleaders and a shirtless Robbie Williams with a snake emerging from his pants. "Radio" was Robbie Williams' last #1 pop hit in the UK until "Candy" hit the top eight years later in 2012.

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8. "Tripping" (2005)

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Robbie Williams - "Tripping". Courtesy EMI

The rhythm of "Tripping" borrows its rhythm from early music by legendary punk band the Clash. Robbie Williams refers to the song as a "mini gangster opera." The opening lyrics paraphrase Mahatma Gandhi with "First they ignore you, then laugh at you and hate you. Then they fight you, then you win." The music video directed by Johan Renck is nightmarish in tone. "Tripping" peaked at #2 on the UK pop singles chart and reached the top 10 in many other countries around the world.

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7. "Shame" with Gary Barlow (2010)

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Robbie Williams - "Shame" with Gary Barlow. Courtesy Virgin

"Shame" is the first song in which Robbie Williams and his former Take That bandmate Gary Barlow worked together after Robbie Williams' exit from the group 15 years before. The song was praised for its honest sound and production from UK pop legend Trevor Horn. The music video filmed for the song parodied the film Brokeback Mountain. Later in 2010 Robbie Williams appeared on a Take That album for the first time in 15 years. "Shame" peaked at #2 on the UK pop singles chart.

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6. "Let Me Entertain You" (1998)

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Robbie Williams - "Let Me Entertain You". Courtesy EMI

The inspiration for Robbie Williams' "Let Me Entertain You" was the Rolling Stones' film Rock and Roll Circus. It was the fifth and final single from his first solo album Life Thru a Lens and became Robbie Williams' signature concert opener. The song peaked at #3 on the UK pop singles chart becoming his fourth top 10 pop hit. In the music video Robbie Williams' band members dress with makeup similar to the rock band KISS.

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5. "Bodies" (2009)

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Robbie Williams - "Bodies". Courtesy Virgin

"Bodies" was released as the lead single from Robbie Williams' eighth studio album Reality Killed the Video Star. It was his first new single in two years and was praised as a dignified comeback effort. British pop producer Trevor Horn, known for his work on such classic 80s pop hits as ABC's "The Look of Love" and Frankie Goes To Hollywood's "Relax." took the reins in the studio. "Bodies" climbed to #2 on the UK pop singles chart and experienced a rare crossing to the US landing in the top 10 of the dance club chart.

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4. "Rock DJ" (2000)

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Robbie Williams - "Rock DJ". Courtesy EMI

"Rock DJ" was the first single from the album Sing When You're Winning. It is an uptempo track borrowing from Barry White's classic "It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me." "Rock DJ" remains most notable for the controversy surrounding the music video. In the course of trying to get the attention of a female DJ, Robbie begins to take off his clothes and ultimately ends up stripping off his skin and muscle as well. This was Robbie Williams' third #1 pop single in the UK. "Rock DJ" won awards for Best British Single and Best Music Video at the 2001 Brit Awards.

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3. "Feel" (2002)

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Robbie Williams - "Feel". Courtesy EMI

"Feel" was the first single from Robbie Williams' album Escapology. It has become one of his best-loved anthems, and it spent more than a year on the Canadian pop singles chart. The accompanying music video included an appearance from actress Daryl Hannah. "Feel" reached #4 on the UK pop singles chart and the top 10 in countries around the world. In the US it climbed into the top 30 at adult pop radio but failed to reach the Billboard Hot 100.

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2. "Millenium" (1998)

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Robbie Williams - "Millenium". Courtesy EMI

"Millenium" was the first single from Robbie Williams' second studio album I've Been Expecting You, and it was also his first UK #1 single. Musically, it borrows heavily from the theme song "You Only Live Twice" from the James Bond movie of the same name. The music video for "Millenium" featured Robbie Williams parodying James Bond. It won the Brit Award for Best British Video. "Millenium" was promoted in the US and climbed inside the top 30 at both mainstream pop and adult pop radio. However, it failed to climb higher than #77 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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1. "Angels" (1997)

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Robbie Williams - "Angels". Courtesy EMI

"Angels" was the fourth single from Robbie Williams' debut album Life Thru a Lens and many consider it be the single that saved his solo career. Before its release it looked like Robbie Williams would be dropped from his recording contract. At the 2005 Brit Awards the song was voted as the best song in the previous 25 years of British music. It was one of the top 40 bestselling songs of the 1990s in the UK. "Angels" passed the million sales mark in the UK in 2009 despite never climbing higher than #4 on the UK pop singles chart. Released and promoted in the US it became Robbie Williams' highest charting single there but climbed no higher than #53 on the Billboard Hot 100. However, it did reach the top 10 on the adult contemporary chart.

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