Tom Jones Top 20 Most Streamed Songs
Written by Gavin on 5th June 2020
Tom Jones’s Official Top 20 most-streamed songs
To celebrate the Welsh national treasure’s 80th birthday on June 7th, we count down his 20 most-streamed songs in the UK, according to Official Charts Company data.
20. You Need Love Like I Do (2000)
Released as a late-in-the-day fifth single from Tom’s 1999 comeback collaborations/covers album Reload, this cover of Gladys Knight & The Pips featuring Heather Small leans heavily on the latter’s M People sound – but Tom easily manages to hold his own.
19. Daughter Of Darkness (1970)
A Top 5 single in the UK and and a hit in America and Canada, this big band stomper features backing vocals from a then-unknown Elton John (known as Reg Dwight back then).
18. Till (1971)
One of five Number 2-peaking singles for Tom, this wistful pop number oozing with melancholy has been covered by several iconic singers, including Shirley Bassey in 1961 and Tony Bennett that same year – but Tom took it to its highest chart position.
17. I’m Coming Home (1967)
This heart-tugging ballad was written by Les Reed, who recalled in the book 1000 UK Number Ones that Tom insisted on singing amongst the strings in the recording booth, noting that all the musicians had tears in their eyes.
16. Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings (1967)
Lifted from his hugely successful Green, Green Grass Of Home album, this Top 10 hit marked the time when Tom began to move on from his teenage audience and focused on a more mature sound.
15. I (Who Have Nothing) (1970)
Proving Tom can do overblown ballads like no-one else, his rendition of Italian hit Uno Dei Tanti is arguably the most popular cover of the track – a Top 20 hit on the Official Singles Chart that year.
14. Kiss (1988)
A Prince cover that Tom had been performing in his Vegas show, this collaboration with synth-pop group The Art Of Noise is credited with reviving Tom’s career, reaching Number 5 on the Official Singles Chart.
13. Thunderball (1966)
The story goes that Tom fainted in the recording booth after belting the final note of this extravagant James Bond theme. It’s easy to hear why.
12. Burning Down The House (1999)
This Talking Heads cover with The Cardigans served as the lead single from Tom’s Reload album, and gave him his first Top 10 single in more than a decade, peaking at Number 7.
11. Stoned In Love (2006)
Tom’s hook-up with British house producer Chicane gave him an 18th UK Top 10 hit. The accompanying music video shows a robber on the run, wearing a mask that looks eerily like Tom himself….
10. Help Yourself (1968)
Streams: 2.65 million
One of Tom’s most popular early hits after topping the charts in several countries and peaking at Number 5 in the UK, Help Yourself is an English-language rework of popular Italian song Gli Occhi Miei (My Eyes).
9. What’s New Pussycat (1965)
Streams: 2.67 million
The theme song for the eponymous film was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, and nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song. The track proved to be a bigger hit in America than in the UK, where it topped out at 11.
8. I’ll Never Fall In Love Again
Streams: 3.21 million
Written by Lonnie Donegan, who offered the song to Tom as the pair forged a friendship as they often performed on the same circuit in the Sixties. “One night [Lonnie] said: ‘Look, I have this song, you’d sing the pants off it,” Tom recalled in an interview with The Mail on Sunday. “I’ve recorded it, but I can’t really sing it. It’s a sort of a rewrite of a song from the Thirties when the Depression was going on, called I’m Never Going To Cease My Wandering.’ I knew that song, because a lot of guys used to sing it in pubs in Wales.”
7. Mama Told Me Not Come
Streams: 4.43 million
Recorded with fellow Welsh singer and equally gravelly-voiced Kelly Jones of Stereophonics, this Randy Newman cover was another big hit from Tom’s Reload album, reaching Number 4 on the Official Singles Chart in 1999.
6. She’s A Lady
Streams: 5.8 million
Written by Paul Anka, She’s A Lady was a Top 20 in the UK and reached the Top 10 in the US. The song was re-released in 2013 as a duet with Paul, who re-wrote the first verse after retrospectively realising how chauvinistic it was.
5. Sexbomb (2000)
Streams: 6.2 million
Everything about Sexbomb on paper sounds wrong, but this disco-lite number with producer Mousse T. from Tom’s 1999 comeback album Reload proved that Tom really can sing anything.
4. Baby It’s Cold Outside (1999)
Streams: 6.47 million
The festive classic has been covered by everyone from Ray Charles to Rod Stewart and Dolly Parton – and in 1999 Tom recorded his own version with fellow Welsh musician Cerys Matthews. A modest Number 17 hit at the time, it now enjoys an annual boost in streams around Christmas.
3. Green Green Grass Of Home (1966)
Streams: 6.52 million
Country music doesn’t have the strongest track record on the UK charts, but Tom’s cover of this Johnny Darrell song is an exception to the rule. As well as being a hit in the modern streaming era, it’s Tom best-selling single with 1.26 million pure sales recorded in the UK.
2. Delilah (1968)
Streams: 8.8 million
This karaoke favourite is brilliantly dark – the lyrics tell the story of a man who wants to murder his wife for her infidelity. It’s Tom at his most ridiculous which, in case you were unclear at this point, is when he’s at his best. It reached Number 2 in the UK, pipped to the post by The Beatles’ Lady Madonna.
1. It’s Not Unusual (1965)
Streams: 13.7 million
It’s hard to imagine anyone else being able to pull this song off, but Tom originally reocorded it as a demo for Sandie Shaw, who suggested he release it himself, impressed by his vocal take. It was the first of three Number 1s for Tom, topping the Official Chart despite the BBC initially refusing to play it because of his sexy image.
Source:- Official Charts Company