The British are hopelessly devoted to Olivia Newton-Johnreveals recently published sales and streaming data.
The English-born, Australian-raised pop singer and actor landed three UK No. 1 singles during her lifetime, fueled by films in which she starred.
“You’re The One That I Want” and “Summer Nights”, both soundtracks to the hit 1978 film Coolco-starring John Travolta, hit No.1 on the Official UK Singles Chart.
Then, two years later, another UK No. 1 with “Xanadu” featuring the Electric Light Orchestra, taken from the kitschy 1980 film of the same name.
According to data published this week by Official Charts Company“You’re The One That I Want” remains one of the UK’s top 5 best-selling singles of all time (excluding streams) with 2.08 million sales, while “Summer Nights” is No. 28 on the all-time chart with 1.65 million sales.
On the UK All-Time Singles Chart, which includes streaming data, “You’re The One That I Want” enters at No. 73 with 2.49 million chart units and “Summer Nights” ranks at No. 216 with 1.89 million units.
In all, ONJ landed 26 singles on the national chart, including 11 top 10s, with Cool favorite “Hopelessly Devoted To You” peaked at No.2.
That Cool OST logged 11 weeks at No. 1, and Xanadu peaked at No. 2.
Born in Cambridge, England in 1948, Newton-John moved to Melbourne, Australia at the age of six, where she would go on to launch a career that saw her fly high as one of the world’s biggest stars in 70s and 80s.
In 1974, she represented her native country at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Længe leve kærligien”. Newton-John came fourth that year in Brighton, when Sweden’s entry ABBA won the prize – and launched their international career – with the song “Waterloo”.
Newton-John was made an OBE in 1979 and received a Damehood in 2020 for services to entertainment, charity and cancer research, which live on through her ONJ Cancer Wellness and Research Center.
The much-loved star of stage, screen and studio died Monday (8 Aug.) after a long battle against cancer. She was 73.