Top 10 Clean Bandit Songs

Clean Bandit Songs

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Our top ten Clean Bandit songs introduce us to a group renowned for its captivating electronic music and collaborations with celebrated guest vocalists. Formed in 2008 by former University of Cambridge undergraduates Grace Chatto, Neil Amin-Smith, Luke Patterson, and Jack Patterson, Clean Bandit derives its name from a Russian phrase meaning “complete bastard.” Before the band’s formation, Neil and Grace led a quartet. Initially, Ssegawa-Ssekintu Kiwanuka served as the group’s vocalist, leaving later to pursue a PhD. Over several years, Clean Bandit took time to establish itself as a powerhouse in electronic music without releasing any music. Meanwhile, Jack and Grace created Cleanfilm, a venture where the group recorded its music and collaborated with other artists.

In December 2012, the group released its debut single, which peaked at the hundredth position on the UK Singles Chart. It took only four singles for Clean Bandit to reach the top of the UK Singles Chart, thanks to their exceptional production and the inclusion of extraordinary vocalists. Their fourth track, “Rather Be,” not only became the fastest-selling song in the UK since 1996 but also marked Clean Bandit‘s breakthrough on the international scene, peaking at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 and winning a Grammy for Best Dance Recording. Since then, Clean Bandit has continued to release hit songs, earning numerous awards. Here are the top ten Clean Bandit songs showcasing the best of the band’s impressive yet brief musical journey.

# 10 – Come Over

Introducing our list of the top ten Clean Bandit songs is “Come Over,” featuring the dynamic reggae artist Stylo G. Grace praised Stylo G as an extraordinary force of energy. The song, crafted by Grace, Jack, and Jason McDermott, is from the album New Eyes. In “Come Over,” Grace’s vocals are auto-tuned, lending an ethereal quality to her inspiring lyrical advice. The track climbed to number forty-five on the UK Singles Chart.

# 9 – Extraordinary

“Extraordinary” is another standout track from Clean Bandit‘s album New Eyes. Featuring the soulful vocals of then sixteen-year-old Sharna Bass, whom the group first encountered singing at the age of fourteen, Clean Bandit reconnected with her after composing the lyrics for “Extraordinary.” The lyrics explore the complexities of a three-way relationship where the boundaries between friendship and romance are ambiguous. Inspired by his friend Jess, who was in a relationship, Jack penned this song believing she would be better off with him. “Extraordinary” reached number five on the UK Singles Chart.

# 8 – I Miss You

“I Miss You,” featured on the album What Is Love?, stands out as one of Clean Bandit‘s most acclaimed releases. The track showcases the talents of Julia Michaels, celebrated for her dual success as a songwriter and artist. Renowned for co-writing hits like “Issues” for Selena Gomez and “Good for You” for Justin Bieber, Michaels crafted this song amid an emotional tumult. The lyrics poignantly capture the profound agony of parting ways with a beloved. “I Miss You” climbed to number four on the UK Singles Chart and reached ninety-two on the Billboard Hot 100.

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# 7 – Mama

“Mama,” from the album What Is Love?, is celebrated as one of Clean Bandit‘s finest tracks. Ellie Goulding lends her vocals to the song and also collaborated with the band on writing the lyrics. Notably, the music video for “Mama” features a character resembling a controversial political figure, adding a layer of visual storytelling. The song narrates the journey of a young man who lost his power in childhood and is resolute in reclaiming it as he grows. “Mama” reached number ninety-eight on the UK Singles Chart.

# 6 – Tears

Number six on our top ten Clean Bandit songs is the ballad “Tears.” This electro-classical hit features vocalist Louisa Johnson, who gained fame after winning the twelfth series of The X Factor. Featured on the album What Is Love?, the song captures a heartbroken Louisa battling to move past the man she had fallen in love with. This break-up ballad climbed to number five on the UK Singles Chart.

# 5 – Baby

Featured on the album What Is Love?, the song “Baby” showcases Clean Bandit collaborating with Marina and Luis Fonsi. This Latino-infused hit features Marina handling most of the vocals, while Fonsi adds a captivating Spanish verse. The lyrics of “Baby” reflect on a long-lost love, with Marina reminiscing about a passionate romance that ended when she moved on to another relationship. Despite her regrets, she ultimately concludes that it was probably for the best, as she now belongs to someone else. The song reached number fifteen on the UK Singles Chart.

# 4 – Rather Be

“Rather Be” marked Clean Bandit‘s first track to top the UK Singles Chart. Featured on the band’s debut studio album New Eyes, this hit song saw Clean Bandit collaborate with Jess Glynne. “Rather Be” is a romantic track, with lyrics that celebrate being completely content with one’s current partner. The song garnered international acclaim, winning Best Dance Recording at the 2015 Grammy Awards. Additionally, “Rather Be” was the first song by the band to break into the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100.

# 3 – Solo

Clean Bandit teamed up with Demi Lovato for the hit “Solo,” featured on the album What Is Love? In the song, Demi Lovato vocalizes her feelings of loneliness after a breakup. Grace Chatto has disclosed that the song mirrors her own emotional turmoil following a separation from her ex-partner. The lyrics poignantly convey that replacing a former lover isn’t straightforward. “Solo” achieved significant success, peaking at number one on the UK Singles Chart and reaching number fifty-eight on the Billboard Hot 100.

Read More: Top 10 Demi Lovato Songs

# 2 – Symphony

“Symphony,” from Clean Bandit‘s album What Is Love?, features the iconic Swedish singer Zara Larsson. This track followed the band’s successful hit “Rockabye.” In “Symphony,” Zara Larsson likens her relationship with her fiancé to a symphony, where their union produces a beautiful harmony that renders every melody timeless. The song has fared well in comparison to other ballads with “Symphony” in the title. For instance, “I Hear a Symphony” by The Supremes, which topped the Billboard Hot 100, is the highest-charting among such songs. Clean Bandit‘s “Symphony” also achieved significant chart success, reaching number one on the UK Singles Chart.

# 1 – Rockabye

Number one on our list of top ten Clean Bandit songs is the hit “Rockabye,” from the album What Is Love? This popular dancehall track features Anne-Marie and Sean Paul and tells the story of a single mother striving to provide her son with the best life possible. At the time of “Rockabye”‘s release, Anne-Marie’s “Alarm” was also performing well on the UK Singles Chart. However, “Rockabye” went on to surpass “Alarm,” peaking at number one on the UK Singles Chart and reaching number nine on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Updated April 28, 2024

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