Our Top 10 Dido songs list looks back at the music of one of the most successful female artists to come out of the United Kingdom in the 21st Century. Everyone loves Dido in the United Kingdom. However, her stardom in the UK far outshined her popularity in the United States where only her first album was a real big hit. In the UK, every album and song was huge.
Before starting a career in the music industry, Dido studied law in London. Instead of earning her university degree, she dropped out to engage in a singing career at a full-time level. The move proved to be a fruitful one as she has since recorded and released five studio albums, two extended plays (EPs), plus a live album, a compilation album, and a video album. She also has thirty singles to her credit. Each of her albums has been certified at least silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). The most successful album she’s ever produced was No Angel, which was released on June 14, 1999, as her debut album.
No Angel has been certified platinum by the BPI ten times, as well as six times by Australia’s Recording Industry Association (ARIA), and as often as four times by Music Canada, and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). No Angel was also certified platinum five times by Recorded Music New Zealand and became diamond with France’s National Syndicate of Phonographic Publishing (SNEP). Platinum was also achieved in the Netherlands and it was triple platinum in Switzerland. Germany certified No Angel gold three times.
Top 10 Dido Songs
# 10 – Give You Up
We open up our top 10 Dido songs list with a song from the singer’s most recent album entitled Still on My Mind. The album was released in 2019. The song “Give You Up,” was the first single released from the album. This sensational song seemed to beckon back to Dido’s first album No Angel in style and feel. This time the song was actually a bigger hit in the United States than the UK as “Give You Up,” hit number one on the US Billboard Dance Charts.
# 9 – Don’t Believe in Love
Continuing with our top 10 Dido songs list we turn to the killer cut “Don’t Believe in Love.” The song was released on Dido’s album entitled Safe Trip Home. The album was released in the fall of 2008. The song Safe Trip Home was the first single released from the album. The song did not chart in the United States but it hit number fifty four on the UK Pop Charts. It actually did really well in Switzerland where it became a top twenty hit peaking at number sixteen.
#8 – Hunter
Dido’s debut album, No Angel, produced the brilliant song “Hunter.” The song was the fourth single released from the album. In 2001, the song peaked at number nine on the US Billboard Dance Club Songs chart and at number sixteen on the US Billboard Adult Top 40. In the UK, Hunter charted at number seventeen. Beautiful guitar, combined with Dido’s lush vocals, made this song an inspirational piece for listeners to get through personal troubles, at least according to the comments shown with the music video on YouTube.
#7 – Sand in My Shoes
On the UK Singles Chart, “Sand in My Shoes” charted at number twenty-nine in 2004. It was the final track released from Dido’s second studio album, Life for Rent, which was released on September 29, 2003. The inspiration behind the song came to Dido after boarding an airplane and discovering she had sand in her shoes. It served as a piece of therapy for her at the time as her father had taken ill, which was why she boarded the plane to fly from the US to the UK, to begin with. On the US Billboard Adult Top 40 Singles chart, Sand in My Shoes peaked at number twenty-four.
#6 – Don’t Leave Home
In 2003, Dido’s second studio album, Life for Rent produced the single, “Don’t Leave Home,” which was the third released from that album. It charted at number twenty-five on the UK Singles Chart and was a top forty hit among a number of European nations. The subject matter about the impact drug abuse has on an addicted person while taking it is covered in the song. This dark, soulful performance is among Dido’s finest.
#5 – One Step Too Far (featuring Faithless)
Faithless was the name of the group Dido’s older brother, Rollo was a member of. In 2002, Dido teams up with the electronic group, Faithless, for the single, “One Step Too Far.” From the group’s third studio album, Outrospective, “One Step Too Far,” peaked as high as number four on the dance charts belonging to US Billboard Dance Club Songs and the UK Dance Singles Chart. It actually topped Ireland’s official music chart and was charted at number thirty-five on the Eurochart Hot 100.
#4 – Life for Rent
Both as a single and as an album, “Life for Rent” was released in 2003. On the UK Singles Chart, it climbed up to number eight. It also became a top ten hit among the nations of Hungary, Ireland, Italy, and Scotland. “Life for Rent,” was a top forty single among the nations of Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, Sweden, and Switzerland. It was the second hit single from Life for Rent, appearing right behind White Flag.
#3 – Here with Me
The debut single for Dido was “Here with Me,” which was a song about her love interest at the time. From her debut album, No Angel, the song became the theme music for the television series Roswell from 1999 until 2002. It was a top ten single for her, which not only marked a successful debut on her part, but a sign of things still yet to come. On the UK Singles Chart, “Here with Me,” peaked as high as number four. Among the vast majority of the European nations, the single reached within the top forty across the European Continent. On the US Billboard Adult Top 40, “Here with Me,” charted at number twenty-one. In France and the UK, the single became certified gold.
#2 – White Flag
In 2003, “White Flag” topped the music charts belonging to the nations of Australia, Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Norway, and Portugal. It was also number one on the European Hot 100 Singles chart. White Flag also charted as high as number two on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary, as well as among the nations of Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. On the US Billboard Hot 100, it climbed as high as number eighteen. It also won Best Single at the 2004 Brit Music Awards and has since become certified gold among most of the mentioned nations, with the exception of Norway and the UK as “White Flag,” earned platinum certification instead. The soulful delivery of a protagonist refusing to give up on a doomed relationship has been featured a number of times on various television programs, as well as a few feature films.
# 1 – Thank You
“Thank You” was not only a big hit for Dido in 2000. “Thank You,” actually made its debut on the 1998 film, Sliding Doors, but didn’t begin earning chart recognition until the year 2000. A touching ballad of a woman dealing with depression due to the loss of her home served to Thank You like one of those tug-at-the-heartstring songs that rightfully earned the number one spot on numerous music charts, mainly the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, the US Billboard Adult Top 40 chart, the US Billboard Dance Club Songs chart, and the US Billboard Dance Singles Sales chart. On the US Billboard Hot 100, “Thank You,” peaked at number three. Globally, the ballad charted within the top forty among most of the nations, including number three on the UK Singles Chart. With the BPI and RIAA, “Thank You,” was also certified gold.
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