This Top 10 Leona Lewis Songs list presents the best Leona Lewis songs like “Bleeding Love” “You Are the Reason” and many more. Born in 1985, Leona Lewis became a British entertainer that specialized in singing, songwriting, and acting. She has also worked as a model. She attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology and won the 2006 edition of The X Factor, a competition series that saw the winner earn a recording contract with Syco Music. It would be during her performances on the third series run in 2006 that paved the way for the artist to achieve the level of success she has earned as a recording artist. With new doors in the entertainment industry opening up for her, Leona Lewis also used her influence to support issues of importance to her, such as animal rights.
Since 2007, Leona Lewis has recorded and released a total of five studio albums, a live album, a video album, an extended play (EP), and twenty-five singles. She also has twenty-five music videos to her credit, as well as two demo albums, and six collaborated singles she has performed with other artists that are not featured among any of her own studio recordings.
Top 10 Leona Lewis Song
#10- Footprints in the Sand
From Leona Lewis’s debut album, Spirit, “Footprints in the Sand” was the fourth single it produced that became a chart hit. In 2008, the gospel-like lyrical performance from Lewis saw the song peak as high as number two on the UK Singles Chart when it was performed along with Better in Time. Inspired by the Christian poem, Footprints, the song about hope during troubled times also wound up becoming a source of inspiration in its own right. In the same year Footprints in the Sand was released, it became the theme for the biennial charity program, Sport Relief, hosted by the BBC Network.
#9 – Happy
Echo was the second album recorded by Leona Lewis, which was released on November 9, 2009. The vocal performance of Lewis served as a dark contrast to the title of the song, “Happy,” which saw the narrator simply wanting something that perhaps seemed out of reach. On the UK Singles Chart, the Scottish Singles Chart, and the Austria Top 40, Happy peaked as high as number two. On the European Hot 100 Singles, it charted as high as number three and was a top ten hit among most of the European nations. The somber attitude of Lewis’s performance, plus her vocal range, has been cited as one of the best lyrical songs that were worthy to become a favorite, both for music critics and her fans.
#8 – A Moment Like This
For Kelly Clarkson, “A Moment Like This” was her coronation single after winning the first American Idol competition in 2002. It was a chart-topping success for the artist that paved the way for the songstress to enjoy a brilliant career as a singer in the entertainment industry. This power ballad was later performed in 2006 by Leona Lewis while she was competing as a contestant in the X Factor’s third season in 2006. The version performed by Lewis broke a world record for having 50,000 downloads in just thirty minutes upon the moment of its release. By the time the first day was finished, over 100,000 copies of this single had already been sold. It quickly became certified platinum with the UK’s BPI and it was a chart-topping hit on its Official Singles Chart, as well as Ireland and Scotland’s. On the European Hot 100 Singles, A Moment Like This peaked at number three.
#7 – Everybody Hurts
Originally, R.E.M. recorded and released the hit ballad, “Everybody Hurts” in 1992 as a real tear-jerker that deservedly received commercial success since its release. In 2010, after the Haiti earthquake, a number of artists form a supergroup to perform a cover to this heart-tugging single in a collaborative effort to raise funding relief for the victims and their families. At the time, Gordon Brown was the British prime minister, who approached Simon Cowell to bring forth a charity single. Leona Lewis started off the song with her powerful vocals, who was then followed by, in order, Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey, Cheryl, Mika, Michael Buble, Jon McElderry, Miley Cyrus, Jon Bon Jovi, James Morrison, Alexandra Burke, Jason Orange, Susan Boyle, JLS, Shane Filan, Mark Feehily, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, Kian Egan, and Nick Byrne. In addition to topping the UK Singles Chart, as well as the Ultratop charts belonging to Belgium, and the Scottish Singles Chart, Everybody Hurts became certified platinum by the BPI.
#6 – One More Sleep
In 2013, Leona Lewis released her fourth studio album, Christmas, with Love. The single, “One More Sleep” became a number three hit on the UK Singles Chart, as well as the Official Chart Company of Scotland. Between 2013 and 2022, the single has continued to appear on the music charts, noting the most recent occasion was on the Netherlands’ Single Top 100 at number fifty-eight. One More Sleep also became certified platinum twice over by the UK’s BPI and was cited as one of the biggest modern-day Christmas singles stemming from the UK. The X Factor’s Simon Cowell encouraged Leona Lewis to record her own Christmas album, which she listened to and did so. Critics conclude One More Sleep showed potential to become an annual Christmas favorite as a staple song prime for holiday season performance. The angelic vocal performance Lewis has added to One More Sleep that sweet melodic magic that makes Christmas classics among the favorite musical recordings of all time.
#5 – Run
“Run” was originally performed in 2003 by Snow Patrol, who had the song recorded for its third album, Final Straw. Since its release, many artists have covered the single, but none of them earned the amount of commercial success, nor critical acclaim as Leona Lewis did. In 2008, her version became the fastest-selling download, selling precisely 69,244 copies in two days. Run was a single Leona Lewis also performed while she was a contestant on the 2006 season of the X Factor. Unlike Snow Patrol’s moody performance of Run, Leona Lewis turned it into a pop phenom, which seemed to put the world on notice that she simply wasn’t a one-hit-wonder that could belt out the odd hit and then fade away into obscurity. On the UK Singles Chart, the Irish Singles Chart, and the Austria Top 40 chart, Run peaked at number one. It also became double-platinum by the UK’s BPI and Gold by Austria’s IFPI. Among the European nations, as well as Canada, Run was popular enough to chart within the top twenty. On the US Billboard Hot 100, it charted at number eighty-one.
#4 – Better in Time
“Better in Time” was a single released in 2008 from the debut album, Spirit. On the UK Singles Chart, it peaked at number two, as well as on Canada’s Adult Contemporary chart. It was actually a number one hit on the official music charts belonging to the nations of Germany and Scotland. On the US Billboard Hot 100, Better in Time peaked as high as number eleven. It became a certified platinum hit with the RIAA, as well as Denmark’s IFPI. Gold certifications were also achieved among the nations of Australia, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, and the UK. The range in the vocal performance by Leona Lewis saw an R&B classic in the making, along with the plucky groove of the piano, that easily earned the favor of music fans and critics.
#3 – Just Stand Up (as part of Artists Stand Up to Cancer)
In 2008, “Just Stand Up” was a single that saw the combined talent of Ashanti, Beyonce, Carrie Underwood, Ciara, Fergie, Keyshia Cole, LeAnn Rimes, Leona Lewis, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Melissa Etheridge, Miley Cyrus, Natasha Bedingfield, Rihanna, and Sheryl Crow. Together, each taking her turn, performed this charitable song as a collaborated effort to raise funds and awareness about the disease called cancer. The live performance of this single was aired on September 5, 2008, at the exact same time on the networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC. For the live recording, Nicole Scherzinger took Sheryl Crow’s place, but otherwise, the studio version features Sheryl Crow’s vocal talent included in the song. On the US Billboard Hot 100, Just Stand Up peaked as high as number eleven, as well as on the Irish Singles Chart. The single sold enough copies to earn a double-platinum certification with the RIAA.
#2 – You Are the Reason (featuring Calum Scott)
Although the chart performance in 2018 suggested “You Are the Reason” wasn’t hugely successful, the double-platinum certifications it received from Australia’s ARIA and Music Canada suggested otherwise. So did the platinum certifications it received from USA’s RIAA and the UK’s BPI. You Are the Reason also became certified gold with the IFPI of Sweden. The duet was released from Calum Scott’s debut album, Only Human. The passionate performance by Leona Lewis, which was her trademark, paired beautifully with Calum Scott’s raw talent. Although there have been other duet versions Scott has performed with other artists, none measure up to this emotionally supercharged ballad.
#1 – Bleeding Love
In 2007, “Bleeding Love” was the big breakthrough single for Leona Lewis as a solo artist after winning the 2006 X Factor competition. It was the second single released from her debut album, Spirit, and it topped the music charts worldwide. Bleeding Love was number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, the UK Singles Chart, and the European Hot 100. It was also the number one hit on the official charts belonging to a multitude of nations. In addition to dominating most of the music charts in 2007, Bleeding Love also became a multi-platinum success.
The RIAA certified the single as platinum four times while the BPiI did so three times. It was double-platinum in Australia and New Zealand, and singular platinum among the nations of Canada, Finland, Germany, and Spain. Bleeding Love was also certified gold by the IFPI belonging to Austria and Sweden. The performance from Leona Lewis for this single became the artist’s signature song that had both fans and critics take note the similarities between Lewis’s powerful vocals and that of Mariah Carey.
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