Robbie Williams is one of the most talented singer/songwriters out there and is so extremely underrated in the states. He had a few minor hits early on in the states, but for some reason, never caught on. The rest of the world seems to adore this man as he has sold over 75 million records over his career.
Robbie was a member of the British boy band Take That in the early 90’s before branching out on a solo career and releasing his first solo album in 1997. It is that solo career where I became a fan and have been since. He is one of the few artist that will release an album and I will buy it without hearing anything on it beforehand. I don’t think I have been disappointed yet.
I am going to give you my Top 20 favorite songs by Robbie Williams. This was actually really hard to narrow it down to 20. I eventually narrowed it down to 24 songs and then I had to re-listen to everything again to get it down to the Top 20. I hope you give him a listen and become a fan, if you are not already.
20. “Somethin’ Stupid (with Nicole Kidman)” is off the album ‘Swing When You’re Winning’ his first album with swing / big band music. This song is a cover of Frank & Nancy Sinatra’s song which is one of my favorite Sinatra songs. They do a great job and who knew Nicole could sing. This song is nothing like the rest on the list.
19. “Monsoon” off the album ‘Escapology’ from 2002. It was never released as a single but one of my favorites off the album. In reading the lyrics it looks like it is a song about the storm of being a celebrity.
18. “Tripping” off the album ‘Intensive Care’ and was the first single. It was released in 2005 and is supposedly about gangsters. During the chorus, Robbie Williams goes really high on those vocals and pulls it off nicely.
17. “Advertising Space” off the album ‘Intensive Care’ and released in 2005. This was the second or third single (depending on who you ask). The song “Make Me Pure” was released with “Tripping” as a double A-Side single so you could say it was the third but since they were released at the same time then it is the second. “Advertising Space” is about the downfall of a once superstar.
16. “Bodies” off the album ‘Reality Killed the Video Star’. It was the first single off the album and was released in 2009. I kept seeing that this was a comeback song, but I didn’t think he ever left. I think it was because the album ‘Rudebox’ was not received well (I enjoyed it). I actually liked it more than ‘Reality Killed the Video Star’. Whatever the song is, it is good and I enjoy listening to it.
15. “Old Before I Die” off the album ‘Life Thru a Lens’ and was his first single as a solo artist. It was released in 1997 and was actually co-written with Desmond Child and Eric Bazilian (the Hooters). It reminds me of Oasis for some reason, but better!
14. “Millennium” off the album ‘I’ve Been Expecting You’ and released in 1998. This might be the song I first remember hearing by him and started my interested in his music. I believe it was his first single to top the UK charts. It is just a great song.
13. “Eternity” which wasn’t off any album (except later released on a greatest hits album). The song was released along with “The Road to Mandalay” from the album ‘Sing When You’re Winning’ back in 2001. It is a great ballad and was actually a tribute to his friend Geri Halliwell (one of the Spice Girls).
12. “Ghost” off the album ‘Intensive Care’ and was never released as a single. It was my favorite song off that album and it came out in 2005. It was the opening track on the album and a great way to start off the album.
11. “Supreme” off the album ‘Sing When You’re Winning’ and released in 2000. It was the fourth single off the album. It is just a great sounding song and his voice sounds really great.
10. “Shit On the Radio” off the album ‘Take the Crown’ in 2012. This song wasn’t actually a single, but I found it catchy and caught myself always singing it when the album came out. I think I liked it because the radio sucks and there is nothing but crap on the radio.
9. “Angels” off the album ‘Life Thru a Lens’ and was the fourth single released back in 1997. Another great ballad and actually made it to #10 on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary chart as well as #53 on the Hot 100 in the U.S.
8. “Lovelight” off the album ‘Rudebox’ and released in 2006. This is a cover of Lewis Taylor’s song which he released in 2003. It was produced by Mark Ronson and is a great dance song.
7. “Kids (with Kylie Minogue)” off the album ‘Sing When You’re Winning’. This was the second single off the album and released in 2000. A great duet with the Australian pop star Kylie Minogue. Here in the states we remember her mostly for the remake of a song she did in the 80’s- “Locomotion”. This song is so much better.
6. “Rock DJ” off the album ‘Sing When You’re Winning’ and was the first single. It is a great dance song. The song samples a Barry White song (“It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Next To Me) and a song by a Tribe Called Quest (“Can I Kick It”). The Video was very controversial (one of his many) due to the disturbing images of him peeling his skin off. Don’t get grossed out when watching it (parental guidance is necessary).
5. “Come Undone” off the album ‘Escapology’ and was the second single which was released in 2003. The video for the song was so controversial at the time and banned by many countries for the unsettling images such as sex with 2 women, someone vomiting, explicit language among other things. Watching it now seems so tame.
4. “No Regrets” off the album ‘I’ve Been Expecting You” in 1998. This was the second single off the album and had mild success which is surprising as I find it to be one of his best.
3. “She’s Madonna (with the Pet Shop Boys)” off the album ‘Rudebox’ and came out in 2007. It his own personal love song to Madonna. It is another song that I instantly fell in love with and have listened to it too many times, but it never gets old. The video is actually quite entertaining.
2. “Feel” off the album ‘Escapology’ in 2002. This was the first single off the album. At the time, it was his biggest hit internationally. It actually charted in the U.S. at 28 on the Billboard charts. When you hear it, you will understand why it was such a big hit for him. I think the lyrics are really powerful and sound so personal.
#1 Song is “Let Me Entertain You” off his debut album ‘Life Thru a Lens’ in 1997. This is a high energy, fast paced song that just caught my attention the first time I ever heard it. It was hard narrowing my list down to 20, but my #1 was an easy choice. I couldn’t find the video for this so we have to settle for a lyric video, but still worth it.
So there you have it, my 20 favorite songs by Robbie Williams. I can’t wait for him to release a new album as it is has been too long. I hope you found something you enjoyed. Let me know if you have a favorite that I missed.