Full throttle: The Prodigy's chart history in numbers

Full throttle: The Prodigy's chart history in numbers

Earlier this week, the news broke that The Prodigy’s Keith Flint had passed away. The music world has united in paying tribute to Flint, who died aged 49, while co-manager John Fairs told Music Week that he and the band are “devastated”. 

Here, we look at the band’s chart history so far, with their millions of sales spanning seven albums – six of which topped the charts – and a host of hit singles.

After their initial XL Recordings EP What Evil Lurks, The Prodigy began their chart career in 1991, with debut single Charly, released on CD, cassette and vinyl on August 12.

They have since released seven studio albums, the most recent of which, No Tourists, came out last year via their new home BMG. The group have also worked with Cooking Vinyl.

After hitting No.3 Charly - which sampled dialogue from the Charley Says animated films - had sold 200,000 copies in the UK by October the next year and since then, the Essex group have assumed a place at the heart of the country’s musical heritage.

In 1992, Experience followed Charly as The Prodigy’s debut album, it has 377,196 sales to date according to the Official Charts Company.

Its highest position was No.59, but the band – whose initial line-up comprised Flint, Liam Howlett, Leeroy Thornhill, Maxim and Sharky – have gone on to scale the charts with each subsequent album release.

Music For The Jilted Generation followed in 1994, peaking at No.1. It has 813,265 sales to date, according to OCC data.

Released in 1997, The Fat Of The Land also hit No.1 and is the biggest-selling Prodigy album. It has 1,432,579 sales to date and is the band’s only million-selling UK album.

A seven-year gap elapsed before Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned was released in 2004. It also reached No.1 and has 230,248 sales to date. Invaders Must Die (2009) has sold 701,916 copies and was another chart-topper, so too was The Day Is My Enemy (130,764 sales to date) in 2015.

Since its release via BMG last November, No Tourists has sold 48,151 copies. It also hit the top of the charts.

The band’s most successful compilation is 2005’s Their Law – The Singles (1990-2005). It has 903,543 sales to date.

The Prodigy’s back catalogue also boasts two chart-topping singles, Breathe (1996, 977,374 sales) and Firestarter (1996, 850,759 sales). Omen (2009, 429,452 sales) and No Good (Start The Dance) released in 1995 (358,559 sales) peaked at No.4.

The band have almost 3 million monthly Spotify listners, while their biggest songs on the platform are Breathe (50m plays), Smack My Bitch Up (48m) and Firestarter (35m).

The Firestarter video is their most-played YouTube clip, with 104m views. Breathe has 49m. Timebomb Zone, released in December last year, has almost 5m.

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