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The Ups and Downs of Harry Styles' Solo Career


Harry Styles has made himself relevant on the Official Singles Chart, with multiple songs off his latest album having prolonged chart success. Here is a look at the chart history of his full solo career.


Styles’ first solo single release, “Sign of the Times,” debuted at number one on the Official Singles Chart. It proceeded to spend the next two months in the top ten before declining for almost the entirety of the rest of its 27-week run. This long run, combined with chart-topping success around the world, first put Harry Styles on the map as a solo artist.


When his self-titled album was released in 2017, an astounding nine of the ten songs made their way onto the chart. Despite this, five of them only lasted one week on the chart, with three others lasting no more than three weeks. Styles’ label gave radio releases to “Two Ghosts” and “Kiwi,” but neither did particularly well, the former spending one week at number 58, and the latter two weeks at number 66. Having the follow-up singles to “Sign of the Times” log only three weeks on the chart, with neither even making the top 50, was a clear sign of trouble. 


Three years later, singles chart success has looked better for Harry Styles. While only four songs charted off his sophomore album, “Fine Line,” and no song has topped the chart, all four songs can be classified as genuine hits. With a combined 71 weeks and counting on the chart, Styles’ has had success with the number three-peaking “Lights Up,” number 17-peaking “Watermelon Sugar,” number seven-peaking “Adore You,” and number 15-peaking “Falling.” Through this sophomore resurgence, it is safe to say that Harry Styles has strong potential to have a long-term solo career.