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Initially surpassing the achievements of One Direction and JLS by becoming the first group to win The X Factor in the U.K., four-piece girl band Little Mix were one of the few success stories to emerge from the competition's underperforming and controversial eighth season. Jade Thirlwall (who had auditioned for two previous series) and Perrie Edwards (both from South Shields), Jesy Nelson (from Romford, East London), and Leigh-Anne Pinnock (from High Wycombe) had all originally auditioned as solo artists, but like fellow acts Nu Vibe and the Risk, were put together as a group at the boot-camp stages. After impressing Jessie J and mentor N-Dubz's Tulisa Contostavlos at Judges' House, they made it to the live finals, where their engaging personalities, girl-next-door image, and contemporary song choices saw them outgrow their initial underdog status. Originally known as Rhythmix, the girls were forced to change their moniker in week four after it was revealed that there was already a Brighton-based children's charity of the same name. But following stellar performances of En Vogue's "Don't Let Go," Katy Perry's "E.T.," and Rihanna's "Don't Stop the Music," they beat the Conway Sisters and Hope's previous record to become the first girl band in the show's history to make it past week seven. After contributing to the high-profile M&S TV ad campaign and the finalists' charity cover version of Rose Royce's "Wishing on a Star," they eventually went on to triumph over Marcus Collins in the final. The 2011 debut single from Little Mix, a rendition of Damien Rice's hit "Cannonball," went on to top the charts but scored the lowest first-week sales by an X Factor winner since Steve Brookstein's "Against All Odds" (2004), and later lost the coveted Christmas number one spot to the Military Wives Choir. DNA, featuring the singles "Cannonball" and "Wings" (also a U.K. number one), was released in late 2012, and eventually became the highest U.K.-charting debut album ever by a British female group. In 2013, Little Mix returned with their sophomore album, Salute. Featuring production from such names as Future Cut, TMS, and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Salute showcased a more mature, R&B-infused direction. A string of U.S. dates in support of Demi Lovato took place in early 2014 before the summer brought their largest U.K. tour to date. "Black Magic," the first single from third album Get Weird, became the group's third U.K. number one in 2015. Around the same time, Britney Spears released "Pretty Girls," a single co-written by the group, which reached number 16 in the U.K. The group's third studio album, Get Weird, followed later that year. ~ Jon O'Brien
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Little Mix

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Little Mix

Top Songs by
Little Mix

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Black Magic
  3.   Wings
  4.   Move
  5.   Word Up!
  6.   Hair
  7.   Love Me Like You
  8.   Grown
  9.   Exclusive Interview
  10.   Secret Love Song
  11.   Salute
  12.   Towers
  13.   OMG
  14.   DNA
  15.   Secret Love Song, Pt. 2
  16.   Weird People
  17.   Boy
  18.   Lightning
  19.   I Won't
  20.   Change Your Life
  21.   Little Me
  22.   A Different Beat
  23.   About the Boy
  24.   How Ya Doin'? by Slick Rick
  25.   Love Me or Leave Me
  26.   The End
  27.   Nothing Feels Like You
  28.   A.D.I.D.A.S.
  29.   These Four Walls
  30.   Turn Your Face
  31.   We Are Who We Are
  32.   Good Enough
  33.   Hair by Sean Paul
  34.   Madhouse
  35.   I Love You
  36.   They Just Don't Know You
  37.   We Are Young
  38.   Cannonball
  39.   The Beginning
  40.   Clued Up
  41.   See Me Now
  42.   Pretend It's OK
  43.   Case Closed
  44.   Stand Down
  45.   Stereo Soldier
  46.   Make You Believe
  47.   Always Be Together
  48.   Red Planet by T-Boz
  49.   Going Nowhere
  50.   Love Drunk
  51.   Holy Grail/Counting Stars/Smells like Teen Spirit
  52.   I Will Wait
  53.   Competition
  54.   Mr Loverboy

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