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Most weeks on chart for a number two hit

Here’s a list I did about two years ago, but now updated. There have now been 21 songs that have spent 45 or more weeks (in total) on the singles chart that reached number two. Curiously the majority are in the 21st century – the download era, but pre-streaming.

Artist Title Original chart entry date Weeks
Calum Scott Dancing On My Own 2016 45
Justin Timberlake Can’t Stop The Feeling 2016 45
Eminem Feat Rihanna Love The Way You Lie 2010 48
Nickelback Rockstar 2007 50
Maroon 5 Feat Christina Aguilera Moves Like Jagger 2011 52
Kanye West Feat Jamie Foxx Gold Digger 2005 52
Passenger Let Her Go 2013 54
Sia Cheap Thrills 2016 54
Acker Bilk Stranger On The Shore 1961 55
Flo Rida Feat T-Pain Low 2008 55
Adele Rolling In The Deep 2011 56
James Bay Hold Back The River 2014 56
Major Lazer X DJ Snake Feat Mo Lean On 2015 59
Mariah Carey All I Want For Christmas Is You 1994 62
Hozier Take Me To Church 2014 66
Wham! Last Christmas / Everything She Wants 1984 70
Bastille Pompeii 2013 73
John Legend All Of Me 2014 75
Take That Rule The World 2007 75
Pogues Feat Kirsty Maccoll Fairytale Of New York 1987 77
Kings of Leon Use Somebody 2008 78
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DJs and their real names

These are not radio DJs, they are music acts – 30 of them and their real names.

DJ Real name
Afrojack Nick Van De Wall
Avicii Tim Bergling
Axwell Axel Hedfors
Azzido Da Bass Ingo Martens
Blockster Brandon Block
Blueboy Lex Blackmore
Calvin Harris Adam Richard Wiles
Deadmau5 Joel Zimmerman
Digital Farm Animals Nicholas Gale
Diplo Thomas Wesley Pentz
DJ Casper Willie Perry
DJ Otzi Gerry Friedle
DJ Snake William Sami Etienne Grigahcine
DJ Tiesto Tijs Michiel Verwest
Fatboy Slim Quentin Cook
Gramphonedzie Marko Milicevic
Grooverider Raymond Bingham
Gusto Edward Green
Ironik James Charters
Kygo Kyrre Gorvell-Dahll
Lost Frequencies Felix De Laet
Martin Garrix Martijn Garritsen
Matoma Tom Stræte Lagergren
Mylo Scot Miles MacInnes
Shift K3Y Lewis Jankel
Sigala Bruce Fielder
Skrillex Sonny John Moore
Tomcraft Thomas Bruckner
Wankelmut Jacob Dilßner
Zedd Anton Zaslavski
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First hits in each decade with bracketed titles

Over 1900 songs have made the UK chart that contain brackets somewhere in the title. I have not included titles that have things like re-mix, re-recording, import and EP etc, only titles where the brackets are properly associated with the title. Here is a list of the first three hits in each decade (along with their chart position) to achieve this.

Artist Title Year Position
Frankie Laine High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me) 1952 7
Jo Stafford Jambalaya (On The Bayou) 1952 11
Lita Roza (How Much Is) That Doggie In The Window 1953 1
Bobby Darin La Mer (Beyond The Sea) 1960 8
Lance Fortune Be Mine (Alle Madchen Wollen Kussen) 1960 4
Lonnie Donegan and His Group My Old Man’s A Dustman (Ballad Of A Refuse Disposal Officer) 1960 1
Edison Lighthouse Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) 1970 1
Pentangle Light Flight (Theme From Take Three Girls) 1970 43
Diana Ross and the Supremes & The Temptations Why (Must We Fall In Love) 1970 31
Bee Gees Spirits (Having Flown) 1980 16
Rupert Holmes Escape (The Pina Colada Song) 1980 23
Shy Girl (It’s All I Have) 1980 60
Jimmy Somerville You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) 1990 5
UB40 Here I Am (Come And Take Me) 1990 46
Culture Beat (Cherry Lips) Der Erdbeermund 1990 55
Hi-Gate Pitchin’ (In Every Direction) 2000 6
Des Mitchell (Welcome) To The Dance 2000 5
New Vision (Just) Me And You 2000 23
Sidney Samson Feat Wizard Sleeve Riverside (Let’s Go) 2010 2
Jay-Z Feat Bono, the Edge & Rihanna Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour) 2010 41
Jedward Feat Vanilla Ice Under Pressure (Ice Ice Baby) 2010 2


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Albums that spent 200 or more weeks on the chart

Since the album chart began back in 1956, there have been just over 22,500 albums to make the chart, this includes all compilations and soundtracks, but only 26 have amassed over 200 weeks on the chart, here is the list:

Title Artist Highest position Weeks on chart
The King and I Various Artists 1 201
21 Adele 1 202
Live – Under A Blood Red Sky U2 2 203
Off The Wall Michael Jackson 3 203
Nevermind Nirvana 7 206
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles 1 207
Back To Black Amy Winehouse 1 208
+ Ed Sheeran 1 217
Thriller Michael Jackson 1 227
Brothers in Arms Dire Straits 1 239
Dirty Dancing Various Artists 1 239
The Immaculate Collection Madonna 1 242
Making Movies Dire Straits 4 252
Face Value Phil Collins 1 275
Tubular Bells Mike Oldfield 1 280
The War Of The Worlds Jeff Wayne 5 287
Simon and Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits Simon and Garfunkel 2 308
Bridge Over Troubled Water Simon and Garfunkel 1 311
South Pacific Various Artists 1 315
The Sound Of Music Various Artists 1 375
The Dark Side of The Moon Pink Floyd 2 393
Bat Out Of Hell Meat Loaf 9 490
Gold – Greatest Hits Abba 1 520
Legend – Best of Bob Marley & The Wailers Bob Marley & The Wailers 1 548
Queen Greatest Hits Queen 1 555
Rumours Fleetwood Mac 1 587

As always a big thanks to Neil Warwick for this information

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