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Shortest charting album titles

Since the UK album chart launched in 1956, there have been 37 albums that have made that chart where the title consists of just one character, here’s the list:

Artist Title Year Position
Jethro Tull A 1980 25
Agnetha Faltskog A 2013 6
Kula Shaker K 1996 1
Steve Hillage L 1976 10
Lol Creme And Kevin Godley L 1978 47
Damien Rice O 2003 8
Queens Of The Stone Age R 2000 54
Incredible String Band U 1970 34
Maroon 5 V 2014 4
Blackfield V 2017 54
The Horrors V 2017 8
Inxs X 1990 2
The Beloved X 1996 25
Def Leppard X 2002 14
Liberty X X 2005 27
Kylie X 2007 4
Chris Brown X 2014 4
My Morning Jacket Z 2005 74
The Beatles 1 2000 1
Julio Iglesias 1 2012 18
Black Country Communion 2 2011 23
Netsky 2 2012 29
Mudcrutch 2 2016 62
Soulfly 3 2002 61
Foreigner 4 1981 5
Beyoncé 4 2011 1
J.J. Cale 5 1979 40
Lenny Kravitz 5 1998 18
S Club 7 7 2000 1
Enrique 7 2003 13
Seal 7 2015 13
Incubus 8 2017 35
Public Image Ltd 9 1989 36
Damien Rice 9 2006 4
Ed Sheeran + 2011 1
Ed Sheeran X 2014 1
Ed Sheeran ÷ 2017 1
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Credit where credit’s due

Here is a list of 60 UK hit singles which feature an uncredited musician (not backing vocalists).

David Bowie Alabama Song Robert Fripp
Marianne Faithfull As Tears Go By Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones
Pretenders Back On The Chain Gang Paul Carrack
Cream Badge George Harrison
Typically Tropical Barbados Roger Goulam from Blue Mink
Michael Jackson Beat It Eddie Van Halen
Jimmy Nail Big River Mark Knopfler
The Brat Chalkdust – The Umpire Strikes Back Pete Wingfield
Tom Jones Delilah Les Reed
Crickets Don’t Ever Change Glen Campbell
Bobby Darin Dream Lover Neil Sedaka
Marty Wilde Endless Sleep Bert Weedon
Fine Young Cannibals Good Thing Jools Holland
Hollies He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother Elton John
Elvis Presley Heartbreak Hotel Floyd Cramer
Laurie London He’s Got The Whole World In His Hand Bert Weedon
Everly Brothers How Can I Meet Her Glen Campbell & Leon Russell
Scissor Sisters I Don’t Feel Like Dancing Elton John
Chaka Khan I Feel for You Stevie Wonder
Elton John I Want Love Billy Preston
Foreigner I Want To Know What Love Is Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins
Midge Ure If I Was Mark King from Level 42
Phil Collins If Leaving Me Is Easy Eric Clapton
Conway Twitty It’s Only Make Believe Floyd Cramer
Heinz Just Like Eddie Ritchie Blackmore
Culture Club Karma Chameleon Phil Pickett of Sailor
Will Powers Kissing With Confidence Todd Rundgren
Derek & The Domines Layla Duane Allman
Belinda Carlisle Leave A Light On George Harrison
David Bowie Let’s Dance Stevie Ray Vaughan
Adam Faith Made You Joe Brown
Electric Light Orhcestra Ma-Ma-Ma-Belle Marc Bolan
Mick Jagger Memo From Turner Ry Cooder
St Winifred’s School Choir No One Quite Like Grandma Rick Wakeman
Peter Gabriel No Self Control Robert Fripp & Phil Collins
Paul Young Oh Girl Pete Wingfield
Scritti Politti Oh Patti (Don’t Feel Sorry For Loverboy) Miles Davis
Peter Noone Oh you Pretty Thing David Bowie
Gene Vincent Pistol Packin’ Mama Georgie Fame
Adam Ant Puss ‘N’ Boots Phil Collins
P.I.L. Rise Ginger Baker
Ocean Colour Scene Riverboat Song Paul Weller
Electronic Second Nature Karl Bartos of Kraftwerk
Phil Everly & Cliff Richard She Means Nothing To Me Mark Knopfler
Tommy Roe Sheila Joe South
Roy Orbison She’s A Mystery To Me Bono
Elton John Something About The Way You Look Tonight Paul Carrack
David Bowie Space Oddity Rick Wakeman
Aretha Franklin Spanish Harlem Dr John
Jeffrey Osborne Stay with Me Tonight Brian May
Donovan Sunshine Superman George Harrison
Billy Fury That’s Love Joe Brown
Don Henley The End of the Innocence Bruce Hornsby
Cozy Powell The Man In Black Suzi Quatro
Lulu The Man Who Sold The World David Bowie
Smiths This Charming Man Paul Carrack
Beatles While My Guitar Gently Weeps Eric Clapton
Tears for Fears Woman In Chains Phil Collins
Lady Gaga You & I Brian May
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Top 100 million ‘selling’ UK singles

Last month the Official Charts Company released a list of all the UK million ‘sellers’ which now includes physical and download sales as well as sales-equivalent streams. So not a true reflection of what people are actually buying but more a popularity chart, but here’s the top 100.

Position Artist Title Year Total combined streams &  sales
100 The Seekers The Carnival Is Over 1965 1,431,813
99 The Beatles I Feel Fine 1964 1,445,291
98 Bill Haley & His Comets (We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock 1955 1,452,693
97 Katy Perry Roar 2013 1,465,128
96 Pogues feat Kirsty Maccoll Fairytale Of New York 1987 1,466,737
95 Snow Patrol Chasing Cars 2006 1,468,682
94 James Bay Hold Back The River 2014 1,469,902
93 Wiz Khalifa feat Charlie Puth See You Again 2015 1,475,954
92 James Arthur Say You Won’t Let Go 2016 1,485,134
91 Soft Cell Tainted Love 1981 1,499,438
90 Jennifer Rush The Power Of Love 1985 1,500,103
89 Ellie Goulding Love Me Like You Do 2015 1,500,786
88 Calvin Harris feat Rihanna This Is What You Came For 2016 1,502,292
87 Mariah Carey All I Want For Christmas Is You 1994 1,504,454
86 James Arthur Impossible 2012 1,506,083
85 Justin Timberlake Can’t Stop The Feeling 2016 1,516,475
84 Eminem Lose Yourself 2002 1,520,531
83 Sia Chandelier 2014 1,521,874
82 Ken Dodd Tears 1965 1,524,354
81 Spice Girls Wannabe 1996 1,545,488
80 Shawn Mendes Stitches 2015 1,546,188
79 Various Artists Perfect Day 1997 1,550,017
78 Eminem feat Rihanna Love The Way You Lie 2010 1,552,222
77 Village People Ymca 1978 1,555,948
76 Fugees Killing Me Softly 1996 1,572,681
75 Bruno Mars Just The Way You Are (Amazing) 2010 1,576,412
74 The Beatles Can’t Buy Me Love 1964 1,577,854
73 Ed Sheeran The A Team 2011 1,587,472
72 Chainsmokers feat Halsey Closer 2016 1,592,250
71 Mike Posner I Took A Pill In Ibiza 2015 1,594,122
70 Carly Rae Jepsen Call Me Maybe 2012 1,594,538
69 Baddiel & Skinner & Lightning Seeds Three Lions 1996 1,600,125
68 Dexy’s Midnight Runners Come On Eileen 1982 1,610,841
67 Culture Club Karma Chameleon 1983 1,623,347
66 George Ezra Budapest 2013 1,628,870
65 Major Lazer feat MO & DJ Snake Lean On 2015 1,630,762
64 Onerepublic Counting Stars 2013 1,640,508
63 Black Eyed Peas I Gotta Feeling 2009 1,641,106
62 Britney Spears …Baby One More Time 1999 1,642,435
61 George Michael Careless Whisper 1984 1,647,203
60 David Guetta feat Sia Titanium 2011 1,652,198
59 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Two Tribes 1984 1,657,719
58 Shaggy feat Rikrok It Wasn’t Me 2001 1,657,810
57 Sam Smith Stay With Me 2014 1,667,260
56 Ed Sheeran Castle On The Hill 2017 1,671,322
55 Celine Dion My Heart Will Go On 1998 1,681,023
54 John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John Summer Nights 1978 1,682,792
53 Mr Probz Waves 2013 1,690,957
52 Kings of Leon Sex On Fire 2008 1,702,103
51 Rihanna feat Calvin Harris We Found Love 2011 1,703,948
50 Lukas Graham 7 Years 2015 1,707,868
49 Bastille Pompeii 2013 1,708,704
48 Killers Mr Brightside 2004 1,718,170
47 Gotye feat Kimbra Somebody That I Used To Know 2011 1,727,719
46 Maroon 5 feat Christina Aguilera Moves Like Jagger 2011 1,743,854
45 Sia Cheap Thrills 2015 1,764,721
44 Puff Daddy & Faith Evans I’ll Be Missing You 1997 1,769,634
43 Human League Don’t You Want Me? 1981 1,781,776
42 Whitney Houston I Will Always Love You 1992 1,783,322
41 Coolio feat L.V. Gangsta’s Paradise 1995 1,788,045
40 John Lennon Imagine 1975 1,790,492
39 Will Young Anything Is Possible / Evergreen 2002 1,797,087
38 Daft Punk feat Pharrell Williams Get Lucky 2013 1,821,344
37 Passenger Let Her Go 2012 1,832,354
36 Justin Bieber What Do You Mean 2015 1,853,837
35 Adele Hello 2015 1,855,050
34 The Beatles I Want To Hold Your Hand 1963 1,858,728
33 Robson Green & Jerome Flynn Unchained Melody / (There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs Of Dover 1995 1,871,969
32 Survivor Eye Of The Tiger 1982 1,873,338
31 Aqua Barbie Girl 1997 1,897,247
30 Luis Fonsi feat Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber Despacito (Remix) 2017 1,900,599
29 Stevie Wonder I Just Called To Say I Love You 1984 1,912,528
28 Omi Cheerleader 2014 1,918,526
27 Cher Believe 1998 1,927,593
26 Wet Wet Wet Love Is All Around 1994 1,937,741
25 Bryan Adams (Everything I Do) I Do It For You 1991 1,938,536
24 Robin Thicke feat TI + Pharrell Blurred Lines 2013 1,951,619
23 Hozier Take Me To Church 2013 1,952,317
22 The Beatles She Loves You 1963 1,953,374
21 Avicii Wake Me Up 2013 1,967,381
20 Boney M Mary’s Boy Child/Oh My Lord 1978 1,976,999
19 Oasis Wonderwall 1995 1,995,940
18 Adele Someone Like You 2011 1,996,369
17 Boney M Rivers Of Babylon / Brown Girl In The Ring 1978 2,038,820
16 Justin Bieber Love Yourself 2015 2,059,215
15 Wham! Last Christmas / Everything She Wants 1984 2,071,696
14 Wings Mull Of Kintyre / Girls’ School 1977 2,087,249
13 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Relax 1983 2,148,322
12 John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John You’re The One That I Want 1978 2,154,932
11 John Legend All Of Me 2014 2,156,126
10 Justin Bieber Sorry 2015 2,167,907
9 Clean Bandit feat Jess Glynne Rather Be 2014 2,218,697
8 Drake feat Wizkid & Kyla One Dance 2016 2,344,981
7 Ed Sheeran Thinking Out Loud 2014 2,521,302
6 Pharrell Williams Happy 2013 2,629,657
5 Mark Ronson feat Bruno Mars Uptown Funk 2014 2,723,470
4 Queen Bohemian Rhapsody 1975 2,795,034
3 Ed Sheeran Shape Of You 2017 2,876,460
2 Band Aid Do They Know It’s Christmas? 1984 3,943,060
1 Elton John Something About The Way You Look Tonight / Candle In The Wind 97 1997 4,950,898
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Question album titles

Out of the 5100 albums (not including soundtracks and multi-artist compilations) that have made the top 10 over the last 61 years, only 31 titles are a question, here’s the list.

Artist Title Year Position
Frank Sinatra Where Are You? 1958 3
Gerry and The Pacemakers How Do You Like It? 1963 2
Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced 1967 2
Chicken Shack O.K. Ken? 1969 9
The Who Who’s Next 1971 1
Groundhogs Who Will Save The World 1972 8
Deep Purple Who Do We Think We Are 1973 4
The Who Who Are You 1978 6
The Beat Wha’ppen? 1981 3
Bucks Fizz Are You Ready? 1982 10
Sinead O’connor Am I Not Your Girl? 1992 6
Cranberries Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? 1993 1
Lenny Kravitz Are You Gonna Go My Way 1993 1
Tina Turner What’s Love Got To Do With It 1993 1
Oasis (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? 1995 1
Alice Deejay Who Needs Guitars Anyway? 2000 8
Beverley Knight Who I Am 2002 7
Badly Drawn Boy Have You Fed The Fish? 2002 10
Zutons Who Killed….. The Zutons 2004 6
Girls Aloud What Will The Neighbours Say? 2004 6
The View Which Bitch? 2009 4
Paloma Faith Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful? 2009 9
Jessie J Who You Are 2011 2
Vaccines What Did You Expect From The Vaccines? 2011 4
Lianne La Havas Is Your Love Big Enough? 2012 4
Bon Jovi What About Now 2013 2
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott What Have We Become 2014 3
Slaves Are You Satisfied? 2015 8
Foals What Went Down 2015 3
Lauren Aquilina Isn’t It Strange? 2016 2
Roger Waters Is This The Life We Really Want? 2017 3
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10 facts to (hopefully) interest and amuse you

There is a dinosaur heavy metal band in Finland called Havisaurus who are very popular with children.

Queen and David Bowie’s 1981 chart-topper, Under Pressure, was recorded during a 24-hour wine and cocaine marathon…allegedly!

Siouxsie and the Banshees’ debut hit, Hong Kong Garden, is named after a Chinese takeaway on Chislehurst High Street.

Leo Fender, the inventor of the Stratocaster and Telecaster, couldn’t actually play the guitar.

The only person who has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the National Inventors Hall of Fame is the guitarist Les Paul.

The most expensive musical instrument in the world is a Stradivarius violin which last sold for $15.9 million.

The Doors were the first American band to accumulate eight consecutive Gold and Platinum albums.

Fairport Convention’s Richard Thompson and The Stranglers’ Hugh Cornwell were at William Ellis School in Highgate together.

Pre-1950s and before vinyl, most people bought sheet music to play at home, but in 2012, Beck’s 11th album, Song Reader, was only released as sheet music. The was no CD or vinyl nor MP3, just 108 pages of sheet music and 20 full-colour booklets, each setting out a different new song. It never made the chart!

In 2014, a glitch on iTunes in Canada allowed customers to download a Taylor Swift item called Track 3. It sold enough copies to top the Canadian chart version before her fans realised they’d bought eight seconds of static noise $1.29.

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