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Songs That start and end with the same line

Here is a list of 35 UK hits where the first and last line of the lyrics ar the same. There are probably more, feel free to give me your suggestions,

Title Artist
5.15 The Who
All This Time Sting
Banana Boat Song Harry Belafonte
Boyfriend Justin Bieber
Can I Play With Madness Iron Maiden
Coward Of The County Kenny Rogers
Dear Prudence Siouxsie & The Banshees
Delaware Perry Como
Diane Bachelors
Gangsters Special AKA
Ghost Town Specials
Goin’ Back Dusty Springfield
Highly Strung Spandau Ballet
Honey Bobby Goldsboro
I Won’t Back Down Tom Petty
I’m A Better Man Now Engelbert Humperdinck
Johnny The Horse Madness
Last Train To Clarksville Monkees
Let Me Be The One Shadows
Let’s Get Rocked Def Leppard
Love Story Taylor Swift
Marvin Gaye Charlie Puth
New Morning Placebo
On The Inside Lynn Hamilton
Rainbow Child Dan Reed Network
Riders On The Storm Doors
Shame alan Price Set
Stay (I Missed You) Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories
Summer The First Time Bobby Goldsboro
Take It On The Run REO Speedwagon
The A Hole In The Bucket Harry Belafonte & Odetta
The Onion Song Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
Tutti Frutti Little Richard
What’s Up Four Non Blondes
Ziggy Stardust Bauhaus
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Landmark number ones UK vs US

Here is a list of the landmark chart-toppers in both the UK and US. In the States they haven’t reached the 1,200th yet and in the UK we’re on 1,342.

Number Act Title Year Weeks at number one
1 UK Al Martino Here In My Heart 1952 9
1 US Bill Haley & His Comets (We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock 1955 8
100 UK Anthony Newley Do You Mind 1960 1
100 US Jimmy Dean Big Bad John 1961 5
200 UK Beatles Help 1965 3
200 US Rolling Stones Paint It Black 1966 2
300 UK Dawn Knock Three Times 1971 5
300 US Rod Stewart Maggie May / Reason To Believe 1971 5
400 UK Julie Covington Don’t Cry For Me Argentina 1977 1
400 US Minnie Riperton Lovin’ You 1975 1
500 UK Nicole A Little Peace 1982 2
500 US Doobie Brothers What A Fool Believes 1979 1
600 UK T’Pau China In Your Hand 1987 5
600 US Madonna Like A Virgin 1984 6
700 UK Chaka Demus & Pliers With Jack Radics & Taxi Gang Twist And Shout 1994 2
700 US Rick Astley Together Forever 1988 1
800 UK All Saints Bootie Call 1998 1
800 US P.M. Dawn Set Adrift On Memory Bliss 1991 1
900 UK Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya & P!nk Lady Marmalade 2001 1
900 US ‘N Sync It’s Gonna Be Me 2000 3
1000 UK Elvis Presley One Night / I Got Stung 2005 1
1000 US Rihanna Disturbia 2008 2
1100 UK Cascada Evacuate The Dancefloor 2009 2
1100 US DJ Khaled feat Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne I’m The One 2017 1
1200 UK will.i.am feat Eva Simons This Is Love 2012 1
1300 UK Rachel Platten Fight Song 2015 1
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Most weeks at number one

Since streaming contributed to the UK singles chart back in July 2014, some songs are actually sticking around a bt longer including some chart-toppers. Here is an updated list of all number ones that have spent nine or more weeks at the top.

Artist Title Year Weeks at number one
Al Martino Here In My Heart 1952 9
Frankie Laine I Believe 1953 18 *
Eddie Calvert Oh, Mein Papa 1954 9
David Whitfield Cara Mia 1954 10
Slim Whitman Rose Marie 1955 11
Paul Anka Diana 1957 9
Queen Bohemian Rhapsody 1975 / 1991 14 *
Wings Mull Of Kintyre/Girls’ School 1977 9
John Travolta And Olivia Newton-John You’re The One That I Want 1978 9
Frankie Goes To Hollywood Two Tribes 1984 9
Bryan Adams (Everything I Do) I Do It For You 1991 16
Whitney Houston I Will Always Love You 1992 10
Wet Wet Wet Love Is All Around 1994 15
Gnarls Barkley Crazy 2006 9
Rihanna feat Jay-Z Umbrella 2007 10
Drake feat Wizkid & Kyla One Dance 2016 15
Clean Bandit feat Sean Paul And Anne-Marie Rockabye 2016 9
Ed Sheeran Shape Of You 2017 14 *
Lius Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat Justin Bieber Despacito 2017 11 *
Drake God’s Plan 2018 9

* indicates more than one run at the top

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11 musical ‘did you know’ facts

The London Symphony Orchestra was originally booked to perform on the Titanic on its maiden voyage, but they ended up on another boat at the last minute.

The German composer Robert Schumann often plunged his hands into the entrails of a slaughtered animal to heal his ailments.

Axl Rose used to earn $8 an hour by smoking cigarettes for a science experiment at University of California, Los Angeles.

The actress Angelina Jolie’s uncle was the song writer Chip Taylor who wrote Wild Thing for the Troggs, On My Word for Cliff Richard and I Can’t Let Go for the Hollies.

AC/DC’s guitarist Malcolm Young once worked in a bra factory as a sewing-machine mechanic.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark contains 29 letters in the name and they had 29 UK hit singles.

Billie Holiday was once a babysitter for the comedian Billy Crystal.

On 30th December 1916 Rasputin died in the Russian city of St Petersburg, on the same date in 2010 Bobby Farrell from Boney M, who mimed the lyrics to their hit Rasputin, also died in St Petersburg.

The Clash’s 1982 hit Rock the Casbah was inspired by the banning of rock music in Iran under Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979.

Led Zeppelin’s track Black Dog got its name from a black Labrador retriever that would wander the grounds of Headley Grange where they recorded the song.

The night after Frank Sinatra died, the lights on the Empire State Building in New York City were turned blue.

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‘Of The’ acts

There are 25 acts to chart in the UK with the word ‘Of The’ in their name. Here’s the list:

Band Of The Black Watch
Beginning Of The End
Cast Of The New Rocky Horror Show
Cast Of The Only Way Is Essex
Chairmen Of The Board
Children Of The Night
Dawn Of The Replicants
Empire Of The Sun
Fields Of The Nephilim
Fresh 4 (Children Of The Ghetto) Feat Lizz E
Hope Of The States
Jah Wobble’s Invaders Of The Heart
Jon Of The Pleased Wimmin
KLF Feat The Children Of The Revolution
Light Of The World
Manuel and His Music Of The Mountains
Middle Of The Road
Presidents Of The United States Of America
Presidents Of The United States Of America
Queens Of The Stone Age
Story Of The Year
Temple Of The Dog
Time Of The Mumph
Voice Of The Beehive
Way Of The West
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