10 UK and US chart trivia facts

The Go-Go’s were the first all-female band to write all their own songs and played all their own instruments to top the Billboard album charts.

In 2014, Taylor Swift accidentally released an 8 second track of white noise onto iTunes. It reached the top of the Canadian charts almost instantly.

Paul McCartney used the pseudonym “Bernard Webb” on the song, Woman to prove that his music would be successful no matter who took credit for it.

Connie Francis became the first solo woman to have a Billboard number one hit with Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool in 1960.

When Billy Idol’s cover of Tommy James and the Shondells’ song Mony Mony reached number one on the Billboard charts in 1987, it knocked off Tiffany’s I Think We’re Alone Now, which was also a cover of a Tommy James and the Shondells song.

In 2002, George Harrison knocked Aaliyah off the top of the UK singles chart, it was the first time that one deceased artist had replaced another at the top.

The first rap song to top the Billboard singles charts was Rapture by Blondie, it was also the first rap music video to appear on MTV.

The Orb’s 1992 hit Blue Room was 39 minutes and 58 seconds long, two seconds shorter than the maximum permitted for a single under the-then chart rules.

The longest note held on a UK hit is by Morten Harket. In the A-Ha hit, Summer Moved On, he holds a vocal note for 20.2 seconds.

Drake holds the record for the most US top 10 hits, up to July 2022 he has had 58.


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