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Most weeks on chart for a non-top 20 hit

Since the chart began only 43 songs have spent 21 or more weeks on the listing without making the top 20 and this includes all chart runs. You’ll notice that 36 of them have been since 2000. Whatever your opinion of the music in the 21st Century,  is it a good or bad thing that songs that don’t reach the top 20 are spending longer on the chart? Here’s the list:

Artist Title Year of original entry Position Total weeks on chart
Britney Spears Till The World Ends 2011 21 20
Snoop Dogg feat Pharrell & uncle Charlie Wilson Beautiful 2003 23 20
Mumford & Sons Little Lion Man 2009 24 20
MGMT Time To Pretend 2008 36 20
Demi Lovato Let It Go 2014 42 20
Faithless Insomnia 2005 48 20
Joel Adams Please Don’t Go 2016 50 20
Travis Scott Butterfly Effect 2017 57 20
Joe Loss & his Orchestra Wheels – Cha Cha 1961 21 21
Martha And The Vandellas Jimmy Mack 1967 21 21
Shakira feat Freshlyground Waka Waka (This Time For Africa) 2010 21 21
Jim Reeves Adios Amigo 1962 23 21
Selena Gomez feat A$AP Rocky Good For You 2015 23 21
N-Dubz Strong Again 2009 24 21
Vamps All Night 2016 24 21
Charlie Puth One Call Away 2015 26 21
Maroon 5 Animals 2014 27 21
Martin Solveig and Ira Wroldsen Places 2017 27 21
Amy Macdonald This Is The Life 2007 28 21
Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso feat Florida Georgia Line & Watt Let Me Go 2017 30 21
Lonestar Amazed 2000 21 22
Future Mask Off 2017 22 22
Fleetwood Mac Need Your Love So Bad 1968 31 22
David Guetta & Showtek feat Vassy Bad 2014 22 23
DJ Snake & Lil Jon Turn Down For What 2014 23 23
Dorothy Squires My Way (Comme D’habitude) 1970 25 23
Raze Break 4 Love 1988 28 23
Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King Shame 1978 39 23
Kygo feat Maty Noyes Stay 2015 20 24
Jay-Z feat Mr Hudson Young Forever 2009 24 24
Mumford & Sons The Cave 2010 31 26
Rihanna Needed Me 2016 38 26
Chase & Status feat Plan B End Credits 2009 51 26
Fall Out Boy Beat It 2008 21 27
Years & Years Desire 2014 22 28
Robin Schulz feat Francesco Yates Sugar 2015 21 29
Kygo feat Parson James Stole The Show 2015 24 29
DJ Fresh Gold Dust 2010 22 30
Kristen Bell Do You Want To Build A Snowman 2014 26 30
Script Breakeven 2008 21 31
Florence + The Machine Dog Days Are Over 2010 23 31
Skrillex feat Sirah Bangarang 2012 24 33
Lil Uzi Vert Xo Tour Llif3 2017 25 34


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The over 75s

Here is a list of the solo artists and one half of a duo who are 75 or older and still alive (at the time of going to press) who have also had a UK number one hit. I have included lead singers of groups where they get a primary billing ie Brian Poole & The Tremeloes. It was impossible to include all group members especially as there will be quite a number whose birth dates are unknown. On information available, the oldest living member of a group is Babs and Teddie Beverley from the Beverley Sisters who were both 91 last May. Research prevailing, the oldest living member of a number one group is Floyd Ashton from The Tams who has just turned 85.

Singer Date of birth Year of birth
 Vera Lynn 20 March 1917
 Doris Day 03 April 1922
 Jane Morgan 03 May 1924
 Charles Aznavour 22 May 1924
 Tony Bennett 03 August 1926
 Harry Belafonte 01 March 1927
 Rolf Harris 30 March 1930
 Winsdor Davies 28 August 1930
 Des O’Connor 12 January 1932
 Petula Clark 15 November 1932
 J.J. Barrie 07 July 1933
 Pat Boone 01 June 1934
 John Leyton 17 February 1935
 Jerry Lee Lewis 29 September 1935
 Johnny Mathis 30 September 1935
 Engelbert Humperdinck 02 May 1936
 Frank Ifield 30 November 1936
 Tommy Steele 17 December 1936
 Shirley Bassey 08 January 1937
 Don Everly 01 February 1937
 Jerry Keller 20 June 1937
 Kenny Rogers 21 August 1938
 Connie Francis 12 December 1938
 Johnny Tillotson 20 April 1939
 Smokey Robinson 19 February 1940
 Eden Kane 29 March 1940
 Ricky Valance 10 April 1940
 Gary Glitter 08 May 1940
 Lena Martell 15 May 1940
 Tom Jones 07 June 1940
 Nancy Sinatra 08 June 1940
 Mike Sarne 06 August 1940
 Johnny Nash 19 August 1940
 Chris Farlowe 13 October 1940
 Cliff Richard 14 October 1940
 Ray Stevens 24 January 1941
 Esther Ofarim 13 June 1941
 Paul Anka 30 July 1941
 Craig Douglas 12 August 1941
 Paul Simon 13 October 1941
 Brian Poole 03 November 1941
 Art Garfunkel 04 November 1941
 Barbra Streisand 24 April 1942
 Carl Douglas 10 May 1942
 Paul McCartney 18 June 1942
 Gerry Marsden 24 September 1942
 Gary Puckett 17 October 1942
 Norman Greenbaum 20 November 1942
 Billy Connolly 24 November 1942
 Tony Christie 25 April 1943
 Tommy Roe 09 May 1943
 Georgie Fame 26 June 1943
 Mick Jagger 26 July 1943
 Billy J. Kramer 19 August 1943
 David Soul 28 August 1943
 Julio Iglesias 23 September 1943
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Anniversary of 9/11

This week marks the 17th anniversary of 9/11 – the tragic days when everyone remembers where they were when they heard the news. Within hours of the tragedy Clear Channel who owned a majority of the radio stations around America issued a memo listing 165 songs that were deemed unsuitable and suggested they were NOT to be played but it was not a demand. Bizarrely, some versions of songs were banned and others weren’t eg. both Bob Dylan and Guns ‘N Roses’ version of Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door were banned, but Doctor My Eyes by Jackson Browne was banned yet the Jackson 5 version wasn’t and likewise for Alien Ant Farm’s version of Smooth Criminal which was barred but the Jacko version was ok. Anyway here is an alphabetical list.

Song Artists
A Day in the Life The Beatles
A Sign of the Times Petula Clark
A World Without Love Peter and Gordon
Aeroplane Red Hot Chili Peppers
All songs Rage Against the Machine
America Neil Diamond
American Pie Don McLean
And When I Die Blood, Sweat and Tears
Another One Bites the Dust Queen
Bad Day Fuel
Bad Religion Godsmack
Bennie and the Jets Elton John
Big Bang Baby Stone Temple Pilots
Bits and Pieces The Dave Clark Five
Black Hole Sun Soundgarden
Black Is Black Los Bravos
Blow Up the Outside World Soundgarden
Blowin’ in the Wind Peter, Paul and Mary
Bodies Drowning Pool
Boom P.O.D.
Bound for the Floor Local H
Brain Stew Green Day
Break Stuff Limp Bizkit
Bridge over Troubled Water Simon & Garfunkel
Bullet with Butterfly Wings The Smashing Pumpkins
Burnin’ for You Blue Öyster Cult
Burning Down the House Talking Heads
Chop Suey! System of a Down
Click Click Boom Saliva
Crash and Burn Savage Garden
Crash into Me Dave Matthews Band
Crumblin’ Down John Mellencamp
Dancing in the Street Martha and the Vandellas
Dancing in the Street Van Halen
Daniel Elton John
Dead and Bloated Stone Temple Pilots
Dead Man’s Curve Jan and Dean
Dead Man’s Party Oingo Boingo
Death Blooms Mudvayne
Devil with a Blue Dress On Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap AC/DC
Disco Inferno The Trammps
Doctor My Eyes Jackson Browne
Down 311
Down in a Hole Alice in Chains
Dread and the Fugitive Mind Megadeth
Duck and Run 3 Doors Down
Dust in the Wind Kansas
Enter Sandman Metallica
Eve of Destruction Barry McGuire
Evil Ways Santana
Fade to Black Metallica
Falling Away from Me Korn
Falling for the First Time Barenaked Ladies
Fell on Black Days Soundgarden
Fire The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
Fire and Rain James Taylor
Fire Woman The Cult
Fly Sugar Ray
Fly Away Lenny Kravitz
Free Fallin’ Tom Petty
Get Together The Youngbloods
Great Balls of Fire Jerry Lee Lewis
Harvester of Sorrow Metallica
Have You Seen Her The Chi-Lites
He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother The Hollies
Head Like a Hole Nine Inch Nails
Hells Bells AC/DC
Hey Joe The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Hey Man, Nice Shot Filter
Highway to Hell AC/DC
Hit Me with Your Best Shot Pat Benatar
Holy Diver Dio
I Feel the Earth Move Carole King
I Go to Pieces Peter and Gordon
I’m Goin’ Down Bruce Springsteen
I’m on Fire Bruce Springsteen
Imagine John Lennon
In the Air Tonight Phil Collins
In the Year 2525 Zager and Evans
Intolerance Tool
Ironic Alanis Morissette
It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) R.E.M.
Jet Airliner Steve Miller Band
Johnny Angel Shelley Fabares
Jump Van Halen
Jumper Third Eye Blind
Killer Queen Queen
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door Bob Dylan
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door Guns N’ Roses
Last Kiss J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers
Learn to Fly Foo Fighters
Leaving on a Jet Plane Peter, Paul and Mary
Left Behind Slipknot
Live and Let Die Paul McCartney & Wings
Love Is a Battlefield Pat Benatar
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds The Beatles
Mack the Knife Bobby Darin
Morning Has Broken Cat Stevens
Mother Pink Floyd
My City Was Gone The Pretenders
Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye Steam
New York, New York Frank Sinatra
99 Red Balloons Nena
Nowhere to Run Martha and the Vandellas
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da The Beatles
On Broadway The Drifters
Only the Good Die Young Billy Joel
Paper in Fire John Mellencamp
Peace Train Cat Stevens
Rescue Me Fontella Bass
Rock the Casbah The Clash
Rocket Man Elton John
Rooster Alice in Chains
Ruby Tuesday The Rolling Stones
Run Like Hell Pink Floyd
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Black Sabbath
Sabotage Beastie Boys
Safe in New York City AC/DC
Santa Monica Everclear
Say Hello 2 Heaven Temple of the Dog
Sea of Sorrow Alice in Chains
See You in September The Happenings
Seek & Destroy Metallica
She’s Not There The Zombies
Shoot to Thrill AC/DC
Shot Down in Flames AC/DC
Smokin’ Boston
Smooth Criminal Alien Ant Farm
Some Heads Are Gonna Roll Judas Priest
Speed Kills[Note 2] Bush
Spirit in the Sky Norman Greenbaum
St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion) John Parr
Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin
Suicide Solution Ozzy Osbourne[Note 3]
Sunday Bloody Sunday U2
Sure Shot Beastie Boys
Sweating Bullets Megadeth
That’ll Be the Day Buddy Holly and the Crickets
The Boy from New York City The Ad Libs
The End The Doors
The End of the World Skeeter Davis
The Night Chicago Died Paper Lace
The Worst That Could Happen Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge
Them Bones Alice in Chains
Ticket to Ride The Beatles
Travelin’ Band Creedence Clearwater Revival
Travelin’ Man Ricky Nelson
Tuesday’s Gone Lynyrd Skynyrd
Under the Bridge Red Hot Chili Peppers
Wait and Bleed Slipknot
Walk Like an Egyptian The Bangles
War Bruce Springsteen
War Edwin Starr
War Pigs Black Sabbath
We Gotta Get Out of This Place The Animals
What a Wonderful World Louis Armstrong
When Will I See You Again The Three Degrees
When You’re Falling Afro Celt Sound System
Wipe Out The Surfaris
Wonderful World Sam Cooke
Wonderful World Herman’s Hermits
You Dropped a Bomb on Me The Gap Band
(You’re the) Devil in Disguise Elvis Presley


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Most UK hit singles

Time for an update of the acts with the most (credited) UK hit singles. This list includes any act 46 or more  UK hit singles of which they receive a named credit.

Artist No. of hits
David Guetta 46
Ed Sheeran 46
Depeche Mode 47
Pet Shop Boys 47
Eminem 48
Nicki Minaj 48
U2 48
Prince 49
Jay-Z 51
UB40 51
Beyonce 52
Queen 52
Rolling Stones 52
Justin Bieber 54
Chris Brown 55
Kanye West 55
Kylie Minogue 56
Stevie Wonder 56
Michael Jackson 59
Rihanna 59
Rod Stewart 62
Status Quo 67
Madonna 70
David Bowie 72
Drake 78
Diana Ross (inc credits with The Supremes) 79
Elton John 87
Glee 100
Elvis Presley 119
Cliff Richard 134
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Michael Jackson

Michael would have been 60 this week. As a member of the Jackson 5 & The Jacksons as well as solo artists he had 88 UK hit singles. He also had a few hits as an uncredited backing singer on hits including Stomp (Brothers Johnson), Somebody’s Watching Me (Rockwell) and I Need You (3T) and a number of his songs have been sampled by other acts including Right (SWV using Human Nature), Because Of You (Scanty Sandwich using Sho Be Doo Ba Day), I Got This Feeling (Baby Bumps using Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough), Letter 2 My Unborn (2Pac using Liberian Girl), Good Life (KanYe West using P.Y.T. Pretty Young Thing) and Easy Love (Sigala’s 2015 number one using ABC) to name a few.

Here is his full UK discography. Interesting that his first and last hits (to date) were both number two’s.

Artist credit Title Year Position
Jackson 5 I Want You Back 1970 2
Jackson 5 A B C 1970 8
Jackson 5 The Love You Save 1970 7
Jackson 5 I’ll Be There 1970 4
Jackson 5 Mama’s Pearl 1971 25
Jackson 5 Never Can Say Goodbye 1971 33
Michael Jackson Got To Be There 1972 5
Michael Jackson Rockin’ Robin 1972 3
Michael Jackson Ain’t No Sunshine 1972 8
Jackson 5 Lookin’ Through The Windows 1972 9
Michael Jackson Ben 1972 7
Jackson 5 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town 1972 43
Jackson 5 Doctor My Eyes 1973 9
Jackson 5 Hallelujah Day 1973 20
Jackson 5 Skywriter 1973 25
The Jacksons Enjoy Yourself 1977 42
The Jacksons Show You The Way To Go 1977 1
The Jacksons Dreamer 1977 22
The Jacksons Goin’ Places 1977 26
The Jacksons Even Though You’ve Gone 1978 31
The Jacksons Blame It On The Boogie 1978 8
Diana Ross And Michael Jackson Ease On Down The Road 1978 45
The Jacksons Destiny 1979 39
The Jacksons Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) 1979 4
Michael Jackson Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough 1979 3
Michael Jackson Off The Wall 1979 7
Michael Jackson Rock With You 1980 7
Michael Jackson She’s Out Of My Life 1980 3
Michael Jackson Girlfriend 1980 41
The Jacksons Lovely One 1980 29
The Jacksons Heartbreak Hotel 1980 44
The Jacksons Can You Feel It 1981 6
Michael Jackson One Day In Your Life 1981 1
The Jacksons Walk Right Now 1981 7
Michael Jackson We’re Almost There 1981 46
Michael Jackson And Paul McCartney The Girl Is Mine 1982 8
Michael Jackson Billie Jean 1983 1
Michael Jackson Beat It 1983 3
Michael Jackson Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ 1983 8
Michael Jackson Happy (Love Theme From ‘Lady Sings The Blues’) 1983 52
Paul McCartney  And Michael Jackson Say Say Say 1983 2
Michael Jackson Thriller 1983 10
Michael Jackson P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) 1984 11
Michael Jackson Farewell My Summer Love 1984 7
JACKSONS & Michael Jackson And Mick Jagger State Of Shock 1984 14
Michael Jackson Girl You’re So Together 1984 33
The Jacksons Torture 1984 26
Michael Jackson I Just Can’t Stop Loving You 1987 1
Michael Jackson Bad 1987 3
Michael Jackson The Way You Make Me Feel 1987 3
Michael Jackson Man In The Mirror 1988 21
Michael Jackson With The Jackson 5 I Want You Back (Re-Mix) 1988 8
Stevie Wonder And Michael Jackson Get It 1988 37
Michael Jackson Dirty Diana 1988 4
Michael Jackson Another Part Of Me 1988 15
Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal 1988 8
Michael Jackson Leave Me Alone 1989 2
The Jacksons Nothin (That Compares 2 U) 1989 33
Michael Jackson Liberian Girl 1989 13
Michael Jackson Black Or White 1991 1
Michael Jackson Remember The Time / Come Together 1992 3
Michael Jackson In The Closet 1992 8
Michael Jackson Who Is It 1992 10
Michael Jackson Jam 1992 13
Michael Jackson Prelude-Heal The World 1992 2
Michael Jackson Give In To Me 1993 2
Michael Jackson Will You Be There 1993 9
Michael Jackson Gone Too Soon 1993 33
Michael Jackson With Janet Jackson Scream 1995 3
Michael Jackson You Are Not Alone 1995 1
Michael Jackson Earth Song 1995 1
Michael Jackson They Don’t Care About Us 1996 4
Three T Featuring Michael Jackson Why 1996 2
Michael Jackson Stranger In Moscow 1996 4
Michael Jackson Blood On The Dance Floor 1997 1
Michael Jackson History / Ghosts 1997 5
Michael Jackson Black Or White (Re-Mix) 1992 14
Michael Jackson You Rock My World 2001 2
Michael Jackson Cry 2001 25
Michael Jackson One More Chance 2003 5
Michael Jackson With Will.I.Am The Girl Is Mine (Re-Mix) 2008 32
Michael Jackson With Akon Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ 2008 (Re-Mix) 2008 69
Jackson 5 Who’s Lovin’ You 2009 54
Michael Jackson Human Nature 2009 62
Michael Jackson Smile 2009 74
Michael Jackson (Duet with Akon) Hold My Hand 2010 10
Michael Jackson Love Never Felt So Good 2014 8
DRAKE Featuring Michael Jackson Don’t Matter To Me 2018 2


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