Category: Did you know?

Uncredited vocalists

There are hundreds of songs and hits with prominent vocals (notjust backing vocals) provided by someone who doesnt get the credit where its due. Here is a list of 20 you may or may not have known about.

Artist Title Uncredited vocalist
Direct Drive Anything Helen Rogers
Meat Loaf Dead Ringer For Love Cher
Herb Alpert Diamonds Janet Jackson
Peter Gabriel Games Without Frontiers Kate Bush
Edie Brickell Good Times Barry White
David Bowie Hallo Spaceboy Pet Shop Boys
Andy Williams I Like Your Kind Of Love Peggy Powers
Python Lee Jackson In A Broken Dream Rod Stewart
Wilton Felder Inherit The Wind Bobby Womack
Adamski Killer Seal
Will Powers Kissing With Confidence Carly Simon
Dire Straits Money For Nothing Sting
Chainsmokers Paris Emily Warren
Gary Moore Parisienne Walkways Phil Lynott
Paul Gardiner Stormtrooper In Drag Gary Numan
Crusaders Street Life Randy Crawford
Heaven 17 Temptation Carol Kenyan
Prince U Got The Look Sheena Easton
Donna Summer Unconditional Love Musical Youth
Tears for Fears Woman In Chains Oleta Adams
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Classical goes pop

So many pop songs have ‘borrowed’, ‘stolen’, ‘nicked’, ‘swiped’ or just ‘ripped off’ classical pieces of music, here are a random 20 you may not have realised.

Artist Title Composer Classical piece
Allan Sherman Hello Muddah! Hello Fadduh Amilcare Ponchielli Dance Of The Hours
Barry Manilow Could It Be Magic Frederic Chopin Prelude in C minor
Beach Boys Lady Lynda Bach Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Brian & Michael Matchstalk Men And Matchstalk Cats And Dogs William Rimmer Punchinello
Coolio C U When U Get There Johann Pachelbel Canon in D
Dead Or Alive You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) Richard Wagner Ride Of The Valkyries
Elvis Presley Can’t Help Falling In Love Hector Berlioz Plaisir D’Amour
Eric Carmen All By Myself Sergei Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2
Korgis If I Had You Niccolo Paganini Caprice No.24 In A Minor
Little Mix Little Me Pavane Gabriel Fauré
Mika Grace Kelly Gioachino Rossini Largo Al Factotum
Muse Plug In Baby Bach Toccata and Fugue in D
Nas I Can Ludwig van Beethoven Für Elise
Neil Diamond Song Sung Blue Wolfgang Mozart Piano Concerto No.41
Puff Daddy I’ll Be Missing You Samuel Barber Agnus Dei
Queen It’s A Hard Life Vesti La Giubba Ruggiero Leoncavallo
S Club 7 Natural Pavane Gabriel Fauré
Sting Russians Serge Prokofiev Romance from Lieutenant Kijé
Take That Never Forget Guiseppe Verdi Tuba Mirum from Requiem
Tom Jones Help Yourself Wilma Goich Gli Occhi Miei
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Artists who namecheck themselves in number one albums

Since the UK album chart was devised back in 1956, only 35 have topped the chart where the act get a credit in the title. I’ve discounted compilations like the Best of. (act)! Here’s the list

Act Year
1 Shadows 1961
2 Rolling Stones 1964
3 Monkees 1967
4 Beatles 1968
5 Blind Faith 1969
6 Neil Reid 1972
7 Paul Simon 1972
8 Peter Gabriel 1980
9 Genesis 1983
10 Seal 1991
11 Metallica 1991
12 Seal 1994
13 Elastica 1995
14 Robson & Jerome 1995
15 Blur 1997
16 Jane McDonald 1998
17 Anastacia 2004
18 Scissor Sisters 2004
19 Libertines 2004
20 Il Divo 2004
21 Corinne Bailey Rae 2006
22 Razorlight 2006
23 Scouting for Girls 2008
24 JLS 2009
25 Glee 2010
26 Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 2011
27 Rita Ora 2012
28 Jake Bugg 2012
29 Eminem 2013
30 Royal Blood 2014
31 Faithless 2015
32 Jamie Lawson 2015
33 Viola Beach 2016
34 The Blossoms 2016
35 Harry Styles 2017
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Number one single and album with the same title

In UK chart history only 10 songs that have the same title as the album from which they come have been number one in the same week. Here’s the list.

Aritst Album   Single   Year 
Cliff Richard And The Shadows The Young Ones The Young Ones 1962
Cliff Richard Summer Holiday Summer Holiday 1963
Beatles A Hard Day’s Night A Hard Day’s Night 1964
Beatles Help! Help! 1965
Simon And Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water Bridge Over Troubled Water 1970
Abba Super Trouper Super Trouper 1980
Spandau Ballet True True 1983
David Bowie Let’s Dance Let’s Dance 1983
Madonna Like A Prayer Like A Prayer 1989
Gary Barlow With The Commonwealth Band Sing Sing 2012
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Most UK hits

It’s been a while since I did this list and it was prompted by someone thinking that Glee held the record for the most UK hits. Well here’s a list of the top 25 acts to have 50 or more UK hits to their credit (but only if they are credited as a primary or featuring artist).

Artist Hits
UB40 51
Queen 52
Rolling Stones 52
Jay-Z 53
Ed Sheeran 53
Beyonce 55
Nicki Minaj 55
Kylie Minogue 56
Stevie Wonder 56
Justin Bieber 58
Eminem 58
Michael Jackson 59
Rihanna 59
Diana Ross 60
Kanye West 60
Chris Brown 62
Rod Stewart 62
Status Quo 67
Madonna 70
David Bowie 72
Elton John 87
Drake 94
Glee 100
Elvis Presley 119
Cliff Richard 134
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Songs that namecheck a date

Here are 10 songs that mentioned a specific date on the lyrics, feel free to suggest any more you come up with.

Artist Title Date mentioned
Bobby Gentry Ode To Billy Joe 3rd June
C.W. McCall Convoy 6th June
Earth Wind & Fire September 21st September
Joan Baez The Night They Drove Old dixie Down 10th May
Laurie Lingo & The Dipsticks Convoy GB 6th May
Levellers What A Beautiful Day 5th November
Neil Diamond Desiree 3rd June
Pogues & The Dubliners The Irish Rover 4th July
Temptations Papa Was A Rolling Stone 3rd September
U2 Pride (In The Name Of Love) 4th April
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