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Irish hitmakers

With St Patrick’s Day being celebrated this week, I thought I would list the top 20 most successful Irish (or predominently Irish) acts in UK singles chart history. Here’s the list:

Act Number of UK hits number of number ones Longest chart runner Total weeks on singles chart
Hothouse Flowers 10 0 Don’t Go 36
Cranberries 10 0 Linger 55
The Script 13 1 Hall Of Fame 225
Ronan Keating 14 3 When You Say Nothing At All / If Tomorrow Never Comes 157
Val Doonican 14 0 Walk Tall 143
Boomtown Rats 14 2 Rat Trap 123
Chris De Burgh 15 1 The Lady In Red 71
Gilbert O’Sullivan 16 2 No Matter How I Try 145
Enya 16 1 I Don’t Wanna Know (With Mario Winans) 90
Pogues 17 Nil Fairytale Of New York (With Kirsty MacColl) 144
Sinead O’Connor 17 1 Nothing Compares 2 U 70
Corrs 17 1 Breathless / So Young 109
Bachelors 17 1 Diane / Charmaine 187
Thin Lizzy 18 Nil Sarah / Rosalie-(Cowgirl’s Song) 128
The Saturdays 18 1 Up 197
Daniel O’Donnell 19 Nil I Just Want To Dance With You 71
Boyzone 21 6 Picture Of You 224
Ash 21 Nil Oh Yeah 71
Westlife 28 14 I Have A Dream / Seasons In The Sun / You Raise Me Up 286 (inc 6 weeks curr)
U2 49 7 With Or Without You 339
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Unluckiest UK hit singles

The UK chart was extended from a top 50 to a top 75 on 13 May 1978, here is a list of all the acts who had just one UK hit which spent just one week at number 75. I wonder how many of these you’ve heard of!

Artist Title Year
Angelwitch Sweet Danger 1980
Grand Prix Keep On Believing 1982
Adicts Bad Boy 1983
Dayton The Sound Of Music 1985
Michael Lovesmith Ain’t Nothin’ Like It 1986
Anthony Hopkins Distant Star 1987
Deja Serious 1989
Cheryl Pepsi Riley Thanks For My Child 1990
Stop The Violence Movement Self-Destruction 1990
Pretty Boy Floyd Rock And Roll (Is Gonna Set The Night On Fire) 1991
Seduction Heartbeat 1991
Apples Eye Wonder 1992
Lost Technofunk 1992
D’bora Dream About You 1992
Simone My Family Depends On Me 1993
Souled Out In My Life 1994
Baby June Hey! What’s Your Name 1995
DTOX Shattered Glass 1995
Good Girls Just Call Me 1995
Expose I’ll Never Get Over You (Getting Over Me) 1995
Heartbeat Country Heartbeat 1996
Jhelisa Friendly Pressure 1996
Kreuz Party All Night 1997
Depth Charge Legend Of The Golden Snake 1998
Danielle Brisebois Gimme Little Sign 1998
Quench Dreams 1998
John Parish That Was My Veil 1999
Shades Serenade 1999
Inner Sanctum How Soon Is Now 1999
Niels Van Goch Pulverturm 2000
Der Dritte Raum Hale Bopp 2000
Campag Velocet Vito Satan 2001
Haziza One More 2001
Proud Mary Very Best Friend 2001
Cenoginerz Git Down 2001
Ils Next Level 2002
Goldfinger Open Your Eyes 2002
Mr. Scruff Sweetsmoke 2002
Pete Burns Jack And Jill Party 2002
International Airport Association! 2002
Flash Brothers Amen (Don’t Be Afraid) 2004
Brendan Benson Spit It Out 2004
Black Velvets Once In A While 2005
Bonde Do Role Office Boy 2005
Brit & Alex Let It Go 2006
Remady No Superstar 2007
Steve Mckenna Scottish Soldier 2008
Gaslight Anthem 45 2010
Jermain Jackman And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going 2012
Majestic & Jungle 70 Creeping In The Dark 2015
La La Land Cast Another Day Of Sun 2017
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Interesting musical facts

The first artist to solely write and record his own American number one hit was Buddy Knox, his song Party Doll topped the chart in March 1957.

The first artist to solely write and record his own British number one hit was Russ Conway, his tune Side Saddle topped the exactly two years later in March 1959.

Joy Division’s late lead singer Ian Curtis’s dog was called Candy which was named after the Velvet Underground song, Candy Says.

The X Factor TV theme tune was composed by Andy Love who was a former member of the boy band Northern Line.

Herb Alpert is the only artist to have a American number one singles in both vocal and instrumental forms. The vocal was This Guy’s in Love With You in 1968 and an instrumental was Rise in 1979.

The ‘Beastie’ in Beastie Boys is meant to be an acronym for Boys Entering Anarchistic States Towards Internal Excellence.

Black Sabbath’s Paranoid was written in 20 minutes to fill a three minute gap on their forthcoming album.

The first UK hit version of With A Little Help From My Friends was by Joe Brown.

The Four Aces’ 1955 hit Love Is A Many Splendored Thing was the first American number one that was specifically written for a motion picture.

Jake Roche from Rixton is the son of Shane Ritchie and Coleen Nolan.

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The oldest singers to top the Billboard Singles chart

Following last week’s list of the youngest singers to top the Billboard singles chart, here is a list of the top 10 oldest.

Artist Song Number one in Age
Sammy Davis Jr. The Candy Man 1972 46 years 6 months
Dean Martin Everybody Loves Somebody 1964 47 years 2 months
Bill Medley (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life 1987 47 years 2 months
Lorne Green Ringo 1964 49 years 9 months
Elton John Candle In The Wind-1997 1997 50 years 6 months
Frank Sinatra Somethin’ Stupid 1967 51 years 4 months
Cher Believe 1999 52 years 9 months
Morris Stoloff Moonglow 1956 57 years 10 months
Lawrence Welk Calcutta 1961 57 years 11 months
Louie Armstrong Hello Dolly 1964 63 years 10 months
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Youngest solo artists to have a U.S number one

Here is a list of the 10 youngest solo singers to top the Billboard singles chart;

Artist Song Year of number one Age
Stevie Wonder Fingertips (Part 2) 1963 13 years 88 days
Donny Osmond Go Away Little Girl 1971 13 years 276 days
Jimmy Boyd I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus 1952 12 years 353 days
Michael Jackson Ben 1972 14 years 46 days
Laurie London He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands 1958 14 years 85 days
Little Peggy March I Will Follow Him 1963 15 years 51 days
Brenda Lee I’m Sorry 1960 15 years 220 days
Tiffany I Think We’re Alone Now 1987 16 years 36 days
Paul Anka Diana 1957 16 years 41 days
Brian Hyland Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini 1960 16 years 270 days
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