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Fewest weeks on album chart for a top five hit

Since the UK album chart started, there have been 20 chart-topping albums that have spent five weeks or less on the chart. Here’s the list.

 

Artist Title Weeks on chart Year
Iron Maiden Fear of the Dark 5 1992
Little Angels Jam 5 1993
Steve Brookstein Heart & Soul 5 2005
Editors In This Light and On This Evening 5 2009
Christina Aguilera Bion-Ic 4 2010
Elton John Vs Pnau Good Morning to the Night 5 2012
Avenged Sevenfold Hail to the King 5 2013
Bob Dylan Shadows in the Night 5 2015
All Time Low Future Hearts 5 2015
Pj Harvey The Hope Six Demolition Project 3 2016
Viola Beach Viola Beach 5 2016
Barbra Streisand Encore – Movie Partners Sing Broadway 3 2016
Ward Thomas Cartwheels 5 2016
Bastille Wild World 5 2016
The Prodigy No Tourists 5 2018
The Foals Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 2 3 2019
Blossoms Foolish Loving Spaces 4 2020
Green Day Father of All Motherfuckers 4 2020
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott Manchester Calling 3 2020
5 Seconds Of Summer Calm 4 2020
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Top 40 Most Played Tracks of the Decade 2010-2020

Last month the PPL revealed the 40 most played songs on UK radio over the last 10 years, I’ve added in the year the song first charted and its total weeks on the UK singles chart.

Rank Artist Title Year Total weeks on Chart
40 Natalie Imbruglia Torn 1997 19
39 Rag’N’Bone Man Human 2016 37
38 Ed Sheeran Shape of You 2017 75
37 Emeli Sandé Next To Me 2012 31
36 Ella Henderson Ghost 2014 43
35 Train Drive By 2012 26
34 Lady Gaga Bad Romance 2009 47
33 Adele Someone Like You 2011 66
32 Katy Perry Firework 2010 48
31 Justin Timberlake Mirrors 2013 31
30 Fun. feat Janelle Monae We Are Young 2012 40
29 James Bay Hold Back the River 2014 56
28 Plan B She Said 2010 38
27 Walk the Moon Shut Up and Dance 2015 48
26 Rihanna Only Girl (In the World) 2010 41
25 Kelly Clarkson Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) 2012 28
24 Kings of Leon Use Somebody 2008 78
23 Maroon 5 feat Wiz Khalifa Payphone 2012 24
22 Coldplay Paradise 2012 51
21 Carly Rae Jepsen Call Me Maybe 2012 48
20 Avicii Wake Me Up 2013 61
19 Katy Perry Roar 2013 40
18 Clean Bandit feat Jess Glynne Rather Be 2014 78
17 Snow Patrol Chasing Cars 2006 111
16 Bruno Mars Just the Way You Are 2010 46
15 Jessie J Domino 2012 34
14 Adele Set Fire to the Rain 2011 47
13 Jason Derulo Want To Want Me 2015 30
12 Bruno Mars Locked Out of Heaven 2012 31
11 Gotye feat Kimbra Somebody That I Used to Know 2012 53
10 Kings of Leon Sex On Fire 2008 91
9 CeeLo Green Forget You 2010 34
8 OneRepublic Counting Stars 2013 64
7 Mark Ronson feat Bruno Mars Uptown Funk 2014 61
6 Black Eyed Peas I Gotta Feeling 2009 82
5 Justin Timberlake Can’t Stop the Feeling 2016 55
4 Daft Punk feat Pharrell Williams Get Lucky 2013 43
3 Maroon 5 feat Christina Aguilera Moves Like Jagger 2011 52
2 Adele Rolling in the Deep 2011 56
1 Pharrell Williams Happy 2014 74
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Three spells at number one

This year saw The Weeknd return to number one twice with the same song, so it got me thinking of how many other number one hits have been dethroned and returned to the top more than once. Well not many as you will see.

Artist Title Year Weeks on top (1st run) Weeks on top (2nd run) Weeks on top (3rd run)
Frankie Laine I Believe 1953 9 6 3
Guy Mitchell Singing The Blues 1957 1 1 1
Baddiel, Skinner & The Lightning Seeds 3 Lions (96) 1996/2018 1 1 1
Pharrell Williams Happy 2014 1 2 1
Justin Bieber What Do You Mean 2015 1 2 2
Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber Despacito 2017 6 3 2
The Weeknd Blinding Lights 2020 2 2 ?
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Biggest vinyl albums of 2020

A couple of weeks ago the Official Charts Company released a list of the biggest vinyl albums of 2020 so far. Note, they didn’t call it the biggest sellers. Here is the top 20 and note the limited amount of new material.

Rank Title Artist
20 White Ladder David Gray
19 The Dark Side of The Moon Pink Floyd
18 Ordinary Man Ozzy Osbourne
17 What’s The Story Morning Glory Oasis
16 Kiwanuka Michael Kiwanuka
15 Why Me Why Not Liam Gallagher
14 Greatest Hits Queen
13 Abbey Road Beatles
12 Hot Fuss Killers
11 Father of All Mother******* Green Day
10 Everything Else Has Gone Wrong Bombay Bicycle Club
9 Foolish Loving Spaces Blossoms
8 Fine Line Harry Styles
7 When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go Billie Eilish
6 Divinely Uninspired To a Hellish Extent Lewis Capaldi
5 More. Again. Forever. Courteeners
4 The Slow Rush Tame Impala
3 Rumours Fleetwood Mac
2 Nevermind Nirvana
1 Back To Black Amy Winehouse
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One week in the top 20

Up until the end of 2019, 30 songs have made the UK singles chart and spent only one week on the chart. Yes, one week inside the top 20 and then gone. Here’s the list;

Artist Title Year Position
Wedding Present Go-Go Dancer 1992 20
Wedding Present Silver Shorts 1992 14
Wedding Present California 1992 16
Wedding Present Boing! 1992 19
Wedding Present Love Slave 1992 17
Wedding Present Sticky 1992 17
Chemical Brothers Loops Of Fury 1996 13
Garbage Shut Your Mouth 2002 20
Marillion Thankyou Whoever You Are 2007 15
Muse Map Of The Problematique 2007 18
Elvis Presley My Baby Left Me 2007 19
Koopa The Crash 2007 16
Wet Wet Wet Weightless 2008 10
John Barrowman I Made It Through The Rain 2009 14
Royal British Legion Two Minute Silence 2010 20
Alex Day Forever Yours 2011 4
Alex Day Lady Godiva 2012 15
Precision Tunes Payphone 2012 9
Emmelie De Forest Only Teardrops 2013 15
Justin Bieber All That Matters 2013 20
Dapper Laughs Proper Moist 2014 15
Neon Brotherhood Hope Ain’t A Bad Thing 2014 16
Bring Me The Horizon Drown 2014 17
Stone Roses All For One 2016 17
Take That Giants 2017 13
Captain Ska Liar Liar Ge2017 2017 4
Ruti Dreams 2018 14
Drake Emotionless 2018 5
Post Malone Hollywood’s Bleeding 2019 11
Stormzy Lessons 2019 9
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Radio stations and their first songs played

Here is a list of 40 radio stations and the first songs they played when they launched. Some have changed names, some swallowed up by other stations and some no longer exist. Most of them  had the freedom to play a decent variety of music unlike now where you’re almost guaranteed to hear the same 100 songs all day long in a different order.

Station Area Artist  Title
Radio 1 National The Move Flowers In The Rain
Radio 2 National Julie Andrews The Sound of Music
Radio X National Girls Aloud Love Machine
Beacon Radio Wolverhampton Eric Carmen Sunrise
Atlantic 252 National Tears For Fears Sowing the Seeds of Love
Radio Mercury Surrey/Sussex Charlie Dore Pilot Of The Airwaves
Capital Radio London Simon & Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water
Capital Gold London Simon & Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water
Radio City Liverpool Stevie Wonder You are the Sunshine of My Life
Radio Forth Edinburgh Pilot January
Mercia Sound Coventry Dan Hartman This Is It
Leicester Sound Leicester Tracey Ullman Sunglasses
Virgin National INXS Born To Be Wild
Piccadilly Radio Manchester Beach Boys Good Vibrations
Cool FM Belfast Starship We Built This City
Radio Hallam Sheffield Kiki Dee I’ve Got The Music In Me
Radio Trent Nottingham Billy Paul July, July, July, July
Radio 5 Live National F.A.B feat MC Parker Thunderbirds Are Go
BBC 6music National Ash Burn Baby Burn
KCFM Hull Beatles Twist & Shout
Radio Clyde Glasgow Song of the Clyde Kenneth McKellar
Essex FM Essex Cliff Richard Wired for Sound
BRMB Birmingham Simon & Garfunkel 59th Street Bridge Song
Radio Caroline National (pirate) Rolling Stones Not Fade Away
2CR Bournemouth Moody Blues Lovely To See You Again
Downtown Radio Northern Ireland Peter Hallett Peace
Hereward Radio Peterborough Bellamy Brothers Let Your Love Flow
Devon Air Devon The Beatles Here Comes The Sun
Radio Wyvern Worcester The Monkees Daydream Believer
Jack FM Oxford The Who Won’t Get Fooled Again
XFM Manchester MC5 Kick Out The Jams
Melody Radio London Tony Bennett Strike Up The Band
Radio 210 Berkshire Carpenters We’ve Only Just Begun
Swansea Sound Swansea MFSB Love Is The Message
Classic FM National Handel Zadok the Priest
Red Rose Radio Lancashire Barbra Streisand Evergreen – Love Theme A Star Is Born)
Chiltern Radio Bedfordshire Beach Boys I Can Hear Music
Signal Radio Staffordshire Neil Diamond Beautiful Noise
Ocean Sound Hampshire Stevie Wonder I Just Called To Say I Love You
SGR Colchester Jimmy Nail Ain’t No Doubt
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