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Albums with over 300 weeks on the chart

In the 63 year existence of the UK album chart, only 12 have spent a total of 300 or more weeks on the listing. Here is the list.

Act Album Title
Total Weeks
Simon And Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water 308
Michael Jackson Number Ones 312
Soundtrack South Pacific 315
Ed Sheeran + 323
Oasis (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? 323
Film Soundtrack The Sound Of Music 375
Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon 383
Meat Loaf Bat Out Of Hell 490
Fleetwood Mac Rumours 502
Abba Gold – Greatest Hits 623
Queen Queen Greatest Hits 634
Bob Marley And The Wailers Legend – The Best Of Bob Marley And The Wailers 685
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Pretty terrible original band names

Here is a list of 25 original band names before they decided to change it to something more appealing.

Original Name Famous Name
The Young Aborigines Beastie Boys
Polka Tulk Blues Band Black Sabbath
Angel and the Snake Blondie
Soft White Underbelly Blue Öyster Cult
Seymour Blur
The Band Aid Boys Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Naked Toddler Creed
Atomic Mass Def Leppard
Girl’s Tyme Destiny’s Child
Pud Doobie Brothers
Mr. Soft Elbow
The Sex Maggots Goo Goo Dolls
Sweet Children Green Day
Wicked Lester Kiss
Kara’s Flowers Maroon 5
Village Idiots Nickelback
Mookie Blaylock Pearl Jam
Screaming Abdabs Pink Floyd
On a Friday Radiohead
Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem Red Hot Chili Peppers
Tom and Jerry Simon and Garfunkel
Shrug Snow Patrol
The Shrinky Dinks Sugar Ray
The Obelisk The Cure
Rat Salad Van Halen
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Number ones on Re-entry

With Ed Sheeran’s recent chart topper, Take Me Back To London doing so on its second attempt, it got me wondering how many other songs initially entered the chart, dropped out and then went to number one on their return. Well there are 22 of them, here’s the list.

Artist Title Date first charted Date reached number one
The Stargazers Broken Wings 14/02/1953 11/04/1953
Bill Haley and His Comets (We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock 08/01/1955 26/11/1955
Elvis Presley All Shook Up 15/06/1957 13/07/1957
Shirley Bassey As I Love You 20/12/1958 21/02/1959
Roy Orbison Only The Lonely (Know How I Feel) 30/07/1960 22/10/1960
The Equals Baby Come Back 04/05/1968 06/07/1968
Mungo Jerry Baby Jump 06/02/1971 06/03/1971
Simon Park Orchestra Eye Level (Theme From  Van Der Valk) 25/11/1972 29/09/1973
John Lennon Imagine 01/11/1975 10/01/1981
Kraftwerk The Model / Computer Love 11/07/1981 06/02/1982
Rage Against The Machine Killing In The Name 27/02/1993 26/12/2009
PJ And Duncan Let’s Get Ready To Rhumble 23/07/1994 06/04/2013
Deep Blue Something Breakfast At Tiffany’s 06/07/1996 05/10/1996
Baddiel, Skinner & the Lightning Seeds 3 Lions 01/06/1996 21/07/2018
Estelle Feat Kanye West American Boy 15/03/2008 29/03/2008
Black Eyed Peas I Gotta Feeling 20/06/2009 08/08/2009
Lady Gaga and Beyonce Telephone 05/12/2009 27/03/2010
David Guetta Feat Sia Titanium 20/08/2011 18/02/2012
Labrinth Feat Emeli Sande Beneath Your Beautiful 20/10/2012 03/11/2012
Omi Cheerleader 31/01/2015 09/05/2015
Ed Sheeran Perfect 18/03/2017 16/12/2017
Ed Sheeran Feat Stormzy Take Me Back To London 27/07/2019 07/09/2019
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10 musical tit-bits to make you go wow!

Malcolm Young, AC/DC guitarist, worked in a bra factory as a sewing-machine mechanic.

Ed Sheeran’s 2019 tour generated £630m from 8.9 million tickets to surpass U2’s 2009-11 360° tour as the highest-grossing and most well-attended of all-time.

Aerosmith’s I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing was originally written for, but turned down by, Celine Dion.

Beck’s 2012 album, Song Reader, was released only in sheet music form and was 108 pages long. There was no physical audio format, he did it for others to interpret his music.

Five years before Black Lace plagued the world with Agadoo, they represented the UK at Eurovision with Mary Ann and came 7th.

Nick Mason, drummer with Pink Floyd, is the only member of the group to appear on every Pink Floyd album.

Paul McCartney once revealed that Got to Get you Into My Life was about drugs with the ‘you’ being marijuana.

The Doors were the first band ever to advertise a new album on a billboard.

In America in the 1950s jukeboxes were banned within hearing distances of a church. 

Prince played guitar on Madonna’s Like a Prayer which was verified by the producer and songwriter Patrick Leonard, but Madonna decided not to use it in the end.

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Most weeks at number one on the Irish singles chart

The Irish singles chart was first published on 1st Ocotber 1962 and since then only 12 songs have spent 10 or more weeks at the top, here is the list.

Weeks Artists Title Year
10 Wings Mull of Kintyre 1977
10 Mark McCabe Maniac 2000 2000
10 Drake God’s Plan 2018
11 Queen Bohemian Rhapsody 1975 & 1991
11 Bryan Adams (Everything I Do) I Do It for You 1991
11 Drake feat Wizkid and Kyla One Dance 2016
12 The Black Eyed Peas I Gotta Feeling 2009
12 Pharrell Williams Happy 2014
13 1990 Republic of Ireland World Cup Squad Put ‘Em Under Pressure 1990
14 Ed Sheeran Shape of You 2017
15 Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee feat Justin Bieber Despacito 2017
18 Bill Whelan Riverdance 1994
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Quick facts

Kurt Cobain once worked as a lifeguard at a YMCA.

In 1955 Johnny Mathis was a high jumper and was then ranked 85th in the world.

The record for the longest note held by a female singer on a UK hit single is Donna Summer on here duet hit with Barbra Streisand –No More Tears (Enough Is Enough). She holds the note for 16.7 seconds.

Burt Bacharach used to own a pet duck named Quack Quackerach

Elaine Paige one made an appearance in the 70s soap Crossroads as well as appearing in the 1968 film Oliver.

Rick Nelson was killed in a plane crash in 1985, that plane was originally owned by Jerry Lee Lewis who sold it after he had a premonition that it would crash on its next journey.

Before becoming Elvis Presley’s agent, Colonel Tom Parker ran a troupe of dancing chickens

The Eagles guitarist Don Felder used to give guitar lessons to Tom Petty.

At a party in Los Angeles, Groucho Marx, in jest, once jokingly pointed his index fingers at Elton John, as if holding a pair of pistols. Elton put his hands up and said, “Don’t shoot me, I’m only the piano player,” which inspired the title of his 1973 album.

The original Village People line-up were recruited from an advert that read Macho types wanted: must have moustache.

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