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Top 20 greatest BBC Radio presenters

In 2017, the BBC launched a poll to celebrate 50 years or Radio’s 1, 2, 3 & 4 and the results were as follows.

20 Tony Blackburn
19 Nick Clarke
18 Linda Smith
17 Fi Glover
16 James Naughtie
15 Danny Baker
14 Melvin Bragg
13 John Humphrys
12 Kirsty Young
11 Brian Redhead
10 Jenni Murray
9 Eddie Mair
8 Humphrey Lyttelton
7 Jane Garvey
6 Kenny Everett
5 Alistair Cooke
4 Annie Nightingale
3 Sue MacGregor
2 John Peel
1 Terry Wogan

UK number ones that start and end with the same letter

There are 55 UK number ones that have a title which start and end with the same letter, here is the list.

Title Artist
America Razorlight
Deeper Underground Jamiroquai
Do You Mind Anthony Newley
Don’t Turn Around Aswad
Don’t You Worry Child Swedish House Mafia Feat John Martin
Eastside Benny Blanco & Halsey & Khalid
Easy Love Sigala
Ebeneezer Goode Shamen
Eternal Flame Atomic Kitten
Eternal Flame Bangles
Everlasting Love Love Affair
Every Breath You Take Police
Everybody In Love JLS
Everytime Britney Spears
Give Me Everything Pitbull Feat Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer
Good Feeling Flo Rida
Hallelujah Alexandra Burke
Hangin’ Tough New Kids on The Block
Heaven Is A Place On Earth Belinda Carlisle
Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini Bombalurina
Living Doll Cliff Richard and The Drifters,
Living Doll Cliff Richard and The Young Ones Feat Hank Marvin
Long Haired Lover From Liverpool Little Jimmy Osmond
Look At That Girl Guy Mitchell
Millennium Robbie Williams
Never Be The Same Again Melanie C Feat Lisa ‘Left-Eye’ Lopes
Return To Sender Elvis Presley With the Jordanaires
Rhythm Is A Dancer Snap
River Eminem Feat Ed Sheeran
River Ellie Goulding
Roar Katy Perry
Rockstar Dababy Feat Roddy Ricch
Rockstar Post Malone Feat 21 Savage
Rollercoaster B*Witched
Running Bear Johnny Preston
Sealed With A Kiss Jason Donovan
Seven Tears Goombay Dance Band
She Wears Red Feathers Guy Mitchell
Sign Of The Times Harry Styles
Singing The Blues Guy Mitchell
Singing The Blues Tommy Steele and The Steelmen
Sixteen Tons Tennessee Ernie Ford
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes Platters
Stitches Shawn Mendes
Summer Nights John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
Suspicious Minds Will Young & Gareth Gates
Thank U Next Ariana Grande
The Lion Sleeps Tonight Tight Fit
Tiger Feet Mud
Total Eclipse Of The Heart Bonnie Tyler
Travellin’ Light Cliff Richard and The Shadows
Twilight Cover Drive
Twist And Shout Chaka Demus And Pliers with Jack Radics &Taxi Gang
Who’s Sorry Now Connie Francis
You’re Driving Me Crazy Temperance Seven

Bands and their alternative names

Here is a list of 25 bands who, at some point in their career, briefly changed their name. Some before they were famous, some during and some after. They have all either recorded or performed under these names.

Band name Pseudonyn
Genesis The Garden Wall
Scissor Sisters Queef Latina
Damned Naz Nomad And The Nightmares
Stranglers Celia And The Mutations
Kaiser Chiefs Hooks For Hands
U2 Passenger
Aerosmith Dr J Jones and the Interns
Metallica The Lemmys
Las Lee Rude And The Velcro Underpants
Franz Ferdinand The Black Hands
Clash The Lash
Prodigy Earthbound
Biffy Clyro Jaggy Snake
Motley Crue The Four Skins
The Jam John’s Boys
Arctic Monkeys The Death Ramps
Motorhead Iron Fist & the Hordes of Hell
Arcade Fire The Reflektors
Foo Fighters Dee Gees
Cure The Obtainers
REM Bingo Hand Job
Iron Maiden The Entire Population Of Hackney
Strokes Venison
Rolling Stones The Cockroaches
Led Zepellin Melvin Giganticus And The Turd Burglars

Guest appearance on songs with the due credit

Here is a list of 20 hits that all feature an uncredited well-known person (s).

Artist Title Uncredited act
Crusaders Street Life Randy Crawford
David Bowie Young Americans Luther Vandross
Dire Straits Money For Nothing Sting
Donna Summer Unconditional Love Musical Youth
Elton John Wrap Her Up George Michael
Gary Moore Parisienne Walkways Phil Lynott
Jessica Simpson These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ Willie Nelson
John Stewart Gold Stevie Nicks
Meat Loaf Deadringer for Love Cher
Paul Gardiner Stormtrooper In Drag Gary Numan
Peter Gabriel Games Without Frontiers Kate Bush
Python Lee Jackson In A Broken Dream Rod Stewart
Quincy Jones Stuff Like That Nick Ashford, Valerie Simpson & Chaka Khan
R.E.M Shiny Happy People Kate Pierson of B-52s
Rihanna Rehab Justin Timberlake
Rockwell Somebody’s Watching Me Michael Jackson
Run DMC Walk This Way Aerosmith
Sean Kingston Party All Night (Sleep All Day) Nicki Minaj
Travis Scott Carousel Frank Turner
Will Powers Kissing With Confidence Carly Simon

500 greatest albums of all time


A few months ago, Rolling Stone magazine updated their list of the top 500 albums of all-time. Listed here is the top 40.

This, from the Rolling Stone website, explains how it was compiled.

Rolling Stone‘s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time was originally published in 2003, with a slight update in 2012. Over the years, it’s been the most widely read — and argued over — feature in the history of the magazine (last year, the RS 500 got over 63 million views on the site). But no list is definitive — tastes change, new genres emerge, the history of music keeps being rewritten. So we decided to remake our greatest albums list from scratch. To do so, we received and tabulated Top 50 Albums lists from more than 300 artists, producers, critics, and music-industry figures.

Rank Artist Title
40 David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
39 Talking Heads Remain in Light
38 Bob Dylan Blonde on Blonde
37 Dr. Dre The Chronic
36 Michael Jackson Off the Wall
35 The Beatles Rubber Soul
34 Stevie Wonder Innervisions
33 Amy Winehouse Back to Black
32 Beyoncé Lemonade
31 Miles Davis Kind of Blue
30 Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced
29 The Beatles The Beatles (White Album)
28 D’Angelo Voodoo
27 Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
26 Patti Smith Horses
25 Carole King Tapestry
24 The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
23 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground and Nico
22 The Notorious B.I.G. Ready to Die
21 Bruce Springsteen Born to Run
20 Radiohead Kid A
19 Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly
18 Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited
17 Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
16 The Clash London Calling
15 Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
14 The Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street
13 Aretha Franklin I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
12 Michael Jackson Thriller
11 The Beatles Revolver
10 Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
9 Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks
8 Prince & the Revolution Purple Rain
7 Fleetwood Mac Rumours
6 Nirvana Nevermind
5 The Beatles Abbey Road
4 Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life
3 Joni Mitchell Blue
2 The Beach Boys Pet Sounds
1 Marvin Gaye What’s Going On

The UK’s biggest-selling albums by groups

After last week’s list of the top 25 best-selling albums by solo acts, here is a list of the top 25 by group. This list does not include any soundtracks, that’s for another day.

Rank Artist Title Year
1 Queen Greatest Hits 1981
2 Abba Gold – Greatest Hits 1992
3 Beatles Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967
4 Oasis What’s The Story Morning Glory 1995
5 Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon 1973
6 Dire Straits Brothers In Arms 1985
7 Queen Greatest Hits II 1991
8 Fleetwood Mac Rumours 1977
9 Simply Red Stars 1991
10 Bob Marley & The Wailers Legend 1984
11 Verve Urban Hymns 1997
12 Beatles 1 2000
13 Simon & Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water 1970
14 Corrs Talk On Corners 1997
15 Spice Girls Spice 1996
16 Coldplay A Rush Of Blood To The Head 2002
17 Kings of Leon Only By The Night 2008
18 Take That Beautiful World 2006
19 Keane Hopes And Fears 2004
20 U2 The Joshua Tree 1987
21 Scissor Sisters Scissor Sisters 2004
22 Coldplay X&Y 2005
23 Travis The Man Who 1999
24 Coldplay Parachutes 2000
25 Abba Greatest Hits 1975