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US State in act names

Following on from last week’s suggestion from to see how many US States appeared in title of UK hit singles, let’s see how it compares to US States appearing in acts names:

State Artists
Alabama – 1 Alabama 3
Alaska – 0
Arizona – 1 Arizona Feat Zeitia
Arkansas – 0
California – 1 California Sunshine
Colorado – 1 Colorado
Connecticut -0
Delaware – 0
Florida – 1 Flo Rida
Georgia – 4 Georgia Gibbs
Georgia Satellites
Florida Georgia Line
Georgia Jones
Hawaii – 0
Idaho – 0
Illinois – 0
Indiana – 1 Indiana
Iowa – 0
Kansas – 1 Kansas
Kentucky – 0
Louisiana – 0
Maine – 4 Jermaine Jackson
Jermaine Stewart
Jermaine Dupri
Maryland – 0
Massachusetts – 0
Michigan – 0
Minnesota – 0
Mississippi – 0
Missouri – 0
Montana – 3 Mantana Sextet
Hannah Montana
French Montana
Nebraska – 0
Nevada – 2 Nevada (two different acts)
New Hampshire – 0
New Jersey – 0
New Mexico – 0
New York – 2 New York City
New York Skyy
North Carolina – 1 Carolina Liar
North Dakota – 1 The Dakotas
Ohio – 2 Ohio Express
Ohio Players
Oklahoma – 0
Oregon – 0
Pennsylvania – 0
Rhode Island – 0
South Carolina – 1 Breathe Carolina
South Dakota – 1 Dakota
Tennessee – 1 Tennessee Ernie Ford
Texas – 1 Texas
Utah – 1 Utah Saints
Vermont – 0
Virginia – 1 Virginia
Washington – 5 Dinah Washington
Geno Washington
Grover Washington
Keith Washington
Sarah Washington
West Virginia – 0
Wisconsin – 0
Wyoming – 0
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US States in song titles

A couple of weeks ago I had an email from Kev who said, “Listening to California uber alles the other day, got me thinking that California must be the most prolific state in a song’s title. But how do other states compare? Do all 50 states get a mention in at least 1 song title?” Well the answer is that almost 50% of States do not appear in the titles of UK hit singles. Here is the list of every UK hit which contain a US state. Where a title is duplicated this indicates a different version of the same song. Re-entries and re-issues of the same song by the same act do not count. Incidentally I’ve included titles that contain Carolina and Dakota but not specific to North or South. Oh, and Kev, in answer to your question, California is not the most prolific as you will see.

State Songs
Alabama – 4 Alabama Jubilee Sweet Home Alabama
Alabama Song Alabama Blues Revisited
Alaska – 1 North To Alaska
Arizona – 1 Arizona Sky
Arkansas – 0
California – 30 California Here I Come California
California Girls California Screamin’
California Dreamin’ Moving To California
California Man Miss California
California Saga – California California Waiting
Hotel California California’s Bleeding
California Dreaming California Dreamin’
California Girls California
California Dreamin’ California Dreamin’
Hotel California California
It Never Rains (In Southern California) California
California California Soul
California Here I Come Dani California
California Love California Gurls
Take California California King Bed
Colorado – 0
Connecticut -0
Delaware – 1 Delaware
Florida – 0
Georgia – 4 Georgia On My Mind The Devil Went Down To Georgia
Midnight Train To Georgia Rainy Night In Georgia
Hawaii – 2 Hawaii Tattoo Hawaiian Wedding Song
Idaho – 0
Illinois – 0
Indiana – 2 Indiana Indiana Wants Me
Iowa – 0
Kansas – 3 Kansas City Kansas City
Kansas City Star
Kentucky – 3 A Message To Martha (Kentucky Bluebird) Message To Martha (Kentucky Bluebird)
Kentucky Rain
Louisiana – 0
Maine – 1 Charmaine
Maryland – 0
Massachusetts – 1 Massachusetts (The Lights Went Out In)
Michigan – 0
Minnesota – 0
Mississippi – 2 Mississippi My Head’s In Mississippi
Missouri – 1 Walkin’ To Missouri
Montana – 1 If She Should Come To You (La Montana)
Nebraska – 0
Nevada – 0
New Hampshire – 0
New Jersey – 0
New Mexico – 0
New York – 32 New York Mining Disaster 1941 Jamaican In New York
New York City Fashion Crisis Hits New York
New York Groove The Only Living Boy In New York
From New York To L.A. The Snows Of New York
Native New Yorker Native New Yorker
The Boy From New York City King Of New York
New York, New York New York City Boy
Theme From New York, New York Hard To Explain / New York City Cops
A Night In New York New York New York
Another Lonely Night In New York Leaving New York
New York Eyes New York, New York
New York Afternoon Moving To New York
Fairytale Of New York New York
Englishman In New York New York
King Of The New York Streets Welcome To New York
Boy From New York City New York Raining
North Carolina – 2 Carolina Moon Oh Carolina
North Dakota – 1 The Black Hills Of Dakota
Ohio – 2 Banks Of The Ohio Ohio
Oklahoma – 0
Oregon – 0
Pennsylvania – 0
Rhode Island – 0
South Carolina – 2 Lk Carolina Carol Bela Carolina
South Dakota – 1 Dakota
Tennessee – 5 Tennessee Wig Walk Tennessee
Memphis Tennessee Me And Tennessee
Memphis Tennessee
Texas – 7 The Yellow Rose Of Texas Texas
The Yellow Rose Of Texas Texas Never Whispers
The Yellow Rose Of Texas Texas Cowboys
Deep In The Heart Of Texas
Utah – 0
Vermont – 0
Virginia – 1 Virginia Plain
Washington – 1 Mrs. Washington
West Virginia – 1 Virginia Plain
Wisconsin – 0
Wyoming – 0
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Decca records

The Decca record label is 84 years old this week. I Love You Truly by Bing Crosby became the first release and had the catalogue number D-100. There have been 41 songs that reached number one in the UK on the Decca label spending a total of 84 weeks at the summit, here’s the list which covers 1953 to 2014.

Artist Title Year Weeks at Number 1
Stargazers Broken Wings 1953 1
Lita Roza (How Much Is) That Doggie In The Window 1953 1
Mantovani The Song From The Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart) 1953 1
David Whitfield Answer Me 1953 2 *
Stargazers I See The Moon 1954 6 *
David Whitfield Cara Mia 1954 10
Vera Lynn My Son My Son 1954 2
Dickie Valentine and The Stargazers The Finger Of Suspicion 1955 3 *
Jimmy Young Unchained Melody 1955 3
Jimmy Young The Man From Laramie 1955 4
Johnston Brothers Hernando’s Hideaway 1955 2
Dickie Valentine Christmas Alphabet 1955 3
Winifred Atwell and Her Other Piano The Poor People Of Paris 1956 3
Tommy Steele and The Steelmen Singing The Blues 1957 1
Lord Rockingham’s XI Hoots Mon 1958 3
Anthony Newley Why 1960 4
Anthony Newley Do You Mind 1960 1
Eden Kane Well I Ask You 1961 1
Tornados Telstar 1962 5
Jet Harris and Tony Meehan Diamonds 1963 3
Brian Poole and The Tremeloes Do You Love Me 1963 3
Bachelors Diane 1964 1
Rolling Stones It’s All Over Now 1964 1
Rolling Stones Little Red Rooster 1964 1
Moody Blues Go Now! 1965 1
Tom Jones It’s Not Unusual 1965 1
Unit Four Plus Two Concrete And Clay 1965 1
Rolling Stones The Last Time 1965 3
Rolling Stones (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction 1965 2
Rolling Stones Get Off Of My Cloud 1965 3
Rolling Stones Paint It, Black 1966 1
Small Faces All Or Nothing 1966 1
Tom Jones Green Green Grass Of Home 1966 7
Engelbert Humperdinck Release Me 1967 6
Engelbert Humperdinck The Last Waltz 1967 5
Rolling Stones Jumpin’ Jack Flash 1968 2
Rolling Stones Honky Tonk Women 1969 5
Lieutenant Pigeon Mouldy Old Dough 1972 4
Military Wives with Gareth Malone Wherever You Are 2011 1
Gary Barlow with the Commonwealth Band Sing 2012 1
Gareth Malone’s All Star Choir Wake Me Up 2014 1
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Most streamed songs from each year in 2017

The Official Charts Company recently released a list of the most streamed songs of 2017 by original year of release from 1960 – 2017. Here’s the list:


Year Artist Title
1960 Etta James At Last
1961 Ben E King Stand By Me
1962 Sam Cooke Bring It On Home To Me
1963 Andy Williams It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
1964 The Temptations My Girl
1965 Four Tops I Can’t Help Myself
1966 Rolling Stones Paint It Black
1967 Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
1968 Jimi Hendrix All Along The Watchtower
1969 Jackson 5 I Want You Back
1970 Stevie Wonder Signed Sealed Delivered (I’m Yours)
1971 Elton John Tiny Dancer
1972 Stevie Wonder Superstition
1973 Elton John Step Into Christmas
1974 Lynyrd Skynyrd Sweet Home Alabama
1975 Queen Bohemian Rhapsody
1976 Fleetwood Mac Go You Own Way
1977 ELO Mt Blue Sky
1978 Earth Wind & Fire September
1979 AC/DC Highway To Hell
1980 Daryl Hall & John Oates My Make My Dreams
1981 Journey Don’t Stop Belivin’
1982 Toto Africa
1983 Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
1984 Wham! Last Christmas
1985 Shakin’ Stevens Merry Christmas Everyone
1986 Paul Simon You Can Call Me Al
1987 The Pogues feat Kirsty MacColl Fairtyale Of New York
1988 Tracy Chapman Fast Car
1989 Stone Roses I Wanna Be Adored
1990 AC/DC Thunderstrick
1991 Nirvana Smells Like Teen Spirit
1992 Radiohead Creep
1993 James Laid
1994 Mariah Carey All I Want For Christmas Is You
1995 Oasis Wonderwall
1996 Blackstreet feat Dr Dre No Diggity
1997 Verve Bitter Sweet Symphony
1998 Goo Goo Dolls Iris
1999 TLC No Scrubs
2000 Linkin Park In The End
2001 Strokes Last Nite
2002 R Kelly Ignition Remix
2003 The Killers Mr Brightside
2004 Jay-Z & Linkin Park Numb/Encore
2005 Kanye West feat Jamie Foxx Gold Digger
2006 The Kooks Naïve
2007 Arctic Monkeys Flourescent Adolescent
2008 Coldplay Viva La Vida
2009 Train Hey Soul Sister
2010 Two Door Cinema Club What You Know
2011 Ed Sheeran The A Team
2012 Imagine Dragons Radioactive
2013 Bastille Pompeii
2014 Ariana Grande One Last Time
2015 Dua Lipa Be The One
2016 Jax Jones feat Raye You Don’t Know Me
2017 Ed Sheeran Shape Of You
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Songs That start and end with the same line

Here is a list of 35 UK hits where the first and last line of the lyrics ar the same. There are probably more, feel free to give me your suggestions,

Title Artist
5.15 The Who
All This Time Sting
Banana Boat Song Harry Belafonte
Boyfriend Justin Bieber
Can I Play With Madness Iron Maiden
Coward Of The County Kenny Rogers
Dear Prudence Siouxsie & The Banshees
Delaware Perry Como
Diane Bachelors
Gangsters Special AKA
Ghost Town Specials
Goin’ Back Dusty Springfield
Highly Strung Spandau Ballet
Honey Bobby Goldsboro
I Won’t Back Down Tom Petty
I’m A Better Man Now Engelbert Humperdinck
Johnny The Horse Madness
Last Train To Clarksville Monkees
Let Me Be The One Shadows
Let’s Get Rocked Def Leppard
Love Story Taylor Swift
Marvin Gaye Charlie Puth
New Morning Placebo
On The Inside Lynn Hamilton
Rainbow Child Dan Reed Network
Riders On The Storm Doors
Shame alan Price Set
Stay (I Missed You) Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories
Summer The First Time Bobby Goldsboro
Take It On The Run REO Speedwagon
The A Hole In The Bucket Harry Belafonte & Odetta
The Onion Song Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
Tutti Frutti Little Richard
What’s Up Four Non Blondes
Ziggy Stardust Bauhaus
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