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American number one singles in 2020

In the UK we had 20 different number one during 2020, in American they had 21, for those interested here’s the list;

Artist Title Weeks at number one
Roddy Ricch The Box 11
The Weeknd Blinding Lights 4
Drake Toosie Slide 1
The Scotts The Scotts 1
Doja Cat feat Nicki Minaj Say So 1
Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber Stuck with U 1
Megan Thee Stallion feat Beyoncé Savage 1
Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande Rain on Me 1
DaBaby feat Roddy Ricch Rockstar 7
6ix9ine & Nicki Minaj Trollz 1
Taylor Swift Cardigan 1
Harry Styles Watermelon Sugar 1
Cardi B feat Megan Thee Stallion WAP 4
BTS Dynamite 3
Travis Scott feat Young Thug & M.I.A. Franchise 1
Jawsh 685 x Jason Derulo x BTS Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat) 1
24kGoldn feat Iann Dior Mood 6
Ariana Grande Positions 1
BTS Life Goes On 1
Mariah Carey All I Want for Christmas Is You 2
Taylor Swift Willow 1* Still at number in January 2021

Songs with a time in the title

Many songs have been recorded that include a time of day or night in the title. I’ve ignored the many that include midnight which is the most common time and the same with song that mention noon. Here are 30 songs with a specific time in the title.

Artist Title
Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere
ATB 9pm Till I Come
Bastille Quarter Past Midnight
Blondie 11.59
Bobby Blanco 3am
Busted 3am
Chicago 25 or 6 to 4
Dark Star About 3am
Eminem 3am
Faron Young It’s Four in the Morning
Iron Maiden 2 Minutes to Midnight
Jay1 4am in Coventry
Jay-Z 4.44
Julian Cope 5 O’Clock World
Katy B 5am
KLF 3am Eternal
Londonbeat 9 A.M. (The Comfort Zone)
Lostprophets 4am Forever
M Huncho Feat Nafe Smallz 5am
Marchbox 20 3am
Nonchalant 5 O’Clock
Orleans Quarter to Three
Rialto Monday Morning 5:19
Simon & Garfunkel 7 O’Clock News
The Jam Just Who Is The 5 O’clock Hero
The Quireboys 7 O’Clock
The Strokes 12:51
The Who 5.15
T-Pain & Wiz Khalifa Feat Lily Allen 5 O’Clock
U2 11 O’Clock Tick Tock

Top 20 best-selling albums of 2020

After last week’s list of the top 20 best-selling singles of 2020, here is the top 20 best-selling albums list.

Rank Title Artist
20 Legend Bob Marley & The Wailers
19 Gold – Greatest Hits Abba
18 Chromatica Lady GaGa
17 Legends Never Die Juice WRLD
16 Rumours (35th Anniversary Edition) Fleetwood Mac
15 High Expectations Mabel
14 Hollywood’s Bleeding Post Malone
13 ÷ Ed Sheeran
12 Music to Be Murdered By Eminem
11 Folklore Taylor Swift
10 50 Years – Don’t Stop Fleetwood Mac
9 Greatest Hits Queen
8 Diamonds Elton John
7 Shoot for The Stars Aim for The Moon Pop Smoke
6 Collaborations Project Ed Sheeran
5 Heavy Is the Head Stormzy
4 When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go? Billie Eilish
2 Fine Line Harry Styles
1 Divinely Uninspired to A Hellish Extent Lewis Capaldi

Top 20 best-selling singles of 2020

In a year which saw 20 different chart-topping singles, here is a list of the top 20 best-‘selling’ singles of 2020. When I say selling, most of it was streamed from various platforms including YouTube. Actual paid-for downloads were relatively few.

Rank Artist Title
20 Powfu Feat Beabadoobee Coffee For Your Head (Death Bed)
19 Dua Lipa Physical
18 Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande Rain On Me
17 S1mba Feat DTG Rover
16 Topic Feat A7S Breaking Me
15 Harry Styles Adore You
14 Joel Corry Lonely
13 Doja Cat Say So
12 Jawsh 685 X Jason Derülo Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)
11 Roddy Ricch The Box
10 Harry Styles Watermelon Sugar
9 Stormzy Feat Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy Own It
8 Lewis Capaldi Someone You Loved
7 Joel Corry x Mnek Head & Heart
6 Dababy Feat Roddy Ricch Rockstar
5 Dua Lipa Don’t Start
4 Lewis Capaldi Before You Go
3 Saint JHn Roses
2 Tones & I Dance Monkey
1 The Weeknd Blinding Lights


Shortest UK number one hits

Robin Hughes email to ask how many UK number one hits timed in at two minutes or less. Well, there are 18 of them and here’s the list Robin.

Artist Title Year Time
Alma Cogan Dreamboat 1955 1.51
Winifred Atwell The Poor People Of Paris 1956 1.57
Lonnie Donegan Cumberland Gap 1957 1.57
Elvis Presley And The Jordanaires All Shook Up 1957 1.57
Jerry Lee Lewis Great Balls Of Fire 1957 1.52
Russ Conway Side Saddle 1959 2.00
Russ Conway Roulette 1959 1.50
Adam Faith What Do You Want? 1959 1.39
Adam Faith Poor Me 1960 1.45
Jones, Jimmy Good Timin’ 1960 1.53
Cliff Richard And The Shadows I Love You 1960 2.00
Elvis Presley With The Jordanaires Surrender (Torna A Surriento) 1961 1.53
The Shadows Kon-Tiki 1961 1.57
The Shadows Wonderful Land 1962 1.58
B Bumble And The Stingers Nut Rocker 1962 2.00
Gerry And The Pacemakers How Do You Do It? 1963 1.54
The Beatles From Me To You 1963 1.57
Lil Nas X Old Town Road 2019 1.50

Benny Andersson

Abba’s Benny Andersson is 74 this week and I wondered how many UK hit singles he had written with Bjorn Ulvaeus in addition to all the Abba hits and the answer is 22. Here is the list.

Artist Title Year Position Comments
Sweet Dreams Honey Honey 1974 10
Star Sound Stars On 45 Volume 2 1981 2 A medley that includes seven Abba songs
Frida And B.A. Robertson Time 1983 45
Blancmange The Day Before You Came 1984 22
Murray Head One Night In Bangkok 1984 12
Elaine Paige And Barbara Dickson I Know Him So Well 1985 1
Doctor And The Medics With Roy Wood Waterloo 1986 45
Edelweiss Bring Me Edelweiss 1989 5 Samples S.O.S
Erasure Abba-Esque (EP) 1992 1
Fugees Feat A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes & Forte Rumble In The Jungle 1997 3 Samples The Name of the Game
Steps/Tina Cousins/Cleopatra/B*Witched/Billie Thank Abba For The Music 1999 4
A-Teens Mamma Mia 1999 12
A*Teens Super Trouper 1999 21
Westlife I Have A Dream 1999 1
Steps I Know Him So Well 2001 5
Madonna Hung Up 2005 1
Amanda Seyfried, Ashley Lilley & Rachel Mcdowall Honey Honey 2008 61
Susan Boyle & Geraldine McQueen I Know Him So Well 2011 11
Lily James, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Alexa Davies & Celia Imrie When I Kissed The Teacher 2018 40
Josh Dylan, Lily James & Hugh Skinner Why Did It Have To Be Me 2018 44
Lily James Andante Andante 2018 61
Lily James, Jessica Keenan Wynn & Alexa Davies Mamma Mia 2018 57