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Most weeks on chart for a number two hit

There have been 32 songs, which have spent 40 or more weeks on the chart listing. Some are perennial favourites which return to the chart every year so all weeks have been added together. Here’s the list…

Artist  Title Original peak position year Total weeks on chart
Ray Parker Jr. Ghostbusters 1984 40
Oasis Wonderwall 1995 40
Mark Ronson feat Amy Winehouse Valerie 2007 40
Rizzle Kicks Mama Do the Hump 2012 40
Calvin Harris + Disciples How Deep Is Your Love 2015 40
Chainsmokers feat Daya Don’t Let Me Down 2016 40
Gorillaz Feel Good Inc 2005 41
Nicki Minaj Starships 2012 41
Ed Sheeran Castle on the Hill 2017 41
French Montana feat Swae Lee Unforgettable 2017 42
Free All Right Now 1970 44
The Script The Man Who Can’t Be Moved 2008 44
Calum Scott Dancing On My Own 2016 45
Eminem feat Rihanna Love the Way You Lie 2010 48
Nickelback Rockstar 2008 50
Kanye West feat Jamie Foxx Gold Digger 2005 52
Maroon 5 feat Christina Aguilera Moves like Jagger 2011 52
Passenger Let Her Go 2013 54
Sia Cheap Thrills 2016 54
Acker Bilk Stranger on The Shore 1962 55
Flo Rida feat T-Pain Low 2008 55
Justin Timberlake Can’t Stop the Feeling 2016 55
Adele Rolling In the Deep 2011 56
Major Lazer X DJ Snake feat Mo Lean On 2015 59
Hozier Take Me to Church 2015 66
Mariah Carey All I Want For Christmas Is You 1994 70
Bastille Pompeii 2013 73
Wham! Last Christmas/Everything She Wants 1984 75
Take That Rule the World 2007 75
John Legend All of Me 2014 75
Kings Of Leon Use Somebody 2008 78
Pogues feat Kirsty Maccoll Fairytale of New York 1987 84
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Ridiculous rapper names

Here’s a list of 30 rappers with quite ridiculous names who have appeared on UK chart hits.

Rapper Real Name
6ix9ine Daniel Hernandez
Bobby Shmurda Ackquille Jean Pollard
Chamaillionaire Hakeen Seriki
E-40 Earl Stevens
Fabolous John Jackson
Fetty Wap Willie Maxwell
Gunna Sergio Giavanni Kitchens
J-Boog Jarell Damonte Houston
Jeru The Damaja Kendrick Jeru Davis
Juice Wrld Jarad Higgins
Killah Priest Walter Reed
Kodak Black Dieuson Octave
Kuniva Von Carlisle
Lil Dicky David Andrew Bur
LIL UZI VERT Symere Woods
Lil Yachty Miles Parks McCollum
Meek Mill Robert Rihmeek Williams
Not3s Lukman Odunaike
Ol’ Dirty Bastard Russel Jones
Rich The Kid Dimitri Leslie Roger
Sage The Gemini Dominic Wynn Woods
Skystie Chanelle Scott Calica
Swarmz Brandon Scott
Tiggs Da Author Adam Muhabwa
Tinie Tempah Patrick Chukwuem Okogwu Jr
Too Poetic Anthony Berkeley
Two Chainz Tauheed Epps
Wretch 32 Jermaine Scott
XXXTENTACION Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy
Young Thug Jeffery Lamar Williams
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Debut acts from different countries

This week’s did you know was requested by Ban Ban Ban Wellsey (as he calls himself) and wanted a list of debut artist was each country. I first did this list in 2014 but here it is again and updated.

Country Artist Title of first/only hit Year
Algeria Cheb Mami (as a feat artist with Sting) Desert Rose 2000
Antilles K.I.D. Don’t Stop 1981
Argentina Waldo De Los Rios Mozart Symphony No. 40 In G Minor 1971
Australia Jimmy Parkinson The Great Pretender 1956
Austria Opus Live Is Life 1985
Azerbaijan Ell & Nikki Running Scared 2011
Bahamas Beginning Of The End Funky Nassau 1974
Barbados Johnny Kemp Just Got Paid 1988
Belgium Ping Ping And Al Verlane Sucu Sucu 1961
Bermuda Heather Nova No, No, No 1995
Brazil Los Indios Tabajaras Marie Elena 1963
Cameroon Wes Alane 1998
Canada Gisele McKenzie Seven Lonely Days 1953
Chile Dee-Tah Relax 1998
Columbia Shakira Whenever Wherever 2002
Congo Mohombi Miss Me 2010
Croatia Tatjana Santa Maria 1996
Cuba DeCastro Sisters Teach Me Tonight 1955
Czechoslovakia Jan Hammer Miami Vice Theme 1985
Denmark The Singing Dogs Pat-A-Cake, Pat-A-Cake/Three Blind Mice/Jingle Bells (Medley) 1955
Egypt Bob Azzam Mustapha 1960
Finland Darude Sandstorm 2000
France Caterina Valente The Breeze & I 1955
Germany Obernkirchen Children’s Choir The Happy Wanderer 1954
Ghana Ruby Amanfu Sugah 2003
Gibraltar Breed 77 The River 2004
Greece Aphrodite’s Child Tears And Rain 1968
Guadeloupe Patrick Hernandez Born To Be Alive 1979
Guinea Mory Kante Yeke Yeke 1988
Guyana Eddy Grant Living On The Front Line 1979
Hungary Eve Boswell Pickin’ A Chicken 1955
Iceland Mezzoforte Garden Party 1983
India Spellbound Heaven On Earth 1997
Ireland Eamonn Andrews The Shifting Whispering Sands 1956
Israel Topol If I Were A Rich Man 1967
Italy Renato Carosone Torero – Cha Cha Cha 1958
Jamaica Ezz Reco & The Launchers King Of Kings 1964
Japan Kyu Sakamoto Sukiyaki 1963
Jordan Ayah Marar (as a feat artist with Calvin Harris) Thinking About You 2013
Kenya Roger Whittaker Durham Town (The Leaving) 1969
Lebannon Mika Grace Kelly 2007
Libya Nadia Ali Rapture 2012
Lithuania Ten Walls Walking With Elephants 2014
Malta Gianluca Bezzina Tomorrow 2013
Martinique Gibson Brothers Cuba 1979
Mexico Paulino Rubio Don’t Say Goodbye 2002
Moldova O-Zone Dragostea Din Tei 2004
Montserrat Arrow Hot Hot Hot 1982
Morocco French Montana Unforgettable 2017
Netherlands Shocking Blue Venus 1970
New Zealand John Rowles If I Only Had Time 1968
Nigeria Dr Alban It’s My Life 1992
Norway Frida I Know There’s Something Going On 1982
Pakistan Rumer Slow 2010
Philippines Billy Crawford Urgently In Love 1998
Poland Basia Promises 1988
Portugal Rui Da Silva Touch Me 2001
Puerto Rico Ricky Martin (Un, Dos, Tres) Maria 1997
Romania Gheorghe Zamfir The Light Of Experience – Doina De Jale 1976
Russia Alsou Before You Love Me 2001
Senegal Youssou N’Dour Shakin’ The Tree 1989
Serbia Rita Ora (as a feat artist with DJ Fresh) Hot Right Now 2008
Seychelles Boniface Cheeky 2002
Somalia K’Naan Wavin’ Flag 2010
South Africa Elias And His Zig-Zag Jive Flutes Tom Hark 1958
South Korea PSY Gangnam Style 2012
Spain Johnny and Charley La Yenka 1965
Sweden The Spotnicks Orange Blossom Special 1962
Switzerland Yello I Love You 1983
Thailand Katoi Touch You 2003
Trinidad Trinidad Oil Company The Calendar Song 1977
Turkey DJ Quicksilver Bellisima 1997
UK Max Bygraves Cowpunchers Cantana 1952
Ukraine Ruslana Wild Dances 2004
USA Al Martino Here In My Heart 1952
Yugoslavia Ivo Robic Morgen 1959
Zaire Missa Luba Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin Sanctus 1969
Zambia Warren Mills Sunshine 1985
Zimbabwe Rozalla Faith (In The Power Of Love) 1991
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10 interesting musical facts

12 hours of music are uploaded to SoundCloud every minute.

The oldest artist to have a UK number one is Tom Jones who was 68 years, Nine months and two weeks old when he topped the chart in 2009 with Barry Islands In The Stream alongside Robin Gibb, Vanessa Jenkins and Bryn West.

Status Quo’s 1979 hit Living On an Island was not as exotic as it sounds, it was written about Jersey where Rick Parfitt was resident at the time for tax purposes.

The longest marathon karaoke ever was attempted by Leonardo Polverelli in Italy on 23 Sep 2011. The performance lasted for five days and around 101 hours, 59 minutes and 15 seconds.

The musicians on Johnny Nash’s 1972 hit I Can See Clearly Now is the Average White Band.

Midnight Oil’s 1988 hit Beds Are Burning is about displaced aboriginals in Australia.

In 2015, Adele refused to let her 25 album be used on any streaming services and so if you wanted her album you had to buy the CD or download it. She sold 5 million discs in a month. It probably earned her more money in the process.

Harpo’s 1976 hit Movie Star features Abba’s Frida on backing vocals.

The Greek national anthem is the longest with 158 verses.

The Sue in Dion’s Runaround Sue was Susan Butterfield – his girlfriend at the time.

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The benefit of a re-mix

So many songs have been re-mixed, usually by a producer or DJ, but only 28 have benefitted from a higher chart position, here is the list:

Artist Title Original year Original Position Re-mix year Re-mix position
Climie Fisher Love Changes (Everything) 1987 67 1988 2
New Order Blue Monday 1988 1983 12 1988 3
Desireless Voyage Voyage 1987 53 1988 5
Bill Withers Lovely Day (Sunshine Mix) 1978 7 1988 4
Jeff Wayne The Eve Of The War 1978 36 1989 3
Freddie Mercury Living On My Own 1985 50 1993 1
D:Ream Things Can Only Get Better 1993 24 1994 1
D:Ream U R The Best Thing (2nd Re-Mix) 1992 72 1994 4
MC Sar And The Real Mccoy Another Night 1993 61 1994 2
N-Trance Set You Free 1993 39 1995 2
Nightcrawlers Push The Feeling On 1994 22 1995 3
Berri The Sunshine After The Rain 1994 26 1995 4
Everything But The Girl Missing 1994 69 1995 3
Underworld Born Slippy 1995 52 1996 2
Source Feat Candi Staton You Got The Love 1991 4 1997 3
The Shamen Move Any Mountain – Progen 91 1990 55 1991 4
Zoe Sunshine On A Rainy Day 1990 53 1991 4
Bizarre Inc Playing With Knives 1991 43 1991 4
Shanice I Love Your Smile 1991 55 1992 2
Sister Sledge We Are Family (2nd Re-Mix) 1979 8 1993 5
Wildchild Renegade Master 1995 11 1998 3
Corrs What Can I Do 1998 53 1998 3
Corrs Runaway 1996 49 1999 2
Moloko Sing It Back 1999 45 1999 4
Sonique It Feels So Good 1998 24 2000 1
Delerium Feat Sarah Mclachlan Silence 1999 73 2000 3
DJ Aligator Project The Whistle Song (Blow My Whistle Bitch) 2000 57 2002 5
Bodyrox Feat Luciana Yeah Yeah 2006 45 2006 2
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