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More Italian number ones

Following on from last week’s 1959 – 1989 list of Italian number ones that made the top 10 in the UK but not number one, now here is the 1990 – 2020 list.

Artist Title
Whitney Houston I’m Your Baby Tonight
Londonbeat I’ve Been Thinking About You
Simple Minds Let There Be Love
Crystal Waters Gypsy Woman
Annie Lennox Why
Madonna This Used to Be My Playground
Madonna Erotica
Felix Don’t You Want Me
Haddaway What Is Love
Bryan Adams, Sting & Rod Stewart All for Love
Corona The Rhythm of the Night
Bruce Springsteen Streets of Philadelphia
Madonna I’ll Remember
Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry 7 Seconds
Annie Lennox No More I Love You’s
Corona Baby Baby
Everything but the Girl Missing
Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson Scream
De’Lacy Hideaway
Robert Miles Children
Michael Jackson They Don’t Care About Us
2pac & Dr. Dre California Love
Livin’ Joy Don’t Stop Movin’
Jamiroquai Virtual Insanity
Michael Jackson Stranger in Moscow
Underworld Born Slippy
Robert Miles & Maria Nayler One & One
Daft Punk Around the World
Ultra Naté Free
Chumbawamba Tubthumping
Mousse T vs Hot ‘N’ Juicy Horny
Des’Ree Life
Aerosmith I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing
Goo Goo Dolls Iris
Madonna Beautiful Stranger
Aqua Cartoon Heroes
Bloodhound Gang The Bad Touch
Bon Jovi It’s My Life
Bomfunk MC’s Freestyler
Ricky Martin She Bangs
Backstreet Boys Shape of My Heart
Madonna Don’t Tell Me
U2 Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of
Depeche Mode Dream On
Shakira Whenever, Wherever
George Michael Freeek!
The Calling Wherever You Will Go
Oasis Stop Crying Your Heart Out
Red Hot Chili Peppers By the Way
U2 Electrical Storm
Madonna Die Another Day
Robbie Williams Feel
Panjabi MC Mundian To Bach Ke
Madonna American Life
Sean Paul Get Busy
Dido White Flag
Lumidee Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh)
The Black Eyed Peas Shut Up
George Michael Amazing
Anastacia Left Outside Alone
Britney Spears My Prerogative
Lee Ryan Army of Lovers
Depeche Mode Precious
Robbie Williams Tripping
Madonna Jump
U2 and Green Day The Saints Are Coming
U2 Window in the Skies
Avril Lavigne Girlfriend
Timbaland pts OneRepublic Apologize
Madonna Celebration
Robbie Williams Bodies
Shakira feat Freshlyground Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)
Eminem feat Rihanna Love the Way You Lie
Adele Rolling in the Deep
Jennifer Lopez feat Pitbull On the Floor
Alexandra Stan Mr. Saxobeat
Pink feat Nate Ruess Just Give Me a Reason
Passenger Let Her Go
Klingande Jubel
Coldplay A Sky Full of Stars
Enrique Iglesias feat Sean Paul, Gente de Zona & Descemer Bueno Bailando
Hozier Take Me to Church
Alan Walker Faded
Sia Cheap Thrills
J Balvin and Willy William Mi Gente

Italian number ones

I’m doing this in two parts  – here is a list of UK top 10 hits (but not number ones) that made number one in Italy. Between 1959 and 2020 there have been a total of 123. Here is the 1959 – 1989 list.

Artist Title
Neil Sedaka Oh Carol
Percy Faith Theme from A Summer Place
Connie Francis Where the Boys Are
Chubby Checker Let’s Twist Again
Pat Boone Speedy Gonzales
The Beatles Please Please Me
1910 Fruitgum Company Simon Says
Barry Ryan Eloise
Shocking Blue Venus
The Beatles Let It Be
Elton John Crocodile Rock
Bee Gees Stayin’ Alive
Bee Gees Too Much Heaven
Patrick Hernandez Born to Be Alive
Amii Stewart Knock on Wood
The Knack My Sharona
Diana Ross Upside Down
OMD Enola Gay
Kim Carnes Bette Davis Eyes
Imagination Music & Lights
Chicago Hard to Say I’m Sorry
F. R. David Words
Mike Oldfield Moonlight Shadow
Irene Cara Flashdance
Paul Young Love of the Common People
Van Halen Jump
Duran Duran The Wild Boys
Duran Duran A View to a Kill
Simple Minds Alive and Kicking
Arcadia Election Day
A-ha Take On Me
Madonna Live To Tell
MC Miker G & DJ Sven Holiday Rap
Duran Duran Notorious
Michael Jackson Bad
George Michael Faith
Eighth Wonder I’m Not Scared
Madonna Express Yourself
Kaoma Lambada

Biggest-selling songs not to get to number one in the UK

I did a list of these way back in 2013 and it’s time to update it as things have changed. Back in 1994, Mariah Carey released the song All I Want for Christmas is you which peaked at number two and has subsequently entered the UK chart since 2014 when downloads were counted towards the UK singles chart even though, due the bizarre rules the OCC seem to have invented which really obscures the reality of the chart, it’s been permanently on ACR which stand for Accelerated Chart Ratio. In a net shell, this means that ‘sales’ of old tracks that return to the chart down have the same ratio of streams to sales. Why? Who knows! This is probably one of the reasons the chart is so irrelvant to anyone outside the music industry.

The song has returned to chart every Christmas since 2014 and has peaked, again, at number two on three further occasions. But on week ending 19th December 2020 the song finally went to number one which means it was no longer the biggest selling single not to get to number one. This is the reason for updating this table and here is the current top 10 singles to fall into that category.

Rank Artist  Title Peak Position Year first charted Weeks on chart
10 Snow Patrol Chasing Cars 6 2006 111
9 Natalie Imbruglia Torn 2 1997 19
8 Robbie Williams Angels 4 1997 28
7 Idina Menzel Let It Go 11 2013 63
6 New Order Blue Monday 9 1983 54
5 Pogues & Kirsty McColl Fairtytale of New York 2 1987 92
4 Eminem & Rihanna Love The Way You Lie 2 2010 48
3 John Legend All Of Me 2 2014 75
2 Oasis Wonderwall 2 1995 40
1 Maroon 5 Ft Christina Aguilera Moves Like Jagger 2 2011 52

Songs with a twist

Four years ago I did a connection round at my start of year quiz where all the song had a twist at the end, I’ve since found a few more, here are 15 examples.

Title Artist
Chuck E’s In Love Rickie Lee Jones
Clair Gilbert O’Sullivan
Dreams of the Everyday Housewife Glen Campbell
Escape (The Pina Colada Song) Rupert Holmes
Always The Last to Know Del Amitri
A Boy Named Sue Johnny Cash
All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You Heart
Georgina Bailey Noosha Fox
Lola Kinks
Deck Of Cards Wink Martindale
Under Your Thumb Godley  & Crème
I’m The Urban Spaceman Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
Part-Time Lover Stevie Wonder
Eighteen Yellow Roses Bobby Darin
Save Your Kisses For Me Brotherhood of Man

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