Category: Did you know?

UK hit singles with four or more digits in the title

A total of 59 songs have made the UK chart that include four digits or more in the title. This does not include a year which indicates a re-entry or re-mix for the year in question. Just titles with a genuinely four digits somewhere in the title.

Artist Title Original chart entry date Peak position
Prince 1999 1983 2
Busted Year 3000 2003 2
Anne-Marie 2002 2018 3
James Blunt 1973 2007 4
Tom Robinson Band 2 4 6 8 Motorway 1977 5
DJ Luck And Mc Neat Feat JJ Masterblaster 2000 2000 5
Lemar 50/50 2003 5
Gorillaz 19/2000 2001 6
Strokes 12:51 2003 7
Chicago 25 Or 6 To 4 1970 7
Pulp Disco 2000 1995 7
Feist 1234 2007 8
City Boy 5.7.0.5. 1978 8
Electric Light Orchestra 10538 Overture 1972 9
Logic Feat Alessia Cara & Khalid 1-800-273-8255 2017 9
Richard Blackwood Feat Deetah 1234 Get With The Wicked 2000 10
Binary Finary 1999 1999 11
Three Drives Greece 2000 1998 12
Coolio 1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin’ New) 1996 13
Charli Xcx Feat Troye Sivan 1999 2018 13
Puff Daddy Feat Hurricane G P.E.2000 1999 13
Estelle 1980 2004 14
Connells ’74-’75 1995 14
Steps 5,6,7,8 1997 14
Pretenders 2000 Miles 1983 15
Smashing Pumpkins 1979 1996 16
Dan & Shay Feat Justin Bieber 10,000 Hours 2019 17
Binary Finary 1998 1998 24
Stylistics 7000 Dollars And You 1977 24
Kraftwerk Expo 2000 2000 27
Martay Feat Zz Top Gimme All Your Lovin’ 2000 1999 28
George Benson 20/20 1985 29
Apollo Four Forty Charlie’s Angels 2000 2000 29
Hybrid Feat Chrissie Hynde Kid 2000 2000 32
Bow Wow Wow C’30, C’60, C’90, G0 1980 34
Black Velvets 3345 2005 34
Bowling For Soup 1985 2004 35
Mauro Picotto Pulsar 2002 2002 35
Wilson Pickett 634-5789 1966 36
Charles And Eddie 24-7-365 1995 38
Carl Cox Phuture 2000 1999 40
Lee Cabrera Special 2003 2003 45
Otway And Barrett DK 50-80 1980 45
Potter Payper 2020 Vision Freestyle 2020 49
Jupiter Ace Feat Shena 1000 Years (Just Leave Me Now) 2005 51
Paolo Nutini 10/10 2010 51
Grass-Show 1962 1997 53
Frigid Vinegar Dogmonaut 2000 (Is There Anyone Out There) 1999 53
Mrs Wood 1234 1998 54
Lil Uzi Vert Futsal Shuffle 2020 2019 57
E-Type Campione 2000 2000 58
Albion Air 2000 2000 59
Fatima Mansions 1000% 1992 61
808 State 10 X 10 1993 67
Rex Orange County 10/10 2019 68
Aswad 54-46 (Was My Number) 1984 70
Barenaked Ladies Brian Wilson (2000) 1999 73
Beautiful People If 60’s Were 90’s 1994 74
Minuteman 5000 Minutes Of Pain 2002 75

Top 20 best-selling albums in the UK

I’ve done this before, but time for an update. Here is a list of the top 20 best-selling albums of all time in the UK.

Rank Title Artist Original year of release
20 1 Beatles 2000
19 Bat Out of Hell Meat Loaf 1977
18 Urban Hymns Verve 1997
17 Back to Bedlam James Blunt 2004
16 Legend Bob Marley & The Wailers 1984
15 Come on Over Shania Twain 1997
14 Stars Simply Red 1991
13 Back to Black Amy Winehouse 2006
12 The Immaculate Collection Madonna 1990
11 Rumours Fleetwood Mac 1977
10 Greatest Hits Ii Queen 1991
9 Bad Michael Jackson 1987
8 Brothers in Arms Dire Straits 1985
7 The Dark Side of The Moon Pink Floyd 1973
6 Thriller Michael Jackson 1982
5 What’s the Story Morning Glory Oasis 1995
4 21 Adele 2011
3 Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Beatles 1967
2 Gold – Greatest Hits Abba 1992
1 Greatest Hits Queen 1981

Acts with the most hits without a number one

Since the UK chart began in 1952, there have been 19 acts that have clocked up 25 or more UK hits without ever reaching number one, here’s the list.

Artist No. of hits Biggest Hit Reached
Feeder 25 Buck Rogers 5
Inxs 25 Need You Tonight 2
Bob Marley 25 Sun Is Shining 3
Wedding Present 25 Come Play With Me 10
Def Leppard 26 Let’s Get Rocked / When Love & Hate Collide 2
Marillion 26 Kayleigh 2
Red Hot Chili Peppers 26 By The Way / Dani California 2
Charlatans 27 One To Another 3
Foo Fighters 27 Best Of You 4
Travis Scott 27 Highest In The Room 2
Temptations 27 My Girl 2
Texas 27 Say What You Want 3
AC/DC 29 Highway To Hell 4
Muse 28 Supermassive Black Hole 4
Luther Vandross 30 The Best Things In Life Are Free (With Janet) 2
The Who 28 My Generation / I’m A Boy 2
Billy Fury 29 Jealousy 2
Nat King Cole 33 Pretend / Smile / When I Fall In Love 2
Depeche Mode 48 People Are People / Barrel Of A Gun / Precious 4

Musicians and the first single they bought

Here is list of 15 musicians and the first single they purchased.

Musician Title of First single Artist of First single
Billy Joel Take Five Dave Brubeck Quartet
Cerys Matthews Video Killed The Radio Star Buggles
Donovan Peggy Sue Buddy Holly
Jimmy Nail All Along The Watchtower Jimi Hendrix Experience
Jimmy Page The Girl Can’t Help It Little Richard
Neil Hannon Vienna Ultravox
Paul Hardcastle Woodstock Matthews Southern Comfort
Ralph McTell Bye Bye Love Everly Brothers
Ray Davies Honky Tonk Bill Doggett
Rick Astley I Feel Love Donna Summer
Robbie Williams ‘Ullo John Gotta New Motor Alexie Sayle
Suggs Imagine John Lennon
Tanita Tikarum Can You Feel It Jacksons
Tom Jones The Treasure Of Love Clyde McPhatter
Tony Bennett White Christmas Bing Crosby

Songs that began life with a different title

Many songs before they get recorded start with a different title, sometimes known as a working title. Here’s 25 examples.

 

Artist Song Original title
America A Horse With No Name The Desert Song
Karl Denver A Little Love, A Little Kiss Un Peu d’amour
Queen Bohemian Rhapsody The Cowboy Song
Big Bopper Chantilly Lace That’s What I Like
Abba Chiquitita In The Arms Of Rozellita
Aerosmith Dude (Looks Like A Lady) Cruisin’ for a Lady
Pipkins Gimme Dat Ding Gimme Dat Click
Eagles Hotel California Mexican Reggae
Smiths How Soon Is Now Swamp
Genesis I Can’t Dance Blue Jeans
Doobie Brothers Long Train Runnin’ Rosie Pig Moseley
Jackson 5 Mama’s Pearl Guess Who’s Making Whoopie (With Your Girlfriend).
Simon & Garfunkel Mrs Robinson Mrs Roosevelt
Frankie Valli My Eyes Adores You Blue Eyes In Georgia
Frank Sinatra Strangers In The Night Beddy Bye
Focus Sylvia I Thought I Could Do Everything on My Own, I Was Always Stripping The Town Alone
A-Ha Take On Me Lesson One
Freddy Cannon Tallahassee Lassie You’re My Rock n Roll Baby
Johnny Horton The Battle Of New Orleans The Eight Of January
Red Hot Chili Peppers The Zephyr Song Coltraine
Ferrante And Teicher Theme From ‘The Apartment’ Jealous Lover
Linkin Park What I’ve Done Bang Three
Nilsson Without You If It’s Love
Beatles Yesterday Scrambled Eggs
Tulisa Young We Are Young

11 musical ‘did you know’ facts

The London Symphony Orchestra was originally booked to perform on the Titanic on its maiden voyage, but they ended up on another boat at the last minute.

The German composer Robert Schumann often plunged his hands into the entrails of a slaughtered animal to heal his ailments.

Axl Rose used to earn $8 an hour by smoking cigarettes for a science experiment at University of California, Los Angeles.

The actress Angelina Jolie’s uncle was the song writer Chip Taylor who wrote Wild Thing for the Troggs, On My Word for Cliff Richard and I Can’t Let Go for the Hollies.

AC/DC’s guitarist Malcolm Young once worked in a bra factory as a sewing-machine mechanic.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark contains 29 letters in the name and they had 29 UK hit singles.

Billie Holiday was once a babysitter for the comedian Billy Crystal.

On 30th December 1916 Rasputin died in the Russian city of St Petersburg, on the same date in 2010 Bobby Farrell from Boney M, who mimed the lyrics to their hit Rasputin, also died in St Petersburg.

The Clash’s 1982 hit Rock the Casbah was inspired by the banning of rock music in Iran under Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979.

Led Zeppelin’s track Black Dog got its name from a black Labrador retriever that would wander the grounds of Headley Grange where they recorded the song.

The night after Frank Sinatra died, the lights on the Empire State Building in New York City were turned blue.