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Songs about getting old

Here is a list of 20 songs all about getting old.

Title Artist
1979 Smashing Pumpkins
1985 Bowling for Soup
(Just Like) Starting Over John Lennon
7 Years Lukas Graham
Afternoons & Coffeespoons Crash Test Dummies
Bedshaped Keane
Glory Days Bruce Springsteen
Hip To Be Square Huey Lewis & the News
I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman Britney Spears
Jack & Diane John Mellencamp
My Generation The Who
New Kid In Town Eagles
Once In A Lifetime Talking Heads
Still Crazy After All These Years Paul Simon
This Train Don’t Stop There Anymore Elton John
When I’m 64 The Beatles
When You Were Young The Killers
Why Annie Lennox
Yesterday When I Was Young Charles Aznavour
You Wear It Well Rod Stewart

Top of the Pops facts

Here’s 10 facts about Top of the Pops you may not have known.


The Rolling Stones were the first band to perform, the song was I Wanna Be Your Man.

Snow Patrol were the final band to perform, the song was Chasing Cars.

Shakira feat Wyclef Jean were number one when the programme finished on 30th July 2006.

R Kelly holds the record for the number of security guards to accompany him – he had 43.

During the 500th edition in 1973, Cliff Richard’s performance was interrupted when the stage became awash with wigs. It turns out the roadies for The Who had become bored and raided the props department.

The band with the most appearances is Status Quo with 106 (including videoed performances).

Prince had to wait 15 years from the time of his first hit in 1980 and his debut on the show in 1995.

The solo singer with the most appearance is Cliff Richard with 160 times.

In 1967 Jimi Hendrix was seen attempting to mime Purple Haze while an Alan Price record was being inadvertently played as the backing track.

In 1995, Blur were performing Country House having just beaten Oasis to the top spot, but just for added effect, bass player Alex James was wearing an Oasis T-shirt.

More number ones with a question title

Last week I covered the 1950s, 60s and 70s where there were only 14 UK number ones where the title was a question. This week it’s 1980 to the present and there are nearly double, here’s the list.

Title Artist Year
1 What’s Another Year Johnny Logan 1980
2 Don’t You Want Me Human League 1981
3 Do You Really Want To Hurt Me Culture Club 1982
4 Is There Something I Should Know? Duran Duran 1983
5 Do They Know It’s Christmas? Band Aid 1984
6 Where Did Your Heart Go? Wham! 1986
7 Do They Know It’s Christmas? Band Aid Ii 1989
8 Should I Stay or Should I Go Clash 1991
9 Would I Lie To You Charles And Eddie 1992
10 How Deep Is Your Love Take That 1996
11 What Becomes of The Broken Hearted Robson And Jerome 1996
12 Who Do You Think You Are Spice Girls 1997
13 Can We Fix It? Bob The Builder 2000
14 What Took You So Long Emma Bunton 2000
15 Do You Really Like It? Dj Pied Piper And The Master Of Ceremonies 2000
16 Have You Ever S Club 7 2001
17 Are You Ready for Love? Elton John 2003
18 Where Is the Love? Black Eyed Peas 2003
19 Who’s David Busted 2004
20 Do They Know It’s Christmas? Band Aid 20 2004
21 (Is This the Way To) Amarillo Tony Christie 2005
22 What’s My Name Rihanna Featuring Drake 2011
23 What Makes You Beautiful One Direction 2011
24 What About Us? Saturdays, The Featuring Sean Paul 2013
25 Do They Know It’s Christmas Band Aid 30 2014
26 Are You with Me Lost Frequencies 2015
27 What Do You Mean Justin Bieber 2015

Number ones with a question title

I’ll do this over two weeks, but in the 1950s, 60s and 70s there were only 14 UK number ones where the title was a question. Not all of them have a question mark, but, nonetheless, they are a question. Here is the list.

Title Artist Year
1 Why Do Fools Fall In Love Teenagers Featuring Frankie Lymon 1956
2 Who’s Sorry Now Connie Francis 1958
3 What Do You Want? Adam Faith 1959
4 What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For? Emile Ford & The Checkmates 1959
5 Why Anthony Newley 1960
6 Are You Lonesome Tonight? Elvis Presley 1961
7 How Do You Do It? Gerry And The Pacemakers 1963
8 Have I The Right? Honeycombs 1964
9 Where Are You Now Jackie Trent 1965
10 Where Do You Go To (My Lovely) Peter Sarstadt 1969
11 How Can I Be Sure David Cassidy 1972
12 When Will I See You Again Three Degrees 1975
13 Da ‘Ya’ Think I’m Sexy? Rod Stewart 1978
14 Are Friends Electric? Tubeway Army 1979

A-Z of first hits on labels

Obviously, not covering every charting record label, but here is a list of the first UK charting single of various labels.

Label Artist Title Year
Atlantic Drifters Under The Boardwalk 1964
Beggar’s Banquet The Lurkers Ain’t Got A Clue 1978
Capitol Nat King Cole Somewhere Along The Way 1952
Def Jam Oran ‘Juice’ Jones The Rain 1986
Epic Redbone Witch Queen of New Orleans 1971
Fontana Johnny Mathis Teacher Teacher 1958
Geffen Donna Summer The Wanderer 1980
Harvest Edgar Broughton Band Out Demons Out 1970
Island Roy C Shotgun Wedding 1966
Jive Tight Fit Back To The 60s 1981
Kitchenware Prefab Sprout Don’t Sing 1984
London Norman Brooks A Sky-Blue Shirt & A Rainbow Tie 1954
Mercury Crew Cuts Sh-Boom (Life Could Be A Dream) 1954
Network Rhythmatic Take Me Back 1990
One Little Indian Sugacubes Birthday 1987
Polydor Caterina Valente The Breeze & I 1955
Quest Patti Austin & James Ingram Baby, Come To Me 1983
RCA Harry Belafonte Island In The Sun 1957
Stiff Elvis Costello Watching The Detectives 1977
Tamla Motown Supremes Stop! In The Name Of Love 1965
United Artists Exciters Tell Him 1963
Vertigo Juicy Lucy Who Do You Love 1970
Warner Brothers Everly Brothers Cathy’s Clown 1960
XL Fantasy U.F.O. Fantasy 1990
Young Blood Don Fardon Belfast Boy 1970
ZTT Frankie Goes To Hollywood Relax 1983

Song that were turned down

Songs are often being written with someone in mind to sing them, then they are offered to that artist and occasionally they turn them down. Here is a list of 30 well known track that did not excite the person they were written for.

SongWritten forBiggest UK hit version
Don't Forbid MeElvis PresleyPat Boone
We Will Make LoveFrankie VaughanRuss Hamilton
Stupid CupidShepherd SistersConnie Francis
The Wonder Of YouPerry ComoElvis Presley
Only The Lonely (Know How I Feel)Everly BrothersRoy Orbison
Save The Last Dance For MeJimmy ClantonDrifters
Halfway To ParadiseBen E. KingBilly Fury
The Loco-MotionDee Dee SharpLittle Eva / Kylie Minogue
How Do You Do It?Adam FaithGerry & The Pacemakers
DowntownDriftersPetula Clark
I'm AliveWayne FontanaHollies
I've Gotta Get A Message To YouPercy SledgeBee Gees
I Want You BackGladys Knight & The PipsJackson 5
Bridge Over Troubled WaterAretha FranklinSimon & Garfunkel
I'd Love You To Want MeHolliesLobo
Gotta See JaneMarvin GayeR. Dean Taylor
How Deep Is Your LoveYvonne EllimanBee Gees
If I Can't Have YouAbbaYvonne Elliman
Some GirlsBlondieRacey
Feels Like I'm In LoveElvis PresleyKelly Marie
PhysicalTina TurnerOlivia Newton-John
Don't You (Forget About Me)Roxy MusicSimple Minds
Pleasure PrinciplePrinceJanet Jackson
Love Changes (Everything)Rod StewartClimie Fisher
I'll Be Loving You (Forever)Smokey RobinsonNew Kids On The Block
I Don't Want To Miss A ThingCeline DionAerosmith
I'm A Slave 4 UJanet JacksonBritney Spears
Rock Your BodyMichael JacksonJustin Timberlake
Since U Been GoneP!nkKelly Clarkson
Sexed UpNatalie ImbrugliaRobbie Willams
HaloLeona LewisBeyonce
We Found LoveNicole ScherzingerRihanna feat Calvin Harris
R.I.P.RihannaRita Ora feat Tinie Tempah
All About That BassBeyonceMeghan Trainor
Cheap ThrillsRihannaSia