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Albums with over 300 weeks on the chart

In the 63 year existence of the UK album chart, only 12 have spent a total of 300 or more weeks on the listing. Here is the list.

Act Album Title
Total Weeks
Simon And Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water 308
Michael Jackson Number Ones 312
Soundtrack South Pacific 315
Ed Sheeran + 323
Oasis (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? 323
Film Soundtrack The Sound Of Music 375
Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon 383
Meat Loaf Bat Out Of Hell 490
Fleetwood Mac Rumours 502
Abba Gold – Greatest Hits 623
Queen Queen Greatest Hits 634
Bob Marley And The Wailers Legend – The Best Of Bob Marley And The Wailers 685
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Pretty terrible original band names

Here is a list of 25 original band names before they decided to change it to something more appealing.

Original Name Famous Name
The Young Aborigines Beastie Boys
Polka Tulk Blues Band Black Sabbath
Angel and the Snake Blondie
Soft White Underbelly Blue Öyster Cult
Seymour Blur
The Band Aid Boys Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Naked Toddler Creed
Atomic Mass Def Leppard
Girl’s Tyme Destiny’s Child
Pud Doobie Brothers
Mr. Soft Elbow
The Sex Maggots Goo Goo Dolls
Sweet Children Green Day
Wicked Lester Kiss
Kara’s Flowers Maroon 5
Village Idiots Nickelback
Mookie Blaylock Pearl Jam
Screaming Abdabs Pink Floyd
On a Friday Radiohead
Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem Red Hot Chili Peppers
Tom and Jerry Simon and Garfunkel
Shrug Snow Patrol
The Shrinky Dinks Sugar Ray
The Obelisk The Cure
Rat Salad Van Halen
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Number ones on Re-entry

With Ed Sheeran’s recent chart topper, Take Me Back To London doing so on its second attempt, it got me wondering how many other songs initially entered the chart, dropped out and then went to number one on their return. Well there are 22 of them, here’s the list.

Artist Title Date first charted Date reached number one
The Stargazers Broken Wings 14/02/1953 11/04/1953
Bill Haley and His Comets (We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock 08/01/1955 26/11/1955
Elvis Presley All Shook Up 15/06/1957 13/07/1957
Shirley Bassey As I Love You 20/12/1958 21/02/1959
Roy Orbison Only The Lonely (Know How I Feel) 30/07/1960 22/10/1960
The Equals Baby Come Back 04/05/1968 06/07/1968
Mungo Jerry Baby Jump 06/02/1971 06/03/1971
Simon Park Orchestra Eye Level (Theme From  Van Der Valk) 25/11/1972 29/09/1973
John Lennon Imagine 01/11/1975 10/01/1981
Kraftwerk The Model / Computer Love 11/07/1981 06/02/1982
Rage Against The Machine Killing In The Name 27/02/1993 26/12/2009
PJ And Duncan Let’s Get Ready To Rhumble 23/07/1994 06/04/2013
Deep Blue Something Breakfast At Tiffany’s 06/07/1996 05/10/1996
Baddiel, Skinner & the Lightning Seeds 3 Lions 01/06/1996 21/07/2018
Estelle Feat Kanye West American Boy 15/03/2008 29/03/2008
Black Eyed Peas I Gotta Feeling 20/06/2009 08/08/2009
Lady Gaga and Beyonce Telephone 05/12/2009 27/03/2010
David Guetta Feat Sia Titanium 20/08/2011 18/02/2012
Labrinth Feat Emeli Sande Beneath Your Beautiful 20/10/2012 03/11/2012
Omi Cheerleader 31/01/2015 09/05/2015
Ed Sheeran Perfect 18/03/2017 16/12/2017
Ed Sheeran Feat Stormzy Take Me Back To London 27/07/2019 07/09/2019
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10 musical tit-bits to make you go wow!

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

Ed Sheeran’s 2019 tour generated £630m from 8.9 million tickets to surpass U2’s 2009-11 360° tour as the highest-grossing and most well-attended of all-time.

Aerosmith’s I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing was originally written for, but turned down by, Celine Dion.

Beck’s 2012 album, Song Reader, was released only in sheet music form and was 108 pages long. There was no physical audio format, he did it for others to interpret his music.

Five years before Black Lace plagued the world with Agadoo, they represented the UK at Eurovision with Mary Ann and came 7th.

Nick Mason, drummer with Pink Floyd, is the only member of the group to appear on every Pink Floyd album.

Paul McCartney once revealed that Got to Get you Into My Life was about drugs with the ‘you’ being marijuana.

The Doors were the first band ever to advertise a new album on a billboard.

In America in the 1950s jukeboxes were banned within hearing distances of a church. 

Prince played guitar on Madonna’s Like a Prayer which was verified by the producer and songwriter Patrick Leonard, but Madonna decided not to use it in the end.

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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
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