Q, X & Z in number one titles

Following a recent episode of the quiz show Pointless where they asked the contestants to name a UK number one hit with either a Q, X or Z in the title, I had an enquiry about ones that weren’t mentioned as being pointless because of bracketed titles. I was asked by Steve if I can do a comprehensive list and see what the show may, or probably, missed out on. Well Steve, here is the list, nothing much hidden in the Q’s, but interesting to note that both X and Z have 22 each and I bet there were quite a few on the Z’s that weren’t thought of.

Count Artist Title Year


1 Doris Day Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera) 1956
2 Manfred Mann Mighty Quinn 1968
3 Abba Dancing Queen 1976
4 St. Winifred’s School Choir There’s No One Quite Like Grandma 1980
5 U2 Discotheque 1997
6 Westlife Queen of My Heart 2001


1 Tennessee Ernie Ford Sixteen Tons 1956
2 Craig Douglas Only Sixteen 1959
3 Cliff Richard and The Shadows The Next Time 1963
4 Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich The Legend of Xanadu 1968
5 Zager And Evans In the Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus) 1969
6 Slade Merry Xmas Everybody 1973
7 Rod Stewart Da ‘Ya’ Think I’m Sexy? 1978
8 Olivia Newton-John & Electric Light Orchestra Xanadu 1980
9 Frankie Goes to Hollywood Relax 1984
10 Duran Duran The Reflex 1984
11 S-Express Theme From S-Express 1988
12 Color Me Badd I Wanna Sex You Up 1991
13 Manic Street Preachers If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next 1998
14 Bob the Builder Can We Fix It? 2000
15 Britney Spears Toxic 2004
16 Crazy Frog Axel F 2005
17 Justin Timberlake Sexyback 2006
18 Kings of Leon Sex on Fire 2008
19 David Guetta Featuring Akon Sexy Chick 2009
20 Little Mix Shout Out to My Ex 2016
21 Ariana Grande Thank U Next 2018
22 Jawsh 685 & Jason Derulo Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat) 2020


1 Perez ‘Prez’ Prado Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White (Cerezo Rosa) 1955
2 Kay Starr Rock and Roll Waltz 1956
3 Temperance Seven You’re Driving Me Crazy 1961
4 Dusty Springfield You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me (Io Che No Vivo Senza Te) 1966
5 Engelbert Humperdinck The Last Waltz 1967
6 Tommy Roe Dizzy 1969
7 Slade Coz I Luv You 1971
8 Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Amazing Grace 1972
9 Slade Mama Weer All Crazee Now 1972
10 Slade Cum on Feel The Noize 1973
11 Slade Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me 1973
12 Juliio Iglesias Begin the Beguine (Volver A Empezar) 1981
13 Vic Reeves & The Wonder Stuff Dizzy 1991
14 The Shamen Ebeneezer Goode 1992
15 Madonna Frozen 1998
16 The Vengaboys We’re Going to Ibiza 1999
17 Beyonce Crazy in Love 2003
18 Gnarls Barkley Crazy 2006
19 Bruno Mars The Lazy Song 2011
20 Cheryl Cole Feat Tinie Tempah Crazy Stupid Love 2014
21 Mike Posner I Took A Pill in Ibiza 2016
22 Eminem Feat Juice Wrld Godzilla 2020

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