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Live Aid

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Pop Music: Charts (etc.)

Pop charts first published in the UK Click to show or hide the answer
The first ever UK No. 1 Title Click to show or hide the answer
Artist Click to show or hide the answer
Had three songs in the UK's first ever Top 10 Click to show or hide the answer

Last No. 1s of the Decades

Strictly speaking, each of the following is also the first No. 1 of the new decade (since the new chart is not announced at midnight on New Year's Eve); but if you're asked this, the required answer is usually the first record to reach No. 1 in the decade concerned. For these answers, please refer to the next sub–section.

1950s
What do you want to make those eyes at me for? Click to show or hide the answer
1960sTwo Little Boys Click to show or hide the answer
1970sAnother Brick in the Wall Click to show or hide the answer
1980sDo They Know it's Christmas? Click to show or hide the answer
1990sI Have a Dream / Seasons in the Sun Click to show or hide the answer
2000sKilling in the Name Click to show or hide the answer

First New No. 1s of the Decades

1960sStarry Eyed Click to show or hide the answer
1970sLove Grows (where my Rosemary Goes) Click to show or hide the answer
1980sBrass in Pocket Click to show or hide the answer
1990sHangin' Tough Click to show or hide the answer
2000sThe Masses Against the Classes Click to show or hide the answer
2010sThe Climb Click to show or hide the answer

No. 1s by Artist

Abba First UK single (before Waterloo – did nothing) Click to show or hide the answer
Won Eurovision with Waterloo Click to show or hide the answer
5th UK single and 2nd No. 1 (1975) Click to show or hide the answer
19th UK single, 9th and last UK No. 1 (1980) Click to show or hide the answer
25th and last UK single (not counting re–releases) (1983) Click to show or hide the answer
Only US No. 1 Click to show or hide the answer
David BowieVideo banned by the BBC (1983) Click to show or hide the answer
Eddie Cochran First UK hit (1958) Click to show or hide the answer
First UK top ten hit (1959) Click to show or hide the answer
Only UK No. 1 (1960) Click to show or hide the answer
Bryan FerryBiggest hit without Roxy Music (No. 4, 1976) Click to show or hide the answer
Four TopsOnly UK No. 1 (1966) Click to show or hide the answer
Gloria Gaynor Only UK No. 1 (1989) Click to show or hide the answer
Only other UK Top Ten hit (1974) Click to show or hide the answer
Elton JohnFirst UK solo No. 1 (1990) Click to show or hide the answer
Herman's Hermits First hit and only UK No. 1 (1964) Click to show or hide the answer
Human LeagueOnly UK No. 1 (1981) Click to show or hide the answer
Tom Jones First hit, and first UK No. 1 (1965) Click to show or hide the answer
Second and last UK No. 1, and only UK million seller (1966) Click to show or hide the answer
Jerry Lee Lewis Only UK No. 1 (charted Dec 1957, No. 1 Jan 1958) Click to show or hide the answer
MadnessOnly UK No. 1 (1982) Click to show or hide the answer
Sinead O'Connor Only UK No. 1 (1990) Click to show or hide the answer
Elvis Presley First UK hit (No. 2 – No. 1 in US) Click to show or hide the answer
First UK No. 1 Click to show or hide the answer
Achieved a gold disc on advance orders (1956) of Click to show or hide the answer
Last UK No. 1 in his lifetime (1970) Click to show or hide the answer
Last single release in his lifetime Click to show or hide the answer
The 1000th UK No. 1 (January 2005) Click to show or hide the answer
Category in which he won three Grammy awards (1968, 1973, 1975) Click to show or hide the answer
Cliff Richard First hit (1958) Click to show or hide the answer
First UK No. 1 (1959) Click to show or hide the answer
13th UK No. 1, and only one of the 90s (Xmas 1990) Click to show or hide the answer
Smokey Robinson Only UK No. 1 with the Miracles (1970) Click to show or hide the answer
Only UK solo No. 1 (1981) Click to show or hide the answer
Rolling Stones First single (charted 25 July 1963, reached no. 21) Click to show or hide the answer
Second and first Top 20 (14 Nov 1963, 12) Click to show or hide the answer
Third and first Top 10 (27 Feb 1964, 3) Click to show or hide the answer
Fourth and first No. 1 (2 July 1964) Click to show or hide the answer
Roxy MusicOnly UK No. 1 (1981 – John Lennon song, recorded as a tribute after his assassination) Click to show or hide the answer
Simon & Garfunkel Only UK No. 1 (1970) Click to show or hide the answer
Frank SinatraFirst UK No. 1 Click to show or hide the answer
Slade Fifth UK single, second to chart, and first No. 1 (1971) Click to show or hide the answer
Sixth and last UK No. 1 (1973) Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Robbie Williams Sixth solo single, and first No. 1 Click to show or hide the answer

UK No. 1s: firsts, superlatives, and other ... things

The first ever (14 Nov 1952) Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
First black artist (1954) Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
The first instrumental No. 1 (1958) Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
First all–female group (1964) Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
Oldest artist (67 yrs 316 days, 1968) Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
Youngest artist (9 yrs 246 days, 1972) Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
Released 1957, reached No. 1 1986 Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer
The 1,000th UK No. 1 (January 2005) Click to show or hide the answer Click to show or hide the answer

Artists (etc.)

First record to sell a million copies: Vesti la giubba (from Pagliacci), by Click to show or hide the answer
Petite fleur (1959): first and biggest hit for British jazz band leader Click to show or hide the answer
Stranger in Paradise (1955): first hit and only No. 1, of Click to show or hide the answer
Broke a ten–year silence in January 2013 by releasing a single on his 66th birthday Click to show or hide the answer
First solo female artist to have a no. 1 hit with a self–written song (Wuthering Heights, 1978); first British solo female artist to have a No. 1 album (1980) Click to show or hide the answer
Most UK Top 40 hits without a No. 1 (43, up to 2016) Click to show or hide the answer
First Jamaican artist to top the UK charts (1969: Israelites) Click to show or hide the answer
Canadian hip–hop artiste (real name Aubrey Graham): spent 15 weeks at UK No. 1 in 2016 with One Dance (featuring Wizkid and Kyla) Click to show or hide the answer
First to be No. 1 and No. 2 at the same time; second to have their first 3 singles reach No. 1 (Relax, Two Tribes, The Power of Love, 1983–4) Click to show or hide the answer
US DJ, said to have coined the term 'Rock 'n' roll' Click to show or hide the answer
UK No. 1s (2002–3) with covers of Unchained Melody, The Long and Winding Road / Suspicious Minds, Spirit in the Sky; also with Anyone of Us (Stupid Mistake) (Pop Idol runner–up) Click to show or hide the answer
First to have their first three singles go to No. 1 (How do you do it, I like it, You'll never walk alone – March–October 1963) Click to show or hide the answer
First act to enter the UK top ten on downloads alone (2006, with Something Kinda Ooooh) Click to show or hide the answer
First to have three consecutive UK No. 1 hits (1962–3) Click to show or hide the answer
Seven consecutive No. 1 singles on the (US) Billboard Hot 100, 1985–8 Click to show or hide the answer
First and only artist to have 30 consecutive Top 10 singles (solo and with a group – Guinness Book of Records 2008) Click to show or hide the answer
The oldest living artist to have a UK No. 1 album (2009, aged 92, with We'll Meet Again – a Best Of compilation) Click to show or hide the answer
UK and US No. 1s with Rock Your Baby (1974) Click to show or hide the answer
UK and US No. 1s with The Joker (1990); also UK No. 2 with Abracadabra (1982) Click to show or hide the answer
Top Ten hit in 1968 with the cringeworthy Yummy Yummy Yummy Click to show or hide the answer
Youngest solo artist ever to top the UK singles charts Click to show or hide the answer

Brothers who both topped the UK charts as solo artists in 1972 Click to show or hide the answer

Reached No. 2 in 1995 with Guaglione, forty years after his first hit and only No. 1 Cherry pink and apple blossom white (1955) Click to show or hide the answer
Running Bear (1959) was the first hit and only No. 1 for Click to show or hide the answer
US rap metal band, UK Christmas No. 1 2009 with Killing in the Name (recorded 1992) following a campaign launched on Facebook to prevent the X Factor winner getting it Click to show or hide the answer
First female singer to have a UK No. 1 (1952, with You Belong To Me) Click to show or hide the answer
First Russian act to have a UK No. 1 single (2002 – All the Things She Said) Click to show or hide the answer
2014 single All About That Bass reached No. 1 in the UK, USA and many other countries Click to show or hide the answer
Thirteen UK Top Ten hits, including 8 from 1965 to 1967, but no No. 1 (their third single, My Generation, reached No. 2; their only US Top 10 hit was I Can See for Miles, No. 9 in 1967) Click to show or hide the answer
No. 1s with Unchained Melody and The Man from Laramie – both 1955 Click to show or hide the answer

The Spice Girls

The Spice Girls released ten singles in the UK and elsewhere.  Nine of them reached No. 1 in the UK.

Title Year HighestWeeks
Wannabe1996 17
Say You'll Be There1996 12
2 Become 11996 13
Mama / Who do you Think you Are 199713
Spice Up Your Life1997 11
Too Much1997 12
Stop1998 2 
Viva Forever1998 12
Goodbye1998 11
Holler / Let Love Lead the Way 200011

2 Become 1, Too Much and Goodbye were the UK's Christmas No. 1s in their respective years (1996–8).  The Spice Girls were only the second act to have three consecutive UK Christmas No. 1s, the first being the Beatles in 1963–5.  (The Beatles also had the honour in 1967.)

Stop was kept out of the No. 1 spot by It's Like That, credited to "Run–DMC vs. Jason Nevins" – a reworking of Run–DMC's first single from 1983. It spent six weeks at No. 1.

Geri Halliwell left the group in 1998 and didn't feature on the last two No. 1 singles. (Goodbye has been described as a tribute to her.) Sales of the Spice Girls' third album, Forever – released in November 2000 – were disappointing; it reached No. 2, but was kept off the No. 1 spot by Westlife's second album, Coast to Coast (released on the same day). In December 2000 the Spice Girls unofficially announced that they were beginning an indefinite hiatus and would be concentrating on their solo careers in the foreseeable future. Two of them were also busy raising families. Mel B gave birth to Phoenix Chi in February 1999; Victoria Adams followed suit in the following month when she made David Beckham a proud father; they married four months later.

The group (including Geri Halliwell) reformed in 2007 and released a Greatest Hits album.  The track Headlines (Friendship Never Ends) was released as a single, but only reached No. 11.

Since then they have all pursued solo careers, and all except one have had No. 1 hit singles:

Artist Title Year
Melanie B featuring Missy Elliott Click to show or hide the answer 1998 (26 September)
Geri Halliwell Click to show or hide the answer 1999 (28 August)
Geri Halliwell Click to show or hide the answer 1999 (13 November)
Geri Halliwell Click to show or hide the answer 2000 (25 March)
Melanie C featuring Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes Click to show or hide the answer 2000 (1 April)
Melanie C Click to show or hide the answer 2000 (15 August)
Emma Bunton Click to show or hide the answer 2001 (14 April)
Geri Halliwell Click to show or hide the answer 2001 (12 May)

Victoria Beckham's most successful single was Out of your Mind (True Steppers and Dane Bowers featuring Victoria Beckham). Released in August 2000, it reached No. 2 in the UK charts.

Jonathan King

Jonathan King was essentially a record producer, who first came to public notice in 1965 (as an undergraduate) when he wrote, produced and sang Everyone's Gone to the Moon. It spent 11 weeks on the UK chart and reached No. 4.

In the 1970s he had a string of hits under various names:

Let it All Hang Out 1970 26 Click to show or hide the answer
It's the Same Old Song 1971 19 Click to show or hide the answer
Sugar Sugar) 1971 12 Click to show or hide the answer
Loop di Love 1972 4 Click to show or hide the answer
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction 1974 29 Click to show or hide the answer
Chick a Boom (don't ya jes love it) 1975 36 Click to show or hide the answer
Una Paloma Blanca 1975 5 Click to show or hide the answer
In the Mood 1976 46 Click to show or hide the answer
It Only Takes a Minute 1976 9 Click to show or hide the answer
Lick a Smurp for Christmas (All Fall Down) 1978 58 Click to show or hide the answer

Not for nothing are the 1970s known as "the decade that taste forgot".

Jonathan King also had six other minor hits under his own name (apart from the aforementioned Everyone's Gone to the Moon).

Most weeks at No. 1 (UK)

Frankie Laine, I Believe (1953 – in three separate spells) Click to show or hide the answer
Bryan Adams, Everything I Do I do it for you (1991) Click to show or hide the answer
Wet Wet Wet, Love is All Around (1994) Click to show or hide the answer

Records (etc.)

Co–written by Neil Sedaka; reached No. 18 in the UK when released by Tony Christie in 1971 as the follow–up to his biggest hit, I Did What I Did For Maria; reached No. 1 in 2005 after it was appropriated by comedian Peter Kay Click to show or hide the answer
No. 1 hit in the UK for The Equals in 1968 and Pato Banton in 1994 Click to show or hide the answer
Best–selling single ever, in the UK and worldwide (Elton John, 1997) Click to show or hide the answer
The UK's sixth–best–selling single of the 1960s (the Beatles had five of the top 7 – see Tears) Title Click to show or hide the answer
By Click to show or hide the answer
The first gold disc: awarded 1942, for sales over 1.2 million, to Glenn Miller for Click to show or hide the answer
First song to reach No. 1 on downloads only (2006) Title Click to show or hide the answer
By Click to show or hide the answer
The UK's best–selling single, beforeCandle in the Wind 1997 (over 5 million) Click to show or hide the answer

The only UK Top 10 hit for both Barry Ryan (No. 2, 1968) and The Damned (No. 3, 1986) – written by Barry's twin Paul Ryan Click to show or hide the answer
First of The Prodigy's two UK No. 1 singles (both 1996, from the album The Fat of the Land): shared its name with a Stephen King novel from 1980 Click to show or hide the answer
Rogers & Hammerstein song: a No. 1 hit for Captain Sensible, 1982 Click to show or hide the answer
The first No. 1 with a question in the title; originally recorded by US singer Patti Page, peaking at No. 9 (her only UK hit); but Liverpool's Lita Roza had a No. 1, entering the charts 2 weeks earlier – making her the first British woman to have a solo No. 1 hit. She also had two follow–up Top 20 hits Click to show or hide the answer
Beach Boys single, a US No. 1 in 1988 after featuring in the film Cocktail (only reached No. 25 in the UK) Click to show or hide the answer
Composed in 1949 by Cuban bandleader Perez Prado; includes the lyric "a little bit of Monica in my life" (etc.); featured in a Guinness TV ad in 1999, after which Lou Bega took a sampled version to No. 1; also Bob the Builder's 2nd No. 1, in 2001 Click to show or hide the answer
Classic children's song: a No. 4 hit in 1984 for the post–punk band The Toy Dolls Click to show or hide the answer
Recorded 1957, reached No. 1 in the UK 1986 after featuring in a clay animation video shown on the BBC2 series Arena (Jackie Wilson) Click to show or hide the answer
The Beatles' best–selling single, the UK's best–selling single of the 1960s, and the first single ever to sell over a million copies Click to show or hide the answer
1957: Tommy Steele and Guy Mitchell both had UK No. 1s with Click to show or hide the answer
Adele single: the UK's best seller of 2011, and the first for six years to sell over a million copies Click to show or hide the answer
No. 1 for Norman Greenbaum (1970), Doctor & the Medics (1986), Gareth Gates (2003) Click to show or hide the answer
US No. 1, UK No. 2, for Elvis Presley (1969); UK No. 8 for Fine Young Cannibals (1986); also one side of a double A–sided No. 1 (with The Long and Winding Road) for Gareth Gates (2003) Click to show or hide the answer
The UK's third–best–selling single of the 1960s (the Beatles had 5 of the top 7 – see The Carnival is Over) Title Click to show or hide the answer
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UK No. 1 for ten weeks in the summer of 2007, as the country suffered the wettest May to July period on record (by Rihanna featuring Jay–Z) Click to show or hide the answer
Recorded in 1965 (by the Righteous Brothers), became the UK's best–selling single of 1990 after it was revived in the film Ghost Click to show or hide the answer
Single by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars: sold a million copies within ten weeks of its release in December 2014 Click to show or hide the answer
1981 single, voted "the greatest ever number two" by BBC Radio 2 listeners in December 2012 (i.e. the greatest single to reach No. 2 but not No. 1) Title Click to show or hide the answer
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The last single released by Elvis Presley in his lifetime Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Sold most sheet music Click to show or hide the answer
Reached No. 8 for the Bluebells in 1984, and No. 1 in 1993 after being featured in a Volkswagen Golf advert Click to show or hide the answer

Places, Events, etc.

German home of the children's choir that made the charts with The Happy Wanderer, 1954 Click to show or hide the answer
The "Summer of Love" – Sgt. Pepper, Jimi Hendrix, San Francisco (Scott McKenzie), etc. Click to show or hide the answer
Festival at a Californian "County Fairgrounds", June 1967 – included the first major US performaces by Jimi Hendrix, The Who, etc., and widely cited as the beginning of the "Summer of Love" Click to show or hide the answer
"An Aquarian Exposition – 3 Days of Peace and Love" – held on Max Yasgur's farm near Bethel, New York, 15–18 August 1969 Click to show or hide the answer
Notorious concert organised by the Rolling Stones at a motor racing circuit in northern California, December 1969 (4 months after Woodstock); widely seen as the end of the "hippie era"; filmed as Gimme Shelter Click to show or hide the answer
Takes place nearly every year at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Organiser of Glastonbury Festival (owner of Worthy Farm) Click to show or hide the answer
Main stage at Glastonbury Festival (its second incarnation burnt down in 1994; it was rebuilt in 2000) Click to show or hide the answer

Live Aid (1985)

Venues: London and Click to show or hide the answer
First act at Wembley (opening with Rockin' all over the World) Click to show or hide the answer
First act in Philadelphia Click to show or hide the answer
Played in both London and Philadelphia Click to show or hide the answer
Logo was a guitar, with the body in the shape of Click to show or hide the answer

Live 8 (2005): London concert opened with Paul McCartney and Bono performing Click to show or hide the answer
© Haydn Thompson 2017