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Predict the placings (my guesses in brackets)

  1. Rat Trap   (Not placed)
  2. I Don't Like Mondays  (#31)
  3. Do They Know It's Christmas  (#69)


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  1. Rat Trap   (85)
  2. I Don't Like Mondays  (70)
  3. Do They Know It's Christmas  (67)


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Really. I thought that both singles sold over s million copies each? Same with Banna Republic I was always aware of this also had sold over a million copies. But only got to number 3 ?



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Guardian rules are just one song per artist...



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Really. I thought that both singles sold over s million copies each? Same with Banna Republic I was always aware of this also had sold over a million copies. But only got to number 3 ?


 1970s million sellers

 

ArtistSongDate releasedDate certified
platinum
Year of millionth
sale
Gary Glitter"I Love You Love Me Love"9 November 19731 January 19741973
Brotherhood of Man"Save Your Kisses for Me"5 March 19761 May 19761976
Queen"Bohemian Rhapsody"31 October 19751 January 19761975
Wings"Mull of Kintyre"11 November 19771 December 19771977
David Soul"Don't Give Up on Us"3 December 19761 February 19771977
Boney M."Rivers of Babylon" / "Brown Girl in the Ring"14 April 19781 May 19781978
Boney M."Mary's Boy Child Oh My Lord"24 November 19781 December 19781978
Simon Park"Eye Level"3 November 19721 January 19781977
John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John"You're the One That I Want"1 May 19781 July 19781978
John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John"Summer Nights"1 September 19781 October 19781978
Village People"Y.M.C.A."1 November 19781 January 19791979
Blondie"Heart of Glass19 January 19791 February 19791979
Art Garfunkel"Bright Eyes"9 January 19791 May 19791979
Pink Floyd"Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)"23 November 19791 January 1980200410
Slade"Merry Xmas Everybody"7 December 19731 December 19801985
The New Seekers"I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)"11 December 1971[34]200410
ABBA"Dancing Queen"6 August 1976200410
Julie Covington"Don't Cry for Me Argentina"12 November 1976200410
Ian Dury and The Blockheads"Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick"1 November 1978200410


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Guardian rules are just one song per artist...


 Mines like an each way bet! 



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I ignore some of the old chart info from1970s/80s etc as I think they were not as accurate stay made out (working on retail) banana sold more at the shop I worked at than theno1&2 put together so I don't take lot of stuff and Mondays inb79 sold a lot more than other so called bestsellers also fave ad we now what happened there

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Should say Dave pic disc (incidentally they counted pic disc I old Roxanne in its sales when it charted so double standards ) I would put rat trap in top 10 and Mondays in top 10 but that's just me

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What I meant to say was pic disc of Roxanne by police was counted to its chart position (12) at the time as the a&m to who used to come to the store as a by loose with his comments etc and let slip a few chart related short cuts etc never took much notice they also ha a list of what to push more than others singles wise but that's another story

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What I meant to say was pic disc of Roxanne by police was counted to its chart position (12) at the time as the a&m to who used to come to the store as a by loose with his comments etc and let slip a few chart related short cuts etc never took much notice they also ha a list of what to push more than others singles wise but that's another story


 I recall Banana Republic was very popular and was even being touted as a possible Christmas no. 1 but it suddenly slipped back from no. 3. Beacon Radio in Wolverhampton played it a lot at the time. A great first single off Mondo Bongo. 



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Guardian rules are just one song per artist...


 Mines like an each way bet! 


OK, I would prefer Rat Trap make the top 100, but realistically Mondays will.  Maybe not quite top 30, but should be in top 100.

Hoping the likes of Ghost Town, Come On Eileen and Blockbuster place high as well.   I suspect Bohemian Rhapsody will be #1.



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Mike menzies wrote:

Should say Dave pic disc (incidentally they counted pic disc I old Roxanne in its sales when it charted so double standards ) 


 The picture disc wasn't the issue, it was the free ticket to a gig.



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ArrGee wrote:
manatthetop wrote:

Really. I thought that both singles sold over s million copies each? Same with Banna Republic I was always aware of this also had sold over a million copies. But only got to number 3 ?


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ArtistSongDate releasedDate certified
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Gary Glitter"I Love You Love Me Love"9 November 19731 January 19741973
Brotherhood of Man"Save Your Kisses for Me"5 March 19761 May 19761976
Queen"Bohemian Rhapsody"31 October 19751 January 19761975
Wings"Mull of Kintyre"11 November 19771 December 19771977
David Soul"Don't Give Up on Us"3 December 19761 February 19771977
Boney M."Rivers of Babylon" / "Brown Girl in the Ring"14 April 19781 May 19781978
Boney M."Mary's Boy Child Oh My Lord"24 November 19781 December 19781978
Simon Park"Eye Level"3 November 19721 January 19781977
John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John"You're the One That I Want"1 May 19781 July 19781978
John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John"Summer Nights"1 September 19781 October 19781978
Village People"Y.M.C.A."1 November 19781 January 19791979
Blondie"Heart of Glass19 January 19791 February 19791979
Art Garfunkel"Bright Eyes"9 January 19791 May 19791979
Pink Floyd"Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)"23 November 19791 January 1980200410
Slade"Merry Xmas Everybody"7 December 19731 December 19801985
The New Seekers"I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)"11 December 1971[34] 200410
ABBA"Dancing Queen"6 August 1976 200410
Julie Covington"Don't Cry for Me Argentina"12 November 1976 200410
Ian Dury and The Blockheads"Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick"1 November 1978 200410

 Must be Bob bull****ing again. As I'm near sure he was the one that said it?



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ArrGee wrote:
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ArrGee wrote:

Guardian rules are just one song per artist...


 Mines like an each way bet! 


OK, I would prefer Rat Trap make the top 100, but realistically Mondays will.  Maybe not quite top 30, but should be in top 100.

Hoping the likes of Ghost Town, Come On Eileen and Blockbuster place high as well.   I suspect Bohemian Rhapsody will be #1.


 Don't think Mondays will be that high unfortunately. However, hope the 3 songs mentioned get good placings Just watched a You Tube video on Eileen and the development of Dexys. An early version of the song was called Yes, Let's! Worth searching for the latter and listening to it, although quality not great. And yes, Bo Rap will be number one. Sincerely hope Everything I do etc is not placed despite 16 weeks at number one in the early 90s 



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Sincerely hope Everything I do etc is not placed despite 16 weeks at number one in the early 90s 


 Could be Love is All Around. 15 weeks.



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manatthetop wrote: Must be Bob bull****ing again. As I'm near sure he was the one that said it?

Don't believe what you read. Nor what Geldof says.



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ArrGee wrote:
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Sincerely hope Everything I do etc is not placed despite 16 weeks at number one in the early 90s 


 Could be Love is All Around. 15 weeks.


 Or Drake's One Dance, also 15 weeks at number one, four years ago. No, me neither.

I suspect that whilst the first 20 years of the current century account for around 30% of the total review period, we will not see 30 singles from 2000 to today in the 100. Suspect a heavier presence of 60s, 70s and 80s songs. 



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https://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/all-the-number-1-singles__7931/

Around 1,400 to choose from.

This is the first week in ages I know the artists and the song at #1. 



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manatthetop wrote: Must be Bob bull****ing again. As I'm near sure he was the one that said it?

Don't believe what you read. Nor what Geldof says.


 As I got older. I never did listen to Geldof. As I realized he is abit of a bullsh?ter. I remember he once said that some of his solo albums sold more than some rats albums. ( Didn't say which ones?) But no evidence of this what so ever. Unless he's talking about V.Deep or ITLG. But the only album of his to do well it get into the album charts are Deep in the heart of nowhere. And The vegetarians of love. And what came out of both album. This is the world calling. Getting to the high of 24. And his only top 20 solo single to the high of 15. That's Geldofs claim to fame as a solo artists. His other albums flopped.



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I like listening to Geldof, he is always interesting. He does have a tendency to exaggerate and embellish the humdrum and mundane to talk tall. The joke about the Germans thinking it is all about them works better if the song did reach #1. Which it didnt. And Fingers being in the dole queue wearing pyjamas is probably far more interesting than what actually happened.

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100 per cent. I agree. He is a great talker and draws you in. That's what I like about him. If you have ever been to one of the Dublin gigs. He knows and the Dublin crowed knows he can't bullsh?t them. He middle class . Not working class always was. But like John Lennon. He tried to make out he was poor or came from a poor family. This was not the case



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 He middle class . 


 Having attended Blackrock, definitely not working class.  None of the Rats come from poor families from what I know. Ditto U2.



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Have to be in top 80 (i guess) www.theguardian.com/music/2020/apr/27/the-100-greatest-uk-no-1s

Amazed that I Will Survive is only #84. And Killer is only #87. Also wonder if Elton John gets a second entry with Don't Go Breaking My Heart as it was with Kiki Dee.

Must admit I haven't ever heard half a dozen of them.

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Have to be in top 80 (i guess) www.theguardian.com/music/2020/apr/27/the-100-greatest-uk-no-1s

Amazed that I Will Survive is only #84. And Killer is only #87. Also wonder if Elton John gets a second entry with Don't Go Breaking My Heart as it was with Kiki Dee.

Must admit I haven't ever heard half a dozen of them.


 Strange selections. Surprisingly 8 out of 20 so far are this century songs which is 40%, whereas should be proportionately 30%. 



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Mark L wrote:
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Have to be in top 80 (i guess) www.theguardian.com/music/2020/apr/27/the-100-greatest-uk-no-1s

Amazed that I Will Survive is only #84. And Killer is only #87. Also wonder if Elton John gets a second entry with Don't Go Breaking My Heart as it was with Kiki Dee.

Must admit I haven't ever heard half a dozen of them.


 Strange selections. Surprisingly 8 out of 20 so far are this century songs which is 40%, whereas should be proportionately 30%. 


Not sure the Rats will appear at this rate.  Only 3 of the first 20 are deserving in my opinion.  Which leaves very few slots up for grabs for decent songs.  Believe by Cher at #83 is unbelievable as is Bieber at #90.  When this is done, I'm gonna put my top 100 up.



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ArrGee wrote:
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Have to be in top 80 (i guess) www.theguardian.com/music/2020/apr/27/the-100-greatest-uk-no-1s

Amazed that I Will Survive is only #84. And Killer is only #87. Also wonder if Elton John gets a second entry with Don't Go Breaking My Heart as it was with Kiki Dee.

Must admit I haven't ever heard half a dozen of them.


 Strange selections. Surprisingly 8 out of 20 so far are this century songs which is 40%, whereas should be proportionately 30%. 


Not sure the Rats will appear at this rate.  Only 3 of the first 20 are deserving in my opinion.  Which leaves very few slots up for grabs for decent songs.  Believe by Cher at #83 is unbelievable as is Bieber at #90.  When this is done, I'm gonna put my top 100 up.


 I would agree. The latest unveiling is no better. Number 80 is 3 minutes of Dave or Fredo (?) rapping inanely about guns, drugs and women with the N word used frequently but thats ok in the circumstances, if you get me. When Elvis Costello sings it on Olivers Army, it is becoming obligatory for the same word to be silenced. These things are black and white.

 I am over 50 so it is correct that I am appalled at some of the choices here.



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ArrGee wrote:

Have to be in top 80 (i guess) www.theguardian.com/music/2020/apr/27/the-100-greatest-uk-no-1s

Amazed that I Will Survive is only #84. And Killer is only #87. Also wonder if Elton John gets a second entry with Don't Go Breaking My Heart as it was with Kiki Dee.

Must admit I haven't ever heard half a dozen of them.


 Or a third with 1990s Sacrifice / Healing Hands?



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Have to be in top 80 (i guess) www.theguardian.com/music/2020/apr/27/the-100-greatest-uk-no-1s

Amazed that I Will Survive is only #84. And Killer is only #87. Also wonder if Elton John gets a second entry with Don't Go Breaking My Heart as it was with Kiki Dee.

Must admit I haven't ever heard half a dozen of them.


 Or a third with 1990s Sacrifice / Healing Hands?


Only one per artist, but I suspect the duo with Kiki Dee would count as a different artist.

The 30 so far are dogsh!te overall.  Only 5 are deserving. And not sure any of them would make my top 100.



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ArrGee wrote:
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Have to be in top 80 (i guess) www.theguardian.com/music/2020/apr/27/the-100-greatest-uk-no-1s

Amazed that I Will Survive is only #84. And Killer is only #87. Also wonder if Elton John gets a second entry with Don't Go Breaking My Heart as it was with Kiki Dee.

Must admit I haven't ever heard half a dozen of them.


 Or a third with 1990s Sacrifice / Healing Hands?


Only one per artist, but I suspect the duo with Kiki Dee would count as a different artist.

The 30 so far are dogsh!te overall.  Only 5 are deserving. And not sure any of them would make my top 100.


 Forgot the one per artist rule. Sacrifice is a better song. I'm finding just 4 or 5 are worthy. Just had a listen to Drake's One Dance in case I've missed out on a classic. Spent 15 weeks at number one in 2016.

Surprised it managed 15 minutes tbh. And that's a quarter of an hour too long probably smile



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Forgot the one per artist rule. Sacrifice is a better song. I'm finding just 4 or 5 are worthy. Just had a listen to Drake's One Dance in case I've missed out on a classic. Spent 15 weeks at number one in 2016.

Surprised it managed 15 minutes tbh. And that's a quarter of an hour too long probably smile


 Sacrifice would struggle to make an Elton top 100.  He has plenty of better songs.

in the meantime I have narrowed down the 1,400 #1s to 200.  Pretty easy as most are garbage.  Amazing how many covers (especially pi$$ poor ones, sorry Captain Tom) made it to #1. Heroes and Perfect Day would be in my top 100 if it was the originals. Ironic that the original Heroes didnt make top 20.  Perfect Day was not released as a single by Lou Reed.



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Forgot the one per artist rule. Sacrifice is a better song. I'm finding just 4 or 5 are worthy. Just had a listen to Drake's One Dance in case I've missed out on a classic. Spent 15 weeks at number one in 2016.

Surprised it managed 15 minutes tbh. And that's a quarter of an hour too long probably smile


 Sacrifice would struggle to make an Elton top 100.  He has plenty of better songs.

 


 He does. But Sacrifice is still very good and what I feel are the even better songs could not qualify as they didn't get to number one. The likes of Rocket Man, Daniel, Goodbye Yellow, Your Song, Benny, Im Still Standing and Can You Feel The Love Tonight never made it. Might Candle in the Wind 1997 feature? 



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FFS This is unbelievable!

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Dexys Midnight Runners  Come on Eileen (1982)



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61-70 are better; maybe 6 or 7 somewhat worthy of being in a top 100 (even if not mine). 99 Red Balloons (#64) is NOT better than Come On Eileen.

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seems like The Rats are anticipated by a couple of the comments...

"Over forty minutes into the first half and the Germans are leading the Republic of Ireland 2-1. Is there an upset on the cards here, Jeff?
Yes, I don't think anyone was expecting that here today, Clive. Thing is, though, the Irish have Bono on the bench and he's usually good for one. It's a pity Kevin Rowland never declared for the Boys in Green."

"Dont forget you have Dana and Johnny Logan to look forward to. Bound to be in the top ten the pair of them. Oh and the Boomtown Rats to score a brace in extra time."

"...we have Sir Bob to call on as well, with Rat Trap being my preferred option over I Don't Like Mondays, partly due to the Grease-referenced TOTP performance "

And disappointment at Dexy's low ranking..

"Come on Eileen should be Top Ten in this list.

One of the best songs ever written and performed!
An extraordinary 5 minute music achievement and composition style rarely successfully emulated.

A joyous pop-rock-folk-soul song that stands the test of time. Cheers to hopefully more joyousness in the coming months."


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61-70 are better; maybe 6 or 7 somewhat worthy of being in a top 100 (even if not mine). 99 Red Balloons (#64) is NOT better than Come On Eileen.


 Agree with this. Come on Eileen was so different, brave and with the benefit of hindsight, timeless. No evening wedding do is complete without it. Top 20 minimum. Think the Rats will be placed well. Glad my placings were wrong. 



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My short (err if just over 200 could be considered short) list

 

  1. 06/01/1956 ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK - BILL HALEY & HIS COMETS
  2. 17/02/1956 MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS - DEAN MARTIN
  3. 01/11/1957 THAT'LL BE THE DAY - CRICKETS
  4. 10/01/1958 GREAT BALLS OF FIRE - JERRY LEE LEWIS
  5. 24/01/1958 JAILHOUSE ROCK - ELVIS PRESLEY
  6. 04/07/1958 ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM/CLAUDETTE - EVERLY BROTHERS
  7. 19/12/1958 IT'S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE - CONWAY TWITTY
  8. 20/03/1959 SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES - PLATTERS
  9. 24/04/1959 IT DOESN'T MATTER ANYMORE - BUDDY HOLLY
  10. 03/07/1959 DREAM LOVER - BOBBY DARIN
  11. 04/12/1959 WHAT DO YOU WANT - ADAM FAITH
  12. 17/03/1960 RUNNING BEAR - JOHNNY PRESTON
  13. 23/06/1960 THREE STEPS TO HEAVEN - EDDIE COCHRAN
  14. 04/08/1960 SHAKIN' ALL OVER - JOHNNY KIDD & THE PIRATES
  15. 25/08/1960 APACHE - SHADOWS
  16. 31/08/1961 JOHNNY REMEMBER ME - JOHN LEYTON
  17. 04/10/1962 TELSTAR - TORNADOS
  18. 31/10/1963 YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE - GERRY & THE PACEMAKERS
  19. 16/01/1964 GLAD ALL OVER - DAVE CLARK FIVE
  20. 09/07/1964 THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN - ANIMALS
  21. 13/08/1964 DO WAH DIDDY DIDDY - MANFRED MANN
  22. 24/09/1964 I'M INTO SOMETHING GOOD - HERMAN'S HERMITS
  23. 12/11/1964 OH PRETTY WOMAN - ROY ORBISON
  24. 22/07/1965 MR TAMBOURINE MAN - BYRDS
  25. 05/08/1965 HELP! - BEATLES
  26. 17/03/1966 THE SUN AIN'T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE - WALKER BROTHERS
  27. 26/05/1966 PAINT IT, BLACK - ROLLING STONES
  28. 07/07/1966 SUNNY AFTERNOON - KINKS
  29. 15/09/1966 ALL OR NOTHING - SMALL FACES
  30. 22/09/1966 DISTANT DRUMS - JIM REEVES
  31. 27/10/1966 REACH OUT I'LL BE THERE - FOUR TOPS
  32. 17/11/1966 GOOD VIBRATIONS - BEACH BOYS
  33. 19/01/1967 I'M A BELIEVER - MONKEES
  34. 08/06/1967 A WHITER SHADE OF PALE - PROCOL HARUM
  35. 09/08/1967 SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) - SCOTT MCKENZIE
  36. 08/11/1967 BABY NOW THAT I'VE FOUND YOU - FOUNDATIONS
  37. 24/04/1968 WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD/CABARET - LOUIS ARMSTRONG
  38. 03/07/1968 BABY COME BACK - EQUALS
  39. 31/07/1968 MONY MONY - TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS
  40. 14/08/1968 FIRE - CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN
  41. 13/11/1968 THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY - HUGO MONTENEGRO & HIS ORCHESTRA & CHORUS
  42. 12/02/1969 (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE - AMEN CORNER
  43. 26/03/1969 I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE - MARVIN GAYE
  44. 16/04/1969 ISRAELITES - DESMOND DEKKER & THE ACES
  45. 04/06/1969 DIZZY - TOMMY ROE
  46. 02/07/1969 SOMETHING IN THE AIR - THUNDERCLAP NEWMAN
  47. 20/09/1969 BAD MOON RISING - CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
  48. 20/12/1969 TWO LITTLE BOYS - ROLF HARRIS
  49. 31/01/1970 LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) - EDISON LIGHTHOUSE
  50. 28/03/1970 BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER - SIMON & GARFUNKEL
  51. 02/05/1970 SPIRIT IN THE SKY - NORMAN GREENBAUM
  52. 13/06/1970 IN THE SUMMERTIME - MUNGO JERRY
  53. 12/09/1970 TEARS OF A CLOWN - SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES
  54. 21/11/1970 VOODOO CHILE - JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE
  55. 28/11/1970 I HEAR YOU KNOCKING - DAVE EDMUNDS
  56. 20/03/1971 HOT LOVE - T REX
  57. 09/10/1971 REASON TO BELIEVE/MAGGIE MAY - ROD STEWART
  58. 11/03/1972 WITHOUT YOU - NILSSON
  59. 17/06/1972 VINCENT - DON MCLEAN
  60. 12/08/1972 SCHOOL'S OUT - ALICE COOPER
  61. 25/11/1972 MY DING-A-LING - CHUCK BERRY
  62. 27/01/1973 BLOCKBUSTER - SWEET
  63. 03/03/1973 CUM ON FEEL THE NOIZE - SLADE
  64. 21/04/1973 TIE A YELLOW RIBBON ROUND THE OLD OAK TREE - DAWN FEATURING TONY ORLANDO
  65. 23/06/1973 RUBBER BULLETS - 10 C.C.
  66. 28/07/1973 I'M THE LEADER OF THE GANG (I AM) - GARY GLITTER
  67. 19/01/1974 YOU WON'T FIND ANOTHER FOOL LIKE ME - NEW SEEKERS
  68. 26/01/1974 TIGER FEET - MUD
  69. 23/02/1974 DEVIL GATE DRIVE - SUZI QUATRO
  70. 06/04/1974 SEASONS IN THE SUN - TERRY JACKS
  71. 04/05/1974 WATERLOO - ABBA
  72. 17/08/1974 WHEN WILL I SEE YOU AGAIN - THREE DEGREES
  73. 21/09/1974 KUNG FU FIGHTING - CARL DOUGLAS
  74. 26/10/1974 EVERYTHING I OWN - KEN BOOTHE
  75. 07/12/1974 YOU'RE THE FIRST THE LAST MY EVERYTHING - BARRY WHITE
  76. 18/01/1975 DOWN DOWN - STATUS QUO
  77. 22/02/1975 MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) - STEVE HARLEY & ****NEY REBEL
  78. 04/10/1975 HOLD ME CLOSE - DAVID ESSEX
  79. 29/11/1975 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY - QUEEN
  80. 21/02/1976 DECEMBER '63 (OH WHAT A NIGHT) - FOUR SEASONS
  81. 26/06/1976 YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING - REAL THING
  82. 24/07/1976 DON'T GO BREAKING MY HEART - ELTON JOHN & KIKI DEE
  83. 04/12/1976 UNDER THE MOON OF LOVE - SHOWADDYWADDY
  84. 12/02/1977 DON'T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA - JULIE COVINGTON
  85. 25/06/1977 SHOW YOU THE WAY TO GO - JACKSONS
  86. 02/07/1977 SO YOU WIN AGAIN - HOT CHOCOLATE
  87. 23/07/1977 I FEEL LOVE - DONNA SUMMER
  88. 11/03/1978 WUTHERING HEIGHTS - KATE BUSH
  89. 19/08/1978 THREE TIMES A LADY - COMMODORES
  90. 18/11/1978 RAT TRAP - BOOMTOWN RATS
  91. 06/01/1979 Y.M.C.A. - VILLAGE PEOPLE
  92. 27/01/1979 HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK - IAN DURY & THE BLOCKHEADS
  93. 03/02/1979 HEART OF GLASS - BLONDIE
  94. 17/03/1979 I WILL SURVIVE - GLORIA GAYNOR
  95. 16/06/1979 RING MY BELL - ANITA WARD
  96. 30/06/1979 ARE 'FRIENDS' ELECTRIC? - TUBEWAY ARMY
  97. 22/09/1979 CARS - GARY NUMAN
  98. 20/10/1979 VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR - BUGGLES
  99. 19/01/1980 BRASS IN POCKET - PRETENDERS
  100. 02/02/1980 THE SPECIAL A.K.A. LIVE! EP - THE SPECIAL AKA
  101. 16/02/1980 COWARD OF THE COUNTY - KENNY ROGERS
  102. 22/03/1980 GOING UNDERGROUND/DREAMS OF CHILDREN - JAM
  103. 31/05/1980 THEME FROM M*A*S*H (SUICIDE IS PAINLESS) - MASH
  104. 23/08/1980 ASHES TO ASHES - DAVID BOWIE
  105. 10/01/1981 IMAGINE - JOHN LENNON
  106. 21/02/1981 SHADDAP YOU FACE - JOE DOLCE MUSIC THEATRE
  107. 14/03/1981 JEALOUS GUY - ROXY MUSIC
  108. 09/05/1981 STAND AND DELIVER - ADAM & THE ANTS
  109. 11/07/1981 GHOST TOWN - SPECIALS
  110. 14/11/1981 EVERY LITTLE THING SHE DOES IS MAGIC - POLICE
  111. 12/12/1981 DON'T YOU WANT ME - HUMAN LEAGUE
  112. 29/05/1982 HOUSE OF FUN - MADNESS
  113. 12/06/1982 GOODY TWO SHOES - ADAM ANT
  114. 03/07/1982 HAPPY TALK - CAPTAIN SENSIBLE
  115. 07/08/1982 COME ON EILEEN - DEXY'S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS WITH THE EMERALD EXPRESS
  116. 23/10/1982 DO YOU REALLY WANT TO HURT ME - CULTURE CLUB
  117. 13/11/1982 I DON'T WANNA DANCE - EDDY GRANT
  118. 29/01/1983 DOWN UNDER - MEN AT WORK
  119. 19/02/1983 TOO SHY - KAJAGOOGOO
  120. 05/03/1983 BILLIE JEAN - MICHAEL JACKSON
  121. 12/03/1983 TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART - BONNIE TYLER
  122. 26/03/1983 IS THERE SOMETHING I SHOULD KNOW - DURAN DURAN
  123. 23/07/1983 WHEREVER I LAY MY HAT (THAT'S MY HOME) - PAUL YOUNG
  124. 13/08/1983 GIVE IT UP - K C & THE SUNSHINE BAND
  125. 05/11/1983 UPTOWN GIRL - BILLY JOEL
  126. 14/01/1984 PIPES OF PEACE - PAUL MCCARTNEY
  127. 28/01/1984 RELAX - FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD
  128. 20/10/1984 FREEDOM - WHAM!
  129. 10/11/1984 I FEEL FOR YOU - CHAKA KHAN
  130. 27/07/1985 THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) - EURYTHMICS
  131. 03/08/1985 INTO THE GROOVE - MADONNA
  132. 16/11/1985 A GOOD HEART - FEARGAL SHARKEY
  133. 14/12/1985 SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU - WHITNEY HOUSTON
  134. 08/03/1986 CHAIN REACTION - DIANA ROSS
  135. 13/09/1986 DON'T LEAVE ME THIS WAY - COMMUNARDS WITH SARAH-JANE MORRIS
  136. 08/11/1986 TAKE MY BREATH AWAY (LOVE THEME FROM 'TOP GUN') - BERLIN
  137. 06/12/1986 THE FINAL COUNTDOWN - EUROPE
  138. 20/12/1986 CARAVAN OF LOVE - HOUSEMARTINS
  139. 27/12/1986 REET PETITE (THE SWEETEST GIRL IN TOWN) - JACKIE WILSON
  140. 21/02/1987 STAND BY ME - BEN E. KING
  141. 28/03/1987 RESPECTABLE - MEL & KIM
  142. 09/05/1987 NOTHING'S GONNA STOP US NOW - STARSHIP
  143. 01/08/1987 LA BAMBA - LOS LOBOS
  144. 03/10/1987 PUMP UP THE VOLUME / ANITINA (THE FIRST TIME I SEE SHE DANCE) - M/A/R/R/S
  145. 16/01/1988 HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH - BELINDA CARLISLE
  146. 26/03/1988 DON'T TURN AROUND - ASWAD
  147. 14/05/1988 PERFECT - FAIRGROUND ATTRACTION
  148. 24/09/1988 HE AIN'T HEAVY, HE'S MY BROTHER - HOLLIES
  149. 29/10/1988 ORINOCO FLOW - ENYA
  150. 28/01/1989 SOMETHINGS GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART - MARC ALMOND FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST STAR GENE PITNEY
  151. 15/04/1989 ETERNAL FLAME - BANGLES
  152. 03/02/1990 NOTHING COMPARES 2 U - SINEAD O'CONNOR
  153. 31/03/1990 THE POWER - SNAP
  154. 12/05/1990 KILLER - ADAMSKI
  155. 09/06/1990 WORLD IN MOTION - ENGLANDNEWORDER
  156. 15/09/1990 THE JOKER - STEVE MILLER BAND
  157. 27/10/1990 A LITTLE TIME - BEAUTIFUL SOUTH
  158. 05/01/1991 BRING YOUR DAUGHTER...TO THE SLAUGHTER - IRON MAIDEN
  159. 09/03/1991 SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO - CLASH
  160. 13/07/1991 (EVERYTHING I DO) I DO IT FOR YOU - BRYAN ADAMS
  161. 02/11/1991 THE FLY - U2
  162. 07/12/1991 DON'T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME - GEORGE MICHAEL & ELTON JOHN
  163. 19/09/1992 EBENEEZER GOODE - SHAMEN
  164. 04/06/1994 LOVE IS ALL AROUND - WET WET WET
  165. 08/04/1995 BACK FOR GOOD - TAKE THAT
  166. 02/03/1996 DON'T LOOK BACK IN ANGER - OASIS
  167. 30/03/1996 FIRESTARTER - PRODIGY
  168. 01/06/1996 THREE LIONS (THE OFFICIAL SONG OF THE ENGLAND FOOTBALL TEAM) - BADDIEL & SKINNER & LIGHTNING SEEDS
  169. 27/07/1996 WANNABE - SPICE GIRLS
  170. 18/01/1997 PROFESSIONAL WIDOW (IT'S GOT TO BE BIG) - TORI AMOS
  171. 01/02/1997 BEETLEBUM - BLUR
  172. 22/02/1997 DON'T SPEAK - NO DOUBT
  173. 05/04/1997 BLOCK ROCKIN' BEATS - CHEMICAL BROTHERS
  174. 17/01/1998 NEVER EVER - ALL SAINTS
  175. 21/03/1998 IT'S LIKE THAT - RUN DMC VERSUS JASON NEVINS
  176. 15/08/1998 NO MATTER WHAT - BOYZONE
  177. 05/09/1998 IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT - MANIC STREET PREACHERS
  178. 16/01/1999 PRAISE YOU - FATBOY SLIM
  179. 26/08/2000 GROOVEJET (IF THIS AIN'T LOVE) - SPILLER
  180. 29/09/2001 CAN'T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD - KYLIE MINOGUE
  181. 14/12/2002 LOSE YOURSELF - EMINEM
  182. 27/12/2003 MAD WORLD - MICHAEL ANDREWS FEAT. GARY JULES
  183. 07/02/2004 TAKE ME TO THE CLOUDS ABOVE - LMC V U2
  184. 12/03/2005 DAKOTA - STEREOPHONICS
  185. 26/03/2005 (IS THIS THE WAY TO) AMARILLO? - TONY CHRISTIE FEAT. PETER KAY
  186. 10/09/2005 DARE - GORILLAZ
  187. 17/09/2005 DON'T CHA - PUSSYCAT DOLLS FEAT. BUSTA RHYMES
  188. 29/10/2005 I BET YOU LOOK GOOD ON THE DANCEFLOOR - ARCTIC MONKEYS
  189. 24/12/2005 JCB SONG - NIZLOPI
  190. 16/09/2006 I DON'T FEEL LIKE DANCIN' - SCISSOR SISTERS
  191. 14/10/2006 AMERICA - RAZORLIGHT
  192. 23/02/2008 MERCY - DUFFY
  193. 24/05/2008 THAT'S NOT MY NAME - TING TINGS
  194. 28/06/2008 VIVA LA VIDA - COLDPLAY
  195. 16/08/2008 I KISSED A GIRL - KATY PERRY
  196. 20/09/2008 SEX ON FIRE - KINGS OF LEON
  197. 27/12/2008 HALLELUJAH - ALEXANDRA BURKE
  198. 07/02/2009 THE FEAR - LILY ALLEN
  199. 30/05/2009 BONKERS - DIZZEE RASCAL FEAT. ARMAND VAN HELDEN
  200. 12/02/2011 PRICE TAG - JESSIE J FT BOB
  201. 26/02/2011 SOMEONE LIKE YOU - ADELE
  202. 05/11/2011 READ ALL ABOUT IT - PROFESSOR GREEN FT EMELI SANDE
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 Dont know that got in!  I was mostly eliminating.  Needless to say it wont be in my top 100.



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 Dont know that got in!  I was mostly eliminating.  Needless to say it wont be in my top 100.



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 Hard to believe that this song kept Vienna of the number one spot.



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 Dont know that got in!  I was mostly eliminating.  Needless to say it wont be in my top 100.


 Hard to believe that this song kept Vienna of the number one spot.


 Robson & Jerome keeping Pulps Common People off top spot was a bigger injustice.  The number of insipid cover songs that make #1 is unbelievable.  Also for some acts it beggars belief that their #1 songs are not necessarily their finest moment. Elton John notably, but Roxy Music as well. U2 also have better songs than their #1s.  At least with The Rats, their brace are among their best.  Ditto The Specials and Dexys.  

Another strange phenomena is having #1s either solo or with another act when they are better known for their main act. Shaun Ryder, Midge Ure, Feargal Sharkey and Captain Sensible are examples of that.

PS I seemed to have missed out Tainted Love by Soft Cell.  Another cover, but a decent one.



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'Is there something I should know' is a fairly decent track from Duran Duran but they too had better songs which didn't hit the top. Rio, Hungry like the Wolf and Girls on Film spring to mind. I had forgotten how good some of the number ones from 1990 and 1991 were. Ultravox and Pulp were cruelly robbed of the number ones they deserved, particularly Pulp. Common People and Disco 2000 are amongst their finest moments, anthemic classics which pop up like Eileen at that wedding do. In fact, Different Class is entirely that and was one of the few musical high points for me post 1992, with Pulp, Blur and Oasis setting 1995 on fire. I Spy from DC is brilliant - talk about sleeping with the enemy! What was remarkable is that it took over a decade and a half for Pulp to really crack it, meaning their origin was around the peak of the Rats! 



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'Is there something I should know' is a fairly decent track from Duran Duran but they too had better songs which didn't hit the top. Rio, Hungry like the Wolf and Girls on Film spring to mind. I had forgotten how good some of the number ones from 1990 and 1991 were. Ultravox and Pulp were cruelly robbed of the number ones they deserved, particularly Pulp. Common People and Disco 2000 are amongst their finest moments, anthemic classics which pop up like Eileen at that wedding do. In fact, Different Class is entirely that and was one of the few musical high points for me post 1992, with Pulp, Blur and Oasis setting 1995 on fire. I Spy from DC is brilliant - talk about sleeping with the enemy! What was remarkable is that it took over a decade and a half for Pulp to really crack it, meaning their origin was around the peak of the Rats! 


Disco 2000 only made #7, so hardly robbed Sorted for Es and Wizz/Mis-shapes was cruelly thwarted by Mick Hucknall.  Of course if you listen to what Pulp did in the 1980s, its not too surprising it took them a decade to crack it. Little Girl with Blue Eyes was a great single, but was never going to be a hit with lyrics like  There's a hole in your heart and one between your legs, you never had to wonder which one he's going to fill"

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The Who have to be the most glaring omission from #1 list. Umpteen hits but none reached top spot.

https://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/the-huge-pop-acts-who-never-scored-a-number-1-single-in-the-uk__15683/



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'Is there something I should know' is a fairly decent track from Duran Duran but they too had better songs which didn't hit the top. Rio, Hungry like the Wolf and Girls on Film spring to mind. I had forgotten how good some of the number ones from 1990 and 1991 were. Ultravox and Pulp were cruelly robbed of the number ones they deserved, particularly Pulp. Common People and Disco 2000 are amongst their finest moments, anthemic classics which pop up like Eileen at that wedding do. In fact, Different Class is entirely that and was one of the few musical high points for me post 1992, with Pulp, Blur and Oasis setting 1995 on fire. I Spy from DC is brilliant - talk about sleeping with the enemy! What was remarkable is that it took over a decade and a half for Pulp to really crack it, meaning their origin was around the peak of the Rats! 


Disco 2000 only made #7, so hardly robbed Sorted for Es and Wizz/Mis-shapes was cruelly thwarted by Mick Hucknall.  Of course if you listen to what Pulp did in the 1980s, its not too surprising it took them a decade to crack it. Little Girl with Blue Eyes was a great single, but was never going to be a hit with lyrics like  There's a hole in your heart and one between your legs, you never had to wonder which one he's going to fill"

Agree that Duran Duran had better.  Planet Earth and My Own Way in particular.


 Would only use 'robbed' in relation to Common People. Of the four singles, Sorted was the one I liked least, although still good. I rate Common People and Disco 2000 equally. They both sound anthemic to me and a class apart. I also liked Bad Cover Version very much which I think was years later, but I recall did a 'Guilty' and surprised me it ended up as a modest top 30 hit only. Agree their 80s output makes their very slow commercial success only notable rather than surprising. 

Planet Earth is another great Duran Duran track. A very catchy debut single. The Reflex deservedly hit the top, probably more so than ITSISK.

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Rats in the top 50?
Still stunned that Come On Eileen only made #68. Take That at #53? FFS.


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Unbelievable!

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They deserve to be compared to some of these absurd placings. 

Jack Your Body was appalling then and is now. To say as 'a signal of a vast shift in the way pop music sounded its unbeatable' is like saying Jeremy Corbyn vastly shifting Labour to the hard left made them unbeatable. I think not. Position 1349 for me. 



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Agree. The UK charts can be a strange one. But that's what makes it different. As any song could have gotten to number one. A song on out in the 80s. Called. Jack and Diane. By John Mellencamp. Now me being me through this song's has number one writin all over it. But it didn't even chart. But who am I. Only a wee boomtown rats fan.



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36 David Bowie Lets Dance (1983)
This is amazing as Space Oddity and Ashes to Ashes are far superior.

37 Slade Merry Xmas Everybody (1973)
Again, Cmon Feel the Noize is a far better Slade #1. No doubt a great festive song, but not their best #1.

34 Rod Stewart Da Ya Think Im Sexy? (1978)
And this is pretty piss poor. Quite apart from this pile of sh!te knocking the Rats off #1, Maggie May is far better

Still 40-31 does have a few good artists.

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Agree with the above. I think even China Girl is better than Let's Dance. Beginning to think anti-Rats blankstarejournalism is coming to the fore and Rats may be left out of the entire 100. 



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Agree with the above. I think even China Girl is better than Let's Dance. Beginning to think anti-Rats blankstarejournalism is coming to the fore and Rats may be left out of the entire 100. 


I don't expect The Rats to make the top 30 given what has gone so far.

Still have The Beatles & The Stones to appear.  Suspect Cliff, Madonna, Oasis, Blur, Abba, Ed Sheeran, Michael Jackson, U2, Police, Bee Gees, and T. Rex.  Westlife will probably appear.

Ghost Town has to be there.  Blockbuster should be as well. Another Brick in the Wall a shoo in.

Throw in 2 or 3 more recent artists and there are probably only around 10 spots up for grabs.

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Agree with this analysis with regret. Thought Rat Trap would be there as first new wave, Irish group to top etc. These lists are just journos opining with considerable personal bias inescapably mixed in. Sometimes, it works 'in our favour' with Geldof the 8th best showman etc and sometimes the usual lack of consideration for the Rats achievements either accidentally or purposefully pertains. 



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I take no money of their polls I know the rats are up there with the best (it still annoys me that they never get recognition they deserved among their peers ) th ed y are vastly underrated but still the best band

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Agree with this analysis with regret. Thought Rat Trap would be there as first new wave, Irish group to top etc. These lists are just journos opining with considerable personal bias inescapably mixed in. Sometimes, it works 'in our favour' with Geldof the 8th best showman etc and sometimes the usual lack of consideration for the Rats achievements either accidentally or purposefully pertains. 


Many reasons why either one of the two should make the list, but the main reason one of them should is they are most definitely in the top 100 #1s.  Had this being the Telegraph, Neil McCormick would have the Rats in the top 10 and U2 @ #1.  



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vastly underrated but still the best band


I can't list 100 #1s that are better.  Especially if D'ya think I'm Sexy is #34.

FWIW I think The Rats, Dexy's and The Specials are the only groups that had two near perfect #1s and no other chart toppers.  Quality rather than quantity



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Agree with this analysis with regret. Thought Rat Trap would be there as first new wave, Irish group to top etc. These lists are just journos opining with considerable personal bias inescapably mixed in. Sometimes, it works 'in our favour' with Geldof the 8th best showman etc and sometimes the usual lack of consideration for the Rats achievements either accidentally or purposefully pertains. 


Many reasons why either one of the two should make the list, but the main reason one of them should is they are most definitely in the top 100 #1s.  Had this being the Telegraph, Neil McCormick would have the Rats in the top 10 and U2 @ #1.  


.. and he would have been right on the Rats but not U2. Despite the geographical origins being almost identical, I never got U2 like the Rats. 



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Agree with this analysis with regret. Thought Rat Trap would be there as first new wave, Irish group to top etc. These lists are just journos opining with considerable personal bias inescapably mixed in. Sometimes, it works 'in our favour' with Geldof the 8th best showman etc and sometimes the usual lack of consideration for the Rats achievements either accidentally or purposefully pertains. 


Many reasons why either one of the two should make the list, but the main reason one of them should is they are most definitely in the top 100 #1s.  Had this being the Telegraph, Neil McCormick would have the Rats in the top 10 and U2 @ #1.  


.. and he would have been right on the Rats but not U2. Despite the geographical origins being almost identical, I never got U2 like the Rats. 


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Agree with the above. I think even China Girl is better than Let's Dance. Beginning to think anti-Rats blankstarejournalism is coming to the fore and Rats may be left out of the entire 100. 


 Agree with you here. Loved China Girl. Regards U2 never really got an them. I do have the Joshua tree album. But that's as far as it goes. Regards Irish bands. A wee one doing the rounds are a band called picture this. Not bad. Also loved a band called. The Thrills. The album Teenager is fuc? ING great. If none of you have heard this album. Give it a go. Every song is class

 

 

 



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Agree with the above. I think even China Girl is better than Let's Dance. Beginning to think anti-Rats blankstarejournalism is coming to the fore and Rats may be left out of the entire 100. 


 Agree with you here. Loved China Girl. Regards U2 never really got an them. I do have the Joshua tree album. But that's as far as it goes. Regards Irish bands. A wee one doing the rounds are a band called picture this. Not bad. Also loved a band called. The Thrills. The album Teenager is fuc? ING great. If none of you have heard this album. Give it a go. Every song is class


I liked One Horse Town by The Thrills, but as time went on they weren't so good.  Second album was pretty poor. That written had a good time at their post gig party at The Astoria.

Best Irish band right now is Fontaines DC.  Dogrel is a great album though it does take a listen or two to get into.  Best tracks - Big, Too Real, Hurricane Laughter.



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Agree with this analysis with regret. Thought Rat Trap would be there as first new wave, Irish group to top etc. These lists are just journos opining with considerable personal bias inescapably mixed in. Sometimes, it works 'in our favour' with Geldof the 8th best showman etc and sometimes the usual lack of consideration for the Rats achievements either accidentally or purposefully pertains. 


Many reasons why either one of the two should make the list, but the main reason one of them should is they are most definitely in the top 100 #1s.  Had this being the Telegraph, Neil McCormick would have the Rats in the top 10 and U2 @ #1.  


.. and he would have been right on the Rats but not U2. Despite the geographical origins being almost identical, I never got U2 like the Rats. 


 I think its mainly because McCormick went to school with them and they are good mates.  


 Mates with the Rats or U2. 0r both? 



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 Mates with the Rats or U2. 0r both? 

 

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So Rats in top 20? Probably a piece on Mondays on Monday...

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With The Beatles to appear along with Cliff, Oasis, Blur, Abba, Ed Sheeran, Michael Jackson, U2, Police and Westlife.
Ghost Town has to be there. Blockbuster should be as well. Another Brick in the Wall a shoo in. Wuthering Heights as well. And a Grease song.
Can the Rats squeeze in?

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Not #20


 I get the feeling if the obvious Monday link is overlooked, the Rats won't feature at all. 



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Not #20


 I get the feeling if the obvious Monday link is overlooked, the Rats won't feature at all. 


 #15, #10 & #5 will all be Monday



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Not #19 - Can't believe the garbage people listen to these days, I must be getting old!

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They are always number 1for me that don't know good music when they hear it as late Terry Wogan used to say they are ejits

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Not #19 - Can't believe the garbage people listen to these days, I must be getting old!


 Lost for words. Unaware of the songs existence. Absurd placing. 



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Not #19 - Can't believe the garbage people listen to these days, I must be getting old!


 Lost for words. Unaware of the songs existence. Absurd placing. 


  I do not take much notice of this. As we are all aware the rats have always been overlooked.



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  I do not take much notice of this. As we are all aware the rats have always been overlooked.


 Still 18 places up for grabs.  



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No 18, Ian Dury and the Blockheads Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick

Rats in top 17?

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No 18, Ian Dury and the Blockheads Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick

Rats in top 17?


 Doubt it, but hoping I'm wrong. Not uncomfortable at all with this one being included in the top 20. Also liked What a Waste with the class lyrics: 

First-night nerves every one-night stand. 

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Looks like Rats are in top 16. Rat Trap or Mondays?

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Top 15 for the Rats. Could they be #1?

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Top 15 for the Rats. Could they be #1?


 Pushing your luck here. It does say in the documentary that it was believe it not for 18 months the rats were the biggest thing going in the UK



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Top 15 for the Rats. Could they be #1?


 Pushing your luck here. It does say in the documentary that it was believe it not for 18 months the rats were the biggest thing going in the UK


 It depends if the Guardian elite acknowledge this and the ground- breaking video for Mondays. Then there may be a slim chance they're in there somewhere, but number one of all the number ones is for the birds I'm sorry to say. 



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Top 15 for the Rats. Could they be #1?


 Pushing your luck here. It does say in the documentary that it was believe it not for 18 months the rats were the biggest thing going in the UK


 It depends if the Guardian elite acknowledge this and the ground- breaking video for Mondays. Then there may be a slim chance they're in there somewhere, but number one of all the number ones is for the birds I'm sorry to say. 


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 It does say in the documentary that it was believe it not for 18 months the rats were the biggest thing going in the UK

The 18 month period being?

Maybe from November 1978 - August 1979 they were, but with Surfacing only getting to #7 in the LP chart and Diamond Smiles not making top 10, it was no longer than 10 months.  The Police were bigger than The Rats towards the end of 1979 with 2 #1 singles and a #1 LP.  Arguably Gary Numan as well with similar.  And Blondie (not a UK band, but neither are The Rats) trumped them all.  5 #1 singles + 2 #1 LP.

 

1BlondieParallel LinesAlbumSep 1978 
5BlondieHanging On The TelephoneSingleNov 1978 
1BlondieHeart Of GlassSingleJan 1979 
1BlondieSunday GirlSingleMay 1979 
2BlondieDreamingSingleSep 1979 
1BlondieEat To The BeatAlbumOct 1979 
13BlondieUnion City BlueSingleNov 1979 
1BlondieAtomicSingleFeb 1980 
1BlondieCall MeSingleApr 1980 
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From the 1 st single. The rats had laid the groundwork in 76. ATFTT stayed in the chart's for 44 week's. I'm my opinion as good as Monday's was. I think this song killed the rats.



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In my opinion as good as Monday's was. I think this song killed the rats.


I think there were other factors like the media surrounding Geldof and Yates.   Also in 1979, there were a lot more alternative bands with Specials, Gary Numan, The Police, Madness,  Squeeze,  Elvis Costello, The Jam and The Clash having bigger hits whereas prior to that there was only The Rats, The Stranglers and Blondie making  top 10 on a regular basis.

What a difference a year made.  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_UK_top-ten_singles_in_1978

ArtistCountry of originWeeksSingles
John Travolta United States31"Sandy", "Summer Nights", "You're the One That I Want"
Boney M. Germany/ Jamaica/ Aruba30"Mary's Boy Child Oh My Lord", "Rasputin", "Rivers of Babylon"/"Brown Girl in the Ring"
Olivia Newton-John Australia/ United Kingdom29"Hopelessly Devoted to You", "Summer Nights", "You're the One That I Want"
Darts 
 United Kingdom20"Come Back My Love", "Daddy Cool", "It's Raining", "The Boy from New York City"
Bee Gees 
 United Kingdom19"How Deep Is Your Love", "Night Fever", "Stayin' Alive", "Too Much Heaven"
Electric Light Orchestra United Kingdom14"Mr. Blue Sky", "Sweet Talkin' Woman", "Wild West Hero"
The Boomtown Rats Ireland13"Like Clockwork", "Rat Trap"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_UK_top-ten_singles_in_1979

 

ArtistCountry of originWeeksSingles
ABBA Sweden21"Angeleyes"/"Voulez-Vous", "Chiquitita", "Does Your Mother Know", "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)", "I Have a Dream"
Blondie United States20"Dreaming", "Heart of Glass", "Sunday Girl"
Earth, Wind & Fire United States16"After the Love Has Gone", "Boogie Wonderland", "September"
Gary Numan United Kingdom16"Are "Friends" Electric?", "Cars", "Complex"
The Police United Kingdom14"Can't Stand Losing You", "Message in a Bottle", "Walking on the Moon"

Rats were only in top 10 for 7 weeks in 1979 with one song...

 



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In my opinion as good as Monday's was. I think this song killed the rats.


I think there were other factors like the media surrounding Geldof and Yates.   Also in 1979, there were a lot more alternative bands with Specials, Gary Numan, The Police, Madness,  Squeeze,  Elvis Costello, The Jam and The Clash having bigger hits whereas prior to that there was only The Rats, The Stranglers and Blondie making  top 10 on a regular basis.

What a difference a year made.  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_UK_top-ten_singles_in_1978

ArtistCountry of originWeeksSingles
John Travolta United States31"Sandy", "Summer Nights", "You're the One That I Want"
Boney M. Germany/ Jamaica/ Aruba30"Mary's Boy Child Oh My Lord", "Rasputin", "Rivers of Babylon"/"Brown Girl in the Ring"
Olivia Newton-John Australia/ United Kingdom29"Hopelessly Devoted to You", "Summer Nights", "You're the One That I Want"
Darts 
 United Kingdom20"Come Back My Love", "Daddy Cool", "It's Raining", "The Boy from New York City"
Bee Gees 
 United Kingdom19"How Deep Is Your Love", "Night Fever", "Stayin' Alive", "Too Much Heaven"
Electric Light Orchestra United Kingdom14"Mr. Blue Sky", "Sweet Talkin' Woman", "Wild West Hero"
The Boomtown Rats Ireland13"Like Clockwork", "Rat Trap"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_UK_top-ten_singles_in_1979

 

ArtistCountry of originWeeksSingles
ABBA Sweden21"Angeleyes"/"Voulez-Vous", "Chiquitita", "Does Your Mother Know", "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)", "I Have a Dream"
Blondie United States20"Dreaming", "Heart of Glass", "Sunday Girl"
Earth, Wind & Fire United States16"After the Love Has Gone", "Boogie Wonderland", "September"
Gary Numan United Kingdom16"Are "Friends" Electric?", "Cars", "Complex"
The Police United Kingdom14"Can't Stand Losing You", "Message in a Bottle", "Walking on the Moon"

Rats were only in top 10 for 7 weeks in 1979 with one song...

 



-- Edited by ArrGee on Friday 15th of May 2020 07:11:15 PM


 You could be right here. But the rat's had a good run up until Monday's. Then Diamond smiles didn't make the top 10. Someone's looking at you did do well. Banna Republic the last big hit. I know Mondo bongo did better chart wise than TFAOS. But I don't think it sold as many copies?. After that the writing was on the wall. Plus as you pointed out afew other factors came into play. I remember back in the day. The papers said really some bad stuff. About the band. But this was to do more with Bob's mouthful and he couldn't help himself. ,( Think this is the real reason Cott left). He seen the writing on the wall. For me ITLG was s lost album. And that's a pity. Cos it's really good. When you think back and seen what was around then. Makes you wonder. But by that stage Band aid took over and that ended the rat's for sure. The rest is history. As they say.



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With The Beatles to appear along with Cliff, Oasis, Blur, Abba, Ed Sheeran, Michael Jackson, U2, Police and Westlife.
Ghost Town has to be there. Blockbuster should be as well. Another Brick in the Wall a shoo in. Wuthering Heights as well. And a Grease song.
Can the Rats squeeze in?


 13 to go.  And according to my analysis, 15 acts to squeeze in.  Distinct lack of Irish representation.  Just Enya!  



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Well at least a Rats fan is at #12.  Top 11?



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8 to say it, but err no 



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With The Beatles to appear along with Cliff, Oasis, Blur, Abba, Ed Sheeran, Michael Jackson, U2, Police and Westlife.
Ghost Town has to be there. Blockbuster should be as well. Another Brick in the Wall a shoo in. And a Grease song.
Can the Rats squeeze in?


 13 to go.  And according to my analysis, 15 acts to squeeze in.   


 Only 7 places left.  There are going to be some great #1s not on the list. And some big acts excluded. 



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99 Lorde Royals (2013)
98 Lieutenant Pigeon Mouldy Old Dough (1972)
97 Dave and Ansell Collins Double Barrel (1971)
96 Roy Orbison Its Over (1964)
95 The Buggles Video Killed the Radio Star (1979)
94 Dua Lipa New Rules (2017)
93 Del Shannon Runaway (1961)
92 Nancy Sinatra These Boots Are Made for Walkin (1966)
91 Whigfield Saturday Night (1994)
90 Justin Bieber What Do You Mean? (2015)
89 Sugababes Freak Like Me (2002)
88 Craig David 7 Days (2000)
87 Adamski Killer (feat Seal) (1990)
86 The Tornados Telstar (1962)
85 Estelle American Boy (feat Kanye West) (2008)
84 Gloria Gaynor I Will Survive (1979)
83 Cher Believe (1998)
82 Robyn With Every Heartbeat (feat Kleerup) (2007)
81 Elton John Are You Ready for Love? (2003)
80 Dave Funky Friday (feat Fredo) (2018)
79 Jackie Trent Where Are You Now (My Love) (1965)
78 Thunderclap Newman Something in the Air (1969)
77 Enya Orinoco Flow (1988)
76 Baby D Let Me Be Your Fantasy (1994)
75 Procol Harum A Whiter Shade of Pale (1967)
74 Will Young Leave Right Now (2003)
73 Chicago If You Leave Me Now (1976)
72 Rage Against the Machine Killing in the Name (2009)
71 Spice Girls Wannabe (1996)
70 Rui Da Silva Touch Me (feat Cassandra) (2001)
69 Snap! Rhythm Is a Dancer (1992)
68 Dexys Midnight Runners Come on Eileen (1982)
67 Black Box Ride on Time (1989)
66 Eminem Stan (feat Dido) (2000)
65 Kraftwerk The Model (1982)
64 Nena 99 Red Balloons (1984)
63 Steve Harley and ****ney Rebel Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me) (1975)
62 Elvis Presley Jailhouse Rock (1958)
61 Arctic Monkeys I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor (2005)
60 Ariana Grande Thank U, Next (2018)
59 The Walker Brothers Make It Easy on Yourself (1965)
58 Rihanna Umbrella (feat Jay-Z) (2007)
57 10cc Im Not in Love (1975)
56 Aaliyah More Than a Woman (2002)
55 Daft Punk Get Lucky (feat Pharrell Williams) (2013)
54 tATu All the Things She Said (2003)
53 Take That Back for Good (1995)
52 Soft Cell Tainted Love (1981)
51 S-Express Theme from S-Express (1988)
50 Steve Silk Hurley Jack Your Body (1987)
49 Chemical Brothers Setting Sun (feat Noel Gallagher) (1996)
48 So Solid Crew 21 Seconds (2001)
47 Suzi Quatro Can the Can (1973)
46 Queen Bohemian Rhapsody (1975)
45 Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
44 Rick Astley Never Gonna Give You Up (1987)
43 Tubeway Army Are Friends Electric? (1979)
42 Lady Gaga Bad Romance (2009)
41 East 17 Stay Another Day (1994)
40 The Four Tops Reach Out (Ill Be There) (1966)
39 The Jam Going Underground (1980)
38 Blondie Heart of Glass (1979)
37 Slade Merry Xmas Everybody (1973)
36 David Bowie Lets Dance (1983)
35 The Pretenders Brass in Pocket (1980)
34 Rod Stewart Da Ya Think Im Sexy? (1978)
33 Tom Jones Its Not Unusual (1965)
32 Britney Spears Baby One More Time (1999)
31 Althea and Donna Uptown Top Ranking (1977)
30 Madonna Vogue (1990)
29 Whitney Houston I Wanna Dance With Somebody (1987)
28 The Kinks You Really Got Me (1964)
27 George Michael Careless Whisper (1984)
26 The Rolling Stones (I Cant Get No) Satisfaction (1965)
25 Bee Gees Night Fever (1978)
24 Freda Payne Band of Gold (1970)
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21 T Rex Get It On (1971)
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18 Ian Dury & the Blockheads Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick (1979)
17 Kylie Minogue Cant Get You Out of My Head (2001)
16 Beyoncé Crazy in Love (2003)
15 Jerry Lee Lewis Great Balls of Fire (1957)
14 Kate Bush Wuthering Heights (1978)
13 Frankie Goes to Hollywood Relax (1984)
12 Sinéad OConnor Nothing Compares 2 U (1990)
11 The Beach Boys Good Vibrations (1966)
10 Marvin Gaye Heard It Through the Grapevine (1968)
9 Abba Dancing Queen (1976)
8 The Prodigy Firestarter (1996)
7 The Human League Dont You Want Me (1981)
6 Michael Jackson Billie Jean (1983)
5 Dead or Alive You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) (1984)
4 Donna Summer I Feel Love (1977)
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Pete Burns will be not be spinning in his grave. However, although a great number one, isn't number 5 of all time rather too high? 



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That is about right I was watching a 70s music programme on my rigour did not just of 78& then 79 no mention of rat trap or Mondays but played artists who had 1single limping into 59020 in convinced that they have a problem with th days and I don't know why but there you go should say top hits top20 (spellchecker again) and should say tivo box

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