Post by misterhamster on Feb 22, 2021 19:07:15 GMT 1
The year the charts went hyper. Things were moving at a faster pace than ever, with the vast majority of hits peaking in their first week on the chart. The number of top 10 hits over the course of a year was usually between 140 and 150 but in 1996, that figure ballooned to a record 194 and that would increase further in 1997 as the top 10 resembled a revolving door with singles coming and going at a rapid rate.
Musically, things were something of a continuation of the previous year. Britpop was still going strong so we had a lot of guitar-based acts having top 10 hits, though very few accumulating enough points to make the top 40 of this list. It was this summer that Oasis played their sold out Knebworth shows with a stellar line-up of support acts, making it the biggest live music event of the year in the absence of Glastonbury.
There was still a good mix of dance, rap and R&B. We saw a very popular dance act undergo a radical reinvention in terms of their sound, leading to the biggest hits of their career. We saw the country's most popular boyband call it a day, with another one taking their place at the top. However, it would be a new girl group that would storm onto the scene to become the most popular pop act in the country and eventually, the world. And it was also the year football came home...
In terms of my own musical tastes, this was the year that they definitively shifted from chart music to more alternative. It had been gradually happening for a couple of years anyway but by the age of 15, I was more clear about the type of music I wanted to spend most of my time listening to, though most of it was still making the top 40 at that time.
It was a year of big changes. ITV's Chart Show underwent a radical but very well-done makeover, as did Radio 1's Top 40 show, though Mark Goodier remained at the helm.
A reminder of the points system: 1 point for no.40 in the singles chart, 2 points for no.39, all the way up to 37 points for no.4, then it's 40 points for no.3, 45 points for no.2 and 50 points for no.1.
Before the countdown, here are some of the songs that didn't make the top 40: (as 1996 was my favourite year for chart music, this is going to be in two parts!)
(position in end-of-year sales chart in brackets)
42(44) FAITHLESS - Insomnia (221 points)
Originally a top 30 hit in 1995, it reached no.3 a year later, giving Rollo Armstrong (Dido's brother), Sister Bliss and frontman Maxi Jazz the first of seven top 10 hits.
49(65) OCEAN COLOUR SCENE - The Day We Caught The Train (190 points)
It took seven years for the Birmingham band to have their first top 40 hit but people started to take notice after Noel Gallagher named them as one of his favourite bands. A rich run of form followed, featuring nine consecutive top 20 hits plus no.1 and no.2 albums, while their track "The Riverboat Song" was heard regularly on Channel 4's TFI Friday.
58(50) MANIC STREET PREACHERS - A Design For Life (183 points)
The Welsh band's first release since the disappearance of guitarist and lyricist Richey Edwards, who went missing while they were working on their fourth album "Everything Must Go". The remaining members chose to keep going in Edwards' absence and scored the biggest (at the time) hit of their career with this anthemic single, which reached no.2. Having only made one previous top 10 appearance, this would be the first of 13 more they would have (including two no.1s), with all four singles from "Everything Must Go" making the top 10. They also won Best Group and Best Album at the 1997 Brit Awards.
63(79) TONI BRAXTON - You're Makin' Me High (176 points)
A banging R&B number that gave Braxton her second UK top 10 hit after 1994's "Breathe Again" and her first US no.1. She would have an even bigger hit towards the end of the year.
One of the best dance hits of the year, it sampled Earth, Wind & Fire's "Boogie Wonderland". One of the women lip-syncing in the video is actress Jaime Murray, who went on to appear in TV shows "Hustle" and "Dexter", among other things.
81(95) LL COOL J - Loungin (139 points)
A chilled hip hop track that gave the US rapper his first UK top 10 hit in nine years.
86(61) CHEMICAL BROTHERS - Setting Sun (135 points)
Would this have got to no.1 without Noel Gallagher performing vocals? Perhaps not. Oasis were at peak popularity and many of their fans were keen to get their hands on anything related to the band. The vocals were based on an old unused Oasis track called "Comin' On Strong". This track did have the effect of establishing the Chemical Brothers as a top level act themselves and they showed this success wasn't a one-off a few months later by scoring a second no.1 with "Block Rockin' Beats".
91(78) LOUISE - Naked (124 points)
After launching her post-Eternal solo career with dreary ballad "Light Of My Life", Louise went for all-out sex appeal in 1996 with the title track from her debut album. It worked, giving her a top 5 hit.
97(-) BLACKSTREET ft DR. DRE & QUEEN PEN - No Diggity (115 points)
Another quality track from a time when everything didn't all sound the same. It was part of the new jack swing genre which Blackstreet founder Teddy Riley is often credited with creating. This track knocked Los Del Rio's "Macarena" off the top of the US chart after 14 weeks.
108(-) GOLDBUG - Whole Lotta Love (105 points)
One of the stranger covers of the year, this was an acid jazz version of Led Zeppelin's classic track, mixed in with the old Pearl & Dean jingle.
Post by misterhamster on Feb 22, 2021 23:02:39 GMT 1
Songs that didn't make the top 40 (Part 2):
48(63) JOAN OSBORNE - One Of Us (191 points)
Effectively a cover of a song initially recorded by Osborne's collaborator and producer Eric Bazilian (formerly of 80s band The Hooters), it was her sole US hit but she did manage a second top 40 appearance in the UK with "St. Teresa".
67(59) BLUETONES - Slight Return (169 points)
A no.2 hit early in the year, this was the first of three top 10 singles the band would have during 1996. They also topped the album chart with "Expecting To Fly".
111(96) CHARLATANS - One To Another (104 points)
Released just a month after the death of keyboard player Rob Collins, this would be the biggest hit of the band's career. Its sales will have been helped by their emotional set at Knebworth two weeks earlier, supporting Oasis. It was their first top 10 hit for six years and the first of three in a row from their "Tellin' Stories" album.
A beautiful song with a stunning video, based on the George Melies silent film "A Trip To The Moon". Footage from the same film had appeared in Queen's "Heaven For Everyone" video a few months earlier.
128(-) SUEDE - Trash (92 points)
The lead single from the band's "Coming Up" album, it matched the no.3 peak of "Stay Together" two years earlier. It was the first of four top 10 singles from the album.
142(-) BUSTA RHYMES - Woo-Hah!! Got You All In Check (83 points)
(WARNING: offensive language!)
The debut hit for the rap legend, it reached no.8 on both sides of the Atlantic. Absolutely bonkers.
150(-) REM - E-Bow The Letter (77 points)
A very unconventional choice for the lead single from an album, considering this is the band who brought us "Shiny Happy People" and "Man On The Moon" among others. But for me, it's one of their best songs and at the time, was their highest placing single, entering the chart at no.4. The track features rock legend Patti Smith on the chorus.
182(-) RADIOHEAD - Street Spirit (Fade Out) (56 points)
Another memorable video, this one directed by Jonathan Glazer, who also directed one of the videos that features in the top 40 of this list. This was the fifth single from "The Bends" but gave them an early year top 5 hit as the reputation of both the album and the band steadily grew and made the follow-up "OK Computer" one of the most eagerly-anticipated albums of the decade.
184(-) RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE - Bulls On Parade (49 points)
For many years, this no.8 hit looked like being Rage Against The Machine's only top 10 appearance. Then the Christmas no.1 campaign happened...
185(-) SLEEPER - Nice Guy Eddie (49 points)
The second of two no.10 hits in 1996 for Sleeper, the other being "Sale Of The Century". The band split after their third album in 1998 but reformed in 2017 and released a new album in 2019, which reached the top 20. Singer Louise Wener has barely aged.
195(-) BJORK - Hyperballad (46 points)
Bjork's third (and so far, last) top 10 hit but perhaps not one of her better-known. It was accompanied by a typically-inventive video by Michel Gondry.
Post by misterhamster on Feb 23, 2021 18:22:30 GMT 1
Part 1 (40-36):
40(48) MICHAEL JACKSON - Earth Song (242 points) Top 40 run: 1-2-5-10-19-26-38-16-29-38
The 1995 Christmas no.1 appears for the second year in a row, thanks largely to a significant bounce back up the chart in the wake of Jackson's controversial performance at the Brits. Its combined points total would've put it at no.3 on the 1995 list and no.7 on this one.
Jamiroquai's biggest hit at the time (and still the biggest selling, despite a later no.1 hit with "Deeper Underground"), this single is remembered just as much for its video. Directed by Jonathan Glazer, it gave the impression of Jay Kay dancing on a moving floor, when in fact, the floor was the only thing not moving, with the the walls being moved around from the outside and a fixed camera giving the illusion of the moving floor. It won four awards, including Best Video at the 1997 MTV VMAs.
38(41) WOOLPACKERS - Hillybilly Rock, Hillbilly Roll (249 points) Top 40 run: 7-5-7-11-15-12-12-10
Following on from Robson & Jerome, Simon Cowell stuck with the formula of getting some idiots off the TV to sing something and convincing idiots to buy it. This latest money-making scam involved a bunch of idiots from Emmerdale and cashed in on the line-dancing craze of the time.
37(16) BOYZONE - Words (258 points) Top 40 run: 1-2-3-9-14-20-24-29-34
With Take That out of the way after their split earlier in the year, Boyzone took their place as the UK's favourite boyband and earned their first of six no.1 singles. Lo and behold, it was a cover, originally recorded by the Bee Gees in 1967.
36(43) JX - There's Nothing I Won't Do (260 points) Top 40 run: 7-4-7-9-12-17-17-20-26-31
The biggest hit for trance DJ Jake Williams. It came a few months after the re-released "Son Of A Gun" had given him a first top 10 hit. He also wrote the track "Bullet In The Gun" for Paul Oakenfold's Planet Perfecto project.
Post by misterhamster on Feb 25, 2021 17:14:51 GMT 1
Part 2 (35-31):
35(19) ROBSON & JEROME - What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted? (267 points) Top 40 run: 1-1-3-8-14-19-29-26-23
The duo's third and final single and third no.1, though sales were down on their previous efforts. Simon Cowell offered them a huge amount of money to do a third album but they declined in order to focus on their respective acting careers. Flynn would feature in Game Of Thrones and Ripper Street, while Green spent many years starring in Wire In The Blood and later went on to present his own 'Extreme Fishing' series.
34(25) MARK SNOW - The X Files (273 points) Top 40 run: 2-2-2-5-9-19-24-25-32-38-38
The X Files was one of the hit TV shows of the decade, leading to this rather unusual single, which was an extended version of the show's instrumental theme tune. It spent three weeks at no.2, all behind a track we'll see later. A dance version of the theme by DJ Dado also charted at the same time, reaching no.8.
33(35) CELINE DION - It's All Coming Back To Me Now (274 points) Top 40 run: 6-4-3-5-8-11-16-22-29-34
One of four top 10 hits for the Canadian singer in 1996, two of which make the top 40 of this list. Written by Meat Loaf's long-time collaborator Jim Steinman, Mr. Loaf wanted to record it himself but Steinman felt it should be sung by a woman, even resorting to legal action to get his own way. The song was first recorded by Pandora's Box in 1989 with a video that has to be seen to be believed (thankfully, Celine didn't attempt to recreate it for her version). Celine Dion's version reached no.3 in the UK and no.2 in the US. Meat Loaf eventually got to record it as a duet with Norwegian singer Marion Raven for his "Bat Out Of Hell III" album in 2006, with the single reaching no.6 in the UK.
32(47) LUNIZ - I Got 5 On It (280 points) Top 40 run: 3-4-7-10-11-14-14-26-21-27-36
The debut hit for the California rap group, it was a top 10 hit in the UK, US and across Europe but their only other UK hit (aside from a remixed version of this track in 1998) would be "Playa Hata", a few months after this.
31(12) TAKE THAT - How Deep Is Your Love? (281 points) Top 40 run: 1-1-1-4-9-10-19-32
The group's farewell single at the end of their initial run, taken from their "Greatest Hits" cash-in album. Maybe by this point Gary Barlow was keeping songs back for his impending solo career. By the end of the year, Barlow had a no.1 hit of his own with "Forever Love" (which made the top 40 sellers of the year but not the top 40 point chart), with Mark Owen having a no.3 hit with "Child" but both struggled to replicate Take That's success and it would be the outcast Robbie Williams who would end up having the most successful solo career by a former Take That member. The woman in the video is model/actress/future reality TV stalwart Paula Hamilton.
Post by misterhamster on Feb 28, 2021 21:58:22 GMT 1
Part 3 (30-26):
30(36) DONNA LEWIS - I Love You Always Forever (284 points) Top 40 run: 34-20-11-9-5-5-7-9-15-20-32
The breakthrough hit for the Welsh singer-songwriter and one that came out of nowhere. It was initially a hit in the US, reaching no.2, before becoming a hit in the UK later in the year, enjoying what was, by now, a gradual climb up the chart. Follow-up "Without Love" would be her only other top 40 hit.
29(32) SUGGS - Cecilia (288 points) Top 40 run: 33-9-6-5-4-5-6-13-20-28-34
A somewhat annoying cover of the Simon & Garfunkel track, which gave the Madness frontman his biggest solo hit. The track also featured ragga duo Louchie Lou & Michie One, marking their first top 40 appearance since their cover of "Shout" in 1993. It was also notable for being at no.6 the week Chris Eubank presented TOTP, meaning we got to hear him say "At 6, Suggs, Cecilia."
28(24) FUGEES - Ready Or Not (288 points) Top 40 run: 2-1-1-2-8-11-20-28-40
The second no.1 for the Haitian-American rap trio of Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill and Pras Michel. We'll see the first later... but how much later...? All three had post-Fugees solo careers, with differing levels of success, but nothing Wyclef subsequently did ever topped this track.
27(15) PRODIGY - Firestarter (289 points) Top 40 run: 1-1-1-3-8-13-21-30-34
The first of two appearances for the Prodigy, but perhaps not the one people would expect to be the lower of the two. This was a single which took the whole world by surprise. A huge shift in direction for country's top dance act saw Keith Flint transform from blond, long-haired dancer, to intimidating, pierced, punk frontman, taking lead vocals for the first time on this track, which saw musical maestro Liam Howlett bring a harder, darker, more rock-influenced feel to his music. This was very much a taste of things to come for their third album "The Fat Of The Land", though it would be over a year before it saw the light of day.
26(26) ROBERT MILES & MARIA NAYLER - One And One (291 points) Top 40 run: 6-6-6-5-4-3-5-4
Another act who we'll see again later, this cover of a track by Polish singer Edyta Gorniak was the third top 10 hit for the Swiss-born Italian musician and saw him team up with English singer Maria Nayler, who'd previously sung on Sasha's top 20 hit "Be As One". This single was released at the start of November, managing to remain inside the top 10 until mid-January.
Post by misterhamster on Mar 1, 2021 17:39:19 GMT 1
Part 4 (25-21):
25(14) PRODIGY - Breathe (293 points) Top 40 run: 1-1-2-2-7-7-6
The group's second no.1 and one that took an even darker turn than its predecessor. Maxim Reality joined Keith Flint on vocals for this one, having previously featured on 1994 single "Poison". "Breathe" ended up outselling "Firestarter", thanks in part to the Christmas phenomenon, which sees sales increase across the board and kept it into the top 10 into 1997. Its combined points total would've put it at no.8 on this list. Subsequent album "The Fat Of The Land" topped the charts in the UK and US and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
24(21) GEORGE MICHAEL - Fastlove (316 points) Top 40 run: 1-1-1-2-8-10-15-24-34-34
The second single from George Michael's third solo album "Older", which was his first for six years. Lead single "Jesus To A Child" topped the chart early in the year but didn't stick around very long. This track was much more radio-friendly and gave Michael a bonafide hit. The video's imagery proved controversial and featured the sight of a female nipple (albeit on a stick-thin, androgynous-looking model) which TOTP showed uneditied. The Chart Show, took no such chances, only playing the song from the third verse onwards.
23(11) OASIS - Don't Look Back In Anger (318 points) Top 40 run: 1-2-3-3-8-11-11-16-26-36-36
The band's second no.1 after a couple of near misses and the first Oasis single to feature Noel Gallagher on lead vocals. The band's stature and the success of this single led to the band having the rare honour of performing two tracks on TOTP, with the band also performing their cover of Slade's "Cum On Feel The Noize", which was one of the b-sides. It was also featured in the final episode of acclaimed BBC drama "Our Friends In The North" which went out around the same time it was released, though the show's producers didn't know it was going to be a single when the chose to include it. The track's video features Avengers star Patrick Macnee as the driver.
22(42) TECHNOHEAD - I Wanna Be A Hippy (321 points) Top 40 run: 12-8-10-10-6-9-9-12-13-27-23-32
A bit like the Outhere Brothers the previous year, a big reason for this song's success was kids getting all excited about buying something with lyrics that were a bit naughty, though this time it was drugs instead of sex that was the selling point. The version of this track that became a hit was a remix by Dutch-American duo Flamman & Abraxas. The track samples David Peel's 1960s song "I Like Marijuana". The Smurfs had a hit with their own version later in the year, except they sang about a puppy instead of getting stoned.
21(17) DEEP BLUE SOMETHING - Breakfast At Tiffany's (324 points) Top 40 run: 3-2-1-2-2-7-13-18-27
Sounding a bit like a rejected theme tune to some "Friends" rip-off, it's always been a bit of a marmite song. It had been a top 5 hit in the US in the summer of 1995 but it would be another year before it scored big in the UK, taking several attempts to become big. They never had another US hit but they did manage a second top 40 appearance in the UK with "Josey", which reached no.27 shortly before Christmas.
Post by misterhamster on Mar 4, 2021 2:08:37 GMT 1
Part 5 (20-16):
20(18) EAST 17 & GABRIELLE - If You Ever (326 points) Top 40 run: 2-3-3-8-10-10-13-16-16-13
East 17's second-biggest hit after "Stay Another Day", this was a cover of a track by Shai which reached no.2 in the US in 1992 but only peaked at no.36 in the UK. Like several others on this list, it benefitted from being around at the end of the year, resulting in a longer than usual chart stay.
19(34) LIVIN' JOY - Don't Stop Movin' (327 points) Top 40 run: 5-6-7-8-9-8-9-12-13-24-29-35
The Italian act's follow-up to "Dreamer", albeit released over a year after that track had hit the top. Janice Robinson was no longer with the group and was replaced by Tameka Starr. The track peaked at no.5 in its first week but still managed to spent seven weeks inside the top 10.
The 90s equivalent of Sigue Sigue Sputnik? Well, Babylon Zoo did at least have a no.1 hit and the third-biggest selling single of the year. Like a number of big hits during the early/mid 90s, the track was used on a Levi's ad - or its sped-up intro/outro was anyway. You do wonder if some people buying the single were aware the majority of the song was a downtempo grungey number... Nevertheless, it was the fastest-selling debut single in history, selling almost 400,000 copies in its first week alone. Subsequent album "The Boy With X-Ray Eyes" only peaked at no.6, suggesting the interest was primarily in the song, rather than the band (much to the surprise of lead singer and songwriter Jas Mann), and after two more top 40 singles, Babylon Zoo were barely heard from again.
Perhaps, an example of a hit single almost proving too big for a talented act. Babybird's Stephen Jones had been making music prolificially on his own for a few years but started to experience commercial success after putting a full band together. This was the second of eight top 40 hits but the only one to reach the top 10 and the band was eventually dropped by their label in 2000 after their third album failed to crack the top 100. After a foray into writing fiction, Jones returned to music and continues to release Babybird albums, primarily via Bandcamp.
16(20) 3T - Anything (347 points) Top 40 run: 4-3-2-2-2-3-7-14-18-30
This was debut single from Taj, Taryll and TJ Jackson, all sons of Tito Jackson. The trio were signed to their uncle Michael's MJJ Entertainment and much was made of the family connection. Michael even appeared on later single "Why". This single reached the top 20 in the US but would be their only hit over there as the group enjoyed far greater success in Europe. Their second album went unreleased, with the group's members later focusing on writing and producing (including for aunt Janet). They also went on to feature in a number of TV series, including ITV's "The Big Reunion"
Post by misterhamster on Mar 4, 2021 18:27:59 GMT 1
Part 6 (15-11):
15(37) OMC - How Bizarre (357 points) Top 40 run: 22-19-19-11-8-5-8-8-8-10-15-21-26-37
The sole UK top 40 hit for OMC, which stood for Otara Millionaires Club, though they had a few more hits in their native New Zealand. The group consisted of brothers Phil and Pauly Fuemana. Phil was the main songwriter and producer, while Pauly was the group's frontman. Phil died in 2005, aged 41 and Pauly passed away in 2010 at the age of 40, having battled a chronic degenerative disease.
14(27) CELINE DION - Because You Loved Me (368 points) Top 40 run: 9-8-8-5-5-5-5-7-11-17-23-30-34-39
Another Celine Dion single that seemed to stick around for ages. It spent eight weeks inside the top 10, including four in a row at no.5. It was used in the film "Up Close And Personal" starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert Redford and became Dion's second US no.1 after "The Power Of Love".
13(23) UNDERWORLD - Born Slippy (368 points) Top 40 run: 2-4-5-6-9-9-11-14-14-18-28-25-31-36
Another big film hit, albeit a very different kind of track from a very different kind of film. Originally released during the first half of 1995, it missed the top 40 but became a huge hit in '96 after being used on the soundtrack for "Trainspotting". The song is sung from the perspective of a drunk on a night out, with the partially-improvised lyrics recorded in a single take. They haven't managed another top 10 hit (they've had three tracks peak at no.12) but have racked up a total of 11 top 40 appearances (including this track and "Pearl's Girl" twice). Their most recent hit was "Caliban's Dream", a piece written especially for the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics in 2012.
12(28) GABRIELLE - Give Me A Little More Time (369 points) Top 40 run: 15-14-15-12-5-5-5-7-10-13-21-23-27-33
Yet another no.5 hit in the top 20 of this list. This one gave Gabrielle her biggest hit since her debut "Dreams" and was the third of 10 top 10 hits. The success of her self-titled second album, released in 1996, led to her winning Best British Female at the 1997 Brits.
11(29) TONY RICH PROJECT - Nobody Knows (375 points) Top 40 run: 23-19-10-5-4-6-9-10-11-15-16-21-28-27-36
Tony Rich was the pseudonym of Antonio Jeffries, a Detroit singer-songwriter. This track was a no.2 hit in the US and reached no.4 in the UK (the highest-placed track on this list to not reach either no.1 or no.2). He won a Grammy for his album "Words" but only had one further top 40 appearance in the UK. He's continued to release albums over the years, exploring different musical styles including jazz and rock.
Post by misterhamster on Mar 5, 2021 23:51:02 GMT 1
Part 7 (10-6):
10(4) SPICE GIRLS - Say You'll Be There (382 points) Top 40 run: 1-1-2-2-9-11-13-18-13-17-14
The second no.1 for the girl group that took the world by storm and for a while, became the biggest pop act on the planet. Their first six singles all topped the chart, thanks partly to some ducking and weaving with release dates, until they ran into the unstoppable juggernaut that was Run DMC. This track was released in mid-October, remaining inside the top 20 until the end of the year.
9(13) TONI BRAXTON - Un-Break My Heart (386 points) Top 40 run: 4-5-5-4-5-4-3-2-4-2
A monster hit for the soul singer, spending 11 weeks inside the top 5 in the UK and 11 weeks at no.1 in the US. Its UK success was helped by a remix by Frankie Knuckles that Radio 1 became quite keen on, even playing it on the top 40. While the single was released on Babyface's LaFace label, for which he wrote many tracks (sometimes assisted by Tony Rich), this track was penned by Diane Warren, whose previous compositions included Starship's "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" and Celine Dion's "Because You Loved Me", which we saw earlier.
8(22) LOS DEL RIO - Macarena (391 points) Top 40 run: 11-8-4-5-2-4-7-7-9-12-18-26-35
Originally a top 10 hit in the duo's native Spain, this English language version became a huge worldwide hit during 1996. It spent 14 weeks at no.1 in the US, becoming an unofficial anthem for that year's Atlanta Olympics, and reached no.2 in the UK. A cover by Canadian act Los Del Mar was also recorded, becoming a big hit in Canada, Australia and France but was less successful elsewhere, failing to reach the top 40 in the UK or US. It was that version, rather than Los Del Rio's, that was included on Now 34.
7(7) BADDIEL, SKINNER & THE LIGHTNING SEEDS - Three Lions (435 points) Top 40 run: 1-2-2-4-2-1-3-6-10-13-24-33-37
The most successful football song of all-time by a long way. The was England's official song for Euro '96 and remains a popular anthem 25 years later. It saw the Fantasy Football League duo of David Baddiel and Frank Skinner team up with the Lightning Seeds' Ian Broudie to write a track that struck a chord with just about every England fan who's ever endured the hope and inevitable heartbreak that comes with watching them in a major tournament. Fans took to the song instantly, leading to a memorable shot of a slightly stunned Baddiel and Skinner in the stands at Wembley with 80,000 people singing the song they'd written just after England had qualified for the knockout stages. It went straight to no.1, returning to the top a few weeks later as England reached the semi-finals. A new version with updated lyrics was released for the 1998 World Cup and went to no.1 again, despite not having "official" status due to the FA mistakenly believing getting the Spice Girls involved would lead to a massive hit. The song topped the chart again in 2018 as England reached another semi-final and the track found a new generation of fans, many of whom completely misunderstood the meaning of the "It's coming home" line...
6(8) GINA G - Ooh Aah... Just A Little Bit (495 points) Top 40 run: 6-5-2-3-3-3-2-1-2-4-13-21-24-30-35
The first UK Eurovision entry top the chart since Bucks Fizz's winning song in 1981 and as it stands, the last. Despite finishing 3rd in the non-televised pre-qualifying competition, Gina G could only finish 8th in the actual event, possibly handicapped by being drawn 2nd in the running order, as well as a bit of a pitchy performance on the night. This would be the first of three top 10 hits from the Australian's debut album "Fresh" and even went on to reach the top 20 in the US, where it was nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance Recording.
Post by misterhamster on Mar 6, 2021 19:30:31 GMT 1
Part 8 (5-1):
5(10) PETER ANDRE ft BUBBLER RANX - Mysterious Girl (513 points) Top 40 run: 3-3-3-2-3-3-4-5-4-3-7-11-17-22-30
Not the first hit for the greasy-haired, washboard-ab'd, sparrow-legged Australian, but easily the most famous. It entered the chart at no.3, and spent 11 long weeks in the top 10, peaking at no.2. Andre would have two no.1s before the end of the year with "Flava" and "I Feel You" (which thankfully wasn't a Depeche Mode cover). By the end of the 90s, the hits had dried up but he was thrust back into the spotlight with his appearance on ITV's "I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here" in 2004. There, he met his future wife (and future ex-wife) Katie Price, and this track finally reached no.1 on downloads. He would also have a top 3 hit with the definitely-not-written-before-he-entered-the-jungle "Insania".
4(9) ROBERT MILES - Children (527 points) Top 40 run: 3-2-3-2-2-3-3-4-7-10-14-16-19-16-22-29
The first hit for the Italian, it spent 16 weeks inside the top 40 and sold over a million copies, making it one of the biggest-selling instrumental hits of all-time in the UK. Miles continued to make music, albeit without the success he'd enjoyed through his early singles and debut album "Dreamland". He died of cancer in 2017, aged 47.
3(6) MARK MORRISON - Return Of The Mack (553 points) Top 40 run: 6-6-6-4-3-1-1-2-2-3-3-10-11-20-29-40-35
Effectively a British R Kelly, which in hindsight, isn't a comparison you really want to have. Morrison was actually born in Germany, to parents from Barbados and grew up in Leicester. Having had a couple of minor hits, this huge no.1 (which also reached no.2 in the US) put Morrison on a path for superstardom. Unfortunately, his tendency to get in trouble with the law checked his progress. Although he had four further top 10 hits from his debut album, legal problems which included possession of a firearm, affray, avoiding community service by paying a lookalike to do it for him, driving without a licence and bribery (among other things). He's continued to release music sporadically but hasn't made a chart appearance in his own right since 2006. Last year he spoke of possibly of running for Mayor of Leicester.
2(1) FUGEES - Killing Me Softly (573 points) Top 40 run: 1-1-1-1-2-1-2-2-2-6-7-12-21-23-34
For the second year in a row (and fourth time in the 90s so far), the biggest seller of the year doesn't top the points chart. This was easily the biggest hit of the Fugees' career and came from their massive second album "The Score". This cover of Lori Lieberman's track spent five weeks at no.1 (interrupted thanks to "Three Lions") and nine weeks inside the top 2. The song features minimal vocal input from Wyclef and Pras and focuses on Lauryn Hill's vocals, which were sung over a looped sample from A Tribe Called Quest's "Bonita Applebum". The track made a star of Hill, who would go on to make her acclaimed debut solo album "The Miseducation Of..." There would be no third album, with the group's members having gone their separate ways and their last UK chart appearance was in 1997, with "Rumble In The Jungle", taken from the Muhammad Ali documentary "When We Were Kings".
With Take That out of the way, and Boyzone simply not good enough, there was a space at the top of the pop tree and the Spice Girls soon perched themselves well and truly on it. At the start, they were a rather refreshing change from the boyband tripe that was becoming all too common. The Spice Girls were young (well, four of them were), bright, fun (to a degree) and like nothing that had been seen for a very long time. The group had been formed in 1994 by Bob and Chris Herbert but had been struggling to get a recording contract until Simon Fuller took an interest, signing them to his 19 management company and landing them a deal with Virgin. "Wannabe" was written by the girls themselves, along with Matt Rowe and Richard Stannard, and was accompanied by an energetic, single-shot video (which begins with Emma Bunton stealing a homeless person's hat) that acted as the perfect introduction to the group. The song went straight in at no.3 and then climbed to no.1, spending seven weeks at the top. It would later top the US chart in early 1997, having debuted at 11 (beating the Beatles' record of no.12 for the highest debut position by a British act). It would be the first of nine UK no.1 singles and debut album "Spice" would be the second-biggest seller of the year (behind "Jagged Little Pill"), despite only being released in September. It remains in the all-time top 30 best sellers in the UK.
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