I would say that if it's limited to UK #1 hits prior to a certain point in time, even the worst ones are listenable or memorable. Donny Osmond and David Whitfield would be on my high list simply because they were awful singers. Ok technically David Whitfield was a good singer but I cant' stand his voice.
I am yet to find any number one even in the 2010s that is as horrible to listen to as St Winifred's School Choir
I can think of a few. There's definitely been some in 2020! W.A.P. springs to mind.
Post by Earl Purple on Nov 15, 2020 12:06:58 GMT 1
Grandma is my worst number one of the 1980s but not because "it stopped John Lennon being Christmas number one" as that's a silly reason to say something is a terrible song.
Chesney Hawkes "The One And Only" is, for example, a good song. Not as good as "Sit Down" by James, but better than many of the number ones in 1991. "Do The Bartman" and "Let's Stonk" were both far worse, for example. Even Tim Booth quite likes "The One And Only" and after 3 hits that missed the top 30, having one peak at #2 was a huge achievement.
Both "Young Love" and "Puppy Love" reached my chart in earlier versions, it's not the song but the way it was sung by Donny Osmond that made me dislike them. Actually Donny Osmond doesn't like them that much himself. He far preferred more uptempo songs like Crazy Horses. He had a minor hit in my chart with "Soldier Of Love" in 1988 and a bigger one with "Breeze On By" in 2005. (The Twelfth Of Never though is just a poor song, even Johnny Mathis can't really save it).