jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 9th September 2018



I have always has a real big interest in the Rock Music Charts. One of my favourite websites is:    who complie the charts.


They are always sending out interesting information through their weekly newsletter.


One such fascinating piece was the fact that only eight acts that have had tracks/records that have peaked at every slot in the Official Singles Chart’s top ten


1              Lonnie Donegan

Scottish star Lonnie Donegan, a pioneer of the revival of Skiffle music in the 1950s, was the first artist to cross off all the numbers in the Official Singles Chart’s Top 10. Not only was Lonnie the first, he did it the fastest.


The King of Skiffle’s debut hit, Rock Island Line peaked at Number 8. Cumberland Gap became Lonnie’s first of two chart toppers. In the end, the Number 9 Donnie needed to complete the set arrived in 1962, the aptly named The Party’s Over. All in all, it took him 6 years, 3 months and 7 days to achieve.


POS        FIRST SONG TO CHART                                 YEAR

1              CUMBERLAND GAP                                        1957

2              LOST JOHN/STEWBALL                                 1956

3              TOM DOOLEY                                                    1958

4              DON’T YOU ROCK ME DADDY-O                 1957

5              I WANNA GO HOME                                        1960

6              THE GRAND COOLIE DAM                           1958

7              BRING A LITTLE WATER SYLVIE/DEAD OR ALIVE            1956

8              ROCK ISLAND LINE                                        1956

9              THE PARTY’S OVER                                         1962

10           MY DIXIE DARLING                                        1957


2              Elvis Presley

Elvis had 76 Top 10 singles, giving him plenty of chances, to have a single peak at each of the ten slots. He achieved the feat in 15 years, 9 months and 25 days.


POS        FIRST SONG TO CHART                                 YEAR

1              ALL SHOOK UP                                  1957

2              HEARTBREAK HOTEL                                   1956

3              (LET ME BE YOUR) TEDDY BEAR              1957

4              A BIG HUNK O’ LOVE                                      1959

5              UNTIL IT’S TIME FOR YOU TO GO              1972

6              TOO MUCH                                                         1957

7              SANTA BRING MY BABY BACK TO ME   1957

8              PARALYSED                                                       1957

9              BLUE SUEDE SHOES                                       1956

10           KISSIN’ COUSINS                                              1964


3              Madonna

With 63 UK Top 10 hits, you would think Madonna had paid a visit to every Top 10 placing at least three times over, but in fact, she waited 11 years for a Number 8 hit (1995’s Human Nature) and she’s not had one since.


In addition to having more Number 1s than any other female and more Number 2s than ANY other artist, Madonna has popped up at every Top 10 position, managing it in 11 years, 6 months and 8 days.


POS        FIRST SONG TO CHART                                 YEAR

1              INTO THE GROOVE                                         1985

2              CRAZY FOR YOU                                              1985

3              LIKE A VIRGIN                                  1984

4              GAMBLER                                                           1985

5              ANGEL                                                  1985

6              HOLIDAY                                                            1984

7              RAIN                                                                     1993

8              HUMAN NATURE                                             1995

9              THE LOOK OF LOVE                                        1987

10           BAD GIRL                                                            1993


4              Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey can say she is the woman to claim a full house in the shortest space of time. It took Mariah 9 years, 5 months and 25 days to tick all of the boxes, with Thank God I Found You being her only Number 10 single in March 2000.


Interesting that in the 1990s, Mariah has one Number 1, two Number 2s, three Number 3s and four Number 4s. Spooky!


POS        FIRST SONG TO CHART                                 YEAR

1              WITHOUT YOU                                  1994

2              I’LL BE THERE                                                  1992

3              ENDLESS LOVE                                                 1994

4              FANTASY                                                             1995

5              HEARTBREAKER                                             1999

6              ONE SWEET DAY                                              1995

7              HERO                                                                    1993

8              ANYTIME YOU NEED A FRIEND                 1994

9              VISION OF LOVE                                               1990

10           THANK GOD I FOUND YOU                           2000


5              Tom Jones

Over three decades after his first hit, (1965 Number 1 It’s Not Unusual) the Welsh legend’s 2000 smash  Sex Bomb was the missing piece to the puzzle he was looking for, a Number 3. Sir Tom completed his collection of every Top 10 place 2 months after Mariah, notching up a time of 35 years, 2 months and 3 days.


POS        FIRST SONG TO CHART                                 YEAR

1              IT’S NOT UNUSUAL                                          1965

2              I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN             1967

3              SEX BOMB                                                          2000

4              MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME                2000

5              HELP YOURSELF                                              1968

6              YOUNG NEW MEXICAN PUPPETEER        1962

7              FUNNY FAMILIAR FORGOTTEN FEELINGS            1967

8              DETROIT CITY                                                  1967

9              LOVE ME TONIGHT                                         1969

10           WITHOUT LOVE (THERE IS NOTHING)    1969


6              Elton John

Number 9 evaded Sir Elton for 29 years, 4 months and 2 days, but his only one finally came to him in April 2001 courtesy of I Want Love.

POS        FIRST SONG TO CHART                                 YEAR

1              DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART              1976

2              ROCKET MAN                                                    1972

3              NIKITA                                                                 1985

4              DANIEL                                                                1973

5              CROCODILE ROCK                                          1972

6              GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD             1973


8              BLUE EYES                                                         1982

9              I WANT LOVE                                                    2001

10           LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS       1974


(While Elton’s Your Song was originally released in January 1971, it wasn’t until July 2002 it reached its Number 4 peak, so we began his span of hits from the 1972 Number 2 hit Rocket Man.)


7              U2

U2 wait 19 years, 9 months and 25 days for a Number 5 single… and two come back-to-back! With an almost complete tally for nearly two decades, U2 finally completed their set of peaking at every Top 10 number in December 2001 with Walk On. And for good measure, their next single Electrical Storm did the same.


POS        FIRST SONG TO CHART                                                 YEAR

1              DESIRE                                                                                 1988

2              HOLD ME, THRILL ME, KISS ME, KILL ME            1995

3              PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE)                                 1984

4              WITH OR WITHOUT YOU                                              1987

5              WALK ON                                                                            2001

6              THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE                                       1985

7              ONE                                                                                       1992

8              EVEN BETTER THAN THE REAL THING (REMIX)               1992

9              ANGEL OF HARLEM                                                        1988

10           NEW YEAR’S DAY                                                             1983


8              Cliff Richard


Of all the eight acts to peak at every Top 10 position, three of them are Sirs, and three of them were all holding out for a Number 5. The third in each of those categories is Sir Cliff Richard, who is the latest artist to complete a Top 10 set.


Forgotten among Mistletoe & Wine and Saviour’s Day, Cliff’s Xmas hit Santa’s List became his only Number 5, which we’re sure was exactly what the Bachelor Boy had asked from St. Nick in Christmas 2003. In total, Cliff took the longest to pay a peak visit to every Top 10 position, taking a whopping 45 years, 1 month and 20 days. Millennium Prayer paid off.


POS        FIRST SONG TO CHART                                                 YEAR

1              LIVING DOLL                                                                     1959

2              MOVE IT                                                                              1958

3              NINE TIMES OUT OF TEN                                              1960

4              GEE WHIZ IT’S YOU                                                         1961

5              SANTA’S LIST                                                                     2003

6              IN THE COUNTRY                                                            1966

7              HIGH CLASS BABY                                                         1958

8              I’M THE LONELY ONE                                                    1964

9              IT’S ALL OVER                                                                   1967

10           MEAN STREAK                                                  1959


So who just misses out?


Who else is one song away from clearing the board?


22 chart acts are waiting in the wings.


With only one band waiting for a Number 1. Bon Jovi have peaked at positions 2 – 10, but alas, they are missing a chart topper.


UB40, Cher and Celine Dion are all waiting for a Number 2 peak, while Pet Shop Boys have yet to score a Number 3 single. David Bowie, Rolling Stones, Frankie Laine and Iron Maiden are all desperate for a Number 4, and George Michael is only missing a Number 5.


A Number 6 is the most common number causing a sweat, the missing link for Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, Status Quo, Whitney Houston and The Saturdays. Michael Jackson and Beyoncé can claim a Number 6 in their groups The Jackson 5 and Destiny’s Child however with I Want You Back and Bills, Bills, Bills respectively.


A not-so-lucky Number 7 awaits Eurythmics, while Girls Aloud, Diana Ross and Usher are looking for a Number 8. Following that, Rod Stewart, Madness, The Beach Boys and Craig David are all seeking a Number 9 hit.


Finally, prolific hitmakers David Guetta and Ed Sheeran may have 63 Top 40 hits between them, but both need a Number 10.


“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” — Seth Godin


Happiness is…reviewing the Official Singles Chart Top 100 by The Official Charts Company (UK)  and

The Billboard Hot 100 (USA)


Are claustrophobic people more productive thinking outside the box?


Love is…a many splendid thing



Highest Chart Position: No.1 26th July 2018

Also No.1 on Billboard Top 100 (USA)


©2018 Phil M Robinson