There was a time, not oh so very long ago, when topping the Hit Parade was the pinnacle of a pop stars career.

Not only that but if you’re of a certain age chances are you perfected the speed of your co-ordination and dexterity not on a Playstation or XBox but by pressing Play & Record on a cassette deck to tape the chart show off the radio.

So here is a mix with that memory at it’s core. A mix CD I received from my parents for my 21st birthday – the number one of each year of my life across a double CD. One of the most personal and thoughtful presents I have ever received (and I’ve received some great presents!)

Seeing as I turn 31 this year I thought I’d update it with CD3 – 2001-2010. So here you have it – 31 years of number one UK pop singles for 2 August.

CD1: 1979-1990

  1. I don’t Like Mondays – Boomtown Rats (1979)
  2. Use it up, Wear it out – Odyssey (1980)
  3. Green Door – Shakin’ Stevens (1981)
  4. Fame – Irene Cara (1982)
  5. Wherever I Lay My Hat – Paul Young (1983)
  6. Two Tribes – Frankie Goes to Hollywood (1984)
  7. There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart) – The Eurythmics (1985)
  8. The Lady in Red – Chris De Burgh (1986)
  9. La Bamba – Los Lobos (1987)
  10. Nothings Gonna Change My Love For You – Glen Madiros (1988)
  11. You’ll Never Stop Me From Lovin’ You – Sonia (1989)
  12. Turtle Power – Partner’s in Kryme (1990)

CD2: 1991-2000

  1. Everything I Do, I Do It For You – Bryan Adams (1991)
  2. Ain’t No Doubt – Jimmy Nail (1992)
  3. Pray – Take That (1993)
  4. Love is All Around – Wet Wet Wet (1994)
  5. Boom Boom Boom – Outhere Brothers (1995)
  6. Wannabe – The Spice Girls (1996)
  7. I’ll Be Missing You – Puff Daddy (1997)
  8. Viva Forever – The Spice Girls (1998)
  9. Livin’ La Vida Loca – Ricky Martin (1999)
  10. 7 Days – Craig David (2000)

CD3: 2001-2010

  1. Eternity / Road to Mandalay – Robbie Williams (2001)
  2. Anyone of Us (Stupid Mistake) – Gareth Gates (2002)
  3. Never Gonna Leave Your Side – Daniel Bedingfield (2003)
  4. Dry Your Eyes – The Streets (2004)
  5. You’re Beautiful – James Blunt (2005)
  6. Don’t Stop Me Now / Please Please – McFly (2006)
  7. Umbrella – Rhianna feat. Jay-Z (2007)
  8. Dance Wiv Me – Dizzee Rascal / Calvin Harris / Chrome (2008)
  9. I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas (2009)
  10. The Wanted – All Time Low (2010)

4 thoughts on “My life in hit singles

  1. Wow!. Wish my parents were that thoughtful 🙂
    Have to say though that your birthday seems to coincide with some particularly awful music 😉 Makes me wonder what mine would look like ….

  2. … and here it is. Can’t bring mself to actually commit them to cd I’m afraid.

    Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas “Little Children”
    The Rolling Stones “The Last Time”
    The Walker Brothers “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore”
    Engelbert Humperdinck “Release Me”
    The Beatles “Lady Madonna”
    Marvin Gaye “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”
    Simon & Garfunkel “Bridge over Troubled Water”
    T. Rex “Hot Love”
    Nilsson “Without You”
    Donny Osmond “The Twelfth of Never”
    Paper Lace “Billy – Don’t Be a Hero”
    Bay City Rollers “Bye Bye Baby”
    Brotherhood of Man “Save Your Kisses for Me”
    The Manhattan Transfer “Chanson D’Amour”
    Kate Bush “Wuthering Heights”
    Gloria Gaynor “I Will Survive”
    The Jam “Going Underground”/”Dreams of Children”
    Shakin’ Stevens “This Ole House”
    Goombay Dance Band “Seven Tears”
    Duran Duran “Is There Something I Should Know?”
    Lionel Richie “Hello”
    Philip Bailey (duet with Phil Collins) “Easy Lover”
    Cliff Richard and The Young Ones “Living Doll”
    Mel and Kim “Respectable”
    Aswad “Don’t Turn Around”
    Madonna “Like a Prayer”
    Snap! “The Power”
    Chesney Hawkes “The One and Only”
    Shakespears Sister “Stay”
    The Bluebells “Young at Heart”
    Doop “Doop”
    Outhere Brothers “Don’t Stop (Wiggle Wiggle)”
    The Prodigy “Firestarter”
    The Chemical Brothers “Block Rockin’ Beats”
    Run-D.M.C. vs Jason Nevins “It’s Like That”
    Mr. Oizo “Flat Beat”
    Melanie C. featuring Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes “Never Be The Same Again”
    Hear’Say “Pure and Simple”
    Gareth Gates “Unchained Melody”
    Room 5 featuring Oliver Cheatham “Make Luv”
    Usher featuring Ludacris and Lil’ John “Yeah!”
    Tony Christie featuring Peter Kay “Is This the Way to Amarillo”
    Ne-Yo “So Sick”
    The Proclaimers featuring Brian Potter and Andy Pipkin “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”
    Estelle featuring Kanye West “American Boy”
    Lady Gaga “Poker Face”
    Lady Gaga (featuring Beyoncé) “Telephone”

  3. Yes – this is a nice idea for a present but the theory works better than the reality when you have some of the songs I got. Although Turtle Power, come on, classic! lol

    I like yours. Well, it starts off pretty good but there are some hummers in there too 🙂 The curse of the ‘popular’ music hit parade!

  4. That’s fantastic! I love it! It’s interesting to see how the genres and artists evolve across the years (and Boomtown Rats? Corker of an opening!)

    Seeing Turtle Power at 1990 also makes me feel old – I remember getting the soundtrack to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie (old school fanboy, yo!)

    I have to say it’s made me wonder… Hehe, let’s take a look (with added comments)…


    1. Kenny Rogers – Coward of the County (1980) <- Interesting start…
    2. Joe Dolce Music Theatre – Shaddap You Face (1981) <- It'sa notso bad!
    3. The Jam – Town Called Malice/Precious (1982) <- Classy!
    4. Kajagoogoo – Too Shy (1983)
    5. Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Relax (1984) <- Classic!
    6. Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson – I Know Him So Well (1985) <- Wh… who?!
    7. Billy Ocean – When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going (1986) <- Jewel of the Nile!
    8. Ben E. King – Stand By Me (1987)
    9. Kylie Minogue – I Should Be So Lucky (1988) <- Umm, yeah…
    10. Marc Almond feat. Gene Pitney – Something's Gotten Hold of My Heart (1989) <- Decent


    1. Sinéad O'Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U (1990)
    2. The Simpsons – Do the Bartman (1991) <- Epic
    3. Shakespears Sister – Stay (1992)
    4. 2 Unlimited – No Limit (1993) <- Spontaneous desire to throw shapes!
    5. Mariah Carey – Without You (1994) <- Urgh…
    6. Céline Dion – Think Twice (1995) <- Double urgh…
    7. Babylon Zoo – Spaceman (1996) <- Hell yes!
    8. No Doubt – Don't Speak (1997) <- Now we're getting better!
    9. Celine Dion – My Heart Will Go On (1998) <- Curses
    10. Britney Spears – Baby One More Time (1999) <- Double Curses


    1. All Saints – Pure Shores (2000) <- Takes me back to Uni days…
    2. Atomic Kitten – Whole Again (2001)
    3. Enrique Iglesias – Hero (2002)
    4. t.A.T.u. – All the Things She Said (2003) <- Bit of a guilty pleasure track
    5. Sam & Mark – With a Little Help from My Friends (2004)
    6. Jennifer Lopez – Get Right (2005)
    7. Meck featuring Leo Sayer – Thunder In My Heart Again (2006)
    8. Mika – Grace Kelly (2007) <- Top feel good track
    9. Duffy – Mercy (2008)
    10. Lily ALlen – The Fear (2009)


    1. Helping Haiti – Everybody Hurts (2010)

    Well, I have to say that other than one or two stand out tracks I'm not fond of my list – seems to be populated with whiney pop divas!

    But an eye opening exercise to be sure! Top post! 🙂

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