Birthday No.1s

My Birthday Number Ones

It was my birthday at the weekend and I thought I'd take the chance to look back a bit at the music I've loved or endured on my far too numerous birthdays. I always knew that the UK Number 1 on my original popping out birthday all the way back in '68 was the Beatles 'Hey Jude', which as Number Ones go is always cool to hear (even on the Olympics ceremonies). But I thought I'd see what the other Number 1s were over these past 45 year. As well as being relatively interesting to see what they were and do some old reminiscing I wondered what else it may tell me.

I suppose it hasn't told me much I didn't know already, of course I remember - and like - most of the old stuff , whilst post 2000 I seem to have largely missed from a Music Charts Perspective. Eight of the songs - indeed three of the artists - since 2000 I have not knowingly heard. The only repeat appearances are two from at least one of the Osmonds and two from Pixie Lott - she must really like September. The 70s and 80s - and to some extent the 90s - were full of big name stars and class acts, then it goes horribly wrong with the giant iconoclasts of music such as Bob the Builder, Modjo, Sean Kingston and Laza Morgan (whoever she/he is?).

Below is a list of the Number ones, the Artist and the Number of Weeks it remained at the top (at least on that occasion). The songs in red are those I'd consider putting on a mix tape (yes, tape I tell you!), surprised at how good the 80s were for me. Okay, I may put Whigfield on there too. ;-)

What were the
number ones on your birthday - other than (Everything I Do) I Do It For You?


1968 - ‘Hey Jude’ - Beatles (2)
1969 - ‘
In the year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)’ - Zager and Evans (3)

1970 -
‘The Tears of a Clown’ - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (1)
1971 -
‘I’m Still Waiting’ - Diana Ross (4)
1972 - ‘Mama We’re All Crazee Now’ - Slade (3)
1973 -
‘Young Love’ - Donny Osmond (4)
1974 -
‘Love Me For a Reason’ - The Osmonds (3)
1975 - ‘Sailing’ - Rod Stewart (4)
1976 -
‘Dancing Queen’ - Abba (6)
1977 - ‘
Way Down’ - Elvis Presley (5)
1978 - ‘
Three Times A Lady’ - The Commodores (5)
1979 - ‘
We Don’t Talk Anymore’ - Cliff Richard (4)

1980 - ‘
Feels Like I’m in Love’ - Kelly Marie (2)
1981 - ‘Tainted Love’ - Soft Cell (2)
1982 - ‘
Eye of the Tiger’ - Survivor (4)
1983 - ‘
Red Red Wine’ - UB40 (3)
1984 - ‘I Just Called to Say I Love You’ - Stevie Wonder (6)
1985 - ‘
Dancin’ in the Street’ - Bowie & Jagger (4)
1986 - ‘
Don’t Leave Me This Way’ - The Communards (4)
1987 - ‘
Never Gonna Give You Up’ - Rick Astley (5)
1988 - ‘
A Groovy Kind of Love’ - Phil Collins (2)
1989 - ‘Ride on Time’ - Black Box (6)

1990 - ‘
The Joker’ - Steve Miller Band (2)
1991 - ‘
(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’ - Bryan Adams (16)
1992 - ‘
Ebeneezer Goode’ - The Shamen (4)
1993 -
‘Mr Vain’ - Culture Beat (4)
1994 -
‘Saturday Night’ - Whigfield (4)
1995 -
‘You Are Not Alone’ - Michael Jackson (2)
1996 -
‘Ready or Not’ - Fugees (2)
1997 -
‘Candle in the Wind 1997’ - Elton John (5)
1998 -
‘Millennium’ - Robbie Williams (1)
1999 -
‘Moving’ - Supergrass (2)

2000 -
‘Lady (Hear Me Tonight)’ - Modjo (2)
2001 -
‘Mambo No.5’ - Bob the Builder (1)
2002 -
‘The Tide is High (Get the Feeling)’ - Atomic Kitten (3)
2003 -
‘Where is the Love?’ - Black Eyed Peas (6)
2004 -
‘Real to Me’ - Brian McFadden (1)
2005 -
‘Don’t Cha’ - Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes (3)
2006 -
‘I Don’t Feel Like Dancing’ - Scissor Sisters (4)
2007 -
‘Beautiful Girls’ - Sean Kingston (4)
2008 - ‘Sex on Fire’ - Kings of Leon (3)
2009 -
‘Boys and Girls’ - Pixie Lott (1)

2010 -
‘Start Without You’ - Alexandra Burke featuring Laza Morgan (2)
2011 -
‘Mercury’ - Pixie Lott (1)
2012 -
‘Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)’ - Ne-Yo (1)
2013 -
‘Roar‘ - Katy Perry (2)

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