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post Sep 7 2014, 06:46 AM
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This topic may have been made before idk but with Walking With Elephants rightfully smashing plus Bullit probably going to be a future hit, it is quite rare for a chart hit to be fully instrumental.

can you name some?

Martin Garrix's chart hits do not count by the way as they all have at least 1 spoken word in them.

The obvious two are Stranger on the Shore and Eye Level which both sold a million copies but surely there are more recent examples?
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post Sep 7 2014, 06:59 AM
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We had two French instrumentals in the top 10 at the same time in 1977

"Magic Fly" by Space and "Oxygene" by Jean-Michel Jarre.

Pigbag had four instrumental hits, including the superb "Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag"


I'll leave others for somebody else to get.
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post Sep 7 2014, 07:31 AM
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Daft Punk's first top 10 hit "Da Funk" has some muffled speaking at the start but no clear words I think. That went to #7 in 1997, and 8 months earlier, the two guys from U2 that aren't Bono & The Edge also went to #7 with the theme to Mission Impossible.
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post Sep 7 2014, 08:10 AM
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Safari a duo - played a live
Darude - sandstorm
Robert Miles - children
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post Sep 7 2014, 08:42 AM
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Mark Snow - X-Files Theme wub.gif
Harold Faltermeyer - Axel F how can anyone forget that
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post Sep 7 2014, 08:44 AM
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Greyhound by Swedish House Mafia?
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post Sep 7 2014, 08:50 AM
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QUOTE(▬Mart!n▬ @ Sep 7 2014, 09:42 AM) *
Harold Faltermeyer - Axel F how can anyone forget that

because the Crazy Frog version is far more iconic *.*
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post Sep 7 2014, 09:03 AM
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Albatross - Fleetwood Mac?

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post Sep 7 2014, 09:04 AM
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Robert Miles - Children
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post Sep 7 2014, 09:08 AM
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Eric Prydz - Pjanoo and Chicane - Poppiholla spring to mind, both Top 10 hits within the last 6 or 7 years!
Also, I believe Escala - Palladio charted, if I remember rightly? Loved that song when it was performed on BGT. wub.gif
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post Sep 7 2014, 09:10 AM
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Minimalistix - Close Cover wub.gif

Lots of other trance ones from 1998/9 in particular too.
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post Sep 7 2014, 09:12 AM
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William Orbit - Barbers Adagio For Strings (Ferry Corston Remix) (#3)
Tiesto - Adagio For String (#37)
Jurgan Vris - The Theme (#13)
Chicane Poppiholler (#7)
Yomanda. - Synth & Strings (#8)


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post Sep 7 2014, 09:29 AM
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Element Four - Big Brother UK TV Theme hit #4 back in 2000
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post Sep 7 2014, 09:40 AM
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Nearly all The Shadows' hits were instrumentals.

We shouldn't forget the wonderful Nut Rocker by B Bumble and the Stingers and two versions of part of Mozart's 40th symphony by Waldo de los Rios and Sovereign Collection.
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Other film and television themes to have been hits are

Chi Mai (The Life & Times of David Lloyd George) - Ennio Morricone
Who Pays The Ferryman - Yannis Markopoulos
Star Wars - Meco
Blue Peter - Mike Oldfield (who had several other instrumental hits)


James Galway had a hit with an instrumental (flute) version of Annie's Song.
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Perez Prado's Guaglione and DJ Quicksilver's Bellissima
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post Sep 7 2014, 10:06 AM
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Orbital - Chime (17)
Orbital - The Box (11)
Orbital - The Saint (3)

Aphex Twin - On (32)

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post Sep 7 2014, 10:28 AM
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Mr. Oizo - Flat Beat
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post Sep 7 2014, 10:33 AM
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There are a lot of tracks that you think are fully instrumental, but have one word in them laugh.gif

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post Sep 7 2014, 11:01 AM
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QUOTE(Dobbo @ Sep 7 2014, 11:28 AM) *
Mr. Oizo - Flat Beat

lol. I remember the levi jeans adverts that used this song and the yellow puppet Flat Eric from when I was in Primary School.
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