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post Nov 18 2014, 02:14 PM
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With Band Aid 30, going to be number one on Sunday, it will be the 36th song to be number one more than once in different versions, and Do They Know Its Christmas wil be only the second song after Unchained Melody to do it 4 times. Heres a full list.

1) Against All Odds –Mariah Carey & Westlife (2000) / Steve Brookstein (2005)
2) Answer Me – David Whitfield (1953) / Frankie Laine (1953)
3) Baby Come Back – Equals (1968) / Pato Banton (1994)
4) Barbados – Typically Tropical (1975) / Vengaboys (1999) [re-titled We’re Going To Ibiza]
5) Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White - Eddie Calvert (1955) / Perez ‘Prez’ Prado (1955)
6) Dizzy – Tommy Roe (1969) / Vic Reeves & The Wonderstuff (1991)
7) Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid (1984) / Band Aid II (1989) / Band Aid 20 (2004) / Band Aid 30 (2014)
8) Eternal Flame – Bangles (1989) / Atomic Kitten (2001)
9) Everything I Own – Ken Boothe (1974) / Boy George (1987)
10) He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother – Hollies (1988) / Justice Collective (2012)
11) I Believe – Frankie Laine (1953) / Robson & Jerome (1995)
12) I Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley (1962) / UB40 (1993)
13) I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher (1965) / UB40 & Chrissie Hynde (1985)
14) Lady Marmalade – All Saints (1998) / Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya (2001)
15) Livin’Doll – Cliff Richard (1959) / Cliff Richard & The Young Ones (1986)
16) Mambo No.5 – Lou Bega (1999) / Bob The Builder (2001)
17) Mary’s Boy Child – Harry Belefonte (1957) / Boney M (1978)
18) Power Of Love – Frankie Goes To Hollywood (1984) / Gabrielle Aplin (2012)
19) Seasons In The Sun – Terry Jacks (1974) / Westlife (1999)
20) Singin’ The Blues – Guy Mitchell (1957) / Tommy Steele (1957)
21) Something Stupid – Frank & Nancy Sinatra (1967) / Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman (2001)
22) Spirit In The Sky – Norman Greenbaum (1970) / Dr & The Medics (1986) / Gareth Gates & The Kumars (2003)
23) Take A Chance On Me – Abba (1978) / Erasure (1992) [included on the Abba Esque EP]
24) These Are The Days Of Our Lives – Queen (1991) / Queen & Lisa Stansfield (1993) [Included on the Five Live EP]
25) This ‘Ole House – Roosemary Clooney (1954) / Shakin’ Stevens (1981)
26) Tide Is High – Blondie (1980) / Atomic Kitten (2002)
27) Tragedy – Bee Gees (1979) / Steps (1999)
28) Unchained Melody – Jimmy Young (1955) / Righteous Brothers (1990) / Robson & Jerome (1995) / Gareth Gates (2002)
29) Uptown Girl – Billy Joel (1983) / Westlife (2001)
30) Wake Me Up – Avicci (2013) / Gareth Malone’s All Star Choir (2014)
31) What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong (1968) / Katie Melua & Eva Cassidy (2007)
32) With A Little Help From My Friends –Joe Cocker (1968) / Wet Wet Wet (1988) / Sam & Mark (2004)
33) Without You – Nilsson (1972) / Mariah Carey (1994)
34) You Are Not Alone – Michael Jackson (1995) / X Factor Finalists (2009)
35) You’ll Never Walk Alone – Gerry & The Pacemakers (1963) / Crowd (1985) / Robson & Jerome (1996)
36) Young Love – Tab Hunter (1957) / Donny Osmond (1972)

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post Nov 18 2014, 02:44 PM
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If you remove all charity singles from that list, I think that would be by far a more impressive list smile.gif
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post Nov 18 2014, 02:54 PM
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Unchained Melody is seriously impressive. 3 versions within 12 years & the buying public still weren't tired of it!
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post Nov 18 2014, 03:17 PM
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QUOTE(Dobbo @ Nov 18 2014, 02:54 PM) *
Unchained Melody is seriously impressive. 3 versions within 12 years & the buying public still weren't tired of it!
Plus each of those three versions are million sellers!
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post Nov 18 2014, 04:24 PM
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Thanks for this list! Very useful smile.gif
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post Nov 18 2014, 05:19 PM
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A German guy has worked out the biggest UK Singles, since November 1952 - based on Points in the Top 75.

He combines the Points of all 3 previous Band Aid Singles, & has it in 15th place.

It will move up to 11th place when he adds in the 4th version's No.1 Points on Sunday.

It is silly really. It is OK to say that it has been No.1 in 4 versions, but as the recordings &
most of the Artists on them, are not the same, their Points should not be combined. They
are not the same record. Technically the latest version is not even, (mostly), the same Song,
as the lyrics have been re-written. It is just the same tune. A very tenuous reason to add
all the versions together.


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post Nov 18 2014, 05:43 PM
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QUOTE(zeus555 @ Nov 18 2014, 05:19 PM) *
A German guy has worked out the biggest UK Singles, since November 1952 - based on Points in the Top 75.

He combines the Points of all 3 previous Band Aid Singles, & has it in 15th place.

It will move up to 11th place when he adds in the 4th version's No.1 Points on Sunday.

It is silly really. It is OK to say that it has been No.1 in 4 versions, but as the recordings &
most of the Artists on them, are not the same, their Points should not be combined. They
are not the same record. Technically the latest version is not even, (mostly), the same Song,
as the lyrics have been re-written. It is just the same tune. A very tenuous reason to add
all the versions together.


Especially tenuous considering the fact there's likely to be at least 2 if not 3 of those versions charting simultaneously this week... I typically consider all re-releases and remixes (when they charted separately) to be retrospectively part of the same chart run but even I wouldn't combine the Band Aids.
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post Nov 18 2014, 06:14 PM
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I notice that 'Three Lions' is missing from the list. I know the OCC now combine sales of both versions but to me they are different songs that just happen to have the same artists performing both tracks.
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post Nov 18 2014, 06:18 PM
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Thanks for the list!
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post Nov 18 2014, 06:24 PM
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QUOTE(Robbie @ Nov 18 2014, 06:14 PM) *
I notice that 'Three Lions' is missing from the list. I know the OCC now combine sales of both versions but to me they are different songs that just happen to have the same artists performing both tracks.


This on the other hand I do count as the same song as the original. I know the lyrics were changed but it was the same tune by the same artists so essentially just a 'remix'. (Plus as you said the OCC combine their sales now, though I believe that wasn't the case until fairly recently).
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post Nov 18 2014, 06:38 PM
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QUOTE({ bré } @ Nov 18 2014, 06:24 PM) *
This on the other hand I do count as the same song as the original. I know the lyrics were changed but it was the same tune by the same artists so essentially just a 'remix'. (Plus as you said the OCC combine their sales now, though I believe that wasn't the case until fairly recently).
I think the OCC class it as a re-recording rather than a remix but it's essentially the same thing under the chart rules as both re-recordings and remixes can have sales combined with the original version so long as the remix or re-recording is similar to the original. I've never agreed with the approach of the OCC with regards to Three Lions but they make the rules...
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post Nov 18 2014, 07:11 PM
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F*ck It ---- F.U.R.B. ... I think these should be added
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post Nov 18 2014, 07:15 PM
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Enya's song Boadicea was Number 1 twice (albeit sampled) on Mario Winans' 'I Don't Wanna Know', and The Fugess' 'Ready or Not' ... not sure if this qualifies as a song being number 1 twice though
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post Nov 18 2014, 08:15 PM
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The 1989 Band Aid should have been called Band Aid 5, or the concurrent ones Band Aid 3 and 4 laugh.gif
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