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paulgilb
post Dec 26 2015, 10:47 PM
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Here is a list of songs which have reached #1 despite being over a year old when they did so. Note that the song need not have charted (or even been released originally). Obviously it can be difficult to ascertain the exact age of a song (i.e. when it was recorded).

Bill Haley & His Comets - Rock Around The Clock
Jim Reeves - Distant Drums
Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - Tears Of A Clown
Tams - Hey Girl Don't Bother Me
Tammy Wynette - Stand By Your Man
David Bowie - Space Oddity
John Lennon - Imagine
Michael Jackson - One Day In Your Life
Charlene - I've Never Been To Me
Irene Cara - Fame
Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls
Jackie Wilson - Reet Petite
Ben E King - Stand By Me
Hollies - He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother
Steve Miller Band - The Joker
Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody
Clash - Should I Stay Or Should I Go
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody*^
Bluebells - Young At Heart
Freddie Mercury - Living On My Own $
D:Ream - Things Can Only Get Better $
Baby D - Let Me Be Your Fantasy $
Wamdue Project - King Of My Castle
Sonique - It Feels So Good $
George Harrison - My Sweet Lord*
Elvis Presley - A Little Less Conversation $
Michael Andrews ft Gary Jules - Mad World
Peter Andre - Mysterious Girl
DJ Casper - Cha Cha Slide
Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock*
Elvis Presley - One Night / I Got Stung*
Elvis Presley - It's Now Or Never*
Tony Christie - (Is This The Way To) Amarillo
Mint Royale - Singin' In The Rain
Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name
PJ & Duncan - Let's Get Ready To Rhumble
Icona Pop ft Charli XCX - I Love It
Lilly Wood & Robin Schulz - Prayer In C
OMI - Cheerleader $
Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir - A Bridge Over You

* = song also reached #1 on original released
^ = song was a double A-side with a new song when re-issued
$ = chart-topping was largely due to a 'new' remix

There may be some that I am missing.


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post Dec 26 2015, 10:50 PM
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Bing Cosby White Christmas is surely one?

EDIT didn't reach no1 only top 5 in 1977


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post Dec 26 2015, 11:17 PM
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Sam Smith - Lay Me Down is another one (reached number one due to the John Legend remix)

Also I think Icona Pop - I Love It was a year old when it entered at number one
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post Dec 27 2015, 12:01 AM
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Let Me Be Your Fantasy wasn't a remix, was it? The 1994 radio edit was just the '92 original with a bit in the middle snipped out.
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post Dec 27 2015, 12:12 AM
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Are You With Me? by Lost Frequencies is one too I believe. The original was recorded by Easton Corbin in 2012.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGCyl_tIJDE

Also Prayer In C, it was originally released in 2010 on the Prick/Lilywood's album I think, before being remixed by Robin Schulz.


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post Dec 27 2015, 08:44 AM
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Stand By Your Man by Tammy Wynette is another.

No.1 in May 1975 but originally recorded and released in 1968. Charted in US that year.
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post Dec 27 2015, 08:59 AM
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Olive - You're not alone
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post Dec 27 2015, 09:42 AM
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Livin' Joy - Dreamer
Madison Avenue - Don't Call Me Baby
Tori Amos - Professional Widow (It's Got To Be Big)
Culture Beat - Mr Vain
Peter Andre - Mysterious Girl
Tony Christie - (Is This The Way To) Amarillo

I'm sure there's dozens more
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post Dec 27 2015, 10:20 AM
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Candle in the wind
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post Dec 27 2015, 10:24 AM
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Michael Jackson - One Day In Your Life

Originally released as a single in 1975, no.1 six years later
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post Dec 27 2015, 10:32 AM
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Gary Jules Mad World was first recorded for the Donnie Darko movie in 2001 and became the Xmas #1 a couple years later

Freddie Mercury . Living on my own

not sure about Cornershop - Brimful of Asha

also many 90s dance tracks, I believe King of My Castle for instance
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post Dec 27 2015, 11:27 AM
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Yes, Brimful Of Asha is another song that benefitted from a remix, by Norman Cook in thus instance. The original is far more basic and stripped-down.
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post Dec 27 2015, 11:36 AM
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Florence + The Machine - Spectrum (Say My Name) is another. It appeared on her 2011 album and reached #1 due to the Calvin Harris remix
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Pet Shop Boys' West End Girls was a hit a year or so after its original release.
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post Dec 27 2015, 11:52 AM
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QUOTE(ChartFreak @ Dec 27 2015, 09:42 AM) *
Tori Amos - Professional Widow (It's Got To Be Big)



The remix was released in July 1996 so it was less than a year old when it hit number 1 in Jan 1997.
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post Dec 27 2015, 11:57 AM
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I Heard It Through The Grapevine was recorded in 1967, Tears Of A Clown 1968 or so, I've Never Been To Me was also old I think by the time it charted, all Motown.

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Thanks for these - have updated the first post.

Some of the tracks that reached #1 on re-issue (Dreamer, Professional Widow, Brimful Of Asha, Don't Call Me Baby etc) reached #1 less than a year after their first release - these may or may not have been recorded more than a year before they topped the chart.

I have excluded complete re-recordings e.g. Candle In The Wind '97, Lay Me Down (which in the download era at least would be considered separate from the original recordings).

I have not included Are You With Me as it is a Lost Frequencies track that samples the Easton Corbin track, as opposed to a re-mix of the Easton Corbin track.
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post Dec 27 2015, 03:41 PM
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Professional Widow (the remix) certainly did not exist a year before it hit number 1 because the original hadn't even been released on its parent album a year before it hit number 1.
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post Dec 28 2015, 10:02 AM
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QUOTE(mdh32 @ Dec 27 2015, 12:12 AM) *
Are You With Me? by Lost Frequencies is one too I believe. The original was recorded by Easton Corbin in 2012.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGCyl_tIJDE

Also Prayer In C, it was originally released in 2010 on the Prick/Lilywood's album I think, before being remixed by Robin Schulz.


Easton doesn't sing on the Lost Frequencies version though so it's just a cover
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post Dec 28 2015, 10:03 AM
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Can't find any more #1s.. Michael Jackson's Give In To Me got to #2 over a year after the album was released but there's probably loads like that

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