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M4NGO
post Apr 24 2020, 11:00 AM
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So the chart geek in me has always been interested in song titles and what the most common ones are that people use. Obviously it would be impossible to get a list of all songs ever recorded so I'm just limiting it to UK Top 75 singles. There's various websites that list some of the most common song titles, so using Polyhex, I took some of these titles and tried to count how many different songs with that title have made the UK Top 75. I've tried to exclude songs I know are obvious cover versions so that a particular song is only counted once even if multiple artists have recorded them (although without listening to every single one, there might be duplicates I didn't realise were covers).

This is the list I've come up so far:

Stay (21 different songs)
Crazy (19)
Home (19)
Angel (17)
I Believe (14)
Breathe (13)
Beautiful (13) (shame the Kylie/Enrique duet didn't chart)
Changes (12)
Cry (11)
I Want You (11)

I'm pretty sure nothing will beat 'Stay' but can anyone think of any other titles which would be common enough to feature as the title of 10 or more UK hits?

As an aside, someone should do a poll to see what Buzzjack's favourite 'Stay' is - I'm curious whether Rihanna, Sash! or Shakespear's Sister will come out on top biggrin.gif


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post Apr 24 2020, 11:07 AM
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I prefer all of Henry Krinkle's, Kygo's & Zedd's Stays biggrin.gif
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post Apr 24 2020, 11:08 AM
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I can get a poll going for a few the most common titles
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post Apr 24 2020, 11:09 AM
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I can't see why Crazy couldn't one day beat Stay

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post Apr 24 2020, 11:10 AM
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Is Rain not common?
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post Apr 24 2020, 11:12 AM
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My Love is also common and would expect that to be high.
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post Apr 24 2020, 11:20 AM
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This seems fun, Iíll see what ones I can find that appear 10 or more times on Polyhex and post them here.

I found Shine a popular one, and similarly titled Sunshine.
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post Apr 24 2020, 11:22 AM
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can you post all the Crazy and Stay ones you found? cannot think of so many called Crazy
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post Apr 24 2020, 11:23 AM
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Hold On (18):

Streetband (#18, 1978)
Danse Society (#89, 1986)
En Vogue (#5, 1990)
Wilson Phillips (#6, 1990)
CB Milton (#62, 1995)
Happy Clappers (#27, 1995)
Yojo Working (#93, 1996)
Ann Nesby (#75, 1997)
Jose Nunez (#44, 1999)
Romanthony (#98, 1999)
Phixx (#10, 2003)
KT Tunstall (#21, 2007)
Razorlight (#80, 2007)
Lazee (#46, 2009)
Michael Buble (#72, 2009)
Rusko (#96, 2010)
Skepta (#31, 2012)
Sean Paul (#86, 2012)
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post Apr 24 2020, 11:25 AM
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10/03/1973 Mud Crazy 12 48-39-33-23-18-14-14-{12}-15-23-28-44->12
06/08/1983 The Manhattans Crazy 63 67-{63}->2
29/08/1987 Icehouse Crazy 74 {74}->1
29/09/1990 The Boys Crazy 57 68-{57}-63->3
08/12/1990 Seal Crazy 2 45-32-23-15-11-4-{2}-4-5-11-15-16-27-45-70->15
07/05/1994 Bob Geldof Crazy 65 {65}->1
04/06/1994 Julio Iglesias Crazy 43 {43}-59-73-50R(10)-67->5
24/12/1994 Eternal Crazy 15 {15}-19-15-24-40-53-70->7
22/04/1995 Mark Morrison Crazy 19 {19}-28-32-56->4
21/09/1996 Nut Crazy 56 {56}->1
21/03/1998 Awesome Crazy 63 {63}->1
20/02/1999 The Moffatts Crazy 16 {16}-21-42->3
27/02/1999 Lucid Crazy 14 {14}-26-35-51-70->5
18/12/1999 LeAnn Rimes Crazy 36 {36}-49-65->3
14/10/2000 Tomcat Crazy 48 {48}->1
12/05/2001 K-Ci And JoJo Crazy 35 {35}-50->2
08/10/2005 Andy Bell Crazy 35 {35}-68->2
08/04/2006 Gnarls Barkley Crazy 1 {1}-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-2-5-30R(30)-51-49-54-66-66R(2)-67->18
11/08/2007 Lumidee Featuring Pitbull Crazy 74 {74}->1

(The only 'Crazy' I removed was Alanis Morissette which was a cover of Seal's 'Crazy').

07/01/1961 Maurice Williams And The Zodiacs Stay 14 36-25-15-{14}-18-15-28-27-38->9
17/04/1982 Barry Manilow Stay 23 70-42-35-{23}-27-37-49-66->8
25/01/1992 Shakespears Sister Stay 1 27-10-6-2-{1}-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-2-5-19-47->16
10/07/1993 Kenny Thomas Stay 22 26-{22}-22-37-54-73->6
02/10/1993 Eternal Stay 4 16-10-7-{4}-6-9-21-36-51->9
03/06/1995 Dreamhouse Stay 62 {62}-70->2
03/02/1996 60ft Dolls Stay 48 {48}->1
15/03/1997 18 Wheeler Stay 59 {59}->1
05/07/1997 Isha-D Stay 58 {58}->1
18/10/1997 Sash! Featuring La Trec Stay 2 {2}-4-4-5-9-15-21-26-33-44-48-44-54-70->14
17/01/1998 Bernard Butler Stay 12 {12}-29-42-72->4
16/05/1998 Mica Paris Stay 40 {40}-72->2
12/05/2001 Stephen Gately Stay 13 {13}-31-45-69->4
10/07/2004 Rob Tissera With Vinylgroover And The Red Hed Stay 61 {61}->1
09/06/2007 Simply Red Stay 36 {36}->1
19/07/2008 Jay Sean Stay 59 {59}->1
27/11/2010 Hurts Stay 50 {50}->1
22/12/2012 Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko Stay 4 6-{4}-12-7-4-5-4-5-8-4-8-12-14-15-21-23-27-34-40-44-45-52-68-69R(4)-70-74R(15)->26
15/11/2014 Henry Krinkle Stay 41 {41}-75->2
19/12/2015 Kygo Featuring Maty Noyes Stay 20 53-73-50R(3)-40-27-{20}-24-22-26-28-35-36-37-40-41-44-43-48-55-55-53-57-61-68->24
11/03/2017 Zedd And Alessia Cara Stay 8 33-38-23-12-11-9-{8}-9-11-16-17-23-27-28-29-29-37-44-62-67->20

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post Apr 24 2020, 11:26 AM
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'Take Me Away' seems to be a really popular one from what I've seen, even though it's almost meaningless.
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post Apr 24 2020, 11:26 AM
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QUOTE(Liam.k. @ Apr 24 2020, 12:23 PM) *
Hold On (18):

What are you searching on? Polyhex is only showing 10 'Hold On's but obviously you've got some that have charted lower than #75
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post Apr 24 2020, 11:27 AM
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QUOTE(M4NGO @ Apr 24 2020, 12:26 PM) *
What are you searching on? Polyhex is only showing 10 'Hold On's but obviously you've got some that have charted lower than #75

Official Charts archive. Not sure if any of them are covers though.
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post Apr 24 2020, 11:32 AM
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The highest Iíve got so far is 14 with the word Dreams

Dreams (14)
Forever (13)
Free (12)
Someday (12)
Sunshine (10)
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post Apr 24 2020, 11:35 AM
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QUOTE(Janet 🙅🏼‍& @ Apr 24 2020, 12:10 PM) *
Is Rain not common?

Only 8

QUOTE(Dobbo @ Apr 24 2020, 12:12 PM) *
My Love is also common and would expect that to be high.

11

QUOTE(HospitalWard* @ Apr 24 2020, 12:20 PM) *
This seems fun, Iíll see what ones I can find that appear 10 or more times on Polyhex and post them here.

I found Shine a popular one, and similarly titled Sunshine.

Shine = 11
Sunshine = 10

QUOTE(Tawdry Hepburn @ Apr 24 2020, 12:26 PM) *
'Take Me Away' seems to be a really popular one from what I've seen, even though it's almost meaningless.

7

I'll update the original post with any that have more than 10 entries
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Also Run might qualify for the most used shortest title ever with 11 chart entries.
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post Apr 24 2020, 11:38 AM
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QUOTE(HospitalWard* @ Apr 24 2020, 12:32 PM) *
The highest I’ve got so far is 14 with the word [b]Dreams

Dreams (14)

At least three of those are covers of the Fleetwood Mac song though - Wild Colour, The Corrs and Deep Dish


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post Apr 24 2020, 11:42 AM
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Updated list:

Stay (21)
Crazy (19)
Home (19)
Angel (17)
Everyday (15)
I Believe (14)
Heaven (14)
Breathe (13)
Beautiful (13)
Forever (13)*
Changes (12)
Free (12)
Freedom (12)
Cry (11)
Happy (11)
I Want You (11)
Shine (11)
Dreams (11)*
My Love (11)
Someday (11)*
You (11)
Tonight (11)
Trouble (11)
Why (11)
Sunshine (10)
Hold On (10)
Run (10)
Runaway (10) - but 12 if we also include 'Run Away'
Everybody (10)
Everything (10)
Girls (10)
Joy (10)

* some are still possibly covers of the same song, will check at some point


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post Apr 24 2020, 11:44 AM
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I really thought 'Love' would be a more common title as that's what so many songs are written about, but there are only 3 Top 75 entries called love (and I've got a feeling the Jimmy Nail one is a cover of John Lennon anyway which would just leave that one plus Lana's!)
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post Apr 24 2020, 11:44 AM
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11 'Happy's - but only 8 for 'Happiness'.
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