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post Dec 11 2020, 05:35 PM
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post Dec 11 2020, 06:26 PM
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So - Mariah's Christmas Song finally reaches No.1 in the UK Singles Chart. It is its 104th Week
inside the Top 100. 2 Years, in other words. Its 88th Top 75 Week. Its 70th Top 40 Week. Its 48th
Week in the Top 20. Its 26th Top 10 Week and its 17th Top 5 Week.

Incredibly, it is the only 1, of her 19 USA No.1 Singles, to also be a UK No.1. It - finally - reached No.1
in the USA, in December 2019. Her previous 2 UK No.1 Singles were not No.1's in the USA. Her 1994
UK No.1 - 'Without You' - was a Cover of a 1972 Nilsson No.1, which was a Cover of a 1970 Badfinger
Album Track. Mariah's version was a USA No.3 Hit. Her UK No.1, in 2000, with Westlife, was a Cover of
a 1984 Phil Collins No.2 Hit - 'Against All Odds'. The Mariah & Westlife Cover, was not even given a USA
Release...

I've worked out the 7 UK Hit Singles, to take the most Years, to reach No.1. From the Week that they first
entered the UK Singles Chart...

UK SINGLES – THE LONGEST TIME TO REACH No.1

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1)… W/E 20th November 1971 to 26th March 2005

(IS THIS THE WAY TO) AMARILLO? -- TONY CHRISTIE -- 33 Years & 4 Months @@@

NOTE -- Originally Peaked at No.18 on W/E 8th January 1972

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2)… W/E 16th November 1957 to W/E 27th December 1986

REET PETITE (THE SWEETEST GIRL IN TOWN) -- JACKIE WILSON -- 29 Years & 1 Month

NOTE -- Originally Peaked at No.6 on W/E 4th January 1958

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3)… W/E 10th December 1994 to W/E 17th December 2020

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU -- MARIAH CAREY -- 26 Years

NOTE -- Originally Peaked at No.2 on W/E 17th December 1994

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4)… W/E 24th June 1961 to W/E 21st February 1987

STAND BY ME -- BEN E. KING -- 25 Years and 8 Months

NOTE -- Originally Peaked at No.27 on W/E 5th August 1961

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5)… W/E 14th August 1965 to W/E 3rd November 1990

UNCHAINED MELODY -- RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS -- 25 Years & 3 Months

NOTE -- Originally Peaked at No.14 on W/E 11th September 1965

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6)… W/E 12th May 1979 to W/E 6th September 2003

ARE YOU READY FOR LOVE -- ELTON JOHN -- 24 Years and 4 Months %%%

NOTE -- Originally Peaked at No.42 on W/E 26th May 1979

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7)… W/E 4th October 1969 to W/E 24th September 1988

HE AIN’T HEAVY, HE’S MY BROTHER -- THE HOLLIES -- 18 Years & 11 Months

NOTE -- Originally Peaked at No.3 on W/E 1st November 1969

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@@@ = The 2005 Hit, was exactly the same Recording, as the 1971 Recording. In 2005 it was the ‘Official’
UK Single for the Comic Relief Charity. It was Promoted as ‘Featuring Peter Kay’, but he was only miming to
it, in The Video, which included a lot of miming ‘Celebrities’. Peter Kay did not sing a note, on the actual Record…

%%% = The 2003 version of Elton John’s ‘Are You Ready For Love’ is a Remix. The Official UK Charts Company
regards it as being the same Hit, that Peaked at No.42, in 1979 – therefore, so do I…



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post Dec 11 2020, 06:29 PM
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