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Rob
post Feb 17 2021, 11:39 AM
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QUOTE(Liam.k. @ Feb 16 2021, 07:35 PM) *
Same goes to the #3, Whitney Houston's 'It's Not Right, But It's Okay', which debuted with 161k - huge sales for a #3!


I feel like unlucky #3's could deserve its own thread. Carly Rae's I Really Like You springs to mind.
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post Feb 17 2021, 03:38 PM
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QUOTE(Rob @ Feb 17 2021, 11:39 AM) *
I feel like unlucky #3's could deserve its own thread. Carly Rae's I Really Like You springs to mind.

Yeah, that would definitely be an interesting thread. I'd love to know the highest selling #3 (both weekly and total sales).
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post Feb 17 2021, 04:31 PM
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QUOTE(Mangø @ Feb 17 2021, 03:38 PM) *
Yeah, that would definitely be an interesting thread. I'd love to know the highest selling #3 (both weekly and total sales).


I believe the highest selling song which peaked at #3 is 'Blue Monday' by New Order, although i'm assuming that is the combined sales of the original and the 1988 version.

I'd be interested to know the highest selling weekly total for a #3 though.
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post Feb 17 2021, 04:40 PM
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The A Team is also an unlucky #3
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post Feb 17 2021, 04:42 PM
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Lady Gaga - Born This Way of course ended up at #3 due to not being available for the whole week, costing a #1 position sad.gif
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post Feb 17 2021, 04:47 PM
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Split into a new thread! If we get some good suggestions going I can put together a poll.
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post Feb 17 2021, 04:57 PM
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I don’t think it was ever close enough to no.1 or no.2 as it only had a single week at no.3 but my favourite no.3 hit is Left Outside Alone by Anastacia. 11 weeks in the top 10 which was unheard of for 2004. Only 6 songs that year outsold it.
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post Feb 17 2021, 04:59 PM
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QUOTE(T Boy @ Feb 17 2021, 04:57 PM) *
I don’t think it was ever close enough to no.1 or no.2 as it only had a single week at no.3 but my favourite no.3 hit is Left Outside Alone by Anastacia. 11 weeks in the top 10 which was unheard of for 2004. Only 6 songs that year outsold it.

This somehow reminded me of Outkast's 'Hey Ya' which had an usual chart run for the time 6-8-10-13-22-16-13-14-9-9-4-4-3-6-6-6-9-19-32-45-65
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post Feb 17 2021, 05:00 PM
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QUOTE(Rob @ Feb 17 2021, 11:39 AM) *
I feel like unlucky #3's could deserve its own thread. Carly Rae's I Really Like You springs to mind.


Definitely. sad.gif I wish SO MUCH that had been a number one.

Both Shania ones too I imagine? Oh and Jax Jones being completely and utterly ROBBED by Ed Sheeran surprise releasing two songs.

The Saturdays - Missing You I guess, and Gaga's 'Born This Way' but that one was through sheer stupidity.
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post Feb 17 2021, 05:04 PM
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Pump It by Black Eyed Peas deserves a mention just because it was only 334 off Number 1 - albeit behind the lowest weekly #1 sale in history!

What's the longest spell at #3? Mabel's 4 weeks recently springs to mind. Jimmy Jones' Handy Man managed 5 weeks in 3 separate runs back in 1960.
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post Feb 17 2021, 05:08 PM
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Liam, do you know what the highest weekly sale for a no.3 is?
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post Feb 17 2021, 05:15 PM
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QUOTE(T Boy @ Feb 17 2021, 05:08 PM) *
Liam, do you know what the highest weekly sale for a no.3 is?

Since 1997, I think it's Whitney Houston's 'It's Not Right, But It's Okay' which sold 161k at #3.

In 1995, whilst at #3, 'Gangsta's Paradise' by Coolio and 'Father & Son' by Boyzone sold 163k and 165k respectively, but both songs peaked higher and the 1994-96 period for sales has since been revised down by the OCC. Anything before 1994 pre-dates the current OCC archive but I'll have a look if anything's estimated to have achieved higher sales.
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post Feb 17 2021, 05:22 PM
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Paul McCartney's 'We All Stand Together' spent three weeks at #3 behind Band Aid and Wham in 1984, selling an estimated 127k, 141k and 93k.

Another one from Christmas, this time 1980: 'Stop the Cavalry' spent five consecutive weeks at #3, selling an estimated 183k in its peak week!
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post Feb 17 2021, 05:23 PM
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Shania Twain is a good shout, since she never managed to get beyond #3 and 'That Don't Impress Me Much' remained there for 3 weeks and a further 7 in the Top 10, impressive for the rapid turnover of 1999.
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post Feb 17 2021, 05:25 PM
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QUOTE(Dot Branning @ Feb 17 2021, 05:23 PM) *
Shania Twain is a good shout, since she never managed to get beyond #3 and 'That Don't Impress Me Much' remained there for 3 weeks and a further 7 in the Top 10, impressive for the rapid turnover of 1999.

7th best seller that year too!
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post Feb 17 2021, 05:26 PM
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QUOTE(Liam.k. @ Feb 17 2021, 05:22 PM) *
Paul McCartney's 'We All Stand Together' spent three weeks at #3 behind Band Aid and Wham in 1984, selling an estimated 127k, 141k and 93k.

Another one from Christmas, this time 1980: 'Stop the Cavalry' spent five consecutive weeks at #3, selling an estimated 183k in its peak week!


Wow 'Stop The Cavalry' would have made a great #1 and 183k for a #3 must surely be a record!

Given the year i'm guessing it was stuck behind the John Lennon releases.
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post Feb 17 2021, 05:27 PM
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Any week where the entire Top 3 were new entries I'd consider the #3 single to be pretty unlucky (unless of course the song ended up peaking higher). Not sure how many times that's happened in chart history but I imagine it would have happened a few times during the 2000s decade.
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post Feb 17 2021, 05:28 PM
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The few weeks in early 2001 when sales suddenly went crazy - Atomic Kitten, Shaggy, Uptown Girl, Hear'say - that must have had some big #3 sales as they all overlapped?

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post Feb 17 2021, 05:33 PM
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QUOTE(rio309 @ Feb 17 2021, 05:28 PM) *
The few weeks in early 2001 when sales suddenly went crazy - Atomic Kitten, Shaggy, Uptown Girl, Hear'say - that must have had some big #3 sales as they all overlapped?

Yep, Shaggy had the highest weekly sale for a #3 position this side of the millennium with 147k
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post Feb 17 2021, 05:33 PM
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QUOTE(Dot Branning @ Feb 17 2021, 05:26 PM) *
Wow 'Stop The Cavalry' would have made a great #1 and 183k for a #3 must surely be a record!

Given the year i'm guessing it was stuck behind the John Lennon releases.

It was stuck behind both John Lennon and St. Winifred's School Choir!

(I know that period quite well due to researching Adam and the Ants' chart history recently - 'Antmusic' was blocked by John Lennon and 'Kings of the Wild Frontier' blocked by a John Lennon cover (Roxy Music - 'Jealous Guy') cry.gif laugh.gif)
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