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post Aug 3 2021, 07:49 PM
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...and a few not-so-great ones too

Hello and welcome to the Dance Chart Number Ones of the 2010s retrospective thread. cheer.gif For those of you who were here six years ago, you may remember the 1990s thread started by Colm. The following year TheSnake and I took over for the 2000s, with Ethan and Tangela also making contributions. After 2 years and 100 pages of discussion, we finally reached the end of 2009. Enough time has now passed since the decade's end that it is time to bring the concept back for the 2010s.

In this thread we will post a chronological run-down of all the singles that would have reached number 1 if only dance singles had been available to download and stream in the 2010s. This will not follow exactly the OCC Dance Chart but instead what is considered dance will be on my own judgement. There will likely be disputes about what actually constitutes dance especially as we get further towards the present day where the genres of pop and dance further merge. The official dance chart also does not take ACR into consideration. This thread will be based on the official singles chart rankings.

Of course, many dance singles did reach number 1 in that decade and we will see if their run at the top could have been extended if there were no competition from other genres. Some of them you'll be very familiar with and others you've likely not heard much of, if at all.

During the 2010s many trends happened, which will be reflected here. These include a bit of dubstep and hip-house at the start of the decade alongside the big festival EDM anthems all throughout the first half, as well as a couple of drum n' bass entries. Going more into straightforward house in the middle of the decade with its variants deep, future and tropical house - before some more poppified dance at the end.

Which acts will get their well deserved spell on the top of the pile, when in reality they were thwarted by some humongous selling pop song? How often will there be no dance of any description in the UK top 10? Which sub-genre will take the most #1s? Will Calvin Harris or David Guetta make more appearances in this thread? Find out in 2023! cheer.gif

If you would like to provide a guest commentary to any song, then give me a PM. Otherwise, any contributions to the thread are welcome.

We will begin the decade tomorrow evening, with one of the least remembered and worst performing Dance #1s of the entire decade.

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post Aug 3 2021, 08:01 PM
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Oh wow! This is going to be amazing cheer.gif cheer.gif
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post Aug 3 2021, 08:56 PM
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Hype!!
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post Aug 3 2021, 08:57 PM
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Oh wow, excellent! Will definitely be following this *.*
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post Aug 3 2021, 08:59 PM
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Hype cheer.gif I'm especially looking forward to 2014 as commercial dance music was really thriving that year.
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post Aug 3 2021, 09:07 PM
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Being a massive dance fan this sounds amazing, looking forward to it and will be following! yahoo.gif
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post Aug 3 2021, 09:08 PM
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Ooh exciting idea! Looking forward to see how this works out.
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post Aug 3 2021, 09:33 PM
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looking forward to this, although the quality of music here will be on such low lever I predict
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I am certainly surprised at danG wanting to start this now, but I suppose its been long enough away that nostalgia for early 2010s dance in particular is building now (and it will take us a while to get through this epic thread)! I am really looking forward to following this thread though now it has started.
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Good to see this as I enjoyed the previous two. I'm guessing the methodology of the OCC Dance Chart did change at some point in the 2010s though to more or less match what you're going to do, except ACR maybe changing things like you say? Not that it won't still be interesting.

Incidentally, how was the chart compiled historically? Was it based on only sales from certain specialist dance stores?
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post Aug 4 2021, 08:26 AM
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Great!
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post Aug 4 2021, 09:27 AM
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Wohoo! The Legacy of Doctor Blind and Colm lives on. cheer.gif
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Looking forward to following this!
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Interesting, I will definitely be watching this thread.

I'm already intrigued as to what the first #1 will be, I assumed it must be a song that came very close to been an official #1 but then remember that was only in the second week of the decade.
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Excited about this and will definitely follow! I could take a guess at what that first song is going to be but I guess I'll settle for leaving the name of my guess hidden in this sentence instead.
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Wiley & Chew Fu – Take That



Date 3rd Jan 2010
1 Week
Official Chart Run 22-20-26-34-38-50-x [6 weeks]



We could have really asked for a better start to the decade - and if only a certain song had been released a week earlier we would have. But as it was the first week of the decade had absolutely no dance songs in the top 20 and 'Take That' was the highest charting dance record at #22. Well, some may argue that isn't true, as the David Guetta produced 'I Gotta Feeling' by The Black Eyed Peas had climbed to #14. An executive decision was made to not count it as a dance song for the purposes of the 00s thread however given it was more on the pop side and with Guetta not given an artist credit (the OCC did not consider it to be Dance either). The turn of the decade was quite a drab time for EDM, with the previous week's Dance #1 being 'Let the Bass Kick in Miami Bitch' - despite only charting at #27 that week (it entered and peaked at #9 two weeks prior).

Thankfully, things would soon begin to improve. There are only a handful of instances of no dance songs charting in the top 10 in any given week, and even fewer where the entire top 20 was dry of the genre. The song did manage to scrape the top 20 the following week but left the chart fairly quickly and was all but forgotten before the year even ended. Over a decade later it only has just over a million plays on Spotify. If we were strictly going by the OCC Dance Chart, this wouldn't be receiving its entry here because... they only started considering it as a dance song from its third charting week. But hey, at least they'd never make a huge mistake that would make a meaningful official chart impact like say combining the sales of two completely separate songs. Oh wait...

The first thing you may have noticed about this entry is that there appears to be no music video. Well you'd be wrong, one was made but there is absolutely no trace of it on YouTube. It is however still available on Dailymotion, I would presume that they are less lax with video takedowns. Indeed, this was a number of songs Wiley later disowned and had taken down when he decided he wanted to be taken more seriously as a rapper again. Although for reasons you may be familiar with, his current reputation is very poor.

Wiley started his career with a minor top 40 hit in 2004 called 'Wot Do U Call It'. The following year he was then in the chart with 'The Avenue' and 'Shake A Leg' as part of Roll Deep - a feat he found so impressive that he literally has a line in this very song bragging about it. That wasn't the only chart brag though, as a shout-out too is given to former Roll Deep associate Tinchy Stryder for then-recently topping the chart with the appropriately titled 'Number One'. Roll Deep are a name we may be hearing from again in this thread before too long. In 2008 the hip-house track 'Wearing My Rolex' was a UK #2, and topped the Dance chart as per the 00s thread for five weeks. You can read more about that here. The rest of Wiley's story I will leave to be told in a future entry.

The lyrics are rather repetitive, consisting mostly of the hook where he brags about his success, telling those who doubted him to "take that". Beyond that, according to the lyrics on Genius, the word "take" is said 74 times and "that" is said a whopping 180 times - mostly due to its repetition prominently being used as a backing vocal effect. Nonetheless, that is insane even for a dance record and perhaps contributed to its chart underperformance as people must have quickly got sick of, ahem, taking that.

As you may have guessed if you don't remember the song, there is also a reference to the boyband turned man-band of the same name, who would reach their commercial peak later in the year with them reuniting with former member Robbie Williams. According to the lyrics Wiley saw one of their members in a nightclub in Bedford. Which one of them it was unfortunately will forever remain a mystery, although it perhaps would remain for the best for whoever he is to not be associated with a mid-tier performing Wiley single.

Amazingly for 6 paragraphs of talk already I have yet to give a mention to the song's producer and co-credited performer. Although the cover art makes it very clear he is very much the secondary artist here, it did provide Chew Fu with his solitary chart hit. Mr Fu is also given a namecheck in the song where he supposedly returned Wiley's phone call by saying... yeah you guessed it, "take that". Chew was born in the Netherlands before moving to Brooklyn to begin his music career in the early 2000s, where he remains based. By the decade's end he became a prominent remixer, most notably producing a remix of the Lady Gaga single 'LoveGame' which for the hell of it also had a guest feature from Marilyn Manson. He also remixed a number of her other songs from the time as well as producing a remix album of Rihanna's 'Rated R'. His prominence was gone almost as quickly as it came, losing the big name remixes, but he is still active as a producer.

Musically 'Take That' is an electro hip-house track, making prominent use of dirty synths and wobbles that wouldn't sound too out of place on a dubstep song. It was the sort of electro house that was briefly popular around this time but sounds fairly dated by today's standards - EDM trends certainly moved on quickly. Indeed given it was somewhat of a trend we'll be seeing a few hip-house entries for this year. Anyhow, it's not a bad song by any means, it certainly has a beat that will get you moving, but the synths are a tad on the overbearing side and the sub-standard rap doesn't help matters either. I'd be surprised if anyone considered this a classic dance track, indeed it is for me one of the songs from the year's (let alone the whole decade's) list of Dance #1s I'd be least likely to return to. Wiley would probably agree with that too.
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Yes Wiley's reputation is poor at the moment as you say so I will focus on the production by Chew Fu. I really like the heavy synths and energy of this track, in a way it reminds me a bit of 2Unlimited in terms of production, and certainly sounds different to anything else in the charts at the time, an interesting start to this thread then.

Dont remember it from the time though. I didnt know Wiley later essentially disowned the track.

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post Aug 4 2021, 10:04 PM
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Wow. What a lengthy write up.
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post Aug 4 2021, 11:02 PM
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Fantastic write up. A track I have zero recollection of.
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Great write up, almost a novel!

not a big Wiley fan...
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