The shortest chart topper for the UK Singles Chart is Adam Faith's "What Do You Want?", clocking in at 1:38. It spent three weeks at number 1 beginning the week of December 4, 1959.
In the US, the shortest number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart is "Stay" by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs. It spent only one week at number 1, on November 21, 1960. I've ...
Well, this may be semantics, but rock music continues to have its own charts -- several of them, in fact. If the question is "why is rock music not at the top of the Billboard pop charts?" then I would say it has to do with the shift from a blues based aesthetic of pop music to a gospel and hip-hop based aesthetic. For the last few generations of music ...
From what I could find; in the end it comes down to a chart manager. The Billboard wiki page mentions the following: "What separates the charts is which stations and stores are used; each musical genre has a core audience or retail group. Each genre's department at Billboard is headed up by a chart manager, who makes these ...
I think Shocking Blue - Venus. It's been covered a number of times successfully:
Stockley Sisters (1976)
Yōko Nagayama (1986)
Arguably, the two most famous are the original and the Banarama cover.
It's a very limited data-set given that we're only looking at #1s. However, given the fact that they were most predominant in a couple of decades (60s and 70s) I think it's fair to speculate that it's primarily an issue of what genre's were popular at the time.
With the 60s, there was still a lot of jazz-influence in the pop charts. Jazz has a lot of ...
They made the last Queen album Made I Heaven in 1995 using Freddie Mercury's last vocals.
Amongst awards, certifications and singles in the top charts, Made In Heaven received, in US a RIAA Gold Album and in Europe a IFPI Quintuple Platinum Album.
They even did a Broadway play We Will Rock You using their music and Brian May has helped google make a doodle ...
Yesterday - The Beatles
Yesterday is one of the most recorded songs in the history of popular music; its entry in Guinness World Records states that, by January 1986, 1,600 cover versions had been made.
The song has been covered by an eclectic mix of artists including Cilla Black, Aretha Franklin, Marianne Faithfull, Tose Proeski, The ...
This is a mix of my humble opinion and the result of some research:
During the 80s decade the boundaries between pop, R&B, rock and rap started to be less strict, for example:
A R&B and disco singer as Michael Jackson was considered at the first 80s, included a pop-rock song called Beat It (with the help of an Eddie Van Halen riff) in the same ...
'Unchained Melody' seems a potential winner with the following UK chart successes
Jimmy Young (1955)
Al Hibbler (1955)
Les Baxter (1955)
Righteous Brothers (1965 & 1990)
Robson & Jerome (1995)
Gareth Gates (2002)
and, as can be seen from the above linked Wiki page, a raft of other successful versions (notably appearing on US genre ...
I was sure it would be Don McLean's "American Pie" weighing in at eight minutes and thirty-six seconds - The single had to be split into two parts but it did chart as one piece.
But recently it was surpassed by David Bowie, whose "Blackstar" which clocks in at at 9:57
I Think imagine by John Lennon has made many hits throughout the years up until now.
The song have been recorded each and every year and it has made many hits in the charts.
Title Performer Release date Info
Imagine John Lennon October 8, 1971 First release
Imagine Ray Conniff January 1972
Imagine Carl Wayne February 1972
Imagine Joan Baez ...
The Loco-Motion hit #1 twice and by Little Eva and then Grand Funk Railroad and then hit #3 by Kylie Minogue. For big hits charting multiple times I do not know of any more successful cover versions of any song.
Although Yesterday is indubitably the most recorded song, I haven't seen any evidence that it has hit the charts multiple times, perhaps because the original version is so definitive.
Blue Moon, however, according to its Wikipedia article, has hit the US charts at least four separate times, in very different versions (as well as having additional iconic ...
While I did see the Wiki one and it is posted in the comments. I was able to see a top 100 list that that differs some.
I think while looking, that it really is a preference in what one would like to consider is indeed a list of terrible songs.
The bizarre part is most songs are in the top 10 and many in the top 5 of best selling songs.
Anyhow here is a ...
I searched for "American Pie Duration" and in the Google results I saw "is the fourth longest song to enter the Billboard Hot 100, at the time of release it was the longest". Wikipedia then had a link to this:
The Longest Hot 100 Hits
(9:57) "Blackstar," David Bowie, No. 78 peak, 2016
(9:30) "Better Place to Be (Parts 1 & 2)," Harry Chapin, No. 86, ...
jcbermu's detailed answer seems pretty definitive to me but I'd like to add a touch of cynicism to something which seems, and probably is for the most part, a generally inclusive and valuable phenomenon. Whenever I spot the 'featuring' thing, I always tend to mentally add 'desperately' (as in 'desperately featuring'). While there are more than enough ...
Album purchases do not count towards the position of singles, certainly on the US and UK album charts, anyway.
Factors that do count:
sales of singles
airplay of remixes
sales of EP's
In the United States, as of November 2016, the song "Hallelujah", written by Leonard Cohen, has seen 8 different versions enter the Billboard Hot 100, with 3 of those reaching the Top 40. I'm not sure whether this is the U.S. record for this particular feat, or whether any additional versions of the song have charted since then.
On edit, Leonard Cohen's ...
Honestly, with the involvement of technology in music, such as auto-tune, recording vocals is now a piece of cake. With this confidence, bands tend to add vocals in most of their tracks. And in the current trend, vocal tend to match the instrumental complexity. If the instrument play through is complex, the vocalists today tend to bring the same complexity ...