Top 100 Acts Of All Time - Finished!

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Postby matthew_dixon » Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:52 am

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It was 60 years ago this week. The British music industry decided to compile a list of the tracks that had been the most bought through the week. The most bought track was "Here In My Heart" by crooner Al Martino. Little did they know what would be - come of it. It has now been 60 years since that first ever singles chart, and therefore it seems a fitting time to go through the 100 greatest acts ever to have hit the chart.

There's going to be plenty of big names throughout, and doubtless more than a few surprising positions. However, I think this list of 100 classic acts really sums up the full breadth of UK music history.

First of all some explanations.

The data used is the UK singles and albums charts. It's the officially published chart at whatever length that was up to a top 75. At times when more than 75 positions have been published, those outside the top 75 have been disregarded.

Where two clearly distinct acts have collaborated (e.g. "Beautiful Liar" by Beyonce and Shakira) then the score for the song/album in question is given to both of them. If it is credited as "featuring" (e.g. "Crazy In Love" by Beyonce featuring Jay-Z) then the featured act only gets half points. If someone provides uncredited vocals (e.g. Cher on Meat Loaf's "Dead Ringer For Love") then obviously they get no points at all.

This countdown also raised the prickly issue of two rather successful "artists". First up is the act "Original Soundtrack" - or any plethora of other names it could be listed as. Basically, there is one entry for each film or theatrical production. For example, there is just one entry for "Cast of West Side Story", despite multiple recordings of the soundtrack have charted for different groups of people.

The second "artist" in questino is "Various Artists". The rule here is simple. A separate release gets a separate entity. However, if it's a very clear series of albums (e,g, "British Motown Chartbusters Volume 4" etc) then the series has a combined entry.

The countdown will run like the 90s and 00s decade ones did, though don't expect a guaranteed update every day - I'll update as and when I can, and I'm more likely to be more reliable after Christmas, but I'll see what I can do between now and Christmas.

So - predictions, people. Who do people think might get to No. 1, and who might land lower than people expect? I can tell you that No. 100 is a very surprising crashout...
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Postby CrazyCrazy » Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:45 pm

:o :D :D
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Postby ANH » Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:48 pm

Mariah 4 top 15!
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Postby Chun » Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:49 pm

Wow, surprised there will be a new countdown this quick!
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Postby nickf1 » Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:20 pm

ready!
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Postby Shorty » Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:07 pm

Ohhh this will be good! I enjoyed the 90's and 00's countdowns, so I'm amped for this :D
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Postby matthew_dixon » Wed Nov 07, 2012 12:51 am

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Score: 234.89 points
Singles Rank: 64
Albums Rank: 175
Biggest Decade: 90s


Crumbs! Well, that might be all that is left of UKMIX user "biscuits" after this rather shocking crashout starts our list! It goes to show just how classic the acts in this top 100 are when a music icon like Janet Jackson struggles so badly even to feature in the list.

She's had an incredibly long career, and whilst she will always be in her brother's shadow, it should not be forgotten that she has 40 UK chart hits to her name - from early classics like "What Have You Done For Me Lately" through to recent flop "Make Me". She's worked with Busta Rhymes, Luther Vandross, Beenie Man and Blackstreet, and featured on 13 UK top 10 singles, not to mention a number of big hit albums.

All in all, I stand by my decision to put her up for an ultimate chart earlier on in the year, and she's definitely a true music legend, but just one that, for example, has never actually had a No. 1 record in the UK.

Singles of the Decade:
1. The Best Things In Life Are Free (with Luther Vandross)
2. Together Again
3. What Have You Done For Me Lately?
4. Again
5. Scream (with Michael Jackson)

Album of the Decade: Control

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1000-991
1000. Gomez (36.57 points)
999. Simon Webbe (36.58 points)
998. Jay Sean (36.64 points)
997. London Boys (36.65 points)
996. Ted Heath Music (36.76 points)
995. Marianne Faithfull (36.76 points)
994. Johnny Hates Jazz (36.80 points)
993. Womack and Womack (36.85 points)
992. Daft Punk (36.91 points)
991. Tanita Tikaram (36.91 points)

So - our list opens with a classic indie band from Southport. The Mercury Music Prize winning Gomez are joined in this list by 00s UK R&B male soloists Simon Webbe (the guy from Blue) and Jay Sean. There's plenty of 80s music, courtesy of Womack and Womack, Tanita Tikaram, Johnny Hates Jazz and London Boys, together with Jagger's ex Marianne Faithfull, classic 90s/00s dance act Daft Punk, and a band leader from the 50s called Ted Heath - who should NOT be confused with the UK prime minister of the same name!
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Postby Wardo » Wed Nov 07, 2012 1:05 am

Jay Sean higher than Janet? :o :lol:

I discovered Womack & Womack's Teardrops thanks to Joss Stone and is already a favourite.

Daft Punk is amazing. The song linked in Matthew's post brings me good memories!!!!

I don't know any of the other acts!
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Postby toni_pest » Wed Nov 07, 2012 1:10 am

Wardo wrote:Jay Sean higher than Janet? :o :lol:
Jay is #998, Janet is #100 :lol:
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Postby NothingFails » Wed Nov 07, 2012 1:49 am

I love Janet, but #100 is respectable for all time considering as big as she was in the UK, she never was quite the runaway superstar she was in America, where she actually was bigger than Michael in the 90s.
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Postby Wayne » Wed Nov 07, 2012 1:55 am

Blimey, great start! She is an icon and whilst she never enjoyed the same global success as the big four, that doesn't detract from the fact that she was enormously successful in her own right, and is as bonafide a legend as the Madonna, Celine, Mariah and Janet.

Its mad to think that even with Together Again - a song that has sold not far off 800,000 copies in the UK - she hasn't ever had a #1.
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Postby JSparksFan » Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:11 am

matthew_dixon wrote:Crumbs! Well, that might be all that is left of UKMIX user "biscuits" after this rather shocking crashout starts our list!
:lol: :lol: :lol:

Shocked to see Janet so low though! I'll be exploring her discography in full this Christmas when I have more time but from what I know from her, she's a great act and definitely one of the defining musicians of the 90's.

04wayne wrote:Blimey, great start! She is an icon and whilst she never enjoyed the same global success as the big four, that doesn't detract from the fact that she was enormously successful in her own right, and is as bonafide a legend as the Madonna, Celine, Mariah and Janet.
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Postby TiagoRodrigues » Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:35 am

Yeah...it's shocking how she never had any #1 singles...only 2 #2 singles and only one #1 album in the UK! :o
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Postby matthew_dixon » Wed Nov 07, 2012 7:34 am

04wayne wrote:Its mad to think that even with Together Again - a song that has sold not far off 800,000 copies in the UK - she hasn't ever had a #1.
"Together Again" was in the toughest period in chart history pretty much. It missed No. 1 at the same time as "Angels" and "Torn" missed No. 1... as the UK public were far more interested in buying the Teletubbies and "Barbie Girl"! :P (Not to mention "Perfect Day", "Never Ever" and the Spice Girls' "Too Much".
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Postby Wardo » Wed Nov 07, 2012 10:34 am

toni_pest wrote:
Wardo wrote:Jay Sean higher than Janet? :o :lol:
Jay is #998, Janet is #100 :lol:
Thank Lord! :lol:
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Postby Pawlu84 » Wed Nov 07, 2012 10:39 am

One of my faves already out :o but considering this is all acts number 100 is not bad for a ''local star''.
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Postby Spartan » Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:11 pm

Janet's had a few good songs but I wouldn;t consider myself a massive fan. Simon Webbe had a couple of good singles and was probably the most successful solo Blue boy.
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Postby matthew_dixon » Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:28 am

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Score: 238.11 points
Singles Rank: N/A
Albums Rank: 38
Biggest Decade: 80s


Back in 1984, with the opening strains of "You Can't Hurry Love" covered by Phil Collins ringing in our ears, I don't think anyone quite realised just what was happening with the release of the album "Now That's What I Call Music!" So, let's have a look at some absolutely staggering statistics...

They have a total of 177 albums to date in the UK (including the one due to be released any moment).

They have been the feature of 37 survivors on UKMIX.

They have had their brand exported to the USA, Asia, Australia, Benelux, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Turkey and Arabia.

Was it not for the fact that at the start of 1989, all compilation albums were disqualified from the main album chart and given their own chart, they'd have been serious for the No. 1 spot on this list!

Now THAT'S what I call music! 8-)

Singles of the Decade:
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Album of the Decade: Now That's What I Call Music!

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990-981
990. Ludacris (36.92 points)
989. Smashing Pumpkins (36.98 points)
988. Merseybeats (37.03 points)
987. Feargal Sharkey (37.08 points)
986. Roachford (37.24 points)
985. Tornadoes (37.24 points)
984. Alisha's Attic (37.27 points)
983. Danny Williams (37.28 points)
982. Swedish House Mafia (37.44 points)
981. Public Enemy (37.45 points)

So - another mixed bag there. We start with Ludacris - whose 9 biggest charting singles amazingly were all "featuring" slots on just about everyone's songs! There's classic grunge from Smashing Pumpkins, and a selection of 60s music, from Liverpool band Merseybeats, crooner Danny Williams, and one hit wonders Tornadoes - who got a hit thanks to the launch of telecommunications satellite "Telstar". There's late 80s/early 90s band Roachford, Undertones frontman Feargal Sharkey for his 80s chart topper, and a personal favourite act of mine, 90s duo Alisha's Attic. Finally, there's recent dance act Swedish House Mafia, and hip hop legends Public Enemy - whose biggest hit actually came just this year. Had I closed this a month ago, neither of those last two would have made the cut!
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Postby Wayne » Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:31 am

:lol: wtf!

Hilarious that its more successful than Janet Jackson.

These collections used to be absolutely monstrous - they were amazing! I really loved them during the Now 30's up until the early Now 60's.
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Postby toni_pest » Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:36 am

:lol: :lol:
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Postby biscuits » Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:28 am

matthew_dixon wrote:Image
Score: 234.89 points
Singles Rank: 64
Albums Rank: 175
Biggest Decade: 90s


Crumbs! Well, that might be all that is left of UKMIX user "biscuits" after this rather shocking crashout starts our list!
Thanks for the namecheck! To be honest, I'm not surprised at all and before I scrolled down to see her at #100, I was readying my post to say 'I hope Janet can at least make the top 100'. Shame she's not higher, but at least she's amongst the top 100 chart acts.
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Postby NothingFails » Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:41 am

surprised how low Smashing Pumpkins are, #989?!?!
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Postby Shorty » Thu Nov 08, 2012 3:45 am

Yay it's started :D

From the 1000-991 section, woo for Simon Webbe :D His first solo album is pretty awesome, especially "All I Want" which is soooo Blue like!

Jay Sean is pretty cool also, "Stolen" is fantastic.

Haha at the Now! series charting, but cool. NZ's Now series is up to the 30's I think? I have NZ Now 2 and 3 :lol:
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Postby Spartan » Thu Nov 08, 2012 2:44 pm

:lol: @ the Now compilations. The last one I colelcted was Now 63 I think.
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Postby spacelord » Thu Nov 08, 2012 2:54 pm

Janet Jackson deserved much more. Control is flawless.
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