Category Archives: Number Ones

NFB Listens To Number Ones: “Scatman (Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop)” – Scatman John

I think I will frame this review in the form of a debate question: This house contends that “Scatman” is a notable song only insofar as its novelty value. Leave aside the Eurodance music that surrounds it for a minute, … Continue reading

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NFB Listens To Number Ones: “What’s Another Year” – Johnny Logan

Is there a bigger non-sporting symbol of national pride than our (at time of writing) role as the most successful Eurovision nation? It’s an accomplishment we all take an unreasonable amount of pleasure in really, but nearly half of it … Continue reading

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NFB Listens To Number Ones: “21 Years” – Dermot Hegarty

International readers look away, because you probably won’t have a clue what I’m talking about with this one, which is a natural consequence of doing a series on Irish number ones I suppose. It’s Dermot Hegarty, an Irish chart-topping artist … Continue reading

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NFB Listens To Number Ones: “Rhythm Is A Dancer” – Snap!

There are probably only a few possible songs on the list of Irish number ones that could genuinely be called iconic, but I think it is fair to say that “Rhythm Is A Dancer”, that spent eight weeks at the … Continue reading

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NFB Listens To Number Ones: “My Baby’s Waiting” – Industry

If you saw that title and immediately thought “Who?”, then welcome to the club. I hadn’t a clue who this crowd were, or what this song was, but a quick Wiki search informed me that not only was this a … Continue reading

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NFB Listens To Number Ones: “Somethin’ Stupid” – Frank And Nancy Sinatra

It’s hard not to be swept away by the picture that gets painted by the Sinatra’s in this, the iconic cover of the song originally written by C. Carson Sparks in 1966, and which made it to number one in … Continue reading

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NFB Listens To Number Ones: “Closer” – The Chainsmokers (feat. Halsey)

Now we’re talking. As someone who wore out his CD of Blink 182’s self-titled 2003 album, I can’t but like this song. That’s because it’s taking plenty of cues, by the admittance of the group, from the romantic regrets of … Continue reading

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NFB Listens To Number Ones: “Japanese Boy” – Aneka

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that this one doesn’t get a great deal of air-time anymore: it’s essentially “Cultural Appropriation: The Song”. Aneka – real name Mary Sandeman, from Edinburgh – manages to just about avoid her tune being … Continue reading

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NFB Listens To Number Ones: “The Lady In Red” – Chris de Burgh

Let us try to not immediately go to the invective. De Burgh’s signature track strikes me as a 1980’s Nikelback: a totally acceptable, even forgettable, tune, that’s had any kind of legacy it wanted to create ruined by being dramatically … Continue reading

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NFB Listens To Number Ones: “Over And Over” – Nelly (feat. Tim McGraw)

What happened to Nelly? There was a time in the middle of the aughts when this guy wasn’t off radios, and this is pretty much the best example, a low-intensity R’n’B effort where the focus is largely on the lyrics. … Continue reading

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