Category Archives: Number Ones

NFB Listens To Number Ones: “Impossible” – James Arthur

I know the second the RNG threw up the last week of December in 2012 – one of five weeks this was at the top – that I would have to talk again about what we might call the “The … Continue reading

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NFB Listens To Number Ones: “One Dance” – Drake (feat. Wizkid & Kyla)

I’ve thought long and hard about it, and I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about “One Dance”. This one is…entrancing I suppose? It’s the kind of song that you will never really forget once you have heard it, … Continue reading

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NFB Listens To Number Ones: “China In Your Hand” – T’Pau

It’s probably a sign of how little I know about T’Pau – and yes, that is a Star Trek reference – that I thought I hadn’t heard this song when the RNG popped up with it. But of course I … Continue reading

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NFB Listens To Number Ones: “Red, Red Wine” – UB40

Here’s a genuine question for you: what do you think that “Red, Red Wine” is actually about (bar the obvious beverage)? For many years I didn’t really think too much about that question whenever I heard this song, which I … Continue reading

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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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