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  1. Did Elvis Presley have more number one hits after he died or before he died?

    He had more UK No.1s BEFORE he died (16-3)

  2. During which decade did Elton John had most number one hits in the UK singles chart? 70s, 80s or 90s?

    90s (three)

  3. During which decade have U2 had most number one hit singles in the UK charts: 1980s, the 1990s, or the 2000s?

    2000s

  4. Have the band Spinal Tap ever had a record reach the UK top 40 singles charts?

    Yes (Bitch School got to no.35 in 1992)

  5. In 2006, Gnarls Barkley became the first single to reach no.1 in the UK charts on downloads alone. What was the name of the song?

    Crazy

  6. In January 2000, U2 recorded a version of Anarchy in the UK – but in what style? Did they do it Drum’n’Bass, did they do a classical version, or did they do it in Spanish?

    Spanish

  7. Michael Jackson and Gary Glitter and Jonathan King are all paedophiles, but which one of them was the first to get UK number one hit single?

    Glitter (1973, Jacko was 1981, King- never)

  8. Name Dusty Springfield's ONLY UK number one hit.

    You Don't Have To Say You love me

  9. Name the two artistes who have had hits with the song “I Like Driving In MY Car” (1982 & 1997)

    Madness and Maureen Rees from Driving School

  10. Status Quo have had over 50 chart hits - 23 were top tens but what is the name of their only UK number one (from 1974)?

    Down Down

  11. The song Unchained Melody has been a UK number one single four different times – who was the most recent artiste to take it to number one (in 2002)?

    Gareth Gates

  12. Up to and including the year 2000, what band had the most hit singles in the UK:Queen, Status Quo, or The Beatles?

    Status Quo

  13. Up until the millennium, what was the only record to be Christmas number one in the UK singles charts on two separate occasions? (once in the 1970s and again in the 1990s)?

    Bohemian Rhapsody

  14. What form of riot control gave 10cc the name of their first number one hit in the 70s?

    Rubber Bullets

  15. What is the "correct" spelling of Slade's hit: "Mamma we're all crazy now"?

    MAMA WEER ALL CRAZEE NOW.

  16. What is the biggest selling Christmas record ever: Merry Xmas Everybody (Slade), White Christmas (Bing Crosby) or Do They Know its Christmas (Band Aid)

    White Christmas

  17. What is the only Stereophonics single to reach number one in the UK singles chart?

    Dakota

  18. What kind of animal is mentioned in the titles of hit singles by Jimmy Nail, Elton John, and Echo & The Bunnymen?

    Crocodile (Crocodile Shoes, Crocodile Rock, and Crocodiles)

  19. What was the biblical sounding record by Desmond Dekker that was, amongst other things, used to advertise margarine and audio tapes on TV adverts?

    Israelites

  20. What was the name of Chuck Berry`s 1972 hit which gave him his first number one?

    My Ding-A-Ling

  21. What was the name of Desmond Dekker’s biblical sounding song which was used to advertise TDK tapes and Vitalite margarine?

    The Israelites

  22. What was the name of The Darkness's debut hit single which got to number 2 in 2003?

    I Believe in A Thing Called Love

  23. What was the only record with the word “green” in the title which was a UK number one hit in the 1960s?

    Green Green Grass of Home (Tom Jones, 1966)

  24. What was the only UK number one single of the 1980s to contain the word ‘ghost’ in its title?

    Ghost Town by the Specials

  25. What was the Sex Pistols biggest hit in the UK charts: Anarchy in the UK or God Save the Queen?

    God Save The Queen (no.2)

  26. What was the title of the band Queen's first hit single?

    Seven Seas Of Rhye

  27. What was the top selling pop single of 2001 in British record shops? A record by It Wasn’t me by Shaggy, cant get you out of my head by Kylie or pure and sim[ple buy Hear’say?

    Shaggy

  28. Whch male singer's biggest hit was a no2 in 1967 called 'Edelweiss'?

    Vince Hill

  29. Which American singer was the top-selling artist in the UK singles charts for three years in a row: 1985,1986, and 1987?

    Madonna

  30. Which band were named after a part of New York City and had a 1977 hit called 'Chanson D’amour'?

    Manhattan Transfer

  31. Which Glam Rock group sold more singles in the UK than any other group (glam or otherwise) during the 1970s?

    Slade

  32. Which middle class favourites had more top ten hit singles: The Eurythmics in the 1980s or the Beautiful South in the 1990s?

    Eurythmics in the 80s (9 vs 4)

  33. Which of these glam-rock acts had the most top tens in the UK charts: T Rex, Alvin Stardust or Gary Glitter?

    Gary Glitter

  34. Which one of these bands or singers has had the most top ten hits in the UK singles chart: Coolio, Kool and The Gang or Rita Coolidge?

    Kool & The Gang

  35. Which popular foreigner had a top ten hit with 'Sun Arise' in 1962?

    Rolf Harris

  36. Which Scottish band had chart hits in the 90s and the 00s, including Always The Last To Know, Driving With The Brakes On and Nothing Ever Happens?

    Del Amitri

  37. Which Scottish band had more than 15 UK chart hits in the 80s and 90s including 'Queen of The New Year' and 'Wages Day'?

    Deacon Blue

  38. Which singer has had number one hit singles in the 00s called "Dilemma", "My Place" and "Over and Over"?

    Nelly

  39. Which slightly naughty Christmas song was originally recorded by Eartha Kitt in the 50s but has also been performed by Madonna, Kylie, and The Pussycat Dolls?

    Santa Baby

  40. Which UK capital city gave its name to a Boney M top ten hit in 1977?

    Belfast

  41. Which UK singer changed their name from White and had eleven top ten hits in the 60s?

    Cilla Black

  42. Who achieved the amazing feat of having five records in the American top five singles charts at the same time in 1964: Elvis Presley, The Beatles or Frank Sinatra

    Beatles

  43. Who had a hit called I Like The Way in April 2005?

    Bodyrockers

  44. Who had a hit with 'The Israelites' in 1969?

    Desmond Dekker and the Aces

  45. Who had a hit with the song Be Bop A Lula in 1956?

    Gene Vincent

  46. Who had a string of hits in the early 60s including 'Rubber Ball', 'Take Good Care of My Baby', and 'The Night Has a Thousand Eyes'?

    Bobby Vee

  47. Who had the biggest selling single of 2001: Kylie, Shaggy or Hear’Say?

    Shaggy (It Wasn’t Me)

  48. Who had the most top ten hits? Coolio, Kool and The Gang or LL Cool J?

    LL Cool J

  49. Who has had more top twenty hits in the UK singles chart: Marilyn Monroe or Marilyn Manson?

    Marilyn Manson

  50. Who has had most top ten hits in the UK singles chart: Good Charlotte, Gomez or Gareth Gates (including collaborations)

    Gareth Gates

  51. Who has had the most top ten hits in the UK singles chart: Blur, Oasis or Kylie ?

    Kylie

  52. Who was number one at the start of the 1970s? Queen, Elvis Presley or Rolf Harris?

    Rolf Harris

  53. Who was the first of these singers to have a number one hit in the UK singles charts: Tina Turner, Cher or Madonna?

    Cher (I Got You Babe - 1965)

  54. who was the first of these singers to have a UK top ten hit single: Barry White, James Brown, or Al Green?

    Al Green ("I'm So Tired of Being Alone in 1971)

  55. Who's band was The Quarrymen?

    John Lennon

  56. Who's had the most top ten singles? Bucks Fizz, Katrina and The Waves or Lulu?

    Lulu

  57. Whose first top ten hit came in 2002 and was called "There Goes The Fear"?

    Doves


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