Friday, April 24, 2015

Aural Fixation: The Newest Book from Dave's Music Database


Aural Fixation: More Essays from a Musical Obsessive

Available at Amazon for $9.95.

This sequel to No One Needs 21 Versions of “Purple Haze” trots out another collection of music-themed essays, this time as originally featured in the PopMatters.com column “Aural Fixation.” Essays take on the Grammys, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Glee, terrestrial radio, Tom Cruise, and the state of the music industry, often voicing a contrary opinion to the all-too-common laments of the typical music critic. Whitaker asserts that rock and roll isn’t dead, that pop music matters, and that best-of lists are a good thing. 146 pages. Published 2015.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

“Uptown Funk” landed 14th week at #1

Uptown Funk!

Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars

Writer(s): Jeff Bhasker/ Philip Lawrence/ Bruno Mars/ Mark Ronson (see lyrics here)


Released: November 10, 2014


First Charted: November 16, 2014


Peak: 114 US, 16 RR, 5 AC, 11 A40, 17 UK, 115 CN, 16 AU (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): 11.0 US, 3.0 UK, 17.64 world (includes US + UK)


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 5743.0 video, 1078.0 streaming

Awards: (Click on award for more details).

About the Song:

Mark Ronson had released three albums under his name and landed four top ten hits in the UK. He’d never hit the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. as a solo artist, although he had produced hits such as Bruno Mars’ #1 “Locked Out of Heaven” (2012) and Amy Winehouse’s top-ten “Rehab” (2006), which won Grammys for Song and Record of the Year.

For his fourth solo album, Uptown Special, Ronson tapped Mars for lead vocals and landed not just the hit of his career, but one of the biggest #1 hits of all-time. On the Hot 100, only Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” (1995) spent more weeks at #1 (16). In Canada, only the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” (2009) spent more weeks at #1 (16). WK The song was one of only four to top the Hot 100 and the UK charts for at least seven weeks on both charts. The others were Bryan Adams’ “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” (1991), Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” (1992), and Rihanna’s “Umbrella” (2007). SF The song also set a worldwide record for highest number of streams in one week (15 million). WK

The song grew out of a lick Mars and his band played on tour, but took over half a year to complete. SF They went with deliberately over-the-top lyrics, such as “gotta kiss myself I’m so pretty,” a line adapted from an interview with boxer Larry Holmes, who kissed his arms after saying how much he loved himself, and boxer Muhammad Ali, who boasted “I’m so pretty.” SF

Mars and Ronson co-wrote the song with Jeff Bhasker, with whom they’d also collaborated on “Locked Out of Heaven.” Bhasker had also produced Kanye West, Drake, and Alicia Keys. SF The song gave Mars his sixth #1 and eleventh top 5 hit on the Hot 100, passing Katy Perry and Rihanna (both with 10) for the most of the 2010s. WK The song also featured Sharon Jones’ Dap-Kings on horns. Ronson previously used the group on Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black and in his solo work.


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Last updated 4/1/2021.

Biggest #1 Songs in UK Chart History

Posted 4/18/2015.

This is a list of the #1 songs of all time according to the UK charts, starting with 1947.

    26 weeks:

  1. Bing Crosby…Galway Bay (1949)

    21 weeks:

  2. The Ink Spots…Bless You for Being an Angel (1947)

    18 weeks:

  3. Frankie Laine…I Believe (1953)

    16 weeks:

  4. Bryan Adams…(Everything I Do) I Do It for You (1991)

    15 weeks:

  5. Wet Wet Wet…Love Is All Around (1994)

    14 weeks:

  6. Queen…Bohemian Rhapsody (1975)

    12 weeks:

  7. Nat “King” Cole…Too Young (1951)
  8. Jimmy Young…Too Young (1951)

    11 weeks:

  9. Billy Eckstine…My Foolish Heart (1950)
  10. Slim Whitman…Rose Marie (1955)
  11. Teresa Brewer…Longing for You (1951)

    10 weeks:

  12. Whitney Houston…I Will Always Love You (1992)
  13. Rihanna…Umbrella (2007)
  14. Vera Lynn…Auf Wiedersheh’n Sweetheart (1952)
  15. Les Paul & Mary Ford…Mockin’ Bird Hill (1951)
  16. Nat “King” Cole…Unforgettable (1951)
  17. David Whitfield with Mantovani & His Orchestra…Cara Mia (1954)

    9 weeks:

  18. Patti Page…Tennessee Waltz (1950)
  19. Elvis Presley…It’s Now Or Never (1960)
  20. Gnarls Barkley…Crazy (2006)
  21. Paul Anka…Diana (1957)
  22. Olivia Newton-John with John Travolta…You’re the One That I Want (1978)
  23. Paul McCartney & Wings…Mull of Kintyre (1977)
  24. Frankie Goes to Hollywood…Two Tribes (1984)
  25. Al Martino…Here in My Heart (1952)
  26. Eddie Calert…O Mein Papa (Oh My Papa) (1953)
  27. Anita O’Day…Tennessee Waltz (1951)
  28. Vera Lynn…The Homing Waltz (1952)
  29. Alma Cogan…The Homing Waltz (1952)

    8 weeks:

  30. The Archies…Sugar Sugar (1969)
  31. Doris Day…Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered (1950)
  32. Perry Como…Magic Moments (1958)
  33. Mel Torme…Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered (1950)
  34. The Shadows…Wonderful Land (1962)
  35. Frankie Laine…Answer Me, Lord Above (1953)
  36. Shakespear’s Sister (1992)

    7 weeks:

  37. Elvis Presley…All Shook Up (1957)
  38. The Everly Brothers…All I Have to Do Is Dream (1958)
  39. Cher…Believe (1998)
  40. Spice Girls…Wannabe (1996)
  41. Anton Karas…The Third Man Theme (1950)
  42. Leona Lewis…Bleeding Love (2007)
  43. The Everly Brothers…Cathy’s Clown (1960)
  44. Meat Loaf…I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) (1993)
  45. Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars…Uptown Funk! (2014)
  46. The Beatles…Hello Goodbye (1967)
  47. Mungo Jerry…In the Summertime (1970)
  48. Tom Jones…Green, Green Grass of Home (1966)
  49. Johnnie Ray…Just Walkin’ in the Rain (1956)
  50. Oliva Newton-John with John Travolta…Summer Nights (1978)
  51. Frank Ifield…I Remember You (1962)
  52. Celine Dion…Think Twice (1994)
  53. Tab Hunter…Young Love (1956)
  54. The Beatles…From Me to You (1963)
  55. Harry Belafonte…Mary’s Boy Child (1956)
  56. Robson & Jerome…Unchained Melody/The White Cliffs of Dover (1995)
  57. Tony Christie with Peter Kay…Is This the Way to Amarillo? (2005)
  58. Tennessee Ernie Ford…Give Me Your Word (1955)
  59. Eve Young…Silver Dollar (Roll Roll Roll) (1950)

    6 weeks:

  60. Procol Harum…A White Shade of Pale (1967)
  61. Gene Autry…Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1949)
  62. Abba…Dancing Queen (1976)
  63. The Beatles…She Loves You (1963)
  64. George Harrison…My Sweet Lord (1970)
  65. The Beatles with Billy Preston…Get Back (1969)
  66. Stevie Wonder…I Just Called to Say I Love You (1984)
  67. Puff Daddy with Faith Evans & 112…I’ll Be Missing You (1997)
  68. Lionel Richie…Hello (1983)
  69. Culture Club…Karma Chameleon (1983)
  70. Rihanna with Calvin Harris…We Found Love (2011)
  71. Mary Hopkin…Those Were the Days (1968)
  72. Doris Day…Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Que Sera) (1956)
  73. Connie Francis…Who’s Sorry Now? (1958)
  74. Engelbert Humperdinck…Release Me (1967)
  75. Black Eyed Peas with Justin Timberlake…Where Is the Love? (2003)
  76. Elton John with Kiki Dee…Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (1976)
  77. Brotherhood of Man…Save Your Kisses for Me (1976)
  78. Teresa Brewer with Dixieland All Stars…Music! Music! Music! (1950)
  79. Freda Payne…Band of Gold (1970)
  80. Elvis Presley…The Wonder of You (1970)
  81. Snap!...Rhythm Is a Dancer (1992)
  82. Creedence Clearwater Revival…Run Through the Jungle (1970)
  83. Dave Edmunds…I Hear You Knocking (1970)
  84. Elvis Presley…Wooden Heart (1961)
  85. Bing Crosby…Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1950)
  86. Cliff Richard & the Drifters…Living Doll (1959)
  87. Michael Jackson…Earth Song (1995)
  88. Cliff Richard & the Shadows…The Young Ones (1962)
  89. Black Box…Ride on Time (1989)
  90. Run-D.M.C. with Jason Nevins…It’s Like That (1998)
  91. Art Garfunkel…Bright Eyes (1979)
  92. Roberta Flack with Donny Hathaway…Where Is the Love (1972)
  93. Rolf Harris…Two Little Boys (1969)
  94. Emile Ford & the Checkmates…What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For? (1969)
  95. T-Rex…Hot Love (1971)
  96. Connie Francis…Stupid Cupid (1958)
  97. Ronnie Hilton…No Other Love (1956)
  98. Bay City Rollers…Bye Bye Baby (1975)
  99. East 17…Stay Another Day (1994)
  100. Connie Francis…Carolina Moon (1958)
  101. Guy Mitchell…Look at That Girl (1953)