The No.1 Quiz

Tomorrow, Britain's 1,000th No 1 single is set to be named. But how much do you know about the first 999?
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1 Which was the first No 1?

1 Which was the first No 1?

2 The most prolific writers of No1 hits were John Lennon and Paul McCartney, who jointly penned 31 chart-toppers. Who was the next most successful (with 13)?

3 Which of the following has had a No 1 hit?

  • Bob Dylan,
  • Pete Townshend,
  • Leonard Cohen,
  • Lou Reed

4 This band famously refused to appear on Top of the Pops. It didn't stop them getting to No 1 in 1991 with which equivocal song?

5 What links the following songs?

  • Jane Birkin And Serge Gainsbourg, 'Je T'aime'
  • Bluebells, 'Young At Heart'
  • David Bowie, 'Space Oddity'
  • The Clash, 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go?'
  • D:Ream, 'Things Can Only Get Better'
  • Bill Haley & His Comets, 'Rock Around The Clock'
  • Hollies, 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother'
  • Livin' Joy, 'Dreamer'
  • New Kids On The Block, 'Hangin' Tough'
  • Righteous Brothers, 'Unchained Melody'
  • Jackie Wilson, 'Reet Petite'

6 Which were the first No 1 hits for:

  • a) Elvis Presley
  • b) The Beatles
  • c) The Rolling Stones
  • d) Elton John
  • e) Oasis

7 Which was the 100th No 1? (Clue: it was on April 28 1960.)

8 What links the following No 1s?

  • Al Martino, 'Here In My Heart' (14 November 1952)
  • Elvis Presley, 'Jailhouse Rock' (24 January 1958)
  • Elvis Presley, 'It's Now Or Never' (3 November 1960)
  • Cliff Richard, 'The Young Ones' (11 January 1962)
  • The Beatles with Billy Preston, 'Get Back' (23 April 1969)
  • Slade, 'Cum On Feel The Noize' (3 March 1973)
  • Slade, 'Skweeze Me Pleeze Me' (30 June 1973)
  • Gary Glitter, 'I Love You Love Me Love' (17 November 1973)
  • Slade, 'Merry Xmas Everybody' (15 December 1973)
  • The Jam, 'Going Underground'/'Dreams Of Children' (22 March 1980)

9 LL Cool J was the first solo rapper to reach the UK Top 10 (in 1987). But what was the title of his 1997 No 1?

10 Which band has two separate singles in the all-time top 10 of best-selling UK No 1s?

11 Name, in order, the five bestselling UK No 1s of all time.

12 Which futuristic Sixties No 1 was subtitled "Exordium and Terminus" and who were the one-hit wonders who recorded it?

13 What do the following No 1s have in common?

  • Simon Park Orchestra, 'Eye Level'
  • The Shadows, 'Wonderful Land'
  • B Bumble and the Stingers, 'Nut Rocker'
  • Fleetwood Mac, 'Albatross'

14 What was the first Jamaican reggae No 1 and who was the singer's backing band?

15 What are the titles of Cliff Richard's three Christmas No 1s? One from the Sixties, one from the Eighties and one from the Nineties.

16 Who was the first act to score a second No 1?

17 Who was the first black artist to make the UK No 1?

18 Lord Rockingham's XI, who scored a No 1 with 'Hoots Mon' in 1958 were the house band for which popular TV programme of the day?

19 Which Beatle has never made it to No 1 as a solo act - John, Paul, George or Ringo?

20 Which sentimental Sixties No 1 was written by Theodore F Morse and Edward Madden in 1903?

21 What record kept the Sex Pistols' 'God Save the Queen' from the No 1 spot in 1977?

22 Who claimed the first posthumous No 1, just weeks after their untimely death?

23 Who had No 1s with the following US placenames?

  • Massachusetts
  • Woodstock
  • San Francisco
  • Mississippi

24 What was the first Bob Dylan song to make No 1?

25 Which of these was not a Christmas No 1?

  • The Scaffold, 'Lily the Pink'
  • Benny Hill, 'Ernie'
  • Clive Dunn, 'Granddad'
  • Flying Pickets, 'Only You'

26 And which is the only record to make it as a Christmas No 1 twice?

27 Who, initially, had No 1s with these?

  • D.I.V.O.R.C.E.
  • Y.M.C.A.
  • F.U.R.B.

28 Whitney Houston's 'One Moment in Time' was recorded to celebrate what event?

29 What was the title of Gilbert O'Sullivan's doggy No 1?

30 Whose fourth and last No 1 was "The Edge of Heaven"?

31 Which was the first Rolling Stones single to spend more than one week at the top?

32 Charlene was working in an Ilford sweet shop when her sickly 1982 No 1 'I've Never Been to Me' hit the top spot. But on which label: Motown, Stax or Atlantic?

33 Despite their popularity in the early Seventies, glam rockers T. Rex only had four No 1s. Which of these was not one of them?

  • Get It On
  • Metal Guru
  • Telegram Sam
  • 20th Century Boy

34 What was the first No 1 to prominently feature the Moog Synthesiser, also the first to be produced by electro maestro Giorgio Moroder?

35 Which 1971 No 1 began life as the B-side to a song written by folksinger Tim Hardin? The two sides were soon swapped by public demand.

36 Three No 1s of summer 1982 were songs written for a film or musical. The artists are Captain Sensible, Irene Cara and Survivor. What are the films?

37 Which song was written by a Belgian, translated by an Englishman, was first taken to No 1 in 1974 by a Canadian and then again in 1999 by an Irish group?

38 Which German composer and bandleader had a hand in writing No 1s for both Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra and first recorded the Beatles in Hamburg?

39 Which actor-turned-singer who had a No 1 with 'Why' in 1960?

40 Charlie Chaplin wrote which No 1, originally for the 1967 film A Countess from Hong Kong?

41 Which No 1 is recorded as the first to sell more copies in 12-inch format than in 7-inch?

42 'Je T'Aime' was the first No 1 to be sung entirely in a foreign language. What was the second, released in 1987?

43 The 600th No 1, released in 1987, was by an act who took their name from a Star Trek character. Who?

44 Who presented the first Radio 1 chart show and what record was topping the chart that week?

45 Until Little Jimmy Osmond's 1972 No 1, 'Long Haired Lover from Liverpool', who was the youngest performer to claim the top spot?

46 Which sultry soul singer who recorded a version of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine", before Marvin Gaye took it to No 1 in 1969?

47 Only three days of the week have appeared in No 1 song titles. Which?

48 In 2004, a single reached No 1 with sales of just 23,519 - the lowest ever. What was the song?

49 Elvis Presley has a writing credit on just one of his No 1s: which?

50 The picture questions are omitted from the online version