Top 10 pop singles of the Noughties

by Stephen Tall on November 27, 2009

Can this list be true? According to Popbitch, yes:

1. Will Young (Evergreen)
2. Gareth Gates (Unchained Melody)
3. Shaggy (Wasn’t Me)
4. Tony Christie/Peter Kay (Amarillo)
5. Band Aid 20
6. Hear’Say (Pure & Simple)
7. Shayne Ward
8. Kylie (Can’t Get You Out Of My Head)
9. Bob the Builder (Can We Fix It)
10. Atomic Kitten (Whole Again)

So that’s four reality TV star manufactured hits*, two charity singles, and one children’s TV novelty cash-in – leaving Shaggy, Kylie and Atomic Kitten in the top 10 on, erm, merit.

Yay for the Noughties.

* actually, I’m a big Will Young fan. But Evergreen is shit.


Although in the 90s the top seller was Candle in the Wind (Diana charity) and Unchained melody by Robson & Jerome second. And in the 80s it was Band Aid although the rest of the ten were ‘real’ groups.

In the 70s it was Mull of Kintyre by Wings. To be honest I’d probably rather listen to a charity single!

Are today’s ‘reality TV’ stars really any more manufactured than many of the pop stars of recent decades? Is winning a public vote on the X-factor any less worthy than being manufactured by Stock, Aitken & Waterman was in the nineties or Chinn and Chapman in the seventies?

What these top tens do show is that best selling singles don’t generally reflect popular music of their time much at all (with the possible exception of the eighties).

by Liberal Neil on November 27, 2009 at 3:47 pm. Reply #

New post by me: Top 10 pop singles of the Noughties

by Stephen Tall on May 10, 2012 at 3:45 pm. Reply #

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