UK Singles Chart
The UK Singles Chart is compiled by the Official Charts Company, on behalf of the British record industry, listing the top-selling singles in the United Kingdom, based upon physical sales, paid-for downloads and streaming. The Official Chart, broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and MTV, is the UK music industry's recognised official measure of singles and albums popularity because it is the most comprehensive research panel of its kind, today surveying over 15,000 retailers and digital services daily, capturing 99.9% of all singles consumed in Britain across the week, over 98% of albums. To be eligible for the chart, a single is defined by the Official Charts Company as either a'single bundle' having no more than four tracks and not lasting longer than 25 minutes or one digital audio track not longer than 15 minutes with a minimum sale price of 40 pence; the rules have changed many times as technology has developed, the most notable being the inclusion of digital downloads in 2005 and streaming in July 2014.
The OCC website contains the Top 100 chart. Some media outlets only list the Top 75 of this list; the chart week runs from 00:01 Friday to midnight Thursday, with most UK physical and digital singles being released on Fridays. From 3 August 1969 until 5 July 2015, the chart week ran from 00:01 Sunday to midnight Saturday; the Top 40 chart is first issued on Friday afternoons by BBC Radio 1 as The Official Chart from 16:00 to 17:45, before the full Official Singles Chart Top 100 is posted on the Official Charts Company's website. A rival chart show, The Vodafone Big Top 40, is based on iTunes downloads and commercial radio airplay across the Global Radio network only, is broadcast on Sunday afternoons from 16:00 to 19:00 on 145 local commercial radio stations across the United Kingdom; the Big Top 40 is not regarded by the industry or wider media. There is a show called "Official KISS Top 40", counting down 40 most played songs on Kiss FM every Sunday 17:00 to 19:00; the UK Singles Chart began to be compiled in 1952.
According to the Official Charts Company's statistics, as of 1 July 2012, 1,200 singles have topped the UK Singles Chart. The precise number of chart-toppers is debatable due to the profusion of competing charts from the 1950s to the 1980s, but the usual list used is that endorsed by the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles and subsequently adopted by the Official Charts Company; the company regards a selected period of the New Musical Express chart and the Record Retailer chart from 1960 to 1969 as predecessors for the period prior to 11 February 1969, where multiples of competing charts coexisted side by side. For example, the BBC compiled its own chart based on an average of the music papers of the time; the first number one on the UK Singles Chart was "Here in My Heart" by Al Martino for the week ending date 14 November 1952. As of the week ending date 18 April 2019, the UK Singles Chart has had 1352 different number-one hits; the current number-one single is "Someone You Loved" by Lewis Capaldi.
Before the compilation of sales of records, the music market measured a song's popularity by sales of sheet music. The idea of compiling a chart based on sales originated in the United States, where the music-trade paper Billboard compiled the first chart incorporating sales figures on 20 July 1940. Record charts in the UK began in 1952, when Percy Dickins of the New Musical Express gathered a pool of 52 stores willing to report sales figures. For the first British chart Dickins telephoned 20 shops, asking for a list of the 10 best-selling songs; these results were aggregated into a Top 12 chart published in NME on 14 November 1952, with Al Martino's "Here in My Heart" awarded the number-one position. The chart became a successful feature of the periodical. Record Mirror compiled its own Top 10 chart for 22 January 1955; the NME chart was based on a telephone poll. Both charts expanded in size, with Mirror's becoming a Top 20 in October 1955 and NME's becoming a Top 30 in April 1956. Another rival publication, Melody Maker, began compiling its own chart.
It was the first chart to include Northern Ireland in its sample. Record Mirror began running a Top 5 album chart in July 1956. In March 1960, Record Retailer had a Top 50 singles chart. Although NME had the largest circulation of charts in the 1960s and was followed, in March 1962 Record Mirror stopped compiling its own chart and published Record Retailer's instead. Retailer began independent auditing in January 1963, has been used by the UK Singles Chart as the source for number-ones since the week ending 12 March 1960; the choice of Record Retailer as the source has been criticised. With available lists of which record shops were sampled to compile the charts some shops were subjected to "hyping" but, with Record Retailer being less followed than some charts, it was subject to less hyping. Additionally, Retailer was set up by independent record shops and had no funding or affiliation with record companies. However, it had a smaller sample size than some ri
Welcome to Tomorrow (Are You Ready?)
"Welcome to Tomorrow" is a 1994 song recorded by German Eurodance group Snap!, featuring Summer. It was released in September 1994 as the lead single from their third studio album, Welcome to Tomorrow; the song features vocals by American singer Summer (Paula Brown. The single was certified ‘silver’ in the United Kingdom. Billboard wrote about the song: "This time, the act that has had hits with "The Power" and "Rhythm Is A Dancer" jumps on the bandwagon with a track that fiddles with the formula by adding choral oohs and aahs to the background, as well as a line of racing, futuristic synths; this makes the single sound different enough to jump ahead of the crowded pack and score instant play."Music & Media wrote: "Does this title track to the new album reveal a new direction for the project that helped to define Euro dance? Gone are the heavy beats and the male rapper, but a female singer is still there." "Welcome To Tomorrow" entered the European airplay chart Border Breakers at number 16 on September 3, 1994 due to crossover airplay in West Central-, West-, North West-, North- and South-Europe.
It peaked at the top on October 29. The music video for "Welcome to Tomorrow" was directed by Angel, it was made as a 3-D science fiction phantasy, it features a small clip taken from the music video of their 1990 hit The Power. CD maxi "Welcome To Tomorrow" — 4:12 "Welcome To Tomorrow" — 6:20 "Welcome To Tomorrow" — 6:32Vinyl/ 12”"Welcome To Tomorrow" — 8:01 "Welcome To Tomorrow" — 6:32 “Rame” — 6:02 “Welcome to Tomorrow ” peaked in the top five in Belgium, Finland and Scotland. List of number-one singles of 1994
Cult of Snap
"Cult of Snap" is a song recorded by German Eurodance group Snap!. It was released as the third single from their debut studio album, World Power in September 1990, it was No.1 in Spain for four weeks. Snap! Performed the song on the British TV show Top of the Pops; the song was re-recorded and included on their in 2003, remix album, "The Cult of Snap!" Featuring Roy Malone. A tribal music video was released to promote the song, it sees the band members belly charming a snake. The video was directed by Liam Kan. 7" single"Cult of Snap" — 3:59 "Blasé Blasé" — 4:32CD maxi"Cult of Snap" — 6:30 "Cult of Snap" — 5:18 "Cult of Snap" — 3:59 "Cult of Snap" — 5:54German Remix CD "Cult of Snap" — 5:25 "Cult of Snap" — 4:39 "Cult of Snap" — 5:25 “Cult of Snap” peaked in the top 5 in Switzerland, Germany, Spain and Austria. List of number-one singles of 1990
Do You See the Light (Looking For)
"Do You See the Light" is a song by German eurodance group Snap!. It was released in July 1993 as the fourth and final single from their second studio album, The Madman's Return, it reached number-one in Finland and peaked within the top 10 in Austria, Denmark, Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The original version of the song "See the Light" features vocals by Thea Austin, a rap by Turbo B, can be found on the 1992 Snap! Album The Madman's Return. Female vocals of this version of the song are mistakenly reported to be by Penny Ford, a previous vocalist for Snap! Remixes of "See the Light" were included on Snap!'s 1992 release "Rhythm Is a Dancer", which feature vocals by Thea Austin. This song is a remix of their original song, "See the Light" with new lyrics written for the new front-woman Niki Haris, released in June 1993. "Do You See the Light", another remix, was released in August 2002. Billboard wrote about the song: "Someone has been listening carefully to those great old Giorgio Moroder records.
Syncopated synth rhythms à la "The Chase" are plentiful on this bracing, rave-friendly romp." 1993 version CD singleDo You See the Light 4:09 Do You See the Light 8:01 Do You See the Light 6:397" singleDo You See the Light 7" Do You See the Light 12" singleDo You See the Light Do You See the Light Do You See the Light 2002 version Snap! Vs Plaything CD singleDo You See the Light Do You See the Light * Do You See the Light UK 12" singleDo You See the Light * Do You See the Light Do You See the Light"Original Mix" refers to the original Snap Vs Plaything mix and not the 1992 or 1993 versions
"Ooops Up" is a song by German Eurodance group Snap!. It was released in May 1990 as the second single from their debut studio album World Power; the song is a re-working of "I Don't Believe You Want to Get Up and Dance". The song was a world-wide hit, reaching number-one in the Netherlands and Greece, it charted the top ten in many countries. In the song, the narrator talks about Murphy's Law, everything that went wrong during his day; the Gavin Report wrote about the song: "Reaching into The Gap Band songbook, this powerhouse outfit comes up with the perfect remake, giving it a glowing nineties treatment."Network 40 wrote: "A powerful bass busting track combining rap and song. One of the most danced to songs in the country." 1990 version12" maxiOoops Up - 6:17 Ooops Up - 6:40 Ooops Up - 5:337" singleOoops Up - 3:57 Ooops Up - 3:57CD Maxi versionOoops Up - 3:57 Ooops Up - 6:17 Ooops Up - 6:402003 version Ooops Up! - 3:20 Ooops Up! - 4:03 Ooops Up! - 4:00
The Madman's Return
The Madman's Return is Snap!'s second studio album and contains the international massive hit "Rhythm Is a Dancer", which reached No. 1 in France, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and peaked at No. 5 in the US. The album was certified platinum in Switzerland and gold in Germany and the United Kingdom but only reached No. 121 on the US Billboard 200. The album produced four singles. First editionAll Music By Benito Benites & John "Virgo" Garrett III. All Lyrics As Noted."Madman's Return" - 4:35 "Colour of Love" - 5:32 "Believe In It" - 5:08 "Who Stole It?" - 5:10 "Don't Be Shy" - 4:38 "Rhythm Is a Dancer" - 5:32 "Money" - 5:12 "See The Light" - 5:45 "Ex-Terminator" - 5:24 "Keep It Up" - 4:05 "Homeboyz" - 6:37 "Sample City" - 1:08On the original nine-track album, tracks 1 & 3-7 are published by Hanseatic/Songs Of Logic. Tracks 2 & 8 are published by Hanseatic/Songs Of Logic/Zomba Music. Track 9 is published by Hanseatic. Benito Benites, John "Virgo" Garrett III: Keyboards, drum programming Penny Ford, Durron Butler, Thea Austin: vocals Andy Plöcher, Daniel Iribarren: guitars, bass Bobby Sattler: woodwindsSecond edition"Madman's Return" - 4:35 "Colour Of Love" - 5:32 "Believe In It" - 5:08 "Who Stole It?"
- 5:10 "Don't Be Shy" - 4:38 "Rhythm Is a Dancer" - 5:32 "Money" - 5:12 "See The Light" - 5:45 "Rhythm Is A Dancer" - 3:45 "Ex-Terminator" - 5:24 "Keep It Up" - 4:05 "Homeboyz" - 6:37 "Sample City V2.01" - 1:10Third edition"Madman's Return" - 4:35 "Colour Of Love" - 5:32 "Believe In It" - 5:08 "Who Stole It?" - 5:10 "Don't Be Shy" - 4:38 "Rhythm Is a Dancer" - 5:32 "Money" - 5:12 "See The Light" - 5:45 "Rhythm Is A Dancer" - 3:45 "Exterminate" - 4:20 "Ex-Terminator" - 5:24 "Keep It Up" - 4:05 "Homeboyz" - 6:37 "Sample City V2.01" - 1:10
Rhythm Is a Dancer
"Rhythm Is a Dancer" is a song by German eurodance group Snap!. It was released in March 1992 as the second single from their second studio album The Madman's Return. Written by Benito Benites, John "Virgo" Garrett III and Thea Austin, the song was released as the second single from The Madman's Return album on 30 March 1992; the song was an international success, topping the charts in France, Italy, Netherlands and the United Kingdom. It reached the top-five on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Dance Club Songs chart, it spent six weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart, becoming the second biggest-selling single of 1992, surpassed only by Whitney Houston's version of "I Will Always Love You". In the 7" version edit of "Rhythm Is a Dancer", it features a rap verse by Turbo B. According to Miz hit. Tubes, a book which analyses the French pop charts, "This discotheque song alternates female singing in the chorus with fluid, set black male raps in the verses; these are tinted with a resonant sonority, which gives them an astonishingly melancholic softness, for a dance hit.
That gives the whole track a particular colour nostalgia."The rap lyrics on the album version are a modified version of the following lines from an essay by John Perry Barlow called "Being in Nothingness Virtual Reality and the Pioneers of Cyberspace". How like the future this place might be: a tiny world just big enough to support the cubicle of one Knowledge Worker. I feel a wave of loneliness and head back down, but I'm going too fast. I plunge into the bottomless indigo below. I can't remember how to stop and turn around. Do I point behind myself? Do I have to turn around before I can point? I flip into brain fugue; the song was released as a bonus track on "The Madman's Return" CD, did not appear on the initial vinyl release. The rap was replaced by Turbo B when it was decided that it would be released as the second single off of the record, it contains what one critic called the worst lyric of all time, "I'm as serious as cancer when I say rhythm is a dancer". The original album version of the song did not contain the line, found on the more known 7" version edit of the song, added to the album.
Although Snap! were criticized for the lyric, the line had been used in hip hop music since the late 1980s."Rhythm Is a Dancer" contains the hook/riff sample from the 1984 song "Auto Man" by Newcleus, written in the key of A minor with a tempo of 124 beats per minute in common time. The song follows a chord progression of F–G–Am, the vocals span from A3 to C5; the bassline groove repeats an A-F-G-A pattern with anticipation quavers. During the rap break the music hangs on Am/A chord/bass combination; the Gavin Report wrote about the song: "Two years ago, "The Power" dominated radio both here and abroad. Snap! Kind of dropped out of sight since and they mark their return with a Euro-Dance sound that's a mega-hit internationally. Sparks fly from start to finish."Snap! won the 1992 Echo award for the Best Selling Single of the Year with "Rhythm Is a Dancer". "Rhythm Is a Dancer" was the second single by Snap! to reach number one in the United Kingdom, the single remained six weeks at the top position in 1992, from 2 August to 13 September.
It is their biggest hit single with 492,175 sales during the original UK chart run. A massive hit across the world, it topped the chart in Germany for ten weeks. In the United States, it peaked at number five in early 1993, spent a total of 39 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. In France, "Rhythm Is a Dancer" debuted at number five on 8 August 1992, before climbing to number one four weeks later; the song thus became the first dance single to hit the number one position on the French Singles Chart. Snap! Themselves re-recorded their own song in the latter with CJ Stone, it reached number 17 on the UK Singles Chart in May 2003. On 25 May 2008, "Rhythm Is a Dancer" re-entered the UK Singles Chart at number 36, climbing as high as number 23 two weeks later. BBC Radio 1 DJs Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates theorized it was based on download performance, due to its inclusion in a television advertisement for Drench water; the music video was directed by Howard Greenhalgh and premiered in July 1992. It shows singer Thea Austin and Durron Butler playing a bass guitar in the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex's rocket garden filled with smoke.
Austin and her group perform the song on elevated platforms while a group of dancers dance on a closed ground platform below them. Interspersed throughout these scenes are animated shots of flickering astronomy/aviation maps and animated figures dancing. In the 2017 book Stars of 90's Dance Pop: 29 Hitmakers Discuss Their Careers by James Arena, singer Thea Austin said about "Rhythm Is a Dancer": VH1 placed "Rhythm Is a Dancer" at number 36 in their list of "100 Greatest Dance Songs" in 2000. MTV Dance placed the song at number four in their list of "The 100 Biggest'90s Dance Anthems of All Time" in November 2011. On 31 March 2012, "Rhythm Is a Dancer" was chosen "Best Song of the Nineties" in the Nineties Top 99 on the Belgian Radio MNM for the fourth year in a row. BuzzFeed listed the song number 30 in their "The 101 Greatest Dance Songs Of the'90s" list in 2017. "Rhythm Is a Dancer" has been covered by numerous artists including German singer Key Biscayne in 1992, Italian radio host Leone di Lernia who recorded a parody of the song in Italian, Max Deejay who recorded an instrumental cover in 1997, System Drivers in 2002, The Superb, a Brazilian rock act produced by Chilean DJ Sokio in