Here’s a full list of UK number one songs throughout the years - and Instagram 30 Day Song Challenge explained

Wednesday, 1st April 2020, 12:02 pm
Updated Wednesday, 1st April 2020, 12:04 pm
Are you taking part in the 30 Day Song Challenge on Instagram? (Photo: Shutterstock)
Are you taking part in the 30 Day Song Challenge on Instagram? (Photo: Shutterstock)

The latest craze to be taking over Instagram is the 30 Day Song Challenge, which sees music fans post a new song to their story each day in response to 30 different prompts.

One of these asks users to choose the UK’s number one song from the year they were born.

Here’s a full list of chart topping hits throughout the years - and everything else you should know about the challenge.

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What is the 30 Day Song Challenge?

The 30 Day Song Challenge on Instagram offers users a template with a song prompt per day for 30 days.

Each day you should post a picture and your chosen song on your Instagram story.

On day 18, the prompt is: “A song from the year you were born.”

While you could choose any old song from the year you were born, many people are opting for the best-selling song that year.

What song was number one when I was born?

Since there are multiple number ones throughout the years, here is a list of the best-selling songs that reached number one each year.

We’ve started from 1952, the year the UK’s first singles chart was created.

1952 - Here in My Heart by Al Martino1953 - I Believe by Fankie Laine1954 - Secret Love by Doris Day1955 - Rose Marie by Slim Whitman1956 - I’ll Be Home by Pat Boone1957 - Diana by Paul Anka1958 - Jailhouse Rock by Elvis Presley1959 - Living Doll by Cliff Richard and The Shadows1960 - It’s Now or Never by Elvis Presley1961 - Wooden Heart by Elvis Presley1962 - I Remember You by Frank Ifield1963 - She Loves You by The Beatles1964 - Can’t Buy Me Love by The Beatles1965 - Tears by Ken Dodd1966 - Green, Green Grass of Home by Tom Jones1967 - Release Me by Englebert Humperdinck1968 - Hey Jude by The Beatles1969 - Sugar, Sugar by The Archies1970 - In the Summertime by Mungo Jerry1971 - My Sweet Lord by George Harrison1972 - Amazing Grace by The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards1973 - Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree by Dawn ft Tony Orlando1974 - Tiger Feet by Mud1975 - Bye Bye Baby by Bay City Rollers1976 - Save Your Kisses for Me by Brotherhood of Man1977 - Mull of Kintyre/Girls’ School by Wings1978 - Rivers of Babylon by Boney M1979 - Bright Eyes by Art Garfunkle1980 - Don’t Stand So Close to Me by The Police1981 - Tainted Love by Soft Cell1982 - Come On Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners and the Emerald Express1983 - Karma Chameleon by Culture Club1984 - Do They Know It’s Christmas? by Band Aid1985 - The Power of Love by Jennifer Rush1986 - Don’t Leave Me This Way by The Communards1987 - Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley1988 - Mistletoe and Wine by Cliff Richard1989 - Ride On Time by Black Box1990 - Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers1991 - (Everything I Do) I Do It for You by Bryan Adams1992 - I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston1993 - I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) by Meat Loaf1994 - Love Is All Around by Wet Wet Wet1995 - Unchained Melody/(There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover by Robson Green and Jerome Flynn1996 - Killing Me Softly by Fugees1997 - Candle in the Wind/Something About the Way You Look Tonight by Elton John1998 - Believe by Cher1999 - Baby One More Time by Britney Spears2000 - Can We Fix It by Bob the Builder2001 - It Wasn’t Me by Shaggy2002 - Anything is Possible/Evergreen by Will Young2003 - Where is the Love by The Black Eyed Peas2004 - Do They Know It’s Christmas? by Band Aid 202005 - Is This the Way to Amarillo by Tony Christie ft Peter Kay2006 - Crazy by Gnarls Barkley2007 - Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis2008 - Hallelujah by Alexandra Burke2009 - Poker Face by Lady Gaga2010 - Just the Way You Are (Amazing) by Bruno Mars2011 - Someone Like You by Adele2012 - Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye ft Kimbra2013 - Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke ft T.I and Pharrell2014 - Happy by Pharrell Williams2015 - Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars2016 - One Dance by Drake ft Wizkid and Kyla2017 - Shape of You by Ed Sheeran2018 - One Kiss by Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa2019 - Someone You Loved by Lewis Capaldi

As previously mentioned, there are multiple number ones throughout the years, so if you want to check what the number one was the day you were born, you can head to the This Day in Music website.

Simply enter your birthday and it’ll show you the number one from that day - not just from the UK, but other countries as well.