28 November 2022

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This week it's all about: Legendary No1 Performers

All the soloists or groups in this playlist have enjoyed at least 10 number 1 songs over the course of the 1950s through to the present day. This includes such as Elvis, The Beatles, The Bee Gees, Michael Jackson, Ed Sheeran, Madonna, Calvin Harris, Westlife, Take That and Oasis.

Significant achievements for these artists include: 

  • Elvis’ songs spent a world record 1155 weeks in the UK charts. 
  • The Beatles’ song ‘Yesterday’ is the most covered in pop music history, having been arranged 1600 times by artists ranging from Frank Sinatra to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. 
  • As well as being performers, the Bee Gees were talented composers and wrote famous songs for other artists as ’Islands in the Stream’ for Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers and ‘Chain Reaction’ for Diana Ross. 
  • Two Michael Jackson albums, ‘Thriller’ and ‘Bad’ are the two highest selling for a male artist in UK chart history. 
  • A final odd chart fact is that Ed Sheeran has had 3 songs which have replaced his own previous song at no1.

MABAL is music played through the school's tannoy system during break and lunch.  Chosen by Mr Taylor, Lead Teacher for Music, this is designed to offer exposure to the curriculum in different ways, and support pupils' appreciation of music.


The focus is on one theme each week across a genre, a country or from history.  The theme could also link to the season or an event in school, such as the production.  Any further suggestions are welcomed - pupils should see Mr Taylor or email a.taylor@priory.lancs.sch.uk 

Tags: Music