Various - The Best Number One Singles in the World... Ever!

As the re-election of George Bush and Robbie Williams' entry into the UK Music Hall of Fame prove, the majority aren't always right. In fact, they are often wrong. It may then come as a shock that a compilation entitled The Best Number One Singles in the World... Ever!!! isn't a load of number twos.

The PR blurb states we are "approaching the 1000th Number One hit single". Why we should care, I don't know, as surely most music fans reach a point in life where the chart becomes irrelevant. Anyway, the compilers had a wide range of music to choose from, and have thankfully selected (mainly) songs which are either (a) good or (b) you can grudgingly see the point of. There are none of those Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter-style freak number ones (which, come to think of it, may have made for a more interesting listen), but, thankfully, there is no Bryan Adams either. Or Whitney Houston.

From classic 60s Motown (Baby Love, I Heard it Through The Grapevine) to maybe-the-80s-weren't-so-bad-after-all tunes like Tainted Love and Two Tribes, this is often brilliant, even if recent choices, with the exception of Beautiful Day, are a let down. As represented here, Robbie, Kylie and Oasis aren't a patch on Rod, Blondie or The Kinks.

For those who care about such matters, or are just seeking a little nostalgia, The Best Number One Singles in the World... Ever!!! offers a decent tracklisting, and occasional proof that - gasp! - the majority can sometimes, just sometimes, be right.

Overall

8

out of 10

Last updated: 19/04/2018 11:02:35

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