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11-03-2018, 19:06   #1
 
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"How was that their highest charting single?"

Can anyone think of any famous bands or music artists whose highest charting single in the UK or US was weird or less known?

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*Pearl Jam's highest charting single in the US was 'Last Kiss' (#2). In the UK, it was 'Spin the Black Circle' (#10).
*Rage Against the Machine's only top 10 single (until December '09 obviously) was "Bulls on Parade" (#8).
*MC Hammer's 'Pray', 'Too Legit to Quit', 'Have You Seen Her?' and 'Addams Groove' ALL outcharted 'U Can't Touch This' in the US. Pray was the highest charting at #2.

Anyone have any more examples?

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Sisqó's only US number one was Incomplete; Thong Song only reached #3.
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Geddy Lee of Rush's highest charting single in the US is "Take Off", a novelty single with Bob and Doug McKenzie from SCTV, outcharting anything he did with his band!
#16 to be precise - so he's never had a top 10 hit, solo OR with Rush.
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Aha's only chart-topper in the U.K. was The Sun Always Shines on TV and not the more played Take on Me which stopped at No. 2 in the U.K.

Similarly with Right Said Fred: Deeply Dippy reached No. 1 in the U.K. while the much more played I'm Too Sexy got to No. 2.
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What is the first Yes song that most people think of and most daytime radio shows play? It is of course Owner of a Lonely Heart. According to Wikipaedia, that reached No. 28 in the U.K. charts. However, back in the '70s, Wondrous Stories got to No. 7 and Going for The One got to No. 24.
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Corey Hart's 'Never Surrender' peaked at #3, four places higher than 'Sunglasses at Night'.
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And until spring 2005, Tony Christie's 'I Did What I Did for Maria' was his highest peaking at #2 - '(Is This the Way to) Amarillo?' only made #18!
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Aha's only chart-topper in the U.K. was The Sun Always Shines on TV and not the more played Take on Me which stopped at No. 2 in the U.K.

Similarly with Right Said Fred: Deeply Dippy reached No. 1 in the U.K. while the much more played I'm Too Sexy got to No. 2.
Blame Jennifer Rush and Bryan Adams' 'The Power of Love' and 'Everything I Do' for that.
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Alvin Stardust had a number of hits in the U.K. in the '70s and a few in the '80s. The song that is most associated with him is undoubtedly My Coo Ca Choo, which got to No. 2 in the charts. However, Jealous Mind was his only No. 1 in the U.K.
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AC/DC's highest charting original single in the UK is Heatseeker (#12).

The Stone Roses' is Love Spreads (#2).

Guns N Roses' cover of Knockin' on Heaven's Door outcharted Sweet Child o Mine, Welcome to the Jungle and Paradise City, reaching #2.

In the US, Metallica's highest charter was Until it Sleeps at #10. In the UK, it's the more well remembered Enter Sandman (#5).

Dire Straits' two highest charting singles in the UK were Private Investigations, which peaked at #2, being held off the top spot by Eye of the Tiger, and the far better known Walk of Life which reached #2 as well. Mark Knopfler's only UK #1 was as part of the Dunblane charity supergroup, with the very same song GNR took to #2.

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Nick Lowe's only top 10 single was "I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass" (#7). The more recognisable "Cruel to Be Kind" only reached #12.

In the US however, CTBK peaked at #12, and ILTSOBG didn't chart at all.
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Aha's only chart-topper in the U.K. was The Sun Always Shines on TV and not the more played Take on Me which stopped at No. 2 in the U.K.
Not as fan but the "The Sun Always Shines on TV" is a guilty pleasure.
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Mansun had four UK top 10s: Legacy (#7), She Makes My Nose Bleed (#9), I Can Only Disappoint U (#8) and Closed for Business (#10). Their most recognisable song, Wide Open Space, only got to #15.

And the Inspiral Carpets' best known song, This is How it Feels, reached #14 in the UK in 1990. Yet, two years later, the less-remembered Drag Me Down went to... #12.

In the US, the Who's highest charting single was "I Can See for Miles" (#9).

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Not as fan but the "The Sun Always Shines on TV" is a guilty pleasure.
Take on Me did reach #1 in the UK when it was covered by boy band A1 (remember them??) in 2000.
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Thing about charting no. 1 is that you have to the top-selling single that particular week. So where a song might be great, but the band lesser-known, single sales can burn slower - it may sell a ****load of copies over time, but just not enough in a given week to hit the top spot in the chart. People were slower to go out and buy the single until they'd heard it five or six times and decided they really like it.

However, where a band is well-known, then you have people flocking to buy their singles before they've even heard it, and regardless of whether it's any fncking good.

As a result you get examples everywhere of bands' best songs only hitting the top 10 or even 50, while some comparative duds they release hit the #1 spot because of the flood of sales in the first week.

This is likely all flipped on its head now that nobody buys singles any more. There's no commitment required to stream a song, so a band's popularity is probably less important than whether people like the song. There'll be an initial boost as fans listen to it, but if it's no good it'll just drop off again.
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