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The Irish Singles Chart was first published on 1 October 1962, and since then we have had a good idea of what Irish people have been listening to.

But the Irish charts were not without their controversy. At the start the “sales” were calculated by how many records the music companies shipped to retailers. We can all agree that these figures weren’t an exact science. But nevertheless, the charts were first broadcast on RTÉ on 1 October 1962. But now, in 2014, the sales figures are collated from online downloads and electronically-gathered information from music retailers across the country.

The first Irish artist to go straight in at number one was Dickie Rock &The Miami Showband with the song  “Every Step of the Way” (1965)


Artists with the most number one hits

-U2 had an astounding 21 number ones in Ireland.

-The Beatles and Westlife both had 13 number one hits.

-ABBA had 12 number ones.

-Boyzone, Cliff Richard and Michael Jackson had 9 number ones.

– 8 number one hits came from Dickie Rock and The Miami Showband, Elvis Presley, Madonna and Britney Spears.

There were 7 number one hits from Dustin the Turkey, Kylie Minogue and Eminem.


Songs with the most weeks at number one

1. 18 weeks – “Riverdance” – Bill Whelan

2. 13 weeks – “Put ‘Em Under Pressure” – The Republic Of Ireland World Cup Squad

3. 12 weeks – “I Gotta Feeling” – The Black Eyed Peas

4. 11 weeks – “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen and “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” – Bryan Adams

6. 10 weeks – “Mull of Kintyre” – Wings and “Maniac 2000” – Mark McCabe

7. 9 weeks – “From a Jack to a King” – Ned Miller

“All Kinds of Everything” – Dana

“You’re the One That I Want” – John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John

“Think Twice” – Celine Dion and “Where Is the Love?” – The Black Eyed Peas

“Hips Don’t Lie” – Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean

“I Useta Lover” – The Saw Doctors

“Do the Bartman” – The Simpsons


The History of Irish number ones

What we were listening to?


This is a list of singles which topped the Irish Singles Chart in 1970.

Issue Date           Song/Artist

2-30 January       Two Little Boys /Rolf Harris

6-27 February     Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)/Edison Lighthouse

6-13 March         Wand’rin’ Star /Lee Marvin

20-March 15 April  All Kinds of Everything/Dana

22 May Spirit in the Sky/ Norman Greenbaum

29 May Question/Moody Blues

5-19 Jun               Yellow River / Christie

19-26 Jun 21 Years/ Dermot Hegarty

3 Jul       In the Summertime/Mungo Jerry

10 Jul     Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha/Cliff Richard

17-24 Jul               In the Summertime/Mungo Jerry

31 Jul     The Wonder of You/Elvis Presley

7 Aug     Lola/The Kinks

14-28 Aug The Wonder of You/Elvis Presley

4-18 Sep               21 Years/ Dermot Hegarty

25 Sep   Which Way You Goin’ Billy?/The Poppy Family

2-6 Nov Oct        Band of Gold/Freda Payne

13-20 Nov            New World In The Morning/ Roger Whittaker

27 Nov  I’ll Forgive And I’ll Try To Forget /Margo

4-11 Dec               New World in the Morning /Roger Whittaker

18 Dec   If Those Lips Could Only Speak /Dermot Henry

25 Dec   I Hear You Knocking /Dave Edmunds




This is a list of singles which have reached number one on the Irish Singles Chart in 1980.

Week ending     Song/Artist

5-12 January       Another Brick in the Wall /Pink Floyd

26 Jan-2 Feb       Brass in Pocket /The Pretenders

No charts exist for 34 weeks due to a strike.

4-25 October       Don’t Stand So Close to Me /The Police

1-22 November   Woman in Love /Barbra Streisand

29 Nov-13 Dec    Super Trouper /ABBA

20-27 December     There’s No-one Quite Like Grandma/St Winifred’s School Choir



The number-one singles of 1990.

Issue Date           Song/Artist

4-11 January        Do They Know It’s Christmas? /Band Aid II

18 January           Hangin’ Tough /New Kids On The Block

25 Jan- 1 March  Nothing Compares 2 U/Sinéad O’Connor

8 March                Love Shack /The B-52’s

15 March              Brits Mix 1990 /Various Artists

22-29 March       That Sounds Good To Me /Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers

5 April- 3 May    The By-road to Glenroe /Mick Lally

10 May Give        It A Lash Jack /Liam Harrison & The Goal Celebrities

17 May                 The Game /The Memories

31 May-23 Aug   Put ‘Em Under Pressure /The Republic of Ireland Football Squad

30 August            Yellow Polka Dot Bikini/Bombalurina

6-13 September      The Joker/The Steve Miller Band

20 Sept-1 Nov    I Useta Lover /The Saw Doctors

8-15 November                Unchained Melody /The Righteous Brothers

22-29 November              Ooh Aah Paul McGrath /Watch Your House

6 December       Ice Ice Baby /Vanilla Ice

13-27 December               The Christmas No 1 /Zig and Zag




Irish Singles Chart number-ones of 2000.

Issue Date           Song /Artist

1-15 January       I Have a Dream/Seasons in the Sun /Westlife

22 January           Born to Make You Happy /Britney Spears

29 Jan-5 Feb  Silence /Delerium

12 February        Go Let It Out /Oasis

19 February        Rise /Gabrielle

26 February        Pure Shores /All Saints

4 March                Maniac 2000 /Mark McCabe

11 March-13 May  Bad Touch /Bloodhound Gang

20 May-3 June   Gotta Tell You /Samantha Mumba

17 June – 15th July Life Is A Rollercoaster /Ronan Keating

22 July   The Real Slim Shady/Eminem

29 July -5 August             Rock DJ/Robbie Williams

12 August- 2 Sept             Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love) /Spiller

9-16 September               Lady (Hear Me Tonight)/Modjo

23 September   Against All Odds /Mariah Carey featuring Westlife

30 Sept- 14 Oct   Beautiful Day /U2

21 October-4 Nov  My Love /Westlife

11-25 November Can’t Fight the Moonlight /LeAnn Rimes

2-30 December Stan /Eminem featuring Dido




The best-performing singles in Ireland in 2013

Issue date           Song/Artist     

3 January             “Impossible” /James Arthur

10-17 January    “Scream & Shout” / featuring Britney Spears

24 January-14 Feb “Thrift Shop” /Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz

21 February        “One Way or Another” /One Direction

28 February        “Let Her Go” /Passenger

7-21 March “High Hopes” /Kodaline

28 March-4 April  “Just Give Me a Reason”/Pink featuring Nate Ruess

11 April Pompeii /Bastille

18-25 April           “Get Lucky” /Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams

2-16 May             “Blurred Lines” /Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell

4 July     “Wake Me Up!”/Avicii

11 July-22 August             “Roar” /Katy Perry

29 August            “The Last Great Love Song”    /Finbar Furey

5 September-3 Oct          “Roar”/Katy Perry

10 October          “Royals” /Lorde

17 October          “Wings” /Birdy

24 October          “Royals”   /Lorde

31 October          “Story of My Life” /One Direction

7-14 November                “The Monster” /Eminem featuring Rihanna

21- November 12 Dec    “Somewhere Only We Know” /Lily Allen

19-26 December               “Skyscraper” /Sam Bailey


You are going to look for a few of these on Youtube now, aren’t you…..


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