They are back! Shareable, embeddable graphics of the British Top 10 to bring us in line with the rest of the world. Thanks Official Charts, long may they continue!
So yes, Kate Bush is indeed No.1 after a reset of her streams, allowing Running Up That Hill to take its place quite deservedly as the biggest single on the planet right now. And that still hasn’t stopped being decidedly weird.
And as I’m sure everyone with even half an interest in the charts knows, by topping the charts at this particular moment Kate Bush made all kinds of fascinating records tumble. They are:
- Oldest woman to have a No.1 single.
Kate Bush is a month shy of her 64th birthday, meaning she is more than ten years older than both Cher (52 when Believe topped the charts) and Debbie Harry (54 when she sang on Blondie’s Maria) who could previously lay claim to the crown.
Some pedants grumbled that the other two women topped the charts with new material, Kate Bush has merely done so with a record she actually made when she was just 27. This is in theory a fair point, but since when did we start counting the moment someone set foot in a studio as the true date of a hit record? If I recorded a song as a 12 year old which lay undiscovered for 20 years, do I top the charts as the child I was or the 32 year old adult I am now?
In any event, the lady credited as the previous solo record holder was made aware of the situation and has notably conceded her crown: