Richard Cooper, founder of homeless charity Foot Works speaks to Chamberbreakers. The Vera Lynn rendition of the song reached the top after actor Laurence Fox urged his , Twitter followers to buy the song in defiance of the BBC. Multiple versions of the song shot up the charts, with the Vera Lynn version reaching the summit on the same day the campaign started. Here are a few other unlikely songs that beat all the odds and reached the top end of the pop charts…. The song was re-released as part of a battle to stop the X Factor winner achieving the Christmas number one slot for the fifth year in a row. It seems as though is the year of the political statement song as Come Out Ye Black And Tans also reached number one on the iTunes chart in January. Several politicians said they would not attend the commemoration after a public backlash to its links to the Black and Tans — constables recruited into the RIC as reinforcements during the Irish War of Independence. Both songs were raising proceeds for food bank charity The Trussell Trust. Away from songs with a political statement behind them, there are some that defy belief by reaching number one just by being bad.
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The Official Chart, broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and MTV Official UK Top 40 , is the UK music industry's recognised official measure of singles and albums popularity because it is the most comprehensive research panel of its kind, today surveying over 15, retailers and digital services daily, capturing The OCC website contains the Top chart. The chart week runs from Friday to midnight Thursday,  with most UK physical and digital singles being released on Fridays. From 3 August until 5 July , the chart week ran from Sunday to midnight Saturday.
Since July it has also incorporated streaming data, and from 10 July has been based on a Friday to Thursday week. The chart was founded in by Percy Dickins of New Musical Express NME , who telephoned 20 record stores to ask what their top 10 highest-selling singles were. Dickins aggregated the results into a top 12 hit parade , which was topped by " Here in My Heart " by Al Martino. NME ' s chart was published each week in its eponymous magazine. The act that has achieved the most number ones is American entertainer Elvis Presley , who has topped the chart 21 times — Presley's second number one, " Jailhouse Rock " was the first single ever to debut at the top of the chart. In the s the required number of sales needed to top the chart was roughly , Eventually, streaming was incorporated into the sales chart. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.