Best Bands and Artists Without Number 1 Single in the UK

Mention these singers or bands and ask people to name one of their number one hits and you normally get a reply that quotes a famous soundtrack.

But there's a snag, the listed have never had the privileges of closing top of the pops or being the last song played before the 7pm Sunday radio news. Yep these have never had a Number 1 in the UK

The Top Ten



Yes the UKs biggest selling heavy rock band have had literally dozens of charted hits but have hit the number 1 spot.

1 December 2012 in fact was the only time the multiple platinum album sellers made the singles top 10 hitting number 4 thanks to downloads - BogsDollocks

2 Bob Marley Bob Marley Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim.

Nothing to wail about here, even in death Iron lion Zion in September 1992 failed reaching number 5 - BogsDollocks

He should have got a #1. I guess its not proper pop music in all honesty - jmepa1234

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4 Amy Winehouse Amy Winehouse Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz. She is also a well-known member of the 27 Club, as she overdosed on alcohol at age 27.

I must admit she was never my favourite singer - jmepa1234

5 James Brown James Brown
6 Bruce Springsteen
7 Radiohead
8 Joy Division Joy Division Joy Division were an English rock band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. Originally named Warsaw, the band consisted of singer Ian Curtis, guitarist and keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook, and drummer Stephen Morris.
9 Depeche mode Depeche mode Depeche Mode are an English electronic and synth-pop band formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. The group's original line-up consisted of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher, and Vince Clarke.
10 The Who

The Contenders

11 Nirvana Nirvana Nirvana was an American grunge band that was formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana disbanded after Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. The drummer of the band, David Grohl, went on to start the Foo-Fighters, an alternative rock band. more.

Could quite easily have been in top 10 - BogsDollocks

12 The Cure The Cure The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley, West Sussex, in 1976. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist and principal songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member.
13 The Smiths The Smiths The Smiths were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1982. The band consisted of vocalist Morrissey, guitarist Johnny Marr, bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce. V 2 Comments
14 Madness

Sorry but house of fun gave madness their first number and only number 1. Suggs also scored a number 1 with cilia (check spelling) - BogsDollocks

15 Panic! at the Disco Panic! at the Disco Panic! at the Disco is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 and featuring the current lineup of vocalist Brendon Urie, accompanied on tour by bassist Dallon Weekes, guitarist Kenneth Harris, and drummer Dan Pawlovich.
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