Number ones from Wales

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Here we look at the chart-topping singles from Wales, blasting to the top of the hit parade around the world.

Number crunching

  • 22 UK Number Ones
  • 9 international Number Ones
  • First: Shirley Bassey - As I Love You
  • Latest: DJ Fresh ft Sian Evans - Louder
  • 20 Number One artists
  • 15 male artists
  • 6 female artists


Ricky Valance - Tell Laura I Love Her (UK number one, August 1960)
Ricky Valance - Jimmy's Girl (number one in Austria and Scandinavia, 1960)


Ricky Valance - Moving Away (number one in Austria and Scandinavia, 1961)
Shirley Bassey - Reach For The Stars / Climb Ev'ry Mountain (UK number one, July 1961)


Tom Jones - It's Not Unusual (UK number one, February 1965)
Spencer Davis Group - Keep On Running (UK number one, December 1965)

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Spencer Davis Group - Somebody Help Me (UK number one, March 1966)
Tom Jones - Green, Green Grass Of Home (UK Christmas number one, November 1966)
Watch a documentary clip about the song


Tom Jones - Delilah (German and Swiss number one, February 1968)
Mary Hopkin - Those Were The Days (UK, German, Swiss and US Adult Contemporary number one, September 1968)


Amen Corner - (If Paradise Is) Half As Nice (UK number one, January 1969)


Dave Edmunds - I Hear You Knocking (UK Christmas number one, November 1970)


Bonnie Tyler - It's A Heartache (French, Swedish and Norwegian number one, 1977)


Steve Strange's Visage - Fade To Grey (German and Swiss number one, November 1980)


Shakin' Stevens - This Ole House (UK number one, February 1981)
Watch Shakin' Stevens performing This Ole House on The Little And Large Show
Shakin' Stevens - Green Door (UK number one, July 1981)


Shakin' Stevens - Oh Julie (UK number one, January 1982)


Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart (UK, US, French and Norwegian number one, February 1983)
Watch Bonnie Tyler performing Total Eclipse Of The Heart on Top Of The Pops
The Flying Pickets - Only You (UK Christmas number one, November 1983)
Watch The Flying Pickets performing Only You on Top Of The Pops


Shakin' Stevens - Merry Christmas Everyone (UK Christmas number one, December 1985)
Watch Shakin' Stevens performing Merry Christmas Everyone on Top Of The Pops


World Party - Way Down Now (US Modern Rock chart number one, 1990)


Donna Lewis - Love Him (US Dance Chart number one, 1998)
Manic Street Preachers - If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next (UK number one, September 1998)


Manic Street Preachers - The Masses Against The Classes (UK number one, January 2000)


Feeder - Buck Rogers (South African number one, January 2001)
Watch Feeder performing Buck Rogers on Top Of The Pops


Bonnie Tyler - Si Demain (Turn Around) (French number one, 2003)


Lostprophets - Last Train Home (US Alternative Chart number one, April 2004)


Stereophonics - Dakota (UK number one, February 2005)


Duffy - Mercy (UK, French, Dutch and Swiss number one, February 2008)
Watch Duffy performing Mercy on Later... With Jools Holland


Ruth Jones, Tom Jones and Rob Brydon - Barry Islands In The Stream (UK number one, March 2009)


DJ Fresh ft Sian Evans - Louder (UK number one, July 2011)

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