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...Greatest Hits. Paul blends digital tracks from this week's US charts of songs, albums, R&B, country and rock hits with LP and singles classics from the last six decades.

Paul Gambaccini presents tracks from this week's US charts and hits from the last six decades.

In the feature 'Headline News [Number one albums on noteworthy days]' we hear the title track of 'Dancing On The Ceiling' by Lionel Richie. It was number one on 23rd September 1986, the day on which the rose was chosen as the national flower of the United States. We also hear 'You' from Bonnie Raitt's album 'Longing In Their Hearts'. It was number one on 12th April 1994. On this day: two lawyers issued the first commercial Usenet spam, ending the original 'netiquette' of the Internet and beginning the spam era. In the regular feature 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face', tracks are played from albums by Thin Lizzy and Sugarland.

In 'A Matter Of Life And Death' Paul celebrates the birthday of Nicole Scherzinger of Pussycat Dolls by playing the hit 'Don't Cha'. As a tribute to Slim Whitman who has recently died, we hear his country hit 'Indian Love Call'. 'It's Not The Same Old Song' highlights 'Here Comes The Judge' by Shorty Long and Pigmeat Markham. In the feature called 'Both Sides Now', Paul plays a single by an American artist that was a hit in the UK but not in the US and an American hit by a British artist that was not a hit in the UK.

Our R&B Number Ones are from 1967 and this week by Aretha Franklin and Alicia Keys. We hear Country number ones from 1958 and now by Johnny Cash and Florida Georgia Line. This week's featured past and present Rock number ones are by Survivor and Imagine Dragons. Black Sabbath's '13' is the week's number one album. 'Blurred Lines' by Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell Williams is the best-selling song of the week.

1 hour, 57 minutes

Music Played

  • Frank Sinatra

    Chicago

    This day in 1889: Several townships voted to be annexed by Chicago, creating the largest US city in area and, in population, second largest to New York City

  • Goo Goo Dolls

    Rebel Beat

    New Entry in the Top Ten of the Album Chart: Magnetic

  • Lionel Richie

    Dancing On The Ceiling

    Headline News [Number one albums on noteworthy days] Dancing On The Ceiling - Lionel Richie (23rd September 1986) On this date: The rose was chosen as the national flower of the United States.

  • Chrisette Michele

    A Couple Of Forevers

    New Entry in the Top Twenty of the Album Chart: Better

  • The Pussycat Dolls

    Don't Cha (feat. Busta Rhymes)

    Born 1978: Nicole Scherzinger

  • Slim Whitman

    Indian Love Call

    Slim Whitman - born 20th January 1924; died 19th June 2013

  • Nicholas David

    Say Goodbye

    New Entry in the Album Chart: Say Goodbye

  • Aretha Franklin

    Respect

    R&B Number One this date in 1967

  • Alicia Keys

    FIRE WE MAKE (duet with Maxwell)

    Adult R&B Number One: second week

  • Boards of Canada

    Reach For The Dead

    British talent in the Top Twenty of the American Album Chart: Tomorrow’s Harvest

  • Shorty Long

    Here Comes The Judge

    It’s Not The Same Old Song: Number Eight in 1968 (#4 R&B)

  • Pigmeat Markham

    Here Comes The Judge

    It’s Not The Same Old Song: Number Nineteen in 1968 (#4 R&B)

  • Yolo

    (featuring Adam Levine & Kendrick Lamar)

    New Entry in the Top Ten of the Album Chart: The Wack Album

  • Thin Lizzy

    The Boys Are Back In Town

    The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (debut hit albums) Jailbreak - Thin Lizzy (17th April 1976)

  • Jack Johnson

    I Got You

    Top Forty

  • Marvin Gaye

    Abraham, Martin And John

    Both Sides Now: Not a single in the US; reached Number Nine in the UK in 1970

  • The Beatles

    Do You Want To Know A Secret?

    Both Sides Now: Not a single in the UK; Number Two in the US in 1964

  • Jimmy Eat World

    I Will Steal You Back

    New Entry in the Top Twenty of the American Album Chart: Damage

  • Bonnie Raitt

    You

    Headline News [Number one albums on noteworthy days] Longing In Their Hearts - Bonnie Raitt (12th April 1994) On this day: two lawyers issued the first commercial Usenet spam, ending the original ‘netiquette’ and beginning the spam era.

  • Johnny Cash

    Guess Things Happen That Way

    Country Number One this date in 1958

  • Florida Georgia Line

    Cruise

    Current Country Sales Number One: seventeenth week

  • Survivor

    Eye Of The Tiger

    Rock Number One this date in 1982 [theme from Rocky III]

  • Imagine Dragons

    Radioactive

    Current Rock Number One: fifteenth week

  • Sugarland

    Something More

    The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (debut hit albums) Twice The Speed Of Life - Sugarland (5th September 2005)

  • Black Sabbath

    God Is Dead?

    Number One in the Album Chart: NEW - 13

  • Bill Conti

    Gonna Fly Now

    Number One this date in 1977

  • Enrique Iglesias

    Be With You

    Number One this date in 2003

  • Robin Thicke

    BLURRED LINES (featuring Pharrell)

    Current Number One: third week

  • Chuck Berry

    Come On

    Covered on The Riolling Stones' first single

  • Arthur Alexander

    You Better Move On

    Covered on EP The Rolling Stones

  • Marvin Gaye

    Can I Get A Witness

    Covered on first LP The Rolling Stones

  • Muddy Waters

    I Just Want To Make Love To You

    Covered on first LP The Rolling Stones

  • The Valentinos

    It's All Over Now

    Covered on their first number one single

  • Howlin’ Wolf

    The Red Rooster

    Covered on their second number one single

  • Irma Thomas

    Time Is On My Side

    Covered on second LP The Rolling Stones No. 2

  • Solomon Burke

    Everybody Needs Somebody To Love

    Covered on second LP The Rolling Stomnes No. 2

  • Don Covay & The Goodtimers

    Mercy, Mercy

    On third LP Out Of Our Heads

  • Otis Redding

    That's How Strong My Love Is

    On third LP Out Of Our Heads

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