General Election playlist: Every UK number one from past election days
With so much vitriolic rhetoric flying across party lines over the last few weeks, months, well years actually, we thought we’d lighten the mood on this election day and bring you a playlist perfect for any General Election shindigs you may have on tonight.
We’ve pulled together every number one from every election year since the charts began to bring you one hell of a playlist chock full of bonafide bangers.
It can be very easy to get disenfranchised with the state of politics and the divisions it has recently been causing with an ever-increasing and always devastating effect. But with the polls closing in a matter of hours, if you’ve voted already now is the time to sit back and reflect on the past and hope for the future.
If you haven’t yet cast your vote then what the bloody hell are you doing? Get out there.
Below is a complete playlist of the songs which reached number one on the day of previous elections. It’s an eclectic mix, as you might expect. While traversing the mercurial magic of 20th-century music sees spots on the playlist for Suzi Quatro, Roy Orbison, Shakespeare Sisters and other great acts, it all ends with a bit of a bump for the now virtually invalid charts, ending with that earworm to end all earworms, ‘Despacito’.
Alas, we don’t make the rule, we just make the playlists. Find the full list below and the playlist below that.
1955 – Conservative win – ‘Stranger in Paradise’, Tony Bennett
1959 – Conservative win – ‘Only Sixteen’, Craig Douglas
1964 – Labour win – ‘Oh Pretty Woman’, Roy Orbison
1966 – Labour win – ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine No More’, The Walker Brothers
1970 – Conservative win – ‘In The Summertime’, Mungo Jerry
1974 – Labour win – ‘Devil Gate Drive’, Suzi Quatro
1974 – Labour win – ‘Kung Fu Fighting’, Carl Perkins
1979 – Conservative win – ‘Bright Eyes’, Art Garfunkel
1983 – Conservative win – ‘Every Breath You Take’, The Police