Welcome to this week’s #ThrowbackTunesday! In case you missed the first installment last week, every Tuesday we bring you a specially curated Spotify playlist of five songs that were huge hits on the UK charts this exact week at five points in the last 25 years – 2013, 2008, 2003, 1998 and 1993.
It’s time to see what classic songs we’ve got on this week’s playlist for your Tuesday…
- 1993: Charles & Eddie – Would I Lie To You?
- 1998: All Saints – Never Ever
- 2003: Electric Six – Danger! High Voltage
- 2008: Robyn – Be Mine
- 2013: will.I.am feat. Britney Spears – Scream & Shout
And our favourite from this week’s #ThrowbackTunesday playlist is…
- ARTIST: All Saints
- SONG: Never Ever
- ALBUM: All Saints
Pub quiz trivia for you now. Which record sold more copies than any other in UK chart history before it reached number one? Answer: All Saints’ legendary second single (and the first single we ever bought, fact fans), and the song that arguably bought them to the mega success they subsequently enjoyed.
Although their first single ‘I Know Where It’s At’ had made a respectable #4 debut in September 1997 for Shaznay, Nicole, Melanie and Natalie, it was ‘Never Ever’, a haunting, soulful pop ballad about a doomed relationship, produced by no less personage than Cameron McVey (Massive Attack and Neneh Cherry to name but two of his other notable credits) that sent their profile sky high.
Released at the end of November 1997, it took a whole nine weeks for it to finally reach the top of the UK charts in January, by which point it had sold over 900,000 copies, on its way to becoming a million selling single.
And a few weeks later, following it’s chart triumph, ‘Never Ever’ won the ladies two BRIT Awards for Best Single and Best Video. In their memorable tear stained acceptance speech, Shaznay, who had written the song said: ‘It’s funny how something good can come out of such a bad situation.’ Something to give us all hope there, I think, don’t you?
Check out the full playlist here, and let us know what your favourite hit from the past is this week on our Twitter with the hashtag #ThrowbackTunesday!