15 times Scotland ruled the top of the UK music charts

For any aspiring new music act, there can be no greater feeling than scoring that first UK number one.

Lewis Capaldi.

According to data compiled by the Official Charts Company, there have been a total of 44 songs by Scottish artists that have hit number 1 in the UK since the charts began in 1952.

From the days of Glasgow-born skiffle legend Lonnie Donegan ruling the charts in the 1950s, right up to the present day and the likes of sea shanty icon Nathan Evans and Lewis Capaldi us Scots are no strangers to being crowned kings and queens of the charts.

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With the news that Whitburn band the Snuts have soared to the top of the UK album charts on Friday, we take take a look at 15 times Scots were top of the pops.

Who had a number one hit with Ob La Di Ob La Da? It's a great pub quiz question, because it certainly wasn't the Beatles. That owner goes to Glasgow band Marmalade.

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Despite the name, there was nothing middle of the road about this Abba-esque Glasgow group, who scored a UK number one with a slice of novelty pop called Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep.
There have been few pop acts before or since that captured the zeitgeist of their era quite like the Bay City Rollers did in the mid-1970s. The tartan clad lads' cover of the Four Seasons' "Bye, Bye, Baby" stayed at number one in the UK for six weeks in March and April 1975
The Big Yin's parody of Tammy Wynette classic D.I.V.O.R.C.E served to increase the legendary comedian's popularity in the 1970s.
Under the name Aneka, Edinburgh pop/folk singer Mary Sandeman spent one week at the top of the charts in August 1981 with the tune Japanese Boy.
Sharing the honour with English singer Elaine Paige, Fife's Barbara Dickson enjoyed chart stardom in 1985 with the duet I Know Him So Well. The song went on to achieve worldwide success.
Glasgow group Simple Minds were huge around the world in the 1980s, but surprisingly, they tasted number one success just the once. Chart topper Belfast Child was a rewrite of the Celtic song She Moved Through the Fair and described the ongoing troubles in Northern Ireland.
Aberdeen ravers the Shamen tasted international commercial success in '92 with dance tune Ebenezer Goode, which sparked great controversy for its repeating chorus line that appeared to advocate recreational drug use. Initially banned by the BBC, the song, predictably, soared to the top of the charts.
When the Bluebells split in the 1980s, they could scarcely have imagined the success that awaited them in the following decade. Their tune Young at Heart was picked up by Volkswagen, who used it in one of their ads, prompting the Bluebells' old record label to reissue it as a single. The group temporarily reformed to play it on Top of the Pops.
It's been cited by former lead singer Marti Pellow as the song that broke the Wets, but this 1994 cover of the Troggs classic threatened to stay top of the charts for eternity. It spent an astonishing 15 weeks at the top, before Pellow demanded its deletion.
Glasgow's Darius Danesh shot to almost instant fame after appearing on Simon Cowell's Pop Idol. Proving popular with fans, Darius enjoyed brief chart success with Colourblind released in 2002.
Aberdeenshire singer-songwriter hit the jackpot with her debut single, which soared to number one in the UK, Ireland, Scotland, and, most impressively, Australia, where it stayed top for an incredible 10 weeks.
No other Scottish artist has tasted number one success as many times as Calvin Harris. The Dumfries-born superstar DJ has notched an incredible 10 chart-toppers, and collaborated with some of the biggest names in the business, including Rihanna, Dua Lipa and Pharrell Williams.
With the Snuts and Lewis Capaldi taking the UK charts by storm, t appears that Whitburn is the new epicentre of pop. Capaldi shot to stardom in early 2019, when debut single Somone You Loved enjoyed a six-week run at number one. Follow-up Before You Go (2020), also reached the top.
As the latest Scot to score a UK number one, Nathan Evans was also the unlikeliest. The former postie and TikTok star went viral at the start of the year with his rendition of 19th century sea shanty Wellerman and released the song as a single. Or should that be shingle?

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