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Every Official UK Number 1 single by Welsh acts

March 1st marks a celebration of the patron saint of Wales, St. David.

St. David is a pillar of Welsh history, so we wanted to also celebrate some similar icons of popular music, including Sir Tom Jones, Stereophonics, Bonnie Tyler, Dame Shirley Bassey, and, of course, Duffy!

The full list of every UK Number 1 single by a Welsh artist is at the bottom of the page, but first thing’s first, let’s take a closer look at a selection of Wales’ finest pop exports…
YEAR TITLE ARTIST
1958 AS I LOVE YOU SHIRLEY BASSEY
1960 TELL LAURA I LOVE HER RICKY VALANCE
1961 REACH FOR THE STARS/CLIMB EV’RY MOUNTAIN SHIRLEY BASSEY
1965 IT’S NOT UNUSUAL TOM JONES
1966 GREEN GREEN GRASS OF HOME TOM JONES
1968 THOSE WERE THE DAYS MARY HOPKIN
1969 (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE AMEN CORNER
1970 I HEAR YOU KNOCKING DAVE EDMUNDS
1981 THE OLE HOUSE SHAKIN’ STEVENS
1981 GREEN DOOR SHAKIN’ STEVENS
1982 OH JULIE SHAKIN’ STEVENS
1983 TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART BONNIE TYLER
1985 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE SHAKIN’ STEVENS
1998 IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT MANIC STREET PREACHERS
2000 THE MASSES AGAINST THE CLASSES MANIC STREET PREACHERS
2005 DAKOTA STEREOPHONICS
2008 MERCY DUFFY
2009 ISLANDS IN THE STREAM VANESSA JENKINS & BRYN WEST FT TOM JONES& ROBIN GIBB
2011 LOUDER DJ FRESH FT SIAN EVANS

List from the Official Charts Company