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8 songs that topped the Irish charts (that you may have forgotten)

You probably heard it incessantly on the radio at the time. Since then… not so much.

FROM KATE WINSLET to Richie Kavanagh, we bought enough of these singles to make them top of the charts for several weeks… but can we remember any of the words now?

Six – There’s A Whole Lot Of Lovin’ Goin’ On

The stuff reality TV dreams were made of, we all expected Six to be around for forever. Surprisingly this song was only No 1 for four weeks in early 2002.

It did seem longer, didn’t it? Have a close listen to the lyrics, amazing!

YouTube/Ashleigh D

Kate Winslet – What If

The Oscar-winner topped the Irish charts for a whole seven weeks with this slushy ballad which featured on the soundtrack for animated feature A Christmas Carol, even scoring the Christmas No 1 in 2001.


Richie Kavanagh – Aon Focal Eile

We couldn’t get enough of this tune back in 1996, so much so that it spent seven weeks occupying the No 1 spot.

It might also have made dungarees cool again… we said might!

YouTube/Cathal Lynch

Mickey Joe Harte – We’ve Got The World Tonight

We love our Eurovision songs in this country, which would explain why we kept You’re A Star winner Mickey Joe Harte at the top of the charts for five full weeks in 2003. We are still perplexed as to why Europe didn’t get behind this one.


Zig and Zag – The Christmas No 1

That’s one way to guarantee a stint at the No 1 spot… add No 1 to your song’s title. This rap kept the furry duo on the top-spot for five weeks at the end of 1990 and the beginning of 1991.


Chris Doran – If My World Stopped Turning

Remember former kick-boxing champion Chris singing this song that was penned by ex-Westlifer Brian/Bryan McFadden as the 2004 Eurovision entry?

It topped the Irish charts for two weeks. Europe said no.


Pat Shortt – Jumbo Breakfast Roll

What’s not to like about this comedy tune? Frequent mentions of food, tea and a ‘shower of lads’… No wonder if was No 1 for a whole six weeks.


Tim O’Riordan and Natural Gas – The Langer Song

We kept this Cork tune, which was written in defence of Roy Keane, at No 1 for four weeks back in 2004.

YouTube/Tim Predeville

Honourable mentions also go to The By-Road to Glenroe by Mick Lally, which spent five weeks at the top spot in 1990, as did Put ‘Em Under Pressure by the Republic of Ireland Football Squad.

Another soccer-related chant, the beautiful Ooh Aah Paul McGrath by Watch Your House, topped the charts for two weeks the same year. Well, it was Italia ’90.

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