New Zealander Lorde recently took the No.1 spot in the US Billboard Chart at 16 with single 'Royals', which got us thinking, which other precocious artists have taken a No.1 spot at such a young age?
Alex Turner, Arctic Monkeys (19) – ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’
Back in 2005, a certain 19-year-old, Alex Turner bowled ‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’ straight into UK chart success.
Ray Davies, The Kinks (20) – ‘You Really Got Me’
1964 saw The Kinks first UK No.1 with ‘You Really Got Me’, written by (a then) 20-year-old Kinks
frontman, Ray Davies.
Dennis Seaton, Musical Youth (15) – ‘Pass The Dutchie’
At 15, Dennis Seaton of Musical Youth wrote 80’s reggae anthem, ‘Pass The Dutchie’, which rapidly spread across the globe in 1982, holding the number one spot in the UK for three weeks.
Boy George, Culture Club (21) – ‘Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?’
Boy George was only 21 when Culture Club’s breakthrough single ‘Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?’ hit no.1.
Tiffany (16) – ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’
Tiffany recorded the 1987 hit ‘I think We’re Alone Now’ at 16 but it was originally written by Ritchie Cordell for Tommy James and the Shondells in 1967.
Lily Allen (21) – ‘Smile’
Cockney swing star Lily Allen released her happy-go-lucky ‘Smile’ in spring 2006, putting her middle finger, and name on the map.
Take That (19) – ‘Pray’
‘Pray’ was the first track in the Take That saga to gain chart success back in 1993, subsequently becoming 19-year-old Gary Barlow’s first no.1 hit.
Pixie Lott (18) – ‘Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)’
Lott released her chart-topping release of ‘Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)’ back in 2009.
Gary Numan (21) – ‘Cars’
From the Pleasure Principle album or the Carling advert, ‘Cars’ was written, produced and pushed to success by 21-year-old Numan back in 1979.
Keith Reid, Procol Harum (20) – ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’
Claiming the No.1 spot for six weeks, Keith Reid’s creation, ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’, became the soundtrack to the Summer of Love back in 1967.
Cliff Richard (19) – ‘Living Doll’
‘Living Doll’ became No.1 back in 1959 for Cliff and his shadows, then, again in 1986 for the charity Comic Relief.
Rizzle Kicks with Olly Murs – ‘Heart Skips A Beat’
Rizzle Kicks’ 20-year-old Harley Alexander-Sule made the majority of teenage girls swoon worldwide with the aid of Olly Murs and ‘Heart Skips A Beat’ back in 2011.
Terry Hall, The Specials (20) – ‘Too Much Too Young’
Heavily influenced by Lloyd Charmers’ tracks, ‘Birth Control’ and ‘Stupid Marriage’, ‘Too Much Too Young’ became an instant hit for 20-year-old vocalist, Terry Hall.
Stevie Wonder (13) - 'Fingertips'
1963 saw little Stevie Wonder gain stardom with his single ‘Fingertips’, throwing the 13-year-old into a lifetime of legendary tunes.
Billie Piper (15) - 'Because We Want To'
Take a ride in the Tardis to 1995 and we find 15-year-old Billie Piper taking chart glory with ‘Because We Want To’.
Kate Bush (20) - 'Wuthering Heights'
Kate Bush's debut album 'The Kick Inside' written when she was 19 included the number on hit single ‘Wuthering Heights’.
Adele (19) - '19'
2008 saw Adele’s debut album, ‘19’, shoot straight to no.1 in its first week of release with estimated sales of over 6.5 million copies worldwide.
Britney Spears (18) - '...Baby One more Time'
At 18, Britney Spears shot to fame in 1998 with the release of ‘…Baby One More Time’, which gained worldwide no.1 success in over 20 countries.
Peter Green, Fleetwood Mac (20) – ‘Albatross’
Success struck Fleetwood Mac in 1968 with their stripped back, guitar-based instrumental track ‘Albatross’, thanks to Fleetwood founder, Peter Green.