As the success of ‘Mr Blobby’, ‘Crazy Frog’ and many other novelty singles across the years attests, a Number One single doesn’t necessarily guarantee quality. What makes all the dodgy songs to have hit the top spot over the years worse, is that there’s some huge, huge artists it’ll surprise you to learn somehow never managed a UK Number One…
Maybe it's because there are probably three Green Day hoodies sold to every vinyl, but for whatever reason, Billie Joe Armstrong's pop punk troupe's UK chart career peak was a Number Three with 'American Idiot' in 2004. The British public - what a bunch of basket cases.
In a more than 40-year career, Bruce Springsteen has racked up enough hits to justify his title as rock'n'roll's undisputed Boss. None of them, however, went right to the top, with 'Streets Of Philadelphia' narrowly missing out to D:Ream's 'Things Can Only Get Better'.
At the height of their success, the Mod icons got to Number Two with youth battle cry 'My Generation' but never managed to inch that last extra space.
Yep, 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' might be one of the most iconic track of all time, but in terms of cold hard numbers, it wasn't even Nirvana's biggest hit in the UK. That accolade goes to 'Heart-Shaped Box', which still only reached Number Five.
What are you looking so quizzical about, Morrissey? Is it because The Smiths' highest chart placing was an underwhelming Number Eight with the 1992 reissue of 'This Charming Man'? It is? OK, fair point.
Meanwhile, The Cure - another beloved British institution - also never quite did the deed, despite the likes of 'Boys Don't Cry' and 'Friday I'm In Love' literally being at least 10 million times better than anything Jason Derulo's ever had reach Number One.
Last year's Glastonbury headliners, this year's Reading and Leeds headliners, one of the biggest heavy rock bands of all time and yet still, no Number One. Where's the justice?
Counter-cultural, leather-clad New York heroes the Ramones inspired generations after them (would The Strokes be The Strokes without them? Unlikely) but their only track to even grace the Top 20 was 'Baby I Love You', which reached Number Eight in 1980.
While it might not be too much of a surprise that the bleak and uncompromising likes of 'Atrocity Exhibition' and 'Heart And Soul' didn't prove immediate, radio-friendly pop hits, you might be more shocked to know that 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' only reached a peak of Number 13 despite being released on three separate occasions.
58 singles over more than five decades and yet the highest chart placing Dylan's ever had was for 'Like A Rolling Stone' in 1965 (Number Four). That same year, however, The Byrds did get to the top with a cover of Bob's 'Mr Tambourine Man', which is some small compensation. Possibly.
'Legend', the compilation LP of Bob Marley's greatest hits, has sold more than 33 million copies worldwide and is the 18th best selling album in UK chart history. Why did the singles never follow suit? Hey, maybe everyone was holding out for the album.
The one example of a missed Number One almost being a positive result, however, lies with Icelandic nymph Björk. In a career filled with wondrous, boundary-pushing experimentalism, it'd be a sad indictment on the general public to have sent only her most obvious hit 'It's Oh So Quiet' to the top, while largely ignoring the rest.
The White Stripes:
So, you've probably cottoned on to the theme by now and gathered that Jack and Meg, too, failed to hit the top spot. But guess which of their tracks came closest? 'Seven Nation Army'? 'Fell In Love With A Girl'? 'Hotel Yorba'? Nope. It was 'Icky Thump' and yep, we were as surprised as you.
Changing the potential for album releases more than any other band in recent years by introducing pay-what-you-want pricing and surprise releases, it's obvious that Radiohead see themselves more as an LP band than a singles band. Maybe they'll be happy with a Number Three for 'Paranoid Android', then. You never know.
'Common People' must have been Number One, right? Surely? 'Disco 2000', then? No?! WHAT EVEN IS THIS WORLD.
Black holes, revelations, conspiracy theories and their own personal drone army: in Muse's mad world, anything goes. It's an eccentric, eclectic spirit that's earned them one of the most fervent fanbases in music, but never that coveted chart topper.
How could you deny the Nicest Man In Rock his dues? Despite Dave Grohl and co's relentless dedication to the cause of rawk, their highest chart placing still remains a Number Four for 'Best Of You' in 2005. Bet you feel guilty now.
Like Dylan and The Who, there are some artists that are so ingrained in the fabric of music mythology that it seems frankly bonkers that they've never had that last little accolade. Johnny Cash is another such one who's been criminally overlooked by the charts of old. Soz mate.
We'd hedge a fair bet that Axl Rose's ego is not happy that Guns N'Roses only ever made it to Number Two with 'Knockin' On Heaven's Door'. Oh well Axl, it's always nice to have something to aim for, eh?
Hip-hop pioneers they may be, but Beastie Boys' genre-mashing innovations only managed to get them to Number Five with 'Intergalactic'.
Even their own personal Jesus couldn't guide Depeche Mode to the top spot, as they were consistently thwarted throughout their career. ’84's 'People Are People' and ’97's 'Barrel Of A Gun' performed best, both reaching Number Four.
Unlikely as it may sound, many of The Godfather Of Soul's prolific single releases didn't even chart in the UK. Of the few that inched into the Top 40, 'It's A Man's, Man's World' did best, hitting Number 13.
And finally it's Dolly: one of the most famous country singers of all time who drew the biggest crowd Glastonbury's ever seen in 2014 but couldn't quite make them all log into their iTunes accounts.