Adam and the Ants

Adam and the Ants hit songs and albums
Adam and the Ants were an English rock band who formed in 1977, and whose classic line-up consisted of head ant and lungsmith Adam Ant (born Stuart Leslie Goddard on November 3, 1954), guitarist and co-writer Marco Pirroni (born 27 April 1959 in London, England), drummer and producer Chris ‘Merrick’ Hughes (born March 3, 1954 in London, England), additional drummer Terry Lee Miall (born November 8, 1958) and bassist Gary Tibbs (born January 25, 1958 in Northwood, Middlesex). Adam and The Ants were formed in 1977 as The Ants, with Adam and a selection of punkers who’d met at Vivienne Westwood’s racy Sex boutique. Adam and the Ants were initially deemed a bit of a joke by the serious music press, however by 1980 and a handful of personnel changes, Adam and the Ants had built up a legion of adoring Antpeople (fans, not mutants) who followed the band everywhere, lured by the sound by their Burundi drumming and screaming, and soon took to wearing white stripes across their noses in tribute. Adam and the Ants were a massive deal across 1980 and 1981, with two UK Official Album Chart Number 1s (the BRIT Award winning Kings of the Wild Frontier and Prince Charming) and two UK Official Singles Chart Number 1s in the form of 1981’s Stand and Deliver and Prince Charming, and would have enjoyed more had Antmusic and Kings of the Wild Frontier had not been kept off the top spot by a freshly-murdered John Lennon. Adam and the Ants were essentially done by the release of Prince Charming, with an escalating trade in previous labels cashing in on their success in 1982. Adam Ant went solo almost instantly, drummer Chris Hughes ventured further into production (twiddling knobs for Tears For Fears’ Songs From The Big Chair) and Marco was last seen performing with Shakespears Sister. Image: Andre Csillag/Shutterstock
  • 2
    UK Number 1s
  • 7
    UK Top 10s
  • 9
    UK Top 40s
  • 11
    UK Top 75s
  • 9
    Weeks at Number 1
  • 37
    Weeks in Top 10
  • 83
    Weeks in Top 40
  • 130
    Weeks in Top 75
  • 1
    UK Number 1s
  • 2
    UK Top 10s
  • 5
    UK Top 40s
  • 6
    UK Top 75s
  • 12
    Weeks at Number 1
  • 43
    Weeks in Top 10
  • 83
    Weeks in Top 40
  • 110
    Weeks in Top 75
Date Title, Artist Peak
Pos
WoC Wks
No 1
Chart
Facts
02.08.
1980
KINGS OF THE WILD FRONTIER
ADAM & THE ANTS
CBS 8877
02 18 00
11.10.
1980
DOG EAT DOG
ADAM & THE ANTS
CBS 9039
04 16 00
06.12.
1980
ANTMUSIC
ADAM & THE ANTS
CBS 9352
02 18 00
27.12.
1980
YOUNG PARISIANS
ADAM & THE ANTS
DECCA F13803
09 13 00
24.01.
1981
CARTROUBLE
ADAM & THE ANTS
DO IT DUN10
33 09 00
Buy
24.01.
1981
ZEROX
ADAM & THE ANTS
DO IT DUN8
45 09 00
09.05.
1981
STAND AND DELIVER
ADAM & THE ANTS
CBS A1065
01 15 05
12.09.
1981
PRINCE CHARMING
ADAM & THE ANTS
CBS A1408
01 12 04
12.12.
1981
ANT RAP
ADAM & THE ANTS
CBS A1738
03 10 00
27.02.
1982
DEUTSCHER GIRLS
ADAM & THE ANTS
EGO 5
13 06 00
13.03.
1982
ANTMUSIC (EP)
ADAM & THE ANTS
DO IT DUN20
46 04 00
Buy
Date Title, Artist Peak
Pos
WoC Wks
No 1
Chart
Facts
15.11.
1980
KINGS OF THE WILD FRONTIER
ADAM & THE ANTS
CBS 84549
01 66 12
17.01.
1981
DIRK WEARS WHITE SOX
ADAM & THE ANTS
DO IT RIDE3
16 29 00
14.11.
1981
PRINCE CHARMING
ADAM & THE ANTS
CBS 85268
02 21 00
03.04.
1999
THE VERY BEST OF
ADAM AND THE ANTS
COLUMBIA 4942292
33 08 00
23.09.
2006
THE VERY BEST OF
ADAM AND THE ANTS
COLUMBIA 82876891242
39 02 00
02.06.
2016
KINGS OF THE WILD FRONTIER
ADAM & THE ANTS
SONY MUSIC CG 88875119742
69 01 00