99 year-old war veteran Captain Tom Moore and Michael Ball heading for Number 1 single

Could a debut UK Number 1 single be on the cards in time for Captain Tom's 100th birthday?

99 year-old war veteran Captain Tom Moore and Michael Ball heading for Number 1 single

99 year-old war veteran Captain Tom Moore who is currently capturing the nation’s hearts raising money for the NHS by walking lengths of his garden, has not only raised over £25m in recent days, but is now potentially on his way to an Official UK Number 1 single too, according to new Official Charts Company data.

Captain Tom Moore has joined forces with Michael Ball and the NHS Voices Of Care Choir on a cover of the Rodgers & Hammerstein / Gerry & The Pacemakers’ hit You’ll Never Walk Alone. 

You’ll Never Walk Alone gets off to a flying start in this week’s Official Chart race, the highest new entry in pole position after 48 hours with just shy of 36,000 copies sold (predominantly downloads). Captain Tom’s debut single takes an early lead of 22,000 chart sales ahead of reigning Number 1, The Weeknd’s Blinding Lights (2).

While there is all still to play for in this week’s chart race, and The Weeknd expected to close the gap on the streaming front as the week progresses, if Captain Tom does maintain this early momentum through to Friday’s final whistle, he could be bringing home a debut Official UK Number 1 single just in time for his 100th birthday on 30 April.

Captain Tom Moore pictured above with daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore at his home in Bedfordshire speaking to Michael Ball on BBC Breakfast (16 April).

100% of Captain Tom, Michael Ball and Decca Records’ proceeds from the single will be donated to NHS Charities Together to support the incredible NHS staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients (Charity Registration No. 1186569). Click here to donate to Captain Tom's cause.

A Top 10 debut could be on the cards for 25 year-old Britain’s Got Talent contestant and paediatric nurse Beth Porch. Her audition performance, a moving original song called You Taught Me What Love Is, starts out as the second highest new entry of the week at Number 4. Beth, who recently recovered from coronavirus, works on the frontline in the fight against Covid-19 at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, London, where she caught a glimpse of her audition while on a break during her nightshift last night.

Proceeds from the single will be split equally between NHS Charities Together and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.



Sam Smith & Demi Lovato’s I’m Ready kicks off its chart journey at Number 11 this week. The track is taken from Sam’s forthcoming third studio album which is being renamed and postponed to later this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Catapulting 52 places north is Dame Vera Lynn and Katherine Jenkins’ duet We'll Meet Again. Released last Saturday 11 April, the wartime classic in aid of NHS climbs from 72 into the midweek Top 20 at Number 20, also raising money for NHS Charities Together.

The Official Chart First Look is based on preliminary sales and streaming data from the first 48 hours of this week’s chart race, the fuller picture will emerge as more data arrives throughout the week.

The final Official Chart Top 40 will be unveiled on BBC Radio 1’s Official Chart with Scott Mills this Friday from 4pm, with the full Official Singles Chart Top 100 published on OfficialCharts.com from 5.45pm.

Main image credit: Emma Sohl - Capture The Light Photography.

Official Chart First Look Top 20

LW TW SINGLE ARTIST
NEW 1 YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE MICHAEL BALL/CAPTAIN TOM MOORE
1 2 BLINDING LIGHTS WEEKND
2 3 ROSES SAINT JHN
NEW 4 YOU TAUGHT ME WHAT LOVE IS BETH PORCH
3 5 TOOSIE SLIDE DRAKE
4 6 PHYSICAL DUA LIPA
7 7 DEATH BED POWFU FT BEABADOOBEE
5 8 DON'T START NOW DUA LIPA
6 9 LONELY JOEL CORRY
8 10 SAY SO DOJA CAT
NEW 11 I'M READY SAM SMITH & DEMI LOVATO
10 12 BREAK MY HEART DUA LIPA
11 13 BOYFRIEND MABEL
9 14 BLUEBERRY FAYGO LIL MOSEY
14 15 DANCE MONKEY TONES & I
15 16 FALLING HARRY STYLES
12 17 INTENTIONS JUSTIN BIEBER FT QUAVO
13 18 ADORE YOU HARRY STYLES
20 19 BREAK UP SONG LITTLE MIX
72 20 WE'LL MEET AGAIN KATHERINE JENKINS & VERA LYNN

(c) Official Charts Company 2020