Long before she was whizzing around the universe as Rose Tyler with the Doctor or getting hot and heavy in the Secret Diary Of A Call Girl, Billie Piper was a bona fide, chart-topping popstar – and a record holder to boot.
Back in 1998, when she was 15, Billie Piper – then calling herself just “Billie”, like Madonna or Cher – became the youngest act to debut at Number 1 with her “Mum and Dad just don’t understand” anthem Because We Want To.
Two years later, the surname was back and Billie was showing off her new grown-up attitude with Day & Night, a certified banger. Her third Number 1, Day & Night went straight in at the top of the Official Singles Chart this week in 2000, deposing Madison Avenue’s sass-filled dance hit Don’t Call Me Baby.
Billie’s pop career was brief but packed with successes. She scored three Number 1s, and six of her seven singles went Top 5.
The pressures of fame were a lot for teenage Billie to take on, and after two albums she decided enough was enough and it was time to do something else.
A fourth single from second album Walk of Life was planned – a cover of Blondie’s Number 1 The Tide is High – but a worn-out Billie canned it, which left the way open for Atomic Kitten to top the charts with a very similar version of it in 2002.
Day & Night was Number 1 for just a week, before being toppled by Sonique’s chart behemoth It Feels So Good.
Day & Night has sold over 260,000 copies in the UK and spent seven weeks in the Top 40.
Chart Fact: Both Billie’s albums – Honey To The B (1998) and Walk Of Life (2000) – peaked at Number 14 on the Official Albums Chart. Spooky!
So Billie was keeping us up day and night at Number 1, but what about the rest of the Top 10? We have all the answers… Click an artist’s name to see their full chart runs
2: Madison Avenue – Don’t Call Me Baby
3: Britney Spears – Oops!…I Did It Again
4: Tom Jones & Mousse T – Sex Bomb
The 17th of 18 Top 10 hits for the Welsh legend and Voice UK coach. Tom Jones has had two Number 1s, and one of those is a million-seller – The Green Green Grass Of Home topped the Official Singles Chart for seven weeks in 1966.
5: DJ Luck & MC Neat – Masterblaster 2000
A second Top 10 for the London UK garage duo, following their breakthrough hit A Little Bit Of Luck. Masterblaster 2000 is their highest chart peak.
6: Bloodhound Gang – The Bad Touch
7: Watergate – Heart Of Asia
8: Oxide & Neutrino – Bound 4 Da Reload
9: Southside Spinners – Luvstruck
A one and only hit for this Dutch duo, consisting of DJs Marco Verkuylen and Benjamin Kuyten. It peaked here at Number 9.
10: Armand van Helden – Koochy
This Gary Numan-sampling track would be Armand’s last Top 10 hit for nine years. He’d break the drought with Bonkers, a Number 1 with Dizzee Rascal in 2009. He first hit Number 1 in 1999 with You Don’t Know Me, although his remix of Tori Amos' Professional Widow topped the chart before – back in 1997.
This time last year…
Rita Ora scored her fourth Number 1 with I Will Never Let You Down, equalling Geri Halliwell’s record for the most chart-toppers by a British female solo artist. Cheryl would later smash this record, but for a while, Rita was a record holder.) The rest of the Top 40 was feeling Eurovision fever with Netherlands’ Common Linnets even breaking the Top 10 with Calm After The Storm.