The Number One Song in Heaven

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"The Number One Song In Heaven"
Single by Sparks
from the album No. 1 In Heaven
Released 1979
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1979
Genre Disco, new wave, synthpop, Hi-NRG
Length 7:26
Label Virgin Records (1979)
Roadrunner Records (1997)
Writer(s) Ron Mael, Russell Mael, Giorgio Moroder
Producer(s) Giorgio Moroder
Sparks singles chronology
"A Big Surprise"
(1977)
"The Number One Song In Heaven"
(1979)
"Beat the Clock"
(1979)

"The Number One Song in Heaven" is a disco song by the American rock duo Sparks. Released as a single in 1979, the song was produced and co-written by famed electro-disco producer Giorgio Moroder. It became a Top 20 hit in the UK, where it peaked at #14. In addition to the standard black vinyl, both the 7" and 12" versions of the single were issued in a variety of coloured vinyl releases (red, blue, and green).

Sparks re-recorded the song in 1997, one version of which featured vocals by Jimmy Somerville. This version peaked at #70 in the UK, but was slightly more successful on the U.S. Billboard Dance Chart where it became a Top 30 hit.

The song was featured in the closing credits of the 2013 film Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.

Track listing[edit]

1979 release[edit]

  • 7 inch Virgin VS 244
  1. "The Number One Song in Heaven" — 3:48
  2. "The Number One Song in Heaven" (Long Version) — 6:56
  • 12 inch Virgin VS 244-12
  1. "The Number One Song in Heaven" — 4:02
  2. "The Number One Song in Heaven" (Long Version) — 7:27

1997 release[edit]

  • CD Single 1
  1. "The Number One Song In Heaven" (Sparks Radio Edit) — 3:28
  2. "The Number One Song In Heaven" (Extended Version With Jimmy Somerville) — 5:16
  3. "The Number One Song In Heaven" (Part Two) — 4:05
  • CD Single 2
  1. "The Number One Song In Heaven" (Sparks Radio Edit) — 3:28
  2. "The Number One Song In Heaven" (Tin Tin Out Mix) — 8:15
  3. "The Number One Song In Heaven" (Heavenly Dub) — 8:15
  4. "The Number One Song In Heaven" (Tin Tin Out Instrumental) — 9:14


Personnel[edit]

  • Ron Mael - keyboards, synthesiser, vocals
  • Russell Mael - vocals
  • Chris Bennett - backing vocals
  • Keith Forsey - drums
  • Jack Moran - backing vocals
  • Giorgio Moroder - synthesiser, vocoder
  • Dan Wyman - synthesiser programming
  • Dennis Young - backing vocals

Chart positions[edit]

Original release (1979)

Chart Peak
position
U.K. Singles Chart [1] 14
Irish Singles Chart [2] 5

1997 rerecording

Chart Peak
position
U.K. Singles Chart [3] 70
U.S. Dance Play 28

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chart Stats - Sparks". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  2. ^ "The Irish Charts - Sparks search". irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  3. ^ "Chart Stats - Sparks". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2008-07-22.