There's No One Quite Like Grandma

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"There's No One Quite Like Grandma"
Single by St Winifred's School Choir
B-side "Pinocchio"
Released November 1980
Genre MOR
Length 2:58
Label Music for Pleasure[1]
Writer(s) Gordon Lorenz[1]
Producer(s) Peter Tattersall[1]
Certification Gold

"There's No One Quite Like Grandma" was a number one hit in the UK Singles Chart,[2] by the Stockport-based primary school choir St Winifred's School Choir from 27 December 1980 to 3 January 1981.[3] It was written by Gordon Lorenz.

The song was a Christmas number-one single in both the UK and Ireland, demoting John Lennon's last single, "(Just Like) Starting Over," to number two.[1][2] After two weeks on the charts, a previous Lennon song, "Imagine," replaced it. Both Lennon songs were posthumous releases; Lennon had been killed three weeks prior. Another song that "There's No One Quite Like Grandma" prevented from reaching number-one was "Stop the Cavalry" by Jona Lewie, which has since become a Christmas favourite in the UK but finished at number three on the Christmas chart.

More recently, the song was used within the one-off Channel 4 comedy by Peter Kay called Britain's Got the Pop Factor..., which had Sally Lindsay, who was in the original choir of the song, in a cameo role. Furthermore, an extract of the song is always used in the "Granny Brainiac" segment in Series 3 of Sky One TV show Brainiac: Science Abuse.

In October 2009, the song was re-recorded by 14 members of the original choir.[4] It was released in the UK in November 2009 as part of food company Innocent Drinks' "Big Knit" campaign, to raise money for Age Concern.


  1. ^ a b c d Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 210. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 388–9. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ "Cult - I Love 1980 - Music". BBC. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  4. ^ "Original 'Grandma' choir re-form". BBC. 2009-10-12. Retrieved 2010-05-25. 
Preceded by
"(Just Like) Starting Over" by John Lennon
UK number one single
27 December 1980 - 3 January 1981
Succeeded by
"Imagine" by John Lennon