There's No One Quite Like Grandma

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

"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. In the UK, it demoted John Lennon's last single, "(Just Like) Starting Over," to number two.[1][2] After two weeks at number one, a previous Lennon song, "Imagine," replaced it. This was a posthumous release as 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.

The song was covered by Leilah and Jeordie (daughters of Melanie Safka) in 1981, and this version charted on the Canadian singles chart at No. 27 in January 1982.[5]


  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. 
  5. ^ "50 Singles" (PDF). RPM. Library and Archives Canada. 
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