Despite being the birthplace of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who and countless others who have left an indelible mark on music history, Britain has also been responsible for steaming piles of shite rising to the top of the charts on an alarmingly regular basis. And I'm not talking about the Spice Girls. I'm talking real crap. My American wife has quite frequently collapsed in fits of laughter or run screaming from the room when she has seen the talentless, cloying and embarrassing piles of poo that have, over a period of 40 years, reached the coveted Number 1 position and caused countless Brits to want to hurl something heavy at the television. Who buys them? I have no idea. But at least once a year something inexplicable happens to British good taste: it disappears up it's own bum. I for one have been embarrassed by this for decades and now propose to share with you all, over the next few days, several of the most cringeworthy moments in British music chart history. Remember - these were all Number 1 hit singles, some of them from back in the day when getting to Number 1 meant selling in excess of a million copies, and actually having to go into a store and ask for it. This is not an exhaustive list, but I can take only so much self-flagellation. You have been warned.