If there's one thing we love almost as much as a darn good pop tune, it's a proper chart success story. An overnight sensation is all well and good, but there's something about slow-burning chart grafters that touches the heart.
Before they hit the big one, the US rockers — made up of brothers Caleb on vocals, Nathan on drums, Jared on bass and cousin Matthew on lead guitar — had seen ten of their songs enter the chart. Most of them landed outside the Top 40 and of those that made it, only three would break the Top 20, and the Top 10 had eluded them entirely.
So what better way to smash through than to go all the way to the top, which this track — an instant classic that wasn't even supposed to be called Sex On Fire. Nathan told an Australian radio show in Caleb tried to think of something else to fit, but couldn't — and so a song about the perils of getting down and dirty on the hearth rug in front of a coal-effect electric heater was born.
Sex On Fire's tuneful shout of a chorus proved particularly popular in pubs up and down the country. The Kings' version went on to sell over 1. Use Somebody has recharted four times since that high — Sex on Fire just the one other time. Since then, they have graced the Top 10 only once more, with Radioactive in , but their albums continue to do well.
Watch the video for Sex On Fire before we take a look at the rest of the Top 5 this week in After being knocked off the summit by Kings of Leon, Katy Perry was clearly very keen to stay as close to the guys as possible.
It was her ninth week in the Top 10, and she went on to stay there for another two before deciding enough was enough. At Number 3, Disturbia was her eighth Top 10 hit and was, sadly, going to advance no further than bronze. The band, fronted of course by the scher-mazing Nicole Scherzinger , had taken a couple of years off after having massive success with five consecutive Top 10 singles, kicking off with Number 1s Don't Cha and Stickwitu the girls were off with flu the week it was grammar at school.
The track, which has some of the sauciest misheard lyrics this side of R Kelly , peaked at Number 3. PCD would go Top 10 only twice more, before Nicole was off as fast as her Louboutins would carry her to get that solo album out and, of course, reserve a space on that X Factor judging panel. And at Number 5, rounding things off, it is a genuine one-hit wonder. Come back soon, guys!