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Kylie! Jason! Rick! Steps!
Yes, we are sure that you know many of the songs. We are quite confident that you’ve sang along to some of them in the shower or your car. You may even have copied one of the dances linked to one of our many hits in the safety of your front room. Please don’t be embarrassed. There’s no need to feel any shame. It’s OK. It’s all good.
It’s all FLM to us…
The Official Hit Factory Top Ten
Every title in this list was a Number 1 single and, to date, have collectively sold well over 7 million copies in the UK alone:
|HEARTBEAT / TRAGEDY
|ESPECIALLY FOR YOU
|KYLIE & JASON
|NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP
|YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD)
|DEAD OR ALIVE
|I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY
|I HAVE A DREAM / SEASONS IN THE SUN
|MEL & KIM
|HAND ON YOUR HEART
|TOO MANY BROKEN HEARTS
© 2012 The Official Charts Company. All rights reserved. Original article can be found here
The Sound Of A Bright Young Britain
Although many will instantly think of Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Rick Astley and Bananarama when hearing the words ‘Pete Waterman Limited’, following on from its inception in December 1983, PWL has been approached to produce, remix and work on tracks for a host of established artists such as Cliff Richard, Debbie Harry, Erasure, Westlife, The Three Degrees, Donna Summer, Edwin Starr, The Four Tops, ABC, Barry Manilow, Diana Ross, The Village People, La Toya Jackson, Errol Brown, Chic, The Jackson 5, Holly Johnson, New Kids On The Block, Boney M, Britney Spears, Geri Halliwell, Alison Moyet and Depeche Mode.
Since enjoying its first Top 20 hit in 1984, PWL has helped launch the musical careers of new and exciting acts like Mel & Kim, Sonia, 2Unlimited and Steps and has also worked with internationally recognised stars like Paul McCartney, Kate Bush, Boy George, Lisa Stansfield, Bros, Wet Wet Wet, and Kim Wilde when donating studio and production time to record charity singles to help raise money for a range of important and high-profile causes.
Once home to the phenomenally successful Stock Aitken Waterman songwriting and production team, over the years, a terrific crew of talented writers, musicians, producers, remixers and engineers have worked at PWL to create an unrivalled – and often envied – catalogue of music that is the soundtrack to a generation.
Divine, Princess, Dead Or Alive, Hazell Dean, Sinitta, Sybil, Brother Beyond, Samantha Fox, Undercover, Lonnie Gordon, Loveland, Opus III, WWF Superstars and even Manchester United have all had hits recorded with us or released by us.
Although by no means a comprehensive list of all of the titles Pete Waterman and PWL have been involved in, a quick look at our Top 40 Hits discography will help highlight some of our biggest successes – and also perhaps remind you of some songs and releases you may have forgotten about over the years.
And yes, Pat & Mick, Denise & Johnny and The Reynolds Girls are all here too…
Music Producer. Radio & Club DJ. TV Presenter. Author. Rail Enthusiast.
Dr Pete Waterman OBE is one of the original working class heroes. From humble beginnings in Coventry, he has travelled the world and is famous for his work in a number of areas – most notably music and railways (both full-sized and model).
Starting out as a club DJ playing other people’s songs, Pete has been responsible for sales of over 500 million units around the world and has worked with a who’s who of popular music artists. You can read his official biography here.
Pete has an active X account where he shares posts on a whole range of topics. You can follow him here.
Although no longer an active studio complex, this site honours the musical legacy of a true Hit Factory…