Number 1 (Tinchy Stryder song)

Number 1 (Tinchy Stryder song)
"Number 1"
Single by Tinchy Stryder featuring N-Dubz
from the album Catch 22 & Against All Odds
B-side Stuck on My Mind
Released 20 April 2009
Format CD single, Digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre Alternative hip hop, Eurodance
Length 3:35
Label Takeover Entertainment Ltd & Universal Island Records
Writer(s) Kwasi Danquah III (Composer)
Dino Contostavlos (Co-Lyricist)
James Lavelle (Co-Lyricist)
Fraser T. Smith (Co-Lyricist)
Producer Fraser T. Smith
Tinchy Stryder singles chronology
"Take Me Back"
"Number 1"
"Never Leave You"
N-Dubz singles chronology
"Strong Again"
"Number 1"
"Wouldn't You"
Dappy singles chronology
"Number 1"
Music video
"Number 1" on YouTube

"Number 1" is a song composed by Tinchy Stryder featuring vocals from Dappy of N-Dubz, and co-written by Dappy, James Lavelle and Fraser T. Smith, who is responsible for the production, from Tinchy Stryder's second studio album Catch 22. The song was released as a single on 20 April 2009, from Tinchy Stryder's studio album, Catch 22 and was later included on N-Dubz's second studio album, Against All Odds.

The version released as a single and included on Catch 22 feature verses by Dappy and Stryder only, however, the version that appears on Against All Odds features new verses by Tulisa Contostavlos and Fazer. The song is notably the first song in chart history entitled "Number 1" to actually reach #1.



According to producers James Lavelle and Fraser T. Smith in an interview with HitQuarters, although Dappy was involved in the writing of the song, his appearance on the final version happened by accident.

"We’d worked with him on a track called "Strong Again" ... and we wanted to work with him more because he’s an amazing talent. So 'Number 1' came about from a co-writing session. Dappy put the hook down and it sounded so good we thought it had to stay."[1]


"Number 1" has received positive reviews from Digital Spy and the BBC. David Balls of Digital Spy gave the song a positive review: "A savvy collaboration with urban pop trio N-Dubz, this offering places Tinchy's distinctively gritty vocals over shimmering disco beats and even throws in a few strings for good measure. The result, while catchy enough, falls a little short of its predecessor and will no doubt leave some grime enthusiasts claiming: "I don't understand how you're number one".[2] BBC chart blog also gave the song a positive review: "N-Dubz. Everything they do raises a grin to my chops. Dappy's insistence on throwing in a "nah-nah-naiii-hee" as soon as his microphone is switched on is a brilliant pop thing. Tinchy's singy-raps, contrasting nicely with Dappy's rappy-singing. And I use the word 'contrasting' quite wrongly there. The song was awarded a 4 star rating.[3]

Chart performance

The song entered the UK Singles Chart at number one on 26 April 2009 selling 87,000 copies in it's first week[4] and beating competition from La Roux's "In for the Kill" with over 20,000 copies, according to the All Around The World website.[5] The song spent three weeks at #1 before dropping to #2 in its fourth week, replaced at number one by "Boom Boom Pow" by The Black Eyed Peas. "Number 1" spent eighteen consecutive weeks in the top 40, and 38 weeks in the top 100. On BBC Radio 1's Chart Show, it was revealed that the track was the first song with the words "number one" in its title ever to reach number one in the UK charts. In Ireland, the song entered at number eight before rising to the top the following week. The song spent five weeks at the top.[6]


N-Dubz and Tinchy performed the single version of the song on GMTV,[7] and on the Uncle B Tour, N-Dubz performed the version later included on Against All Odds. The artists performed the song at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Swindon, telling the crowd at the end "don't believe what the media say 'cos it ain't true", following rumours Dappy and Tinchy had had a major fallout over the credits for the song.[8] They also performed the song together on BBC "Sound" in May 2009, BBC Switch Live in November 2009 and the MOBOs in Glasgow in September 2009.

Music video

Tinchy Stryder and Dappy in a scene in the music video for "Number 1".

The music video was directed by Emil Nava and produced by Ben Pugh.[9] The video features both Tinchy Stryder and Dappy but also has cameo appearances from Tulisa and Fazer. It begins with Tinchy Stryder holding a Star in the Hood necklace and then begins singing the opening credits, introducing himself and N-Dubz, with all members of N-Dubz beside him. The video continues with Tinchy Stryder and Dappy dancing in front of various backgrounds while Stryder has various outfit changes. The video frequently cuts between scenes with both N-Dubz and Tinchy, two provocative female dancers and a string quartet. At one point in the video it features Tinchy Stryder standing in front of a giant Number 1. Towards the end it shows both Tinchy and Dappy with a background of stars.

Track listings and formats

CD Single (2701362)
No. Title Length
1. "Number 1" (Radio Edit) 3:35
2. "Number 1" (Bimbo Jones Remix) 3:15
3. "Number 1" (Remix feat. Kano) 3:34
4. "Stuck On My Mind"   3:46
Total length:
Digital Download
No. Title Length
1. "Number 1"   3:35
2. "Number 1" (Remix feat. Kano) 3:34
3. "Number 1" (Bimbo Jones Remix) 3:15
4. "Number 1" (Hypasonic Remix) 5:41
Total length:


Chart (2009) Peak
Denmark (Tracklisten)[10] 37
European Hot 100 Singles[11] 6
Ireland (IRMA)[12] 1
Slovakia (IFPI)[13] 25
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[14] 1
Decade-end chart (2000–2009) Position
UK Singles Chart[15] 70

End-of-year charts

Chart (2009) Position
UK Singles Chart[16] 11
Sales and certifications
Country Provider Certification Sales
United Kingdom BPI Gold 500,000+[17]

See also


  1. ^ "Interview With Fraser T Smith". HitQuarters. March 22, 2010. Retrieved March 29, 2010. 
  2. ^ Tinchy Stryder ft N-Dubz - Number One. Digital Spy.
  3. ^ Tinchy Stryder ft N-Dubz - Number. BBC News.
  4. ^ Rascal Will Be Bestseller of The Year, Digital Spy
  5. ^ Number 1 sells 20,000 copies. AATW.
  6. ^ Tinchy and N-Dubz Continue Irish Chart Reign. Digital Spy.
  7. ^ Tinchy Stryder ft N-Dubz - Number 1, on GMT, YouTube
  8. ^ "Dappy gets a Tinch scrappy". The Sun (London). April 29, 2009. 
  9. ^ Emil Nava joins up with Tinchy once more. (OBE Management - Representing Creative Talent - Music Video Directors).
  10. ^ " – Tinchy Stryder feat. N-Dubz – Number 1". Tracklisten. Hung Medien.
  11. ^ "Tinchy Stryder Album & Song Chart History" European Hot 100 for Tinchy Stryder. Prometheus Global Media.
  12. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart. Irish Recorded Music Association.
  13. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200931 into search.
  14. ^ "Chart Stats – Tinchy Stryder – {{{song}}}" UK Singles Chart. Chart Stats.
  15. ^ Radio 1 Chart of the Decade, as presented by Nihal on Tuesday 29th December 2009
  16. ^ "Charts Plus Year end 2009" (PDF). Charts Plus. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  17. ^ Tinchy Stryder ft N-Dubz - Number 1,

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