EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘Double Barrel’ – Dave and Ansel Collins

What was the number one song in the UK on 1st May 1971?

Jamaican duo, Dave and Ansel Collins reached the top spot with Double Barrel for 2 weeks.

You may not think you’ve heard this track before, but I can guarantee you have. It has to be one of the most reggae tracks out there and was the second reggae track to reach no.1 in the UK. If you haven’t heard the many sample of vocal introduction in various songs through the years (“I am the magnificent“) or if you haven’t heard either The Specials or The Selecter’s cover versions of the song then you have surely heard this original absolute gem. It’s fun and once you hear it, that piano tune will stay with you forever.


I am the magnificent
I’m backed by the shack of a soul boss
Most turnin’ stormin’ sound o’soulI am double U, O, O, O
And I’m still up here againHeyWork, work, work, work, work
Work, work, work, work, work, work
Build it up one time
Work it on baby
Mush, mush, mush, mushHit me one time
Ugh, ugh, ugh, ugh, ugh
Break it up
Push your lips nowYou’re fine, baby
You’re fineI am the magnificent, double U, O, O, O
Good God, too much, I like itSoul party
Work it up one time, work it two time
Shack it, back it
I am the magnificent baby, double U, O, O, OEnter the shack at the back of your soul, baby
Work it out, huh
Hit me one time

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