Reminds me of a discussion I was having with Tim a couple of weeks back, and never got round to blogging, but I'll do so now.
What was the first rap record to get to number one in the UK? Tim's work colleagues, with whom he was discussing it, reckoned Turtle Power, by Partners in Kryme, from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie (the first one, back in 1990).
Tim countered this with Rock me Amadeus by Falco, from 1986. I pointed out that - given what the band themselves have said about their influences in recording the song (Neil Tennant describes the verses as him attempting to rap rather than sing) - West End Girls by Pet Shop Boys might just beat that by a few months.
Given that rap is (and here I quote the wikipedia entry on the subject) "the rhythmic spoken delivery of rhymes, wordplay, and poetry," how wide can we extend the parameters for what constitutes rap? Tim and I between us came up with a couple of earlier examples that could constitute rap songs - Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West) by Benny Hill (I know, I know, bear with me here...) and They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!, by Napoleon XIV - the latter of which, although it dates from 1966, I've just checked and despite Tim's insistence it only got to number 4 in the UK charts and so doesn't count. So at the moment, I reckon Ernie wins. So far.
So - any other suggestions? Or arguments as to why Benny Hill doesn't count? *g*
Oh, and ETA, to help you decide: