1970 in British music

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1970s in music in the UK
Number-one singles
Number-one albums
Best-selling singles
Best-selling albums
Summaries and charts
1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974
1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979
1969 1980
Top 10 singles
1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974
1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979
1969 1980

This is a summary of 1970 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year.

Events[edit]

Number Ones[edit]

Singles[edit]

Reached
number 1[2]
Single Artist Weeks at
number 1
10 January 1970 "Two Little Boys" Rolf Harris 3
31 January 1970 "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" Lighthouse, EdisonEdison Lighthouse 5
7 March 1970 "Wand'rin' Star" Marvin, LeeLee Marvin 3
28 March 1970 "Bridge over Troubled Water" Simon & Garfunkel 3
18 April 1970 "All Kinds of Everything" Dana 2
2 May 1970 "Spirit in the Sky" Greenbaum, NormanNorman Greenbaum 2
16 May 1970 "Back Home" England World Cup Squad 3
6 June 1970 "Yellow River" Christie 1
13 June 1970 "In the Summertime" Jerry, MungoMungo Jerry 7
1 August 1970 "The Wonder of You" Presley, ElvisElvis Presley 6
12 September 1970 "The Tears of a Clown" Robinson, SmokeySmokey Robinson and The Miracles 1
19 September 1970 "Band of Gold" Payne, FredaFreda Payne 6
31 October 1970 Matthews' Southern Comfort "Woodstock" 3
21 November 1970 "Voodoo Chile" Jimi Hendrix Experience 1
28 November 1970 "I Hear You Knocking" Edmunds, DaveDave Edmunds 6

Albums[edit]

Date[3] Album Artist Weeks
10 January 1970 Abbey Road The Beatles 4
7 February 1970 Led Zeppelin II Led Zeppelin 1
14 February 1970 Motown Chartbusters Vol.3 Various Artists 1
21 February 1970 Bridge Over Troubled Water Simon & Garfunkel 13
23 May 1970 Let It Be The Beatles 3
13 June 1970 Bridge Over Troubled Water Simon & Garfunkel 4
11 July 1970 Self Portrait Bob Dylan 1
18 July 1970 Bridge Over Troubled Water Simon & Garfunkel 5
22 August 1970 A Question of Balance The Moody Blues 3
12 September 1970 Cosmo's Factory Creedence Clearwater Revival 1
19 September 1970 Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out The Rolling Stones 2
3 October 1970 Bridge Over Troubled Water Simon & Garfunkel 1
10 October 1970 Paranoid Black Sabbath 1
17 October 1970 Bridge Over Troubled Water Simon & Garfunkel 1
24 October 1970 Atom Heart Mother Pink Floyd 1
31 October 1970 Motown Chartbusters Vol.4 Various Artists 1
7 November 1970 Led Zeppelin III Led Zeppelin 3
28 November 1970 New Morning Bob Dylan 1
5 December 1970 Greatest Hits Andy Williams 1
12 December 1970 Led Zeppelin III Led Zeppelin 1
19 December 1970 Greatest Hits Andy Williams 3

Year-end Charts[edit]

Singles (Covering 17th Jan to 19th Dec 1970)[edit]

  1. "In the Summertime" - Mungo Jerry
  2. "The Wonder of You" - Elvis Presley
  3. "Band of Gold" - Freda Payne
  4. "Spirit in the Sky" - Norman Greenbaum
  5. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - Simon and Garfunkel
  6. "Back Home" - England World Cup Squad
  7. "All Right Now" - Free
  8. "Wand'rin' Star" - Lee Marvin
  9. "Yellow River" - Christie
  10. "Tears of a Clown" - Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
  11. "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" - Edison Lighthouse
  12. "All Kinds of Everything" - Dana
  13. "Lola" - Kinks
  14. "Can't Help Falling In Love" - Andy Williams
  15. "Groovin' With Mr. Bloe" - Mr. Bloe
  16. "Something" - Shirley Bassey
  17. "Woodstock" - Matthews Southern Comfort
  18. "Black Night" - Deep Purple
  19. "Neanderthal Man" - Hotlegs
  20. "Cottonfields" - Beach Boys
  21. "Honey Come Back" - Glen Campbell
  22. "Question" - The Moody Blues
  23. "Knock, Knock Who's There?" - Mary Hopkin
  24. "Sally" - Gerry Monroe
  25. "Two Little Boys" - Rolf Harris
  26. "Patches" - Clarence Carter
  27. "You Can Get It if You Really Want" - Desmond Dekker
  28. "It's All in the Game" - Four Tops
  29. "I Hear You Knocking" - Dave Edmunds
  30. "Voodoo Chile" - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  31. "Give Me Just a Little More Time" - Chairmen of the Board
  32. "Me and My Life" - The Tremeloes
  33. "Mama Told Me Not to Come" - Three Dog Night
  34. "Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha" - Cliff Richard
  35. "I Want You Back" - The Jackson 5
  36. "Up Around the Bend" - Creedence Clearwater Revival
  37. "Paranoid" - Black Sabbath
  38. "Let's Work Together" - Canned Heat
  39. "Rainbow" - Marmalade
  40. "Leaving On a Jet Plane" - Peter, Paul and Mary
  41. "Montego Bay" - Bobby Bloom
  42. "Indian Reservation" - Don Fardon
  43. "Daughter of Darkness" - Tom Jones
  44. "Everything Is Beautiful" - Ray Stevens
  45. "Young, Gifted and Black" - Bob and Marcia
  46. "Let It Be" - The Beatles
  47. "House of the Rising Sun" - Frijid Pink
  48. "I Don’t Believe in if Anymore" - Roger Whittaker
  49. "(They Long to Be) Close to You" - The Carpenters
  50. "Which Way You Goin' Billy?" - Poppy Family

Albums[edit]

  1. Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
  2. Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin
  3. Easy Rider - Soundtrack
  4. Paint Your Wagon - Soundtrack
  5. Motown Chartbusters Vol. 3 - Various Artists
  6. Abbey Road - The Beatles
  7. Let It Be - The Beatles
  8. Deep Purple in Rock - Deep Purple
  9. McCartney - Paul McCartney
  10. Greatest Hits - Andy Williams
  11. At San Quentin - Johnny Cash
  12. A Question of Balance - The Moody Blues
  13. The Sound of Music - Soundtrack
  14. Paranoid - Black Sabbath
  15. Motown Chartbusters Vol. 4 - Various Artists
  16. Cosmo's Factory - Creedence Clearwater Revival
  17. Live in Las Vegas - Tom Jones
  18. Let It Bleed - The Rolling Stones
  19. Fire and Water - Free
  20. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath[4]

Opera[edit]

Film and Incidental music[edit]

Musical films[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kendall, Alan. The Chronicle of Classical Music. Thames & Hudson, 2000: p. 247
  2. ^ "All the Number One Singles: 1970". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Mawer, Sharon. "Album Chart History: 1970". The Official UK Charts Company. Archived from the original on 17 December 2007. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  4. ^ ChartHeaven Charts taken from Music Week / Record Mirror