List of Top Pops number-one singles

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Robin Gibb (pictured in 2008) reached number one on the Top Pops chart in 1969 with his song "Saved by the Bell", but the song did not top the BMRB chart and is therefore not regarded as an official UK number one. He also achieved this feat as a member of the Bee Gees.

Top Pops is a former British weekly pop music newspaper. It was founded as a monthly publication by Woodrow Wyatt in May 1967, becoming fortnightly in November 1967. On 25 May 1968, editor Colin Bostock-Smith began compiling a singles sales chart using a telephone sample of approximately twelve W H Smith & Son stores – the first single to reach number one on the Top Pops chart was "Young Girl" by Gary Puckett & The Union Gap. The charts and paper were published weekly with effect from 22 June 1968.[1] On 20 September 1969 the paper was rebranded Top Pops & Music Now, and subsequently became Music Now from 21 March 1970 – at this point the chart was sampling between 30 and 40 stores. From 27 February 1971 the chart was no longer published and in May 1971 the newspaper ceased publication.[1] During the publication of the chart, 55 different singles reached number one. The only one to be knocked off number one and then regain the top spot was "Mony Mony" by Tommy James and the Shondells. The final chart-topper was "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison.

From the advent of charts in the UK until 1969 several magazines and newspapers published their own charts, and there was no one "official" singles chart.[2][3] In February 1969, however, Record Retailer and the BBC jointly commissioned the British Market Research Bureau (BMRB) to compile an official chart.[2][4] The Record Retailer chart is now considered by the Official Charts Company, the current compilers of the UK Singles Chart, to be the canonical source for number-one singles for the earlier part of the 1960s.[4] Charts compiled by Top Pops had fifteen number-one singles that did not reach the top spot in the Record Retailer chart; in comparison, a total of nine Top Pops number-ones did not top the rival New Musical Express chart.[5] Seven Top Pops number ones did not top either of the other publications' charts. Edwin Hawkins Singers' "Oh Happy Day", Robin Gibb's "Saved by the Bell", Bee Gees' "Don't Forget to Remember", and The Tremeloes' "(Call Me) Number One" all peaked at number two in both charts, Herman's Hermits' "My Sentimental Friend" and Don Fardon's "Indian Reservation" placed with one number two and one number three in each chart, and Stevie Wonder's "My Cherie Amour" reached fourth and third spot in the two charts.[6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13]

Number-one singles[edit]

Key
No. nth single to top the chart
re Return of a single to number one
double-dagger The song did not reach number one on the chart that is now
considered official by the Official Charts Company.[14][15][16][17]
Australian entertainer Rolf Harris (pictured in 2010) spent six weeks at number one in Top Pops with the song "Two Little Boys", the longest run atop the chart.
Hard rock band Deep Purple reached number one on the Top Pops chart with "Black Night", but have never achieved an officially-recognised UK number one hit.
George Harrison was at number one with "My Sweet Lord" when the chart ceased publication in 1971.
List of Top Pops number-one singles
No. Artist[nb 1] Single[nb 1] Reached
number one[nb 1]
Weeks at
number one[nb 1]
1 Gary Puckett & The Union Gap "Young Girl" 25 May 1968 4[nb 2]
2 Rolling Stones, TheThe Rolling Stones "Jumpin' Jack Flash" 22 June 1968 3
3 Equals, TheThe Equals "Baby Come Back" 13 July 1968 2
4 Tommy James and the Shondells "Mony Mony" 27 July 1968 2
5 Crazy World of Arthur Brown "Fire" 10 August 1968 1
re Tommy James and the Shondells "Mony Mony" 17 August 1968 2
6 Bee Gees "I've Gotta Get a Message to You" 31 August 1968 1
7 Beatles, TheThe Beatles "Hey Jude" 7 September 1968 4
8 Hopkin, MaryMary Hopkin "Those Were the Days" 5 October 1968 5
9 Cocker, JoeJoe Cocker "With a Little Help from My Friends" 9 November 1968 2
10 Montenegro, HugoHugo Montenegro "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" 23 November 1968 2
11 Scaffold, TheThe Scaffold "Lily the Pink" 7 December 1968 5
12 Marmalade "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" 11 January 1969 2
13 Fleetwood Mac "Albatross" 25 January 1969 4
14 Amen Corner "(If Paradise) Is Half as Nice" 22 February 1969 2
15 Sarstedt, PeterPeter Sarstedt "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?" 8 March 1969 2
16 Gaye, MarvinMarvin Gaye "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" 22 March 1969 4
17 Dekker, DesmondDesmond Dekker & The Aces "Israelites" 19 April 1969 1
18 Beatles, TheThe Beatles with Billy Preston "Get Back" 26 April 1969 3
19 Herman's Hermits "My Sentimental Friend" double-dagger 24 May 1969 2
20 Roe, TommyTommy Roe "Dizzy" 7 June 1969 2
21 Beatles, TheThe Beatles "The Ballad of John and Yoko" 21 June 1969 2
22 Hawkins, EdwinEdwin Hawkins Singers "Oh Happy Day" double-dagger 5 July 1969 1
23 Presley, ElvisElvis Presley "In the Ghetto" double-dagger 12 July 1969 1
24 Thunderclap Newman "Something in the Air" 19 July 1969 1
25 Rolling Stones, TheThe Rolling Stones "Honky Tonk Women" 26 July 1969 2
26 Gibb, RobinRobin Gibb "Saved by the Bell" double-dagger 9 August 1969 2
27 Wonder, StevieStevie Wonder "My Cherie Amour" double-dagger 23 August 1969 1
28 Zager and Evans "In The Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)" 30 August 1969 4
29 Bee Gees "Don't Forget to Remember" double-dagger 27 September 1969 1
30 Gentry, BobbieBobbie Gentry "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" 4 October 1969 2
31 Birkin, JaneJane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg "Je t'aime... moi non plus" 18 October 1969 2
32 Archies, TheThe Archies "Sugar, Sugar" 1 November 1969 2
33 Fleetwood Mac "Oh Well" double-dagger 15 November 1969 2
34 Tremeloes, TheThe Tremeloes "(Call Me) Number One" double-dagger 29 November 1969 2
35 Rogers, KennyKenny Rogers and The First Edition "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" double-dagger 13 December 1969 1
36 Harris, RolfRolf Harris "Two Little Boys" 20 December 1969 6
37 Marmalade "Reflections of My Life" double-dagger 31 January 1970 1
38 Lighthouse, EdisonEdison Lighthouse "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" 7 February 1970 3
39 Jackson 5, TheThe Jackson 5 "I Want You Back" double-dagger 28 February 1970 3
40 Simon & Garfunkel "Bridge over Troubled Water" 21 March 1970 5
41 Greenbaum, NormanNorman Greenbaum "Spirit in the Sky" 25 April 1970 4
42 England World Cup Squad "70" "Back Home" 23 May 1970 1
43 Christie "Yellow River" 30 May 1970 1
44 Jerry, MungoMungo Jerry "In the Summertime" 13 June 1970 4
45 Free "All Right Now" double-dagger 11 July 1970 4
46 Presley, ElvisElvis Presley "The Wonder of You" 1 August 1970 3
47 Robinson, SmokeySmokey Robinson and The Miracles "The Tears of a Clown" 29 August 1970 4
48 Payne, FredaFreda Payne "Band of Gold" 26 September 1970 5
49 Deep Purple "Black Night" double-dagger 31 October 1970 1
50 Matthews' Southern Comfort "Woodstock" 7 November 1970 3
51 Fardon, DonDon Fardon "Indian Reservation" double-dagger 28 November 1970 1
52 Edmunds, DaveDave Edmunds's Rockpile "I Hear You Knocking" 5 December 1970 2
53 McGuinness Flint "When I'm Dead and Gone" double-dagger 19 December 1970 3
54 Dunn, CliveClive Dunn "Grandad" 9 January 1971 3
55 Harrison, GeorgeGeorge Harrison "My Sweet Lord" 30 January 1971 4

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d The names, singles, week-ending dates and duration at number one are from Top Pops (later Music Now).[1]
  2. ^ The chart was published fortnightly at this time, so "Young Girl", which topped two fortnightly charts, spent four weeks at number one.

References[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ a b c Smith, Alan. "Every No.1 in the 1960s is listed from all the nine different magazine charts!". davemcaleer.com. Retrieved 4 November 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Smith, Alan. "50s & 60s UK Charts – The Truth!". davemcaleer.com. Retrieved 4 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Leigh, Spencer (20 February 1998). "Music: Charting the number ones that somehow got away". The Independent. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Key Dates in the History of the Official UK Charts". Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 10 January 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Rees, Lazell & Osborne 1995, pp. 195–232.
  6. ^ Rees, Lazell & Osborne 1995, pp. 208, 210–211, 213, 215, 228.
  7. ^ "Artist Chart History: Robin Gibb". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  8. ^ "Artist Chart History: Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  9. ^ "Artist Chart History: Bee Gees". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  10. ^ "Artist Chart History: Tremeloes". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  11. ^ "Artist Chart History: Herman's Hermits". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  12. ^ "Artist Chart History: Don Fardon". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  13. ^ "Artist Chart History: Stevie Wonder". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  14. ^ "All the Number One Singles: 1968". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "All the Number One Singles: 1969". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  16. ^ "All the Number One Singles: 1970". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  17. ^ "All the Number One Singles: 1971". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
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