List of UK charts and number-one singles (1952–1969)

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The UK Singles Chart is the official chart for the United Kingdom of singles. The chart is compiled by The Official Chart Company and the beginning of an "official" singles chart is generally regarded as February 1969 when the British Market Research Bureau (BMRB) was formed to compile the chart in a joint venture between the BBC and Record Retailer. Charts were used to measure the popularity of music and, initially, were based on sheet music. In 1952, NME imitated an American idea from Billboard magazine and began compiling a chart based on physical sales of the release. Rival publications such as Record Mirror, Melody Maker, Disc began to compile their own charts in the mid-to-late 1960s. Trade paper Record Retailer compiled their first chart in March 1960.

No single chart was universally followed during this period. Retrospectively, Guinness Book of British Hit Singles and The Official Chart Company have chosen canonical sources for the era: NME (November 1952 – March 1960) and Record Retailer (March 1960 – February 1969). These choices have not been universally welcomed particularly that of Record Retailer during the 1960s when charts like NME had significantly wider circulation and following. The BBC's Pick of the Pops circumvented the lack of an official chart by aggregating the afforementioned publications to create their own chart.

Notable omissions from the canon are The Rolling Stones' "19th Nervous Breakdown" and The Beatles' "Please Please Me" which both reached number one on the NME, Disc, and Melody Maker charts, topped the BBC's Pick of the Pops aggregated chart and was announced as number one on Top of the Pops; however, in failing to top the Record Retailer chart are not generally regarded as number-one singles.[1][2]

Main charts[edit]

Elvis Presley had nineteen number-one singles between the main five charts before the "official" chart was established. These include thirteen that topped all the main charts published at the time and four not recognised in The Official Chart Company's canon.

New Musical Express (NME)[edit]

The New Musical Express (NME) chart was the first in the United Kingdom to gauge musics' popularity by physical sales – previously sheet music sales were used. NME '​s co-founder Percy Dickins imitated the chart produced by American Billboard magazine and began to compile Britain's first hit parade in 1952.[1][3] For the first chart, Dickins telephoned a sample of around 20 shops asking for a list of the 10 best-selling songs. These results were then aggregated to give a Top 12 chart (with 15 entires due to tied positions) that was published in NME on 14 November 1952.[1][3] Other periodicals produced their own charts and The Official Charts Company and Guinness' British Hit Singles & Albums regard NME as the canonical British singles chart until 10 March 1960.[4] After this Record Retailer is regarded as the canonical source until February 1969, when the British Market Research Bureau (BMRB) was formed. However, during the 1960s NME had the biggest circulation of charts in the decade and was the most widely followed.[1][2]

After 1969, NME continued to compile charts in the 1970s and 1980s and ended its time as the longest running independently compiled in May 1988.[5]

Record Mirror[edit]

The Beatles had eighteen number-one singles on the five main charts before the BMRB was formed. Fourteen of them topped all the main charts published at the time, and three are not recognised by The Official Chart Company's canon.

Record Mirror compiled its own record chart from 1955 until 1962 which was used by many national newspapers.[1] It formed as the first rival to the existing chart published by NME. The Mirror '​s chart was based on the postal returns from record stores that were financed by the newspaper—rival chart, NME, was based on a telephone poll.[5] Its first chart was a Top 10 published on 22 January 1955 using figures from 24 shops.[6] The chart was expanded from a Top 10 to a Top 20 on 8 October 1955.[7] In the early 1960s some national newspapers switched to using a chart compiled by Melody Maker and, ultimately, the cost of collecting sales figures by post led to the chart's demise. On 24 March 1962, the paper stopped compiling its own chart and started publishing Record Retailer '​s Top 50.[1]

Melody Maker[edit]

Cliff Richard was the last artist to top all five main charts, spending five or six weeks at the top of each chart with "The Young Ones". Richard had the third most number-one singles during this era; four as a solo artist and six with The Shadows (one as "The Drifters").

Melody Maker compiled its own chart from 1956 until 1988 which was used by many national newspapers.[1] It was the third periodical to compile a chart and rivaled existing compilers NME and Record Mirror. Melody Maker '​s chart, like NME '​s, was based on a telephone poll of record stores.[1][5] Melody Maker compiled a Top 20 for its first chart using figures from 19 shops on 7 April 1956.[1] During the 1950s, sample sizes ranged from around 14–33 shops and on 30 July 1960 the phoning of record shops was supplemented with postal returns; the first chart to use this method sampled 38 stores from 110 returns. On 26 August 1967, Disc, owned by the same company as Melody Maker, stopped compiling their own chart and started using the Melody Maker chart.[8] in its 9th February 1963 edition, Melody Maker disclosed that it received chart returns from 245 retailers and that its chart was audited by auditors supplied by Middlesex County Council.[9]

Disc & Music Echo[edit]

Disc compiled its own chart from 1958 until 1967, the Disc which was used by many national newspapers.[1] It formed as a rival to the existing charts published by NME, Record Mirror, and Melody Maker. Disc '​s chart, like two of its rivals, was based on a telephone poll of record stores.[1][5] On 1 February 1958 Disc compiled its first chart which was a Top 20 using figures from 20 shops.[1] Throughout the 1950s Disc '​s sample sizes remained below 40 shops and in the early 1960s the sample size was increased to approximately 50 and compiled by Fred Zebadee; other rival charts had increased their samples to around 100 but this was too expensive for Disc. On 23 April 1966 the publication Mersey Beat (which ran its own chart) was incorporated into Disc which became Disc and Music Echo.[5] On 26 August 1967, Disc, who was then owned by the same company as Melody Maker, stopped compiling their own chart and started using the Melody Maker chart.[8]

Record Retailer[edit]

Record Retailer was a trade paper that began compiling a record chart in March 1960. Although prior to 1969 there was no official singles chart,[1][2][10] Record Retailer is considered by the The Official Charts Company to be the canonical source from 10 March 1960 until 15 February 1969 when Retailer and the BBC jointly commissioned the BMRB to compile the charts.[1][4] The choice to use Record Retailer as the canonical source for the 1960s has been contentious because NME had the biggest circulation of periodicals in the decade and was more widely followed.[1][2] One source explains that the reason for using the Record Retailer chart for the 1960s was that it was "the only chart to have as many as 50 positions for almost the entire decade".[11] The sample size of Record Retailer in the early 1960s was around 30 stores whereas NME and Melody Maker were sampling over 100 stores.[1] In 1969, the first BMRB chart was compiled using postal returns of sales logs from 250 record shops.[4]

Other charts[edit]

BBC's Pick of the Pops[edit]

The BBC first aired Pick of the Pops on its Light Programme radio station on 4 October 1955.[1] Initially airing popular songs, it developed an aggregated chart from March 1958. Using the NME, Melody Maker, Disc and Record Mirror charts the BBC cumulated them by totalling points gained in the four charts (1 point for a number one, 2 for a number two, etc.) to give a form of chart average – however, this method was prone to tied positions.[1] Record Retailer was included in the average from 31 March 1962 after Record Mirror had ceased compiling their chart.[1]

Radio Luxembourg[edit]

In the 1930s, Radio Luxembourg pioneered the United States style of commercial broadcasting in Britain.[12] During the World War II the station broadcast Nazi propaganda and was then used United States troops until September 1946 with English-sponsored programming resuming at the end of the year.[13] In 1946, the Music Publishers' Association began compiling sheet music popularity charts and in 1948 British radio listeners heard their first chart show based on sales of sheet music with Radio Luxembourg broadcasting them during a Top Twenty programme on Sunday evenings.[14][15][16][17][18]

When programme administrator Derek Johnson heard about NME '​s chart in the 1950s, he passed them on to disc jockeys at Radio Luxembourg who aired a chart rundown each night.[19][20] The NME chart was used by Radio Luxembourg from January 1960 to 1967 and is said to have given "the chart acceptance and credence".[5][20]

Big L's Fab 40[edit]

Big L was a pirate radio station that operated from the MV Galaxy of the coast of Essex.[21] Founded and financially backed by American Don Pierson the station introduced contemporary hit radio, popular in the United States, to the UK. The Fab 40 was the weekly playlist and was each Sunday as a chart based enitely on airplay.[22][23] The station closed on 14 August 1967 when the Marine Broadcasting Offences Act came into effect,[21][24] Later, rivals to the official chart would factor airplay into their charts.[25]

Mersey Beat[edit]

Mersey Beat was founded initially as a regional bi-weekley publication on 13 July 1961. In 1963 it began compiling a Top 20 chart based on around 10 stores and became a national paper. The charts and paper became weekly on 24 April 1964 and, following an investment in September 1964 by Brian Epstein, expanded the chart and sample size to become the first publication to announce a Top 100 on 3 December 1964.[5] On 6 March 1965 the paper was rebranded Music Echo & Mersey Beat, which later that year became Music Echo, and by 16 April 1966 the chart was no longer published—the following week the newspaper was incorporated into Disc becoming Disc and Music Echo.[5][26]

Top Pops[edit]

Top Pops was founded initially as a monthly publication in May 1967. In May 1968 it began compiling a chart based on the telephone sample of 12 W H Smith & Son stores. The charts and paper became weekly the following month. Rebranded Music Now by 1970, the chart and paper ceased publication the following year.[5]

Comparison of chart number-ones (1952–1969)[edit]

Key
  1–18  – The number of weeks spent as a number-one single on a chart regarded as canonical by The Official Charts Company.
   No    – The single did not reach number one on the chart regarded as canonical at the time.
  1–18  – The number of weeks spent as a number-one single on a chart regarded not as canonical by The Official Charts Company.
   No    – The single did not reach number one on the listed chart (which was not regarded as canonical at the time).
     *     – One of the weeks as number-one single was spent jointly with another single and, for the purposes of sorting, is considered less than acts whose time at number one was outright.
The canoncial sources referred to above are NME for number ones 1–97 and Record Retailer for number ones 97–265

Edit by chart considered the canonical source: NMERecord Retailer

No.
[nb 1]
Artist Single NME
[nb 2]
Record
Mirror

[nb 3]
Melody
Maker

[51]
Disc
[51]
Record
Retailer

[nb 4]
Weeks at number one
001 Martino, AlAl Martino "Here in My Heart" 9
002 Stafford, JoJo Stafford "You Belong to Me" 1
003 Starr, KayKay Starr "Comes A-Long A-Love" 1
004 Fisher, EddieEddie Fisher "Outside Of Heaven" 1
005 Como, PerryPerry Como "Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes" 5
006 Mitchell, GuyGuy Mitchell "She Wears Red Feathers" 4
007 The Stargazers "Broken Wings" 1
008 Roza, LitaLita Roza "(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window?" 1
009 Laine, FrankieFrankie Laine "I Believe" 9.1818
010 Fisher, EddieEddie Fisher "I'm Walking Behind You" 1
011 Mantovani "Song from Moulin Rouge" 1
012 Mitchell, GuyGuy Mitchell "Look At That Girl" 6
013 Laine, FrankieFrankie Laine "Hey Joe" 2
014 Whitfield, DavidDavid Whitfield "Answer Me" 1.5*2*
015 Laine, FrankieFrankie Laine "Answer Me" 7.5*8*
016 Calvert, EddieEddie Calvert "Oh Mein Papa" 9
017 The Stargazers "I See the Moon" 9
018 Day, DorisDoris Day "Secret Love" 9
019 Ray, JohnnieJohnnie Ray "Such a Night" 1
020 Whitfield, DavidDavid Whitfield "Cara Mia" 9.1010
021 Kallen, KittyKitty Kallen "Little Things Mean a Lot" 1
022 Sinatra, FrankFrank Sinatra "Three Coins in the Fountain" 3
023 Cornell, DonDon Cornell "Hold My Hand" 5
024 Lynn, VeraVera Lynn "My Son, My Son" 2
025 Clooney, RosemaryRosemary Clooney "This Ole House" 1
026 Atwell, WinifredWinifred Atwell "Let's Have Another Party" 5
027 Valentine, DickieDickie Valentine "The Finger Of Suspicion" 3
028 Clooney, RosemaryRosemary Clooney "Mambo Italiano" 3 3
Martin, DeanDean Martin "Naughty Lady of Shady Lane" No 1
029 Murray, RubyRuby Murray "Softly, Softly" 3 1
030 Ford, Tennessee ErnieTennessee Ernie Ford "Give Me Your Word" 7 9
031 Prado, Perez "Prez"Perez "Prez" Prado and his Orchestra "Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White)" 2 No
032 Bennett, TonyTony Bennett "Stranger in Paradise" 2 6
033 Calvert, EddieEddie Calvert "Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White)" 4 No
034 Young, JimmyJimmy Young "Unchained Melody" 3 No
Hibbler, AlAl Hibbler "Unchained Melody" No 4
035 Cogan, AlmaAlma Cogan "Dreamboat" 2 2
036 Whitman, SlimSlim Whitman "Rose Marie" 9.1111 9
Laine, FrankieFrankie Laine "Cool Water" No 1
037 Young, JimmyJimmy Young "The Man from Laramie" 4 5
038 Johnston Brothers "Hernando's Hideaway" 2 No
039 Bill Haley & His Comets "Rock Around the Clock" 5 8
040 Valentine, DickieDickie Valentine "Christmas Alphabet" 2 No
041 Ford, Tennessee ErnieTennessee Ernie Ford "Sixteen Tons" 4 5
Busch, LouLou Busch "Zambesi" No 2
042 Martin, DeanDean Martin "Memories Are Made of This" 4 2
043 The Dream Weavers "It's Almost Tomorrow" 3 3 3
044 Kay Starr with the Hugo Winterhalter Orchestra "Rock And Roll Waltz" 1 No No
045 Atwell, WinifredWinifred Atwell "The Poor People of Paris" 3 5 2
046 Hilton, RonnieRonnie Hilton "No Other Love" 6 4 5
047 Boone, PatPat Boone "I'll Be Home" 5 6 5
048 Lymon, FrankieFrankie Lymon and The Teenagers "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" 3 3 5
049 Day, DorisDoris Day "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)" 6 6 5
050 Shelton, AnneAnne Shelton "Lay Down Your Arms" 4 4 5
051 Laine, FrankieFrankie Laine "A Woman in Love" 4 3 3
052 Ray, JohnnieJohnnie Ray "Just Walking in the Rain" 7 7 9
053 Mitchell, GuyGuy Mitchell "Singing the Blues" 2.5*3* 3 2
054 Steele, TommyTommy Steele "Singing the Blues" 1 1 No
055 Vaughan, FrankieFrankie Vaughan "The Garden of Eden" 3.5*4* 3 4
056 Hunter, TabTab Hunter "Young Love" 7 7 8
057 Donegan, LonnieLonnie Donegan "Cumberland Gap" 5 4 4
058 Mitchell, GuyGuy Mitchell "Rock-a-Billy" 1 No No
059 Williams, AndyAndy Williams "Butterfly" 2 5 4
060 Ray, JohnnieJohnnie Ray "Yes Tonight Josephine" 3 4 4
061 Donegan, LonnieLonnie Donegan "Puttin' On the Style" / "Gamblin' Man" 2 1 No
062 Presley, ElvisElvis Presley "All Shook Up" 7 7 8
063 Anka, PaulPaul Anka "Diana" 9 8 8
064 The Crickets "That'll Be the Day" 3 4 1
Presley, ElvisElvis Presley "Party" No No 2
065 Belafonte, HarryHarry Belafonte "Mary's Boy Child" 7 5 7
Otis, JohnnyJohnny Otis Show "Ma, He's Making Eyes At Me" No 2 1.5*2*
066 Lewis, Jerry LeeJerry Lee Lewis "Great Balls of Fire" 2 1 1.5*2*
067 Presley, ElvisElvis Presley "Jailhouse Rock" 3 3 2 Unknown
068 Holliday, MichaelMichael Holliday "The Story of My Life" 2 2 2 Unknown
069 Como, PerryPerry Como "Magic Moments" 8 7 7 Unknown
070 Rainwater, MarvinMarvin Rainwater "Whole Lotta Woman" 3 4 4 Unknown
071 Francis, ConnieConnie Francis "Who's Sorry Now" 6 6 6 Unknown
072 Damone, VicVic Damone "On the Street Where You Live" 1.5*2* No No Unknown
073 The Everly Brothers "All I Have to Do Is Dream" / "Claudette" 6.5*7* 9 9 Unknown
074 The Kalin Twins "When" 5 5 4 Unknown
075 Francis, ConnieConnie Francis "Carolina Moon" / "Stupid Cupid" 6 5 5 Unknown
076 Edwards, TommyTommy Edwards "It's All in the Game" 3 No No Unknown
The Everly Brothers "Bird Dog" No 3 3 Unknown
077 Lord Rockingham's XI "Hoots Mon" 3 4 3 Unknown
078 Twitty, ConwayConway Twitty "It's Only Make Believe" 5 4 7 Unknown
079 Jane Morgan "The Day the Rains Came" 1 No No Unknown
080 Presley, ElvisElvis Presley "I Got Stung" / "One Night" 3 5 3 Unknown
081 Shirley Bassey with Wally Stott & His Orchestra "As I Love You" 4 No 1 Unknown
082 The Platters "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" 1 5 4 Unknown
083 Conway, RussRuss Conway "Side Saddle" 4 2 3 Unknown
084 Holly, BuddyBuddy Holly "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" 3 2 5 Unknown
085 Presley, ElvisElvis Presley "A Fool Such As I" / "I Need Your Love Tonight" 5 7 4 Unknown
086 Conway, RussRuss Conway "Roulette" 2 1 1 Unknown
087 Darin, BobbyBobby Darin "Dream Lover" 4 5 5 Unknown
088 Richard, CliffCliff Richard and the Drifters "Living Doll" 6 4 5 Unknown
089 Douglas, CraigCraig Douglas "Only Sixteen" 4 7 6 Unknown
090 Keller, JerryJerry Keller "Here Comes Summer" 1 No No Unknown
091 Darin, BobbyBobby Darin "Mack the Knife" 2 No No Unknown
092 Richard, CliffCliff Richard and The Shadows "Travellin' Light" 5 7 6 Unknown
093 Faith, AdamAdam Faith "What Do You Want?" 2.5*3* 5 3 Unknown
094 Ford, EmileEmile Ford and the Checkmates "What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For?" 5.5*6* 2 5 Unknown
095 Holliday, MichaelMichael Holliday "Starry Eyed" 1 No No Unknown
096 Newley, AnthonyAnthony Newley "Why" 4 6 6 Unknown
097 Faith, AdamAdam Faith "Poor Me" 2 1 1 Unknown 1
098 Preston, JohnnyJohnny Preston "Running Bear" 1 2 2 2 2
099 Donegan, LonnieLonnie Donegan "My Old Man's a Dustman" 4 5 3 3 4
Presley, ElvisElvis Presley "Stuck on You" / "Fame and Fortune" No No 1 1 No
100 Newley, AnthonyAnthony Newley "Do You Mind?" 1 No 1 1 1
101 The Everly Brothers "Cathy's Clown" 9 9 9 7 7
102 Cochran, EddieEddie Cochran "Three Steps to Heaven" No No No No 2
Francis, ConnieConnie Francis "Mama"/"Robot Man" No No No 2 No
103 Jones, JimmyJimmy Jones "Good Timin'" 3 4 3 2 3
104 Richard, CliffCliff Richard and The Shadows "Please Don't Tease" 4 3 4 4 3
105 Johnny Kidd & The Pirates "Shakin' All Over" No No No No 1
106 The Shadows "Apache" 6 6 4 6 5
Presley, ElvisElvis Presley "A Mess of Blues"/"The Girl of My Best Friend" No No 1 No No
107 Valance, RickyRicky Valance "Tell Laura I Love Her" 2 2 2 3 3
108 Orbison, RoyRoy Orbison "Only the Lonely (Know How I Feel)" 3 3 3 2 2
109 Presley, ElvisElvis Presley "It's Now or Never" 9 9 8 7 8
110 Richard, CliffCliff Richard and The Shadows "I Love You" No No 2 3 2
111 Tillotson, JohnnyJohnny Tillotson "Poetry in Motion" 3 3 2 1 2
112 Presley, ElvisElvis Presley "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" 5 4 5 5 4
113 Clark, PetulaPetula Clark "Sailor" No No No 2 1
114 The Everly Brothers "Walk Right Back" 3 4 3 2 3
115 Presley, ElvisElvis Presley "Wooden Heart" 3 3.5*4* 6 4 6
The Allisons "Are You Sure?" 2 2 No 2 No
116 The Temperance Seven "You're Driving Me Crazy" 1 1.5*2* 1 No 1
117 The Marcels "Blue Moon" 2 2 2 3 2
118 Cramer, FloydFloyd Cramer "On the Rebound" No 1 No No 1
119 Shannon, DelDel Shannon "Runaway" 4 1.5*2* 6 4 3
120 Presley, ElvisElvis Presley "Surrender" 4 4.5*5* 3 3 4
Richard, CliffCliff Richard and The Shadows "A Girl Like You" No No No 1 No
121 The Everly Brothers "Temptation" 1 4 1 1 2
122 Kane, EdenEden Kane "Well I Ask You" 2 1 1 1 1
123 Shapiro, HelenHelen Shapiro "You Don't Know" 3.5*4* 2 2 2 3
124 Leyton, JohnJohn Leyton "Johnny Remember Me" 4.5*5* 5 6 7 4
125 Bassey, ShirleyShirley Bassey "Reach for the Stars" / "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" No No No No 1
Presley, ElvisElvis Presley "Wild in the Country" 1 No No No No
126 The Shadows "Kon-Tiki" No 1 1 No 1
127 The Highwaymen "Michael (Row the Boat)" 1 1 1 2 1
128 Shapiro, HelenHelen Shapiro "Walkin' Back to Happiness" 4 4 4 3 3
129 Presley, ElvisElvis Presley "His Latest Flame" 3 3 3 4 4
130 Vaughan, FrankieFrankie Vaughan "Tower of Strength" 3.5*4* 4 3 4 3
Vee, BobbyBobby Vee "Take Good Care of My Baby" 1.0*1* 1 No No No
131 Williams, DannyDanny Williams "Moon River" 1 No No No 2
Bilk, AckerAcker Bilk "Stranger on the Shore"* 1 1 2 1 No
132 Richard, CliffCliff Richard "The Young Ones" 6 5 6 5 6
133 Presley, ElvisElvis Presley "Rock-A-Hula Baby" / "Can't Help Falling in Love" No 4 4 3 4
Checker, ChubbyChubby Checker "Let's Twist Again" 2 No No No
Ball, KennyKenny Ball and his Jazzmen "March of the Siamese Children" 1 No 2 No
134 The Shadows "Wonderful Land" 9 8 7 8
135 B. Bumble and the Stingers "Nut Rocker" 1 1 1 1
136 Presley, ElvisElvis Presley "Good Luck Charm" 5 6 7 5
137 Sarne, MikeMike Sarne with Wendy Richard "Come Outside" 2 1 No 2
Brown, JoeJoe Brown and the Bruvvers "A Picture Of You" 1 1 1 No
138 Charles, RayRay Charles "I Can't Stop Loving You" 1 1 1 2
139 Ifield, FrankFrank Ifield "I Remember You" 8 8 5 7
Boone, PatPat Boone "Speedy Gonzales" No No 2 No
140 Presley, ElvisElvis Presley "She's Not You" 3 2 4 3
141 The Tornados "Telstar" 5 6 5 5
142 Ifield, FrankFrank Ifield "Lovesick Blues" 5 5 5 5
143 Presley, ElvisElvis Presley "Return to Sender" 2 1 2 3
144 Richard, CliffCliff Richard and The Shadows "The Next Time" / "Bachelor Boy" 1 5 5 3
145 The Shadows "Dance On!" 3 No No 1
146 Harris, JetJet Harris and Tony Meehan "Diamonds" 4 4 2 3
147 Ifield, FrankFrank Ifield "The Wayward Wind" 1 No 1 3
The Beatles "Please Please Me" 2 2 2 No
148 Richard, CliffCliff Richard and The Shadows "Summer Holiday" 3 3 3 3
149 The Shadows "Foot Tapper" 1 1 1 1
150 Gerry & The Pacemakers "How Do You Do It?" 3 3 4 3
151 The Beatles "From Me to You" 6 6 5 7
Kramer, Billy J.Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas "Do You Want to Know a Secret" 2 1 1 No
152 Gerry & The Pacemakers "I Like It" 4 4 5 4
153 Ifield, FrankFrank Ifield "Confessin' (That I Love You)" 3 3 2 2
154 Presley, ElvisElvis Presley "(You're the) Devil in Disguise" No No No 1
155 The Searchers "Sweets for My Sweet" 3 2 3 2
156 Kramer, Billy J.Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas "Bad to Me" 2 2 2 3
157 The Beatles "She Loves You" 6 7 5 6
158 Brian Poole and The Tremeloes "Do You Love Me" 3 2 3 3
159 Gerry & The Pacemakers "You'll Never Walk Alone" 4 4 5 4
160 The Beatles "I Want to Hold Your Hand" 6 5 5 5
161 The Dave Clark Five "Glad All Over" 2 3 2 2
The Swinging Blue Jeans "Hippy Hippy Shake" No No 1 No
162 The Searchers "Needles and Pins" 3 3 3 3
163 The Bachelors "Diane" No No No 1
164 Black, CillaCilla Black "Anyone Who Had a Heart" 4 4 3 2
The Dave Clark Five "Bits and Pieces" No No 1 No
165 Kramer, Billy J.Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas "Little Children" 1 1 1 2
166 The Beatles "Can't Buy Me Love" 4 3 3 3
167 Peter & Gordon "A World Without Love" 2 2 2 2
168 The Searchers "Don't Throw Your Love Away" 1 2 2 2
169 The Four Pennies "Juliet" 2 2 2 1
170 Black, CillaCilla Black "You're My World (Il Mio Mondo)" 3 3 3 4
171 Orbison, RoyRoy Orbison "It's Over" 2 2 2 2
172 The Animals "House of the Rising Sun" 2 1 2 1
173 The Rolling Stones "It's All Over Now" No 1 No 1
174 The Beatles "A Hard Day's Night" 4 4 4 3
175 Mann, ManfredManfred Mann "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" 2 2 2 2
176 The Honeycombs "Have I the Right?" 2 3 3 2
177 The Kinks "You Really Got Me" 1 1 No 2
178 Herman's Hermits "I'm Into Something Good" 3 2 3 2
179 Orbison, RoyRoy Orbison "Oh, Pretty Woman" 3 4 3 3
180 Shaw, SandieSandie Shaw "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" 2 1 2 3
181 The Supremes "Baby Love" 1 3 2 2
182 The Rolling Stones "Little Red Rooster" 2 No 1 1
183 The Beatles "I Feel Fine" 6 6 6 5
184 Fame, GeorgieGeorgie Fame "Yeh Yeh" 1 1 1 2
185 The Moody Blues "Go Now" 2 1 2 1
186 The Righteous Brothers "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" 1 2 1 2
187 The Kinks "Tired of Waiting for You" 1 1 1 1
188 The Seekers "I'll Never Find Another You" 2 2 2 2
189 Jones, TomTom Jones "It's Not Unusual" 1 1 1 1
190 The Rolling Stones "The Last Time" 4 3 4 3
191 Unit 4 + 2 "Concrete and Clay" No No 1 1
The Yardbirds "For Your Love" 1 No No No
192 Richard, CliffCliff Richard "The Minute You're Gone" 1 1 No 1
193 The Beatles "Ticket to Ride" 5 5 4 3
194 Miller, RogerRoger Miller "King of the Road" No No No 1
The Seekers "A World of Our Own" No No 1 No
195 Trent, JackieJackie Trent "Where Are You Now (My Love)" 1 1 1 1
196 Shaw, SandieSandie Shaw "Long Live Love" 2 2 3 3
197 Presley, ElvisElvis Presley "Crying in the Chapel" 2 3 2 2
The Everly Brothers "The Price of Love" 1 No No No
198 The Hollies "I'm Alive" 2 2 2 3
199 The Byrds "Mr. Tambourine Man" 2 2 2 2
200 The Beatles "Help!" 4 4 4 3
201 Sonny & Cher "I Got You Babe" 1 2 2 2
202 The Rolling Stones "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" 3 2 2 2
203 The Walker Brothers "Make It Easy on Yourself" No 1 1 1
204 Dodd, KenKen Dodd "Tears" 6 5 5 5
205 The Rolling Stones "Get Off of My Cloud" 3 2 3 3
Barry, LenLen Barry "1-2-3" 1 No No No
206 The Seekers "The Carnival Is Over" 1 4 2 3
207 The Beatles "Day Tripper" / "We Can Work It Out" 5 4 5 5
208 The Spencer Davis Group "Keep On Running" 3 2 2 1
209 The Overlanders "Michelle" 1 2 2 3
210 Sinatra, NancyNancy Sinatra "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" 1 1 1 4
The Rolling Stones "19th Nervous Breakdown" 3 3 3 No
Small Faces "Sha-La-La-La-Lee" No 1 1 No
The Hollies "I Can't Let Go" 2 No No No
211 The Walker Brothers "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" 4 3 4 4
212 The Spencer Davis Group "Somebody Help Me" 1 2 1 2
213 Springfield, DustyDusty Springfield "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" 2 2 2 1
214 Mann, ManfredManfred Mann "Pretty Flamingo" 3 3 3 3
215 The Rolling Stones "Paint It, Black" 1 1 No 1
216 Sinatra, FrankFrank Sinatra "Strangers in the Night" 3 2 3 3
217 The Beatles "Paperback Writer" 2 4 2 2
218 The Kinks "Sunny Afternoon" 2 No 2 2
219 Fame, GeorgieGeorgie Fame and the Blue Flames "Getaway" No 2 No 1
220 Farlowe, ChrisChris Farlowe "Out of Time" 2 1 2 1
221 The Troggs "With a Girl Like You" 2 2 2 2
222 The Beatles "Yellow Submarine" / "Eleanor Rigby" 4 3 3 4
223 Small Faces "All or Nothing" 1 2 2 1
224 Reeves, JimJim Reeves "Distant Drums" 5 2 4 5
The Who "I'm a Boy" No 2 No No
225 Four Tops "Reach Out I'll Be There" 3 3 4 3
226 The Beach Boys "Good Vibrations" 2 3 2 2
227 Jones, TomTom Jones "Green, Green Grass of Home" 7 7 6 7
The Seekers "Morningtown Ride" No No 1 No
228 The Monkees "I'm a Believer" 4 4 4 4
229 Clark, PetulaPetula Clark "This Is My Song" 2 1 2 2
230 Humperdinck, EngelbertEngelbert Humperdinck "Release Me" 6 3 5 6
The Beatles "Penny Lane" / "Strawberry Fields Forever" No 3 No No
Secombe, HarryHarry Secombe "This Is My Song" No No 1 No
231 Sinatra, NancyNancy Sinatra and Frank Sinatra "Somethin' Stupid" 1 2 2 2
232 Shaw, SandieSandie Shaw "Puppet on a String" 4 4 3 3
233 The Tremeloes "Silence Is Golden" 3 3 3 3
234 Procol Harum "A Whiter Shade of Pale" 5 5 6 6
The Monkees "Alternate Title" No 1 No No
235 The Beatles "All You Need Is Love" 4 3 2 3
236 McKenzie, ScottScott McKenzie "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" 4 3 3 4
237 Humperdinck, EngelbertEngelbert Humperdinck "The Last Waltz" 6 7 5
238 Bee Gees "Massachusetts" 3 3 4
239 The Foundations "Baby Now That I've Found You" 3 2 2
240 Baldry, Long JohnLong John Baldry "Let the Heartaches Begin" 1 2 2
241 The Beatles "Hello, Goodbye" 6 5 7
The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour[nb 5] No 3 No
242 Fame, GeorgieGeorgie Fame "The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde" 1 1 1
243 Love Affair "Everlasting Love" 3 3 2
244 Mann, ManfredManfred Mann "Mighty Quinn" 2 2 2
245 Ofarim, Esther and AbiEsther and Abi Ofarim "Cinderella Rockefella" 4 4 3
246 Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich "The Legend of Xanadu" No No 1
Jones, TomTom Jones "Delilah" No 2 No
247 The Beatles "Lady Madonna" 2 No 2
248 Richard, CliffCliff Richard "Congratulations" 1 No 2
249 Armstrong, LouisLouis Armstrong "What a Wonderful World" / "Cabaret" 4 5 4
250 Gary Puckett & The Union Gap "Young Girl" 5 4 4
251 The Rolling Stones "Jumpin' Jack Flash" 2 3 2
252 The Equals "Baby Come Back" 3 3 3
253 O'Connor, DesDes O'Connor "I Pretend" No No 1
254 Tommy James and the Shondells "Mony Mony" 4 5 3
255 Crazy World of Arthur Brown "Fire" No No 1
256 The Beach Boys "Do It Again" No No 1
Jones, TomTom Jones "Help Yourself" 2 No No
Alpert, HerbHerb Alpert "This Guy's in Love With You" No 1 No
257 Bee Gees "I've Gotta Get a Message to You" 1 1 1
258 The Beatles "Hey Jude" 3 4 2
259 Hopkin, MaryMary Hopkin "Those Were the Days" 5 5 6
260 Cocker, JoeJoe Cocker "With a Little Help from My Friends" 1 1 1
261 Montenegro, HugoHugo Montenegro "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" 1 3 4
Ryan, BarryBarry Ryan "Eloise" 2 1 No
262 The Scaffold "Lily the Pink" 5 3 4
263 Marmalade "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" 2 3 3
264 Fleetwood Mac "Albatross" 3 2 1
265 The Move "Blackberry Way" 1 1 1

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ According to The Official Charts Company and the canonical sources, chronologically, which number one it was.[27][28]
  2. ^ NME is considered by The Official Charts Company as the canonical source for number-one singles from the charts' inception until 10 March 1960.[4] The names, singles and duration of the number-ones are taken from The Official Charts Company and from NME.[27][29]
  3. ^ The names, singles and duration of the number-ones are from the Record Mirror.[5][6][7][30][31][32][33][34][35][36][37][38][39][40][41][42][43][44][45][46][47][48][49][50]
  4. ^ Record Retailer is considered by The Official Charts Company as the canonical source for number-one singles from 10 March 1960 until 15 February 1969 when Retailer and the BBC jointly commissioned the British Music Record Bureau (BMRB) to compile the chart.[4] When BMRB started compiling the chart is generally regarded as the beginning of an official chart.[1][2][11] The names, singles and duration of the number-ones are taken from The Official Charts Company.
  5. ^ This number-one record was not a single but a double extended play (EP) with six tracks. Due to the low popularity of EPs in the United States, an album of the same name was released containing the six EP tracks and five singles from 1967.[52] The rules now require at most four distinct songs to be eligible for the UK Singles Chart.[53]

References[edit]

Footnotes
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  6. ^ a b "January – June 1955". Record Mirror. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "July – November 1955". Record Mirror. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Coryton & Murrells 1990, p. 9.
  9. ^ Source: Melody Maker 9th February 1963.
  10. ^ Warwick, Neil; Kutner, Jon; Brown, Tony (2004). The Complete Book Of The British Charts: Singles and Albums (3rd ed.). London: Omnibus Press. p. v. ISBN 1-84449-058-0. Until 15th February 1969, there was no officially compiled chart. 
  11. ^ a b Warwick, Kutner & Brown 2004, p. v.
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  15. ^ Sterling 2004, p. 1176.
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  18. ^ Briggs 1995, p. 334.
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  27. ^ a b "Number 1 Singles – 1950s". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 5 April 2008. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  28. ^ "Number 1 Singles – 1960s". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 8 April 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2010. 
  29. ^ Rees, Lazell & Osborne 1995, pp. 82–217.
  30. ^ "October – December 1958". Record Mirror. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  31. ^ "November – December 1957". Record Mirror. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  32. ^ "November – December 1955". Record Mirror. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  33. ^ "April – July 1956". Record Mirror. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  34. ^ "July – October 1956". Record Mirror. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  35. ^ "October – December 1956". Record Mirror. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  36. ^ "January – April 1957". Record Mirror. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  37. ^ "April – July 1957". Record Mirror. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  38. ^ "July – November 1957". Record Mirror. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  39. ^ "January – April 1958". Record Mirror. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  40. ^ "April – July 1958". Record Mirror. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  41. ^ "July – October 1958". Record Mirror. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  42. ^ "January – April 1959". Record Mirror. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  43. ^ "April – August 1959". Record Mirror. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  44. ^ "August – November 1959". Record Mirror. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  45. ^ "December 1959". Record Mirror. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  46. ^ "January – February 1960". Record Mirror. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  47. ^ "February – May 1960". Record Mirror. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  48. ^ "June – September 1960". Record Mirror. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  49. ^ "September – December 1960". Record Mirror. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  50. ^ "December 1960". Record Mirror. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  51. ^ a b Coryton & Murrells 1990, pp. 244–248.
  52. ^ "Magical Mystery Tour". Apple Corps. Retrieved 14 September 2010. 
  53. ^ "Rules For Chart Eligibility" (PDF). The Official Charts Company. August 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
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