List of UK top 12 singles in 1953

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The UK Singles Chart, compiled by the Official Charts Company, calculates the best-selling record singles of the week in the United Kingdom.[1] New Musical Express (NME) magazine published the United Kingdom record charts for the first time in 1952.[2][3][4] NME originally published only a top 12 (although the first chart had a couple of songs that were tied so a top 15 was announced) but this was gradually extended to encompass a top 20 by October 1954.[5][6][7] Songs that peaked in 1952 but remained in the top 12 in 1953 are listed below and in List of UK top 12 singles in 1952.Similarly, songs that entered the top 12 in 1952 but did not peak until 1953 are listed in a separate table below, as well as in List of UK top 12 singles in 1954.

Top 12 singles[edit]

Symbol Meaning
Single peaked in 1952 but still in chart in 1953.
Single released in 1953 but peaked in 1954.
Entered The date that the song first appeared in the chart.
Peak Highest position that the song reached in the UK Singles Chart.
Entered[A] Weeks in top 12 Single Artist Peak Peak reached[A] Weeks at number 1
9 November 18 "Here in My Heart"‡ Martino, AlAl Martino 1 9 November 9
9 November 10 "Feet Up"‡ Mitchell, GuyGuy Mitchell 2 16 November 0
9 November 12 "Isle of Innisfree"‡ Crosby, BingBing Crosby 3 7 December 0
9 November 9 "Half as Much"‡ Clooney, RosemaryRosemary Clooney 3 16 November 0
9 November 24 "Because You're Mine"‡ Lanza, MarioMario Lanza 3 30 November 0
9 November 8 "Sugar Bush"‡ Day, DorisDoris Day and Frankie Laine 8 9 November 0
14 December 4[D] "Because You're Mine"‡ Cole, Nat KingNat King Cole 1 14 December 5
9 November 19 "You Belong to Me" Stafford, JoJo Stafford 1 11 January 1
9 November 8[B] "Cowpuncher's Cantata" Bygraves, MaxMax Bygraves 6 18 January 0
30 November 16 "Comes A-Long A-Love" Starr, KayKay Starr 1 18 January 1
7 December 6[D] "Britannia Rag" Atwell, WinifredWinifred Atwell 5 18 January 0
14 December 10 "Takes Two to Tango" Armstrong, LouisLouis Armstrong 6 18 January 0
14 December 3[D] "Faith Can Move Mountains" Ray, JohnnieJohnnie Ray and The Four Lads 7 14 January 0
14 December 7[D] "Walkin' to Missouri" Brent, TonyTony Brent 7 18 January 0
28 December 4[C] "Faith Can Move Mountains" Cole, Nat KingNat King Cole 4 1 February 0
28 December 17[D] "Outside of Heaven" Fisher, EddieEddie Fisher 1 25 January 1
28 December 7[D] "Make It Soon" Brent, TonyTony Brent 9 11 January 0
4 January 1 "Faith Can Move Mountains" Young, JimmyJimmy Young 11 4 January 0
4 January 1 "The Glow-Worm" Mills Brothers 10 4 January 0
11 January 15 "Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes" Como, PerryPerry Como and The Ramblers 1 1 February 5
11 January 1 "Vanessa" Heath and His Music, TedTed Heath and His Music 11 11 January 0
18 January 5[D] "Everything I Have Is Yours" Fisher, EddieEddie Fisher 8 1 February 0
18 January 1 "Got You on My Mind" Brent, TonyTony Brent 12 18 January 0
25 January 12 "Now" Martino, AlAl Martino 3 15 March 0
8 February 16[D] "She Wears Red Feathers" Mitchell, GuyGuy Mitchell 1 8 March 4
8 February 12[D] "Broken Wings" Stargazers, TheThe Stargazers 1 5 January 1
8 February 7 "Broken Wings" Todd, Art and DottyArt and Dotty Todd 6 22 February 0
15 February 1 "Broken Wings" Valentine, DickieDickie Valentine 12 15 February 0
22 February 10 "Wonderful Copenhagen" Kaye, DannyDanny Kaye 6 15 March 0
1 March 1 "Why Don't You Believe Me?" James, JoniJoni James 11 1 March 0
8 March 11 "How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?" Roza, LitaLita Roza 1 12 April 1
8 March 3 "All the Time and Everywhere" Valentine, DickieDickie Valentine 9 15 March 0
15 March 1 "The Girl in the Wood" Laine, FrankieFrankie Laine 11 15 March 0
15 March 1 "Night Train" Morrow, BuddyBuddy Morrow 12 15 March 0
22 March 5 "How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?" Page, PattiPatti Page 9 22 March 0
29 March 8 "Oh Happy Day" Johnston Brothers 4 26 April 0
29 March 3 "Little Red Monkey" Frank Chacksfield's Tunesmiths 10 29 March 0
29 March 36 "I Believe" Laine, FrankieFrankie Laine 1 19 April 18
5 April 7[B] "Somebody Stole My Gal" Ray, JohnnieJohnnie Ray 6 5 April 0
12 April 1 "Full Time Job" Day, DorisDoris Day and Johnnie Ray 11 12 April 0
19 April 11 "Pretty Little Black Eyed Susie" Mitchell, GuyGuy Mitchell 2 26 April 0
19 April 4 "Side by Side Starr, KayKay Starr 7 26 April 0
19 April 18 "Pretend" Cole, Nat KingNat King Cole 2 3 May 0
26 April 15 "Downhearted" Fisher, EddieEddie Fisher 3 17 May 0
26 April 10 "In a Golden Coach (There's a Heart of Gold)" Cotton, BillyBilly Cotton 3 31 May 0
3 May 16[D] "Tell Me a Story" Boyd, JimmyJimmy Boyd and Frankie Laine 5 10 May 0
10 May 17 "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" Smith, MurielMuriel Smith 3 14 June 0
10 May 23 "Terry's Theme" Goodwin, RonRon Goodwin 3 2 August 0
10 May 6[D] "Coronation Rag" Atwell, WinifredWinifred Atwell 5 31 May 0
17 May 18 "I'm Walking Behind You" Fisher, EddieEddie Fisher and Sally Sweetland 1 21 June 1
17 May 24 "Terry's Theme" Chacksfield, FrankFrank Chacksfield 2 31 May 0
24 May 23[C] "The Song from Moulin Rouge" Mantovani 1 9 August 1
31 May 1 "In a Golden Coach (There's a Heart of Gold)" Valentine, DickieDickie Valentine 1 31 May 0
31 May 1 "The Windsor Waltz" Lynn, VeraVera Lynn 11 31 May 0
31 May 1 "I'm Walking Behind You" Squires, DorothyDorothy Squires 12 31 May 0
28 June 11 "Hot Toddy" Heath and His Music, TedTed Heath and His Music 6 9 August 0
5 July 5[D] "Rachel" Martino, AlAl Martino 10 5 July 0
5 July 1 "Bushel and a Peck" Blaine, VivianVivian Blaine 12 5 July 0
12 July 6[C] "Seven Lonely Days" MacKenzie, GiseleGisele MacKenzie 6 August 0
19 July 14 "Lets Walk That A-Way" Day, DorisDoris Day and Johnnie Ray 4 23 August 0
2 August 7[D] "Say You're Mine Again" Hutton, JuneJune Hutton and Axel Stordahl
with The Boys Next Door
6 13 September 0
9 August 8 "Can't I?" Cole, Nat KingNat King Cole 6 20 September 0
16 August 9 "Eternally" Young, JimmyJimmy Young 8 30 August 0
23 August 14 "Look at That Girl" Mitchell, GuyGuy Mitchell 1 6 September 6
30 August 12 "Where the Winds Blow" Laine, FrankieFrankie Laine 2 27 September 0
13 September 7 "Mother Nature and Father Time" Cole, Nat KingNat King Cole 7 11 October 0
13 September 8[D] "Kiss" Martin, DeanDean Martin 5 18 October 0
20 September 3[C] "Flirtation Waltz" Atwell, WinifredWinifred Atwell 10 27 September 0
27 September 1 "The Bridge of Sighs" Whitfield, DavidDavid Whitfield 9 27 September 0
11 October 8 "Hey Joe" Laine, FrankieFrankie Laine 1 18 October 2
11 October 14[D] "Answer Me" Whitfield, DavidDavid Whitfield 1 27 September 2
18 October 18[D] "Swedish Rhapsody" Mantovani 2 29 November 0
18 October 10[D] "Poppa Piccolino" Decker, DianaDiana Decker 2 6 December 0
18 October 5[E] "Dragnet" Heath and His Music, TedTed Heath and His Music 9 22 November 0
25 October 17 "Answer Me" Laine, FrankieFrankie Laine 1 8 November 0
1 November 15[D] "Chicka Boom"♦ Mitchell, GuyGuy Mitchell 4 24 January 0
1 November 9 "Wish You Were Here" Fisher, EddieEddie Fisher 8 15 November 0
15 November 4 "Vaya Con Dios" Paul, LesLes Paul and Mary Ford 7 15 November 0
15 November 6[D] "Crying in the Chapel" Lawrence, LeeLee Lawrence 7 6 December 0
22 November 6 "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" Boyd, JimmyJimmy Boyd 3 29 November 0
22 November 5 "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" Beverley Sisters 6 6 December 0
29 November 15[D] "Let's Have a Party"♦ Atwell, WinifredWinifred Atwell 2 10 January 0
29 November 2[D] "Dragnet" Anthony and His Orchestra, RayRay Anthony and His Orchestra 7 29 November 0
29 November 4[D] "Swedish Rhapsody" Martin, RayRay Martin 4 13 December 0
6 December 5[D] "Ricochet" Regan, JoanJoan Regan with The Squadronaires 8 6 December 0
6 December 11[D] "Rags to Riches"♦ Whitfield, DavidDavid Whitfield 3 3 January 0
13 December 3 "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" Cotton, BillyBilly Cotton 11 13 December 0
13 December 16 "Cloud Lucky Seven"♦ Mitchell, GuyGuy Mitchell 2 7 February 0
13 December 21 "Oh Mein Papa"♦ Calvert, EddieEddie Calvert 1 9 January 9

Notes

  • B Song re-entered the chart on three occasions.
  • C Song re-entered the chart twice.
  • D Song re-entered the chart once.
  • E Song re-entered the chart on four occasions.

Entries by artist[edit]

Artist Number of top 12 singles
Laine, FrankieFrankie Laine 7[F]
Mitchell, GuyGuy Mitchell 6[F][G]
Cole, Nat KingNat King Cole 5[F]
Fisher, EddieEddie Fisher 5
Atwell, WinifredWinifred Atwell 4
Ray, JohnnieJohnnie Ray 4
Brent, TonyTony Brent 3
Day, DorisDoris Day 3[F]
Heath and His Music, TedTed Heath and His Music 3
Martino, AlAl Martino 3[F]
Valentine, DickieDickie Valentine 3
Boyd, JimmyJimmy Boyd 2
Chacksfield, FrankFrank Chacksfield 2
Cotton, BillyBilly Cotton 2
Mantovani 2
Whitfield, DavidDavid Whitfield 2
Young, JimmyJimmy Young 2

Notes

  • F Figure includes song that peaked in 1952.
  • G Figure includes song that peaked in 1954.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "The Official UK Charts Company". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "The Story of the Single". BBC News. 23 March 2001. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "'The Godfather' singer Al Martino dies". New Musical Express. 14 October 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Key dates in the history of the Official UK Charts". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 10 January 2008. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Top 10 chart starts to sound a little off-key". Yorkshire Post. 17 January 2005. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "First ever top 12: 14 November 1952". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 10 January 2008. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "First ever top 20: 01 October 1954". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 10 January 2008. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 

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