1974 in British music

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This is a summary of 1974 in music in the United Kingdom, including the official charts from that year.

Events[edit]

Number Ones[edit]

Singles[edit]

Date[1] Single Artist Weeks
5 January "Merry Xmas Everybody" Slade 2
19 January "You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me" The New Seekers 1
26 January "Tiger Feet" Mud 4
23 February "Devil Gate Drive" Suzi Quatro 2
9 March "Jealous Mind" Alvin Stardust 1
16 March "Billy Don't Be a Hero" Paper Lace 3
6 April "Seasons in the Sun" Terry Jacks 4
4 May "Waterloo" ABBA 2
18 May "Sugar Baby Love" The Rubettes 4
15 June "The Streak" Ray Stevens 1
22 June "Always Yours" Gary Glitter 1
29 June "She" Charles Aznavour 4
27 July "Rock Your Baby" George McCrae 3
17 August "When Will I See You Again" The Three Degrees 2
31 August "Love Me for a Reason" The Osmonds 3
21 September "Kung Fu Fighting" Carl Douglas 3
12 October "Annie's Song" John Denver 1
19 October "Sad Sweet Dreamer" Sweet Sensation 1
26 October "Everything I Own" Ken Boothe 3
16 November "Gonna Make You a Star" David Essex 3
7 December "You're the First, the Last, My Everything" Barry White 2
21 December "Lonely This Christmas" Mud 3

Albums[edit]

Date[2] Single Artist Weeks
5 January Tales from Topographic Oceans Yes 2
19 January Sladest Slade 1
26 January And I Love You So Perry Como 1
2 February The Singles: 1969-1973 The Carpenters 4
2 March Old, New, Borrowed and Blue Slade 1
9 March The Singles: 1969-1973 The Carpenters 11
25 May Journey to the Centre of the Earth Rick Wakeman 1
1 June The Singles: 1969-1973 The Carpenters 1
8 June Diamond Dogs David Bowie 4
6 July The Singles: 1969-1973 The Carpenters 1
13 July Caribou Elton John 2
27 July Band on the Run Paul McCartney & Wings 7
14 September Hergest Ridge Mike Oldfield 3
5 October Tubular Bells Mike Oldfield 1
12 October Rollin' Bay City Rollers 1
19 October Smiler Rod Stewart 1
26 October Rollin' Bay City Rollers 1
2 November Smiler Rod Stewart 1
9 November Rollin' Bay City Rollers 2
23 November Greatest Hits Elton John 7

Year-end charts[edit]

Between 2 January and 6 December 1974.

Best-selling singles[edit]

[3]

No. Title Artist Peak
position
1 "Tiger Feet" Mud 1
2 "Seasons in the Sun" Jacks, TerryTerry Jacks 1
3 "Billy Don't Be a Hero" Paper Lace 1
4 "When Will I See You Again" The Three Degrees 1
5 "Rock Your Baby" McCrae, GeorgeGeorge McCrae 1
6 "Gonna Make You a Star" Essex, DavidDavid Essex 1
7 "She" Aznavour, CharlesCharles Aznavour 1
8 "Kung Fu Fighting" Douglas, CarlCarl Douglas 1
9 "Everything I Own" Boothe, KenKen Boothe 1
10 "Sugar Baby Love" Rubettes 1
11 "Devil Gate Drive" Quatro, SuziSuzi Quatro 1
12 "Love Me for a Reason" Osmonds, TheThe Osmonds 1
13 "Jealous Mind" Stardust, AlvinAlvin Stardust 1
14 "The Air That I Breathe" Hollies, TheThe Hollies 2
15 "Annie's Song" Denver, JohnJohn Denver 1
16 "Waterloo" ABBA 1
17 "The Wombling Song" Wombles, TheThe Wombles 4
18 "You Make Me Feel Brand New" Stylistics, TheThe Stylistics 2
19 "The Most Beautiful Girl" Rich, CharlieCharlie Rich 2
20 "Y Viva Espana" Sylvia 4
21 "Hey Rock and Roll" Showaddywaddy 2
22 "Kissin' in the Back Row of the Movies" Drifters, TheThe Drifters 2
23 "I'm Leaving It Up to You" Osmond, DonnyDonny Osmond & Osmond, MarieMarie Osmond 2
24 "The Streak" Stevens, RayRay Stevens 1
25 "Teenage Rampage" Sweet 2
26 "Remember You're a Womble" Wombles, TheThe Wombles 3
27 "Always Yours" Glitter, GaryGary Glitter 1
28 "You're Sixteen" Starr, RingoRingo Starr 4
29 "Killer Queen" Queen 2
30 "This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us" Sparks 2
31 "Don't Stay Away Too Long" Peters and Lee 3
32 "You're the First, the Last, My Everything" White, BarryBarry White 1
33 "Angel Face" Glitter Band, TheThe Glitter Band 4
34 "Born with a Smile on My Face" de Sykes, StephanieStephanie de Sykes with Rain 2
35 "Hang on in There Baby" Bristol, JohnnyJohnny Bristol 3
36 "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" Ruffin, JimmyJimmy Ruffin 4
37 "The Cat Crept In" Mud 2
38 "There's a Ghost in My House" Taylor, R. DeanR. Dean Taylor 3
39 "Sad Sweet Dreamer" Sweet Sensation 1
40 "Dance with the Devil" Powell, CozyCozy Powell 3
41 "Solitaire" Williams, AndyAndy Williams 4
42 "Summerlove Sensation" Bay City Rollers 3
43 "Hey There Lonely Girl" Holman, EddieEddie Holman 4
44 "Emma" Hot Chocolate 3
45 "You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me" New Seekers, TheThe New Seekers 1
46 "You Are Everything" Ross, DianaDiana Ross & Marvin Gaye 5
47 "Far Far Away" Slade 2
48 "All of Me Loves All of You" Bay City Rollers 4
49 "Remember (Sha-La-La)" Bay City Rollers 6
50 "Band on the Run" McCartney, PaulPaul McCartney and Wings 3

Best-selling albums[edit]

The list of the top fifty best-selling albums of 1974 were published in Music Week and in Record Mirror at the end of the year, and later reproduced in the first edition of the BPI Year Book in 1976. However, in 2007 the Official Charts Company published album chart histories for each year from 1956 to 1977, researched by historian Sharon Mawer, and included an updated list of the top ten best-selling albums for each year based on the new research. The updated top ten for 1974 is shown in the table below.[4]

No. Title Artist Peak
position
1 The Singles: 1969–1973 Carpenters, TheThe Carpenters 1
2 Band on the Run McCartney, PaulPaul McCartney and Wings 1
3 Tubular Bells Oldfield, MikeMike Oldfield 1
4 40 Greatest Hits Presley, ElvisElvis Presley [a]
5 The Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd 7[b]
6 Diamond Dogs Bowie, DavidDavid Bowie 1
7 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road John, EltonElton John 2[c]
8 And I Love You So Como, PerryPerry Como 1
9 Greatest Hits Simon & Garfunkel 6[d]
10 Greatest Hits John, EltonElton John 1

Notes:

  1. ^ Greatest Hits was not eligible for the album chart in 1974, as television-advertised compilations were excluded from the chart until July 1975. The album did not officially reach number one until September 1977, following Presley's death.
  2. ^ Reached number 2 in 1973
  3. ^ Reached number 1 in 1973
  4. ^ Reached number 2 in 1972

Classical music: new works[edit]

Film and Incidental music[edit]

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ChartArchive - Number One singles(Link redirected to OCC website)
  2. ^ ChartArchive - Number One albums(Link redirected to OCC website)
  3. ^ "Top Selling Singles for 1974". Music Week. London, England: Spotlight Publications: 20. 4 January 1975. 
  4. ^ Mawer, Sharon. "Album Chart History: 1974". Official UK Charts Company. Archived from the original on 17 December 2007. 
  5. ^ "British Light Music Premieres, Vol. 1 - The Pallisers, television series score". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  6. ^ "Fan pays tribute to Wurzel Adge". BBC Somerset. BBC. Retrieved 9 July 2008.