1975 in British music

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This is a summary of 1975 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
11 January "Lonely This Christmas" Mud 1
18 January "Down Down" Status Quo 1
25 January "Ms Grace" The Tymes 1
1 February "January" Pilot 3
22 February "Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)" Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel 2
8 March "If" Telly Savalas 2
22 March "Bye Bye Baby" Bay City Rollers 6
3 May "Oh Boy!" Mud 2
17 May "Stand By Your Man" Tammy Wynette 3
7 June "Whispering Grass" Don Estelle & Windsor Davies 3
28 June "I'm Not in Love" 10cc 2
12 July "Tears On My Pillow" Johnny Nash 1
19 July "Give a Little Love" Bay City Rollers 3
9 August "Barbados" Typically Tropical 1
16 August "I Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)" The Stylistics 3
6 September "Sailing" Rod Stewart 4
4 October "Hold Me Close" David Essex 3
25 October "I Only Have Eyes for You" Art Garfunkel 2
8 November "Space Oddity" David Bowie 2
22 November "D.I.V.O.R.C.E." Billy Connolly 1
29 November "Bohemian Rhapsody" Queen 6

Albums[edit]

Date[2] Single Artist Weeks
11 January Greatest Hits Elton John 4
8 February His Greatest Hits Engelbert Humperdinck 3
1 March On the Level Status Quo 2
15 March Physical Graffiti Led Zeppelin 1
22 March 20 Greatest Hits Tom Jones 4
19 April The Best of the Stylistics The Stylistics 2
3 May Once Upon a Star Bay City Rollers 3
24 May The Best of the Stylistics The Stylistics 5
28 June Venus and Mars Wings 1
19 April Horizon The Carpenters 2
19 July Venus and Mars Wings 1
26 July Horizon The Carpenters 3
16 August The Best of the Stylistics The Stylistics 2
30 August Atlantic Crossing Rod Stewart 5
4 October Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd 1
11 October Atlantic Crossing Rod Stewart 2
25 October 40 Golden Greats Jim Reeves 3
15 November We All Had Doctors' Papers Max Boyce 1
22 November 40 Greatest Hits Perry Como 5
27 December A Night at the Opera Queen 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Between 30 December 1974 and 5 December 1975.

Best-selling singles[edit]

[3]

No. Title Artist Peak
position
1 "Bye Bye Baby" Bay City Rollers 1
2 "Sailing" Stewart, RodRod Stewart 1
3 "Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)" Stylistics, TheThe Stylistics 1
4 "Whispering Grass" Davies, WindsorWindsor Davies and Don Estelle 1
5 "Stand by Your Man" Wynette, TammyTammy Wynette 1
6 "Give a Little Love" Bay City Rollers 1
7 "Hold Me Close" Essex, DavidDavid Essex 1
8 "The Last Farewell" Whittaker, RogerRoger Whittaker 2
9 "I Only Have Eyes for You" Garfunkel, ArtArt Garfunkel 1
10 "Tears On My Pillow" Nash, JohnnyJohnny Nash 1
11 "I'm Not in Love" 10cc 1
12 "Barbados" Typically Tropical 1
13 "If" Savalas, TellyTelly Savalas 1
14 "There Goes My First Love" Drifters, TheThe Drifters 3
15 "Three Steps to Heaven" Showaddywaddy 2
16 "The Hustle" McCoy, VanVan McCoy 3
17 "Space Oddity" Bowie, DavidDavid Bowie 1
18 "January" Pilot 1
19 "Funky Moped"/"The Magic Roundabout" Carrott, JasperJasper Carrott 5
20 "Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)" Harley, SteveSteve Harley and Cockney Rebel 1
21 "Oh Boy" Mud 1
22 "Bohemian Rhapsody" Queen 1
23 "Misty" Stevens, RayRay Stevens 2
24 "Lovin' You" Ripperton, MinnieMinnie Ripperton 2
25 "The Way We Were"–"Try to Remember" Knight, GladysGladys Knight & the Pips 4
26 "Sugar Candy Kisses" Kissoon, Mac and KatieMac and Katie Kissoon 3
27 "There's a Whole Lot of Loving" Guys & Dolls 2
28 "Please Mr. Postman" Carpenters, TheThe Carpenters 2
29 "Sing Baby Sing" Stylistics, TheThe Stylistics 3
30 "Love Is the Drug" Roxy Music 2
31 "Rhinestone Cowboy" Campbell, GlenGlen Campbell 4
32 "Moonlighting" Sayer, LeoLeo Sayer 2
33 "D.I.V.O.R.C.E." Connolly, BillyBilly Connolly 1
34 "Hurts So Good" Cadogan, SusanSusan Cadogan 4
35 "Only You Can" Fox 3
36 "Honey" Goldsboro, BobbyBobby Goldsboro 2
37 "Fox on the Run" Sweet 2
38 "Blanket on the Ground" Spears, Billie JoBillie Jo Spears 6
39 "It's Been So Long" McCrae, GeorgeGeorge McCrae 4
40 "Scotch on the Rocks" Band of the Black Watch 8
41 "You Sexy Thing" Hot Chocolate 2
42 "Feelings" Albert, MorrisMorris Albert 4
43 "The Secrets That You Keep" Mud 3
44 "If You Think You Know How to Love Me" Smokie 3
45 "The Bump" Kenny 3
46 "I'm on Fire" 5000 Volts 4
47 "Love Me Love My Dog" Shelley, PeterPeter Shelley 3
48 "SOS" ABBA 6
49 "That's the Way (I Like It)" KC & the Sunshine Band 4
50 "Disco Stomp" Bohannon, HamiltonHamilton Bohannon 6

Best-selling albums[edit]

The list of the top fifty best-selling albums of 1975 were published in Music Week and in Record Mirror at the end of the year, and reproduced the following year 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 1975 is shown in the table below.[4]

No. Title Artist Peak
position
1 The Best of the Stylistics Stylistics, TheThe Stylistics 1
2 Once Upon a Star Bay City Rollers 1
3 Atlantic Crossing Stewart, RodRod Stewart 1
4 40 Golden Greats Reeves, JimJim Reeves 1
5 Venus and Mars Wings 1
6 40 Greatest Hits Presley, ElvisElvis Presley 16[a]
7 Greatest Hits John, EltonElton John 1
8 Horizon Carpenters, TheThe Carpenters 1
9 Tubular Bells Oldfield, MikeMike Oldfield 2[b]
10 40 Greatest Hits Como, PerryPerry Como 1

Notes:

  1. ^ Greatest Hits was not eligible for the album chart until July 1975, as television-advertised compilations were excluded from the chart until this date. Most of the album's sales were during late 1974 and early 1975, and by the time it was readmitted to the album chart its sales had tailed off. The album did not officially reach number one until September 1977, following Presley's death.
  2. ^ Reached number 1 in 1974

Classical music: new works[edit]

Film and Incidental music[edit]

Musical Films[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. ^ "1975 Best Sellers: Singles". Record Mirror and Disc. London, England: Spotlight Publications: 12. 10 January 1976. 
  4. ^ Mawer, Sharon. "Album Chart History: 1975". Official UK Charts Company. Archived from the original on 17 December 2007. 
  5. ^ Hetherington, S. (2006) Muir Mathieson: A Life in Film Music, Scottish Cultural Press, ISBN 1-898218-11-0