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]

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

Albums[edit]

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

Year-end charts[edit]

Between 30 December 1974 and 5 December 1975.

Best-selling singles[edit]

[2]

No. Title Artist Peak
position
1 "Bye Bye Baby" Bay City Rollers 1
2 "Sailing" Rod Stewart 1
3 "Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)" The Stylistics 1
4 "Whispering Grass" Windsor Davies and Don Estelle 1
5 "Stand by Your Man" Tammy Wynette 1
6 "Give a Little Love" Bay City Rollers 1
7 "Hold Me Close" David Essex 1
8 "The Last Farewell" Roger Whittaker 2
9 "I Only Have Eyes for You" Art Garfunkel 1
10 "Tears On My Pillow" Johnny Nash 1
11 "I'm Not in Love" 10cc 1
12 "Barbados" Typically Tropical 1
13 "If" Telly Savalas 1
14 "There Goes My First Love" The Drifters 3
15 "Three Steps to Heaven" Showaddywaddy 2
16 "The Hustle" Van McCoy 3
17 "Space Oddity" David Bowie 1
18 "January" Pilot 1
19 "Funky Moped"/"The Magic Roundabout" Jasper Carrott 5
20 "Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)" Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel 1
21 "Oh Boy" Mud 1
22 "Bohemian Rhapsody" Queen 1
23 "Misty" Ray Stevens 2
24 "Lovin' You" Minnie Ripperton 2
25 "The Way We Were"–"Try to Remember" Gladys Knight & the Pips 4
26 "Sugar Candy Kisses" Mac and Katie Kissoon 3
27 "There's a Whole Lot of Loving" Guys & Dolls 2
28 "Please Mr. Postman" The Carpenters 2
29 "Sing Baby Sing" The Stylistics 3
30 "Love Is the Drug" Roxy Music 2
31 "Rhinestone Cowboy" Glen Campbell 4
32 "Moonlighting" Leo Sayer 2
33 "D.I.V.O.R.C.E." Billy Connolly 1
34 "Hurts So Good" Susan Cadogan 4
35 "Only You Can" Fox 3
36 "Honey" Bobby Goldsboro 2
37 "Fox on the Run" Sweet 2
38 "Blanket on the Ground" Billie Jo Spears 6
39 "It's Been So Long" George McCrae 4
40 "Scotch on the Rocks" Band of the Black Watch 8
41 "You Sexy Thing" Hot Chocolate 2
42 "Feelings" Morris 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" Peter Shelley 3
48 "SOS" ABBA 6
49 "That's the Way (I Like It)" KC & the Sunshine Band 4
50 "Disco Stomp" Hamilton 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.[3]

No. Title Artist Peak
position
1 The Best of the Stylistics The Stylistics 1
2 Once Upon a Star Bay City Rollers 1
3 Atlantic Crossing Rod Stewart 1
4 40 Golden Greats Jim Reeves 1
5 Venus and Mars Wings 1
6 40 Greatest Hits Elvis Presley 16[a]
7 Greatest Hits Elton John 1
8 Horizon The Carpenters 1
9 Tubular Bells Mike Oldfield 2[b]
10 40 Greatest Hits Perry 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 albums(Link redirected to OCC website)
  2. ^ "1975 Best Sellers: Singles". Record Mirror and Disc. London, England: Spotlight Publications: 12. 10 January 1976.
  3. ^ Mawer, Sharon. "Album Chart History: 1975". Official UK Charts Company. Archived from the original on 17 December 2007.
  4. ^ Hetherington, S. (2006) Muir Mathieson: A Life in Film Music, Scottish Cultural Press, ISBN 1-898218-11-0