List of UK top-ten singles in 1962

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Legendary British jazz clarinetist Acker Bilk had one of the most successful singles of 1962 with the classic instrumental "Stranger on the Shore". The record first entered the top 10 in December 1961, before peaking at number two for three consecutive weeks in January 1962. Altogether, it spent 17 non-consecutive weeks in the top 10.
Cliff Richard's backing group The Shadows (pictured in 2009 with Richard second from left) had six top 10 singles this year, the most of any artist this year, including four singles as a combined act with Richard. "The Young Ones", "Wonderful Land" and "The Next Time"/"Bachelor Boy" all went to number-one, the latter making its peak position in January 1963.
Ray Charles scored two UK top 10 entries in 1962, including his only British number-one single, "I Can't Stop Loving You".

The UK Singles Chart is one of many music charts compiled by the Official Charts Company that calculates the best-selling singles of the week in the United Kingdom.[1] Before 2004, the chart was only based on the sales of physical singles.[2][3] This list shows singles that peaked in the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart during 1962, as well as singles which peaked in 1961 and 1963 but were in the top 10 in 1962. The entry date is when the single appeared in the top 10 for the first time (week ending, as published by the Official Charts Company, which is six days after the chart is announced).

Ninety-two singles were in the top ten in 1962. Seven singles from 1962 remained in the top 10 for several weeks at the beginning of the year, while "(Dance With The) Guitar Man" by Duane Eddy & the Rebelettes, "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" by Brenda Lee and "The Next Time"/"Bachelor Boy" by Cliff Richard and The Shadows were all released in 1962 but did not reach their peak until 1963. "Moon River" by Danny Williams with Geoff Love and His Orchestra, "Midnight in Moscow" by Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen and "Stranger on the Shore" by Mr Acker Bilk were the singles from 1961 to reach their peak in 1962. Twenty-three artists scored multiple entries in the top 10 in 1962. Chubby Checker, The Four Seasons, Frank Ifield, Joe Brown and Tommy Roe were among the many artists who achieved their first UK charting top 10 single in 1962.

The 1961 Christmas number-one, "Moon River" by Danny Williams, remained at number one for the first two weeks of 1962. The first new number-one single of the year was "The Young Ones" by Cliff Richard and The Shadows. Overall, twelve different singles peaked at number-one in 1962, with Elvis Presley (4) having the most singles hit that position.

Background[edit]

Multiple entries[edit]

Ninety-two singles charted in the top 10 in 1962, with eighty-five singles reaching their peak this year. "When My Little Girl is Smiling" was recorded by Craig Douglas and Jimmy Justice and both versions reached the top 10.

Twenty-three artists scored multiple entries in the top 10 in 1962. The Shadows secured the record for most top 10 hits in 1962 with six hit singles, four of which were with Cliff Richard.

Frank Ifield was one of a number of artists with two top-ten entries, including the number-one single "I Remember You". Adam Faith, Bobby Darin, Duane Eddy, Karl Denver and Neil Sedaka were among the other artists who had multiple top 10 entries in 1962.

Chart debuts[edit]

Twenty-six artists achieved their first top 10 single in 1962, either as a lead or featured artist. Bernard Cribbins, Frank Ifield and Jimmy Justice all had one other entry in their breakthrough year.

The following table (collapsed on desktop site) does not include acts who had previously charted as part of a group and secured their first top 10 solo single.

Artist Number of top 10s First entry Chart position Other entries
Leroy Van Dyke 1 "Walk On By" 5
Chubby Checker 1 "Let's Twist Again" 2
Burl Ives 1 "Little Bitty Tear" 9
Dion 1 "The Wanderer" 10
Bernard Cribbins 2 "The Hole in the Ground" 9 "Right Said Fred" (10)
Bruce Channel 1 "Hey! Baby" 2
Johnny Keating & His Orchestra 1 "Theme from Z-Cars (Johnny Todd)" 2
B. Bumble and the Stingers 1 "Nut Rocker" 1
Ketty Lester 1 "Love Letters" 4
Jimmy Justice 2 "When My Little Girl is Smiling" 9 "Ain't That Funny" (8)
Mike Sarne 1 "Come Outside" 1
Wendy Richard 1
Joe Brown and the Bruvvers 1 "A Picture of You" 2
Eydie Gormé 1 "Yes, My Darling Daughter" 10
Frank Ifield 2 "I Remember You" 1 "Lovesick Blues" (1)
Ronnie Carroll 1 "Roses Are Red (My Love)" 3
The Tornados 1 "Telstar" 1
Tommy Roe 1 "Sheila" 3
Little Eva 1 "The Loco-Motion" 2
Carole King 1 "It Might as Well Rain Until September" 3
Mark Wynter 1 "Venus in Blue Jeans" 4
Chris Montez 1 "Let's Dance" 2
The Four Seasons 1 "Sherry" 8
Frankie Valli
Susan Maughan 1 "Bobby's Girl" 3
Marty Robbins 1 "Devil Woman" 5
Notes

British vocal group The Tornados were Billy Fury's backing group from the start of this year until August 1963 but they did not receive specific credit for these recordings. Their first official chart credit was "Telstar" under their own name.

Songs from films[edit]

Original songs from various films entered the top 10 throughout the year. These included "The Young Ones" (from The Young Ones), "Rock-A-Hula Baby" and "Can't Help Falling in Love" (Blue Hawaii), "The Ballad of Paladin" (The Wild Westerners), "The Next Time" and "Bachelor Boy" (Summer Holiday).

Additionally, the original version of "Love Letters" was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song after being used in the film of the same name (losing out to "It Might As Well Be Spring" from State Fair). "The Green Leaves of Summer" was also Academy Award-nominated, appearing in the 1960 film The Alamo, where it was performed by The Brothers Four.

Best-selling singles[edit]

Until 1970 there was no universally recognised year-end best-sellers list. However in 2011 the Official Charts Company released a list of the best-selling single of each year in chart history from 1952 to date. According to the list, "I Remember You" by Frank Ifield is officially recorded as the biggest-selling single of 1962.

Top-ten singles[edit]

Key
Symbol Meaning
Single peaked in 1961 but still in chart in 1962.
Single released in 1962 but peaked in 1963.
(#) Year-end best-selling single.
Entered The date that the single first appeared in the chart.
Peak Highest position that the single reached in the UK Singles Chart.
Entered
(week ending)
Weeks
in
top
10
Single Artist Peak Peak reached
(week ending)
Weeks
at
peak
Singles in 1961
22 November 1961 7 "Take Good Care of My Baby" ‡ Bobby Vee 3 20 December 1961 2
29 November 1961 9 "Moon River (from Breakfast at Tiffany's)" Danny Williams 1 3 January 1962 2
7 "Tower of Strength" ‡ Frankie Vaughan 1 13 December 1961 3
13 December 1961 9 "Midnight in Moscow" Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen 2 10 January 1962 1
20 December 1961 3 "My Friend the Sea" ‡ Petula Clark 7 27 December 1961 1
27 December 1961 5 "Johnny Will" ‡ Pat Boone 4 27 December 1961 2
17 "Stranger on the Shore" [A] Mr. Acker Bilk and The Leon Young String Chorale 2 17 January 1962 3
Singles in 1962
3 January 1962 6 "Let There Be Drums" Sandy Nelson 3 10 January 1962 2
2 "Toy Balloons" Russ Conway 7 3 January 1962 1
8 "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen" Neil Sedaka 3 31 January 1962 2
10 January 1962 6 "Multiplication" Bobby Darin 5 31 January 1962 1
9 "I'd Never Find Another You" Billy Fury 5 17 January 1962 1
17 January 1962 11 "The Young Ones" Cliff Richard and The Shadows 1 17 January 1962 6
1 "So Long, Baby" Del Shannon 10 17 January 1962 1
24 January 1962 4 "Run to Him" [B] Bobby Vee 6 21 February 1962 2
31 January 1962 8 "Forget Me Not" Eden Kane 3 14 February 1962 2
8 "Walk On By" Leroy Van Dyke 5 14 February 1962 3
7 February 1962 9 "Let's Twist Again" Chubby Checker 2 7 February 1962 2
14 February 1962 13 "Rock-A-Hula Baby"/"Can't Help Falling in Love" Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires 1 28 February 1962 4
5 "Crying in the Rain" The Everly Brothers 6 7 March 1962 1
28 February 1962 8 "Wimoweh" Karl Denver 4 14 March 1962 1
2 "Little Bitty Tear" Burl Ives 9 28 February 1962 2
7 March 1962 5 "March of the Siamese Children" Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen 4 28 March 1962 1
14 March 1962 9 "Tell Me What He Said" Helen Shapiro 2 28 March 1962 3
14 "Wonderful Land" The Shadows 1 28 March 1962 8
28 March 1962 8 "Dream Baby" Roy Orbison 2 18 April 1962 2
1 "The Wanderer" Dion 10 28 March 1962 1
4 April 1962 3 "The Hole in the Ground" Bernard Cribbins 9 4 April 1962 2
2 "Softly, as I Leave You (Piano)" Matt Monro 10 4 April 1962 2
11 April 1962 4 "Twistin' the Night Away" Sam Cooke 6 18 April 1962 1
8 "Hey! Little Girl" Del Shannon 2 9 May 1962 1
18 April 1962 6 "Hey! Baby" Bruce Channel 2 2 May 1962 1
25 April 1962 1 "Theme from Z-Cars (Johnny Todd)" Johnny Keating & His Orchestra 8 25 April 1962 1
4 "Never Goodbye" Karl Denver 9 25 April 1962 2
2 "When My Little Girl is Smiling" Craig Douglas 9 2 May 1962 1
2 May 1962 5 "Speak to Me Pretty" Brenda Lee 3 16 May 1962 1
9 May 1962 9 "Nut Rocker" B. Bumble and the Stingers 1 23 May 1962 1
16 May 1962 4 "Love Letters" Ketty Lester 4 30 May 1962 1
1 "Wonderful World of the Young" Danny Williams 8 16 May 1962 1
1 "The Party's Over (from Bells Are Ringing)" Lonnie Donegan 9 16 May 1962 1
23 May 1962 11 "Good Luck Charm" Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires 1 30 May 1962 5
10 "I'm Looking Out the Window"/"Do You Want to Dance" Cliff Richard and The Shadows 2 6 June 1962 3
6 "As You Like It" Adam Faith 5 30 May 1962 3
2 "When My Little Girl is Smiling" Jimmy Justice 9 23 May 1962 2
30 May 1962 9 "Ginny Come Lately" Brian Hyland 5 27 June 1962 4
6 June 1962 5 "Last Night Was Made for Love" Billy Fury 4 6 June 1962 1
11 "Come Outside" Mike Sarne featuring Wendy Richard 1 4 July 1962 2
4 "I Don't Know Why" Eden Kane 7 20 June 1962 2
13 June 1962 11 "A Picture of You" Joe Brown and the Bruvvers 2 4 July 1962 2
20 June 1962 3 "Green Leaves of Summer" [C] Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen 7 11 July 1962 1
4 July 1962 5 "English Country Garden" [D] Jimmie Rodgers 5 25 July 1962 1
11 "I Can't Stop Loving You" Ray Charles 1 18 July 1962 2
11 July 1962 2 "Ain't That Funny" Jimmy Justice 8 11 July 1962 1
1 "Sharing You" Bobby Vee 10 11 July 1962 1
18 July 1962 5 "Here Comes That Feeling" Brenda Lee 5 1 August 1962 1
1 "Yes, My Darling Daughter" Eydie Gormé 10 18 July 1962 1
25 July 1962 14 "I Remember You" (#1) Frank Ifield 1 1 August 1962 7
2 "Our Favourite Melodies" Craig Douglas 9 25 July 1962 1
1 August 1962 9 "Speedy Gonzales" Pat Boone 2 15 August 1962 4
5 "Don't Ever Change" The Crickets 5 8 August 1962 2
8 August 1962 3 "Little Miss Lonely" Helen Shapiro 8 8 August 1962 1
1 "Right Said Fred" Bernard Cribbins 10 8 August 1962 1
15 August 1962 7 "Guitar Tango" The Shadows 4 22 August 1962 3
8 "Things" Bobby Darin 2 12 September 1962 1
22 August 1962 4 "Once Upon a Dream" Billy Fury 7 22 August 1962 3
7 "Roses Are Red (My Love)" Ronnie Carroll 3 19 September 1962 1
29 August 1962 7 "Sealed with a Kiss" Brian Hyland 3 12 September 1962 1
6 "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" Neil Sedaka 7 12 September 1962 2
5 September 1962 1 "Vacation" Connie Francis 10 5 September 1962 1
12 September 1962 9 "She's Not You" Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires 1 19 September 1962 3
19 September 1962 6 "It'll Be Me" Cliff Richard and The Shadows 2 3 October 1962 1
1 "The Ballad of Paladin" Duane Eddy 10 19 September 1962 1
26 September 1962 4 "Don't That Beat All" Adam Faith 8 3 October 1962 1
3 October 1962 16 "Telstar" [E] The Tornados 1 10 October 1962 5
8 "Sheila" Tommy Roe 3 17 October 1962 2
10 October 1962 9 "The Loco-Motion" Little Eva 2 17 October 1962 3
6 "It Might as Well Rain Until September" Carole King 3 24 October 1962 1
3 "You Don't Know Me" Ray Charles 9 10 October 1962 2
17 October 1962 3 "What Now My Love? (Et maintenant)" Shirley Bassey 5 24 October 1962 1
24 October 1962 5 "Ramblin' Rose" Nat King Cole 5 31 October 1962 1
31 October 1962 6 "Venus in Blue Jeans" Mark Wynter 4 7 November 1962 1
10 "Let's Dance" [F] Chris Montez 2 7 November 1962 4
9 "The Swiss Maid" Del Shannon 2 5 December 1962 1
7 November 1962 12 "Lovesick Blues" Frank Ifield 1 14 November 1962 5
14 November 1962 4 "Sherry" [G] The Four Seasons featuring Frankie Valli 8 28 November 1962 1
21 November 1962 9 "Bobby's Girl" Susan Maughan 3 5 December 1962 1
28 November 1962 5 "Devil Woman" Marty Robbins 5 5 December 1962 1
10 "(Dance With The) Guitar Man" ♦ Duane Eddy & the Rebelettes 4 2 January 1963 2
5 December 1962 8 "Sun Arise" Rolf Harris 3 19 December 1962 1
12 December 1962 9 "Return to Sender" Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires 1 19 December 1962 3
19 December 1962 11 "The Next Time"/"Bachelor Boy" ♦ Cliff Richard and The Shadows 1 9 January 1963 3
26 December 1962 2 "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" ♦ Brenda Lee 6 2 January 1963 1

Entries by artist[edit]

Chubby Checker (pictured in 1964) made the UK top 10 for the first time in February this year with "Let's Twist Again", which peaked at number two.
Little Eva debuted in 1962 with "The Loco-Motion", peaking at number two. It would be one of two UK top 10s in her career, following it up with "Swingin' on a Star" in January 1964.
Northern Irish singer Ronnie Carroll reached number three in September with his cover version of Bobby Vinton's "Roses Are Red (My Love)".

The following table shows artists who achieved two or more top 10 entries in 1962, including singles that reached their peak in 1961 or 1963. The figures include both main artists and featured artists. The total number of weeks an artist spent in the top ten in 1962 is also shown.

Entries Artist Country of origin Weeks Singles
6 The Shadows [H]  United Kingdom 50 "Guitar Tango", "I'm Looking Out the Window"/"Do You Want to Dance", "It'll Be Me", "The Next Time"/"Bachelor Boy", "The Young Ones", "Wonderful Land"
4 Cliff Richard [H] 29 "I'm Looking Out the Window"/"Do You Want to Dance", "It'll Be Me", "The Next Time"/"Bachelor Boy", "The Young Ones"
Elvis Presley  United States 36 "Good Luck Charm", "Return to Sender", "Rock-A-Hula Baby"/"Can't Help Falling in Love", "She's Not You"
The Jordanaires 36 "Good Luck Charm", "Return to Sender", "Rock-A-Hula Baby"/"Can't Help Falling in Love", "She's Not You"
3 Billy Fury  United Kingdom 17 "I'd Never Find Another You", "Last Night Was Made for Love", "Once Upon a Dream"
Bobby Vee [I]  United States 6 "Run to Him", "Sharing You", "Take Good Care of My Baby"
Brenda Lee [H] 11 "Here Comes That Feeling", "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", "Speak to Me Pretty"
Del Shannon 18 "Hey! Little Girl", "So Long, Baby", "The Swiss Maid"
Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen [J]  United Kingdom 14 "Green Leaves of Summer", "March of the Siamese Children", "Midnight in Moscow"
2 Adam Faith 10 "As You Like It", "Don't That Beat All"
Bernard Cribbins 4 "Right Said Fred", "The Hole in the Ground"
Bobby Darin  United States 14 "Multiplication", "Things"
Brian Hyland 16 "Ginny Come Lately", "Sealed with a Kiss"
Craig Douglas  United Kingdom 4 "Our Favourite Melodies", "When My Little Girl is Smiling"
Danny Williams [J] 5 "Moon River", "Wonderful World of the Young"
Duane Eddy [H]  United States 6 "(Dance With The) Guitar Man", "The Ballad of Paladin"
Eden Kane  United Kingdom 12 "Forget Me Not", "I Don't Know Why"
Frank Ifield  United Kingdom/ Australia 22 "I Remember You", "Lovesick Blues"
Helen Shapiro  United Kingdom 12 "Little Miss Lonely", "Tell Me What He Said"
Jimmy Justice 4 "Ain't That Funny", "When My Little Girl is Smiling"
Karl Denver 12 "Never Goodbye", "Wimoweh"
Neil Sedaka  United States 14 "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do", "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen"
Pat Boone [I] 13 "Johnny Will", "Speedy Gonzales"
Ray Charles 14 "I Can't Stop Loving You", "You Don't Know Me"

Notes[edit]

  • a "Stranger on the Shore" re-entered the top 10 at number 8 on 21 March 1962 (week ending) for 5 weeks, at number 10 on 9 May 1962 (week ending) and at number 9 on 4 July 1962 (week ending) for 2 weeks.
  • b "Run to Him" re-entered the top 10 at number 6 on 21 February 1962 (week ending) for 2 weeks.
  • c "Green Leaves of Summer" re-entered the top 10 at number 7 on 11 July 1962 (week ending).
  • d "English Country Garden" re-entered the top 10 at number 8 on 18 July (week ending) for 4 weeks.
  • e "Telstar" re-entered the top 10 at number 10 on 23 January 1963 (week ending).
  • f "Let's Dance" re-entered the top 10 at number 10 on 2 January 1963 (week ending) for 2 weeks.
  • g "Sherry" re-entered the top 10 at number 10 on 12 December 1962 (week ending).
  • h Figure includes single that peaked in 1963.
  • i Figure includes single that peaked in 1961.
  • j Figure includes single that first charted in 1961 but peaked in 1962.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General

  • "Six decades of singles charts". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 15 February 2018. Retrieved 18 January 2018.

Specific

External links[edit]