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List of Number-one Singles From the 1960s UK


The UK Singles Chart is the official record chart in the United Kingdom. Prior to 1969 there was no official singles chart;[1][2][3] however, The Official Charts Company and Guinness' British Hit Singles & Albums regard the canonical sources as New Musical Express (NME) before 10 March 1960 and Record Retailer from then until 15 February 1969 when Retailer and the BBC jointly commissioned the British Market Research Bureau (BMRB) to compile the charts.[1][4] The choice to use Record Retailer as the canonical source for the 1960s has been contentious because NME (which continued compiling charts beyond March 1960) had the biggest circulation of periodicals in the decade and was more widely followed.[1][2] As well as the chart compilers mentioned previously, Melody Maker, Disc and Record Mirror all compiled their own charts during the decade. Due to the lack of any official chart the BBC aggregated results from all these charts to announce its own Pick of the Pops chart.[1] One source explains that the reason for using the Record Retailer chart for the 1960s was that it was "the only chart to have as many as 50 positions for almost the entire decade".[3] The sample size of Record Retailer in the early 1960s was around 30 stores whereas NME and Melody Maker were sampling over 100 stores.[1] In 1969, the first BMRB chart was compiled using postal returns of sales logs from 250 record shops.[4]

In terms of number-one singles, The Beatles were the most successful group of the decade having seventeen singles reach the top spot.[5] The longest duration of a single at number-one was eight weeks and this was achieved on three occasions: "It's Now or Never" by Elvis Presley in 1960; "Wonderful Land" by The Shadows in 1962 and "Sugar, Sugar" by The Archies in 1969. The Beatles' song "She Loves You" became the best-selling single of all time in 1963, a record it held until 1977 when band member Paul McCartney's new band, Wings, surpassed it with "Mull of Kintyre".[6] "She Loves You" was the best-selling song of the decade and one of fourteen songs believed to have sold over one million copies in the 1960s.[7][8][9]

Number-one singles

The Beatles had seventeen number-one singles in the 1960s, more than any other artist. Their single "She Loves You" was the best-selling of the decade.
Elvis Presley had eleven number-ones throughout the decade. "It's Now or Never" was the best-selling single of 1960 and spent an unsurpassed (but equalled) eight weeks at number one during the 1960s.
Cliff Richard achieved seven of his number-one singles during the 1960s.
Tom Jones had two of his three number-one singles in the 1960s, the third was in 2009.[10]
No. Artist[nb 1] Single[nb 1] Week ending date[nb 1][nb 2] Weeks at
number one[nb 1]
1960
94 Emile Ford and the Checkmates "What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For?" 18 December 1959 6
95 Michael Holliday "Starry Eyed" 29 January 1960 1
96 Anthony Newley "Why" 5 February 1960 4
97 Adam Faith "Poor Me" 10 March 1960 2
98 Johnny Preston "Running Bear" 17 March 1960 2
99 Lonnie Donegan "My Old Man's a Dustman" 31 March 1960 4
100 Anthony Newley "Do You Mind?" 28 April 1960 1
101 The Everly Brothers "Cathy's Clown" 5 May 1960 7
102 Eddie Cochran "Three Steps to Heaven" 23 June 1960 2
103 Jimmy Jones "Good Timin'" 7 July 1960 3
104 Cliff Richard and The Shadows "Please Don't Tease" 28 July 1960 1
105 Johnny Kidd & The Pirates "Shakin' All Over" 4 August 1960 1
re Cliff Richard and The Shadows "Please Don't Tease" 11 August 1960 2
106 The Shadows "Apache" 25 August 1960 5
107 Ricky Valance "Tell Laura I Love Her" 29 September 1960 3
108 Roy Orbison "Only the Lonely (Know How I Feel)" 20 October 1960 2
109 Elvis Presley "It's Now or Never" + 3 November 1960 8
110 Cliff Richard and The Shadows "I Love You" 29 December 1960 2
1961
111 Johnny Tillotson "Poetry in Motion" 12 January 1961 2
112 Elvis Presley "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" 26 January 1961 4
113 Petula Clark "Sailor" 23 February 1961 1
114 The Everly Brothers "Walk Right Back" / "Ebony Eyes" 2 March 1961 3
115 Elvis Presley "Wooden Heart" + 23 March 1961 6
116 The Marcels "Blue Moon" 4 May 1961 2
117 Floyd Cramer "On the Rebound" 18 May 1961 1
118 The Temperance Seven "You're Driving Me Crazy" 25 May 1961 1
119 Elvis Presley "Surrender" 1 June 1961 4
120 Del Shannon "Runaway" 29 June 1961 3
121 The Everly Brothers "Temptation" 20 July 1961 2
122 Eden Kane "Well I Ask You" 3 August 1961 1
123 Helen Shapiro "You Don't Know" 10 August 1961 3
124 John Leyton "Johnny Remember Me" 31 August 1961 3
125 Shirley Bassey "Reach for the Stars" / "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" 21 September 1961 1
re John Leyton "Johnny Remember Me" 28 September 1961 1
126 The Shadows "Kon-Tiki" 5 October 1961 1
127 The Highwaymen "Michael" 12 October 1961 1
128 Helen Shapiro "Walkin' Back to Happiness" 19 October 1961 3
129 Elvis Presley "Little Sister" / "(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame" 9 November 1961 4
130 Frankie Vaughan "Tower of Strength" 7 December 1961 3
131 Danny Williams "Moon River" 28 December 1961 2
1962
132 Cliff Richard and The Shadows "The Young Ones" 11 January 1962 6
133 Elvis Presley "Rock-A-Hula Baby" / "Can't Help Falling in Love" 22 February 1962 4
134 The Shadows "Wonderful Land" 22 March 1962 8
135 B. Bumble and the Stingers "Nut Rocker" 17 May 1962 1
136 Elvis Presley "Good Luck Charm" 24 May 1962 5
137 Mike Sarne with Wendy Richard "Come Outside" 28 June 1962 2
138 Ray Charles "I Can't Stop Loving You" 12 July 1962 2
139 Frank Ifield "I Remember You" + 26 July 1962 7
140 Elvis Presley "She's Not You" 13 September 1962 3
141 The Tornados "Telstar" 4 October 1962 5
142 Frank Ifield "Lovesick Blues" 8 November 1962 5
143 Elvis Presley "Return to Sender" 13 December 1962 3
1963
144 Cliff Richard and The Shadows "The Next Time" / "Bachelor Boy" 3 January 1963 3
145 The Shadows "Dance On!" 24 January 1963 1
146 Jet Harris and Tony Meehan "Diamonds" 31 January 1963 3
147 Frank Ifield "The Wayward Wind" 21 February 1963 3
148 Cliff Richard and The Shadows "Summer Holiday" 14 March 1963 2
149 The Shadows "Foot Tapper" 28 March 1963 1
re Cliff Richard and The Shadows "Summer Holiday" 4 April 1963 1
150 Gerry & The Pacemakers "How Do You Do It?" 11 April 1963 3
151 The Beatles "From Me to You" 2 May 1963 7
152 Gerry & The Pacemakers "I Like It" 20 June 1963 4
153 Frank Ifield "Confessin' (That I Love You)" 18 July 1963 2
154 Elvis Presley "(You're the) Devil in Disguise" 1 August 1963 1
155 The Searchers "Sweets for My Sweet" 8 August 1963 2
156 Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas "Bad to Me" 22 August 1963 3
157 The Beatles "She Loves You" ? 12 September 1963 4
158 Brian Poole and The Tremeloes "Do You Love Me" 10 October 1963 3
159 Gerry & The Pacemakers "You'll Never Walk Alone" 31 October 1963 4
re The Beatles "She Loves You" ? 28 November 1963 2
160 The Beatles "I Want to Hold Your Hand" 12 December 1963 5
1964
161 The Dave Clark Five "Glad All Over" 16 January 1964 2
162 The Searchers "Needles and Pins" 30 January 1964 3
163 The Bachelors "Diane" 20 February 1964 1
164 Cilla Black "Anyone Who Had a Heart" 27 February 1964 3
165 Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas "Little Children" 19 March 1964 2
166 The Beatles "Can't Buy Me Love" + 2 April 1964 3
167 Peter & Gordon "A World Without Love" 23 April 1964 2
168 The Searchers "Don't Throw Your Love Away" 7 May 1964 2
169 The Four Pennies "Juliet" 21 May 1964 1
170 Cilla Black "You're My World (Il Mio Mondo)" 28 May 1964 4
171 Roy Orbison "It's Over" 25 June 1964 2
172 The Animals "House of the Rising Sun" 9 July 1964 1
173 The Rolling Stones "It's All Over Now" 16 July 1964 1
174 The Beatles "A Hard Day's Night" 23 July 1964 3
175 Manfred Mann "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" 13 August 1964 2
176 The Honeycombs "Have I the Right?" 27 August 1964 2
177 The Kinks "You Really Got Me" 10 September 1964 2
178 Herman's Hermits "I'm Into Something Good" 24 September 1964 2
179 Roy Orbison "Oh, Pretty Woman" 8 October 1964 2
180 Sandie Shaw "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" 22 October 1964 3
re Roy Orbison "Oh, Pretty Woman" 12 November 1964 1
181 The Supremes "Baby Love" 19 November 1964 2
182 The Rolling Stones "Little Red Rooster" 3 December 1964 1
183 The Beatles "I Feel Fine" 10 December 1964 5
1965
184 Georgie Fame "Yeh Yeh" 14 January 1965 2
185 The Moody Blues "Go Now" 28 January 1965 1
186 The Righteous Brothers "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" 4 February 1965 2
187 The Kinks "Tired of Waiting for You" 18 February 1965 1
188 The Seekers "I'll Never Find Another You" 25 February 1965 2
189 Tom Jones "It's Not Unusual" 11 March 1965 1
190 The Rolling Stones "The Last Time" 18 March 1965 3
191 Unit 4 + 2 "Concrete and Clay" 8 April 1965 1
192 Cliff Richard "The Minute You're Gone" 15 April 1965 1
193 The Beatles "Ticket to Ride" 22 April 1965 3
194 Roger Miller "King of the Road" 13 May 1965 1
195 Jackie Trent "Where Are You Now (My Love)" 20 May 1965 1
196 Sandie Shaw "Long Live Love" 27 May 1965 3
197 Elvis Presley "Crying in the Chapel" 17 June 1965 1
198 The Hollies "I'm Alive" 24 June 1965 1
re Elvis Presley "Crying in the Chapel" 1 July 1965 1
re The Hollies "I'm Alive" 8 July 1965 2
199 The Byrds "Mr. Tambourine Man" 22 July 1965 2
200 The Beatles "Help!" 5 August 1965 3
201 Sonny & Cher "I Got You Babe" 26 August 1965 2
202 The Rolling Stones "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" 9 September 1965 2
203 The Walker Brothers "Make It Easy on Yourself" 23 September 1965 1
204 Ken Dodd "Tears" + 30 September 1965 5
205 The Rolling Stones "Get Off of My Cloud" 4 November 1965 3
206 The Seekers "The Carnival Is Over" 25 November 1965 3
207 The Beatles "Day Tripper" / "We Can Work It Out" 16 December 1965 5
1966
208 The Spencer Davis Group "Keep On Running" 20 January 1966 1
209 The Overlanders "Michelle" 27 January 1966 3
210 Nancy Sinatra "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" 17 February 1966 4
211 The Walker Brothers "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" 17 March 1966 4
212 The Spencer Davis Group "Somebody Help Me" 14 April 1966 2
213 Dusty Springfield "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" 28 April 1966 1
214 Manfred Mann "Pretty Flamingo" 5 May 1966 3
215 The Rolling Stones "Paint It, Black" 26 May 1966 1
216 Frank Sinatra "Strangers in the Night" 2 June 1966 3
217 The Beatles "Paperback Writer" 23 June 1966 2
218 The Kinks "Sunny Afternoon" 7 July 1966 2
219 Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames "Getaway" 21 July 1966 1
220 Chris Farlowe "Out of Time" 28 July 1966 1
221 The Troggs "With a Girl Like You" 4 August 1966 2
222 The Beatles "Yellow Submarine" / "Eleanor Rigby" 18 August 1966 4
223 Small Faces "All or Nothing" 15 September 1966 1
224 Jim Reeves "Distant Drums" 22 September 1966 5
225 Four Tops "Reach Out I'll Be There" 27 October 1966 3
226 The Beach Boys "Good Vibrations" 17 November 1966 2
227 Tom Jones "Green, Green Grass of Home" + 1 December 1966 7
1967
228 The Monkees "I'm a Believer" 19 January 1967 4
229 Petula Clark "This Is My Song" 16 February 1967 2
230 Engelbert Humperdinck "Release Me" + 2 March 1967 6
231 Nancy Sinatra and Frank Sinatra "Somethin' Stupid" 13 April 1967 2
232 Sandie Shaw "Puppet on a String" 27 April 1967 3
233 The Tremeloes "Silence Is Golden" 18 May 1967 3
234 Procol Harum "A Whiter Shade of Pale" 8 June 1967 6
235 The Beatles "All You Need Is Love" 19 July 1967 3
236 Scott McKenzie "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" 9 August 1967 4
237 Engelbert Humperdinck "The Last Waltz" 6 September 1967 5
238 Bee Gees "Massachusetts" 11 October 1967 4
239 The Foundations "Baby Now That I've Found You" 8 November 1967 2
240 Long John Baldry "Let the Heartaches Begin" 22 November 1967 2
241 The Beatles "Hello, Goodbye" 6 December 1967 7
1968
242 Georgie Fame "The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde" 24 January 1968 1
243 Love Affair "Everlasting Love" 31 January 1968 2
244 Manfred Mann "Mighty Quinn" 14 February 1968 2
245 Esther and Abi Ofarim "Cinderella Rockefella" 28 February 1968 3
246 Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich "The Legend of Xanadu" 20 March 1968 1
247 The Beatles "Lady Madonna" 27 March 1968 2
248 Cliff Richard "Congratulations" 10 April 1968 2
249 Louis Armstrong "What a Wonderful World" / "Cabaret" 24 April 1968 4
250 Gary Puckett & The Union Gap "Young Girl" 22 May 1968 4
251 The Rolling Stones "Jumpin' Jack Flash" 19 June 1968 2
252 The Equals "Baby, Come Back" 3 July 1968 3
253 Des O'Connor "I Pretend" 24 July 1968 1
254 Tommy James and the Shondells "Mony Mony" 31 July 1968 2
255 Crazy World of Arthur Brown "Fire" 14 August 1968 1
re Tommy James and the Shondells "Mony Mony" 21 August 1968 1
256 The Beach Boys "Do It Again" 28 August 1968 1
257 Bee Gees "I've Gotta Get a Message to You" 4 September 1968 1
258 The Beatles "Hey Jude" + 11 September 1968 2
259 Mary Hopkin "Those Were the Days" 25 September 1968 6
260 Joe Cocker "With a Little Help from My Friends" 6 November 1968 1
261 Hugo Montenegro "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" 13 November 1968 4
262 The Scaffold "Lily the Pink" 11 December 1968 3
1969
263 Marmalade "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" 1 January 1969 1
re The Scaffold "Lily the Pink" 8 January 1969 1
re Marmalade "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" 15 January 1969 2
264 Fleetwood Mac "Albatross" 29 January 1969 1
265 The Move "Blackberry Way" 5 February 1969 1
266 Amen Corner "(If Paradise Is) Half as Nice" 12 February 1969 2
267 Peter Sarstedt "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?" 26 February 1969 4
268 Marvin Gaye "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" 26 March 1969 3
269 Desmond Dekker & The Aces "Israelites" 16 April 1969 1
270 The Beatles with Billy Preston "Get Back" 23 April 1969 6
271 Tommy Roe "Dizzy" 4 June 1969 1
272 The Beatles "The Ballad of John and Yoko" 11 June 1969 3
273 Thunderclap Newman "Something in the Air" 2 July 1969 3
274 The Rolling Stones "Honky Tonk Women" 23 July 1969 5
275 Zager and Evans "In The Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)" 30 August 1969 3
276 Creedence Clearwater Revival "Bad Moon Rising" 20 September 1969 3
277 Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg "Je t'aime... moi non plus" 11 October 1969 1
278 Bobbie Gentry "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" 18 October 1969 1
279 The Archies "Sugar, Sugar" + 25 October 1969 8
280 Rolf Harris "Two Little Boys" 20 December 1969 6

By artist

The following artists achieved three or more number-one hits during the 1960s. Cliff Richard achieved seven number ones; two solo and five with the Shadows. The Shadows had a total of ten number ones; five solo and five with Cliff Richard.

Million-selling and gold records

Although official music recording sales certifications were not introduced until the British Phonographic Industry was formed in 1973, Disc introduced an initiative in 1959 to present a gold record to singles that sold over one million units.[13] Information about when a record was classified gold by Disc is "not well documented".[13] The awards relied on record companies correctly compiling and supplying sales information. This could lead to errors, such as The Archies' "Sugar, Sugar" incorrectly being awarded a gold disc in January 1970.[nb 3] Such inaccuracies led to the instigation of official classifications by the BPI.[13] Nevertheless, following the introduction of music downloads in 2004, "Sugar, Sugar" passed the one-million sales mark.[14]

The Shadows instrumental, "Apache", is the first known song to being awarded Discs gold record but it is disputed whether one million copies were sold.[nb 4] The awarding of fifteen gold records (one erroneously) is documented and, notably, five were awarded to releases by The Beatles. No song is believed to have sold one million copies after 1967 - "The Last Waltz" by Engelbert Humperdinck - and before BPI instigated its platinum record (still one million units) in 1973.[7][8][15][nb 5] Although The Righteous Brothers first released "Unchained Melody" in August 1965 it had more success after being re-released in the 1990s reaching number one and selling over million copies.[18]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d The artist, song name, dates and duration are those given by the Official Charts Company.[12]
  2. ^ Due to different charts being used, the weekday varies prior to August 1969: Chart week starting Friday before 10 March 1960 (NME), Thursday before July 1967 (Record Retailer), Wednesday before August 1969, and chart week ending Saturday after that (BMRB). These are the dates by which the charts are usually referred to and so are the dates used in this table.
  3. ^ a b "Sugar, Sugar" was erroneously awarded a gold record by Disc having sold approximately 945,000 copies. The RCA informed Disc that one million copies had been shipped, however not all were sold.[7][8][13] The single went on to sell over a million copies with the introduction of music downloads in 2004.[14]
  4. ^ a b Despite being awarded a gold record (for selling one million units) by Disc,[13] other sources suggest the record did not sell one million copies.[7][8]
  5. ^ The number of sales required to qualify for a platinum record was later dropped in 1989 to the current thresholds of 600,000 units.[15][16][17]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Smith, Alan. "50s & 60s UK Charts - The Truth!". Dave McAleer's website. Archived from the original on 3 September 2011. Retrieved 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Leigh, Spencer (20 February 1998). "Music: Charting the number ones that somehow got away". The Independent. Retrieved 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Warwick, Neil; Kutner, Jon; Brown, Tony (2004). The Complete Book Of The British Charts: Singles and Albums (3rd ed.). London: Omnibus Press. p. v. ISBN 1-84449-058-0. Until 15th February 1969, there was no officially compiled chart. 
  4. ^ a b "Key Dates in the History of the Official UK Charts". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 10 January 2008. Retrieved 2010. 
  5. ^ "Featured Artists: The Beatles". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 2010. 
  6. ^ Leadbetter, Russell (17 May 2010). "Macca proves he's no sellout". The Herald. Retrieved 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "Stats and Facts: Million Sellers". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 16 April 2008. Retrieved 2010. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "Million-Selling Singles". everyHit. Retrieved 2010. 
  9. ^ "BPI - Charts - 3. Top Twenty Chart Facts". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on 4 June 2004. Retrieved 2010. 
  10. ^ "Artist Chart History: Tom Jones". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2010. 
  11. ^ a b "The biggest song of every year revealed". Official Charts Company. 9 January 2016. Retrieved 2018. 
  12. ^ "All The Number 1 Singles". Official Charts Company. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 2016. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f Smith, Alan. "UK First Charts & Silver Discs". Dave McAleer's website. Archived from the original on 2 September 2011. Retrieved 2010. 
  14. ^ a b "Digital generation pushes the oldies into the million-sellers club". Music Week. 6 September 2010. 
  15. ^ a b Gallup (4 February 1989). "The Top of the Pops Chart" (PDF). Record Mirror: 4. Retrieved 2010. 
  16. ^ "Certified Awards". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2010. 
  17. ^ "International Certification Award levels" (PDF). International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. March 2010. p. 7. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 2010. 
  18. ^ "Artist Chart History: Righteous Brothers". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 15 June 2011. Retrieved 2010. 

Further reading

  • Davis, Sharon. Every Chart-Topper Tells a Story: The Sixties. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing, 1997 ISBN 1-85158-836-1, 288p.

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