UK Singles chart reaches 60 years this month

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UK Singles chart reaches 60 years this month

Post  misery guts on Mon Nov 05, 2012 12:51 pm

To celebrate, a list of the top 10 singles has been issued:

Elton continues to hold the UK best-selling single crown

1. Something About the Way You Look Tonight/ Candle in the Wind 97 - Elton John (1997) 4.9m sales
2. Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid (1984) 3.69m sales
3. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen (1975) 2.36m sales
4. Mull of Kintyre/ Girls' School - Wings (1977) 2m sales
5. You're The One That I Want - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (1978) 2m sales
6. Rivers of Babylon/ Brown Girl in the Ring - Boney M (1978) 2m sales
7. Relax - Frankie Goes To Hollywood (1983) 2m sales
8. She Loves You - The Beatles (1963) 1.9m sales
9. Unchained Melody/ (There'll Be Bluebells Over) The White Cliffs of Dover - Robson Green & Jerome Flynn (1995) 1.86m sales
10. Love Is All Around - Wet Wet Wet (1994) 1.85m sales
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Post  Adric on Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:09 pm

I love you flower From the US, this is just wild. Not surprised by Elton. Wet Wet Wet was a 1-hitwonder here (as was Take That) and it saddens me. Neat look though! king

Love Is All Around - Wet Wet Wet - Lyrics
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Post  misery guts on Wed Nov 07, 2012 3:32 pm

To be fair, there's some sort of novelty or excuse for all of them, except perhaps Wings.

Also notable that despite the huge success of the likes of Lady Gaga or the Black Eyed Peas, there's nothing there from the last 10 years.
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Post  Adric on Wed Nov 07, 2012 3:43 pm

misery guts wrote:To be fair, there's some sort of novelty or excuse for all of them, except perhaps Wings.

Also notable that despite the huge success of the likes of Lady Gaga or the Black Eyed Peas, there's nothing there from the last 10 years.


We don't have such a chart yet, though sadly (if we did), I'm sure it would be a sad look. The most up to date source would be http://www.billboard.com/specials/hot100/charts/top100-titles-00.shtml
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Post  misery guts on Sat Dec 01, 2012 1:57 pm

Yes, there were certainly some shows celebrating this milestone...

Pop Charts Britannia: 60 Years of the Top 10
All-star line-up eulogises about the metamorphoses of the UK charts, mainly DJs past & present, as various trends and phases are discussed, whether the difficulty of correct collation, attempts to cheat the system, multi-buy merchandising, and finally downloads, as well as instances of unusual against-the-tide successes like Engelbert Humperdinck in 1967, Mull of Kintyre in 1977 and Jive Bunny in 1989. Despite a long decline in the 1990's and beyond, there has been a resurgence with the rise of downloads, although there was no mention of why it's now much, much harder for new acts to break through, and what the consequences of that will be. But that's an idea for the show in 2022, eh?

The Joy of the Single
There was a certain overlap here with the above, as music trends and marketing gimmicks played their part. There were rather more music stars commenting in this one, though: Noddy Holder, Mike Batt, Holly Johnson, Norman 'Fatboy Slim' Cook, Neil Sedaka, Jimmy Webb, Suzi Quatro, Norah Jones and Richard Hawley. The basic message was that vinyl 7 inch singles were a thing of enormous aesthetic beauty and also sound much better than naff old CDs, and don't start on about downloads! A fun show, mind.

Sound It Out
A sign of the times, an hour on the last record shop in Stockton, Tees-side. Certainly the rise of downloads has pretty much killed off record shops, as I knew them, in the last 5-10 years. The bloke running it seemed to have a happy clientele, with a few local characters featured. Time will tell how long it all lasts, though.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Feb 15, 2013 9:47 am

On a tangent, there have been a series of programmes celebrating the history of the album on BBC4, and sure enough:

When Albums Ruled The World
An engaging hour & a half which squeezed in some useful ideas (Bob Dylan gets credit for utilising the album as an entity in itself; the 1973 oil crisis led to the birth of compilation albums), but mostly ran as a succession of stories of the greatest albums of all time - Rumours, Tubular Bells, Dark Side of the Moon, Ziggy Stardust, What's Going On?, Tapestry, etc The arrival of MTV spelt the end of the dominance of the album, and a change in the way music was consumed. This was both fascinating and a great nostalgia rush.

Danny Baker's Great Album Showdown
Three hour-long shows on each of three genres: Rock, Pop, R&B. DJ Baker and 3 studio guests chewed the fat about the importance of the album to each style, and selected 13 albums to typify/exemplify their taste. A charming knockabout which had the odd lapse (no mention of Madonna during Pop, for one), but was otherwise a thoughtful bit of BBC educa-tainment.
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