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45 rpm Singles Charts Statistics and Trivia

In 1952, Percy Dickens rang around his friends in the music industry retail trade to find out what was selling,
from which he compiled the first ever singles chart for the NME.
The very first chart-topper was Al Martino with 'Here In My Heart'.
                           British Pop Chart History

 
Most weeks on chart - total - by artist
Most consecutive No 1 hits - by artist
 
Most weeks on chart - artist - by year
Most top ten hits - total - by artist
 
Most weeks on chart - total - by title
Most hits without a No1 - by artist
 
Most chart hits - total - by artist
Most No1 hits - total - by artist
 
One-hit wonders that reached No1
Most weeks at No1 - total - by artist
 
Records that went straight in at No1
Most weeks at No1 - total - by title

Most of the data comes from the 'Record Retailer' (Music Week) top 50 chart which began listing on 10th March 1960. Prior to that, for the first nine weeks of 1960, the N.M.E. chart is used but which only listed the top 30. Where the entry was a double 'A' side, both tracks have been listed separately for ease of search.


For statistical purposes, if no chart was issued for a particular week the previous week's positions have been used. All
statistics are calculated from the Saturday of the week in which a chart was published. Ask almost anybody and they'll say that The Beatles dominated the charts in the Sixties. Although the Fab Four were phenomenally successful in terms of sales, they didn't have it all their own way in the charts. Check out the statistics above - I'm sure you'll find a few surprises!







MOST WEEKS ON CHART - TOTAL - BY ARTIST
( EACH CHART ENTRY PER WEEK = 1 WEEK TO ALLOW CREDIT FOR SIMULTANEOUS HITS )

 
537   CLIFF RICHARD

444   ELVIS PRESLEY

333   THE BEATLES ( +1 BACKING TONY SHERIDAN )

309   ROY ORBISON

303   THE SHADOWS ( +328 BACKING CLIFF RICHARD )

292   JIM REEVES

258   BILLY FURY

245   ADAM FAITH

231   THE HOLLIES

221   THE EVERLY BROTHERS

216   TOM JONES

210   BRENDA LEE

193   THE BEACH BOYS

 

189   ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK

187   THE BACHELORS

183   KEN DODD

182   SHIRLEY BASSEY

181   THE ROLLING STONES

176   HERMANS HERMITS

176   MANFRED MANN

176   GENE PITNEY

176   THE SUPREMES

166   CILLA BLACK

163   DUSTY SPRINGFIELD ( +66 WITH THE SPRINGFIELDS )

162   FRANK SINATRA ( +27 WITH OTHER ARTISTS )





MOST WEEKS ON CHART - ARTIST - BY YEAR

 

     1960
78   CLIFF RICHARD
77   ADAM FAITH
61   THE EVERLY BROTHERS

     1961
88   ELVIS PRESLEY
65   THE SHADOWS
64   CLIFF RICHARD

     1962
71   MR. ACKER BILK
70   CHUBBY CHECKER
62   ELVIS PRESLEY

     1963
67   THE BEATLES
67   CLIFF RICHARD
61   THE SHADOWS

     1964
73   JIM REEVES
72   THE BEATLES
70   THE BACHELORS


 
     1965
51   THE SEEKERS
50   BOB DYLAN
50   SANDIE SHAW

     1966
50   DAVE DEE, DOZY, BEAKY, MICK AND TITCH
48   THE BEACH BOYS
45   KEN DODD


     1967
97   ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK
68   TOM JONES
63   THE MONKEES

     1968
58   TOM JONES
57   ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK
46   DES O'CONNOR

     1969
52   FLEETWOOD MAC
52   FRANK SINATRA
45   STEVIE WONDER








  MOST WEEKS ON CHART - TOTAL - BY TITLE


56    RELEASE ME - ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK

55    STRANGER ON THE SHORE - MR. ACKER BILK

40    A SCOTTISH SOLDIER - ANDY STEWART

39    
MY WAY - FRANK SINATRA

39    I LOVE YOU BECAUSE - JIM REEVES

38    SOMEWHERE MY LOVE - THE MIKE SAMMES SINGERS

36    I PRETEND - DES O'CONNOR

34    LET'S TWIST AGAIN - CHUBBY CHECKER

33    
SHE LOVES YOU - THE BEATLES

31    HE'LL HAVE TO GO - JIM REEVES






MOST CHART HITS - TOTAL - BY ARTIST


45
     CLIFF RICHARD


42
     ELVIS PRESLEY

28
     ROY ORBISON

25
     THE SHADOWS ( +25 WITH CLIFF RICHARD )

24
     ADAM FAITH

24     BILLY FURY

23     THE BEATLES ( +1 WITH TONY SHERIDAN )

22     BRENDA LEE

22     JIM REEVES

21     THE EVERLY BROTHERS








 

 

ONE-HIT WONDERS   Acts reaching No.1 with their only Sixties chart entry


THE ARCHIES - SUGAR SUGAR

JANE BIRKIN / SERGE GAINSBOURG - JE T'AIME MOI NON PLUS

THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN - FIRE

B.BUMBLE AND THE STINGERS - NUT ROCKER

THE OVERLANDERS - MICHELLE

FRANK AND NANCY SINATRA - SOMETHIN' STUPID

THUNDERCLAP NEWMAN - SOMETHING IN THE AIR

RICKY VALANCE - TELL LAURA I LOVE HER

ZAGER AND EVANS - IN THE YEAR 2525



STRAIGHT INTO THE CHART AT No.1


This was only achieved 3 times in the Sixties:

1960     ELVIS PRESLEY - IT'S NOW OR NEVER

1962     CLIFF RICHARD - THE YOUNG ONES

1969     
THE BEATLES - GET BACK

 










  MOST CONSECUTIVE No1 HITS - BY ARTIST


11     THE BEATLES       1963 TO 1966


6       THE BEATLES       1967 TO 1969


5       ELVIS PRESLEY    1961 TO 1962


5       THE ROLLING STONES     1964 TO 1965


4       
ELVIS PRESLEY    1960 TO 1961


3       FRANK IFIELD       1962 TO 1963


3       GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS     1963





                            

MOST TOP TEN HITS - TOTAL - BY ARTIST


34      CLIFF RICHARD ( +1 WITH HANK B. MARVIN )

21      THE BEATLES ( +1 WITH BILLY PRESTON )

19      ELVIS PRESLEY

15      THE HOLLIES

14      THE SHADOWS ( +21 WITH CLIFF RICHARD )

13      MANFRED MANN

13      THE ROLLING STONES

11      ADAM FAITH

11      BILLY FURY

11      THE KINKS











  MOST HITS WITHOUT A No1 HIT - BY ARTIST


24      BILLY FURY

22      BRENDA LEE

17
      GENE PITNEY

16
      DUANE EDDY

15      CONNIE FRANCIS

14      BOBBY DARIN

14      OTIS REDDING

14      THE WHO

13      
BUDDY HOLLY



      
MOST No1 HITS - TOTAL - BY ARTIST


17      THE BEATLES

11      ELVIS PRESLEY

8        THE ROLLING STONES

7        CLIFF RICHARD

5        THE SHADOWS ( +5 WITH CLIFF RICHARD )

4        FRANK IFIELD












 

MOST WEEKS AT NUMBER 1 - TOTAL - BY ARTIST



69      THE BEATLES


44      ELVIS PRESLEY


20      CLIFF RICHARD


18      THE ROLLING STONES


17      FRANK IFIELD


16      THE SHADOWS ( +17 WITH CLIFF RICHARD )





      

MOST WEEKS AT NO1 - TOTAL - BY TITLE



8      IT'S NOW OR NEVER
       
Elvis Presley

8      WONDERFUL LAND
       
The Shadows

8      SUGAR SUGAR
       
The Archies

7      CATHY'S CLOWN
       
The Everly Brothers

7      I REMEMBER YOU
        Frank Ifield

7      FROM ME TO YOU
        The Beatles

7      THE GREEN GREEN GRASS OF HOME
        Tom Jones

7      HELLO GOODBYE
        The Beatles







  
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