60 Years of the UK Chart

Happy birthday to the UK Singles Chart! Sixty years ago today, the hit parade was born. It started off, for some reason, as a Top 12, and this was the first number one:

I can only think of one way to celebrate. Here’s my Top 12 charts of all time:

  1. 19 Mar 1983. Blue Monday by New Order enters at number eight, going on to become the best selling 12″ single of all time and spending over a year on the chart
  2. 11 Jul 1981. Kraftwerk enter the chart at number 60 with a single called Computer Love / The Model. Six months later and with the a-sides flipped, it becomes The Most Important Number One Ever
  3. 27 Oct 1991. After four months at number one, Bryan Adams finally decides to leave the top spot, replaced by U2 with The Fly
  4. 11 Dec 1953. Two tracks share the top spot: two different versions of the same song – Answer Me by David Whitfield and Answer Me by Frankie Laine
  5. 2 Apr 2006. Gnarls Barkley gets to number one based solely on download sales with Crazy
  6. 13 Oct 1979. A new system for chart compilation results in two simultaneous charts being published
  7. 30 Jan 2005. Elvis Presley manages his 21st UK number one with It’s Now or Never, and his eightieth week at the top. Five of his chart toppers were posthumous, and he’s spent over a thousand weeks on the singles chart in total
  8. 24 Mar 2002. Gareth Gates takes Unchained Melody to number one, giving the bloody song its fourth visit to the top spot
  9. 9 Aug 1969. For some reason the UK Album Chart becomes a Top 52 for the week
  10. 26 Jun 2004. The charts enter the Internet Age, with the publication of the first ever UK Download Chart
  11. 21 Mar 1998. The Spice Girls decide to take a break from the top, only scraping a number two flop with Stop
  12. 31 Jan 1970. For nearly a whole year, the album chart inexplicably varies in size from a Top 47 to a Top 77

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