SIXTY YEARS OF
BRITISH NUMBER ONES

 

The ORIGINAL detailed listing of All the British Number One hits
from 1950 to the present day, with information about every hit.
Established 1999

 

Decade by Decade
1950s 1950s 1960s 1960s 1970s 1970s 1980s 1980s 1990s 1990s 2000s 2000s 2010s
Sheet
Music
Record
Sales
1960
-1964
1965
-1969
1970
-1974
1975
-1979
1980
-1984
1985
-1989
1990
-1994
1995
-1999
2000
-2004
2005
-2009
2010
-now

 

 

RECORDS & SHEET MUSIC NUMBER ONES

Charts of record sales did not begin in the UK until 14th November 1952.  "The Hit Parade" was first published by the the music paper, the New Musical Express.  However, these web pages also provide the number one songs in the sheet music sales charts from 1950.  These show the most popular songs of the time, plus the most notable recordings of the songs which were in the shops.

Thus these web pages give you more than a half century of UK hits from 1st January 1950 right up to the present day.   However, please bear in mind that this web site exists mainly to provide historic chart data, and is not designed to provide the very latest details of No 1 hits.  Whilst the listings are kept fairly up to date, there may be periods when the very latest hits are not yet listed.

LINKS TO ARTISTS' WEB SITES

In addition to the thumb-nail comments for each hit, an added feature of these pages is a link to a web site about the performer, writer or producer mentioned in the lists.  In some cases, acts mentioned in the comments have links too, even if they never had a number one!

The vast majority of the acts and writers listed have web links, but sites for some performers have not been found.  Furthermore, some listed a couple of years back may now have closed down.  If you can fill a gap, or notice dead links, please e-mail details.

Finally, your comments and corrections are always welcome.  During the life of this web site, a number of corrections and comments have been taken on board.  Thank you to everyone who has e-mailed me.

Mike J Smith

 

OTHER PAGES

 

FACTS & FEATS


Artists with the Most Number Ones
(fully updated and revised, December 2009)

Double (& treble) Tops
Songs that have hit number one twice or more times

(fully updated and revised, December 2009)

 

 

Song Title Collections
Total song title trivia for
the trivia enthusiast

 

 

Decade by Decade
1950s 1950s 1960s 1960s 1970s 1970s 1980s 1980s 1990s 1990s 2000s 2000s 2010s
Sheet
Music
Record
Sales
1960
-1964
1965
-1969
1970
-1974
1975
-1979
1980
-1984
1985
-1989
1990
-1994
1995
-1999
2000
-2004
2005
-2009
2010
-now

 

 

Sixty Years of
British Number Ones 
Concept, Layout and "Comments"
1999 - 2010

Mike J Smith