The Sixties Best Selling 20 Records of the UK (and my Top 50 “best-selling” records)

Me at the start of the 60’s…Image

DECEMBER 2018 UPDATE OF MILLION SELLERS 40’S-60’S UK SALES

In the last 6 years, very little change in the list, The Seekers overhaul I Feel Fine, perennials Hey Jude and Unchained Melody overtake lesser records, Stranger On The Shore does surprisingly well as a steady seller, and new entries from White Christmas (the world’s biggest selling single – probably, give or take a Candle In The Wind – and also the oldest million seller by far), a British football and Merseyside anthem which reinvents itself with relevance over the years, Gerry & The Pacemakers’ version of the musical standard You’ll Never walk Alone, and that Sinatra signature tune which still does well in karaoke, My Way. Just missing the million, but closing, is The Beatles’ Help, though the decline in downloads means it might take quite some time to make it! No streaming “sales” included here but predictably the annual Christmas Spotify playlists etc mean Christmas songs do the best streaming business (Bing Crosby), followed by Hey Jude & Unchained Melody. The least streaming sales (and likely also digital)? Tears, even the beloved comedian’s recent death can’t boost Ken Dodd singing demand with a total of, ooh, not even 700 sales-equivalent plays. White Christmas is over 100 times that.

 

1 ( 1 ) SHE LOVES YOU THE BEATLES 1 1963
2 ( 2 ) I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND THE BEATLES 1 1963
3 ( 3 ) CAN’T BUY ME LOVE THE BEATLES 1 1964
4 ( 4 ) TEARS KEN DODD 1 1965
5 ( 5 ) (WE’RE GONNA) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK BILL HALEY & HIS COMETS 1 1955
6 ( 7 ) THE CARNIVAL IS OVER THE SEEKERS 1 1965
7 ( 6 ) I FEEL FINE THE BEATLES 1 1964
8 ( 8 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/DAY TRIPPER THE BEATLES 1 1964
9 ( 9 ) RELEASE ME ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK 1 1967
10 ( 10 ) IT’S NOW OR NEVER ELVIS PRESLEY 1 1960
11 ( 12 ) GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME TOM JONES 1 1966
12 ( 11 ) DIANA PAUL ANKA 1 1957
13 ( 15 ) STRANGER ON THE SHORE MR ACKER BILK AND HIS PARAMOUNT JAZZ BAND 2 1961
14 ( 13 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD HARRY BELAFONTE 1 1957
15 ( 14 ) THE LAST WALTZ ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK 1 1967
16 ( 17 ) HEY JUDE THE BEATLES 1 1968
17 ( 19 ) UNCHAINED MELODY THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS 1 1965
18 ( 16 ) I REMEMBER YOU FRANK IFIELD 1 1962
19 ( 18 ) THE YOUNG ONES CLIFF RICHARD & THE SHADOWS 1 1962
20 ( NEW ) WHITE CHRISTMAS BING CROSBY WITH THE KEN DARBY SINGERS AND JOHN SCOTT TROTTER ORCHESTRA 5 1942
21 ( 20 ) SUGAR SUGAR THE ARCHIES 1 1969
22 ( NEW ) YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE GERRY & THE PACEMAKERS 1 1963
23 ( NEW ) MY WAY FRANK SINATRA 5 1969

 

 

 

This is the best-selling 20 records of the 40’s 50’s & 60’s (as at May 2012, including digital confirmed sales)

1. SHE LOVES YOU Beatles
2. I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND Beatles
3. CAN’T BUY ME LOVE Beatles
4. TEARS Ken Dodd
5. ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK Bill Haley & His Comets


6.I FEEL FINE Beatles
7. THE CARNIVAL IS OVER Seekers
8. WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER Beatles
9. RELEASE ME  Engelbert Humperdinck
10. IT’S NOW OR NEVER Elvis Presley


11. DIANA Paul Anka
12. GREEN GREEN GRASS OF HOME Tom Jones
13. MARY’S BOY CHILD Harry Belafonte
14. THE LAST WALTZ Engelbert Humperdinck
15. STRANGER ON THE SHORE Mr. Acker Bilk

 

16. I REMEMBER YOU Frank Ifield
17. HEY JUDE Beatles
18. THE YOUNG ONES Cliff Richard & The Shadows
19. UNCHAINED MELODY Righteous Brothers
20. SUGAR SUGAR The Archies

just missing: White Christmas, Bing Crosby – though most of it’s sales would be pre-chart data and it’s almost certainly going to be way higher if old 78’s were counted.

 

 

and since my charts started in 1968, these are the records from the 60’s that have amassed the biggest chart points in my charts. Only one of the real 20 features, but many of the acts do, with different songs. How can so many pre-1968 records feature? The UK charts periodically have re-issues enter the singles chart, for example almost all Beatles singles made the Top 100 in resissues in 1976 and throughout the 80’s as the 20th anniversary for each arrived, and now via digital entries even album tracks have made the charts. I allow oldies in my chart if they make the listed official singles chart, or as previously uncharted tracks if they make the album chart. Simple! These are the biggest 50….

  1. CALIFORNIA DREAMING The Mamas & The Papas
  2. HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
  3. YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers
  4. SUGAR SUGAR Archies
  5. DAYDREAM BELIEVER Monkees
  6. SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
  7. MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas
  8. DIZZY Tommy Roe
  9. GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys
  10. DREAM A LITTLE DREAM Mama Cass
  11. HELLO GOODBYE/ I AM THE WALRUS Beatles
  12. THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
  13. ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE Beatles
  14. THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE Walker Brothers
  15. LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE Monkees
  16. THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
  17. LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
  18. I’M A BELIEVER Monkees
  19. GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
  20. IT’S OVER Roy Orbison
  21. I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
  22. WALK ON BY Dionne Warwick
  23. DIFFERENT DRUM Linda Ronstadt/Stone Ponies
  24. THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
  25. I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
  26. ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE Beatles
  27. IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager & Evans
  28. NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN Moody Blues
  29. I WANT YOU BACK Jackson 5
  30. PENNY LANE/ STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER Beatles
  31. BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP Foundations
  32. BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO Beatles
  33. IN THE GHETTO/ ANY DAY NOW Elvis Presley
  34. I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
  35. THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Isley Brothers
  36. GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
  37. SOME OF YOUR LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield
  38. LEADER OF THE PACK Shangri-Las
  39. MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
  40. REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
  41. NUT ROCKER B.Bumble & The Stingers
  42. A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU Monkees
  43. SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
  44. YOU’VE GOT TO HIDE YOUR LOVE AWAY The Beatles
  45. I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney
  46. VALLERI The Monkees
  47. BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
  48. I GOT YOU BABE Sonny & Cher
  49. DOWNTOWN Petula Clark
  50. A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck

There MUST be some in there you like…!

2 thoughts on “The Sixties Best Selling 20 Records of the UK (and my Top 50 “best-selling” records)

  1. Oh what a great collection of 60’s gems! You’ve got great taste in music! I love your site! Keep it going!

    • Hey, thanks Andrey for the compliment, thats very kind of you, I am a big fan of music (as I think you know!)

      I’m hoping to post more opinion stuff, it seems more popular than the charts on their own:)

      cheers again Andrey!

      john:)

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