The Seventies Best-Selling 25 UK Singles

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me at the start of the 70’s

The updated Dec 2018 list, not including stream-based “sales”, just actual tracks people paid for. No changes in the top 10, Pink Floyd, Abba and Donna Summer are the top 20 tracks still selling well and going up over lesser tracks, while Elton & Kiki must have a karaoke appeal I guess, as they go up quite a few spots to 21. There are no new entries, but there are 4 70’s classics quite a way behind on sales, but doing well on streaming: How Deep Is Your Love (Bee Gees), My Sweet Lord (George Harrison), Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (John & Yoko making it 3 Beatles short of a Ringo Starr) and Maggie May (Rod Stewart). The Bee Gees are nearest in actual sales, but Maggie May is probably selling the fastest of the 4 – that said John & Yoko are back in the UK top 40 this week (the Christmas sales week) so trickle sales may get them over the line in a decade or so of downloads. The least streamed are Gary Glitter (no surprise!) and Eye Level, proving that once the TV show ends so does the interest in the theme tune – 187 sales-equivalent streams in total. Little Jimmy Osmond has over 10 times that, Dancing Queen over 10 times Little Jimmy Osmond totals, and Bohemian Rhapsody tops with 2.5 times those of Dancing Queen, with the others falling below 100,000 sales-equivalent bar Abba and Pink Floyd but more than the 1,000 miserable totals of Mull Of Kintyre. If ever a record was of it’s time….!

1 ( 1 ) BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY QUEEN 1 1975
2 ( 2 ) MULL OF KINTYRE/GIRLS’ SCHOOL WINGS 1 1977
3 ( 3 ) YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT JOHN TRAVOLTA & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN 1 1978
4 ( 4 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON/BROWN GIRL IN THE RING BONEY M 1 1978
5 ( 5 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD/OH MY LORD BONEY M 1 1978
6 ( 6 ) IMAGINE JOHN LENNON 1 1975
7 ( 7 ) SUMMER NIGHTS JOHN TRAVOLTA & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN 1 1978
8 ( 8 ) YMCA VILLAGE PEOPLE 1 1978
9 ( 9 ) (IS THIS THE WAY TO) AMARILLO TONY CHRISTIE 1 1971
10 ( 10 ) HEART OF GLASS BLONDIE 1 1979
11 ( 11 ) MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY SLADE 1 1973
12 ( 12 ) BRIGHT EYES ART GARFUNKEL 1 1979
13 ( 13 ) DON’T GIVE UP ON US DAVID SOUL 1 1976
14 ( 16 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) PINK FLOYD 1 1979
15 ( 14 ) I LOVE YOU LOVE ME LOVE GARY GLITTER 1 1973
16 ( 17 ) DANCING QUEEN ABBA 1 1976
17 ( 18 ) I FEEL LOVE DONNA SUMMER 1 1977
18 ( 15 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK IAN DURY AND THE BLOCKHEADS 1 1978
19 ( 19 ) I WILL SURVIVE GLORIA GAYNOR 1 1979
20 ( 20 ) SAILING ROD STEWART 1 1975
21 ( 28 ) DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART ELTON JOHN & KIKI DEE 1 1976
22 ( 23 ) DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA JULIE COVINGTON 1 1976
23 ( 21 ) SAVE YOUR KISSES FOR ME BROTHERHOOD OF MAN 1 1976
24 ( 22 ) I’D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING THE NEW SEEKERS 1 1971
25 ( 26 ) UNDER THE MOON OF LOVE SHOWADDYWADDY 1 1976
26 ( 27 ) TIE A YELLOW RIBBON ROUND THE OLE OAK TREE DAWN FEATURING TONY ORLANDO 1 1973
27 ( 24 ) EYE LEVEL THE SIMON PARK ORCHESTRA 1 1972
28 ( 25 ) LONG HAIRED LOVER FROM LIVERPOOL LITTLE JIMMY OSMOND 1 1972

 

The UK’s top 27 singles from the 70’s up to July 2013 total sales  (Including digital, all million sellers confirmed and official).

  1. BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Queen
  2. MULL OF KINTYRE Wings
  3. YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT John Travolta/ Olivia Newton-John
  4. RIVERS OF BABYLON/ BROWN GIRL IN THE RING Boney M
  5. MARY’S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M
  6. IMAGINE John Lennon
  7. SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta/ Olivia Newton-John
  8. YMCA Village People
  9. (IS THIS THE WAY TO) AMARILLO Tony Christie
  10. HEART OF GLASS Blondie
  11. MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
  12. BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
  13. DON’T GIVE UP ON US David Soul
  14. I LOVE YOU LOVE ME LOVE Gary Glitter
  15. HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads
  16. ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL Pink Floyd
  17. DANCING QUEEN Abba
  18. I FEEL LOVE Donna Summer
  19. I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
  20. SAILING Rod Stewart
  21. SAVE YOUR KISSES FOR ME Brotherhood Of Man
  22. I’D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING The New Seekers
  23. DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA Julie Covington
  24. EYE LEVEL Simon Park Orchestra
  25. LONG HAIRED LOVER FROM LIVERPOOL Little Jimmy Osmond
  26. UNDER THE MOON OF LOVE Showaddywaddy
  27. TIE A YELLOW RIBBON ROUND THE OLE OAK TREE Dawn
  28. DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART – Elton John & Kiki Dee

These are my biggest “selling” singles of the 70’s (based on chart points, not what I currently like – much as I loved Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep when I was 13 years old, it wouldnt rank in my Top 1000 now…!)

1 DANCING QUEEN Abba
2 HAPPY XMAS.WAR IS OVER John & Yoko
3 EAGLE Abba
4 BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
5 HOT LOVE T.Rex
6 METAL GURU T.Rex
7 MY SWEET LORD George Harrison
8 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
9 IMAGINE John Lennon
10 BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel


11 WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
12 I FEEL LOVE  Donna Summer
13 MAMMA MIA Abba
14 LET IT BE Beatles
15 I THINK I LOVE YOU Partridge Family
16 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake
17 CHIRPY CHIRPY CHEEP CHEEP  Middle Of The Road
18 SEE MY BABY JIVE  Wizzard
19 RIDE A WHITE SWAN T.Rex
20 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Queen


21 TWEEDLEDEE TWEEDLEDUM Middle Of The Road
22 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU  Abba
23 FERNANDO Abba
24 WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER Timmy Thomas
25 THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US Sparks
26 I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
27 EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
28 JEEPSTER T.Rex
29 VOULEZ-ZOUS Abba
30 LOVE TRAIN O’Jays


31 ROCKET MAN Elton John
32 TAKE A CHANCE ON ME Abba
33 THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD Beatles
34 TIGER FEET Mud
35 LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER Captain & Tenille
36 IF YOU LEAVE ME NOW Chicago
37 GET IT ON T.Rex
38 NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE New Seekers
39 I’M STILL WAITING Diana Ross
40 BOOGIE NIGHTS Heatwave


41 DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
42 SOS Abba
43 NIGHT FEVER Bee Gees
44 THEME FROM “SHAFT” Isaac Hayes
45 VIRGINIA PLAIN Roxy Music
46 DECEMBER ’63 (OH WHAT A NIGHT) Four Seasons
47 (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU Carpenters
48 WHAT’S GOING ON Marvin Gaye
49 IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
50 WATERLOO Abba


51 MISTY Ray Stevens
52 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
53 NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
54 UNCLE ALBERT/ ADMIRAL HALSEY Paul & Linda McCartney
55 SNOWBIRD  Anne Murray
56 THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
57 LOVE GROWS Edison Lighthouse
58 ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
59 EVIL WOMAN E.L.O.
60 I LOVE TO LOVE Tina Charles


61 YMCA Village People
62 PYJAMARAMA Roxy Music
63 ANOTHER DAY Paul McCartney
64 I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU Art Garfunkel
65 JET Paul McCartney & Wings
66 HOOKED ON A FEELING Jonathan King
67 GIMME GIMME GIMME ( A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
68 LAYLA Derek & The Dominoes
69 MAGIC FLY Space
70 MR. BLUE SKY Electric Light Orchestra


71 SHOWDOWN E.L.O.
72 SOLEY SOLEY Middle Of The Road
73 I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
74 YELLOW RIVER Christie
75 AIN’T NO SUNSHINE Michael Jackson
76 DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
77 I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS Boomtown Rats
78 MAGGIE MAY Rod Stewart
79 MORE THAN A FEELING Boston
80 BLOCKBUSTER Sweet


81 HYPNOSIS Mud
82 LOLA Kinks
83 CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION T.Rex
84 KNOCK THREE TIMES Dawn
85 BRAND NEW KEY Melanie
86 THE NAME OF THE GAME Abba
87 GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
88 I’D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING New Seekers
89 DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
90 NATHAN JONES Supremes


91 IT’S ONE OF THOSE NIGHTS Partridge Family
92 THE AIR THAT I BREATHE Hollies
93 SUGAR ME Lynsey De Paul
94 ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
95 BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO Partridge Family
96 YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive
97 YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT John Travolta/Olivia N.J.
98 TEENAGE RAMPAGE Sweet
99 ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL Pink Floyd
100 HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE Bee Gees

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