We present to you a ranking of the greatest UK No 1 singles since the charts began in The only rule was that an artist could only feature once. As such, it is very much open to discussion, which we heartily encourage in the comments section. Also, note that dates listed are the dates the songs reached No 1. As much a generational bellwether as a pop classic. The weirdness of 70s Britain in musical form. Trevor Horn and co turned this material into postmodern gold, building jingles, prog, orchestral pop and more into a screwball fantasy.
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Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. This entertaining book presents the U. Top 20 charts side by side, month by month - showing how rock and pop developed on each side of the Atlantic. Fully updated, it lists the hits from through Alongside every song listing, readers will find important facts such as the artist's name and nationality, current and previous month's chart position, record label, weeks on the chart, and simultaneous position on the other side of the pond. Includes an alphabetical listing of song titles with artists, and an alphabetical listing of artists with song titles and chart-entry dates, enabling easy cross-referencing to help you track down any Top 20 record since Read more Read less. Special offers and product promotions Amazon Business : For business-exclusive pricing, quantity discounts and downloadable VAT invoices.
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The Official Chart, broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and MTV Official UK Top 40 , is the UK music industry's recognised official measure of singles and albums popularity because it is the most comprehensive research panel of its kind, today surveying over 15, retailers and digital services daily, capturing The OCC website contains the Top chart. The chart week runs from Friday to midnight Thursday,  with most UK physical and digital singles being released on Fridays.
For the purposes of calculating sales, a single is currently defined by the Official Charts Company OCC as either a 'single bundle' having no more than four tracks and not lasting longer than 25 minutes or one digital audio track not longer than 15 minutes with a minimum sale price of 40 pence. Since September , the single has sold over 4. Sales of singles have been monitored and charted in the UK since , when Percy Dickins of New Musical Express NME telephoned around 20 record stores and aggregated their best-selling singles into a hit parade. The highest-selling by a solo female artist is " Believe " by Cher — released in October , it has sold over 1. Released in December , the single sold more than , copies in its first week, but was kept off number one by " Do They Know It's Christmas? It has since sold more than 1. The highest-selling single paid for purchases in the 21st century is " Happy " by Pharrell Williams , which has sold 1.