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The UK Singles Chart is the official record chart in the United Kingdom. Record charts in the UK began life in 1952 when Percy Dickins from New Musical Express (NME) imitated an idea started in American Billboard magazine and began compiling a hit parade. Prior to this, a song's popularity was measured by the sales of sheet music. Initially, Dickins telephoned a sample of around 20 shops asking for a list of the 10 best-selling songs. These results were then aggregated to give a Top 12 chart published in NME on 14 November 1952. The number-one single was "Here in My Heart" by Al Martino.

Links To Peel

TOTP Chart Rundown 1st July 198202:54

TOTP Chart Rundown 1st July 1982

Chart rundown by John Peel on Top Of The Pops.

In America, Peel worked for many commercial radio stations, that would often play records that were number one hits in the UK and America, including when he came back to Radio London in 1967, where he initially played songs that hit the number one charts in the UK. Later on as a supporter of underground and alternative music, Peel would play records, that sometimes would go to number one in the UK Singles chart or number one singles that ended up in the Festive Fifty. Other times Peel would sometimes be nostalgic about records that turned out to be old number one singles and play them on his shows.

Peel introduced the UK Singles Chart on Top Of The Pops when he was a presenter on some shows and was offered to host a one-off Radio One Chart Show in January 2003, which some other DJ's did such as Chris Moyles and Jo Whiley before the BBC relaunched the show, however the organisation decided that they didn't want too many DJ's doing the show before it was re-launched and cancelled Peel's appearance.

Festive Fifty Entries

UK Number One singles tracks that have been in the Festive Fifty:

Peelenium

UK Number One singles tracks that have been in the Peelenium:

Pig's Big 78

Dickie Valentine ---- The Finger Of Suspicion02:49

Dickie Valentine ---- The Finger Of Suspicion.

UK Number One singles tracks that have been in the Pig's Big 78:

Number One Singles

The UK Number One singles played by Peel on his radio shows are listed according to when they reached number one first, rather than by alphabetical order.

Performing Artist | Song | First Known Play

1950s

Al Martino Here In My Heart03:07

Al Martino Here In My Heart

1952

1953

1954

1955

1956

Lonnie Donegan - Cumberland Gap02:04

Lonnie Donegan - Cumberland Gap

1957

1958

1959

1960s

1960

1961

Elvis Presley - Return To Sender02:09

Elvis Presley - Return To Sender

1962

1963

Roy Orbison - It's Over 1964 HD02:49

Roy Orbison - It's Over 1964 HD

1964

1965

1966

The Beatles - All You Need Is Love -Slideshow- HD03:46

The Beatles - All You Need Is Love -Slideshow- HD

1967

1968

1969

1970s

Norman Greenbaum Spirit in the sky ( Rare Original Footage French TV 1970 )03:54

Norman Greenbaum Spirit in the sky ( Rare Original Footage French TV 1970 )

1970

1971

T03:36

T. Rex ~ Telegram Sam

1972

1973

1974

1975

1976

1977

Althia and Donna ~ Uptown Top Ranking02:58

Althia and Donna ~ Uptown Top Ranking

1978

1979

1980s

The Jam - Going Underground03:05

The Jam - Going Underground

1980

1981

1982

1983

  • None
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Relax (Restored Version)03:58

Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Relax (Restored Version)

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

  • None

1989

  • None

1990s

New Order - World In Motion -OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO-04:42

New Order - World In Motion -OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO-

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

  • None

1995

  • None
The Prodigy - Firestarter (Official Video)03:46

The Prodigy - Firestarter (Official Video)

1996

1997

1998

1999

  • None

2000s

2000

  • None

2001

  • None

2002

2003

  • None

2004

  • None

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References

  1. Both Frankie Laine's and David Whitfield's version of "Answer Me" were classified jointly as number one on 11 December 1953. In the week before (4th December 1953 - 11th December 1953) and the week (1st January 1954 - 8th January 1954) after Laine's version took the number-one spot outright.
  2. The single went to number one for 3 weeks from 25 November 1955 and went back again to number one for 2 weeks from 06 January 1956.
  3. Claudette was the double A-side to All I Have To Do Is Dream.
  4. The song reached number one for 5 weeks from 19 December 1958 until 23 January 1959.
  5. The Pirates did a Peel session track of the song first broadcast on 14 November 1977 without Johnny Kid, who died in 1966 of a motor car accident.
  6. There is an amusing moment when Peel attempts to play the Impalas track, instead launching into Johnny Tillotson's 'Poetry In Motion' by mistake. He later apologises, stating that he has always intensely disliked the song and wished to save his audience from it.
  7. Return To Sender was number one for 3 weeks from 13 December 1962 to 03 January 1963.
  8. The group did a session version of 'How Do You Do It' on 24 April 1973
  9. The group did a session version of 'You'll Never Walk Alone' on 24 April 1973
  10. The record went to number one for 5 weeks from 12 December 1963 to 16 January 1964.
  11. The singer did a session version of 'Little Children' on 24 April 1973
  12. A live version of the track recorded on 13th March 1971 at Leeds University.
  13. The song went to number one for 5 weeks between 16 December 1965 and 20 January 1966.
  14. A session version was broadcast on that date.
  15. A live version of the track was performed for the "Heroes & Villains" concert broadcast on that date.
  16. The song went to number one for 7 weeks between 06 December 1967 and 24 January 1968.
  17. A session version was broadcast on that date.
  18. The song was number one between 11 December 1968 and 01 January 1969 and also jumped up at the same position between 08 January 1969 and 15 January 1969.
  19. Peel appeared with Rod Stewart on the performance of this song on Top Of The Pops.
  20. The song was at number one between 21 December 1974 and 18 January 1975.
  21. The song was from a live concert from the Olympia introduced by Bob Harris. It also was a double A-side single with The First Cut Is The Deepest,which beat the Sex Pistols' controversial 'God Save The Queen' to the number one spot in 1977.
  22. This was the session version that was broadcast on that date.
  23. This was the session version that was broadcast on that date.
  24. The record spent 5 weeks at number one between 15 December 1979 and 19 January 1980.
  25. This live version went to under the Too Much Too Young - The Special A.K.A. Live! EP went to number one for 2 weeks in 1980.
  26. This was the session version that was broadcast.
  27. Peel fades this early, as he has an ulterior motive, to play the similar “War Canoe” by Rolf Harris.
  28. Went to number one for 5 weeks between 12 December 1981 and 16 January 1982.
  29. A session track that was broadcast.
  30. The song was produced for the England football team's 1990 FIFA World Cup campaign.
  31. The song was re-released due to the popularity of the Levi Jeans TV advert that used the track.
  32. The song was re-released due to the popularity of the Levi Jeans TV advert that used the track.
  33. Peel played the South Of Detroit Instrumental mix of the track.
  34. The song was re-released after the death of George Harrison in November 2001.

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