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The very first UK Chart published was by N.M.E. Magazine on 14th November 1952 and was a Top 12:

1 Here In My Heart Al Martino
2 You Belong To Me Jo Stafford
3 Somewhere Along The Way Nat King Cole
4 Isle Of Innisfree Bing Crosby
5 Feet Up Guy Mitchell
6 Half As Much Rosemary Clooney
7 Forget Me Not Vera Lynn
7 High Noon Frankie Laine
8 Sugarbush Doris Day & Frankie Laine
8 Blue Tango Ray Martin
9 Homing Waltz Vera Lynn
10 Auf Wiedersehen Vera Lynn
11 Because You're Mine Mario Lanza
11 Cowpuncher's Cantata Max Bygraves
12 Walking My Baby Back Home Johnnie Ray

The charts were extended on 1st October 1954 to a Top 20:

1 Three Coins In The Fountain Frank Sinatra
2 Smile Nat King Cole
3 Cara Mia David Whitfield
4 My Friend Frankie Laine
5 Hold My Hand Don Cornell
6 Little Things Mean A Lot Kitty Kallen
7 Gilly Gilly Ossenfeffer Max Bygraves
8 Secret Love Doris Day
9 Black Hills Of Dakota Doris Day
10 Sway Dean Martin
10 Story Of Tina Al Martino
12 Story Of Tina Ronnie Harris
13 West Of Zanzibar Anthony Steel
14 Idle Gossip Perry Como
15 If I Give My Heart To You Doris Day
16 Sh-boom Crew Cuts
17 Wanted Al Martino
18 Wanted Perry Como
19 Story Of Three Loves Winifred Atwell
20 If I Give My Heart To You Joan Regan

On 13th April 1956 the charts were extended further to a Top 30:

1 Poor People Of Paris Winifred Atwell
2 It's Almost Tomorrow Dreamweavers
3 Rock & Roll Waltz Kay Starr
4 Only You Hilltoppers
5 Zambesi Lou Busch
6 Memories Are Made Of This Dave King
7 Memories Are Made Of This Dean Martin
8 See You Later Alligator Bill Haley
9 Theme from Threepenny Opera Dick Hyman Trio
10 Great Pretender Jimmy Parkinson
11 My September Love David Whitfield
12 Theme from Threepenny Opera Billy Vaughn
13 Willie Can Alma Cogan
14 Zambesi Eddie Calvert
15 Chain Gang Jimmy Young
16 Rock Island Line Lonnie Donegan
17 Band Of Gold Don Cherry
18 A Tear Fell Teresa Brewer
19 I'm A Fool Slim Whitman
20 Jimmy Unknown Lita Roza
21 The Trouble With Harry Alfi & Harry
22 No Other Love Johnston Brothers
23 Italian Theme Cyril Stapleton
24 Seven Days Ann Shelton
25 You Can't Be True To Two Dave King
26 Pickin' A Chicken Eve Boswell
27 Theme from Threepenny Opera Louis Armstrong
28 Young & Foolish Edmund Hockridge
29 Come Next Spring Tony Bennett
30 Willie Can Beverley Sisters

From 10th March 1960 the chart was compiled by the retail music magazine Record Retailer (later to become MUSIC WEEK), although N.M.E. continued to publish its own independent charts as other magazines such as Melody Maker and Disc& Music Echo had theirs.

From this date the charts them became a Top 50. Although Music Week (Record Retailer) was an RECORD INDUSTRY magazine sent to record shops, their charts became available to the public when printed in the magazine RECORD MIRROR, from March 1962 right up until the day it went out of print in April 1991.

US records where the sounds of the time until the arrival of The Beatles, and for the first time in March 1964 UK acts dominated all the Top 10 positions.

This could be perhaps due to the arrival of Pirate Radio in Britain of which the first was Radio Caroline on Good Friday 1964.  1st January 1964 saw the first ever edition of the TV show TOP OF THE POPS from the BBC, it was first broadcast on Wednesday evenings at 18.35 hrs. It was intended to only last for 6 weeks, with an option for another 6, but due to its popularity they kept it going, though; now in a slightly different format it is still being broadcast.  After the initial broadcasting it then went out on Thursday evenings at 19.00 hrs (7pm) for years, but now it goes out at 19.30 hrs (7.30pm) on Fridays.

It also now has sister programs (still called Top Of The Pops) in Germany, Holland and indeed in over 80 countries worldwide. Germany's version started in October 1998.  There, it is recorded in Berlin and can be seen in the UK by anyone who has analogue Satellite TV through the ASTRA SATELLITE Transponder No.2 on the German station R.T.L. on Saturday evenings at 16.45 hrs (4.45pm) UK time. Both in Germany & Holland they are longer shows than that of the UK (1 hour) and Germany's also has a competition and News of Artists and Bands.  In the USA they had a licence to broadcast their own Top Of The Pops in the late 80s but was dropped after about a year.

The original TOTP in the UK was broadcast from an old BBC building which was a disused church in Dickenson Road, Manchester. This building has long since been demolished.  There were 4 original presenters:  Pete Murray, Alan Freeman, David Jacobs and the man who presented the very first was Sir Jimmy Saville.

It was completely live in those days with no pre-recordings and the artists performed both instrumentally and vocally LIVE.  Artists who did not have a backing band were accompanied by the BBC Top Os The Pops Orchestra.

The artists appearing on that very first show, in order were:-
ROLLING STONES - I Wanna Be Your Man, DUSTY SPRINGFIELD - I Only Want To Be With You, DAVE CLARK FIVE - Glad All Over, HOLLIES - Stay, SWINGING BLUE JEANS - Hippy Hippy Shake and THE BEATLES - I Want To Hold Your Hand which was at number one. The show always ends with the number one single although this had 2 exceptions, 1 was in 1969 when Je'Taime... by Jane Birkin and the other in 1984, Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood were number ones. At those times those 2 records were banned by the BBC.  As far as the Jane Birkin song was concerned their was a twist in the tale as an instrumental version called Love At First Sight by group Sounds Nice was played but this version only peaked at number 18.

Around this time Germany has its own pop shows, one of which, similar in format to TOTP was BEAT CLUB.  This was a great show and lasted well into the 70s and featured mainly UK and US acts, also one of the presenters was British DJ, Dave Lee Travis.  Lots of editions of this show still survive today, and clips can sometimes be seen on the UK version of satellite TV station VH1.

The previous year ITV started its own pop show on Friday nights and its catchphrase was The Weekend Starts Here. On this show though, (which featured the gorgeous Cathy McGowan) most acts mimed to their records. This show was called READY STEADY GO.  The rights to all the recordings of this show that are known to still exist are owned by Dave Clark formerly of top 60s band DAVE CLARK FIVE.

When TOTP was launched on 1st January 1964.  The week's chart was:

1 I Want To Hold Your Hand Beatles
2 Glad All Over Dave Clark 5
3 She Loves You Beatles
4 You Were Made For Me Freddie & The Dreamers
5 Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa Gene Pitney
6 I Only Want To Be With You Dusty Springfield
7 Dominique Singing Nun
8 Maria Elena Los Indios Tabajaras
9 Secret Love Kathy Kirby
10 Don't Talk To Him Cliff Richard
11 Swinging On A Star Big Dee Irwin
12 Geronimo Shadows
13 Hippy Hippy Shake Swinging Blue Jeans
14 Kiss Me Quick Elvis Presley
15 I Wanna Be Your Man Rolling Stones
16 You'll Never Walk Alone Gerry & The Pacemakers
17 Stay Hollies
18 Not Too Little Not Too Much Chris Sandford
19 Money Bern Elliott & The Fenmen
20 We Are In Love Adam Faith
21 I'll Keep You Satisfied Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas
22 If I Ruled The World Harry Secombe
23 Blue Bayou/Mean Woman Blues Roy Orbison
24 All I Want For Christmas Is A Beatle Dora Bryan
25 I Who Have Nothing Shirley Bassey
26 At The Palace Wilfred Brambell & Harry H. Corbett
27 Country Boy Heinz
28 What To Do Buddy Holly
29 From Russia With Love Matt Monroe
30 It's Almost Tomorrow Mark Wynter
31 Hungry For Love Johnny Kidd & The Pirates
32 I'm In Love Fourmost
33 I Can Dance Brian Poole & The Tremeloes
34 Deep Purple Nino Tempo & April Stevens
35 Blowing In The Wind Peter Paul & Mary
36 Run Rudolph Run Chuck Berry
37 Do You Really Love Me Too Billy Fury
38 Sugar & Spice Searchers
39 Yesterday's Gone Chad Stewart & Jeremy Clyde
40 Walking Alone Richard Anthony

Good Friday 1964 saw the first broadcast by a British Pirate Radio Station RADIO CAROLINE later to become Radio Caroline South and broadcast from a ship moored just over 3 miles off the Essex coast. As pop music was in very short supply on radio in the UK except for the evenings when Radio Luxembourg was broadcasting. Due to this station's broadcast coming from Luxembourg on Medium Wave Band (AM), the signal used to fade in and out very badly.

Radio Caroline was started by Irish businessman Ronan O'Reilly. This prompted the start of many pirate radio stations all just outside British territorial waters on both ships and wartime forts. There were over 20 at one period. They played non-stop pop music 24 hours a day. One of the best known DJs to come from Radio Caroline and later Radio London was Tony Blackburn.

When the Marine Offences Act of 1967 came into force all but one of them closed down and the British Government stated that anyone sending supplies to them or advertising on them would be prosecuted.  Also anyone working on them would be prosecuted if they came inside territorial waters after the 14th August 1967 deadline.

The only station to carry on broadcasting was Radio Caroline South (the station that started it all) and at 00.01 hrs on 15th August 1967 the first record played was We Shall Overcome by Joan Baez.

26th January 1967 saw the chart entry for the first week, of the record with the longest number of continuous weeks in the UK chart. This record was Release Me by Englebert Humperdinck which spent a massive 56 continuous weeks in the UK charts, then still a Top 50.

30th September 1967 saw the first broadcast of Radio One from the BBC and at 7.00 on this day the very first record was introduced by DJ Tony Blackburn.  The record being FLOWERS IN THE RAIN by MOVE.

On 21st January 1965, a unique chart occasion happened but unknown at this time but the first of 2 chart entries (the other first charted on 1st November 1967), of the title EVERYBODY KNOWS by DAVE CLARK FIVE. Both had the same title, both by the same artist but were quite different songs.  The only other time to come close to this was the chart entry of 13th October 1984 and 15th December 1990 there were 2 different songs both called Freedom.  The 1984 entry was by WHAM and the 1990 entry was by GEORGE MICHAEL who was also on the single by Wham.

Still on the subject of unique chart occasions the next one was on the charts of 4th October 1969 and the following week on the 11th. This was unique in that they contained a record at 2 different chart positions which were the same song the same artists and the same recorded version.  The only thing different is that they were both on different record labels.  The song in question was JE T'AIME...MOI NON PLUS by JANE BIRKIN & SERGE GAINSBOURG.  It was originally released on the Fontana label but was banned by Radio One at that time due to its erotic sound, so due to its controversy Fontana withdrew the record and was then released on the Major Minor label.

Because there were Fontana singles still in the shops along with the Major Minor release, on 4 October 1969 the Major Minor release was at number 3 and the Fontana single at number 16.  Also at that time it was the biggest ever selling single for a completely foreign language record.

This seemed to be the period of the banned record for on it's way down this chart after peaking at number 10 was reggae record WET DREAM by MAX ROMEO.  Also banned at this time were WRECK A BUDDY by SOUL SISTERS and EROTICA by RITA.

The following chart is for 4th October 1969:
1 Bad Moon Rising Creedence Clearwater Revival
2 I'll Never Fall In Love Again Bobbie Gentry
4 A Boy Named Sue Johnny Cash
5 Don't Forget To Remember Bee Gees
6 Good Morning Starshine Oliver
7 Throw Down A Line Cliff (Richard) & Hank (Marvin)
8 It's Getting Better Mama Cass
9 Lay Lady Lay Bob Dylan
10 In The Year 2525 Zager & Evans
11 Natural Born Bugie Humble Pie
12 Hare Krishna Mantra Radah Krishna Temple
13 Viva Bobby Joe Equals
14 Nobody's Child Karen Young
15 Too Busy Thinking About My Baby Marvin Gaye
17 I'm Gonna Make You Mine Lou Christie
18 I Second That Emotion Diana Ross/Supremes/Temptations
19 Love At First Sight Sounds Nice
20 Space Oddity David Bowie
21 My Cherie Amour Stevie Wonder
22 Saved By The Bell Robin Gibb
23 Birth Peddlers
24 Make Me An Island Joe Dolan
25 Put Yourself In My Place Isley Brothers
26 Soul Deep Box Tops
27 Do What You Gotta Do Four Tops
28 I'm A Better Man Englebert Humperdinck
29 Clean Up Your Own Back Yard Elvis Presley
30 Honky Tonk Women Rolling Stones
31 Cloud 9 Temptations
32 He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother Hollies
34 Oh Well Fleetwood Mac
35 My Way Frank Sinatra
36 When Two Worlds Collide Jim Reeves
37 Marrakesh Express Crosby Stills & Nash
38 Early In The Morning Vanity Fare
39 Delta Lady Joe Cocker
40 The Hunt Barry Ryan

There were 2 instances when at 2 different positions with the same record by the same artists (Leader Of The Pack by Shangri-las) in 1976 and (Shout by Lulu) in 1986, but they were the original version and either a re-recorded or re-mixed version.

On 5th May 1978 the charts were further extended to a Top 75.  At this time they were compiled by the British Market Research Bureau. Later the charts were compiled by Gallup.  Radio One stayed just with the Top 40 as it still does today.  If they played the complete Top 75, their Chart Show rundown on Sunday evenings would last 4 hours!

The first ever Top 75 Chart:
1 Rivers Of Babylon Boney M
2 Night Fever Bee Gees
3 Too Much Too Little To Late Denise Williams & Johnny Mathis
4 Automatic Lover Dee D. Jackson
5 Never Let Her Slip Away Andrew Gold
6 Matchstalk Men & Matchstalk Cats & Dogs Brian & Michael
7 Because The Night Patti Smith Group
8 Let's All Chant Michael Zager Band
9 Everybody Dance Chic
10 Boy From New York City Darts
11 If You Can't Give Me Love Suzi Quatro
12 She's So Modern Boomtown Rats
13 Jack & Jill Raydio
14 Bad Old Days Co-co
15 I Wonder Why Showaddywaddy
16 Singin' In The Rain Sheila B. Devotion
17 Do It Do It Again Raphaella Carra
18 Follow You Follow Me Genesis
19 (I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence Dear Blondie
20 More Like The Movies Dr. Hook
21 If I Can't Have You Yvonne Elliman
22 With A Little Luck Wings
23 Love Is In The Air John Paul Young
24 Take Me I'm Yours Squeeze
25 It Takes Two To Tango Richard Myhill
26 Day The World Turned Day-glow X-Ray Specs
27 A Ba Ni Bi Izhar Cohen & Alpha-beta
28 More Than A Woman Tavares
29 Nice N Sleazy Stranglers
30 Baker Street Gerry Rafferty
31 Theme from Hong Kong Beat Richard Denton & Martin Cook
32 Come To Me Ruby Winters
33 Hi-Tension Hi-Tension
34 Back In Love Again Donna Summer
35 What A Waste Ian Dury & The Blockheads
36 Up Against The Wall Tom Robinson Band
37 It Makes You Feel Like Dancin' Rose Royce
38 When You Walk In The Room Child
39 Feels Like The First Time Foreigner
40 Sometimes When We Touch Dan Hill
41 Hey Lord Don't Ask Me No Questions Graham Parker & Rumor
42 Boogie Shoes KC & The Sunshine Band
43 Just For You Alan Price
44 Dance A Little Bit Closer Charo & Salsoul Orchestra
45 Rosalie Thin Lizzy
46 Pump It Up Elvis Costello
47 Denis Blondie
48 Can't Smile Without You Barry Manilow
49 Shadow Dancing Andy Gibb
50 Satisfaction Devo
51 Ego Elton John
52 Closer I Get To You Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway
53 Angels With Dirty Faces Sham 69
54 Jupiter Earth Wind & Fire
55 I Don't Mind Buzzcocks
56 Take Me To The Next Phase Isley Brothers
57 Walk In Love Manhattan Transfer
58 Ca Plane Pour Moi Plastic Bertrand
59 Loving You Has Made Me Bananas Guy Marks
60 Only Loving Does It Guys N Dolls
61 Whatever It Takes Olympic Runners
62 Eddy Vortex Steve Gibbons Band
63 Stayin' Alive Bee Gees
64 I Must Be In Love Rutles
65 Joko Homo Devo
66 The One & Only Gladys Knight &am; The Pips
67 Move Your Body Gene Farrow
68 What Goes On Bryan Ferry
69 Every 1s A Winner Hot Chocolate
70 Place In Your Heart Nazareth
72 Shame Evelyn Champagne King
73 Don't Take It Lying Down Dooleys
74 Hazell Maggie Bell
75 Wuthering Heights Kate Bush

7th February 1981 saw the entry date of the first ever single to hit the charts on import sales alone.  The record: THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT by JAM.  This never happened again until the late 90s.

The chart was increased again on 8th January 1983.  This was the last time the chart increased, this time to a full Top 100:

1 Save Your Love Renee & Renato
2 You Can't Hurry Love Phil Collins
3 A Winter's Tale David Essex
4 Best Years Of Our Lives Modern Romance
5 Our House Madness
6 Time Culture Club
7 Shakin' Stevens EP Shakin' Stevens
8 Orville's Song Keith Harris
9 Little Drummer Boy David Bowie & Bing Crosby
10 All The Love In The World Dionne Warwick
11 Buffalo Gals Malcolm McLaren
12 Hymn Ultravox
13 If You Can't Stand The Heat Buck's Fizz
14 Young Guns Wham
15 Beat Surrender Jam
16 Cacharpaya Incantation
17 Truly Lionel Richie
18 Little Town Cliff Richard
19 Friends Shalamar
20 Mirror Man Human League
21 Let's Get This Straight Dexy's Midnight Runners
22 I Feel Love (re-mix) Donna summer
23 Rio Duran Duran
24 Theme from E.T. John Williams
25 Wishing A Flock Of Seagulls
26 Under Attack Abba
27 Living On The Ceiling Blancmange
28 The Other Side Of Love Yazoo
29 Heartache Avenue Maisonettes
30 Singalong-A-Santa Santa Claus & Christmas Trees
31 Dear Addy Kid Creole & Coconuts
32 Youth Of Today Musical Youth
33 I Don't Wanna Dance Eddy Grant
34 Story Of The Blues Wah
35 Hi De Hi Hi De Ho Kool & The Gang
36 Where The Heart Is Soft Cell
37 Sexual Healing Marvin Gaye
38 Down Under Men At Work
39 Changes Imagination
40 European Female Stranglers
41 Gloria Laura Branigan
42 Baa Baa Black sheep Singing Sheep
43 It's Raining Again Supertramp
44 I'm Gonna Sit Right Down... Barry Manilow
45 Mad World Tears For Fears
46 Birdie Song Tweets
47 State Of Independence Donna summer
48 Oh Diane Fleetwood Mac
49 Nightporter Japan
50 Steppin' Out Joe Jackson
51 Heartbreaker Dionne Warwick
52 Cheers Then Bananarama
53 Talk Talk Talk Talk
54 Postman Pat Ken Barrie
55 Do You Really Want To Hurt Me Culture Club
56 Mannequin Kids From Fame
57 Snowman Melody Snowmen
58 Party Party Elvis Costello
59 In & Out Willie Hutch
60 Christmas Wrapping Waitresses
61 My Love Is Waiting Marvin Gaye
62 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) Plastic Ono Band
63 The Smurf Tyrone Brunson
64 Magic's Wand Whodini
65 Pass The Dutchie Musical Youth
66 Maneater Daryl Hall & John Oates
67 Theme from Harry's Game Clannad
68 Hold Me Tighter In The Rain Billy Griffin
69 Here I Go Again Whitesnake
70 Desperate But Not Serious Adam Ant
71 In The Bleak Midwinter Nevade
72 Merry Xmas Everybody Slade
73 I Believe In Father Christmas Greg Lake
74 Christmas Wrapping Dizzy Heights
75 Let's Go To Bed Cure
76 I Honestly Love You Olivia Newton-John
77 Love John Lennon
78 In The Name Of Love Sharon Redd
79 The Girl Is Mine Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney
80 Melt Siouxsie & The Banshees
81 I'm Alright Young Steve & Afternoon Boys
82 Loopzilla George Clinton
83 Heavy Vibes Montana Sextet
84 War Crimes Special AKA
85 C'est La Vie Slade
86 Loch Lomond Runrig
87 Wham Rap Wham
88 Thank You Pale Fountains
89 The More I See Fun Boy Three
90 Caroline Status Quo
91 The Look Of Love ABC
92 So Close To Me Julio Iglesias
93 Wonderful You Are Sleeping Lions
94 Cry Boy Cry Blue Zoo
95 Do It To The Music Raw Silk
96 Out On The Floor Dobie Gray
97 Let Me Go Heaven 17
98 Ooh La La La Kool & The Gang
99 Annie I'm Not Your Daddy Kid Creole & Coconuts
100 Syptom Of The Universe Ozzy Osbourne

19th March 1983 was the entry date of the best selling 12inch single of all time which peaked at number 8 and was in and out of the Top 100 for nearly 5 years.  The record: BLUE MONDAY by NEW ORDER.

From May 1991 the charts were still a Top 100 however only the Top 75 was actually published due to a drop in singles sales.

6th July 1991 saw the first week at number one for the record that spent the longest number of continuous weeks at number one, this was Everything I Do by Bryan Adams which spent 16 weeks at number one and totalled 24 weeks in the UK Top 75.  Just under a year later was the second highest number of continuous weeks at number one, this was Love Is All Around by Wet Wet Wet which spent 15 weeks and a total UK Top 75 run of 37 weeks.

The Charts are now compiled by CIN.

21st February 1998 saw the second single to make the Top 75 on import sales alone before an official UK release. The record: IT'S LIKE THAT by RUN DMC vs JASON NEVINS.  Following on 21st March 1998 was the next one which was IT'S TRICKY also by RUN DMC vs JASON NEVINS.

1999 exaggerated the situation in the UK charts in that from 1st August to 30th November there were 10 singles that entered the UK top 75 that had not had an official UK release and therefore made the charts on import sales alone.  There have never been so many singles on sales of imports only hit the charts in such a short time before.   All but 2 of them (*) were big European produced hits.

Aug 7 Mambo No.5 Lou Bega 74-33
Aug 21 Blue Eiffel 65
Sep 11 Genie In A Bottle Christina Aguilera*
Sep 11 2 Times Ann Lee
Sep 11 We're Going To Ibiza Vengaboys
Oct 9 Don't Stop ATB
Oct 16 If I Could Turn Back The Hands... R. Kelly*
Oct 23 Smooth Santana
Nov 20 King Of My Castle Wamdue Project
Nov 30 Don't Call Me Baby Madison Avenue

Now we are in the new Millennium the only artist to have a Top 10 hit in 6 decades from the 50s through to 2000 is Cliff Richard.  Though he is not liked by everyone this is still a great milestone.  His first single MOVE IT first entered the UK charts on 12 September 1958 and reached number 2.  He has had 65 Top 10 hits and sold more than 86 million singles worldwide.

Right at the beginning of the new millennium another unique occasion has happened on the UK charts.  On the 10th January 2000, the record MASSES AGAINST THE CLASSES by MANIC STREET PREACHERS was released.  24 hours later the record was deleted but it still made number 1 on the 16th January.  This is something that has never happened before in chart history.

The UK's single releases are behind again!  The charts for 19th & 26th February 2000 see 3 more singles hit the charts on import sales only.

The following is a list of all singles to chart in the new millennium, with no UK Release and have charted on sales of imports only:
19 Feb 2000 Satisfy You
Will Smith & R. Kelly
26 Feb 2000 Caught Out There
26 Feb 2000 Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely
Backstreet Boys
20 May 2000 You See The Trouble With Me
Black Legend
26 Aug 2000
Kernkraft 400
Zombie Nation
04 Nov 2000 Phatt Bass
Warp Bros. vs Aquagen
03 Feb 2001 Ms Jackson
17 Feb 2001 It Wasn't Me
18 Aug 2001 Hey Baby
DJ Otzi
08 Sep 2001 Smooth Criminal
Alien Ant Farm
06 Oct 2001 Because I Got High
23 Feb 2002 How You Remind Me
Another first in the history of the UK charts has happened for the week 9th to 15th April  2000.  It is the first time ever that the top 6 positions are all new entries on the chart:
Fill Me In Craig David
Flowers Sweet Female Attitude
Song For Lovers Richard Ashcroft
Deeper Shade Of Blue Steps
Bad Touch Bloodhound Gang
Blow Ya Mind Lock N Load

Chart History continues to be made.   The latest is a record which entered the UK charts on 15th April 2000.  It has become the longest Top 75 survivor than any other that failed to make the Top 20 -  a full 21 weeks!  The record  is AMAZING by LONESTAR (appropriately titled)!

2000 has seen a new record in the history of the charts as MY LOVE becomes Irish boy band WESTLIFE'S 8th consecutive number one out of their first 8 releases although the follow-up WHAT MAKES A MAN breaks the sequence in December as CAN WE FIX IT by animation character BOB THE BUILDER keeps it at number 2 over the Christmas period.

The charts for week ending 24th February 2001 has seen the first single to top the charts in for more than 3 weeks in this millennium.  This is quite a rare thing these days. The single in question is WHOLE AGAIN by ATOMIC KITTEN.

On 19th March 2000 the brand new UK number one makes another historic record. The single in question is PURE & SIMPLE by HEAR'SAY.  This has become the fastest selling single ever for a debut disc.  A phenomenal 600,000 in just 6 days.  This band was got together on the UK TV show Popstars which showed them auditioning right through to making the big time.  There have also been versions of this show in USA (Eden's Crush), Germany (No Angels) Australia (Bardot), Ireland (Six), France (L5), New Zealand and Sweden (Exellence).  The New Zealand group sank without trace but the Australian group also hit big time and have so far had 4 singles in the Aussie Top 10.

On 6th May 2001 another chart record has been set.  This time the honours go to GERI HALLIWELL who's song IT'S RAINING MEN (a cover of the Weather Girls 1980s hit) became her 4th UK consecutive number one single.  This makes her the first female UK solo singer ever to have 4 solo consecutive number one hits in the UK.

August 2001 sees another piece of chart history made in that OVER THE RAINBOW by EVA CASSIDY becomes the first single ever to chart for more than 25 weeks without ever reaching the Top 40.

The chart for week ending 26th January 2002 sees the next landmark:  It is the first time that posthumous number ones have followed each other.  In this case it is those of the late GEORGE HARRISON & AALIYAH.

When TOTP finished on 30th July 2006.  The week's chart was:


(3) Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean - 'Hips Don't Lie' (Epic) 1 (3)


(18) Christina Aguilera - 'Ain't No Other Man' (RCA) 2 (13)


(2) Rihanna - 'Unfaithful' (Def Jam) 3 (2)


(4) Lily Allen - 'Smile' (Regal Recordings) 4 (4)


(5) James Morrison - 'You Give Me Something' (Polydor) 5 (5)


(1) McFly - 'Don't Stop Me Now/Please Please' (Island) 6 (1)


(new) Madonna - 'Get Together' (Warner Bros) 7 (25)


(6) Rogue Traders - 'Voodoo Child' (RCA) 8 (6)


(new) Kasabian - 'Empire' (Columbia) 9 (new)


(7) Nelly Furtado - 'Maneater' (Geffen) 10 (7)


(8) Sandi Thom - 'I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair)' (RCA) 12 (8)


(9) Paolo Nutini - 'Last Request' (Atlantic) 14 (9)


(36) Supermode - 'Tell Me Why' (Data) 17 (36)


(10) Gnarls Barkley - 'Smiley Faces' (Warner Bros) 15 (10)


(25) Snow Patrol - 'Chasing Cars' (Fiction) 16 (27)


(12) Razorlight - 'In The Morning' (Vertigo) 20 (17)


(13) Kooks - 'She Moves In Her Own Way' (Virgin) 13 (12)


(14) Ne*Yo - 'Sexy Love' (Def Jam) 18 (16)


(new) Pet Shop Boys - 'Minimal' (Parlophone) 25 (new)


(11) Busta Rhymes - 'I Love My Chick' (Interscope) 24 (18)


(17) Automatic - 'Monster' (B Unique/Polydor) 27 (21)


(15) Pussycat Dolls featuring Snoop Dogg - 'Buttons' (A&M) 21 (15)


(20) Zutons - 'Valerie' (Deltasonic) 19 (14)


(19) Bob Sinclair featuring Steve Edwards - 'World Hold On (Children Of The Sky)' (Defected) 23 (19)


(38) Ray Lamontagne - 'Trouble' (14th Floor) 28 (39)


(16) Red Hot Chili Peppers - 'Tell Me Baby' (Warner Bros) 26 (20)


(24) Infernal - 'From Paris To Berlin' (Apollo/Europa) 30 (28)


(21) Pink - 'Who Knew' (LaFace) 11 (11)


(23) Chris Brown featuring Lil' Wayne - 'Gimme That' (Jive) 34 (30)


(22) Sean Paul - 'Never Gonna Be The Same' (Atlantic) 36 (29)


(26) Armand Van Helden - 'My My My' (Southern Fried) 29 (26)


(27) Muse - 'Supermassive Black Hole' (A&E) 38 (34)


(29) Sergio Mendes/Black Eyed Peas - 'Mas Que Nada' (Concord/Ucj) 37 (33)


(new) Feeder - 'Save Us' (EMI)    


(new) Paris - 'Stars Are Blind' (Warner Bros)    


(33) The Feeling - 'Fill My Little World' (Island) 22 (22)


(32) Lostphrophets - 'Rooftops (A Liberation Broadcast)' (Visible Noise)    


(35) Kooks - 'Naive' (Virgin)    


(34) Justice versus Simian - 'We Are Your Friends' (Source)    


(new) Shapeshifters & Chic - 'Sensitivity' (Positiva)    

The following Singles are only listed on the Hit 40 UK Chart:

    Kelly Clarkson - 'Breakaway' (RCA) 31 (23)
    Will Young - 'Who Am I' (Sony BMG) 32 (24)
    Keane - 'Is it Any Wonder?' (Island) 33 (32)
    Jack Johnson - 'Upside Down' (Brushfire/Island) 35 (31)
    Snow Patrol - 'You're All I Have' (Fiction) 39 (40)
    Gnarls Barkley - 'Crazy' (Warner Bros) 40 (38)

What was number 1 when YOU were born?

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