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  • 70 Years Of UK Singles Charts

    I am delighted to announce the launch of a new book series – 70 Years Of The UK Singles Charts.
    This will be a subscription series, where each volume covers a full calendar year with one each from 1952 to 2022. The first issue – 1952 – is launched to subscribers on 1 February 2022, with the final issue arriving in June 2023 (covering the charts for 2022).
    In December 2018 I began to rebuild my database with precisely this anniversary in mind and now, three years later, the database is ready to launch the series. After 70 years and almost 60,000 charting records (in the full Top 200 where appropriate) this year’s anniversary is a point I was never going to miss.
    Each issue will include a full chart history for that year, but will also include a wealth of other information derived from the database. Each book includes some brand new information, never before calculated in this level of detail.
    • Chart History
      • As appropriate, chart rule changes are highlighted. It’s not always easy to know what was and was not allowed and sometimes odd records appear and then vanish, so this section will bring together as much information as possible about how the charts were compiled at the time.
    • Milestones
      • These are a listing of the important chart changes, such as frozen weeks, chart size changes, etc.
    • Chart Age
      • A new metric, looking at the average age of each week’s chart. This is found by adding up the weeks on chart column and dividing by how many records are present. This has been calculated to answer the question ‘What is the age of this week’s chart?’ and ‘Is this the youngest/oldest chart?’ Only the Top 130 and Bottom 130 chart weeks are shown as we have about 3650 chart weeks from 1952 to 2022 .
    • Number 1’s
      • Number 1 lists are always shown in books about the UK charts, but this listing is different as it will showcase an image of the record cover for the first time.
    • The Top 500 Artists
      • One of the things I enjoyed twenty years ago was buying the new Guinness Book Of British Hit Singles and looking at where my favourite artists had moved to in the list of Top artists. Each issue will present a list of the artists and their ranking to date, with where the artist was on the previous years’ listing. Equally, from 1960 decade listings will be presented showing where the artists line up per decade.
    • Full Chart History
      • As usual, the full chart history will be presented in alphabetical order by artist showing entry date, weeks on chart, peak position, title, composers, b-side, label, catalogue number and duration. From 1973 the BPI awards will also be shown. Full listings showcase all re-entries, even if the record only dropped off the chart for one week.
    • The Annual
      • This is a listing of the records by peak position within the year, and shows all records that charted during the calendar year. This listing type has been created for the USA, but not for the UK.
    • Weekly Charts
      • The full weekly charts are presented here, so that readers can see in full the accurate and complete charts for each week.
    • The Hit Log
      • This is also something never before published – a listing of all records to chart but in the order in which they first entered the charts, together with a picture of the entry.
    • BPI Awards (from 1973)
      • The BPI began listing awards for records from 1973 and these are now listed alongside the chart entries and weekly charts, showing the highest award granted to that point. A listing is also presented of the awards by award date here, using the best available information to assign full details to the records.
    Sample
    A sample of the 1953 volume - with low quality images to reduce file size - is attached here.
    https://www.thechartbook.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Sample_1953_SelectedPages.pdf

    Purchasing
    There are numerous ways to purchase:
    First, you can become a subscriber and pay 10 a month for 15 months to receive the full set of issues and 8 free gifts at various points (See below).

    https://www.thechartbook.co.uk/70-ye...ingles-charts/

    Free Gifts!
    At the end of each decade subscribers to that decade will receive a copy of the decade series book associated with that decade at no extra cost.
    At the end of the full series, a single volume book will be produced that will cover all the charts from 1952 through to 2022, in the same format as the Decade Series.
    More Purchasing Options
    You can also purchase a set of issues (broken down by decade). Each decade costs 25 (1950’s decade costs 20 and the final ‘decade’ of 2020, 2021 and 2022 costs 7.50) and subscribers will get a free gift at the end of their decade subscription (Subscribers to the 2020 Decade set will not get a free gift for those three years).
    Finally, you can opt to purchase individual years at 4 each. These do not come with any free gifts.
    Individually By Decade By Subscribing
    Total Cost 280 177.50
    (And 7 free gifts)
    SAVING 102.50!
    150
    (And 8 free gifts)
    SAVING 130 over buying individually!
    Subscribers pay roughly 2.14 per issue if they subscribe for the full set, a 46% saving!
    You can pre-order each volume now, via the website
    Pre-Order by Decade
    The 1950’s (Covering 1952-1959) (Costs 20 and consists of 8 issues released weekly – issue dates in the table below – and free gift of the Decade Series volume for this decade.)
    The 1960’s (Covering 1960-1969) (Costs 25 and consists of 10 issues released weekly – issue dates in the table below – and free gift of the Decade Series volume for this decade.)
    The 1970’s (Covering 1970-1979) (Costs 25 and consists of 10 issues released weekly – issue dates in the table below – and free gift of the Decade Series volume for this decade.)
    The 1980’s (Covering 1980-1989) (Costs 25 and consists of 10 issues released weekly – issue dates in the table below – and free gift of the Decade Series volume for this decade.)
    The 1990’s (Covering 1990-1999) (Costs 25 and consists of 10 issues released weekly – issue dates in the table below – and free gift of the Decade Series volume for this decade.)
    The 2000’s (Covering 2000-2009) (Costs 25 and consists of 10 issues released weekly – issue dates in the table below – and free gift of the Decade Series volume for this decade.)
    The 2010’s (Covering 2010-2019) (Costs 25 and consists of 10 issues released weekly – issue dates in the table below – and free gift of the Decade Series volume for this decade.)
    The 2020’s (Covering 2020-2022) (Costs 7.50 and consists of 3 issues released weekly – issue dates in the table below)

    https://www.thechartbook.co.uk/70-ye...ingles-charts/

    Anticipated Release Date Year
    01-Feb-22 1952
    08-Feb-22 1953
    15-Feb-22 1954
    22-Feb-22 1955
    01-Mar-22 1956
    08-Mar-22 1957
    15-Mar-22 1958
    22-Mar-22 1959
    29-Mar-22 1960
    05-Apr-22 1961
    12-Apr-22 1962
    19-Apr-22 1963
    26-Apr-22 1964
    03-May-22 1965
    10-May-22 1966
    17-May-22 1967
    24-May-22 1968
    31-May-22 1969
    07-Jun-22 1970
    14-Jun-22 1971
    21-Jun-22 1972
    28-Jun-22 1973
    05-Jul-22 1974
    12-Jul-22 1975
    19-Jul-22 1976
    26-Jul-22 1977
    02-Aug-22 1978
    09-Aug-22 1979
    16-Aug-22 1980
    23-Aug-22 1981
    30-Aug-22 1982
    06-Sep-22 1983
    13-Sep-22 1984
    20-Sep-22 1985
    27-Sep-22 1986
    04-Oct-22 1987
    11-Oct-22 1988
    18-Oct-22 1989
    25-Oct-22 1990
    01-Nov-22 1991
    08-Nov-22 1992
    15-Nov-22 1993
    22-Nov-22 1994
    29-Nov-22 1995
    06-Dec-22 1996
    13-Dec-22 1997
    20-Dec-22 1998
    27-Dec-22 1999
    03-Jan-23 2000
    10-Jan-23 2001
    17-Jan-23 2002
    24-Jan-23 2003
    31-Jan-23 2004
    07-Feb-23 2005
    14-Feb-23 2006
    21-Feb-23 2007
    28-Feb-23 2008
    07-Mar-23 2009
    14-Mar-23 2010
    21-Mar-23 2011
    28-Mar-23 2012
    04-Apr-23 2013
    11-Apr-23 2014
    18-Apr-23 2015
    25-Apr-23 2016
    02-May-23 2017
    09-May-23 2018
    16-May-23 2019
    23-May-23 2020
    30-May-23 2021
    06-Jun-23 2022
    https://www.thechartbook.co.uk/70-ye...ingles-charts/

    Do please ask any questions!

    http://thechartbook.co.uk - for the latest are best chart book - By Decade!
    Now including NME, Record Mirror and Melody Maker from the UK and some Billboard charts

  • #2
    oh wow! You actually made it! Congrats! I will read the description and then decide to order
    KUBA'S CHART

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    • #3
      Thank you, yes, finally got everything worked out.
      http://thechartbook.co.uk - for the latest are best chart book - By Decade!
      Now including NME, Record Mirror and Melody Maker from the UK and some Billboard charts

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      • #4
        This sounds like a cool project, I may invest in the 90s and 00s decades when the time comes!

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        • #5
          Sounds as if you might've surpassed even your own comprehensive previous efforts to document the British charts Lonnie! What a mammoth project it must've been, but doubtless all-told your patience and determination to just keep going has now come to its fruition. Well done!!

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          • #6
            Thank you. I'm still in the process of sorting some of the data out and of course no project like this is truly finished....
            http://thechartbook.co.uk - for the latest are best chart book - By Decade!
            Now including NME, Record Mirror and Melody Maker from the UK and some Billboard charts

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            • #7
              I’ve seen you take chart research to new heights Lonnie, and now you’re doing the same with chart presentations. This project is just incredible Kingofcharts!
              Can hardly wait till I get my first volume.

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              • #8
                Hi all, just a reminder that this series is launched on 1 February, should anybody wish to subscribe. Thank you to those who have begun and I have received loads of emails and correspondence about this. I really can't wait to release it all to you!
                http://thechartbook.co.uk - for the latest are best chart book - By Decade!
                Now including NME, Record Mirror and Melody Maker from the UK and some Billboard charts

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                • #9
                  Just a quick question kingofskiffle re your later editions - will you be including a year-end chart where available (and ideally with known or reliably-estimated sales totals)? It'd be nice if you could. Cheers!

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                  • #10
                    An interesting question. I had thought not to, if I am honest…. but I will give it some thought. No promises! Sales totals will likely not be included as these are always open to interpretation/error more than chart positions.
                    http://thechartbook.co.uk - for the latest are best chart book - By Decade!
                    Now including NME, Record Mirror and Melody Maker from the UK and some Billboard charts

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                    • #11
                      Okay thanks mate! Far be it from me to add any more work to the already mammoth amount you will be putting into these, but thanks for considering. I know what you mean about sales, especially for earlier decades.

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                      • #12
                        Congrats and kudos Lonnie! These will be worth buying even if they only included The Annual portions. Questions if I may:

                        1. does your analysis and charts include breakers? (I hope so)

                        2. I also wish you could include all records that charted on all the other charts of the day but never made the 'official' charts, to make your books even more historically 'authoritative'. Including breakers. In a subsection or whatever.

                        3. I hope one day you can put together weekly comparison charts, showing all records that hit any of the charts. Sorta like what Brian is doing, but with all chart positions of all charts, to 50+ positions whatever for the 60s, etc., so your number of positions would vary each week depending on how many total records there were. Including breakers. All major charts plus the BBC. Not necessarily with an average or ranking of records each week, more importantly just having all the records and their positions appearing across all the charts.

                        Cheers n chips...

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                        • #13
                          Hi, Robin. To points my answers are

                          1. Yes for the main singles chart (so RR and then BMRB). Once we get to more modern times we get larger charts of course.

                          2. I’ve been putting together later volumes and I do give info on the first year of Disc, Melody Maker and Record Retailer. For 1960-1969 I’ll also include a separate analysis for both NME and Melody Maker charts as I know people have preferences for this period. The main analysis will feature Record Retailer though.

                          3. you have that here in MrTibbs posts! But yes that’s a future book. I have to design a new layout to do it properly but it is on my list once the 70 Years series is done. The key is to create a good layout for the information.
                          http://thechartbook.co.uk - for the latest are best chart book - By Decade!
                          Now including NME, Record Mirror and Melody Maker from the UK and some Billboard charts

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                          • #14
                            Is there any chart better than when Spice Girls were number one, Chef from South Park was no.2 and Denise Van Outen and Johnny Vaughn off of Big Breakfast were no.3?
                            1 Ofenbach |2 Harry Styles |3 Tom Aspaul |4 Harry Styles |5 Harry Styles

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Thriller View Post
                              This sounds like a cool project, I may invest in the 90s and 00s decades when the time comes!
                              Yep me too. These decades I am very interested in reading all about! (as my post above confirms). Congratulations on this enormous effort paying off!
                              1 Ofenbach |2 Harry Styles |3 Tom Aspaul |4 Harry Styles |5 Harry Styles

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                              • #16
                                Thank you all for the kind words. I'm really pleased by the take-up on the series, and hope everybody enjoys it as much as I did/am putting it together.
                                http://thechartbook.co.uk - for the latest are best chart book - By Decade!
                                Now including NME, Record Mirror and Melody Maker from the UK and some Billboard charts

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                                • #17
                                  There were several other charts during the chart era. The problem is that those other charts all were shortlived, none as much as five years. In addition they had less comprehensive panels and some included airplay into their charts and most had fewer weekly positions than the ones included. Trying to include the other charts into the project would mean much more work for little more info and would reduce readability. My conclusion is that kingofskiffle has found the best possible way of solving these challenges. I’m profoundly impressed by this amazing work that no one else has had the guts and skills to make and it will never be surpassed.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by kingofskiffle View Post
                                    3. you have that here in MrTibbs posts! .
                                    Hmmmm, it would appear that Robin is a bit disappointed with the Top 30 layout I use in the UAC yet it already presents clearly all major charts available side by side for comparison and the BBC thrown in as well for good measure. This presentation format is not to the best of my knowledge available anywhere else at this time so the UAC is unique in achieving this goal and I'm proud to have compiled and documented it for you guys here to enjoy.

                                    I didn't go below the Top 30 because , no paper (except RR) did in the fifties or early years of the sixties, and even when MM eventually did, this format was not maintained consistently so at best there were only 2 charts (and sometimes only 1) to compare.

                                    . .
                                    Last edited by MrTibbs; Mon February 7, 2022, 22:04.
                                    The Ultimate Averaged Chart. The Definitive Chart Reflecting The Fifties and Sixties.

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                                    • #19
                                      I didn't read Robin's post as being disappointed with the UAC.

                                      Ideally what I would like is a computer spreadsheet containing all the information possible in the background, so that you could call up any aspects of it you want for the chart of your choice (individual or composite) on the 'output page' with comparative chart positions in columns on the right.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Splodj View Post
                                        I didn't read Robin's post as being disappointed with the UAC.

                                        Ideally what I would like is a computer spreadsheet containing all the information possible in the background, so that you could call up any aspects of it you want for the chart of your choice (individual or composite) on the 'output page' with comparative chart positions in columns on the right.
                                        Ah, you want my full database then, basically. I think, as with all these sorts of things, no book or creation of another does exactly what you, the individual, want it too. But it will do most, so you are content. I do agree though that some sort of customisable system would be good for some people. There wasn't;t one, so I built my own
                                        http://thechartbook.co.uk - for the latest are best chart book - By Decade!
                                        Now including NME, Record Mirror and Melody Maker from the UK and some Billboard charts

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                                        • #21
                                          Really enjoying these, definitely worth a subscription. Congratulations kingofskiffle
                                          Keep the fire burning like the first time feeling

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