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    More than a decade ago, Dustin ( tdc2000 ) created the Retro Charts, a place where music lovers could come, vote and "rebuild" charts from 50-40-30-20-10 years ago. But revisting those charts, you realize that this amazing body of work also is a fantastic database of so many singles released during so many years.

    I have started to slowly compile all the charts into one big file, for personal pleasure in order to build some Spotify playlists for my own entertainment. But as I keep adding info, I see that this info Dustin gathered, with many ukmixers (and some...) votes considered, has a life of its own!

    So welcome to this little thread, where I'll honour the Retro Charts by bringing Chart facts, Records, certifications and Year-End charts. Hope you enjoy and find here interesting and fun data! It's still a database under contruction but in time we'll have here a cool place to check music from the past!

    This thread will summarize the First cycle of the Retro Charts, and to set a starting point, the cycle goes from Retro charts posted on January 2010 to December 2019. By the end of the year I'll be creating a new thread for the Second cycle that started January 2020.

    I won't go in order, but there'll be some logic in it. And as 1950s charts only had one run I'll start in 1960 so we'll eventaully compare performance in the first cycle versus the second one!

    Thanks Dustin for your hard work!
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  • #2
    Chart Facts

    1960
    Song of the Year: Sam Cooke - Wonderful World
    Artist of the Year: Elvis Presley

    #1s
    Bobby Darin - Mack The Knife (3 weeks)
    Percy Faith - Theme From 'A Summer Place' (1 week)
    Bobby Darin - La Mer (Beyond The Sea) (2 weeks)
    Barrett Strong - Money (That's What I Want) (8 weeks)
    Elvis Presley - Stuck On You (2 weeks)
    Everly Brothers - Cathy's Clown (4 weeks)
    Sam Cooke - Wonderful World (6 weeks)
    Johnny Kidd & The Pirates - Shakin' All Over (1 week)
    Brian Hyland - Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini (2 weeks)
    Elvis Presley - It's Now Or Never (2 weeks)
    Chubby Checker - The Twist (6 weeks)
    The Drifters - Save The Last Dance For Me (5 weeks)
    Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs - Stay (2 weeks)
    Johnny Burnette - You're Sixteen (2 weeks)
    Elvis Presley - Are You Lonesome Tonight? (1 week)
    Shirelles - Will You Love Me Tomorrow? (4 weeks)
    Neil Sedaka - Calendar Girl (1 week)
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    • #3
      Records (including data from: 1960)

      Artists with most #1s
      3 Elvis Presley
      2 Bobby Darin


      Longest Running #1s
      8 weeks Barrett Strong - Money (That's What I Want)
      6 weeks Chubby Checker - The Twist
      6 weeks Sam Cooke - Wonderful World
      5 weeks The Drifters - Save The Last Dance For Me
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      • #4
        Certifications (includes complete runs of songs opening in: 1960)
        Gold: 100 points, Platinum: 200 points

        4xPlatinum †4
        Elvis Presley - It's Now Or Never

        3xPlatinum †3
        Chubby Checker - The Twist
        Drifters - Save The Last Dance For Me
        Everly Brothers - Cathy's Clown
        Neil Sedaka - Calendar Girl
        Roy Orbison - Only The Lonely
        Sam Cooke - Wonderful World
        Shirelles - Will You Love Me Tomorrow?

        2xPlatinum †2
        Barrett Strong - Money (That's What I Want)
        Bobby Darin - La Mer (Beyond The Sea)
        Bobby Darin - Mack The Knife
        Bobby Vee - Rubber Ball
        Elvis Presley - Are You Lonesome Tonight?
        Elvis Presley - Stuck On You
        Johnny Kidd & The Pirates - Shakin' All Over
        Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs - Stay
        Ray Charles - Georgia On My Mind
        Ricky Valance - Tell Laura I Love Her
        Sam Cooke - Chain Gang

        Platinum
        Anthony Newley - Do You Mind
        Bing Crosby - White Christmas
        Brenda Lee - I'm Sorry
        Brian Hyland - Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
        Buddy Holly - True Love Ways
        Chuck Berry - Let It Rock
        Drifters - This Magic Moment
        Duane Eddy - Peter Gunn
        Eddie Cochran - Three Steps To Heaven
        Everly Brothers - When Will I Be Loved
        Jimmie Rodgers - Waltzing Matilda
        Johnny Burnette - You're Sixteen
        Johnny Tillotson - Poetry In Motion
        Lonnie Donegan - My Old Man's A Dustman
        Miracles - Shop Around
        Neil Sedaka - Oh Carol
        Percy Faith - Theme From 'A Summer Place'
        Perry Como - Delaware
        Rolf Harris - Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport
        Shadows - Apache
        Shirley Bassey - As Long As He Needs Me

        Gold
        Adam Faith - Poor Me
        Andy Stewart - Donald, Where's Your Troosers?
        April Stevens - Teach Me Tiger
        Brenda Lee - Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
        Cliff Richard - Nine Times Out Of Ten
        Cliff Richard - Please Don't Tease
        Clovers - Love Potion #9
        David Seville & The Chipmunks - The Christmas Song (Christmas Please Don't Be Late)
        Duane Eddy - Because They're Young
        Edith Piaf - Milord
        Elvis Presley - Old Shep (Strictly Elvis EP)
        Emile Ford & The Checkmates - What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For?
        Everly Brothers - (''Til) I Kissed You
        Fats Domino - Walking To New Orleans
        Frankie Laine - Rawhide
        Freddy Cannon - California, Here I Come
        Hollywood Argyles - Alley-Oop
        Ike & Tina Turner - A Fool In Love
        Isley Brothers - Shout
        Johnny & The Hurricanes - Beatnik Fly
        Johnny Horton - Sink The Bismarck
        Johnny Kidd & The Pirates - You've Got What It Takes
        Johnny Preston - Running Bear
        Lawrence Welk - Calcutta
        Little Anthony & The Imperials - Shummy, Shimmy Ko-Ko Bop
        Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
        Nina And Frederick - Little Donkey
        Paul Anka - Put Your Head On My Shoulder
        Sam Cooke - Only Sixteen
        Ventures - Walk Don't Run
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        • #5
          1960 Year-End Chart :: Part I


          40. Emile Ford & The Checkmates - What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For?

          Retro Debut: week 1, 1960
          Retro Peak: #6
          Retro Chart run: 6 - 6 - 10 - 11 - 7 - 8 - 13 - 18 - 17 - 18 - 26 - 40 - 34 - 43 - 45 - 48 (16 weeks)
          Facts: It was a UK #1. It debuted in October 1959 and was the last chart topper of the year 1959 and also the first chart topper of 1960!


          39. Isley Brothers - Shout

          Retro Debut: week 2, 1960
          Retro Peak: #4
          Retro Chart run: 5 - 4 - 6 - 14 - 15 - 28 - 31 - 37 - 37 - 36 - 28 - 27 - 26 - 30 - 28 - 28 - 26 - 27 (18 weeks)
          Facts: Released in August 1959, the single reached number 47 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the group's first chart hit. It was inducted to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it at number 118 on its list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".


          38. Anthony Newley - Do You Mind

          Retro Debut: week 14, 1960
          Retro Peak: #8
          Retro Chart run: 10 - 8 - 29 - 37 - 14 - 14 - 17 - 16 - 19 - 22 - 23 - 26 - 31 - 36 - 32 - 37 - 25 - 28 - 23 - 24 - 28 - 29 - 31 - 30 - 30 - 28 - 26 - 29 - 28 - 28 - 31 - 29 - 28 - 31 - 32 - 32 - 37 - 32 - 32 - 28 - 23 - 24 - 24 - 25 (44 weeks)
          Facts: It first charted on the UK Charts on 30 March 1960 where it went to #1. It was the 100th number 1 single in chart history.


          37. Hollywood Argyles - Alley-Oop

          Retro Debut: week 23, 1960
          Retro Peak: #5
          Retro Chart run: 5 - 5 - 5 - 6 - 6 - 8 - 10 - 19 - 22 - 32 (10 weeks)
          Facts: The Hollywood Argyles, a short-lived studio band, recorded the song in 1960, and it reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the US R&B chart. It also went to #24 on the UK chart.


          36. Johnny Horton - Sink The Bismarck

          Retro Debut: week 11, 1960
          Retro Peak: #5
          Retro Chart run: 6 - 5 - 6 - 11 - 16 - 15 - 16 - 16 - 17 - 19 - 20 - 15 - 19 - 19 - 22 - 22 - 20 - 21 - 22 - 26 - 33 - 33 (22 weeks)
          Facts: It is a march song by country music singer Johnny Horton and songwriter Tillman Franks, based on the pursuit and eventual sinking of the German battleship Bismarck in May 1941, during World War II. Horton released this song through Columbia Records in 1960, when it reached #3 on the charts.


          35. Buddy Holly - True Love Ways

          Retro Debut: week 23, 1960
          Retro Peak: #7
          Retro Chart run: 9 - 8 - 7 - 10 - 10 - 10 - 9 - 12 - 13 - 15 - 16 - 17 - 16 - 22 - 30 - 30 - 40 - 38 - 39 (19 weeks)
          Facts: It was recorded with the Dick Jacobs Orchestra in October 1958, four months before the singer's death. It was first released on the posthumous album The Buddy Holly Story, Vol. 2


          34. Jimmie Rodgers - Waltzing Matilda

          Retro Debut: week 5, 1960
          Retro Peak: #5
          Retro Chart run: 5 - 6 - 5 - 8 - 9 - 9 - 11 - 10 - 11 - 19 - 17 - 16 - 17 - 21 - 25 - 40 - 42 - 45 (18 weeks)
          Facts: It is Australia's best-known bush ballad, and has been described as the country's "unofficial national anthem". The original lyric was written in 1895 by Australian poet Banjo Paterson, and were first published as sheet music in 1903. The National Film and Sound Archive says that there are more recordings of "Waltzing Matilda" than any other Australian song.


          33. Duane Eddy - Peter Gunn

          Retro Debut: week 1, 1960
          Retro Peak: #5
          Retro Chart run: 21 - 24 - 42 - OUT - RE 6 - 5 - 5 - 7 - 11 - 17 - 16 - 12 - 12 - 23 - 21 - 37 - 35 - 44 - 42 - 46 - 46 - 46 - 43 - 44 - 42 - 38 - 37 - 40 - 40 - 36 - 39 - 37 - 39 - 37 (33 weeks)
          Facts: It is the theme music composed by Henry Mancini for the television show of the same name. Mancini won an Emmy Award and also a Grammy for Best Arrangement . This instrumental version by guitarist Duane Eddy reached number six on the UK Singles Chart on June 25, 1959 and number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 14, 1960.


          32. Neil Sedaka - Oh Carol

          Retro Debut: week 1, 1960
          Retro Peak: #2
          Retro Chart run: 3 - 3 - 2 - 4 - 6 - 5 - 8 - 11 - 12 - 11 - 15 - 26 - 29 - 29 - 36 - 37 - 44 (17 weeks)
          Facts: The song spent 18 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 9 on December 6, 1959, while reaching No. 3 on the UK's New Musical Express chart. It also earned Sedaka his first No. 1 ranking when it went to the top in the Netherlands and Wallonia.


          31. Brenda Lee - I'm Sorry

          Retro Debut: week 23, 1960
          Retro Peak: #4
          Retro Chart run: 4 - 4 - 4 - 7 - 9 - 12 - 14 - 18 - 18 - 21 - 24 - 29 - 32 - 34 - 18 - 20 - 24 - 24 - 25 - 29 - 34 - 35 (22 weeks)
          Facts: The singer released this with only 15-year-old. It peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in July 1960. AllMusic guide wrote that it is the pop star's "definitive song", and one of the "finest teen pop songs of its era".
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          • #6
            1960 Year-End Chart :: Part II

            30. Johnny Tillotson - Poetry In Motion

            Retro Debut: week 42, 1960
            Retro Peak: #3
            Retro Chart run: 4 - 3 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 8 - 11 - 14 - 22 - 24 - 28 - 31 - 29 - 36 - 37 - 41 - 42 - 44 - 45 - 36 - 34 - 34 (23 weeks)
            Facts: This is a UK number-one hit single while in the US Billboard Hot 100 it peaked at number 2 in November 1960, kept out of the number 1 by Georgia on My Mind by Ray Charles. The song was written by Paul Kaufman and Mike Anthony, who said that the inspiration for it came from looking up from their work and seeing a procession of young ladies from a nearby school pass by on the sidewalk outside each afternoon.


            29. Shirley Bassey - As Long As He Needs Me

            Retro Debut: week 33, 1960
            Retro Peak: #8
            Retro Chart run: 11 - 8 - 8 - 9 - 11 - 10 - 12 - 12 - 12 - 13 - 11 - 13 - 11 - 14 - 12 - 19 - 20 - 26 - 30 - 32 - 27 - 27 - 24 - 22 - 23 - 21 - 20 - 18 - 30 - 21 (30 weeks)
            Facts: It is a torch song sung by the character of Nancy in the 1960 musical Oliver! Its popularity grew by virtue of renditions by several popular singers, including Shirley Bassey who reached number two for 5 weeks on the United Kingdom charts with the song. Bassey's recording became one of the highest sellers of 1960 staying on the UK charts for 30 weeks.


            28. Chuck Berry - Let It Rock

            Retro Debut: week 7, 1960
            Retro Peak: #3
            Retro Chart run: 3 - 6 - 4 - 4 - 3 - 7 - 5 - 8 - 9 - 9 - 9 - 11 - 15 - 11 - 21 - 25 - 36 - 39 - 42 - 47 (20 weeks)
            Facts: Chess Records released it as single, which reached number 64 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in February 1960. Chess later added it to Berry's album Rockin' at the Hops (1960). In 1963, Pye Records released it as a single in the UK, where it reached number six.


            27. Elvis Presley - Are You Lonesome Tonight?

            Retro Debut: week 47, 1960
            Retro Peak: #1 (1 week)
            Retro Chart run: 1 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 7 - 8 - 25 - 10 - 13 - 12 - 9 - 10 - 10 - 12 - 12 - 13 - 13 - 14 - 13 - 14 - 14 - 15 - 15 - 14 - 14 - 17 - 13 - 11 - 10 - 11 (30 weeks)
            Facts: In April 1960, after Elvis Presley's two-year service in the United States Army, he recorded the song at the suggestion of manager Colonel Tom Parker; Its release was delayed by RCA Victor executives, who thought the song did not fit Presley's new (and publicized) style. When "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" was released in November 1960 it was an immediate success in the U.S., topping Billboard's Pop Singles chart and reaching number three on the R&B chart. A month after the song's release, it topped the UK Singles Chart.


            26. Brian Hyland - Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini

            Retro Debut: week 28, 1960
            Retro Peak: #1 (2 weeks)
            Retro Chart run: 1 - 1 - 2 - 3 - 8 - 8 - 13 - 13 - 17 - 15 - 17 - 25 - 28 - 32 (14 weeks)
            Facts: It is a novelty song telling the story of a shy girl wearing a revealing polka dot bikini at the beach. It was written by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss and first released in June 1960 by Brian Hyland. This version reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, selling a million copies in the US, and was a worldwide hit. The song has been adapted into French and into German, reaching number one on national charts in both languages.


            25. Shadows - Apache

            Retro Debut: week 31, 1960
            Retro Peak: #6
            Retro Chart run: 7 - 6 - 6 - 7 - 7 - 7 - 10 - 11 - 13 - 11 - 10 - 12 - 13 - 14 - 15 - 17 - 18 - 24 - 32 - 18 - 26 - 27 - 39 - 38 - 39 - 35 - 38 - 49 - 49 (29 weeks)
            Facts: "It is an instrumental written by English composer Jerry Lordan. The Shadows recorded "Apache" in June 1960; and when it was released the next month, their version topped the UK Singles Chart for five weeks. In March 2005, Q magazine placed "Apache" by the Shadows at No. 96 on its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.


            24. Johnny Burnette - You're Sixteen

            Retro Debut: week 45, 1960
            Retro Peak: #1 (2 weeks)
            Retro Chart run: 1 - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 4 - 6 - 7 - 22 - 19 - 27 - 34 - 36 - 38 - 41 - 35 - 42 (17 weeks)
            Facts: This version, the first one recorded, peaked at number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100 in December 1960 and number 3 in the UK in 1961.


            23. Rolf Harris - Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport

            Retro Debut: week 31, 1960
            Retro Peak: #2
            Retro Chart run: 2 - 4 - 4 - 5 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 9 - 11 - 13 - 14 - 17 - 16 - 22 - 18 - 22 - 27 - 35 - 46 - 47 (20 weeks)
            Facts: Inspired by Harry Belafonte's calypsos, most noticeably "The Jack-Ass Song", it is about an Australian stockman on his deathbed. The song is one of the best-known and most successful Australian songs. Harris originally offered four unknown Australian backing musicians 10% of the royalties for the song in 1960, but they decided to take a recording fee of 28 among them because they thought the song would be a flop.


            22. Eddie Cochran - Three Steps To Heaven

            Retro Debut: week 21, 1960
            Retro Peak: #3
            Retro Chart run: 4 - 3 - 6 - 6 - 6 - 8 - 8 - 7 - 8 - 11 - 11 - 12 - 14 - 12 - 11 - 13 - 14 - 13 - 15 - 29 - 29 - 32 - 33 - 33 - 33 - 37 - 41 (27 weeks)
            Facts: The record became a posthumous UK number-one hit for Cochran following his death in a car accident in April 1960. In the US it did not reach the Billboard Hot 100.


            21. Lonnie Donegan - My Old Man's A Dustman

            Retro Debut: week 14, 1960
            Retro Peak: #2
            Retro Chart run: 2 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 3 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 10 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 22 - 16 - 20 - 24 - 31 - 34 - 39 - 33 - 35 - 35 (23 weeks)
            Facts: It reached number one in the British, Irish, Australian, Canadian, and New Zealand singles charts in 1960. The song represented a change in style for Donegan, away from American folk and towards British music hall.
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            • #7
              1960 Year-End Chart :: Part III

              20. Percy Faith - Theme From 'A Summer Place'

              Retro Debut: week 4, 1960
              Retro Peak: #1 (1 week)
              Retro Chart run: 1 - 2 - 2 - 4 - 3 - 7 - 10 - 12 - 13 - 25 - 31 - 33 - 10 - 11 - 41 - 13 - 12 - 11 - 16 - 14 - 14 - 16 - 16 - 16 - 29 - 28 - 27 - 27 - 20 - 40 (30 weeks)
              Facts: Following its initial film appearance, the theme has been recorded by many artists in both instrumental and vocal versions, and has also appeared in a number of subsequent films and television programs. The best-known version of the theme is an instrumental version by Percy Faith and his orchestra that was a Number One hit for nine weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1960.


              19. Drifters - This Magic Moment

              Retro Debut: week 10, 1960
              Retro Peak: #2
              Retro Chart run: 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 5 - 6 - 10 - 11 - 24 - 24 - 25 - 28 - 34 - 36 - 41 (20 weeks)
              Facts: This version spent 11 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached No. 16 on April 2, 1960.


              18. Shirelles - Will You Love Me Tomorrow?

              Retro Debut: week 48, 1960
              Retro Peak: #1 (4 weeks)
              Retro Chart run: 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 2 - 3 - 3 - 4 - 6 - 7 - 7 - 8 - 11 - 13 - 18 - 16 - 18 - 18 - 19 - 20 - 18 - 29 - 25 - 25 - 30 - 9 - 9 - 11 - 10 - 10 - 10 (31 weeks)
              Facts: It is a song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. It was originally recorded in 1960 by the Shirelles, who took their single to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song is also notable for being the first song by a black all-girl group to reach number one in the United States.


              17. Everly Brothers - When Will I Be Loved

              Retro Debut: week 23, 1960
              Retro Peak: #2
              Retro Chart run: 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 6 - 10 - 10 - 11 - 13 - 26 - 27 - 29 - 20 - 24 - 33 - 34 - 37 - 36 - 43 - 44 (22 weeks)
              Facts: The Everly Brothers scored a number 8 hit single with "When Will I Be Loved" in the summer of 1960 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The track had been recorded in 1960 while the duo were contracted to Cadence Records; by 1960 they had moved to Warner Brothers and recording in a more mainstream pop/rock style than previously. The belated release by Cadence of "When Will I Be Loved" provided the Everly Brothers with a final rockabilly-style hit.


              16. Ricky Valance - Tell Laura I Love Her

              Retro Debut: week 25, 1960
              Retro Peak: #5
              Retro Chart run: 10 - 23 - 25 - 30 - 39 - OUT - RE 5 - 6 - 6 - 6 - 7 - 7 - 8 - 7 - 7 - 6 - 7 - 7 - 11 - 17 - 21 - 19 - 22 - 17 - 18 - 19 - 21 - 22 - 23 - 23 - 25 - 27 - 28 - 28 - 29 - 32 (35 weeks)
              Facts: It is a teenage tragedy song written by Jeff Barry and Ben Raleigh. It was a US top ten popular music hit for singer Ray Peterson in 1960 on RCA Victor Records, reaching No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Later that same year, the song was recorded and released by Ricky Valance in the United Kingdom, where it went all the way to the No. 1 spot on the UK Singles Chart. "Tell Laura I Love Her" has been a hit in 14 countries, and has sold over seven million copies.


              15. Perry Como - Delaware

              Retro Debut: week 8, 1960
              Retro Peak: #3
              Retro Chart run: 4 - 3 - 5 - 5 - 4 - 4 - 6 - 7 - 7 - 7 - 5 - 8 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 15 - 16 - 17 - 11 - 13 - 14 - 15 - 16 - 16 - 24 - 29 - 27 - 29 - 36 - 42 (30 weeks)
              Facts: It is a popular song, written by Irving Gordon. The song was published in 1959 and has references to 15 states of the United States. Gordon was apparently inspired to write the song after the success of another song that he wrote punning on the name of States of the United States of America: "Mister and Mississippi." The hit version of the song was recorded by Perry Como on December 28, 1959. The record reached #22 on the Billboard charts in March 1960 and then #3 in the UK Singles Chart.


              14. Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs - Stay

              Retro Debut: week 41, 1960
              Retro Peak: #1 (2 weeks)
              Retro Chart run: 2 - 3 - 1 - 1 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 5 - 5 - 5 - 11 - 12 - 12 - 11 - 18 - 27 - 32 - 33 - 31 - 36 - 35 - 34 (22 weeks)
              Facts: It is a doo-wop song first recorded in 1960 by Williams with his group the Zodiacs. Commercially successful versions were later also issued by The Hollies, The Four Seasons and Jackson Browne. The song was written by Williams in 1953 when he was 15 years old. He had been trying to convince his date not to go home at 10 o'clock as she was supposed to. He lost the argument, but as he was to relate years later, "Like a flood, the words just came to me." In 1960, the song was put on a demo by Williams and his band, the Zodiacs, but it attracted no interest until a ten-year-old heard it and impressed the band members with her positive reaction to the tune.


              13. Ray Charles - Georgia On My Mind

              Retro Debut: week 40, 1960
              Retro Peak: #2
              Retro Chart run: 2 - 3 - 2 - 2 - 4 - 2 - 3 - 3 - 4 - 6 - 7 - 25 - 30 - 38 - 34 - 42 - 39 - 41 - 39 - 40 - 34 - 34 - 16 - 17 - 21 - 21 - 21 - 21 - 19 - 21 (30 weeks)
              Facts: This song was written in 1930 by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell and first recorded that year. It has often been associated with Ray Charles, a native of the U.S. state of Georgia, who recorded it for his 1960 album The Genius Hits the Road. His version went to No. 1 on the Billboard magazine Hot 100.


              12. Bobby Darin - Mack The Knife

              Retro Debut: week 1, 1960
              Retro Peak: #1 (3 weeks)
              Retro Chart run: 1 - 1 - 1 - 2 - 3 - 3 - 6 - 5 - 5 - 6 - 8 - 8 - 9 - 16 - 15 - 8 - 10 - 13 - 10 (19 weeks)
              Facts: "Mack the Knife" was introduced to the United States hit parade by Louis Armstrong in 1956, but the song is most closely associated with Bobby Darin, who recorded his version at Fulton Studios on West 40th Street, New York City, on December 19, 1958. Even though Darin was reluctant to release the song as a single, in 1959 it reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and number six on the Black Singles chart, and earned him a Grammy Award for Record of the Year.


              11. Bobby Darin - La Mer (Beyond The Sea)

              Retro Debut: week 5, 1960
              Retro Peak: #1 (2 weeks)
              Retro Chart run: 1 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 3 - 3 - 5 - 6 - 5 - 6 - 8 - 7 - 7 - 13 - 17 - 28 - 32 - 33 - 35 - 35 - 42 - 38 (25 weeks)
              Facts: "Beyond the Sea" has been recorded by many artists, but Bobby Darin's version released in late 1959 is the best known by many, reaching No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 15 on the US R&B Chart, and No. 8 in the UK Singles Chart. in early 1960.

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              • #8
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                • #9
                  1960 Year-End Chart :: Part IV

                  10. Sam Cooke - Chain Gang

                  Retro Debut: week 34, 1960
                  Retro Peak: #2
                  Retro Chart run: 2 - 2 - 2 - 4 - 5 - 5 - 6 - 13 - 9 - 8 - 8 - 8 - 10 - 14 - 10 - 22 - 17 - 39 - 43 (19 weeks)
                  Facts: The song became one of Cooke's most successful singles, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. The song peaked at number nine on the UK Singles Chart.


                  9. Elvis Presley - Stuck On You

                  Retro Debut: week 15, 1960
                  Retro Peak: #1 (2 weeks)
                  Retro Chart run: 1 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 3 - 3 - 4 - 7 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 11 - 11 - 13 - 15 - 17 - 18 - 22 (19 weeks)
                  Facts: This was Elvis' first hit single after his two-year stint in the US Army. He recorded the song during March 1960, and the single was released within weeks and went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in late-April 1960, becoming his first number-one single of the 1960s and thirteenth overall.


                  8. Johnny Kidd & The Pirates - Shakin' All Over

                  Retro Debut: week 26, 1960
                  Retro Peak: #1 (1 week)
                  Retro Chart run: 3 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 5 - 6 - 6 - 8 - 9 - 8 - 10 - 14 - 16 - 15 - 21 - 23 - 21 - 23 - 30 - 34 - 45 - 19 - 24 - 20 - 24 - 22 - 23 (30 weeks)
                  Facts: It was written by leader Johnny Kidd, and his original recording reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart in August 1960. Kidd's recording was not a hit outside of Europe. In other parts of the world the song is better known by recordings of other artists.


                  7. Barrett Strong - Money (That's What I Want)

                  Retro Debut: week 7, 1960
                  Retro Peak: #1 (8 weeks)
                  Retro Chart run: 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 3 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 4 - 10 - 24 - 23 - 43 - 33 - 41 - 48 (20 weeks)
                  Facts: It is a rhythm and blues song written by Tamla founder Berry Gordy and Janie Bradford, which was the first hit record for Gordy's Motown enterprise. The song developed out of a spontaneous recording session at the Hitsville studio A in Detroit. Gordy and Strong began by improvising on piano and vocals and were joined by Benny Benjamin on drums and Brian Holland on tambourine. Authors Jim Cogan and William Clark only identify the guitarist and bass guitarist as "two white kids walking home from high school [who] heard the music out on the street and wandered in to Hitsville [and] asked if they could play along."


                  6. Drifters - Save The Last Dance For Me

                  Retro Debut: week 37, 1960
                  Retro Peak: #1 (5 weeks)
                  Retro Chart run: 3 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 4 - 2 - 5 - 2 - 4 - 6 - 7 - 6 - 12 - 18 - 11 - 12 - 10 - 13 - 12 - 14 - 16 - 21 - 28 - 29 - 29 - 33 - 31 - 34 (30 weeks)
                  Facts: In a 1990 interview, songwriter Doc Pomus tells the story of the song being recorded by the Drifters and originally designated as the B-side of the record. He credits Dick Clark with turning the record over and realizing "Save The Last Dance" was the stronger song. The Drifters' version of the song, released a few months after Ben E. King left the group, would go on to spend three non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the U.S. pop chart. In the UK The Drifters' recording reached #2 in December 1960.


                  5. Roy Orbison - Only The Lonely

                  Retro Debut: week 32, 1960
                  Retro Peak: #2
                  Retro Chart run: 3 - 2 - 3 - 3 - 3 - 2 - 3 - 3 - 4 - 6 - 10 - 10 - 10 - 16 - 12 - 15 - 18 - 16 - 8 - 18 - 14 - 14 - 15 - 14 - 16 - 16 - 20 - 24 - 31 - 32 (30 weeks)
                  Facts: Orbison's recording of the song, produced by Fred Foster for Monument Records, was the first major hit for the singer. It was described by The New York Times as expressing "a clenched, driven urgency". Released as a 45 rpm single by Monument Records in May 1960, "Only the Lonely" went to No. 2 on the United States Billboard pop music charts on 25 July 1960 (blocked by Brenda Lee's "I'm Sorry"). It reached Number One in the United Kingdom, a position it achieved on 20 October 1960, staying there for two weeks (out of a total of 24 weeks spent on the UK singles chart from 28 July 1960).


                  4. Chubby Checker - The Twist

                  Retro Debut: week 32, 1960
                  Retro Peak: #1 (6 weeks)
                  Retro Chart run: 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 7 - 9 - 9 - 13 - 9 - 13 - 14 - 13 - 16 - 34 - 34 - 35 - 33 - 37 - 43 - 47 - 47 - 47 - 45 - 46 - OUT - RE 19 - 22 - 19 - 20 - 21 - 28 - 36 - 33 - 38 - 37 - 36 (41 weeks)
                  Facts: Chubby Checker's 1960 cover version of the song gave birth to the Twist dance craze. His single became a hit, reaching number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 19, 1960, where it stayed for one week, and setting a record as the only song to reach number 1 in two different hit parade runs when it resurfaced and topped the popular hit parade again for two weeks starting on January 13, 1962.


                  3. Elvis Presley - It's Now Or Never

                  Retro Debut: week 30, 1960
                  Retro Peak: #1 (2 weeks)
                  Retro Chart run: 1 - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 4 - 4 - 5 - 4 - 4 - 5 - 5 - 5 - 6 - 6 - 9 - 8 - 11 - 15 - 9 - 10 - 13 - 19 - 13 - 13 - 12 - 14 - 15 - 19 - 21 (30 weeks)
                  Facts: The song is the best-selling single by Presley (20 million copies), and one of the best-selling singles of all time. It was a number-one record in the U.S. for Elvis Presley, spending five weeks at number one and the UK, where it spent eight weeks at the top in 1960 and an additional week at number one in 2005 as a re-issue. Its British release was delayed for some time because of rights issues, allowing the song to build up massive advance orders and to enter the UK Singles Chart at number one, a very rare occurrence at the time.


                  2. Everly Brothers - Cathy's Clown

                  Retro Debut: week 17, 1960
                  Retro Peak: #1 (4 weeks)
                  Retro Chart run: 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 3 - 3 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 8 - 10 - 12 - 16 - 17 - 18 - 12 - 12 - 16 - 25 - 26 - 30 - 25 - 34 - 34 - 30 (30 weeks)
                  Facts: It is noted for its unorthodox structure, such as beginning on a chorus and having bridges but no verses. The song was a worldwide success and the best-selling single of the Everly Brothers career. Due to its enduring influence on popular music the song was added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress in 2013.


                  1. Sam Cooke - Wonderful World

                  Retro Debut: week 20, 1960
                  Retro Peak: #1 (6 weeks)
                  Retro Chart run: 2 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 2 - 3 - 3 - 5 - 5 - 9 - 10 - 10 - 12 - 14 - 21 - 15 - 17 - 17 - 18 - 21 - 24 - 21 - 20 - 19 - 19 - 43 - 26 (30 weeks)
                  Facts: Released on April 14, 1960, by Keen Records, it had been recorded during an impromptu session the previous year in March 1959, at Sam Cooke's last recording session at Keen. He signed with RCA Victor in 1960 and "Wonderful World," then unreleased, was issued as a single in competition. "Wonderful World" ended up doing substantially better on the charts than several of his early RCA singles, becoming his biggest hit single since "You Send Me" (1957). The song peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and hit number two on Billboard's Hot R&B Sides chart.
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                  • #10
                    1960 Year-End Chart :: Part V - Artists

                    20. Lonnie Donegan

                    Retro Hits during 1960: My Old Man's A Dustman (#2), Likely (#28)

                    Lonnie's Dustman ended up #31 in the Year-End chart, and reached Platinum certification, but follow up single Likely failed to impress. Still, one big song helped the star to reach the top20 in the Artist's chart.



                    19. Ricky Valance

                    Retro Hits during 1960: Tell Laura I Love Her (#5)

                    Only one single for Ricky was enough to chart in the top20 Artist's chart, mainly because the Platinum single managed 11 weeks inside the top10!



                    18. Neil Sedaka

                    Retro Hits during 1960: Oh Carol (#2), Stairway To Heaven (#11), Calendar Girl (#1)

                    Oh Carol started the year at #3 and eventually peaked at #2, but that was not all we saw from Neil! He would peak at #11 with follow up Stairway to Heaven and finally topped the chart during week 52 with Calendar Girl. Only one week was enough to reach Top100 status in the Year end chart for Calendar, but you'll have to wait for the 1961 chart to know how high it'll reach in that YE.



                    17. Brenda Lee

                    Retro Hits during 1960: Sweet Nothin's (#11), I'm Sorry (#4), That's All You Gotta Do (#28), I Want To Be Wanted (Per Totta La Vita) (#31), Just A Little (#31), Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree (#4)

                    The first lady to appear in which will be a man dominated chart, Brenda managed to chart 6 songs, including two top10, one of which reached Platinum status and #31 in the Year-End song list.



                    16. Shirelles

                    Retro Hits during 1960: Tonight's The Night (#16), Will You Love Me Tomorrow? (#1)

                    And with Shirelles we conclude female participation in this year's Artist chart... They were the first female group to top the BB Hot100 and also the first females to top Retro Charts! And their hit song Will You Love Me Tomorrow managed to climb into the YE Top20 group with only 5 charting weeks!



                    15. Perry Como

                    Retro Hits during 1960: Delaware (#3)

                    Delaware was Perry's sole entry this year, but it managed an outstanding total of 15 weeks inside the Top10 so his name deserves the spot in this top20.



                    14. Eddie Cochran

                    Retro Hits during 1960: Somethin' Else (#39), Hallelujah I Love Her So (#24), Three Steps To Heaven (#3), Sweetie Pie (#25), Lonely (#32)

                    Many songs charted from Eddie, but none as high as his Platinum hit Three Steps To Heaven, shich manages a place in 1960 Songs Year-End list.



                    13. Duane Eddy

                    Retro Hits during 1960: Peter Gunn (#5), Bonnie Came Back (#41), Shazam (#7), Because They're Young (#5), Kommotion (#19)

                    Three Top10 in a year for Duane, although only one reached Platinum status and Top40 in the Year-end song list. Of the others, Because They're Young managed a Gold certification.



                    12. Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs

                    Retro Hits during 1960: Stay (#1)

                    Only one song charted, but that went to the top and pushed Maurice & Co almost into top10 status here.



                    11. Ray Charles

                    Retro Hits during 1960: What'd I Say (#27), Let The Good Times Roll (#12), Georgia On My Mind (#2), Ruby (#31), Hearthearted Hannah (#38), Come Rain Or Come Shine (#38)

                    A legendary artist charting many songs but only one making real noise here.



                    10. Cliff Richard

                    Retro Hits during 1960: Travelin' Light (#27), A Voice In The Wilderness (#22), Fall In Love With You (#13), Please Don't Tease (#4), Nine Times Out Of Ten (#9), I Love You (#11)

                    Cliff scored multiple hits this year, with the Shadows or by himself. In fact his solo work reached top10 status twice, and almost three times!



                    9. Barrett Strong

                    Retro Hits during 1960: Money (That's What I Want) (#1)

                    Only one hit, but #1 fir a record setting 8 weeks pushes Barrett to #9 in the Top Artist list of the year!



                    8. Johnny Kidd & The Pirates

                    Retro Hits during 1960: You've Got What It Takes (#15), Shakin' All Over (#1), Restless (#22)

                    The band scored three hits, including chart topper Shakin' All Over.



                    7. Roy Orbison

                    Retro Hits during 1960: Uptown (#40), Only The Lonely (#2), Blue Angel (#8), I'm Hurtin' (#41)

                    Two Top10 hits for one of the year's top voices, including 3xPlatinum hit song Only The Lonely, which is the highest ranked song in the Year End List that did not reach #1 in the weekly tallies.



                    6. Chubby Checker

                    Retro Hits during 1960: The Twist (#1), Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (#16), The Hucklebuck (#18)

                    One of the most transcendental R&R songs of all time, which managed 6 weeks atop the Retro chart and reached 3xPlatinum status pushes Chubby Cheker to #6 in this list. His two follow up songs managed Top20 status but failed to impress following the massive success of its predecessor.



                    5. The Drifters

                    Retro Hits during 1960: This Magic Moment (#2), Save The Last Dance For Me (#1), White Christmas (#33)

                    Two BIG hits on a row places The Drifters up in the Top5 Artist list of the year. Save The Last Dance... was only 9 points away te reach 3xPlatinum status but had to settle with "only" 2x.



                    4. Bobby Darin

                    Retro Hits during 1960: Mack The Knife (#1), Dream Lover (#14), La Mer (Beyond The Sea) (#1), Clementine (#14)

                    Probably one of the year's shocking results, as his two history-defining hits of the year ended up right outside the Songs Year-End top10 and himself is "just found in the #4 spot here in the Artist list. Let's see what cycle two brings!



                    3. Everly Brothers

                    Retro Hits during 1960: (''Til) I Kissed You (#8), Let It Be Me (#22), Cathy's Clown (#1), When Will I Be Loved (#2), Be-Bop-A-Lula (#5), Lucille (#37), Like Strangers (#46)

                    It was a prolific year for the brothers, including 4 Top10 hits, one of which went all the way up!



                    2. Sam Cooke

                    Retro Hits during 1960: Only Sixteen (#9), Wonderful World (#1), Chain Gang (#2), Sad Mood (#36)

                    Sam got the Song of the Year recognition for his chart topper Wonderful World, and is only one of two artists that scored 2 Top10 songs in the Year-End list, but that was not enough and finishes the race at #2!



                    1. Elvis Presley

                    Retro Hits during 1960: A Big Hunk O' Love (#40), Old Shep (Strictly Elvis EP) (#12), Stuck On You (#1), Fame & Fortune (#39), It's Now Or Never (#1), A Mess Of Blues (#39), Are You Lonesome Tonight? (#1)

                    If someone was going to upset Sam it had to be Elvis! With three #1 songs, the most of any artist so far, and two of them right inside the Song Year-End Top10 list, it was definetly Elvis' year! And we will see him around in the upcoming years for sure!
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                    • #11
                      29. Shirley Bassey - As Long As He Needs Me
                      27. Elvis Presley - Are You Lonesome Tonight?
                      26. Brian Hyland - Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
                      25. Shadows - Apache
                      21. Lonnie Donegan - My Old Man's A Dustman
                      18. Shirelles - Will You Love Me Tomorrow?
                      13. Ray Charles - Georgia On My Mind
                      12. Bobby Darin - Mack The Knife
                      10. Sam Cooke - Chain Gang
                      6. Drifters - Save The Last Dance For Me
                      5. Roy Orbison - Only The Lonely
                      4. Chubby Checker - The Twist
                      3. Elvis Presley - It's Now Or Never
                      1. Sam Cooke - Wonderful World

                      Some tremendous songs in there! So good to see the likes of Shirelles and Drifters in there with two bonafide classics, two of my all-time favourite songs - and King Roy, what a legend!

                      Amazing to see Sam Cooke in the top 2 artists of the year, just pipped at the post by Elvis.

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                      • #12
                        Brilliant work, Leo! This is a genuinely awesome idea and I'll definitely be following the series.

                        Definitely happy to see Sam Cooke having done so well!
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                        • #13
                          Thanks for the comments guys!

                          Although I already have 61-64 calculated, I'll jump to the year 1970, and the to 80/90/00, in order to have them presented before the year is over and I create the second cycle thread. Those year-end charts will have very interesting changes!

                          So expect sometime in the weekend the 1970 YE charts popping up here
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