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The biggest selling single of every year revealed! (1952-1985)

10/11/2012

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The biggest selling single of every year revealed! (1952-1985)

By Dan Lane

As part of the Official Singles Chart’s 60th birthday celebrations, legendary DJ Tony Blackburn is counting down the biggest selling single of each year on BBC Radio 2!

In the first of his two shows, which was broadcast earlier today (Saturday, November 10), Tony revealed the biggest selling single of each year from 1952 when the Official Singles Chart was born, up to 1985.

This eclectic countdown, featured music from the likes of Vera Lynn, Slim Whitman, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Archies, Dawn, Brotherhood Of Man and The Police. You can listen back to the show via the BBC’s iPlayer Radio service.

Make sure you tune in next week between 1pm and 3pm for the biggest selling single of each year from 1986 through to 2012!

You can see the first show’s countdown below:

YEAR SINGLE ARTIST
1952 AUF WIEDERSEHEN (SWEETHEART) VERA LYNN
1953 I BELIEVE FRANKIE LAINE
1954 SECRET LOVE DORIS DAY
1955 ROSE MARIE SLIM WHITMAN
1956 I'LL BE HOME PAT BOONE
1957 DIANA PAUL ANKA
1958 JAILHOUSE ROCK ELVIS PRESLEY
1959 LIVING DOLL CLIFF RICHARD
1960 IT'S NOW OR NEVER ELVIS PRESLEY
1961 WOODEN HEART ELVIS PRESLEY
1962 I REMEMBER YOU FRANK IFIELD
1963 SHE LOVES YOU BEATLES
1964 CAN'T BUY ME LOVE BEATLES
1965 TEARS KEN DODD
1966 GREEN GREEN GRASS OF HOME TOM JONES
1967 RELEASE ME ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK
1968 HEY JUDE BEATLES
1969 SUGAR SUGAR ARCHIES
1970 THE WONDER OF YOU ELVIS PRESLEY
1971 MY SWEET LORD GEORGE HARRISON
1972 AMAZING GRACE ROYAL SCOTS DRAGOON GUARDS
1973 TIE A YELLOW RIBBON DAWN FEATURING TONY ORLANDO
1974 TIGER FEET MUD
1975 BYE BYE BABY BAY CITY ROLLERS
1976 SAVE YOUR KISSES FOR ME BROTHERHOOD OF MAN
1977 MULL OF KINTYRE WINGS
1978 RIVERS OF BABYLON/BROWN GIRL IN THE RING BONEY M
1979 BRIGHT EYES ART GARFUNKEL
1980 DON'T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME THE POLICE
1981 DON’T YOU WANT ME HUMAN LEAGUE
1982 COME ON EILEEN DEXY'S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS
1983 KARMA CHAMELEON CULTURE CLUB
1984 DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS ? BAND AID
1985 THE POWER OF LOVE JENNIFER RUSH

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