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Mon 31 May 2010 10:00 BBC Radio 2

Duration:
4 hours
First broadcast:
Monday 31 May 2010

Tony Blackburn counts down the biggest selling singles of the 1960s in a chart specially compiled for Radio 2. Expect The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to crop up more than once, alongside a couple of crooners, a few instrumentals and even the odd one-hit-wonder, in a chart that throws up some genuine surprises.
Alongside the music, we also relive some of the big news stories of the era with original archive footage of events that defined the decade.

Music Played

60 items
  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones Jumping Jack Flash

    The Rolling Stones - Remastered, Abkco

  • Image for Tom Jones

    Tom Jones Delilah

    Delilah - Jukebox 60's Hits, Old Gold

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley Surrender

    Presley - The All Time Greatest Hits, RCA

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Lady Madonna

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 5

  • Image for Jim Reeves

    Jim Reeves I Won't Forget You

    The Essential Jim Reeves, RCA, 1

  • Image for Roy Orbison

    Roy Orbison Oh, Pretty Woman

    Fifty Number Ones Of The 60's (Variou, Global Television, 16

  • Image for Cliff Richard & The Shadows
  • Image for Jim Reeves

    Jim Reeves I Love You Because

    That's Country (Various Artists), EMI

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles A Hard Days Night

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 1

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Penny Lane

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 9

  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones - Honky Tonk Women

  • Image for Tom Jones

    Tom Jones It's Not Unusual

    Fifty Number Ones Of The 60's (Variou, Global Television

  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones 19th Nervous Breakdown

    The Rolling Stones - Forty Licks, Abkco

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley Wooden Heart

    Presley - The All Time Greatest Hits, RCA

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour

    Magical Mystery Tour, Parlophone, 1

  • Image for Mary Hopkin

    Mary Hopkin Those Were The Days

    Those Were The Days, Apple

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Ticket To Ride

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 7

  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones Satisfaction

    The Rolling Stones - Remastered, Abkco

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Paperback Writer

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 3

  • Image for The Monkees

    The Monkees I'm A Believer

    Rediscover The 60's-With A Little Hel, Old Gold, 7

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Eleanor Rigby

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 2

  • Image for The Allisons

    The Allisons Are You Sure

    The Greatest Hits Of 1961, Premier

  • Image for The Seekers

    The Seekers I'll Never Find Another You

    The Seekers, EMI

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley Are You Lonesome Tonight?

    Presley - The All Time Greatest Hits, RCA

  • Image for The Rolling Stones

    The Rolling Stones The Last Time

    The Rolling Stones - Forty Licks, Abkco

  • Image for Frank Sinatra

    Frank Sinatra Strangers In The Night

    Frank Sinatra - The Reprise Years, Reprise

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles All You Need Is Love

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 6

  • Image for Billy Preston

    Billy Preston and The Beatles Get Back

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 9

  • Image for Gerry & The Pacemakers

    Gerry & The Pacemakers You'll Never Walk Alone

    The Greatest Hits Of 1963, Premier

  • Image for Jim Reeves

    Jim Reeves Distant Drums

    Acuff-Rose Opryland Music: 50th Anniv, Acuff-Rose Opryland

  • Image for Frank Sinatra

    Frank Sinatra My Way

    Frank Sinatra - The Reprise Years, Reprise

  • Image for Frank Ifield

    Frank Ifield Lovesick Blues

    The Hits Of 1962 (Various Artists), MFP

  • Image for The Shadows

    The Shadows Apache

    The Shadows - First 20 Years At The T, EMI

  • Image for Cilla Black

    Cilla Black Anyone Who Had A Heart

    Cilla Black- The Best Of The EMI Year, Castle

  • Image for The Searchers

    The Searchers Needles & Pins

    (Single), Pye

  • Image for The Dave Clark Five

    The Dave Clark Five Glad All Over

    Glad All Over Again, EMI

  • Image for The Everly Brothers

    The Everly Brothers Cathy's Clown

    Acuff-Rose Opryland Music: 50th Anniv, Acuff-Rose Opryland

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Help!

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 1

  • Image for Engelbert Humperdinck

    Engelbert Humperdinck There Goes My Everything

    Acuff-Rose Opryland Music: 50th Anniv, Acuff-Rose Opryland

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Hello Goodbye

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 7

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Hey Jude

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 7

  • Image for Rolf Harris

    Rolf Harris Two Little Boys

    Didgereely-Doo All That, EMI

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles From Me To You

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 2

  • Image for The Tornados

    The Tornados Telstar

  • Image for Cliff Richard & The Shadows

    Cliff Richard & The Shadows The Next Time

    Cliff Richard - 40 Golden Greats, EMI

  • Image for The Archies

    The Archies Sugar Sugar

    Dance Hits Of The '60's & '70's, Old Gold

  • Image for Cliff Richard

    Cliff Richard and The Shadows The Young Ones

    Cliff Richard - 40 Golden Greats, EMI

  • Image for Frank Ifield

    Frank Ifield I Remember You

    The Hits Of 1962 (Various Artists), MFP

  • Image for Acker Bilk

    Acker Bilk Stranger On The Shore

    Jukebox Instrumentals Vol.2, Old Gold

  • Image for Engelbert Humperdinck

    Engelbert Humperdinck The Last Waltz

    Engelbert Humperdinck - Greatest Hits, Deram

  • Image for Tom Jones

    Tom Jones Green Green Grass Of Home

    Fifty Number Ones Of The 60's (Variou, Global Television

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley It's Now Or Never

    Presley - The All Time Greatest Hits, RCA

  • Image for Engelbert Humperdinck

    Engelbert Humperdinck Release Me

    Acuff-Rose Opryland Music: 50th Anniv, Acuff-Rose Opryland

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles We Can Work It Out

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 2

  • Image for The Seekers

    The Seekers The Carnival Is Over

    The Seekers, EMI

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles I Feel Fine

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 14

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles Can't Buy Me Love

  • Image for Ken Dodd

    Ken Dodd Tears

    The Hits Of 1965 (Various Artists), MFP

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles I Want To Hold Your Hand

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 6

  • Image for The Beatles

    The Beatles She Loves You

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 4

  • The Top 10 At A Glance:

    1. She Loves You - The Beatles
    2. I Want To Hold Your Hand - The Beatles
    3. Tears - Ken Dodd
    4. Can't Buy Me Love - The Beatles
    5. I Feel Fine - The Beatles
    6. The Carnival Is Over - The Seekers
    7. We Can Work It Out/Day Tripper - The Beatles
    8. Release Me - Engelbert Humperdink
    9. It's Now Or Never - Elvis Presley
    10. Green Green Grass Of Home - Tom Jones

    The chart was specially compiled for Radio 2 by The Official Chart Company to include sales from 1/1/60 - 31/12/69

  • Facts behind this chart:

    * The Beatles make up nearly a third of it (18 of the 60 positions including 5 of the top 7)

    * The Rolling Stones are second with five singles (but none in the top 30).

    * Ken Dodd, The Seekers and Engelbert Humperdink all attain higher chart positions than The Stones, Elvis and Cliff.

    * It's a male dominated chart - there are only two solo ladies (Cilla Black and Mary Hopkin) with a song apiece.

    * It rises to four female hits if you count The Seekers (lead vocalist Judith Durham) who have two entries.

    * In the era of the British invasion, it's a very British chart so multiple entries for The Beatles, The Stones, Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck plus hits from Mary Hopkin, Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Allisons, Cilla, The Shadows, Dave Clarke Five, The Tornados and Ken Dodd mean over half the records are by Brits.

    * 'crooners' do pretty well - Jim Reeves, Engelbert Humperdinck and Frank Sinatra all make more than one appearance.

    * There are three instumental hits within the 60... Telstar - The Tornados, Stranger On The Shore - Acker Bilk, Apache - The Shadows

    * Many records have TV or film links; eg Summer Holiday, A Hard Day's Night, Wooden Heart (GI Blues), Magical Mystery Tour EP, I'm A Believer, Yellow Submarine, Strangers In The Night (A Man Could Get Killed), Sugar Sugar, You'll Never Walk Alone (Carousel), Help!, The Young Ones, Stranger On The Shore, Can't Buy Me Love (A Hard Day's Night).

    * Sadly no place for The Move's Flowers In The Rain (Tony Blackburn's first record on Radio 1) or any of Tony's singles.

    * Incredibly, there's no place for Dusty Springfield, Simon & Garfunkel, The Walker Brothers, Sandy Shaw, The Hollies or Procol Harum

    * The 1960s is the decade you associate with the classic sound of Motown but not one of the 60 singles on the chart is a Motown record.

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