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UK Chart Special: Best-selling Singles

Tony Blackburn presents the first of two special shows marking 60 years of the UK charts as we know it. This week covers the years 1952 to 1985.

Tony Blackburn presents part one of two special shows marking 60 years of the UK charts as we know it.

Over the next two weeks Tony will be playing the best-selling song from each year in chronological order, from 1952 right up until 2012.

This week he's playing the best-selling songs from 1952 to 1985. And the four decades bring eclectic music from the likes of Vera Lynn, Slim Whitman, Elvis, The Beatles, The Archies, Dawn, Brotherhood Of Man and The Police.

1 hour, 57 minutes

Music Played

  • Vera Lynn

    Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart

    • Britain?s First Number Ones: 1945-1952.
    • Fantastic Voyage.
    • 22.
  • Frankie Laine

    I Believe

    • Songs Of The Century (Disc 2).
    • Global Records & Tapes.
  • Doris Day

    Secret Love

    • Doris Day - Day In Hollywood.
    • Columbia.
  • Slim Whitman

    Rose Marie

    • Rose Marie.
    • Bear Family.
    • 4.
  • Pat Boone

    I'll Be Home

    • Number 1 Hits of the 1950's.
    • Delta Distribution.
  • Paul Anka

    Diana

    • Paul Anka - The Greatest Hits Collect.
    • Telstar.
  • Elvis Presley

    Jailhouse Rock

    • Presley - The All Time Greatest Hits.
    • RCA.
  • Sir Cliff Richard & The Drifters

    Living Doll

    • Cliff Richard - 40 Golden Greats.
    • EMI.
  • Elvis Presley

    It's Now Or Never

    • Presley - The All Time Greatest Hits.
    • RCA.
  • Elvis Presley

    Wooden Heart

    • Presley - The All Time Greatest Hits.
    • RCA.
  • Frank Ifield

    I Remember You

    • The Hits Of 1962 (Various Artists).
    • MFP.
  • The Beatles

    She Loves You

    • The Beatles - 1.
    • Apple.
    • 003.
  • The Beatles

    Can't Buy Me Love

    • The Beatles - 1.
    • Apple.
    • 005.
  • Ken Dodd

    Tears

    • The Hits Of 1965 (Various Artists).
    • MFP.
  • Tom Jones

    Green Green Grass Of Home

    • Fifty Number Ones Of The 60's (Variou.
    • Global Television.
  • Engelbert Humperdinck

    Release Me

    • Acuff-Rose Opryland Music: 50th Anniv.
    • Acuff-Rose Opryland.
  • The Beatles

    Hey Jude

    • Love.
    • Parlophone.
    • 021.
  • The Archies

    Sugar, Sugar

    • Dance Hits Of The '60's & '70's.
    • Old Gold.
  • Elvis Presley

    The Wonder Of You

    • Presley - The All Time Greatest Hits.
    • RCA.
  • George Harrison

    My Sweet Lord

    • All Things Must Pass.
    • EMI.
    • 4.
  • The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

    Amazing Grace

    • Premier Coll'n Of Instrumental Hits V.
    • Kenwest.
  • Tony Orlando & Dawn

    Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree

    • 70's Number Ones Vol 3.
    • Old Gold.
  • Mud

    Tiger Feet

    • The Greatest Hits Of 1974 (Various).
    • Premier.
  • Bay City Rollers

    Bye Bye Baby

    • 70's Number Ones Vol 3.
    • Old Gold.
  • Brotherhood of Man

    Save Your Kisses For Me

    • The Ivor Novello Winners.
    • EMI.
  • Wings

    Mull Of Kintyre

    • Pure McCartney.
    • Virgin EMI Records.
  • Boney M.

    Brown Girl In The Ring (POTP Album Version)

    • Gold - 20 Super Hits.
    • BMG.
    • 4.
  • Boney M.

    Rivers Of Babylon

    • The Greatest Hits.
    • Telstar.
    • 7.
  • Art Garfunkel

    Bright Eyes

    • Art Garfunkel - Album.
    • CBS.
  • The Police

    Don't Stand So Close To Me

    • The Very Best Of Sting & The Police.
    • A&M.
  • The Human League

    Don't You Want Me

    • Fantastic 80's Disc 2 (Various Artis.
    • Columbia.
  • Dexys Midnight Runners

    Come On Eileen

    • Fantastic 80's Disc 1 (Various Artis.
    • Columbia.
  • Culture Club

    Karma Chameleon

    • Fantastic 80's Disc 1 (Various Artis.
    • Columbia.
  • Band Aid

    Do They Know It's Christmas?

    • That's Christmas (Various Artists).
    • EMI.
  • Jennifer Rush

    The Power Of Love

    • Now That's What I Call Love (Compilat.
    • Now.

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