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British Chartbusters of the 60s & 70s

1965

The British charts of 1965 belonged to the Beatles once again but now challenged by the Rolling Stones:

 

  • Still the top act of the year, the Beatles had three more number one singles with "Ticket To Ride", "Help!" and "Day Tripper/We Can Work it Out". The third was their biggest seller and the top single of the year coming out in time to be the Christmas number one and hitting a million during 1966. They also started to put a lot more work into their albums as LP sales mushroomed in the UK. Their albums included the soundtrack to their second movie, "Help!", followed by "Beatles for Sale" and "Rubber Soul".
Help - The Beatles, film soundtrack, incl Help and Ticket to Ride, 14 tracks Buy the Greatest Hits
  • The number two act, the Rolling Stones, were now penning their own hits. They had three number one hits as a result with "The Last Time" (number four single of the year), "Satisfaction" (number five of 1965) and "Get Off Of My Cloud". They emulate the Beatles by taking America by storm and achieving their first US number one ("Satisfaction"). Their LPs also benefit from the growing sales of albums with big successes for both "Rolling Stones No. 2" early in 1965 and the later "Out of Our Heads". However, like other albums, they have to wait their turn behind the extraordinarily successful "The Sound of Music" original film soundtrack which pretty much had the UK album charts to itself for most of 1965 and 1966.
12 X 5, Rolling Stones, 12 tracks incl It's All Over Now, Time Is On My Side 12.99 Buy the Greatest Hits
  • The Seekers were the third biggest act of the year. The Australian harmony band had a great year with two number ones "The Carnival is Over" (a million seller and number three single of the year) and "I'll Never Find Another You" and a top three hit "A World of Our Own".
50 track double album Buy the Greatest Hits
  • In fourth place overall were Cliff Richard and the Shadows, staging a comeback after being swamped by Mersey groups in 1964. Cliff hit the top spot just once with "The Minute You're Gone" and was just pipped with "Wind Me Up" while making top twenty entries with both "On My Word" and "The Time in Between". Meanwhile the Shadows managed a series of lower top twenty hits.
46 Cliff hits, double CD Cliff's Greatest Hits
  • Ken Dodd, the Liverpudlian comic, was the unlikely fifth biggest performer of 1965. During the early sixties he had enjoyed a series of lower top fifty entries, however, in 1965 he burst to the top with "Tears", the number two single of the year and a million seller. He followed "Tears" - when it finally left the charts - with "The River" a top three success. He would continue to enjoy top twenty success until the early seventies.
Happiness: The Very Best Of Ken Dodd, 24 tracks incl Tears, River & Happiness Buy the Greatest Hits
  • Among the other successes of the year were a rash of bands including the Kinks whose "Tired of Waiting for You" was a number one and other top ten hits included "Set Me Free", "See My Friend" and "Till the End of the Day". Also notable were the Walker Brothers who followed their number one "Make it Easy on Yourself" with a top three hit "My Ship is Coming In". The Hollies had four top twenty hits including chart topper "I'm Alive". The Yardbirds had three top three singles including "For Your Love", "Heart Full of Soul" and "Still I'm Sad". And the Animals enjoyed regular top five spots with songs like "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", "Bring It on Home to Me", "We Gotta Get out of This Place" and "It's My Life".
50 tracks, double CD incl Tired Of Waiting For You - Kinks, For Your Love - Yardbirds Buy the Greatest Hits
  • American acts hitting the top in the UK in 1965 included Sonny and Cher, chart topping with "I Got You Babe", and the Byrds with their number one "Mr Tambourine Man". Bob Dylan was an ever-present with top ten hits like "Times They Are A-Changin", "Subterranean Homesick Blues", Like A Rolling Stone" and "Positively Fourth Street". Finally, Elvis Presley returned to the top after a long gap with "Crying in the Chapel".
 

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