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British Chartbusters of the 60s & 70s

1974

The British charts of 1974 meant the third year at the top for the Osmonds with glam rock represented by Mud, Glitter and the Rubettes.

 

  • Topping the performers list for the year for the third consecutive year were the Osmonds (including Donny, Marie and Little Jimmy as solo artists). However, they were less dominating than they had been. Their hit singles included only one chart topper "Love Me For a Reason" while Donny and Marie had their big hits as a duet reaching number two spot with "I'm Leaving it up to You" followed by a top five hit for "Morning Side of the Mountain". There were another three top twenty hits for the band, Donny and Jimmy respectively.
The Osmonds - Ultimate Collection, best of the the band plus solo and duet tunes from Donny, Donny & Marie and Jimmy, double CD 37 tracks Buy the Greatest Hits
  • Second placed act for 1974 was British glam rock band, Mud. Their big singles included number ones "Tiger Feet" and "Lonely This Christmas" plus top five hits "The Cat Crept In" and "Rocket".
Mud - Greatest Hits, 16 tracks Buy the Greatest Hits
  • Children's TV characters, the Wombles, were the unlikely number three performers. They had a steady stream of top ten singles throughout the year starting with "The Wombling Song" and followed by "Remember You're a Womble", "Banana Rock", "Minuetto Allegretto" and their biggest hit of the year a number two placing for "Wombling Merry Christmas".
The Best Wombles Album So Far, 17 tracks Buy the Greatest Hits
  • Gary Glitter and the Glitter Band continued to enjoy big hits and were the fourth placed act of 1974. There were three single hits for Gary Glitter and another three for the Glitter Band without their leader - although they continued to work together. Gary's hits included a number one, "Always Yours" and top three hits with "Remember Me This Way" and "Oh Yes You're Beautiful". The Glitter Band had top ten hits with "Angel Face", "Just For You" and "Let's Get Together Again ".
Best of The Glitter Band, 18 tracks Buy the Greatest Hits
  • Fifth spot for the year went to the Rubettes. Their first hit "Sugar Baby Love", reached number one. They followed this with a top twenty single, "Tonight" and finished the year with a top three record "Juke Box Jive".
The Very Best Of The Rubettes, 21 tracks 4.99 Buy the Greatest Hits
  • The biggest single of the year was actually released late in 1973 but "You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me" by the New Seekers went on to be the top song of '74. They followed this up later with top five single "I Get a Little Sentimental Over You". David Essex enjoyed the second biggest hit with "Gonna Make You a Star" which he followed with top ten hit "Stardust". The classic "She" by French crooner Charles Aznavour was the third biggest hit while the number four spot went to the Three Degrees' "When Will I See You Again". Fifth biggest of the year was "Billy Don't Be a Hero" by Paper Lace who also had a top three hit with "The Night Chicago Died" and a top twenty entry with "The Black Eyed Boys".
40 tracks double album incl You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me - New Seekers, Tiger Feet - Mud Buy the Greatest Hits
  • Rockers Slade were still enjoying chart success with a trio of top three singles including "Everyday", "Bangin' Man" and "Far Far Away". They also managed two number one albums with "Sladest" and "Old New Borrowed and Blue". The rock revival also saw hits for Alvin Stardust whose "Jealous Mind" was a number one and who also had top ten hits with "Red Dress" and "You You You". Similarly, Status Quo hit the top spot with "Break Down" and enjoyed top ten hits with "Break The Rules" and "Roll Over Lay Down". Finally, Scottish boy band Bay City Rollers scored the fifth biggest album of 1974 with "Rollin" along with four top five hits including "Remember", "Shang-a-Lang", "Summerlove Sensation" and "All of Me Loves All of You".

 

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