Backdate takes a look at the hit records and
top selling artists of the Sixties and Seventies on the British charts. Just
click on the year from which you want to see details in the list below:
- The year of Elvis, the Everlys and Cliff, an extension of the
music style of the Fifties.
- More Elvis and Cliff and the Shadows, no sign of the Swinging
Sixties starting yet.
- Still Cliff and the Shadows just edging ahead of Elvis and
Frank Ifield - but things are going to change.
- The Merseysound crashes onto the scene through the Beatles
and Gerry and the Pacemakers.
- The Beatles still ahead of Roy Orbison with fellow
Liverpudlians the Searchers close behind.
- Still the Fab Four but now the Rolling Stones are on their
trail followed by the Seekers.
- While the Beatles make albums the Beach Boys, Spencer Davis
and the Troggs steal the singles charts.
- The Beatles are back on top and now Englebert and the Monkees
are making it big too.
- It's still the Beatles and Englebert with strong showings
from Love Affair and the amazing Satchmo.
- The 60s end with a flourish from the Beatles and Elvis plus
Fleetwood Mac and Marvin Gaye.
- No real winners this year but Elvis hangs in there with the
Jackson Five around for the first time.
- Glam rock hits the UK with T. Rex leading the way tamed by
Dawn and Middle of the Road.
- The Osmonds edge ahead of T. Rex followed by the New Seekers
and rockers Slade.
- Still the Osmonds run the show pushed now by glam rocker Gary
Glitter and David Cassidy.
- Third year at the top for the Osmonds with glam rock
represented by Mud, Glitter and the Rubettes.
- Scotland's Bay City Rollers top the year ahead of the
Stylistics, Mud, Queen and Glitter.
- Abba break into the top spot with Elton John having his best
- David Soul leads followed, tragically, by Elvis who died
August 16th 1977.
- It's all about "Grease" so Olivia Newton-John and
John Travolta rule ahead of Boney M.
- The 70s end with a complete change as Blondie, Police, Abba,
Gary Numan and the Sex Pistols make the scene.
If you want to know even more about the hit records
of the Sixties and Seventies then try these websites:
A wonderful database of the UK charts from the 1950s,
this is a website for fans of The British music scene from the beginning
of the rock 'n' roll era right the way through to the present day.
Chartwatch was founded by John Hancock and Neil Rawlings in 1981 to serve a small and eccentric community of people interested in analysing record charts.
A superb source of chart data since the UK charts began.
An in-depth look at the fifty years of the British
charts starting in 1952 - so it will eventually cover the complete Sixties
and Seventies, although the Seventies are not yet complete. Lots of
charts, lots of good articles lovingly complied by Matthew Dixon & Tom
But Forgotten Oldies
Rediscover your favorite songs from the sixties and
early seventies. This site includes a searchable database of links to
sound clips for over 4000 songs from 1960-1975 which can be browsed both
by performing artist and by song title. Most song samples are in Real
Audio format. Currently, over 1200 bands and artists are featured.
searchable database of song information compiled by radio professionals, music enthusiasts, and visitors to
the web site, this is website full of lyric meanings and song information, including
album and chart position. Music trivia, title search and a lyrics database.