The 1960's Charts

I'm now able to post some of the Real Charts from the 1960's. But first the very first top 100 chart from 1960 has been moved from the Classic Chart's page to here.
First I must explain that the gaps in the highest position, weeks are there because the previous charts have not been sorted out yet. The only sales attached are those of this chart in the first column, which are pretty low considering it's two weeks of sales. But of course it is the Christmas week's chart and this isn't the download age! So no buying of gift tokens!!! Again I should point out that some of the new entries might be returning records, due to the previous charts not being sorted out. Though I suspect the Christmas tracks are new! Nothing of course dropped out of the top 40, so they are all there. The compilers say that they did try to introduce a top 100 before this date. But they had problems with sales at the lower end being affected by the low levels of sales. A single shop could account for the sales of one record, which if it wasn't supplied well would see the record bouncing in a out of the 100! With the end of the 78RPM insight, many record companies stopped making them around this point! Shops had more room to stock singles. So by the end of 1959 the bounce effect had stopped. So with a new decade the top 100 was born! Lots of EP's in the chart, some of which contain the tracks that are listed as separate singles by the same artist. This practise is no longer allowed, but as the EP were very much separate things with "glossy picture covers" as compared with a paper sleeve of a single, plus the price was a lot greater they were considered stand alone items then. As you can see from the many duplicated songs, that the practise of artists being given a record to sing which came from the music publishers offices was still in full effect. Also the record companies don't seem to wait to bring out a new song by an artist who's only just released a song. The record companies don't seem to be concerned that a new song by the artist would kill off the sales of the other record by the same artist. Though the Real Chart doesn't list record labels, some of these tracks are known to be on the Embassy Label. In which case these were only sold at Woolworth's, as it was their own label. These records were covers of known hit singles sold cheaper than the normal ones. Although these type of records are not now excluded from the Real Chart, they don't tend to feature these days as people think they are rip-offs. However back then, apart from some big name stars, there was less of an attitude when it came to the worship of artists. And a lot of people would simply like "a song" and didn't care who sang it. So the people buying the Embassy records did not feel ripped off. Indeed fans of say Cliff Richard, might buy both his and the cover version because they liked the song.  So they are in the Real Chart. Actually some of these cover artists were very good and people would buy them as though they were stars!

More 60's charts now...

For the time being these will be from the second half of the 60's. This is due to the fact that it wasn't till late 62 or 63 that records went weekly for release. Prior to that date all records were released in the first two weeks of each new month, mostly on the first week. Finding out new release information, essential when making up each chart, is a problem for me. I generally use the 45 Cat website to get the Artist names and titles of the records. A search on that site will produce a list of every record that is released in the UK, for any given month for the early 60's. But due to a technical issue, probably to when the site was first launched, a size limit is placed on the total results. As it stands at the moment there is a 100 record maximum on each search. I feel for certain that by 1960 more then 100 records came out each month, so I couldn't find all records need to make up the early charts. Later on when weekly issues came in the record limit has much less of an effect. As you may know I have already completed the lists of weekly records for 1965 and 1966. Which can be seen on the "When Records Were Released" part of this blog. With those in place I can now bring you the full charts for the year 1965. Coming soon are the 1966 charts.

 As you can see the sales figures for the week are there, it's two weeks hence why there are no sales increase arrows! There is no running sales total, due to the fact that the 1964 charts are not complete, but the last week figures are all there. The vast majority of the weeks on chart are missing, with just a few that I have totalled up. This will improve as the 1964 records fall out. As will the highest position figures. In the next chart the first two columns will not be shown. But only the weekly sales will be shown. Blog readers can thus add up the total sales for each record if the so wish. Watch out for records that were only sold at Woolworth's in the next few charts. Exclusive to the Real Chart, as the company refused to supply any sales information to the other charts till the late 70's! Though in 1965 they will withdraw the Embassy Label and just sell standard record label records. As always the orange coloured records will drop out next week.




The following charts have sales symbols added thanks to blog reader John Kobylecky who has done a sales list up to the end March of 1965. The symbols have been added by me for all the records that sold over 250,000 that were still in the charts this week. Therefore will be slightly out-of-date as some records might now have gained 250K sales or above, since John did his calculations.


There was no chart for the 26 December so the sales of that week were carried over to the first chart of 1966. The Real Charts for 1966 will continue in a few weeks time. I will post the best sellers for 1965 as soon as have worked them all out.  After the 100 Best sellers are posted, all the other charts for 1965 will be taken down and replaced with a free PDF file. This is because it slows the page loading down when you put more than a year of charts. I will also remove the information about the Embassy Label records from the comments. So if you are saving these charts you better copy that too! 


  1. Tracks on Big Four EP 1 Embassy WT2001
    A1 The Starlings - I'll Never Find Another You
    A2 Burt Shane - It Hurts So Much (To See You Go)
    B1 The Typhoons - The Game Of Love
    B2 Ray Pilgrim - I Apologise
    The record was only sold at Woolworth stores! So is exclusive to the Real Chart.

  2. It seems that the Woolies label on it's last legs issued only EP's.
    The next track two listing are shown below:
    EP 2 Embassy WT2002
    A1 Ray Pilgrim - It's Not Unusual
    A2 Terry Brandon - I Must Be Seeing Things
    B1 The Starlings - Silhouettes
    B2 The Typhoons - Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

    EP 3 Embassy WT2003
    A1 The Typhoons - The Last Time
    A2 Terry Brandon And The Beatmen - In The Meantime
    B1 Joan Baxter - Come And Stay With Me
    B2 Joan Baxter - I'll Stop At Nothing

  3. EP 4 Embassy WT2004
    A1 Redd Wayne - The Minute You're Gone
    A2 Joan Baxter - I Know A Place
    B1 The Starlings - Goodbye My Love
    B2 The Starlings - Concrete And Clay

    EP 5 Embassy WT2005
    A1 Les Carle - Times They Are A-Changin'
    A2 Les Carle - Catch The Wind
    B1 The Typhoons - For Your Love
    B2 The Typhoons - Honey, I Need

  4. More Woolies records...
    EP 6 Embassy WT2006
    A1 The Typhoons - Ticket To Ride
    A2 The Typhoons - Here Comes The Night
    B1 Les Carle - I'll Be There
    B2 The Starlings - I Can't Explain

    EP 7 Embassy WT2007
    A1 The Starlings - A World Of Our Own
    A2 Redd Wayne - King Of The Road
    B1 The Typhoons - Bring It On Home To Me
    B2 Terry Brandon - Little Things

    EP 8 Embassy WT2008
    A1 Redd Wayne - True Love Ways
    A2 The Jaybirds - Oh, No Not My Baby
    B1 Les Carle - Subterranean Homesick Blues
    B2 Joan Baxter - Where Are You Now?

  5. Tracks Embassy EP's 9 and 10
    EP9 WT2009
    A1: The Starlings - Wonderful World
    A2:Joan Baxter - The Clapping Song (Clap Pat Clap Slap)
    Sally Hyde (both tracks)
    B1: Long Live Love
    B2: This Little Bird

    EP 10 WT2010
    A1:The Starlings - Poor Man's Son
    A2:Redd Wayne - Crying In The Chapel
    B1:Paul Rich - Marie
    B2:Gerry Glenn And His Orchestra - Trains And Boats And Planes

  6. Tracks Embassy EP's 11 and 12
    EP 11 WT2011
    A1: Terry Brandon With The Beatman - The Price Of Love
    A2: The Jaybirds - Set Me Free
    B1: Les Carle With The Beatman - Colours
    B2: The Typhoons - I'm Alive

    EP12 WT2012
    A1: Terry Brandon - Looking Thru The Eyes Of Love
    A2: The Jaybirds - Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
    B1: The Typhoons - Mr. Tambourine Man
    B2: Sally Hyde - Leave A Little Love

  7. Tracks on Embassy EP 13
    EP 13 WT2013
    A1: Joan Baxter With Gerry Glenn And His Orchestra - In The Middle Of Nowhere. A2: The Typhoons - Heart Full Of Soul. B1: Redd Wayne With Gerry Glenn And His Orchestra - To Know You Is To Love You. B2: The Starlings - Tossing And Turning.

    There is one more EP to make the charts from the label.

  8. Tracks on Embassy EP 14
    EP WT2014
    A1 The Typhoons -Help!
    A2 The Typhoons - You've Got Your Troubles
    B1 Ray Pilgrim With The Beatman - Wooly Bully
    B2 Peggie Allen - There But For Fortune

    This was the last Embassy record to chart and the last made, for Woolworths.

  9. why is there always a big number of tracks selling 40k in these charts, but big changes around this mark?

  10. Hi Garry
    It seems to be a quark of the record buying public. At the very top you get the records that have the public going mad for. Then lower down the charts turn into sort of average sales. The 40K section if you like, further down sales drop off sometimes due to distribution, but also the fact that some records start appearing in other charts, sometimes which are not selling all that well. But the public hear about them and start buying them.

  11. Hello Graham any news on when the 1966 charts will be posted? Also is the list of top sellers of 1965 in near completion?

    1. Hi Kevin
      The person who added up the 1948 charts said he was going to do the same with the 1965 charts. I contacted him several months ago, but he has not been back in touch. I assume he's not been able to do them. I did add up all the sales for the ones after a certain period, when the sales symbols start being added, but the earlier ones still need to be done. So looks like I will have to do them.
      However I can start the 1966 charts. And will do so in the next few weeks.