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Sixty years of the UK charts

4242 days ago
Guardian MusicSixty years ago today, the first singles chart was published in Britain – turning pop music into a competitive sport. Bob Stanley on how fans, scams and yodelling Aussies changed the landscapeFor Britain, the modern pop era began in 1952. Not only ... more info

Candle in the Wind tops UK chart of charts – 123 records that sold a million

4251 days ago
Guardian MusicSingles' resurgence put down to advent of digital downloads, which have brought down cost from equivalent of £5.84 to 99pData blog: the full list of UK million-sellersIt is a music chart in which Don't You Want Me? by the Human League sits outside t... more info

Best No 1 singles, 1952-2012 – the full list

4405 days ago
Guardian MusicThe UK singles chart is 60 years old. We asked writers to pick their favourite chart-toppers from each year. Here you can see their choices at a glance. Click the each one to read more, listen to the single and have your sayBest No 1 singles: the int... more info

The 60 best No 1 singles ever: what's your favourite?

4408 days ago
Guardian MusicTo mark an important 60th anniversary, our writers have been picking their favourite No 1 hits from the UK charts. Here's what some other well-known fans thought – plus a Spotify playlist – and your chance to tell us what you would have chosenIt ... more info

The best No 1 singles: Al Martino – Here In My Heart | Bob Stanley

4408 days ago
Guardian Music1952: This was the very first No 1, though it's hard to understand why it was so bigThe best No 1 of 1952 was Here In My Heart, by dint of its being the only No 1 of 1952. Had the first hit parade been published a few months earlier, Al Martino could... more info

What are the best UK No 1s of the last 60 years?

4409 days ago
Guardian MusicOur writers are busy thinking about their favourite chart toppers of the last 60 years. Start thinking about what yours might be and tell us on FridayFor some – you might need a belly full of wine – there seems to be a lot of excitement surroundi... more info

The Godfather singer tops the first UK record charts

4764 days ago
Guardian Music14 November 1952: Number 2 in our series of the 50 key events in the history of pop musicThe pop charts began in postwar Britain when Percy Dickins of the New Musical Express telephoned 20-odd shops asking for a list of their bestsellers. Coming out ... more info

monday morning updates

4831 days ago
Totally FuzzyLevin said... Larry Miller - A Man On A Mission (1991) Jeff Beck - You Had It Coming (2001)FLAC Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim (1967)FLAC Barbra Streisand - Love Songs (1981) Soul Asylum - Grave Dancers Union (1992) Las Ketchup - Un B... more info

X Factor, Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas among biggest best sellers of 2009

5283 days ago
Guardian MusicThe growth of downloads helped the UK singles market enjoy its best year in history last year, with 152.7m sold, 98% of which were bought digitally, the British Phonographic Industry has said.The X Factor was behind many of last year's success storie... more info

'Godfather' singer Al Martino dies at 82

5365 days ago
Singer Al Martino, who played the Frank Sinatra-type role of Johnny Fontane in The Godfather and recorded hits including Spanish ... more info

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