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The Top 60 Best Selling Records of the 60s

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Last broadcast on Mon, 31 May 2010, 10:00 on BBC Radio 2.

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Tony Blackburn counts down the biggest selling singles of the 1960s in a chart specially compiled for Radio 2. Expect The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to crop up more than once, alongside a couple of crooners, a few instrumentals and even the odd one-hit-wonder, in a chart that throws up some genuine surprises.
Alongside the music, we also relive some of the big news stories of the era with original archive footage of events that defined the decade.

The Top 10 At A Glance:

1. She Loves You - The Beatles
2. I Want To Hold Your Hand - The Beatles
3. Tears - Ken Dodd
4. Can't Buy Me Love - The Beatles
5. I Feel Fine - The Beatles
6. The Carnival Is Over - The Seekers
7. We Can Work It Out/Day Tripper - The Beatles
8. Release Me - Engelbert Humperdink
9. It's Now Or Never - Elvis Presley
10. Green Green Grass Of Home - Tom Jones

The chart was specially compiled for Radio 2 by The Official Chart Company to include sales from 1/1/60 - 31/12/69

Facts behind this chart:

* The Beatles make up nearly a third of it (18 of the 60 positions including 5 of the top 7)

* The Rolling Stones are second with five singles (but none in the top 30).

* Ken Dodd, The Seekers and Engelbert Humperdink all attain higher chart positions than The Stones, Elvis and Cliff.

* It's a male dominated chart - there are only two solo ladies (Cilla Black and Mary Hopkin) with a song apiece.

* It rises to four female hits if you count The Seekers (lead vocalist Judith Durham) who have two entries.

* In the era of the British invasion, it's a very British chart so multiple entries for The Beatles, The Stones, Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck plus hits from Mary Hopkin, Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Allisons, Cilla, The Shadows, Dave Clarke Five, The Tornados and Ken Dodd mean over half the records are by Brits.

* 'crooners' do pretty well - Jim Reeves, Engelbert Humperdinck and Frank Sinatra all make more than one appearance.

* There are three instumental hits within the 60... Telstar - The Tornados, Stranger On The Shore - Acker Bilk, Apache - The Shadows

* Many records have TV or film links; eg Summer Holiday, A Hard Day's Night, Wooden Heart (GI Blues), Magical Mystery Tour EP, I'm A Believer, Yellow Submarine, Strangers In The Night (A Man Could Get Killed), Sugar Sugar, You'll Never Walk Alone (Carousel), Help!, The Young Ones, Stranger On The Shore, Can't Buy Me Love (A Hard Day's Night).

* Sadly no place for The Move's Flowers In The Rain (Tony Blackburn's first record on Radio 1) or any of Tony's singles.

* Incredibly, there's no place for Dusty Springfield, Simon & Garfunkel, The Walker Brothers, Sandy Shaw, The Hollies or Procol Harum

* The 1960s is the decade you associate with the classic sound of Motown but not one of the 60 singles on the chart is a Motown record.

Music played

  1. The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones Jumping Jack Flash

    The Rolling Stones - Remastered, Abkco
  2. Tom Jones Tom Jones Delilah

    Delilah - Jukebox 60's Hits, Old Gold
  3. Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Surrender

    Presley - The All Time Greatest Hits
  4. The Beatles The Beatles Lady Madonna

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 5
  5. Jim Reeves Jim Reeves I Won't Forget You

    The Essential Jim Reeves
  6. Roy Orbison Roy Orbison Oh, Pretty Woman

    Fifty Number Ones Of The 60's (Variou, Global Television, 16
  7. Jim Reeves Jim Reeves I Love You Because

    That's Country (Various Artists), EMI
  8. The Beatles The Beatles A Hard Days Night

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 1
  9. The Beatles Penny Lane

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 9
  10. The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones Honky Tonk Women

  11. Tom Jones Tom Jones It's Not Unusual

    Fifty Number Ones Of The 60's (Variou, Global Television
  12. The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones 19th Nervous Breakdown

    The Rolling Stones - Forty Licks, Abkco
  13. Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Wooden Heart

    Presley - The All Time Greatest Hits
  14. The Beatles The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour

    Magical Mystery Tour, Parlophone, 1
  15. Mary Hopkin Mary Hopkin Those Were The Days

    Those Were The Days, Apple
  16. The Beatles The Beatles Ticket To Ride

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 7
  17. The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones Satisfaction

    The Rolling Stones - Remastered, Abkco
  18. The Beatles The Beatles Paperback Writer

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 3
  19. The Monkees The Monkees I'm A Believer

    Rediscover The 60's-With A Little Hel, Old Gold, 7
  20. The Beatles The Beatles Eleanor Rigby

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 2
  21. The Allisons Are You Sure

    The Greatest Hits Of 1961, Premier
  22. The Seekers The Seekers I'll Never Find Another You

    The Seekers, EMI
  23. Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Are You Lonesome Tonight?

    Presley - The All Time Greatest Hits
  24. The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones The Last Time

    The Rolling Stones - Forty Licks, Abkco
  25. Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra Strangers In The Night

    Frank Sinatra - The Reprise Years, Reprise
  26. The Beatles The Beatles All You Need Is Love

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 6
  27. The Beatles & Billy PrestonGet Back

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 9
  28. Gerry & The Pacemakers Gerry & The Pacemakers You'll Never Walk Alone

    The Greatest Hits Of 1963, Premier
  29. Jim Reeves Jim Reeves Distant Drums

    Acuff-Rose Opryland Music: 50th Anniv, Acuff-Rose Opryland
  30. Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra My Way

    Frank Sinatra - The Reprise Years, Reprise
  31. Frank Ifield Frank Ifield Lovesick Blues

    The Hits Of 1962 (Various Artists)
  32. The Shadows The Shadows Apache

    The Shadows - First 20 Years At The T, EMI
  33. Cilla Black Cilla Black Anyone Who Had A Heart

    Cilla Black- The Best Of The EMI Year, Castle
  34. The Searchers The Searchers Needles & Pins

    (Single), Pye
  35. The Dave Clark Five The Dave Clark Five Glad All Over

    Glad All Over Again, EMI
  36. The Everly Brothers The Everly Brothers Cathy's Clown

    Acuff-Rose Opryland Music: 50th Anniv, Acuff-Rose Opryland
  37. The Beatles The Beatles Help!

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 1
  38. Engelbert Humperdinck Engelbert Humperdinck There Goes My Everything

    Acuff-Rose Opryland Music: 50th Anniv, Acuff-Rose Opryland
  39. The Beatles The Beatles Hello Goodbye

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 7
  40. The Beatles Hey Jude

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 7
  41. Rolf Harris Rolf Harris Two Little Boys

    Didgereely-Doo All That, EMI
  42. The Beatles The Beatles From Me To You

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 2
  43. The Tornados Telstar

  44. Cliff Richard & The Shadows Cliff Richard & The Shadows The Next Time

    Cliff Richard - 40 Golden Greats, EMI
  45. The Archies The Archies Sugar Sugar

    Dance Hits Of The '60's & '70's, Old Gold
  46. Cliff Richard & The Shadows Cliff Richard & The Shadows The Young Ones

    Cliff Richard - 40 Golden Greats, EMI
  47. Frank Ifield Frank Ifield I Remember You

    The Hits Of 1962 (Various Artists), MFP
  48. Acker Bilk Stranger On The Shore

    Jukebox Instrumentals Vol.2, Old Gold
  49. Engelbert Humperdinck Engelbert Humperdinck The Last Waltz

    Engelbert Humperdinck - Greatest Hits, Deram
  50. Tom Jones Tom Jones Green Green Grass Of Home

    Fifty Number Ones Of The 60's (Variou, Global Television
  51. Elvis Presley Elvis Presley It's Now Or Never

    Presley - The All Time Greatest Hits, RCA
  52. Engelbert Humperdinck Engelbert Humperdinck Release Me

    Acuff-Rose Opryland Music: 50th Anniv, Acuff-Rose Opryland
  53. The Beatles The Beatles We Can Work It Out

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 2
  54. The Seekers The Seekers The Carnival Is Over

    The Seekers, EMI
  55. The Beatles The Beatles I Feel Fine

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 14
  56. The Beatles Can't Buy Me Love

  57. Ken Dodd Tears

    The Hits Of 1965 (Various Artists), MFP
  58. The Beatles The Beatles I Want To Hold Your Hand

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 6
  59. The Beatles She Loves You

    The Beatles - 1, Apple, 4

Broadcast

  1. Mon 31 May 2010
    10:00

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Duration

240 minutes

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