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Biggest Artists 1977

The UK's Top 20 best-performing artists in 1977 are listed below. Foreign acts occupy five of the top six places - three acts from the US plus one each from Germany and Sweden. Showaddywaddy were the best performing British group. Elvis Presley spent the most weeks in the Top 50, but this was due to a flurry of re-releases after his death. His CHAMP score reflects that only one of these (It's Now Or Never) reached the lower reaches of the Top 40. The Stranglers were the biggest punk group in "the year of punk" ahead of the Sex Pistols.

Artists are ranked by their Chart-Measured Performance (CHAMP) totals for the year. Singles are listed per artist in chronological order (from left to right) with a symbol denoting peak position. Key to icons: ★No. 1 ●Top Ten ○Top 40 (all on official chart) ☆Unofficial No. 1 (i.e. No. 1 only on NME Chart)
WKS: total weeks spent on the official Top 40

1 DAVID SOUL★Don’t Give Up On Us  ●Going In With My Eyes Open  ★Silver Lady 38 4,581
2 BONEY M●Daddy Cool  ●Sunny  ☆Ma Baker  ●Belfast 45 3,753
3 ABBA★Knowing Me Knowing You  ★Name Of The Game 24 3,099
4 SHOWADDYWADDY●When  ●You Got What It Takes  ●Dancin' Party 29 2,967
5 ELVIS PRESLEY●Suspicion  ●Moody Blue  ★Way Down  ○It’s Now Or Never 30 2,865
6 DONNA SUMMER○Winter Melody  ★I Feel Love  ●Deep Down Inside  ○I Remember Yesterday 30 2,798
7 ROD STEWART★First Cut Is The Deepest  ☆You’re In My Heart 22 2,745
8 WINGS○Maybe I’m Amazed  ★Mull Of Kintyre 20 2,505
9 SMOKIE ●Living Next Door To Alice  ○Lay Back In The Arms Of Someone  ●It's Your Life  ●Needles And Pins 35 2,476
10 STATUS QUO●Wild Side Of Life  ☆Rockin’ All Over The World 27 2,400
11 LEO SAYER★When I Need You  ●How Much Love  ○Thunder In My Heart 27 2,203
12 BROTHERHOOD OF MAN●Oh Boy(The Mood I’m In)  ★Angelo 23 2,158
13 THE STRANGLERS●Peaches  ●Something Better Change  ●No More Heroes 30 2,067
14 DENIECE WILLIAMS★Free  ●That's What Friends Are For  ○Baby Baby My Love Is All For You 23 2,062
15 HOT CHOCOLATE★So You Win Again  ●Put Your Love In Me 19 1,987
16 SEX PISTOLS☆God Save The Queen  ●Pretty Vacant  ●Holidays In The Sun 22 1,970
17 STEVIE WONDER●I Wish  ●Sir Duke  ○Another Star 24 1,882
18 THE BEE GEES●How Deep Is Your Love 15 1,777
19 ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA●Rockaria  ●Telephone Line  ○Turn To Stone 29 1,746
20 HEATWAVE●Boogie Nights  ○Too Hot To Handle 23 1,742

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★No. 1 ●Top Ten ○Top 40 (all on official chart) ☆Unofficial No. 1 (i.e. No. 1 only on NME Chart)

WKS: total weeks spent on the official Top 40