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1977 In Numbers

18 Chart Toppers

There were a dozen and a half No. 1s in the official chart during the year.

Title Artist Weeks No.1
Don’t Give Up Us David Soul 4
Don’t Cry For Me Argentina Julie Covington 1
When I Need You Leo Sayer 3
Chanson D’Amour Manhattan Transfer 3
Knowing Me Knowing You ABBA 5
Free Deniece Williams 2
I Don’t Wanna Talk About It Rod Stewart 4
Lucille Kenny Rogers 1
Show You The Way To Go The Jacksons 1
So You Win Again Hot Chocolate 3
I Feel Love Donna Summer 4
Angelo Brotherhood Of Man 1
Float On The Floaters 1
Way Down Elvis Presley 5
Silver Lady David Soul 3
Yes Sir I Can Boogie Baccara 1
The Name Of The Game ABBA 4
Mull Of Kintyre Wings 9
Four weeks were in 1978
Source:Official Charts logo

5 Unofficial No. 1s

Five songs topped the NME chart but not the official one used by the BBC.

Title Artist BBC Chart
God Save The QueenSex Pistols2
Ma BakerBoney M2
Magic FlySpace2
You’re In My HeartRod Stewart3
Rockin' All Over The WorldStatus Quo3

14 Near misses

Fourteen songs peaked at No. 2 in the official chart for a total of 25 weeks during the calendar year.

Title Artist Weeks No.2
Boogie Nights Heatwave 1
Going in with my eyes open David Soul 3
Red Light Spells Danger Billy Ocean 2
Sir Duke Stevie Wonder 1
Ain't Gonna Bump No More Joe Tex 1
God Save The Queen Sex Pistols 1
Fanfare For The Common Man Emerson Lake And Palmer 1
Ma Baker Boney M 1
You Got What It Takes Showaddywaddy 1
Magic Fly Space 3
Black Is Black La Belle Epoque 3
We Are The Champions Queen 3
The Floral Dance Brighouse And Rastrick Brass Band 6
Two weeks were in 1978
Source:Official Charts logo

62M Singles Shifted

The third highest to date, just falling short of the volumes shifted in 1964 and 1974.

Source: BPI

2 Million Sellers

Two singles from 1977 shifted over a million copies during their chart runs.

Title Artist
Mull Of Kintyre Wings
Don’t Give Up On Us David Soul

116 Top 10 Hits

This year 116 singles reached the official Top 10, and four stayed there for 10 or more weeks.

308 Top 40 Hits

Of the 308 singles that peaked in the official Top 40, only 54% made the Top 20, the lowest proportion of the Golden Years (1977-85)

9 Weeks At The Top

ABBA spent most weeks at No. 1 during the calendar year.

79 First Takes

Bob Marley, The Jam, Sex Pistols, Elvis Costello and 75 other acts appeared for the first time on Top Of The Pops during the year.

18 Week Reign

Barbara Streisand's No. 3 hit Evergreen spent the most number of weeks in the official Top 40.