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1978 In Numbers

14 Chart Toppers

Fourteen singles climbed to the top spot on the official chart during the calendar year.

Title Artist Weeks No.1
Uptown Top Ranking Althia And Donna 1
Figaro Brotherhood Of Man 1
Take A Chance On Me Abba 3
Wuthering Heights Kate Bush 4
Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats And Dogs Brian And Michael 3
Night Fever The Bee Gees 2
Rivers of Babylon Boney M 5
You're The One That I Want John Travolta And Olivia Newton-John 9
Three Times A Lady The Commodores 5
Dreadlock Holiday 10cc 1
Summer Nights John Travolta And Olivia Newton-John 7
Rat trap The Boomtown Rats 2
Da 'Ya' Think I'm Sexy? Rod Stewart 1
Mary’s Boy Child Boney M 4
Four weeks were in 1978
Source:Official Charts logo

2 Unofficial No. 1s

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

Title Artist BBC Chart
Denis Blondie 2
I Wonder Why Showaddywaddy 2

11 Near misses

Eleven songs peaked at No. 2, the lowest number during The Golden Years (1977-85)

Title Artist Weeks No.2
Come Back My Love Darts 1
Denis Blondie 3
I Wonder Why Showaddywaddy 1
Boy From New York City Darts 1
Smurf Song Father Abraham And The Smurfs 6
Substitute Clout 2
It’s Raining Darts 1
Love Don’t Live Here Anymore Rose Royce 2
Rasputin Boney M 2
Sandy John Travolta 1
Two weeks were in 1978
Source:Official Charts logo

88M Sales Rush

This year saw total sales of singles surge by a record 43% to 88.7M. It remains the second highest total for physical single sales ever.

Source: BPI

4 Million Sellers

The four singles that shifted over a million copies during their chart runs were by two acts.

Title Artist
You’re The One That I Want John Travolta And Olivia Newton-John
Rivers Of BabylonBoney M
Mary’s Boy ChildBoney M
Summer NightsJohn Travolta And Olivia Newton-John

113 Top 10 Hits

The lowest number of singles reached the Top 10 this year.

298 Top 40 Hits

The lowest number of singles made the Top 40 this year - the median stay was 8 weeks.

16 Week Domination

John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John spent more weeks at No. 1 during a calendar year than any act during the Golden Years (1977-85).

84 Maiden Appearances

Kate Bush, Blondie, Squeeze, Foreigner and 80 other acts all appeared on Top Of The Pops for the first time.