List of NME number-one singles of the 1960s

UK Singles Chart number ones
UK Singles Chart
Official Charts Company
Christmas number one

The NME (or New Musical Express) is a British weekly popular music newspaper. Record charts in the United Kingdom began on 14 November 1952 when NME imitated an idea started in American Billboard magazine compiled their own hit parade. Until 15 February 1969, when the British Market Research Bureau (BMRB) chart was established, many periodicals compiled their own charts.[1] During this time the BBC used aggregated results of the prominent NME, Melody Maker, Disc, Record Mirror and, later, Record Retailer charts to compile their Pick of the Pops chart. Prior to 1969 there was no universally accepted source or "official" singles chart;[2][3][4] however, the Official Chart Company and Guinness' British Hit Singles & Albums regard the canonical sources for this period as NME before 10 March 1960 and Record Retailer from then until the BMRB took over in 1969.[5] Although Record Retailer is now the most predominantly used source for charting music in the 1960s, NME had the biggest circulation of charts in the decade and was more widely followed.[2][3] After the BMRB was formed NME continued compiling its own chart up until 14 May 1988.[1]

The Allisons's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, entitled "Are You Sure?", was the first single to be number one in the NME chart but not to reach the top spot in Record Retailer's chart.[3] In total, sixteen songs failed to reach number one with Record Retailer but topped the NME chart.[3][6][7] In 1969, after the BMRB chart was introduced, four songs topped the NME but not the BMRB chart. Notable discrepancies include "19th Nervous Breakdown" which reached number one on the NME, Disc, and Melody Maker charts, topped the BBC's Pick of the Pops aggregated chart and was announced as number one on Top of the Pops; however, because it did not reach number one on the Record Retailer chart it is omitted from the Official Chart Company's canon.[2] The Beatles' "Please Please Me" suffered the same fate so, arguably, should be considered as The Beatles' first number one single.[3] Conversely, Elvis Presley's double A-side, "Rock-A-Hula Baby"/"Can't Help Falling in Love", reached number one on all charts except NME because the entries were split by NME according to which song was requested when the shop returned its figures.[2][3]

Number-one singles

  Italics  – Prior to 10 March 1960 the NME is considered by the Official Chart Company as the canonical source.
     †      – The song did not reach number one on the Record Retailer chart which is considered by the Official Chart Company as the canonical source until 15 February 1969.
     ‡      – The song did not reach number one on the BMRB chart which is considered as the official chart after 15 February 1969.
   [nb #]   – The song spent a week at number one where it shared the top spot with another song.
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Artist[nb 1] Single[nb 1] Reached
number 1[nb 1]
Weeks at
number 1[nb 1]
Holliday, MichaelMichael Holliday "Starry Eyed" 1
Newley, AnthonyAnthony Newley "Why" 4
Faith, AdamAdam Faith "Poor Me" 2
Preston, JohnnyJohnny Preston "Running Bear" 1
Donegan, LonnieLonnie Donegan "My Old Man's a Dustman" 4
Newley, AnthonyAnthony Newley "Do You Mind?" 1
The Everly Brothers "Cathy's Clown" 9
Jones, JimmyJimmy Jones "Good Timin'" 3
Richard, CliffCliff Richard and The Shadows "Please Don't Tease" 4
The Shadows "Apache" 6
Valance, RickyRicky Valance "Tell Laura I Love Her" 2
Orbison, RoyRoy Orbison "Only the Lonely (Know How I Feel)" 3
Presley, ElvisElvis Presley "It's Now or Never" 9
Artist[nb 1] Single[nb 1] Reached
number 1[nb 1]
Weeks at
number 1[nb 1]
Tillotson, JohnnyJohnny Tillotson "Poetry in Motion" 3
Presley, ElvisElvis Presley "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" 5
The Everly Brothers "Walk Right Back" 3
Presley, ElvisElvis Presley "Wooden Heart" 2
The Allisons "Are You Sure?"† 1
Presley, ElvisElvis Presley "Wooden Heart" 1
The Allisons "Are You Sure?"† 1
The Temperance Seven "You're Driving Me Crazy" 1
The Marcels "Blue Moon" 2
Shannon, DelDel Shannon "Runaway" 1
Presley, ElvisElvis Presley "Surrender" 4
Shannon, DelDel Shannon "Runaway" 3
The Everly Brothers "Temptation" 1
Kane, EdenEden Kane "Well I Ask You" 2
Shapiro, HelenHelen Shapiro "You Don't Know" 3
Leyton, JohnJohn Leyton "Johnny Remember Me" 3.5[nb 2]4[nb 2]
Shapiro, HelenHelen Shapiro "You Don't Know" 0.5[nb 2]1[nb 2]
Presley, ElvisElvis Presley "Wild in the Country"† 1
Leyton, JohnJohn Leyton "Johnny Remember Me" 1
The Highwaymen "Michael (Row the Boat)" 1
Shapiro, HelenHelen Shapiro "Walkin' Back to Happiness" 4
Presley, ElvisElvis Presley "His Latest Flame" 3
Vaughan, FrankieFrankie Vaughan "Tower of Strength" 3.5[nb 3]4[nb 3]
Vee, BobbyBobby Vee "Take Good Care of My Baby"† 0.5[nb 3]1[nb 3]
Williams, DannyDanny Williams "Moon River" 1
Artist[nb 1] Single[nb 1] Reached
number 1[nb 1]
Weeks at
number 1[nb 1]
Bilk, AckerAcker Bilk "Stranger on the Shore"† 1
Richard, CliffCliff Richard "The Young Ones" 6
Checker, ChubbyChubby Checker "Let's Twist Again"† 2
Ball, KennyKenny Ball and his Jazzmen "March of the Siamese Children"† 1
The Shadows "Wonderful Land" 8.5[nb 4]9[nb 4]
B. Bumble and the Stingers "Nut Rocker" 0.5[nb 4]1[nb 4]
Presley, ElvisElvis Presley "Good Luck Charm" 5
Sarne, MikeMike Sarne with Wendy Richard "Come Outside" 2
Brown, JoeJoe Brown and the Bruvvers "A Picture Of You"† 1
Charles, RayRay Charles "I Can't Stop Loving You" 1
Ifield, FrankFrank Ifield "I Remember You" 8
Presley, ElvisElvis Presley "She's Not You" 3
The Tornados "Telstar" 5
Ifield, FrankFrank Ifield "Lovesick Blues" 5
Presley, ElvisElvis Presley "Return to Sender" 2
Richard, CliffCliff Richard and The Shadows "The Next Time" / "Bachelor Boy" 1
Artist[nb 1] Single[nb 1] Reached
number 1[nb 1]
Weeks at
number 1[nb 1]
The Shadows "Dance On!" 3
Harris, JetJet Harris and Tony Meehan "Diamonds" 4
Ifield, FrankFrank Ifield "The Wayward Wind" 0.5[nb 5]1[nb 5]
The Beatles "Please Please Me"† 1.5[nb 5]2[nb 5]
Richard, CliffCliff Richard and The Shadows "Summer Holiday" 3
The Shadows "Foot Tapper" 1
Gerry & The Pacemakers "How Do You Do It?" 3
The Beatles "From Me to You" 5.5[nb 6]6[nb 6]
Kramer, Billy J.Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas "Do You Want to Know a Secret"† 1.5[nb 6]2[nb 6]
Gerry & The Pacemakers "I Like It" 4
Ifield, FrankFrank Ifield "Confessin' (That I Love You)" 3
The Searchers "Sweets for My Sweet" 3
Kramer, Billy J.Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas "Bad to Me" 2
The Beatles "She Loves You" 4
Brian Poole and The Tremeloes "Do You Love Me" 3
Gerry & The Pacemakers "You'll Never Walk Alone" 4
The Beatles "She Loves You" 2
The Beatles "I Want to Hold Your Hand" 6
Artist[nb 1] Single[nb 1] Reached
number 1[nb 1]
Weeks at
number 1[nb 1]
The Dave Clark Five "Glad All Over" 2
The Searchers "Needles and Pins" 3
Black, CillaCilla Black "Anyone Who Had a Heart" 4
Kramer, Billy J.Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas "Little Children" 1
The Beatles "Can't Buy Me Love" 4
Peter & Gordon "A World Without Love" 2
The Searchers "Don't Throw Your Love Away" 1
The Four Pennies "Juliet" 2
Black, CillaCilla Black "You're My World (Il Mio Mondo)" 3
Orbison, RoyRoy Orbison "It's Over" 2
The Animals "House of the Rising Sun" 2
The Beatles "A Hard Day's Night" 4
Mann, ManfredManfred Mann "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" 2
The Honeycombs "Have I the Right?" 2
The Kinks "You Really Got Me" 1
Herman's Hermits "I'm Into Something Good" 3
Orbison, RoyRoy Orbison "Oh, Pretty Woman" 3
Shaw, SandieSandie Shaw "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" 2
The Supremes "Baby Love" 1
The Rolling Stones "Little Red Rooster" 2
The Beatles "I Feel Fine" 6
Artist[nb 1] Single[nb 1] Reached
number 1[nb 1]
Weeks at
number 1[nb 1]
Fame, GeorgieGeorgie Fame "Yeh Yeh" 1
The Moody Blues "Go Now" 2
The Righteous Brothers "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" 1
The Kinks "Tired of Waiting for You" 1
The Seekers "I'll Never Find Another You" 2
Jones, TomTom Jones "It's Not Unusual" 1
The Rolling Stones "The Last Time" 4
The Yardbirds "For Your Love"† 0.5[nb 7]1[nb 7]
Richard, CliffCliff Richard "The Minute You're Gone" 0.5[nb 7]1[nb 7]
The Beatles "Ticket to Ride" 5
Trent, JackieJackie Trent "Where Are You Now (My Love)" 1
Shaw, SandieSandie Shaw "Long Live Love" 2
The Everly Brothers "The Price of Love"† 1
Presley, ElvisElvis Presley "Crying in the Chapel" 2
The Hollies "I'm Alive" 2
The Byrds "Mr. Tambourine Man" 2
The Beatles "Help!" 4
Sonny & Cher "I Got You Babe" 1
The Rolling Stones "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" 3
Dodd, KenKen Dodd "Tears" 6
The Rolling Stones "Get Off of My Cloud" 3
Barry, LenLen Barry "1-2-3"† 1
The Seekers "The Carnival Is Over" 1
The Beatles "Day Tripper" / "We Can Work It Out" 5
Artist[nb 1] Single[nb 1] Reached
number 1[nb 1]
Weeks at
number 1[nb 1]
The Spencer Davis Group "Keep On Running" 3
The Overlanders "Michelle" 1
Sinatra, NancyNancy Sinatra "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" 1
The Rolling Stones "19th Nervous Breakdown"† 3
The Hollies "I Can't Let Go"† 1.5[nb 8]2[nb 8]
The Walker Brothers "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" 3.5[nb 8]4[nb 8]
The Spencer Davis Group "Somebody Help Me" 1
Springfield, DustyDusty Springfield "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" 2
Mann, ManfredManfred Mann "Pretty Flamingo" 3
The Rolling Stones "Paint It, Black" 1
Sinatra, FrankFrank Sinatra "Strangers in the Night" 3
The Beatles "Paperback Writer" 2
The Kinks "Sunny Afternoon" 2
Farlowe, ChrisChris Farlowe "Out of Time" 2
The Troggs "With a Girl Like You" 2
The Beatles "Yellow Submarine" / "Eleanor Rigby" 4
Small Faces "All or Nothing" 1
Reeves, JimJim Reeves "Distant Drums" 5
Four Tops "Reach Out I'll Be There" 3
The Beach Boys "Good Vibrations" 2
Jones, TomTom Jones "Green, Green Grass of Home" 7
Artist[nb 1] Single[nb 1] Reached
number 1[nb 1]
Weeks at
number 1[nb 1]
The Monkees "I'm a Believer" 4
Clark, PetulaPetula Clark "This Is My Song" 2
Humperdinck, EngelbertEngelbert Humperdinck "Release Me" 6
Sinatra, NancyNancy Sinatra and Frank Sinatra "Somethin' Stupid" 1
Shaw, SandieSandie Shaw "Puppet on a String" 4
The Tremeloes "Silence Is Golden" 3
Procol Harum "A Whiter Shade of Pale" 5
The Beatles "All You Need Is Love" 4
McKenzie, ScottScott McKenzie "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" 4
Humperdinck, EngelbertEngelbert Humperdinck "The Last Waltz" 6
Bee Gees "Massachusetts" 3
The Foundations "Baby Now That I've Found You" 3
Baldry, Long JohnLong John Baldry "Let the Heartaches Begin" 1
The Beatles "Hello, Goodbye" 6
Artist[nb 1] Single[nb 1] Reached
number 1[nb 1]
Weeks at
number 1[nb 1]
Fame, GeorgieGeorgie Fame "The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde" 1
Love Affair "Everlasting Love" 3
Mann, ManfredManfred Mann "Mighty Quinn" 2
Ofarim, Esther and AbiEsther and Abi Ofarim "Cinderella Rockefella" 4
The Beatles "Lady Madonna" 2
Richard, CliffCliff Richard "Congratulations" 1
Armstrong, LouisLouis Armstrong "What a Wonderful World" 4
Gary Puckett & The Union Gap "Young Girl" 5
The Rolling Stones "Jumpin' Jack Flash" 2
The Equals "Baby Come Back" 3
Tommy James and the Shondells "Mony Mony" 4
Jones, TomTom Jones "Help Yourself"† 2
Bee Gees "I've Gotta Get a Message to You" 1
The Beatles "Hey Jude" 3
Hopkin, MaryMary Hopkin "Those Were the Days" 5
Cocker, JoeJoe Cocker "With a Little Help from My Friends" 1
Montenegro, HugoHugo Montenegro "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" 1
Ryan, BarryBarry Ryan "Eloise"† 2
The Scaffold "Lily the Pink" 5
Artist[nb 1] Single[nb 1] Reached
number 1[nb 1]
Weeks at
number 1[nb 1]
Marmalade "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" 2
Fleetwood Mac "Albatross" 3
The Move "Blackberry Way" 1
Amen Corner "(If Paradise) Is Half as Nice 1
Sarstedt, PeterPeter Sarstedt "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?" 4
Gaye, MarvinMarvin Gaye "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" 3
Dekker, DesmondDesmond Dekker & The Aces "Israelites" 2
The Beatles with Billy Preston "Get Back" 5
Roe, TommyTommy Roe "Dizzy" 2
The Beatles "The Ballad of John and Yoko" 2
Thunderclap Newman "Something in the Air" 2
Presley, ElvisElvis Presley "In the Ghetto"‡ 1
The Rolling Stones "Honky Tonk Women" 5
Zager and Evans "In The Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)" 3
Creedence Clearwater Revival "Bad Moon Rising" 3
Gentry, BobbieBobbie Gentry "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" 3
The Archies "Sugar, Sugar" 2
Fleetwood Mac "Oh Well"‡ 1
The Archies "Sugar, Sugar" 2
Wonder, StevieStevie Wonder "Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday"‡ 1
Rogers, KennyKenny Rogers and The First Edition "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town"‡ 1
Harris, RolfRolf Harris "Two Little Boys" 6




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