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The UK's Top 10 Best Selling Songs of 1973
The UK's Top 10 best selling songs of 1973 certainly made for strange bedfellows considering the music that was on offer during this particular year.
You probably could not invent a list of ten songs as diverse as those that attracted the attention of the UK's record buying public during 1973. Who would have thought that Slade, The Simon Park Orchestra and Donny Osmond could end up appearing on the same listing? But, that is precisely what happened.
[Note: These songs have not been selected as my favourites of this year, but to demonstrate which records sold the most during 1973.
Tie A Yellow Ribbon: Dawn Ft. Tony Orlando
Written by Irwin Levine and L. Russell Brown, Tie a Yellow Ribbon (Round the Ole Oak Tree) was a massive worldwide hit in 1973 for Dawn featuring Tony Orlando.
It reached Number One on both the US and UK charts for four weeks in April 1973, and Number One on the Australian charts for seven weeks from May to July 1973. It was the top selling song for the year 1973 in both the US and UK.
The song lists at Number 37 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of all time.
Eye Level: The Simon Park Orchestra
Eye Level was selected by Thames Television in England to be the theme tune for the Netherlands based detective series, Van der Valk. The work was based on a Dutch nursery rhyme which Simon Park arranged for his own orchestra.
As a result of the popularity of the TV show, this instrumental became one of the biggest hits of 1973 in Great Britain.
Welcome Home: Peters and Lee
Coming after their success on the British TV talent show Opportunity Knocks, Peters and Lee recorded the former French language song Welcome Home.
It became the duo's one and only Number One song in the UK, spending a single week at the top in July 1973.
Block Buster!: The Sweet
Block Buster! was written by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman and was The Sweet's sole UK Number One hit, along with becoming one of glam rock's biggest hits of 1973.
Released in January, it spent five weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart and also made Number One in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Ireland.
Outside Europe it fared less well, as it peaked at Number 29 in Australia and at Number 73 on the American Billboard Hot 100.
Cum On Feel The Noize: Slade
Written by band members Jim Lea and Noddy Holder, Cum on Feel the Noize was Slade's fourth Number One single in the UK and their first to enter the chart at Number One. Quite a rare feat at the time, as it was the first occasion this had happened since The Beatles with Get Back in 1969.
It went on to spend four weeks at the top of the chart in March 1973. Typical of Slade's releases at the time, it fared less well in the USA, where it would only peak at Number 98 on the Billboard Hot 100.
I Love You Love Me Love: Gary Glitter
Written by Gary Glitter with Mike Leander, I Love You Love Me Love was the now-disgraced Glitter's second Number One song in the UK, spending four weeks at the top of the chart in November 1973.
It was also the last of his four hits of 1973.
See My Baby Jive: Wizzard
Written and produced by lead singer, Roy Wood, See My Baby Jive was the second single by Wood's band and their first to reach Number One in the UK, spending four weeks at the top of the chart in May.
Although the follow-up, Angel Fingers, also topped the British charts, it did not sell enough copies to register as one of the top 10 songs of 1973.
Several of Wizzard's recordings are deeply indebted to Phil Spector's Wall of Sound.
I'm the Leader of the Gang (I Am): Gary Glitter
Written by Gary Glitter and Mike Leander, I'm The Leader Of The Gang (I Am) was Glitter's first Number One single in the UK, spending four weeks at the top of the chart in July 1973.
The song is a Glam Rock anthem and typical of Glitter's early Seventies output, based on a simple mid-tempo rhythm and loud chanted backing vocals.
The Twelfth of Never: Donny Osmond
Written by Jerry Livingston and Paul Francis Webster, The Twelfth of Never had previously been recorded successfully by the likes of Johnny Mathis and Cliff Richard.
During the era of Osmondmania, Donny Osmond recorded his version which reached the summit of the UK Charts for a single week in March.
Although the Osmonds were all over the music charts at this time, none of their other recordings managed to secure a spot in this list of the top 1973 hits.
Daydreamer/Puppy Song: David Cassidy
Daydreamer was David Cassidy's second and final Number One single in the UK, spending three weeks at the top of the chart in October, 1973.
The song was a double-A side with a version of Harry Nilsson's Puppy Song on the reverse.
The 1973 Poll
Meanwhile, in the United States...
1. Dawn ft. Tony Orlando
Tie A Yellow Ribbon ('Round the Ole Oak Tree)
2. Jim Croce
Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
3. Roberta Flack
Killing Me Softly With His Song
4. Marvin Gaye
Let's Get It On
5. Paul McCartney & Wings
6. Kris Kristofferson
7. Elton John
8. Billy Preston
Will It Go Round in Circles
9. Carly Simon
You're So Vain
10. Diana Ross
Touch Me in the Morning
Major Grammy Winners of 1973
- Record of the Year: Killing Me Softly With His Song - Roberta Flack
- Album of the Year: Innervisions - Stevie Wonder
- Song of the Year: Killing Me Softly With His Song
- Best New Artist of the Year: Bette Midler
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© 2007 Richard
Your Thoughts on the Top 10 Songs of 1973
Carolan Ross from St. Louis, MO on October 24, 2011:
Was music THAT different from the US to the UK? Guess so, cause the US list you included sounded MUCH more familiar, knew them all. :-) Wondering why you picked that year 1973 bestselling singles - twas a significant year for me.
Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on October 24, 2011:
I'd only heard of three of these songs (I'm from the U.S.) but good recap of 1973!
jetliu123 on September 08, 2011:
brings back good old memories
Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on July 16, 2011:
Some classic songs in 1973, and some I would prefer to forget as well. Nice to see The Who performing 5:15 on TOTP. Great job, great memories, and blessed.
outsource123 on January 30, 2011:
I Love this lens. Since I love music.
Holley Web on November 30, 2009:
I love this lens! Slades version of "Cum on feel the noize" was awesome! Tie a Yellow Ribbon is an all time favorite too.
The Homeopath on July 27, 2008:
I remember when I was very young, I got to stay up late once a week to watch the Tony Orlando and Dawn show on TV!!! It was a VERY big deal for me at the time.