The UK's Top 10 Best Selling Songs of 1975
The UK's Top 10 best selling songs of 1975 certainly made for strange companions considering what music was on offer during this particular year.
You probably could not create a list of ten songs as diverse as those that captured the attention of the record buying public during 1975. Who would have thought that Rod Stewart, Tammy Wynette and the Bay City Rollers could end up appearing on the same countdown? But, that is exactly what happened.
Note that these songs have not been picked as my favourites of this year, but to show which records sold the most during 1975.
1. "Bye Bye Baby" by the Bay City Rollers
This was the first UK Number One song for this Scottish band and it went on to spend six weeks at the summit of the UK Singles Chart.
A remake of the US 1965 hit by The Four Seasons, Bye Bye Baby eventually sold one million copies.
The Bay City Rollers' fanatical teen following ensured that the track became the best selling song of 1975.
2. "Sailing" by Rod Stewart
Originally recorded by the Sutherland Brothers and written by Gavin Sutherland, Sailing spent four weeks at Number One in the UK during September 1975.
It was Stewart's third UK Number One song and it subsequently returned to the Top 5 the following year when the track was used as the theme music to the BBC documentary Sailor. Because of this, the single continues to be Rod Stewart's biggest selling track in the UK.
3. "I Can't Give You Anything (But My Love)" by The Stylistics
Although The Stylistics had enjoyed immense success on both sides of the Atlantic, by this time their popularity in the US had begun to wane. However, the UK still loved them and sent this song to Number One for three weeks in August.
Their popularity was such that the The Stylistics also captured the top spot for Best Selling Album of the Year with their Best Of collection.
4. "Whispering Grass" by Windsor Davies & Don Estelle
Possibly one of the most unlikely Number One hits of 1975 was this song by actors Davies and Estelle. Its popularity was wholly due to a successful BBC comedy show in which they both starred called It Ain't Half Hot Mum.
Originally recorded by The Ink Spots in 1940, this version of Whispering Grass went on to enjoy three weeks atop the Singles Chart during June.
5. "Stand By Your Man" by Tammy Wynette
Bizarrely, country music suddenly hit the top of the UK Singles Chart in 1975. It came in the shape of Tammy Wynette with her call to action song Stand By Your Man.
Originally a hit in the US in 1968 (hence the bird's nest hairdo in the video), the song was not unleashed on the British public until 1975. It soon glided its way to Number One in May and stayed there for three weeks. Quite possibly Tammy Wynette's trademark song.
6. "Give A Little Love" by the Bay City Rollers
By this time, Rollermania was in full swing and was being compared to Beatlemania from a decade earlier. Screaming girls waving tartan scarves and wearing ankle length tartan trousers were everywhere, ensuring the group of its second Number One single of the year.
It remained at the summit of the charts for three weeks, but proved to be the band's final Number One. By 1977, the hits had dried up and the group was in disarray.
7. "Hold Me Close" by David Essex
Another teen idol, David Essex was now at the height of his popularity in the UK. This song soared to the top of the Singles Chart in October and stayed there for three weeks.
The track appears on Essex's album All the Fun of the Fair and was his second and final Number One in the UK following the success of Gonna Make You A Star.
8. I Only Have Eyes For You: Art Garfunkel
This was Art Garfunkel's first hit in the UK as a soloist and his first to reach Number One. It's a remake of a 1934 tune used in the movie Dames and has since been recorded by several artists - most notably The Flamingos, who had a Top Twenty US hit with it in 1959.
Garfunkel's version also hit the Top Twenty in the US, but reigned supreme in the UK for two weeks beginning at the end of October.
9. "The Last Farewell" by Roger Whittaker
The only single on the Top 10 year end chart not to have reached Number One during the year is this MOR ballad by Roger Whittaker.
The song had been recorded four years earlier in response to Whittaker's request to radio listeners to send in lyrics to his show so that he could write songs around them. One of his selections was The Last Farewell, which subsequently began to get radio airplay in the US during the Spring of '75. It soon became a major hit, finally reaching the lower part of the Billboard Top 20.
Its success there was surpassed in the UK, when the song peaked at Number Two in September and became Whittaker's best known recording.
10. "I'm Not in Love" by 10cc
I'm Not in Love was the second of three UK Number 1 songs for 10cc during the 1970s.
Not only was it successful at home, but it was also one of a very few of their singles that sold well in the US, too. There, it peaked at Number 2 for three consecutive weeks, denied a top placing by Van McCoy, The Eagles and the Bee Gees.
1975: UK Number One Songs and Artists
Lonely This Christmas - Mud (2 weeks 1974 + 2 weeks 1975)
Down Down - Status Quo (1)
Ms Grace - The Tymes (1)
January - Pilot (3)
Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me) - Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel (2)
If - Telly Savalas (2)
Bye, Bye, Baby (Baby Goodbye) - Bay City Rollers (6)
Oh Boy - Mud (2)
Stand by Your Man - Tammy Wynette (3)
Whispering Grass - Windsor Davies & Don Estelle (3)
I'm Not in Love - 10cc (2)
Tears on My Pillow (I Can't Take It) - Johnny Nash (1)
Give a Little Love - Bay City Rollers (3)
Barbados - Typically Tropical (1)
Can't Give You Anything (But My Love) - The Stylistics (3)
Sailing - Rod Stewart (4)
Hold Me Close - David Essex (3)
I Only Have Eyes for You - Art Garfunkel (2)
Space Oddity - David Bowie (2)
D.I.V.O.R.C.E. - Billy Connolly (1)
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen (5 weeks 1975 + 4 weeks 1976)
PS: The 1975 Top Sellers in the USA
The US Top 10 Best Selling Singles for 1975
1. Love Will Keep Us Together: The Captain and Tennille
2. Rhinestone Cowboy: Glen Campbell
3. Philadelphia Freedom: Elton John
4. Before the Next Teardrop Falls: Freddy Fender
5. My Eyes Adored You: Frankie Valli
6. Shining Star: Earth Wind and Fire
7. Fame: David Bowie
8. Laughter In the Rain: Neil Sedaka
9. One of These Nights: The Eagles
10. Thank God, I'm a Country Boy: John Denver
Album of the Year: Still Crazy After All These Years - Paul Simon
Song of the Year: Send in the Clowns
Best New Artist of the Year: Natalie Cole
© 2007 Richard
Your Comments Are Welcomed!
Debbie from England on November 24, 2011:
Bye Bye Baby the little Angel sang as she blessed this lens and went on her way... :)
Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on September 21, 2011:
I forgot about some of these songs, thanks for the memories and a great lens. Ah Whispering Grass, I used to love It Ain't Half Hot Mum. Blessed and well deserved.
jetliu123 on September 08, 2011:
cooland great music
outsource123 on January 30, 2011:
Great Lens!! I love music.
jolielaide75 on November 12, 2010:
I think that this lens is cool because this is what was going on in the year I was born! Even though I wasn't really old enough to appreciate these songs, it's cool to know what was going on when I was a baby
Treasures By Brenda from Canada on July 03, 2010:
I did the math and I wasn't that into music yet in 1975 but some of these songs went on to become classics, didn't they. (Listening to Sailor right now and definitely know that song!)
Holley Web on September 13, 2009:
Oh yeah! My faves are on this list.. won't telling that secret though :) Great job!
anonymous on July 08, 2009:
Excellent lens! 5***** I actually knew a few of these artists and I live in the U.S.
Andy-Po on July 08, 2009:
Excellent. That brought back memories
Achim Thiemermann from Austin, Texas on May 03, 2008:
Oh, my..."I'm not in love" brought back a lot of memories...I didn't know I was this old already...lol Wonderful lens! *****etc.