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1970s No2s

70sThe decade that fashion likes to forget, spawned 143 No2s.  Some classics, some stinkers!

Our list includes tracks by some of the biggest acts of the decade, T Rex, Slade, Rod Stewart, Boney M, Queen and Abba.

Hits that failed to make No1 include The Beatles ‘Let it Be’, the Stones ‘Brown Sugar’, Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’, Ralph McTell’s ‘Streets of London’, and Squeeze’s ‘Cool for Cats’.

70s4Darts were the first proper band I ever saw live, at the Victoria Hall in Hanley.  They scored three No2 Hit Singles in the 70s.  In 1978 they sold more concert tickets than any other act in the UK.

In 2012 they briefly reunited for a couple of gigs.  They never did bag a No1.

This photo is nothing to do with the band - I just thought you should be reminded just how bad the clothes of the 70s really were.

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‘Come Back My Love’ by Darts

 

 

Chart W/E

Track

Artist

Stopped by

188

17/01/70

Suspicious Minds

Elvis Presley

Two Little Boys - Rolf Harris

189

14/02/70

Leavin’ on a Jet Plane

Peter, Paul & Mary

Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) - Edison Lighthouse

190

21/02/70

Let’s Work Together

Canned Heat

Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) - Edison Lighthouse

191

07/03/70

I Want You Back

The Jackson 5

Wandrin’ Star - Lee Marvin

192

14/03/70

Let It Be

The Beatles

Wandrin’ Star - Lee Marvin

193

04/04/70

Knock Knock, Who’s There

Mary Hopkin

Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkle

194

30/05/70

Question

The Moody Blues

Back Home -  England World Cup Squad

195

27/06/70

Grovin’ with Mr. Bloe

Mr. Bloe

In the Summertime - Mungo Jerry

196

04/07/70

All Right Now

Free

In the Summertime - Mungo Jerry, The Wonder of You - Elvis Presley

197

08/08/70

Lola

The Kinks

The Wonder of You - Elvis Presley

198

15/08/70

Neanderthal Man

Hotlegs

The Wonder of You - Elvis Presley

199

03/10/70

You Can Get it if You Really Want

Desmond Dekker & The Aces

Band of Gold - Freda Payne

200

17/10/70

Black Night

Deep Purple

Band of Gold - Freda Payne

201

31/10/70

Patches

Clarence Carter

Woodstock - Matthews Southern Comfort

202

12/12/70

When I’m Dead and Gone

McGuinness Flint

I Hear You Knocking - Dave Edmunds

203

23/01/71

Ride a White Swan

T Rex

Grandad - Clive Dunn

204

06/02/71

Pushbike Song

Mixtures

My Sweet Lord - George Harrison

205

13/03/71

Another Day

Paul McCartney

Baby Jump - Mungo Jerry, Hot Love - T Rex

206

03/04/71

Bridget the Midget (The Queen of the Blues)

Ray Stevens

Hot Love - T Rex

207

15/05/71

Brown Sugar/Bitch/Let it Rock

The Rolling Stones

Knock Three Times - Dawn

208

05/06/71

Indiana Wants Me

R Dean Taylor

Knock Three Times - Dawn

209

12/06/71

I Did What I Did for Maria

Tony Christie

Knock Three Times - Dawn, Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep - Middle of the Road

210

03/07/71

Don’t Let it Die

Hurricane Smith

Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep - Middle of the Road

211

10/07/71

Co-co

The Sweet

Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep - Middle of the Road

212

07/08/71

Never Ending Song of Love

The New Seekers

Get It On - T Rex. I’m Still Waiting - Diana Ross

213

25/09/71

Did You Ever

Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood

Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me - The Tams

214

16/10/71

Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum

Middle of the Road

Maggie May/Reason to Believe - Rod Stewart

215

23/10/71

The Witch Queen of New Orleans

Redbone

Maggie May/Reason to Believe - Rod Stewart

216

20/11/71

Till

Tom Jones

Coz I Luv You - Slade

217

27/11/71

Jeepster

T Rex

Coz I Luv You - Slade, Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West) - Benny Hill

218

15/01/72

Mother of Mine

Neil Reid

I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony) - The New Seekers

219

04/03/72

American Pie

Don McLean

Son of My Father - Chicory Tip, Without You - Nilsson

220

25/03/72

Beg, Steal or Borrow

The New Seekers

Without You - Nilsson

221

29/04/72

Back Off Boogaloo

Ringo Starr

Amazing Grace - The Pipes & Drums & The Military Band of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

222

13/05/72

Come What May

Vicky Leandros

Amazing Grace - The Pipes & Drums & The Military Band of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

223

27/05/72

Could it Be Forever/Cherish

David Cassidy

Metal Guru - T Rex

224

03/06/72

Rocket Man

Elton John

Metal Guru - T Rex

225

08/07/72

Rock & Roll Parts 1 & 2

Gary Glitter

Puppy Love - Donny Osmond

226

29/07/72

Sylvia’s Mother

Dr Hook & The Medicine Show

Puppy Love - Donny Osmond

227

12/08/72

Sea Side Shuffle

Terry Dactyl & The Dinosaurs

School’s Out - Alice Cooper

228

23/09/72

Children of the Revolution

T Rex

Mama Weer All Crazee Now - Slade, How Can I Be Sure - David Cassidy

229

21/10/72

Donna

10cc

Mouldy Old Dough - Lieutenant Pigeon

230

25/11/72

Crazy Horses

The Osmonds

My Ding-a-ling - Chuck Berry

231

16/12/72

Gudbuy T’Jane

Slade

My Ding-a-ling - Chuck Berry

232

06/01/73

Solid Gold Easy Action

T Rex

Long Haired Lover from Liverpool - Little Jimmy Osmond

233

13/01/73

The Jean Genie

David Bowie

Long Haired Lover from Liverpool - Little Jimmy Osmond

234

03/02/73

Do You Wanna Touch Me? (Oh Yeah!)

Gary Glitter

Blockbuster - The Sweet

235

17/02/73

Part of the Union

The Strawbs

Blockbuster - The Sweet, Cum On Feel the Noize - Slade

236

10/03/73

Cindy Incidentally

The Faces

Cum On Feel the Noize - Slade

237

21/04/73

Hello! Hello! I’m Back Again

Gary Glitter

Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree - Dawn Featuring Tony Orlando

238

12/05/73

Hell Raiser

The Sweet

Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree - Dawn Featuring Tony Orlando, See My Baby Jive - Wizzard

239

18/08/73

Yesterday Once More

The Carpenters

I’m the Leader of the Gang (I am!) - Gary Glitter, Young Love - Donny Osmond

240

01/09/73

Dancing on a Saturday Night

Barry Blue

Young Love - Donny Osmond

241

22/09/73

Ballroom Blitz

The Sweet

Angel Fingers - Wizzard, Eye Level - Simon Park Orchestra

242

13/10/73

My Friend Stan

Slade

Eye Level - Simon Park Orchestra

243

10/11/73

Let Me In

The Osmonds

Daydreamer/Puppy Song - David Cassidy, I Love You Love Me Love - Gary Glitter

244

01/12/73

My Coo-ca-choo

Alvin Stardust

I Love You Love Me Love - Gary Glitter

245

08/12/73

Paper Roses

Marie Osmond

I Love You Love Me Love - Gary Glitter

246

19/01/74

The Show Must Go On

Leo Sayer

You Won’t Find Another Fool Like Me - The New Seekers Featuring Lyn Paul

247

26/01/74

Teenage Rampage

The Sweet

Tiger Feet - Mud

248

23/03/74

The Air That I Breathe

The Hollies

Billy, Don’t Be a Hero - Paper Lace

249

30/03/74

The Most Beautiful Girl

Charlie Rich

Billy, Don’t Be a Hero - Paper Lace

250

20/04/74

The Cat Crept In

Mud

Seasons in the Sun - Terry Jacks, Waterloo - Abba

251

25/05/74

Shang-a-Lang

Bay City Rollers

Sugar Baby Love - Rubettes

252

01/06/74

This Town Ain’t Big Enough for Both of Us

Sparks

Sugar Baby Love - Rubettes

253

15/06/74

Hey Rock and Roll

Showaddywaddy

The Streak - Ray Stevens

254

06/07/74

Kissin’ in the Back Row

The Drifters

She - Charles Aznavour

255

03/08/74

Born with a Smile on My Face

Stephanie De Sykes & Rain

Rock Your Baby - George McCrae

256

24/08/74

You Make Me Feel Brand New

The Stylistics

When Will I See You Again - The Three Degrees,

257

07/09/74

I’m Leaving It All Up to You

Donny & Marie Osmond

Love Me for a Reason - The Osmonds

258

12/10/74

Rock Me Gently

Andy Kim

Annie’s Song - John Denver

259

26/10/74

Far Far Away

Slade

Everything I Own - Ken Boothe

260

16/11/74

Killer Queen

Queen

Gonna Make You a Star - David Essex

261

14/12/74

Oh Yes! You’re Beautiful

Gary Glitter

You’re the First, the Last, My Everything - Barry White

262

21/12/74

You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

Bachman-Turner Overdrive

Lonely This Christmas - Mud

263

04/01/75

Wombling Merry Christmas

Wombles

Lonely This Christmas - Mud

264

11/01/75

Streets of London

Ralph McTell

Lonely This Christmas - Mud, Down Down - Status Quo

265

25/01/75

Never Can Say Goodbye

Gloria Gaynor

Ms. Grace - Tymes

266

08/02/75

Goodbye My Love

Glitter Band

January - Pilot

267

15/02/75

Please Mr. Postman

The Carpenters

January - Pilot

268

29/03/75

There’s a Whole Lot of Loving

Guys & Dolls

Bye Bye Baby - Bay City Rollers

269

12/04/75

Fox on the Run

The Sweet

Bye Bye Baby - Bay City Rollers

270

03/05/75

Lovin’ You

Minnie Riperton

Oh Boy - Mud

271

14/06/75

Three Steps to Heaven

Showaddywaddy

Whispering Grass - Windsor Davies & Don Estelle

272

12/07/75

Misty

Ray Stevens

Tears on My Pillow - Johnny Nash

273

13/09/75

The Last Farewell

Roger Whittaker

Sailing - Rod Stewart

274

20/09/75

Moonlighting

Leo Sayer

Sailing - Rod Stewart

275

08/11/75

Love is the Drug

Roxy Music

Space Oddity - David Bowie

276

29/11/75

You Sexy Thing

Hot Chocolate

Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

277

20/12/75

The Trail of the Lonesome Pine

Laurel & Hardy with the Avalon Brothers featuring Chill Wills

Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

278

27/12/75

I Believe in Father Christmas

Greg Lake

Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

279

17/01/76

Glass of Champagne

Sailor

Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

280

20/03/76

Convoy

C. W. McCall

I Love to Love - Tina Charles

281

27/03/76

Love Really Hurts Without You

Billy Ocean

Save Your Kisses for Me - Brotherhood of Man

282

03/04/76

You See the Trouble with Me

Barry White

Save Your Kisses for Me - Brotherhood of Man

283

12/06/76

Silly Love Songs

Wings

Combine Harvester - The Wurzels

284

03/07/76

You Just Might See Me Cry

Our Kid

You to Me are Everything - Real Thing

285

10/07/76

Young Hearts Run Free

Candi Staton

You to Me are Everything - Real Thing

286

24/07/76

A Little Bit More

Dr. Hook

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John & Kiki Dee

287

28/08/76

Let ‘Em In

Wings

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John & Kiki Dee, Dancing Queen - Abba

288

18/09/76

The Killing of Georgie

Rod Stewart

Dancing Queen - Abba

289

25/09/76

Can’t Get By Without You

Real Thing

Dancing Queen - Abba

290

23/10/76

When Forever Has Gone

Demis Roussos

Mississippi - Pussycat

291

20/11/76

You Make Me Feel Like Dancing

Leo Sayer

If You Leave Me Now - Chicago

292

11/12/76

Somebody to Love

Queen

Under the Moon of Love - Showaddywaddy

293

05/03/77

Boogie Nights

Heatwave

When I Need You - Leo Sayer

294

02/04/77

Going In with My Eyes Open

David Soul

Knowing Me, Knowing You - Abba

295

23/04/77

Red Light Spells Danger

Billy Ocean

Knowing Me, Knowing You - Abba

296

07/05/77

Sir Duke

Stevie Wonder

Free - Deniece Williams

297

28/05/77

Ain’t Gonna Bump No More

Joe Tex

I Don’t Want to Talk About It/First Cut is the Deepest - Rod Stewart

298

11/06/77

God Save the Queen

The Sex Pistols

I Don’t Want to Talk About It/First Cut is the Deepest - Rod Stewart

299

16/07/77

Fanfare for the Common Man

Emerson, Lake & Palmer

So You Win Again - Hot Chocolate

300

30/07/77

Ma Baker

Boney M

I Feel Love - Donna Summer

301

20/08/77

You Got What it Takes

Showaddywaddy

Angelo - Brotherhood of Man

302

10/09/77

Magic Fly

Space

Way Down - Elvis Presley

303

15/10/77

Black is Black

La Belle Epoque

Silver Lady - David Soul, Yes Sir I Can Boogie - Baccara

304

19/11/77

We Are the Champions

Queen

Name of the Game - Abba, Mull of Kintyre/Girls’ School - Wings

305

10/12/77

Floral Dance

Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band

Mull of Kintyre/Girls’ School - Wings

306

04/03/78

Come Back My Love

Darts

Take a Chance on Me - Abba

307

25/03/78

Denis

Blondie

Wuthering Heights - Kate Bush, Matchstalk Men & Matchstalk Cats & Dogs - Brian & Michael

308

15/04/78

I Wonder Why

Showaddywaddy

Matchstalk Men & Matchstalk Cats & Dogs - Brian & Michael

309

03/06/78

The Boy from New York City

Darts

Rivers of Babylon/Brown Girl in the Ring - Boney M

310

24/06/78

The Smurf Song

Father Abraham& The Smurfs

You’re the One That I Want - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John

311

05/08/78

Substitute

Clout

You’re the One That I Want - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John

312

02/09/78

It’s Raining

Darts

Three Times a Lady - The Commodores

313

07/10/78

Love Don’t Live Here Anymore

Rose Royce

Summer Nights - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John

314

21/10/78

Rasputin

Boney M

Summer Nights - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John

315

04/11/78

Sandy

John Travolta

Summer Nights - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John

316

18/11/78

Hopelessly Devoted to You

Olivia Newton-John

Rat Trap - The Boomtoen Rats

317

10/02/79

Chiquitita

Abba

Heart of Glass - Blondie

318

10/03/79

Oliver’s Army

Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Tragedy - The Bee Gees, I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor

319

31/03/79

In the Navy

The Village People

I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor

320

14/04/79

Cool for Cats

Squeeze

Bright Eyes - Art Garfunkel

321

21/04/79

Some Girls

Racey

Bright Eyes - Art Garfunkel

322

12/05/79

Pop Muzik

M

Bright Eyes - Art Garfunkel

323

26/05/79

Dance Away

Roxy Music

Sunday Girl - Blondie

324

07/07/79

Up the Junction

Squeeze

Are ‘Friends’ Electric? - Tubeway Army

325

14/07/79

Silly Games

Janet Kay

Are ‘Friends’ Electric? - Tubeway Army

326

04/08/79

Can’t Stand Losing You

The Police

I Don’t Like Mondays - The Boomtown Rats

327

08/09/79

Bang Bang

B. A. Robertson

We Don’t Talk Anymore - Cliff Richard

328

06/10/79

Dreaming

Blondie

Message in a Bottle - The Police

329

24/11/79

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Queen

When You’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman - Dr. Hook

330

22/12/79

I Have a Dream

Abba

Another Brick in the Wall Part 2 - Pink Floyd

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