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The Hit Parade


In an intriguing compare-and-contrast display of what constituted popular and critical taste in music just before punk came along, here are two all-time top 100 singles charts compiled within a two-month period in 1975/76. The first is from listeners to Capital Radio ('in tune with nothing', as the Clash were soon to sneer), the second from the hacks at the NME, supposedly the hippest and most cynical of the rock rags. What surprises me is the level of similarity between the two - this is the pre-punk consensus.


Capital Radio
All Time Top 100
as voted by listeners to London's Capital Radio
and broadcast 1 January 1976

vs.

Capital Radio
Hot 100
as voted by writers on the NME
and published 28 February 1976

1
I'm Not In Love
10cc

1
Like A Rolling Stone
Bob Dylan

2
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Simon & Garfunkel

2
Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane
The Beatles

3
Hey Jude
The Beatles

3
River Deep Mountain High
Ike & Tina Turner

4
Layla
Derek & the Dominoes

4
I Get Around/Don't Worry Baby
The Beach Boys

5
Without You
Nilsson

5
My Generation
The Who

6
Whiter Shade Of Pale
Procul Harum

6
I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Marvin Gaye

7
Maggie May
Rod Stewart

7
Satisfaction
The Rolling Stones

8
Nights In White Satin
The Moody Blues

8
Good Vibrations
The Beach Boys

9
Bohemian Rhapsody
Queen

9
Tracks Of My Tears
The Miracles

10
All Right Now
Free

10
Dancing In The Street
Martha & The Vandellas


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11
Satisfaction
The Rolling Stones

11
Layla
Derek & The Dominoes

12
Brown Sugar
The Rolling Stones

12
Positively 4th Street
Bob Dylan

13
Your Song
Elton John

13
You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling
The Righteous Brothers

14
Good Vibrations
The Beach Boys

14
Brown Sugar
The Rolling Stones

15
Space Oddity
David Bowie

15
Honky Tonk Women
The Rolling Stones

16
American Pie
Don McLean

16
Stitting On The Dock Of A Bay
Otis Redding

17
Albatross
Fleetwood Mac

17
Going To A Go Go
The Miracles

18
Let It Be
The Beatles

18
When A Man Loves A Woman
Percy Sledge

19
You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling
The Righteous Brothers

19
Substitute
The Who

20
I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Marvin Gaye

20
Gimme Some Loving
Spencer Davis Group


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21
Yesterday
The Beatles

21
Jumping Jack Flash
The Rolling Stones

22
My Sweet Lord
George Harrison

22
Walk On By
Dionne Warwick

23
Strawberry Fields Forever
The Beatles

23
I Can't Explain
The Who

24
Like A Rolling Stone
Bob Dylan

24
Reach Out - I'll Be There
The Four Tops

25
River Deep Mountain High
Ike & Tina Turner

25
Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out
The Beatles

26
House Of The Rising Sun
The Animals

26
With A Little Help From My Friends
Joe Cocker

27
Pretty Woman
Roy Orbison

27
I Say A Little Prayer
Aretha Franklin

28
Lay Lady Lay
Bob Dylan

28
All Along The Watchtower
Jimi Hendrix

29
My Generation
The Who

29
In The Midnight Hour
Wilson Pickett

30
Virginia Plain
Roxy Music

30
California Girls
The Beach Boys


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31
MacArthur Park
Richard Harris

31
Green Onions
Booker T & The MGs

32
Imagine
John Lennon

32
You Really Got Me
The Kinks

33
Honky Tonk Women
The Rolling Stones

33
Be My Baby
The Ronettes

34
Jailhouse Rock
Elvis Presley

34
Cold Turkey
Plastic Ono Band

35
Killer Queen
Queen

35
Come Together/Something
The Beatles

36
Killing Me Softly
Roberta Flack

36
Pinball Wizard
The Who

37
She Loves You
The Beatles

37
I Can See For Miles
The Who

38
Life On Mars
David Bowie

38
Hey Jude
The Beatles

39
Rocket Man
Elton John

39
Maggie May
Rod Stewart

40
See Emily Play
The Pink Floyd

40
Roadrunner
Jr Walker & The All-Stars


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41
Where Do You Go To, My Lovely?
Peter Sarstedt

41
Not Fade Away
The Rolling Stones

42
Dock Of The Bay
Otis Redding

42
Mr Tambourine Man
The Byrds

43
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Elton John

43
Louie Louie
The Kingsmen

44
Here Comes The Sun
The Beatles

44
My Girl
Otis Redding

45
Pinball Wizard
The Who

45
Do You Believe In Magic?
The Lovin' Spoonful

46
Itchycoo Park
The Small Faces

46
Lola
The KInks

47
Stairway To Heaven
Led Zeppelin

47
Whiter Shade Of Pale
Procul Harum

48
Penny Lane
The Beatles

48
Where Did Our Love Go?
The Supremes

49
Sound Of Silence
Simon & Garfunkel

49
Light My Fire
The Doors

50
Runaway
Del Shannon

50
All I Have To Do Is Dream/Claudette
Everly Brothers


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51
Candle In The Wind
Elton John

51
Purple Haze
Jimi Hendrix

52
Vincent
Don McLean

52
See Emily Play
The Pink Floyd

53
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Roberta Flack

53
Heartbreak Hotel
Elvis Presley

54
Something In The Air
Thunderclap Newman

54
Hey Joe
Jimi Hendrix

55
When Will I See You Again
The Three Degrees

55
He's So Fine
The Chiffons

56
The Boxer
Simon & Garfunkel

56
All The Young Dudes
Mott The Hoople

57
My Way
Frank Sinatra

57=
Under The Boardwalk
The Drifters

58
When A Man Loves A Woman
Percy Sledge

57=
Subterranean Homesick Blues
Bob Dylan

59
Young Girl
Gary Puckett & The Union Gap

59
Respect
Aretha Franklin

60
Rock Around The Clock
Bill Haley & His Comets

60=
Walk On The Wild Side
Lou Reed


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61
The Way We Were
Gladys Knight & The Pips

60=
She Loves You
The Beatles

62
Long And Winding Road
The Beatles

62=
That'll Be The Day
Buddy Holly

63
Mr Tambourine Man
The Byrds

62=
You Keep Me Hanging On
Vanilla Fudge

64
Won't Get Fooled Again
The Who

62=
Summer In The City
The Lovin' Spoonful

65
Riders On The Storm
The Doors

65
Shakin' All Over
Johnny Kidd & The Pirates

66
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
Stevie Wonder

66=
Eight Miles High
The Byrds

67
The Air That I Breathe
The Hollies

66=
Pictures Of Lily
The Who

68
San Francisco
Scott MacKenzie

68
Paperback Writer
The Beatles

69
It's Over
Roy Orbison

69
He's A Rebel
The Crystals

70
I Wanna Hold Your Hand
The Beatles

70
Uptight
Stevie Wonder


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71
Angie
The Rolling Stones

71
It's All Over now
The Rolling Stones

72
Cathy's Clown
The Everly Brothers

72=
Dead End Street
The Kinks

73
All You Need Is Love
The Beatles

72=
I Never Loved A Man
Aretha Franklin

74
Nutbush City Limits
Ike & Tina Turner

74
Baby I Love You
The Ronettes

75
Eleanor Rigby
The Beatles

75
Mystery Train
Elvis Presley

76
Apache
The Shadows

76
House Of The Rising Sun
The Animals

77
How Long
Ace

77
Get Off My Cloud
The Rolling Stones

78
Only The Lonely
Roy Orbison

78
Papa Was A Rolling Stone
The Temptations

79
I'm Still Waiting
Diana Ross

79=
Ain't That Peculiar
Marvin Gaye

80
In A Broken Dream
Python Lee Jackson

79=
Big Girls Don't Cry


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81
Tears Of A Clown
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

81
Hello Goodbye/I Am The Walrus
The Beatles

82
God Only Knows
The Beach Boys

82=
Itchycoo Park
The Small Faces

83
Get Back
The Beatles

82=
Go Now
The Moody Blues

84
Honey
Bobby Goldsboro

84
Peggy Sue
Buddy Holly

85
Reach Out I'll Be There
The Four Tops

85
Something In The Air
Thunderclap Newman

86
Spirit In The Sky
Norman Greenbaum

86
The Israelites
Desmond Dekker

87
Rock Me Baby
George McCrae

87
Clean Up Woman
Betty Wright

88
Heartbreak Hotel
Elvis Presley

88
Cathy's Clown
The Everly Brothers

89
She's Gone
Daryl Hall & John Oates

89
Have You Seen Her?
The Chi-Lites

90
Go Now
The Moody Blues

90
See My Friend
The Kinks


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91
I Only Have Eyes For You
Art Garfunkel

91=
Out Of Sight
James Brown

92
Ebony Eyes
The Everly Brothers

91=
All Or Nothing
The Small Faces

93
Jumpin' Jack Flash
The Rolling Stones

93=
Wipe Out
The Surfaris

94
Just My Imagination
The Temptations

93=
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?
The Shirelles

95
Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree
Dawn

95
Memphis
Chuck Berry

96
Telstar
The Tornadoes

96
No Woman, No Cry
Bob Marley & The Wailers

97
Sailing
Rod Stewart

97=
The Last Time
The Rolling Stones

98
Band On The Run
Wings

97=
God Only Knows
The Beach Boys

99
You Make Me Feel Brand New
The Stylistics

99
Wooly Bully
Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs

100
Streets of London
Ralph McTell

100
The Weight
The Band


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