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Real Chart Page 1

Symbol Explanations
sTop Ten Hit j Number One hit.

Date of Entry
The Charts were produced on a Sunday and the sales were from the previous seven
days, with the exception of Christmas when no chart was produced. All sales from that
week was carried over to the first chart of the new year. There are some Christmas
period charts however, due to very high sales. The week beginning dates is used
throughout and not the week ending one. So a date of 12 Jun 60 covers sales 5/6/60 to
11/6/60. The week ending would thus be for this chart 18/6/60.
¹ Still in the chart after 19/12/99. Those with this symbol may not have achieved their
highest position and not have a full sales total, plus it wont have completed its chart life.
Subsequent years have been added, but as yet these overrun tracks have not been

Sales System
8 Indicates sales of 250,000 to 499,999 copies sold while in the chart only.
¨ Indicates sales of 500,000 to 999,999 copies sold while in the chart only.
u Indicates sales of 1,000,000 copies sold while in the chart only. Another symbol will be
added for each subsequent 1,000,000 copies sold. No indication is shown for sales
inbetween each million copies sold after the first.
Ý This with one of the above sales symbols indicates accumulative sales from previous
and present entry (re-entries only). Note not fully employed.
Sales symbols of some hits before the nineties are not included, due to the data not
being processed yet.
The B.P.I. system of metal disc sales should not be confused with the above system of
sales. Having said that the above sales measures where used in the seventies, by the
B.P.I., though anyone can have a ‘metal’ disc done for any number of sales quite legally.
The lower category of B.P.I. sales (200,000) does not apply here. Of course this does not
mean that a record did not sell that figure and acts should not be disappointed if that is
the case. All other B.P.I. categories are covered by the above.

Record company labels and numbers are not listed. This is because the original
recording released in the U.K. may not be the one that was sold in some cases and it
would be misleading to list, say, the CD number, when the track may have sold more on
cassette. No format rules apply and all types were included from the point of first sales
and until they became obsolete, such as the 78! Since the emergence of downloads the

AA single has become a problem. The reason being since each track can sometimes be
released as a separate download. However if it is known that a track is being released on
'hard copy' as a AA side, then the tracks will be grouped as one, or as soon as known.
For the above reasons many remixed songs are listed as re-entries, however if the title is
altered to reflect the remix it will be listed as would a new song by the act. This does not
apply to records still in the chart and the sales of the mix would be added to the track in
the chart. This may push singles back up the chart or keep them around for longer,
nevertheless the chart is a sales chart and NOT a popularity chart on people’s favourite
songs or acts. Due to encryption decoding errors some artists/titles may be spelt wrong,
I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
The chart statistics were compiled only from sales of SINGLES each week. Not only that
but every single sale no matter where it occurred! Format rules, used by other charts,
where unnecessary and therefore ignored, so you will see EP’s that charted and other
strange records selling more than other charts. Bear in mind that some singles were not
released in Britain and as long as they were classed as SINGLES they count if sold here.
Many pirated singles were bought by the public and they have been counted along with
the rest. Unless they didn't work! Cassette Singles were easy to copy and you wouldn’t
know the difference if it was copied on to cassette from CD. This Chart counted them.
After all a sale is a sale no matter who buys it, well not really if it’s bought by the record
company that’s a cheat, so this chart ignored them and also stolen copies from the
shops. Copying is illegal and it’s killing the Music Industry, and it’s growing from 1997
the REAL CHART started counting more fake (home made in some cases) CD singles
being sold to other people. It detected vast sales of so-called limited edition ones too!
Then there are records which should not even be in the shops still being sold. Illegal
downloads count too, but only if the occur a fee (even if it is hidden). FREE downloads
again do not count, nor does streamed music, or Radio Airplay. Karaoke tracks are
generally excluded. And spoken word is never included, unless it over music and could
be classed as a music track.

Chart dates
The compilers did the first chart on Sunday the 11 January 1948 it also included the
sales for the 4 January too! It was a top 40 and was only 78 rpm records at that time. It
stayed a top 40 till 3 January 1960 when it became a top 100 and has stayed that way
since. It's interesting to note that the 3/1/60 top 100 only included sales for the previous 7
days and top 40 sales figures for the missing week. This was to balance out the top 40 in
the new top 100 and not allow the outsiders (of the top 40 in the missing week) of the
previous week a boost into the 40, due to two weeks sales.

I would like to thank the following:
Record Mirror, Music Week, Smash Hits, Number One, Melody Maker, N.M.E., Music
papers, who have made it easier to comply these chart logs (mostly spelling names).
Special thanks to the chart compilers themselves, for giving me solo access to the chart
information and letting me explain the system they use.