It’s sixty years of the pop charts, an anniversary we’ll hear more about later this week, and this is obviously the perfect show to mark it, which they’re doing by, er, not playing a chart at all but instead presenting the first of two special shows playing the best-selling single from each year in turn. We’re not entirely sure about this because the fun of the show, for us, is hearing the records nobody ever plays anywhere else anymore, and as that standby episode the other month proved, their definition of “best-selling” often seems to be a bit muddled. In any case, here’s the first 34 which is a bit messy but records were a bit shorter in those days.
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Last week’s episode seemed to put the “fun” into perfunctory and didn’t to our mind offer much we hadn’t seen before, though the casting did inspire an item on See Hear which surely now makes it a clean sweep of BBC programmes to have gone behind the scenes of it. The second half might be a bit more interesting, though, not least because it’s a kind-of historical in that it’s set in 1980.
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