MIKE SMITH’S HOT HUNDRED UK
These pages list my personal favourite recordings from each year, listed in the order they entered the UK hit singles chart. You may not agree with my choices, but these were nearly all chart hits that had plenty of air play on the music radio stations of the day, such as Radio Luxemburg (1950s and 1960s), Pirate Radio Stations (mid-1960s), BBC Radio One (1967 onwards), British Commercial Radio Stations (1973 onwards), and BBC Radio Two, mainly since the 1990s.
The lists start in 1958, as I began buying records in early 1959, and many of those records I first purchased had been released in 1958. I aim to continue through to 1969, and possibly beyond, but I think it will take a few years to get that far. I hope that you will find the listings interesting and useful.
Features include chart performance, the name(s) of the writer(s) of each song, a brief history of the artist or band, relevant information about the song and other hit versions, where applicable. If the producer of the record became well-known in their own right, eg Phil Spector, George Martin etc, this is also given.
Comments and corrections to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Compiled August 2015 onwards.