1978 In Numbers
14 Chart Toppers
Fourteen singles climbed to the top spot on the official chart during the calendar year.
|Uptown Top Ranking||Althia And Donna||1|
|Figaro||Brotherhood Of Man||1|
|Take A Chance On Me||Abba||3|
|Wuthering Heights||Kate Bush||4|
|Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats And Dogs||Brian And Michael||3|
|Night Fever||The Bee Gees||2|
|Rivers of Babylon||Boney M||5|
|You're The One That I Want||John Travolta And Olivia Newton-John||9|
|Three Times A Lady||The Commodores||5|
|Summer Nights||John Travolta And Olivia Newton-John||7|
|Rat trap||The Boomtown Rats||2|
|Da 'Ya' Think I'm Sexy?||Rod Stewart||1|
|Mary’s Boy Child||Boney M||4|
|†Four weeks were in 1978|
2 Unofficial No. 1s
Two songs topped the NME chart but not the official one used by the BBC.
|I Wonder Why||Showaddywaddy||2|
11 Near misses
Eleven songs peaked at No. 2, the lowest number during The Golden Years (1977-85)
|Come Back My Love||Darts||1|
|I Wonder Why||Showaddywaddy||1|
|Boy From New York City||Darts||1|
|Smurf Song||Father Abraham And The Smurfs||6|
|Love Don’t Live Here Anymore||Rose Royce||2|
|†Two weeks were in 1978|
88M Sales Rush
This year saw total sales of singles surge by a record 43% to 88.7M. It remains the second highest total for physical single sales ever.
4 Million Sellers
The four singles that shifted over a million copies during their chart runs were by two acts.
|You’re The One That I Want||John Travolta And Olivia Newton-John|
|Rivers Of Babylon||Boney M|
|Mary’s Boy Child||Boney M|
|Summer Nights||John Travolta And Olivia Newton-John|
113 Top 10 Hits
The lowest number of singles reached the Top 10 this year.
298 Top 40 Hits
The lowest number of singles made the Top 40 this year - the median stay was 8 weeks.
16 Week Domination
John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John spent more weeks at No. 1 during a calendar year than any act during the Golden Years (1977-85).
84 Maiden Appearances
Kate Bush, Blondie, Squeeze, Foreigner and 80 other acts all appeared on Top Of The Pops for the first time.