List of number-one EPs in the United Kingdom


In the 1950s and 1960s "a third vinyl format" was introduced alongside long-playing (LP) albums, and singles. The extended play (EP) used the same formats as singles but contained more tracks.[2] Singles were the popular record format at the time predominantly 10-inch 78 rpm and 7-inch 45 rpm formats[3] and the first singles chart was published by New Musical Express in 1952 with many other publications also producing singles charts in the 1950s and 1960s.[4] Record Mirror published the first album chart in 1956 and,[3] when Record Retailer began compiling an LP chart on 12 March 1960, they also compiled an EP chart. The EP chart consisted of a top ten and was expanded to fifteen positions the following week, and twenty the week after that.[5] EPs "died out in the late 1960s"[2] and Record Retailer reduced the chart to ten positions on 16 April 1966, publishing the final EP chart on 16 December 1967.[5] For six weeks in 1966 and two weeks in December 1967, Record Retailer did not publish EP charts but they were compiled and Record Mirror published them;[5] Record Mirror had begun publishing charts compiled by Record Retailer in March 1962, following a decision to stop compiling their own albums and singles charts.[4]

Donovan never had a number-one single or number-one album in his native UK;[1] however, his Universal Soldier EP spent eight weeks at the top of the EP chart.

The longest consecutive duration at the top of the chart was 23 weeks for The Shadows' EP The Shadows to the Fore.[6] The most weeks at number one was achieved by The Beach Boys' EP Hits which spent 34 weeks there from June 1966 and was the incumbent number one when the chart ceased at the end of 1967.[7] The Beatles had eight different EPs top the chart as did The Shadows (four with Cliff Richard and four on their own). The Shadows spent 69 weeks with an EP on top of the chart in comparison to The Beatles' 63 weeks. Conversely, only four acts spent a total of one week atop the chart; Joan Baez, Jim Reeves, George Mitchell Minstrels and Bobby Vee (with The Crickets). Although official music recording sales certifications were not introduced until the British Phonographic Industry was formed in 1973, Disc introduced an initiative in 1959 to present a gold disc to records that sold over one million units and a silver disc to records selling over 250,000 units.[8] Seven EPs are recorded as going silver: The Beatles' number-one EPs Twist and Shout, The Beatles' Hits, All My Loving, Long Tall Sally as well as The Beatles (No. 1) and Magical Mystery Tour (which did not reach number one but would have done so had the EP chart lasted only a few more weeks) and The Rolling Stones' number-one EP Five by Five.[8]

Number-one EPs


Contents
1960 · 1961 · 1962 · 1963 · 1964 · 1965 · 1966 · 1967
No. Artist[nb 1] EP[nb 1] Reached
number one[nb 2]
Weeks at
number one[nb 1]
1960
1 Cliff Richard and The ShadowsExpresso Bongo 12 March 19601
2 Elvis PresleyStrictly Elvis 19 March 19605
re Cliff Richard and The ShadowsExpresso Bongo 23 April 19601
3 Paddy RobertsStrictly for Grown Ups 30 April 19601
4 Emile Ford and the CheckmatesEmile 7 May 19601
re Paddy RobertsStrictly for Grown Ups 14 May 19601
re Emile Ford and the CheckmatesEmile 21 May 19602
re Paddy RobertsStrictly for Grown Ups 4 June 196012
5 Paddy RobertsPaddy Roberts Strikes Again 27 August 19602
re Paddy RobertsStrictly for Grown Ups 10 September 19601
6 Original SoundtrackHighlights from South Pacific 17 September 19601
re Paddy RobertsStrictly for Grown Ups 24 September 19603
re Original SoundtrackHighlights from South Pacific 15 October 19603
re Paddy RobertsStrictly for Grown Ups 5 November 19601
re Original SoundtrackHighlights from South Pacific 12 November 19605
7 Adam FaithAdam's Hit Parade 17 December 19601
8 Cliff Richard and The ShadowsCliff's Silver Discs 24 December 19601
re Original SoundtrackHighlights from South Pacific 31 December 19601
1961
re Cliff Richard and The ShadowsCliff's Silver Discs 7 January 19612
re Adam FaithAdam's Hit Parade 21 January 19611
9 The ShadowsThe Shadows 28 January 196117
re Adam FaithAdam's Hit Parade 27 May 19611
re The ShadowsThe Shadows 3 June 19613
10 The ShadowsThe Shadows to the Fore 24 June 196123
11 Helen ShapiroHelen 2 December 19619
1962
re The ShadowsThe Shadows to the Fore 3 February 19624
12 The ShadowsSpotlight on The Shadows 3 March 19623
13 Helen ShapiroHelen's Hit Parade 24 March 19623
re The ShadowsSpotlight on The Shadows 14 April 19625
re The ShadowsThe Shadows to the Fore 19 May 19621
re Helen ShapiroHelen's Hit Parade 26 May 19621
14 Cliff Richard and The ShadowsHits from "The Young Ones" 2 June 19622
15 Elvis PresleyFollow That Dream 16 June 196220
16 The ShadowsThe Boys 3 November 19623
17 Elvis PresleyKid Galahad 24 November 19625
18 George Mitchell MinstrelsFrom The Black and White Minstrel Show 29 December 19621
1963
re Elvis PresleyKid Galahad 5 January 196311
19 Frank IfieldFrank Ifield's Hits 23 March 19631
re Elvis PresleyKid Galahad 30 March 19631
re Frank IfieldFrank Ifield's Hits 6 April 19638
20 Bobby Vee and The CricketsJust for Fun 1 June 19631
21 Cliff Richard and The ShadowsHoliday Carnival 8 June 19631
re Frank IfieldFrank Ifield's Hits 15 June 19632
re Cliff Richard and The ShadowsHoliday Carnival 29 June 19631
re Frank IfieldFrank Ifield's Hits 6 July 19632
re Cliff Richard and The ShadowsHoliday Carnival 20 July 19631
22 The BeatlesTwist and Shout 27 July 196310
23 The SearchersAin't Gonna Kiss Ya 5 October 19634
24 The BeatlesThe Beatles' Hits 2 November 19633
re The BeatlesTwist and Shout 23 November 196311
1964
25 The Rolling StonesThe Rolling Stones 8 February 19643
26 The BeatlesAll My Loving 29 February 19648
re The Rolling StonesThe Rolling Stones 25 April 196411
27 The BeatlesLong Tall Sally 11 July 19647
28 The Rolling StonesFive by Five 29 August 196415
29 The BeatlesExtracts from the Film "A Hard Day's Night" 12 December 19642
30 The BachelorsThe Bachelors' Hits 26 December 19642
1965
re The BeatlesExtracts from the Film "A Hard Day's Night" 9 January 19653
re The Rolling StonesFive by Five 30 January 19651
re The BeatlesExtracts from the Film "A Hard Day's Night" 6 February 19651
re The Rolling StonesFive by Five 13 February 19651
31 The KinksKinksize Session 20 February 19651
re The Rolling StonesFive by Five 27 February 19651
32 Val DoonicanThe Green Shades of Val Doonican 6 March 19653
re The Rolling StonesFive by Five 27 March 19653
re Val DoonicanThe Green Shades of Val Doonican 17 April 19651
33 The BeatlesBeatles for Sale 24 April 19655
34 The SearchersBumble Bee 29 May 19652
re The BeatlesBeatles for Sale 12 June 19651
35 Manfred MannThe One in the Middle 19 June 19651
36 The Rolling StonesGot Live If You Want It! 26 June 19651
re Manfred MannThe One in the Middle 3 July 19654
re The Rolling StonesGot Live If You Want It! 31 July 19651
re Manfred MannThe One in the Middle 7 August 19654
37 DonovanThe Universal Soldier 4 September 19658
38 The KinksKwyet Kinks 30 October 19657
39 Manfred MannNo Living Without Loving 18 December 19657
1966
40 The BeatlesThe Beatles' Million Sellers 5 February 19662
41 The SeekersThe Seekers 19 February 19663
re The BeatlesThe Beatles' Million Sellers 12 March 19662
42 The BeatlesYesterday 26 March 19668
43 Joan BaezWith God on our Side 21 May 19661
44 Manfred MannMachines 28 May 19661
45 The Beach BoysHits 4 June 19664
46 The Walker BrothersI Need You 2 July 196610
re The Beach BoysHits 10 September 19664
re The Walker BrothersI Need You 8 October 19663
re The Beach BoysHits 29 October 19667
47 The WhoReady Steady Who 17 December 19662
48 Jim ReevesA Christmas Card from Jim 31 December 19661
1967
re The WhoReady Steady Who 7 January 19672
re The Beach BoysHits 21 January 19677
49 The SeekersMorningtown Ride 11 March 19671
50 Four TopsFour Top Hits 18 March 196710
51 Paul JonesPaul Jones Sings Songs from the Film Privilege 27 May 19673
re Four TopsFour Top Hits 17 June 19675
52 Elvis PresleyEasy Come, Easy Go 22 July 19673
re The Beach BoysHits 12 August 19676
re Four TopsFour Top Hits 23 September 19671
re The Beach BoysHits 30 September 19671
re Four TopsFour Top Hits 7 October 19671
re The Beach BoysHits 14 October 19671
re Four TopsFour Top Hits 21 October 19675
re The Beach BoysHits 25 November 19674

By artist


The following artists achieved two or more number-one EPs. Artists The Beatles and The Shadows were the most successful acts of the decade in terms of number-one EPs, each having eight EPs reach the top of the chart. In total, The Shadows spent 69 weeks occupying the top of chart (59 weeks from 4 EPs as an instrumental group and 10 weeks from 4 EPs accompanying Cliff Richard) and The Beatles spent a total of 63 weeks at number one.

Artist Number-one EPs Total weeks
The Shadows 8 69
The Beatles 8 63
Elvis Presley 4 45
Cliff Richard 4 10
The Rolling Stones 3 37
Manfred Mann 3 17
Paddy Roberts 2 21
Helen Shapiro 2 13
The Kinks 2 8
The Searchers 2 6
The Seekers 2 4

Notes


  1. The artist, EP name, and number of consecutive weeks at number one are those given by Warwick, Kutner, and Brown in The Complete Book of The British Charts: Singles and Albums (3rd ed.).[9]
  2. The date given is for the first week of a consecutive duration at number one. The date is "the Saturday of the relevant week"[10] as given by Warwick, Kutner, and Brown in The Complete Book of The British Charts: Singles and Albums (3rd ed.).[9] This may not coincide with the date Record Retailer was published; charts from 10 March 1960 until 8 June 1967 were week-ending on a Thursday and from 19 July 1967 until 23 July 1969 were week-ending on a Wednesday.[11]

References


Footnotes
  1. "Artist Chart History: Donovan". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 12 September 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2011.
  2. "EP". Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World: Media, Industry and Society. London: Continuum International Publishing Group. 2003. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  3. Mawer, Sharon. "The Official UK Albums Chart: Introduction". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 22 June 2007. Retrieved 30 October 2010.
  4. Smith, Alan. "50s & 60s UK Charts – The Truth!". Dave McAleer's website. Archived from the original on 3 September 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2010.
  5. Warwick, Kutner & Brown 2004, p. viii.
  6. Warwick, Kutner & Brown 2004, p. 27.
  7. Warwick, Kutner & Brown 2004, p. 28.
  8. Smith, Alan. "UK First Charts & Silver Discs". Dave McAleer's website. Archived from the original on 2 September 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2010.
  9. Warwick, Kutner & Brown 2004, pp. 2428.
  10. Warwick, Kutner & Brown 2004, p. x.
  11. "Number 1 Singles – 1960s". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 8 April 2008. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
Sources
  • Warwick, Neil; Kutner, Jon; Brown, Tony (2004). The Complete Book of The British Charts: Singles and Albums (3rd ed.). London: Omnibus Press. ISBN 1-84449-058-0.