Apr 10

A Chart For Every Day Of The Month

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The Official Charts Company have launched their new portal, which (if you dig about a bit), offers week-by-week archived charts going back to 1960 with links to buy where such a thing is possible.

The centrepiece of the portal though is of course the charts themselves. All thirty-three of them. Yes, THIRTY-THREE. The OCC do an awful lot of work it seems and I suspect go mostly unthanked for it. So when you’re asked “Who’s at Number One?” you could happily answer any of the following:

Diana Vickers (Singles, Singles Downloads)
AC/DC (Albums, Rock And Metal Albums, Scottish Albums)
Various Artists (err Compilations and indeed Classical Compilations with THE BEST HYMNS IN THE WORLD EVER! And Dance Albums)
Plan B (Albums Downloads, R&B Albums)
Ida Corr vs Fedde Le Grand (Subscription Plays)
Andre Rieu (Classical, Specialist Classical)
Paramore (Rock And Metal Singles)
WELLER (VH1 Rock Singles, Coalition Albums)
Futureheads (Independent Singles)
The XX (Independent Albums)
All Time Low (Independent Singles Breakers)
John Grant (Independent Albums Breakers)
Biffy Clyro (NME Singles – this chart is currently broken, in that it is suggesting that Ian Brown has been in the NME chart for the last 32,767 weeks. OR IS IT BROKEN)
Bat For Lashes (Coalition Singles)
Snow Patrol ft Martha Wainwright (Catalogue Singles)
Scouting For Girls (Catalogue Albums)
Usher Ft Will I Am (RnB Singles)
Chipmunk ft Esmee Denters (1Xtra Singles, VH1 Urban)
Kelis (Dance Singles)
Taylor Swift (Country Albums)*
Johnny Cash (Country Compilation Albums)
Chieftains (World Albums)*
Panjabi By Nature (Asian Download)

and to round us off Tina Turner who is topping the Scottish Singles chart with her contemporary hit waxing “The Best”.

Haven’t they all done well!

*there are no Country or World Singles charts, sadly.


  1. 1
    Martin Skidmore on 28 Apr 2010 #

    What the hell are coalition singles, to take just one example?

  2. 2

    anything by the Sutherland Brothers and Quiver!

  3. 3
    Steve Mannion on 28 Apr 2010 #

    What on earth are the Heritage charts when they’re at home?

  4. 4
    Conrad on 28 Apr 2010 #

    charts featuring anything by Sutherland Brothers and Quiver

    I expect to see Arms of Mary at No 1 in singles downloads any time soon

    ps thanks for the link Tom, great to see the archive charts. They are very nicely laid out – similar to chartstats with the use of sleeves (although in this case the parent album, rather than the single, which I guess is an incentive to go and buy/download it) – but a bit more sleekly designed. I love a great font.

  5. 5
    Steve Mannion on 29 Apr 2010 #

    Not really impressed because they’ve only done the top 40s whereas Chart Stats goes up to 100. Big improvement on the old OCC site tho yes.

  6. 6
    wichita lineman on 29 Apr 2010 #

    Also a bit strange that they start in 1960, when the first Top 50 appeared in Record Retailer, presumably because IPC owns the 1952-1960 NME charts we’ve all come to accept as “the official charts”. Hmmm.

  7. 7
    Dan Worsley on 29 Apr 2010 #

    Heritage – back catalogue I guess, anything which is more than a couple of years old.
    Coalition – F**k knows, looks like a 6music/Mojo chart.

    Be nice if they had a link to the criteria used for the charts.

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