When comparing the UK and US singles charts from the 70s there is some interesting trivia:
♦ Time spent at #1:
Songs in the US, once they made #1, would fall quickly from the top spot – far quicker than those at #1 in the UK:
- In the 70s, 250 songs made it to the #1 spot on the US charts. That’s an average of 2.08 weeks that each song spent at #1.
- In the 70s, 168 songs made it to the #1 spot on the UK charts. That’s an average of 3.09 weeks that each song spent at #1.
♦ At the top of both US and UK charts:
In the entire decade only once did a song sit simultaneously at the top of both charts;
- John Travolta and Olivia Newton John – You’re the One That I Want – 17 June 1978.
Some songs did very well on one side of the Atlantic only to bomb on the other side. Notably the songs of the decade;
- Wings – Mull of Kintyre was the top selling song of the 70s in the UK but it was barely heard in the US. The B-side, Girls’ School received more air-time and reached #33 on the charts. The best Mull of Kintyre could do was #45 on the Easy Listening charts.
- Debby Boone – You Light Up My Life was the top selling song of the 70s in the US. It set a new record for the longest time spent at #1 – ten weeks (since equalled in 1982 by Olivia Newton John’s, Physical) but did not even chart in the UK.