There were 13 number one songs in 1971. The year 1971 was another great year for music, although I must say the songs at the beginning of the year and the end where novelty songs.
Number One Songs In 1971
Grandad -Clive Dunn
Actor Clive Dunn had the first new number 1 of the year with this song where he was made up to look much older than he actually was as you will see in the video below. I just looked Clive up and he was born on the 9th January 1920 so he went to number 1 on his 51st birthday. The song was number 1 for 3 weeks.
My Sweet Lord – George Harrison
Now this is more like it, an all time classic from ex beatle George Harrison. My Sweet Lord hit the top of the charts on 30th January and stayed there for 5 weeks.
Baby Jump – Mungo Jerry
Another number 1 for Mungo Jerry following on from their success with In The Summertime. This was number 1 for 2 weeks from the 6th March.
Hot Love – T.Rex
Hot Love stayed top for 6 weeks after replacing Mungo Jerry at number 1. This was the first of 2 number 1 hits for T.Rex in 1971.
Double Barrel – Dave and Ansil Collins
Double Barrel from Dave and Ansil Collins went to the top spot on 1st May for 2 weeks so they where top on my 15th birthday.
Knock Three Times – Dawn
Knock Three Times by Dawn lasted 5 weeks at the top from the 15th May until the 19th June.
Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep – Middle Of The Road
Middle Of The Road also lasted 5 weeks at the top with Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep
Get It On – T.Rex
2nd number 1 of the year for T.Rex with Get It On. This song was called Bang A Dong when released in the USA. It stayed top for 4 weeks 24th July.
I’m Still Waiting – Diana Ross
I’m Still Waiting from Diana Ross also topped the charts for 4 weeks from the 21st of August.
Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me – Tams
Another song I loved was this offering from Tams called Hey Girl Don’t Bother May which went top for 3 weeks on 18th September.
Maggie May – Rod Stewart
Another classic from my favourite male artist is Rod Stewart singing Maggie May. I still hear it all the time on the radio even though it was 49 years ago nearly. It stayed top for 5 weeks from the 9th of October.
Coz I Luv You – Slade
Slade went top on the 13th November with Coz I Luv you and stayed there 4 weeks. The spelling of the title is as bad as some of the spelling I see on Facebook.
Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West) – Benny Hill
The christmas number 1 in 1971 was Benny Hill and Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West) it went top on the 11th of December.
1.9th Jan – Grandad – Clive Dunn – 3 weeks
2.30th Jan – My Sweet Lord – George Harrison – 5 weeks
3.6th Mar – Baby Jump – Mungo Jerry – 2 weeks
4.20th Mar – Hot Love – T.Rex – 6 weeks
5.1st May – Double Barrel – Dave and Ansil Collins – 2 weeks
6.15th May – Knock Three Times – Dawn – 5 weeks
7.19th June – Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep – Middle of the Road – 5 weeks
8.24th July – Get It On – T.Rex – 4 weeks
9.21st Aug – I’m Still Waiting – Diana Ross – 4 weeks
10.18th Sep – Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me – Tams – 3 weeks
11.9th Oct – Maggie May – Rod Stewart – 5 weeks
12.13th Nov – Coz I Luv You – Slade – 4 weeks
13.11th Dec – Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West) – Benny Hill – 4 weeks
Now are releasing a 70s 5 LP vinyl collection in December 2021. Take a look at my review of the collection here. It would make a great gift for the 70s music lover in your life.
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