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This is a list of the number one hits in the UK Singles Chart
The UK Singles Chart is compiled by The Official Charts Company on behalf of the British record-industry. The full chart contains the top selling 200 singles in the United Kingdom based upon combined record sales and download numbers, though some media outlets only list the Top 40 or the Top 75 ...
, from its inception in 1952 to the present. The UK number-one position is considered to be one of the most important in the music industry and is therefore highly coveted by artists. The sources, in accordance with the official canon of The Official UK Charts Company
The Official Charts Company , previously called the Chart Information Network and then The Official UK Charts Company, compiles various "official" UK record charts, including the UK Singles Chart, the UK Albums Chart, and the UK Official Download Chart, as well as genre-specific and music video...
, are the New Musical Express
chart from 1952 to 1960; the Record Retailer
Record Retailer was a trade newspaper for the UK record industry. It was founded in August 1959 as a monthly newspaper covering both labels and dealers. Its founding editor was Roy Parker...
chart from 1960 to 1969; and the Official UK Singles Chart from 1969 on.