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Has BBC Records had success in the UK music charts?

Posted by Mike (2021-03-17).

39 singles and 18 albums have appeared in the UK Top Forty, including one number one single and four others in the top 10!

The BBC only starting releasing themes onto the market following a Pye record of the theme to Owen M.D. After this rerached the charts, the BBC started releasing theme singles itself - with some success.

Most of the following is taken from a Wikipedia page, but including my pictures where I have them - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_Records

Chart singles As BBC Records

RESL 101973 What ever happened to you (Likely lads) - Hugg / La Franais / Bewes (No.35)

RESL 511977 (Theme for) Who Pays the Ferryman? - Yannis Markopoulos (No.11)

RESL 501977 (Theme for) The Water Margin" - Godiego (No.37)

RESL 52 1978 "Theme from The Hong Kong Beat" - Richard Denton and Martin Cook (No.25)

RESL 61 1978 "The Last Farewell" - Ship's Company and Royal Marine Band of HMS Ark Royal (No.46)

RESL 66 1979 "Ghandara" - Godiego (No.56)

RESL 92 1981 "Chi Mai" (theme for The Life and Times of David Lloyd George) - Ennio Morricone (No.2)

BBC 1 1981 "Heaven and Hell" - Vangelis (No.48)

RESL 101 1981 "I Wanna Be a Winner" - Brown Sauce (No.15)

RESL 108 1982 "Tara's Theme from Gone with the Wind" - Rose of Romance Orchestra (No.71)

RESL 116 1982 "BBC World Cup Grandstand" - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (No.61)

RESL 124 1982 "Orville's Song" - Keith Harris and Orville (No.4)

RESL 138 1983 "Come to My Party" - Keith Harris and Orville (No.44)

RESL 151 1984 (Theme for) Big Deal - Bobby G (No.46)

RESL 170 1985 "Smuggler's Blues" - Glenn Frey (No.22)

RESL 174 1985 (Theme for) Howard's Way - Simon May Orchestra (No.21)

RESL 175 1985 "Memory - Theme from the Musical" - Aled Jones (No.42)

RESL 178 1985 (Theme for) Edge of Darkness - Eric Clapton and Michael Kamen (No.65)

RESL 183 1986 "Just Say No" - Grange Hill Cast (No.5)

RESL 185 1986 "Heroes" - The County Line (No.76)

RESL 184 1986 "Aztec Lightning" - Heads (No.45)

RESL 191 1986 "Anyone Can Fall in Love" - Anita Dobson (No.4)

RESL 189 1986 "It's 'Orrible Being in Love (When You're 8 1/2)" - Claire and Friends (No.13)

RESL 190 1986 "Always There" - Marti Webb (No.13)

RESL 203 1986 "Something Outta Nothing" - Letitia Dean and Paul Medford (No.12)

RESL 204 1986 "Every Loser Wins" - Nick Berry (No.1)

RESL 222 1987 "Sing for Ever" - St Philips Choir (No.47))


As an imprint of BBC Worldwide

1997 "Teletubbies Say Eh-Oh!" - Teletubbies (No.1)
1998 "Everlasting Love" - Cast of Casualty (No.5)
1999 "Sunburn" - Michelle Collins (No.28)
2000 "Stay with Me (Baby)" - Rebecca Wheatley (No.10)
2000 "Number 1" - Tweenies (No.5)
2000 "Can We Fix It?" - Bob the Builder (No.1)
2001 "Best Friends Forever" - Tweenies (No.12)
2001 "Do the Lollipop" - Tweenies (No.17)
2001 "Mambo No.5" - Bob the Builder (No.1)
2001 "I Believe in Christmas" - Tweenies (No.9)
2002 "Have Fun Go Mad" - Tweenies (No.20)
2002 "It's a Rainbow" - Rainbow (No.15)

Chart albums

REB 142 1972 The Last Goon Show of All - The Goons (No.8)

REB 377 1979 Fawlty Towers - Cast/soundtrack (No.25)

REB 400 1980 Not the Nine O'Clock News - Cast/soundtrack (No.5)

REB 405 1981 Fawlty Towers Vol.2 - Cast/soundtrack (No.26)

REP 413 1981 The Official Album of the Royal Wedding - Various (No.1)

REB 421 1981 Hedgehog Sandwich - Cast/soundtrack (No.5)

REP 447 1982 The Kids from "Fame" - Cast/soundtrack (No.1)

REF 453 1982 The Memory Kinda Lingers - Not the Nine O'Clock News cast/soundtrack (No.63)

KIDLP 003 1983 Live - The Kids from "Fame" (No.8)

KIDLP 005 1983 Sing for You - The Kids from "Fame" (No.25)

REC 564 1985 Voices from the Holy Land - Aled Jones (No.6)

REH 569 1985 All Through the Night - Aled Jones (No.2)

REB 605 1987 Enya - Enya (No.69)

REB 727 1989 Atlantic Realm - Clannad (No.41)

1992 Evil of the Daleks - Doctor Who soundtrack (No.72)
1993 Power of the Daleks - Doctor Who soundtrack (No.71)
1993 The Paradise of Death - Doctor Who soundtrack (No.48)
1995 Knowing Me Knowing You 3 - Alan Partridge (No.41)