There are a number of reasons why there can be debate about which record should be considered to have been "Number One" in a particular country on a certain date. These are discussed further down this page. However there is clearly a sizable group that don't want to know about these details and just want to know what record was top of the charts on a given date (such as their birthday). This table shows which records were number one for various countries over the month of May 1952.
As was mentioned above, there are all sorts of reasons why the entries here rather over simplify the real situation. We have made a large number of sweeping assumptions in order to present a simple picture to the vast number of users that just want a song title. This means that there are a number of entries in these tables that should be handled with caution. In addition where these entries differ from the original sources (listed later) it should be assumed that the sources are correct, where these entries conflict with the main data assume that the other data is correct, if you find either of these cases please tell us and we'll correct the data here.
If, like us, you are the type of person that wants to know if a song was top of the Jukebox or Jockeys chart, or where a double-A side was released, or when chart entries did not specify an artist, or when the charts switched from one magazine to another we suggest that you have a look at the original sources:
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31 Dec 2013
Number Ones - May 1952
It's awesome in support of me to have a web site, which is good for my know-how.
14 Feb 2012
7 May 1952 - Cape Town South Africa
I am compiling a list of all hit songs on or around the 7th May from 1952 to 2011 (would like at least one per year, on or close to that date) for a friend's 60th birthday. +Is it possible to know what the hits were - especially played in South Africa (but not imperative)?
All the help you can give me will be appreciated.
Many thanks & regards Cyrelle
One thing to do would be to look at the "Number Ones" pages, they have listings for the month of May for the years you want.
Many of the original sources list weekly positions (for example the Bullfrog data from Billboard or the UK chart site). We don't trust such dates and focus in stead on ensuring we get an appropriate year.
If you download the CSV file (from the version page) and search for / for \d+ weeks - May/ you will get a number of candidates.