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 January 1940.
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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30 Aug 2020
Bert Ambrose & his Orchestra -"There'll Come Another Day" is shown as thesecond number one of 1940. However I cannot find a copy of this anywhere whereas the Vera lynn version (which doesn't seem to be mentioned on this site) is quite easy to obtain in a few collections and is on Youtube a few times. They don't seem to be the same record. Are your charts mainly based on sheet music?
As the text on this page says the 1940 chart is based on sheet music charts (because there is nothing else available). These came from the Britburn data
12 Jul 2015
Looking for the number one song on the 27th May 1945 I'm the Republic ofIreland