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Our Top 10 Cliff Richard Songs list looks back at the career of one of the United Kingdom’s most popular artists of all time. Most music fans in the United States do not realize how popular Cliff Richards has been and still is in the United Kingdom. We are talking popularity on the level of Elvis Presley, The Beatles and the Rolling Stones. While Cliff Richards never achieved that level of popularity in the United States, rest assured he is one of the most loved artists of all time in the United Kingdom. Cliff Richard has sold more singles in the United Kingdom than any other single solo artist. Even more than the native British Sir Elton John who is dearly loved by the British as well as just about everyone else in the world. Sir Cliff Richard has sold over 260 million records worldwide. The dude knew how to record a hit single.
Composing a top 10 songs list for an artist of Cliff Richard’s stature is pretty much impossible. There are just too many songs. We cant even fit just his number one records on the list because he had fourteen number one records in Great Britain. So we had no choice but to expand our normal top 10 list to 25. Even at 25 we are missing so many, but these lists are always designed to serve as introductions to an artist for those unfamiliar with their work and as a tribute for those who are.
Our top 25 Cliff Richard songs list is presented in chronological order. It does include some of his earliest material with his group The Shadows which is essential in showcasing the Cliff Richard’s musical story. However we will also provide a Shadows songs list in a subsequent article to present their great importance in the history of UK Rock.
# 25 – Move It
We open up our Top 25 Cliff Richard songs list with his first single release of his career. This great rocker is attributed as being one of the first great rock and roll single even released in the United Kingdoms. Its also stood as one of John Lennon’s favorite song and served as an inspiration to the future Beatle who would turn the world upside down. The song was released in 1958. It hit number two on the United Kingdom music charts. The song was recorded with The Drifters (not the U.S. Doo Wop group) who would change their name soon to the Shadows
# 24 – Living Doll
Living Doll was Cliff Richards first number one hit single in the UK. It also was a top 30 hit in the U.S. Recorded with the Drifters(Shadows) The song was released in 1959.
# 23 – Travellin’ Light
“Travellin’ Light,” was Cliff Richards and The Shadows second straight number one single in the U.K in 1959. It did not even chart in the U.S.
# 22 – Please Don’t Tease
Please Don’t Tease was recorded with The Shadows and hit number one on United Kingdom Music Charts in 1960
# 21 – I Love You
I Love You was recorded with The Shadows and hit number one on United Kingdom Music Charts in 1960
# 20 – The Young Ones
The Young Ones was recorded with The Shadows and hit number one on United Kingdom Music Charts in 1961
# 19 – The Next Time
“The Next Time,” was recorded with The Shadows and hit number one on United Kingdom Music Charts in 1962. It broke the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number 99.
# 18 – Summer Holiday
“Summer Holiday,” was recorded with The Shadows and hit number one on United Kingdom Music Charts in 1962
# 17 – The Minute You’re Gone
“The Minute Your Gone,” was recorded with The Shadows and hit number one on United Kingdom Music Charts in 1965
# 16 – Congratulations
A Huge Cliff Richards song that hit number one in the United Kingdom in 1968. The song represented Britain in the Eurovision Song Contest of 1968.
# 15 – Big Ship
Love this one. It was released as a non album single in 1969. It was a top 10 hit in the United Kingdom. The horns are killer on this one.
# 14 – Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha
Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha was released in 1970 as a single. A prefect pop songs for the era. It was a top 10 single in the UK.
# 13 – Power To All Our Friends
One of Cliff Richards biggest hits and another song from the Eurovision Song Contest in 1973. The song hit number three in the UK.
# 12 – Devil Woman
Everyone in the U.S knows this one. It was Cliff Richards biggest hit in the U.S. It was a top 10 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1976. It was actually bigger in the US than it was in the UK as it peaked at number nine on the UK Music charts.
# 11 – We Don’t Talk Anymore
“We Don’t Talk Anymore,” was a number one hit in the United Kingdom in 1979. It was also a top 10 hit in the US peaking at number seven in the U.S. Billboard music charts.
# 10 – Dreamin’
Dreamin’ was another big hit un the US. The song broke the US Billboard Top 10 in 1980. It was also a top 10 hit in the UK.
# 9 – Wired for Sound
“Wired for Sound,” hit number four in the UK Charts in 1981.
# 8 – Please Don’t Fall in Love
“Please Don’t Fall in Love,” hit number seven on the United Kingdom music charts in 1983.
# 7 – Mistletoe and Wine
“Mistletoe and Wine,” was a great holiday song by Cliff Richard which was a huge hit in the UK. The song hit number one in 1988. So many number ones did this man have.
# 6 – The Best of Me
“The Best of Me,” hit number two in the UK in 1989
# 5 – I Just Don’t Have the Heart
This great dance style tune I Just Don’t Have the Heart was a number three single in the UK in 1989
# 4 – Saviour’s Day
“Saviour’s Day,” hit number one in the United Kingdom in 1990.
# 3 – I Still Believe in You
“I Still Believe in You” hit number seven in the United Kingdom in 1999.
# 2 -The Millennium Prayer
“The Millennium Prayer,” hit number one in the United Kingdom in 1999.
# 1 – Thank You for a Lifetime
The perfect way to end this Cliff Richard songs list. Thank You For A Lifetime was a thank you message to his fans from Cliff Richard. The song was released in 2008. It hit number three on the UK Music Charts. It stands so far as Cliff Richards last top 10 hit of his career.
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