New Zealand #1 Hits

New Zealand’s singles charts took a while to arrive. The first chart based on sales didn’t arrive until 1975.

Wikipedia lists NZ #1 singles starting in mid-1960, but between 1960 and 1975, these were based on:

i) 1960-1964: The Lever Hit Parade. Hit songs were selected by the show’s producer
ii) 1965-March 1966: there was no recorded chart during this time
iii) March 1966-May 1975: hit songs were determined by votes. The voting was run by the magazine NZ Listener.

New Zealand has always been influenced culturally by the UK and the USA. Over time, I suspect the UK influence has faded and the US influence has grown.

Due to geographic proximity, Australian music is often popular in New Zealand. At times there’s been a cultural cringe about homegrown music. Nevertheless, a number of NZ singles have topped the charts.

I’m planning to (eventually) cover every NZ #1 single on this blog. As you can see, I’ve barely started:

ArtistSong titleYearReached #1
Weeks at #1Rating
Frank IfieldLovesick Blues196210/01/196313
Dave Dobbyn and HerbsSlice of Heaven198605/10/1986810
Boyz II MenEnd of the Road199218/10/199278
Crazy FrogAxel F200518/07/2005111
Justin BieberLove Yourself2015
Engelbert HumperdinckThe Last Waltz196710/11/196726
Michael Nesmith and The First National BandJoanne197025/07/197019
Craig ScottStar Crossed Lovers197012/06/197043
VengaboysBoom, Boom, Boom, Boom!!199908/08/199911
Chris BrownWith You200818/02/200848
Wham!I’m Your Man 198616/02/198616
Tony Orlando and DawnTie A Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree197301/06/1973103

DLT (featuring Che Fu)Chains199604/08/199649
Beyoncé and ShakiraBeautiful Liar2007
The RasmusIn The Shadows200423/08/200415
The SupremesWhere Did Our Love Go196417/09/196419
Taylor SwiftIs It Over Now?202306/11/202318
George Baker SelectionPaloma Blanca197501/08/197553
Billy OceanCaribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)198409/12/198466

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