This is a chronological listing of the records and songs that were number one in the nascent new-wave scene of 1975. It is a tentative, preliminary list, but should be a close estimation of the final tally. This is a small excerpt from the book Rock Memories: New Wave/Alternative Rock, which will summarise reconstructed radio charts from the first new wave record at the end of 1974 through September 1988, when Billboard's initial Modern Rock Tracks chart débuted. Anticipated completion date: January 2022.
Note that there is a four-week gap in April and May, owing to the limited presence of new wave music on the radio at this early date, and that Brian Eno's entry reflects a broken run, dropping from the top after five weeks and then returning for three more on October 3.
NUMBER OF BEGIN DATE WEEKS SONG 12/13/1974 7 Patti Smith - "Hey Joe (Version)" [Mer 601] 1/31/1975 6 John Cale - "Fear Is a Man's Best Friend" [LP cut from Fear, Island 9301] 3/14/1975 4 The Flamin' Groovies - "You Tore Me Down" [Bomp! 101] 4/11/1975 2 The Dictators - "California Sun" [LP cut from Go Girl Crazy!, Epic 33348] 5/23/1975 11 John Cale - "Heartbreak Hotel" [Island IXP-3] 8/8/1975 8* Eno - "The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)" [Island 036] 9/12/1975 2 Dirty Angels - "Rock and Roll Love Letter" [Sire 719] 9/26/1975 1 Earth Quake - "Friday on My Mind" [Beserkley 5736] 10/24/1975 4 Vance or Towers - "Do Whatever We Want" [A&M 1717] 11/21/1975 11 Patti Smith - "Gloria: in excelsis deo/Gloria (Version)" [LP cut from Horses, Arista 4066]
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