Number One Magazine

Number One was a British magazine dealing with pop music. It ran for nine years, mostly during the 1980s and was aimed at a mainly teenage market.

 

The magazine was published weekly and ran from May 1983 to February 1992. It was intended as direct competition to Smash Hits, which was at its peak at the time. Although Number One contained fewer pages and less colour (at a similar price), the magazine claimed "our strength is our weekliness". One of the most popular aspects was that it published the singles and albums charts every week (obviously not possible for the fortnightly Smash Hits). Until 1990 however, these were the unofficial Network Charts (1985 - 1990). Previously the magazine had used the NME Top 75 singles & albums (March 1983 - December 1984). From October 1990, the full official Top 75 Chart was used until the magazine's demise. It was at this time that BBC Magazines took over publishing from IPC Magazines. When Number One came to an end in 1992, it was incorporated into the BBC's Fast Forward. The magazine's demise went unannounced - the final issue carried details of the features and interviews that would appear in the next issue, but remained unpublished.

 

 

Unlike Smash Hits, Number One made no secret of the fact the two were in direct competition and would very often refer to said magazine as "Sm*shed Tw*ts" and other less flattering terms. The approach it took to feature writing was more personal, in that the writers would show more of their own character and were not afraid to criticise their interviewees, where Smash Hits would remain more neutral. In the end Smash Hits won out due to its higher page count and glossier appearance, while remaining at a similar price to Number One. By early 1990 Number One was selling in excess of 130,000 copies per issue, but this paled in comparison to Smash Hits' 780.000 per issue

Click the link above to take you to the 1983 Issues Page. From there you can click each issues link to take you to that issue where you can read it in full.

 

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Click the link above to take you to the 1984 Issues Page. From there you can click each issues link to take you to that issue where you can read it in full.

 

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Click the link above to take you to the 1985 Issues Page. From there you can click each issues link to take you to that issue where you can read it in full.

 

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Click the link above to take you to the 1986 Issues Page. From there you can click each issues link to take you to that issue where you can read it in full.

 

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Click the link above to take you to the 1987 Issues Page. From there you can click each issues link to take you to that issue where you can read it in full.

 

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Click the link above to take you to the 1988 Issues Page. From there you can click each issues link to take you to that issue where you can read it in full.

 

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Click the link above to take you to the 1989 Issues Page. From there you can click each issues link to take you to that issue where you can read it in full.

 

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1990

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1991

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1992

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Click the link above to take you to the Number One Specials Page.

 

From There you can see what Contents was in each Special released and click the link to read the Specials in Full via out Flickr Page.

 

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Click the link above to take you to the Number One Yearbooks Page.

 

From There you can see what Contents was in each Yearbook released and click the link to read the Yearbook in Full via out Flickr Page.

 

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Number One TV Add 1983