For information on the historical Israeli singles chart, read this post. For Queen chart placings, skip to the next post.
Over the past few months, on the forum thread https://www.ukmix.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=47636
Israel Singles Chart 1987 – 1995, two posters, Ohanna and Yuvalzirier have been providing a wealth of stats from the Israeli singles chart that have presumably never been made easily available before. I thought it would be wise to post the Queen chart placings here so there’s a record for Queen historians and statisticians in case the information vanishes again.
If you’re in to charts, it’s a fascinating insight in to Queen’s huge popularity in Israel, and raises the tantalising and no doubt controversial question of whether 3 Queen songs should be added to the list of “official” number one singles.
All this information comes from Ohanna and Yuvalzirier and all credit to these guys for an impressive research effort.
The weekly chart ran from 1976 until 1997. It was broadcast on the Reshet Gimmel radio station, operating under the Kol Israel (“The Voice Of Israel”) network. It was modelled on the top 40 charts of the UK and USA. The chart was published every week in the music newspaper Lahiton (“Hit Paper”).
These charts are only coming to light now because Ohanna and Yuvalzirier have been tracking down old copies of Lahiton, which was written in Hebrew, and transcribing the charts in to English.
The reason why this chart is so curious (and contentious for Queen statisticians) is because it was not a sales based chart, nor even a radio play chart, but a phone-in vote to the radio station. There are a few arguments to be made about whether this chart should be considered “official” if it wasn’t sales based. Firstly, it was widely considered official in Israel, at least in the sense that it was the
Chart Show. Secondly, there is presumably no rival chart at all, (sales based or otherwise). Thirdly, the chart was occasionally featured in US Billboard magazine as the
Israeli singles chart. Ohanna also makes the point about the chart’s replacement in 1999 on the Galgalatz radio station:… record companies refused to recognize this chart as the Official Israeli Chart since it was Rock oriented and the station refused to play successful dance and pop hits…”
The inference of this statement is that record companies did recognise the Reshet Gimmel chart as official. One other complicating factor is that the chart was for international artists only and Hebrew records were split off in to another chart.