John Peel Festive Fifty 1976

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The 1976 Festive 50 kicked off a series of annual charts that ran until John Peel’s death in 2004. An “all-time listeners’ favourites” chart, it actually only features two tracks from 1976: Racing Cars and Poco (the former of which had incarnations as a novel, a film and a top 20 hit). The chart harks back to John Peel’s early years on pirate radio as well as the early BBC shows, and combines the best of classic '60s music with some very lengthy prog rock epics. It took the majority of five Peel shows to broadcast the chart and the same number of CDs would be required for any home-made compilation. With the coming of punk and new wave, the charts changed radically in that respect - however, some tracks from the '76 list (including the predictable number one from Led Zeppelin) continued to place over the next few years.

The "FM" column in the list below shows the format the tracks can be collected in. Our preference is always to display the 7" if that version is available, with a 12" single as a second choice. "LP" will appear if the track is LP only. Click any band name to see our full stock list by that artist, or the "In Stock" button to view that specific item.

1Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven7"
2Derek & The Dominos - Layla7"In Stock
3Bob Dylan - Desolation RowLPOn Album: Highway 61 RevisitedIn Stock
4Pink Floyd - EchoesLPOn Album: MeddleIn Stock
5Jimi Hendrix - All Along The Watchtower7"In Stock
6Free - Alright Now7"
7Racing Cars - They Shoot Horses Don't They?7"In Stock
8Pink Floyd - Shine On You Crazy Diamond7"
9Beatles - A Day In The LifeLPOn Album: Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandIn Stock
10Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone7"In Stock
11Poco - Rose of Cimarron7"
12Neil Young - Cortez The KillerLPOn Album: Zuma
13Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar7"In Stock
14Beatles - Hey Jude7"
15Legendary Stardust Cowboy - Paralysed7"
16Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Chile7"In Stock
17Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever7"
18Captain Beefheart - Big Eyed Beans From VenusLPOn Album: Clear Spot
19Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love7"In Stock
20Lynyrd Skynyrd - Freebird7"
21Van Morrison - Madame GeorgeLPOn Album: Astral WeeksIn Stock
22Doors - Riders On The Storm7"In Stock
23Bob Dylan - Visions Of Johanna7"
24Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit7"In Stock
25Deep Purple - Child In Time7"In Stock
26Little Feat - Long Distance Love7"
27Grinderswitch - Pickin' The Blues7"
28Joe Walsh - Rocky Mountain Way7"In Stock
29Who - Won't Get Fooled Again7"In Stock
30Misunderstood - I Can Take You To The Sun7"
31Genesis - Supper's Ready7"
32Bob Marley - No Woman, No Cry7"In Stock
33Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers - Roadrunner7"
34Rod Stewart - Maggie May7"In Stock
35Jackson Browne - Late For The sky7"
36Led Zeppelin - KashmirLPOn Album: Physical GraffitiIn Stock
37Jimi Hendrix - Hey Joe7"
38Allman Brothers - Jessica7"In Stock
39Rolling Stones - Jumping Jack flash7"
40Grateful Dead - Dark Star7"
41Richard & Linda Thompson - I Want To See The Bright LightsTonight7"
42Family - The Weaver's Answer7"
43Jackson Browne - Fountain Of Sorrow7"In Stock
44Bob Dylan - Hurricane7"In Stock
45Doors - Light My Fire7"In Stock
46Matching Mole - O Caroline7"
47Roy Harper - When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease7"
48Wild Man Fischer - Go To Rhino Records7"
49Little Feat - Willin'LPOn Album: Little Feat
50Yes - And You And I7"In Stock
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