Sir Cliff Richard is still king of the music calendar charts

Sir Cliff Richard is still king of the music calendar charts BLOG Friday 14th January 2022


Sir Cliff Richard is still king of the music calendar charts

The 81-year-old singer beat Elvis, Harry Styles and Kylie Minogue but is no longer in the top 10 for overall sales

Sir Cliff Richard poses with his album Music … The Air That I Breathe in 2020

Sir Cliff Richard poses with his album Music … The Air That I Breathe in 2020. Photograph: Warner Music/PA

Thu 30 Dec 2021 13.10 GMT

Sir Cliff Richard has emerged as king of the 2022 music calendar sales chart, proving more popular than younger stars, it has been reported.

The 81-year-old Young Ones singer came first in Calendar Club’s top 10 music category, the Sun reports.

Since his first calendar was released in 1979, Sir Cliff has sold 1.5m of them to his enthusiastic fanbase.

Famous for his hits Summer Holiday and Devil Woman, Sir Cliff had informed potential buyers that he would no longer be able to pose topless for calendars.

However, his 2022 offering includes him posing shirtless for August in only swimming trunks while raising a glass to the camera from the comfort of a swimming pool.

His calendar was shot mostly in New York, along with one picture taken in Barbados, where Sir Cliff owns a luxury villa.

Sir Cliff’s spokesperson said: “The calendar was shot in NYC earlier in 2021, with one additional image taken in Barbados.

“Sir Cliff loved the informality of the shoot and was able to direct the creative himself.”

Cliff Richard appearing on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories in October.

Cliff Richard becomes first artist to reach UK Top 5 across eight decades

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Along with Sir Cliff, calendars of another vintage star, Elvis Presley, also remained more sought-after than contemporary artists. The king of rock’n’roll took second spot in music calendar sales, according to Calendar Club.


Harry Styles, 27, took third place despite the runaway success of his solo music and acting career in recent years after leaving One Direction in 2016.

Kylie Minogue, 53, came fourth ahead of Little Mix in sixth and Taylor Swift in ninth. The stars were the only women in the top 10 for music calendar sales.

Despite Sir Cliff’s success in music calendar sales, he no longer featured in the top 10 overall, in which football clubs dominated. Liverpool came ahead of Manchester United to win most overall sales.

Natalie Taylor at Calendar Club said: “Cliff is still king of the calendars but he has actually slipped from seventh in the main chart, which includes all categories, to 11.”

In the TV sales chart, the US sitcom Friends came top and the BBC comedy Mrs Brown’s Boys came second


 1              Cliff Richard

2              Elvis Presley

3              Harry Styles

4              Kylie ranks

5              BTS

6              Little Mix

7              Robbie Williams

8              Daniel O’Donnell

9              Taylor Swift (8)

10           Queen

REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

– Nicolas Chamfort



 “Could be worse. Not sure how, but it could be.” – Eeyore Quote from Winnie the Pooh,


Happiness is…a good calendar of your own choice.


I tried to escape from the apple store… but there were no windows!


Love is… homemade.


A time for a Sir Cliff Richard Calendar…A time for a Liverpool FC Calendar.


Five songs that sound romantic if you don’t listen to the lyrics

Making a Spotify playlist for your beloved? Avoid these tunes which will demonstrate you’re a terrible listener:

Every Breath You Take – The Police

Debunked as the voyeuristic ramblings of an obsessive stalker years ago, this still inexplicably retains its status as a love song. If the listener purposefully tunes out every line about clingy behaviour and focusses solely on ‘I long for your embrace’ they may be able to kid themselves Sting doesn’t sound victim to several overlapping restraining orders.

God Only Knows – The Beach Boys

Though it gives the impression of being a charming love song, a close listen quickly reveals that it’s actually about a relationship soon to be crushed under the weight of the singer’s toxic co-dependency. Will make the object of your affection run a mile and get into casual sex.

My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion

My Heart Will Go On is about love lasting forever, right? It’s deeply romantic. Well, yes, until you remember that it’s actually about love continuing after someone has died and cast forever to the floor of the freezing Atlantic. Not appropriate for the honeymoon phase of your new relationship.

Don’t Marry Her – The Beautiful South

‘The Sunday sun shines down on San Francisco bay’ is a beautiful image, and because it’s the first line of the chorus it’ll distract the attention-deficient from the adulterous thrust of the song. Don’t be surprised if the title alone sends your beau into a paranoid tailspin.

With or Without You – U2

The music is full of passion and yearning but with lines such as ‘My hands are tied, my body bruised’, this track is far too dark to sit neatly alongside Robson & Jerome’s version of Unchained Melody. Giving the impression that you’re a brooding psychopath is not the path to true love, except in movies.

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