Number one act for the year for the second year in a row was the Osmonds (including Donny, Marie and Little Jimmy as solo artists). Between them, the family had no fewer than seven top five hits - two of them hitting the number one spot. Pride of place went to Donny Osmond, who had chart toppers with "The Twelfth of Never" and "Young Love" followed by a top five hit with "When I Fall in Love" and sister Marie Osmond managed a number two hit single with "Paper Roses.
Gary Glitter and the Glitter Band were second placed artists
In third place was David Cassidy and the Partidge
Number four act was Wizzard. The band had been formed by Roy Wood, the group started with a top ten hit "Ball Park Incident" then followed this up with two chart toppers "See My Baby Jive" (the fifth biggest hit of the year) and "Angel Fingers" before driving the Christmas song "I Wish it Could be Christmas Ever Day" to the top five.
Elton John captured fifth spot for the year more for his album work than his singles. However, he reached the top ten three times with "Daniel", "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road". His two albums were both big number ones: "Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player" was the top album of 1973 and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" was number five for the year.
The big singles of the year included "Tie a Yellow Ribbon
Sweet's "Blockbuster" which they followed up with two number two hits "Hell Raiser" and "Ballroom Blitz".
Slade and the Christmas number one, "Merry Xmas Everybody". The band had also hit the top spot twice earlier in the year with "Cum on Feel the Noize" and "Skweeze Me Pleeze Me" while "My Friend Stan" was a number two record.
T. Rex were still around and made top five positions with "Twentieth Century Boy" and "The Groover". Gilbert O'Sullivan had a number one single with "Get Down" and followed this with top ten hits "Ooh Baby" and "Why Oh Why Oh Why".
10cc were number one with "Rubber Bullets" and also had a top ten single with "The Dean,and I".