EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: 'I Believe' - Frankie Laine

EVERY UK NUMBER ONE SONG: ‘I Believe’ – Frankie Laine

What was the number one song in the UK on 25th April 1953?

By Steve McSteveface

“I Believe” by Frankie Laine was Number One on 25th April 1953 and it remained at number one for an amazing 6 weeks.

Frankie, or Mr. Rhythm as he was also known, had an amazing career and this has to be one of my favourite songs he performed. Although, had it not been for Robson & Jerome (sadly) I would never have heard of this song.

Thanks Frankie and I’m sure we will be hearing a lot more from him in this list.


“I Believe” is a popular song written by Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl and Al Stillman in 1953.

“I Believe” was commissioned and introduced by Jane Froman on her television show, and became the first hit song ever introduced on TV. Froman, troubled by the uprising of the Korean War in 1952 so soon after World War II, asked Drake, Graham, Shirl and Stillman to compose a song that would offer hope and faith to the populace. In addition to Froman, “I Believe” has been recorded by many others, and has become both a popular and religious standard.

Frankie Laine’s version spent eighteen non-consecutive weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart. Laine also had the most successful version in America, where he reached #2 for three weeks.

Puerto Rican singer, Tito Lara along with Trío Los Hispanos, made a version of this song in Spanish; converting it into a national anthem of faith in Latin America. The Bachelors took the song to the number two spot in the UK in 1964, and Robson & Jerome’s version reached number one there in 1995.


I believe for every drop of rain that falls 
A flower grows
I believe that somewhere in the darkest night
A candle glows
I believe for everyone that goes astray
Someone will come to show the way
I believe
I believe
I believe above the storm the smallest prayer
Will still be heard
I believe that someone in the great somewhere
Hears every word
Every time I hear a newborn baby cry
Or touch a leaf
Or see the sky
Then I know why 
I believe
Every time I hear a newborn baby cry
Or touch a leaf
Or see the sky
Then I know why
I believe (Why I believe)

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Every UK Number One Song

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