My Retro July 1970 Charts

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More Singapore popcorn transfers – 60’s Irwin Allen TV sci-fi show Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea (by the looks of it not necessarily officially sanctioned as they bear only a passing resemblance to actual actors) and Safari animals which may or may not be due to TV show Daktari’s popularity.

 

4th July 1970

It’s 2 weeks on top for Anne Murray in a static top 4, with War up to 5 for Edwin Starr, and the highest new entry in at 9 for Marmalade, Rainbow very much in the groove of Reflections Of My Life and the bubblegum pop now a thing of the past as Junior Campbell got more involved in songwriting 2 years ahead of his solo career. Actually at this stage they were still The Marmalade but it just sounds wrong when you’ve known them as Marmalade for 48 years, though not as wrong as The Gaylords, an earlier incarnation with a name that wouldn’t have sounded so good on Top Of The Pops. The good B side also enters lower down, at 71 for Ballad Of Cherry Flavar.

New in at 12, it’s a brand new band name for Tony Orlando getting his second-wind in his career, after early 60’s solo success, and previous chart entries here solo and with Wind (Groovin’ With Mr Bloe), and big Singapore-era fave of mine at the time Dawn’s Candida, a great pop song with an unfortunate title for those with an aversion to fungal skin infections. A bit like having a love called Chlamydia, sounds great till you realise…

Junior Walker keeps his run of top 20’s going, Neil Diamond has a big climb with Solitary Man into the 30, as does Lord Creator with his fab Kingston Town. Warm Earth enter at 42 with a totally kicking funkrock version of The Temptations I Know I’m Losing You, as Motown labelmates it must have had their approval, and it has mine. Clarence Carter enters with his tale of personal tragedy Patches, sung earnestly, and which teeters on the edge of parody it’s so depressing, but just avoids tipping over. At 56, another banging discovery for me, Ten Wheel Drive with a belting vocal from Genya Ravan. Yup, neither of them have ever been heard of before this week.

Chicago’s 25 or 6 To 4 rocks in at 58, a world away from the MOR ballads dominating their long career, and Kiki Dee debuts with a Motown single that didn’t hit – The Day Will Come Between Sunday And Monday starting her chart career 3 years before Amoureuse broke through with help from Elton John. The Supremes follow-up Up The Ladder with a US single that I never spotted, more  a track off the album than a showcase release, The Chi-Lites return with another of many many to come, Joe Cocker covers The Box Tops to lesser effect, Yvonne Fair debuts a full 6 years earlier than her showstopping It Should Have Been Me cover, and Andy Fairweather-Low scrapes in with a song I’ve never had much time for, despite seeing him sing it in concert, loving Amen Corner, and his later solo tracks like 1974’s Reggae Tune.

1 ( 1 ) SNOWBIRD Anne Murray # 1
2 ( 2 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU Carpenters # 1
3 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread # 1
4 ( 4 ) LOLA The Kinks # 4
5 ( 8 ) WAR Edwin Starr # 5
6 ( 6 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles # 1
7 ( 9 ) IT’S A SHAME The (Detroit) Spinners # 7
8 ( 5 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens # 3
9 ( NEW ) RAINBOW Marmalade # 9
10 ( 7 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The 5th Dimension # 1

11 ( 10 ) GO BACK Crabby Appleton # 3
12 ( NEW ) CANDIDA Dawn featuring Tony Orlando # 12
13 ( 12 ) GONE MOVIN’ ON The Raiders # 9
14 ( 11 ) TIGHTER, TIGHTER Alive N’ Kickin’ # 4
15 ( 18 ) SUNSHINE The Archies # 15
16 ( 14 ) YOUR SONG Elton John # 1
17 ( 16 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie # 4
18 ( 34 ) DO YOU SEE MY LOVE (FOR YOU GROWING) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 18
19 ( 15 ) MAYBE I’M AMAZED Paul McCartney # 2
20 ( 25 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free # 20

21 ( 13 ) BALL OF CONFUSION (THAT’S WHAT THE WORLD IS TODAY) The Temptations # 13
22 ( 17 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN & JOHN Marvin Gaye # 8
23 ( 48 ) SOLITARY MAN Neil Diamond # 23
24 ( 22 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
25 ( 21 ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 1
26 ( 32 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs # 26
27 ( 20 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry # 20
28 ( 19 ) UP ON THE ROOF Carole King # 10
29 ( 37 ) SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED (I’M YOURS) Stevie Wonder # 29
30 ( 27 ) THE WITCH The Rattles # 27

31 ( 23 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5 # 23
32 ( 28 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
33 ( 29 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
34 ( 43 ) OVER AND OVER The Archies # 34
35 ( 26 ) TEACH YOUR CHILDREN Crosby, Stills & Nash # 20
36 ( 31 ) GOODBYE SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard # 31
37 ( 24 ) BABY HOLD ON The Grass Roots # 17
38 ( 46 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin # 38
39 ( 63 ) KINGSTON TOWN Lord Creator # 39
40 ( 30 ) TRYING TO MAKE A FOOL OF ME The Delfonics # 30

41 ( 33 ) IF YOU KNEW HIM LIKE I DO Barbara Mason # 33
42 ( NEW ) (I KNOW) I’M LOSING YOU Warm Earth # 42
43 ( 49 ) SUSIE-Q Jose Feliciano # 43
44 ( 35 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Peggy Lipton # 35
45 ( 52 ) LIGHTS OF TUCSON Jim Campbell # 45
46 ( 41 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
47 ( 36 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues # 9
48 ( 55 ) I JUST CAN’T HELP BELIEVING B.J. Thomas # 48
49 ( 66 ) BLACK FOX Freddy Robinson # 49
50 ( 53 ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey # 50

51 ( NEW ) PATCHES Clarence Carter # 51
52 ( 40 ) YOU’VE BEEN MY INSPIRATION The Main Ingredient # 40
53 ( 38 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Nicky Thomas # 38
54 ( 50 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
55 ( 58 ) DOWN BY THE RIVER Buddy Miles & The Freedom Express # 55
56 ( NEW ) MORNING MUCH BETTER Ten Wheel Drive with Genya Ravan # 56
57 ( 65 ) EVERYTHING A MAN COULD EVER NEED Glen Campbell # 57
58 ( NEW ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago # 58
59 ( 44 ) I’LL BE THERE Cissy Houston # 44
60 ( 64 ) I FOUND THAT GIRL The Jackson 5 # 60

61 ( 69 ) APARTMENT 21 Bobbie Gentry # 61
62 ( 71 ) THE END OF OUR ROAD Marvin Gaye # 62
63 ( 59 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
64 ( 60 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
65 ( 67 ) IT’S YOUR LIFE Andy Kim # 65
66 ( 70 ) WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO MY LOVE? Brotherhood Of Man # 66
67 ( 39 ) TWO OF US The Beatles # 14
68 ( 68 ) PAPER MACHE Dionne Warwick # 68
69 ( 72 ) AFTER THE FEELING IS GONE Lulu with The Dixie Flyers # 69
70 ( 74 ) GET UP (I FEEL LIKE BEING A) SEX MACHINE James Brown # 70

71 ( NEW ) THE BALLAD OF CHERRY FLAVAR Marmalade # 71
72 ( 73 ) TELL IT ALL BROTHER Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 72
73 ( 75 ) (IT’S LIKE A) SAD OLD KINDA MOVIE Pickettywitch # 73
74 ( NEW ) THE DAY WILL COME BETWEEN SUNDAY AND MONDAY Kiki Dee # 74
75 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S GOT THE RIGHT TO LOVE The Supremes # 75
76 ( NEW ) I LIKE YOUR LOVIN’ (DO YOU LIKE MINE?) The Chi-Lites # 76
77 ( 42 ) SHE CRIED The Lettermen # 30
78 ( NEW ) THE LETTER Joe Cocker # 78
79 ( NEW ) STAY JUST A LITTLE BIT LONGER Yvonne Fair # 79
80 ( NEW ) NATURAL SINNER Fairweather # 80

Wot I Liked Then
1 ( 1 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
2 ( 2 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
3 ( 3 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
4 ( 5 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 4 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
6 ( 10 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
7 ( 6 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
8 ( 13 ) LOLA The Kinks
9 ( 7 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
10 ( NEW ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley

11 ( 8 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe
12 ( 9 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
13 ( 12 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
14 ( NEW ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
15 ( 14 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
16 ( 18 ) REACH OUT AND TOUCH (SOMEBODY’S HAND) Diana Ross
17 ( 15 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR. BLOE Mr. Bloe
18 ( 19 ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey
19 ( NEW ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
20 ( 16 ) WHO’S YOUR BABY?/SENORITA RITA The Archies

My June 1988 Charts

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Bournemouth beach circa 1988 when it wasn’t as Lockdown jampacked as the hordes of Covid-19 deniers partying and dumping rubbish yesterday.

 

 

5th June 1988

It’s a first week on top for Circle In The Sand, Belinda Carlisle’s first chart-topper, holding off a big climb from KLF aka The Timelords “How To get A Number One Record” as the subsequent book claimed. Half of them had been there before in the top 10 with Brilliant. Eurythmics get another top 10, for the 6th year in succession, Sam Brown has a massive climb into the 20 for Stop, Brass Construction outperform the original’s chart position by 13 places, Desireless get a nice climb into the 40, and the highest new entry is another duet between Chrissie Hynde & UB40, a cover of Dusty Springfield’s Dusty In Memphis track, Breakfast In Bed, which should have been a single in 1969, and the cover version being much better than their version of I Got You Babe.

Julian Clary treats Leader Of The Pack with affectionate humour, under his then stage-pseudonym, and on his way to stand-up top-billing, always good with his quick-wit and innuendo, give or take the odd political fist-up to interrupt his ascendence. Bros owe me nothing, apparently, new in at 59 – though I’d argue they owe me thanks for buying one of their later better singles once the fanclub evaporated. At 65, Chubby Checker is back with the rapping Fat Boys, with a souped-up The Twist, which had always been less popular than Let’s Twist Again in the UK. It did chart as the other side of Let’s twist Again, though, for me in 1975 on reissue, while a cover version of Let’s Twist Again topped my chart thanks to a DJ. A childhood fave song, that one.

Tiffany’s back with another 60’s cover – this time The Beatles I Saw Her Standing There, which was never a UK single but which charted in 1981 in the wake of John Lennon’s murder as a live version with Elton John, for John Lennon’s last public concert while guesting with Elton after losing a bet that Whatever Gets You Thru The Night wouldn’t top the US charts. Sabrina brings some Eurocheese action, Matt Bianco pop in as Basia taunts her ex-band a little bit higher, Five Star have another weekend, and Jacko returns with two more mentions for future singles off Bad.

1 ( 3 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
2 ( 1 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
3 ( 20 ) DOCTORIN’ THE TARDIS The Timelords (KLF)
4 ( 4 ) CHECK THIS OUT LA Mix
5 ( 7 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
6 ( 2 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
7 ( 5 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada
8 ( 6 ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
9 ( 9 ) OH PATTI (DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR LOVERBOY) Scritti Politti
10 ( 26 ) YOU HAVE PLACED A CHILL IN MY HEART Eurythmics

11 ( 18 ) THE LOVERS Alexander O’Neal
12 ( 21 ) WILD WORLD Maxi Priest
13 ( 10 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher
14 ( 28 ) MY ONE TEMPTATION Mica Paris
15 ( 11 ) OUT OF THE BLUE Debbie Gibson
16 ( 8 ) BLUE MONDAY (REMIX) New Order
17 ( 30 ) MOVIN’ 1988 Brass Construction
18 ( 32 ) LOST IN YOU Rod Stewart
19 ( 53 ) STOP Sam Brown
20 ( 29 ) CHAINS OF LOVE Erasure

21 ( 13 ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan/ Miami Sound Machine
22 ( 15 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express
23 ( 14 ) I’M NIN ALU Ofra Haza
24 ( 12 ) GOT TO BE CERTAIN Kylie Minogue
25 ( 27 ) GIVE A LITTLE LOVE Aswad
26 ( 16 ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
27 ( 19 ) HEY MR HEARTACHE Kim Wilde
28 ( 35 ) THIS IS ME Climie Fisher
29 ( 22 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
30 ( 38 ) I DON’T WANT TO GO ON WITH YOU LIKE THAT Elton John

31 ( 17 ) KING OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Prefab Sprout
32 ( 25 ) EVERYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES Daryl Hall & John Oates
33 ( 36 ) DON’T CALL ME BABY Voice Of The Beehive
34 ( 50 ) VOYAGE VOYAGE Desireless
35 ( 43 ) PARADISE Sade
36 ( 24 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
37 ( 45 ) LIFE ON A TOP PEOPLE’S HEALTH FARM The Style Council
38 ( NEW ) BREAKFAST IN BED UB40/ Chrissie Hynde
39 ( 75 ) TELL ME Nick Kamen
40 ( 40 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies

41 ( 33 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
42 ( 23 ) DON’T GO Hothouse Flowers
43 ( 42 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
44 ( 57 ) NAUGHTY GIRLS (NEED LOVE TOO) Samantha Fox
45 ( 58 ) WHO GETS THE LOVE Status Quo
46 ( 31 ) WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean
47 ( 46 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
48 ( NEW ) LEADER OF THE PACK Joan Collins Fan Club (Julian Clary)
49 ( 47 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
50 ( 49 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees

51 ( 48 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
52 ( 60 ) GET IT Stevie Wonder/ Michael Jackson
53 ( 52 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
54 ( 54 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
55 ( 34 ) YES Merry Clayton
56 ( 66 ) LOVE WILL SAVE THE DAY Whitney Houston
57 ( 62 ) I STILL LOVE YOU Judy Cheeks
58 ( 44 ) PERFECT Fairground Attraction
59 ( NEW ) I OWE YOU NOTHING Bros
60 ( 72 ) ISN’T IT MIDNIGHT Fleetwood Mac

61 ( 39 ) I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama
62 ( 61 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
63 ( 63 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
64 ( 41 ) ELECTRIC BLUE Icehouse
65 ( NEW ) THE TWIST The Fat Boys/ Chubby Checker
66 ( 70 ) TIME AND TIDE Basia
67 ( 67 ) BAD Michael Jackson
68 ( NEW ) I SAW HIM STANDING THERE Tiffany
69 ( 51 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
70 ( NEW ) BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) Sabrina

71 ( NEW ) I’M REAL James Brown
72 ( 69 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
73 ( 71 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
74 ( NEW ) ANOTHER WEEKEND Five Star
75 ( NEW ) DON’T BLAME IT ON THAT GIRL Matt Bianco
76 ( RE ) DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson
77 ( RE ) ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson

5th June
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson
2 HONALOOCHIE BOOGIE Mott The Hoople
3 ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson

 

 

12th July 1988

It’s 2 weeks on top for Belinda as The Timelords Glamrock the Tardis up to 2, and Rose Royce is back with a super-double-A-side single reissue of their 1977/1979 hits – Is It Love You’re After is the real A side though, following on from the S-Express sample, and is a top hit again second time around. Erasure bound into the 10 with Chains Of Love, very popular pastime in some quarters, as does Alexander O’Neal still on an r’n’b roll, and Maxi Priest gives Cat Stevens his first top 10 song since err Wild World in 1970.

George Michael is back with yet another Faith track, this time it’s a Jam & Lewis remix of Monkey, which is way better than the album version, straight in at 14, giving both George & Jam & Lewis 2 in the 20. Newly-solo Morrissey is back with possibly his best solo single, Everyday Is Like Sunday, in at 16, and The Pasadenas debut with the fab 70’s-Philly-referencing Tribute at 17. The Communards return with There’s More To Love, Tracey Chapman drives in with her evergreen fast car, The Silencers get another flop single in my chart, with Painted Moon, and Boy George gets all political about Clause 28 which banned mentioning the “Gay” word to children, Thatcher preferring to pretend there’s no such thing.

George Harrison insists that This Is Love, and extends his solo run to 18 years, Bob’s boy Ziggy Marley debuts with Tomorrow People, sounding not entirely unlike his late father, 60’s oldie Do You Love Me enters for The Contours thanks to Dirty Dancing, I think, though it was more familiar to me via UK covers up to this point. Loose Ends return with what is more Tail-Ends as far as their career is concerned, sadly, and finally Sisters Of Mercy sneak in with Lucretia My Reflection – quite modest by their recent standards, but expect it to go up.

1 ( 1 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
2 ( 3 ) DOCTORIN’ THE TARDIS The Timelords (KLF)
3 ( 2 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
4 ( 4 ) CHECK THIS OUT LA Mix
5 ( NEW ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER/ CAR WASH Rose Royce
6 ( 10 ) YOU HAVE PLACED A CHILL IN MY HEART Eurythmics
7 ( 20 ) CHAINS OF LOVE Erasure
8 ( 11 ) THE LOVERS Alexander O’Neal
9 ( 5 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
10 ( 12 ) WILD WORLD Maxi Priest

11 ( 6 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
12 ( 14 ) MY ONE TEMPTATION Mica Paris
13 ( 19 ) STOP Sam Brown
14 ( NEW ) MONKEY (REMIX) George Michael
15 ( 7 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada
16 ( NEW ) EVERY DAY IS LIKE SUNDAY Morrissey
17 ( NEW ) TRIBUTE (RIGHT ON) The Pasadenas
18 ( 8 ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
19 ( 9 ) OH PATTI (DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR LOVERBOY) Scritti Politti
20 ( 25 ) GIVE A LITTLE LOVE Aswad

21 ( 39 ) TELL ME Nick Kamen
22 ( 38 ) BREAKFAST IN BED UB40/ Chrissie Hynde
23 ( 35 ) PARADISE Sade
24 ( 34 ) VOYAGE VOYAGE Desireless
25 ( 13 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher
26 ( 17 ) MOVIN’ 1988 Brass Construction
27 ( NEW ) THERE’S MORE TO LOVE The Communards
28 ( 30 ) I DON’T WANT TO GO ON WITH YOU LIKE THAT Elton John
29 ( 33 ) DON’T CALL ME BABY Voice Of The Beehive
30 ( 60 ) ISN’T IT MIDNIGHT Fleetwood Mac

31 ( 22 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express
32 ( 18 ) LOST IN YOU Rod Stewart
33 ( 16 ) BLUE MONDAY (REMIX) New Order
34 ( 71 ) I’M REAL James Brown
35 ( 21 ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan/ Miami Sound Machine
36 ( 15 ) OUT OF THE BLUE Debbie Gibson
37 ( NEW ) FAST CAR Tracey Chapman
38 ( 29 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
39 ( NEW ) PAINTED MOON The Silencers
40 ( 40 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies

41 ( 23 ) I’M NIN ALU Ofra Haza
42 ( NEW ) NO CLAUSE 28 Boy George
43 ( 36 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
44 ( 26 ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
45 ( 65 ) THE TWIST The Fat Boys/ Chubby Checker
46 ( 41 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
47 ( 59 ) I OWE YOU NOTHING Bros
48 ( 48 ) LEADER OF THE PACK Joan Collins Fan Club (Julian Clary)
49 ( 47 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
50 ( 49 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield

51 ( 53 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
52 ( 75 ) DON’T BLAME IT ON THAT GIRL Matt Bianco
53 ( 32 ) EVERYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES Daryl Hall & John Oates
54 ( 51 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
55 ( 50 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
56 ( 43 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
57 ( 54 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
58 ( 24 ) GOT TO BE CERTAIN Kylie Minogue
59 ( NEW ) THIS IS LOVE George Harrison
60 ( 70 ) BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) Sabrina

61 ( 31 ) KING OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Prefab Sprout
62 ( 27 ) HEY MR HEARTACHE Kim Wilde
63 ( 37 ) LIFE ON A TOP PEOPLE’S HEALTH FARM The Style Council
64 ( 58 ) PERFECT Fairground Attraction
65 ( 28 ) THIS IS ME Climie Fisher
66 ( 63 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
67 ( 62 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
68 ( 68 ) I SAW HIM STANDING THERE Tiffany
69 ( 67 ) BAD Michael Jackson
70 ( NEW ) TOMORROW PEOPLE Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers

71 ( NEW ) DO YOU LOVE ME The Contours
72 ( NEW ) MR BACHELOR Loose Ends
73 ( 73 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
74 ( NEW ) LUCRETIA MY REFLECTION The Sisters Of Mercy
75 ( 72 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
76 ( 76 ) DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson

Playlist oldies and album tracks of that week
1 THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel and Kim
2 DANNY’S SONG Anne Murray
3 DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson

 

 

19th July 1988

It’s three weeks on top for Circle In The Sand, suddenly under threat from Erasure up to 2 with Chains Of Love, their highest since topping with Sometimes in 1986, Eurythmics getting a second top 3 of the year with You Have Placed A Chill, and highest new entry at 4 being Phil Collins’ number 2 from 1981, the awesome In The Air Tonight undergoing a revamp that didn’t actually ruin it. George Michael goes top 10 with a Monkey on his back, Sade get a big top 10 with Paradise, their first in a while, Morrissey gets his first solo top 10, and Mica Paris her first too, My One Temptation for a busy week at the top end. One of them will knock Belinda off the perch next week.

Sisters Of Mercy get another huge leap, with Lucretia My Reflection up 50 places to 24, along with a batch of top 40 climbers from The Fat Boys & Chubby Checker, Bros, Sabrina, George Harrison, Matt Bianco, Boy George, and if you can find a genre connection there between them all you must be delusional! smile.gif In a quiet week for new entries veterans The Moody Blues return with I Know You’re Out There Somewhere, I knew them back when I was a kiddie, T’Pau keep the singles coming I Will Be With You, Tracie Spencer’s Symptoms Of True Love returns, Springsteen is still Tougher Than The Rest 13 years on, a-ha have The Blood That Moves The Body, and Dee Lewis pops in briefly with Best Of My Love, sister of the fab Linda Lewis, and vocalist with the likes of Jamiroquai in the 90’s.

1 ( 1 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
2 ( 7 ) CHAINS OF LOVE Erasure
3 ( 6 ) YOU HAVE PLACED A CHILL IN MY HEART Eurythmics
4 ( NEW ) IN THE AIR TONIGHT (1988) Phil Collins
5 ( 10 ) WILD WORLD Maxi Priest
6 ( 2 ) DOCTORIN’ THE TARDIS The Timelords (KLF)
7 ( 14 ) MONKEY (REMIX) George Michael
8 ( 23 ) PARADISE Sade
9 ( 16 ) EVERY DAY IS LIKE SUNDAY Morrissey
10 ( 12 ) MY ONE TEMPTATION Mica Paris

11 ( 5 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER/ CAR WASH Rose Royce
12 ( 17 ) TRIBUTE (RIGHT ON) The Pasadenas
13 ( 3 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
14 ( 24 ) VOYAGE VOYAGE Desireless
15 ( 22 ) BREAKFAST IN BED UB40/ Chrissie Hynde
16 ( 9 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
17 ( 4 ) CHECK THIS OUT LA Mix
18 ( 21 ) TELL ME Nick Kamen
19 ( 11 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
20 ( 27 ) THERE’S MORE TO LOVE The Communards

21 ( 13 ) STOP Sam Brown
22 ( 8 ) THE LOVERS Alexander O’Neal
23 ( 29 ) DON’T CALL ME BABY Voice Of The Beehive
24 ( 74 ) LUCRETIA MY REFLECTION The Sisters Of Mercy
25 ( 30 ) ISN’T IT MIDNIGHT Fleetwood Mac
26 ( 37 ) FAST CAR Tracey Chapman
27 ( 15 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada
28 ( 18 ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
29 ( 19 ) OH PATTI (DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR LOVERBOY) Scritti Politti
30 ( 39 ) PAINTED MOON The Silencers

31 ( 45 ) THE TWIST The Fat Boys/ Chubby Checker
32 ( 47 ) I OWE YOU NOTHING Bros
33 ( 60 ) BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) Sabrina
34 ( 59 ) THIS IS LOVE George Harrison
35 ( 52 ) DON’T BLAME IT ON THAT GIRL Matt Bianco
36 ( 20 ) GIVE A LITTLE LOVE Aswad
37 ( 42 ) NO CLAUSE 28 Boy George
38 ( 38 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
39 ( 40 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
40 ( 31 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express

41 ( 28 ) I DON’T WANT TO GO ON WITH YOU LIKE THAT Elton John
42 ( 25 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher
43 ( 34 ) I’M REAL James Brown
44 ( 33 ) BLUE MONDAY (REMIX) New Order
45 ( 36 ) OUT OF THE BLUE Debbie Gibson
46 ( 26 ) MOVIN’ 1988 Brass Construction
47 ( 35 ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan/ Miami Sound Machine
48 ( 43 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
49 ( 32 ) LOST IN YOU Rod Stewart
50 ( 50 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield

51 ( 51 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
52 ( 49 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
53 ( 46 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
54 ( NEW ) I KNOW YOU’RE OUT THERE SOMEWHERE The Moody Blues
55 ( 54 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
56 ( 55 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
57 ( NEW ) I WILL BE WITH YOU T’Pau
58 ( 57 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
59 ( 70 ) TOMORROW PEOPLE Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers
60 ( NEW ) SYMPTOMS OF TRUE LOVE Tracie Spencer

61 ( 56 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
62 ( 68 ) I SAW HIM STANDING THERE Tiffany
63 ( 48 ) LEADER OF THE PACK Joan Collins Fan Club (Julian Clary)
64 ( 41 ) I’M NIN ALU Ofra Haza
65 ( 44 ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
66 ( 64 ) PERFECT Fairground Attraction
67 ( 71 ) DO YOU LOVE ME The Contours
68 ( 69 ) BAD Michael Jackson
69 ( 66 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
70 ( NEW ) TOUGHER THAN THE REST Bruce Springsteen

71 ( 67 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
72 ( NEW ) THE BLOOD THAT MOVES THE BODY a-ha
73 ( 73 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
74 ( 75 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
75 ( NEW ) BEST OF MY LOVE Dee Lewis

Playlist oldies of the week
1 HEART OF GOLD Johnny Hates Jazz
2 COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
3 FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine

 

 

 

26th June 1988

It’s a first week on top for Phil Collins, with the slight reworking of his 1981 number 2 classic In The Air Tonight – the remix isn’t as good as the original, let’s be clear on that, but it’s compensation for being denied first-time round. In the interim Genesis topped my chart with Mama in 1983, both of them classically haunting rhythmically. That denies a topper for Maxi Priest’s fab cover of Wild World at 2, while new into the top 10 go The Pasadenas’ early 70’s-sounding Tribute, UB40 & Chrissie Hynde getting another top 10 together with a much better cover version, this time the fab Dusty In Memphis album track, and The Communards grab another to add to their growing list with There’s More To Love.

T’Pau climb 30 places, Springsteen does even better up to 32, and Gloria Estefan enters at 36 with Anything For You, the track that boosted her into the big league for the next few years as Miami Sound Machine becomes the supporting name rather than the focus – nothing had changed though, her only-ever boyfriend and husband Emilio was and is still the guiding force behind her career and records. 1971 Who classic Won’t Get Fooled Again debuts (I didn’t know it at the time, it wasn’t played in Singapore) at 42, Midnight Oil follow-up Beds Are Burning with Dead Heart, and Salt’n’Pepa debut with the much-loved Push It, bringing female rap an actual focal point with the band – Salt, Pepa & Spinderella aka ‘n’. I made that last bit up.

Steve Winwood returns with a huge US hit, Roll With It, 20-odd years into his career and giving us that classic starter-soup question “Roll with it?”. I made that bit up too. INXS bring yet another fab track from the brilliant Kick album into the chart – Never Tear Us Apart, remixed and covered in later decades by the likes of Paloma Faith. Glen Medeiros pops in with his UK chart-topper, I still remain mystified by it’s popularity 30 years later, the same week he had his 20th birthday. 50 now, hard to believe, but Happy Birthday Glen! Hothouse Flowers follow-up, Joy Division oldie Atmosphere sneaks in, and rather lowly at 74, Transvision Vamp enter with another pop goodie, I Want Your Love.

1 ( 4 ) IN THE AIR TONIGHT (1988) Phil Collins
2 ( 5 ) WILD WORLD Maxi Priest
3 ( 1 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
4 ( 3 ) YOU HAVE PLACED A CHILL IN MY HEART Eurythmics
5 ( 2 ) CHAINS OF LOVE Erasure
6 ( 8 ) PARADISE Sade
7 ( 7 ) MONKEY (REMIX) George Michael
8 ( 12 ) TRIBUTE (RIGHT ON) The Pasadenas
9 ( 15 ) BREAKFAST IN BED UB40/ Chrissie Hynde
10 ( 20 ) THERE’S MORE TO LOVE The Communards

11 ( 9 ) EVERY DAY IS LIKE SUNDAY Morrissey
12 ( 13 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
13 ( 14 ) VOYAGE VOYAGE Desireless
14 ( 6 ) DOCTORIN’ THE TARDIS The Timelords (KLF)
15 ( 11 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER/ CAR WASH Rose Royce
16 ( 16 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
17 ( 26 ) FAST CAR Tracey Chapman
18 ( 32 ) I OWE YOU NOTHING Bros
19 ( 34 ) THIS IS LOVE George Harrison
20 ( 31 ) THE TWIST The Fat Boys/ Chubby Checker

21 ( 10 ) MY ONE TEMPTATION Mica Paris
22 ( 23 ) DON’T CALL ME BABY Voice Of The Beehive
23 ( 19 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
24 ( 24 ) LUCRETIA MY REFLECTION The Sisters Of Mercy
25 ( 41 ) I DON’T WANT TO GO ON WITH YOU LIKE THAT Elton John
26 ( 17 ) CHECK THIS OUT LA Mix
27 ( 57 ) I WILL BE WITH YOU T’Pau
28 ( 35 ) DON’T BLAME IT ON THAT GIRL Matt Bianco
29 ( 25 ) ISN’T IT MIDNIGHT Fleetwood Mac
30 ( 30 ) PAINTED MOON The Silencers

31 ( 18 ) TELL ME Nick Kamen
32 ( 70 ) TOUGHER THAN THE REST Bruce Springsteen
33 ( 33 ) BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) Sabrina
34 ( 21 ) STOP Sam Brown
35 ( 22 ) THE LOVERS Alexander O’Neal
36 ( NEW ) ANYTHING FOR YOU Gloria Estefan
37 ( 28 ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
38 ( 39 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
39 ( 38 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
40 ( 27 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada

41 ( 29 ) OH PATTI (DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR LOVERBOY) Scritti Politti
42 ( NEW ) WON’T GET FOOLED AGAIN The Who
43 ( NEW ) THE DEAD HEART Midnight Oil
44 ( 40 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express
45 ( NEW ) PUSH IT Salt ‘n’ Pepa
46 ( 59 ) TOMORROW PEOPLE Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers
47 ( 54 ) I KNOW YOU’RE OUT THERE SOMEWHERE The Moody Blues
48 ( 48 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
49 ( 51 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
50 ( 50 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield

51 ( 52 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
52 ( 42 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher
53 ( 36 ) GIVE A LITTLE LOVE Aswad
54 ( 53 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
55 ( 47 ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan/ Miami Sound Machine
56 ( 60 ) SYMPTOMS OF TRUE LOVE Tracie Spencer
57 ( 55 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
58 ( 58 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
59 ( 56 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
60 ( 44 ) BLUE MONDAY (REMIX) New Order

61 ( NEW ) ROLL WITH IT Steve Winwood
62 ( NEW ) NEVER TEAR US APART INXS
63 ( NEW ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE MY LOVE FOR YOU Glen Medeiros
64 ( 45 ) OUT OF THE BLUE Debbie Gibson
65 ( 61 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
66 ( 37 ) NO CLAUSE 28 Boy George
67 ( 72 ) THE BLOOD THAT MOVES THE BODY a-ha
68 ( 68 ) BAD Michael Jackson
69 ( 46 ) MOVIN’ 1988 Brass Construction
70 ( NEW ) I’M SORRY Hothouse Flowers

71 ( 69 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
72 ( 73 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
73 ( NEW ) ATMOSPHERE Joy Division
74 ( NEW ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Transvision Vamp
75 ( 74 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone

Playlist faves of that week
1 REMEMBER ME Cliff Richard
2 DIGGING YOUR SCENE Blow Monkeys
3 DIZZY Tommy Roe

 

My Retro June 1970 Charts

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Exotic butterfly writing paper which we used to write home. I can’t resist saving pretty things, so cut these out of used pages from the pad. I also can’t throw anything away, cos when I’ve been forced to I’ve always regretted it afterwards! So still got these….

6th June 1970

It’s 2 weeks on top for Bread, heavily challenged by fellow Easy Listening act (as it was known in those days) Carpenters, who enter with a second cover version – this time a Bacharach/David B side that gives brother/sister Richard & Karen Carpenter the definitive version of Close To You and their signature song, kick-starting a hugely successful career in terms of quality and sales, but ultimately tragic for poor Karen who struggled with being in the spotlight, not helped by the sometimes thoughtless press, and critical mauling from the rock press too busy being Street Cred, oblivious to her timeless voice and interpretation, and the impeccable production. I loved this one in 1970, and have never stopped loving it. Like Pet Shop Boys and Eurythmics, there’s not really a capitalised “The” in front of the band name, but people just think there is cos it sounds wrong saying it without…

The Beatles make it 3 in the 20, The Jackson 5 get a 4th top 40, and Love Of The Common People returns, this time in the Nicky Thomas reggae version, which improves of the previous entry from The Winstons, and sets up the best version from Paul Young over a decade later. At 52, it’s a bit of hysterical Witchy madness from The Rattles – not sure if it’s been covered by a Witch House act, but it should be! B’J’ Thomas is back yet again with a song made more famous by someone else in cover version – this time it’s Elvis who did a live version for a huge UK hit, and probably the best recorded live release Elvis did in the 70’s, I Just Can’t Help Believing that’s true.

Mod Squad/ Twin Peaks actor Peggy Lipton gets a third chart entry with a rather nice version of Donovan’s Wear Your Love Like Heaven, I’m sure Quincy Jones (her hubby) approved, and finally Cissy Houston gets a solo entry with I’ll Be There, having previously appeared many times as a member of Sweet Inspirations and backing Elvis, Dusty, Otis, Van and many others famous enough to just use a first name and you know who they are. Singles she’s appeared on include Brown Eyed Girl, Music In Me (Kiki Dee), Mother & Child Reunion (Paul Simon), Young Americans (Bowie), I’m Every Woman (Chaka Khan), oh and one track by her daughter Whitney Houston, who she sounds uncannily like on this one – at least if Whitney had been able to sound soulful before the drugs harmed her range and life.

1 ( 1 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread # 1
2 ( NEW ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU Carpenters # 2
3 ( 3 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens # 3
4 ( 2 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles # 1
5 ( 4 ) TIGHTER, TIGHTER Alive N’ Kickin’ # 4
6 ( 5 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The 5th Dimension # 1
7 ( 6 ) GO BACK Crabby Appleton # 3
8 ( 7 ) YOUR SONG Elton John # 1
9 ( 9 ) MAYBE I’M AMAZED Paul McCartney # 2
10 ( 10 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN & JOHN Marvin Gaye # 10

11 ( 8 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie # 4
12 ( 19 ) GONE MOVIN’ ON The Raiders # 12
13 ( 11 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues # 9
14 ( 17 ) UP ON THE ROOF Carole King # 14
15 ( 13 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
16 ( 14 ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 1
17 ( 12 ) RAMBLE ON Led Zeppelin # 8
18 ( 23 ) TWO OF US The Beatles # 18
19 ( 15 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
20 ( 16 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1

21 ( 22 ) BALL OF CONFUSION (THAT’S WHAT THE WORLD IS TODAY) The Temptations # 21
22 ( 25 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe # 22
23 ( 20 ) EVERY NIGHT Paul McCartney # 20
24 ( 26 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys # 24
25 ( 18 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops # 12
26 ( 21 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR BLOE Mr Bloe # 16
27 ( 31 ) CHECK OUT YOUR MIND The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 27
28 ( 24 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
29 ( 33 ) BABY HOLD ON The Grass Roots # 29
30 ( 32 ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND White Plains # 30

31 ( 35 ) TEACH YOUR CHILDREN Crosby, Stills & Nash # 31
32 ( 36 ) DAY IS DONE Nick Drake # 32
33 ( 37 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry # 33
34 ( 29 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
35 ( 43 ) MISSISSIPPI John Phillips # 35
36 ( 40 ) I WANNA BE A FREE GIRL Dusty Springfield # 36
37 ( 27 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell # 10
38 ( 38 ) LET THIS BE A LETTER (TO MY BABY) Jackie Wilson # 38
39 ( 48 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5 # 39
40 ( 28 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley # 28

41 ( 47 ) GOODBYE SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard # 41
42 ( 46 ) THE GREEN MANALISHI (WITH THE TWO PRONG CROWN) Fleetwood Mac # 42
43 ( 56 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free # 43
44 ( 30 ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch # 30
45 ( 55 ) SHE CRIED The Lettermen # 45
46 ( 42 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
47 ( 44 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
48 ( 34 ) KITSCH Barry Ryan # 20
49 ( NEW ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Nicky Thomas # 49
50 ( 53 ) MAMA TOLD ME (NOT TO COME) Three Dog Night # 50

51 ( 39 ) VIVA TIRADO El Chicano # 28
52 ( NEW ) THE WITCH The Rattles # 52
53 ( 41 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones # 20
54 ( 57 ) IF YOU KNEW HIM LIKE I DO Barbara Mason # 54
55 ( 51 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
56 ( 52 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
57 ( 59 ) TRYING TO MAKE A FOOL OF ME The Delfonics # 57
58 ( 63 ) TAKE TO THE MOUNTAINS Richard Barnes # 58
59 ( 45 ) (YOU’VE GOT ME) DANGLING ON A STRING Chairmen Of The Board # 30
60 ( 50 ) PUPPET MAN The 5th Dimension # 14

61 ( 64 ) YOU’VE BEEN MY INSPIRATION The Main Ingredient # 61
62 ( 54 ) VEHICLE The Ides Of March # 8
63 ( 68 ) BET YER LIFE I DO Herman’s Hermits # 63
64 ( 62 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
65 ( 71 ) SHINING BRIGHTLY Brinsley Schwarz featuring Nick Lowe # 65
66 ( 69 ) MELANIE MAKES ME SMILE Tony Burrows # 66
67 ( NEW ) I JUST CAN’T HELP BELIEVING B.J. Thomas # 67
68 ( 70 ) THE SLY, SLICK AND THE WICKED The Lost Generation # 68
69 ( 74 ) SILVER BIRD Mark Lindsay # 69
70 ( 49 ) RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE Creedence Clearwater Revival # 35

71 ( 73 ) MAYBE The Three Degrees # 71
72 ( 67 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
73 ( 58 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies # 18
74 ( NEW ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Peggy Lipton # 74
75 ( NEW ) I’LL BE THERE Cissy Houston # 75

6th June
Wot I Liked Then
1 ( 2 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
2 ( 4 ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch
3 ( 1 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
4 ( 3 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
5 ( 6 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
6 ( 5 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
7 ( 8 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
8 ( NEW ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
9 ( 12 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe
10 ( 7 ) ABC The Jackson 5

11 ( 10 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN AND JOHN Marvin Gaye
12 ( 9 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR. BLOE Mr. Bloe
13 ( 11 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones
14 ( NEW ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
15 ( 15 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
16 ( 13 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues
17 ( 17 ) THE GREEN MANALISHI Fleetwood Mac
18 ( 14 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
19 ( NEW ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
20 ( 16 ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad

 

13th June 1970

It’s a first week on top for Carpenters, knocking off fellow easy Listening act Bread, giving them a first chart-topper (but not a last) and Bacharach/David a first number 1 since Bobbie Gentry too I’ll Never Fall In Love Again to the top. The Raiders get a first (and not the last) top 10, Gone Movin’ On, as The Archies debut at 29 with a minor hit single in the USA, Sunshine, but one which I loved from the show and recorded onto reel-to-reel tape direct from the TV, and the B side, which appeared on my first-ever EP purchase The Archies, Over And Over, also pops in.

Other than that it’s a quiet period for new music, Stevie Wonder’s Signed Sealed Delivered is in at 53, continuing his long run of hits, Shirley Bassey gets a rare mention with her version of George Harrison’s Something, Jose Feliciano returns with a nice version of CCR’s Susie-Q, and Crosby Stills & Nash get a second track, with Neil Young’s Ohio commenting on deaths of 4 student protestors against the Viet-Nam war at Kent State University, an event I remember, especially one photograph. The war wasn’t that far away from Singapore, relatively-speaking, and definitely made the news there on TV and English-language press The Straits Times, or via UK newspapers that were imported in batches for Forces families, usually the Daily Mirror.

1 ( 2 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU Carpenters # 1
2 ( 1 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread # 1
3 ( 3 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens # 3
4 ( 4 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles # 1
5 ( 5 ) TIGHTER, TIGHTER Alive N’ Kickin’ # 4
6 ( 6 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The 5th Dimension # 1
7 ( 7 ) GO BACK Crabby Appleton # 3
8 ( 10 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN & JOHN Marvin Gaye # 8
9 ( 12 ) GONE MOVIN’ ON The Raiders # 9
10 ( 8 ) YOUR SONG Elton John # 1

11 ( 9 ) MAYBE I’M AMAZED Paul McCartney # 2
12 ( 14 ) UP ON THE ROOF Carole King # 12
13 ( 11 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie # 4
14 ( 18 ) TWO OF US The Beatles # 14
15 ( 21 ) BALL OF CONFUSION (THAT’S WHAT THE WORLD IS TODAY) The Temptations # 15
16 ( 13 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues # 9
17 ( 16 ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 1
18 ( 15 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
19 ( 29 ) BABY HOLD ON The Grass Roots # 19
20 ( 27 ) CHECK OUT YOUR MIND The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 20

21 ( 19 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
22 ( 20 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
23 ( 31 ) TEACH YOUR CHILDREN Crosby, Stills & Nash # 23
24 ( 24 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys # 24
25 ( 32 ) DAY IS DONE Nick Drake # 25
26 ( 17 ) RAMBLE ON Led Zeppelin # 8
27 ( 33 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry # 27
28 ( 36 ) I WANNA BE A FREE GIRL Dusty Springfield # 28
29 ( NEW ) SUNSHINE The Archies # 29
30 ( 35 ) MISSISSIPPI John Phillips # 30

31 ( 22 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe # 22
32 ( 28 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
33 ( 39 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5 # 33
34 ( 26 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR BLOE Mr Bloe # 16
35 ( 45 ) SHE CRIED The Lettermen # 35
36 ( 23 ) EVERY NIGHT Paul McCartney # 20
37 ( 41 ) GOODBYE SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard # 37
38 ( 43 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free # 38
39 ( 25 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops # 12
40 ( 42 ) THE GREEN MANALISHI (WITH THE TWO PRONG CROWN) Fleetwood Mac # 40

41 ( 34 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
42 ( 49 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Nicky Thomas # 42
43 ( 52 ) THE WITCH The Rattles # 43
44 ( 38 ) LET THIS BE A LETTER (TO MY BABY) Jackie Wilson # 38
45 ( 37 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell # 10
46 ( 30 ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND White Plains # 30
47 ( 54 ) IF YOU KNEW HIM LIKE I DO Barbara Mason # 47
48 ( 57 ) TRYING TO MAKE A FOOL OF ME The Delfonics # 48
49 ( 50 ) MAMA TOLD ME (NOT TO COME) Three Dog Night # 49
50 ( 46 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1

51 ( 47 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
52 ( 74 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Peggy Lipton # 52
53 ( NEW ) SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED (I’M YOURS) Stevie Wonder # 53
54 ( 40 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley # 28
55 ( 61 ) YOU’VE BEEN MY INSPIRATION The Main Ingredient # 55
56 ( 44 ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch # 30
57 ( 63 ) BET YER LIFE I DO Herman’s Hermits # 57
58 ( 65 ) SHINING BRIGHTLY Brinsley Schwarz featuring Nick Lowe # 58
59 ( 55 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
60 ( 56 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2

61 ( 67 ) I JUST CAN’T HELP BELIEVING B.J. Thomas # 61
62 ( 75 ) I’LL BE THERE Cissy Houston # 62
63 ( 58 ) TAKE TO THE MOUNTAINS Richard Barnes # 58
64 ( 68 ) THE SLY, SLICK AND THE WICKED The Lost Generation # 64
65 ( 66 ) MELANIE MAKES ME SMILE Tony Burrows # 65
66 ( 69 ) SILVER BIRD Mark Lindsay # 66
67 ( NEW ) OVER AND OVER The Archies # 67
68 ( 53 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones # 20
69 ( 64 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
70 ( 48 ) KITSCH Barry Ryan # 20

71 ( NEW ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey # 71
72 ( 51 ) VIVA TIRADO El Chicano # 28
73 ( NEW ) SUSIE-Q Jose Feliciano # 73
74 ( 59 ) (YOU’VE GOT ME) DANGLING ON A STRING Chairmen Of The Board # 30
75 ( NEW ) OHIO Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young # 75

RETRO THEN
1 ( 1 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
2 ( 3 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
3 ( 5 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
4 ( 4 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
5 ( 2 ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch
6 ( 8 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
7 ( 6 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
8 ( 9 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe
9 ( NEW ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
10 ( 7 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys

11 ( 14 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
12 ( 10 ) ABC The Jackson 5
13 ( 12 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR. BLOE Mr. Bloe
14 ( 19 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
15 ( 11 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN AND JOHN Marvin Gaye
16 ( 13 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones
17 ( 17 ) THE GREEN MANALISHI Fleetwood Mac
18 ( 15 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
19 ( 16 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues
20 ( 18 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum

 

 

20th June 1970

It’s 2 weeks on top for Close To You as the UK switches to Edward Heath’s Tory government, and Brazil win the World Cup, and The US was starting to get into Canadian Songstress Anne Murray and her honey-smooth vocals, entering at 2 with the wonderful Snowbird, a song I was mad on – we went to see RAF friends of mum & dad in Suicide Village, Singapore, on the bus and I couldn’t get the tune out of my head for weeks after hearing it. It received the ultimate seal of approval when Brian & Stewie fell in love with it and stalked the actual Anne Murray in Family Guy, Stan style. She was a total sport going along with it.

Carole King gets her classic Up On The Roof song into the top 10 – it would top my charts as an oldie in the original Drifters version in the 21st Century – and Edwin Starr returns with a wallop and a half, his signature tune the awesome War, ever-relevant. What is it good for? Still absolutely nothing. In another quiet new entry week, there’s a cluster at the bottom end, a good Glen Campbell minor US hit, Buddy Miles covering (and improving on) Neil Young’s Down By The River adjacent to Neil’s Ohio, Lulu very much in her Atco soul years (ie hitless in the UK bar one track), Kenny Rogers back again with another social commentary song, Dionne Warwick sneaking in with a lesser Bacaharch tune, and a jolly country original version of Help Me Make It Through The Night from Kris Kristofferson, which sort of makes sense for the John Holt reggae hit cover but sounds odd if you know the soulful Gladys Knight version best.

1 ( 1 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU Carpenters # 1
2 ( NEW ) SNOWBIRD Anne Murray # 2
3 ( 2 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread # 1
4 ( 3 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens # 3
5 ( 4 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles # 1
6 ( 6 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The 5th Dimension # 1
7 ( 7 ) GO BACK Crabby Appleton # 3
8 ( 5 ) TIGHTER, TIGHTER Alive N’ Kickin’ # 4
9 ( 9 ) GONE MOVIN’ ON The Raiders # 9
10 ( 12 ) UP ON THE ROOF Carole King # 10

11 ( 8 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN & JOHN Marvin Gaye # 8
12 ( 10 ) YOUR SONG Elton John # 1
13 ( 11 ) MAYBE I’M AMAZED Paul McCartney # 2
14 ( 13 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie # 4
15 ( 15 ) BALL OF CONFUSION (THAT’S WHAT THE WORLD IS TODAY) The Temptations # 15
16 ( NEW ) WAR Edwin Starr # 16
17 ( 19 ) BABY HOLD ON The Grass Roots # 17
18 ( 17 ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 1
19 ( 18 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
20 ( 23 ) TEACH YOUR CHILDREN Crosby, Stills & Nash # 20

21 ( 14 ) TWO OF US The Beatles # 14
22 ( 29 ) SUNSHINE The Archies # 22
23 ( 16 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues # 9
24 ( 27 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry # 24
25 ( 21 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
26 ( 22 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
27 ( 33 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5 # 27
28 ( 30 ) MISSISSIPPI John Phillips # 28
29 ( 38 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free # 29
30 ( 35 ) SHE CRIED The Lettermen # 30

31 ( 43 ) THE WITCH The Rattles # 31
32 ( 20 ) CHECK OUT YOUR MIND The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 20
33 ( 37 ) GOODBYE SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard # 33
34 ( 25 ) DAY IS DONE Nick Drake # 25
35 ( 24 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys # 24
36 ( 32 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
37 ( 48 ) TRYING TO MAKE A FOOL OF ME The Delfonics # 37
38 ( 47 ) IF YOU KNEW HIM LIKE I DO Barbara Mason # 38
39 ( 28 ) I WANNA BE A FREE GIRL Dusty Springfield # 28
40 ( 52 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Peggy Lipton # 40

41 ( 26 ) RAMBLE ON Led Zeppelin # 8
42 ( 42 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Nicky Thomas # 42
43 ( 53 ) SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED (I’M YOURS) Stevie Wonder # 43
44 ( 34 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR BLOE Mr Bloe # 16
45 ( 31 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe # 22
46 ( 41 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
47 ( 40 ) THE GREEN MANALISHI (WITH THE TWO PRONG CROWN) Fleetwood Mac # 40
48 ( 39 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops # 12
49 ( 36 ) EVERY NIGHT Paul McCartney # 20
50 ( 62 ) I’LL BE THERE Cissy Houston # 50

51 ( 45 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell # 10
52 ( 44 ) LET THIS BE A LETTER (TO MY BABY) Jackie Wilson # 38
53 ( 55 ) YOU’VE BEEN MY INSPIRATION The Main Ingredient # 53
54 ( 50 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
55 ( 51 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
56 ( 67 ) OVER AND OVER The Archies # 56
57 ( 73 ) SUSIE-Q Jose Feliciano # 57
58 ( 61 ) I JUST CAN’T HELP BELIEVING B.J. Thomas # 58
59 ( 71 ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey # 59
60 ( 64 ) THE SLY, SLICK AND THE WICKED The Lost Generation # 60

61 ( 49 ) MAMA TOLD ME (NOT TO COME) Three Dog Night # 49
62 ( 58 ) SHINING BRIGHTLY Brinsley Schwarz featuring Nick Lowe # 58
63 ( 59 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
64 ( 57 ) BET YER LIFE I DO Herman’s Hermits # 57
65 ( 66 ) SILVER BIRD Mark Lindsay # 65
66 ( 60 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
67 ( 46 ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND White Plains # 30
68 ( 65 ) MELANIE MAKES ME SMILE Tony Burrows # 65
69 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING A MAN COULD EVER NEED Glen Campbell # 69
70 ( NEW ) DOWN BY THE RIVER Buddy Miles & The Freedom Express # 70

71 ( 75 ) OHIO Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young # 71
72 ( NEW ) AFTER THE FEELING IS GONE Lulu with The Dixie Flyers # 72
73 ( NEW ) TELL IT ALL BROTHER Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 73
74 ( NEW ) PAPER MACHE Dionne Warwick # 74
75 ( NEW ) HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT Kris Kristofferson # 75

wot I liked that week then
1 ( 1 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
2 ( 3 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
3 ( 2 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
4 ( 6 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
5 ( 4 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
6 ( 8 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe
7 ( 9 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
8 ( 7 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
9 ( 5 ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch
10 ( 11 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free

11 ( 14 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
12 ( 10 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
13 ( 12 ) ABC The Jackson 5
14 ( 13 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR. BLOE Mr. Bloe
15 ( 16 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones
16 ( 15 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN AND JOHN Marvin Gaye
17 ( NEW ) UP AROUND THE BEND Creedence Clearwater Revival
18 ( NEW ) WHO’S YOUR BABY? The Archies
19 ( 17 ) THE GREEN MANALISHI Fleetwood Mac
20 ( 19 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues

 

 

27th June 1970

It’s a first week on top for Anne Murray and the splendrous Snowbird, giving a Canadian top spot for the first time. In a busy week for new entries, the highest is in at 4 for The Kinks, the wonderful gender-questioning Lola, giving them a first top 10 since 1967’s chart-topping Waterloo Sunset. Meanwhile The Spinners debut at 9 with the much-covered It’s A Shame – not the UK folk group, though, the Motown soul group who had to change their name to Motown Spinners in 1970 in the UK, before settling on The Detroit Spinners, which is still their best moniker by far. Edwin Starr gets a top 10, his first in 2 years of chart entries, with the powerful War.

10CC are in 32 with Neanderthal Man – OK Graham Gouldman was still busy writing hit songs and so on, but Kev, Lol & Eric were all experimenting with sounds and using the cash from the Hotlegs hit to create Strawberry Studios in Manchester which led to creative and commercial success not just for them, but also Neil Sedaka and others. It’s a novelty track with legs, great pounding rhythm, and 10CC were one of my top 5 bands of the 70’s, no question. Junior Walker’s back with another sax-y soul goodie at 34, the naughtily titled Do You See My Love (the bit in brackets doesn’t fool for me, I know what he was saying…) while fellow-Motown act Jimmy Ruffin brings his 1968 number 10 for me back as it finally becomes a UK hit. Motown is the Word for new entries: The Jackson 5 B side I Found That Girl, Marvin Gaye’s 3rd track on the list The End Of The Road, and more bubbling outside pending.

Neil Diamond’s 1966 single is back in the US charts, and Solitary Man is a goodie – at least the original version is, the live version bunged on Greatest Hits after he moved to CBS isn’t nearly as good – while Lord Creator enters with the lovely Kingston Town, which was to become UB40’s best record in a long and great career 20 years in the future. Ali Campbell’s vocal performance bizarrely packs emotion the original doesn’t quite have. Bizarrely cos he’s from Coventry, not Kingston Town. Bobbie Gentry is back again with Apartment 21, and everyone should enjoy what remains of her career over the next 12 months, cos it ain’t long to go before she effectively retires from music-making, and only 10-years away from disappearing entirely from public life. Nobody knows where she is these days, or what input at all she has on decisions regarding her back catalogue.

Lights Of Tucson was a local fave in Tucson and minor Hot 100 hit for Jim Campbell, no idea who he is, never heard of the record before, but it’s pretty good, a discovery, Freddy Robinson’s Black Fox instrumental is also a new goodie to me, and ditto Andy Kim’s edgier-sounding latest single It’s Your Life. Brotherhood Of Man and Pickettywitch pop in with pop follow-up’s I was aware existed, but had hardly heard more than once or twice in my life (being out of the country at the time), while James Brown’s signature song drops quietly before exploding into 50 years of famous rhythms, more a chant than a melody, and I’m sure we can all say we’ve felt like a sex machine at one stage or another. With Lockdown in 2020, probably more so of late, for those not in a relationship. Expect a worldwide baby boom in December and January.

1 ( 2 ) SNOWBIRD Anne Murray # 1
2 ( 1 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU Carpenters # 1
3 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread # 1
4 ( NEW ) LOLA The Kinks # 4
5 ( 4 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens # 3
6 ( 5 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles # 1
7 ( 6 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The 5th Dimension # 1
8 ( 16 ) WAR Edwin Starr # 8
9 ( NEW ) IT’S A SHAME The (Detroit) Spinners # 9
10 ( 7 ) GO BACK Crabby Appleton # 3

11 ( 8 ) TIGHTER, TIGHTER Alive N’ Kickin’ # 4
12 ( 9 ) GONE MOVIN’ ON The Raiders # 9
13 ( 15 ) BALL OF CONFUSION (THAT’S WHAT THE WORLD IS TODAY) The Temptations # 13
14 ( 12 ) YOUR SONG Elton John # 1
15 ( 13 ) MAYBE I’M AMAZED Paul McCartney # 2
16 ( 14 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie # 4
17 ( 11 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN & JOHN Marvin Gaye # 8
18 ( 22 ) SUNSHINE The Archies # 18
19 ( 10 ) UP ON THE ROOF Carole King # 10
20 ( 24 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry # 20

21 ( 18 ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 1
22 ( 19 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
23 ( 27 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5 # 23
24 ( 17 ) BABY HOLD ON The Grass Roots # 17
25 ( 29 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free # 25
26 ( 20 ) TEACH YOUR CHILDREN Crosby, Stills & Nash # 20
27 ( 31 ) THE WITCH The Rattles # 27
28 ( 26 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
29 ( 25 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
30 ( 37 ) TRYING TO MAKE A FOOL OF ME The Delfonics # 30

31 ( 33 ) GOODBYE SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard # 31
32 ( NEW ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs # 32
33 ( 38 ) IF YOU KNEW HIM LIKE I DO Barbara Mason # 33
34 ( NEW ) DO YOU SEE MY LOVE (FOR YOU GROWING) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 34
35 ( 40 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Peggy Lipton # 35
36 ( 23 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues # 9
37 ( 43 ) SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED (I’M YOURS) Stevie Wonder # 37
38 ( 42 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Nicky Thomas # 38
39 ( 21 ) TWO OF US The Beatles # 14
40 ( 53 ) YOU’VE BEEN MY INSPIRATION The Main Ingredient # 40

41 ( 36 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
42 ( 30 ) SHE CRIED The Lettermen # 30
43 ( 56 ) OVER AND OVER The Archies # 43
44 ( 50 ) I’LL BE THERE Cissy Houston # 44
45 ( 28 ) MISSISSIPPI John Phillips # 28
46 ( NEW ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin # 46
47 ( 34 ) DAY IS DONE Nick Drake # 25
48 ( NEW ) SOLITARY MAN Neil Diamond # 48
49 ( 57 ) SUSIE-Q Jose Feliciano # 49
50 ( 46 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2

51 ( 35 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys # 24
52 ( NEW ) LIGHTS OF TUCSON Jim Campbell # 52
53 ( 59 ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey # 53
54 ( 39 ) I WANNA BE A FREE GIRL Dusty Springfield # 28
55 ( 58 ) I JUST CAN’T HELP BELIEVING B.J. Thomas # 55
56 ( 32 ) CHECK OUT YOUR MIND The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 20
57 ( 41 ) RAMBLE ON Led Zeppelin # 8
58 ( 70 ) DOWN BY THE RIVER Buddy Miles & The Freedom Express # 58
59 ( 55 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
60 ( 54 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1

61 ( 51 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell # 10
62 ( 65 ) SILVER BIRD Mark Lindsay # 62
63 ( NEW ) KINGSTON TOWN Lord Creator # 63
64 ( NEW ) I FOUND THAT GIRL The Jackson 5 # 64
65 ( 69 ) EVERYTHING A MAN COULD EVER NEED Glen Campbell # 65
66 ( NEW ) BLACK FOX Freddy Robinson # 66
67 ( NEW ) IT’S YOUR LIFE Andy Kim # 67
68 ( 74 ) PAPER MACHE Dionne Warwick # 68
69 ( NEW ) APARTMENT 21 Bobbie Gentry # 69
70 ( NEW ) WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO MY LOVE? Brotherhood Of Man # 70

71 ( NEW ) THE END OF OUR ROAD Marvin Gaye # 71
72 ( 72 ) AFTER THE FEELING IS GONE Lulu with The Dixie Flyers # 72
73 ( 73 ) TELL IT ALL BROTHER Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 73
74 ( NEW ) GET UP (I FEEL LIKE BEING A) SEX MACHINE James Brown # 74
75 ( NEW ) (IT’S LIKE A) SAD OLD KINDA MOVIE Pickettywitch # 75

Wot I liked then
1 ( 1 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
2 ( 2 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
3 ( 4 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
4 ( 3 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
5 ( 7 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
6 ( 5 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
7 ( 8 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
8 ( 6 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe
9 ( 11 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
10 ( NEW ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens

11 ( 9 ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch
12 ( 10 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
13 ( NEW ) LOLA The Kinks
14 ( 12 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
15 ( 14 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR. BLOE Mr. Bloe
16 ( 18 ) WHO’S YOUR BABY?/SENORITA RITA The Archies
17 ( 17 ) UP AROUND THE BEND Creedence Clearwater Revival
18 ( NEW ) REACH OUT AND TOUCH (SOMEBODY’S HAND) Diana Ross
19 ( NEW ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey
20 ( 16 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN AND JOHN Marvin Gaye

My September 1990 Charts

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Me pretending to work. Note desks in those days had no computers, and calculators were huge.

3rd September 1990

It’s George Michael on top for a 1st week with the spine-tingling Praying For Time, so good it was released without a pop video as that would distract from the words, and gives the much-missed George an 8th chart-topper. Betty Boo gets a 2nd solo top 10, and the fab Deee-Lite leap up to 8, with late 60’s psychedelic clothes and imagery that warmed my nostalgic heart. Talking of nostalgia, Talk Talk’s 4-year-old top 10 is back at 10, Life’s What You Make It should have been bigger both times in the UK charts. Maria McKee’s car-race movie theme, and future UK chart-topper that stiffed in the USA, enters at 14, Show Me Heaven, while a huge leap for Bass-o-Matic’s Dizzy-sampling gem from 57 to 16 gives William Orbit early success as both artist and producer, before he settles more for producing the likes of Madonna by the end of the decade.

The lovely Cocteau Twins Iceblink Luck enters at 19, and Sonia goes top 20 with an old 60’s fave song, End Of The World is just a marvellous song though I’ll take Skeeter Davis’ version overall. New Kids are top 20 the very week as I type (Nov 2018) they have returned with a long list of 90’s acts into my top 40. Mavis Staples is also around my current charts as she enters with a Prince-supporting Melody Cool at 50. Jason Donovan also has a 60’s oldie song I liked a lot in at 26, Rhythm Of The Rain, DNA climb into the 40, INXS enter with the sadly-titled Suicide Blonde, at 56, S’Express have Nothing To Lose at 48, Richard Marx is back, Soul II Soul’s Caron Wheeler goes solo, and a bonus song (due to a miscount omission of Mariah Carey higher up the chart I discovered 3 weeks later. Fancy forgettin’ her – GTFO as she currently sings in my current chart!) at 76 it’s David Grant back for a Linx-inclusive chart-run of 10 years.

1 ( 5 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
2 ( 1 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
3 ( 3 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
4 ( 6 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega
5 ( 4 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
6 ( 12 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
7 ( 2 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
8 ( 21 ) GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite
9 ( 9 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
10 ( NEW ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk

11 ( 8 ) STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson
12 ( 7 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT ’90 Jonathan King
13 ( 10 ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad
14 ( NEW ) SHOW ME HEAVEN Maria McKee
15 ( 11 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
16 ( 57 ) FASCINATING RHYTHM Bass-O-Matic
17 ( 13 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
18 ( 35 ) END OF THE WORLD Sonia
19 ( NEW ) ICE BLINK LUCK Cocteau Twins
20 ( 30 ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block

21 ( 25 ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
22 ( 15 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
23 ( 26 ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream
24 ( 36 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
25 ( 18 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
26 ( NEW ) RHTHYM OF THE RAIN Jason Donovan
27 ( 16 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
28 ( 19 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
29 ( 23 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
30 ( 17 ) RELEASE ME Wilson Philips

31 ( 20 ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard
32 ( 38 ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
33 ( 40 ) IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Fleetwood Mac
34 ( 74 ) LA SERENISSIMA DNA
35 ( 24 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
36 ( 14 ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner
37 ( 22 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John
38 ( 28 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
39 ( 46 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
40 ( 27 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved

41 ( 48 ) BLACK CAT janet Jackson
42 ( 41 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
43 ( 42 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
44 ( 33 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
45 ( 60 ) NOW YOU’RE GONE Whitesnake
46 ( 34 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
47 ( 44 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
48 ( NEW ) NOTHING TO LOSE S’Express
49 ( 49 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
50 ( NEW ) MELODY COOL Mavis Staples

51 ( 43 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
52 ( 47 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
53 ( 31 ) HARDLINE UPROAR Together
54 ( 29 ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton featuring Janet Kay
55 ( 32 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
56 ( NEW ) SUICIDE BLONDE INXS
57 ( 39 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton
58 ( 61 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
59 ( 56 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
60 ( 58 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode

61 ( NEW ) HARD TO HANDLE The Black Crowes
62 ( 37 ) HOTEL CALIFORNIA Jam On The Mutha
63 ( 54 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones
64 ( 62 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
65 ( 50 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law
66 ( NEW ) ENDLESS SUMMER NIGHTS/ HOLD ON TO THE NIGHTS Richard Marx
67 ( 65 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
68 ( 59 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
69 ( NEW ) TERRIFYING The Rolling Stones
70 ( 68 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher

71 ( 55 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
72 ( NEW ) LOVE AND AFFECTION Sinitta
73 ( NEW ) LIVIN’ IN THE LIGHT Caron Wheeler
74 ( 69 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
75 ( 73 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
76 ( NEW ) LIFE ’90 David Grant

PLAYLIST OLDIES

1 THE QUESTION OF U Prince
2 5-7-0-5 City Boy
3 LIVING IN HARMONY Cliff Richard

My mate Bob is still pissed-off he had to go to a Uni friend’s wedding and miss the Concert I went to this week at Wembley Stadium: Fleetwood Mac plugging their first Post-Lindsey Buckingham album, but happily including a stash of Buckingham-era greats. Support was Hall & Oates, so a twofer me. The Mac were fab, and having both Stevie & Christine still in the band helped compensate for not having Lindsey. And here I stand 28 years later not buying tickets to the latest Lindsey-free version playing Wembley again in 2019. I’ve seen 2 versions with Lindsey back and Christine missing, and finally got the Big Five all together for the last tour. It’s disappointing they have gone all acrimonious and law-suitey with each other again just when we got Christine back and she and Lindsey had done some good stuff together. But this was a great gig, and these were the highlights….

FLEETWOOD MAC/HALL & OATES AT WEMBLEY STADIUM 1st SEPT 1990

1 GO YOUR OWN WAY Fleetwood Mac
2 LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
3 DON’T STOP Fleetwood Mac
4 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
5 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac
6 SHE’S GONE Daryl Hall & John Oates
7 MANEATER Daryl Hall & John Oates
8 RHIANNON Fleetwood Mac
9 DREAMS Fleetwood Mac
10 I CAN’T GO FOR THAT (NO CAN DO) Daryl Hall & John Oates

 

 

9th September 1990

It’s 2 weeks on top for George Michael’s brilliant Praying For Time in a quiet week for new entries. Bass-O-Matic aka rhythm track to the first single I ever bought (Dizzy by Tommy Roe) shoots up to 2, Fascinating Rhythm is totally right, while Groove certainly is In The Heart at 3. Maria McKee goes top 10, and quite rightly, with the highest new entry at 12 being a remix of a top 10 Philly Soul classic from 1973 for The Detroit Spinners as we called ’em in the UK. I’d actually forgotten to include Mariah Carey in my chart that week, and added her in later, which pushed everything below 20 down one slot, so I had a top 76 – and in my playlist chart of that week were 2 new album tracks.

I excluded album tracks from my charts back then, but as I have an odd number anyway, I’ve slotted them in at the bottom – they would actually featured much higher, top 20 most likely, but as I can’t prove where they resided in my affection then they just get the mention at 77 and 78 as it’s only fair they get a chart credit: Prince’s 1985 album track on his new Graffiti Bridge album, having caught the tour earlier – with Mavis Staples as support also going up with her Prince-gifted song at 33. Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation album has multiple tracks on the chart, including the new one and best non-single in at 78 for Love Will Never Do Without You, while Black Cat goes top 40. The album is half-terrific. The songs are terrific, the vocal interruption tracks are excruciatingly awful.

Faith No More’s fab Epic enters at 38, INXS, S’Express join Roxette in bringing the letter X into prominence inside the top 40, while another X-Man Maxi Priest has another Lovers Rock message new at 50, Loose Ends make it 5 years of chart entries, World Party not far behind, Adamski doesn’t have a killer follow-up, or does he! Finally Londonbeat are back at 76, giving vocalist Jimmy Helms a sweet 17 years of chart hits, being as he UK hit-charted with Gonna Make You An Offer You Can’t Refuse, along with a follow-up or two (in my charts, not the UK singles chart): I’ve Been Thinking About You is even better.


1 ( 1 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
2 ( 16 ) FASCINATING RHYTHM Bass-O-Matic
3 ( 8 ) GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite
4 ( 6 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
5 ( 3 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
6 ( 14 ) SHOW ME HEAVEN Maria McKee
7 ( 2 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
8 ( 9 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
9 ( 5 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
10 ( 4 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega

11 ( 7 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
12 ( NEW ) GHETTO CHILD (REMIX) The Detroit Spinners
13 ( 10 ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk
14 ( 12 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT ’90 Jonathan King AKA JK25
15 ( 13 ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad
16 ( 18 ) ICE BLINK LUCK Cocteau Twins
17 ( 18 ) END OF THE WORLD Sonia
18 ( 24 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
19 ( 23 ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream
20 ( 21 ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey

21 ( 15 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
22 ( 11 ) STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson
23 ( 26 ) RHTHYM OF THE RAIN Jason Donovan
24 ( 39 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
25 ( 17 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
26 ( 32 ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
27 ( 48 ) NOTHING TO LOSE S’Express
28 ( 34 ) LA SERENISSIMA DNA
29 ( 25 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
30 ( 33 ) IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Fleetwood Mac

31 ( 41 ) BLACK CAT janet Jackson
32 ( 22 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
33 ( 50 ) MELODY COOL Mavis Staples
34 ( 29 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
35 ( 28 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
36 ( NEW ) EPIC Faith No More
37 ( 20 ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block
38 ( 56 ) SUICIDE BLONDE INXS
39 ( 40 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
40 ( 38 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John

41 ( 35 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
42 ( 42 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
43 ( 43 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
44 ( 27 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
45 ( 30 ) RELEASE ME Wilson Philips
46 ( 31 ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard
47 ( 73 ) LIVIN’ IN THE LIGHT Caron Wheeler
48 ( 49 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
49 ( 47 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
50 ( NEW ) PEACE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD Maxi Priest

51 ( 37 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John
52 ( 36 ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner
53 ( 51 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
54 ( 46 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
55 ( 52 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
56 ( 61 ) HARD TO HANDLE The Black Crowes
57 ( 55 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
58 ( 69 ) TERRIFYING The Rolling Stones
59 ( 60 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
60 ( 59 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys

61 ( 44 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
62 ( 72 ) LOVE AND AFFECTION Sinitta
63 ( 64 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
64 ( 75 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
65 ( 66 ) ENDLESS SUMMER NIGHTS/ HOLD ON TO THE NIGHTS Richard Marx
66 ( 63 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones
67 ( 67 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
68 ( NEW ) DON’T BE A FOOL Loose Ends
69 ( 65 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law
70 ( 57 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton

71 ( 70 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
72 ( 54 ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton featuring Janet Kay
73 ( NEW ) WAY DOWN NOW World Party
74 ( 58 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
75 ( NEW ) THE SPACE JUNGLE Adamaski
76 ( NEW ) I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT YOU Londonbeat
77 ( 77 ) THE QUESTION OF U Prince
78 ( NEW ) LOVE WILL NEVER DO WITHOUT YOU Janet Jackson

PLAYLIST ODLIES/ALBUM TRACKS
1 RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
2 THE QUESTION OF U Prince
3 DAYDREAMING Dusty Springfield
4 LOVE WILL NEVER DO WITHOUT YOU Janet Jackson

 

 

 

16th September 1990

It’s a first week on top for the fab Bass-O-Matic aka William Orbit + Dizzy’s rhythm track (the Tommy Roe actual-first-single-I-ever-bought), it does what it says on the tin rhythm-wise. The Detroit Spinners 1973 Philly soul classic is back in the top 5, The KLF get a first top 20, and the highest new entry is (natch) from the Pet Shop Boys who are so hard. Ironic as ever eh, lads? Lead single off forthcoming album Behaviour, it set up expectations for jolly catchy pop. Oops, so not! Actually, my least fave single from them to date, but everything is relative, I was very much a big fan by then, going to see them on their debut tour and all.

Janet Jackson and INXS have big climbs into the 20, and Bobby Vinton debuts at 20 with the moody early 60’s US hit, Blue Velvet, a UK hit at long last due to the film. A bit of a teen crooner, I knew little about him or the tune till the film, but hey, it’s great! Caron Wheeler gets her own top 40 single, minus Soul II Soul, Londonbeat rocket up to 28, and AC/DC return with one of their best non-Bon-Scott tracks, Thunderstruck at 37 giving them 12 years of chart entries – or 18 years for Brian Johnson including Geordie tracks.

Depeche Mode get a 3rd charting track off the album, World In Your Eyes straight into the 40, off their chart-topper, as Beats International return with Burundi Blues. The Farm debut, chugging along on their Groovy Train, very Madchester in tone, The Christians make it 5 years of chartness, Bell Biv Devoe return to keep the New Edition flag flying 7 years on, but never as high profile as Bobby Brown of course. Red Hot Chili Peppers debut with Higher Ground – the 1973 Stevie Wonder gem – though later in the decade they opt for lower ground (in fact under the bridge), and The Stone Roses pop in quietly with the song of the Madchester movement, Fool’s Gold. Very pleasant and all, but the reverence for it, and them, has always passed me by a bit. Finally, Electribe 101 sneak in at 76 – the extended chart due to me forgetting about Mariah Carey and adding her in afterwards. Punchlines insert here….and I’ll just say that the adoration for Mariah in US chart-terms has also always passed me by too, give or take half-a-dozen tracks.


1 ( 2 ) FASCINATING RHYTHM Bass-O-Matic
2 ( 1 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
3 ( 3 ) GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite
4 ( 6 ) SHOW ME HEAVEN Maria McKee
5 ( 12 ) GHETTO CHILD (REMIX) The Detroit Spinners
6 ( 4 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
7 ( 5 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
8 ( 8 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
9 ( 7 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
10 ( 10 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega

11 ( 9 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
12 ( 14 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT ’90 Jonathan King AKA JK25
13 ( 13 ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk
14 ( 26 ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
15 ( 16 ) ICE BLINK LUCK Cocteau Twins
16 ( NEW ) SO HARD Pet Shop Boys
17 ( 11 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
18 ( 31 ) BLACK CAT Janet Jackson
19 ( 38 ) SUICIDE BLONDE INXS
20 ( NEW ) BLUE VELVET Bobby Vinton

21 ( 28 ) LA SERENISSIMA DNA
22 ( 21 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
23 ( 23 ) RHTHYM OF THE RAIN Jason Donovan
24 ( 15 ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad
25 ( 27 ) NOTHING TO LOSE S’Express
26 ( 33 ) MELODY COOL Mavis Staples
27 ( 47 ) LIVIN’ IN THE LIGHT Caron Wheeler
28 ( 76 ) I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT YOU Londonbeat
29 ( 17 ) END OF THE WORLD Sonia
30 ( 19 ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream

31 ( 29 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
32 ( 18 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
33 ( 22 ) STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson
34 ( 36 ) EPIC Faith No More
35 ( 34 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
36 ( 32 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
37 ( NEW ) THUNDERSTRUCK AC/DC
38 ( NEW ) WORLD IN MY EYES Depeche Mode
39 ( 25 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
40 ( 40 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John

41 ( 20 ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
42 ( 35 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
43 ( 42 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
44 ( 43 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
45 ( NEW ) BURUNDI BLUES Beats International
46 ( 39 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
47 ( 50 ) PEACE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD Maxi Priest
48 ( 48 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
49 ( NEW ) GROOVY TRAIN The Farm
50 ( 41 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher

51 ( 49 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
52 ( 24 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
53 ( 37 ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block
54 ( NEW ) GREENBANK DRIVE The Christians
55 ( 58 ) TERRIFYING The Rolling Stones
56 ( 56 ) HARD TO HANDLE The Black Crowes
57 ( 53 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
58 ( 55 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
59 ( 45 ) RELEASE ME Wilson Philips
60 ( 59 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode

61 ( 62 ) LOVE AND AFFECTION Sinitta
62 ( 68 ) DON’T BE A FOOL Loose Ends
63 ( 63 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
64 ( 60 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
65 ( 64 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
66 ( NEW ) DO ME Bell Biv Devoe
67 ( 44 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
68 ( 30 ) IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Fleetwood Mac
69 ( 67 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
70 ( NEW ) HIGHER GROUND Red Hot Chili Peppers

71 ( 75 ) THE SPACE JUNGLE Adamaski
72 ( 73 ) WAY DOWN NOW World Party
73 ( 46 ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard
74 ( NEW ) FOOL’S GOLD The Stone Roses
75 ( 51 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John
76 ( NEW ) YOU’RE WELCOME Electribe 101

Playlist/ Oldies
1 LISTEN WITHOUT PREJUDICE (album) George Michael
2 REPUTATION (album) Dusty Springfield
3 THE DEFINITIVE HIT ALBUM VOL 3 Cliff Richard

 

 

23rd September 1990

It’s a first week on top for Maria McKee, just beating out Deee-Lite who sadly peak at 2. It’s not Maria’s first chart-topper – she also wrote Feargal Sharkey’s fab 1985 cover of A Good Heart, and presides over a hectic chart of 18 new or re-entries, loads of big droppers and climbers, and all because I was in Paris this week with 2 mates, sampling the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, The Louvre and so on. We were sat eating near the Notre Dame and heard a loud bang, like gunfire. When we left I noticed what looked like a whole trail of fresh drops of blood over the footpath on the bridge. Not saying it WAS a shooting, just saying it was a bit odd…

Anyway, that’s why Bananarama re-enter to a new peak with Only Your Love, at 11, it was the song of the holiday for me, along with new track and European hit, What’s A Woman by Vaya Con Dios. Other re-entries are due to that too. Pet Shop Boys are so hard at 5, co-incidentally they are 5 in my current charts still having some Money Business. Consistency. Londonbeat go top 10, and Snap! have the highest new entry with Cult Of Snap, proving they got the power! AC/DC are Thunderstruck to be at 12 in my charts, only Touch Too Much from the Bon Scott days had been higher, a decade before.

Africa, Toto’s 1983 number 2, has proved to be a perennial seller and golden oldie in the 21st century for some reason, appealing to new generations of music fans. I blame Steve Wright playing it week-in week-out on his radio shows for the last 37 years, but at any rate I can claim to be ahead of the game as it comes back at 20. Captain Hollywood debuts, Kim Wilde gets 9 years of top 30 entries at 29 and also is in my current chart at 21 with a spot of Xmas Hope. Consistency. I’m loyal! Another veteran, Billy Idol, pops in 11 years on with LA Woman.

Kylie turns a critical corner, is influenced by INXS’ Michael Hutchence, and revamps herself into a disco diva with the classic Better The Devil You Know in at 33. It’s still SAW behind it, but the adult image and gutsier dance-style is the main reason she’s still hear today getting chart-topping albums and sell-out tours. I didn;t know that then, of course, I just thought it was a great move away from disposable kiddiepop. Don Pablo covers a Doobie Brothers classic, just ahead of a Bananarama much-better cover version and the Doobie’s own better remix, Paul Simon returns with a goodie, The Obvious Child, some 18 years since his first solo, and 21 years since Simon & Garfunkel were high in my charts. Monie Love does a decent cover of a Spinners soul goodie, and MC Hammer actually murders another soul classic. U Can’t Touch This? If only he hadn’t touched Have You Seen Her!

1 ( 4 ) SHOW ME HEAVEN Maria McKee
2 ( 3 ) GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite
3 ( 1 ) FASCINATING RHYTHM Bass-O-Matic
4 ( 2 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
5 ( 16 ) SO HARD Pet Shop Boys
6 ( 5 ) GHETTO CHILD (REMIX) The Detroit Spinners
7 ( 10 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega
8 ( 6 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
9 ( 28 ) I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT YOU Londonbeat
10 ( NEW ) CULT OF SNAP Snap!

11 ( RE ) ONLY YOUR LOVE Bananarama
12 ( 37 ) THUNDERSTRUCK AC/DC
13 ( 8 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
14 ( 9 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
15 ( 19 ) SUICIDE BLONDE INXS
16 ( 7 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
17 ( 12 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT ’90 Jonathan King AKA JK25
18 ( 20 ) BLUE VELVET Bobby Vinton
19 ( 11 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
20 ( NEW ) AFRICA Toto

21 ( 21 ) LA SERENISSIMA DNA
22 ( 13 ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk
23 ( NEW ) WHAT’S A WOMAN Vaya Con Dios
24 ( 14 ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
25 ( NEW ) I CAN’T STAND IT Twenty 4 Seven featuring Captain Hollywood
26 ( 27 ) LIVIN’ IN THE LIGHT Caron Wheeler
27 ( 18 ) BLACK CAT janet Jackson
28 ( 15 ) ICE BLINK LUCK Cocteau Twins
29 ( NEW ) CAN’T GET ENOUGH Kim Wilde
30 ( RE ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40

31 ( 17 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
32 ( 34 ) EPIC Faith No More
33 ( NEW ) BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
34 ( 25 ) NOTHING TO LOSE S’Express
35 ( 31 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
36 ( 45 ) BURUNDI BLUES Beats International
37 ( 49 ) GROOVY TRAIN The Farm
38 ( 38 ) WORLD IN MY EYES Depeche Mode
39 ( 35 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
40 ( 22 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band

41 ( 40 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
42 ( 43 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
43 ( 24 ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad
44 ( 44 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
45 ( 36 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
46 ( 42 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
47 ( 48 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
48 ( NEW ) TUNES SPLITS THE ATOM MC Tunes vs 808 State
49 ( 33 ) STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson
50 ( 54 ) GREENBANK DRIVE The Christians

51 ( 51 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
52 ( 39 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
53 ( NEW ) LONG TRAIN RUNNIN’ Don Pablo’s Animals
54 ( 26 ) MELODY COOL Mavis Staples
55 ( NEW ) THEN The Charlatans
56 ( NEW ) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE Sydney Youngblood
57 ( 46 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
58 ( 74 ) FOOL’S GOLD The Stone Roses
59 ( NEW ) THE OBVIOUS CHILD Paul Simon
60 ( 23 ) RHTHYM OF THE RAIN Jason Donovan

61 ( 60 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
62 ( 57 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
63 ( 66 ) DO ME Bell Biv Devoe
64 ( 63 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
65 ( 50 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
66 ( NEW ) IT’S A SHAME (MY SISTER) Monie Love featuring True Image
67 ( 58 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
68 ( 30 ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream
69 ( NEW ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER MC Hammer
70 ( 65 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush

71 ( 56 ) HARD TO HANDLE The Black Crowes
72 ( NEW ) SO CLOSE Daryl Hall & John Oates
73 ( 64 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
74 ( NEW ) COLD HEARTED (REMIX) Paula Abdul
75 ( NEW ) LA WOMAN Billy Idol

OLDIES PLAYLIST CHART
1 SHE’S A MYSTERY TO ME Roy Orbison
2 NOTHIN’ COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
3 LOVE SHACK The B52’s

 

 

 

30th September 1990

It’s a 2 week on top for Maria McKee as Bobby Vinton’s Blue Velvet, almost 30 years old, hits the top 10 – a track I’d never heard of before the reissue – and Captain Hollywood can’t stand it that he’s at 10. Keeping up with the plethora of oldies (I’ve ALWAYS liked oldies!) The Animals 25+-year-old classic enters at 16, to give them a second chart entry 18 years after House Of The Rising Sun was a 1972 hit all over again. Monie Love’s cover of The Detroit Spinners 20-year-old hit shoots into the 40, just ahead of The Charlatans Next hit.

Highest new track is Hi Tek 3 featuring the actual voice of Pump Up The Jam, Ya Kid K, in at 34, with Belinda back with an instant top 40, cos We Want The Same Thing – Ms. Carlisle back on form! The Cure drop in with Never enough at 51, for a decade of entries since their debut, The Soup Dragons follow-up with Mother Universe, Cliff covers From A Distance as I demonstrate in my playlist oldies that I prefer his early 70’s tracks, and 1972 Supercop movie theme Superfly is revamped by Curtis Mayfield with added Ice-T. Elton drops in with a lesser track after his monster chart-topper.

1 ( 1 ) SHOW ME HEAVEN Maria McKee
2 ( 3 ) FASCINATING RHYTHM Bass-O-Matic
3 ( 5 ) SO HARD Pet Shop Boys
4 ( 2 ) GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite
5 ( 10 ) CULT OF SNAP Snap!
6 ( 4 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
7 ( 6 ) GHETTO CHILD (REMIX) The Detroit Spinners
8 ( 9 ) I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT YOU Londonbeat
9 ( 18 ) BLUE VELVET Bobby Vinton
10 ( 25 ) I CAN’T STAND IT Twenty 4 Seven featuring Captain Hollywood

11 ( 12 ) THUNDERSTRUCK AC/DC
12 ( 20 ) AFRICA Toto
13 ( 7 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega
14 ( 8 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
15 ( 15 ) SUICIDE BLONDE INXS
16 ( NEW ) WE’VE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE The Animals
17 ( 13 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
18 ( 11 ) ONLY YOUR LOVE Bananarama
19 ( 14 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
20 ( 16 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette

21 ( 17 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT ’90 Jonathan King AKA JK25
22 ( 19 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
23 ( 29 ) CAN’T GET ENOUGH Kim Wilde
24 ( 24 ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
25 ( 26 ) LIVIN’ IN THE LIGHT Caron Wheeler
26 ( 30 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
27 ( 66 ) IT’S A SHAME (MY SISTER) Monie Love featuring True Image
28 ( 55 ) THEN The Charlatans
29 ( 22 ) LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk
30 ( 40 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band

31 ( 21 ) LA SERENISSIMA DNA
32 ( 38 ) WORLD IN MY EYES Depeche Mode
33 ( 33 ) BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
34 ( NEW ) SPIN THAT WHEEL Hi Tek 3 featuring Ya Kid K
35 ( 50 ) GREENBANK DRIVE The Christians
36 ( 37 ) GROOVY TRAIN The Farm
37 ( 35 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
38 ( 23 ) WHAT’S A WOMAN Vaya Con Dios
39 ( NEW ) (WE WANT) THE SAME THING Belinda Carlisle
40 ( 39 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle

41 ( 41 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
42 ( 31 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
43 ( 42 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
44 ( 32 ) EPIC Faith No More
45 ( 44 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
46 ( 48 ) TUNES SPLITS THE ATOM MC Tunes vs 808 State
47 ( 27 ) BLACK CAT janet Jackson
48 ( 47 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
49 ( 34 ) NOTHING TO LOSE S’Express
50 ( 28 ) ICE BLINK LUCK Cocteau Twins

51 ( NEW ) NEVER ENOUGH The Cure
52 ( 51 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
53 ( 53 ) LONG TRAIN RUNNIN’ Don Pablo’s Animals
54 ( 46 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
55 ( 36 ) BURUNDI BLUES Beats International
56 ( 45 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
57 ( 49 ) STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson
58 ( 58 ) FOOL’S GOLD The Stone Roses
59 ( 59 ) THE OBVIOUS CHILD Paul Simon
60 ( 43 ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad

61 ( NEW ) MOTHER UNIVERSE The Soup Dragons
62 ( 61 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
63 ( 72 ) SO CLOSE Daryl Hall & John Oates
64 ( 64 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
65 ( 62 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
66 ( 74 ) COLD HEARTED (REMIX) Paula Abdul
67 ( 67 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
68 ( NEW ) FROM A DISTANCE Cliff Richard
69 ( 57 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
70 ( 70 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush

71 ( 54 ) MELODY COOL Mavis Staples
72 ( NEW ) SUPERFLY 1990 Curtis Mayfield & Ice-T
73 ( NEW ) YOU GOT TO LOVE SOMEONE Elton John
74 ( 65 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
75 ( 73 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys

playlist oldies
1 LISTEN WITHOUT PREJUDICE (album) George Michael
2 LIVING IN HARMONY Cliff Richard
3 TAKE ME HIGH Cliff Richard

 

My May 1988 Charts

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1st May 1988

It’s 2 weeks on top for S-Express as Ofra Haza nearly topples them with I’m Nin Alu at 2, Hazell Dean gets a second top 10, and Danny Wilson finally go top 10 after first charting in 1987 with Mary’s Prayer. Blue Monday is remixed back into the 20 for about the 3rd time for New Order, Belinda Carlisle rockets in for her 3rd top as Circle In The Sand rises 71 to 16, Faurground Attraction climb into the 40 with Perfect, and Aztec Camera add to their snaps of singles doing the same, with a mighty bound on Somewhere In My Heart.

Narada Michael Walden gets his 3rd top 40, and highest new entry is from Joyce Sims, in with Walk Away at 48, followed by The Housemartins not doing a cover of Bacharach/David’s Always Something There To Remind Me at 56 (just nicking the title). Gloria Estefan is back with Can’t Stay Away From You, by now more or less a solo act doing her husbands’ material as he phases out Miami Sound Machine to greater success. Second-time lucky for the song it will be, though. Heart are back with another old track, What About Love, Was Not Was are back with a remix of the fab non-hit Out Come The Freaks, Icehouse add Electric Blue to their list of chart entries here, even if not in the UK charts, The Primitives follow-up, and Scritti Politti makes it 4 years of chart gems with Oh Patti popping in at 75.

This was the week I bought my first CD player, as far as I can recall, cos the Playlist includes 2 Blow Monkeys remix tracks from the first maxi-single CD I ever bought – and the only way I could have heard them was on a brand-new Philips DC player. CD was a revolution in sound, in some ways, as hits albums squeezing too many tracks onto vinyl were a bit tinny in sound, and vinyl singles quality wasn’t what it used to be either as they got produced more cheaply. I didn’t miss the crackles and pops of vinyl, but the widescreen sound of quality vinyl was definitely superior to a cheap CD player and early CD’s of older recordings in the days before remastering – some times they were cheap crappy covers by the listed act, sometimes they’d been bunged onto CD direct from a CD or substandard master, and as I was to find out to my horror years later, the lie that CD’s would “last forever” was nonsense – many of them reacted to inks in the sleeve and turned discoloured and the sound disintegrated or jumped. The plastic wallets were just awful, I still hate the tacky packaging, and the only affection I hold for actual CD’s I bought are those I bought abroad, or those that have great packaging. The rest can happily be replaced and upgraded, unlike Vinyl where I love my own copies, clicks and all, cos they are special time-related sentimental objects.

1 ( 1 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express
2 ( 7 ) I’M NIN ALU Ofra Haza
3 ( 3 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
4 ( 6 ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
5 ( 4 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
6 ( 2 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
7 ( 8 ) I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama
8 ( 15 ) WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean
9 ( 5 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
10 ( 12 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson

11 ( 13 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
12 ( 9 ) GIRLFRIEND Pebbles
13 ( 37 ) BLUE MONDAY (REMIX) New Order
14 ( 14 ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell
15 ( 10 ) PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole
16 ( 71 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
17 ( 31 ) NITE AND DAY Al B. Sure
18 ( 27 ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER The Kane Gang
19 ( 16 ) GET LUCKY Jermaine Stewart
20 ( 23 ) LET’S ALL CHANT Pat and Mick

21 ( 17 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher
22 ( 32 ) BORN AGAIN The Christians
23 ( 46 ) PERFECT Fairground Attraction
24 ( 11 ) WHEN THE LOVE IS GOOD Big Trouble
25 ( 30 ) FROM THE HIP Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
26 ( 70 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
27 ( 69 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada
28 ( 21 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
29 ( 24 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
30 ( 36 ) ARMAGEDDIN’ IT Def Leppard

31 ( 18 ) DREAMING Glen Goldsmith
32 ( 19 ) 10,000 ANGELS Godley And Creme
33 ( 38 ) CARELESS LOVE Swimming With Sharks
34 ( 64 ) KING OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Prefab Sprout
35 ( 54 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
36 ( 52 ) A LOVE SUPREME Will Downing
37 ( 22 ) I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder
38 ( 44 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil
39 ( 35 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
40 ( 28 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart

41 ( 53 ) CALYPSO CRAZY Billy Ocean
42 ( 41 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
43 ( 33 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
44 ( 20 ) PROVE YOUR LOVE Taylor Dayne
45 ( 45 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
46 ( 42 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
47 ( 39 ) EVERY ANGEL All About Eve
48 ( NEW ) WALK AWAY Joyce Sims
49 ( 49 ) THE COLOURS Men They Couldn’t Hang
50 ( 25 ) STAY ON THESE ROADS a-ha

51 ( 51 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
52 ( 50 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
53 ( 60 ) WHEN WILL YOU MAKE MY TELEPHONE RING Deacon Blue
54 ( 56 ) SOMETHIN’ ELSE Eddie Cochran
55 ( 74 ) PAYBACK MIX James Brown
56 ( NEW ) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME The Housemartins
57 ( 26 ) COULD’VE BEEN Tiffany
58 ( 29 ) I NEED A MAN Eurythmics
59 ( 57 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
60 ( 63 ) CHANGES Alan Price

61 ( 48 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
62 ( 58 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
63 ( 47 ) THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel & Kim
64 ( NEW ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan/ Miami Sound Machine
65 ( 65 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
66 ( 66 ) BAD Michael Jackson
67 ( NEW ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
68 ( 43 ) ANGEL Aerosmith
69 ( 62 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
70 ( NEW ) OUT COME THE FREAKS (REMIX) Was (Not Was)

71 ( 40 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Aswad
72 ( NEW ) ELECTRIC BLUE Icehouse
73 ( 34 ) JUST A MIRAGE Jellybean/ Adele Bertei
74 ( NEW ) OUT OF REACH The Primitives
75 ( NEW ) OH PATTI (DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR LOVERBOY) Scritti Politti

1st May
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 DIGGING YOUR SCENE (CD REMIX) Blow Monkeys
2 I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
3 IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY (CD REMIX) Blow Monkeys

 

8th May 1988

It’s George Michael finally getting a chart-topper from Faith with One More Try ( laugh.gif ), his 3rd solo chart-topper, 4th including Aretha Franklin duets, and 6th including Wham!, 7th including Band Aid. Take your pick. Poor ol’ Ofra gets leap-frogged at 2, but Prince is driving Alphabet Street right into the top 10, and Narada is having some divine emotions doing the same. Rocketing up even higher it’s Gloria Estefan – not her first top 20, but I Can’t Stay Away From You has a sweet 48-place climb.

The Clash are back with another oldie, London Calling at 29 equalling it’s peak in 1979, Heart get a 5th top 40 with a big climb, and the big Eurovision song from 1988 enters at 35 for Hothouse Flowers – not that Don’t Go had been entered, they were the interval act. Cry Before Dawn also enter the top 40 with a song I’ve completely forgotten – truly, gone if not forever-then-for-32-years. Scritti Politti get a pleasing bound to 39 from 75 with Patti, Hall & Oates return for 12 years of chart activity, and just for charity-mates, Wet Wet Wet mangle a Sgt Pepper Beatles song that had already charted for Joe Cocker 20 years earlier, and Billy Bragg murders the gorgeous She’s Leaving Home, which should have been released as a single in 1976 for The Beatles around the time that Bryan Ferry did a great cover on one of his B sides in 1977. Still, both songs died for a good cause.

If you’d asked me if Magnum had ever made my charts I would have said “not likely!”, but there you are, Start talking Love enters at 68, even ahead of Kim Wilde’s latest album cut from Close to make single. In what must have been a desperately bad week for new music Harry Enfield annoys at 73, Dirty Dancing tedium enters at 72 for Patrick Swayze, Luther Vandross meanders in at 74, and Eddy Grant remains forgettable at 75 – his glory days started in 1968 with The Equals, and solo in 1979 through to Jo’Anna, but I don’t recall this one, so I guess it does what it says on the tin. So, of the new entries, one is old, 2 I dont recall, 4 are various scales of OK, and 4 I wouldnt mind never hearing again. Quality down-turn!

1 ( 3 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
2 ( 2 ) I’M NIN ALU Ofra Haza
3 ( 1 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express
4 ( 4 ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
5 ( 8 ) WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean
6 ( 6 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
7 ( 5 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
8 ( 35 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
9 ( 7 ) I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama
10 ( 27 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada

11 ( 9 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
12 ( 10 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
13 ( 13 ) BLUE MONDAY (REMIX) New Order
14 ( 23 ) PERFECT Fairground Attraction
15 ( 16 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
16 ( 64 ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan/ Miami Sound Machine
17 ( 18 ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER The Kane Gang
18 ( 20 ) LET’S ALL CHANT Pat and Mick
19 ( 26 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
20 ( 22 ) BORN AGAIN The Christians

21 ( 11 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
22 ( 12 ) GIRLFRIEND Pebbles
23 ( 36 ) A LOVE SUPREME Will Downing
24 ( 17 ) NITE AND DAY Al B. Sure
25 ( 34 ) KING OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Prefab Sprout
26 ( 14 ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell
27 ( 33 ) CARELESS LOVE Swimming With Sharks
28 ( 15 ) PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole
29 ( NEW ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
30 ( 19 ) GET LUCKY Jermaine Stewart

31 ( 25 ) FROM THE HIP Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
32 ( 67 ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
33 ( 24 ) WHEN THE LOVE IS GOOD Big Trouble
34 ( 28 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
35 ( NEW ) DON’T GO Hothouse Flowers
36 ( 48 ) WALK AWAY Joyce Sims
37 ( NEW ) GONE FOREVER Cry Before Dawn
38 ( 39 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
39 ( 75 ) OH PATTI (DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR LOVERBOY) Scritti Politti
40 ( 29 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher

41 ( 41 ) CALYPSO CRAZY Billy Ocean
42 ( 56 ) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME The Housemartins
43 ( 42 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
44 ( 38 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil
45 ( 21 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher
46 ( 45 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
47 ( 70 ) OUT COME THE FREAKS (REMIX) Was (Not Was)
48 ( 43 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
49 ( 40 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart
50 ( 46 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson

51 ( 51 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
52 ( 37 ) I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder
53 ( 52 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
54 ( 31 ) DREAMING Glen Goldsmith
55 ( 55 ) PAYBACK MIX James Brown
56 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES Daryl Hall & John Oates
57 ( 74 ) OUT OF REACH The Primitives
58 ( 32 ) 10,000 ANGELS Godley And Creme
59 ( NEW ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS/SHE’S LEAVING HOME Wet Wet Wet/ Billy Bragg
60 ( 59 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson

61 ( 50 ) STAY ON THESE ROADS a-ha
62 ( 53 ) WHEN WILL YOU MAKE MY TELEPHONE RING Deacon Blue
63 ( 54 ) SOMETHIN’ ELSE Eddie Cochran
64 ( 62 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 30 ) ARMAGEDDIN’ IT Def Leppard
66 ( 65 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
67 ( 66 ) BAD Michael Jackson
68 ( NEW ) START TALKING LOVE Magnum
69 ( 61 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
70 ( NEW ) HEY MR HEARTACHE Kim Wilde

71 ( 69 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
72 ( NEW ) SHE’S LIKE THE WIND Patrick Swayze/ Wendy Fisher
73 ( NEW ) LOADSAMONEY Harry Enfield
74 ( NEW ) I GAVE IT UP (WHEN I FELL IN LOVE) Luther Vandross
75 ( NEW ) HARMLESS PIECE OF FUN Eddy Grant

Playlist oldies and album tracks of that week
1 WHO’S LOVING YOU The Jackson 5
2 EAGLE Abba
3 WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE Abba

 

15th May 1988

It’s a first week on top for Alphabet Street, as Prince gets his first chart-topper after numerous big hits and some runners-up, belatedly deserved despite the annoying Lovesexy album CD version being one long track with no individual track skipping ability. Talk about annoying! Blue Monday goes top 10 again, albeit remixed, and Fairground Attraction grab a Perfect top 10 debut, and Belinda Carlisle makes it a hat-trick of the same, and Gloria Estefan adds to hers too.

Heart shoot into the 20 with What About Love, Prefab Sprout get another top 20 4 years on from When Love Breaks Down, and The Clash second-time round also peak higher than 1979’s peak of 29, at 19. Highest new entry is Debbie Gibson at 26 with Out Of The Blue, while in at 29 it’s another track I don’t recall, hot on the heels of Cry Before Dawn last week, it’s Won Ton Ton and I Lie And I Cheat. Playing it now and I’d swear I’ve never heard it in my life, oops! It’s not aged that well…..

Aerosmith pop back in at 33 with Angel, a much more realistic chart position for a track I do remember, and ditto Icehouse at 35 with Electric Blue – a big week for that colour – while Aswad follow-up with Give A Little Love at 39. Kylie is back with another production-line track off her album, Got To Be Certain, and Derek B is a Bad Young Brother at 58. Quo turn up with a track I dont recall either, Who Gets The Love marking a move towards a more AOR sound, Climie Fisher get a 3rd entry, Richard Marx gets another ballad sneaking in – his current single is pretty good as I’ve started following him on Twitter as he’s not one to mince his words biggrin.gif Voice Of The Beehive are back with Don’t Call Me Baby, and sneaking in as a bonus 76 it’s my airplay album track Dirty Diana, soon to be the next single off Bad from Michael Jackson. safe to say it would have charted much higher had I permitted album tracks in my chart.

1 ( 8 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
2 ( 1 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
3 ( 2 ) I’M NIN ALU Ofra Haza
4 ( 4 ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
5 ( 10 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada
6 ( 13 ) BLUE MONDAY (REMIX) New Order
7 ( 3 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express
8 ( 14 ) PERFECT Fairground Attraction
9 ( 15 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
10 ( 16 ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan/ Miami Sound Machine

11 ( 5 ) WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean
12 ( 7 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
13 ( 32 ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
14 ( 6 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
15 ( 9 ) I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama
16 ( 25 ) KING OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Prefab Sprout
17 ( 19 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
18 ( 23 ) A LOVE SUPREME Will Downing
19 ( 29 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
20 ( 11 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac

21 ( 12 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
22 ( 18 ) LET’S ALL CHANT Pat and Mick
23 ( 21 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
24 ( 20 ) BORN AGAIN The Christians
25 ( 35 ) DON’T GO Hothouse Flowers
26 ( NEW ) OUT OF THE BLUE Debbie Gibson
27 ( 26 ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell
28 ( 17 ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER The Kane Gang
29 ( NEW ) I LIE AND I CHEAT Won Ton Ton
30 ( 39 ) OH PATTI (DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR LOVERBOY) Scritti Politti

31 ( 28 ) PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole
32 ( 27 ) CARELESS LOVE Swimming With Sharks
33 ( RE ) ANGEL Aerosmith
34 ( 41 ) CALYPSO CRAZY Billy Ocean
35 ( RE ) ELECTRIC BLUE Icehouse
36 ( 22 ) GIRLFRIEND Pebbles
37 ( 37 ) GONE FOREVER Cry Before Dawn
38 ( 38 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
39 ( NEW ) GIVE A LITTLE LOVE Aswad
40 ( 47 ) OUT COME THE FREAKS (REMIX) Was (Not Was)

41 ( 24 ) NITE AND DAY Al B. Sure
42 ( 34 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
43 ( 56 ) EVERYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES Daryl Hall & John Oates
44 ( 43 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
45 ( 45 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher
46 ( 46 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
47 ( NEW ) GOT TO BE CERTAIN Kylie Minogue
48 ( 44 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil
49 ( 57 ) OUT OF REACH The Primitives
50 ( 50 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson

51 ( 51 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
52 ( 40 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
53 ( 53 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
54 ( 48 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
55 ( 59 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS/SHE’S LEAVING HOME Wet Wet Wet/ Billy Bragg
56 ( 49 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart
57 ( 30 ) GET LUCKY Jermaine Stewart
58 ( NEW ) BAD YOUNG BROTHER Derek B
59 ( 31 ) FROM THE HIP Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
60 ( 70 ) HEY MR HEARTACHE Kim Wilde

61 ( 36 ) WALK AWAY Joyce Sims
62 ( 60 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
63 ( 33 ) WHEN THE LOVE IS GOOD Big Trouble
64 ( 68 ) START TALKING LOVE Magnum
65 ( 73 ) LOADSAMONEY Harry Enfield
66 ( 66 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
67 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 67 ) BAD Michael Jackson
69 ( NEW ) WHO GETS THE LOVE Status Quo
70 ( 52 ) I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder

71 ( 71 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
72 ( NEW ) THIS IS ME Climie Fisher
73 ( 54 ) DREAMING Glen Goldsmith
74 ( NEW ) ENDLESS SUMMER NIGHTS Richard Marx
75 ( NEW ) DON’T CALL ME BABY Voice Of The Beehive
76 ( NEW ) DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson

Playlist oldies of the week
1 DEVIL’S BALL Double
2 WHY DID YOU DO IT Stretch
3 DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson

 

 

22nd May 1988

It’s 2 weeks on top for Prince as Belinda Carlisle starts to threaten with her first top 3, Circling In The Sand you might say, as Heart grab a 3rd top 10 and Aztec Camera a 2nd. Kylie shoots up to 12, her 3rd top 20, and Cher makes it two in a row too – or her 5th in total over 17 years – Rod Stewart has had many more than that over the same period, and his latest try enters at 60. Highest new entry is LA Mix at 18 with Check This Out, another cut ‘n’ paste dance track, as I vaguely recall.

Kim Wilde bolts up to 22 with Hey Mr Heartache, 7 years-worth of top 40’s and the biggest still to come, Hall & Oates are back in the 40 12 years since She’s Gone, and 6 years since they topped my charts, while new into the 40 goes Maxi Priest’s lover’s rock version of Jimmy Cliff’s reggae version of Cat Stevens Wild World, Mica Paris debuts with My One Temptation, smooth, and Merry Clayton says Yes at 38. I liked that track much more than record buyers did.

Sam Brown debuts at 53 with the fabulous Stop, a full year of it becoming a hit, outrageously not hitting first-time round, all diva soul from Joe Brown’s little girl. I’ve seen Joe Brown in concert a few times, sometimes Sam supports him, which is lovely to see and hear, as her career never really took off properly after Stop, unlike Joe who was around through the 60’s, and beyond in light entertainment, until he re-invented himself a musicians musician and a live draw.

Quietly in at 65, a terrific French dance track, Voyage Voyage from Desireless, while Stevie returns with Michael on tow, Get Up being a tit for tat for appearing on the weakest track on Bad with Michael. I mean, I’m always going to have time for Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, bot childhood and teen faves when one was not much older than, and the other younger than, moi. It’s not the best track either appeared on though.

Alexander O’Neal is back with another Jam & Lewis dance gem, The Lovers, Basia has left her Matt Bianco days behind her and gone solo – though she was more notable for noticeably being amongst the first EU-era movement of Polish folk to the UK than her solo career – and finally Samantha Fox pops in yet again, somehow managing to get a mention with another bit of tat.

1 ( 1 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
2 ( 2 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
3 ( 9 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
4 ( 5 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada
5 ( 13 ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
6 ( 6 ) BLUE MONDAY (REMIX) New Order
7 ( 3 ) I’M NIN ALU Ofra Haza
8 ( 4 ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
9 ( 17 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
10 ( 10 ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan/ Miami Sound Machine

11 ( 7 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express
12 ( 47 ) GOT TO BE CERTAIN Kylie Minogue
13 ( 16 ) KING OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Prefab Sprout
14 ( 45 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher
15 ( 12 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
16 ( 26 ) OUT OF THE BLUE Debbie Gibson
17 ( 14 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
18 ( NEW ) CHECK THIS OUT LA Mix
19 ( 11 ) WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean
20 ( 30 ) OH PATTI (DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR LOVERBOY) Scritti Politti

21 ( 8 ) PERFECT Fairground Attraction
22 ( 60 ) HEY MR HEARTACHE Kim Wilde
23 ( 25 ) DON’T GO Hothouse Flowers
24 ( 18 ) A LOVE SUPREME Will Downing
25 ( 20 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
26 ( 15 ) I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama
27 ( 39 ) GIVE A LITTLE LOVE Aswad
28 ( 35 ) ELECTRIC BLUE Icehouse
29 ( 29 ) I LIE AND I CHEAT Won Ton Ton
30 ( 24 ) BORN AGAIN The Christians

31 ( 21 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
32 ( 23 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
33 ( 43 ) EVERYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES Daryl Hall & John Oates
34 ( 34 ) CALYPSO CRAZY Billy Ocean
35 ( NEW ) WILD WORLD Maxi Priest
36 ( 19 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
37 ( NEW ) MY ONE TEMPTATION Mica Paris
38 ( NEW ) YES Merry Clayton
39 ( 38 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
40 ( 55 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS/SHE’S LEAVING HOME Wet Wet Wet/ Billy Bragg

41 ( 27 ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell
42 ( 42 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
43 ( 22 ) LET’S ALL CHANT Pat and Mick
44 ( 31 ) PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole
45 ( 44 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
46 ( 32 ) CARELESS LOVE Swimming With Sharks
47 ( 53 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
48 ( 46 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
49 ( 75 ) DON’T CALL ME BABY Voice Of The Beehive
50 ( 72 ) THIS IS ME Climie Fisher

51 ( 51 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
52 ( 50 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
53 ( NEW ) STOP Sam Brown
54 ( 28 ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER The Kane Gang
55 ( 58 ) BAD YOUNG BROTHER Derek B
56 ( 36 ) GIRLFRIEND Pebbles
57 ( 54 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
58 ( 69 ) WHO GETS THE LOVE Status Quo
59 ( 37 ) GONE FOREVER Cry Before Dawn
60 ( NEW ) LOST IN YOU Rod Stewart

61 ( 52 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
62 ( 33 ) ANGEL Aerosmith
63 ( 62 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
64 ( 56 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart
65 ( NEW ) VOYAGE VOYAGE Desireless
66 ( NEW ) GET IT Stevie Wonder/ Michael Jackson
67 ( 66 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
68 ( 68 ) BAD Michael Jackson
69 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
70 ( NEW ) THE LOVERS Alexander O’Neal

71 ( 71 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
72 ( 74 ) ENDLESS SUMMER NIGHTS Richard Marx
73 ( NEW ) TIME AND TIDE Basia
74 ( NEW ) NAUGHTY GIRLS (NEED LOVE TOO) Samantha Fox
75 ( 63 ) WHEN THE LOVE IS GOOD Big Trouble
76 ( 76 ) DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson

Playlist faves of that week
1 DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson
2 THE ANGELS CRY Agnetha Flatskog
3 I FOUND SOMEONE Cher

 

 

29th May 1988

It’s back on top for a 2nd week for George Michael’s One More Try, while at the other end of the chart it’s a mention for my top album track of the week (also from Faith, the fab Hand To Mouth which should also have been a single) by virtue of topping my list of other non-single criminally-ignored tracks of the 80’s. LA Mix Check this Out at 4, Scritti Politti make it a 3rd top 10 with Oh Patti, and Cher makes it two in a row at 10, her 4th solo, 6th including duets.

Alexander O’Neal bounds into the 20 with The Lovers, and highest new entry is KLF’s Doctorin’ The Tardis – under the pseudonym The Timelords – their debut, though Jimmy Cauty had charted as part of Brilliant several times already, in at 20. Essentially a mash-up of the Doctor Who theme (one of the greatest TV themes ever), Sweet’s Blockbuster sirens and Gary Glitter’s Rock And Roll Part 2 as the hook. What’s not to like! Glam Rock and House Music! Ish.

Other newies: Eurythmics second-best best track off their latest album, You have Placed A Chill In My Heart at 26, one of Erasure’s very best singles in at 29 with Chains Of Love, and an old Brass Construction funk groove Housed-up, Movin’ in at 30. At 38, Elton returns with a great track, I Don’t Want To Go On With You Like That, not the hit it deserved to be as he was well out of fashion by 1988, Sade is in Paradise at 44, one of her/their best tracks. Yes, confusing plurals were a thing back then too, albeit limited to bands named after the lead singer, or bands with a name that became acquired by the lead singer. Yes, I’m looking at you Alice Cooper.

The Sytle Council are nearing the end of their time in the chart sun, albeit with a healthy track, Whitney’s looking for something to save the day, not that she’d have listened if she’d found it, and musically at least not for another decade. Fleetwood Mac pop back in with a lesser Tango In The Night track, Big Audio Dynamite keep plugging away, and Nick Kamen has a last fling at chart action.

1 ( 2 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
2 ( 1 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
3 ( 3 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
4 ( 18 ) CHECK THIS OUT LA Mix
5 ( 4 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada
6 ( 5 ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
7 ( 9 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
8 ( 6 ) BLUE MONDAY (REMIX) New Order
9 ( 20 ) OH PATTI (DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR LOVERBOY) Scritti Politti
10 ( 14 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher

11 ( 16 ) OUT OF THE BLUE Debbie Gibson
12 ( 12 ) GOT TO BE CERTAIN Kylie Minogue
13 ( 10 ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan/ Miami Sound Machine
14 ( 7 ) I’M NIN ALU Ofra Haza
15 ( 11 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express
16 ( 8 ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
17 ( 13 ) KING OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Prefab Sprout
18 ( 70 ) THE LOVERS Alexander O’Neal
19 ( 22 ) HEY MR HEARTACHE Kim Wilde
20 ( NEW ) DOCTORIN’ THE TARDIS The Timelords (KLF)

21 ( 35 ) WILD WORLD Maxi Priest
22 ( 15 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
23 ( 23 ) DON’T GO Hothouse Flowers
24 ( 17 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
25 ( 33 ) EVERYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES Daryl Hall & John Oates
26 ( NEW ) YOU HAVE PLACED A CHILL IN MY HEART Eurythmics
27 ( 27 ) GIVE A LITTLE LOVE Aswad
28 ( 37 ) MY ONE TEMPTATION Mica Paris
29 ( NEW ) CHAINS OF LOVE Erasure
30 ( NEW ) MOVIN’ 1988 Brass Construction

31 ( 19 ) WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean
32 ( 60 ) LOST IN YOU Rod Stewart
33 ( 25 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
34 ( 38 ) YES Merry Clayton
35 ( 50 ) THIS IS ME Climie Fisher
36 ( 49 ) DON’T CALL ME BABY Voice Of The Beehive
37 ( 40 ) WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS/SHE’S LEAVING HOME Wet Wet Wet/ Billy Bragg
38 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANT TO GO ON WITH YOU LIKE THAT Elton John
39 ( 26 ) I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama
40 ( 39 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies

41 ( 28 ) ELECTRIC BLUE Icehouse
42 ( 32 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
43 ( NEW ) I STILL LOVE YOU Judy Cheeks
44 ( NEW ) PARADISE Sade
45 ( 21 ) PERFECT Fairground Attraction
46 ( NEW ) LIFE ON A TOP PEOPLE’S HEALTH FARM The Style Council
47 ( 45 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
48 ( 47 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
49 ( 42 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
50 ( 48 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees

51 ( 65 ) VOYAGE VOYAGE Desireless
52 ( 31 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
53 ( 51 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
54 ( 53 ) STOP Sam Brown
55 ( 52 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
56 ( 24 ) A LOVE SUPREME Will Downing
57 ( 29 ) I LIE AND I CHEAT Won Ton Ton
58 ( 74 ) NAUGHTY GIRLS (NEED LOVE TOO) Samantha Fox
59 ( 58 ) WHO GETS THE LOVE Status Quo
60 ( 36 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash

61 ( 66 ) GET IT Stevie Wonder/ Michael Jackson
62 ( 57 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
63 ( 63 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
64 ( 30 ) BORN AGAIN The Christians
65 ( 41 ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell
66 ( NEW ) LOVE WILL SAVE THE DAY Whitney Houston
67 ( 68 ) BAD Michael Jackson
68 ( 61 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
69 ( 67 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
70 ( 73 ) TIME AND TIDE Basia

71 ( 71 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
72 ( NEW ) ISN’T IT MIDNIGHT Fleetwood Mac
73 ( 64 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart
74 ( NEW ) JUST PLAY MUSIC Big Audio Dynamite
75 ( NEW ) TELL ME Nick Kamen
76 ( NEW ) HAND TO MOUTH George Michael

FAVE OLDIES/ALBUM TRACKS OF THE WEEK
1 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael
2 MISS ME BLIND Culture Club
3 PANINARO Pet Shop Boys

My May Retro 1970 Charts

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More anime popcorn transfers from 1970 Singapore

 

2nd May 1970

It’s a first week on top for Your Song as Elton John knocks his own Border Song off the top months before it becomes a UK hit single – I can’t help thinking they released the singles in the wrong order, Your Song first to catch attention and get the hit, then Border Song to become a much bigger follow-up hit. Hey ho, Elt still makes a Paul McCartney sandwich at 2 with Maybe I’m Amazed. The 5th Domension climb into the top 5, and the top 20, with Save The Country and Puppet Man, Crabby Appleton get their only top 10 with the fab Go Back, and Marvin Gaye gets a top 10 with Tammi Terrell on California Soul as his cover of Dion’s Abraham Martin & John enters at 30.

Led Zep ramble quickly up to 13 for their biggest track to date, and The Four Tops replace themselves in the 20. The Hollies also add to their long list of top 20’s with a song title that would have alternate meanings in more recent decades, and The Moody Blues pose a Question as they climb 25 places to 25. Mr Bloe enters at 35, not only nicking the actual name of the Tony Orlando & Wind instrumental B side which charted in 1969 for me, but also the name as an artist name, even though it was a re-recorded soundalike, the first try of which featured Elton John on piano – who also featured on the instrumental B side.

In at 49, The beach Boys cover Leadbelly’s 1940 blues song and get their last UK top 10 for 9 years with Cotton Fields, Nick Drake gets a 2nd haunting entry with Day Is Done, Dusty’s back again in her Philly Soul groove with a track written by Gamble Huff & assorted other soul greats that does’t quite match it’s pedigree, Richard Barnes debuts with some Mountains that don’t belong to Prince or refer to Shakira’s breasts, and Tommy James gets a solo entry, and not his last, either.

1 ( 3 ) YOUR SONG Elton John # 1
2 ( 4 ) MAYBE I’M AMAZED Paul McCartney # 2
3 ( 1 ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 1
4 ( 6 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The 5th Dimension # 4
5 ( 2 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
6 ( 9 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie # 6
7 ( 5 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
8 ( 12 ) GO BACK Crabby Appleton # 8
9 ( 7 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
10 ( 13 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell # 10

11 ( 8 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
12 ( 10 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
13 ( 45 ) RAMBLE ON Led Zeppelin # 13
14 ( 24 ) PUPPET MAN The 5th Dimension # 14
15 ( 11 ) THE PRETTIEST STAR David Bowie # 11
16 ( 19 ) DON’T STOP NOW Eddie Holman # 16
17 ( 15 ) VEHICLE The Ides Of March # 8
18 ( 14 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana # 7
19 ( 39 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops # 19
20 ( 33 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies # 20

21 ( 16 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin # 10
22 ( 17 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH) The Four Tops # 8
23 ( 36 ) I DON’T BELIEVE IN IF ANYMORE Roger Whittaker # 23
24 ( 20 ) LET ME GO TO HIM Dionne Warwick # 20
25 ( 50 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues # 25
26 ( 18 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink # 10
27 ( 23 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
28 ( 38 ) KITSCH Barry Ryan # 28
29 ( 25 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
30 ( NEW ) ABRAHAM MARTIN & JOHN Marvin Gaye # 30

31 ( 22 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 7
32 ( 29 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
33 ( 28 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
34 ( 35 ) REACH OUT AND TOUCH (SOMEBODY’S HAND) Diana Ross # 34
35 ( NEW ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR BLOE Mr Bloe # 35
36 ( 40 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones # 36
37 ( 37 ) AMERICAN WOMAN The Guess Who # 37
38 ( 48 ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch # 38
39 ( 32 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
40 ( 34 ) FIRE AND RAIN James Taylor # 9

41 ( 52 ) EVERY NIGHT Paul McCartney # 41
42 ( 21 ) ABC The Jackson 5 # 14
43 ( 30 ) LOVE ON A TWO-WAY STREET The Moments # 30
44 ( 27 ) 12 Jul 1939 Charlie Rich # 20
45 ( 26 ) EVERYBODY’S OUT OF TOWN B.J. Thomas # 17
46 ( 53 ) (YOU’VE GOT ME) DANGLING ON A STRING Chairmen Of The Board # 46
47 ( 31 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell # 19
48 ( 44 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
49 ( NEW ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys # 49
50 ( 43 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 4

51 ( 62 ) RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE Creedence Clearwater Revival # 51
52 ( 64 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley # 52
53 ( 46 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
54 ( 76 ) GONE MOVIN’ ON The Raiders # 54
55 ( 63 ) IT’S 5 O’CLOCK Aphrodite’s Child # 55
56 ( 60 ) UP AROUND THE BEND Creedence Clearwater Revival # 56
57 ( 58 ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND White Plains # 57
58 ( 54 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
59 ( 71 ) SO YOUNG Roy Orbison # 59
60 ( 41 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix # 31

61 ( 70 ) BABY HOLD ON The Grass Roots # 61
62 ( 42 ) A STREET CALLED HOPE Gene Pitney # 18
63 ( 66 ) LET THIS BE A LETTER (TO MY BABY) Jackie Wilson # 63
64 ( 79 ) CHECK OUT YOUR MIND The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 64
65 ( 68 ) MONKEY MAN Toots And The Maytals # 65
66 ( 69 ) LAY DOWN (CANDLES IN THE WIND) Melanie with The Edwin Hawkins Singers # 66
67 ( 67 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON The Melodians # 67
68 ( 57 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
69 ( 75 ) ELECTRIC LOS ANGELES SUNSET Al Stewart # 69
70 ( 59 ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad # 59

71 ( 73 ) MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME Randy Newman # 71
72 ( 47 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins # 33
73 ( NEW ) DAY IS DONE Nick Drake # 73
74 ( 77 ) IF YOU GOTTA MAKE A FOOL OF SOMEBODY Bobbie Gentry # 74
75 ( 78 ) BABY I LOVE YOU Little Milton # 75
76 ( 49 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Eddie Holman # 35
77 ( 80 ) DOWN THE DUSTPIPE Status Quo # 77
78 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE A FREE GIRL Dusty Springfield # 78
79 ( NEW ) TAKE TO THE MOUNTAINS Richard Barnes # 79
80 ( NEW ) COME TO ME Tommy James # 80

2nd May
Wot I Liked Then

1 ( 1 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
2 ( NEW ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
3 ( 3 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
4 ( 2 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
5 ( 5 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
6 ( 4 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
7 ( 7 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension
8 ( 19 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix
9 ( 6 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
10 ( 11 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones

11 ( 9 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
12 ( 10 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder
13 ( 14 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies
14 ( 13 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
15 ( 18 ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad
16 ( 12 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
17 ( 16 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
18 ( NEW ) QUESTION The Moody Blues
19 ( 17 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
20 ( 15 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink

 

9th May 1970

It’s a second chart-topper for The 5th Dimension with the song that got me into Laura Nyro in later years – once I’d realised she’d written Save The Country in the wake of Bobby Kennedy’s assassination, as well as many other great songs of the period that I didn’t realise were hers. I still love The 5th Dimension’s quality multi-harmony vocals and punchier layered production though. That keeps off The Fabs new US single from the top as it enters at 2, to give Paul McCartney 3 top 10 songs and 5 in total on the chart as Two Of Us also enters lower down – the best tracks off the patchy album along with Across The Universe and the singles. Both the top 2 remind me of glorious tropical sunny Singapore happy days, and I care not a jot that Macca, John & the majority of Beatles fans dislike strongly the OTT orchestral choir Phil Spector work on the single and album. The album overall is a leftover from an excruciating movie patched together. If only they’d dropped the annoying filler and gone for the proper songs they gave away it might at least have improved it a bit overall. Hey ho.

Led Zep get a first top 10, which is quite remarkable given my mate played me the album and I loathed it in 1970. Time is kind, etc. Marvin Gaye gets 2 simultaneous top 20’s, The Moody Blues get a 3rd top 20, El Chicano re-enter at 28 as I realise it still sounds fab and didn’t peak high enough, all laid-back Santana instrumental vibes, Macca, Beach Boys, The Raiders, Chairmen Of The Board & CCR all got top 40, and 2 new entries from Carole King’s Writer album set her up for her forthcoming monster Tapestry. James Taylor is present and correct on the album, and even if the tracks aren’t quite as sophisticated in production yet, the songs are more than strong enough, namely reclaiming her own Up On The Roof and Child Of Mine. Carole is the greatest female pop melody writer of the era, bar none. Not even close. Listen to Up On The Roof, and marvel that not even Robson & Jerome can kill it.

The Temptations are back with the latest of their run of funk-soul social statements, the fab Ball Of Confusion, Three Dog Night replace Randy Newman’s own version of Mama Told Me Not To Come, as I grudgingly concede their version is a bit more robust, & Ike & Tina also enter with a more full-bodied version of Sly & The family Stone’s I Wanna Take You Higher. Down at 76 and 77 we have the Thom Bell-arranged double of Barbara Mason and The Delfonics latest singles, Smokey Robinson’s latest smooth soul offering, Delaney & Bonnie’s second entry, and a debut from Pacific Gas & Electric, funkrock I guess you could call it.

1 ( 4 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The 5th Dimension # 1
2 ( NEW ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles # 2
3 ( 1 ) YOUR SONG Elton John # 1
4 ( 2 ) MAYBE I’M AMAZED Paul McCartney # 2
5 ( 6 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie # 5
6 ( 8 ) GO BACK Crabby Appleton # 6
7 ( 3 ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 1
8 ( 5 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
9 ( 7 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
10 ( 13 ) RAMBLE ON Led Zeppelin # 10

11 ( 11 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
12 ( 9 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
13 ( 12 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
14 ( 14 ) PUPPET MAN The 5th Dimension # 14
15 ( 10 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell # 10
16 ( 25 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues # 16
17 ( 19 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops # 17
18 ( 20 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies # 18
19 ( 30 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN & JOHN Marvin Gaye # 19
20 ( 35 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR BLOE Mr Bloe # 20

21 ( 16 ) DON’T STOP NOW Eddie Holman # 16
22 ( 17 ) VEHICLE The Ides Of March # 8
23 ( 15 ) THE PRETTIEST STAR David Bowie # 11
24 ( 28 ) KITSCH Barry Ryan # 24
25 ( 36 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones # 25
26 ( 22 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH) The Four Tops # 8
27 ( 41 ) EVERY NIGHT Paul McCartney # 27
28 ( RE ) VIVA TIRADO El Chicano # 28
29 ( 27 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
30 ( 21 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin # 10

31 ( 18 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana # 7
32 ( 49 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys # 31
33 ( 32 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
34 ( 38 ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch # 33
35 ( 29 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
36 ( 33 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
37 ( 54 ) GONE MOVIN’ ON The Raiders # 36
38 ( 46 ) (YOU’VE GOT ME) DANGLING ON A STRING Chairmen Of The Board # 37
39 ( 23 ) I DON’T BELIEVE IN IF ANYMORE Roger Whittaker # 23
40 ( 51 ) RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE Creedence Clearwater Revival # 39

41 ( 26 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink # 10
42 ( 24 ) LET ME GO TO HIM Dionne Warwick # 20
43 ( 31 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 7
44 ( 52 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley # 43
45 ( 34 ) REACH OUT AND TOUCH (SOMEBODY’S HAND) Diana Ross # 34
46 ( 39 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
47 ( NEW ) UP ON THE ROOF Carole King # 46
48 ( NEW ) BALL OF CONFUSION (THAT’S WHAT THE WORLD IS TODAY) The Temptations # 47
49 ( 55 ) IT’S 5 O’CLOCK Aphrodite’s Child # 48
50 ( 40 ) FIRE AND RAIN James Taylor # 9

51 ( 37 ) AMERICAN WOMAN The Guess Who # 37
52 ( 56 ) UP AROUND THE BEND Creedence Clearwater Revival # 52
53 ( 57 ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND White Plains # 53
54 ( 48 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
55 ( 59 ) SO YOUNG Roy Orbison # 55
56 ( 61 ) BABY HOLD ON The Grass Roots # 56
57 ( NEW ) TWO OF US The Beatles # 57
58 ( 64 ) CHECK OUT YOUR MIND The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 58
59 ( 63 ) LET THIS BE A LETTER (TO MY BABY) Jackie Wilson # 59
60 ( 50 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 4

61 ( 65 ) MONKEY MAN Toots And The Maytals # 61
62 ( 58 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
63 ( 53 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
64 ( 69 ) ELECTRIC LOS ANGELES SUNSET Al Stewart # 64
65 ( 67 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON The Melodians # 65
66 ( 43 ) LOVE ON A TWO-WAY STREET The Moments # 30
67 ( 78 ) I WANNA BE A FREE GIRL Dusty Springfield # 67
68 ( 73 ) DAY IS DONE Nick Drake # 68
69 ( NEW ) CHILD OF MINE Carole King # 69
70 ( NEW ) MAMA TOLD ME (NOT TO COME) Three Dog Night # 70

71 ( NEW ) I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER Ike & Tina Turner & The Ikettes # 71
72 ( 74 ) IF YOU GOTTA MAKE A FOOL OF SOMEBODY Bobbie Gentry # 72
73 ( 77 ) DOWN THE DUSTPIPE Status Quo # 73
74 ( 79 ) TAKE TO THE MOUNTAINS Richard Barnes # 74
75 ( 75 ) BABY I LOVE YOU Little Milton # 75
76 ( NEW ) IF YOU KNEW HIM LIKE I DO Barbara Mason # 76
77 ( NEW ) TRYING TO MAKE A FOOL OF ME The Delfonics # 77
78 ( NEW ) WHO’S GONNA TAKE THE BLAME Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 78
79 ( NEW ) FREE THE PEOPLE Delaney & Bonnie # 79
80 ( NEW ) RE YOU READY? Pacific Gas & Electric # 80

RETRO THEN

1 ( 2 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
2 ( 1 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
3 ( NEW ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
4 ( 3 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
5 ( 5 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
6 ( 8 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix
7 ( 6 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
8 ( 4 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
9 ( 10 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones
10 ( 7 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension

11 ( 9 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
12 ( 15 ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad
13 ( 11 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
14 ( 18 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues
15 ( 12 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder
16 ( 13 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies
17 ( 14 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
18 ( NEW ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes
19 ( 16 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
20 ( 19 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin

 

16th May 1970

It’s The Beatles topping the chart with the first track released after they were no more (as a single in the USA at least), and their second of the year, leaving them head and shoulders over all other acts in these retro charts – enough of a lead to stay ahead for quite a few years, I expect, and then if we get as far as 1976 there will be some more that predate 1967 when I started this run. The Moody Blues manage to squeeze into the top 10 with Question, but that top 10 is pretty solid quality-wise, so it won’t be easy to make inroads. Best bet is the highest new entry from Alive ‘N’ Kickin’, essentially a Tommy James track (he co-wrote it, and I discovered it a few years back, and fab it is too), Tighter, Tighter in at 13.

More action lower down as Carole King jumps into the 40 with Up On The Roof, Elvis gets his first top 40 since Suspicious Minds, The Temps keep on funkin’ it up, and Aphrodite’s Child get a second top 40. It won’t be the last time either, there’s a total gem coming up in 1972. New in at 46 is Gerry Monroe, specialising in being the archetypal pub singer as popularised by Vic Reeves – but he does it with such gusto it’s hard not to love his version of Gracie Fields’ Sally, a total romp cover of an ancient song. The Jackson 5 get a 4th chart entry with The Love You Save, at 69, Fleetwood Mac still provide the Peter Green goods with The Green Manalishi, complete with spooky, frightening sounds that reminded me of a 60’s horror TV show that gave me nightmares as a kid, and there’s 3 tracks new to me just below: The Main Ingredient debut 4 years ahead of their only UK hit with a smooth soul confection, Herman’s Hermits do a spot of pop reggae on a track I swear I’ve never heard in my life – it’s not on compilations, and I’ve never ever heard it on the radio! Bizarre! Ditto the follow-up to Friends from Arrival. Not Gloria Gaynor.

1 ( 2 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles # 1
2 ( 1 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The 5th Dimension # 1
3 ( 3 ) YOUR SONG Elton John # 1
4 ( 6 ) GO BACK Crabby Appleton # 4
5 ( 5 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie # 5
6 ( 4 ) MAYBE I’M AMAZED Paul McCartney # 2
7 ( 7 ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 1
8 ( 8 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
9 ( 10 ) RAMBLE ON Led Zeppelin # 9
10 ( 16 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues # 10

11 ( 9 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
12 ( 11 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
13 ( NEW ) TIGHTER, TIGHTER Alive N’ Kickin’ # 13
14 ( 17 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops # 14
15 ( 12 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
16 ( 15 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell # 10
17 ( 19 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN & JOHN Marvin Gaye # 17
18 ( 13 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
19 ( 20 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR BLOE Mr Bloe # 19
20 ( 25 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones # 20

21 ( 14 ) PUPPET MAN The 5th Dimension # 14
22 ( 24 ) KITSCH Barry Ryan # 22
23 ( 18 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies # 18
24 ( 47 ) UP ON THE ROOF Carole King # 24
25 ( 27 ) EVERY NIGHT Paul McCartney # 25
26 ( 37 ) GONE MOVIN’ ON The Raiders # 26
27 ( 32 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys # 27
28 ( 28 ) VIVA TIRADO El Chicano # 28
29 ( 22 ) VEHICLE The Ides Of March # 8
30 ( 44 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley # 30

31 ( 48 ) BALL OF CONFUSION (THAT’S WHAT THE WORLD IS TODAY) The Temptations # 31
32 ( 38 ) (YOU’VE GOT ME) DANGLING ON A STRING Chairmen Of The Board # 32
33 ( 29 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
34 ( 34 ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch # 34
35 ( 40 ) RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE Creedence Clearwater Revival # 35
36 ( 21 ) DON’T STOP NOW Eddie Holman # 16
37 ( 33 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
38 ( 26 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH) The Four Tops # 8
39 ( 49 ) IT’S 5 O’CLOCK Aphrodite’s Child # 39
40 ( 23 ) THE PRETTIEST STAR David Bowie # 11

41 ( 35 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
42 ( 36 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
43 ( 30 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin # 10
44 ( 57 ) TWO OF US The Beatles # 44
45 ( 31 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana # 7
46 ( NEW ) SALLY Gerry Monroe # 46
47 ( 52 ) UP AROUND THE BEND Creedence Clearwater Revival # 47
48 ( 53 ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND White Plains # 48
49 ( 56 ) BABY HOLD ON The Grass Roots # 49
50 ( 55 ) SO YOUNG Roy Orbison # 50

51 ( 46 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
52 ( 58 ) CHECK OUT YOUR MIND The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 52
53 ( 67 ) I WANNA BE A FREE GIRL Dusty Springfield # 53
54 ( 39 ) I DON’T BELIEVE IN IF ANYMORE Roger Whittaker # 23
55 ( 59 ) LET THIS BE A LETTER (TO MY BABY) Jackie Wilson # 55
56 ( 43 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 7
57 ( 64 ) ELECTRIC LOS ANGELES SUNSET Al Stewart # 57
58 ( 61 ) MONKEY MAN Toots And The Maytals # 58
59 ( 54 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
60 ( 50 ) FIRE AND RAIN James Taylor # 9

61 ( 68 ) DAY IS DONE Nick Drake # 61
62 ( 70 ) MAMA TOLD ME (NOT TO COME) Three Dog Night # 62
63 ( 65 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON The Melodians # 63
64 ( 42 ) LET ME GO TO HIM Dionne Warwick # 20
65 ( 69 ) CHILD OF MINE Carole King # 65
66 ( 62 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
67 ( 71 ) I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER Ike & Tina Turner & The Ikettes # 67
68 ( 41 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink # 10
69 ( NEW ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5 # 69
70 ( 72 ) IF YOU GOTTA MAKE A FOOL OF SOMEBODY Bobbie Gentry # 70

71 ( 73 ) DOWN THE DUSTPIPE Status Quo # 71
72 ( 77 ) TRYING TO MAKE A FOOL OF ME The Delfonics # 72
73 ( 74 ) TAKE TO THE MOUNTAINS Richard Barnes # 73
74 ( NEW ) THE GREEN MANALISHI (WITH THE TWO PRONG CROWN) Fleetwood Mac # 74
75 ( 76 ) IF YOU KNEW HIM LIKE I DO Barbara Mason # 75
76 ( 63 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
77 ( NEW ) YOU’VE BEEN MY INSPIRATION The Main Ingredient # 77
78 ( NEW ) BET YER LIFE I DO Herman’s Hermits # 78
79 ( 45 ) REACH OUT AND TOUCH (SOMEBODY’S HAND) Diana Ross # 34
80 ( NEW ) I WILL SURVIVE Arrival # 80

wot I liked that week then

1 ( 3 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
2 ( 2 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
3 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
4 ( 1 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
5 ( 4 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
6 ( 6 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix
7 ( 5 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
8 ( NEW ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch
9 ( 9 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones
10 ( 7 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum

11 ( 8 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
12 ( 12 ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad
13 ( 14 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues
14 ( 10 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension
15 ( NEW ) ABC The Jackson 5
16 ( 18 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes
17 ( 15 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder
18 ( NEW ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR. BLOE Mr. Bloe
19 ( 16 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies
20 ( NEW ) ABRAHAM MARTIN AND JOHN Marvin Gaye

 

 

23rd May 1970

It’s 2 weeks on top for The Beatles, as Alive ‘N’ Kickin break into the 10 thanks to Tommy James, and Cat Stevens is the highest entry at 17 with his very very dark n yet lovely Lady D’Arbanville, 3 years on from topping my chart with the Childhood obsession Matthew And Son. Carole King gets her first top 20 of these retro charts, The Raiders also get a first, and neither will be the last. Barry Ryan gets a 3rd solo top 20 – and also has more to come!

In a quiet week for chart entries, I’ve flicked through the Billboard Magazine to cast my net a bit further on what was around and available to buy (or at least featuring in movies) and came up with Johnny Mandel’s chart-topping Theme from M*A*S*H – hitting the UK top spot 10 years later, that is, under the name The Mash – in at 66, ex The Mamas & The Papas mastermind John Phillips in at 59 with Mississippi, a quirky, upbeat oddity that isn’t related to Pussycat’s UK chart-topping song, while elsewhere we have Tony Burrows finally getting a namecheck credit on a single – Melanie making him smile at 72, as The Lettermen are talking about She Cried, a 1964 cover of a 1962 Jay & The Americans US hit which was charting this week – it’s not bad actually, quite dark for a basic MOR vocal group.

Crosby Stills & Nash return, minus Neil Young who’s not bovvered as he had his own solo entry the other week, with the sweet and tuneful Teach Your Children, harmonies all present and correct – as they are on the soundalike Brinsley Schwarz, who I kept hearing about in the 70’s, but never got to hear properly, and latterly became better-known as The Band That Nick Lowe Used To Be IN. Shining Brightly is quite nice at 74, just ahead of a significant chart debut for The Three Degrees, 4 years earlier than their debut in my charts of the time with The Year Of Decision. This time it’s Maybe, the 50’s girl group ground-breaker from The Chantels, which I first knew of as a Dave Edmunds single cover. Dave & the aforementioned Nick Lowe worked together in Rockpile, and in production, and each other’s hits. I love a good link. The Three Degrees cover is unsual as Sheila Ferguson (I think it is she) talks over the first half of the single, and the second-half is like slow funk Janis-Joplin-esque version (and she did also cover it). The best version is the Chantels version, easy, and that has charted in my retro 1969 charts when it was a US hit again.

1 ( 1 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles # 1
2 ( 2 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The 5th Dimension # 1
3 ( 4 ) GO BACK Crabby Appleton # 3
4 ( 5 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie # 4
5 ( 3 ) YOUR SONG Elton John # 1
6 ( 13 ) TIGHTER, TIGHTER Alive N’ Kickin’ # 6
7 ( 6 ) MAYBE I’M AMAZED Paul McCartney # 2
8 ( 9 ) RAMBLE ON Led Zeppelin # 8
9 ( 10 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues # 9
10 ( 8 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1

11 ( 7 ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 1
12 ( 14 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops # 12
13 ( 11 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
14 ( 12 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
15 ( 17 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN & JOHN Marvin Gaye # 15
16 ( 19 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR BLOE Mr Bloe # 16
17 ( NEW ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens # 17
18 ( 24 ) UP ON THE ROOF Carole King # 18
19 ( 26 ) GONE MOVIN’ ON The Raiders # 19
20 ( 22 ) KITSCH Barry Ryan # 20

21 ( 15 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
22 ( 16 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell # 10
23 ( 25 ) EVERY NIGHT Paul McCartney # 23
24 ( 18 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
25 ( 31 ) BALL OF CONFUSION (THAT’S WHAT THE WORLD IS TODAY) The Temptations # 25
26 ( 27 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys # 26
27 ( 20 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones # 20
28 ( 28 ) VIVA TIRADO El Chicano # 28
29 ( 30 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley # 29
30 ( 32 ) (YOU’VE GOT ME) DANGLING ON A STRING Chairmen Of The Board # 30

31 ( 21 ) PUPPET MAN The 5th Dimension # 14
32 ( 34 ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch # 32
33 ( 46 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe # 33
34 ( 44 ) TWO OF US The Beatles # 34
35 ( 35 ) RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE Creedence Clearwater Revival # 35
36 ( 23 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies # 18
37 ( 33 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
38 ( 29 ) VEHICLE The Ides Of March # 8
39 ( 39 ) IT’S 5 O’CLOCK Aphrodite’s Child # 39
40 ( 47 ) UP AROUND THE BEND Creedence Clearwater Revival # 40

41 ( 37 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
42 ( 48 ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND White Plains # 42
43 ( 52 ) CHECK OUT YOUR MIND The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 43
44 ( 49 ) BABY HOLD ON The Grass Roots # 44
45 ( 41 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
46 ( 42 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
47 ( 53 ) I WANNA BE A FREE GIRL Dusty Springfield # 47
48 ( 61 ) DAY IS DONE Nick Drake # 48
49 ( NEW ) TEACH YOUR CHILDREN Crosby, Stills & Nash # 49
50 ( 55 ) LET THIS BE A LETTER (TO MY BABY) Jackie Wilson # 50

51 ( 38 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH) The Four Tops # 8
52 ( 36 ) DON’T STOP NOW Eddie Holman # 16
53 ( 65 ) CHILD OF MINE Carole King # 53
54 ( 62 ) MAMA TOLD ME (NOT TO COME) Three Dog Night # 54
55 ( 51 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
56 ( 43 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin # 10
57 ( 69 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5 # 57
58 ( 74 ) THE GREEN MANALISHI (WITH THE TWO PRONG CROWN) Fleetwood Mac # 58
59 ( NEW ) MISSISSIPPI John Phillips # 59
60 ( 72 ) TRYING TO MAKE A FOOL OF ME The Delfonics # 60

61 ( 45 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana # 7
62 ( 59 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
63 ( 73 ) TAKE TO THE MOUNTAINS Richard Barnes # 63
64 ( 50 ) SO YOUNG Roy Orbison # 50
65 ( 60 ) FIRE AND RAIN James Taylor # 9
66 ( NEW ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H (SUICIDE IS PAINLESS) Johnny Mandel aka The MASH # 66
67 ( 77 ) YOU’VE BEEN MY INSPIRATION The Main Ingredient # 67
68 ( 75 ) IF YOU KNEW HIM LIKE I DO Barbara Mason # 68
69 ( NEW ) SHE CRIED The Lettermen # 69
70 ( 66 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1

71 ( 78 ) BET YER LIFE I DO Herman’s Hermits # 71
72 ( NEW ) MELANIE MAKES ME SMILE Tony Burrows # 72
73 ( NEW ) THE SLY, SLICK AND THE WICKED The Lost Generation # 73
74 ( NEW ) SHINING BRIGHTLY Brinsley Schwarz featuring Nick Lowe # 74
75 ( NEW ) MAYBE The Three Degrees # 75

Wot I liked then

1 ( 1 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
2 ( 3 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
3 ( 2 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
4 ( 4 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
5 ( 8 ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch
6 ( 5 ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
7 ( 7 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
8 ( 15 ) ABC The Jackson 5
9 ( 6 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix
10 ( 18 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR. BLOE Mr. Bloe

11 ( 9 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones
12 ( 10 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
13 ( 13 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues
14 ( 11 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
15 ( NEW ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
16 ( 12 ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad
17 ( 20 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN AND JOHN Marvin Gaye
18 ( 14 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension
19 ( 16 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes
20 ( 17 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder

 

30th May 1970

It’s straight in at 1 for Bread, and David Gates’ first of many great ballads, Make It With You, a lovely song that even sounded very good in the 90’s when Let Loose covered it. Cat Stevens’ fab Lady D’Arbanville is up to 3, his biggest since Matthew And Son, and Marvin Gaye gets his 2nd top 10 of the year. A huge fave of mine during 1970 pops in at 37, Mungo Jerry’s perennial In The Summertime – my love for it lasted a decade or so before cheesy TV adverts, cheesy covers, remixes, and an endless list of media spots took away a lot of it’s charm. Ray Dorset is still great though, and they had much better records to come.

Another fave of 1970 is in at 47, like Mungo, Cliff topped my charts of the time with Goodbye Sam Hello Samantha with a bit of pop fluff that was not remotely controversial at the time, but these days the title might confound some contemporary expectations. In at 56 another giant of pop, the immortal All Right Now, as Free debut with a record I didn’t know until it’s first reissue in 1973 (not played on Singapore/Malaya radio), so for me it’s always been the less-good 3rd single, after the much better A Little Bit Of Love, and the brilliant Wishing Well. Also one I’ve overdosed on hearing over the years, whereas the rarely-played other 2 Free hits are still fresh. Mark Lindsay is back with a second single, Silver Bird, an improvement on Arizona.

1 ( NEW ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread # 1
2 ( 1 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles # 1
3 ( 17 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens # 3
4 ( 6 ) TIGHTER, TIGHTER Alive N’ Kickin’ # 4
5 ( 2 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The 5th Dimension # 1
6 ( 3 ) GO BACK Crabby Appleton # 3
7 ( 5 ) YOUR SONG Elton John # 1
8 ( 4 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie # 4
9 ( 7 ) MAYBE I’M AMAZED Paul McCartney # 2
10 ( 15 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN & JOHN Marvin Gaye # 10

11 ( 9 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues # 9
12 ( 8 ) RAMBLE ON Led Zeppelin # 8
13 ( 10 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
14 ( 11 ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 1
15 ( 13 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
16 ( 14 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
17 ( 18 ) UP ON THE ROOF Carole King # 17
18 ( 12 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops # 12
19 ( 19 ) GONE MOVIN’ ON The Raiders # 19
20 ( 23 ) EVERY NIGHT Paul McCartney # 20

21 ( 16 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR BLOE Mr Bloe # 16
22 ( 25 ) BALL OF CONFUSION (THAT’S WHAT THE WORLD IS TODAY) The Temptations # 22
23 ( 34 ) TWO OF US The Beatles # 23
24 ( 21 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
25 ( 33 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe # 25
26 ( 26 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys # 26
27 ( 22 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell # 10
28 ( 29 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley # 28
29 ( 24 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
30 ( 32 ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch # 30

31 ( 43 ) CHECK OUT YOUR MIND The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 31
32 ( 42 ) I’VE GOT YOU ON MY MIND White Plains # 32
33 ( 44 ) BABY HOLD ON The Grass Roots # 33
34 ( 20 ) KITSCH Barry Ryan # 20
35 ( 49 ) TEACH YOUR CHILDREN Crosby, Stills & Nash # 35
36 ( 48 ) DAY IS DONE Nick Drake # 36
37 ( NEW ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry # 37
38 ( 50 ) LET THIS BE A LETTER (TO MY BABY) Jackie Wilson # 38
39 ( 28 ) VIVA TIRADO El Chicano # 28
40 ( 47 ) I WANNA BE A FREE GIRL Dusty Springfield # 40

41 ( 27 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones # 20
42 ( 37 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
43 ( 59 ) MISSISSIPPI John Phillips # 43
44 ( 41 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
45 ( 30 ) (YOU’VE GOT ME) DANGLING ON A STRING Chairmen Of The Board # 30
46 ( 58 ) THE GREEN MANALISHI (WITH THE TWO PRONG CROWN) Fleetwood Mac # 46
47 ( NEW ) GOODBYE SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard # 47
48 ( 57 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5 # 48
49 ( 35 ) RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE Creedence Clearwater Revival # 35
50 ( 31 ) PUPPET MAN The 5th Dimension # 14

51 ( 45 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
52 ( 46 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
53 ( 54 ) MAMA TOLD ME (NOT TO COME) Three Dog Night # 53
54 ( 38 ) VEHICLE The Ides Of March # 8
55 ( 69 ) SHE CRIED The Lettermen # 55
56 ( NEW ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free # 56
57 ( 68 ) IF YOU KNEW HIM LIKE I DO Barbara Mason # 57
58 ( 36 ) I CAN’T TELL THE BOTTOM FROM THE TOP The Hollies # 18
59 ( 60 ) TRYING TO MAKE A FOOL OF ME The Delfonics # 59
60 ( 40 ) UP AROUND THE BEND Creedence Clearwater Revival # 40

61 ( 53 ) CHILD OF MINE Carole King # 53
62 ( 55 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
63 ( 63 ) TAKE TO THE MOUNTAINS Richard Barnes # 63
64 ( 67 ) YOU’VE BEEN MY INSPIRATION The Main Ingredient # 64
65 ( 39 ) IT’S 5 O’CLOCK Aphrodite’s Child # 39
66 ( 66 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H (SUICIDE IS PAINLESS) Johnny Mandel aka The MASH # 66
67 ( 62 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
68 ( 71 ) BET YER LIFE I DO Herman’s Hermits # 68
69 ( 72 ) MELANIE MAKES ME SMILE Tony Burrows # 69
70 ( 73 ) THE SLY, SLICK AND THE WICKED The Lost Generation # 70

71 ( 74 ) SHINING BRIGHTLY Brinsley Schwarz featuring Nick Lowe # 71
72 ( 56 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin # 10
73 ( 75 ) MAYBE The Three Degrees # 73
74 ( NEW ) SILVER BIRD Mark Lindsay # 74
75 ( 70 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1

Retro Then
1 ( 1 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
2 ( 2 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
3 ( 3 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
4 ( 5 ) DON’T YOU KNOW Butterscotch
5 ( 4 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
6 ( NEW ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
7 ( 8 ) ABC The Jackson 5
8 ( 15 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
9 ( 10 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR. BLOE Mr. Bloe
10 ( 17 ) ABRAHAM MARTIN AND JOHN Marvin Gaye

11 ( 11 ) DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS Tom Jones
12 ( NEW ) SALLY Gerry Monroe
13 ( 13 ) QUESTION The Moody Blues
14 ( 12 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
15 ( 14 ) THE ARCHIES EP (Sugar Sugar/Bang Shang A Lang/ Everything’s Archie (Archie’s Theme)/Over And Over) The Archies
16 ( 16 ) BACK HOME England World Cup Squad
17 ( NEW ) THE GREEN MANALISHI Fleetwood Mac
18 ( 18 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension
19 ( 19 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes
20 ( NEW ) DOWN THE DUSTPIPE Status Quo

My Top 100 Abba Tracks Part 10: 10-1

10. THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME – ABBA (1982 single)

This subtle, extended, hook-free gem of a story-song came in for stick when it came out for being a bit boring, and Abba fans ignored it in their tens of thousands. What!? Yes, it’s low-key sad and wistful, but that’s the point – generating a feeling of the mundane in the daily repetition of life that you didn’t even realise was mundane – until you met the one that changed everything. It’s actually beautifully romantic and hopeful. As I was into 2 years of unemployment, and another 2 years of factory work by this time, the day-to-day descriptions hit home strongly with me. Sadly, things didn’t pick up for years, but that’s not Abba’s fault. I suspect this was the moment that Abba realised the game was up (at least for now) if they wanted to go this direction and the public weren’t so keen.

9. CHIQUITITA – ABBA (1979 single)

A video that never got aired at the time, that I recall at any rate, and a single with band profits donated to UNICEF, and featured on a special UNICEF album which I have, as well as Voulez-Vous single. The theme and mood suited the charity perfectly, but the song got criticised at the time for being like Fernando. It’s nothing like Fernando. They both have Mediterranean name titles, and that’s about it. Hey ho. Touching, and a great melody, and the extended instrumental closer is so good that it appeals to the odd non-Abba fan as a little riff on it’s own.

8. LAY ALL YOUR LOVE ON ME – ABBA (1981 12″ single)

After months of waiting Epic eventually released a 3rd track from the fab Super Trouper album – and it was this cool dance track. Sadly they released it on 12″ only, which was quite pricey for someone on the dole so I had to skip buying it like many other fans – and it peaked suitably lower in the chart (though sold very well for a 12″ record that year). A picture disc 45 would have got it top 3 for sure. It’s a shame, as it’s turned out to be a helluva popular track – not least as the lead track on the Abbaesque covers by Erasure in 1992 which topped the charts – FAR more appropriate a chart placing, even if it was nowhere near as good. The affectionate amusing video pastiches of classic Abba videos didn’t hurt, mind you, just as the lack of a video (for some bizarre reason no doubt) did hurt the chart chances of the Abba original.

7. S.O.S. – ABBA (1975 single)

Right then, the only classic Abba single to fail to top my chart at the time (it has done it since, but was the last of a run of 4 singles to fail to do it) – and it didn’t quite even make my top 10. Why didn’t I appreciate their breakthrough as bonafide talents in their own right fully? I think it was down to a few factors: my Singapore hi fi was faulty and I’d had to record stuff off a portable radio with a hand-microphone so everything sounded less good, but some pop songs were affected more than others by that; I was used to upbeat glamrock pop Abba, didn’t rate I Do I Do I Do that highly and having a ballad was a bit of a change; I didn’t get to see the video (that would have made a difference); Top Of The Pops kept screening a live performance Abba did on Summertime Special and the sound just wasn’t right. Of course it’s genius, and I eventually came to my senses. This is a great creation by any standard, and a key record from 1975, a brilliant song, so good that The Sex Pistols nicked the riff for Pretty Vacant. So there you have it, Glen Matlock confirms Abba inspired the first radio hit of the ultimate punk band. That’s a thing…..

6. MAMMA MIA – ABBA (1975 single)

So. The moment my Abba love became an obsession. This video was just fabulous, and it was obvious they were the first band to master the promo video properly and have it count towards their ongoing success. I don’t mean as a means of promotion (The Beatles were doing that a decade before), or the first mega-video that everyone remembers (Queen’s Bo Rap beat them to it, the one they knocked off the top of the UK charts), but as a means of tackling all the world markets, and putting real thought and creativity into them, Abba were the first to master the artform and conquer the world using it. Yes, even the USA – they might not have been the biggest acts of each year, but they had hits throughout. Mamma Mia was probably my consistent 3rd fave Abba record until the movie put it back on the Abba map bigtime, and it became almost as radio-played as Waterloo and Dancing Queen. Over-familiarity is often a problem for the major classics – see Bo Rap, which I can’t bear to hear anymore, despite topping my charts for ages in the 70’s and 90’s and being a masterpiece of note. Jangly piano/guitar fade in/fade out, hooks galore, and a deserved second chart-topper that just romps along. Fab.

5. VOULEZ-VOUS – ABBA (1979 single)

The highest-rated out-and-out frantic dance track, love the rhythm and the guitar riffs, love the driving beat more, love the melody, love the girls giving it oomph vocally, love the sexy naughtiness suggested in the title, love the disco horns, love the extended groove for the disco that reigned supreme at the time. Disco was huge, this record is huge-sounding. The main puzzle was why they felt it couldn’t have stood as a single in it’s own right – pairing it with Angel Eyes took away a lot of radio play, and I certainly got annoyed when they decided to play the wrong track (as I saw it) on the chart rundown. These things matter! smile.gif They both topped my chart, of course, as a double A Side, but there’s a distinct possibility Angel Eyes might not have had it not been paired with Voulez-Vous…..

4. THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL – ABBA (1980 single)

Heartbreaking. It just is. Taking up the theme toyed with on The Name Of The Game of love as a game of win or lose, but Agnetha was never more convincingly sad than on this, her favourite Abba recording. Benny & Bjorn also rate it as one of their greatest songs, and so do I – there’s no abrupt changes of pace, chords, the melody instead ebbs and flows seamlessly into one complete work. They were the best pop songwriters in the world bar none, at this stage. The video was also fabulously sad, focusing on Agnetha’s face and performance, and I just missed getting it recorded for posterity on a new-fangled fad-gadget called Phillips Video 2000 – I’d egged my dad on to buy one, as he’d quite fancied one, mum less keen as they weren’t cheap and the tapes were £20 each for 2 hours or so at a time when twenty quid was a big chunk of cash and 3 generations of males in my family were suddenly unemployed: granddad retired, dad out the RAF, and me finished College. The quality was fab, the tragedy was it was expensive so less bulky formats betamax and VHS competed to drive it out of business pretty quickly. But I bought my first tape just too late to copy this video, doh! My first recording was instead Ashes To Ashes, David Bowie’s influential New Romantic chart-topper. Swings & Roundabouts….

3. EAGLE – ABBA (1978 The Album album track and single in some territories)

The highest-placed non-UK single, I mean what were Epic playing at in the summer of 1978!? They had 2 classic tracks on The Album, they had Abba: The Movie out promoting this track and The Album and Abba, and Grease songs were topping the chart all summer, there was plenty of space to knock them off the top with a swift double A side of Eagle and Thank You For The Music, as places like Australia did – and they just didn’t bother with a 3rd single. I mean, c’mon….. Eagle is brilliant, it soars, not just thanks to the state-of-the-art promo for the movie, and the lyrics – the soaring guitars, the lush production, the haunting mood and melody, and that hook is just to die for. My fave track on The Album no question, and I played it and the album a lot in digs with my two room-mates Pete & Alan listening on (it was Pete’s record player). They both liked it – but not enough to buy it themselves. Nor enough to go with me to see the film so that I wasn’t the only lad amongst a bunch of girl-mates – we all hung out together socially, so it was just me n the girls Jane, Sue, Julie who went. Pretty sure that was the first time I was “one of the girls” on a night out. Only Abba could have persuaded me to. I was in The North, more or less, after all… biggrin.gif

2. DANCING QUEEN – ABBA (1976 single)

Peak Abba, no question. Topped the US charts and everywhere else. Everyone knows it. It was the moment Abba became a thing, 3 number ones in quick succession, 2 number one albums in the same year, and creatively on pop-fire. Not really a dance record at all, of course, in the disco sense, it’s more of a waltzy-shuffle set to soaring harmonised vocals and orchestral backing, with the tinkly piano filling out frills here and there. Abba were so big and widely-popular that I was surprised to find out some of my teachers had bought Arrival, who knew! My abiding memory of the fab video – we got to see it week after week on Top Of The Pops, and the record had hit me with instant love from the moment I heard it first, and from that moment on – was of The Lake District geography field trip, and watching it on Top Of The Pops in the Keswick lodgings downstairs lounge with others from school. My other memory of that day was being woken up in the middle of the night by Martin M and mates who thought it would be funny to move my bed to the middle of the bedroom while I was still in it thanks to room-mate Sean letting them in. Oh how I saw the funny side and laughed….not! Interrupt my sleep, guaranteed grumpy. tongue.gif

1. KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU – ABBA (1977 single)

My favourite Abba video (love the snow scenes and freeze-frames), the saddest song of all given it was sort of predicting their romantic futures, and the harmonies were all-inclusive this time, even Bjorn was joining in, and more – there were multiple harmonies and hooks going on simultaneously, it’s like getting 3 songs for the price of one – the Lost Art of counterpoint singing 2 tunes at the same time is much-missed by me, 60’s bands like The Mamas & The Papas & before that DooWop could bung ’em out with ease, and then it went out of fashion. And then melody went out of fashion to boot, by the 90’s you could take a few notes, repeat them for 4 minutes under a high bpm and call it a “song”. Those sort of songs might have instant impact but they also get boring quickly too, give me a song with a more intricate melodic structure anyday, it bears repeat listening, which is probably why this has held Dancing Queen off the top spot. That and it’s not played quite so often. This was the song that I started to notice fellow pop musicians praising in the music rags, as the table had finally turned on the fight to win peer-group-approval as well as popular success. In the end even the rock journo’s had to grudgingly admit they weren’t just fluffy Eurovision cheesy pop. I could have told them that years earlier. I did say that, actually, to anybody unfortunate enough to raise the topic of Abba in a negative fashion, cos I never believed they wouldn’t be regarded as one of the greatest pop acts of all-time. Take THAT music critics! tongue.gif

My May-Aug 2020 Charts

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5th July 2020

It’s a second week on top for REYKO in an unchanged top 3, as Kim Petras gets a first top 5 with Malibu and Harry Styles leaps up to 5 having peaked at 3 at the end of 2019 with Watermelon Sugar, still sounding fab 6 months later. James Blunt also leaps up to 6 with Should I Give It All Up, the latest track off his (extended) album to go top 10 – 6 have charted, 4 gone top 10, and one peaked at 2 (Halfway with ward Thomas). Sparks also return to the top 10 with all that as the new album gets critical acclaim and a physical release this week.

Biggest climber is Pretenders’ Didn’t Want To Be This Lonely, that Bo Diddley rhythm giving them a first top 40 for 3 years, and Eurovision (the film) gives Iceland another top 40 track in 2020, the feel-good rom-com taking Will Ferrell into the top 40 as he interrupts the fab vocals of Rachel McAdams & Molly Sanden. Marilyn meanwhile gets a first top 40 since 1984, Travis a second of the year, and Lenny Kravitz a first for 2 years.

As I manage to chop my chart down to 95, there are only 5 new entries, the highest being 3rd time round for 1993 chart=topper classic Ordinary World from Duran Duran, selling in itunes again. The other 4 occupy the lowest births, Bob Sinclar returning after his top in 2019 with Robbie Williams, and extending his chart run to 17 years since debuting with The Beat Goes On in 2003, Andt Grammer gets his first for 2 years and a 9-year chart-span as guest this time on a Don Diablo track, Dua Lipa’s 5th entry from her current album pops in as a new single, and Bright Light Bright Light is back for a 4th chart entry in 6 years.

1 1 1 3 SPINNING OVER YOU REYKO 455000
2 2 1 8 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 698300
3 3 1 5 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 540000
4 8 4 2 MALIBU Kim Petras 113000
5 22 5 2 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 79500
6 29 6 2 SHOULD I GIVE IT ALL UP (DEMO) James Blunt 73200
7 5 5 7 SUMMER FEELINGS Lennon Stella featuring Charlie Puth 238350
8 4 1 8 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 863000
9 6 3 8 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 475000
10 12 10 8 ALL THAT Sparks 217800

11 7 7 8 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 300400
12 20 12 3 SAVIOUR (EXTENDED MIX) Dimension & Sharlene Hector 73750
13 30 13 3 FADED Izzy Bizu 57400
14 11 1 15 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 1173100
15 10 3 8 MOVE The Mamas 444000
16 18 16 7 I FLY Galantis featuring Faouzia 124000
17 19 17 7 WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (LEBROCK REMIX) Boston Manor featuring LeBrock 111600
18 9 2 8 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 582000
19 16 16 6 BLAME IT ON ME Melanie C 115500
20 24 20 5 ((TRANCE)) The S.L.P. 81000

21 14 2 11 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 618750
22 25 22 5 DREAM GIRL Anna Of The North 74200
23 23 23 7 FET HOUSE MODE Rebecca & Fiona 97750
24 13 9 9 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 235100
25 38 25 2 OH WHAT A FEELING Walk Off The Earth 35950
26 28 26 6 ALICE Lady Gaga 87600
27 15 10 8 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 235400
28 54 28 3 HALLUCINOGENICS (SEEB REMIX) Matt Maeson 35400
29 86 29 2 DIDN’T WANT TO BE THIS LONELY Pretenders 21000
30 40 30 4 LOVE IS LIKE OXYGEN The Sweet 57200

31 17 7 8 UNIVERSO Blas Canto 266800
32 27 12 8 FAI RUMORE Diodato 182500
33 26 7 11 SECRETS Regard & Raye 285550
34 39 34 3 MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING The Killers 39900
35 47 35 5 POMEGRANATE deadmau5 & The Neptunes 54250
36 88 36 2 HUSAVIK Will Ferrell & My Marianne 19800
37 65 37 3 BREATHE Marilyn 30900
38 33 1 19 SAY SO Doja Cat 1014650
39 56 39 5 A GHOST Travis 47100
40 73 40 2 RIDE (EDIT) Lenny Kravitz 22400

41 31 18 9 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 154000
42 34 18 8 LAWNMOWER Sparks 149750
43 21 1 4 THE BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 268250
44 44 44 5 SAVE A KISS Jessie Ware 54450
45 37 37 5 LITTLE BIT OF LOVE JP Cooper 68300
46 49 46 8 BIG LOG Robert Plant 60250
47 48 47 8 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 65500
48 51 48 4 THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet 40650
49 60 49 3 THE WRITER Four Of Diamonds & Mr Eazi 27700
50 32 32 7 ONE WORLD, ONE PRAYER The Wailers featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy & Cedella Marley 96700

51 36 36 5 HEY NOW (THINK I GOT A FEELING) Erasure 69250
52 53 52 8 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 66550
53 42 42 5 WOMAN Andreya Triana 60200
54 35 35 7 X Jonas Brothers featuring KAROL G 96900
55 50 1 9 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 375550
56 59 56 5 GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp 38100
57 57 57 3 FIRE AND FURY Overcoats 28300
58 58 58 4 LEARN TO FLY Surfaces & Elton John 31200
59 45 29 8 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 107250
60 66 60 5 CANDY TOWN Brand New Heavies featuring Candy Dulfer 31000

61 89 61 2 OLD ME 5 Seconds Of Summer 9700
62 52 52 5 DREAMING OF YOU (IN ISOLATION) The Coral & Blossoms 41000
63 46 5 17 CAUTION The Killers 537450
64 67 64 4 CO-CO The Sweet 24700
65 43 43 7 POLAROID Keith Urban 67450
66 NEW 66 1 ORDINARY WORLD Duran Duran 6800
67 41 35 7 FINGERTIPS Tom Gregory 76600
68 94 68 2 ARISTOCRATS Raleigh Ritchie 8000
69 81 69 2 MARCH MARCH The Chicks 10000
70 71 70 3 CAN’T START OVER AGAIN Dion featuring Jeff Beck 17200

71 75 71 2 MY HURRICANE Jamie Scott 10800
72 74 72 3 PYRAMIDS Noonie Bao 15600
73 55 48 7 HURT BY YOU Donna Missal 52950
74 82 74 4 ACTION The Sweet 15600
75 77 75 4 HIGH ON YOU Sigma & John Newman 15800
76 78 76 4 TAKE CARE OF YOU Ella Henderson 17000
77 80 77 5 HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN Creedence Clearwater Revival 18200
78 93 78 2 HEAVEN ON MY MIND Becky Hill & Sigala 6100
79 79 79 4 BREAKING ME Topic & A7S 16600
80 97 80 2 WHERE I’M COMING FROM Lila Ike 5300

81 63 63 6 NO LOVE Skip Marley 29200
82 76 76 5 THE FUNK IS BACK Brand New Heavies featuring Simon Bartholomew 19800
83 64 64 5 LOOK FOR THE GOOD Jason Mraz 29100
84 84 84 3 SONG FOR SAM COOKE (HERE IN AMERICA) Dion featuring Paul Simon 9400
85 61 2 15 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 591450
86 91 86 2 KARAOKE BooDaBash & Alessandra Omaroso 4700
87 90 87 2 SQUARES Raleigh Ritchie 4600
88 72 36 7 RAIN ON ME Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande 78900
89 95 89 2 CRAZY IN LOVE Beyonce featuring Jay-Z 3700
90 83 83 3 WE’LL MEET AGAIN Vera Lynn 8800

91 100 91 2 THE TIME IS NOW Moloko 2900
92 NEW 92 1 I’M ON MY WAY Bob Sinclar 1800
93 NEW 93 1 THOUSAND FACES Don Diablo & Andy Grammer 1700
94 NEW 94 1 HALLUCINATE Dua Lipa 1600
95 NEW 95 1 I USED TO BE COOL Bright Light Bright Light 1500

DROP OUTS
62 32 6 NHS70 Only Sun 81400
68 19 8 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 115350
69 24 8 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 113350
70 20 7 VOICES Hurts 109300
85 71 5 SINE FROM ABOVE Lady Gaga & Elton John 19800
87 50 6 EL TEJANO Lauv featuring Sofia Reyes 43200
92 39 10 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 102650
96 20 9 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 118450
98 17 7 YES Ben Tan featuring B-OK 113700
99 28 8 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 95100

 

 

29th June 2020

It’s a new chart-topper for REYKO after entering at 2 last week, just edging out the still-fab Robin Schulz track, while a largely static top 10 is enlivened by Kim Petras in at 8 with Malibu, not the place, the drink. Your kisses are like Malibu, she sings – presumably too many and you feel sickly before throwing up. It’s not entirely unlike The Jacksons Shake Your Body rhythmically, and gives Kim a second top 20 2 years on from Heart To Break.

Harry Styles is back with Watermelon Sugar, after going top 5 with it on a lengthy run at the end of 2019. Yes, that’s right, pre-coronavirus days. Seems positively nostalgic now! Still a career high though, and his solo career already beats the crap out of everything One Direction did. James Blunt is doing an extended edition with a fab track addition bizarrely missed off the album, in at 29, I think in the long run this stage of his career will turn out to be my fave James Blunt period. Walk Off The Earth are also back, 8 years into lots of chart entries in my charts, without ever bothering the UK charts. Not necessarily a bad thing considering what streaming companies plug into the charts these days.

The Killers replace themselves in the 40, Lenny Kravitz is back again for a 30-year-run with new material, and I’ve had to extend my charts again to 100 as the sheer volume of good tracks entering and going up overwhelms my ability to chop it down to 75, which is what I want to do! Jamie Scott had some hits back in the mid-noughties, and a had a monster with his alter-ego Graffiti 6 before that, and has popped in occasionally since as songwriter for One Direction, or guest vocals, but I’d missed his 2014 track My Hurricane which popped up when I let his new track on youtube drift on while I was distracted. It’s better than the new one.

The Dixie Chicks return after a very brief absence, minus the Dixie. Not that it’ll lose them any right-wing fans, they all buggered off 20 years ago when they slagged off Bush as the poor dears couldn’t cope with the concept of someone holding a different political point of view. Probably the same ones refusing to wear face masks and voting Trump. Chrissie Hynde & the boys are also back for a second 2020 track, 41 years since Stop Your Sobbin’ debuted Pretenders, the becky Hill & Sigala production-line of entries rolls on, Raleigh Ritchie charts 2 new album tracks in the wake of his brilliant chart-topper (also on the album) Time In A Tree and his surviving to the very end of Game Of Thrones. There’s also a new Eurovision hit – sort of. Will Ferrell’s new comedy film ‘representing’ Iceland who were actually cruelly denied a win in 2020 (guaranteed!) due to Coronavirus cancellation.

1 2 1 1 SPINNING OVER YOU REYKO 285000
2 1 1 7 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 583300
3 3 1 4 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 455000
4 5 1 7 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 815000
5 8 5 6 SUMMER FEELINGS Lennon Stella featuring Charlie Puth 188350
6 6 3 7 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 430000
7 7 7 7 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 263400
8 NEW 8 1 MALIBU Kim Petras 48000
9 9 2 7 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 560000
10 10 3 7 MOVE The Mamas 417000

11 11 1 14 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 1144100
12 12 10 7 ALL THAT Sparks 175800
13 13 9 8 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 216100
14 14 2 10 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 599000
15 15 10 7 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 217000
16 16 16 5 BLAME IT ON ME Melanie C 94500
17 17 7 7 UNIVERSO Blas Canto 249000
18 18 18 6 I FLY Galantis featuring Faouzia 99000
19 20 19 6 WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (LEBROCK REMIX) Boston Manor featuring LeBrock 88600
20 25 20 2 SAVIOUR (EXTENDED MIX) Dimension & Sharlene Hector 38750

21 4 1 3 THE BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 254750
22 NEW 22 1 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 19500
23 23 23 6 FET HOUSE MODE Rebecca & Fiona 78500
24 26 24 4 ((TRANCE)) The S.L.P. 61000
25 29 25 4 DREAM GIRL Anna Of The North 54700
26 21 7 10 SECRETS Regard & Raye 267850
27 28 12 7 FAI RUMORE Diodato 164700
28 30 28 5 ALICE Lady Gaga 69100
29 NEW 29 1 SHOULD I GIVE IT ALL UP (DEMO) James Blunt 18200
30 62 30 2 FADED Izzy Bizu 25400

31 22 18 8 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 140000
32 36 32 6 ONE WORLD, ONE PRAYER The Wailers featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy & Cedella Marley 84700
33 27 1 18 SAY SO Doja Cat 997450
34 33 18 7 LAWNMOWER Sparks 136000
35 37 35 6 X Jonas Brothers featuring KAROL G 85900
36 40 36 4 HEY NOW (THINK I GOT A FEELING) Erasure 57500
37 42 37 4 LITTLE BIT OF LOVE JP Cooper 55300
38 NEW 38 1 OH WHAT A FEELING Walk Off The Earth 17200
39 74 39 2 MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING The Killers 22300
40 49 40 3 LOVE IS LIKE OXYGEN The Sweet 39200

41 35 35 6 FINGERTIPS Tom Gregory 70000
42 45 42 4 WOMAN Andreya Triana 48950
43 44 43 6 POLAROID Keith Urban 60450
44 52 44 4 SAVE A KISS Jessie Ware 41200
45 34 29 7 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 97150
46 38 5 16 CAUTION The Killers 530250
47 53 47 4 POMEGRANATE deadmau5 & The Neptunes 36750
48 54 48 7 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 53300
49 57 49 7 BIG LOG Robert Plant 47500
50 46 1 8 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 364750

51 58 51 3 THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet 28350
52 59 52 4 DREAMING OF YOU (IN ISOLATION) The Coral & Blossoms 33600
53 55 53 7 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 55050
54 69 54 2 HALLUCINOGENICS (SEEB REMIX) Matt Maeson 17200
55 48 48 6 HURT BY YOU Donna Missal 47550
56 60 56 4 A GHOST Travis 30000
57 61 57 2 FIRE AND FURY Overcoats 17900
58 65 58 3 LEARN TO FLY Surfaces & Elton John 21000
59 63 59 4 GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp 27500
60 72 60 2 THE WRITER Four Of Diamonds & Mr Eazi 15600

61 47 2 14 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 588450
62 32 32 6 NHS70 Only Sun 81400
63 66 63 5 NO LOVE Skip Marley 25400
64 64 64 4 LOOK FOR THE GOOD Jason Mraz 25700
65 67 65 2 BREATHE Marilyn 13600
66 68 66 4 CANDY TOWN Brand New Heavies featuring Candy Dulfer 21000
67 70 67 3 CO-CO The Sweet 17600
68 19 19 8 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 115350
69 24 24 8 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 113350
70 31 20 7 VOICES Hurts 109300

71 73 71 2 CAN’T START OVER AGAIN Dion featuring Jeff Beck 11200
72 41 36 6 RAIN ON ME Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande 76500
73 NEW 73 1 RIDE (EDIT) Lenny Kravitz 5400
74 76 74 2 PYRAMIDS Noonie Bao 10000
75 NEW 75 1 MY HURRICANE Jamie Scott 5000
76 77 76 4 THE FUNK IS BACK Brand New Heavies featuring Simon Bartholomew 16200
77 84 77 3 HIGH ON YOU Sigma & John Newman 10800
78 78 78 3 TAKE CARE OF YOU Ella Henderson 12200
79 79 79 3 BREAKING ME Topic & A7S 12400
80 80 80 4 HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN Creedence Clearwater Revival 13600

81 NEW 81 1 MARCH MARCH The Chicks 3800
82 82 82 3 ACTION The Sweet 10400
83 83 83 2 WE’LL MEET AGAIN Vera Lynn 6800
84 85 84 2 SONG FOR SAM COOKE (HERE IN AMERICA) Dion featuring Paul Simon 6200
85 71 71 5 SINE FROM ABOVE Lady Gaga & Elton John 19800
86 NEW 86 1 DIDN’T WANT TO BE THIS LONELY Pretenders 2800
87 50 50 6 EL TEJANO Lauv featuring Sofia Reyes 43200
88 NEW 88 1 HUSAVIK Will Ferrell & My Marianne 2400
89 NEW 89 1 OLD ME 5 Seconds Of Summer 2200
90 NEW 90 1 SQUARES Raleigh Ritchie 2000

91 NEW 91 1 KARAOKE BooDaBash & Alessandra Omaroso 1900
92 39 39 10 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 102650
93 NEW 93 1 HEAVEN ON MY MIND Becky Hill & Sigala 1700
94 NEW 94 1 ARISTOCRATS Raleigh Ritchie 1600
95 NEW 95 1 CRAZY IN LOVE Beyonce featuring Jay-Z 1500
96 51 20 9 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 118450
97 NEW 97 1 WHERE I’M COMING FROM Lila Ike 1300
98 56 17 7 YES Ben Tan featuring B-OK 113700
99 43 28 8 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 95100
100 NEW 100 1 THE TIME IS NOW Moloko 1000

DROP OUTS
75 65 5 CAN’T BE LIFE Mary J. Blige 19800
81 22 10 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 135050

 

 

21st June 2020

It’s Robin Schulz and Alida on top, both getting a first number one with a huge European hit that means nowt in the UK. What planet are we on, eh?! Different universe… Meanwhile REYKO are in at 2 with the brilliant Spinning Over You, SO catchy from the London-based synthpop duo, leaving Lennon Stella to grab her first top 10 with a bit of assist from Charlie Puth who had a previous best of 12 with Marvin Gaye. The song Marvin Gaye that is.

In at 25, a rousing club anthem from Dimension who gives Sharlene Hector a credit, unlike her previous grouchy mate Duke Dumont on the brilliant Therapy. Sharlene back in the day worked with Basement Jaxx and can be seen in Ronnie Scotts when it’s open next, presumably. US band Overcoats enter with Fire and Fury, girl band delight, Four Of Diamonds return, another Seeb remix pops in, and The Killers follow-up lower down.

In veterans corner we lost Vera Lynn this week aged 103, so it’s about time I charted the 80-odd-year-old We’ll Meet Again in tribute, possibly the oldest record ever to debut in my charts in terms of time taken to chart, although not in recording age. It was never one I loved as I was growing up, it was always on The Good Old Days and other oldtime variety shows and didn’t fit in with my current chart interests, but time mellows one, and it’s rather endearing these days. Marilyn is also back, a bit battered and bruised emotionally & financially of late, and needing a record deal, but Mazza’s posted some tracks lately including this lovely ballad with the late Miss Claudia back on support vocals, and a best-ever vocal performance from them both, Breathe is in at 67. That’s a chart gap of 35 years since Baby U Left Me, but now a chart span of 36 years, hooray!

Finally we have Dion back with a blues album with oodles of featured famous music buddies, and I’ve cherry-picked two tracks, one with Jeff Beck, who’s guitar always gives added class and who gets a chart-span of 48 years, and another track with Paul Simon, who’s chart career expands to a whopping 51 years and 6 months with new material, a new record. It’s possible Tom Jones, or Lulu, or another act still with us who first charted in 1968 could grab the title from him but it seems unlikely for a while. Paul was charting earlier than that of course, back in 1966 in the UK, and Dion was even longer ago with classics like The Wanderer (which charted for me in 1976 as an oldie) and Runaround Sue, so technically he has to make do with a chart span of 44 years rather than 60, but Can’t Start Over Again and Song For Sam Cooke (at 3 in my chart with his Civil Rights song recorded a few months before he was shot and killed in 1964, and someone who toured with Dion in the early 60’s) are Dion’s first appearance with new material since 1990 – when he also got an assist from Paul Simon.

1 3 1 6 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 468300
2 NEW 2 1 SPINNING OVER YOU REYKO 115000
3 2 1 3 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 370000
4 1 1 2 THE BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 235000
5 4 1 6 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 750000
6 7 3 6 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 375000
7 8 7 6 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 213400
8 15 8 5 SUMMER FEELINGS Lennon Stella featuring Charlie Puth 128350
9 5 2 6 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 515000
10 6 3 6 MOVE The Mamas 375000

11 11 1 13 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 1107100
12 10 10 6 ALL THAT Sparks 140800
13 9 9 7 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 184100
14 14 2 9 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 570000
15 13 10 6 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 190000
16 17 16 4 BLAME IT ON ME Melanie C 69500
17 12 7 6 UNIVERSO Blas Canto 226000
18 25 18 5 I FLY Galantis featuring Faouzia 77000
19 23 19 7 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 108950
20 22 20 5 WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (LEBROCK REMIX) Boston Manor featuring LeBrock 67600

21 16 7 9 SECRETS Regard & Raye 249350
22 18 18 7 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 122100
23 26 23 5 FET HOUSE MODE Rebecca & Fiona 59250
24 27 24 7 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 107150
25 NEW 25 1 SAVIOUR (EXTENDED MIX) Dimension & Sharlene Hector 18750
26 33 26 3 ((TRANCE)) The S.L.P. 42000
27 21 1 17 SAY SO Doja Cat 979750
28 19 12 6 FAI RUMORE Diodato 146300
29 46 29 3 DREAM GIRL Anna Of The North 35950
30 31 30 4 ALICE Lady Gaga 50800

31 20 20 6 VOICES Hurts 103300
32 32 32 5 NHS70 Only Sun 74000
33 24 18 6 LAWNMOWER Sparks 118400
34 29 29 6 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 84150
35 39 35 5 FINGERTIPS Tom Gregory 56000
36 37 36 5 ONE WORLD, ONE PRAYER The Wailers featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy & Cedella Marley 66900
37 38 37 5 X Jonas Brothers featuring KAROL G 68400
38 30 5 15 CAUTION The Killers 516500
39 44 39 9 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 100850
40 47 40 3 HEY NOW (THINK I GOT A FEELING) Erasure 40100

41 36 36 5 RAIN ON ME Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande 70900
42 45 42 3 LITTLE BIT OF LOVE JP Cooper 38000
43 28 28 7 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 94000
44 48 44 5 POLAROID Keith Urban 46950
45 49 45 3 WOMAN Andreya Triana 35200
46 42 1 7 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 352750
47 40 2 13 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 580950
48 51 48 5 HURT BY YOU Donna Missal 36750
49 59 49 2 LOVE IS LIKE OXYGEN The Sweet 22200
50 50 50 5 EL TEJANO Lauv featuring Sofia Reyes 40600

51 34 20 8 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 117050
52 53 52 3 SAVE A KISS Jessie Ware 27950
53 55 53 3 POMEGRANATE deadmau5 & The Neptunes 24250
54 60 54 6 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 41000
55 56 55 6 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 43800
56 35 17 6 YES Ben Tan featuring B-OK 112500
57 62 57 6 BIG LOG Robert Plant 35400
58 68 58 2 THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet 16600
59 63 59 3 DREAMING OF YOU (IN ISOLATION) The Coral & Blossoms 22100
60 74 60 3 A GHOST Travis 19400

61 NEW 61 1 FIRE AND FURY Overcoats 7500
62 NEW 62 1 FADED Izzy Bizu 7400
63 66 63 3 GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp 17400
64 64 64 3 LOOK FOR THE GOOD Jason Mraz 18600
65 81 65 2 LEARN TO FLY Surfaces & Elton John 10800
66 67 66 4 NO LOVE Skip Marley 18200
67 NEW 67 1 BREATHE Marilyn 6600
68 76 68 3 CANDY TOWN Brand New Heavies featuring Candy Dulfer 14200
69 NEW 69 1 HALLUCINOGENICS (SEEB REMIX) Matt Maeson 6200
70 75 70 2 CO-CO The Sweet 11000

71 73 71 4 SINE FROM ABOVE Lady Gaga & Elton John 16800
72 NEW 72 1 THE WRITER Four Of Diamonds & Mr Eazi 5600
73 NEW 73 1 CAN’T START OVER AGAIN Dion featuring Jeff Beck 5400
74 NEW 74 1 MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING The Killers 5200
75 65 65 5 CAN’T BE LIFE Mary J. Blige 19800
76 NEW 76 1 PYRAMIDS Noonie Bao 4800
77 79 77 3 THE FUNK IS BACK Brand New Heavies featuring Simon Bartholomew 11400
78 83 78 2 TAKE CARE OF YOU Ella Henderson 7800
79 80 79 2 BREAKING ME Topic & A7S 8200
80 82 80 3 HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN Creedence Clearwater Revival 9600

81 54 22 10 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 135050
82 84 82 2 ACTION The Sweet 6800
83 NEW 83 1 WE’LL MEET AGAIN Vera Lynn 3400
84 85 84 2 HIGH ON YOU Sigma & John Newman 6200
85 NEW 85 1 SONG FOR SAM COOKE (HERE IN AMERICA) Dion featuring Paul Simon 3000

DROPPED OUT
41 26 8 IF YOU’RE TOO SHY (LET ME KNOW) The 1975 108500
43 20 6 NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY The Stranglers 100000
52 52 6 BRAZIL Doves 51500
57 10 14 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 238350
58 2 18 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 837700
61 1 19 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 1082250
69 30 5 ON FIRE The Roop 72500
70 32 7 SAVED MY LIFE Sia 76400
71 27 5 THINK ABOUT THINGS Dadi Freyr 72800
72 72 4 BLACK AND WHITE Niail Horan 19000
77 57 5 LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Ronan Keating 52300
78 1 42 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1303500

 

 

14th June 2020

It’s a 70’s classic knocking off a 60’s classic, as The Ballroom Blitz returns to the top spot 47 years on from topping for 2 weeks in late 1973 as I moved from Lincoln to Gloucester, and Glam Rock rules the roost with Wizzard and The Sweet. I loved The Sweet, and this week saw the third member of the original line-up pass away, Steve Priest. They were often described a rock band of roadie-types decked out in glitter and mascara, but the one who camped-it-up to the limit was Steve in his outrageous outfits and blowin’ kisses. His voice was the one with the short catchy noticeable bits. Still an exciting record, and a few other Sweet tracks pop back in – those needing a “sales” boost, as opposed to bigger tracks that already are well into my “million’sellers” territory.

New Order go top 10 for the first time in 15 years, Sparks get a 3rd top 10 in 6 months as they replace themselves with All That, track 1 on the new album, and Mel C gets a big climb for a 2nd top 20 of the year. Lady Gaga leapfrogs herself with Alice, The S.L.P. rocket in for a second top 40, who needs Kasabian?! Actual new tracks are thin on the ground giving me an opportunity to chop the chart down in size to 85, but there’s Topic, Surfaces & Elton John, giving him 2 actual new tracks in the chart for the first time in yonks and yonks, Ella Henderson extending her run and ditto Sigma and John Newman.

1 NEW 1 1 THE BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 170000
2 1 1 2 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 285000
3 3 3 5 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 298300
4 2 1 5 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 690000
5 4 2 5 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 470000
6 5 3 5 MOVE The Mamas 333000
7 6 3 5 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 320000
8 7 7 5 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 163400
9 12 9 6 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 152100
10 17 10 5 ALL THAT Sparks 105800

11 8 1 12 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 1070100
12 9 7 5 UNIVERSO Blas Canto 203000
13 10 10 5 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 163000
14 11 2 8 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 541000
15 15 15 4 SUMMER FEELINGS Lennon Stella featuring Charlie Puth 80350
16 13 7 8 SECRETS Regard & Raye 229600
17 37 17 3 BLAME IT ON ME Melanie C 44500
18 19 18 6 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 102600
19 14 12 5 FAI RUMORE Diodato 128000
20 24 20 5 VOICES Hurts 85400

21 16 1 16 SAY SO Doja Cat 961350
22 35 22 4 WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (LEBROCK REMIX) Boston Manor featuring LeBrock 47600
23 29 23 6 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 87950
24 18 18 5 LAWNMOWER Sparks 100700
25 25 25 4 I FLY Galantis featuring Faouzia 55000
26 47 26 4 FET HOUSE MODE Rebecca & Fiona 40000
27 30 27 6 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 88150
28 31 28 6 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 80500
29 32 29 5 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 66550
30 21 5 14 CAUTION The Killers 499300

31 52 31 3 ALICE Lady Gaga 32800
32 33 32 4 NHS70 Only Sun 56200
33 71 33 2 ((TRANCE)) The S.L.P. 23500
34 22 20 7 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 105300
35 27 17 5 YES Ben Tan featuring B-OK 101900
36 36 36 4 RAIN ON ME Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande 56900
37 38 37 4 ONE WORLD, ONE PRAYER The Wailers featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy & Cedella Marley 49500
38 39 38 4 X Jonas Brothers featuring KAROL G 51100
39 55 39 4 FINGERTIPS Tom Gregory 38500
40 28 2 12 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 568450

41 26 26 8 IF YOU’RE TOO SHY (LET ME KNOW) The 1975 108500
42 23 1 6 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 340000
43 20 20 6 NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY The Stranglers 100000
44 45 44 8 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 83750
45 53 45 2 LITTLE BIT OF LOVE JP Cooper 24250
46 75 46 2 DREAM GIRL Anna Of The North 17750
47 56 47 2 HEY NOW (THINK I GOT A FEELING) Erasure 23100
48 58 48 4 POLAROID Keith Urban 33700
49 59 49 2 WOMAN Andreya Triana 22200
50 60 50 4 EL TEJANO Lauv featuring Sofia Reyes 28600

51 64 51 4 HURT BY YOU Donna Missal 24450
52 54 52 6 BRAZIL Doves 51500
53 74 53 2 SAVE A KISS Jessie Ware 16450
54 34 22 9 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 131250
55 89 55 2 POMEGRANATE deadmau5 & The Neptunes 13000
56 62 56 5 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 33000
57 40 10 14 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 238350
58 42 2 18 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 837700
59 NEW 59 1 LOVE IS LIKE OXYGEN The Sweet 10100
60 65 60 5 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 30000

61 50 1 19 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 1082250
62 70 62 5 BIG LOG Robert Plant 25000
63 76 63 2 DREAMING OF YOU (IN ISOLATION) The Coral & Blossoms 12000
64 78 64 2 LOOK FOR THE GOOD Jason Mraz 11500
65 80 65 4 CAN’T BE LIFE Mary J. Blige 14800
66 83 66 2 GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp 10200
67 88 67 3 NO LOVE Skip Marley 11400
68 NEW 68 1 THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet 6400
69 43 30 5 ON FIRE The Roop 72500
70 44 32 7 SAVED MY LIFE Sia 76400

71 41 27 5 THINK ABOUT THINGS Dadi Freyr 72800
72 72 72 4 BLACK AND WHITE Niail Horan 19000
73 86 73 3 SINE FROM ABOVE Lady Gaga & Elton John 11000
74 79 74 2 A GHOST Travis 9400
75 NEW 75 1 CO-CO The Sweet 5000
76 85 76 2 CANDY TOWN Brand New Heavies featuring Candy Dulfer 7800
77 57 57 5 LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Ronan Keating 52300
78 77 1 42 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1303500
79 87 79 2 THE FUNK IS BACK Brand New Heavies featuring Simon Bartholomew 6800
80 NEW 80 1 BREAKING ME Topic & A7S 4000

81 NEW 81 1 LEARN TO FLY Surfaces & Elton John 3800
82 90 82 2 HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN Creedence Clearwater Revival 5600
83 NEW 83 1 TAKE CARE OF YOU Ella Henderson 3400
84 NEW 84 1 ACTION The Sweet 3200
85 NEW 85 1 HIGH ON YOU Sigma & John Newman 3000

DROP OUTS
46 12 10 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 188950
48 10 12 WHO I AM Melanie C 281650
49 9 11 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 261500
51 17 8 WHO YOU LOVIN’ LEON 120750
61 39 5 LEVEL OF CONCERN Twenty One Pilots 47000
63 63 4 CLEOPATRA Efendi 18200
66 6 14 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 363550
67 19 11 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 137000
68 60 4 DAISIES Katy Perry 22100
69 1 27 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1445550
73 47 5 NOTHING LEFT BUT FAMILY Rebecca Ferguson featuring Nile Rodgers 49400
81 9 14 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 314100
82 34 7 LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN The Rolling Stones 77900
84 84 3 TIME TO SAY GOODBYE (LIVE) Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli 7800

 

7th June 2020

It’s straight in at 1 for a track that never stops being relevant, Sam Cooke’s A Change Is Gonna Come, a second week in total 2 years since it last topped and it’s 3rd chart run in all. Sam had already been shot dead for 6 or 7 years by the time I was aware of him as a teenager, and this track is the jewel in his very bejewelled crown, dating from 1964 and the Civil Rights movement.

Sparks take All That into the top 20, giving them 3 this week, Galantis gets a 2nd top 40, Mel C replaces herself in the 40, and new entries include JP Cooper getting his 2nd of 2020, Erasure returning after a gap of 5 years, which gives Andy a span of 34 years, and Vince a glittering span of 39 years including his Depeche days. Andreya Triana returns belatedly with a 2-year-old track I missed but which is selling on itunes, as is Sam Cooke, The S.L.P. finally follows-up his chart-topper, Jessie Ware replaces herself in the chart, Anna Of The North get a 4th entry in 5 years.

The Coral return after a 13-year absence, thanks to a Lockdown Blossoms cover of their 2002 top 10 Dreaming Of You, Jason Mraz is back after an 8-year gap, Travis extend their run to 23 years of chart entries, Deadmau5 to 9 years, and Candy Dulfer to 30 years after keeping her sax absent for almost 30 years, but now she’s on a track from the returning Brand New Heavies who grab 2 this week after a gap of 22 years, having had quite a run from 1991 through 1998. Hooray!

1 NEW 1 1 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 170000
2 1 1 4 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 625000
3 5 3 4 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 213300
4 2 2 4 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 410000
5 3 3 4 MOVE The Mamas 278000
6 4 3 4 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 270000
7 9 7 4 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 115400
8 8 1 11 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 1033100
9 7 7 4 UNIVERSO Blas Canto 168000
10 10 10 4 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 131000

11 6 2 7 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 512000
12 14 12 5 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 107100
13 11 7 7 SECRETS Regard & Raye 204600
14 12 12 4 FAI RUMORE Diodato 107000
15 23 15 3 SUMMER FEELINGS Lennon Stella featuring Charlie Puth 53350
16 15 1 15 SAY SO Doja Cat 941600
17 33 17 4 ALL THAT Sparks 63800
18 18 18 4 LAWNMOWER Sparks 81700
19 19 19 5 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 80600
20 24 20 5 NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY The Stranglers 86500

21 16 5 13 CAUTION The Killers 481300
22 20 20 6 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 87700
23 13 1 5 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 326250
24 26 24 4 VOICES Hurts 65400
25 48 25 3 I FLY Galantis featuring Faouzia 36250
26 27 26 7 IF YOU’RE TOO SHY (LET ME KNOW) The 1975 94500
27 17 17 4 YES Ben Tan featuring B-OK 84400
28 21 2 11 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 551450
29 38 29 5 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 68700
30 40 30 5 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 69750

31 36 31 5 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 62200
32 37 32 4 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 48350
33 43 33 3 NHS70 Only Sun 38400
34 22 22 8 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 120250
35 62 35 3 WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (LEBROCK REMIX) Boston Manor featuring LeBrock 28100
36 49 36 3 RAIN ON ME Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande 39500
37 79 37 2 BLAME IT ON ME Melanie C 21500
38 56 38 3 ONE WORLD, ONE PRAYER The Wailers featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy & Cedella Marley 32200
39 55 39 3 X Jonas Brothers featuring KAROL G 33900
40 28 10 13 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 227950

41 29 27 4 THINK ABOUT THINGS Dadi Freyr 68000
42 25 2 17 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 827500
43 30 30 4 ON FIRE The Roop 66300
44 32 32 6 SAVED MY LIFE Sia 70400
45 46 45 7 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 70500
46 31 12 10 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 188950
47 69 47 3 FET HOUSE MODE Rebecca & Fiona 21500
48 34 10 12 WHO I AM Melanie C 281650
49 35 9 11 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 261500
50 42 1 18 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 1074750

51 44 17 8 WHO YOU LOVIN’ LEON 120750
52 83 52 2 ALICE Lady Gaga 14900
53 NEW 53 1 LITTLE BIT OF LOVE JP Cooper 11250
54 54 54 5 BRAZIL Doves 40000
55 65 55 3 FINGERTIPS Tom Gregory 21400
56 NEW 56 1 HEY NOW (THINK I GOT A FEELING) Erasure 10600
57 59 57 4 LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Ronan Keating 27700
58 63 58 3 POLAROID Keith Urban 21400
59 NEW 59 1 WOMAN Andreya Triana 10100
60 78 60 3 EL TEJANO Lauv featuring Sofia Reyes 16600

61 39 39 5 LEVEL OF CONCERN Twenty One Pilots 47000
62 67 62 4 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 22400
63 66 63 4 CLEOPATRA Efendi 18200
64 80 64 3 HURT BY YOU Donna Missal 12700
65 70 65 4 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 20000
66 51 6 14 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 363550
67 45 19 11 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 137000
68 60 60 4 DAISIES Katy Perry 22100
69 64 1 27 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1445550
70 72 70 4 BIG LOG Robert Plant 17600

71 NEW 71 1 ((TRANCE)) The S.L.P. 5800
72 73 72 3 BLACK AND WHITE Niail Horan 13400
73 47 47 5 NOTHING LEFT BUT FAMILY Rebecca Ferguson featuring Nile Rodgers 49400
74 NEW 74 1 SAVE A KISS Jessie Ware 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DREAM GIRL Anna Of The North 5000
76 NEW 76 1 DREAMING OF YOU (IN ISOLATION) The Coral & Blossoms 4800
77 75 1 41 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1299100
78 NEW 78 1 LOOK FOR THE GOOD Jason Mraz 4400
79 NEW 79 1 A GHOST Travis 4200
80 87 80 3 CAN’T BE LIFE Mary J. Blige 7800

81 57 9 14 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 314100
82 58 34 7 LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN The Rolling Stones 77900
83 NEW 83 1 GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp 3400
84 84 84 3 TIME TO SAY GOODBYE (LIVE) Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli 7800
85 NEW 85 1 CANDY TOWN Brand New Heavies featuring Candy Dulfer 3000
86 86 86 2 SINE FROM ABOVE Lady Gaga & Elton John 5600
87 NEW 87 1 THE FUNK IS BACK Brand New Heavies featuring Simon Bartholomew 2600
88 88 88 2 NO LOVE Skip Marley 4800
89 NEW 89 1 POMEGRANATE deadmau5 & The Neptunes 2200
90 NEW 90 1 HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN Creedence Clearwater Revival 2000

41 7 4 GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers 130000
50 50 4 STRANGERS IN THE STREET The Fratellis featuring P.P. Arnold 35600
52 17 10 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 163200
53 53 7 JUST THE TWO OF US Grover Washington Jr & Bill Withers 52250
61 7 17 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 313300
68 4 14 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 452300
71 14 10 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 175600
74 74 3 WHERE IS THE LOVE Betty Wright 9900
76 36 6 NEW BOY Pet Shop Boys 75550
77 37 7 HARD TIMES FOR LOVERS Rumer 71750
81 15 13 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 197550
82 82 3 TOP OF THE WORLD Carpenters 6900
85 6 15 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 375350
89 89 2 FAIRYTALE Alexander Rybak 3200
90 90 1 KOKOMO The Beach Boys 2000

 

 

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Where I should have been early May, had coronavirus not been a thing….Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria

31st May 2020

It’s Ben Dolic at 1 for the 3rd week, holding off 3 Eurovision rivals, as Huey Lewis & The News get a second top 10 track 38 years since they got their first – no not the Back To The Future Power Of Love, it’s 1982’s Heart And Soul which did it twice in the 80’s. That’s probably the longest ever wait for a 2nd top 10 with new material. Sparks a thing or two about top 10’s, and also gaps between them, and now extend their run to 46 years with Left Out In The Cold, with at least their 11th, though it might be more. To boot, they make it 3 simultaneous top 40’s, which is a first for them.

Cher goes top 20, which would in theory extend her run of solo entries to 54 years, cos I loved Bang Bang to bits back in 1966 when I wasn’t charting yet. Lissie gets a 4th top 20, and like Cher, both are former chart-toppers, and Lennon Stella brings Charlie Puth back into the 40, with Summer Feelings matching the hot weather, Ariana & Justin B add to their top 40’s.

New entries from Melanie C, following up while still top 40, 2 new Lady Gaga tracks to give her 3 simultaneously, and it’s probably 9 years since she last did that, and one of them an unlikely dance track with Elton John, who has charted with millions of acts: Kiki Dee, John Lennon, Scissor Sisters, RuPaul, Cliff Richard, George Michael, among many. More importantly, that makes it 49 years of chart activity since Your Song started it off. Skip Marley gets a second chart credit this week, solo and with his grandad’s band, and The Beach Boys are back with Kokomo cos it’s selling on itunes, not sure why, after charting 32 years back with it.

1 1 1 3 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 510000
2 2 2 3 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 345000
3 3 3 3 MOVE The Mamas 218000
4 4 3 3 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 215000
5 7 5 3 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 128300
6 5 2 6 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 475000
7 8 7 3 UNIVERSO Blas Canto 123000
8 6 1 10 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 985100
9 38 9 3 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 65400
10 15 10 3 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 89000

11 11 7 6 SECRETS Regard & Raye 172600
12 16 12 3 FAI RUMORE Diodato 78000
13 9 1 4 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 307000
14 20 14 4 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 72100
15 12 1 14 SAY SO Doja Cat 916600
16 13 5 12 CAUTION The Killers 461550
17 18 17 3 YES Ben Tan featuring B-OK 66000
18 22 18 3 LAWNMOWER Sparks 59700
19 36 19 4 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 59600
20 24 20 5 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 68200

21 14 2 10 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 533150
22 25 22 7 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 102650
23 64 23 2 SUMMER FEELINGS Lennon Stella featuring Charlie Puth 26350
24 30 24 4 NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY The Stranglers 66500
25 17 2 16 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 814250
26 35 26 3 VOICES Hurts 46400
27 29 27 6 IF YOU’RE TOO SHY (LET ME KNOW) The 1975 76000
28 10 10 12 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 210950
29 27 27 3 THINK ABOUT THINGS Dadi Freyr 54000
30 32 30 3 ON FIRE The Roop 52800

31 21 12 9 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 176200
32 39 32 5 SAVED MY LIFE Sia 57150
33 47 33 3 ALL THAT Sparks 40800
34 23 10 11 WHO I AM Melanie C 269350
35 26 9 10 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 249400
36 48 36 4 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 44300
37 53 37 3 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 30550
38 43 38 4 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 50500
39 50 39 4 LEVEL OF CONCERN Twenty One Pilots 39500
40 46 40 4 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 51850

41 19 7 4 GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers 130000
42 34 1 17 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 1062750
43 63 43 2 NHS70 Only Sun 20700
44 28 17 7 WHO YOU LOVIN’ LEON 109000
45 33 19 10 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 130400
46 51 46 6 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 57500
47 52 47 4 NOTHING LEFT BUT FAMILY Rebecca Ferguson featuring Nile Rodgers 44000
48 74 48 2 I FLY Galantis featuring Faouzia 17500
49 60 49 2 RAIN ON ME Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande 22100
50 57 50 4 STRANGERS IN THE STREET The Fratellis featuring P.P. Arnold 35600

51 37 6 13 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 356750
52 31 17 10 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 163200
53 58 53 7 JUST THE TWO OF US Grover Washington Jr & Bill Withers 52250
54 68 54 4 BRAZIL Doves 29000
55 70 55 2 X Jonas Brothers featuring KAROL G 16800
56 78 56 2 ONE WORLD, ONE PRAYER The Wailers featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy & Cedella Marley 15000
57 42 9 13 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 309300
58 45 34 6 LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN The Rolling Stones 74300
59 73 59 3 LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Ronan Keating 17300
60 79 60 3 DAISIES Katy Perry 15700

61 40 7 17 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 313300
62 84 62 2 WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (LEBROCK REMIX) Boston Manor featuring LeBrock 10600
63 80 63 2 POLAROID Keith Urban 11200
64 62 1 26 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1439350
65 82 65 2 FINGERTIPS Tom Gregory 10600
66 87 66 3 CLEOPATRA Efendi 11000
67 72 67 3 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 15000
68 44 4 14 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 452300
69 86 69 2 FET HOUSE MODE Rebecca & Fiona 9000
70 76 70 3 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 13000

71 41 14 10 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 175600
72 81 72 3 BIG LOG Robert Plant 11600
73 88 73 2 BLACK AND WHITE Niail Horan 7800
74 85 74 3 WHERE IS THE LOVE Betty Wright 9900
75 75 1 40 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1294500
76 55 36 6 NEW BOY Pet Shop Boys 75550
77 49 37 7 HARD TIMES FOR LOVERS Rumer 71750
78 89 78 2 EL TEJANO Lauv featuring Sofia Reyes 6600
79 NEW 79 1 BLAME IT ON ME Melanie C 4200
80 94 80 2 HURT BY YOU Donna Missal 5600

81 56 15 13 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 197550
82 91 82 3 TOP OF THE WORLD Carpenters 6900
83 NEW 83 1 ALICE Lady Gaga 3400
84 96 84 2 TIME TO SAY GOODBYE (LIVE) Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli 4600
85 59 6 15 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 375350
86 NEW 86 1 SINE FROM ABOVE Lady Gaga & Elton John 2800
87 98 87 2 CAN’T BE LIFE Mary J. Blige 3800
88 NEW 88 1 NO LOVE Skip Marley 2400
89 100 89 2 FAIRYTALE Alexander Rybak 3200
90 NEW 90 1 KOKOMO The Beach Boys 2000

DROP OUTS
54 11 12 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 270850
61 24 8 HOLD ON, WE’RE GOING HOME Nerina Pallot 102400
65 65 3 MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie 18400
66 53 5 TIMES LIKE THESE Live Lounge Allstars 41150
67 35 9 LIMITLESS Richard Marx 85650
69 27 9 STORM The Fizz 88000
71 61 5 THE BUZZ Pretenders 32600
77 77 2 HALLELUJAH Milk and Honey 8600
83 33 9 RESERVATION The Fizz 75300
90 39 6 IF YOU THINK THIS IS REAL LIFE Blossoms 55050
92 12 11 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 183050
93 93 2 SUPERGIRL Stefania 3000
95 95 2 UNO Little Big 2600
97 97 2 SHOORAH! SHOORAH! Betty Wright 2500
99 99 2 CLEAN-UP WOMAN Betty Wright 2100

 

 

 

24th May 2020

It’s 2 weeks on top for Ben Dolic, heading a Eurovision top 4, half of the top 10, and almost quarter of the top 40 – whichever you look at it, that makes the biggest Eurovision on my charts – EVER! Ironic that it’s the Contest That Never Was. What a ridiculous decision not to play the entries in full on the night! I predict 2021 will be a complete letdown of second-rate tracks as the chances of all the great tracks being equalled must be quite low! Anyway, Ben is the 13th Eurovision chart-topper, starting with Dana in 1970, New Seekers, 1972, Abba 1974, Teach-In 1975 and then a huge gap until 1995 Love City Groove, 2009 Alexander Rybak, 2010 Chane & N’Evergreen and also Paula Selig & OVI, 2011 Getter Jaani, 2014 Molly, 2018 Saara Alto, 2019 Duncan Laurence. 6 of them were contest winners, 7 of them weren’t. Only 3 UK entries have ever topped my chart – though Sandie Shaw would have had I been charting then, as well.

Robin Schulz has a big climb into the 10, his first 6 years on from his debut, Neil Young returns to the top 10 28 years on with Harvest Moon, The 1975 finally get a top 40 track, Hurts get yet another, ditto Cher who gets a 2nd Abba track into the 40, and Huey Lewis top 40 for the first time since 1986!

New entries from Gaga & Ariana joined up, in at 60, Jonas Brothers returning, Galantis & faouzia both following up tracks higher up in the chart, but joining together this time, and The Wailers return Bob-Marley-less, but keep it in the family with Skip Marley following up on his Katy Perry chart-topper, and Cedella Marley, grandson and daughter of the late Bob. Shaggy is also along for the ride for his 27 years of charting. I’m assuming the only member of The Wailers present is Aston Barrett who still tours under the name with family members, and who backed Marley from 1974 through 1980, and so is back with new material for the first time in 40 years, and has a span of 45 years now. The other absentee back after a decade away is Mary J. Blige, some 28 years since her debut, more recently seen in a fab role on fab Netflix series The Umbrella Academy – a hard ass ruthless pissed-off time travelling hit-person. Not typecast!

1 1 1 2 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 340000
2 2 2 2 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 230000
3 8 3 2 MOVE The Mamas 133000
4 3 3 2 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 150000
5 4 2 5 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 420000
6 6 1 9 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 937100
7 28 7 2 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 68300
8 16 8 2 UNIVERSO Blas Canto 73000
9 5 1 3 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 275000
10 13 10 11 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 192650

11 7 7 5 SECRETS Regard & Raye 135600
12 12 1 13 SAY SO Doja Cat 889600
13 11 5 11 CAUTION The Killers 436550
14 10 2 9 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 513400
15 20 15 2 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 47000
16 30 16 2 FAI RUMORE Diodato 43000
17 14 2 15 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 795500
18 19 18 2 YES Ben Tan featuring B-OK 43000
19 9 7 3 GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers 116000
20 39 20 3 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 43100

21 21 12 8 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 158300
22 29 22 2 LAWNMOWER Sparks 37700
23 18 10 10 WHO I AM Melanie C 251750
24 38 24 4 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 48200
25 26 25 6 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 83150
26 15 9 9 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 231900
27 36 27 2 THINK ABOUT THINGS Daoi Freyr 35800
28 17 17 6 WHO YOU LOVIN’ LEON 95750
29 47 29 5 IF YOU’RE TOO SHY (LET ME KNOW) The 1975 57600
30 35 30 3 NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY The Stranglers 47500

31 22 17 9 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 151700
32 40 32 2 ON FIRE The Roop 34800
33 31 19 9 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 117400
34 27 1 16 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 1049000
35 57 35 2 VOICES Hurts 27900
36 54 36 3 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 38600
37 24 6 12 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 345000
38 84 38 2 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 20400
39 53 39 4 SAVED MY LIFE Sia 39350
40 23 7 16 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 305800

41 25 14 9 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 169800
42 34 9 12 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 298900
43 48 43 3 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 33300
44 32 4 13 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 445900
45 41 34 5 LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN The Rolling Stones 64100
46 52 46 3 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 34850
47 56 47 2 ALL THAT Sparks 23100
48 62 48 3 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 26900
49 37 37 6 HARD TIMES FOR LOVERS Rumer 67150
50 74 50 3 LEVEL OF CONCERN Twenty One Pilots 22400

51 55 51 5 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 44750
52 60 52 3 NOTHING LEFT BUT FAMILY Rebecca Ferguson featuring Nile Rodgers 31500
53 90 53 2 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 13250
54 33 11 12 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 270850
55 43 36 5 NEW BOY Pet Shop Boys 70750
56 42 15 12 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 193750
57 67 57 3 STRANGERS IN THE STREET The Fratellis featuring P.P. Arnold 23600
58 66 58 6 JUST THE TWO OF US Grover Washington Jr & Bill Withers 41000
59 44 6 14 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 372350
60 NEW 60 1 RAIN ON ME Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande 10000

61 45 24 8 HOLD ON, WE’RE GOING HOME Nerina Pallot 102400
62 58 1 25 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1432250
63 NEW 63 1 NHS70 Only Sun 7200
64 NEW 64 1 SUMMER FEELINGS Lennon Stella featuring Charlie Puth 7100
65 70 65 3 MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie 18400
66 59 53 5 TIMES LIKE THESE Live Lounge Allstars 41150
67 46 35 9 LIMITLESS Richard Marx 85650
68 71 68 3 BRAZIL Doves 18000
69 49 27 9 STORM The Fizz 88000
70 NEW 70 1 X Jonas Brothers featuring KAROL G 6000

71 61 61 5 THE BUZZ Pretenders 32600
72 86 72 2 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 8400
73 92 73 2 LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Ronan Keating 7200
74 NEW 74 1 I FLY Galantis featuring Faouzia 5200
75 75 1 39 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1289500
76 87 76 2 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 7000
77 80 77 2 HALLELUJAH Milk and Honey 8600
78 NEW 78 1 ONE WORLD, ONE PRAYER The Wailers featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy & Cedella Marley 4400
79 95 79 2 DAISIES Katy Perry 5700
80 NEW 80 1 POLAROID Keith Urban 4000

81 89 81 2 BIG LOG Robert Plant 6000
82 NEW 82 1 FINGERTIPS Tom Gregory 3600
83 51 33 9 RESERVATION The Fizz 75300
84 NEW 84 1 WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (LEBROCK REMIX) Boston Manor featuring LeBrock 3200
85 93 85 2 WHERE IS THE LOVE Betty Wright 4700
86 NEW 86 1 FET HOUSE MODE Rebecca & Fiona 2800
87 94 87 2 CLEOPATRA Efendi 4200
88 NEW 88 1 BLACK AND WHITE Niail Horan 2400
89 NEW 89 1 EL TEJANO Lauv featuring Sofia Reyes 2200
90 65 39 6 IF YOU THINK THIS IS REAL LIFE Blossoms 55050

91 96 91 2 TOP OF THE WORLD Carpenters 3300
92 50 12 11 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 183050
93 97 93 2 SUPERGIRL Stefania 3000
94 NEW 94 1 HURT BY YOU Donna Missal 1600
95 99 95 2 UNO Little Big 2600
96 NEW 96 1 TIME TO SAY GOODBYE (LIVE) Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli 1400
97 98 97 2 SHOORAH! SHOORAH! Betty Wright 2500
98 NEW 98 1 CAN’T BE LIFE Mary J. Blige 1200
99 100 99 2 CLEAN-UP WOMAN Betty Wright 2100
100 NEW 100 1 FAIRYTALE Alexander Rybak 1000

DROP OUTS
63 29 7 THE MAN Taylor Swift 84500
64 25 8 BLUE SKIES Music from Star Trek: Picard featuring Isa Briones 121300
68 18 14 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 204250
69 57 8 GHOST TOWN The Specials 58600
72 23 11 SOMETIMES Kodaline 130550
73 42 5 I LOVE YOU NOW CHANGE Twinnie 46550
76 40 9 FREAKS Fisher 76650
77 46 5 I CONTAIN MULTITUDES Bob Dylan 38550
78 43 5 THE GREATEST James Blunt 47400
79 54 4 HOUSE PARTY New Kids On The Block featuring BoyzIIMen, Big Freedia, Naughty By Nature & Jordin Sparks 27700
81 19 11 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 172500
82 1 15 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 1289150
83 30 10 KINGS & QUEENS Ava Max 103550
85 2 15 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 533550
88 3 16 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 551300
91 24 11 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 128950

 

 

17th May 2020

It’s a first week on top, and new entry, from the German Eurovision entry Ben Dolic, a frantic fab disco rattling tune, just ahead of Malta’s Destiny diva dance tune new in at 2, and Bulgaria’s Billie-Eilish-alike Victoria new at 3 with her gorgeous strings-swept ballad. There’s never been a Eurovision 1,2,3 entering my charts ever before, so that’s a reflection of how good this year’s Eurovision would have been had the numpties allowed a public vote on the official videos, which would have crowned quirky Iceland as the winner (new in at 36). That’s not all, we have Sweden in at 8, Spain with Legion Of Super-Heroes villain namechecking Universo at 16, Denmark at 19, Italy at 30, Lithuania at 40, Azerbaijan at 94, Greece at 97 with Legion Of Super-Heroes member Supergirl in song, and Russia at 99. So many I’ve been forced to expand my chart to 100, and loads of tracks that would be climbing instead drop!

The other mini-invasion is from Sparks new A Steady Drip Drip Drip album, proving that the boys still have it in spades some 46 years since debuting instantly at 2 in my charts with This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us. Proving they are as good as ever, and following up album chart-topping track Please Don’t Fuck Up My World, and I’m Toast, we have Left Out In The Cold at 20, new single Lawnmower at 29, and All That at 56.

Betty Wright also stages a mini-invasion 45 years since she debuted with two of the tracks listed, following her sad death: Shoorah Shoorah, and Where Is The Love, and her big 1971 US hit Clean-Up Woman while still very much a teenager. Amongst a chart of huge drops and new entries, a few tracks manage to climb big anyway: Beoga & Lissie, and New Order go top 40, and more low-key debuts include Hurts at 57 with Voices, not yet hitting the chart-topping heights of the previous album singles, and 1979 top 10 Hallelujah, Israel’s 1979 winner of Eurovision, after selling well following Saturday’s special TV show version featuring original singer Gali Atari, in at 80.

At 84, Huey Lewis gets his first chart entry in 26 years, that’s quite a gap! On the plus side it extends his chart career to 38 years or so, followed closely by a bunch of oldies selling well-enough to feature in the itunes top 200, Buffalo Springfield’s classic For What’s It Worth was never a UK hit in 1966 or since, despite featuring Neil Young in the line-up – also back at 13 with his 1992 great Harvest Moon – and never having charted for me before. Ditto Stevie Wonder’s album track Isn’t She Lovely, a 1977 inferior copycat chart-topper for David Parton, since Stevie refused to release it as a single, and Robert Plant’s fab 1983 Big Log after Led Zep were no more. Marshmello and Halsey team up at 90, Ronan Keating follows-up his recent duet, Katy Perry returns with some Daisies, and Carpenters’ 1973 Top Of The World pops back in 47 years later, 37 years after poor Karen died at 32. She’s now been gone longer than she was alive. Tragic.
1 NEW 1 1 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 170000
2 NEW 2 1 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 115000
3 NEW 3 1 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 85000
4 2 2 4 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 360000
5 1 1 2 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 230000
6 3 1 8 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 882100
7 16 7 4 SECRETS Regard & Raye 98600
8 NEW 8 1 MOVE The Mamas 48000
9 7 7 2 GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers 95000
10 4 2 8 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 484400

11 5 5 10 CAUTION The Killers 404550
12 8 1 12 SAY SO Doja Cat 854600
13 18 13 10 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 150650
14 6 2 14 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 772500
15 9 9 8 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 213400
16 NEW 16 1 UNIVERSO Blas Canto 25000
17 25 17 5 WHO YOU LOVIN’ LEON 77450
18 10 10 9 WHO I AM Melanie C 232500
19 NEW 19 1 YES Ben Tan featuring B-OK 21000
20 NEW 20 1 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 20000

21 12 12 7 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 138550
22 17 17 8 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 133800
23 11 7 15 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 288800
24 13 6 11 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 331700
25 14 14 8 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 155800
26 28 26 5 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 64400
27 20 1 15 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 1031400
28 NEW 28 1 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 18300
29 NEW 29 1 LAWNMOWER Sparks 18200
30 NEW 30 1 FAI RUMORE Diodato 18000

31 19 19 8 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 99700
32 21 4 12 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 432650
33 15 11 11 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 259850
34 23 9 11 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 285150
35 50 35 2 NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY The Stranglers 29500
36 NEW 36 1 THINK ABOUT THINGS Daoi Freyr 17400
37 38 37 5 HARD TIMES FOR LOVERS Rumer 55050
38 69 38 3 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 29200
39 70 39 2 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 23100
40 NEW 40 1 ON FIRE The Roop 17000

41 34 34 4 LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN The Rolling Stones 51100
42 30 15 11 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 183150
43 36 36 4 NEW BOY Pet Shop Boys 59950
44 26 6 13 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 362250
45 24 24 7 HOLD ON, WE’RE GOING HOME Nerina Pallot 94900
46 35 35 8 LIMITLESS Richard Marx 79150
47 48 47 4 IF YOU’RE TOO SHY (LET ME KNOW) The 1975 39400
48 61 48 2 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 19800
49 27 27 8 STORM The Fizz 81800
50 29 12 10 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 181250

51 33 33 8 RESERVATION The Fizz 71900
52 56 52 2 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 22100
53 72 53 3 SAVED MY LIFE Sia 22250
54 58 54 2 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 21200
55 55 55 4 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 33000
56 NEW 56 1 ALL THAT Sparks 10600
57 NEW 57 1 VOICES Hurts 10400
58 49 1 24 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1424850
59 53 53 4 TIMES LIKE THESE Live Lounge Allstars 34350
60 60 60 2 NOTHING LEFT BUT FAMILY Rebecca Ferguson featuring Nile Rodgers 20000

61 62 61 4 THE BUZZ Pretenders 26800
62 63 62 2 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 14600
63 32 29 7 THE MAN Taylor Swift 84500
64 31 25 8 BLUE SKIES Music from Star Trek: Picard featuring Isa Briones 121300
65 39 39 5 IF YOU THINK THIS IS REAL LIFE Blossoms 53050
66 66 66 5 JUST THE TWO OF US Grover Washington Jr & Bill Withers 30800
67 67 67 2 STRANGERS IN THE STREET The Fratellis featuring P.P. Arnold 13200
68 22 18 14 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 204250
69 57 57 8 GHOST TOWN The Specials 58600
70 73 70 2 MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie 11400

71 71 71 2 BRAZIL Doves 11600
72 37 23 11 SOMETIMES Kodaline 130550
73 42 42 5 I LOVE YOU NOW CHANGE Twinnie 46550
74 74 74 2 LEVEL OF CONCERN Twenty One Pilots 10400
75 68 1 38 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1284500
76 40 40 9 FREAKS Fisher 76650
77 46 46 5 I CONTAIN MULTITUDES Bob Dylan 38550
78 43 43 5 THE GREATEST James Blunt 47400
79 54 54 4 HOUSE PARTY New Kids On The Block featuring BoyzIIMen, Big Freedia, Naughty By Nature & Jordin Sparks 27700
80 NEW 80 1 HALLELUJAH Milk and Honey 4000

81 44 19 11 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 172500
82 47 1 15 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 1289150
83 45 30 10 KINGS & QUEENS Ava Max 103550
84 NEW 84 1 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 3200
85 51 2 15 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 533550
86 NEW 86 1 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 2800
87 NEW 87 1 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 2600
88 59 3 16 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 551300
89 NEW 89 1 BIG LOG Robert Plant 2200
90 NEW 90 1 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 2000

91 41 24 11 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 128950
92 NEW 92 1 LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Ronan Keating 1800
93 NEW 93 1 WHERE IS THE LOVE Betty Wright 1700
94 NEW 94 1 CLEOPATRA Efendi 1600
95 NEW 95 1 DAISIES Katy Perry 1500
96 NEW 96 1 TOP OF THE WORLD Carpenters 1400
97 NEW 97 1 SUPERGIRL Stefania 1300
98 NEW 98 1 SHOORAH SHOORAH Betty Wright 1200
99 NEW 99 1 UNO Little Big 1100
100 NEW 100 1 CLEAN-UP WOMAN Betty Wright 1000

DROP OUTS
52 39 7 BOYFRIEND Mabel 64900
64 59 4 LIGHT OF LOVE Florence + The Machine 27400
65 9 11 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 275600
75 75 1 TUTTI FRUTTI Little Richard 5000

 

 

10th May 2020

it’s straight in at 1 for Kraftwerk, following the loss of Ralf Hutter in a terrible week or so for veteran pop star losses: The Model was originally released in it’s German-language version in 1978, but didn’t get to chart in the UK until this English-language version was released in 1981 on the B side of Computer Love. The Model got the airplay, and topped the UK charts in early 1982 and peaked at 2 in my charts, and belatedly now tops my chart 39-years later, cos it’s fab. Autobahn is also back 45 years since it went top 10 in all it’s ground-breaking glory. Also in the charts at the same time as The Model was Golden Brown, The Stranglers most-famous track, which hit UK 2 and also fell-short of topping my chart until a 90’s re-issue did the trick. Following the loss of co-writer & keyboardist extraordinaire Dave Greenfield to coronavirus it’s back in the top 10 for a third occasion, along with No More Heroes, a fab punk anthem that charted in 1977 as I started uni, in at 61, and Nice ‘n’ Sleazy at 50 from 1978. I could easily have charted many others of their long list of great singles though…

Inside the 40, Regard and Raye climb briskly into the top 20, shhh it’s a Secret, while The Rolling Stones get a first top 40 for 8 years with the lockdown anthem, Rumer returns to the top 40, and Blossoms make it a 4th, and Fisher Freaks out at 40 as the original Le Freak returns at 60 with Rebecca Ferguson, her 5th chart entry some 7 years since her last one, and Nile Rodgers umpteenth to extend his run to over 42 years. Highest new track is Cher’s Spanish-language UNICEF-charity cover of Chiquitita, a sensitive cover of Abba’s UNICEF-profiting original from 1979 – she’s not the oldest-charting living female-singer with original material (that’s Doris Day aged 89 in 2011 – but it was originally recorded in the 80’s) so at 73 technically she pips Doris as oldest female with newly-recorded-new-material, and extends her run of solo charted entries to 49 years (or 55 years had I been charting in 1965, I adored I Got You Babe as a kid).

Another charity track by Ariana & Justin pops in at 63, Stuck With U giving Ms Grande 6 years of activity and Mr Bieber 8 years. The Fratellis comeback extends to 2 with a bit of an assist from minor soul-legend P.P. Arnold still on form on her second track of her rebirth after her first comebacks on dance tracks of the 80’s and 90’s from her original chart-runs in 1968, just predating my charts. New Order pop in with single remix of a 2010’s album track that I’d missed, Doves are back with Brazil, 11-years absent, to give them a 7th chart entry and an 18-year run. Finally Millie Small’s My Boy Lollipop returns to the chart over 30-years since it went top 10, following her passing, but young Millie’s fab-ska classic was an obsession by 6-year-old me back in 1964, so might as well say it was a chart-topper 56 years ago. Little Richard also died this week, the influential rock ‘n’ roll revolutionary charted for me right into the late 80’s, but his 1955 showstopping debut Tutti Frutti has never charted before, so it pops in as tribute 65 years late.

1 NEW 1 1 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 170000
2 2 2 3 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 295000
3 1 1 7 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 827100
4 3 2 7 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 442400
5 6 5 9 CAUTION The Killers 367550
6 4 2 13 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 743500
7 NEW 7 1 GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers 50000
8 5 1 11 SAY SO Doja Cat 819600
9 9 9 7 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 186400
10 10 10 8 WHO I AM Melanie C 210500

11 7 7 14 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 269550
12 12 12 6 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 118800
13 8 6 10 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 312700
14 15 14 7 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 137050
15 11 11 10 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 242150
16 38 16 3 SECRETS Regard & Raye 48600
17 17 17 7 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 114300
18 27 18 9 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 118650
19 20 19 7 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 81800
20 14 1 14 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 1013000

21 13 4 11 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 414850
22 18 18 13 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 197850
23 16 9 10 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 267550
24 26 24 6 HOLD ON, WE’RE GOING HOME Nerina Pallot 81900
25 36 25 4 WHO YOU LOVIN’ LEON 54450
26 19 6 12 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 349000
27 28 27 7 STORM The Fizz 69700
28 40 28 4 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 45900
29 21 12 9 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 169250
30 22 15 10 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 169400

31 25 25 7 BLUE SKIES Music from Star Trek: Picard featuring Isa Briones 114200
32 29 29 6 THE MAN Taylor Swift 77300
33 33 33 7 RESERVATION The Fizz 60150
34 48 34 3 LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN The Rolling Stones 37100
35 35 35 7 LIMITLESS Richard Marx 66400
36 37 36 3 NEW BOY Pet Shop Boys 46450
37 23 23 10 SOMETIMES Kodaline 124950
38 42 38 3 HARD TIMES FOR LOVERS Rumer 37750
39 46 39 4 IF YOU THINK THIS IS REAL LIFE Blossoms 46050
40 53 40 8 FREAKS Fisher 71850

41 24 24 10 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 127050
42 52 42 4 I LOVE YOU NOW CHANGE Twinnie 41150
43 43 43 4 THE GREATEST James Blunt 43000
44 31 19 10 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 168700
45 30 30 9 KINGS & QUEENS Ava Max 100150
46 54 46 4 I CONTAIN MULTITUDES Bob Dylan 33950
47 32 1 14 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 1285550
48 56 48 3 IF YOU’RE TOO SHY (LET ME KNOW) The 1975 26900
49 49 1 23 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1414650
50 NEW 50 1 NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY The Stranglers 12000

51 34 2 14 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 530550
52 39 39 7 BOYFRIEND Mabel 64900
53 62 53 3 TIMES LIKE THESE Live Lounge Allstars 24250
54 61 54 3 HOUSE PARTY New Kids On The Block featuring BoyzIIMen, Big Freedia, Naughty By Nature & Jordin Sparks 23500
55 63 55 3 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 22200
56 NEW 56 1 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 10600
57 60 57 7 GHOST TOWN The Specials 52400
58 NEW 58 1 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 10200
59 50 3 15 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 548900
60 NEW 60 1 NOTHING LEFT BUT FAMILY Rebecca Ferguson featuring Nile Rodgers 10000

61 NEW 61 1 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 7500
62 64 62 3 THE BUZZ Pretenders 19300
63 NEW 63 1 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 7200
64 59 59 4 LIGHT OF LOVE Florence + The Machine 27400
65 41 9 11 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 275600
66 69 66 4 JUST THE TWO OF US Grover Washington Jr & Bill Withers 24000
67 NEW 67 1 STRANGERS IN THE STREET The Fratellis featuring P.P. Arnold 6600
68 68 1 37 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1279500
69 71 69 2 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 12000
70 NEW 70 1 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 6000

71 NEW 71 1 BRAZIL Doves 5800
72 73 72 2 SAVED MY LIFE Sia 11000
73 NEW 73 1 MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie 5400
74 NEW 74 1 LEVEL OF CONCERN Twenty One Pilots 5200
75 NEW 75 1 TUTTI FRUTTI Little Richard 5000

DROP OUTS
44 32 8 CRASHING Illenium featuring Bahari 105800
45 25 7 LIMITLESS Bon Jovi 86450
47 47 9 MAMA Genesis 92200
51 36 7 THROW MY BONES Deep Purple 79950
55 39 8 I’M TOAST Sparks 71800
57 57 6 I LOVE YOU’S Hailee Steinfeld 29800
58 4 14 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 459750
70 13 5 LEAN ON ME Bill Withers 108500
65 60 7 NO JUDGEMENT Niaill Horan 44600
66 10 12 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 230850
67 8 14 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 310350
72 72 4 THANK U VERY MUCH FOR THE NHS The Scaffold 17800
74 14 10 COME ON OUTSIDE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 152250
75 14 13 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 239100

 

 

 

3rd May 2020

It’s a 4th week on top for Dua Lipa’s Levitating, as she drops one with Break My Heart to make a Lipa sandwich of Galantis & Wrabel’s The Lake, the new challenger to her throne. Melanie C gets an 8th top 10 in 22 years of solo entries and is starting to catch up on the Spice Girls total, The Fizz get a second track in this week’s top 40, one day I’ll count how many they’ve had in total, but it’s pretty much every single they released under the name Bucks Fizz and The Fizz, plus some recent album tracks!

One day I’ll also do the same for Pet Shop Boys and UB40, as I Don’t Wanna’s B side also enters the 40, and Ali Campbell’s cover of Lean On Me becomes his latest top 40 in 40 years-worth of them, and goes where Bill Withers went only 2 weeks ago, or 48 years ago, depending on how you look at it. Pet Shop Boys total of entries in my charts is likely to be higher than any other act – unless you count solo stuff from bands in with band totals in which case it’ll be The Beatles by a country mile, and maybe Abba will give them a good run too.

As I finally get my chart back down to a more-manageable 75 there are only 2 new entries: Lissie back In A Rocket with someone I don’t know, and Sia adding to her 20 years of charting. As I type this I should be somewhere over Portugal in an alternate universe where coronavirus didn’t happen, so I’ve just been been consoling myself that the ghost town of Playa Del Ingles in Gran Canaria is starting to wake up this morning on webcams, more activity going on, more traffic, more people going out – still no tourists, but the Canaries seem to be preparing for at least locals to be eased outside and things coming open again. I’ll try again in October, hopefully, if Tui get me the promised voucher to re-book through soon.

1 1 1 6 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 742100
2 4 2 2 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 180000
3 2 2 6 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 377400
4 3 2 12 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 688500
5 5 1 10 SAY SO Doja Cat 771600
6 6 5 8 CAUTION The Killers 307550
7 7 7 13 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 232550
8 8 6 9 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 280700
9 12 9 6 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 141400
10 15 10 7 WHO I AM Melanie C 168500

11 11 11 9 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 215150
12 16 12 5 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 83800
13 9 4 10 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 395100
14 10 1 13 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 993000
15 17 15 6 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 108050
16 13 9 9 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 248300
17 20 17 6 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 91300
18 21 18 12 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 178350
19 18 6 11 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 330500
20 24 20 6 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 60800

21 14 12 8 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 151050
22 19 15 9 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 151400
23 30 23 9 SOMETIMES Kodaline 107650
24 27 24 9 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 113050
25 25 25 6 BLUE SKIES Music from Star Trek: Picard featuring Isa Briones 96300
26 29 26 5 HOLD ON, WE’RE GOING HOME Nerina Pallot 62900
27 38 27 8 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 96650
28 35 28 6 STORM The Fizz 51300
29 33 29 5 THE MAN Taylor Swift 59500
30 34 30 8 KINGS & QUEENS Ava Max 87150

31 22 19 9 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 155450
32 23 1 13 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 1273050
33 46 33 6 RESERVATION The Fizz 42450
34 26 2 13 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 518800
35 40 35 6 LIMITLESS Richard Marx 48900
36 49 36 3 WHO YOU LOVIN’ LEON 35700
37 51 37 2 NEW BOY Pet Shop Boys 29050
38 68 38 2 SECRETS Regard & Raye 23600
39 45 39 6 BOYFRIEND Mabel 53400
40 69 40 3 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 27600

41 28 9 10 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 268600
42 66 42 2 HARD TIMES FOR LOVERS Rumer 20550
43 54 43 3 THE GREATEST James Blunt 29500
44 32 32 8 CRASHING Illenium featuring Bahari 105800
45 31 25 7 LIMITLESS Bon Jovi 86450
46 56 46 3 IF YOU THINK THIS IS REAL LIFE Blossoms 28950
47 47 47 9 MAMA Genesis 92200
48 63 48 2 LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN The Rolling Stones 19500
49 41 1 22 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1402550
50 37 3 14 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 538800

51 36 36 7 THROW MY BONES Deep Purple 79950
52 59 52 3 I LOVE YOU NOW CHANGE Twinnie 27400
53 58 53 7 FREAKS Fisher 54850
54 70 54 3 I CONTAIN MULTITUDES Bob Dylan 21200
55 39 39 8 I’M TOAST Sparks 71800
56 80 56 2 IF YOU’RE TOO SHY (LET ME KNOW) The 1975 14600
57 64 57 6 I LOVE YOU’S Hailee Steinfeld 29800
58 42 4 14 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 459750
59 73 59 3 LIGHT OF LOVE Florence + The Machine 20300
60 62 60 6 GHOST TOWN The Specials 4200

61 75 61 2 HOUSE PARTY New Kids On The Block featuring BoyzIIMen, Big Freedia, Naughty By Nature & Jordin Sparks 12500
62 72 62 2 TIMES LIKE THESE Live Lounge Allstars 13000
63 79 63 2 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 11400
64 76 64 2 THE BUZZ Pretenders 11900
65 60 60 7 NO JUDGEMENT Niaill Horan 44600
66 44 10 12 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 230850
67 55 8 14 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 310350
68 67 1 36 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1273100
69 71 69 3 JUST THE TWO OF US Grover Washington Jr & Bill Withers 17200
70 43 13 5 LEAN ON ME Bill Withers 108500

71 NEW 71 1 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 5800
72 77 72 4 THANK U VERY MUCH FOR THE NHS The Scaffold 17800
73 NEW 73 1 SAVED MY LIFE Sia 5400
74 53 14 10 COME ON OUTSIDE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 152250
75 65 14 13 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 239100

DROP OUTS
48 23 6 YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE Gerry & The Pacemakers 92550
50 26 4 LOVELY DAY Bill Withers 66300
52 3 6 STAY Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko 265700
57 25 6 100 WAYS Jackson Wang 86550
61 24 9 YOU SHOULD BE SAD Halsey 131350
74 64 6 IS EVERYBODY GOING CRAZY? Nothing But Thieves 34600
78 16 10 WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Avalanches featuring Blood Orange 161000

My Top 100 Abba Tracks Part 9: 20-11

20. THE WAY OLD FRIENDS DO – ABBA (1980 Super Trouper album track)

Recorded live at Wembley in 1979 – and never a single! It’s got the ultimate singalong feel-good message, bounding with optimism in a pessimistic world. No big production values, simple backing, just flawless singing, a great song, and the backing singers joining in. It pisses all over Thank You For The Music and I Have A Dream, lacking any trace of over-sentimentality, this one has a more vibrant Happy New Year positivity and hope. Why on Earth is this not better known!

19. I’M A MARIONETTE – ABBA (1978 The Album album track)

As featured on tour in Australia for the filming of Abba: The Movie, this was the anchor track of “The Girl With The Golden Hair” mini-musical trio of tracks on The Album – and it really would work in a musical proper. Not one bunged together from hits with a populist storyline (albeit great fun), but one with a strong dramatic storyline. Could still happen! Anyway, dramatic, loved the wigs on the girls and matching costumes, and a strong song.

18. THE NAME OF THE GAME – ABBA (1977 single)

Lead track off the forthcoming The Album, this dropped not long after I’d started College (or Uni as it is named now) in Lincoln, a teacher-training religious-leaning establishment geared around Primary school teaching, and with a boy-girl ratio of about 10 to 1, consequently the first year boys were all housed in an Animal House-type large house off the grounds and down the road where my love for this record and need to watch the video got me a “not one of the crowd” rep, hogging the house TV, as previously-mentioned. It eventually culminated in the vote for our entry for the Rag Parade charity float opting for building a paper-mache pyramid and prancing about in slave mini-skirt costumes in public cos it was easy to do. My two room-mates agreed it was a shit idea, but caved in to peer-group pressure. The thought of showing my skinny legs and arms in the cold streets of Lincoln outweighed my willingness to accept the pressurised group democracy, so I instead became the official photographer for the day which at least won me a bit of popularity back when they wanted copies doing afterwards. Things I do for Abba…

This song is fab, subtle and shuffling, the rhythms so good that Fugees nicked it for their good big hit Rumble In The Jungle, and clearly the more adult Abba of Knowing Me Knowing You was an established thing, using romantic problems in the imagery of a board game, Agnetha as the vocal and visual focus of domestic troubles a combo that never failed, and Frida and Benny’s happy frollicking in the video (they were very much an item at the time) not going unnoticed as Bjorn and Agnetha started to drift apart under their global mega-success (Agnetha never liked the pressures of touring and fame). Quality single.

17. LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM – ABBA (1981 The Visitors album track)

Understated and then some, a ticking clock is the backbone of this one, subtle orchestra, chiming gentle instrumentation, and beautifully touching vocal from Frida. No drums, no guitars, just sheer gorgeousness throughout. One that sounds better as you get older, it’s mature and brilliant and the need for poppy hit singles had passed. There would be no more high quality catchy pop songs from this album forward, and I would have been very happy for them to have matured for another album or two – but that wasn’t really what the public wanted and expected.

16. SUPER TROUPER – ABBA (1980 single)

Honey sweet and delicious, this glorious pop confection sung by Frida signalled the end of the road for Abba’s touring days, the melancholy lyrics countering the upbeat arrangement and melody, and the video was just fab. The album was fab. Everything still seemed flawless in Abba World, but in the real world I was now unemployed along with 2 or 3 million others struggling for jobs anywhere, my grandma had a heart attack while visiting (she recovered) and then my world entered into another dimension when John Lennon was murdered, my hero. Abba’s music took on my mood of the time and the sad songs seemed even sadder. It was also the end of an era for Abba – no more number ones, though that in part was probably due to record company choices, this album had plenty of singles on it, they just didn’t release them.

15. SOLDIERS – ABBA (1981 The Visitors album track)

How much of an Abba fan was I? Day of release, 15 months on the dole with no money, I made sure I had enough cash and I trudged down the hills of frozen snowswept Mansfield streets to Revolver records to buy this album. It was slippery underfoot and bitter. By the time I got it back home the vinyl album had warped from the cold. Doh! This was one of the highlights on one play, the other tracks weren’t generally immediate and it was clear it was very downbeat generally. The lyrics mentioned “In the grip of this cold December” and it was indeed. What’s it about? It’s not clear, but it may be referencing the arms race between The USSR and the USA, and the mutual distrust going on as we all got a bit worried about atomic war. Happy times! Terrific track anyway, regardless of lyrical clarity.

14. THE VISITORS – ABBA (1981 The Visitors title album track)

Now this should have been the 3rd single off the album, the only track that has any beats for dancing, and it’s a downbeat, haunting almost 6-minute building corker. It’s a study of paranoia I think, cos if it’s not it’s a very disturbing lyric! “Crackin’ Up” is the key moment. It’s mainly verse with a brief chorus, and once again it’s the verse that grips my attention more.

13. WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE – ABBA (1981 The Visitors album track and worldwide single outside the UK)

As I continue to mine The Visitors, here’s the perfect example of how useless the UK branch of Epic Records was: they went for Head Over Heels, one of two bits of fluff on the album, and were rewarded with Abba’s first failure to go top 20 in 7 years. The rest of the world largely went for the best track on the album outside the first single, even the USA got a minor hit out of it. Upbeat and positive amongst the overall gloom, this one pushed the sentiment that it would all work out, despite a break-up, no blame and that knocking on a bit didn’t mean you were too old for sex and the possibility of another relationship. Mature, pounding, life-affirming. Would SO have gone top 10 as long as Pierce Brosnan hadn’t killed it publicly with a karaoke effort….

12. FERNANDO – ABBA (1976 single)

Coming off the back of 2 top 10’s this gave Abba a 3rd UK chart-topper after hanging around at 2 for weeks. It was the long, hot summer of 1976, when anything yellow got covered in swarms of ladybirds, including the school bus and my school bag, grass was parched, and the video for this just fit in, strumming around a fire at night with a latin-sounding song, and me perched in front of the TV with my camera taking snaps of the best bits so I could develop the black & white images at school (I was into photography) and have my own souvenir of the video. In those days there was no home recording, no internet, no visual music outlets, and the assumption was that once it had started dropping down the charts that was that, if you were lucky you’d get to see it once more on the Christmas Top Of The Pops, and then never ever again for the rest of your life. So catching Abba’s fab videos when I could was a huge thing for me. They stood head and shoulders over everything else in 1976, musically and visually. There was NO competition that came close. Glam had died, punk hadn’t been born, disco was building, and there was only Abba. They were so big that they invented a new thing: A Greatest Hits album which contained 6 hits only, and one new huge single to promote it: Fernando. It sold in bucketloads.

11. ONE OF US – ABBA (1981 single)

The final track off The Visitors on the list, the final big Abba hit, the final Agnetha-does-heartbreak single and a video that shows her packing up and moving on, art imitating life, and a lovely sad track. I stupidly turned down a picture disc version of the single when I bought it from Revolver record shop in Mansfield – the previous day the young girl assistant had accidentally stuck some brand new singles in the bag of back catalogue gems I was buying up at cheap rates – and I mean gems going back a decade as the independent shop had been bought up by the new owner Revolver, as I recall it, and they were shifting old stock, a total boom time for me as classic singles I was after beckoned to me from the racks and I was caught in their spell. Anyways, got home, realised her mistake, played and recorded them all and went back next day with them to buy the new Abba single, this one. I waited until her boss disappeared, browsing, then took them back – she was SO grateful that I got embarrassed, and when I asked for One Of Us she asked me if I wanted the Picture Disc version, which was so unexpected I was too surprised to think about whether or not it was the same price (it was I later found out) and just said “no thanks”. Being shy is such a pain in the arse.

My Top 100 Abba Tracks Part 8: 30-21

30. MOVE ON – ABBA (1978 The Album album track)

Another good song, I like the melody, back with the flutes (it must be a thing for me) and the semi-yodelling la-la-lala’s. The spoken bits by Bjornn might be a bit to cheesy for some tastes, and now I’m playing again it prob should be a few places lower actually, but hey ho, my feelings about each song changes on a daily basis. This is just a snapshot with a general feel for where they rate….

29. BANG-A-BOOMERANG – ABBA (1975 Abba album track & European single)

Talking of cheesy – here’s the moment when I started to realise the UK branch of Epic weren’t on the same wavelength as me and my pop sensibilities. This was the obvious catchy, hooky single-that-never-was off Abba – timing was an issue (ideally it should have come out after I Do I Do I Do), as were the naff lyrics: Bjorn had not quite made the quantum leap in quality for English lyrics that he would display in later years – but I still love soaring guitar intro, the driving rhythm and as is often the case, the verse and the bridge links to the chorus. The chorus is the let-down, though there’s no denying it gets stuck in your head. Frothy pop fun. Kiddies, please don’t try banging a boomerang, it’ll just come back to you afterwards as a bad idea….

 

28. TIGER – ABBA (1976 Arrival album track and single in some territories)

12 months on from Bang-A-Boomerang and the new Arrival album was massive leap in quality and sophistication, and this was my instant takeaway fave to be a single, and yet again I was disappointed. The growling guitar riffs, the prowling bridges after the soaring chorus, the pounding verse, the girls vocals fab, full of attitude and then gentle, this is a sort of early version of older women-as-jaguars looking for a good time (or else troublingly hyperactively stalking) and it’s just fab. This would have been my choice for 2nd single, not Money Money Money, or failing that a 4th track (as it was in some countries) in the summer gap between number ones and the wait for the next release in the autumn of 1977. Just that in those days 4 singles off an album wasn’t a thing anyone did…

 

27. TAKE A CHANCE ON ME – ABBA (1978 single)

Hook-laden chug-chugging train-rhythm intro and a huge catchy single, in the USA second only to Dancing Queen in chart success. At the time I loved the video, and sometimes annoyed my male-housemates in College digs with my Abba obsession (had the posters on the wall, had The Album), especially Pete and Alan who I shared a room with – I was prone to park myself downstairs in the TV lounge to maker sure I got to see the latest Abba video on Top Of The Pops or Saturday morning kids TV. At least till I brought my portable B&W from home to stop the moaning. One of our first year girls went walkabout before the latest TOTP one evening, so we were out patrolling the streets trying to find her – she’d been depressed about a relationship breakdown I think, and we were concerned – but all turned out well, she was found and I got to see this video in time. I don’t love it as much as I did at the time, but it’s still pop class.

26. GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) – ABBA (1979 single)

Final year at College now, digs on campus, mixed-sex as we had our own rooms which was fab, own space, yay! Then this came out unexpectedly as a single-only release after Abba had done 3 singles off Voulez-Vous, with yet again blindingly obvious tracks still to be released as singles – in the event they waited until Christmas before pulling I Have A Dream off – but this was a more subtle-Abba, and not one of my top Abba singles given most of the releases of the past 4 years by late 1979 – but time has been kind, especially with that riff, so good that Madonna nicked it for Hung Up 27 years later. It topped my chart, of course, from Mamma Mia on everything they released topped my chart, it was just a question of how many weeks on top (2 weeks). So good a title that it was nicked for a camp sitcom, and if it wasn’t really dance/disco it was a nice little diversion into funkpop.

25. SHOULD I LAUGH OR CRY – ABBA (1981 B side to One Of Us)

This should so have been on The Visitors album, it fits in beautifully with the sad mood, and 9 tracks was a bit short-changing. I’m guessing it was because Frida had a few showstopping solo vocals on the album and the lads liked to keep those roughly equal on singles and albums, but even so this is a real loss – it’s both gently sad and beautiful. As almost all their key tracks by this point, the lyrics deal with break-up and being alone – both couples were now history – and benny’s musical creations and arrangements are increasingly low-key sophisticated: but pay attention to the lyrics. No longer are there grammatical errors in a second language, what you have now is lyrical poetry, give or take, and marvel how Bjorn writes them from the woman’s point of view, not the man’s. Total gem.

24. IF IT WASN’T FOR THE NIGHTS – ABBA (1979 Voulez-Vous album track)

Such a fabulous lost single this one – Bjorn and Benny considered as single-material, even performing it on The Mike Yarwood Show, and instead Epic went for the way-inferior Does Your Mother Know and the throwaway poppy Angel Eyes – though in both cases they at least made up for that by having flips that were also better than the main radio hits – both of them still to come. There’s a Dancing Queen vibe to this one, and the song is just achingly good, the girls vocals impeccable, the production flawless. I can only guess they didn’t want to be accused of doing Dancing Queen part 2 after the stick they got for the temerity of releasing the previous single with a title that sounded like a previous Abba chart-topper – how very dare they!!

23. THE PIPER – ABBA (1980 Super Trouper album track)

This has the feel of a traditional folk song, both in subject matter and choice of marching band instruments and flute. I assume it’s a flute anyway! It’s a great story song of the sort they used to tackle like Fernando, but a bit jollier, albeit with more lush synth arrangements. Synths were now very much on show on Abba tracks by 1980, which gave them a more full-bodied warmth – but overall I prefer the older less-obviously-synth arrangements, except on the dance tracks and the sparser arrangements. Short and sweet.

22. KISSES OF FIRE – ABBA (1979 B side and Voulez-Vous album track)

If ever a B side was better than the A side it’s this one: WAY better than the OK Does Your Mother Know. It’s rousing disco, a great hook, Agnetha & Frida on top vocal form, and I love the hush bits erupting into smouldering choruses. I still don’t get Does Your Mother Know’s wide appeal. It’s fun, yes, it gives Bjorn a lead vocal on a single, yes, but most of Voulez-Vous was better. Hey ho.

21. SUMMER NIGHT CITY – ABBA (1978 single)

While this one, on the other hand, gave Bjorn something decent to get involved in – even if it DOES sound like he’s singing “f***ing in the moonlight”, and the bulk of the song is Agnetha & Frida in unison. OK, I may be wrong there, but that’s how I heard it in late 1978 and I see no reason to change my mind now. Essentially their forgotten big hit, this one, not on an album proper, just compilations, and originally set up to be on Voulez-Vous – till they saw the not-a-chart-topper chart positions, I’m guessing, or it was just a bit dark n sleazy for Voulez-Vous. A theoretical dark musical of less-known Abba music would need this one as a centrepiece. I’d not heard it for ages (it tended not to get radio play in the decades afterwards) then one night a few years back in a Vauxhall cool-oldies club that rattling piano-fill intro came on, and the pounding, throbbing love came back loud and clear to me again. Under-rated. Play very loud, it’ll make sense.