My June 2021 Charts

6th June 2021

It’s 2 weeks on top for Cher’s 1971 classic, holding off Norway’s TIX from the top spot for a second week. For KING & COUNTRY get a second track to peak at 4 3 years on from Joy, and I’m very happy to say I spotted the typo missing the “o” out of Country before I posted. Dolly Parton incredibly gets her first new top 10 track since 1983, and her highest chart position since Jolene went top 5 in 1976. 45 years on still got it. VICTORIA gets second top 10, Keith Urban a 3rd, and Nile Rodgers an umpteenth since Chic’s Dance Dance Dance debuted in early 1978 in my first year at Uni. Yowsah! Yowsah! Yowsah!

Marshmello and James make big moves into the 40, as highest new track is from Tiggs Da Author borrowing the rhythm from Portugal. Da Man, Suitcase Of Sins at 69. Anne-Marie & Niall Horan get together for a duet new entry to add to their lists, Jack Savoretti charts a “not a single” track off his forthcoming album, Elton John joins Rina Sawayama on a classy classical-ish ballad to extend his run to 50 years and a bit since Your Song. Not bad going. PBS (Not PSB) return for a 6-year span since Spitfire debuted, Eagle-Eye Cherry returns for the first time in 21 years, extending his run to 23 years. I bet Mabel is chuffed for her uncle. Finally, discounting oldies from the 60’s charting after-the-event, and guest spots on a couple of tracks in the 90’s covering his 60’s classics, Donovan has been absent with new material since…..1969’s Barabajagal! We have a new record for chart gap with new material, at 52 years, longest wait for a follow-up, and most decades absent from my personal charts with new material. I Am The Shamen is very psychedelic folk (I loved Donovan’s 60’s stuff, he inspired Marc Bolan, but he predates my personal charts with all but one track) and it features a video from dark-music fan film-director David Lynch. It’s not out to buy yet, sadly, but bloody well should be!

1 1 1 2 GYPSIES, TRAMPS AND THIEVES – Cher 340000
2 2 2 3 FALLEN ANGEL – TIX 275000
3 5 3 4 WOMAN – Riva Taylor 205600
4 17 4 4 GOD ONLY KNOWS – For KING & COUNTRY & Dolly Parton 121300
5 3 1 5 45 FAHRENHEIT GIRL – Drew Sycamore 515000
6 8 6 3 SET ME FREE – Eden Alene 145000
7 9 7 3 10 YEARS – Dadi Freyr 118000
8 20 8 3 GROWING UP IS GETTING OLD – VICTORIA 87250
9 24 9 3 OUT THE CAGE – Keith Urban featuring Breland & Nile Rodgers 669000
10 4 1 4 SARA – Fleetwood Mac 392000

11 7 7 3 CALL ME A SAINT – Yonaka 105750
12 11 5 7 LAZYBABY – Dove Cameron 316000
13 23 13 4 YOUNG SUMMER – Tungevaag 68850
14 6 6 9 MR HAZE – Texas 259300
15 15 15 3 EL DIABLO – Elena Tsagkrinou 81000
16 10 3 7 STRONGER – Blinkie featuring House Gospel Choir 359000
17 13 8 7 STARSTRUCK – Years & Years 230300
18 14 14 5 RUN – OneRepublic 119200
19 19 19 5 WHO’S HURTING WHO – Jack Savoretti featuring Nile Rodgers 98450
20 22 20 4 ELECTRIC – Katy Perry 58250

21 12 1 5 THE ‘IN’ CROWD – Bryan Ferry 414750
22 16 1 16 NEED A LITTLE LOVE – The Fratellis 1037100
23 47 23 3 LEAVE BEFORE YOU LOVE ME – Marshmello x Jonas Brothers 36150
24 25 24 5 WHEREVER YOU GO – Lola Lennox featuring Annie Lennox 83450
25 26 25 6 YOUR POWER – Billie Eilish 80050
26 18 7 10 DEJA VU – Olivia Rodrigo 242050
27 27 27 5 EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT – Mark Knight & Beverley Knight featuring London Community Gospel Choir 90700
28 30 28 3 VOILA – Barbara Pravi 53800
29 31 29 3 RUNNING – Ruben 53700
30 34 30 4 BELIEVERS – Alan Walker & Conor Maynard 48400

31 49 31 3 BEAUTIFUL BEACHES – James 33400
32 21 1 17 MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU – The Supremes 749150
33 33 33 12 CRY – Godley & Creme 164850
34 37 34 4 HEAT – Paul Woodford & Amber Mark 64600
35 35 20 7 COLOUR ME IN – Hayley Williams 117400
36 45 36 3 HEARTBREAK ANTHEM – Galantis, David Guetta & Little Mix 35200
37 40 37 4 STORMY WEATHER – Kings Of Leon 60550
38 43 38 6 BEING SENTIMENTAL – Bright Light Bright Light 68200
39 28 28 3 JE ME CASSE – Destiny 53100
40 41 40 6 THE FOUR HORSEMEN – Aphrodite’s Child 74750

41 29 14 6 DANIEL – Will Young 117750
42 44 42 4 DUSK (THE NEW DIVISION REMIX) – Lucy In Disguise featuring Observer Drift 57200
43 32 26 5 LOST – Jake Bugg 80050
44 46 44 5 HIGHER POWER – Coldplay 61400
45 39 1 14 THE LAST MAN ON EARTH – Wolf Alice 1259500
46 53 46 3 INVISIBLE – Duran Duran 31100
47 52 47 4 ORWELLIAN – Manic Street Preachers 44800
48 48 48 5 PLEASE – Jessie Ware 55200
49 62 49 4 BONES – The Rasmus 31100
50 55 50 4 GOING DOWN SOUTH – The Black Keys 36000

51 38 5 7 TILL FOREVER FALLS APART – Ashe & FINNEAS 247700
52 42 27 6 NATURAL BLUES – Moby featuring Gregory Porter & Amethyst Kiah 86050
53 60 53 5 HEART AND SOUL – T’Pau 41850
54 51 1 17 LOVE CHILD – Diana Ross & The Supremes 1205050
55 74 55 2 MONSTER – Paloma Faith 16000
56 64 56 3 EASY TO LOVE (DIMITRI FROM PARIS REMIX) – Leo Sayer 21900
57 58 57 5 ALL I KNOW SO FAR – P!nk 47000
58 70 58 3 DISCOTEQUE – THE ROOP 20000
59 36 8 9 DANCE FLOOR DARLING – Kylie Minogue 228200
60 80 60 2 YOU – Regard, Troye Sivan & Tate McRae 14000

61 66 61 4 O-O-H CHILD – The Five Stairsteps 27100
62 67 62 4 WE ARE THE PEOPLE – Martin Garrix featuring Bono & The Edge 24400
63 68 63 4 SECRETS – Erasure 24400
64 59 59 4 HOLDING ON TOO LONG – HARD FEELINGS 32000
65 69 65 4 WITHOUT YOU (THE MILEY CYRUS REMIX) – The Kid Laroi & Miley Cyrus 24800
66 71 66 3 ADRENALINA – Senhit & Flo-Rida 16600
67 83 67 2 MESSAGE OF LOVE – UB40 featuring House Of Shem 10000
68 76 68 2 SHELLFISH MADEMOISELLE – Roisin Murphy 11200
69 NEW 69 1 SUITCASE OF SINS – Tiggs Da Author 6200
70 75 70 3 CRICKET WIFE – Pet Shop Boys 14000

71 73 71 4 VILLAIN – Lily Rose 21200
72 78 72 2 LOVE’S UNKIND – Donna Summer 10000
73 81 73 2 ANOTHER YOU – Alok & Bloodline featuring The Vamps 9200
74 79 74 2 DUMB – Jubel 9400
75 NEW 75 1 OUR SONG – Anne-Marie & Niall Horan 5000
76 84 76 2 AHEAD OF THE GAME – Gary Kemp 8000
77 NEW 77 1 TOO MUCH HISTORY – Jack Savoretti 4600
78 NEW 78 1 I AM THE SHAMEN – Donovan 4400

79 85 79 2 DON’T LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING – Gerry & The Pacemakers 7200
80 NEW 80 1 CHOSEN FAMILY – Rina Sawayama & Elton John 4000

81 NEW 81 1 PEOPLE, LET’S DANCE – Public Service Broadcasting featuring EERA 3800

82 82 82 2 ALREADY THERE – Joan Armatrading 7200
83 56 3 15 LEAVE A LITTLE LOVE – Alesso & Armin van Buuren 568350
84 NEW 84 1 I LIKE IT – Eagle-Eye Cherry 3200
85 NEW 85 1 HOW NOT TO DROWN – CHVRCHES & Robert Smith 3000

DROP OUTS
50 14 7 CAN’T HURRY LOVE – Gabrielle 134450
54 17 6 DON’T YOU GIVE UP ON ME – Lissie 101250
57 39 5 WHACKED – Alabama 3 78750
61 15 8 MIDNIGHT MASQUERADE – Asher Monroe 132900
63 2 10 SAVE YOUR TEARS – Rose Gray 585500
65 6 10 FOLLOWING THE SUN – SUPER-HI and Neeka 328000
72 5 10 BEST OF ME – ARTBAT & Sailor & I 337600
77 18 8 KEEP MOVING – Jungle 123550

The Radio One All-Time Listeners Chart of 1974 (Part 4 70-61)

70. REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE – The Four Tops (1966)

It’s a genuine classic at 70, as The Four Tops most famous record, a 1966 chart-topper, and timeless wonder, Reach Out I’ll Be There drops in, if anything, a bit too low. It’s unthinkable this wouldn’t make the top 100 tracks of that era. Levi Stubb’s lead vocal is stunning, he had one of the all-time great voices in music, ever, and it was my great pleasure to catch the original line-up who were around in the 50’s and still having hits into the early 90’s. Oddly, though I liked this record at the time of this poll, it took Gloria Gaynor’s banging disco cover the following year to make me notice just how incredible the Holland-Dozier-Holland song is, and how great the songwriter/producers were. I already knew how great The Four Tops were, and Motown, as I’d just had 3 of their tracks top my charts in 1971 (Simple Game), and 1972 (Bernadette reactivated and Keeper Of The Castle). Thing is, Bernadette is even better, and Simple Game is first-rate epic drama. Sadly, not on the list though so this’ll have to do as the sole pick from their great back catalogue. Can’t grumble about this choice though.

69. OH PRETTY WOMAN – Roy Orbison (1964)

The video that was linked before it got taken down is pretty representative of what I was watching and loving as a 6-year-old boy heavily into pop music of the day – black and white and Roy with dark glasses crooning effortlessly. Mum and dad adored Roy, and so did me and my little brother. We all still do. Cos he’s timeless. This was Roy’s most-popular singalong track, unquestionably, and again, as with The Four Tops, if anything it’s surprisingly low-down the list. I’m not so sure it would make a top 100 these days, as Roy’s tortured ballads have weathered better, but it’s still stompingly good. If I were to have a personal choice, I’d go for It’s Over (see 94) or In Dreams, or Runnin’ Scared, or Crying, or Only The Lonely or…but hey at least he got 2 tracks on the rundown which is more than some greats can claim. No Like A Rolling Stone, f’r’instance, so lower those expectations Dylan fans. Yes, I know, how can you have a top 100 without that one? Cos the voters didn’t vote for Dylan when they could vote instead for some jaw-dropping pap still to come! 

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68. I CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU – Ray Charles (1962)

Probably not as well known these days as it was back in the day, this track was almost genre-inventing as the wonderful Ray Charles moved away from jazz/blues and cut a classy strings-laden album of Country & Western songs (Don Gibson wrote this one), and the result: lush Soul. And it was a huge hit, topping the UK chart. I don’t remember not knowing this song, it’s always been there for me, and as both my parents loved Ray (dad bought his Hit The Road Jack EP in the 60’s) I kept on the family tradition with his more contemporary post-70’s stuff when he got cool again. Is it his best record? It’s up there for sure, but I might opt for Come Rain Or Shine or Georgia On My Mind these days, they are achingly brilliant recordings. Timeless.

67. THE GREEN GREEN GRASS OF HOME – Tom Jones (1966)

Easy-listening classic Green Green Grass Of Home was Tom’s 2nd UK-chart-topper in late ’66, and like Ray Charles’ it’s a cover of a country song from 1965 – Porter Waggoner had the hit, he of Dolly Parton’s singing-partner fame – and like so many songs of the era (and in this countdown) it’s a story-song dealing with death, in this case a man on death-row about to be executed. The lyrics belie the truth until half-way through, so it’s kind of an “oh!” moment to what seems a gentle appreciation of the simple things in life – as opposed to being buried underneath them. Tom is, of course, a living legend, and oh what a voice. He’s been in and out of fashion throughout his career, and has had a go at many genres, constantly re-inventing himself for the times. This song was a warning sign of things to come: Showbiz Las Vegas Tom was on the way, so that was his record charting career over for more than a decade from the mid-70’s to the mid-80’s. That said, I loved this song as a kid, and it was hugely popular in that era – but it hasn’t weathered anywhere near as well as the UK chart-topper that kicked his career off, It’s Not Unusual being so good it hit again in the 80’s. Yet it’s not in this chart. Nor is the much-better murder-song Delilah, that one had real oomph to it. So, instead, lay back, listen to this, and be grateful it’s not Elvis Presley’s later cover of it – where Tom’s more-restrained vocals stayed the right-side of tasteful, Elvis was full-on cheese. An exercise in how to murder a murder ballad.

66. CONGRATULATIONS – Cliff Richard (1968)

When is a Eurovision Song Contest Winner not a winner? When the judges allegedly get nobbled by General Franco of Spain, who pipped Cliff to the post with a song called La La La and which wasn’t the huge hit across Europe and beyond that this little catchy ditty had already become by the time of the contest. Cliff was globally famous and it seemed a shoe-in. Instead it’s the second-most famous Eurovision song not to win (after Volare). Gotta be honest, it wasn’t my fave Cliff track by 1968, and certainly not by 1974 – I preferred his 1973 Eurovision attempt Power To All Our Friends, which people couldn’t vote for in this rundown, and back in 1968 I’d have gone for Summer Holiday or Bachelor Boy in the jaunty-Cliff stakes, or The Day I Met Marie in the actually-much-better stakes. He wasn’t cool in 1974 (his cool rebirth was still 5 years away) but his fan-vlub has never cared about being cool, so it’s the 2nd of 4 on the rundown. It’s a bit of condemnation of his fan club that this is the second-best of the bunch! All the great Cliff hits they could have voted for and they went for obvious twee! Ah well.

65. BABY LOVE – The Supremes (1964)

The track that put The Supremes, Motown, and Holland-Dozier-Holland (songwriter-producers) onto the world stage, 3 giants of the 60’s, and still timeless greats all three. The Supremes, or “Diana Ross & The Supremes” as they later became were the pop superstars of Motown (or Tamla Motown as the label was known in the UK until the 80’s), with 9 US chart-toppers, most of them gems that I loved and have continued to love. Baby Love was their only UK chart-topper so it’s logical that it’d be on the rundown – but even by 1974 it was blatantly obvious that it wasn’t their greatest record (though it it’s still great, don’t get me wrong). Diana Ross & The Supremes had split into 2 acts, and a few months after this rundown Motown took notice and made Baby Love a hit all over again. This is a theme that will pop up again – record companies paid attention to the pent-up demand of voters! Diana Ross will appear again much later in the countdown, but for The Supremes, and genius records like You Keep Me Hangin’ On, Love Child, Reflections, Stoned Love, Come See About Me, You Can’t Hurry Love, Stop! In The Name Of Love, My World Is Empty Without You, or Nathan Jones, that’s the end of the line.

64. WHEREVER I LAY MY HAT (THAT’S MY HOME) – Marvin Gaye (1962)

OK, hands-up who was expecting this non-hit to be on the list? Me, neither. I’d never heard of it, being as it wasn’t actually a hit, on the grounds it wasn’t released until 1969, and then only as a B side. I’m assuming it was a cult Northern Soul success of sorts, but part of the reason I think voters probably had the option to vote for 3 tracks is the inclusion of obscure stuff like this that would appeal to fans of the monster classic still to come, and instead of spreading the votes about they went for the same artist. Paul Young’s fabulous cover version was still 9 years in the future, and no disrespect to Marvin (who should have been on the list for What’s Going On? alone, another UK flop, far and away Marvin Gaye’s second-most-important track) but this is just not worthy. It’s a B-side – the underlying song is great, but this version ain’t. I could name 30 better Gaye recordings off the top of my head…

63. (LET ME BE YOUR) TEDDY BEAR – Elvis Presley (1957)

Elvis was approaching the height of his popularity in 1957, the ground-breaking populariser of rock ‘n’ roll for the masses was hitting his stride. With this?! It’s a jolly ditty. Cute and nothing more. So, here we are, 5 Presley tracks on and this is more-popular than Jailhouse Rock? I despair. That, I guarantee, would not be the case in 2021, amongst casual Elvis fans or hard-core fans. We have yet to hit rock-bottom, though, there’s 5 more to come, including the best and worst! 50’s songs from Elvis not on the list that should be? Heartbreak Hotel. That’s All Right. Hound Dog. All Shook Up. Be worried….!

62. MY GIRL – Otis Redding (1965)

Another puzzler for me, it’s a great version of the now-more-famous Temptations original version of the Smokey Robinson song, very Stax, and a bigger UK hit than the Temps 43-peaking version (until the 1990’s number 2 hit re-issue from the film of the same name), but Top 100 in 1974? I prefer the original myself, and this version was only a UK hit, and only a number 11 hit. Obviously there was a lot of love for the late Otis in 1974 (his young son Dexter was attempting a solo career with a song called God Bless), but errr, big albatross in the room – (Sitting On The) Dock Of The Bay, his signature tune in 1974 and every year since, is not on the list. WTF?! Dock Of The Bay is brilliant, My Girl at best is a very good version of a classic. I can only explain it by assuming some dodgy vote-fixing going on! Sour grapes courtesy of me… laugh.gif

61. LIVIN’ DOLL – Cliff Richard (1959)

OK he’s back again. Back in 1974 you could play this catchy unchallenging singalong without thinking of “Fies My Soul” chanting after Cliff sings “satisfies my soul”. I was never much of a fan of it though, not as a kid, not as a teen, and not especially even when I bought the 1986 charity hit with The Young Ones on tow. That version is more entertaining than the original fairly bland monster hit. And it was huge. It sold bucketloads and remains one of Cliff’s best-known songs. It’s not, though, anywhere near as good as gorgeous The Next Time. Or Move It, his proper rock ‘n’ roll debut. I suppose I should be adding in The Shadows to this one of Cliff’s. In this case they were still called The Drifters, and I wouldn’t want to include either band in the dissing, both of them were fabulous in their own right, rather than just the backing band. The Shads have Apache at 97 (way better than this) but I’ll give them credit on the final Cliff track, cos they actually play a decent part in the appeal of the track.

My Retro 1971 Charts

1st May 1971

It’s a first week on top for The Supremes 4th number one, putting Mary Wilson one up on Diana Ross, who was absent from Stoned Love and Nathan Jones. It’s also the wettest top 20 ever. That’s not a comment on the quality or genre of song, it’s just that there are 5 rain-related songs in the top 20, The Fortunes getting knocked off the top, Cliff Richard & Bruce Ruffin climbing, and the 2 highest entries both about the wet stuff too: The Doors enter at 8 with their top notch finale, Riders Of The Storm, the epic track off L.A. Woman, fresh out although not a single till late in the year in the UK, and I still remember the TOTP made-up promo they used for the moody masterpiece on the show. T’other one is the Carpenters’ 4th US hit in at 19, fresh out and shooting up the Billboard airwaves charts, Rainy Days And Mondays, sadly a UK flop – as were a surprising number of their singles, even some well-known ones.

Barbra Streisand has her 4th Laura Nyro track on my charts inside 6 months, and the last, sadly, as Flim Flam man is another great song choice. The Osmonds return with their official follow-up, Double Lovin’, not one I know that well, and it turns out to be pretty good, a little bit One Bad Apple, but slightly more adult. Also in are The Stylistics with some sophisticated smooth soul, and a song written by the wonderful Thom Bell & Linda Creed, Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart), and another Easy Listening flop in the UK, though when Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye covered it in 1974 it finally charted. Freda Payne’s back with a good anti-war song I don’t know, Tony Christie is also back, and he’s not getting away with murder, though he insists he did what he did for his late wife.

Gene Chandler is back again, also, with a decent self-produced smooth soul track, You’re A Lady, though he’s still got another 8 years to wait for another UK hit follow-up to his early 60’s hits. The Rolling Stones have Sticky Fingers this week, so they get a second charting track as the Susan Boyle fave is unzipped off the album by me, and allowed to roam free with some Wild Horses. Isaac hayes does another sultry, sexy, slowed-down cover – this time the still-charting Jackson 5’s Never Can Say Goodbye. A sign of a classic song, is it can be done in any genre and still sound great – be it sweet Motown, sexy soul, pumping disco or 80’s synth. Finally we have Meatloaf debuting. Yes, I’m as surprised as you, but this week he was bubbling under the Billboard Hot 100 in a rockfunk duet workout with Stoney (whoever she was) – and it’s pretty good. He’ll be back with Rocky Horror before breaking big with the late Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell in 7 years time.

1 ( 5 ) NATHAN JONES – The Supremes # 1
2 ( 1 ) HERE COMES THAT RAINY DAY FEELING AGAIN – The Fortunes # 1
3 ( 3 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE – The Jackson 5 # 1
4 ( 2 ) GOTTA SEE JANE – R. Dean Taylor # 1
5 ( 4 ) HOT LOVE – T.Rex # 1
6 ( 6 ) TIRED OF BEING ALONE – Al Green # 6
7 ( 8 ) MOZART 40 – Waldo De Los Rios # 7
8 ( NEW ) RIDERS OF THE STORM – The Doors # 8
9 ( 7 ) WHAT’S GOING ON? – Marvin Gaye # 1
10 ( 14 ) IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo Starr # 10

11 ( 9 ) ANOTHER DAY – Paul McCartney # 1
12 ( 12 ) ME AND YOU AND A DOG NAMED BOO – Lobo # 12
13 ( 13 ) MY LITTLE ONE – The Marmalade # 5
14 ( 16 ) DOUBLE BARREL – Dave & Ansell Collins # 7
15 ( 10 ) CHIRPY CHIRPY CHEEP CHEEP – Middle Of The Road # 6
16 ( 11 ) NEVER DREAMED YOU’D LEAVE IN SUMMER – Stevie Wonder # 5
17 ( 18 ) SILVERY RAIN – Cliff Richard # 17
18 ( 19 ) RAIN – Bruce Ruffin # 18
19 ( NEW ) RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS – Carpenters # 19
20 ( 29 ) HEAVEN MUST HAVE SENT YOU – The Elgins # 20

21 ( 15 ) IF – Bread # 6
22 ( 17 ) IF NOT FOR YOU – Olivia Newton-John # 13
23 ( 21 ) IT’S TOO LATE – Carole King # 4
24 ( 20 ) I AM…I SAID – Neil Diamond # 8
25 ( 25 ) CASTLES IN THE AIR – Don McLean # 1
26 ( 24 ) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE A) NATURAL WOMAN – Carole King # 5
27 ( 30 ) I’LL MEET YOU HALFWAY – The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones & featuring David Cassidy # 27
28 ( 26 ) JUST MY IMAGINATION (RUNNING AWAY WITH ME) – The Temptations # 4
29 ( 33 ) CAN’T FIND THE TIME – Rose Colored Glass # 29
30 ( 34 ) WARPATH – The Isley Brothers # 30

31 ( 22 ) INDIAN RESERVATION (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE RESERVATION INDIAN) – The Raiders # 22
32 ( 32 ) THAT’S THE WAY I’VE ALWAYS HEARD IT SHOULD BE – Carly Simon # 32
33 ( 48 ) IF YOU REALLY LOVE ME – Stevie Wonder featuring Syreeta Wright # 33
34 ( 40 ) WITCHWOOD – Strawbs # 34
35 ( 31 ) FOR ALL WE KNOW – Carpenters # 2
36 ( 23 ) JACK IN THE BOX – Clodagh Rodgers # 19
37 ( 27 ) SO FAR AWAY – Carole King # 9
38 ( NEW ) FLIM FLAM MAN – Barbra Streisand # 38
39 ( 42 ) ROSETTA – Fame & Price Together # 39
40 ( 38 ) MY SWEET LORD – George Harrison # 1

41 ( 36 ) NICKEL SONG – The New Seekers featuring Eve Graham # 10
42 ( 54 ) FUNKY NASSAU – The Beginning Of The End # 42
43 ( 28 ) FUNNY FUNNY – The Sweet # 20
44 ( 37 ) POWER TO THE PEOPLE – John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band # 17
45 ( 45 ) STONED LOVE – The Supremes # 1
46 ( 56 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE – Diana Ross # 46
47 ( 57 ) NEVADA FIGHTER – Michael Nesmith # 47
48 ( 35 ) SUGAR SUGAR – Sakkarin # 35
49 ( 55 ) TEDDY BEAR – Reggie Garner # 49
50 ( 58 ) I CRIED – James Brown # 50

51 ( 39 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE – Carole King # 19
52 ( 64 ) UN BANC, UN ARBRE, UNE RUE – Severine # 52
53 ( 53 ) SAMBA PA TI – Santana # 1
54 ( 50 ) LONELY DAYS – The Bee Gees # 1
55 ( 46 ) (COME ‘ROUND HERE) I’M THE ONE YOU NEED – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 5
56 ( 60 ) THOSE WORDS – Sandra & Andres # 56
57 ( NEW ) DOUBLE LOVIN’ – The Osmonds # 57
58 ( 51 ) ONE BAD APPLE – The Osmonds # 2
59 ( 61 ) BE GOOD TO ME BABY – Luther Ingram # 59
60 ( NEW ) STOP LOOK LISTEN (TO YOUR HEART) – The Stylistics # 60

61 ( 52 ) AMAZING GRACE – Judy Collins # 2
62 ( 47 ) SOMETHING OLD SOMETHING NEW – The Fantastics # 30
63 ( 67 ) JIG-A-JIG – East Of Eden # 63
64 ( NEW ) BRING THE BOYS HOME – Freda Payne # 64
65 ( 65 ) BROWN SUGAR – The Rolling Stones # 65
66 ( 41 ) I’LL GIVE YOU THE EARTH – Keith Michell # 28
67 ( 68 ) REACH OUT YOUR HAND – Brotherhood Of Man featuring Sue & Sunny # 67
68 ( 73 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO CLAP – Lulu # 68
69 ( NEW ) I DID WHAT I DID FOR MARIA – Tony Christie # 69
70 ( 70 ) CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE – Norman Greenbaum # 70

71 ( NEW ) YOU’RE A LADY – Gene Chandler # 71
72 ( NEW ) WILD HORSES – The Rolling Stones # 72

73 ( 75 ) MALT & BARLEY BLUES – McGuinness Flint # 73
74 ( NEW ) WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET – Stoney & Meatloaf # 74
75 ( NEW ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE – Isaac Hayes # 75

9th May 1971

It’s straight in on top for 1966 Northern Soul classic I’m Gonna Run Away From You, Tami Lynn’s fabulous dance track having missed first-time round in the UK, but was out again this week after demand from the dance scene. It was so good, it made the UK charts all over again in 1975 (when it topped my personal charts, being as I’d missed it second-time round, even though it was a UK top 5, so in my head it’s memories of the hot summer of ’75). There are loads of great new entries this week as I got to view a copy of Record Mirror online with reviews of new releases ahead of them making the UK charts – which compensates for the dropping of the Bubbling Under section from Billboard for a few weeks at least.

In at 5, it’s South African tribal-rhythmed John Kongos’ fabulous He’s Gonna Step On You Again, as covered to lesser effect (but more famously) by Happy Mondays. Their melon-twisting Manchester slacker version lacked the menace of the original, for me, though it was fun enough. In at 9 for another top 10, the terrific Blue Mink return with an actual marching band pop song, The Banner Man, complete with a catchy melody. Blue Mink were always varied of style, it has to be said. In at 23, Norman “Hurricane” Smith starts a chart career after giving up being a Beatles and Pink Floyd sound engineer, with the old-fashioned but sweet Don’t Let It Die, the stand-out feature of his records being his very unusual singing voice, marmite for most people I expect. Me, I love it.

Others new in: Peter Noone, actual Herman minus his Hermits, covers bloody David Bowie! And does it well, making Oh You Pretty Things the first Bowie song to chart in two versions in the retro countdown, but it won’t be the last. White Plains are also back, with their best track, When You Are A King, lovely melody that one. Elvis bellows his way into the countdown with a cover of 50’s song Rags To Riches, and he really makes an OTT meal of it, as a spot of country slips in for Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds on Don’t Pull Your Love, a song I knew first as a Glen Campbell US hit from 1976 as part of a mash-up with Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye.

Jonathan King is also back, as Sakkarin drop out, with Lazybones, a plodding whimsical version of a song by Hoagy Carmichael dating back to 1933, or pre-historic by my then-view of old music. Or the equivalent of, say, George Ezra covering something from 1983 these days. Labi Siffre debuts with his flop single Get To The Country, which is a bit early I think, as it wasn’t on his new charting album which got plugged with 3 tracks on Top Of The Pops (though it did get added to the extended CD version). I follow Labi on Twitter, very involved in social and political issues still, and like Get To The Country as I first heard it in 1972 on one of the Ronco compilation albums I bought – 20 Star Tracks I think, which was in pride of place on my record rack behind newly purchased singles Nut Rocker and Bernadette (Hey, I loved oldies even when I was 14!) when someone placed the electric fire too close to them one day. All 3 were warped, the singles unplayable. Tragedy!

1 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU – Tami Lynn # 1
2 ( 1 ) NATHAN JONES – The Supremes # 1
3 ( 2 ) HERE COMES THAT RAINY DAY FEELING AGAIN – The Fortunes # 1
4 ( 8 ) RIDERS OF THE STORM – The Doors # 4
5 ( NEW ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN – John Kongos # 5
6 ( 3 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE – The Jackson 5 # 1
7 ( 5 ) HOT LOVE – T.Rex # 1
8 ( 6 ) TIRED OF BEING ALONE – Al Green # 6
9 ( NEW ) THE BANNER MAN – Blue Mink # 9
10 ( 19 ) RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS – Carpenters # 10

11 ( 4 ) GOTTA SEE JANE – R. Dean Taylor # 1
12 ( 9 ) WHAT’S GOING ON? – Marvin Gaye # 1
13 ( 7 ) MOZART 40 – Waldo De Los Rios # 7
14 ( 11 ) ANOTHER DAY – Paul McCartney # 1
15 ( 17 ) SILVERY RAIN – Cliff Richard # 15
16 ( 10 ) IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo Starr # 10
17 ( 18 ) RAIN – Bruce Ruffin # 17
18 ( 20 ) HEAVEN MUST HAVE SENT YOU – The Elgins # 18
19 ( 14 ) DOUBLE BARREL – Dave & Ansell Collins # 7
20 ( 12 ) ME AND YOU AND A DOG NAMED BOO – Lobo # 12

21 ( 15 ) CHIRPY CHIRPY CHEEP CHEEP – Middle Of The Road # 6
22 ( 13 ) MY LITTLE ONE – The Marmalade # 5
23 ( NEW ) DON’T LET IT DIE – Hurricane Smith # 23
24 ( 38 ) FLIM FLAM MAN – Barbra Streisand # 24
25 ( 16 ) NEVER DREAMED YOU’D LEAVE IN SUMMER – Stevie Wonder # 5
26 ( 23 ) IT’S TOO LATE – Carole King # 4
27 ( 60 ) STOP LOOK LISTEN (TO YOUR HEART) – The Stylistics # 27
28 ( 25 ) CASTLES IN THE AIR – Don McLean # 1
29 ( 24 ) I AM…I SAID – Neil Diamond # 8
30 ( 33 ) IF YOU REALLY LOVE ME – Stevie Wonder featuring Syreeta Wright # 30

31 ( 21 ) IF – Bread # 6
32 ( 26 ) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE A) NATURAL WOMAN – Carole King # 5
33 ( 22 ) IF NOT FOR YOU – Olivia Newton-John # 13
34 ( 42 ) FUNKY NASSAU – The Beginning Of The End # 34
35 ( 47 ) NEVADA FIGHTER – Michael Nesmith # 35
36 ( 28 ) JUST MY IMAGINATION (RUNNING AWAY WITH ME) – The Temptations # 4
37 ( 50 ) I CRIED – James Brown # 37
38 ( 46 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE – Diana Ross # 38
39 ( 52 ) UN BANC, UN ARBRE, UNE RUE – Severine # 39
40 ( 35 ) FOR ALL WE KNOW – Carpenters # 2

41 ( 29 ) CAN’T FIND THE TIME – Rose Colored Glass # 29
42 ( 64 ) BRING THE BOYS HOME – Freda Payne # 42
43 ( 57 ) DOUBLE LOVIN’ – The Osmonds # 43
44 ( 40 ) MY SWEET LORD – George Harrison # 1
45 ( 32 ) THAT’S THE WAY I’VE ALWAYS HEARD IT SHOULD BE – Carly Simon # 32
46 ( 59 ) BE GOOD TO ME BABY – Luther Ingram # 46
47 ( 41 ) NICKEL SONG – The New Seekers featuring Eve Graham # 10
48 ( 56 ) THOSE WORDS – Sandra & Andres # 48
49 ( 49 ) TEDDY BEAR – Reggie Garner # 49
50 ( 45 ) STONED LOVE – The Supremes # 1

51 ( 30 ) WARPATH – The Isley Brothers # 30
52 ( 37 ) SO FAR AWAY – Carole King # 9
53 ( 36 ) JACK IN THE BOX – Clodagh Rodgers # 19
54 ( 27 ) I’LL MEET YOU HALFWAY – The Partridge Family Starring Shirley Jones & featuring David Cassidy # 27
55 ( 31 ) INDIAN RESERVATION (THE LAMENT OF THE CHEROKEE RESERVATION INDIAN) – The Raiders # 22
56 ( 34 ) WITCHWOOD – Strawbs # 34
57 ( NEW ) OH YOU PRETTY THINGS – Peter Noone # 57
58 ( 53 ) SAMBA PA TI – Santana # 1
59 ( 63 ) JIG-A-JIG – East Of Eden # 59
60 ( 54 ) LONELY DAYS – The Bee Gees # 1

61 ( 39 ) ROSETTA – Fame & Price Together # 39
62 ( 44 ) POWER TO THE PEOPLE – John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band # 17
63 ( NEW ) WHEN YOU ARE A KING – White Plains # 63
64 ( 69 ) I DID WHAT I DID FOR MARIA – Tony Christie # 64
65 ( 65 ) BROWN SUGAR – The Rolling Stones # 65
66 ( 68 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO CLAP – Lulu # 66
67 ( 71 ) YOU’RE A LADY – Gene Chandler # 67
68 ( 72 ) WILD HORSES – The Rolling Stones # 68
69 ( NEW ) RAGS TO RICHES – Elvis Presley # 69
70 ( 74 ) WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET – Stoney & Meatloaf # 70

71 ( NEW ) DON’T PULL YOUR LOVE – Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds # 71
72 ( 75 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE – Isaac Hayes # 72
73 ( NEW ) LAZYBONES – Jonathan King # 73
74 ( NEW ) GET TO THE COUNTRY – Labi Siffre # 74
75 ( NEW ) HEY WILLY – The Hollies # 75

15th May 1971

It’s a new entry on top for the 3rd week in a row as classic faves of mine start to invade either the US or UK charts, and in this case by featuring on the latest Carpenters album which I played t’other week – Superstar would be a single towards the end of the year, following up Rainy Days and Mondays, which was a UK flop, and For All We Know which hit as double A with Superstar in the UK as Richard & Karen did some serious TV specials promo in the UK. This song was originally a Delaney & Bonnie (Mr & Mrs Bramlett) and Leon Russell co-write which came out in 1969, but this glorious version is the first of 2 Delaney & Bonnie tracks that will top my charts in cover versions in 1971, starting with this achingly wistful and gorgeous version. Karen invariably did the definitive versions of songs in the early/mid-70’s, give or take the odd There’s A Kind Of Hush blip.

Hurricane Smith gets a first top 10, Stylistics a first top 20, both will repeat that in 1972; Babs Streisand gets a 4th consecutive top 20 Laura Nyro song cos I love that soul-gospel feel. Pity she didn’t try that genre again. Freda Payne gets a second top 20, and 2nd-highest new entry is the great Draggin’ The Line, Tommy James US hit that got some airplay in the UK later in the year (I know cos I wrote it down in my “songs I like” book and remember really liking it, and getting frustrated that I barely heard it again until REM did a great cover in the 90’s.

Bill Withers’ Harlem was one I didn’t know at the time, but bought the CD remix (plus original) after a brace of remix hits in the late 80’s, and duly charted it for myself then. Bill was fab, and will be back with some monsters before long after this debut. The much-sampled Mr. Big Stuff, Jean Knight’s fun funk US biggie (UK flop) was another I was barely aware of until many years later, but it’s weathered very well. James Taylor’s cover of Carole King’s You’ve Got A Friend was recorded at the same time as her version from Tapestry, and was intended to be a single, out this week after Carole was inspired to write it after hearing his Fire And Rain lyrics. TBH I thought it was dull when it was a big UK hit in the Autumn, and one of my least-fave tracks in the charts then, but 50 years on I’ve mellowed. Still prefer Carole King’s tho.

1 ( NEW ) SUPERSTAR – Carpenters # 1
2 ( 1 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU – Tami Lynn # 1
3 ( 2 ) NATHAN JONES – The Supremes # 1
4 ( 5 ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN – John Kongos # 4
5 ( 3 ) HERE COMES THAT RAINY DAY FEELING AGAIN – The Fortunes # 1
6 ( 9 ) THE BANNER MAN – Blue Mink # 6
7 ( 4 ) RIDERS OF THE STORM – The Doors # 4
8 ( 10 ) RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS – Carpenters # 8
9 ( 7 ) HOT LOVE – T.Rex # 1
10 ( 23 ) DON’T LET IT DIE – Hurricane Smith # 10

11 ( 6 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE – The Jackson 5 # 1
12 ( 18 ) HEAVEN MUST HAVE SENT YOU – The Elgins # 12
13 ( 24 ) FLIM FLAM MAN – Barbra Streisand # 13
14 ( 12 ) WHAT’S GOING ON? – Marvin Gaye # 1
15 ( 8 ) TIRED OF BEING ALONE – Al Green # 6
16 ( 27 ) STOP LOOK LISTEN (TO YOUR HEART) – The Stylistics # 16
17 ( 14 ) ANOTHER DAY – Paul McCartney # 1
18 ( 11 ) GOTTA SEE JANE – R. Dean Taylor # 1
19 ( 42 ) BRING THE BOYS HOME – Freda Payne # 19
20 ( 13 ) MOZART 40 – Waldo De Los Rios # 7

21 ( 17 ) RAIN – Bruce Ruffin # 17
22 ( 15 ) SILVERY RAIN – Cliff Richard # 15
23 ( 16 ) IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo Starr # 10
24 ( 19 ) DOUBLE BARREL – Dave & Ansell Collins # 7
25 ( 21 ) CHIRPY CHIRPY CHEEP CHEEP – Middle Of The Road # 6
26 ( 20 ) ME AND YOU AND A DOG NAMED BOO – Lobo # 12
27 ( 30 ) IF YOU REALLY LOVE ME – Stevie Wonder featuring Syreeta Wright # 27
28 ( 26 ) IT’S TOO LATE – Carole King # 4
29 ( 22 ) MY LITTLE ONE – The Marmalade # 5
30 ( 37 ) I CRIED – James Brown # 30

31 ( 28 ) CASTLES IN THE AIR – Don McLean # 1
32 ( 34 ) FUNKY NASSAU – The Beginning Of The End # 32
33 ( 25 ) NEVER DREAMED YOU’D LEAVE IN SUMMER – Stevie Wonder # 5
34 ( 29 ) I AM…I SAID – Neil Diamond # 8
35 ( 35 ) NEVADA FIGHTER – Michael Nesmith # 35
36 ( 39 ) UN BANC, UN ARBRE, UNE RUE – Severine # 36
37 ( 32 ) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE A) NATURAL WOMAN – Carole King # 5
38 ( 31 ) IF – Bread # 6
39 ( 57 ) OH YOU PRETTY THINGS – Peter Noone # 39
40 ( 43 ) DOUBLE LOVIN’ – The Osmonds # 40

41 ( 48 ) THOSE WORDS – Sandra & Andres # 41
42 ( 36 ) JUST MY IMAGINATION (RUNNING AWAY WITH ME) – The Temptations # 4
43 ( 40 ) FOR ALL WE KNOW – Carpenters # 2
44 ( 33 ) IF NOT FOR YOU – Olivia Newton-John # 13
45 ( 46 ) BE GOOD TO ME BABY – Luther Ingram # 45
46 ( 44 ) MY SWEET LORD – George Harrison # 1
47 ( 38 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE – Diana Ross # 38
48 ( 63 ) WHEN YOU ARE A KING – White Plains # 48
49 ( 59 ) JIG-A-JIG – East Of Eden # 49
50 ( NEW ) DRAGGIN’ THE LINE – Tommy James # 50

51 ( 64 ) I DID WHAT I DID FOR MARIA – Tony Christie # 51
52 ( NEW ) HARLEM – Bill Withers # 52
53 ( 50 ) STONED LOVE – The Supremes # 1
54 ( 47 ) NICKEL SONG – The New Seekers featuring Eve Graham # 10
55 ( 67 ) YOU’RE A LADY – Gene Chandler # 55
56 ( 69 ) RAGS TO RICHES – Elvis Presley # 56
57 ( NEW ) MR. BIG STUFF – Jean Knight # 57
58 ( 66 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO CLAP – Lulu # 58
59 ( 65 ) BROWN SUGAR – The Rolling Stones # 59
60 ( 58 ) SAMBA PA TI – Santana # 1

61 ( 70 ) WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET – Stoney & Meatloaf # 61
62 ( 68 ) WILD HORSES – The Rolling Stones # 62
63 ( 60 ) LONELY DAYS – The Bee Gees # 1
64 ( 72 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE – Isaac Hayes # 64
65 ( 71 ) DON’T PULL YOUR LOVE – Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds # 65
66 ( 41 ) CAN’T FIND THE TIME – Rose Colored Glass # 29
67 ( 74 ) GET TO THE COUNTRY – Labi Siffre # 67
68 ( 73 ) LAZYBONES – Jonathan King # 68
69 ( NEW ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND – James Taylor # 69
70 ( 45 ) THAT’S THE WAY I’VE ALWAYS HEARD IT SHOULD BE – Carly Simon # 32

71 ( NEW ) THINK ABOUT YOUR TROUBLES – Harry Nilsson # 71
72 ( 53 ) JACK IN THE BOX – Clodagh Rodgers # 19
73 ( 52 ) SO FAR AWAY – Carole King # 9
74 ( 75 ) HEY WILLY – The Hollies # 74
75 ( 49 ) TEDDY BEAR – Reggie Garner # 49

22nd May 1971

It’s yet another new track straight in at 1 as the personal fave classics come thick and fast, this time reggae band Greyhound get the children’s assembly song into the pop charts in the UK. It’s a lovely sentiment, and it’s one we had to sing at school later in 1971 when back in the UK, and it was always a total mess as the kids tried to sing the reggae version and the school did the dull piano version. I loved British band Greyhound (aka Freddie Notes & The Rudies), the lead singer really gave it some oomph vocally and in performance, including a great Top Of The Pops debut, and an amazing performance on youtube in Germany, where the band perform Black & White to a zombie zoned-out seated TV audience and the lad literally bursts his trouser zip open at the end manically trying to get some sort of response from the audience. Total legend! Oh, and another song Three Dog Night ruined in the US. Say what you like about Three Dog Night (please) but they were consistently bad throughout.

So, the surprise is the brilliant US chart-topper from Paul & Linda McCartney enters at 3, not on top (yet) as it’s a huge fave of mine – I love Macca’s Band On The Run-style mash-ups of different songs. Some hate them, but not me, Uncle Albert-Admiral halsey should have been the UK single, as Back Seat Of My Car (in at 42) was clearly not in the same league, though still good. Both tracks are taken from new-release Ram, the second album to get slagged off by the critics of the time from Macca, who was busy inventing Indie rockpop post-Beatles to their chagrin. Peter Noone climbs fast into the 20, Bill Withers into the 40, and other new entries:

Mungo Jerry get a 3rd chart entry with Lady Rose, I really loved the tune at the time – though I heard no more than once or twice till it cropped up on Radio One as an oldie. The Move make it 5 years in a row with Roy Wood’s Tonight, one I didn’t get to hear for a few years though, long after The Move had ceased to be, while Summer Sand is one track I got to hear precisely once just before we left Singapore. The US hit was the 3rd hit single for Dawn, and I got back to the UK expecting to hear it. Nah. The UK had gone for another single, so in this case I didn’t get to hear it again till I bought the Greatest Hits album!

The Supremes & The Four Tops have a new album out and I’ve cherry-picked the UK hit single over the New Year into 1972, Gotta Have Love In Your Heart, which is OK but not up to previous glories for both acts. Gladys Knight keeps releasing the soul goodies, and keeps not getting big hits (Hello Buddah, Goodbye Motown beckons in 1972), The Maytals get a 3rd reggae charter, Medicine Head debut with a record I knew of and have never heard properly, seems nice enough. That leaves me with Susan Shirley debuting at 73 with a monster worldwide tune. OK, who? She did the ragtime original version of a song that would get new lyrics for a coke add and be recorded by the band sitting one place higher than Susan. I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing.

1 ( NEW ) BLACK AND WHITE – Greyhound # 1
2 ( 1 ) SUPERSTAR – Carpenters # 1
3 ( NEW ) UNCLE ALBERT/ADMIRAL HALSEY – Paul & Linda McCartney # 3
4 ( 2 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU – Tami Lynn # 1
5 ( 3 ) NATHAN JONES – The Supremes # 1
6 ( 6 ) THE BANNER MAN – Blue Mink # 6
7 ( 4 ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN – John Kongos # 4
8 ( 7 ) RIDERS OF THE STORM – The Doors # 4
9 ( 5 ) HERE COMES THAT RAINY DAY FEELING AGAIN – The Fortunes # 1
10 ( 10 ) DON’T LET IT DIE – Hurricane Smith # 10

11 ( 8 ) RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS – Carpenters # 8
12 ( 19 ) BRING THE BOYS HOME – Freda Payne # 12
13 ( 12 ) HEAVEN MUST HAVE SENT YOU – The Elgins # 12
14 ( 9 ) HOT LOVE – T.Rex # 1
15 ( 13 ) FLIM FLAM MAN – Barbra Streisand # 13
16 ( 16 ) STOP LOOK LISTEN (TO YOUR HEART) – The Stylistics # 16
17 ( 11 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE – The Jackson 5 # 1
18 ( 39 ) OH YOU PRETTY THINGS – Peter Noone # 18
19 ( 14 ) WHAT’S GOING ON? – Marvin Gaye # 1
20 ( 21 ) RAIN – Bruce Ruffin # 17

21 ( 17 ) ANOTHER DAY – Paul McCartney # 1
22 ( 15 ) TIRED OF BEING ALONE – Al Green # 6
23 ( 30 ) I CRIED – James Brown # 23
24 ( 27 ) IF YOU REALLY LOVE ME – Stevie Wonder featuring Syreeta Wright # 24
25 ( 36 ) UN BANC, UN ARBRE, UNE RUE – Severine # 25
26 ( 24 ) DOUBLE BARREL – Dave & Ansell Collins # 7
27 ( 20 ) MOZART 40 – Waldo De Los Rios # 7
28 ( 32 ) FUNKY NASSAU – The Beginning Of The End # 28
29 ( 25 ) CHIRPY CHIRPY CHEEP CHEEP – Middle Of The Road # 6
30 ( 23 ) IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo Starr # 10

31 ( 18 ) GOTTA SEE JANE – R. Dean Taylor # 1
32 ( 22 ) SILVERY RAIN – Cliff Richard # 15
33 ( 28 ) IT’S TOO LATE – Carole King # 4
34 ( 31 ) CASTLES IN THE AIR – Don McLean # 1
35 ( 29 ) MY LITTLE ONE – The Marmalade # 5
36 ( 52 ) HARLEM – Bill Withers # 36
37 ( 50 ) DRAGGIN’ THE LINE – Tommy James # 37
38 ( 26 ) ME AND YOU AND A DOG NAMED BOO – Lobo # 12
39 ( 45 ) BE GOOD TO ME BABY – Luther Ingram # 39
40 ( 51 ) I DID WHAT I DID FOR MARIA – Tony Christie # 40

41 ( 34 ) I AM…I SAID – Neil Diamond # 8
42 ( NEW ) THE BACK SEAT OF MY CAR – Paul & Linda McCartney # 42
43 ( 48 ) WHEN YOU ARE A KING – White Plains # 43
44 ( 33 ) NEVER DREAMED YOU’D LEAVE IN SUMMER – Stevie Wonder # 5
45 ( 37 ) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE A) NATURAL WOMAN – Carole King # 5
46 ( 40 ) DOUBLE LOVIN’ – The Osmonds # 40
47 ( 49 ) JIG-A-JIG – East Of Eden # 47
48 ( 38 ) IF – Bread # 6
49 ( 46 ) MY SWEET LORD – George Harrison # 1
50 ( 42 ) JUST MY IMAGINATION (RUNNING AWAY WITH ME) – The Temptations # 4

51 ( 35 ) NEVADA FIGHTER – Michael Nesmith # 35
52 ( 55 ) YOU’RE A LADY – Gene Chandler # 52
53 ( 43 ) FOR ALL WE KNOW – Carpenters # 2
54 ( 57 ) MR. BIG STUFF – Jean Knight # 54
55 ( 56 ) RAGS TO RICHES – Elvis Presley # 55
56 ( 71 ) THINK ABOUT YOUR TROUBLES – Harry Nilsson # 56
57 ( 53 ) STONED LOVE – The Supremes # 1
58 ( 64 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE – Isaac Hayes # 58
59 ( 61 ) WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET – Stoney & Meatloaf # 59
60 ( 67 ) GET TO THE COUNTRY – Labi Siffre # 60

61 ( 44 ) IF NOT FOR YOU – Olivia Newton-John # 13
62 ( NEW ) LADY ROSE – Mungo Jerry # 62
63 ( 60 ) SAMBA PA TI – Santana # 1
64 ( 41 ) THOSE WORDS – Sandra & Andres # 41
65 ( 68 ) LAZYBONES – Jonathan King # 65
66 ( 69 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND – James Taylor # 66
67 ( NEW ) TONIGHT – The Move # 67
68 ( NEW ) SUMMER SAND – Dawn featuring Tony Orlando # 68
69 ( 74 ) HEY WILLY – The Hollies # 69
70 ( NEW ) YOU GOTTA HAVE LOVE IN YOUR HEART – The Supremes & The Four Tops # 70

71 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANT TO DO WRONG – Gladys Knight & The Pips # 71

72 ( 54 ) NICKEL SONG – The New Seekers featuring Eve Graham # 10
73 ( NEW ) TRUE LOVE AND APPLE PIE – Susan Shirley # 73
74 ( NEW ) (AND THE) PICTURES IN THE SKY – Medicine Head # 74
75 ( NEW ) 54-56 WAS MY NUMBER – Toots & The Maytals # 75

29th May 1971

It’s a first week on top for Paul McCartney & missus, Paul’s 2nd cfab hart-topper post-Beatles, as the chart undergoes a classics invasion thanks to a number of albums containing classic tracks coming out – notably Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On which gives Mercy Mercy Me highest new entry at 2, some 20 years ahead of Robert Palmer’s cover topping my charts, and also Inner City Blues sneaking in down the lower end. It’s an all-time classic album, though, and the messages are still as relevant today as they were 50 years ago. That’s quite the indictment of large sectors of the human race.

Also debuting, Bill Withers has his first album out at quite a mature age, as Ex-US-forces Bill modestly takes to the World soul music stage brilliantly, with Harlem climbing and cherry-picked class Ain’t No Sunshine in at 3. I adore the song, Michael Jackson topped my 1972 charts with his epic version when I was 14, then Bill’s 80’s remix and an original version also did the same. In at 6, a song that topped the US charts (as did Macca’s Uncle Albert) for The Bee Gees, not to mention a fab version by Al Green doing well – neither of them criminally ever a UK hit, I mean WTF! How Can You Mend A Broken Heart works as Country or Soul, either way it’s brilliant.

In at 7 it’s the Yamasukis. Who? Only the dad of one of Daft Punk, that’s who, Daniel (Vangarde) Bangalter & his musical partner Jean Kluger, producing the Avante-garde experimental world-music creation for an album that had a single (yet to come) picked up by John Peel’s Dandelion label and future Bananarama single. This track came out in 1971 in some territories, but was pushed in the UK in 1974 when it topped my charts, I adored the pseudo-Japanese style and kids chanting the hook. You may have heard of his other hits with Ottawan (D.I.S.C.O.) and Gibson Brothers (Cuba) and see the link with his son Thomas getting into the music biz with even more success. Anyways, Yamasuki is a fab record and they’ll be back with another in 2 or 3 months.

At 9, the first record I bought when I got back from Singapore to the UK, my Auntie Ann (then 15) had bought it and I played it incessantly while we stayed with grandma and grandad for a week or 2, and then bought it as soon as I could afford to: The New Seekers group-choral version of Delaney & Bonnie’s Never Ending Song Of Love. I loved it to bits, and still do, especially the Muppet-sounding whoops. Stomping, and out on the New Seekers new album. Another LP out? Rod Stewart has one, and it features a minor little couple fo tracks that will sneak out soon called to Reason To Believe, and a B side of Rod’s called Maggie May. They got flipped, and Rod became a superstar, Maggie May wasn’t my fave record when it was topping the UK charts in October/November, I mean I liked it but didn’t love it. By 1976, and it’s re-issue, I was very much having my opinion changed. It’s great and in at a lowly 27 because everything is being pushed prematurely down with so many great new ones.

Like Bob & Marcia’s fab reggae cover of Pied Piper, a kiddie 60’s fave of mine from Crispian St Peters, only in at 33, The Sweet’s Co-Co which I loved in 1971 sneaking in at 63, Olivia Newton-Johns’s gentle cover of Laura Duncan’s fab Love Song following where Elton John has already been (and Lesley will shortly go), a Bee Gees movie theme single that I’d missed from a couple of months back enters, very nice too, Middle Of The Road’s B side pops in, cos I loved it then, The Delfonics are never far away from my chart, Over And Over, Lorraine Ellison debuts with a Northern Soul obscurity (her of the showstopping classic original version of Stay With Me Baby, which has to be heard to be believed), and finally I just found a Billboard reference to a song I’ve been searching for details on for 50 years: Man Of Many Faces was one I recorded off the radio in Singapore around about June, turns out it was a hit in Malaysia for Christie (we got their radio too, in Singapore), of Yellow River fame but I missed who they said it was and it’s been a mystery to me until today! Better late than never…..

1 ( 3 ) UNCLE ALBERT/ADMIRAL HALSEY – Paul & Linda McCartney # 1
2 ( NEW ) MERCY MERCY ME (THE ECOLOGY) – Marvin Gaye # 2
3 ( NEW ) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE – Bill Withers # 3
4 ( 1 ) BLACK AND WHITE – Greyhound # 1
5 ( 2 ) SUPERSTAR – Carpenters # 1
6 ( NEW ) HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART – The Bee Gees # 6
7 ( NEW ) YAMASUKI – The Yamasukis # 7
8 ( 4 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU – Tami Lynn # 1
9 ( NEW ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE – The New Seekers # 9
10 ( 5 ) NATHAN JONES – The Supremes # 1

11 ( 6 ) THE BANNER MAN – Blue Mink # 6
12 ( 7 ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN – John Kongos # 4
13 ( 8 ) RIDERS OF THE STORM – The Doors # 4
14 ( 9 ) HERE COMES THAT RAINY DAY FEELING AGAIN – The Fortunes # 1
15 ( 12 ) BRING THE BOYS HOME – Freda Payne # 12
16 ( 10 ) DON’T LET IT DIE – Hurricane Smith # 10
17 ( 11 ) RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS – Carpenters # 8
18 ( 16 ) STOP LOOK LISTEN (TO YOUR HEART) – The Stylistics # 16
19 ( 13 ) HEAVEN MUST HAVE SENT YOU – The Elgins # 12
20 ( 14 ) HOT LOVE – T.Rex # 1

21 ( 15 ) FLIM FLAM MAN – Barbra Streisand # 13
22 ( 17 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE – The Jackson 5 # 1
23 ( 23 ) I CRIED – James Brown # 23
24 ( 19 ) WHAT’S GOING ON? – Marvin Gaye # 1
25 ( 21 ) ANOTHER DAY – Paul McCartney # 1
26 ( 18 ) OH YOU PRETTY THINGS – Peter Noone # 18
27 ( NEW ) MAGGIE MAY – Rod Stewart # 27
28 ( 36 ) HARLEM – Bill Withers # 28
29 ( 20 ) RAIN – Bruce Ruffin # 17
30 ( 42 ) THE BACK SEAT OF MY CAR – Paul & Linda McCartney # 30

31 ( 22 ) TIRED OF BEING ALONE – Al Green # 6
32 ( 26 ) DOUBLE BARREL – Dave & Ansell Collins # 7
33 ( NEW ) THE PIED PIPER – Bob & Marcia # 33
34 ( 28 ) FUNKY NASSAU – The Beginning Of The End # 28
35 ( 37 ) DRAGGIN’ THE LINE – Tommy James # 35
36 ( 24 ) IF YOU REALLY LOVE ME – Stevie Wonder featuring Syreeta Wright # 24
37 ( 33 ) IT’S TOO LATE – Carole King # 4
38 ( 27 ) MOZART 40 – Waldo De Los Rios # 7
39 ( 29 ) CHIRPY CHIRPY CHEEP CHEEP – Middle Of The Road # 6
40 ( 56 ) THINK ABOUT YOUR TROUBLES – Harry Nilsson # 40

41 ( 34 ) CASTLES IN THE AIR – Don McLean # 1
42 ( 35 ) MY LITTLE ONE – The Marmalade # 5
43 ( 43 ) WHEN YOU ARE A KING – White Plains # 43
44 ( 25 ) UN BANC, UN ARBRE, UNE RUE – Severine # 25
45 ( 30 ) IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo Starr # 10
46 ( 31 ) GOTTA SEE JANE – R. Dean Taylor # 1
47 ( 40 ) I DID WHAT I DID FOR MARIA – Tony Christie # 40
48 ( 54 ) MR. BIG STUFF – Jean Knight # 48
49 ( 38 ) ME AND YOU AND A DOG NAMED BOO – Lobo # 12
50 ( 52 ) YOU’RE A LADY – Gene Chandler # 50

51 ( 41 ) I AM…I SAID – Neil Diamond # 8
52 ( 39 ) BE GOOD TO ME BABY – Luther Ingram # 39
53 ( 49 ) MY SWEET LORD – George Harrison # 1
54 ( 32 ) SILVERY RAIN – Cliff Richard # 15
55 ( 60 ) GET TO THE COUNTRY – Labi Siffre # 55
56 ( 58 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE – Isaac Hayes # 56
57 ( 62 ) LADY ROSE – Mungo Jerry # 57
58 ( 67 ) TONIGHT – The Move # 58
59 ( 45 ) (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE A) NATURAL WOMAN – Carole King # 5
60 ( 57 ) STONED LOVE – The Supremes # 1

61 ( 53 ) FOR ALL WE KNOW – Carpenters # 2
62 ( 66 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND – James Taylor # 62
63 ( NEW ) CO-CO – The Sweet # 63
64 ( 70 ) YOU GOTTA HAVE LOVE IN YOUR HEART – The Supremes & The Four Tops # 64
65 ( 74 ) (AND THE) PICTURES IN THE SKY – Medicine Head # 65
66 ( 55 ) RAGS TO RICHES – Elvis Presley # 55
67 ( 71 ) I DON’T WANT TO DO WRONG – Gladys Knight & The Pips # 67
68 ( 68 ) SUMMER SAND – Dawn featuring Tony Orlando # 68
69 ( NEW ) LOVE SONG – Olivia Newton-John # 69
70 ( 75 ) 54-56 WAS MY NUMBER – Toots & The Maytals # 70

71 ( NEW ) MELODY FAIR – The Bee Gees # 71
72 ( NEW ) RAININ’ N’ PAININ’ – Middle Of The Road # 72

73 ( 73 ) TRUE LOVE AND APPLE PIE – Susan Shirley # 73
74 ( NEW ) INNER CITY BLUES (MAKE ME WANNA HOLLER) – Marvin Gaye # 74
75 ( NEW ) REASON TO BELIEVE – Rod Stewart # 75
76 ( NEW ) OVER AND OVER – The Delfonics # 76
77 ( NEW ) CALL ME ANYTIME YOU NEED SOME LOVIN’ – Lorraine Ellison # 77
78 ( NEW ) MAN OF MANY FACES – Christie # 78

79 ( 44 ) NEVER DREAMED YOU’D LEAVE IN SUMMER – Stevie Wonder # 5
80 ( NEW ) I DON’T BLAME YOU AT ALL – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 80

My May 1991 Charts

5th May 1991

It’s a first week on top for the 2nd chart-topper from The KLF, a banging dance epic still and now available on streaming after 3 decades absent from availability, Enigma get a 2nd top 5 track, and Belinda Carlisle adds to her run of top 10’s while OMD are back in top echelon after missing out for the most part since last topping my chart in 1985 with So In Love, with the glam rock Sailing On The Seven Seas. Roxette grow a 55-place bloom as Fading Like A Flower hits 12, and Addams & Gee are back in the 40 with Chung Kuo rebounding to a new high of 17. Wilson Philips & Deee-Lite grab more top 40 spots as both 1990 chart-toppers stay good. 

The Bee Gees new single is the highest new entry, When He’s Gone being even better than Secret Love, albeit not as commercial, in at 46, REM get a quick follow-up with Shiny Happy People aided by the B52’s Kate, Beverley Craven is begging Promise Me, deep breath, with her debut which annoys if you hear it too much, Black make it 5 years of classy ballad action with Feel Like Change, The Farm keep ’em coming fast, and Jellyfish debut with a decent track. Meanwhile a-ha sneak in with a belated chart position for flop single Early Morning, courtesy of me seeing them in concert this week, they were great and underlined how their best stuff can be categorised as The Dramatic Ballad, tempo variable. The happier poppy stuff sticks out less (not that there’s really much of that anyway).

1 ( 2 ) LAST TRAIN TO TRANCENTRAL (LIVE FROM THE LOST CONTINENT) The KLF featuring Ricardo Da Force 
2 ( 1 ) RESCUE ME Madonna
3 ( 3 ) GET THE MESSAGE Electronic
4 ( 11 ) MEA CULPA PART II Enigma
5 ( 5 ) YOU’RE SO VAIN Carly Simon
6 ( 6 ) SIT DOWN James
7 ( 12 ) THE SHOOP SHOOP SONG (IT’S IN HIS KISS) Cher
8 ( 8 ) BORN FREE Vic Reeves & The Roman Numerals
9 ( 13 ) VISION OF YOU (REMIX) Belinda Carlisle
10 ( 14 ) SAILING ON THE SEVEN SEAS Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

11 ( 4 ) LONG TRAIN RUNNING Bananarama
12 ( 67 ) FADING LIKE A FLOWER Roxette
13 ( 18 ) FUTURE LOVE PARADISE Seal
14 ( 20 ) TOUCH ME (ALL NIGHT LONG) Cathy Dennis
15 ( 10 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
16 ( 7 ) SENZA UNA DONNA Zucchero & Paul Young
17 ( 68 ) CHUNG KUO (REVISITED) Addams & Gee
18 ( 21 ) THERE’S NO OTHER WAY Blur
19 ( 9 ) CAN YOU DIG IT? The Mock Turtles
20 ( 38 ) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE E.L.O. Part II

21 ( 23 ) JUST A GROOVE Nomad
22 ( 17 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME – CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU/HOW CAN YOU EXPECT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY? Pet Shop Boys
23 ( 15 ) GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers
24 ( 31 ) GET READY Roachford
25 ( 29 ) FOOTSTEPS FOLLOWING ME Frances Nero
26 ( 16 ) BY MY SIDE INXS
27 ( 19 ) UNFINISHED SYMPATHY Massive Attack featuring Shara Nelson
28 ( 35 ) SILENT LUCIDITY Queensryche
29 ( 53 ) YOU’RE IN LOVE Wilson Phillips
30 ( 37 ) THE OTHER SIDE OF SUMMER Elvis Costello

31 ( 22 ) THE SIZE OF A COW The Wonder Stuff
32 ( 25 ) HUMAN NATURE Gary Clail & The On-U Sound System
33 ( 50 ) THANK YOU WORLD World Party
34 ( 32 ) SADENESS PART I Enigma
35 ( 30 ) MERCY MERCY ME/ I WANT YOU Robert Palmer
36 ( 24 ) COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael
37 ( 45 ) I DON’T WANT TO WAIT Lindy Leyton
38 ( 69 ) GOOD BEAT Deee Lite
39 ( 39 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
40 ( 46 ) CHILDREN EMF

41 ( 33 ) DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Elton John
42 ( 28 ) ANTHEM N JOI
43 ( 27 ) SECRET LOVE The Bee Gees
44 ( 34 ) THIS IS YOUR LIFE Banderas
45 ( NEW ) WHEN HE’S GONE The Bee Gees
46 ( 36 ) JOYRIDE Roxette
47 ( 43 ) JUST THE WAY IT IS BABY The Rembrandts
48 ( 73 ) RING RING RING De La Soul
49 ( 61 ) TAINTED LOVE ’91 Marc Almond
50 ( 44 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU/ MERRY CHRISTMAS DARLING Carpenters

51 ( 51 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
52 ( 41 ) LOOSE FIT Happy Mondays
53 ( 52 ) BEING BORING Pet Shop Boys
54 ( 26 ) WHERE LOVE LIVES Alison Limerick
55 ( 55 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
56 ( 48 ) (I WANNA GIVE YOU) DEVOTION Nomad featuring MC Mikee Freedom
57 ( 57 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
58 ( 56 ) WICKED GAME Chris Isaak
59 ( 42 ) RHYTHM OF MY HEART Rod Stewart
60 ( 49 ) YOU GOT THE LOVE The Source featuring Candi Staton

61 ( NEW ) SHINY HAPPY PEOPLE REM
62 ( 62 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
63 ( NEW ) RESCUE ME Beverley Craven
64 ( NEW ) FEEL LIKE CHANGE Black

65 ( 59 ) HEAL THE PAIN George Michael
66 ( 64 ) HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
67 ( 40 ) ROCK THE CASBAH The Clash
68 ( NEW ) DON’T LET ME DOWN The Farm
69 ( NEW ) BABY’S COMING BACK Jellyfish

70 ( 70 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson

71 ( 71 ) KISS THEM FOR ME Siouxsie & The Banshees
72 ( 47 ) WILD THING The Troggs
73 ( NEW ) EARLY MORNING a-ha
74 ( 54 ) SEAL OUR FATE Gloria Estefan
75 ( 58 ) LOSING MY RELIGION REM

a-ha Live at Bournemouth Pavilion
1 The Sun Always Shines On TV
2 Manhattan Skyline
3 Stay On These Roads
4 Hunting High And Low
5 Take On Me
6 The Living Daylights

12th May 1991

It’s 2 weeks on top for the KLF, as Free’s 1973 top 10 is back at 2 – their best record, Wishing Well gets a Bob Clearmountain spruce-up remix, which makes it sound sharper, though I’m unsure as to whether it sounds better than the original. It’s loads better than the just-been-a-hit-yet-again All Right Now, but sadly didn’t hit as well. ELO Part II aka Bev Bevan get a first, and last, top 10 with Honest Men, while Beverley Craven takes Promise Me (gasp) into the top 20 just before both started to annoy me a bit fairly quickly, but with corrected titles this week along with REM. I heard stuff on the radio and had to remember the title (and sometimes mis-remembered). I also didn’t chart any Eurovision songs at all in this weekends contest as I couldnt recall their names either, but listed them instead in the Playlist under the country names. With the internet I can now correct that and bung them in at 76 and 77 as extras. Amina will go up, anyway, and should have won, but they gave it to the same-scoring Swedish pop-by-the-numbers entry instead. Amina was robbed! Classy.

Siouxsie rockets up to 14, on course for a last big hit after 13 years of them, and US singer Amy Grant is singing Baby Baby sweetly at 18, newly in. Jason Donovan is back with another SAW track, R.S.V.P. if you like it more than I do. In at 27. Talking of SAW, I’m shocked that the way-better Kylie track enters lower down at 52. She’ll peak higher though! NKOTB, which I’ve always dyslexically read as KNOBS, return with Call It What You Want at 70. I call it another in a series of largely disposable pop singles, but not bad as such. It’ll be 1998 before an ex-member releases a single that is better than their entire career. Give It To Me, Jordan…!

1 ( 1 ) LAST TRAIN TO TRANCENTRAL (LIVE FROM THE LOST CONTINENT) The KLF featuring Ricardo Da Force 
2 ( NEW ) WISHING WELL (REMIX) Free
3 ( 3 ) GET THE MESSAGE Electronic
4 ( 2 ) RESCUE ME Madonna
5 ( 12 ) FADING LIKE A FLOWER Roxette
6 ( 14 ) TOUCH ME (ALL NIGHT LONG) Cathy Dennis
7 ( 13 ) FUTURE LOVE PARADISE Seal
8 ( 17 ) CHUNG KUO (REVISITED) Addams & Gee
9 ( 10 ) SAILING ON THE SEVEN SEAS Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
10 ( 20 ) HONEST MEN E.L.O. Part II

11 ( 5 ) YOU’RE SO VAIN Carly Simon
12 ( 6 ) SIT DOWN James
13 ( 8 ) BORN FREE Vic Reeves & The Roman Numerals
14 ( 71 ) KISS THEM FOR ME Siouxsie & The Banshees
15 ( 4 ) MEA CULPA PART II Enigma
16 ( 11 ) LONG TRAIN RUNNING Bananarama
17 ( 18 ) THERE’S NO OTHER WAY Blur
18 ( NEW ) BABY BABY Amy Grant
19 ( 7 ) THE SHOOP SHOOP SONG (IT’S IN HIS KISS) Cher
20 ( 63 ) PROMISE ME Beverley Craven

21 ( 15 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
22 ( 30 ) THE OTHER SIDE OF SUMMER Elvis Costello
23 ( 16 ) SENZA UNA DONNA Zucchero & Paul Young
24 ( 46 ) WHEN HE’S GONE The Bee Gees
25 ( 9 ) VISION OF YOU (REMIX) Belinda Carlisle
26 ( 33 ) THANK YOU WORLD World Party
27 ( NEW ) R.S.V.P. Jason Donovan
28 ( 29 ) YOU’RE IN LOVE Wilson Phillips
29 ( 19 ) CAN YOU DIG IT? The Mock Turtles
30 ( 22 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME – CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU/HOW CAN YOU EXPECT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY? Pet Shop Boys

31 ( 24 ) GET READY Roachford
32 ( 23 ) GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers
33 ( 61 ) SHINY HAPPY PEOPLE REM
34 ( 48 ) RING RING RING De La Soul
35 ( 64 ) FEEL LIKE CHANGE Black
36 ( 39 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
37 ( 34 ) SADENESS PART I Enigma
38 ( 35 ) MERCY MERCY ME/ I WANT YOU Robert Palmer
39 ( NEW ) I DON’T EVEN KNOW IF I SHOULD CALL YOU… Soul Family Sensation
40 ( 26 ) BY MY SIDE INXS

41 ( 41 ) DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Elton John
42 ( 21 ) JUST A GROOVE Nomad
43 ( 27 ) UNFINISHED SYMPATHY Massive Attack featuring Shara Nelson
44 ( 50 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU/ MERRY CHRISTMAS DARLING Carpenters
45 ( 37 ) I DON’T WANT TO WAIT Lindy Leyton
46 ( 73 ) EARLY MORNING a-ha
47 ( 36 ) COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael
48 ( 31 ) THE SIZE OF A COW The Wonder Stuff
49 ( 38 ) GOOD BEAT Deee Lite
50 ( 51 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

51 ( NEW ) SHOCKED Kylie Minogue
52 ( 28 ) SILENT LUCIDITY Queensryche
53 ( 53 ) BEING BORING Pet Shop Boys
54 ( 55 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
55 ( 44 ) THIS IS YOUR LIFE Banderas
56 ( 32 ) HUMAN NATURE Gary Clail & The On-U Sound System
57 ( 57 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
58 ( 40 ) CHILDREN EMF
59 ( 58 ) WICKED GAME Chris Isaak
60 ( 43 ) SECRET LOVE The Bee Gees

61 ( 62 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
62 ( 47 ) JOYRIDE Roxette
63 ( 69 ) BABY’S COMING BACK Jellyfish
64 ( 52 ) LOOSE FIT Happy Mondays
65 ( 66 ) HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
66 ( 60 ) YOU GOT THE LOVE The Source featuring Candi Staton
67 ( 56 ) (I WANNA GIVE YOU) DEVOTION Nomad featuring MC Mikee Freedom
68 ( 59 ) RHYTHM OF MY HEART Rod Stewart
69 ( 70 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
70 ( NEW ) CALL IT WHAT YOU WANT New Kids On The Block

71 ( NEW ) ANASTASIA T99

72 ( 65 ) HEAL THE PAIN George Michael
73 ( NEW ) UNCONDITIONAL LOVE Susanna Hoffs
74 ( NEW ) THIS HOUSE Tracie Spencer
75 ( NEW ) RHYTHM OF LIFE Oleta Adams
76 ( NEW ) COULD IT BE Georgina & Paul Giordimaina
77 ( NEW ) C’EST LE DERNIER QUI A PARLE QUI A RAISON Amina

EUROVISION 1991 
1 NON HO L’ETA PER AMARTI Gigliola Cinquetti (1964 oldie)
2 COULD IT BE (Malta) Georgina & Paul Giordimaina
3 C’EST LE DERNIER QUI A PARLE QUI A RAISON (France) Amina

19th May 1991

It’s a first week on top for a spruced-up 1973 Rock gem, as Free get a chart-topper belatedly with the fab Wishing Well. Meanwhile Soft Cell return Tainted Love into the top 10 for the 3rd time spurred on by Marc Almond’s underwhelming new version which drops out the chart, first topped my chart 10 years earlier and still sounding great at 5. The Bee Gees make it 2 top 10’s in a row as When He’s Gone leaps to 6, and Siouxsie takes the Banshees’ top 10’s into 13 years, as Kiss Them For Me rises to 7. Jason Donovan gets a 4th top 10, RSVP I have to admit I havent heard in 30 years so no idea how it’s weathered, and Amy Grant grabs a first with Baby Baby, a song I have heard recently.

Bob Marley’s 1984 belated hit One Love is back at 22, while Color Me Badd are the highest new track with future UK chart-topper I Wanna Sex You Up, which is not nearly as racey as it sounds, merely decent teen soul pop. Pet Shop Boys’ Behaviour track Jealousy is out as a final single off the album and debuts at 34, fairly modest for such a great showstopping ballad anthem. Crystal Waters debuts with Gypsy Woman at 40 – all together now, La Da Di La Da Da.

Sonia pops back with Only Fools at 46 as UK Eurovision entry Samantha Janus scrapes in and Amina climbs fast into the top 40 with the song that was unjustly pipped at the post. Sonia’s Eurovision future is to be an improvement on Samantha’s. Kylie’s sis has some Success at 48, and Massive Attack’s brilliant debut is followed-up by the fab Safe From Harm at 60. Paul Weller is having a Movement, looking Into Tomorrow he has just spotted his new album has topped the UK charts for a 6th solo and 8th time in total including The Jam & Style Council. Still not in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame though. Prob never heard of him, I’m guessing, not as if he has been around for 44 years or anything.

1 ( 2 ) WISHING WELL (REMIX) Free
2 ( 1 ) LAST TRAIN TO TRANCENTRAL (LIVE FROM THE LOST CONTINENT) The KLF featuring Ricardo Da Force 
3 ( 5 ) FADING LIKE A FLOWER Roxette
4 ( 6 ) TOUCH ME (ALL NIGHT LONG) Cathy Dennis
5 ( NEW ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
6 ( 25 ) WHEN HE’S GONE The Bee Gees
7 ( 14 ) KISS THEM FOR ME Siouxsie & The Banshees
8 ( 4 ) RESCUE ME Madonna
9 ( 28 ) R.S.V.P. Jason Donovan
10 ( 18 ) BABY BABY Amy Grant

11 ( 3 ) GET THE MESSAGE Electronic
12 ( 36 ) FEEL LIKE CHANGE Black
13 ( 8 ) CHUNG KUO (REVISITED) Addams & Gee
14 ( 9 ) SAILING ON THE SEVEN SEAS Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
15 ( 7 ) FUTURE LOVE PARADISE Seal
16 ( 11 ) YOU’RE SO VAIN Carly Simon
17 ( 22 ) THE OTHER SIDE OF SUMMER Elvis Costello
18 ( 12 ) SIT DOWN James
19 ( 20 ) PROMISE ME Beverley Craven
20 ( 10 ) HONEST MEN E.L.O. Part II

21 ( 23 ) SENZA UNA DONNA Zucchero & Paul Young
22 ( NEW ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
23 ( 16 ) LONG TRAIN RUNNING Bananarama
24 ( 17 ) THERE’S NO OTHER WAY Blur
25 ( 27 ) THANK YOU WORLD World Party
26 ( 15 ) MEA CULPA PART II Enigma
27 ( 13 ) BORN FREE Vic Reeves & The Roman Numerals
28 ( 19 ) THE SHOOP SHOOP SONG (IT’S IN HIS KISS) Cher
29 ( 40 ) I DON’T EVEN KNOW IF I SHOULD CALL YOU… Soul Family Sensation
30 ( 21 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys

31 ( 34 ) SHINY HAPPY PEOPLE REM
32 ( NEW ) I WANNA SEX YOU UP Color Me Badd
33 ( RE ) FOOTSTEPS FOLLOWING ME Frances Nero
34 ( NEW ) JEALOUSY Pet Shop Boys
35 ( 52 ) SHOCKED Kylie Minogue
36 ( 31 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME – CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU/HOW CAN YOU EXPECT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY? Pet Shop Boys
37 ( 77 ) C’EST LE DERNIER QUI A PARLE QUI A RAISON Amina
38 ( 37 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
39 ( 29 ) YOU’RE IN LOVE Wilson Phillips
40 ( NEW ) GYPSY WOMAN Crystal Waters

41 ( 33 ) GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers
42 ( 39 ) MERCY MERCY ME/ I WANT YOU Robert Palmer
43 ( 38 ) SADENESS PART I Enigma
44 ( 42 ) DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Elton John
45 ( 45 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU/ MERRY CHRISTMAS DARLING Carpenters
46 ( NEW ) ONLY FOOLS Sonia
47 ( 26 ) VISION OF YOU (REMIX) Belinda Carlisle
48 ( NEW ) SUCCESS Dannii Minogue
49 ( 30 ) CAN YOU DIG IT? The Mock Turtles
50 ( 41 ) BY MY SIDE INXS

51 ( 51 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
52 ( 44 ) UNFINISHED SYMPATHY Massive Attack featuring Shara Nelson
53 ( 35 ) RING RING RING De La Soul
54 ( 46 ) I DON’T WANT TO WAIT Lindy Leyton
55 ( 55 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
56 ( 71 ) CALL IT WHAT YOU WANT New Kids On The Block
57 ( 32 ) GET READY Roachford
58 ( 58 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
59 ( 54 ) BEING BORING Pet Shop Boys
60 ( NEW ) SAFE FROM HARM Massive Attack featuring Shara Nelson

61 ( 60 ) WICKED GAME Chris Isaak
62 ( 62 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
63 ( 47 ) EARLY MORNING a-ha
64 ( 48 ) COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael
65 ( NEW ) INTO TOMORROW Paul Weller Movement
66 ( 66 ) HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
67 ( 56 ) THIS IS YOUR LIFE Banderas
68 ( 43 ) JUST A GROOVE Nomad
69 ( 70 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
70 ( 63 ) JOYRIDE Roxette

71 ( 69 ) RHYTHM OF MY HEART Rod Stewart
72 ( 61 ) SECRET LOVE The Bee Gees
73 ( NEW ) MESSAGE TO YOUR HEART Samantha Janus
74 ( 73 ) HEAL THE PAIN George Michael
75 ( NEW ) WONDERFUL THING Munks Of Funk

Oldies
1 DEAR JESSIE Madonna
2 ZING WENT THE STRINGS OF MY HEART The Trammps
3 FANTASY ISLAND Tight Fit

26th May 1991

It’s up to the top spot for a great forgotten Bee Gees track, the flop follow-up to a hit, When He’s Gone. I’ve always loved their flops as much as the hits, never really got why some don’t sell when they have a consistent good quality across their career. Anyways that makes a 5th for the band, with Robin an extra one solo, though they’d also been unlucky to peak at 2 on many occasions – but more chart-toppers still to come, new and old. In at 2, held off the top, The Doors reactivated classic Light My Fire is back 24 years on thanks to the movie about them, and it’s their first top 10 20 years since Riders Of The Storm debuted. Jim Morrison never made my charts while he was alive.

Color Me Badd top the UK charts and climb into my top 10, Sonia leaps into the 20 ahead of Pet Shop Boys and Amina’s Eurovision song, and we have two Minogue’s in the 40 – Shocked at that Success! Highest new track is at 36 for Kirsty MacColl, and her fabulous Walking Down Madison, quite probably my fave track of hers, love it. Seal gets a quickie new track entry while he still has one on the list, and the radio fave Highway 5 crosses the Atlantic for The Blessing, but was out of step with the UK music scene by and large, sadly. Queen rush Headlong in at 57 for a final bit of new rocking Freddie. 

1 ( 6 ) WHEN HE’S GONE The Bee Gees
2 ( NEW ) LIGHT MY FIRE The Doors
3 ( 3 ) FADING LIKE A FLOWER Roxette
4 ( 4 ) TOUCH ME (ALL NIGHT LONG) Cathy Dennis
5 ( 2 ) LAST TRAIN TO TRANCENTRAL (LIVE FROM THE LOST CONTINENT) The KLF featuring Ricardo Da Force 
6 ( 5 ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
7 ( 7 ) KISS THEM FOR ME Siouxsie & The Banshees
8 ( 32 ) I WANNA SEX YOU UP Color Me Badd
9 ( 1 ) WISHING WELL (REMIX) Free
10 ( 10 ) BABY BABY Amy Grant

11 ( 12 ) FEEL LIKE CHANGE Black
12 ( 8 ) RESCUE ME Madonna
13 ( 9 ) R.S.V.P. Jason Donovan
14 ( 22 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
15 ( 11 ) GET THE MESSAGE Electronic
16 ( 46 ) ONLY FOOLS Sonia
17 ( 34 ) JEALOUSY Pet Shop Boys
18 ( 25 ) THANK YOU WORLD World Party
19 ( 15 ) FUTURE LOVE PARADISE Seal
20 ( 37 ) C’EST LE DERNIER QUI A PARLE QUI A RAISON Amina

21 ( 16 ) YOU’RE SO VAIN Carly Simon
22 ( 14 ) SAILING ON THE SEVEN SEAS Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
23 ( 21 ) SENZA UNA DONNA Zucchero & Paul Young
24 ( 35 ) SHOCKED Kylie Minogue
25 ( 13 ) CHUNG KUO (REVISITED) Addams & Gee
26 ( 31 ) SHINY HAPPY PEOPLE REM
27 ( 18 ) SIT DOWN James
28 ( 20 ) HONEST MEN E.L.O. Part II
29 ( 29 ) I DON’T EVEN KNOW IF I SHOULD CALL YOU… Soul Family Sensation
30 ( 17 ) THE OTHER SIDE OF SUMMER Elvis Costello

31 ( 23 ) LONG TRAIN RUNNING Bananarama
32 ( 19 ) PROMISE ME Beverley Craven
33 ( 48 ) SUCCESS Dannii Minogue
34 ( 40 ) GYPSY WOMAN Crystal Waters
35 ( 24 ) THERE’S NO OTHER WAY Blur
36 ( NEW ) WALKING DOWN MADISON Kirsty MacColl
37 ( 28 ) THE SHOOP SHOOP SONG (IT’S IN HIS KISS) Cher
38 ( 60 ) SAFE FROM HARM Massive Attack featuring Shara Nelson
39 ( 38 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
40 ( 30 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys

41 ( 26 ) MEA CULPA PART II Enigma
42 ( 36 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME – CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU/HOW CAN YOU EXPECT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY? Pet Shop Boys
43 ( 45 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU/ MERRY CHRISTMAS DARLING Carpenters
44 ( 44 ) DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Elton John
45 ( 43 ) SADENESS PART I Enigma
46 ( 42 ) MERCY MERCY ME/ I WANT YOU Robert Palmer
47 ( RE ) WHAT COMES NATURALLY Sheena Easton
48 ( 27 ) BORN FREE Vic Reeves & The Roman Numerals
49 ( 51 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
50 ( 41 ) GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers

51 ( 33 ) FOOTSTEPS FOLLOWING ME Frances Nero
52 ( NEW ) HOLD ON TO THE LOVE Seal
53 ( NEW ) HIGHWAY 5 The Blessing

54 ( 39 ) YOU’RE IN LOVE Wilson Phillips
55 ( 53 ) RING RING RING De La Soul
56 ( 55 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
57 ( NEW ) HEADLONG Queen
58 ( 58 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
59 ( 56 ) CALL IT WHAT YOU WANT New Kids On The Block
60 ( 52 ) UNFINISHED SYMPATHY Massive Attack featuring Shara Nelson

61 ( 59 ) BEING BORING Pet Shop Boys
62 ( 62 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
63 ( 50 ) BY MY SIDE INXS
64 ( 61 ) WICKED GAME Chris Isaak
65 ( 49 ) CAN YOU DIG IT? The Mock Turtles
66 ( NEW ) WHENEVER YOU NEED ME T’Pau
67 ( 66 ) HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
68 ( NEW ) NOW IS TOMORROW Definition Of Sound
69 ( 69 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
70 ( 75 ) WONDERFUL THING Munks Of Funk

71 ( 47 ) VISION OF YOU (REMIX) Belinda Carlisle
72 ( NEW ) SEE THE LIGHT Simple Minds
73 ( 67 ) THIS IS YOUR LIFE Banderas
74 ( 71 ) RHYTHM OF MY HEART Rod Stewart
75 ( 74 ) HEAL THE PAIN George Michael

Classic Album Review – Carpenters (1971)

First in a series of album reviews of albums I’ve never heard in their entirety – in an effort to make me play the backlog of hundreds of albums I’ve bought and never played, reviewed as heard….

CARPENTERS – Carpenters (1971)

I love the Carpenters (note: Karen & Richard had no time for “The”, keep it simple, and annoy the rock journo’s with lush melodies and distinctly no current trends).

1. RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS 

A US hit and UK flop, it eventually got the recognition it deserved with the huge-selling Carpenters Singles 1969-73 collection, but this really should have hit in the UK, it’s slow, emotional and classy and it’s a Paul Williams song. Paul Williams is a fave of mine as singer-songwriter but has also had a good movie/TV career in stuff like Battle For The Planet of The Apes, Babylon 5, Voyager, Muppet movies, The Penguin on Batman animated series, and much much more but it’s his songs, like We’ve Only Just Begun, the Bugsy malone soundtrack, A Star Is Born soundtrack (Streisand version), Rainbow Connection (Muppets) and even Scissor Sisters (Ta Dah!) that I especially love. So, obv this one is classy!

2. SATURDAY

Used as a radio jingle in the 70’s, this is Richard singing lead on one of his own songs. It’s jolly, whimsical, and very short.

3. LET ME BE THE ONE

Back to Karen, and a song I know from way back but had forgotten I know it. Oh, another Paul Williams song (and his regular co-writer Roger Nicholls I should add). It’d got a memorable hook, though the rest of the song, while still classy, really sets up the hook more than anything else. Pretty good though.

4. A PLACE TO HIDEAWAY

This has the feel of a lush Christmas song, all it needs is sleigh bells and we’re there. Quite nice, but not quite A-league Carpenters. Sweet.

5. FOR ALL WE KNOW

The UK record label didn’t bother to release this great US hit single, at least not until Shirley Bassey had already grabbed a cover version hit and they stuck it as a bonus double A on the last single on the album (up next). Shirley’s version is pretty good, but this is better, it’s a strong song, says what it’s saying, and then finishes fairly quickly. 

6. SUPERSTAR

One of their greatest moments, I adore this aching ballad from Leon Russell and Bonnie Bramlett, both cool rock singer-writers of the era, and a signal that Karen & Richard had no qualms about moving into the rock arena for great material. Karen is at her most sad when doing tortured lost-love songs, and this should be on any list of Great Tracks of 1971, as well as Greatest Carpenters.

7. DRUSCILLA PENNY

Another quirky Richard track, all harpsichord, but it interrupts the flow of the album. At least the first one was very short, this really doesn’t belong.

8. ONE LOVE

This is better, Karen’s back doing one of Richard’s songs (and co-writer John Bettis) – that said it’s not as good as the guest writer ballads (but wait till 1972 for that to change!). S’OK.

9. BACHARACH/DAVID MEDLEY

OK they got the Carpenters a breakthrough with Close To You, and Burt & Hal have an amazing first-rate timeless catalogue of songs, but…..this was a bad idea. Know When To Leave is musak to start off with, and they ruin all the following great songs with the same jolly uptempo treatment. Carpenters don’t do “jolly” well as a rule, it’s all about the sorrow or darkness under the lush arrangements. This is rubbish. Skip.

10. SOMETIMES

Henry Mancini was a great melody writer (think Pink Panther theme, Moon River and hordes of other great scores and songs and TV themes) – so this is back to quality, as he’s involved in the arrangement. Restrained vocal & piano, which if nothing proves Karen didn’t need the lush arrangements to support her great voice. 

31 and half minutes, a bit of filler on 3 tracks, but 7 pretty good to classic ones, so, flawed but there’s greatness in there too.

My May 1971 Charts

Schoolfriend Stephen on a day trip to MacRitchie Reservoir May 1971-ish

4th May 1971

It’s a second chart-topper for Marmalade in my charts of the time, My Little One following where Reflections Of My Life had already been. The Partridge Family get a second top 10, Keith Michell a one and only, and Hot Chocolate also a 2nd of many many many top 10’s. The only new entry is the 5th Jackson 5 single in the UK, give or take a Christmas effort, as Mama’s Pearl is in at 18.

In the USA “All In The Family” was about to storm the Emmy’s, as their version of “Till Death Us Do Part” brings a new cynical. political sitcom into the mainstream almost a decade after the UK had done the same. I never liked either one as the bigoted abrasive central character was too annoying to bear sitting through, and I don’t recall ever laughing at either one either. My taste is still with The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which would remain a fond and highly-regarded sitcom, political in its own quiet way, but a much-more positive and loveable fashion, and the super-wonderful Betty White would go on to win more Emmy’s than any other actor (though now equalled) and has been working in TV and movies for over 75 years, and is still sharp, witty and funny at the age of 99. Total legend.

1 ( 2 ) MY LITTLE ONE – Marmalade
2 ( 1 ) KNOCK THREE TIMES – Dawn
3 ( 5 ) SOMETHING OLD SOMETHING NEW – The Fantastics
4 ( 3 ) ANOTHER DAY – Paul McCartney
5 ( 6 ) MOZART 40 – Waldo De Los Rios
6 ( 4 ) HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN? – Creedence Clearwater Revival
7 ( 17 ) DOESN’T SOMEBODY WANT TO BE WANTED – The Partridge Family
8 ( 18 ) I’LL GIVE YOU YOU THE EARTH – Keith Michell
9 ( 13 ) YOU COULD’VE BEEN A LADY – Hot Chocolate
10 ( 8 ) HOT LOVE – T.Rex

11 ( 7 ) FUNNY FUNNY – The Sweet
12 ( 9 ) (WHERE DO I BEGIN?) LOVE STORY – Andy Williams
13 ( 11 ) JACK IN THE BOX – Clodagh Rodgers
14 ( 19 ) INDIANA WANTS ME – R. Dean Taylor
15 ( 15 ) ROSE GARDEN – Lynn Anderson
16 ( 14 ) DOUBLE BARREL – Dave & Ansell Collins
17 ( 16 ) BRIDGET THE MIDGET – Ray Stevens
18 ( NEW ) MAMA’S PEARL – The Jackson 5
19 ( 10 ) IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo Starr
20 ( 12 ) ROSETTA – Fame & Price Together

11th May 1971 Charts Of The Time

It’s 2 weeks on top for Marmalade as The Partridge Family threaten a 2nd chart-topper at 2, R.Dean Taylor is chased by the Indiana Police up to 5, and Neil Diamond is all mellow at entering at 8, his 3rd top 10 inside 5 months, I Am…I Said, he exclaims with imagery of palm trees, which certainly spoke to me and my sunny, lazy, tropical Singapore lifestyle at the time. I could do with some more of that. The Jackson 5 get a 5th top 10, and new in is Bruce Ruffin;s reggae cover of Jose Feliciano’s Rain, at 19, and The Elgins Heaven Must Have Sent You, a 60’s Northern Soul stomper, is in at 20.

1 ( 1 ) MY LITTLE ONE – Marmalade
2 ( 7 ) DOESN’T SOMEBODY WANT TO BE WANTED – The Partridge Family
3 ( 5 ) MOZART 40 – Waldo De Los Rios
4 ( 2 ) KNOCK THREE TIMES – Dawn
5 ( 14 ) INDIANA WANTS ME – R. Dean Taylor
6 ( 8 ) I’LL GIVE YOU YOU THE EARTH – Keith Michell
7 ( 3 ) SOMETHING OLD SOMETHING NEW – The Fantastics
8 ( NEW ) I AM…I SAID – Neil Diamond
9 ( 6 ) HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN? – Creedence Clearwater Revival
10 ( 18 ) MAMA’S PEARL – The Jackson 5

11 ( 10 ) HOT LOVE – T.Rex
12 ( 11 ) FUNNY FUNNY – The Sweet
13 ( 12 ) (WHERE DO I BEGIN?) LOVE STORY – Andy Williams
14 ( 9 ) YOU COULD’VE BEEN A LADY – Hot Chocolate
15 ( 15 ) ROSE GARDEN – Lynn Anderson
16 ( 16 ) DOUBLE BARREL – Dave & Ansell Collins
17 ( 17 ) BRIDGET THE MIDGET – Ray Stevens
18 ( 19 ) IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo Starr
19 ( NEW ) RAIN – Bruce Ruffin
20 ( NEW ) HEAVEN MUST HAVE SENT YOU – The Elgins

18th May 1971

It’s back in tropical Singapore for me, 50 years ago, and I was loving the lazy tropical-sounding I Am.. I Said, giving Neil Diamond a second chart-topper inside 6 months – and never again for the next 50 years, despite popping in now and again. Elvis cropped up in a Top 10 chart rundown that I managed to record on my reel-to-reel, it had 2 Jackson 5 tracks, and Elvis in it, including this OTT slab of high 50’s cheese, as Elvis tries to destroy Rags To Riches. I liked it though. Meanwhile in The UK Tony Christie was crooning a double-murder ballad which I didn;t get to hear till the end of the year Chart rundown, by which time he was already on a little ditty called Amarillo which didn’t do nearly as well in the charts. Not for 35 years at any rate.

1 ( 8 ) I AM…I SAID – Neil Diamond
2 ( 1 ) MY LITTLE ONE – Marmalade
3 ( 2 ) DOESN’T SOMEBODY WANT TO BE WANTED – The Partridge Family
4 ( 6 ) I’LL GIVE YOU YOU THE EARTH – Keith Michell
5 ( 4 ) KNOCK THREE TIMES – Dawn
6 ( 3 ) MOZART 40 – Waldo De Los Rios
7 ( 10 ) MAMA’S PEARL – The Jackson 5
8 ( 5 ) INDIANA WANTS ME – R. Dean Taylor
9 ( 9 ) HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN? – Creedence Clearwater Revival
10 ( 7 ) SOMETHING OLD SOMETHING NEW – The Fantastics

11 ( 11 ) HOT LOVE – T.Rex
12 ( NEW ) RAGS TO RICHES – Elvis Presley
13 ( 13 ) (WHERE DO I BEGIN?) LOVE STORY – Andy Williams
14 ( 12 ) FUNNY FUNNY – The Sweet
15 ( 16 ) DOUBLE BARREL – Dave & Ansell Collins
16 ( 19 ) RAIN – Bruce Ruffin
17 ( 17 ) BRIDGET THE MIDGET – Ray Stevens
18 ( 20 ) HEAVEN MUST HAVE SENT YOU – The Elgins
19 ( NEW ) I DID WHAT I DID FOR MARIA – Tony Christie
20 ( 14 ) YOU COULD’VE BEEN A LADY – Hot Chocolate

Wot I liked then 25th May 1971

It’s another week on top for Neil Diamond as The Jackson 5 get second consecutive number 2 with Mama’s Pearl, and Elvis having his highest charting track since The Wonder Of You as Rags To Riches gives OTT vibes at 6. Peter Noone, now an ex-Herman’s Hermits, covers David Bowie’s Oh You Pretty Things, in at 13, and Peter teaches Bowie an important lesson – don’t tell personal family details (about his brother) to tattle-mouths, as Noone repeats it all to a journalist in Record Mirror. Lady Rose becomes the first Mungo Jerry track to make the radio airwaves in Singapore since In The Summertime, being somewhat more tuneful than Baby Jump, and Tami Lynn debuts with 1975 chart-topper, and former 1966 flop, I’m Gonna Run Away From You, terrific Northern Soul. Not quite as old, but still late to the UK party, The Delfonics fab Didn’t I Blow Your Mind finally charts.

In the news of the day, Russians become the first nation to crash land a spacecraft on Mars. There will be many many more failures over the decades, showing landing on a planet with thin atmosphere and lots of slopes and boulders isn’t as easy as it sounds. This week in movies, the fab Escape From The Planet Of The Apes, the third in the franchise, was released – though I wouldn’t get to see it till it did the rounds of RAF Cinemas in the UK, late in 1971 early 1972. Still a powerful twist on the theme of the brilliant original. Roddy McDowell became a big fave actor as a result. In the UK The Two Ronnies were starting up their long run, while in the US the landmark The Ed Sullivan Show was about to gasp it’s last 2 shows. I was viewing the latter 1970/71 shows, I wouldn’t get to see the former until 1972. 

1 ( 1 ) I AM…I SAID – Neil Diamond
2 ( 7 ) MAMA’S PEARL – The Jackson 5
3 ( 2 ) MY LITTLE ONE – Marmalade
4 ( 3 ) DOESN’T SOMEBODY WANT TO BE WANTED – The Partridge Family
5 ( 5 ) KNOCK THREE TIMES – Dawn
6 ( 12 ) RAGS TO RICHES – Elvis Presley
7 ( 6 ) MOZART 40 – Waldo De Los Rios
8 ( 4 ) I’LL GIVE YOU YOU THE EARTH – Keith Michell
9 ( NEW ) LADY ROSE – Mungo Jerry
10 ( 8 ) INDIANA WANTS ME – R. Dean Taylor

11 ( 9 ) HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN? – Creedence Clearwater Revival
12 ( 11 ) HOT LOVE – T.Rex
13 ( NEW ) OH YOU PRETTY THINGS – Peter Noone
14 ( 13 ) (WHERE DO I BEGIN?) LOVE STORY – Andy Williams
15 ( 14 ) FUNNY FUNNY – The Sweet
16 ( 15 ) DOUBLE BARREL – Dave & Ansell Collins
17 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU – Tami Lynn
18 ( 16 ) RAIN – Bruce Ruffin
19 ( 20 ) YOU COULD’VE BEEN A LADY – Hot Chocolate
20 ( NEW ) DIDN’T I BLOW YOUR MIND (THIS TIME) – The Delfonics

The Radio One All-Time Top 100 Listeners Chart of 1974 (Part 3 80-71)

80. IT’S NOW OR NEVER – Elvis Presley (1960)

It’s The Pelvis again, three tracks already in the rundown, this time his mega-ballad adapted from the Italian O Sole Mio song, and very Italian-sounding it is too, dramatic and semi-operatic. Elvis does a decent job, though it’s no Jailhouse Rock or Heartbreak Hotel, and it’s his biggest international hit selling over 20 million copies, including achieving the feat of entering the UK charts at Number One after building up demand on a late release. Still pretty-well-known, and beloved of Elvis impersonators across the globe (still an ongoing industry) I think the main surprise here is that isn’t higher on the rundown – especially considering what’s to come from Elvis, given 10% of the chart is comprised of Elvis hits. The ups and downs of popularity of individual tracks is fascinating…

79. HELP! – The Beatles (1965)

Incredibly one of only 2 Beatles tracks on the rundown, Help! was hugely famous and popular, not least helped by the movie of the same name which I remember seeing at the cinema and for the first time in my life having the Fab Four in glorious technicolour. UK TV (2 channels) was black and white until the late 60’s so this is how we all saw our pop stars – black and white. You had to go the pictures to see the biggest pop stars, and the biggest were Elvis, then Cliff, then The Beatles, in terms of hit movies. John wrote the song at a time when their songs were getting more sophisticated, and he was starting to use his own emotional and mental state as subject matter (in this case the pressures of massive global success). Despite the lack of global media, in comparison to today, The Beatles WERE the 60’s in terms of pop culture and musical creativity, and massive popularity to the extent that they had the entire US top 5 – in the days before album tracks qualified to invade actual singles charts. They had around 10 or 12 in the US Hot 100, and in an alternate universe where streaming was a thing in 1964/65 they would have 100% certainly have charted every track on all their albums and EP’s to boot (2 a year of each, bare minimum) and a lot of them for more than a quick curiosity-driven in-and-out from playlists. Just to put it in historical perspective…

So how did we only get 2 Beatles tracks when Elvis has 10? Partly, Elvis had a nearly-20-year-group of potential voters, partly latterday Beatles fans appealed to both sexes where voters likely were majority female, and partly The Beatles had so many classic tracks that the votes might have been spread more thinly over a lot of tracks with the result that 10 or 20 of them might have just fallen short of the final. Certainly, by 1976, a mere two years later, and despite huge-selling Red & Blue double-albums (which were selling well during the voting period), The Beatles biggest singles were one still to come on the rundown, Yesterday (the most-recorded-song of the 20th century), Get Back, Paperback Writer (due to it’s use as a TV arts show theme), Help! and Strawberry Fields, as all made the UK top 50 charts that year when all Beatles singles were re-issued. The rest all peaked outside the top 50, but not that far outside. Elvis also had the same re-issue “boxed sets on record shop counters” advantage The Beatles reissues had had, but none of them charted until Elvis took the career-boosting decision to die suddenly and morph into a legend rather than struggle on as the Las Vegas mess he’d actually become.

78. BOBBY’S GIRL – Susan Maughan (1963)

Know this one? Thought not. It’s kind of been forgotten about, along with Susan Maughan, but for a couple of years she was pretty big in terms of TV appearances in the UK, and this cover smash hit was a huge fave of 5-year-old little John. More, it was my earliest pop record obsession (excluding kiddie novelty tracks). I was mad on it, and remained fond of it through to 1974, so I’m guessing a lot of teens my age or a bit older still felt motivated to vote for it. Not me – there were other more recent tracks I loved more by then, and other vintage records I loved way more, but y’know, you never forget your first love. The song had been a US hit for Marcie Blaine in 1962, but where Susan Maughan’s version was a total full-on belter of a vocal and orchestral arrangement (Bobby better not turn her down!) Marcie’s is schoolgirly and soppy, and clearly she still is a kid, despite the lyrics saying she isn’t. Susan was all woman! Fairly obviously, a product of the time, and the submissive girlie doesn’t work these days, not least aided and abetted by comedian Tracey Ullman covering it in 1983, her pop career being more a fun retro-nostalgia trip with more than a bit of mickey-taking in it.

77. FROM A JACK TO A KING – Ned Miller (1957)

Well, I can vouch this was popular amongst mums and dads in their mid-30’s, as my parents really liked this, along with the vast majority of 50’s country hits which they’d grown-up with in their teen years and early 20’s. As I wasn’t born, and it was never amongst my parents’ record-collection I remain unmoved by it. I knew it a bit, and always regarded it as hopefully old-fashioned, while aware people of a certain age were fans. I was mystified though, why it got voted into the best 100, still am, when there are so many more better records from that era that could have qualified: anything (absolutely anything!) by Buddy Holly for a start, who is also entirely absent from the list, despite It Doesn’t Matter Anymore being still-great in 1974. Ah well, this has been forgotten these days, along with Country Music reluctant-star Ned Miller, and Buddy Holly hasn’t.

76. ALL RIGHT NOW – Free (1970)

One of those Rock monsters that has, to a certain extent, passed me by. I mean, I like it, I’ve always liked since I first became aware of it in 1973 when it made the charts again after peaking at 2 in 1970 while I lived in Singapore blissfully unaware that a throbbing driving rock classic was a thing in the UK charts. It’s just that, after being a hit again in 1978, and again in the 80’s, and again remixed in the 90’s, and never since being off oldies radio I’m, errr, sick of hearing it and have been for at least 20 years. So, yes it was a biggie, and would have been fresh in voters minds who could vote for a current-ish hit and get by the 2-years-old rule, and yes it’s recognised as a classic, but I’ll take either Little Bit Of Love (my first introduction to Free) or the sublime Wishing Well which pisses all over this but isn;t well-known at all. There may also have been a bit of “awww!” voting going on as Free had just split-up and Paul Rodgers (future Freddie Mercury Queen vocalist stand-in) had just started with Bad Company who’s Can’t Get Enough debut single was a plodding copy of this much better song.

75. WOODSTOCK – Matthews Southern Comfort (1970)

Talking of 1970 biggies, here’s a hippie classic that isn’t as remembered these days as Free’s rock classic is – Ex-Fairport Convention member Iain Matthews filled the description “one-hit wonder” pretty much with this soft-rock version of the Joni Mitchell song about the legendary hippie rock festival Woodstock – not that she was there, she saw it on TV – and which Crosby, Stills & Nash had covered and grabbed a US hit out of. Neither version made the UK charts, but this softer, slower, sweet harmony version went all the way to the top of the charts, and is much more polished (some would say more commercial, but I think it brings out the qualities of the song better). This was an oldie I also didn’t know at the time, but by 1974 had caught it a few times and was very much a fan of (I bought it as an oldie). Ian Matthews did more than just this (for example he had a US hit with 1979’s fab Shake It), and has been prolific within the music industry for 50+ years right up to 2020 and his most-recent digital single, so I’m glad he’s on the list cos I don’t think he’d make a similar list these days, too many other acts have stood the test of time better than a one-hit-wonder could compete with.

74. MR. TAMBOURINE MAN – The Byrds (1965)

Bob Dylan is another 60’s giant who doesn’t appear in the rundown. Granted, he never had what you call a massive commercial hit, the nearest he came was the still-iconic Like A Rolling Stone which would appear close to the top 10 of any critically-acclaimed list of Greatest 60’s list, and probably much lower down a popular hits of the 60’s list these days. The Byrds, like many a 60’s act, covered Dylan songs, and this chart-topping electric riff treatment of it was pretty influential in records of the mid-60’s and beyond, including the Beatles (folk pop as a sub-genre of folk, and Roger McGuinn’s 12-string rickenbacker sparking sales in the guitar). David Crosby moved on to Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1967, and everyone else also left until only Roger McGuinn remained, but they hadn’t finished in the influence department – the psychedelic Eight Miles High is probably my fave from their back-catalogue, though this one is still a perennial radio staple. So, one of those Critically-acclaimed tracks, influential tracks, that is also still popular and almost as well-known as it was way back when. Cos it’s still great and hasn’t dated in the same way that a lot of the stuff on this list from the early 60’s have.

73. THE WONDER OF YOU – Elvis Presley (1970)

It’s that man again! This was Elvis first UK chart-topper in 5 years, and was essentially an introduction to younger Las Vegas Elvis, as entertainer covering a standard oldie, his new business model, which worked beautifully at first, before becoming a huge albatross round his neck, from a quality threshold point of view. Now I loved this at the time, topped my charts, loved Elvis (my 2nd-ever vinyl single purchase was In The Ghetto, Elvis as social-commentary in 1969, as he reached a creative high on several singles that he’d not been on for quite some time), mum is still a massive fan – she has advanced dementia but put on Elvis and she’s up and dancing, or crying right away. This one would bring her tears, as a power ballad. So, yes, we all loved this one back in 1974 even if his current singles were pretty crappy by that point. Would it make the hypothetical 2021 list? No. It’s still rousing, but it’s also a bit cheesy, and cheesy has to be singalong fun. Sweet Caroline, f’rinstance. Everyone loves Sweet Caroline, it sells on itunes every week in 2021, pops in and out of the weekly sales charts (and does pretty well on streaming to boot) and EVERYONE knows it. Sweet Caroline is not on this list, nor are any other Neil Diamond tracks or songs.

72. SOMETHING IN THE AIR – Thunderclap Newman (1969)

One of my all-time favourite records, the third single I ever bought (in Singapore), and a massive “time for change” message that mirrored fractured society at the time, with war, social movements aplenty, and injustice rife throughout the world. So you’d think that this rockballad anthem might still be relevant in 2021. Apparently not, it hasn’t remained as popular as it once was by any stretch of the imagination, despite occasional covers and media spots – yet to me it’s as fresh and moving and powerful as it was the day Pete Townsend produced it to grab the UK top spot that had been denied The Who. The Who are also not on the rundown. No My Generation. No I Can See For Miles. No Pinball Wizard. Boys records you see, for the most part, who weren’t prepared to spend the price of a stamp for some radio poll. Not when there were actual records or ciggies or a pint you could buy instead. Hey ho. Anyway, I would easily have placed this inside my own top 30 All-Time in 1974, and I still don’t see me excluding it from a top 100 as it means too much to me not to. Thunderclap Newman never had another hit, though writer & singer Speedy Keen did give it a go for a few years solo, and guitarist Jimmy McCulloch ended up in Paul McCartney’s Wings before dying of a heroine overdose in 1979, and all 3 members are now sadly gone.

71. SILENCE IS GOLDEN – The Tremeloes (1967)

Time for the Summer Of Love, 1967, everything hippie, Sgt. Pepper, All You Need Is Love and all that. Just kidding, it’s this harmony pop song that was once very popular, but not so much these days: Silence Is Golden by The Trems. The one-time hitmaking rocking Brian Poole & The Tremeloes had split into two acts, with the backing band ending up with the hits, mostly jolly pop songs that kids and older folk could enjoy. I admit I loved this one, and The Tremeloes, but time has been less kind to the boys – better known for having Chesney Hawkes dad in the band these days. Silence Is Golden is a cover of a Four Seasons song – the US group were writing hit after hit throughout the 60’s and into the 70’s – but it wasn’t until 2 years after this countdown that they got their own number one, by which time there had been yet another cover chart-topper from the then-popular Bay City Rollers, who were mercifully not eligible to be voted for, bar one track. The Four Seasons, sadly, with dozens of famous songs are not on the list, not even with the cracking number 2 hit Rag Doll. Unlike The Trems, The Four Seasons have stood the test of time – Jersey Boys, a musical based on their chaotic life story (The mafia! Bankruptcy!) ran for years and years and spun-off a movie directed by Clint Eastwood. The Trems have spun-off The One And Only (and mostly that’s Nik Kershaw anyway). Me, I’ll happily put on Me And My Life, Call Me (Number One) or their hit version of Cat Stevens Here Comes My Baby, any of which would have been better choices than this one, though admittedly they were never as popular as Silence Is Golden. I did catch them in the 80’s, though, in a concert which might best be described as a “bit cabaret”.

 
 

The Radio One All-Time Top 100 Listeners Chart of 1974 (Part 2 90-81)

90. ELOISE – Barry Ryan (1968)

So here’s an all-time fave of mine, topped my charts as a ten-year-old, cos it was (and is) EPIC. It starts off pretty big, and 5 minutes it’s in the territory of sweeping orchestral choir-filled thumping frantic passionate ballad hysteria. I mean, when I say “hysteria” I mean actual vocal hysteria. No-one has ever approached Barry Ryan’s climactic 30 seconds on record that I’ve heard. The 60’s was a time of the sweeping epic cinematic ballad, a format that seems to have largely died out in recent decades give or take the odd McAlmont-Butler, Pet Shop Boys or Trevor Horn production, but Eloise ranks among the very best of the genre, and the teen idol Barry Ryan (his twin brother Paul now doing only songwriting and production) had a run of 4 years of great (minor) hit-singles, and one monster: this one. It was still admired in 1974, and was still admired in 1986 when punk band The Damned put their own spin on it for another top 3 smash – Barry hit 2 in the charts. A decent version, but is it EPIC? Nah. THIS is how you do “Epic”….

89. RETURN TO SENDER – Elvis Presley (1962)

The first big Elvis hit on the countdown pulls in at 89, fresh from the Girls! Girls! Girls! film, The King being quite the cheesy movie star by this time, bunging out hit film after hit film for a good 12 or 13 years, 2 a year. Basically the extended videos of their era, then. Most of the films were rubbish, but I can tolerate nostalgic efforts like Fun In Acapulco and Speedway, which had Nancy Sinatra doing a duet. An actual duet with Elvis. Sort of. Unheard of! Return To Sender? S’OK. Easy to sing, short n sweet middle of the road pop, not Elvis at his best though, not Pop Elvis, not Ballad Elvis, not Gospel Elvis and not Rock’n’Roll Elvis. It is, however, better than Vegas-Elvis. I think it remained popular as it has a certain quaint charm in the lyrics, but there is much better to come, and plenty of better Elvis tracks that aren’t on the list.

88. THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE – The Walker Brothers (1966)

Talking of Eloise, here’s another 60’s Epic sweeping production from the USA’s Walker Brothers, the trio were not brothers, nor named Walker, and were huge in the UK, but not the USA – Scott Walker, though, was the main man and as solo artist moved to the UK/France/Europe music scene and became a cult with Jacques-Brel-inspired solo epic productions like Jackie, which was banned at the time on radio and is more or less banned these days too, but for different reasons. Stupid reasons, but there you go. This Four Seasons cover is an example of taking a decent sad pop record, and transforming into a heart-wrenching, End Of The World-feeling break-up song. When I’m stressed to the nth and needing emotional release, this has been one of a handful of Go-To records for me for the best part of 35 years now. It drips emotion, a guaranteed 3-minute goosebump-fest that has me in tears if I attempt to singalong. Genius. Cher had a go, now there’s a woman who can wring emotion out of a song when she tries, but it doesn’t even come close. No other version does. Totally deserving of a place in any All-Time Top 100, then and now.

87. THE TWELFTH OF NEVER – Cliff Richard (1964)

Just as Elvis was going down an MOR pop route in the early 60’s so too his UK rival, Clifford of Richard, not yet a Knight of the Order of the Garter. Listen to this and ponder demanding that knighthood and OBE back! What a pile of cack. So what was this mushy pedestrian cover of a lush Johnny Mathis song doing in the rundown? Well, Cliff and Elvis fans were very clearly out in force (the vast majority women in their 20’s and 30’s) but that still doesn’t explain why this track was in and others were out. No Move It. No Summer Holiday. No The Next Time. No The Day I Met Marie. All vastly better records from his back catalogue. The answer is fairly easy: Donny Osmond. Donny had hit the top spot with his not-quite-so-rubbish cover of the song mere months before, so I’m guessing that some Donny fans voted for the song (but forgot to the write the artist name down) and some Cliff fans were pissed off at Donny’s version and voted for it out of support for the bachelor boy.

86. (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED AND BLACK – Bob Marcia (1970)

Reggae! This Nina Simone minor US hit from 1969 got the reggae cover treatment in 1970 from Bob & Marcia, which was a burgeoning list of success for Jamaican acts (and others) re-inventing soul & blues songs in the fresh new ska and reggae format which had burst out big a year or two earlier in the UK, and to a lesser extent the USA, not least thanks to the Windrush generation. This was a big UK hit, and the central message of black pride struck a note with everyone who liked reggae and/or supported the sentiment. That wasn’t me in 1970, due to being out the country, but by 1974 I’d heard it and loved it, and it was a huge hit in my charts shortly after this poll as it was reissued and almost made the charts again. It’s a great song, and a great performance. The music industry paid close attention to this poll, as will become very very clear as we go through the list and see how many of the higher-placed tracks became hits all over again in 1974/75 and beyond. 

85. JAILHOUSE ROCK – Elvis Presley (1957)

Well, if any Elvis track deserves to be on the countdown it’s this one, The King at his most rocking-est, taken from an early movie that wasn’t just conveyor-belt romantic-fluff pap, and so good it topped the UK charts again in the next century. So, no complaints, just the question why it’s so low given the general Elvis invasion of this list – this is the 2nd of 10 tracks, and the 2nd-most deserving of the 10. It’s short, punchy, and famous, and at 17 years-old one of the oldest tracks on the list. If anything, it makes it look like male fans of 50’s rock weren’t voting in such numbers, so I can only assume they were either listening to Terry Wogan & Jimmy Young on Radio 2, or they were too busy at work to know about the poll. As a teen I had plenty of time to catch the radio (or today it would be streaming as well) and traditionally housewives would also have had more time for polls and stuff.

84. RIDE A WHITE SWAN – T.Rex (1970)

Well, this one swooped into like a game-changer in late 1970, as it set up Glam Rock as the next phase in UK pop, and as usual the bloody BBc wiped everything from the era, so no Top Of The Pops clip, or anything else from anywhere else of that period of the great Marc Bolan pouting like a hippie elf en route from acoustic Donavon to the Primary electric guitar pop star of the day. This track was the big T.Rex breakthrough and even charted in the USA albeit a minor hit, and was a perky crossover between the bongo-strumming Tyrannosaurus Rex, beloved of hippie DJ & mate John Peel, and out and out pop star, not beloved of John Peel who tended to look down on pop, like most musos of the time. Quite why this (great) track is on the list, and bigger, classic hits Hot Love, Get It On and Jeepster aren’t, is a mystery. I can only guess T.Rex fans were splitting votes over 6 or 7 tracks, and not listening to the rules by voting for hits from 1972 and 1973! Hey ho!

83. RUNAWAY – Del Shannon (1961)

At the top end of the US Teen Idol post-rock’n’roll invasion, Del Shannon had his hits using his band member’s trademark clavioline electric keyboard “fairground” sound, and were generally uptempo angst-ridden tales of lost love, Runaway being the biggest and best of all of them, and a genuine Hall Of Fame classic. It was great then, it’s still great now, though less-well-known – Kasabian gave a good old go at a live cover on Dermot O’Leary’s show in 2011, but it’s yet to get a prime movie spot or the like to give it a new generational boost. Del was pretty popular in the UK with hard-core fans voting an obscure track that was never an A side and had been entirely forgotten about by 1974, never mind 2021, much higher in the list, just to smash any credibility of genuine overall popularity. Fan clubs, eh, tch! He was probably on tour or something.

82. LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) – Edison Lighthouse (1970)

A tropical Singapore pop smash for me, where I was living at the time it was a hit, in the housing suburbs a few miles from RAF Changi, so in my mind it’s multi-coloured, lush nostalgia and a fab UK pop song that rattles along beautifully, written by hit songwriters Tony Macauley (see Build Me Up Buttercup) and Barry Mason (more to come on him) and sung by Ultimate Studio vocalist Tony Burrows who featured in the UK charts under many guises from 1967 through 1974 (many of them simultaneously, 3 in the case of early 1970 when this topped), but this was his biggest. I’m peeved the TOTP clip is in black & white, but at least someone rescued that episode on videotape. I’d also rate his other tracks, The Flowerpot Men’s Beach-Boys-ish Let’s Go To San Fransisco, and 1974’s Beach Baby under the band name First Class. Still quite popular, and a genuinely good inclusion, though I’d doubt it would make a top 100 of the era these days.

81. JULIETTE – The Four Pennies (1964)

Harking back to an earlier musical period in style, Juliette was a sweet tune, and one I loved as a 6-year-old-Doctor-Who-and-Pop-music-obsessed kiddie living in Chesham, about as far from London on the London Underground as you could get. Even as late as 1974 this old-fashioned sentimental harmony tune was still giving me waves of nostalgia and joy – and apparently lots of other people too – though it’s bizarre being 16 and getting all nostalgic for stuff from 10 years before, that very much did sound very old-fashioned by then. I’m still fond of it, a bit, but let’s be honest, these largely one-hit wonders have been forgotten in the 21st century, and there is no way it would make a top 500 Best Of The 60’s in any poll these days, let alone top 100 of 1954 to 1972.

My May 2021 Charts

2nd May 2021

It’s 2 weeks on top for The Supremes’ 1966 mini-classic, the inspiration for Hall & Oates Maneater, Stevie Wonder’s Part Time Lover and a zillion others. Wolf Alice remain the best current track of the last 2 months, but a few are getting a look in the top 10, all of them firsts except Kylie who keeps the Disco album increasing the top 10’s: the 8th off it. Texas get their highest-charting since 2013 with the Donna Summer sample, with highest new entry from Will Young, covering Bat For Lashes Daniel, 19 years since he debuted and 12 years since Daniel went top 10.

Alabama 3 have been absent for 20 years from the chart, but return 23 years on from debut Ain’t Goin’ To Goa with a 4th track, Whacked. Of similar vintage is Moby’s revamp with current artists replacing blues samples on Natural Blues, top 10 in 2000 originally. And adding to their current runs we have Suzi Quatro, Billie Eilish, Noel Gallagher and Bright Light Bright Light, with Aphrodite’s Child debuting with a 50-year-old progrock track Four Horsemen, 5 years since they last had an oldie in my chart, and 46 years since they first had an oldie in my chart: 1972’s brilliant Break charted in 1975, so they have never charted while still active, though both band members Demis Roussos and Vangelis have had quite a few in between.

1 1 1 12 MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU – The Supremes 536600
2 2 1 9 THE LAST MAN ON EARTH – Wolf Alice 1125400
3 5 1 11 NEED A LITTLE LOVE – The Fratellis 880600
4 4 2 6 SAVE YOUR TEARS – Rose Gray 505000
5 11 5 2 TILL FOREVER FALLS APART – Ashe & FINNEAS 97000
6 6 3 10 LEAVE A LITTLE LOVE – Alesso & Armin van Buuren 484950
7 3 1 13 SAND – Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood 492150
8 20 8 4 DANCE FLOOR DARLING – Kylie Minogue 104700
9 13 9 2 STRONGER – Blinkie featuring House Gospel Choir 77000
10 15 10 2 LAZYBABY – Dove Cameron 69000

11 7 5 6 BEST OF ME – ARTBAT & Sailor & I 277000
12 8 6 6 FOLLOWING THE SUN – SUPER-HI and Neeka 268000
13 9 9 6 BOOM – X Ambassadors 200750
14 10 9 6 DON’T BE A STRANGER – Ward Thomas featuring Cam 200300
15 27 15 4 MIDNIGHT MASQUERADE – Asher Monroe 64650
16 18 16 5 DEJA VU – Olivia Rodrigo 69550
17 17 17 6 BOUND – RY X 114000
18 12 12 6 TINY RIOT – Sam Ryder 131350
19 45 19 4 MR HAZE – Texas 46300
20 38 20 3 BUCCANEER RUM JUM – Smith & Burrows 48200

21 14 7 8 LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE – Zara Larsson 270250
22 25 22 4 KEEP MOVING – Jungle 68850
23 33 23 3 CAN’T HURRY LOVE – Gabrielle 50450
24 28 24 2 STARSTRUCK – Years & Years 37300
25 19 19 7 SPACESHIPS – Bonn 113500
26 26 26 11 YOU’RE THE FIRST, THE LAST, MY EVERYTHING – Barry White 187750
27 16 11 8 FOLLOW YOU – Imagine Dragons 182500
28 40 28 3 MORE THAN A MIRACLE – The Blow Monkeys 40900
29 21 1 12 LOVE CHILD – Diana Ross & The Supremes 1137950
30 49 30 2 DON’T YOU GIVE UP ON ME – Lissie 30100

31 23 2 10 NEW WAVE – Bow Anderson 498150
32 22 5 10 THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY – Hunter Hayes 350350
33 48 33 2 YOUR FANDANGO – Todd Rundgren & Sparks 30000
34 36 34 13 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 138400
35 24 17 8 SLOW CLAP – Gwen Stefani 147200
36 64 36 2 COLOUR ME IN – Hayley Williams 24500
37 55 37 5 HOW DOES IT FEEL – London Grammar 46700
38 30 30 9 JOHN HUGHES MOVIE – Maisie Peters 104200
39 52 39 3 SEIZE THE DAY – Paul McCartney featuring Phoebe Bridgers 39200
40 44 40 7 CRY – Godley & Creme 76650

41 29 29 7 DEEPEST LONELY – Birdy 88600
42 37 4 12 EYES WITHOUT A FACE (POOLSIDE REMIX) – Billy Idol 359000
43 32 5 12 COVER ME IN SUNSHINE – P!nk & Willow Sage Hart 409950
44 34 20 8 ONE LAST TIME – LP 128100
45 57 45 5 SUMMER 91 (LOOKING BACK) – Noizu 44800
46 35 9 10 HIGHER – Clean Bandit featuring Iann Dior 264200
47 63 47 2 HEAR MY VOICE – Celeste 19700
48 50 48 11 BRING ON THE LUCIE (FREDA PEEPLE) – John Lennon 87250
49 39 7 11 FIREWORKS – Purple Disco Machine featuring Moss Kena & The Knocks 304800
50 53 50 7 LET ME HOLD YOU – Netsky & Hybrid Minds 68050

51 42 2 15 WHEN YOU SAY IT – Just Kiddin’ 656050
52 58 52 3 FREEDOM WAS A HIGHWAY – Jimmie Allen & Brad Paisley 28900
53 NEW 53 1 DANIEL – Will Young 11250
54 31 16 4 SING, SING, SING – Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 78900
55 56 55 6 DIAMOND VEINS – French 79 featuring Sarah Rebecca 48700
56 41 27 7 SKANKIN’ SWEET – Chronixx 101900
57 NEW 57 1 WHACKED – Alabama 3 10400
58 43 32 8 FLY ABOVE – Mahmut Orhan & Sena Serner 96100
59 61 59 5 LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD – Pat Benatar 37800
60 54 6 12 STONED LOVE – The Supremes 289950

61 46 18 9 YOU’RE NOT SPECIAL – McFly 142150
62 67 62 5 YOU AIN’T LOVE – The Shapeshifters featuring Teni Tinks 30200
63 66 63 2 GOOD INTENTIONS – Boy George 14000
64 59 1 14 OTRA ERA – Javiera Mena 767600
65 51 27 9 BLACK HOLE – Griff 138050
66 NEW 66 1 NATURAL BLUES – Moby featuring Gregory Porter & Amethyst Kiah 6800
67 70 67 3 ON MY OWN – Patti Labelle & Michael McDonald 17600
68 74 68 3 NOT ENOUGH LOVE IN THE WORLD – Ringo Starr 16800
69 72 69 3 I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS – Bruce Springsteen 17200
70 47 10 10 YOU’VE GOT TO RUN (SPIRIT OF THE WIND) – Buffy Saint-Marie & Tanya Tagaq 182800

71 NEW 71 1 YOUR POWER – Billie Eilish 5800
72 NEW 72 1 BEING SENTIMENTAL – Bright Light Bright Light 5600
73 NEW 73 1 WE’RE ON OUR WAY NOW – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 5400
74 NEW 74 1 DO YA DANCE – Suzi Quatro 5200
75 NEW 75 1 THE FOUR HORSEMEN – Aphrodite’s Child 5000

DROP OUTS
60 15 9 NO FOREVER – Elaine Mai featuring MayKay 169550
62 49 5 WEAR IT LIKE A CROWN – Sarah Harding 45650
65 12 9 SYMPHONY – Aspyer 194250
68 47 8 LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN – Bruno Mars, Anderson.Paak & Silk Sonic 70800
69 50 6 DOS – Javiera Mena 52050
71 71 4 WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG – The Killers 20600
73 13 12 REMEMBER WHERE YOU ARE – Jessie Ware 218800
75 75 1 ROCK ‘N’ ROLL DREAMS COME THROUGH – Jim Steinman 5000

9th May 2021

It’s Bryan Ferry’s Glamrock pounding version of Dobie Gray’s 60’s soul classic The ‘In’ Crowd new in at one. It originally peaked at 8 in my charts of the time, and then as the years went by I realised that it was a stonkingly fab track, as were a few other early Roxy Music tracks, and none of them topped my charts at the time. Pyjamarama and Virginia Plain finally topped my charts in 1977 and Jealous Guy in 1981, so this is just Bryan’s 4th chart-topper with at least another 3 deserving of a top spot. It’s currently being used as the bed to a TV promo spot and made the itunes top 200 last week, so that’s a good enough excuse for me!

In at 2, the record I forgot to chart 2 weeks ago when I bought it! I could have sworn it had entered my top 20, but alas no! So that is fixed as Drew Sycamore enters at 2, her debut, and the fab 45 Fahrenheit Girl. Olivia Rodrigo gets a first top 10 with the better of her two big hits, Deja Vu is great, and Years & Years return to to the upper echelons since they last ventured this far, courtesy of Pet Shop Boys’ chart-topping Dreamland in 2019, their 5th in total since starting years & years ago in 2014, including 2 chart-toppers in 2015 with King and Shine.

New entries include OneRepublic, new at 29 extending their Run to 11 years, Jack Savoretti making it 6 years with Who’s Hurting Who at 33, assisted ably by Bass-player-for-hire Nile Rodgers on a more funky offering than usual, extending his run to an amazing 43 years. Just to underline the point, when I was disco-dancing to Dance Dance Dance in my first year at Uni, Chic’s first hit, I was 20. So, more power to him! Beverley Knight is also back as guest on not-her-relative debuting Mark Knight’s new gospel track, making it 23 sweet years of charting. So, of non-debuts so far, everyone has had a previous chart-topper.

At 51, not a previous chart-topper, but following up his best track to date Jake Bugg is a bit Lost at 51, Coldplay have also have oodles of chart-toppers, and quietly return singing to a higher power (but lower chart position) at 54, Lola Lennox gets a 3rd chart entry, Wherever You Go mum Annie will be helping, and Jessie Ware is also back, Please, it must be the 24th good track off the album out as a single. P!nk triples her number of singles on the rundown in one fell swoop as her new ballad joins Rag’n’bone Man’s power-ballad duet with her entering the chart.

T’Pau have 2 oldies in the itunes chart, not sure why, but it gives me an excuse to re-chart their best single Heart & Soul from 1987, leaving just one more oldie returning following the sad death of Nick Kamen, the former male model captured the hearts of many boys & girls in 1986 by getting his kit off in a laundromat advert for Levi 501’s, including Madonna who gifted him this song to kick off his music career.

1 NEW 1 1 THE ‘IN’ CROWD – Bryan Ferry 170000
2 NEW 2 1 45 FAHRENHEIT GIRL – Drew Sycamore 115000
3 1 1 13 MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU – The Supremes 621600
4 9 4 3 STRONGER – Blinkie featuring House Gospel Choir 142000
5 5 5 3 TILL FOREVER FALLS APART – Ashe & FINNEAS 157000
6 10 6 3 LAZYBABY – Dove Cameron 124000
7 2 1 10 THE LAST MAN ON EARTH – Wolf Alice 1175400
8 3 1 12 NEED A LITTLE LOVE – The Fratellis 928600
9 16 9 6 DEJA VU – Olivia Rodrigo 114550
10 24 10 3 STARSTRUCK – Years & Years 79300

11 8 8 5 DANCE FLOOR DARLING – Kylie Minogue 141700
12 4 2 7 SAVE YOUR TEARS – Rose Gray 540000
13 6 3 11 LEAVE A LITTLE LOVE – Alesso & Armin van Buuren 516950
14 19 14 5 MR HAZE – Texas 75300
15 15 15 5 MIDNIGHT MASQUERADE – Asher Monroe 91650
16 23 16 4 CAN’T HURRY LOVE – Gabrielle 75450
17 11 5 7 BEST OF ME – ARTBAT & Sailor & I 300000
18 22 18 5 KEEP MOVING – Jungle 90850
19 12 6 7 FOLLOWING THE SUN – SUPER-HI and Neeka 289000
20 20 20 4 BUCCANEER RUM JUM – Smith & Burrows 68200

21 7 1 14 SAND – Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood 511900
22 28 22 4 MORE THAN A MIRACLE – The Blow Monkeys 60400
23 30 23 3 DON’T YOU GIVE UP ON ME – Lissie 49350
24 13 9 7 BOOM – X Ambassadors 219750
25 26 25 12 YOU’RE THE FIRST, THE LAST, MY EVERYTHING – Barry White 206500
26 14 9 7 DON’T BE A STRANGER – Ward Thomas featuring Cam 218800
27 36 27 3 COLOUR ME IN – Hayley Williams 42900
28 53 28 2 DANIEL – Will Young 29550
29 NEW 29 1 RUN – OneRepublic 18200
30 33 30 3 YOUR FANDANGO – Todd Rundgren & Sparks 48000

31 18 12 7 TINY RIOT – Sam Ryder 149250
32 37 32 6 HOW DOES IT FEEL – London Grammar 64500
33 NEW 33 1 WHO’S HURTING WHO – Jack Savoretti featuring Nile Rodgers 17700
34 29 1 13 LOVE CHILD – Diana Ross & The Supremes 1155550
35 NEW 35 1 EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT – Mark Knight & Beverley Knight featuring London Community Gospel Choir 17500
36 40 36 8 CRY – Godley & Creme 94050
37 17 17 7 BOUND – RY X 131300
38 66 38 2 NATURAL BLUES – Moby featuring Gregory Porter & Amethyst Kiah 24000
39 39 39 4 SEIZE THE DAY – Paul McCartney featuring Phoebe Bridgers 56300
40 45 40 6 SUMMER 91 (LOOKING BACK) – Noizu 61800

41 21 7 9 LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE – Zara Larsson 284250
42 57 42 2 WHACKED – Alabama 3 24150
43 25 19 8 SPACESHIPS – Bonn 127000
44 27 11 9 FOLLOW YOU – Imagine Dragons 195750
45 47 45 3 HEAR MY VOICE – Celeste 32700
46 31 2 11 NEW WAVE – Bow Anderson 510900
47 34 34 14 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 150900
48 32 5 11 THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY – Hunter Hayes 362650
49 52 49 4 FREEDOM WAS A HIGHWAY – Jimmie Allen & Brad Paisley 41000
50 63 50 3 GOOD INTENTIONS – Boy George 26000

51 NEW 51 1 LOST – Jake Bugg 11750
52 50 50 8 LET ME HOLD YOU – Netsky & Hybrid Minds 79550
53 75 53 2 THE FOUR HORSEMEN – Aphrodite’s Child 16250
54 NEW 54 1 HIGHER POWER – Coldplay 11000
55 42 4 13 EYES WITHOUT A FACE (POOLSIDE REMIX) – Billy Idol 369800
56 35 17 9 SLOW CLAP – Gwen Stefani 157800
57 NEW 57 1 WHEREVER YOU GO – Lola Lennox 10400
58 51 2 16 WHEN YOU SAY IT – Just Kiddin’ 666250
59 59 59 6 LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD – Pat Benatar 47900
60 68 60 4 NOT ENOUGH LOVE IN THE WORLD – Ringo Starr 26800

61 43 5 13 COVER ME IN SUNSHINE – P!nk & Willow Sage Hart 417450
62 72 62 2 BEING SENTIMENTAL – Bright Light Bright Light 13000
63 NEW 63 1 PLEASE – Jessie Ware 7200
64 38 30 10 JOHN HUGHES MOVIE – Maisie Peters 111500
65 71 65 2 YOUR POWER – Billie Eilish 12800
66 67 66 4 ON MY OWN – Patti Labelle & Michael McDonald 24400
67 64 1 15 OTRA ERA – Javiera Mena 774200
68 NEW 68 1 ALL I KNOW SO FAR – P!nk 6400
69 NEW 69 1 HEART AND SOUL – T’Pau 6200
70 44 20 9 ONE LAST TIME – LP 134100

71 60 6 13 STONED LOVE – The Supremes 295750
72 73 72 2 WE’RE ON OUR WAY NOW – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 11000
73 74 73 2 DO YA DANCE – Suzi Quatro 10600
74 NEW 74 1 ANYWHERE AWAY FROM HERE – Rag’N’Bone Man & P!nk 5200
75 NEW 75 1 EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART – Nick Kamen 5000

DROP OUTS
46 9 10 HIGHER – Clean Bandit featuring Iann Dior 264200
41 29 7 DEEPEST LONELY – Birdy 88600
48 48 11 BRING ON THE LUCIE (FREDA PEEPLE) – John Lennon 87250
49 7 11 FIREWORKS – Purple Disco Machine featuring Moss Kena & The Knocks 304800
54 16 4 SING, SING, SING – Benny Goodman & His Orchestra 78900
55 55 6 DIAMOND VEINS – French 79 featuring Sarah Rebecca 48700
56 27 7 SKANKIN’ SWEET – Chronixx 101900
58 32 8 FLY ABOVE – Mahmut Orhan & Sena Serner 96100
61 18 9 YOU’RE NOT SPECIAL – McFly 142150
62 62 5 YOU AIN’T LOVE – The Shapeshifters featuring Teni Tinks 30200
65 27 9 BLACK HOLE – Griff 138050
69 69 3 I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS – Bruce Springsteen 17200
70 10 10 YOU’VE GOT TO RUN (SPIRIT OF THE WIND) – Buffy Saint-Marie & Tanya Tagaq 182800

16th May 2021

It’s another new entry at 1 for a 70’s classic – this time the gorgeous Fleetwood Mac Stevie Nick’s ballad Sara. I’ve seen her sing it live a few times, and it never fails to bring to me tears, it’s just so wonderful the way it builds, and keeps you on the edge waiting for the pay-off, which is all the more sweet when it comes. It originally peaked in my top 10 in early 1980 while I was at Uni, as a follow-up to my chart-topper Tusk, from which this was follow-up single. The Mac’s 4th chart-topper, and Stevie Nicks’ 6th including solo stuff. 

Texas add to their generous number of top 10’s – at least 17, plus some solo top 10’s to take it over 20 in 4 separate decades now. Mr Haze also follows where Love’s Unkind went in 1978, for Donna Summer, which it samples. New entries include highest at 46 from Kings Of Leon, back after a 5-year gap, for a chart span of 18 years, with the very good Stormy Weather. For King & Country get a second chart hit 3 years on from debuting, along with Dolly Parton on the lovely country ballad God Only Knows – Icon Dolly now on 45 years of charting since Jolene went top 10 in 1976. 

Manic Street Preachers are also back after a lay-off of 3 years as they knock on 30 years of regular activity, with the Dancing Queen-ish rock Orwellian, as ever politically making pointed barbs at the state of UK politics (and others), which I entirely agree with. Katy Perry’s feeling a bit Electric – shocking I know – as she extends her consistent run to 13 years, The Black Keys knock on a decade of rock goodies, The Rasmus return with yet more rock after a gap of err 17 years waiting for a follow-up to biggie In The Shadows. Welcome back gang! Some other familiar regulars also pop in at the lower end, most surprisingly Bono & The Edge doing a footie anthem with Martin Garrix. So giving the Irish lads 40 years since U2’s Fire first broke into my charts (and I bought it).

1 NEW 1 1 SARA – Fleetwood Mac 170000
2 1 1 2 THE ‘IN’ CROWD – Bryan Ferry 285000
3 2 2 2 45 FAHRENHEIT GIRL – Drew Sycamore 200000
4 4 4 4 STRONGER – Blinkie featuring House Gospel Choir 207000
5 6 5 4 LAZYBABY – Dove Cameron 184000
6 3 1 14 MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU – The Supremes 676600
7 9 7 7 DEJA VU – Olivia Rodrigo 164550
8 10 8 4 STARSTRUCK – Years & Years 127300
9 14 9 6 MR HAZE – Texas 120300
10 5 5 4 TILL FOREVER FALLS APART – Ashe & FINNEAS 199000

11 11 8 6 DANCE FLOOR DARLING – Kylie Minogue 178700
12 7 1 11 THE LAST MAN ON EARTH – Wolf Alice 1210400
13 8 1 13 NEED A LITTLE LOVE – The Fratellis 960600
14 16 14 5 CAN’T HURRY LOVE – Gabrielle 104450
15 28 15 3 DANIEL – Will Young 56550
16 29 16 2 RUN – OneRepublic 43200
17 23 17 4 DON’T YOU GIVE UP ON ME – Lissie 72350
18 25 18 13 YOU’RE THE FIRST, THE LAST, MY EVERYTHING – Barry White 228500
19 12 2 8 SAVE YOUR TEARS – Rose Gray 561000
20 13 3 12 LEAVE A LITTLE LOVE – Alesso & Armin van Buuren 536950

21 15 15 6 MIDNIGHT MASQUERADE – Asher Monroe 111400
22 27 22 4 COLOUR ME IN – Hayley Williams 62400
23 33 23 2 WHO’S HURTING WHO – Jack Savoretti featuring Nile Rodgers 36950
24 17 5 8 BEST OF ME – ARTBAT & Sailor & I 319000
25 19 6 8 FOLLOWING THE SUN – SUPER-HI and Neeka 307750
26 51 26 2 LOST – Jake Bugg 30250
27 38 27 3 NATURAL BLUES – Moby featuring Gregory Porter & Amethyst Kiah 42400
28 32 28 7 HOW DOES IT FEEL – London Grammar 82800
29 35 29 2 EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT – Mark Knight & Beverley Knight featuring London Community Gospel Choir 35700
30 18 18 6 KEEP MOVING – Jungle 108850

31 20 20 5 BUCCANEER RUM JUM – Smith & Burrows 86100
32 22 22 5 MORE THAN A MIRACLE – The Blow Monkeys 78200
33 36 33 9 CRY – Godley & Creme 111750
34 21 1 15 SAND – Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood 529500
35 57 35 2 WHEREVER YOU GO – Lola Lennox featuring Annie Lennox 27900
36 39 36 5 SEIZE THE DAY – Paul McCartney featuring Phoebe Bridgers 73700
37 40 37 7 SUMMER 91 (LOOKING BACK) – Noizu 79100
38 49 38 5 FREEDOM WAS A HIGHWAY – Jimmie Allen & Brad Paisley 58200
39 42 39 3 WHACKED – Alabama 3 51250
40 50 40 4 GOOD INTENTIONS – Boy George 43000

41 34 1 14 LOVE CHILD – Diana Ross & The Supremes 1169550
42 53 42 3 THE FOUR HORSEMEN – Aphrodite’s Child 30000
43 26 9 8 DON’T BE A STRANGER – Ward Thomas featuring Cam 232300
44 24 9 8 BOOM – X Ambassadors 233000
45 65 45 3 YOUR POWER – Billie Eilish 25800
46 NEW 46 1 STORMY WEATHER – Kings Of Leon 12750
47 NEW 47 1 HEAT – Paul Woodford & Amber Mark 12500
48 NEW 48 1 GOD ONLY KNOWS – For King and Country & Dolly Parton 12300
49 54 49 2 HIGHER POWER – Coldplay 23100
50 62 50 3 BEING SENTIMENTAL – Bright Light Bright Light 25000

51 63 51 2 PLEASE – Jessie Ware 18950
52 45 45 4 HEAR MY VOICE – Celeste 44200
53 31 12 8 TINY RIOT – Sam Ryder 160500
54 30 30 4 YOUR FANDANGO – Todd Rundgren & Sparks 59000
55 37 17 8 BOUND – RY X 142100
56 NEW 56 1 WOMAN – Riva Taylor 10600
57 NEW 57 1 ORWELLIAN – Manic Street Preachers 10400
58 73 58 3 DO YA DANCE – Suzi Quatro 20800
59 NEW 59 1 DUSK (THE NEW DIVISION REMIX) – Lucy In Disguise featuring Observer Drift 10100
60 68 60 2 ALL I KNOW SO FAR – P!nk 16400

61 NEW 61 1 ELECTRIC – Katy Perry 7500
62 NEW 62 1 HOLDING ON TOO LONG – HARD FEELINGS 7400
63 69 63 2 HEART AND SOUL – T’Pau 13400
64 41 7 10 LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE – Zara Larsson 291350
65 NEW 65 1 YOUNG SUMMER – Tungevaag 7000
66 72 66 3 WE’RE ON OUR WAY NOW – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 17800
67 74 67 2 ANYWHERE AWAY FROM HERE – Rag’N’Bone Man & P!nk 11800
68 NEW 68 1 O-O-H CHILD – The Five Stairsteps 6400
69 NEW 69 1 GOING DOWN SOUTH – The Black Keys 6200
70 NEW 70 1 BELIEVERS – Alan Walker & Conor Maynard 6000

71 NEW 71 1 BONES – The Rasmus 5800
72 NEW 72 1 WITHOUT YOU (THE MILEY CYRUS REMIX) – The Kid Laroi & Miley Cyrus 5600
73 NEW 73 1 SECRETS – Erasure 5400
74 NEW 74 1 WE ARE THE PEOPLE – Martin Garrix featuring Bono & The Edge 5200
75 NEW 75 1 VILLAIN – Lily Rose 5000

DROP OUTS
43 19 8 SPACESHIPS – Bonn 127000
44 11 9 FOLLOW YOU – Imagine Dragons 195750
46 2 11 NEW WAVE – Bow Anderson 510900
47 34 14 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 150900
48 5 11 THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY – Hunter Hayes 362650
52 50 8 LET ME HOLD YOU – Netsky & Hybrid Minds 79550
55 4 13 EYES WITHOUT A FACE (POOLSIDE REMIX) – Billy Idol 369800
56 17 9 SLOW CLAP – Gwen Stefani 157800
58 2 16 WHEN YOU SAY IT – Just Kiddin’ 666250
59 59 6 LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD – Pat Benatar 47900
60 60 4 NOT ENOUGH LOVE IN THE WORLD – Ringo Starr 26800
61 5 13 COVER ME IN SUNSHINE – P!nk & Willow Sage Hart 417450
64 30 10 JOHN HUGHES MOVIE – Maisie Peters 111500
66 66 4 ON MY OWN – Patti Labelle & Michael McDonald 24400
67 1 15 OTRA ERA – Javiera Mena 774200
70 20 9 ONE LAST TIME – LP 134100
71 6 13 STONED LOVE – The Supremes 295750
75 75 1 EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART – Nick Kamen 5000

23rd May 2021

It’s a first week on top for Danish singer Drew Sycamore’s great 45 Fahrenheit Girl, which sounds a bit cold to me – 98.6 would be much better as a rule. It’s also an exceptional Eurovision Song Contest week, a year after the previous non-contest reached a high in my opinion, as regards quality and quantity of quality of entries, 2021 goes one better by going ahead with a wealth of great songs to pick from – meaning even those which got nil points from the public vote (a record high, I think) weren’t actually bad, they just got edged out. Highest new entry is Norway’s old-fashioned ballad at 9, with Israel’s classy mellow dance one behind at 10. Cyprus, Iceland and Bulgaria make up the next 3 new entries, with Dadi Freyr and VICTORIA repeating their 2020 chart success.

Riva Taylor’s beautiful Kate Bush-ish Woman shoots up 49 places to 7, Dolly Parton gets another top 20 as God Only Knows proves age is no barrier to making great records, up 29 places, and a first top 20 for For King & Country. Yonaka Call Me A Saint, and let’s be honest it’s just as well as you can never find one when you need one, in at 25, while Destiny gets Malta a second chart entry in 2 years with Je Me Casse, she peaked at 2 last time so 28 is marginally down on 2020. Ruben enters Running with a second top 40 hit, and France’s Barbara Pravi does a mean Edith Piaf-styled chanson one place behind. Voila! 

All this activity has meant an extended chart to 85, and lots of tracks stalled as they get leapfrogged by the Euro invasion. Duran Duran are back after 5 years away, last time round they grabbed a chart-topper out of a new album, this time they start off Invisible – but make it 40 years since Planet Earth was introduced to them. Or rather, to us, by them. Keith Urban keeps the run of current rapid singles coming, and Nile Rodgers keeps the guest spot hiring coming too. Busy man already at 22 with Jack Savoretti. 

Galantis, David Guetta & Little Mix get together to make it 5 years and 18 years for the 2 former chart-toppers’ runs, and 10 years for the Mixers. Leo Sayer returns with a great new mix of his 1977 US disco single hit (the album track wasn’t released as a single in the UK) Easy To Love extending his run to a whopping 48 years, given it’s never charted before and this is a new version. Flo-Rida pops up at Eurovision and extends his run to 13 years, on a San Marino track, and The Roop make it 2 contests in a row to chart, too, as Discoteque turns out as quirky as last year’s. James make it 30 years of chart success – Sit Down lads I’ve given your Beautiful Beaches a blue flag! Finally Pet Shop Boys are never far away from my chart, new or old, quite rightly given they are the best act of the last 36 years. So that said, it’s a very modest entry at 85 for Cricket Wife – not because I don’t like cricket (I don’t) or their wives, or because I don’t like Baroque Classical Music with Poetry that is 10 minutes long. I do actually like it and everything they do pretty much – but this week I’m more into dance bangers.

1 3 1 3 45 FAHRENHEIT GIRL – Drew Sycamore 370000
2 1 1 2 SARA – Fleetwood Mac 285000
3 4 3 5 STRONGER – Blinkie featuring House Gospel Choir 292000
4 2 1 3 THE ‘IN’ CROWD – Bryan Ferry 360000
5 5 5 5 LAZYBABY – Dove Cameron 244000
6 9 6 7 MR HAZE – Texas 175300
7 56 7 2 WOMAN – Riva Taylor 60600
8 8 8 5 STARSTRUCK – Years & Years 175300
9 NEW 9 1 FALLEN ANGEL – TIX 45000
10 NEW 10 1 SET ME FREE – Eden Alene 42000

11 7 7 8 DEJA VU – Olivia Rodrigo 201550
12 6 1 15 MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU – The Supremes 711600
13 13 1 14 NEED A LITTLE LOVE – The Fratellis 992600
14 15 14 4 DANIEL – Will Young 85550
15 NEW 15 1 EL DIABLO – Elena Tsagkrinou 27000
16 16 16 3 RUN – OneRepublic 68200
17 NEW 17 1 10 YEARS – Dadi Freyr 23000
18 11 8 7 DANCE FLOOR DARLING – Kylie Minogue 200700
19 48 19 2 GOD ONLY KNOWS – For King and Country & Dolly Parton 33300
20 22 20 5 COLOUR ME IN – Hayley Williams 82400

21 10 5 5 TILL FOREVER FALLS APART – Ashe & FINNEAS 218750
22 23 22 3 WHO’S HURTING WHO – Jack Savoretti featuring Nile Rodgers 56450
23 NEW 23 1 GROWING UP IS GETTING OLD – VICTORIA 19250
24 12 1 12 THE LAST MAN ON EARTH – Wolf Alice 1229400
25 NEW 25 1 CALL ME A SAINT – Yonaka 18750
26 26 26 3 LOST – Jake Bugg 48750
27 27 27 4 NATURAL BLUES – Moby featuring Gregory Porter & Amethyst Kiah 60800
28 NEW 28 2 JE ME CASSE – Destiny 18300
29 29 29 3 EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT – Mark Knight & Beverley Knight featuring London Community Gospel Choir 53900
30 14 14 6 CAN’T HURRY LOVE – Gabrielle 122450

31 17 17 5 DON’T YOU GIVE UP ON ME – Lissie 90250
32 35 32 3 WHEREVER YOU GO – Lola Lennox featuring Annie Lennox 45700
33 33 33 10 CRY – Godley & Creme 129450
34 NEW 34 1 RUNNING – Ruben 17600
35 NEW 35 1 VOILA – Barbara Pravi 17500

36 20 3 13 LEAVE A LITTLE LOVE – Alesso & Armin van Buuren 554350
37 19 2 9 SAVE YOUR TEARS – Rose Gray 578300
38 47 38 2 HEAT – Paul Woodford & Amber Mark 29700
39 39 39 4 WHACKED – Alabama 3 68350
40 45 40 4 YOUR POWER – Billie Eilish 42800

41 21 15 7 MIDNIGHT MASQUERADE – Asher Monroe 125400
42 42 42 4 THE FOUR HORSEMEN – Aphrodite’s Child 43750
43 46 43 2 STORMY WEATHER – Kings Of Leon 26250
44 25 6 9 FOLLOWING THE SUN – SUPER-HI and Neeka 321000
45 24 5 9 BEST OF ME – ARTBAT & Sailor & I 332000
46 41 1 15 LOVE CHILD – Diana Ross & The Supremes 1182300
47 50 47 4 BEING SENTIMENTAL – Bright Light Bright Light 37500
48 49 48 3 HIGHER POWER – Coldplay 35400
49 30 18 7 KEEP MOVING – Jungle 118950
50 32 22 6 MORE THAN A MIRACLE – The Blow Monkeys 90200

51 51 51 3 PLEASE – Jessie Ware 30700
52 31 20 6 BUCCANEER RUM JUM – Smith & Burrows 97600
53 61 53 2 ELECTRIC – Katy Perry 18750
54 28 28 8 HOW DOES IT FEEL – London Grammar 93800
55 36 36 6 SEIZE THE DAY – Paul McCartney featuring Phoebe Bridgers 84500
56 65 56 2 YOUNG SUMMER – Tungevaag 17600
57 57 57 2 ORWELLIAN – Manic Street Preachers 20800
58 38 38 6 FREEDOM WAS A HIGHWAY – Jimmie Allen & Brad Paisley 68400
59 59 59 2 DUSK (THE NEW DIVISION REMIX) – Lucy In Disguise featuring Observer Drift 20200
60 60 60 3 ALL I KNOW SO FAR – P!nk 26400

61 40 40 5 GOOD INTENTIONS – Boy George 50500
62 62 62 2 HOLDING ON TOO LONG – HARD FEELINGS 14800
63 63 63 3 HEART AND SOUL – T’Pau 20600
64 NEW 64 1 INVISIBLE – Duran Duran 7100
65 69 65 2 GOING DOWN SOUTH – The Black Keys 13200
66 70 66 2 BELIEVERS – Alan Walker & Conor Maynard 12800
67 58 58 4 DO YA DANCE – Suzi Quatro 27400
68 68 68 2 O-O-H CHILD – The Five Stairsteps 12800
69 37 37 8 SUMMER 91 (LOOKING BACK) – Noizu 85300
70 72 70 2 WITHOUT YOU (THE MILEY CYRUS REMIX) – The Kid Laroi & Miley Cyrus 11600

71 71 71 2 BONES – The Rasmus 11600
72 NEW 72 1 OUT THE CAGE – Keith Urban featuring Breland & Nile Rodgers 5600
73 73 73 2 SECRETS – Erasure 10800
74 74 74 2 WE ARE THE PEOPLE – Martin Garrix featuring Bono & The Edge 10400
75 75 75 2 VILLAIN – Lily Rose 10000
76 NEW 76 1 HEARTBREAK ANTHEM – Galantis, David Guetta & Little Mix 4800
77 67 67 3 ANYWHERE AWAY FROM HERE – Rag’N’Bone Man & P!nk 16400
78 NEW 78 1 LEAVE BEFORE YOU LOVE ME – Marshmello x Jonas Brothers 4400
79 NEW 79 1 EASY TO LOVE (DIMITRI FROM PARIS REMIX) – Leo Sayer 4200
80 NEW 80 1 ADRENALINA – Senhit & Flo-Rida 4000

81 NEW 81 1 DISCOTEQUE – THE ROOP 3800
82 66 66 4 WE’RE ON OUR WAY NOW – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 21400
83 NEW 83 1 BEAUTIFUL BEACHES – James 3400
84 18 18 14 YOU’RE THE FIRST, THE LAST, MY EVERYTHING – Barry White 231700
85 NEW 85 1 CRICKET WIFE – Pet Shop Boys 3000

DROP OUTS
34 1 15 SAND – Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood 529500
43 9 8 DON’T BE A STRANGER – Ward Thomas featuring Cam 232300
44 9 8 BOOM – X Ambassadors 233000
52 45 4 HEAR MY VOICE – Celeste 44200
53 12 8 TINY RIOT – Sam Ryder 160500
54 30 4 YOUR FANDANGO – Todd Rundgren & Sparks 59000
55 17 8 BOUND – RY X 142100
64 7 10 LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE – Zara Larsson 291350

30th May 2021

It’s straight in on top for Cher’s classic 1971 drama-epic Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves, which was denied the top spot at the time by virtue of clashing with other classics, but that wrong has been righted this week as a bunch of Cher tracks make the itunes charts – I know not why, but prob some promo somewhere. I’ve only been waiting 50 years for an excuse, cos I love that record to bits, and it gives Cher a 7th chart-topper, dating from the 60’s (I Got You Babe charted as an oldie), 70’s (Dark Lady), 90’s (3 of ’em) and one in 2014 to boot. That blocks the highest Eurovision track from the top spot (Norway’s TIX).

Dadi Freyr improves on 2020’s Eurovision woulda-winner by going top 10, Keith Urban is the highest climber shooting into the top 30 for yet another on his rapid run of top 40’s of late, while there’s oodles of climbers in a massively over-crowded chart (I could easily expand to a top 120 at the mo, if it wasn’t such hard work!) and new entries from: Paloma Faith with her latest Monster, Roisin Murphy also banging out another from the album, Jubel & Regard following-up, and 3 veteran returns: Spandau Ballet last made my charts in the 2009 comeback, and now Gary Kemp gets his first solo entry 41 years on since they debuted; Joan Armatrading debuted 45 years ago with Love & Affection, at a time when being female, black and gay was a bit of a challenge, and she’s now back for the first time in nearly 30 years with new material charting, hooray! UB40 also return – or rather it’s the half of the band who havent charted recently as Ali Campbell & former UB40 mates, but had charted just before them. It’s all very schizophrenic, these brotherly rifts in pop. Anyways 41 years of hits.

1 NEW 1 1 GYPSIES, TRAMPS AND THIEVES – Cher 170000
2 9 2 2 FALLEN ANGEL – TIX 160000
3 1 1 4 45 FAHRENHEIT GIRL – Drew Sycamore 455000
4 2 1 3 SARA – Fleetwood Mac 350000
5 7 5 3 WOMAN – Riva Taylor 120600
6 6 6 8 MR HAZE – Texas 230300
7 25 7 2 CALL ME A SAINT – Yonaka 68750
8 10 8 2 SET ME FREE – Eden Alene 90000
9 17 9 2 10 YEARS – Dadi Freyr 68000
10 3 3 6 STRONGER – Blinkie featuring House Gospel Choir 334000

11 5 5 6 LAZYBABY – Dove Cameron 281000
12 4 1 4 THE ‘IN’ CROWD – Bryan Ferry 395000
13 8 8 6 STARSTRUCK – Years & Years 207300
14 16 14 4 RUN – OneRepublic 97200
15 15 15 2 EL DIABLO – Elena Tsagkrinou 54000
16 13 1 15 NEED A LITTLE LOVE – The Fratellis 1017600
17 19 17 3 GOD ONLY KNOWS – For King and Country & Dolly Parton 56300
18 11 7 9 DEJA VU – Olivia Rodrigo 223550
19 22 19 4 WHO’S HURTING WHO – Jack Savoretti featuring Nile Rodgers 77450
20 23 20 2 GROWING UP IS GETTING OLD – VICTORIA 39250

21 12 1 16 MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU – The Supremes 731350
22 53 22 3 ELECTRIC – Katy Perry 38250
23 56 23 3 YOUNG SUMMER – Tungevaag 36850
24 72 24 2 OUT THE CAGE – Keith Urban featuring Breland & Nile Rodgers 24600
25 32 25 4 WHEREVER YOU GO – Lola Lennox featuring Annie Lennox 64450
26 40 26 5 YOUR POWER – Billie Eilish 61300
27 29 27 4 EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT – Mark Knight & Beverley Knight featuring London Community Gospel Choir 72300
28 28 28 2 JE ME CASSE – Destiny 36600
29 14 14 5 DANIEL – Will Young 103750
30 35 30 2 VOILA – Barbara Pravi 35500

31 34 31 2 RUNNING – Ruben 35500
32 26 26 4 LOST – Jake Bugg 66550
33 33 33 11 CRY – Godley & Creme 147150
34 66 34 3 BELIEVERS – Alan Walker & Conor Maynard 30400
35 20 20 6 COLOUR ME IN – Hayley Williams 99900
36 18 8 8 DANCE FLOOR DARLING – Kylie Minogue 218100
37 38 37 3 HEAT – Paul Woodford & Amber Mark 47000
38 21 5 6 TILL FOREVER FALLS APART – Ashe & FINNEAS 235950
39 24 1 13 THE LAST MAN ON EARTH – Wolf Alice 1246500
40 43 40 3 STORMY WEATHER – Kings Of Leon 43250

41 42 41 5 THE FOUR HORSEMEN – Aphrodite’s Child 57750
42 27 27 5 NATURAL BLUES – Moby featuring Gregory Porter & Amethyst Kiah 74550
43 47 43 5 BEING SENTIMENTAL – Bright Light Bright Light 51000
44 59 44 3 DUSK (THE NEW DIVISION REMIX) – Lucy In Disguise featuring Observer Drift 43450
45 76 45 2 HEARTBREAK ANTHEM – Galantis, David Guetta & Little Mix 17800
46 48 46 4 HIGHER POWER – Coldplay 48150
47 78 47 2 LEAVE BEFORE YOU LOVE ME – Marshmello x Jonas Brothers 16900
48 51 48 4 PLEASE – Jessie Ware 42900
49 83 49 2 BEAUTIFUL BEACHES – James 15500
50 30 14 7 CAN’T HURRY LOVE – Gabrielle 134450

51 46 1 16 LOVE CHILD – Diana Ross & The Supremes 1194050
52 57 52 3 ORWELLIAN – Manic Street Preachers 32300
53 64 53 2 INVISIBLE – Duran Duran 18350
54 31 17 6 DON’T YOU GIVE UP ON ME – Lissie 101250
55 65 55 3 GOING DOWN SOUTH – The Black Keys 24000
56 36 3 14 LEAVE A LITTLE LOVE – Alesso & Armin van Buuren 564950
57 39 39 5 WHACKED – Alabama 3 78750
58 60 58 4 ALL I KNOW SO FAR – P!nk 36600
59 62 59 3 HOLDING ON TOO LONG – HARD FEELINGS 24900
60 63 60 4 HEART AND SOUL – T’Pau 30600

61 41 15 8 MIDNIGHT MASQUERADE – Asher Monroe 132900
62 71 62 3 BONES – The Rasmus 19000
63 37 2 10 SAVE YOUR TEARS – Rose Gray 585500
64 79 64 2 EASY TO LOVE (DIMITRI FROM PARIS REMIX) – Leo Sayer 11300
65 44 6 10 FOLLOWING THE SUN – SUPER-HI and Neeka 328000
66 68 66 3 O-O-H CHILD – The Five Stairsteps 19600
67 74 67 3 WE ARE THE PEOPLE – Martin Garrix featuring Bono & The Edge 17000
68 73 68 3 SECRETS – Erasure 17200
69 70 69 3 WITHOUT YOU (THE MILEY CYRUS REMIX) – The Kid Laroi & Miley Cyrus 17800
70 81 70 2 DISCOTEQUE – THE ROOP 9800

71 80 71 2 ADRENALINA – Senhit & Flo-Rida 9800
72 45 5 10 BEST OF ME – ARTBAT & Sailor & I 337600
73 75 73 3 VILLAIN – Lily Rose 15400
74 NEW 74 1 MONSTER – Paloma Faith 5200
75 85 75 2 CRICKET WIFE – Pet Shop Boys 8000
76 NEW 76 1 SHELLFISH MADEMOISELLE – Roisin Murphy 4800
77 49 18 8 KEEP MOVING – Jungle 123550
78 NEW 78 1 LOVE’S UNKIND – Donna Summer 4400
79 NEW 79 1 DUMB – Jubel 4200
80 NEW 80 1 YOU – Regard, Troye Sivan & Tate McRae 4000

81 NEW 81 1 ANOTHER YOU – Alok & Bloodline featuring The Vamps 3800
82 NEW 82 1 ALREADY THERE – Joan Armatrading 3600
83 NEW 83 1 MESSAGE OF LOVE – UB40 featuring House Of Shem 3400
84 NEW 84 1 AHEAD OF THE GAME – Gary Kemp 3200
85 NEW 85 1 DON’T LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING – Gerry & The Pacemakers 3000

DROP OUTS
50 22 6 MORE THAN A MIRACLE – The Blow Monkeys 90200
52 20 6 BUCCANEER RUM JUM – Smith & Burrows 97600
54 28 8 HOW DOES IT FEEL – London Grammar 93800
55 36 6 SEIZE THE DAY – Paul McCartney featuring Phoebe Bridgers 84500
58 38 6 FREEDOM WAS A HIGHWAY – Jimmie Allen & Brad Paisley 68400
61 40 5 GOOD INTENTIONS – Boy George 50500
67 58 4 DO YA DANCE – Suzi Quatro 27400
69 37 8 SUMMER 91 (LOOKING BACK) – Noizu 85300
77 67 3 ANYWHERE AWAY FROM HERE – Rag’N’Bone Man & P!nk 16400
82 66 4 WE’RE ON OUR WAY NOW – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 21400
84 18 14 YOU’RE THE FIRST, THE LAST, MY EVERYTHING – Barry White 231700

My April 1991 Charts

Florida Everglades & Al E. Gator

7th April 1991

It’s an invasion of more oldies as The Waterboys copy The Stranglers by entering an 80’s classic in at number one, having peaked top 10 in 1985, and then became a reissued hit that did better second-time around. In the interim, I’d picked up the single in a record shop in Shaftesbury, Dorset (then famous for the Hovis cobblestoned hill advert, and future local town of Madonna when she moved onto an Estate with film-making hubbie, and co-incidentally now keeping her latest hit at 2 following a leap). Then in 1989 I heard it in a record store in the College town Burlington on the shores of Lake Champlain in Vermont, en route to Canada. I’ve always got anecdotes for music I hear, cos they stick with me pretty often and this time round it reminded me of the holiday, so fond memories.

Bananarama get a second consecutive top 3, and are still searching for that elusive chart-topper, as oldies from The Troggs (1966) and The Clash (1983) debut and return, respectively. OMD, essentially Andy & a mate by this time, return with a bit of a comeback, Sailing On The Seven Seas channelling Gary Glitter stomping backing tracks at 62 for an 11th year of chart action. The Simpsons get a follow-up that’s actually better then the huge hit, and Julian Cope is back a decade since he was Reward-ing some exploding teardrops.

1 ( NEW ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
2 ( 21 ) RESCUE ME Madonna
3 ( 14 ) LONG TRAIN RUNNING Bananarama
4 ( 2 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME – CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU/HOW CAN YOU EXPECT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY? Pet Shop Boys
5 ( 1 ) GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers
6 ( 4 ) UNFINISHED SYMPATHY Massive Attack featuring Shara Nelson
7 ( 5 ) SECRET LOVE The Bee Gees
8 ( 3 ) LOOSE FIT Happy Mondays
9 ( 6 ) DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Elton John
10 ( 8 ) WELL ALMOST Elaine Paige

11 ( 7 ) RHYTHM OF MY HEART Rod Stewart
12 ( 9 ) COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael
13 ( 25 ) BY MY SIDE INXS
14 ( 11 ) HUMAN NATURE Gary Clail & The On-U Sound System
15 ( 20 ) THIS IS YOUR LIFE Banderas
16 ( 13 ) JOYRIDE Roxette
17 ( 10 ) LOVE REARS IT’S UGLY HEAD Living Colour
18 ( 16 ) MERCY MERCY ME/ I WANT YOU Robert Palmer
19 ( 28 ) CAN YOU DIG IT? The Mock Turtles
20 ( 12 ) YOU GOT THE LOVE The Source featuring Candi Staton

21 ( 17 ) SADENESS PART I Enigma
22 ( 15 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Definition Of Sound
23 ( 39 ) SIT DOWN James
24 ( 18 ) LET THERE BE LOVE Simple Minds
25 ( NEW ) WILD THING The Troggs
26 ( 33 ) SHE’S A WOMAN Scritti Politti featuring Shabba Ranks
27 ( 19 ) THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN Thin Lizzy
28 ( 34 ) THE SHOOP SHOOP SONG (IT’S IN HIS KISS) Cher
29 ( 24 ) (I WANNA GIVE YOU) DEVOTION Nomad featuring MC Mikee Freedom
30 ( NEW ) ROCK THE CASBAH The Clash

31 ( 22 ) BEST OF MY LOVE Aswad
32 ( 31 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
33 ( NEW ) WHAT IS RHYTHM Addams & Gee
34 ( 58 ) HERE WE GO C+C Music factory
35 ( 27 ) BOW DOWN MISTER Jesus Loves You aka Boy George
36 ( 49 ) THE ONE AND ONLY Chesney Hawkes
37 ( 23 ) LOSING MY RELIGION REM
38 ( 65 ) RING MY BELL Monie Love Vs Adeva
39 ( 26 ) ROCKIN’ BACK INSIDE MY HEART Julee Cruise
40 ( 40 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie & The Farm

41 ( 41 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU/ MERRY CHRISTMAS DARLING Carpenters
42 ( 38 ) HEAL THE PAIN George Michael
43 ( 32 ) SAY YOU DON’T MIND (NEW VERSION) Colin Blunstone
44 ( 36 ) LOVE IS A STRANGER Eurythmics
45 ( 42 ) 3 a.m (ETERNAL) The KLF featuring Ricardo Da Force 
46 ( 37 ) UPTOWN Womack & Womack
47 ( NEW ) SIZE OF A COW The Wonder Stuff
48 ( 47 ) BEING BORING Pet Shop Boys
49 ( NEW ) GET READY Roachford
50 ( 46 ) WICKED GAME Chris Isaak

51 ( 51 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
52 ( 43 ) WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO Kylie Minogue
53 ( 53 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
54 ( 62 ) WHERE LOVE LIVES Alison Limerick
55 ( 54 ) COMING OUT OF THE DARK Gloria Estefan
56 ( 55 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
57 ( 44 ) SENSITIVITY Ralph Tresvant
58 ( 45 ) SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO The Clash
59 ( 57 ) HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
60 ( NEW ) HYPERREAL The Shamen

61 ( 61 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
62 ( NEW ) SAILING ON THE SEVEN SEAS Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
63 ( NEW ) H.O.U.S.E. Doug Lazy
64 ( 63 ) LOVE WILL NEVER DO WITHOUT YOU (ALBUM VERSION/REMIX VERSION) Janet Jackson
65 ( NEW ) VISION OF YOU (REMIX) Belinda Carlisle
66 ( 52 ) LOVE AND AFFECTION (REMIX) Joan Armatrading
67 ( 66 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
68 ( 71 ) LOVE AND KISSES Dannii Minogue
69 ( NEW ) DEEP DEEP TROUBLE The Simpsons
70 ( 50 ) MEA CULPA PART II Enigma

71 ( 70 ) WAITING FOR THE DAY George Michael
72 ( 72 ) SNAP MEGAMIX Snap!
73 ( NEW ) ANTHEM N JOI
74 ( 64 ) BLUE HOTEL Chris Isaak
75 ( NEW ) EASY EASY RIDER Julian Cope

7th April OLDIES PLAYLIST
1 “Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits”
2 SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
3 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael

14th April 1991

It’s another oldie on top – sort of – as The Doobie Brothers 1973 classic Long Train Running is finally a UK chart hit, albeit in a dance cover version by Bananarama. So that’s a first chart-topper for the gals after a decade of trying, and quite possibly this version inspired the remixed version of the original which will chart in a year or two. That’s a Twofer! INXS keep the top 10’s coming as By My Side goes where INXS first went with 1986’s Kiss The Dirt. Cher can beat that though, as It’s In His Kiss (I refuse to call it the stupid version of the title) goes where Linda Lewis first took it in 1975, and Cher makes it 20 years of solo top 10’s and she’s not yet half-way through her run of top 10’s. Had I been charting then, it would have been 1965 (with Sonny on I Got You Babe) and 1966 (Bang Bang) as I loved them both at the time.

The Wonder Stuff do a spot of Arabian Nights – “Size of a cow” is a reference to the animated adventures in The Banana Splits Show, aimed at kids of the 60’s (me) – and rocket to 11 from 47. Highest new entry is from Electronic, Get The Message, and the band is basically Bernard from New Order, Johnny from The Smiths and guests like Pet Shop Boys, so at least we were spared a new supergroup named Sumner Marr & Friends. This is their finest moment, a total groove.

OMD and The Shamen sail hyperreal seas into the 40, and Paul Young is back with his last big hit, assisting Italian crooner Zucchero on the pretty good Senza Una Donna, for an 8th year of hits, or 13 if you count his vocals on Streeband’s Toast, though I prefer to forget it. 

1 ( 3 ) LONG TRAIN RUNNING Bananarama
2 ( 2 ) RESCUE ME Madonna
3 ( 1 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
4 ( 5 ) GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers
5 ( 4 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME – CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU/HOW CAN YOU EXPECT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY? Pet Shop Boys
6 ( 6 ) UNFINISHED SYMPATHY Massive Attack featuring Shara Nelson
7 ( 13 ) BY MY SIDE INXS
8 ( 7 ) SECRET LOVE The Bee Gees
9 ( 12 ) COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael
10 ( 28 ) THE SHOOP SHOOP SONG (IT’S IN HIS KISS) Cher

11 ( 47 ) THE SIZE OF A COW The Wonder Stuff
12 ( 19 ) CAN YOU DIG IT? The Mock Turtles
13 ( 8 ) LOOSE FIT Happy Mondays
14 ( 9 ) DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Elton John
15 ( 14 ) HUMAN NATURE Gary Clail & The On-U Sound System
16 ( 11 ) RHYTHM OF MY HEART Rod Stewart
17 ( 23 ) SIT DOWN James
18 ( 16 ) JOYRIDE Roxette
19 ( 25 ) WILD THING The Troggs
20 ( 26 ) SHE’S A WOMAN Scritti Politti featuring Shabba Ranks

21 ( 15 ) THIS IS YOUR LIFE Banderas
22 ( 18 ) MERCY MERCY ME/ I WANT YOU Robert Palmer
23 ( 30 ) ROCK THE CASBAH The Clash
24 ( 10 ) WELL ALMOST Elaine Paige
25 ( NEW ) GET THE MESSAGE Electronic
26 ( 21 ) SADENESS PART I Enigma
27 ( 49 ) GET READY Roachford
28 ( 34 ) HERE WE GO C+C Music factory
29 ( 17 ) LOVE REARS IT’S UGLY HEAD Living Colour
30 ( 20 ) YOU GOT THE LOVE The Source featuring Candi Staton

31 ( 38 ) RING MY BELL Monie Love Vs Adeva
32 ( 62 ) SAILING ON THE SEVEN SEAS Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
33 ( 33 ) CHUNG KUO (REVISITED) Addams & Gee
34 ( 32 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
35 ( 54 ) WHERE LOVE LIVES Alison Limerick
36 ( 29 ) (I WANNA GIVE YOU) DEVOTION Nomad featuring MC Mikee Freedom
37 ( 22 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Definition Of Sound
38 ( 37 ) LOSING MY RELIGION REM
39 ( 40 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie & The Farm
40 ( 60 ) HYPERREAL The Shamen

41 ( 41 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU/ MERRY CHRISTMAS DARLING Carpenters
42 ( 31 ) BEST OF MY LOVE Aswad
43 ( 27 ) THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN Thin Lizzy
44 ( RE ) WORD OF MOUTH Mike + The Mechanics
45 ( 35 ) BOW DOWN MISTER Jesus Loves You aka Boy George
46 ( 65 ) VISION OF YOU (REMIX) Belinda Carlisle
47 ( 39 ) ROCKIN’ BACK INSIDE MY HEART Julee Cruise
48 ( 24 ) LET THERE BE LOVE Simple Minds
49 ( 50 ) WICKED GAME Chris Isaak
50 ( 48 ) BEING BORING Pet Shop Boys

51 ( 51 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
52 ( 42 ) HEAL THE PAIN George Michael
53 ( 45 ) 3 a.m (ETERNAL) The KLF featuring Ricardo Da Force 
54 ( 53 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
55 ( 36 ) THE ONE AND ONLY Chesney Hawkes
56 ( 56 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
57 ( 44 ) LOVE IS A STRANGER Eurythmics
58 ( NEW ) SENZA UNA DONNA Zucchero & Paul Young
59 ( 55 ) COMING OUT OF THE DARK Gloria Estefan
60 ( 52 ) WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO Kylie Minogue

61 ( 61 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
62 ( 59 ) HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
63 ( 43 ) SAY YOU DON’T MIND (NEW VERSION) Colin Blunstone
64 ( 69 ) DEEP DEEP TROUBLE The Simpsons
65 ( NEW ) ROUND AND ROUND Tevin Campbell
66 ( 68 ) LOVE AND KISSES Dannii Minogue
67 ( RE ) DANCIN’ Chris Isaak
68 ( 67 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
69 ( NEW ) CARAVAN Inspiral Carpets
70 ( RE ) SOMETHING SO GOOD The Railway Children

71 ( 64 ) LOVE WILL NEVER DO WITHOUT YOU (ALBUM VERSION/REMIX VERSION) Janet Jackson
72 ( NEW ) HERE I STAND The Milltown Brothers
73 ( 73 ) ANTHEM N JOI
74 ( NEW ) IT WON’T BE LONG Alison Moyet
75 ( NEW ) RHYTHM OF LIFE Oleta Adams

oldies playlist
1 101 Sheena Easton
2 LOVE BLONDE Kim Wilde
3 THE CAT CREPT IN Mud

21st April 1991

It’s yet another oldie entering on top, the third out of the last 4 weeks, as Carly Simon’s classic 1972 song about Warren Beatty You’re So Vain is reactivated in the UK, and finally reaches the top spot after going top 5 in early 1973 first time round. That keeps Madonna at 2 for a 3rd week, and I know of someone who’s going to be divided over that 1/2 slot! Highest new new entry is The KLF, back for a 5th chart hit (including the Timelords) and a 4th top 10, with the fab Last Train To Trancentral straight in at 5.

The Mock Turtles get their one and only top 10, Can U Dig It? I can, and also James inviting me to Sit Down, the first of many top 10’s. The Wonder Stuff also grab a top 10 slot, Belinda Carlisle has a spurt into the 20 with a Vision Of You, with Zucchero and Paul Young getting a bigger spurt to 21 despite being Without A Woman. Frances Nero debuts with the pleasant Footsteps Following You at 29, and Gloria Estefan keeps the chart entries coming fast with Seal Our Fate, not one of her best though, at 48. 

Black Box and EMF string a few more together, Transvision Vamp stage a minor comeback, Sheena Easton ponders What Comes Naturally from the US charts and moves into an 11th year of hits, while Elvis Costello is all summery at 70 with his 14th year of songs. 

1 ( NEW ) YOU’RE SO VAIN Carly Simon
2 ( 2 ) RESCUE ME Madonna
3 ( 1 ) LONG TRAIN RUNNING Bananarama
4 ( 3 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
5 ( NEW ) LAST TRAIN TO TRANCENTRAL (LIVE FROM THE LOST CONTINENT) The KLF featuring Ricardo Da Force 
6 ( 12 ) CAN YOU DIG IT? The Mock Turtles
7 ( 17 ) SIT DOWN James
8 ( 10 ) THE SHOOP SHOOP SONG (IT’S IN HIS KISS) Cher
9 ( 11 ) THE SIZE OF A COW The Wonder Stuff
10 ( 4 ) GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers

11 ( 5 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME – CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU/HOW CAN YOU EXPECT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY? Pet Shop Boys
12 ( 7 ) BY MY SIDE INXS
13 ( 6 ) UNFINISHED SYMPATHY Massive Attack featuring Shara Nelson
14 ( 25 ) GET THE MESSAGE Electronic
15 ( 23 ) ROCK THE CASBAH The Clash
16 ( 9 ) COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael
17 ( 8 ) SECRET LOVE The Bee Gees
18 ( 15 ) HUMAN NATURE Gary Clail & The On-U Sound System
19 ( 32 ) SAILING ON THE SEVEN SEAS Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
20 ( 46 ) VISION OF YOU (REMIX) Belinda Carlisle

21 ( 58 ) SENZA UNA DONNA Zucchero & Paul Young
22 ( 14 ) DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Elton John
23 ( 18 ) JOYRIDE Roxette
24 ( 13 ) LOOSE FIT Happy Mondays
25 ( 27 ) GET READY Roachford
26 ( 22 ) MERCY MERCY ME/ I WANT YOU Robert Palmer
27 ( 21 ) THIS IS YOUR LIFE Banderas
28 ( 16 ) RHYTHM OF MY HEART Rod Stewart
29 ( NEW ) FOOTSTEPS FOLLOWING ME Frances Nero
30 ( 26 ) SADENESS PART I Enigma

31 ( 31 ) RING MY BELL Monie Love Vs Adeva
32 ( 19 ) WILD THING The Troggs
33 ( 33 ) CHUNG KUO (REVISITED) Addams & Gee
34 ( 35 ) WHERE LOVE LIVES Alison Limerick
35 ( 20 ) SHE’S A WOMAN Scritti Politti featuring Shabba Ranks
36 ( 40 ) HYPERREAL The Shamen
37 ( 34 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
38 ( 73 ) ANTHEM N JOI
39 ( 24 ) WELL ALMOST Elaine Paige
40 ( 30 ) YOU GOT THE LOVE The Source featuring Candi Staton

41 ( 36 ) (I WANNA GIVE YOU) DEVOTION Nomad featuring MC Mikee Freedom
42 ( 41 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU/ MERRY CHRISTMAS DARLING Carpenters
43 ( 65 ) ROUND AND ROUND Tevin Campbell
44 ( 44 ) WORD OF MOUTH Mike + The Mechanics
45 ( 38 ) LOSING MY RELIGION REM
46 ( 29 ) LOVE REARS IT’S UGLY HEAD Living Colour
47 ( 37 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Definition Of Sound
48 ( NEW ) SEAL OUR FATE Gloria Estefan
49 ( 49 ) WICKED GAME Chris Isaak
50 ( 50 ) BEING BORING Pet Shop Boys

51 ( 51 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
52 ( 28 ) HERE WE GO C+C Music factory
53 ( 52 ) HEAL THE PAIN George Michael
54 ( 54 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
55 ( 66 ) LOVE AND KISSES Dannii Minogue
56 ( 56 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
57 ( 45 ) BOW DOWN MISTER Jesus Loves You aka Boy George
58 ( NEW ) STRIKE IT UP Black Box
59 ( 47 ) ROCKIN’ BACK INSIDE MY HEART Julee Cruise
60 ( 70 ) SOMETHING SO GOOD The Railway Children

61 ( 61 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
62 ( 53 ) 3 a.m (ETERNAL) The KLF featuring Ricardo Da Force 
63 ( 62 ) HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
64 ( 42 ) BEST OF MY LOVE Aswad
65 ( NEW ) CHILDREN EMF
66 ( 59 ) COMING OUT OF THE DARK Gloria Estefan
67 ( 72 ) HERE I STAND The Milltown Brothers
68 ( 60 ) WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO Kylie Minogue
69 ( 68 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
70 ( NEW ) THE OTHER SIDE OF SUMMER Elvis Costello

71 ( 39 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie & The Farm
72 ( NEW ) I JUST WANNA B WITH YOU Transvision Vamp
73 ( 57 ) LOVE IS A STRANGER Eurythmics
74 ( 43 ) THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN Thin Lizzy
75 ( NEW ) WHAT COMES NATURALLY Sheena Easton

Oldies
1 “Listen Without Prejudice” George Michael
2 HOT LOVE T.Rex
3 ROSE GARDEN Lynn Anderson

28th April 1991

It’s a first week on top for Madonna after 3 weeks at 2, as Rescue Me finally makes it 9 number one’s for Madonna in 7 years of hits. That leaves The KLF with a second number 2, for now, and Electronic reach a new chart peak of 3 with latest track Get The Message outdoing most Smiths and New Order tracks. Paul Young & Zucchero go top 10, giving Paul Young 8 years’ worth of ’em since Wherever I Lay My hat did the trick first. Highest new entry at 8 is from, errr Vic Reeves! The cult comedian, aided and assisted by Bob Mortimer on screen, cuts 60’s classic croon tune Born Free, originally a hit for Matt Monroe from the 1966 film of the same name (animal rights movie for lions based on a true story) and written by James Bond songwriters John Barry & Don Black. It works as parody or as an actual revival. I loved the song and film as a kid, so I was obviously biased.

There are 18 new entries in a busy week and one re-entry as Enigma get a second top 20 with the return of Mea Culpa Part II at 11, following me getting it in a bargain bin as a 12-inch. Seal returns too, with new track Future Love Paradise straight in at 18, and the fabulous Touch Me (All Night Long) gives future hit songwriter Cathy Dennis a 3rd hit at 20, still a hot new popstar at that time. New at 21, it’s a debut for a minor little band called Blur – There’s No Other Way that they won’t be following up this early Britpop gem. Nomad grab a follow-up at 23 with one I don’t remember at all, Just A Groove – I guess it must have been, considering. 

Queensryche bring a bit of Silent Lucidity to the top 40, and also popping in is Bev Bevan, he of The Move and ELO, moving onto his 3rd band for a 4th decade, as former Main Man Jeff Lynne is busy solo, Wilburying and making hit albums for superstars. Across The Universe sounded OK for a few weeks, though it wasn’t in the same league as the previous bands. Still, 23 years of charting! Lindy Leyton is also still grabbing chart action off the back of Beats International, The Rembrandts debut with a decent track before Friends was a chart thing, now nobody associates them with anything else, and World Party return continuing the quality 80’s run of singles. 

Wilson Phillips extend their 3 minutes of fame, Marc Almond does another pointless remake of a classic Soft Cell track, Tainted Love is perfect as it is and needs no “improvement” or “update”, other than to remind people that it’s 10-years old. Roxette grab another good ballad, Fading Like A Flower, Deee Lite make it a 4th entry, Siouxsie gets involved with Pet Shop Boys producer Stephen Hague and Kiss Them For Me is great, going all Baggy Bhangra in a song about tragic movie actress Jayne Mansfield – a big fave of our family growing up, not least due to her surname namechecking our home town, and probably the first young celebrity death that stunned me as a child, getting beheaded in a car crash.

De La Soul keep the still-unavailable run of quality Daisy Age hits going with Ring Ring Ring, ZZ Top make it 7 years of action, and The Doors film kicks out another oldie hit, as Break On Through debuts.

1 ( 2 ) RESCUE ME Madonna
2 ( 5 ) LAST TRAIN TO TRANCENTRAL (LIVE FROM THE LOST CONTINENT) The KLF featuring Ricardo Da Force 
3 ( 14 ) GET THE MESSAGE Electronic
4 ( 3 ) LONG TRAIN RUNNING Bananarama
5 ( 1 ) YOU’RE SO VAIN Carly Simon
6 ( 7 ) SIT DOWN James
7 ( 21 ) SENZA UNA DONNA Zucchero & Paul Young
8 ( NEW ) BORN FREE Vic Reeves & The Roman Numerals
9 ( 6 ) CAN YOU DIG IT? The Mock Turtles
10 ( 4 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys

11 ( RE ) MEA CULPA PART II Enigma
12 ( 8 ) THE SHOOP SHOOP SONG (IT’S IN HIS KISS) Cher
13 ( 20 ) VISION OF YOU (REMIX) Belinda Carlisle
14 ( 19 ) SAILING ON THE SEVEN SEAS Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
15 ( 10 ) GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers
16 ( 12 ) BY MY SIDE INXS
17 ( 11 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME – CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU/HOW CAN YOU EXPECT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY? Pet Shop Boys
18 ( NEW ) FUTURE LOVE PARADISE Seal
19 ( 13 ) UNFINISHED SYMPATHY Massive Attack featuring Shara Nelson
20 ( NEW ) TOUCH ME (ALL NIGHT LONG) Cathy Dennis

21 ( NEW ) THERE’S NO OTHER WAY Blur
22 ( 9 ) THE SIZE OF A COW The Wonder Stuff
23 ( NEW ) JUST A GROOVE Nomad
24 ( 16 ) COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael
25 ( 18 ) HUMAN NATURE Gary Clail & The On-U Sound System
26 ( 34 ) WHERE LOVE LIVES Alison Limerick
27 ( 17 ) SECRET LOVE The Bee Gees
28 ( 38 ) ANTHEM N JOI
29 ( 29 ) FOOTSTEPS FOLLOWING ME Frances Nero
30 ( 26 ) MERCY MERCY ME/ I WANT YOU Robert Palmer

31 ( 25 ) GET READY Roachford
32 ( 30 ) SADENESS PART I Enigma
33 ( 22 ) DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Elton John
34 ( 27 ) THIS IS YOUR LIFE Banderas
35 ( NEW ) SILENT LUCIDITY Queensryche
36 ( 23 ) JOYRIDE Roxette
37 ( 70 ) THE OTHER SIDE OF SUMMER Elvis Costello
38 ( NEW ) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE E.L.O. Part II
39 ( 37 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
40 ( 15 ) ROCK THE CASBAH The Clash

41 ( 24 ) LOOSE FIT Happy Mondays
42 ( 28 ) RHYTHM OF MY HEART Rod Stewart
43 ( NEW ) JUST THE WAY IT IS BABY The Rembrandts
44 ( 42 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU/ MERRY CHRISTMAS DARLING Carpenters
45 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANT TO WAIT Lindy Leyton
46 ( 65 ) CHILDREN EMF
47 ( 32 ) WILD THING The Troggs
48 ( 41 ) (I WANNA GIVE YOU) DEVOTION Nomad featuring MC Mikee Freedom
49 ( 40 ) YOU GOT THE LOVE The Source featuring Candi Staton
50 ( NEW ) THANK YOU WORLD World Party

51 ( 51 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
52 ( 50 ) BEING BORING Pet Shop Boys
53 ( NEW ) YOU’RE IN LOVE Wilson Phillips
54 ( 48 ) SEAL OUR FATE Gloria Estefan
55 ( 54 ) ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER The Jimi Hendrix Experience
56 ( 49 ) WICKED GAME Chris Isaak
57 ( 56 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
58 ( 45 ) LOSING MY RELIGION REM
59 ( 53 ) HEAL THE PAIN George Michael
60 ( 39 ) WELL ALMOST Elaine Paige

61 ( NEW ) TAINTED LOVE ’91 Marc Almond
62 ( 61 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
63 ( 35 ) SHE’S A WOMAN Scritti Politti featuring Shabba Ranks
64 ( 63 ) HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
65 ( 36 ) HYPERREAL The Shamen
66 ( 31 ) RING MY BELL Monie Love Vs Adeva
67 ( NEW ) FADING LIKE A FLOWER Roxette
68 ( 33 ) CHUNG KUO (REVISITED) Addams & Gee
69 ( NEW ) GOOD BEAT Deee Lite
70 ( 69 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson

71 ( NEW ) KISS THEM FOR ME Siouxsie & The Banshees
72 ( 62 ) 3 a.m (ETERNAL) The KLF featuring Ricardo Da Force 
73 ( NEW ) RING RING RING De La Soul
74 ( NEW ) MY HEAD’S IN MISSISSIPPI ZZ Top
75 ( NEW ) BREAK ON THROUGH The Doors

playlist records
1 BACK OFF BOOGALOO Ringo Starr
2 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
3 SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU The Skyliners