My March 1988 Charts

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Local BMX heathland area – went for a walk there yesterday for the first time in a decade – the car is gone and ponds now cover the bottom areas – much better for wildlife, newts especially.

 

6th March 1988

It’s 2 weeks on top for Climie Fisher, presiding over a still-volatile chart as Heart’s double-A oldie rises 53 places to give them a second number 2 in 6 months, with Joe Le taxi going top 10 for Vanessa Paradis’ debut, and Belinda Carlisle makes it 2 in a row with I get Weak, and Taja Seville shoots up 20 to 10 for her only big record, the fab Love Is Contagious.

Mel & Kim and Sisters Of Mercy add to their top 20 tally, Eighth Wonder takes Pet Shop Boys to 21 (more or less, bar Patsy Kensit’s vocals), with the generously-donated I’m Not Scared, Afrika Bambaata is back in the 40 after a bit of a gap, and UB40 just keep on a-coming, 8 years of non-stop singles success. Voice Of The Beehive return with an instant top 40 walking the earth at 38, while Aswad’s cover of Don’t Turn Around gives them a long-overdue big smash and a run of success, in at 51. The song is an Albert Hammond and Diane Warren song, originally recorded by Tina Turner a couple of years earlier – Albert has hits spanning the 60’s to 80’s Diane the 80’s to the 10’s.

David Lee Roth keeps his ex-Van Halen career ticking over a while, The Proclaimers fly in just below, Saxon ride like the wind where Christopher Cross first blew top 20 in 1980, and extend their career longer than Christopher Cross managed, to 8 years, and finally INXS sneak in with another Kick track, Devil Inside.

1 ( 1 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
2 ( 55 ) NEVER/ THESE DREAMS Heart
3 ( 4 ) I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN Roger
4 ( 2 ) DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE Coldcut/ Yazz & The Plastic Population
5 ( 3 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
6 ( 13 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
7 ( 8 ) BEAT DIS Bomb The Bass
8 ( 17 ) I GET WEAK Belinda Carlisle
9 ( 9 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
10 ( 30 ) LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS Taja Seville

11 ( 7 ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
12 ( 18 ) HEART OF GOLD Johnny Hates Jazz
13 ( 6 ) CRAZY Icehouse
14 ( 15 ) MY GENERATION The Who
15 ( 20 ) SUEDEHEAD Morrissey
16 ( 25 ) THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel & Kim
17 ( 27 ) DOMINION Sisters Of Mercy
18 ( 5 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
19 ( 10 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR Michael Jackson
20 ( 11 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)

21 ( 58 ) I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder
22 ( 29 ) CRASH The Primitives
23 ( 23 ) I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue
24 ( 40 ) HOW MEN ARE Aztec Camera
25 ( 37 ) CRAZY FOR YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
26 ( 14 ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
27 ( 12 ) WHEN WE WAS FAB George Harrison
28 ( 19 ) C’MON EVERYBODY Eddie Cochran
29 ( 16 ) GIMME HOPE JO’ANNA Eddy Grant
30 ( 32 ) HAZY SHADE OF WINTER The Bangles

31 ( 21 ) THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘n’ Chill
32 ( 22 ) I DON’T MIND AT ALL Bourgeois Tag
33 ( 48 ) RECKLESS Afrika Bambaata/ UB40
34 ( 31 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
35 ( 24 ) ROCK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
36 ( 36 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
37 ( 35 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
38 ( NEW ) I WALK THE EARTH Voice Of The Beehive
39 ( 34 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
40 ( 45 ) LIVE MY LIFE Boy George

41 ( 26 ) NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS Cherrelle/ Alexander O’Neal
42 ( 42 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
43 ( 51 ) DIGNITY Deacon Blue
44 ( 43 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
45 ( 41 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL MIchael Jackson
46 ( 61 ) GOODGROOVE Derek B
47 ( 52 ) AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK Sting
48 ( 39 ) SHAME Eurythmics
49 ( 49 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
50 ( 68 ) TOGETHER FOREVER Rick Astley

51 ( 60 ) SHIP OF FOOLS Erasure
52 ( 33 ) TOWER OF STRENGTH The Mission
53 ( 50 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
54 ( 28 ) MANDINKA Sinead O’Connor
55 ( 65 ) KISS AND TELL Bryan Ferry
56 ( 69 ) CARS AND GIRLS Prefab Sprout
57 ( 44 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
58 ( 56 ) BAD Michael Jackson
59 ( 46 ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby
60 ( 63 ) HOT HOT HOT The Cure

61 ( NEW ) DON’T TURN AROUND Aswad
62 ( 62 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
63 ( 38 ) TWO HEARTS Cliff Richard
64 ( 53 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
65 ( NEW ) JUST LIKE PARADISE David Lee Roth
66 ( NEW ) MAKE MY HEART FLY The Proclaimers
67 ( 67 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
68 ( NEW ) RIDE LIKE THE WIND Saxon
69 ( 74 ) CHECK IT OUT John Cougar Mellencamp
70 ( 75 ) PEOPLE ARE STRANGE Echo & The Bunnymen

71 ( 64 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
72 ( 72 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
73 ( 73 ) HUMAN The Human League
74 ( NEW ) DEVIL INSIDE INXS
75 ( 71 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles

6th March
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 SO FAR AWAY Carole King
2 REMEMBER YOU’RE A WOMBLE The Wombles
3 WHITE ROSE OF ATHENS Nana Mouskouri

 

 

 

13th March 1988

It’s French teen chanteuse Vanessa Paradis getting a cool Joe Le Taxi to the top slot this week – she’s not the youngest act (at 15 years old) to top my chart – that honour goes to Michael Jackson, either 12 years old with the Jackson 5, or 14 years old solo – but she is still the youngest solo female to have done it. Johnny Hates Jazz get a second top 10 and Mel & Kim a 3rd.

A big climb for Aswad to 21 from 61, and INXS to 28 from 74, and the highest new entry is a second hit for Eric B & Rakim at 30. Madness return and extend their run to 9 years, at 38 with a “The” in front of the name (so wrong), and I Pronounce You may be their last top 40 for a decade. Fischer Z debut with The Perfect Day, Keith Sweat wants her, Brenda Russell plays piano in the dark (anti-social but a great record), The Clash oldie I Fought The Law returns 9 years on, a cover of the 60’s garage-rock Bobby Fuller Four hit, and Richard Marx pops back in 3 weeks after sneaking in at 75 for a week. He’ll be back with bigger tracks quite soon…

1 ( 6 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
2 ( 7 ) BEAT DIS Bomb The Bass
3 ( 3 ) I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN Roger
4 ( 4 ) DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE Coldcut/ Yazz & The Plastic Population
5 ( 10 ) LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS Taja Seville
6 ( 2 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart
7 ( 1 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
8 ( 12 ) HEART OF GOLD Johnny Hates Jazz
9 ( 16 ) THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel & Kim
10 ( 8 ) I GET WEAK Belinda Carlisle

11 ( 21 ) I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder
12 ( 5 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
13 ( 13 ) CRAZY Icehouse
14 ( 22 ) CRASH The Primitives
15 ( 9 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
16 ( 17 ) DOMINION Sisters Of Mercy
17 ( 15 ) SUEDEHEAD Morrissey
18 ( 24 ) HOW MEN ARE Aztec Camera
19 ( 11 ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
20 ( 19 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson

21 ( 61 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Aswad
22 ( 33 ) RECKLESS Afrika Bambaata/ UB40
23 ( 23 ) I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue
24 ( 14 ) MY GENERATION The Who
25 ( 20 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
26 ( 38 ) I WALK THE EARTH Voice Of The Beehive
27 ( 18 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
28 ( 74 ) DEVIL INSIDE INXS
29 ( 29 ) GIMME HOPE JO’ANNA Eddy Grant
30 ( NEW ) I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL Eric B & Rakim

31 ( 34 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
32 ( 36 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
33 ( 25 ) CRAZY FOR YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
34 ( 51 ) SHIP OF FOOLS Erasure
35 ( 37 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
36 ( 42 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
37 ( 26 ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
38 ( NEW ) I PRONOUNCE YOU Madness
39 ( 27 ) WHEN WE WAS FAB George Harrison
40 ( 50 ) TOGETHER FOREVER Rick Astley

41 ( 31 ) THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘n’ Chill
42 ( 39 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
43 ( 32 ) I DON’T MIND AT ALL Bourgeois Tag
44 ( 35 ) ROK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
45 ( 44 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
46 ( 46 ) GOODGROOVE Derek B
47 ( 45 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
48 ( 28 ) C’MON EVERYBODY Eddie Cochran
49 ( 30 ) HAZY SHADE OF WINTER The Bangles
50 ( 65 ) JUST LIKE PARADISE David Lee Roth

51 ( 43 ) DIGNITY Deacon Blue
52 ( 49 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
53 ( 56 ) CARS AND GIRLS Prefab Sprout
54 ( 40 ) LIVE MY LIFE Boy George
55 ( 48 ) SHAME Eurythmics
56 ( 53 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
57 ( 70 ) PEOPLE ARE STRANGE Echo & The Bunnymen
58 ( NEW ) THE PERFECT DAY Fischer Z
59 ( 58 ) BAD Michael Jackson
60 ( 59 ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby

61 ( 68 ) RIDE LIKE THE WIND Saxon
62 ( 62 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
63 ( 66 ) MAKE MY HEART FLY The Proclaimers
64 ( 71 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
65 ( 41 ) NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS Cherrelle/ Alexander O’Neal
66 ( NEW ) I WANT HER Keith Sweat
67 ( 67 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
68 ( 57 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
69 ( NEW ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell
70 ( 73 ) HUMAN Human League

71 ( 64 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
72 ( 72 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
73 ( NEW ) I FOUGHT THE LAW The Clash
74 ( RE ) SHOULD’VE KNOWN BETTER Richard Marx
75 ( 75 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles

Playlist oldies and album tracks of that week
1 DEEP AND WIDE AND TALL Aztec Camera
2 BLUE Wham!
3 SHOULD I LAUGH OR CRY Abba

 

 

20th March 1988

It’s a new entry as Heart finally gets a single issue, slightly remixed and with a fab Ian McKellan vampire video, giving the Pet Shop Boys a 7th chart-topper, and the 3rd off Actually. Another track that’s been around a while too, from a great album too, has a sudden leap to 2 from 52 as Father Figure gets maximum appreciation belatedly for George Michael. Another Pet Shop boys song off the soon-to-come album goes top 10 for Eighth Wonder, I’m Not Scared.

Debbie Gibson gets an instant top 20 at 17 with Only In My Dreams returning on reissue, making it a twice top 20 track in two consecutive years, as Brenda Russell leaps into the 30 with Piano In The Dark, and The Clash take I Fought The Law back into the 30 9 years on. Sinitta shock releases a decent pop single, Cross My Broken Heart, and gets her biggest hit at 36 as she goes full SAW-pop, as opposed to cheesy novelty pop.

a-ha return with another melodramatic goodie, Stay On These Roads, Bros Drop The Boy and drop the quality, Jellybean’s back with newie Just A Mirage, Pebbles is back with Girlfriend, Taylor Dayne has a low-key follow-up to a number one, Zodiac Mindwarp continues with some sci-fi glamrock entering, and Tiffany and Wet Wet Wet under-achieve down the bottom-end of the chart. Debuting, though, is future-massive rap track Push It from Salt ‘N’ Pepa, not a duo despite appearances as DJ Spinderella doesn’t get mentioned in the group name. Unless she’s “N”.

1 ( NEW ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 52 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
3 ( 1 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
4 ( 2 ) BEAT DIS Bomb The Bass
5 ( 5 ) LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS Taja Seville
6 ( 11 ) I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder
7 ( 3 ) I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN Roger
8 ( 4 ) DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE Coldcut/ Yazz & The Plastic Population
9 ( 12 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
10 ( 6 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart

11 ( 9 ) THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel & Kim
12 ( 8 ) HEART OF GOLD Johnny Hates Jazz
13 ( 21 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Aswad
14 ( 14 ) CRASH The Primitives
15 ( 7 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
16 ( 10 ) I GET WEAK Belinda Carlisle
17 ( NEW ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
18 ( 30 ) I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL Eric B & Rakim
19 ( 15 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
20 ( 22 ) RECKLESS Afrika Bambaata/ UB40

21 ( 13 ) CRAZY Icehouse
22 ( 18 ) HOW MEN ARE Aztec Camera
23 ( 20 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
24 ( 28 ) DEVIL INSIDE INXS
25 ( 26 ) I WALK THE EARTH Voice Of The Beehive
26 ( 16 ) DOMINION Sisters Of Mercy
27 ( 19 ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
28 ( 73 ) I FOUGHT THE LAW The Clash
29 ( 69 ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell
30 ( 34 ) SHIP OF FOOLS Erasure

31 ( 23 ) I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue
32 ( 32 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
33 ( 31 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
34 ( 38 ) I PRONOUNCE YOU Madness
35 ( 17 ) SUEDEHEAD Morrissey
36 ( NEW ) CROSS MY BROKEN HEART Sinitta
37 ( 40 ) TOGETHER FOREVER Rick Astley
38 ( 35 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
39 ( 36 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
40 ( 25 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)

41 ( 50 ) JUST LIKE PARADISE David Lee Roth
42 ( 27 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
43 ( 42 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
44 ( NEW ) DREAMING Glen Goldsmith
45 ( 29 ) GIMME HOPE JO’ANNA Eddy Grant
46 ( 45 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
47 ( 47 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
48 ( 66 ) I WANT HER Keith Sweat
49 ( 37 ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
50 ( 53 ) CARS AND GIRLS Prefab Sprout

51 ( 24 ) MY GENERATION The Who
52 ( NEW ) STAY ON THESE ROADS a-ha
53 ( 39 ) WHEN WE WAS FAB George Harrison
54 ( 54 ) LIVE MY LIFE Boy George
55 ( 41 ) THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘n’ Chill
56 ( 61 ) RIDE LIKE THE WIND Saxon
57 ( 56 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
58 ( 44 ) ROK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
59 ( NEW ) BASS (HOW LOW CAN YOU GO) Simon Harris
60 ( 59 ) BAD Michael Jackson

61 ( 43 ) I DON’T MIND AT ALL Bourgeois Tag
62 ( 55 ) SHAME Eurythmics
63 ( 62 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
64 ( 33 ) CRAZY FOR YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
65 ( NEW ) DROP THE BOY Bros
66 ( 60 ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby
67 ( 67 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
68 ( NEW ) JUST A MIRAGE Jellybean/ Adele Bertei
69 ( NEW ) PUSH IT Salt ‘n’ Pepa
70 ( 70 ) HUMAN Human League

71 ( NEW ) GIRLFRIEND Pebbles
72 ( NEW ) PROVE YOUR LOVE Taylor Dayne
73 ( NEW ) PLANET GIRL Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
74 ( NEW ) COULD’VE BEEN Tiffany
75 ( NEW ) TEMPTATION Wet Wet Wet
76 ( NEW ) ONE MORE CHANCE Pet Shop Boys

Playlist oldies of the week
1 DANNY’S SONG Anne Murray
2 ONE MORE CHANCE Pet Shop Boys
3 EMOTIONS Samantha Sang

 

 

27th March 1988

It’s 2 weeks on top for Heart as Pet Shop Boys stop George getting another chart-topper with Father Figure. Highest new entry, as per usual for the Beatles 20th anniversary reissues, is the Fabs Lady Madonna at 6 – never one of my fave Beatles singles, you’d have to go back to Paperback Writer to find one I loved less, but then again a lesser-Beatles track is still top quality. Aswad finally get that deserved top 10, with Don’t Turn Around, a-ha rocket into the 20 with the fab Stay On These Roads, and The Clash peak higher 2nd time around with I Fought The Law – I still prefer the Bobby Fuller Four original though.

After a lesser hit, the Nanas are back on form with I Want You Back at 35, Simon Harris has a big ol Bass climb into the 40, how high can he go? Quo ain’t complainin’ that 20 years on from Pictures Of Matchstick Men they still make my top 40, The Adventures bring their epic ballad Broken Land in at 62 – their best record – and errr Engelbert Humperdinck returns to my chart for the first time in oooh 16 years with a cover of the Glenn Medeiros cover of the George Benson original. I must have been getting nostalgic for the old crooners.

Natalie Cole is back with her soon-to-be biggest hit 13 years after debuting with This Will Be – Pink cadillac was a Bruce Springsteen song, which is always a good sign for a new track. Nina Simone is also back 20 years on with a 20-year-pld song, Mr Bojangles being a Jerry Jeff Walker 1968 future standard which became a hit for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in the US, and the signature song of Sammy Davis Jr, and a future Robbie Williams crooning goodie. Finally, Iron Maiden ask, Can I Play With Madness? Well, Madness are at 29 so it wasn’t out of the question – sadly it never happened, though, I would have enjoyed seeing them do Baggy Trousers….

1 ( 1 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 2 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
3 ( 3 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
4 ( 9 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
5 ( 6 ) I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder
6 ( NEW ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
7 ( 7 ) I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN Roger
8 ( 13 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Aswad
9 ( 4 ) BEAT DIS Bomb The Bass
10 ( 10 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart

11 ( 5 ) LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS Taja Seville
12 ( 11 ) THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel & Kim
13 ( 17 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
14 ( 52 ) STAY ON THESE ROADS a-ha
15 ( 8 ) DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE Coldcut/ Yazz & The Plastic Population
16 ( 15 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
17 ( 29 ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell
18 ( 12 ) HEART OF GOLD Johnny Hates Jazz
19 ( 16 ) I GET WEAK Belinda Carlisle
20 ( 28 ) I FOUGHT THE LAW The Clash

21 ( 18 ) I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL Eric B & Rakim
22 ( 20 ) RECKLESS Afrika Bambaata/ UB40
23 ( 44 ) DREAMING Glen Goldsmith
24 ( 24 ) DEVIL INSIDE INXS
25 ( 30 ) SHIP OF FOOLS Erasure
26 ( 19 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
27 ( 36 ) CROSS MY BROKEN HEART Sinitta
28 ( 23 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
29 ( 34 ) I PRONOUNCE YOU Madness
30 ( 14 ) CRASH The Primitives

31 ( 21 ) CRAZY Icehouse
32 ( 32 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
33 ( 22 ) HOW MEN ARE Aztec Camera
34 ( 33 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
35 ( NEW ) I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama
36 ( 37 ) TOGETHER FOREVER Rick Astley
37 ( 27 ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
38 ( 59 ) BASS (HOW LOW CAN YOU GO) Simon Harris
39 ( NEW ) AIN’T COMPLAININ’ Status Quo
40 ( 48 ) I WANT HER Keith Sweat

41 ( 38 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
42 ( 39 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
43 ( 43 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
44 ( 50 ) CARS AND GIRLS Prefab Sprout
45 ( 31 ) I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue
46 ( 46 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
47 ( 25 ) I WALK THE EARTH Voice Of The Beehive
48 ( 47 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
49 ( 75 ) TEMPTATION Wet Wet Wet
50 ( 40 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)

51 ( 65 ) DROP THE BOY Bros
52 ( 71 ) GIRLFRIEND Pebbles
53 ( 72 ) PROVE YOUR LOVE Taylor Dayne
54 ( 42 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
55 ( 68 ) JUST A MIRAGE Jellybean/ Adele Bertei
56 ( 26 ) DOMINION Sisters Of Mercy
57 ( 57 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
58 ( 35 ) SUEDEHEAD Morrissey
59 ( 74 ) COULD’VE BEEN Tiffany
60 ( 60 ) BAD Michael Jackson

61 ( 49 ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
62 ( NEW ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
63 ( 63 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
64 ( 62 ) SHAME Eurythmics
65 ( NEW ) GENE AND JIM ARE INTO SHAKES Gene and Jim
66 ( NEW ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE MY LOVE FOR YOU Engelbert Humperdinck
67 ( 67 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
68 ( 41 ) JUST LIKE PARADISE David Lee Roth
69 ( 69 ) PUSH IT Salt ‘n’ Pepa
70 ( 55 ) THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘n’ Chill

71 ( 70 ) HUMAN Human League
72 ( NEW ) PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole
73 ( 58 ) ROK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
74 ( NEW ) MR BOJANGLES Nina Simone
75 ( NEW ) CAN I PLAY WITH MADNESS Iron Maiden

Playlist faves of that week
1 ISLAND GIRL Elton John
2 DANCING IN THE CITY Marshall-Hain
3 MORE THAN A FEELING Boston

My February 1988 Charts

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The local Jurassic Coastline, Dorset UK in 1988 (it hasn’t changed much since then!)

7th February 1988

It’s a second week on top for Taylor Dayne and a second week at 2 for Jacko as Bros go top 3 – to my surprise, as I didn’t recall them getting that high, but it was a good single. Back in at 4, Was (Not Was) bring Spy In The House Of Love back as it starts to sell in the UK at last, and it instantly peaks higher, and quite right too, helped by me buying it in the bargain bins in between releases. Icehouse are also back in again for the same reissued reasons, and a new peak of 10 and a 3rd top 10 to boot. Another House track in the top 10 and 3 in the 20, I was more into the new sound of music than I remembered.

Highest actual newly-debuted track is from Abba’s Agnetha, 14 years a total fave of mine, and the lead single off her Peter Cetera-produced (he of Chicago) album, more MOR than previous solo stuff, giving her 5 years of solo chart entries outside Abba. About as prolific as Kate Bush on the album front, she’d stretch that out another 25 years or so with an assist from Gary Barlow on the most-recent. Billy Ocean pops back with yet another in his 12-years-long run of hit singles (with a gap in the middle), the catchy Get Outta My Dreams. Pity about the creepy Get Into My Car stalker-ish sentence-end!

Stevie Wonder is back with You Will Know, one of his more memorable post-1986 singles (not that that says much), for 20 years of hits! Squeeze take a telephone number into the charts for 10 years of hits, and immediately ruin their chances of a hit as the number is not remotely memorable, even if the tune is OK. OMD are Dreaming, but the reality is the singles are getting less-memorable 8 years on, Faith No More pop back with We Care A Lot, Cherrelle & Alexander O’Neal double-up again, not Saturday Love this time, as they never knew love like this one before. Bryan Ferry enjoys a bit of Kiss & Tell 16 years on, Aztec Camera, though, know How Men Are and look down on that sort of thing 5 years on from feeling Oblivious to it.

1 ( 1 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
2 ( 2 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
3 ( 6 ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
4 ( NEW ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
5 ( 5 ) ROK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
6 ( 14 ) THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘n’ Chill
7 ( 9 ) HOT IN THE CITY Billy Idol
8 ( 3 ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby
9 ( 4 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
10 ( NEW ) CRAZY Icehouse

11 ( 10 ) O L’AMOUR Dollar
12 ( 12 ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
13 ( 7 ) SHAME Eurythmics
14 ( 13 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
15 ( 8 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
16 ( 32 ) I DON’T MIND AT ALL Bourgeois Tag
17 ( 22 ) TIRED OF GETTING PUSHED AROUND 2 Men, A Drum Machine & A Trumpet
18 ( 20 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Joyce Sims
19 ( 19 ) MANDINKA Sinead O’Connor
20 ( 15 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys

21 ( 17 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
22 ( 28 ) GIMME HOPE JO’ANNA Eddy Grant
23 ( 16 ) RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher
24 ( 18 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
25 ( 29 ) WHEN WE WAS FAB George Harrison
26 ( 21 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
27 ( 27 ) CANDLE IN THE WIND (LIVE) Elton John
28 ( 25 ) SHAKE YOUR LOVE Debbie Gibson
29 ( NEW ) THE LAST TIME Agnetha Faltskog
30 ( 34 ) I WANNA BE A FLINTSTONE The Screaming Blue Messiahs

31 ( 46 ) I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue
32 ( 11 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
33 ( 23 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
34 ( 33 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
35 ( 37 ) VALENTINE T’Pau
36 ( 35 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
37 ( 24 ) I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama
38 ( NEW ) GET OUTTA MY DREAMS GET INTO MY CAR Billy Ocean
39 ( 48 ) WILD HEARTED WOMAN All About Eve
40 ( 38 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac

41 ( 26 ) JINGO Jellybean
42 ( 42 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
43 ( 36 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
44 ( 41 ) BAD Michael Jackson
45 ( 45 ) SIDESHOW Wendy & Lisa
46 ( 43 ) STUCK ON YOU Elvis Presley
47 ( 30 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
48 ( 31 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
49 ( 57 ) HAZY SHADE OF WINTER The Bangles
50 ( NEW ) YOU WILL KNOW Stevie Wonder

51 ( 44 ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
52 ( NEW ) 853-5937 Squeeze
53 ( 54 ) HUNGRY EYES Eric Carmen
54 ( 47 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
55 ( 39 ) JENNIFER SHE SAID Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
56 ( 64 ) MORE LOVE Feargal Sharkey
57 ( 60 ) ASIMBONANGA Johnny Clegg & Savuka
58 ( 55 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
59 ( 66 ) GIVE ME THE REASON Luther Vandross
60 ( 58 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys

61 ( 40 ) PARADISE Black
62 ( 51 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
63 ( 49 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole
64 ( NEW ) DREAMING OMD
65 ( 50 ) ALL SYSTEMS GO Donna Summer
66 ( 65 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
67 ( NEW ) WE CARE A LOT Faith No More
68 ( 67 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
69 ( 56 ) LET ME BE THE ONE/ (REMIX) Expose
70 ( NEW ) NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS Cherrelle/ Alexander O’Neal

71 ( 74 ) NO MORE LIES Sharpe & Numan
72 ( 71 ) HUMAN Human League
73 ( NEW ) KISS AND TELL Bryan Ferry
74 ( NEW ) HOW MEN ARE Aztec Camera
75 ( NEW ) I SEE RED The Silencers

7th Feb
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 HEAVEN HELP MY HEART Elaine Page
2 HOT LOVE T.Rex
3 TEENAGE DREAM T.Rex

 

 

 

14th February 1988

It’s a new number one as Man In The Mirror gives Jacko his 3rd chart-topper off Bad and his 8th solo chart-topper, plus another with Rockwell and 3 more with his brothers. Agnetha Faltskog gets her first solo top 10, Kylie her first top 20, and as a Barry White oldie makes my current charts this week – so he did in 1988 too, his 1974 Top 20 Never Never Gonna Give Ya Up. An even older classic, previously a Sex Pistols hit, debuts for Eddie Cochran, C’Mon Everybody being around 28 years old at the time. In at 26.

The Led Zep man is back again with a solo track, Heaven Knows, Vanessa Paradis, the French 14-year-old (if even that) debuts with the brilliant Joe Le Taxi. Future Mrs Kravitz I think. The Mission & Deacon Blue both add a little dignity to their list of chart entries, Paul Carrack grabs another solo hit to add to his 14-year-long run with other acts since he was asking How Long in 1974 with Ace. The Cure also return and my album tracks of the week get honorary pre-single chart spots of 76 and 77, they would both be much higher, and Heart would be out very soon for Pet Shop Boys.


1 ( 2 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
2 ( 1 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
3 ( 4 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
4 ( 3 ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
5 ( 10 ) CRAZY Icehouse
6 ( 6 ) THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘n’ Chill
7 ( 5 ) ROK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
8 ( 12 ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
9 ( 29 ) THE LAST TIME Agnetha Faltskog
10 ( 16 ) I DON’T MIND AT ALL Bourgeois Tag

11 ( 7 ) HOT IN THE CITY Billy Idol
12 ( 8 ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby
13 ( 9 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
14 ( 31 ) I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue
15 ( 19 ) MANDINKA Sinead O’Connor
16 ( 22 ) GIMME HOPE JO’ANNA Eddy Grant
17 ( 17 ) TIRED OF GETTING PUSHED AROUND 2 Men, A Drum Machine & A Trumpet
18 ( 14 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
19 ( 13 ) SHAME Eurythmics
20 ( 25 ) WHEN WE WAS FAB George Harrison

21 ( 30 ) I WANNA BE A FLINTSTONE The Screaming Blue Messiahs
22 ( 11 ) O L’AMOUR Dollar
23 ( 20 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
24 ( NEW ) NEVER NEVER GONNA GIVE YA UP (REMIX) Barry White
25 ( 27 ) CANDLE IN THE WIND (LIVE) Elton John
26 ( NEW ) C’MON EVERYBODY Eddie Cochran
27 ( 15 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
28 ( 18 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Joyce Sims
29 ( 38 ) GET OUTTA MY DREAMS GET INTO MY CAR Billy Ocean
30 ( 26 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson

31 ( 21 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
32 ( NEW ) HEAVEN KNOWS Robert Plant
33 ( 42 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
34 ( 34 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
35 ( 35 ) VALENTINE T’Pau
36 ( 47 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
37 ( 24 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
38 ( 64 ) DREAMING OMD
39 ( 43 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
40 ( 59 ) GIVE ME THE REASON Luther Vandross

41 ( 36 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
42 ( 40 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
43 ( NEW ) LET’S GET BRUTAL Nitro Deluxe
44 ( 23 ) RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher
45 ( 28 ) SHAKE YOUR LOVE Debbie Gibson
46 ( 53 ) HUNGRY EYES Eric Carmen
47 ( 33 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
48 ( 44 ) BAD Michael Jackson
49 ( 49 ) HAZY SHADE OF WINTER The Bangles
50 ( 52 ) 853-5937 Squeeze

51 ( NEW ) CRAZY FOR YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
52 ( 32 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
53 ( NEW ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
54 ( 37 ) I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama
55 ( 50 ) YOU WILL KNOW Stevie Wonder
56 ( 41 ) JINGO Jellybean
57 ( NEW ) DIGNITY Deacon Blue
58 ( 58 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
59 ( 67 ) WE CARE A LOT Faith No More
60 ( 60 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys

61 ( 46 ) STUCK ON YOU Elvis Presley
62 ( 48 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
63 ( 70 ) NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS Cherrelle/ Alexander O’Neal
64 ( 51 ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
65 ( 74 ) HOW MEN ARE Aztec Camera
66 ( NEW ) TOWER OF STRENGTH The Mission
67 ( 66 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
68 ( 73 ) KISS AND TELL Bryan Ferry
69 ( 68 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
70 ( 39 ) WILD HEARTED WOMAN All About Eve

71 ( NEW ) DON’T SHED A TEAR Paul Carrack
72 ( NEW ) HOW CAN I FORGET YOU Elisa Fiorello
73 ( 72 ) HUMAN Human League
74 ( NEW ) HOT HOT HOT The Cure
75 ( 62 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
76 ( NEW ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
77 ( RE ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac

Playlist oldies and album tracks of that week
1 HEART Pet Shop Boys
2 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
3 FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians

 

 

21st February 1988

It’s 2 weeks on top for Man In The Mirror and highest new entry at 6 is Yazz & The Plastic Population with yet another House track in the upper echelons – courtesy of Coldcut – and the fab Doctorin’ The House, outdoing Kylie Minogue who climbs to 8 with I Should Be So Lucky and Sinead O’Connor at 10 with Mandinka. They’ll both get the last laugh though in the long run…

Another dance great enters at 13 for Bomb The Bass, Beat Dis, as 2 oldies return – Berlin back after a short break with chart-topper Take My Breath Away at 15, and 60’s anthem My Generation from The Who at 17 debuting 20-odd years late and 19 years since Pinball Wizard introduced them to my charts. In at 18, a soul winner from Roger sounding all futuristic on I Want To Be Your Man back in at 18 after a 1987 chart-run.

Big climbs for Vanessa Paradis, Nitro Deluxe, Cherrelle & Alexander O’Neal, Eric Carmen, Faith No More, The Bangles & Stevie Wonder all going top 40. Cliff has Two Hearts in at 46 – not the Phil Collins song – Heart are Never stopping have new entries with older tracks, Sting has An Englishman In New York a few years before the remixed version does much better, Belinda Carlisle follows up her biggie as she gets weak at the effort, and Richard Marx pops in quietly ahead of some much bigger chart action in 1989 and 1992.


1 ( 1 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR Michael Jackson
2 ( 2 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
3 ( 3 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
4 ( 5 ) CRAZY Icehouse
5 ( 8 ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
6 ( NEW ) DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE Coldcut/ Yazz & The Plastic Population
7 ( 4 ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
8 ( 14 ) I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue
9 ( 10 ) I DON’T MIND AT ALL Bourgeois Tag
10 ( 15 ) MANDINKA Sinead O’Connor

11 ( 16 ) GIMME HOPE JO’ANNA Eddy Grant
12 ( 7 ) ROK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
13 ( NEW ) BEAT DIS Bomb The Bass
14 ( 6 ) THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘n’ Chill
15 ( NEW ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
16 ( 20 ) WHEN WE WAS FAB George Harrison
17 ( NEW ) MY GENERATION The Who
18 ( NEW ) I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN Roger
19 ( 13 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
20 ( 9 ) THE LAST TIME Agnetha Faltskog

21 ( 11 ) HOT IN THE CITY Billy Idol
22 ( 53 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
23 ( 12 ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby
24 ( 26 ) C’MON EVERYBODY Eddie Cochran
25 ( 43 ) LET’S GET BRUTAL Nitro Deluxe
26 ( 19 ) SHAME Eurythmics
27 ( 18 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
28 ( 29 ) GET OUTTA MY DREAMS GET INTO MY CAR Billy Ocean
29 ( 63 ) NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS Cherrelle/ Alexander O’Neal
30 ( 23 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys

31 ( 17 ) TIRED OF GETTING PUSHED AROUND 2 Men, A Drum Machine & A Trumpet
32 ( 32 ) HEAVEN KNOWS Robert Plant
33 ( 35 ) VALENTINE T’Pau
34 ( 33 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
35 ( 46 ) HUNGRY EYES Eric Carmen
36 ( 34 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
37 ( 30 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
38 ( 59 ) WE CARE A LOT Faith No More
39 ( 49 ) HAZY SHADE OF WINTER The Bangles
40 ( 55 ) YOU WILL KNOW Stevie Wonder

41 ( 41 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
42 ( 42 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
43 ( 66 ) TOWER OF STRENGTH The Mission
44 ( 27 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
45 ( 36 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
46 ( NEW ) TWO HEARTS Cliff Richard
47 ( 39 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
48 ( 21 ) I WANNA BE A FLINTSTONE The Screaming Blue Messiahs
49 ( 51 ) CRAZY FOR YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
50 ( 37 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher

51 ( 22 ) O L’AMOUR Dollar
52 ( 65 ) HOW MEN ARE Aztec Camera
53 ( 48 ) BAD Michael Jackson
54 ( 28 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Joyce Sims
55 ( 47 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
56 ( 57 ) DIGNITY Deacon Blue
57 ( NEW ) NEVER Heart
58 ( 31 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
59 ( 58 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
60 ( 40 ) GIVE ME THE REASON Luther Vandross

61 ( 38 ) DREAMING OMD
62 ( 60 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
63 ( 71 ) DON’T SHED A TEAR Paul Carrack
64 ( 25 ) CANDLE IN THE WIND (LIVE) Elton John
65 ( 45 ) SHAKE YOUR LOVE Debbie Gibson
66 ( 74 ) HOT HOT HOT The Cure
67 ( 68 ) KISS AND TELL Bryan Ferry
68 ( 67 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
69 ( 24 ) NEVER NEVER GONNA GIVE YA UP (REMIX) Barry White
70 ( 69 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne

71 ( NEW ) AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK Sting
72 ( 50 ) 853-5937 Squeeze
73 ( NEW ) I GET WEAK Belinda Carlisle
74 ( 73 ) HUMAN Human League
75 ( NEW ) SHOULD’VE KNOWN BETTER Richard Marx

Playlist oldies of the week
1 ISN’T IT TIME The Baby’s
2 CAN’T LET YOU GO Barry Ryan
3 MAGIC FLY Space

 

 

28th February 1988

It’s a brand new entry on top – sort of – as the Top 10 has one of the biggest turn-outs of the 80’s, with new entries climbers and big droppers, as Climie Fisher return with the 1987 top 10 track Love Changes (Everything) finally getting to be a UK hit second-time around. They hold off Coldcut & Yazz who climb to 2 with Doctorin’ The House, and Fleetwood Mac who finally get a single release and can stop pottering around the 76 and 77 spots as a playlist fave and enter at 3, the chart position it would have been hovering around for a couple of months had I allowed album tracks.

Berlin’s 1986 chart-topper is back in the top 5, and Roger’s 1987 top 20 hits a new peak of 4 as last week’s entire top 5 drops out of this week’s top 5. Bomb The Bass Beat Dis to 8, Belinda Carlisle rockets from 73 to 17 for her second solo top 20, as she gets a bit weak, and Johnny Hates Jazz get an instant top 20 with Heart Of Gold at 18. 50’s rocker Eddie Cochran gets a posthumous top 20 just ahead of newly-solo’d Smiths singer Morrissey, who debuts at 20 with Suedehead. The song that is, not with the Buzzjacker guesting on the track.

Mel & Kim return with their final single before Mel’s untimely death, the good That’s The Way It Is at 25, The Sisters Of Mercy are grabbing another hit with Dominion at 27, The Primitives crash in at 29, and Taja Seville’s sultry and wonderful Love Is Contagious is close behind at 30. Boy George is back at 45 living his life, and the unlikely collab between Afrika bambaata and UB40 results in a reckless new entry at 48. Eighth Wonder do the gifted Pet Shop Boys song (and soon to be album track) I’m Not Scared, bringing Patsy Kensit to fame and a cracking pop single to boot, in at 58, Prefab Sprout return with one of their best singles, the lovely Cars And Girls at 69, Erasure’s Ship Of Fools enters at 60, Rick Astley is back again with Together Forever at 68, and John Cougar and Echo & The Bunnymen extend their run of entries too. Heart’s 1986 top 40 track These Dreams returns just ahead of it’s reissue as a double A side with Never, in at 76 by way of featuring in my Playlist that week.

1 ( NEW ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
2 ( 6 ) DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE Coldcut/ Yazz & The Plastic Population
3 ( RE ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
4 ( 18 ) I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN Roger
5 ( 15 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
6 ( 4 ) CRAZY Icehouse
7 ( 5 ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
8 ( 13 ) BEAT DIS Bomb The Bass
9 ( 2 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
10 ( 1 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson

11 ( 3 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
12 ( 16 ) WHEN WE WAS FAB George Harrison
13 ( 22 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
14 ( 7 ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
15 ( 17 ) MY GENERATION The Who
16 ( 11 ) GIMME HOPE JO’ANNA Eddy Grant
17 ( 73 ) I GET WEAK Belinda Carlisle
18 ( NEW ) HEART OF GOLD Johnny Hates Jazz
19 ( 24 ) C’MON EVERYBODY Eddie Cochran
20 ( NEW ) SUEDEHEAD Morrissey

21 ( 14 ) THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘n’ Chill
22 ( 9 ) I DON’T MIND AT ALL Bourgeois Tag
23 ( 8 ) I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue
24 ( 12 ) ROK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
25 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel & Kim
26 ( 29 ) NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS Cherrelle/ Alexander O’Neal
27 ( NEW ) DOMINION Sisters Of Mercy
28 ( 10 ) MANDINKA Sinead O’Connor
29 ( NEW ) CRASH The Primitives
30 ( NEW ) LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS Taja Seville

31 ( 19 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
32 ( 39 ) HAZY SHADE OF WINTER The Bangles
33 ( 43 ) TOWER OF STRENGTH The Mission
34 ( 30 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
35 ( 34 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
36 ( 36 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
37 ( 48 ) CRAZY FOR YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
38 ( 45 ) TWO HEARTS Cliff Richard
39 ( 26 ) SHAME Eurythmics
40 ( 52 ) HOW MEN ARE Aztec Camera

41 ( 37 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
42 ( 41 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
43 ( 42 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
44 ( 27 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
45 ( NEW ) LIVE MY LIFE Boy George
46 ( 23 ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby
47 ( 21 ) HOT IN THE CITY Billy Idol
48 ( NEW ) RECKLESS Afrika Bambaata/ UB40
49 ( 44 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
50 ( 55 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers

51 ( 56 ) DIGNITY Deacon Blue
52 ( 71 ) AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK Sting
53 ( 46 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
54 ( 20 ) THE LAST TIME Agnetha Faltskog
55 ( 57 ) NEVER Heart
56 ( 53 ) BAD Michael Jackson
57 ( 28 ) GET OUTTA MY DREAMS GET INTO MY CAR Billy Ocean
58 ( NEW ) I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder
59 ( 38 ) WE CARE A LOT Faith No More
60 ( NEW ) SHIP OF FOOLS Erasure

61 ( NEW ) GOODGROOVE Derek B
62 ( 59 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
63 ( 66 ) HOT HOT HOT The Cure
64 ( 44 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
65 ( 67 ) KISS AND TELL Bryan Ferry
66 ( 31 ) TIRED OF GETTING PUSHED AROUND 2 Men, A Drum Machine & A Trumpet
67 ( 62 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
68 ( NEW ) TOGETHER FOREVER Rick Astley
69 ( NEW ) CARS AND GIRLS Prefab Sprout
70 ( 32 ) HEAVEN KNOWS Robert Plant

71 ( 68 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
72 ( 50 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
73 ( 74 ) HUMAN Human League
74 ( NEW ) CHECK IT OUT John Cougar Mellencamp
75 ( NEW ) PEOPLE ARE STRANGE Echo & The Bunnymen
76 ( NEW ) THESE DREAMS Heart

Playlist faves of that week
1 TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS The Beatles
2 SOLID GOLD EASY ACTION T.Rex
3 BE MY BABY The Ronettes

 

 

My Retro March 1970 Charts

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A record bag from Singapore, just the right size for singles, and an actual local Record label specialising in non-English records.

 

7th March 1970

It’s 2 weeks on top for The Beatles letting it be as I have to expand my charts to 80 due to the new stuff I like exceeding the old stuff exiting my charts. Stevie Wonder gets another top 10, he’s had quite the run of them since 1967 chart-topper I Was Made To Love Her, and James Taylor gets his first with Fire And Rain (and possibly his last too!), easily his best track. Highest new entry is a reggae cover of the Nina Simone minor entry, Bob & Marcia’s version is the definitive though, still fab and in at 16. I didn’t know it at the time, but by 1974 it had been reissued and bubbled under the charts and made my top 5 that year.

Blue Mink start getting into their stride, Good Morning Freedom kick-starting a great run of singles – Melting Pot never did it for me, but this one I was aware of by the mid-70’s as I’d become big on them in 1971. In at 33. Van Morrison returns with Moondance, at 55, The Four Tops 60’s Motown classic is UK reissued and charts at 57 – the first version I knew was Donnie Elbert’s fabulous cover in 1972, which hit 2 in my charts, still the definitive version for me, but y’know, The Four Tops, always fab.

The bottom 11 are all new: The Trems back with a decent song I don’t recall hearing, Gene Pitney still charting with another I don’t know well, The Guess Who double A side charting separately, The Cuff Links replacing The Archies new single in my list (Ron Dante both), Charlie Rich debuting with a Billy Sherrill song (previously Stand By Your Man and many others to come), Cornerstone taking my fancy with a Toni Wine song (she was on Sugar Sugar as singer of “I’m gonna make your life so sweet”, wrote Groovy Kind Of Love, Candida and others), while Joe South, Bill Deal & Jerry Butler all add to their run of chart entries with tracks I’ve never heard before in my life. Of the bottom 11 the only one I knew already was American Woman.


1 ( 1 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
2 ( 3 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
3 ( 2 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
4 ( 7 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 4
5 ( 4 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
6 ( 6 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
7 ( 5 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
8 ( 8 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 4
9 ( 12 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 9
10 ( 24 ) FIRE AND RAIN James Taylor # 10

11 ( 9 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
12 ( 10 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
13 ( 13 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 8
14 ( 20 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 14
15 ( 18 ) GOTTA HOLD ON TO THIS FEELING Junior Walker & The All Stars # 15
16 ( NEW ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 16
17 ( 11 ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 10
18 ( 25 ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 18
19 ( 29 ) SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon & Garfunkel # 19
20 ( 15 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3

21 ( 17 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
22 ( 14 ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 14
23 ( 21 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
24 ( 22 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
25 ( 40 ) WHO’S LOVIN’ YOU The Jackson 5 # 25
26 ( 19 ) CALL ME Aretha Franklin # 19
27 ( 16 ) PSYCHEDELIC SHACK The Temptations # 16
28 ( 34 ) LOVE, GUESS WHO Martha Reeves & The Vandellas # 28
29 ( 30 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
30 ( 26 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 8

31 ( 27 ) WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 14
32 ( 37 ) DON’T WORRY BABY The Tokens # 32
33 ( NEW ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink # 33
34 ( 47 ) SILLY SILLY FOOL Dusty Springfield # 34
35 ( 32 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
36 ( 39 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams # 36
37 ( 31 ) WHO DO YOU LOVE Juicy Lucy # 31
38 ( 45 ) MY BABY LOVES LOVIN’ White Plains # 38
39 ( 59 ) YOU’RE SUCH A GOOD-LOOKING WOMAN Joe Dolan # 39
40 ( 50 ) THE JOY OF LIVING Cliff & Hank # 40

41 ( 36 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
42 ( 23 ) CHURCH STREET SOUL REVIVAL The Exiles (aka Exile) # 18
43 ( 52 ) RUNNING BACK AND FORTH Edwin Starr # 43
44 ( 35 ) TIME Edwin Starr # 35
45 ( 28 ) ONE MILLION YEARS Robin Gibb # 20
46 ( 33 ) HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN Frijid Pink # 33
47 ( 63 ) ABC The Jackson 5 # 47
48 ( 58 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5 # 48
49 ( 60 ) KENTUCKY RAIN Elvis Presley # 49
50 ( 56 ) MY WOMAN’S MAN Dave Dee # 50

51 ( 48 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
52 ( 65 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell # 52
53 ( 43 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 6
54 ( 49 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4
55 ( NEW ) MOONDANCE Van Morrison # 55
56 ( 64 ) THAT SAME OLD FEELING Pickettywitch # 56
57 ( NEW ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH) The Four Tops # 57
58 ( 44 ) GET ON THE LINE The Archies # 9
59 ( 72 ) 24 HOURS OF SADNESS The Chi-Lites # 59
60 ( 51 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 6

61 ( 75 ) OOH CHILD (THINGS ARE GONNA GET EASIER) The Five Stairsteps # 61
62 ( 69 ) LOVE OR LET ME BE LONELY The Friends Of Distinction # 62
63 ( 73 ) TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME Tyrone Davis # 63
64 ( 53 ) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles # 6
65 ( 54 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 3
66 ( 70 ) IN AND OUT OF LOVE Bobby Vee # 66
67 ( 68 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Jimmy Cliff # 67
68 ( 74 ) WOODSTOCK Joni Mitchell # 68
69 ( 71 ) ADD SOME MUSIC TO YOUR DAY The Beach Boys # 69
70 ( NEW ) BY THE WAY The Tremeloes # 70

71 ( NEW ) A STREET CALLED HOPE Gene Pitney # 71
72 ( NEW ) AMERICAN WOMAN The Guess Who # 72
73 ( NEW ) WHEN JULIE COMES AROUND The Cuff Links # 73
74 ( NEW ) 12 Jul 1939 Charlie Rich # 74
75 ( NEW ) HOLLY GO SOFTLY Cornerstone # 75
76 ( NEW ) NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUCCESS Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 76
77 ( NEW ) NO SUGAR TONIGHT The Guess Who # 77
78 ( NEW ) I COULD WRITE A BOOK Jerry Butler # 78
79 ( NEW ) CHILDREN Joe South # 79
80 ( NEW ) BUT YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU Evie Sands # 80

 

wot I liked then:

1 ( 1 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
2 ( 7 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
3 ( 3 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
4 ( 2 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
5 ( 12 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
6 ( 5 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
7 ( 9 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
8 ( 6 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
9 ( 4 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
10 ( 11 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel

11 ( NEW ) LET IT BE The Beatles
12 ( 8 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
13 ( 17 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
14 ( 10 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
15 ( NEW ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams
16 ( 19 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
17 ( 16 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
18 ( NEW ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
19 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5
20 ( NEW ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin

 

14th March 1970

It’s straight in at 1 for novelty-specialist Ray Stevens with the non-novelty gospel-MOR singalong anthem Everything Is Beautiful, which was my all-time fave record for much of the 70’s – it reminded me of Singapore (a neighbour blasted it out one lazy tropical, sunny morning and I fell in love with it), I loved the optimism and multi-cultural sentiment, the kids singing, the choir singing, it was very much of the time and the mood that things could change for the better. These cynical days it’s totally out-of-tune, in style, in mood, and after 50-years of destruction to the planet it would be hard to have this feature in a big movie except as an ironic background to misery and destruction. For me, though, it’s another What A Wonderful World, cos you have to keep trying or give up on humanity entirely.

Bob & Marcia rise to 5, saying it loud I’m black & proud, and doing it fab reggae style, and classic soul track Band Of Gold debuts Freda Payne at 10. I didn’t entirely get the lyrics until I was older (having heard it now and again in the mid-70’s), but oh my word, once they click you certainly feel for her! Blue Mink get a first top 20, multiculturalism in action, with Good Morning Freedom, while The Four Tops oldie goes top 40.

Newies include the jazz-funkrock of Ides Of March, and the fab Vehicle, at 53, Julie Felix (often on TV variety shows of the time) covering Simon & Garfunkel, Johnny Nash returning with a reggae-lite ditty that I know, but didn’t know I knew (I have his Greatest Hits on vinyl, prob from that), Diana Ross, The Supremes & The Temps returning with one I don’t know, Marc Bolan returning with one I do know courtesy of an MFP Tyrannosaurus Rex album I bought around 1973/4, CSN (& with added Neil Young) back with a cover of Joni Mitchell’s still-charting Woodstock, and a Bacharach-David song I’ve never heard as BJ Thomas follows-up the big version of a Bacharach-David song. As the lyrics are somewhat pertinent to my webcam views of deserted Playa Del Ingles in the Canaries and coronavirus-hit countries in general, there’s a gloomy not-anticipated appropriateness to them..

1 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
2 ( 1 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
3 ( 2 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
4 ( 3 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
5 ( 16 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 5
6 ( 5 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
7 ( 6 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
8 ( 4 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 4
9 ( 10 ) FIRE AND RAIN James Taylor # 9
10 ( NEW ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 10

11 ( 7 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
12 ( 14 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 12
13 ( 8 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 4
14 ( 11 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
15 ( 12 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
16 ( 19 ) SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon & Garfunkel # 16
17 ( 13 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 8
18 ( 15 ) GOTTA HOLD ON TO THIS FEELING Junior Walker & The All Stars # 15
19 ( 9 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 9
20 ( 33 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink # 20

21 ( 20 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
22 ( 18 ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 18
23 ( 25 ) WHO’S LOVIN’ YOU The Jackson 5 # 23
24 ( 21 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
25 ( 28 ) LOVE, GUESS WHO Martha Reeves & The Vandellas # 25
26 ( 17 ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 10
27 ( 32 ) DON’T WORRY BABY The Tokens # 27
28 ( 23 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
29 ( 24 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
30 ( 34 ) SILLY SILLY FOOL Dusty Springfield # 30

31 ( 39 ) YOU’RE SUCH A GOOD-LOOKING WOMAN Joe Dolan # 31
32 ( 22 ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 14
33 ( 29 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
34 ( 40 ) THE JOY OF LIVING Cliff & Hank # 34
35 ( 38 ) MY BABY LOVES LOVIN’ White Plains # 35
36 ( 57 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH) The Four Tops # 36
37 ( 30 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 8
38 ( 47 ) ABC The Jackson 5 # 38
39 ( 43 ) RUNNING BACK AND FORTH Edwin Starr # 39
40 ( 49 ) KENTUCKY RAIN Elvis Presley # 40

41 ( 31 ) WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 14
42 ( 35 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
43 ( 48 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5 # 43
44 ( 50 ) MY WOMAN’S MAN Dave Dee # 44
45 ( 26 ) CALL ME Aretha Franklin # 19
46 ( 52 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell # 46
47 ( 27 ) PSYCHEDELIC SHACK The Temptations # 16
48 ( 55 ) MOONDANCE Van Morrison # 48
49 ( 36 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams # 36
50 ( 61 ) OOH CHILD (THINGS ARE GONNA GET EASIER) The Five Stairsteps # 50

51 ( 37 ) WHO DO YOU LOVE Juicy Lucy # 31
52 ( 63 ) TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME Tyrone Davis # 52
53 ( NEW ) VEHICLE The Ides Of March # 53
54 ( 70 ) BY THE WAY The Tremeloes # 54
55 ( 51 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
56 ( 56 ) THAT SAME OLD FEELING Pickettywitch # 56
57 ( 41 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
58 ( 59 ) 24 HOURS OF SADNESS The Chi-Lites # 58
59 ( 71 ) A STREET CALLED HOPE Gene Pitney # 59
60 ( 66 ) IN AND OUT OF LOVE Bobby Vee # 60

61 ( 67 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Jimmy Cliff # 61
62 ( 68 ) WOODSTOCK Joni Mitchell # 62
63 ( 69 ) ADD SOME MUSIC TO YOUR DAY The Beach Boys # 63
64 ( 72 ) AMERICAN WOMAN The Guess Who # 64
65 ( NEW ) IF I COULD Julie Felix # 65
66 ( 73 ) WHEN JULIE COMES AROUND The Cuff Links # 66
67 ( 74 ) 12 Jul 1939 Charlie Rich # 67
68 ( 53 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 6
69 ( 76 ) NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUCCESS Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 69
70 ( NEW ) (WHAT A) GROOVY FEELING Johnny Nash # 70

71 ( 54 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4
72 ( NEW ) WHY (MUST WE FALL IN LOVE) Diana Ross & The Supremes with The Temptations # 72
73 ( 75 ) HOLLY GO SOFTLY Cornerstone # 73
74 ( RE ) YOU NEED LOVE LIKE I DO (DON’T YOU?) Gladys Knight & The Pips # 74
75 ( 77 ) NO SUGAR TONIGHT The Guess Who # 75
76 ( 78 ) I COULD WRITE A BOOK Jerry Butler # 76
77 ( NEW ) BY THE LIGHT OF THE MAGICAL MOON Tyrannosaurus Rex # 77
78 ( 79 ) CHILDREN Joe South # 78
79 ( NEW ) WOODSTOCK Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young # 79
80 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S OUT OF TOWN B.J. Thomas # 80

RETRO WHAT I LIKED THEN
1 ( 1 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
2 ( 3 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
3 ( 2 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
4 ( 5 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
5 ( 7 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
6 ( 10 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel
7 ( 11 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
8 ( 6 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
9 ( 13 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
10 ( 8 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5

11 ( 14 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
12 ( 9 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
13 ( 18 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
14 ( 15 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams
15 ( 19 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5
16 ( 12 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
17 ( 20 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
18 ( 17 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
19 ( 16 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
20 ( NEW ) LET’S WORK TOGETHER Canned Heat

 

 

21st March 1970

It’s 2 weeks on top for Ray Stevens’ optimistic gospel, just keeping off the fab reggae of Bob & Marcia at 2. The Supermes go top 10, fellow-Motown acts The Jackson 5 go top 20 and top 30, and Marta Reeves also hits the 20 in a quiet top 20 holding the potential onslaught of dozens of climbers lower down. Big jumps for The Ides Of March, The Beach Boys and BJ Thomas, with new top 40 slots for Joni Mitchell, Dave Clark 5, Dave Dee and Van Morrison, none of them strangers.

New entries are headed by Bowie’s The Prettiest Star, a version I don’t recall ever hearing, though I knew and loved the song back in ’72/’73 from The Old Grey Whistle Test I think and bought the Aladdin Sane album a few years later. Mary Hopkin gets a 4th chart entry on the heels of her hat-trick of chart-toppers, but it’s much more modest for her Eurovision song at 54. The Pipkins pop in with the ragtime novelty Gimme Dat Ding. Who dey? Well, Albert Hammond/ Mike Hazlewood wrote it obviously inspired by their Little Arrows success (among others) and they drafted in Tony Burrows (who else at this time!?) and Roger Greenaway, he of David and Jonathan and a million fab songs with Blue Mink’s Roger Cook (who go up to 17 this week). His chart-topping songs for me? You’ve Got Your Troubles, Home Lovin’ Man, I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing, Lovers Of The World Unite, Softly Whispering I Love You, Way Of Life, The Banner Man. All involved creatively would go on to better things then!

Eddie Holman knocks his own track out the list with both sides of his new single, one a song I don;t know, t’other a 50’s classic doo-wop Since I Don’t Have You, which would go on to chart for Guns ‘n’ Roses, Art Garfunkel, and best of all Don McLean. The Gentrys cover Neil Young’s Cinnamon Girl with a complete musical change of direction, it’s pretty rock-cool for a bubblegum-rock band with the previous still charting. The Bee Gees (minus Robin, who is elsewhere on the list) return with I.O.I.O. and a latin-jazz-rock instrumental sneaks in for El Chicano, and Tony Joe White has another Deep South swamp-blues story-song on the list.


1 ( 1 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
2 ( 5 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
3 ( 2 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
4 ( 4 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
5 ( 3 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
6 ( 10 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 6
7 ( 7 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
8 ( 6 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
9 ( 12 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 9
10 ( 8 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 4

11 ( 11 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
12 ( 9 ) FIRE AND RAIN James Taylor # 9
13 ( 13 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 4
14 ( 14 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
15 ( 15 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
16 ( 16 ) SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon & Garfunkel # 16
17 ( 20 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink # 17
18 ( 17 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 8
19 ( 23 ) WHO’S LOVIN’ YOU The Jackson 5 # 19
20 ( 25 ) LOVE, GUESS WHO Martha Reeves & The Vandellas # 20

21 ( 21 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
22 ( 18 ) GOTTA HOLD ON TO THIS FEELING Junior Walker & The All Stars # 15
23 ( 19 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 9
24 ( 31 ) YOU’RE SUCH A GOOD-LOOKING WOMAN Joe Dolan # 24
25 ( 36 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH) The Four Tops # 25
26 ( 24 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
27 ( 30 ) SILLY SILLY FOOL Dusty Springfield # 27
28 ( 38 ) ABC The Jackson 5 # 28
29 ( 26 ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 10
30 ( 34 ) THE JOY OF LIVING Cliff & Hank # 30

31 ( 53 ) VEHICLE The Ides Of March # 31
32 ( 28 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
33 ( 29 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
34 ( 46 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell # 34
35 ( 44 ) MY WOMAN’S MAN Dave Dee # 35
36 ( 22 ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 18
37 ( 48 ) MOONDANCE Van Morrison # 37
38 ( 33 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
39 ( 43 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5 # 39
40 ( 32 ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 14

41 ( 27 ) DON’T WORRY BABY The Tokens # 27
42 ( 52 ) TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME Tyrone Davis # 42
43 ( 50 ) OOH CHILD (THINGS ARE GONNA GET EASIER) The Five Stairsteps # 43
44 ( 37 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 8
45 ( NEW ) THE PRETTIEST STAR David Bowie # 45
46 ( 59 ) A STREET CALLED HOPE Gene Pitney # 46
47 ( 35 ) MY BABY LOVES LOVIN’ White Plains # 35
48 ( 54 ) BY THE WAY The Tremeloes # 48
49 ( 63 ) ADD SOME MUSIC TO YOUR DAY The Beach Boys # 49
50 ( 56 ) THAT SAME OLD FEELING Pickettywitch # 50

51 ( 42 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
52 ( 80 ) EVERYBODY’S OUT OF TOWN B.J. Thomas # 52
53 ( 40 ) KENTUCKY RAIN Elvis Presley # 40
54 ( NEW ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin # 54
55 ( 65 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix # 55
56 ( 67 ) 12 Jul 1939 Charlie Rich # 56
57 ( 64 ) AMERICAN WOMAN The Guess Who # 57
58 ( 61 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Jimmy Cliff # 58
59 ( 55 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
60 ( 62 ) WOODSTOCK Joni Mitchell # 60

61 ( 41 ) WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 14
62 ( NEW ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins # 62
63 ( NEW ) DON’T STOP NOW Eddie Holman # 63
64 ( 58 ) 24 HOURS OF SADNESS The Chi-Lites # 58
65 ( 66 ) WHEN JULIE COMES AROUND The Cuff Links # 65
66 ( 70 ) (WHAT A) GROOVY FEELING Johnny Nash # 66
67 ( 69 ) NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUCCESS Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 67
68 ( NEW ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Eddie Holman # 68
69 ( 72 ) WHY (MUST WE FALL IN LOVE) Diana Ross & The Supremes with The Temptations # 69
70 ( 74 ) YOU NEED LOVE LIKE I DO (DON’T YOU?) Gladys Knight & The Pips # 70

71 ( 73 ) HOLLY GO SOFTLY Cornerstone # 71
72 ( 75 ) NO SUGAR TONIGHT The Guess Who # 72
73 ( 76 ) I COULD WRITE A BOOK Jerry Butler # 73
74 ( 77 ) BY THE LIGHT OF THE MAGICAL MOON Tyrannosaurus Rex # 74
75 ( NEW ) CINNAMON GIRL The Gentrys # 75
76 ( NEW ) I.O.I.O. The Bee Gees 76
77 ( 78 ) CHILDREN Joe South 77
78 ( 79 ) WOODSTOCK Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 78
79 ( NEW ) VIVA TIRADO El Chicano 79
80 ( NEW ) HIGH SHERIFF OF CALHOUN PARRISH Tony Joe White 80

wot I liked that week then
1 ( 7 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
2 ( 4 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
3 ( 2 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
4 ( 5 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 3 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
6 ( 9 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
7 ( 6 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel
8 ( 8 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
9 ( 13 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
10 ( 10 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5

11 ( 15 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5
12 ( 12 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
13 ( NEW ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
14 ( 11 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
15 ( 17 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
16 ( 14 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams
17 ( 19 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
18 ( 16 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
19 ( 20 ) LET’S WORK TOGETHER Canned Heat
20 ( NEW ) YOU’RE SUCH A GOOD LOOKING WOMAN Joe Dolan

 

28th March 1970

It’s 3 weeks on top for Ray Stevens, holding off a challenge from the fab Band Of Gold, Freda Payne’s finest moment, as gospel-influenced tracks get to be quite the thing in the top 6 with the highest new entry and debut from Elton John, about to be able to give up singing cover versions of the latest hits on the budget Top Of The Pops albums of the time. Border Song remains one of his great tracks, and what a brilliant singer he was in his younger days, till his voice dropped circa 1990. In at 5, and the B side Bad Side Of The Moon enters lower down as the new album drop is weeks away.

Blue Mink go top 10, which gives them two simultaneously, more or less, as Madeleine Bell and Roger Cook join Lesley Duncan and the ever-present Tony Burrows in the back-up choir singing. The Ides Of March have a big climb into the 20, and Eurovision-winner Dana enters at 18, All Kinds Of Everything entering lower than she did in my charts of the time (2) but higher then the UK’s entry from Mary Hopkin – the Irish winner was a huge Two-Way Families Favourites radio playlister in 1970/71, as Forces overseas (us) listened to messages from home from family.

Bowie shoots his Prettiest Star into the 20, aided by Marc Bolan, who is lower down with his own T.Rex track, and what with Slade debuting too with a track I’ve never heard before (but it’s very Slade) we have the future of early 70’s pop music firmly established as the decade has barely begun: that future is Glam Rock. Gene Pitney grabs another top 40 to keep the 60’s flag flying, as do The Tremeloes, though neither will manage much beyond 1974 until the 80’s. The late Julie Felix, who sadly died this week, almost makes the 40, and the highest of the tracks new to me this week comes from The Moments. I was struck immediately with deja vu as the instrumental opener chimes in on Love On A Two-Way Street, and sure enough the soul ballad is the basis for a classic 2010’s opener that topped my charts: Empire State Of Mind, the finest moment for both Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. The song is a Sylvia Robinson goodie, she of future fab solo Pillow Talk hitsdom, the owner of the All-Platinum label mid-70’s disco-era chart success (it took The Moments 5 years to chart in the UK), and the woman who got Rapper’s Delight released, a game-changing record.

In at 71, The 5th Dimension are back with yet another entry – Puppet Man this time from the songwriting talent of Neil Sedaka, preparing the ground for his own singer-songwriter reinvention in 1972 – and Bobbie Gentry gets a second solo follow-up, third including duets, to the monster 1969 chart-topper that still nestles in my list. He Made A Woman Out Of Me is firmly back in Delta Country-Blues territory. Clodagh Rodgers gets a 4th, King Curtis brings a good instrumental in with the help of a famous friend, and Dusty assists her bruv Tom to his first chart mention.

1 ( 1 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens # 1
2 ( 6 ) BAND OF GOLD Freda Payne # 2
3 ( 3 ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
4 ( 2 ) (TO BE) YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK Bob & Marcia # 2
5 ( NEW ) BORDER SONG Elton John # 5
6 ( 4 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
7 ( 9 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 7
8 ( 5 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 2
9 ( 7 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
10 ( 17 ) GOOD MORNING FREEDOM Blue Mink # 10

11 ( 8 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
12 ( 31 ) VEHICLE The Ides Of March # 12
13 ( 25 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF (SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH) The Four Tops # 13
14 ( 11 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
15 ( 10 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 4
16 ( 14 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
17 ( 12 ) FIRE AND RAIN James Taylor # 9
18 ( NEW ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana # 18
19 ( 19 ) WHO’S LOVIN’ YOU The Jackson 5 # 19
20 ( 45 ) THE PRETTIEST STAR David Bowie # 20

21 ( 13 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 4
22 ( 15 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
23 ( 24 ) YOU’RE SUCH A GOOD-LOOKING WOMAN Joe Dolan # 23
24 ( 20 ) LOVE, GUESS WHO Martha Reeves & The Vandellas # 20
25 ( 21 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
26 ( 18 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 8
27 ( 46 ) A STREET CALLED HOPE Gene Pitney # 27
28 ( 28 ) ABC The Jackson 5 # 28
29 ( 16 ) SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon & Garfunkel # 16
30 ( 34 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell # 30

31 ( 22 ) GOTTA HOLD ON TO THIS FEELING Junior Walker & The All Stars # 15
32 ( 23 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 9
33 ( 26 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
34 ( 35 ) MY WOMAN’S MAN Dave Dee # 34
35 ( 54 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin # 35
36 ( 48 ) BY THE WAY The Tremeloes # 36
37 ( 37 ) MOONDANCE Van Morrison # 37
38 ( 33 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
39 ( 32 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
40 ( 42 ) TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME Tyrone Davis # 40

41 ( 29 ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 10
42 ( 55 ) IF I COULD Julie Felix # 42
43 ( 43 ) OOH CHILD (THINGS ARE GONNA GET EASIER) The Five Stairsteps # 43
44 ( 52 ) EVERYBODY’S OUT OF TOWN B.J. Thomas # 44
45 ( 38 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
46 ( 62 ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins # 46
47 ( 56 ) 12 Jul 1939 Charlie Rich # 47
48 ( 27 ) SILLY SILLY FOOL Dusty Springfield # 27
49 ( 57 ) AMERICAN WOMAN The Guess Who # 49
50 ( 68 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Eddie Holman # 50

51 ( 40 ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 14
52 ( 63 ) DON’T STOP NOW Eddie Holman # 52
53 ( 30 ) THE JOY OF LIVING Cliff & Hank # 30
54 ( 65 ) WHEN JULIE COMES AROUND The Cuff Links # 54
55 ( 36 ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 18
56 ( 67 ) NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE SUCCESS Bill Deal & The Rhondels # 56
57 ( 44 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 8
58 ( 49 ) ADD SOME MUSIC TO YOUR DAY The Beach Boys # 49
59 ( 69 ) WHY (MUST WE FALL IN LOVE) Diana Ross & The Supremes with The Temptations # 59
60 ( NEW ) LOVE ON A TWO-WAY STREET The Moments # 60

61 ( 59 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
62 ( 51 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
63 ( 70 ) YOU NEED LOVE LIKE I DO (DON’T YOU?) Gladys Knight & The Pips # 63
64 ( 75 ) CINNAMON GIRL The Gentrys # 64
65 ( 58 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Jimmy Cliff # 58
66 ( 66 ) (WHAT A) GROOVY FEELING Johnny Nash # 66
67 ( 79 ) VIVA TIRADO El Chicano # 67
68 ( 78 ) WOODSTOCK Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young # 68
69 ( 72 ) NO SUGAR TONIGHT The Guess Who # 69
70 ( 74 ) BY THE LIGHT OF THE MAGICAL MOON Tyrannosaurus Rex # 70

71 ( NEW ) PUPPET MAN The 5th Dimension # 71
72 ( 76 ) I.O.I.O. The Bee Gees # 72
73 ( NEW ) HE MADE A WOMAN OUT OF ME Bobbie Gentry # 73
74 ( 50 ) THAT SAME OLD FEELING Pickettywitch # 50
75 ( 77 ) CHILDREN Joe South # 75
76 ( NEW ) BAD SIDE OF THE MOON Elton John 76
77 ( NEW ) THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME Slade 77
78 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY GO HOME (THE PARTY’S OVER) Clodagh Rodgers 78
79 ( NEW ) TEASIN’ King Curtis with Delaney Bramlett, Eric Clapton & Friends 79
80 ( NEW ) MORNING PLEASE DON’T COME Dusty & Tom Springfield 80

Wot I liked then
1 ( 1 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
2 ( NEW ) ALL KINDS OF EVERYTHING Dana
3 ( 2 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
4 ( 4 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 3 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
6 ( 6 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
7 ( 5 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
8 ( 9 ) (TO BE) YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK Bob And Marcia
9 ( 13 ) KNOCK KNOCK WHO’S THERE Mary Hopkin
10 ( 8 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse

11 ( 7 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel
12 ( 10 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
13 ( 15 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin
14 ( 11 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5
15 ( 12 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
16 ( NEW ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum
17 ( NEW ) GIMME DAT DING The Pipkins
18 ( 18 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
19 ( 16 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams
20 ( NEW ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF The Four Tops

My Retro February 1970 Charts

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Transfers I used to buy in packets of popcorn from the school tuck shop at RAF Seletar Secondary Modern in Singapore around this time. My school bag was covered in them. The right-hand side was from the TV animated version of Monkey which has been remade endlessly ever since in all sorts of versions.

 

7th February 1970

It’s a second week on top for Bridge Over Troubled Water as all other album tracks climb, notably Cecilia into the top 10, giving Simon & Garfunkel 3 at once. Brotherhood Of man get a first top 10, John Lennon a 2nd solo top 5. In a quiet week for newies, Junior Walker gets the highest, with other Motown acts popping in with B sides lower down. In my charts of what I liked and knew back in the day, there’s an expansion to 20 as I start to hear a lot more stuff in Singapore than I did previously – probably due to the new stereo record player mum and dad bought, which had a radio. Our first ever stereo system. Music never sounded so good!


1 ( 1 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
2 ( 2 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
3 ( 6 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 3
4 ( 3 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
5 ( 9 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 5
6 ( 4 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
7 ( 5 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
8 ( 22 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 8
9 ( 16 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 9
10 ( 10 ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 10

11 ( 7 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
12 ( 17 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 12
13 ( 8 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 8
14 ( 14 ) WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 14
15 ( 23 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 15
16 ( 11 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
17 ( 13 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
18 ( 18 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 18
19 ( 15 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
20 ( 25 ) PSYCHEDELIC SHACK The Temptations # 20

21 ( 19 ) ELIZABETHAN REGGAE Boris Gardiner # 19
22 ( 12 ) GET ON THE LINE The Archies # 9
23 ( 40 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 23
24 ( 33 ) CHURCH STREET SOUL REVIVAL The Exiles (aka Exile) # 24
25 ( 21 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
26 ( 32 ) ONE MILLION YEARS Robin Gibb # 26
27 ( 38 ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 27
28 ( 20 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 6
29 ( 36 ) CALL ME Aretha Franklin # 29
30 ( 31 ) I’VE GOTTA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Steam # 30

31 ( 24 ) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles # 6
32 ( 28 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4
33 ( 27 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger # 17
34 ( 26 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong # 16
35 ( 30 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King # 24
36 ( 29 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Carpenters # 9
37 ( 53 ) JUST A LITTLE MISUNDERSTANDING The Contours # 37
38 ( 39 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 6
39 ( 50 ) SWEET SENSATION The Melodians # 39
40 ( 56 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 40

41 ( 34 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 3
42 ( 35 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY The 5th Dimension # 15
43 ( 41 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
44 ( 55 ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 44
45 ( 37 ) FRIENDS Arrival # 29
46 ( 54 ) TIME Edwin Starr # 46
47 ( 48 ) THE BELLS The Originals # 47
48 ( 57 ) LU Peggy Lipton # 48
49 ( 42 ) SHE Tommy James & The Shondells # 10
50 ( 43 ) NO TIME The Guess Who # 9

51 ( 45 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 4
52 ( 47 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
53 ( 49 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
54 ( 44 ) THE GHETTO Donny Hathaway # 40
55 ( 62 ) SYMPATHY Rare Bird # 55
56 ( NEW ) GOTTA HOLD ON TO THIS FEELING Junior Walker & The All Stars # 56
57 ( 52 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
58 ( 67 ) HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN Frijid Pink # 58
59 ( 61 ) BACK TO DREAMIN’ AGAIN Pat Shannon # 59
60 ( 64 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Thelma Houston # 60

61 ( 70 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams # 61
62 ( 60 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 8
63 ( 59 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 2
64 ( 74 ) SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon & Garfunkel # 64
65 ( 72 ) SHILO Neil Diamond # 65
66 ( 69 ) TRAVELIN’ BAND Creedence Clearwater Revival # 66
67 ( 73 ) MY BABY LOVES LOVIN’ White Plains # 67
68 ( 63 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
69 ( 65 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
70 ( 75 ) YEARS MAY COME YEARS MAY GO Hermans Hermits # 70

71 ( NEW ) WHO DO YOU LOVE Juicy Lucy # 71
72 ( NEW ) YOU’RE THE ONE Little Sister (aka Sly & The Family Stone) # 72
73 ( NEW ) LOVE, GUESS WHO Martha Reeves & The Vandellas # 73
74 ( NEW ) RUNNING BACK AND FORTH Edwin Starr # 74
75 ( NEW ) VIETNAM Jimmy Cliff # 75

7th Feb Wot I Liked Then
1 ( 4 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
2 ( 1 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
3 ( 2 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
4 ( 6 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fayre
5 ( 3 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade
6 ( 7 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
7 ( 9 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
8 ( 5 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
9 ( 10 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The Fifth Dimension
10 ( RE ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger

11 ( 8 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
12 ( RE ) FRIENDS Arrival
13 ( NEW ) WANDERIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
14 ( RE ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry
15 ( NEW ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
16 ( NEW ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
17 ( RE ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley
18 ( NEW ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
19 ( RE ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations
20 ( NEW ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King

 

 

 

 

14th February 1970

It’s 3 weeks on top for Bridge Over Troubled Water as the total of tracks off the album in the top increases to 4, and Robin Gibb gets his 2nd solo top 10. The Gentrys go top 20, sort-of anticipating that sha-la-la chorus off Amarillo a year ahead of Neil Sedaka, Junior Walker gets another top 40, ditto Mama Cass & Edwin Starr, while Peggy Lipton gets a first with the Laura Nyro song.

New entries are thin on the ground, just Cliff & Hank going for a second duet at 69, Tommy Roe continues his post-Dizzy comeback, early 60’s band The Tokens cover The Beach Boys, Dusty pops in with a track I’ve never heard before, and another 60’s veteran Bobby Vee at 75 with a song he wrote himself. I took my mum to see a 60’s package tour featuring Tommy Roe and Bobby Vee back in the day. They were great.

1 ( 1 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
2 ( 3 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
3 ( 2 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
4 ( 5 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 4
5 ( 8 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 5
6 ( 4 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
7 ( 23 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 7
8 ( 9 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 8
9 ( 12 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
10 ( 10 ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 10

11 ( 6 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
12 ( 7 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
13 ( 15 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 13
14 ( 14 ) WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 14
15 ( 11 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
16 ( 13 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 8
17 ( 17 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
18 ( 40 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 18
19 ( 20 ) PSYCHEDELIC SHACK The Temptations # 19
20 ( 27 ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 20

21 ( 24 ) CHURCH STREET SOUL REVIVAL The Exiles (aka Exile) # 21
22 ( 16 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
23 ( 19 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
24 ( 26 ) ONE MILLION YEARS Robin Gibb # 24
25 ( 25 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
26 ( 18 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 18
27 ( 37 ) JUST A LITTLE MISUNDERSTANDING The Contours # 27
28 ( 29 ) CALL ME Aretha Franklin # 28
29 ( 30 ) I’VE GOTTA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Steam # 29
30 ( 22 ) GET ON THE LINE The Archies # 9

31 ( 21 ) ELIZABETHAN REGGAE Boris Gardiner # 19
32 ( 56 ) GOTTA HOLD ON TO THIS FEELING Junior Walker & The All Stars # 32
33 ( 28 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 6
34 ( 44 ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 34
35 ( 31 ) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles # 6
36 ( 48 ) LU Peggy Lipton # 36
37 ( 32 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4
38 ( 46 ) TIME Edwin Starr # 38
39 ( 36 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Carpenters # 9
40 ( 33 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger # 17

41 ( 35 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King # 24
42 ( 38 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 6
43 ( 71 ) WHO DO YOU LOVE Juicy Lucy # 43
44 ( 43 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
45 ( 41 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 3
46 ( 34 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong # 16
47 ( 58 ) HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN Frijid Pink # 47
48 ( 55 ) SYMPATHY Rare Bird # 48
49 ( 64 ) SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon & Garfunkel # 49
50 ( 61 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams # 50

51 ( 51 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 4
52 ( 47 ) THE BELLS The Originals # 47
53 ( 39 ) SWEET SENSATION The Melodians # 39
54 ( 42 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY The 5th Dimension # 15
55 ( 45 ) FRIENDS Arrival # 29
56 ( 52 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
57 ( 53 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
58 ( 60 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Thelma Houston # 58
59 ( 65 ) SHILO Neil Diamond # 59
60 ( 67 ) MY BABY LOVES LOVIN’ White Plains # 60

61 ( 54 ) THE GHETTO Donny Hathaway # 40
62 ( 50 ) NO TIME The Guess Who # 9
63 ( 57 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
64 ( 70 ) YEARS MAY COME YEARS MAY GO Hermans Hermits # 64
65 ( 74 ) RUNNING BACK AND FORTH Edwin Starr # 65
66 ( 73 ) LOVE, GUESS WHO Martha Reeves & The Vandellas # 66
67 ( 62 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 8
68 ( 72 ) YOU’RE THE ONE Little Sister (aka Sly & The Family Stone) # 68
69 ( NEW ) THE JOY OF LIVING Cliff & Hank # 69
70 ( 63 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 2

71 ( NEW ) STIR IT UP AND SERVE IT Tommy Roe # 71
72 ( NEW ) DON’T WORRY BABY The Tokens # 72
73 ( NEW ) SILLY SILLY FOOL Dusty Springfield # 73
74 ( 75 ) VIETNAM Jimmy Cliff # 74
75 ( NEW ) IN AND OUT OF LOVE Bobby Vee # 75

RETRO THEN
1 ( 1 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
3 ( 6 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
4 ( 7 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
5 ( 3 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
6 ( 4 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fare
7 ( 5 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade
8 ( 13 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
9 ( 16 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
10 ( 15 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell

11 ( 10 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger
12 ( 11 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
13 ( 9 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The Fifth Dimension
14 ( 18 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
15 ( 14 ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry
16 ( NEW ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel
17 ( 20 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King
18 ( NEW ) INSTANT KARMA The Plastic Ono Band
19 ( NEW ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man
20 ( NEW ) BE YOUNG BE FOOLISH BE HAPPY The Tams

 

21st February 1970

It’s 4 weeks on top for Bridge, still holding off Spirit In The Sky and as the only other challengers are 3 tracks from the Simon & Garfunkel album at 3, 5 & 8. Cecilia and El Condor Pasa were tracks I loved in Singapore and onward since, I didn’t hear any covers at the time and I’ve yet to hear any that come anywhere near being as good as the originals. The Only Living Boy In New York I didn’t really notice until 1976 but it has grown in stature ever since, not least helped by a great version from Everything But The Girl.

Robin Gibb has 2 top 20 tracks, and the highest new entry is from a revamped Supremes, now minus Diana Ross, and plus new lead vocalist Jean Terrell who did a cracking job from Up The Ladder To The Roof onwards, in at 29 here. Mary Wilson, now the only original member fought Berry Gordy who wanted Syreeta (future Mrs Stevie Wonder) – Syreeta was great but the tones of Jean suited later fab tracks more.

Other newies: The Jackson 5 side, and 21st century-charting in the UK, Who’s Loving You is in at 53, Dave Dee gets a first solo entry minus the gang, The Dave Clark 5 do a fairly pedestrian cover of The Youngbloods’ Everybody Get Together, Joe Dolan has an old-fashioned uptempo return, Polly Brown debuts with Pickettywitch 4 years ahead of Sweet Dreams’ Abba cover and her own solo hit, Elvis pops in with a semi-decent Kentucky Rain as his career starts to descend into Las Vegas schmaltz or pomp or both generally, a Jimmy Cliff track I don’t know replaces Viet-Nam in the list, a Beach Boys single I’ve never heard in my life drops in, The Chi-Lites keep their run of entries going, ditto Gladys Knight & The Pips, and also The Archies who’s latest single was one of their most uninspired tracks and a bizarre choice given the TV theme at 35 was way better even if it didn’t sound like Sugar Sugar.

1 ( 1 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
2 ( 2 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
3 ( 5 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
4 ( 7 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 4
5 ( 3 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
6 ( 4 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 4
7 ( 6 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
8 ( 18 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 8
9 ( 9 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9
10 ( 10 ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 10

11 ( 8 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 8
12 ( 13 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 12
13 ( 11 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
14 ( 12 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
15 ( 20 ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 15
16 ( 19 ) PSYCHEDELIC SHACK The Temptations # 16
17 ( 15 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
18 ( 21 ) CHURCH STREET SOUL REVIVAL The Exiles (aka Exile) # 18
19 ( 17 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
20 ( 24 ) ONE MILLION YEARS Robin Gibb # 20

21 ( 14 ) WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 14
22 ( 16 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 8
23 ( 32 ) GOTTA HOLD ON TO THIS FEELING Junior Walker & The All Stars # 23
24 ( 27 ) JUST A LITTLE MISUNDERSTANDING The Contours # 24
25 ( 28 ) CALL ME Aretha Franklin # 25
26 ( 23 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
27 ( 22 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
28 ( 34 ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 28
29 ( NEW ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 29
30 ( 36 ) LU Peggy Lipton # 30

31 ( 25 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
32 ( 26 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 18
33 ( 43 ) WHO DO YOU LOVE Juicy Lucy # 33
34 ( 47 ) HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN Frijid Pink # 34
35 ( 30 ) GET ON THE LINE The Archies # 9
36 ( 31 ) ELIZABETHAN REGGAE Boris Gardiner # 19
37 ( 38 ) TIME Edwin Starr # 37
38 ( 33 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 6
39 ( 49 ) SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon & Garfunkel # 39
40 ( 50 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams # 40

41 ( 29 ) I’VE GOTTA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Steam # 29
42 ( 35 ) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles # 6
43 ( 37 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4
44 ( 39 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Carpenters # 9
45 ( 44 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
46 ( 66 ) LOVE, GUESS WHO Martha Reeves & The Vandellas # 46
47 ( 42 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 6
48 ( 72 ) DON’T WORRY BABY The Tokens # 48
49 ( 40 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger # 17
50 ( 60 ) MY BABY LOVES LOVIN’ White Plains # 50

51 ( 45 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 3
52 ( 41 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King # 24
53 ( NEW ) WHO’S LOVIN’ YOU The Jackson 5 # 53
54 ( 51 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 4
55 ( 73 ) SILLY SILLY FOOL Dusty Springfield # 55
56 ( 69 ) THE JOY OF LIVING Cliff & Hank # 56
57 ( 64 ) YEARS MAY COME YEARS MAY GO Hermans Hermits # 57
58 ( 56 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
59 ( 57 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
60 ( 65 ) RUNNING BACK AND FORTH Edwin Starr # 60

61 ( NEW ) MY WOMAN’S MAN Dave Dee # 61
62 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5 # 62
63 ( NEW ) YOU’RE SUCH A GOOD-LOOKING WOMAN Joe Dolan # 63
64 ( NEW ) THAT SAME OLD FEELING Pickettywitch # 64
65 ( NEW ) KENTUCKY RAIN Elvis Presley # 65
66 ( 48 ) SYMPATHY Rare Bird # 48
67 ( 68 ) YOU’RE THE ONE Little Sister (aka Sly & The Family Stone) # 67
68 ( NEW ) COME INTO MY LIFE Jimmy Cliff # 68
69 ( NEW ) LOVE OR LET ME BE LONELY The Friends Of Distinction # 69
70 ( 75 ) IN AND OUT OF LOVE Bobby Vee # 70

71 ( 71 ) STIR IT UP AND SERVE IT Tommy Roe # 71
72 ( NEW ) ADD SOME MUSIC TO YOUR DAY The Beach Boys # 72
73 ( NEW ) 24 HOURS OF SADNESS The Chi-Lites # 73
74 ( NEW ) YOU NEED LOVE LIKE I DO (DON’T YOU?) Gladys Knight & The Pips # 74
75 ( NEW ) WHO’S YOUR BABY The Archies # 75

wot I liked that week then
1 ( 1 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
2 ( 3 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
3 ( 9 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
4 ( 4 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
5 ( 2 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
6 ( 8 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
7 ( 5 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
8 ( 10 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
9 ( 7 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade
10 ( 14 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood

11 ( 6 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fare
12 ( 11 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger
13 ( 16 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel
14 ( 12 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
15 ( NEW ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
16 ( 17 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King
17 ( 18 ) INSTANT KARMA The Plastic Ono Band
18 ( 19 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man
19 ( 13 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The Fifth Dimension
20 ( NEW ) VENUS Shocking Blue

 

28th February 1970

It’s a new entry at 1 for The Beatles – not for the first time, probably not for the last time – as their farewell UK single Let It Be arrives ahead of the album recorded during the difficult break-up before Abbey Road. It’s one of Paul’s best songs, even he was generally unhappy with the Phil Spector strings on some tracks, and gives the fabs a 42nd chart entry in their 4th year of charting, and their 8th number 1. Singer-songwriter with the smooth voice, James Taylor is busy pushing his new album at the moment, but 50 years ago his then-newish album was out with the classic track Fire And Rain about ready for release as a single, good enough reason for me to enter it at 24 – certainly a song I was aware of in 1970.

The Jackson 5 get a second top 40 track as they also enter with their 2nd single and third chart entry ABC at 63 – basically I Want You Back part 2 and my least fave of their first 6 singles, though Sigala did a good revamp a few years back. In retrospect it still sounds fresh-ish and energetic. As a staple of US variety TV shows at the time, I did get to see the boys perform on Singapore showings of The Ed Sullivan Show and others like the cool Flip Wilson Show and the fab Andy Williams Show. “Can I have a cookie?” Cue man in a bear suit. You had to be there….

In at 65, Joni Mitchell gets the first of 2 from her brand new album this week 50 years ago – it’s Big Yellow Taxi, much covered and very very much an early description of Planet Earth in the 21st Century, as her album track Woodstock (and soon to be covered) the ode to the famous hippy festival pops in at 74. Tyrone Davis gets another chart entry, and The Five Stairsteps return with their 6th chart entry O-o-h Child, originally B side to the poor cover of Dear Prudence, the future hit for Dino in the 80’s, and covers by The Detroit Spinners, Nina Simone, Dusty Springfield, Mary Wilson, Hall & Oates, among many others, and a sample by Janet Jackson give a clue to the regard it’s held in. Not bad for a B side.

1 ( NEW ) LET IT BE The Beatles # 1
2 ( 1 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
3 ( 4 ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 3
4 ( 2 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 2
5 ( 3 ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 3
6 ( 5 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
7 ( 8 ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 7
8 ( 6 ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 4
9 ( 7 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
10 ( 9 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 9

11 ( 10 ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 10
12 ( 12 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 12
13 ( 11 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 8
14 ( 15 ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 14
15 ( 13 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
16 ( 16 ) PSYCHEDELIC SHACK The Temptations # 16
17 ( 14 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
18 ( 23 ) GOTTA HOLD ON TO THIS FEELING Junior Walker & The All Stars # 18
19 ( 25 ) CALL ME Aretha Franklin # 19
20 ( 29 ) UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF The Supremes # 20

21 ( 17 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
22 ( 19 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
23 ( 18 ) CHURCH STREET SOUL REVIVAL The Exiles (aka Exile) # 18
24 ( NEW ) FIRE AND RAIN James Taylor # 24
25 ( 28 ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 25
26 ( 22 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 8
27 ( 21 ) WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 14
28 ( 20 ) ONE MILLION YEARS Robin Gibb # 20
29 ( 39 ) SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon & Garfunkel # 29
30 ( 26 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1

31 ( 33 ) WHO DO YOU LOVE Juicy Lucy # 31
32 ( 27 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
33 ( 34 ) HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN Frijid Pink # 33
34 ( 46 ) LOVE, GUESS WHO Martha Reeves & The Vandellas # 34
35 ( 37 ) TIME Edwin Starr # 35
36 ( 31 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
37 ( 48 ) DON’T WORRY BABY The Tokens # 37
38 ( 24 ) JUST A LITTLE MISUNDERSTANDING The Contours # 24
39 ( 40 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams # 39
40 ( 53 ) WHO’S LOVIN’ YOU The Jackson 5 # 40

41 ( 30 ) LU Peggy Lipton # 30
42 ( 32 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 18
43 ( 38 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 6
44 ( 35 ) GET ON THE LINE The Archies # 9
45 ( 50 ) MY BABY LOVES LOVIN’ White Plains # 45
46 ( 36 ) ELIZABETHAN REGGAE Boris Gardiner # 19
47 ( 55 ) SILLY SILLY FOOL Dusty Springfield # 47
48 ( 45 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
49 ( 43 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4
50 ( 56 ) THE JOY OF LIVING Cliff & Hank # 50

51 ( 47 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 6
52 ( 60 ) RUNNING BACK AND FORTH Edwin Starr # 52
53 ( 42 ) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles # 6
54 ( 51 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 3
55 ( 57 ) YEARS MAY COME YEARS MAY GO Hermans Hermits # 55
56 ( 61 ) MY WOMAN’S MAN Dave Dee # 56
57 ( 44 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Carpenters # 9
58 ( 62 ) EVERYBODY GET TOGETHER The Dave Clark 5 # 58
59 ( 63 ) YOU’RE SUCH A GOOD-LOOKING WOMAN Joe Dolan # 59
60 ( 65 ) KENTUCKY RAIN Elvis Presley # 60

61 ( 41 ) I’VE GOTTA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Steam # 29
62 ( 54 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 4
63 ( NEW ) ABC The Jackson 5 # 63
64 ( 64 ) THAT SAME OLD FEELING Pickettywitch # 64
65 ( NEW ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell # 65
66 ( 58 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
67 ( 59 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
68 ( 68 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Jimmy Cliff # 68
69 ( 69 ) LOVE OR LET ME BE LONELY The Friends Of Distinction # 69
70 ( 70 ) IN AND OUT OF LOVE Bobby Vee # 70

71 ( 72 ) ADD SOME MUSIC TO YOUR DAY The Beach Boys # 71
72 ( 73 ) 24 HOURS OF SADNESS The Chi-Lites # 72
73 ( NEW ) TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME Tyrone Davis # 73
74 ( NEW ) WOODSTOCK Joni Mitchell # 74
75 ( NEW ) OOH CHILD (THINGS ARE GONNA GET EASIER) The Five Stairsteps # 75

Wot I liked then
1 ( 1 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
3 ( 6 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
4 ( 3 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
5 ( 5 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
6 ( 4 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
7 ( 8 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
8 ( 10 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
9 ( 15 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
10 ( 7 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary

11 ( 13 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel
12 ( NEW ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas
13 ( 12 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger
14 ( 17 ) INSTANT KARMA The Plastic Ono Band
15 ( 18 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man
16 ( 14 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
17 ( NEW ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam
18 ( 20 ) VENUS Shocking Blue
19 ( NEW ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
20 ( NEW ) THAT SAME OLD FEELING Pickettywich

My January 1988 Charts

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“Are ya dancin’? Are ya askin’?” Liver Birds revisited before The Beatles Museums & revamps 1987

 

 

3rd January 1988

It’s a 3rd week on top for Pet Shop Boys on my 30th birthday, a quiet chart, and the annual Gary Glitter rousing Xmas/New Years concert with support from Westworld popping up in my weekly playlist mentions. The Bee Gees make it 2 top 10’s in a row, and make it another year they can tick off a top 10 hit: so that’ll be 1968-1972, 1975-1981, 1987-1988, though if you include top 20’s, solo records, and acts they wrote and produced for they only missed out on 1973 and 1985, I think.

Bananarama make it 3 top 40 in a row off the new album, highest new entry is a charity track at 50, Lloyd Cole follows up My Bag, and INXS get a second Kick track in the chart….and that’s it. Not much happening!

1 ( 1 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 3 ) SHAME Eurythmics
3 ( 2 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
4 ( 6 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
5 ( 4 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
6 ( 5 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
7 ( 7 ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
8 ( 10 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
9 ( 9 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
10 ( 12 ) ESP The Bee Gees

11 ( 8 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole
12 ( 18 ) JINGO Jellybean
13 ( 11 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
14 ( 23 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
15 ( 13 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
16 ( 20 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
17 ( 15 ) LET ME BE THE ONE/ (REMIX) Expose
18 ( 14 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
19 ( 21 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
20 ( 22 ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz

21 ( 19 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
22 ( 17 ) ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Mel (Smith) & Kim (Wilde)
23 ( 28 ) EV’RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE Simply Red
24 ( 34 ) THERE’S THE GIRL Heart
25 ( 16 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Madonna
26 ( 30 ) TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF GOD New Order
27 ( 27 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
28 ( 26 ) BAD Michael Jackson
29 ( 29 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
30 ( 39 ) RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher

31 ( 25 ) TUNNEL OF LOVE Bruce Springsteen
32 ( 58 ) I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama
33 ( 35 ) ANGEL EYES Wet Wet Wet
34 ( 24 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
35 ( 38 ) TIGHTEN UP Wally Jump Junior & The Criminal Element
36 ( 42 ) PACKJAMMED (WITH THE PARTY POSSE) Stock Aitken Waterman
37 ( 31 ) CHILDREN SAY Level 42
38 ( 32 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
39 ( 37 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
40 ( 45 ) THE TIDE IS TURNING Roger Waters

41 ( 36 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
42 ( 56 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
43 ( 41 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
44 ( 40 ) KID (REMIX) The Pretenders
45 ( 52 ) ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT The Stranglers
46 ( 33 ) THE ONE I LOVE R.E.M.
47 ( 66 ) IN GOD’S COUNTRY U2
48 ( 50 ) JUST TO GET BY Babakoto
49 ( 44 ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
50 ( NEW ) THE WISHING WELL GOSH

51 ( 51 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
52 ( 47 ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim
53 ( 53 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
54 ( 54 ) HOT IN THE CITY Billy Idol
55 ( 49 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
56 ( 65 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
57 ( 43 ) I COULD NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR MAN Prince
58 ( 55 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
59 ( 61 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
60 ( 48 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION/HUNG LIKE A PONY REMIX) Billy Idol

61 ( 46 ) ONCE UPON A LONG AGO Paul McCartney
62 ( 59 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
63 ( 73 ) O L’AMOUR Dollar
64 ( 57 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
65 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
66 ( NEW ) JENNIFER SHE SAID Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
67 ( 67 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
68 ( 63 ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
69 ( 69 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
70 ( 70 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley

71 ( 60 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Rick Astley
72 ( 72 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
73 ( 62 ) LAST NIGHT I DREAMT SOMEBODY LOVES ME The Smiths
74 ( NEW ) NEW SENSATION INXS
75 ( 64 ) ROCK AND ROLL PART 3 Gary Glitter

PLAYIST OLDIES

1 METAL GURU T.Rex
2 I DIDN’T KNOW I LOVED YOU (TILL I SAW YOU ROCK’N’ROLL) Gary Glitter Live at BIC Bournemouth
3 SONIC BOOM BOY Westworld Live at BIC Bournemouth

10th January 1988

It’s a first week on top for the gorgeous under-rated Eurythmics single, Shame, their 3rd chart-topper after Sex Crime (1984) and There Must Be An Angel, though Sweet Dreams almost did it, and most of their earlier singles went top 5. In at 5 2 years early for the UK charts, it’s the Righteous Brothers classic from 1965, You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, a record I liked as a kid (and charted in in 1969 when it was a hit again), liked some more when it charted again in 1975, and by 1988 it had turned to love and a new chart peak. By the time it became the follow-up to Ghost-reissued Unchained Melody I was on full-on adoration and have remained so ever since. The greatest recorded vocal pop performance by a male duet, bar none. Not even close.

Jellybean finally gets a top 10, by Jingo, Krush are arresting some House, and Belinda Carlisle gets her first solo top 10. In at 14, Terence Trent D’Arby gets his third top 20, with his best record, Sign Your Name, and George Michael finally releases one of the classic tracks off Faith, the brilliant Father Figure – and is rewarded by a UK under-performance chartwise, presumably everyone sick of the OTT ballad-filled Xmas charts and just wanting to dance in the New Year. This curse also did for Jacko’s Man In The Mirror, inexplicably, and both huge US hits to boot.

At 48 Sinead O’Connor debuts baldly where no woman has debuted before – with Mandinka, a quirky ethnic-tinged pop ditty which wasn’t a sign of things to come. Joyce Sims smoothly beckons you to come into her life, veteran Gladys Knight is back chucking love overboard 20 years into her career, and still going 32 years on from 1988. Debbie Gibson prefers to shake her love, which is quite catchy, Elton John does a live version of Candle In The Wind, which I never liked much in 1974 (the B side Bennie & The Jets was a chart-topper for me) and doesn’t entirely bring on loathing from me. It took 1997 to do that. Depeche Mode drive into the top 75, just about passing their test.

1 ( 2 ) SHAME Eurythmics
2 ( 1 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 3 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
4 ( 4 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
5 ( NEW ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
6 ( 6 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
7 ( 12 ) JINGO Jellybean
8 ( 14 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
9 ( 9 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
10 ( 16 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle

11 ( 8 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
12 ( 5 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
13 ( 7 ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
14 ( NEW ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby
15 ( 19 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
16 ( 13 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
17 ( 24 ) THERE’S THE GIRL Heart
18 ( 15 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
19 ( 20 ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz
20 ( 11 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole

21 ( 10 ) ESP The Bee Gees
22 ( 18 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
23 ( 54 ) HOT IN THE CITY Billy Idol
24 ( 32 ) I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama
25 ( 30 ) RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher
26 ( 21 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
27 ( 41 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
28 ( 33 ) ANGEL EYES Wet Wet Wet
29 ( 27 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
30 ( 17 ) LET ME BE THE ONE/ (REMIX) Expose

31 ( 31 ) TUNNEL OF LOVE Bruce Springsteen
32 ( 36 ) PACKJAMMED (WITH THE PARTY POSSE) Stock Aitken Waterman
33 ( 28 ) BAD Michael Jackson
34 ( 45 ) ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT The Stranglers
35 ( 35 ) TIGHTEN UP Wally Jump Junior & The Criminal Element
36 ( 26 ) TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF GOD New Order
37 ( 29 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
38 ( 25 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Madonna
39 ( NEW ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
40 ( 39 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield

41 ( 34 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
42 ( 22 ) ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Mel (Smith) & Kim (Wilde)
43 ( 50 ) THE WISHING WELL GOSH
44 ( 40 ) THE TIDE IS TURNING Roger Waters
45 ( 47 ) IN GOD’S COUNTRY U2
46 ( 68 ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
47 ( 48 ) JUST TO GET BY Babakoto
48 ( NEW ) MANDINKA Sinead O’Connor
49 ( 23 ) EV’RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE Simply Red
50 ( 43 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys

51 ( 38 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
52 ( 37 ) CHILDREN SAY Level 42
53 ( NEW ) COME INTO MY LIFE Joyce Sims
54 ( 51 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
55 ( 44 ) KID (REMIX) The Pretenders
56 ( 42 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
57 ( 66 ) JENNIFER SGE SAID Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
58 ( 53 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
59 ( 63 ) O L’AMOUR Dollar
60 ( 56 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles

61 ( 52 ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim
62 ( 62 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
63 ( 74 ) NEW SENSATION INXS
64 ( 59 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
65 ( 49 ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
66 ( 58 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
67 ( 65 ) HUMAN Human League
68 ( NEW ) LOVE OVERBOARD Gladys Knight & The Pips
69 ( 67 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
70 ( NEW ) SHAKE YOUR LOVE Debbie Gibson

71 ( 69 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
72 ( 72 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
73 ( 55 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
74 ( NEW ) CANDLE IN THE WIND (LIVE) Elton John
75 ( NEW ) BEHIND THE WHEEL Depeche Mode

Playlist oldies and album tracks of that week
1 SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
2 SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
3 MOVE ON Abba

17th January 1988

It’s 2 weeks on top for Eurythmics lovely Shame, and some sudden reversals for both Family Man (Fleetwood Mac up to a new peak of 2, as still-album-track Everywhere enters at 76) and Tell It To My Heart (Taylor Dayne hitting a new peak of 5). One of them will top my chart next next week. Ooh, the suspense! Terence Trent D’Arby hits 7 as he gets his girlfriend to signs her name across his heart, I’m not sure that’s a recognised medical procedure mind you, and Tiffany joins the yo-yo club too, heading back yet again into the 20 with I Think We’re Alone Now.

Billy Idol’s early 80’s Hot In The City also is in the 20, and highest new entry is a reactivated Barry White lush oldie, Never Never Gonna Give You Up, which had charted for me in 1974 before Bazza really had caught on much, but now is deservedly back at a respectable 15. Father Figure leaps into the 20, making it 3 in a row from Faith for George Michael, Climie Fisher make it 2 top 20’s in a row, and the ‘Nana’s 3 in a row.

Dollar rocket Erasure’s O L’Amour into the 30, at 22 from 59, and Lloyd Cole makes it 2 top 30’s in a row as Jennifer She Said joins My Bag in doing so. INXS create a New Sensation with a Kick into the 40 for the 2nd track, Elton is blowing his own Candle, the live version on the verge of outdoing the original at 38, and U2 make it another Joshua Tree top 40. Newies this week: Elvis is back with oldie Stuck On You, one of his big hits that had never charted for me, at 44, Eddy Grant returns with his last big hit, the jolly anti-apartheid Gimme Hope Jo’Anna, and a career of 20 years since The Equals were Baby Come Back-ing.

The Beatmasters drag in The Cookie Crew for some more House dancing, there was a lot of it about, Bros debut a bit late with When Will I Be Famous – answers on a postcard not needed, as the correct response was “any day now” – and Sinitta, rides her GTO. I assume she had to sell it as she ended up Hitchin’ A Ride some time later. The Screaming Blue Messiah’s pop in with I Wanna Be A Flintstone – rather sadly never used in the big 90’s movie version of the great 60’s animated sitcom – and I have to say at one time as a boy (around the time I had a Flintstones Annual for Christmas) I probably did wanna be a Flintstone, but not Fred, he was too loud. Probably Pebbles or Dino.

Stevie Wonder was well into his “minor chart entry” phase by 1988, resolutely flagging his intentions for the next 30 years, Basia had abandoned Matt Bianco for a solo career that never took off, despite her Promises, Black get a 3rd chart entry, and it’s Paradise, Wendy & Lisa return with a Sideshow, and The Beat return at 75. I mean, Fine Young Cannibals return. Doh! I mean Dave and Andy from both bands return with a quirky dance instrumental, mostly.

1 ( 1 ) SHAME Eurythmics
2 ( 9 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
3 ( 5 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
4 ( 3 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
5 ( 11 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
6 ( 2 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
7 ( 14 ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby
8 ( 8 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
9 ( 10 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
10 ( 4 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher

11 ( 7 ) JINGO Jellybean
12 ( 6 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
13 ( 27 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
14 ( 15 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
15 ( 23 ) HOT IN THE CITY Billy Idol
16 ( 25 ) RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher
17 ( NEW ) NEVER NEVER GONNA GIVE YA UP Barry White
18 ( 39 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
19 ( 24 ) I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama
20 ( 12 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield

21 ( 13 ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
22 ( 59 ) O L’AMOUR Dollar
23 ( 16 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
24 ( 34 ) ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT The Stranglers
25 ( 18 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
26 ( 22 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
27 ( 20 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole
28 ( 57 ) JENNIFER SHE SAID Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
29 ( 17 ) THERE’S THE GIRL Heart
30 ( 26 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees

31 ( 29 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
32 ( 53 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Joyce Sims
33 ( 19 ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz
34 ( 48 ) MANDINKA Sinead O’Connor
35 ( 43 ) THE WISHING WELL GOSH
36 ( 33 ) BAD Michael Jackson
37 ( 62 ) NEW SENSATION INXS
38 ( 74 ) CANDLE IN THE WIND (LIVE) Elton John
39 ( 45 ) IN GOD’S COUNTRY U2
40 ( 40 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield

41 ( 21 ) ESP The Bee Gees
42 ( 30 ) LET ME BE THE ONE/ (REMIX) Expose
43 ( 47 ) JUST TO GET BY Babakoto
44 ( NEW ) STUCK ON YOU Elvis Presley
45 ( 28 ) ANGEL EYES Wet Wet Wet
46 ( NEW ) GIMME HOPE JO’ANNA Eddy Grant
47 ( 37 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
48 ( 75 ) BEHIND THE WHEEL Depeche Mode
49 ( NEW ) ROK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
50 ( 44 ) THE TIDE IS TURNING Roger Waters

51 ( 36 ) TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF GOD New Order
52 ( 38 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Madonna
53 ( 50 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
54 ( 54 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
55 ( 41 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
56 ( 32 ) PACKJAMMED (WITH THE PARTY POSSE) Stock Aitken Waterman
57 ( NEW ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
58 ( 31 ) TUNNEL OF LOVE Bruce Springsteen
59 ( 55 ) KID (REMIX) The Pretenders
60 ( 58 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army

61 ( NEW ) GTO Sinitta
62 ( 60 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
63 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE A FLINTSTONE The Screaming Blue Messiahs
64 ( 63 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
65 ( 68 ) LOVE OVERBOARD Gladys Knight & The Pips
66 ( NEW ) YOU WILL KNOW Stevie Wonder
67 ( 56 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
68 ( NEW ) PROMISES Basia
69 ( 67 ) HUMAN Human League
70 ( 70 ) SHAKE YOUR LOVE Debbie Gibson

71 ( 62 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
72 ( NEW ) PARADISE Black
73 ( NEW ) SIDESHOW Wendy & Lisa
74 ( 69 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
75 ( NEW ) TIRED OF GETTING PUSHED AROUND 2 Men, A Drum Machine & A Trumpet
76 ( NEW ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac

Playlist oldies of the week
1 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
2 CHIQUITITA Abba
3 JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Billy Joel

24th Jan 1988

It’s back on top for a 3rd week for The Beatles fab 1967 Hello Goodbye – I’m not sure why, maybe Magical Mystery Tour had a 20th anniversary showing on TV or summat – leaving The Mac stranded at 2 and Terence Trent D’Arby reaching a new peak of 3. Tiffany finally reaches the top 10 after 2 or 3 months of trying, at 6, and Climie Fisher make it 2 top 10’s in a row as they rise to the occasion. New act Bros make a giant leap asking when will they be famous, up to 19, just ahead of a Presley oldie I’d never noticed much but out on reissue instead of hidden amongst a grouping of better singles.

Jermaine Stewart gets another decent-sized chart hit, say it again? In at 26 2 years since he didn’t take his clothes off. Debbie Gibson leaps into the 40, shaking my love, apparently, Eddy Grant gets his first top 40 in 4 or 5 years (with new stuff), and George Harrison follows-up his big ol’ cover with a big ol’ Beatles-sounding Fabs-tribute, Jeff Lynne setting the stage for his work on the Beatles 1995 Anthology-inspired “new” tracks. When We Were Fab in at 38. T’Pau get a 3rd, Donna Summer extends to 12 years with a track I don’t recall, and The Bangles cover Simon & Garfunkel 3 years after they started off with a cover of Katrina & The Waves Going Down To Liverpool.

All About Eve also follow-up, Godley & Creme return with a hit extension as an act to 10 years give or take, or 16 years as 10C.C., or 18 years as Hotlegs. Take Your Pick. Jethro Tull also return, 19 years since I was big on Living In The Past, their finest moment by quite some distance. It’s not even close. Said she was a dancer, presumably around a maypole with a minstrel fluting away.

1 ( 4 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
2 ( 2 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
3 ( 7 ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby
4 ( 1 ) SHAME Eurythmics
5 ( 5 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
6 ( 13 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
7 ( 9 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
8 ( 3 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
9 ( 16 ) RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher
10 ( 6 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys

11 ( 8 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
12 ( 18 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
13 ( 19 ) I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama
14 ( 15 ) HOT IN THE CITY Billy Idol
15 ( 10 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
16 ( 22 ) O L’AMOUR Dollar
17 ( 12 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
18 ( 11 ) JINGO Jellybean
19 ( 57 ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
20 ( 44 ) STUCK ON YOU Elvis Presley

21 ( 14 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
22 ( 34 ) MANDINKA Sinead O’Connor
23 ( 32 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Joyce Sims
24 ( 24 ) ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT The Stranglers
25 ( 28 ) JENNIFER SHE SAID Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
26 ( NEW ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
27 ( 20 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
28 ( 37 ) NEW SENSATION INXS
29 ( 49 ) ROK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
30 ( 38 ) CANDLE IN THE WIND (LIVE) Elton John

31 ( 31 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
32 ( 30 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
33 ( 26 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
34 ( 21 ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
35 ( 23 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
36 ( 70 ) SHAKE YOUR LOVE Debbie Gibson
37 ( 46 ) GIMME HOPE JO’ANNA Eddy Grant
38 ( NEW ) WHEN WE WAS FAB George Harrison
39 ( 36 ) BAD Michael Jackson
40 ( 27 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole

41 ( 25 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
42 ( 40 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
43 ( 75 ) TIRED OF GETTING PUSHED AROUND 2 Men, A Drum Machine & A Trumpet
44 ( 17 ) NEVER NEVER GONNA GIVE YA UP Barry White
45 ( 72 ) PARADISE Black
46 ( 35 ) THE WISHING WELL GOSH
47 ( 48 ) BEHIND THE WHEEL Depeche Mode
48 ( 41 ) ESP The Bee Gees
49 ( NEW ) VALENTINE T’Pau
50 ( 42 ) LET ME BE THE ONE/ (REMIX) Expose

51 ( 29 ) THERE’S THE GIRL Heart
52 ( 73 ) SIDESHOW Wendy & Lisa
53 ( 47 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
54 ( 63 ) I WANNA BE A FLINTSTONE The Screaming Blue Messiahs
55 ( 54 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
56 ( 53 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
57 ( 65 ) LOVE OVERBOARD Gladys Knight & The Pips
58 ( 33 ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz
59 ( 68 ) PROMISES Basia
60 ( NEW ) ALL SYSTEMS GO Donna Summer

61 ( 59 ) KID (REMIX) The Pretenders
62 ( 60 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
63 ( 62 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
64 ( 39 ) IN GOD’S COUNTRY U2
65 ( 64 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
66 ( 66 ) YOU WILL KNOW Stevie Wonder
67 ( 55 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
68 ( NEW ) HAZY SHADE OF WINTER The Bangles
69 ( 69 ) HUMAN Human League
70 ( 74 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake

71 ( NEW ) WILD HEARTED WOMAN All About Eve
72 ( 67 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
73 ( 71 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
74 ( NEW ) A LITTLE PIECE OF HEAVEN Godley & Creme
75 ( NEW ) SAID SHE WAS A DANCER Jethro Tull
76 ( 76 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac

Playlist faves of that week
1 THE STRAIGHT LIFE Glen Campbell
2 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
3 LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes

 

 

31st January 1988

It’s a first week on top for the fab Tell It To My Heart, Taylor Dayne on full-dance-diva mode, just holding off Michael Jackson’s Man In The Mirror, written by Siedah Garrett and I’d always assumed she got to duet with him on t’other Bad ballad by virtue of gifting this one, which was huge in the USA but not the UK. Following his death, of course it was the big posthumous seller of all his back-catalogue, rightly so as one of the best tracks on the album. Beatmasters & The Cookie Crew bring some House into my top 5, and Bros bring some boyband pop into the top 10 – not their last top 10, but very much their best record. Billy Idol makes it a 7th top 10 or so with the belatedly big Hot In The City, and Dollar get their first top 10 since 1985, and their 8th, O L’Amour going where Erasure failed to go.

Jermaine Stewart gets his 2nd top 20, and another House track enters at 14 for Jack’Chill, I must have felt like dancing this week! Bourgeois Tagg enter at 32 with the nice I Don’t Mind At All, and oh hang on, future superstar alert as teenage Aussie soap star Kylie Minogue debuts at 45, and I think most of us wouldn’t have predicted over 30 years of chart success – SHE should be so lucky, starting with this catchy but disposable bit of SAW pop fluff. Eric Carmen is back after quite a long gap, 11 years or so, and some 13 years since he took The Raspberries into my charts, and solo with All By Myself. It’s due to Dirty Dancing of course, the movie not the hobby.

Johnny Clegg is back again, 5 years on from Scatterlings Of Africa, Feargal Sharkey is still singing rather than A&R’ing as he makes it a decade of chart entries, Luther Vandross is also back with Give Me The Reason, Mental As Anything get a 3rd song into my list, and Sharpe & Numan keep the partnership going 3 years on from the fab debut hit Change Your Mind. Michael Jackson is also back again, like Man In The Mirror having charted in the lower reaches as an album playlist track in 1987 for a few weeks (I’ve retroactively added those in as chart bonafide tracks because I banned album tracks in those days when they would clearly have been at least at number 75 and most-likely way higher, for much longer, had I allowed them.


1 ( 5 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
2 ( NEW ) MAN IN THE MIRROR Michael Jackson
3 ( 3 ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby
4 ( 1 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
5 ( 29 ) ROK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
6 ( 19 ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
7 ( 4 ) SHAME Eurythmics
8 ( 2 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
9 ( 14 ) HOT IN THE CITY Billy Idol
10 ( 16 ) O L’AMOUR Dollar

11 ( 6 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
12 ( 26 ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
13 ( 11 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
14 ( NEW ) THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘n’ Chill
15 ( 10 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
16 ( 9 ) RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher
17 ( 7 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
18 ( 15 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
19 ( 22 ) MANDINKA Sinead O’Connor
20 ( 23 ) COME INTO MY LIFE Joyce Sims

21 ( 17 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
22 ( 43 ) TIRED OF GETTING PUSHED AROUND 2 Men, A Drum Machine & A Trumpet
23 ( 8 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
24 ( 13 ) I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama
25 ( 36 ) SHAKE YOUR LOVE Debbie Gibson
26 ( 18 ) JINGO Jellybean
27 ( 30 ) CANDLE IN THE WIND (LIVE) Elton John
28 ( 37 ) GIMME HOPE JO’ANNA Eddy Grant
29 ( 38 ) WHEN WE WAS FAB George Harrison
30 ( 12 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael

31 ( 21 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
32 ( NEW ) I DON’T MIND AT ALL Bourgeois Tag
33 ( 31 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
34 ( 54 ) I WANNA BE A FLINTSTONE The Screaming Blue Messiahs
35 ( 32 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
36 ( 27 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
37 ( 49 ) VALENTINE T’Pau
38 ( 33 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
39 ( 25 ) JENNIFER SHE SAID Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
40 ( 45 ) PARADISE Black

41 ( 39 ) BAD Michael Jackson
42 ( 42 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
43 ( 20 ) STUCK ON YOU Elvis Presley
44 ( 34 ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
45 ( 52 ) SIDESHOW Wendy & Lisa
46 ( NEW ) I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue
47 ( 35 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
48 ( 71 ) WILD HEARTED WOMAN All About Eve
49 ( 40 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole
50 ( 60 ) ALL SYSTEMS GO Donna Summer

51 ( 41 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
52 ( 59 ) PROMISES Basia
53 ( 24 ) ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT The Stranglers
54 ( NEW ) HUNGRY EYES Eric Carmen
55 ( 55 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
56 ( 50 ) LET ME BE THE ONE/ (REMIX) Expose
57 ( 68 ) HAZY SHADE OF WINTER The Bangles
58 ( 56 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
59 ( 48 ) ESP The Bee Gees
60 ( NEW ) ASIMBONANGA Johnny Clegg & Savuka

61 ( 28 ) NEW SENSATION INXS
62 ( 53 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
63 ( NEW ) ARE YOU SURE So
64 ( NEW ) MORE LOVE Feargal Sharkey
65 ( 63 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
66 ( NEW ) GIVE ME THE REASON Luther Vandross
67 ( 65 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
68 ( 74 ) A LITTLE PIECE OF HEAVEN Godley & Creme
69 ( 62 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
70 ( NEW ) INSIDE OUT The Mighty Lemon Drops

71 ( 69 ) HUMAN Human League
72 ( NEW ) HE’S JUST NO GOOD FOR YOU Mental As Anything
73 ( 73 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
74 ( NEW ) NO MORE LIES Sharpe & Numan
75 ( 70 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
76 ( NEW ) ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson
77 ( 76 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac

FAVE OLDIES/ALBUM TRACKS OF THE WEEK
1 ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson
2 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
3 SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)

My January 1970 Retro Charts

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Me taking a dip in the Straits between RAF Changi and the offshore island Pulau Ubin, and near a wrecked kelong (traditional wooden fishing structures). The Queen Elizabeth liner passed by near here in 1971 (I saw it from school windows, around the bay and south a bit) on her way to a fiery, watery grave in Hong Kong the following year.

 

3rd January 1970

It’s straight in at 1 for a track I loved in Singapore days, Edison Lighthouse was pretty much a Tony Macauley song and project fronted by singer Tony Burrows who will be performing a mini-invasion under various group names in early 1970, and the song was originally done by Jefferson. This fab lush pop confection, though, still stands up as a great pop record, albeit instantly sabotaged by Tony Burrows leaving to front his other hitmaking tags, White Plains, Brotherhood Of Man (all 3 famously on the same episode of Top Of The Pops) and later The Pipkins adding to his earlier incarnations as The Ivy League, The Flowerpot Men, and his later fab hit as First Class in 1974. Not that Macauley had much to worry about, he’d already co-written big hits for The Foundations, Marmalade, Long John Baldry, Scott Walker and would go on to co-write endless hits right through to David Soul.

The Delfonics get a 3rd top 10, Tommy James a penultimate top 20, The 5th Dimension add to their total too, and Louis Armstrong gets a 2nd and last. It’s 2 new entries from Glen Campbell’s new album, Honey Come Back was the Jimmy Webb song that I was mad on that summer – friends of my mum and dad, Irvin & Mary, had the album which I was keen to play when we visited their house on RAF Changi camp, and which was the first album I asked for a present – happily mum and dad couldn’t find it and I got the much-better This Is Glen Campbell instead. His version of Both Sides Now was also on the album, and is the first version I knew (my “original” version) so I tend to opt for this one, here in at 21, the 3rd version to chart to date.

The Archies enter at 37 with their fab little rifftastic new TV theme tune, Get On The Line is better than the official single Jingle Jangle, and is the best track on the new album. Jonathan King covers Let It All Hang Out, kickstarting his new career as record label mogul specialising in quirky covers of US or European hits that stiffed in the UK, Chairmen Of The Board debut with the soul classic Give Me Just A Little More Time, which Kylie would one day have a crack at to lesser effect, The Temptations return with another fab funk track that I grew to love following a prominent feature on 80’s fab TV show Moonlighting for Psychedelic Shack – star Bruce Willis clearly a big fan as he had a hit cover with the actual Temptations themselves. Finally, the old Frankie Laine huge hit returns in a souped-up version of Answer Me giving The Happenings a second entry, and Barbara Dickson an idea for a future career-starter.

1 ( NEW ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
2 ( 2 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
3 ( 1 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
4 ( 8 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 4
5 ( 3 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
6 ( 7 ) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles # 6
7 ( 12 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 7
8 ( 5 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
9 ( 9 ) NO TIME The Guess Who # 9
10 ( 4 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4

11 ( 6 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 6
12 ( 47 ) SHE Tommy James & The Shondells # 12
13 ( 25 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Carpenters # 13
14 ( 11 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 3
15 ( 15 ) LADY-O The Turtles # 15
16 ( 14 ) IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black # 14
17 ( 13 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 4
18 ( 27 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY The 5th Dimension # 18
19 ( 10 ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU BABY) Lulu # 10
20 ( 28 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong # 20

21 ( NEW ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 21
22 ( 17 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
23 ( 16 ) DURHAM TOWN (THE LEAVIN’) Roger Whittaker # 8
24 ( 22 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
25 ( 21 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
26 ( 18 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 2
27 ( 23 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
28 ( 45 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger # 28
29 ( 24 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 8
30 ( NEW ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 30

31 ( 20 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family featuring Terry Jacks # 20
32 ( 19 ) VENUS Shocking Blue # 10
33 ( 37 ) WITHOUT LOVE (THERE IS NOTHING) Tom Jones # 33
34 ( 41 ) HOW CAN I TELL MY MOM AND DAD The Lovelites # 34
35 ( 26 ) SHE SOLD ME MAGIC Lou Christie # 26
36 ( 42 ) GONNA GIVE HER ALL THE LOVE I GOT Marvin Gaye # 36
37 ( NEW ) GET ON THE LINE The Archies # 37
38 ( 40 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fare # 38
39 ( 48 ) DARLING DEAR Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 39
40 ( 34 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3

41 ( 31 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 6
42 ( 32 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes # 4
43 ( 29 ) JINGLE JANGLE The Archies # 29
44 ( 30 ) GIMME SHELTER The Rolling Stones # 30
45 ( 33 ) MAYBE The Chantels # 33
46 ( NEW ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King # 46
47 ( 35 ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 9
48 ( 49 ) THE THRILL IS GONE B. B. King # 48
49 ( 46 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
50 ( 50 ) RAINY NIGHT IN GEORGIA Brook Benton # 50

51 ( 44 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
52 ( NEW ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 52
53 ( 36 ) LITTLE GREEN BAG George Baker Selection # 20
54 ( 43 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 6
55 ( 62 ) FRIENDS Arrival # 55
56 ( NEW ) PSYCHEDELIC SHACK The Temptations # 56
57 ( 58 ) POOR RAMASES The Pioneers # 57
58 ( 59 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Dionne Warwick # 58
59 ( 60 ) EVERYBODY IS A STAR Sly & The Family Stone # 59
60 ( 38 ) JAM UP JELLY TIGHT Tommy Roe # 38

61 ( 52 ) WHEREVER SHE LEADETH ME The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield # 52
62 ( 39 ) WHOLE LOTTA LOVE Led Zeppelin # 20
63 ( 57 ) THE OLD MAN’S BACK AGAIN Scott Walker # 57
64 ( 75 ) THE GHETTO Donny Hathaway # 64
65 ( 65 ) SEVENTH SON Georgie Fame # 65
66 ( 66 ) BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO Lenny Welch # 66
67 ( 51 ) WONDERFUL WORLD BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Jimmy Cliff # 15
68 ( 70 ) MY HONEY AND ME Luther Ingram # 68
69 ( 55 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul & Mary # 13
70 ( 71 ) THANK YOU (FALETTINME BE MICE ELF AGAIN) Sly & The Family Stone # 70

71 ( 73 ) RUBBERNECKIN’ Elvis Presley # 71
72 ( 74 ) BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Melanie # 72
73 ( NEW ) SWEET SENSATION The Melodians # 73
74 ( 56 ) HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles # 9
75 ( NEW ) ANSWER ME, MY LOVE The Happenings # 75

3rd Jan Wot I Liked Then
1 ( 1 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
2 ( 3 ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry
3 ( 2 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
4 ( 4 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade
5 ( 6 ) JINGLE JANGLE The Archies
6 ( 7 ) SOMETHING The Beatles
7 ( 8 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
8 ( 5 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley
9 ( 9 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder
10 ( NEW ) SOMEDAY WE’LL BE TOGETHER Diana Ross And The Supremes

 

 

10th January 1970

It’s 2 weeks on top for Edison Lighthouse and 4 weeks at 2 for Murray Head, now challenged by Jimmy Cliff at 3 and Glen Campbell’s version of Both Sides Now becoming the second cover to go top 5, after Judy Collins. The Carpenters get a first top 10, Ticket To Ride at 9 one place lower than the band who did the original, and Tommy James grabs yet another top 10 with a track I hadn’t noticed until recently – though it was tucked away at the end of my Greatest Hits CD, She.

Glen also gets a 3rd simultaneous top 20 with Honey Come Back up to 15, and Lou Christie gets a 3rd top 20 (assuming I would have charted Lightnin’ Strikes, which would certainly have topped my charts). Chairmen Of The Board get a first top 30 with a good climb, and Jonathan King a first solo top 40 since 1965 (had I been charting Everyone’s Gone To The Moon was another cert chart-topper, either at the time, or on any retro chart of any period in my life, I’ve never not loved it since it came out – even if he WAS taking the p*ss with the lyrics).

Highest new entry at 44 is Boris Gardiner some 16 years ahead of his UK lovers-rock chart-topper, with his instrumental version of Mantovani’s Elizabethan Serenade, written around the time of Queen Elizabeth II ascending to the throne by Ronald Binge and originally called Andante Cantabile. Subsequently covered by the Gunther Kallman Choir in a hit German vocal version, and used on BBC radio as a theme show tune, it charted in 1964 and became a tune I loved and recognised but had no idea what it was called or who sung it, even when I recorded it off radio in Singapore. I didn’t get to hear the reggae version from Boris until half a decade later, and twig it was the same melody. Shhh, don’t tell anyone, but…I still prefer the Mantovani or Choir versions!

AT 46, Kenny Rogers returns with another dramatic stormer of a pop single, and Something’s Burnin’ (I think it’s love, myself), and Steam get a follow-up hit here even if not in the UK, another track new to me, I’ve Gotta make You Love Me. Robin Gibb also gets a second solo follow-up that stiffed in the UK, but was charting in various European top 10’s this week 50 years ago. Another one I’d never heard before, and it’s sort of an early trial of August October arrangements, but more dramatic, as befits someone willing to wait One Million Years.

At 68, The Exiles debut with a Tommy James song, gifted by him as he was about to embark on a solo career and shortly before he released his own version of Church Street Soul Revival, another of many good songs he wrote in the late 60’s. The band changed their name to Exile after a few years of not breaking through much, hooked up with Mike Chapman after he’d split with Nicky Chinn, and got a worldwide massive hit in 1978 with Kiss You All Over. So, 8 years early here! Pat Shannon debuts at 71. No idea who, either, but the song was written by Kenny Nolan, future 70’s US hit artist, but more vitally co-writer, writer, house producer/arranger at the Chelsea record label. You might have heard of some of his songs, Lady Marmalade, My Eyes Adored You, and heard his falsetto on Disco Tex & The Sex-o-lettes hits.

Thelma Houston becomes the second act to chart with Laura Nyro’s Save The Country, written after Bobby Kennedy was murdered, and Santana and Canned Heat return with lower-chart entries, the second and third respectively. Canned Heat’s is a cover of Wilbert Harrison’s 1969 minor hit, more or less identical to the original. It would take Bryan Ferry to turn it into a masterpiece in 1976….

1 ( 1 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
2 ( 2 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
3 ( 4 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 3
4 ( 3 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
5 ( 21 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 5
6 ( 7 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 6
7 ( 5 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
8 ( 6 ) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles # 6
9 ( 13 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Carpenters # 9
10 ( 12 ) SHE Tommy James & The Shondells # 10

11 ( 8 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
12 ( 10 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4
13 ( 11 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 6
14 ( 15 ) LADY-O The Turtles # 14
15 ( 30 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 15
16 ( 18 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY The 5th Dimension # 16
17 ( 9 ) NO TIME The Guess Who # 9
18 ( 14 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 3
19 ( 35 ) SHE SOLD ME MAGIC Lou Christie # 19
20 ( 20 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong # 20

21 ( 28 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger # 21
22 ( 17 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 4
23 ( 16 ) IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black # 14
24 ( 37 ) GET ON THE LINE The Archies # 24
25 ( 19 ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU BABY) Lulu # 10
26 ( 22 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
27 ( 24 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
28 ( 33 ) WITHOUT LOVE (THERE IS NOTHING) Tom Jones # 28
29 ( 25 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
30 ( 52 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 30

31 ( 27 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
32 ( 34 ) HOW CAN I TELL MY MOM AND DAD The Lovelites # 32
33 ( 36 ) GONNA GIVE HER ALL THE LOVE I GOT Marvin Gaye # 33
34 ( 26 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 2
35 ( 23 ) DURHAM TOWN (THE LEAVIN’) Roger Whittaker # 8
36 ( 29 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 8
37 ( 46 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King # 37
38 ( 38 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fare # 38
39 ( 39 ) DARLING DEAR Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 39
40 ( 55 ) FRIENDS Arrival # 40

41 ( 56 ) PSYCHEDELIC SHACK The Temptations # 41
42 ( 48 ) THE THRILL IS GONE B. B. King # 42
43 ( 50 ) RAINY NIGHT IN GEORGIA Brook Benton # 43
44 ( NEW ) ELIZABETHAN REGGAE Boris Gardiner # 44
45 ( 40 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
46 ( NEW ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 46
47 ( 32 ) VENUS Shocking Blue # 10
48 ( 31 ) WHICH WAY YOU GOING BILLY? The Poppy Family featuring Terry Jacks # 20
49 ( NEW ) I’VE GOTTA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Steam # 49
50 ( 58 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Dionne Warwick # 50

51 ( 41 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 6
52 ( 42 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes # 4
53 ( 49 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
54 ( NEW ) ONE MILLION YEARS Robin Gibb # 54
55 ( 51 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
56 ( 57 ) POOR RAMASES The Pioneers # 56
57 ( 47 ) I GUESS THE LORD MUST BE IN NEW YORK CITY Nilsson # 9
58 ( 64 ) THE GHETTO Donny Hathaway # 58
59 ( 59 ) EVERYBODY IS A STAR Sly & The Family Stone # 59
60 ( 45 ) MAYBE The Chantels # 33

61 ( 53 ) LITTLE GREEN BAG George Baker Selection # 20
62 ( 54 ) SOMETHING The Beatles # 6
63 ( 66 ) BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO Lenny Welch # 63
64 ( 73 ) SWEET SENSATION The Melodians # 64
65 ( 72 ) BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Melanie # 65
66 ( 68 ) MY HONEY AND ME Luther Ingram # 66
67 ( 75 ) ANSWER ME, MY LOVE The Happenings # 67
68 ( NEW ) CHURCH STREET SOUL REVIVAL The Exiles (aka Exile) # 68
69 ( 70 ) THANK YOU (FALETTINME BE MICE ELF AGAIN) Sly & The Family Stone # 69
70 ( 71 ) RUBBERNECKIN’ Elvis Presley # 70

71 ( NEW ) BACK TO DREAMIN’ AGAIN Pat Shannon # 71
72 ( NEW ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Thelma Houston # 72
73 ( NEW ) MOON HOP Derrick Morgan # 73
74 ( NEW ) EVIL WAYS Santana # 74
75 ( NEW ) LET’S WORK TOGETHER Canned Heat # 75

RETRO THEN
1 ( 1 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
2 ( 4 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade
3 ( 3 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
4 ( 2 ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry
5 ( NEW ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger
6 ( 6 ) SOMETHING The Beatles
7 ( 8 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley
8 ( NEW ) THE LIQUIDATOR The Harry J All Stars
9 ( 7 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
10 ( 5 ) JINGLE JANGLE The Archies

 

17th January 1970

It’s a 3rd week on top for Edison Lighthouse as Jimmy Cliff gospels it up to 2, challenged closely by Glen Campbell’s great version of Both Sides Now, and as his Honey Come Back also goes top 10. The Archies hip theme tune Get On The Line leaps to 10, their 3rd top 10, and Chairmen Of The Board, currently featuring in an advert, jump up 18 to 12. The highest new entry, Who’ll Stop The Rain?, is a track I first heard on Married: With Children, when Al Bundy sings along to it – and one I instantly preferred to Creedence’s other track on the double A-side, Travelin’ Band which I got to hear in 1975 for the first time. Basically a rock revival-style tune not entirely unlike The Move’s later California Man.

Some nice top climbers for Boris Gardiner, Kenny Rogers, Robin Gibb, Steam and The Temptations, and more newies lower down from Stevie Wonder – the fab Never Had A Dream Come True – at a time when his singles were big UK hits and minor US hits. Go figure! The Originals are back, this time with The Bells ringing them in at 64, Mama Cass keeps the hits coming too with New World Coming at 70, I have a bit of Time for another Edwin Starr entry at 71, The Contours 1966 track debuts, Frijid Pink have a go at going OTT Progrock on House Of The Rising Sun, and Jethro Tull return with some Witch’s Promise. Cue the flutes…..

1 ( 1 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
2 ( 3 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
3 ( 5 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
4 ( 2 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
5 ( 4 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
6 ( 8 ) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles # 6
7 ( 15 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 7
8 ( 6 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 6
9 ( 7 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
10 ( 24 ) GET ON THE LINE The Archies # 10

11 ( 11 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
12 ( 30 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 12
13 ( 9 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Carpenters # 9
14 ( 12 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4
15 ( 16 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY The 5th Dimension # 15
16 ( 14 ) LADY-O The Turtles # 14
17 ( 10 ) SHE Tommy James & The Shondells # 10
18 ( 20 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong # 18
19 ( 21 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger # 19
20 ( 13 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 6

21 ( 18 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 3
22 ( 17 ) NO TIME The Guess Who # 9
23 ( 33 ) GONNA GIVE HER ALL THE LOVE I GOT Marvin Gaye # 23
24 ( 22 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 4
25 ( 19 ) SHE SOLD ME MAGIC Lou Christie # 19
26 ( NEW ) WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 26
27 ( 37 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King # 27
28 ( 32 ) HOW CAN I TELL MY MOM AND DAD The Lovelites # 28
29 ( 44 ) ELIZABETHAN REGGAE Boris Gardiner # 29
30 ( 46 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 30

31 ( 27 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
32 ( 26 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
33 ( 40 ) FRIENDS Arrival # 33
34 ( 41 ) PSYCHEDELIC SHACK The Temptations # 34
35 ( 29 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
36 ( 23 ) IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black # 14
37 ( 31 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
38 ( 54 ) ONE MILLION YEARS Robin Gibb # 38
39 ( 25 ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU BABY) Lulu # 10
40 ( 49 ) I’VE GOTTA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Steam # 40

41 ( 28 ) WITHOUT LOVE (THERE IS NOTHING) Tom Jones # 28
42 ( 34 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 2
43 ( 43 ) RAINY NIGHT IN GEORGIA Brook Benton # 43
44 ( 36 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 8
45 ( NEW ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 45
46 ( 35 ) DURHAM TOWN (THE LEAVIN’) Roger Whittaker # 8
47 ( 38 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fare # 38
48 ( 42 ) THE THRILL IS GONE B. B. King # 42
49 ( 58 ) THE GHETTO Donny Hathaway # 49
50 ( 56 ) POOR RAMASES The Pioneers # 50

51 ( 39 ) DARLING DEAR Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 39
52 ( 45 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
53 ( 68 ) CHURCH STREET SOUL REVIVAL The Exiles (aka Exile) # 53
54 ( 64 ) SWEET SENSATION The Melodians # 54
55 ( 63 ) BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO Lenny Welch # 55
56 ( 47 ) VENUS Shocking Blue # 10
57 ( 53 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
58 ( 65 ) BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Melanie # 58
59 ( 51 ) YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY Stevie Wonder # 6
60 ( 55 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4

61 ( 50 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Dionne Warwick # 50
62 ( 66 ) MY HONEY AND ME Luther Ingram # 62
63 ( 67 ) ANSWER ME, MY LOVE The Happenings # 63
64 ( NEW ) THE BELLS The Originals # 64
65 ( 52 ) (CALL ME) NUMBER ONE The Tremeloes # 4
66 ( 70 ) RUBBERNECKIN’ Elvis Presley # 66
67 ( 71 ) BACK TO DREAMIN’ AGAIN Pat Shannon # 67
68 ( 73 ) MOON HOP Derrick Morgan # 68
69 ( 72 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Thelma Houston # 69
70 ( NEW ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 70

71 ( NEW ) TIME Edwin Starr # 71
72 ( NEW ) JUST A LITTLE MISUNDERSTANDING The Contours # 72
73 ( NEW ) HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN Frijid Pink # 73
74 ( NEW ) TRAVELIN’ BAND Creedence Clearwater Revival # 74
75 ( NEW ) THE WITCH’S PROMISE Jethro Tull # 75

wot I liked that week then
1 ( 2 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade
2 ( 1 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
3 ( 3 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
4 ( 5 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger
5 ( NEW ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
6 ( 4 ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry
7 ( NEW ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
8 ( 7 ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley
9 ( NEW ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations
10 ( NEW ) FRIENDS Arrival

 

24th January 1970

It’s straight in at 1 for a song I adored in hot, tropical Singapore and which I still associate with the imagery of the tropical-sounding lyrics, giving Mary Hopkin a 3rd chart-topper in a row, both then and now. I may be wrong, but I think it remains the last big calypso hit in the UK charts. Close behind, and new at 4, Simon & Garfunkel’s epic Bridge Over Troubled Water, just ahead of the release of potentially the greatest album of all-time – certainly one of the top 10 for me. Art Garfunkel’s vocal, Paul Simon’s gospel healing-song and one of the greatest builds of all-time in a ballad, it was a big radio track in Singapore, on 2-way Family Favourites especially, the show broadcast to British troops abroad with messages from family at home. My love for it has grown deeper with time, and just to rub it in, the blistering B side (and album track) Keep The Customer Satisfied is in at 23 too.

Glen Campbell gets 2 consecutive top 5 tracks, Chairmen Of The Board a 1st top 10, Creedence & Kenny Rogers a 2nd top 20, and Brotherhood Of Man debut at 33 with United We Stand, a great rousing ballad featuring, errr, quite a few well-known session singers like Tony Burrows on another appearance inside this chart as he drops from the top spot as Edison Lighthouse, sisters Sue & Sunny who featured on many a hit record prior to this (Joe Cocker’s With A Little Help f’rinstance had Sunny along with Madeleine Bell of Blue Mink) and later hit records in 1972 as themselves under the name The Pearls, and Sunny a 1974 solo hit with Doctor’s Orders. Talking of Blue Mink, the other vocalist and songwriter, Roger Cook’s main songwriting partner Roger Greenaway was also in this line-up. Not that he needed to, their song hits included You’ve Got Your Troubles, several as pop stars themselves David & Jonathan and the fab Lovers Of The World Unite, and monsters like I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing, Softly Whispering I Love You, Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress and err Doctor’s Orders for Sunny. How incestuous!

Aretha’s back with her own song, the fab Call Me, The Gentry’s pop back several years after they had a US hit with Keep On Dancing (the Bay City Rollers would cover it with pop style the following year), and an obscure goodie that sounds not unlike Midnight Confessions, a Grass Roots hit. Actress Peggy Lipton puts a 3rd Laura Nyro song onto the list, the cool Lu, her 2nd Nyro cover to chart here, her previous being Save The Country, Thelma Houston also now-charting with the 3rd version to do so. Rare Bird debut with a bit of Sympathy, Neil Diamond keeps the hits rolling with Shilo, and Rufus Thomas treds where his daughter Carla has been many times before, debuting in my chart with a funky chicken. Not gibbon. That’s 5 years away.

1 ( NEW ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
2 ( 1 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
3 ( 3 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
4 ( NEW ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 4
5 ( 7 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
6 ( 2 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
7 ( 4 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
8 ( 12 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 8
9 ( 10 ) GET ON THE LINE The Archies # 9
10 ( 5 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1

11 ( 11 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
12 ( 8 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 6
13 ( 9 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
14 ( 26 ) WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 14
15 ( 6 ) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles # 6
16 ( 18 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong # 16
17 ( 19 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger # 17
18 ( 30 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 18
19 ( 13 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Carpenters # 9
20 ( 14 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4

21 ( 15 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY The 5th Dimension # 15
22 ( 29 ) ELIZABETHAN REGGAE Boris Gardiner # 22
23 ( NEW ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 23
24 ( 27 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King # 24
25 ( 21 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 3
26 ( 34 ) PSYCHEDELIC SHACK The Temptations # 26
27 ( 23 ) GONNA GIVE HER ALL THE LOVE I GOT Marvin Gaye # 23
28 ( 17 ) SHE Tommy James & The Shondells # 10
29 ( 33 ) FRIENDS Arrival # 29
30 ( 20 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 6

31 ( 16 ) LADY-O The Turtles # 14
32 ( 38 ) ONE MILLION YEARS Robin Gibb # 32
33 ( NEW ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 33
34 ( 40 ) I’VE GOTTA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Steam # 34
35 ( 31 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
36 ( 24 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 4
37 ( 45 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 37
38 ( 22 ) NO TIME The Guess Who # 9
39 ( 53 ) CHURCH STREET SOUL REVIVAL The Exiles (aka Exile) # 39
40 ( 49 ) THE GHETTO Donny Hathaway # 40

41 ( 32 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
42 ( 35 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
43 ( 37 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
44 ( 25 ) SHE SOLD ME MAGIC Lou Christie # 19
45 ( 28 ) HOW CAN I TELL MY MOM AND DAD The Lovelites # 28
46 ( 50 ) POOR RAMASES The Pioneers # 46
47 ( 36 ) IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black # 14
48 ( 42 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 2
49 ( 44 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 8
50 ( 43 ) RAINY NIGHT IN GEORGIA Brook Benton # 43

51 ( 64 ) THE BELLS The Originals # 51
52 ( 39 ) OH ME OH MY (I’M A FOOL FOR YOU BABY) Lulu # 10
53 ( 54 ) SWEET SENSATION The Melodians # 53
54 ( 48 ) THE THRILL IS GONE B. B. King # 42
55 ( NEW ) CALL ME Aretha Franklin # 55
56 ( 52 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
57 ( 46 ) DURHAM TOWN (THE LEAVIN’) Roger Whittaker # 8
58 ( NEW ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 58
59 ( 70 ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 59
60 ( 57 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1

61 ( 67 ) BACK TO DREAMIN’ AGAIN Pat Shannon # 61
62 ( 68 ) MOON HOP Derrick Morgan # 62
63 ( 41 ) WITHOUT LOVE (THERE IS NOTHING) Tom Jones # 28
64 ( NEW ) LU Peggy Lipton # 64
65 ( 72 ) JUST A LITTLE MISUNDERSTANDING The Contours # 65
66 ( 69 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Thelma Houston # 66
67 ( 71 ) TIME Edwin Starr # 67
68 ( 60 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell # 4
69 ( 47 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fare # 38
70 ( NEW ) SYMPATHY Rare Bird # 70

71 ( 74 ) TRAVELIN’ BAND Creedence Clearwater Revival # 71
72 ( 73 ) HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN Frijid Pink # 72
73 ( 51 ) DARLING DEAR Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 39
74 ( NEW ) SHILO Neil Diamond # 74
75 ( NEW ) DO THE FUNKY CHICKEN Rufus Thomas # 75

Wot I liked then
1 ( 5 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
2 ( 1 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade
3 ( 3 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
4 ( 7 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
5 ( 2 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
6 ( 4 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger
7 ( NEW ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
8 ( NEW ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fayre
9 ( 10 ) FRIENDS Arrival
10 ( 6 ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry

 

 

31st January 1970

It’s a first week on top for Simon & Garfunkel’s epic Bridge Over Troubled Water, the 2nd track to top my charts after The Boxer in 1969, and to boot there is an invasion of more tracks off the classic album, the highest being Cecilia at 22, probably the track I liked best at the time, after The Boxer. Our next-door-neighbours in Singapore the Overtons loaned us the album and I cherry-picked tracks to record on my reel-to-reel, then finally bought the entire album 2nd-hand in 1976 in Mansfield and played it to death. So great. Keep The Customer Satisfied climbs to 10, El Condor Pasa enters at 40, The Only Living Boy In New York at 56, and Song For The Asking at 74. The only foot-wrong for me was the live cover version, so out of place.

Highest new entry at 6 is the eternal Spirit In The Sky, Norman Greenbaum’s UK chart-topper has topped another 2 times in lesser cover versions, the original is the best, still. Not one I knew at the time, but by 1975 I had bought the single from a market stall in Gloucester. Hero John Lennon might have been expected to be the highest new entry, but has to settle for 9 for Instant Karma, as his Beatles track drops, and he appears on Top Of The Pops for the first (and last) time with blindfolded Yoko. Again, a great track I didn’t get to hear until 1975.

Robin Gibb gets a second chart entry this week as August October enters at 17, one I did hear a couple of times and loved, but had to wait until 1975 to hear it some more when I bought the single in a feast of purchases from a Mansfield Second-hand shop that had had a delivery of what seemed to be bankrupt stock dating around 1969-1972, such as Wedding Bell Blues which I did buy, and many others I didn’t buy because I didn’t have the money, and also because I’d never heard of them – if only I’d had a credit card I’d have got myself into serious debt that day!

Andy Williams covers Elvis, that Man pops back again as lead singer of White Plains, and Hermans Hermits scrape in with a curiously music-hall oddity.

1 ( 4 ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
2 ( 1 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin # 1
3 ( 2 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse # 1
4 ( 3 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell # 3
5 ( 5 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell # 5
6 ( NEW ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Norman Greenbaum # 6
7 ( 6 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS Jimmy Cliff # 2
8 ( 8 ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board # 8
9 ( NEW ) INSTANT KARMA! (WE ALL SHINE ON) John Lennon & Yoko Ono with The Plastic Ono Band # 9
10 ( 23 ) KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED Simon & Garfunkel # 10

11 ( 7 ) SUPERSTAR Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers # 2
12 ( 9 ) GET ON THE LINE The Archies # 9
13 ( 10 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade # 1
14 ( 14 ) WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN? Creedence Clearwater Revival # 14
15 ( 11 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell & The Drells # 1
16 ( 33 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man # 16
17 ( NEW ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb # 17
18 ( 18 ) SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 18
19 ( 22 ) ELIZABETHAN REGGAE Boris Gardiner # 19
20 ( 12 ) DIDN’T I (BLOW YOUR MIND THIS TIME) The Delfonics # 6

21 ( 13 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman # 3
22 ( NEW ) CECILIA Simon & Garfunkel # 22
23 ( 37 ) NEVER HAD A DREAM COME TRUE Stevie Wonder # 23
24 ( 15 ) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles # 6
25 ( 26 ) PSYCHEDELIC SHACK The Temptations # 25
26 ( 16 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong # 16
27 ( 17 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger # 17
28 ( 20 ) ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell # 4
29 ( 19 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Carpenters # 9
30 ( 24 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King # 24

31 ( 34 ) I’VE GOTTA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Steam # 31
32 ( 32 ) ONE MILLION YEARS Robin Gibb # 32
33 ( 39 ) CHURCH STREET SOUL REVIVAL The Exiles (aka Exile) # 33
34 ( 25 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris # 3
35 ( 21 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY The 5th Dimension # 15
36 ( 55 ) CALL ME Aretha Franklin # 36
37 ( 29 ) FRIENDS Arrival # 29
38 ( 58 ) WHY SHOULD I CRY The Gentrys # 38
39 ( 30 ) FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin # 6
40 ( NEW ) EL CONDOR PASA (IF I COULD) Simon & Garfunkel # 40

41 ( 35 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry # 1
42 ( 28 ) SHE Tommy James & The Shondells # 10
43 ( 38 ) NO TIME The Guess Who # 9
44 ( 40 ) THE GHETTO Donny Hathaway # 40
45 ( 36 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5 # 4
46 ( 27 ) GONNA GIVE HER ALL THE LOVE I GOT Marvin Gaye # 23
47 ( 42 ) THEME FROM “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” John Barry # 1
48 ( 51 ) THE BELLS The Originals # 48
49 ( 41 ) THEY CALL THE WIND MARIA Harve Presnell # 1
50 ( 53 ) SWEET SENSATION The Melodians # 50

51 ( 31 ) LADY-O The Turtles # 14
52 ( 43 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies # 1
53 ( 65 ) JUST A LITTLE MISUNDERSTANDING The Contours # 53
54 ( 67 ) TIME Edwin Starr # 54
55 ( 59 ) NEW WORLD COMING Mama Cass # 55
56 ( NEW ) THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK Simon & Garfunkel # 56
57 ( 64 ) LU Peggy Lipton # 57
58 ( 44 ) SHE SOLD ME MAGIC Lou Christie # 19
59 ( 48 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin # 2
60 ( 49 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD B.J. Thomas # 8

61 ( 61 ) BACK TO DREAMIN’ AGAIN Pat Shannon # 61
62 ( 70 ) SYMPATHY Rare Bird # 62
63 ( 56 ) NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE Steam # 3
64 ( 66 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Thelma Houston # 64
65 ( 60 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Dusty Springfield # 1
66 ( 47 ) IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black # 14
67 ( 72 ) HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN Frijid Pink # 67
68 ( 62 ) MOON HOP Derrick Morgan # 62
69 ( 71 ) TRAVELIN’ BAND Creedence Clearwater Revival # 69
70 ( NEW ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Andy Williams # 70

71 ( 46 ) POOR RAMASES The Pioneers # 46
72 ( 74 ) SHILO Neil Diamond # 72
73 ( NEW ) MY BABY LOVES LOVIN’ White Plains # 73
74 ( NEW ) SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon & Garfunkel # 74
75 ( NEW ) YEARS MAY COME YEARS MAY GO Hermans Hermits # 75

Retro Then
1 ( 1 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
2 ( 4 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
3 ( 2 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade
4 ( 7 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
5 ( 3 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
6 ( 8 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fayre
7 ( NEW ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
8 ( 5 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
9 ( NEW ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
10 ( NEW ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The Fifth Dimension

My Jan-Apr 2020 Charts

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Kim Wilde, Ricky Wilde 2019 December, Sturminster Newton, Dorset

 

5th April 2020

It’s Doja Cat on top, finally getting past Barry White to the top spot, but challenged by Billie Eilish at 2 with her highest-charting track to date, No Time To Die not quite overtaking Say So. Dua Lipa pushes herself out the top 20, but not to worry she has two massive climbs for album cut Levitating (hoping this is the next single) and current INXS-sampling single Break My Heart. She’s in a pop class of her own right now.

The highest new entry is the late Bill Withers’ 1972 chart-topper Lean On Me, plus a couple of others lower down in tribute to the great man, and also 3 new entries from forgotten mid-70’s teen stars Arrows as lead singer, and writer of I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll, Alan Merrill dies of coronavirus. Bill’s Use Me and Arrows original version of the Joan Jett biggie have never charted before – cos I didn’t know them at the time! If radio didn’t play them – and they didn’t – that was it, no chance of hearing them.

Paloma Faith gets over a decade of top 20’s, Mel C makes it 22 years of solo top 20’s, and Lauv gets 2 simultaneous top 20’s. Actual new entries with current material are thin on the ground, thank goodness, as I dont have the space and will never expand beyond 100, that takes too long to do as it is! laugh.gif Nerina Pallot, though, is back after a gap of 5 years, when she topped my chart with Rousseau (and then failed to follow-up!). Her previous chart-topper was Turn Me On Again in 2012, and she now spans 15 years, 10 top 10’s and no other track that has charted without going top 10 – so no pressure on her fab low-key version of the 2013 Drake hit, then. Only me and two-dozen people had even checked out the youtube!

Yet another track from the latest Taylor Swift album charts, The Man, Five return with their best track selling on itunes again, and finally Kygo is also back with a newie.

1 2 1 6 SAY SO Doja Cat 501600
2 6 2 8 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 308500
3 1 1 9 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 1129000
4 4 4 6 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 263100
5 5 1 9 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 826000
6 7 6 7 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 221500
7 49 7 2 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 62100
8 8 2 9 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 425700
9 3 3 3 STAY Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko 215000
10 13 10 8 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 164300

11 9 9 6 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 191550
12 18 12 5 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 104300
13 19 13 4 CAUTION The Killers 77550
14 30 14 6 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 84700
15 57 15 2 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 37400
16 NEW 16 1 LEAN ON ME Bill Withers 25000
17 35 17 3 WHO I AM Melanie C 51500
18 14 14 6 COME ON OUTSIDE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 98400
19 26 19 5 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 75150
20 34 20 5 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 61900

21 10 4 10 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 398500
22 11 8 10 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 261550
23 12 12 7 BROKEN SLEEP Agnes Obel 177350
24 28 24 5 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 77800
25 16 16 7 WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Avalanches featuring Blood Orange 125850
26 15 3 10 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 473000
27 17 17 7 INSTANT DESTINY Tame Impala 114900
28 21 1 18 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1341650
29 24 24 6 YOU SHOULD BE SAD Halsey 92700
30 31 30 4 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 47300

31 20 20 7 CUZ I LOVE YOU Lizzo 127750
32 NEW 32 1 LOVELY DAY Bill Withers 17800
33 45 33 3 YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE Gerry & The Pacemakers 42700
34 39 34 3 100 WAYS Jackson Wang 40100
35 22 14 9 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 202000
36 37 36 6 STUPID LOVE Lady Gaga 68900
37 40 37 8 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 99900
38 23 17 8 KNOW YOUR WORTH Khalid & Disclosure 117900
39 47 39 5 THE STEPS HAIM 57750
40 74 40 2 BLUE SKIES Music from Star Trek: Picard featuring Isa Briones 22200

41 33 33 5 DEAD WEIGHT PVRIS 77500
42 38 1 15 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 1125200
43 25 25 7 SIX DAYS IN JUNE The Fratellis 105100
44 68 44 2 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 19650
45 32 4 11 WILL-O-THE-WISP Pet Shop Boys 436550
46 27 16 11 LONELY Joel Corry featuring HARLEE 201800
47 29 5 11 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 367100
48 52 48 4 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 33800
49 55 49 5 SOMETIMES Kodaline 39300
50 54 50 5 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 45200

51 51 51 4 CRASHING Illenium featuring Bahari 40150
52 60 52 5 MAMA Genesis 42700
53 62 53 2 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 18650
54 70 54 3 LIMITLESS Bon Jovi 19200
55 82 55 3 THROW MY BONES Deep Purple 16400
56 41 3 11 FOREVER Will Young 406100
57 36 21 9 REACT Pussycat Dolls 139950
58 43 2 6 DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears 246600
59 63 35 9 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 109050
60 66 60 4 KINGS & QUEENS Ava Max 27800

61 42 30 7 GREAT UNKNOWN X Ambassadors 103250
62 71 62 3 I’M IN LOVE Danny Dove featuring The Flirtations 15800
63 75 63 4 I’M TOAST Sparks 21000
64 61 1 32 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1246700
65 76 65 6 SECOND CHANCE The Shapeshifters featuring Kimberly Davis 35000
66 78 66 3 THE SUN RISING The Beloved 15600
67 67 67 2 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 13200
68 46 46 5 GASLIGHTER Dixie Chicks 55050
69 69 69 3 IS EVERYBODY GOING CRAZY? Nothing But Thieves 15200
70 73 70 3 FREAKS Fisher 16200

71 72 71 2 GHOST TOWN The Specials 11400
72 44 32 9 REASONS I DRINK Alanis Morrissette 120550
73 83 73 3 NO JUDGEMENT Niaill Horan 11200
74 56 9 13 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 284800
75 97 75 2 BOYFRIEND Mabel 6300
76 58 58 7 INSTANT HISTORY Biffy Clyro 48800
77 80 77 2 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 8600
78 48 17 9 IN MY ARMS Purple Disco Machine featuring Inner Life & Jocelyn Brown, with Al Stewart 135000
79 79 58 5 REVIVAL Gregory Porter 36200
80 59 59 6 ROSES (IMANBEK REMIX) SAINt JHN 36100

81 53 6 11 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 295450
82 NEW 82 1 HOLD ON, WE’RE GOING HOME Nerina Pallot 3600
83 NEW 83 1 KEEP ON MOVIN’ Five 3400
84 NEW 84 1 THE MAN Taylor Swift 3200
85 89 85 3 FALLING Harry Styles 6900
86 86 86 3 IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT (AND I FEEL FINE) REM 7500
87 NEW 87 1 TOUCH TOO MUCH Arrows 2600
88 50 38 9 BETTER OFF WITHOUT YOU Becky Hill featuring Shift K3Y 83700
89 93 89 2 STORM The Fizz 3900
90 90 90 3 EARTH BEAT Paul Weller 5600

91 65 5 12 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 401400
92 94 92 2 LIMITLESS Richard Marx 3400
93 77 6 14 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 301500
94 100 94 2 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell 2600
95 NEW 95 1 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 1500
96 NEW 96 1 USE ME Bill Withers 1400
97 98 97 2 I LOVE YOU’S Hailee Steinfeld 2500
98 NEW 98 1 MY LAST NIGHT WITH YOU Arrows 1200
99 99 99 2 RESERVATION The Fizz 2200
100 NEW 100 1 I LOVE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Arrows 1000

DROP OUTS
64 64 2 RUBY, DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition 13100
81 64 5 ALWAYS Waze & Odyssey vs Tommy Theo featuring George Michael & Mary J. Blige 29500
84 55 5 MY LAST BREATH James Newman 41000
85 15 9 BLUE MOON RISING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 139600
87 57 6 DEAR JEALOUSY MIKA 40700
88 88 2 SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition 4200
91 91 2 ISLANDS IN THE STREAM Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton 3400
92 39 6 CHANGE MY MIND Celine Dion 58450
95 75 4 NEVER WORN WHITE Katy Perry 14500
96 4 13 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 430200

 

29th March 2020

It’s 5 weeks on top for the unstoppable Birds Of Prey-promoted 1973 classic soul track from Barry White – it peaked at 9 first-time-round! Noel Gallagher grabs another top 20 track back-to-back, The Avalanches make it for the first time in almost 2 decades, and even Roisin Murphy gets her first top 20 in 13 years. The Killers leap into the 20 from outside the 40 following a great acoustic youtube performance from home of it by Brandon Flowers, to give them a first top 20 for 3 years, and Jonas Blue and Paloma Faith keep the list of top 40’s growing.

Lauv grabs a second top 40 track with South Korean boyband BTS, while his other track is still top 10, and China-supertar Jackson Wang rockets into the 40, 100 Ways has a great video, very Michael Jackson. New entries into my even-more-expanded chart include Dua Lipa’s new single and a track off her new album, the latter getting the higher chart position, for a total of 3 – it would have been 4 if she hadn’t pushed her own track out this week.

Jessie Ware is back, her 5th chart track in 8 years, back in the Spotlight, and 1981 social-commentary ska classic is back for The Specials – Ghost Town topped my chart then, as mass unemployment included me at the time and the sentiment of the song resonated strongly, and does now for different reasons – coronavirus has made actual Ghost Cities. That’s also responsible for the
return of Ralph McTell’s 1969/1974 classic Streets Of London, a song for the homeless I missed first-time-round (living in tropical Singapore) until a re-recorded version was a monster early 1975 UK number 2.

At 74, the act isn’t Music From Star Trek: Picard (but that’s what the listed act is!) it’s star of the show Isa Briones, covering the Irving Berlin standard Blue Skies, which plays over a tear-jerking goodbye to Data, the android from Next Generation who died already in the final movie starring the cast, and who had sung the sung himself (Brent Spiner that is, as data). I won’t do a spoiler, but it’s lovely, and the song is an old fave that has never charted before, not in any version. At 94-years-old it’s one of the oldest songs to make my charts (ignoring classical music or hymns, I can’t think of any other “pop music” songs older).

The Fizz get another 2 tracks from the new album in the chart, The Weeknd does the same with one track, Mable and Hailee Steinfeld both return with newies, and Richard Marx is also back with a song called Limitless which is not the same song Bon Jovi have in the chart. Richard is a good Tweeter to follow, and first charted ooh 32 years ago, topping my chart with Hazard in the early 90’s, and his first new entry since 2012.

1 1 1 8 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 1044000
2 2 2 5 SAY SO Doja Cat 331600
3 3 3 2 STAY Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko 170000
4 6 4 5 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 198100
5 5 1 8 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 766000
6 9 6 7 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 193500
7 8 7 6 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 166500
8 4 2 8 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 377700
9 10 9 5 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 154550
10 7 4 9 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 378750

11 11 8 9 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 242050
12 12 12 6 BROKEN SLEEP Agnes Obel 158100
13 24 13 7 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 122300
14 34 14 5 COME ON OUTSIDE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 76400
15 15 3 9 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 454500
16 27 16 6 WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Avalanches featuring Blood Orange 107100
17 22 17 6 INSTANT DESTINY Tame Impala 96500
18 35 18 4 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 69300
19 42 19 3 CAUTION The Killers 45550
20 20 20 6 CUZ I LOVE YOU Lizzo 109950

21 13 1 17 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1323350
22 14 14 8 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 184500
23 17 17 7 KNOW YOUR WORTH Khalid & Disclosure 100700
24 28 24 5 YOU SHOULD BE SAD Halsey 74500
25 25 25 6 SIX DAYS IN JUNE The Fratellis 91600
26 36 26 4 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 54150
27 16 16 10 LONELY Joel Corry featuring HARLEE 189050
28 29 28 4 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 58800
29 19 5 10 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 354600
30 45 30 5 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 55700

31 66 31 3 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 29300
32 18 4 10 WILL-O-THE-WISP Pet Shop Boys 423550
33 37 33 4 DEAD WEIGHT PVRIS 63500
34 47 34 4 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 41900
35 54 35 2 WHO I AM Melanie C 28500
36 21 21 8 REACT Pussycat Dolls 129550
37 40 37 5 STUPID LOVE Lady Gaga 51500
38 23 1 14 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 1111450
39 73 39 2 100 WAYS Jackson Wang 22500
40 41 40 7 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 82600

41 26 3 10 FOREVER Will Young 395500
42 30 30 6 GREAT UNKNOWN X Ambassadors 95750
43 31 2 5 DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears 236400
44 32 32 8 REASONS I DRINK Alanis Morrissette 114950
45 50 45 2 YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE Gerry & The Pacemakers 25000
46 46 46 4 GASLIGHTER Dixie Chicks 48650
47 49 47 4 THE STEPS HAIM 40650
48 33 17 8 IN MY ARMS Purple Disco Machine featuring Inner Life & Jocelyn Brown, with Al Stewart 130600
49 NEW 49 1 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 12100
50 38 38 8 BETTER OFF WITHOUT YOU Becky Hill featuring Shift K3Y 81300

51 53 51 3 CRASHING Illenium featuring Bahari 28400
52 72 52 3 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 21500
53 39 6 10 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 291650
54 60 54 4 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 33200
55 63 55 4 SOMETIMES Kodaline 27200
56 43 9 12 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 279600
57 NEW 57 1 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 10400
58 61 58 6 INSTANT HISTORY Biffy Clyro 44000
59 67 59 5 ROSES (IMANBEK REMIX) SAINt JHN 32100
60 62 60 4 MAMA Genesis 31200

61 56 1 31 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1239600
62 NEW 62 1 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 7400
63 71 35 8 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 98950
64 70 64 2 RUBY, DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition 13100
65 44 5 11 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 399500
66 69 66 3 KINGS & QUEENS Ava Max 17800
67 NEW 67 1 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 6600
68 NEW 68 1 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 6400
69 86 69 2 IS EVERYBODY GOING CRAZY? Nothing But Thieves 9000
70 89 70 2 LIMITLESS Bon Jovi 8200

71 87 71 2 I’M IN LOVE Danny Dove featuring The Flirtations 8400
72 NEW 72 1 GHOST TOWN The Specials 5600
73 76 73 2 FREAKS Fisher 10200
74 NEW 74 1 BLUE SKIES Music from Star Trek: Picard featuring Isa Briones 5200
75 77 75 3 I’M TOAST Sparks 13800
76 65 65 5 SECOND CHANCE The Shapeshifters featuring Kimberly Davis 28000
77 51 6 13 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 299800
78 78 78 2 THE SUN RISING The Beloved 8800
79 58 58 4 REVIVAL Gregory Porter 32000
80 NEW 80 1 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 4000

81 64 64 5 ALWAYS Waze & Odyssey vs Tommy Theo featuring George Michael & Mary J. Blige 29500
82 90 82 2 THROW MY BONES Deep Purple 5600
83 88 83 2 NO JUDGEMENT Niaill Horan 5800
84 55 55 5 MY LAST BREATH James Newman 41000
85 52 15 9 BLUE MOON RISING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 139600
86 91 86 2 IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT (AND I FEEL FINE) REM 4700
87 57 57 6 DEAR JEALOUSY MIKA 40700
88 92 88 2 SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition 4200
89 93 89 2 FALLING Harry Styles 3900
90 94 90 2 EARTH BEAT Paul Weller 3600

91 95 91 2 ISLANDS IN THE STREAM Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton 3400
92 59 39 6 CHANGE MY MIND Celine Dion 58450
93 NEW 93 1 STORM The Fizz 1700
94 NEW 94 1 LIMITLESS Richard Marx 1600
95 75 75 4 NEVER WORN WHITE Katy Perry 14500
96 74 4 13 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 430200
97 NEW 97 1 BOYFRIEND Mabel 1300
98 NEW 98 1 I LOVE YOU’S Hailee Steinfeld 1200
99 NEW 99 1 RESERVATION The Fizz 1100
100 NEW 100 1 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell 1000

DROP OUTS
48 29 8 WINNING WAYS The Fizz 117650
68 58 5 MELTDOWN Jake Shears 43100
79 8 10 THE VOID Muse 250500
80 12 9 ALL MY LOVE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 189350
81 17 10 JULY Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges 165000
82 9 10 OH YEAH! Green Day 228600
83 67 5 WHAT IF I NEVER GET OVER YOU Lady Antebellum 27600
84 7 16 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 392350
85 3 21 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 702950

 

22nd March 2020

It’s 4 weeks on top for the Barry White 1973 lush soul goodie, as Doja Cat becomes the latest current track to be kept off the top by the Birds Of Prey oldie – ironically Doja Cat is also on the soundtrack, oops! Meanwhile, Rihanna’s second-best track is back in at 3 following some itunes sales, having topped my chart in 2013: it shows what you can do with a stripped-back song when you have an amazing duo vocal, a great song, and a sensitive arrangement. Just brilliant. Lauv, future big star I hope, debuts in the top 10 with his great Modern Loneliness, Billie Eilish gets a 3rd, and most other tracks shuffle a few places inside the top 40 as there are so many good ones – in fact so many new ones I’ve been forced to extend the chart to 95, which i would rather not do, but have been forced to for now.

Biggest climber is Lady Gaga, back in the top 40 for the first time in 3 years, her 23rd top 40 track, Stupid Love. There’s another former chart-topper at 50, as Gerry & The Pacemakers return yet again, this time nothing to do with football bringing it back: You’ll Never Walk Alone has been played across Europe as a song of inspiration for the coronovirus self-isolating and those losing loved ones. First out in 1963, the song dates even further back from the 1945 musical Carousel, but it was Gerry and his Merseybeat pals who recorded the definitive rousing version, latterly an Anfield anthem. It topped my chart in 2010 in lieu of me not doing charts in 1963, though 5-year-old me prob would have put it on top as I loved Gerry & The Pacemakers as a kiddie.

More oldies entering, also coronavirus-related in the case of R.E.M’s 1987 It’s The End Of The World As We Know It returning 33 years on thanks to those with an cynical sense of humour, with a bunch of Kenny Rogers tracks returning in tribute to the death of the Country Music icon at the weekend. The Beloved’s 30-year-old The Sun Rising is back in the itunes chart, not sure why, but it’s still fab, and in at 87 it’s a dance track with a sample of UK 70’s TV staples The Flirtations as it’s backbone. The US group never charted, but backed many a legend vocally, toured, and featured on variety shows and music shows without ever getting a hit or entering my charts – better-50-years-late-than-never!

Melanie C gets the highest new track, extending her run of solo tracks to 21 years, and 24 Spice years, while Chinese star Jackson Wang, former boyband member, does a good video and interesting song to enter at 73, big in the Far East and bubbling under in the wake of BTS’ success here. Harry Styles gets a 5th track off his new album, Falling in line with veteran returns at the lower end from Paul Weller, 2 years since his entry, 27 years since his first solo hit, and 43 years since he Jam-med up in the punk era. Bon Jovi date only back to 1986, chart-wise, and haven’t charted for 7 years: back in 1999 I was backstage filming Jon Bon Jovi doing a live concert at King’s Park Bournemouth (it’s on Youtube) on a radio 1 Roadshow – it’s not what you know it’s who you know….

Finally, a mention for Deep Purple. No, not the Donny & Marie hit from 1976, the even-older Rock Actual Legends fronted by 80’s hitster Ian Gillan, back on board 50 years since Black Night riffed-it-out. Hush charted in the USA in 1968, but had to wait until 2008 to make my charts, so, err, this is the first new track to chart since 1977’s Smoke On The Water (live version) and first new studio song to chart since their best record Fireball hit my top 10 in 1971, a mind-boggling 49 years ago. Phew!

1 1 1 7 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 874000
2 5 2 4 SAY SO Doja Cat 216600
3 NEW 3 1 STAY Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko 85000
4 2 2 7 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 329700
5 3 1 7 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 706000
6 7 6 4 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 133100
7 4 4 8 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 336750
8 19 8 5 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 116500
9 23 9 6 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 138500
10 10 10 4 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 109550

11 8 8 8 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 205050
12 12 12 5 BROKEN SLEEP Agnes Obel 123100
13 9 1 16 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1303600
14 14 14 7 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 165000
15 11 3 8 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 427500
16 16 16 9 LONELY Joel Corry featuring HARLEE 170650
17 25 17 6 KNOW YOUR WORTH Khalid & Disclosure 81450
18 13 4 9 WILL-O-THE-WISP Pet Shop Boys 405750
19 15 5 9 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 336400
20 20 20 5 CUZ I LOVE YOU Lizzo 89950

21 24 21 7 REACT Pussycat Dolls 112150
22 33 22 5 INSTANT DESTINY Tame Impala 73500
23 17 1 13 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 1094250
24 26 24 6 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 90300
25 27 25 5 SIX DAYS IN JUNE The Fratellis 72850
26 18 3 9 FOREVER Will Young 381500
27 28 27 5 WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Avalanches featuring Blood Orange 82100
28 37 28 4 YOU SHOULD BE SAD Halsey 55500
29 49 29 3 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 40500
30 30 30 5 GREAT UNKNOWN X Ambassadors 82000

31 6 2 4 DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears 222900
32 34 32 7 REASONS I DRINK Alanis Morrissette 101700
33 21 17 7 IN MY ARMS Purple Disco Machine featuring Inner Life & Jocelyn Brown, with Al Stewart 118300
34 38 34 4 COME ON OUTSIDE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 47400
35 35 35 3 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 47300
36 44 36 3 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 35650
37 40 37 3 DEAD WEIGHT PVRIS 45800
38 45 38 7 BETTER OFF WITHOUT YOU Becky Hill featuring Shift K3Y 69300
39 22 6 9 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 280400
40 70 40 4 STUPID LOVE Lady Gaga 34200

41 41 41 6 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 65600
42 55 42 2 CAUTION The Killers 24550
43 31 9 11 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 269000
44 32 5 10 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 392500
45 48 45 4 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 37700
46 46 46 3 GASLIGHTER Dixie Chicks 35900
47 62 47 3 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 24300
48 29 29 8 WINNING WAYS The Fizz 117650
49 53 49 3 THE STEPS HAIM 28150
50 NEW 50 1 YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE Gerry & The Pacemakers 12000

51 42 6 12 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 295200
52 36 15 8 BLUE MOON RISING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 136600
53 73 53 2 CRASHING Illenium featuring Bahari 16650
54 NEW 54 1 WHO I AM Melanie C 11000
55 56 55 4 MY LAST BREATH James Newman 35800
56 54 1 30 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1232100
57 61 57 5 DEAR JEALOUSY MIKA 38100
58 59 58 3 REVIVAL Gregory Porter 27800
59 39 39 5 CHANGE MY MIND Celine Dion 56650
60 68 60 3 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 22200

61 63 61 5 INSTANT HISTORY Biffy Clyro 33800
62 65 62 3 MAMA Genesis 21200
63 75 63 3 SOMETIMES Kodaline 16400
64 66 64 4 ALWAYS Waze & Odyssey vs Tommy Theo featuring George Michael & Mary J. Blige 25700
65 72 65 4 SECOND CHANCE The Shapeshifters featuring Kimberly Davis 23200
66 77 66 2 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 11400
67 74 67 4 ROSES (IMANBEK REMIX) SAINt JHN 22000
68 58 58 5 MELTDOWN Jake Shears 43100
69 76 69 2 KINGS & QUEENS Ava Max 11000
70 NEW 70 1 RUBY, DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition 6000

71 RE 35 7 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 91750
72 78 72 2 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 10000
73 NEW 73 1 100 WAYS Jackson Wang 5400
74 43 4 12 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 428800
75 80 75 3 NEVER WORN WHITE Katy Perry 13000
76 NEW 76 1 FREAKS Fisher 4800
77 79 77 2 I’M TOAST Sparks 8800
78 NEW 78 1 THE SUN RISING The Beloved 4400
79 51 8 10 THE VOID Muse 250500
80 50 12 9 ALL MY LOVE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 189350

81 47 17 10 JULY Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges 165000
82 52 9 10 OH YEAH! Green Day 228600
83 67 67 5 WHAT IF I NEVER GET OVER YOU Lady Antebellum 27600
84 57 7 16 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 392350
85 71 3 21 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 702950
86 NEW 86 1 IS EVERYBODY GOING CRAZY? Nothing But Thieves 2800
87 NEW 87 1 I’M IN LOVE Danny Dove featuring The Flirtations 2600
88 NEW 88 1 NO JUDGEMENT Niaill Horan 2400
89 NEW 89 1 LIMITLESS Bon Jovi 2200
90 NEW 90 1 THROW MY BONES Deep Purple 2000

91 NEW 91 1 IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT (AND I FEEL FINE) REM 1900
92 NEW 92 1 SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition 1800
93 NEW 93 1 FALLING Harry Styles 1700
94 NEW 94 1 EARTH BEAT Paul Weller 1600
95 NEW 95 1 ISLANDS IN THE STREAM Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton 1500

SROP OUTS
60 40 7 TENNIS FAN Banoffee featuring Empress Of 69100
64 1 19 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 958250
69 23 8 TASTES LIKE KARMA Madilyn 122550

 

 

15th March 2020

It’s 3 weeks on top for the Barry White 1973 track that takes me back to much-less-stressed times, holding off James Blunt and Ward Thomas from the top spot, the highest-charting of the singles off the new album, poor ol’ James has never quite managed to top my chart, though this is his 5th top 5 and beats his previous peak of 3 for Wisemen in 2006, a track that went top 5 in 2005 as well. Doja Cat and Marina Kaye both get top 10 debuts, SZA gets her 2nd since topping with the Black Panther track with Kendrick Lamarr, All The Stars, in 2018. Justin T gets his 12th top 10, but much more with contributions to other artists and N’Sync tracks.

Roisin Murphy gets 2 top 40’s in a row, both with 8-minute-plus disco-era-styled boogies, Halsey does that too with much shorter tracks that have no disco-boogies in sight, and Noel Gallagher yet again gets 2 simultaneous top 40 new songs on the list, they just overlap with the frequency of releases recently. Against all the odds, and I never expected to write this sentence, Celine Dion continues her comeback artistically with another good top 40 off the new album. She’s had at least 15 top 40’s over the last 30 years, but very few top 10’s – just 4, peaking at 2 in 2002 with A New Day has Come.

New entries from The Killers urging Caution, extending their run to 16 years, Ava Max getting a 3rd chart entry, Neil Young bringing his fab 1992 Harvest Moon ballad back after selling on itunes due to some sort of advert promo, I expect, and last, but not least, Sparks follow-up their Christmas chart-topper with the whimsical I’m Toast, making it 46 years of non-stop quality, paving their own unique path through whatever music scenes are around, always relevant, always cool, always inventive lyrically and musically, touring, and occasionally selling albums and singles. The titles of tracks on the forthcoming album make it worth buying already…!


1 1 1 6 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 704000
2 7 2 6 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 264700
3 3 1 6 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 646000
4 4 4 7 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 286750
5 12 5 3 SAY SO Doja Cat 101600
6 2 2 3 DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears 205000
7 19 7 3 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 78100
8 9 8 7 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 168050
9 6 1 15 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1271600
10 25 10 3 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 67550

11 5 3 7 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 400500
12 18 12 4 BROKEN SLEEP Agnes Obel 88100
13 8 4 8 WILL O’THE WISP Pet Shop Boys 383750
14 14 14 6 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 136000
15 10 5 8 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 315400
16 16 16 8 LONELY Joel Corry featuring HARLEE 145650
17 11 1 12 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 1075000
18 15 3 8 FOREVER Will Young 363000
19 24 19 4 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 68500
20 23 20 4 CUZ I LOVE YOU Lizzo 69950

21 17 17 6 IN MY ARMS Purple Disco Machine featuring Inner Life & Jocelyn Brown, with Al Stewart 100600
22 13 6 8 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 263300
23 20 20 5 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 93500
24 26 24 6 REACT Pussycat Dolls 92400
25 28 25 5 KNOW YOUR WORTH Khalid & Disclosure 58450
26 29 26 5 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 71300
27 32 27 4 SIX DAYS IN JUNE The Fratellis 54100
28 36 28 4 WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Avalanches featuring Blood Orange 63700
29 30 29 7 WINNING WAYS The Fizz 105350
30 35 30 4 GREAT UNKNOWN X Ambassadors 64000

31 27 9 10 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 255500
32 21 5 9 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 379250
33 38 33 4 INSTANT DESTINY Tame Impala 54000
34 37 34 6 REASONS I DRINK Alanis Morrissette 83900
35 48 35 2 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 29800
36 22 15 7 BLUE MOON RISING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 125100
37 43 37 3 YOU SHOULD BE SAD Halsey 37200
38 68 38 3 COME ON OUTSIDE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 29800
39 53 39 4 CHANGE MY MIND Celine Dion 46550
40 52 40 2 DEAD WEIGHT PVRIS 28500

41 44 41 5 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 51600
42 31 6 11 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 283450
43 34 4 11 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 423600
44 75 44 2 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 18250
45 55 45 6 BETTER OFF WITHOUT YOU Becky Hill featuring Shift K3Y 52100
46 57 46 2 GASLIGHTER Dixie Chicks 23150
47 33 17 9 JULY Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges 161200
48 65 48 3 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 24700
49 58 49 2 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 22300
50 39 12 8 ALL MY LOVE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 185450

51 40 8 9 THE VOID Muse 246300
52 41 9 9 OH YEAH! Green Day 224800
53 76 53 2 THE STEPS HAIM 16050
54 51 1 29 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1221500
55 NEW 55 1 CAUTION The Killers 10800
56 63 56 3 MY LAST BREATH James Newman 25000
57 42 7 15 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 389150
58 59 58 4 MELTDOWN Jake Shears 36700
59 61 59 2 REVIVAL Gregory Porter 17600
60 49 40 6 TENNIS FAN Banoffee featuring Empress Of 69100

61 62 61 4 DEAR JEALOUSY MIKA 27700
62 78 62 2 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 11800
63 64 63 4 INSTANT HISTORY Biffy Clyro 26300
64 50 1 19 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 958250
65 66 65 2 MAMA Genesis 13800
66 70 66 3 ALWAYS Waze & Odyssey vs Tommy Theo featuring George Michael & Mary J. Blige 18600
67 69 67 4 WHAT IF I NEVER GET OVER YOU Lady Antebellum 24200
68 71 68 2 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 12200
69 47 23 8 TASTES LIKE KARMA Madilyn 122550
70 72 70 3 STUPID LOVE Lady Gaga 17200

71 56 3 20 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 699950
72 73 72 3 SECOND CHANCE The Shapeshifters featuring Kimberly Davis 16200
73 NEW 73 1 CRASHING Illenium featuring Bahari 5400
74 74 74 3 ROSES (IMANBEK REMIX) SAINt JHN 15400
75 79 75 2 SOMETIMES Kodaline 9200
76 NEW 76 1 KINGS & QUEENS Ava Max 4800
77 NEW 77 1 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 4600
78 NEW 78 1 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 4400
79 NEW 79 1 I’M TOAST Sparks 4200
80 80 80 2 NEVER WORN WHITE Katy Perry 8000

DROP OUTS
45 34 6 HAPPY PEOPLE Pet Shop Boys 88800
46 22 8 LOST IN YESTERDAY Tame Impala 128050
54 29 7 FOREVER YOURS Kygo, Avicii & Sandro Cavazza 100800
60 60 3 ON BTS featuring Sia 23700
67 3 16 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 489100
77 33 6 NARCISSUS Roisin Murphy 71950

 

8th March 2020

It’s 2 weeks on top for Barry White who first topped my chart in 1974 in his guise of the Love Unlimited Orchestra, Love’s Theme being a lush gorgeous soul instrumental, a mere 6 months after this track debuted in my charts. At 2 Sniff ‘n’ The Tears finally get the chart position they deserved (but didn’t get) during a very competitive period for amazing music in 1979 – though it was a big American hit for the UK band. Music lately is so strong I’m having to extend to 80 again as there are no more tracks I can evict, and many have already been booted out a bit early!

Dua Lipa adds to her run of top 10’s, must be about 6 or so, Doja Cat gets the biggest climb up to 12 from 67, it’s a good pop track, Billie Eilish gets another top 20 with her Bond theme, and Marina kaye debuts inside the top 20. Sza gets her biggest track since her chart-topper with Kendrick Lamarr 2 years ago, at 25 with Justin Timberlake who is now 22 years into NSync’ing top 40’s, while Khalid and Disclosure both add to their tally of top 40’s. The Fratellis grab a 7th top 40, Tame Impala a 3rd in the last 6 months to add to the 7 dating back to 2015, and the highest new entry is another from Roisin Murphy, giving her 2 8-minute grooves in my chart, and a 12-year career since Moloko kick-started singing it back.

Other newies: PVRIS debut, Dixie Chicks stage a catchy comeback 15 years since they last charted, and with their 7th chart entry extending their chart career to 21 years, Kiesza also has a comeback 6 years since her 3rd entry and also debut with Hideaway. That also applies to Gregory Porter who debuted with Liquid Spirit in 2014, and is now having a Revival, while Genesis announce their first tour since the noughties and boost itunes sales of their greatest singles, including their absolute best, the moody, dark Mama which topped my chart in 1983 and returns to give it some extra “sales”.

Cashier No.9 return with an oldie that didn;t chart last decade, a second chart entry for them a mere 9 years since topping my lists with Oh Pity, HAIM also return with some good old-fashioned electric guitar riffs and drum fills, it’s so refreshing to hear them, even if it does sound rather a lot like Sheryl Crow. Lauv gets a 2nd concurrent chart entry, as he shapes up to be the next Big Thing, if there’s any justice, and assists BTS to do the same, Kodaline follow-up their recent comeback, 7 years into their charting, and Katy Perry makes it a sweet dozen years of hits – at least 26 of ’em, including 3 chart-toppers.

1 1 1 5 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 534000
2 12 2 2 DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears 150000
3 2 1 5 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 561000
4 7 4 6 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 221750
5 3 3 6 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 363500
6 4 1 14 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1226600
7 9 7 5 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 149700
8 5 4 7 WILL O’THE WISP Pet Shop Boys 351750
9 14 9 6 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 120050
10 6 5 7 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 288400

11 8 1 11 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 1052000
12 67 12 2 SAY SO Doja Cat 41600
13 11 6 7 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 243800
14 16 14 5 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 107000
15 10 3 7 FOREVER Will Young 341000
16 17 16 7 LONELY Joel Corry featuring HARLEE 120650
17 20 17 5 IN MY ARMS Purple Disco Machine featuring Inner Life & Jocelyn Brown, with Al Stewart 80850
18 24 18 3 BROKEN SLEEP Agnes Obel 53100
19 64 19 2 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 28100
20 25 20 4 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 74250

21 13 5 8 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 361450
22 15 15 6 BLUE MOON RISING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 107700
23 29 23 3 CUZ I LOVE YOU Lizzo 49950
24 26 24 3 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 47500
25 66 25 2 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 25550
26 27 26 5 REACT Pussycat Dolls 73400
27 19 9 9 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 237600
28 57 28 4 KNOW YOUR WORTH Khalid & Disclosure 39700
29 33 29 4 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 52800
30 30 30 6 WINNING WAYS The Fizz 87150

31 18 6 10 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 269700
32 49 32 3 SIX DAYS IN JUNE The Fratellis 35700
33 23 17 8 JULY Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges 148700
34 22 4 10 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 410100
35 35 35 3 GREAT UNKNOWN X Ambassadors 46000
36 36 36 3 WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Avalanches featuring Blood Orange 45400
37 39 37 5 REASONS I DRINK Alanis Morrissette 66300
38 47 38 3 INSTANT DESTINY Tame Impala 36300
39 21 12 7 ALL MY LOVE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 173450
40 32 8 8 THE VOID Muse 234550

41 28 9 8 OH YEAH! Green Day 213300
42 31 7 14 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 378750
43 68 43 2 YOU SHOULD BE SAD Halsey 19900
44 51 44 4 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 37600
45 34 34 6 HAPPY PEOPLE Pet Shop Boys 88800
46 37 22 8 LOST IN YESTERDAY Tame Impala 128050
47 38 23 7 TASTES LIKE KARMA Madilyn 116350
48 NEW 48 1 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 12300
49 40 40 5 TENNIS FAN Banoffee featuring Empress Of 59100
50 42 1 18 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 951150

51 43 1 28 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1210500
52 NEW 52 1 DEAD WEIGHT PVRIS 11500
53 54 53 3 CHANGE MY MIND Celine Dion 29450
54 48 29 7 FOREVER YOURS Kygo, Avicii & Sandro Cavazza 100800
55 58 55 5 BETTER OFF WITHOUT YOU Becky Hill featuring Shift K3Y 39100
56 50 3 19 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 694150
57 NEW 57 1 GASLIGHTER Dixie Chicks 10400
58 NEW 58 1 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 10200
59 60 59 3 MELTDOWN Jake Shears 26500
60 61 60 3 ON BTS featuring Sia 23700

61 NEW 61 1 REVIVAL Gregory Porter 7500
62 62 62 3 DEAR JEALOUSY MIKA 20200
63 63 63 2 MY LAST BREATH James Newman 14400
64 65 64 3 INSTANT HISTORY Biffy Clyro 19100
65 73 65 2 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 12400
66 NEW 66 1 MAMA Genesis 6800
67 59 3 16 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 489100
68 69 68 2 COME ON OUTSIDE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 12600
69 70 69 3 WHAT IF I NEVER GET OVER YOU Lady Antebellum 17600
70 71 70 2 ALWAYS Waze & Odyssey vs Tommy Theo featuring George Michael & Mary J. Blige 11800

71 NEW 71 1 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 5800
72 72 72 2 STUPID LOVE Lady Gaga 11200
73 74 73 2 SECOND CHANCE The Shapeshifters featuring Kimberly Davis 10600
74 75 74 2 ROSES (IMANBEK REMIX) SAINt JHN 10200
75 NEW 75 1 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 5000
76 NEW 76 1 THE STEPS HAIM 4800
77 44 33 6 NARCISSUS Roisin Murphy 71950
78 NEW 78 1 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 4400
79 NEW 79 1 SOMETIMES Kodaline 4200
80 NEW 80 1 NEVER WORN WHITE Katy Perry 4000

DROP OUTS
41 3 6 SUPERNATURE (795450) Cerrone 287000
45 45 4 AT ROCK BOTTOM Pet Shop Boys 46000
46 20 7 RARE Selena Gomez 118700
52 24 6 LAZY LOVE Bobbi Storm 98650
53 35 6 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 85950
55 1 11 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 733350
56 20 7 ORDINARY MAN Ozzy Osbourne featuring Elton John & Slash 114750

 

1st March 2020

It’s a first week on top for Barry White’s classic sexy soul debut from 1973, as featured in Birds Of Prey, and which first-time round hit my top 5 but had a short chart run because it was only in the UK top 30 for a few weeks (I based my charts exclusively on tracks inside the top 30 in those days). So, only taken almost 47 years to get there, and his 2nd chart-topper following Let The Music Play which topped in 2000 a mere 24 years late, this one nearly doubles that gap. James Blunt grabs another top 10 from his current album, he’s really back on top form of late, and 1979 top 20 track (for me) Driver’s Seat, returns Sniff ‘n’ The Tears to the charts at 12, 41 years on, thanks to my entering it into a music competition – now it can get a much better chart placing for such a great record.

Another big batch of new entries means that there are virtually no records dropping outside the top 50 – they’ve all had to be evicted to make way for all the fresh stuff! Big climbs into the 40 for Agnes Obel, Lauv, Lizzo, Ronan & Emeli (Ronan Keating having been away for 8 years, but extending his chart run of solo stuff to 21 years), X Ambassadors & The Avalanches. Newies include the UK Eurovision entry from John Newman’s brother James, probably our best chance to do well since Blue’s entry; SZA back with Justin Timberlake in tow, his chart run now 17 years solo (with 5 chart-toppers) or 21 years with N’Sync (plus another chart-topper).

It’s another month so it must be another Noel Gallagher single, he usually has 2 charting simultaneously the last year or so; Lady Gaga is back doing dance music, and returns to my chart for the first time in 6 years – that’s longer than her entire prolific career up to that point, but extends her run to 11 years, including 4 chart-toppers in her early Fame-hot days. Paloma Faith returns assisting Jonas Blue, she is also of the Class of 2009, but her 4 chart-toppers are spread-out over her entire career and she has only missed out on charting in 2019. Finally, The Shapeshifters return 14 years since they last troubled my charts, and 16 years since Lola’s Theme was a big debut. Unexpected returns are always welcome in my charts!


1 2 1 4 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 364000
2 1 1 4 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 476000
3 3 3 5 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 303500
4 4 1 13 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1171600
5 7 4 6 WILL O’THE WISP Pet Shop Boys 303750
6 6 5 6 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 246400
7 10 7 5 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 156750
8 5 1 10 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 1015000
9 13 9 4 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 99700
10 9 3 6 FOREVER Will Young 314000

11 8 6 6 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 211800
12 NEW 12 1 DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears 35000
13 11 5 7 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 341700
14 36 14 5 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 75050
15 20 15 5 BLUE MOON RISING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 88200
16 19 16 4 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 78000
17 34 17 6 LONELY Joel Corry featuring HARLEE 95650
18 16 6 9 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 251800
19 15 9 8 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 219200
20 30 20 4 IN MY ARMS Purple Disco Machine featuring Inner Life & Jocelyn Brown, with Al Stewart 57850

21 12 12 6 ALL MY LOVE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 156350
22 14 4 9 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 392500
23 17 17 7 JULY Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges 131000
24 49 24 2 BROKEN SLEEP Agnes Obel 31100
25 27 25 3 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 54250
26 60 26 2 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 28500
27 28 27 4 REACT Pussycat Dolls 54900
28 18 9 7 OH YEAH! Green Day 199300
29 47 29 2 CUZ I LOVE YOU Lizzo 30700
30 40 30 5 WINNING WAYS The Fizz 69150

31 25 7 13 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 365000
32 21 8 7 THE VOID Muse 217550
33 52 33 3 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 34600
34 41 34 5 HAPPY PEOPLE Pet Shop Boys 75800
35 54 35 2 GREAT UNKNOWN X Ambassadors 28500
36 56 36 2 WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Avalanches featuring Blood Orange 28000
37 22 22 7 LOST IN YESTERDAY Tame Impala 115300
38 23 23 6 TASTES LIKE KARMA Madilyn 103850
39 42 39 4 REASONS I DRINK Alanis Morrissette 49000
40 48 40 4 TENNIS FAN Banoffee featuring Empress Of 47000

41 24 3 6 SUPERNATURE Cerrone 287000
42 32 1 17 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 939150
43 38 1 27 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1198750
44 33 33 5 NARCISSUS Roisin Murphy 67350
45 45 45 4 AT ROCK BOTTOM Pet Shop Boys 46000
46 26 20 7 RARE Selena Gomez 118700
47 67 47 2 INSTANT DESTINY Tame Impala 19100
48 29 29 6 FOREVER YOURS Kygo, Avicii & Sandro Cavazza 89800
49 71 49 2 SIX DAYS IN JUNE The Fratellis 17900
50 44 3 18 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 683550

51 62 51 3 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 24350
52 31 24 6 LAZY LOVE Bobbi Storm 98650
53 35 35 6 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 85950
54 63 54 2 CHANGE MY MIND Celine Dion 18200
55 37 1 11 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 733350
56 39 20 7 ORDINARY MAN Ozzy Osbourne featuring Elton John & Slash 114750
57 70 57 3 KNOW YOUR WORTH Khalid & Disclosure 21400
58 64 58 4 BETTER OF WITHOUT YOU Becky Hill featuring Shift K3Y 28300
59 43 3 15 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 482500
60 68 60 2 MELTDOWN Jake Shears 16400

61 69 61 2 ON BTS featuring Sia 13700
62 74 62 2 DEAR JEALOUSY MIKA 12800
63 NEW 63 1 MY LAST BREATH James Newman 7200
64 NEW 64 1 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 7100
65 75 65 2 INSTANT HISTORY Biffy Clyro 12000
66 NEW 66 1 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 6800
67 NEW 67 1 SAY SO Doja Cat 6600
68 NEW 68 1 YOU SHOULD BE SAD Halsey 6400
69 NEW 69 1 COME ON OUTSIDE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 6200
70 73 70 2 WHAT IF I NEVER GET OVER YOU Lady Antebellum 11400

71 NEW 71 1 ALWAYS Waze & Odyssey vs Tommy Theo featuring George Michael & Mary J. Blige 5800
72 NEW 72 1 STUPID LOVE Lady Gaga 5600
73 NEW 73 1 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 5400
74 NEW 74 1 SECOND CHANCE The Shapeshifters featuring Kimberly Davis 5200
75 NEW 75 1 ROSES (IMANBEK REMIX) SAINt JHN 5000

DROP OUTS
46 19 7 THE KEEPER Blossoms 130900
50 50 5 SIMMER Hayley Williams 50600
51 32 6 WHAT A MAN GOTTA DO Jonas Brothers 86100
53 21 7 TREAT PEOPLE WITH KINDNESS Harry Styles 110200
55 55 4 AMOUREUSE (608550) Kiki Dee 35000
57 57 4 WEDDING IN BERLIN Pet Shop Boys 33300
58 24 7 ORIGINAL Sia 108450
59 59 3 PALE HORSES Ina Wroldsen 23000
61 61 4 NEW ME Ella Eyre 25100
65 65 5 RUNAROUND SUE Dion 30600
66 16 12 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 173300
72 1 24 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 1003450

 

23rd February 2020

It’s 2 weeks on top for Faouzia, passionate at 1 where runner-up Barry White is sensual soul with his template song reaching a new peak 47 years late (it went top 5 for me in the Summer of ’73), thanks to the Birds Of Prey movie. Duke Dumont outdoes his previous 3 top 10’s for a new peak position of 3 for Therapy and an amazing vocal performance from Sharlene Hector. Pet Shop Boys make it, ooh, 4 or 5 top 10’s this year already. One day I’ll top up how many chart entries they’ve had – I can’t believe any other act outdoes them except The Beatles, maybe.

James Blunt also adding yet another top 20 to the 3 off the album already, and a first for Ward Thomas, Nile Rodgers is on 42 years of Dance Dance Dance-ing in the top 20, and Noel Gallagher is on around 4 or 5 in the last 12 months to add to his 26-year run of many others. Pussycat Dolls get a first top 40 entry in 12 years, their 6th in all, and heading the new influx is Lizzo with a great vocal at 47 with not-the-Slade-song Coz I Love You. Her 4th entry. Agnes Obel returns with a Kate-Bush-esque dark ballad, X Ambassadors return with a rousing singalong, The Avalanches make a welcome return err 19 years since they had back to back top 10’s with Since I Left You & Frontier Psychiatrist – and then nothing else ever again! Better late than never…

Lauv is sounding good with a debut, Celine continues to surprise with her comeback stuff for 30 chart years, Tame Impala enter with an album track, Jake Shears gets a second solo entry 2 years since Creep City hit the 20, and 16 years since Comfortably Numb gave Scissor Sisters the first of 5 number ones. BTS bring a spot of South Korean boyband action to my charts with a debut featuring Sia and a great rhythm track, The Fratellis bring some fun back to extend their run to 14 years, and Lady Antebellum get a 6th entry since debuting a decade ago with the fab Need You Now. MIKA’s pushing 20 chart entries over 13 years, and Biffy Clyro take a more pop route to get a 3rd entry 9 years since Many Of Horror, a 12 years since Mountains.

1 1 1 3 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 361000
2 10 2 3 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 194000
3 9 3 4 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 218500
4 2 1 12 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1106600
5 3 1 9 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 967000
6 5 5 5 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 191400
7 7 4 5 WILL O’THE WISP Pet Shop Boys 243750
8 6 6 5 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 174800
9 4 3 5 FOREVER Will Young 272000
10 13 10 4 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 106750

11 8 5 6 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 309700
12 12 12 5 ALL MY LOVE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 136600
13 37 13 3 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 54700
14 11 4 8 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 373000
15 15 9 7 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 198200
16 16 6 8 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 229800
17 19 17 6 JULY Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges 111750
18 18 9 6 OH YEAH! Green Day 181000
19 26 19 3 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 53000
20 32 20 4 BLUE MOON RISING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 61200

21 17 8 6 THE VOID Muse 199750
22 23 22 6 LOST IN YESTERDAY Tame Impala 98000
23 27 23 5 TASTES LIKE KARMA Madilyn 86650
24 14 3 5 SUPERNATURE Cerrone 273000
25 21 7 12 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 347100
26 20 20 6 RARE Selena Gomez 105950
27 39 27 2 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 35500
28 45 28 3 REACT Pussycat Dolls 36500
29 29 29 5 FOREVER YOURS Kygo, Avicii & Sandro Cavazza 77500
30 46 30 3 IN MY ARMS Purple Disco Machine featuring Inner Life & Jocelyn Brown, with Al Stewart 37850

31 24 24 5 LAZY LOVE Bobbi Storm 87150
32 25 1 16 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 925400
33 40 33 4 NARCISSUS Roisin Murphy 54100
34 30 30 5 LONELY Joel Corry featuring HARLEE 72650
35 35 35 5 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 74700
36 53 36 4 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 46050
37 22 1 10 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 722550
38 33 1 26 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1185250
39 28 20 6 ORDINARY MAN Ozzy Osbourne featuring Elton John & Slash 104150
40 42 40 4 WINNING WAYS The Fizz 51150

41 38 38 4 HAPPY PEOPLE Pet Shop Boys 58300
42 51 42 3 REASONS I DRINK Alanis Morrissette 31900
43 34 3 14 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 472400
44 36 3 17 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 671550
45 47 45 3 AT ROCK BOTTOM Pet Shop Boys 33000
46 31 19 7 THE KEEPER Blossoms 130900
47 NEW 47 1 CUZ I LOVE YOU Lizzo 12500
48 49 48 3 TENNIS FAN Banoffee featuring Empress Of 30000
49 NEW 49 1 BROKEN SLEEP Agnes Obel 12100
50 52 50 5 SIMMER Hayley Williams 50600

51 41 32 6 WHAT A MAN GOTTA DO Jonas Brothers 86100
52 73 52 2 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 16900
53 43 21 7 TREAT PEOPLE WITH KINDNESS Harry Styles 110200
54 NEW 54 1 GREAT UNKNOWN X Ambassadors 11000
55 58 55 4 AMOUREUSE Kiki Dee 35000
56 NEW 56 1 WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Avalanches featuring Blood Orange 10600
57 59 57 4 WEDDING IN BERLIN Pet Shop Boys 33300
58 44 24 7 ORIGINAL Sia 108450
59 64 59 3 PALE HORSES Ina Wroldsen 23000
60 NEW 60 1 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 10000

61 67 61 4 NEW ME Ella Eyre 25100
62 74 62 2 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 12600
63 NEW 63 1 CHANGE MY MIND Celine Dion 7200
64 70 64 3 BETTER OF WITHOUT YOU Becky Hill featuring Shift K3Y 18100
65 69 65 5 RUNAROUND SUE Dion 30600
66 50 16 12 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 173300
67 NEW 67 1 INSTANT DESTINY Tame Impala 6600
68 NEW 68 1 MELTDOWN Jake Shears 6400
69 NEW 69 1 ON BTS featuring Sia 6200
70 75 70 2 KNOW YOUR WORTH Khalid & Disclosure 11000

71 NEW 71 1 SIX DAYS IN JUNE The Fratellis 5800
72 66 1 24 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 1003450
73 NEW 73 1 WHAT IF I NEVER GET OVER YOU Lady Antebellum 5400
74 NEW 74 1 DEAR JEALOUSY MIKA 5200
75 NEW 75 1 INSTANT HISTORY Biffy Clyro 5000

DROP OUTS
48 48 4 YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING The Real Thing 46650
54 8 8 DECIDE Pet Shop Boys 180000
55 40 6 STOP THIS FLAME Celeste 82100
56 56 5 DARE Gorillaz featuring Shaun Ryder 38900
57 9 14 EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish 273000
60 46 4 MAYDAY!!! FIESTA FEVER AWOLNATION featuring Alex Ebert 45050
61 5 8 THE KILLING OF GEORGIE PARTS I & II Rod Stewart featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 236300
62 1 16 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 1027000
63 8 16 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 396550
65 36 6 WHEREVER YOU ARE Kodaline 77050
68 35 6 ONE WORLD Billy Ocean 77950
71 9 13 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 214600
72 9 13 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 289200

 

 

 

16th February 2020

It’s a first week on top for Canadian-Morrocan singer Faouzia, who first appeared in Casablanca. Not with Humphrey Bogart, though, it’s where she was born. Tears Of Gold is fab. Adam Lambert & Niles Rodgers go top 40, James Blunt & Ward Thomas climb bigly into the 40, and highest new entry is the new Bond theme from Billie Eilish, who unexpectedly stretches for a big note and wins, in at 39. Lots of good climbs lower down and not much in the way of new entries, just Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande, Khalid & Disclosure, & an oldie from Louis Armstrong, the classic 1945 Edith Piaf torch-ballad La Vie En Rose made my top 10 in 1985 for Grace Jones, and this recording pre-dates that by some 35 years, or at 70 years-old one of the oldest recordings to make my charts, the only older one that springs to mind is the closing sequence from The Avengers”Endgame.

1 19 1 2 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 191000
2 1 1 11 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1041600
3 2 1 8 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 907000
4 3 3 4 FOREVER Will Young 227000
5 8 5 4 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 136400
6 10 6 4 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 126800
7 4 4 4 WILL O’THE WISP Pet Shop Boys 193750
8 5 5 5 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 272700
9 9 9 4 THERAPY Duke Dumont 133500
10 11 10 2 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 79000

11 7 4 7 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 344000
12 14 12 4 ALL MY LOVE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 101600
13 20 13 3 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 64750
14 6 3 4 SUPERNATURE Cerrone 254000
15 15 9 6 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 171200
16 13 6 7 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 204800
17 12 8 5 THE VOID Muse 180000
18 16 9 5 OH YEAH! Green Day 159000
19 24 19 5 JULY Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges 88750
20 22 20 5 RARE Selena Gomez 87450

21 17 7 11 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 329350
22 18 1 9 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 705250
23 28 23 5 LOST IN YESTERDAY Tame Impala 78500
24 25 24 4 LAZY LOVE Bobbi Storm 69250
25 21 1 15 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 907600
26 43 26 2 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 32000
27 27 27 4 TASTES LIKE KARMA Madilyn 67400
28 23 20 5 ORDINARY MAN Ozzy Osbourne featuring Elton John & Slash 87050
29 36 29 4 FOREVER YOURS Kygo, Avicii & Sandro Cavazza 59300
30 37 30 4 LONELY Joel Corry featuring HARLEE 55050

31 26 19 6 THE KEEPER Blossoms 118150
32 38 32 3 BLUE MOON RISING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 41200
33 33 1 25 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1168050
34 34 3 13 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 458900
35 35 35 4 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 57200
36 30 3 16 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 658300
37 73 37 2 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 22700
38 40 38 3 HAPPY PEOPLE Pet Shop Boys 44300
39 NEW 39 1 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 17100
40 48 40 3 NARCISSUS Roisin Murphy 36400

41 32 32 5 WHAT A MAN GOTTA DO Jonas Brothers 74350
42 45 42 3 WINNING WAYS The Fizz 34150
43 31 21 6 TREAT PEOPLE WITH KINDNESS Harry Styles 98950
44 29 24 6 ORIGINAL Sia 98250
45 74 45 2 REACT Pussycat Dolls 18200
46 64 46 2 IN MY ARMS Purple Disco Machine featuring Inner Life & Jocelyn Brown, with Al Stewart 19850
47 61 47 2 AT ROCK BOTTOM Pet Shop Boys 20000
48 49 48 4 YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING The Real Thing 46650
49 72 49 2 TENNIS FAN Banoffee featuring Empress Of 17700
50 39 16 11 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 166500

51 68 51 2 REASONS I DRINK Alanis Morrissette 18150
52 52 52 4 SIMMER Hayley Williams 38600
53 57 53 3 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 28650
54 41 8 8 DECIDE Pet Shop Boys 180000
55 54 40 6 STOP THIS FLAME Celeste 82100
56 59 56 5 DARE Gorillaz featuring Shaun Ryder 38900
57 42 9 14 EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish 273000
58 63 58 3 AMOUREUSE Kiki Dee 24200
59 66 59 3 WEDDING IN BERLIN Pet Shop Boys 22900
60 46 46 4 MAYDAY!!! FIESTA FEVER AWOLNATION featuring Alex Ebert 45050

61 50 5 8 THE KILLING OF GEORGIE PARTS I & II Rod Stewart featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 236300
62 55 1 16 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 1027000
63 56 8 16 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 396550
64 71 64 2 PALE HORSES Ina Wroldsen 12900
65 47 36 6 WHEREVER YOU ARE Kodaline 77050
66 62 1 23 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 997850
67 70 67 3 NEW ME Ella Eyre 17600
68 44 35 6 ONE WORLD Billy Ocean 77950
69 69 69 4 RUNAROUND SUE Dion 23600
70 75 70 2 BETTER OF WITHOUT YOU Becky Hill featuring Shift K3Y 11000

71 60 9 13 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 214600
72 67 9 13 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 289200
73 NEW 73 1 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 5400
74 NEW 74 1 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 5200
75 NEW 75 1 KNOW YOUR WORTH Khalid & Disclosure 5000

DROP OUTS
51 51 5 DON’T WALK AWAY Jade 39950
53 1 9 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (BASSFLOW REMAKE) Roxette 653450
58 1 17 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 1406000
65 4 18 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 604700

 

 

9th February 2020

It’s 3 weeks on top for Blinding Lights as Will Young gets his biggest track since Love Revolution hit 2 in 2015 and his 3rd top 3 in 18 years – Friday’s Child topped my chart in 2004. Nathaniel Rateliff outpeaks his debut hit SOB by 6 places, while Duke Dumont gets his 4th top 10 in 6 years, and slightly more succesful in the dance arena, David Guetta gets his first top 10 in 5 years, his 11th top 10 in 17 years of hits, and over 25 chart entries.

Highest new entry at 11 is Barry White’s debut hit from 1973, the very very sexy, sultry I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby which had a short chart run in my top 10 back in the day, but was evicted early due to a short UK chart run (I only allowed current UK top 30 hits in my actual charts of the time) despite still being probably his best record. Thanks to a prime spot in Birds Of Prey, it now gets to set things right some errr 47 years late and just a few months before I changed my chart rules to allow all current singles and album tracks into my charts.

Highest actual new song is at 19 from Faouzia, a 19-year-old Canadian-Moroccan, it’s fab, while Pet Shop Boys dominate the chart even more with a number of climbers, notably You Are The One into the top 20, and another new entry – B Side of Monkey Business is At Rock Bottom at 61. That’s 9 tracks or over 12% of the chart. Noel Gallagher adds yet another top 40 to his increasingly long list of top 40 tracks, and newies include Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers, the latter extending his run to a not-unimpressive 42 years since I first disco-danced to Dance Dance Dance.

Purple Disco return, talking of discos, and sample some vintage Jocelyn Brown, who’s charted with numerous dance acts, and solo, across her 5th decade now. The track doesn’t give credit to Al Stewart, but I do – his classic Year Of The Cat riff is nicked for a key backdrop to the track, and I adore the original, so in he goes to extend his mentions to 43 years. Alanis Morissette hasn’t troubled my listings for 12 years, but she’s back, and makes it a sweet 25 years since her jaw-droppingly bitter You Oughta Know hit my top 10, kick-starting a brilliant album and run of singles. Pussycat Dolls also return after an absence of 11 years, their 4 years of singles being followed by a number of Nicole Scherzinger hits, who’s back on board 9 years since she topped my charts with Right There, which unfortunately also gave the usually unlistenable 50 Cent billing on a chart-topper.

1 1 1 10 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 927600
2 2 1 7 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 822000
3 6 3 3 FOREVER Will Young 162000
4 5 4 3 WILL O’THE WISP Pet Shop Boys 143750
5 7 5 4 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 224700
6 3 3 3 SUPERNATURE Cerrone 225000
7 4 4 6 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 307000
8 18 8 3 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 76400
9 13 9 3 THERAPY Duke Dumont 88500
10 17 10 3 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 71800

11 NEW 11 1 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 37000
12 10 8 4 THE VOID Muse 157000
13 8 6 6 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 179800
14 15 14 3 ALL MY LOVE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 66600
15 9 9 5 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 144200
16 12 9 4 OH YEAH! Green Day 137000
17 14 7 10 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 309600
18 11 1 8 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 686000
19 NEW 19 1 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 21000
20 46 20 2 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 32750

21 16 1 14 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 888850
22 23 22 4 RARE Selena Gomez 67450
23 20 20 4 ORDINARY MAN Ozzy Osbourne featuring Elton John & Slash 68750
24 27 24 4 JULY Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges 67750
25 26 25 3 LAZY LOVE Bobbi Storm 50250
26 19 19 5 THE KEEPER Blossoms 100250
27 28 27 3 TASTES LIKE KARMA Madilyn 49000
28 32 28 4 LOST IN YESTERDAY Tame Impala 59250
29 24 24 5 ORIGINAL Sia 85000
30 22 3 15 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 640900

31 21 21 5 TREAT PEOPLE WITH KINDNESS Harry Styles 85450
32 37 32 4 WHAT A MAN GOTTA DO Jonas Brothers 60350
33 34 1 24 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1150350
34 25 3 12 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 441300
35 50 35 3 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 39700
36 39 36 3 FOREVER YOURS Kygo, Avicii & Sandro Cavazza 41100
37 42 37 3 LONELY Joel Corry featuring HARLEE 37050
38 69 38 2 BLUE MOON RISING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 23400
39 29 16 10 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 154500
40 59 40 2 HAPPY PEOPLE Pet Shop Boys 27100

41 30 8 7 DECIDE Pet Shop Boys 169000
42 31 9 13 EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish 262600
43 NEW 43 1 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 13500
44 35 35 5 ONE WORLD Billy Ocean 71550
45 62 45 2 WINNING WAYS The Fizz 20400
46 48 46 3 MAYDAY!!! FIESTA FEVER AWOLNATION featuring Alex Ebert 35050
47 36 36 5 WHEREVER YOU ARE Kodaline 70050
48 64 48 2 NARCISSUS Roisin Murphy 19400
49 53 49 3 YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING The Real Thing 34350
50 33 5 7 THE KILLING OF GEORGIE PARTS I & II Rod Stewart featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 228800

51 60 51 5 DON’T WALK AWAY Jade 39950
52 56 52 3 SIMMER Hayley Williams 27100
53 38 1 9 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (BASSFLOW REMAKE) Roxette 653450
54 40 40 5 STOP THIS FLAME Celeste 71300
55 43 1 15 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 1019600
56 44 8 15 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 389350
57 65 57 2 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 17400
58 41 1 17 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 1406000
59 63 59 4 DARE Gorillaz featuring Shaun Ryder 28300
60 47 9 12 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 208800

61 NEW 61 1 AT ROCK BOTTOM Pet Shop Boys 7500
62 57 1 22 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 991050
63 66 63 2 AMOUREUSE Kiki Dee 14000
64 NEW 64 1 IN MY ARMS Purple Disco Machine featuring Inner Life & Jocelyn Brown, with Al Stewart 7100
65 49 4 18 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 604700
66 70 66 2 WEDDING IN BERLIN Pet Shop Boys 12800
67 52 9 12 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 283600
68 NEW 68 1 REASONS I DRINK Alanis Morrissette 6400
69 72 69 3 RUNAROUND SUE Dion 17400
70 75 70 2 NEW ME Ella Eyre 11000

71 NEW 71 1 PALE HORSES Ina Wroldsen 5800
72 NEW 72 1 TENNIS FAN Banoffee featuring Empress Of 5600
73 NEW 73 1 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 5400
74 NEW 74 1 REACT Pussycat Dolls 5200
75 NEW 75 1 BETTER OF WITHOUT YOU Becky Hill featuring Shift K3Y 5000

DSROP OUTS
45 20 2 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 33000
51 34 9 FINALLY//BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Halsey 104250
54 10 8 HOPE Kim Wilde 168050
55 55 4 HURT Louise 39500
58 58 4 LOVE REMEDY Roachford 35900
61 61 3 THOSE KINDA NIGHTS Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran 21500
67 67 2 IN THESE ARMS JP Cooper 11800
68 68 2 BROKEN LAND The Adventures 12600
71 20 9 WE GOT LOVE Sigala featuring Ella Henderson 116350
73 5 9 THE NIGHT Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 250400
74 18 6 KISSING IN THE WIND Travis 85200

 

 

2nd February 2020

It’s The Weeknd on top for a 2nd week as the top 20 gets very volatile with lots of movement, Pet Shop Boys getting 2 top 5 tracks off Hotspot, the highest new entry at 46 with the lovely You Are The One, and a total of 8 tracks in the chart, 7 of them off the album. I’ve probably never mentioned I’m a fan….! Will Young adds to his top 10 list as Forever climbs to 6, Duke Dumont rockets up to 13 for some banging dance therapy, Jeff Lynne continues his habit of going top 20 even after 50 years or so, as the tuneful All My Love shoots up to 15, and David Guetta and Raye add to their top 20’s with leaps up from the 60’s, as does Nathaniel Rateliff getting his 2nd top 20.

Ozzy, Elton and Slash all go up to 20, Ozzy getting his 2nd Top 20 of this century, Elton getting his 4th with new material and his first for 7 years – but he’s constantly been in the charts with oldies, guest spots (eg uncredited Scissor Sisters, Pet Shop Boys) and revamps (eg Pnau). The Fizz are back with yet another simultaneous charting track, they weren’t this prolific even in their heyday! Dua Lipa does the same, as she gets Physical, Roisin Murphy makes it 22 years of Moloko and solo activity, Ella Eyre pops in again with a newie, Noel Gallagher also is another who can’t stop releasing new tracks at a furious pace, for 26 years of non-stop chart action, pretty much, and Kiki Dee brings her 1973 Elton-John-pushed classic Amoureuse back into my charts as it’s selling on itunes for some reason, having popped back into my charts in 1976 but not since.

1 1 1 9 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 757600
2 2 1 6 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 707000
3 3 3 2 SUPERNATURE Cerrone 170000
4 5 4 5 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 257000
5 25 5 2 WILL O’THE WISP Pet Shop Boys 78750
6 18 6 2 FOREVER Will Young 77000
7 7 7 5 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 164700
8 6 6 5 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 147800
9 10 9 4 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 117200
10 8 8 3 THE VOID Muse 122000

11 4 1 7 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 664000
12 9 9 3 OH YEAH! Green Day 112000
13 52 13 2 THERAPY Duke Dumont 43500
14 14 7 9 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 286600
15 56 15 2 ALL MY LOVE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 37600
16 11 1 13 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 869100
17 66 17 2 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 29800
18 68 18 2 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 28400
19 19 19 4 THE KEEPER Blossoms 81750
20 38 20 3 ORDINARY MAN Ozzy Osbourne featuring Elton John & Slash 49500

21 22 21 4 TREAT PEOPLE WITH KINDNESS Harry Styles 67550
22 13 3 14 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 622900
23 33 23 3 RARE Selena Gomez 47950
24 26 24 4 ORIGINAL Sia 66800
25 21 3 11 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 423700
26 45 26 2 LAZY LOVE Bobbi Storm 31500
27 39 27 3 JULY Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges 48750
28 48 28 2 TASTES LIKE KARMA Madilyn 30600
29 24 16 9 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 137400
30 17 8 6 DECIDE Pet Shop Boys 155000

31 23 9 12 EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish 248850
32 46 32 3 LOST IN YESTERDAY Tame Impala 40950
33 12 5 6 THE KILLING OF GEORGIE PARTS I & II Rod Stewart featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 216800
34 29 1 23 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1132650
35 36 35 4 ONE WORLD Billy Ocean 58300
36 37 36 4 WHEREVER YOU ARE Kodaline 57550
37 44 37 3 WHAT A MAN GOTTA DO Jonas Brothers 42550
38 16 1 8 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (BASSFLOW REMAKE) Roxette 642200
39 67 39 2 FOREVER YOURS Kygo, Avicii & Sandro Cavazza 23700
40 40 40 4 STOP THIS FLAME Celeste 60300

41 27 1 16 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 1395800
42 70 42 2 LONELY Joel Corry featuring HARLEE 19750
43 28 1 14 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 1008800
44 31 8 14 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 378750
45 20 20 2 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 33000
46 NEW 46 1 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 12750
47 47 9 11 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 198800
48 60 48 2 MAYDAY!!! FIESTA FEVER AWOLNATION featuring Alex Ebert 22300
49 32 4 17 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 597700
50 58 50 2 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 22200

51 34 34 9 FINALLY//BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Halsey 104250
52 35 9 11 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 277000
53 54 53 2 YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING The Real Thing 22250
54 30 10 8 HOPE Kim Wilde 168050
55 55 55 4 HURT Louise 39500
56 75 56 2 SIMMER Hayley Williams 15600
57 51 1 21 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 983650
58 59 58 4 REMEDY Roachford 35900
59 NEW 59 1 HAPPY PEOPLE Pet Shop Boys 10100
60 63 60 4 DON’T WALK AWAY Jade 28200

61 62 61 3 THOSE KINDA NIGHTS Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran 21500
62 NEW 62 1 WINNING WAYS The Fizz 7400
63 71 63 3 DARE Gorillaz featuring Shaun Ryder 18200
64 NEW 64 1 NARCISSUS Roisin Murphy 7100
65 NEW 65 1 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 7000
66 NEW 66 1 AMOUREUSE Kiki Dee 6800
67 74 67 2 IN THESE ARMS JP Cooper 11800
68 69 68 2 BROKEN LAND The Adventures 12600
69 NEW 69 1 BLUE MOON RISING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 6200
70 NEW 70 1 WEDDING IN BERLIN Pet Shop Boys 6000

71 41 20 9 WE GOT LOVE Sigala featuring Ella Henderson 116350
72 72 72 2 RUNAROUND SUE Dion 11200
73 43 5 9 THE NIGHT Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 250400
74 42 18 6 KISSING IN THE WIND Travis 85200
75 NEW 75 1 NEW ME Ella Eyre 5000

DROP OUTS
15 4 2 CA PLANE POUR MOI (ORIGINAL 1977 VERSION) Plastic Bertrand 92000
49 36 10 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 94700
50 14 12 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 192700
53 38 4 HIGH HEELS Melanie C featuring Sink The Pink 48350
57 15 17 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 285200
61 1 26 I TRANCE Agnes 1681900
64 64 3 UNDERDOG Alicia Keys 20100
65 65 3 TRASH GLAM BABY The Boomtown Rats 19000
73 27 9 CLEAN Hey Violet 110650

 

 

26th January 2020

It’s a first solo number one for The Weeknd after 3 previous 2’s, and a topper with Ariana Grande, holding off a challenge from a return from 1978 classic ahead-of-it’s-time dance track Supernature, Cerrone’s only big hit in the UK which went top 3 for me around the same time as Blue Oyster Cult went top 10 with (Don’t Fear) The Reaper. “More Cowbell!”. 4th time round for that one, all of them top 20, and joining fellow 1978 chart-topper Ca Plane Pour Moi for a mini-invasion of a good Uni year for me.

Friendly fires get a 3rd top 10, including a chart-topper in 2011 with Hurting, Muse make it 6 top 10’s as The Void expands upwards, and Green Day make it a 3rd top 10, having had two peaks of 4 for ballads early in their career – and then nothing big since. The Fizz make it a 5th top 10 in their current incarnation, including a number one with Amen in 2017, but add in some Bucks and increase the top 10’s by 13 to 18, and the chart-toppers by 5 to 6. Cheryl also has another top 10 with Coco.

Highest new track is Will Young, Forever! His 16th top 20, and in at 18, including hotting the top in 2004 with Friday’s Child. Pet Shop Boys drop the new album, and get instant new entries for the 2 most-commercial tracks, Wil o’the wisp at 25, and I Don’t Wanna at 58. I’ve just bought the CD to play it through properly, but Hotspot is sounding pretty good on one quick runthrough as a whole, but minus the clear individual track highlights that the last few albums have had.

Jeff Lynne’s back, making it 50 years of chart activity in various guises, mostly ELO, and with numerous chart-toppers, at least 15 to date, Duke Dumont is also returning, for a 7th year of chart entries, The Real Thing 1976 classic is back for a 3rd time, You To Me Are Everything peaked at 3 in 1986, Dion is back with another oldie, he first charted with a reissue of The Wanderer in 1976, Runaround Sue dates from 1961 making it 59 years-old and one of the oldest-recordings to chart in terms of release date to chart-date.


1 2 1 8 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 587600
2 1 1 5 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 592000
3 NEW 3 1 SUPERNATURE Cerrone 85000
4 3 1 6 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 627000
5 5 5 4 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 192000
6 19 6 4 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 99800
7 10 7 4 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 114700
8 13 8 2 THE VOID Muse 80000
9 18 9 2 OH YEAH! Green Day 67000
10 17 10 3 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 72200

11 8 1 12 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 844100
12 6 5 5 THE KILLING OF GEORGIE PARTS I & II Rod Stewart featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 199100
13 11 3 13 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 603400
14 9 7 8 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 257600
15 4 4 2 CA PLANE POUR MOI (ORIGINAL 1977 VERSION) Plastic Bertrand 92000
16 7 1 7 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (BASSFLOW REMAKE) Roxette 625000
17 12 8 5 DECIDE Pet Shop Boys 137000
18 NEW 18 1 FOREVER Will Young 22000
19 20 19 3 THE KEEPER Blossoms 60750
20 NEW 20 1 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 20000

21 15 3 10 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 404950
22 28 22 3 TREAT PEOPLE WITH KINDNESS Harry Styles 47800
23 14 9 11 EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish 230950
24 16 16 8 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 119200
25 NEW 25 1 WILL O’THE WISP Pet Shop Boys 18750
26 32 26 3 ORIGINAL Sia 47800
27 22 1 15 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 1381800
28 25 1 13 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 995300
29 29 1 22 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1115050
30 21 10 7 HOPE Kim Wilde 157050

31 26 8 13 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 365500
32 27 4 16 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 585600
33 54 33 2 RARE Selena Gomez 28700
34 34 34 8 FINALLY//BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Halsey 92500
35 30 9 10 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 265500
36 40 36 3 ONE WORLD Billy Ocean 40800
37 46 37 3 WHEREVER YOU ARE Kodaline 40150
38 48 38 2 ORDINARY MAN Ozzy Osbourne featuring Elton John & Slash 29500
39 44 39 2 JULY Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges 30350
40 41 40 3 STOP THIS FLAME Celeste 43300

41 31 20 8 WE GOT LOVE Sigala featuring Ella Henderson 110550
42 23 18 5 KISSING IN THE WIND Travis 80000
43 24 5 8 THE NIGHT Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 245000
44 50 44 2 WHAT A MAN GOTTA DO Jonas Brothers 25250
45 NEW 45 1 LAZY LOVE Bobbi Storm 13000
46 57 46 2 LOST IN YESTERDAY Tame Impala 23150
47 33 9 10 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 186300
48 NEW 48 1 TASTES LIKE KARMA Madilyn 12300
49 36 36 10 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 94700
50 35 14 12 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 192700

51 42 1 20 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 973250
52 NEW 52 1 THERAPY Duke Dumont 11500
53 38 38 4 HIGH HEELS Melanie C featuring Sink The Pink 48350
54 NEW 54 1 YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING The Real Thing 11000
55 55 55 3 HURT Louise 28700
56 NEW 56 1 ALL MY LOVE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 10600
57 47 15 17 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 285200
58 NEW 58 1 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 10200
59 60 59 3 REMEDY Roachford 25700
60 NEW 60 1 MAYDAY!!! FIESTA FEVER AWOLNATION featuring Alex Ebert 10000

61 58 1 26 I TRANCE Agnes 1681900
62 67 62 2 THOSE KINDA NIGHTS Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran 14000
63 70 63 3 DON’T WALK AWAY Jade 18200
64 65 64 3 UNDERDOG Alicia Keys 20100
65 66 65 3 TRASH GLAM BABY The Boomtown Rats 19000
66 NEW 66 1 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 6800
67 NEW 67 1 FOREVER YOURS Kygo, Avicii & Sandro Cavazza 6600
68 NEW 68 1 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 6400
69 NEW 69 1 BROKEN LAND The Adventures 6200
70 NEW 70 1 LONELY Joel Corry 6000

71 74 71 2 DARE Gorillaz featuring Shaun Ryder 11000
72 NEW 72 1 RUNAROUND SUE Dion 5600
73 39 27 9 CLEAN Hey Violet 110650
74 NEW 74 1 IN THESE ARMS JP Cooper 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SIMMER Hayley Williams 5000

DROP OUTS
37 28 10 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 143500
43 40 7 THIS IS REAL Jax Jones & Ella Henderson 64500
45 23 11 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 163850
49 30 4 WINTER SONG Kim Wilde 49100
51 14 9 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 173150
52 52 4 EVERYDAY LIFE Coldplay 34800
53 4 12 TOMIE GHOST DATA 402900
56 7 9 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 260250
59 36 6 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Kim Wilde 69450
61 26 12 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 170600
62 62 6 THE LOOK Roxette 35400
63 38 7 HAMMER Louise 79550
64 8 13 ORPHANS Coldplay 312300
68 16 9 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 154550
69 24 15 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 191100
71 62 6 FADING LIKE A FLOWER (EVERY TIME YOU LEAVE) Roxette 37200
72 10 11 MONSTERS James Blunt 232350
73 9 16 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 323850
75 28 12 THE TRUTH James Blunt 148150

 

 

19th January 2020

It’s Avicii on top for a second week as the charts start to wake up and get moving, with The Weeknd getting his 4th number 2 and highest new entry is a former 1978 chart-topper from Plastic Bertrand, the Belgian New Wave act who hit across Europe with his deliciously fab and fun Ca Plane Pour Moi while I was a student at Uni. For some reason it’s in the itunes charts and seeling again (Number 100 on sales last week) so that’s good enough reason for me to re-chart it, in at 4! Ca plane pour moi, as it were!

Seeb get a second top 10 inside 6 months, after getting the top track during 2019 for me on chart “sales”, this time assisting Julie Bergan who gets a first. Highest contemporary track is Muse’s The Void, the 4th track to chart off their last album to go top 20, shooting in at 13 by virtue of me watching Dr Brian Cox’s brilliant The Planets series again and loving the theme snippet from the song they use. Evocative! That’s 13 top 20’s in 20 years. Meanwhile The Fizz recycle an old SAW hook to great effect and leap into the 20 as they keep the new material clicking at a good pace 39 years on.

Green Day enter at 18, shockingly their first new entry for 11 years, and some 22 years since Time Of Your Life hit 4 on their chart debut (and a future chart-topper for Glen Campbell). What got them back on chart-course? Err sampling a hook from an old Joan Jett track, that was a cover of a huge UK Glamrock hit from 1973. Oh Yeah! is the bracketed bit in the title Do You Wanna Touch Me, which would be uncoverable these days given who wrote the words, but at least the lads have donated proceeds to charity having realised who Mr Paul Gadd is on the songwriting credits. I’m happy to give main credit to Mike Leander who most likely wrote the tune, produced the song, worked with The Beatles, and Executive-produced Jesus Christ Superstar, the album.

Harry Styles makes it 4 tracks in the top 30, SO greedy, Billy Ocean shoots into the top 40 with his first new top 40 track since errr the 80’s, I think! Noah Cyrus returns with at least her 4th chart entry in 3 years, including 2 top 10’s, and July. Ozzy Osbourne hasn’t troubled my rundown since 2003’s Changes with daughter Kelly, but now extends his chart career to 37 years as solo act, and 50 years as lead-singer of Black Sabbath, aided by Elton John making it 49 years of hits, and Slash getting a credit from me for the fab guitar solo 33 years since Guns ‘n’ Roses debuted.

Chart returns from Selena Gomez, Jonas Brothers, Tame Impala, Eminem (now on 21 years of chart success), Ed Sheeran, and a former chart-topper from Gorillaz popping back in, round off the busy week.

1 1 1 4 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 477000
2 3 2 7 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 417600
3 2 1 5 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 562000
4 NEW 4 1 CA PLANE POUR MOI (ORIGINAL 1977 VERSION) Plastic Bertrand 65000
5 9 5 3 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 132000
6 5 5 4 THE KILLING OF GEORGIE PARTS I & II Rod Stewart featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 164100
7 4 1 6 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (BASSFLOW REMAKE) Roxette 600000
8 6 1 11 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 807100
9 7 7 7 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 228600
10 35 10 3 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 64700

11 11 3 12 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 571400
12 8 8 4 DECIDE Pet Shop Boys 114000
13 NEW 13 1 THE VOID Muse 32000
14 12 9 10 EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish 211700
15 13 3 9 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 385200
16 16 16 7 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 100200
17 38 17 2 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 30200
18 NEW 18 1 OH YEAH! Green Day 22000
19 29 19 3 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 44800
20 21 20 2 THE KEEPER Blossoms 39750

21 10 10 6 HOPE Kim Wilde 139050
22 15 1 14 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 1363400
23 18 18 4 KISSING IN THE WIND Travis 66250
24 14 5 7 THE NIGHT Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 231500
25 22 1 12 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 977000
26 17 8 12 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 347600
27 19 4 15 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 567800
28 60 28 2 TREAT PEOPLE WITH KINDNESS Harry Styles 28300
29 24 1 21 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1096850
30 26 9 9 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 248000

31 20 20 7 WE GOT LOVE Sigala featuring Ella Henderson 96550
32 52 32 2 ORIGINAL Sia 29300
33 23 9 9 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 173800
34 34 34 7 FINALLY//BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Halsey 74900
35 25 14 11 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 180700
36 39 36 9 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 82600
37 28 28 10 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 143500
38 43 38 3 HIGH HEELS Melanie C featuring Sink The Pink 37100
39 27 27 8 CLEAN Hey Violet 105250
40 68 40 2 ONE WORLD Billy Ocean 23400

41 48 41 2 STOP THIS FLAME Celeste 26300
42 37 1 19 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 961500
43 40 40 7 THIS IS REAL Jax Jones & Ella Henderson 64500
44 NEW 44 1 JULY Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges 13250
45 32 23 11 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 163850
46 59 46 2 WHEREVER YOU ARE Kodaline 22850
47 46 15 16 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 274800
48 NEW 48 1 ORDINARY MAN Ozzy Osbourne featuring Elton John & Slash 12300
49 30 30 4 WINTER SONG Kim Wilde 49100
50 NEW 50 1 WHAT A MAN GOTTA DO Jonas Brothers 12000

51 33 14 9 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 173150
52 56 52 4 EVERYDAY LIFE Coldplay 34800
53 41 4 12 TOMIE GHOST DATA 402900
54 NEW 54 1 RARE Selena Gomez 11000
55 64 55 2 HURT Louise 17900
56 47 7 9 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 260250
57 NEW 57 1 LOST IN YESTERDAY Tame Impala 10400
58 58 1 25 I TRANCE Agnes 1674400
59 36 36 6 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Kim Wilde 69450
60 72 60 2 REMEDY Roachford 15600

61 31 26 12 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 170600
62 66 62 6 THE LOOK Roxette 35400
63 42 38 7 HAMMER Louise 79550
64 49 8 13 ORPHANS Coldplay 312300
65 70 65 2 UNDERDOG Alicia Keys 13000
66 74 66 2 TRASH GLAM BABY The Boomtown Rats 12000
67 NEW 67 1 THOSE KINDA NIGHTS Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran 6600
68 44 16 9 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 154550
69 51 24 15 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 191100
70 75 70 2 DON’T WALK AWAY Jade 11000

71 62 62 6 FADING LIKE A FLOWER (EVERY TIME YOU LEAVE) Roxette 37200
72 45 10 11 MONSTERS James Blunt 232350
73 54 9 16 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 323850
74 NEW 74 1 DARE Gorillaz featuring Shaun Ryder 5200
75 53 28 12 THE TRUTH James Blunt 148150

drop outs
50 17 8 TIME FOR CHANGE Robbie Williams 120800
55 2 4 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 178800
57 4 5 ISOBEL’S DREAM (370900) Kim Wilde 59400
61 13 6 DON’T START WITHOUT ME (2019 RADIO EDIT) The Fizz 127250
63 18 12 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 176200
65 8 15 ECHOES Lola Marsh 343900
67 10 17 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 312350
69 34 10 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 126050
71 36 9 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 108750
73 33 11 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 125900

 

 

 

12th January 2020

It’s a first week at one for Avicii – ever! That gives him a unique chart record, the first posthumous chart-topper with current material by an act who has never topped my chart previously. He’s been as high as 2, but never managed that extra spot up. Far too many acts have hit my top spot posthumously before with current material, but none for the first time – although Mama Cass in 1974 was already topping my chart when she died, and she would in any case have had chart-toppers with The Mamas & The Papas had I been charting when they were active. Fades Away, like most of his last album, is so sad and full of cries for help,

The Weeknd gets his 6th top 3 as main artist, but he’s yet to top in that respect, but has as guest on Ariana Grande’s Love Me Harder, and Pet Shop Boys add another 2 top 10’s with latest single Monkey Business, and last B side Decide. Kim Wilde also gets an 8-year-late top 10 with Hope. There’s a lot of songs with important messages in my charts right now, which, given the state of the world, is at it should be. Sting gets his highest chart credit in 20 years, up to 16, Blossoms are the highest entry, and top all previous singles bar one in one fell swoop, in at 21.

Big climbs for Friendly Fires, Kim Wilde and Julie Bergan, all into the top 40, and The Fizz get a quick follow-up to their revamped xmas song, in at 38, given Cheryl, Jay and Mike a span of 39 years since Eurovision debut Making Your Mind Up, with added Bucks. Stormzy gets a second top 40, Ella Henderson gets a second simultaneous climber inside the 40 (joining Pet Shop Boys and Kim Wilde), while Celeste gets a 2nd chart entry – that’s not Strange at all! – Sia does another movie theme (Dr. Doolittle), Kodaline are back again, Harry Styles charts a 4th track off his album, and Louise gets her 2nd simultaneous a bit Hurt.

So, time for some oldies. New songs, that is, by veterans: at 68, Billy Ocean gets his first new entry for 2 years, and an increased span of 44 years of hits solo, or 46 years including Scorched Earth who debuted the same month as Sparks (now number 2). Bob Geldof hasn’t charted in 26 years – and still hasn’t. Except that he has returned, as lead singer and mainman of The Boomtown Rats, who quietly sneak in with Trash Glam Baby at 75: the band hasn’t troubled my charts with new material since 1985 (or even existed, I think) when they went top 20 with A Hold Of You after I’d seen them in concert at Poole Arts Centre as it was known in those days. So they leap from an 8-year chart-span to err, 43 years since they punked onto the scene. Roachford is also back after a 22 year chart lay-off, and Alicia Keys after a few months but almost 2 decades of entries.

1 2 1 3 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 307000
2 1 1 4 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 477000
3 4 3 6 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 302600
4 3 1 5 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (BASSFLOW REMAKE) Roxette 550000
5 13 5 3 THE KILLING OF GEORGIE PARTS I & II Rod Stewart featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 109100
6 6 1 10 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 759100
7 7 7 6 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 183600
8 19 8 3 DECIDE Pet Shop Boys 79000
9 15 9 2 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 72000
10 14 10 5 HOPE Kim Wilde 119300

11 11 3 11 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 534400
12 9 9 9 EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish 182700
13 8 3 8 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 358200
14 5 5 6 THE NIGHT Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 212500
15 10 1 13 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 1344100
16 35 16 6 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 75200
17 12 8 11 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 329100
18 20 18 3 KISSING IN THE WIND Travis 47000
19 17 4 14 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 549400
20 25 20 6 WE GOT LOVE Sigala featuring Ella Henderson 78650

21 NEW 21 1 THE KEEPER Blossoms 19750
22 21 1 11 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 958250
23 18 9 8 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 156100
24 24 1 20 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1078650
25 23 14 10 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 163200
26 16 9 8 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 230000
27 27 27 7 CLEAN Hey Violet 88150
28 28 28 9 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 126200
29 72 29 2 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 23800
30 50 30 3 WINTER SONG Kim Wilde 37000

31 26 26 11 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 163100
32 32 23 10 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 150850
33 22 14 8 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 161400
34 47 34 6 FINALLY//BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Halsey 57300
35 74 35 2 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 22700
36 45 36 5 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Kim Wilde 59350
37 37 1 18 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 947750
38 NEW 38 1 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 17200
39 57 39 8 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 65200
40 60 40 6 THIS IS REAL Jax Jones & Ella Henderson 51000

41 29 4 11 TOMIE GHOST DATA 391650
42 38 38 6 HAMMER Louise 72350
43 68 43 2 HIGH HEELS Melanie C featuring Sink The Pink 19900
44 31 16 8 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 148150
45 33 10 10 MONSTERS James Blunt 226750
46 46 15 15 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 262300
47 36 7 8 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 249650
48 NEW 48 1 STOP THIS FLAME Celeste 12300
49 39 8 12 ORPHANS Coldplay 305200
50 34 17 8 TIME FOR CHANGE Robbie Williams 120800

51 44 24 14 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 184900
52 NEW 52 1 ORIGINAL Sia 11500
53 43 28 11 THE TRUTH James Blunt 143150
54 49 9 15 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 318450
55 30 2 4 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 178800
56 64 56 3 EVERYDAY LIFE Coldplay 23300
57 40 4 5 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 59400
58 56 1 24 I TRANCE Agnes 1664200
59 NEW 59 1 WHEREVER YOU ARE Kodaline 10100
60 NEW 60 1 TREAT PEOPLE WITH KINDNESS Harry Styles 10000

61 42 13 6 DON’T START WITHOUT ME (2019 RADIO EDIT) The Fizz 127250
62 65 62 5 FADING LIKE A FLOWER (EVERY TIME YOU LEAVE) Roxette 31400
63 48 18 12 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 176200
64 NEW 64 1 HURT Louise 7100
65 61 8 15 ECHOES Lola Marsh 343900
66 69 66 5 THE LOOK Roxette 28000
67 67 10 17 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 312350
68 NEW 68 1 ONE WORLD Billy Ocean 6400
69 51 34 10 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 126050
70 NEW 70 1 UNDERDOG Alicia Keys 6000

71 52 36 9 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 108750
72 NEW 72 1 REMEDY Roachford 5600
73 53 33 11 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 125900
74 NEW 74 1 TRASH GLAM BABY The Boomtown Rats 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DON’T WALK AWAY Jade 5000

DROP OUTS
41 29 5 WANDERING STAR Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 73100
54 29 8 I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Doris Day 83250
55 48 6 LYING DOWN Celine Dion 56850
58 50 6 CALIFORNIA HALO BLUE AWOLNATION 59000
59 59 6 NEVER TEAR US APART INXS 46500
62 62 8 JUMP AROUND House Of Pain 51500
63 49 7 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 66100
66 3 13 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 465650
70 40 3 LIGHT THE NIGHT Andy Burrows 34750
71 71 5 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon 25000
73 2 15 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 591250
75 19 14 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 200650

 

5th January 2020

It’s a quiet week for a new decade starting in terms of new entries and Sparks on top for a second week, holding off the new Avicii track to give him a second runner-up inside 6 months, with a climb of 16 places for Fades Away. Billie Eilish gets another top 10, Rod takes Georgie back into the 20 for the second time and reaches a new peak of 13 34 years late. Highest new entry is Pet Shop Boys new single Monkey Business, at 15, pure disco Radio 2-friendly, as previous single drops, and it’s B side is a high climber to 19 from 60. Anyone would think they have a new album pending…

Travis are the highest climbers, and into the 20 for the first time in 7 years, and Sigala and Ella Henderson both a nice leap into the 30, having been there on other tracks before. Sting and his mates are into the 40, Mel C is seeking the pink pound lower down, 4 years since her last chart action, Friendly Fires continue to mine the recent album, and Julie Bergan debuts with former chart-topper Seeb on tow.

1 1 1 3 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 362000
2 18 2 2 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 137000
3 2 1 4 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (BASSFLOW REMAKE) Roxette 485000
4 5 4 5 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 217600
5 6 5 5 THE NIGHT Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 183500
6 3 1 9 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 704100
7 8 7 5 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 133600
8 7 3 7 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 326200
9 13 9 8 EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish 147700
10 4 1 12 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 1317100

11 10 3 10 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 497400
12 11 8 10 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 306100
13 39 13 2 THE KILLING OF GEORGIE PARTS I & II Rod Stewart featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 49100
14 19 14 4 HOPE Kim Wilde 77300
15 NEW 15 1 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 27000
16 16 9 7 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 211500
17 17 4 13 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 528400
18 9 9 7 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 136850
19 60 19 2 DECIDE Pet Shop Boys 31000
20 75 20 2 KISSING IN THE WIND Travis 25000

21 15 1 10 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 938750
22 14 14 7 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 143700
23 21 14 9 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 144450
24 24 1 19 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1059650
25 47 25 5 WE GOT LOVE Sigala featuring Ella Henderson 58650
26 28 26 10 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 145200
27 33 27 6 CLEAN Hey Violet 69750
28 36 28 8 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 107900
29 23 4 10 TOMIE GHOST DATA 377650
30 12 2 3 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 168000

31 22 16 7 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 134900
32 32 23 9 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 133050
33 26 10 9 MONSTERS James Blunt 213750
34 27 17 7 TIME FOR CHANGE Robbie Williams 108800
35 54 35 5 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 50200
36 25 7 7 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 237150
37 35 1 17 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 930450
38 43 38 5 HAMMER Louise 58600
39 31 8 11 ORPHANS Coldplay 293100
40 20 4 4 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 49000

41 29 29 5 WANDERING STAR Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 73100
42 30 13 5 DON’T START WITHOUT ME (2019 RADIO EDIT) The Fizz 119750
43 34 28 10 THE TRUTH James Blunt 131900
44 40 24 13 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 173150
45 55 45 4 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Kim Wilde 41950
46 46 15 14 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 249550
47 57 47 5 FINALLY//BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Halsey 39700
48 38 18 11 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 169000
49 45 9 14 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 307450
50 65 50 2 WINTER SONG Kim Wilde 19000

51 41 34 9 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 119850
52 42 36 8 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 102950
53 44 33 10 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 120500
54 37 29 8 I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Doris Day 83250
55 48 48 6 LYING DOWN Celine Dion 56850
56 53 1 23 I TRANCE Agnes 1654000
57 63 57 7 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 48100
58 50 50 6 CALIFORNIA HALO BLUE AWOLNATION 59000
59 59 59 6 NEVER TEAR US APART INXS 46500
60 66 60 5 THIS IS REAL Jax Jones & Ella Henderson 34000

61 52 8 14 ECHOES Lola Marsh 336900
62 62 62 8 JUMP AROUND House Of Pain 51500
63 49 49 7 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 66100
64 72 64 2 EVERYDAY LIFE Coldplay 12700
65 68 65 4 FADING LIKE A FLOWER (EVERY TIME YOU LEAVE) Roxette 24000
66 58 3 13 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 465650
67 56 10 16 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 305750
68 NEW 68 1 HIGH HEELS Melanie C featuring Sink The Pink 6400
69 71 69 4 THE LOOK Roxette 21200
70 51 40 3 LIGHT THE NIGHT Andy Burrows 34750

71 73 71 5 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon 25000
72 NEW 72 1 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 5600
73 64 2 15 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 591250
74 NEW 74 1 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 5200
75 70 19 14 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 200650

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67 45 9 PUMP IT UP Endor 87800
69 6 14 YOU. Lucy Daydream 371750
74 18 10 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 157700