My October 1971 charts of the time

5th October 1971 Wot I Liked Then..

It’s 5 weeks on top for the Tweedles as Redbone rise to 4 with the Witch Queen Of New Orleans. Still hoping Guardians Of The Galaxy use that one in Volume 3 after the wonderful Come And Get Your Love was rescued from obscurity in the opening scenes of Vol 1 for grown-up Chris Pratt. Titanic and The Four Tops also go top 10, as Aretha leapfrogs both entering at 6 with her uptempo funk rendition of Spanish Harlem, as good as the Ben E. King original in its own way. New at 19 Joan Baez covers The Band’s Night They Drove Old Dixie Down and does a wonderful job totally ignoring gender changes in the lyrics, and injecting emotion. I bought this single in an oldies rack in a department store in California in 1979. The novelty of back catalogue classic vinyl singles wasn’t something I’d come across in the UK, so I was quite over-excited to buy this record (and a few others).

Back in the UK in Lincoln, it was time to start school again. I had to wear long-trousers and a blazer and a tie, none of which I’d had to wear before, and had no idea of the notion of “trying to look cool” – that didn’t exist in Singapore, everyone looked exactly the same. So consequently I had my blazer buttoned up and looked like a geek, I found out quickly. First impressions count, so that was my life ruined for the next 2 years, as I was thrown to the bullying wolves. I had to sit and take a test in the hall to see where they were going to squeeze me, classroom regards. My brother was in the old Secondary Modern (Robert Pattinson Comprehensive) across the road in his first year, while I was 3rd year in the old Grammar School, North Kesteven Comprehensive – still streaming pre-Comprehensive kids, apparently. Not that it made any difference. I bumped into Wendy, also fresh from Changi Grammar, so that was quite nice to see, and she was in a good class – sadly when they asked if I knew anyone I mentioned Graham, my old friend, and I got bunged into that group, which turned out to be The Nightmare From Hell.

One kid, Neil, was already held back a year so he could torment younger kids and destroy all classroom order, and make young teachers lives a living hell with his bad influence on the thickies and the intelligent should-know-betters who joined in to avoid becoming a target. The rest of us tried to make it through the day alive. Teachers were largely oblivious to our misery, and it wasn’t just me that got picked on. Consequently my achievement-levels at school plummeted as they dragged me down to the level of the group, and the aim was not to stand out as a target by coming top at anything. As Wendy later commented, “You used to be a brainbox at Changi!”. Which I was. That was a great school. This was a sh*t one, useless at noticing kids getting bullied, no idea about keeping order, and oblivious to the needs of individual children, especially the quiet ones. Forces kids were always a bit “second-class” citizens in having to catch up with syllabuses all the time, and not being part of peer groups, but I don’t remember any attempts to try and help us in any way. Graham, by the way, was a complete waste of time during school hours, sucking up to the bullies and turning on me by disassociation so he didn’t get tarred with the same brush. Human nature in a nutshell. Mixed ability classes are a terrible idea, less smart kids don’t rise to the level of the smartest, the opposite happens in reality. When you are streamed and can improve and change to higher classes (like in Singapore) I reacted by doing well. I could write a novel of anecdotes of 2 years of misery, but I’ll spare depressing anyone reading this far further….!


1 ( 1 ) TWEEDLE DEE TWEEDLE DUM – Middle Of The Road
2 ( 3 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE – The New Seekers
3 ( 2 ) I BELIEVE (IN LOVE) – Hot Chocolate
4 ( 17 ) WITCH QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS – Redbone
5 ( 4 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME – The Tams
6 ( NEW ) SPANISH HARLEM – Aretha Franklin
7 ( 20 ) SULTANA – Titanic
8 ( 8 ) I’M STILL WAITING – Diana Ross
9 ( 14 ) SIMPLE GAME – The Four Tops
10 ( 5 ) BUTTERFLY – Danyel Gerard

11 ( 11 ) NATHAN JONES – The Supremes
12 ( 6 ) FREEDOM COME FREEDOM GO – The Fortunes
13 ( 7 ) COUSIN NORMAN – Marmalade
14 ( 9 ) DID YOU EVER – Nancy & Lee
15 ( 13 ) SOLDIER BLUE – Buffy Sainte-Marie
16 ( 19 ) KEEP ON DANCING – Bay City Rollers
17 ( 10 ) TAP TURNS ON THE WATER – C.C.S.
18 ( 15 ) MAGGIE MAY – Rod Stewart
19 ( NEW ) THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN – Joan Baez
20 ( 18 ) IT’S TOO LATE – Carole King

12th October 1971 charts of the time

It’s 6 weeks on top for Middle Of The Road in the final chart of “fill-in’s” that I compiled after-the-event based on my memory of what I loved at the time. From next week it’s actual charts that I complied at the time, in notes in pencils as my stuff arrived back from Singapore and I could start recording stuff off the radio, writing stuff down in Singapore notebooks. Still have them all. So the charts will get quite volatile, as I discovered new stuff and went mad on them immediately. In the meantime, the Carpenters get a 4th chart entry straight in at 4 – I remember watching Karen singing it on the BBC, in a special which I think they screened on Top Of The Pops for this track.

Joan Baez takes her fab Dixie track up to 6, and Al Green sneaks in at 20 with Tired Of Being Alone, his chart debut for me – but not one I loved at the time, I just liked it, and grew to love it years later after Texas did a great cover. Meanwhile, still in school, I was doing my best to provide excuses for not doing Games/P.E. – predominantly “my PE kit hasn’t come back from Singapore yet”, which the Games teacher grudgingly accepted for 2 or 3 weeks. It was cold outside. I didn’t like Rugby or Football. And I really didn’t like having to have a shower in front of people I didn’t know. I’d have been fine if it was just indoors volleyball or climbing ropes or badminton or something I actually liked!

1 ( 1 ) TWEEDLE DEE TWEEDLE DUM – Middle Of The Road
2 ( 2 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE – The New Seekers
3 ( 3 ) I BELIEVE (IN LOVE) – Hot Chocolate
4 ( NEW ) SUPERSTAR – Carpenters
5 ( 9 ) SIMPLE GAME – The Four Tops
6 ( 19 ) THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN – Joan Baez
7 ( 4 ) WITCH QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS – Redbone
8 ( 5 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME – The Tams
9 ( 8 ) I’M STILL WAITING – Diana Ross
10 ( 6 ) SPANISH HARLEM – Aretha Franklin

11 ( 16 ) KEEP ON DANCING – Bay City Rollers
12 ( 10 ) BUTTERFLY – Danyel Gerard
13 ( 11 ) NATHAN JONES – The Supremes
14 ( 13 ) COUSIN NORMAN – Marmalade
15 ( 7 ) SULTANA – Titanic
16 ( 15 ) SOLDIER BLUE – Buffy Sainte-Marie
17 ( 14 ) DID YOU EVER – Nancy & Lee
18 ( 12 ) FREEDOM COME FREEDOM GO – The Fortunes
19 ( 18 ) MAGGIE MAY – Rod Stewart
20 ( NEW ) TIRED OF BEING ALONE – Al Green

19th October 1971

In which my first weekly charts start up again after 2 years of “after-the-event” fill-in’s, and the top 2 are the singles I bought in the UK at my very first opportunity. So that’s 7 weeks on top for Middle Of The Road, having the edge over The New Seekers. In comes Elvis with a track at 4 I never managed to record on tape (the stuff from Singapore had arrived, so I had my notepads for charting, and a microphone for recording off the old radio from Germany we still had. The sound was tinny, but I still love those tapes off Alan Freeman’s chart show and Terry Wogan’s afternoon radio show) so I got it for Xmas cos I loved I’m Leaving and still loved Elvis in those days.

The Carpenters debut at 7 with Superstar, as they were in the UK promoting it and at last get another UK hit after flopping with Rainy Days & Mondays. New at 8, I included The New Seekers latest single Good Old Fashioned Music – and then because it wasn’t in the UK charts I erased it and moved all other songs up one place. I can still make out where they were originally, so I’ve re-instated it as I wish I’d never introduced the “UK top 30 only” rule for my charts in a few weeks time, so many great records never charted until I changed the rules in 1974. New at 9, the fab Brandy, the definitive version of the song from writer Scott English, and way better than the famous blander versions from Barry Manilow and Westlife, aka Mandy.

my actual chart of the time in my handwriting…

1 ( 1 ) TWEEDLE DEE TWEEDLE DUM – Middle Of The Road
2 ( 2 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE – The New Seekers
3 ( 3 ) I BELIEVE (IN LOVE) – Hot Chocolate
4 ( NEW ) I’M LEAVING – Elvis Presley
5 ( 5 ) SIMPLE GAME – The Four Tops
6 ( 6 ) THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN – Joan Baez
7 ( NEW ) SUPERSTAR – Carpenters
8 ( NEW ) GOOD OLD FASHIONED MUSIC – The New Seekers
9 ( NEW ) BRANDY – Scott English
10 ( 11 ) KEEP ON DANCING – Bay City Rollers

11 ( 7 ) WITCH QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS – Redbone
12 ( 8 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME – The Tams
13 ( 9 ) I’M STILL WAITING – Diana Ross
14 ( 10 ) SPANISH HARLEM – Aretha Franklin
15 ( 17 ) DID YOU EVER – Nancy & Lee
16 ( 16 ) SOLDIER BLUE – Buffy Sainte-Marie
17 ( 14 ) COUSIN NORMAN – Marmalade
18 ( 12 ) BUTTERFLY – Danyel Gerard
19 ( 13 ) NATHAN JONES – The Supremes
20 ( 19 ) MAGGIE MAY – Rod Stewart
21 ( RE ) TAP TURNS ON THE WATER – C.C.S.

Wot I liked then 26th Oct 1971

It’s 8 weeks on top for Middle Of The Road, I was a bit of a fan back in the day. Elvis has his biggest hit since The Wonder Of You, at 2, and The Four Tops reach a new peak for my original 1968 onwards charts, as Simple game hits 3. Peter Noone returns after an enforced-Singapore gap (I didn’t hear any Herman’s Hermits tracks since My Sentimental Friend, and this is his first solo charting track, though I retrospectively got to hear Oh You Pretty Things). Walnut Whirl was listed in my notes of the week as a new track I liked, (but as I never managed to get it on tape it’s going to be interesting to revisit 50 years on, given the lyrics about a girl with a weight issue…!)

1 ( 1 ) TWEEDLE DEE TWEEDLE DUM – Middle Of The Road
2 ( 4 ) I’M LEAVING – Elvis Presley
3 ( 5 ) SIMPLE GAME – The Four Tops
4 ( 6 ) THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN – Joan Baez
5 ( 3 ) I BELIEVE (IN LOVE) – Hot Chocolate
6 ( 9 ) BRANDY – Scott English
7 ( 7 ) SUPERSTAR – Carpenters
8 ( 10 ) KEEP ON DANCING – Bay City Rollers
9 ( 11 ) WITCH QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS – Redbone
10 ( 18 ) BUTTERFLY – Danyel Gerard

11 ( 14 ) SPANISH HARLEM – Aretha Franklin
12 ( RE ) SULTANA – Titanic
13 ( 8 ) GOOD OLD FASHIONED MUSIC – The New Seekers
14 ( 12 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME – The Tams
15 ( 17 ) COUSIN NORMAN – Marmalade
16 ( 15 ) DID YOU EVER – Nancy & Lee
17 ( RE ) FREEDOM COME FREEDOM GO – The Fortunes
18 ( NEW ) WALNUT WHIRL – Peter Noone

19 ( 21 ) TAP TURNS ON THE WATER – C.C.S.
20 ( NEW ) LOOK AROUND – Vince Hill

My Retro November 1991 Charts

3rd November 1991

It’s 3 weeks on top for T.Rex, giving Metal Guru a run as long as first time round in 1972, presiding over a chart full of American chart hits, including some re-entries and returns for older UK hits – because I was still on holiday in Florida listening to US radio in the motel room and in the car driving around theme parks – Disney World, Epcot, MGM, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens in Tampa, Kennedy Space Center, Cypress Gardens and lots of shopping malls looking for record stores to buy US videos and CD’s, not to mention US TV to watch and be way ahead of the UK with episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Cheers, Married: With Children and other stuff I loved.

So, it’s big climbs for Paula Abdul grabbing a top 5 for the first (and last) time with US-single Blowing Kisses In The Wind, and Roberta Flack back in the top 5 18 years on since Killing Me Softly did that first. Lisa Stansfield reaches a new peak with Change, and Seal brings Crazy back into the top 10 a year on, due to Orlando radio airplay and US charts. The KLF return to the 20 with What Time Is Love?, 2 KLF oldies in the 20, Chesney climbs, and Voice Of The Beehive pop back in too.

Other brand new tracks include BoyzIIMen with a UK non-hit, It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday, one of their best records, at 23, Blue Train, a Nottingham band having US success at 31 with All I Need Is You, and Naughty By Nature at 53, with O.P.P. Extreme return with a new track, Hole Hearted, ditto Guns ‘n’ Roses with Don’t Cry, and Aaron Neville with Everybody Plays The Fool. So, whatever was going on in the UK music scene was a mystery pending solving in the next week or two.

1 ( 1 ) METAL GURU T.Rex
2 ( 2 ) EVERYTHING I DO (I DO IT FOR YOU) Bryan Adams
3 ( 3 ) KISS THEM FOR ME Siouxsie & The Banshees
4 ( 27 ) BLOWING KISSES IN THE WIND Paula Abdul
5 ( 23 ) SET THE NIGHT TO MUSIC Roberta Flack & Maxi Priest
6 ( 4 ) CARIBBEAN BLUE Enya
7 ( 11 ) CHANGE Lisa Stansfield
8 ( 10 ) 3 a.m (ETERNAL) The KLF featuring Ricardo Da Force
9 ( 6 ) WIND OF CHANGE The Scorpions
10 ( NEW ) CRAZY Seal

11 ( 5 ) BABY LOVE Dannii Minogue
12 ( 8 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
13 ( 13 ) GET READY FOR THIS 2 Unlimited
14 ( 7 ) AMERICAN PIE Don McLean
15 ( NEW ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE? The KLF featuring Ricardo Da Force
16 ( 12 ) RADIO WALL OF SOUND Slade
17 ( 29 ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
18 ( 9 ) IF YOU CARED Kim Appleby
19 ( 17 ) TOO MANY WALLS Cathy Dennis
20 ( 14 ) D.J. CULTURE Pet Shop Boys

21 ( 33 ) SET ADRIFT ON MEMORY BLISS PM Dawn
22 ( 49 ) THE ONE AND ONLY Chesney Hawkes
23 ( NEW ) IT’S SO HARD TO SAY GOODBYE TO YESTERDAY BoyzIIMen
24 ( 18 ) THE FLY U2
25 ( 16 ) LIVE YOUR LIFE BE FREE Belinda Carlisle
26 ( 20 ) DIZZY Vic Reeves & The Wonder Stuff
27 ( 35 ) EMOTIONS Mariah Carey
28 ( 19 ) JACKY Marc Almond
29 ( 22 ) SALTWATER Julian Lennon
30 ( 73 ) ROMANTIC Karyn White

31 ( NEW ) ALL I NEED IS YOU Blue Train
32 ( 15 ) THE PRESSURE Sounds Of Blackness
33 ( 42 ) CREAM Prince & The New Power Generation
34 ( 34 ) THE AIR YOU BREATHE Bomb The Bass
35 ( 30 ) FINALLY Ce Ce Peniston
36 ( RE ) MONSTERS AND ANGELS Voice Of The Beehive
37 ( RE ) LIVE FOR LOVING YOU Gloria Estefan

38 ( 66 ) NO SON OF MINE Genesis
39 ( 24 ) LOVE TO HATE YOU Erasure
40 ( 31 ) GET OFF Prince & The New Power Generation

41 ( 21 ) SAVE UP ALL YOUR TEARS Cher
42 ( 38 ) WINTER IN JULY Bomb The Bass
43 ( 25 ) SOMETHING GOT ME STARTED Simply Red
44 ( 26 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT England Rugby Squad
45 ( 32 ) AFTER THE LOVE Jesus Loves You
46 ( 45 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
47 ( 28 ) SPIRITUAL HIGH (STATE OF INDEPENDENCE) Moodswings featuring Chrissie Hynde
48 ( 41 ) MOVE ANY MOUNTAIN The Shamen
49 ( 47 ) RIDERS OF THE STORM The Doors
50 ( 64 ) CAN’T STOP THIS THING WE STARTED Bryan Adams

51 ( 51 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
52 ( 39 ) TRY Bros
53 ( NEW ) O.P.P. Naughty By Nature
54 ( 43 ) THEN YOU TURN AWAY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
55 ( 54 ) PANDORA’S BOX Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
56 ( 57 ) MOVE TO MEMPHIS a-ha
57 ( 59 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
58 ( 69 ) SHINING STAR INXS
59 ( 36 ) EVERYBODY’S FREE Rozalla
60 ( NEW ) GROOVY TRAIN The Farm

61 ( 61 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
62 ( NEW ) HOLE HEARTED Extreme
63 ( 50 ) LOVE… THY WILL BE DONE Martika
64 ( 58 ) JUST ANOTHER DREAM Cathy Dennis
65 ( 37 ) I THINK I LOVE YOU Voice Of The Beehive
66 ( NEW ) DON’T CRY Guns ‘N’ Roses
67 ( 63 ) JEALOUSY Pet Shop Boys
68 ( 68 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
69 ( 56 ) GO Moby
70 ( 40 ) I SEE HOPE Midge Ure

71 ( RE ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Heavy D & The Boyz
72 ( 70 ) WHEN HE’S GONE The Bee Gees
73 ( 44 ) LIFE PARTY 2 Deep
74 ( 74 ) (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU/ MERRY CHRISTMAS DARLING Carpenters
75 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY PLAYS THE FOOL Aaron Neville

10th November 1991

It was the end of the US holiday, and back to the UK and the new record scene both this week so a hectic chart led by a new entry at 1 for Mary Hopkin’s Those Were The Days, the record that I was obsessed with in late 1968 when I started doing personal charts, so it’s back on top 23 years on thanks to a new CD single EP from Apple Records, that had this track, Badfinger’s Come And Get It (as written by Paul McCartney) new at 25, and Billy Preston’s 1969 single at 33.

Chesney Hawkes belatedly makes the top 10, as it was sounding good on Florida radio, and new in at 9 another US track from Natural Selection, Do Anything. Genesis climb into the 20 with No Son Of Mine, Kylie does a soul duet with Keith Washington and a move away from the SAW dance groove, If You Were With Me Now pretty good at 27. Stevie Nicks 80’s goodie, I Can’t Wait, is back again, Michael Jackson’s big new video and album debut enters modestly, Black Or White, for the moment.

1 ( NEW ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
2 ( 1 ) METAL GURU T.Rex
3 ( 2 ) EVERYTHING I DO (I DO IT FOR YOU) Bryan Adams
4 ( 4 ) BLOWING KISSES IN THE WIND Paula Abdul
5 ( 3 ) KISS THEM FOR ME Siouxsie & The Banshees
6 ( 7 ) CHANGE Lisa Stansfield
7 ( 22 ) THE ONE AND ONLY Chesney Hawkes
8 ( 21 ) SET ADRIFT ON MEMORY BLISS PM Dawn
9 ( NEW ) DO ANYTHING Natural Selection
10 ( 5 ) SET THE NIGHT TO MUSIC Roberta Flack & Maxi Priest

11 ( 17 ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
12 ( 13 ) GET READY FOR THIS 2 Unlimited
13 ( 20 ) D.J. CULTURE Pet Shop Boys
14 ( 9 ) WIND OF CHANGE The Scorpions
15 ( 10 ) CRAZY Seal
16 ( 38 ) NO SON OF MINE Genesis
17 ( 27 ) EMOTIONS Mariah Carey
18 ( 12 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
19 ( 6 ) CARIBBEAN BLUE Enya
20 ( 23 ) IT’S SO HARD TO SAY GOODBYE TO YESTERDAY BoyzIIMen

21 ( 8 ) 3 a.m (ETERNAL) The KLF featuring Ricardo Da Force
22 ( 11 ) BABY LOVE Dannii Minogue
23 ( 19 ) TOO MANY WALLS Cathy Dennis
24 ( 24 ) THE FLY U2
25 ( NEW ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger
26 ( 14 ) AMERICAN PIE Don McLean
27 ( NEW ) IF YOU WERE WITH ME NOW Kylie Minogue & Keith Washington
28 ( 30 ) ROMANTIC Karyn White
29 ( 15 ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE? The KLF featuring Ricardo Da Force
30 ( 37 ) LIVE FOR LOVING YOU Gloria Estefan

31 ( 31 ) ALL I NEED IS YOU Blue Train
32 ( 18 ) IF YOU CARED Kim Appleby
33 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
34 ( 16 ) RADIO WALL OF SOUND Slade
35 ( NEW ) I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
36 ( 33 ) CREAM Prince & The New Power Generation
37 ( 26 ) DIZZY Vic Reeves & The Wonder Stuff
38 ( 35 ) FINALLY Ce Ce Peniston
39 ( 43 ) SOMETHING GOT ME STARTED Simply Red
40 ( 62 ) HOLE HEARTED Extreme

41 ( 75 ) EVERYBODY PLAYS THE FOOL Aaron Neville
42 ( 29 ) SALTWATER Julian Lennon
43 ( 28 ) JACKY Marc Almond
44 ( 53 ) O.P.P. Naughty By Nature
45 ( NEW ) I ADORE MI AMORE Color Me Badd
46 ( 44 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT England Rugby Squad
47 ( 46 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
48 ( 42 ) WINTER IN JULY Bomb The Bass
49 ( 41 ) SAVE UP ALL YOUR TEARS Cher
50 ( NEW ) BLACK OR WHITE Michael Jackson

51 ( 25 ) LIVE YOUR LIFE BE FREE Belinda Carlisle
52 ( 51 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
53 ( 50 ) CAN’T STOP THIS THING WE STARTED Bryan Adams
54 ( 60 ) GROOVY TRAIN The Farm
55 ( 49 ) RIDERS OF THE STORM The Doors
56 ( 48 ) MOVE ANY MOUNTAIN The Shamen
57 ( NEW ) LIES EMF
58 ( 57 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
59 ( 55 ) PANDORA’S BOX Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
60 ( 32 ) THE PRESSURE Sounds Of Blackness

61 ( 39 ) LOVE TO HATE YOU Erasure
62 ( 36 ) MONSTERS AND ANGELS Voice Of The Beehive
63 ( 61 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
64 ( NEW ) MOTOWNPHILLY BoyzIIMen
65 ( 64 ) JUST ANOTHER DREAM Cathy Dennis
66 ( 66 ) DON’T CRY Guns ‘N’ Roses
67 ( 63 ) LOVE… THY WILL BE DONE Martika
68 ( NEW ) LOVE OF A LIFETIME Firehouse
69 ( 68 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
70 ( NEW ) THAT’S WHAT LOVE IS FOR Amy Grant

71 ( NEW ) IT’S GRIM UP NORTH Justified Ancients Of MuMu

72 ( 34 ) THE AIR YOU BREATHE Bomb The Bass
73 ( NEW ) RING MY BELL DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
74 ( NEW ) WINTER SONG Chris Rea
75 ( NEW ) LOUDER THAN LOVE TKA

17th November 1991

It’s 2 weeks on top for 1968 chart-topper Those Were The Days, holding off Michael Jackson’s new blockbuster Black Or White at 2 after a 48-place climb, while Bomb The Bass leap from 72 to 6 with The Air You Breathe and Genesis extend their top 10 hits to 13 years as No Son Of Mine hits 8. Kylie returns to top 10 status after the blip of Word Is Out, and highest new entry of the week – is not the classic KLF and eccentric Tammy Wynette collab Justified And Ancient which enters at 19: no it’s Sonia covering the The Real Thing disco classic You To Me Are Everything at 7! I do love the twice-top-10 song, so I assume this was a pretty faithful cover, given I’ve not heard it in 30 years, I don’t recall!

Seal also is into covers, his own Killer as it turns out, peeved he didn’t a credit I expect on the much-better Adamski original, new at 14, Kate Bush covers Elton John at 45, George Michael covers Elton John at 72 (with Elton John, who had already gone top 5 with his re-issue of Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me in 1991 for me), Beats International cover Elvis Presley, and there are aslo some new actual songs: Belinda Carlisle new at 23, Do You Feel Like I Feel, the huge Stars for Simply Red at 61, Crowded House’s great Fall At Your Feet at 75, Roxette Spending My Time, Happy Mondays Judge Fudge, Rozalla’s Faith and OMD’s Call My Name rounding off the less-well-remembered tracks.

1 ( 1 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
2 ( 50 ) BLACK OR WHITE Michael Jackson
3 ( 4 ) BLOWING KISSES IN THE WIND Paula Abdul
4 ( 2 ) METAL GURU T.Rex
5 ( 6 ) CHANGE Lisa Stansfield
6 ( 72 ) THE AIR YOU BREATHE Bomb The Bass
7 ( NEW ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING Sonia
8 ( 16 ) NO SON OF MINE Genesis
9 ( 9 ) DO ANYTHING Natural Selection
10 ( 27 ) IF YOU WERE WITH ME NOW Kylie Minogue & Keith Washington

11 ( 33 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
12 ( 3 ) EVERYTHING I DO (I DO IT FOR YOU) Bryan Adams
13 ( 8 ) SET ADRIFT ON MEMORY BLISS PM Dawn
14 ( NEW ) KILLER (EP) Seal
15 ( 5 ) KISS THEM FOR ME Siouxsie & The Banshees
16 ( 20 ) IT’S SO HARD TO SAY GOODBYE TO YESTERDAY BoyzIIMen
17 ( 7 ) THE ONE AND ONLY Chesney Hawkes
18 ( 25 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger
19 ( NEW ) JUSTIFIED AND ANCIENT (STAND BY THE JAMS) The KLF featuring Tammy Wynette, Maxine Harvey & Ricardo Da Force
20 ( 10 ) SET THE NIGHT TO MUSIC Roberta Flack & Maxi Priest

21 ( 19 ) CARIBBEAN BLUE Enya
22 ( 40 ) HOLE HEARTED Extreme
23 ( NEW ) DO YOU FEEL LIKE I FEEL Belinda Carlisle
24 ( 14 ) WIND OF CHANGE The Scorpions
25 ( 18 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
26 ( 17 ) EMOTIONS Mariah Carey
27 ( 30 ) LIVE FOR LOVING YOU Gloria Estefan
28 ( 11 ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
29 ( 35 ) I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
30 ( 12 ) GET READY FOR THIS 2 Unlimited

31 ( 37 ) DIZZY Vic Reeves & The Wonder Stuff
32 ( 26 ) AMERICAN PIE Don McLean
33 ( 15 ) CRAZY Seal
34 ( 23 ) TOO MANY WALLS Cathy Dennis
35 ( 13 ) D.J. CULTURE Pet Shop Boys
36 ( 24 ) THE FLY U2
37 ( 21 ) 3 a.m (ETERNAL) The KLF featuring Ricardo Da Force
38 ( 22 ) BABY LOVE Dannii Minogue
39 ( NEW ) CALL MY NAME Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
40 ( 57 ) LIES EMF

41 ( NEW ) FAITH (IN THE POWER OF LOVE) Rozalla
42 ( 36 ) CREAM Prince & The New Power Generation
43 ( 28 ) ROMANTIC Karyn White
44 ( 32 ) IF YOU CARED Kim Appleby
45 ( NEW ) ROCKET MAN Kate Bush
46 ( 70 ) THAT’S WHAT LOVE IS FOR Amy Grant
47 ( 47 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
48 ( 29 ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE? The KLF featuring Ricardo Da Force
49 ( 48 ) WINTER IN JULY Bomb The Bass
50 ( 34 ) RADIO WALL OF SOUND Slade

51 ( 49 ) SAVE UP ALL YOUR TEARS Cher
52 ( 52 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
53 ( NEW ) JUDGE FUDGE The Happy Mondays
54 ( 39 ) SOMETHING GOT ME STARTED Simply Red
55 ( 46 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT England Rugby Squad
56 ( 31 ) ALL I NEED IS YOU Blue Train
57 ( 55 ) RIDERS OF THE STORM The Doors
58 ( NEW ) SPENDING MY TIME Roxette
59 ( 42 ) SALTWATER Julian Lennon
60 ( 58 ) HOLIDAY Madonna

61 ( NEW ) STARS Simply Red
62 ( 38 ) FINALLY Ce Ce Peniston
63 ( 63 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
64 ( 56 ) MOVE ANY MOUNTAIN The Shamen
65 ( 43 ) JACKY Marc Almond
66 ( 74 ) WINTER SONG Chris Rea
67 ( 59 ) PANDORA’S BOX Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
68 ( 45 ) I ADORE MI AMORE Color Me Badd
69 ( 69 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
70 ( 71 ) IT’S GRIM UP NORTH Justified Ancients Of MuMu

71 ( 44 ) O.P.P. Naughty By Nature
72 ( NEW ) DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME George Michael & Elton John
73 ( 41 ) EVERYBODY PLAYS THE FOOL Aaron Neville
74 ( NEW ) IN THE GHETTO Beats International
75 ( NEW ) FALL AT YOUR FEET Crowded House

1 “The Essential” Nat ‘King’ Cole
2 “GREEN ACRES” THEME TUNE Vic Mizzy
3 “Greatest Hits” Sly & The Family Stone

24th November 1991

It’s up 18 places to grab a 3rd KLF number one of the year, and Tammy Wynette finally gets a chart-topper 16 years after Stand By Your Man she’s standing by the JAMMs Justified And Ancient. Total classic. That puts an end to Michael Jackson’s chances of a number one with Black Or White, with Army Of Lovers new in at 5 with Obsession, for a 2nd top 10 of the year. Jesus Jones leap into the top 10, at 6, Seal makes it 5 top 10’sand Billy Preston returns to the top 10 22 years on with That’s The Way God Planned It.

In another hectic chart week Midge Ure is new at 23, I See Hope in Midge having bigger hits in my charts than the UK singles chart, Kenny Thomas covers Force MD’s nicely with Tender Love at 37, Right Said Fred bring on Jocelyn Brown for their best record, new at 42 Don’t Talk Just Kiss, and The Other Two have a Tasty Fish outside of New Order for a bit. Tori Amos is Silent All These Years, M People ponder How Can I Love You More? while U2 have Mysterious Ways modestly entering for now.

1 ( 19 ) JUSTIFIED AND ANCIENT (STAND BY THE JAMS) The KLF featuring Tammy Wynette, Maxine Harvey & Ricardo Da Force
2 ( 2 ) BLACK OR WHITE Michael Jackson
3 ( 1 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
4 ( 3 ) BLOWING KISSES IN THE WIND Paula Abdul
5 ( NEW ) OBSESSION Army Of Lovers
6 ( 28 ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
7 ( 14 ) KILLER (EP) Seal
8 ( 10 ) IF YOU WERE WITH ME NOW Kylie Minogue & Keith Washington
9 ( 11 ) THAT’S THE WAY GOD PLANNED IT Billy Preston
10 ( 7 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING Sonia

11 ( 4 ) METAL GURU T.Rex
12 ( 5 ) CHANGE Lisa Stansfield
13 ( 23 ) DO YOU FEEL LIKE I FEEL Belinda Carlisle
14 ( 6 ) THE AIR YOU BREATHE Bomb The Bass
15 ( 9 ) DO ANYTHING Natural Selection
16 ( 16 ) IT’S SO HARD TO SAY GOODBYE TO YESTERDAY BoyzIIMen
17 ( 18 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger
18 ( 8 ) NO SON OF MINE Genesis
19 ( 27 ) LIVE FOR LOVING YOU Gloria Estefan
20 ( 22 ) HOLE HEARTED Extreme

21 ( 13 ) SET ADRIFT ON MEMORY BLISS PM Dawn
22 ( 12 ) EVERYTHING I DO (I DO IT FOR YOU) Bryan Adams
23 ( NEW ) I SEE HOPE IN THE MORNING LIGHT Midge Ure
24 ( 41 ) FAITH (IN THE POWER OF LOVE) Rozalla
25 ( 53 ) JUDGE FUDGE The Happy Mondays
26 ( 21 ) CARIBBEAN BLUE Enya
27 ( 46 ) THAT’S WHAT LOVE IS FOR Amy Grant
28 ( 25 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
29 ( 45 ) ROCKET MAN Kate Bush
30 ( 20 ) SET THE NIGHT TO MUSIC Roberta Flack & Maxi Priest

31 ( 31 ) DIZZY Vic Reeves & The Wonder Stuff
32 ( 61 ) STARS Simply Red
33 ( 17 ) THE ONE AND ONLY Chesney Hawkes
34 ( 39 ) CALL MY NAME Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
35 ( 29 ) I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
36 ( 32 ) AMERICAN PIE Don McLean
37 ( NEW ) TENDER LOVE Kenny Thomas
38 ( NEW ) STREET OF DREAMS Nia Peeples

39 ( 15 ) KISS THEM FOR ME Siouxsie & The Banshees
40 ( 75 ) FALL AT YOUR FEET Crowded House

41 ( 24 ) WIND OF CHANGE The Scorpions
42 ( NEW ) DON’T TALK JUST KISS Right Said Fred
43 ( 30 ) GET READY FOR THIS 2 Unlimited
44 ( 34 ) TOO MANY WALLS Cathy Dennis
45 ( 40 ) LIES EMF
46 ( 26 ) EMOTIONS Mariah Carey
47 ( 36 ) THE FLY U2
48 ( 47 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
49 ( NEW ) HELP YOURSELF Julian Lennon
50 ( 58 ) SPENDING MY TIME Roxette

51 ( 49 ) WINTER IN JULY Bomb The Bass
52 ( 44 ) IF YOU CARED Kim Appleby
53 ( 38 ) BABY LOVE Dannii Minogue
54 ( 52 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
55 ( 70 ) IT’S GRIM UP NORTH Justified Ancients Of MuMu
56 ( 33 ) CRAZY Seal
57 ( 51 ) SAVE UP ALL YOUR TEARS Cher
58 ( NEW ) TASTY FISH The Other Two
59 ( 71 ) O.P.P. Naughty By Nature
60 ( 35 ) D.J. CULTURE Pet Shop Boys

61 ( NEW ) MY TOWN Glass Tiger & Rod Stewart
62 ( 57 ) RIDERS OF THE STORM The Doors
63 ( 54 ) SOMETHING GOT ME STARTED Simply Red
64 ( 63 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
65 ( 60 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
66 ( NEW ) SILENT ALL THESE YEARS Tori Amos
67 ( NEW ) HOW CAN I LOVE YOU MORE M People
68 ( NEW ) MARTIKA’S iamspamspamamiMartika

69 ( 50 ) RADIO WALL OF SOUND Slade
70 ( 69 ) LET IT BE The Beatles

71 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY MOVE Cathy Dennis
72 ( 72 ) DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME George Michael & Elton John
73 ( NEW ) LIGHTNING Zoe
74 ( NEW ) MYSTERIOUS WAYS U2
75 ( NEW ) RHYTHM IS A MYSTERY K Class

playlist records
1 “Dangerous” Michael Jackson
2 “Greatest Hits” Gary Lewis & The Playboys
3 JUSTIFY MY LOVE (Q SOUND MIX) Madonna

My June 2022 charts

5th June 2022

It’s 4 weeks on top for Hope, as 1964 Eurovision winner Non Ho L’Eta edges nearer for Gigliola, and Harry Styles stages an album track invasion of the top 10 as the mellow tuneful chords of Grapejuice sink in at 4 and the vibes of Late Night Talking rocket it up to 7. Class. Sleaford Mods slagged off the album on Twitter. Bitter at not featuring on playlists or my charts, no doubt teresa.gif

Only 4 oldies entering this week, thanks to the Platinum Jubilee concert. Like The Queen, I watched it at home, and Baby Jane makes a comeback for Rod Stewart after peaking at 2 in 1983 for me, always loved it, despite his “not-quite-match-fit” vocals. Louis Armstrong’s classic What A Wonderful World was fave when I was 10, and has had 2 previous runs as an oldie, but Celeste did a nice version. We played the song at my mum’s funeral last week, along with Elvis and Queen, so it’s a special record for me. Elbow return for the 5th time with One Day Like This, a 21st century classic that never sounds old, and Duran Duran for the with 1986 oldie Notorious, which got unfair criticism in the press for coming after Andrea Bocelli. I mean, ANYONE is going to struggle to follow that and Duran were better than some others I could mention. Pity they didn’t do the new Tove Lo collab though, or at least The Reflex.

1 1 1 4 HOPE – Stefan 680000
2 3 2 4 NON HO L’ETA PER AMARTI – Gigliola Cinquetti 350000
3 2 1 10 KISS IT BETTER – BirdSMITH 775400
4 30 4 3 GRAPEJUICE – Harry Styles 100900
5 5 5 4 LIGHTS OFF – We Are Domi 207000
6 6 6 4 HOLD ME CLOSER – Cordelia Jakobs 210000
7 72 7 3 LATE NIGHT TALKING – Harry Styles 60000
8 4 1 13 SPACE MAN – Sam Ryder 1026250
9 9 9 5 FAVOURITE – Bananarama 155100
10 10 10 3 TURN UP THE SUNSHINE – Diana Ross & Tame Impala 101300

11 7 1 13 THE LAST GOODBYE – ODESZA featuring Bettye LaVette 1184000
12 13 12 4 ALICE AT THE BEACH – Nerina Pallot 81700
13 8 1 10 AS IT WAS – Harry Styles 585600
14 11 11 5 CLOSURE – Wrabel 104050
15 19 15 3 COLOUR ME BLUE – Alfie Templeman 52600
16 22 16 5 MOVE – DNCE 82000
17 12 10 7 IT GETS DARK – Sigrid 202500
18 14 9 8 ALL OF YOU – Duran Duran 196800
19 23 19 6 THERE ISN’T MUCH – Emeli Sande 101050
20 20 12 8 ABOUT DAMN TIME – Lizzo 167550

21 21 19 9 CITY OF GODS (PART II) – Alicia Keys 132150
22 15 8 10 NIGHTFALLS – Keith Urban 271400
23 17 6 10 PARTY IN MY MIND – Dolores Forever 316500
24 24 24 5 MY DEMONS – Tears For Fears 68800
25 27 25 5 OOH DO U FINK U R? – Suggs & Paul Weller 65450
26 16 16 8 LOST TRACK – HAIM 144650
27 18 7 10 KALIMA MINOU – Shanguy & Mark Neve 268350
28 31 28 8 FORGET ABOUT US – Albin Lee Meldau 119350
29 26 1 16 AM GOLD – Train 840550
30 32 30 7 BAGGY TROUSERS – Madness 115000

31 34 31 13 FROZEN – Madonna 156850
32 36 32 6 DINNER TABLE – Nina Nesbitt 81600
33 35 33 4 PARADISE – Thomas Rhett 58900
34 29 2 13 MY LOVE – Florence + The Machine 683400
35 37 35 3 I HEAR YOU NOW – Jon & Vangelis 51900
36 39 36 4 BETTER DAYS – Liam Gallagher 61900
37 25 11 10 PYRAMIDS – Otto Knows 204250
38 47 38 4 GIVE THAT WOLF A BANANA – Subwoolfer 51700
39 46 39 6 GREEN GREEN GRASS – George Ezra 56150
40 49 40 4 EBONY MCQUEEN – Dave Stewart 46700

41 33 3 11 PURPLE ZONE – Soft Cell & Pet Shop Boys 513450
42 28 12 10 DIE IN THE DISCO – Night Club 191500
43 48 43 7 WATERLOO SUNSET – The Kinks 71250
44 38 27 6 FREE – Florence + The Machine 103750
45 43 1 20 WISHFUL THINKING – LEON 1216350
46 52 46 5 THAT THAT – PSY & SUGA 42450
47 53 47 2 ENJOY THE SILENCE – Depeche Mode 23750
48 64 48 4 TOO MUCH – Mark Ronson featuring Lucky Daye 29800
49 40 40 6 WHY DOES IT HURT – Will Young 70350
50 50 50 5 REMIND ME – Tom Grennan 47000

51 NEW 51 1 BABY JANE – Rod Stewart 11750
52 61 52 4 1X1 – Galantis 29800
53 63 53 5 21 REASONS – Nathan Dawe x Ella Henderson 35650
54 NEW 54 1 WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD – Louis Armstrong 11000
55 66 55 5 VEGAS (HOUND DOG) – Doja Cat featuring Big Mama Thornton 33600
56 41 9 10 MONA LISA – mxmtoon 207800
57 56 1 40 I STILL HAVE FAITH IN YOU – ABBA 1563300
58 NEW 58 1 ONE DAY LIKE THIS – Elbow 10200
59 42 14 10 DEEPER – ZIDA & Rat City 148300
60 68 60 3 2STEP – Ed Sheeran featuring Lil Baby 20600

61 58 1 31 WHEN YOU DANCED WITH ME – ABBA 1570450
62 67 62 4 CRAZY WHAT LOVE CAN DO – David Guetta, Becky Hill & Ella Henderson 24000
63 74 63 2 HAVEN’T FOUND YOU YET – Blue 12400
64 69 64 2 RUNNING UP THAT HILL (MAKE A DEAL WITH GOD) – Kate Bush 13300
65 65 1 31 ODE TO FREEDOM – ABBA 1289450
66 70 66 2 MY HEART’S BEEN WAITING FOR YOU – Craig David featuring Duvall 12800
67 71 67 4 MIXED EMOTIONS – Chase & Status 21200
68 57 2 22 LESS THAN ZERO – The Weeknd 880050
69 75 69 3 NO ONE DIES FROM LOVE – Tove Lo 15200
70 78 70 2 MAYBE YOU’RE THE PROBLEM – Ava Max 10400

71 76 71 2 YOUYOUYOU – Tove Styrke 10600
72 77 72 2 PERSONAL JESUS – Depeche Mode 10200
73 NEW 73 1 NOTORIOUS – Duran Duran 5400
74 73 1 40 DON’T SHUT ME DOWN – ABBA 1809250
75 79 75 2 YO YO – MIKA 9200

DROP OUTS
44 44 9 SWEET HARMONY – The Beloved 91850
45 45 6 HAND IN GLOVE – Sandie Shaw & The Smiths 71200
51 25 5 FREEDOM – Jon Batiste 80150
54 54 5 SOMEBODY WAS WATCHING OVER ME – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss 36900
55 10 11 OUT YONDER – Elle King 232650
59 19 9 STRANGE GAME – Mick Jagger 116400
60 7 12 ESCAPE – Kx5 (Kaskade & Deadmau5) featuring Hayla 270350
62 42 5 WHEN YOU’RE GONE – Shawn Mendes 53000
80 80 1 SEE YOU – Depeche Mode 4000

12th June 2022

It’s a first week on top for a record that would have topped my hypothetical charts in 1964, probably, for Gigliola Cinquetti after Non Ho L’Eta won Eurovision and became a UK hit. So, justice at last and 58 years later it becomes the oldest recording to hit the top spot (though not the oldest chronological chart-topper that’s still 1959’s Oh Carol which topped my chart in 1972, an ancient 13 years later when I was 14. That would be like Just Dance topping my chart this year for the first time!), and quite right too, it’s still lovely.

Harry Styles is up to 3 with Grapefruit, an album track getting no buzz at all. I’d like to see it do what Watermelon Sugar did – become a huge hit after going top 5 in my charts as an album track – and “grat” in the case of WS. Next single Late Night Talking is up to 5, the 7th top 10 for Harry, including 2 number 1’s. Nerina Pallot gets a first top 10 since 2016’s Rousseau, and her 11th in total since 2005. Highest new entry is Stevie Nick’s banging solo early 80’s goodie, I Can’t Wait – which peaked at 14 in 1986 originally, for me, but which deserved much better, so here’s a second go around 36 years on.

Kate Bush makes it a 3rd go inside the top 40 with Running Up That Hill, number 1 in 1985, and again in 2012 following the London Olympics. Mark Owen gets the highest new record entering 34, You Only Want Me is his first solo entry since 2013’s Stars, and first top 40 since 2003’s number 1 Four Minute Warning. He has, of course, had loads of hits with Take That, some he wrote, some he didn’t, over the last 30 years, most recently Everlasting in 2019.

Foals return for a 5th chart entry in 10 years, the retro 2001, Charli XCX bangs out another pop hit, You Used To, around about her 10th in 8 years, including the retro 1999. Bakermat get a 5th chart entry in 8 years with Temptation, Neiked follow-up their top 3 smash (here) with a re-imagining of a Stevie Wonder chart-topper – I Just Called turns love to hate, and also gives Anne-Marie another chart mention. Anne-Marie is the 3rd chart act mentioned to have had a retro hit mentioning a year, 2002 in her case. Punky Dead Pony debut, Bluegrass singer Billy Strings also debuts, Jungle add to their growing list, and Fitz And The Tantrums get a follow-up hit to 2016’s number 2 Handclap. Only 6 years late!

1 2 1 5 NON HO L’ETA PER AMARTI – Gigliola Cinquetti 520000
2 1 1 5 HOPE – Stefan 795000
3 4 3 4 GRAPEJUICE – Harry Styles 185900
4 3 1 11 KISS IT BETTER – BirdSMITH 840400
5 7 5 4 LATE NIGHT TALKING – Harry Styles 120000
6 5 5 5 LIGHTS OFF – We Are Domi 262000
7 9 7 6 FAVOURITE – Bananarama 205100
8 6 6 5 HOLD ME CLOSER – Cordelia Jakobs 258000
9 10 9 4 TURN UP THE SUNSHINE – Diana Ross & Tame Impala 146300
10 12 10 5 ALICE AT THE BEACH – Nerina Pallot 123700

11 8 1 14 SPACE MAN – Sam Ryder 1063250
12 11 1 14 THE LAST GOODBYE – ODESZA featuring Bettye LaVette 1219000
13 15 13 4 COLOUR ME BLUE – Alfie Templeman 84600
14 16 14 6 MOVE – DNCE 111000
15 13 1 11 AS IT WAS – Harry Styles 612600
16 14 11 6 CLOSURE – Wrabel 129050
17 18 9 9 ALL OF YOU – Duran Duran 219800
18 17 10 8 IT GETS DARK – Sigrid 224500
19 19 19 7 THERE ISN’T MUCH – Emeli Sande 122050
20 NEW 20 1 I CAN’T WAIT – Stevie Nicks 20000

21 20 12 9 ABOUT DAMN TIME – Lizzo 187300
22 21 19 10 CITY OF GODS (PART II) – Alicia Keys 151650
23 24 23 6 MY DEMONS – Tears For Fears 88050
24 25 24 6 OOH DO U FINK U R? – Suggs & Paul Weller 84450
25 22 8 11 NIGHTFALLS – Keith Urban 290150
26 28 26 9 FORGET ABOUT US – Albin Lee Meldau 137850
27 64 27 3 RUNNING UP THAT HILL (MAKE A DEAL WITH GOD) – Kate Bush 21700
28 32 28 7 DINNER TABLE – Nina Nesbitt 99900
29 29 1 17 AM GOLD – Train 858750
30 33 30 5 PARADISE – Thomas Rhett 76900

31 26 16 9 LOST TRACK – HAIM 162550
32 36 32 5 BETTER DAYS – Liam Gallagher 79700
33 23 6 11 PARTY IN MY MIND – Dolores Forever 334200
34 NEW 34 1 YOU ONLY WANT ME – Mark Owen 17600
35 38 35 5 GIVE THAT WOLF A BANANA – Subwoolfer 69200
36 48 36 5 TOO MUCH – Mark Ronson featuring Lucky Daye 47200
37 39 37 7 GREEN GREEN GRASS – George Ezra 73450
38 40 38 5 EBONY MCQUEEN – Dave Stewart 63900
39 43 39 8 WATERLOO SUNSET – The Kinks 88350
40 46 40 6 THAT THAT – PSY & SUGA 59450

41 51 41 2 BABY JANE – Rod Stewart 25750
42 54 42 2 WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD – Louis Armstrong 24750
43 27 7 11 KALIMA MINOU – Shanguy & Mark Neve 281850
44 34 2 14 MY LOVE – Florence + The Machine 696650
45 52 45 5 1X1 – Galantis 42800
46 66 46 3 MY HEART’S BEEN WAITING FOR YOU – Craig David featuring Duvall 25550
47 37 11 11 PYRAMIDS – Otto Knows 216750
48 50 48 6 REMIND ME – Tom Grennan 59300
49 53 49 6 21 REASONS – Nathan Dawe x Ella Henderson 47750
50 55 50 6 VEGAS (HOUND DOG) – Doja Cat featuring Big Mama Thornton 45600

51 45 1 21 WISHFUL THINKING – LEON 1228100
52 60 52 4 2STEP – Ed Sheeran featuring Lil Baby 32100
53 41 3 12 PURPLE ZONE – Soft Cell & Pet Shop Boys 524700
54 58 54 2 ONE DAY LIKE THIS – Elbow 21200
55 62 55 5 CRAZY WHAT LOVE CAN DO – David Guetta, Becky Hill & Ella Henderson 34800
56 NEW 56 1 2001 – Foals 10600
57 63 57 3 HAVEN’T FOUND YOU YET – Blue 22800
58 57 1 41 I STILL HAVE FAITH IN YOU – ABBA 1575600
59 70 59 3 MAYBE YOU’RE THE PROBLEM – Ava Max 20500
60 NEW 60 1 YOU USED TO – Charli XCX 10000

61 NEW 61 1 TEMPTATION – Bakermat featuring Elise LeGrow 7500

62 67 62 5 MIXED EMOTIONS – Chase & Status 28600
63 61 1 32 WHEN YOU DANCED WITH ME – ABBA 1577650
64 69 64 4 NO ONE DIES FROM LOVE – Tove Lo 22300
65 NEW 65 1 I JUST CALLED – Neiked x Anne-Marie x Latto 7000
66 65 1 32 ODE TO FREEDOM – ABBA 1296250
67 75 67 3 YO YO – MIKA 15800
68 71 68 3 YOUYOUYOU – Tove Styrke 17000
69 NEW 69 1 23, NEVER ME – Dead Pony 6200
70 NEW 70 1 BETTER TOGETHER – Jeremy Loops 6000

71 73 71 2 NOTORIOUS – Duran Duran 11200
72 NEW 72 1 KNOW IT ALL – Billy Strings 5600
73 NEW 73 1 GOOD TIMES – Jungle 5400
74 NEW 74 1 SWAY – Fitz And The Tantrums 5200
75 NEW 75 1 PASS THE DUTCHIE – Musical Youth 5000

DROP OUTS
30 30 7 BAGGY TROUSERS – Madness 115000
31 31 13 FROZEN – Madonna 156850
35 35 3 I HEAR YOU NOW – Jon & Vangelis 51900
42 12 10 DIE IN THE DISCO – Night Club 191500
44 27 6 FREE – Florence + The Machine 103750
47 47 2 ENJOY THE SILENCE – Depeche Mode 23750
49 40 6 WHY DOES IT HURT – Will Young 70350
56 9 10 MONA LISA – mxmtoon 207800
59 14 10 DEEPER – ZIDA & Rat City 148300
68 2 22 LESS THAN ZERO – The Weeknd 880050
72 72 2 PERSONAL JESUS – Depeche Mode 10200
74 1 40 DON’T SHUT ME DOWN – ABBA 1809250

19th June 2022

It’s Kate Bush back up on top for a 3rd time, number one in 1985, 2012 and now 2022 thanks to a jaw-dropping climax to episode 4 of the latest series of Stranger Things. That was a “woah” moment if ever I saw one. Life-affirming and spine-tingling. That means for now the gorgeous album track Grapejuice has to settle for 2 for Harry Styles. I so hope it’s a future single. Mark Owen leaps solo into the top 10 for the first time in 20 years, with the fab You Only Want Me, and DNCE return to the top 10 too for a Jonas Brother outside Jonas Brothers.

Bananarama are the highest new entry with Masquerade at 25, and Favourite hasn’t even exited the top 10 yet. Nile Rodgers lends a cool hand to Roosevelt, new at 55 with Passion. Not Franklin D. I assume though. Bakermat enter at 66 as their other track climbs to 46. Simple MInds have a Vision Thing, returning at 67 for a 40th year of charting. UB40 aka Ali Campbell brings tuneful reggae back for a 42nd year and we also bear a sad farewell to the late Astro who died last year, who also gets 42 years of new chart material.

Down the nether regions of the chart OneRepublic follow-up a top 10 with a track from the new Top Gun: Maverick film that I havent seen. I’ve never seen Top Gun, so I need to watch that one first. The Weeknd is back with a 3rd track off the new album, and Black Eyed Peas haven’t charted for 11 years, after a long run in the noughties, so welcome back Will & co, and fellow noughties stars David Guetta and Shakira who are collabbing. Is that a word? No? It needs to be. I claim copyright.

1 27 1 4 RUNNING UP THAT HILL (MAKE A DEAL WITH GOD) – Kate Bush 201700
2 3 2 5 GRAPEJUICE – Harry Styles 300900
3 1 1 6 NON HO L’ETA PER AMARTI – Gigliola Cinquetti 605000
4 2 1 6 HOPE – Stefan 860000
5 5 5 5 LATE NIGHT TALKING – Harry Styles 180000
6 34 6 2 YOU ONLY WANT ME – Mark Owen 72600
7 9 7 5 TURN UP THE SUNSHINE – Diana Ross & Tame Impala 196300
8 7 7 7 FAVOURITE – Bananarama 253100
9 6 5 6 LIGHTS OFF – We Are Domi 307000
10 14 10 7 MOVE – DNCE 153000

11 8 6 6 HOLD ME CLOSER – Cordelia Jakobs 295000
12 20 12 2 I CAN’T WAIT – Stevie Nicks 55000
13 4 1 12 KISS IT BETTER – BirdSMITH 872400
14 24 14 7 OOH DO U FINK U R? – Suggs & Paul Weller 113450
15 10 10 6 ALICE AT THE BEACH – Nerina Pallot 150700
16 13 13 5 COLOUR ME BLUE – Alfie Templeman 109600
17 17 9 10 ALL OF YOU – Duran Duran 242800
18 12 1 15 THE LAST GOODBYE – ODESZA featuring Bettye LaVette 1241000
19 15 1 12 AS IT WAS – Harry Styles 633600
20 11 1 15 SPACE MAN – Sam Ryder 1083250

21 16 11 7 CLOSURE – Wrabel 148800
22 18 10 9 IT GETS DARK – Sigrid 244000
23 19 19 8 THERE ISN’T MUCH – Emeli Sande 141300
24 22 19 11 CITY OF GODS (PART II) – Alicia Keys 170650
25 NEW 25 1 MASQUERADE – Bananarama 18750
26 21 12 10 ABOUT DAMN TIME – Lizzo 205800
27 23 23 7 MY DEMONS – Tears For Fears 106450
28 39 28 9 WATERLOO SUNSET – The Kinks 106650
29 25 8 12 NIGHTFALLS – Keith Urban 308350
30 30 30 6 PARADISE – Thomas Rhett 94900

31 26 26 10 FORGET ABOUT US – Albin Lee Meldau 155750
32 60 32 2 YOU USED TO – Charli XCX 27800
33 65 33 2 I JUST CALLED – Neiked x Anne-Marie x Latto 24700
34 41 34 3 BABY JANE – Rod Stewart 43350
35 29 1 18 AM GOLD – Train 876250
36 36 36 6 TOO MUCH – Mark Ronson featuring Lucky Daye 64600
37 37 37 8 GREEN GREEN GRASS – George Ezra 90750
38 46 38 4 MY HEART’S BEEN WAITING FOR YOU – Craig David featuring Duvall 42750
39 42 39 3 WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD – Louis Armstrong 41850
40 57 40 4 HAVEN’T FOUND YOU YET – Blue 39800

41 45 41 6 1X1 – Galantis 56800
42 59 42 4 MAYBE YOU’RE THE PROBLEM – Ava Max 34250
43 28 28 8 DINNER TABLE – Nina Nesbitt 113400
44 31 16 10 LOST TRACK – HAIM 175800
45 33 6 12 PARTY IN MY MIND – Dolores Forever 347200
46 61 46 2 TEMPTATION – Bakermat featuring Elise LeGrow 20250
47 40 40 7 THAT THAT – PSY & SUGA 71950
48 32 32 6 BETTER DAYS – Liam Gallagher 92000
49 35 35 6 GIVE THAT WOLF A BANANA – Subwoolfer 81300
50 38 38 6 EBONY MCQUEEN – Dave Stewart 75900

51 52 51 5 2STEP – Ed Sheeran featuring Lil Baby 43850
52 51 1 22 WISHFUL THINKING – LEON 1239600
53 67 53 4 YO YO – MIKA 27050
54 56 54 2 2001 – Foals 21600
55 NEW 55 1 PASSION – Roosevelt featuring Nile Rodgers 10800
56 69 56 2 23, NEVER ME – Dead Pony 16800
57 70 57 2 BETTER TOGETHER – Jeremy Loops 16400
58 68 58 4 YOUYOUYOU – Tove Styrke 27200
59 64 59 5 NO ONE DIES FROM LOVE – Tove Lo 32400
60 43 7 12 KALIMA MINOU – Shanguy & Mark Neve 291850

61 47 11 12 PYRAMIDS – Otto Knows 224500
62 58 1 42 I STILL HAVE FAITH IN YOU – ABBA 1583000
63 72 63 2 KNOW IT ALL – Billy Strings 12800
64 44 2 15 MY LOVE – Florence + The Machine 703750
65 73 65 2 GOOD TIMES – Jungle 12400
66 NEW 66 1 MADAN (KING) – Bakermat 6800
67 NEW 67 1 VISION THING – Simple Minds 6600

68 63 1 33 WHEN YOU DANCED WITH ME – ABBA 1584050
69 NEW 69 1 WE’LL NEVER FIND ANOTHER LOVE – UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 6200
70 74 70 2 SWAY – Fitz And The Tantrums 11200

71 71 71 3 NOTORIOUS – Duran Duran 17000
72 75 72 2 PASS THE DUTCHIE – Musical Youth 10600
73 NEW 73 1 I AIN’T WORRIED – OneRepublic 5400
74 NEW 74 1 OUT OF TIME – The Weeknd 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DON’T YOU WORRY – Black Eyed Peas, Shakira & David Guetta 5000

DROP OUTS
62 62 5 MIXED EMOTIONS – Chase & Status 28600
48 48 6 REMIND ME – Tom Grennan 59300
49 49 6 21 REASONS – Nathan Dawe x Ella Henderson 47750
50 50 6 VEGAS (HOUND DOG) – Doja Cat featuring Big Mama Thornton 45600
53 3 12 PURPLE ZONE – Soft Cell & Pet Shop Boys 524700
54 54 2 ONE DAY LIKE THIS – Elbow 21200
55 55 5 CRAZY WHAT LOVE CAN DO – David Guetta, Becky Hill & Ella Henderson 34800
66 1 32 ODE TO FREEDOM – ABBA 1296250

26th June 2022

It’s a 3rd chart-topper for Harry Styles as the sultry tuneful Grapejuice eases Kate Bush out the way and outdoes his better promo’d Late Night Talking at 5. Stevie Nicks finally cracks the top 10 with I Can’t Wait – ironic, as she’s had to wait 40 years to do it. Suggs gets his first solo-credit top 10 since the 90’s, but Madness have had oodles over the years, including a non-stop run from 1979 through 1984. It’s also Paul Weller’s first in a while, but like Suggs both started the ball rolling in the late 70’s, with The Jam in 1978 and The Style Council in 1983, and solo from the 90’s.

In a quiet week for new ones, Duran Duran get a 5th off the album, TONIGHT UNITED the latest quality track, they really are on a comeback roll. Shame they dont get hits! Bob Moses debuts with a goodie, and ditto LF System who speed up and slow down Silk’s disco jam from eons ago.

1 2 1 6 GRAPEJUICE – Harry Styles 470900
2 1 1 5 RUNNING UP THAT HILL (MAKE A DEAL WITH GOD) – Kate Bush 316700
3 3 1 7 NON HO L’ETA PER AMARTI – Gigliola Cinquetti 690000
4 4 1 7 HOPE – Stefan 925000
5 5 5 6 LATE NIGHT TALKING – Harry Styles 240000
6 6 6 3 YOU ONLY WANT ME – Mark Owen 127600
7 7 7 6 TURN UP THE SUNSHINE – Diana Ross & Tame Impala 246300
8 12 8 3 I CAN’T WAIT – Stevie Nicks 103000
9 14 9 8 OOH DO U FINK U R? – Suggs & Paul Weller 158450
10 10 10 8 MOVE – DNCE 195000

11 9 5 7 LIGHTS OFF – We Are Domi 344000
12 16 12 6 COLOUR ME BLUE – Alfie Templeman 144600
13 11 6 7 HOLD ME CLOSER – Cordelia Jakobs 327000
14 8 7 8 FAVOURITE – Bananarama 282100
15 15 10 7 ALICE AT THE BEACH – Nerina Pallot 177700
16 25 16 2 MASQUERADE – Bananarama 43750
17 21 11 8 CLOSURE – Wrabel 171800
18 13 1 13 KISS IT BETTER – BirdSMITH 894400
19 33 19 3 I JUST CALLED – Neiked x Anne-Marie x Latto 45700
20 55 20 2 PASSION – Roosevelt featuring Nile Rodgers 30800

21 19 1 13 AS IT WAS – Harry Styles 653350
22 17 9 11 ALL OF YOU – Duran Duran 262300
23 32 23 3 USED TO KNOW ME – Charli XCX 47050
24 18 1 16 THE LAST GOODBYE – ODESZA featuring Bettye LaVette 1260000
25 20 1 16 SPACE MAN – Sam Ryder 1102000
26 22 10 10 IT GETS DARK – Sigrid 262500
27 30 27 7 PARADISE – Thomas Rhett 113300
28 28 28 10 WATERLOO SUNSET – The Kinks 124950
29 23 19 9 THERE ISN’T MUCH – Emeli Sande 159500
30 26 12 11 ABOUT DAMN TIME – Lizzo 223800

31 24 19 12 CITY OF GODS (PART II) – Alicia Keys 188550
32 34 32 4 BABY JANE – Rod Stewart 61150
33 42 33 5 MAYBE YOU’RE THE PROBLEM – Ava Max 51950
34 27 23 8 MY DEMONS – Tears For Fears 124050
35 38 35 5 MY HEART’S BEEN WAITING FOR YOU – Craig David featuring Duvall 60250
36 40 36 5 HAVEN’T FOUND YOU YET – Blue 57200
37 37 37 9 GREEN GREEN GRASS – George Ezra 108050
38 39 38 4 WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD – Louis Armstrong 59050
39 29 8 13 NIGHTFALLS – Keith Urban 325450
40 46 40 3 TEMPTATION – Bakermat featuring Elise LeGrow 37250

41 35 1 19 AM GOLD – Train 890250
42 53 42 5 YO YO – MIKA 40800
43 36 36 7 TOO MUCH – Mark Ronson featuring Lucky Daye 78100
44 56 44 3 23, NEVER ME – Dead Pony 30050
45 57 45 3 BETTER TOGETHER – Jeremy Loops 29400
46 NEW 46 1 TONIGHT UNITED – Duran Duran 12750
47 58 47 5 YOUYOUYOU – Tove Styrke 39700
48 51 48 6 2STEP – Ed Sheeran featuring Lil Baby 56150
49 54 49 3 2001 – Foals 33700
50 31 26 11 FORGET ABOUT US – Albin Lee Meldau 167750

51 47 40 8 THAT THAT – PSY & SUGA 83700
52 59 53 6 NO ONE DIES FROM LOVE – Tove Lo 43900
53 45 6 13 PARTY IN MY MIND – Dolores Forever 358450
54 41 41 7 1X1 – Galantis 67800
55 52 1 23 WISHFUL THINKING – LEON 1250400
56 63 56 3 KNOW IT ALL – Billy Strings 23400
57 65 57 3 GOOD TIMES – Jungle 22800
58 44 16 11 LOST TRACK – HAIM 186000
59 50 38 7 EBONY MCQUEEN – Dave Stewart 86000
60 70 60 3 SWAY – Fitz And The Tantrums 21200

61 43 28 9 DINNER TABLE – Nina Nesbitt 120900
62 NEW 62 1 LOVE BRAND NEW – Bob Moses 7400
63 66 63 2 MADAN (KING) – Bakermat 14000
64 67 64 2 VISION THING – Simple Minds 13700
65 62 1 43 I STILL HAVE FAITH IN YOU – ABBA 1590000
66 48 32 7 BETTER DAYS – Liam Gallagher 98800
67 69 67 2 WE’LL NEVER FIND ANOTHER LOVE – UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 12800
68 73 68 2 I AIN’T WORRIED – OneRepublic 11800
69 72 69 3 PASS THE DUTCHIE – Musical Youth 16800
70 60 7 13 KALIMA MINOU – Shanguy & Mark Neve 297850

71 68 1 34 WHEN YOU DANCED WITH ME – ABBA 1589850
72 74 72 2 OUT OF TIME – The Weeknd 10800
73 61 11 13 PYRAMIDS – Otto Knows 229900
74 75 74 2 DON’T YOU WORRY – Black Eyed Peas, Shakira & David Guetta 10200
75 NEW 75 1 AFRAID TO FEEL – LF System featuring Silk 5000

DROP OUTS
49 35 6 GIVE THAT WOLF A BANANA – Subwoolfer 81300
64 2 15 MY LOVE – Florence + The Machine 703750
71 71 3 NOTORIOUS – Duran Duran 17000

My May 2022 Charts

1st May 2022

It’s Harry Styles grabbing his 2nd chart-topper, after Watermelon Sugar, and hot behind the very Stevie-Nicks-ish fab BirdSMITH duo, one getting criminally ignored everywhere except for one or two plays on radio 2. Florence has a 3rd track from the new album enter, new single Free, while Freedom is not far behind for Jon batiste’s 2nd chart entry, the very retro funk track new at 36. Shawn Mendes adds to his growing list of charting tracks, Emeli Sande makes it over a decade of chart entries, Will Young makes it 20 years-worth, Alison Krauss almost 30 years-worth and Robert Plant 40 years-worth.

1 8 1 5 AS IT WAS – Harry Styles 287600
2 2 1 8 THE LAST GOODBYE – ODESZA featuring Bettye LaVette 892000
3 9 3 5 KISS IT BETTER – BirdSMITH 175400
4 3 3 6 PURPLE ZONE – Soft Cell & Pet Shop Boys 370000
5 4 1 8 SPACE MAN – Sam Ryder 703250
6 1 1 2 THE HUSTLE – Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony 225000
7 5 2 8 MY LOVE – Florence + The Machine 562750
8 6 1 11 AM GOLD – Train 732850
9 11 9 5 PARTY IN MY MIND – Dolores Forever 139250
10 23 10 5 KALIMA MINOU – Shanguy & Mark Neve 92950

11 14 11 5 NIGHTFALLS – Keith Urban 107900
12 10 10 7 OUT YONDER – Elle King 171100
13 7 7 8 ESCAPE – Kx5 (Kaskade & Deadmau5) featuring Hayla 210600
14 17 14 5 MONA LISA – mxmtoon 94450
15 15 8 9 RUN – Becky Hill & Galantis 235900
16 31 16 5 PYRAMIDS – Otto Knows 84200
17 38 17 3 ALL OF YOU – Duran Duran 46800
18 29 18 5 DIE IN THE DISCO – Night Club 77450
19 26 19 11 TROUBLE – Troye Sivan & Jay Som 133900
20 58 20 3 LOST TRACK – HAIM 37400

21 50 21 3 ABOUT DAMN TIME – Lizzo 42550
22 19 8 9 HELLO WORLD – Alan Walker & Torine 223900
23 18 10 11 HALLUCINATION – Regard and Years and Years 218350
24 22 1 15 WISHFUL THINKING – LEON 1140150
25 40 25 4 WILD CHILD – The Black Keys 55250
26 32 26 5 STRANGE GAME – Mick Jagger 64500
27 51 27 5 DEEPER – ZIDA & Rat City 56950
28 28 19 8 BONES – Imagine Dragons 122300
29 NEW 29 1 FREE – Florence + The Machine 18200
30 24 2 17 LESS THAN ZERO – The Weeknd 826500

31 33 31 9 FORGIVE ME – Sofi Tukker & Mahmut Orhan 117000
32 71 32 4 CITY OF GODS (PART II) – Alicia Keys 34000
33 35 33 6 MAKE YOUR MARK – Seth Lakeman 81400
34 39 34 7 A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE – Weezer 76000
35 36 35 12 IT’S TOO LATE – Carole King 152250
36 NEW 36 1 FREEDOM – Jon Batiste 17400
37 21 5 11 FUNNY GIRL – Father John Misty 397350
38 13 6 12 WALKING IN THE RAIN – The Ronettes 312300
39 68 39 2 IT GETS DARK – Sigrid 23500
40 25 7 10 WEST COAST – OneRepublic 284550

41 16 10 6 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) – The Undertones 151250
42 55 42 3 FORGET ABOUT US – Albin Lee Meldau 30750
43 43 43 2 BAGGY TROUSERS – Madness 27000
44 30 30 10 KING – Florence + The Machine 122450
45 34 1 15 SHOW ME LOVE – Tove Styrke 728200
46 42 3 16 BETTER DAYS – Neiked, Mae Muller & Polo G 636750
47 47 47 5 PRAYER – Secret Garden 54400
48 48 48 8 FROZEN – Madonna 73450
49 46 1 26 WHEN YOU DANCED WITH ME – ABBA 1520050
50 37 24 7 BRING BACK THE TIME – New Kids On The Block featuring En Vogue, Rick Astley & Salt ‘n’ Pepa 114400

51 20 20 17 IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND – Gordon Lightfoot 241800
52 41 8 10 SAME AIR – The Rocket Summer 265750
53 57 53 5 SWEET HARMONY – The Beloved 39850
54 54 1 35 I STILL HAVE FAITH IN YOU – ABBA 1510100
55 52 1 26 ODE TO FREEDOM – ABBA 1249050
56 60 56 5 BLOW – Jackson Wang 37700
57 53 1 14 EVERLASTING LOVE – Love Affair 755200
58 27 27 16 BABY I LOVE YOU – The Ronettes 189000
59 59 59 2 HAND IN GLOVE – Sandie Shaw & The Smiths 20200
60 63 60 8 GIMME SOME LOVIN’ – The Spencer Davis Group 51200

61 12 12 2 SUNDAY GIRL – Blondie 42500
62 44 30 7 KICK – Def Leppard 92250
63 67 63 2 WATERLOO SUNSET – The Kinks 13800
64 NEW 64 1 WHEN YOU’RE GONE – Shawn Mendes 7100
65 62 1 35 DON’T SHUT ME DOWN – ABBA 1780650
66 69 66 4 FANTASY – Mariah Carey 23800
67 45 27 10 NIGHT AND DAY – Johnny Marr 114850
68 72 68 3 NEVER GIVE UP – Chronixx 17000
69 64 1 26 GIVE IT ALL UP – Duran Duran featuring Tove Lo 1595350
70 NEW 70 1 THERE ISN’T MUCH – Emeli Sande 6000

71 49 32 10 IMPOSSIBLE – Royksopp & Alison Goldfrapp 110700
72 NEW 72 1 DINNER TABLE – Nina Nesbitt 5600
73 NEW 73 1 WHY DOES IT HURT – Will Young 5400
74 NEW 74 1 GREEN GREEN GRASS – George Ezra 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SOMEBODY WAS WATCHING OVER ME – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss 5000

DROP OUTS
56 10 9 WONDROUS PLACE (STRING AND TINS REMIX) – Billy Fury 213650
61 5 14 WE STAND ALONE – George Cosby 417600
65 65 5 CHAOTIC – Tate McRae 33000
66 7 16 NO CHOICE – Tame Impala 413050
70 27 12 ANYONE FOR YOU (TIGER LILY) – George Ezra 153100
73 1 18 HELLO IT’S ME – Todd Rundgren 777950
74 41 4 SHOW ME LOVE (AMERICA) – The Wanted 31200
75 24 10 BEG FOR YOU – Charli XCX featuring Rina Sawayama 128500

8th May 2022

It’s BirdSMITH kissing it better on top, what a great record, very Stevie Nicks 80’s era. Keith Urban can’t stop getting those top 10’s, Nightfalls is just the latest, and Sigrid climbs fast into the 20 as it gets dark. Highest new entry is a 41st year of Bananarama top 40’s since Aiemwana, their cover of Yamasukis 1971 obscure great aka Daft Punk’s dad.

Tom Grennan is back, DNCE are also back after a break while Jonas brothers had more of a profile, and Tears For Fears make it a 4th from the new album to chart. PSY is back after a long absence with a bit of an assist from his BTS connections, Doja Cat finally does something more interesting, sampling the 70-odd years-old Elvis-inspiring Hound Dog herself, Big mama Thornton, and Suggs and Paul Weller do a Jam/Madness Britpop bit of combo fun.

1 3 1 6 KISS IT BETTER – BirdSMITH 345400
2 1 1 6 AS IT WAS – Harry Styles 402600
3 2 1 9 THE LAST GOODBYE – ODESZA featuring Bettye LaVette 977000
4 4 3 7 PURPLE ZONE – Soft Cell & Pet Shop Boys 435000
5 5 1 9 SPACE MAN – Sam Ryder 763250
6 9 6 6 PARTY IN MY MIND – Dolores Forever 194250
7 10 7 6 KALIMA MINOU – Shanguy & Mark Neve 142950
8 11 8 6 NIGHTFALLS – Keith Urban 155900
9 14 9 6 MONA LISA – mxmtoon 139450
10 7 2 9 MY LOVE – Florence + The Machine 604750

11 16 11 6 PYRAMIDS – Otto Knows 121200
12 18 12 6 DIE IN THE DISCO – Night Club 115450
13 8 1 12 AM GOLD – Train 764850
14 27 14 6 DEEPER – ZIDA & Rat City 85950
15 39 15 3 IT GETS DARK – Sigrid 50500
16 17 16 4 ALL OF YOU – Duran Duran 71800
17 21 17 4 ABOUT DAMN TIME – Lizzo 65550
18 20 18 4 LOST TRACK – HAIM 59400
19 26 19 6 STRANGE GAME – Mick Jagger 85500
20 12 10 8 OUT YONDER – Elle King 191100

21 13 7 9 ESCAPE – Kx5 (Kaskade & Deadmau5) featuring Hayla 230350
22 6 1 3 THE HUSTLE – Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony 244500
23 25 23 5 WILD CHILD – The Black Keys 74500
24 15 8 10 RUN – Becky Hill & Galantis 254900
25 36 25 2 FREEDOM – Jon Batiste 36150
26 19 19 12 TROUBLE – Troye Sivan & Jay Som 152400
27 32 27 5 CITY OF GODS (PART II) – Alicia Keys 52400
28 29 28 2 FREE – Florence + The Machine 36500
29 24 1 16 WISHFUL THINKING – LEON 1158350
30 22 8 10 HELLO WORLD – Alan Walker & Torine 241900

31 33 31 7 MAKE YOUR MARK – Seth Lakeman 99300
32 23 10 12 HALLUCINATION – Regard and Years and Years 236150
33 31 31 10 FORGIVE ME – Sofi Tukker & Mahmut Orhan 134700
34 34 34 8 A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE – Weezer 93600
35 35 35 13 IT’S TOO LATE – Carole King 169750
36 28 19 9 BONES – Imagine Dragons 139700
37 70 37 2 THERE ISN’T MUCH – Emeli Sande 23300
38 42 38 4 FORGET ABOUT US – Albin Lee Meldau 47950
39 NEW 39 1 FAVOURITE – Bananarama 17100
40 43 40 3 BAGGY TROUSERS – Madness 44000

41 30 2 18 LESS THAN ZERO – The Weeknd 840500
42 47 42 6 PRAYER – Secret Garden 68150
43 48 43 9 FROZEN – Madonna 86950
44 37 5 12 FUNNY GIRL – Father John Misty 410600
45 64 45 2 WHEN YOU’RE GONE – Shawn Mendes 20100
46 53 46 6 SWEET HARMONY – The Beloved 52600
47 59 47 3 HAND IN GLOVE – Sandie Shaw & The Smiths 32700
48 40 7 11 WEST COAST – OneRepublic 296850
49 38 6 13 WALKING IN THE RAIN – The Ronettes 324400
50 56 50 6 BLOW – Jackson Wang 49700

51 46 3 17 BETTER DAYS – Neiked, Mae Muller & Polo G 648500
52 49 1 27 WHEN YOU DANCED WITH ME – ABBA 1531550
53 60 53 9 GIMME SOME LOVIN’ – The Spencer Davis Group 62450
54 54 1 36 I STILL HAVE FAITH IN YOU – ABBA 1521100
55 45 1 16 SHOW ME LOVE – Tove Styrke 739000
56 72 56 2 DINNER TABLE – Nina Nesbitt 16200
57 55 1 27 ODE TO FREEDOM – ABBA 1259450
58 63 58 3 WATERLOO SUNSET – The Kinks 24000
59 66 59 5 FANTASY – Mariah Carey 33900
60 73 60 2 WHY DOES IT HURT – Will Young 15400

61 NEW 61 1 REMIND ME – Tom Grennan 7500
62 57 1 15 EVERLASTING LOVE – Love Affair 762600
63 NEW 63 1 MOVE – DNCE 7200
64 52 8 11 SAME AIR – The Rocket Summer 272850
65 74 65 2 GREEN GREEN GRASS – George Ezra 12200
66 NEW 66 1 CLOSURE – Wrabel 6800
67 65 1 36 DON’T SHUT ME DOWN – ABBA 1787250
68 68 68 4 NEVER GIVE UP – Chronixx 23400
69 75 69 2 SOMEBODY WAS WATCHING OVER ME – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss 11200
70 NEW 70 1 MY DEMONS – Tears For Fears 6000

71 69 1 27 GIVE IT ALL UP – Duran Duran featuring Tove Lo 1601150
72 NEW 72 1 21 REASONS – Nathan Dawe x Ella Henderson 5600
73 NEW 73 1 THAT THAT – PSY & SUGA 5400
74 NEW 74 1 OOH DO U FINK U R? – Suggs & Paul Weller 5200
75 NEW 75 1 VEGAS (HOUND DOG) – Doja Cat featuring Big Mama Thornton 5000

DROP OUTS
41 10 6 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) – The Undertones 151250
44 30 10 KING – Florence + The Machine 122450
50 24 7 BRING BACK THE TIME – New Kids On The Block featuring En Vogue, Rick Astley & Salt ‘n’ Pepa 114400
51 20 17 IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND – Gordon Lightfoot 241800
58 27 16 BABY I LOVE YOU – The Ronettes 189000
61 12 2 SUNDAY GIRL – Blondie 42500
62 30 7 KICK – Def Leppard 92250
67 27 10 NIGHT AND DAY – Johnny Marr 114850
71 32 10 IMPOSSIBLE – Royksopp & Alison Goldfrapp 110700

15th May 2022

It’s a new entry at for Estonia’s under-performing brilliant Eurovision entry, it suffered from being on last as everyone buggered off to the toilet or to make a cup of tea. It’s got 50’s twangy guitar vibes but is a strong song of Hope. It’s been over a decade since Eurovision had 2 tracks top my charts from the same competition. Meanwhile Gigliola Cinquetti’s touching comeback after 58 years to sing Non Ho L’Eta Per Amarti gives me the perfect excuse to finally chart what was my first fave Eurovision song back when I was 6 and give her a follow-up chart entry to 1974’s Go (Si) when she came 2nd to Abba. New at 4, with the whole top 5 sounding brilliant to me right now.

New at 7 Sweden’s Eurovision entry does well again, while Czech Republic are new at 13 with a banging dance tune that suffered from being first on, everyone had forgotten it by voting time. It’s almost as if Italy was trying to do in some rivals, what with that batch of dull ballads and then a batch of competing uptempo tracks in with a shot. Anyway, Subwoolfer with Ben from A1 also pop in lower down for Norway, wolf masks and all. I mean it’s no Caught In The Middle, but it’s fun and his first chart visit for 20 years.

Liam Gallagher invokes the spirit of bruv Noel’s Setting Sons collab with Chemical Brothers, which should piss him off nicely, new at 57, Dave Stewart makes a chart comeback for the first time in about 20 years with a quaint and charming old-fashioned song from a forthcoming musical, and extends his chart run to 43 years. Thomas Rhett gets a 4th or 5th chart track since his 10’s debut, David Guetta, Beck Hill and Ella Henderson all add to their growing list of regular entries, Galantis add to theirs too, Nerina Pallot has a return after a gap of a few years and a run of about 17 years now, Mark Ronson is also close to that and back, and ditto Chase and Status.

1 NEW 1 1 HOPE – Stefan 170000
2 1 1 7 KISS IT BETTER – BirdSMITH 460400
3 5 1 10 SPACE MAN – Sam Ryder 848250
4 NEW 4 1 NON HO L’ETA PER AMARTI – Gigliola Cinquetti 65000
5 3 1 10 THE LAST GOODBYE – ODESZA featuring Bettye LaVette 1037000
6 2 1 7 AS IT WAS – Harry Styles 457600
7 NEW 7 1 HOLD ME CLOSER – Cordelia Jakobs 50000
8 7 7 7 KALIMA MINOU – Shanguy & Mark Neve 190950
9 6 6 7 PARTY IN MY MIND – Dolores Forever 239250
10 15 10 4 IT GETS DARK – Sigrid 92500

11 8 8 7 NIGHTFALLS – Keith Urban 192900
12 17 12 5 ABOUT DAMN TIME – Lizzo 100550
13 NEW 13 1 LIGHTS OFF – We Are Domi 32000
14 16 14 5 ALL OF YOU – Duran Duran 100800
15 4 3 8 PURPLE ZONE – Soft Cell & Pet Shop Boys 462000
16 9 9 7 MONA LISA – mxmtoon 164450
17 10 2 10 MY LOVE – Florence + The Machine 627750
18 11 11 7 PYRAMIDS – Otto Knows 143200
19 12 12 7 DIE IN THE DISCO – Night Club 136450
20 14 14 7 DEEPER – ZIDA & Rat City 105950

21 18 18 5 LOST TRACK – HAIM 79150
22 13 1 13 AM GOLD – Train 784350
23 27 23 6 CITY OF GODS (PART II) – Alicia Keys 71650
24 39 24 2 FAVOURITE – Bananarama 36100
25 25 25 3 FREEDOM – Jon Batiste 54900
26 37 26 3 THERE ISN’T MUCH – Emeli Sande 41800
27 28 27 3 FREE – Florence + The Machine 54900
28 19 19 7 STRANGE GAME – Mick Jagger 103800
29 22 1 4 THE HUSTLE – Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony 262700
30 20 10 9 OUT YONDER – Elle King 209100

31 21 7 10 ESCAPE – Kx5 (Kaskade & Deadmau5) featuring Hayla 248250
32 35 32 14 IT’S TOO LATE – Carole King 187550
33 23 23 6 WILD CHILD – The Black Keys 92200
34 38 34 5 FORGET ABOUT US – Albin Lee Meldau 65550
35 29 1 17 WISHFUL THINKING – LEON 1175850
36 40 36 4 BAGGY TROUSERS – Madness 61400
37 24 8 11 RUN – Becky Hill & Galantis 272200
38 31 31 8 MAKE YOUR MARK – Seth Lakeman 116500
39 26 19 13 TROUBLE – Troye Sivan & Jay Som 169500
40 43 40 10 FROZEN – Madonna 103950

41 30 8 11 HELLO WORLD – Alan Walker & Torine 255900
42 45 42 3 WHEN YOU’RE GONE – Shawn Mendes 33850
43 32 10 13 HALLUCINATION – Regard and Years and Years 249650
44 34 34 9 A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE – Weezer 106850
45 56 45 3 DINNER TABLE – Nina Nesbitt 29200
46 46 46 7 SWEET HARMONY – The Beloved 65350
47 47 47 4 HAND IN GLOVE – Sandie Shaw & The Smiths 45200
48 36 19 10 BONES – Imagine Dragons 152000
49 60 49 3 WHY DOES IT HURT – Will Young 27500
50 63 50 2 MOVE – DNCE 19200

51 41 2 19 LESS THAN ZERO – The Weeknd 852250
52 42 42 7 PRAYER – Secret Garden 79650
53 66 53 2 CLOSURE – Wrabel 18050
54 33 31 11 FORGIVE ME – Sofi Tukker & Mahmut Orhan 145700
55 52 1 28 WHEN YOU DANCED WITH ME – ABBA 1542350
56 54 1 37 I STILL HAVE FAITH IN YOU – ABBA 1531700
57 NEW 57 1 BETTER DAYS – Liam Gallagher 10400
58 58 58 4 WATERLOO SUNSET – The Kinks 34200
59 NEW 59 1 GIVE THAT WOLF A BANANA – Subwoolfer 10100
60 57 1 28 ODE TO FREEDOM – ABBA 1269450

61 61 61 2 REMIND ME – Tom Grennan 15000
62 NEW 62 1 EBONY MCQUEEN – Dave Stewart 7400
63 69 63 3 SOMEBODY WAS WATCHING OVER ME – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss 18400
64 51 3 18 BETTER DAYS – Neiked, Mae Muller & Polo G 655600
65 65 65 3 GREEN GREEN GRASS – George Ezra 19200
66 70 66 2 MY DEMONS – Tears For Fears 12800
67 68 67 5 NEVER GIVE UP – Chronixx 30000
68 50 50 7 BLOW – Jackson Wang 56100
69 NEW 69 1 PARADISE – Thomas Rhett 6200
70 67 1 37 DON’T SHUT ME DOWN – ABBA 1793250

71 73 71 2 THAT THAT – PSY & SUGA 11200
72 72 72 2 21 REASONS – Nathan Dawe x Ella Henderson 11200
73 74 73 2 OOH DO U FINK U R? – Suggs & Paul Weller 10600
74 75 74 2 VEGAS (HOUND DOG) – Doja Cat featuring Big Mama Thornton 10200
75 NEW 75 1 CRAZY WHAT LOVE CAN DO – David Guetta, Becky Hill & Ella Henderson 5000
76 44 5 13 FUNNY GIRL – Father John Misty 415400
77 NEW 77 1 ALICE AT THE BEACH – Nerina Pallot 4600
78 NEW 78 1 1X1 – Galantis 4400
79 NEW 79 1 TOO MUCH – Mark Ronson featuring Lucky Daye 4200
80 NEW 80 1 MIXED EMOTIONS – Chase & Status 4000

DROP OUTS
48 7 11 WEST COAST – OneRepublic 296850
49 6 13 WALKING IN THE RAIN – The Ronettes 324400
53 53 9 GIMME SOME LOVIN’ – The Spencer Davis Group 62450
55 1 16 SHOW ME LOVE – Tove Styrke 739000
59 59 5 FANTASY – Mariah Carey 33900
62 1 15 EVERLASTING LOVE – Love Affair 762600
64 8 11 SAME AIR – The Rocket Summer 272850
71 1 27 GIVE IT ALL UP – Duran Duran featuring Tove Lo 1601150

22nd May 2022

It’s still Hope on top in all of it’s cowboy twangy guitar fabness presiding over a still brilliant top 5 for me, while one Eurovision track leaps another at 6 and 7, Duran make it another top 10 around about 20 or so in 40 years while Sigrid gets a first after 4 previous attempts over the last 4 years. Wrabel has a big top climb, Tears For Fears a big top 30 climb, while Suggs n Weller, Liam Gallagher, Thomas Rhett all leap up into the 40.

Second-Highest new entry is the unexpected collab between Diana Ross and Tame Impala for the Minions movie, already her most interesting track in 36 years, and her 3rd in her comeback. Pity its not an entire album, Diana’s quality threshold improves when she hands over the reigns to great writer-producers and drops the bland overly-sentimental schlock, and she has made some corkers in her 60-year career, starting in my charts with the total classic social commentary of Love Child with The Supremes 54 years ago! In one fell swoop Diana holds the current longest chart-span with new material again with only Paul McCartney, Tom Jones or Barry Gibb in a position to overhaul her at the moment. Gibb of course wrote & produced her last great record, Chain Reaction.Turn Up The Sunshine is at 37.

Harry Styles new album is out, and I’ve cherry-picked the best track (no need thank me) Grapejuice at 31, and Late Night Talking at 78. It’s very pleasant overall, but on one listen it’s not got the sheer number of potential singles of the last album. Maybe they will grow on me though. Vangelis sadly died this week, and in tribute his 1980 chart-topper with Jon Anderson of Yes, I Hear You Now, returns at 39 to boost it’s position in my All-Time Top 900 chart. It’s so lovely.

That leaves a catchy new entry from Alfie Templeman, who debuts and is new to me, with Colour Me Blue, Ed Sheeran keeping up the pace of singles at 1 a day (or something like it) as 2Step sneaks in with Lil baby on tow. Hope he has child safety seat. Finally, Tove Lo is back as her Duran Duran chart-topping track exited a week ago. No One Dies From Love is not strictly accurate as a sentiment – loads of people do – but the sci-fi video is fab.

1 1 1 2 HOPE – Stefan 340000
2 2 1 8 KISS IT BETTER – BirdSMITH 575400
3 4 3 2 NON HO L’ETA PER AMARTI – Gigliola Cinquetti 150000
4 3 1 11 SPACE MAN – Sam Ryder 913250
5 5 1 11 THE LAST GOODBYE – ODESZA featuring Bettye LaVette 1097000
6 13 6 2 LIGHTS OFF – We Are Domi 87000
7 7 7 2 HOLD ME CLOSER – Cordelia Jakobs 100000
8 6 1 8 AS IT WAS – Harry Styles 505600
9 14 9 6 ALL OF YOU – Duran Duran 145800
10 10 10 5 IT GETS DARK – Sigrid 134500

11 8 7 8 KALIMA MINOU – Shanguy & Mark Neve 227950
12 9 6 8 PARTY IN MY MIND – Dolores Forever 274250
13 11 8 8 NIGHTFALLS – Keith Urban 224900
14 24 14 3 FAVOURITE – Bananarama 65100
15 12 12 6 ABOUT DAMN TIME – Lizzo 127550
16 18 11 8 PYRAMIDS – Otto Knows 168200
17 19 12 8 DIE IN THE DISCO – Night Club 159450
18 21 18 6 LOST TRACK – HAIM 101150
19 23 19 7 CITY OF GODS (PART II) – Alicia Keys 92650
20 53 20 3 CLOSURE – Wrabel 38050

21 17 2 11 MY LOVE – Florence + The Machine 647500
22 22 1 14 AM GOLD – Train 803850
23 15 3 9 PURPLE ZONE – Soft Cell & Pet Shop Boys 481750
24 26 24 4 THERE ISN’T MUCH – Emeli Sande 60800
25 16 9 8 MONA LISA – mxmtoon 183200
26 20 14 8 DEEPER – ZIDA & Rat City 124450
27 27 27 4 FREE – Florence + The Machine 73300
28 50 28 3 MOVE – DNCE 37500
29 32 29 15 IT’S TOO LATE – Carole King 205750
30 66 30 3 MY DEMONS – Tears For Fears 30800

31 NEW 31 1 GRAPEJUICE – Harry Styles 17900
32 36 32 5 BAGGY TROUSERS – Madness 79200
33 73 33 3 OOH DO U FINK U R? – Suggs & Paul Weller 28300
34 34 34 6 FORGET ABOUT US – Albin Lee Meldau 83150
35 69 35 2 PARADISE – Thomas Rhett 23700
36 40 36 11 FROZEN – Madonna 121350
37 NEW 37 1 TURN UP THE SUNSHINE – Diana Ross & Tame Impala 17300
38 45 38 4 DINNER TABLE – Nina Nesbitt 46400
39 NEW 39 1 I HEAR YOU NOW – Jon & Vangelis 17100
40 57 40 2 BETTER DAYS – Liam Gallagher 27400

41 35 1 18 WISHFUL THINKING – LEON 1189850
42 49 42 4 WHY DOES IT HURT – Will Young 41250
43 25 25 4 FREEDOM – Jon Batiste 68400
44 46 44 8 SWEET HARMONY – The Beloved 78600
45 47 45 5 HAND IN GLOVE – Sandie Shaw & The Smiths 58200
46 30 10 10 OUT YONDER – Elle King 221850
47 28 19 8 STRANGE GAME – Mick Jagger 116300
48 29 1 5 THE HUSTLE – Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony 275000
49 31 7 11 ESCAPE – Kx5 (Kaskade & Deadmau5) featuring Hayla 260350
50 59 50 2 GIVE THAT WOLF A BANANA – Subwoolfer 22100

51 42 42 4 WHEN YOU’RE GONE – Shawn Mendes 45600
52 33 23 7 WILD CHILD – The Black Keys 103700
53 58 53 5 WATERLOO SUNSET – The Kinks 45450
54 51 2 20 LESS THAN ZERO – The Weeknd 863250
55 37 8 12 RUN – Becky Hill & Galantis 283200
56 56 1 38 I STILL HAVE FAITH IN YOU – ABBA 1542300
57 55 1 29 WHEN YOU DANCED WITH ME – ABBA 1552750
58 62 58 2 EBONY MCQUEEN – Dave Stewart 17600
59 77 59 2 ALICE AT THE BEACH – Nerina Pallot 14700
60 61 60 3 REMIND ME – Tom Grennan 25000

61 63 61 4 SOMEBODY WAS WATCHING OVER ME – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss 25900
62 39 19 14 TROUBLE – Troye Sivan & Jay Som 176900
63 60 1 29 ODE TO FREEDOM – ABBA 1275650
64 65 64 4 GREEN GREEN GRASS – George Ezra 26300
65 71 65 3 THAT THAT – PSY & SUGA 18200
66 41 8 12 HELLO WORLD – Alan Walker & Torine 262700
67 38 31 9 MAKE YOUR MARK – Seth Lakeman 123100
68 78 68 2 1X1 – Galantis 10800
69 79 69 2 TOO MUCH – Mark Ronson featuring Lucky Daye 10400
70 72 70 3 21 REASONS – Nathan Dawe x Ella Henderson 17200

71 74 71 3 VEGAS (HOUND DOG) – Doja Cat featuring Big Mama Thornton 16000
72 44 34 10 A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE – Weezer 112450
73 70 1 38 DON’T SHUT ME DOWN – ABBA 1798650
74 43 10 14 HALLUCINATION – Regard and Years and Years 254850
75 75 75 2 CRAZY WHAT LOVE CAN DO – David Guetta, Becky Hill & Ella Henderson 10000
76 80 76 2 MIXED EMOTIONS – Chase & Status 8800
77 NEW 77 1 COLOUR ME BLUE – Alfie Templeman 4600
78 NEW 78 1 LATE NIGHT TALKING – Harry Styles 4400
79 NEW 79 1 2STEP – Ed Sheeran featuring Lil Baby 4200
80 NEW 80 1 NO ONE DIES FROM LOVE – Tove Lo 4000

DROP OUTS
48 19 10 BONES – Imagine Dragons 152000
52 42 7 PRAYER – Secret Garden 79650
54 31 11 FORGIVE ME – Sofi Tukker & Mahmut Orhan 145700
64 3 18 BETTER DAYS – Neiked, Mae Muller & Polo G 655600
67 67 5 NEVER GIVE UP – Chronixx 30000
68 50 7 BLOW – Jackson Wang 56100
76 5 13 FUNNY GIRL – Father John Misty 415400

29th May 2022

It’s 3 weeks at 1 for Stefan still giving me some Hope during a rough time, and BirdSMITH helping me Kiss It Better keeping off 60’s fave Non Ho L’Eta for now. Bananarama get a first top 10 for 3 years, making it a 5th consecutive decade they have had top 10’a, Favourite becoming the 7th top 10 of this century to add to the dozen or so they had in the 20th century and well over 40 years of charting. That’s nowt though, compared to Diana Ross, who gets her first top 10 with new material since 1986’s Chain Reaction, Turn Up The Sunshine giving her a whopping 54 years of charting since Love Child hit my number 2, and a total of at least 18 top 10’s. Tame Impala, her other half, are on at least 6 top 10’s.

Nerina Pallot gets her first top 20 since Rousseau topped in 2015, her second number one in a chart career of 17 years, and in the week that Depeche Mode keyboardist Alan Wilder died unexpectedly, Enjoy The Silence, Personal Jesus and See You all return to my chart in tribute. Kate Bush’s classic 1985 chart-topper Running Up That Hill is back yet again (last time was 2012 Olympics-plugged, this time it’s a spot on the new series of Stranger Things boosting it into the itunes top 5). Craig David is back with some Robin S sampling on My Heart’s Been Waiting For You new at 70 some 22 years since debuting.

Blue unexpectedly return with Haven’t Found You Yet a decade on from their Eurovision come back and 21 years on from their debut. Tove Styrke, like Blue and Craig David is a former chart-topper, but in her case it’s her previous single she’s following up, YouYouYou she sings, just ahead of similarly-titled Yo Yo, Mika’s Eurovision-themed plug fresh from hosting and performing, and his first chart entry in 2 years, and his 18th in total in 15 years, including a number one with Rain in 2009. Which didnt get mentioned in his medley at all, preferring his big hits like Grace Kelly instead. Finally, Ava Max is back musing Maybe You’re The Problem.

1 1 1 3 HOPE – Stefan 510000
2 2 1 9 KISS IT BETTER – BirdSMITH 690400
3 3 3 3 NON HO L’ETA PER AMARTI – Gigliola Cinquetti 235000
4 4 1 12 SPACE MAN – Sam Ryder 978250
5 6 5 3 LIGHTS OFF – We Are Domi 147000
6 7 6 3 HOLD ME CLOSER – Cordelia Jakobs 155000
7 5 1 12 THE LAST GOODBYE – ODESZA featuring Bettye LaVette 1147000
8 8 1 9 AS IT WAS – Harry Styles 553600
9 14 9 4 FAVOURITE – Bananarama 110100
10 37 10 2 TURN UP THE SUNSHINE – Diana Ross & Tame Impala 59300

11 20 11 4 CLOSURE – Wrabel 75050
12 10 10 6 IT GETS DARK – Sigrid 169500
13 59 13 3 ALICE AT THE BEACH – Nerina Pallot 46700
14 9 9 7 ALL OF YOU – Duran Duran 174800
15 13 8 9 NIGHTFALLS – Keith Urban 251900
16 18 16 7 LOST TRACK – HAIM 126150
17 12 6 9 PARTY IN MY MIND – Dolores Forever 297250
18 11 7 9 KALIMA MINOU – Shanguy & Mark Neve 249950
19 77 19 2 COLOUR ME BLUE – Alfie Templeman 25600
20 15 12 7 ABOUT DAMN TIME – Lizzo 147550

21 19 19 8 CITY OF GODS (PART II) – Alicia Keys 112400
22 28 22 4 MOVE – DNCE 57000
23 24 23 5 THERE ISN’T MUCH – Emeli Sande 80050
24 30 24 4 MY DEMONS – Tears For Fears 49800
25 16 11 9 PYRAMIDS – Otto Knows 186950
26 22 1 15 AM GOLD – Train 822350
27 33 27 4 OOH DO U FINK U R? – Suggs & Paul Weller 46700
28 17 12 9 DIE IN THE DISCO – Night Club 177750
29 21 2 12 MY LOVE – Florence + The Machine 665700
30 31 30 2 GRAPEJUICE – Harry Styles 35900

31 34 31 7 FORGET ABOUT US – Albin Lee Meldau 101050
32 32 32 6 BAGGY TROUSERS – Madness 97000
33 23 3 10 PURPLE ZONE – Soft Cell & Pet Shop Boys 499450
34 36 34 12 FROZEN – Madonna 138950
35 35 35 3 PARADISE – Thomas Rhett 41200
36 38 36 5 DINNER TABLE – Nina Nesbitt 63800
37 39 37 2 I HEAR YOU NOW – Jon & Vangelis 34400
38 27 27 5 FREE – Florence + The Machine 90500
39 40 39 3 BETTER DAYS – Liam Gallagher 44500
40 42 40 5 WHY DOES IT HURT – Will Young 58250

41 25 9 9 MONA LISA – mxmtoon 197200
42 26 14 9 DEEPER – ZIDA & Rat City 138200
43 41 1 19 WISHFUL THINKING – LEON 1203350
44 44 44 9 SWEET HARMONY – The Beloved 91850
45 45 45 6 HAND IN GLOVE – Sandie Shaw & The Smiths 71200
46 64 46 5 GREEN GREEN GRASS – George Ezra 39050
47 50 47 3 GIVE THAT WOLF A BANANA – Subwoolfer 34500
48 53 48 6 WATERLOO SUNSET – The Kinks 57750
49 58 49 3 EBONY MCQUEEN – Dave Stewart 29700
50 60 50 4 REMIND ME – Tom Grennan 35000

51 43 25 5 FREEDOM – Jon Batiste 80150
52 65 52 4 THAT THAT – PSY & SUGA 29700
53 NEW 53 1 ENJOY THE SILENCE – Depeche Mode 11250
54 61 54 5 SOMEBODY WAS WATCHING OVER ME – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss 36900
55 46 10 11 OUT YONDER – Elle King 232650
56 56 1 39 I STILL HAVE FAITH IN YOU – ABBA 1552900
57 54 2 21 LESS THAN ZERO – The Weeknd 873650
58 57 1 30 WHEN YOU DANCED WITH ME – ABBA 1562950
59 47 19 9 STRANGE GAME – Mick Jagger 116400
60 49 7 12 ESCAPE – Kx5 (Kaskade & Deadmau5) featuring Hayla 270350

61 68 61 3 1X1 – Galantis 18300
62 51 42 5 WHEN YOU’RE GONE – Shawn Mendes 53000
63 70 63 4 21 REASONS – Nathan Dawe x Ella Henderson 24400
64 69 64 3 TOO MUCH – Mark Ronson featuring Lucky Daye 17500
65 63 1 30 ODE TO FREEDOM – ABBA 1282650
66 71 66 4 VEGAS (HOUND DOG) – Doja Cat featuring Big Mama Thornton 22800
67 75 67 3 CRAZY WHAT LOVE CAN DO – David Guetta, Becky Hill & Ella Henderson 16600
68 79 68 2 2STEP – Ed Sheeran featuring Lil Baby 10600
69 NEW 69 1 RUNNING UP THAT HILL (MAKE A DEAL WITH GOD) – Kate Bush 6200
70 NEW 70 1 MY HEART’S BEEN WAITING FOR YOU – Craig David featuring Duvall 6000

71 76 71 3 MIXED EMOTIONS – Chase & Status 14600
72 78 72 2 LATE NIGHT TALKING – Harry Styles 10000
73 73 1 39 DON’T SHUT ME DOWN – ABBA 1804050
74 NEW 74 1 HAVEN’T FOUND YOU YET – Blue 5200
75 80 75 2 NO ONE DIES FROM LOVE – Tove Lo 9000
76 NEW 76 1 YOUYOUYOU – Tove Styrke 4800
77 NEW 77 1 PERSONAL JESUS – Depeche Mode 4600
78 NEW 78 1 MAYBE YOU’RE THE PROBLEM – Ava Max 4400
79 NEW 79 1 YO YO – MIKA 4200
80 NEW 80 1 SEE YOU – Depeche Mode 4000

DROP OUTS
29 29 15 IT’S TOO LATE – Carole King 205750
48 1 5 THE HUSTLE – Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony 275000
52 23 7 WILD CHILD – The Black Keys 103700
55 8 12 RUN – Becky Hill & Galantis 283200
62 19 14 TROUBLE – Troye Sivan & Jay Som 176900
66 8 12 HELLO WORLD – Alan Walker & Torine 262700
67 31 9 MAKE YOUR MARK – Seth Lakeman 123100
72 34 10 A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE – Weezer 112450
74 10 14 HALLUCINATION – Regard and Years and Years 254850

The Radio 1 Listeners All-Time 1974 Top 100 Poll Part 8 (30 to 21)

30. THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) – The Isley Brothers (1966)

A Tamla Motown classic, the 1966 US hit was a big hit in the UK in late 1968, as good as the follow-up Behind A Painted Smile, which is sadly absent from the list. The song was covered by Rod Stewart a year after the 1974 rundown (badly, as a slow ballad) and then again by Rod with Ronald Isley in the 80’s (better), and was reissued again in 1976 along with a bunch of Motown classics, and it became a hit again (best) doubled with Behind A Painted Smile. Both tracks seriously hit the beats at a frantic pace, and set up The Isleys for the 70’s as soul-funk guitar virtuoso hitmakers a mile away from early hits like Twist & Shout, as covered by The Beatles to greater effect, and Shout (as covered by Lulu) – both those brilliant covers are absent from the chart, so there’s a certain poetic justice that the Isleys are in with this, a true great I adore. The drum section and Ronald Isleys vocals cannot be praised enough. And the song.

29. RELEASE ME – Engelbert Humperdinck (1967)

Ol’ Eng was enormous in 1967 with this million-seller, the one that famously spoilt The Beatles record-breaking run of consecutive number ones when it denied Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields the number one. For that I’ll never forgive it! It’s a shock to see it this popular on Radio 1 – OK it was big, and only 7 years later, but even so, no Penny Lane on the list and this Jim Reeves-soundalike is 29th Fave? That certainly never happened again in listener polls that younger music fans like me took part in as time went by. MOR, is what it used to be called. Middle Of The Road. Not cool enough for Easy Listening. That’s not to say I dislike the former Gerry Dorsey, I loved A Man Without Love in 1968, and still rate it highly, and singles like Les Bicyclettes De Belsize were faves of mine too. Not Release Me though.

28. TELL LAURA I LOVE HER -Ricky Valance (1960)

Back in the 50’s and 60’s Death-story discs were all the rage, none better than Leader Of The Pack, a hit in 1965, 1972 and 1976 for The Shangri-Las. Sadly that’s not on the list so we’ll have to make do for now with another vehicular-crash-lament, a lame, 1950’s-country-ballad-styled song called Tell Laura I Love Her from wannabe hitster Ricky Valance who took the death-obsession to a new level by naming himself after the aircrash-killed late teen-star Ritchie Valens, who had a similar-sounding ballad hit with the way better Donna. Donna is also not on the list. Some voters clearly just had no concept of good taste in more ways than one. I’ll take Ritchie’s La Bamba over Ricky’s dirge any day….

27. PLEASE STAY – The Cryin’ Shames (1966)

Well, I expected to go runnin’ to wikipedia for this one as it didn’t ring a bell at all. I swear I haven’t heard this record since 1974’s rundown, yet it seems familiar to me, so I must have heard it as a kid. Let’s put it this way, it’s not been regarded as a classic oldie over the last 50 years, it’s never played on the radio, oldies or otherwise, and yet….this is rather fab! So I resorted to Wikipedia and sure enough, it’s an early Burt Bacharach melody from 1961, The Drifters getting the original version. Other versions include Duffy, The Love Affair, Marc Almond and Elvis Costello, but the only UK hit version was this one by The Cryin’ Shames, and that only got to 26 in the charts. There’s more though, the producer was Joe Meek of Telstar, Johnny Remember Me and have I The Right fame, the British Phil Spector with his own futuristic wall of sound. That accounts for the spooky, echoey sound, but the smokey vocals are also terrific. By a bizarre unlucky twist of fate, Beatles manager Brian Epstein offered to produce them, but they turned him down. Both Epstein and Meek were dead inside a year and a bit of this leaving the charts. I’m wondering if that gave this record a pathos to fans of it at the time that ultimately didn’t stick beyond this music poll. If a record ever needed a Movie showpiece to get back some lost ground…..

26. EVERLASTING LOVE – The Love Affair (1968)

Golden oldie alert! Loved this one in 1968, and the cool Love Affair with Steve Ellis on vocals, and I adored the follow-up My Rainbow Valley even more, and the song is just timeless. This topped my charts for the first time in early 2022, as it predated my charts by a few months and following selling on itunes for several weeks all over again. So why is it so great that it was popular in 1968, 1974, and 2022? It’s got a classic Motown vibe. It’s soaring. Steve Ellis’ vocals are terrific. And yet it’s British, and it’s even better than the original Robert Knight version which barely scraped into the UK chart in 1968. Songwriters Buzz Cason and Mac Gayden are pretty much unknown but they struck gold with Everlasting Love, a song that can be given any treatment and still sound good. Robert Knight got his hit in the UK eventually – as follow up to Northern Soul oldie B side smash Love On A Mountain Top in 1974 – but it’s since been hits for Sandra, Gloria Estefan, Rachel Sweet & Rex Smith, Carl Carlton, Worlds Apart, The cast of Casualty, and has been covered by U2. Most recently, and the reason for the sales push, it features strongly in Kenneth Brannagh’s film Belfast. So still a classic, then.

25. YOUR SONG – Elton John (1971)

By 1974 Elton John was huge, especially in North America – but this was the only Elton hit that was eligible to be voted for, I’d have been fairly sure that Rocket Man or Goodbye Yellow Brick Road would have been on the list too if they’d allowed 1972/3 tracks in. Still very famous, well-covered, and Elton is having his biggest singles chart 12 months in early 2022 – totally against the odds – since 1997. That’s what comes with palling around with up and coming new acts and promoting them and staying enthusiastic about new music. Your Song is a lovely love ballad – but I wouldn’t place it amongst my top 20 Elton faves. F’rexample, by the time of this poll Elton had topped my personal charts with Crocodile Rock and Bennie & The Jets, and had peaked at 2 with Rocket Man and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, 4 with Daniel. Your Song was a good top 10, though!

24. SPIRIT IN THE SKY – Norman Greenbaum (1970)

Late Hippie Anthem, this one, and one I missed in 1970, being out the UK and all. I came across it first on this 1974 rundown and very much liked the sound of it, all electric guitar and gospel uplifting sounds, with humorously darker lyrics. So much so, that within a few months I spied a record stall inside Gloucester’s indoor market having it for sale, still new and shiny. So I bought it. It’s still a classic, and hit the top spot again for Doctor & The Medics in 1986, on their hilarious camp hippie piss-take, and Gareth Gates in the Noughties for Comic Relief, and with The Kumars doing the comedy bits. The original is still the best. Ol’ Norman never had another hit, but he’s still going aged 79 and no doubt has the satisfaction of getting some regular royalties in the knowledge he penned a genuine pop classic.

23. FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND – Jimmy Ruffin (1970)

Motown soul classic in the crooning Jimmy Ruffin style of his 1966 huge hit (more soon). This one returned Jimmy to the UK charts for a hat-trick of top 10’s in 1970, and remained popular enough to chart again later in 1974 – as follow-up to another top 10 return of said earlier classic Motown. Spoiler alert! That track is at number 22, supporting my suspicions that fans were voting for 2 tracks by their fave artists. I didn’t know this one until 1974, but his follow-up It’s Wonderful (To Be Loved By You) I did love and would have preferred to be on the countdown. Splitting hairs, though this one is still a goodie, but not as well known 52 years later as t’other one. Jimmy would still have further hits in him, notably 1980’s Hold On To My Love, gifted to him by Bee Gee Robin Gibb in his classic Motown style. Oh, and Jimmy was the brother of the Temptations’ David Ruffin, he of the gritty vocals on greats like My Girl or his own fab Walk Away From Love.

22. WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKENHEARTED – Jimmy Ruffin (1966)

Stone-cold Motown soul heartbreak classic, twice a top 10 hit, in 1966 and again in 1974 following this voters poll, What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted is Jimmy Ruffin’s piece of pop immortality, the song being eminently coverable. Flawlessly produced by the Motown stable, emoted by Ruffin, and the song bringing hits to acts like Colin Blunstone (of The Zombies and solo success) as guest vocalist on Dave “It’s My Party” Stewart’s revamp, Paul Young, and errr, Robson & Jerome taking it all the way to the top spot in 1996. None of them come close to matching the original, though. Still sounds classic.

21. TEARS OF A CLOWN – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (1970)

Talking of timeless emotional Motown classics….here’s the brilliant Smokey Robinson getting a career revival thanks to UK Motown fans. This 1967 album track was jaw-droppingly ignored by Berry Gordy at Motown – granted Smokey was knocking out classic song after classic song in the 60’s, so many he donated them to many of Motown’s other acts, like The Temptations (My Girl) and Mary Wells (My Guy) while also having hits of his own inside The Miracles. Regarded by wordsmiths like Bob Dylan as a poet, ol’ Smokey had a gift with imagery in the context of heartbreak (see The Tracks Of My Tears) and a smooth angelic emotional voice to match this melodies. from the opening circus-styled calliope intro through to the dance-classic fade, it’s a gem of record. Credit also to Stevie Wonder, then still a teenager, co-writing the instrumental with his producer Hank Crosby, with Smokey adding lyrics and the rest. By 1970 Motown oldies belatedly hitting the UK charts was quite the thing, as UK label Tamla Motown had a knack for making non-hits or minor hits into major hits in the ever-popular dance clubs ahead of The Northern Soul movement, and singles out Tears Of A Clown. Cue a UK number one, Smokey reuniting his Miracles for Phase 2 of their career and a whopping US hit subsequently too. This hit again in 1976, was a hit ska cover in 1979 for The Beat, and the inspiration for ABC’s 1987 hit When Smokey Sings, among many other versions.

Pet Shop Boys at Bournemouth International Centre 25th May 2022

So, two years late and the Greatest Hits tour arrived last night. I’m obviously biased (I’ve seen Pet Shop Boys at least 10 times, from their first live Derek Jarman stage extravaganza’s at Wembley Arena, through experiments like the grounds of the Tower Of London – not entirely successful – an orchestral charity gig at the Albert Hall with Suedey, and Johnny Marr on stage, 2 total showbiz bangers at the Royal Opera House, and my fave in Barcelona in the outdoor historical Spanish courtyard Poble Espanyol, stood near the front amongst a sea of Spanish fans), and I’ve seen a hits tour before at the Hammersmith Odeon. This, without question, was the most hits-packed setlist I’ve seen by them, and there’s not much to nitpick about:

Suburbia


Can You Forgive Her?


Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money)


Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You)


Rent


I Don’t Know What You Want but I Can’t Give It Any More


So Hard


Left to My Own Devices


Single-Bilingual / Se a vida é (That’s the Way Life Is)


Domino Dancing


Monkey Business


New York City Boy


You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You’re Drunk


Jealousy


Love Comes Quickly


Losing My Mind
(Stephen Sondheim cover)

Always on My Mind
(Gwen McCrae cover)

Dreamland


Heart


What Have I Done to Deserve This?


It’s Alright
(Sterling Void cover)


Vocal


Go West
(Village People cover)

It’s a Sin



Encore:
West End Girls
Being Boring

Sets were minimal, no dancers, no cleverly-arty backdrops, just a curtain with special effects and images projected on it, one backing singer/instrumentalist, and 2 band multi-instrumental members of the apart from Chris Lowe. They let the hits do the work, with Neil on stage for 2 hours non-stop. He’s 67. I’m 64 and I was standing at the front barrier getting some decent photos on my phone, and getting a sore throat from singing along to the bangers. Suburbia, Opportunities and Left To My Own Devices were early anthems, and it was fab to hear the U2/Frankie Valli cover again, they hadn’t done that one in ages. The Dreamworld theme was really into themed sections, like the latino section and Domino Dancing morphing into the gay disco bit, and then abruptly changing the pace to the fab acoustic You Only Tell me You Love Me When You’re Drunk, a brilliant and touching song.

Neil had a few costume changes, but I think they were more revisits to old stage clothes, and fairly unobtrusive. How many huge singalong anthems to they have in their back catalogue? Well, Always On My Mind – their most-popular track, generally – was bunged after a Liza Minelli revisit, Heart came after recent single Dreamland, and then What I have Done was a duet under the only stage props they had – 2 lamp-posts. The pre-encore climax was a flawless Go West and It’s A Sin – 2 rousing singalong crowd-pleasing exciting dance monsters, which left the inevitable West End Girls as the encore leading to a first for me: they ended on a reflective note with gorgeous Being Boring, Neil dedicating it to anyone in the audience who had lost someone over the last 2 difficult years. Which I genuinely appreciated for the poignant, yet life-celebrating, song about loss and living life to the full. Nitpicks? Monkey Business was out of it’s depth in such classic song company, maybe I would have bunged in Paninaro as the morph from latin to gay disco, Vocal was good as a more recent track choice but Love Is A Bourgeois Construct might have been a good alternative, but really not much to complain about unless it’s the sheer number of great tracks they didn’t have room for: Liberation, Yesterday When I Was Mad, I Wouldnt Normally Do This Kind Of Thing, Numb, Miracles, Integral, All Over The World, More Than A Dream, Burn, The Pop Kids – but I realise they might not be as well known as the 80’s stuff!

If you get a chance to see the tour, go! You won’t be disappointed. Just try to stay away from middle-aged folk with plastic cups full of beer dancing behind you if you’ve gone out in your best cosy-fitting jeans and T shirt to show off how fabulous your arse and arms look, that unexpected trickle of liquid dripping down your trousers is quite worrying for a moment….

Eurovision 2022 – a light-hearted review

Sam totally smashed it, quite rightly, and we had the awesome Gigliola Cinquetti with her brilliant 1964 winner, I’v loved that for nearly 60 years now! At long last an end to all the British Eurovision haters demanding the UK stop cos its all political, when its almost entirely down to our lacklustre entries.

CZECH REPUBLIC – Great dance track, great song a real club banger. Shaky vocals don’t disguise that underlying credibility of this as a non-Eurovision-sounding pop hit.

ROMANIA – ponitailed dancer (male) as we morph into another big dance tune, latin-rhythmed this time. The belt buckle is, errr, well ostentatious would eb an understatement. The verse is weak but the chorus is huge. Bet those pants took ages to get on.

PORTUGAL – Gentle intro, gentle song, girls in a circle harmonising. It’s very pretty but somehow too understated. Nice though.

FINLAND – I loved In The Shadows back in 2000, and I bought their 2021 single Bones. This one isn’t quite as good as those, but The Rasmus still rock it. Great to see Health & Safety being taken seriously with the fluorescent yellow jackets what with sparks aplenty in Eurovision stage shows. The stage design is certainly a lot of huge balls. Love the guitar.

SWITZERLAND – Pretty melody. Like the 1940’s vibe, and the classy feel to it, but it never really sparkles despite the good singer who’s borrowed James Newman’s jacket. Not a good sign.

FRANCE – Tribal rhythms, tribal chanting and tribal shrieks. What’s not to like?! France, as ever, being totally unpredictable in their entries. Not much of a tune but I do like the percussive qualities & rhythmic rumbling. Others may not agree.

NORWAY – Masked Wolf novelty from the reputedly former A1 singer Ben, who topped my charts in 2002 with the fab Caught In The Middle. Great dance routine and catchy as hell, the public will like this one cos it’s silly and fun, yet oddly a decent dance pop track underneath the nonsense lyrics.

ARMENIA – aka the Bog-Roll Room. Will be popular with teen girls into singer-songwriter self-reflective songs, a hug genre these days. It’s nice. Not exceptional, but nice. A lot of nice this year.

ITALY – Soldi was a goodie and I like Mahmud’s voice, Blanco not quite in the same league but he makes up for it with Glam Rock sparkles and a 1970 flared trousered suit. Male duets are extremely rare in Eurovision, so points for that and the nice melody and hook. Classy.

SPAIN – Bull fighting Dave Cockrum superhero outfit from Chani. Reggaeton rhythms are massive across the world right now, and her arse is clearly going to double the public vote. I prefer the Romania track oddly, for my Latin-music-fix.

NETHERLANDS – acoustic guitar and voice, stripped-back appeal to it, downbeat and plaintive. I imagine she spends a lot of time alone in her parents house in her bedroom singing to herself.

UKRAINE – Ethnic chanting meets rap. marmite in a normal year, but it’s not a normal year. I like all the flutey bits and the parts of the song are interesting in themselves, but it doesn’t work as a cohesive work to me. Nitpicking though and irrelevant cos its Ukraine and this year it is about politics for this entry.

GERMANY – youth-appealing, affable, nice-looking young man, with a 2020’s style of singing. That means confusing constipation with emotion in the voice a la The X Factor. I liked the ernest rap-talking bits and it’s not actually bad as such.

LITHUANIA – 1964-moptop hairdo, 60’s cocktail frock, and very traditionally-French sounding. Smooth, cool and totally lacking in oomph.

AZERBAIJAN – piano, another plaintive semi-constipated singer on a dirge. Very nice-looking singer, improves when the orchestra drops by and the steps and mime artist are better than the song. And mime is not anything to praise. Dreary.

BELGIUM – Nice singer. Someone who can emote minus constipation with actual use of notes. As Graham noted, very Justin Timberlake-lite, but Justin was big 15 years ago. I love the noughties nostalgia and production, especially the gospel choir (not on stage) and this is very decent.

GREECE – another ballad. Ballad overdoes now. Health & safety nightmare as she risks impaling herself on upturned chair legs. I hope the insurance cover is comprehensive. Yawn.

ICELAND – country music goes Icelandic, it’s very sweet actually, and fits into the Nordic-Country style that has been popular over the last decade (as in, sounding exactly like actual Country music). Lovely understated tune and production from the sisters (and brother). “Play Ya Ya Ding Dong!”

MOLDOVA – Hooray! Some life! Fiddles, accordian, novelty rap. You can rely on Moldova to have some fun, and they do it Beastie Boys-stylee rapping over Moldova sounds. I mean, we are relieved to hear this after the ballad-overdose!

SWEDEN – Love her voice. Loreen-style staging. Pink-vibes. Reall kicks in after a minute. Quality pop, as ever, sweden have a whole industry based on quality pop and it shows year after year that they make use of it instead of bunging in any old throwaway piece of tat like the UK does.

AUSTRALIA – Nicking the veiled-curtain facemask off the way-better country singer Orville Peck. Orville is great fun. This youngster…not so much. How many ostriches died for that massive trailing feather boa?! Good voice potential but this is a wailing self-indulgent mess that will have Sam Smith in floods of self-obsessed tears. Sends out the “me, me, me” message to the Me Generation.

UK – Best song of the competition (if we discount Non Ho L’Eta Per Amartis on Gigliola’s touching showcase after the voting started). Sam is a brilliant singer, overflowing with positivity and charm and selflessness and if this doesn’t do well I’m a monkey’s uncle. Brilliant staging, brilliant performance and I literally got goose-bumps. Best-ever UK entry, no question. And it’s 70’s Rockpop!! Love it.

POLAND – classically-styled good vocals, suffers coming after Sam Ryder though, it sounded better in the semis, but it’s actually not bad, quite powerful. But it’s not space Man.

SERBIA – Meghan Markle-referencing, wash-basin, hand-wringing novelty-dirge. It comes over as tongue-in-cheek, quirky, arty, annoying! I’m sorry but Morticia Addams just sends me into an Austin Powers skit about being confronted with minor facial blemishes.

ESTONIA- Great singer, country-vibes, George-Ezra-sounding (if George stopped with the jolliness) and Heroes-quality-vibes to the song. Very 1950’s Ghost Riders In The Sky vibes too and just fab! Definite winner potential, thought I! Sadly, the song on last is when everyone buggers off to to the loo and for a cuppa. I can think of no other reason for this being under-appreciated. Even the judges must have had cloth-ears when dishing out the votes. I mean Serbia getting more than this wonderful track? Really?

My April 2022 charts

3rd April 2022

It’s a debut number one for Sam Ryder, and the first UK entry chart-topper since Molly in 2014, and only the 4th ever, following on from The New Seekers 50 years ago, and Love City Groove in 1995-ish. Space Man is a great record and if it doesn’t do well I will start to believe all the scurrilous moaning about everyone hating the UK! Florence is stuck at 2 and Billy Fury has only gone and got his first ever top 10 60 years late. Granted I wasn’t charting when I was 4 years old, but he was my fave back in those days.

There’s a bunch of new acts debuting this week with good pop dance tracks, and there’s a highest new entry from a former UK Eurovision act – Engelbert returns with his massive former popchartfreak number one, a record I loved 54 years ago (my dad bought a compilation album of hits of 1968 with it on), as A Man Without Love features at the very start of the new Disney+ Marvel show Moon Knight, which is pretty good, so I was very surprised and happy to hear Engelbert’s best record (by far) get a spot. New at 16.

Otto Knows finally get that follow-up chart entry 3 years after their top 20 debut About You, Pyramids at 57, while Secret Garden won Eurovision back in the 90’s and also finally a follow-up chart entry, with 2002’s Prayer belatedly turning up. Keith Urban keeps his run of charting tracks going, 5 years and pushing a dozen already, with latest single Nightfalls playlisted on radio 2. Jackson Wang grabs a second chart entry, and Mick Jagger returns solo with a TV series theme tune, Strange Game giving him a solo run of charting to 37 years, or 53 years if you include Rolling Stones hits, or 57 years if you include the first Stones ytrack I would have charted as a boy – Satisfaction.

That leaves the sad news about The Wanted’s Tom Parker losing his battle with cancer at a far too young 32 years old. The band’s biggest hits weren’t necessarily my faves of theirs, so I’ve opted for the 3 I rated best, including Show Me Love (America) which topped my charts 9 years ago.

1 3 1 4 SPACE MAN – Sam Ryder 293250
2 2 2 4 MY LOVE – Florence + The Machine 252750
3 1 1 4 THE LAST GOODBYE – ODESZA featuring Bettye LaVette 407000
4 4 1 7 AM GOLD – Train 499850
5 5 5 7 FUNNY GIRL – Father John Misty 265300
6 7 6 2 PURPLE ZONE – Soft Cell & Pet Shop Boys 105000
7 9 7 6 WEST COAST – OneRepublic 188800
8 13 8 5 HELLO WORLD – Alan Walker & Torine 114400
9 11 9 5 PLEASE STAY – The Cryin’ Shames 126500
10 12 10 6 WONDROUS PLACE (STRING AND TINS REMIX) – Billy Fury 162550

11 15 11 8 WALKING IN THE RAIN – The Ronettes 158100
12 6 1 11 WISHFUL THINKING – LEON 1047400
13 10 2 13 LESS THAN ZERO – The Weeknd 743000
14 16 14 5 RUN – Becky Hill & Galantis 85900
15 17 15 7 HALLUCINATION – Regard and Years and Years 98100
16 NEW 16 1 A MAN WITHOUT LOVE – Engelbert Humperdinck 25000
17 14 8 6 SAME AIR – The Rocket Summer 202000
18 23 18 2 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) – The Undertones 41250
19 20 19 8 DADDY COOL – LIZOT x Boney M 130300
20 37 20 3 OUT YONDER – Elle King 43100

21 8 1 11 SHOW ME LOVE – Tove Styrke 659850
22 27 22 6 WIND OF CHANGE – AWOLNATION featuring Brandon Boyd of Incubus & Portugal. The Man 93050
23 44 23 4 BONES – Imagine Dragons 44700
24 30 24 7 BEG FOR YOU – Charli XCX featuring Rina Sawayama 96000
25 28 25 13 IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND – Gordon Lightfoot 171550
26 39 26 3 BRING BACK THE TIME – New Kids On The Block featuring En Vogue, Rick Astley & Salt ‘n’ Pepa 47600
27 29 27 9 ANYONE FOR YOU (TIGER LILY) – George Ezra 121600
28 36 28 6 BEDS ARE BURNING – AWOLNATION featuring Tim McIlrath 79000
29 21 3 12 BETTER DAYS – Neiked, Mae Muller & Polo G 574750
30 22 4 8 THE JOKER AND THE QUEEN – Ed Sheeran featuring Taylor Swift 261600

31 18 5 10 LOST – Tinlicker featuring Run Rivers 378650
32 19 12 11 SHADOWS – Bonobo featuring Jordan Rakei 243500
33 45 33 3 KICK – Def Leppard 35700
34 69 34 4 ESCAPE – Kx5 (Kaskade & Deadmau5) featuring Hayla 33600
35 49 35 6 NIGHT AND DAY – Johnny Marr 58850
36 47 36 6 IMPOSSIBLE – Royksopp & Alison Goldfrapp 57500
37 40 37 12 BABY I LOVE YOU – The Ronettes 124700
38 57 38 6 KING – Florence + The Machine 56200
39 43 39 6 LUMINESCENT – The John Williams Syndicate with Petula Clark 70450
40 60 40 7 TROUBLE – Troye Sivan & Jay Som 58600

41 24 7 13 NO CHOICE – Tame Impala 384150
42 38 1 22 WHEN YOU DANCED WITH ME – ABBA 1468950
43 32 1 10 EVERLASTING LOVE – Love Affair 711050
44 46 44 8 IT’S TOO LATE – Carole King 89850
45 31 5 11 WE STAND ALONE – George Cosby 387900
46 25 15 9 EVERYTHING’S ELECTRIC – Liam Gallagher featuring Dave Grohl 172850
47 54 47 5 FORGIVE ME – Sofi Tukker & Mahmut Orhan 51700
48 48 1 22 ODE TO FREEDOM – ABBA 1202750
49 42 1 22 GIVE IT ALL UP – Duran Duran featuring Tove Lo 1563750
50 26 16 9 GOOD NIGHT ON EARTH – Eels 137900

51 41 15 10 NEW LOW – Nightlife 189950
52 NEW 52 1 PARTY IN MY MIND – Dolores Forever 11500
53 53 1 31 I STILL HAVE FAITH IN YOU – ABBA 1466100
54 52 1 31 DON’T SHUT ME DOWN – ABBA 1745850
55 34 10 17 NO DOUBT ABOUT IT – ABBA 356600
56 56 56 6 TELL SOMEBODY – Yemi Alade, Yaba Buluku Boyz & Effyzzie Music 58700
57 NEW 57 1 PYRAMIDS – Otto Knows 10400
58 62 58 5 LONG, LONG, LONG TIME – Tears For Fears 36200
59 70 59 2 MAKE YOUR MARK – Seth Lakeman 16100
60 64 60 5 BLACK SUMMER – Red Hot Chili Peppers 33600

61 35 20 13 SEVENTEEN GOING UNDER – Sam Fender 187600
62 65 62 4 FROZEN – Madonna 27000
63 71 63 3 A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE – Weezer 18200
64 NEW 64 1 PRAYER – Secret Garden 7100
65 75 65 2 CHAOTIC – Tate McRae 12000
66 NEW 66 1 DIE IN THE DISCO – Night Club 6800
67 NEW 67 1 AS IT WAS – Harry Styles 6600
68 NEW 68 1 DEEPER – ZIDA & Rat City 6400

69 63 1 15 HELLO IT’S ME – Todd Rundgren 761350
70 NEW 70 1 KALIMA MINOU – Shanguy & Mark Neve 6000

71 73 71 4 GIMME SOME LOVIN’ – The Spencer Davis Group 21000
72 NEW 72 1 NIGHTFALLS – Keith Urban 5600
73 NEW 73 1 KISS IT BETTER – BirdSMITH 5400
74 NEW 74 1 SHOW ME LOVE (AMERICA) – The Wanted 5200
75 NEW 75 1 MONA LISA – mxmtoon 5000
76 NEW 76 1 I FOUND YOU – The Wanted 4800
77 NEW 77 1 STRANGE GAME – Mick Jagger 4600
78 NEW 78 1 SWEET HARMONY – The Beloved 4400
79 NEW 79 1 ALL TIME LOW – The Wanted 4200
80 NEW 80 1 BLOW – Jackson Wang 4000

DROP OUTS
33 5 4 THAT’S NOT MY NAME – The Ting Tings 170700
50 19 8 ORIGINAL SIN – Sofi Tukker 124800
51 15 11 WON’T STAND DOWN – Muse 189550
55 12 9 I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR – Scarlett Johansson & Bono 188450
58 6 12 BRAVE – Ella Henderson 379950
59 36 7 I SEE STARS – The Shires 90400
61 3 21 BUMBLEBEE – ABBA 886350
66 61 5 CONQUISTADOR – Procol Harum 36100
67 67 5 A WHITER SHADE OF PALE – Procol Harum 29400
68 5 12 NOTHING’S EVER GONNA BE GOOD ENOUGH – Miles Kane featuring Corinne Bailey Rae 379000
72 4 13 DANCING AWAY IN TEARS – Yola 485600
74 5 21 KEEP AN EYE ON DAN – ABBA 632050

10th April 2022

It’s Sam Ryder keeping the UK flag flying on top for musical reasons, as opposed to flaying the flag spending hundreds of millions to send desperate and needy people to one of the poorest nations in the world so desperate for cash that they agree to take in needy people and intern them. I’m sure that just shot any chances the UK had of winning Eurovision.

Just 3 new entries this week, The Black Keys making it a decade of chart entries at 63, Alicia Keys making it 2 decades, and Mariah Keys, I mean Carey, bringing back fantasy after almost 3 decades thanks to a rubbish sampling hit making the original sell on itunes. So every cloud has a silver lining, and that’s also great news for Tom Tom Club, who basically were rewrote for Fantasy in the first place.

1 1 1 5 SPACE MAN – Sam Ryder 463250
2 2 2 5 MY LOVE – Florence + The Machine 367750
3 3 1 5 THE LAST GOODBYE – ODESZA featuring Bettye LaVette 492000
4 4 1 8 AM GOLD – Train 564850
5 5 5 8 FUNNY GIRL – Father John Misty 325300
6 6 6 3 PURPLE ZONE – Soft Cell & Pet Shop Boys 160000
7 11 7 9 WALKING IN THE RAIN – The Ronettes 208100
8 14 8 6 RUN – Becky Hill & Galantis 133900
9 34 9 5 ESCAPE – Kx5 (Kaskade & Deadmau5) featuring Hayla 78600
10 15 10 8 HALLUCINATION – Regard and Years and Years 140100

11 8 8 6 HELLO WORLD – Alan Walker & Torine 151400
12 7 7 7 WEST COAST – OneRepublic 223800
13 12 1 12 WISHFUL THINKING – LEON 1079400
14 18 14 3 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) – The Undertones 70250
15 13 2 14 LESS THAN ZERO – The Weeknd 770000
16 9 9 6 PLEASE STAY – The Cryin’ Shames 151500
17 10 10 7 WONDROUS PLACE (STRING AND TINS REMIX) – Billy Fury 185550
18 20 18 4 OUT YONDER – Elle King 65100
19 67 19 2 AS IT WAS – Harry Styles 27600
20 23 20 5 BONES – Imagine Dragons 64700

21 17 8 7 SAME AIR – The Rocket Summer 221750
22 16 16 2 A MAN WITHOUT LOVE – Engelbert Humperdinck 44500
23 25 23 14 IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND – Gordon Lightfoot 190800
24 21 1 12 SHOW ME LOVE – Tove Styrke 678850
25 52 25 2 PARTY IN MY MIND – Dolores Forever 30250
26 26 26 4 BRING BACK THE TIME – New Kids On The Block featuring En Vogue, Rick Astley & Salt ‘n’ Pepa 66100
27 19 19 9 DADDY COOL – LIZOT x Boney M 148700
28 72 28 2 NIGHTFALLS – Keith Urban 23900
29 29 3 13 BETTER DAYS – Neiked, Mae Muller & Polo G 592950
30 35 30 7 NIGHT AND DAY – Johnny Marr 76850

31 33 31 4 KICK – Def Leppard 53600
32 37 32 13 BABY I LOVE YOU – The Ronettes 142500
33 75 33 2 MONA LISA – mxmtoon 22700
34 40 34 8 TROUBLE – Troye Sivan & Jay Som 76200
35 36 35 7 IMPOSSIBLE – Royksopp & Alison Goldfrapp 75000
36 38 36 7 KING – Florence + The Machine 73600
37 24 24 8 BEG FOR YOU – Charli XCX featuring Rina Sawayama 113300
38 22 22 7 WIND OF CHANGE – AWOLNATION featuring Brandon Boyd of Incubus & Portugal. The Man 110250
39 28 28 7 BEDS ARE BURNING – AWOLNATION featuring Tim McIlrath 96100
40 73 40 2 KISS IT BETTER – BirdSMITH 22400

41 27 27 10 ANYONE FOR YOU (TIGER LILY) – George Ezra 135600
42 44 42 9 IT’S TOO LATE – Carole King 103600
43 57 43 2 PYRAMIDS – Otto Knows 23900
44 42 1 23 WHEN YOU DANCED WITH ME – ABBA 1482200
45 59 45 3 MAKE YOUR MARK – Seth Lakeman 29100
46 66 46 2 DIE IN THE DISCO – Night Club 19550
47 47 47 6 FORGIVE ME – Sofi Tukker & Mahmut Orhan 64200
48 30 4 9 THE JOKER AND THE QUEEN – Ed Sheeran featuring Taylor Swift 273900
49 45 5 12 WE STAND ALONE – George Cosby 400000
50 48 1 23 ODE TO FREEDOM – ABBA 1214750

51 31 5 11 LOST – Tinlicker featuring Run Rivers 390400
52 41 7 14 NO CHOICE – Tame Impala 395650
53 43 1 11 EVERLASTING LOVE – Love Affair 722300
54 53 1 32 I STILL HAVE FAITH IN YOU – ABBA 1477100
55 49 1 23 GIVE IT ALL UP – Duran Duran featuring Tove Lo 1574550
56 63 56 4 A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE – Weezer 28800
57 54 1 32 DON’T SHUT ME DOWN – ABBA 1756250
58 64 58 2 PRAYER – Secret Garden 17300
59 62 59 5 FROZEN – Madonna 37100
60 68 60 2 DEEPER – ZIDA & Rat City 16400

61 32 12 12 SHADOWS – Bonobo featuring Jordan Rakei 251000
62 70 62 2 KALIMA MINOU – Shanguy & Mark Neve 13400
63 NEW 63 1 WILD CHILD – The Black Keys 7200
64 58 58 6 LONG, LONG, LONG TIME – Tears For Fears 43300
65 65 65 3 CHAOTIC – Tate McRae 19000
66 74 66 2 SHOW ME LOVE (AMERICA) – The Wanted 12000
67 77 67 2 STRANGE GAME – Mick Jagger 11200
68 78 68 2 SWEET HARMONY – The Beloved 10800
69 71 69 5 GIMME SOME LOVIN’ – The Spencer Davis Group 27200
70 80 70 2 BLOW – Jackson Wang 10000

71 69 1 16 HELLO IT’S ME – Todd Rundgren 767150
72 76 72 2 I FOUND YOU – The Wanted 10400
73 79 73 2 ALL TIME LOW – The Wanted 9600
74 NEW 74 1 CITY OF GODS (PART II) – Alicia Keys 5200
75 NEW 75 1 FANTASY – Mariah Carey 5000

DROP OUTS
39 39 6 LUMINESCENT – The John Williams Syndicate with Petula Clark 70450
25 15 9 EVERYTHING’S ELECTRIC – Liam Gallagher featuring Dave Grohl 172850
26 16 9 GOOD NIGHT ON EARTH – Eels 137900
41 15 10 NEW LOW – Nightlife 189950
34 10 17 NO DOUBT ABOUT IT – ABBA 356600
56 56 6 TELL SOMEBODY – Yemi Alade, Yaba Buluku Boyz & Effyzzie Music 58700
64 60 5 BLACK SUMMER – Red Hot Chili Peppers 33600
35 20 13 SEVENTEEN GOING UNDER – Sam Fender 187600

17th April 2022

It’s back up to the top spot for a 2nd week for the masterful dance drama from ODESZA and Bettye LaVette, with Harry Styles keeping up the top 10 run, As It Was, and The Undertones finally getting You’ve Got My Number into my top 10, long overdue – about 43 years overdue. Keith Urban keeps his top 20 run of tracks complete, Mick Jagger gets a first top 40 solo in decades, and a modest week for new entries is headed by new Lizzo, her 3rd, more HAIM sounding good, Duran Duran keeping the rejuvenation still exciting, some fab country from Albin Lee meldau’s debut, and some nice old-fashioned reggae from Chronixx who seems to be the only non-veteran act still promoting the genre. Yay for him!

1 3 1 6 THE LAST GOODBYE – ODESZA featuring Bettye LaVette 662000
2 1 1 6 SPACE MAN – Sam Ryder 578250
3 2 2 6 MY LOVE – Florence + The Machine 452750
4 4 1 9 AM GOLD – Train 629850
5 6 5 4 PURPLE ZONE – Soft Cell & Pet Shop Boys 220000
6 7 6 10 WALKING IN THE RAIN – The Ronettes 263100
7 9 7 6 ESCAPE – Kx5 (Kaskade & Deadmau5) featuring Hayla 128600
8 8 8 7 RUN – Becky Hill & Galantis 181900
9 19 9 3 AS IT WAS – Harry Styles 69600
10 14 10 4 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) – The Undertones 112250

11 10 10 9 HALLUCINATION – Regard and Years and Years 177100
12 5 5 9 FUNNY GIRL – Father John Misty 360300
13 11 8 7 HELLO WORLD – Alan Walker & Torine 183400
14 18 14 5 OUT YONDER – Elle King 94100
15 25 15 3 PARTY IN MY MIND – Dolores Forever 57250
16 12 7 8 WEST COAST – OneRepublic 248800
17 40 17 3 KISS IT BETTER – BirdSMITH 45400
18 13 1 13 WISHFUL THINKING – LEON 1101400
19 20 19 6 BONES – Imagine Dragons 85700
20 28 20 3 NIGHTFALLS – Keith Urban 43900

21 33 21 3 MONA LISA – mxmtoon 42450
22 15 2 15 LESS THAN ZERO – The Weeknd 789500
23 23 23 15 IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND – Gordon Lightfoot 210050
24 26 24 5 BRING BACK THE TIME – New Kids On The Block featuring En Vogue, Rick Astley & Salt ‘n’ Pepa 85100
25 24 1 13 SHOW ME LOVE – Tove Styrke 697600
26 21 8 8 SAME AIR – The Rocket Summer 240250
27 30 27 8 NIGHT AND DAY – Johnny Marr 95250
28 62 28 3 KALIMA MINOU – Shanguy & Mark Neve 31700
29 34 29 9 TROUBLE – Troye Sivan & Jay Som 94400
30 31 30 5 KICK – Def Leppard 71600

31 32 31 14 BABY I LOVE YOU – The Ronettes 160400
32 35 32 8 IMPOSSIBLE – Royksopp & Alison Goldfrapp 92800
33 46 33 3 DIE IN THE DISCO – Night Club 37250
34 36 34 8 KING – Florence + The Machine 91200
35 17 10 8 WONDROUS PLACE (STRING AND TINS REMIX) – Billy Fury 203050
36 43 36 3 PYRAMIDS – Otto Knows 41300
37 29 3 14 BETTER DAYS – Neiked, Mae Muller & Polo G 610250
38 47 38 7 FORGIVE ME – Sofi Tukker & Mahmut Orhan 81400
39 45 39 4 MAKE YOUR MARK – Seth Lakeman 46200
40 67 40 3 STRANGE GAME – Mick Jagger 28200

41 66 41 3 SHOW ME LOVE (AMERICA) – The Wanted 26000
42 42 42 10 IT’S TOO LATE – Carole King 117350
43 22 16 3 A MAN WITHOUT LOVE – Engelbert Humperdinck 58000
44 27 19 10 DADDY COOL – LIZOT x Boney M 161950
45 44 1 24 WHEN YOU DANCED WITH ME – ABBA 1495200
46 16 9 7 PLEASE STAY – The Cryin’ Shames 164250
47 56 47 5 A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE – Weezer 41300
48 63 48 2 WILD CHILD – The Black Keys 19500
49 58 49 3 PRAYER – Secret Garden 29400
50 50 1 24 ODE TO FREEDOM – ABBA 1226750

51 59 51 6 FROZEN – Madonna 48850
52 41 27 11 ANYONE FOR YOU (TIGER LILY) – George Ezra 147100
53 53 1 12 EVERLASTING LOVE – Love Affair 733550
54 54 1 33 I STILL HAVE FAITH IN YOU – ABBA 1488100
55 NEW 55 1 ABOUT DAMN TIME – Lizzo 10800
56 52 7 15 NO CHOICE – Tame Impala 406250
57 60 57 3 DEEPER – ZIDA & Rat City 26800
58 37 24 9 BEG FOR YOU – Charli XCX featuring Rina Sawayama 123500
59 49 5 13 WE STAND ALONE – George Cosby 410100
60 57 1 33 DON’T SHUT ME DOWN – ABBA 1766250

61 55 1 24 GIVE IT ALL UP – Duran Duran featuring Tove Lo 1582050
62 68 62 3 SWEET HARMONY – The Beloved 18200
63 NEW 63 1 LOST TRACK – HAIM 7200
64 70 64 3 BLOW – Jackson Wang 17100
65 65 65 4 CHAOTIC – Tate McRae 26000
66 69 66 6 GIMME SOME LOVIN’ – The Spencer Davis Group 34000
67 NEW 67 1 ALL OF YOU – Duran Duran 6600
68 39 28 8 BEDS ARE BURNING – AWOLNATION featuring Tim McIlrath 102500
69 NEW 69 1 FORGET ABOUT US – Albin Lee Meldau 6200
70 72 70 3 I FOUND YOU – The Wanted 16400

71 75 71 2 FANTASY – Mariah Carey 10800
72 48 4 10 THE JOKER AND THE QUEEN – Ed Sheeran featuring Taylor Swift 279500
73 71 1 17 HELLO IT’S ME – Todd Rundgren 772550
74 74 74 2 CITY OF GODS (PART II) – Alicia Keys 10400
75 NEW 75 1 NEVER GIVE UP – Chronixx 5000

DROP OUTS
38 22 7 WIND OF CHANGE – AWOLNATION featuring Brandon Boyd of Incubus & Portugal. The Man 110250
51 5 11 LOST – Tinlicker featuring Run Rivers 390400
61 12 12 SHADOWS – Bonobo featuring Jordan Rakei 251000
64 58 6 LONG, LONG, LONG TIME – Tears For Fears 43300
73 73 2 ALL TIME LOW – The Wanted 9600

24th April 2022

Retrospectively compiled for World Record Day oldies releases, and not much else, bar Sigrid which I forgot to add the week before. The Hustle topped my charts in the summer of 1975 when I was doing my O levels during a scorching hot summer in Gloucester where I lived. I still adore it.

1 NEW 1 1 THE HUSTLE – Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony 170000
2 1 1 7 THE LAST GOODBYE – ODESZA featuring Bettye LaVette 777000
3 5 3 5 PURPLE ZONE – Soft Cell & Pet Shop Boys 305000
4 2 1 7 SPACE MAN – Sam Ryder 643250
5 3 2 7 MY LOVE – Florence + The Machine 512750
6 4 1 10 AM GOLD – Train 684850
7 7 7 7 ESCAPE – Kx5 (Kaskade & Deadmau5) featuring Hayla 178600
8 9 8 4 AS IT WAS – Harry Styles 117600
9 17 9 4 KISS IT BETTER – BirdSMITH 90400
10 14 10 6 OUT YONDER – Elle King 136100

11 15 11 4 PARTY IN MY MIND – Dolores Forever 94250
12 NEW 12 1 SUNDAY GIRL – Blondie 35000
13 6 6 11 WALKING IN THE RAIN – The Ronettes 295100
14 20 14 4 NIGHTFALLS – Keith Urban 70900
15 8 8 8 RUN – Becky Hill & Galantis 208900
16 10 10 5 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) – The Undertones 137250
17 21 17 4 MONA LISA – mxmtoon 65450
18 11 10 10 HALLUCINATION – Regard and Years and Years 199100
19 13 8 8 HELLO WORLD – Alan Walker & Torine 204400
20 23 20 16 IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND – Gordon Lightfoot 230050

21 12 5 10 FUNNY GIRL – Father John Misty 380050
22 18 1 14 WISHFUL THINKING – LEON 1121150
23 28 23 4 KALIMA MINOU – Shanguy & Mark Neve 50950
24 22 2 16 LESS THAN ZERO – The Weeknd 808500
25 16 7 9 WEST COAST – OneRepublic 267550
26 29 26 10 TROUBLE – Troye Sivan & Jay Som 112900
27 31 27 15 BABY I LOVE YOU – The Ronettes 178800
28 19 19 7 BONES – Imagine Dragons 104000
29 33 29 4 DIE IN THE DISCO – Night Club 55450
30 34 30 9 KING – Florence + The Machine 109200

31 36 31 4 PYRAMIDS – Otto Knows 59200
32 40 32 4 STRANGE GAME – Mick Jagger 46000
33 38 33 8 FORGIVE ME – Sofi Tukker & Mahmut Orhan 99100
34 25 1 14 SHOW ME LOVE – Tove Styrke 715200
35 39 35 5 MAKE YOUR MARK – Seth Lakeman 63700
36 42 36 11 IT’S TOO LATE – Carole King 134750
37 24 24 6 BRING BACK THE TIME – New Kids On The Block featuring En Vogue, Rick Astley & Salt ‘n’ Pepa 102400
38 67 38 2 ALL OF YOU – Duran Duran 23800
39 47 39 6 A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE – Weezer 58400
40 48 40 3 WILD CHILD – The Black Keys 36500

41 26 8 9 SAME AIR – The Rocket Summer 254250
42 37 3 15 BETTER DAYS – Neiked, Mae Muller & Polo G 624000
43 NEW 43 1 BAGGY TROUSERS – Madness 13500
44 30 30 6 KICK – Def Leppard 84850
45 27 27 9 NIGHT AND DAY – Johnny Marr 108250
46 45 1 25 WHEN YOU DANCED WITH ME – ABBA 1507950
47 49 47 4 PRAYER – Secret Garden 41900
48 51 48 7 FROZEN – Madonna 61150
49 32 32 9 IMPOSSIBLE – Royksopp & Alison Goldfrapp 104900
50 55 50 2 ABOUT DAMN TIME – Lizzo 22800

51 57 51 4 DEEPER – ZIDA & Rat City 38550
52 50 1 25 ODE TO FREEDOM – ABBA 1238250
53 53 1 13 EVERLASTING LOVE – Love Affair 744800
54 54 1 34 I STILL HAVE FAITH IN YOU – ABBA 1499100
55 69 55 2 FORGET ABOUT US – Albin Lee Meldau 17000
56 35 10 9 WONDROUS PLACE (STRING AND TINS REMIX) – Billy Fury 213650
57 62 57 4 SWEET HARMONY – The Beloved 28600
58 63 58 2 LOST TRACK – HAIM 17400
59 NEW 59 1 HAND IN GLOVE – Sandie Shaw & The Smiths 10100
60 64 60 4 BLOW – Jackson Wang 27100

61 59 5 14 WE STAND ALONE – George Cosby 417600
62 60 1 34 DON’T SHUT ME DOWN – ABBA 1773650
63 66 63 7 GIMME SOME LOVIN’ – The Spencer Davis Group 41200
64 61 1 25 GIVE IT ALL UP – Duran Duran featuring Tove Lo 1589150
65 65 65 5 CHAOTIC – Tate McRae 33000
66 56 7 16 NO CHOICE – Tame Impala 413050
67 NEW 67 1 WATERLOO SUNSET – The Kinks 6600
68 NEW 68 1 IT GETS DARK – Sigrid 6400

69 71 69 3 FANTASY – Mariah Carey 17000
70 52 27 12 ANYONE FOR YOU (TIGER LILY) – George Ezra 153100

71 74 71 3 CITY OF GODS (PART II) – Alicia Keys 16200
72 75 72 2 NEVER GIVE UP – Chronixx 10600
73 73 1 18 HELLO IT’S ME – Todd Rundgren 777950
74 41 41 4 SHOW ME LOVE (AMERICA) – The Wanted 31200
75 58 24 10 BEG FOR YOU – Charli XCX featuring Rina Sawayama 128500

DROP OUTS
43 16 3 A MAN WITHOUT LOVE – Engelbert Humperdinck 58000
44 19 10 DADDY COOL – LIZOT x Boney M 161950
46 9 7 PLEASE STAY – The Cryin’ Shames 164250
68 28 8 BEDS ARE BURNING – AWOLNATION featuring Tim McIlrath 102500
70 70 3 I FOUND YOU – The Wanted 16400
72 4 10 THE JOKER AND THE QUEEN – Ed Sheeran featuring Taylor Swift 279500

My Retro October 1971 Charts

As always Retro charts are what i like 50 years later…

2nd October 1971

It’s a first week on top for Jeepster, giving T.Rex 4 in a row on top, a consistency no other act can match in the early 70’s so far (unless you count McCartney/Beatles as one act) – plus they have 4 more album tracks on the chart. There is also 3 brand new entries straight into the top 10 this week, headed by Rod Argent and his Russ Ballard included new band Argent – ex-Zombies, I saw Rod & Colin Blunstone do Zombies, Argent and solo Blunstone hits a few years back and SO nostalgic it was too. Hold Your Head Up was plugged heavily on Alan Freeman’s Rock show just before the chart rundown each Sunday, and I instantly loved and recorded Hold Your Head Up – and then had to wait almost 6 months for it to chart! For me it’s October 1971 not 1972.

In at 9 it’s another Bread ballad classic, Baby I’m A Want You was kinda understated when it charted in the UK early 1972, as Bread finally got that follow-up hit to Make It With You, but it’s the 5th to chart in this retro rundown and it’s still gorgeously under-stated and lovely. At 10, a record I bought in Feb 1972 – I’d gone to the Rediffusion shop in Lincoln to buy Donnie Elbert’s Where Did Our Love Go, but they didn’t have it in stock, so I popped into Woolworths and noticed All I Ever Need Is You had I Got You Babe on the B-side, so that gave it an edge over Donnie, I’m afraid, for my 50pence. Turns out it was a live version and I was a bit miffed about that, but happily I still loved the A side, All I Ever Need Is You giving Sonny & Cher a chart return after almost 5 years away then and in the retro countdown, thanks to Cher’s solo revival and their huge USA TV show.

New at 51, and not a song I knew at the time, but The Pearls did a nice cover in 1973 and then Marvin Gaye & Diana Ross did an emotive hit version in 1974, by which time The Stylistics were on a roll in the UK. You Are Everything is pretty lush and classy, as all their early hits were. At 53, Tom Jones is back with a massive ballad, Till an old song from the 50’s that had been tackled by many with big voices – but none as big as Jones The Voice hitting that final note with ease. I think it’s his final great record before the Las Vegas years churned out lesser material as an occasional diversion. At 59, theme to TV show Follyfoot, beloved of kids in 1971, The Settlers’ The Lightning Tree was jolly & moody, both, and like the record adjacent is based on an ancient folk song from previous centuries – not that any of us knew that at the time or for 50 years or so, when the huge hit sea shanty Wellerman was revived by Nathan Evans and the hook similarities became obvious (to those of us old enough to remember Follyfoot).

The Move also pop in with Chinatown, which I remember seeing on Top Of The Pops, and also recorded off the chart show. I loved the Chinatown theme to the song, being as I was back from Singapore and was already nostalgic for anything Chinese-related (or Malay or Indian). Others: a Bee Gees follow-up I’ve never heard, but is good, ditto The Chi-Lites track entering; John Stewart does his own version of his hit Monkees song, his Daydream Believer is more acoustic and naughty and playful. Nick Drake is back with another wistful gem, Ike & Tina are still putting out good singles, The Kinks drop by with a track I also don’t know, but is quite sweet, and a debut from Five man Electrical Band with a good rockpop tune.

1 ( 2 ) JEEPSTER – T.Rex # 1
2 ( 1 ) RUN BABY RUN (BACK INTO MY ARMS) – The Newbeats # 1
3 ( 4 ) SIMPLE GAME – The Four Tops # 1
4 ( 5 ) IMAGINE – John Lennon # 4
5 ( 9 ) BRANDY – Scott English # 5
6 ( 3 ) WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO – Donnie Elbert # 1
7 ( 6 ) I BELIEVE (IN LOVE) – Hot Chocolate # 1
8 ( NEW ) HOLD YOUR HEAD UP – Argent # 8
9 ( NEW ) BABY I’M A WANT YOU – Bread # 9
10 ( NEW ) ALL I EVER NEED IS YOU – Sonny & Cher # 10

11 ( 7 ) GYPSIES, TRAMPS & THIEVES – Cher # 1
12 ( 8 ) TAP TURNS ON THE WATER – C.C.S # 5
13 ( 11 ) THEME FROM SHAFT – Isaac Hayes # 1
14 ( 12 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER – The Chi-Lites # 1
15 ( 10 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE – The Elgins # 10
16 ( 15 ) GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) – T.Rex # 1
17 ( 17 ) THEME FROM “THE PERSUADERS” – John Barry # 17
18 ( 14 ) BUTTERFLY (UK/AUSTRALIAN 7” VERSION) – Danyel Gerard # 14
19 ( 13 ) HOCUS POCUS – Focus # 6
20 ( 18 ) SURRENDER – Diana Ross # 1

21 ( 19 ) THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN – Joan Baez # 2
22 ( 21 ) I’M STILL WAITING – Diana Ross # 5
23 ( 26 ) BRAND NEW KEY – Melanie # 23
24 ( 23 ) KEEP ON DANCING – Bay City Rollers # 17
25 ( 16 ) LET YOUR YEAH BE YEAH – The Pioneers # 3
26 ( 27 ) SWEET CITY WOMAN – The Stampeders # 26
27 ( 20 ) SULTANA – Titanic # 5
28 ( 25 ) TAKE ME GIRL I’M READY – Junior Walker & The All Stars # 5
29 ( 22 ) FREEDOM COME, FREEDOM GO – The Fortunes # 22
30 ( 28 ) HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART – The Bee Gees # 1

31 ( 29 ) MERCY MERCY ME (THE ECOLOGY) – Marvin Gaye # 1
32 ( 31 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME – The Tams # 6
33 ( 35 ) LADY LUV BUG – Clodagh Rodgers # 33
34 ( 32 ) UNCLE ALBERT/ADMIRAL HALSEY – Paul & Linda McCartney # 1
35 ( 40 ) LIFE IS A LONG SONG – Jethro Tull # 35
36 ( 42 ) LOOK AROUND (AND YOU’LL FIND ME THERE) – Vince Hill # 36
37 ( 24 ) COUSIN NORMAN – Marmalade # 19
38 ( 38 ) FOR ALL WE KNOW – Shirley Bassey # 9
39 ( 33 ) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE – Bill Withers # 1
40 ( 49 ) JEALOUS GUY – John Lennon # 40

41 ( 50 ) RUN RUN ROADRUNNER – Gene Pitney # 41
42 ( 37 ) THE WITCH QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS – Redbone # 5
43 ( 51 ) ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL – The Sweet # 43
44 ( 45 ) YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE IN THE ARMY TO FIGHT IN THE WAR – Mungo Jerry # 44
45 ( 46 ) MY LITTLE GIRL – Autumn # 45
46 ( 39 ) TOM TOM TURNAROUND – New World # 8
47 ( 41 ) SPANISH HARLEM – Aretha Franklin # 10
48 ( 52 ) RESPECT YOURSELF – The Staple Singers # 48
49 ( 43 ) BLACK AND WHITE – Greyhound # 1
50 ( 63 ) SUPERBIRD – Neil Sedaka # 50

51 ( NEW ) YOU ARE EVERYTHING – The Stylistics # 51
52 ( 54 ) WORKING ON A BUILDING OF LOVE – Chairmen Of The Board # 52
53 ( 47 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE – The New Seekers # 8
54 ( NEW ) TILL – Tom Jones # 54
55 ( 30 ) MAMY BLUE – Pop Tops # 30
56 ( 57 ) IT’S ONLY LOVE – Elvis Presley # 56
57 ( 53 ) SUPERSTAR – Carpenters # 1
58 ( 64 ) BANKS OF THE OHIO – Olivia Newton-John # 58
59 ( NEW ) THE LIGHTNING TREE – The Settlers # 59
60 ( 62 ) MAMY BLUE – Roger Whittaker # 60

61 ( 55 ) NATHAN JONES – The Supremes # 1
62 ( 58 ) HOT LOVE – T.Rex # 1
63 ( 67 ) DESIDERATA – Les Crane # 63
64 ( 66 ) COSMIC DANCER – T.Rex # 64
65 ( 48 ) TWEEDLE DEE TWEEDLE DUM – Middle Of The Road # 9
66 ( 68 ) I’M A SONG (SING ME) – Neil Sedaka # 66
67 ( 72 ) RIP OFF – T.Rex # 67
68 ( 34 ) DAY BY DAY (GODSPELL MEDLEY) – Holly Sherwood # 8
69 ( NEW ) CHINATOWN – The Move # 69
70 ( 71 ) SPILL THE WINE – The Isley Brothers # 70

71 ( 74 ) LIFE’S A GAS – T.Rex # 71
72 ( 75 ) MAMBO SUN – T.Rex # 72
73 ( 73 ) BLESS YOU – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas # 73
74 ( NEW ) DON’T WANNA LIVE INSIDE MYSELF – The Bee Gees # 74
75 ( NEW ) I WANT TO PAY YOU BACK (FOR LOVING ME) – The Chi-Lites # 75
76 ( NEW ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER – John Stewart # 76
77 ( NEW ) NORTHERN SKY – Nick Drake # 77
78 ( NEW ) I’M YOURS (USE ME ANYWAY YOU WANNA) – Ike & Tina Turner # 78
79 ( NEW ) ABSOLUTELY RIGHT – Five Man Electrical Band # 79
80 ( NEW ) THE WAY LOVE USED TO BE – The Kinks # 80

9th October 1971

It’s the coming of the second great Glam Rock band as Slade announce their big-time with a bang, Coz I Luv You in at 1, showing their rebellious side with the mis-spelling to annoy older folk, and creating a stomping, menacing, violin-led, John Lennon-sounding new sound – they weren’t into the glitter at this stage, but the haircuts favoured by boys at school shortly were on display – the feather cut long-hair, no more skinhead-look for former Ambrose Slade, now on their 3rd chart hit here. That puts T.Rex at 2, which is the reverse of my actual charts of the time where Slade criminally peaked at 2.

Argent are up to 4, melanie makes the top 20 again, and The Sweet, Gene Pitney and The Stylistics all return to the top 40 with their latest tracks, Gene obviously having had the most previous top 40’s. In a quiet week for new entries (they are coming next week) Springwater enters at 49 with I Will Return, a fab rock instrumental that has been forgotten about – Springwater is Phil Cordell, active on the 60’s and 70′ music scene, but only one hit to his name – though Dan The Banjo Man in 1973 would make my charts, and top the German chart. At the bottom end, The Who pop in with Let’s See Action, one I wasn’t too fussed about the time – it certainly was no Pinball Wizard or My Generation! Just behind, The New Seekers were big in my affections, and I liked Good Old Fashioned Music – but it also wasn’t a patch on previous singles, and hasn’t dated as well. They were rewarded with a flop in between two huge hits.

1 ( NEW ) COZ I LUV YOU – Slade # 1
2 ( 1 ) JEEPSTER – T.Rex # 1
3 ( 3 ) SIMPLE GAME – The Four Tops # 1
4 ( 8 ) HOLD YOUR HEAD UP – Argent # 4
5 ( 5 ) BRANDY – Scott English # 5
6 ( 2 ) RUN BABY RUN (BACK INTO MY ARMS) – The Newbeats # 1
7 ( 4 ) IMAGINE – John Lennon # 4
8 ( 9 ) BABY I’M A WANT YOU – Bread # 8
9 ( 10 ) ALL I EVER NEED IS YOU – Sonny & Cher # 9
10 ( 7 ) I BELIEVE (IN LOVE) – Hot Chocolate # 1

11 ( 6 ) WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO – Donnie Elbert # 1
12 ( 17 ) THEME FROM “THE PERSUADERS” – John Barry # 12
13 ( 11 ) GYPSIES, TRAMPS & THIEVES – Cher # 1
14 ( 13 ) THEME FROM SHAFT – Isaac Hayes # 1
15 ( 12 ) TAP TURNS ON THE WATER – C.C.S # 5
16 ( 14 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER – The Chi-Lites # 1
17 ( 15 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE – The Elgins # 10
18 ( 16 ) GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) – T.Rex # 1
19 ( 23 ) BRAND NEW KEY – Melanie # 19
20 ( 24 ) KEEP ON DANCING – Bay City Rollers # 17

21 ( 18 ) BUTTERFLY (UK/AUSTRALIAN 7” VERSION) – Danyel Gerard # 14
22 ( 20 ) SURRENDER – Diana Ross # 1
23 ( 21 ) THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN – Joan Baez # 2
24 ( 26 ) SWEET CITY WOMAN – The Stampeders # 24
25 ( 19 ) HOCUS POCUS – Focus # 6
26 ( 22 ) I’M STILL WAITING – Diana Ross # 5
27 ( 33 ) LADY LUV BUG – Clodagh Rodgers # 27
28 ( 35 ) LIFE IS A LONG SONG – Jethro Tull # 28
29 ( 36 ) LOOK AROUND (AND YOU’LL FIND ME THERE) – Vince Hill # 29
30 ( 25 ) LET YOUR YEAH BE YEAH – The Pioneers # 3

31 ( 28 ) TAKE ME GIRL I’M READY – Junior Walker & The All Stars # 5
32 ( 27 ) SULTANA – Titanic # 5
33 ( 30 ) HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART – The Bee Gees # 1
34 ( 31 ) MERCY MERCY ME (THE ECOLOGY) – Marvin Gaye # 1
35 ( 32 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME – The Tams # 6
36 ( 40 ) JEALOUS GUY – John Lennon # 36
37 ( 34 ) UNCLE ALBERT/ADMIRAL HALSEY – Paul & Linda McCartney # 1
38 ( 43 ) ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL – The Sweet # 38
39 ( 41 ) RUN RUN ROADRUNNER – Gene Pitney # 39
40 ( 51 ) YOU ARE EVERYTHING – The Stylistics # 40

41 ( 39 ) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE – Bill Withers # 1
42 ( 38 ) FOR ALL WE KNOW – Shirley Bassey # 9
43 ( 54 ) TILL – Tom Jones # 43
44 ( 48 ) RESPECT YOURSELF – The Staple Singers # 44
45 ( 29 ) FREEDOM COME, FREEDOM GO – The Fortunes # 22
46 ( 37 ) COUSIN NORMAN – Marmalade # 19
47 ( 50 ) SUPERBIRD – Neil Sedaka # 47
48 ( 42 ) THE WITCH QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS – Redbone # 5
49 ( NEW ) I WILL RETURN – Springwater # 49
50 ( 46 ) TOM TOM TURNAROUND – New World # 8

51 ( 52 ) WORKING ON A BUILDING OF LOVE – Chairmen Of The Board # 51
52 ( 47 ) SPANISH HARLEM – Aretha Franklin # 10
53 ( 49 ) BLACK AND WHITE – Greyhound # 1
54 ( 59 ) THE LIGHTNING TREE – The Settlers # 54
55 ( 60 ) MAMY BLUE – Roger Whittaker # 55
56 ( 56 ) IT’S ONLY LOVE – Elvis Presley # 56
57 ( 53 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE – The New Seekers # 8
58 ( 64 ) COSMIC DANCER – T.Rex # 58
59 ( 57 ) SUPERSTAR – Carpenters # 1
60 ( 45 ) MY LITTLE GIRL – Autumn # 45

61 ( 58 ) BANKS OF THE OHIO – Olivia Newton-John # 58
62 ( 63 ) DESIDERATA – Les Crane # 62
63 ( 67 ) RIP OFF – T.Rex # 63
64 ( 62 ) HOT LOVE – T.Rex # 1
65 ( 61 ) NATHAN JONES – The Supremes # 1
66 ( 69 ) CHINATOWN – The Move # 66
67 ( 70 ) SPILL THE WINE – The Isley Brothers # 67
68 ( 71 ) LIFE’S A GAS – T.Rex # 68
69 ( 75 ) I WANT TO PAY YOU BACK (FOR LOVING ME) – The Chi-Lites # 69
70 ( 72 ) MAMBO SUN – T.Rex # 70

71 ( 76 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER – John Stewart # 71
72 ( 44 ) YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE IN THE ARMY TO FIGHT IN THE WAR – Mungo Jerry # 44
73 ( 74 ) DON’T WANNA LIVE INSIDE MYSELF – The Bee Gees # 73
74 ( 77 ) NORTHERN SKY – Nick Drake # 74
75 ( 78 ) I’M YOURS (USE ME ANYWAY YOU WANNA) – Ike & Tina Turner # 75
76 ( 66 ) I’M A SONG (SING ME) – Neil Sedaka # 66
77 ( 80 ) THE WAY LOVE USED TO BE – The Kinks # 77
78 ( 79 ) ABSOLUTELY RIGHT – Five Man Electrical Band # 78
79 ( NEW ) LET’S SEE ACTION – The Who # 79
80 ( NEW ) GOOD OLD FASHIONED MUSIC – The New Seekers # 80

16th October 1971

It’s 2 weeks on top for Slade’s stomping classic, holding the brilliant Argent and Hold Your Head Up at 2, good enough for a number one easily, as is Michael Jackson’s highest new entry, and solo debut, at 3 – Got To Be There is more Easy Listening than Soul (as the genres were then called) but it’s a great record, and a lesson in how to be 13-years-old and have an amazing range used emotionally and appropriately. Pure class. I think he might do well, that boy! New at 11, Middle Of The Road get a 5th charting track, and instant number 11, the lovely Soley Soley sounding very European Pop, largely because it IS European pop (Italian mostly) and selling in Europe ahead of a UK release.

The Sweet make it 3 top 20’s in a row, with the basic beat that Block Buster would do even better with, and Gene Pitney’s forgotten Run Run Roadrunner has legs, it really is a great track, albeit one I never knew before 2021. Don McLean has 2 modest chart entries for 2 huge singles not yet out – but his album is, and American Pie (Part 1 would be the single, but both parts comprise the album track) and Vincent, my middle name, and a tribute to Van Gogh, both enter in response, Vincent 9 months early for the UK singles chart – but hey, this chart is a “What if Global Release Dates was a thing then chart” so I can make it substantially different from my actual charts of the time. From this week, all my charts were weekly (or more often) and as I liked them at the time.

Ray Stevens is also a bit early with his gospel Turn Your Radio On, Bill Withers’ Grandma’s Hands isn’t one I knew at the time, but it’s not bad, ditto Aretha Franklin’s Rocksteady, both of them failing to make the UK charts and get radio airplay. Unlike the final new entry, Richard Harris’ My Boy got Radio 2 plays for sure – I know cos I taped it off the radio, and the only radio station with decent FM in rural Lincolnshire was Radio 2. Radio 1 was still on the fading-in-and-out full-of-whistles AM, and Radio Luxembourg was too, only even worse than Radio 1. My Boy was later covered to over-blown effect by Elvis Presley, who got the hit Richard Harris didn’t.

1 ( 1 ) COZ I LUV YOU – Slade # 1
2 ( 4 ) HOLD YOUR HEAD UP – Argent # 2
3 ( NEW ) GOT TO BE THERE – Michael Jackson # 3
4 ( 3 ) SIMPLE GAME – The Four Tops # 1
5 ( 5 ) BRANDY – Scott English # 5
6 ( 2 ) JEEPSTER – T.Rex # 1
7 ( 8 ) BABY I’M A WANT YOU – Bread # 7
8 ( 9 ) ALL I EVER NEED IS YOU – Sonny & Cher # 8
9 ( 6 ) RUN BABY RUN (BACK INTO MY ARMS) – The Newbeats # 1
10 ( 10 ) I BELIEVE (IN LOVE) – Hot Chocolate # 1

11 ( NEW ) SOLEY SOLEY – Middle Of The Road # 11
12 ( 12 ) THEME FROM “THE PERSUADERS” – John Barry # 12
13 ( 11 ) WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO – Donnie Elbert # 1
14 ( 7 ) IMAGINE – John Lennon # 4
15 ( 13 ) GYPSIES, TRAMPS & THIEVES – Cher # 1
16 ( 14 ) THEME FROM SHAFT – Isaac Hayes # 1
17 ( 19 ) BRAND NEW KEY – Melanie # 17
18 ( 16 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER – The Chi-Lites # 1
19 ( 38 ) ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL – The Sweet # 19
20 ( 39 ) RUN RUN ROADRUNNER – Gene Pitney # 20

21 ( 15 ) TAP TURNS ON THE WATER – C.C.S # 5
22 ( 18 ) GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) – T.Rex # 1
23 ( 17 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE – The Elgins # 10
24 ( 20 ) KEEP ON DANCING – Bay City Rollers # 17
25 ( 22 ) SURRENDER – Diana Ross # 1
26 ( 23 ) THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN – Joan Baez # 2
27 ( 27 ) LADY LUV BUG – Clodagh Rodgers # 27
28 ( 28 ) LIFE IS A LONG SONG – Jethro Tull # 28
29 ( 36 ) JEALOUS GUY – John Lennon # 29
30 ( 26 ) I’M STILL WAITING – Diana Ross # 5

31 ( 49 ) I WILL RETURN – Springwater # 31
32 ( 40 ) YOU ARE EVERYTHING – The Stylistics # 32
33 ( 21 ) BUTTERFLY (UK/AUSTRALIAN 7” VERSION) – Danyel Gerard # 14
34 ( 31 ) TAKE ME GIRL I’M READY – Junior Walker & The All Stars # 5
35 ( NEW ) AMERICAN PIE – Don McLean # 35
36 ( 43 ) TILL – Tom Jones # 36
37 ( 33 ) HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART – The Bee Gees # 1
38 ( 34 ) MERCY MERCY ME (THE ECOLOGY) – Marvin Gaye # 1
39 ( 25 ) HOCUS POCUS – Focus # 6
40 ( 32 ) SULTANA – Titanic # 5

41 ( 24 ) SWEET CITY WOMAN – The Stampeders # 24
42 ( 35 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME – The Tams # 6
43 ( 37 ) UNCLE ALBERT/ADMIRAL HALSEY – Paul & Linda McCartney # 1
44 ( 47 ) SUPERBIRD – Neil Sedaka # 44
45 ( 41 ) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE – Bill Withers # 1
46 ( 30 ) LET YOUR YEAH BE YEAH – The Pioneers # 3
47 ( NEW ) VINCENT – Don McLean # 47
48 ( 42 ) FOR ALL WE KNOW – Shirley Bassey # 9
49 ( 29 ) LOOK AROUND (AND YOU’LL FIND ME THERE) – Vince Hill # 29
50 ( 54 ) THE LIGHTNING TREE – The Settlers # 50

51 ( 48 ) THE WITCH QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS – Redbone # 5
52 ( 66 ) CHINATOWN – The Move # 52
53 ( 58 ) COSMIC DANCER – T.Rex # 53
54 ( 44 ) RESPECT YOURSELF – The Staple Singers # 44
55 ( 53 ) BLACK AND WHITE – Greyhound # 1
56 ( 50 ) TOM TOM TURNAROUND – New World # 8
57 ( 52 ) SPANISH HARLEM – Aretha Franklin # 10
58 ( 62 ) DESIDERATA – Les Crane # 58
59 ( 59 ) SUPERSTAR – Carpenters # 1
60 ( 46 ) COUSIN NORMAN – Marmalade # 19

61 ( 45 ) FREEDOM COME, FREEDOM GO – The Fortunes # 22
62 ( 57 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE – The New Seekers # 8
63 ( 56 ) IT’S ONLY LOVE – Elvis Presley # 56
64 ( 51 ) WORKING ON A BUILDING OF LOVE – Chairmen Of The Board # 51
65 ( 69 ) I WANT TO PAY YOU BACK (FOR LOVING ME) – The Chi-Lites # 65
66 ( 67 ) SPILL THE WINE – The Isley Brothers # 66
67 ( 64 ) HOT LOVE – T.Rex # 1
68 ( 68 ) LIFE’S A GAS – T.Rex # 68
69 ( 71 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER – John Stewart # 69
70 ( 77 ) THE WAY LOVE USED TO BE – The Kinks # 70

71 ( 55 ) MAMY BLUE – Roger Whittaker # 55
72 ( 75 ) I’M YOURS (USE ME ANYWAY YOU WANNA) – Ike & Tina Turner # 72
73 ( 73 ) DON’T WANNA LIVE INSIDE MYSELF – The Bee Gees # 73
74 ( 65 ) NATHAN JONES – The Supremes # 1
75 ( NEW ) TURN YOUR RADIO ON – Ray Stevens # 75
76 ( 80 ) GOOD OLD FASHIONED MUSIC – The New Seekers # 76
77 ( 79 ) LET’S SEE ACTION – The Who # 77
78 ( NEW ) GRANDMA’S HANDS – Bill Withers # 78
79 ( NEW ) ROCK STEADY – Aretha Franklin # 79
80 ( NEW ) MY BOY – Richard Harris # 80

23rd October 1971

It’s a first week on top for young 13-year-old Michael Jackson and his amazing vocal on Got To Be There, his first solo chart-topper (and very much not the last) in these retrospective revisit charts, his 2nd after I’ll Be There did it first for The Jackson 5. Middle Of The Road were topping my charts exactly 50 years ago – but the follow-up single to that one is up to 6 for a 3rd Retro top 10, Soley Soley being a hit in Italy already. John Barry’s fab TV show theme finally makes the top 10 too, his second after Midnight Cowboy in 1969. Highest new entry is straight in at 13 for Sly & The family Stone and their greatest record by some distance, the brilliant Family Affair. If the production sounds a bit muddy it’s due to obsessive recording over on the same tape by Sly, apparently. Regardless, it’s a classic, and I loved Madonna doing it live at one of her concerts – certainly much better than the Catastrophically bad version Sly & co did when I saw them around 10 or 15 years back.

New at 50, Jonathan King is back under another pseudonym – or so he claims. The backing track B side (I bought the single at the time) is certainly JK but the young girl rapping/semi-singing Johnny Reggae, most definitely isn’t. It’s a poke at the skinhead reggae youth tribe cult which was big in 1971 among some working class white lads and their girlfriends – a sort of reaction to the long-haired teens that was pretty much the official boys uniform at the time. My hair, as was the order of the day in RAF schools, was short but not skin-head, so that signified geek or nerd, or swot as the term of that time. The record is still quite fun and tongue-in-cheek.

The batch of new entries down t’bottom end: Cliff on Sing A Song Of Freedom, not one of my fave Cliff tracks at the time TBH – but it’s not bad; The Trems getting a flop with Too Late (To Be Saved) and one I quite liked but never loved; David Cassidy debuting in the USA with his first solo hit spin-off from The Partridge Family, his fairly bland cover of the original and bland Cherish by The Association. At least in the UK it got to be the also-ran side of Could It be Forever, way better record; The Temptations were getting UK airplay with Superstar – but again not one of their greatest releases, or hits; Smokey Robinson is back, with a flop that is new to me, but Satisfaction is pretty decent actually – then again Smokey Robinson is minimum “pretty decent” generally; The Emotions also drop in 6 years earlier than their Best Of My Life real-life UK chart debut gem, with the rather nice Show Me How.

1 ( 3 ) GOT TO BE THERE – Michael Jackson # 1
2 ( 1 ) COZ I LUV YOU – Slade # 2
3 ( 2 ) HOLD YOUR HEAD UP – Argent # 3
4 ( 7 ) BABY I’M A WANT YOU – Bread # 4
5 ( 4 ) SIMPLE GAME – The Four Tops # 5
6 ( 11 ) SOLEY SOLEY – Middle Of The Road # 6
7 ( 5 ) BRANDY – Scott English # 7
8 ( 6 ) JEEPSTER – T.Rex # 8
9 ( 8 ) ALL I EVER NEED IS YOU – Sonny & Cher # 9
10 ( 12 ) THEME FROM “THE PERSUADERS” – John Barry # 10

11 ( 10 ) I BELIEVE (IN LOVE) – Hot Chocolate # 11
12 ( 9 ) RUN BABY RUN (BACK INTO MY ARMS) – The Newbeats # 12
13 ( NEW ) FAMILY AFFAIR – Sly & The Family Stone # 13
14 ( 13 ) WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO – Donnie Elbert # 14
15 ( 17 ) BRAND NEW KEY – Melanie # 15
16 ( 15 ) GYPSIES, TRAMPS & THIEVES – Cher # 16
17 ( 16 ) THEME FROM SHAFT – Isaac Hayes # 17
18 ( 20 ) RUN RUN ROADRUNNER – Gene Pitney # 18
19 ( 31 ) I WILL RETURN – Springwater # 19
20 ( 19 ) ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL – The Sweet # 20

21 ( 14 ) IMAGINE – John Lennon # 21
22 ( 18 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER – The Chi-Lites # 22
23 ( 21 ) TAP TURNS ON THE WATER – C.C.S # 23
24 ( 22 ) GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) – T.Rex # 24
25 ( 28 ) LIFE IS A LONG SONG – Jethro Tull # 25
26 ( 26 ) THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN – Joan Baez # 26
27 ( 25 ) SURRENDER – Diana Ross # 27
28 ( 32 ) YOU ARE EVERYTHING – The Stylistics # 28
29 ( 35 ) AMERICAN PIE – Don McLean # 29
30 ( 24 ) KEEP ON DANCING – Bay City Rollers # 30

31 ( 23 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE – The Elgins # 31
32 ( 27 ) LADY LUV BUG – Clodagh Rodgers # 32
33 ( 30 ) I’M STILL WAITING – Diana Ross # 33
34 ( 44 ) SUPERBIRD – Neil Sedaka # 34
35 ( 47 ) VINCENT – Don McLean # 35
36 ( 36 ) TILL – Tom Jones # 36
37 ( 29 ) JEALOUS GUY – John Lennon # 37
38 ( 34 ) TAKE ME GIRL I’M READY – Junior Walker & The All Stars # 38
39 ( 50 ) THE LIGHTNING TREE – The Settlers # 39
40 ( 52 ) CHINATOWN – The Move # 40

41 ( 37 ) HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART – The Bee Gees # 41
42 ( 38 ) MERCY MERCY ME (THE ECOLOGY) – Marvin Gaye # 42
43 ( 33 ) BUTTERFLY (UK/AUSTRALIAN 7” VERSION) – Danyel Gerard # 43
44 ( 43 ) UNCLE ALBERT/ADMIRAL HALSEY – Paul & Linda McCartney # 44
45 ( 42 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME – The Tams # 45
46 ( 40 ) SULTANA – Titanic # 46
47 ( 39 ) HOCUS POCUS – Focus # 47
48 ( 45 ) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE – Bill Withers # 48
49 ( 53 ) COSMIC DANCER – T.Rex # 49
50 ( NEW ) JOHNNY REGGAE – The Piglets # 50

51 ( 46 ) LET YOUR YEAH BE YEAH – The Pioneers # 51
52 ( 65 ) I WANT TO PAY YOU BACK (FOR LOVING ME) – The Chi-Lites # 52
53 ( 48 ) FOR ALL WE KNOW – Shirley Bassey # 53
54 ( 51 ) THE WITCH QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS – Redbone # 54
55 ( 58 ) DESIDERATA – Les Crane # 55
56 ( 68 ) LIFE’S A GAS – T.Rex # 56
57 ( 55 ) BLACK AND WHITE – Greyhound # 57
58 ( 69 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER – John Stewart # 58
59 ( 70 ) THE WAY LOVE USED TO BE – The Kinks # 59
60 ( 59 ) SUPERSTAR – Carpenters # 60

61 ( 56 ) TOM TOM TURNAROUND – New World # 61
62 ( 57 ) SPANISH HARLEM – Aretha Franklin # 62
63 ( 41 ) SWEET CITY WOMAN – The Stampeders # 63
64 ( 72 ) I’M YOURS (USE ME ANYWAY YOU WANNA) – Ike & Tina Turner # 64
65 ( 73 ) DON’T WANNA LIVE INSIDE MYSELF – The Bee Gees # 65
66 ( 66 ) SPILL THE WINE – The Isley Brothers # 66
67 ( 75 ) TURN YOUR RADIO ON – Ray Stevens # 67
68 ( 67 ) HOT LOVE – T.Rex # 68
69 ( 62 ) NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE – The New Seekers # 69
70 ( 76 ) GOOD OLD FASHIONED MUSIC – The New Seekers # 70

71 ( 78 ) GRANDMA’S HANDS – Bill Withers # 71
72 ( 77 ) LET’S SEE ACTION – The Who # 72
73 ( 80 ) MY BOY – Richard Harris # 73
74 ( 79 ) ROCK STEADY – Aretha Franklin # 74
75 ( NEW ) SING A SONG OF FREEDOM – Cliff Richard # 75
76 ( NEW ) TOO LATE (TO BE SAVED) – The Tremeloes # 76
77 ( NEW ) CHERISH – David Cassidy # 77
78 ( NEW ) SUPERSTAR (REMEMBER HOW YOU GOT WHERE YOU ARE) – The Temptations # 78
79 ( NEW ) SATISFACTION – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 79
80 ( NEW ) SHOW ME HOW – The Emotions # 80

30th October 1971

It’s back up on top for a 3rd week for Slade, as Coz I Luv You topped the charts 50 years ago and tops my charts now, around the time I was now taping stuff off the radio and making all sorts of lists and charts in the exciting pop scene of late 1971. Middle Of The Road topped my chart back in 1971, and becomes the closest of their hat-trick of number ones in my original charts to do it again, at 3 with Soley Soley, as John Kongos gets an instant second top 5 with the thrilling and menacing Tokoloshe Man new at 4. Sly & The family Stone get a first top 10 in the retro charts, Family Affair remaining my fave of theirs, but they have a new album out too this week, so the next single charts early, Runnin’ Away at 46.

New at 25, an instant number one for me after hearing Alan Freeman play it more than once in a row on his Pick Of The Pops – Rescue Company No. 1 were another RAK Records act, but never got the hit they deserved with Life’s Too Short, a really strong song that could easily translate into a bangin dance or rock tune even 50 years later, I reckon. My younger brother’s then-fave record (along with Charlie Drake’s Puckwudgie) is new at 42 for Benny Hill. I watched Benny do it on his show, along with millions of others, and it is far and away his finest moment, Ernie being a right ol’ parody of the Western High Noon done British-70’s-style. You’re lucky to find a milkman these days.

At 54, the song Paul Williams wrote for the Carpenters (I guess they objected to the song title given the Easy Listening slagging offs they were getting in some quarters) so he gave An Old fashioned Love Song to Three Dog Night, who duly ruined it as was their habit with covers. In the UK Ayshea Brough covered it on Lift Off – she usually did contemporary songs each week on the kids pop show, all but 1 or 2 of which have been scrubbed – as did The New Seekers, and both versions I liked. Paul released his own album of his own hit songs for others, and I love his ragtime style – much as he did with Bugsy Malone, the film soundtrack, and his guest spot on The Muppet Show a few years later when he sang this song. Still the best version.

It’s double Lindisfarne this week, as the new album is out, with Fog On The Tyne popping in before Gazza can ruin it, a baby at this period probably, admittedly. Higher up, though, is the fab Meet Me On The Corner a few months early from being a hit single. I saw Lindisfarne in 1980 at Knebworth, they were fun. Cilla’s new in with her TV show theme, watched and loved by millions, Something Tells Me was her last big hit, mainly cos it was the TV show theme though, I think. In 2 months she’ll do a duet with Marc Bolan on his Life’s A Gas – which I think is much better than the original a few places lower.

Peter Noone brings his “cuddly girls are fab” song into the chart, one I liked as I’d been a Herman’s Hermits fan since I was 6, Walnut Whirl sounding not bad at all 50 years later. Sweathog is an American hit new to me, a decent rockpop single Hallelujah, Stones is the best track off Neil Diamond’s latest album of mostly-covers (lazy!), and self-written, and one I quite liked at the time, Buffy Sainte-Marie’s I’m Gonna Be A Country Girl Again charts a few months early too, out in the USA, and The Coasters return with a cool new image and a pretty good update of their classic Love Potion No. 9. Never heard it before, neither Tommy James’ Nothing To Hide – which has never made the listing on any Greatest Hits CD’s I’ve bought, but is decent. Finally, we have Burundi Black, the template for Adam & The Ants 9 years early. Oh, yes it is…!

1 ( 2 ) COZ I LUV YOU – Slade # 1
2 ( 1 ) GOT TO BE THERE – Michael Jackson # 1
3 ( 6 ) SOLEY SOLEY – Middle Of The Road # 3
4 ( NEW ) TOKOLOSHE MAN – John Kongos # 4
5 ( 3 ) HOLD YOUR HEAD UP – Argent # 2
6 ( 5 ) SIMPLE GAME – The Four Tops # 1
7 ( 7 ) BRANDY – Scott English # 5
8 ( 4 ) BABY I’M A WANT YOU – Bread # 4
9 ( 13 ) FAMILY AFFAIR – Sly & The Family Stone # 9
10 ( 8 ) JEEPSTER – T.Rex # 1

11 ( 9 ) ALL I EVER NEED IS YOU – Sonny & Cher # 8
12 ( 10 ) THEME FROM “THE PERSUADERS” – John Barry # 10
13 ( 11 ) I BELIEVE (IN LOVE) – Hot Chocolate # 1
14 ( 12 ) RUN BABY RUN (BACK INTO MY ARMS) – The Newbeats # 1
15 ( 18 ) RUN RUN ROADRUNNER – Gene Pitney # 15
16 ( 14 ) WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO – Donnie Elbert # 1
17 ( 19 ) I WILL RETURN – Springwater # 17
18 ( 16 ) GYPSIES, TRAMPS & THIEVES – Cher # 1
19 ( 17 ) THEME FROM SHAFT – Isaac Hayes # 1
20 ( 28 ) YOU ARE EVERYTHING – The Stylistics # 20

21 ( 21 ) IMAGINE – John Lennon # 4
22 ( 22 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER – The Chi-Lites # 1
23 ( 35 ) VINCENT – Don McLean # 23
24 ( 24 ) GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) – T.Rex # 1
25 ( NEW ) LIFE’S TOO SHORT – Rescue Company No. 1 # 25
26 ( 26 ) THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN – Joan Baez # 2
27 ( 29 ) AMERICAN PIE – Don McLean # 27
28 ( 23 ) TAP TURNS ON THE WATER – C.C.S # 5
29 ( 36 ) TILL – Tom Jones # 29
30 ( 20 ) ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL – The Sweet # 19

31 ( 27 ) SURRENDER – Diana Ross # 1
32 ( 25 ) LIFE IS A LONG SONG – Jethro Tull # 25
33 ( 30 ) KEEP ON DANCING – Bay City Rollers # 17
34 ( 39 ) THE LIGHTNING TREE – The Settlers # 34
35 ( 33 ) I’M STILL WAITING – Diana Ross # 5
36 ( 31 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE – The Elgins # 10
37 ( 50 ) JOHNNY REGGAE – The Piglets # 37
38 ( 34 ) SUPERBIRD – Neil Sedaka # 34
39 ( 15 ) BRAND NEW KEY – Melanie # 15
40 ( 32 ) LADY LUV BUG – Clodagh Rodgers # 27

41 ( 38 ) TAKE ME GIRL I’M READY – Junior Walker & The All Stars # 5
42 ( NEW ) ERNIE (THE FASTEST MILKMAN IN THE WEST) – Benny Hill # 42
43 ( 41 ) HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART – The Bee Gees # 1
44 ( 42 ) MERCY MERCY ME (THE ECOLOGY) – Marvin Gaye # 1
45 ( 52 ) I WANT TO PAY YOU BACK (FOR LOVING ME) – The Chi-Lites # 45
46 ( NEW ) RUNNIN’ AWAY – Sly & The Family Stone # 46
47 ( 40 ) CHINATOWN – The Move # 40
48 ( 44 ) UNCLE ALBERT/ADMIRAL HALSEY – Paul & Linda McCartney # 1
49 ( 49 ) COSMIC DANCER – T.Rex # 49
50 ( 45 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME – The Tams # 6

51 ( 46 ) SULTANA – Titanic # 5
52 ( 48 ) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE – Bill Withers # 1
53 ( 58 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER – John Stewart # 53
54 ( NEW ) (JUST AN) OLD FASHIONED LOVE SONG – Paul Williams # 54
55 ( 53 ) FOR ALL WE KNOW – Shirley Bassey # 9
56 ( 54 ) THE WITCH QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS – Redbone # 5
57 ( 59 ) THE WAY LOVE USED TO BE – The Kinks # 57
58 ( 47 ) HOCUS POCUS – Focus # 6
59 ( 64 ) I’M YOURS (USE ME ANYWAY YOU WANNA) – Ike & Tina Turner # 59
60 ( 65 ) DON’T WANNA LIVE INSIDE MYSELF – The Bee Gees # 60

61 ( 57 ) BLACK AND WHITE – Greyhound # 1
62 ( 60 ) SUPERSTAR – Carpenters # 1
63 ( NEW ) MEET ME ON THE CORNER – Lindisfarne # 63
64 ( 51 ) LET YOUR YEAH BE YEAH – The Pioneers # 3
65 ( 37 ) JEALOUS GUY – John Lennon # 29
66 ( 67 ) TURN YOUR RADIO ON – Ray Stevens # 66
67 ( 43 ) BUTTERFLY (UK/AUSTRALIAN 7” VERSION) – Danyel Gerard # 14
68 ( 70 ) GOOD OLD FASHIONED MUSIC – The New Seekers # 68
69 ( 71 ) GRANDMA’S HANDS – Bill Withers # 69
70 ( 75 ) SING A SONG OF FREEDOM – Cliff Richard # 70

71 ( NEW ) SOMETHING TELLS ME (SOMETHING’S GONNA HAPPEN TONIGHT) – Cilla Black # 71
72 ( 73 ) MY BOY – Richard Harris # 72
73 ( NEW ) WALNUT WHIRL – Peter Noone # 73
74 ( 76 ) TOO LATE (TO BE SAVED) – The Tremeloes # 74
75 ( 78 ) SUPERSTAR (REMEMBER HOW YOU GOT WHERE YOU ARE) – The Temptations # 75
76 ( NEW ) HALLELUJAH – Sweathog # 76
77 ( 79 ) SATISFACTION – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 77
78 ( NEW ) STONES – Neil Diamond # 78
79 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA BE A COUNTRY GIRL AGAIN – Buffy Sainte Marie # 79
80 ( NEW ) LOVE POTION NO. 9 (1971 VERSION) – The Coasters # 80

81 ( NEW ) NOTHING TO HIDE – Tommy James # 81
82 ( NEW ) BURUNDI BLACK – Burundi Stephenson Black # 82
83 ( NEW ) FOG ON THE TYNE – Lindisfarne # 83

84 ( 56 ) LIFE’S A GAS – T.Rex # 56
85 ( 72 ) LET’S SEE ACTION – The Who # 72

My March 2022 Charts

6th March 2022

It’s 4 weeks on top for LEON as Tove Styrke tries in vain to shift with a spot of Wishful Thinking keeping her at 2. Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift both get one of the biggest chart hits of their career with the lovely The Joker And The Queen. Train get a first top 10 since Drink Up 5 years ago, their 10th in 22 years since Drops Of Jupiter was their first during a Florida holiday. The Rocket Summer, meanwhile rocket pre-summer to 10 with Same Air, their debut chart entry striking gold. Highest new entry is a former number one from The Ting Tings, their debut That’s Not My Name sounding great after some Tick-Tock themed plays pushed it. The long fade out with 2 different melodies or hooks being sung simultaneously, or polyphonic (or counterpoint) as it is known, is likely the very last time a UK number one featured that lost art once perfected by the likes of The Mamas & The Papas and Abba.

OneRepublic climb fast into the top 40, ditto Father John Misty and George Ezra. New entries lower down include the 1966 obscure Please Stay from Joe Meek’s production talents for The Crying Shames, a track I just heard for the first time since 1974, and only recall having heard that one time as part of the 1974 listeners Top 100 for Radio One. It’s great, so for me it’s a new discovery in at 49. Sofi Tukker are back, debuting Mahmut Orhan on vocals for an interesting track Forgive Me, Tears For Fears dropped their first studio album in 17 years, and I cherry-picked the rather nice Long, Long, Long Time, While the 60-something Red Hot Chili Peppers return with a Black Summer. As does Alan Walker and a happier Hello World.

1 1 1 7 WISHFUL THINKING – LEON 807400
2 3 2 7 SHOW ME LOVE – Tove Styrke 337100
3 2 2 9 LESS THAN ZERO – The Weeknd 544000
4 8 4 4 THE JOKER AND THE QUEEN – Ed Sheeran featuring Taylor Swift 142100
5 6 5 6 LOST – Tinlicker featuring Run Rivers 233750
6 39 6 3 AM GOLD – Train 84850
7 4 3 8 BETTER DAYS – Neiked, Mae Muller & Polo G 465800
8 NEW 8 1 THAT’S NOT MY NAME – The Ting Tings 48000
9 5 5 7 WE STAND ALONE – George Cosby 304000
10 50 10 2 SAME AIR – The Rocket Summer 54000

11 7 7 9 NO CHOICE – Tame Impala 300150
12 10 10 13 NO DOUBT ABOUT IT – ABBA 283700
13 11 1 6 EVERLASTING LOVE – Love Affair 639000
14 14 14 7 SHADOWS – Bonobo featuring Jordan Rakei 134700
15 18 15 8 WON’T STAND DOWN – Muse 138300
16 16 16 5 EVERYTHING’S ELECTRIC – Liam Gallagher featuring Dave Grohl 87350
17 12 12 6 I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR – Scarlett Johansson & Bono 140750
18 15 15 6 NEW LOW – Nightlife 125450
19 19 19 5 ORIGINAL SIN – Sofi Tukker 76200
20 13 4 10 DANCING AWAY IN TEARS – Yola 448000

21 21 6 9 BRAVE – Ella Henderson 334250
22 48 22 2 WEST COAST – OneRepublic 31800
23 9 9 7 YOU TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH – Meat Loaf 175800
24 30 24 5 GOOD NIGHT ON EARTH – Eels 59400
25 23 5 9 NOTHING’S EVER GONNA BE GOOD ENOUGH – Miles Kane featuring Corinne Bailey Rae 342000
26 20 1 18 WHEN YOU DANCED WITH ME – ABBA 1402500
27 29 27 9 SEVENTEEN GOING UNDER – Sam Fender 123350
28 28 1 18 GIVE IT ALL UP – Duran Duran featuring Tove Lo 1502600
29 31 29 7 SWEET YOUNG THING – The Monkees 110150
30 38 30 4 WALKING IN THE RAIN – The Ronettes 51600

31 24 3 18 BUMBLEBEE – ABBA 847900
32 27 1 18 ODE TO FREEDOM – ABBA 1149100
33 17 17 6 FINISH LINE – Elton John & Stevie Wonder 88250
34 36 34 4 DADDY COOL – LIZOT x Boney 51750
35 37 35 2 WONDROUS PLACE (STRING AND TINS REMIX) – Billy Fury 34800
36 22 22 6 NEW TRICK – CXLOE 87750
37 52 37 3 FUNNY GIRL – Father John Misty 40300
38 25 25 6 WINTER KILLS ME – Markus Schulz featuring Lady V 101850
39 41 39 9 IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND – Gordon Lightfoot 99200
40 47 40 5 ANYONE FOR YOU – George Ezra 49300

41 34 1 27 DON’T SHUT ME DOWN – ABBA 1697900
42 35 1 27 I STILL HAVE FAITH IN YOU – ABBA 1418500
43 26 26 5 RIBBON ROUND THE BOMB – Blossoms 67300
44 64 44 2 WIND OF CHANGE – AWOLNATION featuring Brandon Boyd of Incubus & Portugal. The Man 20350
45 33 33 5 BLOOR STREET – Kiefer Sutherland 66150
46 51 46 4 I SEE STARS – The Shires 45500
47 43 1 11 HELLO IT’S ME – Todd Rundgren 724400
48 54 48 8 BABY I LOVE YOU – The Ronettes 63400
49 NEW 49 1 PLEASE STAY – The Cryin’ Shames 12100
50 63 50 3 BEG FOR YOU – Charli XCX featuring Rina Sawayama 25000

51 42 5 18 KEEP AN EYE ON DAN – ABBA 613250
52 53 52 4 IT’S TOO LATE – Carole King 40850
53 45 45 6 I ENGINEER – Animotion 63100
54 61 54 2 BEDS ARE BURNING – AWOLNATION featuring Tim McIlrath 18500
55 57 55 4 BRIGHTER DAYS – Emeli Sande 32600
56 58 56 4 FINGERS CROSSED – Lauren Spencer-Smith 40400
57 79 57 2 LUMINESCENT – The John Williams Syndicate with Petula Clark 14600
58 40 40 5 BREAK THE MAN – Tears For Fears 55650
59 68 59 2 TELL SOMEBODY – Yemi Alade, Yaba Buluku Boyz & Effyzzie Music 16500
60 46 15 8 OH MY GOD – Adele 146650

61 66 61 2 CONQUISTADOR – Procol Harum 14300
62 44 33 6 BREAKUP RITUALS – Mishcatt 68750
63 NEW 63 1 FORGIVE ME – Sofi Tukker & Mahmut Orhan 7200
64 69 64 2 ON MY WAY UP – Brian May 13300
65 65 65 6 MORNING OF MY LIFE – John Holt 36800
66 70 66 3 HALLUCINATION – Regard and Years and Years 18400
67 72 67 3 TROUBLE – Troye Sivan & Jay Som 17400
68 74 68 2 KING – Florence + The Machine 11600
69 77 69 2 NIGHT AND DAY – Johnny Marr 10800
70 78 70 2 IMPOSSIBLE – Royksopp & Alison Goldfrapp 10400

71 32 16 11 PAPA GENE’S BLUES – The Monkees 176700
72 55 40 8 FLAMES – NERVO featuring Salena Mostroianni 73800
73 76 73 2 A WHITER SHADE OF PALE – Procol Harum 10200
74 67 67 4 ACT OF LOVE – Simple Minds 24000
75 49 35 6 THE BEST MISTAKES – The Divine Comedy 62600
76 NEW 76 1 LONG, LONG, LONG TIME – Tears For Fears 4800
77 NEW 77 1 RUN – Becky Hill & Galantis 4600

78 80 78 2 PANDORA’S BOX – Procol Harum 8400
79 NEW 79 1 BLACK SUMMER – Red Hot Chili Peppers 4200
80 NEW 80 1 HELLO WORLD – Alan Walker & Torine 4000

DROP OUTS
56 37 5 SHUT OFF THE LIGHTS – Bastille 59300
59 17 8 SACRIFICE – The Weeknd 145750
60 1 18 LITTLE THINGS – ABBA 757900
62 24 8 WHERE ARE YOU NOW – Lost Frequencies & Calum Scott 117700
71 71 2 FAMILY AFFAIR – Mary J. Blige 11200
73 36 6 GHOST – Justin Bieber 75250
75 75 2 THE NEXT EPISODE – Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg 10000

13th february 2022

It’s up one place to grab a first number one for Tove Styrke, following on where Tove Lo has been twice before, with the fab Show Me Love, just holding off Train with some AM Gold, which I loved back on USA holidays back in the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 00’s. AM radio that is. Train have come close several times but 2 is as high as they have been. Father John Misty rockets to 7 with a song that sounds like a 1940’s standard, but isn’t. It’s fab though.

Highest new entry is the powerful vocals of Bettye LaVette on ODESZA’a The Last Goodbye, a bit of a soul showstopper that one at 11. The UK’s new Eurovision entry is a great record shocker! After years of largely blandness (bar the odd one or two), a real contender has been chosen from Sam Ryder, and any record called Space Man is going to win me over anyway. New at 26. Florence gets a second chart entry from the new album with the Grat track that is far more commercial than the actual single, My Love enters higher than King, but both are growing.

Imagine Dragons are never far away from my charts over the last 9 years, Bones is no exception, while a Madonna classic returned to the UK sales chart last week so I’m using that as an excuse to chart Frozen again. The Adam Project is the new Ryan Reynolds film on Netflix, and the soundtrack features are also selling on itunes this week, so I’ve charted Spencer DaviS Group’s 56-year old UK hit for the first time, and also re-charting Pete Townsend’s 42-year-old minor solo hit. In between Deadmau5 is back again with another new project.

1 2 1 8 SHOW ME LOVE – Tove Styrke 507100
2 6 2 4 AM GOLD – Train 199850
3 1 1 8 WISHFUL THINKING – LEON 892400
4 3 2 10 LESS THAN ZERO – The Weeknd 609000
5 8 5 2 THAT’S NOT MY NAME – The Ting Tings 108000
6 5 5 7 LOST – Tinlicker featuring Run Rivers 288750
7 37 7 4 FUNNY GIRL – Father John Misty 90300
8 10 8 3 SAME AIR – The Rocket Summer 102000
9 4 4 5 THE JOKER AND THE QUEEN – Ed Sheeran featuring Taylor Swift 187100
10 7 3 9 BETTER DAYS – Neiked, Mae Muller & Polo G 507800

11 NEW 11 1 THE LAST GOODBYE – ODESZA featuring Bettye LaVette 37000

12 14 12 8 SHADOWS – Bonobo featuring Jordan Rakei 169700
13 9 5 8 WE STAND ALONE – George Cosby 336000
14 11 7 10 NO CHOICE – Tame Impala 329150
15 16 15 6 EVERYTHING’S ELECTRIC – Liam Gallagher featuring Dave Grohl 114350
16 12 10 14 NO DOUBT ABOUT IT – ABBA 308700
17 24 17 6 GOOD NIGHT ON EARTH – Eels 82400
18 13 1 7 EVERLASTING LOVE – Love Affair 661000
19 15 15 9 WON’T STAND DOWN – Muse 159300
20 22 20 3 WEST COAST – OneRepublic 51800

21 18 15 7 NEW LOW – Nightlife 145200
22 30 22 5 WALKING IN THE RAIN – The Ronettes 71100
23 27 23 10 SEVENTEEN GOING UNDER – Sam Fender 142600
24 17 12 7 I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR – Scarlett Johansson & Bono 159750
25 35 25 3 WONDROUS PLACE (STRING AND TINS REMIX) – Billy Fury 53550
26 NEW 26 1 SPACE MAN – Sam Ryder 18500
27 19 19 6 ORIGINAL SIN – Sofi Tukker 94600
28 34 28 5 DADDY COOL – LIZOT x Boney 70050
29 21 6 10 BRAVE – Ella Henderson 352450
30 20 4 11 DANCING AWAY IN TEARS – Yola 466000

31 26 1 19 WHEN YOU DANCED WITH ME – ABBA 1420400
32 28 1 19 GIVE IT ALL UP – Duran Duran featuring Tove Lo 1520400
33 40 33 6 ANYONE FOR YOU – George Ezra 67000
34 25 5 10 NOTHING’S EVER GONNA BE GOOD ENOUGH – Miles Kane featuring Corinne Bailey Rae 359600
35 39 35 10 IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND – Gordon Lightfoot 116700
36 46 36 5 I SEE STARS – The Shires 62900
37 32 1 19 ODE TO FREEDOM – ABBA 1166400
38 31 3 19 BUMBLEBEE – ABBA 866100
39 44 39 3 WIND OF CHANGE – AWOLNATION featuring Brandon Boyd of Incubus & Portugal. The Man 37450
40 50 40 4 BEG FOR YOU – Charli XCX featuring Rina Sawayama 42000

41 49 41 2 PLEASE STAY – The Cryin’ Shames 26100
42 23 9 8 YOU TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH – Meat Loaf 189550
43 48 43 9 BABY I LOVE YOU – The Ronettes 76900
44 41 1 28 DON’T SHUT ME DOWN – ABBA 1711150
45 42 1 28 I STILL HAVE FAITH IN YOU – ABBA 1431500
46 33 17 7 FINISH LINE – Elton John & Stevie Wonder 101000
47 66 47 4 HALLUCINATION – Regard and Years and Years 30900
48 54 48 3 BEDS ARE BURNING – AWOLNATION featuring Tim McIlrath 30800
49 80 49 2 HELLO WORLD – Alan Walker & Torine 16100
50 57 50 3 LUMINESCENT – The John Williams Syndicate with Petula Clark 26600

51 47 1 12 HELLO IT’S ME – Todd Rundgren 736150
52 52 52 5 IT’S TOO LATE – Carole King 52350
53 36 22 7 NEW TRICK – CXLOE 99000
54 NEW 54 1 MY LOVE – Florence + The Machine 11000
55 55 55 5 BRIGHTER DAYS – Emeli Sande 43400
56 56 56 5 FINGERS CROSSED – Lauren Spencer-Smith 51000
57 59 57 3 TELL SOMEBODY – Yemi Alade, Yaba Buluku Boyz & Effyzzie Music 26900
58 77 58 2 RUN – Becky Hill & Galantis 14800
59 38 25 7 WINTER KILLS ME – Markus Schulz featuring Lady V 111950
60 63 60 2 FORGIVE ME – Sofi Tukker & Mahmut Orhan 17200

61 61 61 3 CONQUISTADOR – Procol Harum 21800
62 51 5 19 KEEP AN EYE ON DAN – ABBA 620650
63 69 63 3 NIGHT AND DAY – Johnny Marr 18000
64 70 64 3 IMPOSSIBLE – Royksopp & Alison Goldfrapp 17500
65 68 65 3 KING – Florence + The Machine 18600
66 67 66 4 TROUBLE – Troye Sivan & Jay Som 24200
67 76 67 2 LONG, LONG, LONG TIME – Tears For Fears 11400
68 43 26 6 RIBBON ROUND THE BOMB – Blossoms 73700
69 45 33 6 BLOOR STREET – Kiefer Sutherland 72350
70 73 70 3 A WHITER SHADE OF PALE – Procol Harum 16200

71 NEW 71 1 BONES – Imagine Dragons 5800
72 NEW 72 1 FROZEN – Madonna 5600

73 58 40 6 BREAK THE MAN – Tears For Fears 61050
74 79 74 2 BLACK SUMMER – Red Hot Chili Peppers 9400
75 64 64 3 ON MY WAY UP – Brian May 18300
76 78 76 3 PANDORA’S BOX – Procol Harum 13200
77 60 15 9 OH MY GOD – Adele 151250
78 NEW 78 1 GIMME SOME LOVIN’ – The Spencer Davis Group 4400
79 NEW 79 1 ESCAPE – Kx5 (Kaskade & Deadmau5) featuring Hayla 4200
80 NEW 80 1 LET MY LOVE OPEN THE DOOR – Pete Townsend 4000

DROP OUTS
29 29 7 SWEET YOUNG THING – The Monkees 110150
53 45 6 I ENGINEER – Animotion 63100
62 33 6 BREAKUP RITUALS – Mishcatt 68750
65 65 6 MORNING OF MY LIFE – John Holt 36800
71 16 11 PAPA GENE’S BLUES – The Monkees 176700
72 40 8 FLAMES – NERVO featuring Salena Mostroianni 73800
74 67 4 ACT OF LOVE – Simple Minds 24000
75 35 6 THE BEST MISTAKES – The Divine Comedy 62600

20th March 2022

It’s a first chart-topper for Train, as they strike AM Gold after coming close several times over the last 22 years, patience is rewarded! ODESZA and Bettye are up to 2 and likely to top next week’s charts with that monster soulful and passionate The Last Goodbye. OneRepublic, meanwhile are rewarded with a top 10 West Coast track for the first time in 8 years, their 7th at least. It’s a quiet week for new ones, so I’ve taken the opportunity to chop the chart back to 75 and the highest new entry is a retro revisit from 4 80’s acts, new Kids On The Block, Rick Astley, En Vogue and Salt ‘n’ Pepa on a fun nostalgia visit that’s actually better than many previous New Kids On The Block tracks I’ve charted since 1989, and the second one they’ve done recently that features salt ‘n’ pepa. Rick Astley has done his own stuff recently, so his chart span was already 20-odd years but now increases to 25 years, and En Vogue get a first chart mention since 2000 – or they’ve been absent for the entirety of Train’s chart career.

Elle King adds another gutsy country-ish track to her growing list, Weezer debut another addition from their new EP/album to extend their quirky run to 27 years, and Def Leppard return! Absent for 20 chart years, they sneak in to extend their chart run to almost 40 years. yay!

1 2 1 5 AM GOLD – Train 369850
2 11 2 2 THE LAST GOODBYE – ODESZA featuring Bettye LaVette 152000
3 1 1 9 SHOW ME LOVE – Tove Styrke 592100
4 3 1 9 WISHFUL THINKING – LEON 957400
5 4 2 11 LESS THAN ZERO – The Weeknd 669000
6 7 6 5 FUNNY GIRL – Father John Misty 145300
7 6 5 8 LOST – Tinlicker featuring Run Rivers 338750
8 8 8 4 SAME AIR – The Rocket Summer 150000
9 5 5 3 THAT’S NOT MY NAME – The Ting Tings 153000
10 20 10 4 WEST COAST – OneRepublic 93800

11 9 4 6 THE JOKER AND THE QUEEN – Ed Sheeran featuring Taylor Swift 224100
12 12 12 9 SHADOWS – Bonobo featuring Jordan Rakei 204700
13 25 13 4 WONDROUS PLACE (STRING AND TINS REMIX) – Billy Fury 85550
14 10 3 10 BETTER DAYS – Neiked, Mae Muller & Polo G 536800
15 15 15 7 EVERYTHING’S ELECTRIC – Liam Gallagher featuring Dave Grohl 141350
16 17 16 7 GOOD NIGHT ON EARTH – Eels 107400
17 22 17 6 WALKING IN THE RAIN – The Ronettes 94100
18 14 7 11 NO CHOICE – Tame Impala 351150
19 13 5 9 WE STAND ALONE – George Cosby 357000
20 23 20 11 SEVENTEEN GOING UNDER – Sam Fender 162600

21 26 21 2 SPACE MAN – Sam Ryder 38250
22 16 10 15 NO DOUBT ABOUT IT – ABBA 328200
23 28 23 6 DADDY COOL – LIZOT x Boney 89300
24 21 15 8 NEW LOW – Nightlife 164200
25 18 1 8 EVERLASTING LOVE – Love Affair 679750
26 19 15 10 WON’T STAND DOWN – Muse 177800
27 41 27 3 PLEASE STAY – The Cryin’ Shames 44500
28 49 28 3 HELLO WORLD – Alan Walker & Torine 34400
29 27 19 7 ORIGINAL SIN – Sofi Tukker 112800
30 33 30 7 ANYONE FOR YOU (TIGER LILY) – George Ezra 85000

31 24 12 8 I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR – Scarlett Johansson & Bono 177650
32 35 32 11 IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND – Gordon Lightfoot 134500
33 39 33 4 WIND OF CHANGE – AWOLNATION featuring Brandon Boyd of Incubus & Portugal. The Man 55150
34 31 1 20 WHEN YOU DANCED WITH ME – ABBA 1438000
35 32 1 20 GIVE IT ALL UP – Duran Duran featuring Tove Lo 1537900
36 36 36 6 I SEE STARS – The Shires 80300
37 29 6 11 BRAVE – Ella Henderson 369750
38 47 38 5 HALLUCINATION – Regard and Years and Years 48100
39 58 39 3 RUN – Becky Hill & Galantis 31900
40 40 40 5 BEG FOR YOU – Charli XCX featuring Rina Sawayama 59000

41 30 4 12 DANCING AWAY IN TEARS – Yola 480000
42 37 1 20 ODE TO FREEDOM – ABBA 1180150
43 43 43 10 BABY I LOVE YOU – The Ronettes 90400
44 50 44 4 LUMINESCENT – The John Williams Syndicate with Petula Clark 39850
45 34 5 11 NOTHING’S EVER GONNA BE GOOD ENOUGH – Miles Kane featuring Corinne Bailey Rae 372600
46 38 3 20 BUMBLEBEE – ABBA 878850
47 48 47 4 BEDS ARE BURNING – AWOLNATION featuring Tim McIlrath 43300
48 44 1 29 DON’T SHUT ME DOWN – ABBA 1723450
49 45 1 29 I STILL HAVE FAITH IN YOU – ABBA 1443600
50 NEW 50 1 BRING BACK THE TIME – New Kids On The Block featuring En Vogue, Rick Astley & Salt ‘n’ Pepa 12000

51 54 51 2 MY LOVE – Florence + The Machine 22750
52 52 52 6 IT’S TOO LATE – Carole King 63850
53 63 53 4 NIGHT AND DAY – Johnny Marr 29250
54 60 54 3 FORGIVE ME – Sofi Tukker & Mahmut Orhan 28200
55 51 1 13 HELLO IT’S ME – Todd Rundgren 746950
56 57 56 4 TELL SOMEBODY – Yemi Alade, Yaba Buluku Boyz & Effyzzie Music 37500
57 55 55 6 BRIGHTER DAYS – Emeli Sande 53800
58 56 56 6 FINGERS CROSSED – Lauren Spencer-Smith 61200
59 64 59 4 IMPOSSIBLE – Royksopp & Alison Goldfrapp 27600
60 65 60 4 KING – Florence + The Machine 28600

61 61 61 4 CONQUISTADOR – Procol Harum 29300
62 66 62 5 TROUBLE – Troye Sivan & Jay Som 31600
63 67 63 3 LONG, LONG, LONG TIME – Tears For Fears 18600
64 74 64 3 BLACK SUMMER – Red Hot Chili Peppers 16500
65 72 65 2 FROZEN – Madonna 12600
66 46 17 8 FINISH LINE – Elton John & Stevie Wonder 107800
67 70 67 4 A WHITER SHADE OF PALE – Procol Harum 22800
68 71 68 2 BONES – Imagine Dragons 12200
69 62 5 20 KEEP AN EYE ON DAN – ABBA 626850
70 76 70 4 PANDORA’S BOX – Procol Harum 19200

71 NEW 71 1 OUT YONDER – Elle King 5800
72 79 72 2 ESCAPE – Kx5 (Kaskade & Deadmau5) featuring Hayla 9800
73 78 73 2 GIMME SOME LOVIN’ – The Spencer Davis Group 9800
74 NEW 74 1 A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE – Weezer 5200
75 NEW 75 1 KICK – Def Leppard 5000

DROP OUTS
42 9 8 YOU TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH – Meat Loaf 189550
53 22 7 NEW TRICK – CXLOE 99000
59 25 7 WINTER KILLS ME – Markus Schulz featuring Lady V 111950
68 26 6 RIBBON ROUND THE BOMB – Blossoms 73700
69 33 6 BLOOR STREET – Kiefer Sutherland 72350
73 40 6 BREAK THE MAN – Tears For Fears 61050
75 64 3 ON MY WAY UP – Brian May 18300
77 15 9 OH MY GOD – Adele 151250
80 80 1 LET MY LOVE OPEN THE DOOR – Pete Townsend 4000

27th March 2022

It’s a first week on top for ODESZA and Bettye LaVette, and the magnificently dramatic and passionate club track, The Last Goodbye. The EDM US duo sample Bettye LaVette’s jaw-dropping vocals from her 1965 US hit Let Me Down Easy, and my word it tarts up beautifully. Bettye is still garnering Blues awards at the tender age of 78. Wonderful! Up 49 place Florence grabs her biggest single since Queen Of Peace topped my charts for 7 weeks, 7 years ago, as My Love extends her top 10’s to 13 years, and close behind is the UK’s best Eurovision entry since Molly, Sam Ryder’s Space Man, the UK’s best hope to do well since Andrew LLoyd-Webber volunteered his and Diane Warren’s services.

Highest new entry at 7 is Purple Zone, as Pet Shop Boys join Soft Cell for the first time ever, giving Marc Almond his first top 10 in 15 years, and Soft Cell’s Dave Ball a first in 38 years! That extends Soft Cell’s run of top 10’s to 41 years, and Pet Shop Boys to 37 years. The Undertones 1979 minor hit, You’ve Got My Number, was under-appreciated by both me and the UK public during a classic year for multiple pop genres all peaking and on fire, so many great records got forgotten. So this is getting a deserved second run, just because. New at 23. Seth Lakeman has never made my charts – that changes with Make Your Mark catching my folkie/prog tastebuds, sort of, at 70, and tate McRae is back with a ballad, and she’s a bit chaotic after 2021’s massive duet with Troye Sivan (in my charts at least, if not the real world) on Regard’s fabulous You. Regard are at 17 with a leap featuring Years & Years.

1 2 1 3 THE LAST GOODBYE – ODESZA featuring Bettye LaVette 322000
2 51 2 3 MY LOVE – Florence + The Machine 137750
3 21 3 3 SPACE MAN – Sam Ryder 123250
4 1 1 6 AM GOLD – Train 434850
5 6 5 6 FUNNY GIRL – Father John Misty 205300
6 4 1 10 WISHFUL THINKING – LEON 1012400
7 NEW 7 1 PURPLE ZONE – Soft Cell & Pet Shop Boys 50000
8 3 1 10 SHOW ME LOVE – Tove Styrke 640100
9 10 9 5 WEST COAST – OneRepublic 138800
10 5 2 12 LESS THAN ZERO – The Weeknd 711000

11 27 11 4 PLEASE STAY – The Cryin’ Shames 81500
12 13 12 5 WONDROUS PLACE (STRING AND TINS REMIX) – Billy Fury 120550
13 28 13 4 HELLO WORLD – Alan Walker & Torine 66400
14 8 8 5 SAME AIR – The Rocket Summer 179000
15 17 15 7 WALKING IN THE RAIN – The Ronettes 121100
16 39 16 4 RUN – Becky Hill & Galantis 56900
17 38 17 6 HALLUCINATION – Regard and Years and Years 71100
18 7 5 9 LOST – Tinlicker featuring Run Rivers 360750
19 12 12 10 SHADOWS – Bonobo featuring Jordan Rakei 225700
20 23 20 7 DADDY COOL – LIZOT x Boney 109300

21 14 3 11 BETTER DAYS – Neiked, Mae Muller & Polo G 556550
22 11 4 7 THE JOKER AND THE QUEEN – Ed Sheeran featuring Taylor Swift 243600
23 NEW 23 1 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) – The Undertones 19250
24 18 7 12 NO CHOICE – Tame Impala 370150
25 15 15 8 EVERYTHING’S ELECTRIC – Liam Gallagher featuring Dave Grohl 160100
26 16 16 8 GOOD NIGHT ON EARTH – Eels 125900
27 33 27 5 WIND OF CHANGE – AWOLNATION featuring Brandon Boyd of Incubus & Portugal. The Man 73550
28 32 28 12 IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND – Gordon Lightfoot 152800
29 30 29 8 ANYONE FOR YOU (TIGER LILY) – George Ezra 103200
30 40 30 6 BEG FOR YOU – Charli XCX featuring Rina Sawayama 77000

31 19 5 10 WE STAND ALONE – George Cosby 374900
32 25 1 9 EVERLASTING LOVE – Love Affair 697550
33 9 5 4 THAT’S NOT MY NAME – The Ting Tings 170700
34 22 10 16 NO DOUBT ABOUT IT – ABBA 345800
35 20 20 12 SEVENTEEN GOING UNDER – Sam Fender 180100
36 47 36 5 BEDS ARE BURNING – AWOLNATION featuring Tim McIlrath 60700
37 71 37 2 OUT YONDER – Elle King 23100
38 34 1 21 WHEN YOU DANCED WITH ME – ABBA 1455200
39 50 39 2 BRING BACK THE TIME – New Kids On The Block featuring En Vogue, Rick Astley & Salt ‘n’ Pepa 29100
40 43 40 11 BABY I LOVE YOU – The Ronettes 107400

41 24 15 9 NEW LOW – Nightlife 178200
42 35 1 21 GIVE IT ALL UP – Duran Duran featuring Tove Lo 1551650
43 44 43 5 LUMINESCENT – The John Williams Syndicate with Petula Clark 53350
44 68 44 3 BONES – Imagine Dragons 25450
45 75 45 2 KICK – Def Leppard 18000
46 52 46 7 IT’S TOO LATE – Carole King 76600
47 59 47 5 IMPOSSIBLE – Royksopp & Alison Goldfrapp 40100
48 42 1 21 ODE TO FREEDOM – ABBA 1192450
49 53 49 5 NIGHT AND DAY – Johnny Marr 41350
50 29 19 8 ORIGINAL SIN – Sofi Tukker 124800

51 26 15 11 WON’T STAND DOWN – Muse 189550
52 48 1 30 DON’T SHUT ME DOWN – ABBA 1734950
53 49 1 30 I STILL HAVE FAITH IN YOU – ABBA 1454850
54 54 54 4 FORGIVE ME – Sofi Tukker & Mahmut Orhan 39200
55 31 12 9 I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR – Scarlett Johansson & Bono 188450
56 56 56 5 TELL SOMEBODY – Yemi Alade, Yaba Buluku Boyz & Effyzzie Music 48100
57 60 57 5 KING – Florence + The Machine 39000
58 37 6 12 BRAVE – Ella Henderson 379950
59 36 36 7 I SEE STARS – The Shires 90400
60 62 60 6 TROUBLE – Troye Sivan & Jay Som 41600

61 46 3 21 BUMBLEBEE – ABBA 886350
62 63 62 4 LONG, LONG, LONG TIME – Tears For Fears 26000
63 55 1 14 HELLO IT’S ME – Todd Rundgren 754150
64 64 64 4 BLACK SUMMER – Red Hot Chili Peppers 23600
65 65 65 3 FROZEN – Madonna 19600
66 61 61 5 CONQUISTADOR – Procol Harum 36100
67 67 67 5 A WHITER SHADE OF PALE – Procol Harum 29400
68 45 5 12 NOTHING’S EVER GONNA BE GOOD ENOUGH – Miles Kane featuring Corinne Bailey Rae 379000
69 72 69 3 ESCAPE – Kx5 (Kaskade & Deadmau5) featuring Hayla 16000
70 NEW 70 1 MAKE YOUR MARK – Seth Lakeman 6000

71 74 71 2 A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE – Weezer 11000
72 41 4 13 DANCING AWAY IN TEARS – Yola 485600
73 73 73 3 GIMME SOME LOVIN’ – The Spencer Davis Group 15200
74 69 5 21 KEEP AN EYE ON DAN – ABBA 632050
75 NEW 75 1 CHAOTIC – Tate McRae 5000

DROP OUTS
57 55 6 BRIGHTER DAYS – Emeli Sande 53800
58 56 6 FINGERS CROSSED – Lauren Spencer-Smith 61200
66 17 8 FINISH LINE – Elton John & Stevie Wonder 107800
70 70 4 PANDORA’S BOX – Procol Harum 19200