My 2017 Charts Oct-Dec

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10th December 2017

It’s Sufjan Stevens at 1, getting his first chart-topper at long last over a decade since debuting (and me buying his Illinois album). I was listening to this gorgeous low-key classy ballad as I drove in London traffic heading home with snow gently falling. How very Christmassy! Almost Driving Home For Christmas (Hi Chris Rea yet again in my top 40), except for I’m flying to the Canaries tomorrow morning. An actual new Christmas song pops in for Gwen Stefani, helped by Blake Shelton, and a good jolly effort it is, giving Gwen 20 years of chart entries, no doubt about it!

Another Xmas classic returns 44 years on – Wizzard’s annual festive hit doesn’t usually chart due to over-familiarity. I was insanely mad on it in 1973, had the picture sleeve vinyl and Roy Wood was coming off 4 consecutive number ones in my chart, plus some pre-fating Wizzard, as was my teen hero aged 15/16. I got to see him in Basingstoke on Tuesday, probably 20 years on since I last saw. He can still put on a good show, even if he needs a hand with the song order these days. I’ve used that as an excuse to allow a quirky track that played as I walked into The Anvil venue, one off Boulders his first album that I played rather a lot.

Highest new entry, though, is another RPO classic combo, this time Aretha Franklin gets the treatment with her brilliant Stevie Wonder cover from 1974 – it very much underperformed in my charts in the January/February as Wizzard dropped down my charts from the top. Roy Wood knocked himself off the top, with solo hit song Forever, that never gets played these days – not even by Roy in concert.

Big climbs for Tame Impala, back in the top 10, and ditto Fall Out Boy. Finally, a debut for Ian Dury’s boy, so, Reasons To Be Cheerful there.

1 3 1 6 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 612000
2 2 1 3 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 400000
3 1 2 6 AMEN The Fizz 625000
4 7 4 6 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 281900
5 6 5 4 PHASES Alma & French Montana 152400
6 NEW 6 1 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philaharmonic Orchestra 55000
7 20 7 4 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 98400
8 15 8 4 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 116000
9 45 9 3 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 63200
10 8 8 5 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 193500

11 5 5 3 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 139000
12 12 12 14 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 272500
13 9 1 9 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 615500
14 11 1 15 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 984000
15 10 10 4 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 97400
16 19 16 4 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 84000
17 16 3 9 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 417000
18 21 18 4 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 77450
19 27 17 6 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 113900
20 17 3 11 READY TO GO Hurts 551000

21 4 4 18 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 410750
22 23 22 3 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 45150
23 14 1 11 WAIT UP Hurts 731250
24 13 1 4 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 281000
25 28 25 3 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 54450
26 26 15 5 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 108500
27 25 18 7 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 144150
28 29 28 4 GUILTY Paloma Faith 58600
29 30 29 2 FUGITIVE (RICHARD X EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys 36200
30 18 1 14 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 878650

31 31 7 7 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 232800
32 22 1 11 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 852300
33 33 17 6 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 116050
34 NEW 34 1 YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 17600
35 24 24 5 GO BANG PNAU 77600
36 37 36 5 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 73200
37 75 37 2 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 22300
38 34 34 4 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 58600
39 42 34 8 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 114450
40 40 40 5 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 52200

41 41 10 9 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 214750
42 38 1 14 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 901150
43 36 4 10 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 327600
44 60 44 2 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 23250
45 35 35 4 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 60000
46 39 39 5 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 57950
47 48 47 3 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 36050
48 50 48 3 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 45300
49 44 6 17 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 441500
50 43 12 14 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 244350

51 32 25 9 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 141750
52 46 8 12 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 308700
53 53 53 5 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 44600
54 51 22 7 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 110100
55 55 1 23 DREAMS Grace Slick 688300
56 56 30 9 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 120900
57 54 31 6 DRIVEWAY culpriit 86900
58 NEW 58 1 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 10200
59 65 59 3 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 22100
60 49 49 7 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 66400

61 57 3 14 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 454450
62 70 62 3 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 19200
63 74 63 2 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 12400
64 59 16 7 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 113500
65 62 29 8 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 103550
66 66 1 24 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1091900
67 67 1 39 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1004550
68 63 1 22 TRUE FEELING Galantis 987550
69 69 14 15 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 240550
70 64 10 17 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 308400

71 NEW 71 1 MISS CLARKE AND THE COMPUTER Roy Wood 5800
72 72 72 4 XANADU (LIVE AT WEMBLEY) Jeff Lynne’s ELO 22200
73 RE 39 4 RISING COST OF LOVE Elkie Brooks 47000
74 NEW 74 1 MIAMI (PARROT AND COCKER TOO MIX) Baxter Dury 5200
75 NEW 75 1 I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard 5000

DROP OUTS
47 20 8 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 142900
52 52 4 LET YOU DOWN NF 32700
58 50 3 FIELDS OF GOLD Katie Melua 33000
61 29 4 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 57000
68 19 10 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 149000
71 10 13 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 202950
73 3 17 DRINK UP Train 648900

2nd December 2017

It’s a first week on top for the fab Amen, (Bucks) Fizz’ best record since Heart Of Stone or New Beginnings, possibly since My Camera Never Lies! It’s either their first number one (for the new bloke and the band under that name) or their 6th (for Cheryl and Mike) or a 5th (for Jay). Whatever, it’s been a gap of 31 years between chart-toppers with new material, so that’s pretty much up there with the longest gaps.

David Cassidy drops to 2 with his classic 1972 UK chart-topper, but climbs to 5 with his 1973 gorgeous I’m A Clown, which peaked at 3 originally for me. Another late fave, Glen Campbell hits 4 with his version of Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now. Glen’s version is my fave version, though I love others too. I was 13 when I first loved it. I was 14 when I first loved Steely Dan’s Do It Again, and 13 when I loved The Partridge Family’s I Think I Love You. All my teen faves dying is so sad.

Cola is top 10, better late than never, Craig David & Bastille jointly outdo their recent solo stuff for me, on a track that I shouldn’t have liked on paper, but actually do! Best thing either has done in quite a while. Pet Shop Boys are in yet again, this time with a track I didn’t know off their recharting Fundamental unreleased or obscure tracks, Fugitive at 30. Clean Bandit and Tame Impala have big climbs, Nick Jonas is back, one of the few new entries that is actually new, and 2 Xmas oldies sneak in as the tinsel appears everywhere!

1 3 2 5 AMEN The Fizz 540000
2 1 1 2 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 285000
3 2 2 5 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 442000
4 13 4 17 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 391000
5 10 5 2 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 102000
6 20 6 3 PHASES Alma & French Montana 92400
7 4 4 5 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 216900
8 8 8 4 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 151500
9 6 1 8 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 583500
10 19 10 3 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 70400

11 7 1 14 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 955000
12 16 12 13 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 237500
13 5 1 3 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 262000
14 9 1 10 WAIT UP Hurts 712000
15 18 15 3 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 68000
16 11 3 8 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 394000
17 12 3 10 READY TO GO Hurts 531000
18 14 1 13 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 860650
19 23 19 3 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 59000
20 28 20 3 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 48400

21 29 21 3 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 55450
22 17 1 10 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 834500
23 68 23 2 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 25650
24 33 24 4 GO BANG PNAU 60100
25 24 18 6 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 125750
26 22 15 4 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 90000
27 26 17 5 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 92900
28 36 28 2 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 35700
29 39 29 3 GUILTY Paloma Faith 40300
30 NEW 30 1 FUGITIVE (RICHARD X EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys 18000

31 15 7 6 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 214900
32 25 25 8 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 130000
33 31 17 5 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 98350
34 38 34 3 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 41400
35 40 35 3 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 47000
36 27 4 9 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 314100
37 41 37 4 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 55800
38 32 1 13 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 887400
39 RE 39 4 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 45200
40 65 40 4 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 35200

41 30 10 8 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 200750
42 34 34 7 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 97350
43 35 12 13 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 232350
44 44 6 16 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 429400
45 74 45 2 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 18200
46 37 8 11 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 297200
47 21 20 8 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 142900
48 53 48 2 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 23550
49 49 49 6 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 56400
50 54 50 2 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 33000

51 46 22 6 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 99100
52 58 52 4 LET YOU DOWN NF 32700
53 59 53 4 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 33350
54 47 31 5 DRIVEWAY culpriit 76500
55 55 1 22 DREAMS Grace Slick 677500
56 45 30 8 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 110300
57 48 3 13 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 446950
58 50 50 3 FIELDS OF GOLD Katie Melua 33000
59 42 16 6 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 106400
60 NEW 60 1 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 10000

61 43 29 4 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 57000
62 57 29 7 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 96550
63 61 1 21 TRUE FEELING Galantis 981150
64 RE 10 16 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 302400
65 75 65 2 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 12000
66 66 1 23 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1085100
67 67 1 38 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 997950
68 64 19 10 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 149000
69 69 14 14 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 234350
70 71 70 2 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 11800

71 51 10 13 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 202950
72 72 72 3 XANADU (LIVE AT WEMBLEY) Jeff Lynne’s ELO 16600
73 56 3 17 DRINK UP Train 648900
74 NEW 74 1 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 5000

DROP OUTS
52 35 4 JEALOUS (I AIN’T WITH IT) Chromeo 63500
60 9 11 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 249300
62 44 4 DEADLY VALENTINE Charlotte Gainsbourg 44150
63 13 12 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 230100
70 46 5 LOVING IS EASY Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings 52800
73 73 2 JIG OF LIFE Kate Bush 10600

26th November 2017

It’s the sadly late David Cassidy belatedly topping my chart 45 years on with his best record, the fab version of The Young Rascals How Can I Be Sure topped the UK chart but was more modestly appreciated by me at the time. By 1987 I had loved it enough to top it in a live version, but the original remains the best and it was one of my “broken-heart turn to” tracks in the noughties, guaranteed to cry bucketloads to it. I loved The Partridge Family records as 13-year-old, and this track sums up his teen appeal to the girls: sensitive boy-next-door just looking for the right one. Teens couldn’t resist. In at 10, I’m A Clown is his other best solo record, with a sprinkling of others lower down the chart, though not I Think I Love You and his other 4 chart-toppers in my charts as they have had great chart runs already.

That’s bad news for Sufjan Stevens stuck at 2 again behind an oldie, but there are big climbs into the 20 for Cola and Phases. Fall Out Boy also bound into the 30, and Paloma Faith the 40, while U2 out-peak the previous single in one week on the chart already. Craig David’s chart revival has left me feeling unmoved until this joint Bastille record. Neither of them have been what you call chart fave regulars for me (though Craig has topped my chart), but I was persuaded by the Friday TV spot when his response to a nasty prank involving a fake mean-spirited granny was just so admirable. A man you can trust your granny with!

1 NEW 1 1 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 170000
2 2 2 4 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 357000
3 6 2 4 AMEN The Fizz 370000
4 4 4 4 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 166900
5 1 1 2 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 230000
6 3 1 7 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 538500
7 8 1 13 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 918000
8 10 8 3 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 103500
9 9 1 9 WAIT UP Hurts 683000
10 NEW 10 1 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 42000

11 5 3 7 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 369000
12 12 3 9 READY TO GO Hurts 508000
13 13 13 16 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 326000
14 14 1 12 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 838650
15 7 7 5 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 197000
16 23 16 12 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 202500
17 11 1 9 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 815000
18 24 18 2 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 41000
19 62 19 2 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 28400
20 36 23 2 PHASES Alma & French Montana 37400

21 22 20 7 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 130400
22 15 15 3 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 71500
23 25 23 2 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 38000
24 18 18 5 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 107000
25 26 25 7 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 112200
26 17 17 4 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 74500
27 16 4 8 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 296700
28 59 28 2 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 28400
29 35 29 2 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 35700
30 19 10 7 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 186750

31 20 17 4 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 80650
32 27 1 12 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 870200
33 40 33 3 GO BANG PNAU 41100
34 34 34 6 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 83600
35 21 12 12 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 218850
36 NEW 36 1 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 17400
37 30 8 10 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 284450
38 67 38 2 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 23800
39 75 39 2 GUILTY Paloma Faith 22100
40 47 40 2 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 29500

41 45 41 3 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 38500
42 28 16 5 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 96300
43 29 29 3 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 49500
44 33 6 15 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 416150
45 39 30 7 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 99700
46 32 22 5 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 87350
47 38 31 4 DRIVEWAY culpriit 65500
48 41 3 12 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 436550
49 50 49 5 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 44300
50 55 50 2 FIELDS OF GOLD Katie Melua 22800

51 31 10 12 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 197150
52 37 35 4 JEALOUS (I AIN’T WITH IT) Chromeo 63500
53 NEW 53 1 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 11250
54 NEW 54 1 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 11000
55 54 1 21 DREAMS Grace Slick 666700
56 48 3 16 DRINK UP Train 643500
57 53 29 6 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 89150
58 71 58 3 LET YOU DOWN NF 21200
59 69 59 3 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 22100
60 42 9 11 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 249300

61 52 1 20 TRUE FEELING Galantis 973950
62 44 44 4 DEADLY VALENTINE Charlotte Gainsbourg 44150
63 43 13 12 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 230100
64 56 19 9 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 142600
65 72 65 3 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 18200
66 61 1 22 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1078300
67 66 1 37 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 991350
68 NEW 68 1 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 6400
69 46 14 13 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 228150
70 51 46 5 LOVING IS EASY Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings 52800

71 NEW 71 1 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 5800
72 73 72 2 XANADU (LIVE AT WEMBLEY) Jeff Lynne’s ELO 11000
73 74 73 2 JIG OF LIFE Kate Bush 10600
74 NEW 74 1 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 5000

DROP OUTS
49 27 10 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 125300
57 1 18 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 874000
58 19 7 WORD UP The BossHoss 119850
60 34 5 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 69950
63 63 3 WHEN WE WERE HIGH LP 19900
64 10 8 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 187000
65 10 15 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 295300
68 6 13 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 320350
70 59 4 SAVOIR FAIRE Beth Ditto 29700

19th November 2017

It’s straight in at 1 for OMD’s best record, Maid Of Orleans peaked at 2 in my charts in 1982, but was still the star moment at the concert last week, so following a sort-of request to include it (Hi Simon!) it’s overdue getting to number one, as Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark make it an 8th time on top. It’s about Joan Of Arc, that old pop song cliche subject matter that everyone writes about all the time…

That means Sufjan Stevens gorgeous and touching gentle movie song is at 2 for now, as by contrast the exciting Written By Wolves packs it up to 4 and Led Zep’s hard rocking Immigrant Song is up to 7 – just behind The Fizz. I do enjoy being perverse in my music tastes laugh.gif Golden Slumbers is in twice – Elbow’s new cover, and advert song, pops in, but the short and very sweet original Abbey Road track is in at 24 – The final short track of the trilogy (really they are a medley) The End, entered my chart earlier in the year, so that only leaves Carry that Weight to go. As itunes doesn’t sell them together though, they don’t qualify, but The Beatles Golden Slumbers does as it has also made the UK sales chart.

Alma’s back, going through Phases as she pushes herself out the 40, Pnau shoot up into the 40 for the second time this year, followed closely by a subtle remix of the new Empire Of The Sun – Pnau’s partner-act, really – which I prefer to the single mix. Speaking of new mixes, or new versions, Yazoo are back again with a delicious 2017 version of Only You which should push it over a “million” in my sales soon – 1982 rules this week! – which slows it down and removes the blippety-blop synths which detract from the quality of the song.

Another Roy O track enters from his new album. Most of the classic oldies have already had good chart runs, but Blue Angel is a doo-wop 50’s styled delight that I’ve never really noticed before, but sounds quite lush with the LSO on hand. Katie Melua is back, well over a decade into her chart career, with Sting’s golden fields oldie, Fall Out Boy and Paloma Faith pop back fairly quickly with new ones, and an old Kate Bush album track, and Jeff Lynne’s live version of his 1980 chart-topper (minus luvverly Livvie) sneaks in.

1 NEW 1 1 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 170000
2 3 2 3 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 242000
3 1 1 6 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 483500
4 26 4 3 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 101900
5 4 3 6 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 332000
6 2 2 3 AMEN The Fizz 285000
7 11 7 4 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 170000
8 7 1 12 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 868000
9 5 1 8 WAIT UP Hurts 638000
10 43 10 2 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 55500

11 6 1 8 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 792000
12 8 3 8 READY TO GO Hurts 473000
13 15 13 15 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 294000
14 9 1 11 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 809650
15 16 15 2 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 52000
16 14 4 7 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 278300
17 21 17 3 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 56000
18 18 18 4 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 88000
19 13 10 6 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 168750
20 17 17 3 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 62750

21 12 12 11 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 201350
22 23 20 6 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 110650
23 25 23 11 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 177500
24 NEW 24 1 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 19000
25 NEW 25 1 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 18750
26 36 26 6 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 93450
27 24 1 11 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 852400
28 20 16 4 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 82550
29 32 29 2 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 36000
30 19 8 9 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 267150

31 10 10 11 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 185400
32 22 22 4 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 74600
33 33 6 14 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 402900
34 34 34 5 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 66000
35 NEW 35 1 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 17500
36 NEW 36 1 PHASES Alma & French Montana 17400
37 35 35 3 JEALOUS (I AIN’T WITH IT) Chromeo 52000
38 31 31 3 DRIVEWAY culpriit 53000
39 30 30 6 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 86700
40 68 40 2 GO BANG PNAU 23400

41 28 3 11 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 424250
42 29 9 10 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 239300
43 38 13 11 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 222900
44 47 44 3 DEADLY VALENTINE Charlotte Gainsbourg 36750
45 52 45 2 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 24500
46 37 14 12 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 221950
47 NEW 47 1 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 12500
48 39 3 15 DRINK UP Train 632900
49 27 27 10 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 125300
50 62 50 4 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 32200

51 46 46 4 LOVING IS EASY Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings 46800
52 49 1 19 TRUE FEELING Galantis 966450
53 41 29 5 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 78750
54 55 1 20 DREAMS Grace Slick 655900
55 NEW 55 1 FIELDS OF GOLD Katie Melua 10800
56 40 19 8 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 135500
57 50 1 18 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 874000
58 44 19 7 WORD UP The BossHoss 119850
59 NEW 59 1 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 10100
60 42 34 5 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 69950

61 57 1 21 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1071500
62 NEW 62 1 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 7400
63 64 63 3 WHEN WE WERE HIGH LP 19900
64 45 10 8 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 187000
65 58 10 15 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 295300
66 65 1 36 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 984750
67 NEW 67 1 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 6600
68 61 6 13 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 320350
69 71 69 2 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 12000
70 59 59 4 SAVOIR FAIRE Beth Ditto 29700

71 74 71 2 LET YOU DOWN NF 11000
72 72 72 2 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 11200
73 NEW 73 1 XANADU (LIVE AT WEMBLEY) Jeff Lynne’s ELO 5400
74 NEW 74 1 JIG OF LIFE Kate Bush 5200
75 NEW 75 1 GUILTY Paloma Faith 5000

DROP OUTS
48 30 6 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 90300
51 39 3 RISING COST OF LOVE Elkie Brooks 41600
53 37 5 SAY A PRAYER TIEKS featuring Chaka Khan & Popcaan 55750
54 8 14 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 315350
56 33 8 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 86300
60 60 2 PART X1V Prequell featuring Rae Morris 20000
63 10 13 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 261600
66 44 8 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 66050
67 67 2 SPACE AGE LOVE SONG A Flock Of Seagulls 11600
69 12 11 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 248200
70 1 22 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 829900
73 7 14 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 311250
75 75 1 TAKE ME HOME Delta Goodrem 5000

5th November 2017

It’s Tears For Fears shooting up to 1, the melody finally got through to me today, fab and Roland & Curt’s 4th chart-topper, Mad World, Everybody Wants To Rule The World (3 times) and Sowing The Seeds Of Love being the others. That’s bad news for Bucks Fizz who were out of nowhere and the highest new entry – OK, The Fizz if we want to be picky – in at 2 with the great 80’s pop sound of Amen, fighting for their 6th chart-topper a whole 31 years since the last one, and 29 years since they last made the top 10. Who woulda thought it!?

I do like stats. Led Zep make the top 10 for the 3rd time, all of them long after they stopped existing at a recording unit, Whole Lotta Love hit 10 in 1997, Stairway To heaven topped my chart in 2007, and very neatly Immigrant Song makes it a satisfying decade later for a number 8. 2027 for the next one? How about a stat like…ooh, Sufjan Stevens has had just the one chart entry, Chicago in 2006 which peaked at 10 – well he equals that right off the bat 11 years on with a movie theme tune, the lovely Mystery Of Love. Number 10 next in 2028?

RUFUS is the highest newish act at 21, while Written By Wolves bring some more rock into the chart, culpriit revisit Nu-Shuz I Can’t Wait as a backdrop and nick another melody for a fab pop record, while Rita Ora is back after a gap – most of her recent hits have left me unimpressed, but this one has a proper hook in amongst the obligatory 2017 squiggly computer noises. Meanwhile, actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg enters at 54 with a very credible dance track, debuting at the age of 46, and may well be the longest wait ever between pop stars having a hit (naughty Je Ta’ime..Moi Non Plus topped my charts in January 1975 for her parents Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin) and a daughter entering my charts. She was 4 at the time. There’s still time for Sean Lennon to take that record – his parents topped my chart in 1969, just before Charlotte’s topped the UK chart.

1 14 1 4 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 228500
2 NEW 2 1 AMEN The Fizz 115000
3 1 1 6 WAIT UP Hurts 533000
4 4 1 6 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 700000
5 2 1 9 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 735650
6 3 3 4 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 207000
7 5 3 6 READY TO GO Hurts 390000
8 12 8 2 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 83000
9 7 1 10 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 770000
10 NEW 10 1 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 42000

11 6 4 5 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 224300
12 8 8 7 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 228150
13 10 10 4 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 115750
14 16 14 8 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 146600
15 15 15 13 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 235000
16 23 16 2 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 44250
17 11 1 9 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 815000
18 18 18 2 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 44000
19 9 9 8 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 207350
20 20 20 4 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 71900

21 NEW 21 1 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 19750
22 32 22 2 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 37300
23 13 3 9 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 391950
24 21 6 12 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 367500
25 25 25 9 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 139500
26 17 3 13 DRINK UP Train 603500
27 NEW 27 1 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 18400
28 19 19 6 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 107900
29 29 29 3 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 53500
30 22 14 10 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 191900

31 NEW 31 1 DRIVEWAY culpriit 17900
32 24 13 9 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 192200
33 37 33 4 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 51600
34 34 34 3 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 46200
35 26 10 6 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 166900
36 38 36 4 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 57550
37 50 37 4 SAY A PRAYER TIEKS featuring Chaka Khan & Popcaan 44500
38 NEW 38 1 JEALOUS (I AIN’T WITH IT) Chromeo 17200
39 46 39 2 RISING COST OF LOVE Elkie Brooks 29850
40 27 19 5 WORD UP The BossHoss 96400

41 30 30 5 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 78000
42 28 8 13 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 304350
43 33 33 7 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 75700
44 NEW 44 1 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 13250
45 54 45 3 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 30800
46 31 10 12 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 254400
47 39 1 16 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 851600
48 42 1 17 TRUE FEELING Galantis 942850
49 58 49 2 LOVING IS EASY Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings 22300
50 44 44 7 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 59250

51 35 12 10 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 242000
52 45 6 11 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 306450
53 51 1 18 DREAMS Grace Slick 634100
54 NEW 54 1 DEADLY VALENTINE Charlotte Gainsbourg 11000
55 55 1 19 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1053600
56 40 4 14 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 532050
57 36 36 5 KAAMOS Tom Fall 66750
58 48 48 3 FREEDOM ’90 George Michael 28900
59 41 7 13 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 305850
60 NEW 60 1 PART X1V Prequell featuring Rae Morris 10000

61 49 10 13 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 278100
62 56 56 3 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 28100
63 65 63 3 FATHER FIGURE George Michael 21200
64 63 1 34 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 971950
65 67 65 2 SAVOIR FAIRE Beth Ditto 13600
66 70 66 2 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 12800
67 60 60 6 HEROES David Bowie 44800
68 43 18 9 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 163650
69 68 1 21 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 823900
70 47 14 8 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 149100

71 53 19 15 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 226300
72 NEW 72 1 WHEN WE WERE HIGH LP 5600
73 52 27 10 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 148200
74 59 9 13 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 259600
75 NEW 75 1 SPACE AGE LOVE SONG A Flock Of Seagulls 5000

DROP OUTS
57 35 4 END OF THE LINE The Traveling Wilburys 58000
61 8 20 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 404600
62 8 15 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 364750
64 13 11 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 221550
66 50 6 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 51000
69 33 9 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 125300
71 71 2 I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) George Michael and Aretha Franklin 11600
72 72 4 NOBODYS CHILD The Traveling Wilburys 21600
73 73 2 FAITH George Michael 10800
74 53 5 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 39550
75 8 16 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 381200

29th October 2017

Even later than usual this week, life is so manic I barely have time to breathe. Anyway Hurts get a second chart-topper in 3 weeks with the lovely sultry Wait Up, it’s their 4th in total. Pet Shop Boys, the other prolific duo in my chart, go to 3 with the tropical laid-back gorgeousness of Between Two Islands. The tracks they didn’t put on the Release album would have made a much more satisfying (if very varied) album than the actual sparse laid-back album itself.

Another duo have a big climb – Tears For Fears get a first top 20 hit with new material in 12 years, and stretch over 35 years. Highest new entry is a debut for classic album track Immigrant Song, Led Zep’s banger that has never been a single, but is now featured strongly in Thor: Ragnarok to great effect and now belatedly charts here for a rare Led Zep single entry (they didn’t release singles so they never qualified until I changed my rules). Marlon Roudette is back with another goodie, at 18, and Noel Gallagher pushes out his kid brother from my chart with his Mott The Hoople-ish glamstomper (It’s very The Golden Age Of Rock ‘n’ Roll crossed with Rocky Martin’s She Bangs).

Matt maltese debuts with a haunting track, as does Rex Orange County with a sweet one, and Elkie Brooks returns with another 2017 entry and 40 years on from Sunshine After The Rain going top 10.

1 2 1 5 WAIT UP Hurts 448000
2 1 1 8 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 676650
3 10 3 3 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 152000
4 3 1 5 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 635000
5 5 3 5 READY TO GO Hurts 340000
6 4 4 4 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 187300
7 7 1 9 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 725000
8 8 8 6 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 193150
9 9 9 7 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 186350
10 18 10 3 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 83750

11 6 1 8 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 792000
12 NEW 12 1 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 35000
13 12 3 8 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 372700
14 40 14 3 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 58500
15 17 15 12 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 208000
16 24 16 7 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 117600
17 13 3 12 DRINK UP Train 585000
18 NEW 18 1 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 22000
19 20 19 5 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 89700
20 27 20 3 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 51900

21 11 6 11 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 348500
22 22 14 9 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 173900
23 NEW 23 1 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 19250
24 16 13 8 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 174400
25 25 25 8 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 120750
26 14 10 5 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 149400
27 19 19 4 WORD UP The BossHoss 79400
28 15 8 12 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 290600
29 39 29 2 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 35300
30 30 30 4 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 64000

31 21 10 11 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 241650
32 NEW 32 1 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 17800
33 36 33 6 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 62200
34 54 34 2 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 28600
35 26 12 9 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 230250
36 37 36 4 KAAMOS Tom Fall 56350
37 57 37 3 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 33900
38 46 38 3 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 40150
39 31 1 15 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 839100
40 28 4 13 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 521450

41 29 7 12 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 295750
42 34 1 16 TRUE FEELING Galantis 930650
43 23 18 8 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 157250
44 56 44 6 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 47250
45 33 6 10 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 294950
46 NEW 46 1 RISING COST OF LOVE Elkie Brooks 12750
47 32 14 7 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 143100
48 68 48 2 FREEDOM ’90 George Michael 18700
49 41 10 12 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 270600
50 60 50 3 SAY A PRAYER TIEKS featuring Chaka Khan & Popcaan 27200

51 49 1 17 DREAMS Grace Slick 622850
52 38 27 9 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 142800
53 47 19 14 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 220500
54 66 54 2 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 17800
55 55 1 18 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1042800
56 59 56 2 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 20700
57 35 35 4 END OF THE LINE The Traveling Wilburys 58000
58 NEW 58 1 LOVING IS EASY Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings 10200
59 44 9 12 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 254400
60 62 60 5 HEROES David Bowie 38200

61 45 8 20 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 404600
62 51 8 15 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 364750
63 63 1 33 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 964850
64 42 13 11 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 221550
65 65 65 2 FATHER FIGURE George Michael 14000
66 50 50 6 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 51000
67 NEW 67 1 SAVOIR FAIRE Beth Ditto 6600
68 67 1 20 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 817700
69 43 33 9 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 125300
70 NEW 70 1 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 6000

71 71 71 2 I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) George Michael and Aretha Franklin 11600
72 72 72 4 NOBODYS CHILD The Traveling Wilburys 21600
73 73 73 2 FAITH George Michael 10800
74 53 53 5 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 39550
75 58 8 16 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 381200

DROP OUTS
48 37 8 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 92700
52 38 3 TALK OF THIS TOWN Catherine McGrath 41200
61 33 8 DUM DUM Kideko featuring Tiny Tempah and Becky G 91550
64 42 7 CHASING HIGHS Alma 63650
69 69 3 AMERICAN GIRL Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 17600
70 38 6 TENSION CENTVRIES 73000
74 74 2 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Liam Gallagher 10200
75 75 1 CARELESS WHISPER George Michael 5000

22nd October 2017

Evangeline finally gets on top, holding off another Hurts challenger, the soulful Wait Up. My Kingdom was entered into Buzzjack Song Contest 98 and failed to make the final. I wasn’t in that semi, sadly, cos I don’t know what substances everyone was one to ignore this brilliant track, the sexiest track of the year – that’s sexy tingly passion not rapper “sexy” sweary-naughty-words which are not remotely sexy or passionate. This one builds, a great melody, a convincing vocal to match the tastefully passionate lyrics, and then that driving beat getting louder with rising passions right through to the “drop” as I believe the youngsters call it, and frenzied electrobeats. Perfectly constructed. Obviously all too young to know what it’s about laugh.gif

Sparks shoot up into the top 10 with Edith Piaf. That’s the song, not a duet with a French ghost chanteuse. That gives the boys 43 years of top 10’s and around about a dozen at least to date, I reckon, probably more, with another cantering a bit lower with the Macbeths, reality TV stylee. Class! Pet Shop Boys get another top 10 with a non-charted oldie, we are really closing in on 70 or 80 top 10’s for that UK duo, the biggest by far outpacing the US nearest version – Sparks.

There’s a load of new entries following the George Michael TV show (which I haven’t seen yet) as they all charted in the sales chart, so they may yet go up when I watch it. Another UK duo are also back – it’s OMD, and I think they may must be the 2nd biggest duo in my charts of all-time. Can’t think of any other that would rival, barring Erasure, but OMD have 5 years start on them.

1 2 1 7 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 561650
2 3 2 4 WAIT UP Hurts 278000
3 1 1 4 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 570000
4 7 4 3 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 132300
5 5 3 4 READY TO GO Hurts 280000
6 4 1 7 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 755000
7 6 1 8 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 675000
8 11 8 5 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 145150
9 27 9 6 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 141350
10 16 10 2 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 67000

11 9 6 10 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 328750
12 12 3 7 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 340700
13 15 3 11 DRINK UP Train 562000
14 10 10 4 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 130900
15 8 8 11 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 272300
16 13 13 7 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 155400
17 22 17 11 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 181000
18 21 18 2 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 41750
19 19 19 3 WORD UP The BossHoss 61000
20 20 20 4 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 68700

21 17 10 10 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 223750
22 14 14 8 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 154400
23 18 18 7 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 143750
24 24 24 6 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 92600
25 35 25 7 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 102000
26 26 12 8 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 212750
27 43 27 2 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 31900
28 25 4 12 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 504450
29 23 7 11 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 281750
30 40 30 3 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 46000

31 28 1 14 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 822000
32 32 14 6 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 130600
33 30 6 9 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 281950
34 31 1 15 TRUE FEELING Galantis 916900
35 39 35 3 END OF THE LINE The Traveling Wilburys 47600
36 61 36 5 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 44500
37 53 37 3 KAAMOS Tom Fall 38950
38 29 27 8 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 131300
39 NEW 39 1 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 17100
40 47 40 2 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 29500

41 44 10 11 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 258500
42 34 13 10 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 214450
43 33 33 8 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 119100
44 41 9 11 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 244300
45 36 8 19 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 397100
46 58 46 2 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 22950
47 45 19 13 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 209250
48 37 37 8 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 92700
49 49 1 16 DREAMS Grace Slick 611100
50 54 50 5 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 44200

51 46 8 14 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 357350
52 38 38 3 TALK OF THIS TOWN Catherine McGrath 41200
53 59 53 4 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 34350
54 NEW 54 1 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 11000
55 55 1 17 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1032000
56 62 56 5 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 34000
57 69 57 2 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 16600
58 51 8 15 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 376200
59 NEW 59 1 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 10100
60 74 60 2 SAY A PRAYER TIEKS featuring Chaka Khan & Popcaan 15200

61 42 33 8 DUM DUM Kideko featuring Tiny Tempah and Becky G 91550
62 65 62 4 HEROES David Bowie 28200
63 63 1 32 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 957650
64 48 42 7 CHASING HIGHS Alma 63650
65 NEW 65 1 FATHER FIGURE George Michael 7000
66 NEW 66 1 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 6800
67 66 1 19 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 811300
68 NEW 68 1 FREEDOM ’90 George Michael 6400
69 70 69 3 AMERICAN GIRL Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 17600
70 50 38 6 TENSION CENTVRIES 73000

71 NEW 71 1 I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) George Michael and Aretha Franklin 5800
72 73 72 3 NOBODYS CHILD The Traveling Wilburys 16000
73 NEW 73 1 FAITH George Michael 5400
74 75 74 2 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Liam Gallagher 10200
75 NEW 75 1 CARELESS WHISPER George Michael 5000

DROP OUTS
52 27 10 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 134900
56 19 9 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 137950
57 22 7 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 117000
60 1 10 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 746550
64 64 2 ROCKIN’ FOR MYSELF Motiv8 featuring Angie Brown 13100
67 8 11 DARTH VADER Dragonette 233250
68 60 3 BURN SLOW Jaira Burns 23400
71 71 2 VULCANO Francesca Michelin 10800
72 48 2 MASTERPIECE NONONO 17900

15th October 2017

3 weeks for Hurts on top, as they challenge themselves with the soulful Wait Up up to 3, and a massive leap for Burak Yeter up 30 spots to 7. Hurts new album has peaked at 21 in the UK chart which is ludicrously low for such a great band. Two Pet Shop Boys from the recharting extended Release CD set, both I already knew but hadn’t charted before, dating from 2002-4-ish. The album excluded any (much better) tracks that didn’t fit into the mood, including these two gems, one latin-tinged, one banger singalong.

Two new revamped tracks a la Elvis for Roy Orbison gives us 2 late lamented Traveling Wilburys in the chart, as well as the band itself. Love Hurts has been much-covered over the years (Nazereth and Jim Capaldi for two hit versions, for a start) so about time Roy charted his original. Chaka Khan gets a credit, which allows me to claim her charting in my charts for 43 years, starting with Rufus’ Tell Me Something Good in 1974.

1 1 1 3 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 485000
2 2 2 6 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 391650
3 6 3 3 WAIT UP Hurts 163000
4 4 1 6 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 700000
5 3 3 3 READY TO GO Hurts 220000
6 5 1 7 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 625000
7 37 7 2 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 67300
8 9 8 10 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 245300
9 7 6 9 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 291750
10 10 10 3 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 101900

11 12 11 4 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 97150
12 8 3 6 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 305700
13 14 13 6 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 130400
14 15 14 7 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 134900
15 11 3 10 DRINK UP Train 530000
16 NEW 16 1 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 25000
17 13 10 9 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 204000
18 18 18 6 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 124500
19 24 19 2 WORD UP The BossHoss 40000
20 26 20 3 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 48700

21 NEW 21 1 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 19750
22 28 22 10 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 158000
23 16 7 10 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 263550
24 29 24 5 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 73600
25 17 4 11 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 486150
26 23 12 7 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 194250
27 19 19 5 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 96350
28 25 1 13 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 804100
29 32 27 7 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 114100
30 30 6 8 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 264250

31 27 1 14 TRUE FEELING Galantis 899300
32 20 14 5 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 112800
33 34 33 7 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 105600
34 21 13 9 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 200700
35 40 35 6 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 83250
36 22 8 18 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 384100
37 39 37 7 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 80400
38 47 38 2 TALK OF THIS TOWN Catherine McGrath 29700
39 45 39 2 END OF THE LINE The Traveling Wilburys 30100
40 54 40 2 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 28000

41 31 9 10 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 233050
42 33 33 7 DUM DUM Kideko featuring Tiny Tempah and Becky G 84050
43 NEW 43 1 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 13500
44 35 10 10 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 244500
45 36 19 12 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 196750
46 38 8 13 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 345600
47 NEW 47 1 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 12500
48 42 42 6 CHASING HIGHS Alma 56550
49 49 1 15 DREAMS Grace Slick 599000
50 41 38 5 TENSION CENTVRIES 67000

51 43 8 14 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 366000
52 50 27 10 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 134900
53 57 53 2 KAAMOS Tom Fall 21650
54 58 54 4 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 32200
55 53 1 16 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1021200
56 44 19 9 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 137950
57 46 22 7 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 117000
58 NEW 58 1 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 10200
59 67 59 3 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 23100
60 51 1 10 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 746550

61 63 61 4 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 27100
62 71 62 4 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 23400
63 62 1 31 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 950450
64 70 64 2 ROCKIN’ FOR MYSELF Motiv8 featuring Angie Brown 13100
65 65 65 3 HEROES David Bowie 20800
66 64 1 18 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 804700
67 56 8 11 DARTH VADER Dragonette 233250
68 60 60 3 BURN SLOW Jaira Burns 23400
69 NEW 69 1 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 6200
70 73 70 2 AMERICAN GIRL Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 11400

71 RE 71 2 VULCANO Francesca Michelin 10800
72 48 48 2 MASTERPIECE NONONO 17900
73 75 73 2 NOBODYS CHILD The Traveling Wilburys 10400
74 NEW 74 1 SAY A PRAYER TIEKS featuring Chaka Khan & Popcaan 5200
75 NEW 75 1 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Liam Gallagher 5000

DROP OUTS
52 26 6 MERMAID Skott 81450
55 20 6 BELIEVE/SONG FOR GUY Pet Shop Boys featuring Elton John 100750
59 4 13 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 509850
61 40 8 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 98100
66 53 5 THIS KIND OF LOVE George Michael 40250
68 36 6 NON BELIEVER London Grammar 77350
69 69 2 DOWN Andrew Belle 12200
72 8 14 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 322150
74 37 6 POSITIVE ROLE MODEL Pet Shop Boys 65800

 

8th October 2017

It’s 2 weeks weeks on top for the fabulous almost-festive singalong ballad from Hurts (MUST be a December single surely!?), followed closely by the fab Evangeline pumping dance single, My Kingdom. Hurts hold at 3, and rise to 6 with the Prince-flavoured Wait Up for half of the top 6! Two dance bangers enter the top 10, and Sophie Tucker hits 12, sorry I mean Sofi Tukker. Force of habit for old folk.

In at 24, highest new entry is the 2004 track featured in the new Kingsman film to great effect – Cameo’s Word Up done hillbilly style by a German country covers band, The BossHoss. Fun! P!nk leapfrogs herself as Beautiful Trauma jaunts into the 30, and Burak Yeter & Ryan Ribak enter into the 40. Following the sad death of Tom Petty there are a sprinkling of Wilburys and Heartbreakers tracks entering. It was 40 years ago that Tom debuted in my chart, so it’s nice to see a selection back for a nice bloke.

Morrissey is also back 34 years on from This Charming Man, and it’s a good offering too, while Motiv8 and Angie Brown finally get a second week on my chart – 23 years after peaking at 75. Maybe I was out the country at the time, or maybe I was getting fed up with jaunty piano house tunes dominating the charts, but it’s decent and deserved better.

1 1 1 2 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 315000
2 4 2 5 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 276650
3 3 3 2 READY TO GO Hurts 160000
4 2 1 5 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 635000
5 5 1 6 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 570000
6 17 6 2 WAIT UP Hurts 78000
7 7 6 8 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 246750
8 6 3 5 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 270700
9 32 9 9 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 197300
10 31 10 2 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 59900

11 8 3 9 DRINK UP Train 503000
12 25 12 3 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 60150
13 10 10 8 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 181000
14 16 14 5 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 98400
15 15 15 6 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 105900
16 9 7 9 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 244300
17 11 4 10 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 467400
18 18 18 5 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 102500
19 20 19 4 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 77950
20 14 14 4 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 95000

21 13 13 8 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 183100
22 12 8 17 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 366700
23 21 12 6 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 175750
24 NEW 24 1 WORD UP The BossHoss 19000
25 22 1 12 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 785850
26 58 26 2 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 28700
27 19 1 13 TRUE FEELING Galantis 881400
28 30 28 9 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 138500
29 39 29 4 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 54600
30 23 6 7 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 246250

31 24 9 9 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 219050
32 27 27 6 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 95900
33 34 33 6 DUM DUM Kideko featuring Tiny Tempah and Becky G 70300
34 37 34 6 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 87900
35 28 10 9 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 231250
36 33 19 11 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 183750
37 NEW 37 1 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 17300
38 29 8 12 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 332850
39 49 39 6 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 63100
40 40 40 5 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 65750

41 38 38 4 TENSION CENTVRIES 55000
42 54 42 5 CHASING HIGHS Alma 44250
43 35 8 13 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 354250
44 36 19 8 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 127350
45 NEW 45 1 END OF THE LINE The Traveling Wilburys 13000
46 26 22 6 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 106600
47 NEW 47 1 TALK OF THIS TOWN Catherine McGrath 12500
48 NEW 48 1 MASTERPIECE NONONO 12300
49 48 1 14 DREAMS Grace Slick 586900
50 41 27 9 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 123400

51 45 1 9 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 736550
52 42 26 6 MERMAID Skott 81450
53 46 1 15 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1010400
54 NEW 54 1 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 11000
55 44 20 6 BELIEVE/SONG FOR GUY Pet Shop Boys featuring Elton John 100750
56 52 8 10 DARTH VADER Dragonette 226650
57 NEW 57 1 KAAMOS Tom Fall 10400
58 71 58 3 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 21200
59 50 4 13 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 509850
60 65 60 2 BURN SLOW Jaira Burns 17000

61 47 40 8 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 98100
62 61 1 30 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 943250
63 69 63 3 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 19600
64 62 1 17 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 797900
65 66 65 2 HEROES David Bowie 13800
66 53 53 5 THIS KIND OF LOVE George Michael 40250
67 68 67 2 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 13000
68 51 36 6 NON BELIEVER London Grammar 77350
69 70 69 2 DOWN Andrew Belle 12200
70 NEW 70 1 ROCKIN’ FOR MYSELF Motiv8 featuring Angie Brown 6000

71 74 71 3 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 16000
72 55 8 14 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 322150
73 NEW 73 1 AMERICAN GIRL Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 5400
74 57 37 6 POSITIVE ROLE MODEL Pet Shop Boys 65800
75 NEW 75 1 NOBODYS CHILD The Traveling Wilburys 5000

DROP OUTS
43 8 8 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 212500
56 14 6 3 A.M. (ETERNAL) The KLF 133400
59 59 3 THE WOLF SIAMES 22100
60 19 7 MAN BEHIND THE SUN Callum Beattie 98800
63 49 7 SUPERFRESH Jamiroquai 58400
64 64 3 YALLA Inna 19100
67 3 16 THE MAN The Killers 528750
72 48 7 BACK TO YOU Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals 68700
73 10 11 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 215250
75 75 1 VULCANO Francesca Michelin 5000

1st October 2017

It’s Hurts in at 1 from nowhere – I hadn’t heard it before today when I checked out the new album, which looks pretty good, but has 2 fab future singles (I hope) and 2 current singles. Magnificent is another showstopping power ballad from the lads, fab and knocks off Footsteps from the top. Here’s hoping they make it the next single (as Pet Shop Boys should have done with Footsteps). In at 3 it’s the single proper, and Ready To Go is the upbeat current Radio 2 playlist single for Hurts. That leaves the Prince-inspired funk of Wait Up in at 17, with a great hook. 3 instant top 20 tracks.

Martin Solveig and Alma have a good climb, into the 20, as Sparks add a top 20 to their 43-year-long list of them. Sofi Tukker, the US duo, have a massive climb into the 30 with an unusual upbeat track, while the highest non-Hurts track to enter is from ARLE, both a district of Cheltenham and a new moody dance banger. P!nk has a quick follow up Beautiful Trauma as her current biggie is yet to drop much, as does Jaira Burns grabbing a quick second entry. Brighton band The RPM’s round out the new stuff.

1 NEW 1 1 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 145000
2 1 1 4 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 570000
3 NEW 3 1 READY TO GO Hurts 75000
4 4 4 4 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 161650
5 2 1 5 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 510000
6 3 3 4 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 222700
7 6 6 7 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 196750
8 5 3 8 DRINK UP Train 466000
9 7 7 8 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 219300
10 10 10 7 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 149050

11 9 4 9 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 444400
12 8 8 16 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 347200
13 15 13 7 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 163350
14 16 14 3 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 75000
15 31 15 5 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 78900
16 20 16 4 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 69400
17 NEW 17 1 WAIT UP Hurts 23000
18 18 18 4 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 80500
19 11 1 12 TRUE FEELING Galantis 863000
20 23 20 3 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 56950

21 12 12 5 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 156500
22 14 1 11 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 767100
23 13 6 6 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 228250
24 19 9 8 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 201150
25 68 25 2 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 25150
26 22 22 5 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 93850
27 29 27 5 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 78100
28 24 10 8 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 213750
29 21 8 11 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 315650
30 33 30 8 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 120200

31 NEW 31 1 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 17900
32 45 14 8 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 152300
33 42 19 10 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 166350
34 43 34 5 DUM DUM Kideko featuring Tiny Tempah and Becky G 52600
35 27 8 12 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 339850
36 25 19 7 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 114100
37 39 37 5 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 70300
38 38 38 3 TENSION CENTVRIES 41000
39 48 39 3 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 36400
40 44 40 4 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 48750

41 34 27 8 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 111400
42 26 26 5 MERMAID Skott 79950
43 17 8 8 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 212500
44 28 20 5 BELIEVE/SONG FOR GUY Pet Shop Boys featuring Elton John 89950
45 37 1 8 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 724800
46 35 1 14 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 999150
47 40 40 7 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 90600
48 46 1 13 DREAMS Grace Slick 574800
49 53 49 5 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 46000
50 30 4 12 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 499750

51 36 36 5 NON BELIEVER London Grammar 70950
52 50 8 9 DARTH VADER Dragonette 216050
53 62 53 4 THIS KIND OF LOVE George Michael 33450
54 64 54 4 CHASING HIGHS Alma 30500
55 51 8 13 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 316550
56 32 14 6 3 A.M. (ETERNAL) The KLF 133400
57 41 37 5 POSITIVE ROLE MODEL Pet Shop Boys 60600
58 NEW 58 1 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 10200
59 66 59 3 THE WOLF SIAMES 22100
60 52 19 7 MAN BEHIND THE SUN Callum Beattie 98800

61 61 1 29 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 935850
62 57 1 16 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 790800
63 49 49 7 SUPERFRESH Jamiroquai 58400
64 65 64 3 YALLA Inna 19100
65 NEW 65 1 BURN SLOW Jaira Burns 7000
66 NEW 66 1 HEROES David Bowie 6800
67 56 3 16 THE MAN The Killers 528750
68 NEW 68 1 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 6400
69 69 69 2 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 12400
70 NEW 70 1 DOWN Andrew Belle 6000

71 74 71 2 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 11000
72 59 48 7 BACK TO YOU Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals 68700
73 72 10 11 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 215250
74 75 74 2 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 10200
75 NEW 75 1 VULCANO Francesca Michelin 5000

DROP OUTS
47 7 11 MR SANDMAN Syml 281400
54 5 7 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 259250
55 26 6 GOTTA GET A GRIP (SEEB REMIX) Mick Jagger 95850
58 56 6 FEEL ABOUT YOU Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 52800
60 49 4 DANCING IN THE RAIN The Fizz 46300
63 4 12 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 341200
67 67 2 LOVE IN RUINS Gryffin featuring Sinead Harnett 12400
70 20 10 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 149950
71 71 3 YOU’RE THE BEST THING ABOUT ME U2 16400
73 1 48 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1154100

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A First-Timers Guide To Copenhagen

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She didn’t move much, that Mermaid…

Denmark and Sweden in 5 days? Well I have Danish ancestors19th century vintage, so sooner or later a trip to Copenhagen was going to be in order, and I immediately felt at home: a lot of the men were blonde/gingery, tall, young and handsome, so I fit right in. Apart from the tall bit. And the handsome thing is a stretch to be fair. Obv I’m not ACTUALLY young, of course. And my hair is more grey than off-blonde or ginger-ish lately. Apart from that though I fit in fine.

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Looking over the sea to Sweden

First impression of Copenhagen? Bicycles. Cyclists everywhere, young, older, male, female, chatting into mobile phones while cycling with one relaxed hand. Tweeting with no hands. You see this is all fine, cos cars don’t rule the roads, the bike lanes are given just as much priority and its the quickest way round the city. Unlike the UK, cyclists don’t have to wear lycra and 2 grand for a state-of-the-art bike, bone-shakers are fine and padlocks not needed.

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Tivoli Gardens, through a distorted mirror. I think.

My fluency in languages is legendary. Start with a local greeting (“hi”) followed by whatever i want in English usually works for me. Happily in surprisingly cosmopolitan Copenhagen everyone speaks perfect English. Which is more than I can say, for example, people born in exotic places like Essex and my hometown Mansfield.

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Twisty building Malmo

Vegetarians have a challenge. Find something without pork products. I am exaggerating. Most of the breakfast cereals had very little bacon in them, and the croissants only occasionally. Invariably that means aimless walking trying to find a place that was suitable for everyone. Happily, our visit coincided with the midsummer festival. This meant bonfires in every bit of public open space, picnics and booze into the night, and a right good ol’ party atmosphere. It also meant students driving round town in all sorts of large vehicles celebrating end of term, or their fave lager, or something, wearing sailor hats Popeye style, with bangin’ music and shouting and honking horns and mega vuvuzelas and alcohol and singing. So there was much street life to keep us entertained from first thing in the morning, all day, all evening, and a bit of the night. I was quite envious. My uni course was a meal and everyone drifting off into the sunset one by one. Here, and also in Malmo, Sweden, it was a big bang, on lorries, on boats, on military vehicles, on cycles, on foot, on open top lorries, Sherman tanks, space shuttles and amphibious landing craft. Im lying a bit there. No one walked.

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Students!

On sunday we got the train to Sweden, over the sea by bridge. Internet, plenty of seats, every 20 minutes to Malmo, smooth, all mod cons, a revelation. One day I dream the UK might have trains. I didn’t even have to show my passport and the ticket checker was a bright and helpful lady. People to help everywhere wherever you go, and not just one on duty, there were literally dozens walking round away from the many many booths and self-help machines. And the toilets! Clean, and prolific, and free. Not just in tourist areas. EVERYWHERE we went there were public toilets in both countries. There were more in half a square city mile than in the whole of tourist-dependant Bournemouth – away from the seafront, there are no more than about 10. Fortunately us Brits are used to walking around in incontinence pants to avoid the piss dripping down our legs, a real social faux pas!

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A Windmill In Old…Malmo

Copengagen has many beautiful historic old buildings. Loved the Round Tower, and astronomer Tycho Brahe connections. I was impressed I almost chopped my nose off in trubute. After 4 days the novelty wears off though and you long for the odd council housing estate just to stay grounded. Malmo too, not to mention impressive new architecture in new developments. As I say though, it was Sunday, so Sweden was closed for the day. The weather was cool, showery, overcast, with just an occasional peak of a small yellowish thing in the grey sky. Midsummer. The whole 5 days. Now I know how they feel in Scotland (love and condolences!).

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Inside The Round Tower

Health and safety gone mad is how the right-wing British press like to characterise the EU. That most certainly is not my experience. Being practical and not moaning about everything is how i see it. That said, climbing 6 flights of hotel stairs, while they were sanding down, polythene on steps, planks blowing off fire escape half done roof tiling, banging works from 7am to 4pm each day, and scaffolding by all windows wasn’t what I was expecting for 800 pounds for 5 nights. Its not cheap!

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Copenhagen waterfront

So, anyway, hope that helps with what to expect and to do…

My 2017 Charts Jul-Sep

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Roman amphitheatre Tarragona, Spain
24th September 2017

It’s Pet Shop Boys on top for a 2nd week, fresh as I get back from 5 days in Salou on rollercoasters again (one is never too old for a cheap thrill) and having read the Johnny Marr autobiog – Pet Shop Boys feature, as they should when I saw him helping them out at The Albert Hall charity gig last summer with Suedehead. Footsteps would have fit in beautifully.

Evangeline shoots up to 4, and is growing on me bigtime, clubtastic, and The Killers climb 22 to grab a second consecutive top 10, some 13 years on from first doing that! As I enjoy a nice round-robin of reference, Brandon Flowers is a huge Pet Shop Boys and Smiths fan, and Suedehead was Morrisey’s debut solo single after The Smiths split up and Johnny Marr moved on to Electronic with Bernard Sumner and guests Pet Shop Boys.

Reggaeton Lento was getting some cabaret evening cover in the holiday hotel in the evenings, along with Despacito and other Latin hits, and theatrical musical Cabaret songs – which was a cue for Liza Minelli, who also had an album produced and songs written by Pet Shop Boys in 1989. Life is circular.

1 1 1 3 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 455000
2 2 1 4 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 450000
3 4 3 3 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 167700
4 27 4 3 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 96150
5 3 3 7 DRINK UP Train 418000
6 11 6 6 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 146750
7 10 7 7 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 174300
8 9 8 15 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 312200
9 5 4 8 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 407400
10 32 10 6 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 107050

11 6 1 11 TRUE FEELING Galantis 842000
12 12 12 4 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 121500
13 13 6 5 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 209000
14 7 1 10 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 747600
15 16 15 6 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 131350
16 19 16 2 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 46000
17 8 8 7 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 199000
18 24 18 3 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 58500
19 15 9 7 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 182150
20 30 20 3 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 44400

21 17 8 10 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 297450
22 23 22 4 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 74350
23 33 23 2 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 36950
24 18 10 7 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 195450
25 21 19 6 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 96700
26 28 26 4 MERMAID Skott 66200
27 26 8 11 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 322350
28 20 20 4 BELIEVE/SONG FOR GUY Pet Shop Boys featuring Elton John 76700
29 29 29 4 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 59700
30 25 4 11 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 487750

31 36 31 4 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 51900
32 14 14 5 3 A.M. (ETERNAL) The KLF 122800
33 40 33 7 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 102200
34 34 27 7 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 97400
35 31 1 13 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 986400
36 38 36 4 NON BELIEVER London Grammar 59200
37 22 1 7 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 711800
38 67 38 2 TENSION CENTVRIES 23800
39 39 39 4 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 53000
40 43 40 6 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 78100

41 37 37 4 POSITIVE ROLE MODEL Pet Shop Boys 50200
42 35 19 9 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 148650
43 59 43 4 DUM DUM Kideko 35000
44 54 44 3 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 31750
45 41 14 7 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 134500
46 44 1 12 DREAMS Grace Slick 562500
47 47 7 11 MR SANDMAN Syml 281400
48 65 48 2 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 19300
49 57 49 6 SUPERFRESH Jamiroquai 51200
50 50 8 8 DARTH VADER Dragonette 204550

51 48 8 12 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 305750
52 45 19 6 MAN BEHIND THE SUN Callum Beattie 88800
53 53 53 4 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 33900
54 42 5 7 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 259250
55 46 26 6 GOTTA GET A GRIP (SEEB REMIX) Mick Jagger 95850
56 51 3 15 THE MAN The Killers 522150
57 55 1 15 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 783400
58 56 56 6 FEEL ABOUT YOU Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 52800
59 52 48 6 BACK TO YOU Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals 63100
60 49 49 4 DANCING IN THE RAIN The Fizz 46300

61 61 1 28 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 928350
62 62 62 3 THIS KIND OF LOVE George Michael 22200
63 58 4 12 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 341200
64 RE 64 3 CHASING HIGHS Alma 19500
65 75 65 2 YALLA Inna 12000
66 74 66 2 THE WOLF SIAMES 12000
67 71 67 2 LOVE IN RUINS Gryffin featuring Sinead Harnett 12400
68 NEW 68 1 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 6400
69 NEW 69 1 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 6200
70 60 20 10 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 149950

71 72 71 3 YOU’RE THE BEST THING ABOUT ME U2 16400
72 63 10 10 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 209850
73 73 1 48 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1154100
74 NEW 74 1 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 5200
75 NEW 75 1 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 5000

DROP OUTS
64 60 5 UGLY Jaira Burns 38400
66 10 9 IT’S SUNNY TLC featuring Bobby Hebb 191900
68 68 4 DO YA THINK I’M SEXY? Rod Stewart featuring DNCE 23400
69 17 11 TOO MUCH Blondie 165300
70 19 9 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 125500

17th September 2017

It’s the Pet Shop Boys gorgeous Footsteps on top, a 1999 album track that should have been a single, but in those days I only allowed one album track per album to chart – these days I’m going with around 3, and Nightlife made the charts again recently, so that’s an excuse to finally get it on top, as it would have done in late ’99 had I changed my chart rules. That’s a 44th topper, and one not far behind from the same album at 4.

The late Glen Campbell makes the top 10 47 years since the first time (it topped my chart in 1970), and Katy Perry finally goes top 10 after 14 weeks on my chart, Swish! Thirty Seconds From Mars, the band of The Joker, at least the Suicide Squad version, is the highest entry at 19. Any DC comics connection is good enough for me! ZAYN and Sia rocket up to 30, and Sparks get 2 new entries, the best new tracks off Hippopotamus, which was getting heavily pushed on posters all over Copenhagen back in July, so a bit of a wait! Suedey entered Edith Piaf into Buzzjack Song Contest, and had it been the studio version it would have done much better. Sparks, 43 years of charting here and still going strong.

1 2 1 2 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 285000
2 1 1 3 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 335000
3 3 3 6 DRINK UP Train 358000
4 33 4 2 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 82700
5 5 4 7 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 362400
6 6 1 10 TRUE FEELING Galantis 805000
7 4 1 9 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 718600
8 11 8 6 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 176000
9 25 9 14 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 264200
10 17 10 6 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 124300

11 23 11 5 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 91750
12 13 12 3 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 86500
13 8 6 4 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 177000
14 14 14 4 3 A.M. (ETERNAL) The KLF 105000
15 9 9 6 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 161150
16 16 16 5 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 104350
17 12 8 9 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 277700
18 10 10 6 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 176450
19 NEW 19 1 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 21000
20 20 20 3 BELIEVE/SONG FOR GUY Pet Shop Boys featuring Elton John 58400

21 19 19 5 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 77950
22 7 1 6 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 694500
23 30 23 3 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 54850
24 35 24 2 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 36500
25 15 4 10 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 469750
26 18 8 10 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 303950
27 46 27 2 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 31150
28 31 28 3 MERMAID Skott 47700
29 37 29 3 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 41500
30 68 30 2 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 24400

31 24 1 12 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 968900
32 56 32 5 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 65050
33 NEW 33 1 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 17700
34 27 27 6 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 79800
35 21 19 8 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 134900
36 58 36 3 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 34000
37 52 37 3 POSITIVE ROLE MODEL Pet Shop Boys 36200
38 39 38 3 NON BELIEVER London Grammar 41800
39 50 39 3 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 35900
40 40 40 6 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 84500

41 26 14 6 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 121500
42 22 5 6 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 248250
43 43 43 5 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 61100
44 38 1 11 DREAMS Grace Slick 549750
45 29 19 5 MAN BEHIND THE SUN Callum Beattie 77300
46 28 26 5 GOTTA GET A GRIP (SEEB REMIX) Mick Jagger 85050
47 34 7 10 MR SANDMAN Syml 268900
48 36 8 11 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 294000
49 49 49 3 DANCING IN THE RAIN The Fizz 36300
50 32 8 7 DARTH VADER Dragonette 192550

51 42 3 14 THE MAN The Killers 511550
52 48 48 5 BACK TO YOU Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals 53000
53 74 53 3 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 22650
54 61 54 2 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 18500
55 51 1 14 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 773000
56 57 56 5 FEEL ABOUT YOU Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 42600
57 59 57 5 SUPERFRESH Jamiroquai 39100
58 44 4 11 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 334000
59 69 59 3 DUM DUM Kideko 21500
60 47 20 9 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 143950

61 60 1 27 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 920850
62 62 62 2 THIS KIND OF LOVE George Michael 14800
63 45 10 9 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 204250
64 64 60 5 UGLY Jaira Burns 38400
65 NEW 65 1 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 7000
66 55 10 9 IT’S SUNNY TLC featuring Bobby Hebb 191900
67 NEW 67 1 TENSION CENTVRIES 6600
68 71 68 4 DO YA THINK I’M SEXY? Rod Stewart featuring DNCE 23400
69 63 17 11 TOO MUCH Blondie 165300
70 65 19 9 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 125500

71 NEW 71 1 LOVE IN RUINS Gryffin featuring Sinead Harnett 5800
72 75 72 2 YOU’RE THE BEST THING ABOUT ME U2 10600
73 73 1 47 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1148700
74 NEW 74 1 THE WOLF SIAMES 5200
75 NEW 75 1 YALLA Inna 5000

DROP OUTS
41 29 5 GOOD RIDDANCE (TIME OF YOUR LIFE) Glen Campbell 79350
53 36 5 SWIMMING POOL SUMMER Capital Cities 64450
54 27 6 THE SPIRIT OF THE HAWK Rednex 89300
66 18 8 RAIN The Script 137800
67 10 9 GENEVE John Otway 209600
70 35 7 WILD THOUGHTS DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller 77250
72 40 8 SUBEME LA RADIO Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno, Zion and Lennox 84200

10th September 2017

It’s Paloma Faith grabbing a 4th chart-topper, as she enters the UK sales top 40 with the fab Crybaby (but not the steaming chart), just keeping ahead of the highest new entry from a Pet Shop Boys mini-invasion – all previously uncharted tracks from Nightlife Deluxe Edition – with Footsteps at 2, a totally gorgeous genteel night-themed song which could easily have been in the musical Closer To Heaven – as in fact could that track entering at 33, and the track intended for it (but dropped) Tall Thin Men at 13.

Two Minogues in the top 10, George Michael returns with a Listen Without Prejudice era non-album track, here remixed by Nile Rodgers, new at 35, while an unreleased leaked ballad is at 62. Needs releasing. Shania Twain bounds into the top 40 for her 2nd of the year, London Grammar get a 3rd, while Steely Dan return for the first time in decades following the death of Walter Becker, here with my UK 1975 Top 10 (and their best track) Do It Again – and that took 3 years to scrape into the official UK top 40.

Sia’s back yet again, non-stop Dusk Till Dawn hitmaker really, with Zayn – or ZAYN! – making 3 One Direction-member tracks in the chart. Never would have thought! U2 scrape in with their new lead album track. Scrape is the right word, it sounds very U2 on first hearing (which is OK by me), but a bit lacking something compared to previous album lead singles.

1 7 1 2 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 220000
2 NEW 2 1 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 115000
3 4 3 5 DRINK UP Train 273000
4 2 1 8 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 668600
5 5 4 6 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 302400
6 3 1 9 TRUE FEELING Galantis 755000
7 1 1 5 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 675000
8 6 6 3 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 145000
9 13 9 5 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 134150
10 10 10 5 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 154450

11 14 11 5 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 128000
12 8 8 8 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 254700
13 22 13 2 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 51500
14 15 14 3 3 A.M. (ETERNAL) The KLF 76000
15 9 4 9 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 451000
16 17 16 4 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 79350
17 18 17 5 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 82300
18 11 8 9 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 285450
19 20 19 4 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 58200
20 27 20 2 BELIEVE/SONG FOR GUY Pet Shop Boys featuring Elton John 38400

21 25 19 7 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 117400
22 12 5 5 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 234500
23 35 23 4 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 54750
24 16 1 11 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 951000
25 39 15 13 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 219200
26 23 14 5 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 107500
27 40 27 5 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 62200
28 26 26 4 GOTTA GET A GRIP (SEEB REMIX) Mick Jagger 72300
29 19 19 4 MAN BEHIND THE SUN Callum Beattie 64300
30 34 30 2 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 35600

31 52 31 2 MERMAID Skott 29400
32 21 8 6 DARTH VADER Dragonette 180550
33 NEW 33 1 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 17700
34 24 7 9 MR SANDMAN Syml 256400
35 NEW 35 1 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 17500
36 37 8 10 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 281700
37 70 37 2 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 23300
38 31 1 10 DREAMS Grace Slick 536500
39 61 39 2 NON BELIEVER London Grammar 24600
40 42 40 5 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 67500

41 29 29 5 GOOD RIDDANCE (TIME OF YOUR LIFE) Glen Campbell 79350
42 32 3 13 THE MAN The Killers 499800
43 47 43 4 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 47600
44 30 4 10 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 323800
45 28 10 8 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 197050
46 NEW 46 1 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 12750
47 38 20 8 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 133950
48 50 48 4 BACK TO YOU Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals 41500
49 49 49 2 DANCING IN THE RAIN The Fizz 24200
50 66 50 2 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 18800

51 43 1 13 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 762200
52 62 52 2 POSITIVE ROLE MODEL Pet Shop Boys 18900
53 36 36 5 SWIMMING POOL SUMMER Capital Cities 64450
54 33 27 6 THE SPIRIT OF THE HAWK Rednex 89300
55 41 10 8 IT’S SUNNY TLC featuring Bobby Hebb 185100
56 44 44 4 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 47250
57 58 57 4 FEEL ABOUT YOU Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 32000
58 68 58 2 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 16600
59 63 59 4 SUPERFRESH Jamiroquai 28700
60 59 1 26 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 913350

61 NEW 61 1 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 7500
62 NEW 62 1 THIS KIND OF LOVE George Michael 7400
63 53 17 10 TOO MUCH Blondie 159100
64 60 60 4 UGLY Jaira Burns 31300
65 45 19 8 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 119500
66 55 18 8 RAIN The Script 137800
67 56 10 9 GENEVE John Otway 209600
68 NEW 68 1 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 6400
69 74 69 2 DUM DUM Kideko 11400
70 46 35 7 WILD THOUGHTS DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller 77250

71 71 71 3 DO YA THINK I’M SEXY? Rod Stewart featuring DNCE 17000
72 54 40 8 SUBEME LA RADIO Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno, Zion and Lennox 84200
73 73 1 46 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1143300
74 69 69 2 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 11400
75 NEW 75 1 YOU’RE THE BEST THING ABOUT ME U2 5000

DROP OUTS
48 39 4 GLORIOUS Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey 47650
51 51 4 TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell 45250
57 29 6 NERDY BOY Sushy featuring Roachie 92300
64 14 15 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 240550
65 34 6 FIOR DI LATTE Phoenix 72900
67 17 9 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 143750
72 72 1 DOWN THE ROAD C2C featuring John Lee Hooker 5600
75 75 1 MANGO BAY MONOMOTION 5000

3rd September 2017

It’s Galveston for a 3rd week on top in a pretty static top 5, but with a hot new entry for Paloma Faith returning with a fab song Crybaby in at 7 giving her 8 years of top 10 hits since New York topped my chart. 8 top 10’s and 3 number one’s later and she’s back. P!nk finally gets back into the top 10, her 10th at least.

Little Mix replace themselves in the top 20, and Saint Etienne rocket into the 20, at least their 8th since 1993, plus a chart-topper for Sarah Cracknell. Pet Shop Boys have 3 expanded versions of 3 of their more recent albums with loads of fab tracks, several I don’t know and didn’t own. The first album I played is 1999’s Nightlife, so in at 22 is a total showtune written for their musical (but dropped), Tall Thin Men is amusingly short and fab. AT 27 they have mashed up 2 Elton John songs, got him to sing on the new versions…and never released it. Pretty good version, and both songs made my top 10 in their original versions.

Clare Maguire is back with a remixed version of previous 2016 top 10 Elizabeth Taylor, Swish Swish re-enters for Katy Perry now I know it’s all about Taylor Swift. Now I like Taylor’s songs, but let’s be honest she seems to slag off everyone she meets in her songs, so turnabout is fair play, she started it. So there, nyah, na, nana naaa. One would hope she might grow up and write about something important instead. Katy does and sticks up for the non-rich to boot.

In at 49, and here’s a chart return I never thought I’d see – it’s Bucks Fizz! OK, Bobby G is missing, which is a shame as he owns the name and his vocals were a key part, but hey ho, pretty much them 36 years on. They had a decade-run in my charts, and 3 chart-toppers.

1 1 1 4 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 625000
2 2 1 7 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 603600
3 3 1 8 TRUE FEELING Galantis 700000
4 4 4 4 DRINK UP Train 188000
5 6 4 5 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 242400
6 10 6 2 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 97000
7 NEW 7 1 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 50000
8 9 8 7 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 219700
9 7 4 8 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 424000
10 12 10 4 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 112450

11 8 8 8 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 263450
12 5 5 4 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 215000
13 15 13 4 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 89150
14 17 14 4 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 91000
15 20 15 2 3 A.M. The KLF 47000
16 11 1 10 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 932000
17 34 17 3 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 54350
18 22 18 4 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 59300
19 30 19 3 MAN BEHIND THE SUN Callum Beattie 46100
20 60 20 3 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 37200

21 13 8 5 DARTH VADER Dragonette 162750
22 NEW 22 1 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 19500
23 14 14 4 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 89000
24 16 7 8 MR SANDMAN Syml 238800
25 19 19 6 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 97650
26 26 26 3 GOTTA GET A GRIP (SEEB REMIX) Mick Jagger 54000
27 NEW 27 1 BELIEVE/SONG FOR GUY Pet Shop Boys featuring Elton John 18400
28 18 10 7 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 184050
29 29 29 4 GOOD RIDDANCE (TIME OF YOUR LIFE) Glen Campbell 65350
30 21 4 9 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 310550

31 31 1 9 DREAMS Grace Slick 519300
32 25 3 12 THE MAN The Killers 486050
33 27 27 5 THE SPIRIT OF THE HAWK Rednex 78300
34 NEW 34 1 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 17600
35 50 35 3 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 35500
36 36 36 4 SWIMMING POOL SUMMER Capital Cities 53200
37 24 8 9 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 264300
38 23 20 7 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 121450
39 RE 15 12 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 200450
40 49 40 4 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 43800

41 28 10 7 IT’S SUNNY TLC featuring Bobby Hebb 174300
42 44 42 4 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 50500
43 41 1 12 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 750450
44 45 44 3 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 36650
45 33 19 7 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 112500
46 35 35 6 WILD THOUGHTS DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller 71250
47 54 47 3 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 34100
48 39 39 4 GLORIOUS Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey 47650
49 NEW 49 1 DANCING IN THE RAIN The Fizz 12100
50 55 50 3 BACK TO YOU Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals 29200

51 51 51 4 TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell 45250
52 NEW 52 1 MERMAID Skott 11500
53 38 17 9 TOO MUCH Blondie 151900
54 40 40 7 SUBEME LA RADIO Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno, Zion and Lennox 78600
55 37 18 7 RAIN The Script 131000
56 47 10 8 GENEVE John Otway 203000
57 32 29 6 NERDY BOY Sushy featuring Roachie 92300
58 68 58 3 FEEL ABOUT YOU Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 21600
59 57 1 25 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 903350
60 62 60 3 UGLY Jaira Burns 24200

61 NEW 61 1 NON BELIEVER London Grammar 7500
62 NEW 62 1 POSITIVE ROLE MODEL Pet Shop Boys 7400
63 69 63 3 SUPERFRESH Jamiroquai 18600
64 58 14 15 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 240550
65 43 34 6 FIOR DI LATTE Phoenix 72900
66 NEW 66 1 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 6800
67 42 17 9 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 143750
68 NEW 68 1 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 6400
69 NEW 69 1 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 6200
70 NEW 70 1 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 6000

71 73 71 2 DO YA THINK I’M SEXY? Rod Stewart featuring DNCE 11200
72 NEW 72 1 DOWN THE ROAD C2C featuring John Lee Hooker 5600
73 72 1 45 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1137900
74 NEW 74 1 DUM DUM Kideko 5200
75 NEW 75 1 MANGO BAY MONOMOTION 5000

DROP OUTS
46 1 6 NUMB Linkin Park 523750
48 31 9 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 128250
52 23 9 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 146000
53 16 9 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 161900
56 1 16 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1189500
59 59 3 GYPSY (CATCH ME IF YOU CAN) Norda & Mike De Ville featuring Joanna Jones 26400
61 4 15 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 485650
63 5 9 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 282500
64 64 2 BRICKS Le Grind 13700
65 65 2 CHASING HIGHS Alma 12400
66 1 13 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 607350
67 20 3 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 44400
70 70 3 NO HORSES Garbage 16400
71 71 1 WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF 5800
74 34 8 LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE LeAnne Rimes 103750
75 75 1 WITHOUT YOU Avicii featuring Sandro Cavezza 5000

27th August 2017

Back on top for a second week, it’s the Jimmy Webb classic for the late great Glen, and in the same week Texas (including Galveston) gets whacked by a massive hurricane. Train get yet another top 5 single here, 16 years since Drops Of Jupiter peaked at 10, at least the 8th or 9th time they’ve done the top 10 and the 6th top 5. In at 10, it’s a 90’s-themed invasion as I come across an unreleased 1999 gem, purely by accident looking for an entry to the Buzzjack Song Contest – it’s Madonna doing a version of a wonderful gentle ballad from Abba’s final studio album. It was intended to go on the Music album, and Madonna really should have followed through with it, it’s charming.

New at 20, my 1991 chart-topper for the KLF returns, as TV pushes sales up of what of their back-catalogue is available to buy (clue: very little). Fortunately I already have pretty much everything of theirs I wanted to own, not to mention earlier stuff from the 80’s, and as part of the band Brilliant, who were pretty fine. 3am eternal!

Big jumps for Dua Lipa to 22, Callum Beattie to 30, and a host of current chart hits into my 40 – that hasn’t happened for some time! Rod Stewart’s 1978 chart-topper is also back, regarded as his cheesiest track generally, it always had that great riff going for it, and this time it gets the DNCE treatment. It really should say DNCE featuring Rod Stewart as it’s very much in their style, not Rod’s…..

1 2 1 3 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 455000
2 1 1 6 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 488600
3 3 1 7 TRUE FEELING Galantis 615000
4 11 4 3 DRINK UP Train 123000
5 5 5 3 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 180000
6 6 4 4 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 182400
7 4 4 7 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 379000
8 8 8 7 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 226450
9 10 9 6 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 171700
10 NEW 10 1 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 42000

11 7 1 9 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 907000
12 17 12 3 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 70750
13 9 8 4 DARTH VADER Dragonette 143000
14 18 14 3 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 69750
15 21 15 3 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 57150
16 13 7 7 MR SANDMAN Syml 219800
17 19 17 3 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 62000
18 12 10 6 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 165750
19 22 19 5 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 78900
20 NEW 20 1 3 A.M. The KLF 20000

21 14 4 8 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 292550
22 50 22 3 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 37300
23 20 20 6 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 104250
24 15 8 8 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 247000
25 23 3 11 THE MAN The Killers 468250
26 40 26 2 GOTTA GET A GRIP (SEEB REMIX) Mick Jagger 35500
27 36 27 4 THE SPIRIT OF THE HAWK Rednex 60600
28 16 10 6 IT’S SUNNY TLC featuring Bobby Hebb 160300
29 38 29 3 GOOD RIDDANCE (TIME OF YOUR LIFE) Glen Campbell 47150
30 64 30 2 MAN BEHIND THE SUN Callum Beattie 25100

31 25 1 8 DREAMS Grace Slick 501400
32 29 29 5 NERDY BOY Sushy featuring Roachie 81900
33 30 19 6 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 99500
34 42 34 2 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 31350
35 43 35 5 WILD THOUGHTS DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller 59000
36 54 36 3 SWIMMING POOL SUMMER Capital Cities 35800
37 26 18 6 RAIN The Script 120200
38 27 17 8 TOO MUCH Blondie 140650
39 53 39 3 GLORIOUS Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey 35350
40 45 40 6 SUBEME LA RADIO Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno, Zion and Lennox 67600

41 37 1 11 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 736950
42 28 17 8 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 137150
43 34 34 5 FIOR DI LATTE Phoenix 65900
44 47 44 3 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 36750
45 57 45 2 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 23400
46 24 1 6 NUMB Linkin Park 523750
47 33 10 7 GENEVE John Otway 192400
48 31 31 9 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 128250
49 61 49 3 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 26800
50 70 50 2 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 18000

51 51 51 3 TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell 33500
52 39 23 9 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 146000
53 35 16 9 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 161900
54 56 54 2 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 21600
55 68 55 2 BACK TO YOU Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals 17200
56 46 1 16 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1189500
57 55 1 24 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 893250
58 48 14 14 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 233450
59 59 59 3 GYPSY (CATCH ME IF YOU CAN) Norda & Mike De Ville featuring Joanna Jones 26400
60 63 60 2 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 17200

61 49 4 15 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 485650
62 66 62 2 UGLY Jaira Burns 14200
63 41 5 9 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 282500
64 67 64 2 BRICKS Le Grind 13700
65 RE 65 2 CHASING HIGHS Alma 12400
66 58 1 13 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 607350
67 32 20 3 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 44400
68 75 68 2 FEEL ABOUT YOU Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 11400
69 74 69 2 SUPERFRESH Jamiroquai 11400
70 73 70 3 NO HORSES Garbage 16400

71 NEW 71 1 WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF 5800
72 72 1 44 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1132500
73 NEW 73 1 DO YA THINK I’M SEXY? Rod Stewart featuring DNCE 5400
74 44 34 8 LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE LeAnne Rimes 103750
75 NEW 75 1 WITHOUT YOU Avicii featuring Sandro Cavezza) 5000

DROP OUTS
52 33 6 CHAMELEON Pnau 94250
60 47 2 BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell 22500
62 6 12 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 317050
65 65 2 REIMS RL Grime 13600
69 11 16 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 254100
71 71 1 NOT ENOUGH Lido featuring THEY 5800

 

20th August 2017

It’s Zoot Woman on top, the British electronica have been releasing tracks for 20 years without me ever noticing until they teamed up with Kylie – so wham, only 2 decades of waiting! Kylie meanwhile gets an 11th number one since her first in 1994 and her most-recent in 2014. Ol’ Kylie has had well over 30 top 10 hits here, so you can see I quite like her.

Glen Campbell still has a big presence on my chart, and the chart is so crammed with great stuff that good singles I still like have been pushed out (including several Glen Campbell tracks). Frankly I could easily do a top 120 or so of tracks I like right now (If I had the time!), and every track in my chart is underperforming compared to where they deserve to be.

P!nk has a big climb into the 20, as Lana Del Ray returns to the 20 for the 2nd time this year and thereby giving Stevie Nicks a top 20 for the first time in 6 years (not including Fleetwood Mac). Dannii Minogue also leaps to 21, chasing her sis, with what is shockingly her first top 40 track in 12 years. Highest new entry is a fab SEEB remix of a new Mick Jagger track, at 40, his first chart entry outside the Stones in 13 years, and his first top 40 since Gosh Knows When…

Little Mix go all latin pop with CNCO and grab a second chart hit at 42, Dua Lipa has a big climb into the 50, The Killers also grab a second entry, and Beth Ditto improves on her minor first single off the new album, entering higher than Fire. Saint Etienne keep the regular run of hits a-coming, 25 years and counting, and 2 ex-One Direction boys enter proving that the better-quality and more-varied solo material of all 5 members has already out-done everything they did as a band – an underwhelming 7 or 8 chart entries and none of them going top 40, I think.

1 2 1 5 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 373600
2 1 1 2 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 285000
3 3 1 6 TRUE FEELING Galantis 530000
4 6 4 6 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 329000
5 5 5 2 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 120000
6 4 4 3 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 127400
7 7 1 8 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 870000
8 9 8 6 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 178450
9 8 8 3 DARTH VADER Dragonette 111000
10 12 10 5 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 126700

11 19 11 2 DRINK UP Train 58000
12 10 10 5 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 143750
13 14 7 6 MR SANDMAN Syml 194800
14 15 4 7 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 272800
15 16 8 7 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 228000
16 13 10 5 IT’S SUNNY TLC featuring Bobby Hebb 142000
17 46 17 2 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 35750
18 25 18 2 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 40750
19 30 19 2 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 39000
20 26 20 5 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 85000

21 57 21 2 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 30150
22 27 22 4 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 57900
23 23 3 10 THE MAN The Killers 449500
24 11 1 5 NUMB Linkin Park 511000
25 21 1 7 DREAMS Grace Slick 483500
26 18 18 5 RAIN The Script 102900
27 22 17 7 TOO MUCH Blondie 123450
28 17 17 7 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 123400
29 31 29 4 NERDY BOY Sushy featuring Roachie 64100
30 24 19 5 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 81800

31 35 31 8 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 115950
32 20 20 2 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 37800
33 29 10 6 GENEVE John Otway 179900
34 48 34 4 FIOR DI LATTE Phoenix 52400
35 33 16 8 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 150650
36 37 36 3 THE SPIRIT OF THE HAWK Rednex 42200
37 36 1 10 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 722950
38 51 38 2 GOOD RIDDANCE (TIME OF YOUR LIFE) Glen Campbell 28950
39 44 23 8 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 134500
40 NEW 40 1 GOTTA GET A GRIP (SEEB REMIX) Mick Jagger 17000

41 28 5 8 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 275300
42 NEW 42 1 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 13750
43 50 43 4 WILD THOUGHTS DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller 41500
44 34 34 7 LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE LeAnne Rimes 98550
45 45 45 5 SUBEME LA RADIO Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno, Zion and Lennox 50600
46 42 1 15 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1178900
47 54 47 2 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 23500
48 39 14 13 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 223250
49 38 4 14 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 478150
50 71 50 2 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 17800

51 60 51 2 TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell 21750
52 40 33 6 CHAMELEON Pnau 94250
53 65 53 2 GLORIOUS Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey 18250
54 62 54 2 SWIMMING POOL SUMMER Capital Cities 18400
55 55 1 23 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 882850
56 NEW 56 1 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 10600
57 NEW 57 1 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 10400
58 59 1 12 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 600550
59 69 59 2 GYPSY (CATCH ME IF YOU CAN) Norda & Mike De Ville featuring Joanna Jones 16300
60 47 47 2 BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell 22500

61 63 61 2 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 14700
62 43 6 12 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 317050
63 NEW 63 1 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 7200
64 NEW 64 1 MAN BEHIND THE SUN Callum Beattie 7100
65 67 65 2 REIMS RL Grime 13600
66 NEW 66 1 UGLY Jaira Burns 6800
67 NEW 67 1 BRICKS Le Grind 6600
68 NEW 68 1 BACK TO YOU Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals 6400
69 52 11 16 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 254100
70 NEW 70 1 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 6000

71 NEW 71 1 NOT ENOUGH Lido featuring THEY 5800
72 72 1 43 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1126900
73 75 73 2 NO HORSES Garbage 10400
74 NEW 74 1 SUPERFRESH Jamiroquai 5200
75 NEW 75 1 FEEL ABOUT YOU Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 5000

DROP OUTS
32 3 6 LOOKING FOR THE RAIN UNKLE featuring Mark Lanegan & ESKA 296300
41 41 15 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 177050
49 39 6 DIFFERENT DAYS The Charlatans 63800
53 5 13 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 488200
56 2 13 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 596650
58 29 8 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 94800
61 29 6 JAG TRODDE ANGLARNA FANNS Kamferdrops 83850
64 64 1 WALLS Glen Campbell 7100
66 12 4 IN THE END Linkin Park 87200
68 68 3 VERSACE ON THE FLOOR Bruno Mars vs David Guetta 18000
70 70 1 GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell 6000
73 73 1 CHASING HIGHS Alma 5400
74 74 1 JUST LIKE ALWAYS Glen Campbell 5200

 

 

13th August 2017

It’s the late great Glen Campbell at 1, spearheading a posthumous invasion of old tracks and one new one. Galveston hit my number 2 when I was doing my first occasional chart dabblings age 10 and 11, this one was summer of ’69, and a Jimmy Webb classic. It was also on the first pop album my parents bought for me, so it’s pretty appropriate that Galveston now takes the record for longest-wait to top my charts, over 48 years, on his 12th chart-topper.

Second-highest charting Glen song is his most recent number one for me, 2014, and his single off his last EP with lyrics that break the heart with his inverted alzheimers love-song to his wife, knowing he soon wouldn’t remember her – I’m Not Gonna Miss You is high emotion. Even without Glen’s death it would be a busy chart – there are loads bubbling-under – so big climbs for Kungs new track up from 62 to 4 with some help for Olly Murs, equalling their huge hit from last year, Kylie gets another number 2 to add to her long list, and Dragonette get a first top 10 up to 8.

Empire Of The Sun have had previous top 10’s, but not for a while, and ditto Coldplay (but who never have a long break away). Highest new song is Train at 19, also top 10 regulars, though they have to climb to the top, while DJ Licious is in at 25. Rednex get a third top 40 some 17 years late on it’s original release and 23 years since the last one. Pink is back, following her top 10 (here only) earlier this year with SIA, and Danni Minogue joins her sister in the chart for the first time since they did that xmas duet track together a couple of years ago. It’s 26 years since she debuted.

1 NEW 1 1 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 170000
2 5 2 4 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 203600
3 1 1 5 TRUE FEELING Galantis 445000
4 62 4 2 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 72400
5 NEW 5 1 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 60000
6 4 4 5 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 264000
7 3 1 7 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 820000
8 30 8 2 DARTH VADER Dragonette 66000
9 14 9 5 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 130450
10 11 10 4 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 108750

11 2 1 4 NUMB Linkin Park 492000
12 20 12 4 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 84700
13 10 10 4 IT’S SUNNY TLC featuring Bobby Hebb 117000
14 7 7 5 MR SANDMAN Syml 162800
15 6 4 6 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 243800
16 8 8 6 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 201000
17 22 17 6 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 105100
18 18 18 4 RAIN The Script 84400
19 NEW 19 1 DRINK UP Train 21000
20 NEW 20 1 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 20000

21 9 1 6 DREAMS Grace Slick 464750
22 21 17 6 TOO MUCH Blondie 106050
23 15 3 9 THE MAN The Killers 430250
24 19 19 4 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 63800
25 NEW 25 1 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 18750
26 26 26 4 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 65000
27 60 27 3 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 38400
28 17 5 7 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 261300
29 13 10 5 GENEVE John Otway 162200
30 NEW 30 1 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 18000

31 36 31 3 NERDY BOY Sushy featuring Roachie 45900
32 12 3 6 LOOKING FOR THE RAIN UNKLE featuring Mark Lanegan & ESKA 296300
33 16 16 7 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 133150
34 34 34 6 LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE LeAnne Rimes 85300
35 35 35 7 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 98050
36 23 1 9 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 705650
37 61 37 2 THE SPIRIT OF THE HAWK Rednex 24800
38 25 4 13 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 466050
39 28 14 12 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 210950
40 33 33 5 CHAMELEON Pnau 82750

41 42 41 15 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 177050
42 31 1 14 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1166150
43 29 6 11 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 309650
44 32 23 7 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 117400
45 50 45 4 SUBEME LA RADIO Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno, Zion and Lennox 37600
46 NEW 46 1 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 12750
47 NEW 47 1 BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell 12500
48 48 48 3 FIOR DI LATTE Phoenix 34800
49 39 39 6 DIFFERENT DAYS The Charlatans 63800
50 58 50 3 WILD THOUGHTS DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller 28000

51 NEW 51 1 GOOD RIDDANCE (TIME OF YOUR LIFE) Glen Campbell 11750
52 41 11 15 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 247900
53 38 5 13 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 488200
54 NEW 54 1 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 11000
55 52 1 22 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 872050
56 44 2 13 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 596650
57 NEW 57 1 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 10400
58 45 29 8 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 94800
59 53 1 11 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 590350
60 NEW 60 1 TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell 10000

61 46 29 6 JAG TRODDE ANGLARNA FANNS Kamferdrops 83850
62 NEW 62 1 SWIMMING POOL SUMMER Capital Cities 7400
63 NEW 63 1 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 7200
64 NEW 64 1 WALLS Glen Campbell 7100
65 NEW 65 1 GLORIOUS Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey 7000
66 27 12 4 IN THE END Linkin Park 87200
67 NEW 67 1 REIMS RL Grime 6600
68 68 68 3 VERSACE ON THE FLOOR Bruno Mars vs David Guetta 18000
69 NEW 69 1 GYPSY (CATCH ME IF YOU CAN) Norda & Mike De Ville featuring Joanna Jones 6200
70 NEW 70 1 GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell 6000

71 NEW 71 1 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 5800
72 69 1 42 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1121300
73 NEW 73 1 CHASING HIGHS Alma 5400
74 NEW 74 1 JUST LIKE ALWAYS Glen Campbell 5200
75 NEW 75 1 NO HORSES Garbage 5000

DROP OUTS
24 24 9 DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell 142800
37 37 7 CAME HERE FOR LOVE Sigala & Ella Eyre 92050
40 40 6 THUNDER Imagine Dragons 59400
43 2 15 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 805150
47 47 6 KING KONG Icarus 62300
49 40 4 COME PRIMA Tony Dallara 65150
51 2 16 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 824200
54 54 3 SHE’S ON MY MIND JP Cooper 28200
55 50 5 SAY I’M NOT ALONE Martine McCutcheon 46400
56 56 4 MY ELUSIVE DREAMS George Jones & Tammy Wynette 31400
57 18 8 THE WAY YOU USED TO DO Queens Of The Stone Age 139900
59 59 3 ALIVE Ben Haenow 21900
63 13 11 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 208300
64 1 20 CHARIOTS Paper Route 807200
65 65 1 PRISONER IN MOTION Georgia Denton 7000
66 46 5 IMAGINING MY MAN Aldous Harding 54800
67 15 9 ROULETTE Katy Perry 134950
70 70 1 MILLION BUCKS Smallpools 6000
71 13 16 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 285000
72 72 3 FRONTLINE The Selecter 16400
73 1 18 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 798200
74 74 1 HUMAN TOUCH Betty Who 5200
75 75 2 YOU MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE Daryl Hall & John Oates 10000

 

 

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Copenhagen for a City Denmark break

6th August 2017

It’s the joyful hook-driven pop flop of Galantis for one week only on top, knocking off the late Chester B from Linkin Park after a 2-week run. I can say one-week-only as the late great Glen Campbell died after I had finished this chart (running late due to a Salou, Spain break), and a host of his classics are in the itunes chart today – and in mine on Sunday.

Here for now, though, Zoot Woman takes Kylie back into the top 10 after being absent a year or two, for a whopping and frankly unbelievable almost 30 years since she was so lucky for the first time! TLC get a second top 10 of the year, and a second time for Sunny, the song. Boney M did it 40 years back. Big climbs for Coldplay into the 20 spanning the 21st century, and OMD, 37 years since Messages first did it.

The Weeknd keeps his run of big hits going, 5 years or so into his chart career here, and highest new entry is Dragonette, and a Star wars-related song. Darth Vader follows where Meco started 40 years ago when his disco theme to the debut movie topped my charts. Finally Rednex appear again after a chart break of well over 20 years. Swedish yee-haws all round.

1 3 1 4 TRUE FEELING Galantis 360000
2 1 1 3 NUMB Linkin Park 455000
3 2 1 6 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 770000
4 5 4 4 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 209000
5 27 5 3 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 88600
6 4 4 5 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 216800
7 9 7 4 MR SANDMAN Syml 133800
8 13 8 5 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 186000
9 7 1 5 DREAMS Grace Slick 445000
10 16 10 3 IT’S SUNNY TLC featuring Bobby Hebb 85000

11 26 11 3 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 66750
12 6 3 5 LOOKING FOR THE RAIN UNKLE featuring Mark Lanegan & ESKA 278500
13 10 10 4 GENEVE John Otway 144000
14 20 14 4 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 85450
15 8 3 8 THE MAN The Killers 411000
16 23 16 6 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 115450
17 11 5 6 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 243000
18 18 18 3 RAIN The Script 62400
19 45 19 3 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 44800
20 36 20 3 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 49700

21 17 17 5 TOO MUCH Blondie 86550
22 19 19 5 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 82100
23 15 1 8 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 688250
24 24 24 9 DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell 142800
25 14 4 12 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 448850
26 30 26 3 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 46500
27 12 12 3 IN THE END Linkin Park 80400
28 28 14 11 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 193850
29 21 6 10 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 296150
30 NEW 30 1 DARTH VADER Dragonette 18000

31 22 1 13 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1152400
32 41 23 6 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 104150
33 38 33 4 CHAMELEON Pnau 65750
34 34 34 5 LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE LeAnne Rimes 67700
35 35 35 6 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 80550
36 56 36 2 NERDY BOY Sushy featuring Roachie 28000
37 RE 37 7 CAME HERE FOR LOVE Sigala & Ella Eyre 92050
38 25 5 12 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 476950
39 49 39 5 DIFFERENT DAYS The Charlatans 51700
40 RE 40 6 THUNDER Imagine Dragons 59400

41 37 11 14 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 236400
42 42 42 14 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 163050
43 31 2 15 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 805150
44 39 2 12 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 586050
45 29 29 7 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 84600
46 32 29 5 JAG TRODDE ANGLARNA FANNS Kamferdrops 76350
47 55 47 6 KING KONG Icarus 62300
48 58 48 2 FIOR DI LATTE Phoenix 22500
49 40 40 4 COME PRIMA Tony Dallara 65150
50 65 50 3 SUBEME LA RADIO Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno, Zion and Lennox 24600

51 48 2 16 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 824200
52 52 1 21 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 861250
53 53 1 10 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 580250
54 54 54 3 SHE’S ON MY MIND JP Cooper 28200
55 50 50 5 SAY I’M NOT ALONE Martine McCutcheon 46400
56 63 56 4 MY ELUSIVE DREAMS George Jones & Tammy Wynette 31400
57 47 18 8 THE WAY YOU USED TO DO Queens Of The Stone Age 139900
58 71 58 2 WILD THOUGHTS DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller 16000
59 66 59 3 ALIVE Ben Haenow 21900
60 60 60 2 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 20000

61 NEW 61 1 THE SPIRIT OF THE HAWK Rednex 7500
62 NEW 62 1 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 7400
63 43 13 11 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 208300
64 62 1 20 CHARIOTS Paper Route 807200
65 NEW 65 1 PRISONER IN MOTION Georgia Denton 7000
66 46 46 5 IMAGINING MY MAN Aldous Harding 54800
67 33 15 9 ROULETTE Katy Perry 134950
68 74 68 2 VERSACE ON THE FLOOR Bruno Mars vs David Guetta 11600
69 68 1 41 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1115700
70 NEW 70 1 MILLION BUCKS Smallpools 6000

71 61 13 16 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 285000
72 72 72 3 FRONTLINE The Selecter 16400
73 69 1 18 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 798200
74 NEW 74 1 HUMAN TOUCH Betty Who 5200
75 75 75 2 YOU MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE Daryl Hall & John Oates 10000

DROP OUTS
44 20 8 SWERLK MNDR & Scissor Sisters 92450
51 33 5 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE Rufus Wainwright 74550
57 15 11 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 183350
59 59 4 MOVE YOUR BODY Donny Montell 33400
64 64 4 JUMP Death Team 24900
67 67 2 RUN Foo Fighters 11600
70 58 2 LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS World’s End Girlfriend 16200
73 73 1 INFINITY Stellar Dreams 5400

30th July 2017

yes, it’s a second week for the much missed Linkin Park singer, Numb holds on and keeps some Buzzjack Song Contest entries out of the top 3 (KING PLAGUE’s Ave Maria rework, and Union’s hook-filled pop goodie) and holds off from Galantis, grabbing a top 3 for the first time, and quite why it’s not getting saturation airplay is a mystery to me.

John Otway gets a first top 10 after 40 years of trying, and Syml does what The Chordettes failed to do last year – grab a top 10 – although as an oldie The Chordettes had a tougher time of it. TLC make it 2 in a row top 20’s, Blondie also grab another, The Script their top 20 first for 3 or 4 years, ditto Empire Of The Sun, and Kasabian also ditto.

Coldplay, Lana Del Ray, Stevie Nicks, Kylie Minogue and The Weeknd are all familiar top 40 returnees, and all have topped my chart, some of them many many times.

1 1 1 2 NUMB Linkin Park 340000
2 2 1 5 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 685000
3 6 3 3 TRUE FEELING Galantis 190000
4 5 4 4 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 161800
5 10 5 3 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 144000
6 3 3 4 LOOKING FOR THE RAIN UNKLE featuring Mark Lanegan & ESKA 243500
7 4 1 4 DREAMS Grace Slick 400000
8 8 3 7 THE MAN The Killers 384000
9 19 9 3 MR SANDMAN Syml 83800
10 12 10 3 GENEVE John Otway 112000

11 7 5 5 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 220000
12 15 12 2 IN THE END Linkin Park 62000
13 13 9 4 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 138000
14 9 4 11 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 430100
15 11 1 7 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 669000
16 30 16 2 IT’S SUNNY TLC featuring Bobby Hebb 43000
17 22 17 4 TOO MUCH Blondie 66800
18 27 18 2 RAIN The Script 40400
19 36 19 4 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 62600
20 25 20 3 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 56450

21 20 6 9 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 277950
22 17 1 12 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1134500
23 16 16 5 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 90450
24 24 24 8 DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell 123800
25 18 5 11 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 459750
26 53 26 2 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 29750
27 58 27 2 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 28600
28 14 14 10 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 175550
29 35 29 6 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 71600
30 60 30 2 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 28000

31 21 2 14 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 791650
32 29 29 4 JAG TRODDE ANGLARNA FANNS Kamferdrops 63600
33 23 15 8 ROULETTE Katy Perry 128350
34 37 34 4 LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE LeAnne Rimes 50100
35 40 35 5 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 63050
36 48 36 2 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 29700
37 26 11 13 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 222400
38 39 38 3 CHAMELEON Pnau 48050
39 38 2 11 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 572800
40 42 40 3 COME PRIMA Tony Dallara 53050

41 34 23 5 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 86350
42 43 42 13 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 149300
43 28 13 10 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 201100
44 31 20 8 SWERLK MNDR & Scissor Sisters 92450
45 55 45 2 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 23800
46 46 46 4 IMAGINING MY MAN Aldous Harding 48000
47 32 18 7 THE WAY YOU USED TO DO Queens Of The Stone Age 129500
48 45 2 15 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 812450
49 59 49 4 DIFFERENT DAYS The Charlatans 34600
50 50 50 4 SAY I’M NOT ALONE Martine McCutcheon 35600

51 33 33 5 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE Rufus Wainwright 74550
52 52 1 20 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 849750
53 41 1 9 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 569000
54 69 54 2 SHE’S ON MY MIND JP Cooper 17200
55 56 55 5 KING KONG Icarus 49800
56 NEW 56 1 NERDY BOY Sushy featuring Roachie 10600
57 51 15 11 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 183350
58 NEW 58 1 FIOR DI LATTE Phoenix 10200
59 61 59 4 MOVE YOUR BODY Donny Montell 33400
60 NEW 60 1 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 10000

61 57 13 15 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 279200
62 62 1 19 CHARIOTS Paper Route 800100
63 66 63 3 MY ELUSIVE DREAMS George Jones & Tammy Wynette 20800
64 65 64 4 JUMP Death Team 24900
65 72 65 2 SUBEME LA RADIO Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno, Zion and Lennox 12600
66 75 66 2 ALIVE Ben Haenow 11800
67 RE 67 2 RUN Foo Fighters 11600
68 68 1 40 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1109500
69 67 1 17 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 792800
70 RE 58 2 LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS World’s End Girlfriend 16200

71 NEW 71 1 WILD THOUGHTS DJ Khaled featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller 5800
72 74 72 2 FRONTLINE The Selecter 10800
73 NEW 73 1 INFINITY Stellar Dreams 5400
74 NEW 74 1 VERSACE ON THE FLOOR Bruno Mars vs David Guetta 5200
75 NEW 75 1 YOU MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE Daryl Hall & John Oates 5000

DROP OUTS
44 10 11 AVERDAVGI Agy 232350
47 7 11 CLASSIC The Knocks featuring Powers 415700
49 30 6 OH WOMAN OH MAN London Grammar 89700
54 37 6 CAME HERE FOR LOVE Sigala & Ella Eyre 74750
63 3 15 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 532800
64 64 4 WALKING THE WIRE Imagine Dragons 28400
70 70 2 WEARING NOTHING Dagny 11200
71 5 14 HURRICANE Drones Club 463150
73 13 11 YOUNG RICH AND RADICAL Club Cheval 207900

23rd July 2017

In the week of the tragic loss of Chester Bennington, I had to finally give the epic Numb the love I didn’t give at the time, 14 years ago (I was in a bad place that year and couldnt cope with depressing music) – it only peaked at 30 in my charts, and it took the Jay-Z mash-up to take it to 15 on a long chart run to see what I’d missed. So, 16 years after In The End hit 7 in my charts (and re-enters at 15 here), Faint did ditto a few years later, and Steve Aoki took A Light That Never Comes to 5 4 years ago, Linkin Park finally get a number one here, knocking off the still-superb Adam Lambert track.

The Union climb fast into the top 5, Syml into the top 20, and the highest new new entry, as opposed to older tracks, is from The Script at 27 – it never rains on Danny, it seems, but hey, for TLC it’s Sunny – a fab reworking of the 1966 Bobby Hebb classic (who features on the track along with an Earth Wind & Fire sample – September). Last in my charts courtesy of Boney M 40 years ago! OMD got top 40, along with a host of returnees, but they also have another new track in at 55 – the new album title track, The Punishment of Luxury, while The Weeknd makes it 5 in a row off Starboy, Rockin’ in at 48.

Coldplay at back with a goodie at 53, Miracles, and Kylie is also back for her 31st year of chart hits here, assisting Zoot Woman at 58, as Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks assists Lana Del Ray on her 3rd of the year, nicel leapfrogging her two Mac compadres in the process for 41 years of charting. Enrique’s Latin smash also enters at last (I’ve given in, I’m bound to hear it next week on a Spanish theme park family break), and gives him 18 years-worth of hits, loads of ’em. You want longevity though? The Selecter have been away for a while, since their 2-tone heyday – Pauline Black has always popped up here and there over the years in the media or touring, but they haven’t troubled my charts since 1980, or solo Pauline since 1982’s Shoorah Shoorah – so a gap of 35 years, that’s one of the longest gaps ever for a returning act with new material.

1 NEW 1 1 NUMB Linkin Park 170000
2 1 1 4 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 570000
3 3 3 3 LOOKING FOR THE RAIN UNKLE featuring Mark Lanegan & ESKA 188500
4 2 1 3 DREAMS Grace Slick 350000
5 22 5 3 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 96800
6 7 6 2 TRUE FEELING Galantis 105000
7 5 5 4 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 183000
8 8 3 6 THE MAN The Killers 336000
9 6 4 10 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 401100
10 10 10 2 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 84000

11 4 1 6 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 642000
12 12 12 2 GENEVE John Otway 70000
13 9 9 3 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 106000
14 17 14 9 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 157250
15 NEW 15 1 IN THE END Linkin Park 27000
16 27 16 4 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 71200
17 11 1 11 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1115000
18 13 5 10 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 441000
19 32 19 2 MR SANDMAN Syml 38800
20 14 6 8 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 258200

21 16 2 13 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 773750
22 35 22 3 TOO MUCH Blondie 43800
23 15 15 7 ROULETTE Katy Perry 110650
24 24 24 7 DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell 104800
25 33 25 2 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 36450
26 21 11 12 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 205100
27 NEW 27 1 RAIN The Script 18400
28 19 13 9 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 196600
29 38 29 3 JAG TRODDE ANGLARNA FANNS Kamferdrops 45800
30 NEW 30 1 IT’S SUNNY TLC featuring Bobby Hebb 18000

31 20 20 7 SWERLK MNDR & Scissor Sisters 79200
32 18 18 6 THE WAY YOU USED TO DO Queens Of The Stone Age 117000
33 34 33 4 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE Rufus Wainwright 62800
34 23 23 4 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 72350
35 45 35 5 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 53400
36 49 36 3 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 41600
37 58 37 3 LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE LeAnne Rimes 32500
38 26 2 10 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 555700
39 42 39 2 CHAMELEON Pnau 30850
40 44 40 4 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 45550

41 25 1 8 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 557750
42 48 42 2 COME PRIMA Tony Dallara 36050
43 43 43 12 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 135550
44 28 10 11 AVERDAVGI Agy 232350
45 36 2 14 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 800150
46 53 46 3 IMAGINING MY MAN Aldous Harding 35250
47 29 7 11 CLASSIC The Knocks featuring Powers 415700
48 NEW 48 1 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 12300
49 30 30 6 OH WOMAN OH MAN London Grammar 89700
50 71 50 3 SAY I’M NOT ALONE Martine McCutcheon 23600

51 31 15 10 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 172950
52 52 1 19 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 838250
53 NEW 53 1 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 11250
54 37 37 6 CAME HERE FOR LOVE Sigala & Ella Eyre 74750
55 NEW 55 1 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 10800
56 56 56 4 KING KONG Icarus 39000
57 46 13 14 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 271700
58 NEW 58 1 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 10200
59 69 59 3 DIFFERENT DAYS The Charlatans 22500
60 NEW 60 1 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 10000

61 62 61 3 MOVE YOUR BODY Donny Montell 22300
62 51 1 18 CHARIOTS Paper Route 792700
63 55 3 15 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 532800
64 64 64 4 WALKING THE WIRE Imagine Dragons 28400
65 73 65 3 JUMP Death Team 17800
66 66 66 2 MY ELUSIVE DREAMS George Jones & Tammy Wynette 13600
67 57 1 16 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 786600
68 68 1 39 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1103100
69 NEW 69 1 SHE’S ON MY MIND JP Cooper 6200
70 74 70 2 WEARING NOTHING Dagny 11200

71 50 5 14 HURRICANE Drones Club 463150
72 NEW 72 1 SUBEME LA RADIO Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno, Zion and Lennox 5600
73 39 13 11 YOUNG RICH AND RADICAL Club Cheval 207900
74 NEW 74 1 FRONTLINE The Selecter 5200
75 NEW 75 1 ALIVE Ben Haenow 5000

DROP OUTS
40 40 5 UNPREDICTABLE Olly Murs & Louisa Johnson 59300
41 23 7 SLOW HANDS Niall Horan 95100
47 32 6 EVERYBODY’S TALKING Glen Campbell 83700
54 9 10 BATMAN & ROBIN Cazzie Opeia & Jin x Jin 277550
59 39 4 OK Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt 51200
60 5 17 LOST ON YOU LP 510800
61 18 8 SHOULD’VE BEEN YOU Imelda May 111200
63 16 11 APOCALYPSE Cigarettes After Sex 146400
65 5 12 WAY BACK TLC featuring Snoop Dogg 359700
67 34 14 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 181200
70 70 4 DISCONNECT Clean Bandit & Marina And The Diamonds 24000
72 28 9 KISSING STRANGERS DNCE featuring Nicki Minaj 115450
75 5 17 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 476700

16th July 2017

Adam Lambert returns to the top for a second week, pushing off Grace Slick’s classic obscurity after only one week on top. UNKLE do a fab Lee Hazelwood impression, plus cinematic arrangement and leapfrog the man himself with his 50-years-old classic. The highest new entry is Galantis, with a killer pop tune and hook. Instant fave, and a return to the top 10 for them, at 7. It’s Ave Maria – trip-hop style – in at 10, and just lovely for King Plague, who has a very catchy name – Belaruse female musician apparently, though info is hard to come by.

In at 12, 40-years-old, it’s an orchestral wonder from John Otway, dating from the time of his first appearance in my chart with Wild Willy Barrett, Really Free. Geneve is still lovely, even without a Willy. Scissor Sisters have had 5 chart-toppers since debuting with one of ’em in 2004, Comfortably Numb, and last made the top 20 in 2012 with Let’s Have A Kiki. Good to have them back, albeit guesting.

Syml fronts band Barcelona (where I’ll be popping through in 2 weeks – the city that is), and hails from Seattle, which accounts for the sultry moody version of the 50’s pop classic that recently charted here for the Chordettes, which brings back magic memories of the 50’s for me – via Back To The Future of course, I’m not that old! Ditto the current advert-song from Tony Dallara, a fab vintage Italian croon almost as old as The Chordettes.

Empire Of The Sun return, and so do Pnau. Nick Littlemore features in both bands. Pnau have topped my charts with their Elton John sampling tracks, and the other Empire member topped my charts as a member of The Sleepy Jackson. There’s another Nancy & Lee classic entering (as a Tammy Wynette duet cover they made the definitive version of) – but this one is Tammy covering herself from 1973 with hubbie George Jones, a version that is new to me, a lovely country duet of My Elusive Dreams.

1 2 1 3 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 455000
2 1 1 2 DREAMS Grace Slick 285000
3 26 3 2 LOOKING FOR THE RAIN UNKLE featuring Mark Lanegan & ESKA 103500
4 3 1 5 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 605000
5 8 5 3 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 133000
6 4 4 9 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 356100
7 NEW 7 1 TRUE FEELING Galantis 50000
8 5 3 5 THE MAN The Killers 288000
9 14 9 2 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 74000
10 NEW 10 1 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 42000

11 7 1 10 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1092000
12 NEW 12 1 GENEVE John Otway 35000
13 9 5 9 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 419000
14 6 6 7 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 238200
15 16 15 6 ROULETTE Katy Perry 91400
16 10 2 12 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 754000
17 20 17 8 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 128250
18 22 18 5 THE WAY YOU USED TO DO Queens Of The Stone Age 99200
19 13 13 8 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 178300
20 28 20 6 SWERLK MNDR & Scissor Sisters 61300

21 11 11 11 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 186600
22 37 22 2 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 36800
23 27 23 3 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 54750
24 24 24 6 DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell 85800
25 12 1 7 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 543750
26 18 2 9 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 538500
27 34 27 3 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 46200
28 15 10 10 AVERDAVGI Agy 219100
29 17 7 10 CLASSIC The Knocks featuring Powers 403200
30 30 30 5 OH WOMAN OH MAN London Grammar 77600

31 19 15 9 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 161200
32 NEW 32 1 MR SANDMAN Syml 17800
33 NEW 33 1 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 17700
34 35 34 3 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE Rufus Wainwright 45100
35 66 35 2 TOO MUCH Blondie 24300
36 25 2 13 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 787150
37 38 37 5 CAME HERE FOR LOVE Sigala & Ella Eyre 63750
38 57 38 2 JAG TRODDE ANGLARNA FANNS Kamferdrops 27600
39 21 13 10 YOUNG RICH AND RADICAL Club Cheval 202500
40 40 40 5 UNPREDICTABLE Olly Murs & Louisa Johnson 59300

41 23 23 7 SLOW HANDS Niall Horan 95100
42 NEW 42 1 CHAMELEON Pnau 13750
43 44 43 11 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 122050
44 59 44 3 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 28550
45 52 45 4 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 35900
46 33 13 13 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 261300
47 32 32 6 EVERYBODY’S TALKING Glen Campbell 83700
48 NEW 48 1 COME PRIMA Tony Dallara 12300
49 49 49 2 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 24200
50 31 5 13 HURRICANE Drones Club 457350

51 36 1 17 CHARIOTS Paper Route 785300
52 48 1 18 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 826750
53 53 53 2 IMAGINING MY MAN Aldous Harding 22500
54 41 9 10 BATMAN & ROBIN Cazzie Opeia & Jin x Jin 277550
55 42 3 14 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 525600
56 56 56 3 KING KONG Icarus 28400
57 47 1 15 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 780000
58 75 58 2 LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE LeAnne Rimes 15200
59 39 39 4 OK Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt 51200
60 50 5 17 LOST ON YOU LP 510800

61 29 18 8 SHOULD’VE BEEN YOU Imelda May 111200
62 62 62 2 MOVE YOUR BODY Donny Montell 14800
63 43 16 11 APOCALYPSE Cigarettes After Sex 146400
64 64 64 3 WALKING THE WIRE Imagine Dragons 21300
65 45 5 12 WAY BACK TLC featuring Snoop Dogg 359700
66 NEW 66 1 MY ELUSIVE DREAMS George Jones & Tammy Wynette 6800
67 63 34 14 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 181200
68 67 1 38 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1096700
69 69 69 2 DIFFERENT DAYS The Charlatans 12400
70 70 70 4 DISCONNECT Clean Bandit & Marina And The Diamonds 24000

71 71 71 2 SAY I’M NOT ALONE Martine McCutcheon 11600
72 51 28 9 KISSING STRANGERS DNCE featuring Nicki Minaj 115450
73 73 73 2 JUMP Death Team 10800
74 NEW 74 1 WEARING NOTHING Dagny 5200
75 61 5 17 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 476700

DROP OUTS
46 10 12 WHAM BANG SHANG-A-LANG Silver 263400
54 18 9 OCCIDENTALI’S KARMA Francesco Gabbani 126100
55 50 6 LAST CHANCE TO DANCE Ekkah 59300
58 58 1 LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS World’s End Girlfriend 10200
60 60 3 STRIP THAT DOWN Liam Payne featuring Quavo 23600
65 48 5 CARNIVAL BEGIN Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 45600
68 27 6 ALL ALONE AT THE GREAT TIMES DANCE Ourselves On TV 82600
72 72 1 WISHING GIRL Lola Marsh 5600
74 1 22 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1357900

 

9th July 2017

For the second week in a row, and the third chart-topper in a row, it’s new at one – this time for Grace Slick’s 1980 worldwide flop (but a minor chart hit for me) which I rediscovered a few years back and fell in love with big time, so around a 37 wait to reach the top of my charts. It was close though, as Adam lambert is still strong. Liam Gallagher gets 2 consecutive top 10’s – it’s like the old Oasis days!

After 10 weeks Despacito hits a new peak of 11, slow climbing which is appropriate given the title, and as a watched a large of crowd of English London Pride attendees swaying along in the street and not being able to sing the lyrics, it made even more sense why it’s so popular. In at 14, another one that suddenly made sense to me once I heard it properly, French Montana being the highest new track to enter with Unforgettable, a great record.

Down t’bottom end, Blondie grab a 3rd chart entry of 2017, getting very close to 40 years of chart hits here, while Martine Mcutcheon is back 16 years since she last troubled my charts, and LeAnn Rimes a nearly as long 14 years. I do enjoy unexpected comebacks!

1 NEW 1 1 DREAMS Grace Slick 170000
2 1 1 2 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 285000
3 2 1 4 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 540000
4 4 4 8 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 301100
5 3 3 4 THE MAN The Killers 240000
6 8 6 6 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 209200
7 5 1 9 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1055000
8 16 8 2 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 73000
9 9 5 8 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 387000
10 7 2 11 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 729000

11 17 11 10 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 166850
12 6 1 6 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 525000
13 14 13 7 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 157300
14 NEW 14 1 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 29000
15 10 10 9 AVERDAVGI Agy 200800
16 20 16 5 ROULETTE Katy Perry 64400
17 11 7 9 CLASSIC The Knocks featuring Powers 385000
18 12 2 8 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 520000
19 15 15 8 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 143300
20 29 20 7 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 105250

21 13 13 9 YOUNG RICH AND RADICAL Club Cheval 185400
22 19 19 4 THE WAY YOU USED TO DO Queens Of The Stone Age 77200
23 25 23 6 SLOW HANDS Niall Horan 81100
24 34 24 5 DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell 66800
25 24 2 12 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 769750
26 NEW 26 1 LOOKING FOR THE RAIN UNKLE featuring Mark Lanegan & ESKA 18500
27 39 27 2 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 35500
28 35 28 5 SWERLK MNDR & Scissor Sisters 41300
29 18 18 7 SHOULD’VE BEEN YOU Imelda May 103700
30 36 30 4 OH WOMAN OH MAN London Grammar 59600

31 23 5 12 HURRICANE Drones Club 445350
32 32 32 5 EVERYBODY’S TALKING Glen Campbell 71200
33 26 13 12 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 248550
34 58 34 2 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 27800
35 60 35 2 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE Rufus Wainwright 27500
36 27 1 16 CHARIOTS Paper Route 773550
37 NEW 37 1 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 17300
38 46 38 4 CAME HERE FOR LOVE Sigala & Ella Eyre 46450
39 40 39 3 OK Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt 41100
40 43 40 4 UNPREDICTABLE Olly Murs & Louisa Johnson 42300

41 21 9 9 BATMAN & ROBIN Cazzie Opeia & Jin x Jin 266550
42 28 3 13 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 514800
43 22 16 10 APOCALYPSE Cigarettes After Sex 139200
44 44 44 10 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 108550
45 31 5 11 WAY BACK TLC featuring Snoop Dogg 352700
46 33 10 12 WHAM BANG SHANG-A-LANG Silver 263400
47 38 1 14 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 769600
48 47 1 17 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 815250
49 NEW 49 1 BLESS THIS ACID HOUSE Kasabian 12100
50 45 5 16 LOST ON YOU LP 500800

51 41 28 8 KISSING STRANGERS DNCE featuring Nicki Minaj 109850
52 68 52 3 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 22900
53 NEW 53 1 IMAGINING MY MAN Aldous Harding 11250
54 54 18 9 OCCIDENTALI’S KARMA Francesco Gabbani 126100
55 50 50 6 LAST CHANCE TO DANCE Ekkah 59300
56 63 56 2 KING KONG Icarus 17800
57 NEW 57 1 JAG TRODDE ANGLARNA FANNS Kamferdrops 10400
58 NEW 58 1 LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS World’s End Girlfriend 10200
59 74 59 2 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 15300
60 62 60 3 STRIP THAT DOWN Liam Payne featuring Quavo 23600

61 52 5 16 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 471700
62 NEW 62 1 MOVE YOUR BODY Donny Montell 7400
63 57 34 13 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 174600
64 64 64 2 WALKING THE WIRE Imagine Dragons 14200
65 48 48 5 CARNIVAL BEGIN Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 45600
66 NEW 66 1 TOO MUCH Blondie 6800
67 65 1 37 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1090300
68 49 27 6 ALL ALONE AT THE GREAT TIMES DANCE Ourselves On TV 82600
69 NEW 69 1 DIFFERENT DAYS The Charlatans 6200
70 70 70 3 DISCONNECT Clean Bandit & Marina And The Diamonds 18000

71 NEW 71 1 SAY I’M NOT ALONE Martine McCutcheon 5800
72 NEW 72 1 WISHING GIRL Lola Marsh 5600
73 NEW 73 1 JUMP Death Team 5400
74 61 1 22 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1357900
75 NEW 75 1 LOVE IS LOVE IS LOVE LeAnne Rimes 5000

DROP OUTS
30 30 10 DOUBLE BARREL Dave & Ansel Collins 177500
37 7 8 ONE AND ONE Robert Miles featuring Maria Naylor 269300
42 34 6 ADIOS Glen Campbell 89650
51 51 6 JESSICA The Allman Brothers Band 58550
53 30 9 BON APPETIT Katy Perry featuring Migos 123650
55 17 7 KRYPTONITE George Maple 130400
56 1 15 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 851750
59 39 7 CITY LIGHTS Blanche 78950
66 24 10 CRAVING YOU Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris 136200
67 55 4 RED SUN Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 34600
69 69 4 LIVE FOREVER Oasis 22800
71 29 6 LOVE AIN’T SOMETHING YOU CAN GET FOR FREE Elkie Brooks 77700
72 2 12 CRAZY (ASH HOWES RADIO EDIT) Bird 400600
73 73 2 DON’T MATTER NOW George Ezra 10800
75 75 1 RUN Foo Fighters 5000

2nd July 2017

In from nowhere it’s Adam Lambert with his ambitious and fabulous Two Fux, far and away his best ever record (and he’s had a few goodies). In rhythm it reminds me of a 90’s gem from ex-New Kid On The Block Jordan Knight’s 1998 number 2 (here) Give It To Me, but it is sassier and more swirling. Adam’s been having occasional entries here since 2010, so at long last a biggie. That means The Killers get close but no cigar, The Man is great, much better than the ever present Mr Brightside which is outselling it in the UK charts and within 50,000 sales (not streaming) of a million! I just don’t get it!

Second highest new entry is a 2nd top 20 track for Liam Gallagher, one of his best ballads, Chinatown at 16. Katy Perry rockets into the 20 with Roulette as Swish swish stays ahead, and a new entry for Calvin Harris featuring her at 58 gives her 5 consecutive tracks on the list. My rules won’t be amended to exclude artists with more than 3….

Imelda gets a 2nd top 20 of the year, QOTSA get a first one ever, and in at 39 Shania Twain is back and jolly as ever after a gap of 13 years, she topped my chart in 1999 though That Don’t Impress Me Much as much as almost 20 years of chart-spanning. Rufus Wainwright covers a Beatles classic, used on a TV advert, while Foo Fighters and Imagine Dragons add to the long run of chart entries, the Foo’s covering 20 years, Imagine Dragons 5 or 6 years.

1 NEW 1 1 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 170000
2 1 1 3 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 455000
3 5 3 3 THE MAN The Killers 180000
4 6 4 7 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 236100
5 4 1 8 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 1005000
6 3 1 5 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 490000
7 2 2 10 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 687000
8 10 8 5 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 154200
9 9 5 7 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 342000
10 11 10 8 AVERDAVGI Agy 173800

11 7 7 8 CLASSIC The Knocks featuring Powers 362000
12 8 2 7 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 498000
13 14 13 8 YOUNG RICH AND RADICAL Club Cheval 165650
14 17 14 6 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 125300
15 19 15 7 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 122300
16 NEW 16 1 CHINATOWN Liam Gallagher 25000
17 20 17 9 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 129850
18 29 18 6 SHOULD’VE BEEN YOU Imelda May 85500
19 24 19 3 THE WAY YOU USED TO DO Queens Of The Stone Age 57700
20 63 20 4 ROULETTE Katy Perry 39400

21 13 9 8 BATMAN & ROBIN Cazzie Opeia & Jin x Jin 252550
22 16 16 9 APOCALYPSE Cigarettes After Sex 125700
23 15 5 11 HURRICANE Drones Club 427450
24 12 2 11 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 751000
25 40 25 5 SLOW HANDS Niall Horan 61850
26 26 13 11 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 230850
27 25 1 15 CHARIOTS Paper Route 756150
28 21 3 12 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 501050
29 30 29 6 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 85250
30 31 30 10 DOUBLE BARREL Dave & Ansel Collins 177500

31 23 5 10 WAY BACK TLC featuring Snoop Dogg 339700
32 38 32 4 EVERYBODY’S TALKING Glen Campbell 53400
33 22 10 11 WHAM BANG SHANG-A-LANG Silver 250650
34 45 34 4 DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell 47800
35 50 35 4 SWERLK MNDR & Scissor Sisters 23000
36 36 36 3 OH WOMAN OH MAN London Grammar 41600
37 18 7 8 ONE AND ONE Robert Miles featuring Maria Naylor 269300
38 27 1 13 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 757100
39 NEW 39 1 LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD Shania Twain 17100
40 65 40 2 OK Robin Schulz featuring James Blunt 24000

41 28 28 7 KISSING STRANGERS DNCE featuring Nicki Minaj 98100
42 34 34 6 ADIOS Glen Campbell 89650
43 66 43 3 UNPREDICTABLE Olly Murs & Louisa Johnson 25300
44 46 44 9 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 95300
45 41 5 15 LOST ON YOU LP 488800
46 59 46 3 CAME HERE FOR LOVE Sigala & Ella Eyre 29250
47 47 1 16 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 802950
48 52 48 4 CARNIVAL BEGIN Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 38600
49 32 27 5 ALL ALONE AT THE GREAT TIMES DANCE Ourselves On TV 76200
50 54 50 5 LAST CHANCE TO DANCE Ekkah 48500

51 51 51 6 JESSICA The Allman Brothers Band 58550
52 42 5 15 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 464200
53 35 30 9 BON APPETIT Katy Perry featuring Migos 123650
54 33 18 8 OCCIDENTALI’S KARMA Francesco Gabbani 115100
55 37 17 7 KRYPTONITE George Maple 130400
56 49 1 15 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 851750
57 53 34 12 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 167400
58 NEW 58 1 FEELS Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean 10200
59 39 39 7 CITY LIGHTS Blanche 78950
60 NEW 60 1 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE Rufus Wainwright 10000

61 57 1 21 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1352700
62 69 62 2 STRIP THAT DOWN Liam Payne featuring Quavo 13600
63 NEW 63 1 KING KONG Icarus 7200
64 NEW 64 1 WALKING THE WIRE Imagine Dragons 7100
65 64 1 36 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1083700
66 48 24 10 CRAVING YOU Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris 136200
67 55 55 4 RED SUN Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 34600
68 75 68 2 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 11400
69 71 69 4 LIVE FOREVER Oasis 22800
70 70 70 2 DISCONNECT Clean Bandit & Marina And The Diamonds 12000

71 43 29 6 LOVE AIN’T SOMETHING YOU CAN GET FOR FREE Elkie Brooks 77700
72 56 2 12 CRAZY (ASH HOWES RADIO EDIT) Bird 400600
73 73 73 2 DON’T MATTER NOW George Ezra 10800
74 NEW 74 1 REAL LIFE Duke Dumont & Gordon City featuring Naations 5200
75 NEW 75 1 RUN Foo Fighters 5000

DROP OUTS
44 10 9 SOUTHERN NIGHTS Glen Campbell 170450
58 25 10 THE CURE Lady Gaga 137200
60 36 7 REASONS Jillian Jacqueline 91000
61 24 6 PAPER Svala 94500
62 20 10 STORY OF A HEART Steps 144900
67 50 5 THUNDER Imagine Dragons 42400
68 5 14 WAITING FOR THE STARS Vitalic featuring David Shaw and The Beat 383400
72 72 2 TOO FAR GONE Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 10800
74 1 15 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 690900

My Retro April 1967 Charts

7th april 1967

Holiday fill in top 20 only, rest to follow at the weekend for completeness.

1. ( 3) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank and Nancy Sinatra
2. (1) BERNADETTE Four Tops
3. (2) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
4. (4) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE Mamas and Papas
5. (9) HI HO SILVER LINING Jeff Beck Group
6. (7) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
7. (5) PENNY LANE The Beatles
8. (11) HA HA SAID THE CLOWN Manfred Mann
9. (12) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY Andy Williams
10. (13) ALFIE Dionne Warwick

11. (8) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
12. (6) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
13. (17) VENUS IN FURS The Velvet Underground & Nico
14. (NEW) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
15. (10) JIMMY MACK Martha and The Vandellas
16. (23) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
17. (20) GIRL YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Neil Diamond
18. (34) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
19. (35) BUY FOR ME THE RAIN The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
20. (25) PUPPET ON A STRING Sandie Shaw

21 ( 15 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
22 ( 14 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
23 ( 24 ) TELL ME TO MY FACE Keith
24 ( 16 ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set
25 ( 31 ) I’M GONNA GET ME A GUN Cat Stevens
26 ( 32 ) AND WHEN I DIE Laura Nyro
27 ( 22 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
28 ( 28 ) DON’T TIE ME DOWN Little Anthony & The Imperials
29 ( 18 ) GIRL I NEED YOU The Artistics
30 ( 19 ) DRY YOUR EYES Brenda & The Tabulations

31 ( 27 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
32 ( 26 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
33 ( 21 ) I WAS KAISER BILL’S BATMAN Whistling Jack Smith
34 ( 44 ) I WANT TO GO BACK THERE AGAIN Chris Clarke
35 ( 39 ) DEAD END STREET Lou Rawls
36 ( 45 ) CLOSE YOUR EYES Peaches and Herb
37 ( 70 ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps
38 ( 53 ) CASINO ROYALE Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
39 ( 48 ) SWEET SOUL MUSIC Arthur Conley
40 ( 52 ) ONE HURT DESERVES ANOTHER The Raelettes

41 ( 51 ) THE HAPPENING The Supremes
42 ( 41 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
43 ( 37 ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
44 ( 38 ) STAY WITH ME BABY The Walker Brothers
45 ( 29 ) MY FRIEND JACK The Smoke
46 ( 55 ) ARNOLD LAYNE Pink Floyd
47 ( 30 ) LET’S FALL IN LOVE Peaches and Herb
48 ( 33 ) KEEP IT OUT OF SIGHT Paul & Barry Ryan
49 ( 42 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
50 ( 58 ) LOVE EYES Nancy Sinatra

51 ( 64 ) BLUES THEME Davie Allan & The Arrows
52 ( 36 ) (IN THE) COLD LIGHT OF DAY Gene Pitney
53 ( 59 ) SOMEBODY TO LOVE Jefferson Airplane
54 ( 46 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Dusty Springfield
55 ( 47 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
56 ( NEW ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Simon And Garfunkel
57 ( NEW ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
58 ( 63 ) THE LADY CAME FROM BALTIMORE Bobby Darin
59 ( 50 ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes
60 ( 65 ) i CAN HEAR THE GRASS GROW The Move

61 ( 49 ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas
62 ( 56 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
63 ( 67 ) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME Patti LaBelle & The Blue Belles
64 ( 69 ) IT’S SO HARD BEING A LOSER The Contours
65 ( 54 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
66 ( 43 ) GONNA GIVE HER ALL THE LOVE I’VE GOT Jimmy Ruffin
67 ( 40 ) BEGINNING OF LONELINESS Dionne Warwick
68 ( 72 ) WHEN LOVE SLIPS AWAY Dee Dee Warwick
69 ( NEW ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Carla Thomas
70 ( 73 ) GET ME TO THE WORLD ON TIME The Electric Prunes

71 ( 61 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
72 ( 62 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
73 ( NEW ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro
74 ( 75 ) BREAK ON THROUGH (TO THE OTHER SIDE) The Doors
75 ( NEW ) WADE IN THE WATER Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

 

14th April 1967

The Monkees back on top for a second week with a Neil Diamond song, as Lulu enters the top 10 with a Neil Diamond song, and Neil Diamond keeps one for himself inside the top 20. There’s a couple of Burt Bacharach’s in the chart too, led by Dionne Warwick at 5. Highest new entry the fab (Young) Rascals track Groovin’ at 11, just ahead of the fab Gladys Knight track at 15 – saw her do it concert last year, terrific show.

Tim Hardin’s original of If I Were A Carpenter shoots up to 22, leapfrogging Bobby Darin (who would have a hit with it) and heading towards The Four Tops (who would have a hit with it), but the original is just lovely. A fair amount of Northern Soul and plain ol Soul in the top 40, plus Little Anthony doing a great Four Seasons impression right next to…The Four Seasons.

The Marvelettes are back again with their greatest record, When You’re Young And In Love, later to be attacked by The Flying Pickets without actually destroying it, while a nice bit of movie theme reggae and 60’s garage punk pop in at the lower end.

1 ( 3 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
2 ( 2 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
3 ( 1 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
4 ( 4 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
5 ( 10 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
6 ( 16 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
7 ( 7 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
8 ( 14 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
9 ( 5 ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group
10 ( 6 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees

11 ( NEW ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
12 ( 13 ) VENUS IN FURS The Velvet Underground & Nico
13 ( 11 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
14 ( 9 ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY Andy Williams
15 ( NEW ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
16 ( 17 ) GIRL, YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Neil Diamond
17 ( 18 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
18 ( 19 ) BUY FOR ME THE RAIN The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
19 ( 20 ) PUPPET ON A STRING Sandie Shaw
20 ( 8 ) HA HA SAID THE CLOWN Manfred Mann

21 ( 15 ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas
22 ( 57 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
23 ( 12 ) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
24 ( 28 ) DON’T TIE ME DOWN Little Anthony & The Imperials
25 ( 21 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
26 ( 26 ) AND WHEN I DIE Laura Nyro
27 ( 22 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
28 ( 37 ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps
29 ( 29 ) GIRL I NEED YOU The Artistics
30 ( 35 ) DEAD END STREET Lou Rawls

31 ( 31 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
32 ( 38 ) CASINO ROYALE Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
33 ( 23 ) TELL ME TO MY FACE Keith
34 ( 25 ) I’M GONNA GET ME A GUN Cat Stevens
35 ( 27 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
36 ( 24 ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set
37 ( 51 ) BLUES THEME Davie Allan & The Arrows
38 ( 58 ) THE LADY CAME FROM BALTIMORE Bobby Darin
39 ( 41 ) THE HAPPENING The Supremes
40 ( 46 ) ARNOLD LAYNE Pink Floyd

41 ( 34 ) I WANT TO GO BACK THERE AGAIN Chris Clarke
42 ( 32 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
43 ( 30 ) DRY YOUR EYES Brenda & The Tabulations
44 ( 36 ) CLOSE YOUR EYES Peaches and Herb
45 ( 42 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
46 ( 33 ) I WAS KAISER BILL’S BATMAN Whistling Jack Smith
47 ( 56 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Simon And Garfunkel
48 ( 50 ) LOVE EYES Nancy Sinatra
49 ( 73 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro
50 ( 53 ) SOMEBODY TO LOVE Jefferson Airplane

51 ( 40 ) ONE HURT DESERVES ANOTHER The Raelettes
52 ( 39 ) SWEET SOUL MUSIC Arthur Conley
53 ( 68 ) WHEN LOVE SLIPS AWAY Dee Dee Warwick
54 ( 44 ) STAY WITH ME BABY The Walker Brothers
55 ( 43 ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
56 ( 60 ) i CAN HEAR THE GRASS GROW The Move
57 ( NEW ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
58 ( 49 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
59 ( 45 ) MY FRIEND JACK The Smoke
60 ( 64 ) IT’S SO HARD BEING A LOSER The Contours

61 ( 47 ) LET’S FALL IN LOVE Peaches and Herb
62 ( 63 ) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME Patti LaBelle & The Blue Belles
63 ( 54 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Dusty Springfield
64 ( 55 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
65 ( 70 ) GET ME TO THE WORLD ON TIME The Electric Prunes
66 ( 62 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
67 ( 59 ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes
68 ( 69 ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Carla Thomas
69 ( 74 ) BREAK ON THROUGH (TO THE OTHER SIDE) The Doors
70 ( 48 ) KEEP IT OUT OF SIGHT Paul & Barry Ryan

71 ( 75 ) WADE IN THE WATER Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
72 ( NEW ) HIM OR ME – WHAT’S IT’S GONNA BE Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsey
73 ( 61 ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas
74 ( 52 ) (IN THE) COLD LIGHT OF DAY Gene Pitney
75 ( NEW ) GUNS OF NAVARONE The Skatalites

 

21st April 1967

It’s 3 weeks on top for The Monkees, for a total of 7 weeks on top in 1967 (3 singles), the only significant moves at the top end from The Rascals and Gladys Knight, one a big hit in the real world, the other one mysteriously not – it was pretty well known by me in my teens! The Five Stairsteps – talk about obscure – are up to 15 with a goodie sounding very Northern Soul-ish, and Cat Stevens does an about face and hits the 20. I bet he couldn’t get away with singing that track these days under his current name without people madly rushing screaming into the streets in hysterical panic. It’s fine if you’re white Christian, though.

The goddess Laura Nyro makes it 3 in the 40, such a fab songwriter, as The Trems cover The Four Seasons and replace themselves in the chart and leapfrog Frankie Valli and co. The Bee Gees haunting second chart entry enters inside the 30, and The Mamas & The Papas grab a second inside the 40 with that hit single that told the band’s actual autobiographical journey in lyric. Outside the 40 there’s an invasion of familiar pop names of the 60’s, not least a chart debut for David Bowie. The Laughing Gnome charted for me in 1973 – OK it wasn’t Life On Mars, but it was very Junior Choice and I still loved that show in 1973 when Bowie ruled all. Eurovision runner-upper Vicky Leandros enters with Love Is Blue (The Paul Mauriat version was the one for me, I learnt to play it on the melodica at the time), but she had a win 5 years in the future to look forward to. The 1967 contest was the first I was allowed to stay up for, and I loved Sandie.

Lastly, Ellie Greenwich pops in with a future minor hit for Billie Davis (the better copycat version) – Ellie of course was a major hit songwriter of the 60’s alongside male partners like Jeff Barry, and competing alongside Carole King her friend as part of the Brill Building team not to mention Neil “wrote everything in the 1967 chart” Diamond, and Boyce & Hart who along with Diamond & King wrote for the Monkees, and also featured as songwriter….Laura Nyro, frequent songwriter for The Fifth Dimension who enter lower down. Small pop world!

1 ( 1 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
2 ( 2 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
3 ( 3 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
4 ( 5 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
5 ( 6 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
6 ( 4 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
7 ( 11 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
8 ( 15 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
9 ( 7 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
10 ( 8 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu

11 ( 18 ) BUY FOR ME THE RAIN The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
12 ( 22 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
13 ( 9 ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group
14 ( 10 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
15 ( 28 ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps
16 ( 13 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
17 ( 34 ) I’M GONNA GET ME A GUN Cat Stevens
18 ( 12 ) VENUS IN FURS The Velvet Underground & Nico
19 ( 14 ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY Andy Williams
20 ( 26 ) AND WHEN I DIE Laura Nyro

21 ( 17 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
22 ( 37 ) BLUES THEME Davie Allan & The Arrows
23 ( 16 ) GIRL, YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Neil Diamond
24 ( NEW ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
25 ( 38 ) THE LADY CAME FROM BALTIMORE Bobby Darin
26 ( NEW ) NEW YORK MINING DISASTER 1941 The Bee Gees
27 ( 30 ) DEAD END STREET Lou Rawls
28 ( 25 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
29 ( 21 ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas
30 ( 19 ) PUPPET ON A STRING Sandie Shaw

31 ( 20 ) HA HA SAID THE CLOWN Manfred Mann
32 ( 32 ) CASINO ROYALE Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
33 ( 27 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
34 ( NEW ) CREEQUE ALLEY The Mamas & The Papas
35 ( 39 ) THE HAPPENING The Supremes
36 ( 31 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
37 ( 40 ) ARNOLD LAYNE Pink Floyd
38 ( 23 ) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
39 ( 49 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro
40 ( 57 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes

41 ( 24 ) DON’T TIE ME DOWN Little Anthony & The Imperials
42 ( 35 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
43 ( 47 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Simon And Garfunkel
44 ( 29 ) GIRL I NEED YOU The Artistics
45 ( 36 ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set
46 ( 50 ) SOMEBODY TO LOVE Jefferson Airplane
47 ( 48 ) LOVE EYES Nancy Sinatra
48 ( 45 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
49 ( 42 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
50 ( 56 ) i CAN HEAR THE GRASS GROW The Move

51 ( 43 ) DRY YOUR EYES Brenda & The Tabulations
52 ( 33 ) TELL ME TO MY FACE Keith
53 ( 72 ) HIM OR ME – WHAT’S IT’S GONNA BE Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsey
54 ( NEW ) WHEN I WAS YOUNG Eric Burdon & The Animals
55 ( 46 ) I WAS KAISER BILL’S BATMAN Whistling Jack Smith
56 ( 71 ) WADE IN THE WATER Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
57 ( NEW ) RESPECT Aretha Franklin
58 ( NEW ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Ellie Greenwich
59 ( 69 ) BREAK ON THROUGH (TO THE OTHER SIDE) The Doors
60 ( NEW ) ALL I NEED The Temptations

61 ( NEW ) RUN, RUN, BABY, RUN Tommy James & The Shondells
62 ( 44 ) CLOSE YOUR EYES Peaches and Herb
63 ( NEW ) ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER HEARTACHE The Fifth Dimension
64 ( NEW ) BEAT THE CLOCK The McCoys
65 ( NEW ) THE LAUGHING GNOME David Bowie
66 ( NEW ) L’AMOUR EST BLEU Vicky Leandros
67 ( NEW ) PICTURES OF LILY The Who
68 ( 41 ) I WANT TO GO BACK THERE AGAIN Chris Clarke
69 ( NEW ) BECK’S BOLERO The Jeff Beck Group
70 ( 51 ) ONE HURT DESERVES ANOTHER The Raelettes

71 ( NEW ) DO RIGHT WOMAN, DO RIGHT MAN Aretha Franklin
72 ( 66 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
73 ( NEW ) MIRAGE Tommy James & The Shondells
74 ( NEW ) A BEAUTIFUL STORY Sonny & Cher
75 ( NEW ) GOT TO HAVE YOU BACK The Isley Brothers

28th April 1967

Moving back up on top in a quiet week for classic new entries, it’s a 4th week on top for The Mamas & The Papas, undisputably my fave record at the time for 1967, give or take a Matthew And Son or Daydream Believer. The Rascals are up to 3, PP Arnold enters at 11, cos if there’s a lack of Cat Stevens songs in the chart – actually there isn’t! Nor is there a lack of Neil Diamond songs – but The Boat That I Row goes up to 8 for Lulu while Neil’s own version pops in lower down.

The Turtles 2nd hit enters with a bang at 13, and a very obscure fab instrumental (new to me, and very early 60’s in mood) makes 20 for Davie Allan (who? No idea!). Eric Burdon and Aretha Franklin get nice climbs into the 40, and a Beach Boys cover of a Phil Spector hit oldie is in at 39. That leaves childhood acts I liked to enter: Gary Lewis, now nearing the end of a long run of good pop hits, and Roger Miller, who still had a few more to come.

1 ( 6 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
2 ( 1 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
3 ( 7 ) GROOVIN’ The Young Rascals
4 ( 8 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS AND LOVE ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
5 ( 2 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
6 ( 3 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
7 ( 4 ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
8 ( 10 ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Lulu
9 ( 5 ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
10 ( 11 ) BUY FOR ME THE RAIN The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

11 ( NEW ) FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST PP Arnold
12 ( 9 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
13 ( NEW ) SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME The Turtles
14 ( 24 ) SILENCE IS GOLDEN The Tremeloes
15 ( 12 ) IF I WERE A CARPENTER Tim Hardin
16 ( 14 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
17 ( 20 ) AND WHEN I DIE Laura Nyro
18 ( 16 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
19 ( 13 ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group
20 ( 22 ) BLUES THEME Davie Allan & The Arrows

21 ( 26 ) NEW YORK MINING DISASTER 1941 The Bee Gees
22 ( 15 ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps
23 ( 25 ) THE LADY CAME FROM BALTIMORE Bobby Darin
24 ( 18 ) VENUS IN FURS The Velvet Underground & Nico
25 ( 34 ) CREEQUE ALLEY The Mamas & The Papas
26 ( 32 ) CASINO ROYALE Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
27 ( 19 ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY Andy Williams
28 ( 21 ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
29 ( 17 ) I’M GONNA GET ME A GUN Cat Stevens
30 ( 39 ) BLOWIN’ AWAY Laura Nyro

31 ( 28 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
32 ( 54 ) WHEN I WAS YOUNG Eric Burdon & The Animals
33 ( 40 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Marvelettes
34 ( 43 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Simon And Garfunkel
35 ( 23 ) GIRL, YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Neil Diamond
36 ( 29 ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas
37 ( 33 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
38 ( 36 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
39 ( NEW ) THEN I KISSED HER The Beach Boys
40 ( 71 ) DO RIGHT WOMAN, DO RIGHT MAN Aretha Franklin

41 ( 27 ) DEAD END STREET Lou Rawls
42 ( 35 ) THE HAPPENING The Supremes
43 ( 31 ) HA HA SAID THE CLOWN Manfred Mann
44 ( 61 ) RUN, RUN, BABY, RUN Tommy James & The Shondells
45 ( 30 ) PUPPET ON A STRING Sandie Shaw
46 ( 53 ) HIM OR ME – WHAT’S IT’S GONNA BE Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsey
47 ( 42 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
48 ( 44 ) GIRL I NEED YOU The Artistics
49 ( 38 ) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
50 ( 58 ) I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Ellie Greenwich

51 ( 63 ) ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER HEARTACHE The Fifth Dimension
52 ( 56 ) WADE IN THE WATER Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
53 ( 48 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
54 ( 66 ) L’AMOUR EST BLEU Vicky Leandros
55 ( 37 ) ARNOLD LAYNE Pink Floyd
56 ( 45 ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set
57 ( 57 ) RESPECT Aretha Franklin
58 ( 60 ) ALL I NEED The Temptations
59 ( 69 ) BECK’S BOLERO The Jeff Beck Group
60 ( 49 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles

61 ( 46 ) SOMEBODY TO LOVE Jefferson Airplane
62 ( 50 ) i CAN HEAR THE GRASS GROW The Move
63 ( 64 ) BEAT THE CLOCK The McCoys
64 ( NEW ) THE BOAT THAT I ROW Neil Diamond
65 ( 65 ) THE LAUGHING GNOME David Bowie
66 ( 47 ) LOVE EYES Nancy Sinatra
67 ( 67 ) PICTURES OF LILY The Who
68 ( 59 ) BREAK ON THROUGH (TO THE OTHER SIDE) The Doors
69 ( 51 ) DRY YOUR EYES Brenda & The Tabulations
70 ( 55 ) I WAS KAISER BILL’S BATMAN Whistling Jack Smith

71 ( 73 ) MIRAGE Tommy James & The Shondells
72 ( NEW ) GIRLS IN LOVE Gary Lewis & The Playboys
73 ( 62 ) CLOSE YOUR EYES Peaches and Herb
74 ( 74 ) A BEAUTIFUL STORY Sonny & Cher
75 ( NEW ) WALKIN’ IN THE SUNSHINE Roger Miller

My March 1967 Retro charts

 

3rd March 1967

The Mamas & The Papas get what would have been their 3rd chart-topper (if I’d done 1965/66 charts) with the fab oldie, done harmony-oldie style, and holding off the Fabs at 2 and 3. Highest new entry is the track that got reissued in the Uk in 1972, at which point I bought the record with my pocket money and it topped my chart: Bernadette is epic. The other high new entry is one my dad bought in a batch of singles he got from somewhere in 1967/8: they all had “Not For Sale” printed on the label, so it must have been from an RAF mate who knew a DJ or something: My Friend Jack by The Smoke. I liked it but didn’t love it at the time, but it’s grown into love with the years. I have to comment at how low records are peaking in these charts compared to how I always envisaged they would peak in my personal charts of the time. Just shows what happens when there are so many great records about. At least most of those I loved at the time have recharted over the years in higher positions! Frinstance 2,3,4,10,15,18 & 19 have all made the UK charts in later years (just out of the top 20) while 7,9,16 have also made my personal charts along with all the aforementioned.

1 ( 2 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
2 ( 1 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
3 ( 5 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
4 ( 3 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
5 ( 4 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
6 ( 11 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
7 ( 7 ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
8 ( 8 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
9 ( 6 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
10 ( 17 ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas

11 ( 9 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
12 ( 12 ) STAY WITH ME BABY The Walker Brothers
13 ( 18 ) DRY YOUR EYES Brenda & The Tabulations
14 ( 10 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Dusty Springfield
15 ( NEW ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
16 ( 16 ) MELLOW YELLOW Donovan
17 ( 20 ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set
18 ( 13 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
19 ( 22 ) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
20 ( 14 ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas

21 ( 15 ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes
22 ( 24 ) I WAS KAISER BILL’S BATMAN Whistling Jack Smith
23 ( NEW ) MY FRIEND JACK The Smoke
24 ( 19 ) SHE The Monkees
25 ( 21 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
26 ( 29 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
27 ( 25 ) IT’S NOW WINTER’S DAY Tommy Roe
28 ( 32 ) LAST NIGHT The Mar-Keys
29 ( 27 ) I’M A MAN The Spencer Davis Group
30 ( 26 ) RUBY TUESDAY The Rolling Stones

31 ( 23 ) PEEK-A-BOO The New Vaudeville Band
32 ( 28 ) GEORGY GIRL The Seekers
33 ( 30 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
34 ( 35 ) (IN THE) COLD LIGHT OF DAY Gene Pitney
35 ( 36 ) ON A CAROUSEL The Hollies
36 ( 49 ) JUST BE SINCERE Jackie Wilson
37 ( 33 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
38 ( 34 ) SUGAR TOWN Nancy Sinatra
39 ( 31 ) THE LITTLE BLACK EGG The Nightcrawlers
40 ( 47 ) I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM LAST NIGHT The Electric Prunes

41 ( 40 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
42 ( 44 ) LOOK OUT (HERE COMES TOMORROW) The Monkees
43 ( 37 ) (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees
44 ( 52 ) I’LL TRY ANYTHING Dusty Springfield
45 ( 64 ) SPICKS AND SPECKS The Bee Gees
46 ( 42 ) 96 TEARS Big Maybelle
47 ( 63 ) WESTERN UNION The Five Americans
48 ( 39 ) I DON’T NEED ANYTHING Sandie Shaw
49 ( 41 ) DEADLIER THAN THE MALE The Walker Brothers
50 ( 55 ) GIRLS ARE OUT TO GET YOU The Fascinations

51 ( 45 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
52 ( 50 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON The Supremes
53 ( 38 ) YOUR AUNTIE GRIZELDA The Monkees
54 ( 69 ) KEEP IT OUT OF SIGHT Paul & Barry Ryan
55 ( 72 ) LET’S FALL IN LOVE Peaches and Herb
56 ( 60 ) THE LOVE I SAW IN YOU WAS JUST A MIRAGE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
57 ( 43 ) HARD LOVIN’ Guy Darrell
58 ( 51 ) IT TAKES TWO Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
59 ( 65 ) PUCKER UP BUTTERCUP Junior Walker & The All-Stars
60 ( 68 ) THE TIDE IS HIGH The Paragons

61 ( 57 ) GOOD VIBRATIONS The Beach Boys
62 ( 56 ) I FEEL FREE Cream
63 ( 74 ) THE DARK END OF THE STREET James Carr
64 ( 46 ) STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE The Four Tops
65 ( 54 ) DETROIT CITY Tom Jones
66 ( 66 ) DON’T DO IT Micky Dolenz
67 ( 71 ) THE HUNTER GETS CAPTURED BY THE GAME The Marvelettes
68 ( 48 ) I’M GONNA MISS YOU The Artistics
69 ( 53 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James & The Shondells
70 ( 75 ) I NEVER LOVED A MAN (THE WAY I LOVED YOU) Aretha Franklin

71 ( NEW ) SWEET SOUL MUSIC Arthur Conley
72 ( NEW ) BEGINNING OF LONELINESS Dionne Warwick
73 ( 58 ) BABY I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Johnny Rivers
74 ( NEW ) TOUCH ME TOUCH ME Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
75 ( NEW ) DARLING BE HOME SOON The Lovin’ Spoonful

 

10th March 1967

The Mamas & The Papas still hold off that Beatles 1-2, and joined by another kiddie fave of mine from Pet Clark at 4. Charlie Chaplin. Still find that hard to believe! The Four Tops get a 3rd Top 10 in a row, and The Walker Brothers go where the classic histrionic original from Lorraine Ellison also would have gone (had I started my Retro charts 2 years earlier). Highest new entry is a 3rd track from Nancy Sinatra at 14 – this time with Dad Frank – joining her duet with Lee Hazelwood and her solo Sugartown. Adore Nancy.

Harpers Bizarre’s Simon & Garfunkel cover is joined by the duo themselves At The Zoo, Sandie Shaw’s famous Eurovision winner is in as her ballad drops. It was great fun, was Puppet On A String, and I was allowed to stay up and watch it on TV. Hooray! Love Sandie, though I tend to agree with her these days about the track, but loved it age 9. A big jump for Peaches & Herb, annoyingly they had to wait for a substitute Peaches to get a UK hit over a decade later.

Paul & Barry Ryan got top 40, just under a year before Barry Ryan topped my chart with a classic. That leaves Jimmy Ruffin returning with another goodie I didn’t know, quite the string of great singles he had for 4 or 5 years! Keith pops in with an Eastern arrangement nicked from Gene Pitney’s fab Mecca, The Artistics get a 2nd entry, Aarron Neville and Lou Reed ditto. I went to see Albert Hammond in concert last year, a good night out with an amazing song catalogue, and I can see the style very evident in the Simon Dupree new entry with his song.

1 ( 1 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
2 ( 2 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
3 ( 3 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
4 ( 7 ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
5 ( 4 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
6 ( 5 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
7 ( 15 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
8 ( 12 ) STAY WITH ME BABY The Walker Brothers
9 ( 10 ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas
10 ( 6 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits

11 ( 13 ) DRY YOUR EYES Brenda & The Tabulations
12 ( 9 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
13 ( 8 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
14 ( NEW ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
15 ( 17 ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set
16 ( 11 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
17 ( 19 ) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
18 ( 14 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Dusty Springfield
19 ( 22 ) I WAS KAISER BILL’S BATMAN Whistling Jack Smith
20 ( 26 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre

21 ( 18 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
22 ( 16 ) MELLOW YELLOW Donovan
23 ( 23 ) MY FRIEND JACK The Smoke
24 ( 21 ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes
25 ( 20 ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas
26 ( 55 ) LET’S FALL IN LOVE Peaches and Herb
27 ( 34 ) (IN THE) COLD LIGHT OF DAY Gene Pitney
28 ( 28 ) LAST NIGHT The Mar-Keys
29 ( 24 ) SHE The Monkees
30 ( 35 ) ON A CAROUSEL The Hollies

31 ( 25 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
32 ( 36 ) JUST BE SINCERE Jackie Wilson
33 ( 29 ) I’M A MAN The Spencer Davis Group
34 ( 30 ) RUBY TUESDAY The Rolling Stones
35 ( 42 ) LOOK OUT (HERE COMES TOMORROW) The Monkees
36 ( 54 ) KEEP IT OUT OF SIGHT Paul & Barry Ryan
37 ( 33 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
38 ( 32 ) GEORGY GIRL The Seekers
39 ( 63 ) THE DARK END OF THE STREET James Carr
40 ( 31 ) PEEK-A-BOO The New Vaudeville Band

41 ( 37 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
42 ( 38 ) SUGAR TOWN Nancy Sinatra
43 ( 45 ) SPICKS AND SPECKS The Bee Gees
44 ( 44 ) I’LL TRY ANYTHING Dusty Springfield
45 ( 47 ) WESTERN UNION The Five Americans
46 ( 41 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
47 ( NEW ) PUPPET ON A STRING Sandie Shaw
48 ( 43 ) (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees
49 ( NEW ) GONNA GIVE HER ALL THE LOVE I’VE GOT Jimmy Ruffin
50 ( 56 ) THE LOVE I SAW IN YOU WAS JUST A MIRAGE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

51 ( 27 ) IT’S NOW WINTER’S DAY Tommy Roe
52 ( 39 ) THE LITTLE BLACK EGG The Nightcrawlers
53 ( 60 ) THE TIDE IS HIGH The Paragons
54 ( 59 ) PUCKER UP BUTTERCUP Junior Walker & The All-Stars
55 ( 52 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON The Supremes
56 ( 51 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
57 ( 50 ) GIRLS ARE OUT TO GET YOU The Fascinations
58 ( 49 ) DEADLIER THAN THE MALE The Walker Brothers
59 ( 46 ) 96 TEARS Big Maybelle
60 ( NEW ) TELL ME TO MY FACE Keith

61 ( 71 ) SWEET SOUL MUSIC Arthur Conley
62 ( 40 ) I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM LAST NIGHT The Electric Prunes
63 ( 70 ) I NEVER LOVED A MAN (THE WAY I LOVED YOU) Aretha Franklin
64 ( 61 ) GOOD VIBRATIONS The Beach Boys
65 ( 67 ) THE HUNTER GETS CAPTURED BY THE GAME The Marvelettes
66 ( 72 ) BEGINNING OF LONELINESS Dionne Warwick
67 ( NEW ) GIRL I NEED YOU The Artistics
68 ( 62 ) I FEEL FREE Cream
69 ( 74 ) TOUCH ME TOUCH ME Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
70 ( NEW ) SHE TOOK YOU FOR A RIDE Aaron Neville

71 ( 48 ) I DON’T NEED ANYTHING Sandie Shaw
72 ( NEW ) AT THE ZOO Simon And Garfunkel
73 ( NEW ) I’M WAITING FOR THE MAN The Velvet Underground
74 ( NEW ) RESERVATIONS Simon Dupree And The Big Sound
75 ( NEW ) YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES The Dave Clark 5

 

17th March 1967

A 3rd week on top for my fave record of 1967 at the time – that’s bad news for ones I loved (and topped my chart in the 70’s) from numbers 2 through 6! There are so many classics under-performing, and so many decent tracks that are being excluded from the chart there are just so many great oldies. The highest-placed newie to me is Brenda & The Tabulations, gorgeous record.

As if there weren’t enough Monkees tracks, 2 more enter the TV show fave The Girl I Knew Somewhere, written by Mike Nesmith (as many of their great records were) in at 23, and in at 2 and written by Neil Diamond, the brilliant A Little Bit Me… while Goffin & King, writers of some of their hits and tracks enter at 64 with an obscure goodie from Lenny Welch. A huge 1972 hit for me is in at 28, Hi Ho Silver Lining – Jeff Beck features in my current chart with Imelda May, so 50 years and still good! Lou Reed pops in with his classic Venus In Furs at 30, Andy Williams with his Bob Crewe cover (and a later 90’s hit), Lou Rawls has a social conscience soul track and Little Anthony & The Imperials are in with a track that sounds nothing like their doo wop years, this is pyschedelic soul if it’s anything! Finally two hippie classics are shoved down to 74 and 75, just because of the competition…

1 ( 1 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
2 ( NEW ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
3 ( 3 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
4 ( 2 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
5 ( 7 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
6 ( 14 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
7 ( 11 ) DRY YOUR EYES Brenda & The Tabulations
8 ( 9 ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas
9 ( 6 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
10 ( 15 ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set

11 ( 17 ) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
12 ( 5 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
13 ( 4 ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
14 ( 19 ) I WAS KAISER BILL’S BATMAN Whistling Jack Smith
15 ( 10 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
16 ( 27 ) (IN THE) COLD LIGHT OF DAY Gene Pitney
17 ( 12 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
18 ( 8 ) STAY WITH ME BABY The Walker Brothers
19 ( 13 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
20 ( 23 ) MY FRIEND JACK The Smoke

21 ( 26 ) LET’S FALL IN LOVE Peaches and Herb
22 ( 16 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
23 ( NEW ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
24 ( 18 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Dusty Springfield
25 ( 21 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
26 ( 60 ) TELL ME TO MY FACE Keith
27 ( 28 ) LAST NIGHT The Mar-Keys
28 ( NEW ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group
29 ( 36 ) KEEP IT OUT OF SIGHT Paul & Barry Ryan
30 ( NEW ) VENUS IN FURS The Velvet Underground & Nico

31 ( 25 ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas
32 ( 24 ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes
33 ( 20 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
34 ( 49 ) GONNA GIVE HER ALL THE LOVE I’VE GOT Jimmy Ruffin
35 ( 47 ) PUPPET ON A STRING Sandie Shaw
36 ( 31 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
37 ( 67 ) GIRL I NEED YOU The Artistics
38 ( 22 ) MELLOW YELLOW Donovan
39 ( 39 ) THE DARK END OF THE STREET James Carr
40 ( 65 ) THE HUNTER GETS CAPTURED BY THE GAME The Marvelettes

41 ( 33 ) I’M A MAN The Spencer Davis Group
42 ( 37 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
43 ( 29 ) SHE The Monkees
44 ( 53 ) THE TIDE IS HIGH The Paragons
45 ( 34 ) RUBY TUESDAY The Rolling Stones
46 ( 41 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
47 ( NEW ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY Andy Williams
48 ( 32 ) JUST BE SINCERE Jackie Wilson
49 ( 38 ) GEORGY GIRL The Seekers
50 ( 30 ) ON A CAROUSEL The Hollies

51 ( 42 ) SUGAR TOWN Nancy Sinatra
52 ( 46 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
53 ( 48 ) (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees
54 ( 63 ) I NEVER LOVED A MAN (THE WAY I LOVED YOU) Aretha Franklin
55 ( 43 ) SPICKS AND SPECKS The Bee Gees
56 ( 40 ) PEEK-A-BOO The New Vaudeville Band
57 ( 44 ) I’LL TRY ANYTHING Dusty Springfield
58 ( 45 ) WESTERN UNION The Five Americans
59 ( 61 ) SWEET SOUL MUSIC Arthur Conley
60 ( 66 ) BEGINNING OF LONELINESS Dionne Warwick

61 ( 55 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON The Supremes
62 ( 35 ) LOOK OUT (HERE COMES TOMORROW) The Monkees
63 ( 50 ) THE LOVE I SAW IN YOU WAS JUST A MIRAGE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
64 ( NEW ) THE RIGHT TO CRY Lenny Welch
65 ( 70 ) SHE TOOK YOU FOR A RIDE Aaron Neville
66 ( NEW ) DEAD END STREET Lou Rawls
67 ( 52 ) THE LITTLE BLACK EGG The Nightcrawlers
68 ( 64 ) GOOD VIBRATIONS The Beach Boys
69 ( NEW ) DON’T TIE ME DOWN Little Anthony & The Imperials
70 ( NEW ) CLOSE YOUR EYES Peaches and Herb

71 ( NEW ) LOVE EYES Nancy Sinatra
72 ( 72 ) AT THE ZOO Simon And Garfunkel
73 ( 56 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
74 ( NEW ) SOMEBODY TO LOVE Jefferson Airplane
75 ( NEW ) PURPLE HAZE The Jimi Hendrix Experience

 

24th March 1967

In which The Monkees do an Ed Sheeran and continue to dominate my charts – as they would have in 1967 in a hypothetical teen-streaming world. Neil Diamond’s Davy Jones-vocal delight is on top, as Mike Nesmith’s song with Micky Dolenz vocals shoots up to 7. Jeff beck hit my top 3 in 1972 with Hi Ho, so no surprise it shoots up into the 20, and ditto the Four Tops which topped my chart in 1972 at 3. A new one to me is up to 20 for The artistics, and also the Paul & Barry Ryan goodie at 19.

A 3rd Neil Diamond song is the highest new entry at 24, for the man himself – the song had to wait till the 90’s to chart in the UK, which was ridiculous. A huge leap for Little Anthony & The Imperials, not entirely unlike a great late-60’s Four Seasons song, while Cat Stevens also gets a 3rd song on the listing with I’m Gonna Get Me A Gun – it’s a great record, if an awkward title these days. An old Manfred fave is in at 42, a Supremes biggie that I never took to quite as much as their other hits (it clearly wasn’t Holland-Dozier-Holland quality, more MOR than soul) Happening at 53, and The Raelettes (Ray Charles backing group) sneak in lower – the number of singers that passed through the band is amazing, and includes Merry “Rolling Stones” Clayton, Minnie “Loving You” Ripperton and Marilyn “Fifth Dimension” McCoo.

Talking of female soul greats, Patti LaBelle is in 8 years ahead of Lady Marmalade, while William Bell drops in 2 years ahead of a Private Number, legendary Pink Floyd chart Arnold Layne and start the road to immortality in a modest psychedelic pop fashion, and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band pop in 2 years ahead of their memorable Can O’ Beans in “Paint Your Wagon” and topping my chart in 1975 with All I Have To Do Is Dream. The country legends are still at it, as far as I know, and did a concert 8 years ago with Alison Krauss, who is currently back in my singles 2017 charts. I enjoy a good link/advert.

1 ( 2 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
2 ( 1 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
3 ( 5 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
4 ( 4 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
5 ( 3 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
6 ( 6 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
7 ( 23 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
8 ( 8 ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas
9 ( 11 ) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
10 ( 10 ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set

11 ( 9 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
12 ( 12 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
13 ( 7 ) DRY YOUR EYES Brenda & The Tabulations
14 ( 14 ) I WAS KAISER BILL’S BATMAN Whistling Jack Smith
15 ( 28 ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group
16 ( 20 ) MY FRIEND JACK The Smoke
17 ( 21 ) LET’S FALL IN LOVE Peaches and Herb
18 ( 15 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
19 ( 29 ) KEEP IT OUT OF SIGHT Paul & Barry Ryan
20 ( 37 ) GIRL I NEED YOU The Artistics

21 ( 17 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
22 ( 19 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
23 ( 16 ) (IN THE) COLD LIGHT OF DAY Gene Pitney
24 ( NEW ) GIRL, YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Neil Diamond
25 ( 30 ) VENUS IN FURS The Velvet Underground & Nico
26 ( 26 ) TELL ME TO MY FACE Keith
27 ( 13 ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
28 ( 18 ) STAY WITH ME BABY The Walker Brothers
29 ( 35 ) PUPPET ON A STRING Sandie Shaw
30 ( 34 ) GONNA GIVE HER ALL THE LOVE I’VE GOT Jimmy Ruffin

31 ( 22 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
32 ( 25 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
33 ( 69 ) DON’T TIE ME DOWN Little Anthony & The Imperials
34 ( 47 ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY Andy Williams
35 ( 24 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Dusty Springfield
36 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA GET ME A GUN Cat Stevens
37 ( 33 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
38 ( 40 ) THE HUNTER GETS CAPTURED BY THE GAME The Marvelettes
39 ( 31 ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas
40 ( 32 ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes

41 ( 27 ) LAST NIGHT The Mar-Keys
42 ( NEW ) HA HA SAID THE CLOWN Manfred Mann
43 ( 66 ) DEAD END STREET Lou Rawls
44 ( 36 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
45 ( 39 ) THE DARK END OF THE STREET James Carr
46 ( 70 ) CLOSE YOUR EYES Peaches and Herb
47 ( 42 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
48 ( 60 ) BEGINNING OF LONELINESS Dionne Warwick
49 ( 43 ) SHE The Monkees
50 ( 38 ) MELLOW YELLOW Donovan

51 ( 41 ) I’M A MAN The Spencer Davis Group
52 ( 46 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
53 ( NEW ) THE HAPPENING The Supremes
54 ( 59 ) SWEET SOUL MUSIC Arthur Conley
55 ( 45 ) RUBY TUESDAY The Rolling Stones
56 ( 52 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
57 ( 49 ) GEORGY GIRL The Seekers
58 ( 54 ) I NEVER LOVED A MAN (THE WAY I LOVED YOU) Aretha Franklin
59 ( 51 ) SUGAR TOWN Nancy Sinatra
60 ( 53 ) (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees

61 ( 71 ) LOVE EYES Nancy Sinatra
62 ( 44 ) THE TIDE IS HIGH The Paragons
63 ( 65 ) SHE TOOK YOU FOR A RIDE Aaron Neville
64 ( 61 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON The Supremes
65 ( NEW ) ONE HURT DESERVES ANOTHER The Raelettes
66 ( 56 ) PEEK-A-BOO The New Vaudeville Band
67 ( 72 ) AT THE ZOO Simon And Garfunkel
68 ( 74 ) SOMEBODY TO LOVE Jefferson Airplane
69 ( NEW ) ARNOLD LAYNE Pink Floyd
70 ( NEW ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps

71 ( NEW ) BUY FOR ME THE RAIN The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
72 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY LOVES A WINNER William Bell
73 ( NEW ) GET ME TO THE WORLD ON TIME The Electric Prunes
74 ( 68 ) GOOD VIBRATIONS The Beach Boys
75 ( NEW ) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME Patti LaBelle & The Blue Belles

 

31st March 1967

The Four Tops knock The Monkees off the top after one week, and five years ahead of grabbing the top spot in my actual official chart in 1972, with the stunning Bernadette. Talk about angst! Manfred get a high climber, I did love them so at the time, and Andy is one I discovered properly in the 90’s when it topped my chart, here up to 12 and outdoing the Bob Crewe original. Bob Crewe was producer/co-writer of The Four Seasons, who are up to 6 with the classic Madcon, I mean Beggin’! Oops.

In at 13 it’s Dionne Warwick leapfrogging herself at 40, and also her sister Dee Dee in at 72. It’s a Cilla Bacharach-David classic movie theme that was a turnaround. Dionne got pipped to the post by Cilla on her Bacharach-David cover of her original Anyone Who had A Heart, so it was her turn – and a great version too, almost as good as Cilla’s. In at 23 it’s Laura Nyro’s 3rd single from the utter classic album The First Songs released in January (the previous singles A and B sides would have made my charts in 1966 if I’d been doing them, and early 1967, if I’d spotted them missing!). Flim Flam Man is as good as any on the album, bar Stoney End and Wedding Bell Blues (later both covered) as was And When I Die (in at 32 as the B side), only Blood Sweat And Tears version isn’t as good as Laura’s, where The Fifth Dimension and Barbara Streisand were just as good if not better. Anbother album track next week to chart…

Some fab Northern Soul from Brenda Holloway and Chris Clarke, a huge climb for the folky fab Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and a cover of a Tim Hardin song fro Bobby Darin brings him a cool new entry. Another movie theme, James Bond, for Herb Alpert pops in with his brass as ever present, and The Doors grab the bottom spot contuing a trend where I under-appreciate classic rock tracks (Purple haze popped in and out at 75 t’other week) – I mean I like ’em, I just like others more. Oops!

1 ( 3 ) BERNADETTE The Four Tops
2 ( 1 ) A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU The Monkees
3 ( 6 ) SOMETHIN’ STUPID Frank & Nancy Sinatra
4 ( 2 ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
5 ( 4 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
6 ( 9 ) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
7 ( 7 ) THE GIRL I KNEW SOMEWHERE The Monkees
8 ( 5 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
9 ( 15 ) HI HO SILVER LINING The Jeff Beck Group
10 ( 8 ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas

11 ( 42 ) HA HA SAID THE CLOWN Manfred Mann
12 ( 34 ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY Andy Williams
13 ( NEW ) ALFIE Dionne Warwick
14 ( 11 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
15 ( 12 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
16 ( 10 ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set
17 ( 25 ) VENUS IN FURS The Velvet Underground & Nico
18 ( 20 ) GIRL I NEED YOU The Artistics
19 ( 13 ) DRY YOUR EYES Brenda & The Tabulations
20 ( 24 ) GIRL, YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Neil Diamond

21 ( 14 ) I WAS KAISER BILL’S BATMAN Whistling Jack Smith
22 ( 18 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
23 ( NEW ) FLIM FLAM MAN Laura Nyro
24 ( 26 ) TELL ME TO MY FACE Keith
25 ( 29 ) PUPPET ON A STRING Sandie Shaw
26 ( 22 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
27 ( 21 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
28 ( 33 ) DON’T TIE ME DOWN Little Anthony & The Imperials
29 ( 16 ) MY FRIEND JACK The Smoke
30 ( 17 ) LET’S FALL IN LOVE Peaches and Herb

31 ( 36 ) I’M GONNA GET ME A GUN Cat Stevens
32 ( NEW ) AND WHEN I DIE Laura Nyro
33 ( 19 ) KEEP IT OUT OF SIGHT Paul & Barry Ryan
34 ( NEW ) JUST LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Brenda Holloway
35 ( 71 ) BUY FOR ME THE RAIN The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
36 ( 23 ) (IN THE) COLD LIGHT OF DAY Gene Pitney
37 ( 27 ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
38 ( 28 ) STAY WITH ME BABY The Walker Brothers
39 ( 43 ) DEAD END STREET Lou Rawls
40 ( 48 ) BEGINNING OF LONELINESS Dionne Warwick

41 ( 32 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
42 ( 31 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
43 ( 30 ) GONNA GIVE HER ALL THE LOVE I’VE GOT Jimmy Ruffin
44 ( NEW ) I WANT TO GO BACK THERE AGAIN Chris Clarke
45 ( 46 ) CLOSE YOUR EYES Peaches and Herb
46 ( 35 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Dusty Springfield
47 ( 37 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
48 ( 54 ) SWEET SOUL MUSIC Arthur Conley
49 ( 39 ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas
50 ( 40 ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes

51 ( 53 ) THE HAPPENING The Supremes
52 ( 65 ) ONE HURT DESERVES ANOTHER The Raelettes
53 ( NEW ) CASINO ROYALE Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
54 ( 44 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
55 ( 69 ) ARNOLD LAYNE Pink Floyd
56 ( 47 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
57 ( 41 ) LAST NIGHT The Mar-Keys
58 ( 61 ) LOVE EYES Nancy Sinatra
59 ( 68 ) SOMEBODY TO LOVE Jefferson Airplane
60 ( 38 ) THE HUNTER GETS CAPTURED BY THE GAME The Marvelettes

61 ( 52 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
62 ( 56 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
63 ( NEW ) THE LADY CAME FROM BALTIMORE Bobby Darin
64 ( NEW ) BLUES THEME Davie Allan & The Arrows
65 ( NEW ) i CAN HEAR THE GRASS GROW The Move
66 ( 60 ) (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees
67 ( 75 ) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME Patti LaBelle & The Blue Belles
68 ( 51 ) I’M A MAN The Spencer Davis Group
69 ( NEW ) IT’S SO HARD BEING A LOSER The Contours
70 ( 70 ) AIN’T GONNA REST (TILL I GET YOU) The Five Stairsteps

71 ( 50 ) MELLOW YELLOW Donovan
72 ( NEW ) WHEN LOVE SLIPS AWAY Dee Dee Warwick
73 ( 73 ) GET ME TO THE WORLD ON TIME The Electric Prunes
74 ( 59 ) SUGAR TOWN Nancy Sinatra
75 ( NEW ) BREAK ON THROUGH (TO THE OTHER SIDE) The Doors

Eurovision Song Contest 2017 – my quips!

Kyiv, or Kiev, amusing, well-presented show, and a good final after one semi looked a bit weak. Here were my thoughts on the final on the night..

 

1.  Israel | IMRI | I feel alive: 

No longer behind others, he now has his muscles upfront. Imri has a lot going for him – mostly above the waist it has to be said. Great production and commitment to this one, but the song’s not that special.

2.  Poland | Kasia Moś |Flashlight: 

Blondes in white gowns always a Eurovision speciality and she has a nice pair. Of lungs. She’s much better than the awful lyrics. Songs which rhyme “fire” with “higher” are ALWAYS “dire”. Modern cliche. Plodding and obv top marks from the UK.

3.  Belarus | Naviband | Story of my life: 

HAI! HAI! Jolly hippie folk, bonus marks for not singing in English. Dressed in white, happy, clappy, smiley, it’s just a bit annoying. Not awful, just annoying.

4.  Austria | Nathan Trent |Running on air: 

I can imagine Ed Sheeran destrying this song. Nathan’s quite cute, and has opted for the safe white-coloured outfit, and is likeable in an off-key sort of way.

5.  Armenia | Artsvik | Fly with me: 

Fond of rings I see. Precious! Sultry and moody, not a million miles away from Madonna’s Frozen, albeit more ethnic. Good singer, good song, and a drum n bass crescendo finale, the early song to beat in terms of quality. Excellent.

6.  Netherlands | O’G3NE | Lights and shadows: 

It’s the Beverley Sisters! (google them) OK, more buxom, and without the harmony abilities. The vaguely country-tinged feel won’t hurt it’s chances but it’s a bit MOR for me. Not bad as such, just a bit forced.

7.  Moldova | SunStroke Project |Hey mamma: 

genuinely fun, lively, catchy. Love the sax hooks and eurodance rhythms. Sounds like a chart hit circa 2015/16 which is pretty good for ESC. 3 Brides For 3 Brothers finale – 3 Bridegrooms for 3 Brothers would have been funnier. Fab!

8.  Hungary | Joci Pápai |Origo: 

Men with tight buns need attacking with scissors. At least those with tight hair buns do. I like the Adam Ant outfit, and ethnic sounds, but his voice is dull, the rap bits are better. Average.

9.  Italy | Francesco Gabbani |Occidentali’s karma: 

pre-contest fave, which I didn’t quite get. The gorilla-ist suit almost certainly lost votes, but Italians always have cool appeal, even when being upbeat like this. Good singer, good song, good performance and a real contender. One of the best entries.

10.  Denmark | Anja | Where I am: 

I’m off to Denmark in June and I hope to meet blonde Aussies myself. She’s like a taller, less Scouse, Sonia. She has a couple of good points that may appeal to some, though the song is OK the delivery is a tad off-key here and there.

11.  Portugal | Salvador Sobral |Amar pelos dois: 

Salvador, with medical problems, sings with gentle emotion and conviction, classy and understated, his sister’s song very La La Land or Randy Newman-ish and a sweet breath of fresh air to the contest. My immediate fave on one viewing, it was a total marmite song, the younger folks online loathing it. I loved it. Totally deserves to win, for him and for Portugal at long last.

12.  Azerbaijan | Dihaj |Skeletons: 

quite unexpectedly daring and adventurous for such an oil-rich dodgy-on-rights country. Bizarre! I like the darkness of the song and simplicity of the setting. The melody is low-key, and the horse head is distracting, but generally a good ‘un.

13.  Croatia | Jacques Houdek | My friend: 

Popopera schizophrenia, and a BIG vocal performance. Hideous outfit and novelty attempts ruin what is actually 2 very different, very decent versions of the same song. Either version would have been fine, and he has the vocal ability to carry it, but together it’s just a gimmicky mess.

14.  Australia | Isaiah | Don’t come easy: 

The only main singer who can claim to be “diverse” ethically isn’t actually from Europe. So much for the theme! Only 17, and a bit nervous in the semi, I was glad to see him through as he’s a good singer and the song is pretty good too. I think the obligatory “golden shower” in the background at a song climax is best-avoided for 17-year-olds though! Good effort!

15.  Greece | Demy | This is love: 

Something for everyone here, as Graham comments, there’s the beautiful girl dressed in white (natch) and 2 semi-naked muscle-bound dancers gyrating in paddling pool water. And who hasn’t done that! No? Just me then. A jolly dance number which could have done well in the right year. Judging by the production, the right year being 2008.

16.  Spain | Manel Navarro | Do it for your lover: 

“Mon-El” says Graham (UK presenter) of the lead singer as I miss-hear him. Sorry, MY Mon-El (see Supergirl TV show) is in a different league, and this one has no super-powers. Actually he’s trying engagingly hard to be cool surfer ballad-dude Jack Johnson about 10 years on, only not as tuneful, or as good a singer. Pity, as I want to like it more than I do.

17.  Norway | JOWST | Grab the moment: 

Graham not fond. He’s clearly lost the plot! One of the top 2 in semi 2, and a very “current” sound to it, the melody structure is very current (under-stated good but not in-yer-face hooks) – I suspect it will underperform in the popular vote, sadly.

18.  United Kingdom | Lucie Jones| Never give up on you: 

For an Ex-X-Factor she’s a very good singer and performer. Writer Emmelie must have not made the finals in Denmark so I assume she went to the BBC who are desperate to get a “name” songwriter these days. I’ve heard it many times, and it’s still forgettable, a rent-a-ballad-eurosong. About as playing-it-safe as you get…

19.  Cyprus | Hovig |Gravity: 

Rag’n’bone Man clone, (you older folk refer to google, he’s huge) this is a great-sounding song that would fit into the 2017 music scene well. Hovig also sings it very well, gives a great performance, and looks pretty easy on the eye. Compare this to the blandness of the UK entries year after year and don’t wonder why the UK flops.

20.  România | Ilinca featuring Alex Florea | Yodel it!: 

Frank Ifield must be so happy, he can make a yodelling comeback! (youngsters refer to google, he was huge). It’s not a patch on The Lonely Goatherder. Where’s a singing nun when you want one! They look great, make a lovely pair, and he’s not bad either. She can belt it out, he can rap, but y’know, yodelling? No excuse! Not forgiven!

21.  Germany | Levina | Perfect life: 

Everyone’s lying on the floor these days! Loic Nottet did it best (Belgium goodie of last year or 2). Someone’s ripped her sleeves off! How rude! It’s OK. Decent. Not bad – not great. Chunders along nicely down the middle with an unremarkable vocal.

22.  Ukraine| O.Torvald | Time: 

Making very sure they don’t have to fork out for the contest next year. Unremarkable rock. Nice production actually, the band are good, but the song is nothing to write home about. Unless you’re writing to Vladimir so he can have a laugh….

23.  Belgium | Blanche | City lights: 

Very Lorde, very now, takes a couple of listens to register properly, especially with her 17-year-old nerves, but it’s really good as a pop record. Credible and typically-understated melody as kids so love in these disruptive times.

24.  Sweden | Robin Bengtsson | I can’t go on: 

Funktastic, the Swedish hitmaking pop scene continues to prosper worldwide, and they never fail to use ESC as an opportunity to show off their songwriting and production talents. Totally the opposite of the UK. Very Bruno Mars/Justin Timberlake styled, polished performance, this would fit nicely into music charts worldwide.

25.  Bulgaria | Kristian Kostov |Beautiful mess: 

He’s very self-assured for a teeny 17-year-old, a great vocal on a good pop ballad, he even manages to rise above his “fashion tips from will.i.am” sleeveless outfit. I’d have a word with the tailor..

26.  France | Alma |Requiem: 

ooh, French just sounds so classy in song, and the 60’s miniskirt dress is a welcome change from the evening gowns in white. Spinning Tardis’ on stage. What is the plural of Tardis? Tardises? Tardisii? Not as good as it could have been and everyone will be making a cuppa by now anyway.

Who do you want to win, and why? 

Portugal, it’s the best song, the best vocal performance, the most emotion, and Portugal have waited long enough for the win – we (the UK) moan about not winning (for 20 years now) year after year, and they go for 53 without a whinge!

Who do you think will win, and why?

Portugal. It’s one of those “Oh my word!” moments on first viewing, either OMG I love it, or OMG I hate it. Those that love it will REALLY love it.

Pet Shop Boys at Royal Albert Hall April 2017

cos this is a fab review of a concert I was at, sumptuous settings, a great cause, and a lush evening…:

http://www.nme.com/news/music/johnny-marr-joins-pet-shop-boys-royal-philharmonic-orchestra-royal-albert-hall-2032100