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

 

My 2017 Charts – April – June

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Gran Canaria mountain scenery

 

18th June 2017

Straight in from nowhere (because it’s topping the US advert music charts, and I follow Nancy on twitter – legend!) it’s Summer Wine from the same summer as Sgt Pepper, 50 years ago. Nancy & Lee just have a brilliant trippie back catalogue, cult faves over the decades without ever being huge as a duo – Lee was the gravel-voiced songwriter and producer, Nancy the sweet voice and groovy image. The song has topped my charts before, for The Corrs and Bono back in 2003, but the original is still the best, and gives them a first number one since Some Velvet Morning topped as an oldie in 2007 – I heard it blaring out from a boat at sea off the coast of Crete just after Lee died. Did You Ever was their first hit in 1971 in my charts, topping in 1977 as part of an EP, and Nancy also topped with her dad Frank (Somethin’ Stupid), with a Lee song (Boots), and a Bond theme (You Only Live Twice).

Glen goes up with all of his tracks, notably 1977 hit, Guardians soundtrack, Southern Nights finally breaking into the top 10 (the ragtime retro track peaked at 17). The Killers are back with a fab single, new in at 12, love it, and also Queens Of The Stone Age, back after a gap of 14 years, and with only their 3rd (and highest-charting) best-to-date track. Also new: Sigala & Ella Eyre, London Grammar, Olly & Louisa.

1 NEW 1 1 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 170000
2 1 1 3 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 350000
3 2 1 6 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 880000
4 3 2 5 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 415000
5 6 5 5 FEEL IT STILL Portugal The Man 252000
6 4 2 8 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 522000
7 5 2 9 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 697000
8 8 8 6 CLASSIC The Knocks featuring Powers 275000
9 9 9 6 BATMAN & ROBIN Cazzie Opeia & Jin x Jin 200800
10 20 10 8 SOUTHERN NIGHTS Glen Campbell 157200

11 16 11 5 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 116100
12 NEW 12 1 THE MAN The Killers 35000
13 7 7 6 ONE AND ONE Robert Miles featuring Maria Naylor 230000
14 14 14 6 AVERDAVGI Agy 136800
15 11 5 9 HURRICANE Drones Club 381000
16 19 16 3 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 64200
17 22 17 6 YOUNG RICH AND RADICAL Club Cheval 104650
18 36 18 6 OCCIDENTALI’S KARMA Francesco Gabbani 86400
19 15 3 10 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 463000
20 26 20 4 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 73300

21 12 10 9 WHAM BANG SHANG-A-LANG Silver 213450
22 18 1 11 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 721500
23 13 5 8 WAY BACK TLC featuring Snoop Dogg 302550
24 39 24 5 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 74300
25 23 1 13 CHARIOTS Paper Route 719000
26 21 13 9 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 193850
27 37 27 3 ALL ALONE AT THE GREAT TIMES DANCE Ourselves On TV 46300
28 17 17 5 KRYPTONITE George Maple 102300
29 42 29 5 KISSING STRANGERS DNCE featuring Nicki Minaj 65800
30 33 30 7 BON APPETIT Katy Perry featuring Migos 94900

31 31 31 8 DOUBLE BARREL Dave & Ansel Collins 141600
32 32 32 7 APOCALYPSE Cigarettes After Sex 81200
33 NEW 33 1 THE WAY YOU USED TO DO Queens Of The Stone Age 17700
34 29 29 4 LOVE AIN’T SOMETHING YOU CAN GET FOR FREE Elkie Brooks 58400
35 38 35 4 ADIOS Glen Campbell 58300
36 27 5 13 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 438950
37 30 5 13 LOST ON YOU LP 461800
38 46 38 4 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 49050
39 48 39 7 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 76850
40 47 40 4 SHOULD’VE BEEN YOU Imelda May 45300

41 24 24 8 CRAVING YOU Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris 117100
42 25 25 9 THE CURE Lady Gaga 127000
43 28 24 5 PAPER Svala 87000
44 35 1 13 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 829050
45 51 45 5 CITY LIGHTS Blanche 51750
46 61 46 3 SLOW HANDS Niall Horan 26050
47 45 1 14 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 777950
48 49 48 7 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 69300
49 40 2 10 CRAZY (ASH HOWES RADIO EDIT) Bird 384400
50 68 50 2 EVERYBODY’S TALKING Glen Campbell 18400

51 34 34 10 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 145750
52 41 20 9 STORY OF A HEART Steps 137500
53 56 53 4 JESSICA The Allman Brothers Band 35050
54 43 36 6 REASONS Jillian Jacqueline 81000
55 53 1 19 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1334800
56 10 10 13 LONG COOL WOMAN (IN A BLACK DRESS) The Hollies 222400
57 66 57 2 RED SUN Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 17200
58 59 58 3 LAST CHANCE TO DANCE Ekkah 25500
59 64 59 2 DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell 17200
60 75 60 2 CARNIVAL BEGIN Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 15000

61 52 5 13 WAITING FOR THE STARS Vitalic featuring David Shaw and The Beat 377000
62 50 50 4 THUNDER Imagine Dragons 35800
63 63 1 34 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1069600
64 65 64 3 CURIOUS Alison Valentine 19100
65 54 1 14 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 685700
66 NEW 66 1 OH WOMAN OH MAN London Grammar 6800
67 72 67 2 ROULETTE Katy Perry 12200
68 NEW 68 1 CAME HERE FOR LOVE Sigala & Ella Eyre 6400
69 57 57 4 PRAY WITH ME Rick Astley 29200
70 70 70 5 BLACK HOLE SUN Soundgarden 27800

71 74 71 2 SWERLK MNDR & Scissor Sisters 11000
72 44 35 6 GRAVITY Hovig 82800
73 73 73 2 LIVE FOREVER Oasis 10800
74 NEW 74 1 TOO FAR GONE Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 5200
75 NEW 75 1 UNPREDICTABLE Olly Murs & Louisa Johnson 5000

DROP OUTS
55 55 4 DIG DOWN Muse 33500
58 48 5 HEY MAMMA Sunstroke Project 56350
60 60 5 YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A PSYCHO Kasabian 34200
62 62 2 TO THE DOOR HMLTD 14800
67 23 5 AMAR PELOS DOIS Salvador Sobral 75600
69 69 3 IN THE NAME OF MAN Plan B 17600
71 38 4 PLASTIC MACHINERY The Charlatans featuring Johnny Marr 43050

11th June 2017

I was too young to have started my charting 50 years ago – but had there been streaming available to me it’s pretty sure that The Beatles would have dominated both the real world and personal singles charts with Sgt Pepper. So it’s only fitting that She’s Leaving Home returns to number one 9 years since the last time it was on top, the best track on the classic album that can still top the UK album chart half a century on. Just to put that in some sort of perspective that would have been unthinkable in 1967, not least because recorded music didn’t stretch back half a century in any lastingly popular sense. Songs did, but not recorded music as an art form.

The Hollies finally get that Black Dress into my top 10 after 45 years patiently waiting, and in a quiet week for movement the highest new track is a Glen Campbell classic 60’s track that has never charted, but is on his new album Adios/Hits double-pack: Dreams Of The Everyday Housewife was on the first album that I owned, This Is Glen Campbell, I was mad on him as a kid. He also enters with a song that I loved at that period, a cover of the Nilsson hit, Everybody’s Talking from the movie Midnight Cowboy, and is one of the last tracks Glen recorded for his final album.

Fleetwood Mac have 2 new tracks joining their Rumours classic (The Chain) though they are labelled Buckingham/McVie. Don’t trust labels, the Mac did some of them at their last concert at the O2 – I was there! And finally, Scissor Sisters pop back (with MNDR) after being away a while, hooray! 13 years since they first topped my chart….

1 4 1 2 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 235000
2 1 1 5 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 795000
3 2 2 4 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 350000
4 3 2 7 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 467000
5 5 2 8 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 647000
6 6 6 4 FEEL IT STILL Portugal The Man 192000
7 7 7 5 ONE AND ONE Robert Miles featuring Maria Naylor 198000
8 8 8 5 CLASSIC The Knocks featuring Powers 227000
9 10 9 5 BATMAN & ROBIN Cazzie Opeia & Jin x Jin 155800
10 20 10 12 LONG COOL WOMAN (IN A BLACK DRESS) The Hollies 211800

11 11 5 8 HURRICANE Drones Club 354000
12 13 10 8 WHAM BANG SHANG-A-LANG Silver 193700
13 9 5 7 WAY BACK TLC featuring Snoop Dogg 283300
14 14 14 5 AVERDAVGI Agy 107800
15 15 3 9 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 442000
16 17 16 4 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 79100
17 19 17 4 KRYPTONITE George Maple 84000
18 12 1 10 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 702000
19 29 19 2 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 39200
20 22 20 7 SOUTHERN NIGHTS Glen Campbell 115200

21 16 13 8 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 175350
22 23 22 5 YOUNG RICH AND RADICAL Club Cheval 81650
23 18 1 12 CHARIOTS Paper Route 700250
24 26 24 7 CRAVING YOU Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris 103100
25 30 25 8 THE CURE Lady Gaga 113250
26 33 26 3 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 53300
27 21 5 12 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 421550
28 24 24 4 PAPER Svala 73500
29 34 29 3 LOVE AIN’T SOMETHING YOU CAN GET FOR FREE Elkie Brooks 40800
30 25 5 12 LOST ON YOU LP 444500

31 31 31 7 DOUBLE BARREL Dave & Ansel Collins 123700
32 38 32 6 APOCALYPSE Cigarettes After Sex 63400
33 36 33 6 BON APPETIT Katy Perry featuring Migos 76900
34 37 34 9 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 134000
35 28 1 12 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 815800
36 54 36 5 OCCIDENTALI’S KARMA Francesco Gabbani 64400
37 56 37 2 ALL ALONE AT THE GREAT TIMES DANCE Ourselves On TV 27900
38 43 38 3 ADIOS Glen Campbell 40800
39 40 39 4 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 55300
40 32 2 9 CRAZY (ASH HOWES RADIO EDIT) Bird 372300

41 27 20 8 STORY OF A HEART Steps 126000
42 50 42 4 KISSING STRANGERS DNCE featuring Nicki Minaj 47600
43 39 36 5 REASONS Jillian Jacqueline 70000
44 35 35 5 GRAVITY Hovig 77200
45 41 1 13 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 765450
46 49 46 3 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 31850
47 58 47 3 SHOULD’VE BEEN YOU Imelda May 28300
48 53 48 6 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 59750
49 51 49 6 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 57000
50 60 50 3 THUNDER Imagine Dragons 28400

51 55 51 4 CITY LIGHTS Blanche 38750
52 46 5 12 WAITING FOR THE STARS Vitalic featuring David Shaw and The Beat 369500
53 52 1 18 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1324000
54 47 1 13 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 678700
55 59 55 4 DIG DOWN Muse 33500
56 65 56 3 JESSICA The Allman Brothers Band 23800
57 67 57 3 PRAY WITH ME Rick Astley 23000
58 48 48 5 HEY MAMMA Sunstroke Project 56350
59 74 59 2 LAST CHANCE TO DANCE Ekkah 15300
60 66 60 5 YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A PSYCHO Kasabian 34200

61 71 61 2 SLOW HANDS Niall Horan 13300
62 62 62 2 TO THE DOOR HMLTD 14800
63 63 1 33 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1062400
64 NEW 64 1 DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell 7100
65 75 65 2 CURIOUS Alison Valentine 12000
66 NEW 66 1 RED SUN Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 6800
67 42 23 5 AMAR PELOS DOIS Salvador Sobral 75600
68 NEW 68 1 EVERYBODY’S TALKING Glen Campbell 6400
69 69 69 3 IN THE NAME OF MAN Plan B 17600
70 73 70 4 BLACK HOLE SUN Soundgarden 21800

71 44 38 4 PLASTIC MACHINERY The Charlatans featuring Johnny Marr 43050
72 NEW 72 1 ROULETTE Katy Perry 5600
73 NEW 73 1 LIVE FOREVER Oasis 5400
74 NEW 74 1 SWERLK MNDR & Scissor Sisters 5200
75 NEW 75 1 CARNIVAL BEGIN Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 5000

DROP OUTS
45 45 3 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 30400
57 48 4 FLY WITH ME Artsvik 47100
61 21 7 LONG TIME Blondie 109200
64 4 11 CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU Spoon 396500
68 44 4 I CAN’T GO ON Robin Bengtsson 46150
70 58 5 SYSTEMAGIC Goldfrapp 42000
72 2 17 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 663150

4th June 2017

It’s Vinai for a 4th week on top, firing off a fighting challenge from Keith Urban, not to mention the best track on Sgt Pepper, back on top of the UK charts a record breaking 50 years on. there aren’t enough superlatives to cover The Beatles achievements, suffice to say She’s Leaving Home topped my chart on one of the album’s regular revivals, it was a fave in 1977 when Bryan Ferry covered it, and when I bought Sgt Pepper for the first time (vinyl of course). A music expert was on telly last night explaining the melody style is a centuries-old tradition, with roots in European folk music. Whatever, it’s one of the most glorious melodies ever written, and attached to some heart-breakingly touching lyrics. About time it was covered tropical-Alan-Walker-stylee and became a hit.

Guess who’s the highest new entry just behind Noel Gallagher guest on Gorillaz Power? Yes, bruv Liam has a solo record (most likely his best song) in at 29. Elkie Brooks rockets into the 40 with her best track since Gasoline Alley back in 1983, and Cigarettes After Sex sound like they should be on the new Twin Peaks soundtrack, and into the 40.

1 1 1 4 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 680000
2 3 2 3 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 265000
3 2 2 6 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 402000
4 NEW 4 1 SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 65000
5 4 2 7 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 587000
6 6 6 3 FEEL IT STILL Portugal The Man 137000
7 11 7 4 ONE AND ONE Robert Miles featuring Maria Naylor 148000
8 8 8 4 CLASSIC The Knocks featuring Powers 179000
9 5 5 6 WAY BACK TLC featuring Snoop Dogg 251300
10 14 10 4 BATMAN & ROBIN Cazzie Opeia & Jin x Jin 110800

11 7 5 7 HURRICANE Drones Club 317000
12 9 1 9 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 680000
13 10 10 7 WHAM BANG SHANG-A-LANG Silver 158700
14 17 14 4 AVERDAVGI Agy 78800
15 12 3 8 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 415000
16 13 13 7 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 155600
17 24 17 3 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 54100
18 16 1 11 CHARIOTS Paper Route 681000
19 19 19 3 KRYPTONITE George Maple 61000
20 22 20 11 LONG COOL WOMAN (IN A BLACK DRESS) The Hollies 169800

21 15 5 11 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 403150
22 29 22 6 SOUTHERN NIGHTS Glen Campbell 95200
23 27 23 4 YOUNG RICH AND RADICAL Club Cheval 62150
24 26 24 3 PAPER Svala 55200
25 21 5 11 LOST ON YOU LP 426500
26 28 26 6 CRAVING YOU Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris 84100
27 20 20 7 STORY OF A HEART Steps 112000
28 18 1 11 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 798300
29 NEW 29 1 WALL OF GLASS Liam Gallagher 18200
30 30 30 7 THE CURE Lady Gaga 94500

31 31 31 6 DOUBLE BARREL Dave & Ansel Collins 105800
32 25 2 8 CRAZY (ASH HOWES RADIO EDIT) Bird 355300
33 39 33 2 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 34800
34 75 34 2 LOVE AIN’T SOMETHING YOU CAN GET FOR FREE Elkie Brooks 22600
35 35 35 4 GRAVITY Hovig 63950
36 40 36 5 BON APPETIT Katy Perry featuring Migos 59200
37 37 37 8 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 116400
38 60 38 5 APOCALYPSE Cigarettes After Sex 45600
39 36 36 4 REASONS Jillian Jacqueline 56500
40 47 40 3 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 38200

41 41 1 12 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 752450
42 23 23 4 AMAR PELOS DOIS Salvador Sobral 69000
43 59 43 2 ADIOS Glen Campbell 23600
44 38 38 3 PLASTIC MACHINERY The Charlatans featuring Johnny Marr 37250
45 54 45 3 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 30400
46 32 5 11 WAITING FOR THE STARS Vitalic featuring David Shaw and The Beat 358000
47 33 1 12 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 667700
48 50 48 4 HEY MAMMA Sunstroke Project 46150
49 65 49 2 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 19100
50 53 50 3 KISSING STRANGERS DNCE featuring Nicki Minaj 33850

51 51 51 5 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 44900
52 46 1 17 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1312750
53 57 53 5 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 47450
54 45 45 4 OCCIDENTALI’S KARMA Francesco Gabbani 47000
55 56 55 3 CITY LIGHTS Blanche 27000
56 NEW 56 1 ALL ALONE AT THE GREAT TIMES DANCE Ourselves On TV 10600
57 48 48 4 FLY WITH ME Artsvik 47100
58 72 58 2 SHOULD’VE BEEN YOU Imelda May 15800
59 67 59 3 DIG DOWN Muse 22700
60 68 60 2 THUNDER Imagine Dragons 16400

61 34 21 7 LONG TIME Blondie 109200
62 NEW 62 1 TO THE DOOR HMLTD 7400
63 61 1 32 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1055200
64 43 4 11 CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU Spoon 396500
65 69 65 2 JESSICA The Allman Brothers Band 13200
66 66 66 4 YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A PSYCHO Kasabian 24200
67 70 67 2 PRAY WITH ME Rick Astley 12600
68 44 44 4 I CAN’T GO ON Robin Bengtsson 46150
69 74 69 2 IN THE NAME OF MAN Plan B 11400
70 58 58 5 SYSTEMAGIC Goldfrapp 42000

71 NEW 71 1 SLOW HANDS Niall Horan 5800
72 62 2 17 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 663150
73 73 73 3 BLACK HOLE SUN Soundgarden 15800
74 NEW 74 1 LAST CHANCE TO DANCE Ekkah 5200
75 NEW 75 1 CURIOUS Alison Valentine 5000

DROP OUTS
42 9 10 BECAUSE The Beatles 246900
49 19 9 SYMPHONY Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson 141750
52 18 7 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 119100
55 29 6 INDIGO Moment 80600
63 59 3 MAMA Jonas Blue featuring William Singe 24500
64 23 5 THIS OLD HOUSE Rick Astley 76050
71 71 2 HARD TIMES Paramore 11600

28th May 2017

It’s Vinai for a 3rd week on top, holding off Gorillaz from a second chart-topper, as Portugal The Man hits a new chart peak for him at 6. Steps hit the exact chart position the original Benny Andersson Band hit with the same song, at 20, and highest new entry is the closing track from the FA Cup BBC coverage, it’s Chase & Status and Blossoms together on a goodie.

Highest climber are The Charlatans with some fab guitar from Johnny Marr, who’s been working his magic for 34 years now, and most recently at the Royal Albert Hall for the Pet Shop Boys charity gig. Fab. Glen Campbell’s Guardians Of The Galaxy oldie from 1977 goes up, as his new lead track from his final album, Adios, recorded before his alzheimers reached the final stages, enters at 59. You can hear it in his voice, but Glen is a legend for me.

Another lost musician brings in The Allman Brothers Band to my charts for the first time, I think, rather shockingly, and it’s their instrumental great Jessica which pays tribute to Cher’s ex Greg Allman. Miley Cyrus is back after a break, Plan B is back after an even longer break, and Elkie Brooks is back after an even longer longer break – well over 20 years since she released something new that impressed me, and extends her chart run here to 40 years. Not bad.

1 1 1 3 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 510000
2 3 2 5 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 317000
3 4 3 2 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 150000
4 2 2 6 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 527000
5 6 5 5 WAY BACK TLC featuring Snoop Dogg 206300
6 15 6 2 FEEL IT STILL Portugal The Man 82000
7 7 5 6 HURRICANE Drones Club 280000
8 8 8 3 CLASSIC The Knocks featuring Powers 131000
9 5 1 8 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 645000
10 12 10 6 WHAM BANG SHANG-A-LANG Silver 126700

11 14 11 3 ONE AND ONE Robert Miles featuring Maria Naylor 88000
12 10 3 7 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 388000
13 16 13 6 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 130600
14 18 14 3 BATMAN & ROBIN Cazzie Opeia & Jin x Jin 68800
15 13 5 10 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 383400
16 11 1 10 CHARIOTS Paper Route 659000
17 20 17 3 AVERDAVGI Agy 49800
18 17 1 10 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 780000
19 24 19 2 KRYPTONITE George Maple 40000
20 25 20 6 STORY OF A HEART Steps 93600

21 19 5 10 LOST ON YOU LP 407750
22 22 22 10 LONG COOL WOMAN (IN A BLACK DRESS) The Hollies 149800
23 30 23 3 AMAR PELOS DOIS Salvador Sobral 55250
24 49 24 2 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 31100
25 21 2 7 CRAZY (ASH HOWES RADIO EDIT) Bird 337500
26 33 26 2 PAPER Svala 36200
27 36 27 3 YOUNG RICH AND RADICAL Club Cheval 42900
28 39 28 5 CRAVING YOU Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris 65600
29 32 29 5 SOUTHERN NIGHTS Glen Campbell 75700
30 35 30 6 THE CURE Lady Gaga 76500

31 34 31 5 DOUBLE BARREL Dave & Ansel Collins 87900
32 23 5 10 WAITING FOR THE STARS Vitalic featuring David Shaw and The Beat 345250
33 26 1 11 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 655200
34 31 21 6 LONG TIME Blondie 101700
35 38 35 3 GRAVITY Hovig 46450
36 40 36 3 REASONS Jillian Jacqueline 39400
37 37 37 7 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 99100
38 66 38 2 PLASTIC MACHINERY The Charlatans featuring Johnny Marr 24000
39 NEW 39 1 THIS MOMENT Chase & Status and Blossoms 17100
40 50 40 4 BON APPETIT Katy Perry featuring Migos 41800

41 29 1 11 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 738450
42 9 9 10 BECAUSE The Beatles 246900
43 27 4 10 CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU Spoon 389400
44 44 44 3 I CAN’T GO ON Robin Bengtsson 39750
45 52 45 3 OCCIDENTALI’S KARMA Francesco Gabbani 36000
46 41 1 16 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1301250
47 61 47 2 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 21200
48 48 48 3 FLY WITH ME Artsvik 36700
49 28 19 9 SYMPHONY Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson 141750
50 53 50 3 HEY MAMMA Sunstroke Project 33850

51 55 51 4 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 33150
52 43 18 7 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 119100
53 56 53 2 KISSING STRANGERS DNCE featuring Nicki Minaj 21850
54 68 54 2 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 17400
55 42 29 6 INDIGO Moment 80600
56 72 56 2 CITY LIGHTS Blanche 16200
57 57 57 4 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 36200
58 58 58 4 SYSTEMAGIC Goldfrapp 36000
59 NEW 59 1 ADIOS Glen Campbell 10100
60 63 60 4 APOCALYPSE Cigarettes After Sex 28400

61 60 1 31 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1048000
62 51 2 16 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 657550
63 59 59 3 MAMA Jonas Blue featuring William Singe 24500
64 45 23 5 THIS OLD HOUSE Rick Astley 76050
65 NEW 65 1 MALIBU Miley Cyrus 7000
66 73 66 3 YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A PSYCHO Kasabian 17400
67 70 67 2 DIG DOWN Muse 12600
68 NEW 68 1 THUNDER Imagine Dragons 6400
69 NEW 69 1 JESSICA The Allman Brothers Band 6200
70 NEW 70 1 PRAY WITH ME Rick Astley 6000

71 71 71 2 HARD TIMES Paramore 11600
72 NEW 72 1 SHOULD’VE BEEN YOU Imelda May 5600
73 75 73 2 BLACK HOLE SUN Soundgarden 10400
74 NEW 74 1 IN THE NAME OF MAN Plan B 5200
75 NEW 75 1 LOVE AIN’T SOMETHING YOU CAN GET FOR FREE Elkie Brooks 5000

DROP OUTS
46 10 10 UNDER YOUR SKIN SeeB and R. City 247150
47 17 9 ON MY MIND Disciples 171100
54 27 7 BHANGRA PAUNDI PBN featuring Sharky and Manpreet Toor 98500
62 22 5 HIGH AND LOW Oliver Moldan 74100
64 40 4 WE ARE BOUND Jack Savoretti 51300
65 33 5 GREAT ROMANCES Texas 76300
67 42 4 LONG LONG ROAD Paul Weller 44500
69 69 1 GRAB THE MOMENT Jowst 6200
74 1 21 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1352450

 

21st May 2017

It’s VINAI still at one for a second week, holding off Hurts who have spent 2 weeks at 2, a second Gorillaz top 3 of the year, utterly different to the last one, and the highest new entry in at 4 for Keith Urban with Carrie Underwood. Both are huge in Country music, and neither of them has ever made my charts. If ya gonna do it, do it big!

The Beatles Abbey Road track goes top 10 – it would be quicker to list the ones that havent made my top 10 than have, but they topped my first ever chart with Hey Jude almost 49 years ago, when I was a foetus. Portugal The Man is back with a bang, his second top 20, at 15 with the retro-sounding Feel It Still. Batman & Robin rocket into the top 20 – and look they are being chased by Kryptonite at 24. Good thing Superman isn’t on the record too! Agy has a 46 place sprint into the 20, Thomas Rhett gets a 3rd top 40, and Nicki Minaj gets 2 new entries! Actually she does lends a quick rap to DNCE’s 3rd hit, and Katy Perry’s 3rd hit in this week’s chart.

The Charlatans are back! 27 years on since they brought their brand of fab 60’s infused Madchester Britpop into the charts, while Muse and Paramore also return after a much less long lay-off. 11 years away from my charts for the Charlatans, in fact. Finally, the late Chris Cornell joins Robert Miles in my chart in what I hope is not a 90’s pop star trend, both were not old, with Soundgarden sneaking in with their classic record.

1 1 1 2 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 340000
2 2 2 5 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 462000
3 8 3 4 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 202000
4 NEW 4 1 THE FIGHTER Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood 65000
5 3 1 7 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 600000
6 10 6 4 WAY BACK TLC featuring Snoop Dogg 146300
7 5 5 5 HURRICANE Drones Club 230000
8 12 8 2 CLASSIC The Knocks featuring Powers 83000
9 11 9 9 BECAUSE The Beatles 233150
10 6 3 6 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 353000

11 4 1 9 CHARIOTS Paper Route 659000
12 17 12 5 WHAM BANG SHANG-A-LANG Silver 84700
13 7 5 9 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 356400
14 18 14 2 ONE AND ONE Robert Miles featuring Maria Naylor 51000
15 NEW 15 1 FEEL IT STILL Portugal The Man 27000
16 16 16 5 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 98600
17 9 1 9 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 758000
18 32 18 2 BATMAN & ROBIN Cazzie Opeia & Jin x Jin 39800
19 15 5 9 LOST ON YOU LP 388000
20 66 20 2 AVERDAVGI Agy 26800

21 13 2 6 CRAZY (ASH HOWES RADIO EDIT) Bird 318750
22 28 22 9 LONG COOL WOMAN (IN A BLACK DRESS) The Hollies 130300
23 14 5 9 WAITING FOR THE STARS Vitalic featuring David Shaw and The Beat 327450
24 NEW 24 1 KRYPTONITE George Maple 19000
25 25 25 5 STORY OF A HEART Steps 73600
26 20 1 10 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 637500
27 22 4 9 CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU Spoon 375900
28 19 19 8 SYMPHONY Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson 129650
29 23 1 10 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 724450
30 30 30 2 AMAR PELOS DOIS Salvador Sobral 36000

31 21 21 5 LONG TIME Blondie 84100
32 36 32 4 SOUTHERN NIGHTS Glen Campbell 57500
33 NEW 33 1 PAPER Svala 17700
34 34 34 4 DOUBLE BARREL Dave & Ansel Collins 70000
35 38 35 5 THE CURE Lady Gaga 58500
36 64 36 2 YOUNG RICH AND RADICAL Club Cheval 24500
37 37 37 6 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 81800
38 51 38 2 GRAVITY Hovig 28950
39 47 39 4 CRAVING YOU Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris 48300
40 75 40 2 REASONS Jillian Jacqueline 22000

41 26 1 15 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1288500
42 29 29 5 INDIGO Moment 69800
43 24 18 6 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 107600
44 44 44 2 I CAN’T GO ON Robin Bengtsson 26500
45 33 23 4 THIS OLD HOUSE Rick Astley 68950
46 27 10 10 UNDER YOUR SKIN SeeB and R. City 247150
47 31 17 9 ON MY MIND Disciples 171100
48 49 48 2 FLY WITH ME Artsvik 24400
49 NEW 49 1 CRYING IN THE CLUB Camila Cabello 12100
50 65 50 3 BON APPETIT Katy Perry featuring Migos 24800

51 43 2 15 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 650150
52 52 52 2 OCCIDENTALI’S KARMA Francesco Gabbani 23000
53 56 53 2 HEY MAMMA Sunstroke Project 21850
54 45 27 7 BHANGRA PAUNDI PBN featuring Sharky and Manpreet Toor 98500
55 73 55 3 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 21400
56 NEW 56 1 KISSING STRANGERS DNCE featuring Nicki Minaj 10600
57 57 57 3 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 25800
58 58 58 3 SYSTEMAGIC Goldfrapp 25800
59 63 59 2 MAMA Jonas Blue featuring William Singe 17300
60 59 1 30 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1040500

61 NEW 61 1 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 7500
62 35 22 5 HIGH AND LOW Oliver Moldan 74100
63 72 63 3 APOCALYPSE Cigarettes After Sex 18400
64 40 40 4 WE ARE BOUND Jack Savoretti 51300
65 39 33 5 GREAT ROMANCES Texas 76300
66 NEW 66 1 PLASTIC MACHINERY The Charlatans 6800
67 42 42 4 LONG LONG ROAD Paul Weller 44500
68 NEW 68 1 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 6400
69 NEW 69 1 GRAB THE MOMENT Jowst 6200
70 NEW 70 1 DIG DOWN Muse 6000

71 NEW 71 1 HARD TIMES Paramore 5800
72 NEW 72 1 CITY LIGHTS Blanche 5600
73 74 73 2 YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A PSYCHO Kasabian 10600
74 71 1 21 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1352450
75 NEW 75 1 BLACK HOLE SUN Soundgarden 5000

DROP OUTS
41 41 4 STANDING WHEN IT ALL FALLS DOWN John De Sohn featuring Roshi 39200
46 9 9 YOU WANT IT DARKER (PAUL KALKBRENNER REMIX) Leonard Cohen 229200
48 3 13 TOI ET MOI Paradis 604850
50 38 4 ULTRALIFE Oh Wonder 54950
53 20 7 SOLO DANCE Martin Jensen 115650
54 54 4 LUST FOR LIFE Lana Del Ray featuring The Weeknd 38800
55 31 5 FALCON EYE Off Bloom 69300
60 60 3 DAMN I WISH I WAS YOUR LOVER Sophie B. Hawkins 25600
61 1 16 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 825350
62 62 3 MONKEY SPANNER Dave & Ansel Collins 20800
67 67 1 BOY K.I.D. featuring CupcakKe 6600
68 68 5 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (SUPER VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 29200
69 9 11 GENTLE ON MY MIND Alison Krauss 242650
70 70 1 CHILDREN Robert Miles 6000

14th May 2017

In from nowhere a belting 2016 track from an Italian production duo I’ve never heard of: Vinai. maybe that makes up for Italy not winning Eurovision as expected by the bookies. Their track is in at 52 here, along with a host of Euro-tracks, headed up by the winner, the lovely ballad by the Portugal brother-sister singer-writer low-key and non-manufactured charm of Salvador Sobral in at 30. Had I compiled a top 200 current fave tracks (too much hard work!) the UK entry would not feature in it…

Another electronic music duo are in at 12, The Knocks, with a goodie. Knock Knock Who’s There, as Mary Hopkin once said in her 1970 UK Eurovision song (now I could hum that one!) – answer: no-one, just The Knocks. The late Robert Miles has his 2 great singles enter my chart, topped by One And One in at 18, still lovely. Highest climber is a mid-70’s American hit from Guardians Of The Galaxy, I’m very into Wham Bang Shang-A-Lang right now. In fact I’d rate it higher than both Bang Shang-A Lang by The Archies (1968) and Shang A Lang by The Bay City Rollers (1974) but not quite up to Wham! standards.

There aren’t enough songs about superheroes. There just aren’t. We’ve had Supergirl (Graham Bonney) and Donovan’s Sunshine Superman (which also mentioned Green Lantern), Batdance (Prince’s movie theme mash-up), well at long last there’s another goodie to add: Batman & Robin, all about a naughty dream. Fun n fab, and in at 32 for the wonderfully puntastically-named Cazzie Opeia & Jin x Jin (a swedish/kpop hookup) a singalong a la Charli X.

1 NEW 1 1 INTO THE FIRE VINAI featuring Anjulie 170000
2 3 2 4 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 347000
3 1 1 6 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 540000
4 2 1 8 CHARIOTS Paper Route 622000
5 7 5 4 HURRICANE Drones Club 180000
6 4 3 5 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 311000
7 5 5 8 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 324400
8 10 8 3 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 117000
9 6 1 8 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 735000
10 13 10 3 WAY BACK TLC featuring Snoop Dogg 91300

11 12 11 8 BECAUSE The Beatles 188150
12 NEW 12 1 CLASSIC The Knocks featuring Powers 35000
13 11 2 5 CRAZY (ASH HOWES RADIO EDIT) Bird 299000
14 8 5 8 WAITING FOR THE STARS Vitalic featuring David Shaw and The Beat 308200
15 9 5 8 LOST ON YOU LP 367000
16 16 16 4 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 73600
17 49 17 4 WHAM BANG SHANG-A-LANG Silver 49700
18 NEW 18 1 ONE AND ONE Robert Miles featuring Maria Naylor 22000
19 24 19 7 SYMPHONY Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson 111350
20 14 1 9 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 619000

21 25 21 4 LONG TIME Blondie 66200
22 15 4 8 CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU Spoon 357500
23 17 1 9 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 706250
24 18 18 5 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 94100
25 29 25 4 STORY OF A HEART Steps 54850
26 21 1 14 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1274500
27 20 10 9 UNDER YOUR SKIN SeeB and R. City 234400
28 28 28 8 LONG COOL WOMAN (IN A BLACK DRESS) The Hollies 111050
29 35 29 4 INDIGO Moment 56050
30 NEW 30 1 AMAR PELOS DOIS Salvador Sobral 18000

31 19 17 8 ON MY MIND Disciples 158600
32 NEW 32 1 BATMAN & ROBIN Cazzie Opeia & Jin x Jin 17800
33 23 23 3 THIS OLD HOUSE Rick Astley 55950
34 34 34 3 DOUBLE BARREL Dave & Ansel Collins 52400
35 22 22 4 HIGH AND LOW Oliver Moldan 66700
36 37 36 3 SOUTHERN NIGHTS Glen Campbell 39700
37 39 37 5 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 64500
38 50 38 4 THE CURE Lady Gaga 41000
39 33 33 4 GREAT ROMANCES Texas 69300
40 40 40 3 WE ARE BOUND Jack Savoretti 44200

41 52 41 4 STANDING WHEN IT ALL FALLS DOWN John De Sohn featuring Roshi 39200
42 42 42 3 LONG LONG ROAD Paul Weller 37900
43 36 2 14 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 638400
44 NEW 44 1 I CAN’T GO ON Robin Bengtsson 13250
45 27 27 6 BHANGRA PAUNDI PBN featuring Sharky and Manpreet Toor 87500
46 26 9 9 YOU WANT IT DARKER (PAUL KALKBRENNER REMIX) Leonard Cohen 229200
47 47 47 3 CRAVING YOU Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris 31200
48 32 3 13 TOI ET MOI Paradis 604850
49 NEW 49 1 FLY WITH ME Artsvik 12100
50 38 38 4 ULTRALIFE Oh Wonder 54950

51 NEW 51 1 GRAVITY Hovig 11750
52 NEW 52 1 OCCIDENTALI’S KARMA Francesco Gabbani 11500
53 30 20 7 SOLO DANCE Martin Jensen 115650
54 54 54 4 LUST FOR LIFE Lana Del Ray featuring The Weeknd 38800
55 31 31 5 FALCON EYE Off Bloom 69300
56 NEW 56 1 HEY MAMMA Sunstroke Project 10600
57 75 57 2 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 15400
58 73 58 2 SYSTEMAGIC Goldfrapp 15600
59 55 1 29 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1030500
60 60 60 3 DAMN I WISH I WAS YOUR LOVER Sophie B. Hawkins 25600

61 48 1 16 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 825350
62 62 62 3 MONKEY SPANNER Dave & Ansel Collins 20800
63 NEW 63 1 MAMA Jonas Blue featuring William Singe 7200
64 NEW 64 1 YOUNG RICH AND RADICAL Club cheval 7100
65 71 65 2 BON APPETIT Katy Perry featuring Migos 12800
66 NEW 66 1 AVERDAVGI Agy 6800
67 NEW 67 1 BOY K.I.D. featuring CupcakKe 6600
68 68 68 5 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (SUPER VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 29200
69 43 9 11 GENTLE ON MY MIND Alison Krauss 242650
70 NEW 70 1 CHILDREN Robert Miles 6000

71 63 1 20 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1347250
72 72 72 2 APOCALYPSE Cigarettes After Sex 11200
73 74 73 2 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 10600
74 NEW 74 1 YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A PSYCHO Kasabian 5200
75 NEW 75 1 REASONS Jillian Jacqueline 5000

DROP OUTS
41 20 5 LET ME OUT Gorillaz featuring Mavis Staples & Pusha T 72900
44 30 5 CAVE Future Islands 72950
45 45 3 SIGN OF THE TIMES Harry Styles 38500
46 14 8 WATERFALL Stargate featuring P!nk and Sia 146200
51 27 4 NAKED Christopher 54250
53 15 7 NEW DAY Take That 146550
56 12 12 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 237600
57 6 14 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 368300
58 58 1 MR. BLUE SKY Electric Light Orchestra 10200
59 28 7 SCARED OF THE DARK Steps 96800
61 23 8 HOME Schwarz 115450
64 5 16 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 575650
65 65 2 STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles 13800
66 10 12 GIANTS Take That 240500
67 34 8 iT Christine And The Queens 82350
69 69 1 LAST DANCE Rhys 6200
70 5 11 SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS The Chainsmokers and Coldplay 253150

7th May 2017

2 weeks on top for Weezer, just holding a revived Paper Route, both very exciting tracks, as is Drones Club into the 10. Lush Gorillaz also hits 10 for 2 consecutive top 10’s, Busted & Blue showing they have got the power (and were on Graham Norton singing that track to prove it). TLC and Snoop shoot up into the 20, yay! Drake overcomes my usual ambivalence and also grabs a 3rd or 4th top 20, Passionfruit is actually quite understated and non-annoying.

Steps take that Bjorn & Benny song back into the 40 5 years on, and keep the 20-years-run going, as Mr Blue Sky (a former chart topper) returns along with The Chain (a former top 20) both dating from 1976/7 and both featuring in fab scenes in Guardians Of The Galaxy, along with already charting 1977 hit Southern Nights, and the only track I’ve never charted before (as I’d never heard of it) Wham Bam from Silver.

1 1 1 5 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 455000
2 5 1 7 CHARIOTS Paper Route 557000
3 2 2 3 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 232000
4 3 3 4 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 256000
5 8 5 7 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 274400
6 4 1 7 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 690000
7 12 7 3 HURRICANE Drones Club 120000
8 6 5 7 WAITING FOR THE STARS Vitalic featuring David Shaw and The Beat 279200
9 9 5 7 LOST ON YOU LP 340000
10 15 10 2 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 69000

11 7 2 4 CRAZY (ASH HOWES RADIO EDIT) Bird 267000
12 14 12 7 BECAUSE The Beatles 151150
13 37 13 2 WAY BACK TLC featuring Snoop Dogg 49300
14 10 1 8 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 599000
15 11 4 7 CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU Spoon 338000
16 34 16 3 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 48600
17 13 1 8 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 687000
18 18 18 4 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 75100
19 17 17 7 ON MY MIND Disciples 140700
20 19 10 8 UNDER YOUR SKIN SeeB and R. City 216000

21 16 1 13 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1256000
22 29 22 3 HIGH AND LOW Oliver Moldan 49200
23 24 23 2 THIS OLD HOUSE Rick Astley 38250
24 25 24 6 SYMPHONY Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson 90350
25 39 25 3 LONG TIME Blondie 46450
26 21 9 8 YOU WANT IT DARKER (PAUL KALKBRENNER REMIX) Leonard Cohen 216450
27 28 27 5 BHANGRA PAUNDI PBN featuring Sharky and Manpreet Toor 74500
28 32 28 7 LONG COOL WOMAN (IN A BLACK DRESS) The Hollies 92750
29 47 29 3 STORY OF A HEART Steps 36100
30 20 20 6 SOLO DANCE Martin Jensen 104400

31 33 31 4 FALCON EYE Off Bloom 58500
32 26 3 12 TOI ET MOI Paradis 592550
33 35 33 3 GREAT ROMANCES Texas 52200
34 38 34 2 DOUBLE BARREL Dave & Ansel Collins 34800
35 44 35 3 INDIGO Moment 37850
36 31 2 13 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 624900
37 75 37 2 SOUTHERN NIGHTS Glen Campbell 22300
38 42 38 3 ULTRALIFE Oh Wonder 42950
39 49 39 4 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 47200
40 58 40 2 WE ARE BOUND Jack Savoretti 27200

41 22 20 5 LET ME OUT Gorillaz featuring Mavis Staples & Pusha T 72900
42 57 42 2 LONG LONG ROAD Paul Weller 24150
43 43 9 10 GENTLE ON MY MIND Alison Krauss 236450
44 30 30 5 CAVE Future Islands 72950
45 46 45 3 SIGN OF THE TIMES Harry Styles 38500
46 40 14 8 WATERFALL Stargate featuring P!nk and Sia 146200
47 69 47 2 CRAVING YOU Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris 18700
48 48 1 15 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 817850
49 62 49 3 WHAM BANG SHANG-A-LANG Silver 26700
50 67 50 3 THE CURE Lady Gaga 23800

51 27 27 4 NAKED Christopher 54250
52 64 52 3 STANDING WHEN IT ALL FALLS DOWN John De Sohn featuring Roshi 25200
53 36 15 7 NEW DAY Take That 146550
54 60 54 3 LUST FOR LIFE Lana Del Ray featuring The Weeknd 27800
55 54 1 28 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1020400
56 56 12 12 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 237600
57 45 6 14 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 368300
58 NEW 58 1 MR. BLUE SKY Electric Light Orchestra 10200
59 41 28 7 SCARED OF THE DARK Steps 96800
60 72 60 2 DAMN I WISH I WAS YOUR LOVER Sophie B. Hawkins 15600

61 23 23 8 HOME Schwarz 115450
62 70 62 2 MONKEY SPANNER Dave & Ansel Collins 13400
63 59 1 19 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1341450
64 53 5 16 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 575650
65 66 65 2 STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles 13800
66 51 10 12 GIANTS Take That 240500
67 50 34 8 iT Christine And The Queens 82350
68 71 68 4 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (SUPER VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 22800
69 NEW 69 1 LAST DANCE Rhys 6200
70 55 5 11 SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS The Chainsmokers and Coldplay 253150

71 NEW 71 1 BON APPETIT Katy Perry featuring Migos 5800
72 NEW 72 1 APOCALYPSE Cigarettes After Sex 5600
73 NEW 73 1 SYSTEMAGIC Goldfrapp 5400
74 NEW 74 1 THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DESPACITO (REMIX) Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber 5000

DROP OUTS
52 4 12 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 350050
61 27 5 HIPPOPOTAMUS Sparks 79800
63 59 4 I DON’T KNOW WHAT CAME OVER ME Mike + The Mechanics 30600
65 16 10 LOVE Lana Del Ray 174600
68 10 11 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 198950
73 73 2 FIRE Beth Ditto 10400
74 74 1 AUTOMATIC Amy MacDonald 5200

 

30th April 2017

It’s Weezer on top. They took Buddy Holly to 10 in 1995, Hash Pipe to 5, and Island In The Sun to 8 in 2001, and last charted in 2008, but 22 years late they finally get a number one with fab hooky inspirational Feels Like Summer. Hurts have topped twice before, in 2013 with Calvin Harris, and in 2015 with song Wings. Band Wings topped my charts in 1972, Emeli Sande topped last year with the song Hurts, so will the band Hurts get a 3rd to bring it full circle? At the mo they are up at 2.

Highest new entry is a 3rd top 20 in a few weeks for Gorillaz, a gorgeous album track called Busted and Blue. Busted and Blue are also bands, though only Blue has topped my chart (Fly By II), spoiling my theme…! This Ole House was a Shakin Stevens hit. Happily, Rick Astley hasn’t covered that one, he’s done a very Ragnbone Man styled track which is possibly his best record since Never Gonna Give You Up. Rick on a roll! In at 24.

Drake shoots up to 34 with Passionfruit. Yes, I know, his first top 40 here for 2 or 3 years after I went right off his mega-autotuning-based recent over-rated drones. 5 years on since he hit 4 with Rihanna – Take Care. TLC are back! With Snoop filling in for the late lamented Left-Eye, and like Weezer, debuting in the mid-90’s. TLC only had to wait 5 years to top my chart though (Waterfalls, 1999). Good to have ’em back, it’s been a gap of 15 years!

Record Store day has an influx of oldie faves this week, while Guardians Of The Galaxy adds another soundtrack oldie – and I’ve yet to see the film I expect to be my top film of 2017 till Star Wars (no expectations to live up to then!) – Glen Campbell’s Southern Nights, originally hit my top 10 in 1977. Paul Weller is back, for a smooth 40 years of chart success since The Jam popped in, also in 1977. Amy MacDonald is also back, but she’s only had a mere 10 years of chart entries.

1 7 1 4 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 285000
2 13 2 2 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 147000
3 3 3 3 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 191000
4 2 1 6 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 635000
5 1 1 6 CHARIOTS Paper Route 442000
6 5 5 6 WAITING FOR THE STARS Vitalic featuring David Shaw and The Beat 231200
7 4 2 3 CRAZY (ASH HOWES RADIO EDIT) Bird 230000
8 6 6 6 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 214400
9 9 5 6 LOST ON YOU LP 295000
10 8 1 7 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 570000

11 10 4 6 CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU Spoon 311000
12 12 12 2 HURRICANE Drones Club 70000
13 11 1 7 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 664000
14 18 14 6 BECAUSE The Beatles 116150
15 NEW 15 1 BUSTED AND BLUE Gorillaz 27000
16 15 1 12 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1236250
17 17 17 6 ON MY MIND Disciples 119700
18 19 18 3 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 53100
19 14 10 7 UNDER YOUR SKIN SeeB and R. City 196000
20 25 20 5 SOLO DANCE Martin Jensen 86400

21 16 9 7 YOU WANT IT DARKER (PAUL KALKBRENNER REMIX) Leonard Cohen 197950
22 20 20 4 LET ME OUT Gorillaz featuring Mavis Staples & Pusha T 58900
23 24 23 7 HOME Schwarz 107950
24 NEW 24 1 THIS OLD HOUSE Rick Astley 19000
25 30 25 5 SYMPHONY Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson 71350
26 21 3 11 TOI ET MOI Paradis 573250
27 31 27 3 NAKED Christopher 42500
28 29 28 4 BHANGRA PAUNDI PBN featuring Sharky and Manpreet Toor 56100
29 52 29 2 HIGH AND LOW Oliver Moldan 29700
30 32 30 4 CAVE Future Islands 59700

31 27 2 12 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 607500
32 39 32 6 LONG COOL WOMAN (IN A BLACK DRESS) The Hollies 74450
33 33 33 3 FALCON EYE Off Bloom 40600
34 70 34 2 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 23600
35 40 35 2 GREAT ROMANCES Texas 34500
36 26 15 6 NEW DAY Take That 135300
37 NEW 37 1 WAY BACK TLC featuring Snoop Dogg 17300
38 NEW 38 1 DOUBLE BARREL Dave & Ansel Collins 17200
39 56 39 2 LONG TIME Blondie 27700
40 22 14 7 WATERFALL Stargate featuring P!nk and Sia 133450

41 28 28 6 SCARED OF THE DARK Steps 86700
42 50 42 2 ULTRALIFE Oh Wonder 25750
43 23 9 9 GENTLE ON MY MIND Alison Krauss 222950
44 64 44 2 INDIGO Moment 20350
45 38 6 13 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 357900
46 46 46 2 SIGN OF THE TIMES Harry Styles 25500
47 73 47 2 STORY OF A HEART Steps 17900
48 47 1 14 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 805550
49 55 49 3 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 30100
50 34 34 7 iT Christine And The Queens 75750

51 36 10 11 GIANTS Take That 233700
52 37 4 12 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 350050
53 42 5 15 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 568550
54 53 1 27 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1009600
55 45 5 10 SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS The Chainsmokers and Coldplay 247150
56 48 12 11 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 227000
57 NEW 57 1 LONG LONG ROAD Paul Weller 10400
58 NEW 58 1 WE ARE BOUND Jack Savoretti 10200
59 54 1 18 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1334250
60 66 60 2 LUST FOR LIFE Lana Del Ray featuring The Weeknd 16800

61 35 27 5 HIPPOPOTAMUS Sparks 79800
62 63 62 2 WHAM BANG SHANG-A-LANG Silver 14600
63 59 59 4 I DON’T KNOW WHAT CAME OVER ME Mike + The Mechanics 30600
64 67 64 2 STANDING WHEN IT ALL FALLS DOWN John De Sohn featuring Roshi 13700
65 41 16 10 LOVE Lana Del Ray 174600
66 NEW 66 1 STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles 6800
67 74 67 2 THE CURE Lady Gaga 11800
68 51 10 11 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 198950
69 NEW 69 1 CRAVING YOU Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris 6200
70 NEW 70 1 MONKEY SPANNER Dave & Ansel Collins 6000

71 72 71 3 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (SUPER VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 16400
72 NEW 72 1 DAMN I WISH I WAS YOUR LOVER Sophie B. Hawkins 5600
73 75 73 2 FIRE Beth Ditto 10400
74 NEW 74 1 AUTOMATIC Amy MacDonald 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SOUTHERN NIGHTS Glen Campbell 5000

DROP OUTS
43 11 11 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 240550
44 35 7 BEST BEHAVIOUR Louisa Johnson 107100
49 2 14 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 672350
57 1 24 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 2086650
58 58 4 RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE Creedence Clearwater Revival 33900
60 60 4 BARTENDER James Blunt 30600
61 40 7 WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES Nancy Sinatra 90500
62 26 8 LOSING YOU Alison Krauss 124700
65 38 6 CLOUD 9 Jamiroquai 72050
68 20 8 LET’S WORK IT OUT Texas 121900
69 40 6 GREEN LIGHT Lorde 55300
71 71 2 AWOO Sofi Tukker featuring Betta Lemme 11600

 

23rd April 2017

It’s Paper Route, a Nashville band that sound nothing Country at all, and not unlike The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy at their peak, on top with the fab Chariots. Love that climax. That knocks off Gorillaz fab Power and holds off Buckingham-McVie aka Fleetwood Mac as shoulda-been at 3, back at their melodic best. Highest new entry is Drone Club, an anonymous British band (presumably) at 12, just ahead of Hurts, powering back with another epic EDM track, albeit this one with a tinge of current Tropical/EDM vibes (obviously learnt from Gaga – back at the lower end of the chart – and Maroon 5, that adopting new music sounds is a way of getting attention).

A huge sprint for Thumbs, as Sabrina Carpenter tales a very Black & Gold-ish/Aguilera-ish dance track into the 20, just ahead of a 2nd Gorillaz track, giving Mavis Staples her first top 30 since 1974. That’s a helluva chart gap! Texas get a new top 40, very 60’s girl-group, off the new album as the first single exits the 40. Harry Styles grabs a solo entry, following where Zayn trail-blazed, albeit with a power rock ballad. Blondie extend their run of hits this year to 2, some 37 years on from debuting in 1978. Talking of oldies, a track that never charted in the UK (or my charts) pops in off the new Guardians Of The Galaxy soundtrack. I’m sure I’ll love it, and Silver’s song, even more – I didn’t know the track. Drake’s back. I swore I wouldn’t, but I have! Also, Steps get a second entry with an Abba-related song which previously charted in 2009 and peaked at 20 for The Benny Andersson Band, who wrote it. Steps always were wannabe Abba’s…

1 4 1 5 CHARIOTS Paper Route 382000
2 1 1 5 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 570000
3 19 3 2 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 106000
4 2 2 2 CRAZY (ASH HOWES RADIO EDIT) Bird 180000
5 7 5 5 WAITING FOR THE STARS Vitalic featuring David Shaw and The Beat 176200
6 8 6 5 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 166400
7 9 7 3 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 115000
8 3 1 6 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 528000
9 5 5 5 LOST ON YOU LP 250000
10 10 4 5 CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU Spoon 274000

11 6 1 6 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 632000
12 NEW 12 1 HURRICANE Drones Club 35000
13 NEW 13 1 BEAUTIFUL ONES Hurts 32000
14 17 10 6 UNDER YOUR SKIN SeeB and R. City 175000
15 12 1 11 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1211250
16 11 9 6 YOU WANT IT DARKER (PAUL KALKBRENNER REMIX) Leonard Cohen 178200
17 21 17 5 ON MY MIND Disciples 96700
18 18 18 5 BECAUSE The Beatles 87150
19 59 19 2 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 31100
20 45 20 3 LET ME OUT Gorillaz featuring Mavis Staples & Pusha T 39400

21 13 3 10 TOI ET MOI Paradis 554750
22 14 14 6 WATERFALL Stargate featuring P!nk and Sia 116950
23 16 9 8 GENTLE ON MY MIND Alison Krauss 209450
24 26 24 6 HOME Schwarz 88700
25 25 25 4 SOLO DANCE Martin Jensen 66400
26 15 15 5 NEW DAY Take That 117900
27 20 2 11 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 589600
28 28 28 5 SCARED OF THE DARK Steps 72700
29 48 29 3 BHANGRA PAUNDI PBN featuring Sharky and Manpreet Toor 37800
30 39 30 4 SYMPHONY Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson 52600

31 69 31 2 NAKED Christopher 24100
32 37 32 3 CAVE Future Islands 41700
33 73 33 2 FALCON EYE Off Bloom 22900
34 46 34 6 iT Christine And The Queens 63750
35 27 27 4 HIPPOPOTAMUS Sparks 72300
36 24 10 10 GIANTS Take That 221950
37 23 4 11 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 338550
38 29 6 12 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 344900
39 47 39 5 LONG COOL WOMAN (IN A BLACK DRESS) The Hollies 56650
40 NEW 40 1 GREAT ROMANCES Texas 17000

41 22 16 9 LOVE Lana Del Ray 167600
42 32 5 14 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 557300
43 31 11 11 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 240550
44 35 35 7 BEST BEHAVIOUR Louisa Johnson 107100
45 49 5 9 SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS The Chainsmokers and Coldplay 236350
46 NEW 46 1 SIGN OF THE TIMES Harry Styles 12750
47 41 1 13 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 793250
48 36 12 10 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 216400
49 42 2 14 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 672350
50 NEW 50 1 ULTRALIFE Oh Wonder 12000

51 44 10 10 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 192550
52 NEW 52 1 HIGH AND LOW Oliver Moldan 11500
53 53 1 26 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 998600
54 51 1 17 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1324150
55 63 55 2 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 18000
56 NEW 56 1 LONG TIME Blondie 10600
57 52 1 24 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 2086650
58 58 58 4 RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE Creedence Clearwater Revival 33900
59 61 59 3 I DON’T KNOW WHAT CAME OVER ME Mike + The Mechanics 23400
60 62 60 4 BARTENDER James Blunt 30600

61 40 40 7 WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES Nancy Sinatra 90500
62 30 26 8 LOSING YOU Alison Krauss 124700
63 NEW 63 1 WHAM BANG SHANG-A-LANG Silver 7200
64 NEW 64 1 INDIGO Moment 7100
65 38 38 6 CLOUD 9 Jamiroquai 72050
66 NEW 66 1 LUST FOR LIFE Lana Del Ray featuring The Weeknd 6800
67 NEW 67 1 STANDING WHEN IT ALL FALLS DOWN John De Sohn featuring Roshi 6600
68 33 20 8 LET’S WORK IT OUT Texas 121900
69 50 40 6 GREEN LIGHT Lorde 55300
70 NEW 70 1 PASSIONFRUIT Drake 6000

71 71 71 2 AWOO Sofi Tukker featuring Betta Lemme 11600
72 75 72 2 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (SUPER VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 10600
73 NEW 73 1 STORY OF A HEART Steps 5400
74 NEW 74 1 THE CURE Lady Gaga 5200
75 NEW 75 1 FIRE Beth Ditto 5000

DROP OUTS
34 29 6 NO MORE SAD SONGS Little Mix featuring Machine Gun Kelly 106800
43 5 11 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 319000
54 28 9 GIVE ME A BREAK STOP NOW REOL 130400
55 26 5 THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge 79600
56 38 5 YOU’RE A f***ING JOKE Bec Sandridge 66200
57 8 13 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 308400
60 37 7 SAVING LIGHT Gareth Emery & Standerwick featuring HALIENE 96950
64 2 21 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 992000
65 65 3 CIAO ADIOS Anne-Marie 21000
66 66 6 SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE Soft Cell 37200
67 16 7 ONLY YOU Jack Savoretti 111550
68 68 3 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 18400
70 57 4 A NIGHT AND A DAY Pepe Deluxe 31900
72 72 3 NO PARTICULAR PLACE TO GO Chuck Berry 15600
74 35 5 TURBO KILLER Carpenter Brut 59300

 

16th April 2017

Gorillaz grab a second chart-topper over a decade on from the last one, Dare – that time it was Shaun Ryder giving a helping hand, this time it’s old rival Noel Gallagher and Jehnny Beth on support. Noel has had 4 chart-toppers with Oasis, and another on support for the Chemical Brothers. Highest new entry in at 2, and a record and act I’d never heard of 24 hours ago, is Bird – if you like Sugababes circa Round Round thumping dance then this may be one for you – and a new female act debut single.

Vitalic 80’s-influenced dance fabbie goes top 10, and London Grammar’s best record to date gives them a first top 10 track, while Weezer hit 9, and a 4th top 10, 9 years since they last charted and 21 years since they first did it. In at 19 it’s a new duo. I say new – it’s Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie with a brand new tuneful Mac-ish track. By rights it should be the new Fleetwood Mac single lead for a new Fleetwood Mac album featuring the classic Rumours line-up for the first time in nearly 30 years as Christine returns to the fold. Sadly, Stevie Nicks seems to have decided it’s not really a combined group effort (presumably as she has no songs or contribution) so we have instead an elderly duo debut. Lindsey, Stevie’s ex, first charted with Mac back in 1976 and as a duo with Stevie (Buckingham Nicks), while Christine was lead vocalist with Chicken Shack who hit with I’d Rather Go Blind in 1969 – so a whopping 48 year span of chart success with new material after a gap of 20 years. Christine is the ex-wife of John McVie, of Fleetwood Mac. Any mention of Mac leads to a massive list of soap opera references…!

Future Islands oldie is knocked off the top of my chart, but the newie (Cave) enters the 40, and JK aka Jamiroquai gets a second one this year, he must be on Cloud 9. Ditto Clean Bandit, and Nancy Sinatra with another oldie. Following a fabulous concert at the Royal Albert Hall with Johnny Marr and the London Symphony Orchestra, chock-fulla lush strings, Pet Shop Boys pop back with the 2 most-effective tracks, It’s Alright in it’s original single form (very different from the album version) from 1989, and Left To My Own Devices, the epic orchestral delight that kicked off the evening, here in a new Super-Tour version due out any day now.

1 2 1 4 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 455000
2 NEW 2 1 CRAZY (ASH HOWES RADIO EDIT) Bird 115000
3 1 1 5 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 480000
4 6 4 4 CHARIOTS Paper Route 212000
5 5 5 4 LOST ON YOU LP 205000
6 3 1 5 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 595000
7 13 7 4 WAITING FOR THE STARS Vitalic featuring David Shaw and The Beat 116200
8 12 8 4 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 111400
9 20 9 2 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 65000
10 4 4 4 CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU Spoon 232000

11 9 9 5 YOU WANT IT DARKER (PAUL KALKBRENNER REMIX) Leonard Cohen 153200
12 7 1 10 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1184250
13 8 3 9 TOI ET MOI Paradis 535000
14 19 14 5 WATERFALL Stargate featuring P!nk and Sia 97450
15 15 15 4 NEW DAY Take That 99400
16 11 9 7 GENTLE ON MY MIND Alison Krauss 190200
17 10 10 5 UNDER YOUR SKIN SeeB and R. City 146000
18 21 18 4 BECAUSE The Beatles 65150
19 NEW 19 1 IN MY WORLD Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 21000
20 14 2 10 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 571200

21 25 21 4 ON MY MIND Disciples 73700
22 16 16 8 LOVE Lana Del Ray 153600
23 17 4 10 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 321250
24 18 10 9 GIANTS Take That 204550
25 28 25 3 SOLO DANCE Martin Jensen 47650
26 33 26 5 HOME Schwarz 69700
27 27 27 3 HIPPOPOTAMUS Sparks 54800
28 34 28 4 SCARED OF THE DARK Steps 54400
29 24 6 11 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 327700
30 26 26 7 LOSING YOU Alison Krauss 117300

31 23 11 10 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 227050
32 22 5 13 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 543550
33 30 20 7 LET’S WORK IT OUT Texas 115500
34 29 29 6 NO MORE SAD SONGS Little Mix featuring Machine Gun Kelly 106800
35 36 35 6 BEST BEHAVIOUR Louisa Johnson 93850
36 31 12 9 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 204100
37 67 37 2 CAVE Future Islands 23900
38 49 38 5 CLOUD 9 Jamiroquai 65050
39 59 39 3 SYMPHONY Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson 34600
40 42 40 6 WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES Nancy Sinatra 83000

41 39 1 12 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 780750
42 35 2 13 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 660250
43 32 5 11 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 319000
44 43 10 9 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 180800
45 68 45 2 LET ME OUT Gorillaz featuring Mavis Staples & Pusha T 19400
46 54 46 5 iT Christine And The Queens 46150
47 53 47 4 LONG COOL WOMAN (IN A BLACK DRESS) The Hollies 39550
48 63 48 2 BHANGRA PAUNDI PBN featuring Sharky and Manpreet Toor 19600
49 40 5 8 SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS The Chainsmokers and Coldplay 223350
50 50 40 5 GREEN LIGHT Lorde 49100

51 47 1 16 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1313150
52 51 1 23 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 2076250
53 52 1 25 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 987350
54 37 28 9 GIVE ME A BREAK STOP NOW REOL 130400
55 41 26 5 THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge 79600
56 38 38 5 YOU’RE A f***ING JOKE Bec Sandridge 66200
57 46 8 13 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 308400
58 64 58 3 RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE Creedence Clearwater Revival 23700
59 NEW 59 1 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 10100
60 44 37 7 SAVING LIGHT Gareth Emery & Standerwick featuring HALIENE 96950

61 71 61 2 I DON’T KNOW WHAT CAME OVER ME Mike + The Mechanics 13300
62 62 62 3 BARTENDER James Blunt 20600
63 NEW 63 1 IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys 7200
64 58 2 21 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 992000
65 65 65 3 CIAO ADIOS Anne-Marie 21000
66 66 66 6 SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE Soft Cell 37200
67 45 16 7 ONLY YOU Jack Savoretti 111550
68 70 68 3 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 18400
69 NEW 69 1 NAKED Christopher 6200
70 57 57 4 A NIGHT AND A DAY Pepe Deluxe 31900

71 NEW 71 1 AWOO Sofi Tukker featuring Betta Lemme 5800
72 75 72 3 NO PARTICULAR PLACE TO GO Chuck Berry 15600
73 NEW 73 1 FALCON EYE Off Bloom 5200
74 48 35 5 TURBO KILLER Carpenter Brut 59300
75 NEW 75 1 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (SUPER VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 5000

DROP OUTS
55 17 4 MAJOR TOM (VOLLIG LOSGELOST) Peter Schilling 66000
56 8 10 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 241850
60 60 4 HYPNOTISED Coldplay 30400
61 17 7 LOVE ON Dave Ramone featuring Minelli 115650
69 8 11 MOVE Saint Motel 250100
72 72 2 DEAR ADELAIDE Breanne Duren 11200
73 51 4 THAT’S WHAT I LIKE Bruno Mars 34350
74 4 25 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 701600

 

9th April 2017

Its Future Islands on top as I get to see that amazing live performance from David Lettermans show a few years back – and coincidentally the band are back with a new album, and enter The Cave from it as well. Gorillaz also grab another entry with soul legend Mavis Staples and her second entry of 2017 as guest vocalist her last song oddly had the same title as the track held at 2 for Gorillaz. Exactly 45 years since she grabbed a number 3 in my charts with her dad and sister I’ll Take You There.

Not much movement this week as im on holiday in Gran Canaria but Vitalic leap up, as does London Grammar, into the 20, and Martin Jensen into the 40. Highest new entry is 90’s veteran act Weezer, well over 20 years since Buddy Holly debuted, now it Feels Like Summer. Mike + The Mechanics are also back after years away, and 32 years since Silent Running hit my top 10 – though if you count Mike Rutherford’s career in Genesis he first charted in 1974 when he knew what he liked in my wardrobe. I should probably rephrase that…! That leaves a bit of banging bhangra popping in at 63. I like to be varied…

1 3 1 4 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 395000
2 2 2 3 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 285000
3 1 1 4 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 540000
4 4 4 3 CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU Spoon 190000
5 7 5 3 LOST ON YOU LP 145000
6 6 6 3 CHARIOTS Paper Route 147000
7 12 7 2 LOST ON YOU LP 85000
7 5 1 9 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1149250
8 8 3 8 TOI ET MOI Paradis 503000
9 12 9 4 YOU WANT IT DARKER (PAUL KALKBRENNER REMIX) Leonard Cohen 116200
10 10 10 4 UNDER YOUR SKIN SeeB and R. City 123000

11 9 9 6 GENTLE ON MY MIND Alison Krauss 165200
12 28 12 3 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 63400
13 39 13 3 WAITING FOR THE STARS Vitalic featuring David Shaw and The Beat 66200
14 11 2 9 BETTER MAN Little Big Toiwn 551200
15 15 15 3 NEW DAY Take That 72400
16 16 16 7 LOVE Lana Del Ray 134100
17 14 4 9 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 302000
18 17 10 8 GIANTS Take That 185550
19 25 19 4 WATERFALL Stargate featuring P!nk and Sia 68450
20 NEW 20 1 FEELS LIKE SUMMER Weezer 20000

21 27 21 3 BECAUSE The Beatles 43150
22 13 5 12 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 525750
23 19 11 9 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 209150
24 21 6 10 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 309500
25 34 25 3 ON MY MIND Disciples 53950
26 32 26 6 LOSING YOU Alison Krauss 99300
27 30 27 2 HIPPOPOTAMUS Sparks 36400
28 56 28 2 SOLO DANCE Martin Jensen 28900
29 29 29 5 NO MORE SAD SONGS Little Mix featuring Machine Gun Kelly 89200
30 20 20 6 LET’S WORK IT OUT Texas 97800

31 22 12 8 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 186700
32 18 5 10 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 305500
33 44 33 4 HOME Schwarz 51200
34 48 34 3 SCARED OF THE DARK Steps 36100
35 24 2 12 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 646500
36 46 36 5 BEST BEHAVIOUR Louisa Johnson 76350
37 61 28 8 GIVE ME A BREAK STOP NOW REOL 119500
38 38 38 4 YOU’RE A f***ING JOKE Bec Sandridge 55600
39 31 1 11 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 766750
40 36 5 7 SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS The Chainsmokers and Coldplay 211250

41 26 26 4 THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge 68800
42 42 42 5 WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES Nancy Sinatra 66250
43 33 10 8 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 167550
44 37 37 6 SAVING LIGHT Gareth Emery & Standerwick featuring HALIENE 84950
45 23 16 6 ONLY YOU Jack Savoretti 104950
46 40 8 12 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 298000
47 43 1 15 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1301400
48 35 35 4 TURBO KILLER Carpenter Brut 54100
49 50 49 4 CLOUD 9 Jamiroquai 47850
50 54 50 4 GREEN LIGHT Lorde 37100

51 49 1 22 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 2064750
52 52 1 24 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 976100
53 60 53 3 LONG COOL WOMAN (IN A BLACK DRESS) The Hollies 27050
54 57 54 4 iT Christine And The Queens 33400
55 41 17 4 MAJOR TOM (VOLLIG LOSGELOST) Peter Schilling 66000
56 45 8 10 BLACK TEARSImelda May featuring Jeff Beck241850
57 59 57 3 A NIGHT AND A DAY Pepe Deluxe 25900
58 55 2 20 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 984900
59 62 59 2 SYMPHONY Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson 17500
60 63 60 4 HYPNOTISED Coldplay 30400

61 53 17 7 LOVE ON Dave Ramone featuring Minelli 115650
62 71 62 2 BARTENDER James Blunt 13200
63 NEW 63 BHANGRA PAUNDI PBN featuring Sharky P and Manpreet Toor 7300
64 68 64 2 RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE Creedence Clearwater Revival 13500
65 65 65 2 CIAO ADIOS Anne-Marie 14000
66 66 66 5 SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE Soft Cell 30400
67 NEW 67 1 CAVE Future Islands 6600
68 NEW 68 1 LET ME OUT Gorillaz featuring Mavis Staples 6400
69 58 8 11 MOVE Saint Motel 250100
70 70 70 2 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 12000

71 NEW 71 1 DON’T KNOW WHAT CAME OVER ME Mike + The Mechanics 5800
72 72 72 2 DEAR ADELAIDE Breanne Duren 11200
73 51 51 4 THAT’S WHAT I LIKE Bruno Mars 34350
74 64 4 25 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 701600
75 75 75 2 NO PARTICULAR PLACE TO GO Chuck Berry 10000

DROP OUTS
69 4 13 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 355250
74 74 1 NIRVANA Ryder 5200
67 67 2 REMEMBER ME Jennifer Hudson 13000
47 38 2 LIKE I LOVE YOU Greta Zazza 29700
73 73 1 MAMA NEVER TOLD ME Sister Sledge 5400

2nd April 2017

It’s Love for a second week on top just holding off Gorillaz lyrics for the moment and a storming track that needs to be a single ASAP, leaving them just one short of grabbing a second Number One (Dare was the last one). Gentle On My Mind makes my top 10 for Alison Krauss, the third version to do that since Dean Martin first did it in 1969. A pop track that should be getting some Spotify love (but isnt) is at 10, it gets Under Your Skin.

The late Leonard Cohen gets his biggest ever chart hit here, Take That add to their numerous top 20 tracks, Lana Del Ray grabs another, too, and so do Texas, who have had more than the pair of them put together. Probably. Veteran sixty-somethings Sparks are also back in at 30 with new quirky track Hippopotamus, for a sweet 43 years of being different from anyone else, right from the day they entered my charts in on high from nowhere on one hearing with This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us, one of those “Eh what was that!?” showstopper moments.

Lower down, a batch of current chart hits finally find a gap to sneak in, along with some oldies, CCR feature in the Kong movie, along with the Hollies CCR copycat track (the best thing about the film by far!), the late Chuck Berry and Joannie Sledge enter with some fave oldies, and The Beatles rocket into the top 30 with the gorgeous Abbey Road harmony track Because: beacuse the album’s just charted again, and because it’s featured effectively in a current advert and because I’ve never charted it before, and if it’s OK for Drake to stuff the singles chart with 22 album tracks, it’s more than OK for me to stuff my chart with non-Drake album tracks. So there!

1 1 1 3 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 455000
2 6 2 2 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 170000
3 3 3 3 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 225000
4 5 4 2 CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU Spoon 125000
5 2 1 8 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1099250
6 11 6 2 CHARIOTS Paper Route 92000
7 12 7 2 LOST ON YOU LP 85000
8 4 3 7 TOI ET MOI Paradis 455000
9 15 9 5 GENTLE ON MY MIND Alison Krauss 128200
10 22 10 3 UNDER YOUR SKIN SeeB and R. City 81000

11 7 2 8 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 522200
12 24 12 3 YOU WANT IT DARKER (PAUL KALKBRENNER REMIX) Leonard Cohen 71200
13 13 5 11 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 506250
14 9 4 8 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 279000
15 27 15 2 NEW DAY Take That 45400
16 26 16 6 LOVE Lana Del Ray 109100
17 10 10 7 GIANTS Take That 163550
18 8 5 9 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 287600
19 14 11 8 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 189900
20 25 20 5 LET’S WORK IT OUT Texas 79800

21 18 6 9 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 290500
22 17 12 7 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 167800
23 16 16 5 ONLY YOU Jack Savoretti 91950
24 19 2 11 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 629000
25 33 25 3 WATERFALL Stargate featuring P!nk and Sia 47450
26 28 26 3 THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge 54800
27 75 27 2 BECAUSE The Beatles 23400
28 59 28 2 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 28400
29 32 29 4 NO MORE SAD SONGS Little Mix featuring Machine Gun Kelly 71000
30 NEW 30 1 HIPPOPOTAMUS Sparks 18000

31 21 1 10 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 749650
32 36 32 5 LOSING YOU Alison Krauss 80800
33 20 10 7 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 154050
34 34 34 2 ON MY MIND Disciples 35200
35 37 35 3 TURBO KILLER Carpenter Brut 41800
36 23 5 6 SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS The Chainsmokers and Coldplay 194250
37 40 37 5 SAVING LIGHT Gareth Emery & Standerwick featuring HALIENE 71700
38 56 38 3 YOU’RE A f***ING JOKE Bec Sandridge 38400
39 39 39 2 WAITING FOR THE STARS Vitalic featuring David Shaw and The Beat 34200
40 30 8 11 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 285250

41 29 17 3 MAJOR TOM (VOLLIG LOSGELOST) Peter Schilling 55200
42 42 42 4 WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES Nancy Sinatra 52500
43 41 1 14 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1288900
44 46 44 3 HOME Schwarz 33500
45 31 8 9 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 228250
46 49 39 4 BEST BEHAVIOUR Louisa Johnson 58950
47 38 38 2 LIKE I LOVE YOU Greta Zazza 29700
48 64 48 2 SCARED OF THE DARK Steps 19400
49 44 1 21 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 2053000
50 50 50 3 CLOUD 9 Jamiroquai 35750

51 60 51 3 THAT’S WHAT I LIKE Bruno Mars 28950
52 51 1 23 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 964600
53 35 17 6 LOVE ON Dave Ramone featuring Minelli 108150
54 61 54 3 GREEN LIGHT Lorde 25100
55 52 2 19 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 974700
56 NEW 56 1 SOLO DANCE Martin Jensen 10600
57 70 57 3 iT Christine And The Queens 22400
58 47 8 10 MOVE Saint Motel 243900
59 73 59 2 A NIGHT AND A DAY Pepe Deluxe 15500
60 71 60 2 LONG COOL WOMAN (IN A BLACK DRESS) The Hollies 15800

61 43 28 7 GIVE ME A BREAK STOP NOW REOL 102200
62 NEW 62 1 SYMPHONY Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson 7400
63 66 63 3 HYPNOTISED Coldplay 20400
64 57 4 24 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 696400
65 NEW 65 1 CIAO ADIOS Anne-Marie 7000
66 69 66 4 SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE Soft Cell 23600
67 68 67 2 REMEMBER ME Jennifer Hudson 13000
68 NEW 68 1 RUN THROUGH THE JUNGLE Creedence Clearwater Revival 6400
69 54 4 13 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 355250
70 NEW 70 1 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 6000

71 NEW 71 1 BARTENDER James Blunt 5800
72 NEW 72 1 DEAR ADELAIDE Breanne Duren 5600
73 NEW 73 1 MAMA NEVER TOLD ME Sister Sledge 5400
74 NEW 74 1 NIRVANA Ryder 5200
75 NEW 75 1 NO PARTICULAR PLACE TO GO Chuck Berry 5000

DROP OUTS
45 14 8 FUN Blondie 144000
48 8 12 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 322000
53 5 10 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 298150
55 34 5 SHOW YOU THE WAY Thundercat featuring Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins 71000
58 7 12 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 335200
62 62 4 PINNACLE Tone Damli 25700
63 50 3 BEYOND MEMORY Nina 29800
65 23 6 PAPER GAMES Kaneholler 86250
67 67 2 HIGHS AND LOWS Emeli Sande 12800
72 48 6 DO IT AGAIN SOLDOUT featuring GOOSE 46900
74 26 5 A KIND OF LOVE Marc Almond 72850

 

The Real Thing at Canvas, Bournemouth 17th March 2016

This was fab night out from the energetic band, working hard to get the crowd of mostly 40-somethings and 50-somethings dancing and cheering in a terrific venue setting (the former Bumbles). Liverpool lads all, Chris Amoo still handled the lead vocals well, assisted by main-audience communicator and brother Eddie Amoo and Dave Smith. Now into year 44 of their career, I was there for the first single I recall Vicious Circle (I feel sure it was first played on Fluff Freeman’s show in 1972) though obviously all the tracks performed stuck with the late 70’s golden disco soul period, including that trio of crowd-pleasers You To Me Are Everything, Can’t By Without You, and Can You Feel The Force. They did a handful of lesser hits, and with a great backing band, funktastic, and a fab soul lead from eddie for Children Of The Ghetto, but also kept the party moving fast with a number of 70’s disco covers.

While I would have liked to hear a few of the missing minor hits and some early stuff, it wasn’t really about that, it as about having a fun time, and they went down fabulously, energy-levels for 60-somethings (as I approach the big 6-0 myself) pretty impressive. The last time I caught them, it was backstage at the Radio One roadshow in 1986 as they were going through a remixed hit revival and I was appearing as a contestant on Mike Read’s Pop Quiz on the actual radio – he took the piss out of my jumper, and I won a mug and sweatshirt, but I managed to get some sneaky pics of The Real Thing from the back of the stage. Got some new ones now, too! If you get the chance, go to see them, it’s a great retro night out.

My February 1967 Retro Charts

5th Feb 1967

Cat Stevens songs at 2 and 6, a childhood fave song and band in at 11 (Herman’s Hermits) and a so classic happy pop song from The Turtles, the cool side of 60’s pop.

1 ( 2 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
2 ( 1 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
3 ( 3 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
4 ( 7 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
5 ( 8 ) STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE The Four Tops
6 ( 19 ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes
7 ( 5 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
8 ( 6 ) GEORGY GIRL The Seekers
9 ( 13 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
10 ( 10 ) RUBY TUESDAY The Rolling Stones

11 ( NEW ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
12 ( 27 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
13 ( 4 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
14 ( 9 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
15 ( 22 ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
16 ( 11 ) SUGAR TOWN Nancy Sinatra
17 ( 28 ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas
18 ( 21 ) IT TAKES TWO Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
19 ( NEW ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
20 ( 23 ) DEADLIER THAN THE MALE The Walker Brothers

21 ( 33 ) I’M A MAN The Spencer Davis Group
22 ( 12 ) (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees
23 ( NEW ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Dusty Springfield
24 ( 14 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
25 ( 25 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James & The Shondells
26 ( 26 ) SHE The Monkees
27 ( 29 ) I DON’T NEED ANYTHING Sandie Shaw
28 ( 15 ) I FEEL FREE Cream
29 ( 18 ) I’VE PASSED THIS WAY BEFORE Jimmy Ruffin
30 ( 39 ) PEEK-A-BOO The New Vaudeville Band

31 ( 17 ) I’VE BEEN A BAD BAD BOY Paul Jones
32 ( 16 ) NIGHT OF FEAR The Move
33 ( 24 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON The Supremes
34 ( 30 ) THEN YOU CAN TELL ME GOODBYE The Casinos
35 ( 20 ) (I KNOW) I’M LOSING YOU The Temptations
36 ( 36 ) CALIFORNIA NIGHTS Lesley Gore
37 ( NEW ) STAY WITH ME BABY The Walker Brothers
38 ( NEW ) MELLOW YELLOW Donovan
39 ( 42 ) YOU GOT TO ME Neil Diamond
40 ( 45 ) I’M GONNA MISS YOU The Artistics

41 ( 43 ) YOUR AUNTIE GRIZELDA The Monkees
42 ( 34 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND The Easybeats
43 ( 35 ) GOOD VIBRATIONS The Beach Boys
44 ( 32 ) BABY I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Johnny Rivers
45 ( 56 ) IT’S NOW WINTER’S DAY Tommy Roe
46 ( 37 ) WE AIN’T GOT NOTHIN’ YET The Blues Magoos
47 ( 48 ) RELEASE ME Engelbert Humperdinck
48 ( 54 ) HARD LOVIN’ Guy Darrell
49 ( 51 ) LOOK OUT (HERE COMES TOMORROW) The Monkees
50 ( 52 ) 96 TEARS Big Maybelle

51 ( 31 ) 98.6 Keith
52 ( 44 ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin
53 ( 59 ) SUNDAY MORNING The Velvet Underground & Nico
54 ( 57 ) SO YOU WANNA BE A ROCK’N’ROLL STAR The Byrds
55 ( 47 ) GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME Tom Jones
56 ( 38 ) WORDS OF LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
57 ( 41 ) HEY JOE The Jimi Hendrix Experience
58 ( 40 ) IT MAY BE WINTER OUTSIDE (BUT IN MY HEART IT’S SPRING) Felice Taylor
59 ( 46 ) HAPPY JACK The Who
60 ( 65 ) THE LITTLE BLACK EGG The Nightcrawlers

61 ( 49 ) THE BEAT GOES ON Sonny & Cher
62 ( 55 ) KIND OF A DRAG The Buckinghams
63 ( 53 ) I’VE BEEN LONELY TOO LONG The Young Rascals
64 ( 62 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE The Four Tops
65 ( NEW ) I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM LAST NIGHT The Electric Prunes
66 ( 58 ) WHAT WOULD I BE Val Doonican
67 ( NEW ) JUST BE SINCERE Jackie Wilson
68 ( 63 ) DISTANT DRUMS Jim Reeves
69 ( NEW ) EDELWEISS Vince Hill
70 ( 67 ) KNOCK ON WOOD Eddie Floyd

71 ( 50 ) JUST ONE SMILE Gene Pitney
72 ( NEW ) GIRLS ARE OUT TO GET YOU The Fascinations
73 ( 68 ) LET’S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER The Rolling Stones
74 ( 69 ) BABY WHAT I MEAN The Drifters
75 ( NEW ) PUCKER UP BUTTERCUP Junior Walker & The All-Stars

 

12th Feb 1967

The Monkees utterly dominated my music taste, TV watching, and also again in 1974 when I bought albums. It’s only fair they dominate my chart, not to mention the cover-version of She by Del Shannon)

Cat Stevens has 2 in the top 5 with the Trems moving up, and the Mamas & Papas is a genuinely great lost single-that-should-have-been that I loved back in ’74 too. The Turtles were fabulous, and are still, I adored Hermans Hermits as a kid, Buffalo Springfield is one I discovered in the 80’s, and fantastic it is too. Spencer Davis’ version of I’m A Man is better than the version I knew better (Chicago).

Loved The Fifth Dimension in the 60’s and early 70’s, used to watch them on the Ed Sullivan Show in Singapore in 69-71 (my TV viewing was heavily American), and Dusty is pure perfection, greatest singer of all-time for me. That means the Stones have to fall! Johnny Rivers is one I discovered on oldies Florida radio in the 90’s, Tommy Roe’s is brand new to me! Bear in mind, the first single I ever bought was Dizzy, the first CD album I ever bought was Tommy Roe’s Greatest Hits and I’ve seen him in concert so it’s fab to discover an unknown sweet gem.

The Nightcrawlers has a riff to die for, The Mar-Kays brings back memories of Bottom, a fab comedy, and 2 60’s faves from the Hollies and Harpers Bizarre enter lower down, held down by the sheer volume of stuff I’m loving as I rediscover and discover stuff from 50 years ago!

1 ( 1 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
2 ( 2 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
3 ( 4 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
4 ( 3 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
5 ( 6 ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes
6 ( 17 ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas
7 ( 19 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
8 ( 11 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
9 ( 9 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
10 ( 21 ) I’M A MAN The Spencer Davis Group

11 ( 15 ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
12 ( 12 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
13 ( 23 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Dusty Springfield
14 ( 5 ) STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE The Four Tops
15 ( 8 ) GEORGY GIRL The Seekers
16 ( 20 ) DEADLIER THAN THE MALE The Walker Brothers
17 ( 10 ) RUBY TUESDAY The Rolling Stones
18 ( 30 ) PEEK-A-BOO The New Vaudeville Band
19 ( 26 ) SHE The Monkees
20 ( 7 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame

21 ( 14 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
22 ( 16 ) SUGAR TOWN Nancy Sinatra
23 ( 27 ) I DON’T NEED ANYTHING Sandie Shaw
24 ( 22 ) (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees
25 ( 25 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James & The Shondells
26 ( 18 ) IT TAKES TWO Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
27 ( 13 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
28 ( 37 ) STAY WITH ME BABY The Walker Brothers
29 ( 44 ) BABY I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Johnny Rivers
30 ( 45 ) IT’S NOW WINTER’S DAY Tommy Roe

31 ( 24 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
32 ( 29 ) I’VE PASSED THIS WAY BEFORE Jimmy Ruffin
33 ( 41 ) YOUR AUNTIE GRIZELDA The Monkees
34 ( 38 ) MELLOW YELLOW Donovan
35 ( 39 ) YOU GOT TO ME Neil Diamond
36 ( 40 ) I’M GONNA MISS YOU The Artistics
37 ( 48 ) HARD LOVIN’ Guy Darrell
38 ( 50 ) 96 TEARS Big Maybelle
39 ( 46 ) WE AIN’T GOT NOTHIN’ YET The Blues Magoos
40 ( 60 ) THE LITTLE BLACK EGG The Nightcrawlers

41 ( 33 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON The Supremes
42 ( 28 ) I FEEL FREE Cream
43 ( 36 ) CALIFORNIA NIGHTS Lesley Gore
44 ( 54 ) SO YOU WANNA BE A ROCK’N’ROLL STAR The Byrds
45 ( NEW ) LAST NIGHT The Mar-Keys
46 ( 47 ) RELEASE ME Engelbert Humperdinck
47 ( 49 ) LOOK OUT (HERE COMES TOMORROW) The Monkees
48 ( 34 ) THEN YOU CAN TELL ME GOODBYE The Casinos
49 ( 43 ) GOOD VIBRATIONS The Beach Boys
50 ( 42 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND The Easybeats

51 ( 32 ) NIGHT OF FEAR The Move
52 ( NEW ) ON A CAROUSEL The Hollies
53 ( 53 ) SUNDAY MORNING The Velvet Underground & Nico
54 ( NEW ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
55 ( 31 ) I’VE BEEN A BAD BAD BOY Paul Jones
56 ( 63 ) I’VE BEEN LONELY TOO LONG The Young Rascals
57 ( 35 ) (I KNOW) I’M LOSING YOU The Temptations
58 ( 52 ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin
59 ( 51 ) 98.6 Keith
60 ( 65 ) I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM LAST NIGHT The Electric Prunes

61 ( 55 ) GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME Tom Jones
62 ( 58 ) IT MAY BE WINTER OUTSIDE (BUT IN MY HEART IT’S SPRING) Felice Taylor
63 ( 67 ) JUST BE SINCERE Jackie Wilson
64 ( 57 ) HEY JOE The Jimi Hendrix Experience
65 ( 56 ) WORDS OF LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
66 ( 69 ) EDELWEISS Vince Hill
67 ( 64 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE The Four Tops
68 ( 70 ) KNOCK ON WOOD Eddie Floyd
69 ( NEW ) DETROIT CITY Tom Jones
70 ( 72 ) GIRLS ARE OUT TO GET YOU The Fascinations

71 ( RE ) TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS Otis Redding
72 ( 61 ) THE BEAT GOES ON Sonny & Cher
73 ( 74 ) BABY WHAT I MEAN The Drifters
74 ( NEW ) GONNA GET ALONG WITHOUT YA NOW Trini Lopez
75 ( NEW ) SHE Del Shannon

 

19th Feb 1967

The only group that could top The Monkees at the time enter at 1, with the song that got all the airplay at the time. Penny Lane was very famous and Strawberry Fields wasn’t – to be honest I didnt get to hear it at all until the early 70’s, and didnt get to love it properly until I bought the Blue Album in 1975. So it’s proper that Penny Lane should grab the top spot first off, as it did in America.

1 ( NEW ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
2 ( 3 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
3 ( 1 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
4 ( 2 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
5 ( 7 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
6 ( 6 ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas
7 ( 4 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
8 ( 8 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
9 ( 11 ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
10 ( 12 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension

11 ( 5 ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes
12 ( 13 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Dusty Springfield
13 ( 9 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
14 ( NEW ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
15 ( 10 ) I’M A MAN The Spencer Davis Group
16 ( 19 ) SHE The Monkees
17 ( 18 ) PEEK-A-BOO The New Vaudeville Band
18 ( 28 ) STAY WITH ME BABY The Walker Brothers
19 ( 33 ) MELLOW YELLOW Donovan
20 ( 23 ) I DON’T NEED ANYTHING Sandie Shaw

21 ( 17 ) RUBY TUESDAY The Rolling Stones
22 ( 15 ) GEORGY GIRL The Seekers
23 ( 30 ) IT’S NOW WINTER’S DAY Tommy Roe
24 ( 39 ) THE LITTLE BLACK EGG The Nightcrawlers
25 ( 32 ) YOUR AUNTIE GRIZELDA The Monkees
26 ( 21 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey
27 ( 22 ) SUGAR TOWN Nancy Sinatra
28 ( 20 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
29 ( 14 ) STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE The Four Tops
30 ( 16 ) DEADLIER THAN THE MALE The Walker Brothers

31 ( 24 ) (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees
32 ( 35 ) I’M GONNA MISS YOU The Artistics
33 ( 37 ) 96 TEARS Big Maybelle
34 ( 36 ) HARD LOVIN’ Guy Darrell
35 ( 54 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
36 ( 31 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
37 ( 27 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
38 ( 25 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James & The Shondells
39 ( 34 ) YOU GOT TO ME Neil Diamond
40 ( 26 ) IT TAKES TWO Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston

41 ( 45 ) LAST NIGHT The Mar-Keys
42 ( 52 ) ON A CAROUSEL The Hollies
43 ( 29 ) BABY I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Johnny Rivers
44 ( 44 ) SO YOU WANNA BE A ROCK’N’ROLL STAR The Byrds
45 ( 47 ) LOOK OUT (HERE COMES TOMORROW) The Monkees
46 ( 40 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON The Supremes
47 ( 41 ) I FEEL FREE Cream
48 ( 32 ) I’VE PASSED THIS WAY BEFORE Jimmy Ruffin
49 ( 60 ) I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM LAST NIGHT The Electric Prunes
50 ( 63 ) JUST BE SINCERE Jackie Wilson

51 ( 38 ) WE AIN’T GOT NOTHIN’ YET The Blues Magoos
52 ( 42 ) CALIFORNIA NIGHTS Lesley Gore
53 ( 49 ) GOOD VIBRATIONS The Beach Boys
54 ( NEW ) I’LL TRY ANYTHING Dusty Springfield
55 ( 56 ) I’VE BEEN LONELY TOO LONG The Young Rascals
56 ( 50 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND The Easybeats
57 ( 48 ) THEN YOU CAN TELL ME GOODBYE The Casinos
58 ( 46 ) RELEASE ME Engelbert Humperdinck
59 ( 55 ) I’VE BEEN A BAD BAD BOY Paul Jones
60 ( 70 ) GIRLS ARE OUT TO GET YOU The Fascinations

61 ( 51 ) NIGHT OF FEAR The Move
62 ( 53 ) SUNDAY MORNING The Velvet Underground & Nico
63 ( 58 ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin
64 ( 66 ) EDELWEISS Vince Hill
65 ( 68 ) KNOCK ON WOOD Eddie Floyd
66 ( NEW ) (IN THE) COLD LIGHT OF DAY Gene Pitney
67 ( RE ) PUCKER UP BUTTERCUP Junior Walker & The All-Stars
68 ( 61 ) GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME Tom Jones
69 ( 69 ) DETROIT CITY Tom Jones
70 ( NEW ) THE LOVE I SAW IN YOU WAS JUST A MIRAGE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

71 ( 59 ) 98.6 Keith
72 ( 67 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE The Four Tops
73 ( NEW ) HOLD ON I’M COMING Chuck Jackson & Maxine Brown
74 ( NEW ) AL CAPONE Prince Buster
75 ( NEW ) THIS IS MY SONG Harry Secombe

 

26th Feb 1967

A second week on top for The Beatles’ Penny Lane, which is pretty much what I loved at the time, just ahead of the track I loved most of all in 1967 and the years afterwards, in at 2 for The Mamas & The Papas’ Dedicated…, a cover version appropriately as they get covered at 10, and replace themselves in my top 10 with a single that should have been.

So many new entries, most of the high entries from tracks I loved at the time, bar Brenda & The Tabulations which is new to me and is fab. I came across my mid-70’s rates (I compiled my top 100’s of each year from 1964 onwards based on the NME book of top 20 singles) and some tracks like Petula, Herman’s Hermits, and the dropping-out Edelweiss were way higher in my love in those days. The Vince Hill song is not a patch on The Sound Of Music original though, which I still love.

Elsewhere a pre-Monkees Micky Dolenz pops in, along with a bunch of US minor hits and some flops. One of the songs is very famous now though!

1 ( 1 ) PENNY LANE The Beatles
2 ( NEW ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE The Mamas & The Papas
3 ( 3 ) LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE The Monkees
4 ( 2 ) LOVE IS HERE AND NOW YOU’RE GONE The Supremes
5 ( 14 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
6 ( 4 ) MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens
7 ( 9 ) THIS IS MY SONG Petula Clark
8 ( 5 ) HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles
9 ( 10 ) GO WHERE YOU WANNA GO The Fifth Dimension
10 ( 12 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Dusty Springfield

11 ( 8 ) THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH Herman’s Hermits
12 ( 18 ) STAY WITH ME BABY The Walker Brothers
13 ( 7 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
14 ( 6 ) TRIP, STUMBLE AND FALL The Mamas & The Papas
15 ( 11 ) HERE COMES MY BABY The Tremeloes
16 ( 19 ) MELLOW YELLOW Donovan
17 ( NEW ) JIMMY MACK Martha & The Vandellas
18 ( NEW ) DRY YOUR EYES Brenda & The Tabulations
19 ( 16 ) SHE The Monkees
20 ( NEW ) SIMON SMITH AND HIS AMAZING DANCING BEAR The Alan Price Set

21 ( 13 ) FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield
22 ( NEW ) BEGGIN’ The Four Seasons
23 ( 17 ) PEEK-A-BOO The New Vaudeville Band
24 ( NEW ) I WAS KAISER BILL’S BATMAN Whistling Jack Smith
25 ( 23 ) IT’S NOW WINTER’S DAY Tommy Roe
26 ( 21 ) RUBY TUESDAY The Rolling Stones
27 ( 15 ) I’M A MAN The Spencer Davis Group
28 ( 22 ) GEORGY GIRL The Seekers
29 ( 35 ) THE 59TH BRIDGE STREET SONG (FEELIN’ GROOVY) Harpers Bizarre
30 ( 26 ) SINGLE GIRL Sandy Posey

31 ( 24 ) THE LITTLE BLACK EGG The Nightcrawlers
32 ( 41 ) LAST NIGHT The Mar-Keys
33 ( 28 ) SITTING IN THE PARK Georgie Fame
34 ( 27 ) SUGAR TOWN Nancy Sinatra
35 ( 66 ) (IN THE) COLD LIGHT OF DAY Gene Pitney
36 ( 42 ) ON A CAROUSEL The Hollies
37 ( 31 ) (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees
38 ( 25 ) YOUR AUNTIE GRIZELDA The Monkees
39 ( 20 ) I DON’T NEED ANYTHING Sandie Shaw
40 ( 36 ) SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood

41 ( 30 ) DEADLIER THAN THE MALE The Walker Brothers
42 ( 33 ) 96 TEARS Big Maybelle
43 ( 34 ) HARD LOVIN’ Guy Darrell
44 ( 45 ) LOOK OUT (HERE COMES TOMORROW) The Monkees
45 ( 37 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
46 ( 29 ) STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE The Four Tops
47 ( 49 ) I HAD TOO MUCH TO DREAM LAST NIGHT The Electric Prunes
48 ( 32 ) I’M GONNA MISS YOU The Artistics
49 ( 50 ) JUST BE SINCERE Jackie Wilson
50 ( 46 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON The Supremes

51 ( 40 ) IT TAKES TWO Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
52 ( 54 ) I’LL TRY ANYTHING Dusty Springfield
53 ( 38 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James & The Shondells
54 ( 69 ) DETROIT CITY Tom Jones
55 ( 60 ) GIRLS ARE OUT TO GET YOU The Fascinations
56 ( 47 ) I FEEL FREE Cream
57 ( 53 ) GOOD VIBRATIONS The Beach Boys
58 ( 43 ) BABY I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Johnny Rivers
59 ( 39 ) YOU GOT TO ME Neil Diamond
60 ( 70 ) THE LOVE I SAW IN YOU WAS JUST A MIRAGE Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

61 ( 44 ) SO YOU WANNA BE A ROCK’N’ROLL STAR The Byrds
62 ( 48 ) I’VE PASSED THIS WAY BEFORE Jimmy Ruffin
63 ( NEW ) WESTERN UNION The Five Americans
64 ( NEW ) SPICKS AND SPECKS The Bee Gees
65 ( 67 ) PUCKER UP BUTTERCUP Junior Walker & The All-Stars
66 ( NEW ) DON’T DO IT Micky Dolenz
67 ( 56 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND The Easybeats
68 ( NEW ) THE TIDE IS HIGH The Paragons
69 ( NEW ) KEEP IT OUT OF SIGHT Paul & Barry Ryan
70 ( 52 ) CALIFORNIA NIGHTS Lesley Gore

71 ( NEW ) THE HUNTER GETS CAPTURED BY THE GAME The Marvelettes
72 ( NEW ) LET’S FALL IN LOVE Peaches and Herb
73 ( 63 ) WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED Jimmy Ruffin
74 ( NEW ) THE DARK END OF THE STREET James Carr
75 ( NEW ) I NEVER LOVED A MAN (THE WAY I LOVED YOU) Aretha Franklin