My Weekly Charts of 1987 – 25 Years Ago stroll down memory lane

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DEC 6th 1987

1. (–) HELLO GOODBYE – the Beatles
2. (1) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL – Michael Jackson
3. (3) LITTLE LIES – Fleetwood Mac
4. (2) YOU WIN AGAIN – Bee Gees
5. (6) ALWAYS ON MY MIND – Pet Shop Boys
6. (4) CRITICISE – Alexander O’Neal
7. (10) LETTR FROM AMERICA – The Proclaimers
8. (12) WHO FOUND WHO – Jellybean/ Elisa Fiorello
9. (55) LET ME BE THE ONE (REMIX) – Expose
10. (27) LOVE LETTERS – Alison Moyet

11. (–) SHAME – Eurythmics
12. (8) BAD – Michael Jackson
13. (16) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE – Cutting Crew
14. (7) KID – The Pretenders
15. (20) ONCE UPON A LONG AGO – Paul McCartney
16. (42) DEVIL’S BALL – Double
17. (–) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE – Nat ‘King’ Cole
18. (24) I COULD NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR AMN – Prince
19. (26) SATELLITE – The Hooters
20. (5) MONY MONY (HUNG LIKE A PONY REMIX) – Billy Idol

21. (9) CHINA IN YOUR HAND – T’Pau
22. (11) PAID IN FULL – eric B & Rakim
23. (38) THE ONE I LOVE – REM
24. (13) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE – Labi Siffre
25. (15) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN – Donna Summer
26. (22) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) – Pet Shop Boys/Dusty Springfield
27. (25) SUGAR SUGAR – The Archies
28. (75) ESP – The Bee Gees
29. (44) TO BE REBORN – Boy George
30. (30) I WANT TO BE YOUR PROPERTY – Blue Mercedes

31. (14) I’VE HAD THE TIME OF MY LIFE – Bill Medley & Jennifer warnes
32. (17) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU – George Harrison
33. (–) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK – The Pogues/ Kirsty Maccoll
34. (36) I WON’T CRY – Glen Goldsmith
35. (23) RENT – Pet Shop Boys
36. (–) ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE – Mel (Smith) & Kim (Wilde)
37. (37) FAMILY MAN – Fleetwood Mac
38. (28) I FOUND SOMEONE – Cher
39. (39) TURN BACK THE CLOCK – Johnny Hates Jazz
40. (71) THE LOOK OF LOVE – Madonna

Dropping out songs from Barry White, Donny Osmond, ABC, Whitesnake, Maxi Priest, Voice of the Beehive, Bananarama, MARRS, Sly & Family Stone & Housemartins, in what is a very volatile chart sparked as always by the pre-xmas rush of singles releases.

Oldies from The Beatles getting the number one deserved but never had (because it missed the start of my charts by 9 months) and Nat King Cole. The ultimate Christmas favourite debuts at a modest 33 – and eventually went on to hit number one during one of it’s many many chart re-entries. Quite a few of these were inspired by the holiday in California in September (listening to USA radio), and a lot were just never UK hits anyway, so no room for UK big hits at the time from Communards, Whitney, Astley & others.

 

 

Here’s an October 18th 1987 chart…Note a key track from MARRS which influenced pop music to come.

1. (2) YOU WIN AGAIN – Bee Gees
2. (3) LITTLE LIES – Fleetwood Mac
3. (1) BAD – Michael jackson
4. (4) PUMP UP THE VOLUME – M/A/R/R/S
5. (5) HOLIDAY – The Other Ones
6. (10) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) – Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
7. (18) THIS CORROSION – Sisters Of Mercy
8. (15) CROCKETT’S THEME – Jan Hammer
9. (14) RENT – Pet Shop Boys
10.(12) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT – The Christians

11.(8) I NEED LOVE – LL Cool J
12.(27)MONY MONY (DANCE VERSION/LIVE VERSION) – Billy Idol
13.(13)COME SEE ABOUT ME – Shakin’ Stevens
14.(11)SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS REMIX) – The Archies
15.(6) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC – Gary Numan/ Tubeway Army
16.(16)MY BAG – Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
17.(7) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE – ABC
18.(9) FAMILY AFFAIR EP – Sly & The Family Stone
19.(28)ONLY IN MY DREAMS – Debbie Gibson
20.(56)BEETHOVEN (I LOVE TO LISTEN TO) – Eurythmics

21.(29)IT’S OVER – Level 42
22.(22)LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING – Climie Fisher
23.(17)SOME PEOPLE – Cliff Richard
24.(20)HEART AND SOUL – T’Pau
25.(25)(I’VE HAD) THE TIME OF MY LIFE – Bill Medley & jennifer Warnes
26.(53)FAITH – George Michael
27.(49)THE REAL THING – Jellybean/ Steven dante
28.(23)LOVE POWER – Dionne warwick/ Jeffrey Osbourne
29.(19)LET ME BE THE ONE – Expose
30.(32)I HEARD A RUMOUR – Bananarama

31.(33)LOST IN EMOTION – Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
32.(24)SILVERMAC – Westworld
33.(35)I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW – Tiffany
34.(54)I FOUND LOVIN’ – Fatback Band
35.(38)WHO WILL YOU RUN TO – Heart
36.(21)HEY MATTHEW – Karel Fialka
37.(–)JUST LIKE HEAVEN – The Cure
38.(31)PAPER IN FIRE – John Cougar Mellencamp
39.(–)SKELETONS – Stevie Wonder
40.(45)WALK THE DINOSAUR – Was (Not Was)

what a great chart full of UK/US hits of the time, so many that great records just outside the Top 40 included INXS, UB40, Donna Summer, Bryan Ferry, George Harrison, Miami Sound Machine, Bruce Springsteen….

Time for a 1987 update: 25 years ago this week I went to the American Southwest, hired a car, motels, and did LA to SF via Vegas/Yosemite and much en route. I heard lots of exciting American pop hits and they joined together  with all the UK chart hits in Top 75, so lots of competing for position. These were the best 40…

September 1st 1987

1. (1) What Have I Done (To Deserve This) – Pet Shop Boys/Dusty Springfield

2. (2) Sugar Sugar (The Candyfloss Remix) – The Archies

3. (5) Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley

4. (6) Heart And Soul – T’Pau

5. (4) Bridge To Your Heart – Wax (aka Andrew Gold/Graham Gouldman)

6. (3) I Just Can’t Stop Loving You – Michael Jackson/ Siedah Garrett

7. (10) U Got The Look – Prince/ Sheena Easton

8. (8) I Heard A Rumour – Bananarama

9. (18) If I Can Dream/Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley

10. (13) Love Power – Dionne Warwicke/Jeffrey Osbourne

11. (7) True Faith – New Order

12. (17) Never Let Me Down – David Bowie

13. (19) Wipeout – The fat Boys/ The Beach Boys

14. (24) Wonderful Life – Black

15. (9) If There Was A Man – Pretenders (For 007)

16. (16) The Motive – Then Jericho

17. (12) Alone – Heart

18. (27) Hey Matthew – Karel Fialka

19. (14) Spy In The House Of Love – Was (Not Was)

20. (23) Love Changes Everything – Climie Fisher

21. (11) Animal – Def Leppard

22. (28) What Time Is It – The Kane Gang

23. (33) Crazy – Icehouse

24. (21) Papa Was A Rolling Stone ’87 – The Temptations

25. (30) Happy When It rains – Jesus And Mary Chain

26. (20) Who’s That Girl – Madonna

27. (35) Paper In Fire – John Cougar Mellencamp

28. (40) I Need Love – LL Cool J

29. (22) Girlfriend In A Como – The Smiths

30. (15) Roadblock – Stock Aitken & Waterman

31. (39) I’m In It For Love – Donny Osmond

32. (38) Sweet Little Mystery – Wet Wet Wet

33. (25) All You Need Is Love – The Beatles

34. (29) It’s A Sin – Pet Shop Boys

35. (–) Little Lies – Fleetwood Mac

36. (32) Say You Really Want Me – Kim Wilde

37. (44) Hourglass – Squeeze

38. (34) I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2

39. (75) The Night You Murdered Love – ABC

40. (43) Only In My Dreams – Debbie Gibson

Some classics in there, including some reissued classics!

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OK What was I loving this week, in 1987? Well, omitting the oldies (there were a few remixes and oldies in the BBC UK charts, like the Temptations, Beatles, Millie which i rated, but really date from previous decades) These were the 40 top tunes of…

July 28th 1987 (previous week chart position in brackets)

1. (1) Who’s That Girl – Madonna

2. (10) Heart And Soul – T’Pau

3. (3) Alone – Heart

4. (4) I Heard A Rumour – Bananarama

5. (2) It’s A Sin – Pet Shop Boys

6. (6) Sold – Boy George

7. (19) Change – David Grant

8. (8) Jive Talkin’ – Boogie Box High

9. (5) Sweetest Smile – Black

10. (15) Always – Atlantic Starr

11. (29) Bridge To Your Heart – Wax

12. (48) Animal – Def Leppard

13. (12) I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2

14. (25) Chenko (Tenko-Io) Remix – Red Box

15. (9) Time Will Crawl – David Bowie

16. (–) I Just Can’t Stop Loving You – Michael jackson/Siedah Garrett

17. (7) Sweet Sixteen – Billy idol

18. (11) Wishing Well – terence Trent D’Arby

19. (21) Hooverville – The Christians

20. (13) Diamonds – Herb Alpert/ Janet Jackson

21. (33) Songbird – Kenny G

22. (14) Misfit – Curiosity Killed The Cat

23. (28) Wots It To ya – Robbie Nevil

24. (16) Seven Wonders – Fleetwood Mac

25. (18) FLM – Mel & kim

26. (30) First We take Manhattan – Jennifer Warnes

27. (35) La Bamba – Los Bravos

28. (60) True Faith – New Order

29. (17) The Living daylights – aha

30. (36) Labour Of Love – Hue & cry

31. (34) A matter Of trust – Billy Joel

32. (46) Roadblock – Stock Aitken & waterman

33. (–) Dragnet – art Of Noise

34. (23) If I Was Your Girlfriend – prince

35. (20) The Pleasure Principle – Janet jackson

36. (31) Just Don’t wanna Be Lonely – Freddie McGregor

37. (26) When Smokey Sings – ABC

38. (43) Spy In The House Of Love – Was (Not was)

39. (40) Is This Love – Whitesnake

40. (47) Personal Touch – Errol Brown

The Eighties Best-Selling 20 Singles Of The UK (and 100 of my own)

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Yes, Magic Kingdom, Disney World as the 80’s passed into the 90’s

There are now 24 80’s million sellers, as many tracks remain popular on downloads and streaming – this chart is still based on paid-for sales though, not streaming “sales-equivalent”, so the likes of a quarter-of-a-million stream-equivalent sales for Billie-Jean don’t matter here as Jacko has still only sold around 850,000 in paid sales, with the nearest track to miss out being Lionel Ritchie’s Hello. It may be a few years before we get another 80’s million-seller though, as none are that close (970,000 at best).

There are, however, 4 new tracks since the last list 6 years ago, headed as expected by a Christmas perennial – The Pogues is once again in the UK top 5 this Christmas week 2018, and just sells every year regardless. Hence it is already the 14th best-seller. It may eventually overhaul the still-selling Blue Monday, but there’s a huge gap of 120,000 sales to overhaul Tainted Love, so it may be a while to go any higher!

The loss of George Michael and Christmas has boosted him and Wham!, while the Rocku movie popularity just keeps Survivor selling very well, now top 5 from not even a million-seller prior to downloads. Stevie Wonder is 120,000 ahead, so that’s a bit of an ask for a non-christmas track. Journey enter at 16 with a huge 21st century monster anthem – almost all it’s sales are from this century, as it was a minor UK hit that remained largely unknown until Glee, movies, and TV brought it into the mainstream. It was, of course, big in the USA in the 80’s, though. Red Red Wine is another steady seller for UB40, giving Neil Diamond a song if not an actual record in the million-sellers lists. Finally, Rick Astley has made a comeback as an artist, and a rick-rollin’ internet fame-driven kitsch-tinged boost in sales for Never Gonna Give You Up, and a well-deserved new entry for a great pop record.

 

1 ( 1 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? BAND AID 1 1984
2 ( 2 ) RELAX FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD 1 1983
3 ( 4 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS WHAM! 2 1984
4 ( 3 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU STEVIE WONDER 1 1984
5 ( 8 ) EYE OF THE TIGER SURVIVOR 1 1982
6 ( 6 ) DON’T YOU WANT ME? HUMAN LEAGUE 1 1981
7 ( 5 ) TWO TRIBES FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD 1 1984
8 ( 9 ) CARELESS WHISPER GEORGE MICHAEL 1 1984
9 ( 7 ) KARMA CHAMELEON CULTURE CLUB 1 1983
10 ( 10 ) THE POWER OF LOVE JENNIFER RUSH 1 1985
11 ( 11 ) COME ON EILEEN DEXY’S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS 1 1982
12 ( 12 ) TAINTED LOVE SOFT CELL 1 1981
13 ( 13 ) BLUE MONDAY NEW ORDER 3 1983
14 ( NEW ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK POGUES FT KIRSTY MACCOLL 2 1987
15 ( 14 ) GHOSTBUSTERS RAY PARKER JR. 2 1984
16 ( NEW ) DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’ JOURNEY 6 1982
17 ( 15 ) RIDE ON TIME BLACK BOX 1 1989
18 ( 16 ) FAME IRENE CARA 1 1982
19 ( NEW ) RED RED WINE UB40 1 1983
20 ( 18 ) UPTOWN GIRL BILLY JOEL 1 1983
21 ( 17 ) STAND & DELIVER! ADAM AND THE ANTS 1 1981
22 ( 19 ) THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT TIGHT FIT 1 1982
23 ( 20 ) ESPECIALLY FOR YOU KYLIE MINOGUE & JASON DONOVAN 1 1988
24 ( NEW ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP RICK ASTLEY 1 1987

 

 

The 20 biggest sellers, actual confirmed sales up to July 2013 including downloads, all but no.20 million-sellers

1 DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid
2
RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
3 I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
4 LAST CHRISTMAS/ EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
5 TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
6 DON’T YOU WANT ME Human League
7 KARMA CHAMELEON Culture Club
8 EYE OF THE TIGER Survivor
9 CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
10 THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
11 COME ON EILEEN Dexy’s Midnight Runners
12 TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
13 BLUE MONDAY New Order
14 GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Jnr
15 RIDE ON TIME Black Box
16 FAME Irene Cara
17 STAND AND DELIVER Adam & The Ants
18 UPTOWN GIRL Billy Joel
19 THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT Tight Fit
20 ESPECIALLY FOR YOU Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan
and my 100 Best “Selling” (thats chart points from my charts since Dec 1979)
1 BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
2 LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
3 THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Abba
4 THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
5 WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/Dusty Springfield
6 RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
7 LET’S DANCE David Bowie
8 YOU WIN AGAIN Bee Gees
9 HUMAN Human League
10 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!

11 TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
12 WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
13 (JUST LIKE) STARTING OVER John Lennon
14 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
15 DRIVE Cars
16 BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
17 TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
18 SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
19 SACRIFICE Elton John
20 SUPERTROUPER Abba

21 THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
22  A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
23 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
24 ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
25 THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
26 MOONLIGHT SHADOW Mike Oldfield
27 A FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues/ Kirsty MacColl
28 ASHES TO ASHES David Bowie
29 HOLIDAY Madonna
30 ONE OF US Abba

31 HEART Pet Shop Boys
32 HEALING HANDS Elton John
33 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-Ha
34 LOVE ACTION (I BELIEVE IN LOVE) Human League
35 DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
36 IN THE AIR TONIGHT Phil Collins
37 CRY Godley & Creme
38 TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
39 BAD Michael Jackson
40 I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan

41 LAY ALL YOUR LOVE ON ME Abba
42 DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME Police
43 CAN YOU FEEL IT Jacksons
44 I’M STILL STANDING Elton John
45 I CAN’T GO FOR THAT (NO CAN DO) Daryl Hall & John Oates
46 IT MUST BE LOVE Madness
47 THERE SHE GOES La’s
48 YOU CAME Kim Wilde
49 VIENNA Ultravox
50 THE LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE Bucks Fizz

51 LOVE IS ALL THAT MATTERS Human League
52 ONE MORE TRY George Michael
53 YOUNG AT HEART Bluebells
54 COME ON EILEEN Dexy’s Midnight Runners
55 LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
56 XANADU ELO/Olivia Newton-John
57 NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
58 UNDER YOUR THUMB Godley & Creme
59 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES Pet Shop Boys
60 YOU USED TO Distant Cousins

61 BEING WITH YOU Smokey Robinson
62 CRYING Don McLean
63 ‘1999’ Prince
64 DON’T YOU WANT ME Human League
65 19″ Paul Hardcastle
66 RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
67 ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
68 OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
69 DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
70 SOUVENIR OMD

71 IT STARTED WITH A KISS Hot Chocolate
72 THE MAN IN THE MIRROR Michael Jackson
73 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
74 I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) George Michael/Aretha Franklin
75 MAD WORLD Tears For Fears
76 SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell/ Michael Jackson
77 CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
78 TRUE BLUE Madonna
79 ORDINARY LIVES Bee Gees
80 ATOMIC Blondie

81 MESSAGES OMD
82 WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
83 DOWN UNDER Men At Work
84 CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
85 YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
86 TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
87 THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
88 TRUE FAITH New Order
89 THE LOOK OF LOVE ABC
90 PARTY FEARS TWO Associates

91 HEAD OVER HEELS Abba
92 NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
93 E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
94 THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
95 MONKEY George Michael
96 DOMINO DANCING Pet Shop Boys
97 SWEET DREAMS (ARE MADE OF THIS) Eurythmics
98 OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
99 TROUBLE Lyndsey Buckingham
100 OUR LIPS ARE SEALED Fun Boy Three

The Best 100 of 1999

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These are the best 100 tracks from 1999, as seen from a decade on review of all music that hit the charts, or I bought then or since. The second row of figures is how they were rated by me at the time (based on chart performance in my own weekly charts), the difference between then and current ranking shows how they’ve fared with the passage of time… album tracks or ones I didnt notice at the time have “NEW” before the song title

 

1 4 YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE New Radicals
2 3 SUMMER SON Texas
3 7 LARGER THAN LIFE Backstreet Boys
4 18 TELL ME THE ANSWER Texas
5 157 NOT OVER YET ’99 Planet Perfecto/ Grace
6 11 WHEN WE ARE TOGETHER Texas
7 12 I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU WANT BUT I CAN’T GIVE IT ANYMORE Pet Shop Boys
8 21 SUN IS SHINING Bob Marley vs Funkstar De Luxe
9 6 THAT DON’T IMPRESS ME MUCH Shania Twain
10 14 UNPRETTY TLC

11 NEW FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys
12 19 ..BABY ONE MORE TIME Britney Spears
13 27 BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Madonna
14 24 SHE’S IN FASHION Suede
15 70 YOUR LIES Shelby Lynne
16 59 I WANT YOU BACK N’Sync
17 39 TEQUILA Terrorvision
18 13 YOU DON’T KNOW ME Armand Van Helden/ Duane Arden
19 35 PRETTY FLY (FOR A WHITE GUY) The Offspring
20 33 LIFE’S TOO SHORT The Lightning Seeds

21 9 IN A LIFETIME Texas
22 127 SHORLEY WALL Ooberman
23 34 STEAL MY SUNSHINE Len
24 15 GIVE IT TO YOU Jordan Knight
25 23 I WANT IT THAT WAY Backstreet Boys
26 37 ERASE/REWIND The Cardigans
27 38 GOIN’ DOWN Melanie C
28 25 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Fatboy Slim
29 58 KEEP ON MOVIN’ Five
30 20 DRINKING IN L.A. Bran Van 3000

31 80 S CLUB PARTY S Club 7
32 56 BAILAMOS Enrique Iglesias
33 31 I KNOW WHAT I’M HERE FOR James
34 91 BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE Tom Jones/ The Cardigans
35 123 DRIFTWOOD Travis
36 NEW IN DENIAL Pet Shop Boys/ Kylie Minogue
37 121 THE MASTERPLAN Oasis
38 40 PRAISE YOU Fatboy Slim
39 45 LIVING LA VIDA LOCA Ricky Martin
40 61 SHE Elvis Costello

41 22 STRONG Robbie Williams
42 99 LOVESTRUCK Madness
43 127 SING IT BACK Moloko
44 50 THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH Garbage
45 62 NEW YORK CITY BOY Pet Shop Boys
46 71 GODDESS ON A HIWAY Mercury Rev
47 65 EVERY MORNING Sugar Ray
48 66 AT THE RIVER Groove Armada
49 36 KISS ME Sixpence None The Richer
50 75 YOUR KISSES ARE CHARITY Culture Club

51 48 PERFECT MOMENT Martine McCutcheon
52 NEW CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys
53 197 GIVEN UP Mirrorball
54 54 IT’S NOT RIGHT BUT IT’S OK Whitney Houston
55 81 MARIA Blondie
56 93 BEST OF ME Bryan Adams
57 86 EVERYTHING MY HEART DESIRES Adam Ricketts
58 63 FLY AWAY Lenny Kravitz
59 165 SHE’S SO HIGH Tal Bachman
60 28 IF I COULD TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME R Kelly

61 88 COLD SHOULDER Culture Club
62 NEW DREAMSOME Shelby Lynne
63 30 MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE Whitney Houston
64 68 GENIE IN A BOTTLE Christina Aguilera
65 46 CANNED HEAT Jamiroquai
66 98 IT’S ONLY US Robbie Williams
67 78 SUNSHINE Gabrielle
68 49 TONITE Supercar
69 74 WHAT IT’S LIKE Everlast
70 357 CANTO DELLA TERRA Andrea Bocelli

71 128 WALK LIKE A PANTHER All Seeing I/ Tony Christie
72 88 STARMAN Culture Club
73 238 LEARN TO FLY Foo Fighters
74 116 SECRET SMILE Semisonic
75 NEW ZERO ZERO Texas
76 122 BRAND NEW DAY Sting
77 141 MOVIN’ Supergrass
78 47 DEAD FROM THE WAIST DOWN Catatonia
79 87 AS George Michael/ Mary J Blige
80 107 DISCO DOWN Shed 7

81 119 CRAZY Lucid
82 73 WHY DON’T YOU GET A JOB The Offspring
83 44 LULLABY Shawn Mullins
84 129 ALLSTAR Smashmouth
85 110 WHAT I AM Tin Tin Out/ Emma Bunton
86 41 HUMAN The Pretenders
87 NEW LOOKIN’ UP Shelby Lynne
88 85 NATIONAL EXPRESS The Divine Comedy
89 136 MADE IT BACK ’99 Beverley Knight
90 95 THERE’S YOUR TROUBLE Dixie Chicks

91 57 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO WEAR SUNSCREEN) Baz Luhrmann
92 163 YOU SHOULD BE DANCIN’ Blockster
93 328 WHY Glamma Kid
94 64 I TRY Macy Gray
95 77 YOU DRIVE ME CRAZY Britney Spears
96 90 THERE SHE GOES Sixpence None The Richer
97 111 WHY DOES IT ALWAYS RAIN ON ME Travis
98 300 I’VE GOT YOU Martine McCutcheon
99 214 MY BEAUTIFUL FRIEND The Charlatans
100 127 HERE COMES MY BABY The Mavericks

The Seventies Best-Selling 25 UK Singles

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me at the start of the 70’s

The updated Dec 2018 list, not including stream-based “sales”, just actual tracks people paid for. No changes in the top 10, Pink Floyd, Abba and Donna Summer are the top 20 tracks still selling well and going up over lesser tracks, while Elton & Kiki must have a karaoke appeal I guess, as they go up quite a few spots to 21. There are no new entries, but there are 4 70’s classics quite a way behind on sales, but doing well on streaming: How Deep Is Your Love (Bee Gees), My Sweet Lord (George Harrison), Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (John & Yoko making it 3 Beatles short of a Ringo Starr) and Maggie May (Rod Stewart). The Bee Gees are nearest in actual sales, but Maggie May is probably selling the fastest of the 4 – that said John & Yoko are back in the UK top 40 this week (the Christmas sales week) so trickle sales may get them over the line in a decade or so of downloads. The least streamed are Gary Glitter (no surprise!) and Eye Level, proving that once the TV show ends so does the interest in the theme tune – 187 sales-equivalent streams in total. Little Jimmy Osmond has over 10 times that, Dancing Queen over 10 times Little Jimmy Osmond totals, and Bohemian Rhapsody tops with 2.5 times those of Dancing Queen, with the others falling below 100,000 sales-equivalent bar Abba and Pink Floyd but more than the 1,000 miserable totals of Mull Of Kintyre. If ever a record was of it’s time….!

1 ( 1 ) BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY QUEEN 1 1975
2 ( 2 ) MULL OF KINTYRE/GIRLS’ SCHOOL WINGS 1 1977
3 ( 3 ) YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT JOHN TRAVOLTA & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN 1 1978
4 ( 4 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON/BROWN GIRL IN THE RING BONEY M 1 1978
5 ( 5 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD/OH MY LORD BONEY M 1 1978
6 ( 6 ) IMAGINE JOHN LENNON 1 1975
7 ( 7 ) SUMMER NIGHTS JOHN TRAVOLTA & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN 1 1978
8 ( 8 ) YMCA VILLAGE PEOPLE 1 1978
9 ( 9 ) (IS THIS THE WAY TO) AMARILLO TONY CHRISTIE 1 1971
10 ( 10 ) HEART OF GLASS BLONDIE 1 1979
11 ( 11 ) MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY SLADE 1 1973
12 ( 12 ) BRIGHT EYES ART GARFUNKEL 1 1979
13 ( 13 ) DON’T GIVE UP ON US DAVID SOUL 1 1976
14 ( 16 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) PINK FLOYD 1 1979
15 ( 14 ) I LOVE YOU LOVE ME LOVE GARY GLITTER 1 1973
16 ( 17 ) DANCING QUEEN ABBA 1 1976
17 ( 18 ) I FEEL LOVE DONNA SUMMER 1 1977
18 ( 15 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK IAN DURY AND THE BLOCKHEADS 1 1978
19 ( 19 ) I WILL SURVIVE GLORIA GAYNOR 1 1979
20 ( 20 ) SAILING ROD STEWART 1 1975
21 ( 28 ) DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART ELTON JOHN & KIKI DEE 1 1976
22 ( 23 ) DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA JULIE COVINGTON 1 1976
23 ( 21 ) SAVE YOUR KISSES FOR ME BROTHERHOOD OF MAN 1 1976
24 ( 22 ) I’D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING THE NEW SEEKERS 1 1971
25 ( 26 ) UNDER THE MOON OF LOVE SHOWADDYWADDY 1 1976
26 ( 27 ) TIE A YELLOW RIBBON ROUND THE OLE OAK TREE DAWN FEATURING TONY ORLANDO 1 1973
27 ( 24 ) EYE LEVEL THE SIMON PARK ORCHESTRA 1 1972
28 ( 25 ) LONG HAIRED LOVER FROM LIVERPOOL LITTLE JIMMY OSMOND 1 1972

 

The UK’s top 27 singles from the 70’s up to July 2013 total sales  (Including digital, all million sellers confirmed and official).

  1. BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Queen
  2. MULL OF KINTYRE Wings
  3. YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT John Travolta/ Olivia Newton-John
  4. RIVERS OF BABYLON/ BROWN GIRL IN THE RING Boney M
  5. MARY’S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M
  6. IMAGINE John Lennon
  7. SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta/ Olivia Newton-John
  8. YMCA Village People
  9. (IS THIS THE WAY TO) AMARILLO Tony Christie
  10. HEART OF GLASS Blondie
  11. MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
  12. BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
  13. DON’T GIVE UP ON US David Soul
  14. I LOVE YOU LOVE ME LOVE Gary Glitter
  15. HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads
  16. ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL Pink Floyd
  17. DANCING QUEEN Abba
  18. I FEEL LOVE Donna Summer
  19. I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
  20. SAILING Rod Stewart
  21. SAVE YOUR KISSES FOR ME Brotherhood Of Man
  22. I’D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING The New Seekers
  23. DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA Julie Covington
  24. EYE LEVEL Simon Park Orchestra
  25. LONG HAIRED LOVER FROM LIVERPOOL Little Jimmy Osmond
  26. UNDER THE MOON OF LOVE Showaddywaddy
  27. TIE A YELLOW RIBBON ROUND THE OLE OAK TREE Dawn
  28. DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART – Elton John & Kiki Dee

These are my biggest “selling” singles of the 70’s (based on chart points, not what I currently like – much as I loved Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep when I was 13 years old, it wouldnt rank in my Top 1000 now…!)

1 DANCING QUEEN Abba
2 HAPPY XMAS.WAR IS OVER John & Yoko
3 EAGLE Abba
4 BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
5 HOT LOVE T.Rex
6 METAL GURU T.Rex
7 MY SWEET LORD George Harrison
8 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
9 IMAGINE John Lennon
10 BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon & Garfunkel


11 WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
12 I FEEL LOVE  Donna Summer
13 MAMMA MIA Abba
14 LET IT BE Beatles
15 I THINK I LOVE YOU Partridge Family
16 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake
17 CHIRPY CHIRPY CHEEP CHEEP  Middle Of The Road
18 SEE MY BABY JIVE  Wizzard
19 RIDE A WHITE SWAN T.Rex
20 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Queen


21 TWEEDLEDEE TWEEDLEDUM Middle Of The Road
22 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU  Abba
23 FERNANDO Abba
24 WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER Timmy Thomas
25 THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US Sparks
26 I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
27 EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
28 JEEPSTER T.Rex
29 VOULEZ-ZOUS Abba
30 LOVE TRAIN O’Jays


31 ROCKET MAN Elton John
32 TAKE A CHANCE ON ME Abba
33 THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD Beatles
34 TIGER FEET Mud
35 LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER Captain & Tenille
36 IF YOU LEAVE ME NOW Chicago
37 GET IT ON T.Rex
38 NEVER ENDING SONG OF LOVE New Seekers
39 I’M STILL WAITING Diana Ross
40 BOOGIE NIGHTS Heatwave


41 DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
42 SOS Abba
43 NIGHT FEVER Bee Gees
44 THEME FROM “SHAFT” Isaac Hayes
45 VIRGINIA PLAIN Roxy Music
46 DECEMBER ’63 (OH WHAT A NIGHT) Four Seasons
47 (THEY LONG TO BE) CLOSE TO YOU Carpenters
48 WHAT’S GOING ON Marvin Gaye
49 IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
50 WATERLOO Abba


51 MISTY Ray Stevens
52 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
53 NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
54 UNCLE ALBERT/ ADMIRAL HALSEY Paul & Linda McCartney
55 SNOWBIRD  Anne Murray
56 THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
57 LOVE GROWS Edison Lighthouse
58 ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
59 EVIL WOMAN E.L.O.
60 I LOVE TO LOVE Tina Charles


61 YMCA Village People
62 PYJAMARAMA Roxy Music
63 ANOTHER DAY Paul McCartney
64 I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU Art Garfunkel
65 JET Paul McCartney & Wings
66 HOOKED ON A FEELING Jonathan King
67 GIMME GIMME GIMME ( A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
68 LAYLA Derek & The Dominoes
69 MAGIC FLY Space
70 MR. BLUE SKY Electric Light Orchestra


71 SHOWDOWN E.L.O.
72 SOLEY SOLEY Middle Of The Road
73 I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
74 YELLOW RIVER Christie
75 AIN’T NO SUNSHINE Michael Jackson
76 DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
77 I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS Boomtown Rats
78 MAGGIE MAY Rod Stewart
79 MORE THAN A FEELING Boston
80 BLOCKBUSTER Sweet


81 HYPNOSIS Mud
82 LOLA Kinks
83 CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION T.Rex
84 KNOCK THREE TIMES Dawn
85 BRAND NEW KEY Melanie
86 THE NAME OF THE GAME Abba
87 GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
88 I’D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING New Seekers
89 DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
90 NATHAN JONES Supremes


91 IT’S ONE OF THOSE NIGHTS Partridge Family
92 THE AIR THAT I BREATHE Hollies
93 SUGAR ME Lynsey De Paul
94 ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
95 BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO Partridge Family
96 YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN YET Bachman-Turner Overdrive
97 YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT John Travolta/Olivia N.J.
98 TEENAGE RAMPAGE Sweet
99 ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL Pink Floyd
100 HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE Bee Gees

The Best 100 of 2000

Wondered if anyone else periodically compares what they liked waybackwhen with what they like now? My tastes change over the years and records fall in and out of favour and back again, so it’s in a state of flux. Some records and artists seem better with hindsight, others you wonder what you saw in them at the time! The second number after the position is how they finished up in my year-end-chart of 2000. Sandstorm, for instance, has improved vastly after the event…..!

2000 was a better year than 1999, but both years were low points in the history of pop. While there were some great records around, there were few acts firing on all cylinders with quality material, bar Robbie, Pet Shop Boys, Shelby Lynn and it turns out Kylie. Kylie’s comeback I liked at the time, but I’d never been what you call a fan prior to that, the records had to win me over on merit. I saw her in concert and I became a fan, with many album tracks off Light Years proving to be much better than the singles chosen at the time. Kylie has made a consistent habit of choosing the wrong tracks for singles….MInd you, Pet Shop Boys do that too, maybe they just have several potential singles per album so some get lost..

1 1 INNER SMILE Texas
2 8 YOU ONLY TELL ME YOU LOVE ME WHEN YOU’RE DRUNK Pet Shop Boys
3 2 IT FEELS SO GOOD Sonique
4 128 SANDSTORM Darude
5 4 LIFE IS A ROLLERCOASTER Ronan Keating
6 11 SKY Sonique
7 24 GROOVEJET (IF THIS AIN’T LOVE) Spiller/ Sophie Ellis-Bextor
8 5 RISE Gabrielle
9 14 PURE SHORES All Saints
10 28 KIDS Robbie Williams/ Kylie Minogue

11 52 FOR YOUR OWN GOOD Pet Shop Boys
12 new YOUR DISCO NEEDS YOU Kylie Minogue
13 18 BEAUTIFUL DAY U2
14 10 IF I TOLD YOU THAT George Michael/ Whitney Houston
15 69 WHY DOES MY HEART FEEL SO BAD (REMIX) Moby
16 15 ROCK DJ Robbie Williams
17 16 GLORIOUS Andreas Johnson
18 3 SMOOTH Santana/Rob Thomas
19 32 THE TIME IS NOW Moloko
20 118 SPINNING AROUND Kylie Minogue

21 56 I HOPE YOU DANCE Lee Ann Womack
22 31 SAD EYES Enrique Iglesias
23 37 YELLOW Coldplay
24 33 TRY AGAIN Aaliyah
25 39 STAN Eminem/ Dido
26 169 ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS Kylie Minogue
27 38 I TURN TO YOU Melanie C
28 20 ACHILLE’S HEEL Toploader
29 34 TOCA’S MIRACLE Fragma
30 19 OOPS I DID IT AGAIN Britney Spears

31 6 BE WITH YOU Enrique Iglesias
32 66 SILENCE Delirium/ Sarah MacLachlan
33 26 WALKING AWAY Craig David
34 135 UTOPIA Goldfrapp
35 9 SUPREME Robbie Williams
36 new LIGHT YEARS Kylie Minogue
37 40 OVERLOAD Sugababes
38 29 I’M OUTTA LOVE Anastacia
39 53 IT’S MY LIFE Bon Jovi
40 81 CARTOON HEROES Aqua

41 35 BYE BYE BYE ‘NSync
42 63 PROUD Heather Small
43 7 DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT (REMIX) Toploader
44 17 NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN Melanie C/ Lisa Lefteye Lopez
45 127 MR E’S BEAUTIFUL BLUES The Eels
46 46 A SONG FOR LOVERS Richard Ashcroft
47 42 SEXBOMB Tom Jones vs Mousse T
48 36 SHACKLES (PRAISE YOU) Mary Mary
49 12 DON’T TELL ME Madonna
50 148 BULLET IN THE GUN Planet Perfecto

51 21 LUCKY Britney Spears
52 120 THE REAL SLIM SHADY Eminem
53 96 DESIRE Ultra Nate
54 23 BENT Matchbox 20
55 13 IT’S GONNA BE ME ‘NSync
56 27 CRUISIN’ Huey Lewis & Gwyneth Paltrow
57 94 WHERE I’M FROM Shelby Lynne
58 184 SO IN LOVE WITH YOU Duke
59 179 THEME FOR BIG BROTHER Element 4
60 54 WONDERFUL Everclear

61 71 SITTING DOWN HERE Lene Marlin
62 90 THE MASSES AGAINST THE CLASSES Manic Street Preachers
63 178 GRACEADELICA Dark Star
64 22 THONG SONG Sisqo
65 191 LADY Modjo
66 47 TAKE A LOOK AROUND Limp Bizkit
67 30 MUSIC Madonna
68 99 ONE MORE TIME Daft Punk
69 163 STAND TOUGH Point Break
70 78 AISHA Death In Vegas/Iggy Pop

71 82 RAINBOW COUNTRY Bob Marley
72 119 I THANKU The High Fidelity
73 172 THANK YOU Dido
74 197 DON’T FALTER Mint Royale
75 58 TAKEN FOR GRANTED SIA
76 126 AMERICAN PIE Madonna
77 156 NEW BEGINNING Stephen Gately
78 157 PURE PLEASURE SEEKER Moloko
79 41 INDEPENDANT WOMEN PART 1 Destiny’s Child
80 73 PLEASE STAY Kylie Minogue

81 195 AM RADIO Everclear
82 25 BORN TO MAKE YOU HAPPY Britney Spears
83 62 DESERT ROSE Sting
84 112 NATURAL BLUES Moby
85 new GIVING UP GIVING IN Sheena Easton
86 new FLYSWATTER Eels
87 93 I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Marc Et Claude/ Korgis
88 80 PORCELAIN Moby
89 74 SHE BANGS Ricky Martin
90 50 SUMMERFLING kd Lang

91 48 LEAVIN’ Shelby Lynne
92 88 ONE Johnny Cash
93 85 ANORAK LOU Genelab
94 113 WHERE THE POOR BOYS DANCE Lulu
95 105 WHO FEELS LOVE Oasis
96 160 REACH S Club 7
97 162 IN THESE SHOES Kirsty Maccoll
98 117 BAG IT UP Geri Halliwell
99 new BEAUTIFUL INSIDE Louise
100 187 YOU NEED LOVE LIKE I DO DONT YOU Tom Jones/ Heather SmallImage

The Sixties Best Selling 20 Records of the UK (and my Top 50 “best-selling” records)

Me at the start of the 60’s…Image

DECEMBER 2018 UPDATE OF MILLION SELLERS 40’S-60’S UK SALES

In the last 6 years, very little change in the list, The Seekers overhaul I Feel Fine, perennials Hey Jude and Unchained Melody overtake lesser records, Stranger On The Shore does surprisingly well as a steady seller, and new entries from White Christmas (the world’s biggest selling single – probably, give or take a Candle In The Wind – and also the oldest million seller by far), a British football and Merseyside anthem which reinvents itself with relevance over the years, Gerry & The Pacemakers’ version of the musical standard You’ll Never walk Alone, and that Sinatra signature tune which still does well in karaoke, My Way. Just missing the million, but closing, is The Beatles’ Help, though the decline in downloads means it might take quite some time to make it! No streaming “sales” included here but predictably the annual Christmas Spotify playlists etc mean Christmas songs do the best streaming business (Bing Crosby), followed by Hey Jude & Unchained Melody. The least streaming sales (and likely also digital)? Tears, even the beloved comedian’s recent death can’t boost Ken Dodd singing demand with a total of, ooh, not even 700 sales-equivalent plays. White Christmas is over 100 times that.

 

1 ( 1 ) SHE LOVES YOU THE BEATLES 1 1963
2 ( 2 ) I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND THE BEATLES 1 1963
3 ( 3 ) CAN’T BUY ME LOVE THE BEATLES 1 1964
4 ( 4 ) TEARS KEN DODD 1 1965
5 ( 5 ) (WE’RE GONNA) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK BILL HALEY & HIS COMETS 1 1955
6 ( 7 ) THE CARNIVAL IS OVER THE SEEKERS 1 1965
7 ( 6 ) I FEEL FINE THE BEATLES 1 1964
8 ( 8 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/DAY TRIPPER THE BEATLES 1 1964
9 ( 9 ) RELEASE ME ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK 1 1967
10 ( 10 ) IT’S NOW OR NEVER ELVIS PRESLEY 1 1960
11 ( 12 ) GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME TOM JONES 1 1966
12 ( 11 ) DIANA PAUL ANKA 1 1957
13 ( 15 ) STRANGER ON THE SHORE MR ACKER BILK AND HIS PARAMOUNT JAZZ BAND 2 1961
14 ( 13 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD HARRY BELAFONTE 1 1957
15 ( 14 ) THE LAST WALTZ ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK 1 1967
16 ( 17 ) HEY JUDE THE BEATLES 1 1968
17 ( 19 ) UNCHAINED MELODY THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS 1 1965
18 ( 16 ) I REMEMBER YOU FRANK IFIELD 1 1962
19 ( 18 ) THE YOUNG ONES CLIFF RICHARD & THE SHADOWS 1 1962
20 ( NEW ) WHITE CHRISTMAS BING CROSBY WITH THE KEN DARBY SINGERS AND JOHN SCOTT TROTTER ORCHESTRA 5 1942
21 ( 20 ) SUGAR SUGAR THE ARCHIES 1 1969
22 ( NEW ) YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE GERRY & THE PACEMAKERS 1 1963
23 ( NEW ) MY WAY FRANK SINATRA 5 1969

 

 

 

This is the best-selling 20 records of the 40’s 50’s & 60’s (as at May 2012, including digital confirmed sales)

1. SHE LOVES YOU Beatles
2. I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND Beatles
3. CAN’T BUY ME LOVE Beatles
4. TEARS Ken Dodd
5. ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK Bill Haley & His Comets


6.I FEEL FINE Beatles
7. THE CARNIVAL IS OVER Seekers
8. WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER Beatles
9. RELEASE ME  Engelbert Humperdinck
10. IT’S NOW OR NEVER Elvis Presley


11. DIANA Paul Anka
12. GREEN GREEN GRASS OF HOME Tom Jones
13. MARY’S BOY CHILD Harry Belafonte
14. THE LAST WALTZ Engelbert Humperdinck
15. STRANGER ON THE SHORE Mr. Acker Bilk

 

16. I REMEMBER YOU Frank Ifield
17. HEY JUDE Beatles
18. THE YOUNG ONES Cliff Richard & The Shadows
19. UNCHAINED MELODY Righteous Brothers
20. SUGAR SUGAR The Archies

just missing: White Christmas, Bing Crosby – though most of it’s sales would be pre-chart data and it’s almost certainly going to be way higher if old 78’s were counted.

 

 

and since my charts started in 1968, these are the records from the 60’s that have amassed the biggest chart points in my charts. Only one of the real 20 features, but many of the acts do, with different songs. How can so many pre-1968 records feature? The UK charts periodically have re-issues enter the singles chart, for example almost all Beatles singles made the Top 100 in resissues in 1976 and throughout the 80’s as the 20th anniversary for each arrived, and now via digital entries even album tracks have made the charts. I allow oldies in my chart if they make the listed official singles chart, or as previously uncharted tracks if they make the album chart. Simple! These are the biggest 50….

  1. CALIFORNIA DREAMING The Mamas & The Papas
  2. HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
  3. YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers
  4. SUGAR SUGAR Archies
  5. DAYDREAM BELIEVER Monkees
  6. SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman
  7. MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas
  8. DIZZY Tommy Roe
  9. GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys
  10. DREAM A LITTLE DREAM Mama Cass
  11. HELLO GOODBYE/ I AM THE WALRUS Beatles
  12. THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
  13. ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE Beatles
  14. THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE Walker Brothers
  15. LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE Monkees
  16. THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
  17. LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
  18. I’M A BELIEVER Monkees
  19. GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
  20. IT’S OVER Roy Orbison
  21. I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
  22. WALK ON BY Dionne Warwick
  23. DIFFERENT DRUM Linda Ronstadt/Stone Ponies
  24. THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
  25. I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
  26. ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE Beatles
  27. IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager & Evans
  28. NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN Moody Blues
  29. I WANT YOU BACK Jackson 5
  30. PENNY LANE/ STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER Beatles
  31. BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP Foundations
  32. BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO Beatles
  33. IN THE GHETTO/ ANY DAY NOW Elvis Presley
  34. I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Bobbie Gentry
  35. THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Isley Brothers
  36. GIVE PEACE A CHANCE Plastic Ono Band
  37. SOME OF YOUR LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield
  38. LEADER OF THE PACK Shangri-Las
  39. MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
  40. REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
  41. NUT ROCKER B.Bumble & The Stingers
  42. A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU Monkees
  43. SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
  44. YOU’VE GOT TO HIDE YOUR LOVE AWAY The Beatles
  45. I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney
  46. VALLERI The Monkees
  47. BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
  48. I GOT YOU BABE Sonny & Cher
  49. DOWNTOWN Petula Clark
  50. A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck

There MUST be some in there you like…!

Best Tracks of 1990

These are the best 100 tracks of 1990, a year that’s not too bad for great music, some classics in here as the rave scene took off big time, and Pet Shop Boys spread out and assisted Dusty and Liza with songs and production, plus some monster rock hits as I visited Florida for the first time and went Theme Park mad. I suppose I should be expected to apologise for saying the best record of 1990 was not only a cheesy Stock Aitken Waterman charity dancepop hit, but it also had Sonia and Big Fun on lead vocals, two of the cheesiest pop stars of the time. I’m not though, because it’s a record very “inspired” by Junior Walker’s “What Does It Take”, with touching lyrics, and all parties restrain themselves beautifully to produce what is largely a 60’s Motown tribute hit that was never the big hit it deserved to be. Too subtle for a mass charity record, too ridiculous a concept for serious music fans. It’s fab, trust me…

  1. YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun & Sonia
  2. ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
  3. LOVE SHACK B52’s
  4. KILLER Adamski/ Seal
  5. WICKED GAME Chris Isaak
  6. BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
  7. NOTHIN’ COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
  8. BEING BORING Pet Shop Boys
  9. JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
  10. ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
  11. VOGUE Madonna
  12. CRAZY Seal
  13. KINGSTON TOWN UB40
  14. REPUTATION Dusty Springfield
  15. DON’T WORRY Kim Appleby
  16. ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
  17. BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
  18. THE POWER Snap!
  19. DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
  20. SHOW ME HEAVEN Maria McKee
  21. HOLD ON Wilson Phillips
  22. NO MYTH Michael Penn
  23. KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
  24. STEP BACK IN TIME Kylie Minogue
  25. FASCINATING RHYTHM Bass-o-matic
  26. THERE SHE GOES The La’s
  27. SADENESS Enigma/ Sandra
  28. RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
  29. I’M FREE Soup Dragons
  30. HELLO The Beloved
  31. SHINE ON House Of Love
  32. STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
  33. TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
  34. LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
  35. HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
  36. BLUE VELVET Bobby Vinton
  37. LILY WAS HERE David A Stewart/ Candy Dulfer
  38. GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
  39. HEART OF STONE Cher
  40. EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
  41. OCCUPY YOUR MIND Dusty Springfield
  42. GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deeelite
  43. WE WANT THE SAME THING Belinda Carlisle
  44. WAIFS AND STRAYS Marc Almond
  45. DAYDREAMING Dusty Springfield
  46. KEEP IT TOGETHER Madonna
  47. THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
  48. DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
  49. LOADED Primal Scream
  50. REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
  51. BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
  52. PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
  53. WHAT TIME IS LOVE? The KLF
  54. JUST ANOTHER DREAM Cathy Dennis
  55. ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
  56. ONLY YOUR LOVE Bananarama
  57. THE OBVIOUS CHILD Paul Simon
  58. SUICIDE BLONDE INXS
  59. WAITING FOR THAT DAY George Michael
  60. UNBELIEVABLE EMF
  61. ALL TOGETHER NOW The Farm/ Pete Wylie
  62. MY OCTOBER SYMPHONY Pet Shop Boys
  63. BY MY SIDE INXS
  64. ROAM B52’s
  65. NATURAL THING Innocence
  66. FREEDOM ’90 George Michael
  67. DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
  68. GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix
  69. WALK ON BY Sybil
  70. PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
  71. INFINITY (TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
  72. SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
  73. I DON’T WANT TO FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
  74. LOVE PAINS Liza Minelli
  75. LITTLE BROTHER Blue Pearl
  76. I’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT YOU Londonbeat
  77. SUMMER RAIN Belinda Carlisle
  78. CLOSE TO YOU Maxi Priest
  79. IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
  80. SO HARD Pet Shop Boys
  81. NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
  82. MY DEFINITION OF A BOOMBASTIC STYLE Dream Warriors
  83. ICE ICE BABY Vanilla Ice
  84. HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
  85. STILL GOT THE BLUES FOR YOU Gary Moore
  86. THIS IT HOW IT FEELS Inspiral Carpets
  87. I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR The Chimes
  88. THE ONLY ONE I KNOW The Charlatans
  89. YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
  90. SOMETHING IN THE AIR Promised Land
  91. PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE Was (Not Was)
  92. ICEBLINK LUCK Cocteau Twins
  93. LOVE WILL NEVER DO WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) Janet Jackson
  94. NEW POWER GENERATION Prince
  95. TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
  96. HAPPENING ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon
  97. FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE Joanna Law
  98. WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
  99. SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard
  100. RELEASE ME Wilson PhillipsImage

1992 music charts

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In the words of the Beatles, “It was 20 years ago today..” that these 20 records were my favourites of the week:

12th July:

  1. 1. AIN’T NO DOUBT – Jimmy Nail
  1. 2. DISAPPOINTED – Electronic
  1. 3. EVEN BETTER THAN THE REAL THING/Remix – U2
  1. 4. RHYTHM IS A DANCER – Snap!
  1. 5. THUNDER – Prince
  1. 6. UNCHAIN MY HEART – Joe Cocker
  1. 7. DAMN! I WISH I WAS YOUR LOVER – Sophie B. Hawkins
  1. 8. SHAKE YOUR HEAD – Was (Not Was)/Ozzy Osbourne/Kim Basinger
  1. 9. SOMETHING GOOD – Utah Saints/Kate Bush
  1. 10. I DROVE ALL NIGHT – Roy Orbison
  1. 11. ESCAPING – Asia Blue
  1. 12. TOOFUNKY – George Michael
  1. 13. HAZARD – Richard Marx
  1. 14. MOTORCYCLE EMPTINESS – Manic Street Preachers
  1. 15. I’LL BE THERE – Mariah Carey/ Trey Lorenz
  1. 16. ABBAESQUE EP – Erasure
  1. 17. LSI (LOVE SEX INTELLIGENCE) – The Shamen
  1. 18. FALLEN ANGELS – Buffy Sainte-Marie
  1. 19. CONSTANT CRAVING – kd Lang
  1. 20. I DON’T CARE – Shakespear’s Sister
A pretty good mix of styles here I think, classic heritage acts, rock, cutting edge dancepop, folk, soul, ballads..and most of them were British hits, the one obscure one that wasn’t (Asia Blue) turned up re-worked by Dina Carroll, and Buffy’s should’ve been a hit but got radio play. Yes, it’s THAT Kim Basinger on the Was (Not Was) hit…

Week of 27th Sept 1992…this is my 40 faves, including oldies reissues that had been hits in the UK..

1. (1) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE – Abba
2. (-) ANARCHY IN THE UK – Sex Pistols
3. (3) HOUSE OF LOVE – East 17
4. (2) THE CRYING GAME – Boy george
5. (22) SLEEPING SATELLITE – Tasmin Archer
6. (12) EBENEEZER GOODE – The Shamen
7. (5) JAM – Michael jackson
8. (4) IRON LION ZION – Bob marley & The wailers
9. (-) PIECE OF MY HEART – Irma Franklin
10. (13) BAKER STREET – Undercover

11. (-) I FEEL LOVE – Messiah/ Precious Wilson
12. (-) SENTINEL – Mike Oldfield
13. (9) JUST ANOTHER DAY – Jon Secada
14. (8) TELL IT LIKE IT T-I-IS – B52’s
15. (6) HOW SOON IS NOW – Smiths
16. (-) CONNECTED – Stereo MC’s
17. (7) WHAT’S IN A WORD – Christians
18. (19) END OF THE ROAD – BoyzIImen
19. (14) BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE – Luther Vandross/Janet Jackson
20. (18) RHYTHM IS A DANCER – Snap!

21. (10) DAS BOOT – U96
22. (15) CRYING – Roy Orbison/kd Lang
23. (11) BABY DON’T CRY – INXS
24. (21) WHO IS IT – Michael Jackson
25. (39) WALKING ON BROKEN GLASS – Annie Lennox
26. (-) SOMETIMES LOVE JUST AIN’T ENOUGH – Patti Smyth/ Don Henley
27. (17) IT’S MY LIFE – Dr Alban
28. (-) BE MY BABY – Vanessa Paradis
29. (23) GENERATIONS – Inspiral Carpets
30. (24) AIN;’T NO DOUBT – Jimmy Nail

31. (-) START ME UP – Salt ‘n’ Pepa
32. (-) MISS CHATELAINE – kd Lang
33. (16) TAKE THIS HEART – Richard Marx
34. (38) IT’S ONLY NATURAL – Crowded House
35. (28) EVEN BETTER THAN THE REAL THING – u2
36. (-) DO I HAVE TO SAY THE WORDS – Bryan Adams
37. (52) THEY’RE HERE – emf
38. (-) MY NAME IS PRINCE – Prince
39. (37) DELILAH – Tom Jones
40. (73) POSSESSED – Vegas

So, quite a volatile chart, there had been some major new entries from nowhere, and a general chart clear-out. A few classic oldies of the 60’s 70’s 80’s: Irma, Abba, Sex Pistols, Smiths, Tom Jones. As long as it’s quality stuff, very happy to have Abba next to Sex Pistols!

Top new track was East 17, but there’s a avariety of great ’92 tracks lower down, new & old. Let’s try and forget that awful version of Baker Street though, I was swayed by my love for the original. Gerry rafferty’s single version is the greatest record ever made. It’s perfect in every way, start to finish, it couldnt be improved on. Best sax solo, best guitar solo, a work of pure genius.

Prince of course, changed his mind shortly after his song title…

 

DEC 6th 1992

1. (3) (SITTING ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY – Otis Redding
2. (1) END OF THE ROAD – BoyzIImen
3. (8) DEEPER AND DDEEPER – Madonna
4. (6) 7 – Prince
5. (2) HEAL THE WORLD – Michael Jackson
6. (19) STEP IT UP – Stereo MC’s
7. (13) YOUR TOWN – Deacon Blue
8. (7) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE – Abba
9. (27) I STILL BELIEVE IN YOU – Cliff Richard
10. (23) IT’S YOU – EMF

11. (4) TEMPTATION (REMIX) – Heaven 17
12. (5) WOULD I LIE TO YOU – Charles and Eddie
13. (9) KEEP THE FAITH – Bon Jovi
14. (–) BONEY M MEGAMIX – Boney M
15. (15) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM – Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine
16. (21) QUEEN OF RAIN – Roxette
17. (11) GOLD – East 17
18. (29) WHY SHOULD I – Bob Marley & The wailers
19. (10) BE MY BABY – Vanessa Paradis
20. (34) BOSS DRUM – The Shamen

21. (12) I’D DIE WITHOUT YOU – PM Dawn
22. (18) HELLO (TURN YOUR RADIO ON) – Shakespear’s Sister
23. (16) VOULEZ VOUS – Abba
24. (17) TASTE IT – INXS
25. (14) OH NO NOT MY BABY – Cher
26. (22) I COULD BE WRONG – Gerry Rafferty
27. (25) RUN TO YOU – Rage
28. (28) PEOPLE EVERYDAY – Arrested Development
29. (43) TOM TRAUBERT’S BLUES – Rod Stewart
30. (26) SENTINEL – Mike Oldfield

31. (24) SLEEPING SATELLITE – Tasmin Archer
32. (–) LAST THING ON MY MIND – Bananarama
33. (20) IRRESISTABLE – Cathy Dennis
34. (–) PRETTY VACANT – Sex Pistols
35. (–) IN BLOOM – Nirvana
36. (40) CELEBRATION – Kylie Minogue
37. (–) ALL ALONE ON CHRISTMAS – Darlene Love/ Little Stevie
38. (–) AS ALWAYS – Secret Life
39. (50) IF WE HOLD ON TOGETHER – Diana Ross
40. (–) MIAMI HITMIX – Gloria Estefan

A bit of grunge, an early Steps song, a bit of old punk, pop and soul, and at 51 a new record by a new band called Take That…

1982 Charts

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I haven’t done any 80’s charts yet! How about 30 Years ago this week?

JULY 5th

  1. HAPPY TALK – Captain Sensible
  2. HEART (STOP BEATING IN TIME) – Leo Sayer
  3. TORCH – Soft Cell
  4. NOW THOSE DAYS ARE GONE – Bucks Fizz
  5. ABRACADABRA – Steve Miller Band
  6. BEATLES MOVIE MEDLEY – The Beatles
  7. NO REGRETS – Midge Ure
  8. SPACE AGE LOVE SONG – A Flock Of Seagulls
  9. THE LOOK OF LOVE – ABC
  10. FAME – IRENE CARA
  11. MUSIC AND LIGHTS – Imagination
  12. VIDEOTHEQUE – Dollar
  13. DO I DO – Stevie Wonder
  14. FAMILY MAN – Mike Oldfield
  15. AVALON – Roxy Music
  16. TAKE IT AWAY – Paul McCartney
  17. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER – Shalamar
  18. AFTER THE GOLDRUSH (1982 VERSION) – Prelude
  19. LAS PALABRAS DE AMOUR – Queen
  20. I’M A WONDERFUL THING (BABY) – Kid Creole & The Coconuts
Some oldies cover versions, some New Romantic classics, a dash of 80’s soul. The Leo sayer song is a Bee Gees cover, The Mike Oldfield became a Hall & Oates cover, Prelude a Neil Young cover, etc etc. I stand by Bucks Fizz, much maligned, but beautifully crafted pop songs, and ABC’s The Lexicon Of Love is one of the greatest albums of all time, bar very few other contenders. Immaculate. Pop music was great fun in the early MTV video 80’s…

It’s been a while, so here’s another “30 Years Ago” chart – from Sept 28th 1982..

1. (-) PASS THE DUTCHIE – Musical Youth
2. (1) EYE OF THE TIGER – Survivor
3. (2) PRIVATE INVESTIGATIONS – Dire Straits
4. (12) THERE IT IS – Shalamar
5. (3) ALL OF MY HEART – ABC
6. (10) LEAVE IN SILENCE – Depeche Mode
7. (17) THE BITTEREST PILL (I EVER SWALLOWED) – Jam
8. (7) AND I’M TELLING YOU I’M NOT GOING – Jennifer Holliday
9. (5) WALKING ON SUNSHINE – Rockers’ Revenge
10. (11) JUST WHAT I’VE ALWAYS WANTED – Mari Wilson

11. (6) WHY – Carly Simon
12. (30) HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN – Animals
13. (9) COME ON EILEEN – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
14. (14) TUG OF WAR – Paul McCartney
15. (22) ZOOM – Fat Larry’s Band
16. (4) NOBODY’S FOOL – Haircut 100
17. (26) GLITTERING PRIZE – Simple Minds
18. (23) LOVE COME DOWN – Evelyn King
19. (15) RUFF MIX – Wonder Dog
20. (8) HI-FIDELITY – Kids From Fame

21. (13) THE MESSAGE – Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five
22. (-) DO YOU REALLY WANT TO HURT – Culture Club
23. (34) FRIEND OR FOE – Adam Ant
24. (24) REAP THE WILD WIND – Ultravox
25. (20) IT STARTED WITH A KISS – Hot Chocolate
26. (18) JOHN WAYNE IS BIG LEGGY – Haysi fantayzee
27. (19) SO HERE I AM – UB40
28. (16) SADDLE UP – David Christie
29. (-) CHANCES – Hot Chocolate
30. (36) HARD TO SAY I’M SORRY – Chicago

31. (21) I KNOW THERE’S SOMETHING GOING ON – Frida
32. (73) GIVE ME SOME KIND OF MAGIC – Dollar
33. (35) WHO’S CRYING NOW – Journey
34. (31) TODAY – Talk Talk
35. (-) RED LIGHT – Linda Clifford
36. (25) INVITATIONS – Shakatak
37. (39) SAVE A PRAYER – Duran Duran
38. (38) SUMMERTIME – Fun Boy 3
39. (-) TAKE A CHANCE WITH ME – Roxy Music
40. (-) DO YOU WANNA FUNK – Sylvester

What a great chart, full of classic singles, the top of my chart wasnt too far from the BBC chart, just mine was minus the cheesier numbers and plus the ones that should have been big hits: the awesome Jennifer Holliday original, the brilliant Phil-Collins track from Frida, and the mystifying chart failure of a good Macca track.

There’s also that rarity: straight in at 1 for a debut record: Musical Youth. That Rocky perennial that just wont go away. Dire Straits best record. ABC at the end of an awesome run of singles from one of the greatest albums. Depeche Mode staring to get into their stride. Jam about to end with one of their best. Rockers Revenge great Eddy Grant cover. Carly Simon’s fabulous Chic-track. One of the greatest early rap hits The Message. A debut for soon-to-be-famous Boy george. Ultravox’ best record, some thanks to Beatles-producer George Martin. Hot Chocolate coming near the end of a great 13-year chart run of fabulous and varied hits. Journey in my Top 40 25 years before they finally made it.

Hope that’s fun!

 

NOV 30th 1982:

  1. (2) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME – Abba
  2. (5) MIRROR MAN – Human League
  3. (1) LIVING ON THE CEILING – Blancmange
  4. (6) (SEXUAL) HEALING – Marvin gaye
  5. (3) MANEATER – Hall & Oates
  6. (9) WISHING (IF I HAD A PHOTOGRAPH OF YOU) – A Flock Of Seagulls
  7. (4) STATE OF INDEPENDENCE – Donna Summer
  8. (10) YOUNG GUNS (GO FOR IT) – Wham!
  9. (7) MAD WORLD – Tears For Fears
  10. (8) HEARTBREAKER – Dionne Warwick
  11. (16) BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES – Modern Romance
  12. (14) CRY BOY CRY – Blue Zoo
  13. (–) TIME (CLOCK OF THE HEART) – Culture Club
  14. (11) DO YOU REALLY WANT TO HURT ME – Culture Club
  15. (17) THEME FOR HARRY’S GAME – Clannad
  16. (27) SAVE YOUR LOVE – Renee & renate
  17. (12) THE GIRL IS MINE – Paul McCartney/ Michael Jackson
  18. (13) I DON’T WANNA DANCE – Eddy Grant
  19. (40) TALK TALK – Talk Talk
  20. (25) IT’S RAINING AGAIN – Supertramp
  21. (18) LOVE ME DO – The Beatles
  22. (19) MUSCLES – Diana Ross
  23. (–) OUR HOUSE – Madness
  24. (–) PEACE ON EARTH/LITTLE DRUMMER BOY – David Bowie/Bing Crosby
  25. (–) THE YOUTH OF TODAY – Musical Youth
  26. (15) YOU CAN DO MAGIC – America
  27. (22) BACK ON TH3E CHAIN GANG – Pretenders
  28. (23) REAP THE WILD WIND – Ultravox
  29. (31) WHO CAN IT BE NOW – Men At Work
  30. (20) JACK AND DIANE – John Cougar
  31. (21) ANNIE I’M NOT YOUR DADDY – Kid Creole & The Coconuts
  32. (–) DEAR ADDIE – Kid Creole & The Coconuts
  33. (26) PASS THE DUTCHIE – Musical Youth
  34. (35) RIO – Duran Duran
  35. (–) CHEERS THEN – Bananarama
  36. (32) HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN – Animals
  37. (–) HYMN – Ultravox
  38. (24) DO IT TO THE MUSIC – Raw Silk
  39. (–) LOUISE – Phil Everley
  40. (–) LOVE – John Lennon

So…30 years ago I was having a clear-out of the charts, lots of new entries – while there are some classics in the Top 10 I can see why the clear-out was going on with the likes of Renee & Renata & The Girl Is Mine in there lower down – ouch! Phil Everley was having a final chartfling attempt (of the Everley Brothers), Wham! debuted, still active acts like Human League, Madness, Duran and Bananarama were on a roll, and bad haircuts were much in evidence, most classically of all via A Flock Of Seagulls, the likes of which were never to be seen again!

But just look at the top 10, one of Abba’s greatest, most subtle records at 1 (even if it failed to chart anywhere much in the real world, it was so obviously a great record), not to mention Marvin gaye’s final classic, Blancmange brilliant hit, Hall & Oates in full swing, awesome Tears For Fears, and the late Donna with a fab version of Jon & Vangelis song.

 

1972 charts

Olympic Torch Upton Dorset 2012 13th July

Time for another 40-years-ago chart update:

NOV 19TH 1972

  1. (13) CROCODILE ROCK – Elton John
  2. (1) LEADER OF THE PACK – Shangri-Las
  3. (-) YOU’LL ALWAYS BE A FRIEND – Hot Chocolate
  4. (3) OH CAROL – Neil Sedaka
  5. (2) HI HO SILVER LINING – Jeff Beck Group
  6. (5) LET’S DANCE – Chris Montez
  7. (4) LOOP DI LOVE – Shag (aka Jonathan King)
  8. (12) MOULDY OLD DOUGH – Lt Pigeon
  9. (-) LOOKING THROUGH THE WINDOWS – Jackson 5
  10. (15) CRAZY HORSES – Osmonds
  11. (6) HERE I GO AGAIN – Archie Bell & the Drells
  12. (8) NEW ORLEANS – Harley Quinn
  13. (7) MY DING A LING – Chuck Berry
  14. (10) GOODBYE TO LOVE – Carpenters
  15. (14) DONNA – 10CC
  16. (-) BABY DON’T GET HOOKED ON ME – Mac Davis
  17. (-) LAY DOWN – Strawbs
  18. (16) I’M STONE IN LOVE WITH YOU – Stylistics
  19. (-) STAY WITH ME – Blue Mink
  20. (20) ELECTED – Alice Cooper

A little more like a time warp to the 50’s n 60’s than 70’s! Not only are there actual oldies from the previous decades reissued and back in the UK charts, there are cover versions of oldies, and classic artists. Most of them were new to 14-year-old me, even if they sounded like period pieces, and that in any case didn’t stop me loving a great pop record. Still doesn’t. Of the new stuff Elton sounded like a 50’s hit, the Jackson 5 track is one of their best, brilliant song, and under-rated, 10CC sounds like a 50’s pastiche and came from an absolutely brilliant and under-rated album (“10CC”), many of the tracks even better, and Blue Mink had yet another wonderful pop song, this time a gorgeous ballad that no-one remembers, criminally. A forgotten band, yet one with a great back catalogue and pedigree. Of course there’s also the Carpenters finest moment, with that perfect guitar solo, an all-time classic, and The Osmonds best remembered hit, a goodie!

OCT 1ST 1972, this is what I loved, and how I listed them, 14 years old (the order would be different now, of course, the Top 3 would all be lower down)

1. (-) DONNA – 10CC
2. (1) WIG WAM BAM – The Sweet
3. (5) MOULDY OLD DOUGH – Lieutenant Pigeon
4. (3) LEAN ON ME – Bill Withers
5. (8) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING – David Bowie
6. (4) I DIDN’T KNOW I LOVE YOU (TILL I SAW YOU ROCK ‘N’ ROLL) – Gary Glitter
7. (2) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION – T.REX
8. (7) SUGAR ME – Lynsey De Paul
9. (6) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE – Michael Jackson
10. (9) YOU WEAR IT WELL – Rod Stewart
11. (-) BURNING LOVE – Elvis Presley
12. (-) BACKSTABBERS – The O’Jays
13. (-) HOW CAN I BE SURE – David Cassidy
14. (11) WHO WAS IT – Hurricane Smith
15. (12) WALK IN THE NIGHT – Junior Walker & The Allstars
16. (13) ALL THE YOUNG DUDES – Mott The Hoople
17. (15) POPCORN – Hot Butter
18. (14) SUZANNE BEWARE OF THE DEVIL – Dandy Livingstone
19. (10) VIRGINIA PLAIN – Roxy Music
20. (17) THE LOCOMOTION – Little Eva

Records which made Number 1 in my chart: 10CC, Sweet, Lt Pigeon, Bill Withers, Michael Jackson, Lynsey De Paul, Hot Butter, O’Jays, T.Rex. Some of them were charming pop novelty hits of the time, 40 years on the classics that I haven’t already mentioned are largely the soul and glam hits:
The O’Jays were fabulous, and this is a great record, as was Junior Walker with the gorgeous Walk In The Night. Both had other brilliant tracks. Elvis was back with his first proper rocknroll track in years, and Little Eva was a reissued hit from the timeless Goffin/King. T.Rex were in a long streak of brilliant hit singles, Bowie ditto, this one is lesser known but is his most exciting record to me. Gary Glitter had a soundalike, but more uptempo, second hit, which still sounds great, and lastly, David Cassidy and his finest moment. Even though the immortal Dusty Springfield had done a fabulous version already, this both restrained and histrionic French-sounding version brings me to tears. No, for the right reasons! It’s a great vocal performance, honest! When he got all breathy and intimate, ol David could carry it off.

The Olympic torch passed by here today on it’s way to Bournemouth and then on to London over the next two weeks…

So here’s the first chart I did with Olympic connections, 1972 Munich Olympic week start:

27th Aug

  1. SUGAR ME – Lynsey De Paul
  2. LEAN ON ME – Bill Withers
  3. ALL THE YOUNG DUDES – Mott The Hoople
  4. POPCORN – Hot Butter
  5. THE LOCOMOTION – Little Eva
  6. 10538 OVERTURE – Electric Light Orchestra
  7. THE JOURNEY – Duncan Browne
  8. TOO BUSY THINKING BOUT MY BABY – Mardi Gras
  9. STANDING IN THE ROAD – Blackfoot Sue
  10. BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO – The Partridge Family
  11. I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING – Jackie Wilson
  12. VIRGINIA PLAIN – Roxy Music
  13. LAYLA – Derek & The Dominoes
  14. SEASIDE SHUFFLE – Terry Dactyl & The Dinosaurs
  15. AUTOMATICALLY SUNSHINE – The Supremes
  16. AIN’T NO SUNSHINE – Michael Jackson
  17. YOU WEAR IT WELL – Rod Stewart
  18. ROCK AND ROLL PART 2 – Gary Glitter
  19. BETCHA BY GOLLY WOW – The Stylistics
  20. CONQUISTADOR – Procol Harum

Some famous ones and lots of obscure ones too there. Terry Dactyl became better known as Jona Lewie. The Michael Jackson version of Bill Withers song was even better than the original, one of his best ever vocal performances at the age of 14! Bowie was so prolific and talented he gave away one of his greatest songs to Mott The Hoople, and Roxy Music was like nothing before, pure genius. That Layla guitar riff is epic, as is the ELO riff, and the romping Gary Glitter riff – of course one isn’t allowed to play or even mention that Gary Glitter existed these days. He did, he was a big star, his records were arrogant pompous fun, I refuse to retroactively try to change history even if the media would prefer that. Not wishing to in any way makes excuses (he got what he deserved), but Jerry Lee Lewis? 14-year-old bride? Don’t see his records banned….
The two 60’s oldies were in the British chart at the time…
1972 is my favourite chart year, I was 14, the perfect age for pop music. Most people pick the year they were 14 later in life as their favourite music year. Theory of mine….discuss!

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Continuing with “anniversary” spot charts, here’s my Exactly-As-I Liked-Them-Top-20 from 40 years ago this week (PS any oldies pre-dating 1972 are because they were in the UK singles charts at that time):

9th July

  1. NUT ROCKER – B.Bumble & The Stingers
  2. BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO – The Partridge Family
  3. WALKING IN THE RAIN WITH THE ONE I LOVE – Love Unlimited
  4. BETCHA BY GOLLY WOW – The Stylistics
  5. STARMAN – David Bowie
  6. CIRCLES – The New Seekers
  7. OH GIRL – The Chi-Lites
  8. I’VE BEEN LONELY FOR SO LONG – Frederick Knight
  9. MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB – Wings
  10. METAL GURU – T.Rex
  11. ROCK AND ROLL PART 2 – Gary Glitter
  12. OH BABE WHAT WOULD YOU SAY – Hurricane Smith
  13. OOH WACKA DO WACKA DEY – Gilbert O’Sullivan
  14. SYLVIA’S MOTHER – Dr Hook & The Medecine Show
  15. PUPPY LOVE – Donny Osmond
  16. I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW – Johnny Nash
  17. SUPERSONIC ROCKETSHIP – The Kinks
  18. AT THE CLUB/SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES – The Drifters
  19. SONG SUNG BLUE – Neil Diamond
  20. LITTLE WILLY – The Sweet

So, 40 years ago, 14 years old, I had a thing for British glam rock, American soul & teenpop, 60’s oldies, and a dash of MOR.
I’ve recently seen Dr Hook’s Dennis Loccoriere still touring the UK nicely, and the remaining member of the Chi-Lites (who bought many nostalgic tears to my eyes). My real hero was Marc Bolan, long-missed, and I was pretty much fans of most of these at one time or another, albeit some short-lived (eg Donny I grew to dislike till he grew up!). Paul McCartney, the greatest-living-pop-star, may prefer not to dwell on Mary Had A Little Lamb these days. Hey, little kids liked it, it’s fine for that!