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

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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

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 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…ImageThis 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