1978 John’s Monthly (week by week) charts

 

Image

Yes this is me, 1978-ish, student.

26th DEC 1978

Christmas was usually spent in Liverpool at my grandma’s council flat, my time spent under a blanket upstairs watching my black & white portable TV. With a whole 3 channels to pick from I was spoilt for choice as ITV and BBC were intent on putting all the best shows and films on at the same time, the bast*rds! No video you see, so that was it, you missed it forever – it seemed at the time.

Sally Oldfield rockets up to 5 just as her brother enters at 16 with 4 of his recent hits, not for the last time, either. Dury rockets up to 12, so there’s a race for the top for early January going on… Funk classic from Funkadelic enters, Clash shoot up to 47 with one of their more dreary tracks, Manilow emotes in at the lower end with a classic re-write, while another Barry covers Billy Joel pretty resonably while Bill shoots up himself, as it were, to 37. Rocky Sharpe join the 50’s revivalists, and Shalamar debut with a great soul dance track.

Xmas TV was all about films, really, Xmas TOTP (as shown this week on BBC), new sci-fi series Blake’s 7, and a xmas showing of Wizard Of Oz. I wonder if that will become a tradition…..?

1 ( 3 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
2 ( 1 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
3 ( 4 ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
4 ( 2 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M
5 ( 25 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
6 ( 7 ) DOCTOR WHO Mankind
7 ( 5 ) DO YA THINK I’M SEXY Rod Stewart
8 ( 8 ) LE FREAK Chic
9 ( 9 ) TOO MUCH HEAVEN The Bee Gees
10 ( 10 ) LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME Racey

11 ( 6 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
12 ( 50 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads
13 ( 11 ) HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE Blondie
14 ( 14 ) I’LL PUT YOU TOGETHER AGAIN Hot Chocolate
15 ( 15 ) IN THE BUSH Musique
16 ( NEW ) TAKE 4 EP Mike Oldfield
17 ( 30 ) SONG FOR GUY Elton John
18 ( 31 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN Chaka Khan
19 ( 12 ) ACCIDENT PRONE Status Quo
20 ( 16 ) SHOOTING STAR Dollar

21 ( 13 ) I LOVE AMERICA Patrick Juvet
22 ( 34 ) A LITTLE MORE LOVE Olivia Newton-John
23 ( 23 ) YOU DON’T BRING ME FLOWERS Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond
24 ( 19 ) RAINING IN MY HEART Leo Sayer
25 ( 28 ) SEPTEMBER” Earth, Wind And Fire
26 ( NEW ) ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic
27 ( 18 ) FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS/ BICYCLE RACE Queen
28 ( 17 ) HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
29 ( 22 ) SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O.
30 ( 20 ) PROMISES Buzzcocks

31 ( 21 ) ALWAYS AND FOREVER Heatwave
32 ( 75 ) HELLO THIS IS JOANNIE Paul Evans
33 ( 33 ) GREASED LIGHTNING John Travolta
34 ( 24 ) DON’T CRY OUT LOUD Elkie Brooks
35 ( 35 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
36 ( 26 ) DANCE (DISCO HEAT) Sylvester
37 ( 58 ) MY LIFE Billy Joel
38 ( 52 ) B.A.B.Y. Rachel Sweet
39 ( 27 ) SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
40 ( 36 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC

41 ( 46 ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS The Eagles
42 ( 42 ) RASPUTIN Boney M
43 ( 29 ) PART TIME LOVE Elton John
44 ( 38 ) SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind
45 ( 32 ) MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL The Cars
46 ( 40 ) PUBLIC IMAGE Public Image Limited
47 ( 72 ) TOMMY GUN The Clash
48 ( 37 ) GERM FREE ADOLESCENT X-Ray Spex
49 ( 45 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
50 ( 39 ) INSTANT REPLAY Dan Hartman

51 ( 43 ) ANYWAY YOU DO IT Liquid Gold
52 ( 47 ) SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba
53 ( 49 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Sylvester
54 ( 44 ) DOWN IN THE TUBE STATION AT MIDNIGHT The Jam
55 ( 67 ) CHRISTMAS IN SMURFLAND Father Abraham & The Smurfs
56 ( 48 ) MCCARTHUR PARK Donna Summer
57 ( 41 ) LAY LOVE ON YOU Luisa Fernandez
58 ( 60 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M
59 ( 53 ) EVE OF THE WAR Jeff Wayne (& Justin Hayward)
60 ( 55 ) RIGHT DOWN THE LINE Gerry Rafferty

61 ( 54 ) OH WHAT A CIRCUS David Essex
62 ( 51 ) PRETTY LITTLE ANGEL EYES Showaddywaddy
63 ( NEW ) TAKE THAT TO THE BANK Shalamar
64 ( 64 ) FOREVER AUTUMN Justin Hayward
65 ( 61 ) JILTED JOHN Jilted John
66 ( 62 ) DAYLIGHT KATY Gordon Lightfoot
67 ( 65 ) SUBSTITUTE Clout
68 ( NEW ) COULD IT BE MAGIC Barry Manilow
69 ( NEW ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Barry White
70 ( 57 ) TEENAGE KICKS The Undertones

71 ( 70 ) NIGHT FEVER The Bee Gees
72 ( 69 ) IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU Yvonne Elliman
73 ( 63 ) BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE The Jacksons
74 ( NEW ) RAMA LAMA DING DONG Rocky Sharpe And The Replays
75 ( 56 ) DON’T LET IT FADE AWAY Darts

TV
1 DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
2 Star Trek (What Are Little Girls Made Of)
3 Mork And Mindy
4 The Wizard Of Oz
5 Battle For The Planet Of The Apes
6 The Last Survivors (TV film)
7 Blake’s 7
8 Top Of The Pops 1978
9 The Boatniks
10 The 2 Ronnies
11 Wonder Woman
12 Carry On Girls
13 The Muppet Show (episode 1)
14 The Fench Connection
15 This Is Your Life
16 The Morecambe And Wise Show
17-20 The Fantastic Journey

19th DEC 1978

I was packing up from student digs to head home to mansfield for Christmas TV deluge and prezzies. Buzzcocks get another Top 20, novelty YMCA goes Top 3 – you’ve probably never heard of it! – and Earth Wind & Fire just beat out Elton’s lovely tribute to a young motorcycle courier who’d died in an accident, as highest new entry.

Quo get to 12 with a forgotten record, Livvie goes Top 40 with her first post-Grease single, it was a bit moody and I liked it. The best (and forgotten) version of a christmas classic enters for The Eagles, Blockbuster movie Superman gets a single hit out of it, Paul Evans (who’d had an early 60’s hit) has an unexpected chart comeback, and a classic enters for Father Abraham. Just kidding. Ian Dury, obviously!

TV, new show with a loveable alien and manic stand-up new frontman Robin Williams (Mork And Mindy) entered with a bang. Williams was only ever as good as this first season in movies where he has free manic reign (usually animated films).

1 ( 1 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
2 ( 2 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M
3 ( 9 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
4 ( 7 ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
5 ( 3 ) DO YA THINK I’M SEXY Rod Stewart
6 ( 4 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
7 ( 12 ) DOCTOR WHO Mankind
8 ( 6 ) LE FREAK Chic
9 ( 5 ) TOO MUCH HEAVEN The Bee Gees
10 ( 10 ) LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME Racey

11 ( 8 ) HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE Blondie
12 ( 21 ) ACCIDENT PRONE Status Quo
13 ( 11 ) I LOVE AMERICA Patrick Juvet
14 ( 27 ) I’LL PUT YOU TOGETHER AGAIN Hot Chocolate
15 ( 24 ) IN THE BUSH Musique
16 ( 16 ) SHOOTING STAR Dollar
17 ( 14 ) HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
18 ( 15 ) FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS/ BICYCLE RACE Queen
19 ( 22 ) RAINING IN MY HEART Leo Sayer
20 ( 30 ) PROMISES Buzzcocks

21 ( 18 ) ALWAYS AND FOREVER Heatwave
22 ( 17 ) SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O.
23 ( 43 ) YOU DON’T BRING ME FLOWERS Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond
24 ( 29 ) DON’T CRY OUT LOUD Elkie Brooks
25 ( 75 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
26 ( 13 ) DANCE (DISCO HEAT) Sylvester
27 ( 19 ) SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
28 ( NEW ) SEPTEMBER” Earth, Wind And Fire
29 ( 23 ) PART TIME LOVE Elton John
30 ( NEW ) SONG FOR GUY Elton John

31 ( 35 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN Chaka Khan
32 ( 20 ) MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL The Cars
33 ( 37 ) GREASED LIGHTNING John Travolta
34 ( 60 ) A LITTLE MORE LOVE Olivia Newton-John
35 ( 40 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
36 ( 36 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
37 ( 28 ) GERM FREE ADOLESCENT X-Ray Spex
38 ( 32 ) SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind
39 ( 25 ) INSTANT REPLAY Dan Hartman
40 ( 31 ) PUBLIC IMAGE Public Image Limited

41 ( 26 ) LAY LOVE ON YOU Luisa Fernandez
42 ( 34 ) RASPUTIN Boney M
43 ( 68 ) ANYWAY YOU DO IT Liquid Gold
44 ( 33 ) DOWN IN THE TUBE STATION AT MIDNIGHT The Jam
45 ( 53 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
46 ( NEW ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS The Eagles
47 ( 42 ) SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba
48 ( 38 ) MCCARTHUR PARK Donna Summer
49 ( 41 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Sylvester
50 ( NEW ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads

51 ( 39 ) PRETTY LITTLE ANGEL EYES Showaddywaddy
52 ( 54 ) B.A.B.Y. Rachel Sweet
53 ( 50 ) EVE OF THE WAR Jeff Wayne (& Justin Hayward)
54 ( 52 ) OH WHAT A CIRCUS David Essex
55 ( 55 ) RIGHT DOWN THE LINE Gerry Rafferty
56 ( 45 ) DON’T LET IT FADE AWAY Darts
57 ( 47 ) TEENAGE KICKS The Undertones
58 ( NEW ) MY LIFE Billy Joel
59 ( 44 ) LYDIA Dean Friedman
60 ( 63 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M

61 ( 58 ) JILTED JOHN Jilted John
62 ( 56 ) DAYLIGHT KATY Gordon Lightfoot
63 ( 57 ) BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE The Jacksons
64 ( 61 ) FOREVER AUTUMN Justin Hayward
65 ( 62 ) SUBSTITUTE Clout
66 ( 46 ) PROMISES Eric Clapton
67 ( NEW ) CHRISTMAS IN SMURFLAND Father Abraham & The Smurfs
68 ( 49 ) SHARING THE NIGHT TOGETHER Dr. Hook
69 ( 67 ) IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU Yvonne Elliman
70 ( 66 ) NIGHT FEVER The Bee Gees

71 ( NEW ) THEME FROM “SUPERMAN” John Williams (Original Soundtrack)
72 ( 73 ) TOMMY GUN The Clash
73 ( 51 ) GIVING IT BACK Phil Hurtt
74 ( NEW ) NEW YORK NEW YORK Gerard Kenny
75 ( NEW ) HELLO THIS IS JOANNIE Paul Evans

TV
1 Mork And Mindy
2 Monty Python
3 The Muppet Show
4 Happy Days
5 It Ain’t Half Hot Mum
6 Connections (James Burke history/science show)
7 Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em
8 Doctor Who
9 Mickey Mouse 50th Birthday
10 Mary Hartman Mary Hartman

12th DEC 1978

In which a tarty disco dancer with a novelty Kenny Everett-sponsored sci-fi risque theme gets to the top. Hey it was catchy! Sarah Brightman would get another chart-topper in a very very different style one day…!

ELO were huge in 1978, so it was great to see an EP of chart-flops and chrt-hits get a go at the chart. All of them were hits in the proper (John’s) charts, as so they should have been especially the gorgeous Strange Magic and Can’t Get It Out Of My Head. Hot Chocolate enter with a sweet ballad from a musical-that-never-was (I think, Dear Anyone), while sneaking in at 75, Mike Oldfield’s sis Sally with a faaaabulous minor chart hit (UK). Not minor in mine….

1 ( 2 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
2 ( 4 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M
3 ( 1 ) DO YA THINK I’M SEXY Rod Stewart
4 ( 3 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
5 ( 9 ) TOO MUCH HEAVEN The Bee Gees
6 ( 11 ) LE FREAK Chic
7 ( NEW ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
8 ( 5 ) HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE Blondie
9 ( 13 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
10 ( 22 ) LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME Racey

11 ( 6 ) I LOVE AMERICA Patrick Juvet
12 ( 32 ) DOCTOR WHO Mankind
13 ( 18 ) DANCE (DISCO HEAT) Sylvester
14 ( 10 ) HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
15 ( 12 ) FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS/ BICYCLE RACE Queen
16 ( 8 ) SHOOTING STAR Dollar
17 ( 17 ) SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O.
18 ( 19 ) ALWAYS AND FOREVER Heatwave
19 ( 16 ) SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
20 ( 14 ) MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL The Cars

21 ( NEW ) ACCIDENT PRONE Status Quo
22 ( 31 ) RAINING IN MY HEART Leo Sayer
23 ( 20 ) PART TIME LOVE Elton John
24 ( 54 ) IN THE BUSH Musique
25 ( 21 ) INSTANT REPLAY Dan Hartman
26 ( 15 ) LAY LOVE ON YOU Luisa Fernandez
27 ( NEW ) I’LL PUT YOU TOGETHER AGAIN Hot Chocolate
28 ( 7 ) GERM FREE ADOLESCENT X-Ray Spex
29 ( 29 ) DON’T CRY OUT LOUD Elkie Brooks
30 ( 28 ) PROMISES Buzzcocks

31 ( 23 ) PUBLIC IMAGE Public Image Limited
32 ( 25 ) SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind
33 ( 24 ) DOWN IN THE TUBE STATION AT MIDNIGHT The Jam
34 ( 26 ) RASPUTIN Boney M
35 ( 55 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN Chaka Khan
36 ( 33 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
37 ( 51 ) GREASED LIGHTNING John Travolta
38 ( 30 ) MCCARTHUR PARK Donna Summer
39 ( 27 ) PRETTY LITTLE ANGEL EYES Showaddywaddy
40 ( 46 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray

41 ( 34 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Sylvester
42 ( 35 ) SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba
43 ( NEW ) YOU DON’T BRING ME FLOWERS Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond
44 ( 57 ) LYDIA Dean Friedman
45 ( 36 ) DON’T LET IT FADE AWAY Darts
46 ( 38 ) PROMISES Eric Clapton
47 ( 37 ) TEENAGE KICKS The Undertones
48 ( 40 ) I LOVE THE NIGHTLIFE Alicia Bridges
49 ( 42 ) SHARING THE NIGHT TOGETHER Dr. Hook
50 ( 45 ) EVE OF THE WAR Jeff Wayne (& Justin Hayward)

51 ( 39 ) GIVING IT BACK Phil Hurtt
52 ( 52 ) OH WHAT A CIRCUS David Essex
53 ( 49 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
54 ( NEW ) B.A.B.Y. Rachel Sweet
55 ( 50 ) RIGHT DOWN THE LINE Gerry Rafferty
56 ( 48 ) DAYLIGHT KATY Gordon Lightfoot
57 ( 41 ) BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE The Jacksons
58 ( 53 ) JILTED JOHN Jilted John
59 ( 44 ) SANDY John Travolta
60 ( NEW ) A LITTLE MORE LOVE Olivia Newton-John

61 ( 59 ) FOREVER AUTUMN Justin Hayward
62 ( 60 ) SUBSTITUTE Clout
63 ( 63 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M
64 ( 47 ) YOU NEVER DONE IT LIKE THAT Captain and Tennille
65 ( 62 ) GREASE Frankie Valli
66 ( 67 ) NIGHT FEVER The Bee Gees
67 ( 68 ) IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU Yvonne Elliman
68 ( NEW ) ANYWAY YOU DO IT Liquid Gold
69 ( 69 ) YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
70 ( 64 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Rose Royce

71 ( 72 ) BRAND NEW DAY Lindisfarne
72 ( 43 ) EAST RIVER Brecker Brothers
73 ( NEW ) TOMMY GUN The Clash
74 ( 70 ) A TASTE OF AGGRO The Barron Knights
75 ( NEW ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield

TV
1 STAR TREK (Balance Of Terror)
1 SOAP (final episode)
3 Mork And Mindy
4 Monty Python
5 The New Avengers
6 The Good Life (final episode)
7 MASH
8 Top Of The Pops
9 The Rockford Files
10 Film ’78

5th DEC 1978

Rod Stewart gets his first chart-topper – a bit ironic given how many great singles he’d had between 1971 and 1974 – with a disco-riff famous wiggler. Kenny Everett immortalised it for Brits of a certain age. Boney M round off a mega-year with an instant christmas classic, a cover of the song that was the UK number one (for Harry Belafonte) when I was born, and whaddya know, it was back for my 21st in January. I like to think I’m special laugh.gif

The Bee Gees round off an even bigger year with a Top 10 hit. It’s hard to get much bigger than the Bee Gees were in 1978, unless your name is “Beatles” or “Elvis” or “Jackson”. There used to be a TV show I loved called Doctor Who, and someone did a disco version of the theme, in here into the 40. I wonder what happened to that show….

Chaka Khan enters after a gap of a few years (in my charts) or debuts (in the UK charts) with a bonfide disco classic. Well, funk disco really as opposed to eurodiscocheese, say, of Patrick Juvet.

On TV lots of repeats and very little new stuff, apart from Soap and MASH, but a bit of Shakespeare in there just to counterpoint my love of one-liners (Groucho Marx and Woody Allen).

1 ( 2 ) DO YA THINK I’M SEXY Rod Stewart
2 ( 7 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
3 ( 1 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
4 ( NEW ) MARY’S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M
5 ( 6 ) HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE Blondie
6 ( 4 ) I LOVE AMERICA Patrick Juvet
7 ( 3 ) GERM FREE ADOLESCENT X-Ray Spex
8 ( 8 ) SHOOTING STAR Dollar
9 ( 23 ) TOO MUCH HEAVEN The Bee Gees
10 ( 5 ) HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John

11 ( 15 ) LE FREAK Chic
12 ( 10 ) FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS/ BICYCLE RACE Queen
13 ( 25 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
14 ( 9 ) MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL The Cars
15 ( 18 ) LAY LOVE ON YOU Luisa Fernandez
16 ( 13 ) SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
17 ( 11 ) SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O.
18 ( 29 ) DANCE (DISCO HEAT) Sylvester
19 ( 28 ) ALWAYS AND FOREVER Heatwave
20 ( 14 ) PART TIME LOVE Elton John

21 ( 12 ) INSTANT REPLAY Dan Hartman
22 ( 69 ) LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME Racey
23 ( 16 ) PUBLIC IMAGE Public Image Limited
24 ( 22 ) DOWN IN THE TUBE STATION AT MIDNIGHT The Jam
25 ( 20 ) SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind
26 ( 19 ) RASPUTIN Boney M
27 ( 17 ) PRETTY LITTLE ANGEL EYES Showaddywaddy
28 ( 39 ) PROMISES Buzzcocks
29 ( 40 ) DON’T CRY OUT LOUD Elkie Brooks
30 ( 21 ) MCCARTHUR PARK Donna Summer

31 ( 31 ) RAINING IN MY HEART Leo Sayer
32 ( NEW ) DOCTOR WHO Mankind
33 ( 32 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
34 ( 30 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Sylvester
35 ( 33 ) SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba
36 ( 58 ) DON’T LET IT FADE AWAY Darts
37 ( 27 ) TEENAGE KICKS The Undertones
38 ( 50 ) PROMISES Eric Clapton
39 ( 51 ) GIVING IT BACK Phil Hurtt
40 ( 24 ) I LOVE THE NIGHTLIFE Alicia Bridges

41 ( 26 ) BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE The Jacksons
42 ( 36 ) SHARING THE NIGHT TOGETHER Dr. Hook
43 ( 38 ) EAST RIVER Brecker Brothers
44 ( 34 ) SANDY John Travolta
45 ( 41 ) EVE OF THE WAR Jeff Wayne (& Justin Hayward)
46 ( 35 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
47 ( 43 ) YOU NEVER DONE IT LIKE THAT Captain and Tennille
48 ( 48 ) DAYLIGHT KATY Gordon Lightfoot
49 ( 49 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
50 ( 46 ) RIGHT DOWN THE LINE Gerry Rafferty

51 ( NEW ) GREASED LIGHTNING John Travolta
52 ( 52 ) OH WHAT A CIRCUS David Essex
53 ( 53 ) JILTED JOHN Jilted John
54 ( 71 ) IN THE BUSH Musique
55 ( NEW ) I’M EVERY WOMAN Chaka Khan
56 ( 44 ) WHAT A NIGHT City Boy
57 ( 75 ) LYDIA Dean Friedman
58 ( 37 ) RADIO RADIO Elvis Costello & The Attractions
59 ( 59 ) FOREVER AUTUMN Justin Hayward
60 ( 60 ) SUBSTITUTE Clout

61 ( 47 ) EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD Michael Jackson & Diana Ross
62 ( 56 ) GREASE Frankie Valli
63 ( 61 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M
64 ( 57 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Rose Royce
65 ( 45 ) GIVING UP GIVING IN The Three Degrees
66 ( 42 ) HOT CHILD IN THE CITY Nick Gilder
67 ( 67 ) NIGHT FEVER The Bee Gees
68 ( 66 ) IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU Yvonne Elliman
69 ( 65 ) YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
70 ( NEW ) A TASTE OF AGGRO The Barron Knights

71 ( 55 ) RESPECTABLE The Rolling Stones
72 ( NEW ) BRAND NEW DAY Lindisfarne
73 ( 54 ) STUMBLIN’ IN Suzi Quatro & Chris Norman
74 ( 74 ) SUPERNATURE Cerrone
75 ( 73 ) AIRPORT The Motors

TV CHART
1 SOAP
2 Star Trek (Corbomite Manoever)
3 Monty Python
4 Woody Allen
5 Parkinson’s 200th
6 The Big Store; Marx Brothers film
7 MASH
8 Ropmeo And Juliet
9 The New Avengers (Target)
10 The New Avengers (Gnaws)

28th Nov 1978

A 3rd week at the top for the brilliant Rat Trap, beats the UK’s run, and X-Ray Spex leap up to 3, Blondie 6 and glorious cheese of Dollar and Sarah Brightman just below. Classic dance anthem from the brilliant Nile Rodgers & co rocket in at 16, 2 different songs called Promises, and worth mentioning forgotten stomping rock-dance anthem East River, well ahead of it’s time. Let’s ignore my infatuation with the very gay I Love America, more of an infatuation with America than the record as I should by rights have been living in Wisconsin Waukesha Uni at this time for 3 months, like my mate was, grumble mumble!

TV! 1. Star Trek: Dagger Of The Mind (I love Trek, you might notice) 2. Soap (sunday ep) 3. Monty Python 4. Soap (Fri ep) 5. Top Of The Pops 6. Soylent Green (Charlton Heston: Soylent Green is people!”) 7. MASH 8. Shalako (Sean Connery western movie, he gave up accents after this one) 9. Rockford Files 10. Day Of The Triffids (presume the 60’s movie which was great)

1 ( 1 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
2 ( 2 ) DO YA THINK I’M SEXY Rod Stewart
3 ( 19 ) GERM FREE ADOLESCENT X-Ray Spex
4 ( 7 ) I LOVE AMERICA Patrick Juvet
5 ( 3 ) HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
6 ( 16 ) HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE Blondie
7 ( 28 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
8 ( 26 ) SHOOTING STAR Dollar
9 ( 5 ) MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL The Cars
10 ( 11 ) FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS/ BICYCLE RACE Queen

11 ( 4 ) SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O.
12 ( 8 ) INSTANT REPLAY Dan Hartman
13 ( 9 ) SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
14 ( 12 ) PART TIME LOVE Elton John
15 ( NEW ) LE FREAK Chic
16 ( 6 ) PUBLIC IMAGE Public Image Limited
17 ( 14 ) PRETTY LITTLE ANGEL EYES Showaddywaddy
18 ( 65 ) LAY LOVE ON YOU Luisa Fernandez
19 ( 13 ) RASPUTIN Boney M
20 ( 10 ) SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind

21 ( 15 ) MCCARTHUR PARK Donna Summer
22 ( 20 ) DOWN IN THE TUBE STATION AT MIDNIGHT The Jam
23 ( NEW ) TOO MUCH HEAVEN The Bee Gees
24 ( 35 ) I LOVE THE NIGHTLIFE Alicia Bridges
25 ( 56 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
26 ( 17 ) BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE The Jacksons
27 ( 18 ) TEENAGE KICKS The Undertones
28 ( 24 ) ALWAYS AND FOREVER Heatwave
29 ( 71 ) DANCE (DISCO HEAT) Sylvester
30 ( 21 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Sylvester

31 ( 31 ) RAINING IN MY HEART Leo Sayer
32 ( 25 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
33 ( 22 ) SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba
34 ( 23 ) SANDY John Travolta
35 ( 30 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
36 ( 66 ) SHARING THE NIGHT TOGETHER Dr. Hook
37 ( 33 ) RADIO RADIO Elvis Costello & The Attractions
38 ( 58 ) EAST RIVER Brecker Brothers
39 ( NEW ) PROMISES Buzzcocks
40 ( 59 ) DON’T CRY OUT LOUD Elkie Brooks

41 ( 34 ) EVE OF THE WAR Jeff Wayne (& Justin Hayward)
42 ( 27 ) HOT CHILD IN THE CITY Nick Gilder
43 ( 38 ) YOU NEVER DONE IT LIKE THAT Captain and Tennille
44 ( 29 ) WHAT A NIGHT City Boy
45 ( 37 ) GIVING UP GIVING IN The Three Degrees
46 ( 40 ) RIGHT DOWN THE LINE Gerry Rafferty
47 ( 49 ) EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD Michael Jackson & Diana Ross
48 ( 47 ) DAYLIGHT KATY Gordon Lightfoot
49 ( 39 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
50 ( NEW ) PROMISES Eric Clapton

51 ( 67 ) GIVING IT BACK Phil Hurtt
52 ( 45 ) OH WHAT A CIRCUS David Essex
53 ( 46 ) JILTED JOHN Jilted John
54 ( 55 ) STUMBLIN’ Suzi Quatro & Chris Norman
55 ( 32 ) RESPECTABLE The Rolling Stones
56 ( 41 ) GREASE Frankie Valli
57 ( 44 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Rose Royce
58 ( 75 ) DON’T LET IT FADE AWAY Darts
59 ( 51 ) FOREVER AUTUMN Justin Hayward
60 ( 52 ) SUBSTITUTE Clout

61 ( 57 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M
62 ( 42 ) BRAVE NEW WORLD David Essex
63 ( 43 ) (I WANT TO SEE THE) BRIGHT LIGHTS Julie Covington
64 ( 50 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
65 ( 54 ) YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
66 ( 63 ) IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU Yvonne Elliman
67 ( 62 ) NIGHT FEVER The Bee Gees
68 ( 48 ) MEXICAN GIRL Smokie
69 ( NEW ) LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME Racey
70 ( 64 ) SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND/ WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles

71 ( NEW ) IN THE BUSH Musique
72 ( 36 ) HURRY UP HARRY Sham ’69
73 ( 69 ) AIRPORT The Motors
74 ( 68 ) SUPERNATURE Cerrone
75 ( NEW ) LYDIA Dean Friedman

21st Nov 1978

2nd week at the top for the Rats, with Rod leaping and challenging at 2, pretty much as in the UK charts. Most punk/new wave doing better in my charts, and most novelty doing worse, and a few American hits that never charted here sprinkled about, notably Anne Murray 2 or 3 months before it finally became a UK hit. Another famous classic slipping in at the bottom, as it were, YMCA…

TV? 1. Star Trek: The Man Trap (first episode ever broadcast in the USA) 2. Top Of The Pops (musta been a goodie, bet it was a banned one!) 3. MASH 4. Monty Python 5. New Avengers 6. Happy Days 7. Curse Of The Black Widow Spider (movie, I think..?) 8. Doctor Who 9. Rockford Files 10. Rebel Without A Cause (film, James Dean)

1 ( 1 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
2 ( 46 ) DO YA THINK I’M SEXY Rod Stewart
3 ( 4 ) HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
4 ( 3 ) SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O.
5 ( 10 ) MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL The Cars
6 ( 6 ) PUBLIC IMAGE Public Image Limited
7 ( 26 ) I LOVE AMERICA Patrick Juvet
8 ( 13 ) INSTANT REPLAY Dan Hartman
9 ( 2 ) SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
10 ( 5 ) SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind

11 ( 20 ) FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS/ BICYCLE RACE Queen
12 ( 12 ) PART TIME LOVE Elton John
13 ( 8 ) RASPUTIN Boney M
14 ( 18 ) PRETTY LITTLE ANGEL EYES Showaddywaddy
15 ( 7 ) MCCARTHUR PARK Donna Summer
16 ( 31 ) HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE Blondie
17 ( 9 ) BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE The Jacksons
18 ( 16 ) TEENAGE KICKS The Undertones
19 ( 40 ) GERM FREE ADOLESCENT X-Ray Spex
20 ( 22 ) DOWN IN THE TUBE STATION AT MIDNIGHT The Jam

21 ( 14 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Sylvester
22 ( 15 ) SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba
23 ( 11 ) SANDY John Travolta
24 ( 58 ) ALWAYS AND FOREVER Heatwave
25 ( 19 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
26 ( 69 ) SHOOTING STAR Dollar
27 ( 17 ) HOT CHILD IN THE CITY Nick Gilder
28 ( 57 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
29 ( 24 ) WHAT A NIGHT City Boy
30 ( 21 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray

31 ( 45 ) RAINING IN MY HEART Leo Sayer
32 ( 38 ) RESPECTABLE The Rolling Stones
33 ( 28 ) RADIO RADIO Elvis Costello & The Attractions
34 ( 25 ) EVE OF THE WAR Jeff Wayne (& Justin Hayward)
35 ( NEW ) I LOVE THE NIGHTLIFE Alicia Bridges
36 ( 30 ) HURRY UP HARRY Sham ’69
37 ( 29 ) GIVING UP GIVING IN The Three Degrees
38 ( 50 ) YOU NEVER DONE IT LIKE THAT Captain and Tennille
39 ( 52 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
40 ( 33 ) RIGHT DOWN THE LINE Gerry Rafferty

41 ( 35 ) GREASE Frankie Valli
42 ( 32 ) BRAVE NEW WORLD David Essex
43 ( 49 ) (I WANT TO SEE THE) BRIGHT LIGHTS Julie Covington
44 ( 34 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Rose Royce
45 ( 44 ) OH WHAT A CIRCUS David Essex
46 ( 43 ) JILTED JOHN Jilted John
47 ( 55 ) DAYLIGHT KATY Gordon Lightfoot
48 ( 27 ) MEXICAN GIRL Smokie
49 ( 68 ) EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD Michael Jackson & Diana Ross
50 ( 37 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World

51 ( 48 ) FOREVER AUTUMN Justin Hayward
52 ( 47 ) SUBSTITUTE Clout
53 ( 23 ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE SOMEONE (YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE) Buzzcocks
54 ( 41 ) YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
55 ( NEW ) STUMBLIN’ Suzi Quatro & Chris Norman
56 ( NEW ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
57 ( 51 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M
58 ( NEW ) EAST RIVER Brecker Brothers
59 ( NEW ) DON’T CRY OUT LOUD Elkie Brooks
60 ( 39 ) LUCKY STARS Dean Friedman

61 ( 36 ) ONE FOR YOU ONE FOR ME Jonathan King
62 ( 62 ) NIGHT FEVER The Bee Gees
63 ( 63 ) IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU Yvonne Elliman
64 ( 53 ) SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND/ WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles
65 ( NEW ) LAY LOVE ON YOU Luisa Fernandez
66 ( 71 ) SHARING THE NIGHT TOGETHER Dr. Hook
67 ( NEW ) GIVING IT BACK Phil Hurtt
68 ( 59 ) SUPERNATURE Cerrone
69 ( 64 ) AIRPORT The Motors
70 ( 60 ) HONG KONG GARDENS Siouxsie & The Banshees

71 ( 73 ) DANCE (DISCO HEAT) Sylvester
72 ( NEW ) STRUMMIN’ Chas & Dave
73 ( 42 ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Crystal Gayle
74 ( 66 ) LOOKING FOR SOMEBODY Neil Lancaster
75 ( NEW ) DON’T LET IT FADE AWAY Darts

14th Nov 1978

Fairly obviously saw Grease this week – a random jump back up for Summer Nights even though Rat Trap was the top single. PIL getting higher than Sex Pistols did, Cars in from nowhere at 10, and lots of new New Wave lower down, plus a couple of future toppers…

my TV charts? 1. Star Trek: Space Seed (Ricardo Montalban as Khan) 2. MASH 3. Monty Python 4. New Avengers 5. Ritchie Brockelman) a great Rockford Files spin-off that never caught on 6. Soap 7. Happy Days (“Heyyyyyy!”) 8. Rockford Files 9. The Good Life 10. Top Of The Pops

1 ( 3 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
2 ( 8 ) SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
3 ( 2 ) SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O.
4 ( 9 ) HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
5 ( 1 ) SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind
6 ( 7 ) PUBLIC IMAGE Public Image Limited
7 ( 4 ) MCCARTHUR PARK Donna Summer
8 ( 10 ) RASPUTIN Boney M
9 ( 6 ) BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE The Jacksons
10 ( NEW ) MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL The Cars

11 ( 5 ) SANDY John Travolta
12 ( 18 ) PART TIME LOVE Elton John
13 ( 31 ) INSTANT REPLAY Dan Hartman
14 ( 12 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Sylvester
15 ( 11 ) SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba
16 ( 22 ) TEENAGE KICKS The Undertones
17 ( 27 ) HOT CHILD IN THE CITY Nick Gilder
18 ( 25 ) PRETTY LITTLE ANGEL EYES Showaddywaddy
19 ( 15 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
20 ( 30 ) FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS/ BICYCLE RACE Queen

21 ( 14 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
22 ( 16 ) DOWN IN THE TUBE STATION AT MIDNIGHT The Jam
23 ( 13 ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE SOMEONE (YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE) Buzzcocks
24 ( 38 ) WHAT A NIGHT City Boy
25 ( 17 ) EVE OF THE WAR Jeff Wayne (& Justin Hayward)
26 ( NEW ) I LOVE AMERICA Patrick Juvet
27 ( 21 ) MEXICAN GIRL Smokie
28 ( 36 ) RADIO RADIO Elvis Costello & The Attractions
29 ( 20 ) GIVING UP GIVING IN The Three Degrees
30 ( 19 ) HURRY UP HARRY Sham ’69

31 ( NEW ) HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE Blondie
32 ( 35 ) BRAVE NEW WORLD David Essex
33 ( 26 ) RIGHT DOWN THE LINE Gerry Rafferty
34 ( 28 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Rose Royce
35 ( 32 ) GREASE Frankie Valli
36 ( 23 ) ONE FOR YOU ONE FOR ME Jonathan King
37 ( 24 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
38 ( 29 ) RESPECTABLE The Rolling Stones
39 ( 34 ) LUCKY STARS Dean Friedman
40 ( NEW ) GERM FREE ADOLESCENT X-Ray Spex

41 ( 37 ) YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
42 ( 33 ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Crystal Gayle
43 ( 40 ) JILTED JOHN Jilted John
44 ( 39 ) OH WHAT A CIRCUS David Essex
45 ( NEW ) RAINING IN MY HEART Leo Sayer
46 ( NEW ) DO YA THINK I’M SEXY Rod Stewart
47 ( 42 ) SUBSTITUTE Clout
48 ( 41 ) FOREVER AUTUMN Justin Hayward
49 ( 64 ) (I WANT TO SEE THE) BRIGHT LIGHTS Julie Covington
50 ( 50 ) YOU NEVER DONE IT LIKE THAT Captain and Tennille

51 ( 44 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M
52 ( 48 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
53 ( 43 ) SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND/ WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles
54 ( 55 ) DARLIN’ Frankie Miller
55 ( 46 ) DAYLIGHT KATY Gordon Lightfoot
56 ( 45 ) FOOL (IF YOU THINK IT’S OVER) Chris Rea
57 ( NEW ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
58 ( NEW ) ALWAYS AND FOREVER Heatwave
59 ( 54 ) SUPERNATURE Cerrone
60 ( 51 ) HONG KONG GARDENS Siouxsie & The Banshees

61 ( 47 ) GOT TO GET YOU INTO MY LIFE Earth, Wind & Fire
62 ( 58 ) NIGHT FEVER The Bee Gees
63 ( 59 ) IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU Yvonne Elliman
64 ( 57 ) AIRPORT The Motors
65 ( 53 ) THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND Andrew Gold
66 ( NEW ) LOOKING FOR SOMEBODY Neil Lancaster
67 ( 62 ) NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK The Velvelettes
68 ( NEW ) EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD Michael Jackson & Diana Ross
69 ( 71 ) SHOOTING STAR Dollar
70 ( 52 ) BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE Mick Jackson

71 ( NEW ) SHARING THE NIGHT TOGETHER Dr. Hook
72 ( 65 ) BRANDY The O’Jays
73 ( NEW ) DANCE (DISCO HEAT) Sylvester
74 ( NEW ) LET IT GROW Clout
75 ( NEW ) TIME PASSAGES Al Stewart

Had a request to make the charts more friendly to read, so trying it out, that means weekly charts with last week figs in brackets

This week – a classic live metal oldie featuring Lemmie on vocals hits the top. It made my top 10 in 1972 but with nostlagia for the early 70’s strong (I know how long ago 6 years seems when you’re 20 – and recent when you’re much much older!). Livvie is the highest new entry just ahead of my first trip to the pictures to see the movie – see how that affects the chart next week cool.gif

On TV? Err actually I’m so sad I used to have TV charts back then too! This week’s number one was Star Trek: Shore Leave, with Soap (fab sitcom written by creator of the Golden Girls) at 2 – Billy Crystal starred as one of the very first sympathetic gay characters on TV. 3 was Monty Python, 4 was Top Of The Pops 5 Dr Who 6 Going Straight (Porridge spin-off) 7 The Good Life 8 Multicoloured Swap Shop 8 Most Wanted and 10 It Aint Half Hot Mum. I was young! 20 year-olds like kids shows! That’s my excuse anyway…


7th NOVEMBER 1978

1 ( 2 ) SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind
2 ( 1 ) SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O.
3 ( 3 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
4 ( 4 ) MCCARTHUR PARK Donna Summer
5 ( 10 ) SANDY John Travolta
6 ( 6 ) BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE The Jacksons
7 ( 9 ) PUBLIC IMAGE Public Image Limited
8 ( 11 ) SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
9 ( NEW ) HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
10 ( 5 ) RASPUTIN Boney M

11 ( 7 ) SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba
12 ( 8 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Sylvester
13 ( 15 ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE SOMEONE (YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE) Buzzcocks
14 ( 17 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
15 ( 13 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
16 ( 25 ) DOWN IN THE TUBE STATION AT MIDNIGHT The Jam
17 ( 16 ) EVE OF THE WAR Jeff Wayne (& Justin Hayward)
18 ( 33 ) PART TIME LOVE Elton John
19 ( 28 ) HURRY UP HARRY Sham ’69
20 ( 27 ) GIVING UP GIVING IN The Three Degrees

21 ( 12 ) MEXICAN GIRL Smokie
22 ( 22 ) TEENAGE KICKS The Undertones
23 ( 19 ) ONE FOR YOU ONE FOR ME Jonathan King
24 ( 14 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
25 ( 47 ) PRETTY LITTLE ANGEL EYES Showaddywaddy
26 ( 18 ) RIGHT DOWN THE LINE Gerry Rafferty
27 ( 46 ) HOT CHILD IN THE CITY Nick Gilder
28 ( 20 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Rose Royce
29 ( 30 ) RESPECTABLE The Rolling Stones
30 ( 38 ) FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS/ BICYCLE RACE Queen

31 ( 31 ) INSTANT REPLAY Dan Hartman
32 ( 24 ) GREASE Frankie Valli
33 ( 21 ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Crystal Gayle
34 ( 23 ) LUCKY STARS Dean Friedman
35 ( 50 ) BRAVE NEW WORLD David Essex
36 ( 57 ) RADIO RADIO Elvis Costello & The Attractions
37 ( 52 ) YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
38 ( 40 ) WHAT A NIGHT City Boy
39 ( 36 ) OH WHAT A CIRCUS David Essex
40 ( 37 ) JILTED JOHN Jilted John

41 ( 42 ) FOREVER AUTUMN Justin Hayward
42 ( 41 ) SUBSTITUTE Clout
43 ( 29 ) SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND/ WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles
44 ( 43 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M
45 ( 26 ) FOOL (IF YOU THINK IT’S OVER) Chris Rea
46 ( 32 ) DAYLIGHT KATY Gordon Lightfoot
47 ( 34 ) GOT TO GET YOU INTO MY LIFE Earth, Wind & Fire
48 ( 48 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
49 ( 35 ) UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Deniece Williams & Johnny Mathis
50 ( 54 ) YOU NEVER DONE IT LIKE THAT Captain and Tennille

51 ( 45 ) HONG KONG GARDENS Siouxsie & The Banshees
52 ( 39 ) BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE Mick Jackson
53 ( 66 ) THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND Andrew Gold
54 ( 51 ) SUPERNATURE Cerrone
55 ( 62 ) DARLIN’ Frankie Miller
56 ( 44 ) A ROSE HAS TO DIE The Dooleys
57 ( 56 ) AIRPORT The Motors
58 ( 60 ) NIGHT FEVER The Bee Gees
59 ( 59 ) IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU Yvonne Elliman
60 ( 49 ) PICTURE THIS Blondie

61 ( 53 ) KISS YOU ALL OVER Exile
62 ( NEW ) NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK The Velvelettes
63 ( 55 ) THREE TIMES A LADY The Commodores
64 ( 75 ) (I WANT TO SEE THE) BRIGHT LIGHTS Julie Covington
65 ( 65 ) BRANDY The O’Jays
66 ( 63 ) I THOUGHT IT WAS YOU Herbie Hancock
67 ( 58 ) COMING HOME Marshall-Hain
68 ( 61 ) AND THE BAND PLAYED ON Flash & The Pan
69 ( 67 ) NORTHERN LIGHTS Renaissance
70 ( 68 ) DANCING IN THE CITY Marshall-Hain

71 ( 71 ) SHOOTING STAR Dollar
72 ( 64 ) DON’T WALK AWAY TILL I TOUCH YOU Elaine Page
73 ( 73 ) DIPPETY DAY Father Abraham & The Smurfs
74 ( NEW ) LOVE IS THE SWEETEST THING Peter Skellern
75 ( 70 ) AN EVERLASTING LOVE Andy Gibb

OCTOBER 1978

Those Summer Nights were drawing in, but for me the City ones ruled as Abba had their last week at the top to be pushed out by a classic ELO single from their most classic album Out Of The Blue, and what a great album it is. Disco, of course, doing well with the now-classic You Make Me Feel at 2 and the less-classic Donna Summer version of McCarthur Park (Richard Harris has yet to chart with his superior original Jimmy Webb classic) also at 2. Gerry Rafferty’s criminally ignored follow-up to Baker Street was a big US hit, and The Beatles got Sgt Pepper a belated single release and a top 10 hit (here). The last two weeks of the month made up for the rather lacklustre start for fresh new entries, as loads of classics pop out of nowhere….

3rd October chart

SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba 1 2 4 4 7
YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Sylvester 2 3 6 5 8
DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC 3 5 7 10 13
LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Rose Royce 4 9 13 16 20
SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John 5 4 11 8 11
GREASE Frankie Valli 6 8 12 20 24
RIGHT DOWN THE LINE Gerry Rafferty 7 7 5 12 18
KISS YOU ALL OVER Exile 8 20 27 36 53
OH WHAT A CIRCUS David Essex 9 15 20 27 36
EVE OF THE WAR Jeff Wayne (& Justin Hayward) 10 13 3 7 16

JILTED JOHN Jilted John 11 19 23 26 37
SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND/ WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS The Beatles 12 10 9 17 29
I THOUGHT IT WAS YOU Herbie Hancock 13 26 32 49 63
TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Crystal Gayle 14 16 16 21 21
HONG KONG GARDENS Siouxsie & The Banshees 15 21 25 33 45
AGAIN AND AGAIN Status Quo 16 24 31 47 69
NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World 17 11 10 11 14
PICTURE THIS Blondie 18 22 22 30 49
BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE The Jacksons 19 18 17 15 6
DAYLIGHT KATY Gordon Lightfoot 20 12 19 24 32

YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray 21 17 15 13 17
SUBSTITUTE Clout 22 28 28 31 41
SUPERNATURE Cerrone 23 31 38 42 51
AND THE BAND PLAYED ON Flash & The Pan 24 23 30 44 61
GALAXY OF LOVE Crown Heights Affair 25 36 44 61
FOREVER AUTUMN Justin Hayward 26 29 29 32 42
RASPUTIN Boney M 27 6 2 3 5
BROWN GIRL IN THE RING/RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M 28 33 33 38 43
AN EVERLASTING LOVE Andy Gibb 29 34 42 56 70
THREE TIMES A LADY The Commodores 30 32 35 46 55

A ROSE HAS TO DIE The Dooleys 31 30 26 28 44
LUCKY STARS Dean Friedman 32 14 8 19 23
WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO Manhattan Transfer 33 46 63
BRITISH HUSTLE Hi-Tension 34 42 61 75
YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John 35 38 40 45 52
METEOR MAN Dee D. Jackson 36 48 70
SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O. 37 1 1 1 1
FORGET ABOUT YOU The Motors 38 44 53 69
MEXICAN GIRL Smokie 39 27 18 14 12
NORTHERN LIGHTS Renaissance 40 45 46 59 67

LONDON TOWN Wings 41 51 62 74
DAVID WATTS The Jam 42 40 45 65
FOOL (IF YOU THINK IT’S OVER) Chris Rea 43 43 47 43 26
EVER FALLEN IN LOVE SOMEONE (YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE) Buzzcocks 44 25 21 18 15
AIRPORT The Motors 45 49 52 52 56
DANCING IN THE CITY Marshall-Hain 46 50 51 60 68
I CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Leo Sayer 47 39 37 53
IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Child 48 69
ANTHEM The New Seekers 49 55 64 71
LIFE’S BEEN GOOD TO ME Joe Walsh 50 62 68 72

GOT A FEELING Patrick Juvet 51 70
GOT TO GET YOU INTO MY LIFE Earth, Wind & Fire 52 41 39 34 34
TOP OF THE POPS The Rezillos 53 71
5-7-0-5 City Boy 54 68
WILD WEST HERO E.L.O. 55 65 73
STAY Jackson Browne 56 66 74
NIGHT FEVER The Bee Gees 57 59 58 57 60
IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU Yvonne Elliman 58 60 59 58 59
BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty 59 58 57 40 48
MONTEGO BAY Sugar Cane 60 52 43 55 74

HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS Bob Seger 61 56 55 68
COMING HOME Marshall-Hain 62 57 67 39 58
WALK ON BY The Stranglers 63
HONEY I’M RICH Raydio 64
RESPECTABLE The Rolling Stones 65 54 50 37 30
IDENTITY X-Ray Spex 66
UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Deniece Williams & Johnny Mathis 67 64 54 35 35
BOOGIE OOGIE OOGIE A Taste Of Honey 68
IT’S RAINING Darts 69
RUN FOR HOME Lindisfarne 70 74

BAMA BOOGIE WOOGIE Cleveland Eton 71
DON’T COME CLOSE The Ramones 72 63 41 62
MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT The Brotherhood Of Man 73 37 34 54
BRANDY The O’Jays 74 61 56 67 65
BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE Mick Jackson 75 35 49 48 39

10th Oct new entries

MCCARTHUR PARK Donna Summer 47 14 2 4
RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats 53 36 9 3
WHAT YOU WAITING FOR Stargard 67
ONE FOR YOU ONE FOR ME Jonathan King 72 24 23 19
GIVING UP GIVING IN The Three Degrees 73 48 29 27
JUKEBOX GYPSY Lindisfarne 75

17th Oct new entries

HURRY UP HARRY Sham ’69 60 41 28
DIPPETY DAY Father Abraham & The Smurfs 65 73 73
SANDY John Travolta 66 22 10
DON’T WALK AWAY TILL I TOUCH YOU Elaine Page 69 64 64
YOU NEVER DONE IT LIKE THAT Captain and Tennille 71 70 54
DARLIN’ Frankie Miller 72 66 62
I WANT CANDY The Bishops 75

24th Oct new entries

SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind 6 2
DOWN IN THE TUBE STATION AT MIDNIGHT The Jam 25 25
BRAVE NEW WORLD David Essex 50 50
PART TIME LOVE Elton John 51 33
PUBLIC IMAGE Public Image Limited 63 9

31st Oct new entries

TEENAGE KICKS The Undertones 22
INSTANT REPLAY Dan Hartman 31
BICYCLE RACE Queen 38
OH WHAT A NIGHT City Boy 40
HOT CHILD IN THE CITY Nick Gilder 46
PRETTY LITTLE ANGEL EYES Showaddywaddy 47
RADIO RADIO Elvis Costello & The Attractions 57
THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND Andrew Gold 66
SHOOTING STAR Dollar 71
GET IT WHILE YOU CAN Olympic Runners 72
(I WANT TO SEE THE) BRIGHT LIGHTS Julie Covington 75

SEPTEMBER 1978
I started to listen avidly to Paul Gambaccini’s American countdown about this time, which is why a lot more American hits appear, and enter earlier than in the UK charts, I was also in student digs, living with a family in Lincoln for my 2nd year at College watching Star Trek re-runs, visiting my student girlie friends in their digs and soooo jealous that my best mate was in Wisconsin on a student exchange programme and they wouldnt let me go. The main reason I chose Lincoln was for that and they changed the rules so degree students weren’t eligible. Boooo! Me, I instead got done by the police for riding a bike with no lights cos I was scared of getting mugged like another student had been. We were so poor we couldnt afford lights…smile.gif

Chartwise, it was all War Of The Worlds, 10CC and Abba, with a healthy dose of fab new wave and disco. Some of those acts banished by the BBC in the re-runs appear in my charts however. I can’t excuse Arthur & Hylda though, it was funny, what, for a week? four weeks is unforgiveable!

2nd September chart

FOREVER AUTUMN Justin Hayward 1 5 7 13 19
DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC 2 1 2 1 2
SUBSTITUTE Clout 3 6 8 14 18
NORTHERN LIGHTS Renaissance 4 8 16 24 32
SUPERNATURE Cerrone 5 4 4 5 13
LIFE’S BEEN GOOD TO ME Joe Walsh 6 13 26 33 42
JILTED JOHN Jilted John 7 2 3 6 8
OH WHAT A CIRCUS David Essex 8 3 5 7 9
THREE TIMES A LADY The Commodores 9 14 23 20 22
YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John 10 10 17 18 24

BROWN GIRL IN THE RING/RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M 11 9 19 19 21
5-7-0-5 City Boy 12 17 30 35 43
WALK ON BY The Stranglers 13 21 28 34 47
IF THE KIDS ARE UNITED Sham 69 14 18 31 48 61
ANTHEM The New Seekers 15 22 32 38 44
AN EVERLASTING LOVE Andy Gibb 16 12 10 12 16
STAY Jackson Browne 17 25 37 40 45
BOOGIE OOGIE OOGIE A Taste Of Honey 18 23 33 42 54
COLD AS ICE Foreigner 19 29 38 49 62
IT’S RAINING Darts 20 28 34 44 55

DANCING IN THE CITY Marshall-Hain 21 31 36 32 38
AIRPORT The Motors 22 32 35 37 39
KISS YOU ALL OVER Exile 23 16 12 8 11
WILD WEST HERO E.L.O. 24 35 43 43 48
BABY STOP CRYING Bob Dylan 25 33 56 71
WHO ARE YOU The Who 26 34 39 53 63
I THOUGHT IT WAS YOU Herbie Hancock 27 27 14 10 10
GREASE Frankie Valli 28 7 6 3 3
GALAXY OF LOVE Crown Heights Affair 29 19 13 11 15
COME BACK AND FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED Gladys Knight & The Pips 30 40 61

FORGET ABOUT YOU The Motors 31 30 20 21 26
TOP OF THE POPS The Rezillos 32 26 21 27 41
IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Child 33 24 18 26 34
SIGN OF THE TIMES Bryan Ferry 34 39 46 65
RUN FOR HOME Lindisfarne 35 43 53 52 60
IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU Yvonne Elliman 36 41 42 46 52
NIGHT FEVER The Bee Gees 37 42 41 45 51
PICTURE THIS Blondie 38 11 9 9 14
FROM EAST TO WEST/ SCOT’S MACHINE Voyage 39 47 64
TOOK THE LAST TRAIN David Gates 40 46 65

DAVID WATTS The Jam 41 38 29 29 31
COPACABANA Barry Manilow 42 36 48 64 75
LIKE CLOCKWORK The Boomtown Rats 43 50 62 74
THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES Kate Bush 44 44 52 58 65
CA PLANE POUR MOI Plastic Bertrand 45 45 54 62 67
MOVING OUT (ANTHONY’S SONG) Billy Joel 46 56
DAVY’S ON THE ROAD AGAIN Manfred Mann’s Earthband 47 52 66
DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA Julie Covington 48 53 58 68
RAINING THROUGH MY SUNSHINE The Real Thing 49 61
SHA LA LA LA LEE Plastic Bertrand 50

DON’T FEAR THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 51 64
A LITTLE BIT OF SOAP Showaddywaddy 52 73
IDENTITY X-Ray Spex 53 37 15 31 49
BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty 54 58 60 60 58
HOW CAN THIS BE LOVE Andrew Gold 55
DON’T BE CRUEL Elvis Presley 56
BECAUSE THE NIGHT Patti Smith Group 57 62
MISS YOU The Rolling Stones 58 63 72
AIN’T NOTHIN’ GONNA KEEP US APART Terri De Sario 59
YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Sylvester 60 49 24 15 4

COME ON DANCE DANCE Saturday Night Band 61
NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY The Stranglers 62 69
ON A LITTLE STREET IN SINGAPORE Manhattan Transfer 63 70
TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Crystal Gayle 64 54 40 30 25
IS THIS A LOVE THING Raydio (Ray Parker Junior) 65
STUFF LIKE THAT Quincy Jones 66
YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT (I’m so ashamed!) Arthur Mullard & Hylda Baker 67 66 63 59 70
MORE THAN A WOMAN Tavares 68
WARM RIDE Rare Earth 69
FM (NO STATIC AT ALL) Steely Dan 70 out 59 69

DON’T CARE Klark Kent (Stuart Copeland) 71 59 69
BRITISH HUSTLE Hi-Tension 72 48 25 16 20
TAKE A CHANCE ON ME Abba 73 75
TWO OUT OF THREE AIN’T BAD Meatloaf 74 60 51 61 68
DON’T WANNA SAY GOODNIGHT Kandidate 75 57 44 56

9th Sept new entries

SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba 15 1 2 1
HONG KONG GARDENS Siouxsie & The Banshees 20 11 4 7
SHE’S GONNA WIN Bilbo 51 45 41 57
AGAIN AND AGAIN Status Quo 55 27 22 17
GOT A FEELING Patrick Juvet 65 49 54 35
LONDON TOWN Wings 67 57 39 33
DEBORAH Dave Edmunds 68 67 66 74
WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO Manhattan Transfer 71 47 36 29
YOU Rita Coolidge 72 68 63 71
HOT SHOT Karen Young 74 74

16th Sept new entries

SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John 22 17 6
AND THE BAND PLAYED ON Flash & The Pan 50 28 27
METEOR MAN Dee D. Jackson 55 51 30
HONEY I’M RICH Raydio 73 70 66
A ROSE HAS TO DIE The Dooleys 75 47 46

23rd Sept new entries

LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Rose Royce 23 5
DAYLIGHT KATY Gordon Lightfoot 25 23
BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE The Jacksons 50 40
YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray 55 28
MEXICAN GIRL Smokie 57 56
FOOL (IF YOU THINK IT’S OVER) Chris Rea 67 37
EVE OF THE WAR Jeff Wayne (& Justin Hayward) 72 72
I CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Leo Sayer 73 50
DON’T KILL THE WHALE Yes 75

30th Sept new entries

RIGHT DOWN THE LINE Gerry Rafferty 12
LUCKY STARS Dean Freidman 36
EVER FALLEN IN LOVE SOMEONE (YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE) Buzzcocks 53
GOT TO GET YOU INTO MY LIFE Earth, Wind & Fire 59
COMING HOME Marshall-Hain 64
HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS Bob Seger 69
MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT The Brotherhood Of Man 73

AUGUST 1978A rainy wet camping family holiday in Scarborough for me, and Grease-mania starting for the country. It was all about all-female Clout and their Russ Ballard song, and Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds classic with Justin Hayward, followed by lovely Renaissance and the fab 10CC (or 5CC by this time)…5th August chartSUBSTITUTE Clout 1 1 1 3
FOREVER AUTUMN Justin Hayward 2 2 2 1
AIRPORT The Motors 3 5 11 16
NORTHERN LIGHTS Renaissance 4 3 3 4
BOOGIE OOGIE OOGIE A Taste Of Honey 5 4 9 13
DANCING IN THE CITY Marshall-Hain 6 8 14 14
FROM EAST TO WEST/ SCOT’S MACHINE Voyage 7 6 12 24
LIFE’S BEEN GOOD TO ME Joe Walsh 8 7 4 5
RUN FOR HOME Lindisfarne 9 15 20 27
WILD WEST HERO E.L.O. 10 12 15 15YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John 11 14 18 18
ANTHEM The New Seekers 12 9 13 12
5-7-0-5 City Boy 13 10 5 8
STAY Jackson Browne 14 13 10 19
LIKE CLOCKWORK The Boomtown Rats 15 18 22 31
MOVING OUT (ANTHONY’S SONG) Billy Joel 16 16 24 36
DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA Julie Covington 17 24 31 41
COME ON DANCE DANCE Saturday Night Band 18 21 40 55
BROWN GIRL IN THE RING/RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M 19 11 6 6
THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES Kate Bush 20 25 30 38COME BACK AND FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED Gladys Knight & The Pips 21 19 19 21
DON’T BE CRUEL Elvis Presley 22 36 38 49
IS THIS A LOVE THING Raydio (Ray Parker Junior) 23 34 34 52
DON’T FEAR THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 24 27 35 44
CA PLANE POUR MOI Plastic Bertrand 25 32 32 39
LOVE YOU MORE Buzzcocks 26 22 46 64
THE RACE IS ON Suzi Quatro 27 26 41 61
NIGHT FEVER The Bee Gees 28 28 28 30
IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU Yvonne Elliman 29 29 29 29
DAVY’S ON THE ROAD AGAIN Manfred Mann’s Earthband 30 33 33 40HOW CAN THIS BE LOVE Andrew Gold 31 31 36 46
USED TA BE MY GIRL The O’Jays 32 38 51 65
SUPERNATURE Cerrone 33 17 17 9
FLYING HIGH The Commodores 34 45 56 67
IT’S THE SAME OLD SONG K.C. & The Sunshine Band 35 44 58 68
A LITTLE BIT OF SOAP Showaddywaddy 36 35 37 47
WARM RIDE Rare Earth 37 42 47 58
MISS YOU/ FARAWAY EYES The Rolling Stones 38 41 45 56
BABY STOP CRYING Bob Dylan 39 23 23 22
IF THE KIDS ARE UNITED Sham 69 40 20 8 10

COLD AS ICE Foreigner 41 37 25 25
BABY IT’S YOU Racey 42 61 67
NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY The Stranglers 43 48 54 59
ON A LITTLE STREET IN SINGAPORE Manhattan Transfer 44 49 55 60
WHO ARE YOU The Who 45 30 27 23
I’VE HAD ENOUGH Wings 46 57
TOOK THE LAST TRAIN David Gates 47 55 43 48
DON’T CARE Klark Kent (Stuart Copeland) 48 43 62 73
ARGENTINE MELODY San Jose 49 63
MORE THAN A WOMAN Tavares 50 53 59 62

BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty 51 47 49 54
BECAUSE THE NIGHT Patti Smith Group 52 50 50 57
SHA LA LA LA LEE Plastic Bertrand 53 39 26 34
THE SMURF SONG Father Abraham & The Smurfs 54 54 65
SATISFY MY SOUL Bob Marley & The Wailers 55 69
NEVER SAY DIE Black Sabbath 56 67
DISCO INFERNO The Trammps 57 60 69
MIND BLOWING DECISIONS Heatwave 58 65
JUST LET ME DO MY THING Sine 59 66
YOU LIGHT MY FIRE Sheila B. Devotion 60 51 64

PRODIGAL SON Steel Pulse 61 72
MAKING UP AGAIN Goldie 62
LOVE’S IN YOU Giorgio & Chris 63
(I’M ALWAYS TOUCHED BY YOUR) PRESENCE DEAR Blondie 64 70 73
DON’T LET ME DOWN AGAIN Buckingham-Nicks 65 64
IT SURE BRINGS OUT THE LOVE IN YOUR EYES David Soul 66
OH CAROL Smokie 67
SIGN OF THE TIMES Bryan Ferry 68 62 53 35
THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER Trade Mark 69
COPACABANA/ SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT Barry Manilow 70 58 63 42

TAKE A CHANCE ON ME Abba 71 71 66 70
LET’S ALL CHANT Michael Zager Band 72
RUN JOEY RUN Billie Davis 73 68
STEPPIN’ IN A SLIDE ZONE The Moody Blues 74
NIGHT FEVER Carol Douglas 75 74

12th August new entries

IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Child 40 42 33
THREE TIMES A LADY The Commodores 46 7 7
IDENTITY X-Ray Spex 52 44 43
TOP OF THE POPS The Rezillos 56 48 32
IT’S RAINING Darts 59 16 11
YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams 73 68 63
MAGIC MIND Earth, Wind & Fire 75

19th August new entries

DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC 21 2
FORGET ABOUT YOU The Motors 39 37
GREASE Frankie Valli 52 50
OH WHAT A CIRCUS/ HIGH FLYING ADORED David Essex 57 26
AN EVERLASTING LOVE Andy Gibb 60 28
JILTED JOHN Jilted John 61 20
GOT A FEELING Patrick Juvet 70 66
KISS YOU ALL OVER Exile 71 45
RAINING THROUGH MY SUNSHINE The Real Thing 72 51
STUFF LIKE THAT Quincy Jones 74 53
AIN’T NOTHIN’ GONNA KEEP US APART Terri De Sario 75 71

26th August new entries

WALK ON BY The Stranglers 17
YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Sylvester 69
BRITISH HUSTLE Hi-Tension 71
TWO OUT OF THREE AIN’T BAD Meatloaf 74
FM (NO STATIC AT ALL) Steely Dan 75

JULY 1978Running a few weeks behind the Top Of The Pops repeats on the BBC, must try and catch up. No 9 weeks for Olivia & John at the top in here, it’s Manfred Mann, The Motors and Clout – a bit of a South African invasion for two of them! The music scene was ab fab to coin a phrase, Stones, Kate, and oodles of other goodies at the top, and plenty of obscure non-chart stuff at the bottom. It wouldn’t be 1978 without a Bee Gees song entering (Rare Earth) and pop folk was making inroads with Lindisfarne and Renaissance.Ah good days! Feel free to compare with the BBC charts of the time – mine’s better. No, honestly, great records peak higher and average ones lower, and way more records enter the charts.1st July ChartDAVY’S ON THE ROAD AGAIN Manfred Mann’s Earthband 1 5 6 14 21
YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John 2 2 2 4 10
MISS YOU The Rolling Stones 3 8 13 24 31
CA PLANE POUR MOI Plastic Bertrand 4 7 9 16 20
AIRPORT The Motors 5 1 1 1 2
DANCING IN THE CITY Marshall-Hain 6 4 3 2 3
THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES Kate Bush 7 3 4 10 15
RUN FOR HOME Lindisfarne 8 6 5 3 11
MAKING UP AGAIN Goldie 9 16 34 41 53
NIGHT FEVER The Bee Gees 10 10 15 22 25IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU Yvonne Elliman 11 11 16 23 26
ON A LITTLE STREET IN SINGAPORE Manhattan Transfer 12 18 25 34 39
RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M 13 12 14 19 19
MORE THAN A WOMAN Tavares 14 20 29 39 45
OH CAROL Smokie 15 21 30 44 56
BECAUSE THE NIGHT Patti Smith Group 16 23 38 45 50
IT SURE BRINGS OUT THE LOVE IN YOUR EYES David Soul 17 17 26 43 55
MIND BLOWING DECISIONS Heatwave 18 14 22 36 44
THE SMURF SONG Father Abraham & The Smurfs 19 32 42 47 51
ANNIE’S SONG James Galway 20 31 43 54 72ROSALIE Thin Lizzy 21 40 51
DON’T FEAR THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 22 9 7 15 24
JUST LET ME DO MY THING Sine 23 19 24 38 48
NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY The Stranglers 24 39 48 28 35
PUMP IT UP Elvis Costello 25 25 47 55 74
(I’M ALWAYS TOUCHED BY YOUR) PRESENCE DEAR Blondie 26 36 44 50 58
WHAT A WASTE Ian Dury & The Blockheads 27 44 52 73
YOU TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH Meatloaf 28 46 63
BEAUTIFUL LOVER Brotherhood Of Man 29 27 41 52 71
LIKE CLOCKWORK The Boomtown Rats 30 13 8 11 12LOVING YOU HAS MADE ME BANANAS Guy Marks 31 50 64
DISCO INFERNO The Trammps 32 26 21 35 47
LOVE IS IN THE AIR John Paul Young 33 45 53 70
BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty 34 42 49 49 49
LET’S ALL CHANT Michael Zager Band 35 43 50 60 66
HI-TENSION Hi-Tension 36 53 69
NEVER SAY DIE Black Sabbath 37 51 33 33 42
WILD WEST HERO E.L.O. 38 30 10 7 7
DON’T BE CRUEL Elvis Presley 39 22 20 20 32
SATISFY MY SOUL Bob Marley & The Wailers 40 38 45 42 41

THE BOY FROM NEW YORK CITY Darts 41 60 70
FOLLOW YOU FOLLOW ME Genesis 42 49 54 62 69
ARGENTINE MELODY San Jose 43 29 19 21 29
AUTOMATIC LOVER Dee D. Jackson 44 48 56 65 73
ANTHEM The New Seekers 45 33 27 25 13
5-7-0-5 City Boy 46 41 36 26 14
THEME FROM HONG KONG BEAT Richard Denton/ Martin Cook 47 55 59 67
A LITTLE BIT OF SOAP Showaddywaddy 48 28 28 31 33
TAKE A CHANCE ON ME Abba 49 47 55 59 65
DENIS (DENISE) Blondie 50 54 60 68

IF YOU CAN’T GIVE ME LOVE Suzi Quatro 51 61 74 74
WOMAN OF MINE Dean Friedman 52 63
FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Foreigner 53 62 75
LET’S GO DISCO The Real Thing 54 64
NORTHERN LIGHTS Renaissance 55 15 12 8 6
DO IT DO IT AGAIN Rafaella Carra 56 70
JACK AND JILL Raydio (Ray Parker Junior) 57 69
FROM EAST TO WEST Voyage 58 35 32 12 8
MAKE LOVE TO THE MUSIC Maria Muldaur 59 59 71
USED TA BE MY GIRL The O’Jays 60 34 18 18 23

IT MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE DANCING Rose Royce 61 72
STAY Jackson Browne 62 56 39 17 16
STAYIN’ ALIVE The Bee Gees 63 66
WUTHERING HEIGHTS Kate Bush 64 67
WE’LL NEVER HAVE TO SAY GOODBYE England Dan & John Ford Coley 65 74
AB-A-NI-BI Izhar Cohen & Alpha Beta 66
I’VE HAD ENOUGH Wings 67 57 40 30 30
CARRY ON MY WAYWARD SON Kansas 68 52 46 56 62
ALMOST SUMMER Celebration 69
DISCO CRAZY Jesse Green 70 out 67 71

SHE’S SO MODERN The Boomtown Rats 71
I TAKE WHAT I WANT The Bishops 72 68
ROCK AND ROLL DAMNATION AC/DC 73 58
NEVER LET HER SLIP AWAY Andrew Gold 74
PROTEST SONG Neil Innes 75 75

8th July New Entries

BOOGIE OOGIE OOGIE A Taste Of Honey 24 23 5 5
SUBSTITUTE Clout 37 11 6 1
YOU BELONG TO ME Carly Simon 65 65
DON’T LET ANOTHER GOOD DAY GO BY Jim Rafferty 71 58 58
CALIFORNIA Rafaella Carra 73 61 53 61

15th July New Entries

FOREVER AUTUMN Justin Hayward 17 9 4
LIFE’S BEEN GOOD TO ME Joe Walsh 31 13 9
FLYING HIGH The Commodores 35 32 27
MOVING OUT (ANTHONY’S SONG) Billy Joel 37 27 17
THE CLAPPING SONG Shirley Ellis 57 51 64
HOW CAN THIS BE LOVE Andrew Gold 62 40 40
THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER Trade Mark 66 66 59
WARM RIDE Rare Earth 68 48 37
COME ON DANCE DANCE Saturday Night Band 72 69 18
THE RACE IS ON Suzi Quatro 73 46 34

22nd July New Entries

DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA Julie Covington 29 22
COME BACK AND FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED Gladys Knight & The Pips 37 28
BABY IT’S ME Racey 57 43
IT’S THE SAME OLD SONG K.C. & The Sunshine Band 61 38
DON’T CARE Klark Kent (Stuart Copeland) 63 54
LOVE’S IN YOU Giorgio & Chris 64 63
TILL YOU TAKE MY LOVE Harvey Mason 72
COLD AS ICE Foreigner 75 46

29th July New Entries

IS THIS A LOVE THING Raydio (Ray Parker Junior) 36
TOOK THE LAST TRAIN David Gates 52
LOVE YOU MORE Buzzcocks 57
SHA LA LA LA LEE Plastic Bertrand 60
YOU LIGHT MY FIRE Sheila B. Devotion 67
DON’T LET ME DOWN AGAIN Buckingham-Nicks 68
BABY STOP CRYING Bob Dylan 70
PRODIGAL SON Steel Pulse 75

JUNE 1978

OK, Saturday Night Fever, New Wave and Grease. Just like the real world in June 1978 then….

You know how when you’re a kid you like novelty records? Father Abraham…? I was 20. No excuses! I know I liked the toon, but even so…no excuses!

3rd JUNE chart

IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU Yvonne Elliman 1 3 3 6
NIGHT FEVER The Bee Gees 2 2 4 5
CA PLANE POUR MOI Plastic Bertrand 3 1 1 2
MORE THAN A WOMAN Tavares 4 7 7 11
NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY The Stranglers 5 5 6 15
RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M 6 10 9 13
(I’M ALWAYS TOUCHED BY YOUR) PRESENCE DEAR Blondie 7 6 11 18
LET’S ALL CHANT Michael Zager Band 8 15 22 29
YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John 9 4 2 1
DAVY’S ON THE ROAD AGAIN Manfred Mann’s Earthband 10 9 5 3

BECAUSE THE NIGHT Patti Smith Group 11 8 10 14
LOVE IS IN THE AIR John Paul Young 12 16 19 27
JACK AND JILL Raydio (Ray Parker Junior) 13 23 31 43
WHAT A WASTE Ian Dury & The Blockheads 14 12 14 20
THE BOY FROM NEW YORK CITY Darts 15 19 23 34
AUTOMATIC LOVER Dee D. Jackson 16 22 30 40
DO IT DO IT AGAIN Rafaella Carra 17 24 29 42
AB-A-NI-BI Izhar Cohen & Alpha Beta 18 18 16 33
LOVING YOU HAS MADE ME BANANAS Guy Marks 19 11 13 21
BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty 20 21 26 30

FOLLOW YOU FOLLOW ME Genesis 21 27 32 39
NEVER LET HER SLIP AWAY Andrew Gold 22 30 41 54
SHE’S SO MODERN The Boomtown Rats 23 32 42 55
OH CAROL Smokie 24 17 17 10
COME TO ME Ruby Winters 25 25 25 41
IT MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE DANCING Rose Royce 26 26 37 46
FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Foreigner 27 29 36 44
EVERYBODY DANCE Chic 28 42 59 71
OLE OLA Rod Stewart 29 28 34 53
ROSALIE Thin Lizzy 30 34 24 25

DENIS (DENISE) Blondie 31 35 43 50
TAKE A CHANCE ON ME Abba 32 36 44 49
IF YOU CAN’T GIVE ME LOVE Suzi Quatro 33 37 45 51
WOMAN OF MINE Dean Friedman 34 40 33 32
ON A LITTLE STREET IN SINGAPORE Manhattan Transfer 35 33 18 8
THEME FROM HONG KONG BEAT Richard Denton/ Martin Cook 36 43 53 45
WITH A LITTLE LUCK Wings 37 44 54 63
I CAN’T STAND THE RAIN Eruption/ Precious Wilson 38 45 51 61
RUN FOR HOME Lindisfarne 39 14 8 7
TAKE ME I’M YOURS Squeeze 40 46 56 65

ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES Sham ’69 41 50 39 38
TOO MUCH TOO LITTLE TOO LATE Johnny Mathis/ Deniece Williams 42 41 49 59
CAN’T SMILE WITHOUT YOU Barry Manilow 43 54 63
BOOGIE SHOES KC & The Sunshine Band 44 55 62 73
STAYIN’ ALIVE The Bee Gees 45 48 52 56
WUTHERING HEIGHTS Kate Bush 46 49 60 60
MONEY THAT’S YOUR PROBLEM Tonight 47 53 74
JUPITER Earth Wind & Fire 48 59 71
WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM Child 49 58 69
THE DAY THE WORLD TURNED DAYGLO X-Ray Spex 50 66

THE BAD OLD DAYS Coco 51 64
PLACE IN YOUR HEART Nazereth 52 52 70
I MUST BE IN LOVE The Rutles 53 56 64
ANNIE’S SONG James Galway 54 20 12 12
EVERY 1’S A WINNER Hot Chocolate 55 62 66 69
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND Gene Page 56 63 67 70
UP AGAINST THE WALL The Tom Robinson Band 57
HEY LORD DON’T ASK ME QUESTIONS Graham Parker & The Rumour 58
BEAUTIFUL LOVER Brotherhood Of Man 59 39 38 37
EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Robert Palmer 60

TUMBLING DICE Linda Ronstadt 61
SHADOW DANCING Andy Gibb 62 38 46 57
HI-TENSION Hi-Tension 63 51 40 28
MADEMOISELLE Styx 64 47 47 62
MAKING UP AGAIN Goldie 65 33 15 9
EMOTIONS Samantha Sang 66 72
LOVE IS LIKE OXYGEN The Sweet 67 71
(I DON’T WANT TO GO TO) CHELSEA Elvis Costello 68
WISHING WELL/ ALL RIGHT NOW Free 69 73
MR BLUE SKY E.L.O. 70 74

I LOVE THE SOUND OF BREAKING GLASS Nick Lowe 71
ALMOST SUMMER Celebration 72 61 50 48
SINGIN IN THE RAIN Sheila B. Devotion 73
I LOVE MUSIC/ LOVE TRAIN The O’Jays 74
DON’T FEAR THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 75 70 58 24

10th JUNE new entries

PUMP IT UP Elvis Costello 31 27 19
NORTHERN LIGHTS Renaissance 57 61 75
YOU TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH Meatloaf 60 35 31
WE’LL NEVER HAVE TO SAY GOODBYE England Dan & John Ford Coley 65 55 47
LET’S GO DISCO The Real Thing 67 57 36
IT SURE BRINGS OUT THE LOVE IN YOUR EYES David Soul 68 21 26
THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES Kate Bush 69 65 22
MISS YOU The Rolling Stones 75 20 4

17th JUNE new entries

THE SMURF SONG Father Abraham & The Smurfs 28 23
MIND BLOWING DECISIONS Heatwave 48 35
NEVER SAY DIE Black Sabbath 68 67
HONEST I DO LOVE YOU Candi Staton 72 72
SATISFY MY SOUL Bob Marley & The Wailers 73 52
AIRPORT The Motors 75 16

24th JUNE new entries

DANCING IN THE CITY Marshall-Hain 17
LIKE CLOCKWORK The Boomtown Rats 58
ARGENTINE MELODY San Jose 64
JUST LET ME DO MY THING Sine 66
MAKE LOVE TO THE MUSIC Maria Muldaur 68
WILD WEST HERO E.L.O. 74

MAY 1978

May 1978 was hot. The weather was hot and the music scene was hot. I was ending my first year at College in Lincoln and music was changing in the charts. Punk may have happened in 1977 but New Wave was the real chart invasion, and it started at the end of May. There have been some online comments about the poor standard of tracks on recent Top Of The Pops from May 1978 shown on the BBC – well, my chart positions of the time support those comments. That’s how I saw it too obviously….

But just check out My Top 10 tracks in the last week: The top 3 are all classic Saturday Night Fever tracks, as the Bee Gees songs absolutely and categorically ruled the world’s singles and albums charts and boosted the disco clubbing scene. Then check out the high debuts from New Wave/punk records, and also lower down from new acts. No gradual chart climbs for Patti Smith, Plastic Bertrand, and Stranglers, it’s wham bam! right in. Singles sales were hitting historic highs and the charts changed to reflect that; the UK charts were expanded to 75, and my charts did the same, 50 went to 60 on 13th May and then 75 on the 20th. They’ve stayed 75 ever since, bar a brief trial at 100 in 1983

6th MAY

NIGHT FEVER The Bee Gees 1 1 1 1
BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty 2 4 9 14
FOLLOW YOU FOLLOW ME Genesis 3 3 8 13
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND Gene Page 4 13 30 46
AUTOMATIC LOVER Dee D. Jackson 5 2 6 10
THEME FROM HONG KONG BEAT Richard Denton/ Martin Cook 6 8 19 27
IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU Yvonne Elliman 7 7 4 2
TAKE ME I’M YOURS Squeeze 8 11 21 32
WITH A LITTLE LUCK Wings 9 12 22 31
LET’S ALL CHANT Michael Zager Band 10 6 3 6

SHE’S SO MODERN The Boomtown Rats 11 10 14 17
DENIS (DENISE) Blondie 12 16 24 26
NEVER LET HER SLIP AWAY Andrew Gold 13 9 12 18
EVERYBODY DANCE Chic 14 21 18 23
RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M 15 5 2 4
IF YOU CAN’T GIVE ME LOVE Suzi Quatro 16 20 20 24
SINGING IN THE RAIN Sheila B. Devotion 17 26 35 49
DO IT DO IT AGAIN Rafaella Carra 18 18 13 12
THE BAD OLD DAYS Coco 19 15 23 43
EVERY 1’S A WINNER Hot Chocolate 20 28 38 47

JACK AND JILL Raydio (Ray Parker Junior) 21 17 17 11
TOO MUCH TOO LITTLE TOO LATE Johnny Mathis/ Deniece Williams 22 29 28 33
I MUST BE IN LOVE The Rutles 23 23 42 67
I CAN’T STAND THE RAIN Eruption/ Precious Wilson 24 36 34 34
(I DON’T WANT TO GO TO) CHELSEA Elvis Costello 25 37 45 56
AB-A-NI-BI Izhar Cohen & Alpha Beta 26 19 16 20
TAKE A CHANCE ON ME Abba 27 31 31 30
WUTHERING HEIGHTS Kate Bush 28 32 36 44
LOVE TRAIN/ I LOVE MUSIC The O’Jays 29 39 47 61
STAYIN’ ALIVE The Bee Gees 30 33 37 45

WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM Child 31 27 27 37
I LOVE THE SOUND OF BREAKING GLASS Nick Lowe 32 40 46 55
BOOGIE SHOES KC & The Sunshine Band 33 34 39 39
FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Foreigner 34 24 15 22
TUMBLING DICE Linda Ronstadt 35 30 32 48
HEY LORD DON’T ASK ME QUESTIONS Graham Parker & The Rumour 36 43 60 50
THE ONE AND ONLY Gladys Knight 37 53 61
COUNT ON ME Jefferson Starship 38 48 70
MORE LIKE THE MOVIES Dr Hook 39 OUT 63
MORE THAN A WOMAN Tavares 40 14 5 3

DANCE A LITTLE BIT CLOSER Charo & The Salsoul Orchestra 41 58 68
MR BLUE SKY E.L.O. 42 46 52 59
WISHING WELL/ ALL RIGHT NOW Free 43 45 51 58
LOVE IS LIKE OXYGEN The Sweet 44 47 50 57
EMOTIONS Samantha Sang 45 51 53 60
IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO Richard Myhill 46 52 66
YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John 47 42 26 21
LOVE IS IN THE AIR John Paul Young 48 35 25 16
I WONDER WHY Showaddywaddy 49 57 57 69
WHAT GOES ON Bryan Ferry 50 50 72

13th MAY new entries

THE BOY FROM NEW YORK CITY Darts 22 11 15
(I’M ALWAYS TOUCHED BY YOUR) PRESENCE DEAR Blondie 25 10 9
ON A LITTLE STREET IN SINGAPORE Manhattan Transfer 38 44 35
JUPITER Earth Wind & Fire 41 41 40
BACK IN LOVE AGAIN Donna Summer 44 56 70
NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY The Stranglers 49 49 8
JUST FOR YOU Alan Price 54 54 62
COME TO ME Ruby Winters 55 69 28
WHAT A WASTE Ian Dury & The Blockheads 56 29 19
EGO Elton John 59 67
FIRE DOWN BELOW Tina Charles 60 59 66

20th MAY new entries

BECAUSE THE NIGHT Patti Smith Group 7 5
DAVY’S ON THE ROAD AGAIN Manfred Mann’s Earthband 33 25
CAN’T SMILE WITHOUT YOU Barry Manilow 40 36
ROSALIE Thin Lizzy 43 38
WOMAN OF MINE Dean Friedman 48 41
UP AGAINST THE WALL The Tom Robinson Band 55 63
MATCHSTALK MEN AND MATCHSTALK CATS AND DOGS Brian & Michael 58 74
PLACE IN YOUR HEART Nazereth 62 53
HERE AM I Bonnie Tyler 64 71
ONLY LOVING DOES IT Guys & Dolls 65 68
SOMETIMES WHEN WE TOUCH Dan Hill 71
SHADOW DANCING Andy Gibb 73 73
EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Robert Palmer 74 64
HI-TENSION Hi-Tension 75 54

27th MAY new entries

CA PLANE POUR MOI Plastic Bertrand 7
IT MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE DANCING Rose Royce 29
LOVING YOU HAS MADE ME BANANAS Guy Marks 42
MONEY THAT’S YOUR PROBLEM Tonight 51
THE DAY THE WORLD TURNED DAYGLO X-Ray Spex 52
ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES Sham ’69 65
OH CAROL Smokie 72
ON THE STRIP Paul Nicholas 75

APRIL 1978:

A little thing called Saturday Night Fever seemed to get a bit of notice…

1st April

BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty 1 1 2 1 2
DENIS (DENISE) Blondie 2 2 1 3 6
TAKE A CHANCE ON ME Abba 3 6 9 17 22
I CAN’T STAND THE RAIN Eruption/ Precious Wilson 4 3 4 9 19
IF YOU CAN’T GIVE ME LOVE Suzi Quatro 5 4 5 8 12
WUTHERING HEIGHTS Kate Bush 6 7 10 18 23
FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 7 10 21 34 44
I LOVE THE SOUND OF BREAKING GLASS Nick Lowe 8 8 6 13 25
EVERY 1’S A WINNER Hot Chocolate 9 5 3 4 11
WISHING ON A STAR Rose Royce 10 13 25 37

STAYIN’ ALIVE The Bee Gees 11 16 20 25 28
MR BLUE SKY E.L.O. 12 20 28 29 33
EMOTIONS Samantha Sang 13 17 23 26 32
RHIANNON (WILL YOU EVER WIN) Fleetwood Mac 14 21 31 39
WALK IN LOVE Manhattan Transfer 15 19 32 40
IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers 16 12 17 33 43
WISHING WELL/ ALL RIGHT NOW Free 17 24 29 32 34
RUMOUR HAS IT Donna Summer 18 32 39
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND Gene Page 19 28 27 24 5
WHAT’S YOUR NAME WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER Andrea True Connection 20 33 42

I WONDER WHY Showaddywaddy 21 9 13 28 36
(I DON’T WANT TO GO TO) CHELSEA Elvis Costello 22 11 11 7 17
FOLLOW ME FOLLOW YOU Genesis 23 18 8 5 4
LOVE IS LIKE OXYGEN The Sweet 24 30 35 35 35
ARIEL Dean Friedman 25 25 38
WHENEVER YOU WANT MY LOVE The Real Thing 26 26 37 45
JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Billy Joel 27 40
SINGING IN THE RAIN Sheila B. Devotion 28 22 15 10 9
DARE TO BE DIFFERENT Donovan 29 39
LILAC WINE Elkie Brooks 30 44

BABY COME BACK Player 31 45 `
STAY WITH ME BABY David Essex 32 47
WORDS Rita Coolidge 33 41
I’LL GO WHERE YOUR MUSIC TAKES ME Tina Charles 34 37
JUST ONE MORE NIGHT Yellow Dog 35 48
SOMETIMES WHEN WE TOUCH Dan Hill 36 38 43 41 41
MATCHSTALK MEN AND MATCHSTALK CATS AND DOGS Brian & Michael 37
5 MINUTES The Stranglers 38
NATIVE NEW YORKER Odyssey 39 49
MULL OF KINTYRE Wings 40

THE GROOVE LINE Heatwave 41
HIM OR ME The Banned 42 42
UPTOWN TOP RANKING Althea & Donna 43
HOT LEGS Rod Stewart 44
NEVER LET HER SLIP AWAY Andrew Gold 45 23 18 16 14
NEWS OF THE WORLD The Jam 46 50
THE DRUMMER MAN Tonight 47
THE GHOST OF LOVE Tavares 48 27 40 50
SPREAD YOUR WINGS Queen 49
MORE LIKE THE MOVIES Dr Hook 50 35 33 31 30

8th April new entries

IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU Yvonne Elliman 14 12 21 27
NIGHT FEVER The Bee Gees 15 7 2 1
WITH A LITTLE LUCK Wings 29 14 11 7
SHE’S SO MODERN The Boomtown Rats 31 22 19 13
THEME FROM HONG KONG BEAT Richard Denton/ Martin Cook 34 24 15 10
LET’S ALL CHANT Michael Zager Band 36 36 23 15
WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM Child 43 41
STREETCORNER SERENADE Wet Willie 46 44

15th April new entries

LOVE TRAIN/ I LOVE MUSIC The O’Jays 16 12 18
TAKE ME I’M YOURS Squeeze 19 6 3
EVERYBODY DANCE Chic 26 20 16
TOO MUCH TOO LITTLE TOO LATE Johnny Mathis/ Deniece Williams 30 22 20
THE BAD OLD DAYS Coco 34 27 24
JACK AND JILL Raydio (Ray Parker Junior) 46 36 26
AUTOMATIC LOVER The Vibrators 47
DANCE A LITTLE BIT CLOSER Charo & The Salsoul Orchestra 48 48 45
CUT ACROSS SHORTY Mud 49 49
EGO Elton John 50 42 40

22nd April new entries

SIRIUS III Duncan Mackay 30 38
I MUST BE IN LOVE The Rutles 38 29
DO IT DO IT AGAIN Rafaella Carra 43 21
COUNT ON ME Jefferson Starship 44 39
TUMBLING DICE Linda Ronstadt 46 46
CAN’T SMILE WITHOUT YOU Barry Manilow 47 37

29th April new entries

AUTOMATIC LOVER Dee D. Jackson 8
RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M 31
HEY LORD DON’T ASK ME QUESTIONS Graham Parker & The Rumour 42
THE ONE AND ONLY Gladys Knight 47
MORE THAN A WOMAN Tavares 48
BOOGIE SHOES KC & The Sunshine Band 49
JUPITER Earth, Wind & Fire 50

MARCH 1978

I’m biased, but hey a bunch of classics all under-performing at the top end of my charts cos they all had the misfortune to clash with the greatest record of all time. That’ll be “Baker Street” then….the record that has quite literally followed me around the world and throughout my life, no matter which country I travel to it’s on the radio, no matter what period of time, it’s on the radio, and more often than not it features in “greatest record of all time” charts. It’s perfect from every sublime sax and perfect guitar solo to each gentle melody and word. Everyone is entitled to an opinion on music, of course, but if you don’t like Baker Street you need to be tied to a rack and forced to listen to Teletubbies Say Eh Oh for 24 hours. Believe me, it’ll sound much better after that. smile.gif

1st March

TAKE A CHANCE ON ME Abba 1 1 4 4
STAYIN’ ALIVE The Bee Gees 2 7 10 11
WUTHERING HEIGHTS Kate Bush 3 2 3 3
WISHING WELL/ ALL RIGHT NOW Free 4 8 8 12
MR BLUE SKY E.L.O. 5 10 14 17
LOVE IS LIKE OXYGEN The Sweet 6 11 16 20
WISHING ON A STAR Rose Royce 7 4 6 9
EMOTIONS Samantha Sang 8 5 5 8
THE DRUMMER MAN Tonight 9 22 30 37
JUST ONE MORE NIGHT Yellow Dog 10 19 25 28

THE GROOVE LINE Heatwave 11 20 29 36
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND Gene Page 12 12 11 16
5 MINUTES The Stranglers 13 16 21 25
FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 14 9 7 5
NATIVE NEW YORKER Odyssey 15 23 31 31
I CAN’T STAND THE RAIN Eruption/ Precious Wilson 16 13 9 6
UPTOWN TOP RANKING Althea & Donna 17 25 33 40
HOT LEGS Rod Stewart 18 17 24 35
WHICH WAY IS UP Stargard 19 21 34 42
WORDS Rita Coolidge 20 14 20 24

LOVELY DAY Bill Withers 21 31 38 48
BLUE BAYOU Linda Ronstadt 22 37 44 50
IF I HAD WORDS Scott Fitzgerald & Yvonne Keeley 23 33 42 49
SPREAD YOUR WINGS Queen 24 18 18 26
DENIS (DENISE) Blondie 25 3 2 2
NERVOUS WRECK Radio Stars 26 43 50
BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty 27 6 1 1
ISN’T IT TIME The Baby’s 28 34 40 47
MULL OF KINTYRE Wings 29 35 39 39
SORRY I’M A LADY Baccara 30 41 47

RHIANNON (WILL YOU EVER WIN) Fleetwood Mac 31 15 12 10
COME BACK MY LOVE Darts 32 46 48
SWEET SWEET SMILE The Carpenters 33 45
EVEN THOUGH YOU’RE GONE The Jacksons 34 47
NO TIME TO BE 21 The Adverts 35 48
YOUR LOVE IS EVERYWHERE Lulu 36
JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Billy Joel 37 30 37 27
BABY COME BACK Player 38 28 23 22
GALAXY War 39 49 49
SHOWDOWN Gallagher & Lyle 40

DARE TO BE DIFFERENT Donovan 41 40 35 30
HEARTSONG Gordon Giltrap 42
STAY WITH ME BABY David Essex 43 39 36 33
VARIATIONS 1-4 Andrew Lloyd-Webber 44
FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE Smokie 45
RUMOUR HAS IT Donna Summer 46 26 26 19
DANCE DANCE DANCE Chic 47
HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees 48
TURN TO STONE E.L.O. 49
ONLY WOMEN BLEED Julie Covington 50

8th March new entries

IF YOU CAN’T GIVE ME LOVE Suzi Quatro 24 13 7
I LOVE THE SOUND OF BREAKING GLASS Nick Lowe 27 15 13
EVERY 1’S A WINNER Hot Chocolate 29 19 15
WALK IN LOVE Manhattan Transfer 32 22 18
IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers 36 27 21
WHAT’S YOUR NAME WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER Andrea True Connection 38 17 14
LILAC WINE Elkie Brooks 42 28 23
SINGING IN THE RAIN Sheila B. Devotion 44 32 32
ARIEL Dean Friedman 50 out 29

15th March new entries

MATCHSTALK MEN AND MATCHSTALK CATS AND DOGS Brian & Michael 41 38
WHENEVER YOU WANT MY LOVE The Real Thing 43 41
I’LL GO WHERE YOUR MUSIC TAKES ME Tina Charles 45 45
MIGHTY QUIN Manfred Mann’s Earthband 46 46

22nd March new entries

(I DON’T WANT TO GO TO) CHELSEA Elvis Costello 34
FOLLOW ME FOLLOW YOU Genesis 43
SOMETIMES WHEN WE TOUCH Dan Hill 44

FEBRUARY

Abba dominating, a bit of pop, rock, country, classical, funk, disco, soul, reggae, crooners, music hall, MOR, glam, new wave, punk, sci-fi movie themes, egyptian-styled pop n rock and anything else I could get to hear on the radio or TV.

Some of these will be obscure, so think of them as bonuses you wont find in the UK singles chart of the time.smile.gif

FEB 4th

TAKE A CHANCE ON ME Abba 1 1 1 1
ISN’T IT TIME The Baby’s 2 8 13 21
UPTOWN TOP RANKING Althea & Donna 3 5 9 12
NATIVE NEW YORKER Odyssey 4 2 5 9
JAMMING Bob Marley & The Wailers 5 9 20 35
LOVELY DAY Bill Withers 6 7 12 16
LOVE IS LIKE OXYGEN The Sweet 7 3 2 3
DANCE DANCE DANCE Chic 8 11 22 34
IF I HAD WORDS Scott Fitzgerald & Yvonne Keeley 9 6 10 13
HEARTSONG Gordon Giltrap 10 18 24 33

ONLY WOMEN BLEED Julie Covington 11 27 36 50
MULL OF KINTYRE Wings 12 16 19 22
EMOTIONS Samantha Sang 13 10 8 6
THE GROOVE LINE Heatwave 14 4 3 8
JUST ONE MORE NIGHT Yellow Dog 15 13 7 7
LOVE’S UNKIND Donna Summer 16 25 33 42
I LOVE YOU Donna Summer 17 34
AS TIME GOES BY Dooley Wilson 18 38 48
WHO’S GONNA LOVE ME The Imperials 19 15 21 36
PUT YOUR LOVE IN ME Hot Chocolate 20 31 41

SWEET SWEET SMILE The Carpenters 21 37 29 26
WHO PAYS THE FERRYMAN Yannis Markopoulos 22 39
NERVOUS WRECK Radio Stars 23 19 15 19
SWINGTOWN Steve Miller Band 24 20 28 46
HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees 25 35 42 48
SORRY I’M A LADY Baccara 26 17 17 23
FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE Smokie 27 26 31 39
FIGARO Brotherhood Of Man 28 28 35
WORDS Rita Coolidge 29 23 18 14
GALAXY War 30 12 11 25

DON’T IT MAKE MY BROWN EYES BLUE Crystal Gayle 31 36
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST David Bowie 32
MR BLUE SKY E.L.O. 33 14 6 5
ZODIAKS Roberta Kelly 34 33
DON’T DILLY DALLY ON THE WAY The Muppets 35
MORNING OF OUR LIVES Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers 36 29 38
RUN BACK Carl Douglas 37
BLUE BAYOU Linda Ronstadt 38 32 23 17
LET’S HAVE A QUIET NIGHT IN David Soul 39 44
5 O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING Godley & Creme 40

EGYPTIAN REGGAE Jonanthan Richman 41
TURN TO STONE E.L.O. 42 42 49 49
IT’S A HEARTACHE Bonnie Tyler 43 46
ON FIRE T.Connection 44 22 16 32
THE NAME OF THE GAME Abba 45
STAR WARS Meco 46 50 50
VIRGINIA PLAIN Roxy Music 47
STAYIN’ ALIVE The Bee Gees 48 21 4 2
GONE DEAD TRAIN Nazereth 49 41 out 43
EBONY EYES Bob Welch 50

FEB 11th

COME BACK MY LOVE Darts 24 27 24
HOT LEGS Rod Stewart 30 26 20
WHICH WAY IS UP Stargard 40 37 27
I CAN’T STAND THE RAIN Eruption/ Precious Wilson 43 34 28
NO TIME TO BE 21 The Adverts 45 32 31
WISHING ON A STAR Rose Royce 47 30 10
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND Gene Page 48 43 29
THE DRUMMER MAN Tonight 49 14 11

FEB 18th

FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 25 18
EVEN THOUGH YOU’RE GONE The Jacksons 39 38
YOUR LOVE IS EVERYWHERE Lulu 40 37
VARIATIONS 1-4 Andrew Lloyd-Webber 44 44
SHOWDOWN Gallagher & Lyle 45 40
HERE YOU COME AGAIN Dolly Parton 46
5 MINUTES The Stranglers 47 30

FEB 25th

WISHING WELL/ ALL RIGHT NOW Free 4
WUTHERING HEIGHTS Kate Bush 16
JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Billy Joel 41
DARE TO BE DIFFERENT Donovan 45
STAY WITH ME BABY David Essex 47

JANUARY

BBC4 are repeating Top Of The Pops 1978, this is what I was liking then, influenced by TOTP but more-so radio…

OK it’s all here to see, I was 20, doing a degree, and The Muppets are in the Top 10! Oh it was funny!

It’s not the only ancient song in the chart either, proving that young people can still like old music, Dooley Wilson and Bing Crosby from the 1940’s – that would be like some 20-year-old listing any of these records today….

To my credit? lots of new wave stuff that never charted, some American hits that never charted, and big brilliant tracks from The Baby’s and others that just should have been bigger. Bob Marley wasnt a legend at this time, he was one of many great reggae acts, and Donna Summer was never content with one hit single she often had 2 at the same time. Sort of Rihanna-like you might say…

JAN 4TH TO 28TH

PUT YOUR LOVE IN ME Hot Chocolate 1 2 5 12
ONLY WOMEN BLEED JUlie Covington 2 1 2 4
EGYPTIAN REGGAE Jonathan Richman 3 8 21 35
DON’T IT MAKE MY BROWN EYES BLUE Crystal Gayle 4 5 15 20
MULL OF KINTYRE Wings 5 3 3 7
DON’T DILLY DALLY ON THE WAY The Muppets 6 10 10 24
LOVE’S UNKIND Donna Summer 7 6 14 19
WATCHING THE DETECTIVES Elvis Costello 8 21 36 50
IT’S A HEARTACHE Bonnie Tyler 9 11 23 38
TURN TO STONE E.L.O. 10 16 22 37

AS TIME GOES BY Dooley Wilson 11 23 6 9
RUN BACK Carl Douglas 12 9 19 33
HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees 13 12 17 17
DANCE DANCE DANCE Chic 14 7 4 8
ISN’T IT TIME The Baby’s 15 4 1 1
HEARTSONG Gordon Giltrap 16 15 13 10
I LOVE YOU Donna Summer 17 43 16 18
BELFAST Boney M 18 30 37 49
I WILL Ruby Winters 19 28 33 43
LET’S HAVE A QUIET NIGHT IN David Soul 20 20 20 27

REALLY FREE John Otway/ Wild Willy Barrett 21 24 43
LOVE OF MY LIFE The Dooleys 22 35
HOLLYWOOD Boz Scaggs 23 18 29 42
AS Stevie Wonder 24 34 49
WHO PAYS THE FERRYMAN Yannis markopoulos 25 13 7 15
JAMMING Bob Marley & The Wailers 26 17 11 5
LITTLE GIRL The Banned 27 25 41
MARY OF THE FOURTH FORM The Boomtown Rats 28 41
IF I HAD WORDS Scott Fitzgerald/ Yvonne Keeley 29 19 18 14
UPTOWN TOP RANKING Althea & Donna 30 14 8 3

STAR WARS Meco 31 31 38 45
THE NAME OF THE GAME Abba 32 26 39 44
VIRGINIA PLAIN Roxy Music 33 32 40 46
PLEASE MISTER PLEASE Olivia Newton-John 34 47
MY WAY Elvis Presley 35
NATIVE NEW YORKER Odyssey 36 22 12 6
WHO’S GONNA LOVE ME The Imperials 37 29
CALLING OCCUPANTS OF INTERPLANETARY CRAFT The Carpenters 38 42 50
ROCKING ALL OVER THE WORLD Status Quo 39 39
I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOUR LOVE The Emotions 40 40 44

PRIME TIME Don McLean 41
DESIREE Neil Diamond 42 33 48
SAVE ME Clodagh Rogers 43
YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers 44
YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE Debby Boone 45
YES SIR I CAN BOOGIE Baccara 46
WHITE CHRISTMAS Bing Crosby 47
MOVE ME (Greg) Almann & Woman (Cher) 48
FOR YOUR LOVE The Four Tops 49
LAY DOWN SALLY Eric Clapton 50

JAN 14TH TO 28TH

TAKE A CHANCE ON ME Abba 27 9 2
EMOTIONS Samantha Sang 29 28 16
5 O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING Godley & Creme 36 30 34
NOBODY IS Airwaves 37 26 40
LOVE IS LIKE OXYGEN The Sweet 38 24 11
MORNING OF OUR LIVES Jonathan Richman 44 32 32
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST David Bowie 45 25 25
HELP ME BABY Rory Block 46
I’D RATHER LEAVE WHILE I’M IN LOVE Carole Bayer-Sager 48
ZODIAKS Roberta Kelly 49 48
FLORAL DANCE Terry Wogan 50

JAN 21ST TO 28TH

THE GROOVE LINE Heatwave 27 21
JUST ONE MORE NIGHT Yellow Dog 31 22
WORDS Rita Coolidge 34 31
SWEET SWEET SMILE The Carpenters 35 23
FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE Smokie 42 28
EBONY EYES Bob Welch 45 39
SWINGTOWN The Steve Miller Band 46 26
LOVELY DAY Bill Withers 47 13

JAN 28TH

FIGARO Brotherhood Of Man 30
NERVOUS WRECK Radio Stars 36
SORRY I’M A LADY Baccara 41
GALAXY War 47

Tune in next time for February’s charts!

1973 Weekly Charts

I was sweet fifteen, and into glam rock, and looking like this it was an effort not to get beaten up at school each day… but I had my music to keep me going!Image

I say, “what I Liked at the time”, but what I mean is “what I liked of those records in the Top 30 Singles chart” because in those days I didn’t count it as an “official” hit record unless it was in the UK charts. So, often my favourite record wasn’t in the chart at all, and these can be seen listed as “Bub” or Bubbling Under the week they were peaking first. This explains why there are lots of high entries and sudden inexplicable drop-outs – such as Chairmen Of The Board’s 2 week run at number one and nothing else. Fairly obviously if Id opened up my charts to accept records outside the chart, that record would have been number one for four weeks and Lt Pigeon would have peaked at 2 – or would it? I also loved the 10CC and Albert Hammond bubbling under records, so they would have been in the upper reaches for sure..

hey ho, lots of classics here anyway! Little know fact: Geordie had a singer called Brian Johnson. Yes, AC/DC, him.
JANUARY 1973

7th JANUARY

I’M ON MY WAY TO A BETTER PLACE Chairmen Of The Board 1 out 1 out
DESPERATE DAN Lieutenant Pigeon 2 1 2 1
HAPPY XMAS. WAR IS OVER John & Yoko 3 3 out out
SOLID GOLD EASY ACTION T.Rex 4 4 5 5
NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues 5 6 6 8
BALL PARK INCIDENT Wizzard 6 5 4 6
YOU’E SO VAIN Carly Simon 7 11 11 out
ALWAYS ON MY MIND Elvis Presley 8 7 7 9
LITTLE DRUMMER BOY Royal Scots Dragoons Guards Band 9 8 9 out
LOOKIN’ THROUGH THE WINDOWS The Jackson 5 10 out out out

HI HI HI/C.MOON Wings 11 9 10 13
SHOTGUN WEDDING Roy C 12 12 14 16
GETTING A DRAG Lynsey De Paul 13 15 out out
CROCODILE ROCK Elton John 14 13 12 out
THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 15 14 13 15
STAY WITH ME Blue Mink 16 16 17 out
KEEPER OF THE CASTLE The Four Tops 17 out out out
BEN Michael Jackson 18 19 19 out
LONG HAIRED LOVER FROM LIVERPOOL Little Jimmy Osmond 19 18 15 20
CRAZY HORSES The Osmonds 20 17 16 19

IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond Bub
JOHNNY DON’T DO IT 10CC Bub
DON’T DO THAT Geordie Bub
REGGAE CHRISTMAS Gable Hall School Choir Bub

14th JANUARY

BLOCKBUSTER The Sweet 2 3 2
IF YOU DON’T KNOW ME BY NOW Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes 10 8 10
GUDBYE T’JANE Slade 20 20 out

21st JANUARY

PAPER PLANE Status Quo 18 14

28th JANUARY

DO YOU WANNA TOUCH ME (OH YEAH) Gary Glitter 3
PART OF THE UNION Strawbs 4
DANIEL Elton John 7
BIG CITY Dandy Livingstone 11
WISHING WELL Free 12
RELAY The Who 17
ME AND MRS JONES Billy Paul 18

So. No excuses, there it is, Lt Pigeon and Little Jimmy Osmond. Oh dear! In fairness he’s a great bloke these days:)

I guess you always love the music of being 15:)

FEBRUARY 1973, and Glam rock really starts taking over big time in the singles charts.

4th FEB

BLOCKBUSTER The Sweet 1 2 5 4
DO YOU WANNA TOUCH ME (OH YEAH) Gary Glitter 2 3 8 13
PART OF THE UNION The Strawbs 3 4 7 12
DANIEL Elton John 4 8 15 out
SOLID GOLD EASY ACTION T.Rex 5 out out out
BALL PARK INCIDENT Wizzard 6 7 12 out
NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues 7 out out out
BIG CITY Dandy Livingstone 8 out out out
ALWAYS ON MY MIND Elvis Presley 9 9 16 out
IF YOU DON’T KNOW ME BY NOW Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes 10 16 18 out
PAPER PLANE Status Quo 11 10 17 out
WISHING WELL Free 12 12 9 17
THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 13 14 14 15
SHOTGUN WEDDING Roy C 14 out out out
ME AND MRS JONES Billy Paul 15 19 out out
HI HI HI/C MOON Wings 16 out out out
RELAY The Who 17 13 out out
CRAZY HORSES The Osmonds 18 18 out out
YOU’RE SO VAIN Carly Simon 19 15 20 out
LONG HAIRED LOVER FROM LIVERPOOL Little Jimmy Osmond 20 out out out

992 ARGUMENTS The O’Jays bub

11th FEB

BABY I LOVE YOU Dave Edmunds 1 1 1
SYLVIA Focus 5 2 3
HOCUS POCUS Focus 6 11 18
SUPERSTITION Stevie Wonder 11 4 10
ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN Electric Light Orchestra 20 6 11

18th FEB

TAKE ME GIRL I’M READY Junior Walker & The Allstars 3 2
HELLO HURRAY Alice Cooper 10 9
DOCTOR MY EYES The Jackson 5 13 14
CINDY INCIDENTALLY The Faces 19 8

25th FEB

LOOKING THROUGH THE EYES OF LOVE The Partridge Family 5
KILLING ME SOFTLY WITH HIS SONG Roberta Flack 6
IF IT WASN’T FOR THE REASON THAT I LOVED YOU Miki Anthony 7
FEEL THE NEED IN ME The Detroit Emeralds 16
TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROADS Olivia Newton-John 19
REELIN’ AND ROCKIN’ Chuck Berry 20

MARCH 1973 CHARTS:

a bit of glam a bit of soul a bit of MOR a bit of rock a bit of country, old-timers & new-timers, old songs & new songs.

The odd chart drop-outs, again, due them dropping prematurely out of the Top 30, otherwise they would have hung about weeks in the upper reaches. Note Geordie at 5 – who? that’ll be Brian Johnson of AC/DC then in his glamrock days. Never talks about it, funnily…smile.gif

MAR 2ND

CUM ON FEEL THE NOIZE Slade 1 6 10 11 15
BABY I LOVE YOU Dave Edmunds 2 3 4 5 4
TAKE ME GIRL I’M READY Junior Walker & The All Stars 3 4 out out out
KILLING ME SOFTLY WITH HIS SONG Roberta Flack 4 9 11 12 21
IF IT WASN’T FOR THE REASON THAT I LOVED YOU Miki Anthony 5 out out out out
SYLVIA Focus 6 11 9 9 out
BLOCKBUSTER The Sweet 7 8 6 6 out
LOOKING THRU’ THE EYES OF LOVE The Partridge Family/ David Cassidy 8 16 20 19 17
DOCTOR MY EYES The Jackson 5 9 12 13 17 18
CINDY INCIDENTALLY The Faces 10 out out out out
SUPERSTITION Stevie Wonder 11 18 17 out out
HELLO HURRAY Alice Cooper 12 19 out out out
HOCUS POCUS Focus 13 13 out out out
DO YOU WANT TO TOUCH ME (OH YEAH) Gary Glitter 14 15 19 16 out
PART OF THE UNION The Strawbs 15 14 18 out out
FEEL THE NEED IN ME The Detroit Emeralds 16 10 3 4 6
THAT’S WHEN THE MUSIC TAKES ME Neil Sedaka 17 17 16 out 9
WISHING WELL Free 18 out out out out
ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN Electric Light Orchestra 19 out out out out
TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROADS Olivia Newton-John 20 out out out out
YOU ARE EVERYTHING The Pearls bub
REELIN’ AND ROCKIN’ Chuck Berry bub
I DON’T KNOW WHY Andy & David Williams bub

MAR 9TH

HEART OF STONE Kenny 1 2 3 10
WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER Timmy Thomas 2 5 8 12
GONNA MAKE YOU AN OFFER YOU CAN’T REFUSE Jimmy Helms 5 8 13 11
20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex 6 7 10 8
NICE ONE CYRIL Cockeral Chorus 20 out out out

MAR 16TH

LOVE TRAIN The O’Jays 1 1 1
NEVER NEVER NEVER Shirley Bassey 12 14 20
THE LOOK OF LOVE Gladys Knight & The Pips 14 18 out
POWER TO ALL OUR FRIENDS Cliff Richard 15 20 14

MAR 23RD

TIE A YELLOW RIBBON ROUND THE OLE OAK TREE Dawn 2 3
PYJAMARAMA Roxy Music 7 7

MAR 30TH

CRAZY Mud 2
ALL BECAUSE OF YOU Geordie 5
TWEEDLEDEE Little Jimmy Osmond 13
PINBALL WIZARD/SEE ME FEEL ME The New Seekers 16
GET DOWN Gilbert O’Sullivan 19

APRIL 1973: All about glam pop n soul for me that year

6th April

LOVE TRAIN The O’Jays 1 1 1 4
CRAZY Mud 2 2 2 3
HELLO HELLO I’M BACK AGAIN Gary Glitter 3 3 4 15
TIE A YELLOW RIBBON ROUND THE OLE OAK TREE Dawn 4 4 5 7
BABY I LOVE YOU Dave Edmunds 5
ALL BECAUSE OF YOU Geordie 6 5 6 12
FEEL THE NEED IN ME The Detroit Emeralds 7 6 9 9
PYJAMARAMA Roxy Music 8 9 11 17
20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex 9 10 12
THAT’S WHEN THE MUSIC TAKES ME Neil Sedaka 10

HEART OF STONE Kenny 11 11 13 16
GONNA MAKE YOU AN OFFER YOU CAN’T REFUSE Jimmy Helms 12 12
WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER Timmy Thomas 13 13 15
GOD GAVE ROCK AND ROLL TO YOU Argent 14 14 14 8
TWEEDLEDEE Little Jimmy Osmond 15 15 16 20
CUM ON FEEL THE NOIZE Slade 16 16 17 19
POWER TO ALL OUR FRIENDS Cliff Richard 17 17 19
DOCTOR MY EYES The Jackson 5 18
I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 19 18 18 5
GET DOWN Gilbert O’Sullivan 20 19 20
KILLING ME SOFTLY WITH HIS SONG Roberta Flack 21 21 22

BAD WEATHER The Supremes BUB
ALL NIGHT Lynsey De Paul BUB

13th April new entries

THE RIGHT THING TO DO Carly Simon 7 7 11
DRIVE-IN SATURDAY David Bowie 8 8 10
GOOD GRIEF CHRISTINA Chicory Tip 20 10 2

EVERYDAY Don McLean BUB
SING The Carpenters BUB

20th april new entries

SEE MY BABY JIVE Wizzard 3 1
BROTHER LOUIE Hot Chocolate 21 13

NEVERTHELESS (I’M IN LOVE WITH YOU) The New Seekers/ Eve Graham BUB

27th april new entries

WAM BAM The Handley Family 6
WONDERFUL DREAM Anne-Marie David 14
MY LOVE Paul McCartney & Wings 18

MAY 1973 and The Sweet managed to briefly interrupt my Roy Wood adoration. Posters on the wall, the lot. That said, Middle Of The Road were excluded by chart rules (they didnt make the UK top 30) but had I allowed non-Top 30 records in the chart it’s a safe bet that they would grabbed at least one week at the top as I was mad on it for a few weeks playing it over and over on my reel-to-reel tape recorder…

4th MAY

HELLRAISER The Sweet 1 2 2 2
SEE MY BABY JIVE Wizzard 2 1 1 1
GOOD GRIEF CHRISTINA Chicory Tip 3 3 4 11
CRAZY Mud 4 7 6 OUT
LOVE TRAIN The O’Jays 5 9 OUT OUT
I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 6 10 7 OUT
TIE A YELLOW RIBBON ROUND THE OLE OAK TREE Dawn 7 12 11 17
GOD GAVE ROCK AND ROLL TO YOU Argent 8 OUT OUT OUT
COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE The Detroit Spinners 9 6 8 9
DRIVE-IN SATURDAY David Bowie 10 14 12 16

THE RIGHT THING TO DO Carly Simon 11 11 OUT OUT
ALL BECAUSE OF YOU Geordie 12 15 14 OUT
BROTHER LOUIE Hot Chocolate 13 17 16 15
WONDERFUL DREAM Anne-Marie David 14 16 17 OUT
HELLO HELLO I’M BACK AGAIN Gary Glitter 15 18 19 18
HEART OF STONE Kenny 16 OUT OUT OUT
PYJAMARAMA Roxy Music 17 20 15 OUT
TWEEDLEDEE Little Jimmy Osmond 18 19 20 OUT
MY LOVE Paul McCartney & Wings 19 OUT OUT OUT
MEAN GIRL Status Quo 20 13 10 14
BESSAME MUCHO Apollo 100 BUB BUB BUB

11th MAY new entries

ONE AND ONE IS ONE Medecine Head 4 3 7
NO MORE MR NICE GUY Alice Cooper 5 9 13
BROKENDOWN ANGEL Nazereth 8 5 12
TALK OF THE USA Middle Of The Road BUB BUB BUB

18th MAY new entries

YOU WANT IT YOU GOT IT The Detroit Emeralds 13 8
2001 (ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA) Deodata 18 19

25th MAY new entries

CAN THE CAN Suzi Quatro 3
YOU ARE THE SUNSHINE OF MY LIFE Stevie Wonder 4
WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Lou Reed 5
RUBBER BULLETS 10CC 6
WALKING IN THE RAIN The Partridge Family/ David Cassidy 10
ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac 20

JUNE 1973

Summer was here (yes in those days we had summers), and I was a teenager on an RAF camp. Glam and soul, pop and rock, in that order. Roy Wood was my hero (obviously) closely followed by Chinn-chap productions and Bowie productions. Astounding from this viewpoint is that I dint love Stealers Wheel, Edgar Winter and Wings for the classics that they so obviously are. All would now be instant number ones if re-issued hits.

1st JUNE charts

SEE MY BABY JIVE Wizzard 1 1 1 1 1
YOU ARE THE SUNSHINE OF MY LIFE Stevie Wonder 2 4 4 8 13
CAN THE CAN Suzi Quatro 3 5 7 10 11
WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Lou Reed 4 6 15 20 17
RUBBER BULLETS 10CC 5 7 12 15 15
HELLRAISER The Sweet 6 8 11 12 out
YOU WANT IT YOU GOT IT The Detroit Emeralds 7 11 out out out
ARMED AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS First Choice 8 9 5 9 18
ONE AND ONE IS ONE Medecine Head 9 13 14 19 out
GOOD GRIEF CHRISTINA Chicory Tip 10 out out out out

WALKING IN THE RAIN The Partridge Family/ David Cassidy 11 16 out out out
COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE The Detroit Spinners 12 12 out out out
BROKENDOWN ANGEL Nazereth 13 out out out out
MEAN GIRL Status Quo 14 15 out out out
BROTHER LOUIE Hot Chocolate 15 out out out out
DRIVE-IN SATURDAY David Bowie 16 20 out out out
ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac 17 14 17 7 8
NO MORE MR NICE GUY Alice Cooper 18 out out out out
TIE A YELLOW RIBBON ROUND THE OLE OAK TREE Dawn 19 out 19 out out
HELLO HELLO I’M BACK AGAIN Gary Glitter 20 19 out out out

TALK OF THE USA Middle Of The Road BUB BUB BUB

8th JUNE new entries

SWEET ILLUSIONS Junior Campbell 2 3 2 2
SNOOPY VS THE RED BARON The Hotshots 3 10 16 20
STANDING ON THE INSIDE Neil Sedaka 10 8 6 9
GIVE ME LOVE GIVE ME PEACE ON EARTH George Harrison 17 9 18 out
FRANKENSTEIN The Edgar Winter Group 18 16 17 out

YO YO The Pearls BUB BUB BUB

15th JUNE new entries

THE GROOVER T.Rex 2 11 12
BORN TO BE WITH YOU Dave Edmunds 6 3 6
ROCK A DOODLE DOO Linda Lewis 13 5 7
LIVE AND LET DIE Wings 18 14 14
STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel 20 out out

WILL IT GO ROUND IN CIRCLES Billy Preston BUB

22nd JUNE new entries

HONALOOCHI BOOGIE Mott The Hoople 4 4
I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 13 10

29th JUNE new entries

LIFE ON MARS David Bowie 3
SKWEEZE ME PLEEZE ME Slade 5
STEP BY STEP Joe Simon 16
HALLELUJAH DAY The Jackson 5 19

I SAW THE LIGHT Todd Rundgren BUB

JULY 1973

It was hot weather, school was out, and I was stuck (albeit pleasantly) in the Lincolnshire countryside at RAF Swinderby. I was still latching my charts to the UK singles chart, but not for much longer as it was getting limiting as favourites were forced to drop out (see Wizzard’s whole run at 1, virtually, then out) and favourites weren’t getting in (Todd Rundgren). In fact the whole month should have had Mud at number one, as I’d already spent my pocket money on it before it made the Top 30. I loved the tango rock even more than Crazy, and Mud were going to be big – after this single!

Sultry classic soul from sexy Sylvia and Barry White made groaning a trend, rock old and new, glam rock, and oldies from the 50’s (Goons), 60’s (Al Martino) and 70’s (perennial re-entry Free) dotted around too…

6th JULY chart

SEE MY BABY JIVE Wizzard 1 OUT OUT OUT
LIFE ON MARS David Bowie 2 3 4 7
HONALOOCHI BOOGIE Mott The Hoople 3 2 2 10
SWEET ILLUSIONS Junior Campbell 4 OUT OUT OUT
SKWEEZE ME PLEEZE ME Slade 5 7 7 12
FINDER’S KEEPERS Chairmen Of The Board 6 6 17 OUT
PILLOW TALK Sylvia 7 5 3 8
BORN TO BE WITH YOU Dave Edmunds 8 8 12 15
ROCK A DOODLE DOO Linda Lewis 9 9 8 OUT
ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac 10 10 10 17

THE GROOVER T.Rex 11 15 18 OUT
CAN THE CAN Suzi Quatro 12 12 OUT OUT
I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 13 OUT OUT OUT
STANDING ON THE INSIDE Neil Sedaka 14 14 OUT OUT
LIVE AND LET DIE Wings 15 13 14 OUT
YOU ARE THE SUNSHINE OF MY LIFE Stevie Wonder 16 OUT OUT OUT
STEP BY STEP Joe Simon 17 11 11 20
RUBBER BULLETS 10CC 18 18 20 OUT
HALLELUJAH DAY The Jackson 5 19 20 OUT OUT
CAN YOU DO IT Geordie 20 OUT OUT OUT
SNOOPY VS THE RED BARON The Hotshots 21 19 OUT OUT
I SAW THE LIGHT Todd Rundgren BUB BUB BUB BUB

13th JULY new entries

HYPNOSIS Mud 1 1 1
GOING HOME The Osmonds 4 5 4
ALRIGHT ALRIGHT ALRIGHT Mungo Jerry 16 16 19
SATURDAY NIGHT’S ALRIGHT FOR FIGHTING Elton John 17 15 16


20th JULY New Entries

I’M THE LEADER OF THE GANG (I AM) Gary Glitter 6 6
YESTERDAY ONCE MORE The Carpenters 9 5
TOUCH ME IN THE MORNING Diana Ross 13 14
FREE ELECTRIC BAND Albert Hammond 19 OUT

27th JULY New Entries

48 CRASH Suzi Quatro 2
BAD BAD BOY Nazereth 3
YING TONG SONG The Goons 9
ALL RIGHT NOW Free 11
SPANISH EYES Al Martino 13
GAYE Clifford T. Ward 18

AUGUST 1973

School summer holidays, it was hot, the charts were getting a bit MOR for me, and full of the wrong kind of oldies – as can be seen from the BUB (Bubbling unders) tracks that failed to make the UK Top 30 were often much better than those that did (No Donny Osmond at Number One in my chart! No Donny Osmond at all, in fact!) My favourite record of the time had it’s entire run at Number One because it wasn’t eligible before it made the Top 30, and it dropped out before it deserved to (Mud, with Chinn-Chapman’s other biggie at 2 for Suzi Quatro). Ditto Angel Fingers, Wizzard were my heroes of the year, and would have entered much earlier as it was getting Radio One airplay weeks ahead of release (unusual in those days). Anyway, it’s the last month my chart would be limited to a Top 20 based on the UK Top 30 – and about time too!

3rd August chart

HYPNOSIS Mud 1 1 1 1 OUT
48 CRASH Suzi Quatro 2 2 7 10 13
YESTERDAY ONCE MORE The Carpenters 3 3 11 15 17
TOUCH ME IN THE MORNING Diana Ross 4 6 18 20 OUT
BAD BAD BOY Nazereth 5 4 5 8 11
PILLOW TALK Sylvia 6 5 10 OUT OUT
GOING HOME The Osmonds 7 7 14 11 15
LIFE ON MARS David Bowie 8 16 13 9 12
SPANISH EYES Al Martino 9 12 12 16 18
YING TONG SONG The Goons 10 14 20 OUT OUT

ALL RIGHT NOW Free 11 17 17 18 20
I’M THE LEADER OF THE GANG (I AM) Gary Glitter 12 OUT OUT OUT OUT
SATURDAY NIGHT’S ALRIGHT FOR FIGHTING Elton John 13 OUT OUT OUT OUT
SKWEEZE ME PLEEZE ME Slade 14 OUT OUT OUT OUT
ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac 15 OUT OUT OUT OUT
YOU CAN DO MAGIC Limmie & The Family Cooking 16 18 19 12 16
BORN TO BE WITH YOU Dave Edmunds 17 OUT OUT OUT OUT
STEP BY STEP Joe Simon 18 OUT OUT OUT OUT
FREE ELECTRIC BAND Albert Hammond 19 19 OUT OUT OUT
LIVE AND LET DIE Wings 20 OUT OUT OUT OUT

THE MORNING AFTER Maureen McGovern BUB BUB BUB
THE BAND PLAYED THE BOOGIE C.C.S. BUB

10th August New Entries

LIKE SISTER AND BROTHER The Drifters 8 6 5 10
SMARTY PANTS First Choice 9 8 17 OUT
RISING SUN Medecine Head 10 2 3 5
DANCING ON A SATURDAY NIGHT Barry Blue 11 9 7 2
I’M DOING FINE NOW New York City 13 16 19 19
SAY HAS ANYBODY SEEN MY SWEET GYPSY ROSE Dawn/ Tony Orlando 15 15 13 7
SUMMER, THE FIRST TIME Bobby Goldsboro 20 3 2 3

RUSTY HANDS OF TIME Peter Doyle BUB BUB BUB
SATURDAY NIGHT Bay City Rollers BUB BUB BUB BUB
RUMOURS Hot Chocolate BUB BUB BUB

17th August new entries

I’M FREE Roger Daltrey 4 6 6

NATURAL HIGH Bloodstone BUB

24th August New Entries

PICK UP THE PIECES Hudson-Ford 4 4
DEAR ELAINE Roy Wood 14 9

31st August new entries

ANGEL FINGERS Wizzard 1
THE DEAN AND I 10CC 8
I THINK OF YOU The Detroit Emeralds 14

ELECTRIC LADY Geordie BUB
OUR LAST SONG TOGETHER Neil Sedaka BUB

SEPTEMBER 1973

It was all-change in september 1973, I was 15 and the charts were too limiting for what I liked. The last UK charts-based Top 20 was the 1st, then I stopped, feeling I ought to grow up as we moved from RAF Swinderby in Lincolnshire to RAF Innsworth in Gloucester, a new school yet again, the new boy yet again, and my new school was quite strict on uniform and sports. No football, just Rugby, and most definitely no long hair – as I got told as soon as I started by the teachers. Mine was shoulder-length.

In tandem the music scene exploded with excitement, loads of hot new records from hot acts, and many of my faves were now not charting in the singles rush. Glam, rock and soul were the new pop. I couldn’t last – by the 23rd I’d done another chart – my first Top 30 of the new era, the others filled in the gaps after the event. There is an inrush of new stuff, and many of them remain obscure. The Sweet, ELO, Ike & Tina, Elton, Jackson 5, Manfred Mann & Wizzard were my faves this month. Manfred, Ike & Tina & Jackson 5 had synths, and I was loving those futuristic sounds!

1st Sept chart

ANGEL FINGERS Wizzard 1 3 4 9 12
MONSTER MASH Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett & The Crypt Kickers 2 6 14 15 18
PICK UP THE PIECES Hudson-Ford 3 2 9 17
DANCING ON A SATURDAY NIGHT Barry Blue 4 9 16 21
THE DEAN AND I 10CC 5 4 10 27 25
SAY HAS ANYBODY SEEN MY SWEET GYPSY ROSE Dawn/ Tony Orlando 6 16 23 26
DEAR ELAINE Roy Wood 7 18 28
SUMMER, THE FIRST TIME Bobby Goldsboro 8 11 13 22
I’M FREE Roger Daltrey 9 15 21
LIFE ON MARS David Bowie 10

RISING SUN Medecine Head 11 17
48 CRASH Suzi Quatro 12
LIKE SISTER AND BROTHER The Drifters 13 20
I THINK OF YOU The Detroit Emeralds 14 30
YOU CAN DO MAGIC Limmie & The Family Cooking 15 19 26
ROCK ON David Essex 16 8 11 20 20
I’VE BEEN HURT Guy Darrell 17 21
YESTERDAY ONCE MORE The Carpenters 18 23
SPANISH EYES Al Martino 19 27
I’M DOING FINE NOW New York City 20 26

8th Sept new entries

BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 1 1 10 10
SKYWRITER The Jackson 5 5 5 5 2
ALL THE WAY FROM MEMPHIS Mott The Hoople 7 7 18 17
ELECTRIC LADY Geordie 10 15 out 28
CAROLINE Status Quo 12 8 4 9
NUTBUSH CITY LIMITS Ike & Tina Turner 13 3 2 4
OH NO NOT MY BABY Rod Stewart 14 6 14 15
OUR LAST SONG TOGETHER Neil Sedaka 22 30
JOYBRINGER Manfred Mann’s Earthband 24 12 13 8
WE’VE GOT TO DO IT NOW The New Seekers 25 25
THAT LADY The Isley Brothers 28 24 25 14
EVERYTHING WILL TURN OUT FINE Stealer’s Wheel 29

15th Sept new entries

SHOWDOWN Electric Light Orchestra 2 1 1
GHETTO CHILD The Detroit Spinners 17 11 11
THE LAUGHING GNOME David Bowie 18 16 23
LOVES ME LIKE A ROCK Paul Simon 19 6 7
THE DAY THAT CURLY BILLY SHOT DOWN CRAZY SAM MCGEE The Hollies 20 19 16
HOLLY HOLY Junior Walker & The All Stars 22 12 19
OOH BABY Gilbert O’Sullivan 27
ROCK AND ROLL PEOPLE Bobby McGee 29 23 21

22nd Sept new entries

GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John 3 3
A HARD RAIN’S A GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 7 6
MY FREIND STAN Slade 8 5
LAW OF THE LAND The Temptations 24 30
SHINE ON SILVER SUN The Strawbs 28
JAM JAM The American Jam Band 29
LET’S GET IT ON Marvin Gaye 30

29th Sept new entries

HIGHER GROUND Stevie Wonder 22
TIE A YELLOW RIBBON ROUND THE OLE OAK TREE Dawn 24
KNOCKING ON HEAVEN’S DOOR Bob Dylan 26
EYE LEVEL The Simon Park Orchestra 27
ANGIE The Rolling Stones 29

OCTOBER 1973

Firmly in my new school, Chosenhill Comprehensive, I was surprised to find there was a bit of a northern soul and glam and rock scene going on there. Suited me perfectly really, though in evidence here is a bit of 60’s nostalgia of sorts (I’d been a music fan for 10 years already and it was like dipping way back in time from the rather advanced age of 15): Dylan times 2, Ike & Tina, Manfred Mann, Hollies, Paul Simon, Isleys, Four Tops, Tempts & various ex-Beatles. The forgotten Beatle had the last laugh this month though, with a bit of help from George the fabulous Photograph put Ringo on top and interrupted all those rock/soul tracks with synthesisers that really were exciting me, the new sound of electronic music really did appeal to me. I fondly recall John Peel reviewing Ike & Tina commenting in Sounds (pop paper) it was a great rock track (as indeed it was a classic!) despite being interrupted by some farty synthesisers. What!?! I loved those farty synths. Not to worry he changed his tune in the 80’s, by which time Punk had made him see the error of his smart-arse hippie ways and appreciate (good) pop.

6th September chart

NUTBUSH CITY LIMITS Ike & Tina Turner 1 1 3 9
SHOWDOWN Electric Light Orchestra 2 3 8 3
JOYBRINGER Manfred Mann’s Earthband 3 2 4 out
A HARD RAIN’S A GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 4 4 2 5
SKYWRITER The Jackson 5 5 out out out
GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John 6 5 6 6
MY FREIND STAN Slade 7 9 15 17
BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 8 8 10 13
GHETTO CHILD The Detroit Spinners 9 7 14 21
LOVES ME LIKE A ROCK Paul Simon 10 20 out out

THAT LADY The Isley Brothers 11 17 24 28
ALL THE WAY FROM MEMPHIS Mott The Hoople 12 16 out out
ANGEL FINGERS Wizzard 13 15 out out
THE DAY THAT CURLY BILLY SHOT DOWN CRAZY SAM MCGEE The Hollies 14 14 13 7
CAROLINE Status Quo 15 18 19 26
HIGHER GROUND Stevie Wonder 16 13 9 out
THIS FLIGHT TONIGHT Nazereth 17 10 5 11
OH NO NOT MY BABY Rod Stewart 18 23 out out
KNOCKING ON HEAVEN’S DOOR Bob Dylan 19 12 12 8
ROCK ON David Essex 20 24 out out

OOH BABY Gilbert O’Sullivan 21 out out out
TIE A YELLOW RIBBON ROUND THE OLE OAK TREE Dawn 22 19 25 out
EYE LEVEL The Simon Park Orchestra 23 28 21 15
PLAY AROUND Linda Lewis 24 22 27 out
HOLLY HOLY Junior Walker & The All Stars 25 out out out
WON’T SOMEBODY DANCE WITH ME Lynsey De Paul 26 21 20 18
THE LAUGHING GNOME David Bowie 27 27 30 out
LAW OF THE LAND The Temptations 28 out out out
DAYDREAMER/ THE PUPPY SONG David Cassidy 29 25 23 20
ROCK AND ROLL PEOPLE Bobby McGee 30 out out out

13th Sept new entries

PHOTOGRAPH Ringo Starr 6 1 1
SORROW David Bowie 11 7 4
TOP OF THE WORLD The Carpenters 26 22 19
MONSTER MASH Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett & The Crypt Kickers 29 out out
SHINE ON SILVER SUN The Strawbs 30 out out


20th September new entries

DYNAMITE Mud 11 2
DO YOU WANNA DANCE Barry Blue 16 14
DAYTONA DEMON Suzi Quatro 17 12
LONELY DAYS LONELY NIGHTS Don Downing 18 10
TAKE IT BACK Hudson-Ford 26 23
MY COO CA CHOO Alvin Stardust 28 16
DREAMBOAT Limmie & The Family Cooking 29 out

27th September new entries

HELEN WHEELS Wings 22
KEEP ON TRUCKING Eddie Kendricks 24
LET ME IN The Osmonds 25
DAN THE BANJO MAN Dan The Banjo Man 27
SWEET UNDERSTANDING LOVE The Four Tops 29
WONDERFUL Colin Blunstone 30

NOVEMBER 1973

OK, I was adjusting to my new school in Churchdown, trying to make friends and be less of a loner – a bit daunting as everyone had over 4 years together in most cases and the syllabus was all new to me. There were a few kids I liked like Stephen ‘Barney’ Robson (we swapped 45’s) who got me first ever nickname (and last, thank god: “Fiddle”. Don’t ask why…!)

The country, however, was about to get very dark. Quite literally, as power cuts, days off school, and no television after 10pm bit hard. The TV was the hard one. 9 months later there was a baby boom, for some reason I couldnt quite explain…

The more grim it got (and life otherwise was perfectly fine for me) the more Glam Rock seemed tailor-made for cheering everyone up. It did, big time, and it pretty much peaked for the next 3 months before suddenly dying out overnight, virtually. For me, it was all about Mud (and other Chinn-Chapman acts) and Roy Wood/Wizzard, but I also preferred now-forgotten acts like Barry Blue to the one he ripped off royally, Gary Glitter, with Do You Wanna Dance. Other than that, there were 3 ex-Beatles, a sprinkling of soul minor classics (like the gorgeous Don Downing track) and some non-hits like String Driven Thing, a song later murdered by the Bay City Rollers (but at least it became a hit at last). Dan The Banjo man had already charted with previous instrumentals I Will Return (as Springwater, one of the best obscure guitar instrumentals) and Groovin’ With Mr Bloe, so he didnt mind (I hope) missing out this time. Little-known act Michael Jackson charted with me (but not the UK) with his brothers, while the first of a new breed suddenly appeared at 5, just ahead of his own Beach Boys tribute record at 6. Band: Wizzard. Song: a modern-sounding christmas pop song, cheering up Xmas no end. You’ve probably never heard of it, though. I popped out to HMV Gloucester to buy the fold-out gatefold sleeve edition with Roy as Santa on a sleigh. Fab! I wonder if there’s any chance I might finally get to hear it on the radio this christmas for it’s 40th birthday?


3rd November Chart

DYNAMITE Mud 1 1 3 8
PHOTOGRAPH Ringo Starr 2 5 5 7
DO YOU WANNA DANCE Barry Blue 3 2 1 3
SHOWDOWN Electric Light Orchestra 4 9 13 out
I LOVE YOU LOVE ME LOVE Gary Glitter 5 3 4 12
SORROW David Bowie 6 11 17 20
LONELY DAYS LONELY NIGHTS Don Downing 7 7 11 19
HELEN WHEELS Wings 8 4 9 16
DAYTONA DEMON Suzi Quatro 9 8 15 22
A HARD RAIN’S A GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 10 out out out

MY COO CA CHOO Alvin Stardust 11 6 2 1
THE DAY THAT CURLY BILLY SHOT DOWN CRAZY SAM MCGEE The Hollies 12 out out out
GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John 13 16 19 23
LET ME IN The Osmonds 14 13 25 29
KNOCKING ON HEAVEN’S DOOR Bob Dylan 15 24 out out
IT’S A GAME String Driven Thing 16 10 6 out
DAYDREAMER/ THE PUPPY SONG David Cassidy 17 14 21 26
NUTBUSH CITY LIMITS Ike & Tina Turner 18 out out out
THIS FLIGHT TONIGHT Nazereth 19 20 28 28
KEEP ON TRUCKING Eddie Kendricks 20 15 10 9

LAMPLIGHT David Essex 21 12 8 11
DAN THE BANJO MAN Dan The Banjo Man 22 21 out out
MY FREIND STAN Slade 23 26 out out
WON’T SOMEBODY DANCE WITH ME Lynsey De Paul 24 out out out
GHETTO CHILD The Detroit Spinners 25 29 29 out
WONDERFUL Colin Blunstone 26 22 out out
AMOUREUSE Kiki Dee 27 23 16 14
WILD LOVE Mungo Jerry 28 18 23 out
CAROLINE Status Quo 29 out out out
SWEET UNDERSTANDING LOVE The Four Tops 30 25 22 18

10th Nov new entries

ROLL AWAY THE STONE Mott The Hoople 17 7 2
PAPER ROSES Marie Osmond 19 24 out
STREETLIFE Roxy Music 27 12 4
GET IT TOGETHER The Jackson 5 28 20 24
WHY OH WHY OH WHY Gilbert O’Sullivan 30 30 out

17th Nov new entries

TRUCK ON (TYKE) T.Rex 14 10
LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP Robert Knight 18 13
YOU WON’T FIND ANOTHER FOOL LIKE ME The New Seekers 26 15
MIND GAMES John Lennon 27 17

24th Nov new entries

I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard 5
FOREVER Roy Wood 6
DANCE WITH THE DEVIL Cozy Powell 21
TAKE ME HIGH Cliff Richard 25
VADO VIA Drupi 27
RADAR LOVE Golden Earring 30

1st DEC 1973

Yes, I was 15 and my hero had the top 2, solo at 2 and Wizzard’s 3rd number one of the year, I bought both singles the day my brother bought the Slade single. The xmas one’s seem to have passed the test of time (and Forever should have, shame it’s been forgotten)…

I was doing my best still to avoid rugby at school, going on the bus to Gloucester leisure centre to go swimming instead, me and a couple of (other) geeks – I really don’t know how I blagged it to this day, they must have looked at me and thought, he won’t be much good in a scrum.

Roxy Music were cool, Bryan Ferry was cool, Streetlife was fab, and it was rising in tandem with cool bowie-promoted Mott The Hoople, I still associate them together, I still think they are exciting rockpop records. Catch the Thunderthighs girls on the video for Roll Away The Stone!

T.Rex were about to burn out, this was the last of the pop metal T.Rex singles, another late great John Lennon up to 10 with the very under-rated Mind Games, Elton does a xmas single that still gets airplay (despite being his minor hit of the year), and of course they collaborated on singles in 1974 before Lennon had his final ever live appearance at an Elton John concert.

1 ( 5 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
2 ( 6 ) FOREVER Roy Wood
3 ( 4 ) STREETLIFE Roxy Music
4 ( 1 ) MY COO CA CHOO Alvin Stardust
5 ( 2 ) ROLL AWAY THE STONE Mott The Hoople
6 ( 10 ) TRUCK ON (TYKE) T.Rex
7 ( 9 ) KEEP ON TRUCKING Eddie Kendricks
8 ( 13 ) LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP Robert Knight
9 ( 3 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE Barry Blue
10 ( 17 ) MIND GAMES John Lennon

11 ( 7 ) PHOTOGRAPH Ringo Starr
12 ( 15 ) YOU WON’T FIND ANOTHER FOOL LIKE ME The New Seekers
13 ( NEW ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
14 ( 8 ) DYNAMITE Mud
15 ( 14 ) AMOUREUSE Kiki Dee
16 ( 12 ) I LOVE YOU LOVE ME LOVE Gary Glitter
17 ( 21 ) DANCE WITH THE DEVIL Cozy Powell
18 ( NEW ) STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John
19 ( 11 ) LAMPLIGHT David Essex
20 ( 16 ) HELEN WHEELS Wings

21 ( 20 ) SORROW David Bowie
22 ( 18 ) SWEET UNDERSTANDING LOVE The Four Tops
23 ( 25 ) TAKE ME HIGH Cliff Richard
24 ( 27 ) VADO VIA Drupi
25 ( 22 ) DAYTONA DEMON Suzi Quatro
26 ( 30 ) RADAR LOVE Golden Earring
27 ( 19 ) LONELY DAYS LONELY NIGHTS Don Downing
28 ( 28 ) THIS FLIGHT TONIGHT Nazereth
29 ( NEW ) POOL HALL RICHARD The Faces
30 ( 26 ) DAYDREAMER/ THE PUPPY SONG David Cassidy

8th DEC 1973

I rediscovered a passion for comics about this time – DC Comics was having a new look to it’s Superman/Batman family titles, I was most excited by Legion Of Super Heroes on the covers (about time) of Superboy’s comic. Epic.

I digress, a second week for Wizzard, Slade at 3 and The Beach Boys 60’s classic making it a very happy jolly-sounding musical xmas, despite the power-cuts, early nights and reduced TV. At least Top Of The Pops and Morecambe & Wise kept us going! And the Star Trek repeats. Ones I hadnt seen for 4 years were back on TV, also epic.

In at 12, glamrock faves Geordie (a flop single everywhere). Check out AC/DC’s Brian Johnson on this. I’m going to cause gasps now (and disbelief) by saying I’ll take this over anything he did in AC/DC anyday. Great fun. New at 16 a debut hit for Leo Sayer, dressed as a clown, and much media attention as cool songwriter (for Roger Daltrey and others). Hard to believe he did what they used to call “a Gilbert” and opted for MOR pop instead of singer-songwriter 3 years later. At 24, a major soulfunk classic, probably my fave Stevie Wonder record, the conscience-touching ghetto tale. Fab.

1 ( 1 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
2 ( 2 ) FOREVER Roy Wood
3 ( 13 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
4 ( 8 ) LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP Robert Knight
5 ( 4 ) MY COO CA CHOO Alvin Stardust
6 ( 3 ) STREETLIFE Roxy Music
7 ( 5 ) ROLL AWAY THE STONE Mott The Hoople
8 ( 15 ) AMOUREUSE Kiki Dee
9 ( 12 ) YOU WON’T FIND ANOTHER FOOL LIKE ME The New Seekers
10 ( 6 ) TRUCK ON (TYKE) T.Rex

11 ( 17 ) DANCE WITH THE DEVIL Cozy Powell
12 ( NEW ) BLACK CAT WOMAN Geordie
13 ( 18 ) STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John
14 ( 9 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE Barry Blue
15 ( 7 ) KEEP ON TRUCKING Eddie Kendricks
16 ( NEW ) THE SHOW MUST GO ON Leo Sayer
17 ( 14 ) DYNAMITE Mud
18 ( 16 ) I LOVE YOU LOVE ME LOVE Gary Glitter
19 ( 19 ) LAMPLIGHT David Essex
20 ( 20 ) HELEN WHEELS Wings

21 ( 24 ) VADO VIA Drupi
22 ( 29 ) POOL HALL RICHARD The Faces
23 ( 26 ) RADAR LOVE Golden Earring
24 ( NEW ) LIVING FOR THE CITY Stevie Wonder
25 ( 21 ) SORROW David Bowie
26 ( NEW ) THANKS FOR SAVING MY LIFE Billy Paul
27 ( 23 ) TAKE ME HIGH Cliff Richard
28 ( NEW ) LITTLE SAINT NICK The Beach Boys
29 ( NEW ) SOLITAIRE Andy Williams
30 ( RE ) LET ME IN The Osmonds

15th DEC 1973

In which Roy Wood knocks himself off the top. That was a chartfirst! The backing musicians in the TOTP clip are Wizzard, though the single is 100% Roy on all instruments and voices, which impressed me hugely in those days. The record is a 1960’s Neil Sedaka pastiche, affectionate and catchy, and appropriate as Neil was in the UK making great adult music at 10CC’s studio, one song of which is lower down and covered by the great Andy Williams.

New entries from Harold Melvin (or rather the late Teddy Pendergrass) with a great Philly soul song that was clubbed-up in the 90’s to lesser effect. Marmalade sneak in with a forgotten flop, keeping my 60’s nostalgia bubbling as it started to seem a long time ago as I neared sweet 16. In at 29, a band formerly faves of mine under a different guise (Jonathan King protegees basically), who, now having had an overhaul came back with a catchy pop ditto I liked. I say liked. By the time it became a hit, months later, the Rollers were on the road to becoming huge pop machine monsters of inane drivel (once they ditched their professional songwriters and tried to write their own). Finally, up to 3, Northern Soul classic B side hits it big: Wigan was the place to be for hipster raving back in 1974 (true!) and loads of old 60’s soul records became hits on the back of it, such as Love On A Mountain Top. Originally hidden-away on the b side of Everlasting Love (the original, but not the best, version of a classic song), the soaring melody and rhythm was great for back-flips. So I hear.

1 ( 2 ) FOREVER Roy Wood
2 ( 1 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
3 ( 4 ) LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP Robert Knight
4 ( 3 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
5 ( 11 ) DANCE WITH THE DEVIL Cozy Powell
6 ( 6 ) STREETLIFE Roxy Music
7 ( 7 ) ROLL AWAY THE STONE Mott The Hoople
8 ( 5 ) MY COO CA CHOO Alvin Stardust
9 ( 12 ) BLACK CAT WOMAN Geordie
10 ( 16 ) THE SHOW MUST GO ON Leo Sayer

11 ( 13 ) STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John
12 ( 8 ) AMOUREUSE Kiki Dee
13 ( 24 ) LIVING FOR THE CITY Stevie Wonder
14 ( 28 ) LITTLE SAINT NICK The Beach Boys
15 ( 10 ) TRUCK ON (TYKE) T.Rex
16 ( 14 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE Barry Blue
17 ( 23 ) RADAR LOVE Golden Earring
18 ( 22 ) POOL HALL RICHARD The Faces
19 ( 20 ) HELEN WHEELS Wings
20 ( 9 ) YOU WON’T FIND ANOTHER FOOL LIKE ME The New Seekers

21 ( 21 ) VADO VIA Drupi
22 ( 17 ) DYNAMITE Mud
23 ( 18 ) I LOVE YOU LOVE ME LOVE Gary Glitter
24 ( 26 ) THANKS FOR SAVING MY LIFE Billy Paul
25 ( 19 ) LAMPLIGHT David Essex
26 ( NEW ) THE LOVE I LOST Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes
27 ( 29 ) SOLITAIRE Andy Williams
28 ( NEW ) PAPER ROSES Marie Osmond
29 ( NEW ) REMEMBER (SHA LA LA LA) The Bay City Rollers
30 ( NEW ) OUR HOUSE IS ROCKING Marmalade

22nd DEC 1973

It’s Chriiiistmas! We went round to neighbour friends of my parents for xmas day dinner (Jimmy and Vera) and watched Xmas Top Of The Pops. Fab. Don’t recall what I got for xmas, but it was likely to have been vinyl albums, Arcade and KTel hits compilations.

2nd week at the top for Roy Wood, and drum rocker Cozy Powell goes up to 3 with the instrumental stomper we used to play on the school desks. Works pretty well, I suggest you try it! Stevie Wonder gets his 4th Top 10 hit of the year, and the Bay City Rollers make the Top 10 for the first time in 2 years. Jonathan King gets yet another hit under a fake name, covering the Stones to amusing effect. Melanie, meanwhile returns with a Shirelles cover. Both King and Melanie had hit number one in 1972. Sneaking in at the bottom, Dexter Redding – who?! – he was the teen son of the late great Otis having a go at the teen pop market, and failing, but I rather liked this sweet track.

1 ( 1 ) FOREVER Roy Wood
2 ( 2 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
3 ( 5 ) DANCE WITH THE DEVIL Cozy Powell
4 ( 10 ) THE SHOW MUST GO ON Leo Sayer
5 ( 13 ) LIVING FOR THE CITY Stevie Wonder
6 ( 7 ) ROLL AWAY THE STONE Mott The Hoople
7 ( 6 ) STREETLIFE Roxy Music
8 ( 11 ) STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John
9 ( 29 ) REMEMBER (SHA LA LA LA) The Bay City Rollers
10 ( 4 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade

11 ( 3 ) LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP Robert Knight
12 ( 14 ) LITTLE SAINT NICK The Beach Boys
13 ( 8 ) MY COO CA CHOO Alvin Stardust
14 ( 9 ) BLACK CAT WOMAN Geordie
15 ( 18 ) POOL HALL RICHARD The Faces
16 ( 19 ) HELEN WHEELS Wings
17 ( 16 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE Barry Blue
18 ( 12 ) AMOUREUSE Kiki Dee
19 ( 15 ) TRUCK ON (TYKE) T.Rex
20 ( 21 ) VADO VIA Drupi

21 ( 23 ) I LOVE YOU LOVE ME LOVE Gary Glitter
22 ( 22 ) DYNAMITE Mud
23 (NEW) (I CAN’T GET NO) SATISFACTION Bubble Rock
24 ( 26 ) THE LOVE I LOST Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes
25 ( 25 ) LAMPLIGHT David Essex
26 (NEW) WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW Melanie
27 ( 20 ) YOU WON’T FIND ANOTHER FOOL LIKE ME The New Seekers
28 ( 17 ) RADAR LOVE Golden Earring
29 ( NEW ) ROCKIN’ ROLL BABY The Stylistics
30 ( NEW ) GOD BLESS Dexter Redding

29th DEC 1973

Xmas was over, radio had some hot new singles to play and they were both Chinn-Chapman hit machine products. Instant fave was The Sweet, followed by Mud, and a boost for previous Mud single. Bubble Rock go Top 10, but otherwise the xmas period was waiting for the new year and those record tokens to be spent – both my brother and myself had one from grandma, I think, so which single would we each buy in January….? tbc

1 ( 1 ) FOREVER Roy Wood
2 ( 5 ) LIVING FOR THE CITY Stevie Wonder
3 ( NEW ) TEENAGE RAMPAGE The Sweet
4 ( 22 ) DYNAMITE Mud
5 ( 6 ) ROLL AWAY THE STONE Mott The Hoople
6 ( 7 ) STREETLIFE Roxy Music
7 ( 3 ) DANCE WITH THE DEVIL Cozy Powell
8 ( 13 ) MY COO CA CHOO Alvin Stardust
9 ( NEW ) TIGER FEET Mud
10 ( 23 ) (I CAN’T GET NO) SATISFACTION Bubble Rock

11 ( 16 ) HELEN WHEELS Wings
12 ( 9 ) REMEMBER (SHA LA LA LA) The Bay City Rollers
13 ( 17 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE Barry Blue
14 ( 4 ) THE SHOW MUST GO ON Leo Sayer
15 ( 2 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
16 ( 14 ) BLACK CAT WOMAN Geordie
17 ( 11 ) LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP Robert Knight
18 ( 19 ) TRUCK ON (TYKE) T.Rex
19 ( 15 ) POOL HALL RICHARD The Faces
20 ( 10 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade

22 ( 24 ) THE LOVE I LOST Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes
23 ( 8 ) STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John
24 ( 12 ) LITTLE SAINT NICK The Beach Boys
25 ( 29 ) ROCKIN’ ROLL BABY The Stylistics
26 ( 28 ) RADAR LOVE Golden Earring
27 ( RE ) DAYDREAMER/ THE PUPPY SONG David Cassidy
28 ( 25 ) LAMPLIGHT David Essex
29 ( 21 ) I LOVE YOU LOVE ME LOVE Gary Glitter
30 ( 18 ) AMOUREUSE Kiki Dee

2003 Charts Month by Month

me3Image

January 2003, and an old Stevie classic kept off Atomic Kitten and Justin Timberlake from the top. I say Atomic Kitten – a large part is borrowed ELO. Followed by a rare event – an instant dance track number one from out of nowhere, Oxygen. Lots of 60’s classics charting for the first time in amongst the hit acts of 2003, and some veterans such as the then-recently late great George Harrison, and Bruce Springsteen and acts that deserved to but never really quite it made it big like The Flaming Lips.

Chart Positions week one and rest of january

I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder 1 1 8 11
BE WITH YOU/ THE LAST GOODBYE Atomic Kitten 2 5 10 10
FEEL Robbie Williams 3 4 13 18
GAME OF LOVE Santana/ Michelle Branch 4 8 11 13
COME INTO MY WORLD Kylie Minogue 5 9 12 15
LIKE I LOVE YOU Justin Timberlake 6 2 6 7
NAUGHTY GIRL Holly Valance 7 7 9 9
I’M GONNA GETCHA GOOD Shania Twain 8 13 30 40
DIRRTY Christina Aguilera/ Redman 9 3 7 8
DON’T LET ME DOWN Will Young 10 20 29 44


I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who 11 16 21 21
(I CAN’T GET NO) SATISFACTION Rolling Stones 12 14 15 17
SOUND OF THE UNDERGROUND Girls Aloud 13 15 24 28
LONESOME DAY Bruce Springsteen 14 19 16 16
WONDERBOY Tenacious D 15 24 17 22
THE ZEPHYR SONG Red Hot Chili Peppers 16 22 45 49
LOSE YOURSELF Eminem 17 23 23 23
STUCK INSIDE A CLOUD George Harrison 18 28 36 46
SCIENCE OF SILENCE Richard Ashcroft 19 17 27 31
FAMILY PORTRAIT Pink 20 10 26 26


SCORPIO RISING Death In Vegas/ Liam Gallagher 21 12 31 38
THE KETCHUP SONG Las Ketchup 22 31 49 62
SACRED TRUST One True Voice 23 18 18 24
DANGER! HIGH VOLTAGE! Electric Six 24 6 4 4
YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS PT 1 Flaming Lips 25 25 25 6
COWBOYS ARE MY WEAKNESS Chris Difford 26 29 34 48
LOVE WILL COME THROUGH Travis 27 39 39 52
TIMES LIKE THESE Foo Fighters 28 27 20 27
STRONGER Sugababes 29 21 28 32
ALIVE S Club 30 45 57 


NEW DIRECTION S Club Juniors 31 36 47 53
I’M RIGHT HERE Samantha Mumba 32 37 37 45
GIRL’S TALK TLC 33 43 67
CHECK THE MEANING Richard Ashcroft 34 34 41 43
WALK ON BY Dionne Warwick 35 35 35 35
ALL THE THINGS SHE SAID T.A.T.U. 36 11 3 3
HIDDEN AGENDA Craig David 37 33 33 25
UNITED STATES OF WHATEVER Liam Lynch 38 38 64 65
SORRY SEEMS TO BE THE HARDEST WORD Blue & Elton John 39 32 69
CRY ME A RIVER Justin Timberlake 40 26 22 12


IF YOU’RE NOT THE ONE Daniel Bedingfield 41 52
MUSIC GETS THE BEST OF ME Sophie Ellis-Bextor 42 53 46 54
DON’T WANNA KNOW Shy FX & T-Power 43 46 71
POSSE (I NEED YOU ON THE FLOOR) Scooter 44 50
GOOD TIMES GONNA COME Aqualung 45 54
MASSACHUSSETS Bee Gees 46 41 42 42
YOU’RE A SUPERSTAR Love Inc 47 47 32 20
DEAD IN THE WATER David Gray 48 55 55
ELECTRICAL STORM U2 49 56 48 57
MISUNDERSTOOD Bon Jovi 50 40 74


DREAMING OF YOU The Coral 51 51 65 69
GETAWAY The Music 52 64
WHATCHULOOKINAT Whitney Houston 53 71
SHOW ME LOVE Robin S 54 65
OBJECTION (TANGO) Shakira 55 74
THE WAY (PUT YOUR HAND IN MY HAND) Divine Inspiration 56 30 14 14
THE OTHER SIDE David Gray 57 73
REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes 58 48 51 51
MY SWEET LORD George Harrison 59 59 59 59
I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney 60 60 60 60


RAG DOLL  Four Seasons 61 61 61 61
IN MY PLACE Coldplay 62 62 62 64
UNBREAKABLE Westlife 63
HOLDING ON FOR YOU Liberty X 64 57 50 67
WE’VE GOT TONIGHT Ronan Keating/ Lulu 65
JUST THE WAY I’M FEELING Feeder 66 66 66 50
HEAVEN DJ Sammy 67  38 30
GOD ONLY KNOWS Beach Boys 68 68 68 68
SK8TER BOY Avril Lavigne 69 69 58 55
PUPPY LOVE S Club Juniors 70   


I STARTED A JOKE Bee Gees 71 42 43 41
PRAY Lasgo 72 67
MAYBE Enrique Igelsias 73
THUG LOVIN Ja Rule/ Bobby Brown 74
DIE ANOTHER DAY Madonna 75   

New entries week 2 and rest of january
STOLE Kelly Rowland  44 44 37
SOLSBURY HILL Erasure  49 19 19
SEEN THE LIGHT Supergrass  58 40 33
LOVE STORY Layo & Bushwacka  63  73
YEAR 3000 Busted  70 53 36

New entries week 3 and rest of january
THE CHEEKY SONG (TOUCH MY BUM) Cheeky Girls  72 72
GOT A DISEASE Matchbox 20  75 52 63
AM I ON YOUR MIND Oxygen/ Andrea Britton   1 1
GOOD DANCERS Sleepy Jackson   2 2
MOVE YOUR FEET Junior Senior   5 5
NO-ONE KNOWS Queens Of The Stone Age   54
HEAVEN IS CLOSER (FEELS LIKE HEAVEN) Dario G   56 39
TRUE. Jamieson/ Angel Blu   63 56

BORN AGAIN Badly Drawn Boy   70
WHAT MY HEART WANTS TO SAY Gareth Gates   73
THE FINAL ARREARS Mull Historical Society   75 75

New entries week 4
BLUE SONG Mint Royale    29
COME ON OVER John Silver    34
MUNDIAN TO BACH KE Panjabi MC    47
THE OPERA SONG Jurgen De Vries/ Charlotte Church    58
A LITTLE BIT Rosie Ribbons    66
TIME FOR HEROES Libertines    70
BIG YELLOW TAXI Counting Crows/ Vanessa Carlton    71
TREAT ME LIKE A LADY Zoe Birkett    72
HERE IT COMES AGAIN Melanie C    74

FEB 2003 CHARTS

2nd FEB charts

DANGER! HIGH VOLTAGE! Electric Six 1 2 5 4
AM I ON YOUR MIND Oxygen/ Andrea Britton 2 3 4 6
ALL THE THINGS SHE SAID tATu 3 1 1 1
GOOD DANCERS The Sleepy Jackson 4 4 3 3
MOVE YOUR FEET Junior Senior 5 6 7 7
LONESOME DAY Bruce Springsteen 6 8 13 17
CRY ME A RIVER Justin Timberlake 7 7 6 5
NAUGHTY GIRL Holly Valance 8 11 16 28
DIRRTY Christina Aguilera/ Redman 9 9 11 13
BE WITH YOU/ THE LAST GOODBYE Atomic Kitten 10 10 15 24

I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder 11 13 17 21
YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS PT 1 Flaming Lips 12 12 12 18
GAME OF LOVE Santana/ Michelle Branch 13 16 23 25
LIKE I LOVE YOU Justin Timberlake 14 14 18 27
COME INTO MY WORLD Kylie Minogue 15 22 29 36
SOUND OF THE UNDERGROUND Girls Aloud 16 23 19 23
SACRED TRUST One True Voice 17 15 21 31
(I CAN’T GET NO) SATISFACTION Rolling Stones 18 21 22 22
WONDERBOY Tenacious D 19 27 45 52
DON’T WORRY Appleton 20 5 2 2

THE WAY (PUT YOUR HAND IN MY HAND) Divine Inspiration 21 30 47 56
HIDDEN AGENDA Craig David 22 18 30 44
I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who 23 29 36 41
HEAVEN DJ Sammy 24 43
SOLSBURY HILL Erasure 25 34 34 34
FAMILY PORTRAIT Pink 26 32 46 65
YOU’RE A SUPERSTAR Love Inc 27 44 44 55
THE FINAL ARREARS Mull Historical Society 28 17 8 11
FEEL Robbie Williams 29 45
SEEN THE LIGHT Supergrass 30 25 31 50

YEAR 3000 Busted 31 28 20 15
BLUE SONG Mint Royale 32 31 37 51
HEAVEN IS CLOSER (FEELS LIKE HEAVEN) Dario G 33 48 57
COME ON OVER John Silver 34 49 62
WALK ON BY Dionne Warwick 35 38 38 38
DON’T LET ME DOWN Will Young 36 47
STOLE Kelly Rowland 37 19 32 16
SCIENCE OF SILENCE Richard Ashcroft 38 56
SK8TER BOI Avril Lavigne 39 20 28 48
I’M GONNA GETCHA GOOD Shania Twain 40 52 65

I STARTED A JOKE Bee Gees 41 41 41 42
MASSACHUSSETS Bee Gees 42 42 42 43
JUST THE WAY I’M FEELING Feeder 43 55 55
I’M RIGHT HERE Samantha Mumba 44 53 67 70
CHECK THE MEANING Richard Ashcroft 45 46 51 54
DISEASE Matchbox 20 46 33 33 29
MUNDIAN TO BACH KE Panjabi MC 47 39 43 58
LOVE WILL COME THROUGH Travis 48 66
STUCK INSIDE A CLOUD George Harrison 49 65
HERE IT COMES AGAIN Melanie C 50 37 24 19

REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes 51 51 52 53
SCORPIO RISING Death In Vegas/ Liam Gallagher 52
STRONGER Sugababes 53
MUSIC GETS THE BEST OF ME Sophie Ellis-Bextor 54
LOSE YOURSELF Eminem 55
TIMES LIKE THESE Foo Fighters 56
BIG YELLOW TAXI Counting Crows/ Vanessa Carlton 57 35 35 35
THE OPERA SONG Jurgen De Vries/ Charlotte Church 58 36 48 66
MY SWEET LORD George Harrison 59 59 59 62
I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney 60 60 60 60

RAG DOLL Four Seasons 61 61 61 61
THE BEAT GOES ON Bob St Clar 62 50
TAKE THE SKINHEADS BOWLING Camper Van Beethoven 63 63 66
FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Cardigans 64 64 64
TREAT ME LIKE A LADY Zoe Birkett 65
THE NIGHT Soft Cell 66 40 27 20
ELECTRICAL STORM U2 67
GOD ONLY KNOWS Beach Boys 68 68 69 69
IN MY PLACE Coldplay 69 70
A LITTLE BIT Rosie Ribbons 70

PAIN KILLER Turin Brakes 71 40 33
THE ZEPHYR SONG Red Hot Chili Peppers 72
BEAUTIFUL Christina Aguilera 73 54 49 49
CLOCKS Coldplay 74 9 8
COCHISE Audioslave 75

9th FEB entries

PRAY Syntax 24 10 10
SONGBIRD Oasis 26 14 12
CAN’T STOP Red Hot Chili Peppers 57 54 39
AUTOMATIC Sarah Whatmore 58 68
KNOW YOU WANNA 3rd Edge 62 53
SING FOR THE MOMENT Eminem 67
OK Big Brovaz 69 50 37
HEY MA Cam’ron 71 68 59
’03 BONNIE & CLYDE Jay-Z/ Beyonce Knowles 72 63 63
I BEGIN TO WONDER Danii Minogue 73 25 14
SHAPE Sugababes 74
FAMILIAR FEELINGS Moloko 75 71 67

16th FEB entries

SPIRIT IN THE SKY Gareth Gates & The Kumars 26 26
A THING ABOUT YOU Roxette 39 47
THE BOYS OF SUMMER DJ Sammy 56 46
LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND THE FAMOUS Good Charlotte 58 40
DON’T THINK YOU’RE THE FIRST The Coral 70 30
ALL OF YOUR DAYS WILL BE BLESSED Ed Harcourt 72
I CAN’T BREAK DOWN Sinead Quinn 73 64
PLEASE Robin Gibb 74
SOMETHING THAT YOU SAID The Bangles 75

23rd FEB entries

ANY ROAD WILL TAKE YOU THERE George Harrison 9
SUNRISE Simply Red 32
LIGHT AND DAY Polyphonic Spree 45
GET OVER IT OK Go 57
PARADISE LL Cool J/ Amerie 71
I’M WITH YOU Avril Lavigne 72
SHOWDOWN Jody Lei 73
BEING NOBODY Liberty X/ Richard X 74
FLASH Vanguard/ Queen 75

MARCH 2003

Trevor Horn and some Russian ladies dominating pop for a while..smile.gif

2nd March

ALL THE THINGS SHE SAID tATu 1 1 2 3 7
CRY ME A RIVER Justin Timberlake 2 2 1 1 3
GOOD DANCERS The Sleepy Jackson 3 3 12 15 22
DON’T WORRY Appleton 4 4 4 5 6
DANGER! HIGH VOLTAGE! Electric Six 5 11 25 32 39
CLOCKS Coldplay 6 13 26 34 34
MOVE YOUR FEET Junior Senior 7 9 7 4 2
PAIN KILLER Turin Brakes 8 5 5 14 14
AM I ON YOUR MIND Oxygen/ Andrea Britton 9 15 21 25 33
I BEGIN TO WONDER Danii Minogue 10 6 6 6 4

PRAY Syntax 11 22 14 19 23
SUNRISE Simply Red 12 7 3 2 1
SUGAH Ruby Amanfu 13 10 15 12 11
HERE IT COMES AGAIN Melanie C 14 14 17 16 10
ANY ROAD George Harrison 15 18 29 29 29
STOLE Kelly Rowland 16 21 27 27 35
THE FINAL ARREARS Mull Historical Society 17 26 23 31 48
I CAN’T BREAK DOWN Sinead Quinn 18 8 8 8 5
DIRRTY Christina Aguilera/ Redman 19 34 45 56 61
THE NIGHT Soft Cell 20 33 33 39 56

YEAR 3000 Busted 21 32 36 45
SONGBIRD Oasis 22 36 38 42 54
GET OVER IT OK Go 23 12 9 7 15
(I CAN’T GET NO) SATISFACTION Rolling Stones 24 24 24 24 26
I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder 25 29 31 35 42
LONESOME DAY Bruce Springsteen 26 44 57 66
TWO MOONS Adam Snyder 27 16 22 26 31
LIGHT AND DAY Polyphonic Spree 28 35 20 28 12
YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS PT 1 Flaming Lips 29 53 51 65
GAME OF LOVE Santana/ Michelle Branch 30 42 44 44 46

LIKE I LOVE YOU Justin Timberlake 31 45 53 53 59
LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS Good Charlotte 32 49 35 38 58
THE BOYS OF SUMMER DJ Sammy 33 31 19 21 36
SOLSBURY HILL Erasure 34 55 43 52 69
BEAUTIFUL Christina Aguilera 35 30 28 20 30
FAMILIAR FEELINGS Moloko 36 23 16 33 47
OK Big Brovaz 37 54 69
THUGZ MANSION 2Pac 38 20 13 10 8
I’M WITH YOU Avril Lavigne 39 28 18 18 25
AUTOMATIC Sarah Whatmore 40 40 54 64

WALK ON BY Dionne Warwick 41 41 41 41 41
DON’T THINK YOU’RE THE FIRST The Coral 42 19 11 11 17
NAUGHTY GIRL Holly Valance 43 51 64
I STARTED A JOKE Bee Gees 44 46 47 48 49
MASSACHUSSETS Bee Gees 45 47 48 49 50
I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who 46 48 49 50 52
SPIRIT IN THE SKY Gareth Gates & The Kumars 47 52 55 55
CAN’T STOP Red Hot Chili Peppers 48 50 58 71

BE WITH YOU/ THE LAST GOODBYE Atomic Kitten 49 59
SOUND OF THE UNDERGROUND Girls Aloud 50 64 66
BLUE SONG Mint Royale 51
HIDDEN AGENDA Craig David 52
COME INTO MY WORLD Kylie Minogue 53
DISEASE Matchbox 20 54
REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes 55 56 56 57 57
SACRED TRUST One True Voice 56
SHOWDOWN Jody Lei 57 37 42 51 51
BIG YELLOW TAXI Counting Crows/ Vanessa Carlton 58
CHECK THE MEANING Richard Ashcroft 59 60 60 60 65
A THING ABOUT YOU Roxette 60

I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney 61 61 61 61 62
RAG DOLL Four Seasons 62 62 62 62 64
MY SWEET LORD George Harrison 63 63 63 63 63
SK8TER BOI Avril Lavigne 64
THE HARDER THEY COME Oakenfold 65 38 32 36 44
YOU’RE A SUPERSTAR Love Inc 66 73
PARADISE LL Cool J/ Amerie 67 39 67
FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Cardigans 68 68 68
SOMETHING THAT YOU SAID The Bangles 69 58 37 37 24
GOD ONLY KNOWS Beach Boys 70 70 70 70 70

SEEN THE LIGHT Supergrass 71
SING FOR THE MOMENT Eminem 72 67
BEING NOBODY Liberty X/ Richard X 73 57 46 43 40
I’LL BE YOUR ANGEL Kira 74 66 52 67
TIME AFTER TIME Novaspace 75

9th March New Entries

CAN YOU DIG IT? Mock Turtles 17 10 13 13
KEEP ME A SECRET Ainsley Henderson 25 30 22 19
EPLE Royksopp 27 39 47 67
KA-CHING! Shania Twain 43 34 23 20
COME UNDONE Robbie Williams 65 65 30 27
ALL I HAVE Jennifer Lopez/ LL Cool J 69 58 43
HARMONIC GENERATOR Datsuns 71
ALL OF YOUR DAYS WILL BE BLESSED Ed Harcourt 72 40 40
LOVE ON THE RUN Chicane/ Peter Cunnah 74 71 68
HIT THE FREEWAY Toni Braxton 75 72 69

16th March new Entries

BOTHER Stone Sour 50 17 21
HURT Johnny Cash 59 59
SCANDALOUS Mis-Teeq 73 72 37
SHAPE Sugababes/ Sting 74
THE TRUTH IS NO WORDS The Music 75

23rd March New Entries

(IT LOOKS LIKE) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones 9 9
DO IT FOR LOVE Daryl Hall & John Oates 46 18
ONE HORSE TOWN The Thrills 54 38
WORK IT Nelly/ Justin Timberlake 73 73
BORN TO TRY Delta Goodrem 74
THE BITTER END Placebo 75 55

30th March New Entries

AMERICAN LIFE Madonna 16
SOFT LIKE ME Saint Etienne 28
MIDNIGHT Un-Cut 32
WEEKEND Scooter 45
CRY Kym Marsh 53
U MAKE ME WANNA Blue 60
PROVIDER NERD 66
BUMP BUMP BUMP B2K / P. Diddy 68
MAKE LUV Room 5/ Oliver Cheatham 71
IN DA CLUB 50 Cent 72
SOMEWHERE I BELONG Linkin Park 74
INCREDIBLE Darius 75

APRIL 2003

One of the low points of my life, and the Hollies record title was starting to look optimistic (I had pneumonia after burning out from clubbing and pubbing for two years non-stop, doing my teenage madness a bit later than most, followed by depression when I just felt ill forever). I was a quiet shy lad as a teen/20’s and it was genie out of the bottle time….

6th APRIL chart

I’M ALIVE The Hollies 1 3 12 16
SUNRISE Simply Red 2 2 7 8
THUGZ MANSION 2Pac 3 1 2 2
I BEGIN TO WONDER Danii Minogue 4 8 14 20
CRY ME A RIVER Justin Timberlake 5 5 11 13
MAKE LUV Room 5/ Oliver Cheatham 6 6 16 18
SUGAH Ruby Amanfu 7 13 23 27
I CAN’T BREAK DOWN Sinead Quinn 8 18 43 57
MOVE YOUR FEET Junior Senior 9 12 13 14
DON’T WORRY Appleton 10 21 17 22

ALL THE THINGS SHE SAID tATu 11 22 34 42
PROVIDER NERD 12 10 3 5
SCANDALOUS Mis-Teeq 13 7 6 6
CLOCKS Coldplay 14 4 4 7
HERE IT COMES AGAIN Melanie C 15 26 31 43
AMERICAN LIFE Madonna 16 15 15 15
BOTHER Stone Sour 17 27 27 36
MIDNIGHT Un-Cut 18 14 8 11
CAN YOU DIG IT? Mock Turtles 19 19 21 25
HURT Johnny Cash 20 28 5 4

(IT LOOKS LIKE) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones 21 32 49 66
LIGHT AND DAY Polyphonic Spree 22 16 28 35
PAIN KILLER Turin Brakes 23 23 42 50
GET OVER IT OK Go 24 30 46 56
KEEP ME A SECRET Ainsley Henderson 25 33 33 45
DON’T THINK YOU’RE THE FIRST The Coral 26 40 40 40
THE NOTHING MAN Bruce Springsteen 27 24 10 12
SOFT LIKE ME Saint Etienne 28 20 22 33
DO IT FOR LOVE Daryl Hall & John Oates 29 43
BEAUTIFUL Christina Aguilera 30 39 55 67

(I CAN’T GET NO) SATISFACTION Rolling Stones 31 31 32 34
GOOD DANCERS The Sleepy Jackson 32 17 26 31
COME UNDONE Robbie Williams 33 25 25 9
PRAY Syntax 34 34 45 49
ANY ROAD George Harrison 35 9 19 19
ONE HORSE TOWN The Thrills 36 36 30 30
A LITTLE LIKE YOU Grand Drive 37 56
KA-CHING! Shania Twain 38 48
WEEKEND Scooter 39 29 53 61
I’M WITH YOU Avril Lavigne 40 46 54 54

WALK ON BY Dionne Warwick 41 41 41 41
SOMETHING THAT YOU SAID The Bangles 42 42
STOLE Kelly Rowland 43 38 44 53
I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder 44 45 48 48
AM I ON YOUR MIND Oxygen/ Andrea Britton 45 55 66
RHYTHM IS A DANCER (2003) Snap 46 44 35 32
THE BOYS OF SUMMER DJ Sammy 47 67
TWO MOONS Adam Snyder 48 61
ALL I HAVE Jennifer Lopez/ LL Cool J 49 49
DANGER! HIGH VOLTAGE! Electric Six 50 60 67

I STARTED A JOKE Bee Gees 51 51 51 51
MASSACHUSSETS Bee Gees 52 52 52 52
CRY Kym Marsh 53 53 39 37
I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who 54 57 61 65
BUMP BUMP BUMP B2K / P. Diddy 55 50
GAME OF LOVE Santana/ Michelle Branch 56 59 62 62
ON THE HORIZON Melanie C 57 35 20 17
REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes 58 58 59 59
BREAK 4 LUV Raze 59
IN DA CLUB 50 Cent 60 47 47 39

BEING NOBODY Liberty X/ Richard X 61
I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney 62 62 60 60
MY SWEET LORD George Harrison 63 63 63 63
RAG DOLL Four Seasons 64 64 64 64
EL SALVADORE Athlete 65
CHECK THE MEANING Richard Ashcroft 66 69 71
THE BITTER END Placebo 67
LIKE I LOVE YOU Justin Timberlake 68
NOT GONNA GET US t.A.T.u. 69 54 38 38
GOD ONLY KNOWS Beach Boys 70 70 70 70

MESMERISE Ja Rule/ Ashanti 71 66
BE MINE David Gray 72 37 24 24
WORK IT Nelly/ Justin Timberlake 73 68
FAMILIAR FEELINGS Moloko 74
I CAN’T READ YOU Daniel Bedingfield 75 65 37 46

13th APRIL new entries

ROCK YOUR BODY Justin Timberlake 11 9 3
FAVOURITE THINGS Big Brovaz 71 71
GOSSIP FOLKS Missy Elliott/ Ludacris 72 58 58
WHEN I SEE YOU Macy Gray 73 69 55
DON’T KNOW WHAT TO TELL YA Aaliyah 74 74
LANDSLIDE The Dixie Chicks 75 18 10

20th APRIL new entries

SUMMER WINE The Corrs/ Bono 1 1
MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) Erasure 29 26
UNWELL Matchbox 20 36 28
SEVEN NATION ARMY The White Stripes 50 29
I’LL BE AROUND Joan Osbourne 56 23
LONELINESS Tomcraft 57 44
DANCIN’ TONIGHT Stereopol/ Nevada 65
CAN’T NOBODY Kelly Rowland 68 47
BOY (I NEED YOU) Mariah carey/ Cam’ron 72
LOVE DOESN’T HAVE TO HURT Atomic Kitten 73 73
SOMEWHERE I BELONG Linkin Park 74
U MAKE ME WANNA Blue 75

27th APRIL new entries

DAMAGED Plummet 21
TRAIN Goldfrapp 68
OUT OF TIME Blur 69
BUY IT IN BOTTLES Richard Ashcroft 72
COULDN’T HAVE SAID IT BETTER Meatloaf/ Patti Russo 75

MAY 2003

Ten years ago it was all Justin (plus ca change etc) and Corrs cover of Nancy & Lee, Mel C and her inexplicable flop, and a Drifters oldie. Johnny Cash sadly got a runners-up slot. Doh!

4th MAY chart

SUMMER WINE The Corrs/ Bono 1 3 6 9
HURT Johnny Cash 2 2 5 11
ROCK YOUR BODY Justin Timberlake 3 1 4 5
THUGZ MANSION 2Pac 4 8 8 13
THE NOTHING MAN Bruce Springsteen 5 5 12 19
LANDSLIDE The Dixie Chicks 6 4 10 14
CLOCKS Coldplay 7 13 13 21
PROVIDER NERD 8 12 18 25
AMERICAN LIFE Madonna 9 14 22 34
DAMAGED Plummet 10 11 11 8

SCANDALOUS Mis-Teeq 11 23 31 39
I’LL BE AROUND Joan Osbourne 12 7 7 7
SUNRISE Simply Red 13 15 15 15
MIDNIGHT Un-Cut 14 17 21 31
ON THE HORIZON Melanie C 15 9 1 2
MOVE YOUR FEET Junior Senior 16 16 23 27
CRY ME A RIVER Justin Timberlake 17 24 32 35
I’M ALIVE The Hollies 18 21 25 32
MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) Erasure 19 25 33 47
SEVEN NATION ARMY The White Stripes 20 20 26 44

ANY ROAD George Harrison 21 26 14 12
COME UNDONE Robbie Williams 22 37 62
UNWELL Matchbox 20 23 22 17 33
I BEGIN TO WONDER Danii Minogue 24 36 43 57
NOT GONNA GET US t.A.T.u. 25 18 24 23
CRY Kym Marsh 26 19 16 24
CAN YOU DIG IT? Mock Turtles 27 31 39 45
MAKE LUV Room 5/ Oliver Cheatham 28 28 35 37
TRAIN Goldfrapp 29 29 42
CAN’T MAKE UP MY MIND Sonique 30 10 9 4

DON’T WORRY Appleton 31 45
SUGAH Ruby Amanfu 32 47 56
IF I FALL Aqualung 33 33 55
GOOD DANCERS The Sleepy Jackson 34 42 50 56
WITCH QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS Edwyn Collins 35 32 49
(I CAN’T GET NO) SATISFACTION Rolling Stones 36 38 40 41
RHYTHM IS A DANCER (2003) Snap 37 19 10
LONELINESS Tomcraft 38 6 3 3
BE MINE David Gray 39
WHO SAID (STUCK IN THE UK) Planet Funk 40 43

WALK ON BY Dionne Warwick 41 41 41 42
SOFT LIKE ME Saint Etienne 42
YOU DIDN’T EXPECT THAT Billy Crawford 43 35 44 66
GAY BAR Electric 6 44 30 30 29
DON’T LET GO David Sneddon 45 34 34 26
LIGHT AND DAY Polyphonic Spree 46
CAN’T NOBODY Kelly Rowland 47 40 47
DON’T THINK YOU’RE THE FIRST The Coral 48 57
ALL THE THINGS SHE SAID tATu 49 54
I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder 50 50 54 55

I STARTED A JOKE Bee Gees 51 51 52 53
MASSACHUSSETS Bee Gees 52 52 53 54
PRAY Syntax 53 62
DON’T KNOW WHAT TO TELL YA Aaliyah 54 39 48
WHEN I SEE YOU Macy Gray 55
ONE HORSE TOWN The Thrills 56
OUT OF TIME Blur 57 53
COULDN’T HAVE SAID IT BETTER Meatloaf/ Patti Russo 58
REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes 59 59 59 59
I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney 60 61 61 61

BOTHER Stone Sour 61
IN DA CLUB 50 Cent 62
MY SWEET LORD George Harrison 63 63 63 64
RAG DOLL Four Seasons 64 64 64 65
GAME OF LOVE Santana/ Michelle Branch 65 67
VIRTUALITY Vbirds 66 60
HERE IT COMES AGAIN Melanie C 67
FAVOURITE THINGS Big Brovaz 68 55 38 22
DESTINATION DTS/ Roxanne Wilde 69 58 58
GOD ONLY KNOWS Beach Boys 70 70 70 71

MADAME HELGA Stereophonics 71 71
YOU SAID NO Busted 72 65
KNOCK OUT Triple Eight 73
ALL POSSIBILITIES Badly Drawn Boy 74 69
FAST BOY Bluetones 75 56

11th MAY new entries

CHING CHING Terri Walker 27 20 20
STUCK IN A GROOVE Puretone 44 51
SAY YOU WILL Fleetwood Mac 46 45 69
EXCUSE ME MISS Jay-Z 48 46 67
KEEP IT TO YOURSELF Gerry Rafferty 49 29 28
WE USED TO BE FRIENDS Dandy Warhols 66 66
X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 68
YOU KNOW WHO YOUR FRIENDS ARE The Pretenders 69 60 46
TO LOVE A WOMAN Enrique Iglesias/ Lionel Richie 72
DATE WITH THE NIGHT The Yeah Yeah Yeahs 73 67
RISE AND FALL Craig David & Sting 74 68
SPEECHLESS D-Note 75

18th MAY new entries

UP ON THE ROOF The Drifters 2 1
BRING ME TO LIFE Evanescence 27 16
HUSAN Bhangra Knights Vs Husan 28 17
HOLLYWOOD Madonna 36 36
YOU SPIN ME ROUND 2003 Dead Or Alive 37 49
MAN ON A MISSION Daryl Hall & John Oates 57 40
NO LETTING GO Wayne Wonder 65 18
PAVEMENT CRACKS Annie Lennox 71 50
ABOUT MY IMAGINATION Jackson Browne 72
A.D.I.D.A.S. Killer Mike/ Big Boi 73
FORGET ABOUT TOMORROW Feeder 74
IGNITION R Kelly 75 48

25th MAY new entries

CRAZY IN LOVE Beyonce Knowles 6
UNIVERSALLY SPEAKING Red Hot Chili Peppers 30
LATELY Lisa Scott-Lee 38
RIGHTEOUSLY Lucinda Williams 43
FREE ME Emma Bunton 51
HOME Bone Thugs n Harmony/ Phil Collins 52
GUANTANAMO Outlandish 58
FOREVER AND FOR ALWAYS Shania Twain 60
NO GOOD ADVICE Girls Aloud 62
WIMMIN’ Ashley Hamilton 63
DON’T WANNA LOSE THIS FEELING Dannii Minogue 68
GIRLS & BOYS Good Charlotte 70
BIG SUR The Thrills 72
DO IT WITH MADONNA The Androids 73
BUSINESS Eminem 74
MY LOVE IS ALWAYS Saffron Hill/ Ben Onono 75

JUNE 2003

I was out of step with the charts 10 years ago – an ex-spice-girl flop and a minor comeback from Sonique kept the pop and dance flag flying (see, I was ahead of my time) until rock kicked them off and Evanescence took over at the top. All 3 great pop records, as were many of those lower down most notably Moloko, a genius dance record. Pharrell’s in there too (NERD)…

1st JUNE chart

ON THE HORIZON Melanie C 1 3 6 6 3
LONELINESS Tomcraft 2 6 14 21 14
CAN’T MAKE UP MY MIND Sonique 3 1 1 1 2
UP ON THE ROOF The Drifters 4 4 2 3 4
CRAZY IN LOVE Beyonce Knowles 5 2 4 7 9
ROCK YOUR BODY Justin Timberlake 6 11 19 27 34
DAMAGED Plummet 7 16 29 51
FOREVER MORE Moloko 8 5 5 4 6
NO LETTING GO Wayne Wonder 9 9 9 8 7
HUSAN Bhangra Knights Vs Husan 10 12 21 23 26

I’LL BE AROUND Joan Osbourne 11 17 28 42
SAY YOU WILL Fleetwood Mac 12 8 13 13 21
SUMMER WINE The Corrs/ Bono 13 13 16 16 17
KEEP IT TO YOURSELF Gerry Rafferty 14 10 8 17 28
ANY ROAD George Harrison 15 24 31 44 58
BRING ME TO LIFE Evanescence 16 14 3 2 1
FREE ME Emma Bunton 17 7 7 19 19
THUGZ MANSION 2Pac 18 27 33 41 48
SUNRISE Simply Red 19 22 24 28 33
LATELY Lisa Scott-Lee 20 20 26 34 45

HURT Johnny Cash 21 33 43 67
FAVOURITE THINGS Big Brovaz 22 19 30 38 38
NOT GONNA GET US t.A.T.u. 23 31 41
WIMMIN’ Ashley Hamilton/ Robbie Williams 24 15 12 12 15
LANDSLIDE The Dixie Chicks 25 34 45 56
RHYTHM IS A DANCER (2003) Snap 26
CHING CHING Terri Walker 27 51 62
GUANTANAMO Outlandish 28 28 27
GAY BAR Electric 6 29 18 15 15 22
UNIVERSALLY SPEAKING Red Hot Chili Peppers 30 30 17 10 10

MOVE YOUR FEET Junior Senior 31 35 38 45 52
HOME Bone Thugs n Harmony/ Phil Collins 32 23 22 31 57
CLOCKS Coldplay 33 50
THE NOTHING MAN Bruce Springsteen 34 53
CRY ME A RIVER Justin Timberlake 35 41 46 57
HOLLYWOOD Madonna 36 36 32 32 32
CRY Kym Marsh 37 52
FOREVER AND FOR ALWAYS Shania Twain 38 21 11 9 11
PROVIDER NERD 39 66
MAKING MUSIC Chungking 40 25 25 20 18

DON’T LET GO David Sneddon 41
WALK ON BY Dionne Warwick 42 42 42 43 44
(I CAN’T GET NO) SATISFACTION Rolling Stones 43 44 44 46 47
I’M ALIVE The Hollies 44 62
MAKE LUV Room 5/ Oliver Cheatham 45 45 52 69
BUSINESS Eminem 46 46 40 40 40
MIDNIGHT Un-Cut 47 56 60
IGNITION R Kelly 48 68 68
SCANDALOUS Mis-Teeq 49 69
PAVEMENT CRACKS Annie Lennox 50

BROKEN BONES Love Inc 51 37 35 35 51
MAN ON A MISSION Daryl Hall & John Oates 52
THERE THERE Radiohead 53 32 10 11 13
I STARTED A JOKE Bee Gees 54 54 54 54 55
MASSACHUSSETS Bee Gees 55 55 55 55 56
I WAS MADE TO LOVE HER Stevie Wonder 56 58 58 63 65
RIGHTEOUSLY Lucinda Williams 57
AMERICAN LIFE Madonna 58
REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes 59 59 59 60 60
MADAME HELGA Stereophonics 60 60

I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney 61 61 61 61 61
NO GOOD ADVICE Girls Aloud 62 67 57
GOOD DANCERS The Sleepy Jackson 63 70 72
MY SWEET LORD George Harrison 64 64 64 64 64
RAG DOLL Four Seasons 65 65 65 65 63
YOU KNOW WHO YOUR FRIENDS ARE The Pretenders 66
GIRLS & BOYS Good Charlotte 67
DON’T WANNA LOSE THIS FEELING Dannii Minogue 68 43 36 36 54
CAN YOU DIG IT? Mock Turtles 69
DO IT WITH MADONNA The Androids 70

GOD ONLY KNOWS Beach Boys 71 71 71 71 71
BIG SUR The Thrills 72 63 53 53 53
STOP SIGN Abs 73 29 23 22 29
I BEGIN TO WONDER Danii Minogue 74
MISFIT Amy Studt 75 57 39 66 66

8th JUNE new entries

WE USED TO BE FRIENDS Dandy Warhols 26 18 14 16
I CAN’T REMEMBER The Thorns 38 47
THE WRECKONING Boomcat 39 48 37 35
WHY CAN’T I BE YOU Shed Seven 40 51
CRY BABY Jemini 47 56
FLY ON THE WINGS OF LOVE XTM & DJ Chucky/ Annia 48 34 30 27
SUNLIGHT DJ Sammy 49 37 26 23
ROCK WIT’ CHU (AWWW BABY) Ashanti 72 49 29 20
FAINT Linkin Park 73 63 18 8
DIRTY STICKY FLOOR Dave Gahan 74 69 39 30
I KNOW WHAT YOU WANT Busta Rhymes & Mariah Carey 75 50 50 39

15th JUNE new entries

WALKING ON THIN ICE Ono 20 33 46
NOW IT’S ON Grandaddy 66 48 43
WHAT I SAW Kings Of Leon 67 49 42
AT THE END Iio 70 52 37
AVERAGE MAN Turin Brakes 73
GOD PUT A SMILE UPON YOUR FACE Coldplay 74 24 24
TRASHED Skin 75

22nd JUNE new entries

SOLDIER GIRL (REMIX) The Polyphonic Spree 5 5
CRAZY BEAT Blur 25 25
HOW DID YOU KNOW Kurtis Mantronix/ Chamonix 47 12
SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL Robbie Williams 58 49
BOUT Jamelia 59 50
JUST BECAUSE Jane’s Addiction 62 36
EVERYTHING EVENTUALLY Appleton 68
FIGHT TEST The Flaming Lips 70 31
PASS IT ON The Coral 72 67
WESTSIDE Athlete 73 59
FIGHTER Christina Aguilera 74
GIRLS NOT GREY AFI 75

29th JUNE new entries

VOYEUR ON COURSE The Sleepy Jackson 41
I’M GLAD Jennifer Lopez 62
BABY I DON’T CARE Jennifer Ellison 68
FEEL GOOD TIME Pink/ William Orbit 69
LOW Foo Fighters 70
GROWING ON ME The Darkness 72
GIRL IN THE MOON Darius 73
SHAKESPEARE’S (WAY WITH) WORDS One True Voice 74
GIRLFRIEND B2K 75

JULY 2003One of my all-time fave club tracks at number one (no, not Beyonce, though that is still her best ever record and the best use of a Chi-Lites sample ever) – Moloko. Awesome track, and nobody knows it as far as I can tell…! Actually I was heavily into dance music at the time, plus the odd quirky Polyphonic-ish track.6th July Chart

FOREVER MORE Moloko 1 2 1 4
CAN’T MAKE UP MY MIND Sonique 2 3 4 3
BRING ME TO LIFE Evanescence 3 6 6 8
HOW DID YOU KNOW Kurtis Mantronix/ Chamonix 4 12 12 6
SOLDIER GIRL (REMIX) The Polyphonic Spree 5 4 7 11
CRAZY IN LOVE Beyonce Knowles 6 1 2 2
FAINT Linkin Park 7 7 14 23
ON THE HORIZON Melanie C 8 10 10 14
NO LETTING GO Wayne Wonder 9 9 9 9
UNIVERSALLY SPEAKING Red Hot Chili Peppers 10 8 13 13FOREVER AND FOR ALWAYS Shania Twain 11 11 16 26
UP ON THE ROOF The Drifters 12 13 22 22
MAKING MUSIC Chungking 13 16 26 37
LONELINESS Tomcraft 14 15 21 29
WALKING ON THIN ICE Ono 15 26 42
WE USED TO BE FRIENDS Dandy Warhols 16 23 38 54
THERE THERE Radiohead 17 29 29 45
ROCK WIT’ CHU (AWWW BABY) Ashanti 18 30 35 42
WIMMIN’ Ashley Hamilton/ Robbie Williams 19 28 51 51
DIRTY STICKY FLOOR Dave Gahan 20 22 34 44FIGHT TEST The Flaming Lips 21 31 31 43
SUMMER WINE The Corrs/ Bono 22 25 33 41
SAY YOU WILL Fleetwood Mac 23 21 28 24
GOD PUT A SMILE UPON YOUR FACE Coldplay 24 24 24 34
GAY BAR Electric 6 25 33 52 73
HUSAN Bhangra Knights Vs Husan 26 37 49 49
FLY ON THE WINGS OF LOVE XTM & DJ Chucky/ Annia 27 48 59 59
YOU WERE THE LAST HIGH The Dandy Warhols 28 18 8 7
FREE ME Emma Bunton 29 38 48 63
LIGHTS OUT Lisa-Marie Presley 30 17 15 15CRAZY BEAT Blur 31 55 68
AT THE END Iio 32 52
WESTSIDE Athlete 33 54
STOP SIGN Abs 34 43
VOYEUR ON COURSE The Sleepy Jackson 35 35 53
JUST BECAUSE Jane’s Addiction 36 36 18 18
ROCK YOUR BODY Justin Timberlake 37 41 43 46
SUNLIGHT DJ Sammy 38 45
NOW IT’S ON Grandaddy 39 34 62 71
BUSINESS Eminem 40 58WHAT I SAW Kings Of Leon 41 74
HOLLYWOOD Madonna 42 42 27 20
MAYBE TOMORROW Stereophonics 43 27 23 10
SUNRISE Simply Red 44 51
WALK ON BY Dionne Warwick 45 46 46 47
BOUT Jamelia 46
KEEP IT TO YOURSELF Gerry Rafferty 47
PASS IT ON The Coral 48 44 44 36
INVISIBLE D-Side 49 49 41 33
PIN The Yeah Yeah Yeahs 50 50

BABY I DON’T CARE Jennifer Ellison 51 66
FAVOURITE THINGS Big Brovaz 52
I’M GLAD Jennifer Lopez 53 53
TAKE IT AND RUN The Bandits 54 39 39 38
THUGZ MANSION 2Pac 55 67
I KNOW WHAT YOU WANT Busta Rhymes & Mariah Carey 56
MASSACHUSSETS Bee Gees 57 57 58 58
I STARTED A JOKE Bee Gees 58 59 63 66
MOVE YOUR FEET Junior Senior 59 62
REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes 60 60 60 61

I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney 61 61 61 62
THE WRECKONING Boomcat 62
BROKEN BONES Love Inc 63
MY SWEET LORD George Harrison 64 64 64 65
THE NIGHT Scooter 65 56 36 27
RAG DOLL Four Seasons 66
GOLDEN RETRIEVER Super Furry Animals 67 40 30 16
ALONE AGAIN OR Calexico 68 20 20 12
JOGI Panjabi MC 69
LOW Foo Fighters 70 65

GOD ONLY KNOWS Beach Boys 71 71 71 72
DISCO The Wannadies 72 68 66 57
BECAUSE YOU Cosmic Rough Riders 73 32 32 32
FEEL GOOD TIME Pink/ William Orbit 74 73 50 50
OVERRATED Siobahn Donaghy 75

13th July New Entries

UNWELL Matchbox 20 5 11 21
ARE YOU READY FOR LOVE Elton John 14 5 5
FOREVER AND A DAY The Delays 19 19 25
ARE YOU HAPPY NOW Michelle Branch 47 37 28
SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL Robbie Williams 63 40 31
C’MON Mario 69 69
FOOL NO MORE S Club 8 70 45 30
DEEPEST BLUE Deepest Blue 72 54 35
YOU’RE THE STORM The Cardigans 75 70

20th July New Entries

WHITE FLAG Dido 3 1
TRAIN ON A TRACK Kelly Rowland 17 17
FAKE Simply Red 25 19
COME ON OVER Kym Marsh 47 53
REAL THINGS Javine 55 55
FURTHER Longview 56 40
MAGIC FLY Minimalistix 57 48
SATISFACTION Benny Benassi Presents The Biz 65 56
ALL IN MY HEAD Kosheen 67 52
SAVING GRACE The Pretenders 70 64
DESTINY N-Trance/ Kelly Llorenna 72
SLEEPING WITH THE LIGHT ON Busted 73
I JUST NEED MYSELF Ocean Colour Scene 74
CAN’T GET IT BACK Mis-Teeq 75

27th July New Entries

EVERYTHING EVENTUALLY Appleton 39
SILENCE IS EASY Starsailor 60
CARRION British Sea Power 67
WHAT YOU NEED IS Sinead Quinn 68
NOTHING BUT YOU Paul Van Dyk/ Hemstock & Jennings 69
FINEST DREAMS Richard X/ Kelis 74
LOSING GRIP Avril Lavigne 75

AUGUST 2003

Dance tracks from Beyonce & future hubbie, Kurtis Mantronix, and retro release from Elton (25 years after first charting) took turns at the top, punctuated by Dido and out of nowhere Mark Owen, proving that Take That actually had 3 good songwriters. Shock!

3rd August chart

CRAZY IN LOVE Beyonce Knowles/Jay-Z 1 2 4 11 15
WHITE FLAG Dido 2 1 2 4 7
HOW DID YOU KNOW Kurtis Mantronix/ Chamonix 3 3 1 2 4
CAN’T MAKE UP MY MIND Sonique 4 4 10 15 21
FOREVER MORE Moloko 5 5 11 16 22
MAYBE TOMORROW Stereophonics 6 6 5 7 9
YOU WERE THE LAST HIGH The Dandy Warhols 7 8 6 5 6
BRING ME TO LIFE Evanescence 8 14 23 28 37
JUST BECAUSE Jane’s Addiction 9 15 15 22 26
SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL (REMIX) The Rolling Stones 10 7 3 12 14

ARE YOU READY FOR LOVE Elton John 11 11 9 8 1
ALONE AGAIN OR Calexico 12 17 24 24 29
HOLLYWOOD Madonna 13 10 19 32 32
NO LETTING GO Wayne Wonder 14 21 32 45 50
TRAIN ON A TRACK Kelly Rowland 15 9 12 13 8
SOLDIER GIRL (REMIX) The Polyphonic Spree 16 33 45
ON THE HORIZON Melanie C 17 23 26 36 41
LIGHTS OUT Lisa-Marie Presley 18 28 39 26 34
FAKE Simply Red 19 26 16 14 18
FURTHER Longview 20 19 25 25 25

GOLDEN RETRIEVER Super Furry Animals 21 36 41 52 71
MAGIC FLY Minimalistix 22 22 22 20 27
UNIVERSALLY SPEAKING Red Hot Chili Peppers 23 39 47
FOOL NO MORE S Club 8 24 24 17 17 24
I’M IN HEAVEN Jason Nevins/ UKNY/ Holly James 25 13 7 6 5
DEEPEST BLUE Deepest Blue 26 34 34 41 45
THE NIGHT Scooter 27 41
ARE YOU HAPPY NOW Michelle Branch 28 43 52 53 75
LONELINESS Tomcraft 29 29 29 33 44
SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL Robbie Williams 30 20 30 38 51

UP ON THE ROOF The Drifters 31 31 31 31 31
DISCO The Wannadies 32 32 43 43 43
EVERYTHING EVENTUALLY Appleton 33 38 46 46 66
FAINT Linkin Park 34 42 49 57
SILENCE IS EASY Starsailor 35 12 8 9 11
PASS IT ON The Coral 36 37 42 65
UNWELL Matchbox 20 37 50 58
SAY YOU WILL Fleetwood Mac 38 49 53
ALL IN MY HEAD Kosheen 39 30 27 42 59
FEEL GOOD TIME Pink/ William Orbit 40 40 33 47 47

INVISIBLE D-Side 41 46
FOREVER AND A DAY The Delays 42 56 61
FOREVER AND FOR ALWAYS Shania Twain 43 57
GOD PUT A SMILE UPON YOUR FACE Coldplay 44
REAL THINGS Javine 45 45 38 54 56
SUMMER WINE The Corrs/ Bono 46 51 55
ROCK WIT’ CHU (AWWW BABY) Ashanti 47 53 56
WALK ON BY Dionne Warwick 48 48 48 51 52
ROCK YOUR BODY Justin Timberlake 49 52 54 58 58
YOU’RE THE STORM The Cardigans 50 58

MAKING MUSIC Chungking 51
BECAUSE YOU Cosmic Rough Riders 52
WIMMIN’ Ashley Hamilton/ Robbie Williams 53 61
SATISFACTION Benny Benassi Presents The Biz 54 54 35 68
NOTHING BUT YOU Paul Van Dyk/ Hemstock & Jennings 55
HUSAN Bhangra Knights Vs Husan 56 67
SAVING GRACE The Pretenders 57
THERE THERE Radiohead 58
MASSACHUSSETS Bee Gees 59 60 60 61 61
FIGHT TEST The Flaming Lips 60

REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes 61 62 62 62 62
I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney 62 63 63 63 63
WHAT YOU NEED IS Sinead Quinn 63
FLY ON THE WINGS OF LOVE XTM & DJ Chucky/ Annia 64
RHYTHM BANDITS Junior Senior 65 27 20 27 38
MY SWEET LORD George Harrison 66 66 66 67 68
CAN’T GET IT BACK Mis-Teeq 67 59 67
I STARTED A JOKE Bee Gees 68 71 71
NEVER GONNA LEAVE YOUR SIDE Daniel Bedingfield 69 55 51
YOU’RE FREE Yomanda 70 70

SLEEPING WITH THE LIGHT ON Busted 71 47 28 21 17
GOD ONLY KNOWS Beach Boys 72 72 72 72 73
SWING SWING The All-American Rejects 73 73 73
STRICT MACHINE Goldfrapp 74 69 68
MOLLY’S CHAMBER Kings Of Leon 75 68 57 35 35

10th August new entries

COMPLETE Jamieson 16 14 23 23
BREATHE Blu Cantrell/ Sean Paul 18 13 3 3
NEVER LEAVE YOU (UH-OOH) Lumidee 25 21 37 53
WHERE IS THE LOVE Black Eyed Peas/ Justin Timberlake 35 18 10 10
I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF The White Stripes 44 44 44 36
SPANISH Craig David 64 59 59 54
SNAKE R. Kelly 65 64 64 64
IN LOVE Lisa Maffia 74
PRETTY GREEN EYES Ultrabeat 75 37 29 19

17th August new entries

FRONTIN’ Pharrell Williams/ Jay-Z 36 19 13
RUBBERNECKIN’ Elvis Presley 40 39 39
SUNSHINE Gareth Gates 50 50 28
FINEST DREAMS Richard X/ Kelis 65 49 42
JULIET (KEEP THAT IN MIND) Thea Gilmore 69 66
WHEN THIS RIVER ROLLS OVER YOU The Stands 70 40 49
FALLEN ANGEL Elbow 74 48 48
DO ME WRONG Mel Blatt 75 73

24th August new entries

FOUR MINUTE WARNING Mark Owen 1 2
GET IT TOGETHER Seal 18 16
LOVE IN STORE Fleetwood Mac 30 30
STUCK Stacie Orrico 34 20
A THOUSAND BEAUTIFUL THINGS Annie Lennox 55 40
IT’S YOUR MUSIC Intenso Project 56 46
I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE The Darkness 60 55
WE CAN Leann Rimes 69 69
BEST OF ORDER David Sneddon 70 70
STOP Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 71 60
HOORAY HOORAY (IT’S A CHEEKY HOLIDAY) The Cheeky Girls 74
CAN’T HOLD US DOWN Christina Aguilera/ L’il Kim 75 65

31st August new entries

MISS PERFECT Abs 12
ALIVE Sonique 33
LIFE GOT COLD Girls Aloud 57
THE POWER OF BHANGRA Snap! 67
SWEET DREAMS MY LA EX Rachel Stevens 72
SENORITA Justin Timberlake 74

SEPTEMBER 2003

Blondie topped my charts with a non-hit, a cool clubbing track, and their first Number One since 1981 – boo hiss to those ageist radio programmers! Actually, it was worse than that, massive hit Blu Cantrell was soundly ignored by Radio 1, just because it could. Plus ca change…


7th September chart

GOOD BOYS Blondie 1 1 2 2
ARE YOU READY FOR LOVE Elton John 2 4 8 12
BREATHE Blu Cantrell/ Sean Paul 3 2 5 8
FOUR MINUTE WARNING Mark Owen 4 3 7 11
HOW DID YOU KNOW Kurtis Mantronix/ Chamonix 5 9 17 21
I’M IN HEAVEN Jason Nevins/ UKNY/ Holly James 6 11 20 25
THANK YOU BABY Shania Twain 7 5 4 6
GET IT TOGETHER Seal 8 6 3 3
MISS PERFECT Abs 9 12 6 7
WHERE IS THE LOVE Black Eyed Peas/ Justin Timberlake 10 17 31 39

TRAIN ON A TRACK Kelly Rowland 11 18 27 31
WHITE FLAG Dido 12 8 14 16
FRONTIN’ Pharrell Williams/ Jay-Z 13 16 26 28
SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL (REMIX) The Rolling Stones 14 7 16 19
SILENCE IS EASY Starsailor 15 15 21 23
YOU WERE THE LAST HIGH The Dandy Warhols 16 22 24 24
SLEEPING WITH THE LIGHT ON Busted 17 26 39 53
MAYBE TOMORROW Stereophonics 18 21 23 27
PRETTY GREEN EYES Ultrabeat 19 24 34 43
SUPERSTAR Jamelia 20 10 9 9

STUCK Stacie Orrico 21 31 47 59
CRAZY IN LOVE Beyonce Knowles 22 33 35 38
SUNSHINE Gareth Gates 23 19 15 14
DON’T KNOW WHY Norah Jones 24 13 10 15
COMPLETE Jamieson 25 27 36 42
FAKE Simply Red 26 41 52 61
GENIE IN A BOTTLE Speedway 27 34 51 65
CAN’T MAKE UP MY MIND Sonique 28 39 43 50
RUBBERNECKIN’ Elvis Presley 29 29 29 29
I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF The White Stripes 30 30 25 33

FOREVER MORE Moloko 31 40 44 51
DO ME WRONG Mel Blatt 32 42
ALIVE Sonique 33 45
UP ON THE ROOF The Drifters 34 36 41 41
SWEET DREAMS MY LA EX Rachel Stevens 35 25 13 13
FALLEN ANGEL Elbow 36 20 33 40
FOOL NO MORE S Club 8 37 43 56 71
A THOUSAND BEAUTIFUL THINGS Annie Lennox 38 32 46
FURTHER Longview 39 46 71
LIFE GOT COLD Girls Aloud 40 28 37 45

JUST BECAUSE Jane’s Addiction 41 51
ALONE AGAIN OR Calexico 42 47 72
HOLLYWOOD Madonna 43
SHAKE IT Lee Cabrera/ Alex Cartana 44 23 18 17
I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE The Darkness 45 38 38 32
ON THE HORIZON Melanie C 46 54 54 57
LOVE IN STORE Fleetwood Mac 47
MAGIC FLY Minimalistix 48
LIGHTS OUT Lisa-Marie Presley 49 49 57 67
CAN’T HOLD US DOWN Christina Aguilera/ L’il Kim 50 37 40 47

BRING ME TO LIFE Evanescence 51 56
WHEN THIS RIVER ROLLS OVER YOU The Stands 52 52
WALK ON BY Dionne Warwick 53 53 53 54
RHYTHM BANDITS Junior Senior 54 58
LET THE SUNSHINE IN Milk & Sugar 55 44 32 26
NO LETTING GO Wayne Wonder 56
LONELINESS Tomcraft 57 57
BRIGHT LIGHTS Matchbox 20 58 48 19 18
FINEST DREAMS Richard X/ Kelis 59
CARNIVAL GIRL Texas 60 35 11 10

DEEPEST BLUE Deepest Blue 61 61
REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes 62 62 62 62
I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney 63 63 63 63
MASSACHUSSETS Bee Gees 64 71
DISKO The Wannadies 65
BEST OF ORDER David Sneddon 66
REAL THINGS Javine 67
ROCK YOUR BODY Justin Timberlake 68
MY SWEET LORD George Harrison 69 72
SENORITA Justin Timberlake 70 60 55 52

MIXED UP WORLD Sophie Ellis-Bextor 71
HOLE IN THE HEAD Sugababes 72 50 45 34
GOD ONLY KNOWS Beach Boys 73 70 70 70
SEND YOUR LOVE Sting 74 64 28 20
LOVE @ FIRST SIGHT Mary J. Blige/ Method Man 75 out 67 60

14th September new entries

DISTANT DRUMS Jim Reeves 14 12 5
NUMB Linkin Park 55 30 30
NEW KILLER STAR David Bowie 59 59
BABY BOY Beyonce/ Sean Paul 65 65
THE GOLDEN PATH The Chemical Brothers/The Flaming Lips 66 55
TIME IS RUNNING OUT Muse 67 48 35
BABY BOY Big Brovaz 68 68 68
GOING UNDER Evanescence 69 69 69
RE-OFFENDER Travis 73 61 46
WILDEST DREAMS Iron Maiden 74
SANTA CRUZ (YOU’RE NOT THAT FAR) The Thrills 75

21st September new entries

HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART? The Bee Gees 1 1
YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND James Taylor 22 22
TOO FAR GONE Lisa Scott-Lee 42 37
MY LOVE IS LIKE…WO! Mya 49 49
SHOW ME A SIGN Kontakt 50 48
JUMPIN’ Liberty X 58 44
HEY WHATEVER Westlife 60 72
SHAKE YA TAILFEATHER Nelly, P Diddy & Murphy Lee 64 64
DANCE WITH YOU (NACHNA TERE NAAL) Rishi Rich Project/ Jay Sean & Juggy D 66 66
JUSTIFY THE RAIN Cosmic Rough Riders 73 73
SOMEDAY Nickelback 74 74
MY TIME Dutch/ Crystal Waters 75

28th September new entries

GOOD DANCERS The Sleepy Jackson 4
BARCELONA D Kay & Epsilon/ Stamina MC 36
WORLD FILLED WITH LOVE Craig David 56
PANDORA’S KISS Louise 58
SPECIAL NEEDS Placebo 75

OCTOBER 2003

A mix of childhood oldie faves (Cilla would have been weeks at 1 back in 1964, I was mad on it, and it’s aged well, diva ballad supreme), and the new minor hits (Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Pet Shop Boys) being under-appreciated but topping my charts, and near-misses from Shania Twain, Seal and the only actual big hit Jamelia, a great personality but short career as singer, sadly. I have to say the actual charts of the time had a lot of stuff in it that didn’t chart in mine, sorry if you adore Fast Food Rockers, Scooter and the like. I don’t…. laugh.gif

5th October chart

YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 1 1 3 6
THANK YOU BABY (FOR MAKING SOMEDAY COME SO SOON)! Shania Twain 2 3 5 9
GET IT TOGETHER Seal 3 2 4 4
GOOD DANCERS The Sleepy Jackson 4 4 12 22
HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART? The Bee Gees 5 5 6 12
GOOD BOYS Blondie 6 9 8 8
CARNIVAL GIRL Texas 7 7 13 15
SUPERSTAR Jamelia 8 8 2 5
MISS PERFECT Abs 9 11 16 16
BREATHE Blu Cantrell/ Sean Paul 10 15 15 20

DISTANT DRUMS Jim Reeves 11 22 26 37
I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE The Darkness 12 12 10 21
ARE YOU READY FOR LOVE Elton John 13 13 14 18
FOUR MINUTE WARNING Mark Owen 14 14 19 19
DON’T KNOW WHY Norah Jones 15 19 23 26
WHITE FLAG Dido 16 16 17 17
SEND YOUR LOVE Sting 17 17 22 31
BRIGHT LIGHTS Matchbox 20 18 18 18 32
SUNSHINE Gareth Gates 19 29 48
YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND James Taylor 20 20 28 54

SWEET DREAMS MY LA EX Rachel Stevens 21 21 21 27
SHAKE IT (MOVE A LITTLE CLOSER) Lee Cabrera/ Alex Cartana 22 33 51 67
SILENCE IS EASY Starsailor 23 23 25 33
HOW DID YOU KNOW Kurtis Mantronix/ Chamonix 24 30 31 40
SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL (REMIX) The Rolling Stones 25 25 33 25
LET THE SUNSHINE IN Milk & Sugar 26 42 62
WORLD FILLED WITH LOVE Craig David 27 31 7 7
MIXED UP WORLD Sophie Ellis-Bextor 28 6 1 3
RUBBERNECKIN’ Elvis Presley 29 28 49 61
BARCELONA D Kay & Epsilon/ Stamina MC 30 26 39 52

YOU WERE THE LAST HIGH The Dandy Warhols 31 43 53 56
FRONTIN’ Pharrell Williams/ Jay-Z 32 36 45 63
WHERE IS THE LOVE Black Eyed Peas/ Justin Timberlake 33 40 43 43
HOLE IN THE HEAD Sugababes 34 48 35 28
I’M IN HEAVEN Jason Nevins/ UKNY/ Holly James 35 47 56 59
MAYBE TOMORROW Stereophonics 36 51 61 69
RE-OFFENDER Travis 37 46 60
MAYBE Emma Bunton 38 45 36 13
TRAIN ON A TRACK Kelly Rowland 39 39 41 46
THE GOLDEN PATH The Chemical Brothers/The Flaming Lips 40 57

UP ON THE ROOF The Drifters 41 41 42 44
CRAZY IN LOVE Beyonce Knowles 42
TIME IS RUNNING OUT Muse 43 60 70
JUMPIN’ Liberty X 44 44 38 38
NUMB Linkin Park 45 66
GOING UNDER Evanescence 46 38 44
COMPLETE Jamieson 47 61 73
I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF The White Stripes 48
SENORITA Justin Timberlake 49
SLOW Kylie Minogue 50 37 29 24

FALLEN ANGEL Elbow 51 54
PRETTY GREEN EYES Ultrabeat 52 73
WILDERNESS Jurgen Vries/ Shena 53 53
WALK ON BY Dionne Warwick 54 55 55 55
TOO FAR GONE Lisa Scott-Lee 55
CAN’T MAKE UP MY MIND Sonique 56
FOREVER MORE Moloko 57 67
PANDORA’S KISS Louise 58 35 47
ON THE HORIZON Melanie C 59 63 66 71
LOVE @ FIRST SIGHT Mary J. Blige/ Method Man 60

STARS Morjac/ Raz Conway 61 32 32 45
REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes 62 62 63 64
I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney 63 64 64 66
LIFE GOT COLD Girls Aloud 64
CAN’T HOLD US DOWN Christina Aguilera/ L’il Kim 65
MY LOVE IS LIKE…WO! Mya 66
FAKE Simply Red 67 72 46 51
NEW KILLER STAR David Bowie 68 27 27 47
FIVE MILE Turin Brakes 69 34 34 34
GOD ONLY KNOWS Beach Boys 70 71 71 72

5.15″ The Strokes 71 58 37 29
SHAKE YA TAILFEATHER Nelly, P Diddy & Murphy Lee 72
SOMEDAY Nickelback 73 52 52
THE FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST Sheryl Crow 74 24 24 14
HAVE IT ALL Foo Fighters 75

12th Oct new entries

MIRACLES Pet Shop Boys 10 9 1
SUMMER JAM UD Project 49 40 57
SUNDOWN S Club 8 50 30 41
BRIGHTER THAN SUNSHINE Aqualung 56 20 10
BABY BOY Beyonce/ Sean Paul 59 59 53
CAN’T EXPLAIN Longview 65 65 65
TWO STEP ROCK The Bandits 68 69
WASTING MY TIME Kosheen 69 50 50
BAD DAY REM 70 54 30
DOWNLOAD IT CLEA 74 72
FIND THE COLOUR Feeder 75

19th Oct new entries

TURN ME ON Kevin Lyttle 11 11
STATE OF MIND Holly Valance 57 36
GOOD SONG Blur 58 48
TROUBLE Pink 67 60
GUILTY Blue 68 68
UH HUH 2003 B2K 74
ATTITUDE Suede 75

26th Oct new entries

MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens 2
SEXED UP Robbie Williams 23
OH L’AMOUR Erasure 35
BORN AGAIN Starsailor 39
JUST A LITTLE MORE LOVE David Guetta/ Chris Willis 42
I NEED YOU The Stands 49
TIME OF OUR LIVES Paul van Dyk/ Vega 4 58
CHIHUAHUA DJ Bobo 62
JUST A FEW THINGS THAT I AIN’T The Beautiful South 70
STAND BACK Linus Loves/Sam Obernik 73
HEY YA Outkast 74
DANCE COMMANDER Electric Six 75

NOVEMBER 2003

Yet again, my charts dominated by Pet Shop Boys and 60’s classics, this time childhood mega-fave Cat Stevens (a bit of a corker) and 1977 minor hit reissue of a cover of Monkees Mike Nesmith song and 1967 US hit The Stone Poneys (as sometimes spelled) aka Linda Ronstadt. As the years went by I grew to love this song more and more, it’s a classy little-known gem. A gem the size of a small boulder. In the current scene, another Robbie hit, Craig David still doing fine, and Aqualung and Holly Valance doing somewhat better in my charts, I think (than the Official ones)….

2nd November chart

MIRACLES Pet Shop Boys 1 3 2 2 2
MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens 2 1 3 4 6
DIFFERENT DRUM Linda Ronstadt/Stone Ponies 3 2 1 1 1
MIXED UP WORLD Sophie Ellis-Bextor 4 6 11 19 23
SUPERSTAR Jamelia 5 4 5 6 13
GET IT TOGETHER Seal 6 8 19 31 34
WORLD FILLED WITH LOVE Craig David 7 11 25 25 42
SEXED UP Robbie Williams 8 5 8 8 16
THANK YOU BABY (FOR MAKING SOMEDAY COME SO SOON)! Shania Twain 9 7 12 22 31
BRIGHTER THAN SUNSHINE Aqualung 10 14 28 42 56

YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 11 13 16 24 33
HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART? The Bee Gees 12 12 13 13 14
MAYBE Emma Bunton 13 21 24 27 39
THE FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST Sheryl Crow 14 26 34 45 63
TURN ME ON Kevin Lyttle 15 15 22 28 38
GOOD BOYS Blondie 16 23 31 43 49
BORN AGAIN Starsailor 17 9 9 11 19
WHITE FLAG Dido 18 22 30 40 46
SLOW Kylie Minogue 19 19 17 17 24
HOLE IN THE HEAD Sugababes 20 18 18 14 27

MISS PERFECT Abs 21 31 45 57
CARNIVAL GIRL Texas 22 36 57
ARE YOU READY FOR LOVE Elton John 23 32 37 39 43
STATE OF MIND Holly Valance 24 20 14 9 8
OH L’AMOUR Erasure 25 25 36 52
FOUR MINUTE WARNING Mark Owen 26 34 44 53 62
SWEET DREAMS MY LA EX Rachel Stevens 27 39 42 54 58
BREATHE Blu Cantrell/ Sean Paul 28 38 38 38 47
12:51″ The Strokes 29 35 58
BAD DAY REM 30 28 35 51

I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE The Darkness 31 43 66
SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL (REMIX) The Rolling Stones 32 42 60
JUMPIN’ Liberty X 33 33 47 47
DON’T KNOW WHY Norah Jones 34 45 51 61
RAIN ON ME Ashanti 35 27 27 21 36
GOOD SONG Blur 36 44 61
HEY YA Outkast 37 16 7 3 3
GOOD DANCERS The Sleepy Jackson 38 58
ONE MORE CHANCE Michael Jackson 39 29 23 23 15
SILENCE IS EASY Starsailor 40 46 64

DISTANT DRUMS Jim Reeves 41 41 41 41 41
JUST A LITTLE MORE LOVE David Guetta/ Chris Willis 42 53
WHERE IS THE LOVE Black Eyed Peas/ Justin Timberlake 43 47 52 67
HOW DID YOU KNOW Kurtis Mantronix/ Chamonix 44 51 53 63 51
SEND YOUR LOVE Sting 45 54
YOU SEND ME Sam Cooke 46 30 21 18 18
UP ON THE ROOF The Drifters 47 52 54 58 61
STEP IN THE NAME OF LOVE/ THOIA THONG R Kelly 48 40 10 16 25
I NEED YOU The Stands 49 63
TROUBLE Pink 50 37 33 44 44

SUMMER JAM UD Project 51 62
BRIGHT LIGHTS Matchbox 20 52 66
5 MILE (THESE ARE THE DAYS) Turin Brakes 53 64
BARCELONA D Kay & Epsilon/ Stamina MC 54 56
WALK ON BY Dionne Warwick 55 55 55 55 55
SUNDOWN S Club 8 56
TRAIN ON A TRACK Kelly Rowland 57 61
TIME OF OUR LIVES Paul van Dyk/ Vega 4 58
LOVE’S DIVINE Seal 59 48 32 30 52
CHIHUAHUA DJ Bobo 60

STARS Morjac/ Raz Conway 61
FAKE Simply Red 62 68
I’M COMING WITH YA Matt Goss 63 57 40 33 53
YOU WERE THE LAST HIGH The Dandy Warhols 64 71
REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes 65 65 65 65 65
JUST A FEW THINGS THAT I AIN’T The Beautiful South 66
I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney 67 67 68 69 69
GUILTY Blue 68
LIFE FOR RENT Dido 69 10 15 15 20
STAND BACK Linus Loves/Sam Obernik 70 70 26 10 7

BE FAITHFUL Fatman Scoop 71 60 63
I’M IN HEAVEN Jason Nevins/ UKNY/ Holly James 72
GOD ONLY KNOWS Beach Boys 73 73 73 73 73
CANNONBALL Damien Rice 74
ME AGAINST THE MUSIC Britney Spears/ Madonna 75 75 71 70

9th Nov new entries

POWERLESS (SAY WHAT YOU WANT) Nelly Furtado 17 6 5 4
WATERLOO SUNSET David Bowie 24 20 20 30
SURRENDER (YOUR LOVE) Javine 49 29 12 12
VIVA LAS VEGAS Elvis Presley 50 43 34 21
LOVE ME RIGHT Angel City feat Lara McAllen 59 39 32 32
PASS THAT DUTCH Missy Elliott 69 59 59
FLIP REVERSE Blazin Squad 72 49 36 54
CRASHED THE WEDDING Busted 74 70 68 68

16th Nov new entries

HURT Johnny Cash 4 7 11
STEP INTO MY OFFICE BABY Belle & Sebastian 46 46 40
THE ONLY THING THAT’S MISSING IS YOU Aretha Franklin 48 48 64
IF YOU COME TO ME Atomic Kitten 50 37 35
TWIST Goldfrapp 56 56
SOME GOT TEETH Obie Trice 62 62
THERE’S GOTTA BE MORE TO LIFE Stacy Orrico 67
SO YESTERDAY Hilary Duff 69
MELT Melanie C 72 50
THE HARDEST BUTTON TO BUTTON The White Stripes 74 49 37
STYLE Mis-Teeq 75 35 45

23rd Nov new entries

I’LL SEE IT THROUGH Texas 26 26
SWING LOW UB40/ United Colours Of Sound 29 29
FORTUNE FADED Red Hot Chili Peppers 60 50
YOU DON’T KNOW MY NAME Alicia Keys 64 60
LUCKY STAR Basement Jaxx/ Dizzee Rascal 66 66
LOST FOR WORDS Ronan Keating 71
BLIND PILOTS The Cooper temple Clause 72
JUMP Girls Aloud 74 57
MANDY Westlife 75 67

30th Nov new entries

TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu 5
IT’S MY LIFE No Doubt 9
PEACEMAKER Fleetwood Mac 10
CHOCOLATE Kylie Minogue 17
SAND IN MY SHOES Dido 22
MAD WORLD Michael Andrews/Gary Jules 28
LOVE PROFUSION Madonna 48
LEAVE RIGHT NOW Will Young 59
TOO LOST IN YOU Sugababes 70
UP! Shania Twain 71
YOU MAKE ME FEEL BRAND NEW Simply Red 72
MAYBE THAT’S WHAT IT TAKES Alex Parks 74
SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED (I’M YOURS) Blue/ Stevie Wonder/ Angie Stone 75

 

DECEMBER 2003

Sorry for the format change-back, ran out of time for November charts, need to crack on with December. Me? I was on holiday in Gran canaria for the first time, with a couple of new mates. Lots of pubs, clubs, got blind drunk for the first time ever (I’m a good boy!) and met someone who I’m going on holiday there again with 10 years on next week. The net effect was no new chart from for the 12th Dec, I was too busy, so it’s just a repeat of 5th Dec!

In the pop world, 60’s ruled still, Lulu gets a topper with her movie theme American chart-topper (for some dumb reason a B side in the UK), while Outkast’s retro-funk delight hovers near the top, as does Nelly Furtado’s 21st century dancepop – January beckons for both! No Doubt do a good cover of Talk Talk, Dido and Kylie sound poppily great to me, and back in the UK Ozzy & Darkness have popped up from nowhere for xmas! I choose to stick with John & Yoko over (just) Ozzy & Kelly….

5th Dec chart

DIFFERENT DRUM Linda Ronstadt/Stone Ponies 1 1 2 1
MIRACLES Pet Shop Boys 2 2 4 6
HEY YA Outkast 3 3 6 12
POWERLESS (SAY WHAT YOU WANT) Nelly Furtado 4 4 3 2
TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu 5 5 1 3
STAND BACK Linus Loves/Sam Obernik 6 6 12 15
IT’S MY LIFE No Doubt 7 7 7 5
ONE MORE CHANCE Michael Jackson 8 8 17 26
MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens 9 9 11 11
PEACEMAKER Fleetwood Mac 10 10 18 18

SAND IN MY SHOES Dido 11 11 10 10
CHOCOLATE Kylie Minogue 12 12 22 8
YOU SEND ME Sam Cooke 13 13 33
SUPERSTAR Jamelia 14 14 13 14
STATE OF MIND Holly Valance 15 15 20 23
HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART? The Bee Gees 16 16 21 21
MAD WORLD Michael Andrews/Gary Jules 17 17 15 27
YOU DON’T KNOW MY NAME Alicia Keys 18 18 8 13
STEP IN THE NAME OF LOVE/ THOIA THONG R Kelly 19 19 23 16
LIFE FOR RENT Dido 20 20 19 19

VIVA LAS VEGAS Elvis Presley 21 21 16 29
HURT Johnny Cash 22 22 25 25
SEXED UP Robbie Williams 23 23 35 35
SLOW Kylie Minogue 24 24 24 24
SURRENDER (YOUR LOVE) Javine 25 25 31 34
I’LL SEE IT THROUGH Texas 26 26 26 9
BORN AGAIN Starsailor 27 27 37 49
PLAN A The Dandy Warhols 28 28 32 43
SWING LOW UB40/ United Colours Of Sound 29 29 29 57
THE HARDEST BUTTON TO BUTTON The White Stripes 30 30 43 54

HOW DID YOU KNOW Kurtis Mantronix/ Chamonix 31 31 9 31
LOVE ME RIGHT Angel City feat Lara McAllen 32 32 47 64
MIXED UP WORLD Sophie Ellis-Bextor 33 33 45 45
BILL MCCAI The Coral 34 34 34 51
IF YOU COME TO ME Atomic Kitten 35 35 28 50
LOVE PROFUSION Madonna 36 36 30 28
WATERLOO SUNSET/ NEVER GET OLD David Bowie 37 37 49 52
YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 38 38 41 41
CHANGE CLOTHES Jay-Z 39 39 27 17
THANK YOU BABY (FOR MAKING SOMEDAY COME SO SOON)! Shania Twain 40 40 44 47

DISTANT DRUMS Jim Reeves 41 41 42 42
HOLE IN THE HEAD Sugababes 42 42 63 74
MAYBE Emma Bunton 43 43 52 67
GET IT TOGETHER Seal 44 44 58 58
STYLE Mis-Teeq 45 45 51 71
ME AGAINST THE MUSIC Britney Spears/ Madonna 46 46 46
TURN ME ON Kevin Lyttle 47 47 67
ARE YOU READY FOR LOVE Elton John 48 48 48 48
WHITE FLAG Dido 49 49 53 53
LEAVE RIGHT NOW Will Young 50 50 36 36

STEP INTO MY OFFICE BABY Belle & Sebastian 51 51
RAIN ON ME Ashanti 52 52
BREATHE Blu Cantrell/ Sean Paul 53 53 56 56
FLIP REVERSE Blazin Squad 54 54
WALK ON BY Dionne Warwick 55 55 55 55
GOOD BOYS Blondie 56 56 59 59
JUMP Girls Aloud 57 57 54 63
SWEET DREAMS MY LA EX Rachel Stevens 58 58 70 75
TROUBLE Pink 59 59
LOST FOR WORDS Ronan Keating 60 60

LUCKY STAR Basement Jaxx/ Dizzee Rascal 61 61
NOT TODAY Mary J. Blige/ Eve 62 62
UP ON THE ROOF The Drifters 63 63
BEAUTIFUL OCCUPATION Travis 64 64 64 44
REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes 65 65 65 65
ADDICTED Enrique Iglesias 66 66 66
MANDY Westlife 67 67 62 62
WORLD FILLED WITH LOVE Craig David 68 68
I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney 69 69 69 69
TOO LOST IN YOU Sugababes 70 70 68 68

YOU MAKE ME FEEL BRAND NEW Simply Red 71 71 39 38
SHUT UP Black Eyed Peas 72 72 57 61
GOD ONLY KNOWS Beach Boys 73 73 73 73
I WON’T CHANGE YOU Sophie Ellis-Bextor 74 74 38 22
LADIES NIGHT Atomic Kitten/ Kool & The Gang 75 75 75 39

19th Dec new entries

HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER)/ INSTANT KARMA John & Yoko/ Plastic Ono Band 5 4
CHANGES Kelly & Ozzy Osbourne 14 7
REPTILIA The Strokes 40 32
CHRISTMAS TIME (DON’T LET THE BELLS END) The Darkness 50 46
I’M LOVIN IT Justin Timberlake 60 60
PROPER CRIMBO Bo Selecta 61 40
I’M YOUR MAN Shane Richie 71
THE VOICE WITHIN Christina Aguilera 72 72
FUNKY DORY Rachel Stevens 74

26th Dec new entries

GOOD LUCK Basement Jaxx/ Lisa Kekaula 20
HOMEWARD BOUND Simon & Garfunkel 30
CAN’T DO RIGHT FOR DOING WRONG Erin Rocha 33
HYSTERIA Muse 37
SOMEBODY TO LOVE Boogie Pimps/ Jefferson Airplane 66
THE CLOSEST THING TO CRAZY Katie Melua 70

My Number Ones: The Sixties Part 2 (1965)

1965 

Continuing my chronological list of pre-chart Number Ones (for the years they originally were released or hits, not the years they actually peaked after the event). At last a certain band start to appear regularly, better late than never…

YESTERDAY – The Beatles (1 week)

The first Beatles oldie to hit Number One was appropriately this, the most recorded song of the twentieth century. Paul McCartney’s deceptively simple wistful ode to lost love struck a chord with everyone. Everyone except the record company, who didn’t release it as a UK single until 1976. It’s unthinkable these days that a standard, and famous song, wouldn’t be allowed to chart in it’s own right, but the Fabs were so prolific and creative by 1965 that they could give away songs to other acts, stick out at least one album a year, and have hit singles not on the albums. Like many Beatles album tracks, others had the hit versions, but none of the millions of covers of Yesterday have bettered this. It came to Macca in a dream. We should all have dreams like that….!

WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER – The Beatles (1 week)

A twentieth anniversary re-issue took this to the top of my chart, the oldest actual original Beatles single to do it (and their 4th to this point). Yes, Hard Days Night and Help have yet to do it, even though I went to the cinema when the films were new and have great childhood memories: I Feel Fine hasn’t either, even though I loved that record in 1976 when I bought it as an oldie, and nor has Ticket To Ride, a wonderful single complete with all that romping in the snow in the movie Help. Happily, this double A side has: two great tracks for the price of one, the optimistic and melodic Paul We Can Work It Out given an edge by John’s “life can be very short” interjections, and the rockier naughty Day Tripper. It’s about “big” teasers because they couldn’t use the real word on a pop single then. Nowadays it’s obligatory on rap breaks in pop songs.

IT’S NOT UNUSUAL – Tom Jones (1 week)

The song that launched a 50-year career. Tom has drifted in an out of fashion over the decades, and changed styles as is called for to get back in the game: he remains a bit of a singing legend with that manly belter of a voice and a great back catalogue and the old Welsh down-to-earth charm. I can barely recall a time when there wasn’t a Tom Jones releasing records, so much a part of the music scene that he’s been referenced in song himself (The Ballad Of Tom Jones). This catchy song remains his signature theme, and hit the charts all over again in 1987, when it peaked in my charts. Since then, well it’s been in The Simpsons, Friends, Mars Attacks and Edward Scissorhands. Can’t be bad then…! As always, had I been charting back in the day my childhood faves (etc), What’s New Pussycat and Green Green Grass Of Home would be listed as toppers for 1965 and 1966 too…

STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE – The Supremes (1 week)

Third Number One from The Supremes, thanks to a reissued and charting 1989 single in the UK. Holland-Dozier-Holland were getting increasingly sophisticated in their songs and production as they went along, and most of the best were American Number Ones, well on their way to a dozen in total cementing their position as the biggest girl group of all-time. Later acts may have sold more albums, or had more hits, but none had the extended run of huge singles (and albums) to that extent, from 1964 through to 1972, and beyond with Diana Ross. This is a great pop single,  constructed beautifully, and the melody and lyrics work well together on that perennial theme: heartbreak. What’s not to love!

UNCHAINED MELODY – The Righteous Brothers (1 week)

One of the most famous songs of the last 70 years, a chart-topper in many decades for many acts, but this remains the definitive version by far. Phil Spector was trying to produce male singers at this time and settled on the great vocal talents of Bobby Hatfield (tenor) and Bill Medley (bass) as the showcase. Out of step from his main productions of the time, this was almost a throwback to the 50’s and really a solo Bobby Hatfield record rather than a duo. Regardless, he gives a fabulous performance and was eventually rewarded with a trans-Atlantic chart-topping mega-hit – in 1990! Thanks to “Ghost” and it’s potters wheel scene, of course. I suggest ignoring all of the other million-selling versions and stick with this one, they just sound wishy-washy in comparison. Sorry!

YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING – The Righteous Brothers (3 weeks)

Talking of Phil Spector and The Righteous Brothers, and Ghost… The 1990 hit of Unchained Melody led to this being re-issued as a follow-up in 1990, and a hit all over again. Not that it hadn’t already been a hit re-issue, it charted in my charts first in 1969, and 1975, and 1988, and then for the fourth decade in a row in 1990, where it peaked and stayed in my charts for several years. I can’t speak highly enough of the perfection of this single, Phil Spector’s perfect moment, with the greatest vocal duo performance of all-time, bar none. It is sublime, the way it builds, Bill Medley’s building low-tones dominating the song until the absolutely epic grand finale, when Bobby Hatfield chimes in screaming at the top of his range to take it to another level. Probably the most purely angst-ridden emotional record ever made, kudos to regular 60’s Brill Building songwriting team Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, and Spector, of course, despite his attempts in recent years to blacken his legacy. For my part, I liked the record as a child of the 60’s, grew up with it in the 70’s liking it more, realising in the 80’s that it really was a great record, and by the 90’s it was becoming obvious it was one of the greatest records of all-time. I maintain that opinion, and call as first witness it’s status as the most-played record of all-time on American radio (over 8 million plays). Secondly, I nominate it’s perennial appearance in “Best 100” lists over the last 45 years. Case proven m’lud?

MY GIRL – The Temptations (1 week)

90’s movies made quite a few classic oldies big hits, such as the 1991 movie of the same name that took this to number 2 in the UK in 1992, and 1 in my charts (catching up with the USA where it topped in 1965). Smokey Robinson wrote it,  David Ruffin sang lead – my favourite Temptations singer, but they were all great – and this charming soul ballad kicked off a long career of soul, dance and funk hit singles for the band, that included greats like Just My Imagination, Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Ball Of Confusion, Can’t Get Next To You, Get Ready and even Supremes duets like I’m Gonna Make You Love Me. Band members went solo (Eddie Kendrick’s Keep On Trucking, David Ruffin’s fab Walk Away From Love) but the hits and quality kept on coming, with sporadic hits over the decades, even though four of the original five have now passed away. Their classic period was written/produced by Norman Whitfield at Motown, I saw them live in the 80’s, and rate them highly – but this is their only chart-topper. Boo!

I GOT YOU BABE – Sonny And Cher (1 week)

Everyone knows this one. They just do. It’s been in movies (most memorably Groundhog Day, which helped push this chartbound in 1993, when it belatedly hit number one in my charts, 28 years later than it would have been guaranteed to top – I loved this as a child). It’s been covered by UB40 and Chrissie Hynde, Cher has become a timeless diva icon of many a classic pop hit, but this remains the most universal megahit. Sonny Bono wrote it, while a hit songwriter, and had a go with his young wife as a duo. Cher’s deep tones, and Sonny’s growling made an effective combination, but back-peddling to the time, they were really the first beatnick/hippy dressers to hit the big-time, and the married-couple image helped make it family-friendly. In the same way that older generations complain about young-people’s habit of tripping themselves up with trousers hanging below the behind, they in turn were complained about for hanging long hair and outlandishly colourful clothes. Short hair and drab was the norm. Sonny & Cher brightened it all up and kicked off a long career as solo stars, and for a few years as duo. Sadly their other 60’s hits are largely forgotten – The Beat Goes On, Alfie, All I Really Want To Do, Laugh At Me, and best of all the wonderful Little Man, which has a great toon and percussion, and needs rediscovering…

EIGHT DAYS A WEEK – The Beatles (1 week)

The first Beatles song to top my chart in the new century (2000), and strictly-speaking is a 1964 album track off Beatles For Sale, but it topped the US charts in 1965, so here it is, the Fabs 5th chart-topper. It’s a fairly good Beatles track of the time, not quite up to the standard of the actual singles from 1964 or 1965, but it’s a fun singalong track that keeps things ticking over until the jump in quality of album tracks coming up in 1965 (that’ll be Help! then…). Why did it chart in 2000? It was the only uncharted track on the Beatles album “1” so it qualified to make my charts. “1”, is of course, the world’s biggest-selling album of the 21st Century. Yes, that’s right. Not Adele. The biggest-selling album is by the greatest act of the 20th century, and who hadn’t existed for 30 years by then…

ALMOST THERE – Andy Williams (1 week)

This is not his most famous hit, but it’s the engaging crooner’s best one. Andy Williams started having hits in the 50’s and by the 60’s was a variety TV staple, his show introduced The Osmonds to the world, and the Cookie Bear to the delight of kids like me. Always likeable and entertaining, Andy also had one of the great crooner voices, almost effortless in effect, but subtle in appeal. Andy was always popular in the UK, though his tracks prior to this one tended to be bigger US hits, from hereon they were much bigger in the UK. Can’t Get Used To Losing You was his first great record, and Moon River his most famous, but Almost There has a gorgeous melody. Sentimental and beautifully constructed, and hit my top spot in 2001.

(I CAN’T GET NO) SATISFACTION – The Rolling Stones (1 week)

The great Beatles vs Stones rivalry is comprehensively weighted in favour of the fabs in my eyes, but Mick n Keef had their great moments too. I liked the early hits, but this was the first thing they did that I loved. That riff. That swagger. That frustration. That toon. It’s a rock classic of course, and signalled the serious start of Jagger/Richards as a songwriting rock force. Bubblerock (aka Jonathan King) did a whimsical version that if nothing else showed the song worked outside of a rock setting, but no version will ever be superior to this recording, it has attitude even today. A number one hit everywhere in 1965, it had to wait until 2001 in my charts, but it got there in the end!

I’M ALIVE – The Hollies (1 week)

The Hollies were very popular in the UK in the 60’s, but are largely unknown to generations not around then, which is a shame as they had a great run of pop singles for 10 years. Lead singers Alan Clarke and Graham Nash (later of Crosby Stills and…) led the Hollies harmonies specialty, and they had a knack for getting hold of good songs. Not writing their own hits for the most part, I suppose, was the main drawback, but they still sound good to me. This was their first really good chart-topper, not an all-time pop classic maybe, but decent enough catchy harmony guitar pop, and nothing wrong with that. Hit my top spot in 2002.

HOMEWARD BOUND – Simon & Garfunkel (2 weeks)

The most popular of American folk-rock acts as the 60’s passed into 1970, it’s not hard to see why: Paul Simon songs, and his harmonies with angelically-voiced Art Garfunkel. They managed to be a source of songs for others, have hit singles yet be essentially an album act, not to mention write the soundtrack to a blockbuster movie, The Graduate. Early great songs like The Sounds Of Silence, America, Mrs Robinson and Hazy Shade Of Winter typified poetic intelligent lyrics mixed with great melody and harmony in a folk-rock setting. Their Greatest Hits collections have charted constantly over 40 years, and that gave the excuse for this gem to peak in 2002. Written of all places on a grim British railway station platform, it’s melancholic sweet sense of longing is beautifully touching.

MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF – The Walker Brothers (3 weeks)

Burt Bacharach/Hal David and three non-related American singers who were much bigger in the UK with this and subsequent records. Yes, this is yet another of those Dionne Warwick songs that someone else had the big hit with. Poor Dionne. To be fair, both versions are great, but Scott Walker’s manly vocals give it another dimension. That voice. That string section. That melody. Those heartbreaking break-up lyrics. It’’s just wonderful all round really! This was part of a double-A-sided topper in 2003 – and the other side was even better!

SOME OF YOUR LOVIN’ – Dusty Springfield (3 weeks)

Dusty really set the bar high with this cover of a Carole King ballad. The greatest 60‘s female melody-maker sung by the greatest British female singer. Dusty had started the ball rolling with great album tracks and singles such as Wishin’ And Hoping in the period since her previous Number One, and was very much a staple of British TV by this time, albeit making the hits in the States too. Her gift was interpretation of songs, she had a passion for music that came out in the way she painstakingly constructed the vocals, and her voice is to me unbeatable: soulful, honey-covered and emotional. This gentle, passionate version of the song is the definitive and it’s one to bring tears to the eyes it’s such a perfect and affecting recording. Really!

YOU’VE GOT TO HIDE YOUR LOVE AWAY – The Beatles (2 weeks)

Never an official single, this “Help!” movie and album track is the Fabs 6th chart-topper in age-terms (but like the next two were 21st Century Number Ones in my charts). It’s a great John Lennon angst-ballad, all confused emotions, and has been said to be a reference to the gay private life of manager-friend Brian Epstein at a time when it wasn’t socially acceptable. Whatever, it’s an example of John’s tender ballad side (Paul is usually accused of creating those, and not given credit for the edgier tracks which John is expected to have been behind). As for me, I saw “Help!” at the cinema when I was 7 going on 8, and I loved it, and I loved the songs in it – such as this one and its great melody and sad sentiment. In 1976 I was re-acquainted with many earlier classic Beatles singles and album tracks when I got the Beatles 1962-66 Red album for Christmas. Just. Brilliant.

I NEED YOU – The Beatles (1 week)

If there was ever both a simultaneously lucky and unlucky songwriter/pop star it’s George Harrison. On the one hand he had the good fortune to learn the craft of songwriting by watching and working with two now-legends in Paul McCartney and John Lennon – and on the other hand, how could anyone compete with them, 2 together in one band?! The chances that a 3rd great songwriter would emerge from the same band must be fairly small….! It happened, though. This is the first indication that George had an ear for a tune, and again from “Help!”. Obviously not rated as one of the great Beatles tracks, but it’s engaging and catchy and I like it!

NORWEGIAN WOOD (THIS BIRD HAS FLOWN) – The Beatles (1 week)

In these music industry days where albums are milked for tracks over a period of years, it’s unthinkable that someone could be so prolific that Singles (and B sides) weren’t necessarily on albums, and that tracks so obviously potential singles were left on albums. It’s even more unthinkable that they would release not one album a year but two (AND do a movie!). “Rubber Soul” is a classic album and it was released bare months after “Help!” and yet it showed a massive leap in sophistication of song, sound and quality. New instruments were being used in pop music by the group, and pop grew along with the Beatles. The times they were-a-changing. This is a marvellous ballad, one of many on the album, such as the UK chart-topper (In an inferior cover version which I nonetheless loved in 1965) Michelle, or gorgeous Girl, the engaging You Won’t See Me, and the sombre In My Life. The Beatles as a creative as well as a commercial phenomenon were well under way…

1998 Monthly Charts

Image

shuttle launch in 1998 Florida

Sorry for the odd format, it’s pasted from a spreadsheet, but these are the chart positions after the artist:

First impression, Spice Girls at 1, much like the real world. Unlike the real world, Bernard Butler dominates the rest of January. No-one remembers it now, but a great record. Faves at the time Space and St Etienne doing well.

JANUARY:

TOO MUCH Spice Girls 1 4 7 9
TORN Natalie Imbruglia 2 3 5 6
AVENGING ANGELS Space 3 7 8 10
THE RAPSODY Warren G/ Sissel 4 2 2 2
PERFECT DAY Lou Reed & friends 5 10 19 27
LUCKY MAN Verve 6 13 15 18
STAY Bernard Butler 7 1 1 1
EVERYTHING SHE WANTS ’97 Wham! 8 11 26 48
SHELTER Brand New Heavies 9 5 9 15
HIGH Lighthouse Family 10 6 4 4

NEVER EVER All Saints 11 16 21 23
UNTOUCHABLE Rialto 12 9 6 14
CALIFORNIA DREAMING/DREAM A../MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas 13 14 16 21
AIN’T THAT JUST THE WAY Lutricia McNeal 14 19 20 28
SYLVIE St Etienne 15 21 3 3
ANGELS Robbie Williams 16 18 22 25
NO SURPRISES Radiohead 17 20 23 35
BACHOLERETTE Bjork 18 30 43 53
BACK TO YOU Bryan Adams 19 22 28 33
TOGETHER AGAIN Janet Jackson 20 15 17 19

LET A BOY CRY Gala 21 37 50 56
SLAM DUNK (DA FUNK) Five 22 38 51 58
BAMBOOGIE Bamboo 23 17 14 13
TUBTHUMPING Chumbawamba 24 32 40 44
PUT YOUR ARMS AROUND ME Texas 25 31 34 40
BABY CAN I HOLD YOU Boyzone 26 36 46 50
TOMORROW NEVER DIES Sheryl Crow 27 34 41 47
YOU CAN TALK TO ME Seahorses 28 28 33 43
YOU SEXY THING Hot Chocolate 29 33 36 41
AMNESIA Chumbawamba 30 12 11 7

THE STORY OF LOVE OTT 31 25 10 8
STREET FIGHTING MAN/ALL AROUND THE WORLD Oasis 32 24 18 5
LET’S GO ROUND AGAIN Louise 33 42 57 73
HIGH TIMES Jamiroquai 34 53 75
MAYBE I’M AMAZED Carleen Anderson 35 23 13 11
I WILL COME TO YOU Hanson 36 43 53 57
DOG TRAIN Levellers 37 60
GETTIN’ JIGGY WIT’ IT Will Smith 38 27 24 16
SPICE UP YOUR LIFE Spice Girls 39 44 52 52
BEAUTIFUL NIGHT Paul McCartney 40 58 65 68

FORGIVEN (I FEEL YOU LOVE) Space Brothers 41
I WANT AN ALIEN FOR CHRISTMAS Fountains Of Wayne 42
PLEASE (LIVE EP: WHERE THE/WITH OR/STARING) U2 43 46 49 51
FREEDOM Robert Miles/ Kathy Sledge 44 64 74 74
JUST CRUISIN Will Smith 45 65
BUTTERFLY Mariah Carey 46 57 71
YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Byron Stingily 47 41 31 26
THE DRUGS DON’T WORK Verve 48 51 55 55
SUNDAY MORNING No Doubt 49 35 56 71
TELL HIM Celin Dion/ Barbra Streisand 50 29 47 59

IF GOD WILL SEND HIS ANGELS U2 51
STAY Sash!/ La Trec 52 52 44 45
THE REASON Celine Dion 53 67
DANCING QUEEN / EAGLE Abba 54 54 54 54
I’M SO LONELY Cast 55 73
THAT’S THE WAY (I LIKE IT) Clock 56 56 48 37
SUNARISE Rolf Harris 57 61 61 61
WHAT YOU SAY Lightning Seeds 58 70
BEST BIT Beth Orton 59
WALKING ON THE SUN Smash Mouth 60 71

ALWAYS THERE UB40 61
YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers 62 62 62 62
BITTERSWEET SYMPHONY Verve 63 63 63 63
ALL YOU GOOD GOOD PEOPLE Embrace 64 64 64
THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US Sparks vs Faith No More 65 74
TIME TO SAY GOODBYE Sarah Brightman/Andrea Bocelli 66 66 67 67
YOU REALLY GOT ME/ LOLA/ DAYS Kinks 67 68 68 66
JUST FOR YOU M People 68 75
6 UNDERGROUND Sneaker Pimps 69 69 69 69
BETTER DAY Ocean Colour Scene 70

RAINCLOUD Lighthouse Family 71
STILL WATERS RUN DEEP Bee Gees 72
WRONG Everything But The Girl 73 72 72 72
PINK Aerosmith 74
BINGO Catch 75

GHETTO HEAVEN ’98 Family Stand 8 12 12
ASHES TO ASHES Faith No More 26 37 46
ALL NIGHT ALL RIGHT Peter Andre/ Warren G 39 27 17
5,6,7,8″ Steps 40 32 32
FLAMING JUNE BT 45 45 49
DREAMS Smokin’ Beats 47 42 39
MULDER AND SCULLY Catatonia 48 29 22
AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME Backstreet Boys 49 66 75
SOMETHING ABOUT THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT Elton John 50 58 60
I WONDER IF HEAVEN GOT A GHETTO 2Pac 55 35 38
MY STAR Ian Brown 59 39 36
WISHING ON A STAR Jay Z/ Gwen Dickey 70 59 42

FREE Ultra Nate 25 31
SAINT OF ME Rolling Stones 30 30
I WILL BE YOUR GIRLFRIEND Dubstar 38 24
SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY Ce Ce Peniston 60 29
TIE YOUR MOTHER DOWN Queen 73 70

TIME OF YOUR LIFE (GOOD RIDDANCE) Green Day 20
SO GOOD Juliet Roberts 34
SHOW ME LOVE Robyn 65

FEBRUARY 1998….

1st FEB chart

STAY Bernard Butler 1 1 1 4
SYLVIE St Etienne 2 2 5 15
THE STORY OF LOVE OTT 3 3 6 19
HIGH Lighthouse Family 4 5 7 12
PRINCE IGOR Warren G/ Sissel 5 8 16 32
TIME OF YOUR LIFE (GOOD RIDDANCE) Green Day 6 4 8 11
TORN Natalie Imbruglia 7 11 11 16
I’LL BE THERE FOR YOU Solid Harmonie 8 14 25 47
ALL AROUND THE WORLD/STREET FIGHTING MAN Oasis 9 15 29 48
MAYBE I’M AMAZED Carleen Anderson 10 9 17 30

I WILL BE YOUR GIRLFRIEND Dubstar 11 10 19 41
AMNESIA Chumbawamba 12 19 22 22
AVENGING ANGELS Space 13 16 26 51
GETTIN’ JIGGY WIT’ IT Will Smith 14 13 13 21
TOO MUCH Spice Girls 15 23 23 33
SEXY BOY Air 16 6 2 1
MULDER AND SCULLY Catatonia 17 17 21 23
GHETTO HEAVEN ’98 Family Stand 18 26 39 44
ALL NIGHT ALL RIGHT Peter Andre/ Warren G 19 32 48
BAMBOOGIE Bamboo 20 31 49 54

CALIFORNIA DREAMING/DREAM A../MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas 21 24 24 26
SO GOOD Juliet Roberts 22 20 31 53
TOGETHER AGAIN Janet Jackson 23 25 28 31
SAINT OF ME Rolling Stones 24 22 34
NEVER EVER All Saints 25 29 37 49
LUCKY MAN Verve 26 37 54 64
SHELTER Brand New Heavies 27 40 41 46
SHOW ME LOVE Robyn 28 12 9 8
SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY Ce Ce Peniston 29 27 42
UNTOUCHABLE Rialto 30 49 52 58

YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Byron Stingily 31 42
ANGELS Robbie Williams 32 41 60
SONNET Verve 33 33 32 28
AIN’T THAT JUST THE WAY Lutricia McNeal 34 39 47 57
YOU MAKE ME WANNA… Usher 35 34 43 59
MY STAR Ian Brown 36 52
WISHING ON A STAR Jay Z/ Gwen Dickey 37 35 20 13
PERFECT DAY Lou Reed & friends 38 48 58
FROZEN Madonna 39 18 10 5
BACK TO YOU Bryan Adams 40 44 57 60

PUT YOUR ARMS AROUND ME Texas 41 43 46 52
THAT’S THE WAY (I LIKE IT) Clock 42 57
YOU SEXY THING Hot Chocolate 43 47 59
FREE Ultra Nate 44 51 69
TUBTHUMPING Chumbawamba 45 45 50 55
5,6,7,8″ Steps 46 58
NO SURPRISES Radiohead 47 68
DREAMS Smokin’ Beats 48
I WONDER IF HEAVEN GOT A GHETTO 2Pac 49
STAY Sash!/ La Trec 50 67

YOU CAN TALK TO ME Seahorses 51 59
SPICE UP YOUR LIFE Spice Girls 52 56 64 73
PLEASE (LIVE EP: STARING AT THE SUN/WITH OR..) U2 53 55 63 70
DANCING QUEEN / EAGLE Abba 54 54 56 56
TOMORROW NEVER DIES Sheryl Crow 55
GIVEN TO FLY Pearl Jam 56 38 51 43
THE DRUGS DON’T WORK Verve 57 63 71 63
ASHES TO ASHES Faith No More 58
BABY CAN I HOLD YOU Boyzone 59
I WILL COME TO YOU Hanson 60 69

SUNARISE Rolf Harris 61 64 70 71
YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers 62 62 62 61
BITTERSWEET SYMPHONY Verve 63 61 61 62
ALL YOU GOOD GOOD PEOPLE Embrace 64 72
TIME TO SAY GOODBYE Sarah Brightman/Andrea Bocelli 65 65 66 67
YOU REALLY GOT ME/ LOLA/ DAYS Kinks 66 66 68 69
SLAM DUNK (DA FUNK) Five 67
BACHOLERETTE Bjork 68 74
6 UNDERGROUND Sneaker Pimps 69 71
LET A BOY CRY Gala 70

WRONG Everything But The Girl 71 73 74 72
MY HERO Foo Fighters 72
SOMETHING ABOUT THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT Elton John 73
DR. JONES Aqua 74 21 14 14
EVERYTHING SHE WANTS ’97 Wham! 75

8th FEB entries

BRIMFUL OF ASHA Cornershop 7 3 3
IT STARTED WITH A KISS Hot Chocolate 28 15 35
A NANNY IN MANHATTAN Lilys 30 12 7
SAY WHAT YOU WANT Texas/ Wu Tang Clan 36 35 29
LEGEND OF A COWGIRL Imani Coppola 46 27 9
RECOVER YOUR SOUL Elton John 50 33 68
THE SEA Morcheeba 53 53
SUFFOCATE Feeder 60 67 6
ONLY THE STRONGEST WILL SURVIVE Hurricane #1 70 55 36
IT’S A BEAUTIFUL THING Ocean Colour Scene/ PP Arnold 75 75 40

15th FEB entries

ALANE Wes 4 2
STOP Spice Girls 18 18
LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU Robbie Williams 30 24
THE BALLAD OF TOM JONES Space/ Cerys Matthews 36 45
MY HEART WILL GO ON Celine Dion 38 20
TOURNIQUET Headswim 40 34
MUCH LOVE Shola Ama 44 39
DIVE IN Catch 45 65
SOLOMON BITES THE WORM Bluetones 65 38
CLEOPATRA’S THEME Cleopatra 72 66
HOW COULD I (INSECURITY) Roachford 73

22nd FEB entries

HAND IN YOUR HEAD Money Mark 10
EVERY DAY SHOULD BE A HOLIDAY Dandy Warhols 17
LOCAL BOY IN THE PHOTOGRAPH Stereophonics 25
NOT ALONE Bernard Butler 27
YOUR LOVE GETS SWEETER Finlay Quaye 37
TREAT INFAMY Rest Assured 42
IT’S LIKE THAT Run DMC vs Jason Nevins 50
RUDE BOY ROCK Lionrock 74
BIG MISTAKE Natalie Imbruglia 75

MARCH 1998:

1ST MARCH TOP 75

ALANE Wes 1 2 2 6 10
BRIMFUL OF ASHA Cornershop 2 6 15 13 19
SEXY BOY Air 3 5 12 18 24
LEGEND OF A COWGIRL Imani Coppola 4 10 14 16 26
FROZEN Madonna 5 9 8 4 6
SUFFOCATE Feeder 6 25 46 64
SAY WHAT YOU WANT (ALL DAY..)/INSANE Texas/ Wu Tang Clan 7 7 5 3 1
SHOW ME LOVE Robyn 8 3 4 5 5
IT’S LIKE THAT Run DMC vs Jason Nevins 9 12 11 15 20
HAND IN YOUR HEAD Money Mark 10 17 26 40 49

STAY Bernard Butler 11 21 32 38 42
NOT ALONE Bernard Butler 12 1 3 2 2
A NANNY IN MANHATTAN Lilys 13 14 19 27 41
LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU Robbie Williams 14 13 13 8 4
EVERY DAY SHOULD BE A HOLIDAY Dandy Warhols 15 18 29 41 62
STOP Spice Girls 16 16 16 22 32
MY HEART WILL GO ON Celine Dion 17 22 10 12 15
THE BALLAD OF TOM JONES Space/ Cerys Matthews 18 4 6 1 3
SONNET Verve 19 19 24 37 44
TORN Natalie Imbruglia 20 24 25 29 31

TIME OF YOUR LIFE (GOOD RIDDANCE) Green Day 21 36 49 54 65
HIGH Lighthouse Family 22 34 43 47 54
DR. JONES Aqua 23 43 63 73 73
MULDER AND SCULLY Catatonia 24 30 42 43 50
LOCAL BOY IN THE PHOTOGRAPH Stereophonics 25 42 67
GETTIN’ JIGGY WIT’ IT Will Smith 26 29 35 35 34
SYLVIE St Etienne 27 51
WISHING ON A STAR Jay Z/ Gwen Dickey 28 49
TREAT INFAMY Rest Assured 29 23 31 42 51
CALIFORNIA DREAMING/DREAM A../MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas 30 31 34 34 38

TRULY MADLY DEEPLY Savage Garden 31 26 17 21 23
YOUR LOVE GETS SWEETER Finlay Quaye 32 11 9 14 25
TOGETHER AGAIN Janet Jackson 33 39 41 46 58
THE STORY OF LOVE OTT 34 52
AMNESIA Chumbawamba 35 57 66 74
SOLOMON BITES THE WORM Bluetones 36 53
WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT Five 37 32 22 25 28
TOO MUCH Spice Girls 38 40 48 52 59

ONLY THE STRONGEST WILL SURVIVE Hurricane #1 39 65
IT’S A BEAUTIFUL THING Ocean Colour Scene/ PP Arnold 40 59
BITTERSWEET SYMPHONY Verve 41 41 44 44 47
THE DRUGS DON’T WORK Verve 42 46 52 60 66
LUCKY MAN Verve 43 48 56 67
GHETTO HEAVEN ’98 Family Stand 44 44 47 48 53
DESTINY CALLING James 45 45 38 10 12
PRINCE IGOR Warren G/ Sissel 46 45 51 55
MAYBE I’M AMAZED Carleen Anderson 47
TOURNIQUET Headswim 48
IT STARTED WITH A KISS Hot Chocolate 49
MOLLY Carrie 50 50 65

SHELTER Brand New Heavies 51 55 55 62 67
ANGELS Robbie Williams 52 63 59 59 52
NEVER EVER All Saints 53 66
YOU MAKE ME WANNA… Usher 54 54 54 66 71
PUT YOUR ARMS AROUND ME Texas 55 60 64 71
DANCING QUEEN / EAGLE Abba 56 56 57 57 57
GIVEN TO FLY Pearl Jam 57
TUBTHUMPING Chumbawamba 58 61 61 61 61
ALL AROUND THE WORLD/STREET FIGHTING MAN Oasis 59 64
I’LL BE THERE FOR YOU Solid Harmonie 60 51 55 64

YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers 61 62 62 63 63
I WILL BE YOUR GIRLFRIEND Dubstar 62 75
BIG MISTAKE Natalie Imbruglia 63 35 30 23 16
MUCH LOVE Shola Ama 64
IF YOU WANT ME Hinda Hicks 65 15 21 36 48
YOU’RE STILL THE ONE Shania Twain 66 37 23 19 21
TIME TO SAY GOODBYE Sarah Brightman/Andrea Bocelli 67 68 68 68 68
BAMBOOGIE Bamboo 68
YOU REALLY GOT ME/ LOLA/ DAYS Kinks 69 69 69 69 69
PLEASE (LIVE EP: STARING AT THE SUN/WITH OR..) U2 70 72 74 75

AIN’T THAT JUST THE WAY Lutricia McNeal 71
WRONG Everything But The Girl 72
RUDE BOY ROCK Lionrock 73 73 39 49
UNTOUCHABLE Rialto 74
BACK TO YOU Bryan Adams 75

NEW ENTRIES 8th March

WEIRD Hanson 8 7 7 7
THE PASSENGER Iggy Pop 20 18 31 45
KISS THE RAIN Billie Myers 27 27 24 18
AIN’T GOIN’ TO GOA Alabama Three 28 28 28 11
HERE’S WHERE THE STORY ENDS Tin Tin Out 33 33 20 8
BE ALONE NO MORE Another Level 38 20 17 29
WHINE AND GRINE Prince Buster 47 36 32 30
NAKED AND SACRED Maria Naylor 58 58
FATHER LL Cool J 67 53 45 40
WITH YOU Smoke City 70 70 70
ANGEL ST M People 71 71 65 36
HOW DO I LIVE LeAnn Rimes 74 72 72
BEAT GOES ON All Seeing I 75 73 58 43

NEW ENTRIES 15th March

REMEMBER YOU’RE A WOMBLE Wombles 1 9 13
BREATHE Kylie Minogue 37 11 14
GLITTERBALL Simple Minds 40 50
FOUND A CURE Ultra Nate 50 26 22
TELEFUNKIN N Tyce 60 53

NEW ENTRIES 22nd March

I’M READY Bryan Adams 30 37
DISREMEMBRANCE Dannii 33 33
DREAM ANOTHER DREAM Rialto 39 39
WHERE DO I STAND The Montrose Avenue 56 56

NEW ENTRIES 29th March

PUSH IT Garbage 9
SOUND OF DRUMS Kula Shaker 17
CORPSES Ian Brown 27
LA PRIMAVERA Sash! 35
ALL THAT MATTERS Louise 46
THIS IS HARDCORE Pulp 60
UH LA LA LA Alexia 70
READ MY MIND Connor Reeves 72
BLINDFOLD Morcheeba 74
I GET LONELY Janet Jackson/ Blackstreet 75

APRIL 1998

Robbie, Verve, Backstreet Boys & Alanis Morrissette hit the top….heavily influenced by records I heard on a Florida holiday this month, theme park rides galore!

5th APRIL chart

LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU Robbie Williams 1 5 12 6
NOT ALONE Bernard Butler 2 3 10 22
SAY WHAT YOU WANT/INSANE Texas/ Wu Tang Clan 3 6 15 25
HERE’S WHERE THE STORY ENDS Tin Tin Out 4 4 21 21
AIN’T GOIN’ TO GOA Alabama Three 5 8 22 35
THE BALLAD OF TOM JONES Space/ Cerys Matthews 6 13 24 31
SHOW ME LOVE Robyn 7 2 4 9
FROZEN Madonna 8 15 17 30
PUSH IT Garbage 9 9 9 8
BIG MISTAKE Natalie Imbruglia 10 25 42

WEIRD Hanson 11 11 11 14
SOUND OF DRUMS Kula Shaker 12 12 23 17
ALANE Wes 13 24 31 40
KISS THE RAIN Billie Myers 14 7 7 4
FOUND A CURE Ultra Nate 15 19 29 11
CORPSES Ian Brown 16 27 50
DESTINY CALLING James 17 31 52
WHINE AND GRINE Prince Buster 18 26 47 50
REMEMBER YOU’RE A WOMBLE Wombles 19 30 36 46
MY HEART WILL GO ON Celine Dion 20 16 28 41

BRIMFUL OF ASHA Cornershop 21 32 37 34
BREATHE Kylie Minogue 22 43 62
YOU’RE STILL THE ONE Shania Twain 23 23 30 19
FATHER LL Cool J 24 41 72
ALL THAT MATTERS Louise 25 42 65 51
IT’S LIKE THAT Run DMC vs Jason Nevins 26 40 48 44
LA PRIMAVERA Sash! 27 39 61 38
YOUR LOVE GETS SWEETER Finlay Quaye 28 47 73
TRULY MADLY DEEPLY Savage Garden 29 36 46 52
ANGEL ST M People 30 52

SEXY BOY Air 31 46 55 68
LEGEND OF A COWGIRL Imani Coppola 32 21 8 10
STOP Spice Girls 33 49 56
GETTIN’ JIGGY WIT’ IT Will Smith 34 33 33 33
TORN Natalie Imbruglia 35 34 32 47
WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT Five 36
SHOUT TO THE TOP Fire Island/ Loleatta Holloway 37 37
CALIFORNIA DREAMING/DREAM A../MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas 38 38 38 26
GONE TILL NOVEMBER Wyclef Jean 39 35 45 12
BEAT GOES ON All Seeing I 40 62

BE ALONE NO MORE Another Level/ Jay Zee 41
STAY Bernard Butler 42 51 56 67
DR. JONES Aqua 43 56
THE IMPRESSION THAT I GET Mighty Mighty Bosstones 44 54 34 23
THE PASSENGER Iggy Pop 45 45 51 72
BITTERSWEET SYMPHONY Verve 46 10 1 5
DREAM ANOTHER DREAM Rialto 47
I’M READY Bryan Adams 48
DISREMEMBRANCE Dannii 49
THIS IS HARDCORE Pulp 50 48

A NANNY IN MANHATTAN Lilys 51
SONNET Verve 52
GHETTO HEAVEN ’98 Family Stand 53 61 66 75
ANGELS Robbie Williams 54 66
MULDER AND SCULLY Catatonia 55
HAND IN YOUR HEAD Money Mark 56
DANCING QUEEN / EAGLE Abba 57 57 58 60
PRINCE IGOR Warren G/ Sissel 58 64
READ MY MIND Connor Reeves 59 59
TOO MUCH Spice Girls 60

TUBTHUMPING Chumbawamba 61 29 26 42
HIGH Lighthouse Family 62
YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers 63 63 41 43
TREAT INFAMY Rest Assured 64
TOGETHER AGAIN Janet Jackson 65 58 54 55
ROAD RAGE Catatonia 66 44 44 37
THE DRUGS DON’T WORK Verve 67 73 75
TIME TO SAY GOODBYE Sarah Brightman/Andrea Bocelli 68 68 69 70
YOU REALLY GOT ME/ LOLA/ DAYS Kinks 69 69 70 71
I GET LONELY Janet Jackson/ Blackstreet 70 70

I’LL BE THERE FOR YOU Solid Harmonie 71
TIME OF YOUR LIFE (GOOD RIDDANCE) Green Day 72 17 19 27
SHELTER Brand New Heavies 73
ALL I WANT IS YOU 911″ 74
A ROSE IS STILL A ROSE Aretha Franklin 75 75

12th APRIL new entries

EVERYBODY Backstreet Boys 1 3 7
WALKIN’ ON THE SUN Smashmouth 14 14 24
THE MUMMER’S DANCE Loreena McKennit 18 13 13
IT’S UP TO YOU Tuesdays 20 16 16
I WANT YOU BACK N-Sync 22 5 3
SEX AND CANDY Marcy Playground 28 20 15
ARE YOU JIMMY RAY Jimmy Ray 49 71
SOMEDAY I’LL FIND YOU Shola Ama 50 63 36
ALL MY LIFE K-Ci & Jo-Jo 53 35 28
3 A.M.” Matchbox 20 55 40 49
AMNESIA Chumbawamba 60 27 32
BRICK Ben Folds Five 65 57 62
ME Paula Cole 67 67
YOU MAKE ME WANNA… Usher 71 60 64
SAY YOU LOVE ME Simply Red 72
NICE N SLOW Usher 74 68 65

19th APRIL new entries

UNINVITED Alanis Morissette 2 1
THE WAY Fastball 6 2
DON’T DRINK THE WATER Dave Matthews Band 18 18
PUSH Matchbox 20 25 20
SOUTHAMPTON James Horner 39 39
YOU’RE NOT ALONE Olive 43 45
SUNCHYME Dario G 53 63
IN HEAVEN Jah 59 59
DO YOU REALLY WANT ME Robyn 64 29
PINK Aerosmith 74

26th APRIL new entries

AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME Backstreet Boys 48
DREAMS Corrs 53
RAY OF LIGHT Madonna 54
SOMETHING ABOUT THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT Elton John 57
HAVE FUN GO MAD Blair 58
NO WAY Freakpower 61
FEEL IT The Tamperer 66
ALL THAT I NEED Boyzone 69
TURN BACK TIME Aqua 73
NOT IF YOU WERE THE LAST JUNKIE ON EARTH Dandy Warhols 74

MAY 1998

So, Robbie, Garbage, and Shawn Colvin (WHO!?) get the toppers this month. All great records of their own genres..

3rd MAY chart

LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU Robbie Williams 1 7 12 17 23
PUSH IT Garbage 2 1 2 3 6
THE WAY Fastball 3 8 8 9 14
I WANT YOU BACK N-Sync 4 6 5 7 9
SUNNY CAME HOME Shawn Colvin 5 2 1 1 1
UNINVITED Alanis Morissette 6 15 15 8 13
SOUND OF DRUMS Kula Shaker 7 3 9 16 29
THE MUMMER’S DANCE Loreena McKennit 8 12 17 23 34
KISS THE RAIN Billie Myers 9 16 22 33 33
IT’S UP TO YOU Tuesdays 10 11 13 19 28

RAY OF LIGHT Madonna 11 5 3 2 3
GONE TILL NOVEMBER Wyclef Jean 12 4 4 4 8
DO YOU REALLY WANT ME Robyn 13 13 21 10 4
DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY Mavericks 14 14 10 11 17
FOUND A CURE Ultra Nate 15 21 42 51 65
LAST THING ON MY MIND Steps 16 10 7 5 5
ROAD RAGE Catatonia 17 17 28 28 42
EVERYBODY Backstreet Boys 18 20 24 27 32
SHOW ME LOVE Robyn 19 22 29 34 39
NO WAY Freakpower 20 9 11 20 24

HERE’S WHERE THE STORY ENDS Tin Tin Out 21 24 33 37 44
BITTERSWEET SYMPHONY Verve 22 39 43 41 41
ALL MY LIFE K-Ci & Jo-Jo 23 37 37 42 50
LEGEND OF A COWGIRL Imani Coppola 24 32 34 39 43
I’M LEAVING Lodger 25 25 45
CALIFORNIA DREAMING/DREAM A../MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas 26 30 31 31 31
WEIRD Hanson 27 35 40 49 56
NOT IF YOU WERE THE LAST JUNKIE ON EARTH Dandy Warhols 28 27 27 44 49
SEX AND CANDY Marcy Playground 29 36 44 57 74
PUSH Matchbox 20 30 53 53 60 71

YOU’RE STILL THE ONE Shania Twain 31 47 68
NOT ALONE Bernard Butler 32 43 50 54 58
DON’T DRINK THE WATER Dave Matthews Band 33 55 16 22 35
THE IMPRESSION THAT I GET Mighty Mighty Bosstones 34 51 54 59
SAY WHAT YOU WANT/INSANE Texas/ Wu Tang Clan 35 48 59 66
DREAMS Corrs 36 33 30 25 25
TURN BACK TIME Aqua 37 26 18 14 16
LA PRIMAVERA Sash! 38 34 41 72
THE BALLAD OF TOM JONES Space/ Cerys Matthews 39 44 49 56 57
FROZEN Madonna 40 45 56 64 72

MY HEART WILL GO ON Celine Dion 41 41 46 43 47
ALANE Wes 42 46 47 47 48
FEEL IT The Tamperer 43 31 23 12 2
WALKIN’ ON THE SUN Smashmouth 44 56 71
YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers 45 49 55 55 55
BRIMFUL OF ASHA Cornershop 46 52 58 58 60
THE BAD PHOTOGRAPHER Saint Etienne 47 28 48
GETTIN’ JIGGY WIT’ IT Will Smith 48 58
BRICK Ben Folds Five 49 74
ALL THAT I NEED Boyzone 50 50 36 50 68

SOMEDAY I’LL FIND YOU Shola Ama 51 66
IT’S LIKE THAT Run DMC vs Jason Nevins 52 59 67 75 66
TIME OF YOUR LIFE (GOOD RIDDANCE) Green Day 53 72
TUBTHUMPING Chumbawamba 54 57 60 62 64
AIN’T GOIN’ TO GOA Alabama Three 55 68
SPARK Tori Amos 56 67 39 52
AMNESIA Chumbawamba 57 73
SOUTHAMPTON James Horner 58
REMEMBER YOU’RE A WOMBLE Wombles 59 62 65 67 67
NICE N SLOW Usher 60 70

AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME Backstreet Boys 61
UNDER THE BRIDGE All Saints 62 19 14 13 10
DANCING QUEEN / EAGLE Abba 63 63 63 63 63
TRULY MADLY DEEPLY Savage Garden 64 64 70 70
A ROSE IS STILL A ROSE Aretha Franklin 65 23 38 38 53
TORN Natalie Imbruglia 66 61 64 68 70
SAY YOU LOVE ME Simply Red 67 42 32 18 15
KELLY WATCH THE STARS Air 68 29 20 26 45
TIME TO SAY GOODBYE Sarah Brightman/Andrea Bocelli 69 69 69 69 69
WHINE AND GRINE Prince Buster 70

YOU REALLY GOT ME/ LOLA/ DAYS Kinks 71 71 72 73 73
TOGETHER AGAIN Janet Jackson 72
THE PASSENGER Iggy Pop 73
STRANDED Lutricia McNeal 74 60 35 24 18
GHETTO HEAVEN ’98 Family Stand 75 75

10th MAY new entries

TOP OF THE WORLD (OLE OLE OLE) Chumbawamba 18 6 6 11
TEARDROP Massive Attack/ Elisabeth Fraser 38 19 15 19
SLEEP ON THE LEFT SIDE Cornershop 40 25 35 51
IF…. Bluetones 54 26 21 21
TURN IT UP/FIRE IT UP Busta Rhymes 65 57 53

17th MAY new entries

LIFE AIN’T EASY Cleopatra 51 36 36
NIGHT FEVER Adam Garcia 52 30 30
TOO MUCH TOO LITTLE TOO LATE Silversun 61 61 61
THE BOY IS MINE Brandy & Monica 62 32 26
WHERE ARE YOU Imaani 66 48 54
YOU THINK YOU OWN ME Hinda Hicks 73 29 38
WISHING I WAS THERE Natalie Imbruglia 74 71 22
I DON’T EVER WANT TO SEE YOU AGAIN Uncle Sam 75

24th MAY new entries

KUNG FU FIGHTING Bus Stop/ Carl Douglas 40 27
RUNAGROUND James 45 12
VIVA DIVA Dana International 46 46
SONNET Verve 65
MY WAY/ LOVE AND MARRIAGE Frank Sinatra 74 40

31st MAY new entries

OOH LA LA Rod Stewart 7
CARNAVAL DE PARIS Dario G 20
SHE WILL HAVE HER WAY Neil Finn 37
MADE IT BACK Beverley knight 52
C’EST LA VIE B*Witched 59
HORNY Mousse T vs Hot ‘n’ Juicy 62
COME BACK TO WHAT YOU KNOW Embrace 75

JUNE 1998

In which Madonna’s classic Ray Of Light is held off the top by Garbage. With a capital G, they are fab. Other than that Dario G had a long run at the top, must play it again it’s been years! lower down note Backstreet Boys Everbody, which I saw last night in the climax to new movie This Is The End. Far and away the best thing about it…

JUNE 7th

PUSH IT Garbage 1 2 2 5
RAY OF LIGHT Madonna 2 6 14 21
SUNNY CAME HOME Shawn Colvin 3 3 6 12
TOP OF THE WORLD (OLE OLE OLE) Chumbawamba 4 12 20 32
OOH LA LA Rod Stewart 5 5 13 13
FEEL IT The Tamperer 6 7 16 22
CARNAVAL DE PARIS Dario G 7 1 1 1
GONE TILL NOVEMBER Wyclef Jean 8 11 11 11
DRINKING IN LA Bran Van 3000 9 4 3 6
DO YOU REALLY WANT ME Robyn 10 16 25 41

TURN BACK TIME Aqua 11 18 21 27
RUNAGROUND James 12 24 43 65
I WANT YOU BACK N-Sync 13 21 24 24
WISHING I WAS THERE Natalie Imbruglia 14 10 8 8
LAST THING ON MY MIND Steps 15 13 22 26
LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU Robbie Williams 16 23 23 25
SHE WILL HAVE HER WAY Neil Finn 17 17 34 52
STRANDED Lutricia McNeal 18 22 30 34
THE WOMBLING SONG Wombles 19 15 15 30
KUNG FU FIGHTING Bus Stop/ Carl Douglas 20 20 18 28

UNDER THE BRIDGE All Saints 21 29 33 46
UNINVITED Alanis Morissette 22 27 12 9
THE WAY Fastball 23 32 39 39
SAY YOU LOVE ME Simply Red 24 28 32 33
BOOM BOOM N-Tyce 25 19 26 49
THE BOY IS MINE Brandy & Monica 26 9 5 10
DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY Mavericks 27 37 46 51
TEARDROP Massive Attack/ Elisabeth Fraser 28 42 52 62
IT’S UP TO YOU Tuesdays 29 41 49 56
LIFE AIN’T EASY Cleopatra 30 26 42 43

CALIFORNIA DREAMING/DREAM A../MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas 31 31 31 31
EVERYBODY Backstreet Boys 32 34 9 17
I WOULD FIX YOU Kenickie 33 33 51 70
IF…. Bluetones 34 56
NO WAY Freakpower 35 49 68 55
TOO MUCH TOO LITTLE TOO LATE Silversun 36 8 7 14
KISS THE RAIN Billie Myers 37 48 59 72
THE MUMMER’S DANCE Loreena McKennit 38 47 60 71
C’EST LA VIE B*Witched 39 30 41 59
HORNY Mousse T vs Hot ‘n’ Juicy 40 40 47

BITTERSWEET SYMPHONY Verve 41 44 44 45
DON’T DRINK THE WATER Dave Matthews Band 42 53 7
BEGIN AGAIN Space 43 25 17 4
DREAMS Corrs 44
SOUND OF DRUMS Kula Shaker 45 52 56 61
VIVA DIVA Dana International 46 65 65 19
HERE’S WHERE THE STORY ENDS Tin Tin Out 47 63
ALANE Wes 48 51 53 54
SHOW ME LOVE Robyn 49 58
LEGEND OF A COWGIRL Imani Coppola 50 60 66 67

MY WAY/ LOVE AND MARRIAGE Frank Sinatra 51
MADE IT BACK Beverley knight 52
NIGHT FEVER Adam Garcia 53
YOU THINK YOU OWN ME Hinda Hicks 54
ROAD RAGE Catatonia 55
YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers 56 57 57 57
COME BACK TO WHAT YOU KNOW Embrace 57 45
SEX AND CANDY Marcy Playground 58
ALL MY LIFE K-Ci & Jo-Jo 59
BRIMFUL OF ASHA Cornershop 60 68

MY HEART WILL GO ON Celine Dion 61
THE BALLAD OF TOM JONES Space/ Cerys Matthews 62 73
DANCING QUEEN / EAGLE Abba 63 64 64 64
NOT ALONE Bernard Butler 64
WEIRD Hanson 65 67
TUBTHUMPING Chumbawamba 66 66 67 68
ON TOP OF THE WORLD England United/ Ian McCulloch 67 46 61
IT’S LIKE THAT Run DMC vs Jason Nevins 68 71 71 75
TIME TO SAY GOODBYE Sarah Brightman/Andrea Bocelli 69 69 69 69
REMEMBER YOU’RE A WOMBLE Wombles 70 70 73 73

THINKING OF YOU Hanson 71 35 27 23
FROZEN Madonna 72
YOU REALLY GOT ME/ LOLA/ DAYS Kinks 73 74 74 74
TORN Natalie Imbruglia 74
HEAVEN’S WHAT I FEEL Gloria Estefan 75 43 72

JUNE 14th New Entries

LOOKING FOR LOVE Karen Ramirez 14 4 2
DON’T COME HOME TOO SOON Del Amitri 36 29 48
IF THE RIVER CAN BEND Elton John 38 55
WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES Peter Cox 39 36 53
THREE LIONS 98 Lightning Seeds/Baddiel & Skinner 50 10 3
ROCKAFELLA SKANK Fat Boy Slim (Norman Cook) 54 38 38
WHEN Shania Twain 55 54
MY ALL (Single Remix) Mariah Carey 59 58 58
VINDALOO Fat Les (Keith Allen) 61 28 20
GO DEEP Janet Jackson 62 62 29
A CHANGE OF HEART Bernard Butler 72 35 44
LOST IN SPACE Lighthouse Family 75 75 35

JUNE 21st New Entries

VIVA FOREVER Spice Girls 19 16
PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC Thunder 37 42
SAVE TONIGHT Eagle Eye Cherry 40 15
GOT THE FEELIN Five 45 37
I THINK I’M PARANOID Garbage 48 18
CAN’T SEE ME Ian Brown 50 50
DO FOR LOVE 2 Pac 63
GHETTO SUPASTAR (THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE) Pras/ Ol’ Dirty bast*rd & Mya 70 66

JUNE 28th New Entries

LIFE IS A FLOWER Ace Of Base 36
I HONESTLY LOVE YOU Olivia Newton-John/ Babyface 40
TO THE MOON AND BACK Savage Garden 47
THE CITY IS MINE Jay-Z/ Blackstreet 60
CAN’T SMILE WITHOUT YOU Lena Fiagbe 63

JULY 1998

There’s not really a theme I can point to here – football instrumental theme, football oldies, football Vindaloo, and a South American latin classic in a dance cover chart-topper, and a classical piece done by Wimbledon singers. Was there a World Cup going on? An Alanis flop later a dance cover hit (here in it’s original future chart-topping flop glory), a reissued 80’s classic from an Eagle,

5th July Chart

CARNAVAL DE PARIS Dario G 1 2 13 22
LOOKING FOR LOVE Karen Ramirez 2 5 5 9
BEGIN AGAIN Space 3 8 20 25
LIFE IS A FLOWER Ace Of Base 4 4 4 4
I THINK I’M PARANOID Garbage 5 3 8 14
SAVE TONIGHT Eagle Eye Cherry 6 6 11 13
WISHING I WAS THERE Natalie Imbruglia 7 14 23 29
THREE LIONS 98 Lightning Seeds/Baddiel & Skinner 8 21 29 42
VIVA FOREVER Spice Girls 9 9 14 8
THE BOY IS MINE Brandy & Monica 10 12 10 10

PUSH IT Garbage 11 11 17 24
GONE TILL NOVEMBER Wyclef Jean 12 15 24 28
OOH LA LA Rod Stewart 13 19 22 31
SUNNY CAME HOME Shawn Colvin 14 20 19 21
DRINKING IN LA Bran Van 3000 15 28 30 44
VIVA DIVA Dana International 16 23 41 54
DON’T DRINK THE WATER Dave Matthews Band 17 32 39 51
UNINVITED Alanis Morissette 18 33 3 3
LOST IN SPACE Lighthouse Family 19 16 16 16
VINDALOO Fat Les (Keith Allen) 20 34 61

TOO MUCH TOO LITTLE TOO LATE Silversun 21 38 38 43
NAKED IN THE RAIN 98 Blue Pearl 22 39 53 67
EVERYBODY Backstreet Boys 23 29 31 32
I WANT YOU BACK N-Sync 24 31 33 38
LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU Robbie Williams 25 30 34 36
ROCKAFELLA SKANK Fat Boy Slim (Norman Cook) 26 35 42 57
CALIFORNIA DREAMING/DREAM A../MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas 27 27 27 27
FEEL IT The Tamperer 28 36 44 46
GO DEEP Janet Jackson 29 46 46 63
THINKING OF YOU Hanson 30 51

SAY IT ONCE Ultra 31 17 18 15
RAY OF LIGHT Madonna 32 40 47 60
LAST THING ON MY MIND Steps 33 44 55 66
STRANDED Lutricia McNeal 34 41 51 62
TURN BACK TIME Aqua 35 37 37 41
CIRCUS Eric Clapton 36 52
GOT THE FEELIN Five 37 42 52 52
LEGACY Mansun 38 7 12 18
THE WAY Fastball 39 47 50 55
I HONESTLY LOVE YOU Olivia Newton-John/ Babyface 40 67

KUNG FU FIGHTING Bus Stop/ Carl Douglas 41 64 70 74
THE WOMBLING SONG Wombles 42 54 64 64
SAY YOU LOVE ME Simply Red 43 71
NEW KIND OF MEDECINE Ultra Nate 44 26 15 12
BITTERSWEET SYMPHONY Verve 45 48 49 49
LIFE AIN’T EASY Cleopatra 46 72
TO THE MOON AND BACK Savage Garden 47 21 7
THE CITY IS MINE Jay-Z/ Blackstreet 48
TOP OF THE WORLD (OLE OLE OLE) Chumbawamba 49
MY ALL (Single Remix) Mariah Carey 50

DO YOU REALLY WANT ME Robyn 51 53 54 56
DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY Mavericks 52 55 57 53
HORNY Mousse T vs Hot ‘n’ Juicy 53
ALANE Wes 54 57 59 59
NO WAY Freakpower 55 61 66 73
UNDER THE BRIDGE All Saints 56 60 67
YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers 57 58 58 58
PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC Thunder 58
BOOM BOOM N-Tyce 59
IT’S UP TO YOU Tuesdays 60

CAN’T SEE ME Ian Brown 61
GHETTO SUPASTAR (THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE) Pras/ Ol’ Dirty bast*rd & Mya 62 62 60 50
CAN’T SMILE WITHOUT YOU Lena Fiagbe 63
DANCING QUEEN / EAGLE Abba 64 65 65 65
SOUND OF DRUMS Kula Shaker 65
SHE WILL HAVE HER WAY Neil Finn 66
LEGEND OF A COWGIRL Imani Coppola 67
C’EST LA VIE B*Witched 68
TIME TO SAY GOODBYE Sarah Brightman/Andrea Bocelli 69 69 69 69
WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES Peter Cox 70

A CHANGE OF HEART Bernard Butler 71
TUBTHUMPING Chumbawamba 72
REMEMBER YOU’RE A WOMBLE Wombles 73
YOU REALLY GOT ME/ LOLA/ DAYS Kinks 74 74 74 68
THE MUMMER’S DANCE Loreena McKennit 75

12th July New Entries

BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley 1 1 2
MAS QUE NADA Tamba Trio 10 7 6
MAS QUE NADA Echobeatz 13 2 1
TELL ME Billie Myers 18 6 5
WORLD CUP 98 – PAVANE Wimbledon Choral Society 22 26 39
LOVELY DAZE Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince 24 36 47
COME WITH ME Puff Daddy/ Jimmy Page 25 25 17
THE STAR & THE WISEMAN Ladysmith Black Mambazo 43 62
THE HEART’S LONE DESIRE Matthew Marsden 45 28 23
RENDEZVOUS 98 Jean-Michel Jarre/Apollo 440 49 40 34
FALL IN LOVE WITH ME Booth & The Bad Angel 50 63
I DON’T WANT TO WAIT Paula Cole 56 56
BECAUSE WE WANT TO Billie 59 68
IMMORTALITY Celine Dion/Bee Gees 63 45 33
JUST THE TWO OF US Will Smith 66 35 30
FREAK ME Another Level 68 32 19
DEEPER UNDERGROUND Jamiroquai 70 43 26
LIFE Des’ree 73 73
INTERGALACTIC Beastie Boys 75

19th July New Entries

YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT John Travolta/Olivia Newton-John 9 11
LA DE DA Ringo Starr 48 61
BE CAREFUL Sparkle/ R Kelley 71 48
ULTRA VIBRATION Finlay Quaye 72 72
RUNNIN 2-Pac/ Notorious B.I.G. 75

26th July New Entries

LOVE UNLIMITED Fun Lovin Criminals 20
MY OH MY Aqua 35
CAN’T LET HER GO BoyzIImen 37
RONALDO’S REVENGE (MAS QUE MANCADA) Ronaldo’s Revenge 40
KISS THE GIRL Peter Andre 45
PURE MORNING Placebo 70
STRANGE GLUE Catatonia 71
I WASN’T BUILT TO GET UP Supernaturals 75

AUGUST 1998

Robbie at his peak, with his You Only Live Twice-sampled classic, Savage Garden doing good pop, and Manic Street Preachers best record, to that point, giving rock a chart-topper. Just missing the under-regarded Ace Of Base..

2nd August Chart

MILLENIUM Robbie Williams 1 1 1 2 2
BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley 2 3 5 5 6
MAS QUE NADA Echobeatz 3 5 8 16 22
TO THE MOON AND BACK Savage Garden 4 4 2 1 3
LIFE IS A FLOWER Ace Of Base 5 2 3 8 20
VIVA FOREVER Spice Girls 6 11 16 22 27
UNINVITED Alanis Morissette 7 8 21 23 33
TELL ME Billie Myers 8 14 29 34 43
LOOKING FOR LOVE Karen Ramirez 9 9 12 18 26
NEW KIND OF MEDECINE Ultra Nate 10 16 27 29 39

THE BOY IS MINE Brandy & Monica 11 13 13 19 19
IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT Manic Street Preachers 12 6 4 4 1
MAS QUE NADA Tamba Trio 13 22 38 43 53
COME WITH ME Puff Daddy/ Jimmy Page 14 7 11 11 11
THE HEART’S LONE DESIRE Matthew Marsden 15 15 23 27 42
SAVE TONIGHT Eagle Eye Cherry 16 17 22 25 25
LOVE UNLIMITED Fun Lovin Criminals 17 10 10 21 30
BE CAREFUL Sparkle/ R Kelley 18 21 30 35 35
FREAK ME Another Level 19 23 36 36 45
JUST THE TWO OF US Will Smith 20 20 17 15 15

LOST IN SPACE Lighthouse Family 21 33 43 56 56
SAY IT ONCE Ultra 22 36 44 48
SUNNY CAME HOME Shawn Colvin 23 24 35 37 37
I THINK I’M PARANOID Garbage 24 35 47 59
IMMORTALITY Celine Dion/Bee Gees 25 18 25 30 44
MY OH MY Aqua 26 19 19 28 49
CALIFORNIA DREAMING/DREAM A../MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas 27 28 31 31 31
LEGACY Mansun 28 39 50 60
YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT John Travolta/Olivia Newton-John 29 29 40 44 72
DEEPER UNDERGROUND Jamiroquai 30 41 45 49 59

PUSH IT Garbage 31 34 37 39 41
CARNAVAL DE PARIS Dario G 32 42 48 53 55
PURE MORNING Placebo 33 26 26 14 18
EVERYBODY (BACKSTREET’S BACK) Backstreet Boys 34 37 42 45 50
NO MATTER WHAT Boyzone 35 27 20 20 32
WISHING I WAS THERE Natalie Imbruglia 36 51 62
SLEAZY BEDTRACK Bluetones 37 44 69
KISS THE GIRL Peter Andre 38 52
OOH LA LA Rod Stewart 39 48 59 69
GONE TILL NOVEMBER Wyclef Jean 40 46 49 52 58

LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU Robbie Williams 41 45 52 55 60
BEGIN AGAIN Space 42 60
I WANT YOU BACK *NSync 43 47 55 64
CAN’T LET HER GO BoyzIImen 44 61
THREE LIONS 98 Lightning Seeds/Baddiel & Skinner 45 55 64
GHETTO SUPASTAR (THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE) Pras/ Ol’ Dirty bast*rd & Mya 46 53 53 54 61
RENDEZVOUS 98 Jean-Michel Jarre/Apollo 440 47
TOO MUCH TOO LITTLE TOO LATE Silversun 48 56
BITTERSWEET SYMPHONY Verve 49 50 51 51 52
FEEL IT The Tamperer 50 54 61 61 62

RONALDO’S REVENGE (MAS QUE MANCADA) Ronaldo’s Revenge 51
GOT THE FEELIN Five 52 62
WORLD CUP 98 – PAVANE Wimbledon Choral Society 53
3 am” Matchbox 20 54 49 66 33 46
TURN BACK TIME Aqua 55
DRINKING IN LA Bran Van 3000 56 66
I WASN’T BUILT TO GET UP Supernaturals 57
YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers 58 58 58 57 57
ALANE Wes 59 59 60 62 64
DO YOU REALLY WANT ME Robyn 60 63 63 63 63

THE WAY Fastball 61 64
DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY Mavericks 62 70
DON’T DRINK THE WATER Dave Matthews Band 63 73
LOVELY DAZE Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince 64
DANCING QUEEN / EAGLE Abba 65 65 65 65 65
THE WOMBLING SONG Wombles 66 69 73
STRANGE GLUE Catatonia 67 43 56
YOU REALLY GOT ME/ LOLA/ DAYS Kinks 68 67 67 67 67
TIME TO SAY GOODBYE Sarah Brightman/Andrea Bocelli 69 68 68 68 68
DIVA Dana International 70

RAY OF LIGHT Madonna 71
THE AIR THAT I BREATHE Simply Red 72 72 72 58 48
NO WAY Freakpower 73 74 74 74 74
LAST THING ON MY MIND Steps 74
LA DE DA Ringo Starr 75

9th August new entries

WHAT CAN I DO Corrs 12 7 3 4
I CAN’T HELP MYSELF Lucid 25 15 10 7
MUSIC SOUNDS BETTER WITH YOU Stardust 30 24 24 24
I WANNA BE YOUR LADY Hinda Hicks 31 9 12 12
YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE DANCING Leo Sayer/Groove Generation 32 34 46 54
CRUSH Jennifer Paige 38 28 26 23
BURNING Baby Bumps 40 39 50
LOST IN SPACE Apollo 440 57 54 40 36
I WANNA LOVE YOU Solid Harmonie 71 46 72
CRY TO BE FOUND Del Amitri 75 41 41 14

16th August new entries

NO TENGO DINERO Los Umbrellos 6 6 10
EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT Sweetbox 14 7 5
SUN MACHINE Dario G/ David Bowie 18 13 13
SOMETIMES Tin Tin Out/ Shelley Nelson 32 9 8
MYSTERIOUS TIMES Sash/ Tina Cousins 33 17 16
GENERATION SEX Divine Comedy 57 42 34
ROCKS Rod Stewart 70 70 70
I WANT YOU BACK Cleopatra 71 38 38
PART OF THE PROCESS Morcheeba 75 47 47

23rd August new entries

SPECIAL KIND OF SOMETHING Kavana 32 29
THE INCIDENTALS Alisha’s Attic 66 66
MY WEAKNESS IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS Embrace 71 71
IF YOU’LL BE MINE Babybird 73 51
DEVIL IN YOUR SHOES (WALKING ALL OVER) Shed Seven 75

30th August new entries

FINALLY FOUND Honeyz 9
20th CENTURY BOY Placebo 17
CRUEL SUMMER Ace Of Base 21
I JUST WANNA BE LOVED Culture Club 28
WALKING AFTER YOU Foo Fighters 40
BOOTIE CALL All Saints 69
MY FAVOURITE MISTAKE Sheryl Crow 73
DROWNED WORLD (SUBSTITUTE FOR LOVE) Madonna 75

SEPTEMBER 1998

Manic Street Preachers finally get that big Number One after several good attempts, followed by one of the great quirky rock bands Eels – never really made it big sadly. Thats always the problem with bands with clever lyrics, especially witty ones, they seem under-appreciated sad.gif Lots of what they call “Indie” these days elsewhere in the chart, mixed in with pop, dance, rap, country, latino, rock, opera, folk and ska. Ah those were the days when charts had variety in them…

6th Sept chart

IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT Manic Street Preachers 1 1 1 2
TO THE MOON AND BACK Savage Garden 2 3 5 5
MILLENIUM Robbie Williams 3 2 4 8
WHAT CAN I DO Corrs 4 6 10 13
EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT Sweetbox 5 4 7 7
SOMETIMES Tin Tin Out/ Shelley Nelson 6 5 8 18
SUN MACHINE Dario G/ David Bowie 7 7 11 12
FINALLY FOUND Honeyz 8 10 14 6
BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley 9 13 19 29
20th CENTURY BOY Placebo 10 8 3 3

MYSTERIOUS TIMES Sash/ Tina Cousins 11 11 20 26
CRUSH Jennifer Paige 12 9 9 15
I CAN’T HELP MYSELF Lucid 13 24 37 47
CRY TO BE FOUND Del Amitri 14 26 39 51
I JUST WANNA BE LOVED Culture Club 15 15 15 19
EVERY SINGLE DAY Dodgy 16 12 6 11
COME WITH ME Puff Daddy/ Jimmy Page 17 20 30 46
JUST THE TWO OF US Will Smith 18 21 33 48
CRUEL SUMMER Ace Of Base 19 17 17 17
LIFE IS A FLOWER Ace Of Base 20 25 29 41

I WANNA BE YOUR LADY Hinda Hicks 21 35 44 64
MUSIC SOUNDS BETTER WITH YOU Stardust 22 32 34 36
NO TENGO DINERO Los Umbrellos 23 45 21 14
MAS QUE NADA Echobeatz 24 28 35 45
GENERATION SEX Divine Comedy 25 22 16 10
BOOTIE CALL All Saints 26 14 12 21
THE BOY IS MINE Brandy & Monica 27 29 40 43
DROWNED WORLD (SUBSTITUTE FOR LOVE) Madonna 28 16 23 34
PURE MORNING Placebo 29 46 61
SAVE TONIGHT Eagle Eye Cherry 30 30 38 49

CALIFORNIA DREAMING/DREAM A../MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas 31 31 31 33
VIVA FOREVER Spice Girls 32 38 46 62
LOOKING FOR LOVE Karen Ramirez 33 42 49 56
LOVE UNLIMITED Fun Lovin Criminals 34 23 32 44
LOST IN SPACE Apollo 440 35 55
ROCK WITH YOU D’Influence 36 36 48
I AM Suggs 37 54
ONE FOR SORROW Steps 38 34 26 28
UNINVITED Alanis Morissette 39 43 50 65
BEING A GIRL (PART ONE) Mansun 40 39 55

SUNNY CAME HOME Shawn Colvin 41 44 45 50
BE CAREFUL Sparkle/ R Kelley 42 47 56 66
I WANT YOU BACK Cleopatra 43 59
CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Lauryn Hill 44 40 28 16
NO MATTER WHAT Boyzone 45 75 75 75
PUSH IT Garbage 46 49 52 60
FREAK ME Another Level 47 53 65
SPECIAL KIND OF SOMETHING Kavana 48
EVERYBODY Five 49 37 36 32
NEW KIND OF MEDECINE Ultra Nate 50 72

THE WAY Fastball 51 51 51 4
BITTERSWEET SYMPHONY Verve 52 52 53 55
WALKING AFTER YOU Foo Fighters 53
EVERYBODY (BACKSTREET’S BACK) Backstreet Boys 54 62 69
MAS QUE NADA Tamba Trio 55 65
LOST IN SPACE Lighthouse Family 56 58 64 73
YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers 57 57 58 59
TELL ME Billie Myers 58
LAST STOP: THIS TOWN Eels 59 19 2 1
CARNAVAL DE PARIS Dario G 60 64 71

DEEPER UNDERGROUND Jamiroquai 61 61 72
MORNING AFTERGLOW Electrasy 62 33 47
LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU Robbie Williams 63 69 73
FEEL IT The Tamperer 64 71 74
DANCING QUEEN / EAGLE Abba 65 56 57 58
ALANE Wes 66 68 68 70
YOU REALLY GOT ME/ LOLA/ DAYS Kinks 67 67 67 68
3 am” Matchbox 20 68
TIME TO SAY GOODBYE Sarah Brightman/Andrea Bocelli 69 70 70 71
DO YOU REALLY WANT ME Robyn 70

MY FAVOURITE MISTAKE Sheryl Crow 71 60 60
GONE TILL NOVEMBER Wyclef Jean 72
ON A DAY LIKE TODAY Bryan Adams 73 73 25 31
THE AIR THAT I BREATHE Simply Red 74
GOD IS A DJ Faithless 75 66 54 37

13th Sept new entries

THE INCIDENTALS Alisha’s Attic 18 13 23
I DON’T WANT TO MISS A THING Aerosmith 27 22 22
THE FUTURE OF THE FUTURE Deep Dish/ Everything But The Girl 41 27 20
I WANT YOU BACK Melanie B/ Missy Elliott 48 41 40
PERFECT 10 Beautiful South 50 42 42
DON’T RUSH (TAKE LOVE SLOWLY) K-Ci & Jojo 63 43 53
REAL GOOD TIME Alda 74 59

20th Sept new entries

I’VE GOT THIS FEELING Mavericks 18 24
RELAX Deetah 24 9
SEX ON THE BEACH T-Spoon 62 52
ONLY WHEN I LOSE MYSELF Depeche Mode 63 63
CELEBRITY SKIN Hole 66 38

27th Sept new entries

OUTSIDE George Michael 25
ADIA Sarah McLachlan 27
MORE THAN A WOMAN 911 30
A PERFECT DAY ELISE P.J. Harvey 35
JOSEPHINE Terrorvision 39
HALF ON A BABY R. Kelly 54
FROM RUSH HOUR WITH LOVE Republica 57
FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN Eagle-Eye Cherry 61
SOMEONE LOVES YOU HONEY Lutricia McNeal 67
ENOLA GAY (REMIX) OMD 69
OYE Gloria Estefan 72
QUESTION OF FAITH Lighthouse Family 74

OCTOBER 1998

It was all about cults: cult US band Eels who never have made it big, and cult superstar Cher who decided to get one up on the record label who’d dropped her by coming back with contemporary dance-pop. She did it with style, biggest record of the year in the world, a million seller (and the biggest ever by a woman in the UK) and (as she’s just about to go Top 40 again this week) keeping up her run of hits in 6 consecutive decades! Which all meant George Michael’s ode to cruising and Garbage’s ode to the Pretenders had to settle for runner-up.

4th October charts

LAST STOP: THIS TOWN Eels 1 1 3 4
IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT Manic Street Preachers 2 3 5 8
TO THE MOON AND BACK Savage Garden 3 2 4 5
THE WAY Fastball 4 4 13 30
20th CENTURY BOY Placebo 5 13 16 23
ADIA Sarah McLachlan 6 6 12 14
EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT Sweetbox 7 7 14 26
MILLENIUM Robbie Williams 8 8 6 6
RELAX Deetah 9 17 21 31
FINALLY FOUND Honeyz 10 10 9 12

CRUEL SUMMER Ace Of Base 11 11 7 21
OUTSIDE George Michael 12 12 8 3
GENERATION SEX Divine Comedy 13 21 39 47
WHAT CAN I DO Corrs 14 18 23 29
CRUSH Jennifer Paige 15 15 15 17
DOO WOP (THAT THING) Lauryn Hill 16 19 25 25
BOOTIE CALL All Saints 17 25 34 50
I DON’T WANT TO MISS A THING Aerosmith 18 26 29 33
I JUST WANNA BE LOVED Culture Club 19 24 42 10
EVERY SINGLE DAY Dodgy 20 28 43 54

ON A DAY LIKE TODAY Bryan Adams 21 29 63
SUN MACHINE Dario G/ David Bowie 22 38 53 75
THE INCIDENTALS Alisha’s Attic 23 27 32 45
THE FUTURE OF THE FUTURE Deep Dish/ Everything But The Girl 24 42 68
BELIEVE Cher 25 14 1 1
NO TENGO DINERO Los Umbrellos 26 44
GOD IS A DJ Faithless 27 41
ONE FOR SORROW Steps 28 31 18 22
SOMETIMES Tin Tin Out/ Shelley Nelson 29 39 54 74
MORE THAN A WOMAN 911 30 36 19 15

I’VE GOT THIS FEELING Mavericks 31 9 17 20
BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley 32 35 41 42
CALIFORNIA DREAMING/DREAM A../MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas 33 34 35 37
JESUS SAYS Ash 34 51
SEX ON THE BEACH T-Spoon 35 32 30 43
MUSIC SOUNDS BETTER WITH YOU Stardust 36 43 49 58
MYSTERIOUS TIMES Sash/ Tina Cousins 37 45 65
QUESTION OF FAITH Lighthouse Family 38 30 45 52
SPECIAL Garbage 39 5 2 2
PERFECT 10 Beautiful South 40 68 71 71

A PERFECT DAY ELISE P.J. Harvey 41 71
FROM RUSH HOUR WITH LOVE Republica 42
UNINVITED Alanis Morissette 43 46 51 51
THE BOY IS MINE Brandy & Monica 44 54 64 64
LIFE IS A FLOWER Ace Of Base 45 58
EVERYBODY GET UP Five 46 61
SMOKE Natalie Imbruglia 47 33 27 27
DROWNED WORLD (SUBSTITUTE FOR LOVE) Madonna 48
JOSEPHINE Terrorvision 49
SHE’S GONE Matthew Marsden/ Destiny’s Child 50 22 22 18

SUNNY CAME HOME Shawn Colvin 51 53 60 60
MAS QUE NADA Echobeatz 52 63 70
CELEBRITY SKIN Hole 53 28 44
LOVE UNLIMITED Fun Lovin Criminals 54 64
SWEETEST THING U2 55 20 20 7
BITTERSWEET SYMPHONY Verve 56 57 59 59
FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN Eagle-Eye Cherry 57 50 47 39
DANCING QUEEN / EAGLE Abba 58 59 61 61
YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers 59 60 62 62
THANK U Alanis Morissette 60 23 11 9

LOOKING FOR LOVE Karen Ramirez 61
PUSH IT Garbage 62 65 67 68
SOMEONE LOVES YOU HONEY Lutricia McNeal 63 62 50 65
ROLLERCOASTER B*Witched 64 48 46 56
OYE Gloria Estefan 65 40 57
SAVE TONIGHT Eagle Eye Cherry 66 73
HALF ON A BABY R. Kelly 67 70
YOU REALLY GOT ME/ LOLA/ DAYS Kinks 68 69 69 69
I WANT YOU BACK Melanie B/ Missy Elliott 69
ALANE Wes 70 72 72 72

JUST THE TWO OF US Will Smith 71
TIME TO SAY GOODBYE Sarah Brightman/Andrea Bocelli 72 74 74
TOP OF THE WORLD Brandy & Mase 73 55 55 67
NO MATTER WHAT Boyzone 74
PARTY HARD Pulp 75

11th Oct new entries

COME BACK DARLING UB40 16 10 11
SINNER Neil Finn 37 37 53
GIRLFRIEND Billie 47 38 38
ENOLA GAY (REMIX) OMD 49
IF YOU BUY THIS RECORD (YOUR LIFE WILL BE BETTER) The Tamperer/ Maya 52 33 28
BEACH BALL Nalin & Cane 56 66
HEY NOW NOW Swirl 360 66 26 16
STAND BY ME 4 The Cause 67 58 49
DAYSLEEPER REM 75 52 36

18th Oct new entries

HUMAN BEINGS Seal 24 24
THIS KISS Faith Hill 31 41
THE FIRST NIGHT Monica 36 19
MY FAVOURITE GAME Cardigans 40 32
LITTLE BIT OF LOVIN’ Kele Le Roc 44 13
BIG NIGHT OUT Fun Lovin’ Criminals 48 55
SIT DOWN 98 James 56 40
KIND AND GENEROUS Natalie Merchant 73
CAN’T KEEP THIS FEELING IN Cliff Richard 75 34

25th Oct new entries

MEMORY Elaine Paige 35
SO YOUNG Corrs 46
YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN YET Bus Stop/ Randy Bachman 48
GUESS I WAS A FOOL Another Level 57
I WILL WAIT Hootie & The Blowfish 63
ALL ‘BOUT THE MONEY Meja 66
ONE TWO THREE Dina Carroll 70
TRULY Hinda Hicks 73

8th Nov 1998 (1st Nov in brackets)

Cher still dominating the world. The Tamperer having a Madonna laugh, it’s fun. M People highest new entry. Madonna in with a sweet ballad.

1 ( 1 ) BELIEVE Cher
2 ( 17 ) HUMAN BEINGS Seal
3 ( 2 ) OUTSIDE George Michael
4 ( 3 ) SPECIAL Garbage
5 ( 4 ) I JUST WANNA BE LOVED Culture Club
6 ( 18 ) IF YOU BUY THIS RECORD (YOUR LIFE WILL BE BETTER) The Tamperer/ Maya
7 ( 20 ) GODDESS ON A HIGHWAY Mercury Rev
8 ( 8 ) THANK U Alanis Morissette
9 ( 9 ) MILLENIUM Robbie Williams
10 ( 5 ) SWEETEST THING U2

11 ( 6 ) TO THE MOON AND BACK Savage Garden
12 ( 7 ) LAST STOP: THIS TOWN Eels
13 ( 13 ) HEY NOW NOW Swirl 360
14 ( 10 ) LITTLE BIT OF LOVIN’ Kele Le Roc
15 ( 12 ) SEXY CINDERELLA Lynden David Hall
16 ( NEW ) TESTIFY M People
17 ( 11 ) IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT Manic Street Preachers
18 ( 14 ) THE FIRST NIGHT Monica
19 ( 53 ) SIT DOWN 98 James
20 ( 15 ) FINALLY FOUND Honeyz

21 ( 30 ) FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN Eagle-Eye Cherry
22 ( 16 ) SHE’S GONE Matthew Marsden/ Destiny’s Child
23 ( 21 ) MY FAVOURITE GAME Cardigans
24 ( NEW ) EURODISCO Bis
25 ( 55 ) THIS KISS Faith Hill
26 ( 28 ) ALL ‘BOUT THE MONEY Meja
27 ( 23 ) CRUSH Jennifer Paige
28 ( 19 ) COME BACK DARLING UB40
29 ( 29 ) EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT Sweetbox
30 ( 25 ) DOO WOP (THAT THING) Lauryn Hill

31 ( NEW ) THE POWER OF GOODBYE Madonna
32 ( 22 ) MAN IN THE RAIN Mike Oldfield
33 ( 26 ) ADIA Sarah McLachlan
34 ( 24 ) MORE THAN A WOMAN 911
35 ( 41 ) BLUE ANGELS Pras Michel
36 ( NEW ) IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND Stars On 54
37 ( 46 ) SO YOUNG Corrs
38 ( 37 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMING/DREAM A../MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas
39 ( 39 ) I DON’T WANT TO MISS A THING Aerosmith
40 ( 27 ) I’VE GOT THIS FEELING Mavericks

41 ( 32 ) TIME TO MOVE ON Sparkle
42 ( 42 ) BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
43 ( 35 ) WHAT CAN I DO Corrs
44 ( 54 ) GUESS I WAS A FOOL Another Level
45 ( 57 ) SEARCHIN MY SOUL Vonda Shephard
46 ( 49 ) GAME ON Catatonia
47 ( 43 ) SEX ON THE BEACH T-Spoon
48 ( 67 ) HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE Dru Hill
49 ( 34 ) 20th CENTURY BOY/YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT US Placebo
50 ( 36 ) CRUEL SUMMER Ace Of Base

51 ( 33 ) CAR WASH 98 Rose Royce
52 ( 45 ) CAN’T KEEP THIS FEELING IN Cliff Richard
53 ( 38 ) ONE FOR SORROW Steps
54 ( 31 ) SMOKE Natalie Imbruglia
55 ( 44 ) MEMORY Elaine Paige
56 ( NEW ) NEGATIVE Mansun
57 ( 40 ) STAND BY ME 4 The Cause
58 ( 47 ) RELAX Deetah
59 ( 68 ) I WILL WAIT Hootie & The Blowfish
60 ( 56 ) UNINVITED Alanis Morissette

61 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN / EAGLE Abba
62 ( 62 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers
63 ( 60 ) BITTERSWEET SYMPHONY Verve
64 ( 48 ) YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN YET Bus Stop/ Randy Bachman
65 ( 63 ) SUNNY CAME HOME Shawn Colvin
66 ( NEW ) ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST Queen/ Wyclef-Jean
67 ( 51 ) GIRLFRIEND Billie
68 ( 59 ) THE INCIDENTALS Alisha’s Attic
69 ( NEW ) EACH TIME East 17
70 ( 70 ) YOU REALLY GOT ME/ LOLA/ DAYS Kinks

71 ( 58 ) I GOT 5 ON IT 98 Luniz
72 ( 71 ) PUSH IT Garbage
73 ( 66 ) GENERATION SEX Divine Comedy
74 ( NEW ) THE BARTENDER AND THE THIEF Stereophonics
75 ( NEW ) IF WE TRY Karen Ramirez

DROP OUTS
50 DAYSLEEPER REM
52 THE WAY Fastball
64 CELEBRITY SKIN Hole
65 ONE TWO THREE Dina Carroll
69 TOP OF THE WORLD Brandy & Mase
72 QUESTION OF FAITH Lighthouse Family
73 MUSIC SOUNDS BETTER WITH YOU Stardust
74 SOMETIMES Tin Tin Out/ Shelley Nelson
75 EVERY SINGLE DAY Dodgy

15th Nov 1998

In at 13 and Robbie is in his hot phase, one of his best records too, spiteful and bitter, but full of regret. On the plus side, he and Gazza made up and it’s got Neil Tennant on backing vocals – what’s not to love!

Re-entered remixes for Savage Garden and classic James at 2 ** sneaking in at the bottom the much-maligned Ace Of Base with a little gem of retro-Motown (it’s essentially I Can’t Help Myself or Where Did Our Love Go’s backing track) ** A big spice girl gem too – not the girls effort, the one with Bryan Adams popping in the top 20 for Melanie C…

1 ( 1 ) BELIEVE Cher
2 ( 19 ) SIT DOWN 98 James
3 ( 6 ) IF YOU BUY THIS RECORD (YOUR LIFE WILL BE BETTER) The Tamperer/ Maya
4 ( NEW ) I WANT YOU 98 Savage Garden
5 ( 25 ) THIS KISS Faith Hill
6 ( 3 ) OUTSIDE George Michael
7 ( 7 ) GODDESS ON A HIGHWAY Mercury Rev
8 ( 2 ) HUMAN BEINGS Seal
9 ( 16 ) TESTIFY M People
10 ( 9 ) MILLENIUM Robbie Williams

11 ( 4 ) SPECIAL Garbage
12 ( 5 ) I JUST WANNA BE LOVED Culture Club
13 ( NEW ) NO REGRETS Robbie Williams
14 ( 14 ) LITTLE BIT OF LOVIN’ Kele Le Roc
15 ( NEW ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP/BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Foundations
16 ( 11 ) TO THE MOON AND BACK Savage Garden
17 ( 8 ) THANK U Alanis Morissette
18 ( 10 ) SWEETEST THING U2
19 ( NEW ) ALL I WANT Puressance
20 ( 21 ) FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN Eagle-Eye Cherry

21 ( 12 ) LAST STOP: THIS TOWN Eels
22 ( 13 ) HEY NOW NOW Swirl 360
23 ( 31 ) THE POWER OF GOODBYE Madonna
24 ( 15 ) SEXY CINDERELLA Lynden David Hall
25 ( 23 ) MY FAVOURITE GAME Cardigans
26 ( 17 ) IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT Manic Street Preachers
27 ( 75 ) IF WE TRY Karen Ramirez
28 ( 18 ) THE FIRST NIGHT Monica
29 ( NEW ) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Bryan Adams/ Melanie C
30 ( 20 ) FINALLY FOUND Honeyz

31 ( 28 ) COME BACK DARLING UB40
32 ( NEW ) ALL I NEED Air
33 ( 37 ) SO YOUNG Corrs
34 ( 26 ) ALL ‘BOUT THE MONEY Meja
35 ( 22 ) SHE’S GONE Matthew Marsden/ Destiny’s Child
36 ( 36 ) IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND Stars On 54
37 ( 24 ) EURODISCO Bis
38 ( 29 ) EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT Sweetbox
39 ( 45 ) SEARCHIN MY SOUL Vonda Shephard
40 ( 38 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMING/DREAM A../MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas

41 ( 27 ) CRUSH Jennifer Paige
42 ( 69 ) EACH TIME East 17
43 ( 42 ) BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
44 ( 35 ) BLUE ANGELS Pras Michel
45 ( 30 ) DOO WOP (THAT THING) Lauryn Hill
46 ( 33 ) ADIA Sarah McLachlan
47 ( 34 ) MORE THAN A WOMAN 911
48 ( NEW ) HOME ALONE R. Kelly/ Keith Murray
49 ( 39 ) I DON’T WANT TO MISS A THING Aerosmith
50 ( 40 ) I’VE GOT THIS FEELING Mavericks

51 ( 41 ) TIME TO MOVE ON Sparkle
52 ( 43 ) WHAT CAN I DO Corrs
53 ( NEW ) DREAMING Ruff Driverz/ Arrola
54 ( NEW ) DAYDREAMIN Tatyana Ali
55 ( 44 ) GUESS I WAS A FOOL Another Level
56 ( NEW ) LOVE LIKE THIS BEFORE Faith Evans
57 ( 32 ) MAN IN THE RAIN Mike Oldfield
58 ( NEW ) MIAMI Will Smith
59 ( 66 ) ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST Queen/ Wyclef-Jean
60 ( 48 ) HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE Dru Hill

61 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN / EAGLE Abba
62 ( 62 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers
63 ( 74 ) THE BARTENDER AND THE THIEF Stereophonics
64 ( 63 ) BITTERSWEET SYMPHONY Verve
65 ( 60 ) UNINVITED Alanis Morissette
66 ( 46 ) GAME ON Catatonia
67 ( NEW ) ALWAYS HAVE ALWAYS WILL Ace Of Base
68 ( 65 ) SUNNY CAME HOME Shawn Colvin
69 ( 52 ) CAN’T KEEP THIS FEELING IN Cliff Richard
70 ( 70 ) YOU REALLY GOT ME/ LOLA/ DAYS Kinks

71 ( NEW ) GOODBYE Spice Girls
72 ( NEW ) WE GOTTA GET OUTTA THIS PLACE Space
73 ( 72 ) PUSH IT Garbage
74 ( NEW ) THE EVERLASTING Manic Street Preachers
75 ( NEW ) BRAND NEW START Paul Weller

22nd Nov 1998

Seal gets a second chart-topper with a Trevor Horn-produced track that was out of step with the pop-dominated 1998 charts. Pity! ** a gay disco re-tread of a Gordon Lightfoot folk classic shoots up to 15 ** highest new entry from the obscure Ooberman. I love this track so much I entered it in Buzzjack to massive response. Massive indifference, that is. You’re all mad, it’s gorgeous! laugh.gif
Sneaking in the bottom, ooerr, a cover of a Bee Gees classic. I doubt anyone recalls Steps or the record….?

1 ( 8 ) HUMAN BEINGS Seal
2 ( 1 ) BELIEVE Cher
3 ( 15 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP/BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Foundations
4 ( 2 ) SIT DOWN 98 James
5 ( 3 ) IF YOU BUY THIS RECORD (YOUR LIFE WILL BE BETTER) The Tamperer/ Maya
6 ( 5 ) THIS KISS Faith Hill
7 ( 4 ) I WANT YOU 98 Savage Garden
8 ( 6 ) OUTSIDE George Michael
9 ( 9 ) TESTIFY M People
10 ( 23 ) THE POWER OF GOODBYE Madonna

11 ( 13 ) NO REGRETS Robbie Williams
12 ( 12 ) I JUST WANNA BE LOVED Culture Club
13 ( 10 ) MILLENIUM Robbie Williams
14 ( 14 ) LITTLE BIT OF LOVIN’ Kele Le Roc
15 ( 36 ) IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND Stars On 54
16 ( 16 ) TO THE MOON AND BACK Savage Garden
17 ( 7 ) GODDESS ON A HIGHWAY Mercury Rev
18 ( 11 ) SPECIAL Garbage
19 ( 17 ) THANK U Alanis Morissette
20 ( 48 ) HOME ALONE R. Kelly/ Keith Murray

21 ( 27 ) IF WE TRY Karen Ramirez
22 ( 29 ) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Bryan Adams/ Melanie C
23 ( 18 ) SWEETEST THING U2
24 ( 42 ) EACH TIME East 17
25 ( 19 ) ALL I WANT Puressance
26 ( 33 ) SO YOUNG Corrs
27 ( 20 ) FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN Eagle-Eye Cherry
28 ( 32 ) ALL I NEED Air
29 ( 26 ) IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT Manic Street Preachers
30 ( 21 ) LAST STOP: THIS TOWN Eels

31 ( 24 ) SEXY CINDERELLA Lynden David Hall
32 ( NEW ) SHORLEY WALL EP Ooberman
33 ( 25 ) MY FAVOURITE GAME Cardigans
34 ( 31 ) COME BACK DARLING UB40
35 ( 28 ) THE FIRST NIGHT Monica
36 ( 30 ) FINALLY FOUND Honeyz
37 ( 39 ) SEARCHIN MY SOUL Vonda Shephard
38 ( 38 ) EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT Sweetbox
39 ( NEW ) END OF THE LINE Honeyz
40 ( 40 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMING/DREAM A../MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas

41 ( 34 ) ALL ‘BOUT THE MONEY Meja
42 ( 22 ) HEY NOW NOW Swirl 360
43 ( 43 ) BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
44 ( 44 ) BLUE ANGELS Pras Michel
45 ( 50 ) I’VE GOT THIS FEELING Mavericks
46 ( 54 ) DAYDREAMIN Tatyana Ali
47 ( 63 ) THE BARTENDER AND THE THIEF Stereophonics
48 ( 35 ) SHE’S GONE Matthew Marsden/ Destiny’s Child
49 ( 58 ) MIAMI Will Smith
50 ( 72 ) WE GOTTA GET OUTTA THIS PLACE Space

51 ( 49 ) I DON’T WANT TO MISS A THING Aerosmith
52 ( 41 ) CRUSH Jennifer Paige
53 ( 53 ) DREAMING Ruff Driverz/ Arrola
54 ( 59 ) ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST Queen/ Wyclef-Jean
55 ( 56 ) LOVE LIKE THIS BEFORE Faith Evans
56 ( 74 ) THE EVERLASTING Manic Street Preachers
57 ( 55 ) GUESS I WAS A FOOL Another Level
58 ( 37 ) EURODISCO Bis
59 ( 46 ) ADIA Sarah McLachlan
60 ( NEW ) EVERY TIME Janet Jackson

61 ( 52 ) WHAT CAN I DO Corrs
62 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN / EAGLE Abba
63 ( 62 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers
64 ( 71 ) GOODBYE Spice Girls
65 ( 45 ) DOO WOP (THAT THING) Lauryn Hill
66 ( 47 ) MORE THAN A WOMAN 911
67 ( 67 ) ALWAYS HAVE ALWAYS WILL Ace Of Base
68 ( NEW ) TRAGEDY Steps
69 ( 68 ) SUNNY CAME HOME Shawn Colvin
70 ( 70 ) YOU REALLY GOT ME/ LOLA/ DAYS Kinks

71 ( 64 ) BITTERSWEET SYMPHONY Verve
72 ( 65 ) UNINVITED Alanis Morissette
73 ( 73 ) PUSH IT Garbage
74 ( 51 ) TIME TO MOVE ON Sparkle
75 ( NEW ) THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD Sheryl Crow

29th Nov 1998

The first number one in the first chart after the first I ever compiled returns to the top 30 years-on, more to do with a movie than the world recognising my brilliant taste, but it was great timing! Will Smith shoots up, Robbie goes Top 10 again, on a roll, Space go top 20 (again), and All Saints are the highest new entry with one of their best singles. Spice Girls say Goodbye with their final single of the 90’s, ahhh sad, but go Top 40.

1 ( 3 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP/BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Foundations
2 ( 1 ) HUMAN BEINGS Seal
3 ( 2 ) BELIEVE Cher
4 ( 6 ) THIS KISS Faith Hill
5 ( 4 ) SIT DOWN 98 James
6 ( 10 ) THE POWER OF GOODBYE Madonna
7 ( 5 ) IF YOU BUY THIS RECORD (YOUR LIFE WILL BE BETTER) The Tamperer/ Maya
8 ( 11 ) NO REGRETS Robbie Williams
9 ( 7 ) I WANT YOU 98 Savage Garden
10 ( 22 ) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Bryan Adams/ Melanie C

11 ( 8 ) OUTSIDE George Michael
12 ( 20 ) HOME ALONE R. Kelly/ Keith Murray
13 ( 49 ) MIAMI Will Smith
14 ( 13 ) MILLENIUM Robbie Williams
15 ( 12 ) I JUST WANNA BE LOVED Culture Club
16 ( 16 ) TO THE MOON AND BACK Savage Garden
17 ( 14 ) LITTLE BIT OF LOVIN’ Kele Le Roc
18 ( 9 ) TESTIFY M People
19 ( 19 ) THANK U Alanis Morissette
20 ( 50 ) WE GOTTA GET OUTTA THIS PLACE Space

21 ( 15 ) IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND Stars On 54
22 ( 23 ) SWEETEST THING U2
23 ( 24 ) EACH TIME East 17
24 ( 18 ) SPECIAL Garbage
25 ( 26 ) SO YOUNG Corrs
26 ( NEW ) WAR OF NERVES All Saints
27 ( 27 ) FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN Eagle-Eye Cherry
28 ( 17 ) GODDESS ON A HIGHWAY Mercury Rev
29 ( 29 ) IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT Manic Street Preachers
30 ( NEW ) HOLLY HOLY UB40

31 ( 53 ) DREAMING Ruff Driverz/ Arrola
32 ( 75 ) THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD Sheryl Crow
33 ( 37 ) SEARCHIN MY SOUL Vonda Shephard
34 ( 30 ) LAST STOP: THIS TOWN Eels
35 ( NEW ) MOVE MANIA Sash!/ Shannon
36 ( 34 ) COME BACK DARLING UB40
37 ( 25 ) ALL I WANT Puressance
38 ( 64 ) GOODBYE Spice Girls
39 ( 39 ) END OF THE LINE Honeyz
40 ( 40 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMING/DREAM A../MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas

41 ( 33 ) MY FAVOURITE GAME Cardigans
42 ( 38 ) EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT Sweetbox
43 ( 36 ) FINALLY FOUND Honeyz
44 ( 43 ) BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
45 ( 45 ) I’VE GOT THIS FEELING Mavericks
46 ( 56 ) THE EVERLASTING Manic Street Preachers
47 ( 60 ) EVERY TIME Janet Jackson
48 ( 21 ) IF WE TRY Karen Ramirez
49 ( 28 ) ALL I NEED Air
50 ( 68 ) TRAGEDY Steps

51 ( 46 ) DAYDREAMIN Tatyana Ali
52 ( 31 ) SEXY CINDERELLA Lynden David Hall
53 ( 35 ) THE FIRST NIGHT Monica
54 ( 47 ) THE BARTENDER AND THE THIEF Stereophonics
55 ( NEW ) PRAY Tina Cousins
56 ( 52 ) CRUSH Jennifer Paige
57 ( 44 ) BLUE ANGELS Pras Michel
58 ( 54 ) ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST Queen/ Wyclef-Jean
59 ( NEW ) BIG BIG WORLD Emilia
60 ( NEW ) SENSUALITY Lovestation

61 ( 62 ) DANCING QUEEN / EAGLE Abba
62 ( 63 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers
63 ( 51 ) I DON’T WANT TO MISS A THING Aerosmith
64 ( NEW ) I LOVE THE WAY YOU LOVE ME Boyzone
65 ( 55 ) LOVE LIKE THIS BEFORE Faith Evans
66 ( 32 ) SHORLEY WALL EP Ooberman
67 ( NEW ) HANDS Jewell
68 ( 61 ) WHAT CAN I DO Corrs
69 ( NEW ) TRUE COLOURS Phil Collins
70 ( 70 ) YOU REALLY GOT ME/ LOLA/ DAYS Kinks

71 ( NEW ) TELL ME ME Shamrock
72 ( 69 ) SUNNY CAME HOME Shawn Colvin
73 ( 73 ) PUSH IT Garbage
74 ( NEW ) HARD KNOCK LIFE Jay-Z
75 ( NEW ) GANGSTER TRIPPIN’ Fat Boy Slim

6th DEC 1998

No last week brackets for this one as I’ve lost the chart for the last week in November (it wasnt saved, but I have a hard copy somewhere I hope to dig out, though number one was The Foundations, returning to the top for the first time in 30 years, a bit of a student cult classic oldie by now. Will Smith in his solo prime, as pop star and huge movie star. A rewrite of And The Beat Goes On (The Whispers) I like Miami, and I love Will.

Emilia in the Top 10 is now a regular charter in my charts as Emilia Mitiku, Puressence is an odd bitter little record, but I like it. Space go top 30 with an Animals cover, also quirky but endearing (like all Space records)

1 BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP/BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Foundations
2 HUMAN BEINGS Seal
3 BELIEVE Cher
4 THE POWER OF GOODBYE Madonna
5 NO REGRETS Robbie Williams
6 WHEN YOU’RE GONE Bryan Adams/ Melanie C
7 BIG BIG WORLD Emilia
8 THIS KISS Faith Hill
9 WAR OF NERVES All Saints
10 MIAMI Will Smith

11 ALL I WANT Puressance
12 I WANT YOU 98 Savage Garden
13 SIT DOWN 98 James
14 HEY NOW NOW Swirl 360
15 OUTSIDE George Michael
16 HOME ALONE R. Kelly/ Keith Murray
17 FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN Eagle-Eye Cherry
18 LITTLE BIT OF LOVIN’ Kele Le Roc
19 MILLENIUM Robbie Williams
20 SO YOUNG Corrs

21 TO THE MOON AND BACK Savage Garden
22 IF YOU BUY THIS RECORD (YOUR LIFE WILL BE BETTER) The Tamperer/ Maya
23 I JUST WANNA BE LOVED Culture Club
24 SWEETEST THING U2
25 THANK U Alanis Morissette
26 EVERY TIME Janet Jackson
27 THE EVERLASTING Manic Street Preachers
28 WE GOTTA GET OUTTA THIS PLACE Space
29 TESTIFY M People
30 HOLLY HOLY UB40

31 IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND Stars On 54
32 END OF THE LINE Honeyz
33 SPECIAL Garbage
34 MOVE MANIA Sash!/ Shannon
35 GOODBYE Spice Girls
36 IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT Manic Street Preachers
37 SENSUALITY Lovestation
38 PARTY HARD Pulp
39 FUNKY LOVE Kavana
40 GHETTO GIRL Simply Red

41 CALIFORNIA DREAMING/DREAM A../MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas
42 DREAMING Ruff Driverz/ Arrola
43 THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD Sheryl Crow
44 LAST STOP: THIS TOWN Eels
45 EACH TIME East 17
46 BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
47 HANDS Jewell
48 GODDESS ON A HIGHWAY Mercury Rev
49 I’VE GOT THIS FEELING Mavericks
50 HEARTBEAT/ TRAGEDY Steps

51 BLUE Le Ann Rimes
52 EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT Sweetbox
53 COME BACK DARLING UB40
54 FINALLY FOUND Honeyz
55 ALARM CALL Bjork
56 I LOVE THE WAY YOU LOVE ME Boyzone
57 HARD KNOCK LIFE Jay-Z
58 SEARCHIN MY SOUL Vonda Shephard
59 TROPICALIA Beck
60 TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME Faithless

61 MY FAVOURITE GAME Cardigans
62 ALL I NEED Air
63 DANCING QUEEN / EAGLE Abba
64 YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers
65 CRUSH Jennifer Paige
66 THE FIRST NIGHT Monica
67 SEXY CINDERELLA Lynden David Hall
68 PRAY Tina Cousins
69 IF WE TRY Karen Ramirez
70 YOU REALLY GOT ME/ LOLA/ DAYS Kinks

71 ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST Queen/ Wyclef-Jean
72 WHAT CAN I DO Corrs
73 I DON’T WANT TO MISS A THING Aerosmith
74 PUSH IT Garbage
75 SUNNY CAME HOME Shawn Colvin

13th DEC 1998

Madonna gets her umpteenth number one by this point, at least 10 or 11th, but as is often the case, her superior lead singles just missed the top spot and this lesser (but great) track makes it instead. Frozen or Ray Of Light were better though…

A big Christmas dose of goodwill gets M People charging up to 3, quite rare for them to get so high, but it’s a great singalong single. Also rare for LeAnn Rimes to even make my Top 40, but I really liked this version of an old country standard, yodelling and all. Highest new entry is a classy Beautiful South bit of bitterness, sweet 50’s-pastiche harmonies and strings. Oasis meanwhile have a B-side enter my top 40, better than a lot of their A sides!

1 ( 4 ) THE POWER OF GOODBYE Madonna
2 ( 2 ) HUMAN BEINGS Seal
3 ( 29 ) TESTIFY M People
4 ( 1 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP/BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Foundations
5 ( 6 ) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Bryan Adams/ Melanie C
6 ( 3 ) BELIEVE Cher
7 ( 5 ) NO REGRETS Robbie Williams
8 ( 11 ) ALL I WANT Puressance
9 ( 7 ) BIG BIG WORLD Emilia
10 ( 14 ) HEY NOW NOW Swirl 360

11 ( 10 ) MIAMI Will Smith
12 ( 9 ) WAR OF NERVES All Saints
13 ( 13 ) SIT DOWN 98 James
14 ( 8 ) THIS KISS Faith Hill
15 ( 26 ) EVERY TIME Janet Jackson
16 ( 12 ) I WANT YOU 98 Savage Garden
17 ( 17 ) FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN Eagle-Eye Cherry
18 ( 51 ) BLUE Le Ann Rimes
19 ( 15 ) OUTSIDE George Michael
20 ( 32 ) END OF THE LINE Honeyz

21 ( 18 ) LITTLE BIT OF LOVIN’ Kele Le Roc
22 ( 27 ) THE EVERLASTING Manic Street Preachers
23 ( 19 ) MILLENIUM Robbie Williams
24 ( 21 ) TO THE MOON AND BACK Savage Garden
25 ( 25 ) THANK U Alanis Morissette
26 ( 16 ) HOME ALONE R. Kelly/ Keith Murray
27 ( NEW ) DUMB Beautiful South
28 ( 20 ) SO YOUNG Corrs
29 ( 22 ) IF YOU BUY THIS RECORD (YOUR LIFE WILL BE BETTER) The Tamperer/ Maya
30 ( 24 ) SWEETEST THING U2

31 ( 31 ) IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND Stars On 54
32 ( 23 ) I JUST WANNA BE LOVED Culture Club
33 ( 35 ) GOODBYE Spice Girls
34 ( 34 ) MOVE MANIA Sash!/ Shannon
35 ( 39 ) FUNKY LOVE Kavana
36 ( 40 ) GHETTO GIRL Simply Red
37 ( 33 ) SPECIAL Garbage
38 ( NEW ) THE MASTERPLAN Oasis
39 ( 28 ) WE GOTTA GET OUTTA THIS PLACE Space
40 ( 50 ) HEARTBEAT/ TRAGEDY Steps

41 ( 41 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMING/DREAM A../MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas
42 ( 36 ) IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT Manic Street Preachers
43 ( 55 ) ALARM CALL Bjork
44 ( 30 ) HOLLY HOLY UB40
45 ( 45 ) EACH TIME East 17
46 ( 46 ) BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
47 ( 56 ) I LOVE THE WAY YOU LOVE ME Boyzone
48 ( 37 ) SENSUALITY Lovestation
49 ( 49 ) I’VE GOT THIS FEELING Mavericks
50 ( 59 ) TROPICALIA Beck

51 ( 48 ) GODDESS ON A HIGHWAY Mercury Rev
52 ( 44 ) LAST STOP: THIS TOWN Eels
53 ( NEW ) ESPECIALLY FOR YOU Johnny & Denise
54 ( 38 ) PARTY HARD Pulp
55 ( 52 ) EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT Sweetbox
56 ( 43 ) THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD Sheryl Crow
57 ( 57 ) HARD KNOCK LIFE Jay-Z
58 ( 47 ) HANDS Jewell
59 ( 54 ) FINALLY FOUND Honeyz
60 ( 60 ) TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME Faithless

61 ( 61 ) MY FAVOURITE GAME Cardigans
62 ( 42 ) DREAMING Ruff Driverz/ Arrola
63 ( 63 ) DANCING QUEEN / EAGLE Abba
64 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers
65 ( 53 ) COME BACK DARLING UB40
66 ( NEW ) TO YOU I BELONG B*Witched
67 ( 67 ) SEXY CINDERELLA Lynden David Hall
68 ( 66 ) THE FIRST NIGHT Monica
69 ( 65 ) CRUSH Jennifer Paige
70 ( 70 ) YOU REALLY GOT ME/ LOLA/ DAYS Kinks

71 ( NEW ) UNTIL THE TIME IS THROUGH Five
72 ( 62 ) ALL I NEED Air
73 ( 73 ) I DON’T WANT TO MISS A THING Aerosmith
74 ( 74 ) PUSH IT Garbage
75 ( 75 ) SUNNY CAME HOME Shawn Colvin

20th DEC 1998

christmas week and another great singalong new chart-topper, Bryan Adams’ 2nd (after THAT one) and Mel C’s first solo, plus 2 with the Spice gals, but not her last as this signalled the start of the best Spice solo career. High re-entry from the fab Ace Of Base Motown-pastiche, one of their best records, high jumps from UB40’s Junior Walker cover and Beautiful South, and highest new entry from Terrorvision’s joyful (if dubiously sentimentled) ode to Tequila.

Then there’s Supercar, a great dance single which would chart in 1999 but deserved to be bigger. REM bring Lotus into my Top 40 charts, not one of their remembered singles, and Fatboy Slim with their best-remebered thanks to the gospel delight of the dance track and the video. Lower down great entries from Garbage and Aqua (shock!) and amusing Divine Comedy.

1 ( 5 ) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Bryan Adams/ Melanie C
2 ( 1 ) THE POWER OF GOODBYE Madonna
3 ( 2 ) HUMAN BEINGS Seal
4 ( RE ) ALWAYS HAVE ALWAYS WILL Ace Of Base
5 ( 44 ) HOLLY HOLY UB40
6 ( 27 ) DUMB Beautiful South
7 ( 12 ) WAR OF NERVES All Saints
8 ( 6 ) BELIEVE Cher
9 ( 4 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP/BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Foundations
10 ( 18 ) BLUE Le Ann Rimes

11 ( 11 ) MIAMI Will Smith
12 ( 9 ) BIG BIG WORLD Emilia
13 ( 3 ) TESTIFY M People
14 ( 20 ) END OF THE LINE Honeyz
15 ( 13 ) SIT DOWN 98 James
16 ( NEW ) TEQUILA Terrorvision
17 ( 7 ) NO REGRETS Robbie Williams
18 ( 8 ) ALL I WANT Puressance
19 ( 15 ) EVERY TIME Janet Jackson
20 ( 33 ) GOODBYE Spice Girls

21 ( 16 ) I WANT YOU 98 Savage Garden
22 ( 22 ) THE EVERLASTING Manic Street Preachers
23 ( NEW ) LOSING YOU John Lennon/Cheap Trick
24 ( 14 ) THIS KISS Faith Hill
25 ( 10 ) HEY NOW NOW Swirl 360
26 ( NEW ) TONITE Supercar
27 ( NEW ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade vs Flush
28 ( 43 ) ALARM CALL Bjork
29 ( 19 ) OUTSIDE George Michael
30 ( NEW ) WHITE CHRISTMAS Bing Crosby

31 ( 23 ) MILLENIUM Robbie Williams
32 ( 21 ) LITTLE BIT OF LOVIN’ Kele Le Roc
33 ( 24 ) TO THE MOON AND BACK Savage Garden
34 ( NEW ) LOTUS REM
35 ( 32 ) I JUST WANNA BE LOVED Culture Club
36 ( 17 ) FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN Eagle-Eye Cherry
37 ( 53 ) ESPECIALLY FOR YOU Johnny & Denise
38 ( 25 ) THANK U Alanis Morissette
39 ( 30 ) SWEETEST THING U2
40 ( 50 ) TROPICALIA Beck

41 ( 41 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMING/DREAM A../MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas
42 ( NEW ) PRAISE YOU Fat Boy Slim
43 ( 29 ) IF YOU BUY THIS RECORD (YOUR LIFE WILL BE BETTER) The Tamperer/ Maya
44 ( 35 ) FUNKY LOVE Kavana
45 ( 28 ) SO YOUNG Corrs
46 ( 26 ) HOME ALONE R. Kelly/ Keith Murray
47 ( 34 ) MOVE MANIA Sash!/ Shannon
48 ( NEW ) TAKE ME THERE Blackstreet/Mya
49 ( 37 ) SPECIAL Garbage
50 ( 39 ) WE GOTTA GET OUTTA THIS PLACE Space

51 ( 46 ) BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
52 ( 31 ) IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND Stars On 54
53 ( 36 ) GHETTO GIRL Simply Red
54 ( 38 ) THE MASTERPLAN Oasis
55 ( 49 ) I’VE GOT THIS FEELING Mavericks
56 ( NEW ) YOU SHOULD BE DANCING Blockster
57 ( NEW ) COME AS YOU ARE The King
58 ( 52 ) LAST STOP: THIS TOWN Eels
59 ( 42 ) IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT Manic Street Preachers
60 ( 66 ) TO YOU I BELONG B*Witched

61 ( 40 ) HEARTBEAT/ TRAGEDY Steps
62 ( 51 ) GODDESS ON A HIGHWAY Mercury Rev
63 ( 63 ) DANCING QUEEN / EAGLE Abba
64 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers
65 ( 71 ) UNTIL THE TIME IS THROUGH Five
66 ( 47 ) I LOVE THE WAY YOU LOVE ME Boyzone
67 ( NEW ) SHE WANTS YOU Billie
68 ( 55 ) EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT Sweetbox
69 ( 65 ) COME BACK DARLING UB40
70 ( NEW ) GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE Aqua

71 ( NEW ) WHEN I GROW UP Garbage
72 ( NEW ) BAD GIRL Juliet Roberts
73 ( 70 ) YOU REALLY GOT ME/ LOLA/ DAYS Kinks
74 ( NEW ) NATIONAL EXPRESS Divine Comedy
75 ( NEW ) DELTA SUN Mercury Rev

27th DEC 1998

Runners-up, their highest chart position ever for the Beautiful South feeling dumb, Ooberman boune back in with the EP featuring the fab Shorley Walls, Mya goes Top 30 with a quirky Blackstreet assist, and low entries for Lighthouse Family (always pleasant, rarely memorable) and Celine and R Kelly (rarely great, barely memorable for the most part, give or take a handful each). Christmas seems to have dried up the good stuff…

1 ( 1 ) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Bryan Adams/ Melanie C
2 ( 6 ) DUMB Beautiful South
3 ( 4 ) ALWAYS HAVE ALWAYS WILL Ace Of Base
4 ( 3 ) HUMAN BEINGS Seal
5 ( 2 ) THE POWER OF GOODBYE Madonna
6 ( 7 ) WAR OF NERVES All Saints
7 ( 10 ) BLUE Le Ann Rimes
8 ( RE ) SHORLEY WALL EP Ooberman
9 ( 8 ) BELIEVE Cher
10 ( 27 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade vs Flush

11 ( 5 ) HOLLY HOLY UB40
12 ( 12 ) BIG BIG WORLD Emilia
13 ( 11 ) MIAMI Will Smith
14 ( 14 ) END OF THE LINE Honeyz
15 ( 16 ) TEQUILA Terrorvision
16 ( 20 ) GOODBYE Spice Girls
17 ( 17 ) NO REGRETS Robbie Williams
18 ( 9 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP/BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Foundations
19 ( 30 ) WHITE CHRISTMAS Bing Crosby
20 ( 22 ) THE EVERLASTING Manic Street Preachers

21 ( 15 ) SIT DOWN 98 James
22 ( 18 ) ALL I WANT Puressance
23 ( 42 ) PRAISE YOU Fat Boy Slim
24 ( 13 ) TESTIFY M People
25 ( 21 ) I WANT YOU 98 Savage Garden
26 ( 26 ) TONITE Supercar
27 ( 70 ) GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE Aqua
28 ( 34 ) LOTUS REM
29 ( 23 ) LOSING YOU John Lennon/Cheap Trick
30 ( 19 ) EVERY TIME Janet Jackson

31 ( 31 ) MILLENIUM Robbie Williams
32 ( 25 ) HEY NOW NOW Swirl 360
33 ( 24 ) THIS KISS Faith Hill
34 ( 29 ) OUTSIDE George Michael
35 ( 28 ) ALARM CALL Bjork
36 ( 67 ) SHE WANTS YOU Billie
37 ( 37 ) ESPECIALLY FOR YOU Johnny & Denise
38 ( 32 ) LITTLE BIT OF LOVIN’ Kele Le Roc
39 ( 48 ) TAKE ME THERE Blackstreet/Mya
40 ( 56 ) YOU SHOULD BE DANCING Blockster

41 ( 41 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMING/DREAM A../MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas
42 ( 33 ) TO THE MOON AND BACK Savage Garden
43 ( 43 ) IF YOU BUY THIS RECORD (YOUR LIFE WILL BE BETTER) The Tamperer/ Maya
44 ( NEW ) CHOCOLATE SALTY BALLS Chef (Isaac Hayes)
45 ( 39 ) SWEETEST THING U2
46 ( 38 ) THANK U Alanis Morissette
47 ( 35 ) I JUST WANNA BE LOVED Culture Club
48 ( NEW ) GOOD LIFE (BUENA VIDA) Inner City
49 ( 36 ) FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN Eagle-Eye Cherry
50 ( 60 ) TO YOU I BELONG B*Witched

51 ( 51 ) BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
52 ( 45 ) SO YOUNG Corrs
53 ( 46 ) HOME ALONE R. Kelly/ Keith Murray
54 ( 49 ) SPECIAL Garbage
55 ( 72 ) BAD GIRL Juliet Roberts
56 ( 50 ) WE GOTTA GET OUTTA THIS PLACE Space
57 ( 47 ) MOVE MANIA Sash!/ Shannon
58 ( 65 ) UNTIL THE TIME IS THROUGH Five
59 ( 40 ) TROPICALIA Beck
60 ( 55 ) I’VE GOT THIS FEELING Mavericks

61 ( 59 ) IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT Manic Street Preachers
62 ( 58 ) LAST STOP: THIS TOWN Eels
63 ( 63 ) DANCING QUEEN / EAGLE Abba
64 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers
65 ( 61 ) HEARTBEAT/ TRAGEDY Steps
66 ( 52 ) IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND Stars On 54
67 ( 44 ) FUNKY LOVE Kavana
68 ( 62 ) GODDESS ON A HIGHWAY Mercury Rev
69 ( 71 ) WHEN I GROW UP Garbage
70 ( NEW ) POSTCARDS FROM HEAVEN Lighthouse Family

71 ( 74 ) NATIONAL EXPRESS Divine Comedy
72 ( 68 ) EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT Sweetbox
73 ( 54 ) THE MASTERPLAN Oasis
74 ( NEW ) A LITTLE BIT MORE 911″
75 ( NEW ) I’M YOUR ANGEL Celine Dion/ R Kelly

Top 100 Favourite Movies – Coming Soon!

Yes, listing with brief reviews will pop onto here soon! These won’t be the BEST movies ever made, just the ones I most enjoy rewatching. I’m happy to agree that 2001: A Space Odyssey and Gone With The End are classics – but I don’t enjoy watching them as much as some lesser films. So…. not quite making the 100, but almost, are the likes of The Raven, Predator, Monty Python & The Holy Grail, Carry On…Follow That camel, Red, True Lies, Revenge Of The Sith, Star Trek: Wrath Of Khan, Twister, The dark Knight, Avatar, West Side Story, The Searchers, The Road To Singapore, Son Of Paleface, Memento, Duel and The Pink Panther…

Maybe that will give clues to those that DID make it. Hint: I’ve allowed sequels to be listed in their own right, trilogies do not get to be one big bumper package. They are either good enough to rank on their own merits or they aren’t in there…

ooh, exciting!

100. 2010 (1984)

2001: A Space Odyssey is a recognised classic, and director Stanley Kubrick a great. That said, I can’t get over the confusion it caused to me as a child when I first saw it. I admire it but it leaves me cold. Science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke remains my favourite writer and no-one presents a greater sense of awe in the universe (based on reality not fantasy), and this sequel captures the Clarke spirit better: the plot and characters are better-presented, albeit in a less arty more straightforward fashion. Plus it’s got John Lithgow, some years before the fabulous Third Rock From The Sun, and future movie treasure Helen Mirren, and a brilliant finale that speaks to me and my interest in the exploration of the universe. What’s not to like?!

99. Blade Runner (1981)

Two cinema icons in Ridley Scott directing, Harrison Ford starring, a beautifully dystopian backdrop, and a touching ending. Ford is a rogue Replicant chaser, better known as androids doing short-term dangerous work, and programmed to terminate after a few years. Some understandably object to that, but less understandably have a tendancy to kill people. A little slow-paced, but the visuals and cast alone would make it worthwhile: Sean Young, Daryl Hannah and Rutger Hauer all give brilliant performances, but even if you go to the more minor parts there are gems to be found from William Sanderson (future Newhart TV support actor: “Hi I’m Larry. This is my brother daryl and this is my other brother daryl”) and James Hong (from loads of TV and movies, most famously now as Kung Fu Panda’s dad).

98. Speed (1994)

This is a piece of 90’s action hokum, with a ludicrous plot (a bomb on a bus set to go off if the speed drops), but I’m fond of it thanks to the pace and the cast: Keanu Reeves impressed for the first time as an action hero (Bill And Ted’s Excellent Adventure just missed the 100 list, his Californian airhead engaging), Dennis Hopper got a career boost as movie villain, and most of all Sandra Bullock bounced in as top light comedy actress of the decade, she more-or-less made the movie great fun and sparked a run of engaging movie comedy/thrillers.

 97. True Grit (1969)

John Wayne’s Oscar-winning performance as Rooster Cogburn, recently re-made in a better but less engaging fashion, this childhood cowboy favourite still looks great. John Wayne was great, even if he starred in other Western classic movies like The Searchers, this was his most memorable performance. Glen Campbell, one of my pop star heroes of the time (and since) was likeable even if not really an actor, and that head-turning starring role from the young Kim Darby is awesome. Already notable as Miri (Star Trek), she never achieved the stardom she deserved, and shines as the vengeful determined 14-year-old hiring Cogburn to get the murderers of her father. Great plotting, great dialogue, and a great supporting cast in Dennis Hopper, Strother Martin, Robert Duvall and best of all Jeff Corey. You might not know some of the names but the faces should be familiar to movie and TV fans of the time.

96. Night At The Museum: Battle For The Smithsonian (2009)

A good sequel to a good modern comedy, the first film had the bonus of veterans Dick Van Dyke and Mickey Rooney as baddies, but this has a better villain in The Simpson’s Hank Azaria beautifully hamming it up Boris Karloff style, and great new character Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams), along with returning waxworks-brought-to-life Steve Coogan, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson and Ricky Gervais who all give great support to star Ben Stiller. It’s refreshing to see old-fashioned all-star casts in light comedies. OK it’s fluffy and feel-good, but it’s fun! As a minor aside it’s also great to see Clint Howard (Ron’s brother) popping up as space controller or alien in bit parts in my favourite films and TV shows (from Star Trek as a kiddie to this via Austin Powers)!

95. Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers (1956)

The 1978 remake was scarier, but the original has period charm and McCarthyism as a more relevant backdrop to the best “aliens take over your body” film. Black and white actually adds to the dark mood of the film, and it uses the fear of being taken over while you’re asleep and helpless as it’s the disturbing premise, along with not being believed and not knowing who to trust. Paranoia! Kevin McCarthy is great in the central role (and reprises it in the remake and other affectionate mickey-takes), while Carolyn Jones became a 60’s TV icon as Morticia in The Addams Family, one of the great television performances’ and characters’. Fab!

94. Goldfinger (1964)

Still the biggest bums-on-seats Bond movie, and the most iconic. Sean Connery was the first James Bond, and probably will always be my favourite, and Gert Frobe as the OTT Goldfinger is the best Bond villain: Do you expect me talk? No Mr Bond I expect you to die! Honour Blackman is one of the best love interests and certainly the most ridiculously named (Pussy Galore) while Oddjob makes for good karate-chopping baddie support. The plot doesn’t really matter THAT much in Bond movies, it’s how fun the journey is, and this one is full of 60’s charm. Oh, and theme songs are SO important to Bond movies, this one is the most famous (probably) even if not the best one (that’s You Only Live Twice and Live And Let Die).

93. The Cabin In The Woods (2012)

I’m not generally a fan of slash horror movies, often they are cliched and use gore for gore’s sake. Joss Whedon, though, I’m a massive fan of. Not only has he produced 3 of the best ever drama/comedy/sci fi/horror TV shows in Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly, but he has 2 major movie favourites still to come. He can write great drama, comedy, characters, songs and is a genius of plotting and direction, preferring to turn around conventions and cliches into something new and exciting. That’s what he’s done here: cleverly used a million ropey slash plots and turned them into something wonderful. The cast is good, notably Chris Hemsworth one of the current action superhero stars, and it’s great having old TV favourites appear, like Amy Acker (from Angel) and Tom Lenk (Buffy), and most of all of course, a name that’s going to keep on cropping up in my list: the faaabulous Sigourney Weaver as bad-ass baddie.

92. Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Walt Disney built an empire, for good and sometimes not so good, on this classic movie. The first-ever properly animated groundbreaking colour feature movie, and one of the biggest films ever, it was already 25 years old when it became one of my earliest childhood memories, along with a stack of 78’s of songs from the soundtrack that gradually got broken. It’s hard not to feel pangs of nostalgia on hearing I’m Wishing, Whistle While You Work, Someday My Prince Will Come and the rest, cos, yes it’s a musical as well as a fantasy fairytale. 75 years on, it’s as timeless an example of popular cinema as can be seen so far: in an age where the satellite and cable TV generation have channels galore to choose from, they choose not to watch black and white oldies, a concept they can’t cope with (unlike those of us brought up on it) – but this one lives on from generation to generation.

91. 2012 (2009)

Roland Emmerich is a modern action-disaster director specialising in apocalyptic plots. Better than his previous The Day After Tomorrow, this is essentially hokum, and scientifically about as realistic as Snow White, but it’s a fun roller-coaster ride that is relentless, as John Cusack survives one world-ripping disaster after another by the skin of his teeth. As ever casting of minor roles can sway me: Danny Glover, Woody Harrelson (longtime fave Woody from Cheers) giving a gloriously OTT performance, and Stephen McHattie (once upon a time great in TV series Centennial and oodles of others) help tip it over the edge from cheese into guilty pleasure. It’s a romp!

90. Batman Returns (1992)

Cards on table, I’m a fan both of the dark Batman DC comics and the camp 60‘s TV (and Movie) version. The first Tim Burton Batman film, like most of his movies, impressed me in a grim and inventive fantasy fashion but didn’t warm the cockles of my heart. This follow-up has a better plot and two great villains in Danny Devito’s warped Penguin and Michelle Pfieffer’s sultry Catwoman. Michael Keaton gives his most memorable film performances as Bruce Wayne/ Batman, but I think he bowed out at the right time as they went downhill after this one.

89. Jason And The Argonauts (1963)

Ray Harryhausen was a stop-motion animation genius to kids of my generation. Movies featuring his work were wild fantasy rides, and the Greek epics were best of all, and this was the best movie of all. It’s basically a Greek Odyssey, starring Todd Armstrong as Jason on a quest for the Golden Fleece. The supporting cast, largely British, is also great. From an American point of view, the hero always has to be American, and usually the heroine too (Nancy Kovack here, a fave of mid 60’s TV episodes of Star Trek, Batman, Bewitched and the like) but at least they employ British actors in period dramas to give it that classy epic feel. Other than that they are always the villains. If a Hollywood movie has a British actor in the cast, he’s the baddie nine times out ten. Cliche! Fab actors here, the marvellous Patrick “Dr Who” Troughton and Honor “Avengers” Blackman. That said, though, it’s those Harryhausen monsters, and most of all the fighting skeletons that remain as classic movie moments, well ahead of their time.

88. The X Files (1998)

One of those rare things – a TV spin-off movie that’s as good as the TV series. I can’t say whether it works independent of the series, because I loved the show, it’s one of the 90’s defining series’ and a worldwide success. Chris Carter created a monster/sci-fi classic and mixed it with the FBI and a large dose of paranoia, and the characters of Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) in sort of ongoing plot-threads that reach a climax of sorts in the movie. I would imagine anyone who hasnt seen the TV show might find the cast of characters from the show confusing, and the plot bewildering, but if you have, it’s a grand surprise movie present, with a great snowy alien spaceship of a climax to thrill. Duchovny and Anderson are always witty and effective, and their characters’ will-they-won’t-they (get together) relationship is always engaging, and the great Martin Landau (of many a TV show and movie) supports well too. You really should watch the first 5 seasons of the show first though…!

87. Revenge Of The Pink Panther (1978)

Peter Sellers Inspector Clouseau is one of the great cinematic idiots, triumphing regardless of inability, usually down to pure luck or perseverance. Blake Edwards series of Pink Panther films got increasingly daft as they progressed, the early David Niven-co-starring original looking like a charming period piece in comparison. Sellers was a comic genius, with an uncanny morphing ability to become a character, and the former Goon Show actor was a great crack-up in out-takes, often more entertaining than the finished product. I’m not saying this is the best Sellers film, or even the best Panther film, but it’s my favourite. It’s got Prof. August Balls (Graham Stark), the wonderful Burt Kwouk as nutty manservant Cato, Dyan Cannon having a right old laugh and joining in with aplomb, and most of all Herbert Lom, his homicidal Chief Inspector Dreyfuss having been through insanity and beyond in his attempts to kill Clouseau is even funnier than Sellers, because he’s playing it straight. Great fun.

86. X-Men (2000)

The film of the Marvel comic, and although I was firmly a DC Comics fan, and X-Men were a sort of contemporary version of DC’s earlier futuristic Legion Of Super Heroes, I couldn’t help loving the film. It had a great cast (Patrick ‘Star Trek’ Stewart as Professor X, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, James Marsden as Cyclops, and Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, Ian McKellan). It’s a good plot, a good pace, a well-produced Bryan Singer super-hero adventure movie, and the 2003 X-2 sequel was almost as good. Not so the third one, sadly, best skip to the 2011 prequel X-Men: First Class. Not much else to say, it’s a good romp, and better-constructed than missing-from-the-list superhero movies like the more sprawling 1978 Christopher Reeves Superman, the engaging Toby Maguire’s Spiderman and likeable Ryan Reynold’s Green Lantern (all of which I like a lot)…

85. Escape From The Planet Of The Apes (1971)

The third in the Apes series, this sequel to a classic movie works because of the plot and the central performance from Kim Hunter as Zira and Roddy McDowell as Cornelius, the two starring “apes” from the previous films. Thrown back in time after the future-Earth is blown-up, it’s more of a “o the inhumanity of man” comment on the1970’s intolerance and fear of the different (or indeed any age, it just happens to be set in 1971). Hunter and McDowell are magnificent, with great support from Sal Mineo, Bradford Dillman and the great Ricardo Montalban – who almost made it into the list as Khan (Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan). At first engaging, amusing, watch out for that Shakespearean Tragedy-ish ending and keep a hanky handy.

84. The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

The ultimate all-star spectacular disaster movie, an ocean-liner turns upside down and the stars have to struggle through to the upturned hull. It may be a tad dated now, but this Irwin Allen blockbuster was my all-time favourite movie of my teen years, I bought the book, I idolised the stars, and it inspired even bigger (but less good) disaster movies of the mid-70’s. Roddy McDowell (yes, two entries in a row), Ernest Borgnine, Leslie Nielson, Carol Lynley, Jack Albertson all good, but dominating the film are Stella Stevens as an ex-hooker, Shelley Winters all Jewish-mama, and Gene Hackman as the trendy aggressive preacher. I’m not spoiling the plot by saying they annoyingly are the ones that get killed off! Irwin Allen was a hero (of sorts) to 60’s kids with his appealing sci-fi TV shows like The Time Tunnel, Land Of The Giants and Lost In Space. He tried one more good blockbuster (The Towering Inferno) before it all started to wear a bit thin after another type of blockbuster movie debuted in 1977.

83. The Pelican Brief (1993)

John Grisham novels and films are enormously popular, but this is the only one that really connected with me. A great cast in Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington, and supporting dependables like James B Sikking, Sam Shepherd and John Lithgow, a great plot whodunnit plot (Roberts is the target of baddies, political intrigue at the highest levels, and has multiple attempts against her life supported only by reporter Washington). You may be surprised, looking at some of my other faves, that there are no aliens in it. Or are there!? No, there aren’t:)

82. The Great Race (1965)

A trifle overlong, but this Blake Edwards period slapstick comedy (set in the 1900’s comfortably then within living memory) has so much going for it, it’s just so damn loveable. It’s got the marvellous and beautiful Natalie Wood as an independent woman ahead of her time, the marvellous and handsome Tony Curtis in full-engaging mode, Jack Lemmon hamming it up villainous Dick Dastardly-style, and Peter Falk as put-upon sidekick. Not to mention the Vintage car-race setting (always works for me!), and cameos from Vivian (I Love Lucy) Vance, Larry Storch, Dorothy Provine and Keenan Wynne. The critics weren’t very kind, and I’m alone in rating this one, but it’s a feelgood film to me, loved it as I entered my teens and still do.

81. The Incredibles (2004)

It’s hard to believe this Pixar Studios gem is nearly a decade old, it seems recent. Cards on table, the greatest family animated movies of all-time are made by Pixar, which is why Disney (previous owner of the title) bought them out. I love super-hero comics, and this uses some of the staple comics cliches as entry to a charming family (super-hero) story, from the point of view of growing-up former super-powered team-members and their super-powered kids. Well-written, well-made, amusing, great fun. All the leads (Craig T Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L Jackson etc) are great but Edna (Brad Bird) fashion-designer for the super-powered steals the show, and long-time faves Wallace (Deep Space 9) Shawn and Pixar regular John (Cheers) Ratzenberger add familiar joy, too. Great stuff.

80. Grease (1978)

The first time I saw the film, because the hit singles were great fun, I thought it was cheesy fun. I’ve since amended that to tongue-in-cheek cheesy fun. Everyone is having a good old nostalgic laugh, the cast is superb, the songs are wonderful, the plot is high school cliche with the big turnaround: sweet world-successful 70’s popstar Olivia Newton-John (Sandy) has a go at looking like all leather-clad to get the naughty (but not really naughty) boy John Travolta. OK, so most of the cast hadn’t seen high school days in years, and the supporting cast were all 50’s veterans, but it works. It’s amusing, the characters (and cast) fun, and it threw Travolta into mega-stardom, the album and singles sales into the stratosphere, and several of the cast into TV success in sitcoms and sci-fi shows. Personal faves, Stockard Channing as bad girl Rizzo, Frankie Avalon doing a pastiche 50’s song, Livvy’s ballad Hopelessly Devoted To You and Travolta’s ballad Sandy, Dinah Manoff as pouty Marty, Eve Arden (veteran of Marx Brothers movies, and TV sitcoms of the 50’s and 60’s) as the Principal, not to mention cameos from old TV faves like Alice (Bewitched) Ghostley… It captures the spirit of the fun rose-tinted side of the 50’s, even if not the reality. As cheese goes, it’s pure gourmet!

79. The Abyss (1989)

James Cameron movies may crop up again in this list, though not the all-time moneymaking blockbusters Avatar and Titanic – there, I’ve given it away, they only just missed the list! I prefer this one, a tense, dramatic and exciting underwater battle against the elements and with a bonus sci-fi deus-ex-machina climax. The cast and characters are more engaging than later movies, and the plot appeals to the scifi fanboy in me more. Ed Harris is always good, Michael Biehn made a great pyschotic baddie, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio was very good, and the computer-generated special effects were state of the art at the time, with the underwater-liquid-alien-effects striking. Not his most famous movie, and like most of his movies, it might benefit from some editing – bladder-busters are a pet peeve of mine, so if you hope to see much longer movies in the list like Gone With The Wind, or any of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, well, spoiler alert! You may be disappointed….

78. The Wizard Of Oz (1939)

Has anybody not seen this TV perennial? Almost 75 years on, regarded as a classic fantasy family fave, critically and commercially (eventually), it made a star of Judy Garland and gave pop culture references galore and singalong songs like “Over The Rainbow” and “Yellow Brick Road”. I’m old enough to have my earliest memory of the film a cinema moment: it was being shown at RAF Swinderby’s family cinema in 1968, a Saturday morning kid’s treat I think, there weren’t many in there, but there were plenty of groans when the film started and it was in black & white! Yes, even then kids preferred colour movies… It was a treat when the technicolor started, though, and who wouldnt love the cowardly lion and the nasty wicked witch, thanks to a great performance from Margaret Hamilton. Oh, I must mention Judy Garland, too – she was never so charming (if a bit old for Dorothy), and while I was never a fan of her adult movies or music, it was perfect casting here. I was sorely tempted to replace this with the prequel Oz The Great And Powerful, a sort of modern version of events leading up to the Wizard Of Oz, charming and sympathetic in style, and immensely watchable. As the years pass I may well do that…!

77. The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)

Not most people’s idea of the best Bond movie, and I wouldn’t claim that, but it’s the one I enjoy most. Why? I actually enjoyed Roger Moore’s tongue-in-cheek Bond, at least in the early films, and it suited the times as spy movies looked a bit campy anyway by the mid-70’s. The theme song by Lulu (John Barry of course) is also not rated highly, but I liked it, hey ho! The scenery in this one, in the far east, was stunning, the stunts great fun, the plot coherent and the villain (the great Christopher Lee) made a change from the usual megalomaniacs. Herve Villechaise (diminutive Tatoo from Fantasy Island) was amusing, Britt Ekland was never better (funny and engaging), and the cameos from the sherriff (Live and Let Die) was a nice touch. After this one I grew less and less bothered by Bond movies until the Daniel Craig era re-invented them (and all three of which didn’t quite make the list).

76. The Apartment (1960)

Billy Wilder’s follow-up to an absolute timeless classic, and it’s a great movie in it’s own right. At times, mildly amusing, mildly-disturbing, touching, heart-warming and ultimately feel-good, it’s never less than beautifully made and performed. Shirley MacLaine is brilliant, Jack Lemmon is more restrained than in most of his comedies of the time, childhood TV faves Ray Walston (My Favorite Martian) and Fred MacMurray are both playing against Uncle/dad type, Fred especially shaking off his Disney 60’s movie dad image. He’s a rotter, actually, in this. I first saw it as 1974 moved into 1975, New Year’s Eve late on (I think) and was charmed and moved, and still am. The critics loved it, and it deservedly won Best Picture and Director oscars. It’s not often I agree with the winners…!

75. Peter Pan (1953)

Probably my favourite early childhood Disney movie, at least until The Jungle Book came out (I loved the songs), and certainly the most fun and the one with the best characters. Early memories of Peter’s shadow, Hook & the obsessive crocodile trying to eat him, floating Nana the dog, sulky Tinkerbell and cool Tiger-Lily, bumbling Mr Smee, and of course hero and heroine Peter Pan and Wendy, loomed large through various Disney clips that abounded on TV shows in those days as well as the cinema. There aren’t too many making my list, though, as they lack the adult cool of modern PIxar and other animated companies, but still have a period charm to them, and the animation in all cases is still beautiful to look at, art by any name. Sadly, after Walt Disney moved into the refrigerator, the movies stopped being that good for 20 years or so.

74. Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

A recent surprise entry, and not one terribly highly regarded critically (so far), well I think they have it wrong. It’s basically (as it sounds) a western romp and a sci-fi romp bundled into one great romp. The cast is marvellous, it’s got Daniel “Bond” Craig and Harrison “Indiana” Ford for starters, and good cameo support from the likes of Sam “Galaxyquest” Rockwell, Clancy “Earth2” Brown, and Keith Carradine, as well as a memorable female lead in Olivia Wilde. The script manages to combine the best elements of the western (characters, soap, townspeople, goodies n baddies) with the novelty of alien invasion in the Wild West. It works, honest! Chuck in Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard working in the background, and that’s not so surprising. It’s a film that improves with re-watching, and in my book that’s the mark of a great movie.

73. It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

Frank Capra’s feel-good classic is a perfect example of how critics often miss the point at the time of release. It wasn’t regarded quite as highly as it today, but decades of holiday TV showings have given it an ongoing lease of life and critical reverence. Quite right too. James Stewart is always watchable, and he’s perfect here, as he finds out what the world would have been like if he’d never been born – and he finds out he made it a better place. Sentimental overload, maybe but life-affirming too, and just because something is sentimental doesn’t mean it’s not true. The FBI apparently found the anti-selfish-bankers sentiment anti-American. As we all now know, they were in fact ahead of their time and entirely accurate as global investment bankers have been the ruin of so many thanks to their lies, greed and selfishly-motivated manipulations with no concern for the consequences as long as they got massive bonuses. Just an opinion….(albeit one very difficult to refute). So Capra, he was right, the film is a timeless classic and continues to be relevant and oozes period charm.

72. Pleasantville (1998)

A beautiful pseudo-fifties period-piece fantasy morality tale, the movie is original, nostalgic for old-time television but also shows that the idealised American family TV world was never really anything more than that. Two great early performances from young Tobey Macguire and Reese Witherspoon as two 90’s kids mis-placed into 50’s TV show Pleasantville. As they affect the characters inhabiting the world, with their modern attitudes, the black-and-white world and characters turn technicolour and deeper. It’s a touching movie, clever script and refers to sitcoms past (veteran actor Don Knotts) and future (the wonderful Malcolm In The Middle’s Jane Kaczmarek), but ultimately it’s a very “human” film dealing with oppression and consequences, and a non-blame attitude towards human failings. Sentimental and sweet.

71. Enemy Of The State (1998)

Essentially a thriller based around that peculiarly-American paranoid fascination with the interference of the state, loss of freedom in the modern world with the expansion of the internet and surveillance instruments. Taking it to a fantastical extreme, perhaps, but it’s romping fun with a great cast. Will Smith (who keeps cropping up in this list) is always immensely likeable everyman in these sort of big movies, and Gene Hackman is his usual grumpy anti-hero as a good contrast. The pace never lets up, add in baddie Jon Voight, and small roles from Jack Black and Seth Green, and you have a great modern action thriller. It won’t make many “Best Ever” lists, but it’s very re-watchable.

70. Independence Day (1996)

Talking of Will Smith, this was the one that changed him from the Fresh Prince to movie megastar. It might be blockbuster sci-fi cheese, but it’s well-made, good-humoured, fast-paced, and has a great cast: great fun, all-in-all. It’s never going to win awards for script-writing genius, but it’s a spectacle that is rewatchable, thanks to fave actors like Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner, Adam Baldwin and of course Director Roland Emmerich. Roswell, punching aliens, saving the world and iconic images like the blowing up of the Whitehouse (and everywhere else!). What’s not to like…?!

69. Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

There aren’t that many musicals in my list, perhaps because the golden age of musicals had ended by the time I was a teenager, and I was much more obsessed by pop music (in it’s most broad “popular” music sense, I liked and still like everything current and recent as well as old). Tim Rice wrote great lyrics and was a popchart singles and albums afficianado (and therefore a hero to me) and Andrew Lloyd-Webber had one of the great gifts for melody and drama. Put them together on one of the most important stories in human history, and in a rock setting, some incredible songs, and some stunning performances from Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, Yvonne Elliman and Josh Mostel and I was bound to love the film. It has it’s flaws, a bit slow at times, and an oddly off-putting 1973 “re-telling/acting” basis for the story rather than setting it as if it were historical (to avoid upsetting religious groups I would imagine), but I still get shivers during Superstar, I Don’t Know How To Love Him and Could We Start Again. That’s good enough for me, Hosannah and King Herod’s Song are just icing on the cake.

68. Toy Story 3 (2010)

A re-uniting of cast and characters and also a proper end to the Toy Story series, like all Pixar films there is nothing much not to love. Clever, human, exciting, witty, loveable and much much more – even if I rate the most recent the lowest (doh! There’s a clue!) it’s still great. Tom Hanks, Wallace Shawn, Laurie Metcalfe, Tim Allen, John Ratzenberger & plenty of other great character actors supply the voices, the story is ultimately sad, the passing of childhood, but also survival through the passing of childhood to new generations. Grown men have cried at the scenes where Andy gives away his childhood toys. I can empathise (even though I clung on to a lot of mine!).. Fabulous stuff.

67. I Married A Witch (1942)

Veronica Lake is mostly remembered these days as the inspiration for Phil Oakey’s Human League variation on her Peek-A-Boo haircut, but she really ought to be better known for this early example of a fantasy rom-com. She’s  engaging and beguiling as a witch executed at Salem, who pops back into modern-day America after a spell stuck as a spirit in a tree, and as vapour. It’s all very whimsical and likeable, and very much the blueprint for TV show Bewitched. Co-star Fredric March called Lake a “brainless little blonde sexpot, devoid of any acting ability”, which is ironic as he’s largely forgettable and she’s entirely memorable. Under-rated, albeit never one to win any awards, it’s a good film for a rainy day when you fancy getting cheered up!

66. Help! (1965)

Richard Lester’s follow-up to the critically-acclaimed and influential A Hard Days’s Night, The Beatles first movie, Help! has more childhood memories attached to it for me. I went to see it at the cinema when it came out, I was living in Liverpool, home of the Fabs, and it was colourful and packed with loveable moptop scenes and wonderful songs. The plot, such as it, is a bit dodgy in these politically-correct times (Ringo has a ring, the wearer of which gets to be sacrificed by a whacky eastern cult) and is largely a chase movie with quips. John, Paul, George & Ringo are great personalities, albeit not really actors. Ah, but those early-pop-videos contained in the movie are just wonderful: Ticket To Ride in the snow, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, and a few great tracks mucking around in the tropics. Fun, and pure 60’s.

65. Star Trek VIII: First Contact (1996)

Not the original Star Trek cast, this is the cast of the Next Generation in their best movie outing. Much as I loved the TV series at the time, in retrospect the engaging cast never really excites like the original characters and cast did, but this is a good old try at a time-travelling adventure romp with the debut of a great villain in the Borg Queen. In one respect the uniqueness of the Borg was their very lack of individuality, and that’s what made them The Next Gen’s greatest villains. Having a Queen kind of waters that down, but accepting that, it’s a brilliant performance from sensuous baddie Alice Krige, who has one of the great movie arrival scenes. The usual cast are always good, Patrick Stewart is always reliably formal and commanding as Captain Picard, and Brent Spiner effectively restrained as android Data, and of course I’m a fan of the rest of the cast. Jonathan Frakes also directs well enough while starring as Commander Riker, and having James Cromwell in a movie never hurts. The role might not be as meaty as LA Confidential, but he’s always reliably good.

64. Carry On Screaming (1966)

Oh so British saucy seaside humour that doesn’t really translate worldwide, the long-running Carry On films remain well-known in the UK only, really, but this Hammer Horror spoof is delightful in it’s own right. Harry H Corbett and Fenella Fielding step in amongst the usual gang of great character actors, Kenneth Williams, Peter Butterworth, Joan Sims and Bernard Bresslaw with aplomb. Owing more than a bit to the recent Addams Family & Munsters TV shows, the gags and puns fly fast and hard, and so many of them are pure genius! Harry H stepped into Sid James usual leading man role with gusto (here as police sergeant), and Fenella Fieldings Vamp is delicious. A sample quote following Slobotham’s encounter with a giant lurch-like werewolf:

Constable Slobotham: Sorry, Sergeant ! I thought it was that horrible thing again.

Det Sgt. Bung: What horrible thing ?

Constable Slobotham: I don’t know. It was something unspeakable.

Det Sgt. Bung: Unspeakable ?

Constable Slobotham: Yes. Never said a word.

bad jokes that great deserve prizes!

63. The Terminator (1984)

James Cameron’s debut movie, a low-budget sci-fi blockbuster that made Arnold Schwarzenegger a big name. The cast is great, even Arnie (mostly because he doesn’t have to try and act much) and the suspense and tenseness of the “how can you kill a killing machine that just comes back again” plot has been copied endlessly since. The direction is sharp, Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn are fab, and the End Of The World We’re All Doomed (Maybe) plotline hangs heavy over the film throughout. Very famous now, spawning sequels, TV series and a 3D movie/live stage action combination at Universal Studios (seen it dozens of times), not to mention starting James Cameron’s cinematic empire, one might say it exceeded it’s modest aims. A great movie.

62. Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)

Follow-up to the rejuvenated Classic Trek franchise, with an all-new cast (plus original Spock Leonard Nimoy, and Doctor Who’s Noel Clarke in cameo) J.J.Abrams (future Star Wars final trilogy director) does a marvellous job in updating Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan. The original had Ricardo Montalban as villain Khan, and the original TV cast, as major bonuses, but had some structural flaws in it’s climax, notably fighting by video screen. This version fleshes out the plot more, adds in some great Trek history nods for the fans, and is out and out good-natured, fast-paced action. The new cast is every bit as good as the originals, every single one of them, especially the core three characters Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and McCoy (Karl Urban), not to mention Simon Pegg as Scotty. Genius casting, and man of the moment Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan is a great choice too. I could nitpick about the interplanetary-beaming escape being a very bad plot device (why have spaceships if you can do that!) but it’s nonetheless a great romp.

61. The Mummy Returns (2001)

A quick follow-up to the fabulous The Mummy, this sequel had the advantage of the original cast (albeit with a surprisingly not-annoying young son for Brendon Fraser and Rachel Weisz), a bigger budget and non-stop engaging adventure. Not as satisfying as the original, but enough of a spectacle and fun romp that I still enjoy re-watching it. Fraser and Weisz, and John Hannah are still engaging and the baddies Arnold Vosloo and Patricia Velasquez deliciously naughty. The main annoyance continues to be the extended advert for The Scorpion King movie, Dwayne The Rock Johnson’s stepping stone to stardom, and any real sense of danger (having seen the original movie), but as a good-natured bit of fun there are plenty of amusing set pieces, the double-decker bus chase, the balloon-boat quest and the niggling banter between Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and his brattish British captive boy.

60. A Night At The Opera (1935)

The Marx Brothers, especially Groucho, had become cult heroes by the 70’s to a new generation of fans raised on their movies from TV (like me). The cynicism, anarchy and energy of the trio had aged quite well compared to other stars of the early 20th century. Sadly, in these “colour movies only” days, they seem to be a minority interest which is a great shame because some of the greatest moments of cinema are the verbal sparring matches between Chico and Groucho, and Groucho’s one-liner put-downs of the rich, the powerful, the pompous, or the ridiculous. Historic translation of 19th century vaudeville over to cinema, their early films were just TOO anarchic for mainstream media, so this was the first (and best) attempt to widen the appeal via adding a love story couple and song and dance numbers. To be honest the terribly dated saccharine non-Marx add-ons were made for fast-forwarding, but it’s worth persevering for the gags. Harpo, the silent movie left-over, tends to be more annoying than amusing, but Chico and Groucho’s timing is just sooo good for the wisecracks. This is the best of their MGM movies, taking the piss out of the sniffy Opera-crowd. Worth it for the “There ain’t no Sanity Clause” bad pun alone.

59. Apollo 13 (1995)

Ron Howard’s project to remind everyone of the achievements of the Moon Landing and the heroic astronauts of those days. It’s a great film with Tom Hanks fitting the part of Jim Lovell perfectly, in fact the whole cast is fab, Kevin bacon, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris, Bill Paxton and even Ron’s brother Clint yet again stuck in Mission Control in a movie. It’s easy with historical hindsight to take events for granted, but when I was 12 the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission gripped the news media for days, we had no idea whether they would get back alive from cutting edge frontier exploration-gone-wrong. The film beautifully captures 1970 and the events, I lived in Singapore at the time, all technicolour tropical delight and the fashions are those in the film, the talking point at home with the neighbours was whether they would survive (it didn’t look good) and the miracle was that they did with sticky tape and pencils and a lot of good luck. It’s an example to anyone taking on historical events to be largely faithful, scientifically accurate, have a great script and cast, and the drama will unfold itself without need to resort to fantasy and nonsense masquerading as history. Brilliant, award-winning stuff.

58. The Thin Man (1934)

The oldest film in my 100 (there I’ve given it away, no silent movies!), William Powell and the fab Myrna Loy starred in a whole series of romantic detective comedies, and pretty much set the template for Romcom, for smart, witty dialogue, on-screen banter, playfulness and murder mysteries as a fun puzzle to be solved while having a laugh and a dash of drama (see most TV series based on cops and detectives!). A married, well-to-do couple with bags of leisure time and cash, it was something to aspire to in the desperate 30’s, and this debut film remains the best of the bunch, with Aster the dog, and a guest actor (Cesar Romero) who later popped up as his own latin romantic leads before morphing into the 60’s Joker in Batman. The on-screen chemistry is fab between Powell & Loy, and Myrna was still cropping up well into the 70’s on TV and in movies, still dignified, classy and witty. Charming, always, The Thin Man movies.

57. Monte Carlo Or Bust! (1969)

Follow up to the slightly more famous Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines, there’s more to love in this period car rally race comedy: most of all Peter Cook and Dudley Moore as upper-class British Empire delusions-of-grandeur (but loveable) types. They have some great scenes together, though the films main stars are Tony Curtis, still one of the great easygoing leading men in movies at that time, and Susan Hampshire, fresh out of The Forsyte Saga on TV and slap bang into family-oriented movies. I was a huge fan of both, and still am. Toss in double-act Eric Sykes and Terry-Thomas, the greatest comic villain actor in cinema history – he’s despicable and yet appealing, always playing the same unscrupulous cad with gusto – and there’s enough to love to get over the odd over-long more European OTT scenes. Bonus villain Gert “Goldfinger” Frobe is funny, Hattie Jacques, always endearing, cameos along with other Sykes regulars, and the plot jaunts along nicely enough. Movies these days are so engrossed with spectacle they forget the joy of the character actor at the top of their game, and this movie has that aplenty. Fun.

56. The Matrix (1999)

The Wachowski Brothers hugely original and stylishly influential sci-fi blockbuster is a visual treat, and the cast uniformly perfect in their roles. Largely humourless and ponderous, full of self-import, and, let’s be honest, a very silly plot (humans used as living batteries for powering machines, living a virtual life, doesn’t really bear come over as remotely likely) but the style and mood of the movie just carries it brilliantly. Keanu Reeves is great as the lead, minimal emoting as ever, Carrie Ann Moss is cool, Laurence Fishburne is great, Hugo Weaving is astoundingly charismatic for a computer-generated baddie, and Joe Pantoliano is beautifully sleazy as the treacherous Cypher. I grew up seeing Eastern action movies in Singapore, and some of their vigour and style is sort-of incorporated and updated with computer state-of-the-art effects to give a visual Kap-pow! Neither of the sequels comes close to the cohesiveness plot-wise of the original, and it remains fresh and just plain fabulous to watch.

55. Casablanca (1942)

One of the greatest and most famed movies of all-time, I also love it. These days it’s a period movie, stylish, romantic, dramatic and dashing, but in 1942 it was a modern anti-nazi war movie and love story. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman gained screen immortality, quite rightly, and the supporting cast is also excellent, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Claude Rains especially. Given the chaos the script and production was in during filming, it’s a major triumph of turning mess into a shining jewell. Maybe that’s why it seems so alive as a film. Or maybe it’s Bogart, cynical and hurt, an actor ahead of his time – by the 70’s he had become much bigger in death than he was in life, a cult hero for cynical times, so much so that the gorgeous Dooley Wilson song As Time Goes By (as featured in the film) became a chart hit mixed with great quotes taken from the film. And there are so many: Of all the gin-joints…, Play it! Play As Time Goes By…, and many many more. The dialogue is genius. The film is brilliant.

54. Aliens (1986)

James Cameron’s unlikely sequel to Ridley Scott’s superb Alien, this is pure roller-coaster action from start to end. Sigourney Weaver proves herself to be one of the great assertive female actors – worth mentioning that, because before she came along women were not action heroes – and a treasure of sci-fi/fantasy genres films that is still ongoing. Fanboys worship at her feet. At least this one does, anyway! The plot is fine, the action brilliant, the effects horrific (in a good way), and the cast are really good too, albeit as cannon-fodder, especially Bill “Twister/Apollo 13” Paxton and Michael “Terminator” Biehn, and Lance Henriksen as the android sets himself up nicely for X-Files/Millennium-type TV roles. James Cameron showed what he could do with a decent budget, and the movie showed that sequels don’t have to be carbon-copies of the original, Aliens being a very different movie to Alien in tone and pace and style.

53. It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)

If ever there was the perfect all-star comic cast it’s this one. A blockbuster comedy tour-de-force from Stanley Kramer, if anything it’s got too much going on and needed editing down – it was, at the cinema from 210 minutes to 161. The script is fine, a manic chase movie looking for buried treasure, but the main appeal is the sheer number of beloved comic actors doing what they do best, and headed by the non-comic-actor Spencer Tracey. A huge, huge box-office hit at the time, I guess the appeal passes subsequent generations by as each of the stars (many of them TV stars) become less known. However, every generation really needs to acquaint itself with any film that has Phil “Bilko” Silvers in all his conniving, charming glory, Terry-Thomas sniffily doing battle with battle-axe musical superstar Ethel Merman and dumb psycho Jonathan Winters. Pretty much the entire (huge) cast were well-known in the 60’s, it would be the equivalent of taking all current American TV comics and comic-actors and putting them in one huge movie, but that’s not enough – no, there are cameos from superstars Jack Benny, Buster Keaton, Jerry Lewis and dozens of others. The interplay and ruthless competing between the main cast, is the joy, the set-piece visual (silent-movie-inspired) scenes a bit more hit & miss.

52. The Simpsons Movie (2007)

A great shame this movie just missed the Top 50, it’s a gem, and a return to the great days of The Simpsons TV series, seasons 3 to 10 or so rating among the best 7 or 8 years of TV comedy of all-time, if not the very top. In the years since the late 90’s the scripts weren’t as sharp or original (the baton for that had passed firmly to Futurama), so it was marvellous to get this gift reminding us just how good The Simpsons could be when the scripts are there. Homer Simpson (Doh!) is one of the great comic characters of all-time, and his scenes with the wrecking ball, Spider-pig, lost in the wilderness, and motorbike ride round the bomb-blasting dome around Springfield memorable. Matt Groening, to me, is a TV great for creating Simpsons and Futurama, and the actors, there from day 1 voicing the large cast of characters, brilliant and pop up in other movies in person, notably Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer.

51. Move Over Darling (1963)

The one that just misses out on the 50? Doris Day. Oldest woman to make the album chart with new material in 2013 or so, Doris is not just a great singer with a voice to melt the heart, she was the world’s premiere light comic actor, male or female, for 10 years or so in the 50’s and 60’s. Box office gold, the Rom-coms churned out at a goodly pace, most of them fair to good, and occasionally great, notably with Rock Hudson or, as in this case, the great genial TV actor from cowboy series Maverick who transferred later success to the fabulous Rockford Files. In the interim he was a great leading man, essentially playing the same cowardly, cynical, wisecracking, loveable, exasperated and good-hearted role in most of them. I love Doris, I love James, and I love this film and the then-familiar supporting cast of great character actors like Thelma Ritter, Don Knotts and the fabulous John “Gomez Addams” Astin. The plot? James thinks he’s widowed but Doris instead turns up on the day she’s declared legally dead having marooned on a tropical island for 5 years. As you do. It’s fluffy nonsense, and it’s all about the larks and quips and sparks flying, but it’s such fun what’s not to love. It’s also got that great theme tune, sung by Doris and a hit again 20 years later. Yay!

2013 Weekly Charts

Image

gentle waves in Tenerife Dec 2012

18th August 2013

Lana gets a second week at the top and heads yet another highly active chart as I go download mad for the fourth week in a row. Records have dropped out of the chart that would normally still be in the Top 40, such has been the pace of new stuff (that’s around 60 new entries in 4 weeks, long runs are the exception!)

Glen Campbell finally comes out on itunes and boosts into the Top 5 with his gorgeous cover, and will.i.am gets his umpteenth Top 10 a bit belatedly, but that 1920’s charleston ragtime sound to a banging dance tune sounds really good on repeat. Lolo’s new track is out this week, it’s a major diva vitriolic ballad and is bound to go up from its high climb into the Top 20 when I download!

New band F.U.R.S is highest new entry at 19, jangly indie rock of the melodic variety, hooray! Dan Croll, another (Scouse) newie isnt far behind… Gaga’s back, will it repeat previous success? Jury’s out, so far. Madness’ Lee Thompson brings ska proper back into the charts for the first time in ages, quite a joy to hear the sounds again, and joined by Bitty McLean, not seen in my charts for about 18 years. Then there’s Duane Eddy. 1950’s twangy guitar legend, he may even be older than Glen Campbell to become one of the oldest acts to chart with new material (Richard Hawley-produced album track from a couple of years ago). He first made my charts in 1975, and again in 1986, but would certainly have charted in the 60’s (if I’d done them then) as his twangy instrumentals were very familiar growing up. Not quite a sold, but The Boomtown Rats are back with a brave new sound of revamps of old stuff. That’ll be 1985 since last about then…

1 1 1 4 SUMMERTIME SADNESS Lana Del Ray/ Cedric Gervais 497000
2 3 2 5 THURSDAY Pet Shop Boys/ Example 254100
3 2 2 3 RED HANDS Walk Off The Earth 250000
4 4 1 11 LA LA LA Naughty Boy/ Sam Smith 1153200
5 46 5 13 POSTCARD FROM PARIS Glen Campbell 361750
6 7 6 4 SO HIGH Ghost Loft 140400
7 6 4 5 TRUE LOVE Pink/ Lily Rose Cooper 266000
8 5 2 10 LOVE ME AGAIN John Newman 543500
9 12 9 4 LOVE IS A BOURGEOIS CONSTRUCT Pet Shop Boys 130000
10 19 10 7 BANG BANG will.i.am 124750

11 9 9 4 FOOL Mayer Hawthorne 117800
12 10 10 5 ATLANTIS Postiljonen 155800
13 13 1 14 SUPREME Postiljonen 1216500
14 15 14 3 MOVING Travis 73600
15 8 8 5 COME UNTO ME The Mavericks 125500
16 11 6 7 A ROSE BY ANY NAME Blondie/ Beth Ditto 261950
17 51 17 4 HEARD IT FROM A FRIEND Lolo 65250
18 20 18 5 HIGHER AND HIGHER The Moody Blues 101250
19 NEW 19 1 JUST KIDS F.U.R.S. 21000
20 29 20 2 (YOU DON’T KNOW) HOW GLAD I AM Nancy Wilson 38200

21 14 3 9 A TOUT A L’HEURE Bibio 383100
22 18 18 3 CUPS (PITCH PERFECTS WHEN I’M GONE) Anna Kendrick 60000
23 28 23 2 HOME Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros 37550
24 45 24 2 COOL LE YOUTH 32000
25 NEW 25 1 IN OUT Dan Croll 18750
26 NEW 26 1 RIGHT PLACE RIGHT TIME Olly Murs 18500
27 RE 27 3 FURTHER AWAY (ROMANCE POLICE) Lissie 31200
28 16 10 9 I LOVE IT Icona Pop/ Charli XCX 163050
29 34 29 4 TAKE BACK THE NIGHT Justin Timberlake 70200
30 35 30 4 KEEP ON MOVING ON Andy Burrows 47500

31 17 9 5 LIVE YOUR LIFE MIKA 159900
32 21 5 8 I’M WANDERIN’ Kristina Train 326550
33 31 1 18 GET LUCKY Daft Punk/ Pharrell Williams/ Nile Rodgers 783650
34 NEW 34 1 APPLAUSE Lady Gaga 17600
35 38 35 3 FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder 42200
36 NEW 36 1 FU MANCHU The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra/ Bitty McLean 17400
37 23 2 8 YOU DON’T HAVE TO CHANGE Anneli Drecker 385750
38 32 3 12 BLURRED LINES Robin Thicke/ T.I./ Pharrell 434000
39 60 39 3 VALENTINE’S DAY David Bowie 32300
40 NEW 40 1 PRIMEVAL Duane Eddy 17000

41 27 9 15 THE ONE WHO LOVES ME NOW Agnetha Faltskog 248550
42 25 17 6 PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC Wild Cherry 124500
43 24 9 7 SUN Belinda Carlisle 171700
44 22 19 7 BIG WHEN I WAS LITTLE Eliza Doolittle 104450
45 NEW 45 1 40 DAY DREAM Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros 13000
46 26 24 5 WAKE ME UP Avicii/ Aloe Blacc 80250
47 NEW 47 1 THE STARS ARE OUT Mayer Hawthorne 12500
48 NEW 48 1 EVERYTHING TO ME Shane Filan 12300
49 33 33 3 I KEEP THEM ON THE FLOOR BESIDE MY BED Agnetha Faltskog 47000
50 NEW 50 1 COUNTING STARS Onerepublic 12000

51 37 37 4 WE CAN’T STOP Miley Cyrus 49300
52 30 30 5 DETROIT CITY Texas 63700
53 40 40 4 LOVING YOU Matt Cardle/ Melanie C 49050
54 NEW 54 1 COOL LIKE ME Fryars 11000
55 55 55 3 BROKEN HEART Booker T/ Jay James 31600
56 RE 40 5 MY PROMISE Earth, Wind & Fire 66050
57 39 39 4 MISS JACKSON Panic! At The Disco/ Lolo 51600
58 48 5 19 BACK SEAT OF MY CAR Paul & Linda McCartney 315300
59 57 1 18 PHOTOGRAPH Ringo Starr 464350
60 NEW 60 1 THE BOOMTOWN RATS The Boomtown Rats 10000

61 44 13 6 REACH OUT OF THE DARKNESS Friend And Lover 121800
62 36 36 4 FEELSOLOW NO CEREMONY 50050
63 58 1 18 SHORLEY WALL Ooberman 656850
64 65 64 8 HEY JOE Jimi Hendrix Experience 48300
65 72 65 2 BEST SONG EVER One Direction 12600
66 59 7 11 VOCAL Pet Shop Boys 238300
67 NEW 67 1 STRONG London Grammar 6600
68 NEW 68 1 BURN Ellie Goulding 6400
69 71 69 6 THE LAST TIME The Rolling Stones 33600
70 69 1 116 GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys 1939350

71 NEW 71 1 ROAR Katy Perry 5800
72 74 72 2 DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT King Harvest 10800
73 NEW 73 1 AM I WRONG Envy 5400
74 54 54 2 WE SHARE THE SAME SUN Stereophonics 16200
75 NEW 75 1 (CAN’T HELP) FALLIN’ IN LOVE UB40 5000

DROP OUTS
41 18 5 CRAZY KIDS Kesha/ will.i.am 78500
42 23 4 DREW Goldfrapp 70650
43 20 3 GHOSTCITY Thomas Azier 53500
47 47 2 XANMAN Pond 25000
49 1 16 COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles 765400
50 50 1 JUST A CLOUD AWAY Pharrell Williams 12000
52 12 11 TREASURE Bruno Mars 249500
53 27 17 REMEMBER (WALKING IN THE SAND) The Shangri-Las 194400
56 56 2 SAFE WITH ME Sam Smith 21200
61 36 4 BLACK SKINHEAD Kanye West 43800
62 5 7 ALREADY GONE Red Sky July 207150
63 2 10 GOIN’ CRAZY Dizzee Rascal/ Robbie Williams 544950
64 64 2 LET ME DOWN EASY Bonnie Tyler 14200
66 66 2 HOLY GRAIL Jay-Z/ Justin Timberlake 12600
67 67 4 GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) T.Rex 22000
68 48 3 ECHOES Henrik B/ Niklas Gustavsson/ Peter Johansson 31000
70 34 3 IT’S TIME Imagine Dragons 35350
73 73 1 HOME AGAIN Elton John 5400
75 75 1 ALL I HAVE SEEN The Leisure Society 5000

 

14th April 2013

A little late due to being in the Canaries, months of UK winter misery over. Heatwave back home of course!

Agnetha gets her second solo number one, and a span of 39 years since Waterloo entered my chart at 1, an instant love. Just beating out The Weeknd’s gorgeous-sounding sultry effort. So many great (new to me) records about, Claudia Brucken gets her 3rd Top 5 hit and hits a higher peak than David Bowie did with it. Mina, heard it this week for the first time, is a diva eurovisioned style Italian hit from 1964 but it was released as a single in february, and qualifies. Next saturday is World Record Store day, and loads of oldies are released on vinyl. Expect an invasion of qualifying classics…!

Bee Gees meanwhile make the Top 10 with a record that didnt chart first time round, I think it was the title! Imagine Dragons rocket up and in, sounds like a good album from what I hear. Primal Scream get their biggest hit since the 90’s, Phoenix are new to the 20, and old faves Texas make a welcome low-key comeback after years away (though Sharleen continued to be fab).

1 2 1 5 WHEN YOU REALLY LOVED SOMEONE Agnetha Faltskog
2 8 2 3 TWENTY EIGHT The Weeknd
3 1 1 3 VELVET ELVIS Alex Winston
4 7 4 6 “EVERYONE SAYS “”HI”” Claudia Brucken
5 NEW 5 1 CITTA VUOTA (IT’S A LONELY TOWN) Mina
6 5 5 4 THANK YOU MKTO
7 4 1 8 MIRRORS Justin Timberlake
8 19 8 18 FANNY (BE TENDER WITH MY LOVE) The Bee Gees
9 6 1 8 ARMY OF TWO Olly Murs
10 10 10 7 BROKEN GLASS PARK Simple Minds

11 11 9 10 JUST GIVE ME A REASON Pink/ Nate Ruess
12 12 5 10 YOU’RE NOT RIGHT FOR ME Emilia Mitiku
13 40 13 2 ON TOP OF THE WORLD Imagine Dragons
14 33 14 2 ENTERTAINMENT Phoenix
15 20 15 4 MOVE Mausi
16 9 1 11 BE A BOY Robbie Williams
17 17 17 6 FEEL AGAIN Onerepublic
18 37 18 4 IT’S ALRIGHT IT’S OK Primal Scream
19 25 19 5 BLIND Hurts
20 23 20 7 ONE WAY OR ANOTHER Blondie

21 13 5 11 RUNNING TO THE SEA Royksopp/ Susanne Sundfor
22 14 6 11 MERMAID Train
23 24 23 5 READY OR NOT Bridgit Mendler
24 18 18 3 HIGH HOPES Kodaline
25 15 15 6 SACRILEGE The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
26 16 16 10 HARD TIMES Daniel Pearson
27 27 27 6 METROLAND OMD
28 28 28 3 MAGNETISED Johnny Hates Jazz
29 NEW 29 1 THE CONVERSATION Texas
30 30 30 6 THE PROUD ONE The Four Seasons

31 21 17 6 POMPEII Bastille
32 26 3 13 SUIT AND TIE Justin Timberlake/ Jay Z
33 3 3 26 YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles
34 56 34 2 LOVE CAME LOOKING FOR ME Thea Gilmore
35 29 2 11 SKIRTS The Other Tribe
36 43 36 3 HURT LOVERS Blue
37 39 37 8 I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Carole King
38 22 2 9 MY SONGS KNOW WHAT YOU DID IN THE DARK Fall Out Boy
39 NEW 39 1 IT’S TIME Imagine Dragons
40 71 40 3 HOW CAN I TELL YOU Madness

41 34 1 14 CUT COPY ME Petula Clark
42 35 1 15 STAY Rihanna/Mikky Ekko
43 52 43 3 IF I HAD A HEART Andy Burrows
44 44 44 4 “22”” Taylor Swift
45 32 32 2 JUST BE Paloma Faith
46 31 7 10 EXPLOSIONS Ellie Goulding
47 54 47 5 DAYLIGHT Maroon 5
48 36 36 3 DOWNTOWN 2013 Petula Clark
49 38 38 3 TANGLED UP Caro Emerald
50 42 4 4 A THING CALLED LOVE Johnny Cash

51 NEW 51 1 STILL INTO YOU Paramore
52 47 2 12 LEARN TO LOVE AGAIN Lawson
53 53 1 26 DON’T YOU WORRY CHILD Swedish House Mafia/ John Martin
54 57 54 7 I DON’T WANT TO KNOW Fleetwood Mac
55 60 55 3 FALLING HAIM
56 45 8 10 SUPER RICH KIDS Frank Ocean
57 75 57 2 I NEED YOUR LOVE Calvin Harris/ Ellie Goulding
58 68 58 2 UNCOVER Zara Larsson
59 59 59 2 BURN Iggy Pop & The Stooges
60 62 60 6 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE (ANYMORE) The Four Seasons

61 50 50 3 BAD MOOD The Vaccines
62 70 62 3 WHAT ABOUT US The Saturdays/ Sean Paul
63 63 1 98 GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys
64 74 64 2 THE PHOENIX Fall Out Boy
65 64 1 64 SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW Gotye/Kimbra
66 NEW 66 1 FINE CHINA Chris Brown
67 67 67 2 I’LL STAY WITH YOU New Order
68 72 68 2 OBLIVION M83/ Susanne Sundfor
69 69 1 117 BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
70 NEW 70 1 NEED U (100%) Duke Dumont/ A*M*E/ MNEK

71 55 55 3 TURN Deacon Blue
72 NEW 72 1 IF YOU COULD SEE ME NOW The Script
73 73 73 2 I LOVE YOU Woodkid
74 NEW 74 1 BACK SEAT OF MY CAR Paul & Linda McCartney
75 NEW 75 1 HOLD ME Tom Odell

DROP OUTS
41 29 8 WHITE NOISE Disclosure/ Alunageorge
46 35 4 BELIEVE IN ME Bonnie Tyler
48 10 9 LOOKING HOT No Doubt
49 23 7 WHEN I WAS YOUR MAN Bruno Mars
51 27 3 WASTING WATER Emerentia
58 49 3 GOTTA GET OVER Eric Clapton/ Chaka Khan
61 61 2 FIGHT FOR EVERYONE The Leisure Society
65 65 3 “99”” Harper Simon
66 66 2 WHEN I WAS YOUR GIRL Alison Moyet

7th April 2013

So.. a new-ish newcomer (advert-promoted) beats out the comeback of one of the singers of my fave 70’s act (abba) and a track that should have been a 60’s single (rather than an EP track) from my all-time fave act. Hey it’s a great quirky pop record (Alex Winston)!

So Claudia Brucken gets her 3rd Top 10 (28 years on from the last one) and Simple Minds get their first since 1995 (one of oodles). Iggy Pop gets a hit after a long absence, stretching his run to 26 years, and New Order for the first time in a decade, stretching their run back to Joy Division and 1980. Lots of new acts, thanks to Buzzjack and the UK charts though.

1 8 1 2 VELVET ELVIS Alex Winston 218000
2 10 2 4 WHEN YOU REALLY LOVED SOMEONE Agnetha Faltskog 217200
3 7 3 25 YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles 467400
4 1 1 7 MIRRORS Justin Timberlake 580000
5 5 5 3 THANK YOU MKTO 168000
6 2 1 7 ARMY OF TWO Olly Murs 645000
7 12 7 5 EVERYONE SAYS “HI” Claudia Brucken 139000
8 4 4 2 28″ The Weekend 113000
9 3 1 10 BE A BOY Robbie Williams 579500
10 14 10 6 BROKEN GLASS PARK Simple Minds 139100

11 9 9 9 JUST GIVE ME A REASON Pink/ Nate Ruess 196500
12 16 5 9 YOU’RE NOT RIGHT FOR ME Emilia Mitiku 351000
13 13 5 10 RUNNING TO THE SEA Royksopp/ Susanne Sundfor 258100
14 6 6 10 MERMAID Train 277550
15 15 15 5 SACRILEGE The Yeah Yeah Yeahs 98200
16 42 16 9 HARD TIMES Daniel Pearson 151350
17 RE 17 5 FEEL AGAIN Onerepublic 92900
18 18 18 2 HIGH HOPES Kodaline 44000
19 19 19 17 FANNY (BE TENDER WITH MY LOVE) The Bee Gees 234400
20 26 20 3 MOVE Mausi 56800

21 17 17 5 POMPEII Bastille 83800
22 11 2 8 MY SONGS KNOW WHAT YOU DID IN THE DARK Fall Out Boy 411500
23 28 23 6 ONE WAY OR ANOTHER Blondie 108650
24 54 24 4 READY OR NOT Bridgit Mendler 42000
25 25 25 4 BLIND Hurts 63000
26 23 3 12 SUIT AND TIE Justin Timberlake/ Jay Z 525250
27 40 27 5 METROLAND OMD 66600
28 30 28 2 MAGNETISED Johnny Hates Jazz 36300
29 21 2 10 SKIRTS The Other Tribe 505450
30 36 30 5 THE PROUD ONE The Four Seasons 82750

31 20 7 9 EXPLOSIONS Ellie Goulding 220300
32 NEW 32 1 JUST BE Paloma Faith 17800
33 NEW 33 1 ENTERTAINMENT Phoenix 17700
34 34 1 13 CUT COPY ME Petula Clark 721950
35 24 1 14 STAY Rihanna/Mikky Ekko 1216500
36 39 36 2 DOWNTOWN 2013 Petula Clark 34500
37 37 37 3 IT’S ALRIGHT IT’S OK Primal Scream 47600
38 47 38 2 TANGLED UP Caro Emerald 29700
39 50 39 7 I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Carole King 66300
40 NEW 40 1 ON TOP OF THE WORLD Imagine Dragons 17000

41 29 29 8 WHITE NOISE Disclosure/ Alunageorge 107000
42 22 4 3 A THING CALLED LOVE Johnny Cash 98250
43 45 43 2 HURT LOVERS Blue 26500
44 48 44 3 22″ Taylor Swift 32150
45 35 8 9 SUPER RICH KIDS Frank Ocean 232500
46 46 35 4 BELIEVE IN ME Bonnie Tyler 60000
47 32 2 11 LEARN TO LOVE AGAIN Lawson 698800
48 33 10 9 LOOKING HOT No Doubt 193000
49 27 23 7 WHEN I WAS YOUR MAN Bruno Mars 110350
50 53 50 2 BAD MOOD The Vaccines 23250

51 31 27 3 WASTING WATER Emerentia 48050
52 52 52 2 IF I HAD A HEART Andy Burrows 23000
53 51 1 25 DON’T YOU WORRY CHILD Swedish House Mafia/ John Martin 1062950
54 69 54 4 DAYLIGHT Maroon 5 29000
55 57 55 2 TORN Deacon Blue 21200
56 NEW 56 1 LOVE CAME LOOKING FOR ME Thea Gilmore 10600
57 60 57 6 I DON’T WANT TO KNOW Fleetwood Mac 45800
58 49 49 3 GOTTA GET OVER Eric Clapton/ Chaka Khan 27500
59 NEW 59 1 BURN Iggy Pop & The Stooges 10100
60 70 60 2 FALLING HAIM 16000

61 61 61 2 FIGHT FOR EVERYONE The Leisure Society 15000
62 67 62 5 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE (ANYMORE) The Four Seasons 30600
63 63 1 97 GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys 1813850
64 62 1 63 SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW Gotye/Kimbra 1844750
65 65 65 3 99″ Harper Simon 21000
66 66 66 2 WHEN I WAS YOUR GIRL Alison Moyet 13600
67 NEW 67 1 I’LL STAY WITH YOU New Order 6600
68 NEW 68 1 UNCOVER Zara Larsson 6400
69 68 1 116 BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty 2121850
70 73 70 2 WHAT ABOUT US The Saturdays/ Sean Paul 11400

71 71 71 2 HOW CAN I TELL YOU Madness 11600
72 NEW 72 1 OBLIVION M83/ Susanne Sundfor 5600
73 NEW 73 1 I LOVE YOU Woodkid 5400
74 NEW 74 1 THE PHOENIX Fall Out Boy 5200
75 NEW 75 1 I NEED YOUR LOVE Calvin Harris/ Ellie Goulding 5000

DROP-OUTS
38 38 2 SHIT ON THE RADIO Robbie Williams 34400
41 13 8 SEEN IT ALL Jake Bugg 157750
43 26 4 THE STARS (ARE OUT TONIGHT) David Bowie 67800
44 14 9 IF YOU’RE NEVER GONNA MOVE Jessie Ware 174900
55 55 2 HEAVEN Depeche Mode 17600
56 40 2 WHAT A NIGHT The Loveable Rogues 27600
58 10 13 SCREAM AND SHOUT will.i.am/ Britney Spears 250150
59 59 2 HEARTS GO CRAZY Parachute 20200
64 64 1 TITANIUM David Guetta/ SIA 7100
72 72 2 LET IT REST Vaz 11200
74 74 1 BOOMERANG Nicole Scherzinger 5200
75 75 2 SIT DOWN James 10000

31st March 2013

There were 130 songs in my top 75 during March, and it’s one of the highest monthly totals ever. Of course that means loads of good songs get booted out too soon. Shame!

Justin gets to the top for the 5th time this century, once with ‘Nsync, once with Madonna, twice solo in 2003 and now again.

Meanwhile The Weekend rocket in with a fab ballad, and Alex Winston with an advert song that never charted. MKTO still sounds good to me, and Pink & Nate return to the Top 10 for the 3rd time in a year each. There’s a numbers theme this week. 28 at 4, 22 at 48, 99 at 65. How numerical!

Claudia Brucken just misses out on a top 10 return with Bowie’s song (1985 was the last time), Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Kodaline are strong, and in old-timers corner, perhaps the most unlikely comeback ever: Johnny Hates Jazz at 30, some 23 years since they last troubled the charts (or existed!); Petula with her 3rd hit this year (covering her own back catalogue in a new way); Blue, finally following up Eurovision; Alison Moyet, back after a long break after being an 80’s regular.

1 3 1 6 MIRRORS Justin Timberlake 515000
2 2 1 6 ARMY OF TWO Olly Murs 590000
3 1 1 9 BE A BOY Robbie Williams 534500
4 NEW 4 1 28″ The Weekend 65000
5 8 5 2 THANK YOU MKTO 108000
6 7 6 9 MERMAID Train 248550
7 16 7 24 YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles 382400
8 NEW 8 1 VELVET ELVIS Alex Winston 48000
9 14 9 8 JUST GIVE ME A REASON Pink/ Nate Ruess 159500
10 10 10 3 WHEN YOU REALLY LOVED SOMEONE Agnetha Faltskog 102200

11 6 2 7 MY SONGS KNOW WHAT YOU DID IN THE DARK Fall Out Boy 392000
12 29 12 4 EVERYONE SAYS “HI” Claudia Brucken 89000
13 5 5 9 RUNNING TO THE SEA Royksopp/ Susanne Sundfor 226100
14 18 14 5 BROKEN GLASS PARK Simple Minds 97100
15 33 15 4 SACRILEGE The Yeah Yeah Yeahs 71200
16 12 5 8 YOU’RE NOT RIGHT FOR ME Emilia Mitiku 316000
17 25 17 4 POMPEII Bastille 64050
18 NEW 18 1 HIGH HOPES Kodaline 22000
19 24 19 16 FANNY (BE TENDER WITH MY LOVE) The Bee Gees 213400
20 13 7 8 EXPLOSIONS Ellie Goulding 202400

21 11 2 9 SKIRTS The Other Tribe 487250
22 4 4 2 A THING CALLED LOVE Johnny Cash 84500
23 20 3 11 SUIT AND TIE Justin Timberlake/ Jay Z 506750
24 9 1 13 STAY Rihanna/Mikky Ekko 1199000
25 46 25 3 BLIND Hurts 44250
26 28 26 2 MOVE Mausi 36800
27 23 23 6 WHEN I WAS YOUR MAN Bruno Mars 98250
28 30 28 5 ONE WAY OR ANOTHER Blondie 89400
29 34 29 7 WHITE NOISE Disclosure/ Alunageorge 93000
30 NEW 30 1 MAGNETISED Johnny Hates Jazz 18000

31 27 27 2 WASTING WATER Emerentia 36300
32 22 2 10 LEARN TO LOVE AGAIN Lawson 686300
33 15 10 8 LOOKING HOT No Doubt 180700
34 21 1 12 CUT COPY ME Petula Clark 704350
35 17 8 8 SUPER RICH KIDS Frank Ocean 219500
36 36 36 4 THE PROUD ONE The Four Seasons 64750
37 45 37 2 IT’S ALRIGHT IT’S OK Primal Scream 30300
38 38 38 2 SHIT ON THE RADIO Robbie Williams 34400
39 NEW 39 1 DOWNTOWN 2013 Petula Clark 17100
40 RE 40 4 METROLAND OMD 48200

41 19 13 8 SEEN IT ALL Jake Bugg 157750
42 RE 24 8 HARD TIMES Daniel Pearson 126350
43 26 26 4 THE STARS (ARE OUT TONIGHT) David Bowie 67800
44 31 14 9 IF YOU’RE NEVER GONNA MOVE Jessie Ware 174900
45 NEW 45 1 HURT LOVERS Blue 13000
46 35 35 3 BELIEVE IN ME Bonnie Tyler 47250
47 NEW 47 1 TANGLED UP Caro Emerald 12500
48 67 48 2 22″ Taylor Swift 18900
49 74 49 2 GOTTA GET OVER Eric Clapton/ Chaka Khan 17300
50 58 50 6 I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Carole King 49200

51 44 1 24 DON’T YOU WORRY CHILD Swedish House Mafia/ John Martin 1051700
52 NEW 52 1 IF I HAD A HEART Andy Burrows 11500
53 NEW 53 1 BAD MOOD The Vaccines 11250
54 70 54 3 READY OR NOT Bridgit Mendler 23000
55 66 55 2 HEAVEN Depeche Mode 17600
56 40 40 2 WHAT A NIGHT The Loveable Rogues 27600
57 NEW 57 1 TORN Deacon Blue 10400
58 55 10 13 SCREAM AND SHOUT will.i.am/ Britney Spears 250150
59 59 59 2 HEARTS GO CRAZY Parachute 20200
60 64 60 5 I DON’T WANT TO KNOW Fleetwood Mac 35400

61 NEW 61 1 FIGHT FOR EVERYONE The Leisure Society 7500
62 61 1 62 SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW Gotye/Kimbra 1837650
63 63 1 96 GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys 1806650
64 NEW 64 1 TITANIUM David Guetta/ SIA 7100
65 65 65 2 99″ Harper Simon 14000
66 NEW 66 1 WHEN I WAS YOUR GIRL Alison Moyet 6800
67 71 67 4 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE (ANYMORE) The Four Seasons 23200
68 68 1 115 BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty 2115650
69 69 69 3 DAYLIGHT Maroon 5 18000
70 NEW 70 1 FALLING HAIM 6000

71 NEW 71 1 HOW CAN I TELL YOU Madness 5800
72 72 72 2 LET IT REST Vaz 11200
73 NEW 73 1 WHAT ABOUT US The Saturdays/ Sean Paul 5400
74 NEW 74 1 BOOMERANG Nicole Scherzinger 5200
75 75 75 2 SIT DOWN James 10000

DROP-OUTS:
32 32 1 DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Glee Cast 17800
37 37 4 TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME Mick Hucknall 36500
39 39 1 SOMETHIN’ STUPID Glee Cast 17100
41 4 3 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac 116000
42 9 8 WINGS Haerts 195500
43 23 8 CAN’T PRETEND Tom Odell 134550
47 5 11 GREEN GARDEN Laura Mvula 364200
48 35 5 BEACH San Cisco 81200
49 8 9 BLACK SHEEP Gin Wigmore 287500
50 50 2 THRIFT SHOP Mackelmore / Ryan Lewis/ Wanz 19000
51 28 4 STICKS AND STONES Arlissa 57850
52 14 10 BACK IN YOUR ARMS AGAIN (NICO MIX) The Mavericks 144650
53 9 25 HELP ME RHONDA The Beach Boys 385600
54 3 18 MEMORY OF THE FUTURE (SINGLE REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 610500
56 56 6 THREE LITTLE BIRDS Bob Marley & The Wailers 44800
57 5 17 SKYFALL Adele 474250
60 1 11 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (REMIX) Roxette 544000
62 33 7 MAGNETIC EYES Matrix/ Futurebound/ Baby Blue 78400
73 37 7 BECAUSE WE CAN Bon Jovi 79700

24th March 2013

a load of oldies have had to be ejected to make way for new stuff (boo or hooray, either way), headed by TV advert golden oldie from Johnny Cash – it topped my charts in 1972! BJSC-inspired highest new track, though, at 8 and climbers from Train (4th Top in a row) and Agnetha Faltskog, giving her 5 decades of Top 10 hits (albeit with Abba for some of them). Robbie unexpectedly climbs to the top though, for his 12th solo and 15th in total, Number One over 20 years. Not a bad average as they all pretty spread out over the 20 years…

Lower down, some Glee covers, Primal Scream return, Clapton scrapes in with Chaka Khan (both 70’s vetarans) and 80’s synth heroes Depeche Mode get 32 years of chart entries…

1 22 1 8 BE A BOY Robbie Williams 449500
2 1 1 5 ARMY OF TWO Olly Murs 475000
3 3 3 5 MIRRORS Justin Timberlake 345000
4 NEW 4 1 A THING CALLED LOVE Johnny Cash 65000
5 8 5 8 RUNNING TO THE SEA Royksopp/ Susanne Sundfor 194100
6 2 2 6 MY SONGS KNOW WHAT YOU DID IN THE DARK Fall Out Boy 355000
7 15 7 8 MERMAID Train 193550
8 NEW 8 1 THANK YOU MKTO 48000
9 4 1 12 STAY Rihanna/Mikky Ekko 1180000
10 29 10 2 WHEN YOU REALLY LOVED SOMEONE Agnetha Faltskog 60200

11 6 2 8 SKIRTS The Other Tribe 467500
12 5 5 7 YOU’RE NOT RIGHT FOR ME Emilia Mitiku 291000
13 7 7 7 EXPLOSIONS Ellie Goulding 182400
14 20 14 7 JUST GIVE ME A REASON Pink/ Nate Ruess 114500
15 10 10 7 LOOKING HOT No Doubt 163000
16 17 16 23 YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles 332400
17 12 8 7 SUPER RICH KIDS Frank Ocean 202000
18 18 18 4 BROKEN GLASS PARK Simple Minds 68100
19 13 13 7 SEEN IT ALL Jake Bugg 143750
20 14 3 10 SUIT AND TIE Justin Timberlake/ Jay Z 487500

21 16 1 11 CUT COPY ME Petula Clark 686750
22 19 2 9 LEARN TO LOVE AGAIN Lawson 668500
23 23 23 5 WHEN I WAS YOUR MAN Bruno Mars 80150
24 25 24 15 FANNY (BE TENDER WITH MY LOVE) The Bee Gees 192400
25 39 25 3 POMPEII Bastille 41050
26 26 26 3 THE STARS (ARE OUT TONIGHT) David Bowie 54300
27 NEW 27 1 WASTING WATER Emerentia 18400
28 NEW 28 1 MOVE Mausi 18300
29 30 29 3 EVERYONE SAYS “HI” Claudia Brucken 54000
30 32 30 4 ONE WAY OR ANOTHER Blondie 71100

31 24 14 8 IF YOU’RE NEVER GONNA MOVE Jessie Ware 161650
32 NEW 32 1 DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Glee Cast 17800
33 44 33 3 SACRILEGE The Yeah Yeah Yeahs 44200
34 36 34 6 WHITE NOISE Disclosure/ Alunageorge 74800
35 40 35 2 BELIEVE IN ME Bonnie Tyler 34500
36 38 36 3 THE PROUD ONE The Four Seasons 47350
37 RE 37 4 TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME Mick Hucknall 36500
38 NEW 38 1 SHIT ON THE RADIO Robbie Williams 17200
39 NEW 39 1 SOMETHIN’ STUPID Glee Cast 17100
40 NEW 40 1 WHAT A NIGHT The Loveable Rogues 17000

41 11 4 3 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac 116000
42 21 9 8 WINGS Haerts 195500
43 28 23 8 CAN’T PRETEND Tom Odell 134550
44 43 1 23 DON’T YOU WORRY CHILD Swedish House Mafia/ John Martin 1039950
45 NEW 45 1 IT’S ALRIGHT IT’S OK Primal Scream 13000
46 46 46 2 BLIND Hurts 25500
47 27 5 11 GREEN GARDEN Laura Mvula 364200
48 35 35 5 BEACH San Cisco 81200
49 31 8 9 BLACK SHEEP Gin Wigmore 287500
50 65 50 2 THRIFT SHOP Mackelmore / Ryan Lewis/ Wanz 19000

51 34 28 4 STICKS AND STONES Arlissa 57850
52 42 14 10 BACK IN YOUR ARMS AGAIN (NICO MIX) The Mavericks 144650
53 9 9 25 HELP ME RHONDA The Beach Boys 385600
54 47 3 18 MEMORY OF THE FUTURE (SINGLE REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 610500
55 53 10 12 SCREAM AND SHOUT will.i.am/ Britney Spears 239950
56 58 56 6 THREE LITTLE BIRDS Bob Marley & The Wailers 44800
57 45 5 17 SKYFALL Adele 474250
58 60 58 5 I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Carole King 37200
59 NEW 59 1 HEARTS GO CRAZY Parachute 10100
60 49 1 11 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (REMIX) Roxette 544000

61 61 1 61 SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW Gotye/Kimbra 1831250
62 33 33 7 MAGNETIC EYES Matrix/ Futurebound/ Baby Blue 78400
63 63 1 95 GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys 1799450
64 64 64 4 I DON’T WANT TO KNOW Fleetwood Mac 25400
65 NEW 65 1 99″ Harper Simon 7000
66 NEW 66 1 HEAVEN Depeche Mode 6800
67 NEW 67 1 22″ Taylor Swift 6600
68 68 1 114 BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty 2109250
69 72 69 2 DAYLIGHT Maroon 5 11800
70 70 70 2 READY OR NOT Bridgit Mendler 12000

71 71 71 3 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE (ANYMORE) The Four Seasons 16600
72 NEW 72 1 LET IT REST Vaz 5600
73 37 37 7 BECAUSE WE CAN Bon Jovi 79700
74 NEW 74 1 GOTTA GET OVER Eric Clapton/ Chaka Khan 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SIT DOWN James 5000

DROP OUTS
41 29 4 WE DON’T PLAY GUITARS Chicks On Speed/ Peaches 67300
48 48 2 ROCK YOUR BODY Justin Timberlake 22900
50 50 2 STEAL MY SUNSHINE Len 17400
51 34 4 I COULD BE THE ONE Avicii/ Nicky Romero 49850
52 9 13 NEVER KNEW YOUR NAME Madness 295000
54 24 7 HARD TIMES Daniel Pearson 112600
55 43 3 RADIOACTIVE Rita Ora 30900
56 56 6 PYT (PRETTY YOUNG THING) Michael Jackson 45300
57 37 7 MIRACLE Hurts 88900
59 9 21 BENEATH YOUR BEAUTIFUL Labrinth/ Emeli Sande 390500
62 5 12 LIGHT THE NIGHT Andy Burrows 375500
66 66 2 LOVE SHACK B52’s 12600
67 6 19 TRY P!nk 552600
69 69 1 AFRICA Toto 6200
73 73 1 KEEP ON MOVIN’ Five 5400
74 74 1 CHOCOLATE The 1975 5200
75 75 1 ANGEL Sarah McLachlan 500

17th March 2013

It was close but Olly Murs just kept ahead of Fall Out Boy, meanwhile Royksopp finally get into my 10, it’s a grower, ditto Ellie and No Doubt – who get their first Top 10 for 10 years or so. Beach Boys were in my first ever chart (1968) so nice to see an oldie in there.

Big climbs for Simple Minds, over 30 years of Top 20 hits, and new entry for veteran Agnetha (Abba) Faltskog, 39 years after her waterloo debut. I watched them at Eurovision 1974 while I was getting cash babysitting. I loved them instantly, and have never wavered since. Hooray! Also back is Eurovision Bonnie Tyler, 37 years after her first Top 10 hit Lost In France.

Meanwhile a few chart hits that haven’t really grabbed me, suddenly start to sound catchy to me and climb belatedly or enter. better late than never. If I was allowed to listen to radio at work I’m sure they would have peaked earlier….smile.gif

1 1 1 4 ARMY OF TWO Olly Murs 375000
2 7 2 5 MY SONGS KNOW WHAT YOU DID IN THE DARK Fall Out Boy 300000
3 5 3 4 MIRRORS Justin Timberlake 260000
4 2 1 11 STAY Rihanna/Mikky Ekko 1135000
5 6 5 6 YOU’RE NOT RIGHT FOR ME Emilia Mitiku 256000
6 3 2 7 SKIRTS The Other Tribe 430500
7 14 7 6 EXPLOSIONS Ellie Goulding 150400
8 20 8 7 RUNNING TO THE SEA Royksopp/ Susanne Sundfor 134100
9 15 9 24 HELP ME RHONDA The Beach Boys 374350
10 17 10 6 LOOKING HOT No Doubt 136000

11 4 4 2 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac 102000
12 13 8 6 SUPER RICH KIDS Frank Ocean 179000
13 19 13 6 SEEN IT ALL Jake Bugg 122750
14 10 3 9 SUIT AND TIE Justin Timberlake/ Jay Z 467500
15 16 15 7 MERMAID Train 143550
16 12 1 10 CUT COPY ME Petula Clark 667000
17 18 17 22 YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles 307400
18 39 18 3 BROKEN GLASS PARK Simple Minds 46100
19 8 2 8 LEARN TO LOVE AGAIN Lawson 649000
20 26 20 6 JUST GIVE ME A REASON Pink/ Nate Ruess 85500

21 9 9 7 WINGS Haerts 181750
22 11 6 7 BE A BOY Robbie Williams 279500
23 25 23 4 WHEN I WAS YOUR MAN Bruno Mars 60900
24 21 14 7 IF YOU’RE NEVER GONNA MOVE Jessie Ware 143750
25 27 25 14 FANNY (BE TENDER WITH MY LOVE) The Bee Gees 173400
26 37 26 2 THE STARS (ARE OUT TONIGHT) David Bowie 35800
27 24 5 10 GREEN GARDEN Laura Mvula 351700
28 23 23 7 CAN’T PRETEND Tom Odell 121050
29 NEW 29 1 WHEN YOU REALLY LOVED SOMEONE Agnetha Faltskog 18200
30 32 30 2 EVERYONE SAYS “HI” Claudia Brucken 35800

31 22 8 8 BLACK SHEEP Gin Wigmore 275400
32 33 32 3 ONE WAY OR ANOTHER Blondie 53100
33 62 33 6 MAGNETIC EYES Matrix/ Futurebound/ Baby Blue 71000
34 28 28 3 STICKS AND STONES Arlissa 46100
35 38 35 4 BEACH San Cisco 68900
36 36 36 5 WHITE NOISE Disclosure/ Alunageorge 57200
37 40 37 6 BECAUSE WE CAN Bon Jovi 74300
38 46 38 2 THE PROUD ONE The Four Seasons 29950
39 74 39 2 POMPEII Bastille 22300
40 NEW 40 1 BELIEVE IN ME Bonnie Tyler 17000

41 29 29 4 WE DON’T PLAY GUITARS Chicks On Speed/ Peaches 67300
42 30 14 9 BACK IN YOUR ARMS AGAIN (NICO MIX) The Mavericks 133150
43 35 1 22 DON’T YOU WORRY CHILD Swedish House Mafia/ John Martin 1026650
44 44 44 2 SACRILEGE The Yeah Yeah Yeahs 26500
45 RE 5 16 SKYFALL Adele 463850
46 NEW 46 1 BLIND Hurts 12750
47 42 3 17 MEMORY OF THE FUTURE (SINGLE REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 599500
48 56 48 2 ROCK YOUR BODY Justin Timberlake 22900
49 41 1 10 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (REMIX) Roxette 534000
50 73 50 2 STEAL MY SUNSHINE Len 17400

51 34 34 4 I COULD BE THE ONE Avicii/ Nicky Romero 49850
52 47 9 13 NEVER KNEW YOUR NAME Madness 295000
53 45 10 11 SCREAM AND SHOUT will.i.am/ Britney Spears 229150
54 31 24 7 HARD TIMES Daniel Pearson 112600
55 43 43 3 RADIOACTIVE Rita Ora 30900
56 60 56 6 PYT (PRETTY YOUNG THING) Michael Jackson 45300
57 64 37 7 MIRACLE Hurts 88900
58 65 58 5 THREE LITTLE BIRDS Bob Marley & The Wailers 34200
59 53 9 21 BENEATH YOUR BEAUTIFUL Labrinth/ Emeli Sande 390500
60 67 60 4 I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Carole King 27000

61 61 1 60 SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW Gotye/Kimbra 1823750
62 54 5 12 LIGHT THE NIGHT Andy Burrows 375500
63 63 1 94 GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys 1792250
64 69 64 3 I DON’T WANT TO KNOW Fleetwood Mac 18300
65 NEW 65 1 THRIFT SHOP Mackelmore / Ryan Lewis/ Wanz 7000
66 71 66 2 LOVE SHACK B52’s 12600
67 55 6 19 TRY P!nk 552600
68 68 1 113 BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty 2102850
69 NEW 69 1 AFRICA Toto 6200
70 NEW 70 1 READY OR NOT Bridgit Mendler 6000

71 75 71 2 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE (ANYMORE) The Four Seasons 10800
72 NEW 72 1 DAYLIGHT Maroon 5 5600
73 NEW 73 1 KEEP ON MOVIN’ Five 5400
74 NEW 74 1 CHOCOLATE The 1975 5200
75 NEW 75 1 ANGEL Sarah McLachlan 5000

DROP OUTS

48 20 6 NEVER ENOUGH Petula Clark 93250
49 49 5 IRON Woodkid 57200
50 50 3 SUPREMACY Muse 33600
51 26 6 WHY AM I THE ONE fun. 80800
52 25 6 GOSPEL Robbie Williams 103600
57 57 3 METROLAND OMD 31200
58 38 5 FIRE IT UP Joe Cocker 67750
59 10 15 WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE AC/DC 243950
66 66 3 CLARITY Zedd/ Foxes 18800
70 70 3 BASSLINE JUNKIE Dizzee Rascal 17200
72 1 18 RADIOACTIVE Imagine Dragons 975000

10th March 2013

A new number one, and Olly Murs first – it’s rare X-factor acts hit my top. So rare no UK act has done it before, though I think a Swedish one has (Agnes)!

Thanks to an ad Fleetwood Mac re-enter exactly 25 years on inside the Top 5. It peaked at 2 in 1988, so can it do it this time? Meanwhile a Rumours track climbs lower down… Due to a reduced list of new songs a waiting list of Archive chart oldies rush the charts, some very old ( Four Seasons, Jersey Boys and new tour pushing yet another compilation into the album charts) and some more recent (Justin’s gives him 3 in the Top 75), Len I think of as recent – but it’s last century or thereabouts!

Big climbers, Royksopp, Arlissa, Simple Minds and 2 welcome returns to Bowie (hero, on form, 44 years after his first hit) and Claudia Brucken with a relatively recent Bowie song – she first made Number 2 with Dr mabuse (Propaganda) in 1984. If you dont know it, youtube it…!

1 4 1 3 ARMY OF TWO Olly Murs 230000
2 1 1 10 STAY Rihanna/Mikky Ekko 1070000
3 2 2 6 SKIRTS The Other Tribe 375500
4 NEW 4 1 EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac 65000
5 5 5 3 MIRRORS Justin Timberlake 175000
6 11 6 5 YOU’RE NOT RIGHT FOR ME Emilia Mitiku 196000
7 7 7 4 MY SONGS KNOW WHAT YOU DID IN THE DARK Fall Out Boy 200000
8 3 2 7 LEARN TO LOVE AGAIN Lawson 628000
9 9 9 6 WINGS Haerts 162000
10 6 3 8 SUIT AND TIE Justin Timberlake/ Jay Z 438500

11 8 6 6 BE A BOY Robbie Williams 260000
12 10 1 9 CUT COPY ME Petula Clark 642000
13 12 8 5 SUPER RICH KIDS Frank Ocean 144000
14 16 14 5 EXPLOSIONS Ellie Goulding 100400
15 15 15 23 HELP ME RHONDA The Beach Boys 329350
16 17 16 6 MERMAID Train 116550
17 19 17 5 LOOKING HOT No Doubt 94000
18 20 18 21 YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles 284400
19 21 19 5 SEEN IT ALL Jake Bugg 90750
20 36 20 6 RUNNING TO THE SEA Royksopp/ Susanne Sundfor 86100

21 14 14 6 IF YOU’RE NEVER GONNA MOVE Jessie Ware 124750
22 18 8 7 BLACK SHEEP Gin Wigmore 257500
23 23 23 6 CAN’T PRETEND Tom Odell 102750
24 13 5 9 GREEN GARDEN Laura Mvula 333300
25 35 25 3 WHEN I WAS YOUR MAN Bruno Mars 41650
26 29 26 5 JUST GIVE ME A REASON Pink/ Nate Ruess 65500
27 30 27 13 FANNY (BE TENDER WITH MY LOVE) The Bee Gees 154650
28 58 28 2 STICKS AND STONES Arlissa 28500
29 33 29 3 WE DON’T PLAY GUITARS Chicks On Speed/ Peaches 53300
30 22 14 8 BACK IN YOUR ARMS AGAIN (NICO MIX) The Mavericks 119400

31 24 24 6 HARD TIMES Daniel Pearson 101600
32 NEW 32 1 EVERYONE SAYS “HI” Claudia Brucken 17800
33 34 33 2 ONE WAY OR ANOTHER Blondie 35300
34 43 34 3 I COULD BE THE ONE Avicii/ Nicky Romero 38100
35 31 1 21 DON’T YOU WORRY CHILD Swedish House Mafia/ John Martin 1013150
36 60 36 4 WHITE NOISE Disclosure/ Alunageorge 39800
37 NEW 37 1 THE STARS (ARE OUT TONIGHT) David Bowie 17300
38 39 38 3 BEACH San Cisco 51400
39 65 39 2 BROKEN GLASS PARK Simple Minds 24100
40 55 40 5 BECAUSE WE CAN Bon Jovi 57000

41 27 1 9 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (REMIX) Roxette 521900
42 28 3 16 MEMORY OF THE FUTURE (SINGLE REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 587000
43 67 43 2 RADIOACTIVE Rita Ora 20100
44 NEW 44 1 SACRILEGE The Yeah Yeah Yeahs 13250
45 40 10 10 SCREAM AND SHOUT will.i.am/ Britney Spears 217900
46 NEW 46 1 THE PROUD ONE The Four Seasons 12750
47 26 9 12 NEVER KNEW YOUR NAME Madness 283500
48 37 20 6 NEVER ENOUGH Petula Clark 93250
49 51 49 5 IRON Woodkid 57200
50 52 50 3 SUPREMACY Muse 33600

51 42 26 6 WHY AM I THE ONE fun. 80800
52 25 25 6 GOSPEL Robbie Williams 103600
53 48 9 20 BENEATH YOUR BEAUTIFUL Labrinth/ Emeli Sande 380400
54 47 5 11 LIGHT THE NIGHT Andy Burrows 368100
55 45 6 18 TRY P!nk 546000
56 NEW 56 1 ROCK YOUR BODY Justin Timberlake 10600
57 57 57 3 METROLAND OMD 31200
58 38 38 5 FIRE IT UP Joe Cocker 67750
59 32 10 15 WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE AC/DC 243950
60 64 60 5 PYT (PRETTY YOUNG THING) Michael Jackson 34700

61 61 1 59 SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW Gotye/Kimbra 1816250
62 44 44 5 MAGNETIC EYES Matrix/ Futurebound/ Baby Blue 53300
63 63 1 93 GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys 1785050
64 50 37 6 MIRACLE Hurts 78500
65 69 65 4 THREE LITTLE BIRDS Bob Marley & The Wailers 24000
66 70 66 3 CLARITY Zedd/ Foxes 18800
67 73 67 3 I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Carole King 17000
68 68 1 112 BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty 2096450
69 75 69 2 I DON’T WANT TO KNOW Fleetwood Mac 11200
70 72 70 3 BASSLINE JUNKIE Dizzee Rascal 17200

71 NEW 71 1 LOVE SHACK B52’s 5800
72 62 1 18 RADIOACTIVE Imagine Dragons 975000
73 NEW 73 1 STEAL MY SUNSHINE Len 5400
74 NEW 74 1 POMPEII Bastille 5200
75 NEW 75 1 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE (ANYMORE) The Four Seasons 5000

DROP OUTS
41 24 2 CAMERON Jillette Johnson 33000
46 15 6 NO FREEDOM Dido 113450
49 49 12 LET’S GET IT ON Marvin Gaye 107300
53 4 26 I DON’T KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM Yvonne Elliman 515250
54 30 5 CHANGE YOUR LIFE Little Mix 61000
56 33 2 COUNTING Autre Ne Veut 28300
59 16 7 LOVE SONG The Overtones 125200
66 48 2 MY NUMBER Foals 19100
71 35 2 PUSH PLAY Miriam Bryant 23300
74 74 1 PLEASE DON’T SAY YOU LOVE ME Gabrielle Aplin 5200

The charts get reduced new entries (phew!) but everything is still about 10 places lower or more than they deserve, so much good stuff about.

Rihanna gets 4 weeks at the top, closely followed by non-hit The Other Tribe, and rapid climbers Olly Murs, Haerts (annoyingly still not a download) and Robbie hanging about along with double Justin.

Oldies climbing, Beatles, Beach Boys, Bee Gees, yes it’s like 1968 all over again…while from 1978 the roiginal One Way Or Another which really should have been a UK single. Sorry 1D fans, I’ll take Blondie anyday! Meanwhile Simple Minds sneak in for the first time in yonks, to give over 30 years of hits:)

3rd March 2013

this/last/highest/weeks/”my sales”
1 1 1 9 STAY Rihanna/Mikky Ekko 955000
2 3 2 5 SKIRTS The Other Tribe 290500
3 2 2 6 LEARN TO LOVE AGAIN Lawson 580000
4 20 4 2 ARMY OF TWO Olly Murs 85000
5 6 5 2 MIRRORS Justin Timberlake 115000
6 4 3 7 SUIT AND TIE Justin Timberlake/ Jay Z 396500
7 7 7 3 MY SONGS KNOW WHAT YOU DID IN THE DARK Fall Out Boy 150000
8 12 6 5 BE A BOY Robbie Williams 223000
9 55 9 5 WINGS Haerts 117000
10 5 1 8 CUT COPY ME Petula Clark 607000

11 9 9 4 YOU’RE NOT RIGHT FOR ME Emilia Mitiku 141000
12 8 8 4 SUPER RICH KIDS Frank Ocean 112000
13 13 5 8 GREEN GARDEN Laura Mvula 314300
14 16 14 5 IF YOU’RE NEVER GONNA MOVE Jessie Ware 105000
15 18 15 22 HELP ME RHONDA The Beach Boys 302350
16 17 16 4 EXPLOSIONS Ellie Goulding 71400
17 23 17 5 MERMAID Train 91550
18 11 8 6 BLACK SHEEP Gin Wigmore 238000
19 19 19 4 LOOKING HOT No Doubt 71000
20 27 20 20 YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles 262400

21 26 21 4 SEEN IT ALL Jake Bugg 69750
22 14 14 7 BACK IN YOUR ARMS AGAIN (NICO MIX) The Mavericks 101400
23 41 23 5 CAN’T PRETEND Tom Odell 83500
24 52 24 5 HARD TIMES Daniel Pearson 83700
25 25 25 5 GOSPEL Robbie Williams 92100
26 15 9 11 NEVER KNEW YOUR NAME Madness 271000
27 22 1 8 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (REMIX) Roxette 507900
28 21 3 15 MEMORY OF THE FUTURE (SINGLE REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 573250
29 32 29 4 JUST GIVE ME A REASON Pink/ Nate Ruess 47000
30 40 30 12 FANNY (BE TENDER WITH MY LOVE) The Bee Gees 136250

31 28 1 20 DON’T YOU WORRY CHILD Swedish House Mafia/ John Martin 995650
32 10 10 14 WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE AC/DC 233850
33 36 33 2 WE DON’T PLAY GUITARS Chicks On Speed/ Peaches 35100
34 NEW 34 1 ONE WAY OR ANOTHER Blondie 17600
35 73 35 2 WHEN I WAS YOUR MAN Bruno Mars 22900
36 47 36 5 RUNNING TO THE SEA Royksopp/ Susanne Sundfor 66100
37 62 20 5 NEVER ENOUGH Petula Clark 80950
38 RE 38 4 FIRE IT UP Joe Cocker 57550
39 39 39 2 BEACH San Cisco 34200
40 50 10 9 SCREAM AND SHOUT will.i.am/ Britney Spears 204900

41 24 24 2 CAMERON Jillette Johnson 33000
42 49 26 5 WHY AM I THE ONE fun. 69050
43 65 43 2 I COULD BE THE ONE Avicii/ Nicky Romero 20500
44 44 44 4 MAGNETIC EYES Matrix/ Futurebound/ Baby Blue 45900
45 31 6 17 TRY P!nk 535200
46 29 15 6 NO FREEDOM Dido 113450
47 34 5 10 LIGHT THE NIGHT Andy Burrows 357100
48 42 9 19 BENEATH YOUR BEAUTIFUL Labrinth/ Emeli Sande 369150
49 53 49 12 LET’S GET IT ON Marvin Gaye 107300
50 RE 37 5 MIRACLE Hurts 71400

51 51 51 4 IRON Woodkid 45100
52 59 52 2 SUPREMACY Muse 21600
53 43 4 26 I DON’T KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM Yvonne Elliman 515250
54 30 30 5 CHANGE YOUR LIFE Little Mix 61000
55 RE 50 4 BECAUSE WE CAN Bon Jovi 40000
56 33 33 2 COUNTING Autre Ne Veut 28300
57 57 57 2 METROLAND OMD 20800
58 NEW 58 1 STICKS AND STONES Arlissa 10200
59 37 16 7 LOVE SONG The Overtones 125200
60 66 60 3 WHITE NOISE Disclosure/ Alunageorge 22400

61 60 1 58 SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW Gotye/Kimbra 1808750
62 45 1 17 RADIOACTIVE Imagine Dragons 969400
63 63 1 92 GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys 1777850
64 67 64 4 PYT (PRETTY YOUNG THING) Michael Jackson 24700
65 NEW 65 1 BROKEN GLASS PARK Simple Minds 7000
66 48 48 2 MY NUMBER Foals 19100
67 NEW 67 1 RADIOACTIVE Rita Ora 6600
68 68 1 111 BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty 2090450
69 71 69 3 THREE LITTLE BIRDS Bob Marley & The Wailers 17000
70 70 70 2 CLARITY Zedd/ Foxes 12000

71 35 35 2 PUSH PLAY Miriam Bryant 23300
72 72 72 2 BASSLINE JUNKIE Dizzee Rascal 11200
73 75 73 2 I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Carole King 10400
74 NEW 74 1 PLEASE DON’T SAY YOU LOVE ME Gabrielle Aplin 5200
75 NEW 75 1 I DON’T WANT TO KNOW Fleetwood Mac 5000

DROP OUTS
38 38 2 COLD SEPTEMBER Stereophonics 22400
46 25 3 ONE NIGHT Pet Shop Boys 49800
54 32 5 TURN IT AROUND Toploader 76500
56 56 3 IT’S TIME Imagine Dragons 26000
58 12 10 SHE OWNS THE STREETS The Raveonettes 223300
61 23 7 MISS MARLENE Donald Fagen 87800
64 56 5 RED Taylor Swift 40900
69 69 1 ONE WAY OR ANOTHER (TEENAGE KICKS) One Direction 6200
74 74 1 ANIMAL Conor Maynard/ Wiley 5200

FEB 24th 2013 chart

1 1 1 8 STAY Rihanna/Mikky Ekko 785000
2 2 2 5 LEARN TO LOVE AGAIN Lawson 495000
3 6 3 4 SKIRTS The Other Tribe 175500
4 3 3 6 SUIT AND TIE Justin Timberlake/ Jay Z 341500
5 5 1 7 CUT COPY ME Petula Clark 565000
6 NEW 6 1 MIRRORS Justin Timberlake 55000
7 7 7 2 MY SONGS KNOW WHAT YOU DID IN THE DARK Fall Out Boy 100000
8 18 8 3 SUPER RICH KIDS Frank Ocean 77000
9 10 9 3 YOU’RE NOT RIGHT FOR ME Emilia Mitiku 104000
10 14 10 13 WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE AC/DC 216050

11 8 8 5 BLACK SHEEP Gin Wigmore 216000
12 12 6 4 BE A BOY Robbie Williams 175000
13 11 5 7 GREEN GARDEN Laura Mvula 282300
14 56 14 6 BACK IN YOUR ARMS AGAIN (NICO MIX) The Mavericks 81900
15 9 9 10 NEVER KNEW YOUR NAME Madness 252500
16 19 16 4 IF YOU’RE NEVER GONNA MOVE Jessie Ware 76000
17 36 17 3 EXPLOSIONS Ellie Goulding 46400
18 21 18 21 HELP ME RHONDA The Beach Boys 275350
19 40 19 3 LOOKING HOT No Doubt 50000
20 NEW 20 1 ARMY OF TWO Olly Murs 20000

21 13 3 14 MEMORY OF THE FUTURE (SINGLE REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 554950
22 16 1 7 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (REMIX) Roxette 489500
23 24 23 4 MERMAID Train 68550
24 NEW 24 1 CAMERON Jillette Johnson 19000
25 27 25 4 GOSPEL Robbie Williams 73350
26 30 26 3 SEEN IT ALL Jake Bugg 50000
27 31 27 19 YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles 242400
28 22 1 19 DON’T YOU WORRY CHILD Swedish House Mafia/ John Martin 977750
29 15 15 5 NO FREEDOM Dido 100700
30 50 30 4 CHANGE YOUR LIFE Little Mix 50000

31 17 6 16 TRY P!nk 522200
32 RE 32 3 JUST GIVE ME A REASON Pink/ Nate Ruess 28800
33 NEW 33 1 COUNTING Autre Ne Veut 17700
34 20 5 9 LIGHT THE NIGHT Andy Burrows 339600
35 NEW 35 1 PUSH PLAY Miriam Bryant 17500
36 NEW 36 1 WE DON’T PLAY GUITARS Chicks On Speed/ Peaches 17400
37 37 16 6 LOVE SONG The Overtones 115100
38 RE 38 2 COLD SEPTEMBER Stereophonics 22400
39 NEW 39 1 BEACH San Cisco 17100
40 43 40 11 FANNY (BE TENDER WITH MY LOVE) The Bee Gees 118250

41 28 28 4 CAN’T PRETEND Tom Odell 64250
42 54 9 18 BENEATH YOUR BEAUTIFUL Labrinth/ Emeli Sande 356850
43 4 4 25 I DON’T KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM Yvonne Elliman 504000
44 48 44 3 MAGNETIC EYES Matrix/ Futurebound/ Baby Blue 32650
45 23 1 16 RADIOACTIVE Imagine Dragons 962000
46 25 25 3 ONE NIGHT Pet Shop Boys 49800
47 49 47 4 RUNNING TO THE SEA Royksopp/ Susanne Sundfor 48700
48 NEW 48 1 MY NUMBER Foals 12300
49 26 26 4 WHY AM I THE ONE fun. 55300
50 41 10 8 SCREAM AND SHOUT will.i.am/ Britney Spears 187900

51 52 51 3 IRON Woodkid 33350
52 29 29 4 HARD TIMES Daniel Pearce 64700
53 53 53 11 LET’S GET IT ON Marvin Gaye 95200
54 32 32 5 TURN IT AROUND Toploader 76500
55 38 17 4 WINGS Haerts 72000
56 60 56 3 IT’S TIME Imagine Dragons 26000
57 NEW 57 1 METROLAND OMD 10400
58 33 12 10 SHE OWNS THE STREETS The Raveonettes 223300
59 NEW 59 1 SUPREMACY Muse 10100
60 59 1 57 SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW Gotye/Kimbra 1801250

61 69 23 7 MISS MARLENE Donald Fagen 87800
62 35 20 4 NEVER ENOUGH Petula Clark 63650
63 62 1 91 GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys 1770650
64 68 56 5 RED Taylor Swift 40900
65 NEW 65 1 I COULD BE THE ONE Avicii/ Nicky Romero 7000
66 72 66 2 WHITE NOISE Disclosure/ Alunageorge 12400
67 70 67 3 PYT (PRETTY YOUNG THING) Michael Jackson 17600
68 67 1 110 BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty 2084050
69 NEW 69 1 ONE WAY OR ANOTHER (TEENAGE KICKS) One Direction 6200
70 NEW 70 1 CLARITY Zedd/ Foxes 6000

71 75 71 2 THREE LITTLE BIRDS Bob Marley & The Wailers 10800
72 NEW 72 1 BASSLINE JUNKIE Dizzee Rascal 5600
73 NEW 73 1 WHEN I WAS YOUR MAN Bruno Mars 5400
74 NEW 74 1 ANIMAL Conor Maynard/ Wiley 5200
75 NEW 75 1 I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Carole King 5000

DROP-OUTS
34 9 12 LIGHTNING BOLT Jake Bugg 257350
39 39 1 BLOW ME ONE LAST KISS Glee Cast 17100
42 6 9 LOSING YOU Solange 256200
44 2 11 MY HEART IS REFUSING ME Loreen 439500
45 1 22 DISCONNECTED Keane 2031800
46 36 3 BEL AIR Lana Del Ray 47550
47 17 6 WHERE ARE WE NOW? David Bowie 107150
51 39 3 FIRE IT UP Joe Cocker 40350
55 38 4 JUST ONE LAST TIME David Guetta/Taped Rai 51500
57 57 2 GIVE UP Miles Kane 20800
58 1 30 SOME NIGHTS/ SOME NIGHTS (INTRO) fun. 1482800
61 37 4 BRAND NEW ME Alicia Keys 54500
63 3 18 BRUISES Train/ Ashley Monroe 621500
64 2 16 SOMETHING NEW Girls Aloud 612750
65 65 3 TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME Mick Hucknall 19200
66 66 3 LOSE YOU TONIGHT Kristina Train 19800
71 3 16 I FOUND YOU The Wanted 458400
73 1 49 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART Cilla Black 1002200
74 1 69 PRINCESS OF CHINA Coldplay/ Rihanna 3539800

I’ve been itunes downloading, so those tracks that are available shoot up the charts, re-enter my charts and make it quite active. Those not available for download yet drop. Some of them have been not available for weeks months and in the case of an Andy Grammer track that I wanted to buy 2 years ago when i was on holiday in the States, and couldnt download there, or when I got back, it’s only just about to be released. Its a good record, but I’m not re-charting it and I’m not buying it, I think it’s ridiculous in this internet age that local markets hold back records that long. I’m also losing patience with Joe Cocker and a couple of others. Pah!Moan over, Fall Out Boy are a joy and my highest new entry. Not only is it a great record, it’s released everywhere at the same time and out of the blue, just like Justin Timberlake did the other week. Bless them! Support acts that do that I say, and ignore the chart manipulators…!Rihanna continues to run at the top with the gorgeous ballad, Stay. The grammy’s should push it a bit, I hope. Meanwhile big climbs for Emilia Mitiku, Frank Ocean and Ellie Goulding.1 1 1 7 STAY Rihanna/Mikky Ekko 615000
2 2 2 4 LEARN TO LOVE AGAIN Lawson 380000
3 4 3 5 SUIT AND TIE Justin Timberlake/ Jay Z 276500
4 5 4 24 I DON’T KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM Yvonne Elliman 490500
5 3 1 6 CUT COPY ME Petula Clark 505000
6 26 6 3 SKIRTS The Other Tribe 90500
7 NEW 7 1 MY SONGS KNOW WHAT YOU DID IN THE DARK Fall Out Boy 50000
8 8 8 4 BLACK SHEEP Gin Wigmore 179000
9 23 9 9 NEVER KNEW YOUR NAME Madness 225500
10 40 10 2 YOU’RE NOT RIGHT FOR ME Emilia Mitiku 5900011 7 5 6 GREEN GARDEN Laura Mvula 250300
12 6 6 3 BE A BOY Robbie Williams 140000
13 13 3 13 MEMORY OF THE FUTURE (SINGLE REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 535200
14 16 14 12 WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE AC/DC 174050
15 15 15 4 NO FREEDOM Dido 82500
16 9 1 6 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (REMIX) Roxette 470000
17 10 6 15 TRY P!nk 504300
18 65 18 2 SUPER RICH KIDS Frank Ocean 29000
19 30 19 3 IF YOU’RE NEVER GONNA MOVE Jessie Ware 51000
20 11 5 8 LIGHT THE NIGHT Andy Burrows 32200021 24 21 20 HELP ME RHONDA The Beach Boys 253350
22 12 1 18 DON’T YOU WORRY CHILD Swedish House Mafia/ John Martin 959450
23 14 1 15 RADIOACTIVE Imagine Dragons 949000
24 29 24 3 MERMAID Train 49300
25 28 25 2 ONE NIGHT Pet Shop Boys 37050
26 34 26 3 WHY AM I THE ONE fun. 43200
27 27 27 3 GOSPEL Robbie Williams 54600
28 42 28 3 CAN’T PRETEND Tom Odell 50250
29 35 29 3 HARD TIMES Daniel Pearce 53200
30 43 30 2 SEEN IT ALL Jake Bugg 3150031 31 31 18 YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles 224000
32 47 32 4 TURN IT AROUND Toploader 65500
33 18 12 9 SHE OWNS THE STREETS The Raveonettes 213100
34 19 9 12 LIGHTNING BOLT Jake Bugg 257350
35 20 20 3 NEVER ENOUGH Petula Clark 56250
36 70 36 2 EXPLOSIONS Ellie Goulding 23400
37 21 16 5 LOVE SONG The Overtones 97800
38 17 17 3 WINGS Haerts 61200
39 NEW 39 1 BLOW ME ONE LAST KISS Glee Cast 17100
40 50 40 2 LOOKING HOT No Doubt 2900041 41 10 7 SCREAM AND SHOUT will.i.am/ Britney Spears 175900
42 33 6 9 LOSING YOU Solange 256200
43 45 43 10 FANNY (BE TENDER WITH MY LOVE) The Bee Gees 101250
44 22 2 11 MY HEART IS REFUSING ME Loreen 439500
45 32 1 22 DISCONNECTED Keane 2031800
46 36 36 3 BEL AIR Lana Del Ray 47550
47 25 17 6 WHERE ARE WE NOW? David Bowie 107150
48 64 48 2 MAGNETIC EYES Matrix/ Futurebound/ Baby Blue 19400
49 RE 49 3 RUNNING TO THE SEA Royksopp/ Susanne Sundfor 36200
50 60 50 3 CHANGE YOUR LIFE Little Mix 3200051 39 39 3 FIRE IT UP Joe Cocker 40350
52 59 52 2 IRON Woodkid 21600
53 56 53 10 LET’S GET IT ON Marvin Gaye 83950
54 54 9 17 BENEATH YOUR BEAUTIFUL Labrinth/ Emeli Sande 343100
55 38 38 4 JUST ONE LAST TIME David Guetta/Taped Rai 51500
56 RE 39 5 BACK IN YOUR ARMS AGAIN (NICO MIX) The Mavericks 52900
57 57 57 2 GIVE UP Miles Kane 20800
58 48 1 30 SOME NIGHTS/ SOME NIGHTS (INTRO) fun. 1482800
59 58 1 56 SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW Gotye/Kimbra 1791250
60 RE 60 2 IT’S TIME Imagine Dragons 1540061 37 37 4 BRAND NEW ME Alicia Keys 54500
62 62 1 90 GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys 1763450
63 51 3 18 BRUISES Train/ Ashley Monroe 621500
64 55 2 16 SOMETHING NEW Girls Aloud 612750
65 68 65 3 TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME Mick Hucknall 19200
66 66 66 3 LOSE YOU TONIGHT Kristina Train 19800
67 67 1 109 BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty 2077650
68 RE 56 4 RED Taylor Swift 33800
69 RE 23 6 MISS MARLENE Donald Fagen 80300
70 75 70 2 PYT (PRETTY YOUNG THING) Michael Jackson 11000

71 63 3 16 I FOUND YOU The Wanted 458400
72 NEW 72 1 WHITE NOISE Disclosure/ Alunageorge 5600
73 71 1 49 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART Cilla Black 1002200
74 73 1 69 PRINCESS OF CHINA Coldplay/ Rihanna 3539800
75 NEW 75 1 THREE LITTLE BIRDS Bob Marley & The Wailers 5000

DROP OUTS
44 17 5 DREAM OF ME Kristina Train 85450
46 46 1 THE SCIENTIST Glee Cast 12750
49 20 7 THESE DAYS ARE MINE I Am Kloot 109300
52 10 13 YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE New Radicals 293000
53 20 7 THE ROAD Hurts 119400
61 37 4 MIRACLE Hurts 59400
69 3 6 DON’T CRY ALONE Robin Gibb 178350
72 72 2 SHUT UP (AND GIVE ME WHATEVER YOU GOT) Amelia Lily 11200
74 74 1 COLD SEPTEMBER Stereophonics 5200

10th FEB
1 3 1 6 STAY Rihanna/Mikky Ekko 445000
2 2 2 3 LEARN TO LOVE AGAIN Lawson 265000
3 1 1 5 CUT COPY ME Petula Clark 445000
4 5 4 4 SUIT AND TIE Justin Timberlake/ Jay Z 191500
5 6 5 23 I DON’T KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM Yvonne Elliman 425500
6 7 6 2 BE A BOY Robbie Williams 105000
7 11 5 5 GREEN GARDEN Laura Mvula 213300
8 8 8 3 BLACK SHEEP Gin Wigmore 131000
9 4 1 5 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (REMIX) Roxette 445000
10 14 6 14 TRY P!nk 48130011 13 5 7 LIGHT THE NIGHT Andy Burrows 302000
12 15 1 17 DON’T YOU WORRY CHILD Swedish House Mafia/ John Martin 939950
13 12 3 12 MEMORY OF THE FUTURE (SINGLE REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 503200
14 10 1 14 RADIOACTIVE Imagine Dragons 929750
15 27 15 3 NO FREEDOM Dido 55500
16 28 16 11 WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE AC/DC 145050
17 19 17 2 WINGS Haerts 44000
18 18 12 8 SHE OWNS THE STREETS The Raveonettes 195400
19 9 9 11 LIGHTNING BOLT Jake Bugg 239750
20 25 20 2 NEVER ENOUGH Petula Clark 3875021 16 16 4 LOVE SONG The Overtones 80500
22 20 2 10 MY HEART IS REFUSING ME Loreen 426250
23 23 10 8 NEVER KNEW YOUR NAME Madness 180500
24 24 24 19 HELP ME RHONDA The Beach Boys 233600
25 17 17 5 WHERE ARE WE NOW? David Bowie 94650
26 40 26 2 SKIRTS The Other Tribe 35500
27 32 27 2 GOSPEL Robbie Williams 36200
28 NEW 28 1 ONE NIGHT Pet Shop Boys 18300
29 49 29 2 MERMAID Train 30300
30 50 30 2 IF YOU’RE NEVER GONNA MOVE Jessie Ware 3000031 33 31 17 YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles 206100
32 22 1 21 DISCONNECTED Keane 2018800
33 21 6 8 LOSING YOU Solange 242450
34 64 34 2 WHY AM I THE ONE fun. 24700
35 35 35 2 HARD TIMES Daniel Pearce 35000
36 36 36 2 BEL AIR Lana Del Ray 34800
37 38 37 3 BRAND NEW ME Alicia Keys 47000
38 39 38 3 JUST ONE LAST TIME David Guetta/Taped Rai 40700
39 52 39 2 FIRE IT UP Joe Cocker 28600
40 NEW 40 1 YOU’RE NOT RIGHT FOR ME Emilia Mitiku 1700041 31 10 6 SCREAM AND SHOUT will.i.am/ Britney Spears 161900
42 29 29 2 CAN’T PRETEND Tom Odell 31950
43 NEW 43 1 SEEN IT ALL Jake Bugg 13500
44 30 17 5 DREAM OF ME Kristina Train 85450
45 48 45 9 FANNY (BE TENDER WITH MY LOVE) The Bee Gees 87750
46 NEW 46 1 THE SCIENTIST Glee Cast 12750
47 34 34 3 TURN IT AROUND Toploader 47700
48 43 1 29 SOME NIGHTS/ SOME NIGHTS (INTRO) fun. 1472600
49 26 20 7 THESE DAYS ARE MINE I Am Kloot 109300
50 NEW 50 1 LOOKING HOT No Doubt 1200051 45 3 17 BRUISES Train/ Ashley Monroe 614300
52 41 10 13 YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE New Radicals 293000
53 42 20 7 THE ROAD Hurts 119400
54 46 9 16 BENEATH YOUR BEAUTIFUL Labrinth/ Emeli Sande 332100
55 44 2 15 SOMETHING NEW Girls Aloud 605650
56 58 56 9 LET’S GET IT ON Marvin Gaye 72700
57 NEW 57 1 GIVE UP Miles Kane 10400
58 57 1 55 SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW Gotye/Kimbra 1781150
59 NEW 59 1 IRON Woodkid 10100
60 60 60 2 CHANGE YOUR LIFE Little Mix 2000061 37 37 4 MIRACLE Hurts 59400
62 62 1 89 GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys 1756050
63 54 3 15 I FOUND YOU The Wanted 452600
64 NEW 64 1 MAGNETIC EYES Matrix/ Futurebound/ Baby Blue 7100
65 NEW 65 1 SUPER RICH KIDS Frank Ocean 7000
66 69 66 2 LOSE YOU TONIGHT Kristina Train 13000
67 67 1 108 BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty 2071050
68 71 68 2 TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME Mick Hucknall 12200
69 53 3 6 DON’T CRY ALONE Robin Gibb 178350
70 NEW 70 1 EXPLOSIONS Ellie Goulding 600071 70 1 48 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART Cilla Black 996800
72 72 72 2 SHUT UP (AND GIVE ME WHATEVER YOU GOT) Amelia Lily 11200
73 68 1 68 PRINCESS OF CHINA Coldplay/ Rihanna 3534600
74 NEW 74 1 COLD SEPTEMBER Stereophonics 5200
75 NEW 75 1 PYT (PRETTY YOUNG THING) Michael Jackson 5000DROP OUTS
47 23 5 MISS MARLENE Donald Fagen 74100
51 29 10 I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE Taylor Swift 124700
55 1 26 (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees 695900
56 56 3 RED Taylor Swift 27400
59 17 9 DIFFERENT Robbie Williams 141050
61 39 4 BACK IN YOUR ARMS AGAIN (NICO MIX) The Mavericks 42300
63 50 3 BECAUSE WE CAN Bon Jovi 29200
65 25 4 CLOWN Emeli Sande 49750
66 66 1 TROUBLE TOWN Jake Bugg 6800
73 1 17 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 1001600
74 74 1 I DREAMED A DREAM Anne Hathaway 5200
75 75 1 NEXT YEAR Two Door Cinema Club 5000
3rd Feb
2013 continues with manic charts. So much good stuff, other good stuff is getting prematurely booted out of the charts – at least for now!Petula not only holds at the top, a great Country album track enters high. Finally got round to playing some new albums, so Robbie’s best tracks (and new single) enter high, the whole Top 7 could easily be my Number One this week.Chart debuts for newcomers Haerts, Tom Odell, Daniel Pearce, The Other Tribe, Jessie Ware while Lana gets yet another Top 40 and Train, Kristina Train and Joe Cocker return lower down.1 1 1 4 CUT COPY ME Petula Clark 370000
2 4 2 2 LEARN TO LOVE AGAIN Lawson 165000
3 3 3 5 STAY Rihanna/Mikky Ekko 300000
4 2 1 4 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (REMIX) Roxette 400000
5 8 5 3 SUIT AND TIE Justin Timberlake/ Jay Z 126500
6 15 6 22 I DON’T KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM Yvonne Elliman 365500
7 NEW 7 1 BE A BOY Robbie Williams 50000
8 12 8 2 BLACK SHEEP Gina Wigmore 83000
9 24 9 10 LIGHTNING BOLT Jake Bugg 218750
10 6 1 13 RADIOACTIVE Imagine Dragons 90075011 5 5 4 GREEN GARDEN Laura Mvula 163300
12 9 3 11 MEMORY OF THE FUTURE (SINGLE REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 471200
13 13 5 6 LIGHT THE NIGHT Andy Burrows 265000
14 21 6 13 TRY P!nk 439300
15 11 1 16 DON’T YOU WORRY CHILD Swedish House Mafia/ John Martin 904950
16 25 16 3 LOVE SONG The Overtones 60750
17 30 17 4 WHERE ARE WE NOW? David Bowie 75900
18 18 12 7 SHE OWNS THE STREETS The Raveonettes 173400
19 NEW 19 1 WINGS Haerts 21000
20 7 2 9 MY HEART IS REFUSING ME Loreen 40675021 16 6 7 LOSING YOU Solange 224750
22 22 1 20 DISCONNECTED Keane 2001000
23 14 10 7 NEVER KNEW YOUR NAME Madness 161250
24 27 24 18 HELP ME RHONDA The Beach Boys 214600
25 NEW 25 1 NEVER ENOUGH Petula Clark 18750
26 20 20 6 THESE DAYS ARE MINE I Am Kloot 97200
27 59 27 2 NO FREEDOM Dido 28500
28 40 28 10 WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE AC/DC 120050
29 NEW 29 1 CAN’T PRETEND Tom Odell 18200
30 17 17 4 DREAM OF ME Kristina Train 7220031 19 10 5 SCREAM AND SHOUT will.i.am/ Britney Spears 147900
32 NEW 32 1 GOSPEL Robbie Williams 17800
33 33 33 16 YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles 188200
34 34 34 2 TURN IT AROUND Toploader 35200
35 NEW 35 1 HARD TIMES Daniel Pearce 17500
36 NEW 36 1 BEL AIR Lana Del Ray 17400
37 37 37 3 MIRACLE Hurts 51900
38 47 38 2 BRAND NEW ME Alicia Keys 29700
39 68 39 2 JUST ONE LAST TIME David Guetta/Taped Rai 23500
40 NEW 40 1 SKIRTS The Other Tribe 1700041 10 10 12 YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE New Radicals 281500
42 32 20 6 THE ROAD Hurts 108150
43 64 1 28 SOME NIGHTS/ SOME NIGHTS (INTRO) fun. 1460300
44 26 2 14 SOMETHING NEW Girls Aloud 594850
45 45 3 16 BRUISES Train/ Ashley Monroe 602550
46 42 9 15 BENEATH YOUR BEAUTIFUL Labrinth/ Emeli Sande 321100
47 23 23 5 MISS MARLENE Donald Fagen 74100
48 51 48 8 FANNY (BE TENDER WITH MY LOVE) The Bee Gees 74750
49 NEW 49 1 MERMAID Train 12100
50 NEW 50 1 IF YOU’RE NEVER GONNA MOVE Jessie Ware 1200051 29 29 10 I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE Taylor Swift 124700
52 NEW 52 1 FIRE IT UP Joe Cocker 11500
53 31 3 5 DON’T CRY ALONE Robin Gibb 172150
54 54 3 14 I FOUND YOU The Wanted 445400
55 41 1 26 (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees 695900
56 56 56 3 RED Taylor Swift 27400
57 52 1 54 SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW Gotye/Kimbra 1770950
58 58 58 8 LET’S GET IT ON Marvin Gaye 62100
59 28 17 9 DIFFERENT Robbie Williams 141050
60 NEW 60 1 CHANGE YOUR LIFE Little Mix 1000061 39 39 4 BACK IN YOUR ARMS AGAIN (NICO MIX) The Mavericks 42300
62 62 1 88 GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys 1748650
63 50 50 3 BECAUSE WE CAN Bon Jovi 29200
64 NEW 64 1 WHY AM I THE ONE fun. 7100
65 36 25 4 CLOWN Emeli Sande 49750
66 NEW 66 1 TROUBLE TOWN Jake Bugg 6800
67 67 1 107 BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty 2064450
68 61 1 67 PRINCESS OF CHINA Coldplay/ Rihanna 3529200
69 NEW 69 1 LOSE YOU TONIGHT Kristina Train 6200
70 69 1 47 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART Cilla Black 99100071 NEW 71 1 TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME Mick Hucknall 5800
72 NEW 72 1 SHUT UP (AND GIVE ME WHATEVER YOU GOT) Amelia Lily 5600
73 53 1 17 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 1001600
74 NEW 74 1 I DREAMED A DREAM Anne Hathaway 5200
75 NEW 75 1 NEXT YEAR Two Door Cinema Club 5000DROP OUTS:
35 24 5 TOMMY Squeeze 65900
38 38 6 DON’T SAVE ME HAIM 75000
43 23 4 FEEL AGAIN Onerepublic 69900
44 39 2 DRINKING FROM THE BOTTLE Calvin Harris/ Tinie Tempah 30350
46 46 9 GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite 91300
48 48 2 KEMOSABE Everything Everything 22700
49 49 2 RUNNING TO THE SEA Royksopp/ Susanne Sundfor 24100
55 34 5 YEAH, YEAH Willy Moon 60200
57 37 6 HO HEY The Lumineers 76300
60 60 2 IMPERFECTIONS Josh Oshu 17100
63 53 3 DON’T STOP THE PARTY Pitbull/ Tjr 25650
65 65 3 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Kimberley Walsh 18200
66 10 9 NOT GIVING IN Rudimental/ John Newman/ Alex Clare 184250
70 70 2 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE The Fortunes 11200
71 9 19 GANGNAM STYLE PSY 298050
72 72 2 JUST GIVE ME A REASON Pink/ Nate Ruess 11000
73 73 1 IT’S TIME Imagine Dragons 5400
74 74 1 I’D RATHER GO BLIND Mick Hucknall 5200
75 75 1 WOMAN’S WORLD Cher 5000

27 Jan 2013
Yes, 80 years old and at number one, it’s Petula Clark with her new classy Lana-like 60’s chanteuse vibe, who would have thought it. Previous record holder Glen Campbell a whipper snapper of 75. Petula’s Number One chart span of 24 years doesn’t tell the real story, as Downtown was certain to have topped my charts when it first came out nearly 50 years ago, cos I loved it as a new schoolboy. well done, Pet!Loreen couldnt quite make it 3 Swedish acts in a row at the top, but lots of activity with high entries from yet another good Lawson track, and Australian Noisettes soundalike Gina Wigmore. Justin gets his first Top 10 since 2007, and Toploader Top 40 since 2002. Dido’s Top 75 entry is her first since 2008, and Cher’s since 2001. Over a decade, and nearly 15 years since she last topped my chart (pushing 60 at the time), Cher first entered my charts in 1971 – but much like Petula I Got You Babe was a childhood fave in 1965…1 3 1 3 CUT COPY ME Petula Clark 225000
2 1 1 3 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (REMIX) Roxette 335000
3 4 3 4 STAY Rihanna/Mikky Ekko 225000
4 NEW 4 1 LEARN TO LOVE AGAIN Lawson 65000
5 8 5 3 GREEN GARDEN Laura Mvula 126300
6 6 1 12 RADIOACTIVE Imagine Dragons 858750
7 2 2 8 MY HEART IS REFUSING ME Loreen 386750
8 26 8 2 SUIT AND TIE Justin Timberlake/ Jay Z 66500
9 5 3 10 MEMORY OF THE FUTURE (SINGLE REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 436200
10 13 10 11 YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE New Radicals 26750011 7 1 15 DON’T YOU WORRY CHILD Swedish House Mafia/ John Martin 877950
12 NEW 12 1 BLACK SHEEP Gina Wigmore 35000
13 9 5 5 LIGHT THE NIGHT Andy Burrows 233000
14 10 10 6 NEVER KNEW YOUR NAME Madness 142000
15 18 15 21 I DON’T KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM Yvonne Elliman 310500
16 11 6 6 LOSING YOU Solange 205000
17 17 17 3 DREAM OF ME Kristina Train 54200
18 12 12 6 SHE OWNS THE STREETS The Raveonettes 151400
19 16 10 4 SCREAM AND SHOUT will.i.am/ Britney Spears 130000
20 20 20 5 THESE DAYS ARE MINE I Am Kloot 7870021 21 6 12 TRY P!nk 410300
22 15 1 19 DISCONNECTED Keane 1981500
23 23 23 4 MISS MARLENE Donald Fagen 61600
24 14 14 9 LIGHTNING BOLT Jake Bugg 173750
25 40 25 2 LOVE SONG The Overtones 35750
26 22 2 13 SOMETHING NEW Girls Aloud 581600
27 29 27 17 HELP ME RHONDA The Beach Boys 195600
28 32 17 8 DIFFERENT Robbie Williams 130950
29 30 29 9 I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE Taylor Swift 112950
30 35 30 3 WHERE ARE WE NOW? David Bowie 5290031 19 3 4 DON’T CRY ALONE Robin Gibb 160900
32 28 20 5 THE ROAD Hurts 94400
33 36 33 15 YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles 170500
34 NEW 34 1 TURN IT AROUND Toploader 17600
35 24 24 5 TOMMY Squeeze 65900
36 25 25 3 CLOWN Emeli Sande 42750
37 37 37 2 MIRACLE Hurts 34600
38 47 38 6 DON’T SAVE ME HAIM 75000
39 48 39 3 BACK IN YOUR ARMS AGAIN (NICO MIX) The Mavericks 34800
40 43 40 9 WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE AC/DC 10175041 38 1 25 (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees 685100
42 31 9 14 BENEATH YOUR BEAUTIFUL Labrinth/ Emeli Sande 308350
43 27 23 4 FEEL AGAIN Onerepublic 69900
44 39 39 2 DRINKING FROM THE BOTTLE Calvin Harris/ Tinie Tempah 30350
45 33 3 15 BRUISES Train/ Ashley Monroe 589550
46 49 46 9 GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite 91300
47 NEW 47 1 BRAND NEW ME Alicia Keys 12500
48 57 48 2 KEMOSABE Everything Everything 22700
49 50 49 2 RUNNING TO THE SEA Royksopp/ Susanne Sundfor 24100
50 60 50 2 BECAUSE WE CAN Bon Jovi 2200051 52 51 7 FANNY (BE TENDER WITH MY LOVE) The Bee Gees 62450
52 51 1 53 SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW Gotye/Kimbra 1760550
53 44 1 16 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 996200
54 42 3 13 I FOUND YOU The Wanted 434400
55 34 34 5 YEAH, YEAH Willy Moon 60200
56 69 56 2 RED Taylor Swift 16800
57 63 37 6 HO HEY The Lumineers 76300
58 59 58 7 LET’S GET IT ON Marvin Gaye 51900
59 NEW 59 1 NO FREEDOM Dido 10100
60 64 60 2 IMPERFECTIONS Josh Oshu 1710061 55 1 66 PRINCESS OF CHINA Coldplay/ Rihanna 3522800
62 62 1 87 GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys 1741250
63 53 53 3 DON’T STOP THE PARTY Pitbull/ Tjr 25650
64 58 1 27 SOME NIGHTS fun. 1446800
65 70 65 3 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Kimberley Walsh 18200
66 46 10 9 NOT GIVING IN Rudimental/ John Newman/ Alex Clare 184250
67 67 1 106 BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty 2057850
68 NEW 68 1 JUST ONE LAST TIME David Guetta/Taped Rai 6400
69 68 1 46 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART Cilla Black 985000
70 74 70 2 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE The Fortunes 1120071 61 9 19 GANGNAM STYLE PSY 298050
72 73 72 2 JUST GIVE ME A REASON Pink/ Nate Ruess 11000
73 NEW 73 1 IT’S TIME Imagine Dragons 5400
74 NEW 74 1 I’D RATHER GO BLIND Mick Hucknall 5200
75 NEW 75 1 WOMAN’S WORLD Cher 5000DROP OUTS41 27 5 HOMETOWN Andy Burrows 81400
45 22 4 MISS ATOMIC BOMB The Killers 58500
54 54 2 TITANIUM David Guetta/ SIA 21000
56 30 4 ROCK ‘N’ ROLL LOVE SONG Prince 62600
65 7 11 LIGHT UP THE WORLD Steps 250400
66 66 3 PRIDE Amy MacDonald 18000
71 1 25 LITTLE TALKS Of Monsters And Men 1478850
72 72 2 AC-CENT-TCHU-ATE-THE-POSITIVE Jools Holland/ Rumer 11000
75 75 1 A WALL Bat For Lashes 5000
20 Jan 2013
The manic new year continues in my charts, though only 14 of my Top 40 have made the UK Top 40, which is quite a low proportion. Put it down to records hanging around longer than needed in the real world and pushing out great ones..OK, it was a close Top 4, any could have taken it, but Roxette edged it, with their 3rd Number one, the last 2 both in 1990, quite a gap to wait! Loreen goes one higher than Euphoria.Then there’s Petula Clark, rocketing up from 75 to 3. She’s had reissues charting over the decades, such as Downtown at 1 in 1988, but this is her first hit new material for 41 years, the last one being the song by Yvonne Elliman at 18 by coincidence! It’s hard to believe that time gap could ever be beaten! To put it in perspective she’s 80, yet the new record could easily fit into Radio One’s playlist, without mentioning who it is, say after a Lana Del Ray track (not that ageist radio One likes Lana Del Ray that much, and “old” people over 35 (except 45ish-year-David Guetta) never mind 80). Just to point out when I was 14 I didn’t care how old a pop star was, I liked the record or I didn’t. I liked Petula and she was already pushing 40. The Fortunes enter with a cover of her song, unreleased and from the 60’s (because I was youtubing petula), and they were also last charting 41 years ago.Rihanna’s still strong, new act Laura Mvula has a fab new video and an exciting new track, and goes Top 10, along with Madness, who have had 21 Top 10’s, and at least one in each decade since the 70’s. National Treasures! Kristina Train has a second Top 20 with a much better track than the one lined up for the next single. Newish band I Am Kloot have a goodie too, and Justin Timberlake at long last reappears with a goodie (he’s had 2 solo number ones in my chart, plus one with NSync). I was saddened he didn’t get to number one this week with his on sale on radio unnanounced release, it would have been great to stuff the “play it for 6 weeks to get a high entry brigade”. Still, at least Will n Britney thwarted the plans of others (with a record that wasnt on the radio for weeks prior to release, hooray!).Lots of returns lower down the charts, Hurts, Bon Jovi (hits since 1986, one number one), Pink and the lead singer of fun. in a duet, Overtones etc…
this/last/highest/wks
1 7 1 2 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (REMIX) Roxette 220000
2 4 2 7 MY HEART IS REFUSING ME Loreen 336750
3 75 3 2 CUT COPY ME Petula Clark 80000
4 5 4 3 STAY Rihanna/Mikky Ekko 150000
5 3 3 9 MEMORY OF THE FUTURE (SINGLE REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 391200
6 2 1 11 RADIOACTIVE Imagine Dragons 803750
7 1 1 14 DON’T YOU WORRY CHILD Swedish House Mafia/ John Martin 840950
8 28 8 2 GREEN GARDEN Laura Mvula 66300
9 8 5 4 LIGHT THE NIGHT Andy Burrows 201000
10 18 10 5 NEVER KNEW YOUR NAME Madness 11300011 6 6 5 LOSING YOU Solange 180000
12 15 12 5 SHE OWNS THE STREETS The Raveonettes 129400
13 14 13 10 YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE New Radicals 225500
14 16 14 8 LIGHTNING BOLT Jake Bugg 154750
15 9 1 18 DISCONNECTED Keane 1962000
16 10 10 3 SCREAM AND SHOUT will.i.am/ Britney Spears 109000
17 29 17 2 DREAM OF ME Kristina Train 31200
18 19 18 20 I DON’T KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM Yvonne Elliman 283500
19 11 3 3 DON’T CRY ALONE Robin Gibb 143000
20 26 20 4 THESE DAYS ARE MINE I Am Kloot 5870021 12 6 11 TRY P!nk 390550
22 13 2 12 SOMETHING NEW Girls Aloud 563100
23 39 23 3 MISS MARLENE Donald Fagen 42350
24 24 24 4 TOMMY Squeeze 48400
25 RE 25 2 CLOWN Emeli Sande 25350
26 NEW 26 1 SUIT AND TIE Justin Timberlake/ Jay Z 18500
27 23 23 3 FEEL AGAIN Onerepublic 56400
28 20 20 4 THE ROAD Hurts 76600
29 37 29 16 HELP ME RHONDA The Beach Boys 177200
30 51 30 8 I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE Taylor Swift 9475031 50 9 13 BENEATH YOUR BEAUTIFUL Labrinth/ Emeli Sande 294600
32 17 17 7 DIFFERENT Robbie Williams 112650
33 25 3 14 BRUISES Train/ Ashley Monroe 576550
34 34 34 4 YEAH, YEAH Willy Moon 49400
35 36 35 2 WHERE ARE WE NOW? David Bowie 34900
36 40 36 14 YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles 152800
37 NEW 37 1 MIRACLE Hurts 17300
38 21 1 24 (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees 671100
39 NEW 39 1 DRINKING FROM THE BOTTLE Calvin Harris/ Tinie Tempah 17100
40 NEW 40 1 LOVE SONG The Overtones 1700041 43 27 5 HOMETOWN Andy Burrows 81400
42 31 3 12 I FOUND YOU The Wanted 423400
43 44 43 8 WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE AC/DC 84750
44 33 1 15 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 984950
45 22 22 4 MISS ATOMIC BOMB The Killers 58500
46 27 10 8 NOT GIVING IN Rudimental/ John Newman/ Alex Clare 177450
47 59 47 5 DON’T SAVE ME HAIM 57800
48 73 48 2 BACK IN YOUR ARMS AGAIN (NICO MIX) The Mavericks 17700
49 49 49 8 GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite 78550
50 NEW 50 1 RUNNING TO THE SEA Royksopp/ Susanne Sundfor 1200051 47 1 52 SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW Gotye/Kimbra 1749050
52 55 52 6 FANNY (BE TENDER WITH MY LOVE) The Bee Gees 50700
53 63 53 2 DON’T STOP THE PARTY Pitbull/ Tjr 18450
54 60 54 2 TITANIUM David Guetta/ SIA 21000
55 53 1 65 PRINCESS OF CHINA Coldplay/ Rihanna 3515300
56 30 30 4 ROCK ‘N’ ROLL LOVE SONG Prince 62600
57 NEW 57 1 KEMOSABE Everything Everything 10400
58 58 1 26 SOME NIGHTS fun. 1439700
59 65 59 6 LET’S GET IT ON Marvin Gaye 41700
60 NEW 60 1 BECAUSE WE CAN Bon Jovi 1000061 42 9 18 GANGNAM STYLE PSY 292250
62 62 1 86 GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys 1733850
63 RE 37 5 HO HEY The Lumineers 65900
64 NEW 64 1 IMPERFECTIONS Josh Oshu 7100
65 32 7 11 LIGHT UP THE WORLD Steps 250400
66 RE 66 3 PRIDE Amy MacDonald 18000
67 67 1 105 BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty 2051250
68 66 1 45 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART Cilla Black 978800
69 NEW 69 1 RED Taylor Swift 6200
70 74 70 2 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Kimberley Walsh 1120071 61 1 25 LITTLE TALKS Of Monsters And Men 1478850
72 RE 72 2 AC-CENT-TCHU-ATE-THE-POSITIVE Jools Holland/ Rumer 11000
73 NEW 73 1 JUST GIVE ME A REASON Pink/ Nate Ruess 5400
74 NEW 74 1 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE The Fortunes 5200
75 NEW 75 1 A WALL Bat For Lashes 5000DROP OUTS (PHEW! RATHER A LOT!)
35 11 4 HE AIN’T HEAVY.. HE’S MY BROTHER The Justice Collective 100750
38 26 6 HEAR ME Imagine Dragons 93400
41 1 10 DARK BLACK Kristina Train 577200
45 45 3 KISS YOU One Direction 37000
46 5 8 SHE’S A RAINBOW The Rolling Stones 321650
48 5 15 SKYFALL Adele 450850
52 8 16 ONE MORE NIGHT Maroon 5 343850
54 54 3 IMPOSSIBLE James Arthur 23900
56 10 11 LATCH Disclosure/Sam Smith 254250
57 55 5 GOLD DUST DJ Fresh 44000
64 8 13 WONDER Naughty Boy/ Emeli Sande 275150
68 68 1 STUPID STUPID Alex Day 6400
69 32 4 FIGURE 8 Ellie Goulding 59300
70 70 1 ONE MORE Jimmy Cliff 6000
71 9 4 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 83300
72 72 1 LIES (OTTO KNOWS REMIX) Burns 5600
13 Jan 2013

A difficult chart this one, as again so much stuff around I love, every record is lower than it deserves, and a lot of Xmas-dumpees get to re-enter after the exodus of xmas songs. I’m still mad on Swedish House mafia & Imagine dragons, but Loreen gets her 2nd Top 5, Solange is fab, Rihanna’s is one of her best and still growing and my beloved Pet Shops Boys can’t get that number one spot!Roxette come back with a great updated remix of what I think is an old track – it made my top 20 last year but it’s rejuvenated as a download, so that’s 24 years of Top 10’s for them. Killers also jump back in, Squeeze get 35 years of Top 40’s, Donald Fagen 38 years, and Bowie, the Legend, 43 years. In the real world he gets his first Top 10 for 20 years and a span of 43 years almost – there’s hardly anyone else that can do that, and he’s been away 10 years, and come back sounding and looking fragile, which is so sad.And then there’s Petula Clark and Jimmy Cliff arriving – Jimmy has also been about since 1969, 43 years, but he’s just a baby compared to our Pet – while she first charted in 1971, 41 years ago for me, in the real world she would have had a string of hits in the mid-60’s had I been charting as a child, and she would have had her first real-world chart hits not in the 50’s (as the record books might suggest) but probably the 40’s – she started singing at 10 in 1942 and was a household name from then on. She was on Jools Holland at New Year, and the new track is not unlike Lana Del ray.1 1 1 13 DON’T YOU WORRY CHILD Swedish House Mafia/ John Martin 790950
2 2 1 10 RADIOACTIVE Imagine Dragons 748750
3 4 3 8 MEMORY OF THE FUTURE (SINGLE REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 331200
4 8 4 6 MY HEART IS REFUSING ME Loreen 221750
5 16 5 2 STAY Rihanna/Mikky Ekko 85000
6 7 6 4 LOSING YOU Solange 143000
7 NEW 7 1 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (REMIX) Roxette 50000
8 5 5 3 LIGHT THE NIGHT Andy Burrows 156000
9 6 1 17 DISCONNECTED Keane 1935000
10 10 10 2 SCREAM AND SHOUT will.i.am/ Britney Spears 8400011 3 3 2 DON’T CRY ALONE Robin Gibb 122000
12 12 6 10 TRY P!nk 370800
13 9 2 11 SOMETHING NEW Girls Aloud 543600
14 14 14 9 YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE New Radicals 193500
15 15 15 4 SHE OWNS THE STREETS The Raveonettes 94400
16 18 16 7 LIGHTNING BOLT Jake Bugg 125750
17 30 17 6 DIFFERENT Robbie Williams 94850
18 19 18 4 NEVER KNEW YOUR NAME Madness 71000
19 21 19 19 I DON’T KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM Yvonne Elliman 261500
20 20 20 3 THE ROAD Hurts 5830021 11 1 23 (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees 653900
22 RE 22 3 MISS ATOMIC BOMB The Killers 45500
23 25 23 2 FEEL AGAIN Onerepublic 38000
24 73 24 3 TOMMY Squeeze 29400
25 13 3 13 BRUISES Train/ Ashley Monroe 558850
26 RE 26 3 THESE DAYS ARE MINE I Am Kloot 38700
27 22 10 7 NOT GIVING IN Rudimental/ John Newman/ Alex Clare 164700
28 NEW 28 1 GREEN GARDEN Laura Mvula 18300
29 NEW 29 1 DREAM OF ME Kristina Train 18200
30 40 30 3 ROCK ‘N’ ROLL LOVE SONG Prince 5200031 26 3 11 I FOUND YOU The Wanted 409650
32 17 7 10 LIGHT UP THE WORLD Steps 243400
33 24 1 14 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 971700
34 64 34 3 YEAH, YEAH Willy Moon 31800
35 23 11 4 HE AIN’T HEAVY.. HE’S MY BROTHER The Justice Collective 100750
36 NEW 36 1 WHERE ARE WE NOW? David Bowie 17400
37 38 37 15 HELP ME RHONDA The Beach Boys 159000
38 39 26 6 HEAR ME Imagine Dragons 93400
39 70 39 2 MISS MARLENE Donald Fagen 23100
40 41 40 13 YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles 13540041 29 1 10 DARK BLACK Kristina Train 577200
42 28 9 17 GANGNAM STYLE PSY 284750
43 27 27 4 HOMETOWN Andy Burrows 67400
44 47 44 7 WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE AC/DC 71250
45 RE 45 3 KISS YOU One Direction 37000
46 31 5 8 SHE’S A RAINBOW The Rolling Stones 321650
47 33 1 51 SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW Gotye/Kimbra 1737300
48 36 5 15 SKYFALL Adele 450850
49 49 49 7 GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite 66450
50 45 9 12 BENEATH YOUR BEAUTIFUL Labrinth/ Emili Sande 27670051 58 47 7 I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE Taylor Swift 76750
52 34 8 16 ONE MORE NIGHT Maroon 5 343850
53 44 1 64 PRINCESS OF CHINA Coldplay/ Rihanna 3504500
54 RE 54 3 IMPOSSIBLE James Arthur 23900
55 57 55 5 FANNY (BE TENDER WITH MY LOVE) The Bee Gees 39200
56 35 10 11 LATCH Disclosure/Sam Smith 254250
57 RE 55 5 GOLD DUST DJ Fresh 44000
58 46 1 25 SOME NIGHTS fun. 1429500
59 RE 48 4 DON’T SAVE ME HAIM 45300
60 NEW 60 1 TITANIUM David Guetta/ SIA 1000061 48 1 24 LITTLE TALKS Of Monsters And Men 1473050
62 62 1 85 GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys 1726450
63 NEW 63 1 DON’T STOP THE PARTY Pitbull/ Tjr 7200
64 37 8 13 WONDER Naughty Boy/ Emeli Sande 275150
65 67 65 5 LET’S GET IT ON Marvin Gaye 31600
66 65 1 44 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART Cilla Black 972400
67 66 1 104 BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty 2044650
68 NEW 68 1 STUPID STUPID Alex Day 6400
69 32 32 4 FIGURE 8 Ellie Goulding 59300
70 NEW 70 1 ONE MORE Jimmy Cliff 600071 43 9 4 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 83300
72 NEW 72 1 LIES (OTTO KNOWS REMIX) Burns 5600
73 NEW 73 1 BACK IN YOUR ARMS AGAIN The Mavericks 5400
74 NEW 74 1 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Kimberley Walsh 5200
75 NEW 75 1 CUT COPY ME Petula Clark 5000DROP OUTS
42 18 3 WARM THIS WINTER Gabriella Cilmi 55250
50 50 2 JUST BE Paloma Faith 24000
51 19 3 SLEIGH RIDE The Ronettes 50950
52 35 3 BACK HOME Guida 46000
53 53 8 DON’T SPEAK No Doubt 66650
54 54 3 TIDAL WAVE Sub Focus/ Alpine 29500
55 55 3 RIGHT NOW Rihanna/ David Guetta 27200
56 39 6 LOVER TO LOVER Florence + The Machine 78300
59 59 2 CAN YOU HEAR ME? Wiley/ Skepta/ Jme/ Ms D 20200
60 7 10 PLEASE FORGIVE MY HEART Bobby Womack 264650
61 8 12 MOVES LIKE JAGGER Bananarama 303000
63 20 3 SLEIGH RIDE fun. 44500
68 68 1 PLAY HARD David Guetta/ Ne-yo/ Akon 6400
69 55 2 INHALER Foals 17000
71 20 7 ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS (ABBEY ROAD SESSIONS) Kylie Minogue 104500
72 19 12 DIAMONDS Rihanna 174050
74 74 2 THAT’S WHAT WE CAN DO Deacon Blue 10200
75 75 1 ONE MORE SHOT The Rolling Stones 5000

So, a New Year and lots of movement as I download loads of new tracks and it’s so competitive at the top end that in normal circumstances perennial No. 1 faves Pet Shop Boys can’t climb higher than 4 so far. Swedish House Mafia just edge out the fab Imagine Dragons from returning to the top, as I belatedly realise what a great pop single it is. I always liked it, but it’s still growing in my affections!

Highest entry at 3 is the late Robin Gibb, with a track from his Titanic requiem, and a fitting tribute to one of the greats. His voice is just sublime, and the song affecting. Outisde of the Bee Gees Robin hasn’t hit my Top 10 since 1984 (Boys Do Fall In Love) and Top 3 since 1970 (August October). It’s nearly 44 years since he first peaked at 2 in my charts with the great Saved By The Bell. My mum only ever bought 2 singles, and that was one of them, and I loved it (the other was I Will Survive, and she preferred albums apart from those).

Andy Burrows at 5, ex-Razorlight, and as featured in The Snowman xmas follow-up TV special. Lovely. Solange (Beyonce’s sis, I think) gets a Top 10 climber along with buzzjack fave Loreen, the former a bit Madonna-ish, the latter a bit Euphoria-ish, but both very good anyway. New at 10, will.i.am & Britney finally sinks its hooks into my brain giving Britney 14 years of Top 10 hits, and Rihanna’s Stay registers as one of her good ballads at 16. Madness get an umpteenth Top 20 hit since 1979, Hurts to it return after a couple of years away. Onerepublic is technically a re-entry, but that was a few months ago and it’s a new year, so it’s a new chart run!

While I’m chart stat mode, The Rolling Stones add a newie to their oldie, giving them a run of 44 years of chart entries (same as Robin Gibb solo, in their case Honky Tonk Women peaked at 5 in 1969) and Donald Fagen gets a run of 38 years (Do It Again went Top 5 in 1975 for Steely Dan).

phew!

this/ last/ peak/ wks/                                                                      chart points
1 2 1 12 DON’T YOU WORRY CHILD Swedish House Mafia/ John Martin 620950
2 3 1 9 RADIOACTIVE Imagine Dragons 633750
3 NEW 3 1 DON’T CRY ALONE Robin Gibb 85000
4 5 4 7 MEMORY OF THE FUTURE (SINGLE REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 246200
5 8 5 2 LIGHT THE NIGHT Andy Burrows 108000
6 4 1 16 DISCONNECTED Keane 1890000
7 23 7 3 LOSING YOU Solange 88000
8 21 8 5 MY HEART IS REFUSING ME Loreen 156750
9 6 2 10 SOMETHING NEW Girls Aloud 511600
10 NEW 10 1 SCREAM AND SHOUT will.i.am/ Britney Spears 42000

11 1 1 22 (I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees 634150
12 12 6 9 TRY P!nk 335800
13 13 3 12 BRUISES Train/ Ashley Monroe 540100
14 15 14 8 YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE New Radicals 164500
15 30 15 3 SHE OWNS THE STREETS The Raveonettes 67400
16 NEW 16 1 STAY Rihanna/Micky Ekko 25000
17 7 7 9 LIGHT UP THE WORLD Steps 225600
18 20 18 6 LIGHTNING BOLT Jake Bugg 100750
19 38 19 3 NEVER KNEW YOUR NAME Madness 49000
20 28 20 2 THE ROAD Hurts 38300

21 25 21 18 I DON’T KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM Yvonne Elliman 240500
22 10 10 6 NOT GIVING IN Rudimental/ John Newman/ Alex Clare 146300
23 11 11 3 HE AIN’T HEAVY.. HE’S MY BROTHER The Justice Collective 83250
24 18 1 13 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 954000
25 NEW 25 1 FEEL AGAIN Onerepublic 18750
26 14 3 10 I FOUND YOU The Wanted 391750
27 27 27 3 HOMETOWN Andy Burrows 53900
28 9 9 16 GANGNAM STYLE PSY 271000
29 16 1 9 DARK BLACK Kristina Train 563200
30 17 17 5 DIFFERENT Robbie Williams 71850

31 19 5 7 SHE’S A RAINBOW The Rolling Stones 308900
32 32 32 3 FIGURE 8 Ellie Goulding 53100
33 74 1 50 SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW Gotye/Kimbra 1724800
34 34 8 15 ONE MORE NIGHT Maroon 5 332350
35 33 10 10 LATCH Disclosure/Sam Smith 243650
36 36 5 14 SKYFALL Adele 438550
37 31 8 12 WONDER Naughty Boy/ Emeli Sande 268050
38 41 38 14 HELP ME RHONDA The Beach Boys 141700
39 26 26 5 HEAR ME Imagine Dragons 76200
40 40 40 2 ROCK ‘N’ ROLL LOVE SONG Prince 34000

41 44 41 12 YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles 118400
42 22 18 3 WARM THIS WINTER Gabriella Cilmi 55250
43 24 9 3 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 77500
44 72 1 63 PRINCESS OF CHINA Coldplay/ Rihanna 3493250
45 47 9 11 BENEATH YOUR BEAUTIFUL Labrinth/ Emili Sande 264700
46 45 1 24 SOME NIGHTS fun. 1419300
47 49 47 6 WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE AC/DC 58000
48 46 1 23 LITTLE TALKS Of Monsters And Men 1465550
49 53 49 6 GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite 54350
50 50 50 2 JUST BE Paloma Faith 24000

51 29 19 3 SLEIGH RIDE The Ronettes 50950
52 35 35 3 BACK HOME Guida 46000
53 56 53 8 DON’T SPEAK No Doubt 66650
54 54 54 3 TIDAL WAVE Sub Focus/ Alpine 29500
55 60 55 3 RIGHT NOW Rihanna/ David Guetta 27200
56 39 39 6 LOVER TO LOVER Florence + The Machine 78300
57 63 57 4 FANNY (BE TENDER WITH MY LOVE) The Bee Gees 28400
58 58 47 6 I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE Taylor Swift 65000
59 59 59 2 CAN YOU HEAR ME? Wiley/ Skepta/ Jme/ Ms D 20200
60 42 7 10 PLEASE FORGIVE MY HEART Bobby Womack 264650

61 43 8 12 MOVES LIKE JAGGER Bananarama 303000
62 62 1 84 GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys 1719050
63 37 20 3 SLEIGH RIDE fun. 44500
64 64 64 2 YEAH, YEAH Willy Moon 14200
65 65 1 43 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART Cilla Black 965600
66 66 1 103 BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty 2038050
67 70 67 4 LET’S GET IT ON Marvin Gaye 24600
68 NEW 68 1 PLAY HARD David Guetta/ Ne-yo/ Akon 6400
69 55 55 2 INHALER Foals 17000
70 NEW 70 1 MISS MARLENE Donald Fagen 6000

71 48 20 7 ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS (ABBEY ROAD SESSIONS) Kylie Minogue 104500
72 61 19 12 DIAMONDS Rihanna 174050
73 73 73 2 TOMMY Squeeze 10400
74 75 74 2 THAT’S WHAT WE CAN DO Deacon Blue 10200
75 NEW 75 1 ONE MORE SHOT The Rolling Stones 5000

DROP-OUTS
51 10 8 BLACK CHRISTMAS Poly Styrene 199250
52 30 4 HERE WITH ME The Killers 64600
57 57 2 FOLLOW ME Muse 17000
67 67 1 CLOWN Emili Sande 6600
68 68 1 SHINE YA LIGHT Rita Ora 6400
69 69 2 PRIDE Amy MacDonald 11200
71 71 1 SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION The Script 5800