My Number Ones Of The Sixties – Part 3 (1966)

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1966  

SWEET TALKING GUY – The Chiffons  (2 weeks)

This 60’s harmony-girl-group short-but-bitter-sweet catchy record eventually peaked at 4 in the UK in 1972, but went all the way in my charts, ironically as the lyrics warn young girls not to go all the way with those lying sweet talking guys just trying to…well you know what! A girlie teen anthem at the time, these days it’s much less well known than their other hits, the fabulous Goffin/King “One Fine Day” or the George-Harrison-tune-a-like (copyright infringing My Sweet Lord) He’s So Fine. That’s a shame as it got a fabulous harmony melody going on, but it’s appeal doesn’t have appeared so far to have passed on down the years.

I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU – Tami Lynn (2 weeks)

A Northern Soul classic from 1971, that peaked at 4 in the UK charts (and re-issued again in 1975 when it peaked at 1 in my charts), it actually pre-dated that in the States. The northern soul circuit was big in the UK in the 70’s, based around discovering great obscure American soul records of the 60’s and finding them a new audience, especially in the centre of the scene (Wigan. No, honestly. Wigan!). Tami was a one-hit wonder, but it’s a really good singalong popsoul chugger, great tune!

GOOD VIBRATIONS – The Beach Boys (1 week)

The greatest American pop band of the 60’s, the 3 Wilson Brothers (Brian, Carl and Dennis), cousin Mike Love and Al Jardine, were a surfer-harmony-group sensation that evolved far beyond their early surfer hits into mid-period pop classics like California Girls, Help Me Rhonda, Little Saint Nick, and Barbara Ann. Creative genius Brian was really taking the competition (Phil Spector and Lennon-McCartney) seriously and trying to outdo them in the period since the Beach Boys first John-chart-topper in 1964 (Don’t Worry Baby). He managed it with this complex, amazing production (co-written with Mike Love, let’s not forget though) and song, an all-time rock classic that hit the top in the UK and the USA in late 1966. It sounded like nothing before, and the harmonies might be doo-wop-based, but were far more like a symphony than a 3 minute-pop-single! It topped my chart as reissued UK hit single to promote the chart-topping hits collection in 1976, and, well, it’s gone on to be timeless. Awesome is an appropriate word for it.

ELEANOR RIGBY – The Beatles (4 weeks)

Talking of awesome. This is not so much a Beatles record as a Paul McCartney/George Martin production/arrangement, a string section replacing rock guitars and drums, and it’s just gorgeous and sad. The lyrics are all about loneliness, death and other cheerful stuff, but it’s powerful bitter-sweet stuff, and along with Good Vibrations hit the top spot round the world in late 1966 to signpost the rapid movement of pop music into Art with a capital “A”. I was 8, I loved both sides of this double-A-side single, because 8 is a great age to love Yellow Submarine and it’s brass band noisy catchiness. By 1976 and the Beatles singles re-issue campaign, Eleanor Rigby was the track I adored. As re-issued classics proliferated and threatened to swamp my music charts to the detriment of current hits I was forced to set up an oldies chart for a year till the trend for re-issues died down, both in late 1974 and 1976/1977. Nowadays I just limit numbers of oldies in the chart. In any case this would still have hit number one in any combined chart….

GOT TO GET YOU INTO MY LIFE – The Beatles (2 weeks)

A single hit in the States in 1976, but sadly never released in the UK, this Revolver album track was used to promote the “Rock and Roll” album. That was enough for me: got to get you into my charts! Catchy, Motown-y, brassy, it’s not so surprising that Earth Wind & Fire had a UK hit version. Like Eleanor Rigby, a contributing factor towards Revolver being my favourite Beatles album, and arguably their best. With stuff like Here There & Everywhere (a country hit for Emmylou Harris), I’m Only Sleeping (90’s pop hit for Suggs), Good Day Sunshine, Taxman, And Your Bird Can Sing, and the brilliant innovative Tomorrow Never Knows, that’s a convincing argument. Any of them would have been a hit single, and many of them were – for other contemporary covers acts! Fab Fabs.

THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) – The Isley Brothers (1 week) 

By 1966 the three brothers Isley already had a claim to rock n roll immortality, writing and recording million-seller Shout!, these days known to British ears as Lulu’s iconic UK debut hit cover, and having the first hit version of Twist And Shout, as covered definitively by the Beatles. As they were both chart-toppers as covers, then, it’s only fair the Isley’s should have their own – and it’s even better! This (Tamla) Motown classic was a US 1966 hit, and a big UK 1968 hit, the year I started my charting days (when it didn’t quite get to the top). Re-issued in 1976, it had by then became a nostalgic classic Motown frantic dance fave of mine and I bought and charted it. It’s a great Holland-Dozier-Holland song (having survived two differing hit versions by Rod Stewart, one including Ronald Isley himself), the pace never lets up and Ronald’s impassioned vocals are amazing. Their Motown days were short-lived (more to come..) but that didn’t really matter as their then-10-year career was just getting started!

THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKIN’ – Nancy Sinatra (2 weeks)

One of the tracks on an EP re-issue from 1977 that almost made the UK charts, this 1966 worldwide chart-topper is Nancy Sinatra’s ongoing claim to fame. I loved it as a kid and as a teenager, and onwards, it’s quirky, catchy and has attitude, and signalled the start of an awesome duet partnership with songwriter/singer/producer Lee Hazelwood. Lee also guided her solo career, and chipped in to her dad’s recording career (that’ll be iconic crooner Frank, and I may well be alone in much preferring Nancy’s body of work – but I do!). As a solo act Nancy was fabulous, sweet-voiced, attractive and pure 60’s pop dollybird styled. So much so that her career struggled to continue beyond the decade, but as far as I’m concerned this much-covered song was not her only solo chart-topper….

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ – The Mamas & The Papas (17 weeks)

By 1977, when it grabbed two weeks at the top, the Mamas & papas had become firm classic 60’s faves of mine via a couple of budget albums I bought in 1974 which collectively made a decent Greatest Hits collection. I particularly loved Mama Cass, and the harmonies and the songs: as time passed, especially the great John Phillips songs! By 1997 this record was an acknowledged classic, so much so that it finally went UK top 10 31 years late (a big American hit, but only a minor UK hit in 1966). On the back of that it (and two other tracks on the CD) had a whopping 15 week-run at the top over the summer. The imagery is wonderful (all the leaves are brown and the sky is grey, to set up the premise) and it fitted perfectly in with the hippie-sunshine mood of the times, and Cass Elliot in the vocal mix gave it that extra oomph for the counterpoint male-female group harmonies. That’s not to take away from the lead male vocals either, which are passionate and aggressive. Sheer brilliance.

LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE – The Monkees (3 weeks)

I loved The Monkees at age 9. I loved the funny TV show, I collected the bubblegum cards, I loved the hit singles, I loved the songs they had on the show, and I loved all four actor/singers/musicians (delete as appropriate). They weren’t supposed to be credible pop stars, but they became just that, two of them writing hit songs for a start. Mike Nesmith was already a musician songwriter, Peter Tork jobbing musician, Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones, the two former-child actors had the great pop singing voices and acting skills. Add in the best pop songwriters of the time, great production and it’s not so surprising that the manufactured pop group had arrived with a bang. 45 years on and the records still sound fresh and exciting. Clarksville was a Boyce & Hart song that became irresistible with Mickey on lead, some great guitar hooks (albeit session) and a manic tempo and frenzied finale. A new Fab Four for my generation, and the perfect original boyband. This would have obviously hit my top spot in 1967, but had to wait for one of the periodic chart re-issues, this one 1980 as part of an EP.

YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON – The Supremes (3 weeks)

The Supremes 8th US number one, and my 4th (as a late 80’s re-issue, and then again in the 00’s), this Holland-Dozier-Holland need-to-break-up masterpiece was also a decent worldwide cover hit for Kim Wilde in the 80’s, but this remains the best version. Chock-a-block with angst and emotion, beautifully constructed and very danceable too into the bargain, both The Supremes and HDH were really on a creative roll by this time. In between their last topper, a run of good singles had popped up (including I Hear A Symphony, My World Is Empty Without You, and the much-covered You Can’t Hurry Love – hello Phil Collins) all of them well-known to me from a Greatest Hits album that our next door neighbours loaned us in Singapore 1970. So good, I recorded most of the tracks onto my dad’s newly-purchased reel-to-reel tape recorder. The sound quality might not have been great, and mono, but it meant that my pocket money started to go towards tapes so I could get copies of all my MANY favourite records to play over and over and over…
They said home-taping is killing music. It didn’t of course, 12-year-olds don’t have disposable income, and they weren’t lost sales at all, they were DELAYED sales: I ended up buying everything I ever taped and wanted good copies of. Record companies should note in these days of downloading (illegal and legal) that singles sales are the highest they have ever been now that we aren’t forced to buy an album for one track.

THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE – The Walker Brothers (5 weeks)

What can I say about this record…? It. Is. Awesome!! A Four Seasons song (so already quality) covered by the three-unrelated-Walkers’ for a second number one. Always bigger in the UK than their home-USA, it has to be said it’s Scott Walker’s vocals and the dramatic, epic-string arrangement that convert this into timeless greatness. If I’m feeling low I put this on and, well, cry bucketloads in a sort of cathartic way. I liked it in the 60’s, loved it in the 70’s and 80’s, adored it in the 90’s, and worshipped it in the 00’s, it just improves with age. Topped my chart in the early 90’s and early 00’s, and pretty much the last great Walker Brothers record (bar No Regrets in 1976), their short career left an impact though, not least from a certain Scott…

MONDAY MONDAY – The Mamas & The Papas (15 weeks)

The 15 week run flatters this great pop record somewhat – it was combined with California Dreamin’ and Dream A Little Dream for the chart run in 1997 – but it would have grabbed a week or two at the top anyway. The hit follow-up to California Dreamin’ had the same great harmonies, song and male/female vocals set up in their debut classic. Not as well known these days, in the 60’s in the UK this was the bigger hit, and it still sounds great. John Phillips was such a good songwriter he rather oddly gave away the all-time Summer Of Love flower-power anthem to Scott Walker: more on that later, and more on the other singles from The Mamas & The Papas that did and didn’t top my charts. Mostly did…

GOD ONLY KNOWS – The Beach Boys (4 weeks)

The Beach Boys finest, most sublime, most sophisticated, most touching and just plain old mostest record. Third chart-topper, it’s criminal it failed to do that in the real world, as it has consistently been rated in the various “Greatest Record Of All-Time” polls since. Carl Wilson’s gorgeous vocals, Brian Wilson’s gorgeous melody, and the gorgeous arrangement are all underpinned by the lyrics and the sentiment which resounds strongly nearly 50 years later: this was my niece’s “first dance” moment after her wedding 2 years ago. It’s an utterly timeless classic, and no-one has ever successfully covered it, not because the song can’t take cover versions, more because it’s difficult to sing and sing convincingly. Did I mention it’s perfect? If it fails to move the listener (and I say this in a non-judgmental “we all like different music, each to his own” frame of mind) said-listener must have a heart of pure concrete. So there, yah boo sucks smile.gif

SUNNY AFTERNOON – The Kinks (2 Weeks)

A complete change of direction from previous hits, this Ray Davies song is wistful (in a slight breezy blues fashion), sunshine-brimming, and poetic lyrics painting1966 British life (albeit some political tax comments). It’s one I liked as an 8-year-old but grew to love as I got older, largely thanks to the melody and the vocal performance, very quirkily British, and loveable. The previous single Dedicated Follower Of fashion was one I probably liked more at the time, but it hasn’t aged quite as well as this, their second Number One which peaked in the early 21st Century in my charts – but not the last time they would top though…

SLOOP JOHN B – The Beach Boys (1 week)

A traditional sailing chanty rather than a contemporary new classic. Ish. It still sounds like a Brian Wilson song, and a track off the all-time classic Pet Sounds album. While it’s not quite up to the awesomeness of some of the other tracks it almost hit the top of the UK charts – and topped mine in the 2000’s. It has what you might expect, in harmony, production and vocal, for the great band pumping at their peak, and a fourth Number One. In a way, though, it’s the end of their hot creative period…

EBB TIBE – The Righteous Brothers (1 week)

The third and final of their classic Phil Spector-produced chart-toppers, saw an early-50’s standard covered yet again in the definitive version. Even the over-rated Sinatra was over-shadowed by this moody, powerful vocal production, complete with harbour sounds. It took 30 years to top my chart, but I didn’t really hear it until the 90’s on American oldies radio, and it still sounded great to me. Bobby Hatfield sadly died a few years back, but Bill Medley is still touring and keeping the flag flying, as much for his post-Righteous hits like I’ve Had The Time Of My Life from 1987 as for the 60’s hits.

I SAW HER AGAIN – The Mamas & The Papas (1 week)

3rd Chart-topper, this time with a John Phillips/Denny Doherty co-write (they hardly ever wrote together) following the Fleetwood Mac-type fling Denny had with Michelle Phillips, wife of John and the only surviving member of the band. She left the band for a while and they wrote this typically-layered-harmony polished pop gem which charted in the UK and US. It’s not as well known as some of their other classics, but it’s a great pop song anyway, urgent, a bit manic and the melody is just delicious. Along with The Beatles and Beach Boys and Spector, the band was advancing pop into a sophisticated production/art.

PAINT IT, BLACK – The Rolling Stones (1 week)

The second Stones Number One in My-chart world, in the interim they’d had 19th Nervous Breakdown, a great rock track, and shown they were developing well as songwriters with Marianne Faithful’s angelic version of As Tears Go By. This one, though, may well be their best moment, moody, ominous and beautifully-produced, the eastern-flavoured instrumentation hints they had been more than a little impressed by the Beatles albums in 1966. Keeping up with Joneses and doing it with style. Being used in movies since has helped it rechart on several occasions, quite probably becoming their most popular classic track in recent years (it was clearly Satisfaction in the 70’s and 80’s), quite deservedly though.

ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY – Val Doonican (1 week)

The affable laid-back Val was a TV staple back in the 60’s with his Irish charm and likeable singing voice. More of a throwback to Perry Como than contemporary pop, he was nonetheless popular with young kids for his Irish comedy novelty songs and older music fans for his ballads. From early favourites like Walk Tall through to 1971’s Morning, Val popped up in the charts regularly, but this was far and away his best record. A cover of Bob Lind’s American hit, a great record in it’s own right but one which has yet to chart in mine (I’m looking for a reason!), Val’s was the more famous UK version at the time and his tones suited this gorgeous melody and lovely strings arrangement perfectly. A childhood fave that still sounds great, this charted on the back of a Greatest Hits package a few years ago.

RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH – Ike & Tina Turner (1 week)

The record that famously caused Phil Spector to retire from record production in a strop, as American radio stations incredibly failed to play it, reducing it to minor hit status. A massive UK hit though, and a bona-fide rock classic, ambitious, epic and passionate singing from Tina. The pedigree all-round is impeccable, from songwriters Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry, the Spector wall-of-sound and Ike & Tina’s r’n’b background. It catapulted them to world fame, an eventual movie based on Tina’s autobiography and a long solo career. Not their last number one in my chart, either, and this also charted following a hits compilation that made the UK chart, having initially failed to top my chart in 1969 when it was re-issued and a hit all over again. It improves with age!

TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS – The Beatles (1 week)

Never a single, this closing album track on Revolver was used on the BBC’s classic radio series 25 Years Of Rock as the signal for the changing of the times as 1966 drew to a close and opened up mind-expanding hippie music into popular culture. It’s high time it was a hit single, it’s ahead of the game on so many levels, the insistent eastern-flavoured repetitive rhythm, borrowed to great effect in the 90’s by The Chemical Brothers Setting Sun dance track, and many modern dance tracks use the same sort of repetition. The John Lennon track used tape loops and experimental-production techniques to get the new sounds, and helped open up pop to new rules: that there are no rules! Classic! Charted on the back of the remixed recharted Revolver album package.

PAPERBACK WRITER/RAIN – The Beatles (2 weeks)

Paperback Writer was probably the forgotten Beatles single until it got used as the theme tune to Read All About It, a TV review programme of the early 70’s, after which it became the 2nd-highest charting of the re-issued Beatles singles in 1976. An incessant riff-based and harmonies, and two minutes of romping Macca delight, but the B side Rain was just as good, a hippie-trippie rock anthem that really should have featured on Revolver, not tucked away on a B Side. Just goes to show that The Beatles B Sides were better than most bands A sides. We’re well into double figures now for Beatles toppers, and these two tracks finally topped in the 21st century.
BUS STOP – The Hollies (3 weeks)

This is a great song, probably The Hollies best single. Written by teenage songwriter Graham Gouldman (later of 10CC) it has great “meeting at the bus stop and turning into love” lyric and a wonderful tune, mature stuff for a pop single. Graham went on to write other fab 60’s hits for other acts, not to mention his co-written classics in 10CC (still touring), and The Hollies got a welcome boost to their already substantial back catalogue – with another 8 years to go! We forget these days how consistent they were. This was, however, the last to top my charts while Graham Nash was still highly visible on harmonies with Allan Clarke, three years on and he’d moved on to Crosby Stills & Nash, and delights like Marrakesh Express, among many.

 

(I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE – The Monkees (1 week)

Not a Monkees original, but this B Side to I’m A Believer was pure 60’s garage rock, and a punk influence. The Sex Pistols had a cartoon version hit with it, but the Monkees version is the one that spits venom. Not so much catchy pop, as credible powerful rock, Micky’s vocals bark out passion and vitriol, so not so surprising it wasn’t a single (being as the singles were aimed at kids) but it also shows just how good the B Sides and album tracks of a supposed manufactured band really were. How you get there don’t matter, it’s what’s in the grooves that counts, and the grooves are pure gold.

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2013 weekly charts part 2 – April to Aug

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me in sitges July 2013, hard to believe I'm 87..
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Lana grabs it again just ahead of PSB’s Example duet, but a new album track enters at 44 too, and the PSB’s new single is at 6. A quiet-ish chart in terms of new entries for a change, as Ive stabbing tooth ache waiting for Tuesday to come (pain puts a downer on music appreciation!)

25th August 2013

1 1 1 5 SUMMERTIME SADNESS – Lana Del Ray/ Cedric Gervais 667000
2 2 2 6 THURSDAY – Pet Shop Boys/ Example 369100
3 3 2 4 RED HANDS – Walk Off The Earth 335000
4 4 1 12 LA LA LA – Naughty Boy/ Sam Smith 1218200
5 6 5 5 SO HIGH – Ghost Loft 200400
6 9 6 5 LOVE IS A BOURGEOIS CONSTRUCT – Pet Shop Boys 185000
7 19 7 2 JUST KIDS – F.U.R.S. 71000
8 7 4 6 TRUE LOVE – Pink/ Lily Rose Cooper 314000
9 5 5 14 POSTCARD FROM PARIS – Glen Campbell 406750
10 24 10 3 COOL – LE YOUTH 74000

11 10 10 8 BANG BANG – will.i.am 161750
12 20 12 3 (YOU DON’T KNOW) HOW GLAD I AM – Nancy Wilson 73200
13 8 2 11 LOVE ME AGAIN – John Newman 575500
14 14 14 4 MOVING – Travis 102600
15 26 15 2 RIGHT PLACE RIGHT TIME – Olly Murs 45500
16 13 1 15 SUPREME – Postiljonen 1241500
17 17 17 5 HEARD IT FROM A FRIEND – Lolo 88250
18 11 9 5 FOOL – Mayer Hawthorne 139800
19 30 19 5 KEEP ON MOVING ON – Andy Burrows 68500
20 12 10 6 ATLANTIS – Postiljonen 175800

21 15 8 6 COME UNTO ME – The Mavericks 145250
22 36 22 2 FU MANCHU – The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra/ Bitty McLean 36900
23 23 23 3 HOME – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros 56800
24 29 24 5 TAKE BACK THE NIGHT – Justin Timberlake 89200
25 25 25 2 IN OUT – Dan Croll 37500
26 27 26 4 FURTHER AWAY (ROMANCE POLICE) – Lissie 49700
27 16 6 8 A ROSE BY ANY NAME – Blondie/ Beth Ditto 280350
28 40 28 2 PRIMEVAL – Duane Eddy 35300
29 35 29 4 FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE – Stevie Wonder 60400
30 50 30 2 COUNTING STARS – Onerepublic 30000

31 18 18 6 HIGHER AND HIGHER – The Moody Blues 119150
32 22 18 4 CUPS (PITCH PERFECTS WHEN I’M GONE) – Anna Kendrick 77800
33 21 3 10 A TOUT A L’HEURE – Bibio 400800
34 34 34 2 APPLAUSE – Lady Gaga 35200
35 NEW 35 1 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 17500
36 54 36 2 COOL LIKE ME – Fryars 28400
37 33 1 19 GET LUCKY – Daft Punk/ Pharrell Williams/ Nile Rodgers 800950
38 39 38 4 VALENTINE’S DAY – David Bowie 49500
39 NEW 39 1 BRAND NEW DAY – Kodaline 17100
40 32 5 9 I’M WANDERIN’ – Kristina Train 343550

41 38 3 13 BLURRED LINES – Robin Thicke/ T.I./ Pharrell 448000
42 31 9 6 LIVE YOUR LIFE – MIKA 173650
43 28 10 10 I LOVE IT – Icona Pop/ Charli XCX 176550
44 NEW 44 1 BLACK BEAUTY – Lana Del Ray 13250
45 45 45 2 40 DAY DREAM – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros 26000
46 47 46 2 THE STARS ARE OUT – Mayer Hawthorne 25250
47 52 30 6 DETROIT CITY – Texas 76200
48 48 48 2 EVERYTHING TO ME – Shane Filan 24600
49 53 40 5 LOVING YOU – Matt Cardle/ Melanie C 61150
50 NEW 50 1 LITTLE NIKKI SAYS – Little Nikki 12000

51 41 9 16 THE ONE WHO LOVES ME NOW – Agnetha Faltskog 260300
52 42 17 7 PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC – Wild Cherry 136000
53 43 9 8 SUN – Belinda Carlisle 182950
54 37 2 9 YOU DON’T HAVE TO CHANGE – Anneli Drecker 396750
55 46 24 6 WAKE ME UP – Avicii/ Aloe Blacc 91050
56 RE 19 7 SAFE AND SOUND – Capital Cities 120400
57 51 37 5 WE CAN’T STOP – Miley Cyrus 59700
58 60 58 2 THE BOOMTOWN RATS – The Boomtown Rats 20200
59 59 1 19 PHOTOGRAPH – Ringo Starr 474450
60 72 60 3 DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT – King Harvest 20800

61 44 19 8 BIG WHEN I WAS LITTLE – Eliza Doolittle 111950
62 64 62 9 HEY JOE – Jimi Hendrix Experience 55700
63 65 63 3 BEST SONG EVER – One Direction 19800
64 63 1 19 SHORLEY WALL – Ooberman 663950
65 69 65 7 THE LAST TIME – The Rolling Stones 40600
66 66 7 12 VOCAL – Pet Shop Boys 245100
67 67 67 2 STRONG – London Grammar 13200
68 68 68 2 BURN – Ellie Goulding 12800
69 56 40 6 MY PROMISE – Earth, Wind & Fire 72250
70 70 1 117 GOD ONLY KNOWS – The Beach Boys 1945350

71 71 71 2 ROAR – Katy Perry 11600
72 NEW 72 1 SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW – Keane 5600
73 75 73 2 (CAN’T HELP) FALLIN’ IN LOVE – UB40 10400
74 NEW 74 1 LOST GENERATION – Rizzle Kicks 5200
75 NEW 75 1 TRUE GRIT 2013 – Glen Campbell 5000

drop outs
49 33 3 I KEEP THEM ON THE FLOOR BESIDE MY BED – Agnetha Faltskog 47000
55 55 3 BROKEN HEART – Booker T/ Jay James 31600
57 39 4 MISS JACKSON – Panic! At The Disco/ Lolo 51600
58 5 19 BACK SEAT OF MY CAR – Paul & Linda McCartney 315300
61 13 6 REACH OUT OF THE DARKNESS – Friend And Lover 121800
62 36 4 FEELSOLOW – NO CEREMONY 50050
73 73 1 AM I WRONG – Envy 5400
74 54 2 WE SHARE THE SAME SUN – Stereophonics 16200

11th August 2013
 
Lana gets her Number One! She’s been the bridesmaid a couple of times, but she goes all the way this time, but only just edging out Walk Off The Earth’s poprock fab track, and Pet Shop Boys duet with Example. PSB’s have had dozens of Top 3 hits of course, but this is the third time Example has hit number 3 (and never gone higher so far). Meanwhile the haunting (arf!) Ghost Loft goes Top 10, and the Spanish-rock of the Roy Orbinesque Mavericks get their 3rd or 4th along with new act Mayer Hawthorne, very 70’s softrock, cool. So active is the chart that records have dropped despite sounding better this week than previous.Travis get a big mover, just like old times, and new entries from advert-related Edward Sharpe and Nancy Wilson. Nancy Wilson is a classic jazz singer from the 60’s, my dad is a big fan and was buying her albums around 1966. She’s never had a UK hit, though this track hit 11 in the USA in 1964. It previously made my charts in a cover by Kiki Dee in 1975, but the original is much better!

Finally, sneaking in at the bottom is a 1973 US hit that is currently charting for Toploader (again). Much as I love their version, like Of Monsters And Men and other various re-entries to the UK charts, they’ve already had long runs, so I’m picking the original, which has never charted. Toploader in fact had 2 long runs in my chart with it, and was a number one, their first of two.

1 2 1 3 SUMMERTIME SADNESS Lana Del Ray/ Cedric Gervais 327000
2 7 2 2 RED HANDS Walk Off The Earth 165000
3 28 3 4 THURSDAY Pet Shop Boys/ Example 139100
4 1 1 10 LA LA LA Naughty Boy/ Sam Smith 1088200
5 3 2 9 LOVE ME AGAIN John Newman 495500
6 4 4 4 TRUE LOVE Pink/ Lily Rose Cooper 216000
7 30 7 3 SO HIGH Ghost Loft 85400
8 15 8 4 COME UNTO ME The Mavericks 98500
9 29 9 3 FOOL Mayer Hawthorne 80800
10 13 10 4 ATLANTIS Postiljonen 120800

11 6 6 6 A ROSE BY ANY NAME Blondie/ Beth Ditto 233950
12 16 12 3 LOVE IS A BOURGEOIS CONSTRUCT Pet Shop Boys 85000
13 5 1 13 SUPREME Postiljonen 1184500
14 8 3 8 A TOUT A L’HEURE Bibio 363350
15 34 15 2 MOVING Travis 44600
16 10 10 8 I LOVE IT Icona Pop/ Charli XCX 144750
17 9 9 4 LIVE YOUR LIFE MIKA 142000
18 26 18 2 CUPS (PITCH PERFECTS WHEN I’M GONE) Anna Kendrick 40500
19 25 19 6 BANG BANG will.i.am 82750
20 21 20 4 HIGHER AND HIGHER The Moody Blues 79250

21 14 5 7 I’M WANDERIN’ Kristina Train 308750
22 19 19 6 BIG WHEN I WAS LITTLE Eliza Doolittle 91200
23 11 2 7 YOU DON’T HAVE TO CHANGE Anneli Drecker 368450
24 12 9 6 SUN Belinda Carlisle 158200
25 17 17 5 PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC Wild Cherry 110750
26 24 24 4 WAKE ME UP Avicii/ Aloe Blacc 67500
27 45 9 14 THE ONE WHO LOVES ME NOW Agnetha Faltskog 234550
28 NEW 28 1 HOME Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes 18300
29 NEW 29 1 (YOU DON’T KNOW) HOW GLAD I AM Nancy Wilson 18200
30 39 30 4 DETROIT CITY Texas 52200

31 31 1 17 GET LUCKY Daft Punk/ Pharrell Williams/ Nile Rodgers 765950
32 22 3 11 BLURRED LINES Robin Thicke/ T.I./ Pharrell 416800
33 38 33 2 I KEEP THEM ON THE FLOOR BESIDE MY BED Agnetha Faltskog 34900
34 37 34 3 TAKE BACK THE NIGHT Justin Timberlake 52000
35 70 35 3 KEEP ON MOVING ON Andy Burrows 29500
36 46 36 3 FEELSOLOW NO CEREMONY 42650
37 44 37 3 WE CAN’T STOP Miley Cyrus 37550
38 61 38 2 FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder 24700
39 49 39 3 MISS JACKSON Panic! At The Disco/ Lolo 41200
40 57 40 3 LOVING YOU Matt Cardle/ Melanie C 37800

41 18 18 5 CRAZY KIDS Kesha/ will.i.am 78500
42 23 23 4 DREW Goldfrapp 70650
43 20 20 3 GHOSTCITY Thomas Azier 53500
44 32 13 5 REACH OUT OF THE DARKNESS Friend And Lover 114300
45 NEW 45 1 COOL LE YOUTH 13000
46 41 7 12 POSTCARD FROM PARIS Glen Campbell 301750
47 47 47 2 XANMAN Pond 25000
48 33 5 18 BACK SEAT OF MY CAR Paul & Linda McCartney 305100
49 43 1 16 COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles 765400
50 NEW 50 1 JUST A CLOUD AWAY Pharrell Williams 12000

51 40 40 3 HEARD IT FROM A FRIEND Lolo 42250
52 35 12 11 TREASURE Bruno Mars 249500
53 27 27 17 REMEMBER (WALKING IN THE SAND) The Shangri-Las 194400
54 NEW 54 1 WE SHARE THE SAME SUN Stereophonics 11000
55 60 55 2 BROKEN HEART Booker T/ Jay James 20800
56 56 56 2 SAFE WITH ME Sam Smith 21200
57 55 1 17 PHOTOGRAPH Ringo Starr 454250
58 58 1 17 SHORLEY WALL Ooberman 649650
59 59 7 10 VOCAL Pet Shop Boys 231500
60 RE 60 2 VALENTINE’S DAY David Bowie 15200

61 36 36 4 BLACK SKINHEAD Kanye West 43800
62 54 5 7 ALREADY GONE Red Sky July 207150
63 51 2 10 GOIN’ CRAZY Dizzee Rascal/ Robbie Williams 544950
64 64 64 2 LET ME DOWN EASY Bonnie Tyler 14200
65 67 65 7 HEY JOE Jimi Hendrix Experience 41200
66 71 66 2 HOLY GRAIL Jay-Z/ Justin Timberlake 12600
67 73 67 4 GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) T.Rex 22000
68 48 48 3 ECHOES Henrik B/ Niklas Gustavsson/ Peter Johansson 31000
69 69 1 115 GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys 1933350
70 RE 34 3 IT’S TIME Imagine Dragons 35350

71 72 71 5 THE LAST TIME The Rolling Stones 27400
72 NEW 72 1 BEST SONG EVER One Direction 5600
73 NEW 73 1 HOME AGAIN Elton John 5400
74 NEW 74 1 DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT King Harvest 5200
75 NEW 75 1 ALL I HAVE SEEN The Leisure Society 5000

DROP OUTS
42 22 3 HAPPY Pharrell Williams 52750
50 50 1 EVERYBODY (BACKSTREET’S BACK) Backstreet Boys 12000
52 32 3 RELOAD Sebastian Ingrosso/ Tommy Trash/ John Martin 34900
53 26 6 A TON OF LOVE The Editors 95650
62 62 2 LE JOURS ELECTRIQUES Jenifer 14800
63 45 2 SUPERSOAKER Kings Of Leon 20400
65 65 1 DON’T BOTHER ME Eva Peterson/Will Sergeant 7000
66 66 3 LOOKING OUT FOR CAROLINE Status Quo 18600
68 13 8 BEAUTIFUL Mariah Carey/ Miguel 163800
74 74 1 THINKING ABOUT YOU Calvin Harris/ Ayah Marrar 5200
75 75 1 SHE MAKES ME HAPPY Rod Stewart 5000

 
4th August 2013A 4th week at the top for Naughty & Sam. It’s a toss-up between that and Supreme for best record of 2013 so far…Meanwhile Lana gets her 3rd Top 3, but she’s yet to top the chart. Maybe next week? Pink gets her 5th consecutive Top 5, or so, she’s on a roll…! Highest new entry from great band Walk Off The Earth, Canadian and there’s about a million of them in the band. I insist everyone love it! In at 26 is (I think) a TV video release, both WOTE & this are great youtube videos, worth checking out.

Travis are back in the Top 40 for around 15 years of hits (and a number one), which is actually peanuts in comparison to Stevie Wonder’s For Once In My Life which returns to my charts for the first time in over 44 years. That’s the longest gap ever for a re-entry. But there’s more….back in the late 60’s and early 70’s the official UK Top 30 was released on Radio 1 on Tuesday lunchtime by DJ Johnnie Walker – just a quick chart rundown, the backing music was fab instrumental Time Is Tight by Booker T & The MG’s. That record was a summer of 69 UK chart hit, and also made my charts. In 1980 Booker T had a reissued hit of Green Onions, BUT he’s not actually made my chart with new material since 1969. Till this week. So, Booker T now has the record for longest wait for a new follow-up hit to a debut hit (in my charts – I was out the country when real follow-up Soul Limbo was a UK hit): 44 years with Radio 2 playlisted Broken Heart! It’s hard to see how that record can be beaten!!

1 1 1 9 LA LA LA Naughty Boy/ Sam Smith 1023200
2 10 2 2 SUMMERTIME SADNESS Lana Del Ray/ Cedric Gervais 157000
3 3 2 8 LOVE ME AGAIN John Newman 435500
4 8 4 3 TRUE LOVE Pink/ Lily Rose Cooper 161000
5 2 1 12 SUPREME Postiljonen 1152500
6 6 6 5 A ROSE BY ANY NAME Blondie/ Beth Ditto 196950
7 NEW 7 1 RED HANDS Walk Off The Earth 50000
8 4 3 7 A TOUT A L’HEURE Bibio 334350
9 11 9 3 LIVE YOUR LIFE MIKA 119000
10 19 10 7 I LOVE IT Icona Pop/ Charli XCX 119750

11 7 2 6 YOU DON’T HAVE TO CHANGE Anneli Drecker 349200
12 9 9 5 SUN Belinda Carlisle 139200
13 14 13 3 ATLANTIS Postiljonen 78800
14 12 5 6 I’M WANDERIN’ Kristina Train 289000
15 37 15 3 COME UNTO ME The Mavericks 50500
16 16 16 2 LOVE IS A BOURGEOIS CONSTRUCT Pet Shop Boys 50000
17 17 17 4 PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC Wild Cherry 92000
18 27 18 4 CRAZY KIDS Kesha/ will.i.am 64500
19 29 19 5 BIG WHEN I WAS LITTLE Eliza Doolittle 71700
20 20 20 2 GHOSTCITY Thomas Azier 40000

21 21 21 3 HIGHER AND HIGHER The Moody Blues 59250
22 15 3 10 BLURRED LINES Robin Thicke/ T.I./ Pharrell 399000
23 23 23 3 DREW Goldfrapp 56900
24 33 24 3 WAKE ME UP Avicii/ Aloe Blacc 49000
25 38 25 5 BANG BANG will.i.am 61750
26 NEW 26 1 CUPS (PITCH PERFECTS WHEN I’M GONE) Anna Kendrick 18500
27 31 27 16 REMEMBER (WALKING IN THE SAND) The Shangri-Las 183150
28 28 28 3 THURSDAY Pet Shop Boys/ Example 54100
29 34 29 2 FOOL Mayer Hawthorne 35800
30 36 30 2 SO HIGH Ghost Loft 35400

31 25 1 16 GET LUCKY Daft Punk/ Pharrell Williams/ Nile Rodgers 748050
32 13 13 4 REACH OUT OF THE DARKNESS Friend And Lover 101050
33 5 5 17 BACK SEAT OF MY CAR Paul & Linda McCartney 292800
34 NEW 34 1 MOVING Travis 17600
35 18 12 10 TREASURE Bruno Mars 238000
36 49 36 3 BLACK SKINHEAD Kanye West 36300
37 39 37 2 TAKE BACK THE NIGHT Justin Timberlake 34400
38 NEW 38 1 I KEEP THEM ON THE FLOOR BESIDE MY BED Agnetha Faltskog 17200
39 40 39 3 DETROIT CITY Texas 44200
40 43 40 2 HEARD IT FROM A FRIEND Lolo 30500

41 35 7 11 POSTCARD FROM PARIS Glen Campbell 289000
42 22 22 3 HAPPY Pharrell Williams 52750
43 24 1 15 COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles 753300
44 65 44 2 WE CAN’T STOP Miley Cyrus 20250
45 RE 9 13 THE ONE WHO LOVES ME NOW Agnetha Faltskog 216150
46 47 46 2 FEELSOLOW NO CEREMONY 25250
47 NEW 47 1 XANMAN Pond 12500
48 48 48 2 ECHOES Henrik B/ Niklas Gustavsson/ Peter Johansson 24600
49 50 49 2 MISS JACKSON Panic! At The Disco/ Lolo 24100
50 NEW 50 1 EVERYBODY (BACKSTREET’S BACK) Backstreet Boys 12000

51 30 2 9 GOIN’ CRAZY Dizzee Rascal/ Robbie Williams 537750
52 32 32 3 RELOAD Sebastian Ingrosso/ Tommy Trash/ John Martin 34900
53 26 26 6 A TON OF LOVE The Editors 95650
54 46 5 6 ALREADY GONE Red Sky July 199750
55 53 1 16 PHOTOGRAPH Ringo Starr 443850
56 NEW 56 1 SAFE WITH ME Sam Smith 10600
57 57 57 2 LOVING YOU Matt Cardle/ Melanie C 20800
58 54 1 16 SHORLEY WALL Ooberman 639450
59 42 7 9 VOCAL Pet Shop Boys 221400
60 NEW 60 1 BROKEN HEART Booker T/ Jay James 10000

61 NEW 61 1 FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder 7500
62 62 62 2 LE JOURS ELECTRIQUES Jenifer 14800
63 45 45 2 SUPERSOAKER Kings Of Leon 20400
64 NEW 64 1 LET ME DOWN EASY Bonnie Tyler 7100
65 NEW 65 1 DON’T BOTHER ME Eva Peterson/Will Sergeant 7000
66 67 66 3 LOOKING OUT FOR CAROLINE Status Quo 18600
67 69 67 6 HEY JOE Jimi Hendrix Experience 34200
68 41 13 8 BEAUTIFUL Mariah Carey/ Miguel 163800
69 68 1 114 GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys 1927150
70 70 70 2 KEEP ON MOVING ON Andy Burrows 12000

71 NEW 71 1 HOLY GRAIL Jay-Z/ Justin Timberlake 5800
72 72 72 4 THE LAST TIME The Rolling Stones 21600
73 75 73 3 GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) T.Rex 15400
74 NEW 74 1 THINKING ABOUT YOU Calvin Harris/ Ayah Marrar 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SHE MAKES ME HAPPY Rod Stewart 5000

DROP OUTS:
44 6 15 AXIS Pet Shop Boys 423400
51 34 2 IT’S TIME Imagine Dragons 29350
52 2 11 NOW IS THE START A Fine Frenzy 491650
55 3 11 ONLY TEARDROPS Emmelie de Forest 421800
56 4 11 BIRDS Anouk 376200
58 40 4 MY PROMISE Earth, Wind & Fire 55450
59 10 14 MAGNETISED Johnny Hates Jazz 251550
60 60 6 GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers 42900
61 61 5 BROKENHEARTED Lawson/ B.O.B. 32100
63 63 5 GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper 31800
64 64 1 SO DESTROYED Prince Rami 7100
66 66 2 FURTHER AWAY Lissie 12800
71 71 1 LIGHTHOUSE Lucy Spraggan 5800
73 73 1 BLUE EYES CRYING IN THE RAIN UB40 5400
74 74 1 VALENTINE’S DAY David Bowie 5200

 
TOP 75 28th JULY 2013
 
Yes, a 3rd week at the top for Naughty Boy & Sam Smith, I still get goose-pimples every time I hear it, what a modern classic! Talking of goose-bumps, oh that Postiljonen wonder still does it for me too, back up to 2 while new track closes on the top 10.It’s taken Paul & the lovely late Linda 42 years but they finally make the Top 5, while the dance remix of Lana is the way forward for her: her sombre tunes and voice work really well to a good dance production. Fab. The 20 new entries is the tip of the iceberg, there are another 20 squeezed out of my charts by the sheer activity going on higher up (that’s tracks yet to enter, not those many tracks unfairly prematurely ejected!). Lots of debut acts, including Lolo who appears on 2 new ones, while the fab new Pet Shop Boys album produces 4 tracks in the charts.If I had a wish it would be that those dull or exceedingly average tracks or classics hanging about clogging up the charts for months at a time would bugger off and give some new (or old) acts a chance. Stop buying them people!1 1 1 8 LA LA LA Naughty Boy/ Sam Smith 853200
2 4 1 11 SUPREME Postiljonen 1092500
3 2 2 7 LOVE ME AGAIN John Newman 349500
4 3 3 6 A TOUT A L’HEURE Bibio 286350
5 9 5 16 BACK SEAT OF MY CAR Paul & Linda McCartney 275100
6 7 6 4 A ROSE BY ANY NAME Blondie/ Beth Ditto 141950
7 5 2 5 YOU DON’T HAVE TO CHANGE Anneli Drecker 312200
8 8 8 2 TRUE LOVE Pink/ Lily Rose Cooper 96000
9 10 9 4 SUN Belinda Carlisle 104200
10 NEW 10 1 SUMMERTIME SADNESS Lana Del Ray/ Cedric Gervais 42000

11 11 11 2 LIVE YOUR LIFE MIKA 74000
12 6 5 5 I’M WANDERIN’ Kristina Train 260000
13 13 13 3 REACH OUT OF THE DARKNESS Friend And Lover 83250
14 32 14 2 ATLANTIS Postiljonen 46800
15 12 3 9 BLURRED LINES Robin Thicke/ T.I./ Pharrell 379500
16 NEW 16 1 LOVE IS A BOURGEOIS CONSTRUCT Pet Shop Boys 25000
17 17 17 3 PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC Wild Cherry 69000
18 18 12 9 TREASURE Bruno Mars 220500
19 23 19 6 I LOVE IT Icona Pop 77750
20 NEW 20 1 GHOSTCITY Thomas Azier 20000

21 21 21 2 HIGHER AND HIGHER The Moody Blues 39500
22 22 22 2 HAPPY Pharrell Williams 39000
23 27 23 2 DREW Goldfrapp 37650
24 15 1 14 COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles 739800
25 20 1 15 GET LUCKY Daft Punk/ Pharrell Williams/ Nile Rodgers 730150
26 28 26 5 A TON OF LOVE The Editors 84400
27 39 27 3 CRAZY KIDS Kesha/ will.i.am 42500
28 35 28 2 THURSDAY Pet Shop Boys/ Example 35800
29 45 29 4 BIG WHEN I WAS LITTLE Eliza Doolittle 50700
30 16 2 8 GOIN’ CRAZY Dizzee Rascal/ Robbie Williams 526000

31 31 31 15 REMEMBER (WALKING IN THE SAND) The Shangri-Las 164750
32 72 32 2 RELOAD Sebastian Ingrosso/ Tommy Trash/ John Martin 23400
33 48 33 2 WAKE ME UP Avicii/ Aloe Blacc 30000
34 NEW 34 1 FOOL Mayer Hawthorne 17600
35 30 7 10 POSTCARD FROM PARIS Glen Campbell 275000
36 NEW 36 1 SO HIGH Ghost Loft 17400
37 69 37 2 COME UNTO ME The Mavericks 23500
38 56 38 4 BANG BANG will.i.am 43000
39 NEW 39 1 TAKE BACK THE NIGHT Justin Timberlake 17100
40 59 40 2 DETROIT CITY Texas 27100

41 24 13 7 BEAUTIFUL Mariah Carey/ Miguel 157400
42 14 7 8 VOCAL Pet Shop Boys 211300
43 NEW 43 1 HEARD IT FROM A FRIEND Lolo 13500
44 25 6 15 AXIS Pet Shop Boys 423400
45 NEW 45 1 SUPERSOAKER Kings Of Leon 13000
46 19 5 5 ALREADY GONE Red Sky July 188750
47 NEW 47 1 FEELSOLOW NO CEREMONY 12500
48 NEW 48 1 ECHOES Henrik B/ Niklas Gustavsson/ Peter Johansson 12300
49 66 49 2 BLACK SKINHEAD Kanye West 18900
50 NEW 50 1 MISS JACKSON Panic! At The Disco/ Lolo 12000

51 34 34 2 IT’S TIME Imagine Dragons 29350
52 36 2 11 NOW IS THE START A Fine Frenzy 491650
53 52 1 15 PHOTOGRAPH Ringo Starr 433050
54 51 1 15 SHORLEY WALL Ooberman 629250
55 44 3 11 ONLY TEARDROPS Emmelie de Forest 421800
56 42 4 11 BIRDS Anouk 376200
57 NEW 57 1 LOVING YOU Matt Cardle/ Melanie C 10400
58 RE 40 4 MY PROMISE Earth, Wind & Fire 55450
59 33 10 14 MAGNETISED Johnny Hates Jazz 251550
60 62 60 6 GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers 42900

61 67 61 5 BROKENHEARTED Lawson/ B.O.B. 32100
62 NEW 62 1 LE JOURS ELECTRIQUES Jenifer 7400
63 65 63 5 GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper 31800
64 NEW 64 1 SO DESTROYED Prince Rami 7100
65 NEW 65 1 WE CAN’T STOP Miley Cyrus 7000
66 70 66 2 FURTHER AWAY Lissie 12800
67 74 67 2 LOOKING OUT FOR CAROLINE Status Quo 11800
68 68 1 113 GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys 1920950
69 71 69 5 HEY JOE Jimi Hendrix Experience 27600
70 NEW 70 1 KEEP ON MOVING ON Andy Burrows 6000

71 NEW 71 1 LIGHTHOUSE Lucy Spraggan 5800
72 73 72 3 THE LAST TIME The Rolling Stones 16000
73 NEW 73 1 BLUE EYES CRYING IN THE RAIN UB40 5400
74 NEW 74 1 VALENTINE’S DAY David Bowie 5200
75 75 75 2 GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) T.Rex 10000

DROP OUTS
26 19 5 WOR Django Django 92200
29 29 4 SLOW LOVE Pawws 58400
37 37 3 WE WRITE THE STORY Avicii/ Benny & Bjorn 44500
38 38 3 NEVER FORGET Bebe Black 39800
40 40 4 DO I WANNA KNOW Arctic Monkeys 54000
41 19 6 SAFE AND SOUND Capital Cities 109800
43 9 12 THE ONE WHO LOVES ME NOW Agnetha Faltskog 203150
46 46 9 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye/ Tami Terrell 82100
47 9 11 PURPLE YELLOW RED AND BLUE Portugal. The Man 260550
49 36 3 I WILL LEAD YOU ON MDNGHT/Lana 35900
50 1 15 FINE CHINA Chris Brown 632450
53 19 8 WASTING MY YOUNG YEARS London Grammar 105550
54 33 3 DREAMING Smallpools 46000
55 55 6 THE PRETTIEST STAR David Bowie 54200
57 57 1 I’M WANDERIN’ Jackie Wilson 10400
58 21 5 PUMPIN BLOOD Nonono 75700
60 60 2 SHAMELESS FASHION Visage 15400
61 29 8 WALKS LIKE RIHANNA The Wanted 94400
63 63 2 RIGHT NOW Rihanna/ David Guetta 14400
64 64 1 I’M ALIVE Kamaliya 7100

 

21st July 2013

It was close run, two great current dancepop singles, but the sheer Class of Naughty Boy won for a second week at the top. Those vocals by Sam Smith are awesome, the lyrics say something that’s not been said before, and the song is unusual in sound and structure. Fab. As is the dramatic strings and vocals of John Newman!

Bibio almost did it too, gorgeous retro synth sounds and gentle melody. Meanwhile Blondie (with beth) get a run of Top 10’s dating back 35 years to Denis. Pink keeps up her numerous Top 10’s with highest entry at 8 (though she should have been in last week’s chart), going back to 2000 (around 10 of ’em so far). Belinda Carlisle also returns to the top 10 for the first time in 20 years, and dates back to 1982 with the Gogos.

Just missing out was MIKA, but he’s had number ones before (and quite a few top 10’s) and he’s a new entry too! An unknown classic album track I heard them do live enters at 21 for the Moody Blues. It’s a tribute to the moon landings from 1969 and it’s fab. Man of the day Pharrell enters with a track from Despicable Me 2, and Goldfrapp return happily at 27, hooray! Naughty video too albeit art not smut. I’m all in favour!

1 1 1 7 LA LA LA Naughty Boy/ Sam Smith 683200
2 6 2 6 LOVE ME AGAIN John Newman 264500
3 4 3 5 A TOUT A L’HEURE Bibio 221350
4 3 1 10 SUPREME Postiljonen 992500
5 2 2 4 YOU DON’T HAVE TO CHANGE Anneli Drecker 266200
6 5 5 4 I’M WANDERIN’ Kristina Train 225000
7 25 7 3 A ROSE BY ANY NAME Blondie/ Beth Ditto 86950
8 NEW 8 1 TRUE LOVE Pink/ Lily Rose Cooper 48000
9 15 9 15 BACK SEAT OF MY CAR Paul & Linda McCartney 215100
10 59 10 3 SUN Belinda Carlisle 59200

11 NEW 11 1 LIVE YOUR LIFE MIKA 37000
12 12 3 8 BLURRED LINES Robin Thicke/ T.I./ Pharrell 352500
13 23 13 2 REACH OUT OF THE DARKNESS Friend And Lover 51250
14 7 7 7 VOCAL Pet Shop Boys 197550
15 11 1 13 COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles 720800
16 8 2 7 GOIN’ CRAZY Dizzee Rascal/ Robbie Williams 508000
17 17 17 2 PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC Wild Cherry 46000
18 14 12 8 TREASURE Bruno Mars 198500
19 9 5 4 ALREADY GONE Red Sky July 176000
20 20 1 14 GET LUCKY Daft Punk/ Pharrell Williams/ Nile Rodgers 711400

21 NEW 21 1 HIGHER AND HIGHER The Moody Blues 19750
22 NEW 22 1 HAPPY Pharrell Williams 19500
23 28 23 5 I LOVE IT Icona Pop 56750
24 13 13 6 BEAUTIFUL Mariah Carey/ Miguel 143400
25 16 6 14 AXIS Pet Shop Boys 410150
26 19 19 5 WOR Django Django 92200
27 NEW 27 1 DREW Goldfrapp 18400
28 45 28 4 A TON OF LOVE The Editors 65900
29 37 29 4 SLOW LOVE Pawws 58400
30 22 7 9 POSTCARD FROM PARIS Glen Campbell 257500

31 32 31 14 REMEMBER (WALKING IN THE SAND) The Shangri-Las 146850
32 NEW 32 1 ATLANTIS Postiljonen 17800
33 18 10 13 MAGNETISED Johnny Hates Jazz 241450
34 NEW 34 1 IT’S TIME Imagine Dragons 17600
35 NEW 35 1 THURSDAY Pet Shop Boys/ Example 17500
36 21 2 10 NOW IS THE START A Fine Frenzy 480150
37 39 37 3 WE WRITE THE STORY Avicii/ Benny & Bjorn 44500
38 38 38 3 NEVER FORGET Bebe Black 39800
39 65 39 2 CRAZY KIDS Kesha/ will.i.am 24100
40 40 40 4 DO I WANNA KNOW Arctic Monkeys 54000

41 24 19 6 SAFE AND SOUND Capital Cities 109800
42 27 4 10 BIRDS Anouk 365600
43 31 9 12 THE ONE WHO LOVES ME NOW Agnetha Faltskog 203150
44 30 3 10 ONLY TEARDROPS Emmelie de Forest 411000
45 47 45 3 BIG WHEN I WAS LITTLE Eliza Doolittle 32500
46 48 46 9 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye/ Tami Terrell 82100
47 46 9 11 PURPLE YELLOW RED AND BLUE Portugal. The Man 260550
48 NEW 48 1 WAKE ME UP Avicii/ Aloe Blacc 12300
49 36 36 3 I WILL LEAD YOU ON MDNGHT/Lana 35900
50 41 1 15 FINE CHINA Chris Brown 632450

51 49 1 14 SHORLEY WALL Ooberman 618250
52 51 1 14 PHOTOGRAPH Ringo Starr 421800
53 26 19 8 WASTING MY YOUNG YEARS London Grammar 105550
54 33 33 3 DREAMING Smallpools 46000
55 55 55 6 THE PRETTIEST STAR David Bowie 54200
56 60 56 3 BANG BANG will.i.am 25800
57 NEW 57 1 I’M WANDERIN’ Jackie Wilson 10400
58 43 21 5 PUMPIN BLOOD Nonono 75700
59 NEW 59 1 DETROIT CITY Texas 10100
60 73 60 2 SHAMELESS FASHION Visage 15400

61 29 29 8 WALKS LIKE RIHANNA The Wanted 94400
62 64 62 5 GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers 32900
63 63 63 2 RIGHT NOW Rihanna/ David Guetta 14400
64 NEW 64 1 I’M ALIVE Kamaliya 7100
65 68 65 4 GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper 24600
66 NEW 66 1 BLACK SKINHEAD Kanye West 6800
67 70 67 4 BROKENHEARTED Lawson/ B.O.B. 24600
68 67 1 112 GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys 1914550
69 NEW 69 1 COME UNTO ME The Mavericks 6200
70 NEW 70 1 FURTHER AWAY Lissie 6000

71 72 71 4 HEY JOE Jimi Hendrix Experience 21400
72 NEW 72 1 RELOAD Sebastian Ingrosso/ Tommy Trash/ John Martin 5600
73 75 73 2 THE LAST TIME The Rolling Stones 10400
74 NEW 74 1 LOOKING OUT FOR CAROLINE Status Quo 5200
75 NEW 75 1 GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) T.Rex 5000

DROP OUTS
10 10 20 I DON’T WANT TO KNOW Fleetwood Mac 287850
34 23 5 QUEEN OF DISASTER Lana Del Ray 92400
35 8 9 LUV BOMB Bowie Jane 209300
42 27 6 WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN John Fogerty/ Bob Seger 78850
44 10 9 BULA BULA QUO! Status Quo 179500
50 50 2 RACER Giorgio Moroder 24000
52 1 9 WHEN THE LOVE IS GOOD Big Trouble 433800
53 40 3 MY PROMISE Earth, Wind & Fire 45250
54 32 6 FORTUNATE SON John Fogerty/ Foo Fighters 72250
56 39 2 WEMBLEY SONG The Killers 27700
57 10 11 DANCE YOUR PAIN AWAY Agnetha Faltskog 214800
58 58 4 START ME UP The Rolling Stones 30600
61 1 18 WHEN YOU REALLY LOVED SOMEONE Agnetha Faltskog 647900
62 44 4 HOT DAMN Ivy Levan 41050
66 66 1 GETTING OVER THE STORM UB40 6800
69 69 2 EDGE OF SOMETHING Jamie Cullum 12400
71 71 2 BROKEN Jake Bugg 11600
74 74 1 SING TO THE MOON Laura Mvula 5200

 

 14th JULY 2013

It’s Naughty Boy! Phew cool.gif

It’s a great pop song, and deserved to be there a couple of weeks ago. It was close though, Bibio and Postiljonen were strong, but nearest challenger was the 2007 track from Anneli Drecker, If it sounds 90’s retro dance, probably due to Norwegian Anneli fronting dance act Bel Canto during the 90’s, who made my charts last in 1995. Bibio is another lovely subtle “indie” track with some nice melodies and a retro “Rockford Files” 70’s synthesiser sound sounding good in the mix.

Kristina Train still Top 5 too, with her sultry Jackie Wilson cover – the original dates back to 1958 and is equally good, and about to chart under my new chart rules: if it’s new to me, it deserves to count as new anyway and enter my charts. I decided if I can allow in tracks a few years old that are new to me, why not 55-year-old tracks that are new to me! First to benefit is Friend And Lover, one-hit American wonders with a very 1968-sounding track that Dermot O’Leary played on his show. I liked it right away!

Red Sky July  – it’s a gorgeous slow melodic country song from Ally McErlaine of band Texas, wife Shelly Poole of Alisha’s Attic, and Charity Hair of Florida band, the Alice Band. Ally is not long recovered from a major brain aneurism (critical for a year), which delayed this project. Shelly and her sister Karen are daughters of Brian Poole (of the Tremeloes 60’s fame).

Meanwhile sneaking in athe bottom of the chart are two new tracks from two acts who debuted in 1980: UB40 and Visage. Visage haven’t had a hit since 1983….

1 2 1 6 LA LA LA Naughty Boy/ Sam Smith 513200
2 3 2 3 YOU DON’T HAVE TO CHANGE Anneli Drecker 206200
3 1 1 9 SUPREME Postiljonen 927500
4 9 4 4 A TOUT A L’HEURE Bibio 146350
5 5 5 3 I’M WANDERIN’ Kristina Train 170000
6 11 6 5 LOVE ME AGAIN John Newman 149500
7 10 7 6 VOCAL Pet Shop Boys 168550
8 4 2 6 GOIN’ CRAZY Dizzee Rascal/ Robbie Williams 483000
9 7 5 3 ALREADY GONE Red Sky July 155000
10 14 10 20 I DON’T WANT TO KNOW Fleetwood Mac 287850

11 8 1 12 COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles 693800
12 6 3 7 BLURRED LINES Robin Thicke/ T.I./ Pharrell 317500
13 15 13 5 BEAUTIFUL Mariah Carey/ Miguel 124400
14 18 12 7 TREASURE Bruno Mars 176500
15 22 15 14 BACK SEAT OF MY CAR Paul & Linda McCartney 170100
16 12 6 13 AXIS Pet Shop Boys 391400
17 NEW 17 1 PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC Wild Cherry 23000
18 13 10 12 MAGNETISED Johnny Hates Jazz 223750
19 30 19 4 WOR Django Django 73700
20 20 1 13 GET LUCKY Daft Punk/ Pharrell Williams/ Nile Rodgers 691400

21 16 2 9 NOW IS THE START A Fine Frenzy 462750
22 17 7 8 POSTCARD FROM PARIS Glen Campbell 239500
23 NEW 23 1 REACH OUT OF THE DARKNESS Friend And Lover 19250
24 26 19 5 SAFE AND SOUND Capital Cities 95800
25 29 25 2 A ROSE BY ANY NAME Blondie/ Beth Ditto 36950
26 19 19 7 WASTING MY YOUNG YEARS London Grammar 94300
27 21 4 9 BIRDS Anouk 351850
28 63 28 4 I LOVE IT Icona Pop 37500
29 31 29 7 WALKS LIKE RIHANNA The Wanted 86900
30 25 3 9 ONLY TEARDROPS Emmelie de Forest 397750

31 28 9 11 THE ONE WHO LOVES ME NOW Agnetha Faltskog 189650
32 38 32 13 REMEMBER (WALKING IN THE SAND) The Shangri-Las 128950
33 37 33 2 DREAMING Smallpools 35000
34 23 23 5 QUEEN OF DISASTER Lana Del Ray 92400
35 24 8 9 LUV BOMB Bowie Jane 209300
36 68 36 2 I WILL LEAD YOU ON MDNGHT/Lana 23800
37 RE 37 3 SLOW LOVE Pawws 40200
38 73 38 2 NEVER FORGET Bebe Black 22600
39 59 39 2 WE WRITE THE STORY Avicii/ Benny & Bjorn 27200
40 60 40 3 DO I WANNA KNOW Arctic Monkeys 37000

41 35 1 14 FINE CHINA Chris Brown 620450
42 27 27 6 WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN John Fogerty/ Bob Seger 78850
43 RE 21 4 PUMPIN BLOOD Nonono 65500
44 33 10 9 BULA BULA QUO! Status Quo 179500
45 36 36 3 A TON OF LOVE The Editors 47600
46 34 9 10 PURPLE YELLOW RED AND BLUE Portugal. The Man 248050
47 65 47 2 BIG WHEN I WAS LITTLE Eliza Doolittle 19500
48 53 48 8 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye/ Tami Terrell 69350
49 46 1 13 SHORLEY WALL Ooberman 606500
50 50 50 2 RACER Giorgio Moroder 24000

51 49 1 13 PHOTOGRAPH Ringo Starr 410300
52 42 1 9 WHEN THE LOVE IS GOOD Big Trouble 433800
53 40 40 3 MY PROMISE Earth, Wind & Fire 45250
54 32 32 6 FORTUNATE SON John Fogerty/ Foo Fighters 72250
55 57 55 5 THE PRETTIEST STAR David Bowie 43400
56 39 39 2 WEMBLEY SONG The Killers 27700
57 47 10 11 DANCE YOUR PAIN AWAY Agnetha Faltskog 214800
58 61 58 4 START ME UP The Rolling Stones 30600
59 64 59 2 SUN Belinda Carlisle 17200
60 74 60 2 BANG BANG will.i.am 15200

61 58 1 18 WHEN YOU REALLY LOVED SOMEONE Agnetha Faltskog 647900
62 44 44 4 HOT DAMN Ivy Levan 41050
63 NEW 63 1 RIGHT NOW Rihanna/ David Guetta 7200
64 66 64 4 GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers 25500
65 NEW 65 1 CRAZY KIDS Kesha/ will.i.am 7000
66 NEW 66 1 GETTING OVER THE STORM UB40 6800
67 67 1 111 GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys 1908150
68 72 68 3 GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper 17600
69 69 69 2 EDGE OF SOMETHING Jamie Cullum 12400
70 70 70 3 BROKENHEARTED Lawson/ B.O.B. 18000

71 71 71 2 BROKEN Jake Bugg 11600
72 75 72 3 HEY JOE Jimi Hendrix Experience 15600
73 NEW 73 1 SHAMELESS FASHION Visage 5400
74 NEW 74 1 SING TO THE MOON Laura Mvula 5200
75 NEW 75 1 THE LAST TIME The Rolling Stones 5000

DROP OUTS
41 13 8 HOME Philip Philips 153550
43 8 12 ALIVE Empire Of The Sun 252250
45 34 4 SKIRT Kylie Minogue 64800
48 17 8 YOU Robin Stjernberg 113700
51 51 2 EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED Taylor Swift/ Ed Sheeran 23500
52 23 5 WHEN CAN I SEE YOU AGAIN Owl City 79400
54 54 5 SO GOOD TO ME Chris Malinchak 39400
55 9 11 LET HER GO Passenger 211400
56 7 7 JUST BE Paloma Faith 158900
62 62 1 DIANE YOUNG Vampire Weekend 7400

7th JULY 2013

I’m on holiday in sunny Sitges and forgot the reason I don’t drink and stay out till 3am anymore is because I feel awful the next day. So I’m doing an early chart and wasting a beautiful sunny hot day in a beautiful town full of beautiful people. Alcohol never again!

As you can see Postiljonen just managed to hang in there for a fifth week against strong Naughty Boy (great melody and vocal marred only slightly by the la la las – though they are the point of the song), and out of nowhere Anneli Drecker which I downloaded to find it’s even better than I thought it was, a sort of 90’s dance toon with a fab melody in a sort of Tin Tin Out/Shelley Nelson stylee.  Pet Shop Boys drop out and drop in the Top 10. Granted, I think their official singles have always made my Top 10, with one exception I think (DJ Culture).

Blondie are back, with beth Ditto – who saw that one! It gives Blondie 35 years of Top 40 hits. Killers enter with a live unreleased track which hopefully will surface sometime. In at 50 is legend Giorgio Moroder, with a computer game track! Famous of course for his Donna Summer hits, including the legendary and massively influential and innovative “I Feel Love” which blew my mind the moment I heard it 36 years back. What an enormous classic. Less known is he had several Top 10’s in my chart (and a UK Number One) with UK pop group Chicory Tip in 1972. “Son Of My father” was a hit because it sounded futuristic, with its synth hook. It may sound dated these days but it was exciting at the time, and Giorgio got a lot of the credit at the time (deservedly). Technically though, it’s only his second chart hit (I think) as a lead artist – I need to check, but if so then a gap of 36 years from debut to follow-up hit with new material must be a record in my charts!

Talking legends and big gaps: Benny & Bjorn have been absent together with new material since they wrote and produced for 80’s group Gemini and the musical Chess, and as artists with Abba since 1983. Abba of course form part of my holy Pop Trinity along with The Beatles and Pet Shop Boys.

1 1 1 8 SUPREME Postiljonen
2 2 2 5 LA LA LA Naughty Boy/ Sam Smith
3 RE 3 2 YOU DON’T HAVE TO CHANGE Anneli Drecker
4 3 2 5 GOIN’ CRAZY Dizzee Rascal/ Robbie Williams
5 7 5 2 I’M WANDERIN’ Kristina Train
6 4 3 6 BLURRED LINES Robin Thicke/ T.I./ Pharrell
7 5 5 2 ALREADY GONE Red Sky July
8 6 1 11 COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles
9 25 9 3 A TOUT A L’HEURE Bibio
10 17 10 5 VOCAL Pet Shop Boys

11 22 11 4 LOVE ME AGAIN John Newman
12 8 6 12 AXIS Pet Shop Boys
13 10 10 11 MAGNETISED Johnny Hates Jazz
14 20 14 19 I DON’T WANT TO KNOW Fleetwood Mac
15 15 15 4 BEAUTIFUL Mariah Carey/ Miguel
16 9 2 8 NOW IS THE START A Fine Frenzy
17 11 7 7 POSTCARD FROM PARIS Glen Campbell
18 12 12 6 TREASURE Bruno Mars
19 24 19 6 WASTING MY YOUNG YEARS London Grammar
20 16 1 12 GET LUCKY Daft Punk/ Pharrell Williams/ Nile Rodgers

21 14 4 8 BIRDS Anouk
22 35 22 13 BACK SEAT OF MY CAR Paul & Linda McCartney
23 23 23 4 QUEEN OF DISASTER Lana Del Ray
24 13 8 8 LUV BOMB Bowie Jane
25 18 3 8 ONLY TEARDROPS Emmelie de Forest
26 19 19 4 SAFE AND SOUND Capital Cities
27 28 27 5 WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN John Fogerty/ Bob Seger
28 21 9 10 THE ONE WHO LOVES ME NOW Agnetha Faltskog
29 NEW 29 1 A ROSE BY ANY NAME Blondie/Beth Ditto
30 36 30 3 WOR Django Django

31 47 31 6 WALKS LIKE RIHANNA The Wanted
32 58 32 5 FORTUNATE SON John Fogerty/ Foo Fighters
33 26 10 8 BULA BULA QUO! Status Quo
34 31 9 9 PURPLE YELLOW RED AND BLUE Portugal. The Man
35 33 1 13 FINE CHINA Chris Brown
36 38 36 2 A TON OF LOVE The Editors
37 NEW 37 1 DREAMING Smallpools
38 46 38 12 REMEMBER (WALKING IN THE SAND) The Shangri-Las
39 NEW 39 1 WEMBLEY SONG The Killers
40 40 40 2 MY PROMISE Earth, Wind & Fire

41 27 13 8 HOME Philip Philips
42 39 1 8 WHEN THE LOVE IS GOOD Big Trouble
43 32 8 12 ALIVE Empire Of The Sun
44 57 44 3 HOT DAMN Ivy Levan
45 34 34 4 SKIRT Kylie Minogue
46 43 1 12 SHORLEY WALL Ooberman
47 44 10 10 DANCE YOUR PAIN AWAY Agnetha Faltskog
48 30 17 8 YOU Robin Stjernberg
49 48 1 12 PHOTOGRAPH Ringo Starr
50 NEW 50 1 RACER Giorgio Moroder

51 51 51 2 EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED Taylor Swift/ Ed Sheeran
52 52 23 5 WHEN CAN I SEE YOU AGAIN Owl City
53 55 53 7 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye/ Tami Terrell
54 54 54 5 SO GOOD TO ME Chris Malinchak
55 45 9 11 LET HER GO Passenger
56 42 7 7 JUST BE Paloma Faith
57 59 57 4 THE PRETTIEST STAR David Bowie
58 56 1 17 WHEN YOU REALLY LOVED SOMEONE Agnetha Faltskog
59 NEW 59 1 WE WRITE THE STORY Avicii/ Benny & Bjorn
60 60 60 2 DO I WANNA KNOW Arctic Monkeys

61 64 61 3 START ME UP The Rolling Stones
62 NEW 62 1 DIANE YOUNG Vampire Weekend
63 68 63 3 I LOVE IT Icona Pop
64 NEW 64 1 SUN Belinda Carlisle
65 NEW 65 1 BIG WHEN I WAS LITTLE Eliza Doolittle
66 69 66 3 GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers
67 67 1 110 GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys
68 NEW 68 1 I WILL LEAD YOU ON MDNGHT/Lana
69 NEW 69 1 EDGE OF SOMETHING Jamie Cullum
70 70 70 2 BROKENHEARTED Lawson/ B.O.B.

71 NEW 71 1 BROKEN Jake Bugg
72 72 72 2 GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
73 NEW 73 1 NEVER FORGET Bebe Black
74 NEW 74 1 BANG BANG will.i.am
75 75 75 2 HEY JOE Jimi Hendrix Experience

DROP OUTS
29 11 19 I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Carole King
37 37 4 STILL INTO YOU Paramore
41 20 7 DEAR DARLIN’ Olly Murs
49 49 2 SLOW LOVE Pawws
50 50 2 GAMES Claire
53 32 6 THIS IS WHAT IT FEELS LIKE Armin Van Buuren/ Trevor Guthrie
61 5 15 IT’S ALRIGHT IT’S OK Primal Scream
62 2 14 TWENTY EIGHT The Weeknd
63 9 18 JUST GIVE ME A REASON Pink/ Nate Ruess
65 65 1 FOREVER ON MY MIND Red Sky July
66 66 1 CARRY YOU Union J
71 71 1 SOMEBODY TO DIE FOR Hurts
73 73 1 COUNTING STARS Onerepublic
74 74 1 ANOTHER LOVE Tom Odell

30th JUNE 2013

It’s a 4th week at the top for Postiljonen. So why is it so good? It’s got a gorgeous laid-back summery synth vibe and hook, supported by a subtle female harmony, interrupted by the magical echo female chant that reminds me of obscure sci-fi 80’s jazzfunk hit Rah Band’s Clouds Across The Moon space cruiser announcer. The record just grooves and builds quietly and just when you think it’s done in comes the wonderful guitar solo. Shivers down the spine time. Nowhere else to go from there so it quite rightly ends suddenly.. Fab!

Naughty Boy and Sam Smith don’t quite make it (but it’s still strong), and in come Red Sky July, a country song re-entry from 2012, it’s both their first Top 10 hit and yet also a fourth consecutive decade of Top 10 hits. A mystery I will reveal in a couple of weeks. Kristina Train enters at 7, her 3rd hit, 2nd Top 10 following-up number one Dark Black.

Absent since the 80’s, it’s a very welcome comeback, beautifully timed given the current disco/funk revival, from Earth Wind & Fire, who first made my charts back in 1975 with Shining Star. So 38 years of hits, first Top 40 since 1982 and first chart hit since 1987. Hooray, and they sound just the same…

1 1 1 7 SUPREME Postiljonen 707500
2 5 2 4 LA LA LA Naughty Boy/ Sam Smith 228200
3 2 2 4 GOIN’ CRAZY Dizzee Rascal/ Robbie Williams 370000
4 3 3 5 BLURRED LINES Robin Thicke/ T.I./ Pharrell 227500
5 NEW 5 1 ALREADY GONE Red Sky July 60000
6 4 1 10 COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles 608800
7 NEW 7 1 I’M WONDERIN’ Kristina Train 50000
8 6 6 11 AXIS Pet Shop Boys 331400
9 9 2 7 NOW IS THE START A Fine Frenzy 418000
10 18 10 10 MAGNETISED Johnny Hates Jazz 169750

11 7 7 6 POSTCARD FROM PARIS Glen Campbell 197000
12 12 12 5 TREASURE Bruno Mars 125500
13 8 8 7 LUV BOMB Bowie Jane 172800
14 14 4 7 BIRDS Anouk 313700
15 19 15 3 BEAUTIFUL Mariah Carey/ Miguel 65400
16 16 1 11 GET LUCKY Daft Punk/ Pharrell Williams/ Nile Rodgers 651400
17 23 17 4 VOCAL Pet Shop Boys 76550
18 13 3 7 ONLY TEARDROPS Emmelie de Forest 361000
19 24 19 3 SAFE AND SOUND Capital Cities 58300
20 30 20 18 I DON’T WANT TO KNOW Fleetwood Mac 216850

21 15 9 9 THE ONE WHO LOVES ME NOW Agnetha Faltskog 153450
22 22 22 3 LOVE ME AGAIN John Newman 57500
23 28 23 3 QUEEN OF DISASTER Lana Del Ray 55550
24 36 24 5 WASTING MY YOUNG YEARS London Grammar 54800
25 34 25 2 A TOUT A L’HEURE Bibio 36350
26 10 10 7 BULA BULA QUO! Status Quo 148550
27 21 13 7 HOME Philip Philips 139550
28 38 28 4 WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN John Fogerty/ Bob Seger 46700
29 11 11 19 I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Carole King 319600
30 17 17 7 YOU Robin Stjernberg 101400

31 27 9 8 PURPLE YELLOW RED AND BLUE Portugal. The Man 217700
32 42 8 11 ALIVE Empire Of The Sun 238750
33 26 1 12 FINE CHINA Chris Brown 588950
34 39 34 3 SKIRT Kylie Minogue 51800
35 40 35 12 BACK SEAT OF MY CAR Paul & Linda McCartney 123600
36 37 36 2 WOR Django Django 34700
37 43 37 4 STILL INTO YOU Paramore 54850
38 NEW 38 1 A TON OF LOVE The Editors 17200
39 33 1 7 WHEN THE LOVE IS GOOD Big Trouble 408550
40 NEW 40 1 MY PROMISE Earth, Wind & Fire 17000

41 20 20 7 DEAR DARLIN’ Olly Murs 97550
42 25 7 6 JUST BE Paloma Faith 148300
43 41 1 11 SHORLEY WALL Ooberman 581650
44 35 10 9 DANCE YOUR PAIN AWAY Agnetha Faltskog 191900
45 29 9 10 LET HER GO Passenger 200600
46 49 46 11 REMEMBER (WALKING IN THE SAND) The Shangri-Las 93950
47 52 47 5 WALKS LIKE RIHANNA The Wanted 50800
48 47 1 11 PHOTOGRAPH Ringo Starr 386450
49 55 49 2 SLOW LOVE Pawws 22900
50 50 50 2 GAMES Claire 24000

51 NEW 51 1 EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED Taylor Swift/ Ed Sheeran 11750
52 31 23 4 WHEN CAN I SEE YOU AGAIN Owl City 67900
53 32 32 6 THIS IS WHAT IT FEELS LIKE Armin Van Buuren/ Trevor Guthrie 76550
54 RE 54 4 SO GOOD TO ME Chris Malinchak 28400
55 59 55 6 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye/ Tami Terrell 45800
56 53 1 16 WHEN YOU REALLY LOVED SOMEONE Agnetha Faltskog 630200
57 60 57 2 HOT DAMN Ivy Levan 20400
58 46 46 4 FORTUNATE SON John Fogerty/ Foo Fighters 43450
59 64 59 3 THE PRETTIEST STAR David Bowie 22200
60 NEW 60 1 DO I WANNA KNOW Arctic Monkeys 10000

61 45 5 15 IT’S ALRIGHT IT’S OK Primal Scream 441550
62 48 2 14 TWENTY EIGHT The Weeknd 755500
63 56 9 18 JUST GIVE ME A REASON Pink/ Nate Ruess 371500
64 71 64 2 START ME UP The Rolling Stones 12900
65 NEW 65 1 FOREVER ON MY MIND Red Sky July 7000
66 NEW 66 1 CARRY YOU Union J 6800
67 67 1 109 GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys 1894950
68 72 68 2 I LOVE IT Icona Pop 12000
69 73 69 2 GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers 11600
70 NEW 70 1 BROKENHEARTED Lawson/ B.O.B. 6000

71 NEW 71 1 SOMEBODY TO DIE FOR Hurts 5800
72 NEW 72 1 GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper 5600
73 NEW 73 1 COUNTING STARS Onerepublic 5400
74 NEW 74 1 ANOTHER LOVE Tom Odell 5200
75 NEW 75 1 HEY JOE Jimi Hendrix Experience 5000

23rd JUNE 2013

It’s a 3rd week at the top for the gorgeous Postiljonen, still not getting tired of playing it. Meanwhile chart hits Dizzee, Robin & Naughty Boy are all pushing hard for next week’s number one!

Pet Shop Boys take 10 weeks to peak but they get up to 6, while other veterans Quo get their first Top 10 hit since 1986’s In The Army Now. It’s Fijian fun. Bowie Jane is my BJSC entry, it sounds very cheesy on first listen but it’s actually a pretty good pop record, a bit of ragtime flavour, it has something interesting lyrically (albeit repetitively catchy) and a great choon. Just cos something is bouncy doesnt mean it’s low-brow. Dare I point out that Robin Thicke and Daft Punk are pretty upbeat disco songs which 6 months ago would have been unthinkable that they would be pushing a million sales in mere weeks….

1 1 1 6 SUPREME Postiljonen 562500
2 2 2 3 GOIN’ CRAZY Dizzee Rascal/ Robbie Williams 285000
3 6 3 4 BLURRED LINES Robin Thicke/ T.I./ Pharrell 162500
4 3 1 9 COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles 553800
5 7 5 3 LA LA LA Naughty Boy/ Sam Smith 128200
6 8 6 10 AXIS Pet Shop Boys 283400
7 10 7 5 POSTCARD FROM PARIS Glen Campbell 160000
8 19 8 6 LUV BOMB Bowie Jane 140800
9 5 2 6 NOW IS THE START A Fine Frenzy 373000
10 15 10 6 BULA BULA QUO! Status Quo 130050

11 14 11 18 I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Carole King 301400
12 20 12 4 TREASURE Bruno Mars 90500
13 13 3 6 ONLY TEARDROPS Emmelie de Forest 339000
14 4 4 6 BIRDS Anouk 284700
15 9 9 8 THE ONE WHO LOVES ME NOW Agnetha Faltskog 133700
16 11 1 10 GET LUCKY Daft Punk/ Pharrell Williams/ Nile Rodgers 626400
17 17 17 6 YOU Robin Stjernberg 83400
18 73 18 9 MAGNETISED Johnny Hates Jazz 127750
19 36 19 2 BEAUTIFUL Mariah Carey/ Miguel 38400
20 22 20 6 DEAR DARLIN’ Olly Murs 83550

21 31 13 6 HOME Philip Philips 121150
22 26 22 2 LOVE ME AGAIN John Newman 38000
23 37 23 3 VOCAL Pet Shop Boys 53550
24 28 24 2 SAFE AND SOUND Capital Cities 37300
25 12 7 5 JUST BE Paloma Faith 134550
26 16 1 11 FINE CHINA Chris Brown 571250
27 27 9 7 PURPLE YELLOW RED AND BLUE Portugal. The Man 199800
28 30 28 2 QUEEN OF DISASTER Lana Del Ray 36300
29 18 9 9 LET HER GO Passenger 187600
30 35 30 17 I DON’T WANT TO KNOW Fleetwood Mac 196850

31 23 23 3 WHEN CAN I SEE YOU AGAIN Owl City 56400
32 32 32 5 THIS IS WHAT IT FEELS LIKE Armin Van Buuren/ Trevor Guthrie 65300
33 25 1 6 WHEN THE LOVE IS GOOD Big Trouble 391450
34 NEW 34 1 A TOUT A L’HEURE Bibio 17600
35 21 10 8 DANCE YOUR PAIN AWAY Agnetha Faltskog 178650
36 71 36 4 WASTING MY YOUNG YEARS London Grammar 35800
37 NEW 37 1 WOR Django Django 17300
38 72 38 3 WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN John Fogerty/ Bob Seger 28400
39 39 39 2 SKIRT Kylie Minogue 34200
40 44 40 11 BACK SEAT OF MY CAR Paul & Linda McCartney 106100

41 34 1 10 SHORLEY WALL Ooberman 568150
42 24 8 10 ALIVE Empire Of The Sun 220950
43 RE 43 3 STILL INTO YOU Paramore 37550
44 40 40 2 SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince 30250
45 33 5 14 IT’S ALRIGHT IT’S OK Primal Scream 434050
46 57 46 3 FORTUNATE SON John Fogerty/ Foo Fighters 33250
47 46 1 10 PHOTOGRAPH Ringo Starr 374150
48 41 2 13 TWENTY EIGHT The Weeknd 748100
49 52 49 10 REMEMBER (WALKING IN THE SAND) The Shangri-Las 81200
50 NEW 50 1 GAMES Claire 12000

51 29 9 8 DRESDEN (SINGLE VERSION) OMD 184750
52 58 52 4 WALKS LIKE RIHANNA The Wanted 38300
53 50 1 15 WHEN YOU REALLY LOVED SOMEONE Agnetha Faltskog 619600
54 43 4 11 CITTA VUOTA (IT’S A LONELY TOWN) Mina 372300
55 NEW 55 1 SLOW LOVE Pawws 10800
56 RE 9 17 JUST GIVE ME A REASON Pink/ Nate Ruess 364300
57 38 38 3 ONLY LOVE SURVIVES Ryan Dolan 37600
58 69 58 4 LIQUID LUNCH Caro Emerald 28200
59 64 59 5 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye/ Tami Terrell 35000
60 NEW 60 1 HOT DAMN Ivy Levan 10000

61 56 10 13 BELIEVE IN ME Bonnie Tyler 201200
62 42 35 4 PRIDE LeAnn Mitchell 55950
63 63 63 2 SOUNDBWOY Stylo G 14400
64 75 64 2 THE PRETTIEST STAR David Bowie 12100
65 61 1 13 VELVET ELVIS Alex Winston 526650
66 NEW 66 1 OVERDOSE Wolfgang Gartner/ Medina 6800
67 67 1 108 GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys 1888350
68 68 68 3 CINDERELLA Diana Vickers 19200
69 NEW 69 1 YOU DON’T HAVE TO CHANGE Anneli Drecker 6200
70 70 20 8 SAD ANGEL Fleetwood Mac 103200

71 NEW 71 1 START ME UP The Rolling Stones 5800
72 NEW 72 1 I LOVE IT Icona Pop 5600
73 NEW 73 1 GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers 5400
74 NEW 74 1 THE NEXT DAY David Bowie 5200
75 NEW 75 1 HOTEL CALIFORNIA The Eagles 5000

drop outs
45 18 5 FOR YOU I’m Your Vinyl 78400
47 27 4 BEAUTIFUL LIES Novaday 66200
48 32 4 ENVOLE-MOI M. Pokoro/ Tal 58800
49 25 5 I FEED YOU MY LOVE Margaret Berger 83950
51 33 4 YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL Lana Del Ray 46950
53 38 4 PANIC CORD Gabrielle Aplin 46350
54 36 2 LITTLE TALKS Of Monsters And Men 28400
55 18 6 FIGHT YOUR BATTLES WITH ME Grenades Against The Wall 103500
59 59 2 WHAT ABOUT NOW Bon Jovi 16100
60 60 2 HOLD ME Farid Mammadov 17400
62 34 4 UNSEEN FOOTAGE FROM A FORTHCOMING FUNERAL Nicole Saboune 49300
65 48 4 COLORS Rivaz 38000
66 16 6 IT’S NEVER OVER Avan Lava 109300
74 74 1 THE WORLD IS A DANCEFLOOR Artymove 5200

16th JUNE 2013

I still love Postiljonen, so a second week at the top for the chilled gorgeous Scandi-sounds. I’m aghast that radio doesn’t pick up on records like this, but is happy to play identikit production-line dancepop. The UK Top 40 at the lower end is just stagnant these days, and there’s a wealth of great young new acts making great new music, but the charts just do not reflect that anymore as everyone just wants to dance. There’s a social paper to be written: when times get hard that’s often the public reaction….

Happily some great dance record shoot up into my top 10 at last (Naughty Boy and Robin Thicke) while Dizze n Robbie very nearly get that chart-topper! Agnetha gets her 3rd Top 10 of the year from her lovely album, while highest new entry is future-biggie John Newman. Lana Del Ray has an unreleased dance track. No, honest! Thanks to Andrey for the tip-off it’s great. Back again, for the first time in years: Mariah Carey. Back again with her almost guaranteed Top 40 entries: Kylie. Back again for the fourth time in my Top 40 (1993 1995 2008 2013) Will Smith n Jeff. I love Will, love his films – mostly…I wouldnt rush to see After Earth if I were you, get it on DVD.

1 1 1 5 SUPREME Postiljonen 392500
2 6 2 2 GOIN’ CRAZY Dizzee Rascal/ Robbie Williams 170000
3 3 1 8 COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles 488800
4 4 4 5 BIRDS Anouk 255700
5 2 2 5 NOW IS THE START A Fine Frenzy 328000
6 22 6 3 BLURRED LINES Robin Thicke/ T.I./ Pharrell 87500
7 29 7 2 LA LA LA Naughty Boy/ Sam Smith 68200
8 10 8 9 AXIS Pet Shop Boys 228400
9 63 9 7 THE ONE WHO LOVES ME NOW Agnetha Faltskog 106700
10 16 10 4 POSTCARD FROM PARIS Glen Campbell 110000

11 13 1 9 GET LUCKY Daft Punk/ Pharrell Williams/ Nile Rodgers 601400
12 7 7 4 JUST BE Paloma Faith 115800
13 5 3 5 ONLY TEARDROPS Emmelie de Forest 307000
14 17 14 17 I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Carole King 264400
15 20 15 5 BULA BULA QUO! Status Quo 88050
16 11 1 10 FINE CHINA Chris Brown 552750
17 34 17 5 YOU Robin Stjernberg 60400
18 18 9 8 LET HER GO Passenger 169400
19 24 19 5 LUV BOMB Bowie Jane 92800
20 30 20 3 TREASURE Bruno Mars 55500

21 14 10 7 DANCE YOUR PAIN AWAY Agnetha Faltskog 161150
22 53 22 5 DEAR DARLIN’ Olly Murs 63550
23 23 23 2 WHEN CAN I SEE YOU AGAIN Owl City 38500
24 8 8 9 ALIVE Empire Of The Sun 207200
25 12 1 5 WHEN THE LOVE IS GOOD Big Trouble 373750
26 NEW 26 1 LOVE ME AGAIN John Newman 18500
27 15 9 6 PURPLE YELLOW RED AND BLUE Portugal. The Man 181400
28 NEW 28 1 SAFE AND SOUND Capital Cities 18300
29 9 9 7 DRESDEN (SINGLE VERSION) OMD 173000
30 NEW 30 1 QUEEN OF DISASTER Lana Del Ray 18000

31 19 13 5 HOME Philip Philips 101400
32 39 32 4 THIS IS WHAT IT FEELS LIKE Armin Van Buuren/ Trevor Guthrie 47500
33 21 5 13 IT’S ALRIGHT IT’S OK Primal Scream 421050
34 28 1 9 SHORLEY WALL Ooberman 554150
35 37 35 16 I DON’T WANT TO KNOW Fleetwood Mac 178850
36 NEW 36 1 BEAUTIFUL Mariah Carey/ Miguel 17400
37 40 37 2 VOCAL Pet Shop Boys 34300
38 60 38 2 ONLY LOVE SURVIVES Ryan Dolan 27200
39 NEW 39 1 SKIRT Kylie Minogue 17100
40 NEW 40 1 SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince 17000

41 31 2 12 TWENTY EIGHT The Weeknd 735800
42 35 35 3 PRIDE LeAnn Mitchell 48550
43 32 4 10 CITTA VUOTA (IT’S A LONELY TOWN) Mina 361300
44 46 44 10 BACK SEAT OF MY CAR Paul & Linda McCartney 89100
45 26 18 5 FOR YOU I’m Your Vinyl 78400
46 45 1 9 PHOTOGRAPH Ringo Starr 361650
47 27 27 4 BEAUTIFUL LIES Novaday 66200
48 54 32 4 ENVOLE-MOI M. Pokoro/ Tal 58800
49 25 25 5 I FEED YOU MY LOVE Margaret Berger 83950
50 49 1 14 WHEN YOU REALLY LOVED SOMEONE Agnetha Faltskog 608350

51 33 33 4 YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL Lana Del Ray 46950
52 56 52 9 REMEMBER (WALKING IN THE SAND) The Shangri-Las 69000
53 38 38 4 PANIC CORD Gabrielle Aplin 46350
54 36 36 2 LITTLE TALKS Of Monsters And Men 28400
55 41 18 6 FIGHT YOUR BATTLES WITH ME Grenades Against The Wall 103500
56 51 10 12 BELIEVE IN ME Bonnie Tyler 193700
57 59 57 2 FORTUNATE SON John Fogerty/ Foo Fighters 20500
58 58 58 3 WALKS LIKE RIHANNA The Wanted 26800
59 70 59 2 WHAT ABOUT NOW Bon Jovi 16100
60 62 60 2 HOLD ME Farid Mammadov 17400

61 57 1 12 VELVET ELVIS Alex Winston 519650
62 50 34 4 UNSEEN FOOTAGE FROM A FORTHCOMING FUNERAL Nicole Saboune 49300
63 NEW 63 1 SOUNDBWOY Stylo G 7200
64 66 64 4 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye/ Tami Terrell 24900
65 48 48 4 COLORS Rivaz 38000
66 43 16 6 IT’S NEVER OVER Avan Lava 109300
67 67 1 107 GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys 1881750
68 68 68 2 CINDERELLA Diana Vickers 12800
69 69 69 3 LIQUID LUNCH Caro Emerald 18000
70 55 20 7 SAD ANGEL Fleetwood Mac 97200

71 RE 63 3 WASTING MY YOUNG YEARS London Grammar 18400
72 72 72 2 WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN John Fogerty/ Bob Seger 11200
73 71 28 8 MAGNETISED Johnny Hates Jazz 105750
74 NEW 74 1 THE WORLD IS A DANCEFLOOR Artymove 5200
75 NEW 75 1 THE PRETTIEST STAR David Bowie 5000

DROP-OUTS
42 7 12 WINGS Haerts 309750
44 17 5 TONGUES Joywave 95050
47 27 4 MADE IT ALL The Look 67100
52 28 3 DARKNESS Du Tonc 47500
61 36 7 #THATPOWER will.i.am/ Justin Bieber 77400
64 64 1 L’ENFER ET MOI Amandine Bourgeois 7100
65 39 5 THE PHOENIX Fall Out Boy 49650
73 73 1 HERE WE GO PeR 5400
74 8 7 WALLPAPER Staygold/ Style Of Eye & Pow 201300
75 75 1 MAYBE I’M AMAZED (LIVE) Paul McCartney & Wings 5000

9th JUNE 2013

Yes, I saw Paloma Faith and Laura Mvula in concert. Review on my popchartfreak blog if anyone’s very keen, but it causes a re-entry in my top 10 for Just Be (fab!).

Meanwhile, the oldest record ever to top my chart (at 53 years) the wonderful Ray Charles drops to 3, just edged out by two new tracks,  the 3rd Swedish Number One of the year for Postiljonen, and at 2 A Fine Frenzy aka American alternative singer-songwriter Alison Sudol, who’s had some European & American success. Meanwhile, in at 6 for Dizzee and Robbie, a great pop track which gladdens my heart, if only to see Radio 1 forced to A list it (Dizzee is the Elvis of British grime, so they have no choice!) despite the now-exorcised Robbie being on it. Ha! Good ol’ Dizzee. That’ll teach them to make a big deal of dumping the over-30’s from the playlist, give or take the odd Guetta Muse or Jay-Z. The policy has been such a huge success that they’ve expunged 1 or 2 million listeners and the average age of the listener hasn’t shifted at all – still 32. The policy-makers should realise age is no barrier to enjoying new music, and also that most 15-year-olds like pop music best of all.

Lecture over! Anouk overtakes Emm as the top eurovision tracks, while the cd versions give boosts to some others lower down my charts. Empire Of The Sun make the Top 10 and sort-of get a span of 10 years of hits (The Sleepy Jackson being an earlier incarnation who topped my chart in 2003), Pet Shop Boys span 28 years and OMD 33 years. Sneaking in at the bottom are 2 new John Fogerty duets of old Creedence Clearwater Revival classics, giving him exactly 44 years in my charts. Aghhh!

1 8 1 4 SUPREME Postiljonen 247500
2 2 2 4 NOW IS THE START A Fine Frenzy 268000
3 1 1 7 COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles 403800
4 5 4 4 BIRDS Anouk 190700
5 3 3 4 ONLY TEARDROPS Emmelie de Forest 275000
6 NEW 6 1 GOIN’ CRAZY Dizzee Rascal/ Robbie Williams 55000
7 RE 7 3 JUST BE Paloma Faith 80800
8 11 8 8 ALIVE Empire Of The Sun 188200
9 12 9 6 DRESDEN (SINGLE VERSION) OMD 154800
10 14 10 8 AXIS Pet Shop Boys 180400

11 6 1 9 FINE CHINA Chris Brown 527750
12 4 1 4 WHEN THE LOVE IS GOOD Big Trouble 355000
13 7 1 8 GET LUCKY Daft Punk/ Pharrell Williams/ Nile Rodgers 564400
14 10 10 6 DANCE YOUR PAIN AWAY Agnetha Faltskog 141400
15 16 9 5 PURPLE YELLOW RED AND BLUE Portugal. The Man 163000
16 17 16 3 POSTCARD FROM PARIS Glen Campbell 68000
17 20 17 16 I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Carole King 235400
18 9 9 7 LET HER GO Passenger 147400
19 13 13 4 HOME Phillip Phillips 83500
20 25 20 4 BULA BULA QUO! Status Quo 61050

21 15 5 12 IT’S ALRIGHT IT’S OK Primal Scream 403350
22 45 22 2 BLURRED LINES Robin Thicke/ T.I./ Pharrell 32500
23 NEW 23 1 WHEN CAN I SEE YOU AGAIN Owl City 19250
24 29 24 4 LUV BOMB Bowie Jane 71800
25 28 25 4 I FEED YOU MY LOVE Margaret Berger 71850
26 18 18 4 FOR YOU I’m Your Vinyl 65400
27 30 27 3 BEAUTIFUL LIES Novaday 53700
28 23 1 8 SHORLEY WALL Ooberman 536550
29 NEW 29 1 LA LA LA Naughty Boy/ Sam Smith 18200
30 35 30 2 TREASURE Bruno Mars 35500

31 31 2 11 TWENTY EIGHT The Weeknd 721800
32 24 4 9 CITTA VUOTA (IT’S A LONELY TOWN) Mina 347800
33 47 33 3 YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL Lana Del Ray 35200
34 66 34 4 YOU Robin Stjernberg 37400
35 37 35 2 PRIDE LeAnn Mitchell 34800
36 NEW 36 1 LITTLE TALKS Of Monsters And Men 17400
37 40 37 15 I DON’T WANT TO KNOW Fleetwood Mac 161350
38 49 38 3 PANIC CORD Gabrielle Aplin 35100
39 65 39 3 THIS IS WHAT IT FEELS LIKE Armin Van Buuren/ Trevor Guthrie 29700
40 NEW 40 1 VOCAL Pet Shop Boys 17000

41 21 18 5 FIGHT YOUR BATTLES WITH ME Grenades Against The Wall 92700
42 26 7 12 WINGS Haerts 309750
43 22 16 5 IT’S NEVER OVER Avan Lava 102500
44 19 17 5 TONGUES Joywave 95050
45 41 1 8 PHOTOGRAPH Ringo Starr 358900
46 50 46 9 BACK SEAT OF MY CAR Paul & Linda McCartney 75850
47 27 27 4 MADE IT ALL The Look 67100
48 48 48 3 COLORS Rivaz 31000
49 44 1 13 WHEN YOU REALLY LOVED SOMEONE Agnetha Faltskog 596350
50 34 34 3 UNSEEN FOOTAGE FROM A FORTHCOMING FUNERAL Nicole Saboune 41900

51 51 10 11 BELIEVE IN ME Bonnie Tyler 183100
52 33 28 3 DARKNESS Du Tonc 47500
53 54 53 4 DEAR DARLIN’ Olly Murs 44050
54 32 32 3 ENVOLE-MOI M. Pokoro/ Tal 46500
55 43 20 6 SAD ANGEL Fleetwood Mac 91200
56 59 56 8 REMEMBER (WALKING IN THE SAND) The Shangri-Las 57500
57 53 1 11 VELVET ELVIS Alex Winston 512150
58 68 58 2 WALKS LIKE RIHANNA The Wanted 16600
59 NEW 59 1 FORTUNATE SON John Fogerty/ Foo Fighters 10100
60 NEW 60 1 ONLY LOVE SURVIVES Ryan Dolan 10000

61 36 36 7 #THATPOWER will.i.am/ Justin Bieber 77400
62 NEW 62 1 HOLD ME Farid Mammadov 7400
63 71 37 6 THE ONE WHO LOVES ME NOW Agnetha Faltskog 61700
64 NEW 64 1 L’ENFER ET MOI Amandine Bourgeois 7100
65 39 39 5 THE PHOENIX Fall Out Boy 49650
66 70 66 3 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye/ Tami Terrell 17800
67 67 1 106 GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys 1875150
68 NEW 68 1 CINDERELLA Diana Vickers 6400
69 72 69 2 LIQUID LUNCH Caro Emerald 11800
70 NEW 70 1 WHAT ABOUT NOW Bon Jovi 6000

71 57 28 7 MAGNETISED Johnny Hates Jazz 100350
72 NEW 72 1 WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN John Fogerty/ Bob Seger 5600
73 NEW 73 1 HERE WE GO PeR 5400
74 52 8 7 WALLPAPER Staygold/ Style Of Eye & Pow 201300
75 NEW 75 1 MAYBE I’M AMAZED (LIVE) Paul McCartney & Wings 5000

DROP OUTS (far too early thanks to more new entries!)
38 30 2 ENDORPHINS Sub Focus/ Alex Clare 35200
42 19 6 IT’S OVER Rod Stewart 107900
46 46 5 ALL ALONE fun. 59900
55 55 3 SOOTHE MY SOUL Depeche Mode 32400
56 56 3 WHAT IF Dina Garipova 31800
58 58 5 PLAY HARD David Guetta/ Ne-yo/ Akon 45500
60 60 3 TOMORROW Gianluca 24800
61 10 8 THE CONVERSATION Texas 190600
62 1 15 MIRRORS Justin Timberlake 752150
63 63 2 WASTING MY YOUNG YEARS London Grammar 12600
64 64 4 I WAS A FOOL Tegan & Sara 27700
69 69 2 DUMB Tich 11400
73 73 1 SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield 5400
74 74 1 UNDERDOG Ida 5200
75 75 1 THE SAFETY DANCE Men Without Hats 5000

2nd JUNE 2013

Yes. it’s disco time. Not just Daft Punk, not just discofunk from Chris Brown, and not just retro disco from Agnetha, no..another Uk number one is disco too – Robin Thicke is total Marvin Gaye Got To Give It Up, and Bruno Mars is pure 1978 disco tracks. So it’s official those sexy cool disco rhythms are OK to dance to again. Not that I ever stopped, but those 3million bpm tracks just wear you out when you’re..harrumph…over 40…harrumph… Hooray! In the words of that anthem, I Just Wanna ~$%&ing Dance…

Meanwhile, that Ray Charles oldie just sounds so laid back and warm sunny summer day-ey, and as we’ve had 2 sunny days this year it’s the one for me!

2 Top 5 Eurovision hits (among others lower down) as I start to play the cd. Agnetha gets her 2nd top 10 of the year. Some re-entries from records unfairly lost in the mass invasion of my charts last month, and a new hit from The Voice winner Leanne. I must say I enjoy the battles in that show.

1 3 1 6 COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles 318800
2 6 2 3 NOW IS THE START A Fine Frenzy 168000
3 4 3 3 ONLY TEARDROPS Emmelie de Forest 215000
4 1 1 3 WHEN THE LOVE IS GOOD Big Trouble 320000
5 8 5 3 BIRDS Anouk 125700
6 2 1 8 FINE CHINA Chris Brown 490750
7 5 1 7 GET LUCKY Daft Punk/ Pharrell Williams/ Nile Rodgers 532400
8 10 8 3 SUPREME Postiljonen 102500
9 47 9 6 LET HER GO Passenger 125400
10 14 10 5 DANCE YOUR PAIN AWAY Agnetha Faltskog 112400

11 12 11 7 ALIVE Empire Of The Sun 140200
12 18 12 5 DRESDEN (SINGLE VERSION) OMD 109800
13 23 13 3 HOME Phillip Phillips 62500
14 19 14 7 AXIS Pet Shop Boys 138400
15 11 5 11 IT’S ALRIGHT IT’S OK Primal Scream 383600
16 9 9 4 PURPLE YELLOW RED AND BLUE Portugal. The Man 136000
17 20 17 2 POSTCARD FROM PARIS Glen Campbell 43000
18 26 18 3 FOR YOU I’m Your Vinyl 46900
19 22 17 4 TONGUES Joywave 81800
20 24 20 15 I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Carole King 212400

21 21 18 4 FIGHT YOUR BATTLES WITH ME Grenades Against The Wall 78700
22 16 16 4 IT’S NEVER OVER Avan Lava 89000
23 15 1 7 SHORLEY WALL Ooberman 518250
24 13 4 8 CITTA VUOTA (IT’S A LONELY TOWN) Mina 330000
25 39 25 3 BULA BULA QUO! Status Quo 41050
26 7 7 11 WINGS Haerts 296000
27 29 27 3 MADE IT ALL The Look 54600
28 36 28 3 I FEED YOU MY LOVE Margaret Berger 53100
29 35 29 3 LUV BOMB Bowie Jane 52800
30 37 30 2 BEAUTIFUL LIES Novaday 35300

31 17 2 10 TWENTY EIGHT The Weeknd 703900
32 33 32 2 ENVOLE-MOI M. Pokoro/ Tal 35500
33 28 28 2 DARKNESS Du Tonc 36000
34 48 34 2 UNSEEN FOOTAGE FROM A FORTHCOMING FUNERAL Nicole Saboune 29900
35 NEW 35 1 TREASURE Bruno Mars 17500
36 49 36 6 #THATPOWER will.i.am/ Justin Bieber 69900
37 NEW 37 1 PRIDE LeAnn Mitchell 17300
38 30 30 2 ENDORPHINS Sub Focus/ Alex Clare 35200
39 RE 39 4 THE PHOENIX Fall Out Boy 42650
40 50 40 14 I DON’T WANT TO KNOW Fleetwood Mac 144050

41 40 1 7 PHOTOGRAPH Ringo Starr 345900
42 25 19 6 IT’S OVER Rod Stewart 107900
43 38 20 5 SAD ANGEL Fleetwood Mac 80400
44 32 1 12 WHEN YOU REALLY LOVED SOMEONE Agnetha Faltskog 584250
45 NEW 45 1 BLURRED LINES Robin Thicke/ T.I./ Pharrell 13000
46 46 46 5 ALL ALONE fun. 59900
47 RE 47 2 YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL Lana Del Ray 17500
48 68 48 2 COLORS Rivaz 18700
49 71 49 2 PANIC CORD Gabrielle Aplin 17900
50 55 50 8 BACK SEAT OF MY CAR Paul & Linda McCartney 63100

51 27 10 10 BELIEVE IN ME Bonnie Tyler 171350
52 34 8 6 WALLPAPER Staygold/ Style Of Eye & Pow 196100
53 41 1 10 VELVET ELVIS Alex Winston 501750
54 54 54 3 DEAR DARLIN’ Olly Murs 32800
55 RE 55 3 SOOTHE MY SOUL Depeche Mode 32400
56 56 56 3 WHAT IF Dina Garipova 31800
57 RE 28 6 MAGNETISED Johnny Hates Jazz 94550
58 59 58 5 PLAY HARD David Guetta/ Ne-yo/ Akon 45500
59 65 59 7 REMEMBER (WALKING IN THE SAND) The Shangri-Las 46900
60 62 60 3 TOMORROW Gianluca 24800

61 31 10 8 THE CONVERSATION Texas 190600
62 52 1 15 MIRRORS Justin Timberlake 752150
63 73 63 2 WASTING MY YOUNG YEARS London Grammar 12600
64 64 64 4 I WAS A FOOL Tegan & Sara 27700
65 72 65 2 THIS IS WHAT IT FEELS LIKE Armin Van Buuren/ Trevor Guthrie 12600
66 69 66 3 YOU Robin Stjernberg 19800
67 67 1 105 GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys 1868550
68 NEW 68 1 WALKS LIKE RIHANNA The Wanted 6400
69 74 69 2 DUMB Tich 11400
70 75 70 2 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye/ Tami Terrell 11000

71 43 37 5 THE ONE WHO LOVES ME NOW Agnetha Faltskog 54500
72 NEW 72 1 LIQUID LUNCH Caro Emerald 5600
73 NEW 73 1 SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield 5400
74 NEW 74 1 UNDERDOG Ida 5200
75 NEW 75 1 THE SAFETY DANCE Men Without Hats 5000

DROP OUTS
42 17 4 OH SAILOR My Little Jeans 72950
44 44 6 RIP IT UP Orange Juice 75800
45 4 5 HANDS FREE (IF YOU HOLD MY HAND) Sonny J 194250
51 2 6 DRIVE-IN SATURDAY David Bowie 269500
53 6 5 SUMMER RAIN Tiger Love 180250
57 14 5 YOU. ME. BED. NOW Carice Van Houten 95200
58 58 4 SLIP StooShe 40800
60 15 5 HEY LOVE Quadron 99300
61 9 16 JUST GIVE ME A REASON Pink/ Nate Ruess 353700
63 1 14 ARMY OF TWO Olly Murs 830200
66 7 8 ENTERTAINMENT Phoenix 214000
70 70 3 YOU & ME Disclosure/ Eliza Doolittle 17000

26th May

First off, there are so many good records coming at me from all directions that everything is peaking lower and having shorter chart runs than they deserve, and many still bubbling under…

That said an old flop fave from 1988 rules. Why? I entered it for BJSC, and it’s a nostalgic 80’s synth-heavy poprock belter from Giorgio Moroder, the female lead has a fabulous voice and should have made it, the song is great, and the sax break 2 mins 30 seconds is a spine-tingler. Meanwhile Ray Charles gets his second Top 3 hit with a golden 60’s oldie.

Bit of a world-wide chart this, headed by Denmark’s eurovision winner at 4, and Netherlands at 8, chuck in acts from Germany, France, Sweden, Australia, Italy, Malta, Canada and oodles of others and the UK in particular is having one it’s worst periods ever in my charts. The singles charts says it all, but young pop acts are getting at times close to becoming formula pop or formula dance with hit records written by packs of hired-for-help professional songwriters, or aimed at clubs or the grime scene, and very very “incestuous” with the same groups of artists popping up on each others records. Not saying that’s a bad thing in itself (many classics are made that way), but when it excludes varieties of other interesting current stuff (young and older) it’s not necessarily good in overdose.

Anyway, moan over, and in at 20 is my hero Glen Campbell. In his late 70’s, suffering from alzheimers, and still making great music and playing great guitar on his last tour. Mum & dad bought his album Wichita Lineman for me Christmas 1970 (I was mad on him that year), and I’m now helping them when not at work or on buzzjack, mum also has Glen’s problems, and he’s proven himself to be a hero late in life as well as his golden, awesome 60’s/70’s Jimmy Webb period, his recent 2 albums are wonderful. Check out his cover of Foo Fighters…

1 3 1 2 WHEN THE LOVE IS GOOD Big Trouble 255000
2 1 1 7 FINE CHINA Chris Brown 435750
3 8 3 5 COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles 148800
4 4 4 2 ONLY TEARDROPS Emmelie de Forest 130000
5 2 1 6 GET LUCKY Daft Punk/ Pharrell Williams/ Nile Rodgers 482400
6 45 6 2 NOW IS THE START A Fine Frenzy 68000
7 13 7 10 WINGS Haerts 277500
8 33 8 2 BIRDS Anouk 65700
9 9 9 3 PURPLE YELLOW RED AND BLUE Portugal. The Man 111000
10 47 10 2 SUPREME Postiljonen 54500

11 5 5 10 IT’S ALRIGHT IT’S OK Primal Scream 356600
12 35 12 6 ALIVE Empire Of The Sun 103200
13 7 4 7 CITTA VUOTA (IT’S A LONELY TOWN) Mina 311000
14 40 14 4 DANCE YOUR PAIN AWAY Agnetha Faltskog 70400
15 11 1 6 SHORLEY WALL Ooberman 499000
16 16 16 3 IT’S NEVER OVER Avan Lava 69500
17 6 2 9 TWENTY EIGHT The Weeknd 686000
18 28 18 4 DRESDEN (SINGLE VERSION) OMD 74800
19 29 19 6 AXIS Pet Shop Boys 109400
20 NEW 20 1 POSTCARD FROM PARIS Glen Campbell 20000

21 18 18 3 FIGHT YOUR BATTLES WITH ME Grenades Against The Wall 58950
22 17 17 3 TONGUES Joywave 60800
23 53 23 2 HOME Phillip Phillips 30500
24 26 24 14 I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Carole King 192400
25 19 19 5 IT’S OVER Rod Stewart 94150
26 68 26 2 FOR YOU I’m Your Vinyl 24900
27 10 10 9 BELIEVE IN ME Bonnie Tyler 159600
28 NEW 28 1 DARKNESS Du Tonc 18300
29 30 29 2 MADE IT ALL The Look 36200
30 NEW 30 1 ENDORPHINS Sub Focus/ Alex Clare 18000

31 12 10 7 THE CONVERSATION Texas 183100
32 15 1 11 WHEN YOU REALLY LOVED SOMEONE Agnetha Faltskog 571000
33 NEW 33 1 ENVOLE-MOI M. Pokoro/ Tal 17700
34 14 8 5 WALLPAPER Staygold/ Style Of Eye & Pow 184600
35 39 35 2 LUV BOMB Bowie Jane 34600
36 36 36 2 I FEED YOU MY LOVE Margaret Berger 34800
37 NEW 37 1 BEAUTIFUL LIES Novaday 17300
38 20 20 4 SAD ANGEL Fleetwood Mac 66900
39 74 39 2 BULA BULA QUO! Status Quo 22300
40 31 1 6 PHOTOGRAPH Ringo Starr 331900

41 22 1 9 VELVET ELVIS Alex Winston 490500
42 27 17 4 OH SAILOR My Little Jeans 72950
43 52 37 4 THE ONE WHO LOVES ME NOW Agnetha Faltskog 48700
44 44 44 6 RIP IT UP Orange Juice 75800
45 23 4 5 HANDS FREE (IF YOU HOLD MY HAND) Sonny J 194250
46 46 46 4 ALL ALONE fun. 47150
47 25 25 5 LET HER GO Passenger 80400
48 NEW 48 1 UNSEEN FOOTAGE FROM A FORTHCOMING FUNERAL Nicole Saboune 12300
49 49 49 5 #THATPOWER will.i.am/ Justin Bieber 52500
50 50 50 13 I DON’T WANT TO KNOW Fleetwood Mac 127050

51 21 2 6 DRIVE-IN SATURDAY David Bowie 269500
52 38 1 14 MIRRORS Justin Timberlake 744750
53 24 6 5 SUMMER RAIN Tiger Love 180250
54 55 54 2 DEAR DARLIN’ Olly Murs 21800
55 57 55 7 BACK SEAT OF MY CAR Paul & Linda McCartney 51100
56 56 56 2 WHAT IF Dina Garipova 21200
57 34 14 5 YOU. ME. BED. NOW Carice Van Houten 95200
58 58 58 4 SLIP StooShe 40800
59 59 59 4 PLAY HARD David Guetta/ Ne-yo/ Akon 35300
60 37 15 5 HEY LOVE Quadron 99300

61 48 9 16 JUST GIVE ME A REASON Pink/ Nate Ruess 353700
62 62 62 2 TOMORROW Gianluca 14800
63 41 1 14 ARMY OF TWO Olly Murs 830200
64 64 64 3 I WAS A FOOL Tegan & Sara 20600
65 65 65 6 REMEMBER (WALKING IN THE SAND) The Shangri-Las 36800
66 42 7 8 ENTERTAINMENT Phoenix 214000
67 67 1 104 GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys 1861950
68 NEW 68 1 COLORS Rivaz 6400
69 66 66 2 YOU Robin Stjernberg 13000
70 70 70 3 YOU & ME Disclosure/ Eliza Doolittle 17000

71 NEW 71 1 PANIC CORD Gabrielle Aplin 5800
72 NEW 72 1 THIS IS WHAT IT FEELS LIKE Armin Van Buuren/ Trevor Guthrie 5600
73 NEW 73 1 WASTING MY YOUNG YEARS London Grammar 5400
74 NEW 74 1 DUMB Tich 5200
75 NEW 75 1 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye/ Tami Terrell 5000

DROP OUTS
32 20 7 I NEED YOUR LOVE Calvin Harris/ Ellie Goulding 107100
43 8 4 ONE NIGHT Matthew Koma 115500
51 3 5 A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty Maccoll 199000
54 30 3 I SEE YOU Jutty Ranx 46300
60 60 3 TONIGHT I’M GETTING OVER YOU Carly Rae Jepsen 26200
61 40 5 FEEL THIS MOMENT Pitbull/ Christina Aguilera 56150
63 17 10 READY OR NOT Bridgit Mendler 140150
69 69 2 GRAFFITI ON THE TRAIN Stereophonics 11400
71 71 3 SO GOOD TO ME Chris Malinchak 17400
72 72 1 STARS Mark Owen 5600
73 73 1 DOODLEBOOK Ocean Colour Scene 5400
75 75 1 GENTLEMAN Psy 5000

19th May 2013

Flop 1987 Big Hairdo girlie group Big Trouble re-enter my chart (and no-one else’s, ever, even though it’s a Giorgio Moroder goodie!) ..while the Eurovision winner is 4, faaaab record totally deserved to win. I’m buying the cd for 2013 so there may yet be more…

Talking of, Bonnie gets her first Top 10 for 30 years, and a span of 37 years. I wish voters had been kinder, not least cos I had £50 on her getting into the Top 12 eurovision. Boo Hiss!

The Look. An 80’s band, one-hit wonders from 1980, largely, but here they are with an even more unexpected return than Johnny Hates Jazz, with a Mr Blue Sky-ish chugging goodie. Who woulda thought!

Scraping in is Quo. That’s 40 years of hits, then…!

1 5 1 6 FINE CHINA Chris Brown 320750
2 1 1 5 GET LUCKY Daft Punk/ Pharrell Williams/ Nile Rodgers 422400
3 NEW 3 1 WHEN THE LOVE IS GOOD Big Trouble 85000
4 NEW 4 1 ONLY TEARDROPS Emelie de Forest 65000
5 6 5 9 IT’S ALRIGHT IT’S OK Primal Scream 319600
6 4 2 8 TWENTY EIGHT The Weeknd 663000
7 7 4 6 CITTA VUOTA (IT’S A LONELY TOWN) Mina 279000
8 72 8 4 COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles 63800
9 19 9 2 PURPLE YELLOW RED AND BLUE Portugal. The Man 66000
10 29 10 8 BELIEVE IN ME Bonnie Tyler 141200

11 3 1 5 SHORLEY WALL Ooberman 472000
12 10 10 6 THE CONVERSATION Texas 165200
13 RE 9 9 WINGS Haerts 227500
14 8 8 4 WALLPAPER Staygold/ Style Of Eye & Pow 167000
15 12 1 10 WHEN YOU REALLY LOVED SOMEONE Agnetha Faltskog 553200
16 22 16 2 IT’S NEVER OVER Avan Lava 44500
17 28 17 2 TONGUES Joywave 41300
18 38 18 2 FIGHT YOUR BATTLES WITH ME Grenades Against The Wall 39200
19 27 19 4 IT’S OVER Rod Stewart 75400
20 33 20 3 SAD ANGEL Fleetwood Mac 49700

21 2 2 5 DRIVE-IN SATURDAY David Bowie 257750
22 13 1 8 VELVET ELVIS Alex Winston 476500
23 11 4 4 HANDS FREE (IF YOU HOLD MY HAND) Sonny J 181250
24 9 6 4 SUMMER RAIN Tiger Love 169000
25 25 25 4 LET HER GO Passenger 67900
26 26 26 13 I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Carole King 173400
27 17 17 3 OH SAILOR My Little Jeans 59200
28 36 28 3 DRESDEN (SINGLE VERSION) OMD 52800
29 34 29 5 AXIS Pet Shop Boys 88400
30 NEW 30 1 MADE IT ALL The Look 18000

31 16 1 5 PHOTOGRAPH Ringo Starr 314900
32 20 20 7 I NEED YOUR LOVE Calvin Harris/ Ellie Goulding 107100
33 NEW 33 1 BIRDS Anouk 17700
34 14 14 4 YOU. ME. BED. NOW Carice Van Houten 84800
35 41 35 5 ALIVE Empire Of The Sun 68200
36 NEW 36 1 I FEED YOU MY LOVE Margaret Berger 17400
37 15 15 4 HEY LOVE Quadron 89300
38 32 1 13 MIRRORS Justin Timberlake 733250
39 NEW 39 1 LUV BOMB Bowie Jane 17100
40 RE 40 3 DANCE YOUR PAIN AWAY Agnetha Faltskog 41400

41 24 1 13 ARMY OF TWO Olly Murs 823000
42 21 7 7 ENTERTAINMENT Phoenix 207200
43 18 8 4 ONE NIGHT Matthew Koma 115500
44 45 44 5 RIP IT UP Orange Juice 62550
45 NEW 45 1 NOW IS THE START A Fine Frenzy 13000
46 53 46 3 ALL ALONE fun. 34400
47 NEW 47 1 SUPREME Postiljonen 12500
48 31 9 15 JUST GIVE ME A REASON Pink/ Nate Ruess 346200
49 49 49 4 #THATPOWER will.i.am/ Justin Bieber 40400
50 51 50 12 I DON’T WANT TO KNOW Fleetwood Mac 115050

51 23 3 5 A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty Maccoll 199000
52 37 37 3 THE ONE WHO LOVES ME NOW Agnetha Faltskog 35200
53 NEW 53 1 HOME Phillip Phillips 11250
54 30 30 3 I SEE YOU Jutty Ranx 46300
55 NEW 55 1 DEAR DARLIN’ Olly Murs 10800
56 NEW 56 1 WHAT IF Dina Garipova 10600
57 64 57 6 BACK SEAT OF MY CAR Paul & Linda McCartney 40300
58 58 58 3 SLIP StooShe 30600
59 61 59 3 PLAY HARD David Guetta/ Ne-yo/ Akon 25200
60 60 60 3 TONIGHT I’M GETTING OVER YOU Carly Rae Jepson 26200

61 40 40 5 FEEL THIS MOMENT Pitbull/ Christina Aguilera 56150
62 NEW 62 1 TOMORROW Gianluca 7400
63 47 17 10 READY OR NOT Bridgit Mendler 140150
64 68 64 2 I WAS A FOOL Tegan & Sara 13500
65 67 65 5 REMEMBER (WALKING IN THE SAND) The Shangri-Las 29800
66 NEW 66 1 YOU Robin Stjernberg 6800
67 66 1 103 GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys 1855350
68 NEW 68 1 FOR YOU I’m Your Vinyl 6400
69 74 69 2 GRAFFITI ON THE TRAIN Stereophonics 11400
70 75 70 2 YOU & ME Disclosure/ Eliza Doolittle 11000

71 71 71 3 SO GOOD TO ME Chris Malinchak 17400
72 NEW 72 1 STARS Mark Owen 5600
73 NEW 73 1 DOODLEBOOK Ocean Colour Scene 5400
74 NEW 74 1 BULA BULA QUO! Status Quo 5200
75 NEW 75 1 GENTLEMAN Psy 5000

DROP-OUTS
35 35 3 TOGETHER WE’RE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney 41600
39 25 3 ATTRACTING FLIES Alunageorge 42450
42 17 10 POMPEII Bastille 164400
43 24 4 ON MY WAY Charlie Brown 61200
44 21 3 PUMPIN BLOOD Nonono 52000
46 4 10 EVERYONE SAYS “HI” Claudia Brucken 290650
48 38 3 HEY PORSCHE Nelly 34900
50 5 8 THANK YOU MKTO 299650
52 13 6 ON TOP OF THE WORLD Imagine Dragons 123250
54 27 4 WHAT A NIGHT The Loveable Rogues 57000
55 5 14 YOU’RE NOT RIGHT FOR ME Emilia Mitiku 447600
56 3 17 SUIT AND TIE Justin Timberlake/ Jay Z 597600
57 57 1 DANCE OUR TEARS AWAY John De Sohn/ Kristin Amparo 10400
59 59 1 ASK YOURSELF Nabiha 10100
62 62 1 THE BIGGER PICTURE Stornaway 7400
63 25 6 LOVE CAME LOOKING FOR ME Thea Gilmore 75350
65 65 1 RISE + FALL Michael Molloy/ Alex Evans 7000
69 69 1 END OF NIGHT Dido 6200
70 70 1 MOZART’S HOUSE Clean Bandit 6000
73 1 121 BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty 2150850

12th May 2013

Second week at the top for Daft Punk and the NERD and Chic men. Meanwhile Bowie peaks at 2 with his 1973 Top tenner and Texas get their first Top 10 in 7 years.

2 Buzzjack contests entries provide a lot of climbers and new entries/debuts, which has had a massive effect on the Top 40, with very few UK Top 40 hits in there – they are mostly lower down the charts. One Eurovision re-entry for Bonnie at 29, there may yet be an influx next week!

1 1 1 4 GET LUCKY Daft Punk/ Pharrell Williams/ Nile Rodgers 307400
2 5 2 4 DRIVE-IN SATURDAY David Bowie 238000
3 3 1 4 SHORLEY WALL Ooberman 435000
4 2 2 7 TWENTY EIGHT The Weeknd 608000
5 6 5 5 FINE CHINA Chris Brown 150750
6 9 6 8 IT’S ALRIGHT IT’S OK Primal Scream 259600
7 18 4 5 CITTA VUOTA (IT’S A LONELY TOWN) Mina 229000
8 8 8 3 WALLPAPER Staygold/ Style Of Eye & Pow 138000
9 7 6 3 SUMMER RAIN Tiger Love 150000
10 16 10 5 THE CONVERSATION Texas 130200

11 4 4 3 HANDS FREE (IF YOU HOLD MY HAND) Sonny J 162000
12 15 1 9 WHEN YOU REALLY LOVED SOMEONE Agnetha Faltskog 526200
13 14 1 7 VELVET ELVIS Alex Winston 457000
14 20 14 3 YOU. ME. BED. NOW Carice Van Houten 67200
15 17 15 3 HEY LOVE Quadron 72000
16 11 1 4 PHOTOGRAPH Ringo Starr 297000
17 32 17 2 OH SAILOR My Little Jeans 40800
18 13 8 3 ONE NIGHT Matthew Koma 102000
19 NEW 19 1 PURPLE YELLOW RED AND BLUE Portugal. The Man 21000
20 26 20 6 I NEED YOUR LOVE Calvin Harris/ Ellie Goulding 89300

21 10 7 6 ENTERTAINMENT Phoenix 193450
22 NEW 22 1 IT’S NEVER OVER Avan Lava 19500
23 12 3 4 A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty Maccoll 187250
24 19 1 12 ARMY OF TWO Olly Murs 809000
25 28 25 3 LET HER GO Passenger 49150
26 29 26 12 I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Carole King 154900
27 30 27 3 IT’S OVER Rod Stewart 54400
28 NEW 28 1 TONGUES Joywave 18300
29 54 29 7 BELIEVE IN ME Bonnie Tyler 99200
30 37 30 2 I SEE YOU Jutty Ranx 35300

31 22 9 14 JUST GIVE ME A REASON Pink/ Nate Ruess 333900
32 23 1 12 MIRRORS Justin Timberlake 716050
33 50 33 2 SAD ANGEL Fleetwood Mac 29700
34 34 34 4 AXIS Pet Shop Boys 70200
35 40 35 3 TOGETHER WE’RE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney 41600
36 39 36 2 DRESDEN (SINGLE VERSION) OMD 34500
37 RE 37 2 THE ONE WHO LOVES ME NOW Agnetha Faltskog 23700
38 NEW 38 1 FIGHT YOUR BATTLES WITH ME Grenades Against The Wall 17200
39 25 25 3 ATTRACTING FLIES Alunageorge 42450
40 43 40 4 FEEL THIS MOMENT Pitbull/ Christina Aguilera 48650

41 48 41 4 ALIVE Empire Of The Sun 50700
42 42 17 10 POMPEII Bastille 164400
43 24 24 4 ON MY WAY Charlie Brown 61200
44 21 21 3 PUMPIN BLOOD Nonono 52000
45 45 45 4 RIP IT UP Orange Juice 49300
46 36 4 10 EVERYONE SAYS “HI” Claudia Brucken 290650
47 33 17 9 READY OR NOT Bridgit Mendler 132950
48 38 38 3 HEY PORSCHE Nelly 34900
49 60 49 3 #THATPOWER will.i.am/ Justin Bieber 28300
50 31 5 8 THANK YOU MKTO 299650

51 51 51 11 I DON’T WANT TO KNOW Fleetwood Mac 103050
52 52 13 6 ON TOP OF THE WORLD Imagine Dragons 123250
53 57 53 2 ALL ALONE fun. 21650
54 27 27 4 WHAT A NIGHT The Loveable Rogues 57000
55 44 5 14 YOU’RE NOT RIGHT FOR ME Emilia Mitiku 447600
56 47 3 17 SUIT AND TIE Justin Timberlake/ Jay Z 597600
57 NEW 57 1 DANCE OUR TEARS AWAY John De Sohn/ Kristin Amparo 10400
58 58 58 2 SLIP StooShe 20400
59 NEW 59 1 ASK YOURSELF Nabiha 10100
60 69 60 2 TONIGHT I’M GETTING OVER YOU Carly Rae Jepson 16200

61 67 61 2 PLAY HARD David Guetta/ Ne-yo/ Akon 14100
62 NEW 62 1 THE BIGGER PICTURE Stornaway 7400
63 63 25 6 LOVE CAME LOOKING FOR ME Thea Gilmore 75350
64 68 64 5 BACK SEAT OF MY CAR Paul & Linda McCartney 29900
65 NEW 65 1 RISE + FALL Michael Molloy/ Alex Evans 7000
66 66 1 102 GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys 1848750
67 70 67 4 REMEMBER (WALKING IN THE SAND) The Shangri-Las 22800
68 NEW 68 1 I WAS A FOOL Tegan & Sara 6400
69 NEW 69 1 END OF NIGHT Dido 6200
70 NEW 70 1 MOZART’S HOUSE Clean Bandit 6000

71 71 71 2 SO GOOD TO ME Chris Malinchak 11600
72 74 72 3 COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles 15800
73 72 1 121 BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty 2150850
74 NEW 74 1 GRAFFITI ON THE TRAIN Stereophonics 5200
75 NEW 75 1 YOU & ME Disclosure/ Eliza Doolittle 5000

DROP OUTS
35 35 2 SOUND AND VISION (SONJAY PRABHKAR REMIX) David Bowie 34500
41 19 8 BLIND Hurts 133200
46 46 4 NEED U (100%) Duke Dumont/ A*M*E/ MNEK 38950
49 49 2 DANCE YOUR PAIN AWAY Agnetha Faltskog 24100
53 53 3 OVERKILL Motorhead 31850
55 55 2 SOOTHE MY SOUL Depeche Mode 21600
56 39 6 FALLING HAIM 67250
59 10 10 BROKEN GLASS PARK Simple Minds 230100
61 24 4 IT’S TIME Imagine Dragons 43600
62 17 10 ONE WAY OR ANOTHER Blondie 181050
64 64 3 IS THERE SOMETHING I SHOULD KNOW Duran Duran 19300
65 65 1 CAN’T HOLD US Macklemore & Ryan Lewis/ Ray Dalton 7000
73 73 1 SUN Belinda Carlisle 5400
75 75 1 YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL Lana Del Ray 5000

5th May 2013

A massive climb to the top for a new disco hit. Call it urban or dance if you like, or indie, but it’s disco of the Chic variety – that’s brilliant stylee. Check out Nile Rodgers on bass & songwriting credits, then refer back to any Chic or Sister Sledge hits of the 70’s. Daft Punk & Pharrell are chart faves too from more recent years, and it’s their first Number One, but Nile topped with Lost In Music and many other songs/productions (Bowie/Madonna/Duran). Some might say (and I will say) that he was responsible for starting the Rap ball rolling when Chic got sampled heavily for the world’s first massive Rap record, Sugarhill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight, back in 1979. Hooray!

Bowie’s oldie hits 5, a place higher than it’s original 1973 peak, and Chris Brown also shoots up into the Top 10 while alunageorge rockets into the 30. Tw3o more buzzjacks enter the 40, and OMD get a second Top 40 hit of the year. They were youngsters when Fleetwood Mac had their first Number One (Tusk 1979) – and here they are back in 2013 with a new track, giving them a span of well over 44 years of hits with new material in my charts. I was still in Primary School when I charted Albatross…

Belinda Carlisle meanwhile sneaks in to give her 31 years of hits (with the Gogos) or 26 solo, including a number 1 with Circle In The Sand.

1 57 1 3 GET LUCKY Daft Punk/ Pharrell Williams 162400
2 2 2 6 TWENTY EIGHT The Weeknd 543000
3 1 1 3 SHORLEY WALL Ooberman 360000
4 5 4 2 HANDS FREE (IF YOU HOLD MY HAND) Sonny J 125000
5 11 5 3 DRIVE-IN SATURDAY David Bowie 123000
6 25 6 4 FINE CHINA Chris Brown 90750
7 6 6 2 SUMMER RAIN Tiger Love 105000
8 10 8 2 WALLPAPER Staygold/ Style Of Eye & Pow 90000
9 9 9 7 IT’S ALRIGHT IT’S OK Primal Scream 204600
10 7 7 5 ENTERTAINMENT Phoenix 173700

11 4 1 3 PHOTOGRAPH Ringo Starr 272000
12 3 3 3 A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty Maccoll 168000
13 8 8 2 ONE NIGHT Matthew Koma 80000
14 12 1 6 VELVET ELVIS Alex Winston 425000
15 15 1 8 WHEN YOU REALLY LOVED SOMEONE Agnetha Faltskog 501200
16 16 16 4 THE CONVERSATION Texas 88200
17 18 17 2 HEY LOVE Quadron 45000
18 13 4 4 CITTA VUOTA (IT’S A LONELY TOWN) Mina 179000
19 14 1 11 ARMY OF TWO Olly Murs 790000
20 29 20 2 YOU. ME. BED. NOW Carice Van Houten 38200

21 24 21 2 PUMPIN BLOOD Nonono 38750
22 19 9 13 JUST GIVE ME A REASON Pink/ Nate Ruess 316000
23 20 1 11 MIRRORS Justin Timberlake 698250
24 33 24 3 ON MY WAY Charlie Brown 47700
25 67 25 2 ATTRACTING FLIES Alunageorge 25350
26 28 26 5 I NEED YOUR LOVE Calvin Harris/ Ellie Goulding 69300
27 RE 27 3 WHAT A NIGHT The Loveable Rogues 46000
28 49 28 2 LET HER GO Passenger 30400
29 37 29 11 I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Carole King 136400
30 30 30 2 IT’S OVER Rod Stewart 36000

31 21 5 7 THANK YOU MKTO 287650
32 NEW 32 1 OH SAILOR My Little Jeans 17800
33 26 17 8 READY OR NOT Bridgit Mendler 120450
34 35 34 3 AXIS Pet Shop Boys 52600
35 40 35 2 SOUND AND VISION (SONJAY PRABHKAR REMIX) David Bowie 34500
36 22 4 9 EVERYONE SAYS “HI” Claudia Brucken 277900
37 NEW 37 1 I SEE YOU Jutty Ranx 17300
38 73 38 2 HEY PORSCHE Nelly 22600
39 NEW 39 1 DRESDEN (SINGLE VERSION) OMD 17100
40 64 40 2 TOGETHER WE’RE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney 24100

41 34 19 8 BLIND Hurts 133200
42 38 17 9 POMPEII Bastille 150650
43 46 43 3 FEEL THIS MOMENT Pitbull/ Christina Aguilera 31650
44 32 5 13 YOU’RE NOT RIGHT FOR ME Emilia Mitiku 436800
45 47 45 3 RIP IT UP Orange Juice 36300
46 59 46 4 NEED U (100%) Duke Dumont/ A*M*E/ MNEK 38950
47 42 3 16 SUIT AND TIE Justin Timberlake/ Jay Z 587000
48 48 48 3 ALIVE Empire Of The Sun 36700
49 50 49 2 DANCE YOUR PAIN AWAY Agnetha Faltskog 24100
50 NEW 50 1 SAD ANGEL Fleetwood Mac 12000

51 52 51 10 I DON’T WANT TO KNOW Fleetwood Mac 91300
52 23 13 5 ON TOP OF THE WORLD Imagine Dragons 111750
53 56 53 3 OVERKILL Motorhead 31850
54 60 35 6 BELIEVE IN ME Bonnie Tyler 81000
55 55 55 2 SOOTHE MY SOUL Depeche Mode 21600
56 39 39 6 FALLING HAIM 67250
57 NEW 57 1 ALL ALONE fun. 10400
58 NEW 58 1 SLIP StooShe 10200
59 31 10 10 BROKEN GLASS PARK Simple Minds 230100
60 69 60 2 #THATPOWER will.i.am/ Justin Bieber 16200

61 36 24 4 IT’S TIME Imagine Dragons 43600
62 17 17 10 ONE WAY OR ANOTHER Blondie 181050
63 41 25 5 LOVE CAME LOOKING FOR ME Thea Gilmore 68150
64 68 64 3 IS THERE SOMETHING I SHOULD KNOW Duran Duran 19300
65 NEW 65 1 CAN’T HOLD US Macklemore & Ryan Lewis/ Ray Dalton 7000
66 65 1 101 GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys 1841950
67 NEW 67 1 PLAY HARD David Guetta/ Ne-yo/ Akon 6600
68 72 68 4 BACK SEAT OF MY CAR Paul & Linda McCartney 22800
69 NEW 69 1 TONIGHT I’M GETTING OVER YOU Carly Rae Jepson 6200
70 74 70 3 REMEMBER (WALKING IN THE SAND) The Shangri-Las 16200

71 NEW 71 1 SO GOOD TO ME Chris Malinchak 5800
72 71 1 120 BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty 2145450
73 NEW 73 1 SUN Belinda Carlisle 5400
74 75 74 2 COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles 10200
75 NEW 75 1 YOUNG AND BEAUTIFUL Lana Del Ray 5000

DROP-OUTS
27 27 8 THE PROUD ONE The Four Seasons 137350
43 1 13 BE A BOY Robbie Williams 637250
44 15 6 MOVE Mausi 116550
45 6 13 MERMAID Train 327950
51 40 5 IF I HAD A HEART Andy Burrows 65250
53 28 5 MAGNETISED Johnny Hates Jazz 84150
54 38 5 HOW CAN I TELL YOU Madness 56800
58 17 8 FEEL AGAIN Onerepublic 144600
61 27 8 METROLAND OMD 110900
62 5 13 RUNNING TO THE SEA Royksopp/ Susanne Sundfor 303050
63 36 5 HURT LOVERS Blue 68500
66 66 2 WAITING ALL NIGHT Rudimental/ Ella Fayre 13400
70 70 2 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY Michael Buble 11200

28th April 2013

So, a 1998 release placed at 1, Ooberman are a Liverpool band plugged at the time by Mark Radcliffe and hardly anyone else, though this track won Record Of The Year in some critcial quarters without ever getting remotely known.
The Weeknd just get beaten out at 2, why this current non-hit is a flop bemuses me, it’s right-up-to-date sounding as is fab, a little haunting, troubling and a great vocal. The late great Kirsty goes higher second time around. Sonny J’s second op 10 hit (Can’t Stop Moving hit 8 in 2007 and 5 in 2008) a catchy quirky brain-worm (I was “hearing” this at the airport for hours yesterday). Tiger Love at 6  is an Empire Of The Sun/Pnau/MGMT-styled great track. Matthew Koma could have been done by fun., and Staygold is the best record never made by the wonderful Moloko (that’s a compliment), and Quadron is the best thing Nelly Furtado hasn’t done for a few years (also a compliment).

Meanwhile Rod Stewart enters the Top 40 with his first self-written stuff for decades, and the first decent stuff he’s done for 12 years. Rule of thumb with Rod: if he didn’t write it, don’t bother, it’ll be dull. There are a few exceptions, but not many. Chris Brown leaps up – I usually start off not liking his stuff on principle, but I don’t let an artist being a whatever stop a good record charting, and it’s probably his best ever.

1 2 1 2 SHORLEY WALL Ooberman 285000
2 3 2 5 TWENTY EIGHT The Weeknd 428000
3 8 3 2 A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty Maccoll 133000
4 1 1 2 PHOTOGRAPH Ringo Starr 235000
5 NEW 5 1 HANDS FREE (IF YOU HOLD MY HAND) Sonny J 60000
6 NEW 6 1 SUMMER RAIN Tiger Love 55000
7 12 7 4 ENTERTAINMENT Phoenix 131700
8 NEW 8 1 ONE NIGHT Matthew Koma 48000
9 9 9 6 IT’S ALRIGHT IT’S OK Primal Scream 159600
10 NEW 10 1 WALLPAPER Staygold/ Style Of Eye & Pow 42000

11 16 11 2 DRIVE-IN SATURDAY David Bowie 63000
12 6 1 5 VELVET ELVIS Alex Winston 396000
13 4 4 3 CITTA VUOTA (IT’S A LONELY TOWN) Mina 157000
14 7 1 10 ARMY OF TWO Olly Murs 769000
15 5 1 7 WHEN YOU REALLY LOVED SOMEONE Agnetha Faltskog 474200
16 20 16 3 THE CONVERSATION Texas 63200
17 18 17 9 ONE WAY OR ANOTHER Blondie 173650
18 NEW 18 1 HEY LOVE Quadron 22000
19 10 9 12 JUST GIVE ME A REASON Pink/ Nate Ruess 296500
20 14 1 10 MIRRORS Justin Timberlake 679000

21 15 5 6 THANK YOU MKTO 269750
22 11 4 8 EVERYONE SAYS “HI” Claudia Brucken 260500
23 13 13 4 ON TOP OF THE WORLD Imagine Dragons 100250
24 NEW 24 1 PUMPIN BLOOD Nonono 19000
25 58 25 3 FINE CHINA Chris Brown 35750
26 17 17 7 READY OR NOT Bridgit Mendler 102750
27 29 27 8 THE PROUD ONE The Four Seasons 137350
28 39 28 4 I NEED YOUR LOVE Calvin Harris/ Ellie Goulding 50800
29 NEW 29 1 YOU. ME. BED. NOW Carice Van Houten 18200
30 NEW 30 1 IT’S OVER Rod Stewart 18000

31 19 10 9 BROKEN GLASS PARK Simple Minds 220000
32 21 5 12 YOU’RE NOT RIGHT FOR ME Emilia Mitiku 423550
33 54 33 2 ON MY WAY Charlie Brown 28700
34 34 19 7 BLIND Hurts 119200
35 35 35 2 ELECTRIC Pet Shop Boys 35000
36 24 24 3 IT’S TIME Imagine Dragons 36100
37 37 37 10 I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Carole King 118200
38 30 17 8 POMPEII Bastille 136900
39 46 39 5 FALLING HAIM 56650
40 NEW 40 1 SOUND AND VISION (SONJAY PRABHKAR REMIX) David Bowie 17000

41 25 25 4 LOVE CAME LOOKING FOR ME Thea Gilmore 60950
42 33 3 15 SUIT AND TIE Justin Timberlake/ Jay Z 574500
43 23 1 13 BE A BOY Robbie Williams 637250
44 22 15 6 MOVE Mausi 116550
45 31 6 13 MERMAID Train 327950
46 73 46 2 FEEL THIS MOMENT Pitbull/ Christina Aguilera 18150
47 55 47 2 RIP IT UP Orange Juice 23300
48 49 48 2 ALIVE Empire Of The Sun 24400
49 NEW 49 1 LET HER GO Passenger 12100
50 NEW 50 1 DANCE YOUR PAIN AWAY Agnetha Faltskog 12000

51 40 40 5 IF I HAD A HEART Andy Burrows 65250
52 53 52 9 I DON’T WANT TO KNOW Fleetwood Mac 79550
53 28 28 5 MAGNETISED Johnny Hates Jazz 84150
54 38 38 5 HOW CAN I TELL YOU Madness 56800
55 NEW 55 1 SOOTHE MY SOUL Depeche Mode 10800
56 60 56 2 OVERKILL Motorhead 20600
57 65 57 2 GET LUCKY Daft Punk/ Pharrell Williams 17400
58 26 17 8 FEEL AGAIN Onerepublic 144600
59 59 59 3 NEED U (100%) Duke Dumont/ A*M*E/ MNEK 26200
60 RE 35 5 BELIEVE IN ME Bonnie Tyler 70000

61 27 27 8 METROLAND OMD 110900
62 32 5 13 RUNNING TO THE SEA Royksopp/ Susanne Sundfor 303050
63 36 36 5 HURT LOVERS Blue 68500
64 NEW 64 1 TOGETHER WE’RE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney 7100
65 64 1 100 GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys 1835150
66 67 66 2 WAITING ALL NIGHT Rudimental/ Ella Fayre 13400
67 NEW 67 1 ATTRACTING FLIES Alunageorge 6600
68 71 68 2 IS THERE SOMETHING I SHOULD KNOW Duran Duran 12200
69 NEW 69 1 #THATPOWER will.i.am/ Justin Bieber 6200
70 74 70 2 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY Michael Buble 11200

71 70 1 119 BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty 2139850
72 72 72 3 BACK SEAT OF MY CAR Paul & Linda McCartney 16400
73 NEW 73 1 HEY PORSCHE Nelly 5400
74 75 74 2 REMEMBER (WALKING IN THE SAND) The Shangri-Las 10200
75 NEW 75 1 COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles 5000

DROP-OUTS
41 15 7 SACRILEGE The Yeah Yeah Yeahs 130950
42 18 4 HIGH HOPES Kodaline 76750
43 8 19 FANNY (BE TENDER WITH MY LOVE) The Bee Gees 295900
44 44 3 THE PHOENIX Fall Out Boy 25550
45 3 27 YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles 498100
47 16 11 HARD TIMES Daniel Pearson 182350
48 48 2 STILL INTO YOU Paramore 24050
50 50 3 OBLIVION M83/ Susanne Sundfor 24000
51 2 10 MY SONGS KNOW WHAT YOU DID IN THE DARK Fall Out Boy 440450
52 2 12 SKIRTS The Other Tribe 534450
56 1 15 CUT COPY ME Petula Clark 746550
57 57 3 I’LL STAY WITH YOU New Order 23600
61 1 16 STAY Rihanna/Mikky Ekko 1237750
62 62 1 JUST KEEP BREATHING We The Kings 7400
63 1 27 DON’T YOU WORRY CHILD Swedish House Mafia/ John Martin 1081400
66 66 1 DIANE YOUNG Vampire Weekend 6800
68 68 1 THE ONE WHO LOVES ME NOW Agnetha Faltskog 6400
69 1 65 SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW Gotye/Kimbra 1857950

21st April 2013

So, it’s World Record Day release-invasion: Beatles Ringo’s best-ever record (co-written by Beatle George Harrison) beats out my BJSC entry from obscure band Ooberman’s obscure classic 1998 release, all of them from Liverpool. The late Kirsty enters at 8 with her Billy Bragg classic, and highest new new record from perennials Pet Shop Boys, a clip from their new album..

1 NEW 1 1 PHOTOGRAPH Ringo Starr
2 NEW 2 2 SHORLEY WALL Ooberman
3 2 2 4 TWENTY EIGHT The Weeknd
4 5 4 2 CITTA VUOTA (IT’S A LONELY TOWN) Mina
5 1 1 6 WHEN YOU REALLY LOVED SOMEONE Agnetha Faltskog
6 3 1 4 VELVET ELVIS Alex Winston
7 9 1 9 ARMY OF TWO Olly Murs
8 NEW 8 1 A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty Maccoll
9 18 9 5 IT’S ALRIGHT IT’S OK Primal Scream
10 11 9 11 JUST GIVE ME A REASON Pink/ Nate Ruess

11 4 4 7 “EVERYONE SAYS “”HI”” Claudia Brucken
12 14 12 3 ENTERTAINMENT Phoenix
13 13 13 3 ON TOP OF THE WORLD Imagine Dragons
14 7 1 9 MIRRORS Justin Timberlake
15 6 5 5 THANK YOU MKTO
16 NEW 16 1 DRIVE-IN SATURDAY David Bowie
17 23 17 6 READY OR NOT Bridgit Mendler
18 20 18 8 ONE WAY OR ANOTHER Blondie
19 10 10 8 BROKEN GLASS PARK Simple Minds
20 29 20 2 THE CONVERSATION Texas

21 12 5 11 YOU’RE NOT RIGHT FOR ME Emilia Mitiku
22 15 15 5 MOVE Mausi
23 16 1 12 BE A BOY Robbie Williams
24 39 24 2 IT’S TIME Imagine Dragons
25 34 25 3 LOVE CAME LOOKING FOR ME Thea Gilmore
26 17 17 7 FEEL AGAIN Onerepublic
27 27 27 7 METROLAND OMD
28 28 28 4 MAGNETISED Johnny Hates Jazz
29 30 29 7 THE PROUD ONE The Four Seasons
30 31 17 7 POMPEII Bastille

31 22 6 12 MERMAID Train
32 21 5 12 RUNNING TO THE SEA Royksopp/ Susanne Sundfor
33 32 3 14 SUIT AND TIE Justin Timberlake/ Jay Z
34 19 19 6 BLIND Hurts
35 NEW 35 1 ELECTRIC Pet Shop Boys
36 36 36 4 HURT LOVERS Blue
37 37 37 9 I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Carole King
38 40 38 4 HOW CAN I TELL YOU Madness
39 57 39 3 I NEED YOUR LOVE Calvin Harris/ Ellie Goulding
40 43 40 4 IF I HAD A HEART Andy Burrows

41 25 15 7 SACRILEGE The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
42 24 18 4 HIGH HOPES Kodaline
43 8 8 19 FANNY (BE TENDER WITH MY LOVE) The Bee Gees
44 64 44 3 THE PHOENIX Fall Out Boy
45 33 3 27 YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles
46 55 46 4 FALLING HAIM
47 26 16 11 HARD TIMES Daniel Pearson
48 51 48 2 STILL INTO YOU Paramore
49 NEW 49 1 ALIVE Empire Of The Sun
50 68 50 3 OBLIVION M83/ Susanne Sundfor

51 38 2 10 MY SONGS KNOW WHAT YOU DID IN THE DARK Fall Out Boy
52 35 2 12 SKIRTS The Other Tribe
53 54 53 8 I DON’T WANT TO KNOW Fleetwood Mac
54 NEW 54 1 ON MY WAY Charlie Brown
55 NEW 55 1 RIP IT UP Orange Juice
56 41 1 15 CUT COPY ME Petula Clark
57 67 57 3 I’LL STAY WITH YOU New Order
58 66 58 2 FINE CHINA Chris Brown
59 70 59 2 NEED U (100%) Duke Dumont/ A*M*E/ MNEK
60 NEW 60 1 OVERKILL Motorhead

61 42 1 16 STAY Rihanna/Mikky Ekko
62 NEW 62 1 JUST KEEP BREATHING We The Kings
63 53 1 27 DON’T YOU WORRY CHILD Swedish House Mafia/ John Martin
64 63 1 99 GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys
65 NEW 65 1 GET LUCKY Daft Punk/Pharrell Williams
66 NEW 66 1 DIANE YOUNG Vampire Weekend
67 NEW 67 1 WAITING ALL NIGHT Rudimental/ Ella Fayre
68 NEW 68 1 THE ONE WHO LOVES ME NOW Agnetha Faltskog
69 65 1 65 SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW Gotye/Kimbra
70 69 1 118 BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty

71 NEW 71 1 IS THERE SOMETHING I SHOULD KNOW Duran Duran
72 74 72 2 BACK SEAT OF MY CAR Paul & Linda McCartney
73 NEW 73 1 FEEL THIS MOMENT Pitbull/ Christina Aguilera
74 NEW 74 1 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY Michael Buble
75 NEW 75 1 REMEMBER (WALKING IN THE SAND) The Shangri-Las

DROP-OUTS
44 44 4 “22”” Taylor Swift
45 32 2 JUST BE Paloma Faith
46 7 10 EXPLOSIONS Ellie Goulding
47 47 5 DAYLIGHT Maroon 5
48 36 3 DOWNTOWN 2013 Petula Clark
49 38 3 TANGLED UP Caro Emerald
50 4 4 A THING CALLED LOVE Johnny Cash
52 2 12 LEARN TO LOVE AGAIN Lawson
56 8 10 SUPER RICH KIDS Frank Ocean
58 58 2 UNCOVER Zara Larsson
59 59 2 BURN Iggy Pop & The Stooges
60 60 6 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE (ANYMORE) The Four Seasons
61 50 3 BAD MOOD The Vaccines
62 62 3 WHAT ABOUT US The Saturdays/ Sean Paul
71 55 3 TURN Deacon Blue
72 72 1 IF YOU COULD SEE ME NOW The Script
73 73 2 I LOVE YOU Woodkid
75 75 1 HOLD ME Tom Odell