My 2009 Charts – January to April

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JANUARY 2009

A mere 5 years ago (unless you’re 15, in which case “a third of a lifetime ago”) and yes, shockingly The Saturdays were around. That seems so wrong…. However, a new year means, err a leather-clad, whip-cracking Spanish melodrama from 1968 was still dominating my charts, leaving only one current record to hit the top: Kevin Rudolf, yes that household name shot in at 3 and up to 1, amazing for essentially a one-hit wonder. L’il Wayne, though, has had a longer career. Regardless, it’s a great record!

Oasis at 2, still having big hits for me, Katy Perry at 2 with Hot n Cold, both denied a number one unfairly by my love affair with DD,D,B,M&T as they were sometimes called even more confusingly. Sugababes prove they actually had far more big hits in my chart than I remember, at 6, Girls Aloud at 7, with new act Lady Gaga (5 years!?) and Lily Allen making for a heavily female-pop chart joining them in the Top 10. Britney at 20 with one I used to holiday jig along to in the video club – I won’t say dance, as it’s more a sort of swaying shuffle from one foot to another, bottle of beer in each hand (2 for 1 midnight till 1am) and I mostly had the floor to myself till the younger clubbers arrived at 10 to 1 to get the cheap drink offer and mime along to Single Ladies dance movements a perfect copy of Beyonce. And that’s just the boys. I digress. Womaniser sounded great. The thing about 2 bottles of beer is, the more drink, the better your own dancing seems to get as you go along. Amazing.

Anyways, elsewhere, non-girlie stuff includes Jason Mraz (an ongoing big-seller these days) at 4, White Lies, Tinchy Stryder & Taio Cruz (lost in transit these days), and Fleet Foxes – surely THAT’S not 5 years old! Honestly these all seem like, what, 2 years old at the most!!

3rd Jan chart

weekly chart positions for january follow artist name…

THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 1 1 2 1
I’M OUTTA TIME Oasis 2 8 19 34
HOT ‘N’ COLD Katy Perry 3 2 4 11
FRANCOISE Sharleen Spiteri 4 4 14 22
WARM THIS WINTER Gabriella Cilmi 5 9 13 21
THESE DAYS Glen Campbell 6 7 3 3
7 THINGS Miley Cyrus 7 5 18 28
ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Val Doonican 8 13 21 32
BEAT GOES ON Madonna/ Kanye West 9 22 22 40
NO CAN DO Sugababes 10 6 6 6

LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 11 11 11 12
I DON’T CARE Fall Out Boy 12 16 28 44
HALLELUJAH Alexandra Burke 13 24 61
THE LAST OF THE MELTING SNOW The Leisure Society 14 14 26 14
HUMAN The Killers 15 18 20 23
GROW OLD WITH ME Glen Campbell 16 21 29 13
BROKEN STRINGS James Morrison/ Nelly Furtado 17 15 15 19
GREATEST DAY Take That 18 25 25 37
RUN Leona Lewis 19 29 56 56
WOMANIZER Britney Spears 20 31 49 58

WILLIAM’S BLOOD Grace Jones 21 30 41 54
THE BOY DOES NOTHING Alesha Dixon 22 43 43 71
SO WHAT Pink 23 26 35 46
THE PROMISE Girls Aloud 24 32 32 35
WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2 25 23 23 16
NO ONE LIKE YOU Al Green/ Corrinne Bailey Rae 26 35 48 55
MILES AWAY Madonna 27 37 59
LOVE LOCKDOWN Kanye West 28 28 36 48
RIGHT NOW NA NA NA Akon 29 45 53 53
ULYSSES Franz Ferdinand 30 19 24 24

USE SOMEBODY Kings Of Leon 31 47 69 69
HALLELUJAH Jeff Buckley 32 50 16 26
LIFE IN TECHNICOLOUR II Coldplay 33 33 30 18
DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 34
WALLS Glen Campbell 35 41 46 51
GOOD DAYS BAD DAYS Kaiser Chiefs 36 36 71
THE LOVING KIND Girls Aloud 37 10 8 7
SANTA BABY Eartha Kitt 38
GRACE Will Young 39 39 39 60
BETTER Boyzone 40 73

NO MILK TODAY Herman’s Hermits 41 42 42 42
THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Abba 42 44 45 47
MAMMA MIA Abba 43 46 47 49
UP The Saturdays 44 51 51 52
TRAINS & WINTER RAINS Enya 45 68
WHAT ABOUT US? John Barrowman 46 63
THE YOUNG ONES Cliff Richard 47 40
PERFECT SYMMETRY Keane 48 34 17 17
IF HE SHOULD EVER LEAVE YOU Tom Jones 49 55 55 64
WE WALK Ting Tings 50 67

TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies 51 61
SEE YOU AGAIN Miley Cyrus 52 52 52 59
TIMES LIKE THESE Glen Campbell 53 56 74
GRANITE Pendulum 54 65
THE LOVERS ARE LOSING Keane 55 66
SEX ON FIRE Kings Of Leon 56 59 63 63
EVERYBODY KNOWS The Dave Clark 5 57 49 44 41
VIVA LA VIDA Coldplay 58 58 66 66
SAY AHA Santogold 59 69
NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley 60 54 50 45

ANOTHER WAY TO DIE Jack White/ Alicia Keys 61
HAPPY XMAS WAR IS OVER John & Yoko/ Plastic Ono Band 62
FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues/ Kirsty Maccoll 63
KEEP THIS FIRE BURNING Outsiders/ Amanda Wilson 64 62
RAIN ON YOUR PARADE Duffy 65
ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Brenda Lee 66
GIVE A LITTLE LOVE Tom Jones 67
ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo 68 64 64 61
WINTER WONDERLAND Macy Gray 69
WHAT IS HAPPENING Alphabeat 70

HEARTLESS Kanye West 71 48 62 72
LIVE YOUR LIFE T.I./ Rihanna 72
LOVE YOU ANYWAY Boyzone 73
JOHNNY GOT A BOOM BOOM Imelda May 74 74 65 50
ISSUES Saturdays 75 71

10th Jan new entries

LET IT ROCK Kevin Rudolf/ L’il Wayne 3 1 2
TO LOSE MY LIFE White Lies 12 12 9
I’M YOURS Jason Mraz 17 7 4
JUST DANCE Lady Gaga 20 9 8
LA LA LA Ava Leigh 27 27 20
SOBER Pink 38 38 38
MYKONOS Fleet Foxes 53 37 15
MAD Ne-Yo 57 57 43
IT’S A MAN’S MAN’S MAN’S MAN’S WORLD Seal 60 58 30
ONE STEP AT A TIME Jordin Sparks 70 67 67
WORKING ON A DREAM Bruce Springsteen 72 40 29
THE FEAR Lily Allen 75 5 5

18th Jan new entries

TAKE ME BACK Tinchy Stryder/ Taio Cruz 10 10
DAY ‘N’ NITE Kid Cudi/ Crookers 31 31
GET UP 50 Cent 33 33
GANGSTA’S PARADISE Coolio/ LV 34 25
CIRCUS Britney Spears 54 36
I DON’T WANT YOUR LOVE (I NEED YOUR LOVE) Paul Carrack 60 39
KIDS MGMT 68 68
SPACEMAN The Killers 70 65
CHANGE Daniel Merriweather 72
MY! MY! TIME FLIES! Enya 73 27
SINGLE LADIES (PUT A RING ON IT) Beyonce 75 62

25th Jan new entries

GET ON YOUR BOOTS U2 57
POKER FACE Lady Gaga 70
FEARLESS Bryn Christopher 73
IT’S AMAZING Jem 74
BREATHE SLOW Alesha Dixon 75

 

FEBRUARY 2009 CHARTS

1968 Whip-crackin’ classic Legend Of Xanadu continues to pop up and down from the top of the charts, allowing debut newcomer Lady Gaga to grab 2 weeks at the top in between. Just Dance is the first of guess how many toppers for Gaga She hit the pop scene with a breath of fresh air and a great album. I’m Yours, chart staple these days, makes my Top 10 along with the fab Girls Aloud single, Fleet Foxes, Coldplay, and…yes Lady Gaga again, already, with her Ra-Ra-Rasputin rhythmed Poker Face.

U2 meanwhile swap oldie for newie in the 10, Miley Cyrus makes my Top 10 4 years before managing it in the UK (hey it was a good single!), Annie Lennox makes a 10 comeback, and new entries include Santogold (Santigold these days), Muse covering Nina Simone (also a chart staple these days), Pet Shop Boys going straight into the Top 5, as does Saint Etienne with yet another chart-flop (SO unfair charts sometimes), while Elbow slip in with a future classic and future big hit, Sam Gold ditto, and Taylor Swift debuts with Love Story. If I were her I’d move into pop and away from Country….
1st FEB Chart

THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 1 3 4 1
LET IT ROCK Kevin Rudolf/ L’il Wayne 2 2 2 4
JUST DANCE Lady Gaga 3 1 1 2
THE FEAR Lily Allen 4 4 9 6
NO CAN DO Sugababes 5 5 14 18
I’M YOURS Jason Mraz 6 6 8 13
THE LOVING KIND Girls Aloud 7 7 7 17
THESE DAYS Glen Campbell 8 8 11 12
TO LOSE MY LIFE White Lies 9 16 3 9
WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2 10 63

CHANGE Daniel Merriweather 11 11 13 25
TAKE ME BACK Tinchy Stryder/ Taio Cruz 12 12 12 14
GROW OLD WITH ME Glen Campbell 13 14 20 31
MYKONOS Fleet Foxes 14 9 15 26
LIFE IN TECHNICOLOUR II Coldplay 15 10 16 27
LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 16 19 19 19
WE WALK Ting Tings 17 17 27 16
CIRCUS Britney Spears 18 18 18 28
BROKEN STRINGS James Morrison/ Nelly Furtado 19 25 25 30
HOT ‘N’ COLD Katy Perry 20 27 30 33

THE LAST OF THE MELTING SNOW The Leisure Society 21 13 17 21
POKER FACE Lady Gaga 22 15 10 7
GANGSTA’S PARADISE Coolio/ LV 23 20
WORKING ON A DREAM Bruce Springsteen 24 24 24 32
GET ON YOUR BOOTS U2 25 21 21 8
LA LA LA Ava Leigh 26 42 50 58
MY! MY! TIME FLIES! Enya 27 22 28 41
HUMAN The Killers 28 37 38 39
I DON’T WANT YOUR LOVE (I NEED YOUR LOVE) Paul Carrack 29 33 46 71
IT’S A MAN’S MAN’S MAN’S MAN’S WORLD Seal 30 26 37 45

FRANCOISE Sharleen Spiteri 31 32 33 37
PERFECT SYMMETRY Keane 32 48 62
WARM THIS WINTER Gabriella Cilmi 33 45 49 57
JOHNNY GOT A BOOM BOOM Imelda May 34 34 42 48
EVERYBODY KNOWS The Dave Clark 5 35 30 23 15
GIVES YOU HELL All-American Rejects 36 36 48 59
MAD Ne-Yo 37 43 47 62
SOBER Pink 38 38 22 22
GREATEST DAY Take That 39 47 55 46
FLY ON THE WALL Miley Cyrus 40 31 26 10

ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Val Doonican 41 41 41 42
DAY ‘N’ NITE Kid Cudi/ Crookers 42 53 58 61
THE PROMISE Girls Aloud 43 57 63 63
NO MILK TODAY Herman’s Hermits 44 44 44 44
NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley 45 40 31 29
ULYSSES Franz Ferdinand 46 46 57 70
HALLELUJAH Jeff Buckley 47 61
7 THINGS Miley Cyrus 48 67
THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Abba 49 52 52 54
SPACEMAN The Killers 50 50 32 23

MAMMA MIA Abba 51 51 51 51
I’M OUTTA TIME Oasis 52 71
SO WHAT Pink 53 64 74
UP The Saturdays 54 54 54 56
SINGLE LADIES (PUT A RING ON IT) Beyonce 55
WALLS Glen Campbell 56 61 64
GET UP 50 Cent 57
GIVE A LITTLE LOVE Tom Jones 58 29 29 24
IT’S GROWING James Taylor 59 59 59
LOVE LOCKDOWN Kanye West 60

ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo 61 58 53 49
TIME TO PRETEND MGMT 62 62 69
USE SOMEBODY Kings Of Leon 63 66 66 66
IT’S AMAZING Jem 64 60 60
KIDS MGMT 65 65 65 60
RUN Leona Lewis 66
SHINING LIGHT Annie Lennox 67 23 6 11
SEX ON FIRE Kings Of Leon 68 68 68 55
ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY Anastacia 69 69
NO ONE LIKE YOU Al Green/ Corrinne Bailey Rae 70

VIVA LA VIDA Coldplay 71 72 72 73
BREATHE SLOW Alesha Dixon 72 55 40 35
RIGHT NOW NA NA NA Akon 73
IN FOR THE KILL La Roux 74
I’M THROWING MY ARMS AROUND PARIS Morrissey 75 70 34 34

8th FEB New Entries

FEARLESS Bryn Christopher 28 36 52
SAY AHA Santogold 35 35 43
FEELIN’ GOOD Muse 39 45 53
I’LL BE AROUND Detroit Spinners 49 39 36
TONIGHT Jay Sean 56 56 67
I THOUGHT I LOST YOU John Travolta & Miley Cyrus 73 73
GIMME A CALL Tommy Reilly 74
LET IT GO Will Young 75 75 74

15th FEB New Entries

LOVE ETC Pet Shop Boys 5 3
OMEN The Prodigy 43 38
T SHIRT Shontelle 67 50
CRACK A BOTTLE Eminem 70 65
IT DOESN’T MATTER ANYMORE Buddy Holly 71 68

22nd FEB New Entries

METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Saint Etienne 5
UP ALL NIGHT Take That 20
JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH The Saturdays 40
SOMETHING IS SQUEEZING MY SKULL Morrissey 47
TROUBLE Stone Walters 64
ONE DAY LIKE THIS Elbow 69
BLACK AND GOLD Sam Sparro 72
LOVE STORY Taylor Swift 75

 

 

MARCH 2009 CHARTS

It was a Pet Shop Boys revival going on, awards and downloads, and a Pet Shop Boys on-form return with Love etc, to give a Very Pet Shop Boys chart, Actually. Yes. Quite deserved, being as they are the best act of the last 30 years – this is not open for discussion, let’s just call it fact, eh? By the end of the month they have 5 new tracks joining classic oldies in my chart. Gawd bless’em British institutions.

So anyway, Gaga was new and peaking, her Poker Face grabbing the top in between Pet Shop Boys, So. U2 were also getting their boots on, Miley Cyrus was in my Top 5 with a good little single flying on the wall, Take That were Up All Night at the relative undeserved flop of the single in the UK charts, but not in mine. Empire Of The Sun at 3 with the fabulous Walking On A Dream, and Tony Christie getting a bona fide NEW actual single in my top 10. What!? Not Amarillo?! Jai Ho, also joins it, sounding all fab and Indian-rhythmed, a great pop single to end the Pussycat Dolls popchart career on.

1st March chart

WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys 1 2 6 11 14
METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Saint Etienne 2 4 4 5 4
LOVE ETC Pet Shop Boys 3 3 3 2 1
JUST DANCE Lady Gaga 4 8 14 15 15
POKER FACE Lady Gaga 5 1 2 1 2
GET ON YOUR BOOTS U2 6 7 11 16 31
FLY ON THE WALL Miley Cyrus 7 5 7 9 16
UP ALL NIGHT Take That 8 6 5 4 10
TO LOSE MY LIFE White Lies 9 18 29 34 50
WE WALK Ting Tings 10 11 20 28 44

THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 11 21 21 21 21
LET IT ROCK Kevin Rudolf/ L’il Wayne 12 14 22 25 33
THE FEAR Lily Allen 13 13 15 23 27
I’M YOURS Jason Mraz 14 22 30 30 40
I’M THROWING MY ARMS AROUND PARIS Morrissey 15 15 28 44
CAN’T STOP THE RAIN Shena 16 9 9 12 23
SPACEMAN The Killers 17 24 49
THESE DAYS Glen Campbell 18 23 32 33 41
SHINING LIGHT Annie Lennox 19 16 16 20 39
OMEN The Prodigy 20 12 18 19 37

LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 21 31 31 31 32
TAKE ME BACK Tinchy Stryder/ Taio Cruz 22 34 42 49
THE LOVING KIND Girls Aloud 23 39 45 55 71
CHANGE Daniel Merriweather 24 26 36 41 56
BREATHE SLOW Alesha Dixon 25 25 25 38 60
NO CAN DO Sugababes 26 48 56 70
PARIS IS BURNING Ladyhawke 27 45 57
WALKING ON A DREAM Empire Of The Sun 28 41 8 8 3
DEAD AND GONE T.I./ Justin Timberlake 29 17 13 13 25
I’LL BE AROUND Detroit Spinners 30 30 26 22 19

SOBER Pink 31
THE LAST OF THE MELTING SNOW The Leisure Society 32 42 48 54 61
I LOVE MY BABY Napoleon 33 32 43 61
BROKEN STRINGS James Morrison/ Nelly Furtado 34 40 33 26 34
JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH The Saturdays 35 35 35 56
GIVE A LITTLE LOVE Tom Jones 36 54
NO LINE ON THE HORIZON U2 37 37 54
RAINDROPS (ENCORE UNE FOIS) Sash 38 59
HUMAN The Killers 39 47 47 47 52
ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo 40 38 34

GROW OLD WITH ME Glen Campbell 41 65
FRANCOISE Sharleen Spiteri 42 63 63 65 69
ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Val Doonican 43
NO MILK TODAY Herman’s Hermits 44 51 51 51 51
MYKONOS Fleet Foxes 45 56 62
f*** YOU Lily Allen 46 69
SOMETHING IS SQUEEZING MY SKULL Morrissey 47 27 37 46
T SHIRT Shontelle 48 55 55 63
HOT ‘N’ COLD Katy Perry 49 70 70 74
CRACK A BOTTLE Eminem/ Dr Dre/ 50 Cent 50 50 59

MAMMA MIA Abba 51 52 53 53 54
CIRCUS Britney Spears 52 57
WATCHA THINK ABOUT THAT Pussycat Dolls 53 44 44 62
YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Sylvester 54 53 46 42 42
LIFE IN TECHNICOLOUR II Coldplay 55 71
THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Abba 56 61 61
LOVE STORY Taylor Swift 57 46 40 29 48
WONDERFUL Gary Go 58 49 66
UP The Saturdays 59 66
FALLING DOWN Oasis 60 28 23 10 22

GREATEST DAY Take That 61
WORKING ON A DREAM Bruce Springsteen 62
THE PROMISE Girls Aloud 63 74
TROUBLE Stone Walters 64
IT DOESN’T MATTER ANYMORE Buddy Holly 65 62 50 40 35
ONE DAY LIKE THIS Elbow 66
TIME TO PRETEND MGMT 67 43 38
PAPER PLANES MIA 68
SHOW ME LOVE Steve Angello & Laidback/ Robin S 69 52 48 66
EVERY WORD SHE SAID Tony Christie 70 29 10 14 18

SEX ON FIRE Kings Of Leon 71 75
VIVA LA VIDA Coldplay 72 72 72 72 72
BETTER THAN THIS Keane 73 73 37 13
THE LAKE Antony & The Johnsons 74
MY LIFE SUCKS WITHOUT YOU Kelly Clarkson 75 68 39 39

8th March new entries

IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 10 1 3 11
DON’T UPSET THE RHYTHM Noisettes 19 17 17 17
GO WEST Pet Shop Boys 20 12 7 6
BEGGIN’ Frankie Valli/Four Seasons 33 41
DID YOU SEE ME COMING? Pet Shop Boys 36 19 6 5
I CAN’T HELP MYSELF Sparks 58 58
NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT Peter Bjorn & John 60 27 27 20
FLY AWAY Honeyrider 64 64
IN A MATTER OF TIME The Leisure Society 67 67

15th March new entries

HALO Beyonce 24 24 24
BEAUTIFUL Akon/Kardinall Offishall/Colby O’Donis 60 32 28
STRONG AGAIN N-Dubz 65 52 46
DESOLATION ROW My Chemical Romance 68
WEIGHT OF THE WORLD Lemar 69 69
RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner 71 45 43
SHAKE IT Metro Station 73 35 29
RIGHT ROUND Flo-Rida 74 66 62
REVELRY Kings Of Leon 75

22nd March new entries

TAKIN’ BACK MY LOVE Enrique Iglesias/Ciara 18 9
LIGHTEN UP MORRISSEY Sparks 36 59
JAI HO A R Rahman/Pussycat Dolls 43 8
ISLANDS IN THE STREAM Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton 50 47
NO YOU GIRLS Franz Ferdinand 57 64
IN FOR THE KILL La Roux 58 30
CAN’T GET OVER September” 59 58
ISLANDS IN THE STREAM Ruth Jones/ Rob Brydon/ Tom Jones/ Robin Gibb 60 57
NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S’ Annie Lennox 64
FAREWELL TO THE FAIRGROUND White Lies 67 67
BLOWING IN THE WIND Bob Dylan 68 65
IT’S ALRIGHT Seal 71 55
SHOW ME LOVE Robin S 73
WALKING ON BROKEN GLASS Annie Lennox 75

29th March new entries

ALL OVER THE WORLD Pet Shop Boys 7
MORE THAN A DREAM Pet Shop Boys 12
PANDEMONIUM Pet Shop Boys 26
JUST GO Lionel Richie 36
DUST DEVIL Madness 38
MAKE IT MINE Jason Mraz 45
BIG BAD HANDSOME MAN Imelda May 49
KINGDOM OF RUST Doves 53
GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell 63
BREAKING APART Chris Isaak/ Trisha Yearwood 68
NUMBER 1 Tinchy Stryder/ N-Dubz 70
WHITE WINTER HYMNAL Fleet Foxes 73
CATHY’S CLOWN Everly Brothers 74
THINKING OF YOU Katy Perry 75

 

MY 2004 Charts – January to April

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Me in Gran Canaria 2004, a little too heavy on the facial decs:)

JANUARY 2004 CHARTS

Back to the old monthly format for the 2000’s as I’m getting behind as february approaches (the weekly charts take much longer to sort). Dance still rules, fairly obviously as Nelly Furtado’s fab banjo dance continues at the top into the new year, with basement Jaxx and that amazing Lisa Kekaula vocal takes over at the end of the month. Simon & Garfunkel’s 60’s classic interrupts at the top, Paul Simon wrote it on a dull British railway station (points for naming it…) it certainly made me homesick for America – and I’d never been there (just grew up with it on TV).

Jay-Z, Kylie and R Kelly in the Top 10 (is this my 2014 chart!?), look at that Pink Floyd dance cover rocket up to 3 (Scissor Sisters debut hit) and new band Franz Ferdinand with a new classic rock hit – hooray! Rock is back! Highest new entry of the month is Sugababes at 11. Who’da thought it!? Quiz-time, the title is clearly wrong (I think) so what’s the real title Sugababe fans?

No personal chit chat this time as it was a year of family tragedy and loss in Feb and May and it sort of wiped out a lot of stuff in my mind.

4th Jan chart
weekly chart positions for January follow the track)

POWERLESS (SAY WHAT YOU WANT) Nelly Furtado 1 3 3 5
DIFFERENT DRUM Linda Ronstadt/Stone Ponies 2 4 4 4
GOOD LUCK Basement Jaxx/ Lisa Kekaula 3 2 2 1
TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu 4 5 5 14
CHOCOLATE Kylie Minogue 5 10 17 27
MIRACLES Pet Shop Boys 6 9 9 16
CHANGES Kelly & Ozzy Osbourne 7 7 12 19
INSTANT KARMA John & Yoko/ Plastic Ono Band 8 16 24 28
I’LL SEE IT THROUGH Texas 9 20 31 51
CHANGE CLOTHES Jay-Z 10 18 26 43

MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens 11 11 11 13
CAN’T DO RIGHT FOR DOING WRONG Erin Rocha 12 8 8 8
YOU DON’T KNOW MY NAME Alicia Keys 13 24 19 26
SUPERSTAR Jamelia 14 13 13 15
HEY YA Outkast 15 15 15 17
STEP IN THE NAME OF LOVE/ THOIA THONG R Kelly 16 6 6 18
SAND IN MY SHOES Dido 17 17 22 39
IT’S MY LIFE No Doubt 18 30 33 46
CRY LITTLE SISTER Lost Brothers/ G Tom Mac 19 14 14 23
THE CLOSEST THING TO CRAZY Katie Melua 20 12 10 9

HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART? The Bee Gees 21 21 21 21
I WON’T CHANGE YOU Sophie Ellis-Bextor 22 35 36 56
HOMEWARD BOUND Simon & Garfunkel 23 1 1 2
STAND BACK Linus Loves/Sam Obernik 24 32 46 61
LOVE PROFUSION Madonna 25 37 48 57
PEACEMAKER Fleetwood Mac 26 22 27 47
MAD WORLD Michael Andrews/Gary Jules 27 27 32 52
LIFE FOR RENT Dido 28 28 28 33
REPTILIA The Strokes 29 26 20 31
LADIES NIGHT Atomic Kitten/ Kool & The Gang 30 25 25 25

HURT Johnny Cash 31 31 38 53
SLOW Kylie Minogue 32 34 45 45
STATE OF MIND Holly Valance 33 33 37 49
THE BEAUTIFUL OCCUPATION Travis 34 23 23 38
CHRISTMAS TIME (DON’T LET THE BELLS END) The Darkness 35 46 59
JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones 36 19 7 7
HYSTERIA Muse 37 47 58
HOW DID YOU KNOW Kurtis Mantronix/ Chamonix 38 44 44 44
JUMP Girls Aloud 39 29 47 71
I’M LOVIN IT Justin Timberlake 40 40 53

YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 41 41 41 41
DISTANT DRUMS Jim Reeves 42 42 42 42
SURRENDER (YOUR LOVE) Javine 43 45 52 67
ONE MORE CHANCE Michael Jackson 44 54 63
MIXED UP WORLD Sophie Ellis-Bextor 45 51 61 72
SEXED UP Robbie Williams 46 49 57
PLAN A The Dandy Warhols 47 38 30 22
ARE YOU READY FOR LOVE Elton John 48 48 51 54
THANK YOU BABY (FOR MAKING SOMEDAY COME SO SOON)! Shania Twain 49 52 54 60
THE VOICE WITHIN Christina Aguilera 50 39 35 35

PROPER CRIMBO Bo Selecta 51
LEAVE RIGHT NOW Will Young 52 61
WHITE FLAG Dido 53 53 56 59
BORN AGAIN Starsailor 54 56 71
WALK ON BY Dionne Warwick 55 55 55 55
WATERLOO SUNSET/ NEVER GET OLD David Bowie 56 62
SWING LOW UB40/ United Colours Of Sound 57 72
BILL MCCAI The Coral 58 67
YOU MAKE ME FEEL BRAND NEW Simply Red 59 68
IF YOU COME TO ME Atomic Kitten 60 60 70

GOOD BOYS Blondie 61 64 68
GET IT TOGETHER Seal 62 63 67
BREATHE Blu Cantrell/ Sean Paul 63 71
TOO LOST IN YOU Sugababes 64
REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes 65 65 65 65
SOMEBODY TO LOVE Boogie Pimps/ Jefferson Airplane 66 66 66
THE HARDEST BUTTON TO BUTTON The White Stripes 67
THIS GROOVE/ LET YOUR HEAD GO Victoria Beckham 68 57 50 36
I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney 69 69 69 69
GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE Ocean Colour Scene 70 70

SANTA’S LIST Cliff Richard 71
BABY I LOVE YOU Jennifer Lopez 72 50 49 29
GOD ONLY KNOWS Beach Boys 73 73 73 73
MY IMMORTAL Evanescence 74 59 34 48
FEELIN’ FINE Ultrabeat 75 58 62 62

11th Jan new entries

DON’T TELL ME YOU’RE SORRY S Club 8 36 16 12
YOU DON’T MISS YOUR WATER Craig David 43 43 58
FELL IN LOVE WITH A BOY Joss Stone 74 64 64
SAY IT ISN’T SO Gareth Gates 75

18th Jan new entries

ALL THIS TIME Michelle McManus 18 6
COMFORTABLY NUMB Scissor Sisters 29 3
I’LL BE THERE Emma Bunton 39 24
TAKE ME OUT Franz Ferdinand 40 10
AS THE RUSH COMES Motorcycle 60 20
I’M ON STANDBY Grandaddy 72 68
ANIMAL REM 74 34
HIT THAT EPIC The Offspring 75 70

25th Jan new entries

I’M SO CRAZY Sugababes 11
RED BLOODED WOMAN Kylie Minogue 30
AMAZING George Michael 32
DON’T LEAVE HOME Dido 37
KICK IT Peaches/ Iggy Pop 40
CHERRY BLOSSOM GIRL Air 50
MILKSHAKE Kelis 63
ME MYSELF & I Beyonce 66
I’M STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Sean Paul/ Sasha 74
ALL I WANNA DO Amy Studt 75

 

FEBRUARY CHARTS 2004

Still with the monthly format due to lack of time, and also a family suicide tragedy this month has left the charts all a bit odd to me, still, from the last week of the month onwards. I kept on with charts to keep my mind off stuff, but things were very emotional, and still are.

A quick review, Scissor Sisters become my band of that period, all retro and perfect on record and live, appropriately on top with their first single hit a la Pink Floyd. Katy Melua gently sings her way into the top 10, charming stuff. Kylie gets another Top 10 with one I’ve mostly forgotten, and Cathy Dennis’ Toxic gives Britney another chart-topper, one of the best records of the decade, and possibly my fave dance track of the decade. Awesome!

The Offspring return to the 20, ditto Dido, and The Strokes belatedly get a Number One with a record fairly obscure and after the event for their big debut. I think it fitted my mind-set that week, angry and forlorn. Snow Patrol get a famous record into my Top 20, though not generlly a fan of theirs, fab Chrissie Hynde comes back with a dance track (Tube & Berger) and it’s great, and Pet Shop Boys are Flamboyant at 23.

1st Feb Chart

COMFORTABLY NUMB Scissor Sisters 1 1 2 4 4
GOOD LUCK Basement Jaxx/ Lisa Kekaula 2 2 4 7 9
TAKE ME OUT Franz Ferdinand 3 5 8 6 3
DIFFERENT DRUM Linda Ronstadt/Stone Ponies 4 9 10 11 11
JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones 5 14 19 33 42
ALL THIS TIME Michelle McManus 6 11 14 17 22
HOMEWARD BOUND Simon & Garfunkel 7 22 41 51 61
CAN’T DO RIGHT FOR DOING WRONG Erin Rocha 8 8 11 23 34
THE CLOSEST THING TO CRAZY Katie Melua 9 6 9 12 15
POWERLESS (SAY WHAT YOU WANT) Nelly Furtado 10 10 5 8 8

I’M SO CRAZY Sugababes 11 31 38
LONG TIME COMING The Delays 12 12 12 9 13
HEY YA Outkast 13 13 6 3 5
MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens 14 16 16 16 16
DON’T TELL ME YOU’RE SORRY S Club 8 15 19 23 35 51
SUPERSTAR Jamelia 16 24 24 34 40
I’LL BE THERE Emma Bunton 17 15 21 37 44
AS THE RUSH COMES Motorcycle 18 34 39 55 71
CHERRY BLOSSOM GIRL Air 19 17 17 13 21
LADIES NIGHT Atomic Kitten/ Kool & The Gang 20 23 30 53 66

TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu 21 25 25 25 28
MIRACLES Pet Shop Boys 22 30 31 31 36
HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART? The Bee Gees 23 26 26 26 31
AMAZING George Michael 24 21 15 14 14
RED BLOODED WOMAN Kylie Minogue 25 18 13 10 7
STEP IN THE NAME OF LOVE R Kelly 26 44 51 68
CHANGES Kelly & Ozzy Osbourne 27 33 33 42 50
TOXIC Britney Spears 28 4 1 1 2
I’M STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Sean Paul/ Sasha 29 7 7 5 6
LET YOUR HEAD GO/THIS GROOVE Victoria Beckham 30 41 47 72

INSTANT KARMA John & Yoko/ Plastic Ono Band 31 46 46 50 53
HIT THAT The Offspring 32 20 18 15 25
CHOCOLATE Kylie Minogue 33 57
ANIMAL REM 34 29 29 48 55
THE VOICE WITHIN Christina Aguilera 35 61
YOU DON’T KNOW MY NAME Alicia Keys 36 49 53 66 74
DON’T LEAVE HOME Dido 37 35 35 43 20
CRY LITTLE SISTER Lost Brothers/ G Tom Mac 38 48 57
PLAN A The Dandy Warhols 39
MILKSHAKE Kelis 40 55 55

YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 41 42 44 44 46
DISTANT DRUMS Jim Reeves 42 43 45 45 45
SAND IN MY SHOES Dido 43
REPTILIA The Strokes 44 3 3 2 1
BABY I LOVE YOU Jennifer Lopez 45 52 52
IT’S MY LIFE No Doubt 46 36 36 41 41
CHANGE CLOTHES Jay-Z 47 51 59
HOW DID YOU KNOW Kurtis Mantronix/ Chamonix 48 54 54 57 57
GIVE IT AWAY Deepest Blue 49 58 70 60 49
FRIDAY NIGHT The Darkness 50 53 63

KICK IT Peaches/ Iggy Pop 51 28 28 47 54
LIFE FOR RENT Dido 52
MY IMMORTAL Evanescence 53 27 20 28 39
STATE OF MIND Holly Valance 54
WALK ON BY Dionne Warwick 55 56 56 56 56
ARE YOU READY FOR LOVE Elton John 56 59 61 64 64
HARDER TO BREATHE Maroon 5 57 40 43 62
SLOW Kylie Minogue 58
I’LL SEE IT THROUGH Texas 59
ME MYSELF & I Beyonce 60

PEACEMAKER Fleetwood Mac 61
MAD WORLD Michael Andrews/Gary Jules 62
WHITE FLAG Dido 63 68 71
FELL IN LOVE WITH A BOY Joss Stone 64
REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes 65 65 65 65 65
THE BEAUTIFUL OCCUPATION Travis 66 66
THANK YOU BABY (FOR MAKING SOMEDAY COME SO SOON)! Shania Twain 67
PRESSURE POINT The Zutons 68 63
I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney 69 69 69 69 69
ALL I WANNA DO Amy Studt 70 70 60

I WON’T CHANGE YOU Sophie Ellis-Bextor 71
MOVIE STAR Stereophonics 72 67 67
GOD ONLY KNOWS Beach Boys 73 73 73 73 73
RUNNIN’ (DYING TO LIVE) 2Pac/ Notorious B.I.G. 74 38 42 61
SO ALIVE Ryan Adams 75
8th FEB 2004 New Entries

REAL Plumb 32 32 19 33
TAKE CONTROL Jamieson/ Angel Blu/ CK 37 37 52 63
RUN Snow Patrol 39 27 21 18
BREATHE DON’T STOP Mr Ron vs The Jungle 45 40 40 58
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN The Jeevas 47 22 22 35
STRAIGHT AHEAD Tube & Berger/ Chrissie Hynde 50 34 20 12
SO CONFUSED 2Play / Raghav/ Jucxi 60 48 58 67
EVERYBODY CRIES Liberty X 62 62
TAKE ME TO THE CLOUDS ABOVE LMC vs U2 64 64
SHINE YOUR LIGHT The Mavericks 71
OBVIOUS Westlife 72 58 29 29
GOD IS A DJ Pink 74
SUBURBAN ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Space 75

15th FEB 2004 New Entries

BIG THING COMING The Stranglers 49 36 48
YOUR GAME Will Young 50 30 30
FOUR TO THE FLOOR Starsailor 66 46 19
DA HYPE Junior Jack/ Robert Smith 68 38 38
THANK YOU Jamelia 72 18 10
HERE 4 ONE Blazin’ Squad 74 59 59
BLACK CHERRY Goldfrapp 75 75

22nd FEB 2004 New Entries

CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN Tears For Fears 24 24
TRUCK ON Simple Kid 27 27
I CAN’T STOP Al Green 32 32
WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Sam & Mark 39 43
NOT IN LOVE Enrique Iglesias/ Kelis 49 26
FALLEN Sarah McLachlan 54 47
SUNRISE Norah Jones 63 17
CAN’T TURN BACK Speedway 67 60
SATURDAY NIGHT UD Project 70 70
THE REAL SLIM SHADY Eminem 71
WHO’S DAVID? Busted 74 62

29th FEB 2004 New Entries

FLAMBOYANT Pet Shop Boys 23
MYSTERIOUS GIRL Peter Andre 37
LAST TRAIN HOME Lostprophets 52
HOME Zero 7 68
CRY Alex Parks 72
FEELIN’ WAY TOO DAMN GOOD Nickelback 75

MARCH 2004 CHARTS

I was living through a traumatic funeral and aftermath this month, and my chart-toppers showed my mixed-up state of mind a bit: The Strokes brittle rock at 1, Tube & Berger dance with Chrissie Hynde (her first chart-topper since 1980!), and taking refuge in a Dusty classic, the epic 1968 single I Close My Eyes, her best record and emotions on the max setting.

Britney got knocked a bit by events, then recovered cos it’s just soooo classic. Keane peak at 4 (and then came back in 2013 to top my chart), Starsailor are strong, Pet Shop Boys are Flamboyant, and George Michael Amazing. George was the last song played at my sister-in-laws funeral (Careless Whisper) cos she loved George.

The charts, it must be said, were a damn sight more varied than the 2014 charts are, genres galore, a sign of a healthy music scene

7th March Chart

REPTILIA The Strokes 1 4 12 17
TOXIC Britney Spears 2 5 4 2
FOUR TO THE FLOOR Starsailor 3 3 5 11
SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW Keane 4 8 11 15
TAKE ME OUT Franz Ferdinand 5 11 21 31
FLAMBOYANT Pet Shop Boys 6 6 6 10
RED BLOODED WOMAN Kylie Minogue 7 15 29 42
DON’T LEAVE HOME Dido 8 14 17 12
STRAIGHT AHEAD Tube & Berger/ Chrissie Hynde 9 2 1 7
COMFORTABLY NUMB Scissor Sisters 10 10 18 18

NOT IN LOVE Enrique Iglesias/ Kelis 11 7 9 5
DIFFERENT DRUM Linda Ronstadt/Stone Ponies 12 19 24 24
LONG TIME COMING The Delays 13 13 26 40
POWERLESS (SAY WHAT YOU WANT) Nelly Furtado 14 31 68
GOOD LUCK Basement Jaxx/ Lisa Kekaula 15 22 43 64
HEY YA Outkast 16 32 32 35
I’M STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Sean Paul/ Sasha 17 17 31 44
RUN Snow Patrol 18 42 42 52
CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN Tears For Fears 19 12 19 32
MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens 20 23 27 27

CHERRY BLOSSOM GIRL Air 21 27 47 57
OBVIOUS Westlife 22 20 36 47
THANK YOU Jamelia 23 35 35 45
TRUCK ON Simple Kid 24 21 33 49
HIT THAT The Offspring 25 41 61
DA HYPE Junior Jack/ Robert Smith 26 48
AMAZING George Michael 27 9 8 6
MYSTERIOUS GIRL Peter Andre 28 25 48 67
SUNRISE Norah Jones 29 26 45 55
YOUR GAME Will Young 30 30 30 20

TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu 31 38 38 41
I CAN’T STOP Al Green 32 28 28 51
HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART? The Bee Gees 33 43 44 46
ALL THIS TIME Michelle McManus 34 34 52
THE CLOSEST THING TO CRAZY Katie Melua 35 51 69 69
CAN’T DO RIGHT FOR DOING WRONG Erin Rocha 36 52
CAN’T TURN BACK Speedway 37 29 39 56
MIRACLES Pet Shop Boys 38 44 54 61
GIVE IT AWAY Deepest Blue 39 36 57 19
ENGLISH SUMMER RAIN Placebo 40 40 73

IT’S MY LIFE No Doubt 41 24 41 43
REAL Plumb 42 59
WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Sam & Mark 43 60
JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones 44 56
DISTANT DRUMS Jim Reeves 45 46 49 50
YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 46 49 53 54
FALLEN Sarah McLachlan 47 47 15 21
BIG THING COMING The Stranglers 48
SUPERSTAR Jamelia 49 62
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN The Jeevas 50

DON’T TELL ME YOU’RE SORRY S Club 8 51 68
LAST TRAIN HOME Lostprophets 52
LITTLE MISS PERFECT Summer Matthews 53 53
MY IMMORTAL Evanescence 54
LOVE YOU LIKE MAD Vs 55 39 51
WALK ON BY Dionne Warwick 56 57 59 59
WHO’S DAVID? Busted 57
LOVE IS ONLY A FEELING The Darkness 58 37 25 16
HERE 4 ONE Blazin’ Squad 59
HOW DID YOU KNOW Kurtis Mantronix/ Chamonix 60 64

I’LL BE THERE Emma Bunton 61
INSTANT KARMA John & Yoko/ Plastic Ono Band 62
HOME Zero 7 63 63 63
ANIMAL REM 64
REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes 65 65 66 66
CHANGES Kelly & Ozzy Osbourne 66
KICK IT Peaches/ Iggy Pop 67
ARE YOU READY FOR LOVE Elton John 68 70
I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney 69 69 72 72
THE WAY YOU MOVE Outkast/ Sleepy Brown 70 61 60 38

CRY Alex Parks 71
TRY Nelly Furtado 72 72 64 26
GOD ONLY KNOWS Beach Boys 73
NOT A JOB Elbow 74
JUST FOR YOU Lionel Richie 75 33 20 33

14th March new entries

I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield 1 2 1
LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Jet 16 7 9
TAKE YOUR MAMA OUT Scissor Sisters 18 14 14
COME HOME BILLY BIRD The Divine Comedy 45 34 34
LEFT OUTSIDE ALONE Anastacia 50 16 8
LOVE WILL COME THROUGH Travis 54 46 28
IT MUST BE LOVE FYA/ Smujji 55 55
BLACK CHERRY Goldfrapp 58 58 71
LONESOME Shelby Lynne 66 62 62
I MISS YOU Blink 182 67 67 53
THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Kelly Llorenna 71 71
STACY’S MOM Fountains Of Wayne 73 50 29
HOME Simply Red 74 74 63
IF I CAN’T 50 Cent 75 75

21st March new entries

IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Agnetha Faltskog 3 3
HEARTBEAT ACCELERATING Linda Onstadt 10 13
NEARER THAN HEAVEN The Delays 13 4
SUNG LOW Erin McKewan 22 22
BORDER SONG Elton John 23 23
LOVE REVOLUTION Phixx 37 37
RIDE The Vines 40 36
CALL OFF THE SEARCH Katie Melua 56 25
BROKE WINDOW Gary Jules 65 65
THERE’S NO HOME FOR YOU HERE The White Stripes 70 70

28th March new entries

YEAH Usher/L’il Jon/ Ludacris 30
THIS DAY The Sleepy Jackson 39
PLUG IT IN Basement Jaxx 48
HEART Seraphim Suite 58
CREEPIN’ IN Norah Jones/ Dolly Parton 60
MY BAND D12/ Eminem 68
IN THE MIDDLE Sugababes 73
SHE WANTS TO MOVE NERD 74
FRONTIN’ Jamie Cullum 75

 
APRIL 2004

Well, 10 years ago, and what a gay gay gay Top 10. Dido gets her 2nd chart topper, Agnetha gets her first ever solo chart-topper to add to her zillions with Abba – and it’s with a Cilla Black song! Who’da thunk it?! Both are, however, gorgeous.

Elswhere Enrique and Kelis, Scissor Sisters (gayyyy!), The Rasmus (not gay!) and oldies The Stranglers bounce back along with Linda Ronstadt all into the Top 10. In the UK charts it’s that naughty, and in retrospect not that great, Eamon having 5 minutes of fame. Sadly, it was a line-crossed and now it’s effing obligatory to get that effing word into every effing song in an effing attempt to sound cool cos effing 14-year-olds think it’s effing daring. Cliched! (say it in a gay high-pitched voice, sweetie…)

4th April Chart

DON’T LEAVE HOME Dido 1 1 2 3
TOXIC Britney Spears 2 2 5 8
IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Agnetha Faltskog 3 3 1 1
I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield 4 4 4 4
NOT IN LOVE Enrique Iglesias/ Kelis 5 5 10 13
NEARER THAN HEAVEN The Delays 6 6 6 11
LEFT OUTSIDE ALONE Anastacia 7 7 11 5
HEARTBEAT ACCELERATING Linda Ronstadt 8 8 8 19
FALLEN Sarah McLachlan 9 12 12 7
AMAZING George Michael 10 11 13 18

STRAIGHT AHEAD Tube & Berger/ Chrissie Hynde 11 14 20 22
TAKE YOUR MAMA Scissor Sisters 12 10 7 14
LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Jet 13 13 19 24
FLAMBOYANT Pet Shop Boys 14 16 16 21
FOUR TO THE FLOOR Starsailor 15 15 21 25
IN THE SHADOWS The Rasmus 16 9 9 6
CALL OFF THE SEARCH Katie Melua 17 22 28 41
COMFORTABLY NUMB Scissor Sisters 18 18 24 29
REPTILIA The Strokes 19 24 26 30
YEAH Usher/L’il Jon/ Ludacris 20 17 14 10

TAKE ME OUT Franz Ferdinand 21 23 25 28
SUNG LOW Erin McKewan 22 19 33 54
BORDER SONG Elton John 23 21 3 2
LONG BLACK VEIL The Stranglers 24 20 17 9
LOVE WILL COME THROUGH Travis 25 38 18 31
TRY Nelly Furtado 26 29 44 61
LOVE IS ONLY A FEELING The Darkness 27 27 27 43
THIS DAY The Sleepy Jackson 28 28 38 16
STACY’S MOM Fountains Of Wayne 29 33 50
SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW Keane 30 37 42 68

DIFFERENT DRUM Linda Ronstadt/Stone Ponies 31 31 31 32
MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens 32 32 32 33
CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN Tears For Fears 33 44 52
COME HOME BILLY BIRD The Divine Comedy 34 47 57
YOUR GAME Will Young 35 35 39 59
RIDE The Vines 36 36 36 64
GIVE IT AWAY Deepest Blue 37 52
THE WAY YOU MOVE Outkast/ Sleepy Brown 38 34 34 47
HOME Simply Red 39 25 15 15
HEY YA Outkast 40 40 40 44

TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu 41 41 41 42
RED BLOODED WOMAN Kylie Minogue 42 42 48 72
IT’S MY LIFE No Doubt 43 43 43 49
I’M STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Sean Paul/ Sasha 44 51 55
JUST FOR YOU Lionel Richie 45 53 58
LONESOME Shelby Lynne 46 39 35 26
HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART? The Bee Gees 47 48 49 52
LONG TIME COMING The Delays 48 69
TRUCK ON Simple Kid 49 56 56
DISTANT DRUMS Jim Reeves 50 50 51 51

I CAN’T STOP Al Green 51 55 61
LOVE REVOLUTION Phixx 52 70
I WANNA GET BACK WITH YOU Mary Griffin 53 49 47
YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 54 54 54 55
RUN Snow Patrol 55 61
CAN’T TURN BACK Speedway 56 58 62
CHERRY BLOSSOM GIRL Air 57 64 69
HEART Seraphim Suite 58
WALK ON BY Dionne Warwick 59 59 59 60
CREEPIN’ IN Norah Jones/ Dolly Parton 60 46 46 36

SUNRISE Norah Jones 61 30 23 35
OBVIOUS Westlife 62 62 68
I MISS YOU Blink 182 63 63 63
MIRACLES Pet Shop Boys 64 73
SHE WANTS TO MOVE NERD 65 65 64 58
REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes 66 66 66 66
MYSTERIOUS GIRL Peter Andre 67 74
MY BAND D12/ Eminem 68 60 60 53
PLUG IT IN Basement Jaxx 69
THANK YOU Jamelia 70

JUST A LITTLE WHILE Janet Jackson 71 57 53 34
I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney 72 72 72 73
THE CLOSEST THING TO CRAZY Katie Melua 73
SURFING ON A ROCKET Air 74 67 67 56
HEY MAMA Black Eyed Peas 75

11th April new entries

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY Ennio Morricone 26 22 17
RELEASE ME Engelbert Humperdinck 45 37 37
IF I AIN’T GOT YOU Alicia Keys 68 65 40
THIS LOVE Maroon 5 71 29 12
MUSICOLOGY Prince 75 74 72

18th April new entries

SATURDAY NIGHT Bay City Rollers 30 23
F*CK IT (I DON’T WANT YOU BACK) Eamon 45 20
SINGLE Natasha Bedingfield 70 39
NAUGHTY GIRL Beyonce 71 71
ORPHEUS Ash 73 57
THE MEANING OF LOVE Michelle 75 50

25th April new entries

MATINEE Franz Ferdinand 27
LAST TO KNOW Pink 38
FLAWLESS George Michael 45
SOMEONE LIKE ME Atomic Kitten 46
I LIKE IT Narcotic Thrust 48
COME CLEAN Hilary Duff 62
SAY SOMETHING ANYWAY Bellefire 63
CHOCOLATE Snow Patrol 65
FOR LOVERS Wolfman/ Pete Doherty 67
AERODYNAMIC Kraftwerk 69
BLOWIN’ ME UP JC Chasez 70
SUPER DUPER LOVE Joss Stone 74
COME WITH ME Special D 75

My 1999 Charts – January

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Shuttle Launch Titusville Florida 1998

3rd JAN 1999

The usual January chart lethargy not in evidence this month – largely thanks to oldies, though, the whole Top 3 are classics that didn’t quite get to Number One first time round but are lining up this time round, headed by Prince as we moved into 1999, the last “19” something year, and one that had gone top 10 in 1983 and 1985, so it was appropriate starting the year with his 3rd number one.

In at 32, a great fun rock song of the time, and 49 All Seeing I give Tony Christie a bit of chart action 27 years after his last (Amarillo). I wonder if anyone remembers Amarillo…? Divine Comedy, always amusing, go top 40 with an ode to coach travel, and Isaac Hayes finally gets a 3rd hit 23 years after the last one – pity it was a novelty song though! Garbage rocket up 50 places, still on their hot streak of albums and singles, they never were less than good. Best ignore the remixes and covers elsewhere though, for the most part.

1 ( NEW ) 1999″ Prince
2 ( NEW ) ANGELS Robbie Williams
3 ( NEW ) WILD WOOD Paul Weller
4 ( 2 ) DUMB Beautiful South
5 ( 1 ) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Bryan Adams/ Melanie C
6 ( 5 ) THE POWER OF GOODBYE Madonna
7 ( 3 ) ALWAYS HAVE ALWAYS WILL Ace Of Base
8 ( 15 ) TEQUILA Terrorvision
9 ( 12 ) BIG BIG WORLD Emilia
10 ( 9 ) BELIEVE Cher

11 ( 4 ) HUMAN BEINGS Seal
12 ( 6 ) WAR OF NERVES All Saints
13 ( 13 ) MIAMI Will Smith
14 ( 8 ) SHORLEY WALL EP Ooberman
15 ( 7 ) BLUE Le Ann Rimes
16 ( 16 ) GOODBYE Spice Girls
17 ( 17 ) NO REGRETS Robbie Williams
18 ( 25 ) I WANT YOU 98 Savage Garden
19 ( 69 ) WHEN I GROW UP Garbage
20 ( 10 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade vs Flush

21 ( 14 ) END OF THE LINE Honeyz
22 ( 11 ) HOLLY HOLY UB40
23 ( 23 ) PRAISE YOU Fat Boy Slim
24 ( 40 ) YOU SHOULD BE DANCING Blockster
25 ( 18 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP/BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Foundations
26 ( 20 ) THE EVERLASTING Manic Street Preachers
27 ( 27 ) GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE Aqua
28 ( 37 ) ESPECIALLY FOR YOU Johnny & Denise
29 ( 36 ) SHE WANTS YOU Billie
30 ( NEW ) MORE THAN THIS Emmie

31 ( 22 ) ALL I WANT Puressance
32 ( NEW ) PRETTY FLY (FOR A WHITE GUY) Offspring
33 ( 21 ) SIT DOWN 98 James
34 ( 19 ) WHITE CHRISTMAS Bing Crosby
35 ( 31 ) MILLENIUM Robbie Williams
36 ( 39 ) TAKE ME THERE Blackstreet/Mya
37 ( 44 ) CHOCOLATE SALTY BALLS Chef (Isaac Hayes)
38 ( 55 ) BAD GIRLS Juliet Roberts
39 ( 34 ) OUTSIDE George Michael
40 ( 71 ) NATIONAL EXPRESS Divine Comedy

41 ( 41 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMING/DREAM A../MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas
42 ( 42 ) TO THE MOON AND BACK Savage Garden
43 ( 32 ) HEY NOW NOW Swirl 360
44 ( 48 ) GOOD LIFE (BUENA VIDA) Inner City
45 ( 26 ) TONITE Supercar
46 ( 28 ) LOTUS REM
47 ( 24 ) TESTIFY M People
48 ( 45 ) SWEETEST THING U2
49 ( NEW ) WALK LIKE A PANTHER All Seeing I featuring Tony Christie
50 ( 50 ) TO YOU I BELONG B*Witched

51 ( 51 ) BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
52 ( 29 ) LOSING YOU John Lennon/Cheap Trick
53 ( 38 ) LITTLE BIT OF LOVIN’ Kele Le Roc
54 ( 30 ) EVERY TIME Janet Jackson
55 ( 46 ) THANK U Alanis Morissette
56 ( 43 ) IF YOU BUY THIS RECORD (YOUR LIFE WILL BE BETTER) The Tamperer/ Maya
57 ( 33 ) THIS KISS Faith Hill
58 ( 35 ) ALARM CALL Bjork
59 ( 54 ) SPECIAL Garbage
60 ( 70 ) POSTCARDS FROM HEAVEN Lighthouse Family

61 ( 61 ) IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT Manic Street Preachers
62 ( 57 ) MOVE MANIA Sash!/ Shannon
63 ( 52 ) SO YOUNG Corrs
64 ( 63 ) DANCING QUEEN / EAGLE Abba
65 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers
66 ( NEW ) DELTA SUN Mercury Rev
67 ( 47 ) I JUST WANNA BE LOVED Culture Club
68 ( 56 ) WE GOTTA GET OUTTA THIS PLACE Space
69 ( 62 ) LAST STOP: THIS TOWN Eels
70 ( 53 ) HOME ALONE R. Kelly/ Keith Murray

71 ( 65 ) HEARTBEAT/ TRAGEDY Steps
72 ( NEW ) WHEN YOU BELIEVE Mariah Carey/ Whitney Houston
73 ( 68 ) GODDESS ON A HIGHWAY Mercury Rev
74 ( 60 ) I’VE GOT THIS FEELING Mavericks
75 ( 72 ) EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT Sweetbox

10th JAN 1999

Robbie belatedly gets classic Angels to the top – I’d under-estimated it first time round, but a few boozy pub karaoke singalongs later (Others, not me!) had shown me it’s genuine charms – along with seeing Robbie wipe the floor with the competition at Net Aid. Yes, Net Aid – Wembley Stadium, a host of superstars like George Michael, Bowie, Eurythmics, Stereophonics & many others gathered together in a Live Aid attempt to do good and gather cash for Africa. Problem is, no-one remembers it! Well, I was there, and Robbie gave one of the great Live performances I’d seen. I became a fan.

So, the entire Top 5 is oldies, all classics that should have been chart-toppers, though Culture Club’s album track from 1983 was a US single, deservedly, with one great guitar solo in it. Oasis meanwhile also bizarrely fail to release The Masterplan as a single, but I chart it anyway. Artists choice of singles sometimes leaves me frustrated! Supercar and Fat Boy Slim get some Top 10 dance action, but new stuff still a bit thing on the ground..

1 ( 2 ) ANGELS Robbie Williams
2 ( 3 ) WILD WOOD Paul Weller
3 ( 1 ) 1999″ Prince
4 ( NEW ) MISS ME BLIND Culture Club
5 ( NEW ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
6 ( 5 ) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Bryan Adams/ Melanie C
7 ( 45 ) TONITE Supercar
8 ( 7 ) ALWAYS HAVE ALWAYS WILL Ace Of Base
9 ( 4 ) DUMB Beautiful South
10 ( 23 ) PRAISE YOU Fat Boy Slim

11 ( 6 ) THE POWER OF GOODBYE Madonna
12 ( 8 ) TEQUILA Terrorvision
13 ( 10 ) BELIEVE Cher
14 ( 9 ) BIG BIG WORLD Emilia
15 ( 13 ) MIAMI Will Smith
16 ( 12 ) WAR OF NERVES All Saints
17 ( 24 ) YOU SHOULD BE DANCING Blockster
18 ( 17 ) NO REGRETS Robbie Williams
19 ( 19 ) WHEN I GROW UP Garbage
20 ( NEW ) THE MASTERPLAN Oasis

21 ( 11 ) HUMAN BEINGS Seal
22 ( 14 ) SHORLEY WALL EP Ooberman
23 ( 18 ) I WANT YOU 98 Savage Garden
24 ( 15 ) BLUE Le Ann Rimes
25 ( 30 ) MORE THAN THIS Emmie
26 ( 16 ) GOODBYE Spice Girls
27 ( 21 ) END OF THE LINE Honeyz
28 ( 38 ) BAD GIRLS Juliet Roberts
29 ( 29 ) SHE WANTS YOU Billie
30 ( 40 ) NATIONAL EXPRESS Divine Comedy

31 ( 22 ) HOLLY HOLY UB40
32 ( 32 ) PRETTY FLY (FOR A WHITE GUY) Offspring
33 ( 25 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP/BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Foundations
34 ( 20 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade vs Flush
35 ( 44 ) GOOD LIFE (BUENA VIDA) Inner City
36 ( 49 ) WALK LIKE A PANTHER All Seeing I
37 ( 37 ) CHOCOLATE SALTY BALLS Chef (Isaac Hayes)
38 ( 31 ) ALL I WANT Puressance
39 ( 26 ) THE EVERLASTING Manic Street Preachers
40 ( 60 ) POSTCARDS FROM HEAVEN Lighthouse Family

41 ( 41 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMING/DREAM A../MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas
42 ( 36 ) TAKE ME THERE Blackstreet/Mya
43 ( 27 ) GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE Aqua
44 ( 35 ) MILLENIUM Robbie Williams
45 ( 33 ) SIT DOWN 98 James
46 ( 39 ) OUTSIDE George Michael
47 ( 28 ) ESPECIALLY FOR YOU Johnny & Denise
48 ( 51 ) BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
49 ( 42 ) TO THE MOON AND BACK Savage Garden
50 ( 34 ) WHITE CHRISTMAS Bing Crosby

51 ( 57 ) THIS KISS Faith Hill
52 ( 43 ) HEY NOW NOW Swirl 360
53 ( 47 ) TESTIFY M People
54 ( 48 ) SWEETEST THING U2
55 ( 55 ) THANK U Alanis Morissette
56 ( 53 ) LITTLE BIT OF LOVIN’ Kele Le Roc
57 ( 61 ) IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT Manic Street Preachers
58 ( 46 ) LOTUS REM
59 ( 59 ) SPECIAL Garbage
60 ( 71 ) HEARTBEAT/ TRAGEDY Steps

61 ( 74 ) I’VE GOT THIS FEELING Mavericks
62 ( 56 ) IF YOU BUY THIS RECORD (YOUR LIFE WILL BE BETTER) The Tamperer/ Maya
63 ( NEW ) IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND Stars On 54 (Ultra Nate etc)
64 ( 64 ) DANCING QUEEN / EAGLE Abba
65 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers
66 ( 66 ) DELTA SUN Mercury Rev
67 ( NEW ) ELECTRIC BARBARELLA/ GIRLS ON FILM Duran Duran
68 ( 52 ) LOSING YOU John Lennon/Cheap Trick
69 ( 69 ) LAST STOP: THIS TOWN Eels
70 ( 50 ) TO YOU I BELONG B*Witched

71 ( NEW ) A LITTLE BIT MORE 911″
72 ( 72 ) WHEN YOU BELIEVE Mariah Carey/ Whitney Houston
73 ( 58 ) ALARM CALL Bjork
74 ( 54 ) EVERY TIME Janet Jackson
75 ( 75 ) EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE ALRIGHT Sweetbox

17th JAN 1999

3rd oldie at the top – Paul Weller gets his first solo topper, the sublime Wild Wood from 1993, though previously topped with the Jam (Going Underground) and Style Council (You’re The Best Thing). Meanwhile boy band (and future Timberlake superstar) enter at 33 with a great pop song, and there are some pretty bland superstar duets sprinkled here and there.

1 ( 2 ) WILD WOOD Paul Weller
2 ( 1 ) ANGELS Robbie Williams
3 ( 4 ) MISS ME BLIND Culture Club
4 ( 5 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
5 ( 10 ) PRAISE YOU Fat Boy Slim
6 ( 3 ) 1999″ Prince
7 ( 7 ) TONITE Supercar
8 ( 18 ) NO REGRETS Robbie Williams
9 ( 6 ) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Bryan Adams/ Melanie C
10 ( 20 ) THE MASTERPLAN Oasis

11 ( 8 ) ALWAYS HAVE ALWAYS WILL Ace Of Base
12 ( 11 ) THE POWER OF GOODBYE Madonna
13 ( 9 ) DUMB Beautiful South
14 ( 14 ) BIG BIG WORLD Emilia
15 ( 13 ) BELIEVE Cher
16 ( 12 ) TEQUILA Terrorvision
17 ( 17 ) YOU SHOULD BE DANCING Blockster
18 ( 15 ) MIAMI Will Smith
19 ( 19 ) WHEN I GROW UP Garbage
20 ( 36 ) WALK LIKE A PANTHER All Seeing I

21 ( 16 ) WAR OF NERVES All Saints
22 ( 21 ) HUMAN BEINGS Seal
23 ( 25 ) MORE THAN THIS Emmie
24 ( 28 ) BAD GIRLS Juliet Roberts
25 ( 23 ) I WANT YOU 98 Savage Garden
26 ( 30 ) NATIONAL EXPRESS Divine Comedy
27 ( 32 ) PRETTY FLY (FOR A WHITE GUY) Offspring
28 ( 22 ) SHORLEY WALL EP Ooberman
29 ( 27 ) END OF THE LINE Honeyz
30 ( 37 ) CHOCOLATE SALTY BALLS Chef (Isaac Hayes)

31 ( 24 ) BLUE Le Ann Rimes
32 ( 35 ) GOOD LIFE (BUENA VIDA) Inner City
33 ( NEW ) I WANT YOU BACK N’Sync
34 ( NEW ) DON’T LET THIS MOMENT END Gloria Estefan
35 ( 26 ) GOODBYE Spice Girls
36 ( 29 ) SHE WANTS YOU Billie
37 ( 40 ) POSTCARDS FROM HEAVEN Lighthouse Family
38 ( 33 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP/BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Foundations
39 ( 38 ) ALL I WANT Puressance
40 ( 31 ) HOLLY HOLY UB40

41 ( 41 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMING/DREAM A../MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas
42 ( 34 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade vs Flush
43 ( 48 ) BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
44 ( 42 ) TAKE ME THERE Blackstreet/Mya
45 ( 39 ) THE EVERLASTING Manic Street Preachers
46 ( 46 ) OUTSIDE George Michael
47 ( 44 ) MILLENIUM Robbie Williams
48 ( 45 ) SIT DOWN 98 James
49 ( 49 ) TO THE MOON AND BACK Savage Garden
50 ( 72 ) WHEN YOU BELIEVE Mariah Carey/ Whitney Houston

51 ( 51 ) THIS KISS Faith Hill
52 ( 43 ) GOOD MORNING SUNSHINE Aqua
53 ( 47 ) ESPECIALLY FOR YOU Johnny & Denise
54 ( 54 ) SWEETEST THING U2
55 ( 52 ) HEY NOW NOW Swirl 360
56 ( 56 ) LITTLE BIT OF LOVIN’ Kele Le Roc
57 ( 57 ) IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT Manic Street Preachers
58 ( 50 ) WHITE CHRISTMAS Bing Crosby
59 ( 55 ) THANK U Alanis Morissette
60 ( 60 ) HEARTBEAT/ TRAGEDY Steps

61 ( 53 ) TESTIFY M People
62 ( 71 ) A LITTLE BIT MORE 911″
63 ( 59 ) SPECIAL Garbage
64 ( 64 ) DANCING QUEEN / EAGLE Abba
65 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers
66 ( 66 ) DELTA SUN Mercury Rev
67 ( 61 ) I’VE GOT THIS FEELING Mavericks
68 ( 58 ) LOTUS REM
69 ( NEW ) WISH I WERE YOU Alisha’s Attic
70 ( NEW ) I’M YOUR ANGEL Celine Dion/ R Kelly

71 ( 63 ) IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND Stars On 54 (Ultra Nate etc)
72 ( 69 ) LAST STOP: THIS TOWN Eels
73 ( NEW ) HAVE YOU EVER Brandy
74 ( 62 ) IF YOU BUY THIS RECORD (YOUR LIFE WILL BE BETTER) The Tamperer/ Maya
75 ( 73 ) ALARM CALL Bjork

24th JAN 1999

4th oldie in a row, this time a 60’s metal anthem from Easy Rider, and minor 1969 UK hit. I kid you not, but I’d just returned from Florida, and at Disney Epcot none other than Steppenwolf were performing at the small lakeside arena. Who woulda thought? Anyway, enough to boost it to my number one as it re-charted in the UK. Terrorvision shoot into the Top 10 with their alcohol anthem, and B52’s join the oldies invasion in the Top 10 with their party anthem. 60’s Crooner goodie from Engelbert, meanwhile joins Tony Christie in the Top 20 and Sinatra lower down, making for a right old mix of oldies.

Unlikely comeback time: Blondie! What a joy to have them back! PJ Harvey has one of her occasional goodies pop in, Duran Duran and Howard Jones join Blondie in the charts, and Three Degrees get a dance remix of 1978 hit Giving Up Giving In to join the numerous other dance remixes and covers around, best of which is George & Mary’s cover of Stevie’s As. Just scraping in at the bottom, a bit of a dance classic for Armand Van Helden….

1 ( 4 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
2 ( 3 ) MISS ME BLIND Culture Club
3 ( 1 ) WILD WOOD Paul Weller
4 ( 2 ) ANGELS Robbie Williams
5 ( 7 ) TONITE Supercar
6 ( 16 ) TEQUILA Terrorvision
7 ( 5 ) PRAISE YOU Fat Boy Slim
8 ( NEW ) LOVE SHACK B52’s
9 ( 27 ) PRETTY FLY (FOR A WHITE GUY) Offspring
10 ( 8 ) NO REGRETS Robbie Williams

11 ( 9 ) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Bryan Adams/ Melanie C
12 ( 20 ) WALK LIKE A PANTHER All Seeing I featuring Tony Christie
13 ( 6 ) 1999″ Prince
14 ( NEW ) QUANDO QUANDO QUANDO Engelbert Humperdinck
15 ( 12 ) THE POWER OF GOODBYE Madonna
16 ( 11 ) ALWAYS HAVE ALWAYS WILL Ace Of Base
17 ( 13 ) DUMB Beautiful South
18 ( NEW ) MARIA Blondie
19 ( 19 ) WHEN I GROW UP Garbage
20 ( 10 ) THE MASTERPLAN Oasis

21 ( 14 ) BIG BIG WORLD Emilia
22 ( 15 ) BELIEVE Cher
23 ( 23 ) MORE THAN THIS Emmie
24 ( 18 ) MIAMI Will Smith
25 ( 17 ) YOU SHOULD BE DANCING Blockster
26 ( NEW ) EX-FACTOR Lauryn Hill
27 ( NEW ) GIVEN UP Mirror Ball/ Three Degrees
28 ( 22 ) HUMAN BEINGS Seal
29 ( RE ) ELECTRIC BARBARELLA/ GIRLS ON FILM Duran Duran
30 ( NEW ) THE WIND P.J.Harvey

31 ( 24 ) BAD GIRLS Juliet Roberts
32 ( 33 ) I WANT YOU BACK N’Sync
33 ( 21 ) WAR OF NERVES All Saints
34 ( 26 ) NATIONAL EXPRESS Divine Comedy
35 ( 38 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP/BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Foundations
36 ( 25 ) I WANT YOU 98 Savage Garden
37 ( 28 ) SHORLEY WALL EP Ooberman
38 ( NEW ) AS George Michael/ Mary J. Blige
39 ( 30 ) CHOCOLATE SALTY BALLS Chef (Isaac Hayes)
40 ( NEW ) TO EARTH WITH LOVE Gay Dad

41 ( 41 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMING/DREAM A../MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas
42 ( 32 ) GOOD LIFE (BUENA VIDA) Inner City
43 ( 29 ) END OF THE LINE Honeyz
44 ( 37 ) POSTCARDS FROM HEAVEN Lighthouse Family
45 ( 43 ) BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
46 ( 35 ) GOODBYE Spice Girls
47 ( 31 ) BLUE Le Ann Rimes
48 ( 50 ) WHEN YOU BELIEVE Mariah Carey/ Whitney Houston
49 ( 39 ) ALL I WANT Puressance
50 ( NEW ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW Neil Finn

51 ( 34 ) DON’T LET THIS MOMENT END Gloria Estefan
52 ( 47 ) MILLENIUM Robbie Williams
53 ( 49 ) TO THE MOON AND BACK Savage Garden
54 ( 62 ) A LITTLE BIT MORE 911″
55 ( 46 ) OUTSIDE George Michael
56 ( NEW ) THEY ALL LAUGHED Frank Sinatra
57 ( 48 ) SIT DOWN 98 James
58 ( NEW ) RESCUE ME Ultra
59 ( 36 ) SHE WANTS YOU Billie
60 ( 40 ) HOLLY HOLY UB40

61 ( 57 ) IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT Manic Street Preachers
62 ( 54 ) SWEETEST THING U2
63 ( NEW ) LET THE PEOPLE HAVE THEIR SAY Howard Jones
64 ( 64 ) DANCING QUEEN / EAGLE Abba
65 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers
66 ( NEW ) BEAUTIFUL DAY Three Colours Red
67 ( NEW ) TOM’S PARTY T-Spoon
68 ( 56 ) LITTLE BIT OF LOVIN’ Kele Le Roc
69 ( 51 ) THIS KISS Faith Hill
70 ( NEW ) YOU DON’T KNOW ME Armand Van Helden

71 ( 63 ) SPECIAL Garbage
72 ( 72 ) LAST STOP: THIS TOWN Eels
73 ( 60 ) HEARTBEAT/ TRAGEDY Steps
74 ( NEW ) ONE WEEK Barenaked Ladies
75 ( NEW ) MALIBU Hole

31st JAN 1999

At last! A New Number One! The Offspring deserved it, a great pop record, whimsical and catchy. As was Terrorvision at 3. Armand Van Helden rockets up to 17, Blur are back with Tender, Hole go Top 50, Divine Comedy Top 20, and the Mavericks do a fabulous Roy Orbison impression and Orbison-styled track, and a lot of rather forgettable minor hits otherwise…

1 ( 9 ) PRETTY FLY (FOR A WHITE GUY) Offspring
2 ( 1 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
3 ( 6 ) TEQUILA Terrorvision
4 ( 8 ) LOVE SHACK B52’s
5 ( 5 ) TONITE Supercar
6 ( 2 ) MISS ME BLIND Culture Club
7 ( 7 ) PRAISE YOU Fat Boy Slim
8 ( 4 ) ANGELS Robbie Williams
9 ( 3 ) WILD WOOD Paul Weller
10 ( 12 ) WALK LIKE A PANTHER All Seeing I

11 ( 19 ) WHEN I GROW UP Garbage
12 ( 11 ) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Bryan Adams/ Melanie C
13 ( 18 ) MARIA Blondie
14 ( 14 ) QUANDO QUANDO QUANDO Engelbert Humperdinck
15 ( 10 ) NO REGRETS Robbie Williams
16 ( 13 ) 1999″ Prince
17 ( 70 ) YOU DON’T KNOW ME Armand Van Helden
18 ( 26 ) EX-FACTOR Lauryn Hill
19 ( 34 ) NATIONAL EXPRESS Divine Comedy
20 ( 16 ) ALWAYS HAVE ALWAYS WILL Ace Of Base

21 ( 15 ) THE POWER OF GOODBYE Madonna
22 ( 32 ) I WANT YOU BACK N’Sync
23 ( NEW ) TENDER Blur
24 ( 17 ) DUMB Beautiful South
25 ( 42 ) GOOD LIFE (BUENA VIDA) Inner City
26 ( 22 ) BELIEVE Cher
27 ( 27 ) GIVEN UP Mirror Ball/ Three Degrees
28 ( NEW ) CRAZY Lucid
29 ( 20 ) THE MASTERPLAN Oasis
30 ( 58 ) RESCUE ME Ultra

31 ( 21 ) BIG BIG WORLD Emilia
32 ( 24 ) MIAMI Will Smith
33 ( 23 ) MORE THAN THIS Emmie
34 ( 35 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP/BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Foundations
35 ( 29 ) ELECTRIC BARBARELLA/ GIRLS ON FILM Duran Duran
36 ( 28 ) HUMAN BEINGS Seal
37 ( 40 ) TO EARTH WITH LOVE Gay Dad
38 ( 38 ) AS George Michael/ Mary J. Blige
39 ( 56 ) THEY ALL LAUGHED Frank Sinatra
40 ( 48 ) WHEN YOU BELIEVE Mariah Carey/ Whitney Houston

41 ( 41 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMING/DREAM A../MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas
42 ( 25 ) YOU SHOULD BE DANCING Blockster
43 ( 30 ) THE WIND P.J.Harvey
44 ( 37 ) SHORLEY WALL EP Ooberman
45 ( 45 ) BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
46 ( 36 ) I WANT YOU 98 Savage Garden
47 ( 39 ) CHOCOLATE SALTY BALLS Chef (Isaac Hayes)
48 ( 33 ) WAR OF NERVES All Saints
49 ( 75 ) MALIBU Hole
50 ( 54 ) A LITTLE BIT MORE 911″

51 ( 49 ) ALL I WANT Puressance
52 ( 31 ) BAD GIRLS Juliet Roberts
53 ( 43 ) END OF THE LINE Honeyz
54 ( 44 ) POSTCARDS FROM HEAVEN Lighthouse Family
55 ( 52 ) MILLENIUM Robbie Williams
56 ( 47 ) BLUE Le Ann Rimes
57 ( 53 ) TO THE MOON AND BACK Savage Garden
58 ( NEW ) DELTA SUN Mercury Rev
59 ( NEW ) I’VE GOT THIS FEELING Mavericks
60 ( NEW ) ALL THE MONEY’S GONE Babylon Zoo

61 ( 57 ) SIT DOWN 98 James
62 ( 55 ) OUTSIDE George Michael
63 ( NEW ) I WANT YOU FOR MYSELF Another Level/ Ghostface Killah
64 ( 64 ) DANCING QUEEN / EAGLE Abba
65 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers
66 ( 61 ) IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT Manic Street Preachers
67 ( 46 ) GOODBYE Spice Girls
68 ( NEW ) WESTSIDE TQ
69 ( 50 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW Neil Finn
70 ( 74 ) ONE WEEK Barenaked Ladies

71 ( 62 ) SWEETEST THING U2
72 ( 51 ) DON’T LET THIS MOMENT END Gloria Estefan
73 ( NEW ) MYSTIKAL MACHINE GUN Kula Shaker
74 ( NEW ) ENJOY YOURSELF A+
75 ( 72 ) LAST STOP: THIS TOWN Eels

My 1994 Charts – January

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Me at Epcot

2nd JAN 1994

Starting the year with some new years oldies: that’s Frankie Goes To Hollywood 1984 chart-topper back at the top 10 years on, and also a New Years Eve live concert in Bournemouth. Support act were the fab T.Rexstasy doing a great Marc Bolan with tracks like Hot Love and Get It On, and headline act was now-disgraced popstar Gary Glitter. Back in the 80’s and early 90’s he was annual live xmas draw, a great night out, lads singalong, and it was even broadcast live on TV from Bournemouth one year. Great records like Rock & Roll, I Didn’t Know I Loved You and Always Yours were fab to singalong to. Who knew eh…

The usual post-Christmas slow-down in my charts was countered here by great cult and occasional minor chart band The The with a big Top 20 new entry, and a high re-entry for US mega-hit chanter Whoomp! There It Is. I think the UK chart version was a lesser remix though, eventually. Mike Oldfield gets Portsmouth and In Dulce Jubilo into the Top for the 2nd time, and Top 20 for the 3rd time. I went to see Portsmouth play Newcastle a few years back and it was great to hear Mike Oldfield still being played somewhere!

Other than that, lots of MOR soul, bit of reggae, and some big names back with ballads, like Diana Ross (her great years were behind her by now) and Wet Wet Wet (sporadically good, as here). In my life, my year of playing golf was coming to an end as I couldn’t get the hang of it, so I stuck with darts and snooker, badminton and squash with mates instead. What a lad, eh?

1 ( 3 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( 1 ) FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS The Bee Gees
3 ( 4 ) AGAIN Janet Jackson
4 ( 2 ) I WOULDN’T NORMALLY DO THIS KIND OF THING Pet Shop Boys
5 ( 6 ) STOP LOVING ME STOP LOVING YOU Daryl Hall
6 ( 5 ) LONG TRAIN RUNNIN’ 93 The Doobie Brothers
7 ( 7 ) RUNAWAY TRAIN Soul Asylum
8 ( 10 ) WALKING ON AIR Bad Boys Inc
9 ( 15 ) IN DULCE JUBILO/ PORTSMOUTH Mike Oldfield
10 ( 11 ) IT’S ALRIGHT East 17

11 ( 8 ) I WAS BORN ON CHRISTMAS DAY Saint Etienne
12 ( 17 ) HUMAN NATURE/GONE TOO SOON Michael Jackson
13 ( 22 ) BREATHE AGAIN Toni Braxton
14 ( 13 ) BUDDHA OF SUBURBIA David Bowie
15 ( 14 ) NO RAIN Blind Melon
16 ( 12 ) MOMENTS OF PLEASURE Kate Bush
17 ( 9 ) BAT OUT OF HELL Meatloaf
18 ( NEW ) THAT WAS THE DAY The The
19 ( 19 ) TRUE LOVE Elton John and Kiki Dee
20 ( 46 ) A WHOLE NEW WORLD Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle

21 ( 33 ) TWIST AND SHOUT Chaka Demus and Pliers
22 ( 35 ) ACTION Def Leppard
23 ( 16 ) DON’T BE A STRANGER Dina Carroll
24 ( 24 ) Y.M.C.A. ’93 The Village People
25 ( 20 ) HEALING LOVE Cliff Richard
26 ( RE ) WHOOMP (THERE IT IS) Tag Team
27 ( 36 ) ALL FOR LOVE Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams and Sting
28 ( 25 ) A HARD DAYS NIGHT Peter Sellers
29 ( 28 ) GO WEST Pet Shop Boys
30 ( 56 ) FEELIN’ ALRIGHT EYC

31 ( 27 ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER M People
32 ( 18 ) LET ME SHOW YOU K Klass
33 ( 23 ) BRING ME YOUR CUP UB40
34 ( 26 ) CAN WE TALK Tevin Campbell
35 ( 54 ) THAT’S HOW I’M LIVIN’ Ice T
36 ( RE ) PLEASE (YOU GOT THAT) INXS and Ray Charles
37 ( 37 ) LIFE Haddaway
38 ( 29 ) JUST KEEP ME MOVING k.d. Lang
39 ( 30 ) ANOTHER SAD LOVE SONG Toni Braxton
40 ( RE ) HERO Mariah Carey

41 ( 21 ) U GOT 2 LET THE MUSIC Cappella
42 ( 34 ) CONTROVERSY Prince
43 ( 31 ) I’D DO ANYTHING FOR LOVE (BUT I WON’T DO THAT) Meatloaf
44 ( 38 ) MORE AND MORE Captain Hollywood Project
45 ( 43 ) PAYING THE PRICE OF LOVE The Bee Gees
46 ( 32 ) I WISH Gabrielle
47 ( 49 ) THE PERFECT YEAR Dina Carroll
48 ( 40 ) SPOOKY New Order
49 ( 41 ) LAY DOWN YOUR ARMS Belinda Carlisle
50 ( 39 ) BETTER THAN YOU Lisa Keith

51 ( 47 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
52 ( 52 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
53 ( 66 ) HERE I STAND Bitty McLean
54 ( 55 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
55 ( 70 ) FAMILY AFFAIR Shabba Ranks
56 ( 74 ) COME BABY COME K7
57 ( 44 ) OOH CHILD Dino
58 ( 71 ) I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU Whitney Houston
59 ( 45 ) HOPE IN A HOPELESS WORLD Paul Young
60 ( 58 ) MOONLIGHT SHADOW Mike Oldfield

61 ( NEW ) PEOPLE GET READY (LIVE) Rod Stewart
62 ( 62 ) SHIPBUILDING Tasmin Archer
63 ( 60 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASUREDOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
64 ( 64 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
65 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
66 ( 48 ) SAID I LOVED BUT I LIED Michael Bolton
67 ( 42 ) ANNIVERSARY Toni! Tony! Tone!
68 ( 67 ) AS TIME GOES BY Jimmy Durante
69 ( 75 ) I MISS YOU Haddaway
70 ( 63 ) PLAY DEAD David Arnold/ Bjork

71 ( NEW ) YOUR LOVE Diana Ross
72 ( 57 ) SATURN 5 The Inspiral Carpets
73 ( NEW ) COLD COLD HEART Wet Wet Wet
74 ( 73 ) PLEASE FORGIVE ME Bryan Adams
75 ( NEW ) ANYTHING Culture Beat

9th JAN 1994

Janet Jackson gets her 3rd Number One with a lovely gentle ballad, The The shoot into the Top 5 and Wet Wet Wet positively rocket up to 7 with a minor sweet ballad. Lots of remixes and re-entries enter, from D:Ream’s anthem and Mission’s 80’s gothrocker to REM’s great non-hit. Meanwhile Darlene Love gets a late Christmas hit, one of the 90’s few goodies in that genre, and 30 years after her previous classics with Phil Spector. Apart from those, the lack of good new releases allows more MOR and lesser records to climb, flattering them more than they deserve…

1 ( 3 ) AGAIN Janet Jackson
2 ( 2 ) FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS The Bee Gees
3 ( 5 ) STOP LOVING ME STOP LOVING YOU Daryl Hall
4 ( 1 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
5 ( 18 ) THAT WAS THE DAY The The
6 ( 4 ) I WOULDN’T NORMALLY DO THIS KIND OF THING Pet Shop Boys
7 ( 73 ) COLD COLD HEART Wet Wet Wet
8 ( NEW ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER (REMIX) D:Ream
9 ( NEW ) TOWER OF STRENGTH (REMIX) The Mission
10 ( 13 ) BREATHE AGAIN Toni Braxton

11 ( 6 ) LONG TRAIN RUNNIN’ 93 The Doobie Brothers
12 ( 21 ) TWIST AND SHOUT Chaka Demus and Pliers
13 ( 10 ) IT’S ALRIGHT East 17
14 ( 40 ) HERO Mariah Carey
15 ( 7 ) RUNAWAY TRAIN Soul Asylum
16 ( 9 ) IN DULCE JUBILO/ PORTSMOUTH Mike Oldfield
17 ( 15 ) NO RAIN Blind Melon
18 ( 22 ) ACTION Def Leppard
19 ( 20 ) A WHOLE NEW WORLD Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle
20 ( 8 ) WALKING ON AIR Bad Boys Inc

21 ( 14 ) BUDDHA OF SUBURBIA David Bowie
22 ( 30 ) FEELIN’ ALRIGHT EYC
23 ( 26 ) WHOOMP (THERE IT IS) Tag Team
24 ( 11 ) I WAS BORN ON CHRISTMAS DAY Saint Etienne
25 ( 16 ) MOMENTS OF PLEASURE Kate Bush
26 ( 27 ) ALL FOR LOVE Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams and Sting
27 ( 17 ) BAT OUT OF HELL Meatloaf
28 ( 19 ) TRUE LOVE Elton John and Kiki Dee
29 ( 12 ) HUMAN NATURE/GONE TOO SOON Michael Jackson
30 ( NEW ) ALL ALONE ON CHRISTMAS Darlene Love

31 ( 29 ) GO WEST Pet Shop Boys
32 ( 24 ) Y.M.C.A. ’93 The Village People
33 ( 28 ) A HARD DAYS NIGHT Peter Sellers
34 ( 31 ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER M People
35 ( 33 ) BRING ME YOUR CUP UB40
36 ( 47 ) THE PERFECT YEAR Dina Carroll
37 ( 23 ) DON’T BE A STRANGER Dina Carroll
38 ( 38 ) JUST KEEP ME MOVING k.d. Lang
39 ( 53 ) HERE I STAND Bitty McLean
40 ( RE ) FIND THE RIVER REM

41 ( 37 ) LIFE Haddaway
42 ( 25 ) HEALING LOVE Cliff Richard
43 ( 35 ) THAT’S HOW I’M LIVIN’ Ice T
44 ( 71 ) YOUR LOVE Diana Ross
45 ( 39 ) ANOTHER SAD LOVE SONG Toni Braxton
46 ( 45 ) PAYING THE PRICE OF LOVE The Bee Gees
47 ( 36 ) PLEASE (YOU GOT THAT) INXS and Ray Charles
48 ( 62 ) SHIPBUILDING Tasmin Archer
49 ( 34 ) CAN WE TALK Tevin Campbell
50 ( 55 ) FAMILY AFFAIR Shabba Ranks

51 ( 44 ) MORE AND MORE Captain Hollywood Project
52 ( 52 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
53 ( 51 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
54 ( 54 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
55 ( 48 ) SPOOKY New Order
56 ( 56 ) COME BABY COME K7
57 ( 49 ) LAY DOWN YOUR ARMS Belinda Carlisle
58 ( 61 ) PEOPLE GET READY (LIVE) Rod Stewart
59 ( 43 ) I’D DO ANYTHING FOR LOVE (BUT I WON’T DO THAT) Meatloaf
60 ( 32 ) LET ME SHOW YOU K Klass

61 ( 72 ) SATURN 5 The Inspiral Carpets
62 ( 60 ) MOONLIGHT SHADOW Mike Oldfield
63 ( 74 ) PLEASE FORGIVE ME Bryan Adams
64 ( 64 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
65 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
66 ( 63 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASUREDOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
67 ( 69 ) I MISS YOU Haddaway
68 ( NEW ) EVERYDAY Phil Collins
69 ( 68 ) AS TIME GOES BY Jimmy Durante
70 ( 57 ) OOH CHILD Dino

71 ( 50 ) BETTER THAN YOU Lisa Keith
72 ( 75 ) ANYTHING Culture Beat
73 ( 42 ) CONTROVERSY Prince
74 ( RE ) BIG TIME SENSUALITY Bjork
75 ( NEW ) DAUGHTER Pearl Jam

16th JAN 1994

Straight in at Number One, by virtue of being a charting album track that had previously never charted, Queen finally get that deserved topper with the B Side of We Are The Champions. Outrageous it wasn’t an A Side, it gives Queen their 7th Number One (and Freddie’s 8th) while D;Ream’s Top 10 1993 hit goes Top 5 in remix form but doesn’t quite top the chart (like Ur The Best Thing did). A Beatles (and others) cover hits 10 reggae stylee, Bitty McLean reggaes into the Top 20 and Aretha’s last great dance single enters at 23. Things get a bit more interesting lower down the chart with new entries for Ace Of Base, Ce Ce Peniston (thank heavens for the last 3 letters, eh?), Terrorvision (one of my fave frantic pop metal acts of the time), and Cher sees the funny side of Beavis & Butt-head. More than I ever did….

This week, outside the charts, I was also loving the (Bob) Newhart (Henry Mancini instrumental) TV theme (should have allowed it to chart!), oldie Tom Tom Turnaround (oh how I wish someone would cover that on The Voice just for a laugh – Sir Tom Jones in the chair? Please yourself!), and Best Of Blue Mink a forgotten greatest hits package filled with perfect pop and soul singles from 4 years of hits.

1 ( NEW ) WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen
2 ( 3 ) STOP LOVING ME STOP LOVING YOU Daryl Hall
3 ( 7 ) COLD COLD HEART Wet Wet Wet
4 ( 8 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER (REMIX) D:Ream
5 ( 2 ) FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS The Bee Gees
6 ( 1 ) AGAIN Janet Jackson
7 ( 5 ) THAT WAS THE DAY The The
8 ( 6 ) I WOULDN’T NORMALLY DO THIS KIND OF THING Pet Shop Boys
9 ( 4 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
10 ( 12 ) TWIST AND SHOUT Chaka Demus and Pliers

11 ( 10 ) BREATHE AGAIN Toni Braxton
12 ( 9 ) TOWER OF STRENGTH (REMIX) The Mission
13 ( 11 ) LONG TRAIN RUNNIN’ 93 The Doobie Brothers
14 ( 19 ) A WHOLE NEW WORLD Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle
15 ( 13 ) IT’S ALRIGHT East 17
16 ( 18 ) ACTION Def Leppard
17 ( 17 ) NO RAIN Blind Melon
18 ( 39 ) HERE I STAND Bitty McLean
19 ( 14 ) HERO Mariah Carey
20 ( 23 ) WHOOMP (THERE IT IS) Tag Team

21 ( 15 ) RUNAWAY TRAIN Soul Asylum
22 ( 26 ) ALL FOR LOVE Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams and Sting
23 ( NEW ) A DEEPER LOVE Aretha Franklin and C+C Music Factory
24 ( 16 ) IN DULCE JUBILO/ PORTSMOUTH Mike Oldfield
25 ( 50 ) FAMILY AFFAIR Shabba Ranks
26 ( 22 ) FEELIN’ ALRIGHT EYC
27 ( 21 ) BUDDHA OF SUBURBIA David Bowie
28 ( 25 ) MOMENTS OF PLEASURE Kate Bush
29 ( 29 ) HUMAN NATURE/GONE TOO SOON Michael Jackson
30 ( 28 ) TRUE LOVE Elton John and Kiki Dee

31 ( 31 ) GO WEST Pet Shop Boys
32 ( 20 ) WALKING ON AIR Bad Boys Inc
33 ( 68 ) EVERYDAY Phil Collins
34 ( 72 ) ANYTHING Culture Beat
35 ( 33 ) A HARD DAYS NIGHT Peter Sellers
36 ( 40 ) FIND THE RIVER REM
37 ( 61 ) SATURN 5 Inspiral Carpets
38 ( 34 ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER M People
39 ( 24 ) I WAS BORN ON CHRISTMAS DAY Saint Etienne
40 ( 30 ) ALL ALONE ON CHRISTMAS Darlene Love

41 ( 35 ) BRING ME YOUR CUP UB40
42 ( 27 ) BAT OUT OF HELL Meatloaf
43 ( 36 ) THE PERFECT YEAR Dina Carroll
44 ( 41 ) LIFE Haddaway
45 ( NEW ) THE SIGN Ace Of Base
46 ( NEW ) WHY DON’T YOU TAKE ME One Dove
47 ( 46 ) PAYING THE PRICE OF LOVE The Bee Gees
48 ( 56 ) COME BABY COME K7
49 ( 38 ) JUST KEEP ME MOVING k.d. Lang
50 ( NEW ) MY HOUSE Terrorvision

51 ( 32 ) Y.M.C.A. ’93 The Village People
52 ( 52 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
53 ( 45 ) ANOTHER SAD LOVE SONG Toni Braxton
54 ( 54 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
55 ( 53 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
56 ( NEW ) WHO LET IN THE RAIN Cyndi Lauper
57 ( 48 ) SHIPBUILDING Tasmin Archer
58 ( 63 ) PLEASE FORGIVE ME Bryan Adams
59 ( 51 ) MORE AND MORE Captain Hollywood Project
60 ( NEW ) I’M IN THE MOOD Ce Ce Peniston

61 ( 42 ) HEALING LOVE Cliff Richard
62 ( 37 ) DON’T BE A STRANGER Dina Carroll
63 ( 64 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
64 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 62 ) MOONLIGHT SHADOW Mike Oldfield
66 ( 59 ) I’D DO ANYTHING FOR LOVE (BUT I WON’T DO THAT) Meatloaf
67 ( 67 ) I MISS YOU Haddaway
68 ( 43 ) THAT’S HOW I’M LIVIN’ Ice T
69 ( NEW ) LET’S GET MARRIED The Proclaimers
70 ( NEW ) SAVE OUR LOVE Eternal

71 ( 69 ) AS TIME GOES BY Jimmy Durante
72 ( 44 ) YOUR LOVE Diana Ross
73 ( NEW ) I GOT YOU BABE Cher and Beavis and Butt-Head
74 ( 57 ) LAY DOWN YOUR ARMS Belinda Carlisle
75 ( NEW ) CAN’T TAKE YOUR LOVE Pauline Henry

23rd JAN 1994

Daryl Hall gets his only solo chart-topper with a Marvin Gaye tribute (ish) soul song 12 years after his previous (with John Oates) I Can’t Go For That. Still going strong they appear in Bournemouth this year and Daryl has his own internet show. Def Leppard meanwhile copy The Sweet by going Top 10 with Action, and straight into the Top 10 Enigma’s new sound 3 years on from big Number One Sadeness. Inspiral Carpets rocket (literally) into the 20 with Saturn V. You can stand under one of these in Florida, they are Huge! Thomas Dolby’s still hyperactive 10 years on, an album track that should been a single enters for Elton & kd, and just to frighten the children 2 consecutive Mariah Carey ballads in the Top 40 and Garth Brooks as a new entry.

1 ( 2 ) STOP LOVING ME STOP LOVING YOU Daryl Hall
2 ( 4 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER (REMIX) D:Ream
3 ( 1 ) WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen
4 ( 3 ) COLD COLD HEART Wet Wet Wet
5 ( 5 ) FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS The Bee Gees
6 ( 7 ) THAT WAS THE DAY The The
7 ( 16 ) ACTION Def Leppard
8 ( 8 ) I WOULDN’T NORMALLY DO THIS KIND OF THING Pet Shop Boys
9 ( 6 ) AGAIN Janet Jackson
10 ( NEW ) RETURN TO INNOCENCE Enigma

11 ( 10 ) TWIST AND SHOUT Chaka Demus and Pliers
12 ( 23 ) A DEEPER LOVE Aretha Franklin and C+C Music Factory
13 ( 37 ) SATURN 5 Inspiral Carpets
14 ( 18 ) HERE I STAND Bitty McLean
15 ( 13 ) LONG TRAIN RUNNIN’ 93 The Doobie Brothers
16 ( 9 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
17 ( 11 ) BREATHE AGAIN Toni Braxton
18 ( 12 ) TOWER OF STRENGTH (REMIX) The Mission
19 ( 60 ) I’M IN THE MOOD Ce Ce Peniston
20 ( 14 ) A WHOLE NEW WORLD Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle

21 ( 75 ) CAN’T TAKE YOUR LOVE Pauline Henry
22 ( 15 ) IT’S ALRIGHT East 17
23 ( 21 ) RUNAWAY TRAIN Soul Asylum
24 ( 33 ) EVERYDAY Phil Collins
25 ( 25 ) FAMILY AFFAIR Shabba Ranks
26 ( 73 ) I GOT YOU BABE Cher and Beavis and Butt-Head
27 ( 17 ) NO RAIN Blind Melon
28 ( 34 ) ANYTHING Culture Beat
29 ( NEW ) HYPERACTIVE (REMIX) Thomas Dolby
30 ( 20 ) WHOOMP (THERE IT IS) Tag Team

31 ( 29 ) HUMAN NATURE/GONE TOO SOON Michael Jackson
32 ( 31 ) GO WEST Pet Shop Boys
33 ( NEW ) TEARDROPS Elton John and k.d.Lang
34 ( 28 ) MOMENTS OF PLEASURE Kate Bush
35 ( 48 ) COME BABY COME K7
36 ( NEW ) WITHOUT YOU Mariah Carey
37 ( 19 ) HERO Mariah Carey
38 ( 27 ) BUDDHA OF SUBURBIA David Bowie
39 ( NEW ) I’M IN LUV Joe
40 ( 70 ) SAVE OUR LOVE Eternal

41 ( 24 ) IN DULCE JUBILO/ PORTSMOUTH Mike Oldfield
42 ( NEW ) CORNFLAKE GIRL Tori Amos
43 ( 35 ) A HARD DAYS NIGHT Peter Sellers
44 ( 22 ) ALL FOR LOVE Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams and Sting
45 ( 45 ) THE SIGN Ace Of Base
46 ( NEW ) STAY WITH ME BABY Ruby Turner
47 ( 44 ) LIFE Haddaway
48 ( 30 ) TRUE LOVE Elton John and Kiki Dee
49 ( 56 ) WHO LET IN THE RAIN Cyndi Lauper
50 ( 38 ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER M People

51 ( 47 ) PAYING THE PRICE OF LOVE The Bee Gees
52 ( 52 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
53 ( 32 ) WALKING ON AIR Bad Boys Inc
54 ( 54 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
55 ( 39 ) I WAS BORN ON CHRISTMAS DAY Saint Etienne
56 ( NEW ) I LOVE MUSIC Rozalla
57 ( 55 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
58 ( 26 ) FEELIN’ ALRIGHT EYC
59 ( NEW ) BLACK GOLD Soul Asylum
60 ( 36 ) FIND THE RIVER REM

61 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
62 ( 63 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
63 ( 50 ) MY HOUSE Terrorvision
64 ( 40 ) ALL ALONE ON CHRISTMAS Darlene Love
65 ( 49 ) JUST KEEP ME MOVING k.d. Lang
66 ( NEW ) THE RED STROKES Garth Brooks
67 ( 42 ) BAT OUT OF HELL Meatloaf
68 ( 65 ) MOONLIGHT SHADOW Mike Oldfield
69 ( NEW ) IN YOUR ROOM Depeche Mode
70 ( 46 ) WHY DON’T YOU TAKE ME One Dove

71 ( 71 ) AS TIME GOES BY Jimmy Durante
72 ( NEW ) PIN CUSHION ZZ Top
73 ( 53 ) ANOTHER SAD LOVE SONG Toni Braxton
74 ( NEW ) UPTIGHT Shara Nelson
75 ( 59 ) MORE AND MORE Captain Hollywood Project

30th JAN 1994

A new number one for the 5th week in a row this month, Enigma getting their 2nd and doing it in 2 weeks. I even bought the album rather than the single, for a change. Aretha gets her first Top 10 in a few years, and a total of 26 years of ‘em (yes even 20 years we were talking decades of my charts!), while Ruby Turner tackles that massive 60’s soul ballad Stay With Me Baby: few can do it successfully and nobody beats the sheer mania of Lorraine Ellison’s original. One of the crimes of pop that it’s never charted while covers of it have, and it’s a vocal performance that needs to be heard to be believed.

Highest new entry is that delicious Linger, The Cranberries sadly decided to swap gentleness for shrieking after this single and became one of my pet annoyances of the 90’s. The Orb slide in, Womack and Womack sneak in under an alias that didn’t fool me, and Paul Rodgers was still alright now 23 years after Free debuted. Sadly, as if a Mariah Carey cover of a classic ballad wasn’t punishment enough, Celine Dion does it too, and I wouldn’t bet on the chances of either of them challenging the chart positions of the originals (in my charts, of course, for some reason record buyers loved them).

1 ( 10 ) RETURN TO INNOCENCE Enigma
2 ( 1 ) STOP LOVING ME STOP LOVING YOU Daryl Hall
3 ( 2 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER (REMIX) D:Ream
4 ( 7 ) ACTION Def Leppard
5 ( 5 ) FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS The Bee Gees
6 ( 3 ) WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen
7 ( 6 ) THAT WAS THE DAY The The
8 ( 12 ) A DEEPER LOVE Aretha Franklin and C+C Music Factory
9 ( 4 ) COLD COLD HEART Wet Wet Wet
10 ( 19 ) I’M IN THE MOOD Ce Ce Peniston

11 ( 9 ) AGAIN Janet Jackson
12 ( 8 ) I WOULDN’T NORMALLY DO THIS KIND OF THING Pet Shop Boys
13 ( 46 ) STAY WITH ME BABY Ruby Turner
14 ( 13 ) SATURN 5 Inspiral Carpets
15 ( 11 ) TWIST AND SHOUT Chaka Demus and Pliers
16 ( 26 ) I GOT YOU BABE Cher and Beavis and Butt-Head
17 ( 14 ) HERE I STAND Bitty McLean
18 ( 24 ) EVERYDAY Phil Collins
19 ( 74 ) UPTIGHT Shara Nelson
20 ( 21 ) CAN’T TAKE YOUR LOVE Pauline Henry

21 ( 15 ) LONG TRAIN RUNNIN’ 93 The Doobie Brothers
22 ( 16 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
23 ( 20 ) A WHOLE NEW WORLD Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle
24 ( 17 ) BREATHE AGAIN Toni Braxton
25 ( 29 ) HYPERACTIVE (REMIX) Thomas Dolby
26 ( NEW ) LINGER The Cranberries
27 ( 18 ) TOWER OF STRENGTH (REMIX) The Mission
28 ( 42 ) CORNFLAKE GIRL Tori Amos
29 ( NEW ) PERPETUAL DAWN The Orb
30 ( 23 ) RUNAWAY TRAIN Soul Asylum

31 ( 22 ) IT’S ALRIGHT East 17
32 ( NEW ) THE POWER OF LOVE Celine Dion
33 ( 36 ) WITHOUT YOU Mariah Carey
34 ( 27 ) NO RAIN Blind Melon
35 ( 32 ) GO WEST Pet Shop Boys
36 ( 39 ) I’M IN LUV Joe
37 ( NEW ) LOVER Joe Roberts
38 ( 28 ) ANYTHING Culture Beat
39 ( 49 ) WHO LET IN THE RAIN Cyndi Lauper
40 ( 66 ) THE RED STROKES Garth Brooks

41 ( 38 ) BUDDHA OF SUBURBIA David Bowie
42 ( 31 ) HUMAN NATURE/GONE TOO SOON Michael Jackson
43 ( 40 ) SAVE OUR LOVE Eternal
44 ( 34 ) MOMENTS OF PLEASURE Kate Bush
45 ( 41 ) IN DULCE JUBILO/ PORTSMOUTH Mike Oldfield
46 ( 59 ) BLACK GOLD Soul Asylum
47 ( 33 ) TEARDROPS Elton John and k.d.Lang
48 ( NEW ) SECRET STAR Womack and Womack (House Of Zekkarius)
49 ( 72 ) PIN CUSHION ZZ Top
50 ( NEW ) HEY JEALOUSY Gin Blossoms

51 ( 47 ) LIFE Haddaway
52 ( 52 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
53 ( 30 ) WHOOMP (THERE IT IS) Tag Team
54 ( 54 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
55 ( 56 ) I LOVE MUSIC Rozalla
56 ( 51 ) PAYING THE PRICE OF LOVE The Bee Gees
57 ( 43 ) A HARD DAYS NIGHT Peter Sellers
58 ( NEW ) ASTRAL AMERICA Apollo 440
59 ( 25 ) FAMILY AFFAIR Shabba Ranks
60 ( 35 ) COME BABY COME K7

61 ( 57 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
62 ( 53 ) WALKING ON AIR Bad Boys Inc
63 ( 61 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
64 ( 62 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
65 ( 44 ) ALL FOR LOVE Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams and Sting
66 ( NEW ) NOW AND FOREVER Richard Marx
67 ( 69 ) IN YOUR ROOM Depeche Mode
68 ( 37 ) HERO Mariah Carey
69 ( 45 ) THE SIGN Ace Of Base
70 ( 48 ) TRUE LOVE Elton John and Kiki Dee

71 ( 65 ) JUST KEEP ME MOVING k.d. Lang
72 ( 71 ) AS TIME GOES BY Jimmy Durante
73 ( NEW ) MUDDY WATER BLUES Paul Rodgers
74 ( NEW ) BLOW YOUR WHISTLE DJ Duke
75 ( 55 ) I WAS BORN ON CHRISTMAS DAY Saint Etienne

My 1989 Weekly Pop Charts

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1st Jan 1989

Pop (specifically Stock Aitken Waterman and assorted manufactured dance pop acts) reigned supreme in the charts, I was ticking along nicely working on Parks surveying and creating plans for contracts at Bournemouth Council in a great team of 4, but the year was one of ups and downs personally. I had family living with me, including nephew (4) and niece (6) but I also had no permanent job and it was now almost 9 years since I’d left College, or pretty much the whole of the 80’s with no career, while my brother’s coal-mine had closed and there were no jobs in Mansfield much, taxi driving that sort of thing mostly. A bit like 2014 then…

Kim Wilde, meanwhile got her 2nd chart-topper in 6 months. A sweet ballad, but not necessarily as good as her earlier hits but she deserved the comeback success. I saw her in concert a few years ago and she was deliciously fired-up and excited to be there. Kylie & Jason go top 3 with another sweet ballad, regarded as cheese by many, it’s got a great ol’ toon. Boy Meets Girl leap up into the 20, keeping up the sweet pop ballad (albeit uptempo in this case) and U2 finally crack the 20 too with the bluesy Angel of Harlem.

The usual Christmas slowdown, though, means few new entries, just Enya, Bobby Brown and old-timers Crosby Stills Nash & Young get an unexpected chart return with a catchy harmony track. Not quite Marrakesh Express or Heart Of Gold, admittedly, but decent enough. Some of the bigger UK chart hits of the day languish down the bottom end of my chart though and things were a bit stale generally.

1 ( 5 ) FOUR LETTER WORD Kim Wilde
2 ( 2 ) KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Freiheit
3 ( 7 ) ESPECIALLY FOR YOU Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan
4 ( 1 ) IMAGINE/ JEALOUS GUY/ HAPPY CHRISTMAS (WAR IS OVER) John Lennon / John & Yoko
5 ( 6 ) TWO HEARTS Phil Collins
6 ( 4 ) DOWNTOWN ’88 Petula Clark
7 ( 3 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD ’88 Boney M
8 ( 8 ) LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES Pet Shop Boys
9 ( 21 ) SMOOTH CRIMINAL Michael Jackson
10 ( 15 ) BUFFALO STANCE Neneh Cherry

11 ( 19 ) BURNING BRIDGES (ON AND OFF AND ON AGAIN) Status Quo
12 ( 12 ) TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly
13 ( 10 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
14 ( 41 ) WAITING FOR A STAR TO FALL Boy Meets Girl
15 ( 11 ) NOTHING LESS THAN BRILLIANT Sandie Shaw
16 ( 33 ) ANGEL OF HARLEM U2
17 ( 24 ) GOOD LIFE Inner City
18 ( 9 ) WILD WILD WEST The Escape Club
19 ( 25 ) STOP Erasure
20 ( 17 ) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE ’88 Bill Withers

21 ( 23 ) YOU ARE THE ONE a-ha
22 ( 22 ) YOU GOT IT Roy Orbison
23 ( 16 ) RHYTHM IS GONNA GET YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
24 ( 14 ) AS LONG AS YOU FOLLOW Fleetwood Mac
25 ( 30 ) LOCO IN ACAPULCO The Four Tops
26 ( 29 ) TAMA Mory Kante
27 ( 20 ) HEART OF STONE Bucks Fizz
28 ( 13 ) PHIL SPECTOR’S CHRISTMAS MIX The Ronettes, The Crystals and Darlene Love
29 ( 26 ) PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART Annie Lennox/ Al Green
30 ( 39 ) DOWNTOWN One 2 Many

31 ( 18 ) DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea
32 ( 27 ) LOVE IS ALL THAT MATTERS Human League
33 ( 28 ) I WISH U HEAVEN Prince
34 ( 40 ) SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY Fine Young Cannibals
35 ( 35 ) LOVE HANGOVER ’88 Diana Ross
36 ( 31 ) CAT AMONGST THE PIGEONS Bros
37 ( 43 ) TIED UP Yello
38 ( 32 ) KISSING A FOOL George Michael
39 ( 53 ) TAKE ME TO YOUR HEART Rick Astley
40 ( 36 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

41 ( 34 ) KOKOMO The Beach Boys
42 ( 45 ) FINE TIME New Order
43 ( 37 ) SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Bomb The Bass
44 ( 42 ) REAL GONE KID Deacon Blue
45 ( 44 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies
46 ( 50 ) DECEMBER ’63 (’88 REMIX) The Four Seasons
47 ( 47 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
48 ( 56 ) INTUITION ’88 David Grant
49 ( 48 ) DOMINO DANCING Pet Shop Boys
50 ( NEW ) EVENING FALLS Enya

51 ( 49 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
52 ( 70 ) JOHN KETTLEY IS A WEATHERMAN Tribe Of Toffs
53 ( 38 ) MISTLETOE AND WINE Cliff Richard
54 ( 67 ) THINKING ABOUT YOUR BODY Bobby McFerrin
55 ( 54 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
56 ( 51 ) WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND (PURE ENERGY) Information Society
57 ( 57 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
58 ( 46 ) ORINOCO FLOW Enya
59 ( 72 ) I LIVE FOR YOUR LOVE Natalie Cole
60 ( 55 ) JE NE SAIS PAS POURQUOI Kylie Minogue

61 ( 61 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
62 ( 58 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT (MENDOHLSON MIX) INXS
63 ( 59 ) LOVELY DAY (SUNSHINE MIX) Bill Withers
64 ( 64 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
65 ( 66 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
66 ( 68 ) THE CHRISTMAS SONG Alexander O’Neal
67 ( 63 ) ONE BAD APPLE The Osmonds
68 ( NEW ) AMERICAN DREAM Crosby Stills And Nash
69 ( 60 ) BORN TO BE MY BABY Bon Jovi
70 ( 69 ) MONKEY (REMIX) George Michael

71 ( 65 ) LET’S STICK TOGETHER ’88 Bryan Ferry
72 ( 52 ) NATHAN JONES Bananarama
73 ( 75 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
74 ( 74 ) TRUE LOVE Shakin’ Stevens
75 ( NEW ) MY PREROGATIVE Bobby Brown

8th JAN 1989

2nd week for Kim on top, Fleetwood Mac go back up and the late Roy Orbison gets a Top 10, incredibly his first since I started my charts. Certainly not his last, though, even though he died a few weeks earlier. Yello shoot up into the 20 with one of their characteristically quirky EDM singles (as they would call it these days), while CSN&Y join them. They all also had enjoyed solo hits and various combinations thereof, and scored hits as parts of bands like The Hollies.

Highest new entry the forgotten Brother Beyond hit Be My Twin, just ahead of Marc Almond’s well-remembered cover of (and duet with) Gene Pitney. I loved the original, this version wasn’t bad. A lack of new singles equals lots of re-entries including the fab Proclaimers minor hit, and American hit The Flame from returning band Cheap Trick 10 years on from their first hit I Want You To Want Me.

1 ( 1 ) FOUR LETTER WORD Kim Wilde
2 ( 3 ) ESPECIALLY FOR YOU Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan
3 ( 24 ) AS LONG AS YOU FOLLOW Fleetwood Mac
4 ( 2 ) KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Freiheit
5 ( 14 ) WAITING FOR A STAR TO FALL Boy Meets Girl
6 ( 9 ) SMOOTH CRIMINAL Michael Jackson
7 ( 8 ) LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES Pet Shop Boys
8 ( 6 ) DOWNTOWN ’88 Petula Clark
9 ( 10 ) BUFFALO STANCE Neneh Cherry
10 ( 22 ) YOU GOT IT Roy Orbison

11 ( 4 ) IMAGINE/ JEALOUS GUY/ HAPPY CHRISTMAS (WAR IS OVER) John Lennon / John & Yoko
12 ( 17 ) GOOD LIFE Inner City
13 ( 5 ) TWO HEARTS Phil Collins
14 ( 37 ) TIED UP Yello
15 ( 11 ) BURNING BRIDGES (ON AND OFF AND ON AGAIN) Status Quo
16 ( 19 ) STOP Erasure
17 ( 12 ) TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly
18 ( 7 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD ’88 Boney M
19 ( 13 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
20 ( 68 ) AMERICAN DREAM Crosby Stills Nash & Young

21 ( NEW ) BE MY TWIN Brother Beyond
22 ( 16 ) ANGEL OF HARLEM U2
23 ( 30 ) DOWNTOWN One 2 Many
24 ( 25 ) LOCO IN ACAPULCO The Four Tops
25 ( 21 ) YOU ARE THE ONE a-ha
26 ( 20 ) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE ’88 Bill Withers
27 ( 34 ) SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY Fine Young Cannibals
28 ( 15 ) NOTHING LESS THAN BRILLIANT Sandie Shaw
29 ( 18 ) WILD WILD WEST The Escape Club
30 ( NEW ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Marc Almond and Gene Pitney

31 ( 23 ) RHYTHM IS GONNA GET YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
32 ( RE ) SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers
33 ( 39 ) TAKE ME TO YOUR HEART Rick Astley
34 ( 26 ) TAMA Mory Kante
35 ( 27 ) HEART OF STONE Bucks Fizz
36 ( 42 ) FINE TIME New Order
37 ( 32 ) LOVE IS ALL THAT MATTERS Human League
38 ( 33 ) I WISH U HEAVEN Prince
39 ( 50 ) EVENING FALLS Enya
40 ( 40 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

41 ( 38 ) KISSING A FOOL George Michael
42 ( 29 ) PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART Annie Lennox/ Al Green
43 ( 36 ) CAT AMONGST THE PIGEONS Bros
44 ( 41 ) KOKOMO The Beach Boys
45 ( 31 ) DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea
46 ( 45 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies
47 ( 28 ) PHIL SPECTOR’S CHRISTMAS MIX The Ronettes, The Crystals and Darlene Love
48 ( 47 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
49 ( RE ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY/ FREEBIRD Will To Power
50 ( 49 ) DOMINO DANCING Pet Shop Boys

51 ( RE ) ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE Monthy Python
52 ( 46 ) DECEMBER ’63 (’88 REMIX) The Four Seasons
53 ( 51 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
54 ( 54 ) THINKING ABOUT YOUR BODY Bobby McFerrin
55 ( 55 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
56 ( 56 ) WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND (PURE ENERGY) Information Society
57 ( 57 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
58 ( 35 ) LOVE HANGOVER ’88 Diana Ross
59 ( 61 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
60 ( NEW ) THE FLAME Cheap Trick

61 ( 44 ) REAL GONE KID Deacon Blue
62 ( 60 ) JE NE SAIS PAS POURQUOI Kylie Minogue
63 ( 63 ) LOVELY DAY (SUNSHINE MIX) Bill Withers
64 ( NEW ) IF LOVE WAS A TRAIN Michelle-Shocked
65 ( 65 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
66 ( 64 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
67 ( 72 ) NATHAN JONES Bananarama
68 ( 67 ) ONE BAD APPLE The Osmonds
69 ( 62 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT (MENDOHLSON MIX) INXS
70 ( 70 ) MONKEY (REMIX) George Michael

71 ( 73 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
72 ( NEW ) ALL SHE WANTS IS Duran Duran
73 ( NEW ) WHERE IS THE LOVE Mica Paris and Will Downing
74 ( NEW ) LOVE GOES UP AND DOWN Errol Brown
75 ( NEW ) LOVE LIKE A RIVER Climie Fisher

15th JAN 1989

Inner City groove into the Top 10 with the new sound of dance music, and Robert Howard (Blow Monkeys) duets on a dance stomper with Kim Mazelle for a new entry low down. Gene Pitney joins Roy Orbison in the Top 10, so two 60’s vocal & song writing legends at once, hooray!, and The Four Tops legendary Levi Stubbs makes it a trio of all-time great singers in the Top 20.

Sheena Easton makes it 9 years of hits, and Mike Rutherford and Paul Carrack make it 15 years (with Genesis, Ace in 1974 and Mike + The Mechanics in 1989), and a few more poppier new entries spring-clean the charts a bit, though not much of great excitement generally.

1 ( 1 ) FOUR LETTER WORD Kim Wilde
2 ( 5 ) WAITING FOR A STAR TO FALL Boy Meets Girl
3 ( 10 ) YOU GOT IT Roy Orbison
4 ( 2 ) ESPECIALLY FOR YOU Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan
5 ( 3 ) AS LONG AS YOU FOLLOW Fleetwood Mac
6 ( 12 ) GOOD LIFE Inner City
7 ( 4 ) KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Freiheit
8 ( 7 ) LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES Pet Shop Boys
9 ( 8 ) DOWNTOWN ’88 Petula Clark
10 ( 30 ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Marc Almond and Gene Pitney

11 ( 9 ) BUFFALO STANCE Neneh Cherry
12 ( 14 ) TIED UP Yello
13 ( 6 ) SMOOTH CRIMINAL Michael Jackson
14 ( 20 ) AMERICAN DREAM Crosby Stills Nash & Young
15 ( 21 ) BE MY TWIN Brother Beyond
16 ( 16 ) STOP Erasure
17 ( 11 ) IMAGINE/ JEALOUS GUY/ HAPPY CHRISTMAS (WAR IS OVER) John Lennon / John & Yoko
18 ( 13 ) TWO HEARTS Phil Collins
19 ( 19 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
20 ( 24 ) LOCO IN ACAPULCO The Four Tops

21 ( RE ) SYMPTOMS OF TRUE LOVE Tracie Spencer
22 ( 32 ) SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers
23 ( 27 ) SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY Fine Young Cannibals
24 ( 17 ) TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly
25 ( 15 ) BURNING BRIDGES (ON AND OFF AND ON AGAIN) Status Quo
26 ( 33 ) TAKE ME TO YOUR HEART Rick Astley
27 ( 18 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD ’88 Boney M
28 ( 36 ) FINE TIME New Order
29 ( 22 ) ANGEL OF HARLEM U2
30 ( 26 ) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE ’88 Bill Withers

31 ( 23 ) DOWNTOWN One 2 Many
32 ( 28 ) NOTHING LESS THAN BRILLIANT Sandie Shaw
33 ( 49 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY/ FREEBIRD Will To Power
34 ( 31 ) RHYTHM IS GONNA GET YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
35 ( 29 ) WILD WILD WEST The Escape Club
36 ( 40 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
37 ( NEW ) THE LOVER IN ME Sheena Easton
38 ( 38 ) I WISH U HEAVEN Prince
39 ( 37 ) LOVE IS ALL THAT MATTERS Human League
40 ( 51 ) ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE Monthy Python

41 ( 35 ) HEART OF STONE Bucks Fizz
42 ( 25 ) YOU ARE THE ONE a-ha
43 ( 41 ) KISSING A FOOL George Michael
44 ( NEW ) THE LIVING YEARS Mike + The Mechanics
45 ( NEW ) TELL ME WHY Nick Heyward
46 ( 48 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
47 ( 46 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies
48 ( 50 ) DOMINO DANCING Pet Shop Boys
49 ( 60 ) THE FLAME Cheap Trick
50 ( NEW ) CUDDLY TOY Roachford

51 ( 34 ) TAMA Mory Kante
52 ( 45 ) DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea
53 ( 42 ) PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART Annie Lennox/ Al Green
54 ( 53 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
55 ( 52 ) DECEMBER ’63 (’88 REMIX) The Four Seasons
56 ( 59 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
57 ( 55 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
58 ( 57 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
59 ( RE ) MY PREROGATIVE Bobby Brown
60 ( 44 ) KOKOMO The Beach Boys

61 ( 73 ) WHERE IS THE LOVE Mica Paris and Will Downing
62 ( 62 ) JE NE SAIS PAS POURQUOI Kylie Minogue
63 ( 63 ) LOVELY DAY (SUNSHINE MIX) Bill Withers
64 ( 64 ) IF LOVE WAS A TRAIN Michelle-Shocked
65 ( 65 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
66 ( 56 ) WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND (PURE ENERGY) Information Society
67 ( 66 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
68 ( 72 ) ALL SHE WANTS IS Duran Duran
69 ( NEW ) CELEBRATION (1988 REMIX) Kool And The Gang
70 ( 71 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson

71 ( NEW ) LOVE GROOVE Squeezebrain and the Machine featuring J.J. Jones
72 ( 68 ) ONE BAD APPLE The Osmonds
73 ( NEW ) HIT THE GROUND The Darling Buds
74 ( NEW ) CATHEDRAL SONG Tanita Tikaram
75 ( NEW ) WAIT Robert Howard and Kym Mazelle

22nd JAN 1989

Roy Orbison gets his first number one, posthumously, with more than a little help from Jeff Lynne (who has had 13 number ones with ELO). In fine voice, he becomes to date the third act to get a posthumous number one with new or current material , Mama Cass Elliot and John Lennon previously doing the same. Fine Young Cannibals meanwhile rocket into the Top 5 with a great single, soon to be huge in the States, and Frankie’s Holly Johnson gets an instant Top 20 new entry.

Roachford rocks upwards to 21, The Stranglers re-do an early punk single, Mica Paris and Will Downing cover Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway’s soul classic, Duran Duran whisper up my chart, and Bobby Brown asserts it’s his Prerogative, all grown up since his New Edition days. At least physically grown-up, that is.

1 ( 3 ) YOU GOT IT Roy Orbison
2 ( 2 ) WAITING FOR A STAR TO FALL Boy Meets Girl
3 ( 1 ) FOUR LETTER WORD Kim Wilde
4 ( 6 ) GOOD LIFE Inner City
5 ( 23 ) SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY Fine Young Cannibals
6 ( 5 ) AS LONG AS YOU FOLLOW Fleetwood Mac
7 ( 21 ) SYMPTOMS OF TRUE LOVE Tracie Spencer
8 ( 10 ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Marc Almond and Gene Pitney
9 ( 14 ) AMERICAN DREAM Crosby Stills Nash & Young
10 ( 15 ) BE MY TWIN Brother Beyond

11 ( 11 ) BUFFALO STANCE Neneh Cherry
12 ( 4 ) ESPECIALLY FOR YOU Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan
13 ( 8 ) LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES Pet Shop Boys
14 ( 9 ) DOWNTOWN ’88 Petula Clark
15 ( 75 ) WAIT Robert Howard and Kym Mazelle
16 ( 7 ) KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Freiheit
17 ( NEW ) LOVE TRAIN Holly Johnson
18 ( 12 ) TIED UP Yello
19 ( 13 ) SMOOTH CRIMINAL Michael Jackson
20 ( 16 ) STOP Erasure

21 ( 50 ) CUDDLY TOY Roachford
22 ( 19 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
23 ( 20 ) LOCO IN ACAPULCO The Four Tops
24 ( 18 ) TWO HEARTS Phil Collins
25 ( 22 ) SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers
26 ( 17 ) IMAGINE/ JEALOUS GUY/ HAPPY CHRISTMAS (WAR IS OVER) John Lennon / John & Yoko
27 ( 37 ) THE LOVER IN ME Sheena Easton
28 ( 45 ) TELL ME WHY Nick Heyward
29 ( NEW ) GRIP ’89 The Stranglers
30 ( 68 ) ALL SHE WANTS IS Duran Duran

31 ( 61 ) WHERE IS THE LOVE Mica Paris and Will Downing
32 ( 24 ) TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly
33 ( 33 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY/ FREEBIRD Will To Power
34 ( 59 ) MY PREROGATIVE Bobby Brown
35 ( 30 ) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE ’88 Bill Withers
36 ( 36 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
37 ( 32 ) NOTHING LESS THAN BRILLIANT Sandie Shaw
38 ( 34 ) RHYTHM IS GONNA GET YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
39 ( 27 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD ’88 Boney M
40 ( NEW ) BREAK 4 LOVE Raze

41 ( 25 ) BURNING BRIDGES (ON AND OFF AND ON AGAIN) Status Quo
42 ( 38 ) I WISH U HEAVEN Prince
43 ( 39 ) LOVE IS ALL THAT MATTERS Human League
44 ( 35 ) WILD WILD WEST The Escape Club
45 ( 64 ) IF LOVE WAS A TRAIN Michelle-Shocked
46 ( 46 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
47 ( 48 ) DOMINO DANCING Pet Shop Boys
48 ( 47 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies
49 ( NEW ) GET ON THE DANCE FLOOR Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock
50 ( 41 ) HEART OF STONE Bucks Fizz

51 ( 43 ) KISSING A FOOL George Michael
52 ( 31 ) DOWNTOWN One 2 Many
53 ( 26 ) TAKE ME TO YOUR HEART Rick Astley
54 ( 29 ) ANGEL OF HARLEM U2
55 ( 54 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
56 ( 56 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
57 ( 28 ) FINE TIME New Order
58 ( 58 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
59 ( 57 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
60 ( RE ) LOVE LIKE A RIVER Climie Fisher

61 ( 71 ) LOVE GROOVE Squeezebrain and the Machine featuring J.J. Jones
62 ( 44 ) THE LIVING YEARS Mike + The Mechanics
63 ( 55 ) DECEMBER ’63 (’88 REMIX) The Four Seasons
64 ( NEW ) NOW YOU’RE GONE Black
65 ( RE ) I LIVE FOR YOUR LOVE Natalie Cole
66 ( 65 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
67 ( 67 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
68 ( NEW ) FISHERMAN’S BLUES The Waterboys
69 ( 63 ) LOVELY DAY (SUNSHINE MIX) Bill Withers
70 ( 70 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson

71 ( NEW ) FINE TIME Yazz
72 ( NEW ) RESPECT Adeva
73 ( 66 ) WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND (PURE ENERGY) Information Society
74 ( 62 ) JE NE SAIS PAS POURQUOI Kylie Minogue
75 ( NEW ) 5 O’CLOCK WORLD Julian Cope

29th JAN 1989

2nd week at 1 for Roy, Mac at 2, Doctor Robert at 6 (giving him 3 Top 10’s including Blow Monkeys), and highest new entry is yet another dance remix of a 70’s classic – this time Bryan Ferry’s cover of the Everley Brothers from 1976 which hit my Top 10 first-time round. Back in a few months after debuting, Joe Brown’s daughter is back with the song that should have been big in 1988, Stop. Still the best song named Stop (beating Erasure’s attempt lower down and The Spice Girls pop effort in the 90’s), Sam gives a great soulful performance of a great song.

Also back with an early 80’s chart hit (at least in the US and mine) Journey’s plaintiff Who’s Crying Now. Journey of course, made much more of a comeback re-entry splash 20 years later… Other oldies? Sam Fox covers Dusty and makes the Bay City Rollers version look decent and Georgia Satellites cover Swinging Blue Jean’s 60’s childhood fave. Simply Red, Ten City and Then Jerico add a bit of much-needed new life into the chart.

1 ( 1 ) YOU GOT IT Roy Orbison
2 ( 6 ) AS LONG AS YOU FOLLOW Fleetwood Mac
3 ( 2 ) WAITING FOR A STAR TO FALL Boy Meets Girl
4 ( 4 ) GOOD LIFE Inner City
5 ( 5 ) SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY Fine Young Cannibals
6 ( 15 ) WAIT Robert Howard and Kym Mazelle
7 ( 7 ) SYMPTOMS OF TRUE LOVE Tracie Spencer
8 ( 3 ) FOUR LETTER WORD Kim Wilde
9 ( 10 ) BE MY TWIN Brother Beyond
10 ( 17 ) LOVE TRAIN Holly Johnson

11 ( 8 ) SOMETHING’S GOTTEN HOLD OF MY HEART Marc Almond and Gene Pitney
12 ( 27 ) THE LOVER IN ME Sheena Easton
13 ( 13 ) LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES Pet Shop Boys
14 ( 11 ) BUFFALO STANCE Neneh Cherry
15 ( NEW ) THE PRICE OF LOVE ’89 Bryan Ferry
16 ( 9 ) AMERICAN DREAM Crosby Stills Nash & Young
17 ( 14 ) DOWNTOWN ’88 Petula Clark
18 ( 30 ) ALL SHE WANTS IS Duran Duran
19 ( 12 ) ESPECIALLY FOR YOU Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan
20 ( 21 ) CUDDLY TOY Roachford

21 ( 16 ) KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Freiheit
22 ( 40 ) BREAK 4 LOVE Raze
23 ( 31 ) WHERE IS THE LOVE Mica Paris and Will Downing
24 ( 19 ) SMOOTH CRIMINAL Michael Jackson
25 ( 22 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
26 ( 29 ) GRIP ’89 The Stranglers
27 ( 28 ) TELL ME WHY Nick Heyward
28 ( NEW ) STOP Sam Brown
29 ( 24 ) TWO HEARTS Phil Collins
30 ( NEW ) IT’S ONLY LOVE Simply Red

31 ( NEW ) WHO’S CRYING NOW Journey
32 ( 34 ) MY PREROGATIVE Bobby Brown
33 ( 18 ) TIED UP Yello
34 ( 26 ) IMAGINE/ JEALOUS GUY/ HAPPY CHRISTMAS (WAR IS OVER) John Lennon / John & Yoko
35 ( 25 ) SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers
36 ( NEW ) BIG AREA Then Jerico
37 ( 20 ) STOP Erasure
38 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Ten City
39 ( 32 ) TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly
40 ( 36 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

41 ( 49 ) GET ON THE DANCE FLOOR Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock
42 ( 33 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY/ FREEBIRD Will To Power
43 ( 23 ) LOCO IN ACAPULCO The Four Tops
44 ( 42 ) I WISH U HEAVEN Prince
45 ( 43 ) LOVE IS ALL THAT MATTERS Human League
46 ( 35 ) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE ’88 Bill Withers
47 ( 46 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
48 ( 47 ) DOMINO DANCING Pet Shop Boys
49 ( 37 ) NOTHING LESS THAN BRILLIANT Sandie Shaw
50 ( 48 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies

51 ( 71 ) FINE TIME Yazz
52 ( 38 ) RHYTHM IS GONNA GET YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
53 ( 39 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD ’88 Boney M
54 ( 72 ) RESPECT Adeva
55 ( 56 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
56 ( 55 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
57 ( 44 ) WILD WILD WEST The Escape Club
58 ( 50 ) HEART OF STONE Bucks Fizz
59 ( 59 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
60 ( 58 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield

61 ( 62 ) THE LIVING YEARS Mike + The Mechanics
62 ( 64 ) NOW YOU’RE GONE Black
63 ( 65 ) I LIVE FOR YOUR LOVE Natalie Cole
64 ( 68 ) FISHERMAN’S BLUES The Waterboys
65 ( 75 ) 5 O’CLOCK WORLD Julian Cope
66 ( 51 ) KISSING A FOOL George Michael
67 ( 66 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
68 ( 67 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
69 ( 63 ) DECEMBER ’63 (’88 REMIX) The Four Seasons
70 ( 45 ) IF LOVE WAS A TRAIN Michelle-Shocked

71 ( 70 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
72 ( NEW ) SKIN I’M IN Cameo
73 ( NEW ) I ONLY WANNA BE WITH YOU Samantha Fox
74 ( 69 ) LOVELY DAY (SUNSHINE MIX) Bill Withers
75 ( NEW ) HIPPY HIPPY SHAKE Georgia Satellites

1984 Weekly Charts (Pop and TV)

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Corfe Castle Dorset

4th JAN 1984

A new year and my parents were selling the house I was born in, my mother was born in, my brother was born in (Cliff Street Mansfield) which meant I had to get a flat, stay in declining Mansfield just as the pits were on strike and put up with a dead-end factory job, or else jack it in and move South to Poole and join my parents (they were running a NAAFI) and look for a new job, leave my relatives and friends behind. After 4 years of disappointment, 2 years on the dole, 2 in a factory, and no chance of my degree ever looking remotely useful for anything in Mansfield, I took a chance and opted for Dorset.

For now though, it was a wintry hello to the New Year, video-recording classic oldies TV from Channel 4 onto Betamax (oops!), alternative comedy (Comic Strip and Whoops Apocalypse) and not much happening in the charts, save a high new entry from Police (their last-ever single as it happened), newcomer Cyndi Lauper and her fab quirky new toon, and HiNRG camp dance from Be-skirted ample Divine, and a bit of climbing for Lionel Richie and Icicle Works.

1 ( 1 ) MY OH MY Slade
2 ( 2 ) I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake
3 ( 3 ) VICTIMS Culture Club
4 ( 4 ) WHAT IS LOVE Howard Jones
5 ( 5 ) MARGUERITA TIME Status Quo
6 ( 6 ) PIPES OF PEACE Paul McCartney
7 ( 10 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
8 ( 8 ) HOLD ME NOW The Thompson Twins
9 ( NEW ) KING OF PAIN The Police
10 ( 14 ) READ ‘EM AND WEEP Barry Manilow

11 ( 9 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Paul Young
12 ( 12 ) 2000 MILES The Pretenders
13 ( 7 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
14 ( 20 ) COLD AS CHRISTMAS Elton John
15 ( 17 ) TELL HER ABOUT IT Billy Joel
16 ( 13 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS UB40
17 ( 11 ) PLEASE DON’T FALL IN LOVE Cliff Richard
18 ( NEW ) GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
19 ( 22 ) I CAN HELP Elvis Presley
20 ( 15 ) THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba

21 ( 16 ) LET’S STAY TOGETHER Tina Turner
22 ( 28 ) DUCK FOR THE OYSTER Malcolm McLaren
23 ( 19 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Tracey Ullman
24 ( 21 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
25 ( 27 ) TIME (aka ARRIVAL) Frida and B.A. Robertson
26 ( 18 ) ISLANDS IN THE STREAM Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
27 ( 32 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Kool And The Gang
28 ( 26 ) CRY JUST A LITTLE BIT Shakin’ Stevens
29 ( 24 ) CALLING YOUR NAME Marilyn
30 ( 37 ) INSIDE LOVE George Benson

31 ( 31 ) UPTOWN GIRL Billy Joel
32 ( 29 ) CHRISTMAS SPECTRE The Jingle Belles
33 ( 25 ) ONLY YOU The Flying Pickets
34 ( 38 ) WHERE IS MY MAN Eartha Kitt
35 ( 49 ) RUNNING WITH THE NIGHT Lionel Richie
36 ( 36 ) THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths
37 ( 39 ) THEME FROM TERRAHAWKS Terrahawks
38 ( 35 ) THE LOVE CATS The Cure
39 ( 40 ) THE WAY YOU ARE Tears For Fears
40 ( 23 ) TWIST OF FATE Olivia Newton-John

41 ( 30 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
42 ( 43 ) OWNER OF A LONELY HEART Yes
43 ( 74 ) LOVE IS A WONDERFUL COLOUR The Icicle Works
44 ( 33 ) I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles
45 ( 58 ) SWEET SURRENDER Rod Stewart
46 ( 52 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
47 ( 42 ) SAY SAY SAY Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
48 ( 45 ) THEY DON’T KNOW Tracey Ullman
49 ( 61 ) RAT RAPPING Roland Rat
50 ( 34 ) ON A SUNDAY Nick Heyward

51 ( 41 ) THE RULES OF THE GAME Bucks Fizz
52 ( 55 ) UNION OF THE SNAKE Duran Duran
53 ( 53 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
54 ( 56 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
55 ( 48 ) KARMA CHAMELEON Culture Club
56 ( 47 ) THE SUN AND THE RAIN Madness
57 ( 44 ) SYNCHRONICITY II The Police
58 ( 63 ) I AM WHAT I AM Gloria Gaynor
59 ( 54 ) DEAR PRUDENCE Siouxsie & The Banshees
60 ( 59 ) DEAR SANTA The Weather Girls

61 ( 46 ) SAY IT ISN’T SO Daryl Hall & John Oates
62 ( 50 ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division
63 ( 64 ) CLUB FANTASTIC MEGAMIX Wham!
64 ( 72 ) BIRD OF PARADISE Snowy White
65 ( 51 ) UNDERCOVER OF THE NIGHT The Rolling Stones
66 ( 60 ) OBLIVIOUS Aztec Camera
67 ( 65 ) WATERFRONT Simple Minds
68 ( 68 ) STEAMHAMMER SAM Interferon
69 ( 57 ) MAXINE Raf Ravenscroft
70 ( 69 ) MAMA Genesis

71 ( NEW ) SHAKE IT UP Divine
72 ( 62 ) THAT’S LOVE THAT IT IS Blancmange
73 ( 67 ) A SOLID BOND IN YOUR HEART The Style Council
74 ( 71 ) ONLY FOR LOVE Limahl
75 ( 66 ) TRUE LOVE Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly

TV
1 Cheers
2 Comic Strip Presents: Dirty Movie
3 REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER (film)
4 Whoops Apocolypse!
5 MASH
6 Soap
7 The Twilight Zone
8 Top Of The Pops
9 Bewitched
10 The Goodies
11 The Avengers
12 The Munsters
13 The Dick Van Dyke Show
14 Dallas
15 The Other Side Of The Tracks
16 Reamington Steele
17 A Kick Up The 80’s
18 The Prisoner
19 Doctor Who (2 eps)
20 Grange Hill (2 eps)

11th JAN 1984

Straight in at 2 from nowhere a catchy unexpected bonus from the late John Lennon. Tracks he had been working on before his shocking murder by an evil lunatic, as one of my huge heroes he manged to outdo Beatlemate Paul’s latest UK chart-topping single. Bad news for Paul, as in retrospect his single is the better one. Will either one get to Number one? Tune in…

Massive leap at last for Relax, of course you know it even though it was banned by the BBC in the 80’s, one of the biggest-selling singles of all time in the UK. The Beeb do enjoy getting it wrong sometimes… Of course John, Paul and Frankie are all Scousers, or Liverpool-born as it’s more polite to say these days. My grandma lived in Liverpool until 1989, and I lived there for a year in 1966/67, so I knew it well.

Malcolm McLaren gets another quirky Top 20 hit, Flying Pickets belatedly grab a number 18 place, and two great new entries from Pat Benatar (a year ahead of becoming a hit with her fabulous Battlefield track covered lower down by Smokie’s Chris Norman) and Eurythmics last single off the fab album Touch, the haunting Here Comes The Rain Again. Lower down, ABC‘s S.O.S.(not the Abba track, it‘s a great synthpop ballad) and Shaky & Bonnie (a Welsh 50’s retro-cover doubler) sneak in while the gentle Bird Of Paradise goes Top 40 for Snowy “Thin Lizzy” White.

1 ( 1 ) MY OH MY Slade
2 ( NEW ) NOBODY TOLD ME John Lennon
3 ( 2 ) I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake
4 ( 6 ) PIPES OF PEACE Paul McCartney
5 ( 9 ) KING OF PAIN The Police
6 ( 41 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
7 ( 5 ) MARGUERITA TIME Status Quo
8 ( 3 ) VICTIMS Culture Club
9 ( 7 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
10 ( 4 ) WHAT IS LOVE Howard Jones

11 ( 12 ) 2000 MILES The Pretenders
12 ( 11 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Paul Young
13 ( 18 ) GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
14 ( 19 ) I CAN HELP Elvis Presley
15 ( 10 ) READ ‘EM AND WEEP Barry Manilow
16 ( 8 ) HOLD ME NOW The Thompson Twins
17 ( 22 ) DUCK FOR THE OYSTER Malcolm McLaren
18 ( 33 ) ONLY YOU The Flying Pickets
19 ( 13 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
20 ( 15 ) TELL HER ABOUT IT Billy Joel

21 ( 17 ) PLEASE DON’T FALL IN LOVE Cliff Richard
22 ( 14 ) COLD AS CHRISTMAS Elton John
23 ( 16 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS UB40
24 ( 24 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
25 ( 51 ) THE RULES OF THE GAME Bucks Fizz
26 ( 20 ) THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba
27 ( 27 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Kool And The Gang
28 ( 21 ) LET’S STAY TOGETHER Tina Turner
29 ( 35 ) RUNNING WITH THE NIGHT Lionel Richie
30 ( 26 ) ISLANDS IN THE STREAM Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton

31 ( 25 ) TIME (aka ARRIVAL) Frida and B.A. Robertson
32 ( 28 ) CRY JUST A LITTLE BIT Shakin’ Stevens
33 ( 49 ) RAT RAPPING Roland Rat
34 ( 23 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Tracey Ullman
35 ( 57 ) I AM WHAT I AM Gloria Gaynor
36 ( 31 ) UPTOWN GIRL Billy Joel
37 ( NEW ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
38 ( 45 ) SWEET SURRENDER Rod Stewart
39 ( NEW ) HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN Eurythmics
40 ( 64 ) BIRD OF PARADISE Snowy White

41 ( 32 ) CHRISTMAS SPECTRE The Jingle Belles
42 ( 30 ) INSIDE LOVE George Benson
43 ( 43 ) LOVE IS A WONDERFUL COLOUR The Icicle Works
44 ( RE ) BLUE MONDAY New Order
45 ( 29 ) CALLING YOUR NAME Marilyn
46 ( 46 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
47 ( 36 ) THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths
48 ( 38 ) THE LOVE CATS The Cure
49 ( 39 ) THE WAY YOU ARE Tears For Fears
50 ( 34 ) WHERE IS MY MAN Eartha Kitt

51 ( 52 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
52 ( 53 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
53 ( 48 ) THEY DON’T KNOW Tracey Ullman
54 ( 47 ) SAY SAY SAY Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
55 ( NEW ) SIXTEEN Musical Youth
56 ( 44 ) I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles
57 ( 37 ) THEME FROM TERRAHAWKS Terrahawks
58 ( 54 ) KARMA CHAMELEON Culture Club
59 ( NEW ) A ROCKIN’ GOOD WAY Shaky and Bonnie (Stevens & Tyler)
60 ( 40 ) TWIST OF FATE Olivia Newton-John

61 ( NEW ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Chris Norman
62 ( 42 ) OWNER OF A LONELY HEART Yes
63 ( 51 ) UNION OF THE SNAKE Duran Duran
64 ( 63 ) CLUB FANTASTIC MEGAMIX Wham!
65 ( 58 ) DEAR PRUDENCE Siouxsie & The Banshees
66 ( 74 ) ONLY FOR LOVE Limahl
67 ( NEW ) S.O.S. ABC
68 ( 50 ) ON A SUNDAY Nick Heyward
69 ( 55 ) THE SUN AND THE RAIN Madness
70 ( 56 ) SYNCHRONICITY II The Police

71 ( NEW ) BREAK MY STRIDE Matthew Wilder
72 ( 60 ) SAY IT ISN’T SO Daryl Hall & John Oates
73 ( 70 ) MAMA Genesis
74 ( 59 ) DEAR SANTA The Weather Girls
75 ( RE ) ALL NIGHT LONG (ALL NIGHT) Lionel Richie

TV
1 Cheers
2 Comic Strip Presents: Susie
3 MASH
4 The Twilight Zone
5 Bewitched
6 Doctor Who (2 eps)
7 Whoops Apocalypse
8 The Phil Silvers Show (Bilko)
9 Top Of The Pops
10 Grange Hill (2 eps)
11 Barney Miller
12 Soap
13 The Living Planet
14 The Avengers
15 The Prisoner

18th JAN 1984

John beats Paul 1 and 2, and both beat Frankie at 3 for an all-Scouse Top 3. Eurythmics rocket up to 4 to keep the Top 10 run going, veteran 50’s diva Eartha “Catwoman” Kitt camps it up to 7, Pat Benatar rocks up to 17, with Shaky & Bonnie both rockin’ up a good 1983 to 18. At this point I’ll ignore Roland Rat, I have NO idea what that’s doing in the Top 20! A moment of madness!

Great wistful synthpop new entries from Fiction Factory and China Crisis, a bit of Scot-rock from Big Country, 40’s retro from Kid Creole (as Elbow Bones & The Racketeers) and his gorgeous A Night In New York, and some dirge from a TV show at 75. Better TV was Comic Strip’s A Fistful Of Traveller’s Cheques, some great Spaghetti Western one-liners in it. “John Paul George and Gringo!” “I think I’m getting a suntan” Trust me, it’s funny in context..

1 ( 2 ) NOBODY TOLD ME John Lennon
2 ( 4 ) PIPES OF PEACE Paul McCartney
3 ( 6 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
4 ( 39 ) HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN Eurythmics
5 ( 5 ) KING OF PAIN The Police
6 ( 1 ) MY OH MY Slade
7 ( 50 ) WHERE IS MY MAN Eartha Kitt
8 ( 3 ) I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake
9 ( 9 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
10 ( 10 ) WHAT IS LOVE Howard Jones

11 ( 13 ) GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
12 ( 7 ) MARGUERITA TIME Status Quo
13 ( 29 ) RUNNING WITH THE NIGHT Lionel Richie
14 ( 14 ) I CAN HELP Elvis Presley
15 ( 8 ) VICTIMS Culture Club
16 ( 12 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Paul Young
17 ( 37 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
18 ( 59 ) A ROCKIN’ GOOD WAY Shaky and Bonnie (Stevens & Tyler)
19 ( 33 ) RAT RAPPING Roland Rat
20 ( 27 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Kool And The Gang

21 ( 15 ) READ ‘EM AND WEEP Barry Manilow
22 ( 16 ) HOLD ME NOW The Thompson Twins
23 ( 35 ) I AM WHAT I AM Gloria Gaynor
24 ( NEW ) (FEELS LIKE) HEAVEN Fiction Factory
25 ( 25 ) THE RULES OF THE GAME Bucks Fizz
26 ( 22 ) CRYSTAL/ COLD AS CHRISTMAS Elton John
27 ( 20 ) TELL HER ABOUT IT Billy Joel
28 ( NEW ) WISHFUL THINKING China Crisis
29 ( 11 ) 2000 MILES The Pretenders
30 ( 17 ) DUCK FOR THE OYSTER Malcolm McLaren

31 ( 26 ) THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba
32 ( 71 ) BREAK MY STRIDE Matthew Wilder
33 ( 40 ) BIRD OF PARADISE Snowy White
34 ( 30 ) ISLANDS IN THE STREAM Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
35 ( 28 ) LET’S STAY TOGETHER Tina Turner
36 ( 19 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
37 ( 44 ) BLUE MONDAY New Order
38 ( 38 ) SWEET SURRENDER Rod Stewart
39 ( 24 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
40 ( 43 ) LOVE IS A WONDERFUL COLOUR The Icicle Works

41 ( 23 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS UB40
42 ( 18 ) ONLY YOU The Flying Pickets
43 ( 36 ) UPTOWN GIRL Billy Joel
44 ( 21 ) PLEASE DON’T FALL IN LOVE Cliff Richard
45 ( 32 ) CRY JUST A LITTLE BIT Shakin’ Stevens
46 ( 46 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
47 ( 67 ) S.O.S. ABC
48 ( 34 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Tracey Ullman
49 ( RE ) NEW SONG Howard Jones
50 ( 55 ) SIXTEEN Musical Youth

51 ( 42 ) INSIDE LOVE George Benson
52 ( 51 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
53 ( 52 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
54 ( 47 ) THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths
55 ( 53 ) THEY DON’T KNOW Tracey Ullman
56 ( 54 ) SAY SAY SAY Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
57 ( 48 ) THE LOVE CATS The Cure
58 ( 61 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Chris Norman
59 ( 45 ) CALLING YOUR NAME Marilyn
60 ( 31 ) TIME (aka ARRIVAL) Frida and B.A. Robertson

61 ( 49 ) THE WAY YOU ARE Tears For Fears
62 ( NEW ) WONDERLAND Big Country
63 ( 63 ) UNION OF THE SNAKE Duran Duran
64 ( 58 ) KARMA CHAMELEON Culture Club
65 ( 56 ) I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles
66 ( NEW ) A NIGHT IN NEW YORK Elbow Bones and The Racketeers
67 ( 60 ) TWIST OF FATE Olivia Newton-John
68 ( 62 ) OWNER OF A LONELY HEART Yes
69 ( 65 ) DEAR PRUDENCE Siouxsie & The Banshees
70 ( 70 ) SYNCHRONICITY II The Police

71 ( NEW ) HUMAN TOUCH Rick Springfield
72 ( NEW ) WHERE WERE YOU HIDING WHEN THE STORM BROKE The Alarm
73 ( NEW ) HYPERACTIVE Thomas Dolby
74 ( 57 ) THEME FROM TERRAHAWKS Terrahawks
75 ( NEW ) THAT’S LIVING ALRIGHT Joe Fagin

TV
1 Comic Strip Presents: A Fistful Of Traveller’s Cheques
2 Cheers
3 Hill Street Blues
4 The Young Ones: Bomb
5 Whoops Apocalypse
6 Twilight Zone
7 MASH
8 Doctor Who (2 eps)
9 Bewitched
10 Avengers
11 Soap
12 Grange Hill ( 2 eps)
13 Top Of The Pops
14 The Phil Silvers Show (Bilko)
15 The Other Side Of The Tracks
16 The Living Planet
17 Chocky
18 A Kick Up The 80’s
19 Hollywood Legends
20 The World At War

25th JAN 1984

Relax gets it’s first week at the top. I had to buy it to get to hear it, but it was such a classic pop record, Trevor Horn’s epic production had notched pop music up and set a new standard. Being a bit naughty, and dragging gay culture into the mainstream didn’t hurt either. This wasn’t a pretty media-friendly version of being gay, this was down n dirty and it was making a point that hadn’t been made before. Flash on 30 years and pop music is much about graphic sex acts and swearwords, but mostly it’s about making cash because sex sells (rather than to be shocking or outrageous). When something becomes the norm it becomes a cliché..

Queen were back with a bang! Not the Queen ewe were used to, this was all synth and Fritz Lang, and was terrific. Freddie had hit a creative block as far as singles were concerned for most of the early 80’s, but happily his bandmates took up the slack and came up with some corkers. Into the Top 40 from nowhere a white dance act strutting her stuff on The Tube, brother dancing behind her and dressed in her own style. She was called Madonna and looked like a one-hit-wonder with a great catchy pop single. I wonder what happened to her?

Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin follow-up It’s My Party into the Top 40 3 years on with a bonafide flop, Matthew Wilder inexplicably breaks into my Top 5 (actually I’d got the single in a bargain bin and it seemed better than it was), China Crisis glide into the Top 10, and Cyndi bops her way in too, at last, whiler new at the lower end a massive classic from Echo & The Bunny men (later used to brilliant effect in movie Donnie Darko) and future 1985 hit (and much-sampled) Yah Mo Be There.

1 ( 3 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( 1 ) NOBODY TOLD ME John Lennon
3 ( 2 ) PIPES OF PEACE Paul McCartney
4 ( 4 ) HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN Eurythmics
5 ( 32 ) BREAK MY STRIDE Matthew Wilder
6 ( 5 ) KING OF PAIN The Police
7 ( 7 ) WHERE IS MY MAN Eartha Kitt
8 ( NEW ) RADIO GA GA Queen
9 ( 28 ) WISHFUL THINKING China Crisis
10 ( 11 ) GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper

11 ( 13 ) RUNNING WITH THE NIGHT Lionel Richie
12 ( 6 ) MY OH MY Slade
13 ( 24 ) (FEELS LIKE) HEAVEN Fiction Factory
14 ( 9 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
15 ( 10 ) WHAT IS LOVE Howard Jones
16 ( 18 ) A ROCKIN’ GOOD WAY Shaky and Bonnie (Stevens & Tyler)
17 ( 17 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
18 ( 12 ) MARGUERITA TIME Status Quo
19 ( 15 ) VICTIMS Culture Club
20 ( 8 ) I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake

21 ( 16 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Paul Young
22 ( 23 ) I AM WHAT I AM Gloria Gaynor
23 ( 62 ) WONDERLAND Big Country
24 ( 21 ) READ ‘EM AND WEEP Barry Manilow
25 ( 40 ) LOVE IS A WONDERFUL COLOUR The Icicle Works
26 ( 26 ) CRYSTAL/ COLD AS CHRISTMAS Elton John
27 ( NEW ) HOLIDAY Madonna
28 ( NEW ) LEIPZIG Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin
29 ( 50 ) SIXTEEN Musical Youth
30 ( 19 ) RAT RAPPING Roland Rat

31 ( 14 ) I CAN HELP Elvis Presley
32 ( 22 ) HOLD ME NOW The Thompson Twins
33 ( 33 ) BIRD OF PARADISE Snowy White
34 ( 20 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Kool And The Gang
35 ( 27 ) TELL HER ABOUT IT Billy Joel
36 ( 47 ) S.O.S. ABC
37 ( 31 ) THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba
38 ( 25 ) THE RULES OF THE GAME Bucks Fizz
39 ( 71 ) HUMAN TOUCH Rick Springfield
40 ( 29 ) 2000 MILES The Pretenders

41 ( 34 ) ISLANDS IN THE STREAM Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
42 ( 49 ) NEW SONG Howard Jones
43 ( 39 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
44 ( 66 ) A NIGHT IN NEW YORK Elbow Bones and The Racketeers
45 ( 36 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
46 ( 46 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
47 ( 35 ) LET’S STAY TOGETHER Tina Turner
48 ( 37 ) BLUE MONDAY New Order
49 ( 54 ) THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths
50 ( 30 ) DUCK FOR THE OYSTER Malcolm McLaren

51 ( 72 ) WHERE WERE YOU HIDING WHEN THE STORM BROKE The Alarm
52 ( 45 ) CRY JUST A LITTLE BIT Shakin’ Stevens
53 ( 52 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
54 ( 53 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
55 ( 43 ) UPTOWN GIRL Billy Joel
56 ( 41 ) MANY RIVERS TO CROSS UB40
57 ( 73 ) HYPERACTIVE Thomas Dolby
58 ( 38 ) SWEET SURRENDER Rod Stewart
59 ( 56 ) SAY SAY SAY Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
60 ( 55 ) THEY DON’T KNOW Tracey Ullman

61 ( 44 ) PLEASE DON’T FALL IN LOVE Cliff Richard
62 ( NEW ) THE COLOUR FIELD The Colour Field
63 ( NEW ) GIVE ME MORE TIME Whitesnake
64 ( 48 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Tracey Ullman
65 ( NEW ) CRIME OF PASSION Mike Oldfield
66 ( 51 ) INSIDE LOVE George Benson
67 ( 57 ) THE LOVE CATS The Cure
68 ( 59 ) CALLING YOUR NAME Marilyn
69 ( 42 ) ONLY YOU The Flying Pickets
70 ( 64 ) KARMA CHAMELEON Culture Club

71 ( NEW ) YAH MO BE THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald
72 ( 63 ) UNION OF THE SNAKE Duran Duran
73 ( 69 ) DEAR PRUDENCE Siouxsie & The Banshees
74 ( NEW ) THE KILLING MOON Echo And The Bunnymen
75 ( NEW ) SPICE OF LIFE Manhattan Transfer

TV
1 Comic Strip Presents: Gino
2 Cheers
3 Hill Street Blues
4 Mary Tyler Moore Show
5 Twilight Zone
6 Phil Silvers Show
7 MASH
8 Top Of The Pops
9 Whoops Apocalypse
10 Soap
11 Bewitched
12 Chocky
13 Grange Hill (2)
14 Tucker’s Luck
15 Rockford Files
16 Other Side Of The Tracks
17 Avengers
18 Munsters
19 Doctor Who (2)
20 The Living Planet

31st JAN 1984

2nd Week at 1 for Frankie, dance act Madonna climbs quickly to 11, leapfrogging rock chick Pat’s Battlefield. I don’t think I’m giving too much away when I say both records return in 1985 and become even bigger hits (in the UK charts and in mine). Meanwhile Icicle Works finally break into the Top 20, and Lionel Ritchie into the 10, and highest new entry is The Pretenders, a single that flopped in the UK but scored with me – I especially loved the whoo-oohs whooping 60’s stylee from something in my childhood that had a haunting effect on me (TV Theme I think) which I’m still struggling to identify!

Thomas Dolby gets another Top 40 hit, Manhattan Transfer get their last, and Hot Chocolate also get their last hit (barring remixes and re-entries) underlining that things were coming to an end in my life too, as I prepared to leave the friendlier north for the indifferent south. Happily The Smiths 2nd hit nestles by the still-strong 1st, Shannon pops in with an important dance stomper (influencing not just Pet Shop Boys but dance music in general), a bit of indie from This Mortal Coil (that’s Indie 80’s style, not an alternative name for “rock or synth-based music” a la 2014), bit of Jazz from Matt Bianco, a solo Bee Gee, a solo Carol Kenyon (she of the stunning vocals in Heaven 17’s Temptation), and Simple Minds firmly moving from Indie to Rock with the fab Speed Your Love To Me.

(Or, moving from Indie to Indie according to 2014 crappy music labelling. Sorry, just annoys me that there are now only 6 or so genres in pop: Pop, Rock, Indie, Dance, Rap, Country and the lines between them are all blurred, confused or mis-labelled. Indie is Rock or Synth or Goth or Alternative; Dance is club, funk, soul, rap; Rap is dance, rap, rock; Pop is dance, country, rap, pop; Country is rock, Rock is Metal, Punk, Goth but not Old-style rock music who are now Indie or country. Yawn.)

1 ( 1 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( 2 ) NOBODY TOLD ME John Lennon
3 ( 4 ) HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN Eurythmics
4 ( 8 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
5 ( 5 ) BREAK MY STRIDE Matthew Wilder
6 ( 9 ) WISHFUL THINKING China Crisis
7 ( 3 ) PIPES OF PEACE Paul McCartney
8 ( 13 ) (FEELS LIKE) HEAVEN Fiction Factory
9 ( 11 ) RUNNING WITH THE NIGHT Lionel Richie
10 ( 10 ) GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper

11 ( 27 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
12 ( 17 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
13 ( 7 ) WHERE IS MY MAN Eartha Kitt
14 ( 25 ) LOVE IS A WONDERFUL COLOUR The Icicle Works
15 ( 6 ) KING OF PAIN The Police
16 ( 23 ) WONDERLAND Big Country
17 ( 14 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
18 ( 12 ) MY OH MY Slade
19 ( 15 ) WHAT IS LOVE Howard Jones
20 ( 22 ) I AM WHAT I AM Gloria Gaynor

21 ( 36 ) S.O.S. ABC
22 ( 19 ) VICTIMS Culture Club
23 ( 18 ) MARGUERITA TIME Status Quo
24 ( 24 ) READ ‘EM AND WEEP Barry Manilow
25 ( 28 ) LEIPZIG Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin
26 ( 16 ) A ROCKIN’ GOOD WAY Shaky and Bonnie (Stevens & Tyler)
27 ( 39 ) HUMAN TOUCH Rick Springfield
28 ( 29 ) SIXTEEN Musical Youth
29 ( 21 ) LOVE OF THE COMMON PEOPLE Paul Young
30 ( 20 ) I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake

31 ( 26 ) CRYSTAL/ COLD AS CHRISTMAS Elton John
32 ( 44 ) A NIGHT IN NEW YORK Elbow Bones and The Racketeers
33 ( 74 ) THE KILLING MOON Echo And The Bunnymen
34 ( NEW ) MIDDLE OF THE ROAD The Pretenders
35 ( 35 ) TELL HER ABOUT IT Billy Joel
36 ( 57 ) HYPERACTIVE Thomas Dolby
37 ( 75 ) SPICE OF LIFE Manhattan Transfer
38 ( 38 ) THE RULES OF THE GAME Bucks Fizz
39 ( 37 ) THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba
40 ( 51 ) WHERE WERE YOU HIDING WHEN THE STORM BROKE The Alarm

41 ( 46 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
42 ( 30 ) RAT RAPPING Roland Rat
43 ( 40 ) 2000 MILES The Pretenders
44 ( 31 ) I CAN HELP Elvis Presley
45 ( 34 ) STRAIGHT AHEAD Kool And The Gang
46 ( 32 ) HOLD ME NOW The Thompson Twins
47 ( NEW ) THE POLITICS OF DANCING Re-Flex
48 ( NEW ) JOANNA Kool And The Gang
49 ( 45 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
50 ( NEW ) I GAVE YOU MY HEART (DIDN’T I) Hot Chocolate

51 ( 43 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
52 ( 65 ) CRIME OF PASSION Mike Oldfield
53 ( 53 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
54 ( 54 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
55 ( 49 ) THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths
56 ( NEW ) WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE The Smiths
57 ( 41 ) ISLANDS IN THE STREAM Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
58 ( 33 ) BIRD OF PARADISE Snowy White
59 ( 42 ) NEW SONG Howard Jones
60 ( NEW ) DOCTOR DOCTOR Thompson Twins

61 ( 48 ) BLUE MONDAY New Order
62 ( 62 ) THE COLOUR FIELD The Colour Field
63 ( NEW ) LET THE MUSIC PLAY Shannon
64 ( 60 ) THEY DON’T KNOW Tracey Ullman
65 ( 47 ) LET’S STAY TOGETHER Tina Turner
66 ( 71 ) YAH MO BE THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald
67 ( 55 ) UPTOWN GIRL Billy Joel
68 ( 68 ) CALLING YOUR NAME Marilyn
69 ( 52 ) CRY JUST A LITTLE BIT Shakin’ Stevens
70 ( NEW ) GET OUT OF YOUR LAZY BED Matt Bianco

71 ( NEW ) SONG TO THE SIREN This Mortal Coil
72 ( 59 ) SAY SAY SAY Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
73 ( NEW ) ANOTHER LONELY NIGHT IN NEW YORK Robin Gibb
74 ( NEW ) SPEED YOUR LOVE TO ME Simple Minds
75 ( NEW ) WARRIOR WOMAN Carol Kenyon

My 1979 Weekly Pop Charts

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Starting the new year in Tunisia – El Djem (en route to Star Wars film-land)

3rd JAN 1979

It’s a new year 1979 and I hit 21, all grown up. I didn’t have a party, though after my mate had returned from Wisconsin and found I’d turned 21 he nagged me to have a belated one (thanks Pete!) at home in Mansfield. So I did, my College friends came, one spiked another’s drink, who threw up on my parents bed (no names as she’s still embarrassed about it), and waddya know Pete didn’t make it to the party – he never was conventional, married a Japanese girl and last seen in Tokyo being daddy.

Music-wise, just like today oldies from the previous year get a boost, and the lack of new singles allows a sneaky new chart-topper. Sally Oldfield just sounded so right for the new year, all fresh and delightful, and her brother was ringing in the changes at 18 too. Ian Dury’s classic gets to 6, while Elton and Hot Choc get another Top 10 in very long runs of top 10 hits, give or take.

Earth Wind & Fire are a bit late for September, but chart in my next 2014 chart with the same song courtesy of being used heavily in current movie Last Vegas (and making the Archive Chart Top 40) which I saw this week. Shalamar get a big climber with a great disco soul record, and highest new entry is veteran Frankie Avalon and his Grease cameo (very amusing and 50’s pastiche too) joining Paul Evans from the same clean-cut pop-star era and Mud covering a 50‘s doo-wop classic. Having disco-fied Star Wars Meco has a less-successful go at the Wizard Of Oz, and Manhattan Transfer have a lot of questions and very few answers…

New Year TV is dominated by old films, notably New Year sentimental comedy classic from Billy Wilder, The Apartment. Jack Lemmon and Shirley Maclaine stole my heart and a real fave.

1 ( 5 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
2 ( 1 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
3 ( 3 ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
4 ( 2 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
5 ( 6 ) DOCTOR WHO Mankind
6 ( 12 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads
7 ( 4 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M
8 ( 8 ) LE FREAK Chic
9 ( 16 ) SONG FOR GUY Elton John
10 ( 14 ) I’LL PUT YOU TOGETHER AGAIN Hot Chocolate

11 ( 7 ) DO YA THINK I’M SEXY Rod Stewart
12 ( 10 ) LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME Racey
13 ( 11 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
14 ( 9 ) TOO MUCH HEAVEN The Bee Gees
15 ( 17 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN Chaka Khan
16 ( 13 ) HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE Blondie
17 ( 25 ) SEPTEMBER” Earth, Wind And Fire
18 ( 15 ) TAKE 4 EP Mike Oldfield
19 ( 22 ) A LITTLE MORE LOVE Olivia Newton-John
20 ( 26 ) ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic

21 ( 15 ) IN THE BUSH Musique
22 ( 20 ) SHOOTING STAR Dollar
23 ( 35 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
24 ( 21 ) I LOVE AMERICA Patrick Juvet
25 ( 32 ) HELLO THIS IS JOANNIE Paul Evans
26 ( 24 ) RAINING IN MY HEART Leo Sayer
27 ( 49 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
28 ( 23 ) YOU DON’T BRING ME FLOWERS Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond
29 ( 29 ) SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O.
30 ( 30 ) PROMISES Buzzcocks

31 ( 28 ) HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
32 ( 27 ) FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS/ BICYCLE RACE Queen
33 ( 37 ) MY LIFE Billy Joel
34 ( 19 ) ACCIDENT PRONE Status Quo
35 ( 36 ) DANCE (DISCO HEAT) Sylvester
36 ( 38 ) B.A.B.Y. Rachel Sweet
37 ( 41 ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS The Eagles
38 ( 40 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
39 ( 39 ) SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
40 ( 31 ) ALWAYS AND FOREVER Heatwave

41 ( 34 ) DON’T CRY OUT LOUD Elkie Brooks
42 ( 33 ) GREASED LIGHTNING John Travolta
43 ( 63 ) TAKE THAT TO THE BANK Shalamar
44 ( 44 ) SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind
45 ( 51 ) SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba
46 ( 46 ) PUBLIC IMAGE Public Image Limited
47 ( 43 ) PART TIME LOVE Elton John
48 ( 42 ) RASPUTIN Boney M
49 ( 47 ) TOMMY GUN The Clash
50 ( 52 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Sylvester

51 ( 57 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M
52 ( NEW ) BEAUTY SCHOOL DROPOUT Frankie Avalon
53 ( 58 ) EVE OF THE WAR Jeff Wayne (& Justin Hayward)
54 ( 45 ) MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL The Cars
55 ( 48 ) GERM FREE ADOLESCENT X-Ray Spex
56 ( 53 ) DOWN IN THE TUBE STATION AT MIDNIGHT The Jam
57 ( 59 ) RIGHT DOWN THE LINE Gerry Rafferty
58 ( NEW ) THE WIZARD OF OZ Meco
59 ( 50 ) INSTANT REPLAY Dan Hartman
60 ( 69 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Barry White

61 ( 51 ) ANYWAY YOU DO IT Liquid Gold
62 ( 55 ) MCCARTHUR PARK Donna Summer
63 ( 60 ) OH WHAT A CIRCUS David Essex
64 ( 64 ) FOREVER AUTUMN Justin Hayward
65 ( 68 ) COULD IT BE MAGIC Barry Manilow
66 ( 71 ) NIGHT FEVER The Bee Gees
67 ( 67 ) SUBSTITUTE Clout
68 ( 72 ) IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU Yvonne Elliman
69 ( 65 ) JILTED JOHN Jilted John
70 ( 66 ) DAYLIGHT KATY Gordon Lightfoot

71 ( NEW ) NEW DAY Airwaves
72 ( 54 ) CHRISTMAS IN SMURFLAND Father Abraham & The Smurfs
73 ( 56 ) LAY LOVE ON YOU Luisa Fernandez
74 ( NEW ) WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE Mud
75 ( NEW ) WHO WHAT WHEN WHERE WHY Manhattan Transfer

TV
1 THE APARTMENT
2 What’s New Pussycat?
3 Top Of The Pops
4 Fantastic Journey (Wed)
5 MASH (part 2)
6 Happy Days
7 The Rockford Files
8 Fantastic Journey (Fri)
9 Fantastic Journey (Thurs)
10 The 2 Ronnies

10th JAN 1979 – Headlines: Tunisia, knife-threats, Roman history and disco hits…

Back to College – and straight off to Tunisia for a Geography field trip (and history/art-related). It wasn’t free, we had to pay for it (staying in Sousse), but it was a great experience. Visits to schools, Roman amphitheatres at El Djem (not far from where Star Wars had been filmed) and a ruin at Carthage (Tunis) – oh and a pottery where my bag managed to knock over and break an urn. “Ca va ca va” said the generous owner, but I felt obliged to buy a crooked vase as penance. Still got it…

My mate Pete (yes him again) had barely got off the plane from the States and he was back on this one to Tunisia, providing me with a great disco experience. Well, cut short experience when he lept to the defence of some of the girls who were getting hassled by local lads to dance. Having already watched one student reduced to tears after one gentleman in the local market offered to buy her for a camel – maybe she was insulted it wasn’t two! – the girls were getting bit fed up with the gropey “fair-game” attitude towards Western women. Anyway, we enjoyed Barry White’s Just The Way You Are, and freaked out properly to Chic’s Le Freak, but after Pete had been threatened with a knife once he stepped outside we decided an early night was the way forward and left in a gang for safety. Aahh Happy days (and explains the short TV chart!) – hoping to finally catch that 1979 Top Of The Pops I missed this week…

So, YMCA back at the top (bound to have been on at the disco!), Anne Murray finally gets into the Top 10 after 2 or 3 months in the chart, her first since 1974, and three new entries into the Top 40: Phoebe Snow with Paul McCartney’s Every Night, Diana Ross & Michael Jackson with the single from the Movie The Wiz (and explains Meco’s Oz cash-in), and the Queen mum’s alleged fave pop hit novelty song Car 67, which was actually fairly charming.

1 ( 2 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
2 ( 1 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
3 ( 3 ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
4 ( 6 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads
5 ( 5 ) DOCTOR WHO Mankind
6 ( 4 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
7 ( 10 ) I’LL PUT YOU TOGETHER AGAIN Hot Chocolate
8 ( 23 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
9 ( 7 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M
10 ( 8 ) LE FREAK Chic

11 ( 9 ) SONG FOR GUY Elton John
12 ( 19 ) A LITTLE MORE LOVE Olivia Newton-John
13 ( 17 ) SEPTEMBER” Earth, Wind And Fire
14 ( 11 ) DO YA THINK I’M SEXY Rod Stewart
15 ( 13 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
16 ( 12 ) LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME Racey
17 ( 15 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN Chaka Khan
18 ( 20 ) ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic
19 ( 14 ) TOO MUCH HEAVEN The Bee Gees
20 ( 16 ) HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE Blondie

21 ( 21 ) IN THE BUSH Musique
22 ( 25 ) HELLO THIS IS JOANNIE Paul Evans
23 ( 22 ) SHOOTING STAR Dollar
24 ( 18 ) TAKE 4 EP Mike Oldfield
25 ( NEW ) EVERY NIGHT Phoebe Snow
26 ( NEW ) EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD Diana Ross & Michael Jackson
27 ( NEW ) CAR 67 Driver 67
28 ( 52 ) BEAUTY SCHOOL DROPOUT Frankie Avalon
29 ( 24 ) I LOVE AMERICA Patrick Juvet
30 ( 30 ) PROMISES Buzzcocks

31 ( 26 ) RAINING IN MY HEART Leo Sayer
32 ( 35 ) DANCE (DISCO HEAT) Sylvester
33 ( 36 ) B.A.B.Y. Rachel Sweet
34 ( 27 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
35 ( 38 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
36 ( 29 ) SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O.
37 ( 31 ) HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
38 ( 33 ) MY LIFE Billy Joel
39 ( 39 ) SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
40 ( 40 ) ALWAYS AND FOREVER Heatwave

41 ( 32 ) FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS/ BICYCLE RACE Queen
42 ( 34 ) ACCIDENT PRONE Status Quo
43 ( 43 ) TAKE THAT TO THE BANK Shalamar
44 ( 60 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Barry White
45 ( 49 ) TOMMY GUN The Clash
46 ( 28 ) YOU DON’T BRING ME FLOWERS Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond
47 ( 45 ) SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba
48 ( 44 ) SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind
49 ( 51 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M
50 ( 41 ) DON’T CRY OUT LOUD Elkie Brooks

51 ( 46 ) PUBLIC IMAGE Public Image Limited
52 ( 58 ) THE WIZARD OF OZ Meco
53 ( 48 ) RASPUTIN Boney M
54 ( 50 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Sylvester
55 ( 53 ) EVE OF THE WAR Jeff Wayne (& Justin Hayward)
56 ( 42 ) GREASED LIGHTNING John Travolta
57 ( 57 ) RIGHT DOWN THE LINE Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 65 ) COULD IT BE MAGIC Barry Manilow
59 ( 47 ) PART TIME LOVE Elton John
60 ( 56 ) DOWN IN THE TUBE STATION AT MIDNIGHT The Jam

61 ( 55 ) GERM FREE ADOLESCENT X-Ray Spex
62 ( 37 ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS The Eagles
63 ( NEW ) FALLEN ANGEL Barbara Dickson
64 ( 64 ) FOREVER AUTUMN Justin Hayward
65 ( 66 ) NIGHT FEVER The Bee Gees
66 ( 59 ) INSTANT REPLAY Dan Hartman
67 ( 68 ) IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU Yvonne Elliman
68 ( 67 ) SUBSTITUTE Clout
69 ( 63 ) OH WHAT A CIRCUS David Essex
70 ( 75 ) WHO WHAT WHEN WHERE WHY Manhattan Transfer

71 ( 54 ) MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL The Cars
72 ( 69 ) JILTED JOHN Jilted John
73 ( 62 ) MCCARTHUR PARK Donna Summer
74 ( 70 ) DAYLIGHT KATY Gordon Lightfoot
75 ( NEW ) HOW ARE YOU GONNA SEE ME NOW Alice Cooper

TV
1 It’ll Be Alright On The Night
2 Mork & Mindy
3 Film ’79
4 Parkinson

17th Jan _1979

A roll-over holiday chart, I think, as there are no new records, only re-entries and nothing much happening. The Superman movie was out, or shortly out, which was a great blockbuster movie of a comics favourite, and John Williams was in his prime, churning out great soundtrack after great soundtrack. The movie’s a bit overlong and dated these days, sadly! YMCA gets a 3rd week at the top, and seems like nothing can shift it, as nothing new is entering. Barry White goes up, though, as does writer Billy Joel. My friend Jane had a few tears when Just The Way You Are came on at the Hotel disco (Sousse) as she was missing her boyfriend and future hubbie Dave and it was their song. If you’re going to pick a song for it’s lyrics for the love of your life that’s a pretty good one to go for! Just had a birthday card from them last week. Sometimes life is sweet J

On TV, back at home, Blake’s 7 was starting to look good as a new rebel-led sci-fi drama, Top Of The Pops was good, and Morecambe & Wise were still amusing.

1 ( 1 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
2 ( 3 ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
3 ( 8 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
4 ( 2 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
5 ( 7 ) I’LL PUT YOU TOGETHER AGAIN Hot Chocolate
6 ( 4 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads
7 ( 5 ) DOCTOR WHO Mankind
8 ( 6 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
9 ( 12 ) A LITTLE MORE LOVE Olivia Newton-John
10 ( 9 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M

11 ( 11 ) SONG FOR GUY Elton John
12 ( 13 ) SEPTEMBER” Earth, Wind And Fire
13 ( 10 ) LE FREAK Chic
14 ( 16 ) LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME Racey
15 ( 18 ) ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic
16 ( 26 ) EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD Diana Ross & Michael Jackson
17 ( 14 ) DO YA THINK I’M SEXY Rod Stewart
18 ( 22 ) HELLO THIS IS JOANNIE Paul Evans
19 ( 15 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
20 ( 17 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN Chaka Khan

21 ( 19 ) TOO MUCH HEAVEN The Bee Gees
22 ( 25 ) EVERY NIGHT Phoebe Snow
23 ( 27 ) CAR 67 Driver 67
24 ( 20 ) HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE Blondie
25 ( 23 ) SHOOTING STAR Dollar
26 ( 21 ) IN THE BUSH Musique
27 ( 30 ) PROMISES Buzzcocks
28 ( 28 ) BEAUTY SCHOOL DROPOUT Frankie Avalon
29 ( 24 ) TAKE 4 EP Mike Oldfield
30 ( 33 ) B.A.B.Y. Rachel Sweet

31 ( 58 ) COULD IT BE MAGIC Barry Manilow
32 ( 31 ) RAINING IN MY HEART Leo Sayer
33 ( 29 ) I LOVE AMERICA Patrick Juvet
34 ( 44 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Barry White
35 ( 32 ) DANCE (DISCO HEAT) Sylvester
36 ( 38 ) MY LIFE Billy Joel
37 ( 37 ) HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
38 ( 35 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
39 ( 34 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
40 ( 36 ) SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O.

41 ( 39 ) SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
42 ( 49 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M
43 ( 45 ) TOMMY GUN The Clash
44 ( 40 ) ALWAYS AND FOREVER Heatwave
45 ( 41 ) FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS/ BICYCLE RACE Queen
46 ( 52 ) THE WIZARD OF OZ Meco
47 ( 42 ) ACCIDENT PRONE Status Quo
48 ( RE ) NEW DAY Airwaves
49 ( 47 ) SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba
50 ( 48 ) SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind

51 ( 46 ) YOU DON’T BRING ME FLOWERS Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond
52 ( 43 ) TAKE THAT TO THE BANK Shalamar
53 ( RE ) NEW YORK NEW YORK Gerard Kenny
54 ( 51 ) PUBLIC IMAGE Public Image Limited
55 ( 50 ) DON’T CRY OUT LOUD Elkie Brooks
56 ( 55 ) EVE OF THE WAR Jeff Wayne (& Justin Hayward)
57 ( 53 ) RASPUTIN Boney M
58 ( 63 ) FALLEN ANGEL Barbara Dickson
59 ( 54 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Sylvester
60 ( 57 ) RIGHT DOWN THE LINE Gerry Rafferty

61 ( 56 ) GREASED LIGHTNING John Travolta
62 ( 70 ) WHO WHAT WHEN WHERE WHY Manhattan Transfer
63 ( 59 ) PART TIME LOVE Elton John
64 ( 60 ) DOWN IN THE TUBE STATION AT MIDNIGHT The Jam
65 ( 61 ) GERM FREE ADOLESCENT X-Ray Spex
66 ( 65 ) NIGHT FEVER The Bee Gees
67 ( 64 ) FOREVER AUTUMN Justin Hayward
68 ( RE ) RAMA LAMA DING DONG Rocky Sharpe & The Replays
69 ( 68 ) SUBSTITUTE Clout
70 ( 67 ) IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU Yvonne Elliman

71 ( RE ) THEME FROM “SUPERMAN” John Williams’ Original Soundtrack
72 ( 75 ) HOW ARE YOU GONNA SEE ME NOW Alice Cooper
73 ( 69 ) OH WHAT A CIRCUS David Essex
74 ( 72 ) JILTED JOHN Jilted John
75 ( 66 ) INSTANT REPLAY Dan Hartman

TV
1 The Morecambe & Wise Show
2 Top Of The Pops
3 Wonder Woman
4 Blake’s 7
5 Petrocelli (TV film)
6 The Muppet Show
7 Sporting Superstars
8 Mary Hartman Mary Hartman
9 Tomorrow’s World

24th Jan 1979

__The chart at last starts to move, a 4th week at the top for Village People, sadly, as the number 2 from Chic is a better record and should have knocked them off the top. The Tunisian disco mood having a big chart effect as September and the marvellous Funkadelic track go top 10. Highest new entry, meanwhile, at 14, who else but Abba and their lovely Spanish-ballad-cum-circus-finale, all proceeds going to UNESCO (for the Children of the world) just as The Bee Gees Too Much Heaven had. Pity the mega-rich popstars of the moment don’t make a similar gesture with their debut singles for new albums…

TV wise, sitcom of the day SOAP rightly at the top, it was manic, over the top, full of great characters and great performances from a top notch cast, and scripts from future Golden Girls prime-mover Susan Harris. Two veterans dominate otherwise, George Burns wasn’t actually 100 yet (though he would get there) but he was making a career revival largely based around his great one-liners and being so old (being a husband-wife double-act of Vaudeville & radio & TV for most of the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and beyond). Proving that age is no barrier to being sharp, smart and cool. Spike Milligan was also a madcap unpredictable comic genius, often hit and miss, but I went to see him on the tour he was pushing on Parkinson (I think) as I saw him at Lincoln theatre in 1979 and laughed uncontrollably for much of the show. Honestly, I pissed myself over the bit where he pointed up to the audience in the upper circle and exclaimed “Finger!”. It became a running gag between mate Pete and myself for months… (you probably had to be there!)

1 ( 1 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
2 ( 13 ) LE FREAK Chic
3 ( 3 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
4 ( 4 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
5 ( 9 ) A LITTLE MORE LOVE Olivia Newton-John
6 ( 5 ) I’LL PUT YOU TOGETHER AGAIN Hot Chocolate
7 ( 2 ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
8 ( 12 ) SEPTEMBER” Earth, Wind And Fire
9 ( 15 ) ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic
10 ( 6 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads

11 ( 8 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
12 ( 7 ) DOCTOR WHO Mankind
13 ( 18 ) HELLO THIS IS JOANNIE Paul Evans
14 ( NEW ) CHIQUITITA Abba
15 ( 22 ) EVERY NIGHT Phoebe Snow
16 ( 36 ) MY LIFE Billy Joel
17 ( 11 ) SONG FOR GUY Elton John
18 ( 20 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN Chaka Khan
19 ( 14 ) LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME Racey
20 ( 10 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M

21 ( 16 ) EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD Diana Ross & Michael Jackson
22 ( 34 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Barry White
23 ( 23 ) CAR 67 Driver 67
24 ( 17 ) DO YA THINK I’M SEXY Rod Stewart
25 ( 19 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
26 ( 26 ) IN THE BUSH Musique
27 ( NEW ) THIS IS IT Dan Hartman
28 ( 21 ) TOO MUCH HEAVEN The Bee Gees
29 ( 31 ) COULD IT BE MAGIC Barry Manilow
30 ( 52 ) TAKE THAT TO THE BANK Shalamar

31 ( 25 ) SHOOTING STAR Dollar
32 ( NEW ) DON’T HOLD BACK Chanson
33 ( 24 ) HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE Blondie
34 ( 32 ) RAINING IN MY HEART Leo Sayer
35 ( 71 ) THEME FROM “SUPERMAN” John Williams’ Original Soundtrack
36 ( NEW ) A WOMAN IN LOVE The Three Degrees
37 ( 28 ) BEAUTY SCHOOL DROPOUT Frankie Avalon
38 ( 35 ) DANCE (DISCO HEAT) Sylvester
39 ( 33 ) I LOVE AMERICA Patrick Juvet
40 ( 38 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC

41 ( 37 ) HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
42 ( 27 ) PROMISES Buzzcocks
43 ( 29 ) TAKE 4 EP Mike Oldfield
44 ( 39 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
45 ( 48 ) NEW DAY Airwaves
46 ( 40 ) SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O.
47 ( 44 ) ALWAYS AND FOREVER Heatwave
48 ( 68 ) RAMA LAMA DING DONG Rocky Sharpe & The Replays
49 ( 41 ) SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
50 ( NEW ) DESIRE ME A Doll

51 ( 42 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M
52 ( 30 ) B.A.B.Y. Rachel Sweet
53 ( NEW ) YOU NEED A WOMAN Captain & Tenille
54 ( 59 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Sylvester
55 ( 49 ) SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba
56 ( 50 ) SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind
57 ( 43 ) TOMMY GUN The Clash
58 ( 51 ) YOU DON’T BRING ME FLOWERS Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond
59 ( 45 ) FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS/ BICYCLE RACE Queen
60 ( NEW ) COOL MEDITATION Third World

61 ( 47 ) ACCIDENT PRONE Status Quo
62 ( 56 ) EVE OF THE WAR Jeff Wayne (& Justin Hayward)
63 ( 57 ) RASPUTIN Boney M
64 ( 46 ) THE WIZARD OF OZ Meco
65 ( 54 ) PUBLIC IMAGE Public Image Limited
66 ( 60 ) RIGHT DOWN THE LINE Gerry Rafferty
67 ( NEW ) DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA The Shadows
68 ( 66 ) NIGHT FEVER The Bee Gees
69 ( 62 ) WHO WHAT WHEN WHERE WHY Manhattan Transfer
70 ( 65 ) GERM FREE ADOLESCENT X-Ray Spex

71 ( 58 ) FALLEN ANGEL Barbara Dickson
72 ( 53 ) NEW YORK NEW YORK Gerard Kenny
73 ( 75 ) INSTANT REPLAY Dan Hartman
74 ( 64 ) DOWN IN THE TUBE STATION AT MIDNIGHT The Jam
75 ( 63 ) PART TIME LOVE Elton John

TV
1 Soap
2 Monty Python’s Flying Circus
3 Mork And Mindy
4 Blake’s 7
5 Wonder Woman
6 The Morecambe & Wise Show
7 George Burns’ 100th Birthday Party
8 Parkinson: Spike Milligan
9 The Rockford Files
10 Top Of The Pops

31st jan 1979

At last the charts get moving and exciting again after the looong Christmas lull. Anne Murray finally climbs to the top, and gets her second topper (Snowbird in 1970 the first) with her American Number one ballad. Blondie come from nowhere with a disco anthem in at 6, leap-frogging even Abba. Just to rub it in that disco was one of the major forces behind the mass-record-sales of 1979, everyone was doing it, rock, new wave, MOR, pop, metal acts (aka Stones, Rod, Blondie, Abba, Kiss and more) and even US-only stars like teen Leif Garrett who had a great little disco-chugger UK hit at last.

Big leaps for Superman, one-hit wonders A Doll, cool Third World reggae, classy disco Shalamar, majestic OTT Manilow, and child-hood big-stars The Shadows and their Evita instrumental re-tread. New entries lower down include great MOR rock from Toto and The Baby‘s, more French synth and disco from Jarre & Cerrone, and pub rock from Dr Feelgood.

1 ( 3 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
2 ( 1 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
3 ( 5 ) A LITTLE MORE LOVE Olivia Newton-John
4 ( 4 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
5 ( 8 ) SEPTEMBER” Earth, Wind And Fire
6 ( NEW ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
7 ( 15 ) EVERY NIGHT Phoebe Snow
8 ( 14 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
9 ( 2 ) LE FREAK Chic
10 ( 35 ) THEME FROM “SUPERMAN” John Williams’ Original Soundtrack

11 ( 50 ) DESIRE ME A Doll
12 ( 29 ) COULD IT BE MAGIC Barry Manilow
13 ( 6 ) I’LL PUT YOU TOGETHER AGAIN Hot Chocolate
14 ( 7 ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
15 ( 10 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads
16 ( 30 ) TAKE THAT TO THE BANK Shalamar
17 ( 9 ) ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic
18 ( NEW ) I WAS MADE FOR DANCING Leif Garrett
19 ( 16 ) MY LIFE Billy Joel
20 ( 13 ) HELLO THIS IS JOANNIE Paul Evans

21 ( 11 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
22 ( 12 ) DOCTOR WHO Mankind
23 ( 22 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Barry White
24 ( 27 ) THIS IS IT Dan Hartman
25 ( 17 ) SONG FOR GUY Elton John
26 ( 18 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN Chaka Khan
27 ( 20 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M
28 ( 19 ) LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME Racey
29 ( 60 ) COOL MEDITATION Third World
30 ( 24 ) DO YA THINK I’M SEXY Rod Stewart

31 ( 23 ) CAR 67 Driver 67
32 ( 32 ) DON’T HOLD BACK Chanson
33 ( 25 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
34 ( 21 ) EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD Diana Ross & Michael Jackson
35 ( 67 ) DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA The Shadows
36 ( 28 ) TOO MUCH HEAVEN The Bee Gees
37 ( 31 ) SHOOTING STAR Dollar
38 ( 26 ) IN THE BUSH Musique
39 ( 48 ) RAMA LAMA DING DONG Rocky Sharpe & The Replays
40 ( 40 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC

41 ( 33 ) HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE Blondie
42 ( 36 ) A WOMAN IN LOVE The Three Degrees
43 ( 53 ) YOU NEED A WOMAN Captain & Tenille
44 ( 39 ) I LOVE AMERICA Patrick Juvet
45 ( 34 ) RAINING IN MY HEART Leo Sayer
46 ( 38 ) DANCE (DISCO HEAT) Sylvester
47 ( 44 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
48 ( 45 ) NEW DAY Airwaves
49 ( 41 ) HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
50 ( 46 ) SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O.

51 ( NEW ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
52 ( 49 ) SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
53 ( 42 ) PROMISES Buzzcocks
54 ( NEW ) (OUR LOVE) DON’T THROW IT ALL AWAY Andy Gibb
55 ( 47 ) ALWAYS AND FOREVER Heatwave
56 ( 56 ) SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind
57 ( 54 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Sylvester
58 ( 51 ) RIVERS OF BABYLON Boney M
59 ( 37 ) BEAUTY SCHOOL DROPOUT Frankie Avalon
60 ( 55 ) SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba

61 ( 65 ) PUBLIC IMAGE Public Image Limited
62 ( 62 ) EVE OF THE WAR Jeff Wayne (& Justin Hayward)
63 ( 43 ) TAKE 4 EP Mike Oldfield
64 ( 58 ) YOU DON’T BRING ME FLOWERS Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond
65 ( 57 ) TOMMY GUN The Clash
66 ( NEW ) WHEN I’M AWAY FROM YOU Frankie Miller
67 ( 63 ) RASPUTIN Boney M
68 ( NEW ) EQUINOXE 5 Jean-Michel Jarre
69 ( 66 ) RIGHT DOWN THE LINE Gerry Rafferty
70 ( 59 ) FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS/ BICYCLE RACE Queen

71 ( NEW ) JE SUIS MUSIC Cerrone
72 ( 68 ) NIGHT FEVER The Bee Gees
73 ( 52 ) B.A.B.Y. Rachel Sweet
74 ( NEW ) EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU The Baby’s
75 ( NEW ) MILK AND ALCOHOL Dr. Feelgood

TV
1 Monthy Python’s Flying Circus
2 Mork And Mindy
3 Soap
4 Blake’s 7
5 Doctor Who
6 Parkinson
7 The Rockford Files
8 Top Of The Pops
9 Call My Bluff
10 Life On earth

2014 charts part 1

P1060162

 

 

30th March 2014

2 weeks for Blue Kylie, just holding off the leap up from the best British Eurovision song since chart-topper Love City Groove in 1995, as Children Of The Universe hits 2. Singerpurear, in the Buzzjack Song Contest, is hoping to qualify for the first time with the fab Ariana And The Rose, up at 4. I wouldn’t want to influence anyone to vote for it, but this week it’s Top 5 in both the UK Upfront Club Top 40 and Commercial Pop Top 30, ahead of all those pretenders clogging up the singles chart. Yes, cool people love Ariana, and Buzzjack voters ARE cool, right?

Blatant plug over, it’s in at 5 for George Michael’s greatest, most moving and emotional record, and 1986 huge number one for me. It made the UK Archive Top 5 last week which is enough for me to rechart it, and help it into my all-time Top 100 “sales” hits. It’s WAY better than his current single…

Lots of returning Top 20 acts climbing up, and one from 1970 – Crabby Appleton, biker pop metal missing my charts at the time on the grounds that I only got to hear it for the first time 3 years ago. HAIM pop back with their strongest track to date, while at the lower end some oldies are back, Prince (with actress Zooey), Macca “Beatles” McCartney, Engelbert with his second duet (with Neil Sedaka, absent unjustly for decades, here with his great song The Hungry Years), and finally goddess Chrissie Hynde of Pretenders fame. Meanwhile Blue Swede go up a bit after heavy coverage in a forthcoming comic-book superhero “Guardians Of The Galaxy” blockbuster movie tr
1 1 1 9 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 650000
2 12 2 3 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly Smitten-Downes 177000
3 3 3 6 SAY SOMETHING – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera 302500
4 6 4 5 IN YOUR BED – Ariana & The Rose 169200
5 NEW 5 1 A DIFFERENT CORNER – George Michael 60000
6 2 1 3 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 340000
7 4 4 6 ISN’T IT STRANGE – Parralox 266300
8 8 8 6 INVISIBLE – U2 155300
9 7 7 6 FROM NOWHERE – Dan Croll 204000
10 5 1 9 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 518700

11 9 4 7 SOS IN BEL AIR – Phoenix 313500
12 16 12 4 DESTROY EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH – Ladytron 96200
13 25 13 6 CHANGES – Faul and Wad Ad versus Pnau 104250
14 28 14 2 HIT MY HEART – Matt Cardle 47300
15 30 15 2 NASTY – Pixie Lott 45000
16 29 16 5 AIR BALLOON – Lily Allen 83950
17 19 17 4 MAGIC – Coldplay 84250
18 18 1 10 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 690400
19 26 19 2 GO BACK – Crabby Appleton 39500
20 23 20 15 RED LIGHT SPELLS DANGER – Billy Ocean 231950

21 14 1 7 UE O MUITE ARUKO (SUKIYAKI) – Kyu Sakamoto 491750
22 13 1 10 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 808500
23 11 8 6 HEAVEN KNOWS – The Pretty Reckless 176750
24 15 13 9 READY FOR YOUR LOVE – Gorgon City featuring MNEK 204300
25 17 17 8 DRUNK IN LOVE – Beyonce and Jay-Z 130250
26 37 26 3 KISS ME ONCE – Kylie Minogue 53100
27 10 10 9 CAN’T RELY ON YOU – Paloma Faith featuring Pharrell Williams 201700
28 NEW 28 1 WAITING FOR YOU – Kris Menace featuring Black Hills 18300
29 33 29 5 SINCE I LOST MY BABY – Engelbert Humperdinck with Cliff Richard 75300
30 53 30 2 COMING HOME – The Kaiser Chiefs 29250

31 RE 31 5 SOLO DANCING – Indiana 82200
32 32 32 3 THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE – Roberta Flack 52800
33 22 10 8 KINGS – The Pierces 197700
34 66 34 2 I GOT YOU – Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones 24400
35 31 16 7 EVERY LITTLE THING – Maxi Priest 137950
36 21 3 7 ONCE UPON A DREAM – Lana Del Ray 262150
37 39 37 4 TSUNAMI – Dvbbs and Bourgeous featuring Tinie Tempah 51400
38 NEW 38 1 IF I COULD CHANGE YOUR MIND – HAIM 17200
39 38 6 10 DOWN IN THE HOLE – Bruce Springsteen 273800
40 34 1 13 I WALK ALONE – Cher 995900

41 40 7 10 IF U GOT IT – Chris Malinchak (featuring Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations) 282000
42 41 1 18 UNDER CONTROL – Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts 1084350
43 27 27 11 LET GO FOR TONIGHT – Foxes 138900
44 36 3 10 FLY BOY BLUE/ LUNETTE – Elbow 369050
45 35 4 8 DARK HORSE – Katy Perry featuring Juicy J 220250
46 48 46 6 FULL CIRCLE – Half Moon Run 67500
47 43 10 6 REBEL REBEL – David Bowie 105950
48 24 20 7 WE GOT MUSIC – Dario G and Dame Shirley Bassey 88500
49 55 49 3 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 30300
50 50 7 17 HAPPY – Pharrell Williams 377000

51 45 18 6 WHERE WE BELONG – Fedde Le Grand and Di-Rect 104350
52 62 38 5 HOOKED ON A FEELING – Blue Swede 66450
53 42 17 9 RATHER BE – Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 153400
54 59 54 3 WE KNOW – Momofoko 31200
55 NEW 55 1 WIZARD – Martin Garrix and Jay Hardway 10800
56 56 1 32 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 865350
57 57 57 3 CLOSER – Thief 31200
58 75 58 3 IT’S GOOD TO BE ALIVE – Imelda May 20200
59 20 20 2 DON’T YOU WANT ME – Human League 30100
60 60 60 2 HUMAN – Christina Perri 20000

61 47 47 4 HEY NOW – London Grammar 34000
62 49 10 9 BEST DAY OF OUR LIVES – American Authors 176550
63 73 63 2 BRAVE – Sara Bareilles 12600
64 NEW 64 1 FALLINLOVE2NITE – Prince with Zooey Deschanel 7100
65 NEW 65 1 THE HUNGRY YEARS – Engelbert Humperdinck and Neil Sedaka 7000
66 NEW 66 1 SINCE I SAW YOU LAST – Gary Barlow 6800
67 NEW 67 1 KIDS AGAIN – Example 6600
68 46 23 7 BELIEVE IN ME – The Pierces 111900
69 NEW 69 1 HOLD ON – Colbie Caillat 6200
70 NEW 70 1 LIGHT THAT MATCH – Down Like Silver 6000

71 NEW 71 1 I’M A FREAK – Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull 5800
72 NEW 72 1 ADDICTED TO YOU – Avicii 5600
73 NEW 73 1 DARK SUNGLASSES – Chrissie Hynde 5400
74 NEW 74 1 FORTUNATE SON – Creedence Clearwater Revival 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SAVE US – Paul McCartney 5000
DROP OUTS
44 19 5 STATION – Lapsley 79250
51 33 5 F FOR YOU – Disclosure featuring Mary J. Blige 67000
52 34 5 BABA YETU – Christopher Tin featuring Soweto Gospel Choir 81900
54 3 10 LONG BLACK ROAD – ELO 425800
58 19 6 COME ALIVE – Chromeo featuring Toro Y Moi 90300
61 12 10 XO – Beyonce 220550
63 26 8 CARRY ON – Lisa Stansfield 103100
64 64 2 SAMBA DO MUNDO – Fatboy Slim Presents Gregor Salto featuring Saxsymbol & Todorov 14200
65 65 3 RED LIGHTS – Tiesto 19600
67 67 2 SHINE MY SHOES – Robbie Williams 12800
68 68 2 BEAUTIFUL – Kylie Minogue and Enrique Iglesias 12200
69 69 2 WHEN WE’RE FIRE – Lo-Fang 11800
70 70 2 SHE USED TO LOVE ME A LOT – Johnny Cash 11400
71 71 1 SCREAM (FUNK MY LIFE UP) – Paulo Nutini 5800
72 72 1 THEA – Goldfrapp 5600
74 1 49 PHOTOGRAPH – Ringo Starr 658050

23rd March 2014

It’s Kylie, getting that 9th number one after all, 3 years after Aphrodite did it (Kylie has a long tradition of picking the wrong singles off albums, though I love Into The Blue even if it didn’t set the charts alight). In terms of female singers, only Madonna has more toppers (of course).

The top 10 shuffle a bit, with Ariana And The Rose shooting up to 6 with a subtle EDM moody grower, while U2 get their first top 10 since 2009, and their 25th. Often derided for doing the right thing (for some reason do-gooders seem to incur the wrath of cynics, cynics who do eff-all to make the world a better place, they just moan about anyone that tries), the lads are one of the great bands of music.

Paloma gets her 7th Top 10, Human League pop back with 1981 number one at 20, first time it’s been back since 2011. Takes me back to the frozen snowy winter of December 1981 – how cold was it in Mansfield? I bought Abba’s The Visitors album in town (vinyl of course) and it had warped by the time I got home. Another Buzzjack comp oldie at 26, from obscure American rock band Crabby Appleton who had a minor US hit in 1970 with this forgotten goodie, Matt Cardle pops in unexpectedly at 28, and Pixie Lott returns to my Top 40 after a 4-year absence. Lower down, the Kaisers are welcome back – Coming home!

1 2 1 8 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 480000
2 1 1 2 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 285000
3 4 3 5 SAY SOMETHING – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera 217500
4 5 4 5 ISN’T IT STRANGE – Parralox 216300
5 3 1 8 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 476700
6 24 6 4 IN YOUR BED – Ariana & The Rose 104200
7 7 7 5 FROM NOWHERE – Dan Croll 159000
8 17 8 5 INVISIBLE – U2 107300
9 9 4 6 SOS IN BEL AIR – Phoenix 276500
10 14 10 8 CAN’T RELY ON YOU – Paloma Faith featuring Pharrell Williams 183300

11 8 8 5 HEAVEN KNOWS – The Pretty Reckless 157500
12 10 10 2 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly Smitten-Downes 77000
13 11 1 9 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 789000
14 6 1 6 UE O MUITE ARUKO (SUKIYAKI) – Kyu Sakamoto 472000
15 13 13 8 READY FOR YOUR LOVE – Gorgon City featuring MNEK 185300
16 26 16 3 DESTROY EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH – Ladytron 61200
17 18 17 7 DRUNK IN LOVE – Beyonce and Jay-Z 111500
18 16 1 9 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 668400
19 19 19 3 MAGIC – Coldplay 61250
20 NEW 20 1 DON’T YOU WANT ME – Human League 20000

21 12 3 6 ONCE UPON A DREAM – Lana Del Ray 244750
22 15 10 7 KINGS – The Pierces 180000
23 25 23 14 RED LIGHT SPELLS DANGER – Billy Ocean 211950
24 20 20 6 WE GOT MUSIC – Dario G and Dame Shirley Bassey 76200
25 29 25 5 CHANGES – Faul and Wad Ad versus Pnau 72250
26 NEW 26 1 GO BACK – Crabby Appleton 18500
27 43 27 10 LET GO FOR TONIGHT – Foxes 125400
28 NEW 28 1 HIT MY HEART – Matt Cardle 18300
29 39 29 4 AIR BALLOON – Lily Allen 58950
30 NEW 30 1 NASTY – Pixie Lott 18000

31 23 16 6 EVERY LITTLE THING – Maxi Priest 120450
32 38 32 2 THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE – Roberta Flack 35000
33 36 33 4 SINCE I LOST MY BABY – Engelbert Humperdinck with Cliff Richard 57100
34 28 1 12 I WALK ALONE – Cher 978900
35 21 4 7 DARK HORSE – Katy Perry featuring Juicy J 207250
36 27 3 9 FLY BOY BLUE/ LUNETTE – Elbow 355800
37 37 37 2 KISS ME ONCE – Kylie Minogue 34600
38 40 6 9 DOWN IN THE HOLE – Bruce Springsteen 256700
39 55 39 3 TSUNAMI – Dvbbs and Bourgeous featuring Tinie Tempah 34100
40 32 7 9 IF U GOT IT – Chris Malinchak (featuring Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations) 268000

41 41 1 17 UNDER CONTROL – Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts 1070600
42 22 17 8 RATHER BE – Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 142150
43 42 10 5 REBEL REBEL – David Bowie 93450
44 30 19 5 STATION – Lapsley 79250
45 31 18 5 WHERE WE BELONG – Fedde Le Grand and Di-Rect 92600
46 35 23 6 BELIEVE IN ME – The Pierces 105500
47 RE 47 3 HEY NOW – London Grammar 26500
48 48 48 5 FULL CIRCLE – Half Moon Run 54750
49 49 10 8 BEST DAY OF OUR LIVES – American Authors 169150
50 50 7 16 HAPPY – Pharrell Williams 365000

51 33 33 5 F FOR YOU – Disclosure featuring Mary J. Blige 67000
52 34 34 5 BABA YETU – Christopher Tin featuring Soweto Gospel Choir 81900
53 NEW 53 1 COMING HOME – The Kaiser Chiefs 11250
54 46 3 10 LONG BLACK ROAD – ELO 425800
55 62 55 2 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 18200
56 56 1 31 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 854750
57 57 57 2 CLOSER – Thief 20800
58 58 19 6 COME ALIVE – Chromeo featuring Toro Y Moi 90300
59 59 59 2 WE KNOW – Momofoko 20200
60 NEW 60 1 HUMAN – Christina Perri 10000

61 51 12 10 XO – Beyonce 220550
62 44 38 4 HOOKED ON A FEELING – Blue Swede 54950
63 54 26 8 CARRY ON – Lisa Stansfield 103100
64 64 64 2 SAMBA DO MUNDO – Fatboy Slim Presents Gregor Salto featuring Saxsymbol & Todorov 14200
65 65 65 3 RED LIGHTS – Tiesto 19600
66 NEW 66 1 I GOT YOU – Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones 6800
67 69 67 2 SHINE MY SHOES – Robbie Williams 12800
68 71 68 2 BEAUTIFUL – Kylie Minogue and Enrique Iglesias 12200
69 72 69 2 WHEN WE’RE FIRE – Lo-Fang 11800
70 73 70 2 SHE USED TO LOVE ME A LOT – Johnny Cash 11400

71 NEW 71 1 SCREAM (FUNK MY LIFE UP) – Paulo Nutini 5800
72 NEW 72 1 THEA – Goldfrapp 5600
73 NEW 73 1 BRAVE – Sara Bareilles 5400
74 74 1 49 PHOTOGRAPH – Ringo Starr 658050
75 75 75 2 IT’S GOOD TO BE ALIVE – Imelda May 10000

DROP OUTS
45 45 3 WE BUILT THIS CITY – Starship 30300
47 40 5 BRAVEHEART – Neon Jungle 54200
52 32 4 SOLO DANCING – Indiana 64300
53 33 5 YOUNG GIRLS – Bruno Mars 77650
60 60 4 SHOT ME DOWN – David Guetta featuring Skylar Grey 32100
61 14 6 MEANT – Elizavet 111500
63 7 11 WON’T BE BROKEN – Keane 318500
66 6 11 IF I LOSE MYSELF – OneRepublic vs Alesso 250200
67 67 3 JUST LIKE FIRE WOULD – Bruce Springsteen 18200
68 1 29 ANIMALS – Martin Garrix 935200
70 70 2 MY LOVE – Route 94 featuring Jess Glynne 12000

16th March 2014

41 years late, Stealers Wheel finally get to Number 1 – a classic that I mildly liked at the time (peaked at 20 in 1973), and after Gerry Rafferty (the main man) hit my number one on 3 occasions with all-time-fave Baker Street (1978, 1990, 2011), and again with Get It Right Next Time in 1979, it became a major favourite oldie, not hurt by Quentin Tarantino’s movie exposure and other media spotlights. I’ve been waiting for it to sell enough in one week to make the Official Charts Company archive Top 40, which it did last week. Hooray! Stuck In The Middle With You at 1 at last.

Bad news for Kylie, as she’s halted at 2, and otherwise she’d have had her 9th number 1 in 26 years, instead it’s her first number 2 since Wow in 2008. 2 more entries for her, the new album title track, and one with Enrique Iglesias, giving him 15 years of chart hits – his actual current UK chart hit being absent in all it’s Pitbullishness – including a number one, but not one you’d expect, no I went for Be With You in 2000, in sync with the USA.

Elsewhere the fab new UK Eurovision entry is straight in at 10 for Molly, fingers-crossed for her as it’s our best shot at a win since Come Back, Jessica Garlick’s 2002 entry. Dan Croll gets a 2nd Top 10 to join his UK album chart entry, U2, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Coldplay, Dario G and Shirley Bassey all get a Top 20 entry to add to their lists of John hits and all of them have had previous number ones. You can’t say that’s not varied!

New entries, Roberta Flack’s back again thanks to BBC promos, third time round (1972, 2010, 2014) for her. She was in the picture round of a pub quiz I went to the other week. Given that she’s not been in the media for 30 years plus, no team got the answer right. I only wish I’d thought of exclaiming “Well that’s the first time ever I saw her face!” out loud when the answer was announced. Instead of 20 minutes later in the car. Imelda May, a Johnny Cash unreleased gem and Robbie Williams sneak in at the lower end, meanwhile.

1 NEW 1 1 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 170000
2 7 2 7 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 335000
3 1 1 7 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 416700
4 9 4 4 SAY SOMETHING – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera 132500
5 5 5 4 ISN’T IT STRANGE – Parralox 151300
6 2 1 5 UE O MUITE ARUKO (SUKIYAKI) – Kyu Sakamoto 443000
7 13 7 4 FROM NOWHERE – Dan Croll 109000
8 12 8 4 HEAVEN KNOWS – The Pretty Reckless 120500
9 4 4 5 SOS IN BEL AIR – Phoenix 231500
10 NEW 10 1 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly Smitten-Downes 42000

11 3 1 8 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 757000
12 6 3 5 ONCE UPON A DREAM – Lana Del Ray 225000
13 15 13 7 READY FOR YOUR LOVE – Gorgon City featuring MNEK 158300
14 20 14 7 CAN’T RELY ON YOU – Paloma Faith featuring Pharrell Williams 141300
15 10 10 6 KINGS – The Pierces 160500
16 8 1 8 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 646400
17 27 17 4 INVISIBLE – U2 59300
18 26 18 6 DRUNK IN LOVE – Beyonce and Jay-Z 88500
19 23 19 2 MAGIC – Coldplay 40250
20 30 20 5 WE GOT MUSIC – Dario G and Dame Shirley Bassey 57200

21 11 4 6 DARK HORSE – Katy Perry featuring Juicy J 189750
22 17 17 7 RATHER BE – Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 128400
23 16 16 5 EVERY LITTLE THING – Maxi Priest 102550
24 29 24 3 IN YOUR BED – Ariana & The Rose 49200
25 25 25 13 RED LIGHT SPELLS DANGER – Billy Ocean 192700
26 33 26 2 DESTROY EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH – Ladytron 36200
27 14 3 8 FLY BOY BLUE/ LUNETTE – Elbow 338400
28 21 1 11 I WALK ALONE – Cher 961300
29 48 29 4 CHANGES – Faul and Wad Ad versus Pnau 53500
30 19 19 4 STATION – Lapsley 66000

31 18 18 4 WHERE WE BELONG – Fedde Le Grand and Di-Rect 79600
32 22 7 8 IF U GOT IT – Chris Malinchak (featuring Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations) 251000
33 39 33 4 F FOR YOU – Disclosure featuring Mary J. Blige 55250
34 34 34 4 BABA YETU – Christopher Tin featuring Soweto Gospel Choir 70400
35 35 23 5 BELIEVE IN ME – The Pierces 92750
36 50 36 3 SINCE I LOST MY BABY – Engelbert Humperdinck with Cliff Richard 39400
37 NEW 37 1 KISS ME ONCE – Kylie Minogue 17300
38 NEW 38 1 THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE – Roberta Flack 17200
39 44 39 3 AIR BALLOON – Lily Allen 40750
40 31 6 8 DOWN IN THE HOLE – Bruce Springsteen 239500

41 36 1 16 UNDER CONTROL – Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts 1056600
42 24 10 4 REBEL REBEL – David Bowie 79950
43 43 36 9 LET GO FOR TONIGHT – Foxes 107000
44 38 38 3 HOOKED ON A FEELING – Blue Swede 47550
45 49 45 3 WE BUILT THIS CITY – Starship 30300
46 37 3 9 LONG BLACK ROAD – ELO 414800
47 40 40 5 BRAVEHEART – Neon Jungle 54200
48 66 48 4 FULL CIRCLE – Half Moon Run 42450
49 51 10 7 BEST DAY OF OUR LIVES – American Authors 157050
50 46 7 15 HAPPY – Pharrell Williams 353000

51 28 12 9 XO – Beyonce 213050
52 32 32 4 SOLO DANCING – Indiana 64300
53 41 33 5 YOUNG GIRLS – Bruno Mars 77650
54 42 26 7 CARRY ON – Lisa Stansfield 95900
55 69 55 2 TSUNAMI – Dvbbs and Bourgeous featuring Tinie Tempah 17000
56 56 1 30 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 844150
57 NEW 57 1 CLOSER – Thief 10400
58 45 19 5 COME ALIVE – Chromeo featuring Toro Y Moi 80100
59 NEW 59 1 WE KNOW – Momofoko 10100
60 60 60 4 SHOT ME DOWN – David Guetta featuring Skylar Grey 32100

61 47 14 6 MEANT – Elizavet 111500
62 NEW 62 1 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 7400
63 52 7 11 WON’T BE BROKEN – Keane 318500
64 NEW 64 1 SAMBA DO MUNDO – Fatboy Slim Presents Gregor Salto featuring Saxsymbol & Todorov 7100
65 72 65 2 RED LIGHTS – Tiesto 12600
66 57 6 11 IF I LOSE MYSELF – OneRepublic vs Alesso 250200
67 67 67 3 JUST LIKE FIRE WOULD – Bruce Springsteen 18200
68 63 1 29 ANIMALS – Martin Garrix 935200
69 NEW 69 1 SHINE MY SHOES – Robbie Williams 6200
70 70 70 2 MY LOVE – Route 94 featuring Jess Glynne 12000

71 NEW 71 1 BEAUTIFUL – Kylie Minogue and Enrique Iglesias 5800
72 NEW 72 1 WHEN WE’RE FIRE – Lo-Fang 5600
73 NEW 73 1 SHE USED TO LOVE ME A LOT – Johnny Cash 5400
74 73 1 48 PHOTOGRAPH – Ringo Starr 652850
75 NEW 75 1 IT’S GOOD TO BE ALIVE – Imelda May 5000

DROP OUTS
53 10 8 MAKE IT WONDERFUL – Erasure 201850
54 13 8 10538 OVERTURE (AMERICAN HUSTLE SOUNDTRACK VERSION) – ELO 162800
55 46 3 GIRLS CHASE BOYS – Ingrid Michaelson 36300
58 24 16 SUNNY – Bobby Hebb 219350
59 59 2 DON’T WAIT – Mapei 16700
61 2 11 HOLDING ON FOR LIFE – Broken Bells 560900
62 5 15 HEY BROTHER – Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 453850
64 40 5 SEE YOU ON FRIDAY – IU featuring Jang Yi-jeong 62300
65 19 11 RIPTIDE – Vance Joy 160850
68 68 4 GOODNESS GRACIOUS – Eliza Doolittle 24400
71 71 2 CURTAIN CALL – Steed Lord 11600
74 74 1 FEELIN’ MYSELF – will.i.am featuring Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa and French Montana 5200
75 75 1 STAY THE NIGHT – Zedd featuring Hayley Williams 5000

9th March 2014

10 years since last making my charts, 13 years after peaking at 4 (and 3 a year later) with the great Days Go By, Dirty Vegas finally get a belated number one. It’s terrif. Parralox, meanwhile, a track a few years old and very obviously inspired by Depeche Mode’s People Are People shoots up to 5, exciting sounds, as also a few years old track from Ladytron debuting in the Top 40 belatedly.

A big climber for fab ballad Say Something up at 9, a first Top 10 for A Great Big World, and only Christina’s 4th, including her debut Genie In A Bottle which peaked at 8. The Pierces taster for the next album goes to 10 and a 5th Top 10 – so far they only do Top 10’s depending on whether next single Believe In Me recovers when it goes on sale. The very under-rated Dan Croll shoots up to 13, a Radio 1 fave, I really don’t understand why he doesn’t sell records. Maybe Radio 2 needs to push him. Maybe he’s too quirky.

Highest new entry? Coldplay, obviously. Had to be. Bound to go higher than 23! Dario G had a number one in 1998, and he’s back at 30 along with diva legend Dame Shirley Bassey, and a jolly good romp it is too. U2 are back in the 40, with a very retro-U2-sounding Invisible, more early 80’s than late 80’s. Great stuff.

1 2 1 6 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 331700
2 1 1 4 UE O MUITE ARUKO (SUKIYAKI) – Kyu Sakamoto 388000
3 6 1 7 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 720000
4 5 4 4 SOS IN BEL AIR – Phoenix 186500
5 24 5 3 ISN’T IT STRANGE – Parralox 91300
6 3 3 4 ONCE UPON A DREAM – Lana Del Ray 190000
7 7 7 6 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 235000
8 4 1 7 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 621400
9 37 9 3 SAY SOMETHING – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera 67500
10 11 10 5 KINGS – The Pierces 133500

11 8 4 5 DARK HORSE – Katy Perry featuring Juicy J 170000
12 25 12 3 HEAVEN KNOWS – The Pretty Reckless 72500
13 41 13 3 FROM NOWHERE – Dan Croll 59000
14 9 3 7 FLY BOY BLUE/ LUNETTE – Elbow 320000
15 15 15 6 READY FOR YOUR LOVE – Gorgon City featuring MNEK 126300
16 17 16 4 EVERY LITTLE THING – Maxi Priest 83300
17 20 17 6 RATHER BE – Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 108900
18 18 18 3 WHERE WE BELONG – Fedde Le Grand and Di-Rect 61700
19 19 19 3 STATION – Lapsley 48000
20 28 20 6 CAN’T RELY ON YOU – Paloma Faith featuring Pharrell Williams 112300

21 14 1 10 I WALK ALONE – Cher 943000
22 13 7 7 IF U GOT IT – Chris Malinchak (featuring Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations) 233200
23 NEW 23 1 MAGIC – Coldplay 19250
24 10 10 3 REBEL REBEL – David Bowie 66200
25 27 25 12 RED LIGHT SPELLS DANGER – Billy Ocean 173950
26 49 26 5 DRUNK IN LOVE – Beyonce and Jay-Z 66500
27 47 27 3 INVISIBLE – U2 36300
28 12 12 8 XO – Beyonce 201300
29 50 29 2 IN YOUR BED – Ariana & The Rose 30200
30 RE 30 4 WE GOT MUSIC – Dario G and Dame Shirley Bassey 37200

31 16 6 7 DOWN IN THE HOLE – Bruce Springsteen 222500
32 32 32 3 SOLO DANCING – Indiana 52800
33 NEW 33 1 DESTROY EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH – Ladytron 17700
34 34 34 3 BABA YETU – Christopher Tin featuring Soweto Gospel Choir 52800
35 23 23 4 BELIEVE IN ME – The Pierces 75250
36 31 1 15 UNDER CONTROL – Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts 1042600
37 21 3 8 LONG BLACK ROAD – ELO 402050
38 39 38 2 HOOKED ON A FEELING – Blue Swede 34300
39 44 39 3 F FOR YOU – Disclosure featuring Mary J. Blige 37550
40 52 40 4 BRAVEHEART – Neon Jungle 41700

41 33 33 4 YOUNG GIRLS – Bruno Mars 66400
42 26 26 6 CARRY ON – Lisa Stansfield 84900
43 54 36 8 LET GO FOR TONIGHT – Foxes 93500
44 57 44 2 AIR BALLOON – Lily Allen 23650
45 30 19 4 COME ALIVE – Chromeo featuring Toro Y Moi 69900
46 48 7 14 HAPPY – Pharrell Williams 341000
47 22 14 5 MEANT – Elizavet 104000
48 RE 48 3 CHANGES – Faul and Wad Ad versus Pnau 35300
49 74 49 2 WE BUILT THIS CITY – Starship 17300
50 60 50 2 SINCE I LOST MY BABY – Engelbert Humperdinck with Cliff Richard 22000

51 29 10 6 BEST DAY OF OUR LIVES – American Authors 144950
52 36 7 10 WON’T BE BROKEN – Keane 311300
53 38 10 8 MAKE IT WONDERFUL – Erasure 201850
54 45 13 8 10538 OVERTURE (AMERICAN HUSTLE SOUNDTRACK VERSION) – ELO 162800
55 46 46 3 GIRLS CHASE BOYS – Ingrid Michaelson 36300
56 55 1 29 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 833550
57 42 6 10 IF I LOSE MYSELF – OneRepublic vs Alesso 243400
58 35 24 16 SUNNY – Bobby Hebb 219350
59 67 59 2 DON’T WAIT – Mapei 16700
60 64 60 3 SHOT ME DOWN – David Guetta featuring Skylar Grey 22100

61 56 2 11 HOLDING ON FOR LIFE – Broken Bells 560900
62 58 5 15 HEY BROTHER – Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 453850
63 59 1 28 ANIMALS – Martin Garrix 928800
64 40 40 5 SEE YOU ON FRIDAY – IU featuring Jang Yi-jeong 62300
65 62 19 11 RIPTIDE – Vance Joy 160850
66 53 49 3 FULL CIRCLE – Half Moon Run 30150
67 75 67 2 JUST LIKE FIRE WOULD – Bruce Springsteen 11600
68 68 68 4 GOODNESS GRACIOUS – Eliza Doolittle 24400
69 NEW 69 1 TSUNAMI – Dvbbs and Bourgeous featuring Tinie Tempah 6200
70 NEW 70 1 MY LOVE – Route 94 featuring Jess Glynne 6000

71 71 71 2 CURTAIN CALL – Steed Lord 11600
72 NEW 72 1 RED LIGHTS – Tiesto 5600
73 73 1 47 PHOTOGRAPH – Ringo Starr 647650
74 NEW 74 1 FEELIN’ MYSELF – will.i.am featuring Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa and French Montana 5200
75 NEW 75 1 STAY THE NIGHT – Zedd featuring Hayley Williams 5000

DROP OUTS
43 43 6 UN NOUVEAU SOLEIL – M83 69200
51 14 8 KNEE DEEP IN MY HEART – Shane Filan 131600
61 53 3 MILLION POUND GIRL (BADDER THAN BAD) – Fuse ODG 24950
63 50 3 SELFIES – Nina Nesbitt 29300
65 65 2 LET HER DOWN EASY – George Michael 13200
66 3 16 SAIL – Awolnation 510300
69 69 4 MONEY ON MY MIND – Sam Smith 21400
70 70 2 LOVER NOT A FIGHTER – Tinie Tempah featuring Labrinth 11600
72 72 2 TEAM – Lorde 10800

2nd March 2014

It’s the easy-listening 50-year-old Japanese language international hit that clinches it. 50 years ago, when I wasn’t compiling charts and watching Doctor Who and Thank Your Lucky Stars with the pop stars of the day (as written in my school books of the time, yes I have them still) I loved this record, so it’s overdue a chart-topper. Kyu tragically died young in a horrific airline crash.

Dirty Vegas last had a big hit over a decade ago, but shoot up to 2 with the fab Let The Night. The video features a dancing middle-aged man playing his vinyl records. Errr, me, anyone?! Speaking of clubbing, I was out on the town for the first time in ages and ages last night (RVT Vauxhall of course) and had a great time dancing to top oldies and some recent pop hits, including Rebel Rebel, which re-enters after dropping out last week – shockingly, it’s the first time this Bowie gem has made my Top 10, 40 years late. I would have recharted Icona Pop, Gorillaz, Diana Ross, Depeche Mode and Disco Tex among many others if I had the excuse (and chart room) as they sounded fab. I was happy to see such a wide range of people and ages there, including some very young folk singing along happily to Clash and other classics. Hooray! I was less happy to see full beards making a big comeback fashion-wise. I haven’t seen so many big beards since the last ZZ Top convention was in town.

Other charts stuff: Lana gets yet another top 3 with a Disney classic; Blue Swede feature in a TV ad and pop back into my charts 40 years after making my Top 10. It was an American Number 1 in 1974, and the Swedish band rather cheekily stole the exact arrangement that Jonathan King created in 1971 (which topped my charts) – the oog a cha ga’s – when he covered the 1969 B.J.Thomas country and pop hit (in the USA); Lapsley (Scouse band) shoot into my Top 20 with a gorgeous track; Christina Aguilera has a rare Top 40 hit (these days) lending a vocal hand; Starship’s back again thanks to a cat in a basket, 29 years on, and lastly, Engelbert and Cliff are back, duetting for the first time both having featured in my first 1968 charts. 45 years of new hits for both, then!

1 6 1 3 UE O MUITE ARUKO (SUKIYAKI) – Kyu Sakamoto 273000
2 29 2 5 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 161700
3 13 3 3 ONCE UPON A DREAM – Lana Del Ray 135000
4 1 1 6 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 573400
5 10 5 3 SOS IN BEL AIR – Phoenix 121500
6 2 1 6 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 635000
7 7 7 5 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 185000
8 4 4 4 DARK HORSE – Katy Perry featuring Juicy J 133000
9 3 3 6 FLY BOY BLUE/ LUNETTE – Elbow 291000
10 RE 10 2 REBEL REBEL – David Bowie 47200

11 20 11 4 KINGS – The Pierces 91500
12 12 12 7 XO – Beyonce 183000
13 8 7 6 IF U GOT IT – Chris Malinchak (featuring Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations) 213700
14 9 1 9 I WALK ALONE – Cher 923250
15 17 15 5 READY FOR YOUR LOVE – Gorgon City featuring MNEK 99300
16 11 6 6 DOWN IN THE HOLE – Bruce Springsteen 204600
17 28 17 3 EVERY LITTLE THING – Maxi Priest 58300
18 33 18 2 WHERE WE BELONG – Fedde Le Grand and Di-Rect 39700
19 70 19 2 STATION – Lapsley 27000
20 26 20 5 RATHER BE – Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 85900

21 5 3 7 LONG BLACK ROAD – ELO 384750
22 14 14 4 MEANT – Elizavet 91500
23 23 23 3 BELIEVE IN ME – The Pierces 57750
24 48 24 2 ISN’T IT STRANGE – Parralox 31300
25 25 25 2 HEAVEN KNOWS – The Pretty Reckless 37500
26 39 26 5 CARRY ON – Lisa Stansfield 71150
27 31 27 11 RED LIGHT SPELLS DANGER – Billy Ocean 155200
28 30 20 5 CAN’T RELY ON YOU – Paloma Faith featuring Pharrell Williams 92300
29 15 10 5 BEST DAY OF OUR LIVES – American Authors 133200
30 19 19 3 COME ALIVE – Chromeo featuring Toro Y Moi 56900

31 22 1 14 UNDER CONTROL – Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts 1025200
32 38 32 2 SOLO DANCING – Indiana 35000
33 35 33 3 YOUNG GIRLS – Bruno Mars 52400
34 34 34 2 BABA YETU – Christopher Tin featuring Soweto Gospel Choir 35200
35 24 24 15 SUNNY – Bobby Hebb 209150
36 16 7 9 WON’T BE BROKEN – Keane 299800
37 74 37 2 SAY SOMETHING – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera 22500
38 18 10 7 MAKE IT WONDERFUL – Erasure 190600
39 NEW 39 1 HOOKED ON A FEELING – Blue Swede 17100
40 40 40 4 SEE YOU ON FRIDAY – IU featuring Jang Yi-jeong 55200

41 45 41 2 FROM NOWHERE – Dan Croll 27000
42 21 6 9 IF I LOSE MYSELF – OneRepublic vs Alesso 233000
43 44 43 6 UN NOUVEAU SOLEIL – M83 69200
44 63 44 2 F FOR YOU – Disclosure featuring Mary J. Blige 20450
45 32 13 7 10538 OVERTURE (AMERICAN HUSTLE SOUNDTRACK VERSION) – ELO 151800
46 46 46 2 GIRLS CHASE BOYS – Ingrid Michaelson 25500
47 RE 47 2 INVISIBLE – U2 17900
48 51 7 13 HAPPY – Pharrell Williams 328250
49 36 36 4 DRUNK IN LOVE – Beyonce and Jay-Z 48000
50 NEW 50 1 IN YOUR BED – Ariana & The Rose 12000

51 27 14 8 KNEE DEEP IN MY HEART – Shane Filan 131600
52 67 52 3 BRAVEHEART – Neon Jungle 24700
53 49 49 2 FULL CIRCLE – Half Moon Run 23350
54 64 36 7 LET GO FOR TONIGHT – Foxes 80000
55 54 1 28 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 822950
56 43 2 10 HOLDING ON FOR LIFE – Broken Bells 553400
57 NEW 57 1 AIR BALLOON – Lily Allen 10400
58 42 5 14 HEY BROTHER – Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 446450
59 59 1 27 ANIMALS – Martin Garrix 921600
60 NEW 60 1 SINCE I LOST MY BABY – Engelbert Humperdinck with Cliff Richard 10000

61 53 53 3 MILLION POUND GIRL (BADDER THAN BAD) – Fuse ODG 24950
62 47 19 10 RIPTIDE – Vance Joy 153850
63 50 50 3 SELFIES – Nina Nesbitt 29300
64 75 64 2 SHOT ME DOWN – David Guetta featuring Skylar Grey 12100
65 69 65 2 LET HER DOWN EASY – George Michael 13200
66 56 3 16 SAIL – Awolnation 510300
67 NEW 67 1 DON’T WAIT – Mapei 6600
68 71 68 3 GOODNESS GRACIOUS – Eliza Doolittle 18000
69 RE 69 4 MONEY ON MY MIND – Sam Smith 21400
70 72 70 2 LOVER NOT A FIGHTER – Tinie Tempah featuring Labrinth 11600

71 NEW 71 1 CURTAIN CALL – Steed Lord 5800
72 RE 72 2 TEAM – Lorde 10800
73 73 1 46 PHOTOGRAPH – Ringo Starr 642250
74 NEW 74 1 WE BUILT THIS CITY – Starship 5200
75 NEW 75 1 JUST LIKE FIRE WOULD – Bruce Springsteen 5000

DROP OUTS
37 6 8 YOU CAN’T STOP THE BEAT – Wally Lopez featuring Jamie Scott of Graffiti6 281550
41 16 7 HIGH HOPES – Bruce Springsteen 100500
52 5 12 LET ME GO – Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger 335850
55 4 11 FACE TO FACE – Gary Barlow and Elton John 328400
57 46 4 CAN’T REMEMBER TO FORGET YOU – Shakira featuring Rihanna 38550
58 58 2 SLEEPING WITH A FRIEND – Neon Trees 20400
60 16 10 NEW LIFE – Kim Wilde 151900
61 27 5 BEAUTIFUL MORNING – Rod Stewart 73600
62 62 2 I’D RATHER BE HIGH (VENETIAN MIX WASTED EDIT) – David Bowie 14800
65 65 2 HEY NOW – London Grammar 14000
66 34 5 LIQUID SPIRIT – Gregory Porter 75400
68 68 2 L’AMOUR ET MOI – Jenifer 12800

23rd FEB 2014

Back up for a 2nd week, Indila, still sounding good, and joined in the Top 3 by Elbow – it’s not even the track now pushed by Radio 2, but it’s a bit of an epic, covering a range of moods and multiple electric guitars throbbing deliciously. Almost as good as the famous Elbow track for me! The BRITS effect on my charts? Katy Perry going that bit higher with Dark Horse, and returning to her usual Top 10 place after the bit floppy Unconditionally. That applies time 3 for Kylie, and 25 years of Top 10’s with the odd floppy track (but never missed my chart I think). Phoenix, meanwhile get a second Top 10, it’s fab.

Highest new entry for new band The Pretty Reckless, Radio listed, and pretty damn good. New at 34, a Swahili record, joining the foreign language invasion of the Top 40, Hooray! Lots of new names jumping in, and some oldies include George Michael’s cover of a Terence Trent D’Arby hit, Mary J. Blige back after some time away, and 20-odd years on the charts now, while David Guetta brings back Bang Bang to the charts for the 3rd version, after Cher and Nancy Sinatra’s fab versions.

1 2 1 5 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 508400
2 1 1 5 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 580000
3 5 3 5 FLY BOY BLUE/ LUNETTE – Elbow 246000
4 47 4 3 DARK HORSE – Katy Perry featuring Juicy J 85000
5 3 3 6 LONG BLACK ROAD – ELO 365000
6 8 6 2 UE O MUITE ARUKO (SUKIYAKI) – Kyu Sakamoto 103000
7 12 7 4 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 135000
8 7 7 5 IF U GOT IT – Chris Malinchak (featuring Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations) 181700
9 4 1 8 I WALK ALONE – Cher 894250
10 22 10 2 SOS IN BEL AIR – Phoenix 61500

11 6 6 5 DOWN IN THE HOLE – Bruce Springsteen 179600
12 15 12 6 XO – Beyonce 148000
13 30 13 2 ONCE UPON A DREAM – Lana Del Ray 50000
14 17 14 3 MEANT – Elizavet 72000
15 10 10 4 BEST DAY OF OUR LIVES – American Authors 115000
16 11 7 8 WON’T BE BROKEN – Keane 282400
17 19 17 4 READY FOR YOUR LOVE – Gorgon City featuring MNEK 72300
18 13 10 6 MAKE IT WONDERFUL – Erasure 173400
19 31 19 2 COME ALIVE – Chromeo featuring Toro Y Moi 38900
20 36 20 3 KINGS – The Pierces 54500

21 9 6 8 IF I LOSE MYSELF – OneRepublic vs Alesso 219250
22 14 1 13 UNDER CONTROL – Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts 1007300
23 23 23 2 BELIEVE IN ME – The Pierces 38500
24 25 24 14 SUNNY – Bobby Hebb 191650
25 NEW 25 1 HEAVEN KNOWS – The Pretty Reckless 18750
26 29 26 4 RATHER BE – Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 65900
27 21 14 7 KNEE DEEP IN MY HEART – Shane Filan 119850
28 40 28 2 EVERY LITTLE THING – Maxi Priest 35300
29 37 29 4 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 46700
30 20 20 4 CAN’T RELY ON YOU – Paloma Faith featuring Pharrell Williams 74000

31 33 31 10 RED LIGHT SPELLS DANGER – Billy Ocean 136850
32 18 13 6 10538 OVERTURE (AMERICAN HUSTLE SOUNDTRACK VERSION) – ELO 138800
33 NEW 33 1 WHERE WE BELONG – Fedde Le Grand and Di-Rect 17700
34 NEW 34 1 BABA YETU – Christopher Tin featuring Soweto Gospel Choir 17600
35 38 35 2 YOUNG GIRLS – Bruno Mars 34700
36 52 36 3 DRUNK IN LOVE – Beyonce and Jay-Z 35900
37 26 6 8 YOU CAN’T STOP THE BEAT – Wally Lopez featuring Jamie Scott of Graffiti6 281550
38 NEW 38 1 SOLO DANCING – Indiana 17200
39 39 39 4 CARRY ON – Lisa Stansfield 52650
40 56 40 3 SEE YOU ON FRIDAY – IU featuring Jang Yi-jeong 38200

41 16 16 7 HIGH HOPES – Bruce Springsteen 100500
42 24 5 13 HEY BROTHER – Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 436250
43 28 2 9 HOLDING ON FOR LIFE – Broken Bells 542800
44 50 44 5 UN NOUVEAU SOLEIL – M83 55700
45 NEW 45 1 FROM NOWHERE – Dan Croll 13000
46 NEW 46 1 GIRLS CHASE BOYS – Ingrid Michaelson 12750
47 51 19 9 RIPTIDE – Vance Joy 146450
48 NEW 48 1 ISN’T IT STRANGE – Parralox 12300
49 NEW 49 1 FULL CIRCLE – Half Moon Run 12100
50 59 50 2 SELFIES – Nina Nesbitt 22100

51 49 7 12 HAPPY – Pharrell Williams 315950
52 35 5 12 LET ME GO – Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger 335850
53 69 53 2 MILLION POUND GIRL (BADDER THAN BAD) – Fuse ODG 17450
54 53 1 27 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 812150
55 32 4 11 FACE TO FACE – Gary Barlow and Elton John 328400
56 42 3 15 SAIL – Awolnation 503500
57 46 46 4 CAN’T REMEMBER TO FORGET YOU – Shakira featuring Rihanna 38550
58 58 58 2 SLEEPING WITH A FRIEND – Neon Trees 20400
59 55 1 26 ANIMALS – Martin Garrix 911500
60 45 16 10 NEW LIFE – Kim Wilde 151900

61 27 27 5 BEAUTIFUL MORNING – Rod Stewart 73600
62 62 62 2 I’D RATHER BE HIGH (VENETIAN MIX WASTED EDIT) – David Bowie 14800
63 NEW 63 1 F FOR YOU – Disclosure featuring Mary J. Blige 7200
64 64 36 6 LET GO FOR TONIGHT – Foxes 69000
65 65 65 2 HEY NOW – London Grammar 14000
66 34 34 5 LIQUID SPIRIT – Gregory Porter 75400
67 67 67 2 BRAVEHEART – Neon Jungle 13200
68 68 68 2 L’AMOUR ET MOI – Jenifer 12800
69 NEW 69 1 LET HER DOWN EASY – George Michael 6200
70 NEW 70 1 STATION – Lapsley 6000

71 71 71 2 GOODNESS GRACIOUS – Eliza Doolittle 11600
72 NEW 72 1 LOVER NOT A FIGHTER – Tinie Tempah featuring Labrinth 5600
73 72 1 45 PHOTOGRAPH – Ringo Starr 636850
74 NEW 74 1 SAY SOMETHING – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SHOT ME DOWN – David Guetta featuring Skylar Grey 5000

DROP OUTS
41 9 12 GIRLS/GIRLS/BOYS – Panic! At The Disco 302150
43 25 5 EMPIRE – Kids Of The Apocalypse 80500
44 32 4 TIGERHEAD – Iiris 56250
48 48 9 NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) – Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer 76300
54 3 12 DO WHAT U WANT – Lady Gaga featuring R Kelly 393950
57 57 4 TAKE ME HOME – Cash Cash featuring Bebe Rexha 37800
60 26 8 DEMONS – Imagine Dragons 123100
61 23 6 TIMBER – Pitbull featuring Kesha 86750
63 63 2 CONTROL – Matrix and Futurebound featuring Marshall 14400
66 66 3 WE GOT MUSIC – Dario G and Dame Shirley Bassey 19200
70 1 23 THE BEST JEWEL THIEF IN THE WORLD – Prefab Sprout 752550
73 73 1 INVISIBLE – U2 5400
74 74 1 REBEL REBEL – David Bowie 5200
75 1 37 LA LA LA – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith 1773550

16th FEB 2014

It’s a Canadian orchestra leader born in 1908 at the top, with his easy-listening instrumental classic. Taken from a 1959 teen-flick A Summer Place, it took on a world-wide life of it’s own, and has since been featured in the Batman movie, Buffy and The Simpsons, and currently the Butlins advert. A US number one in 1960, at 54 years old it’s the oldest record in number of years to top my chart (and 2nd-oldest chronologically, behind Neil Sedaka‘s Oh Carol). It was a major early childhood fave tune (I can’t resist a great melody) from about age 6, as was other tuneful classic in at 8 from Kyu Sakamoto, a cute 21-year-old Japanese singer who also topped the US charts in 1963 with this great song, the melody so strong it overcome the acute disadvantage of being sung in Japanese. Covered by oodles of folk, notably Mary J Blige using it in “Everything”, and featured in Malcolm In The Middle, it still occasionally crops up (but not enough!). Kyu sadly was one of the 520 people to die in the terrible 1985 Japan Airlines Flight 123 disaster, the largest loss of life in a single plane crash. Amazingly, 4 people survived, 2 girls and 2 women, though I was additionally shocked to hear Kyu was on board too when it came on the news.

Back in current chart-mood, Indila is unlucky to be knocked off (still strong), and the charts generally are highly competitive, there’s about 20 bubbling under the Top 75 desperate to get in! Highest new song is a second hit for Phoenix, Lana Del Ray covers an old Disney song in her own style, The Pierces get 2 in the 40, Bruno Mars is back (as always making the Top 40), and Maxi Priest reggaes back into the Top 40 after a decade or two away. Lower down, Bowie’s back with an oldie and a newie, Jenifer brings a second French-language song into the charts, to join Japanese and Korean records, and U2 sneak in for a 33-year run of hits, pretty much all have charted I think.

1 2 1 4 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 465000
2 1 1 4 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 338400
3 4 3 5 LONG BLACK ROAD – ELO 305000
4 3 1 7 I WALK ALONE – Cher 849250
5 5 5 4 FLY BOY BLUE/ LUNETTE – Elbow 161000
6 7 6 4 DOWN IN THE HOLE – Bruce Springsteen 142600
7 8 7 4 IF U GOT IT – Chris Malinchak (featuring Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations) 133700
8 NEW 8 1 UE O MUITE ARUKO (SUKIYAKI) – Kyu Sakamoto 48000
9 6 6 7 IF I LOSE MYSELF – OneRepublic vs Alesso 199500
10 15 10 3 BEST DAY OF OUR LIVES – American Authors 88000

11 11 7 7 WON’T BE BROKEN – Keane 257400
12 16 12 3 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 85000
13 10 10 5 MAKE IT WONDERFUL – Erasure 151400
14 9 1 12 UNDER CONTROL – Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts 987800
15 17 15 5 XO – Beyonce 113000
16 18 16 6 HIGH HOPES – Bruce Springsteen 86500
17 20 17 2 MEANT – Elizavet 43000
18 13 13 5 10538 OVERTURE (AMERICAN HUSTLE SOUNDTRACK VERSION) – ELO 121000
19 34 19 3 READY FOR YOUR LOVE – Gorgon City featuring MNEK 49300
20 30 20 3 CAN’T RELY ON YOU – Paloma Faith featuring Pharrell Williams 56000

21 14 14 6 KNEE DEEP IN MY HEART – Shane Filan 101450
22 NEW 22 1 SOS IN BEL AIR – Phoenix 19500
23 NEW 23 1 BELIEVE IN ME – The Pierces 19250
24 22 5 12 HEY BROTHER – Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 422500
25 27 25 13 SUNNY – Bobby Hebb 172650
26 21 6 7 YOU CAN’T STOP THE BEAT – Wally Lopez featuring Jamie Scott of Graffiti6 264250
27 28 27 4 BEAUTIFUL MORNING – Rod Stewart 66100
28 12 2 8 HOLDING ON FOR LIFE – Broken Bells 529300
29 38 29 3 RATHER BE – Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 47400
30 NEW 30 1 ONCE UPON A DREAM – Lana Del Ray 18000

31 NEW 31 1 COME ALIVE – Chromeo featuring Toro Y Moi 17900
32 19 4 10 FACE TO FACE – Gary Barlow and Elton John 317600
33 35 33 9 RED LIGHT SPELLS DANGER – Billy Ocean 118950
34 40 34 4 LIQUID SPIRIT – Gregory Porter 68600
35 23 5 11 LET ME GO – Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger 324350
36 39 36 2 KINGS – The Pierces 34500
37 72 37 3 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 28500
38 NEW 38 1 YOUNG GIRLS – Bruno Mars 17200
39 44 39 3 CARRY ON – Lisa Stansfield 35550
40 NEW 40 1 EVERY LITTLE THING – Maxi Priest 17000

41 26 9 12 GIRLS/GIRLS/BOYS – Panic! At The Disco 302150
42 29 3 14 SAIL – Awolnation 492900
43 25 25 5 EMPIRE – Kids Of The Apocalypse 80500
44 32 32 4 TIGERHEAD – Iiris 56250
45 31 16 9 NEW LIFE – Kim Wilde 141900
46 57 46 3 CAN’T REMEMBER TO FORGET YOU – Shakira featuring Rihanna 28150
47 61 47 2 DARK HORSE – Katy Perry featuring Juicy J 20000
48 48 48 9 NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) – Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer 76300
49 41 7 11 HAPPY – Pharrell Williams 304200
50 50 50 4 UN NOUVEAU SOLEIL – M83 42450

51 24 19 8 RIPTIDE – Vance Joy 133950
52 65 52 2 DRUNK IN LOVE – Beyonce and Jay-Z 18500
53 51 1 26 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 801150
54 33 3 12 DO WHAT U WANT – Lady Gaga featuring R Kelly 393950
55 49 1 25 ANIMALS – Martin Garrix 901400
56 56 56 2 SEE YOU ON FRIDAY – IU featuring Jang Yi-jeong 21200
57 58 57 4 TAKE ME HOME – Cash Cash featuring Bebe Rexha 37800
58 NEW 58 1 SLEEPING WITH A FRIEND – Neon Trees 10200
59 NEW 59 1 SELFIES – Nina Nesbitt 10100
60 43 26 8 DEMONS – Imagine Dragons 123100

61 37 23 6 TIMBER – Pitbull featuring Kesha 86750
62 NEW 62 1 I’D RATHER BE HIGH (VENETIAN MIX WASTED EDIT) – David Bowie 7400
63 63 63 2 CONTROL – Matrix and Futurebound featuring Marshall 14400
64 36 36 5 LET GO FOR TONIGHT – Foxes 61900
65 NEW 65 1 HEY NOW – London Grammar 7000
66 69 66 3 WE GOT MUSIC – Dario G and Dame Shirley Bassey 19200
67 NEW 67 1 BRAVEHEART – Neon Jungle 6600
68 NEW 68 1 L’AMOUR ET MOI – Jenifer 6400
69 NEW 69 1 MILLION POUND GIRL (BADDER THAN BAD) – Fuse ODG 6200
70 62 1 23 THE BEST JEWEL THIEF IN THE WORLD – Prefab Sprout 752550

71 NEW 71 1 GOODNESS GRACIOUS – Eliza Doolittle 5800
72 71 1 44 PHOTOGRAPH – Ringo Starr 631450
73 NEW 73 1 INVISIBLE – U2 5400
74 NEW 74 1 REBEL REBEL – David Bowie 5200
75 66 1 37 LA LA LA – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith 1773550

DROP OUTS
42 42 6 WILD HEART – The Vamps 67850
45 45 3 CRYING FOR NO REASON – Katy B 29800
46 12 13 MIRROR MARU – Cashmere Cat 239850
47 2 10 ONE MORE SLEEP – Leona Lewis 494500
52 52 2 CHANGES – Faul and Wad Ad versus Pnau 23000
53 14 17 JUBEL – Klingande 277150
54 46 3 101 VULTURES (NICITA REMIX) – Alex Winston 36500
55 55 3 WICKED GAMES – Parra For Cuva featuring Anna Naklab 24800
59 59 2 YOUNG BLOOD – Sophie Ellis-Bextor 16100
60 60 4 I PREDICT A RIOT – Kaiser Chiefs 28200
64 1 25 SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW – Keane 519350
67 67 2 THIS HEART IS YOURS – 4 Strings featuring Neev Kennedy 13200
68 68 2 EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE – The Police 11800
70 70 1 YES SIR I CAN BOOGIE – Baccara 6000
73 73 1 WHEN IT WAS DARK – Elli Ingram 5400
74 74 1 TEAM – Lorde 5200
75 75 1 IT’S RAINING MEN – The Weather Girls 5000

9th Feb 2014

A bit of everything this week, genre-wise and worldwide-wise, headed by the gorgeous French-language Indila beating off Cher from the top. Percy faith, childhood fave instrumental still has smooth-strings tuneful appeal at 2, and Elbow, Bruce place a bit of rock and ballad into the Top 10 along with sould-retro sampling dance Chris malinchak.

Highest new entry at 20 is Russian-American obscure (but fab) Elizaveta, the album produced by someone who produces Katy Perry, Pink & other superstars. Look him up, and hoping Elizaveta gets up there too. Class pop-soul-operatic appeal I say! Elsewhere The Pierces are back, vocal harmony poprock appeal in a West Coast fashion, a pretty Eastern-flavoured ballad from IU, and Baccara adding a bit of oldie Spanish cheese disco. Acts from all over the world, in short! Fab. Pity the UK singles chart isn’t anything like as varied. Pretty much dance, dance, dance of varying styles, or huge hits hanging about forever …

1 12 1 3 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 223400
2 2 2 3 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 295000
3 1 1 6 I WALK ALONE – Cher 784250
4 3 3 4 LONG BLACK ROAD – ELO 220000
5 18 5 3 FLY BOY BLUE/ LUNETTE – Elbow 101000
6 6 6 6 IF I LOSE MYSELF – OneRepublic vs Alesso 154500
7 20 7 3 DOWN IN THE HOLE – Bruce Springsteen 87600
8 28 8 3 IF U GOT IT – Chris Malinchak (featuring Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations) 83700
9 4 1 11 UNDER CONTROL – Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts 958800
10 10 10 4 MAKE IT WONDERFUL – Erasure 119400

11 7 7 6 WON’T BE BROKEN – Keane 220400
12 5 2 7 HOLDING ON FOR LIFE – Broken Bells 511000
13 15 13 4 10538 OVERTURE (AMERICAN HUSTLE SOUNDTRACK VERSION) – ELO 99000
14 27 14 5 KNEE DEEP IN MY HEART – Shane Filan 81700
15 24 15 2 BEST DAY OF OUR LIVES – American Authors 46000
16 16 16 2 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 50000
17 17 17 4 XO – Beyonce 86000
18 39 18 5 HIGH HOPES – Bruce Springsteen 61500
19 8 4 9 FACE TO FACE – Gary Barlow and Elton John 299800
20 NEW 20 1 MEANT – Elizavet 20000

21 9 6 6 YOU CAN’T STOP THE BEAT – Wally Lopez featuring Jamie Scott of Graffiti6 245750
22 13 5 11 HEY BROTHER – Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 403500
23 11 5 10 LET ME GO – Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger 306850
24 19 19 7 RIPTIDE – Vance Joy 122200
25 25 25 4 EMPIRE – Kids Of The Apocalypse 67000
26 14 9 11 GIRLS/GIRLS/BOYS – Panic! At The Disco 288150
27 29 27 12 SUNNY – Bobby Hebb 153900
28 37 28 3 BEAUTIFUL MORNING – Rod Stewart 47700
29 21 3 13 SAIL – Awolnation 479150
30 30 30 2 CAN’T RELY ON YOU – Paloma Faith featuring Pharrell Williams 36000

31 26 16 8 NEW LIFE – Kim Wilde 128900
32 32 32 3 TIGERHEAD – Iiris 43000
33 22 3 11 DO WHAT U WANT – Lady Gaga featuring R Kelly 382950
34 56 34 2 READY FOR YOUR LOVE – Gorgon City featuring MNEK 28200
35 38 35 8 RED LIGHT SPELLS DANGER – Billy Ocean 101250
36 36 36 4 LET GO FOR TONIGHT – Foxes 54800
37 23 23 5 TIMBER – Pitbull featuring Kesha 79250
38 50 38 2 RATHER BE – Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 29200
39 NEW 39 1 KINGS – The Pierces 17100
40 40 40 3 LIQUID SPIRIT – Gregory Porter 51000

41 34 7 10 HAPPY – Pharrell Williams 292100
42 47 42 6 WILD HEART – The Vamps 67850
43 43 26 7 DEMONS – Imagine Dragons 113100
44 74 44 2 CARRY ON – Lisa Stansfield 18450
45 55 45 3 CRYING FOR NO REASON – Katy B 29800
46 35 12 13 MIRROR MARU – Cashmere Cat 239850
47 41 2 10 ONE MORE SLEEP – Leona Lewis 494500
48 57 48 8 NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) – Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer 64000
49 49 1 24 ANIMALS – Martin Garrix 890600
50 53 50 3 UN NOUVEAU SOLEIL – M83 30450

51 51 1 25 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 789900
52 52 52 2 CHANGES – Faul and Wad Ad versus Pnau 23000
53 45 14 17 JUBEL – Klingande 277150
54 46 46 3 101 VULTURES (NICITA REMIX) – Alex Winston 36500
55 63 55 3 WICKED GAMES – Parra For Cuva featuring Anna Naklab 24800
56 NEW 56 1 SEE YOU ON FRIDAY – IU featuring Jang Yi-jeong 10600
57 75 57 2 CAN’T REMEMBER TO FORGET YOU – Shakira featuring Rihanna 15400
58 58 58 3 TAKE ME HOME – Cash Cash featuring Bebe Rexha 27400
59 70 59 2 YOUNG BLOOD – Sophie Ellis-Bextor 16100
60 66 60 4 I PREDICT A RIOT – Kaiser Chiefs 28200

61 NEW 61 1 DARK HORSE – Katy Perry featuring Juicy J 7500
62 60 1 22 THE BEST JEWEL THIEF IN THE WORLD – Prefab Sprout 746550
63 NEW 63 1 CONTROL – Matrix and Futurebound featuring Marshall 7200
64 64 1 25 SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW – Keane 519350
65 NEW 65 1 DRUNK IN LOVE – Beyonce and Jay-Z 7000
66 65 1 36 LA LA LA – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith 1768550
67 67 67 2 THIS HEART IS YOURS – 4 Strings featuring Neev Kennedy 13200
68 73 68 2 EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE – The Police 11800
69 69 69 2 WE GOT MUSIC – Dario G and Dame Shirley Bassey 12400
70 NEW 70 1 YES SIR I CAN BOOGIE – Baccara 6000

71 71 1 43 PHOTOGRAPH – Ringo Starr 625850
72 72 72 2 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 11200
73 NEW 73 1 WHEN IT WAS DARK – Elli Ingram 5400
74 NEW 74 1 TEAM – Lorde 5200
75 NEW 75 1 IT’S RAINING MEN – The Weather Girls 5000

DROP OUTS
31 10 8 ODD MAN OUT – Pet Shop Boys 196300
33 14 9 LOSING SLEEP – John Newman 195800
42 10 10 HARD OUT HERE – Lily Allen 205300
44 9 9 DREAM A LITTLE DREAM – Robbie Williams featuring Lily Allen 183750
48 25 13 SORROW – David Bowie 178650
54 54 2 DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN – Elyar Fox 21200
59 2 18 LET ME GO – Gary Barlow 817250
61 17 10 ANTHEM FOR A LOST CAUSE – Manic Street Preachers 155500
62 62 4 JESUS WALKS – Kanye West 25800
68 1 29 THURSDAY – Pet Shop Boys featuring Example 1176800

2nd FEB 2014

It’s a 4th week at Number one for Cher, that means of her 6 previous chart-toppers (2 with Sonny) only Believe at 5 weeks had a longer run at the top: The others being I Got You Babe, All I Ever Need Is You, Dark Lady, Just Like Jesse James, One By One. All of them are completely-different in sound. Not bad for a lass that was having hits when I was 7 years old. About the time I was loving the Percy Faith Butlin’s ad track behind her at 2… Keeping the oldie theme going, ELO go top 3 with an unreleased track, (WHAT were they thinking, it’s fab!) giving Jeff 42 years of top 3 hits – the first one (a number one, first of 14) is at 15!

Back in 2014, Alesso gets his second Top 10 hit following his number one with Calvin Harris, and Onerepublic get their 6th Top 10 (Ryan plus however many as songwriter!). Erasure get their 1st Top 10 in 7 years, and extend the run to 28 years (2 number ones, Vince with an additional one with Yazoo). Big jump for Buzzjack winner Indila and her French language Gotye-rhythmed gem, and Kylie’s back new at 16 in a very volatile chart – will it become her 10th number one?

Elsewhere, Paloma’s back (hooray!) and with guess who? Yes, him, Pharrell, 6th Top 40 inside about 10 months. Workaholic much! There’s some Animals sprinkled about still – Martin Garrix theme for a couple of Foxes, a cat, some Pet Shops boys), a tiger head (a gem), vultures and a dragon. Tenuous that last one… Dario G is also back after 11 years, with a Dame in tow. This Dame has been occasionally troubling my charts since 1971, though my dad bought her 1950’s hits album when I was 8, our first record player 1966, Liverpool one-bed flat slum. It was so small the mice were hunch-backed. Boom boom. Oh the tales I could tell, honestly you’d be weeping in sympathy, or with laughter…

1 1 1 5 I WALK ALONE – Cher 699250
2 4 2 2 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 180000
3 12 3 3 LONG BLACK ROAD – ELO 155000
4 3 1 10 UNDER CONTROL – Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts 913800
5 2 2 6 HOLDING ON FOR LIFE – Broken Bells 476000
6 28 6 5 IF I LOSE MYSELF – Alesso vs OneRepublic 99500
7 8 7 5 WON’T BE BROKEN – Keane 183400
8 6 4 8 FACE TO FACE – Gary Barlow and Elton John 278800
9 7 6 5 YOU CAN’T STOP THE BEAT – Wally Lopez featuring Jamie Scott of Graffiti6 226000
10 32 10 3 MAKE IT WONDERFUL – Erasure 77400

11 5 5 9 LET ME GO – Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger 287600
12 27 12 2 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 53400
13 11 5 10 HEY BROTHER – Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 384000
14 9 9 10 GIRLS/GIRLS/BOYS – Panic! At The Disco 269650
15 20 15 3 10538 OVERTURE (AMERICAN HUSTLE SOUNDTRACK VERSION) – ELO 67000
16 NEW 16 1 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 25000
17 19 17 3 XO – Beyonce 63000
18 24 18 2 FLY BOY BLUE/ LUNETTE – Elbow 41000
19 26 19 6 RIPTIDE – Vance Joy 103200
20 34 20 2 DOWN IN THE HOLE – Bruce Springsteen 37600

21 22 3 12 SAIL – Awolnation 460950
22 14 3 10 DO WHAT U WANT – Lady Gaga featuring R Kelly 365250
23 29 23 4 TIMBER – Pitbull featuring Kesha 61950
24 NEW 24 1 BEST DAY OF OUR LIVES – American Authors 19000
25 30 25 3 EMPIRE – Kids Of The Apocalypse 48250
26 16 16 7 NEW LIFE – Kim Wilde 111000
27 39 27 4 KNEE DEEP IN MY HEART – Shane Filan 52700
28 36 28 2 IF U GOT IT – Chris Malinchak (featuring Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations) 35700
29 33 29 11 SUNNY – Bobby Hebb 135500
30 NEW 30 1 CAN’T RELY ON YOU – Paloma Faith featuring Pharrell Williams 18000

31 10 10 8 ODD MAN OUT – Pet Shop Boys 196300
32 62 32 2 TIGERHEAD – Iiris 25200
33 15 14 9 LOSING SLEEP – John Newman 195800
34 13 7 9 HAPPY – Pharrell Williams 278100
35 21 12 12 MIRROR MARU – Cashmere Cat 227100
36 60 36 3 LET GO FOR TONIGHT – Foxes 37400
37 49 37 2 BEAUTIFUL MORNING – Rod Stewart 29400
38 38 38 7 RED LIGHT SPELLS DANGER – Billy Ocean 83750
39 57 39 4 HIGH HOPES – Bruce Springsteen 39500
40 40 40 2 LIQUID SPIRIT – Gregory Porter 34000

41 23 2 9 ONE MORE SLEEP – Leona Lewis 482000
42 17 10 10 HARD OUT HERE – Lily Allen 205300
43 43 26 6 DEMONS – Imagine Dragons 99600
44 18 9 9 DREAM A LITTLE DREAM – Robbie Williams featuring Lily Allen 183750
45 35 14 16 JUBEL – Klingande 265900
46 46 46 2 101 VULTURES (NICITA REMIX) – Alex Winston 25500
47 54 47 5 WILD HEART – The Vamps 54100
48 25 25 13 SORROW – David Bowie 178650
49 37 1 23 ANIMALS – Martin Garrix 878500
50 NEW 50 1 RATHER BE – Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 12000

51 47 1 24 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 778150
52 NEW 52 1 CHANGES – Faul and Wad Ad versus Pnau 11500
53 63 53 2 UN NOUVEAU SOLEIL – M83 18450
54 58 54 2 DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN – Elyar Fox 21200
55 70 55 2 CRYING FOR NO REASON – Katy B 16800
56 NEW 56 1 READY FOR YOUR LOVE – Gorgon City featuring MNEK 10600
57 59 57 7 NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) – Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer 51700
58 65 58 2 TAKE ME HOME – Cash Cash featuring Bebe Rexha 17200
59 41 2 18 LET ME GO – Gary Barlow 817250
60 52 1 21 THE BEST JEWEL THIEF IN THE WORLD – Prefab Sprout 739150

61 31 17 10 ANTHEM FOR A LOST CAUSE – Manic Street Preachers 155500
62 67 62 4 JESUS WALKS – Kanye West 25800
63 66 63 2 WICKED GAMES – Parra For Cuva featuring Anna Naklab 14000
64 64 1 24 SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW – Keane 512250
65 61 1 35 LA LA LA – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith 1761750
66 69 66 3 I PREDICT A RIOT – Kaiser Chiefs 18200
67 NEW 67 1 THIS HEART IS YOURS – 4 Strings featuring Neev Kennedy 6600
68 56 1 29 THURSDAY – Pet Shop Boys featuring Example 1176800
69 NEW 69 1 WE GOT MUSIC – Dario G and Dame Shirley Bassey 6200
70 NEW 70 1 YOUNG BLOOD – Sophie Ellis-Bextor 6000

71 71 1 42 PHOTOGRAPH – Ringo Starr 620050
72 NEW 72 1 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 5600
73 NEW 73 1 EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE – The Police 5400
74 NEW 74 1 CARRY ON – Lisa Stansfield 5200
75 NEW 75 1 CAN’T REMEMBER TO FORGET YOU – Shakira featuring Rihanna 5000

DROP OUTS
42 32 4 I’LL WAIT – Bebe Black 50400
44 10 9 HAND ON HEART – Olly Murs 210000
45 30 8 LIMPIDO – Laura Pausini with Kylie Minogue 86000
48 27 10 ALL THAT WE HAD IS LOST (HOW WILL I KNOW) – Postiljonen 149700
50 50 2 LOVE SUBLIME – Tensnake featuring Nile Rodgers and Fiora 24000
51 19 3 SEPTEMBER” – Earth, Wind and Fire 52250
53 53 4 TRUMPETS – Jason Derulo 33450
55 34 5 ONE FOR THE ROAD – Arctic Monkeys 70600
68 4 10 CHUTES AND LADDERS – Dave Edmunds 295650
72 72 3 HEART TO HEART – James Blunt 16800
73 1 15 GO GENTLE – Robbie Williams 665300
74 74 3 MONEY ON MY MIND – Sam Smith 15200
75 75 1 FOLLOW YOUR ARROW – Kacey Musgraves 5000

26th JAN 2014

A 3rd week at the top for Cher, and one of her greatest vocal performances on one of her greatest records. Pity it’s not a hit anywhere… I should also note the second-oldest woman to get a number one with new material (behind Petula Clark).

Highest new entry is a theme from a Butlins advert, or as I know it, Theme From A Summer Place. Percy Faith had a huge hit with it 50 years ago, and it’s a great toon and delicious strings. I loved it when I was 6 and I love it still. Highest proper new entry is a marathon track from Elbow, oh those guitars breaking-in are sooo spine-tingly! Followed by a French huge hit from Indila and a Springsteen album track that’s better than the first single, and a dance track from Chris Malinchak. I heard it on Radio One and thought, “Diana Ross and Eddie Kendricks on Radio 1? Shorely shome mishtake!”. It’s a sample from 1969 number 2 John fave I’m Gonna Make You Love Me but with no actual credit. I find that very annoying, as their vocal contribution is more than, say, an 8-second half-hearted rap from Rentarapper or a quick one-line vocal from Singalongacashregister, who then claim a “featuring” hit out of it. So I’ve given them credit, as I always do for substantial uncredited contributions.

1 1 1 4 I WALK ALONE – Cher 529250
2 2 2 5 HOLDING ON FOR LIFE – Broken Bells 416000
3 3 1 9 UNDER CONTROL – Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts 848800
4 NEW 4 1 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 65000
5 5 5 8 LET ME GO – Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger 250600
6 4 4 7 FACE TO FACE – Gary Barlow and Elton John 230800
7 6 6 4 YOU CAN’T STOP THE BEAT – Wally Lopez featuring Jamie Scott of Graffiti6 181000
8 8 8 4 WON’T BE BROKEN – Keane 133400
9 13 9 9 GIRLS/GIRLS/BOYS – Panic! At The Disco 240650
10 14 10 7 ODD MAN OUT – Pet Shop Boys 178400

11 18 5 9 HEY BROTHER – Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 352000
12 12 12 2 LONG BLACK ROAD – ELO 70000
13 7 7 8 HAPPY – Pharrell Williams 260500
14 11 3 9 DO WHAT U WANT – Lady Gaga featuring R Kelly 345750
15 21 14 8 LOSING SLEEP – John Newman 178100
16 16 16 6 NEW LIFE – Kim Wilde 92500
17 10 10 9 HARD OUT HERE – Lily Allen 191550
18 9 9 8 DREAM A LITTLE DREAM – Robbie Williams featuring Lily Allen 170500
19 24 19 2 XO – Beyonce 40000
20 20 20 2 10538 OVERTURE (AMERICAN HUSTLE SOUNDTRACK VERSION) – ELO 40000

21 23 12 11 MIRROR MARU – Cashmere Cat 209600
22 22 3 11 SAIL – Awolnation 441200
23 15 2 8 ONE MORE SLEEP – Leona Lewis 468000
24 NEW 24 1 FLY BOY BLUE/ LUNETTE – Elbow 19000
25 25 25 12 SORROW – David Bowie 166350
26 28 26 5 RIPTIDE – Vance Joy 82200
27 NEW 27 1 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 18400
28 45 28 4 IF I LOSE MYSELF – Alesso vs OneRepublic 44500
29 39 29 3 TIMBER – Pitbull featuring Kesha 42700
30 52 30 2 EMPIRE – Kids Of The Apocalypse 29500

31 17 17 9 ANTHEM FOR A LOST CAUSE – Manic Street Preachers 148000
32 34 32 2 MAKE IT WONDERFUL – Erasure 35400
33 36 33 10 SUNNY – Bobby Hebb 117300
34 NEW 34 1 DOWN IN THE HOLE – Bruce Springsteen 17600
35 37 14 15 JUBEL – Klingande 252900
36 NEW 35 1 IF U WANT IT – Chris Malinchak (featuring Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations) 17400
37 26 1 22 ANIMALS – Martin Garrix 866400
38 44 38 6 RED LIGHT SPELLS DANGER – Billy Ocean 66550
39 RE 39 3 KNEE DEEP IN MY HEART – Shane Filan 34300
40 NEW 40 1 LIQUID SPIRIT – Gregory Porter 17000

41 31 2 17 LET ME GO – Gary Barlow 807150
42 32 32 4 I’LL WAIT – Bebe Black 50400
43 33 26 5 DEMONS – Imagine Dragons 86100
44 29 10 9 HAND ON HEART – Olly Murs 210000
45 30 30 8 LIMPIDO – Laura Pausini with Kylie Minogue 86000
46 NEW 46 1 101 VULTURES (NICITA REMIX) – Alex Winston 12750
47 47 1 23 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 766400
48 27 27 10 ALL THAT WE HAD IS LOST (HOW WILL I KNOW) – Postiljonen 149700
49 NEW 49 1 BEAUTIFUL MORNING – Rod Stewart 12100
50 50 50 2 LOVE SUBLIME – Tensnake featuring Nile Rodgers and Fiora 24000

51 19 19 3 SEPTEMBER” – Earth, Wind and Fire 52250
52 48 1 20 THE BEST JEWEL THIEF IN THE WORLD – Prefab Sprout 729150
53 57 53 4 TRUMPETS – Jason Derulo 33450
54 56 54 4 WILD HEART – The Vamps 41600
55 35 34 5 ONE FOR THE ROAD – Arctic Monkeys 70600
56 42 1 28 THURSDAY – Pet Shop Boys featuring Example 1170400
57 70 57 3 HIGH HOPES – Bruce Springsteen 22400
58 NEW 58 1 DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN – Elyar Fox 10200
59 62 59 6 NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) – Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer 41300
60 60 60 2 LET GO FOR TONIGHT – Foxes 20000

61 55 1 34 LA LA LA – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith 1754750
62 NEW 62 1 TIGERHEAD – Ilris 7400
63 NEW 63 1 UN NOUVEAU SOLEIL – M83 7200
64 58 1 23 SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW – Keane 505150
65 NEW 65 1 TAKE ME HOME – Cash Cash featuring Bebe Rexha 7000
66 NEW 66 1 WICKED GAMES – Parra For Cuva featuring Anna Naklab 6800
67 68 67 3 JESUS WALKS – Kanye West 18400
68 43 4 10 CHUTES AND LADDERS – Dave Edmunds 295650
69 74 69 2 I PREDICT A RIOT – Kaiser Chiefs 11400
70 NEW 70 1 CRYING FOR NO REASON – Katy B 6000

71 71 1 41 PHOTOGRAPH – Ringo Starr 614250
72 72 72 3 HEART TO HEART – James Blunt 16800
73 54 1 15 GO GENTLE – Robbie Williams 665300
74 RE 74 3 MONEY ON MY MIND – Sam Smith 15200
75 NEW 75 1 FOLLOW YOUR ARROW – Kacey Musgraves 5000

DROP OUTS
38 38 3 UNCONDITIONALLY – Katy Perry 44800
40 2 14 SOUND AND VISION – David Bowie 355900
41 18 3 MR. BRIGHTSIDE – The Killers 56000
46 3 4 JUST KIDS – F.U.R.S. 172000
49 49 2 JUST ANOTHER GIRL – The Killers 24200
51 35 9 THE MONSTER – Eminem featuring Rihanna 106100
53 2 14 YOU’RE THE ONE FOR ME – Great Good Fine OK 458350
59 4 12 QUEENIE EYE – Paul McCartney 397350
61 1 18 SHOW ME LOVE (AMERICA) – The Wanted 819900
63 8 11 SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW – Lily Allen 312550
64 4 23 COUNTING STARS – OneRepublic 626000
65 65 3 LITTLE ME – Little Mix 20000
66 40 5 I SEE FIRE – Ed Sheeran 64550
67 67 1 LET HER GO – Passenger 6600
69 69 1 BEAUTIFUL WAR – Kings Of Leon 6200
73 3 18 THIS IS THE NIGHT – Toploader 494000
75 75 1 BLOW – Martin Solveig featuring Laidback Luke 5000

19th JAN 2014

Second week at the top for Cher. It’s a shame the track isn’t getting heavy exposure, it’s just so perfect…banjo, electric guitar, frantic BMP clap-heavy rhythm, gypsy “I’m a survivor and it ain’t over till it’s over” Cher defiance at ageism lyrics, unusual breaks, catchy chorus and then that flamenco guitar, electric guitar and abrupt ending. Fab! One of her best ever records.

Gary gets, meanwhile his fourth solo Top 5 (albeit only one alone) and Elton gets his first actual new top 5 hit since either the similarly-jaunty I Don’t Feel Like Dancing (if you count his uncredited Scissor Sisters blockbuster) or for 20 years (The Lion King singles).

Keane get yet another Top 10 to add to the long run, Robbie ditto, and Lily gets two at the same time to make it 4 in 6 months. Meanwhile movie American Hustle has a great soundtrack and adds two instant Top 20 hits for ELO, a re-recording of their first ever hit (and number one in my chart 42 years ago) 10538 Overture (minus Roy Wood, sadly), and a newly-released rocking gem from the vaults Long Black Road at 12 for 45 years or so of Jeff Lynne charting (with The Move).

Beyonce gets a high new entry with her long-awaited move into more interesting musical areas, Erasure come up with another good pop release (28 years of Top 40 hits, 33 for Vince Clarke), Nile Rodgers gets yet another modern dance credit with Tensnake, and Southampton gal Foxes pops in too .

1 1 1 3 I WALK ALONE – Cher 359250
2 2 2 4 HOLDING ON FOR LIFE – Broken Bells 301000
3 3 1 8 UNDER CONTROL – Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts 763800
4 12 4 6 FACE TO FACE – Gary Barlow and Elton John 175800
5 9 5 7 LET ME GO – Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger 190600
6 6 6 3 YOU CAN’T STOP THE BEAT – Wally Lopez featuring Jamie Scott of Graffiti6 131000
7 7 7 7 HAPPY – Pharrell Williams 228500
8 20 8 3 WON’T BE BROKEN – Keane 85400
9 17 9 7 DREAM A LITTLE DREAM – Robbie Williams featuring Lily Allen 148500
10 13 10 8 HARD OUT HERE – Lily Allen 168550

11 5 3 8 DO WHAT U WANT – Lady Gaga featuring R Kelly 316750
12 NEW 12 1 LONG BLACK ROAD – ELO 35000
13 10 10 8 GIRLS/GIRLS/BOYS – Panic! At The Disco 195650
14 24 14 6 ODD MAN OUT – Pet Shop Boys 136400
15 8 2 7 ONE MORE SLEEP – Leona Lewis 448750
16 30 16 5 NEW LIFE – Kim Wilde 67500
17 19 17 8 ANTHEM FOR A LOST CAUSE – Manic Street Preachers 130100
18 11 5 8 HEY BROTHER – Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 315000
19 22 19 2 SEPTEMBER” – Earth, Wind and Fire 40500
20 NEW 20 1 10538 OVERTURE (AMERICAN HUSTLE SOUNDTRACK VERSION) – ELO 20000

21 21 14 7 LOSING SLEEP – John Newman 151100
22 14 3 10 SAIL – Awolnation 421700
23 31 12 10 MIRROR MARU – Cashmere Cat 189850
24 NEW 24 1 XO – Beyonce 19000
25 28 25 11 SORROW – David Bowie 147600
26 15 1 21 ANIMALS – Martin Garrix 849100
27 27 27 9 ALL THAT WE HAD IS LOST (HOW WILL I KNOW) – Postiljonen 137400
28 32 28 4 RIPTIDE – Vance Joy 63700
29 16 10 8 HAND ON HEART – Olly Murs 196750
30 37 30 7 LIMPIDO – Laura Pausini with Kylie Minogue 73000

31 29 2 16 LET ME GO – Gary Barlow 793250
32 44 32 3 I’LL WAIT – Bebe Black 36650
33 26 26 4 DEMONS – Imagine Dragons 72600
34 NEW 34 1 MAKE IT WONDERFUL – Erasure 17600
35 34 34 4 ONE FOR THE ROAD – Arctic Monkeys 59800
36 36 36 9 SUNNY – Bobby Hebb 99600
37 48 14 14 JUBEL – Klingande 235400
38 38 38 3 UNCONDITIONALLY – Katy Perry 44800
39 62 39 2 TIMBER – Pitbull featuring Kesha 24500
40 4 2 14 SOUND AND VISION – David Bowie 355900

41 18 18 3 MR. BRIGHTSIDE – The Killers 56000
42 33 1 27 THURSDAY – Pet Shop Boys featuring Example 1159800
43 25 4 9 CHUTES AND LADDERS – Dave Edmunds 289250
44 47 44 5 RED LIGHT SPELLS DANGER – Billy Ocean 49350
45 67 45 3 IF I LOSE MYSELF – Alesso vs OneRepublic 26200
46 23 3 4 JUST KIDS – F.U.R.S. 172000
47 46 1 22 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 753900
48 39 1 19 THE BEST JEWEL THIEF IN THE WORLD – Prefab Sprout 717650
49 49 49 2 JUST ANOTHER GIRL – The Killers 24200
50 NEW 50 1 LOVE SUBLIME – Tensnake featuring Nile Rodgers and Fiora 12000

51 35 35 9 THE MONSTER – Eminem featuring Rihanna 106100
52 NEW 52 1 EMPIRE – Kids Of The Apocalypse 11500
53 45 2 14 YOU’RE THE ONE FOR ME – Great Good Fine OK 458350
54 42 1 14 GO GENTLE – Robbie Williams 659900
55 52 1 33 LA LA LA – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith 1747250
56 RE 56 3 WILD HEART – The Vamps 30600
57 68 57 3 TRUMPETS – Jason Derulo 22200
58 57 1 22 SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW – Keane 498050
59 41 4 12 QUEENIE EYE – Paul McCartney 397350
60 NEW 60 1 LET GO FOR TONIGHT – Foxes 10000

61 51 1 18 SHOW ME LOVE (AMERICA) – The Wanted 819900
62 66 62 5 NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) – Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer 31200
63 43 8 11 SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW – Lily Allen 312550
64 56 4 23 COUNTING STARS – OneRepublic 626000
65 65 65 3 LITTLE ME – Little Mix 20000
66 40 40 5 I SEE FIRE – Ed Sheeran 64550
67 NEW 67 1 LET HER GO – Passenger 6600
68 73 68 2 JESUS WALKS – Kanye West 11800
69 NEW 69 1 BEAUTIFUL WAR – Kings Of Leon 6200
70 70 70 2 HIGH HOPES – Bruce Springsteen 12000

71 71 1 40 PHOTOGRAPH – Ringo Starr 608450
72 72 72 2 HEART TO HEART – James Blunt 11200
73 53 3 18 THIS IS THE NIGHT – Toploader 494000
74 NEW 74 1 I PREDICT A RIOT – Kaiser Chiefs 5200
75 NEW 75 1 BLOW – Martin Solveig featuring Laidback Luke 5000

DROP-OUTS
50 50 2 MY CALCULATOR – Zowie 24000
54 54 3 NIGHTCALL – London Grammar 28800
55 1 17 BETTER – Cat And The Menagerie 984600
58 5 11 HIGHER THAN THE SUN – Keane 336800
59 59 2 KNEE DEEP IN MY HEART – Shane Filan 17200
60 15 4 2000 MILES (281550) – The Pretenders 69750
61 16 11 DISCO LOVE – The Saturdays 158700
63 63 3 STOLEN DANCE – Milky Chance 19000
64 47 3 FOREVER – HAIM 32100
69 69 2 LET IT GO – Demi Lovato 12400
74 1 137 GOD ONLY KNOWS – The Beach Boys 2053650
75 75 2 MONEY ON MY MIND – Sam Smith 10000

12th JAN 2014

Yes, it’s a shock leap for Cher with her great stomping dance tune, a lil’ bit hee haww country, a lil’ bit stompy, a lot lyrically very This Is Me for Cher, and a bit of flamenco guitar thrown in to the mix. Crackin’, and her first topper since Believe, her 4th solo topper and 6th in all, for a 42 year span. Just pipped at the post, the fab Broken Bells with the best Bee Gees record (well soundalike at any rate, not actually) since the Bee Gees final single This Is Where I Came In.

Elsewhere Jamie Scott gets his 2nd Top 10, previously hit 2 with the awesome Graffiti6 track Annie You Save Me. Avril gets her first ever Top 10, Chad his 2nd. Kim Wilde goes top 40 again, 33 years on from Kids In America, Kylie n Katy are back too, and earth Wind & Fire have a 35th anniversary goodie disco oldie back in (from the movie Last Vegas, and Top Of The Pops 1979).

1 23 1 2 I WALK ALONE – Cher 189250
2 7 2 3 HOLDING ON FOR LIFE – Broken Bells 186000
3 1 1 7 UNDER CONTROL – Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts 678800
4 2 2 13 SOUND AND VISION – David Bowie 338900
5 3 3 7 DO WHAT U WANT – Lady Gaga featuring R Kelly 279750
6 19 6 2 YOU CAN’T STOP THE BEAT – Wally Lopez featuring Jamie Scott of Graffiti6 76000
7 10 7 6 HAPPY – Pharrell Williams 178500
8 4 2 6 ONE MORE SLEEP – Leona Lewis 421750
9 16 9 6 LET ME GO – Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger 130600
10 12 10 7 GIRLS/GIRLS/BOYS – Panic! At The Disco 163650

11 5 5 7 HEY BROTHER – Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 293000
12 17 12 5 FACE TO FACE – Gary Barlow and Elton John 110800
13 13 13 7 HARD OUT HERE – Lily Allen 126550
14 8 3 9 SAIL – Awolnation 402200
15 9 1 20 ANIMALS – Martin Garrix 830600
16 11 10 7 HAND ON HEART – Olly Murs 178550
17 30 17 6 DREAM A LITTLE DREAM – Robbie Williams featuring Lily Allen 103500
18 20 18 2 MR. BRIGHTSIDE – The Killers 42000
19 22 19 7 ANTHEM FOR A LOST CAUSE – Manic Street Preachers 107100
20 36 20 2 WON’T BE BROKEN – Keane 37400

21 14 14 6 LOSING SLEEP – John Newman 131350
22 NEW 22 1 SEPTEMBER” – Earth, Wind and Fire 19500
23 6 3 3 JUST KIDS – F.U.R.S. 159250
24 15 15 5 ODD MAN OUT – Pet Shop Boys 107400
25 18 4 8 CHUTES AND LADDERS – Dave Edmunds 275750
26 29 26 3 DEMONS – Imagine Dragons 54900
27 27 27 8 ALL THAT WE HAD IS LOST (HOW WILL I KNOW) – Postiljonen 119000
28 28 28 10 SORROW – David Bowie 128850
29 21 2 15 LET ME GO – Gary Barlow 775350
30 59 30 4 NEW LIFE – Kim Wilde 42500

31 52 12 9 MIRROR MARU – Cashmere Cat 170600
32 35 32 3 RIPTIDE – Vance Joy 45400
33 25 1 26 THURSDAY – Pet Shop Boys featuring Example 1146050
34 37 34 3 ONE FOR THE ROAD – Arctic Monkeys 42300
35 39 35 8 THE MONSTER – Eminem featuring Rihanna 94350
36 38 36 8 SUNNY – Bobby Hebb 82200
37 58 37 6 LIMPIDO – Laura Pausini with Kylie Minogue 55000
38 57 38 2 UNCONDITIONALLY – Katy Perry 27600
39 33 1 18 THE BEST JEWEL THIEF IN THE WORLD – Prefab Sprout 705350
40 40 40 4 I SEE FIRE – Ed Sheeran 57750

41 24 4 11 QUEENIE EYE – Paul McCartney 387250
42 32 1 13 GO GENTLE – Robbie Williams 648900
43 31 8 10 SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW – Lily Allen 305350
44 72 44 2 I’LL WAIT – Bebe Black 18850
45 34 2 13 YOU’RE THE ONE FOR ME – Great Good Fine OK 447100
46 46 1 21 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 741400
47 56 47 4 RED LIGHT SPELLS DANGER – Billy Ocean 36100
48 61 14 13 JUBEL – Klingande 218100
49 NEW 49 1 JUST ANOTHER GIRL – The Killers 12100
50 50 50 2 MY CALCULATOR – Zowie 24000

51 44 1 17 SHOW ME LOVE (AMERICA) – The Wanted 812400
52 51 1 32 LA LA LA – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith 1736450
53 43 3 17 THIS IS THE NIGHT – Toploader 486600
54 54 54 3 NIGHTCALL – London Grammar 28800
55 48 1 17 BETTER – Cat And The Menagerie 984600
56 49 4 22 COUNTING STARS – OneRepublic 618900
57 55 1 21 SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW – Keane 487850
58 45 5 11 HIGHER THAN THE SUN – Keane 336800
59 64 59 2 KNEE DEEP IN MY HEART – Shane Filan 17200
60 41 15 4 2000 MILES – The Pretenders 69750

61 53 16 11 DISCO LOVE – The Saturdays 158700
62 NEW 62 1 TIMBER – Pitbull featuring Kesha 7400
63 66 63 3 STOLEN DANCE – Milky Chance 19000
64 47 47 3 FOREVER – HAIM 32100
65 70 65 2 LITTLE ME – Little Mix 13000
66 68 66 4 NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) – Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer 23800
67 67 67 2 IF I LOSE MYSELF – OneRepublic 13200
68 73 68 2 TRUMPETS – Jason Derulo 11800
69 69 69 2 LET IT GO – Demi Lovato 12400
70 NEW 70 1 HIGH HOPES – Bruce Springsteen 6000

71 71 1 39 PHOTOGRAPH – Ringo Starr 602650
72 NEW 72 1 HEART TO HEART – James Blunt 5600
73 NEW 73 1 JESUS WALKS – Kanye West 5400
74 74 1 137 GOD ONLY KNOWS – The Beach Boys 2053650
75 75 75 2 MONEY ON MY MIND – Sam Smith 10000

DROP OUTS
26 1 4 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS – Greg Lake 266500
42 7 26 THE LAST TIME – The Rolling Stones 375350
60 60 2 WILD HEART – The Vamps 20000
62 10 10 SHOT AT THE NIGHT – The Killers 203600
63 16 9 OF THE NIGHT – Bastille 133450
65 57 4 SKYSCRAPER – Sam Bailey 37500

5th JAN 2014

It’s a new year, which always mean add one to my age and goodbye to the xmas songs, usually, bar a couple of hangovers. I did go to London to see the fireworks, but no actual hangovers just a couple of bacardi’s.

3rd week at the top for the fab Calvin, Alessi, Hurts dance track. It’s still very strong, the only real competition is from a 1977 Bowie number 3 in my chart, largely instrumental and EDM of it’s time, it was ground-breaking and unlike anything before it, and this time round it goes one better. Gaga’s back on form, another Top 3, her 6th, and R Kelly’s first ever.

Broken Bells get a second Top 10, Pharrell a 4th or 5th (depending on what you count as him), and highest new entry is a second hit for Graffiti6’s Jamie Scott (with Wally Lopez) and a great dance track. Incredibly, Killers Mr Brightside enters at 20 and unless my chart compiling went haywire in 2004 (quite possible till I can check the charts later in the year) it’s the first time it’s done that! Agh!

Gazza’s Let Me Go drops out the 20, but also enters – for Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger. A sort of Lily & Herman Munster showbiz couple to me, it would be fair to say not a big fan of either, but this is surprisingly good! Gazza meanwhile enters with Elton into the 20, so fair swap. Cher gets a new entry in yet another new year, exactly as she did 40 years ago this week (see my 1974 Retro section charts!), and was still around with her Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves 42 years ago. Legend!

1 1 1 6 UNDER CONTROL – Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts 593800
2 18 2 12 SOUND AND VISION – David Bowie 273900
3 4 3 6 DO WHAT U WANT – Lady Gaga featuring R Kelly 219750
4 2 2 5 ONE MORE SLEEP – Leona Lewis 373750
5 5 5 6 HEY BROTHER – Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 256000
6 3 3 2 JUST KIDS – F.U.R.S. 140000
7 19 7 2 HOLDING ON FOR LIFE – Broken Bells 71000
8 8 3 8 SAIL – Awolnation 373200
9 9 1 19 ANIMALS – Martin Garrix 803600
10 13 10 5 HAPPY – Pharrell Williams 128500

11 10 10 6 HAND ON HEART – Olly Murs 153550
12 20 12 6 GIRLS/GIRLS/BOYS – Panic! At The Disco 121650
13 25 13 6 HARD OUT HERE – Lily Allen 94550
14 14 14 5 LOSING SLEEP – John Newman 111600
15 17 15 4 ODD MAN OUT – Pet Shop Boys 88400
16 31 16 5 LET ME GO – Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger 85600
17 28 17 4 FACE TO FACE – Gary Barlow and Elton John 75800
18 11 4 7 CHUTES AND LADDERS – Dave Edmunds 257000
19 NEW 19 1 YOU CAN’T STOP THE BEAT – Wally Lopez featuring Jamie Scott of Graffiti6 21000
20 NEW 20 1 MR. BRIGHTSIDE – The Killers 20000


21 12 2 14 LET ME GO – Gary Barlow 757150
22 30 22 6 ANTHEM FOR A LOST CAUSE – Manic Street Preachers 86100
23 NEW 23 1 I WALK ALONE – Cher 19250
24 16 4 10 QUEENIE EYE – Paul McCartney 373250
25 22 1 25 THURSDAY – Pet Shop Boys featuring Example 1128350
26 6 1 4 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS – Greg Lake 266500
27 39 27 7 ALL THAT WE HAD IS LOST (HOW WILL I KNOW) – Postiljonen 100600
28 38 28 9 SORROW – David Bowie 110550
29 29 29 2 DEMONS – Imagine Dragons 36400
30 36 30 5 DREAM A LITTLE DREAM – Robbie Williams featuring Lily Allen 80500

31 21 8 9 SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW – Lily Allen 291850
32 23 1 12 GO GENTLE – Robbie Williams 635150
33 32 1 17 THE BEST JEWEL THIEF IN THE WORLD – Prefab Sprout 688250
34 34 2 12 YOU’RE THE ONE FOR ME – Great Good Fine OK 434100
35 59 35 2 RIPTIDE – Vance Joy 27600
36 NEW 36 1 WON’T BE BROKEN – Keane 17400
37 62 37 2 ONE FOR THE ROAD – Arctic Monkeys 24700
38 54 38 7 SUNNY – Bobby Hebb 64800
39 RE 39 7 THE MONSTER – Eminem featuring Rihanna 76850
40 42 40 3 I SEE FIRE – Ed Sheeran 40750

41 15 15 3 2000 MILES – The Pretenders 59750
42 7 7 26 THE LAST TIME – The Rolling Stones 375350
43 33 3 16 THIS IS THE NIGHT – Toploader 475350
44 35 1 16 SHOW ME LOVE (AMERICA) – The Wanted 800650
45 24 5 10 HIGHER THAN THE SUN – Keane 326600
46 45 1 20 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 728650
47 47 47 2 FOREVER – HAIM 25000
48 43 1 16 BETTER – Cat And The Menagerie 973800
49 48 4 21 COUNTING STARS – OneRepublic 608300
50 NEW 50 1 MY CALCULATOR – Zowie 12000


51 51 1 31 LA LA LA – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith 1724950
52 26 12 8 MIRROR MARU – Cashmere Cat 156700
53 46 16 10 DISCO LOVE – The Saturdays 151200
54 66 54 2 NIGHTCALL – London Grammar 17800
55 55 1 20 SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW – Keane 477450
56 65 56 3 RED LIGHT SPELLS DANGER – Billy Ocean 23600
57 NEW 57 1 UNCONDITIONALLY – Katy Perry 10400
58 63 58 5 LIMPIDO – Laura Pausini with Kylie Minogue 37700
59 RE 59 3 NEW LIFE – Kim Wilde 24500
60 60 60 2 WILD HEART – The Vamps 20000

61 53 14 12 JUBEL – Klingande 205800
62 41 10 10 SHOT AT THE NIGHT – The Killers 203600
63 49 16 9 OF THE NIGHT – Bastille 133450
64 NEW 64 1 KNEE DEEP IN MY HEART – Shane Filan 7100
65 57 57 4 SKYSCRAPER – Sam Bailey 37500
66 75 66 2 STOLEN DANCE – Milky Chance 11800
67 NEW 67 1 IF I LOSE MYSELF – OneRepublic 6600
68 72 68 3 NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) – Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer 17000
69 NEW 69 1 LET IT GO – Demi Lovato 6200
70 NEW 70 1 LITTLE ME – Little Mix 6000

71 71 1 38 PHOTOGRAPH – Ringo Starr 596850
72 NEW 72 1 I’LL WAIT – Bebe Black 5600
73 NEW 73 1 TRUMPETS – Jason Derulo 5400
74 74 1 136 GOD ONLY KNOWS – The Beach Boys 2048450
75 NEW 75 1 MONEY ON MY MIND – Sam Smith 5000

DROP OUTS:
27 4 10 IT’S FOR YOU – Cilla Black 270500
37 15 7 WINTER SONG – Sarah McLachlan 121200
40 40 3 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN – The Crystals 29200
44 7 5 EVERYDAY – Slade 178000
50 21 6 FREE – Rudimental featuring Emeli Sande 77550
52 10 7 I LOVE MUSIC – Dave Edmunds 161450
56 19 7 I CHASE THE DEVIL (OUTA SPACE) – Madness 104700
58 4 11 THE PERFECT LIFE – Moby featuring Wayne Coyne 279750
61 6 13 I HOPE YOU FIND IT – Cher 326100
64 64 2 HOW LONG WILL I LOVE YOU – Ellie Goulding 12500
67 1 17 HERO – Family Of The Year 795150
68 6 20 ROAR – Katy Perry 355800
69 69 2 WHAT NOW – Rihanna 11800
70 70 1 BERLIN – Ry X 6000
73 73 1 WIZARD – Martin Garrix and Jay Hardway 5400

1969 – the weekly pop charts

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Me n Bruv 1969 front room RAF Swinderby

JANUARY 1969

My 11th birthday, no party for me, which s bad news for my best schoolfriend Geoffrey Geeson who turns up with his parent for the party that never happened in his best clothes and a gift. I’d forgotten I’d said something along the lines that I might have a party and he’d be invited. I felt a fool! So he went home and mum did a party the next weekend, and a few select friends were invited along too. Hooray!

The music charts in January were really slow so I’ll just bung comments all together as there were few new entries. Two more weeks at the top for party classic Build Me Up Buttercup, and two for Manfred Mann, 60’s stalwarts though by this time Mike D’Abo was writing and singing lead for them. Who? He’s the bloke what wrote Build Me Up Buttercup! So that’s a whole month at the top! I saw the Manfred ‘s live 2 or 3 times, with both Mike and former lead singer Paul Jones. I may well go to see The Foundations live in April 2014 as the support for Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Motown classics of Heatwave, Nowhere To Run and Dancing In The Street fame. Which was a re-issued big hit in January (and the Ready Steady Go clip is one I probably saw 5 years earlier). How amazing that I should be going to see them 45 years later!

Love Child peaks at 2, it’s utterly brilliant, and the Move get to 2 as well. That’s Roy Wood, Carl Wayne, Bev Bevan, of the first record ever played on Radio 1 fame, and ELO and Wizzard fame. Johnny Nash gets his second reggae top 5 hit, Simon & Garfunkel re-chart (or debut in my charts) with the classic theme tune to movie The Graduate, and finally Donald Peers makes my Top 10 with a very old-fashioned crooning ballad. Who he? Well, by 1969 he was an elderly crooner from the 1920’s and 1930’s, which seemed such a long time ago to me, yet it’s about as long ago as this chart is now! Aaaagh! That’s almost a century ago now!

7th January 1969 CHART

1 ( 1 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
2 ( 6 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
3 ( 2 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
4 ( 3 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
5 ( 4 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
6 ( 5 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
7 ( 8 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
8 ( 13 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
9 ( NEW ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
10 ( 10 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu

11 ( 7 ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
12 ( 12 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
13 ( 11 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
14 ( 16 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
15 ( 14 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
16 ( 19 ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
17 ( 20 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
18 ( 18 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
19 ( RE ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
20 ( RE ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold

14th January 1969

1 ( 1 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
2 ( 9 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
3 ( 2 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
4 ( 8 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
5 ( 3 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
6 ( 7 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
7 ( 6 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
8 ( 4 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
9 ( 5 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
10 ( 10 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu

11 ( 12 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
12 ( 17 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
13 ( NEW ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
14 ( 15 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
15 ( 11 ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
16 ( 13 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
17 ( 18 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
18 ( 16 ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
19 ( 20 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
20 ( 14 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture

21st January 1969

1 ( 2 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
2 ( 4 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
3 ( 1 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
4 ( 3 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
5 ( 5 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
6 ( 8 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
7 ( 13 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
8 ( 7 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
9 ( 6 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
10 ( 9 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield

11 ( 12 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
12 ( 10 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
13 ( 11 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
14 ( 18 ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
15 ( 15 ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
16 ( NEW ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
17 ( 16 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
18 ( 19 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
19 ( 17 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
20 ( NEW ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

28th January 1969

1 ( 1 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
2 ( 2 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
3 ( 3 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
4 ( 7 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
5 ( 5 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
6 ( 16 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
7 ( 4 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
8 ( 6 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
9 ( 20 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
10 ( 9 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder

11 ( 8 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
12 ( 10 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
13 ( NEW ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel
14 ( 11 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
15 ( 12 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
16 ( 14 ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
17 ( 19 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
18 ( 15 ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
19 ( 17 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
20 ( 18 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold

FEBRUARY 1969

It’s February, and Top Of The Pops on TV and Pick Of The Pops on radio were having a big impact on my cultural life, records meant a lot to me. 4th Feb chart and a new Number One – yes, Roy Wood on top for the first time (and not for the last time) in his fab first band The Move, who would eventually morph into the Electric Light Orchestra, Wizzard and solo stuff and via Jeff Lynne (yet to join) The Beatles in the 90’s productions – appropriately enough as Blackberry Way is a strings-driven Beatlesy Penny Lane-inspired pastiche that sounded just great to me).

Lots of new entries, 4 of the acts I’ve seen in concert since, and one sort of (excluding Diana Ross, I’ve seen Mary Wilson and the Temptations back when most of them were still alive) and one never (Wilson Pickett). Glen Campbell I’ve seen 3 times, the man is a legend, this is his greatest moment, and it was on the first album I ever had bought for me – This Is Glen Campbell. Yes, Wichita Lineman is still widely regarded as a classic, quite right too. Sheer brilliance.

I’m Gonna Make You Love Me was a superstar duet (sort of) of a great song that I loved lots, and which is in the UK singles chart this very week 45 years later (under the name of Chris Malinchack – I mean, c’mon Chris, surely it’s worth a “featuring” credit! With the heavy use of a sample of Di & co!!?). The very “of it’s time” French-sounding accordion folk song from Peter Sarstedt was another big fave of mine, and it still sounds deliciously unique, while Marv Johnson gets a follow-up hit to his You Got What It Takes in the UK, 9 years on and a Motown great in I’ll Pick A Rose. Showaddywaddy mercifully only covered the former….

4th February 1969 CHART[/b]

1 ( 2 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
2 ( 1 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
3 ( 6 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
4 ( 4 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
5 ( 3 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
6 ( NEW ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
7 ( 5 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
8 ( 9 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
9 ( 13 ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel
10 ( 8 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade

11 ( 7 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
12 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
13 ( NEW ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
14 ( 11 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
15 ( 10 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
16 ( NEW ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
17 ( 16 ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
18 ( 14 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
19 ( NEW ) I’LL PICK A ROSE Marv Johnson
20 ( NEW ) HEY JUDE Wilson Pickett

The 11th Feb sees The Righteous Brothers emote like no-one had emoted ever before with the reissued hit of You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’. My mum loved this record while I was growing up, Phil Spector’s greatest production and an awesome vocal from both the lads, by this time I’d already known it for 4 years, and really from here it recharted each decade and got bigger each time, because Time has shown it to be one of the greatest pop records ever., one of those magic works that improves as you get older.

11th February 1969

1 ( 1 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
2 ( 6 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
3 ( 2 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
4 ( 3 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
5 ( 13 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
6 ( 12 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
7 ( 4 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
8 ( 8 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
9 ( 7 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
10 ( 16 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell

11 ( 10 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
12 ( 15 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
13 ( NEW ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdinck
14 ( NEW ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
15 ( 19 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE Marv Johnson
16 ( 18 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
17 ( 17 ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
18 ( NEW ) SOUL SISTER BROWN SUGAR Sam & Dave
19 ( 20 ) HEY JUDE Wilson Pickett
20 ( NEW ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr

Amen Corner get another hit, and a catchy insistent topper, but amazingly their penultimate hit. They had a string of great pop records, and Andy Fairweather-Low’s unusual vocals would pop back in the 70’s more than once. New entries for 18th Feb? Cilla’s back with a romping pop ditty, Dean Martin covers Glen Campbell (Jimmy Webb song, just like Wichita Lineman) and has a somnambulant-styled hit. Or drunken. Always hard to tell with Dean, but his TV shows, packed full of stars, were great fun. Jimmy Webb was just a kid, really, but his songs were amazingly sophisticated and he’d targeted minor pop star Glen Campbell’s wonderful vocal range as the one he wanted to sing them from his early teens, and made him a household name. Nina Simone, meanwhile covers a great Bee Gees song in her own style, before dropping off the pop radar for nearly 20 years.

18th February 1969

1 ( 2 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
2 ( 6 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
3 ( 1 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
4 ( 5 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
5 ( 4 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
6 ( 3 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
7 ( 10 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
8 ( 8 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
9 ( 13 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdinck
10 ( 14 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers

11 ( NEW ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
12 ( 7 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
13 ( 9 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
14 ( 15 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE Marv Johnson
15 ( 11 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
16 ( 12 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
17 ( NEW ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
18 ( 16 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
19 ( 18 ) SOUL SISTER BROWN SUGAR Sam & Dave
20 ( NEW ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY Nina Simone

Talking of Bee Gees, the 25th Feb sees them back in their own right, with one of their most touching, subtle, gentle songs, and one of their least covered. To me, it’s a tear-jerking masterpiece in need of rediscovery. Talking of Masterpieces, Marvin Gaye, Grapevine, classic, and future multiple re-charter, such a perfect record, haunting, menacing, and that impassioned vocal. He means it when he sings it! No cover has ever come close to the brilliance of the original. Lastly, Sandie’s back with the last of her 60’s hits (and one she wasn’t that fond of, all perky and French-sounding as it was) – not up there with her glory days, but I loved it at the time and it has a certain period charm to it these days.

25th February 1969

1 ( 1 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
2 ( 4 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
3 ( 2 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
4 ( 7 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
5 ( 3 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
6 ( 11 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
7 ( 5 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
8 ( NEW ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
9 ( 6 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
10 ( 9 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdinck

11 ( 17 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
12 ( 10 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
13 ( 8 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
14 ( 13 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
15 ( NEW ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
16 ( 12 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
17 ( NEW ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
18 ( 15 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
19 ( 16 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
20 ( 14 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE Marv Johnson

MARCH 1969

4th March 1969 CHART

Sparky Comics, Doctor Who, cinema saturdays, and kiddie fave’s Cliff and Elvis as new entries! Fab, they were both in their prime, Elvis was critically acclaimed, Cliff less so, but kids didn’t care, he once drove a double-decker on a Summer Holiday! Amen Corner keep another quirky toon off the top, French at school and in the charts, courtesy of Peter Callendar’s English lyrics. Peter died two weeks ago, but he wrote many pop songs in the 60’s and 70’s, such as Hitchin’ A Ride.

Dean boozes his way up the chart, like Cliff and Elvis and Sandie and Cilla and Lulu, not really hurt by having variety TV shows at the time. Top Of The Pops was still the main thing though…and new in for The Beach Boys (minus Brian Wilson) and Joe South (another great songwriter, drenched in blues and country, of stuff like Steamy Windows)

1 ( 1 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
2 ( 8 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
3 ( 2 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
4 ( 3 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
5 ( 6 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
6 ( 4 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
7 ( 11 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
8 ( 5 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
9 ( 7 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
10 ( NEW ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard

11 ( 15 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 17 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
13 ( NEW ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
14 ( 10 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdinck
15 ( 12 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
16 ( 13 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
17 ( 16 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
18 ( NEW ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
19 ( 19 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
20 ( NEW ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South

11th March 1969

UK topper Peter Sarstedt does it for me too, that’s a very French-sounding Top 2! The Bee Gees goooooorgeous First Of May goes top 5 two months early. One of the sweetest songs ever. Actor son-of-Rex Harrison, Noel, pops in with a great song from Steve McQueen’s The Thomas Crown Affair, I remember going to see it at the flicks, as we said then, and it was Ace, as we opined in those fab gear days. Noel recently died, but the song revived as an ad, and it’s unusual in that Noel speaks not sings for much of the song. It’s Eurovision, I watched the semis to pick the song for Lulu, which included songs from Elton somebody, and I was happy enough with the winner, it was very catchy! Meanwhile The Hollies, ever-present throughout my 60’s in the charts, pop back with a harmony fun pop ditty. It reminds me of making dens under the window tables during the school holidays with my brother and assorted kids at the “Tailors” on the main camp. Lots of housewives, including my mum worked pressing the uniforms, dry-cleaning, repairing whatever, and it had a very distinctive smell of moth balls and stuff, and was run by Mr Bhatti and his brother. I was friends with his son Pasha Bhatti who used to join us RAF kids in the holidays, so we had to make our fun and listen to the songs on the radio. Aaah good times…

1 ( 3 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
2 ( 2 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
3 ( 1 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
4 ( 7 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
5 ( 12 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
6 ( 4 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
7 ( 10 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard
8 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
9 ( 6 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
10 ( 13 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley

11 ( 5 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
12 ( NEW ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
13 ( NEW ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
14 ( 9 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
15 ( NEW ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
16 ( 8 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
17 ( 20 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
18 ( 18 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
19 ( 15 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
20 ( 14 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdinck

18th March 1969

Aquiet chart week, newies from The Foundations and The Temps, and Lulu going top 5.

1 ( 1 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
2 ( 2 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
3 ( 7 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard
4 ( 13 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
5 ( 5 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
6 ( 12 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
7 ( 3 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
8 ( 10 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
9 ( 4 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
10 ( 15 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies

11 ( 8 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 6 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
13 ( 9 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
14 ( 17 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
15 ( 11 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
16 ( 14 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
17 ( 18 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
18 ( NEW ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
19 ( NEW ) GET READY The Temptations
20 ( 19 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers

25th March 1969

And Noel does it, topping the charts. Hey he was cool and I loved the mood…! Big chart news was the first huge reggae hit for Desmond Dekker. I can’t understate how different this record sounded when it came out, it was from another planet. Well Jamaica, at least. It was instantly catchy, half-indecipherable, and Desmond was fab.

1 ( 6 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
2 ( 4 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
3 ( 10 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
4 ( 1 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
5 ( 2 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
6 ( 8 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
7 ( 3 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard
8 ( 5 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
9 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
10 ( 14 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South

11 ( 7 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
12 ( 9 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
13 ( 13 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
14 ( 12 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
15 ( 18 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
16 ( 15 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
17 ( NEW ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
18 ( 19 ) GET READY The Temptations
19 ( 16 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
20 ( 17 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys

APRIL1969

1st April 1969 CHART

2 weeks for the Windmills, keeping off reggae classic The Israelites from the top, while Sam Cooke’s Cupid enters reggae-stylee from Johnny Nash, very much in the Sam Cooke vocal tradition, at 15, giving Johnny 3 out of 3. The Who pretty much do the first rock opera, that’ll be Tommy, and from it the epic Pinball Wizard pockets 18. Odd to think it was fresh and new once upon a time, it seems like it has always been. Eddy Grant slippers in with a forgotten pop ditty at 19, with The Equals, and keeping up the reggae theme, obviously, albeit 10 years in the future. In at 20, a really famous record. Honest. You might know it better as House Of Pain’s Jump Around, and much as I like that one, the original awesome searing intro needs to segue into the proper tune and lyrics…”well you moo-ove it to the left” not “Jump around jump around jump up..” etc No comparison, the original is best. Sorry 90’s kiddies….!

 

1 ( 1 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
2 ( 17 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
3 ( 3 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
4 ( 2 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
5 ( 15 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
6 ( 5 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
7 ( 10 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
8 ( 4 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
9 ( 8 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
10 ( 7 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard

 
11 ( 9 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 12 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
13 ( 6 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
14 ( 13 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
15 ( NEW ) CUPID Johnny Nash
16 ( 18 ) GET READY The Temptations
17 ( 16 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
18 ( NEW ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
19 ( NEW ) MICHAEL AND THE SLIPPER TREE The Equals
20 ( NEW ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl

 
8th April 1969

Just the one new entry, so it may as well be straight in at the top. It’s Mary Hopkin’s belated 2nd release, a tuneful Paul McCartney song that I was just mad on, almost as much as Those Were The Days. It’s the melody you see, plus I was into Mary Hopkin the way 11 year-olds might be into One Direction these days. A lot. That put paid to Desmond’s shot at the top, really, at least until the next time it charted in 1975…

On an alternative note, apart from regularly watching Top Of The Pops, I found my brand new obsession about this time: DC Comics. dad brought a batch home, including a Giant Superboy which featured a colourful group of 14-year-old super-heroes with exotic super-powers and set in the far 30th Century. I fell instantly in love with them, The Legion Of Super Heroes, and it became my life mission to search out every issue of their achingly exciting and mind-blowing comics. Turns out they’d been going since 1958, so that was quite the mission. My first discovery remains my fave ever comic, bought from a newsagent comic rack in Lincoln for a shilling around April 1969, No Escape From The Circle Of Death. That comic would make a brilliant blockbuster movie on the scale of Marvel’s Avengers, it is epic in theme, invasion of earth by alien armies, and only a bunch of teens stand in their way. More remarkably than that it was written by a teen prodigy called Jim Shooter. Marvel, you may not be bothered to know, ripped off The Legion Of Super Heroes for many of their 60’s creations now pulling in the punters for billions. The main difference being the present-day setting and a bit more teen angst. Justice needs to be served!

 
1 ( NEW ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
3 ( 1 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
4 ( 3 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
5 ( 5 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
6 ( 7 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
7 ( 4 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
8 ( 6 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
9 ( 8 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
10 ( 12 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin

11 ( 16 ) GET READY The Temptations
12 ( 15 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
13 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
14 ( 9 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
15 ( 18 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
16 ( 14 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
17 ( 19 ) MICHAEL AND THE SLIPPER TREE The Equals
18 ( 13 ) IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley
19 ( 20 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl
20 ( 10 ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard

15th April 1969

2 weeks for Mary, 3 weeks for Desmond at 2, and a new entry for a pop lady, Clodagh Rodgers. Another record I really loved at the time, great melody, very catchy. Clodagh, like Mary, went on to Eurovision UK entrant-fame, followed by the usual End-of-Career subsequently for those not already established as long-term stars. Cupid up to 4, Pinball Wizard to 9, and Chesney Hawkes dad pops in at 18 with one of their less memorable minor hits. Less memorable as in nobody under 55 will have ever heard of it, and hardly anyone over 55 who’s surname isn’t Hawkes. Ne’er mind I always loved the Trems.

 

1 ( 1 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
3 ( 3 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
4 ( 12 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
5 ( 4 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
6 ( 7 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
7 ( 5 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
8 ( NEW ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
9 ( 15 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
10 ( 6 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South

 

11 ( 8 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
12 ( 10 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
13 ( 13 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
14 ( 9 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
15 ( 17 ) MICHAEL AND THE SLIPPER TREE The Equals
16 ( 19 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl
17 ( 14 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
18 ( NEW ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes
19 ( 16 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
20 ( 11 ) GET READY The Temptations

22nd April 1969

3 weeks for Mary at 1, and guess what? Paul McCartney writes another song and enters at 9 with Get Back. He was in a band called The Beatles, who were quite big, and they had a bit of publicity getting a telling off from the police for performing this song on a London roof-top. It was a bit of a surprise to see Paul all beardy on TOTP, and this was their least pop-melody single, more bluesy than anything. We were all not to know, as The Beatles were SO big, so so so big and part of everyday life, that this would turn out to be the last time we’d ever see them, bar the film of the breakdown Let It Be. Oh if only they hadn’t torn apart…

Very much Big Band new entries week, with The Beach Boys melodic I Can Hear Music at 16, albeit mostly not involving Brian these days. Carl’s fabulous vocals were more than enough to carry a great song though. Fleetwood Mac, following up a blues instrumental, opt for a gentle blues ballad, quite lovely, and also not far from a mental breakdown for Peter Green, main man, and a morphing of the band. The end of the 60’s was turning into the end of an era..

1 ( 1 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
2 ( 8 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
3 ( 4 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
4 ( 3 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
5 ( 2 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
6 ( 9 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
7 ( 5 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
8 ( 6 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
9 ( NEW ) GET BACK The Beatles
10 ( 7 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations

 

11 ( 16 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl
12 ( 10 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
13 ( 11 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
14 ( 13 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
15 ( 12 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
16 ( NEW ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
17 ( 18 ) HELLO WORLD The Tremeloes
18 ( RE ) GOOD TIMES (BETTER TIMES) Cliff Richard
19 ( 20 ) GET READY The Temptations
20 ( NEW ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac

 

 

 

29th April 1969

4 for Mary, 2 for Clodagh at 2 for an all-female domination – but not for long, because the first-ever record I bought with my own money enters at 3. 60’s hitmaker Tommy Roe has a comeback with the pure bubblegum pop of Dizzy, at 3, a record I became obsessed by. Those riffs and chorus just gripped me and wouldn’t let go. A neighbour friend bought the single, and I realised that if I saved enough money up I could buy one too! Not as easy as it sounded, that – I had to leave the country (dad was posted top RAF Changi in Singapore) and my great grandparents, born in the 19th century, gave me and my brother ten shillings each as a going away present, as they didn’t know if they would see us again. That 10 shillings paid for Dizzy, and another single, 2 dollars each, Changi evening market stalls. Played it to death.

Bubblegum pop was derided viciously by the older rock fraternity at the time. Being 11 years old, I didn’t care what they thought, I just knew it felt so good it had to be good. Vic Reeves got it to number one in the 90’s, and the brilliant Bassomatic Fascinating Rhythm sampled it heavily. Not bad for disposable pop. I have always preferred to disregard musos and their “I’m so cool” sniffiness when it comes to commercial pop, cos they always, always fail to appreciate that today’s 11-year-olds are tomorrow’s enthusiastic pop stars and music fans being inspired by it. I’ve had many a conversation over the decades about longevity of great pop singles in the charts (“but the charts are crap!”) and it’s easy to predict which will remain popular down the line, for the most part.

Lecture over, a teen pop act that hasn’t dated so well (sadly) is Peter Noone, cos Herman’s Hermits had quite a few good records and were huge in the USA, if you like they were the wholesome One Direction of the day. My Sentimental Friend was sweet enough, jaunty and wistful. The Isley Brothers bring another mid-60’s Motown record into the chart, and oh. my. god. Behind A Painted Smile is truly one of the forgotten 60’s classics, that bassline and frantic drumwork is epic, those guitars, that aching vocal, the manic pace of the “I’m devastated” break-up song is juuuuust awesome. One of the most exciting records ever made, one of the best intros and outros ever, one of the best drum and guitar riffs ever. Brilliance. In at 14.

But that’s not all, quietly in at 18 a gentle harmonic, yet gritty, folk story song from Simon & Garfunkel. The Boxer was the first inkling we had of another act about to break-up at their creative peak, and first release from what could well be a candidate for Greatest Album Ever, Bridge Over Troubled Water. It’s a brilliant song and I know every word to it, long though it might be. Ohhhh yes! In at 20, it’s Frank Sinatra. My Way. I liked it once upon a time, till it became a cabaret cliche, though to me not a patch on Strangers In The Night or Something Stupid. I wasn’t, and still aren’t, what you call a Frank Sinatra fan. Nancy Sinatra, on the other hand, has a back catalogue to die for. Frank? Over-rated much.

 
1 ( 1 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
3 ( NEW ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
4 ( 3 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
5 ( 6 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
6 ( 9 ) GET BACK The Beatles
7 ( 4 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
8 ( 5 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
9 ( NEW ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits
10 ( 11 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl

 

11 ( 8 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
12 ( 7 ) SORRY SUZANNE The Hollies
13 ( 10 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations
14 ( NEW ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
15 ( 16 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys
16 ( 14 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
17 ( 12 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
18 ( NEW ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
19 ( 15 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
20 ( NEW ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra

My 1974 weekly charts – with youtube videos

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8th JAN 1974

Yes, freed from the UK singles charts – I now was free to include any tracks I liked, and I did so, album tracks, flops and especially American hits as I listened more to Paul Gambaccini’s American charts countdown and also I discovered the American forces radio Europe network (living in Gloucester we had different radio signals from previous Lincoln where Radio Luxembourg was the only alternative to radio 1).
It was also the last year of school for a lot of kids who’d been caught by the raising of school leaving age, and weren’t that interested in being there till 16. Hey ho. In those days local factories took on apprentices straight from school, and they wanted to be earning cash to go out to discos and suchlike. A new year and lots of new exciting records! The Sweet got their 5th consecutive number one with the stomping Teenage Rampage, one my brother bought and which I initially preferred to Chin-Chapman’s classic Tiger Feet from Mud (the one I bought with my birthday record tokens, yes I was now sweet 16, all shy and innocent, and much more interested in DC Comics and Pop music, and Star Trek, than anything else. I even used to read sciencefiction novels back then. Yes I had time to actually read books. Wow!)
highest new entry was the radio played track for the album Band On The Run which had already topped the charts. I had little money for albums, so I can’t express how frustrating it was to absolutely love a record and not be able to buy it. For months. A bit like 2014, then, only then it was rare, now it’s common.

A third Chinn-Chapman hit machine track also entered high for Suzi Quatro and what a gem, though that was also a few weeks away from release. Lulu was back. With a Bowie bang! The absolutely marvellous cover of his The Man Who Sold The World set Lulu on a path to kinda-cool (occasionally) and a chameleon-like musical career after her pop days of the 60’s. Meanwhile future-charters pop in lower down with flops that shoulda been hits, Gallagher & Lyle and Sutherland Brothers, writers of hit songs for others, most notably Tina Turner and Rod Stewart. Yes, Rod’s Sailing was a Sutherland Brothers cover version. Can I just say he completely changed the band’s version and turned it into a dirge? Just like almost all of his cover versions. Check out the original, way better.

1 ( 3 ) TEENAGE RAMPAGE The Sweet
2 ( NEW ) JET Paul McCartney & Wings
3 ( 2 ) LIVING FOR THE CITY Stevie Wonder
4 ( 9 ) TIGER FEET Mud
5 ( 1 ) FOREVER Roy Wood
6 ( NEW ) DEVIL GATE DRIVE Suzi Quatro
7 ( 10 ) (I CAN’T GET NO) SATISFACTION Bubble Rock
8 ( 7 ) DANCE WITH THE DEVIL Cozy Powell
9 ( 14 ) THE SHOW MUST GO ON Leo Sayer
10 ( 5 ) ROLL AWAY THE STONE Mott The Hoople

11 ( 6 ) STREETLIFE Roxy Music
12 ( 21 ) WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW Melanie
13 ( 8 ) MY COO CA CHOO Alvin Stardust
14 ( 15 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
15 ( 12 ) REMEMBER (SHA LA LA LA) The Bay City Rollers
16 ( NEW ) THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD Lulu
17 ( 16 ) BLACK CAT WOMAN Geordie
18 ( 11 ) HELEN WHEELS Wings
19 ( 25 ) ROCKIN’ ROLL BABY The Stylistics
20 ( 22 ) THE LOVE I LOST Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes

21 ( RE ) GOD BLESS Dexter Redding
22 ( 13 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE Barry Blue
23 ( 17 ) LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP Robert Knight
24 ( RE ) SOLITAIRE Andy Williams
25 ( 18 ) TRUCK ON (TYKE) T.Rex
26 ( NEW ) SHINE A LIGHT Gallagher & Lyle
27 ( NEW ) DREAM KID The Sutherland Brothers
28 ( RE ) SORROW David Bowie
29 ( 20 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
30 ( NEW ) HOW COME Ronnie Lane

15th JAN 1974

In which Paul McCartney gets the thrusting frantic sax rock album track to the top, the best thing he’d done since leaving The Beatles, and his 3rd number one outside the fabs. The ever-present Cher gets a big chart entry with a gypsy murder ballad, what a corker, drama of the first order! The critically-acclaimed Todd Rundgren enters with his huge American classic hit Hello It’s Me. such a gorgeous song, and a crime it’s unknown in the UK, the melody and his honeyed vocals are achingly brilliant.

Candlewick Green (who?!) cover Jigsaw and get a hit in my chart. For once, though, the definitive version was 20 years in the future – Saint Etienne! ** Fancy, I think an all-girl combo (don’t quote me it was a long-time ago!) cover The Troggs ** Schoolteacher Clifford has another of his wistful, lovely singles, only one of which was a hit (Gaye) ** The Isley Brothers back again with classy soul ** Alice Cooper enters with the last of his run of hit singles ** 10CC sneak in with one of their (at this point) semi-regular flops, a quirky, witty, inventive song all about the hit-making money-machine record industry manufactured stars. A bit like 2014 then. 10CC have never got the recognition they deserve because wit, sarcasm and irony seem to go over most music fan’s heads, sadly, especially when you can’t be pigeon-holed in musical terms.

1 ( 2 ) JET Paul McCartney & Wings
2 ( 4 ) TIGER FEET Mud
3 ( 1 ) TEENAGE RAMPAGE The Sweet
4 ( 3 ) LIVING FOR THE CITY Stevie Wonder
5 ( NEW ) DARK LADY Cher
6 ( 5 ) FOREVER Roy Wood
7 ( 8 ) DANCE WITH THE DEVIL Cozy Powell
8 ( 16 ) THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD Lulu
9 ( 10 ) ROLL AWAY THE STONE Mott The Hoople
10 ( 11 ) STREETLIFE Roxy Music

11 ( 12 ) WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW Melanie
12 ( 6 ) DEVIL GATE DRIVE Suzi Quatro
13 ( NEW ) HELLO IT’S ME Todd Rundgren
14 ( 9 ) THE SHOW MUST GO ON Leo Sayer
15 ( 19 ) ROCKIN’ ROLL BABY The Stylistics
16 ( 13 ) MY COO CA CHOO Alvin Stardust
17 ( 17 ) BLACK CAT WOMAN Geordie
18 ( NEW ) WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE Candlewick Green
19 ( NEW ) WILD THING Fancy
20 ( 7 ) (I CAN’T GET NO) SATISFACTION Bubble Rock

21 ( 15 ) REMEMBER (SHA LA LA LA) The Bay City Rollers
22 ( 14 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
23 ( 24 ) SOLITAIRE Andy Williams
24 ( NEW ) SCULLERY Clifford T. Ward
25 ( 20 ) THE LOVE I LOST Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes
26 ( 30 ) HOW COME Ronnie Lane
27 ( 21 ) GOD BLESS Dexter Redding
28 ( NEW ) HIGHWAYS OF MY LIFE The Isley Brothers
29 ( 23 ) LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP Robert Knight
30 ( NEW ) TEENAGE LAMENT ’74 Alice Cooper


31 ( NEW ) THE WORST BAND IN THE WORLD 10CC

22nd JAN 1974

2nd week at the top for hero Paul McCartney & his missus, and had I been listing albums Band On The Run would have topping too, they played a different track when it topped the chart on Johnnie Walker’s Radio 1 lunchtime show so I got a good idea just how good it was – even if I didn’t have the money to buy it! Still Macca’s finest post-Beatles album.

Mud stuck at 2 again, and Cher up to 3, Suzi back into the top 10, Todd makes it for the first official time (though I Saw The Light would have made it a year earlier had I allowed non-chart singles), and highest new entry is a hot new radio exclusive for Alvin Stardust, following up his chart-topper My Coo Ca Choo – in the real world it was Jealous Mind that hit number 1. 10CC go top 20, Stealer’s Wheel get their third hit with Star (future Baker Street-man Gerry Rafferty on vocals) and ultimate soul vocalist Aretha Franklin returns for the first time in 2 years with a gorgeous Stevie Wonder cover. Juuuuust gorgeous.

1 ( 1 ) JET Paul McCartney & Wings
2 ( 2 ) TIGER FEET Mud
3 ( 5 ) DARK LADY Cher
4 ( 3 ) TEENAGE RAMPAGE The Sweet
5 ( 4 ) LIVING FOR THE CITY Stevie Wonder
6 ( 8 ) THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD Lulu
7 ( 12 ) DEVIL GATE DRIVE Suzi Quatro
8 ( 13 ) HELLO IT’S ME Todd Rundgren
9 ( 9 ) ROLL AWAY THE STONE Mott The Hoople
10 ( NEW ) JEALOUS MIND Alvin Stardust

11 ( 6 ) FOREVER Roy Wood
12 ( 7 ) DANCE WITH THE DEVIL Cozy Powell
13 ( 11 ) WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW Melanie
14 ( 24 ) SCULLERY Clifford T. Ward
15 ( 15 ) ROCKIN’ ROLL BABY The Stylistics
16 ( 16 ) MY COO CA CHOO Alvin Stardust
17 ( 10 ) STREETLIFE Roxy Music
18 ( 20 ) (I CAN’T GET NO) SATISFACTION Bubble Rock
19 ( 14 ) THE SHOW MUST GO ON Leo Sayer
20 ( 31 ) THE WORST BAND IN THE WORLD 10CC

21 ( 18 ) WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE Candlewick Green
22 ( 19 ) WILD THING Fancy
23 ( 28 ) HIGHWAYS OF MY LIFE The Isley Brothers
24 ( 21 ) REMEMBER (SHA LA LA LA) The Bay City Rollers
25 ( 22 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
26 ( 30 ) TEENAGE LAMENT ’74 Alice Cooper
27 ( NEW ) STAR Stealer’s Wheel
28 ( 26 ) HOW COME Ronnie Lane
29 ( 25 ) THE LOVE I LOST Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes
30 ( NEW ) UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Aretha Franklin
31 ( 29 ) LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP Robert Knight

29th JAN 1974

3 weeks for Jet, Cher at 2, Suzi up to 4, and heading up a mini-invasion of new entries a new track from my hero Roy Wood. Not a single (and hit) for months, but those reggae bagpipes (all played by Roy of course) were off-the-wall fab to me and just beat out previous hero Marc Bolan with his first (and last) ballad single, the sprawling Teenage Dream.

At 14, no it’s not 1990, it’s 1974 and a high entry for non-UK hit The Joker. I like to think I’m ahead of the game at spotting hits but even so, 16 years!! Just behind The Hollies and their best-ballad, even though it had to wait until 1988 re-issue to hit my number one, it’s plaintive and emotional in a good way. Neil Young’s After The Goldrush gets a wonderful acapella treatment from Prelude, soft hippie cajun folkrock from Medicine Head, cajun stroprock from Brownsville Station (2 months ahead of charting), and sexy fabulous smooth soul from the great Barry White all entering.

1 ( 1 ) JET Paul McCartney & Wings
2 ( 3 ) DARK LADY Cher
3 ( 2 ) TIGER FEET Mud
4 ( 7 ) DEVIL GATE DRIVE Suzi Quatro
5 ( 10 ) JEALOUS MIND Alvin Stardust
6 ( 8 ) HELLO IT’S ME Todd Rundgren
7 ( 4 ) TEENAGE RAMPAGE The Sweet
8 ( 5 ) LIVING FOR THE CITY Stevie Wonder
9 ( NEW ) GOING DOWN THE ROAD Roy Wood
10 ( NEW ) TEENAGE DREAM Marc Bolan and T.Rex

11 ( 14 ) SCULLERY Clifford T. Ward
12 ( 6 ) THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD Lulu
13 ( 11 ) FOREVER Roy Wood
14 ( NEW ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
15 ( NEW ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
16 ( 12 ) DANCE WITH THE DEVIL Cozy Powell
17 ( 13 ) WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW Melanie
18 ( 20 ) THE WORST BAND IN THE WORLD 10CC
19 ( 16 ) MY COO CA CHOO Alvin Stardust
20 ( 23 ) HIGHWAYS OF MY LIFE The Isley Brothers

21 ( 30 ) UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Aretha Franklin
22 ( 9 ) ROLL AWAY THE STONE Mott The Hoople
23 ( 18 ) (I CAN’T GET NO) SATISFACTION Bubble Rock
24 ( 24 ) REMEMBER (SHA LA LA LA) The Bay City Rollers
25 ( 19 ) THE SHOW MUST GO ON Leo Sayer
26 ( NEW ) SLIP AND SLIDE Medicine Head
27 ( NEW ) AFTER THE GOLDRUSH Prelude
28 ( NEW ) SMOKING IN THE BOYS ROOM Brownsville Station
29 ( NEW ) NEVER NEVER GONNA GIVE YA UP Barry White
30 ( 26 ) TEENAGE LAMENT ’74 Alice Cooper
31 ( 15 ) ROCKIN’ ROLL BABY The Stylistics
32 ( 27 ) STAR Stealer’s Wheel

5th Feb 1974

Mud climb to the top for the 3rd consecutive single (with Crazy peaking at 2 before that), that famous (in the UK) party classic that lads for once didn’t mind copying a dance to. Great stuff! Clifford and Hollies go Top 10, Todd Top 5, Aretha Top 20 and new entries: from Ringo Starr, covering a 50’s teen pop ballad to fun effect and a US Number One; Love Unlimited Orchestra, or the backing to soul girl group Love Unlimited, or Barry White essentially doing a gorgeous strings-based orchestral soul instrumental that also topped the US charts. I think it’s fairly clear that the American record buyer was doing a better job than the British singles buyer at this time, at least in terms of chart positions. Elsewhere a trio of worldwide flop singles (boo!) from The Tremeloes, now well out of step with the music scene, Neil Sedaka (not that he cared much given what happened next in his career) and Joni Mitchell (who was an albums artist anyway) and her fab Raised On Robbery.

1 ( 3 ) TIGER FEET Mud
2 ( 2 ) DARK LADY Cher
3 ( 5 ) JEALOUS MIND Alvin Stardust
4 ( 1 ) JET Paul McCartney & Wings
5 ( 6 ) HELLO IT’S ME Todd Rundgren
6 ( 11 ) SCULLERY Clifford T. Ward
7 ( 7 ) TEENAGE RAMPAGE The Sweet
8 ( 8 ) LIVING FOR THE CITY Stevie Wonder
9 ( 15 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
10 ( 4 ) DEVIL GATE DRIVE Suzi Quatro

11 ( 10 ) TEENAGE DREAM Marc Bolan and T.Rex
12 ( 13 ) FOREVER Roy Wood
13 ( 9 ) GOING DOWN THE ROAD Roy Wood
14 ( 14 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
15 ( 21 ) UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Aretha Franklin
16 ( 17 ) WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW Melanie
17 ( 16 ) DANCE WITH THE DEVIL Cozy Powell
18 ( 18 ) THE WORST BAND IN THE WORLD 10CC
19 ( 20 ) HIGHWAYS OF MY LIFE The Isley Brothers
20 ( NEW ) YOU’RE SIXTEEN Ringo Starr

21 ( NEW ) LOVE’S THEME Love Unlimited Orchestra
22 ( 19 ) MY COO CA CHOO Alvin Stardust
23 ( 26 ) SLIP AND SLIDE Medicine Head
24 ( 12 ) THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD Lulu
25 ( 27 ) AFTER THE GOLDRUSH Prelude
26 ( 23 ) (I CAN’T GET NO) SATISFACTION Bubble Rock
27 ( 29 ) NEVER NEVER GONNA GIVE YA UP Barry White
28 ( NEW ) DO I LOVE YOU The Tremeloes
29 ( NEW ) A LITTLE LOVIN’ Neil Sedaka
30 ( NEW ) RAISED ON ROBBERY Joni Mitchell

31 ( 32 ) STAR Stealer’s Wheel
32 ( 24 ) REMEMBER (SHA LA LA LA) The Bay City Rollers

12th Feb 1974

Cher finally gets to the top, and what a dramatic murder epic is still is to me. Fab, and her 2nd to date (with Sonny). Former topper Jet drops dramatically due to my “5 week only” rule on album tracks and non-hits – sadly I kept this all year, or else Jet would have hung around for weeks at the top until it was officially released. Anyway, where a record prematurely gets evicted it gets a bonus position of 31 to indicate it would have been much higher!

Highest new entry at 12 from Hudson-Ford, very much Part Of The Union part 2 in sound (The Strawbs hit essentially being Hudson-Ford) and all but forgotten these days, sadly. Barry White claws up slowly, but his Orchestra rockets to 6, Joni goes Top 20, and 2 more entries from ELO rockin’ it up and Charlie Rich croonin’ a country classic.

1 ( 2 ) DARK LADY Cher
2 ( 1 ) TIGER FEET Mud
3 ( 3 ) JEALOUS MIND Alvin Stardust
4 ( 5 ) HELLO IT’S ME Todd Rundgren
5 ( 9 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
6 ( 21 ) LOVE’S THEME Love Unlimited Orchestra
7 ( 11 ) TEENAGE DREAM Marc Bolan and T.Rex
8 ( 10 ) DEVIL GATE DRIVE Suzi Quatro
9 ( 8 ) LIVING FOR THE CITY Stevie Wonder
10 ( 6 ) SCULLERY Clifford T. Ward

11 ( 7 ) TEENAGE RAMPAGE The Sweet
12 ( NEW ) BURN BABY BURN Hudson-Ford
13 ( 12 ) FOREVER Roy Wood
14 ( 15 ) UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Aretha Franklin
15 ( 16 ) WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW Melanie
16 ( 30 ) RAISED ON ROBBERY Joni Mitchell
17 ( 28 ) DO I LOVE YOU The Tremeloes
18 ( 20 ) YOU’RE SIXTEEN Ringo Starr
19 ( 23 ) SLIP AND SLIDE Medicine Head
20 ( 18 ) THE WORST BAND IN THE WORLD 10CC

21 ( 17 ) DANCE WITH THE DEVIL Cozy Powell
22 ( NEW ) MA MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
23 ( NEW ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Charlie Rich
24 ( 22 ) MY COO CA CHOO Alvin Stardust
25 ( 27 ) NEVER NEVER GONNA GIVE YA UP Barry White
26 ( 29 ) A LITTLE LOVIN’ Neil Sedaka
27 ( 24 ) THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD Lulu
28 ( 14 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
29 ( 19 ) HIGHWAYS OF MY LIFE The Isley Brothers
30 ( 26 ) (I CAN’T GET NO) SATISFACTION Bubble Rock
31 ( 4 ) JET Paul McCartney & Wings

19th Feb 1974

3rd week of all-change at the top, this time for Love Unlimited Orchestra. I still love it, reminds me of enforced Sunday family drives to Bristol Zoo and The American Museum near Bath, and listening to the chart rundown on the radio in the car on the way back. My beloved reel-to-reel tape recorder was in for repairs for most of Feb through April so I had to subsequently fill in gaps by buying as many singles as I could scrape pocket-money permitting (I babysat for other forces families for cash in those days when they fancied an evening out, and was popular as I was dependable, sensible and easily fobbed off with 50p rather than the more appropriate pound or two. That was the price of a new single, as it happens…)

Todd and Clifford make an early departure (enforced) while lots of chart activity a-goin’-on: Hudson Ford to 3, Ringo to 6, Charlie Rich at 8 and ELO 9 to make for a fresh Top 10. Roy Wood’s yonks-from-release Going Down The Road re-enters, while Brownsville Station re-enters due to UK chart success. New stuff, 60’s soul legends basically, Smokey Robinson’s native american lament, The Temptations Eddie Kendricks (back in Chris Malinchak-sampled UK Top 40 this week), and The Four Tops, all flops in the UK where the much-slower singles chart was still stuffed with some of my earlier hits, or new entries like Alvin Stardust which had been in my charts for weeks, now at 2. Highest new entry, though, Robert Knight and his original of the British number from 1968 for Love Affair, following up B side chart hit Love On A Mountain Top. Nottingham TV-pushed band Paper Lace enter with future UK number one (and covered in the US too) bizarrely about dying in the American Civil War. We just don’t get songs about people and history anymore! That’s not a good thing, honest!

1 ( 6 ) LOVE’S THEME Love Unlimited Orchestra
2 ( 3 ) JEALOUS MIND Alvin Stardust
3 ( 12 ) BURN BABY BURN Hudson-Ford
4 ( 1 ) DARK LADY Cher
5 ( 2 ) TIGER FEET Mud
6 ( 18 ) YOU’RE SIXTEEN Ringo Starr
7 ( 5 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
8 ( 23 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Charlie Rich
9 ( 22 ) MA MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
10 ( 16 ) RAISED ON ROBBERY Joni Mitchell

11 ( 8 ) DEVIL GATE DRIVE Suzi Quatro
12 ( 9 ) LIVING FOR THE CITY Stevie Wonder
13 ( 7 ) TEENAGE DREAM Marc Bolan and T.Rex
14 ( RE ) GOING DOWN THE ROAD Roy Wood
15 ( 20 ) THE WORST BAND IN THE WORLD 10CC
16 ( 11 ) TEENAGE RAMPAGE The Sweet
17 ( 19 ) SLIP AND SLIDE Medicine Head
18 ( 17 ) DO I LOVE YOU The Tremeloes
19 ( NEW ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
20 ( 21 ) DANCE WITH THE DEVIL Cozy Powell

21 ( 14 ) UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Aretha Franklin
22 ( NEW ) JUST MY SOUL RESPONDING Smokey Robinson
23 ( NEW ) BOOGIE DOWN Eddie Kendricks
24 ( 25 ) NEVER NEVER GONNA GIVE YA UP Barry White
25 ( 27 ) THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD Lulu
26 ( 24 ) MY COO CA CHOO Alvin Stardust
27 ( NEW ) I JUST CAN’T GET THE FEELING The Four Tops
28 ( NEW ) BILLY DON’T BE A HERO Paper Lace
29 ( 28 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
30 ( RE ) SMOKIN’ IN THE BOYS ROOM Brownsville Station

31 ( 4 ) HELLO IT’S ME Todd Rundgren
32 ( 31 ) JET Paul McCartney & Wings
33 ( 10 ) SCULLERY Clifford T. Ward
34 ( 15 ) WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW Melanie
35 ( NEW ) REBEL REBEL David Bowie

26th Feb 1974

Jet’s back at the top, having been released at last, for a fourth week at number one, bad news for Alvin as his bid for a second one falters at 2. Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell hits 8 (lead single off the great album Court and Spark), while fellow singer-songwriter husband-wife James & Carly copy Melanie by covering an oldie, but as a duet. Real-oldie follows his son Dexter into the charts with a reissue of the late legend’s classic 1968 hit, Otis Redding and Dock Of The Bay, which would have been a big hit in 1969 for me had I allowed oldies in (it was a track on 16 Big Hits, a hits album I badgered my dad to buy ). Not the last time it would chart, though…

Ex-Flirtations and UK TV regular singer Pearly Gates had a girlie 60’s-stylee non-hit, Barry Blue appeals to kids with his School Love 50’s pastiche, having abandoned his Gary Glitter-sound alike phase. I doubt he knew what was coming, but the good news is the BBC can still play a record that sounds like Gary Glitter without fear of letters from Mr & Mrs Angry of Mayfair. Sneaking in for one solitary week a record you may have heard of, from Elton John. I was a huge fan of Elton, but I have never got this dirge. Honestly, the biggest-selling record in history, over-rated much! A week at 30 is about right, the far superior B side Bennie & The Jet was a massive US hit and should have been an A side in the UK in 1974 (not 1976 after the oomph had died out). Jambalaya I mention for it’s delightful mis-heard lyric (to me): the angelic, marvellous, sweet Karen singing jauntily “son of a gun we’ll have a big fart on the bayou” is a moment to treasure. Go on, listen to it, I’m right!

1 ( 32 ) JET Paul McCartney & Wings
2 ( 2 ) JEALOUS MIND Alvin Stardust
3 ( 4 ) DARK LADY Cher
4 ( 1 ) LOVE’S THEME Love Unlimited Orchestra
5 ( 3 ) BURN BABY BURN Hudson-Ford
6 ( 5 ) TIGER FEET Mud
7 ( 7 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
8 ( 10 ) RAISED ON ROBBERY Joni Mitchell
9 ( 8 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Charlie Rich
10 ( 6 ) YOU’RE SIXTEEN Ringo Starr

11 ( 9 ) MA MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
12 ( 34 ) WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW Melanie
13 ( 11 ) DEVIL GATE DRIVE Suzi Quatro
14 ( 23 ) BOOGIE DOWN Eddie Kendricks
15 ( NEW ) MOCKINGBIRD James Taylor and Carly Simon
16 ( 19 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
17 ( 12 ) LIVING FOR THE CITY Stevie Wonder
18 ( 14 ) GOING DOWN THE ROAD Roy Wood
19 ( NEW ) (SITTING ON THE) DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
20 ( NEW ) JOHNNY AND THE JUKEBOX Pearly Gates

21 ( 22 ) JUST MY SOUL RESPONDING Smokey Robinson
22 ( 20 ) DANCE WITH THE DEVIL Cozy Powell
23 ( 13 ) TEENAGE DREAM Marc Bolan and T.Rex
24 ( 28 ) BILLY DON’T BE A HERO Paper Lace
25 ( 16 ) TEENAGE RAMPAGE The Sweet
26 ( 21 ) UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Aretha Franklin
27 ( 24 ) NEVER NEVER GONNA GIVE YA UP Barry White
28 ( NEW ) SCHOOL LOVE Barry Blue
29 ( 26 ) MY COO CA CHOO Alvin Stardust
30 ( NEW ) CANDLE IN THE WIND Elton John
31 ( 25 ) THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD Lulu
32 ( NEW ) JAMBALAYA The Carpenters