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