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

 

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