My 1994 Charts – March

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Treasure Island, Florida

 

6th March 1994

4 weeks for Nilsson, presiding over a very volatile chart, much like the singles chart, and very indie-looking suddenly, also much like the UK singles chart. Ace Of Base get their second Top 3 single, Level 42 get their first (and last) Top 5. In at 8, 1986 classic ballad Wonderful Life, fabulous song, and then suddenly a host of huge jumpers: Carter with their glam-trib song at 9, Inspiral Carpets (helped by Mark E Smith of The Fall) rocket from 72 to 15, and Morrissey is back on form and shoots from 58 to 17.

Some golden oldies enter too, Elvis Costello sulking at 22, Alison Moyet whispers at 24 with her best Lightning-Seed-tastic single, while Boy George swears he misses us blind at 27, a remix of Culture Club’s brilliant 1983 album track. Jimmy Cliff takes Johnny Nash’s Clearly Now up to 20, Smashing Pumpkins enter at 38, Suede go Top 40 just ahead of Beck, for a right ol’ indie rock delight.

Guns’ n Roses cover a 50’s classic (album track), joining 50’s acts Eartha Kitt and Nat ‘King’ Cole in the chart, (advert related), while there’s also a delightful dance new entry – no not Doop. Not Cappella. Both are fine, but Jam ‘n’ Spoon was the main one at a lowly 70.

1 ( 1 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
2 ( 2 ) RETURN TO INNOCENCE Enigma
3 ( 6 ) THE SIGN Ace Of Base
4 ( 3 ) LINGER The Cranberries
5 ( 7 ) FOREVER NOW Level 42
6 ( 5 ) LOVER Joe Roberts
7 ( 4 ) SWEET LULLABY Deep Forest
8 ( NEW ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
9 ( 56 ) GLAM ROCK COPS Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine
10 ( 13 ) I CAN’T WAIT TO BE WITH YOU DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince

11 ( 11 ) UPTIGHT Shara Nelson
12 ( 8 ) WHY? D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis
13 ( 10 ) SO IN LOVE WITH YOU Texas
14 ( 9 ) TWO TRIBES (REMIX) Frankie Goes To Hollywood
15 ( 72 ) I WANT YOU The Inspiral Carpets and Mark E. Smith
16 ( 12 ) PALE MOVIE Saint Etienne
17 ( 58 ) THE MORE YOU IGNORE ME THE CLOSER I GET Morrissey
18 ( 14 ) STOP LOVING ME STOP LOVING YOU Daryl Hall
19 ( 23 ) LET’S FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE Nat ‘King’ Cole
20 ( 51 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW Jimmy Cliff

21 ( 15 ) SPIRITUAL LOVE Urban Species
22 ( NEW ) SULKY GIRL Elvis Costello
23 ( 18 ) STAY WITH ME BABY Ruby Turner
24 ( NEW ) WHISPERING YOUR NAME Alison Moyet
25 ( 25 ) FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS The Bee Gees
26 ( 16 ) LET’S GET MARRIED The Proclaimers
27 ( NEW ) MISS ME BLIND (REMIX) Boy George
28 ( 17 ) SECRET STAR Womack and Womack (Zekkarius)
29 ( 19 ) NOTHING ‘BOUT ME Sting
30 ( 32 ) IF I LOVE YA THEN I NEED YA Eartha Kitt

31 ( 65 ) DOWNTOWN SWV
32 ( 54 ) I FEEL NO PAIN Bindu and Moodswings
33 ( NEW ) I BELIEVE Marcella Detroit
34 ( 70 ) JINGO FKW
35 ( 30 ) WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen
36 ( NEW ) DOOP Doop
37 ( NEW ) DISARM The Smashing Pumpkins
38 ( 21 ) A DEEPER LOVE Aretha Franklin and C+C Music Factory
39 ( 52 ) STAY TOGETHER Suede
40 ( 68 ) LOSER Beck

41 ( 24 ) PERPETUAL DAWN The Orb
42 ( 31 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER (REMIX) D:Ream
43 ( 20 ) DIRTY DAWG NKOTB
44 ( 36 ) ROCK AND ROLL DREAMS COME TRUE Meatloaf
45 ( 43 ) GO WEST Pet Shop Boys
46 ( 35 ) COLD COLD HEART Wet Wet Wet
47 ( 47 ) BECAUSE OF LOVE Janet Jackson
48 ( 42 ) I WOULDN’T NORMALLY DO THIS KIND OF THING Pet Shop Boys
49 ( 45 ) LONG TRAIN RUNNIN’ 93 The Doobie Brothers
50 ( 22 ) I LOVE MUSIC Rozalla

51 ( NEW ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Guns ‘n’ Roses
52 ( 34 ) LOCKED OUT Crowded House
53 ( 28 ) HEY JEALOUSY Gin Blossoms
54 ( 53 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
55 ( 37 ) CAN’T TAKE YOUR LOVE Pauline Henry
56 ( 26 ) HIGHER GROUND Sasha
57 ( 55 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
58 ( 60 ) RENAISSANCE M People
59 ( 38 ) CAFFEINE BOMB The Wildhearts
60 ( 50 ) AGAIN Janet Jackson

61 ( 39 ) DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Elton John and RuPaul
62 ( 74 ) WHATTA MAN Salt ‘n’ Pepa and En Vogue
63 ( NEW ) THE WAY YOU WORK IT EYC
64 ( 61 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 62 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
66 ( 71 ) STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA Bruce Springsteen
67 ( 63 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
68 ( 27 ) NOW AND FOREVER Richard Marx
69 ( 66 ) TEENAGE SENSATION Credit To The Nation
70 ( NEW ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam ‘n’ Spoon

71 ( NEW ) BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Barbara Tucker
72 ( 40 ) BLUEBEARD The Cocteau Twins
73 ( NEW ) BECAUSE OF YOU Gabrielle
74 ( NEW ) A FAIR AFFAIR Misty Oldland
75 ( NEW ) MOVE ON BABY Cappella

13th March 1994

5 weeks for Nilsson, heading for the all-time chart points Top 20 by this stage. Black do what they should have done first-time round and go up to 4. In at 5, from nowhere, though it’s the best Rolling Stones record in 20 years. Err I mean it’s Primal Scream getting their Rocks off. Alison meanwhile gets her first Top 10 in 7 years. The Inspiral Carpets get another Top 10 hit, and it’s only fair they bring Mark E Smith along, as he never had a big hit with The Fall, though lots of minor ones.

Just hanging around waiting for a gap, Morrissey and Beck, while it’s a 50-place climb for Cappella with one of their best singles. It’s classic Bruce at 30, and classic urban dance with En Vogue & Salt ‘n’ Pepa battling over Whatta Man at 39. Less classic, but theyve Got 2 got 2 move it, Reel 2 Real in at 37. It’s lower down that the real goodies drop by though, Velvet Underground creep in with the jangly haunting Venus In Furs, Prince has a last gasp (for a decade) as he goes insane and decides Prince isn’t a good enough name – and kills his career stone dead after this last great ballad, Blur go all Pet Shop Boys-ey with the career-changing Girls & Boys, while welcome returns from Beautiful South, Roxette, Tom Petty (17 years of chart entries)….

1 ( 1 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
2 ( 3 ) THE SIGN Ace Of Base
3 ( 2 ) RETURN TO INNOCENCE Enigma
4 ( 8 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
5 ( NEW ) ROCKS Primal Scream
6 ( 4 ) LINGER The Cranberries
7 ( 9 ) GLAM ROCK COPS Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine
8 ( 24 ) WHISPERING YOUR NAME Alison Moyet
9 ( 15 ) I WANT YOU The Inspiral Carpets and Mark E. Smith
10 ( 5 ) FOREVER NOW Level 42

11 ( 7 ) SWEET LULLABY Deep Forest
12 ( 6 ) LOVER Joe Roberts
13 ( 17 ) THE MORE YOU IGNORE ME THE CLOSER I GET Morrissey
14 ( 20 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW Jimmy Cliff
15 ( 40 ) LOSER Beck
16 ( 11 ) UPTIGHT Shara Nelson
17 ( 19 ) LET’S FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE Nat ‘King’ Cole
18 ( 12 ) WHY? D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis
19 ( 10 ) I CAN’T WAIT TO BE WITH YOU DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince
20 ( 13 ) SO IN LOVE WITH YOU Texas

21 ( 16 ) PALE MOVIE Saint Etienne
22 ( 36 ) DOOP Doop
23 ( 18 ) STOP LOVING ME STOP LOVING YOU Daryl Hall
24 ( 14 ) TWO TRIBES (REMIX) Frankie Goes To Hollywood
25 ( 75 ) MOVE ON BABY Cappella
26 ( 42 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER (REMIX) D:Ream
27 ( 25 ) FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS The Bee Gees
28 ( 23 ) STAY WITH ME BABY Ruby Turner
29 ( 69 ) TEENAGE SENSATION Credit To The Nation
30 ( 66 ) STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA Bruce Springsteen

31 ( 21 ) SPIRITUAL LOVE Urban Species
32 ( 58 ) RENAISSANCE M People
33 ( 33 ) I BELIEVE Marcella Detroit
34 ( 39 ) STAY TOGETHER Suede
35 ( 35 ) WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen
36 ( 47 ) BECAUSE OF LOVE Janet Jackson
37 ( NEW ) I LIKE 2 MOVE IT Reel 2 Real
38 ( 22 ) SULKY GIRL Elvis Costello
39 ( 62 ) WHATTA MAN Salt ‘n’ Pepa and En Vogue
40 ( 26 ) LET’S GET MARRIED The Proclaimers

41 ( 28 ) SECRET STAR Womack and Womack (Zekkarius)
42 ( 63 ) THE WAY YOU WORK IT EYC
43 ( 29 ) NOTHING ‘BOUT ME Sting
44 ( 31 ) DOWNTOWN SWV
45 ( 68 ) NOW AND FOREVER Richard Marx
46 ( NEW ) GOOD AS GOLD (STUPID AS MUD) The Beautiful South
47 ( 45 ) GO WEST Pet Shop Boys
48 ( 38 ) A DEEPER LOVE Aretha Franklin and C+C Music Factory
49 ( NEW ) VENUS IN FURS The Velvet Underground
50 ( 27 ) MISS ME BLIND (REMIX) Boy George

51 ( 49 ) LONG TRAIN RUNNIN’ 93 The Doobie Brothers
52 ( 30 ) IF I LOVE YA THEN I NEED YA Eartha Kitt
53 ( 46 ) COLD COLD HEART Wet Wet Wet
54 ( 54 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
55 ( NEW ) SLEEPING IN MY CAR Roxette
56 ( 37 ) DISARM The Smashing Pumpkins
57 ( 34 ) JINGO FKW
58 ( 57 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
59 ( 48 ) I WOULDN’T NORMALLY DO THIS KIND OF THING Pet Shop Boys
60 ( NEW ) DRY COUNTY Bon Jovi

61 ( 32 ) I FEEL NO PAIN Bindu and Moodswings
62 ( 41 ) PERPETUAL DAWN The Orb
63 ( 51 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Guns ‘n’ Roses
64 ( NEW ) GIRLS AND BOYS Blur
65 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
66 ( 65 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
67 ( NEW ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Prince
68 ( 67 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
69 ( NEW ) ICH BIN EIN AUSLANDER Pop Will Eat Itself
70 ( 60 ) AGAIN Janet Jackson

71 ( NEW ) I SHOULD’VE KNOWN Aimee Mann
72 ( NEW ) MURDER SHE WROTE Chaka Demus & Pliers
73 ( NEW ) MARY JANE’S LAST DANCE Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
74 ( NEW ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE World’s Apart
75 ( 43 ) DIRTY DAWG NKOTB

 

20th March 1994

Ace Of Base finally get that number one, an American chart-topper too with their catchy pop grower. I always was partial to Scandipop, as I believe they call it now. Runner-up is Alison Moyet, just leap-frogging Primal Scream. The whole Top 10, though, is a bit of a classic list, and if I may say so myself, incredibly varied musically. Morrissey gets a rare solo Top 10, while a Springsteen classic ballad from Philadelphia starts to pick up speed, and gives him 19 years of Top 20 hits. Add in slacker-rock from Beck, and 40’s retro from Nat for a bit of a Top 10 clear-out.

Nearly there, D:Ream’s 1993 Number one gets a remix return at 11, Tori Amos has a Pretty Good Year entering at 14 and Blur rocket up to 19, and Prince up to 39. Keeping up with the 1993 returns, Daryl Hall and Toni Braxton have a second go, while Madonna slides in with a very orthodox ballad for her, at 40. I’ve said it before, but a good gag is worth repeating until someone laughs, in at 68 is Ce Ce Peniston, a lady very thankful for those three letters of the alphabet, T, N and O.

1 ( 2 ) THE SIGN Ace Of Base
2 ( 8 ) WHISPERING YOUR NAME Alison Moyet
3 ( 5 ) ROCKS Primal Scream
4 ( 1 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
5 ( 3 ) RETURN TO INNOCENCE Enigma
6 ( 6 ) LINGER The Cranberries
7 ( 13 ) THE MORE YOU IGNORE ME THE CLOSER I GET Morrissey
8 ( 30 ) STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA Bruce Springsteen
9 ( 15 ) LOSER Beck
10 ( 17 ) LET’S FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE Nat ‘King’ Cole

11 ( NEW ) UR THE BEST THING (REMIX) D:Ream
12 ( 14 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW Jimmy Cliff
13 ( 4 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
14 ( NEW ) PRETTY GOOD YEAR Tori Amos
15 ( 7 ) GLAM ROCK COPS Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine
16 ( 11 ) SWEET LULLABY Deep Forest
17 ( 12 ) LOVER Joe Roberts
18 ( 9 ) I WANT YOU The Inspiral Carpets and Mark E. Smith
19 ( 64 ) GIRLS AND BOYS Blur
20 ( 38 ) SULKY GIRL Elvis Costello

21 ( 10 ) FOREVER NOW Level 42
22 ( 22 ) DOOP Doop
23 ( 25 ) MOVE ON BABY Cappella
24 ( 32 ) RENAISSANCE M People
25 ( 33 ) I BELIEVE Marcella Detroit
26 ( 16 ) UPTIGHT Shara Nelson
27 ( 46 ) GOOD AS GOLD (STUPID AS MUD) The Beautiful South
28 ( 39 ) WHATTA MAN Salt ‘n’ Pepa and En Vogue
29 ( 18 ) WHY? D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis
30 ( 20 ) SO IN LOVE WITH YOU Texas

31 ( 19 ) I CAN’T WAIT TO BE WITH YOU DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince
32 ( 26 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER (REMIX) D:Ream
33 ( 23 ) STOP LOVING ME STOP LOVING YOU Daryl Hall
34 ( 27 ) FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS The Bee Gees
35 ( 21 ) PALE MOVIE Saint Etienne
36 ( 37 ) I LIKE 2 MOVE IT Reel 2 Real
37 ( 42 ) THE WAY YOU WORK IT EYC
38 ( 36 ) BECAUSE OF LOVE Janet Jackson
39 ( 67 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Prince
40 ( NEW ) I’LL REMEMBER Madonna

41 ( 35 ) WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen
42 ( 28 ) STAY WITH ME BABY Ruby Turner
43 ( 24 ) TWO TRIBES (REMIX) Frankie Goes To Hollywood
44 ( NEW ) ANOTHER SAD LOVE SONG (REMIX) Toni Braxton
45 ( NEW ) I’M IN A PHILLY MOOD Daryl Hall
46 ( 29 ) TEENAGE SENSATION Credit To The Nation
47 ( 40 ) LET’S GET MARRIED The Proclaimers
48 ( 55 ) SLEEPING IN MY CAR Roxette
49 ( 47 ) GO WEST Pet Shop Boys
50 ( NEW ) DREAM ON DREAMER Brand New Heavies

51 ( 31 ) SPIRITUAL LOVE Urban Species
52 ( NEW ) WORLD IN YOUR HANDS Culture Beat
53 ( 54 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
54 ( 60 ) DRY COUNTY Bon Jovi
55 ( 49 ) VENUS IN FURS The Velvet Underground
56 ( 48 ) A DEEPER LOVE Aretha Franklin and C+C Music Factory
57 ( 59 ) I WOULDN’T NORMALLY DO THIS KIND OF THING Pet Shop Boys
58 ( 58 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
59 ( 53 ) COLD COLD HEART Wet Wet Wet
60 ( 51 ) LONG TRAIN RUNNIN’ 93 The Doobie Brothers

61 ( 52 ) IF I LOVE YA THEN I NEED YA Eartha Kitt
62 ( NEW ) I NEVER WANT AN EASY LIFE The Charlatans
63 ( 34 ) STAY TOGETHER Suede
64 ( 74 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE World’s Apart
65 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
66 ( 66 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
67 ( 43 ) NOTHING ‘BOUT ME Sting
68 ( NEW ) KEEP GIVIN’ ME LOVE Ce Ce Peniston
69 ( 68 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
70 ( NEW ) AGAIN Juliet Roberts

71 ( 44 ) DOWNTOWN SWV
72 ( 72 ) MURDER SHE WROTE Chaka Demus & Pliers
73 ( 70 ) AGAIN Janet Jackson
74 ( 41 ) SECRET STAR Womack and Womack (Zekkarius)
75 ( 45 ) NOW AND FOREVER Richard Marx

 

27th March 1994

Alison Moyet gets her only solo chart-topper, and her first since Yazoo did it in 1982 with Only You. Lightning Seeds-like melody-heavy, it’s an insistent dance grower and should have done better than UK 18. D:Ream get to 2, the remix not as good as the original mix, but again, what a melody, and fresh even 12 months on.

High new entries, both following-up Number Ones, and both from great albums, and both (sticking with the melody theme) having subtle killer toons, two of their best in both cases (in a very long list of greats). So, which will get to the top….?!

Dance suddenly makes inroads with Culture Beat shooting to 10, Cappella to 12, and another version of the Detroit Spinners classic from World’s Apart (aka Brother Beyond’s Nathan) at 22. The Wonder Stuff at 26, James at 63 for indie newies, reggae from UB40, 14 years of hits and counting at 38, and Bitty Mclean’s version of the 50’s oldie (and Mama’s & Papa’s 1967 classic version) at 55. a-ha 51, Bjork 75, among others to finish off the name-checks.

 

1 ( 2 ) WHISPERING YOUR NAME Alison Moyet
2 ( 11 ) UR THE BEST THING (REMIX) D:Ream
3 ( 1 ) THE SIGN Ace Of Base
4 ( NEW ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees
5 ( 3 ) ROCKS Primal Scream
6 ( 4 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
7 ( 6 ) LINGER The Cranberries
8 ( 5 ) RETURN TO INNOCENCE Enigma
9 ( NEW ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
10 ( 52 ) WORLD IN YOUR HANDS Culture Beat

11 ( 7 ) THE MORE YOU IGNORE ME THE CLOSER I GET Morrissey
12 ( 23 ) MOVE ON BABY Cappella
13 ( 8 ) STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA Bruce Springsteen
14 ( 14 ) PRETTY GOOD YEAR Tori Amos
15 ( 12 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW Jimmy Cliff
16 ( 9 ) LOSER Beck
17 ( 10 ) LET’S FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE Nat ‘King’ Cole
18 ( 19 ) GIRLS AND BOYS Blur
19 ( 22 ) DOOP Doop
20 ( 24 ) RENAISSANCE M People

21 ( 44 ) ANOTHER SAD LOVE SONG (REMIX) Toni Braxton
22 ( 64 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE World’s Apart
23 ( 13 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
24 ( 16 ) SWEET LULLABY Deep Forest
25 ( 17 ) LOVER Joe Roberts
26 ( NEW ) HOT LOVE NOW The Wonder Stuff
27 ( RE ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Guns ‘n’ Roses
28 ( 28 ) WHATTA MAN Salt ‘n’ Pepa and En Vogue
29 ( 21 ) FOREVER NOW Level 42
30 ( 15 ) GLAM ROCK COPS Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine

31 ( 25 ) I BELIEVE Marcella Detroit
32 ( 27 ) GOOD AS GOLD (STUPID AS MUD) The Beautiful South
33 ( 36 ) I LIKE 2 MOVE IT Reel 2 Real
34 ( 40 ) I’LL REMEMBER Madonna
35 ( 34 ) FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS The Bee Gees
36 ( 37 ) THE WAY YOU WORK IT EYC
37 ( 18 ) I WANT YOU The Inspiral Carpets and Mark E. Smith
38 ( NEW ) C’EST LA VIE UB40
39 ( 29 ) WHY? D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis
40 ( 68 ) KEEP GIVIN’ ME LOVE Ce Ce Peniston

41 ( 33 ) STOP LOVING ME STOP LOVING YOU Daryl Hall
42 ( 41 ) WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen
43 ( 30 ) SO IN LOVE WITH YOU Texas
44 ( 26 ) UPTIGHT Shara Nelson
45 ( 45 ) I’M IN A PHILLY MOOD Daryl Hall
46 ( 39 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Prince
47 ( 48 ) SLEEPING IN MY CAR Roxette
48 ( 50 ) DREAM ON DREAMER Brand New Heavies
49 ( 32 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER (REMIX) D:Ream
50 ( 54 ) DRY COUNTY Bon Jovi

51 ( NEW ) SHAPES THAT GO TOGETHER a-ha
52 ( 20 ) SULKY GIRL Elvis Costello
53 ( 49 ) GO WEST Pet Shop Boys
54 ( 53 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba
55 ( NEW ) DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE Bitty McLean
56 ( 35 ) PALE MOVIE Saint Etienne
57 ( NEW ) I BELIEVE Sounds Of Blackness
58 ( 31 ) I CAN’T WAIT TO BE WITH YOU DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince
59 ( 58 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
60 ( NEW ) SOMEBODY TO SHOVE Soul Asylum

61 ( 42 ) STAY WITH ME BABY Ruby Turner
62 ( 57 ) I WOULDN’T NORMALLY DO THIS KIND OF THING Pet Shop Boys
63 ( NEW ) SAY SOMETHING James
64 ( 47 ) LET’S GET MARRIED The Proclaimers
65 ( 60 ) LONG TRAIN RUNNIN’ 93 The Doobie Brothers
66 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 66 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
68 ( 51 ) SPIRITUAL LOVE Urban Species
69 ( NEW ) LET THE BEAT CONTROL YOUR BODY 2 Unlimited
70 ( 38 ) BECAUSE OF LOVE Janet Jackson

71 ( 69 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
72 ( RE ) BREATHE AGAIN Toni Braxton
73 ( 59 ) COLD COLD HEART Wet Wet Wet
74 ( NEW ) MONEY The Backbeat Band
75 ( NEW ) VIOLENTLY HAPPY Bjork

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My 1989 Charts – March

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La Belle Paris…

 

5th March 1989

Donna Summer gets her first chart-topper since I Feel Love, 12 years earlier, with this joyous and yet sad song (for me, sad memories). A great melody, and even the SAW hit machine helped with the bursting enthusiasm. A welcome break from anxiety and worry was the Nana’s Top 5 Beatles cover, Help! In with a bang, though, it’s Madonna, a new look, flowing locks, controversial video and an awesome gospel song in at 7.

S’Express get a third Top 10, Jacko keeps his Top 10 run going, and Jesus Jones freak it at 16. In from nowhere, a novelty hit – Kon Kan at 18. Oh it was yodellingly funny, and not least for sampling Lynn Anderson’s Rose Garden, an old fave. Def Lep meanwhile rock it to 20.

A supergroup return at 28, the Wilbury’s, but minus the late great Roy. A great singalong gem. Inexplicably flopped, just like Jesus Jones. Gene Pitney, another great, gets a solo hit with a cover of Roy Orbison’s 60’s classic, so he’s there in spirit if not in fact. Jason Donovan follows up his Kylie duet with his own (lesser) SAW pop ditty, Randy Newman and Lou Reed add a bit of non-chart class to my list, 20 years on from making waves in the late 60’s, albeit waves that didn’t sell much at the time. Meanwhile I was playing The Fifth Dimension’s hits album a lot as my golden oldie.

 

1 ( 4 ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
2 ( 2 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
3 ( 1 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
4 ( 9 ) HELP! Bananarama and La Na Nee Nee Noo Noo
5 ( 6 ) LOVE IN THE NATURAL WAY Kim Wilde
6 ( 5 ) STOP Sam Brown
7 ( NEW ) LIKE A PRAYER Madonna
8 ( 20 ) HEY MUSIC LOVER S’Express
9 ( 3 ) CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
10 ( 13 ) LEAVE ME ALONE MIchael Jackson

 

11 ( 10 ) BELFAST CHILD/ MANDELA DAY Simple Minds
12 ( 12 ) I DON’T WANT A LOVER Texas
13 ( 7 ) INDESTRUCTIBLE The Four Tops featuring Smokey Robinson
14 ( 14 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
15 ( 22 ) ROCK ON (1989) David Essex
16 ( 23 ) INFO FREAKO Jesus Jones
17 ( 8 ) HOLD ME Fleetwood Mac
18 ( NEW ) I BEG YOUR PARDON Kon Kan
19 ( 11 ) WAIT Robert Howard and Kym Mazelle
20 ( 35 ) ROCKET Def Leppard

21 ( 16 ) YOU GOT IT Roy Orbison
22 ( 15 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Ten City
23 ( 30 ) VERONICA Elvis Costello
24 ( 34 ) CELEBRATE THE WORLD Womack And Womack
25 ( 28 ) DON’T SHED A TEAR Paul Carrack
26 ( 38 ) HEARSAY ’89 Alexander O’Neal
27 ( 18 ) THE PRICE OF LOVE ’89 Bryan Ferry
28 ( NEW ) END OF THE LINE Traveling Wilbury’s
29 ( 19 ) THE LOVER IN ME Sheena Easton
30 ( 40 ) EVERYTHING COUNTS (LIVE) Depeche Mode

 

31 ( 17 ) FINE TIME Yazz
32 ( 24 ) BREAK 4 LOVE Raze
33 ( 44 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Howard Jones
34 ( 32 ) LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES Pet Shop Boys
35 ( 21 ) IT’S ONLY LOVE Simply Red
36 ( 33 ) FOUR LETTER WORD Kim Wilde
37 ( 36 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
38 ( 46 ) STRAIGHT UP Paula Abdul
39 ( 53 ) INTERNATIONAL RESCUE Fuzzbox
40 ( 27 ) LOVE TRAIN Holly Johnson

41 ( 41 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
42 ( 26 ) PROMISED LAND The Style Council
43 ( 56 ) BABY I NEED YOUR LOVING Ruby Turner and The Four Tops
44 ( 25 ) WHAT I AM Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians
45 ( NEW ) TURN UP THE BASS Tyree and Kool Rock Steady
46 ( 29 ) SYMPTOMS OF TRUE LOVE Tracie Spencer
47 ( 31 ) SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY Fine Young Cannibals
48 ( 37 ) MY PREROGATIVE Bobby Brown
49 ( 39 ) WAITING FOR A STAR TO FALL Boy Meets Girl
50 ( NEW ) IT’S OVER Gene Pitney

51 ( 49 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
52 ( 45 ) DOWNTOWN ’88 Petula Clark
53 ( 42 ) AS LONG AS YOU FOLLOW Fleetwood Mac
54 ( 68 ) KISSED YOU IN THE RAIN Freiheit
55 ( 66 ) FAMILY MAN Roachford
56 ( 54 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
57 ( 57 ) DON’T TAKE MY MIND ON A TRIP Boy George
58 ( 51 ) I WISH U HEAVEN Prince
59 ( 61 ) WILD THING Tone Loc
60 ( 58 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies

61 ( 59 ) DOMINO DANCING Pet Shop Boys
62 ( 62 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
63 ( NEW ) TOO MANY BROKEN HEARTS Jason Donovan
64 ( 63 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
65 ( 43 ) CAN U DIG IT Pop Will Eat Itself
66 ( 64 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies
67 ( 74 ) BLOW THE HOUSE DOWN Living In A Box
68 ( NEW ) FALLING IN LOVE Randy Newman
69 ( 47 ) GOOD LIFE Inner City
70 ( NEW ) CAN YOU KEEP A SECERET Brother Beyond

71 ( 71 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
72 ( NEW ) WHERE DOES THE TIME GO Julia Fordham
73 ( 52 ) KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Freiheit
74 ( NEW ) DIRTY BOULEVARD Lou Reed
75 ( NEW ) WHEN I GROW UP Michelle-Shocked

 

12th March 1989

2 weeks for Donna, and Tom, Jeff, George and Bob line up at the end of 7. Kon Kan apologise at 10, and Paul Carrack gets a rare top 20 solo hit, getting a day off from Mike + The Mechanics at the time.

Highest new entry, perennial faves The Bee Gees with a great obscure flop track, Ordinary People being infused with the sadness of recent loss, younger brother Andy Gibb. Don’t do drugs! Elsewhere Randy Newman gets a bonafide Top 40 entry – and it’s not from Toy Story! New Order enter at 50, better quality than the hideous Poison bleating on about rose thorns at 67 for one week only. Thankfully not much longer till Nirvana did away with hair-do bland pomp metal.
1 ( 1 ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
2 ( 2 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
3 ( 7 ) LIKE A PRAYER Madonna
4 ( 3 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
5 ( 8 ) HEY MUSIC LOVER S’Express
6 ( 5 ) LOVE IN THE NATURAL WAY Kim Wilde
7 ( 28 ) END OF THE LINE Traveling Wilbury’s
8 ( 10 ) LEAVE ME ALONE MIchael Jackson
9 ( 4 ) HELP! Bananarama and La Na Nee Nee Noo Noo
10 ( 18 ) I BEG YOUR PARDON Kon Kan

 

11 ( 6 ) STOP Sam Brown
12 ( 9 ) CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
13 ( 14 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
14 ( 12 ) I DON’T WANT A LOVER Texas
15 ( 13 ) INDESTRUCTIBLE The Four Tops featuring Smokey Robinson
16 ( 11 ) BELFAST CHILD/ MANDELA DAY Simple Minds
17 ( 25 ) DON’T SHED A TEAR Paul Carrack
18 ( 23 ) VERONICA Elvis Costello
19 ( 26 ) HEARSAY ’89 Alexander O’Neal
20 ( 15 ) ROCK ON (1989) David Essex

21 ( 20 ) ROCKET Def Leppard
22 ( 24 ) CELEBRATE THE WORLD Womack And Womack
23 ( NEW ) ORDINARY PEOPLE The Bee Gees
24 ( 17 ) HOLD ME Fleetwood Mac
25 ( 19 ) WAIT Robert Howard and Kym Mazelle
26 ( 50 ) IT’S OVER Gene Pitney
27 ( 21 ) YOU GOT IT Roy Orbison
28 ( 33 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Howard Jones
29 ( 22 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Ten City
30 ( 38 ) STRAIGHT UP Paula Abdul

31 ( 16 ) INFO FREAKO Jesus Jones
32 ( 39 ) INTERNATIONAL RESCUE Fuzzbox
33 ( 45 ) TURN UP THE BASS Tyree and Kool Rock Steady
34 ( 55 ) FAMILY MAN Roachford
35 ( 35 ) IT’S ONLY LOVE Simply Red
36 ( 68 ) FALLING IN LOVE Randy Newman
37 ( 63 ) TOO MANY BROKEN HEARTS Jason Donovan
38 ( 37 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
39 ( 27 ) THE PRICE OF LOVE ’89 Bryan Ferry
40 ( 30 ) EVERYTHING COUNTS (LIVE) Depeche Mode

41 ( 41 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
42 ( 36 ) FOUR LETTER WORD Kim Wilde
43 ( 34 ) LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES Pet Shop Boys
44 ( 43 ) BABY I NEED YOUR LOVING Ruby Turner and The Four Tops
45 ( 40 ) LOVE TRAIN Holly Johnson
46 ( 32 ) BREAK 4 LOVE Raze
47 ( 29 ) THE LOVER IN ME Sheena Easton
48 ( NEW ) DON’T BE CRUEL Bobby Brown
49 ( 31 ) FINE TIME Yazz
50 ( NEW ) ROUND AND ROUND New Order

51 ( 51 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
52 ( 48 ) MY PREROGATIVE Bobby Brown
53 ( 47 ) SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY Fine Young Cannibals
54 ( 59 ) WILD THING Tone Loc
55 ( 56 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
56 ( 46 ) SYMPTOMS OF TRUE LOVE Tracie Spencer
57 ( 52 ) DOWNTOWN ’88 Petula Clark
58 ( 49 ) WAITING FOR A STAR TO FALL Boy Meets Girl
59 ( 58 ) I WISH U HEAVEN Prince
60 ( 67 ) BLOW THE HOUSE DOWN Living In A Box

 

61 ( 60 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
62 ( 62 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
63 ( 61 ) DOMINO DANCING Pet Shop Boys
64 ( 53 ) AS LONG AS YOU FOLLOW Fleetwood Mac
65 ( NEW ) CRYIN’ Vixen
66 ( 64 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
67 ( NEW ) EVERY ROSE HAS IT’S THORN Poison
68 ( 66 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies
69 ( 70 ) CAN YOU KEEP A SECERET Brother Beyond
70 ( 75 ) WHEN I GROW UP Michelle-Shocked

71 ( 71 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
72 ( 72 ) WHERE DOES THE TIME GO Julia Fordham
73 ( 54 ) KISSED YOU IN THE RAIN Freiheit
74 ( NEW ) WAGES DAY Deacon Blue
75 ( NEW ) DAYS LIKE THESE Sheena Easton

19th March 1989

3 weeks for Donna, keeps off Ma-Donna at 2, and her 3rd number 2, and what a classic. If it ever makes the UK charts again, I wouldn’t bet against it getting to number 1! Big leap for Jesus Jones and their deliciously distorted racket of pumping guitars to 8, and not the last time they’d go Top 10. Fuzzbox and their Thunderbirds tribute up to 15, Sheena Easton having a massive jump to 17 (spot TV Highlander Brit actor Adrian Paul in the video), Guns ‘n’ Roses in at 39, INXS 45, and the late great Roy with a Bono song at 47. Quietly in at 50, the influential Soul II Soul…

 

1 ( 1 ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
2 ( 3 ) LIKE A PRAYER Madonna
3 ( 2 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
4 ( 10 ) I BEG YOUR PARDON Kon Kan
5 ( 5 ) HEY MUSIC LOVER S’Express
6 ( 4 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
7 ( 7 ) END OF THE LINE Traveling Wilbury’s
8 ( 31 ) INFO FREAKO Jesus Jones
9 ( 6 ) LOVE IN THE NATURAL WAY Kim Wilde
10 ( 8 ) LEAVE ME ALONE MIchael Jackson
11 ( 14 ) I DON’T WANT A LOVER Texas
12 ( 12 ) CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
13 ( 15 ) INDESTRUCTIBLE The Four Tops featuring Smokey Robinson
14 ( 11 ) STOP Sam Brown
15 ( 32 ) INTERNATIONAL RESCUE Fuzzbox
16 ( 18 ) VERONICA Elvis Costello
17 ( 75 ) DAYS LIKE THESE Sheena Easton
18 ( 9 ) HELP! Bananarama and La Na Nee Nee Noo Noo
19 ( 22 ) CELEBRATE THE WORLD Womack And Womack
20 ( 16 ) BELFAST CHILD/ MANDELA DAY Simple Minds

21 ( 17 ) DON’T SHED A TEAR Paul Carrack
22 ( 23 ) ORDINARY PEOPLE The Bee Gees
23 ( 19 ) HEARSAY ’89 Alexander O’Neal
24 ( NEW ) THIS TIME Kiara with Shanice Wilson
25 ( 30 ) STRAIGHT UP Paula Abdul
26 ( 26 ) IT’S OVER Gene Pitney
27 ( 34 ) FAMILY MAN Roachford
28 ( 13 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
29 ( 20 ) ROCK ON (1989) David Essex
30 ( 50 ) ROUND AND ROUND New Order

31 ( 27 ) YOU GOT IT Roy Orbison
32 ( 25 ) WAIT Robert Howard and Kym Mazelle
33 ( 24 ) HOLD ME Fleetwood Mac
34 ( 37 ) TOO MANY BROKEN HEARTS Jason Donovan
35 ( 36 ) FALLING IN LOVE Randy Newman
36 ( 29 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Ten City
37 ( 48 ) DON’T BE CRUEL Bobby Brown
38 ( 38 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
39 ( NEW ) PARADISE CITY Guns ‘n’ Roses
40 ( 35 ) IT’S ONLY LOVE Simply Red

41 ( 41 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
42 ( 21 ) ROCKET Def Leppard
43 ( 54 ) WILD THING Tone Loc
44 ( 43 ) LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES Pet Shop Boys
45 ( NEW ) MYSTIFIED INXS
46 ( 28 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Howard Jones
47 ( NEW ) SHE’S A MYSTERY TO ME Roy Orbison
48 ( 39 ) THE PRICE OF LOVE ’89 Bryan Ferry
49 ( 42 ) FOUR LETTER WORD Kim Wilde
50 ( NEW ) KEEP ON MOVIN’ Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler

 

51 ( 33 ) TURN UP THE BASS Tyree and Kool Rock Steady
52 ( 51 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
53 ( 60 ) BLOW THE HOUSE DOWN Living In A Box
54 ( 55 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
55 ( NEW ) SLEEP TALK Alyson Williams
56 ( 59 ) I WISH U HEAVEN Prince
57 ( 65 ) CRYIN’ Vixen
58 ( 45 ) LOVE TRAIN Holly Johnson
59 ( 46 ) BREAK 4 LOVE Raze
60 ( 57 ) DOWNTOWN ’88 Petula Clark

61 ( 62 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
62 ( 61 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
63 ( 63 ) DOMINO DANCING Pet Shop Boys
64 ( 53 ) SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY Fine Young Cannibals
65 ( 58 ) WAITING FOR A STAR TO FALL Boy Meets Girl
66 ( 66 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
67 ( 47 ) THE LOVER IN ME Sheena Easton
68 ( 71 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
69 ( 72 ) WHERE DOES THE TIME GO Julia Fordham
70 ( 68 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies

71 ( 64 ) AS LONG AS YOU FOLLOW Fleetwood Mac
72 ( NEW ) ONE MAN Chanelle
73 ( 69 ) CAN YOU KEEP A SECERET Brother Beyond
74 ( NEW ) DON’T WALK AWAY Toni Childs
75 ( 40 ) EVERYTHING COUNTS (LIVE) Depeche Mode

26th March 1989

In at number one, not for the first time, a bundle of Monkees tracks on an EP, headed by major classic Daydream Believer. The Monkees were one of my huge childhood obsessions, TV show, records, bubblegum cards, and the rock fraternity welcomed them in (rightly) as credible musicians and songwriters. The British scummy press, however, took offence that they had been CREATED, shock horror, and pounded that theme relentlessly for decades, sniffily ignoring the substantial body of work. By the time of punk, they were being quoted as influences and an EP charted again in 1980 and topped my chart. By 1989 they were touring the UK (I was there) back together, minus Mike, and this EP charted.

Straight in at 9, a dance classic from Coldcut which introduced Lisa Stansfield, still releasing good northern-soul/Philly-inspired records in 2014. New at 23, and really a final fling from The Bangles, but Eternal Flame is a great ballad. Back again at 34, 1988 flop Midnight Oil, Roy leaps to 18, just behind new Order, and at the tail-end of the chart a brace of variable cover versions. Pat & Mick sounds like the punchline to a very non-PC joke from the 70’s, but it was actually 2 DJ’s who should have known better. Slap!

 

1 ( NEW ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
2 ( 2 ) LIKE A PRAYER Madonna
3 ( 1 ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
4 ( 3 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
5 ( 4 ) I BEG YOUR PARDON Kon Kan
6 ( 5 ) HEY MUSIC LOVER S’Express
7 ( 7 ) END OF THE LINE Traveling Wilbury’s
8 ( 6 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
9 ( NEW ) PEOPLE HOLD ON Coldcut featuring Lisa Stansfield
10 ( 15 ) INTERNATIONAL RESCUE Fuzzbox

 

11 ( 10 ) LEAVE ME ALONE MIchael Jackson
12 ( 9 ) LOVE IN THE NATURAL WAY Kim Wilde
13 ( 8 ) INFO FREAKO Jesus Jones
14 ( 13 ) INDESTRUCTIBLE The Four Tops featuring Smokey Robinson
15 ( 12 ) CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
16 ( 17 ) DAYS LIKE THESE Sheena Easton
17 ( 30 ) ROUND AND ROUND New Order
18 ( 47 ) SHE’S A MYSTERY TO ME Roy Orbison
19 ( 11 ) I DON’T WANT A LOVER Texas
20 ( 25 ) STRAIGHT UP Paula Abdul

21 ( 14 ) STOP Sam Brown
22 ( 22 ) ORDINARY PEOPLE The Bee Gees
23 ( NEW ) ETERNAL FLAME The Bangles
24 ( 16 ) VERONICA Elvis Costello
25 ( 27 ) FAMILY MAN Roachford
26 ( 18 ) HELP! Bananarama and La Na Nee Nee Noo Noo
27 ( 31 ) YOU GOT IT Roy Orbison
28 ( 37 ) DON’T BE CRUEL Bobby Brown
29 ( 20 ) BELFAST CHILD/ MANDELA DAY Simple Minds
30 ( 39 ) PARADISE CITY Guns ‘n’ Roses

 

31 ( 24 ) THIS TIME Kiara with Shanice Wilson
32 ( 19 ) CELEBRATE THE WORLD Womack And Womack
33 ( 34 ) TOO MANY BROKEN HEARTS Jason Donovan
34 ( NEW ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil
35 ( 72 ) ONE MAN Chanelle
36 ( 38 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
37 ( 32 ) WAIT Robert Howard and Kym Mazelle
38 ( 55 ) SLEEP TALK Alyson Williams
39 ( 21 ) DON’T SHED A TEAR Paul Carrack
40 ( 28 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac

41 ( 41 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
42 ( 36 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Ten City
43 ( 33 ) HOLD ME Fleetwood Mac
44 ( 50 ) KEEP ON MOVIN’ Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
45 ( 45 ) MYSTIFIED INXS
46 ( 23 ) HEARSAY ’89 Alexander O’Neal
47 ( 26 ) IT’S OVER Gene Pitney
48 ( 40 ) IT’S ONLY LOVE Simply Red
49 ( 44 ) LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES Pet Shop Boys
50 ( 35 ) FALLING IN LOVE Randy Newman

51 ( 29 ) ROCK ON (1989) David Essex
52 ( 52 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
53 ( 43 ) WILD THING Tone Loc
54 ( 54 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
55 ( 48 ) THE PRICE OF LOVE ’89 Bryan Ferry
56 ( 56 ) I WISH U HEAVEN Prince
57 ( NEW ) HAVEN’T STOPPED DANCING YET Pat & Mick
58 ( 49 ) FOUR LETTER WORD Kim Wilde
59 ( NEW ) ONLY THE LONELY T’Pau
60 ( 42 ) ROCKET Def Leppard

61 ( 62 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
62 ( 61 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
63 ( 63 ) DOMINO DANCING Pet Shop Boys
64 ( 60 ) DOWNTOWN ’88 Petula Clark
65 ( 73 ) CAN YOU KEEP A SECERET Brother Beyond
66 ( 66 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
67 ( 68 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
68 ( NEW ) IF YOU DON’T KNOW ME BY NOW Simply Red
69 ( 51 ) TURN UP THE BASS Tyree and Kool Rock Steady
70 ( NEW ) GOT TO GET YOU BACK Kym Mazelle

71 ( 70 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies
72 ( 67 ) THE LOVER IN ME Sheena Easton
73 ( NEW ) THE GOLDEN CALF Prefab Sprout
74 ( 74 ) DON’T WALK AWAY Toni Childs
75 ( 59 ) BREAK 4 LOVE Raze

My 1984 Charts – March

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5th March 1984

2 weeks at 1 for Rockwell, while Van Halen Jump to 4 (ho ho) and Nena floats back up to 7. Cheers theme is at 11 in the singles chart, and 4th in my TV chart. I’ve set myself a task to spot music links to the TV list. OK here goes, Comic Strip: French & Saunders had a few hits, as did neil, and The Young Ones. MASH was a number one record. Norm in Cheers was in a Michael Jackson video. Billy Crystal from Soap had a US hit with You Look Marvellous, and another cast member was a Pink Lady in Grease. The Rockford Files theme was a US hit, Patrick MacNee & Honor Blackman had a hit with Kinky Boots (Avengers), The Twilight Zone theme has been featured in many hits, Kylie starred in Aussie soap The Sullivans, Howard Keel (musical star) was in Dallas, and the Doctor Who theme has been a hit and pop stars featured, such as Leee John and others.

Show-off. I had a lot of unemployed TV time on my hands in those days.

Back in chartland, Highest new entries from three former chart-toppers, Culture Club going for the wrong single (the USA went for the right one off the album, Miss Me Blind, never a UK single), but it was still good enough to beat late hero John Lennon’s posthumous and sad Borrowed Time and Soft Cell’s slap-clappy synth Subway song, a bit of a change in sound for them.

The Nana’s were back with one of their best self-written songs, all about Robert de Niro. You talking to me?! A bit of Ravel pops in, courtesy of a bit of fancy ice-skating. OK a bit of perfect ice-skating. Fleetwood Mac’s Christine gets a solo hit of sorts, she’s fab and rejoining them in 2014, yay! Let’s not mention the Fraggle Rock theme, I was, after all, 26 years old and should have known better!

1 ( 1 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
2 ( 2 ) HIDE AND SEEK Howard Jones
3 ( 6 ) WOULDN’T IT BE GOOD Nik Kershaw
4 ( 13 ) JUMP Van Halen
5 ( 5 ) STREET DANCE Break Machine
6 ( 3 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
7 ( 14 ) 99 RED BALLOONS Nena
8 ( 4 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
9 ( 9 ) I GAVE YOU MY HEART (DIDN’T I) Hot Chocolate
10 ( 10 ) MICHAEL CAINE Madness

11 ( 18 ) THEME FROM CHEERS Gary Portnoy
12 ( 15 ) SOUL TRAIN Swans Way
13 ( 8 ) MY EVER CHANGING MOODS The Style Council
14 ( 17 ) JOANNA Kool And The Gang
15 ( 12 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
16 ( 24 ) ADULT EDUCATION Daryl Hall & John Oates
17 ( 21 ) MORE MORE MORE Carmel
18 ( 25 ) RUN RUNAWAY Slade
19 ( 11 ) THE KILLING MOON Echo And The Bunnymen
20 ( 7 ) BE GOOD JOHNNY Men At Work

21 ( NEW ) IT’S A MIRACLE Culture Club
22 ( 19 ) GET OUT OF YOUR LAZY BED Matt Bianco
23 ( 52 ) OUT COME THE FREAKS Was (Not Was)
24 ( 16 ) LET THE MUSIC PLAY Shannon
25 ( NEW ) BORROWED TIME John Lennon
26 ( 28 ) ADVENTURES IN SUCCESS Will Powers
27 ( NEW ) DOWN IN THE SUBWAY Soft Cell
28 ( 38 ) CHERRY OH BABY UB40
29 ( 20 ) ONE SMALL DAY Ultravox
30 ( 40 ) ORGANISE David Grant

31 ( 47 ) MY GUY’S MAD AT ME Tracey Ullman
32 ( 45 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE Mel Brooks
33 ( 36 ) AN INNOCENT MAN Billy Joel
34 ( 22 ) HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN Eurythmics
35 ( NEW ) BREAKIN’ DOWN Julia & Co.
36 ( 23 ) A NIGHT IN NEW YORK Elbow Bones and The Racketeers
37 ( NEW ) ROBERT DE NIRO’S WAITING Bananarama
38 ( 33 ) BREAK MY STRIDE Matthew Wilder
39 ( 26 ) NEW MOON ON MONDAY Duran Duran
40 ( 56 ) CRY AND BE FREE Marilyn

41 ( 32 ) S.O.S. ABC
42 ( 41 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
43 ( 43 ) SPEED YOUR LOVE TO ME Simple Minds
44 ( 35 ) CRYSTAL/ COLD AS CHRISTMAS Elton John
45 ( RE ) THE POLITICS OF DANCING Re-Flex
46 ( 34 ) GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
47 ( 49 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
48 ( 29 ) WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE The Smiths
49 ( NEW ) BOLERO (MUSIC OF TORVILL AND DEAN) Richard Hartley/ Michael Reed Orchestra
50 ( 50 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson

51 ( 27 ) (FEELS LIKE) HEAVEN Fiction Factory
52 ( 39 ) WISHFUL THINKING China Crisis
53 ( 42 ) NOBODY TOLD ME John Lennon
54 ( RE ) BEAST OF BURDEN Bette Midler
55 ( 55 ) THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba
56 ( 30 ) DOCTOR DOCTOR Thompson Twins
57 ( 73 ) WALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Roger Daltrey
58 ( 69 ) DANCE HALL DAYS Wang Chung
59 ( 58 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
60 ( 60 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie

61 ( 53 ) MY OH MY Slade
62 ( 54 ) VICTIMS Culture Club
63 ( 31 ) TONIGHT The Boomtown Rats
64 ( 64 ) THE LION’S MOUTH Kajagoogoo
65 ( 51 ) PIPES OF PEACE Paul McCartney
66 ( 44 ) WONDERLAND Big Country
67 ( 57 ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP The Romantics
68 ( 59 ) HELP Tina Turner
69 ( 65 ) READ ‘EM AND WEEP Barry Manilow
70 ( 46 ) SPICE OF LIFE Manhattan Transfer

71 ( NEW ) GOT A HOLD ON ME Christine McVie
72 ( 37 ) HYPERACTIVE Thomas Dolby
73 ( 61 ) WHERE IS MY MAN Eartha Kitt
74 ( 62 ) KING OF PAIN The Police
75 ( NEW ) FRAGGLE ROCK THEME The Fraggles

TV
1 Star Trek: Turnabout Intruder
2 MASH
3 Comic Strip Presents: War
4 Cheers
5 Star Trek: Alternative Factor
6 Mary Tyler Moore Show
7 Soap
8 Reamington Steele
9 Rockford Files
10 Bewitched
11 Top Of The Pops
12 The Avengers
13 The Twilight Zone
14 The Thin Man: film
15 The Sullivans
16 Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In
17 Dallas
18 The Munsters
19 Here’s Lucy
20 Doctor Who (2 eps)

12th March 1984

3 Weeks for Jacko & Gordy Jnr at 1, and Jonesy at 2, poor Howard never did get that number one. Joining such unlucky acts in my charts (of those that have deserved number ones) such as Pink, The Sex Pistols and others. Van Halen hit 3, Nena hits funf, Kool and The Gang get the second of only 2 top 10’s they ever had (Celebration, of course, being the first) and Slade extend their run of top 10 hits to 13 years.

A big climber for Robert De Niro, waiting, and Julia & Co, while 1983 entry It’s Raining Men pops back bigger at 28. Hallelujah! Highest new entry is the cool jazzy sounds of Sade heralding cocktail album music huge sales for many-an 80’s act. Phil Fearon keeps British dance music going, head-flipping during singing and dancing. He was quite fit, you know. Bottom end (shock!) entries for future anthem and protest song Nelson Mandela, influential Afrika Bambaata Funking Renegades and the sound of the next decade, Lionel Richie’s hilarious Hello (video), and err The Alan Parsons Project, punchline of many an Austin Powers gag set-up.

1 ( 1 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
2 ( 2 ) HIDE AND SEEK Howard Jones
3 ( 4 ) JUMP Van Halen
4 ( 5 ) STREET DANCE Break Machine
5 ( 7 ) 99 RED BALLOONS Nena
6 ( 9 ) I GAVE YOU MY HEART (DIDN’T I) Hot Chocolate
7 ( 3 ) WOULDN’T IT BE GOOD Nik Kershaw
8 ( 14 ) JOANNA Kool And The Gang
9 ( 6 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
10 ( 18 ) RUN RUNAWAY Slade

11 ( 8 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
12 ( 10 ) MICHAEL CAINE Madness
13 ( 16 ) ADULT EDUCATION Daryl Hall & John Oates
14 ( 21 ) IT’S A MIRACLE Culture Club
15 ( 25 ) BORROWED TIME John Lennon
16 ( 32 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE Mel Brooks
17 ( 37 ) ROBERT DE NIRO’S WAITING Bananarama
18 ( 13 ) MY EVER CHANGING MOODS The Style Council
19 ( 35 ) BREAKIN’ DOWN Julia & Co.
20 ( 31 ) MY GUY Tracey Ullman

21 ( 11 ) THEME FROM CHEERS Gary Portnoy
22 ( 15 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
23 ( 23 ) OUT COME THE FREAKS Was (Not Was)
24 ( 28 ) CHERRY OH BABY UB40
25 ( 12 ) SOUL TRAIN Swans Way
26 ( 19 ) THE KILLING MOON Echo And The Bunnymen
27 ( 27 ) DOWN IN THE SUBWAY Soft Cell
28 ( RE ) IT’S RAINING MEN The Weather Girls
29 ( 26 ) ADVENTURES IN SUCCESS Will Powers
30 ( 17 ) MORE MORE MORE Carmel

31 ( 33 ) AN INNOCENT MAN Billy Joel
32 ( 22 ) GET OUT OF YOUR LAZY BED Matt Bianco
33 ( 24 ) LET THE MUSIC PLAY Shannon
34 ( 45 ) THE POLITICS OF DANCING Re-Flex
35 ( 49 ) BOLERO (MUSIC OF TORVILL AND DEAN) Richard Hartley/ Michael Reed Orchestra
36 ( NEW ) YOUR LOVE IS KING Sade
37 ( 20 ) BE GOOD JOHNNY Men At Work
38 ( 47 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
39 ( NEW ) WHAT DO I DO Phil Fearon & Galaxy
40 ( 34 ) HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN Eurythmics

41 ( 64 ) THE LION’S MOUTH Kajagoogoo
42 ( 42 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
43 ( 43 ) SPEED YOUR LOVE TO ME Simple Minds
44 ( 29 ) ONE SMALL DAY Ultravox
45 ( 38 ) BREAK MY STRIDE Matthew Wilder
46 ( 58 ) DANCE HALL DAYS Wang Chung
47 ( 39 ) NEW MOON ON MONDAY Duran Duran
48 ( 36 ) A NIGHT IN NEW YORK Elbow Bones and The Racketeers
49 ( 46 ) GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
50 ( 50 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson

51 ( 41 ) S.O.S. ABC
52 ( 30 ) ORGANISE David Grant
53 ( 68 ) HELP Tina Turner
54 ( 40 ) CRY AND BE FREE Marilyn
55 ( 44 ) CRYSTAL/ COLD AS CHRISTMAS Elton John
56 ( 54 ) BEAST OF BURDEN Bette Midler
57 ( 57 ) WALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Roger Daltrey
58 ( 59 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
59 ( 55 ) THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba
60 ( 60 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie

61 ( 53 ) NOBODY TOLD ME John Lennon
62 ( 48 ) WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE The Smiths
63 ( 51 ) (FEELS LIKE) HEAVEN Fiction Factory
64 ( 52 ) WISHFUL THINKING China Crisis
65 ( NEW ) NELSON MANDELA The Special A.K.A.
66 ( 61 ) MY OH MY Slade
67 ( NEW ) DON’T ANSWER ME The Alan Parsons Project
68 ( 62 ) VICTIMS Culture Club
69 ( 69 ) READ ‘EM AND WEEP Barry Manilow
70 ( 56 ) DOCTOR DOCTOR Thompson Twins

71 ( NEW ) RENEGADES OF FUNK Afrika Bambaata & The Soul Sonic Force
72 ( NEW ) HANNA HANNA China Crisis
73 ( NEW ) SHATTERPROOF Billy Bremner
74 ( 65 ) PIPES OF PEACE Paul McCartney
75 ( NEW ) HELLO Lionel Richie

TV
1 Soap
2 Cheers
3 MASH
4 It’ll Be Alright On The Night 4
5 Mary Tyler Moore Show
6 Reamington Steele
7 Rockford Files
8 Bewitched
9 The Professionals
10 The Sullivans
11 Dr Who: Caves Of Androzani
12 The Other Side Of The Tracks
13 Film: 9 To 5
14 Top Of The Pops
15 Munsters

19th March 1984

A big leap to the top for Culture Club’s catchy Miracle, it looked like there was no stopping Boy George at this stage, 4 number ones in and all very different. John Lennon’s last big posthumous release hits 3, and Jacko goes further than anyone in history – in drawing yet another hit single off one mega-album, the 6th. With it the birth of the “flogging it to death, bonus tracks (also Jackson to blame for that) and special editions (ditto) it’s all about milking it rather than doing new stuff” syndrome. It WAS good, of course, and in at 5.

Was (Not Was) get a top 10 hit debut, Hall & Oates get yet another of many, and Mel Brooks gets a rare novelty Top 10 hit. Scritti Politti leap up, the Weather Girls storm (geddit?) the 20, and Lionel Richie greets us all at 30. To be honest it wasn’t him I was looking for, but he could see it my eyes, and it sounded OK for a few weeks. New in: yes, it’s Yes, Trevor Horn acapella fab, Icicle Works tell us Birds Fly, as I found out yesterday when I was on the M27 doing 70 and a pigeon flapped down onto my windscreen. Sadly, he only briefly held the world record for the fastest bird somersault.

Siouxsie swims with horses, Lulu has one of her periodic comebacks in my charts, and Chris Rea has the latest in a very long list of minor chart entries. On TV Joan Rivers was hot and her material still fresh, and TV sitcoms and soaps loomed large in my world as the long days of job applications was too tedious to stand for more than a few hours. It’s soul destroying and anyone doing it now has my sympathy!
1 ( 14 ) IT’S A MIRACLE Culture Club
2 ( 1 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
3 ( 15 ) BORROWED TIME John Lennon
4 ( 4 ) STREET DANCE Break Machine
5 ( NEW ) PYT (PRETTY YOUNG THING) Michael Jackson
6 ( 3 ) JUMP Van Halen
7 ( 7 ) WOULDN’T IT BE GOOD Nik Kershaw
8 ( 23 ) OUT COME THE FREAKS Was (Not Was)
9 ( 13 ) ADULT EDUCATION Daryl Hall & John Oates
10 ( 16 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE Mel Brooks

 

11 ( 2 ) HIDE AND SEEK Howard Jones
12 ( 17 ) ROBERT DE NIRO’S WAITING Bananarama
13 ( 38 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
14 ( 8 ) JOANNA Kool And The Gang
15 ( 5 ) 99 RED BALLOONS Nena
16 ( 9 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
17 ( 24 ) CHERRY OH BABY UB40
18 ( 11 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
19 ( 28 ) IT’S RAINING MEN The Weather Girls
20 ( 6 ) I GAVE YOU MY HEART (DIDN’T I) Hot Chocolate

 

21 ( 12 ) MICHAEL CAINE Madness
22 ( 39 ) WHAT DO I DO Phil Fearon & Galaxy
23 ( 19 ) BREAKIN’ DOWN (SUGAR SAMBA) Julia & Co.
24 ( 10 ) RUN RUNAWAY Slade
25 ( 18 ) MY EVER CHANGING MOODS The Style Council
26 ( 41 ) THE LION’S MOUTH Kajagoogoo
27 ( 35 ) BOLERO (MUSIC OF TORVILL AND DEAN) Richard Hartley/ Michael Reed Orchestra
28 ( 20 ) MY GUY Tracey Ullman
29 ( 36 ) YOUR LOVE IS KING Sade
30 ( 75 ) HELLO Lionel Richie

31 ( 22 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
32 ( 26 ) THE KILLING MOON Echo And The Bunnymen
33 ( 46 ) DANCE HALL DAYS Wang Chung
34 ( 34 ) THE POLITICS OF DANCING Re-Flex
35 ( 21 ) THEME FROM CHEERS Gary Portnoy
36 ( 27 ) DOWN IN THE SUBWAY Soft Cell
37 ( 31 ) AN INNOCENT MAN Billy Joel
38 ( 25 ) SOUL TRAIN Swans Way
39 ( NEW ) JESSIE’S GIRL Rick Springfield
40 ( 57 ) WALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Roger Daltrey

41 ( 33 ) LET THE MUSIC PLAY Shannon
42 ( 32 ) GET OUT OF YOUR LAZY BED Matt Bianco
43 ( 43 ) SPEED YOUR LOVE TO ME Simple Minds
44 ( 42 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
45 ( 40 ) HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN Eurythmics
46 ( 56 ) BEAST OF BURDEN Bette Midler
47 ( 29 ) ADVENTURES IN SUCCESS Will Powers
48 ( 65 ) NELSON MANDELA The Special A.K.A.
49 ( 30 ) MORE MORE MORE Carmel
50 ( 50 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson

51 ( 53 ) HELP Tina Turner
52 ( 72 ) HANNA HANNA China Crisis
53 ( 37 ) BE GOOD JOHNNY Men At Work
54 ( NEW ) BIRDS FLY (WHISPER TO A SCREAM) Icicle Works
55 ( 45 ) BREAK MY STRIDE Matthew Wilder
56 ( NEW ) LEAVE IT Yes
57 ( 58 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
58 ( 49 ) GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
59 ( 60 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
60 ( 59 ) THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba

 

61 ( 51 ) S.O.S. ABC
62 ( 44 ) ONE SMALL DAY Ultravox
63 ( 71 ) RENEGADES OF FUNK Afrika Bambaata & The Soul Sonic Force
64 ( 48 ) A NIGHT IN NEW YORK Elbow Bones and The Racketeers
65 ( 55 ) CRYSTAL/ COLD AS CHRISTMAS Elton John
66 ( NEW ) SWIMMING HORSES Siouxsie & The Banshees
67 ( 73 ) SHATTERPROOF Billy Bremner
68 ( 47 ) NEW MOON ON MONDAY Duran Duran
69 ( NEW ) IS THAT SO Lulu
70 ( NEW ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE Toni Basil

71 ( NEW ) THE KID’S AMERICAN Matthew Wilder
72 ( 69 ) READ ‘EM AND WEEP Barry Manilow
73 ( NEW ) I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS Chris Rea
74 ( NEW ) GHOST OF LOVE Fiction Factory
75 ( 66 ) MY OH MY Slade

TV
1 Blade Runner: film
2 An Audience With Joan Rivers
3 Hill Street Blues
4 Doctor Who: The Five Doctors
5 Soap
6 Cheers
7 MASH
8 Doctor Who: 2 eps
9 The Twilight Zone
10 Mary Tyler Moore Show
11 Top Of The Pops
12 Outlands: film
13 Comic Strip Presents: Beat Generation
14 Bewitched
15 Phil Silvers Show (Bilko)
16 The Professionals
17 The Sullivans
18 The Beverley Hillbillies
19 The Munsters
20 It Ain’t Half Hot Mum

 

26th March 1984

2 weeks on top for Culture Club, and a new challenge from sweet-voiced Green Gartside at 3 with what would be termed EDM these days, and rather pioneering in sound. Lionel gets his 3rd solo top 10 – there aren’t many more after this one though. Name dropping is all the vogue, the Nana’s with Robert De Niro joining Scritti’s Aretha Franklin and Madness’ Michael Caine, not to mention The Specials Nelson Mandela hitting the Top 40. Biggest leap? Siouxsie & The Banshees’ horses! Obviously not on the flat, must be jumpers.

It’s all about an invasion of brilliant new entries though – The Beatles with childhood key 45 Can’t Buy Me Love (one of my dad’s first singles) at 15, one-hit-wonder Madonna showing she ain’t with Lucky Star, rival cyndi does the same with Time After Time, Depeche Mode come back with a new influential industrial sound, Captain Sensible nips in with a bit of nice pop, Simple Minds chart one of their most exciting records of all, Up On The Catwalk, Billy Idol gives a Rebel Yell a year ahead of getting a hit with it, Dead Or Alive debut with a KC & The Sunshine Band cover that in no way comes close to the classic original, Weird Al has a funny video to take the Michael out of Jacko, and finally, Propaganda chart the brilliant Dr Mabuse, a Trevor Horn epic that never got the success it deserved, Brilliant.
1 ( 1 ) IT’S A MIRACLE Culture Club
2 ( 3 ) BORROWED TIME John Lennon
3 ( 13 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
4 ( 5 ) PYT (PRETTY YOUNG THING) Michael Jackson
5 ( 2 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
6 ( 8 ) OUT COME THE FREAKS Was (Not Was)
7 ( 4 ) STREET DANCE Break Machine
8 ( 12 ) ROBERT DE NIRO’S WAITING Bananarama
9 ( 7 ) WOULDN’T IT BE GOOD Nik Kershaw
10 ( 30 ) HELLO Lionel Richie

11 ( 6 ) JUMP Van Halen
12 ( 19 ) IT’S RAINING MEN The Weather Girls
13 ( 17 ) CHERRY OH BABY UB40
14 ( 22 ) WHAT DO I DO Phil Fearon & Galaxy
15 ( NEW ) CAN’T BUY ME LOVE The Beatles
16 ( 26 ) THE LION’S MOUTH Kajagoogoo
17 ( 10 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE Mel Brooks
18 ( 29 ) YOUR LOVE IS KING Sade
19 ( 66 ) SWIMMING HORSES Siouxsie & The Banshees
20 ( 16 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood

 

21 ( 21 ) MICHAEL CAINE Madness
22 ( 9 ) ADULT EDUCATION Daryl Hall & John Oates
23 ( 18 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
24 ( 15 ) 99 RED BALLOONS Nena
25 ( 11 ) HIDE AND SEEK Howard Jones
26 ( 14 ) JOANNA Kool And The Gang
27 ( NEW ) EAT IT Wierd Al Yankowicz
28 ( NEW ) LUCKY STAR Madonna
29 ( 33 ) DANCE HALL DAYS Wang Chung
30 ( 39 ) JESSIE’S GIRL Rick Springfield

31 ( 20 ) I GAVE YOU MY HEART (DIDN’T I) Hot Chocolate
32 ( 23 ) BREAKIN’ DOWN (SUGAR SAMBA) Julia & Co.
33 ( 48 ) NELSON MANDELA The Special A.K.A.
34 ( 24 ) RUN RUNAWAY Slade
35 ( 25 ) MY EVER CHANGING MOODS The Style Council
36 ( 32 ) THE KILLING MOON Echo And The Bunnymen
37 ( NEW ) PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE Depeche Mode
38 ( NEW ) GLAD IT’S ALLOVER Captain Sensible
39 ( 31 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
40 ( NEW ) UP ON THE CATWALK Simple Minds

 

41 ( 28 ) MY GUY Tracey Ullman
42 ( 27 ) BOLERO (MUSIC OF TORVILL AND DEAN) Richard Hartley/ Michael Reed Orchestra
43 ( 35 ) THEME FROM CHEERS Gary Portnoy
44 ( 38 ) SOUL TRAIN Swans Way
45 ( 44 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
46 ( 37 ) AN INNOCENT MAN Billy Joel
47 ( 43 ) SPEED YOUR LOVE TO ME Simple Minds
48 ( 34 ) THE POLITICS OF DANCING Re-Flex
49 ( 50 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
50 ( 36 ) DOWN IN THE SUBWAY Soft Cell

51 ( 41 ) LET THE MUSIC PLAY Shannon
52 ( 42 ) GET OUT OF YOUR LAZY BED Matt Bianco
53 ( 40 ) WALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Roger Daltrey
54 ( 45 ) HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN Eurythmics
55 ( 56 ) LEAVE IT Yes
56 ( NEW ) A LOVE WORTH WAITING FOR Shakin’ Stevens
57 ( 57 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
58 ( 59 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
59 ( NEW ) TUESDAY SUNSHINE The Questions
60 ( 60 ) THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba

61 ( 46 ) BEAST OF BURDEN Bette Midler
62 ( 67 ) SHATTERPROOF Billy Bremner
63 ( 54 ) BIRDS FLY (WHISPER TO A SCREAM) Icicle Works
64 ( 55 ) BREAK MY STRIDE Matthew Wilder
65 ( 58 ) GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper
66 ( 53 ) BE GOOD JOHNNY Men At Work
67 ( 61 ) S.O.S. ABC
68 ( NEW ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
69 ( 71 ) THE KID’S AMERICAN Matthew Wilder
70 ( NEW ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda

 

71 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY (I LIKE IT) Dead Or Alive
72 ( 65 ) CRYSTAL/ COLD AS CHRISTMAS Elton John
73 ( NEW ) THE DECEIVER The Alarm
74 ( 49 ) MORE MORE MORE Carmel
75 ( NEW ) REBEL YELL Billy Idol

 
TV
1 Cheers
2 Hill Street Blues
3 Twilight Zone: Markie
4 Soap
5 MASH
6 Bewitched
7 Mary Tyler Moore Show
8 Doctor Who (2 eps)
9 Top Of The Pops
10 Beverley Hillbillies
11 Reamington Steele
12 Avengers
13 Simon: film
14 Munsters
15 Comic Strip Presents: Summer School
16 Dallas
17 It Ain’t Half Hot Mum
18 The Sullivans (2 eps)
19 Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In
20 Tucker’s Luck

My 1979 Charts – March

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College course trip to Tunisia (we paid not the taxpayer!) some fellow students about to get frog-marched to the local police station, who wanted to know what we were doing. Fun times!

7th March 1979

A visit to Kettering around now, mate Alan’s 21st birthday party do with our gang of College friends. His girlfriend was holding all our coats when we went in, she and Alan exchanged words, and she dropped the lot on the floor. Funny. Alan’s brother was a club DJ, which impressed me no end, and made me a little envious. Kettering, though, errr, not that exciting.

Second week at the top for delicious Abba, holding off 3 UK number one singles! Elvis Costello finally gets a Top 5 hit, and The Skids positively rocket into the valley of the Top 10 from 59. My sort of New Wave: Catchy and up tempo! Toto finally get into the 10, The Real Thing continue their 7-year-run of hits (Vicious Circle in 1972 being the first – well, if I’d allowed none-charting hits in my chart (I bought the single).

New entries: the gorgeous Chic at 17. Nile Rodgers you know. Nuff said. The Cars follow-up at 29 with another quirky rocktastic cool track. David Essex show tunes his way to 39, a bit military-style, and quite exciting in production. I almost always really liked his minor hits in the 70’s, often off-the-wall and interesting. Under-rated as a songwriter too. Lower down, The Sex Pistols cover Eddie Cochran and become a novelty act, sort of. Neil Diamond’s back with his last decent poppy song, Foreigner sneak in, and Thin Lizzy riff it up at 75. Reggae from Dennis Brown, Violins from ELO’s Violinski, and Gary’s Gang keep on dancing. Sadly, not the much better Bay City Rollers cover of the American 60’s pop hit.

1 ( 1 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
2 ( 3 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
3 ( 2 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
4 ( 4 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
5 ( 7 ) OLIVER’S ARMY Elvis Costello
6 ( 5 ) CONTACT Edwin Starr
7 ( 59 ) INTO THE VALLEY The Skids
8 ( 8 ) GET DOWN Gene Chandler
9 ( 6 ) I WAS MADE FOR DANCING Leif Garrett
10 ( 14 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto

11 ( 22 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
12 ( 32 ) LUCKY NUMBERS Lene Lovich
13 ( 56 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE The Real Thing
14 ( 16 ) EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU The Baby’s
15 ( 10 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
16 ( 9 ) DESIRE ME A Doll
17 ( NEW ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Chic
18 ( 12 ) GET IT Darts
19 ( 11 ) SHAKE YOUR GROOVE THING Peaches & Herb
20 ( 23 ) BAT OUT OF HELL Meatloaf

21 ( 15 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
22 ( 29 ) YOU BET YOUR LOVE Herbie Hancock
23 ( 13 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
24 ( 52 ) PAINTER MAN Boney M
25 ( 25 ) DON’T STOP ME NOW Queen
26 ( 20 ) THEME FROM “SUPERMAN” John Williams’ Original Soundtrack
27 ( 17 ) AIN’T LOVE A BITCH Rod Stewart
28 ( 18 ) COULD IT BE MAGIC Barry Manilow
29 ( NEW ) JUST WHAT I NEEDED The Cars
30 ( 24 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads

31 ( 19 ) MAY THE SUN SHINE Nazareth
32 ( 43 ) STOP YOUR SOBBING The Pretenders
33 ( 39 ) SOUND OF THE SUBURBS The Members
34 ( 27 ) LE FREAK Chic
35 ( 61 ) HONEY I’M LOST The Dooleys
36 ( 21 ) TAKE THAT TO THE BANK Shalamar
37 ( 67 ) HEAVEN KNOWS Donna Summer
38 ( 26 ) A LITTLE MORE LOVE Olivia Newton-John
39 ( NEW ) IMPERIAL WIZARD David Essex
40 ( 28 ) SEPTEMBER” Earth, Wind And Fire

41 ( 36 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
42 ( 33 ) HOT SHOT Karen Young
43 ( 35 ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
44 ( 31 ) KING ROCKER Generation X
45 ( 30 ) MY LIFE Billy Joel
46 ( 44 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
47 ( 45 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
48 ( 38 ) (OUR LOVE) DON’T THROW IT ALL AWAY Andy Gibb
49 ( 34 ) DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA The Shadows
50 ( 53 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Clout

51 ( 37 ) EVERY NIGHT Phoebe Snow
52 ( 48 ) DO YA THINK I’M SEXY Rod Stewart
53 ( 40 ) ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic
54 ( 49 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M
55 ( 47 ) DOCTOR WHO Mankind
56 ( 46 ) I’LL PUT YOU TOGETHER AGAIN Hot Chocolate
57 ( 63 ) WEEKEND Mick Jackson
58 ( NEW ) BLUE MORNING BLUE DAY Foreigner
59 ( 55 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
60 ( NEW ) CLOG DANCE Violinski

61 ( 50 ) THE BRISTOL STOMP The Late Show
62 ( 74 ) FIRE The Pointer Sisters
63 ( 42 ) TAKE OUT ON THE WORLD Judas Priest
64 ( 51 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Barry White
65 ( 41 ) COOL MEDITATION Third World
66 ( 62 ) SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O.
67 ( NEW ) MONEY IN MY POCKET Dennis Brown
68 ( 57 ) HELLO THIS IS JOANNIE Paul Evans
69 ( 65 ) HOPELESSLY DEVOTED TO YOU Olivia Newton-John
70 ( NEW ) KEEP ON DANCING Gary’s Gang

71 ( 66 ) MILK AND ALCOHOL Dr. Feelgood
72 ( NEW ) SOMETHING ELSE The Sex Pistols
73 ( 70 ) SUMMER NIGHTS John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
74 ( NEW ) FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS Neil Diamond
75 ( NEW ) WAITING FOR AN ALIBI Thin Lizzy

TV
1 Kenny Everett Video Show
2 film: The Thin Man
3 Soap
4 Wonder Woman
5 Blake’s 7
6 Film ’79
7 Top Of The Pops
8 Fawlty Towers
9 The Rockford Files
10 The Sky At Night

14th March 1979

It’s a Tragedy! Thankfully, an original Bee Gees, thunderclap-booming, frantic-paced, high-pitched falsetto-tight-pants immaculately-produced classic as opposed to that other version. Top 10: The Real Thing and Chic returning, The Doobie Brothers debuting – Listen To The Music peaked at 11 5 years earlier. Top 20: Queen, Boney M and Herbie Hancock return, The Pretenders leap in with their debut single. Note: Meatloaf peaks at 20! Will Queen (another rock classic) do the same?!

Lots of big climbers, after a jolly good Top Of The Pops, just repeated in fact, and influencing new entries lower down such as the fantastic frantic, shouty, throbbing rocker from former Hawkind singer (and number one) Lemmy, Motorhead debut. Dire Straits quietly debut, grooving it at 75. I loved the cool sounds. Lizzy shoot up, they always had a knack for riffs and choruses, and by now 6 years-worth of hits.

The Bristol Stomp about faces and adds a bit of 60’s-stylee fun to the 40, while new entries from US rock ballad band Firefall, 1973 reissued soft-jazz-rock classic from Steely Dan, Buzzcocks frantic new wave gem, and Kate’s mysterious moody Wow, all slip in amongst all the action.

On TV Kenny Everett still ruled, just ahead of wacky Soap and the aforementioned TOTP episode. Blake’s 7 started to pick up steam as Avon started to take shape as the most popular character. I was 21, but still room for Muppets, new sci-fi movies specials, a bit of politics and superheroes. Pretty much the same as 56 then. Why change now, eh?

1 ( 2 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
2 ( 4 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
3 ( 1 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
4 ( 3 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
5 ( 7 ) INTO THE VALLEY The Skids
6 ( 13 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE The Real Thing
7 ( 5 ) OLIVER’S ARMY Elvis Costello
8 ( 11 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
9 ( 17 ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Chic
10 ( 8 ) GET DOWN Gene Chandler

11 ( 6 ) CONTACT Edwin Starr
12 ( 12 ) LUCKY NUMBERS Lene Lovich
13 ( 10 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
14 ( 24 ) PAINTER MAN Boney M
15 ( 22 ) YOU BET YOUR LOVE Herbie Hancock
16 ( 9 ) I WAS MADE FOR DANCING Leif Garrett
17 ( 14 ) EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU The Baby’s
18 ( 32 ) STOP YOUR SOBBING The Pretenders
19 ( 70 ) KEEP ON DANCING Gary’s Gang
20 ( 25 ) DON’T STOP ME NOW Queen

21 ( 15 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
22 ( 72 ) SOMETHING ELSE The Sex Pistols
23 ( 29 ) JUST WHAT I NEEDED The Cars
24 ( 16 ) DESIRE ME A Doll
25 ( 35 ) HONEY I’M LOST The Dooleys
26 ( 67 ) MONEY IN MY POCKET Dennis Brown
27 ( 21 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
28 ( 39 ) IMPERIAL WIZARD David Essex
29 ( 18 ) GET IT Darts
30 ( 75 ) WAITING FOR AN ALIBI Thin Lizzy

31 ( 23 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
32 ( 37 ) HEAVEN KNOWS Donna Summer
33 ( 19 ) SHAKE YOUR GROOVE THING Peaches & Herb
34 ( 61 ) THE BRISTOL STOMP The Late Show
35 ( 27 ) AIN’T LOVE A BITCH Rod Stewart
36 ( 26 ) THEME FROM “SUPERMAN” John Williams’ Original Soundtrack
37 ( 28 ) COULD IT BE MAGIC Barry Manilow
38 ( 30 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads
39 ( NEW ) STRANGE WAY Firefall
40 ( 20 ) BAT OUT OF HELL Meatloaf

41 ( 34 ) LE FREAK Chic
42 ( 33 ) SOUND OF THE SUBURBS The Members
43 ( 60 ) CLOG DANCE Violinski
44 ( 41 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
45 ( NEW ) RIKKI DON’T LOSE THAT NUMBER Steely Dan
46 ( 31 ) MAY THE SUN SHINE Nazareth
47 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS Buzzcocks
48 ( 46 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
49 ( 47 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
50 ( 43 ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra

51 ( 38 ) A LITTLE MORE LOVE Olivia Newton-John
52 ( 36 ) TAKE THAT TO THE BANK Shalamar
53 ( 40 ) SEPTEMBER” Earth, Wind And Fire
54 ( 62 ) FIRE The Pointer Sisters
55 ( 42 ) HOT SHOT Karen Young
56 ( 59 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
57 ( 52 ) DO YA THINK I’M SEXY Rod Stewart
58 ( NEW ) WOW Kate Bush
59 ( 54 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M
60 ( 45 ) MY LIFE Billy Joel

61 ( 74 ) FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS Neil Diamond
62 ( 51 ) EVERY NIGHT Phoebe Snow
63 ( 55 ) DOCTOR WHO Mankind
64 ( 56 ) I’LL PUT YOU TOGETHER AGAIN Hot Chocolate
65 ( 53 ) ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic
66 ( 57 ) WEEKEND Mick Jackson
67 ( NEW ) OVERKILL Motorhead
68 ( 48 ) (OUR LOVE) DON’T THROW IT ALL AWAY Andy Gibb
69 ( 58 ) BLUE MORNING BLUE DAY Foreigner
70 ( NEW ) WARM FEELING Lindisfarne

71 ( NEW ) GREEN LIGHT Cliff Richard
72 ( 66 ) SWEET TALKING WOMAN E.L.O.
73 ( 50 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Clout
74 ( 64 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Barry White
75 ( NEW ) SULTANS OF SWING Dire Straits

TV
1 Kenny Everett Video Show
2 Soap
3 Blake’s 7
4 Top Of The Pops
5 Mork & Mindy
6 Fawlty Towers
7 The Muppet Show
8 Arena: Cinema: Invasion Of The Body Snatchers
9 Tonight (Thursday) – politics/news
10 Wonder Woman

21st March 1979

2nd week on top for Tragedy. Toto about face and Hold The Line at 4, and jolly good too! Herbie Hancock vocodes his way into the Top 10 – if only he knew the horrors he would be unleashing on 21st Century pop when they changed the name to autotune. Sort of.

Buzzcocks make it 4 out 4 Top 30 hits, Kate makes it 3 out of 4 Top 40 (and 4 out of 4 Top 75), but it’s the new entries for the news: Roxy Music are back after 3 years with Trash. Not trash, mind you, though hardly of the same standard as classic Roxy, but glad to have them back! In The Navy comes on a recruitment drive – I know I signed up. Actually, it put me off, if anything!

The Jam are back as usual with a low entry, but the standard of singles was climbing with each release. Can’t say the same for The Clash, back with the English Civil War, more of a message than a pop song. Lastly, Manfred’s back with You Angel You, a decent single and minor hit, for over a decade of chart hits.
TV? Still Kenny Everett topping, MASH still quipping, and Eurovision preps it’s way in. I have no idea what Of Mycenae And Men was about, but it’s either very helpful to my Greek & Roman Lit studies at Uni or a sitcom I’ve utterly forgotten….answers please….!

1 ( 1 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
2 ( 2 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
3 ( 9 ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Chic
4 ( 13 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
5 ( 5 ) INTO THE VALLEY The Skids
6 ( 3 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
7 ( 4 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
8 ( 15 ) YOU BET YOUR LOVE Herbie Hancock
9 ( 8 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
10 ( 6 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE The Real Thing

11 ( 19 ) KEEP ON DANCING Gary’s Gang
12 ( 7 ) OLIVER’S ARMY Elvis Costello
13 ( 14 ) PAINTER MAN Boney M
14 ( 18 ) STOP YOUR SOBBING The Pretenders
15 ( 10 ) GET DOWN Gene Chandler
16 ( 23 ) JUST WHAT I NEEDED The Cars
17 ( 11 ) CONTACT Edwin Starr
18 ( 28 ) IMPERIAL WIZARD David Essex
19 ( 30 ) WAITING FOR AN ALIBI Thin Lizzy
20 ( 22 ) SOMETHING ELSE The Sex Pistols

21 ( 12 ) LUCKY NUMBERS Lene Lovich
22 ( 16 ) I WAS MADE FOR DANCING Leif Garrett
23 ( 26 ) MONEY IN MY POCKET Dennis Brown
24 ( 34 ) THE BRISTOL STOMP The Late Show
25 ( 25 ) HONEY I’M LOST The Dooleys
26 ( 17 ) EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU The Baby’s
27 ( 21 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
28 ( 47 ) EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS Buzzcocks
29 ( 32 ) HEAVEN KNOWS Donna Summer
30 ( 39 ) STRANGE WAY Firefall

31 ( 20 ) DON’T STOP ME NOW Queen
32 ( 24 ) DESIRE ME A Doll
33 ( 27 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
34 ( 29 ) GET IT Darts
35 ( 58 ) WOW Kate Bush
36 ( 31 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
37 ( 43 ) CLOG DANCE Violinski
38 ( 36 ) THEME FROM “SUPERMAN” John Williams’ Original Soundtrack
39 ( 75 ) SULTANS OF SWING Dire Straits
40 ( NEW ) TRASH Roxy Music

41 ( 35 ) AIN’T LOVE A BITCH Rod Stewart
42 ( 41 ) LE FREAK Chic
43 ( 38 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads
44 ( 37 ) COULD IT BE MAGIC Barry Manilow
45 ( 45 ) RIKKI DON’T LOSE THAT NUMBER Steely Dan
46 ( 61 ) FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS Neil Diamond
47 ( 56 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
48 ( 44 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
49 ( 49 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
50 ( 48 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC

51 ( 33 ) SHAKE YOUR GROOVE THING Peaches & Herb
52 ( 70 ) WARM FEELING Lindisfarne
53 ( 40 ) BAT OUT OF HELL Meatloaf
54 ( 54 ) FIRE The Pointer Sisters
55 ( 50 ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
56 ( 42 ) SOUND OF THE SUBURBS The Members
57 ( NEW ) IN THE NAVY The Village People
58 ( NEW ) STRANGE TOWN The Jam
59 ( 57 ) DO YA THINK I’M SEXY Rod Stewart
60 ( 51 ) A LITTLE MORE LOVE Olivia Newton-John

61 ( 46 ) MAY THE SUN SHINE Nazareth
62 ( 59 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M
63 ( 52 ) TAKE THAT TO THE BANK Shalamar
64 ( 53 ) SEPTEMBER” Earth, Wind And Fire
65 ( 55 ) HOT SHOT Karen Young
66 ( NEW ) YOU ANGEL YOU Manfred Mann’s Earthband
67 ( 67 ) OVERKILL Motorhead
68 ( 60 ) MY LIFE Billy Joel
69 ( 63 ) DOCTOR WHO Mankind
70 ( NEW ) TURN THE MUSIC UP Player’s Association

71 ( 71 ) GREEN LIGHT Cliff Richard
72 ( 62 ) EVERY NIGHT Phoebe Snow
73 ( 64 ) I’LL PUT YOU TOGETHER AGAIN Hot Chocolate
74 ( 65 ) ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic
75 ( NEW ) ENGLISH CIVIL WAR The Clash

TV
1 Kenny Everett Video Show
2 Fawlty Towers
3 MASH
4 Of Mycenae And Men
5 Film Review
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Blake’s 7
8 Eurovision Preview Part 1
9 Wonder Woman
10 The Practise

28th March 1979

Inevitably, Gloria Gaynor gets to number one, having had two previous chart-toppers, and by virtue of this being a powerful self-affirming statement for messed-around women. One of only 2 singles my mum ever bought (along with Robin Gibb’s Saved By The Bell), she was partying at home while I was away and dad was still commuting daily to RAF Swinderby. It’s fair to say, it’s become a bit of a classic, and I certainly loved it for the first 25 years afterwards. Then I started partying hard in 2001 and the week-in week-out exposure to it on dozens of cliched pub compilations proved too much to bear (much the same as YMCA). I need a break from it for a decade please!

David Essex gets his 9th Top 10 in 6 years, nearly all of them written by himself, and all quite varied and quirkily appealing. Sex Pistols get only their 2nd Top 10 (though the balance gets redressed with re-issues of earlier tracks eventually), and Kate Bush shoots up to 13. Wow! The Late Show push Bristol to 14, the Village People push the navy to 26, and Motorhead overkill it at 31.

Inner City are the highest new entry at 35, not sounding anything like their reggae 90’s smash hits, including the theme song to that cops show (Bad Boys). Talking of Themes, Art Garfunkel’s back 5 years after his first solo hits, with a film tune: Mike Batt’s bunny wabbits, ahahahahaha wascally wabbits. That’ll be Watership Down then. It’s very sweet.

Squeeze at last get a breakthrough big follow-up to Take Me I’m Yours, the laddy fab Cool For Cats. Rocky Sharpe’s Iminimininimiiniminimagination, or something like that, saunters catchily in, and Racey chase some girls. Well as they say, some girls will, some girls won’t, some girl’s need a lot of loving and er some girls don’t. I bet they’re still single.

Happy Days pops in. It was probably one of those Suzi Quatro episodes, as The Fonz had gone from awesomely cool to wholesome wimp in the space of 2 seasons. Laverne & Shirley and a few supporting cast (and spin-offs) kept it going long enough for Ron Howard to learn directing and do some good ol movies.

1 ( 2 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
2 ( 1 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
3 ( 4 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
4 ( 3 ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Chic
5 ( 11 ) KEEP ON DANCING Gary’s Gang
6 ( 5 ) INTO THE VALLEY The Skids
7 ( 6 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
8 ( 18 ) IMPERIAL WIZARD David Essex
9 ( 20 ) SOMETHING ELSE The Sex Pistols
10 ( 7 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie

11 ( 9 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
12 ( 10 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE The Real Thing
13 ( 35 ) WOW Kate Bush
14 ( 24 ) THE BRISTOL STOMP The Late Show
15 ( 8 ) YOU BET YOUR LOVE Herbie Hancock
16 ( 16 ) JUST WHAT I NEEDED The Cars
17 ( 12 ) OLIVER’S ARMY Elvis Costello
18 ( 13 ) PAINTER MAN Boney M
19 ( 21 ) LUCKY NUMBERS Lene Lovich
20 ( 15 ) GET DOWN Gene Chandler

21 ( 23 ) MONEY IN MY POCKET Dennis Brown
22 ( 39 ) SULTANS OF SWING Dire Straits
23 ( 19 ) WAITING FOR AN ALIBI Thin Lizzy
24 ( 17 ) CONTACT Edwin Starr
25 ( 14 ) STOP YOUR SOBBING The Pretenders
26 ( 57 ) IN THE NAVY The Village People
27 ( 40 ) TRASH Roxy Music
28 ( 28 ) EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS Buzzcocks
29 ( 30 ) STRANGE WAY Firefall
30 ( 22 ) I WAS MADE FOR DANCING Leif Garrett

31 ( 67 ) OVERKILL Motorhead
32 ( 58 ) STRANGE TOWN The Jam
33 ( 27 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
34 ( 46 ) FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS Neil Diamond
35 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING IS GREAT Inner Circle
36 ( 26 ) EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU The Baby’s
37 ( 37 ) CLOG DANCE Violinski
38 ( 31 ) DON’T STOP ME NOW Queen
39 ( 33 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
40 ( 32 ) DESIRE ME A Doll

41 ( 36 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
42 ( 34 ) GET IT Darts
43 ( 54 ) FIRE The Pointer Sisters
44 ( 25 ) HONEY I’M LOST The Dooleys
45 ( NEW ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
46 ( 50 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
47 ( 47 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
48 ( 29 ) HEAVEN KNOWS Donna Summer
49 ( 70 ) TURN THE MUSIC UP Player’s Association
50 ( 38 ) THEME FROM “SUPERMAN” John Williams’ Original Soundtrack

51 ( 49 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
52 ( 52 ) WARM FEELING Lindisfarne
53 ( 48 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
54 ( 42 ) LE FREAK Chic
55 ( 43 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads
56 ( 44 ) COULD IT BE MAGIC Barry Manilow
57 ( NEW ) COOL FOR CATS Squeeze
58 ( 59 ) DO YA THINK I’M SEXY Rod Stewart
59 ( 55 ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
60 ( 45 ) RIKKI DON’T LOSE THAT NUMBER Steely Dan

61 ( 41 ) AIN’T LOVE A BITCH Rod Stewart
62 ( NEW ) IMAGINATION Rocky Sharpe & The Replays
63 ( 51 ) SHAKE YOUR GROOVE THING Peaches & Herb
64 ( 62 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M
65 ( 60 ) A LITTLE MORE LOVE Olivia Newton-John
66 ( 66 ) YOU ANGEL YOU Manfred Mann’s Earthband
67 ( 53 ) BAT OUT OF HELL Meatloaf
68 ( 75 ) ENGLISH CIVIL WAR The Clash
69 ( 64 ) SEPTEMBER” Earth, Wind And Fire
70 ( 68 ) MY LIFE Billy Joel

71 ( 56 ) SOUND OF THE SUBURBS The Members
72 ( 63 ) TAKE THAT TO THE BANK Shalamar
73 ( NEW ) SOME GIRLS Racey
74 ( 69 ) DOCTOR WHO Mankind
75 ( 61 ) MAY THE SUN SHINE Nazareth

TV
1 MASH
2 Kenny Everett Video Show
3 Soap
4 Mork And Mindy
5 Blake’s 7
6 The Rockford Files
7 The Morecambe & Wise Show
8 Top Of The Pops
9 Fawlty Towers
10 Happy Days

My 1974 Charts – March

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My school, swapping 45’s with Barney Robbo..

5th March 1974

Spring has sprung, and family outings to Bristol Zoo one overcast Sunday while listening to the chart show. We have the photos, so I know we went, and I probably sulked at not being back in time for the chart show, but to be honest the only real memory I have is sitting in the car (yes we actually had one now, affluent!) overlooking the River Severn while the music played.

A 5th week at 1 for Jet, lots of rebounds for Love Unlimited Orchestra, Hollies, Steve Miller & Brownsville Station as my chart rules meant exits from the UK Top 50 and over 5 weeks uncharted meant records got the boot early, victims this week being Cher, Melanie & others, who are listed outside the 30.

New stuff? Queen. They got a spare slot on Top Of The Pops, and the record was SO exciting and unusual I charted it on one listen. That lead singer certainly grabbed attention, and the seaside singalong at the end was genius. The New Seekers were back with their final hit single (sort of) an old-fashioned jaunty singalong with a great melody. Ricky Wilde, Kim’s Bro, charted for the third time – poor Rick, always the bridesmaid, he never did get a hit! Gladys Knight at this stage was having sporadic hits, this was one of the flops, upbeat funk. Even funkier, minor classic Funky Nassau, it does what it says on the label.

At 29, another late legend to join Otis in my charts, Buddy Holly, dead for 15 years by then, and his greatest hit. It was amazing that Holly, having diesd when I was 1 year old, was pretty much a chart regular over the subsequent 15 years in the UK. Eddie Kendricks climbs to 6, a recent voice from the past on Chris Malinchak’s single, and Pearly Gates non-hit I note as I heard from a friend that she’d been on All-Star Family Fortunes 2 weeks ago (I don’t watch) along with 80’s disco diva Miquel Brown (her sis) and niece Sinitta. Funny ol’ world, don’t think about someone for 40 years, then boom! Back again!

1 ( 1 ) JET Paul McCartney & Wings
2 ( 4 ) LOVE’S THEME Love Unlimited Orchestra
3 ( 2 ) JEALOUS MIND Alvin Stardust
4 ( 8 ) RAISED ON ROBBERY Joni Mitchell
5 ( 7 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
6 ( 14 ) BOOGIE DOWN Eddie Kendricks
7 ( 6 ) TIGER FEET Mud
8 ( 5 ) BURN BABY BURN Hudson-Ford
9 ( 15 ) MOCKINGBIRD James Taylor and Carly Simon
10 ( 11 ) MA MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra

11 ( 16 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
12 ( 19 ) (SITTING ON THE) DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
13 ( 10 ) YOU’RE SIXTEEN Ringo Starr
14 ( 13 ) DEVIL GATE DRIVE Suzi Quatro
15 ( 21 ) JUST MY SOUL RESPONDING Smokey Robinson
16 ( 9 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Charlie Rich
17 ( 20 ) JOHNNY AND THE JUKEBOX Pearly Gates
18 ( 24 ) BILLY DON’T BE A HERO Paper Lace
19 ( 28 ) SCHOOL LOVE Barry Blue
20 ( NEW ) SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE Queen

21 ( NEW ) I GET A LITTLE SENTIMENTAL The New Seekers
22 ( NEW ) I’VE GOT TO USE MY IMAGINATION Gladys Knight & The Pips
23 ( NEW ) MRS MELINSKI Ricky Wilde
24 ( RE ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
25 ( RE ) SMOKIN’ IN THE BOYS ROOM Brownsville Station
26 ( NEW ) FUNKY NASSAU The Beginning Of The End
27 ( 22 ) DANCE WITH THE DEVIL Cozy Powell
28 ( 23 ) TEENAGE DREAM Marc Bolan and T.Rex
29 ( NEW ) IT DOESN’T MATTER ANYMORE Buddy Holly
30 ( 26 ) UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Aretha Franklin

31 ( 3 ) DARK LADY Cher
32 ( 12 ) WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW Melanie
33 ( 17 ) LIVING FOR THE CITY Stevie Wonder
34 ( 18 ) GOING DOWN THE ROAD Roy Wood
35 ( NEW ) THE WOMBLING SONG The Wombles

12th March 1974

6 weeks for Jet, big jump for the sentimental New Seekers, and loads of new entries shoving out loads of other tracks that would easily have been charting on long runs had I done a 75 in those days, notably UK number one Billy Don’t Be A Hero, peaking at 18! In at 4 highest new entry, former Poppy Family Canadian singer Terry Jacks with his hushed version of a Jaques Brel song. The sombre tone was excelled by Hot Chocolate having another musical change of direction, opting for moody death ballad Emma, a wannabe star who never made it. Oudoing both, though, Jim Croce in at 15 with Time In A Bottle, poignant is an understatement as he’d died in a plane crash a year or so before and this was his posthumous US chart-topper. Gorgeous song, and that’s a new entry for 3 consecutive weeks for 3 plane crash pop stars posthumously charting. Obviously all the rage…

In at 6, debuting, cool sound of Philadelphia, the cool Three Degrees. They weren’t cool for long, but in early ‘74 they were, as the Philly Sound ruled. It’s their best record, still. In at 14, a debut hit for 50’s doo-wop sounds, glam-stylee, studio session musicians using the name Rubettes. Plugged heavily on Radio Luxembourg it was months before the Beeb and chart entry status beckoned. Jonathan King’s back, never one to turn down a chance for cash, it’s a carbon copy treatment of another Rolling Stones classic to his previous hit, only this misfired. Jimmy Helms gets a third hit in my charts. You might know him better as a member of 90’s hit band Londonbeat. I know him better as Jimmy Helms, great UK soul singer who’s had his 70’s TV performances wiped. They exist only in my memory…

Having another solo hit, the pure-voiced Art Garfunkel Shall Sing, just above Livvie. Yes, Eurovision, a bit military march-y, and I’m not even sure it was the best of her 6 songs that got voted for. Its low chart position (for me) shows I wasn’t that impressed compared to every UK entry from Puppet onwards. I saw Livvie in Bournemouth 2012 and she sang it live for the first time in decades, and it rather surprisingly brought a tear and smile to my face. Aaaahhhh!

1 ( 1 ) JET Paul McCartney & Wings
2 ( 2 ) LOVE’S THEME Love Unlimited Orchestra
3 ( 3 ) JEALOUS MIND Alvin Stardust
4 ( NEW ) SEASONS IN THE SUN Terry Jacks
5 ( 21 ) I GET A LITTLE SENTIMENTAL The New Seekers
6 ( NEW ) THE YEAR OF DECISION The Three Degrees
7 ( 7 ) TIGER FEET Mud
8 ( 9 ) MOCKINGBIRD James Taylor and Carly Simon
9 ( 6 ) BOOGIE DOWN Eddie Kendricks
10 ( 5 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies

11 ( 11 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
12 ( 20 ) SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE Queen
13 ( 17 ) JOHNNY AND THE JUKEBOX Pearly Gates
14 ( NEW ) SUGAR BABY LOVE The Rubettes
15 ( NEW ) TIME IN A BOTTLE Jim Croce
16 ( 8 ) BURN BABY BURN Hudson-Ford
17 ( 19 ) SCHOOL LOVE Barry Blue
18 ( NEW ) THERE’LL BE ANOTHER NIGHT Jimmy Helms
19 ( NEW ) EMMA Hot Chocolate
20 ( 22 ) I’VE GOT TO USE MY IMAGINATION Gladys Knight & The Pips

21 ( RE ) I JUST CAN’T GET THE FEELING The Four Tops
22 ( NEW ) GET OFF MY CLOUD Bubble Rock
23 ( 25 ) SMOKIN’ IN THE BOYS ROOM Brownsville Station
24 ( 14 ) DEVIL GATE DRIVE Suzi Quatro
25 ( 10 ) MA MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
26 ( 13 ) YOU’RE SIXTEEN Ringo Starr
27 ( 16 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Charlie Rich
28 ( NEW ) I SHALL SING Art Garfunkel
29 ( NEW ) LONG LIVE LOVE Olivia Newton-John
30 ( RE ) CANDLE IN THE WIND Elton John

31 ( 4 ) RAISED ON ROBBERY Joni Mitchell
32 ( 12 ) (SITTING ON THE) DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
33 ( 15 ) JUST MY SOUL RESPONDING Smokey Robinson
34 ( 31 ) DARK LADY Cher
35 ( 32 ) WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW Melanie

19th March 1974

7 weeks at the top for Wings, making it one of my all-time longest runs at that time, making for a very rock-tastic Top 2 with newcomers Queen at 2. Hot Chocolate get their 7th Top 10, Rubettes their first, and the lead singer shown in the video and on TV, well he wasn’t the one with the excruciatingly-pitched voice. It was a session-singer tiff and he emerged in his own right…later in 1974!

Not much new entry-wise, just Sunny rattling on about her medical complaint. I liked this record straight away, for a while, and long-term, errr not so much. A bit of ragtime from big movie The Sting at 30, just behind some 1972 US rock, the fab Listen To The Music, which still needs to be a proper-sized hit in the UK. By now about one-third of my charts were not yet UK Top 40 hits, though some would be later in the month or year.

1 ( 1 ) JET Paul McCartney & Wings
2 ( 12 ) SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE Queen
3 ( 4 ) SEASONS IN THE SUN Terry Jacks
4 ( 6 ) THE YEAR OF DECISION The Three Degrees
5 ( 5 ) I GET A LITTLE SENTIMENTAL The New Seekers
6 ( 2 ) LOVE’S THEME Love Unlimited Orchestra
7 ( 3 ) JEALOUS MIND Alvin Stardust
8 ( 14 ) SUGAR BABY LOVE The Rubettes
9 ( 19 ) EMMA Hot Chocolate
10 ( 8 ) MOCKINGBIRD James Taylor and Carly Simon

11 ( 10 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
12 ( 13 ) JOHNNY AND THE JUKEBOX Pearly Gates
13 ( NEW ) DOCTOR’S ORDERS Sunny
14 ( 11 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
15 ( 15 ) TIME IN A BOTTLE Jim Croce
16 ( 9 ) BOOGIE DOWN Eddie Kendricks
17 ( 28 ) I SHALL SING Art Garfunkel
18 ( 18 ) THERE’LL BE ANOTHER NIGHT Jimmy Helms
19 ( 17 ) SCHOOL LOVE Barry Blue
20 ( 20 ) I’VE GOT TO USE MY IMAGINATION Gladys Knight & The Pips

21 ( 22 ) GET OFF MY CLOUD Bubble Rock
22 ( 21 ) I JUST CAN’T GET THE FEELING The Four Tops
23 ( 16 ) BURN BABY BURN Hudson-Ford
24 ( 27 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Charlie Rich
25 ( 24 ) DEVIL GATE DRIVE Suzi Quatro
26 ( 26 ) YOU’RE SIXTEEN Ringo Starr
27 ( 25 ) MA MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
28 ( 23 ) SMOKIN’ IN THE BOYS ROOM Brownsville Station
29 ( NEW ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC The Doobie Brothers
30 ( NEW ) THE STING The Ragtimers

31 ( 7 ) TIGER FEET Mud
32 ( 29 ) LONG LIVE LOVE Olivia Newton-John
33 ( 31 ) RAISED ON ROBBERY Joni Mitchell
34 ( 32 ) (SITTING ON THE) DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
35 ( 34 ) DARK LADY Cher

26th March 1974

At last a new number one – Queen. I was an instant fan, they were fab, and this corker should have been bigger than it was. Bad news for Terry Jacks, who’s Seasons had to settle for runner-up in my charts (Number One everywhere else though!). Late summer chart-topper Sugar Baby Love hits 5 in my charts in Spring, Art Garfunkel gets his first solo Top 10 (after 6 with Paul Simon), and Joni Mitchell gets her 2nd in a row, straight in at 8 with the gorgeous Help Me, a fave on Old Grey Whistle Test, the album-oriented late evening “Later With Jools Holland” of its day, and which I was becoming more interested in.

Talking of Album-oriented – Prog rock pops in at 11, Genesis debut with the wonderfully quirky Wardrobe song, more Peter Gabriel than Phil Collins, but all members were to have chart entries galore for, ooh, the next 30 years. The Three Degrees had yet to chart, but I already was getting into their previous flop single, Dirty Ol’ Man. The lyrics, “You’re a dirty ol’ man, you can’t keep your hands to yourself”, obviously should have been aimed at a certain white-haired DJ in retrospect.

Just below them, the poor ol’ Glitter Band. Gary’s backing band, they had their own career take off as Gary’s was about to decline – maybe they saw the writing on the wall – but seem to have unfairly also been wiped from history for daring to have named themselves Glitter. Angel Face is a great glam-rock pop-song, they wrote their own stuff, and deserve at least the odd radio play! Merlin were one of those pop bands that never made it (not that surprisingly to be honest), but I liked them, and bought the album. So it sold at least one copy. Hooray!

1 ( 2 ) SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE Queen
2 ( 3 ) SEASONS IN THE SUN Terry Jacks
3 ( 1 ) JET Paul McCartney & Wings
4 ( 4 ) THE YEAR OF DECISION The Three Degrees
5 ( 8 ) SUGAR BABY LOVE The Rubettes
6 ( 13 ) DOCTOR’S ORDERS Sunny
7 ( 5 ) I GET A LITTLE SENTIMENTAL The New Seekers
8 ( NEW ) HELP ME Joni Mitchell
9 ( 17 ) I SHALL SING Art Garfunkel
10 ( 7 ) JEALOUS MIND Alvin Stardust

11 ( NEW ) I KNOW WHAT I LIKE (IN YOUR WARDROBE) Genesis
12 ( 14 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
13 ( 24 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Charlie Rich
14 ( 11 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
15 ( 9 ) EMMA Hot Chocolate
16 ( 21 ) GET OFF MY CLOUD Bubble Rock
17 ( 18 ) THERE’LL BE ANOTHER NIGHT Jimmy Helms
18 ( 10 ) MOCKINGBIRD James Taylor and Carly Simon
19 ( NEW ) DIRTY OL’ MAN The Three Degrees
20 ( 29 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC The Doobie Brothers

21 ( 19 ) SCHOOL LOVE Barry Blue
22 ( 20 ) I’VE GOT TO USE MY IMAGINATION Gladys Knight & The Pips
23 ( NEW ) ANGEL FACE The Glitter Band
24 ( NEW ) DREAM WORLD Don Downing
25 ( 30 ) THE STING The Ragtimers
26 ( 23 ) BURN BABY BURN Hudson-Ford
27 ( 25 ) DEVIL GATE DRIVE Suzi Quatro
28 ( 26 ) YOU’RE SIXTEEN Ringo Starr
29 ( NEW ) LET ME PUT MY SPELL ON YOU Merlin
30 ( NEW ) THE GOLDEN AGE OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Mott The Hoople

31 ( 6 ) LOVE’S THEME Love Unlimited Orchestra
32 ( 12 ) JOHNNY AND THE JUKEBOX Pearly Gates
33 ( 15 ) TIME IN A BOTTLE Jim Croce
34 ( 16 ) BOOGIE DOWN Eddie Kendricks
35 ( 31 ) TIGER FEET Mud

My 1999 Charts – February

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The dawn aftermath of a Shuttle launch Florida. Fab!

7th FEB 1999

Yet another classic oldie at the top, this time party classic Love Shack. The B52’s debuted with a Rock Lobster in 1979, hit my charts with this in 1989 and 1990, and by 1999 it had turned into a bit of an anthem. Funniest skit on the radio of the 90’s was current hits done in the style of the fabulous B52’s.

Blondie in the Top 10, hooray! Blur into the Top 20. Divine Comedy get a top 10.

1 LOVE SHACK B52’s
2 PRETTY FLY (FOR A WHITE GUY) Offspring
3 BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
4 TEQUILA Terrorvision
5 TONITE Supercar
6 YOU DON’T KNOW ME Armand Van Helden
7 PRAISE YOU Fat Boy Slim
8 MARIA Blondie
9 NATIONAL EXPRESS Divine Comedy
10 WHEN I GROW UP Garbage

11 EX-FACTOR Lauryn Hill
12 WILD WOOD Paul Weller
13 ANGELS Robbie Williams
14 WHEN YOU’RE GONE Bryan Adams/ Melanie C
15 NO REGRETS Robbie Williams
16 TENDER Blur
17 MISS ME BLIND Culture Club
18 WALK LIKE A PANTHER All Seeing I/ Tony Christie
19 I WANT YOU BACK N’Sync
20 GOOD LIFE (BUENA VIDA) Inner City

21 QUANDO QUANDO QUANDO Engelbert Humperdinck
22 1999″ Prince
23 GIVEN UP Mirror Ball
24 BABY ONE MORE TIME Britney Spears
25 FLY AWAY Lenny Kravitz
26 AS George Michael/ Mary J. Blige
27 ALWAYS HAVE ALWAYS WILL Ace Of Base
28 CRAZY Lucid
29 BELIEVE Cher
30 RESCUE ME Ultra

31 THE POWER OF GOODBYE Madonna
32 DUMB Beautiful South
33 ENJOY YOURSELF A+
34 BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Foundations
35 MIAMI Will Smith
36 TO EARTH WITH LOVE Gay Dad
37 ONE WEEK Barenaked Ladies
38 BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
39 DELTA SUN Mercury Rev
40 WESTSIDE TQ

41 CALIFORNIA DREAMING/MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas
42 THE MASTERPLAN Oasis
43 MORE THAN THIS Emmie
44 HUMAN BEINGS Seal
45 BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
46 LULLABY Shawn Mullins
47 THEY ALL LAUGHED Frank Sinatra
48 BIG BIG WORLD Emilia
49 SHORLEY WALL EP Ooberman
50 I WANT YOU FOR MYSELF Another Level/ Ghostface Killah

51 THE WIND P.J.Harvey
52 ELECTRIC BARBARELLA/ GIRLS ON FILM Duran Duran
53 ALL I WANT Puressance
54 CHOCOLATE SALTY BALLS Chef (Isaac Hayes)
55 I WANT YOU 98 Savage Garden
56 DREAMING M People
57 A LITTLE BIT MORE 911″
58 WAR OF NERVES All Saints
59 I’VE GOT THIS FEELING Mavericks
60 BOY YOU KNOCK ME OUT Tatyana Ali/ Will Smith

61 MILLENIUM Robbie Williams
62 TO THE MOON AND BACK Savage Garden
63 MYSTIKAL MACHINE GUN Kula Shaker
64 BLUE Le Ann Rimes
65 DANCING QUEEN / EAGLE Abba
66 YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers
67 SIT DOWN 98 James
68 OUTSIDE George Michael
69 END OF THE LINE Honeyz
70 WHEN YOU BELIEVE Mariah Carey/ Whitney Houston

71 BAD GIRLS Juliet Roberts
72 NOTHING REALLY MATTERS Madonna
73 YOU SHOULD BE DANCING Blockster
74 IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT Manic Street Preachers
75 EVERY YOU EVERY ME Placebo

14th FEB 1999

And Yet Another Oldie at the top: Steppenwolf, rock classic, returns to the top for a second week. At least a new spanking stomping dance tune is at 2! Blondie at 4, gives them a hit to stand with their 70’s and 80’s classics. Oh, yes, new entry from a new pop princess last week – Britney Spears. Yes it’s fifteen years! OMG, as I believe they say! Classic song that it is, shooting up to 8 is only fair. ‘Nsync meanwhile, same popwriters/producers as Britney, are just as good at 10. OMG! Yes Justin Timberlake, Hollywood actor megastar and pop star, was popping it with Britney 15 years ago. In the charts I mean…

Lenny Kravitz is back in the 20 with a great poprock toon, and Shawn Mullins debuts inside the 20 with a great Lullaby. New entry land and Cher at 40 keeps the hits a-coming. Actually, might as well just assume any chart has Cher in it, barring 2002 to 2012! Whitney Houston is in at 33. Worth repeating, cos for 12 months she managed the feat of being actually great: this record was the first of several bona-fide soul records, and they were all good. No more pomp and showing off the size of her range with bland ballads, no actual proper pop and actual proper emotion. Shame it turned out to be drug fuelled.

The Cardigans hit their stride with the fab ballad Erase/Rewind, (how quaint), Neil (Crowded House) Finn does yet another version of Johnny Nash (see 1994 comments), 2-Pac raps in Late, Mansun are still good, Alanis is Joining in, and the Corrs just pop in ahead of REM and Manics. I stood next to Jim Corr once at the Radio One roadshow while he chatted to a workmate, backstage with Shelley “Tin Tin Out” Nelson’s mum while she was on stage. Hobnobbing wiv da stars, eh? Job perk of the time….

1 ( 3 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
2 ( 6 ) YOU DON’T KNOW ME Armand Van Helden
3 ( 2 ) PRETTY FLY (FOR A WHITE GUY) Offspring
4 ( 8 ) MARIA Blondie
5 ( 4 ) TEQUILA Terrorvision
6 ( 1 ) LOVE SHACK B52’s
7 ( 11 ) EX-FACTOR Lauryn Hill
8 ( 24 ) BABY ONE MORE TIME Britney Spears
9 ( 5 ) TONITE Supercar
10 ( 19 ) I WANT YOU BACK N’Sync

11 ( 7 ) PRAISE YOU Fat Boy Slim
12 ( 25 ) FLY AWAY Lenny Kravitz
13 ( 9 ) NATIONAL EXPRESS Divine Comedy
14 ( 10 ) WHEN I GROW UP Garbage
15 ( 14 ) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Bryan Adams/ Melanie C
16 ( 16 ) TENDER Blur
17 ( 12 ) WILD WOOD Paul Weller
18 ( 26 ) AS George Michael/ Mary J. Blige
19 ( 46 ) LULLABY Shawn Mullins
20 ( 20 ) GOOD LIFE (BUENA VIDA) Inner City

21 ( 13 ) ANGELS Robbie Williams
22 ( 15 ) NO REGRETS Robbie Williams
23 ( 28 ) CRAZY Lucid
24 ( 42 ) THE MASTERPLAN Oasis
25 ( 37 ) ONE WEEK Barenaked Ladies
26 ( 29 ) BELIEVE Cher
27 ( 33 ) ENJOY YOURSELF A+
28 ( 40 ) WESTSIDE TQ
29 ( 23 ) GIVEN UP Mirror Ball
30 ( 60 ) BOY YOU KNOCK ME OUT Tatyana Ali/ Will Smith

31 ( 21 ) QUANDO QUANDO QUANDO Engelbert Humperdinck
32 ( 22 ) 1999″ Prince
33 ( NEW ) IT’S NOT RIGHT BUT IT’S OK Whitney Houston
34 ( NEW ) ERASE/REWIND Cardigans
35 ( 18 ) WALK LIKE A PANTHER All Seeing I/ Tony Christie
36 ( 56 ) DREAMING M People
37 ( 17 ) MISS ME BLIND Culture Club
38 ( 31 ) THE POWER OF GOODBYE Madonna
39 ( 35 ) MIAMI Will Smith
40 ( NEW ) STRONG ENOUGH Cher

41 ( 34 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Foundations
42 ( 27 ) ALWAYS HAVE ALWAYS WILL Ace Of Base
43 ( 41 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMING/MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas
44 ( 72 ) NOTHING REALLY MATTERS Madonna
45 ( 32 ) DUMB Beautiful South
46 ( NEW ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW Neil Finn
47 ( 45 ) BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
48 ( NEW ) CHANGES 2-Pac
49 ( 38 ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
50 ( NEW ) SIX Mansun

51 ( 39 ) DELTA SUN Mercury Rev
52 ( 30 ) RESCUE ME Ultra
53 ( 44 ) HUMAN BEINGS Seal
54 ( 43 ) MORE THAN THIS Emmie
55 ( 36 ) TO EARTH WITH LOVE Gay Dad
56 ( NEW ) CAN’T GET ENOUGH Soul Searcher
57 ( 53 ) ALL I WANT Puressance
58 ( 49 ) SHORLEY WALL EP Ooberman
59 ( 48 ) BIG BIG WORLD Emilia
60 ( NEW ) JOINING YOU Alanis Morissette

61 ( 50 ) I WANT YOU FOR MYSELF Another Level/ Ghostface Killah
62 ( 63 ) MYSTIKAL MACHINE GUN Kula Shaker
63 ( 61 ) MILLENIUM Robbie Williams
64 ( 59 ) I’VE GOT THIS FEELING Mavericks
65 ( 65 ) DANCING QUEEN / EAGLE Abba
66 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers
67 ( 62 ) TO THE MOON AND BACK Savage Garden
68 ( 55 ) I WANT YOU 98 Savage Garden
69 ( 64 ) BLUE Le Ann Rimes
70 ( NEW ) RUNAWAY Corrs

71 ( 67 ) SIT DOWN 98 James
72 ( NEW ) AT MY MOST BEAUTIFUL REM
73 ( 73 ) YOU SHOULD BE DANCING Blockster
74 ( 74 ) IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT Manic Street Preachers
75 ( NEW ) YOU STOLE THE SUN FROM MY HEART Manic Street Preachers

21st FEB 1999Hooray, a new record at the top! A dance classic, yay! Still sounds great to my ears… And in at 2, Robbie (I had the album) giving him yet another track in the charts, good ol’ pop. Lauryn Hill, ex of Fugees, gets her biggest solo hit. Watch out for those tax returns girlfriend! Lucid go top 20 with a classic dance track, as do Barenaked Ladies for one week. Madonna slowly climbs into the 40, Roxette have one of their occasional comeback periods, and George & Mary J take Stevie’s As slowly up the charts too.

1 ( 2 ) YOU DON’T KNOW ME Armand Van Helden
2 ( NEW ) STRONG Robbie Williams
3 ( 1 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
4 ( 7 ) EX-FACTOR Lauryn Hill
5 ( 12 ) FLY AWAY Lenny Kravitz
6 ( 19 ) LULLABY Shawn Mullins
7 ( 8 ) BABY ONE MORE TIME Britney Spears
8 ( 10 ) I WANT YOU BACK N’Sync
9 ( 3 ) PRETTY FLY (FOR A WHITE GUY) Offspring
10 ( 4 ) MARIA Blondie

11 ( 5 ) TEQUILA Terrorvision
12 ( 6 ) LOVE SHACK B52’s
13 ( 13 ) NATIONAL EXPRESS Divine Comedy
14 ( 9 ) TONITE Supercar
15 ( 11 ) PRAISE YOU Fat Boy Slim
16 ( 16 ) TENDER Blur
17 ( 18 ) AS George Michael/ Mary J. Blige
18 ( 23 ) CRAZY Lucid
19 ( 15 ) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Bryan Adams/ Melanie C
20 ( 25 ) ONE WEEK Barenaked Ladies

21 ( 20 ) GOOD LIFE (BUENA VIDA) Inner City
22 ( 22 ) NO REGRETS Robbie Williams
23 ( 30 ) BOY YOU KNOCK ME OUT Tatyana Ali/ Will Smith
24 ( 17 ) WILD WOOD Paul Weller
25 ( 21 ) ANGELS Robbie Williams
26 ( 26 ) BELIEVE Cher
27 ( 27 ) ENJOY YOURSELF A+
28 ( 14 ) WHEN I GROW UP Garbage
29 ( 33 ) IT’S NOT RIGHT BUT IT’S OK Whitney Houston
30 ( 40 ) STRONG ENOUGH Cher

31 ( 44 ) NOTHING REALLY MATTERS Madonna
32 ( 28 ) WESTSIDE TQ
33 ( 29 ) GIVEN UP Mirror Ball
34 ( 34 ) ERASE/REWIND Cardigans
35 ( 24 ) THE MASTERPLAN Oasis
36 ( 32 ) 1999″ Prince
37 ( 61 ) I WANT YOU FOR MYSELF Another Level/ Ghostface Killah
38 ( 48 ) CHANGES 2-Pac
39 ( 39 ) MIAMI Will Smith
40 ( 38 ) THE POWER OF GOODBYE Madonna

41 ( 41 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Foundations
42 ( 31 ) QUANDO QUANDO QUANDO Engelbert Humperdinck
43 ( 43 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMING/MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas
44 ( 36 ) DREAMING M People
45 ( 35 ) WALK LIKE A PANTHER All Seeing I/ Tony Christie
46 ( 37 ) MISS ME BLIND Culture Club
47 ( 47 ) BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
48 ( 60 ) JOINING YOU Alanis Morissette
49 ( NEW ) CRAZY Moffats
50 ( NEW ) WISH I COULD FLY Roxette

51 ( 42 ) ALWAYS HAVE ALWAYS WILL Ace Of Base
52 ( 45 ) DUMB Beautiful South
53 ( 46 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW Neil Finn
54 ( 49 ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
55 ( 70 ) RUNAWAY Corrs
56 ( 56 ) CAN’T GET ENOUGH Soul Searcher
57 ( 54 ) MORE THAN THIS Emmie
58 ( 53 ) HUMAN BEINGS Seal
59 ( 58 ) SHORLEY WALL EP Ooberman
60 ( 62 ) MYSTIKAL MACHINE GUN Kula Shaker

61 ( 57 ) ALL I WANT Puressance
62 ( 65 ) DANCING QUEEN / EAGLE Abba
63 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers
64 ( 63 ) MILLENIUM Robbie Williams
65 ( 74 ) IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT Manic Street Preachers
66 ( 50 ) SIX Mansun
67 ( 64 ) I’VE GOT THIS FEELING Mavericks
68 ( 75 ) YOU STOLE THE SUN FROM MY HEART Manic Street Preachers
69 ( 67 ) TO THE MOON AND BACK Savage Garden
70 ( 69 ) BLUE Le Ann Rimes

71 ( 71 ) SIT DOWN 98 James
72 ( 72 ) AT MY MOST BEAUTIFUL REM
73 ( 73 ) YOU SHOULD BE DANCING Blockster
74 ( NEW ) 24 HOURS FROM YOU Next Of Kin
75 ( NEW ) THESE ARE THE TIMES Dru Hill

28th FEB 1999

Another newie at the top, and Robbie’s 2nd of the year already, by this stage he was racking them up by the month! Britney at 2, teen pop rools, not so sure about the pigtails and school uniform though…! Cardigans rocket to 9, Blur continue their run of Top 10 hits, Whitney gets a rare Top 12 hit, Kula Shaker shoot it up at 16 for one last fling in the higher placings. Everlast has a new entry with a great record, largely obscure these days, sadly, and that about it for notables. 1999 isn’t generally one of my favourite years for music, and much of the new stuff at the lower end is rather forgettable (not counting long-running tracks), though the big hits are still fab.

1 ( 2 ) STRONG Robbie Williams
2 ( 7 ) BABY ONE MORE TIME Britney Spears
3 ( 6 ) LULLABY Shawn Mullins
4 ( 1 ) YOU DON’T KNOW ME Armand Van Helden
5 ( 5 ) FLY AWAY Lenny Kravitz
6 ( 3 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
7 ( 4 ) EX-FACTOR Lauryn Hill
8 ( 8 ) I WANT YOU BACK N’Sync
9 ( 34 ) ERASE/REWIND Cardigans
10 ( 16 ) TENDER Blur

11 ( 18 ) CRAZY Lucid
12 ( 29 ) IT’S NOT RIGHT BUT IT’S OK Whitney Houston
13 ( 10 ) MARIA Blondie
14 ( 9 ) PRETTY FLY (FOR A WHITE GUY) Offspring
15 ( 30 ) STRONG ENOUGH Cher
16 ( 60 ) MYSTIKAL MACHINE GUN Kula Shaker
17 ( 17 ) AS George Michael/ Mary J. Blige
18 ( 15 ) PRAISE YOU Fat Boy Slim
19 ( 50 ) WISH I COULD FLY Roxette
20 ( 13 ) NATIONAL EXPRESS Divine Comedy

21 ( 12 ) LOVE SHACK B52’s
22 ( 11 ) TEQUILA Terrorvision
23 ( 23 ) BOY YOU KNOCK ME OUT Tatyana Ali/ Will Smith
24 ( 31 ) NOTHING REALLY MATTERS Madonna
25 ( 14 ) TONITE Supercar
26 ( 19 ) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Bryan Adams/ Melanie C
27 ( 48 ) JOINING YOU Alanis Morissette
28 ( 20 ) ONE WEEK Barenaked Ladies
29 ( 26 ) BELIEVE Cher
30 ( NEW ) BUSES AND TRAINS Bacholer Girl

31 ( 24 ) WILD WOOD Paul Weller
32 ( 25 ) ANGELS Robbie Williams
33 ( 22 ) NO REGRETS Robbie Williams
34 ( NEW ) ANYTHING BUT DOWN Sheryl Crow
35 ( NEW ) PROTECT YOUR MIND (FOR THE LOVE OF A PRINCESS) DJ Sakin & Friends
36 ( NEW ) WHAT IT’S LIKE Everlast
37 ( 55 ) RUNAWAY Corrs
38 ( 38 ) CHANGES 2-Pac
39 ( 28 ) WHEN I GROW UP Garbage
40 ( 56 ) CAN’T GET ENOUGH Soul Searcher

41 ( 21 ) GOOD LIFE (BUENA VIDA) Inner City
42 ( 32 ) WESTSIDE TQ
43 ( 43 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMING/MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas
44 ( 41 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Foundations
45 ( 40 ) THE POWER OF GOODBYE Madonna
46 ( 36 ) 1999″ Prince
47 ( 39 ) MIAMI Will Smith
48 ( 27 ) ENJOY YOURSELF A+
49 ( 49 ) CRAZY Moffats
50 ( 47 ) BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley

51 ( 42 ) QUANDO QUANDO QUANDO Engelbert Humperdinck
52 ( NEW ) DEAD FROM THE WAIST DOWN Catatonia
53 ( 33 ) GIVEN UP Mirror Ball
54 ( 35 ) THE MASTERPLAN Oasis
55 ( 37 ) I WANT YOU FOR MYSELF Another Level/ Ghostface Killah
56 ( NEW ) PERMANENT TEARS Eagle-Eye Cherry
57 ( 68 ) YOU STOLE THE SUN FROM MY HEART Manic Street Preachers
58 ( 44 ) DREAMING M People
59 ( 46 ) MISS ME BLIND Culture Club
60 ( 45 ) WALK LIKE A PANTHER All Seeing I/ Tony Christie

61 ( NEW ) RUSH Kleshay
62 ( 62 ) DANCING QUEEN / EAGLE Abba
63 ( 63 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers
64 ( 52 ) DUMB Beautiful South
65 ( 51 ) ALWAYS HAVE ALWAYS WILL Ace Of Base
66 ( 58 ) HUMAN BEINGS Seal
67 ( 64 ) MILLENIUM Robbie Williams
68 ( 65 ) IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT Manic Street Preachers
69 ( NEW ) BE THERE UNKLE/ Ian Brown
70 ( 61 ) ALL I WANT Puressance

71 ( 74 ) 24 HOURS FROM YOU Next Of Kin
72 ( 72 ) AT MY MOST BEAUTIFUL REM
73 ( 59 ) SHORLEY WALL EP Ooberman
74 ( NEW ) BETCHA CAN’T WAIT E-17
75 ( 71 ) SIT DOWN 98 James