My 1989 Charts – April

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Industrial view from grandma’s council flat in Liverpool.

2nd April 1989

My grandma was still ill in hospital in Liverpool, and by now I’d got a hire car to replace my nearly-written-off car crashed metro. I really felt I ought to go and see Grandma, but my parents were arranging to bring her down to Dorset as soon as she was well enough to travel. That sounded positive so I felt guilty, but stayed local to see my childhood heroes The Monkees, who were playing Bournemouth (minus Mike Nesmith), my last chance to see them I thought. They were fabulous, entertaining, and nostalgic all at once, and dia host of fave album tracks along withe singles. The net effect was Like A Prayer, a major classic Madonna single was held at 2 for a third week behind the Monkees EP.

Lisa Stansfield announced her Top 5 presence with Coldcut, The Bangles were back with a great ballad at 8, their 5th Top 10 and The Bee Gees extended their run of Top 10’s to 21 years with the flop Ordinary People.

New entries, Johnny Nash’s 1972 classic was back at 13, Holly Johnson gets his 2nd Top 20 hit of the year at 16 and Yello come back on a great run of singles with their best record, Of Course I’m Lying, at 24. The The get one of their occasional Top 40 hits, cynically, at 29, and Fine Young Cannibals on a roll enter at 36 with the fab Good Thing. Transvision Vamp get a 2nd great Top 40 hit at 39, Roxette debut at 44 with the Look, and give the chart quite the European flavour, one of many acts peppering the charts. Lots of other fave chart act comebacks lower down, the one holding up the best these days being Swing Out Sister’s 60’s retro You On My Mind.

1 ( 1 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
2 ( 2 ) LIKE A PRAYER Madonna
3 ( 3 ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
4 ( 9 ) PEOPLE HOLD ON Coldcut featuring Lisa Stansfield
5 ( 5 ) I BEG YOUR PARDON Kon Kan
6 ( 22 ) ORDINARY PEOPLE The Bee Gees
7 ( 4 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
8 ( 23 ) ETERNAL FLAME The Bangles
9 ( 6 ) HEY MUSIC LOVER S’Express
10 ( 31 ) THIS TIME Kiara with Shanice Wilson

11 ( 10 ) INTERNATIONAL RESCUE Fuzzbox
12 ( 18 ) SHE’S A MYSTERY TO ME Roy Orbison
13 ( NEW ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW ’89 Johnny Nash
14 ( 7 ) END OF THE LINE Traveling Wilbury’s
15 ( 8 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
16 ( NEW ) AMERICANOS Holly Johnson
17 ( 17 ) ROUND AND ROUND New Order
18 ( 15 ) CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
19 ( 20 ) STRAIGHT UP Paula Abdul
20 ( 25 ) FAMILY MAN Roachford

21 ( 11 ) LEAVE ME ALONE MIchael Jackson
22 ( 13 ) INFO FREAKO Jesus Jones
23 ( 12 ) LOVE IN THE NATURAL WAY Kim Wilde
24 ( NEW ) OF COURSE I’M LYING Yello
25 ( 28 ) DON’T BE CRUEL Bobby Brown
26 ( 16 ) DAYS LIKE THESE Sheena Easton
27 ( 21 ) STOP Sam Brown
28 ( 14 ) INDESTRUCTIBLE The Four Tops featuring Smokey Robinson
29 ( NEW ) THE BEAT(EN) GENERATION The The
30 ( 30 ) PARADISE CITY Guns ‘n’ Roses

31 ( 19 ) I DON’T WANT A LOVER Texas
32 ( 34 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil
33 ( 27 ) YOU GOT IT Roy Orbison
34 ( 26 ) HELP! Bananarama and La Na Nee Nee Noo Noo
35 ( 57 ) HAVEN’T STOPPED DANCING YET Pat & Mick
36 ( NEW ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
37 ( NEW ) MUSICAL FREEDOM (MOVIN’ ON UP) Paul Simpson featuring Adeva
38 ( 38 ) SLEEP TALK Alyson Williams
39 ( NEW ) BABY I DON’T CARE Transvision Vamp
40 ( 44 ) KEEP ON MOVIN’ Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler

41 ( 36 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
42 ( 41 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
43 ( 33 ) TOO MANY BROKEN HEARTS Jason Donovan
44 ( NEW ) THE LOOK Roxette
45 ( 45 ) MYSTIFIED INXS
46 ( NEW ) FIREWOMAN The Cult
47 ( 29 ) BELFAST CHILD/ MANDELA DAY Simple Minds
48 ( 37 ) WAIT Robert Howard and Kym Mazelle
49 ( 65 ) CAN YOU KEEP A SECERET Brother Beyond
50 ( 59 ) ONLY THE LONELY T’Pau

51 ( 24 ) VERONICA Elvis Costello
52 ( 52 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
53 ( 49 ) LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES Pet Shop Boys
54 ( NEW ) ONLY THE MOMENT Marc Almond
55 ( 54 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
56 ( 42 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Ten City
57 ( NEW ) DANCERAMA Sigue Sigue Sputnik
58 ( 56 ) I WISH U HEAVEN Prince
59 ( 48 ) IT’S ONLY LOVE Simply Red
60 ( 43 ) HOLD ME Fleetwood Mac

61 ( 61 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
62 ( 35 ) ONE MAN Chanelle
63 ( 62 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
64 ( NEW ) BEAUTY’S ONLY SKIN DEEP Aswad
65 ( 67 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
66 ( 66 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
67 ( 63 ) DOMINO DANCING Pet Shop Boys
68 ( 40 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
69 ( 70 ) GOT TO GET YOU BACK Kym Mazelle
70 ( NEW ) THIS IS YOUR LIFE The Blow Monkeys

71 ( NEW ) MAN NO MORE The Senators
72 ( 71 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies
73 ( NEW ) YOU ON MY MIND Swing Out Sister
74 ( NEW ) FOREST FIRE Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
75 ( NEW ) REAL LOVE Jody Watley

THE MONKEES LIVE AT THE BOURNEMOUTH INTERNATIONAL CENTRE
1. Valleri
2. Listen To The Band
3. She
4. Last Train To Clarksville
5. A Little Bit Me A Little Bit You
6. Aunty Grizelda
7. I’m A Believer
8. Daydream Believer
9. Alternate Title
10. The Monkees Theme

9th April 1989

After weeks in hospital my grandma died on 4th April, which was pretty much the first traumatic death of my life, as she’d always been there. Mum and dad had rushed up to Liverpool but arrived too late, and I got the call during an episode of MASH, The Nurses, which Ive never been able to sit through since. My sister-in-law and niece and nephew were living with me at the time, and Sue rushed upstairs crying. It hit me shortly afterwards.

Music wasn’t uppermost in my mind, except inasmuch as I took refuge in music from the 70’s, oldies, remixes, samples or covers, happier times and those records did better in my chart, which I sort of zombie compiled later in the week. Records I associated with grandma’s illness or reminded me of the forthcoming funeral and cremation with sad lyrics dropped. Not many new entries, as a result of not much radio listening, but notable Yello hitting the right mood with me, up to 4, Marc Almond up to 30 and a bit of oddness at 2 from Kon Kan, which was both diverting and nostalgic (with the Lynn Anderson sample). Videos are those fitting my mood at the time…

1 ( 1 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
2 ( 5 ) I BEG YOUR PARDON Kon Kan
3 ( 4 ) PEOPLE HOLD ON Coldcut featuring Lisa Stansfield
4 ( 24 ) OF COURSE I’M LYING Yello
5 ( 6 ) ORDINARY PEOPLE The Bee Gees
6 ( 13 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW ’89 Johnny Nash
7 ( 2 ) LIKE A PRAYER Madonna
8 ( 8 ) ETERNAL FLAME The Bangles
9 ( 16 ) AMERICANOS Holly Johnson
10 ( 10 ) THIS TIME Kiara with Shanice Wilson

11 ( 3 ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
12 ( 12 ) SHE’S A MYSTERY TO ME Roy Orbison
13 ( 7 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
14 ( 9 ) HEY MUSIC LOVER S’Express
15 ( 11 ) INTERNATIONAL RESCUE Fuzzbox
16 ( 29 ) THE BEAT(EN) GENERATION The The
17 ( 36 ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
18 ( 18 ) CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
19 ( 37 ) MUSICAL FREEDOM (MOVIN’ ON UP) Paul Simpson featuring Adeva
20 ( 25 ) DON’T BE CRUEL Bobby Brown

21 ( 15 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
22 ( 17 ) ROUND AND ROUND New Order
23 ( 59 ) IF YOU DON’T KNOW ME BY NOW Simply Red
24 ( 20 ) FAMILY MAN Roachford
25 ( 14 ) END OF THE LINE Traveling Wilbury’s
26 ( 19 ) STRAIGHT UP Paula Abdul
27 ( 21 ) LEAVE ME ALONE MIchael Jackson
28 ( 23 ) LOVE IN THE NATURAL WAY Kim Wilde
29 ( 39 ) BABY I DON’T CARE Transvision Vamp
30 ( 54 ) ONLY THE MOMENT Marc Almond

31 ( 27 ) STOP Sam Brown
32 ( 44 ) THE LOOK Roxette
33 ( 45 ) MYSTIFIED INXS
34 ( 30 ) PARADISE CITY Guns ‘n’ Roses
35 ( 22 ) INFO FREAKO Jesus Jones
36 ( 40 ) KEEP ON MOVIN’ Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
37 ( 33 ) YOU GOT IT Roy Orbison
38 ( 26 ) DAYS LIKE THESE Sheena Easton
39 ( 28 ) INDESTRUCTIBLE The Four Tops featuring Smokey Robinson
40 ( 31 ) I DON’T WANT A LOVER Texas

41 ( 42 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
42 ( 41 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
43 ( 50 ) ONLY THE LONELY T’Pau
44 ( 35 ) HAVEN’T STOPPED DANCING YET Pat & Mick
45 ( 49 ) CAN YOU KEEP A SECERET Brother Beyond
46 ( 46 ) FIREWOMAN The Cult
47 ( 34 ) HELP! Bananarama and La Na Nee Nee Noo Noo
48 ( 73 ) YOU ON MY MIND Swing Out Sister
49 ( 64 ) BEAUTY’S ONLY SKIN DEEP Aswad
50 ( 32 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil

51 ( 52 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
52 ( 57 ) DANCERAMA Sigue Sigue Sputnik
53 ( 38 ) SLEEP TALK Alyson Williams
54 ( 48 ) WAIT Robert Howard and Kym Mazelle
55 ( 55 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
56 ( 53 ) LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES Pet Shop Boys
57 ( 69 ) GOT TO GET YOU BACK Kym Mazelle
58 ( 58 ) I WISH U HEAVEN Prince
59 ( NEW ) WITH EVERY HEARTBEAT Five Star
60 ( 61 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies

61 ( 60 ) HOLD ME Fleetwood Mac
62 ( 56 ) THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS Ten City
63 ( 63 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
64 ( 47 ) BELFAST CHILD/ MANDELA DAY Simple Minds
65 ( 65 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
66 ( 66 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
67 ( 71 ) MAN NO MORE The Senators
68 ( 67 ) DOMINO DANCING Pet Shop Boys
69 ( 51 ) VERONICA Elvis Costello
70 ( NEW ) DON’T WALK AWAY Toni Childs

71 ( NEW ) DEVOTION Ten City
72 ( 68 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
73 ( 72 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies
74 ( 75 ) REAL LOVE Jody Watley
75 ( NEW ) LET THE RIVER RUN Carly Simon

 

16th April 1989

Things returning chart-wise a little to normal, after grandma’s funeral, and glad to be back to work and diverted in our team of 4 surveying Parks and Gardens in Bournemouth, drawing up plans and maintenance schedules.

Music-wise, mostly minor shuffling of chart positions, apart from new entries, and still nostalgia is high with Jigsaw’s remix of the fab 1975 Top 3 hit for me, Sky High. Roy gets a second posthumous new Top 10 hit, much deserved, and Soul II Soul finally get moving into the 20 along with INXS, who remain mystified at all the great tracks on one album. The Cookie Crew sample classic Edwin Starr and pop in at 24, and the Blow Monkeys re-enter much higher, at 31.

Peter Noone covers his old Herman’s Hermits classic for a movie comedy and gets a hit (it’s not a patch on the original though), while the great Kirsty and Cure enter inside the 50. Two rock acts provide a duet opportunity for veteran soul/blues stars: Elton & Aretha, and U2 & B.B. King, both perfectly fine, but not classic, singles. Finally, two new acts slide in at the bottom, De La Soul and Texas. TBC.
1 ( 1 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
2 ( 2 ) I BEG YOUR PARDON Kon Kan
3 ( 5 ) ORDINARY PEOPLE The Bee Gees
4 ( 4 ) OF COURSE I’M LYING Yello
5 ( 9 ) AMERICANOS Holly Johnson
6 ( 8 ) ETERNAL FLAME The Bangles
7 ( 3 ) PEOPLE HOLD ON Coldcut featuring Lisa Stansfield
8 ( 10 ) THIS TIME Kiara with Shanice Wilson
9 ( 6 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW ’89 Johnny Nash
10 ( 12 ) SHE’S A MYSTERY TO ME Roy Orbison

11 ( NEW ) SKY HIGH (REMIX) Jigsaw
12 ( 7 ) LIKE A PRAYER Madonna
13 ( 19 ) MUSICAL FREEDOM (MOVIN’ ON UP) Paul Simpson featuring Adeva
14 ( 11 ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
15 ( 17 ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
16 ( 13 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
17 ( 36 ) KEEP ON MOVIN’ Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
18 ( 18 ) CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
19 ( 33 ) MYSTIFIED INXS
20 ( 23 ) IF YOU DON’T KNOW ME BY NOW Simply Red

21 ( 14 ) HEY MUSIC LOVER S’Express
22 ( 15 ) INTERNATIONAL RESCUE Fuzzbox
23 ( 21 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
24 ( NEW ) GOT TO KEEP ON The Cookie Crew featuring Edwin Starr
25 ( 43 ) ONLY THE LONELY T’Pau
26 ( 20 ) DON’T BE CRUEL Bobby Brown
27 ( 29 ) BABY I DON’T CARE Transvision Vamp
28 ( 50 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil
29 ( 16 ) THE BEAT(EN) GENERATION The The
30 ( 30 ) ONLY THE MOMENT Marc Almond

31 ( RE ) THIS IS YOUR LIFE The Blow Monkeys
32 ( 32 ) THE LOOK Roxette
33 ( 25 ) END OF THE LINE Traveling Wilbury’s
34 ( 48 ) YOU ON MY MIND Swing Out Sister
35 ( 31 ) STOP Sam Brown
36 ( 67 ) MAN NO MORE The Senators
37 ( 28 ) LOVE IN THE NATURAL WAY Kim Wilde
38 ( 27 ) LEAVE ME ALONE Michael Jackson
39 ( 49 ) BEAUTY’S ONLY SKIN DEEP Aswad
40 ( 22 ) ROUND AND ROUND New Order

41 ( 41 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
42 ( 42 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
43 ( 37 ) YOU GOT IT Roy Orbison
44 ( 24 ) FAMILY MAN Roachford
45 ( 26 ) STRAIGHT UP Paula Abdul
46 ( NEW ) I’M INTO SOMETHING GOOD Peter Noone
47 ( 35 ) INFO FREAKO Jesus Jones
48 ( NEW ) FREE WORLD Kirsty Maccoll
49 ( 40 ) I DON’T WANT A LOVER Texas
50 ( NEW ) LULLABY The Cure

51 ( 51 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
52 ( 38 ) DAYS LIKE THESE Sheena Easton
53 ( 39 ) INDESTRUCTIBLE The Four Tops featuring Smokey Robinson
54 ( 55 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
55 ( NEW ) THROUGH THE STORM Aretha Franklin and Elton John
56 ( NEW ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE Then Jericho
57 ( NEW ) WHEN LOVE COMES TO TOWN U2 featuring B.B. King
58 ( 56 ) LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES Pet Shop Boys
59 ( 59 ) WITH EVERY HEARTBEAT Five Star
60 ( 60 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies

61 ( 58 ) I WISH U HEAVEN Prince
62 ( 74 ) REAL LOVE Jody Watley
63 ( 63 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
64 ( 65 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
65 ( 71 ) DEVOTION Ten City
66 ( 66 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
67 ( 61 ) HOLD ME Fleetwood Mac
68 ( 54 ) WAIT Robert Howard and Kym Mazelle
69 ( NEW ) ELECTRIC YOUTH Debbie Gibson
70 ( NEW ) MA AND PA Fishbone

71 ( NEW ) WHO’S IN THE HOUSE Beatmasters featuring Merlin
72 ( 73 ) HE AIN’T HEAVY…HE’S MY BROTHER The Hollies
73 ( 68 ) DOMINO DANCING Pet Shop Boys
74 ( NEW ) ME MYSELF AND I De La Soul
75 ( NEW ) THE THRILL HAS GONE Texas

 

23rd April 1989

5 weeks on top for The Monkees. Daydream Believer had now had 8 weeks in total on top and was one of the all-time long-runs. The Beatles re-enter at 3 with the 20th anniversary re-release of Get Back. Top 10 in 1969, 1974, 1976 this is the 4th occasion for the classic Fabs track, and what with the Bee Gees in the Top, bit of a 60’s bands reunion going on.

There’s also a host of new entries, most bizarrely from Uriah Heep, 70’s prog rockers charting for the first (and last) time ever long after the event with a cover of the 1971 Argent classic. Keeping up with the oldies, Chaka Khan’s 1979 Top 20 comes back remixed at 25, insisting she’s still every woman. I don’t think she is! Veteran comebacks: 50‘s Legends The Shads at 55; 60’s legend Carole King at 40; 60’s legend Diana Ross at 73; 60‘s legend Tom Jones; 70’s acts: Rod, Pretenders, Bryan Ferry, Stevie Nicks. The only one of real consequence though is Stevie Nicks, and she really is on fire with this brilliant single at 30.

Back in the 80’s, the late London Boys’ best single enters at 34 with the rather sadly-aptly-titled Requiem, Duran at 35, Cyndi Lauper at 59 with the fab I Drove All Night. Sadly for her, the timeless Roy Orbison had already cut a version which would eventually come out and overshadow hers. Simple Minds have a decent soundalike follow-up to Belfast Child, and Edelweiss follow in the footsteps of Kon Kan’s cut-up, ‘aving a laff, novelty footsteps. How very Swiss.
1 ( 1 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
2 ( 6 ) ETERNAL FLAME The Bangles
3 ( NEW ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston
4 ( 5 ) AMERICANOS Holly Johnson
5 ( 3 ) ORDINARY PEOPLE The Bee Gees
6 ( 4 ) OF COURSE I’M LYING Yello
7 ( 2 ) I BEG YOUR PARDON Kon Kan
8 ( 15 ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
9 ( 24 ) GOT TO KEEP ON The Cookie Crew featuring Edwin Starr
10 ( 7 ) PEOPLE HOLD ON Coldcut featuring Lisa Stansfield

11 ( 32 ) THE LOOK Roxette
12 ( 28 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil
13 ( 8 ) THIS TIME Kiara with Shanice Wilson
14 ( 17 ) KEEP ON MOVIN’ Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
15 ( 14 ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
16 ( 12 ) LIKE A PRAYER Madonna
17 ( 19 ) MYSTIFIED INXS
18 ( 13 ) MUSICAL FREEDOM (MOVIN’ ON UP) Paul Simpson featuring Adeva
19 ( 27 ) BABY I DON’T CARE Transvision Vamp
20 ( 55 ) THROUGH THE STORM Aretha Franklin and Elton John

21 ( 16 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
22 ( 10 ) SHE’S A MYSTERY TO ME Roy Orbison
23 ( 9 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW ’89 Johnny Nash
24 ( 34 ) YOU ON MY MIND Swing Out Sister
25 ( NEW ) I’M EVERY WOMAN ’89 Chaka Khan
26 ( 23 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
27 ( 18 ) CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
28 ( 50 ) LULLABY The Cure
29 ( 31 ) THIS IS YOUR LIFE The Blow Monkeys
30 ( NEW ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks

31 ( 11 ) SKY HIGH (REMIX) Jigsaw
32 ( 21 ) HEY MUSIC LOVER S’Express
33 ( 36 ) MAN NO MORE The Senators
34 ( NEW ) REQUIEM The London Boys
35 ( NEW ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN SHAME Duran Duran
36 ( 25 ) ONLY THE LONELY T’Pau
37 ( NEW ) AIN’T NOBODY BETTER Inner City
38 ( 33 ) END OF THE LINE Traveling Wilbury’s
39 ( 22 ) INTERNATIONAL RESCUE Fuzzbox
40 ( NEW ) CITY LIGHTS Carole King

41 ( 56 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE Then Jericho
42 ( 41 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
43 ( 35 ) STOP Sam Brown
44 ( 42 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
45 ( 71 ) WHO’S IN THE HOUSE Beatmasters featuring Merlin
46 ( 48 ) FREE WORLD Kirsty Maccoll
47 ( 43 ) YOU GOT IT Roy Orbison
48 ( 57 ) WHEN LOVE COMES TO TOWN U2 featuring B.B. King
49 ( 20 ) IF YOU DON’T KNOW ME BY NOW Simply Red
50 ( 37 ) LOVE IN THE NATURAL WAY Kim Wilde

51 ( 62 ) REAL LOVE Jody Watley
52 ( NEW ) HOLD YOUR HEAD UP Uriah Heep
53 ( 51 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
54 ( NEW ) WHERE HAS ALL THE LOVE GONE Yazz
55 ( NEW ) MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON The Shadows
56 ( 54 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
57 ( 38 ) LEAVE ME ALONE MIchael Jackson
58 ( 69 ) ELECTRIC YOUTH Debbie Gibson
59 ( NEW ) I DROVE ALL NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
60 ( 75 ) THE THRILL HAS GONE Texas

61 ( 60 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
62 ( NEW ) MOVE CLOSER Tom Jones
63 ( 74 ) ME MYSELF AND I De La Soul
64 ( 63 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
65 ( ) FOREST FIRE (REMIX) Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
66 ( 64 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
67 ( NEW ) MY HEART CAN’T TELL YOU NO Rod Stewart
68 ( NEW ) WINDOWS ON YOUR WORLD The Pretenders
69 ( NEW ) HEAVEN HELP ME Deon Estus
70 ( 66 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield

71 ( NEW ) BRING ME EDELWEISS Edelweiss
72 ( NEW ) THIS IS YOUR LAND Simple Minds
73 ( NEW ) WORKING OVERTIME Diana Ross
74 ( NEW ) ELISABETH’S EYES Nik Kershaw
75 ( NEW ) HE’LL HAVE TO GO Bryan Ferry

30th April 1989

An unexpected number one for the Bee Gees latest (flop) single, the lead track off the (flop) album One. It was a sort of tribute to late younger brother Andy, and the theme of loss hit a note with my mood at the time, but it’s a good song anyway. At that time, it was the Bee Gees 4th topper, though they had had many runners-up.

Dance (House) music starting to make inroads into the generally lacklustre pop music scene, ahead of the 90’s surge of piano-tinkly-fused jangly dance tracks. Here, Beatmasters, Inner City and others leading the charge. New entries meanwhile from hero Paul McCartney and his Elvis Costello co-write My Brave Face, Tom Petty and his Jeff Lynne-produced I Won’t Back Down, and a Beach Boys oldie duet between the Everly Brothers and the Beach Boys.

Nik Kershaw heads back into the 40 with a decent pop single, though as it didn’t sell he gave up the pop singing and moved into pop writing and producing, courtesy of Chesney Hawkes. Sam Brown follows up her topper with a fab Marvin Gaye cover, Can I Get A Witness, while superstars drop in low (Kylie, Queen, Stevie, Morrissey) – some will go up, but just how far, given I wasn’t that fussed by any of them initially, remains to be seen in May…

 

1 ( 5 ) ORDINARY PEOPLE The Bee Gees
2 ( 2 ) ETERNAL FLAME The Bangles
3 ( 1 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
4 ( 4 ) AMERICANOS Holly Johnson
5 ( 8 ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
6 ( 3 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston
7 ( 9 ) GOT TO KEEP ON The Cookie Crew featuring Edwin Starr
8 ( 11 ) THE LOOK Roxette
9 ( 7 ) I BEG YOUR PARDON Kon Kan
10 ( 12 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil

11 ( 45 ) WHO’S IN THE HOUSE Beatmasters featuring Merlin
12 ( 6 ) OF COURSE I’M LYING Yello
13 ( 19 ) BABY I DON’T CARE Transvision Vamp
14 ( 10 ) PEOPLE HOLD ON Coldcut featuring Lisa Stansfield
15 ( 37 ) AIN’T NOBODY BETTER Inner City
16 ( 28 ) LULLABY The Cure
17 ( 34 ) REQUIEM The London Boys
18 ( 36 ) ONLY THE LONELY T’Pau
19 ( 24 ) YOU ON MY MIND Swing Out Sister
20 ( 20 ) THROUGH THE STORM Aretha Franklin and Elton John

21 ( 15 ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
22 ( 16 ) LIKE A PRAYER Madonna
23 ( 13 ) THIS TIME Kiara with Shanice Wilson
24 ( 30 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
25 ( 25 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN ’89 Chaka Khan
26 ( 21 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
27 ( 14 ) KEEP ON MOVIN’ Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
28 ( 17 ) MYSTIFIED INXS
29 ( 26 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
30 ( 71 ) BRING ME EDELWEISS Edelweiss

31 ( NEW ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney
32 ( 18 ) MUSICAL FREEDOM (MOVIN’ ON UP) Paul Simpson featuring Adeva
33 ( NEW ) I WON’T BACK DOWN Tom Petty
34 ( 22 ) SHE’S A MYSTERY TO ME Roy Orbison
35 ( NEW ) DON’T WORRY BABY The Everly Brothers and The Beach Boys
36 ( 23 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW ’89 Johnny Nash
37 ( 74 ) ELISABETH’S EYES Nik Kershaw
38 ( 38 ) END OF THE LINE Traveling Wilbury’s
39 ( 54 ) WHERE HAS ALL THE LOVE GONE Yazz
40 ( 27 ) CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine

41 ( 35 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN SHAME Duran Duran
42 ( 32 ) HEY MUSIC LOVER S’Express
43 ( 42 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
44 ( 29 ) THIS IS YOUR LIFE The Blow Monkeys
45 ( 44 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
46 ( 58 ) ELECTRIC YOUTH Debbie Gibson
47 ( 33 ) MAN NO MORE The Senators
48 ( 60 ) THE THRILL HAS GONE Texas
49 ( 43 ) STOP Sam Brown
50 ( 67 ) MY HEART CAN’T TELL YOU NO Rod Stewart

51 ( 47 ) YOU GOT IT Roy Orbison
52 ( 52 ) HOLD YOUR HEAD UP Uriah Heep
53 ( 53 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
54 ( 50 ) LOVE IN THE NATURAL WAY Kim Wilde
55 ( 39 ) INTERNATIONAL RESCUE Fuzzbox
56 ( 72 ) THIS IS YOUR LAND Simple Minds
57 ( 63 ) ME MYSELF AND I De La Soul
58 ( 56 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
59 ( 59 ) I DROVE ALL NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
60 ( 40 ) CITY STREETS Carole King

61 ( 61 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
62 ( 62 ) MOVE CLOSER Tom Jones
63 ( 55 ) MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON The Shadows
64 ( 41 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE Then Jericho
65 ( 48 ) WHEN LOVE COMES TO TOWN U2 featuring B.B. King
66 ( 64 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
67 ( 66 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
68 ( NEW ) LOLLY LOLLY Wendy And Lisa
69 ( 49 ) IF YOU DON’T KNOW ME BY NOW Simply Red
70 ( NEW ) CAN I GET A WITNESS Sam Brown

71 ( NEW ) HAND ON YOUR HEART Kylie Minogue
72 ( 70 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
73 ( NEW ) FREE Stevie Wonder
74 ( NEW ) I WANT IT ALL Queen
75 ( NEW ) INTERESTING DRUG Morrissey

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My Number One’s of the 60’s – Part 4 1967

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Me in the back garden of RAF Valley married quarters, in between reading Enid Blyton books, watching The Monkees, Dr Who and Batman, singing along to pop songs with the weekly lyrics printed in Weekend magazine, or buying stamps for my new collection. Cool – is not I was.

 

1967

BERNADETTE – The Four Tops (1 week)

The first chart-topper for the great Four Tops isn’t Reach Out I’ll Be There, which peaked at 2 so far, it’s this Holland-Dozier-Holland soundalike follow-up. I’d been aware of the original but it never registered, whereas this was a follow-up to a 1971 chart-topper for the lads, in Motown re-issued form which re-charted in the UK. Levi Stubbs has one of the most passionate vocals in pop, and in this song he’s practically desperate with angst and histrionic emoting, beggin’ for Bernadette. My grandma gave me 50p when she visited us from Liverpool (RAF Swinderby, spring 1972) and I spent it on this oldie, my first ever back-catalogue purchase. I still prefer it to Reach Out, cos, to me, this is the definitive sound of Reach Out and that one is the facsimile follow-up. Hey ho, it’s still awesome. The Tops, by 1967, already had a string of great singles such as Baby I Need Your Loving and I Can’t Help Myself, and more was to come. My single though, didn’t last very long. It was on the front of the singles record rack and got melted by a too-close electric fire a few months later. Any needle trying to stay in the grooves failed miserably and quickly got thrown into the air. Heart-broken!

HI HO SILVER LINING – The Jeff Beck Group (1 week)

Another 1972 reissued 1967 chart-topper, and a party classic. Jeff spent years trying to live this track down, being a serious guitar-hero and rocker and all, but as far as happy stomping singalongs go this one is joyous. It’s not so much in vogue anymore, sadly, but it was once upon a time as obligatory as a YMCA, say, is these days. As far as Jeff Beck goes, it was to be 40 years before he got another decent-sized hit in my charts! (A lovely cover of Lilac Wine with Imelda May on vocals) though he’d also charted big with Donovan (Barabajagal) in 1969 and Rod Stewart (I’ve Been Drinking) in 1972. The co-songwriter Scott English popped up again in 1971 with his own hit, Brandy, and almost topped my chart. A bland cover version of it came along in 1975, Brandy changed to Mandy – yes Barry Manilow! I’ll stick with the original. Producer of Hi Ho, Mickie Most, had already achieved immortality with The Animals’ House Of The Rising Sun, and topped my charts with hits from Herman’s Hermits and Donovan with more to come…

I’M A BELIEVER – The Monkees (4 weeks)

Third chart-topper for the Monkees (though first in 1974, chronologically, as I bought hits compilations and got seriously back into them), this Neil Diamond song was a world chart-topper and deservedly. It’s pop perfection, headed by Micky’s under-rated vocals, he was a great singer. The session-musicians were still in force at this time, and they do a cracking job, beautifully polished, frantic and instrumentally hook-filled. Neil Diamond’s original was good and it announced his arrival as a great songwriter, but this version is the definitive, despite inetersting covers overt the years, from such as Robert Wyatt and EMF and Reeves & Mortimer, or it’s use in movies such as Shrek as a singalong cover version by Smashmouth. Producer Jeff Berry had more polished pop ahead, and I’m A Believer topped my charts again in 1980 for 3 weeks, to total 4 on top.

THE SINGLE GIRL – Sandy Posey (1 week)

This became a fave of mine in Singapore in 1970, when my dad bought a reel-to-reel tape recorder (and which I purloined within a year or so). It was second-hand and came with a used 4-track tape. This song was already on the tape, and it’s gentle tuneful charm hooked into my brain and has stayed there since. Not what you call a pop classic, really, but it’s still sounds pretty, and was good enough to re-chart in the UK in 1975, at which point I finally bought it and topped my chart with it. Sandy Posey never really followed it up sadly, even with two bites of chart-action. By 1975 women lyrically were being a bit more demanding, as opposed to appearing to be mistrusting wallflowers in waiting, so maybe that’s why, but it’s a great melody and Sandy does a good country-flavoured job.

PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER – The Beatles (4 weeks)

Famously the classic Beatles single held off the top of the UK charts by Engelbert Humperdinck, their first failure to top in 4 years, it would have been a guaranteed Number 1 in John charts in 1967, as we’d just moved from Liverpool, where the Fabs were iconic, to RAF Valley and I was mad on Penny Lane, and it’s glorious Macca melody. Paul’s commercial nostalgic ode to hometown Liverpool was matched by John’s more avante-grade and experimental Liverpudlian acid trip, Strawberry Fields. The difference in the media exposure of the 2 was marked in 1967 – I didn’t get to hear Strawberry Fields till later when I bought the Blue double album, as perfect an album as you’re likely to hear (xmas 1975, shortly followed by the 1976 Beatles reissued singles campaign, when this was topped my charts as it made the UK Top 40 again, and it topped again in 1987 for the same reason. The Beatles were officially no longer just pop stars, they were Artists with a capital A, and Sgt Pepper was about to drop…

HELLO GOODBYE – The Beatles (4 weeks)

The Beatles ended 1967 on top of the Uk charts, and also number 2 with Magical Mystery Tour, and I was mad on yet another Paul track, this catchy kickin’ pop melody showed old Paulie was knocking out the classics at a manic pace. By now the Beatles well into doing promos, or videos as they are known these days. The fab video to this one is taken from the odd TV special Magical Mystery Tour, with Sgt Pepper colourful Summer Of Love costumes on full display. What’s not to love?! Also a 1976 chart-topper, and 1987, for the singles re-issue campaigns, and again Hello Goodbye would have a few extra weeks on top in1967/68 but it just pre-dated my charts starting up, sadly.

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE – The Beatles (2 weeks)

The other Beatles world chart-topper was this hippie anthem. John spread the word in his music, and the word was love, and this singalong love and peace anthem was debuted on the first international live TV broadcast, with a cast of celebrity back-up singers. It was such a big tune, that it almost seemed to be a folk song from the past in just a few years, probably helped by the snatch of The Marseilleuse at the start. It’s a great record, a great philosophy, and as a 9-year-old I loved it, and still do. It also let John show that Paul wasn’t the only one who could knock-off a brilliant commercial melody when he felt like it. Topped in 1976 and 1987. This track IS the Summer Of Love track, the other biggies were merely great supporting players.

BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE – The Isley Brothers (1 week)

This 1967 Motown classic didn’t chart until 1969 in the UK, and it duly featured in my charts as it was great. By 1976, The Beatles weren’t The only ones doing a mass singles re-issue campaign – Motown were also doing box sets, but they went one better by making them Twofers. Two hits for the price of one, that is. This was on the other side of This Old Heart Of Mine, and I bought the single and realised just how epic this track is. One of the most histrionic, manic Motown gems, and perfect records they created. Passionate vocals from Ronald Isley, a brilliant drum section that never lets up, and the pace is way up the bpm’s. The song and lyric are the heart of it though, and what a heart-breaker it is. Spine-tinglingly awesome. The amazing thing is the Isleys went all credible soul in 1969, and had a long career with great records like That Lady, Harvest For The World, Summer Breeze and others, but none have yet topped the chart, even though they deserved to. Booo!

 

SOMETHING STUPID – Frank & Nancy Sinatra (1 week)

I bought this single off Gloucester indoor market’s record stall in 1974, but I’d loved it since I was a kid. Frank Sinatra was never a particular fave of mine, but Nancy was something else entirely since her Boots had walked all over me age 8. When this came out I was enjoying a rural childhood at RAF Valley on the Isle Of Anglesey, and it might be MOR, but it’s deliciously memorable with father and daughter singing sweetly together. It’s also very odd, given that the lyrics are very obviously romantic lyrics! It works though, and is much better than the Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman version. It topped my oldies chart in early 1977 as part of the same EP that gave Nancy her first Number One for 1966. It’s still the best thing Frank Sinatra ever did, by the way. Sorry Frank fans, just never was a fan…

LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP – Robert Knight (1 week)

This was already an oldie when it finally became a hit late in 1973, thanks to the Northern Soul scene based around Wigan and beyond. For a few weeks it was even cool with the lads at school, till they quickly got bored with it. I never did get bored with it, though, and the fab romping melody took this 1967 B Side all the way to the top when it formed part of a CBS twofer reissue campaign in 1977. Top of my oldies chart that is, as there were so many oldies released each week (many that I bought) I had to separate new from old or I would have needed to increase my chart to 75 – ironically just as the BBC did the following year (and me) anyway. Robert Knight was an under-rated sweet soul star for a (very) short time before obscurity beckoned.

EVERLASTING LOVE – Robert Knight (1 week)

Talking of Robert Knight…here’s the other-side of the single also topping my oldies chart 3 years on from it’s original 1974 chart-run (and reissued from it’s original UK 1968 chart entry). Much-covered, not least by the fabulous (and yet-to-chart) Love Affair UK Number One version from 1968, the song is just a great song, another one of those songs that can happily fit any any music-genre and still sound good. The Love Affair version, is essentially, though a copy-cat, better-produced version of this original, so it’s kind of unfair that Robert Knight has been forgotten by pop history, as this is a good record. I’m not convinced it’s the definitive version, mind you, but being first with something special counts for much in my book and he’s the one with the chart-topper.

DEDICATED TO THE ONE I LOVE – The Mamas & The Papas (2 weeks)

The fourth Number One for the band was a 50’s pop cover, but oh my word what a cover! The harmonies and melody on this is sublime. This was an actual “I was MAD on this record” moment when we lived at RAF Valley, age 9. The softly-sung verse girl lines followed by the boys loud answering lines, and the combined powerful male-female chorus lift this up, and pretty much started my love affair with Mama Cass and the band. It had that Summer Of Love feelgood vibe going on, and I rediscovered it again on tape in 1970, before buying it on a hits album in 1974, and the Number One re-issue in 1977 in my oldies charts that I ran for a year or so. I decided to include them them as “official” charts alongside the current 1977 charts, as there were 40 or 50 tracks competing as re-issues, so it was a proper chart as such, but mostly because I couldn’t bear the thought of this record not getting an official chart-topper. This was the final topper for The Mamas And The Papas but not the last for Mama Cass and not the last for John Phillips songs.

SAN FRANSISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) – Scott McKenzie (1 week)

Talking of John Phillips songs – here’s the one he gave away to his mate Scott. Bit of a massive misjudgment there! This is the Summer Of Love anthem above all anthems, pure 1967, flower power, hippie peace and love, a youth movement to set the world to rights. At least in theory. People had other ideas, of course, about that notion. Scott McKenzie is virtually a one-hit wonder thanks to this gorgeous pop ballad. Scott’s a great singer, but really you can tell this is a Mamas & Papas record, and it could easily have been Number One number 5 and boosted their back catalogue some more had they recorded it. Hey ho, it’s still a classic and topped my chart appropriately right after the creative brains behind it, in 1977. I’d already bought it by then, circa 1974 on a previous reissue. My mum loves this too, takes her back to that summer of love…on a welsh island! John Phillips, meanwhile, outside the band had one more great solo track in him, a 1970 minor hit called Mississippi, a bit of swamprock whimsy.

LET’S GO TO SAN FRANSISCO – The Flowerpot Men (1 week)

Talking of Summer Of Love pop anthems about San Fransisco…here’s the other one. OK, it’s bandwagon jumping-time, as The Flowerpot Men were studio musicians from the UK created and written by former fab harmony pop band members The Ivy League (John Carter and Ken Lewis) and S.F. was probably more of an aspiration than an actuality, but that’s an injustice to the record which is just as good in it’s own way. Great production, great tune, great harmonies, great singer – more on Tony Burrows at a later date – but there is an actual follow-up to this record, it just didn’t chart until 1974, and the band name had changed to First Class, and they were using nostalgia for 1967 and the sixties as the basis for an even better record. This also had a ten-year anniversary chart-topper run – yes in 1977, the year of punk, I was getting all retro and hippie. 19 was just about too old to be a punk, so student hippie was the way forward for me. Happy to buy both though. The name, by the way, had more to do with flower power and pot, than the children’s Watch With Mother TV show – though they both referred to weed……

My 1984 Charts – April

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3rd April 1984

A new number one for Scritti Politti, and the fab Wood Beez. The 20-year-old and still Fab Four up to 7, not quite the number one it would have had back in the day, but not bad given the busy music scene. Depeche Mode’s new sound goes down well, as they shoot up to 9, and a new singalong retro chaingang gospel sound for the Thomspon Twins gets them new at 17, just ahead of the African-flavoured Nelson Mandela.

Madonna gets her 2nd Top 20 hit, and Yes their 3rd top 40. New at 33, The Pointer Sisters comeback is a major departure as the girls switch lead singing sister to dramatic effect – one of the deepest female vocals to ever chart, assisted by a very 80’s synthy vibe and lyric. Rufus were also back, 10 years after debuting in my charts, and this time Chaka Khan was getting a soulful credit, long-overdue. The Alan Parsons Project also popped straight into the 40, just so Mike Myers could reference them in Austin Powers 15 years later. Hooray!

TV charting, Hill Street Blues was the TV drama of the day, far-reaching in influence and quality, part comedy, part drama, part soap, and a new “reality” style of filming and very large ongoing cast, all top-notch. Not far behind the hilarious Enid Blyton piss-take 5 Go mad In Dorset, appropriately for me, as that’s where I was, and I was slowly in the process of going mad. Or at least drifting into a very quiet depression for the first time in my life, unaware of what was wrong with me. No job, no friends, 4 years after College and no prospects, no money, no self-respect, feeling like an abject failure. Can’t think why I started spiralling down at all!

Thanks to Thatcher and Scargill, my brother and sister-in-law and baby niece were also to join me soon, as the miner’s strike took it’s toll. You can only spend so long on a picket line before you need money to live, so they moved south like the rest of us while the community back home split into scabs and strikers and ultimately both were sacked by the lovely politicians who showed just how much they appreciated those who kept on working – by treating them no different and closing all the pits despite assurances to the contrary. Happy days. Still, at least we have no industry anymore to trouble all those bankers destroying our economy, eh?

 

1 ( 3 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
2 ( 1 ) IT’S A MIRACLE Culture Club
3 ( 2 ) BORROWED TIME John Lennon
4 ( 4 ) PYT (PRETTY YOUNG THING) Michael Jackson
5 ( 8 ) ROBERT DE NIRO’S WAITING Bananarama
6 ( 10 ) HELLO Lionel Richie
7 ( 15 ) CAN’T BUY ME LOVE The Beatles
8 ( 5 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
9 ( 37 ) PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE Depeche Mode
10 ( 16 ) THE LION’S MOUTH Kajagoogoo 

11 ( 13 ) CHERRY OH BABY UB40
12 ( 19 ) SWIMMING HORSES Siouxsie & The Banshees
13 ( 14 ) WHAT DO I DO Phil Fearon & Galaxy
14 ( 7 ) STREET DANCE Break Machine
15 ( 18 ) YOUR LOVE IS KING Sade
16 ( 6 ) OUT COME THE FREAKS Was (Not Was)
17 ( NEW ) YOU TAKE ME UP Thompson Twins
18 ( 33 ) NELSON MANDELA The Special A.K.A.
19 ( 11 ) JUMP Van Halen
20 ( 28 ) LUCKY STAR Madonna

21 ( 9 ) WOULDN’T IT BE GOOD Nik Kershaw
22 ( 40 ) UP ON THE CATWALK Simple Minds
23 ( 55 ) LEAVE IT Yes
24 ( 38 ) GLAD IT’S ALLOVER Captain Sensible
25 ( 12 ) IT’S RAINING MEN The Weather Girls
26 ( 20 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
27 ( 26 ) JOANNA/ TONIGHT Kool And The Gang
28 ( 23 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
29 ( 29 ) DANCE HALL DAYS Wang Chung
30 ( 21 ) MICHAEL CAINE Madness

31 ( 17 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE Mel Brooks
32 ( 27 ) EAT IT Wierd Al Yankowicz
33 ( NEW ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
34 ( 56 ) A LOVE WORTH WAITING FOR Shakin’ Stevens
35 ( 25 ) HIDE AND SEEK Howard Jones
36 ( 30 ) JESSIE’S GIRL Rick Springfield
37 ( 24 ) 99 RED BALLOONS Nena
38 ( 22 ) ADULT EDUCATION Daryl Hall & John Oates
39 ( NEW ) DON’T ANSWER ME The Alan Parsons Project
40 ( NEW ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan

41 ( 32 ) BREAKIN’ DOWN (SUGAR SAMBA) Julia & Co.
42 ( 36 ) THE KILLING MOON Echo And The Bunnymen
43 ( 44 ) SOUL TRAIN Swans Way
44 ( 31 ) I GAVE YOU MY HEART (DIDN’T I) Hot Chocolate
45 ( 39 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
46 ( 35 ) MY EVER CHANGING MOODS The Style Council
47 ( 71 ) THAT’S THE WAY (I LIKE IT) Dead Or Alive
48 ( 45 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
49 ( 68 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
50 ( 49 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson

51 ( 34 ) RUN RUNAWAY Slade
52 ( 47 ) SPEED YOUR LOVE TO ME Simple Minds
53 ( 70 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
54 ( 51 ) LET THE MUSIC PLAY Shannon
55 ( 43 ) THEME FROM CHEERS Gary Portnoy
56 ( 42 ) BOLERO (MUSIC OF TORVILL AND DEAN) Richard Hartley/ Michael Reed Orchestra
57 ( 69 ) THE KID’S AMERICAN Matthew Wilder
58 ( 57 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
59 ( 58 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
60 ( 62 ) SHATTERPROOF Billy Bremner

61 ( 60 ) THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba
62 ( 46 ) AN INNOCENT MAN Billy Joel
63 ( 41 ) MY GUY Tracey Ullman
64 ( NEW ) BABY YOU’RE DYNAMITE Cliff Richard
65 ( 54 ) HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN Eurythmics
66 ( 48 ) THE POLITICS OF DANCING Re-Flex
67 ( 59 ) TUESDAY SUNSHINE The Questions
68 ( NEW ) FOOTLOOSE Kenny Loggins
69 ( 73 ) THE DECEIVER The Alarm
70 ( 50 ) DOWN IN THE SUBWAY Soft Cell

71 ( 67 ) S.O.S. ABC
72 ( NEW ) I SCARE MYSELF Thomas Dolby
73 ( NEW ) TV DINNERS ZZ Top
74 ( 75 ) REBEL YELL Billy Idol
75 ( 64 ) BREAK MY STRIDE Matthew Wilder

TV
1 Hill Street Blues
2 MASH
3 Comic Strip Presents: 5 Go Mad In Dorset
4 Cheers
5 Soap
6 Reamington Steele
7 Beverley Hillbillies
8 The Professionals
9 The Munsters
10 The Sullivans
10th April 1984

2 weeks for Green Gartside at 1. Thompson Twins take 2 weeks to get to 2 and hold off Simple Minds who walk the catwalk from 22 to 3. 3 corkers keeping my fab Beatles at 4, who knocks John Lennon himself down. Meanwhile Specials get their first Top 10 in 3 years, and Captain Sensible in 2 years with the poptastic Glad It’s All Over, a world away from the Damned.

The Cure enter at 18, with a staccato-flavoured romp, Propaganda menace their way up to 20, and SOS Band enter at 24, announcing new dance-producers about to rule the roost. Since Chic’s Nile Rodgers came along he had no real competition for Class Soul King Producer (or dance or disco or urban or rnb or whatever be the trendy name of the day) – well now he did, and it be Jam & Lewis, producer-writers of Just Be Good To Me, a future 90’s number one for Norman Cook. The crescendo of synths in the original, however, can not be beaten, a brilliant dance single and the start of many a hit record for Jam & Lewis.

Cameo arrive with a Strange soul record tune, harmony and melody strong and minus codpiece, in at 28 and still their best record. Then there’s a bit of an invasion of new entries: Lulu’s back; The Psychedelic Furs go straight into the 40; Billy Joel’s run of offtakes from An Innocent Man continues; Matt Bianco jazz it up again; Queen, at 59, a bit low for such a great record and video. Yes the one in drag hoovering, the one that killed their American career dead-ish. Middle America not that keen on rock bands being a tad gay.

Sandie Shaw is back. Worth repeating. 2 years on from her BEF single making my charts, Morrissey made her an offer she couldn’t refuse and got her to cover Hand In Glove with The Smiths more or less duetting. Brilliant idea, and seeing long-time fave Sandie writhing on TOTP was an event. Sneaking in below her, Julian Cope, and at 72 the fab Don’t Look Any Further featuring Siedah Garrett, her of Man In The Mirror songwriting fame. Lastly Shalamar enter at 74 just ahead of former Shalamar Jeffery Daniel body-popping in at 75. Who’ll win that chart battle? Who Cares?

1 ( 1 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
2 ( 17 ) YOU TAKE ME UP Thompson Twins
3 ( 22 ) UP ON THE CATWALK Simple Minds
4 ( 7 ) CAN’T BUY ME LOVE The Beatles
5 ( 3 ) BORROWED TIME John Lennon
6 ( 18 ) NELSON MANDELA The Special A.K.A.
7 ( 2 ) IT’S A MIRACLE Culture Club
8 ( 9 ) PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE Depeche Mode
9 ( 5 ) ROBERT DE NIRO’S WAITING Bananarama
10 ( 24 ) GLAD IT’S ALLOVER Captain Sensible

11 ( 4 ) PYT (PRETTY YOUNG THING) Michael Jackson
12 ( 12 ) SWIMMING HORSES Siouxsie & The Banshees
13 ( 20 ) LUCKY STAR Madonna
14 ( 23 ) LEAVE IT Yes
15 ( 33 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
16 ( 8 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
17 ( 10 ) THE LION’S MOUTH Kajagoogoo
18 ( NEW ) THE CATERPILLAR The Cure
19 ( 6 ) HELLO Lionel Richie
20 ( 53 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda

21 ( 13 ) WHAT DO I DO Phil Fearon & Galaxy
22 ( 14 ) STREET DANCE Break Machine
23 ( 16 ) OUT COME THE FREAKS Was (Not Was)
24 ( NEW ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
25 ( 15 ) YOUR LOVE IS KING Sade
26 ( 11 ) CHERRY OH BABY UB40
27 ( 19 ) JUMP Van Halen
28 ( NEW ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
29 ( 25 ) IT’S RAINING MEN The Weather Girls
30 ( 26 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood

31 ( 21 ) WOULDN’T IT BE GOOD Nik Kershaw
32 ( 30 ) MICHAEL CAINE Madness
33 ( 28 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
34 ( 34 ) A LOVE WORTH WAITING FOR Shakin’ Stevens
35 ( 64 ) BABY YOU’RE DYNAMITE Cliff Richard
36 ( NEW ) HEAVEN The Psychedelic Furs
37 ( 40 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
38 ( 49 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
39 ( NEW ) THE LONGEST TIME Billy Joel
40 ( RE ) IS THAT SO Lulu

41 ( 31 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE Mel Brooks
42 ( 43 ) SOUL TRAIN Swans Way
43 ( 32 ) EAT IT Wierd Al Yankowicz
44 ( 29 ) DANCE HALL DAYS Wang Chung
45 ( 42 ) THE KILLING MOON Echo And The Bunnymen
46 ( NEW ) SNEAKIN’ OUT THE BACK DOOR Matt Bianco
47 ( 27 ) JOANNA/ TONIGHT Kool And The Gang
48 ( 45 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
49 ( 35 ) HIDE AND SEEK Howard Jones
50 ( 38 ) ADULT EDUCATION Daryl Hall & John Oates

51 ( 50 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
52 ( 48 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
53 ( 39 ) DON’T ANSWER ME The Alan Parsons Project
54 ( 37 ) 99 RED BALLOONS Nena
55 ( 69 ) THE DECEIVER The Alarm
56 ( 46 ) MY EVER CHANGING MOODS The Style Council
57 ( 47 ) THAT’S THE WAY (I LIKE IT) Dead Or Alive
58 ( 58 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
59 ( NEW ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
60 ( 59 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie

61 ( 41 ) BREAKIN’ DOWN (SUGAR SAMBA) Julia & Co.
62 ( NEW ) SOMEDAY The Gap Band
63 ( 61 ) THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba
64 ( NEW ) BELIEVIN’ IT ALL Steve Levine
65 ( 36 ) JESSIE’S GIRL Rick Springfield
66 ( NEW ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
67 ( NEW ) THE GREATNESS AND PERFECTION OF LOVE Julian Cope
68 ( 52 ) SPEED YOUR LOVE TO ME Simple Minds
69 ( NEW ) I DIDN’T KNOW I LOVE YOU Rock Goddess
70 ( 44 ) I GAVE YOU MY HEART (DIDN’T I) Hot Chocolate

71 ( NEW ) AGAINST ALL ODDS Phil Collins
72 ( NEW ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER Dennis Edwards and Siedah Garrett
73 ( 51 ) RUN RUNAWAY Slade
74 ( NEW ) DEADLINE U.S.A. Shalamar
75 ( NEW ) AC/DC Jeffrey Daniel

TV
1 Star Trek: All Our Yesterdays
2 Cheers
3 Reamington Steele
4 Soap
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Hill Street Blues
7 Twilight Zone: Willoughby
8 MASH
9 Professionals
10 Beverley Hillbillies
11 The Wrong Box (film)
12 Munsters
13 Sullivans (3 episodes)
14 Living Planet
15 Some MOthers Do ‘Ave ‘Em

 

17th April 1984

Top Of The Pops was my fave TV show of the week, which shows just how good the music scene was, and explains why my chart was so volatile, dramatic leaps and drops of records that deserved not to fall at all. 3 weeks for Scritti, but a new leap to 2 again, this time for The Cure, all quirky and endearing. Cameo leap to 6, Pointer Sisters, after 12 years, finally get a Top 10 hit. Yay! 1983 John-chart-hit Peter Schilling is back with his Bowie sequel, and 30-years-on I still can’t buy the bloody thing on itunes, much as I want to. So many old tracks still to appear…

Yes, Yes get their 2nd Top 10 hit 7 years on from Wondrous Stories, though Jon Anderson (with Vangelis) topped the chart in between with I Hear You Now. Blancmange new at 23, Queen break free up at 32, OMD locomote in at 36 and The Bluebells lie – new at 40, not Fallin’ at all. Tenuous verbs copyright Popchartfreaktionary. The late Bob Marley starts as he means to go on, proving that his cast-offs, unfinished tracks or album tracks make better singles than most acts new ones, and enters at 46. Nile Rodgers proves he still has it, producing Duran Duran this time, in at 63 with the marvellous Reflex action. Finally, of the one’s worth mentioning, Dolly Parton suggests that Here You Come Again. How rude!

 

1 ( 1 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
2 ( 18 ) THE CATERPILLAR The Cure
3 ( 2 ) YOU TAKE ME UP Thompson Twins
4 ( 10 ) GLAD IT’S ALLOVER Captain Sensible
5 ( 6 ) NELSON MANDELA The Special A.K.A.
6 ( 28 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
7 ( 15 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
8 ( 3 ) UP ON THE CATWALK Simple Minds
9 ( NEW ) MAJOR TOM (COMING HOME) Peter Schilling
10 ( 14 ) LEAVE IT Yes

11 ( 8 ) PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE Depeche Mode
12 ( 7 ) IT’S A MIRACLE Culture Club
13 ( 9 ) ROBERT DE NIRO’S WAITING Bananarama
14 ( 20 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
15 ( 13 ) LUCKY STAR Madonna
16 ( 11 ) PYT (PRETTY YOUNG THING) Michael Jackson
17 ( 24 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
18 ( 5 ) BORROWED TIME John Lennon
19 ( 4 ) CAN’T BUY ME LOVE The Beatles
20 ( 19 ) HELLO Lionel Richie

21 ( 35 ) BABY YOU’RE DYNAMITE Cliff Richard
22 ( 16 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
23 ( NEW ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange
24 ( 17 ) THE LION’S MOUTH Kajagoogoo
25 ( 12 ) SWIMMING HORSES Siouxsie & The Banshees
26 ( 46 ) SNEAKIN’ OUT THE BACK DOOR Matt Bianco
27 ( 30 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
28 ( 36 ) HEAVEN The Psychedelic Furs
29 ( 21 ) WHAT DO I DO Phil Fearon & Galaxy
30 ( 37 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan

31 ( 34 ) A LOVE WORTH WAITING FOR Shakin’ Stevens
32 ( 59 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
33 ( 39 ) THE LONGEST TIME Billy Joel
34 ( 22 ) STREET DANCE Break Machine
35 ( 23 ) OUT COME THE FREAKS Was (Not Was)
36 ( NEW ) LOCOMOTION OMD
37 ( 26 ) CHERRY OH BABY UB40
38 ( 62 ) SOMEDAY The Gap Band
39 ( 33 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
40 ( NEW ) I’M FALLING The Bluebells

41 ( 25 ) YOUR LOVE IS KING Sade
42 ( 32 ) MICHAEL CAINE Madness
43 ( 27 ) JUMP Van Halen
44 ( 29 ) IT’S RAINING MEN The Weather Girls
45 ( 66 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
46 ( NEW ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
47 ( 38 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
48 ( 31 ) WOULDN’T IT BE GOOD Nik Kershaw
49 ( NEW ) DANCING GIRLS Nik Kershaw
50 ( 71 ) AGAINST ALL ODDS Phil Collins

51 ( 42 ) SOUL TRAIN Swans Way
52 ( 51 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
53 ( 48 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
54 ( 52 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
55 ( 55 ) THE DECEIVER The Alarm
56 ( 45 ) THE KILLING MOON Echo And The Bunnymen
57 ( 57 ) THAT’S THE WAY (I LIKE IT) Dead Or Alive
58 ( 41 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE Mel Brooks
59 ( 67 ) THE GREATNESS AND PERFECTION OF LOVE Julian Cope
60 ( 58 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba

61 ( 40 ) IS THAT SO Lulu
62 ( 60 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
63 ( NEW ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
64 ( NEW ) GIVE ME TONIGHT Shannon
65 ( 72 ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER Dennis Edwards and Siedah Garrett
66 ( 50 ) ADULT EDUCATION Daryl Hall & John Oates
67 ( 64 ) BELIEVIN’ IT ALL Steve Levine
68 ( 56 ) MY EVER CHANGING MOODS The Style Council
69 ( NEW ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Flying Picketts
70 ( RE ) FOOTLOOSE Kenny Loggins

71 ( NEW ) HERE YOU COME AGAIN Dolly Parton
72 ( 63 ) THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba
73 ( NEW ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME Marilyn
74 ( NEW ) SOUL’S ON FIRE Tracie
75 ( NEW ) SUCH A SHAME Talk Talk

TV
1 Top Of The Pops
2 Reamington Steele
3 Wogan
4 Cheers
5 Beverley Hillbillies
6 Soap
7 Phil Silvers Show
8 Hill Street Blues
9 Sullivans (3 eps)
10 Avengers

 

24th April 1984

4 weeks for Scritti, and the final week on top of a static upper chart. Holiday season on TV, lots of films, including Mel Gibson’s first and best role in a low-budget Aussie movie, charming it was, Tim. It was all downhill after this. Even better though Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin head a fabulous cast in brilliant comedy western Cat Ballou. Loved it since I first saw it in a cinema on Southport Promenade.

It’s a German-flavoured Top 10 with Propaganda and Peter Schilling in it, and Jonathan King pops in with a cover of Major Tom, spliced together with Space Oddity. Wot a lark! Queen shoot up to 9, 10 years on from their debut in my top 10, OMD chug up to 16, Bob Marley loves us at 17 and Echo & The Bunnymen follow-up the epic Killing Moon with Silver at 19. Sandie Shaw goes Top 20 for the first time in 15 years though, so yip yip yippee.

Other newies: Kool & The Gang and a fairly high entry for one I barely recall! Alvin’s back after 2 years with a new MOR Mike Batt-written ballad. Pleasant but I’ll take earlier Alvin’s and Shane’s. Eurovision makes it mark, with the UK’s retropop entry at 55, Deniece Williams gets a great comeback from Footloose, her first for 6 years or so. Elvis Costello & New Order sneak in a bit low, but not for long..
1 ( 1 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
2 ( 2 ) THE CATERPILLAR The Cure
3 ( 3 ) YOU TAKE ME UP Thompson Twins
4 ( 7 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
5 ( 5 ) NELSON MANDELA The Special A.K.A.
6 ( 14 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
7 ( 9 ) MAJOR TOM (COMING HOME) Peter Schilling
8 ( 4 ) GLAD IT’S ALLOVER Captain Sensible
9 ( 32 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
10 ( 6 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo

11 ( 17 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
12 ( 23 ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange
13 ( 8 ) UP ON THE CATWALK Simple Minds
14 ( 30 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
15 ( 15 ) LUCKY STAR Madonna
16 ( 36 ) LOCOMOTION OMD
17 ( 46 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
18 ( 11 ) PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE Depeche Mode
19 ( NEW ) SILVER Echo And The Bunnymen
20 ( 45 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw

21 ( 13 ) ROBERT DE NIRO’S WAITING Bananarama
22 ( 10 ) LEAVE IT Yes
23 ( 12 ) IT’S A MIRACLE Culture Club
24 ( 20 ) HELLO Lionel Richie
25 ( 40 ) I’M FALLING The Bluebells
26 ( 26 ) SNEAKIN’ OUT THE BACK DOOR Matt Bianco
27 ( 16 ) PYT (PRETTY YOUNG THING) Michael Jackson
28 ( 69 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Flying Picketts
29 ( 19 ) CAN’T BUY ME LOVE The Beatles
30 ( NEW ) IN THE HEART Kool And The Gang

31 ( 33 ) THE LONGEST TIME Billy Joel
32 ( 18 ) BORROWED TIME John Lennon
33 ( 22 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
34 ( NEW ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
35 ( 50 ) AGAINST ALL ODDS Phil Collins
36 ( 21 ) BABY YOU’RE DYNAMITE Cliff Richard
37 ( 61 ) IS THAT SO Lulu and B.A. Robertson
38 ( 38 ) SOMEDAY The Gap Band
39 ( 27 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
40 ( 49 ) DANCING GIRLS Nik Kershaw

41 ( 39 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
42 ( 29 ) WHAT DO I DO Phil Fearon & Galaxy
43 ( 34 ) STREET DANCE Break Machine
44 ( 75 ) SUCH A SHAME Talk Talk
45 ( 31 ) A LOVE WORTH WAITING FOR Shakin’ Stevens
46 ( 35 ) OUT COME THE FREAKS Was (Not Was)
47 ( 64 ) GIVE ME TONIGHT Shannon
48 ( 42 ) MICHAEL CAINE Madness
49 ( 24 ) THE LION’S MOUTH Kajagoogoo
50 ( 63 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran

51 ( NEW ) SPACE ODDITY/ MAJOR TOM Jonathan King
52 ( 28 ) HEAVEN The Psychedelic Furs
53 ( 52 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
54 ( 25 ) SWIMMING HORSES Siouxsie & The Banshees
55 ( NEW ) LOVE GAMES Belle And The Devotions
56 ( 54 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
57 ( 51 ) SOUL TRAIN Swans Way
58 ( 43 ) JUMP Van Halen
59 ( 59 ) THE GREATNESS AND PERFECTION OF LOVE Julian Cope
60 ( 60 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba

61 ( 37 ) CHERRY OH BABY UB40
62 ( 62 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
63 ( NEW ) HAPPY ENDING Joe Jackson
64 ( 53 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
65 ( 47 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
66 ( 70 ) FOOTLOOSE Kenny Loggins
67 ( 48 ) WOULDN’T IT BE GOOD Nik Kershaw
68 ( NEW ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
69 ( 56 ) THE KILLING MOON Echo And The Bunnymen
70 ( NEW ) THE FLAME Annabel Lamb

71 ( 73 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME Marilyn
72 ( 44 ) IT’S RAINING MEN The Weather Girls
73 ( NEW ) THIEVES LIKE US New Order
74 ( NEW ) PEACE IN OUR TIME The Imposter (aka Elvis Costell)
75 ( NEW ) SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY Jocelyn Brown

 
TV
1 Cheers
2 Tim: Film
3 Cat Ballou: film
4 Top Of The Pops
5 Chariots Of Fire: film
6 Hill Street Blues
7 Avengers
8 Soap
9 Twilight Zone
10 Everything You Wanted To Know About Sex: film
11 Entertainment USA
12 Dallas
13 Sullivans (3 eps)
14 It Ain’t Hot Mum
15 Return Of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: TV film

My 1979 Charts – April

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London, me and two good friends, art students on art course. I’m in the middle.

 

3rd April 1979

2nd week for Gloria Surviving on top, Gary’s Gang for some inexplicable reason go up to 3, and David Essex a little flattered at 5. Fortunately the troops were charging in and up to the top: Kate up to 7, Dire Straits to 10, Art Garfunkel shooting up to 16 and Squeeze to 32.

The new entries were sudddenly in a rush, and loads of them sudden returns to form after a few years of middling chart entries: Supertramp in at 17 with the charming Logical Song, having always done better in my charts than the singles chart, this was their biggest since Dreamer hit 2 in 1975. The Three Degrees made it 2 credible Giorgio Moroder tracks in a row, this possibly being their best ever single, The Runner, all hi-energy and excitement at 19. Wings, quirky and Paul melodically on form, one of his most playful and retro 40’s tracks, in at 23. In those days, as Douglas Adams commented, Macca could easily drop a tune good enough to buy a small county with the proceeds, seemingly at will. The Jacksons were back with a great disco record at 25, and Sister Sledge, all grown-up and Chic-ified, Nile Rodgers-stylee, were demonstrating they really were family and in the disco groove 4 years after the Jackson 5-esque Mama Never Told Me. Spot the link there…

Lower down, Anne Murray follows up a great ballad with another good one; Frank Mills enters with US instrumental hit much-used as backdrop to many a TV item, without ever getting to be a hit, sadly; Gonzales get a latin-flavoured dance hit with a Gloria Jones song. I was very much still in mourning for the much-missed Marc Bolan, so was predisposed to like the song, Gloria being his partner and all. At least until it was destroyed by Pat & Mick ten years later. George Harrison joins fellow Ex-Beatle Paul with one of his lesser songs, Blow Away at 71, Black Lace debut with their UK Eurovision effort. Certainly was an effort, too. As was Sham ’69 at 73. Happily, The Beach Boys were re-doing an old song of theirs, spruced it up and released it to the current vogue. That’ll be disco. At least it got them back into the charts, and the album it came off L.A. (Light Album) had much better tracks on it, back on form.

In my life, still at College, still taking lots of photos, b&w and colour, screen printing, doing assignments, and living in digs, cycling about on my girlie bicycle with no lights. Turned out expensive that, as the Police decided to stop me one dark late evening, after visiting friends. It was a road where a 3rd year student had been beaten up so I really wasn’t keen on walking. The Policeman took the view that I needed teaching a lesson, as I had to say I was a student at the teacher training college. So he did me, got fined and the git also turned up at my digs while I was out at breakfast sunday morning to scare the family I had a room with (17-year-old girl thought it was cool, her mother less so and reported me to the College as she thought I was doing drugs). What a palaver! I hadn’t even SEEN drugs in my life, pah!

Hey ho, TV was great this week, the final episode of Blake’s 7 first season (fab), 3-part TV miniseries King (fab), Mork & Mindy pilot episode repeat, and the Marx Brothers at their best “A Night At The Opera”. Not to mention Eurovision and our rubbish entry.

1 ( 1 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
2 ( 2 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
3 ( 5 ) KEEP ON DANCING Gary’s Gang
4 ( 3 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
5 ( 8 ) IMPERIAL WIZARD David Essex
6 ( 4 ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Chic
7 ( 13 ) WOW Kate Bush
8 ( 9 ) SOMETHING ELSE The Sex Pistols
9 ( 7 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
10 ( 22 ) SULTANS OF SWING Dire Straits 

11 ( 12 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE The Real Thing
12 ( 6 ) INTO THE VALLEY The Skids
13 ( 26 ) IN THE NAVY The Village People
14 ( 10 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
15 ( 11 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
16 ( 45 ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
17 ( NEW ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
18 ( 21 ) MONEY IN MY POCKET Dennis Brown
19 ( NEW ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
20 ( 15 ) YOU BET YOUR LOVE Herbie Hancock

21 ( 16 ) JUST WHAT I NEEDED The Cars
22 ( 17 ) OLIVER’S ARMY Elvis Costello
23 ( NEW ) GOODNIGHT TONIGHT Wings
24 ( 34 ) FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS Neil Diamond
25 ( NEW ) SHAKE YOUR BODY (DOWN TO THE GROUND) The Jacksons
26 ( 28 ) EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS Buzzcocks
27 ( NEW ) HE’S THE GREATEST DANCER Sister Sledge
28 ( 14 ) THE BRISTOL STOMP The Late Show
29 ( 18 ) PAINTER MAN Boney M
30 ( 19 ) LUCKY NUMBERS Lene Lovich

31 ( 31 ) OVERKILL Motorhead
32 ( 57 ) COOL FOR CATS Squeeze
33 ( 27 ) TRASH Roxy Music
34 ( 20 ) GET DOWN Gene Chandler
35 ( 32 ) STRANGE TOWN The Jam
36 ( 73 ) SOME GIRLS Racey
37 ( 49 ) TURN THE MUSIC UP Player’s Association
38 ( 43 ) FIRE The Pointer Sisters
39 ( 23 ) WAITING FOR AN ALIBI Thin Lizzy
40 ( 30 ) I WAS MADE FOR DANCING Leif Garrett

41 ( 24 ) CONTACT Edwin Starr
42 ( 25 ) STOP YOUR SOBBING The Pretenders
43 ( 33 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
44 ( 38 ) DON’T STOP ME NOW Queen
45 ( 62 ) IMAGINATION Rocky Sharpe & The Replays
46 ( NEW ) LET’S FLY AWAY Voyage
47 ( 39 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
48 ( 35 ) EVERYTHING IS GREAT Inner Circle
49 ( 52 ) WARM FEELING Lindisfarne
50 ( 29 ) STRANGE WAY Firefall

51 ( NEW ) I JUST FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Anne Murray
52 ( 47 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
53 ( 46 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
54 ( 36 ) EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU The Baby’s
55 ( 41 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
56 ( 51 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
57 ( 40 ) DESIRE ME A Doll
58 ( 66 ) YOU ANGEL YOU Manfred Mann’s Earthband
59 ( 53 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
60 ( 50 ) THEME FROM “SUPERMAN” John Williams’ Original Soundtrack

61 ( 54 ) LE FREAK Chic
62 ( 37 ) CLOG DANCE Violinski
63 ( 58 ) DO YA THINK I’M SEXY Rod Stewart
64 ( 55 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury & The Blockheads
65 ( NEW ) MUSIC BOX DANCER Frank Mills
66 ( NEW ) LIVING IT UP (FRIDAY NIGHT) Bell & James
67 ( 42 ) GET IT Darts
68 ( NEW ) HAVEN’T STOPPED DANCING YET Gonzales
69 ( 59 ) ELO EP (EVIL WOMAN/STRANGE MAGIC/CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD/MA MA MA BELLE Electric Light Orchestra
70 ( 56 ) COULD IT BE MAGIC Barry Manilow

71 ( NEW ) BLOW AWAY George Harrison
72 ( NEW ) MARY ANN Black Lace
73 ( NEW ) QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Sham ’69
74 ( 64 ) MARY’S BOY CHILD/ OH MY LORD Boney M
75 ( NEW ) HERE COMES THE NIGHT The Beach Boys

TV
1 Blake’s 7
2 King
3 Mork & Mindy
4 A Night At The Opera”
5 Kenny Everett Video Show
6 Mork & Mindy
7 Rhoda
8 Eurovision Song Contest
9 The Rockford Files
10 Top Of The Pops
11 Q8
12 Disney Time
13 Wonder Woman
14 Film Night ’79
15 Life On Earth

10th April 1979

3 weeks Gloria-ously on top. Dire Straits? Not at all, swinging up to the runners-up spot. Kate into the Top 5 for 3 out of 3, and Art Garfunkel gets his 4th solo Top 10. The Village People campaign for the forces at 10 (yeah right!) and new entry at 16 for M, the timeless, poptastic synth delight of Pop Muzik. Does what it says on the label! M is really a solo act, Robin Scott.

Motorhead get a sudden rush to 18 with the under-rated Overkill. It was a template they perfected a year later with Ace Of Spades, but the manic thrash was sooo exciting. Squeeze up to 19, never less than intelligent, witty and melodic, cleverness not always appreciated in pop, but Glen & Chris have it, and Jools is of course an institution these days.

Eurovision: the right song won and enters at 41, a still-fab singalong effort from Israel. This week also one for TV spectacles with the BRITS and Oscars on telly. Siouxsie & co climb some stairs, at 44, and the Members pop back with some cynical reggae – totally in favour of anyone highlighting the rich tax-dodging tosspots who take and take and think they don’t have to donate the same proportion of their vast riches as the poor members of society. You know the ones, running the world cos money is power.

Finally, a delightful follow-up for Rachel Sweet, Showaddywaddy starting to run out of 50’s steam, and a 60’s soul classic all disco and sparkly from Amii Stewart. I know nothing of the mass-murdering Ghengis at the bottom of the chart, I think it was a disco number in the style of Rasputin. Google calling!
1 ( 1 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
2 ( 10 ) SULTANS OF SWING Dire Straits
3 ( 2 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
4 ( 7 ) WOW Kate Bush
5 ( 6 ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Chic
6 ( 3 ) KEEP ON DANCING Gary’s Gang
7 ( 17 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
8 ( 16 ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
9 ( 4 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
10 ( 13 ) IN THE NAVY The Village People

11 ( 5 ) IMPERIAL WIZARD David Essex
12 ( 25 ) SHAKE YOUR BODY (DOWN TO THE GROUND) The Jacksons
13 ( 19 ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
14 ( 27 ) HE’S THE GREATEST DANCER Sister Sledge
15 ( 23 ) GOODNIGHT TONIGHT Wings
16 ( NEW ) POP MUZIK M
17 ( 9 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
18 ( 31 ) OVERKILL Motorhead
19 ( 32 ) COOL FOR CATS Squeeze
20 ( 11 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE The Real Thing

21 ( 8 ) SOMETHING ELSE The Sex Pistols
22 ( 14 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
23 ( 35 ) STRANGE TOWN The Jam
24 ( 15 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
25 ( 24 ) FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS Neil Diamond
26 ( 12 ) INTO THE VALLEY The Skids
27 ( 37 ) TURN THE MUSIC UP Player’s Association
28 ( 30 ) LUCKY NUMBERS Lene Lovich
29 ( 22 ) OLIVER’S ARMY Elvis Costello
30 ( 21 ) JUST WHAT I NEEDED The Cars

31 ( 36 ) SOME GIRLS Racey
32 ( 38 ) FIRE The Pointer Sisters
33 ( 18 ) MONEY IN MY POCKET Dennis Brown
34 ( 20 ) YOU BET YOUR LOVE Herbie Hancock
35 ( 46 ) LET’S FLY AWAY Voyage
36 ( 45 ) IMAGINATION Rocky Sharpe & The Replays
37 ( 39 ) WAITING FOR AN ALIBI Thin Lizzy
38 ( 26 ) EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS Buzzcocks
39 ( 58 ) YOU ANGEL YOU Manfred Mann’s Earthband
40 ( 51 ) I JUST FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Anne Murray

41 ( NEW ) HALLELUJAH Milk And Honey featuring Gali Atari
42 ( 29 ) PAINTER MAN Boney M
43 ( 40 ) I WAS MADE FOR DANCING Leif Garrett
44 ( NEW ) THE STAIRCASE (MYSTERY) Siouxsie & The Banshees
45 ( 34 ) GET DOWN Gene Chandler
46 ( 33 ) TRASH Roxy Music
47 ( 43 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
48 ( NEW ) OFFSHORE BANKING BUSINESS The Members
49 ( 28 ) THE BRISTOL STOMP The Late Show
50 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Kandidate

51 ( 41 ) CONTACT Edwin Starr
52 ( 68 ) HAVEN’T STOPPED DANCING YET Gonzales
53 ( 47 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
54 ( 53 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
55 ( 52 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
56 ( NEW ) REMEMBER THEN Showaddywaddy
57 ( 56 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
58 ( 66 ) LIVING IT UP (FRIDAY NIGHT) Bell & James
59 ( 71 ) BLOW AWAY George Harrison
60 ( 65 ) MUSIC BOX DANCER Frank Mills

61 ( 44 ) DON’T STOP ME NOW Queen
62 ( 42 ) STOP YOUR SOBBING The Pretenders
63 ( 75 ) HERE COMES THE NIGHT The Beach Boys
64 ( 55 ) YOU NEEDED ME Anne Murray
65 ( NEW ) KNOCK ON WOOD Amii Stewart
66 ( 61 ) LE FREAK Chic
67 ( 63 ) DO YA THINK I’M SEXY Rod Stewart
68 ( NEW ) I GO TO PIECES Rachel Sweet
69 ( 59 ) I LOST MY HEART TO A STARSHIP TROOPER Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip
70 ( 50 ) STRANGE WAY Firefall

71 ( 73 ) QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Sham ’69
72 ( NEW ) GHENGIS KHAN Ghengis Khan
73 ( 54 ) EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU The Baby’s
74 ( 57 ) DESIRE ME A Doll
75 ( 60 ) THEME FROM “SUPERMAN” John Williams’ Original Soundtrack

TV
1 Soap
2 Kenny Everett Video Show
3 Wings Over The World
4 Mork & Mindy
5 Mardi Gras
6 Barney Miller
7 The Practise
8 The Turin Shroud
9 Top Of The Pops
10 Rhoda
11 Life On Earth
12 Q8
13 Porridge
14 British Rock & Pop Awards
15 51st Oscars

17th April 1979

Back at home in mansfield for the Easter Holidays and lots of TV specials, headed by the annual event of Jesus Christ Superstar – chock full of great songs, Rice & Lloyd Webber at their best, and rock-biased which suits me fine. Abba In Switzerland is one I’d half-forgotten, and One I’d very much like to get hold of now!

Back in the charts, and a new number 1 – Supertramp go one better than Dreamer managed in 1975. I did love it, though I didn’t actually buy the single until on holiday in California later in the year – lots of tales to come! Bright Eyes rabbiting on at 2, but Three Degrees running upwards and chasing Pop Muzik – who will win? The Bee Gees were back, a melodic ballad this time, but the 2-year-run of brilliance had ebbed just slightly with this one. Chris Montez led an inrush of 50’s and early 60’s rock n roll classics, in for the second time at 23 (peaked at 3 in 1972 on it’s first re-issue). The singles had been issued on picture disc, styled with 50’s American cars, and sold enough to chart in most cases. Although I wasn’t around at the time, the big hits really were quite well-known 20 years later, Radio 1 in those days being happy to play lots of oldies in between newies.

The Sex Pistols were back, well, minus Johnny, Sid & self-respect by now. The record was OK, though, and it was a better career move than Sid’s (heroin, murder and suicide). Oddly, no-one’s ever suggested not playing Sex Pistols records on the TV or radio. Apparently, murdering your girlfriend is more acceptable than groping a woman on the leg, such a heinous crime that merely being accused of it warrants financial ruin, banning from the airwaves and reputation-destroying. We live in perverted media morality times….

Among the welcomed oldies, Bobby Darrin and his fab Dream Lover, the Drifters, Johnny Tillotson, and The Teddy Bears (another girlfriend-murderer, I believe, behind this one, to continue the theme). Two early 70’s chart-topperers return with disco beats: Mike Oldfield being Guilty, and Sparks aiming to be Number One Song In Heaven. Sparks get the coolness points, as it’s Giorgio Moroder and pretty much heralding in the sign of the future, synth beats. Fab to have them back, it was.

1 ( 7 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
2 ( 8 ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
3 ( 1 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
4 ( 2 ) SULTANS OF SWING Dire Straits
5 ( 16 ) POP MUZIK M
6 ( 4 ) WOW Kate Bush
7 ( 13 ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
8 ( 3 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
9 ( 12 ) SHAKE YOUR BODY (DOWN TO THE GROUND) The Jacksons
10 ( 15 ) GOODNIGHT TONIGHT Wings

11 ( 14 ) HE’S THE GREATEST DANCER Sister Sledge
12 ( 10 ) IN THE NAVY The Village People
13 ( 6 ) KEEP ON DANCING Gary’s Gang
14 ( 5 ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Chic
15 ( 19 ) COOL FOR CATS Squeeze
16 ( 27 ) TURN THE MUSIC UP Player’s Association
17 ( 9 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
18 ( 23 ) STRANGE TOWN The Jam
19 ( NEW ) LOVE YOU INSIDE OUT The Bee Gees
20 ( 20 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE The Real Thing

21 ( 17 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
22 ( 11 ) IMPERIAL WIZARD David Essex
23 ( NEW ) LET’S DANCE Chris Montez
24 ( 22 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
25 ( 21 ) SOMETHING ELSE The Sex Pistols
26 ( 31 ) SOME GIRLS Racey
27 ( 52 ) HAVEN’T STOPPED DANCING YET Gonzales
28 ( 41 ) HALLELUJAH Milk And Honey featuring Gali Atari
29 ( 32 ) FIRE The Pointer Sisters
30 ( 35 ) LET’S FLY AWAY Voyage

31 ( 28 ) LUCKY NUMBERS Lene Lovich
32 ( 24 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
33 ( 18 ) OVERKILL Motorhead
34 ( 25 ) FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS Neil Diamond
35 ( 40 ) I JUST FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Anne Murray
36 ( 50 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Kandidate
37 ( NEW ) SILLY THING The Sex Pistols
38 ( 29 ) OLIVER’S ARMY Elvis Costello
39 ( 48 ) OFFSHORE BANKING BUSINESS The Members
40 ( 65 ) KNOCK ON WOOD Amii Stewart

41 ( 56 ) REMEMBER THEN Showaddywaddy
42 ( 26 ) INTO THE VALLEY The Skids
43 ( 44 ) THE STAIRCASE (MYSTERY) Siouxsie & The Banshees
44 ( 36 ) IMAGINATION Rocky Sharpe & The Replays
45 ( 34 ) YOU BET YOUR LOVE Herbie Hancock
46 ( 37 ) WAITING FOR AN ALIBI Thin Lizzy
47 ( 33 ) MONEY IN MY POCKET Dennis Brown
48 ( 55 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
49 ( 30 ) JUST WHAT I NEEDED The Cars
50 ( 39 ) YOU ANGEL YOU Manfred Mann’s Earthband

51 ( 47 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
52 ( 54 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
53 ( 71 ) QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Sham ’69
54 ( NEW ) DREAM LOVER/ MAC THE KNIFE Bobby Darrin
55 ( 43 ) I WAS MADE FOR DANCING Leif Garrett
56 ( NEW ) GUILTY Mike Oldfield
57 ( 57 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats
58 ( 53 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
59 ( 68 ) I GO TO PIECES Rachel Sweet
60 ( 63 ) HERE COMES THE NIGHT The Beach Boys

61 ( NEW ) SWEET LOI LOUISE Iron Horse
62 ( 38 ) EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS Buzzcocks
63 ( NEW ) HOORAY IT’S A HOLI HOLIDAY Boney M
64 ( 60 ) MUSIC BOX DANCER Frank Mills
65 ( 45 ) GET DOWN Gene Chandler
66 ( 51 ) CONTACT Edwin Starr
67 ( NEW ) I LOVE THE MUSIC Freefall
68 ( NEW ) SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME The Drifters
69 ( NEW ) POETRY IN MOTION Johnny Tillotson
70 ( 42 ) PAINTER MAN Boney M

71 ( NEW ) VALLEY OF THE DOLLS Generation X
72 ( NEW ) DOUBLE LOVE Cracking
73 ( 58 ) LIVING IT UP (FRIDAY NIGHT) Bell & James
74 ( NEW ) THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN HEAVEN Sparks
75 ( NEW ) TO KNOW HIM IS TO LOVE HIM The Teddy Bears

 

TV
1 Jesus Christ Superstar
2 Parkinson’s Best
3 Didn’t Quite Make It Video Show
4 Mork & Mindy
5 Abba In Switzerland
6 Q8
7 Barney Miller
8 You Only Live Twice
9 Rhoda
10 Top Of THe Pops
11 The Practise
12 Mary Hartman Mary Hartman
13 The Rockford Files
14 Fantasy Island
15 Blue Peter

24th April 1979

All change, Art Garfunkel getting his 2nd Number One solo, oddly one more than the brilliant solo Paul Simon. It was sweet at the time, a bit maudlin these days. Three Degrees get their highest chart position in 5 years, and Abba pop in as the highest new entry, fresh off the Voulez Vous album, chock full of great tracks, several of them singles-worthy, including the fabulous B Side Kisses Of Fire. I was annoyed they’d gone with DYMK (a Bournemouth bar name these days) as it was about the least good track on the album, and certainly Abba’s least good single in 5 years.

Squeeze get a 3rd Top 10, Sex Pistols a 4th Top 20, and The Beach Boys go Top 40 for the first time in 3 years. Eruption get a belated follow-up hit to I Can’t Stand The Rain, a good eurodisco record, George Benson jazzes his way into my charts again, Gary Moore gets a lending vocal hand from Thin Lizzy mainman Phil, Chris Rea’s back with another minor hit, Ray Stevens takes the piss out of Barry Manilow, and who’s that Iron Horse going up? It’s Randy Bachman’s new band, which explains why it sounds a lot like 1974 chart-topper You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet!

 

1 ( 2 ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
2 ( 1 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
3 ( 7 ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
4 ( 5 ) POP MUZIK M
5 ( 9 ) SHAKE YOUR BODY (DOWN TO THE GROUND) The Jacksons
6 ( 10 ) GOODNIGHT TONIGHT Wings
7 ( 3 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
8 ( 4 ) SULTANS OF SWING Dire Straits
9 ( 6 ) WOW Kate Bush
10 ( 15 ) COOL FOR CATS Squeeze

11 ( 11 ) HE’S THE GREATEST DANCER Sister Sledge
12 ( 8 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
13 ( NEW ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW Abba
14 ( 12 ) IN THE NAVY The Village People
15 ( 23 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Montez
16 ( 19 ) LOVE YOU INSIDE OUT The Bee Gees
17 ( 37 ) SILLY THING The Sex Pistols
18 ( 13 ) KEEP ON DANCING Gary’s Gang
19 ( 14 ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Chic
20 ( 16 ) TURN THE MUSIC UP Player’s Association

21 ( 27 ) HAVEN’T STOPPED DANCING YET Gonzales
22 ( 20 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE The Real Thing
23 ( 21 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
24 ( 28 ) HALLELUJAH Milk And Honey featuring Gali Atari
25 ( 17 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
26 ( 18 ) STRANGE TOWN The Jam
27 ( 36 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Kandidate
28 ( 40 ) KNOCK ON WOOD Amii Stewart
29 ( 24 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
30 ( 35 ) I JUST FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Anne Murray

31 ( 25 ) SOMETHING ELSE The Sex Pistols
32 ( 22 ) IMPERIAL WIZARD David Essex
33 ( 26 ) SOME GIRLS Racey
34 ( 56 ) GUILTY Mike Oldfield
35 ( 43 ) THE STAIRCASE (MYSTERY) Siouxsie & The Banshees
36 ( 39 ) OFFSHORE BANKING BUSINESS The Members
37 ( 31 ) LUCKY NUMBERS Lene Lovich
38 ( 41 ) REMEMBER THEN Showaddywaddy
39 ( 29 ) FIRE The Pointer Sisters
40 ( 60 ) HERE COMES THE NIGHT The Beach Boys

41 ( 32 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
42 ( 30 ) LET’S FLY AWAY Voyage
43 ( 38 ) OLIVER’S ARMY Elvis Costello
44 ( 34 ) FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS Neil Diamond
45 ( 33 ) OVERKILL Motorhead
46 ( 54 ) DREAM LOVER/ MAC THE KNIFE Bobby Darrin
47 ( 42 ) INTO THE VALLEY The Skids
48 ( 59 ) I GO TO PIECES Rachel Sweet
49 ( 53 ) QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Sham ’69
50 ( NEW ) ONE WAY TICKET Eruption

51 ( 46 ) WAITING FOR AN ALIBI Thin Lizzy
52 ( 52 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
53 ( 48 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
54 ( 61 ) SWEET LUI LOUISE Iron Horse
55 ( 51 ) Y.M.C.A. The Village People
56 ( NEW ) LOVE BALLAD George Benson
57 ( 45 ) YOU BET YOUR LOVE Herbie Hancock
58 ( 63 ) HOORAY IT’S A HOLI HOLIDAY Boney M
59 ( 67 ) I LOVE THE MUSIC Freefall
60 ( 57 ) RAT TRAP The Boomtown Rats

61 ( 58 ) MIRRORS Sally Oldfield
62 ( 55 ) I WAS MADE FOR DANCING Leif Garrett
63 ( NEW ) FEEL THE NEED Leif Garrett
64 ( NEW ) PARISIENNE WALKWAYS Gary Moore featuring Phil Lynnot
65 ( 69 ) POETRY IN MOTION Johnny Tillotson
66 ( 68 ) SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME The Drifters
67 ( 50 ) YOU ANGEL YOU Manfred Mann’s Earthband
68 ( 74 ) THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN HEAVEN Sparks
69 ( 49 ) JUST WHAT I NEEDED The Cars
70 ( 72 ) DOUBLE LOVE Cracking

71 ( 66 ) CONTACT Edwin Starr
72 ( 65 ) GET DOWN Gene Chandler
73 ( NEW ) I NEED YOUR HELP BARRY MANILOW Ray Stevens
74 ( NEW ) DIAMONDS Chris Rea
75 ( 44 ) IMAGINATION Rocky Sharpe & The Replays

TV
1 It’ll Be Alright On The Night
2 Kenny Everett Video Show
3 Mork & Mindy
4 It’s About Time
5 Defection Of Simas Kudirka
6 Top Of The Pops
7 The Rockford Files
8 Mary Hartman Mary hartman
9 Barney Miller
10 Q8

My 1974 Charts – April

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Those goldfish lasted until a heron ate them (bastard) 20 years later. Quite a bit bigger by then…

 

2nd April 1974

second week on top for Queen, and my chart starts to get more volatile as I get exposed to more and more non-chart music. I was still only compiling a 30, but my chart rules meant many a great record was evicted to make way, and far too early, so Ive expanded to 40 to include those that I still really loved from the week before but hadn’t room for.

New peaks for Three Degrees at 2, Rubettes at 3 (yet to chart anywhere else), and highest new entry from Mud at 6. The Cat Crept In is very much Tiger Feet part 2, but great nonetheless, and Mud at the time were on a roll after 3 in a row at the top of my chart. Genesis get a Top 10 hit 4 years before they did it in the real charts, and the Doobie’s almost make it at 11. New at 16 is Elton John. Not Candle, which peaked at 30, but the far superior B Side which hit the top in the USA. Benny & The Jets was a live slow stomping soul record, and should have been an A Side.

The Bee Gees by now were out of fashion completely, their new single Mr Natural stiffing everywhere except in my charts. I’m nothing if not loyal to great pop stars, and this was a perfectly good record, also skirting with smooth soul. R’n’b the way to go boys! Back with a 60’s girl group pastiche, Limmie & The Family Cooking were fun at 20, and rocking it big-time with menacing guitars and a big vocal is the stupendous On The Run, big on radio Luxembourg and nowhere else. Never became a hit sadly, but the lead singer of Scorched Earth became somewhat better known two years later, solo: Billy Ocean. To this day, still his best record.

The Wombles were back, and Mike Batt starting to get into his Womble stride, starting a string of inventive, musically diverse novelty records. Proving that novelty records can be fun and clever. I defy anyone not sing along to this one! At 25, the Luxembourg Eurovision entry, getting hammered on the station, at 26 Ricky Wilde’s glamtastic teenpop final try at a career. Kim’s pop career added synths but essentially used the same formula, so hooray for brother Ricky!

The Chi-Lites were back, 2 years on from some real gems and a number one Oh Girl, with a charming ditty later covered by UB40. Lieutenant Pigeon had had their day, and a number one in my chart with Desperate Dan (Mould Old Dough hit 2) but I had enough affection for the jaunty piano romping to chart this cover of an Irish ballad standard beloved of many a drunk. Finally, at 30, a song about sad DJ’s from storytale songwriter Harry Chapin, who wrote many fab songs only to die young on his way to a charity gig when a huge log came lose from the megatruck in front of his car.

1 ( 1 ) SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE Queen
2 ( 4 ) THE YEAR OF DECISION The Three Degrees
3 ( 5 ) SUGAR BABY LOVE The Rubettes
4 ( 6 ) DOCTOR’S ORDERS Sunny
5 ( 2 ) SEASONS IN THE SUN Terry Jacks
6 ( NEW ) THE CAT CREPT IN Mud
7 ( 8 ) HELP ME Joni Mitchell
8 ( 11 ) I KNOW WHAT I LIKE (IN YOUR WARDROBE) Genesis
9 ( 7 ) I GET A LITTLE SENTIMENTAL The New Seekers
10 ( 3 ) JET Paul McCartney & Wings

11 ( 20 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC The Doobie Brothers
12 ( 23 ) ANGEL FACE The Glitter Band
13 ( 25 ) THE STING The Ragtimers
14 ( 29 ) LET ME PUT MY SPELL ON YOU Merlin
15 ( 9 ) I SHALL SING Art Garfunkel
16 ( NEW ) BENNY AND THE JETS Elton John
17 ( NEW ) MR NATURAL The Bee Gees
18 ( 30 ) THE GOLDEN AGE OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Mott The Hoople
19 ( 12 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
20 ( NEW ) A WALKIN’ MIRACLE Limmie & The Family Cooking

21 ( NEW ) ON THE RUN Scorched Earth
22 ( 13 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Charlie Rich
23 ( 24 ) DREAM WORLD Don Downing
24 ( NEW ) REMEMBER (YOU’RE A WOMBLE) The Wombles
25 ( NEW ) BYE BYE I LOVE YOU Irene Shears
26 ( NEW ) TEEN WAVE Ricky Wilde
27 ( 14 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
28 ( NEW ) HOMELY GIRL The Chi-Lites
29 ( NEW ) I’LL TAKE YOU HOME AGAIN KATHLEEN Lieutenant Pigeon
30 ( NEW ) W.O.L.D. Harry Chapin

31 ( 15 ) EMMA Hot Chocolate
32 ( 10 ) JEALOUS MIND Alvin Stardust
33 ( 16 ) GET OFF MY CLOUD Bubble Rock
34 ( 17 ) THERE’LL BE ANOTHER NIGHT Jimmy Helms
35 ( 19 ) DIRTY OL’ MAN The Three Degrees
36 ( 18 ) MOCKINGBIRD James Taylor and Carly Simon
37 ( 21 ) SCHOOL LOVE Barry Blue
38 ( 31 ) LOVE’S THEME Love Unlimited Orchestra
39 ( 22 ) I’VE GOT TO USE MY IMAGINATION Gladys Knight & The Pips
40 ( 27 ) DEVIL GATE DRIVE Suzi Quatro

9th April 1974

The manic, exciting pace of the music scene stepped up a pace this week with two memorable debuts, and a rare 1-2 new entry from nowhere. It was Eurovision, saturday night and as usual I was babysitting for cash at my regular’s near where I lived at RAF Innsworth. Got the kids to bed early so no interruptions (I hoped!) for a glorious evening entertainment. Olivia Newton-John and Irene Shears I already knew and had charted, but two lept right out at me, the fab Mouth & MacNeal (who had charted 2 years earlier for me on the back of a US hit) and a new act with garish clothes and a striking blonde, and a glampop stomper with a brilliant tune and lyric. It was called Waterloo and it was love at first sight. From this moment on Abba charted everything they released in my charts, and I was soooo happy they won. So good it became an American hit.. Mouth & MacNeal also charted at 24, the 4th from the contest in 1974.

In a normal week, the headline would have been all about Sparks, a quirky American duo of brothers from out of this universe. Tagged along with glam rock, but actually they were (and remain) unique in sound and unclassifiable. This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us came on the radio and blew my mind instantly with it’s insistent keyboard synth sound, the relentless quirky lyrics and flowing melody, and the crescendo of guitars interrupting that manic Russell Mael falsetto vocal. Not to mention brother Ron’s alien staring face when they finally got on telly. OMG! Brilliant.

This was all bad news for my 2nd fave pop group (after Wizzard) Mud, who had to settle for 3 with all my other faves pushed down 3 places. In at 9, though, a Swedish rock version of Jonathan KIng’s 1971 number one Hooked On A Feeling. It went to the top in the States, where they knew it as a bizarre cover of B.J.Thomas’ country pop original. JK added the ooga cha ga’s and it now seems immortality of sorts beckons as it’s selling well ahead of the release of big movie Guardians Of The Galaxy, in which it features prominently. It recharted in my chart a few weeks back. Just remember, ya heard it here first!:)

In at 16, a track no-one recalls, a Radio Luxembourg fave, The Friends Of St Francis with the joyous The Man Who Turned On The World. I’ve been trying to get hold of a copy of this for 40 years, with no luck. Come on itunes! Sweeping strings and choruses of voices over a mediaeval-style soloist. Fab. Elsewhere, another great Stevie Wonder (UK only) single, a solo hit from former Hollies, and Crosby Stills & Nash man, Graham Nash, On The Line, a minor entry for wannabee pop star Simon Jones, and a great Philly soul record from The Intruders. I really really needed to have done a Top 50 minimum by now, but that was still months away!

1 ( NEW ) WATERLOO Abba
2 ( NEW ) THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US Sparks
3 ( 6 ) THE CAT CREPT IN Mud
4 ( 1 ) SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE Queen
5 ( 2 ) THE YEAR OF DECISION The Three Degrees
6 ( 3 ) SUGAR BABY LOVE The Rubettes
7 ( 4 ) DOCTOR’S ORDERS Sunny
8 ( 5 ) SEASONS IN THE SUN Terry Jacks
9 ( NEW ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Blue Swede
10 ( 21 ) ON THE RUN Scorched Earth

11 ( 8 ) I KNOW WHAT I LIKE (IN YOUR WARDROBE) Genesis
12 ( 7 ) HELP ME Joni Mitchell
13 ( 14 ) LET ME PUT MY SPELL ON YOU Merlin
14 ( 10 ) JET Paul McCartney & Wings
15 ( 24 ) REMEMBER (YOU’RE A WOMBLE) The Wombles
16 ( NEW ) THE MAN WHO TURNED ON THE WORLD Friends Of St Francis
17 ( 17 ) MR NATURAL The Bee Gees
18 ( 9 ) I GET A LITTLE SENTIMENTAL The New Seekers
19 ( 26 ) TEEN WAVE Ricky Wilde
20 ( 20 ) A WALKIN’ MIRACLE Limmie & The Family Cooking

21 ( 18 ) THE GOLDEN AGE OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Mott The Hoople
22 ( 28 ) HOMELY GIRL The Chi-Lites
23 ( 12 ) ANGEL FACE The Glitter Band
24 ( NEW ) I SEE A STAR Mouth and MacNeal
25 ( 25 ) BYE BYE I LOVE YOU Irene Shears
26 ( 19 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
27 ( NEW ) MISSTRA KNOW IT ALL Stevie Wonder
28 ( NEW ) ON THE LINE Graham Nash
29 ( NEW ) SHE WAS JUST A YOUNG GIRL Simon Jones
30 ( NEW ) I’LL ALWAYS LOVE MY MAMA The Intruders

31 ( 11 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC The Doobie Brothers
32 ( 13 ) THE STING The Ragtimers
33 ( 15 ) I SHALL SING Art Garfunkel
34 ( 16 ) BENNY AND THE JETS Elton John
35 ( 22 ) MOST BEAUTIFUL GIRL IN THE WORLD Charlie Rich
36 ( 23 ) DREAM WORLD Don Downing
37 ( 27 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
38 ( 29 ) I’LL TAKE YOU HOME AGAIN KATHLEEN Lieutenant Pigeon
39 ( 30 ) W.O.L.D. Harry Chapin
40 ( 31 ) EMMA Hot Chocolate

16th April 1974

Still 1-2-3 for Abba, Sparks, Mud and Benny & The Jet shoots up to 4, Elton’s fab B side, all 4 could easily be number one really it was that tight at the time at the top. My charts starting to have less and less in common with the BBC charts, stuffed as they were with TV reality stars and MOR. My tastes were maturing more into albums acts and tracks, not unusual for 16-year-olds.

Highest new entry was fab Native Canadian Buffy at 13, always had a soft spot for her ballads. Graham Nash at 21 joined at 24 by Allan Clarke the other main Hollies vocalist, fresh off Air That I Breathe. Sideshow would be covered 2 years later by the Surprise Sisters, an even better version, and still frustratingly not a big hit. The Stylistics having a rare flop in the UK with Only For The Children, not that they cared they just flipped it over and the B Side became a huge UK and US hit (You Make Me Feel Brand New). Finally, new for Bowie, another old album track. Bowie new stuff was always punctuated with old stuff, not exactly being short of fab back catalogue for RCA and others to bung out in between albums. Then there’s Roxy’s Eno and his odd debut single. I liked it, ahead of it’s time it was, and future legendary record producer or what!

It was around this time I was coerced into agreeing to go what they called school disco (or these days, “Prom”). I was new boy, Suzanne in our class was dateless, we were both nice so everyone reasoned we’d be perfect as a match. Sadly, no-one had counted on sheer terror, panic and cold sweats on my part at having to go out with a girl fro the first time, really. She could tell I was unhappy a couple of days later, and knew I’d been pushed into it, so she had a quiet word which gave me the opportunity to back out. Being a cowardly tit, and being very confused generally at that time, I took it and left her thinking it was her – I’d said it wasn’t that I didn’t like her and she just added in the “enough” on the end of the sentence. I was pretty much left in the cold for the rest of the year by the class, and I’ve felt awful about it for 40 years. As The Hollies (spot the link above) once sang, I’m truly Sorry Suzanne – it wasn’t you, honest, it was me. What a twa*t.
1 ( 1 ) WATERLOO Abba
2 ( 2 ) THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US Sparks
3 ( 3 ) THE CAT CREPT IN Mud
4 ( 34 ) BENNY AND THE JETS Elton John
5 ( 4 ) SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE Queen
6 ( 5 ) THE YEAR OF DECISION The Three Degrees
7 ( 7 ) DOCTOR’S ORDERS Sunny
8 ( 8 ) SEASONS IN THE SUN Terry Jacks
9 ( 9 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Blue Swede
10 ( 19 ) TEEN WAVE Ricky Wilde

11 ( 16 ) THE MAN WHO TURNED ON THE WORLD Friends Of St Francis
12 ( 13 ) LET ME PUT MY SPELL ON YOU Merlin
13 ( NEW ) I JUST CAN’T BELIEVE THE FEELING Buffy Sainte-Marie
14 ( 10 ) ON THE RUN Scorched Earth
15 ( 15 ) REMEMBER (YOU’RE A WOMBLE) The Wombles
16 ( 17 ) MR NATURAL The Bee Gees
17 ( 22 ) HOMELY GIRL The Chi-Lites
18 ( 27 ) MISSTRA KNOW IT ALL Stevie Wonder
19 ( 11 ) I KNOW WHAT I LIKE (IN YOUR WARDROBE) Genesis
20 ( 18 ) I GET A LITTLE SENTIMENTAL The New Seekers

21 ( 28 ) ON THE LINE Graham Nash
22 ( NEW ) SEVEN DEADLY FINS Eno
23 ( 21 ) THE GOLDEN AGE OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Mott The Hoople
24 ( NEW ) SIDESHOW Allan Clarke
25 ( 24 ) I SEE A STAR Mouth and MacNeal
26 ( NEW ) ONLY FOR THE CHILDREN The Stylistics
27 ( NEW ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL SUICIDE David Bowie
28 ( 39 ) W.O.L.D. Harry Chapin
29 ( 12 ) HELP ME Joni Mitchell
30 ( 23 ) ANGEL FACE The Glitter Band

31 ( 6 ) SUGAR BABY LOVE The Rubettes
32 ( 14 ) JET Paul McCartney & Wings
33 ( 20 ) A WALKIN’ MIRACLE Limmie & The Family Cooking
34 ( 25 ) BYE BYE I LOVE YOU Irene Shears
35 ( 26 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Robert Knight
36 ( 29 ) SHE WAS JUST A YOUNG GIRL Simon Jones
37 ( 30 ) I’LL ALWAYS LOVE MY MAMA The Intruders
38 ( 31 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC The Doobie Brothers
39 ( 32 ) THE STING The Ragtimers
40 ( 33 ) I SHALL SING Art Garfunkel

 

23rd April 1974

In which new faves who came straight in at 1 (Abba) are knocked by old faves Wizzard coming straight in at 1, that’s 4 in a row chart-toppers and one more for Roy Wood solo. I always thought they should have hung on till December to issue this single, their last great glamrock record, but hey ho, no-one remembers Rock ‘n’ Roll Winter now anyway. DJ Johnny Walker fave Lucinda pops in at 4, for some reason I went mad on it immediately, I mean it’s good, but not great, and not a hit anywhere.

The Three Degrees replace themselves in the Top 10, in combo with house band at the Philadelphia record label, Mother Father Sister Brother, better known as MFSB. Big US hit that one, all strings n soul. In at 8 a debut hit for the fab Cockney Rebel (essentially Steve Harley of course) and the fab Judy Teen. Steve’s vocal style was unique, and this record sounded like nothing else before it, fresh and exciting.

Nemo are back, 2 years after The Sun Has Got His Hat On, with another 1930’s pastiche cover of an oldie from that period. The song had just become popular again thanks to the movie of that name, and also featured on cool sitcom MASH. Jonathan King didn’t fool me though, it as his 3rd hit in 4 months, the previous under Bubble Rock. Bay City Rollers also are back with soundalike follow-up to Remember, Shang A Lang, on their way to teenybop stardom now that the aforementioned JK wasn’t involved anymore.

Finally, Alvin’s 3rd hit, Andy Williams latest, a big amusing US hit from Jim Stafford and Native American band Redbone finally get a follow-up hit (in my charts) to the awesome atmospheric Witch Queen Of New Orleans. Bizarrely this one became a big US hit, but Witch Queen didn’t. Racism!

1 ( NEW ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL WINTER Wizzard
2 ( 1 ) WATERLOO Abba
3 ( 2 ) THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US Sparks
4 ( NEW ) LUCINDA Howard Werth
5 ( 10 ) TEEN WAVE Ricky Wilde
6 ( NEW ) T.S.O.P. (THE SOUND OF PHILADELPHIA) M.F.S.B. (featuring the Three Degrees)
7 ( 5 ) SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE Queen
8 ( NEW ) JUDY TEEN Cockney Rebel
9 ( 9 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Blue Swede
10 ( 3 ) THE CAT CREPT IN Mud

11 ( 4 ) BENNY AND THE JETS Elton John
12 ( 13 ) I JUST CAN’T BELIEVE THE FEELING Buffy Sainte-Marie
13 ( 18 ) MISSTRA KNOW IT ALL Stevie Wonder
14 ( 22 ) SEVEN DEADLY FINS Eno
15 ( 6 ) THE YEAR OF DECISION The Three Degrees
16 ( 7 ) DOCTOR’S ORDERS Sunny
17 ( 8 ) SEASONS IN THE SUN Terry Jacks
18 ( 21 ) ON THE LINE Graham Nash
19 ( NEW ) PAPER MOON Nemo (aka Jonathan King)
20 ( 14 ) ON THE RUN Scorched Earth

21 ( NEW ) SHANG A LANG Bay City Rollers
22 ( NEW ) RED DRESS Alvin Stardust
23 ( 24 ) SIDESHOW Allan Clarke
24 ( 26 ) ONLY FOR THE CHILDREN The Stylistics
25 ( 27 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL SUICIDE David Bowie
26 ( 11 ) THE MAN WHO TURNED ON THE WORLD Friends Of St Francis
27 ( 15 ) REMEMBER (YOU’RE A WOMBLE) The Wombles
28 ( NEW ) GETTING OVER YOU Andy Williams
29 ( NEW ) SPIDERS AND SNAKES Jim Stafford
30 ( NEW ) COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Redbone

31 ( 12 ) LET ME PUT MY SPELL ON YOU Merlin
32 ( 16 ) MR NATURAL The Bee Gees
33 ( 17 ) HOMELY GIRL The Chi-Lites
34 ( 19 ) I KNOW WHAT I LIKE (IN YOUR WARDROBE) Genesis
35 ( 20 ) I GET A LITTLE SENTIMENTAL The New Seekers
36 ( 23 ) THE GOLDEN AGE OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Mott The Hoople
37 ( 25 ) I SEE A STAR Mouth and MacNeal
38 ( 28 ) W.O.L.D. Harry Chapin
39 ( 29 ) HELP ME Joni Mitchell
40 ( 30 ) ANGEL FACE The Glitter Band

30th April 1974

2 weeks for Wizzard at 1, presiding over a static chart, being as I was mad on all of the Top 3. The Rubettes re-entered at 6 as it finally started to sell and thus became eligible to re-enter having been cruelly evicted early under my daft rules which penalised non-UK-chart records. Of course it went on to top the UK charts – but not mine! There I’ve given it away!

Alvin, up at 7, a Mansfield lad, and his 3rd top ten in a row with the good glam Red Dress. New ones? Barry White’s relative flop single amongst a run of hits, Honey Please Can’t Ya See was actually as good as the hits, so probably Radio 1 chose not to play it. It charted at 25 in mine, and I’m right. Better, though, was the new entry at 27, the title track off the album, and follow-up to biggest record of 1974 so far (Jet), Band On The Run quietly brought it’s grand and gentle charms into the chart. The style of ballad, huge crescendo, gentle end on a long unedited single popped up the following year on a track nobody recalls, Boheme Rhapperseedee I think it was called. If ever a track could be called Epic, it’s Band On The Run. Macca was on fire!

Alan Price was back on one of his regular come-back hit sojourns, with his ode to home and the famous Jarrow March, The Jarrow Song, all brass-band and sweeping charm. His best tracks, it has to be said, were in the 60’s though. Ike & Tina finally get a follow-up hit to the eternal Nutbush City Limits – at least in my charts that is, rockin’ it big with a song about a chicken. I’m sure it’s poultry of some sort…! Finally, at 30, Arrows, UK-based US-hit-machine-protegees of Chinn-Chapman who were starting to show signs of being past their peak (too many acts vying for the songs!). One of Arrows B Sides eventually became a monster hit though – for Joan Jett. Yes, I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll was one a rare Chinnychap missfire, really shoulda been an A side boys. The link with Joan Jett is Suzi Quatro. Joan loved Suzi, Suzi was Chinn-Chapman’s star lady, Joan Jett gets their song big sales.

1 ( 1 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL WINTER Wizzard
2 ( 2 ) WATERLOO Abba
3 ( 3 ) THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US Sparks
4 ( 6 ) T.S.O.P. (THE SOUND OF PHILADELPHIA) M.F.S.B. (featuring the Three Degrees)
5 ( 8 ) JUDY TEEN Cockney Rebel
6 ( RE ) SUGAR BABY LOVE The Rubettes
7 ( 22 ) RED DRESS Alvin Stardust
8 ( 4 ) LUCINDA Howard Werth
9 ( 9 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Blue Swede
10 ( 5 ) TEEN WAVE Ricky Wilde

11 ( 12 ) I JUST CAN’T BELIEVE THE FEELING Buffy Sainte-Marie
12 ( 15 ) THE YEAR OF DECISION The Three Degrees
13 ( 13 ) MISSTRA KNOW IT ALL Stevie Wonder
14 ( 21 ) SHANG A LANG Bay City Rollers
15 ( 18 ) ON THE LINE Graham Nash
16 ( 26 ) THE MAN WHO TURNED ON THE WORLD Friends Of St Francis
17 ( 10 ) THE CAT CREPT IN Mud
18 ( 19 ) PAPER MOON Nemo (aka Jonathan King)
19 ( 16 ) DOCTOR’S ORDERS Sunny
20 ( 17 ) SEASONS IN THE SUN Terry Jacks

21 ( 20 ) ON THE RUN Scorched Earth
22 ( 29 ) SPIDERS AND SNAKES Jim Stafford
23 ( 11 ) BENNY AND THE JETS Elton John
24 ( 31 ) LET ME PUT MY SPELL ON YOU Merlin
25 ( NEW ) HONEY PLEASE CAN’T YA SEE Barry White
26 ( 37 ) I SEE A STAR Mouth and MacNeal
27 ( NEW ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
28 ( NEW ) THE JARROW SONG Alan Price
29 ( NEW ) RHODE ISLAND RED Ike & Tina Turner
30 ( NEW ) A TOUCH TOO MUCH Arrows

31 ( 7 ) SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE Queen
32 ( 14 ) SEVEN DEADLY FINS Eno
33 ( 23 ) SIDESHOW Allan Clarke
34 ( 24 ) ONLY FOR THE CHILDREN The Stylistics
35 ( 25 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL SUICIDE David Bowie
36 ( 27 ) REMEMBER (YOU’RE A WOMBLE) The Wombles
37 ( 28 ) GETTING OVER YOU Andy Williams
38 ( 30 ) COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Redbone
39 ( NEW ) I CAN’T STOP The Osmonds
40 ( NEW ) YOU ARE EVERYTHING Marvin Gaye & Diana Ross

 

My 2014 Charts – April to June

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29th June 2014

Yes, still a 4th week on top for Miami Horror, and still no other record coming close to unseating it. Love it. I went to see X-Men again, which has boosted Time In A Bottle again, I just love that Quicksilver slow-mo scene, the record sets it off beautifully. Elsewhere Ryan Tedder gets another Top 10 song (aka Ella Henderson), and highest new entry is back for the third time thanks to a car advert. Horse With No Name peaked in my top 5 January 1972, then popped back again for another top 20 run the other year.

Other returns this week? Another Star and Silver Lady both charted October 1977, so it’s fitting they should come back again together. Stevie Wonder made my Top 10 first time round – but was a minor UK hit – and it’s back selling well again thanks to the World Cup coverage. No idea why Silver Lady is selling again though, but it is! Imelda May gets another Top 20 hit, that’s at least 4 to date, about time she had a proper single hit, great guitar work in this retro rocker.

Milky Chance are also back a year on from initially charting (thanks to Buzzjack). Begs two questions, as ever – why do Pan European blockbusters do so badly in the BJSC, and why do the fr*gg*n’ record companies take so f**k*n long to release them in the UK when every other country gets them immediately. Release them when they are hot, not when potential record buyers have become bored with them, or acquired it another way. Record labels are such d**ks. It’s not as if Milky Chance are appearing all over TV and radio to promote…..

1 1 1 4 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror 680000
2 3 1 5 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 570000
3 2 2 4 DARK DARK IN THE NIGHT – Hang The DJ 272000
4 5 4 4 CRYSTALLIZE – Kylie Minogue 162750
5 4 2 6 SING – Ed Sheeran 335000
6 9 6 8 DO IT AGAIN – Royksopp and Robyn 212600
7 7 1 9 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 752400
8 38 8 5 GHOST – Ella Henderson 85400
9 18 9 5 WASTED – Tiesto featuring Matthew Koma 119200
10 20 10 4 LIVING WITHOUT YOU – Monarchy 97000

11 6 3 6 LET ME DOWN EASY – Paolo Nutini 325250
12 14 12 3 AROUND TOWN – The Kooks 82400
13 NEW 13 1 A HORSE WITH NO NAME – America 32000
14 21 14 3 ALL THESE ROADS – Sultan and Ned Shepard featuring Zella Day and Sam Martin 66550
15 13 6 6 JUBEL – Klingande 265000
16 15 10 7 MOVING ON – James 174900
17 8 8 4 ON MY MIND – Somethingalamode featuring DWNTWN 134500
18 24 18 3 HALF LIGHT – Wilkinson Featuring Tom Cane 53100
19 28 19 7 WILD WOMAN – Imelda May 96000
20 26 20 4 LET ME DOWN (TUBE & BERGER REMIX) – Daniel Steinberg 69050

21 10 10 3 I WANT U – Alison Wonderland 96750
22 19 19 4 COLD – Rae Morris featuring Fryars 64450
23 22 4 15 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 507900
24 12 6 7 MY SILVER LINING – First Aid Kit 217700
25 40 25 4 LET IT GO – Felix Cartal featuring Lily Elise 58750
26 31 26 3 PILLS ‘N’ POTIONS – Nicki Minaj 53600
27 17 14 4 I TRY TO TALK TO YOU – Hercules and Love Affair featuring John Grant 77200
28 43 28 2 BREAK OF DAWN – Out Of Office 43800
29 33 29 5 SALUTE – Little Mix 65450
30 32 8 9 KISS THE DEVIL – Bel Heir 211200

31 25 1 16 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly 1224900
32 23 7 16 KINGS – The Pierces 375200
33 37 33 3 NOW – Chicago 40200
34 16 16 4 THE LAST SLED – Tuomas Holopainen 87600
35 27 27 4 LIAR LIAR – Cris Cab 65000
36 36 36 4 EEZ-EH – Kasabian 50800
37 29 10 9 LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD – Michael Jackson featuring Justin Timberlake 218500
38 39 38 3 BUDAPEST – George Ezra 44300
39 NEW 39 1 ANOTHER STAR – Stevie Wonder 17100
40 NEW 40 1 SILVER LADY – David Soul 17000

41 35 35 7 YOU OR NO ONE – Chrissie Hynde 102800
42 11 11 3 YOUR SOUL – RHODES 87750
43 62 43 4 GOLDEN – Brett 32500
44 47 44 3 CHANDELIER – SIA 38250
45 45 45 4 WORLD OF DREAMS – Galavant featuring Mary Jane Smith 43400
46 63 46 2 BLOOD – Archis 19950
47 34 1 10 STAY HIGH – Tove Lo featuring Hippie Sabotage 518100
48 48 1 16 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 558050
49 50 49 12 IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo Starr 88300
50 RE 50 4 NICE AND SLOW – Boy George 28000

51 42 3 8 CALM AFTER THE STORM (NETHERLANDS) – The Common Linnets 327250
52 52 52 4 KID FROM LONDON – Ulla Nova 35600
53 55 53 3 SNAP OUT OF IT – The Arctic Monkeys 28650
54 56 54 2 I’M ALIVE (LIFE SOUNDS LIKE) – Michael Franti and Spearhead 21600
55 59 55 5 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 41200
56 30 30 4 SMOKE – Lisa Lois 57600
57 66 57 4 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 28600
58 57 1 45 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 990450
59 41 20 6 STAY WITH ME – Sam Smith 87100
60 64 60 2 CHANGE – Mapei 17100

61 70 61 3 SUMMER IN THE CITY – The Lovin’ Spoonful 19100
62 61 1 23 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 954600
63 69 63 2 FEELS GOOD – Healyum 13400
64 44 4 11 I WAS GONNA CANCEL – Kylie Minogue 376850
65 65 65 3 CLASSIC – MKTO 19000
66 46 26 11 ADDICTED TO YOU – Avicii 129050
67 NEW 67 1 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 6600
68 NEW 68 1 STOLEN DANCE – Milky Chance 6400
69 49 6 8 UNDO (SWEDEN) – Sanna Nielsen 225500
70 NEW 70 1 UPTIGHT DOWNTOWN – La Roux 6000

71 60 5 12 I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY – Billie Davis 251300
72 75 72 2 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 10600
73 73 73 2 WRONG CLUB – The Ting Tings 10800
74 NEW 74 1 LOVE IS A CAMERA – Sophie Ellis-Bextor 5200
75 NEW 75 1 PRETTY FLY (FOR A WHITE GUY) – The Offspring 5000

DROP OUTS
51 39 7 DIY – Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott 77100
53 9 10 OVER YOU – Ingrid Michaelson featuring A Great Big World 263100
54 54 3 STAY – Lewis Watson 31200
58 40 6 A SKY FULL OF STARS – Coldplay 72400
67 67 4 WEST COAST – Lana Del Ray 23000
68 5 12 EMMYLOU – First Aid Kit 262550
71 71 1 HEARTBREAK FREE – Ji Nilsson 5800
72 72 1 NOBLE ENGLAND – Rik Mayall 5600
74 74 1 HEART AND SOUL – Twin Atlantic 5200

 

22nd June 2014

Yes, a third easy week on top for the gorgeous Miami Horror track, play it every day, still not bored, there’s so much in it to love. Runner-up is Hang The DJ (hello Morrissey/Marr) and the Eels-styled Dark Dark Is The Night, a great record. Kylie gets a quick 3rd Top 5 in 3 months with her charity non-album single – the credits seem to suggest it’s Scissor Sisters helping out again. Breaking into the 10 at last, is Royksopp and Robyn, giving Robyn 16 years of Top 10 hits in my charts.

That’s nothing though, Chicago make my Top 40 with the smooth jazz sounds of Now, it’s their 8th Top 40 hit, but the first 7 were spread over 20 years (1990 being the last time they did it), so, not exactly prolific as far as my charts go, but they did have a number one in 1976 (If You Leave Me Now) and can claim 44 years of hits…! The Kooks have also had 7 chart hits, their biggest being She Moves In Her Own Way in 2006 at 13 – the current track is one mere place behind that (and it’s a better record) so fingers-crossed next week!

Tiesto first made my charts in 2004, but Naked, I mean Wasted, is the biggest by far for him at 18. I still say it’s basically a cover version though. Finally, popping in at the rear end of the chart is Rik Mayall’s footie song, a hit following his untimely death. Bit of a hero to me, but music-wise not really troubled my chart much, though his span of hits is now 28 years.
1 1 1 3 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror 510000
2 7 2 3 DARK DARK IN THE NIGHT – Hang The DJ 187000
3 3 1 4 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 455000
4 2 2 5 SING – Ed Sheeran 275000
5 24 5 3 CRYSTALLIZE – Kylie Minogue 97750
6 5 3 5 LET ME DOWN EASY – Paolo Nutini 288250
7 4 1 8 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 702400
8 9 8 3 ON MY MIND – Somethingalamode featuring DWNTWN 111500
9 19 9 7 DO IT AGAIN – Royksopp and Robyn 157600
10 12 10 2 I WANT U – Alison Wonderland 77000

11 11 11 2 YOUR SOUL – RHODES 74000
12 6 6 6 MY SILVER LINING – First Aid Kit 198700
13 8 6 5 JUBEL – Klingande 238000
14 27 14 2 AROUND TOWN – The Kooks 47400
15 10 10 6 MOVING ON – James 149900
16 16 16 3 THE LAST SLED – Tuomas Holopainen 70000
17 14 14 3 I TRY TO TALK TO YOU – Hercules and Love Affair featuring John Grant 58800
18 36 18 4 WASTED – Tiesto featuring Matthew Koma 74200
19 25 19 3 COLD – Rae Morris featuring Fryars 44950
20 33 20 3 LIVING WITHOUT YOU – Monarchy 55000

21 32 21 2 ALL THESE ROADS – Sultan and Ned Shepard featuring Zella Day and Sam Martin 37550
22 15 4 14 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 488650
23 13 7 15 KINGS – The Pierces 357400
24 49 24 2 HALF LIGHT – Wilkinson Featuring Tom Cane 31100
25 23 1 15 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly 1207000
26 37 26 3 LET ME DOWN (TUBE & BERGER REMIX) – Daniel Steinberg 49050
27 39 27 3 LIAR LIAR – Cris Cab 47500
28 28 28 6 WILD WOMAN – Imelda May 75000
29 18 10 8 LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD – Michael Jackson featuring Justin Timberlake 201200
30 30 30 3 SMOKE – Lisa Lois 47000

31 38 31 2 PILLS ‘N’ POTIONS – Nicki Minaj 35100
32 31 8 8 KISS THE DEVIL – Bel Heir 193200
33 42 33 4 SALUTE – Little Mix 47250
34 17 1 9 STAY HIGH – Tove Lo featuring Hippie Sabotage 505600
35 35 35 6 YOU OR NO ONE – Chrissie Hynde 88800
36 55 36 3 EEZ-EH – Kasabian 33400
37 74 37 2 NOW – Chicago 22500
38 65 38 4 GHOSTS – Ella Henderson 37400
39 60 39 2 BUDAPEST – George Ezra 27100
40 52 40 3 LET IT GO – Felix Cartal featuring Lily Elise 40000

41 20 20 5 STAY WITH ME – Sam Smith 77000
42 21 3 7 CALM AFTER THE STORM (NETHERLANDS) – The Common Linnets 315500
43 50 43 1 BREAK OF DAWN – Out Of Office 25500
44 22 4 10 I WAS GONNA CANCEL – Kylie Minogue 369750
45 57 45 3 WORLD OF DREAMS – Galavant featuring Mary Jane Smith 30400
46 26 26 10 ADDICTED TO YOU – Avicii 122250
47 47 47 2 CHANDELIER – SIA 25000
48 48 1 15 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 545750
49 29 6 7 UNDO (SWEDEN) – Sanna Nielsen 219300
50 62 50 11 IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo Starr 76200

51 41 39 7 DIY – Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott 77100
52 66 52 3 KID FROM LONDON – Ulla Nova 24100
53 34 9 10 OVER YOU – Ingrid Michaelson featuring A Great Big World 263100
54 59 54 3 STAY – Lewis Watson 31200
55 67 55 2 SNAP OUT OF IT – The Arctic Monkeys 17400
56 NEW 56 1 I’M ALIVE (LIFE SOUNDS LIKE) – Michael Franti and Spearhead 10600
57 56 1 44 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 980250
58 40 40 6 A SKY FULL OF STARS – Coldplay 72400
59 64 59 4 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 30400
60 58 5 11 I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY – Billie Davis 245500

61 61 1 22 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 947200
62 69 62 3 GOLDEN – Brett 19000
63 NEW 63 1 BLOOD – Archis 7200
64 NEW 64 1 CHANGE – Mapei 7100
65 RE 65 2 CLASSIC – MKTO 12000
66 68 66 3 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 18200
67 70 67 4 WEST COAST – Lana Del Ray 23000
68 46 5 12 EMMYLOU – First Aid Kit 262550
69 NEW 69 1 FEELS GOOD – Healyum 6200
70 72 70 2 SUMMER IN THE CITY – The Lovin’ Spoonful 11600

71 NEW 71 1 HEARTBREAK FREE – Ji Nilsson 5800
72 NEW 72 1 NOBLE ENGLAND – Rik Mayall 5600
73 NEW 73 1 WRONG CLUB – The Ting Tings 5400
74 NEW 74 1 HEART AND SOUL – Twin Atlantic 5200
75 NEW 75 1 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 5000

 

DROP OUTS
43 43 2 THERE GOES MY BABY – Enrique Iglesias featuring Flo Rida 26250
44 12 9 CLOSER – Thief 153000
45 18 7 SO BE IT – Lisa Stansfield 107650
51 16 7 NOT A BAD THING – Justin Timberlake 114550
53 30 9 SUMMER – Calvin Harris 111000
54 19 6 RAINMAKER – Emmelie De Forest 103100
63 55 3 ONE MINUTE MORE – Capital Cities 24800
71 71 1 SIGHTS – London Grammar 5800
73 73 1 TAKE A MINUTE – Sharon Corr 5400
75 75 1 HOME – Dolly Parton 5000

 

 

15th June 2014

Yet another big influx of new entries, many buzzjack song contest related. Australian Miami Horror hold easily at the top for a 2nd week by virtue of it being ab fab, I so hope Brian Wilson gets to hear it, it’s pure gorgeousness. This is bad news for Ed Sheeran who’s held off the top at 2, though it’s fairly obvious from previous Sheeran tracks and previous Pharrell Williams tracks who the bulk of the credit goes to. The only non-buzzjack track to go top 10 is James, adding to a fair few they racked up in the 90’s.

The Kooks are back with a great single after being AWL for some years, in at 27, while Fryars get a second Top 40 hit (with Rae Morris), and Nicki Minaj returns after a short break at 38. Others popping back after a break: SIA, Dolly Parton, Sharon Corr (first solo hit outside the string of Corrs hits) sounding a bit Carpenters, and Chicago, back after nearly 25 years away from my charts. Considering it’s nearly 45 years since they first charted, that’s worth mentioning, as is the fact that they sound exactly the same….
1 1 1 2 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror 290000
2 5 2 4 SING – Ed Sheeran 210000
3 2 1 3 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 370000
4 4 1 7 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 652400
5 3 3 4 LET ME DOWN EASY – Paolo Nutini 233250
6 6 6 5 MY SILVER LINING – First Aid Kit 163700
7 18 7 2 DARK DARK IN THE NIGHT – Hang The DJ 72000
8 8 6 4 JUBEL – Klingande 206000
9 26 9 2 ON MY MIND – Somethingalamode featuring DWNTWN 63500
10 14 10 5 MOVING ON – James 122900

11 NEW 11 1 YOUR SOUL – RHODES 37000
12 NEW 12 1 I WANT U – Alison Wonderland 35000
13 7 7 14 KINGS – The Pierces 338150
14 66 14 2 I TRY TO TALK TO YOU – Hercules and Love Affair featuring John Grant 35800
15 11 4 13 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 469150
16 20 16 2 THE LAST SLED – Tuomas Holopainen 45000
17 9 1 8 STAY HIGH – Tove Lo featuring Hippie Sabotage 488000
18 10 10 7 LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD – Michael Jackson featuring Justin Timberlake 183000
19 22 19 6 DO IT AGAIN – Royksopp and Robyn 112600
20 27 20 4 STAY WITH ME – Sam Smith 63000

21 13 3 6 CALM AFTER THE STORM (NETHERLANDS) – The Common Linnets 301750
22 12 4 9 I WAS GONNA CANCEL – Kylie Minogue 356500
23 15 1 14 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly 1188250
24 25 24 2 CRYSTALLISE – Kylie Minogue 37750
25 74 25 2 COLD – Rae Morris featuring Fryars 23950
26 32 26 9 ADDICTED TO YOU – Avicii 109500
27 NEW 27 1 AROUND TOWN – The Kooks 18400
28 29 28 5 WILD WOMAN – Imelda May 56700
29 16 6 6 UNDO (SWEDEN) – Sanna Nielsen 207200
30 54 30 2 SMOKE – Lisa Lois 29000

31 17 8 7 KISS THE DEVIL – Bel Heir 175400
32 NEW 32 1 ALL THESE ROADS – Sultan and Ned Shepard featuring Zella Day and Sam Martin 17800
33 37 33 2 LIVING WITHOUT YOU – Monarchy 35000
34 19 9 9 OVER YOU – Ingrid Michaelson featuring A Great Big World 251850
35 35 35 5 YOU OR NO ONE – Chrissie Hynde 71300
36 36 36 3 WASTED – Tiesto featuring Matthew Koma 52200
37 44 37 2 LET ME DOWN (TUBE & BERGER REMIX) – Daniel Steinberg 30550
38 NEW 38 1 PILLS ‘N’ POTIONS – Nicki Minaj 17200
39 50 39 2 LIAR LIAR – Cris Cab 29100
40 40 40 5 A SKY FULL OF STARS – Coldplay 62200

41 39 39 6 DIY – Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott 65350
42 57 42 3 SALUTE – Little Mix 29550
43 46 43 2 THERE GOES MY BABY – Enrique Iglesias featuring Flo Rida 26250
44 21 12 9 CLOSER – Thief 153000
45 23 18 7 SO BE IT – Lisa Stansfield 107650
46 34 5 11 EMMYLOU – First Aid Kit 256150
47 NEW 47 1 CHANDELIER – SIA 12500
48 47 1 14 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 533450
49 NEW 49 1 HALF LIGHT – Wilkinson Featuring Tom Cane 12100
50 NEW 50 1 BREAK OF DAWN – Out Of Office 12000

51 28 16 7 NOT A BAD THING – Justin Timberlake 114550
52 52 52 2 LET IT GO – Felix Cartal featuring Lily Elise 23000
53 30 30 9 SUMMER – Calvin Harris 111000
54 31 19 6 RAINMAKER – Emmelie De Forest 103100
55 RE 55 2 EEZ-EH – Kasabian 16000
56 62 1 43 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 969850
57 65 57 2 WORLD OF DREAMS – Galavant featuring Mary Jane Smith 17400
58 56 5 10 I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY – Billie Davis 235500
59 59 59 2 STAY – Lewis Watson 20200
60 NEW 60 1 BUDAPEST – George Ezra 10000

61 60 1 21 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 939700
62 63 62 10 IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo Starr 64200
63 55 55 3 ONE MINUTE MORE – Capital Cities 24800
64 67 64 3 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 20300
65 RE 65 3 GHOSTS – Ella Henderson 20200
66 71 66 2 KID FROM LONDON – Ulla Nova 12600
67 NEW 67 1 SNAP OUT OF IT – The Arctic Monkeys 6600
68 75 68 2 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 11400
69 73 69 2 GOLDEN – Brett 11600
70 RE 70 3 WEST COAST – Lana Del Ray 16400

71 NEW 71 1 SIGHTS – London Grammar 5800
72 NEW 72 1 SUMMER IN THE CITY – The Lovin’ Spoonful 5600
73 NEW 73 1 TAKE A MINUTE – Sharon Corr 5400
74 NEW 74 1 NOW – Chicago 5200
75 NEW 75 1 HOME – Dolly Parton 5000
DROP OUTS
24 24 6 THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE – Roberta Flack 101750
33 15 6 GOODBYE JUST GO – Belinda Carlisle 114950
38 20 6 CRAZY SOMETHING NORMAL – Donkeyboy 105000
41 5 10 ELLE – Shy’m 294450
42 20 6 MARILYN MONROE – Pharrell Williams 94000
43 16 8 NICOTINE – Panic! At The Disco 144500
45 30 6 I WANT TO DRAG YOU AROUND – Blondie 87100
48 9 6 DO YOU FEEL WHAT I FEEL – Rex The Dog featuring Jamie McDermott 165300
49 8 5 RISE LIKE A PHOENIX (AUSTRIA) – Conchita Wurst 142850
51 32 5 IT’S ON AGAIN – Alicia Keys featuring Kendrick Lamarr 74950
53 6 12 I GOT YOU – Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones 276950
58 58 5 WAVES – Mr Probz 34600
61 22 7 BIRTHDAY – Katy Perry 93000
64 18 7 NOBODY TO LOVE – Sigma 101800
68 1 19 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 752700
69 2 16 SAY SOMETHING – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera 654150
70 12 6 I’M ONLY JOKING – KONGOS 126000
72 72 3 NICE AND SLOW – Boy George 16000

 

8th June 2014

It’s been a long time since I went mad instantly mad on a new record, enough that it enters my chart at 1 – but it’s happened this week with Miami Horror. As the week went on (and after voting) I became more obsessed by it. It’s essentailly a cross between Empire Of The Sun and The Beach Boys, with a heavenly vocal melody and harmony that Brian Wilson would kill for. The structure of the song is fabulous, and the production of the record has so much packed into it, little nuances, a great bridge, an instrumental flourish, some 60’s references in the sounds, it’s like a pure piece of delicious summer joy wrapped up in a perfect little wrapper. Goooooorgeous!

19 new entries, most of them Buzzjack songs from both semis, shove a load of great records down the chart, including Time In A Bottle, a different piece of heaven in mood. Ed Sheeran gets his first top 5 with the great Sing, First Aid Kit get their 2nd Top 10 in a month with a fab country ballad, and the Pierces (now fully released) get a second go inside the top 10, also their second one of the year. Michael Jackson gets his 19th Top 10 of the 21st Century, but only 4 of them have made it for the first time, the last being 2010 with Akon.

James get their biggest hit since the remix of Sit Down, at 14, Kylie’s got her 4th top 40 of the year with a charity track, Chrissie Hynde gets her 2nd top 40 of the year, and 35 years of hits. Coldplay also get their second top 40 hit of 2014 – but only just, and they haven’t had many singles peak lower! Enrique’s back again, 15 years on, and even having Flo Rida on the record doesn’t stop it being a bit of fun. Mostly though, it’s a cast of new unknowns thanks to the Buzzjack Song Contest. Cheers everyone!
1 NEW 1 1 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror 145000
2 1 1 2 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 285000
3 3 3 3 LET ME DOWN EASY – Paolo Nutini 173250
4 2 1 6 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 587400
5 17 5 3 SING – Ed Sheeran 95000
6 31 6 4 MY SILVER LINING – First Aid Kit 108700
7 33 7 13 KINGS – The Pierces 306150
8 6 6 3 JUBEL – Klingande 158000
9 5 1 7 STAY HIGH – Tove Lo featuring Hippie Sabotage 465000
10 14 10 6 LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD – Michael Jackson featuring Justin Timberlake 161000

11 11 4 12 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 442150
12 4 4 8 I WAS GONNA CANCEL – Kylie Minogue 337000
13 7 3 5 CALM AFTER THE STORM (NETHERLANDS) – The Common Linnets 282000
14 37 14 4 MOVING ON – James 80900
15 9 1 13 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly 1169000
16 10 6 5 UNDO (SWEDEN) – Sanna Nielsen 189000
17 8 8 6 KISS THE DEVIL – Bel Heir 157500
18 NEW 18 1 DARK DARK IN THE NIGHT – Hang The DJ 22000
19 13 9 8 OVER YOU – Ingrid Michaelson featuring A Great Big World 234250
20 NEW 20 1 THE LAST SLED – Tuomas Holopainen 20000

21 12 12 8 CLOSER – Thief 139750
22 24 22 5 DO IT AGAIN – Royksopp and Robyn 91600
23 18 18 6 SO BE IT – Lisa Stansfield 94650
24 29 24 6 THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE – Roberta Flack 101750
25 NEW 25 1 CRYSTALLISE – Kylie Minogue 18750
26 NEW 26 1 ON MY MIND – Somethingalamode featuring DWNTWN 18500
27 38 27 3 STAY WITH ME – Sam Smith 43000
28 16 16 6 NOT A BAD THING – Justin Timberlake 102800
29 62 29 4 WILD WOMAN – Imelda May 38400
30 39 30 8 SUMMER – Calvin Harris 99750

31 19 19 5 RAINMAKER – Emmelie De Forest 92100
32 54 32 8 ADDICTED TO YOU – Avicii 91000
33 15 15 6 GOODBYE JUST GO – Belinda Carlisle 114950
34 22 5 10 EMMYLOU – First Aid Kit 243400
35 49 35 4 YOU OR NO ONE – Chrissie Hynde 53800
36 36 36 2 WASTED – Tiesto featuring Matthew Koma 34800
37 NEW 37 1 LIVING WITHOUT YOU – Monarchy 17300
38 28 20 6 CRAZY SOMETHING NORMAL – Donkeyboy 105000
39 53 39 5 DIY – Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott 51350
40 50 40 4 A SKY FULL OF STARS – Coldplay 45200

41 21 5 10 ELLE – Shy’m 294450
42 20 20 6 MARILYN MONROE – Pharrell Williams 94000
43 26 16 8 NICOTINE – Panic! At The Disco 144500
44 NEW 44 1 LET ME DOWN (TUBE & BERGER REMIX) – Daniel Steinberg 13250
45 30 30 6 I WANT TO DRAG YOU AROUND – Blondie 87100
46 NEW 46 1 THERE GOES MY BABY – Enrique Iglesias featuring Flo Rida 12750
47 47 1 13 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 521150
48 23 9 6 DO YOU FEEL WHAT I FEEL – Rex The Dog featuring Jamie McDermott 165300
49 25 8 5 RISE LIKE A PHOENIX (AUSTRIA) – Conchita Wurst 142850
50 NEW 50 1 LIAR LIAR – Cris Cab 12000

51 32 32 5 IT’S ON AGAIN – Alicia Keys featuring Kendrick Lamarr 74950
52 NEW 52 1 LET IT GO – Felix Cartal featuring Lily Elise 11500
53 35 6 12 I GOT YOU – Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones 276950
54 NEW 54 1 SMOKE – Lisa Lois 11000
55 66 55 2 ONE MINUTE MORE – Capital Cities 17600
56 45 5 9 I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY – Billie Davis 225200
57 73 57 2 SALUTE – Little Mix 15800
58 RE 58 5 WAVES – Mr Probz 34600
59 NEW 59 1 STAY – Lewis Watson 10100
60 58 1 20 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 932000

61 40 22 7 BIRTHDAY – Katy Perry 93000
62 61 1 42 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 959250
63 63 63 9 IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo Starr 56800
64 27 18 7 NOBODY TO LOVE – Sigma 101800
65 NEW 65 1 WORLD OF DREAMS – Galavant featuring Mary Jane Smith 7000
66 NEW 66 1 I TRY TO TALK TO YOU – Hercules and Love Affair featuring John Grant 6800
67 67 67 2 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 13200
68 56 1 19 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 752700
69 55 2 16 SAY SOMETHING – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera 654150
70 41 12 6 I’M ONLY JOKING – KONGOS 126000

71 NEW 71 1 KID FROM LONDON – Ulla Nova 5800
72 74 72 3 NICE AND SLOW – Boy George 16000
73 NEW 73 1 GOLDEN – Brett 5400
74 NEW 74 1 COLD – Rae Morris featuring Fryars 5200
75 NEW 75 1 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 5000

DROP OUTS
34 17 11 TAKE ME HOME – Cash Cash featuring Bebe Rexha 148300
42 3 14 SOLO DANCING – Indiana 336000
43 1 9 EMPIRE – Shakira 582300
44 44 4 DANCING IN THE RAIN (SPAIN) – Ruth Lorenzo 35650
46 46 6 THE HUNGRY YEARS – Engelbert Humperdinck and Neil Sedaka 55900
48 25 7 STUPID LITTLE THINGS – Anastacia 109850
51 38 8 SWORDS OF A THOUSAND MEN – TenpoleTudor 124750
52 40 6 ANDRENALINA – Wisin featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin 74700
57 1 18 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 1224950
59 59 3 HOLD ON – Colbie Caillat 23700
60 60 8 THE WHOLE OF THE MOON – The Waterboys 57900
64 64 2 TURN DOWN FOR WHAT – DJ Snake and Lil John 13500
65 65 1 PRAY FOR LOVE – Kwabs 7000
68 68 1 AUTOMATIC – Miranda Lambert 6400
69 59 3 EXTRAORDINARY – Clean Bandit featuring Sharna Bass 26400
70 70 1 POSTCARDS – James Blunt 6000
71 71 2 HOLDING ON TO HEAVEN – Foxes 10800
72 72 5 SIT DOWN – James 26600
75 75 1 CLASSIC – MKTO 5000

 

1st June 2014

It’s not Paloma. It’s Jim Croce and his classic Time In A Bottle, as featured in X Men: Days Of Future Past, the scene where Quicksilver runs round the walls of the prison room, shifting bullets, moving arms, cool as cucumber, everything in slow-motion. The song fitted beautifully. Poor old singer-songwriter Jim died in a plane crash in 1973 just as his career was taking off. He made my charts a few times, and the US charts especially, though never made it in the UK, appallingly. Time In A Bottle gave him a posthumous American number one in 1974 and it peaked at 15 in my charts. So, 40 years on it finally gets to the top, where it should have gone first time round, thanks to the fabulous X Men.

Paulo Nutini shoots into the Top 3 for the second time (Candy was the last one) with his terrific Marvin Gaye-ish new single, while Ed Sheeran gets his biggest hit shooting up to 17, on the very Justin Timberlake-sounding Sing (the intro is pure Like I Love You which peaked at 2). Justin’s not fussed though he has 2 tracks higher than that this week! The other oldie from X Men (Roberta Flack) pops back in for a 4th chart run. Highest new track is Tiesto. I say new, it sounds a lot like a 2008 track from Ida Maria I Like You Much Better When You’re Naked. Maybe it’s just me….

 

1 NEW 1 1 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 170000
2 2 1 5 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 522400
3 44 3 2 LET ME DOWN EASY – Paulo Nutini 88250
4 4 4 7 I WAS GONNA CANCEL – Kylie Minogue 302000
5 1 1 6 STAY HIGH – Tove Lo featuring Hippie Sabotage 420000
6 6 6 2 JUBEL – Klingande 110000
7 7 3 4 CALM AFTER THE STORM (NETHERLANDS) – The Common Linnets 250000
8 14 8 5 KISS THE DEVIL – Bel Heir 134500
9 3 1 12 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly 1142000
10 10 6 4 UNDO (SWEDEN) – Sanna Nielsen 164000

11 8 4 11 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 405150
12 33 12 7 CLOSER – Thief 120000
13 9 9 7 OVER YOU – Ingrid Michaelson featuring A Great Big World 213250
14 15 14 5 LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD – Michael Jackson featuring Justin Timberlake 119000
15 21 15 5 GOODBYE JUST GO – Belinda Carlisle 97250
16 19 16 5 NOT A BAD THING – Justin Timberlake 84500
17 50 17 2 SING – Ed Sheeran 35000
18 22 18 5 SO BE IT – Lisa Stansfield 75400
19 29 19 4 RAINMAKER – Emmelie De Forest 74200
20 23 20 5 MARILYN MONROE – Pharrell Williams 80250

21 5 5 9 ELLE – Shy’m 280450
22 11 5 9 EMMYLOU – First Aid Kit 225900
23 12 9 5 DO YOU FEEL WHAT I FEEL – Rex The Dog featuring Jamie McDermott 153000
24 30 24 4 DO IT AGAIN – Royksopp and Robyn 72100
25 13 8 4 RISE LIKE A PHOENIX (AUSTRIA) – Conchita Wurst 130750
26 16 16 7 NICOTINE – Panic! At The Disco 131000
27 18 18 6 NOBODY TO LOVE – Sigma 94700
28 20 20 5 CRAZY SOMETHING NORMAL – Donkeyboy 87800
29 RE 29 5 THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE – Roberta Flack 82750
30 39 30 5 I WANT TO DRAG YOU AROUND – Blondie 74100

31 31 31 3 MY SILVER LINING – First Aid Kit 53700
32 34 32 4 IT’S ON AGAIN – Alicia Keys featuring Kendrick Lamarr 63200
33 36 10 12 KINGS – The Pierces 256150
34 17 17 11 TAKE ME HOME – Cash Cash featuring Bebe Rexha 148300
35 32 6 11 I GOT YOU – Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones 265700
36 NEW 36 1 WASTED – Tiesto featuring Matthew Koma 17400
37 37 37 3 MOVING ON – James 51900
38 62 38 2 STAY WITH ME – Sam Smith 24600
39 70 39 7 SUMMER – Calvin Harris 81750
40 26 22 6 BIRTHDAY – Katy Perry 85500

41 24 12 5 I’M ONLY JOKING – KONGOS 120000
42 25 3 14 SOLO DANCING – Indiana 336000
43 27 1 9 EMPIRE – Shakira 582300
44 55 44 4 DANCING IN THE RAIN (SPAIN) – Ruth Lorenzo 35650
45 41 5 8 I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY – Billie Davis 214600
46 53 46 6 THE HUNGRY YEARS – Engelbert Humperdinck and Neil Sedaka 55900
47 45 1 12 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 508650
48 28 25 7 STUPID LITTLE THINGS – Anastacia 109850
49 49 49 3 YOU OR NO ONE – Chrissie Hynde 36300
50 58 50 3 A SKY FULL OF STARS – Coldplay 28200

51 38 38 8 SWORDS OF A THOUSAND MEN – TenpoleTudor 124750
52 40 40 6 ANDRENALINA – Wisin featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin 74700
53 54 53 4 DIY – Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott 34250
54 35 35 7 ADDICTED TO YOU – Avicii 73200
55 51 2 15 SAY SOMETHING – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera 647950
56 46 1 18 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 746300
57 42 1 18 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 1224950
58 56 1 19 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 922000
59 RE 59 3 HOLD ON – Colbie Caillat 23700
60 60 60 8 THE WHOLE OF THE MOON – The Waterboys 57900

61 61 1 41 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 951850
62 66 62 3 WILD WOMAN – Imelda May 20200
63 63 63 8 IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo Starr 49600
64 68 64 2 TURN DOWN FOR WHAT – DJ Snake and Lil John 13500
65 NEW 65 1 PRAY FOR LOVE – Kwabs 7000
66 NEW 66 1 ONE MINUTE MORE – Capital Cities 6800
67 NEW 67 1 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 6600
68 NEW 68 1 AUTOMATIC – Miranda Lambert 6400
69 59 59 3 EXTRAORDINARY – Clean Bandit featuring Sharna Bass 26400
70 NEW 70 1 POSTCARDS – James Blunt 6000

71 75 71 2 HOLDING ON TO HEAVEN – Foxes 10800
72 72 72 5 SIT DOWN – James 26600
73 NEW 73 1 SALUTE – Little Mix 5400
74 74 74 2 NICE AND SLOW – Boy George 10400
75 NEW 75 1 CLASSIC – MKTO 5000

DROP OUTS
43 23 6 DANCE (WHILE THE MUSIC STILL GOES ON) – Abba 108550
47 9 9 DARK SUNGLASSES – Chrissie Hynde 205300
48 48 3 RISE UP (GREECE) – Freaky Fortune featuring Riskykidd 33400
52 4 9 FALLINLOVE2NITE – Prince with Zooey Deschanel 283450
57 57 2 WE SINK – Chvrches 20800
64 1 18 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 794700
65 65 4 WAVES – Mr Probz 24400
67 67 1 TOUCH – Shift K3y 6600
69 69 1 WILD WILD LOVE – Pitbull featuring GRL 6200
71 71 2 STILL – Katy B 11600
73 73 1 LOYAL – Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga 5400

 

25th May 2014

…and Tove pip Dove (aka Paloma) but it was close in a 3-way fight with Molly still strong. Tove-Lo is just so insistent it forces it’s way in. 2 returns to the top 10, Shy’m still sounds great and bounces back, and Klingande is highest new entry at 6 (well, actually a top 10 re-entry but that was last year and this is a new chart run) now that it’s finally at long last out in the UK. It’s only been about 63 years waiting.

There’s much chart-shuffling going on as so many of them still sound good to me, leaving not much room for new stuff, though the Pierces album taster which peaked at 10 a couple of months ago is now a single and rebounds back in. Wisin goes Top 40, a banging Spanish dance track with J-Lo and Ricky Martin, I’m hoping (no doubt in vain) that it crosses over. It certainly won’t get picked up by the BBC, not in a million years, they never pick up Spanish-language tracks. While I’m BBC moaning, what’s with the Chart Show removal yet again for the rubbish One Big Weekend. I haven’t heard so much breathless undeserving toadying sycophantic hyperbole for minor performers, well, not since the last One Big Weekend. Slaps all round, especially for the ongoing constant apologies and warning for all the bullshit’s and assorted other swearwords bandied around liberally by Rita Ora and various other kiddie pop acts. Shut up apologising. If you don’t want kids to hear swearwords don’t broadcast it, the singers who should be grateful for the opportunity to self-promote will soon stop doing it if they think they won’t get out on the radio. It’s nothing new, Madonna did it 20 years ago, and she used the F word several dozen times loudly and clearly in between songs, not during.

As you may tell, I’m annoyed at the Chart Show being dropped.
1 3 1 5 STAY HIGH – Tove Lo featuring Hippie Sabotage 360000
2 1 1 4 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 407400
3 2 1 11 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly 1097000
4 7 4 6 I WAS GONNA CANCEL – Kylie Minogue 237000
5 24 5 8 ELLE – Shy’m 260700
6 NEW 6 1 JUBEL – Klingande 55000
7 4 3 3 CALM AFTER THE STORM (NETHERLANDS) – The Common Linnets 200000
8 5 4 10 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 368150
9 10 9 6 OVER YOU – Ingrid Michaelson featuring A Great Big World 181250
10 6 6 3 UNDO (SWEDEN) – Sanna Nielsen 122000

11 11 5 8 EMMYLOU – First Aid Kit 206400
12 9 9 4 DO YOU FEEL WHAT I FEEL – Rex The Dog featuring Jamie McDermott 133750
13 8 8 3 RISE LIKE A PHOENIX (AUSTRIA) – Conchita Wurst 112000
14 15 14 4 KISS THE DEVIL – Bel Heir 86500
15 17 15 4 LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD – Michael Jackson featuring Justin Timberlake 90000
16 16 16 6 NICOTINE – Panic! At The Disco 112500
17 19 17 10 TAKE ME HOME – Cash Cash featuring Bebe Rexha 130700
18 29 18 5 NOBODY TO LOVE – Sigma 80300
19 25 19 4 NOT A BAD THING – Justin Timberlake 59500
20 20 20 4 CRAZY SOMETHING NORMAL – Donkeyboy 69500

21 18 18 4 GOODBYE JUST GO – Belinda Carlisle 70250
22 39 22 4 SO BE IT – Lisa Stansfield 53400
23 26 23 4 MARILYN MONROE – Pharrell Williams 60250
24 12 12 4 I’M ONLY JOKING – KONGOS 106000
25 13 3 13 SOLO DANCING – Indiana 322250
26 22 22 5 BIRTHDAY – Katy Perry 68500
27 14 1 8 EMPIRE – Shakira 568800
28 27 25 6 STUPID LITTLE THINGS – Anastacia 97550
29 33 29 3 RAINMAKER – Emmelie De Forest 53200
30 30 30 3 DO IT AGAIN – Royksopp and Robyn 53100

31 31 31 2 MY SILVER LINING – First Aid Kit 35800
32 21 6 10 I GOT YOU – Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones 248200
33 28 28 6 CLOSER – Thief 85000
34 36 34 3 IT’S ON AGAIN – Alicia Keys featuring Kendrick Lamarr 45400
35 35 35 6 ADDICTED TO YOU – Avicii 62200
36 RE 10 11 KINGS – The Pierces 238450
37 37 37 2 MOVING ON – James 34600
38 38 38 7 SWORDS OF A THOUSAND MEN – TenpoleTudor 113000
39 40 39 4 I WANT TO DRAG YOU AROUND – Blondie 56100
40 47 40 5 ANDRENALINA – Wisin featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin 63200

41 34 5 7 I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY – Billie Davis 201600
42 32 1 17 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 1214550
43 23 23 6 DANCE (WHILE THE MUSIC STILL GOES ON) – Abba 108550
44 NEW 44 1 LET ME DOWN EASY – Paolo Nutini 13250
45 43 1 11 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 496150
46 42 1 17 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 735700
47 41 9 9 DARK SUNGLASSES – Chrissie Hynde 205300
48 54 48 3 RISE UP (GREECE) – Freaky Fortune featuring Riskykidd 33400
49 49 49 2 YOU OR NO ONE – Chrissie Hynde 24200
50 NEW 50 1 SING – Ed Sheeran 12000

51 44 2 14 SAY SOMETHING – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera 637150
52 45 4 9 FALLINLOVE2NITE – Prince with Zooey Deschanel 283450
53 55 53 5 THE HUNGRY YEARS – Engelbert Humperdinck and Neil Sedaka 43150
54 68 54 3 DIY – Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott 23000
55 69 55 3 DANCING IN THE RAIN (SPAIN) – Ruth Lorenzo 22400
56 56 1 18 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 911800
57 57 57 2 WE SINK – Chvrches 20800
58 RE 58 2 A SKY FULL OF STARS – Coldplay 16200
59 59 59 2 EXTRAORDINARY – Clean Bandit featuring Sharna Bass 20200
60 64 60 7 THE WHOLE OF THE MOON – The Waterboys 47900

61 60 1 40 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 944350
62 NEW 62 1 STAY WITH ME – Sam Smith 7400
63 66 63 7 IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo Starr 42400
64 63 1 18 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 794700
65 65 65 4 WAVES – Mr Probz 24400
66 70 66 2 WILD WOMAN – Imelda May 12800
67 NEW 67 1 TOUCH – Shift K3y 6600
68 NEW 68 1 TURN DOWN FOR WHAT – DJ Jon featuring …. 6400
69 NEW 69 1 WILD WILD LOVE – Pitbull featuring GRL 6200
70 46 44 6 SUMMER – Calvin Harris 64650

71 71 71 2 STILL – Katy B 11600
72 73 72 4 SIT DOWN – James 21000
73 NEW 73 1 LOYAL – Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga 5400
74 NEW 74 1 NICE AND SLOW – Boy George 5200
75 NEW 75 1 HOLDING ON TO HEAVEN – Foxes 5000
DROP OUTS
48 5 10 KISS ME ONCE – Kylie Minogue 321400
50 12 6 ORDINARY LOVE – U2 121050
51 29 9 SHE USED TO LOVE ME A LOT – Johnny Cash 119300
52 5 8 WAITING FOR YOU – Kris Menace featuring Black Hills 258950
53 34 8 WIZARD – Martin Garrix and Jay Hardway 110050
58 58 2 THE MAN – Aloe Blacc 16200
61 61 2 RUNNING (HUNGARY) – Andras Kallay-Saunders 14700
62 62 2 MIRACLE (ROMANIA) – Paula Seling and OVI 13000
67 67 2 GHOSTS – Ella Henderson 13200
72 72 1 LOVERS ON THE RUN – Echo & The Bunnymen 5600
74 74 1 EEZ-EH – Kasabian 5200
75 75 1 WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE – Neon Jungle 5000

 

18th May 2014

It’s Paloma, her 2nd Number One exactly 5 years since bumped off Agnes’ Release Me from my top spot with New York. Molly is at 2, heading 4 Eurovision Top 10’s, one of the highest ever Top 10 influxes. In the UK chart, all four have made it Top 40, the biggest Eurovision total since 1974. Hooray! To be honest the entire Top 5 could easily be my number one this week, loving them all, and the UK chart is sounding better than it has in ages.

First Aid Kit get the highest new entry as their old track leaves the Top 10 (unfairly, it still sounds great), My Silver Lining has been picked up by Radio 2 (yay!). Belinda Carlisle gets her 3rd Top 20 of the last year or so, it’s a great ballad that builds nicely. If Adele was singing it instead it would be huge everywhere. Pharrell’s back in the 40, with Marilyn Monroe. That’s a duet I never thought I’d see. Kidding! Justin is also in the top 40, giving him 2, and 90’s stalwarts James are back, new track at 37 Moving On joining Sit Down in my charts. Not to be left out, Chrissie Hynde has 2, Kylie 3, A Great Big World 2, and that’s the end of the chart results.

 

1 2 1 3 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 292400
2 1 1 10 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly 1012000
3 6 3 4 STAY HIGH – Tove Lo featuring Hippie Sabotage 190000
4 3 3 2 CALM AFTER THE STORM (NETHERLANDS) – The Common Linnets 150000
5 4 4 9 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 320150
6 16 6 2 UNDO (SWEDEN) – Sanna Nielsen 80000
7 7 7 5 I WAS GONNA CANCEL – Kylie Minogue 172000
8 13 8 2 RISE LIKE A PHOENIX (AUSTRIA) – Conchita Wurst 80000
9 12 9 3 DO YOU FEEL WHAT I FEEL – Rex The Dog featuring Jamie McDermott 98750
10 10 10 5 OVER YOU – Ingrid Michaelson featuring A Great Big World 136250

11 5 5 7 EMMYLOU – First Aid Kit 169400
12 14 12 3 I’M ONLY JOKING – KONGOS 87000
13 9 3 12 SOLO DANCING – Indiana 303500
14 8 1 7 EMPIRE – Shakira 550400
15 27 15 3 KISS THE DEVIL – Bel Heir 57500
16 22 16 5 NICOTINE – Panic! At The Disco 87500
17 20 17 3 LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD – Michael Jackson featuring Justin Timberlake 63000
18 35 18 3 GOODBYE JUST GO – Belinda Carlisle 50500
19 33 19 9 TAKE ME HOME – Cash Cash featuring Bebe Rexha 107700
20 30 20 3 CRAZY SOMETHING NORMAL – Donkeyboy 49500

21 18 6 9 I GOT YOU – Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones 230400
22 40 22 4 BIRTHDAY – Katy Perry 50000
23 23 23 5 DANCE (WHILE THE MUSIC STILL GOES ON) – Abba 95050
24 11 8 7 ELLE – Shy’m 200700
25 46 25 3 NOT A BAD THING – Justin Timberlake 38500
26 49 26 3 MARILYN MONROE – Pharrell Williams 41000
27 25 25 5 STUPID LITTLE THINGS – Anastacia 79250
28 32 28 5 CLOSER – Thief 67300
29 45 29 4 NOBODY TO LOVE – Sigma 58300
30 39 30 2 DO IT AGAIN – Royksopp and Robyn 35100

31 NEW 31 1 MY SILVER LINING – First Aid Kit 17900
32 17 1 16 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 1200800
33 36 33 2 RAINMAKER – Emmelie De Forest 35000
34 15 5 6 I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY – Billie Davis 187600
35 55 35 5 ADDICTED TO YOU – Avicii 44700
36 57 36 2 IT’S ON AGAIN – Alicia Keys featuring Kendrick Lamarr 27800
37 NEW 37 1 MOVING ON – James 17300
38 38 38 6 SWORDS OF A THOUSAND MEN – TenpoleTudor 95800
39 56 39 3 SO BE IT – Lisa Stansfield 33900
40 50 40 3 I WANT TO DRAG YOU AROUND – Blondie 39000

41 19 9 8 DARK SUNGLASSES – Chrissie Hynde 192800
42 26 1 16 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 722950
43 41 1 10 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 483150
44 31 2 13 SAY SOMETHING – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera 625400
45 21 4 8 FALLINLOVE2NITE – Prince with Zooey Deschanel 271950
46 48 46 5 SUMMER – Calvin Harris 58650
47 47 47 4 ANDRENALINA – Wisin featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin 46200
48 24 5 10 KISS ME ONCE – Kylie Minogue 321400
49 NEW 49 1 YOU OR NO ONE – Chrissie Hynde 12100
50 28 12 6 ORDINARY LOVE – U2 121050

51 29 29 9 SHE USED TO LOVE ME A LOT – Johnny Cash 119300
52 42 5 8 WAITING FOR YOU – Kris Menace featuring Black Hills 258950
53 37 34 8 WIZARD – Martin Garrix and Jay Hardway 110050
54 59 54 2 RISE UP (GREECE) – Freaky Fortune featuring Riskykidd 21100
55 64 55 4 THE HUNGRY YEARS – Engelbert Humperdinck and Neil Sedaka 31900
56 54 1 17 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 901200
57 NEW 57 1 WE SINK – Chvrches 10400
58 70 58 2 THE MAN – Aloe Blacc 16200
59 NEW 59 1 EXTRAORDINARY – Clean Bandit featuring Sharna Bass 10100
60 60 1 39 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 936850

61 63 61 2 RUNNING (HUNGARY) – Andras Kallay-Saunders 14700
62 72 62 2 MIRACLE (ROMANIA) – Paula Seling and OVI 13000
63 58 1 17 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 787600
64 66 64 6 THE WHOLE OF THE MOON – The Waterboys 37900
65 74 65 3 WAVES – Mr Probz 17400
66 68 66 6 IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo Starr 35200
67 67 67 2 GHOSTS – Ella Henderson 13200
68 RE 68 2 DIY – Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott 12000
69 73 69 2 DANCING IN THE RAIN (SPAIN) – Ruth Lorenzo 11600
70 NEW 70 1 WILD WOMAN – Imelda May 6000

71 NEW 71 1 STILL – Katy B 5800
72 NEW 72 1 LOVERS ON THE RUN – Echo & The Bunnymen 5600
73 75 73 3 SIT DOWN – James 15400
74 NEW 74 1 EEZ-EH – Kasabian 5200
75 NEW 75 1 WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE – Neon Jungle 5000

DROP OUTS
34 19 4 COME WITH ME NOW – KONGOS 77200
43 20 6 SCARRED FOR LIFE – Sabina Ddumba 95800
44 7 13 BELIEVE IN ME – The Pierces 295250
51 7 12 CHANGES – Faul and Wad Ad versus Pnau 265000
52 28 3 IF IT TAKES FOREVER – Connie Francis 47700
53 36 4 FANCY – Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX 56150
61 4 13 SOS IN BEL AIR – Phoenix 442500
62 1 13 UE O MUITE ARUKO (SUKIYAKI) – Kyu Sakamoto 575700
65 65 1 WHO YOU ARE – Natural Animal 7000
69 69 1 HEAD OVER HEELS – Nause 6200
71 71 1 ROUND AND ROUND (SLOVENIA) – Tinkara Kovac 5800

 

11th May 2014

Yes it’s Eurovision, and it was the battle of the big ballads this year. Sadly, Molly only came 17th though I’m going to be seeing what the final televote result would have been (for instance the UK televote – with a large Polish community – gave the 12 points to Poland, but they got none whatsoever because a handful of “experts” didn’t like it. Neither did i but that’s not the point!).

Anyway it’s still a great song and has a 3rd week atop my list, joined by the gorgeous Netherlands country ballad, an instant fave the minute I heard it. I have suspicions the almost-as-good Conchita (in at 13) may have been overhauled in the popular vote by them, judging by the itunes sales. With First Aid Kit going up to 5, that’s 2 country tunes in the Top 5, but the big news is a massive climb for Paloma Faith 62 to 2, chasing her second number one (New York the first).

Kylie replaces herself in the top 10, Tove Lo enter the 10 along with Ingrid Michaelson – if it wasn’t for the joint male vocalists on 2 tracks it would be a female whitewash! Other Eurovision, the 4th great ballad this year, from Sweden (Sanna Nielsen) also goes Top 20, Rex The Dog sniffs at the heels of the Top 10, Emmelie de Forest follows up her 2013 win, and Royksopp and Robyn go top 40 – 15 years of hits for Robyn now!

1 1 1 9 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly 912000
2 62 2 2 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 122400
3 NEW 3 1 CALM AFTER THE STORM (NETHERLANDS) – The Common Linnets 85000
4 4 4 8 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 260150
5 10 5 6 EMMYLOU – First Aid Kit 132400
6 16 6 3 STAY HIGH – Tove Lo featuring Hippie Sabotage 105000
7 11 7 4 I WAS GONNA CANCEL – Kylie Minogue 122000
8 2 1 6 EMPIRE – Shakira 521400
9 3 3 11 SOLO DANCING – Indiana 271500
10 14 10 4 OVER YOU – Ingrid Michaelson featuring A Great Big World 94250

11 8 8 6 ELLE – Shy’m 181700
12 25 12 2 DO YOU FEEL WHAT I FEEL – Rex The Dog featuring Jamie McDermott 53750
13 NEW 13 1 RISE LIKE A PHOENIX (AUSTRIA) – Conchita Wurst 32000
14 17 14 2 I’M ONLY JOKING – KONGOS 52000
15 5 5 5 I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY – Billie Davis 170000
16 NEW 16 1 UNDO (SWEDEN) – Sanna Nielsen 25000
17 6 1 15 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 1183000
18 15 6 8 I GOT YOU – Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones 210650
19 9 9 7 DARK SUNGLASSES – Chrissie Hynde 178800
20 20 20 2 LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD – Michael Jackson featuring Justin Timberlake 40000

21 7 4 7 FALLINLOVE2NITE – Prince with Zooey Deschanel 258950
22 24 22 4 NICOTINE – Panic! At The Disco 62500
23 23 23 4 DANCE (WHILE THE MUSIC STILL GOES ON) – Abba 75800
24 13 5 9 KISS ME ONCE – Kylie Minogue 309100
25 32 25 4 STUPID LITTLE THINGS – Anastacia 60850
26 18 1 15 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 709200
27 49 27 2 KISS THE DEVIL – Bel Heir 30500
28 12 12 5 ORDINARY LOVE – U2 109050
29 29 29 8 SHE USED TO LOVE ME A LOT – Johnny Cash 107550
30 52 30 2 CRAZY SOMETHING NORMAL – Donkeyboy 29500

31 21 2 12 SAY SOMETHING – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera 612150
32 RE 32 4 CLOSER – Thief 49000
33 35 33 8 TAKE ME HOME – Cash Cash featuring Bebe Rexha 86700
34 19 19 4 COME WITH ME NOW – KONGOS 77200
35 54 35 2 GOODBYE JUST GO – Belinda Carlisle 28500
36 NEW 36 1 RAINMAKER – Emmelie De Forest 17300
37 34 34 7 WIZARD – Martin Garrix and Jay Hardway 98800
38 38 38 5 SWORDS OF A THOUSAND MEN – TenpoleTudor 78600
39 NEW 39 1 DO IT AGAIN – Royksopp and Robyn 17100
40 64 40 3 BIRTHDAY – Katy Perry 30500

41 31 1 9 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 469650
42 27 5 7 WAITING FOR YOU – Kris Menace featuring Black Hills 247450
43 26 20 6 SCARRED FOR LIFE – Sabina Ddumba 95800
44 22 7 13 BELIEVE IN ME – The Pierces 295250
45 40 40 3 NOBODY TO LOVE – Sigma 40100
46 65 46 2 NOT A BAD THING – Justin Timberlake 19750
47 56 47 3 ANDRENALINA – Wisin featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin 33700
48 50 48 4 SUMMER – Calvin Harris 45900
49 57 49 2 MARILYN MONROE – Pharrell Williams 22500
50 60 50 2 I WANT TO DRAG YOU AROUND – Blondie 22000

51 30 7 12 CHANGES – Faul and Wad Ad versus Pnau 265000
52 28 28 3 IF IT TAKES FOREVER – Connie Francis 47700
53 36 36 4 FANCY – Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX 56150
54 48 1 16 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 890600
55 71 55 3 ADDICTED TO YOU – Avicii 21600
56 69 56 2 SO BE IT – Lisa Stansfield 16800
57 NEW 57 1 IT’S ON AGAIN – Alicia Keys featuring Kendrick Lamarr 10400
58 47 1 16 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 780400
59 NEW 59 1 RISE UP (GREECE) – Freaky Fortune featuring Riskykidd 10100
60 59 1 38 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 926850

61 42 4 13 SOS IN BEL AIR – Phoenix 442500
62 46 1 13 UE O MUITE ARUKO (SUKIYAKI) – Kyu Sakamoto 575700
63 NEW 63 1 RUNNING (HUNGARY) – Andras Kallay-Saunders 7200
64 RE 64 3 THE HUNGRY YEARS – Engelbert Humperdinck and Neil Sedaka 21100
65 NEW 65 1 WHO YOU ARE – Natural Animal 7000
66 66 66 5 THE WHOLE OF THE MOON – The Waterboys 30800
67 NEW 67 1 GHOSTS – Ella Henderson 6600
68 68 68 5 IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo Starr 28400
69 NEW 69 1 HEAD OVER HEELS – Nause 6200
70 NEW 70 1 THE MAN – Aloe Blacc 6000

71 NEW 71 1 ROUND AND ROUND (SLOVENIA) – Tinkara Kovac 5800
72 NEW 72 1 MIRACLE (ROMANIA) – Paula Seling and OVI 5600
73 NEW 73 1 DANCING IN THE RAIN (SPAIN) – Ruth Lorenzo 5400
74 74 74 2 WAVES – Mr Probz 10400
75 75 75 2 SIT DOWN – James 10000
DROP OUTS
33 17 6 IF I COULD CHANGE YOUR MIND – HAIM 118950
37 9 7 COMING HOME – The Kaiser Chiefs 183300
39 39 6 SAMBA DO MUNDO – Fatboy Slim Presents Gregor Salto featuring Saxsymbol & Todorov 72400
41 32 5 THIS IS THE LIFE – Sweet California 69000
43 8 7 GO BACK – Crabby Appleton 180000
44 8 7 NASTY – Pixie Lott 173550
45 17 9 MAGIC – Coldplay 179300
51 4 10 IN YOUR BED – Ariana & The Rose 296650
53 14 5 YOUR LOVE – Frankie Knuckles 96250
55 55 4 CA PLANE POUR MOI – Plastic Bertrand 34100
58 58 2 SCREAM (FUNK MY LIFE UP) – Paolo Nutini 16800
61 27 6 SINCE I SAW YOU LAST – Gary Barlow 76200
63 63 6 FORTUNATE SON – Creedence Clearwater Revival 37200
67 67 3 OUR TIME – Lily Allen 17400
70 70 1 A SKY FULL OF STARS – Coldplay 6000
72 72 1 DIY – Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott 5600
73 73 1 INSIDE MY HEAD – Riton 5400

 

4th May 2014

Molly presides over an all-female Top 10 (plus Prince as part of his male-female duet), and she goes into Eurovision week in a strong position in my chart, if not the UK singles chart. It’s inexplicably absent, given it’s far and away the best ever UK entry, and among the best-ever Eurovision entries of all countries. Hey ho…

The chart is pretty active this week, Nottingham girl Indiana shoots up to 3 from 30 (coming from nearby Mansfield I have to support this fabulous Gossip-sounding track). Kiesza goes dance top 5, as does 60’s Duffy template Billie Davis, which sounds remarkably fresh, considering it’s 50-years old and I’d never heard it before this year. Mercy! Rocketing from 60 to 10 a lovely recent country song about country singers, from a young female duo First Aid Kit, happening in the Scandi-block with their new track (yet to chart here).

Kylie gets 3 Top 20 hits as I Was Gonna Cancel leaps to 11, and South African four rockstar sons of 70’s rockstar John Kongos borrow their dad’s tribal rhythms and smash America with the hit single at 19 holding, but leapfrogged by the only UK track of theirs available to buy in at 17 – happily it’s also great. Bloody UK record labels, so piss me off. There’s no wonder people download illegally when you can’t buy the tracks you want.

MIchael Jackson is back, assisted by Justin Timberlake, on a tinkered unreleased classic-period Jacko track, and it’s rather good, in at 20. Justin, who benefitted from Jacko’s idiot team turning down Pharrell Williams songs (they ended up forming the bulk of Justified, that very Michael Jackson album), also enters at 65 with his new solo single. In at 25, it’s Rex The Dog, fab dance track, a bit Moroder, a bit Communards, a bit Anthony & The Johnsons, a bit avante-garde, a bit catchy fun.

Anastacia makes the Top 40 for the first time in 9 years – has it been that long!?! – while Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott bring the Beautiful South (more or less) into the charts for the first time in 8 years. Yike!

Fingers crossed for that important song competition final this coming week. And Eurovision too.

1 2 1 8 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly 742000
2 1 1 5 EMPIRE – Shakira 473400
3 30 3 10 SOLO DANCING – Indiana 226500
4 7 4 7 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 195150
5 10 5 4 I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY – Billie Davis 143000
6 3 1 14 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 1160000
7 4 4 6 FALLINLOVE2NITE – Prince with Zooey Deschanel 239200
8 8 8 5 ELLE – Shy’m 144700
9 9 9 6 DARK SUNGLASSES – Chrissie Hynde 157800
10 60 10 5 EMMYLOU – First Aid Kit 72400

11 33 11 3 I WAS GONNA CANCEL – Kylie Minogue 72000
12 22 12 4 ORDINARY LOVE – U2 90750
13 5 5 8 KISS ME ONCE – Kylie Minogue 290100
14 50 14 3 OVER YOU – Ingrid Michaelson featuring A Great Big World 52250
15 6 6 7 I GOT YOU – Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones 188650
16 16 16 2 STAY HIGH – Tove Lo featuring Hippie Sabotage 50000
17 NEW 17 1 I’M ONLY JOKING – KONGOS 23000
18 14 1 14 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 690700
19 19 19 3 COME WITH ME NOW – KONGOS 59600
20 NEW 20 1 LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD – Michael Jackson featuring Justin Timberlake 20000

21 11 2 11 SAY SOMETHING – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera 594250
22 12 7 12 BELIEVE IN ME – The Pierces 282000
23 24 23 3 DANCE (WHILE THE MUSIC STILL GOES ON) – Abba 56550
24 47 24 3 NICOTINE – Panic! At The Disco 43000
25 NEW 25 1 DO YOU FEEL WHAT I FEEL – Rex The Dog featuring Jamie McDermott 18750
26 20 20 5 SCARRED FOR LIFE – Sabina Ddumba 82300
27 13 5 6 WAITING FOR YOU – Kris Menace featuring Black Hills 233700
28 31 28 2 IF IT TAKES FOREVER – Connie Francis 36200
29 29 29 7 SHE USED TO LOVE ME A LOT – Johnny Cash 88350
30 15 7 11 CHANGES – Faul and Wad Ad versus Pnau 253250

31 23 1 8 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 455650
32 48 32 3 STUPID LITTLE THINGS – Anastacia 42100
33 17 17 6 IF I COULD CHANGE YOUR MIND – HAIM 118950
34 39 34 6 WIZARD – Martin Garrix and Jay Hardway 81500
35 64 35 7 TAKE ME HOME – Cash Cash featuring Bebe Rexha 69000
36 36 36 3 FANCY – Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX 44900
37 21 9 7 COMING HOME – The Kaiser Chiefs 183300
38 38 38 4 SWORDS OF A THOUSAND MEN – TenpoleTudor 61400
39 40 39 6 SAMBA DO MUNDO – Fatboy Slim Presents Gregor Salto featuring Saxsymbol & Todorov 72400
40 59 40 2 NOBODY TO LOVE – Sigma 27100

41 32 32 5 THIS IS THE LIFE – Sweet California 69000
42 25 4 12 SOS IN BEL AIR – Phoenix 435000
43 18 8 7 GO BACK – Crabby Appleton 180000
44 28 8 7 NASTY – Pixie Lott 173550
45 37 17 9 MAGIC – Coldplay 179300
46 41 1 12 UE O MUITE ARUKO (SUKIYAKI) – Kyu Sakamoto 568300
47 42 1 15 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 770200
48 44 1 15 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 879600
49 NEW 49 1 KISS THE DEVIL – Bel Heir 12100
50 54 50 3 SUMMER – Calvin Harris 33600

51 35 4 10 IN YOUR BED – Ariana & The Rose 296650
52 NEW 52 1 CRAZY SOMETHING NORMAL – Donkeyboy 11500
53 26 14 5 YOUR LOVE – Frankie Knuckles 96250
54 NEW 54 1 GOODBYE JUST GO – Belinda Carlisle 11000
55 57 55 4 CA PLANE POUR MOI – Plastic Bertrand 34100
56 56 56 2 ANDRENALINA – Wisin featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin 21200
57 NEW 57 1 MARILYN MONROE – Pharrell Williams 10400
58 67 58 2 SCREAM (FUNK MY LIFE UP) – Paolo Nutini 16800
59 58 1 37 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 916850
60 NEW 60 1 I WANT TO DRAG YOU AROUND – Blondie 10000

61 27 27 6 SINCE I SAW YOU LAST – Gary Barlow 76200
62 NEW 62 1 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 7400
63 66 63 6 FORTUNATE SON – Creedence Clearwater Revival 37200
64 68 64 2 BIRTHDAY – Katy Perry 13500
65 NEW 65 1 NOT A BAD THING – Justin Timberlake 7000
66 69 66 4 THE WHOLE OF THE MOON – The Waterboys 24000
67 73 67 3 OUR TIME – Lily Allen 17400
68 72 68 4 IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo Starr 22000
69 NEW 69 1 SO BE IT – Lisa Stansfield 6200
70 NEW 70 1 A SKY FULL OF STARS – Coldplay 6000

71 75 71 2 ADDICTED TO YOU – Avicii 10800
72 NEW 72 1 DIY – Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott 5600
73 NEW 73 1 INSIDE MY HEAD – Riton 5400
74 NEW 74 1 WAVES – Mr Probz 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SIT DOWN – James 5000
DROP OUTS
34 1 5 A DIFFERENT CORNER – George Michael 332350
43 4 10 ISN’T IT STRANGE – Parralox 342950
45 30 6 BRAVE – Sara Bareilles 71100
46 12 8 DESTROY EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH – Ladytron 165750
49 14 6 HIT MY HEART – Matt Cardle 125350
51 22 7 WE KNOW – Momofoko 98350
52 48 3 FOLLOW YOU HOME – Embrace 30900
53 13 13 READY FOR YOUR LOVE – Gorgon City featuring MNEK 265200
55 55 2 HEAVY SEAS OF LOVE – Damon Albarn 21600
61 16 11 EVERY LITTLE THING – Maxi Priest 192600
62 7 10 FROM NOWHERE – Dan Croll 255150
63 7 19 HAPPY – Pharrell Williams 390000
65 65 4 SHE LOOKS SO PERFECT – 5 Seconds Of Summer 26200
70 70 2 THE KNIFE – Kyla La Grange 12000
71 1 17 I WALK ALONE – Cher 1029200
74 74 2 WEST COAST – Lana Del Ray 10400

 

27th April 2014

Columbian world pop star Shakira’s done it, back at the top after a gap of over 12 years: Whenever Wherever was the last time, bang smack when I started going to clubs a bit later than my teens and twenties. Better late than never! I was at a sunny and hot Gran Canaria club this week, which explains the current Spanish number 2 entering my chart at 56. Adrenalina sounded great and looked great on the video screen, all banging latino rhythms and J Lo and Ricky Martin do a lot of guest vocals on it, over 15 years since they both debuted in my charts. The Fatboy Slim world cup Brazilian sounds of Samba Da Mundo also go top 40. It’s all about latino music this week, hooray!

Kiesza gets into my top 10 a few weeks after I first saw the fab video, an exercise in how to do it right. An exercise in how to do it wrong is Katy Perry’s awful, terrible cake lyrics video for Birthday, in at 68 despite that. Had it been poetry, it would have been tolerable, but it’s largely lyrically twee and one wouldn’t really want to draw attention to them too much….!

Highest new entry, a little late, is Tove Lo. It suddenly grabbed me last week and rushes in at 16. Another oldie pops in at 31, Connie Francis hasn’t really made my charts much before, being as she dates back to 50’s and I wasn’t born, but this is the track I first came across in an episode of Futurama (Fry’s pet dog pining for him and eventually dying after years of waiting in vain, full of pathos) and it’s now used in a TV ad quite effectively, with a cat. Cats, dogs, aaahhhh!
1 2 1 4 EMPIRE Shakira
2 1 1 7 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE Molly
3 3 1 13 INTO THE BLUE Kylie Minogue
4 4 4 5 FALLINLOVE2NITE Prince with Zooey Deschanel
5 5 5 7 KISS ME ONCE Kylie Minogue
6 10 6 6 I GOT YOU Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones
7 24 7 6 HIDEAWAY Kiesza
8 19 8 4 ELLE Shy’m
9 13 9 5 DARK SUNGLASSES Chrissie Hynde
10 18 10 3 I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Billie Davis

11 6 2 10 SAY SOMETHING A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera
12 7 7 11 BELIEVE IN ME The Pierces
13 9 5 5 WAITING FOR YOU Kris Menace featuring Black Hills
14 11 1 13 LET THE NIGHT Dirty Vegas
15 15 7 10 CHANGES Faul and Wad Ad versus Pnau
16 NEW 16 1 STAY HIGH Tove Lo featuring Hippie Sabotage
17 17 17 5 IF I COULD CHANGE YOUR MIND HAIM
18 8 8 6 GO BACK Crabby Appleton
19 34 19 2 COME WITH ME NOW KONGOS
20 26 20 4 SCARRED FOR LIFE Sabina Ddumba

21 12 9 6 COMING HOME The Kaiser Chiefs
22 23 22 3 ORDINARY LOVE U2
23 22 1 7 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel
24 28 24 2 DANCE (WHILE THE MUSIC STILL GOES ON) Abba
25 16 4 11 SOS IN BEL AIR Phoenix
26 14 14 4 YOUR LOVE Frankie Knuckles
27 27 27 5 SINCE I SAW YOU LAST Gary Barlow
28 20 8 6 NASTY Pixie Lott
29 32 29 6 SHE USED TO LOVE ME A LOT Johnny Cash
30 40 30 9 SOLO DANCING Indiana

31 NEW 31 1 IF IT TAKES FOREVER Connie Francis
32 35 32 4 THIS IS THE LIFE Sweet California
33 37 33 2 I WAS GONNA CANCEL Kylie Minogue
34 21 1 5 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
35 29 4 9 IN YOUR BED Ariana & The Rose
36 59 36 2 FANCY Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX
37 25 17 8 MAGIC Coldplay
38 43 38 3 SWORDS OF A THOUSAND MEN TenpoleTudor
39 47 39 5 WIZARD Martin Garrix and Jay Hardway
40 49 40 5 SAMBA DO MUNDO Fatboy Slim Presents Gregor Salto featuring Saxsymbol & Todorov

41 41 1 11 UE O MUITE ARUKO (SUKIYAKI) Kyu Sakamoto
42 39 1 14 DERNIERE DANSE Indila
43 36 4 10 ISN’T IT STRANGE Parralox
44 42 1 14 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE Percy Faith
45 30 30 6 BRAVE Sara Bareilles
46 38 12 8 DESTROY EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH Ladytron
47 52 47 2 NICOTINE Panic! At The Disco
48 50 48 2 STUPID LITTLE THINGS Anastacia
49 33 14 6 HIT MY HEART Matt Cardle
50 53 50 2 OVER YOU Ingrid Michaelson featuring A Great Big World

51 31 22 7 WE KNOW Momofoko
52 48 48 3 FOLLOW YOU HOME Embrace
53 44 13 13 READY FOR YOUR LOVE Gorgon City featuring MNEK
54 56 54 2 SUMMER Calvin Harris
55 55 55 2 HEAVY SEAS OF LOVE Damon Albarn
56 NEW 56 1 ANDRENALINA Wisin featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin
57 64 57 3 CA PLANE POUR MOI Plastic Bertrand
58 58 1 36 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
59 NEW 59 1 NOBODY TO LOVE Sigma
60 60 60 4 EMMYLOU First Aid Kit

61 46 16 11 EVERY LITTLE THING Maxi Priest
62 54 7 10 FROM NOWHERE Dan Croll
63 RE 1 HAPPY Pharrell Williams
64 67 57 6 TAKE ME HOME Cash Cash featuring Bebe Rexha
65 66 65 4 SHE LOOKS SO PERFECT 5 Seconds Of Summer
66 68 66 5 FORTUNATE SON Creedence Clearwater Revival
67 NEW 67 1 SCREAM (FUNK MY LIFE UP) Paolo Nutini
68 NEW 68 1 BIRTHDAY Katy Perry
69 72 69 3 THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
70 70 70 2 THE KNIFE Kyla La Grange

71 65 1 17 I WALK ALONE Cher
72 75 72 3 IT DON’T COME EASY Ringo Starr
73 73 73 2 OUR TIME Lily Allen
74 74 74 2 WEST COAST Lana Del Ray
75 NEW 75 1 ADDICTED TO YOU Avicii

 

 

20th April 2014

It’s Molly! That means the first UK Eurovision chart-topper since Love City Groove. I’m hoping she does better than they did in the competition! It’s a great song. Hot off the press that means Shakira is just pipped at the post for her 2nd number one, 12 years after the last (Whenever Wherever). Next week?

I compile my charts during the chart show and have done so for years and years and years, the cut-off point is 4 o’clock and any new entry has to be smoking’ hot by then. That’s bad news for Tove Lo who really clicked with me when Jameela played it half an hour ago, and would be high Top 40 otherwise. I have to give Most Improved DJ award to Jameela too, she’s improved no end since she first started presenting the rundown, helped in part by not talking as if listeners were 10 years old. We aren’t, for the most part.

Prince gets his first Top 5 in 20 years. Hooray! It was tragic how a consistent talent like his evaporated overnight right up his own symbol. Chrissie Hynde goes Top 20, and that’s a round 35 years of them for her. Seems like yesterday. Highest new entry is a 40-year-old track, courtsey of the 40th anniversary re-charting edition of Waterloo. Yes, 40 years on since they won, and I was an instant fan and still am. The album charting gives me an excuse to chart Dance, the best track not to be a single.

In at 34 is band KONGOS, currently taking America on, and 43 years after father South African John Kongos had 2 UK Top 5 hits, both brilliant (and one of which was later covered by The Happy Mondays, Step On, turning a drum-heavy menacing romp into a madchester whimsy, to lesser effect). I’m going to whinge again about not being able to buy singles on download in the UK. KONGOS is fab and I want it now, but have to wait until September. The record companies in the UK are evil monsters and need teaching a lesson. By the time they get round to trying to get an instant number one by holding back and creating pent-up demand on tracks the rest of the world can buy weeks, months and even years earlier, frankly, I’ve lost interest in buying them. We live in one huge internet world and they should be selling product immediately, everywhere. Hype is not needed, witness Pharrell available for months before it sold a million and hit number one and outsold all of the Johnny-Come-Latelys that knocked it off the top and plummeted down the charts. The current weekly new entry at the top cheapens it, and it’s the music industry’s fault. We need a strike on purchases till On-Air On-Sale is the norm. So there!

Phew! Back to music. Kylie gets 3 in the 40, and comebacks galore for the ladies, headed by Anastacia back after a very long gap. Ingrid Michaelson gets her 2nd chart hit with A Great Big World (their 2nd in the chart), her first hit (and Buzzjack non-winner) now climbing the US charts. Iggy Azalea has a proper hit, her first really, as she’s mainly just annoyed me so far, but this is a good ‘un.
1 3 1 6 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly 472000
2 6 2 3 EMPIRE – Shakira 188400
3 2 1 12 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 1020000
4 9 4 4 FALLINLOVE2NITE – Prince with Zooey Deschanel 124200
5 7 5 6 KISS ME ONCE – Kylie Minogue 198100
6 4 2 9 SAY SOMETHING – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera 537500
7 8 7 10 BELIEVE IN ME – The Pierces 227500
8 12 8 5 GO BACK – Crabby Appleton 144500
9 5 5 4 WAITING FOR YOU – Kris Menace featuring Black Hills 183300
10 19 10 5 I GOT YOU – Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones 106650

11 10 1 12 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 639700
12 11 9 5 COMING HOME – The Kaiser Chiefs 146250
13 27 13 4 DARK SUNGLASSES – Chrissie Hynde 67800
14 20 14 3 YOUR LOVE – Frankie Knuckles 66500
15 15 7 9 CHANGES – Faul and Wad Ad versus Pnau 208250
16 13 4 10 SOS IN BEL AIR – Phoenix 402500
17 21 17 4 IF I COULD CHANGE YOUR MIND – HAIM 78250
18 24 18 2 I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY – Billie Davis 41000
19 35 19 3 ELLE – Shy’m 48700
20 14 8 5 NASTY – Pixie Lott 142000

21 1 1 4 A DIFFERENT CORNER – George Michael 314750
22 18 1 6 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 418500
23 40 23 2 ORDINARY LOVE – U2 36250
24 39 24 5 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 80150
25 17 17 7 MAGIC – Coldplay 149000
26 32 26 3 SCARRED FOR LIFE – Sabina Ddumba 43800
27 28 27 4 SINCE I SAW YOU LAST – Gary Barlow 50300
28 NEW 28 1 DANCE (WHILE THE MUSIC STILL GOES ON) – Abba 18300
29 16 4 8 IN YOUR BED – Ariana & The Rose 267400
30 36 30 5 BRAVE – Sara Bareilles 58100

31 22 22 6 WE KNOW – Momofoko 86600
32 51 32 5 SHE USED TO LOVE ME A LOT – Johnny Cash 51950
33 23 14 5 HIT MY HEART – Matt Cardle 113250
34 NEW 34 1 COME WITH ME NOW – KONGOS 17600
35 47 35 3 THIS IS THE LIFE – Sweet California 37200
36 25 4 9 ISN’T IT STRANGE – Parralox 329450
37 NEW 37 1 I WAS GONNA CANCEL – Kylie Minogue 17300
38 26 12 7 DESTROY EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH – Ladytron 153000
39 33 1 13 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 743950
40 63 31 8 SOLO DANCING – Indiana 123500

41 34 1 10 UE O MUITE ARUKO (SUKIYAKI) – Kyu Sakamoto 541550
42 41 1 13 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 854050
43 43 43 2 SWORDS OF A THOUSAND MEN – TenpoleTudor 27000
44 31 13 12 READY FOR YOUR LOVE – Gorgon City featuring MNEK 253950
45 29 29 6 IT’S GOOD TO BE ALIVE – Imelda May 69100
46 38 16 10 EVERY LITTLE THING – Maxi Priest 185100
47 54 47 4 WIZARD – Martin Garrix and Jay Hardway 46800
48 64 48 2 FOLLOW YOU HOME – Embrace 19400
49 50 49 4 SAMBA DO MUNDO – Fatboy Slim Presents Gregor Salto featuring Saxsymbol & Todorov 38300
50 NEW 50 1 STUPID LITTLE THINGS – Anastacia 12000

51 37 37 7 TSUNAMI – Dvbbs and Bourgeous featuring Tinie Tempah 97750
52 NEW 52 1 NICOTINE – Panic! At The Disco 11500
53 NEW 53 1 OVER YOU – Ingrid Michaelson featuring A Great Big World 11250
54 44 7 9 FROM NOWHERE – Dan Croll 247750
55 NEW 55 1 HEAVY SEAS OF LOVE – Damon Albarn 10800
56 NEW 56 1 SUMMER – Calvin Harris 10600
57 30 8 9 INVISIBLE – U2 208700
58 57 1 35 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 896550
59 NEW 59 1 FANCY – Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX 10100
60 74 60 3 EMMYLOU – First Aid Kit 20400

61 65 55 3 FLUORESCENT – Pet Shop Boys 25300
62 56 1 21 UNDER CONTROL – Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts 1115100
63 49 49 3 STEREOTYPE – Samsaya 31400
64 71 64 2 CA PLANE POUR MOI – Plastic Bertrand 12900
65 61 1 16 I WALK ALONE – Cher 1023400
66 66 66 3 SHE LOOKS SO PERFECT – 5 Seconds Of Summer 19200
67 RE 57 5 TAKE ME HOME – Cash Cash featuring Bebe Rexha 44400
68 69 68 4 FORTUNATE SON – Creedence Clearwater Revival 23200
69 48 8 9 HEAVEN KNOWS – The Pretty Reckless 213150
70 NEW 70 1 THE KNIFE – Kyla La Grange 6000

71 NEW 71 1 SIDEWALK – Loreen 5800
72 73 72 2 THE WHOLE OF THE MOON – The Waterboys 11000
73 NEW 73 1 OUR TIME – Lily Allen 5400
74 NEW 74 1 WEST COAST – Lana Del Ray 5200
75 75 75 2 IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo Starr 10000
DROP OUTS
42 17 10 DRUNK IN LOVE – Beyonce and Jay-Z 163000
45 16 7 AIR BALLOON – Lily Allen 116700
46 20 17 RED LIGHT SPELLS DANGER – Billy Ocean 264700
52 40 8 FULL CIRCLE – Half Moon Run 96000
53 38 7 HOOKED ON A FEELING – Blue Swede 84300
55 10 11 CAN’T RELY ON YOU – Paloma Faith featuring Pharrell Williams 229900
58 6 12 DOWN IN THE HOLE – Bruce Springsteen 297500
59 10 10 KINGS – The Pierces 221050
60 4 10 DARK HORSE – Katy Perry featuring Juicy J 241500
62 7 12 IF U GOT IT – Chris Malinchak (featuring Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations) 301700
67 67 2 DOLLHOUSE – Melanie Martinez 12600
68 68 2 HIGH – Peking Duk featuring Nicole Millar 12800
70 70 2 ONE DAY LIKE THIS – Elbow 11000
72 72 1 DO THAT DANCE – Shit Robot (featuring Nancy Whang) 5600

 

13th April 2014

It’s an 80’s classic back at number one – George Michael got there in 1986, his second solo topper, and 4th in total at that point. It’s by far his most touching, minimal single, amazingly mature for a young pop star and just a plain fabulous song. Shakira’s back in the Top 10 with possibly her most interesting release to date, I love the grand scale of it. The Pierces get their second Top 10 of 2014, and have yet to fail to make my Top 10 with any single. Under-rated band. Prince grabs an actress (the likeable Zooey) and does his mid-80’s unisex-styled vocal circa Sign O The Times, to give him his best single in well over 20 years and a huge leap to 9. About time!

The late Frankie Knuckles belatedly goes Top 20, Billie Davis (60’s pop star) gets a new entry with a 60’s song I heard for the first time the other week – I think it’s fair to say Duffy’s Mercy owes quite a lot to it! Chrissie Hynde also makes a welcome return to the Top 30, 35 years of hits and counting. Gazza Barlow does better than Robbie’s 3rd single off the latest album at 28, U2 get a second Top 40 hit, Kylie gets a second Top 10 hit, and a bunch of oldies enter thanks to a lull in new releases (thanks to movies, TV and World Record Day releases making them eligible).
1 4 1 3 A DIFFERENT CORNER – George Michael 295000
2 1 1 11 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 935000
3 3 2 5 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly Smitten-Downes 327000
4 2 2 8 SAY SOMETHING – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera 482500
5 5 5 3 WAITING FOR YOU – Kris Menace featuring Black Hills 138300
6 27 6 2 EMPIRE – Shakira 73400
7 12 7 5 KISS ME ONCE – Kylie Minogue 138100
8 34 8 9 BELIEVE IN ME – The Pierces 177500
9 64 9 3 FALLINLOVE2NITE – Prince with Zooey Deschanel 59200
10 10 1 11 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 602700

11 9 9 4 COMING HOME – The Kaiser Chiefs 111250
12 18 12 4 GO BACK – Crabby Appleton 96500
13 13 4 9 SOS IN BEL AIR – Phoenix 377500
14 8 8 4 NASTY – Pixie Lott 122000
15 7 7 8 CHANGES – Faul and Wad Ad versus Pnau 181250
16 6 4 7 IN YOUR BED – Ariana & The Rose 249200
17 17 17 6 MAGIC – Coldplay 130250
18 11 1 5 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 399000
19 23 19 4 I GOT YOU – Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones 64650
20 35 20 2 YOUR LOVE – Frankie Knuckles 37500

21 28 21 3 IF I COULD CHANGE YOUR MIND – HAIM 55250
22 30 22 5 WE KNOW – Momofoko 68700
23 14 14 4 HIT MY HEART – Matt Cardle 95550
24 NEW 24 1 I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY – Billie Davis 19000
25 15 4 8 ISN’T IT STRANGE – Parralox 312050
26 19 12 6 DESTROY EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH – Ladytron 135700
27 50 27 3 DARK SUNGLASSES – Chrissie Hynde 35800
28 66 28 3 SINCE I SAW YOU LAST – Gary Barlow 31900
29 33 29 5 IT’S GOOD TO BE ALIVE – Imelda May 56100
30 16 8 8 INVISIBLE – U2 198300

31 26 13 11 READY FOR YOUR LOVE – Gorgon City featuring MNEK 240700
32 61 32 2 SCARRED FOR LIFE – Sabina Ddumba 25300
33 25 1 12 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 726850
34 29 1 9 UE O MUITE ARUKO (SUKIYAKI) – Kyu Sakamoto 527550
35 58 35 2 ELLE – Shy’m 27700
36 59 36 4 BRAVE – Sara Bareilles 40100
37 37 37 6 TSUNAMI – Dvbbs and Bourgeous featuring Tinie Tempah 86000
38 38 16 9 EVERY LITTLE THING – Maxi Priest 172350
39 42 39 4 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 61150
40 NEW 40 1 ORDINARY LOVE – U2 17000

41 32 1 12 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 840300
42 24 17 10 DRUNK IN LOVE – Beyonce and Jay-Z 163000
43 NEW 55 1 SWORDS OF A THOUSAND MEN – TenpoleTudor 13500
44 22 7 8 FROM NOWHERE – Dan Croll 236750
45 21 16 7 AIR BALLOON – Lily Allen 116700
46 20 20 17 RED LIGHT SPELLS DANGER – Billy Ocean 264700
47 63 47 2 THIS IS THE LIFE – Sweet California 19700
48 31 8 8 HEAVEN KNOWS – The Pretty Reckless 206950
49 49 49 2 STEREOTYPE – Samsaya 24200
50 64 50 3 SAMBA DO MUNDO – Fatboy Slim Presents Gregor Salto featuring Saxsymbol & Todorov 26200

51 54 51 4 SHE USED TO LOVE ME A LOT – Johnny Cash 34150
52 40 40 8 FULL CIRCLE – Half Moon Run 96000
53 67 38 7 HOOKED ON A FEELING – Blue Swede 84300
54 47 47 3 WIZARD – Martin Garrix and Jay Hardway 34300
55 36 10 11 CAN’T RELY ON YOU – Paloma Faith featuring Pharrell Williams 229900
56 46 1 20 UNDER CONTROL – Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts 1107700
57 56 1 34 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 886350
58 43 6 12 DOWN IN THE HOLE – Bruce Springsteen 297500
59 44 10 10 KINGS – The Pierces 221050
60 53 4 10 DARK HORSE – Katy Perry featuring Juicy J 241500

61 45 1 15 I WALK ALONE – Cher 1016400
62 48 7 12 IF U GOT IT – Chris Malinchak (featuring Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations) 301700
63 39 31 7 SOLO DANCING – Indiana 106500
64 NEW 64 1 FOLLOW YOU HOME – Embrace 7100
65 55 55 2 FLUORESCENT – Pet Shop Boys 17800
66 72 66 2 SHE LOOKS SO PERFECT – 5 Seconds Of Summer 12400
67 70 67 2 DOLLHOUSE – Melanie Martinez 12600
68 68 68 2 HIGH – Peking Duk featuring Nicole Millar 12800
69 73 69 3 FORTUNATE SON – Creedence Clearwater Revival 16800
70 75 70 2 ONE DAY LIKE THIS – Elbow 11000

71 NEW 71 1 CA PLANE POUR MOI – Plastic Bertrand 5800
72 NEW 72 1 DO THAT DANCE – Shit Robot (featuring Nancy Whang) 5600
73 NEW 73 1 THE WHOLE OF THE MOON – The Waterboys 5400
74 74 74 2 EMMYLOU – First Aid Kit 10400
75 NEW 75 1 IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo Starr 5000
DROP OUTS
41 29 6 SINCE I LOST MY BABY – Engelbert Humperdinck with Cliff Richard 89300
51 32 4 THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE (221050 + 1972 sales) – Roberta Flack 64550
52 3 8 ONCE UPON A DREAM – Lana Del Ray 273650
57 10 7 REBEL REBEL (152600) – David Bowie 116350
60 60 3 HUMAN – Christina Perri 30000
62 62 2 HOLD ON – Colbie Caillat 13600
65 65 2 THE HUNGRY YEARS – Engelbert Humperdinck and Neil Sedaka 14000
69 69 2 I’M A FREAK – Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull 12000
71 7 18 HAPPY – Pharrell Williams 382800

 

6th April 2014

3 weeks for Kylie at 1, while A Great Big World just can’t quite get there. Kylie’s title track meanwhile goes up to 12, I hope it’s a future single cos it’s fab. Kris Menace shoots up to 5, a rather catchy up tempo pop toon dontchaknow. Pixie Lott, up to 8, gets her biggest hit since 2009 number one Cry Me Out, and is clearly going down the same retro route as Paloma Faith, only in this case Nasty is essentially a KC & The Sunshine Band could-been circa 1975 – check out That’s The Way I Like It, Shake Shake Shake (Shake Your Booty) or other tracks to get the references.

P’nau also get their biggest hit since those Elton John remixes, including Number One Sad, and go up to 7 with Faul & Wad Ad. Kaiser Chiefs also get their biggest hit in a while, 2008 being the last time they hit Top 10, and previously they had 3 number ones with I Predict A Riot, Oh My God and Everything Is Average Nowadays. Good to have them back on form!

Highest new entry is an ambitious, epic-sounding one might say, track from Shakira which brings a bit of variety to the dance-dominated UK singles chart. Phew! Who’da put money on that?! Shakira also had a previous number 1 (bit of a theme here) with Whenever Wherever in 2002. The late Frankie Knuckles brings Your Love into my charts for the first time, obviously the House influences being stronger than ever these days, the bulk of the backing track having charted as part of The Source and Candi Staton’s You Got The Love, which (you guessed it) was a number one in remixed form on 2 occasions, and my biggest single (in chart points) of the 90’s.

Pet Shop Boys also were huge influences on modern dance music, and they pop in with a forthcoming limited edition World Record Day track off the last album. I won’t list their previous chart-toppers or we’d be here all day. Other than that? Lots of new names from various Buzzjack song competitions – thanks guys!

1 1 1 10 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 820000
2 3 2 7 SAY SOMETHING – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera 417500
3 2 2 4 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly Smitten-Downes 252000
4 5 4 2 A DIFFERENT CORNER – George Michael 125000
5 28 5 2 WAITING FOR YOU – Kris Menace featuring Black Hills 78300
6 4 4 6 IN YOUR BED – Ariana & The Rose 224200
7 13 7 7 CHANGES – Faul and Wad Ad versus Pnau 154250
8 15 8 3 NASTY – Pixie Lott 93000
9 30 9 3 COMING HOME – The Kaiser Chiefs 337250
10 10 1 10 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 560700

11 6 1 4 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 377000
12 26 12 4 KISS ME ONCE – Kylie Minogue 88100
13 11 4 8 SOS IN BEL AIR – Phoenix 345500
14 14 14 3 HIT MY HEART – Matt Cardle 76300
15 7 4 7 ISN’T IT STRANGE – Parralox 293300
16 8 8 7 INVISIBLE – U2 180300
17 17 17 5 MAGIC – Coldplay 107250
18 19 18 3 GO BACK – Crabby Appleton 61500
19 12 12 5 DESTROY EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH – Ladytron 117200
20 20 20 16 RED LIGHT SPELLS DANGER – Billy Ocean 251950

21 16 16 6 AIR BALLOON – Lily Allen 103700
22 9 7 7 FROM NOWHERE – Dan Croll 223500
23 34 23 3 I GOT YOU – Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones 43650
24 25 17 9 DRUNK IN LOVE – Beyonce and Jay-Z 149250
25 18 1 11 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 709150
26 24 13 10 READY FOR YOUR LOVE – Gorgon City featuring MNEK 222800
27 NEW 27 1 EMPIRE – Shakira 18400
28 38 28 2 IF I COULD CHANGE YOUR MIND – HAIM 35500
29 21 1 8 UE O MUITE ARUKO (SUKIYAKI) – Kyu Sakamoto 509950
30 54 30 4 WE KNOW – Momofoko 49200

31 23 8 7 HEAVEN KNOWS – The Pretty Reckless 194650
32 22 1 11 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 826300
33 58 33 4 IT’S GOOD TO BE ALIVE – Imelda May 37900
34 68 23 8 BELIEVE IN ME – The Pierces 129500
35 NEW 35 1 YOUR LOVE – Frankie Knuckles 17500
36 27 10 10 CAN’T RELY ON YOU – Paloma Faith featuring Pharrell Williams 219100
37 37 37 5 TSUNAMI – Dvbbs and Bourgeous featuring Tinie Tempah 68700
38 35 16 8 EVERY LITTLE THING – Maxi Priest 155150
39 31 31 6 SOLO DANCING – Indiana 99300
40 46 40 7 FULL CIRCLE – Half Moon Run 84500

41 29 29 6 SINCE I LOST MY BABY – Engelbert Humperdinck with Cliff Richard 89300
42 49 42 3 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 44050
43 39 6 11 DOWN IN THE HOLE – Bruce Springsteen 287300
44 33 10 9 KINGS – The Pierces 210950
45 40 1 14 I WALK ALONE – Cher 1008900
46 42 1 19 UNDER CONTROL – Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts 1097100
47 55 47 2 WIZARD – Martin Garrix and Jay Hardway 23300
48 41 7 11 IF U GOT IT – Chris Malinchak (featuring Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations) 294300
49 NEW 49 1 STEREOTYPE – Samsaya 12100
50 73 50 2 DARK SUNGLASSES – Chrissie Hynde 17400

51 32 32 4 THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE – Roberta Flack 64550
52 36 3 8 ONCE UPON A DREAM – Lana Del Ray 273650
53 45 4 9 DARK HORSE – Katy Perry featuring Juicy J 231500
54 RE 54 3 SHE USED TO LOVE ME A LOT – Johnny Cash 22400
55 NEW 55 1 FLUORESCENT – Pet Shop Boys 10800
56 56 1 33 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 875950
57 47 10 7 REBEL REBEL – David Bowie 116350
58 NEW 58 1 ELLE – Shy’m 10200
59 63 59 3 BRAVE – Sara Bareilles 22700
60 60 60 3 HUMAN – Christina Perri 30000

61 NEW 61 1 SCARRED FOR LIFE – Sabina Ddumba 7500
62 69 62 2 HOLD ON – Colbie Caillat 13600
63 NEW 63 1 THIS IS THE LIFE – Sweet California 7200
64 64 64 2 FALLINLOVE2NITE – Prince with Zooey Deschanel 14200
65 65 65 2 THE HUNGRY YEARS – Engelbert Humperdinck and Neil Sedaka 14000
66 66 66 2 SINCE I SAW YOU LAST – Gary Barlow 13600
67 52 38 6 HOOKED ON A FEELING – Blue Swede 73050
68 NEW 68 1 HIGH – Peking Duk featuring Nicole Millar 6400
69 71 69 2 I’M A FREAK – Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull 12000
70 NEW 70 1 DOLLHOUSE – Melanie Martinez 6000

71 50 7 18 HAPPY – Pharrell Williams 382800
72 NEW 72 1 SHE LOOKS SO PERFECT – 5 Seconds Of Summer 5600
73 74 73 2 FORTUNATE SON – Creedence Clearwater Revival 10600
74 NEW 74 1 EMMYLOU – First Aid Kit 5200
75 NEW 75 1 ONE DAY LIKE THIS – Elbow 5000

DROP OUTS
43 27 11 LET GO FOR TONIGHT – Foxes 138900
44 3 10 FLY BOY BLUE/ LUNETTE – Elbow 369050
48 20 7 WE GOT MUSIC – Dario G and Dame Shirley Bassey 88500
51 18 6 WHERE WE BELONG – Fedde Le Grand and Di-Rect 104350
53 17 9 RATHER BE – Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 153400
57 57 3 CLOSER – Thief 31200
59 20 2 DON’T YOU WANT ME – Human League 30100
61 47 4 HEY NOW – London Grammar 34000
62 10 9 BEST DAY OF OUR LIVES – American Authors 176550
67 67 1 KIDS AGAIN – Example 6600
70 70 1 LIGHT THAT MATCH – Down Like Silver 6000
72 72 1 ADDICTED TO YOU – Avicii 5600
75 75 1 SAVE US – Paul McCartney 5000

My 1999 Charts – March & April

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MARCH 1999

Back to the old format as I’m even further behind postings. Doh!

Anyways, Britney rules. Pure pop on top. It’s a great pop record. As is advert-pushed Andy Williams Music To watch Girls By and the anthemic Can;t Take My Eyes Off You, originally a Frankie Valli & Four Seasons song, covered by Andy, Pets Shop Boys, and hosts of others. Deservedly Andy’s return to the top spot, first since 1970’s Home Lovin’ Man. Classic crooner of the highest order. Final number one of the month is arguably the best record of the 90’s, just stunning, life-affirming, vitriolic, urgent, and introducing Greg whatsisname as a great songwriter, the New Radicals You Get What You Give. He instantly gave up being a pop star and let others get the limelight with his songs. Dude!

Roxette keep the Top 10 entries a-coming, a decade on, ditto Madonna 15 years on, while Martine McCutcheon announces her brief presence with a great ballad.
New entries from Travis, quietly announcing a good run of melodic singles, Suzi Quatro returning with Orbital (!!) after a long gap of over a decade, and an upstart rapper called Eminem name-checks himself something rotten, and in good humour. Wonder what happened to him. Mostly though it’s bland fair for the most part till the last week of the month for new stuff, and Fatboy Slim popping in with their best record, Texas proving they still had it bouncing in at 12, and Lou Reed finally charting the epic Satellite Of Love at 2. I was obviously 5 years ahead of the game there, albeit not in remix form…

7th March Chart

BABY ONE MORE TIME Britney Spears 1 5 7 7
STRONG Robbie Williams 2 2 2 4
ERASE/REWIND Cardigans 3 3 5 5
CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU/MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY Andy Williams 4 1 3 3
YOU DON’T KNOW ME Armand Van Helden 5 12 13 15
LULLABY Shawn Mullins 6 8 6 11
IT’S NOT RIGHT BUT IT’S OK Whitney Houston 7 6 8 8
I WANT YOU BACK N’Sync 8 7 11 14
FLY AWAY Lenny Kravitz 9 17 17 17
AS George Michael/ Mary J. Blige 10 13 16 18

EX-FACTOR Lauryn Hill 11 19 19 19
BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf 12 16 18 20
YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE New Radicals 13 4 1 1
WISH I COULD FLY Roxette 14 10 12 10
TENDER Blur 15 15 15 21
JOINING YOU Alanis Morissette 16 14 14 27
STRONG ENOUGH Cher 17 20 20 16
CRAZY Lucid 18 24 26 35
PRETTY FLY (FOR A WHITE GUY) Offspring 19 26 28 36
NOTHING REALLY MATTERS Madonna 20 9 9 9

MARIA Blondie 21 27 24 33
BUSES AND TRAINS Bacholer Girl 22 22 32 66
PRAISE YOU Fat Boy Slim 23 25 25 26
MYSTIKAL MACHINE GUN Kula Shaker 24 34 55
LOVE SHACK B52’s 25 31 31 43
BOY YOU KNOCK ME OUT Tatyana Ali/ Will Smith 26 33 38 53
DEAD FROM THE WAIST DOWN Catatonia 27 18 10 13
NATIONAL EXPRESS Divine Comedy 28 30 34 49
ANYTHING BUT DOWN Sheryl Crow 29 52
BELIEVE Cher 30 23 23 25

ONE WEEK Barenaked Ladies 31 32 46 58
TEQUILA Terrorvision 32 40 48 56
WHEN YOU’RE GONE Bryan Adams/ Melanie C 33 39 47 55
RUNAWAY Corrs 34 47 60 69
CAN’T GET ENOUGH Soul Searcher 35 54
TONITE Supercar 36 38 49 59
PERFECT MOMENT Martine McCutcheon 37 11 4 6
ANGELS Robbie Williams 38 42 42 42
WILD WOOD Paul Weller 39 41 41 41
WRITTEN IN THE STARS Elton John/ LeAnn Rimes 40 35 58

NO REGRETS Robbie Williams 41 46 57 65
PROTECT YOUR MIND (FOR THE LOVE OF A PRINCESS) DJ Sakin & Friends 42 74
CALIFORNIA DREAMING/MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas 43 21 21 23
BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Foundations 44 44 44 44
THE POWER OF GOODBYE Madonna 45 45 45 52
1999″ Prince 46 51 51 51
AT MY MOST BEAUTIFUL REM 47 37 22 39
YOU STOLE THE SUN FROM MY HEART Manic Street Preachers 48 48 56 38
WHEN I GROW UP Garbage 49 59 73
BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley 50 50 50 50

WHAT IT’S LIKE Everlast 51 60
MIAMI Will Smith 52 56 59 63
WESTSIDE TQ 53
CHANGES 2-Pac 54 68 68 68
GOOD LIFE (BUENA VIDA) Inner City 55 58 65
PERMANENT TEARS Eagle-Eye Cherry 56 65
STOLEN CAR Beth Orton 57 57
QUANDO QUANDO QUANDO Engelbert Humperdinck 58 67 71 71
ENJOY YOURSELF A+ 59
BETCHA CAN’T WAIT E-17 60 28 27 54

DANCING QUEEN / EAGLE Abba 61 61 61 61
MISS ME BLIND Culture Club 62
YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers 63 63 63 64
DUMB Beautiful South 64 64 64 72
THE MASTERPLAN Oasis 65
NO SCRUBS TLC 66 55 33 28
HONEY TO THE B Billie 67 49 40 30
IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT Manic Street Preachers 68 70 70 74
MILLENIUM Robbie Williams 69 69 69 70
A TOUCH OF LOVE Cleopatra 70

HUMAN BEINGS Seal 71
BETTER BEST FORGOTTEN Steps 72 36 35 31
SOBER Jennifer Paige 73 73
JUST LOOKING Stereophonics 74 72 72
WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH… Boyzone 75 75

14th March new entries

THANK ABBA FOR THE MUSIC Supertroupers 29 29 29
MADE IT BACK ’99 Beverley Knight 43 39 46
WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Alison Moyet 53 53
BLAME IT ON THE WEATHERMAN B*Witched 62 43 34
THE WAY IT GOES Status Quo 66
HOW LONG’S A TEAR TAKE TO DRY Beautiful South 71 66 40

21st March new entries

WRITING TO REACH YOU Travis 30 24
TURN AROUND Phats & Small 36 22
STYLE Orbital/ Suzi Quatro 37 48
YOU GOTTA BE ’99 Des’ree 52 45
JUMP JIVE AN’ WAIL Brian Setzer Orchestra 54 32
EL PARAISO RICO Deetah 62 62
MY NAME IS.. Eminem 67 47
REAL LIFE Bon Jovi 74 67
RUST Echo & The Bunnymen 75 57

28th March new entries

SATELLITE OF LOVE Lou Reed 2
IN OUR LIFETIME Texas 12
DAY IN DAY OUT Feeder 37
MY LOVE Kele Le Roc 60
RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Fatboy Slim 73
WHY DON’T YOU GET A JOB Offspring 75

 

APRIL 1999 Charts

Another week on top for the awesome New Radicals, but it was Abba revival that overwhelmed my charts in the second week, headed by SOS at 1 for 2 weeks. One of Abba’s major classics, for some inexplicable reason it failed to make my Top 10 first time round – justice at last, giving Abba a complete run of official topping singles from SOS through to Thank You For The Music. Why the Abba invasion? 25th Anniversary of Waterloo at Eurovision and repackages and re-issues of albums and singles which allowed uncharted tracks to debut, plus SOS (I bent the rules for one occasion, for only Abba).

The other chart-topper is Texas, band of the moment, with a great single, while Top 10 acts included Catatonia and Cardigans with fab singles, Martine McCutcheon having a perfect moment – it was all downhill from here. The Offspring have another great single, and manage to grab a slot amongst all the Abba tracks. Lower down, and worth mentioning, TLC’s well-known No Scrubs, Bryan Adams singles career coming towards it’s conclusion, perennials UB40, and Westlife getting into my Top 40. Not often they did that, Swear It Again being one of their least-forgettable UK number ones, excepting those one might prefer to forget….

4th April Chart

YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE New Radicals 1 2 3 4
YOU DON’T KNOW ME Armand Van Helden 2 9 9 16
BABY ONE MORE TIME Britney Spears 3 5 10 13
DEAD FROM THE WAIST DOWN Catatonia 4 7 5 9
SATELLITE OF LOVE Lou Reed 5 16 23 28
IN OUR LIFETIME Texas 6 6 4 1
ERASE/REWIND Cardigans 7 18 21 27
CAN’T TAKE MY EYES../MUSIC TO WATCH../IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams 8 23 26 34
STRONG Robbie Williams 9 12 17 24
IT’S NOT RIGHT BUT IT’S OK Whitney Houston 10 19 19 20

LULLABY Shawn Mullins 11 14 24 31
PERFECT MOMENT Martine McCutcheon 12 11 11 5
WISH I COULD FLY Roxette 13 25 20 25
NOTHING REALLY MATTERS Madonna 14 27 42 55
WHY DON’T YOU GET A JOB Offspring 15 15 8 8
MADE IT BACK ’99 Beverley Knight 16 13 13 23
FLY AWAY Lenny Kravitz 17 28 30 42
TURN AROUND Phats & Small 18 21 25 44
NO SCRUBS TLC 19 22 18 18
BLAME IT ON THE WEATHERMAN B*Witched 20 30 22 17

BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf 21 31 31 38
MY NAME IS.. Eminem 22 38 38 29
THANK ABBA FOR THE MUSIC B*Witched, Billie, Cleopatra, Steps, Tina Cousins 23 33 47 67
TENDER Blur 24 43 53 72
I WANT YOU BACK N’Sync 25 45 60 70
CALIFORNIA DREAMING/MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas 26 32 35 40
STRONG ENOUGH Cher 27 44 32 46
HONEY TO THE BEE Billie 28 35 43 50
BELIEVE Cher 29 47 51 60
EX-FACTOR Lauryn Hill 30 42 46 54

BETTER BEST FORGOTTEN Steps 31 48
JUMP JIVE AN’ WAIL Brian Setzer Orchestra 32 61
RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Fatboy Slim 33 26 16 7
AS George Michael/ Mary J. Blige 34 57 48 56
PRAISE YOU Fat Boy Slim 35 56 66
YOU GOTTA BE ’99 Des’ree 36 41 56 73
BE ALONE NO MORE Another Level 37 37 45 26
WRITING TO REACH YOU Travis 38 73
AT MY MOST BEAUTIFUL REM 39 65
PRETTY FLY (FOR A WHITE GUY) Offspring 40 62

TEQUILA Terrorvision 41 49 59 75
DAY IN DAY OUT Feeder 42 72
WILD WOOD Paul Weller 43 51 54 58
BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Foundations 44 53 55 57
ANGELS Robbie Williams 45 54 58 64
MARIA Blondie 46 71
CRAZY Lucid 47 69
JOINING YOU Alanis Morissette 48
EL PARAISO RICO Deetah 49 36 29 22
BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley 50 52 52 52

LOVE SHACK B52’s 51
1999″ Prince 52 60 74
HOW LONG’S A TEAR TAKE TO DRY Beautiful South 53
COLOUR THE WORLD Sash!/ Dr. Alban 54 39 36 51
NATIONAL EXPRESS Divine Comedy 55 66 71
THE POWER OF GOODBYE Madonna 56 64 70
YOU STOLE THE SUN FROM MY HEART Manic Street Preachers 57
FLOWERZ Armand Van Helden 58 58 61 33
WITCH DOCTOR Cartoons 59 59 49 49
MY LOVE Kele Le Roc 60 46

DANCING QUEEN / EAGLE Abba 61
ONE WEEK Barenaked Ladies 62
WHEN YOU’RE GONE Bryan Adams/ Melanie C 63
KILLIN TIME Tina Cousins 64 63
YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers 65 68 68 68
MIAMI Will Smith 66 70
BOY YOU KNOCK ME OUT Tatyana Ali/ Will Smith 67
STYLE Orbital/ Suzi Quatro 68
TONITE Supercar 69
TABOO Glamma Kid/ Shola Ama 70 67 63 61

MILLENIUM Robbie Williams 71
RUNAWAY Corrs 72
CHANGES 2-Pac 73
IF YOU TOLERATE THIS YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE NEXT Manic Street Preachers 74
ELECTRICITY Suede 75 62 62

11th April new entries

SOS Abba 1 1 2
THAT’S ME/ DANCING QUEEN Abba 3 2 3
SHOULD I LAUGH OR CRY Abba 4 6 6
HONEY HONEY/ RING RING (original) Abba 8 12 19
I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU Abba 10 15 21
THE VISITORS Abba 17 7 11
WATERLOO (Swedish version) Abba 20 28 41
I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 24 14 12
THE PIPER Abba 29 27 10
PEOPLE NEED LOVE Abba 34 44 45
SHOWER YOUR LOVE Kula Shaker 40 41 32
CLOUD #9 Bryan Adams 50 40 14
REAL LIFE Bon Jovi 55
FLAT BEAT Mr. Oizo 74
GIRLFRIEND/BOYFRIEND Blackstreet/ Janet jackson 75 65 65

18th April new entries

THE TRAIN IS COMING UB40 33 15
LOVE ON LOVE Candi Staton 34 43
LOVE OF A LIFETIME Honeyz 37 37
THAT DON’T IMPRESS ME MUCH Shania Twain 39 35
I STILL BELIEVE Mariah Carey 50 69
BEAT MAMA Cast 57 30
LA MUSICA Ruff Driverz Present Arrola 64 47
RED ALERT Basement Jaxx 67 53
FILL HER UP Gene 69
LET ME LET GO Faith Hill 72 63
EVERY TIME IT RAINS Ace Of Base 73
IS NOTHING SACRED Meatloaf/ Patti Russo 75

25th April new entries

111 WISHES Terrorvision 36
SWEAR IT AGAIN Westlife 39
HURT ME SO BAD Lulu 48
GEORGIE PORGIE Eric Benet/ Faith Evans 59
BADA BADA SCHWING Freddie Fresh 66
VIVID Electronic 71
CANNED HEAT Jamiroquai 74