My 1999 Charts – May

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May 1999

Lotsa chart-toppers, Texas get yet another week and hit number one with In Our Lifetime, then Fatboy Slim get their only number one…and it’s not Praise You, it’s Right Here Right Now, a fabulous insistent dance track. Still sounds great, and it’s Norman Cook’s only number one as an artist. Aaaahhh. Director Baz Luhrmann though manages to give good advice (Wear Sunscreen) and tops both the Uk and my charts. It’s not music, of course, except incidentally, but it’s got that certain appealing something. Makes a change from films. Finally, Shania Twain takes a great country song and turns it all dancepop, and turns out a winner. Her best record by far, and 2 weeks on top this month. I suspect there might be more in June though….!

Other big toons? Bryan Adams, The Pretenders back with a greta single (Human) which peaks at 4. if it seems like The Pretenders feature in a lot of May chart Top 10’s, well, they do! Go figure, Chrissie Hynde was in May 2014 Top 10 as well. She’s very obviously regular as clockwork. Jamiroquai are back with a great disco hit (Canned Heat). Not sure what they were labelling them as at the time dancemusic wise, but it’s disco, trust me. Shania does poor Sixpence None The Richer a disservice – holding them at 2, a shame as Kiss Me is a great pop record, but it never managed to overhaul Ms Twain. Never the Twain shall meet, obviously. Sorry!

Backstreet Boys, meanwhile, want it That Way. I always suspected that to be the case, and it’s a great pop song hitting 5. PJ Harvey pops up with an instant Top 10 (The Wind), Sugar Ray’s catchy US hit crosses over to the UK and my number 4, and ditto Everlast, with the fab What It’s Like at 2. I was more into American rock than Britrock, possibly due to the number of florida holidays I was enjoying at the time (it was my escape from problems) and the TV and radio overdosing while there. One UK band I DID like though was Travis, Driftwood at 10, a melody to kill for. I was in Florida this month, I can confirm, cos Jennifer Lopez debuts inside my Top 20 – I bought the CD single of If You Had My Love in Florida – and begin an on-off chart relationship between us for the next 15 years. She’s on again at the moment, with Wisin and Ricky Martin.

NOTE: numbers after artist are the chart positions for month of May from the date listed

2nd May 1999 Chart

IN OUR LIFETIME Texas 1 2 5 5 8
SOS Abba 2 3 7 11 15
RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Fatboy Slim 3 1 3 3 3
THAT’S ME/ DANCING QUEEN Abba 4 11 19 25 36
YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE New Radicals 5 9 16 16 21
WHY DON’T YOU GET A JOB Offspring 6 10 15 15 22
PERFECT MOMENT Martine McCutcheon 7 13 22 28 55
CLOUD #9 Bryan Adams 8 4 11 12 12
I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 9 19 34 57
SHOULD I LAUGH OR CRY Abba 10 17 25 32 41

THAT DON’T IMPRESS ME MUCH Shania Twain 11 5 2 1 1
DEAD FROM THE WAIST DOWN Catatonia 12 18 23 31 39
BABY ONE MORE TIME Britney Spears 13 16 24 29 26
EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO WEAR SUNSCREEN) Baz Luhrmann 14 7 1 6 16
THE TRAIN IS COMING UB40 15 25 52
YOU DON’T KNOW ME Armand Van Helden 16 21 31 36 44
THE VISITORS Abba 17 30 46 58
HUMAN Pretenders 18 6 4 9 7
FLOWERZ Armand Van Helden/ Roland Clark 19 28 53
CANNED HEAT Jamiroquai 20 15 13 13 9

THE PIPER Abba 21 44
NO SCRUBS TLC 22 35 41 41 31
HONEY HONEY/ RING RING (original) Abba 23 39 54 68
STRONG Robbie Williams 24 27 39 60
IT’S NOT RIGHT BUT IT’S OK Whitney Houston 25 26 36 55
BEAT MAMA Cast 26 14 21 27 50
ERASE/REWIND Cardigans 27 31 42 46 46
MY NAME IS.. Eminem 28 41 73
THE ANIMAL SONG Savage Garden 29 20 18 18 32
BLAME IT ON THE WEATHERMAN B*Witched 30 52

SATELLITE OF LOVE Lou Reed 31 38 47 52 56
SHOWER YOUR LOVE Kula Shaker 32 32 12 17 23
WISH I COULD FLY Roxette 33 47
I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU Abba 34 48
EL PARAISO RICO Deetah 35 51
CAN’T TAKE MY EYES../MUSIC TO WATCH../IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams 36 45 49 53 53
LOVE OF A LIFETIME Honeyz 37 64
KISS ME Sixpence None The Richer 38 22 8 4 2
LULLABY Shawn Mullins 39 49 51 51 51
ALL NIGHT LONG Faith Evans/ Puff Daddy 40 58

MADE IT BACK ’99 Beverley Knight 41 53
CALIFORNIA DREAMING/MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas 42 42 43 43 40
BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf 43 43 44 44 27
111 WISHES Terrorvision 44 23 45 18
WONDROUS PLACE Billy Fury 45 33 33 49
RED ALERT Basement Jaxx 46 34 56
LA MUSICA Ruff Driverz Present Arrola 47
HURT ME SO BAD Lulu 48 65
SWEAR IT AGAIN Westlife 49 57
BE ALONE NO MORE Another Level 50

GIRLFRIEND/BOYFRIEND Blackstreet/ Janet jackson 51
BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley 52 54 55 56 58
FLY AWAY Lenny Kravitz 53 50 63 63
TURN AROUND Phats & Small 54
BLOSSOMS FALLING Ooberman 55
AS George Michael/ Mary J. Blige 56 62
I WANT IT THAT WAY Backstreet Boys 57 12 10 8 5
LOVE ON LOVE Candi Staton 58
GEORGIE PORGIE Eric Benet/ Faith Evans 59
WILD WOOD Paul Weller 60 60 64 66 68

BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Foundations 61 63 67 69 72
BRING MY FAMILY BACK Faithless 62 61
EX-FACTOR Lauryn Hill 63 68 66 74
TABOO Glamma Kid/ Shola Ama 64
STRONG ENOUGH Cher 65 50 62
BADDER BADDER SCHWING Freddie Fresh/ Fatboy Slim 66
BELIEVE Cher 67 75 75 71 64
WHAT’S IT GONNA BE? Busta Rhymes/ Janet Jackson 68 36 58
YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers 69 69 69 42 37
ANGELS Robbie Williams 70 72

HONEY TO THE BEE Billie 71
WITCH DOCTOR Cartoons 72
WATERLOO (Swedish version) Abba 73
KOREAN BODEGA Fun Lovin’ Criminals 74 37 60
TEQUILA Terrorvision 75

9th May New Entries

THE WIND P.J.Harvey 8 14 24 38
MA BAKER – SOMEBODY SCREAMED Boney M vs Horny United 24 26 38 54
GET IT ON Phoebe One 29 27 47
WILD WILD WEST Will Smith 40 29 20 20
EVERY MORNING Sugar Ray 46 9 7 4
SWEET LIKE CHOCOLATE Shanks & Bigfoot 50 40 40 28
PUMPING ON YOUR STEREO Supergrass 55 35 35 24
RUN ON Moby 56
YOU LOOK SO FINE Garbage 59
PRIVATE NUMBER 911″ 66 48 67 67
LOOK AT ME Geri Halliwell 67 37 64 57
YOU NEEDED ME Boyzone 70 70 70
WHAT YOU NEED Powerhouse/ Duane Harden 71 71
DISCO DOWN Shed Seven 73 20 21 25
PICK A PART THAT’S NEW Stereophonics 74

16th May New Entries

WHAT IT’S LIKE Everlast 6 2 6
IT’S ALL BEEN DONE Barenaked Ladies 17 26 35
LUV ME LUV ME Shaggy/ Janet Jackson 28 14 19
MILLENIUM Robbie Williams 30 22 43
OUT OF MY HEAD Fastball 32 10 13
PRAISE YOU Fatboy Slim 38 23 42
ALL I HAVE TO GIVE (Remix) Backstreet Boys 57
ALL BOUT THE MONEY Meja 59 59 70
SHE WANTS YOU Billie 61 48 61
BLUE MONDAY Orgy 62 65 69
HARMLESS Mulberry Lane 63 37 45
BETTER DAYS (AND THE BOTTOM DROPS OUT) Citizen King 65
DRIFTWOOD Travis 68 10
BYE BYE BABY TQ 72
WAIT TILL I GET HOME C-Note 74 54 49

23rd May New Entries

IF YOU HAD MY LOVE Jennifer Lopez 19 17
BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Madonna 30 11
NO MATTER WHAT Boyzone 33 52
I DRIVE MYSELF CRAZY N-Sync 34 34
LIVIN LA VIDA LOCA Ricky Martin 39 14
HEARTBREAK HOTEL Whitney Houston, Faith Evans, Kelly Price 45 29
1999 Prince 61 47
SPECIAL Pretenders 62
ANYTHING BUT DOWN Sheryl Crow 72
WE LIKE TO PARTY (THE VENGABUS) Venga Boys 73 66
SOMETIMES Britney Spears 75 74

30th May New Entries

GIVE IT TO ME Jordan Knight 30
TEARING UP MY HEART N-Sync 33
LOUIE LOUIE Three Amigos 48
BYE BYE BABY TQ 59
SAY IT AGAIN Precious 60
SAD EYES Bruce Springsteen 65
BUSES AND TRAINS Bacholer Girl 71
ALL STARS Smashmouth 73
THE HARDEST PART 98degrees 75

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