My 1999 Charts – July

JULY 1999

Madge gets a full dozen chart-toppers with Beautiful Stranger, one of her best, and most joyous, records, soundtrack to the fab and groovy Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. Shagtastic! Suede are having none of that though, and knock her off for two equally fab weeks at Number One: well, She’s In Fashion, and the melody is just marvellous. It wouldn’t be right for Pet Shop Boys to have a new track out, with an outrageously long title like I Don’t Know What You Want But I Can’t Give It Anymore, and me not have it top the chart. While it’s not one of their very best singles, it’s very fine anyway, pumping along nicely.

Other Top 10 biggies? Texas’s Summer Son, a fantastic record, one of their best, some boyband action from Backstreet Boys and A1, J-Lo gets her first (but not her last) lo those 15 years ago, and Dixie Chicks lovely There’s Your Trouble, huge in the States, I mean HUGE. Until they made some very sensible comments about the political moron running the country, at which point their career nosedived, but their integrity was intact. Which is more than you can say about the worldwide mess said moron has contributed to in no small part.

Roxette, as ever, pop back with another Top 10 hit. I really must add up how many they’ve had, I suspect it’s shockingly large! Semisonic nearly get there, too, with Secret Smile. Saw them live at the time, they were great. Pity they never broke through big. Madness get their first Top 10 in 13 years, with Lovestruck, but this was a comeback that’s turned into a stayer, rather happily, as they still put out great singles. New Kids’ Jordan Knight gets an early top 20 hit with me, ahead of the UK charts, as Give It To Me is terrific, and James, another still-going cracking band, and another under-rated one, hit my number 2 with the great I Know What I’m Here For.

Culture Club are back! Away for as long as Madness, I also saw them on the tour supporting Your Kisses Are Charity single and the album – a glitter ball fell on poor George’s head, and he wasn’t happy about it! Pleasant enough gig though, anyway. Destiny’s Child have Bills Bills Bills debuting, though Beyonce certainly has none to worry about these days. Beverley Knight gets an instant Top 10 with Greatest Day, while John Williams scores the new Star Wars film and into the charts, albeit less memorably than the original. It did, however, give him 20 years as hit-maker, 22 as hit-composer.

Bran Van 3000, Canadian rappy-cred popster’s enter instantly at 5 with Drinking In LA, a classic record, and one that unforgivably wasn’t a big hit. Good thing it was in 2000, then, or I would have remained miffed about it. Pearl Jam cover a morbid American hit oldie, and I have to say it’s my fave thing they ever did. Hey ho, in at 48. Nik Kershaw has another comeback 15 years on, with Les Rhythms Digitales’ Sometimes, and Cast, some ex-Spice Girls, Alanis and Steps pop in there too.

Chart Positions after the artist are for the weeks of 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th July…

4th July 1999

BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Madonna 1 3 5 14
DOWNTOWN/ ’99 Petula Clark 2 4 12 22
SHE’S IN FASHION Suede 3 1 1 4
THAT DON’T IMPRESS ME MUCH Shania Twain 4 7 13 20
SHE Elvis Costello 5 5 9 6
MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE Whitney Houston 6 6 6 10
SUMMER SON Texas 7 2 2 3
I WANT IT THAT WAY Backstreet Boys 8 10 11 9
BE THE FIRST TO BELIEVE A1 9 12 8 8
IF YOU HAD MY LOVE Jennifer Lopez 10 11 7 17

AIN’T NO SUNSHINE Bill Withers 11 21 31 43
I BREATHE AGAIN Adam Rickitts 12 14 15 11
TEARING UP MY HEART N-Sync 13 15 17 21
THERE’S YOUR TROUBLE Dixie Chicks 14 8 16 19
CANNED HEAT Jamiroquai 15 17 24 30
EVERYTHING IS EVERYTHING Lauryn Hill 16 24 27 44
KISS ME Sixpence None The Richer 17 18 25 29
ALL OR NOTHING Cher 18 22 30 56
I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU WANT BUT I CAN’T GIVE IT ANYMORE Pet Shop Boys 19 19 4 1
LIVIN LA VIDA LOCA Ricky Martin 20 20 20 16

EVERY MORNING Sugar Ray 21 28 38 38
IN OUR LIFETIME Texas 22 26 26 28
ANYONE Roxette 23 9 14 24
ALL STARS Smashmouth 24 16 21 15
LOUIE LOUIE Three Amigos 25 35 49
PUMPING ON YOUR STEREO Supergrass 26 34 40 40
RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Fatboy Slim 27 31 35 35
HUMAN Pretenders 28 33 39 23
SCAR TISSUE Red Hot Chili Peppers 29 42 59
CRAZY HORSES Osmonds 30 37 43 52

YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE New Radicals 31 38 34 27
WILD WILD WEST Will Smith/ Dru Hill & Mo D 32 32 32 32
PINK Aerosmith 33 43 74
SWEET LIKE CHOCOLATE Shanks & Bigfoot 34 41 54 54
SECRET SMILE Semisonic 35 27 18 13
SOS Abba 36 36 36 36
BUSES AND TRAINS Bacholer Girl 37 30 41
NOW THAT YOU’VE GONE Mike + The Mechanics 38 29 42 66
THE ANIMAL SONG Savage Garden 39 46 46 62
TSUNAMI Manic Street Preachers 40 25 22 42

MY OWN WORST ENEMY Lit 41 62
DISCO DOWN Shed Seven 42 51 71
BRING IT ON Gomez 43 39 33 25
CALIFORNIA DREAMING/MONDAY MONDAY The Mamas & The Papas 44 44 45 45
YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers 45 48 50 50
BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf 46 49 51 53
CLOUD #9 Bryan Adams 47 54 60 61
DRIFTWOOD Travis 48 55
HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART Al Green 49
WONDROUS PLACE Billy Fury 50 70 70

RACE FOR THE PRIZE Flaming Lips 51 74
ABEZIZWE Ladysmith Black Mambazo 52 59
WHAT IT’S LIKE Everlast 53 53 63
THAT’S ME/ DANCING QUEEN Abba 54 57 57 60
LOVESTRUCK Madness 55 23 23 7
DOWN SO LONG Jewel 56 68
CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Dwight Yoakam 57
EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO WEAR SUNSCREEN) Baz Luhrmann 58 52 52 55
BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley 59 56 58 59
YOU DON’T KNOW ME Armand Van Helden 60 60 64 65

WITHOUT LOVE Dina Carroll 61 61 61 34
GIVE IT TO ME Jordan Knight 62 19 31
BABY ONE MORE TIME Britney Spears 63
WORD UP Melanie G 64 47 29 57
CAN’T TAKE MY EYES../MUSIC TO WATCH../IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams 65 67 68
SHOULD I LAUGH OR CRY Abba 66 66 67
ERASE/REWIND Cardigans 67
WHEN YOU SAY NOTHING AT ALL Ronan Keating 68 58 53 46
DOODAH Cartoons 69
SOMETIMES Britney Spears 70

HEY BOY HEY GIRL Chemical Brothers 71
WILD WOOD Paul Weller 72 72 73
BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Foundations 73 73 75
NO SCRUBS TLC 74
COFFEE AND TV Blur 75 44 51

11th July New Entries

I KNOW WHAT I’M HERE FOR James 13 3 2
YOUR KISSES ARE CHARITY Culture Club 40 47 18
OUT OF MY HEAD Fastball 45 72
BILLS BILLS BILLS Destiny’s Child 50 28 26
MAGIC HOUR Cast 63 55 49
HARMLESS Mulberry Lane 64 64
WAIT TILL I GET HOME C-Note 65
IRIS Goo Goo Dolls 69 33
FORGET ABOUT IT Alison Krauss 71 62 39
HERE WE GO Freestylers/ Definition Of Sound 75

18th July new entries

GREATEST DAY Beverley Knight 10 12
DUEL OF THE FATES John Williams/ LSO 37 63
GA GA Melanie C 48 37
THE TABLE Beautiful South 56
IF YA GETTIN DOWN Five 65 41
ALL THAT I CAN SAY Mary J. Blige 66
DOUBLE DOUBLE DUTCH Dope Smugglaz 69 69

25th July new entries

DRINKING IN L.A. Bran Van 3000 5
SWAY/ THAT’S AMORE Dean Martin 47
LAST KISS Pearl Jam 48
HANGING AROUND Cardigans 58
SOMETIMES Les Rhythms Digitales/ Nik Kershaw 67
LONDINIUM Catatonia 68
THE POP SINGER’S FEAR OF THE POLLEN COUNT Divine Comedy 70
LOVE’S GOT A HOLD OF MY HEART Steps 71
FEEL GOOD Phats & Small 72
WIDE AWAKE Celtus 73
GROOVELINE Blockster 74
SO PURE Alanis Morissette 75

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