My 1999 Charts – August and September

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AUGUST 1999

3 weeks at number one for the awesome Summer Son, one of Texas’ best records and their 6th chart-topper, only to be knocked off by Canada’s Bran Van 3000 who grab one week with the fab Drinking In LA, before themselves getting booted off by TLC and their second-best best record, the gorgeous and touching Unpretty hitting the top 4 years after Waterfalls did the same.

Other biggies over the summer sun, Mercury Rev’s Goddess On A Hiway at 4, Enrique’s debut hit Bailamos at 7, the fab Groove Armada sampling Patti Page for chilled atmospheric At The River at 4, Mel C rocking it up at 9 with You’re Going Down, and James peaking at 2 with I Know What You’re Here For.

Planet Perfecto rehash Grace’s fabulous Not Over Yet, and get an instant number 9 with one of those dance tracks that improves with age, as exciting as the day it was remixed. There’s even room for a decent bit of boyband pop as A1 make us the First To Believe at 7, Ocean Colour Scene show there’s Profit In Peace at 10 – if only it were true – and Pet Shop Boys disco chanter New York City Boy enters at 24. REM cover Tommy James 1971 US hit beautifully Draggin’ The LIne, and Yazoo pop back at 6 with Only You 17 years on.

Westlife’s If I Let You Go actually makes my Top 40, not often that happened then, and Divine Comedy’s Fear Of The Pollen Count made my Top 20, which often happened then. Even Geri Halliwell joins Mel C, albeit at 30, with Mi Chico Latino, the record I always associate with a car drive to Torquay with my brother and nephew to watch the (almost-total) eclipse of the sun. That was fab, all the sheep on the hillside overlooking the town started braying when it got dark. Ah memories….

1st Aug chart

SUMMER SON Texas 1 1 1 2 4
I KNOW WHAT I’M HERE FOR James 2 3 6 10 11
DRINKING IN L.A. Bran Van 3000 3 2 2 1 2
I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU WANT BUT I CAN’T GIVE IT ANYMORE Pet Shop Boys 4 5 3 3 3
SHE’S IN FASHION Suede 5 9 12 17 19
SHE Elvis Costello 6 13 31 47 50
GODDESS ON A HIWAY Mercury Rev 7 7 5 4 5
AT THE RIVER Groove Armada/ Patti Page 8 4 4 7 8
YOUR KISSES ARE CHARITY Culture Club 9 8 8 13 20
SECRET SMILE Semisonic 10 15 17 21 35

BE THE FIRST TO BELIEVE A1 11 11 7 9 16
LOVESTRUCK Madness 12 6 11 18 31
MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE Whitney Houston 13 10 10 12 21
LIVIN LA VIDA LOCA Ricky Martin 14 19 15 24 27
I BREATHE AGAIN Adam Rickitt 15 16 21 33 60
I WANT IT THAT WAY Backstreet Boys 16 20 25 40 48
GREATEST DAY Beverley Knight 17 17 19 31 52
YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE 99 Candi Staton 18 23 37 52
SEPTEMBER” 99 Earth Wind & Fire 19 26 43 61
BILLS BILLS BILLS Destiny’s Child 20 12 20 34 44

IF YOU HAD MY LOVE Jennifer Lopez 21 21 32 39 39
MAGIC HOUR Cast 22 31 49
BRING IT ON Gomez 23 28 50
BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Madonna 24 24 24 32 45
DOUBLE DOUBLE DUTCH Dope Smugglaz 25 18 27 50
ALL STAR Smashmouth 26 46 71
YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE New Radicals 27 32 35 46 49
THAT DON’T IMPRESS ME MUCH Shania Twain 28 34 29 37 46
THERE’S YOUR TROUBLE Dixie Chicks 29 39 46 60 37
SWEET CHILD O MINE Sheryl Crow 30 30 30 30 53

IN OUR LIFETIME Texas 31 33 36 36 41
WHEN YOU SAY NOTHING AT ALL Ronan Keating 32 27 18 29 47
TEARING UP MY HEART N-Sync 33 57
IF YA GETTIN DOWN Five 34 22 22 44 63
KISS ME Sixpence None The Richer 35 35 41 48 55
SOS Abba 36 38 38 38 38
WITHOUT LOVE Dina Carroll 37 58 70
HUMAN Pretenders 38 42 44 53 58
DOWNTOWN/ ’99 Petula Clark 39 48 56 73 73
ANYONE Roxette 40 49 60

RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Fatboy Slim 41 44 48 55 64
CANNED HEAT Jamiroquai 42 52 67 67 61
THE POP SINGER’S FEAR OF THE POLLEN COUNT Divine Comedy 43 43 16 16 22
WILD WILD WEST Will Smith/ Dru Hill & Mo D 44 53 61 71 72
CALIFORNIA DREAMING The Mamas & The Papas 45 45 45 45 43
EVERY MORNING Sugar Ray 46 50 57 58
SWAY/ THAT’S AMORE Dean Martin 47 62 68
PUMPING ON YOUR STEREO Supergrass 48 66
WHY DOES IT ALWAYS RAIN ON ME Travis 49 29 13 8 13
FORGET ABOUT IT Alison Krauss 50 75 64

GIVE IT TO ME Jordan Knight 51 72
YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers 52 55 55 57 57
FEEL GOOD Phats & Small 53 25 23 19 34
CRAZY HORSES Osmonds 54 61 65
TSUNAMI Manic Street Preachers 55
IRIS Goo Goo Dolls 56
BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf 57 60 62 66 68
SWEET LIKE CHOCOLATE Shanks & Bigfoot 58 65
BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley 59 59 59 59 59
LAST KISS Pearl Jam 60

THAT’S ME/ DANCING QUEEN Abba 61 64 64 65 66
EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO WEAR SUNSCREEN) Baz Luhrmann 62 71
CLOUD #9 Bryan Adams 63 63 63 68 71
GA GA Melanie C 64
AIN’T NO SUNSHINE Bill Withers 65
MUCHO MAMBO Shaft 66 56 47 62 18
YOU DON’T KNOW ME Armand Van Helden 67 70 73 74 75
LONDINIUM Catatonia 68
THE ANIMAL SONG Savage Garden 69 73
LOVE’S GOT A HOLD OF MY HEART Steps 70 68 54

HANGING AROUND Cardigans 71
UNPRETTY TLC 72 41 26 5 1
EVERYTHING IS EVERYTHING Lauryn Hill 73
WHENEVER I STOP Mike + The Mechanics 74 74
DID YOU EVER THINK R. Kelly 75 40 53

8th Aug new entries

WHAT IS LIFE Shawn Mullins 14 14 14 17
THERE SHE GOES Sixpence None The Richer 36 33 20 28
RENDEZ-VU Basement Jaxx 37 34 22 12
BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE Tom Jones/ Cardigans 47 28 28 42
BAILAIMOS Enrique Iglesias 51 40 27 7
LET FOREVER BE Chemical Brothers/ Noel Gallagher 54 54 54
ALL THAT I CAN SAY Mary J. Blige 67 39 49
GUILTY CONSCIENCE Eminem/ Dr dre 69 51 51 23

15th Aug new entries

NOT OVER YET 99 Planet Perfecto/ Grace 9 11 14
SING IT BACK Moloko 42 42 25
OUT OF MY HEAD Fastball 52 63 33
MI CHICO LATINO Geri Halliwell 58 41 30
SO LONG Fierce 66 26 32
MAKES ME LOVE YOU Eclipse/ Sister Sledge 69
PROFIT IN PEACE Ocean Colour Scene 72 23 10
HIGHER THAN HEAVEN Kelle Bryan 74 56 51
MAMBO NO. 5 Lou Bega 75 35 26

22nd Aug new entries

ONLY YOU Yazoo 6 6
DRAGGIN THE LINE REM 15 15
YOU’RE GOING DOWN Melanie C 25 9
IF I LET YOU GO Westlife 43 29
AMERICAN WOMAN Lennie Kravitz 69 56
STOP THE ROCK Apollo Four Forty 70 65
FIRE IN MY HEART Super Furry Animals 72
MOVING Supergrass 75

29th Aug new entries

NEW YORK CITY BOY Pet Shop Boys 24
BLOW UP A-GO-GO James Clarke 36
SHAKE ME Mint Royale 40
SOMETIMES Britney Spears 62
MAN I FEEL LIKE A WOMAN Shania Twain 67
FIVE FATHOMS Everything But The Girl 69
SUMMERTIME Another level/TQ 70
EVERYTHING MUST FLOW Suede 74

SEPTEMBER 1999

Bob Marley gets remixed Funkstar Deluxe 90‘s stylee (again) but this time it’s a real-old obscure track that gets the treatment, and it’s Faaaab – Sun Is Shining, appropriately for the eclipse. Following the Sixpence None The Richer pleasant cover of There She Goes, that well-known 1989 love song to Heroine (honest!) The La’s definitive version comes back and even bigger 3rd time round, going all the way to 1 for 3 weeks. That melody is a killer, which is quite appropriate I suppose.

Enrique hits 3, I do love my Spanish rhythms, gets my dancing shoes all a shuffling and a swaying, while Jordan Knight hits 7 with the terrific Give It To You, some weeks ahead of it’s UK chart debut. Better by far than the entire dreary NKOTB back catalogue. Moloko make their Top 10 debut with the great Sing It Back, and Tom Jones unlikely current duets album gives him a Talking Heads cover hit with the fab Cardigans, Burning Down The House.

Macy Gray announces “I Try”, and so she does at 6, while Supergrass are Moving to 12. Britney’s driving me crazy at 14, and Texas, bang in at 5 with the wonderful When We Are Together, all retro Motown delight. The Beatles are all Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, as a never-before-charted Sgt Pepper highlight album track 32 years on, and long overdue – even Elton had already charted it (with John Lennon assistance) in 1974, but the Fabs deserved that hit! New at 18, Santana is back with a vengeance at 18, helped in no small part by Matchbox 20’s Rob Thomas, as Smooth brings that Latino guitar hero sound back 22 years since his last real hit. Yay! Not forgetting Mark Anthony, as I continue in my Latino music groove, at 20. Wonder if he knows J-Lo?

5th Sept chart

SUN IS SHINING Bob Marley 1 2 2 3
UNPRETTY TLC 2 3 3 2
BAILAMOS Enrique Iglesias 3 5 7 10
SUMMER SON Texas 4 4 6 13
I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU WANT BUT I CAN’T GIVE IT ANYMORE Pet Shop Boys 5 11 22 35
DRINKING IN L.A. Bran Van 3000 6 6 11 19
GIVE IT TO YOU Jordan Knight 7 14 18 8
NEW YORK CITY BOY Pet Shop Boys 8 13 10 9
GOING DOWN/ GA GA Melanie C 9 8 8 16
THERE SHE GOES Sixpence None The Richer 10 7 9 12

PROFIT IN PEACE Ocean Colour Scene 11 9 16 26
ONLY YOU/’99 Yazoo 12 18 30 46
GODDESS ON A HIWAY Mercury Rev 13 19 32 58
RENDEZ VU Basement Jaxx 14 22 37 67
AT THE RIVER Groove Armada/ Patti Page 15 17 26 40
SING IT BACK Moloko 16 10 14 27
IF I LET YOU GO Westlife 17 24 33 50
BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE Tom Jones/ Cardigans 18 16 15 15
I KNOW WHAT I’M HERE FOR James 19 27 38 48
GUILTY CONSCIENCE Eminem/ Dr Dre 20 23 35 68

MOVING Supergrass 21 12 12 24
YOUR KISSES ARE CHARITY Culture Club 22 32 43 69
DRAGGIN THE LINE REM 23 35 47
BLOW UP A-GO-GO James Clarke 24 31 44
SWEET CHILD O MINE Sheryl Crow 25 20 28 53
WHAT IS LIFE Shawn Mullins 26 38 46
MUCHO MAMBO Shaft 27 45 52
NOT OVER YET 99 Planet Perfecto/ Grace 28 53
SHE’S IN FASHION Suede 29 39 45 59
I TRY Macy Gray 30 30 13 6

WHY DOES IT ALWAYS RAIN ON ME Travis 31 34 40 45
MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE Whitney Houston 32 33 34 37
LIVIN LA VIDA LOCA Ricky Martin 33 49 49 55
BE THE FIRST TO BELIEVE A1 34 59
SUMMERTIME OF OUR LIVES A1 35 25 25 44
THURSDAY’S CHILD David Bowie 36 46 61 47
MI CHICO LATINO Geri Halliwell 37 64
SHAKE ME Mint Royale 38 51
THE KIDS AREN’T ALRIGHT Offspring 39 26 48
SWAY/THAT’S AMORE Dean Martin 40

SOS Abba 41 41 41 41
MAMBO NO. 5 (A LITTLE BIT OF..) Lou Bega 42 61 58
CALIFORNIA DREAMING The Mamas & The Papas 43 43 42 42
I’VE GOT YOU Martine McCutcheon 44 44 59
BEST FRIEND Mark Morrison/ Connor Reeves 45 71
IN OUR LIFETIME Texas 46 52 54 56
IF YOU HAD MY LOVE Jennifer Lopez 47 66
STAY WITH ME TILL DAWN Lucid 48 48 34
THERE’S YOUR TROUBLE Dixie Chicks 49 60 60 60
FIVE FATHOMS Everything But The Girl 50 50 17 17

HIGHER THAN HEAVEN Kelle Bryan 51 61
YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE New Radicals 52 56 55 51
THAT DON’T IMPRESS ME MUCH Shania Twain 53 54 57 66
MAN I FEEL LIKE A WOMAN Shania Twain 54 36 36 30
SUMMERTIME Another Level/TQ 55 67
AMERICAN WOMAN Lenny Kravitz 56
OUT OF MY HEAD Fastball 57 57 67
BLUE (DA BA DEE) Eiffel 65 58 58 74
STOP THE ROCK Apollo Four Forty 59
EVERYTHING MUST FLOW Suede 60 40 51

BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley 61 62 62 62
YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers 62 63 63 63
THE POP SINGER’S FEAR OF THE POLLEN COUNT Divine Comedy 63
GENIE IN A BOTTLE Christine Aguilera 64 39 22
HUMAN Pretenders 65 69 69 73
I WANT IT THAT WAY Backstreet Boys 66 72 66 71
BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Madonna 67 68 68 75
I WOULDN’T BELIEVE YOUR RADIO Stereophonics 68 21 27 52
KISS ME Sixpence None The Richer 69 74 74
THAT’S ME/ DANCING QUEEN Abba 70 70 70 70

SHE Elvis Costello 71
MAMMA MIA A-Teens 72
CENTRAL RESERVATION Beth Orton 73 20 31
CANNED HEAT Jamiroquai 74
DOWNTOWN ’99 Petula Clark 75

12th Sept New entries

THERE SHE GOES The La’s 1 1 1
TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME R. Kelly 15 4 4
JUST LIKE FRED ASTAIRE James 28 21 25
RISE Gabrielle 29 29 57
AFRIKA SHOX Leftfield/ Afrika Bambaataa 37 19 21
FRIENDS FOREVER Thunderbugs 42 31 38
(YOU DRIVE ME) CRAZY Britny Spears 47 24 14
BRAND NEW DAY Sting 55 50 23
ELEVEN TO FLY Tin Tin Out/ Wendy Page 65 39
BABY DID A BAD BAD THING/ WICKED GAME Chris Isaak 73 11
I SAVED THE WORLD TODAY Eurythmics 75 56 29

19th Sept new entries

WHEN WE ARE TOGETHER Texas 5 7
SHE’S THE ONE Robbie Williams 23 43
S CLUB PARTY S Club 7 53 28
ALL N MY GRILL Missy Elliot 64 64
SOMEDAY WE’LL KNOW New Radicals 65 54
SUPERSONIC Jamiroquai 71 65
WE’RE GOING TO IBIZA Venga Boys 72
TWENTY WILD HORSES Status Quo 73
1ST MAN IN SPACE All Seeing I/ Philip Oakey 75

26th Sept new entries

LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS Beatles 5
SMOOTH Santana/ Rob Thomas 18
I NEED TO KNOW Mark Anthony 20
JOHNNY THE HORSE Madness 32
SUNSHINE Gabrielle 33
ANOURAK LOU Genelab 36
CANTO DELLA TERRA Andrea Bocelli 49
NOT OVER YOU YET Diana Ross 72

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