My 1999 Charts – October

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October 1999

The oldies dominate the top of my chart as classic 1968 Glen Campbell/Jimmy Webb track By The Time I Get To Phoenix enters at 1 for a 3-week run – bearing in mind it never charted in the UK, but was very well-known, and critically respected, it’s about time is all I can say, and gave Glen a number one 29 years after his first, and his fifth to date. Bad news for Chris Isaak, but Wicked Game still hits 2, and had already been a number one in 1990, and the song is back in the UK and my charts this very week dance-stylee (for Parra For Cuva).

The Backstreet Boys get their 3rd chart-topper as Larger Than Life shoves Glen aside, and then that was more or less it for them as Britney and N’Sync hogged all the best songs from Max Martin.A former boyband member, albeit the generally limp New Kids On The Block, grabs a number 2 as Jordan Knight’s delicious and playful Give It To You outdoes their entire back catalogue in one single. Pet Shop Boys, meanwhile, have a rare non-topper single, as one of their more well-recalled later tracks, the very disco New York City Boy, peaks at 5 – the album Nightlife has better dance tracks on it though it’s still pretty damn good.

Future 2000 world-smash Smooth, goes top 10 for Santana and Rob Thomas (off Matchbox 20), all of whom have some number one action in 2000 coming up, and surprisingly classic album-track Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds also under-performed with all the chart action, going top 5 only for The Beatles. R. Kelly gets another of is occasional top 5 hits, as Turn Back The Hands Of Time has a 50’s flavour to it and hits 4, and Texas keep the non-stop run of fabulous singles going as When We Are Together takes it 60’s vibe to 2. The one that beat them to the top? Texas! Album-track Tell Me The Answer is pure classic Prince-soul-styled brilliance and really should have been a single, one of their best ever tracks, and utterly obscure.

Melanie C shows she can do it outside the Spice Girls and goes both down and gaga at 5. Britney’s also crazy at 8, while Tom Jones enlists the Cardigans for a Talking Heads song which leaves them burning down the house at 9, Tom’s umpteenth top 10 in 31 years, and yet another reinvention of his career – that’s how he’s kept going of course! S Club 7 have an S Club Party, heyyy, hooo, one of their best singles, Christina Aguilera announces her debut Genie in a bottle, at 9, Madness gallop into the top 10 with Johnny The Horse for a mad 20 years-worth of them, Gabrielle has some Sunshine at 10, Five Keep On Movin’ with a great pop single, while elsewhere there’s some dance, country, opera, europop, rock, r n b, and Latin-pop for a spot of variety…

3rd October Chart

BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell 1 1 1 3 6
WICKED GAME/BABY DID A BAD BAD THING Chris Isaak 2 11 22 47
UNPRETTY TLC 3 2 3 13 17
THERE SHE GOES The La’s 4 7 11 21 30
SUN IS SHINING Bob Marley 5 6 7 18 22
GIVE IT TO YOU Jordan Knight 6 3 2 6 4
NEW YORK CITY BOY Pet Shop Boys 7 5 15 28 40
I TRY Macy Gray 8 14 13 20 24
SMOOTH Santana/ Rob Thomas 9 12 12 22 39
LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS Beatles 10 15 23 36 15

TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME R. Kelly 11 4 4 5 7
WHEN WE ARE TOGETHER Texas 12 25 39 4 2
GOING DOWN/ GA GA Melanie C 13 13 5 16 32
(YOU DRIVE ME) CRAZY Britny Spears 14 8 8 10 16
BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE Tom Jones/ Cardigans 15 9 16 31 46
BAILAMOS Enrique Iglesias 16 19 25 34 47
S CLUB PARTY S Club 7 17 27 17 7 8
BRAND NEW DAY Sting 18 10 18 25 37
SUMMER SON Texas 19 24 31 17 21
I NEED TO KNOW Mark Anthony 20 23 28 38 44

THERE SHE GOES Sixpence None The Richer 21 36 48
GENIE IN A BOTTLE Christina Aguilera 22 16 9 11 12
AFRIKA SHOX Leftfield/ Afrika Bambaataa 23 31 47
JOHNNY THE HORSE Madness 24 18 10 8 13
DRINKING IN L.A. Bran Van 3000 25 30 32 45 53
STAY WITH ME TILL DAWN Lucid 26 29 19 37 57
MOVING Supergrass 27 37 43 71
I SAVED THE WORLD TODAY Eurythmics 28 20 20 15 29
HIGHER THAN HEAVEN Kelle Bryan 29 44
SUNSHINE Gabrielle 30 26 24 12 10

HEARTBREAK HOTEL Whitney Houston 31 43
FIVE FATHOMS Everything But The Girl 32 49
WHAT I AM Tin Tin Out/ Emma Bunton 33 28 21 26 26
FRIENDS FOREVER Thunderbugs 34 17 30 62
THURSDAY’S CHILD David Bowie 35 52
MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE Whitney Houston 36 40 45 66
SING IT BACK Moloko 37 48
JUST LIKE FRED ASTAIRE James 38 35 33 39 51
I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU WANT BUT I CAN’T GIVE IT ANYMORE Pet Shop Boys 39 47 54 60 66
MAN I FEEL LIKE A WOMAN Shania Twain 40 45 52

SOS Abba 41 41 41 41 41
CALIFORNIA DREAMING The Mamas & The Papas 42 42 42 42 42
PROFIT IN PEACE Ocean Colour Scene 43 55 66
AT THE RIVER Groove Armada/ Patti Page 44 54 59
CENTRAL RESERVATION Beth Orton 45
ONLY YOU/’99 Yazoo 46 57 61
WHY DOES IT ALWAYS RAIN ON ME Travis 47 50
I KNOW WHAT I’M HERE FOR James 48 56 56 56 59
NOT OVER YOU YET Diana Ross 49 65 49 30 18
IF I LET YOU GO Westlife 50 64

YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE New Radicals 51 53 51 51 56
ANOURAK LOU Genelab 52
YOUR KISSES ARE CHARITY Culture Club 53 58 64 64 71
BLUE (DA BA DEE) Eiffel 65 54 46 44 52 64
ELEVEN TO FLY Tin Tin Out/ Wendy Page 55
IN OUR LIFETIME Texas 56 59 60 44 49
MAMBO NO. 5 (A LITTLE BIT OF..) Lou Bega 57 69
SUMMERTIME OF OUR LIVES A1 58
CANTO DELLA TERRA Andrea Bocelli 59
LIVIN LA VIDA LOCA Ricky Martin 60 61 74

THERE’S YOUR TROUBLE Dixie Chicks 61 68 70
BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley 62 62 62 63 63
YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers 63 63 63 65 65
BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Madonna 64 74 75
SHE’S IN FASHION Suede 65 67 68 75
SHE’S SO HIGH Tal Bachman 66 32 27 14 14
NEVER LET YOU DOWN Honeyz 67 35 35 45
NEW DAY Wyclef-Jean/ Bono 68 38 34 48
THAT DON’T IMPRESS ME MUCH Shania Twain 69 72 72
THAT’S ME/ DANCING QUEEN Abba 70 66 67 68 68

I WANT IT THAT WAY Backstreet Boys 71 71 71
I’VE GOT YOU Martine McCutcheon 72
HUMAN Pretenders 73 73 73
WHEN THE HEARTACHE IS OVER Tina Turner 74 39 37 27 19
GOODBYE Def Leppard 75

10th October new entries

LARGER THAN LIFE Backstreet Boys 21 6 2 1
EVERYTHING MY HEART DESIRES Adam Rickett 22 14 9 9
LIFE’S TOO SHORT Lightning Seeds 33 29 43 11
I WOULDN’T BELIEVE YOUR RADIO Stereophonics 34 36 49 69
SHE’S THE ONE/ IT’S ONLY US Robbie Williams 51 50 32 31
BUDDY X ’99 Dreem Teem vs. Neneh Cherry 60 57 57 52
JESSE HOLD ON B*Witched 70 55 40 50
AIN’T THAT A LOT OF LOVE Simply Red 75 38 29 27

17th October new entries

PLEASE REMEMBER ME Tim McGraw 26 46
GIMME ALL YOUR LOVIN’ 2000 Martay/ Z Z Top 40 67
BUG-A-BOO Destiny’s Child 46 33 28
CLOSING TIME Semisonic 53 53 34
FOREVER Charlatans 58 50
DOVE L’AMORE Cher 65
LEARN TO FLY Foo Fighters 69 69 20

24th October new entries

TELL ME THE ANSWER Texas 1 3
WHY DOES MY HEART FEEL SO BAD Moby 19 25
KEEP ON MOVIN’ Five 23 5
CARNATION Liam Gallagher/ Steve Cradock 24 36
WILL 2 K Will Smith 54 54
WONDERLAND 911″ 55 55
IN AND OUT OF MY LIFE Onephatdeeva 58 33
TOUR DE FRANCE Kraftwerk 59
OUT OF CONTROL Chemical Brothers/ Bernard Sumner 61
AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Steps 70 60
HEARTBREAKER Mariah Carey 72 58
2 TIMES Ann Lee 73 67
YOU MUST GO ON Bernard Butler 74

31st October new entries

RISE Gabrielle 23
STEAL MY SUNSHINE Len 35
WAITING FOR TONIGHT Jennifer Lopez 38
THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH Garbage 43
COLD SHOULDER Culture Club 48
READY TO FLY Dixie Chicks 61
FLYING WITHOUT WINGS Westlife 62
WHY Glamma Kid 70
TURN Travis 72
TURN YOUR LIGHTS DOWN LOW Bob Marley/ Lauryn Hill 73
SEXX LAWS Beck 74
THE BEST OF ME Bryan Adams 75

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