My 1995 Charts – May

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7th May 1995

In the week that we were in Cairns and flew to Honolulu, new UK music was non-existent, it was like going slightly back in time, and mostly to AOR USA rock stations. Consequently, lots of records go back up and re-enter, and the few new entries are non-UK hits. Madonna shoots up 25 places to get a second run on top nearly 6 months on with the fab Take A Bow, a record that was mystifyingly minor in the UK and huge elsewhere. Portishead make the top 10 for the second time, while Dionne Farris and Hootie And The Blowfish both reach new top 10 peaks.

Sheryl Crow re-enters at a new peak of 12, with the rather touching Strong Enough, while Blessid Union Of Souls rocket up to 17, with I Believe, and TLC’s Creep and Madonna’s Bedtime Story re-enter the 40, while Martin Page and Firehouse both enter inside the 40 with very Adult Rock tracks. It’s worth pointing out in normal times tracks like Firehouse wouldn’t stand a chance in my charts, though the Martin Page song isn’t bad. At 45, Newton covers Jigsaw’s mighty 1975 worldwide hit Sky high. Jigsaw were the first band I saw live in concert in 1977/8, and this Stock Aitken Waterman version didn’t happen in the UK as dance music had moved on – but it hit elsewhere, and the song’s good, even in this trashy pop cover version. Finally, at 59, 4 P.M. cover the English lyric soulful A Taste Of Honey cover of the original brilliant Japanese language Kyu Sakamoto version of Sukiyaki. Kyu eventually got the record to top my charts in the 2010’s, 50 years late, cos I loved the toon as a kid and it’s still great. This version is a reasonable doo-wop influenced stylee not a million miles away from BoyzIImen.

1 ( 26 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
2 ( 1 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
3 ( 2 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET/ THE BALLAD OF PETER PUMPKINHEAD Crash Test Dummies
4 ( 58 ) I KNOW Dionne Farris
5 ( 3 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove
6 ( 4 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
7 ( 17 ) SOUR TIMES Portishead
8 ( 6 ) LET IT RAIN East 17
9 ( 5 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
10 ( 69 ) HOLD MY HAND Hootie And The Blowfish

11 ( 7 ) THE FIRST THE LAST ETERNITY Snap! featuring Summer
12 ( RE ) STRONG ENOUGH Sheryl Crow
13 ( 9 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
14 ( 8 ) I’M GOIN’ DOWN Mary J. Blige
15 ( 12 ) LOVE AND DEVOTION Mc Sar and The Real McCoy
16 ( 11 ) MARVELLOUS The Lightning Seeds
17 ( 67 ) I BELIEVE Blessid Union Of Souls
18 ( 10 ) CHAINS Tina Arena
19 ( 22 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
20 ( 20 ) ON BENDED KNEE BoyzIIMen

21 ( 16 ) TURN ON TUNE IN COP OUT Freak Power
22 ( 33 ) BELIEVE Elton John
23 ( 13 ) IF YOU LOVE ME Brownstone
24 ( 27 ) RED LIGHT SPECIAL TLC
25 ( 14 ) NOT OVER YET Grace
26 ( 25 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
27 ( 19 ) I’M NEVER GONNA FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Richard Marx
28 ( 15 ) BUDDY HOLLY Weezer
29 ( RE ) CREEP TLC
30 ( 21 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra

31 ( 18 ) BUBBLIN’ HOT Pato Banton featuring Rankin’ Roger
32 ( 44 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
33 ( 28 ) WHOOPS NOW! Janet Jackson
34 ( RE ) BEDTIME STORY Madonna
35 ( 23 ) THANK YOU BoyzIIMen
36 ( NEW ) IN THE HOUSE OF STONE AND LIGHT Martin Page
37 ( 29 ) ONE Mica Paris
38 ( NEW ) I LIVE MY LIFE FOR YOU Firehouse
39 ( 31 ) ONE MAN IN MY HEART Human League
40 ( 40 ) MR. PERSONALITY 20 Fingers featuring Gillette

41 ( 37 ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
42 ( 30 ) OVER THE RIVER Bitty McLean
43 ( 38 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
44 ( 24 ) U SURE DO Strike
45 ( NEW ) SKY HIGH Newton
46 ( 46 ) WONDERFUL Adam Ant
47 ( 35 ) BABY IT’S YOU/ I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN The Beatles
48 ( 39 ) ORIGINAL Leftfield featuring Toni Halliday
49 ( 49 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
50 ( 36 ) PERFECT DAY Duran Duran

51 ( 51 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
52 ( RE ) YOU GOTTA BE Des’ree
53 ( 32 ) CRAZY Mark Morrison
54 ( 53 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
55 ( 54 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
56 ( 50 ) I’VE GOT A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU MN8
57 ( 47 ) WAKE UP BOO The Boo Radleys
58 ( 42 ) GET WILD New Power Generation
59 ( NEW ) SUKIYAKI 4 P.M.
60 ( 34 ) HOLDING ON TO YOU Terence Trent D’Arby

61 ( 57 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
62 ( 59 ) WHATEVER Oasis
63 ( 63 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
64 ( RE ) RUN AWAY MC Saar and The Real McCoy
65 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
66 ( 43 ) AXEL F Clock
67 ( RE ) SET YOU FREE N Trance
68 ( NEW ) IF YOU ONLY LET ME IN MN8
69 ( 45 ) HAVE YOU EVER REALLY LOVED A WOMAN Bryan Adams
70 ( 70 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order

71 ( 71 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
72 ( 72 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
73 ( 48 ) LOVE OF MY LIFE Fun Factory
74 ( 60 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone
75 ( 75 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex

My brother had been scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, and when he got back we caught our next flight to Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii. I wouldn’t say the Pacific Ocean is big but…..apart from some glorious coral reef islands, and dramatic sunsets, it was just sea for the whole flight, and it took as long to get there as it did to get to Singapore from London. It. Is. Huge. Vast. We landed well after midnight in Hawaii, and I’d booked us some airport stayover cabins, tiny but at least it was possible to sleep a bit, and wash and change. Next day we went to our apartment, wayyy on high in what we used to call skyscrapers. Hawaii 5-0 was on permanent rotation on TV, but happily they also had the mainland US TV shows, so I was in Star Trek heaven, among many cult shows of the time.

So what was Hawaii like? Well, we were staying near Diamond Head, near the big Waikiki Beach with the paddling canoes and bustling tourists galore – it was, in short, exactly like the title intro to the TV show. Fab! Shopping malls, trolley buses, exotic fish round the local harbour, and an extinct (mostly) volcano to look at. I really was taken with the place. If only it wasn’t 7000 miles+ away…trip reports next week…


14th May 1995

In the week I returned with massive relief to the UK from Hawaii, my chart explodes with delight as exactly one-third of the dreary chart is ejected in favour of UK music scene delight. I can’t under-state how dull the music scene of each country was compared to the UK music scene in 1995. At number one, Love City Groove do what no UK act had done since the New Seekers 1972 – enter Eurovision and top my chart! One of the great UK entries, soul rap and sounding like it actually had some musical relevance to the year of entry. Still waiting for that to happen again! Let Loose shoot up to 2, their biggest hit, with great ballad Best In Me, Guaglione peaks at 3, MC Sar and The Real McCoy hit 9 and Weezer just miss at 11 with Buddy Holly.

It’s all about the new entries, though – in at 4 it’s Bernard Butler, ex-Suede and now partnered with the amazing vocals of David McAlmont for one of the greatest records of the 90’s, the awesome building OTT strings explosion that is Yes. When I say it reaches a climax, that is to understate the case! Brilliant in every way and in at 4. In at 7 temporarily ex-of-UB40, main vocalist Ali Campbell has a very UB40 duet with Pamela Starks, the lovely reggae easy-listening fabness of That Look In Your Eye, while in at 10, Marc Almond goes all Italian-dance with Adored And Explored, which sounds a bit odd 2 decades on when I was expecting a dramatic ballad – yes I’d forgotten this one! Marc’s former duet partner (I Feel Love) also enters at 15 with a cover of Susan Cadogan’s 1975 top 5 Hurts So Good, still reggae but not quite as good.

Charles & Eddie return with 24-7-365, a pleasant soul groove, at 18; the only World Hit to climb substantially is Newton going Sky High at 13; Definition Of Sound go Boom Boom at 27, though they really should have guested Basil Brush on it; at 29 Scatman John does scat dance stylee and influences future UK Eurovision entry from Electro Velvet. They did it with a better record. At 30, Duran Duran do a pretty good rock cover of the classic Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel rap White Lines 11 years on, while at 34 Elton John is Made In England. Des’ree feels so high at 35, easily pleased obviously, while Dumb and Dumber’s offshoot Gigolo Aunts Where I Find My Heaven strums in at 36 in a Rembrandts stylee. Oasis are back with Some Might Say at 37, and some great riffing but not such a great song as recent singles, but still good, while Bitty McLean covers The Carpenters We’ve Only Just Begun at 40 reggae style (of course), and the utterly fantastic and under-rated song-writer Paul Williams can do no wrong for me. He was also an Orang-Utan in the Apes movies.

Michelle Gayle’s back with some Freedom at 43, Baby D are back with a drum ‘n’ bass/dub-step cover of The Korgis brilliant Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime at 45, change the title, drop some lyrics, and do a pretty good job of it. Other newies include Boyzone, Sheryl Crow, The Wildhearts, Mike + The Mechanics, Scarlet, Chris Isaak and best of the bunch Living Joy in at 69 with smash hit Dreamer, a great dance track. Phew!

1 ( 5 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove
2 ( 13 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
3 ( 30 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
4 ( NEW ) YES McAlmont & Butler
5 ( 2 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
6 ( 1 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
7 ( NEW ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
8 ( 6 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
9 ( 15 ) LOVE AND DEVOTION Mc Sar and The Real McCoy
10 ( NEW ) ADORED AND EXPLORED Marc Almond

11 ( 28 ) BUDDY HOLLY Weezer
12 ( 45 ) SKY HIGH Newton
13 ( 4 ) I KNOW Dionne Farris
14 ( 3 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET/ THE BALLAD OF PETER PUMPKINHEAD Crash Test Dummies
15 ( NEW ) HURTS SO GOOD Jimmy Somerville
16 ( 7 ) SOUR TIMES Portishead
17 ( 20 ) ON BENDED KNEE BoyzIIMen
18 ( NEW ) “24-7-365” Charles and Eddie
19 ( 9 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
20 ( 8 ) LET IT RAIN East 17

21 ( 12 ) STRONG ENOUGH Sheryl Crow
22 ( 11 ) THE FIRST THE LAST ETERNITY Snap! featuring Summer
23 ( 23 ) IF YOU LOVE ME Brownstone
24 ( 10 ) HOLD MY HAND Hootie And The Blowfish
25 ( 25 ) NOT OVER YET Grace
26 ( 19 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
27 ( NEW ) BOOM BOOM Definition Of Sound
28 ( 16 ) MARVELLOUS The Lightning Seeds
29 ( NEW ) THE SCATMAN Scatman John
30 ( NEW ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran

31 ( 22 ) BELIEVE Elton John
32 ( 14 ) I’M GOIN’ DOWN Mary J. Blige
33 ( 18 ) CHAINS Tina Arena
34 ( NEW ) MADE IN ENGLAND Elton John
35 ( NEW ) FEEL SO HIGH Des’ree
36 ( NEW ) WHERE I FIND MY HEAVEN Gigolo Aunts
37 ( NEW ) SOME MIGHT SAY Oasis
38 ( 17 ) I BELIEVE Blessid Union Of Souls
39 ( NEW ) MY GIRL JOSEPHINE Super Cat featuring Jack Radics
40 ( NEW ) WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN Bitty McLean

41 ( 21 ) TURN ON TUNE IN COP OUT Freak Power
42 ( NEW ) FREEDOM Michelle Gayle
43 ( RE ) BABY BABY Corona
44 ( 27 ) I’M NEVER GONNA FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Richard Marx
45 ( NEW ) (EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D
46 ( 26 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
47 ( 47 ) BABY IT’S YOU/ I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN The Beatles
48 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE FREE (TO BE WITH YOU) Scarlet
49 ( 24 ) RED LIGHT SPECIAL TLC
50 ( 32 ) GLORY BOX Portishead

51 ( 34 ) BEDTIME STORY Madonna
52 ( NEW ) KEY TO MY LIFE Boyzone
53 ( 29 ) CREEP TLC
54 ( 41 ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
55 ( NEW ) CAN’T CRY ANYMORE Sheryl Crow
56 ( 39 ) ONE MAN IN MY HEART Human League
57 ( 68 ) IF YOU ONLY LET ME IN MN8
58 ( 33 ) WHOOPS NOW! Janet Jackson
59 ( 54 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
60 ( NEW ) I WANNA GO WHERE THE PEOPLE GO The Wildhearts

61 ( 43 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
62 ( RE ) KEEP ON MOVING Bob Marley And The Wailers
63 ( 63 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
64 ( 56 ) I’VE GOT A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU MN8
65 ( 36 ) IN THE HOUSE OF STONE AND LIGHT Martin Page
66 ( NEW ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
67 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 61 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
69 ( NEW ) DREAMER Living Joy
70 ( 38 ) I LIVE MY LIFE FOR YOU Firehouse

71 ( 71 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
72 ( 70 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
73 ( 72 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
74 ( 62 ) WHATEVER Oasis
75 ( NEW ) SOMEBODY’S CRYING Chris Isaak


Meanwhile, in Hawaii, it was a tour around the island by coach to some awesome scenery, gorgeous coral reef bays being trampled underfoot by hordes of f*cking thicky tourists and the authorities doing nothing about it, some massive waves for lifestyle surfers lazing about, going inside Diamond Head volcano, and on the last day a quite serenely sad tour of the wrecks in Pearl Harbour and film presentations. I was most struck by the small fact that on one ship 3 brothers from the same family were killed, which led to new laws preventing serving families being on the same ship – the loss to one family is just too much to ask.

We caught a late overnight flight to LAX, intending on spending a few hours on Sunset Boulevard. Sadly, what with the jetlag over the time difference, not sleeping much, we were too exhausted to leave the airport and just sat with the luggage trying to nap a little, or in my case, listening to much better Los Angeles radio stations than any I’d heard in weeks. The overnight flight home to Heathrow was also jetlag on top of jetlag, I can’t tell you how rotten I felt. I don’t handle sleep deprivation, and body-clock changes at all well…

If I ever did it again I would travel east to west. Everytime!


21st May 1995

It’s a first week at 1 for McAlmont & Butler and the devastatingly brilliant Yes. Yes? Yes! One of the great vocal pop performances, brilliant arrangement, exhilarating song. Ali Campbell meanwhile gets his biggest record since UB40’s debut Food For Thought in 1980, at 2, and Newton almost catches up with the original 1975 version of Sky High at 4. Highest new entry at 7 is the fantastic Sparks, back with one of their periodic reinvention comebacks, 21 years on from chart-topper This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us – and it’s the fab When Do I Get To Sing ‘My Way’, back in what they call an EDM-stylee these days, orchestral-tastically.

At 12, the gorgeous Eurovision Song Contest winner, Nocturne enters for Secret Garden, a bold Irish folk-flavoured mostly instrumental lush gentle and sweeping ballad with operatic singing. In Norwegian! Yes, Norway outdoing Ireland in the winning stakes, obviously believing if you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em, and then you can beat ‘em. Livin’ Joy go up a whopping 60 places to 9 with Dreamer, the under-rated Weezer to 10 and Scatman John up to 11, while Barry White grabs a 22nd year of top 20 tracks as I Only Want To Be With You re-enters at 17. Oasis sneak into the 20, as a novelty “funny” version of a great old Chinn-Chapman song (originally New World, then Smokie) Living Next Door To Alice is ruined by someone called Gompie at 30. There was worse to come….

Baby D go top 40 with The Korgis great song, as does Michelle Gayle with Freedom, and at 36 new in the latest cover version of Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi, this time from Amy Grant 3 or 4 years on from Baby Baby. At 40, The Boo Radleys find the answer within the top 40. As long as the question is where will I enter? At 48, Montell Jordan enters with the rather good This Is How We Do It r’n’b track fondly remembered still. At 54 another candidate for “Best Record Of The 90’s” and it’s Pulp back with their tour de force, the huge Common People, and the poor boy/posh girl’s plaything lyrics were a level above the pop norm and then some. Jarvis Cocker was suddenly a star after a decade or so of trying. About time!

At 55, Dusty is still happily making records, this time with an assist from Daryl Hall on the good ballad Wherever Would I Be, for 27 years of hits for Dusty and a mere 19 for Daryl. At 59, Bob Dylan still has his Dignity after a long gap away, some 26 years on from Lay Lady Lay, while Adam Ant is being sinful at 60. Others: Runrig, Radiohead, Bjork and Billie Ray Martin all pop back with new singles, some even quite big like Fake Plastic Trees as cheerful as ever. Oh yes, a huge UK million-selling number one cover version by two actors on a TV show about soldiers outsold the definitive Righteous Brothers cover of a previously chart-topping song. Unchained Melody hit the top for the 4th act, and it looked as if they would manage to kill it off forever, at a lowly 71 in my chart though, but no there was still one more insipid huge-selling chart-topping version to come before it looks to have been laid to rest.

1 ( 4 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
2 ( 7 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
3 ( 1 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove
4 ( 12 ) SKY HIGH Newton
5 ( 5 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
6 ( 3 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
7 ( NEW ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
8 ( 2 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
9 ( 69 ) DREAMER Living Joy
10 ( 11 ) BUDDY HOLLY Weezer

11 ( 29 ) THE SCATMAN Scatman John
12 ( NEW ) NOCTURNE Secret Garden
13 ( 8 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
14 ( 10 ) ADORED AND EXPLORED Marc Almond
15 ( 15 ) HURTS SO GOOD Jimmy Somerville
16 ( 13 ) I KNOW Dionne Farris
17 ( RE ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Barry White
18 ( 14 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET/ THE BALLAD OF PETER PUMPKINHEAD Crash Test Dummies
19 ( 6 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
20 ( 37 ) SOME MIGHT SAY Oasis

21 ( 9 ) LOVE AND DEVOTION Mc Sar and The Real McCoy
22 ( 18 ) “24-7-365” Charles and Eddie
23 ( 30 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran
24 ( 62 ) KEEP ON MOVING Bob Marley And The Wailers
25 ( 34 ) MADE IN ENGLAND Elton John
26 ( 33 ) CHAINS Tina Arena
27 ( 27 ) BOOM BOOM Definition Of Sound
28 ( 38 ) I BELIEVE Blessid Union Of Souls
29 ( 24 ) HOLD MY HAND Hootie And The Blowfish
30 ( NEW ) ALICE WHO THE F*** IS ALICE Gompie

31 ( 19 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
32 ( 45 ) (EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D
33 ( 23 ) IF YOU LOVE ME Brownstone
34 ( 20 ) LET IT RAIN East 17
35 ( 42 ) FREEDOM Michelle Gayle
36 ( NEW ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
37 ( 52 ) KEY TO MY LIFE Boyzone
38 ( 40 ) WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN Bitty McLean
39 ( 39 ) MY GIRL JOSEPHINE Super Cat featuring Jack Radics
40 ( NEW ) FIND THE ANSWER WITHIN The Boo Radleys

41 ( 16 ) SOUR TIMES Portishead
42 ( 22 ) THE FIRST THE LAST ETERNITY Snap! featuring Summer
43 ( 28 ) MARVELLOUS The Lightning Seeds
44 ( 26 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
45 ( 31 ) BELIEVE Elton John
46 ( 46 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
47 ( 17 ) ON BENDED KNEE BoyzIIMen
48 ( NEW ) THIS IS HOW WE DO IT Montell Jordan
49 ( 32 ) I’M GOIN’ DOWN Mary J. Blige
50 ( 55 ) CAN’T CRY ANYMORE Sheryl Crow

51 ( 25 ) NOT OVER YET Grace
52 ( 41 ) TURN ON TUNE IN COP OUT Freak Power
53 ( 21 ) STRONG ENOUGH Sheryl Crow
54 ( NEW ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
55 ( NEW ) WHEREVER WOULD I BE Dusty Springfield and Daryl Hall
56 ( NEW ) EVERYDAY Incognito
57 ( 36 ) WHERE I FIND MY HEAVEN Gigolo Aunts
58 ( NEW ) WORK IT OUT Shiva
59 ( NEW ) DIGNITY Bob Dylan
60 ( NEW ) GOTTA BE A SIN Adam Ant

61 ( NEW ) THE HIGHEST APPLE Runrig
62 ( 47 ) BABY IT’S YOU/ I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN The Beatles
63 ( 63 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
64 ( 59 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
65 ( 50 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
66 ( 66 ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
67 ( NEW ) FAKE PLASTIC TREES Radiohead
68 ( NEW ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU (Live version) The Police
69 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
70 ( 35 ) FEEL SO HIGH Des’ree

71 ( NEW ) UNCHAINED MELODY Robson Green and Jerome Flynn
72 ( NEW ) ALL TOGETHER NOW Everton F.C.
73 ( 71 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
74 ( NEW ) YOUR LOVING ARMS Billie Ray Martin
75 ( NEW ) ARMY OF ME Bjork


28th May 1995

2 weeks for Yes on top, as Livin’ Joy go top 5, Scatman John goes top 10, and Human League are the highest entry at 10 with the 3rd top 10 single in a row, the tuneful and sweet enough Filling Up With Heaven. Into the 20 go Bob Marley, Incognito and Elton John, so that’s 20 years of top 20’s for Bob and 24 for Elton. In at 22, U2 do a Batman Forever soundtrack song that is much better than the movie, the fab Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me, for a 14th year of top 40 entries. Meanwhile, Paula Abdul returns after a gap for 7 years of chart entries, this one better than most not least cos it features Ofra Haza on a vocal assist, My Love Is For Real in at 35. Radiohead go top 40 again, rocketing up with some Fake Plastic Trees, always a barrow of laughs the boys are, and they can run the whole gamut of emotion from angst to miserable. Then there’s Pulp not climbinmg anywhere near as fast as one might imagine for such a classic pop single, only at 36.

New entries lower down: Annie Lennox follows up her chart-topper with a rather gentle, lovely version of A Whiter Shade Of Pale at 46, some 23 years since Procol Harum charted with it in my charts on reissue, and 28 years since I first liked it. Annie gets an extension to her 16 years of hits in various guises. At 51, the duet we’d all though would have happened much sooner, it’s Michael and Janet with Scream. A good single and a fab video, but I think expectations were so much higher. Still, 25 years of hits for Michael, 9 for Janet. Rod’s a Star at 54, for 24 years of them, though not one I recall without heading for Youtube.

1 ( 1 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
2 ( 2 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
3 ( 4 ) SKY HIGH Newton
4 ( 9 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
5 ( 5 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
6 ( 3 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove
7 ( 11 ) SCATMAN (SKI-BA-BOP-BA-DOP-BOP) Scatman John
8 ( 13 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
9 ( 6 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
10 ( NEW ) FILLING UP WITH HEAVEN Human League

11 ( 8 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
12 ( 12 ) NOCTURNE Secret Garden
13 ( 7 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
14 ( 15 ) HURTS SO GOOD Jimmy Somerville
15 ( 14 ) ADORED AND EXPLORED Marc Almond
16 ( 10 ) BUDDY HOLLY Weezer
17 ( 20 ) SOME MIGHT SAY Oasis
18 ( 24 ) KEEP ON MOVING Bob Marley And The Wailers
19 ( 56 ) EVERYDAY Incognito
20 ( 25 ) MADE IN ENGLAND Elton John

21 ( 21 ) LOVE AND DEVOTION Mc Sar and The Real McCoy
22 ( NEW ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
23 ( 23 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran
24 ( 16 ) I KNOW Dionne Farris
25 ( 30 ) ALICE WHO THE F*** IS ALICE Gompie
26 ( 26 ) CHAINS Tina Arena
27 ( 32 ) (EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D
28 ( 28 ) I BELIEVE Blessid Union Of Souls
29 ( 36 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
30 ( 35 ) FREEDOM Michelle Gayle

31 ( 18 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET/ THE BALLAD OF PETER PUMPKINHEAD Crash Test Dummies
32 ( 19 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
33 ( 37 ) KEY TO MY LIFE Boyzone
34 ( 33 ) IF YOU LOVE ME Brownstone
35 ( NEW ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza
36 ( 54 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
37 ( 17 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Barry White
38 ( 67 ) FAKE PLASTIC TREES Radiohead
39 ( 29 ) HOLD MY HAND Hootie And The Blowfish
40 ( 22 ) “24-7-365” Charles and Eddie

41 ( 46 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
42 ( 31 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
43 ( 48 ) THIS IS HOW WE DO IT Montell Jordan
44 ( 38 ) WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN Bitty McLean
45 ( 34 ) LET IT RAIN East 17
46 ( NEW ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Annie Lennox
47 ( 27 ) BOOM BOOM Definition Of Sound
48 ( 44 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
49 ( 40 ) FIND THE ANSWER WITHIN The Boo Radleys
50 ( 50 ) CAN’T CRY ANYMORE Sheryl Crow

51 ( NEW ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
52 ( 55 ) WHEREVER WOULD I BE Dusty Springfield and Daryl Hall
53 ( 60 ) GOTTA BE A SIN Adam Ant
54 ( NEW ) YOU’RE THE STAR Rod Stewart
55 ( 45 ) BELIEVE Elton John
56 ( 43 ) MARVELLOUS The Lightning Seeds
57 ( 57 ) WHERE I FIND MY HEAVEN Gigolo Aunts
58 ( 39 ) MY GIRL JOSEPHINE Super Cat featuring Jack Radics
59 ( 52 ) TURN ON TUNE IN COP OUT Freak Power
60 ( 72 ) ALL TOGETHER NOW Everton F.C.

61 ( 58 ) WORK IT OUT Shiva
62 ( 71 ) UNCHAINED MELODY Robson Green and Jerome Flynn
63 ( 63 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
64 ( 41 ) SOUR TIMES Portishead
65 ( 64 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
66 ( 42 ) THE FIRST THE LAST ETERNITY Snap! featuring Summer
67 ( NEW ) SEXUAL Maria Rowe
68 ( 74 ) YOUR LOVING ARMS Billie Ray Martin
69 ( 69 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
70 ( 59 ) DIGNITY Bob Dylan

71 ( 49 ) I’M GOIN’ DOWN Mary J. Blige
72 ( 65 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
73 ( NEW ) SURRENDER YOUR LOVE Nightcrawlers
74 ( 73 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
75 ( 62 ) BABY IT’S YOU/ I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN The Beatles

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