Pop Music From a Kiddie POV – 1961 Part 2

HOLE IN THE BUCKET – Harry Belafonte & Odetta (5 weeks)

 

 

Now this is a real oddity to modern ears, a live recording of a pioneering social activist, singer & acting Calypso singer from the 50’s and early 60’s. Dad had a Harry Belafonte album of his biggest 50’s tunes, but not including the chart-topping Mary’s Boy Child Xmas classic which topped the chart when I was born, nor this one which I was obsessed with by as a very young boy and remained so through to, ooh, about my early teens when the novelty value started to wear off. It’s essentially a chanted/sung husband/wife argument over pending chores, with the husband using circular logic to avoid doing any work, and the wife more exasperated. There’s no instrumentation, it’s mildly amusing, and The Muppets later covered it. It’s not classic Belafonte though, that’s Mary’s Boy Child, or hits such as Island In The Sun or the other kiddie fave of mine The Banana Boat Song (Day-o) from 1957. As I wasn’t born then, though, that’s ineligible, or else we’d be getting into stuff like Happy Talk and He’s A Tramp as well!

 

BIG BAD JOHN – Jimmy Dean (7 weeks)

 

 

Mum & Dad loved this one as I was growing up, anything vaguely country,  a gruff male American singer of a story-song and it would go down very well in our house. The tale of modest hero Big John heroically sacrificing himself to save coal-mining disaster buddies struck a chord – dad, granddad and one day my younger brother would all work down a coal-mine, the major occupation in our coal-mining town – and of course he was called John, so how could I not also love it?! Jimmy Dean? The country star had loads of US singles and albums and TV shows, but I know only this track by him to this day. Sometimes one big hit is better than a string of stuff no-one recalls…..

 

DON’T BRING LULU – Dorothy Provine (1 week)

 

 

 

Dorothy Provine was an actress with a memorably quirky voice who was around quite a bit in the 60’s on US TV, notably at this time The Roaring Twenties, a period-set show from 35 years earlier – think something set in the 80’s now, plenty of those about – though the 20’s seemed positively historic in the 60’s to me. I don’t recall this show – my big memory was of 77 Sunset Strip and it’s theme tune which dated from the same time and also had a pop culture influence at the time with a spin-off hit record (Kookie Kookie Lend Me Your Comb). This very catchy song from 1925 was pure Roaring 20’s, and pretty well-played during the 60’s, and was one I recall hearing and loving sining along to. Dorothy Provine? I continued to be a fan, notably in the timeless It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, the slapstick masterpiece movie with an all-star cast of larger-than-life comics and character-actors – Dorothy was the lone voice of sanity who spots the “Big Double-ya (W)” where hidden stolen loot was supposedly buried as others go manic about her. The Great Race was another good period (comedy) movie she was in, with a fab cast, and kiddie fave Disney film That Darn Cat! (I was very big on that one at the time).

 

WALKIN’ BACK TO HAPPINESS – Helen Shapiro (5 weeks)

 

 

Schoolgirl with the mature voice, Helen Shapiro was another early pop star fave of mine, I loved her – and this was her catchy tune that stayed me with throughout the 60’s until I managed to record it off the radio in 1970 in Singapore and boosted it all over again. Very 1961 with those backing girlie vocals, but such a joyous song it retains period charm. Moving into blues in her later career, I still wish she’d record something contemporary, maybe referencing her early teenage career when she was on TV loads and barely 16 years old.

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Pop Music From A Kiddie POV – 1961 Part 1

WOODEN HEART – Elvis Presley (11 weeks)

 

 

I can’t say I have any specific memories of this Elvis singalong from G.I. Blues – I was too young for the film, though I might have caught it on TV a few years later – but it was one that was pretty well known during the 60’s (unlike some of Elvis’ other chart-toppers) – and a regular of Two-Way Family Favourites the weekly show for forces families living abroad which aired on Radio Two in the UK, I think. Other than that – obviously one to appeal to kids, what with the puppet theme, a German-styled song to fit in with Elvis in Germany, and a catchy-singalong for all the family.

 

HALFWAY TO PARADISE – Billy Fury (9 weeks)

 

 

Billy Fury was my fave male popstar when I was pre-school – mum and dad have always fondly-recalled me pronouncing his name Billy Floory – but I oddly recall few of his songs from the time, though some of them are very good indeed (Wondrous Place, for example). This song is by far his most-famous, and best, a cover of the Tony Orlando US-hit version of the Carole King-Gerry Goffin song which is better than the original, all sweeping strings supporting his unusual vocal-style. Again, no specific place-memories to it, just know it was the song of his that everyone seemed to love most. Dad bought one of his singles in 1966, amongst a batch of oldies, but sadly it wasn’t this one, it was the more-50’s-rocker-styled Collette. When Billy died far too young in 1983, I was saddened that he was having a revival of sorts, obviously aware how ill he was and making the best of things to stay occupied.

 

JOHNNY REMEMBER ME – John Leyton (8 weeks)

 

 

This Joe Meek brainchild chart-topper was an example of a record elevating itself from brilliant production, a death disc that was literally haunting, in lyric, and not so literally in sound. John Leyton was a TV star lucked-into a short pop career. I had no idea who the singer was or what his name was, but I knew and loved the song, not least because it was called Johnny – and my name is John. Kids love songs with their name in, it gives a sense of ownership and importance! Joe Meek records were ground-breaking for the UK pop scene of the time, and still impress nearly 60 years later in this case. One of those songs I still love, cos it’s still fab, but have never overdosed on from over-familiarity – always have heard it semi-regularly but never over and over and over again, which can take decades to get over sometimes when a song you love burns out. (Shhh don’t mention Bo Rap!)

My May 1987 Charts

5th May 1987

It’s a 17-place climb to claim a first chart-topper for Crowded House and their gorgeous Don’t Dream It’s Over, beating I Got You’s peak of 2 in 1980 for Split-Enz, as the Finn Brothers used to be known (more or less), and keeping Living In A Box off the top spot to boot. Ben E. King gets a second oldies top 10 with a 26 year-old track, this time the fabulous Spanish Harlem which had gone top 5 for Aretha Franklin in 1971, the later of many 60’s covers of the song. The Damned get a second top 10 with the 1968 Love classic, and the highest actual new song is from Jesus And Mary Chain and the trippy-goth of April Skies at 27, sort of melodic distorted metal a la The Velvet Underground.

Tom Jones leapfrogs a pair of footballers as both climb fast into the 20, Tom having been there many times before in the 60’s and early 70’s, but rarely since, Kiss being the most recent career-resurrecting instance. Falco has a massive climb for his 3rd hit – one I’ve forgotten, but obviously liked being Emotional about it. Level 42 also climb high into the 40 along with Elvis’ reactivated Bossa Nova Baby, and a chart debut for the tongue-in-cheek Glam-metal Zodiac Mindwarp at 38 as he’s a Prime Mover.

It’s a huge influx of new entries lower down, Europe are back, The Cult get a 3rd or 4th, Westworld follow-up, Swing Out Sister make it a hat-trick, The Armoury Show is another I’ve entirely forgotten, Jody Watley gets a solo comeback having left Shalamar never to return and Looking For A New Love. A clutch of covers then pop up, The Mint Juleps doing Robert Palmer’s fab 1978 Every Kinda People, Gary Moore getting an 8th year of hits with his Easybeats cover (aka Flash & The Pan in later years, and the older-brother/producer of AC/DC’s Young brothers), Toyah does Martha & The Muffins, and David Essex returns after a few years away with a Welsh 112-year-old song. Not the oldest song to chart ever, but it’s up there in the list. David thus gets a 14-year run of hits since Rock On. Finally, two more solo hits for Paul King and Debbie Harry, Paul on his way to becoming an early VJ on satellite music stations when his music career stalls shortly after this, and Debbie carrying on where Blondie left off, for 9 years of charting, 6 years of solo hits, and another 30 years of both still to come. Legend!

1 ( 18 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
2 ( 4 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
3 ( 1 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
4 ( 6 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
5 ( 3 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
6 ( 7 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
7 ( 5 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
8 ( NEW ) SPANISH HARLEM Ben E. King
9 ( 15 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
10 ( 2 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert

11 ( 19 ) SHAME OMD
12 ( 20 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
13 ( 17 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
14 ( 28 ) BIG DECISION That Petrol Emotion
15 ( 40 ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones
16 ( 8 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
17 ( 33 ) DIAMOND LIGHTS Glen & Chris
18 ( 10 ) RADIO HEART Radio Heart & Gary Numan
19 ( 29 ) CAN’T BE WITH YOU TONIGHT Judy Boucher
20 ( 9 ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE Fine Young Cannibals

21 ( 13 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
22 ( 12 ) IF YOU LET ME STAY Terence Trent D’Arby
23 ( 16 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
24 ( 11 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
25 ( 27 ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior
26 ( 21 ) EVE’S VOLCANO Julian Cope
27 ( NEW ) APRIL SKIES Jesus And Mary Chain
28 ( 38 ) THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH Five Star
29 ( 14 ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate
30 ( 39 ) SHEILA TAKE A BOW The Smiths

31 ( 75 ) EMOTIONAL Falco
32 ( 36 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
33 ( 46 ) REAL FASHION REGGAE STYLE Carey Johnson
34 ( 70 ) TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN Level 42
35 ( 41 ) WHY CAN’T I BE YOU The Cure
36 ( 23 ) DAY-IN DAY-OUT David Bowie
37 ( 69 ) BOSSA NOVA BABY Elvis Presley
38 ( NEW ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
39 ( 22 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
40 ( 50 ) YOU’RE SO STRONG Mental As Anything

41 ( 30 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
42 ( 37 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
43 ( 34 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
44 ( 32 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
45 ( 24 ) WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2
46 ( 25 ) IRISH ROVER The Pogues & The Dubliners
47 ( 42 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
48 ( 51 ) WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE Bon Jovi
49 ( 35 ) NO LIES The SOS Band
50 ( 26 ) LET’S WAIT AWHILE Janet Jackson

51 ( 45 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
52 ( NEW ) CARRIE Europe
53 ( 60 ) NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE Spear Of Destiny
54 ( 48 ) STILL IN LOVE Jaki Graham
55 ( 44 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 52 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
58 ( 68 ) DOMINOES Robbie Nevil
59 ( 59 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Slade
60 ( NEW ) L’L DEVIL The Cult

61 ( 74 ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
62 ( 31 ) LEAN ON ME Club Nouveau
63 ( NEW ) BA-NA-NA BAM BOO Westworld
64 ( NEW ) TWILIGHT WORLD Swing Out Sister
65 ( NEW ) NEW YORK CITY The Armoury Show
66 ( 66 ) HUMAN Human League
67 ( 65 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
68 ( NEW ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
69 ( NEW ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE The Mint Juleps
70 ( NEW ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND Gary Moore

71 ( NEW ) IN LOVE WITH LOVE Debbie Harry
72 ( NEW ) I KNOW Paul King
73 ( 57 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
74 ( NEW ) MYFANWY David Essex
75 ( NEW ) ECHO BEACH Toyah

5th May
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 DANNY’S SONG Anne Murray
2 SO THIS IS ROMANCE Linx
3 I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees

12th May 1987

It’s swap around in the top 2, as Living In A Box edge out Crowded House after just one week on top, and T.Rex get another posthumous remix at 3. I’m not sure that Marc Bolan would have approved of his fan club updates, but it gives the brilliant Get It On more chart points/”sales” for the all-time charts. Zodiac Mindwarp (great name!) leaps up to 6 and is indeed the prime mover inside the 40 in a quiet week. OMD get yet another top 10, 7 years-worth and counting, and Johnny Hates Jazz get a first.

Jesus & Mary Chain go top 20, Elvis gets a Bossa Nova Baby Fun In Acapulco boost from the Tube I think, and Sly & Robbie Boops up to 19. Big jumps into the 40 for Mint Juleps, The Cult & Robbie Nevil, while Carly Simon gets another top 40 new entry, and The Housemartins come over all excited about it. Darn the lower end lots of minor entries for long-running acts & a re-record for Johnny Clegg of his 1983 minor hit.

1 ( 2 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
2 ( 1 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
3 ( NEW ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
4 ( 4 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
5 ( 3 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
6 ( 38 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
7 ( 11 ) SHAME OMD
8 ( 9 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
9 ( 12 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
10 ( 6 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship

11 ( 8 ) SPANISH HARLEM Ben E. King
12 ( 13 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
13 ( 5 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
14 ( 27 ) APRIL SKIES Jesus And Mary Chain
15 ( 15 ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones
16 ( 7 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
17 ( 10 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
18 ( 37 ) BOSSA NOVA BABY Elvis Presley
19 ( 41 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
20 ( 25 ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior

21 ( 14 ) BIG DECISION That Petrol Emotion
22 ( 19 ) CAN’T BE WITH YOU TONIGHT Judy Boucher
23 ( 33 ) REAL FASHION REGGAE STYLE Carey Johnson
24 ( 31 ) EMOTIONAL Falco
25 ( 30 ) SHEILA TAKE A BOW The Smiths
26 ( 40 ) YOU’RE SO STRONG Mental As Anything
27 ( 28 ) THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH Five Star
28 ( 18 ) RADIO HEART Radio Heart & Gary Numan
29 ( 20 ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE Fine Young Cannibals
30 ( 23 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson

31 ( 32 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
32 ( 16 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
33 ( 17 ) DIAMOND LIGHTS Glen & Chris
34 ( 34 ) TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN Level 42
35 ( 69 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE The Mint Juleps
36 ( 60 ) L’L DEVIL The Cult
37 ( 21 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
38 ( NEW ) GIVE ME ALL NIGHT Carly Simon
39 ( 58 ) DOMINOES Robbie Nevil
40 ( NEW ) FIVE GET OVER EXCITED The Housemartins

41 ( 24 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
42 ( 26 ) EVE’S VOLCANO Julian Cope
43 ( 22 ) IF YOU LET ME STAY Terence Trent D’Arby
44 ( 61 ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
45 ( 29 ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate
46 ( 42 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
47 ( 53 ) NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE Spear Of Destiny
48 ( 43 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
49 ( 39 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
50 ( 44 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol

51 ( 47 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
52 ( 52 ) CARRIE Europe
53 ( 63 ) BA-NA-NA BAM BOO Westworld
54 ( 36 ) DAY-IN DAY-OUT David Bowie
55 ( 51 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 71 ) IN LOVE WITH LOVE Debbie Harry
58 ( 55 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
59 ( 64 ) TWILIGHT WORLD Swing Out Sister
60 ( 35 ) WHY CAN’T I BE YOU The Cure

61 ( 45 ) WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2
62 ( 68 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
63 ( 57 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
64 ( NEW ) STONE LOVE Kool And The Gang
65 ( 49 ) NO LIES The SOS Band
66 ( 66 ) HUMAN Human League
67 ( 70 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND Gary Moore
68 ( 67 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
69 ( 73 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
70 ( NEW ) WATCHDOGS UB40

71 ( NEW ) STRANGE LOVE Depeche Mode
72 ( 59 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Slade
73 ( NEW ) SCATTERLINGS OF AFRICA Johnny Clegg
74 ( NEW ) LOVE AND MONEY Love And Money
75 ( NEW ) MEET EL PRESIDENTE Duran Duran

Playlist Oldies of that week
1 DOWNTOWN Petula Clark
2 WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg
3 DANNY’S SONG Anne Murray

19th May 1987

It’s 2 weeks on top for Living In A Box presiding over a quiet top 10, just Fleetwood Mac and Tom Jones adding to their tallies both running at 19 years to date. Robbie Nevil & The Housemartins both leap into the 20, and Jody Watley, Westworld, Cameo, Spear Of Destiny & Debbie Harry all go up into the 40 while new Act are snobbish about being highest at 31 – essentially Claudia Brucken from Propaganda and Thomas Leer, still on the ZTT label – and The Fall cover R.Dean Taylor’s classic 1967 single which was a big Northern Soul hit in 1974 in the UK in at 35.

Lots of new acts lower down debuting, plus Springsteen charting with an inferior live cover of his epic Spectoresque 1975 top 20 single and future chart-topper, Born To Run. It’s criminal that this charted in the UK and the original never has gotten higher than 76. Some people prefer this version, of course, but not me, the majesty and excitement of the original was the single track that propelled Bruce into stardom. Little Steven (Van Zandt) also enters, at 70, sometime member of Bruce’s E-Street Band when not making political solo music statements.

Age Of Chance, Georgia Satellites, Suzanne Vega and Whitney Houston all return with follow-ups at the tail-end of my chart – but which will go on to become bigger chart hits? Well, Whitney will, even though I’m fed up to the teeth of hearing it these days over the years. Everytime it comes on the radio or TV I want to change channels.

1 ( 1 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
2 ( 2 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
3 ( 3 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
4 ( 4 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
5 ( 6 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
6 ( 9 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
7 ( 7 ) SHAME OMD
8 ( 5 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
9 ( 12 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
10 ( 15 ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones

11 ( 8 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
12 ( 10 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
13 ( 16 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
14 ( 14 ) APRIL SKIES Jesus And Mary Chain
15 ( 11 ) SPANISH HARLEM Ben E. King
16 ( 20 ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior
17 ( 19 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
18 ( 13 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
19 ( 39 ) DOMINOES Robbie Nevil
20 ( 40 ) FIVE GET OVER EXCITED The Housemartins

21 ( 27 ) THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH Five Star
22 ( 23 ) REAL FASHION REGGAE STYLE Carey Johnson
23 ( 36 ) L’L DEVIL The Cult
24 ( 17 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
25 ( 31 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
26 ( 35 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Mint Juleps
27 ( 62 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
28 ( 44 ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
29 ( 53 ) BA-NA-NA BAM BOO Westworld
30 ( 18 ) BOSSA NOVA BABY Elvis Presley

31 ( NEW ) SNOBBERY AND DECAY Act
32 ( 34 ) TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN Level 42
33 ( 38 ) GIVE ME ALL NIGHT Carly Simon
34 ( 30 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
35 ( NEW ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE The Fall
36 ( 32 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
37 ( 22 ) CAN’T BE WITH YOU TONIGHT Judy Boucher
38 ( 57 ) IN LOVE WITH LOVE Debbie Harry
39 ( 24 ) EMOTIONAL Falco
40 ( 47 ) NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE Spear Of Destiny

41 ( 21 ) BIG DECISION That Petrol Emotion
42 ( 28 ) RADIO HEART Radio Heart & Gary Numan
43 ( 59 ) TWILIGHT WORLD Swing Out Sister
44 ( 26 ) YOU’RE SO STRONG Mental As Anything
45 ( 37 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
46 ( 52 ) CARRIE Europe
47 ( 25 ) SHEILA TAKE A BOW The Smiths
48 ( 29 ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE Fine Young Cannibals
49 ( 64 ) STONE LOVE Kool And The Gang
50 ( 43 ) IF YOU LET ME STAY Terence Trent D’Arby

51 ( 49 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
52 ( 46 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
53 ( 48 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
54 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
55 ( 51 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
56 ( 63 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
57 ( 50 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
58 ( 45 ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate
59 ( 55 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
60 ( 75 ) MEET EL PRESIDENTE Duran Duran

61 ( 71 ) STRANGE LOVE Depeche Mode
62 ( 41 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
63 ( 69 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
64 ( 58 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
65 ( 70 ) WATCHDOGS UB40
66 ( NEW ) HEY LOVE King Sun-D Moet
67 ( 66 ) HUMAN Human League
68 ( NEW ) BORN TO LOVE (LIVE) Bruce Springsteen
69 ( NEW ) WHAT’S MY SCENE Hoodoo Gurus
70 ( NEW ) BITTER FRUIT Little Steven

71 ( 68 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
72 ( NEW ) BATTLESHIP CHAINS The Georgia Satellites
73 ( NEW ) WHO’S AFRAID OF THE BIG BAD NOISE Age Of Chance
74 ( NEW ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
75 ( NEW ) LUKA Suzanne Vega

Playlist oldies of the week
1 WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg
2 I KNOW THERE’S SOMETHING GOING ON Frida
3 SUMMERTIME Fun Boy Three

26th May 1987

It’s back in the glam nostalgia groove again as T.Rex get a second chart-topper remix of the year, and again with a track that missed out topping my chart first-time round, the brilliant Get It On (Bang A Gong), a decade since Marc Bolan’s very untimely death. That’s their 8th chart-topper. No messing about from U2 this time, it’s straight in at 20 with one of their greatest records, from their greatest album The Joshua Tree. Act shoot up 20 places to 11, and UB40 have a massive top 40 climb.

Bruce Willis is back with another soul classic, this time The Drifters 1964 hit, but recorded with The Temptations on assist, giving them 19 years of chart action. War are also back 11 years on with a remix of Low Rider, Broken English debut with the goodie Coming On Strong, the best Rolling Stones record since Undercover Of The Night 4 years earlier. OK it’s not them, but it’s a great reminder of what they ought to sound like. In at 39, it’s a welcome return to form for the fab ABC, and When Smokey Sings – an ode to Mr. Robinson. Paul Carrack extends his chart run to 13 years (How Long? Yes 1974. Ace!) doing a decent cover of The Searchers best record (probably) When You Walk In The Room, a song from my childhood that I always liked.

Run DMC find it tricky, but they finally get into my chart, and Herb Alpert extends his run to 19 years too with his 2nd dance workout of the year, this one with Ms. Jackson on vocal assist – only fair since he signed her to his label. Diamonds is a goodie. Marillion and Simply Red sneak in with lesser tracks, Boys Don’t Cry follow-up (just about), and Go West scrape in at 75 as the hits start to run out. For 3 years or so.

1 ( 3 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
2 ( 1 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
3 ( 2 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
4 ( 4 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
5 ( 5 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
6 ( 7 ) SHAME OMD
7 ( 6 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
8 ( 8 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
9 ( 9 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
10 ( 12 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship

11 ( 31 ) SNOBBERY AND DECAY Act
12 ( 10 ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones
13 ( 13 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
14 ( 11 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
15 ( 21 ) THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH Five Star
16 ( 17 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
17 ( 20 ) FIVE GET OVER EXCITED The Housemartins
18 ( 28 ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
19 ( 25 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
20 ( NEW ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2

21 ( 26 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Mint Juleps
22 ( 74 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
23 ( 23 ) L’L DEVIL The Cult
24 ( 18 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
25 ( 15 ) SPANISH HARLEM Ben E. King
26 ( 16 ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior
27 ( 27 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
28 ( 14 ) APRIL SKIES Jesus And Mary Chain
29 ( 33 ) GIVE ME ALL NIGHT Carly Simon
30 ( NEW ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations

31 ( 35 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE The Fall
32 ( 32 ) TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN Level 42
33 ( 19 ) DOMINOES Robbie Nevil
34 ( 65 ) WATCHDOGS UB40
35 ( NEW ) LOW RIDER (REMIX) War
36 ( 24 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
37 ( NEW ) COMING ON STRONG Broken English
38 ( 46 ) CARRIE Europe
39 ( NEW ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
40 ( 34 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson

41 ( 68 ) BORN TO LOVE (LIVE) Bruce Springsteen
42 ( 22 ) REAL FASHION REGGAE STYLE Carey Johnson
43 ( 29 ) BA-NA-NA BAM BOO Westworld
44 ( NEW ) WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM Paul Carrack
45 ( 36 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
46 ( 37 ) CAN’T BE WITH YOU TONIGHT Judy Boucher
47 ( 30 ) BOSSA NOVA BABY Elvis Presley
48 ( 54 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
49 ( 63 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
50 ( RE ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner

51 ( 40 ) NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE Spear Of Destiny
52 ( 72 ) BATTLESHIP CHAINS The Georgia Satellites
53 ( 42 ) RADIO HEART Radio Heart & Gary Numan
54 ( 45 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
55 ( 53 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
56 ( 73 ) WHO’S AFRAID OF THE BIG BAD NOISE Age Of Chance
57 ( 75 ) LUKA Suzanne Vega
58 ( 55 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
59 ( 39 ) EMOTIONAL Falco
60 ( 52 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians

61 ( 51 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
62 ( 59 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
63 ( NEW ) IT’S TRICKY Run DMC
64 ( 64 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
65 ( 56 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
66 ( NEW ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
67 ( 67 ) HUMAN Human League
68 ( RE ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND Gary Moore
69 ( 58 ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate
70 ( 57 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol

71 ( 71 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
72 ( NEW ) INCOMMUNICADO Marillion
73 ( NEW ) INFIDELITY Simply Red
74 ( NEW ) WHO THE AM DAM DO YOU THINK YOU AM Boys Don’t Cry
75 ( NEW ) I WANT TO HEAR IT FROM YOU Go West

Oldies Playlist
1 STONED LOVE The Supremes
2 DOWNTOWN Petula Clark
3 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10cc

Eurovision 2019 – an irreverent love-in Guide to the Songs

 

A list of comments as I watched, with a few add-in’s where I was hopelessly wrong or pleasantly right….

 

1. Malta | Michela | Chameleon:

Nice to see Malta in the final. The verses are fab, in the style of the late Avicii, the chorus is a bit naff, but it’s got that 2010’s vibe overall, and a great way to start the show, she does a fab performance and won me over. 78/100

    2. Albania | Jonida Maliqi | Ktheju tokës:

Darkly-dressed lady, ethnic rhythms. The black lace frills and golden earrings work, not sure about the wailing. She gives some wallop vocally, but that doesn’t disguise a morose melody. I feel I should like it more than I do, as I enjoy ethnic toons. 55/100.

  3. Czech Republic | Lake Malawi | Friend of a friend:

Smiley canary-coloured singer, drummer clearly not drumming, and a mockney accent, sort of gentlejazzboyband. Mildly pleasant in bland Hue & Cry fashion (80’s jazzed-up band), enjoyed the windows featuring again in the visuals. 63/100

  4. Germany | S!sters | Sister:

They’re tired poor dears. Know how they feel, I’m effin’ knackered. Presumably adopted sisters, as I see no resemblance. This P!nk-inspired current obsession with using “!” instead of “i” is getting on my t!t. It’s OK, nothing bad, nothing great. 66/100

  5. Russia | Sergey Lazarev | Scream:

Sergey’s gone overboard on the hair gel. I find myself talking about the dress-sense rather than the song. Just as well, or I’d be screaming too. Earnest, yet strangely forgettable. Great singer though. 58/100

  6. Denmark | Leonora | Love is forever:

Pretty little ditty this one, I hope they all sit on the giant chair and sway comically together in unison. Oh good here, come the ladders. Hope they don’t fall! That would change the mood a bit. 70/100

  7. San Marino | Serhat | Say na na na:

33,000 population. Not so much a country as a suburb of Bournemouth. Under those circumstances, the Leonard-Cohen-voiced disco oldie is a pretty good effort. No chance of big points of course, disco always dies the death at Eurovision. Cheesy and repetitive. I quite like it. 60/100

  8. North Macedonia | Tamara Todevska | Proud:

Green-frocked blonde gives a piano-led low-key ballad. Adele could probably have jazzed it up a bit more. A bit dull for me. It’s not bad as such, but I’d never sing along to it. Not unless I was blind drunk and it was the only song on the screen in a karaoke bar and they wanted everyone to leave quickly. 50/100

  9. Sweden | John Lundvik | Too late for love:

He co-wrote our UK song, and has a great voice. Must have pissed himself laughing at fobbing that one off when he had this one for himself. It’s very John Legend and a great hook to it, though as a cohesive whole, it’s lacking in parts. Rousing with those backing ladies, though. Best track so far. 82/100

  10. Slovenia | Zala Kralj and Gašper Šantl | Sebi:

Are the horror-movie vampire lovers simpering along to each other? They really should be dressed in black, and singing it over the end of a Twilight movie credits. Poor young dears can’t afford trousers that fit them, so we should be kind. Not a winner. 45/100

  11. Cyprus | Tamta | Replay:

Still pissed Fuego didn’t win last year. Best Eurovision song of 2018. She’s had a few tips from Madonna on dress sense, but she hasn’t the legs for leather/pvc. The song, though, is really bangin’. Great dance rhythms, at last 11 songs in we’re getting to the good stuff. 88/100

  12. Netherlands | Duncan Laurence | Arcade:

Bought this before I knew it was a Eurovision track, the song style is very Coldplay (as commentator Graham Norton stole my thunder stating, how very dare he). The best actual SONG in the contest, which is why it’s been a hit in Europe already. I would be happy for it to win [NB yay it won!], but it takes a couple of listens to register properly. Just fab, sung well, no flash outfits, no stage gimmicks. 95/100

  13. Greece | Katerine Duska | Better love:

Very hippie frilly lace-obsessed, expecting Swan lake! Her voice is unusual and endearingly off-key at times, though I like the stomping chorus. A bit odd, a bit OK. 68/100

  14. Israel | Kobi Marimi | Home [defending champions]:

The Kobyashi Maru was a test in Star Trek with no winning solution. The Kobi Marimi was the earlier version, also with no winning solution. Dinner jackets? Check. Operatic pop? check. Leaves me cold? Check. Look at the size of my errr vocals. Biased crowd much! 47/100.

  15. Norway | KEiiNO | Spirit in the sky:

Already in the UK itunes charts this one (ie the ones that make up 5% of the actual chart “sales”) and quite deserves to be big. The 3-vocalist set-up has personality, the big Avicii-ish arrangements and chorus are fab, the hooks great, the bald novelty hey-o’s work in small doses, and a great tune. Contender to win, easily [NB it won the popular vote quite rightly]. Possibly my fave! Love it 97/100

  16. United Kingdom | Michael Rice | Bigger than us:

Not even the best version of this song in the UK A Song For Europe, so not normally expecting great things were it not for the number of duff songs this year. It must be pretty big if it’s bigger than him and his partner. It’s not bad, quite reasonable in comparison, really. He has a good voice and gave it wollop. 74/100

  17. Iceland | Hatari | Hatrið mun sigra:

They’ve escaped from the Gran Canaria fetish week by the looks of it. Where’s the gimp masks? They want to be Slipknot basically, with a hint of Depeche Mode synths. The shouty one can carry off the leather trousers though. I mean I wouldn’t play it again, but I approve of being different. 57/100

  18. Estonia | Victor Crone | Storm:

He has a good pop-star face, a nicely country-ish style, and a very catchy Eurovision singalong chorus that builds. Now this is the sort of bloody song called Storm the UK should be entering and this is bloody Estonia, not the all-conquering UK music scene! Pretty good. 86/100

  19. Belarus | Zena | Like it:

16 is barely legal, so the boots are prob a bit dodgy. Kids will love this one though, identifying with it, and it sounds 2019. It’s professional, has a chart-hit song structure to it, should do well [oops it didn’t!]. 84/100

  20. Azerbaijan | Chingiz | Truth:

Truth be told, he’s hot, the track is fab, and the robot-workers don’t hurt. Got to hand it to Azerbaijan, all that oil money goes towards buying the best songs they can get, are you listening skinflints BBC? Of course not. Classy, and what a fab hook. One of the best 5 or 6, easily. 92/100

  21. France | Bilal Hassani | Roi:

Think the singer has modelled themself on Game Of Thrones Dragon Queen so it’s odd the song is called “King”. Full marks for the stereotype-breaking performance & dancers, but the song is shrill and annoying. One of my least-fave French entries in years 53/100

  22. Italy | Mahmood | Soldi:

What no opera? No torch ballads? No it’s Italian rap with some singing. He can carry it off. Great eyes, naff shirt. The track’s one of the better, classier, more original and contemporary songs. Like it. 83/100

  23. Serbia | Nevena Božović | Kruna:

It’s Serbia so it must be another funeral song. Sure enough. I approve of the dustbin lid recycling as a neck ornament and the Wonder Woman bracelets. That’ll be handy to metaphorically dodge all the bullets music fans metaphorically aim at her. Got a gob on her though, and that always goes down well. 52/100

  24. Switzerland | Luca Hänni | She got me:

Luca is very endearing, good-looking lad, and the Latin rhythms are also irresistible. The Dirty Dancing refs will go down well, and it’s a proper bangin’ dance tune. Honestly I would SO dance to this in a Gran Canaria club after a couple of bacardi & cokes. Swing those hips! 90/100

  25. Australia | Kate Miller-Heidke | Zero gravity:

OK, it would be fab if this operatic odd tune had some balancing on the end of poles as if they were defying gravity. Oh f… it, it works! You’d have to have a heart of stone not to love her. The song isnt in anyway the best song in the competition (it’s all over the place stylistically), but its memory will last decades. Frozen fans will love it. 91/100

  26. Spain | Miki | La venda:

It’s got energy, and  great performance to end on. In a normal year this might go top 5 [err bottom in the popular vote cos a) Spanish music rhythms bomb in eurovision and b) everyone buggers off for a cuppa tea when the last song comes on)? There are 10 fab entries and 16 yawnsome ones. 83/100

 

RESULTS:

 

MINE:

  1. Norway 2. Netherlands 3. Azerbaijan 4. Australia 5. Switzerland 6. Cyprus 7. Estonia 8. Belarus 9. Italy 10. Spain

FINAL RESULT:

  1. Netherlands 2. Italy 3. Russia 4. Switzerland 5. Norway 6. Sweden 7. Azerbaijan 8. North Macedonia 9. Australia 10. Iceland

PUBLIC VOTE:

  1. Norway 2. Netherlands 3. Italy 4. Russia 5. Switzerland 6. Iceland 7. Australia 8. Azerbaijan 9. Sweden 10. San Marino

So, 6 of the final top 10 were in my top 10 faves, and 6 of the public vote (Sweden were my 11th fave so pretty much 70% in both cases) but the public vote matches my top 2 and 3 of the top 5 exactly. Bring back public votes only!

Pop Music From a Kiddie POV 1960 part 2

TIE ME KANGAROO DOWN SPORT – Rolf Harris (3 weeks)

 

Banished from the airwaves these days due to a court case a few years ago, Rolf was everyones fave Aussie/Artist/novelty-singer back in the 60’s, and beyond – and sure enough I loved his records, Jake The Peg, this one, and especially two more yet to come. I even once had a page from Reveille (a newspaper way back mum bought that regularly published song lyrics) with Rolf’s lyrics printed out, a handy singalong for a kiddie. This track set forth the Monty Python “Bruce” Aussie stereotype, I expect, but it tickled young kids throughout the 60’s on the variety shows it regularly turned up on, and was an actual chart hit, setting Rolf on the path to belovedness, falling out of favour, comeback at Glastonbury with a Led Zep cover of Stairway To Heaven didgeridoo-style, and then his shock-arrest. And yet people still moan about character perception changes in the fictional Game Of Thrones when it’s a daily event in real world! I’m not overly fond of Tie Me Kangaroo these days, but I’ll still stand by Rolf’s 2 gems, those tracks and Rolf in those days had committed no crimes.

 

 

ONLY THE LONELY (KNOW THE WAY I FEEL) – Roy Orbison (3 weeks)

 

Roy was one of mum and dad’s absolute fave singers growing up, they had his Greatest HIts album, so this song featured in my childhood – though NOT as early as 1960, my first contemporary Roy fave was still 4 years away, and his amazing power vocals and melodramatic ballads were not yet honed; Only The Lonely is fairly modest vocally, and he had yet to move onto the trademark sunglasses, bar the bit 2-minutes in which stretched him up the register a bit. Ask me which song I preferred at age 5 and Rolf would win, at 10 and Roy would win. That’s called growing up and maturing, by age 10 I still liked novelty records, but a great pop song was what I really got passionate about, novelty records got boring quite quickly in comparison.

 

 

IT’S NOW OR NEVER – Elvis Presley (4 weeks)

 

Almost 60 years on it’s hard to recall a time when Elvis wasn’t everywhere – even dying at 42 did nothing to stop the juggernaut of Presley fame and success. In our household, Elvis was mum’s fave singer bar none, and now 80 with advanced alzheimers unable to feed herself or talk coherently, she’ll still get up and bop to Elvis, happy as if she was 22 again as she was when this topped the charts. Elvis is for life. So, Elvis was inescapable in the 60’s, films at the pictures, records topping the charts, on jukeboxes, on the radio, on TV: and this was one of his iconic, most-famous tracks, the big dramatic monster ballad. I can’t recall ever not knowing it, but then all of his big hits were just universally known in the company we kept, the younger generation and quite a few older – though my grandparents generation were more likely to not approve of his records, they were very much aware of them! This, needless to say, isn’t the last Elvis track on the list….

 

 

GOODNESS GRACIOUS ME – Peter Sellers & Sophia Loren (14 weeks)

 

14 weeks on top for this, this was a real aching-love on my part for this movie oddity – Sellers was starring in The Millionairess with huge movie star Sophia, as an Indian doctor having a romance with a rich European woman – in those days nobody blinked twice that a white comic could pull that off, these days of course it would be disastrous. Sadly, that kinda means this track is now also politically-incorrect along with the film. Me, I just loved the boom-buddy-booms, the title talked by the brilliant Peter Sellers, and Sophia’s Italian accent. Charming and catchy, and a huge hit in the UK, unlike most novelty records I’ve never not-loved this whimsical one, and it remained fairly popular on radio for 20 years or so. Possibly because it was impeccably produced by The Beatles’ George Martin – you can’t have better credentials than that! – and also the Sellers association, a man who remained beloved by many as he moved from his Goons-days into huge movie stardom, not least the fab Pink Panther movies. It’s also not the last Peter Sellers/George Martin track to feature in the rundown.

 

 

My Retro May 1969 Charts

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3rd May 1969

It’s a key week on top of both my retro review charts and my original charts – as Elvis’ In The Ghetto tops the anniversary reviews, and Tommy Roe tops the original. They were the first 2 records I bought with my own money in Singapore later in the year. Tommy had already topped the retro countdown in the first chart of 1969, Elvis is also a bit early, but not 5 months early! Up 24 places to 3 is The Hit Parade’s unknown gem Ah, Ha, Ha, Do Your Thing – I can’t find out anything about the band, or the record – except the writer/producer/arranger Sonny Casella started in 1964 and carried on releasing stuff right through the disco 70’s, 80’s and into the early 90’s under various names. He does a grand job on this new obsession of mine!

Val Doonican goes top 5, and Junior Walker & The All Stars enter at 6 with one of their best records, the glorious What Does It Take – so good it was totally “borrowed” by Stock Aitken Waterman in spirit if not the courts, for their terrific 1990 charity track You’ve Got A Friend. In at 10, The Monkees last great single for ooh 17 years or so, though not Mike Nesmith’s last great song for anything near that length of time – about a year or so in fact. Listen To The Band was on the budget Monkees compilation I bought in 1974, and became an obsession of mine for a while along with the other track new to me, She.

Smokey Robinson’s classic weepie Tracks Of My Tears is in at 41, Christine McVie is in at 51 with the blues classic, later covered by the likes of Ruby Turner, and earlier by the great Etta James. Chrissie of course is currently (back) in Mac, though she wasn’t for this week in 1969, but was not too far into the future with future hubbie John McVie. Dave Dee & co are back at 60 with their final catchy single, Snake In The Grass was another fave of the time, and I was pleased to get hold of a batch of oldies including this one from a Mansfield second-hand shop in 1975. I think they were actually shop closure stock rather than second-hand, so hooray for my good fortune!

In at 63 Andy Kim is back, not long before his own monster song appears to dominate world charts, but content to do a cover of Baby I Love You a song by Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich (& Phil Spector) as hit for The Ronettes. The Ronettes & Spector are in my charts, though on the original track the backing vocalists were Darlene Love & Cher! Cher also recorded a version, as did Dave Edmunds, who’d been in my charts with Love Sculpture, in multi-Wall-Of-Sound Phil Spector style in early 1973 when he topped my charts. That version was very much indebted to Andy Kim’s version. Andy Kim was on Jeff Barry’s record label and together they wrote Sugar Sugar and many other Archies tracks, which will have a mini invasion of my charts over the next 2 years, being as I was 11-years-old and I adored the cartoon group and TV show. The Ramones also had a 1980 hit with Baby I Love You – also produced by Phil Spector. I love it when facts are circular. The best version is Dave Edmunds’.

In the lower reaches, The Sir Douglas Quintet are not she’s about a mover, they are on a good flop single instead (shame!), while The Rascals have a style change before ending their career together (shame!), The Moody Blues flop (shame!), Dionne Warwick has a less obviously Bacharach melody, but still classy, and J.J. Jackson is funky groovesome.

1 ( 3 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
2 ( 2 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
3 ( 27 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 3
4 ( 1 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
5 ( 9 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
6 ( NEW ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 6
7 ( 4 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
8 ( 6 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
9 ( 5 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 5
10 ( NEW ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 10

11 ( 23 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 11
12 ( 12 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
13 ( 11 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
14 ( 20 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 14
15 ( 15 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 15
16 ( 8 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
17 ( 7 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
18 ( 10 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10
19 ( 14 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
20 ( 13 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4

21 ( 16 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
22 ( 18 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
23 ( 17 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
24 ( 21 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
25 ( 22 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
26 ( 28 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 26
27 ( 19 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 19
28 ( 29 ) ANY DAY NOW Elvis Presley # 28
29 ( 38 ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas # 29
30 ( 35 ) DON’T LET ME DOWN The Beatles # 30

31 ( 24 ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 18
32 ( 25 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 11
33 ( 31 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
34 ( 30 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
35 ( 46 ) I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE Dusty Springfield # 35
36 ( 26 ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 26
37 ( 39 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye # 37
38 ( 59 ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 38
39 ( 52 ) ROSE GARDEN Joe South # 39
40 ( 34 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1

41 ( NEW ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 41
42 ( 37 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
43 ( 32 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
44 ( 40 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
45 ( 41 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
46 ( 70 ) MAMA SOUL The Soul Survivors # 46
47 ( 60 ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 47
48 ( 50 ) SOMEDAY MAN The Monkees # 48
49 ( 55 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe # 49
50 ( 56 ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 50

51 ( NEW ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack # 51
52 ( 33 ) IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW Shirley MacLaine # 33
53 ( 36 ) I’M ALIVE Johnny Thunder # 30
54 ( 63 ) WHAT IS A MAN The Four Tops # 54
55 ( 66 ) THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Dusty Springfield # 55
56 ( 42 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 19
57 ( 71 ) DARKNESS, DARKNESS The Youngbloods # 57
58 ( 53 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
59 ( 54 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
60 ( NEW ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 60

61 ( 43 ) STAND Sly & The Family Stone # 43
62 ( 44 ) CAROLINA IN MY MIND James Taylor # 44
63 ( NEW ) BABY I LOVE YOU Andy Kim # 63
64 ( 65 ) LOVE THEME FROM “ROMEO AND JULIET” Henry Mancini # 64
65 ( 49 ) I CAN’T SEE MYSELF LEAVING YOU Aretha Franklin # 49
66 ( 61 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
67 ( 69 ) LOVE IS STRANGE Buddy Holly # 67
68 ( 51 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
69 ( NEW ) IT DIDN’T EVEN BRING ME DOWN The Sir Douglas Quintet # 69
70 ( 72 ) LET ME Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay # 70

71 ( NEW ) SEE The Rascals # 71
72 ( NEW ) BUT IT’S ALRIGHT J.J. Jackson # 72
73 ( NEW ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 73
74 ( NEW ) NEVER COMES THE DAY The Moody Blues # 74
75 ( 48 ) BADGE Cream # 48

3rd May Retro-Then
1 ( 3 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 1 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
3 ( 2 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
4 ( 9 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits
5 ( 6 ) GET BACK The Beatles
6 ( 4 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
7 ( 5 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
8 ( 8 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
9 ( 7 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
10 ( 18 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel

11 ( 14 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
12 ( NEW ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
13 ( 11 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
14 ( 10 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl
15 ( 20 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
16 ( 19 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
17 ( 16 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
18 ( 17 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
19 ( NEW ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
20 ( 13 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations

 

 

10th May 1969

It’s 2 weeks on top for Elvis at the top of his game, run closely by obscure new-to-me The Hit Parade and a Junior Walker classic. Highest new entry at 5 is yet another Hair musical cover – this from Oliver, melodic tuneful style version of Good Morning Starshine. As I headed abroad in just over 3 months time, this track, and one yet to come, were my obsessions. I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to be mad on a song – and then not be able to hear it again! Having to wait years to hear music is an alien concept these days, but way back then if radio didn’t play it and it wasn’t available to buy, then that was that! I eventually bought it in California in 1979, hooray, though I had by then taped it from the 5 Years Ago chart rundowns on Radio 1 in 1974.

The Manfreds & The Hermits both get another top 10, not too far behind their chart positions of that time for me, Creedence get that Bad Moon rising into the 20, & another future reissued chart-topper in the 90’s for me enters at 32 for Jethro Tull – Living In The Past is apt, and also their finest moment by far. Tom Jones is back with another jolly romp, Love Me Tonight entering much lower than it did 50 years ago for me, Herb Alpert covers Nilsson, making it the 3rd version of Without Her to chart, after Jack Jones also had a good ol go. Herb’s version isn;t quite as good but it’s not bad, the song is indestructible – even James Arthur would struggle to kill it dead.

Microbe enters with Groovy Baby, a longtime Juniors Choice fave for kids of my age and younger, and it’s still charming and it’s still groovy, baby. The Dells drop by with a song I associate with Cilla, I Can Sing A Rainbow, and one I associate with melodicas and Paul Mauriat, Love Is Blue. This soulfunk version isn’t bad, but not as good as the aforementioned. Sly & co enter as the previous single drops out, they certainly were prolific in 1969, I Wanna Take You Higher clearly influencing the 90’s Was (Not Was) big hit Walk The Dinosaur. The Bee Gees were about to combust internally as Robin buggered off and it showed in the odd choice of single Tomorrow Tomorrow, very much sub par compared to those that went before and after. That leaves a cover of Let’s Dance, the old Chris Montez track, from a band I’ve never heard of. Ola!

1 ( 1 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
2 ( 3 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
3 ( 6 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 3
4 ( 2 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
5 ( NEW ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 5
6 ( 4 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
7 ( 5 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
8 ( 10 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 8
9 ( 11 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 9
10 ( 15 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 10

11 ( 7 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
12 ( 26 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 12
13 ( 8 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
14 ( 9 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 5
15 ( 12 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
16 ( 13 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
17 ( 14 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 14
18 ( 18 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10
19 ( 19 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
20 ( 20 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4

21 ( 16 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
22 ( 17 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
23 ( 21 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
24 ( 22 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
25 ( 28 ) ANY DAY NOW Elvis Presley # 25
26 ( 24 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
27 ( 23 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
28 ( 29 ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas # 28
29 ( 37 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye # 29
30 ( 35 ) I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE Dusty Springfield # 30

31 ( 25 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
32 ( NEW ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 32
33 ( 38 ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 33
34 ( 41 ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 34
35 ( 47 ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 35
36 ( 39 ) ROSE GARDEN Joe South # 36
37 ( 27 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 19
38 ( 46 ) MAMA SOUL The Soul Survivors # 38
39 ( 31 ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 18
40 ( 54 ) WHAT IS A MAN The Four Tops # 40

41 ( 32 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 11
42 ( 30 ) DON’T LET ME DOWN The Beatles # 30
43 ( 34 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
44 ( 40 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
45 ( 33 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
46 ( 50 ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 46
47 ( 43 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
48 ( 42 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
49 ( 45 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
50 ( 44 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4

51 ( 51 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack # 51
52 ( 48 ) SOMEDAY MAN The Monkees # 48
53 ( 55 ) THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Dusty Springfield # 53
54 ( 60 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 54
55 ( NEW ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones # 55
56 ( 49 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe # 49
57 ( 57 ) DARKNESS, DARKNESS The Youngbloods # 57
58 ( NEW ) WITHOUT HER Herb Alpert # 58
59 ( 36 ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 26
60 ( 63 ) BABY I LOVE YOU Andy Kim # 60

61 ( NEW ) GROOVY BABY Microbe # 61
62 ( 69 ) IT DIDN’T EVEN BRING ME DOWN The Sir Douglas Quintet # 62
63 ( 58 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
64 ( 59 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
65 ( 73 ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 65
66 ( 70 ) LET ME Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay # 66
67 ( 71 ) SEE The Rascals # 67
68 ( 64 ) LOVE THEME FROM “ROMEO AND JULIET” Henry Mancini # 64
69 ( NEW ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 69
70 ( 67 ) LOVE IS STRANGE Buddy Holly # 67

71 ( 72 ) BUT IT’S ALRIGHT J.J. Jackson # 71
72 ( 74 ) NEVER COMES THE DAY The Moody Blues # 72
73 ( NEW ) I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER Sly & The Family Stone # 73
74 ( NEW ) LET’S DANCE Ola and The Janglers # 74
75 ( NEW ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees # 75

RETRO THEN
1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 2 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
3 ( 4 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits
4 ( 3 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
5 ( 5 ) GET BACK The Beatles
6 ( 12 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
7 ( 11 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
8 ( 10 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
9 ( 6 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
10 ( 8 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces

11 ( 7 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
12 ( 15 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
13 ( 9 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
14 ( NEW ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones
15 ( 19 ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
16 ( 13 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
17 ( NEW ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
18 ( NEW ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
19 ( 14 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl
20 ( 16 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin

 

 

17th May 1969

It’s a first chart-topper for Junior Walker and that fab melody and sax riffs just pipping the new sheer pop joy of The Hit Parade – I could see this obscure catchy track in a spot in a big movie and taking off, all it would need is a Guardians Of The Galaxy placing :) The Monkees fave from my teen years is up to 3, and Creedence finally get a top 10. It won’t be the last. Big climbs for the soul fabness of Black Pearl and Mama Soul, neither tracks I knew a month ago, though the reggae version of Black Pearl lies in the near future.

Highest new entry is Mama Cass, It’s Getting Better at 33, another fave from those Music For Pleasure budget compilations of the early 70’s – this one, like The Monkees, I bought in 1974, by which time I was avidly buying records from my youth that I loved (I was 16 and already huge on pop nostalgia, being as I’d been loving music a decade already). Oddly, the other Monkees track at 36 isn’t one I knew until more recent compilations, as it didn’t feature on any early hits compilations or the TV episodes screened by the BBC – which were not always the same track listings as the US TV shows.

The Sir Douglas Quintet is another obscure gem I’ve taken a liking to, at 40, and new entries from Joni Mitchell with her own more subdued take on her Judy Collins hit song, Jackie Wilson getting a return chart run after his 1967 Retro chart run, and not for the last time – see 1975 and 1987. The Turtles are still making good records, this one I don’t know, at 65, The Isley Brothers funk phase is underway as they enter while charting big with their Motown phase, The Arbors enter, an obscure band with an obscure track that I’ve also taken a shine to, and finally Des O’Connor enters both my retro chart (scraping in) and my Then Charts with a kiddie song I liked at the time, though didn’t love as much as One Two Three O’Leary.

1 ( 3 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
2 ( 2 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
3 ( 8 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
4 ( 5 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 4
5 ( 1 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
6 ( 4 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
7 ( 7 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
8 ( 6 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
9 ( 12 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 9
10 ( 10 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 10

11 ( 9 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 9
12 ( 17 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 12
13 ( 11 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
14 ( 13 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
15 ( 15 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
16 ( 16 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
17 ( 38 ) MAMA SOUL The Soul Survivors # 17
18 ( 35 ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 18
19 ( 14 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 5
20 ( 32 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 20

21 ( 19 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
22 ( 28 ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas # 22
23 ( 18 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10
24 ( 20 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4
25 ( 21 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
26 ( 29 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye # 26
27 ( 23 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
28 ( 22 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
29 ( 24 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
30 ( 33 ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 30

31 ( 26 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
32 ( 34 ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 32
33 ( NEW ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 33
34 ( 40 ) WHAT IS A MAN The Four Tops # 34
35 ( 27 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
36 ( 52 ) SOMEDAY MAN The Monkees # 36
37 ( 25 ) ANY DAY NOW Elvis Presley # 25
38 ( 30 ) I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE Dusty Springfield # 30
39 ( 46 ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 39
40 ( 62 ) IT DIDN’T EVEN BRING ME DOWN The Sir Douglas Quintet # 40

41 ( 31 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
42 ( 55 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones # 42
43 ( 36 ) ROSE GARDEN Joe South # 36
44 ( 37 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 19
45 ( 51 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack # 45
46 ( 54 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 46
47 ( 39 ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 18
48 ( 65 ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 48
49 ( 44 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
50 ( 42 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7

51 ( 60 ) BABY I LOVE YOU Andy Kim # 51
52 ( 45 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
53 ( 53 ) THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Dusty Springfield # 53
54 ( 49 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
55 ( NEW ) BOTH SIDES NOW Joni Mitchell # 55
56 ( 41 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 11
57 ( 47 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
58 ( 58 ) WITHOUT HER Herb Alpert # 58
59 ( NEW ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson # 59
60 ( 48 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1

61 ( 61 ) GROOVY BABY Microbe # 61
62 ( 50 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
63 ( 69 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 63
64 ( 68 ) LOVE THEME FROM “ROMEO AND JULIET” Henry Mancini # 64
65 ( NEW ) YOU DON’T HAVE TO WALK IN THE RAIN The Turtles # 65
66 ( 72 ) NEVER COMES THE DAY The Moody Blues # 66
67 ( 73 ) I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER Sly & The Family Stone # 67
68 ( 42 ) DON’T LET ME DOWN The Beatles # 30
69 ( NEW ) I TURNED YOU ON The Isley Brothers # 69
70 ( 71 ) BUT IT’S ALRIGHT J.J. Jackson # 70

71 ( NEW ) I CAN’T QUIT HER The Arbors # 71
72 ( 74 ) LET’S DANCE Ola and The Janglers # 72
73 ( NEW ) SPINNING WHEEL Blood Sweat & Tears # 73
74 ( 75 ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees # 74
75 ( NEW ) DICK-A-DUM-DUM Des O’Connor # 75

wot I liked that week then

1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 2 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
3 ( 6 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
4 ( 3 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits
5 ( 4 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
6 ( 8 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
7 ( 7 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
8 ( 5 ) GET BACK The Beatles
9 ( NEW ) GROOVY BABY Microbe
10 ( 14 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones

11 ( 15 ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
12 ( 10 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
13 ( 17 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
14 ( 9 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
15 ( 11 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
16 ( 13 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
17 ( 18 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
18 ( 12 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
19 ( NEW ) DICK A DUM DUM Des O’Connor
20 ( 20 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin

 

24th May 1969

It’s a first week on top for the latest song from “Hair” to make my top 10 – this time, Oliver gets his only big hit (for me) with Good Morning Starshine, such a great tune bounding with flower power optimism amongst the dark themes in the musical. Straight in at 2 it’s another fab melody, the glorious Way Of Life was a huge fave in the summer of ’69, showcasing the lost arts of vocal male-female harmonies a la The Mamas & The Papas, and duelling hook-lines simultaneously playing over one another for the climax. Just brilliant. The Family Dogg was a UK/US combo featuring hitmaking songwriters Albert Hammond & Mike Hazelwood, and producer (and former movie star) Steve Rowland, who’d had a hand in some of the best Dave Dee & co, and The Herd, productions. All featured on vocals, along with Christine Holmes on backing vocals, later Kristine Sparkle wife of J.J. Barrie, and she co-wrote the actual Devil Woman classic for Cliff. Want more street-cred? Err, most of Led Zep played on tracks on the album of the same name, probably Bonham & Page on this track, and the star of a current movie – Rocketman – is definitely playing piano on it, though the film sadly avoids mentioning Elton John’s Lulu songwriting, Family Dogg ivory-tinkling, & Top Of The Pops albums covers lead vocals :)

In at 8, it’s the second-best track from Tommy James & The Shondells, the gorgeous Crystal Blue Persuasion, their second top 10, a track I knew of – but didn’t know for many years later. It was one of the songs featured in a couple of expensive books I bought which had some of the biggest hits of latter 1969 in, from an actual musical instruments shop in Changi Village, Singapore, a few months later. It was actual sheet music, one book was blue, one was orange, and it was designed for the Far East booming cover-version market, I’d say, being locally printed and probably publishing-avoiding. I’ll post some scans when I get a chance. Anyway, I so wanted to hear this record (having already got Mony Mony on album by this time), and when I did get to hear it properly in the 80’s I loved it. Still do.

In at 23, Kenny Rogers is back, with his greatest record, the Viet-Nam war referencing Ruby Don’t Take Your Love To Town – a paralysed Vet’s wife goes off to play about, quite adult in theme, and one ol’ Ken never bettered – yes I’m looking at you “You picked a fine time to leave me loose-heel”. Peter Sarstedt replaces himself in my chart with his follow-up, largely forgotten these days, but I’ve always had a soft spot for the tuneful Frozen Orange Juice, Cliff is back with his endless run of pop fodder in these days, Big Ship not being one of his best, and ditto Diana Ross & The Supremes who had just the one great record left in them before going their own ways.


1 ( 4 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
2 ( NEW ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 2
3 ( 2 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
4 ( 1 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
5 ( 3 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
6 ( 6 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
7 ( 5 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
8 ( NEW ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 8
9 ( 9 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 9
10 ( 7 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5

11 ( 8 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
12 ( 10 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 10
13 ( 18 ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 13
14 ( 17 ) MAMA SOUL The Soul Survivors # 14
15 ( 13 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
16 ( 11 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 9
17 ( 15 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
18 ( 20 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 18
19 ( 16 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
20 ( 33 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 20

21 ( 14 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
22 ( 12 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 12
23 ( NEW ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 23
24 ( 21 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
25 ( 22 ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas # 22
26 ( 23 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10
27 ( 32 ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 27
28 ( 30 ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 28
29 ( 19 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 5
30 ( 24 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4

31 ( 25 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
32 ( 34 ) WHAT IS A MAN The Four Tops # 32
33 ( 27 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
34 ( 36 ) SOMEDAY MAN The Monkees # 34
35 ( 28 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
36 ( 29 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
37 ( 39 ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 37
38 ( 26 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye # 26
39 ( 40 ) IT DIDN’T EVEN BRING ME DOWN The Sir Douglas Quintet # 39
40 ( 42 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones # 40

41 ( 31 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
42 ( 46 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 42
43 ( 59 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson # 43
44 ( 35 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
45 ( 45 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack # 45
46 ( 48 ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 46
47 ( NEW ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt # 47
48 ( 65 ) YOU DON’T HAVE TO WALK IN THE RAIN The Turtles # 48
49 ( 41 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
50 ( 61 ) GROOVY BABY Microbe # 50

51 ( 51 ) BABY I LOVE YOU Andy Kim # 51
52 ( 55 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Joni Mitchell # 52
53 ( 49 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
54 ( 37 ) ANY DAY NOW Elvis Presley # 25
55 ( 58 ) WITHOUT HER Herb Alpert # 55
56 ( 38 ) I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE Dusty Springfield # 30
57 ( 63 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 57
58 ( 54 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
59 ( 69 ) I TURNED YOU ON The Isley Brothers # 59
60 ( 67 ) I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER Sly & The Family Stone # 60

61 ( RE ) LET ME Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay # 61
62 ( 47 ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 18
63 ( 52 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
64 ( 50 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
65 ( 43 ) ROSE GARDEN Joe South # 36
66 ( 44 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 19
67 ( 70 ) BUT IT’S ALRIGHT J.J. Jackson # 67
68 ( 71 ) I CAN’T QUIT HER The Arbors # 68
69 ( 72 ) LET’S DANCE Ola and The Janglers # 69
70 ( 74 ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees # 70

71 ( 57 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
72 ( 73 ) SPINNING WHEEL Blood Sweat & Tears # 72
73 ( NEW ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard # 73
74 ( NEW ) NO MATTER WHAT SIGN YOU ARE Diana Ross & The Supremes # 74
75 ( NEW ) MOODY WOMAN Jerry Butler # 75

Then charts

1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 2 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
3 ( 3 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
4 ( 6 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 13 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
6 ( 10 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones
7 ( 4 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits
8 ( 8 ) GET BACK The Beatles
9 ( 5 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
10 ( 11 ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension

11 ( 19 ) DICK A DUM DUM Des O’Connor
12 ( NEW ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich
13 ( 7 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
14 ( 18 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
15 ( 9 ) GROOVY BABY Microbe
16 ( 17 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
17 ( 12 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
18 ( NEW ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
19 ( NEW ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack
20 ( NEW ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson

 

 

31st May 1969

It’s a first week on top for the gorgeous Way Of Life, Family Dogg claiming the latest of one-week chart-toppers. I say that because there are 2 high new entries yet again challenging, The Beatles (or rather Paul & John’s dual effort on the tale of John & Yoko’s recent shenanigans) at 4, and in at 2 In The Year 2525, a pounding futuristic folkrock bleak view on the future of homo sapiens – 50 years on and it seems, if anything, far too optimistic given how many things mentioned are already here 500 years early. Dystopia? Just look around. Zager & Evans imagined we’d be picking our test tube kids millennia in the future; having ruined the planet, taken and put back nothing. Yes, FAR too optimistic. Back in August 1969 when this topped the UK charts I was insanely-mad on this record, the message, the sci-fi feel, the tune, the passing years of the lyrics, and in an alternate universe this would have been the first record I ever bought, in Singapore. Sadly I never found it on release and Dizzy became the first one as a good alternative. 10 years later and I was in the South-West USA and finally bought the single along with others (Aquarius/In The Ghetto from 1969) from the oldies racks in a department store.

Marmalade enter at 24 with another fave, Baby Make It Soon showing their move more and more into ballads, this time with a Tony MacAuley song (just one of myriad huge hits he wrote or co-wrote from 1967 through 1976. Build Me Up Buttercup and Love Grows are probably the best-remembered). Peter Sarstedt’s Orange Juice (Frozen) is just behind with a climb, and it’s mostly slow moves elsewhere as the deluge of new entries keeps on a coming, both classic and lesser unknowns: at 61 Jackie DeShannon’s original hit version of the Annie Lennox & Al Green 80’s hit cover, Put A Little Love In Your Heart; a failed Hannah-Barbera cartoon project that resulted in a gloriously schizophrenic bubblegum/psychedelia track that stiffed – Captain Groovy must be heard it’s in entirety for the last-minute wig-out, the vocal sung by Joey Levine (he of Ohio Express, Kazenatz-Katz, and the future fab Life Is A Rock from Reunion in 1974).

Edwin Starr returns again, ditto Archie Bell, & the soul funk groove continues with the debut of Candi Staton a full 7 years early on her blissfully good Young Hearts Run Free UK debut, and a career that is still going.

1 ( 2 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
2 ( NEW ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager & Evans # 2
3 ( 1 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
4 ( NEW ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 4
5 ( 8 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 5
6 ( 4 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
7 ( 6 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
8 ( 3 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
9 ( 5 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
10 ( 10 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5

11 ( 9 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 9
12 ( 7 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
13 ( 18 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 13
14 ( 11 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
15 ( 20 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 15
16 ( 23 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 16
17 ( 12 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 10
18 ( 15 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
19 ( 16 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 9
20 ( 17 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1

21 ( 13 ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 13
22 ( 27 ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 22
23 ( 19 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
24 ( NEW ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 24
25 ( 14 ) MAMA SOUL The Soul Survivors # 14
26 ( 47 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt # 26
27 ( 21 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
28 ( 28 ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 28
29 ( 24 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
30 ( 22 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 12

31 ( 26 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10
32 ( 37 ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 32
33 ( 43 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson # 33
34 ( 31 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
35 ( 30 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4
36 ( 40 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones # 36
37 ( 33 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
38 ( 42 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 38
39 ( 29 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 5
40 ( 35 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1

41 ( 36 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
42 ( 52 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Joni Mitchell # 42
43 ( 46 ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 43
44 ( 45 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack # 44
45 ( 41 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
46 ( 50 ) GROOVY BABY Microbe # 46
47 ( 39 ) IT DIDN’T EVEN BRING ME DOWN The Sir Douglas Quintet # 39
48 ( 48 ) YOU DON’T HAVE TO WALK IN THE RAIN The Turtles # 48
49 ( 25 ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas # 22
50 ( 34 ) SOMEDAY MAN The Monkees # 34

51 ( 51 ) BABY I LOVE YOU Andy Kim # 51
52 ( 49 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
53 ( 57 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 53
54 ( 55 ) WITHOUT HER Herb Alpert # 54
55 ( 59 ) I TURNED YOU ON The Isley Brothers # 55
56 ( 53 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
57 ( 44 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
58 ( 32 ) WHAT IS A MAN The Four Tops # 32
59 ( 60 ) I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER Sly & The Family Stone # 59
60 ( 61 ) LET ME Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay # 60

61 ( NEW ) PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART Jackie DeShannon # 61
62 ( 58 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
63 ( NEW ) CAPTAIN GROOVY AND HIS BUBBLEGUM ARMY Captain Groovy And His Bubblegum Army # 63
64 ( 68 ) I CAN’T QUIT HER The Arbors # 64
65 ( 70 ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees # 65
66 ( 67 ) BUT IT’S ALRIGHT J.J. Jackson # 66
67 ( NEW ) I’M STILL A STRUGGLING MAN Edwin Starr # 67
68 ( 69 ) LET’S DANCE Ola and The Janglers # 68
69 ( NEW ) GIRL YOU’RE TOO YOUNG Archie Bell & The Drells # 69
70 ( NEW ) THE PROPHECY OF DANIEL AND JOHN THE DIVINE (SIX-SIX-SIX) The Cowsills # 70

71 ( 73 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard # 71
72 ( 72 ) SPINNING WHEEL Blood Sweat & Tears # 72
73 ( 74 ) NO MATTER WHAT SIGN YOU ARE Diana Ross & The Supremes # 73
74 ( NEW ) I’D RATHER BE AN OLD MAN’S SWEETHEART (THAN A YOUNG MAN’S FOOL) Candi Staton # 74
75 ( NEW ) THE BOOGALOO PARTY The Flamingos # 75

Retro Then
1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 5 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
3 ( 3 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
4 ( 2 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
5 ( 4 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
6 ( 11 ) DICK A DUM DUM Des O’Connor
7 ( 8 ) GET BACK The Beatles
8 ( 6 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones
9 ( 10 ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
10 ( 7 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits

11 ( 19 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack
12 ( 18 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
13 ( NEW ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard
14 ( 14 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
15 ( 13 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
16 ( 16 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
17 ( NEW ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
18 ( 9 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
19 ( 12 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich
20 ( 20 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson

My May-Aug 2019 Charts

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That’s Conchita Wurst on stage in Gran Canaria – you’ll have to take my word for it! 🙂

 

9th June 2019

It’s a first week on top for a key biopic track on Elton John, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road came out during a period of great records back in late 1973 as I was moving to Gloucester and a new school, and so never topped the chart as Crocodile Rock had done, and Bennie & The Jets would do in 1974, but better 45 years late than never, it becomes his 13th chart-topper – or 14th if you count Scissor Sisters’ I Don’t Feel Like Dancing co-write which has Elton written large all over it. See his Taron Egerton duet for more examples of that style, while Taron takes Rocket Man into the 10. Pity his solo stuff since 1990 has ignored fun in favour of “serious” music styles.

Seeb and Highasakite just miss out on top spot, as KDA give Angie Stone a career peak almost 2 decades on, and a higher peak than Human League’s Sound Of The Crowd has had to date. Oops! Unfair! A sudden big climb for Noel Gallagher as his younger estranged brother enters low with a Shockwave, Noel’s third solo top 10 in 8 years to add to the 14 or 15 Oasis have. Big climbs for Kaiser Chiefs 11th top 20 in 14 years, Dido and Keith Urban go top 40, and the only other newies are Bastille with a spot of Joy at getting a 6th chart entry, Miley Cyrus replacing her dad in the chart, and BTS debuting helping Charli XCX to another notch on the bedpost of her chart positions – 5th.


1 3 1 2 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John 255000
2 4 2 4 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 241500
3 2 1 5 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 550100
4 5 3 5 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 289000
5 8 5 2 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 108000
6 1 1 8 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 660200
7 7 5 4 ZERO GRAVITY Kate Miller-Heidke 215000
8 26 8 6 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 131350
9 10 9 4 DOIN’ TIME Lana Del Ray 136300
10 11 10 6 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 122050

11 6 3 4 SPIRIT IN THE SKY Keiino 242000
12 9 9 5 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 156200
13 15 13 7 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 146300
14 18 14 9 SHOW ME ABC 152250
15 35 15 3 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 49500
16 13 7 4 TRUTH (RADIO EDIT) Chingiz 155000
17 23 17 4 FOCUS ON ME MARUV 74250
18 16 9 6 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 181500
19 14 1 8 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 581000
20 25 20 4 TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose 75150

21 12 4 7 HELLO SUNSHINE Bruce Springsteen 251150
22 32 22 9 DATE STAMP ABC 116950
23 31 23 4 EL MUNDO Offer Nissim Presents Jimmy Fontana 65350
24 29 24 4 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 64900
25 17 3 7 IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME Harry James & His Orchestra & Kitty Kallen 315750
26 49 26 2 TAKE YOU HOME Dido 31000
27 46 27 3 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 37550
28 21 1 8 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 538050
29 24 17 7 ME! Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 124450
30 34 30 5 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 69500

31 33 31 4 REPLAY Tamta 64700
32 19 19 8 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 138200
33 38 33 5 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 79700
34 39 34 6 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 82200
35 70 35 2 TINY DANCER Elton John 23500
36 27 16 6 LOVE AGAIN New Hope Club 120800
37 22 8 7 JENNY OF OLDSTONES (GAME OF THRONES) Florence + The Machine 164500
38 20 20 6 ABOUT WORK THE DANCEFLOOR (EDIT) Georgia 99250
39 40 39 4 (I’M GONNA) LOVE ME AGAIN Elton John & Taron Egerton 51450
40 43 40 4 I RISE Madonna 49600

41 30 15 6 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 117600
42 28 28 4 FUTURE Madonna & Quavo 67850
43 37 37 4 SHE GOT ME Luca Hanni 49300
44 44 44 3 MY LOVE Will Young 32100
45 47 45 4 LET ME KNOW (RADIO EDIT) Roisin Murphy 43100
46 48 46 5 I DON’T CARE Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber 57400
47 41 1 14 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 798200
48 42 10 10 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 200900
49 50 49 4 LIKE IT ZENA 40500
50 54 50 2 BENNIE AND THE JETS Elton John 23000

51 57 51 3 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 28350
52 52 52 5 BLAST OFF Gesaffelstein & Pharrell Williams 39200
53 53 53 5 TALK (SINGLE EDIT) Two Door Cinema Club 47700
54 59 54 8 ONE STEP BEYOND Madness 66600
55 64 55 4 NAKED ALONE L Devine & INDIIA 29200
56 56 56 4 SOLDI Mahmood 35800
57 60 57 5 BAD GUY Billie Eilish 42600
58 51 1 11 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 800700
59 62 59 4 STORM Victor Crone 29500
60 68 60 3 THIS LIFE Vampire Weekend 21200

61 65 61 3 ALONE Richard Hawley 18900
62 67 62 3 YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Emma Bunton featuring Jade Jones 19400
63 36 6 8 NEVERMIND Dennis Lloyd 237850
64 71 64 3 ONE TOUCH Jess Glynne & Jax Jones 17500
65 72 65 2 NEVER REALLY OVER Katy Perry 12600
66 75 66 2 SATURDAY NIGHT’S ALRIGHT (FOR FIGHTING) Elton John 11800
67 73 67 2 CROCODILE ROCK Elton John 12000
68 69 68 2 I GUESS THAT’S WHY THEY CALL IT THE BLUES Elton John 12600
69 45 5 5 BLACK HILLS OF DAKOTA Doris Day & Howard Keel 129600
70 74 70 2 BOYS GO WILD LP 11200

71 77 71 2 DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Elton John & Kiki Dee 10400
72 76 72 3 RUNAWAY TRAIN Boy George & Culture Club featuring Gladys Knight 14400
73 79 73 2 IN THESE SHOES Kirsty MacColl 9600
74 55 30 8 RAINBOW Kacey Musgraves 81900
75 NEW 75 1 JOY Bastille 5000
76 78 76 2 FIND U AGAIN Mark Ronson featuring Camila Cabello 9200
77 NEW 77 1 MOTHER’S DAUGHTER Miley Cyrus 4600
78 NEW 78 1 SHOCKWAVE Liam Gallagher 4400
79 80 79 2 LA VENDA Miki Nunez 8200
80 NEW 80 1 DREAM GLOW BTS & Charli XCX 4000

DROP OUTS
58 18 7 OLD TOWN ROAD Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus 125150
61 3 13 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 510250
63 15 8 WEDDING BELL BLUES Morrissey featuring Billie Joe Armstrong & Lydia Night 142950
66 1 10 JACKIE (1685300) Scott Walker 583200

 

2nd June 2019

It’s a first week on top at last for Mark Ronson and Lykke Li, Mark’s 2nd of the year and 3rd in total, and Lykke Li’s first-ever. They just overhauled Arcade and the highest new entry from the Elton John chart invasion off the back of Rocketman – which I’ve seen twice already and is rather fab. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road has a key feature in the climax of the film, Taron Egerton does a fantastic acting job, and a singing job too, the new versions are often great in new ways, not least Rocket man rocketing up to 11 for Taron’s version – Elton’s version has already charted 3 times and topped my chart. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road has always been a fave Elton track from the Autumn of 1973 when it just fell short of Number 1 in my charts – but it’s never had another run until now.

It’s another load of new entries pushing out great tracks far too early, and not allowing me to reduce my chart back to 75 – quite frankly I could easily have expanded it to 100, but am trying not to as it’s too much work! In at 8 it’s a KDA re-imagining of Angie Stone’s 2002 I Wish I Didn’t Miss You, which peaked at 23 first time round in my charts, backed up with the non-credited rhythm-track to Human League’s Sound Of The Crowd. It works so well! Lana Del ray grabs yet another top 10, her 9th in 8 years, and The Kaiser Chiefs shoot into the 40 with the very La Roux Bulletproof-inspired Record Collection, their 16th in 14 years.

Dido gets a 3rd chart entry of the year, her 17th in 18 years, and the Elton John mini-invasion continues with my 1974 chart-topper (it was banished in the UK to a B-side of the tedious Candle In The Wind) Bennie & The Jets, the 1972 chart-topper Crocodile Rock, 1976 chart-topper Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, and a batch of others, with other huge Elton tracks not charting as they’ve already had big runs. Elton has had a load of Number Ones in my charts….

Lower down, Katy Perry returns with her 2nd of the year, LP is back with Boys Go Wild, but songs charting in different years are not re-entries to me, they are new chart runs, Mark Ronson gets a 3rd of 2019, this time with Camila Cabello, the late great Kirsty is back with her shoes, a 2000 number 16 track shortly before she died tragically, and Miki Nunez sneaks in with his Spanish Eurovision entry as I have a fab gatefold CD with lyric sheets from Eurovision in Israel especially for me – via a friend who was there.

1 2 1 7 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 605200
2 1 1 4 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 465100
3 NEW 3 1 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John 85000
4 8 4 3 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 126500
5 3 3 4 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 224000
6 4 3 3 SPIRIT IN THE SKY Keiino 205000
7 5 5 3 ZERO GRAVITY Kate Miller-Heidke 165000
8 NEW 8 1 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 48000
9 9 9 4 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 121200
10 13 10 3 DOIN’ TIME Lana Del Ray 91300

11 36 11 5 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 80050
12 6 4 6 HELLO SUNSHINE Bruce Springsteen 231400
13 7 7 3 TRUTH (RADIO EDIT) Chingiz 130000
14 10 1 7 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 560000
15 15 15 6 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 114300
16 11 9 5 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 159500
17 12 3 6 IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME Harry James & His Orchestra & Kitty Kallen 297000
18 20 18 8 SHOW ME ABC 123250
19 22 19 7 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 120400
20 21 20 5 ABOUT WORK THE DANCEFLOOR (EDIT) Georgia 82050

21 16 1 7 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 519750
22 14 8 6 JENNY OF OLDSTONES (GAME OF THRONES) Florence + The Machine 147200
23 25 23 3 FOCUS ON ME MARUV 51250
24 17 17 6 ME! Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 106250
25 26 25 3 TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose 55150
26 28 26 5 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 83350
27 18 16 5 LOVE AGAIN New Hope Club 103400
28 29 28 3 FUTURE Madonna & Quavo 54100
29 35 29 3 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 45900
30 19 15 5 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 103600

31 38 31 3 EL MUNDO Offer Nissim Presents Jimmy Fontana 46100
32 32 32 8 DATE STAMP ABC 97450
33 40 33 3 REPLAY Tamta 46800
34 37 34 4 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 51500
35 75 35 2 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 22500
36 23 6 7 NEVERMIND Dennis Lloyd 230650
37 43 37 3 SHE GOT ME Luca Hanni 35800
38 39 38 4 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 62000
39 41 39 5 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 64600
40 46 40 3 (I’M GONNA) LOVE ME AGAIN Elton John & Taron Egerton 34350

41 33 1 13 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 785700
42 24 10 9 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 188600
43 47 43 3 I RISE Madonna 32600
44 72 44 2 MY LOVE Will Young 18850
45 27 5 4 BLACK HILLS OF DAKOTA Doris Day & Howard Keel 123400
46 68 46 2 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 19150
47 55 47 3 LET ME KNOW (RADIO EDIT) Roisin Murphy 30100
48 51 48 4 I DON’T CARE Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber 44650
49 NEW 49 1 TAKE YOU HOME Dido 12100
50 50 50 3 LIKE IT ZENA 28400

51 45 1 10 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 790500
52 52 52 4 BLAST OFF Gesaffelstein & Pharrell Williams 27700
53 54 53 4 TALK (SINGLE EDIT) Two Door Cinema Club 36450
54 NEW 54 1 BENNIE AND THE JETS Elton John 11000
55 30 30 7 RAINBOW Kacey Musgraves 76700
56 56 56 3 SOLDI Mahmood 25200
57 69 57 2 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 16600
58 42 18 7 OLD TOWN ROAD Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus 125150
59 59 59 7 ONE STEP BEYOND Madness 55600
60 60 60 4 BAD GUY Billie Eilish 32200

61 44 3 13 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 510250
62 63 62 3 STORM Victor Crone 19400
63 53 15 8 WEDDING BELL BLUES Morrissey featuring Billie Joe Armstrong & Lydia Night 142950
64 64 64 3 NAKED ALONE L Devine & INDIIA 18400
65 78 65 2 ALONE Richard Hawley 11400
66 61 1 10 JACKIE Scott Walker 583200
67 73 67 2 YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Emma Bunton featuring Jade Jones 12000
68 76 68 2 THIS LIFE Vampire Weekend 11200
69 NEW 69 1 I GUESS THAT’S WHY THEY CALL IT THE BLUES Elton John 6200
70 NEW 70 1 TINY DANCER Elton John 6000

71 77 71 2 ONE TOUCH Jess Glynne & Jax Jones 10400
72 NEW 72 1 NEVER REALLY OVER Katy Perry 5600
73 NEW 73 1 CROCODILE ROCK Elton John 5400
74 NEW 74 1 BOYS GO WILD LP 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SATURDAY NIGHT’S ALRIGHT (FOR FIGHTING) Elton John 5000
76 80 76 2 RUNAWAY TRAIN Boy George & Culture Club featuring Gladys Knight 8800
77 NEW 77 1 DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Elton John & Kiki Dee 4600
78 NEW 78 1 FIND U AGAIN Mark Ronson featuring Camila Cabello 4400
79 NEW 79 1 IN THESE SHOES Kirsty MacColl 4200
80 NEW 80 1 LA VENDA Miki Nunez 4000

DROP OUTS
31 18 4 AS LONG AS I HAVE TO Vargas & Lagola 79900
34 11 10 PATIENCE Tame Impala 204250
48 7 12 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 284450
49 25 3 MOVE OVER DARLING (508150) Doris Day 49050
57 6 12 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 470100
58 7 12 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 240300
62 22 7 BORDERLINE Tame Impala 99200
65 65 4 VENUS Shocking Blue 23800
66 11 10 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs featuring Nile Rodgers 202800
67 38 6 THINK OF ME The Veronicas 66400
70 1 13 AMERICAN GENERATION (457750) The Ritchie Family 452550
71 5 12 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 325700
74 74 3 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 15600
79 79 1 BOYS KEEP SWINGING (550650) David Bowie 4200

 

 

26th May 2019

It’s a second week on top for Arcade, meaning poor ol Mark Ronson & Lykke Li get 3 weeks stuck at 2. Eurovision songs consolidate their hold throughout the chart, and it remains an expanded 80 due to more great new tracks out. Caravan Palace climb to 3, while massive climbs for SEEB & Highasakite to enter the top from outside the 40, and Sam Bluer climbs to 9.

Lana Del Ray gets a great climb to 13 with her Summertime rewrite, still clocking up regular high chart slots several years on from her debut, Jax Jones & co go top 20, as does Taylor Swift and Brendan whose run of hits is Lana Del Ray-ish in terms of years, longer for PATD. ABC get a 5th track from absolute classic album The Lexicon Of Love to go top 20 – some 37 years since the last one – MARUV and Pnau go top 40, Taron Egerton gets a top 40 with an Elton song as they both climb with a new combo, and climbers galore outside the top 40 in a massively busy chart.

New entries from Keith Urban, clearly all pop not country right now, Bananarama’s 3rd off the new album to chart, Will Young’s 2nd, Kaiser Chief’s return after a couple of years away, and a 14-year chart run since they started with a couple of chart-toppers in 2005. Emma BUnton is spicefully back with a Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell cover, Vampire Weekend, Jess Glynne, Jax Jones getting a 2nd in the chart, all return, while Richard Hawley is back after 4-years away and extends his chart run to 17 years. Bowie returns after being released and making the sales charts, 3rd-time round for Boys Keep Swinging his 1979 cross-dressing gem, and Bog George & Culture Club sneak in with a duet with Gladys Knight, certainly one I never expected to see! Runaway Train means George gets his first chart entry for 5 years, Culture Club get their first for 20 years, and Gladys for getting on 30 years (barring oldies)! Culture Club first charted 37 years ago, Gladys 47 years ago, though her career predates my personal charts and she def would have charted in 1967 had I started earlier.

1 1 1 3 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 350100
2 2 2 6 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 435200
3 7 3 3 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 164000
4 3 3 2 SPIRIT IN THE SKY Keiino 150000
5 6 5 2 ZERO GRAVITY Kate Miller-Heidke 115000
6 4 4 5 HELLO SUNSHINE Bruce Springsteen 196400
7 8 7 2 TRUTH (RADIO EDIT) Chingiz 98000
8 43 8 2 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 61500
9 19 9 3 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 76200
10 5 1 6 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 531000

11 9 9 4 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 134500
12 10 3 5 IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME Harry James & His Orchestra & Kitty Kallen 274000
13 37 13 2 DOIN’ TIME Lana Del Ray 49300
14 12 8 5 JENNY OF OLDSTONES (GAME OF THRONES) Florence + The Machine 127700
15 29 15 5 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 87300
16 11 1 6 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 500000
17 21 17 5 ME! Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 87250
18 16 16 4 LOVE AGAIN New Hope Club 85000
19 15 15 4 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 85600
20 26 20 7 SHOW ME ABC 101250

21 28 21 4 ABOUT WORK THE DANCEFLOOR (EDIT) Georgia 62050
22 22 22 6 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 99400
23 14 6 6 NEVERMIND Dennis Lloyd 213250
24 17 10 8 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 174850
25 44 25 2 FOCUS ON ME MARUV 32000
26 31 26 2 TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose 36400
27 13 5 3 BLACK HILLS OF DAKOTA Doris Day & Howard Keel 110400
28 33 28 4 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 64850
29 34 29 2 FUTURE Madonna & Quavo 35800
30 30 30 6 RAINBOW Kacey Musgraves 65900

31 18 18 4 AS LONG AS I HAVE TO Vargas & Lagola 79900
32 32 32 7 DATE STAMP ABC 79650
33 20 1 12 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 771700
34 23 11 10 PATIENCE Tame Impala 204250
35 58 35 2 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 27700
36 46 36 4 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 43050
37 55 37 3 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 33900
38 54 38 2 EL MUNDO Offer Nissim Presents Jimmy Fontana 28200
39 39 39 3 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 44800
40 49 40 2 REPLAY Tamta 29100

41 47 41 4 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 47500
42 24 18 6 OLD TOWN ROAD Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus 114950
43 75 43 2 SHE GOT ME Luca Hanni 18500
44 27 3 12 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 502750
45 40 1 9 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 778750
46 77 46 2 (I’M GONNA) LOVE ME AGAIN Elton John & Taron Egerton 17350
47 67 47 2 I RISE Madonna 19100
48 35 7 12 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 284450
49 25 25 3 MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day 49050
50 78 50 2 LIKE IT ZENA 16400

51 56 51 3 I DON’T CARE Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber 32350
52 61 52 3 BLAST OFF Gesaffelstein & Pharrell Williams 26200
53 41 15 7 WEDDING BELL BLUES Morrissey featuring Billie Joe Armstrong & Lydia Night 135750
54 64 54 3 TALK (SINGLE EDIT) Two Door Cinema Club 25200
55 66 55 2 LET ME KNOW (RADIO EDIT) Roisin Murphy 17600
56 80 56 2 SOLDI Mahmood 14600
57 48 6 12 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 470100
58 52 7 12 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 240300
59 62 59 6 ONE STEP BEYOND Madness 45500
60 69 60 3 BAD GUY Billie Eilish 22200

61 50 1 9 JACKIE Scott Walker 576400
62 38 22 7 BORDERLINE Tame Impala 99200
63 76 63 2 STORM Victor Crone 12000
64 79 64 2 NAKED ALONE L Devine & INDIIA 11300
65 72 65 4 VENUS Shocking Blue 23800
66 42 11 10 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs featuring Nile Rodgers 202800
67 51 38 6 THINK OF ME The Veronicas 66400
68 NEW 68 1 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 6400
69 NEW 69 1 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 6200
70 70 1 13 AMERICAN GENERATION (457750) The Ritchie Family 352550

71 36 5 12 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 325700
72 NEW 72 1 MY LOVE Will Young 5600
73 NEW 73 1 YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Emma Bunton featuring Jade Jones 5400
74 74 74 3 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 15600
75 NEW 75 1 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 5000
76 NEW 76 1 THIS LIFE Vampire Weekend 4800
77 NEW 77 1 ONE TOUCH Jess Glynne & Jax Jones 4600
78 NEW 78 1 ALONE Richard Hawley 4400
79 NEW 79 1 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 4200
80 NEW 80 1 RUNAWAY TRAIN Boy George & Culture Club featuring Gladys Knight 4000

DROP OUTS
45 25 6 HUSTLE P!nk 104950
53 39 5 SO CLOSE NOTD, Felix Jaehn & Captain Cuts featuring Georgia Ku 67350
57 18 6 SOS Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc 106400
59 35 6 PIECE OF YOUR HEART Meduza featuring GOODBOYS 91700
60 48 4 LOVE IS ON THE LINE Jack Savoretti 40600
63 2 14 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 600150
65 46 5 MAIN TITLE (GAME OF THRONES) Ramin Djawadi 52400
68 52 4 YOU SAY Lauren Daigle 36150
71 37 2 SECRET LOVE (133950) Doris Day 22800
73 3 14 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 589800

 

19th May 2019

It’s a huge climb of 58 places for the Eurovision winner from Duncan Laurence – I didn’t actually know it was entered last week, oops, I just liked it! Arcade is the highest climb to the top for ages, and also the first Eurovision song to top for 5 years and the first winner to top since 2010. An actual great Coldplay-ish song, and deserved winner for The Netherlands who topped my chart in 1975 with Ding A Dong (Teach-In). Elsewhere there’s a Eurovision invasion, I’ve had to expand my charts to 80 to cope with the huge influx of new tracks and not enough dropping out. Keiino won the popular vote and enter at 3 for Norway, Australia did an amazing performance and are at 6, and Azerbaijan as always put their oil money where their music mouth is and buy in another great pop song, in at 8. That all means Mark Ronson stays at 2, and a bunch of hot tracks are kicked out of the 10.

Sam Bluer rockets into the 20, an old early 70’s soul fave has made the itunes chart (I’ve no idea why but it gives me an excuse to finally chart it 20-odd years after I’d come across it on US oldies stations): Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose’s Too Late To Turn Back Now, in at 31. Madonna gets 2 new entries, fresh from her Eurovision performance of Future, in at 34, and I Rise at 67. A one-time popular pop star plugging his greatest hits said this week that Madonna would do anything for money, as criticism of her turning up in Israel. 1. No she doesn’t, you dont catch her doing TV adverts for cash like many I could mention 2. You can rely on Madonna to be controversial and make political or social comments ESPECIALLY if she’s told not to do something 3. It’s a music competition, slag off her, slag off every country for taking part, and every performer, or accept it’s supposed to be above politics as sporting events are.

Lana Del Ray is back with a rewrite of the classic Summertime, a George Gershwin cover hit for Fun Boy Three in 1983, and dating back to 1934 and the definitive Billie Holliday version sometime after. The number of ancient songs in my chart just grows, not least the 60’s Jimmy Fortuna song heavily unnoficially reworked by Offer Nissim in at 54! Highasakite are back after a gap of a few years, Pnau also return as Empire Of The Sun hang on to a top 20 spot, spot the connection! Finally, Elton has a film soundtrack duet with Taron Egerton to go with Taron’s climbing Rocket Man cover.

1 59 1 2 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 180100
2 2 2 5 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 320200
3 NEW 3 1 SPIRIT IN THE SKY Keiino 85000
4 7 4 4 HELLO SUNSHINE Bruce Springsteen 141400
5 1 1 5 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 489000
6 NEW 6 1 ZERO GRAVITY Kate Miller-Heidke 55000
7 14 7 2 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 79000
8 NEW 8 1 TRUTH (RADIO EDIT) Chingiz 48000
9 9 9 3 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 97500
10 3 3 4 IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME Harry James & His Orchestra & Kitty Kallen 239000

11 4 1 5 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 475000
12 8 8 4 JENNY OF OLDSTONES (GAME OF THRONES) Florence + The Machine 98700
13 5 5 2 BLACK HILLS OF DAKOTA Doris Day & Howard Keel 92000
14 6 6 5 NEVERMIND Dennis Lloyd 194000
15 15 15 3 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 64600
16 20 16 3 LOVE AGAIN New Hope Club 63000
17 10 10 7 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 155850
18 19 18 3 AS LONG AS I HAVE TO Vargas & Lagola 62000
19 58 19 2 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 31200
20 13 1 11 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 754000

21 36 21 4 ME! Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 64250
22 26 22 5 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 79900
23 11 11 9 PATIENCE Tame Impala 186650
24 18 18 5 OLD TOWN ROAD Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus 101200
25 29 25 2 MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day 36950
26 28 26 6 SHOW ME ABC 81250
27 12 3 11 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 489500
28 40 28 3 ABOUT WORK THE DANCEFLOOR (EDIT) Georgia 42300
29 32 29 4 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 60300
30 33 30 5 RAINBOW Kacey Musgraves 47900

31 NEW 31 1 TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose 17900
32 42 32 6 DATE STAMP ABC 61850
33 34 33 3 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 46550
34 NEW 34 1 FUTURE Madonna & Quavo 17600
35 17 7 11 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 272100
36 16 5 11 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 319900
37 NEW 37 1 DOIN’ TIME Lana Del Ray 17300
38 22 22 6 BORDERLINE Tame Impala 91800
39 56 39 2 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 27700
40 21 1 8 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 765750

41 24 15 6 WEDDING BELL BLUES Morrissey featuring Billie Joe Armstrong & Lydia Night 124500
42 23 11 9 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs featuring Nile Rodgers 196000
43 NEW 43 1 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 13500
44 NEW 44 1 FOCUS ON ME MARUV 13250
45 25 25 6 HUSTLE P!nk 104950
46 61 46 3 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 25650
47 54 47 3 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 33500
48 27 6 11 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 459700
49 NEW 49 1 REPLAY Tamta 12100
50 31 1 8 JACKIE Scott Walker 568900

51 38 38 5 THINK OF ME The Veronicas 59800
52 41 7 11 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 230100
53 39 39 5 SO CLOSE NOTD, Felix Jaehn & Captain Cuts featuring Georgia Ku 67350
54 NEW 54 1 EL MUNDO Offer Nissim Presents Jimmy Fontana 11000
55 71 55 2 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 16600
56 60 56 2 I DON’T CARE Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber 20600
57 30 18 6 SOS Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc 106400
58 NEW 58 1 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 10200
59 35 35 6 PIECE OF YOUR HEART Meduza featuring GOODBOYS 91700
60 48 48 4 LOVE IS ON THE LINE Jack Savoretti 40600

61 63 61 2 BLAST OFF Gesaffelstein & Pharrell Williams 14700
62 62 62 5 ONE STEP BEYOND Madness 35400
63 44 2 14 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 600150
64 64 64 2 TALK (SINGLE EDIT) Two Door Cinema Club 14200
65 46 46 5 MAIN TITLE (GAME OF THRONES) Ramin Djawadi 52400
66 NEW 66 1 LET ME KNOW (RADIO EDIT) Roisin Murphy 6800
67 NEW 67 1 I RISE Madonna 6600
68 65 52 4 YOU SAY Lauren Daigle 36150
69 70 69 2 BAD GUY Billie Eilish 12200
70 55 1 12 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 446550

71 37 37 2 SECRET LOVE Doris Day 22800
72 72 72 3 VENUS Shocking Blue 16800
73 47 3 14 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 589800
74 74 74 2 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 10400
75 NEW 75 1 SHE GOT ME Luca Hanni 5000
76 NEW 76 1 STORM Victor Crone 4800
77 NEW 77 1 (I’M GONNA) LOVE ME AGAIN Elton John & Taron Egerton 4600
78 NEW 78 1 LIKE IT ZENA 4400
79 NEW 79 1 NAKED ALONE L Devine & INDIIA 4200
80 NEW 80 1 SOLDI Mahmood 4000

DROP OUTS
43 25 4 FEELINGS John Newman 61150
45 1 12 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 635300
49 12 10 OLD WILD MEN 10cc 142800
50 50 3 SUPERSONIC ROCKETSHIP (352900) The Kinks 35500
51 28 7 MY SHIP IS COMING IN The Walker Brothers 90300
52 9 10 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 275850
53 16 6 STRETCH Louise 103450
57 57 2 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE (729000) Redbone 20600
66 10 13 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 349000
67 67 1 WHATEVER WILL BE, WILL BE (QUE SERA, SERA Doris Day 6600
68 68 3 LE FREAK (12” MIX) (672200) Chic 17800
69 39 4 YOU AND I LEON 48900
73 1 10 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 529700
75 75 1 ALL THIS LOVE Robin Schulz featuring Harloe 5000

 

 

12th May 2019

It’s a first week on top for Madonna & Maluma, ahead of her Eurovision appearance, with the fab latin rhythms of Medellin, which came swanning out of speakers by my gloriously sunny and hot hotel pool in Gran Canaria last week. How appropriate! Hence the lateness of this chart. That becomes Madonna’s first number one in 4 years, and her 20th in total, her oldest track to top my chart being 1984’s Holiday, though the first was 1986’s Papa Don’t Preach.

As yet another legend passes away, the 97-year-old movie star fave Doris Day – who I was watching in a movie musicals bar only days before – enters with 4 tracks that meant the most to me, largely from Calamity Jane or Move Over Darling (my fave movies of hers), the highest being the debut for Black Hills Of Dakota at 5. Move Over Darling topped my charts in 1987. With the 40’s Harry James at 3, and Doris’ 50’s track at 5, and the Raleigh Ritchie’s featured 30’s sounding sample at 4, it’s easily the oldest top 5 ever for me, and bung in 60-year-old Madonna as well, a positive youngster compared to Doris!

The top end of the chart gets frantic as loads of great new tracks take my fancy, headed by Springsteen’s first top 10 in a few years, Florence + The Machine’s haunting Game Of Thrones song taking her back into the top 10 for a 10th occasion in 10 years, and Hot Chip getting a second top 10 11 years late. Bruce ‘n’ Flo have both topped my charts previously. Highest new track is Caravan Palace with a very naughty video at 14, fab, and a massive climb into the 20 for Kylie – never far away from my charts since 1988 – and New York City.

Noel Gallagher goes top 40, Georgia gets a biggie climb for a second top 40 in a row, Purple Disco Machine debut with a Funkytown-ish funk-out, the first Eurovision song this year pops in at 59, Gesaffelstein (bless you!), Pharrell, Two-Door Cinema Club all return at the lower end, Pharrell will be knocking on 16 years with his NERD debut, Billie Eilish yet again gets 2 in the chart simultaneously, and a former Buzzjack song that I heard on my hols also pops in at 74.

1 2 1 4 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 429000
2 4 2 4 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 205200
3 3 3 3 IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME Harry James & His Orchestra & Kitty Kallen 197000
4 1 1 4 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 438000
5 NEW 5 1 BLACK HILLS OF DAKOTA Doris Day & Howard Keel 60000
6 6 6 4 NEVERMIND Dennis Lloyd 165000
7 20 7 3 HELLO SUNSHINE Bruce Springsteen 76400
8 59 8 3 JENNY OF OLDSTONES (GAME OF THRONES) Florence + The Machine 63700
9 61 9 2 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 52500
10 16 10 6 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 132850

11 17 11 8 PATIENCE Tame Impala 167400
12 5 3 10 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 471100
13 10 1 10 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 734000
14 NEW 14 1 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 29000
15 56 15 2 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 37600
16 8 5 10 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 302500
17 7 7 10 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 254600
18 19 18 4 OLD TOWN ROAD Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus 82200
19 24 19 2 AS LONG AS I HAVE TO Vargas & Lagola 40000
20 30 20 2 LOVE AGAIN New Hope Club 38000

21 9 1 7 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 748750
22 22 22 5 BORDERLINE Tame Impala 74600
23 11 11 8 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs featuring Nile Rodgers 182250
24 15 15 5 WEDDING BELL BLUES Morrissey featuring Billie Joe Armstrong & Lydia Night 110500
25 27 25 5 HUSTLE P!nk 91950
26 31 26 4 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 60400
27 14 6 10 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 447400
28 32 28 5 SHOW ME ABC 62750
29 NEW 29 1 MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day 18200
30 18 18 5 SOS Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc 96000

31 13 1 7 JACKIE Scott Walker 556900
32 35 32 3 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 42100
33 45 33 4 RAINBOW Kacey Musgraves 29900
34 53 34 2 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 28850
35 36 35 5 PIECE OF YOUR HEART Meduza featuring GOODBOYS 81600
36 39 36 3 ME! Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 44500
37 NEW 37 1 SECRET LOVE Doris Day 17300
38 46 38 4 THINK OF ME The Veronicas 48050
39 40 39 4 SO CLOSE NOTD, Felix Jaehn & Captain Cuts featuring Georgia Ku 56100
40 65 40 2 ABOUT WORK THE DANCEFLOOR Georgia 24000

41 21 7 10 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 218600
42 47 42 5 DATE STAMP ABC 44050
43 25 25 4 FEELINGS John Newman 61150
44 33 2 13 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 592950
45 26 1 12 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 635300
46 51 46 4 MAIN TITLE (GAME OF THRONES) Ramin Djawadi 45400
47 37 3 13 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 584400
48 49 48 3 LOVE IS ON THE LINE Jack Savoretti 30600
49 12 12 10 OLD WILD MEN 10cc 142800
50 50 50 3 SUPERSONIC ROCKETSHIP The Kinks 35500

51 28 28 7 MY SHIP IS COMING IN The Walker Brothers 90300
52 34 9 10 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 275850
53 29 16 6 STRETCH Louise 103450
54 60 54 2 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 21000
55 48 1 11 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 440550
56 NEW 56 1 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 10600
57 58 57 2 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Redbone 20600
58 NEW 58 1 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 10200
59 NEW 59 1 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 10100
60 NEW 60 1 I DON’T CARE Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber 10000

61 73 61 2 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 12900
62 62 62 4 ONE STEP BEYOND Madness 28000
63 NEW 63 1 BLAST OFF Gesaffelstein & Pharrell Williams 7200
64 NEW 64 1 TALK (SINGLE EDIT) Two Door Cinema Club 7100
65 52 52 3 YOU SAY Lauren Daigle 29750
66 38 10 13 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 349000
67 NEW 67 1 WHATEVER WILL BE, WILL BE (QUE SERA, SERA Doris Day 6600
68 68 68 3 LE FREAK (12” MIX) Chic 17800
69 43 39 4 YOU AND I LEON 48900
70 NEW 70 1 BAD GUY Billie Eilish 6000

71 NEW 71 1 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 5800
72 72 72 2 VENUS Shocking Blue 11200
73 54 1 10 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 529700
74 NEW 74 1 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 5200
75 NEW 75 1 ALL THIS LOVE Robin Schulz featuring Harloe 5000

DROP OUTS
23 3 6 ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation 317250
41 2 8 SPARROW Emeli Sande 436250
42 30 9 WE’RE THROUGH The Hollies 122950
44 37 6 HERE WITH ME Marshmello Featuring CHVRCHES 66800
55 36 4 DRUM Noa Kirel 62900
57 9 6 MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF The Walker Brothers 139500
63 13 9 NEVER COMIN DOWN Keith Urban 181400
64 28 9 CASIO Jungle 127100
66 47 9 SO AM I Ava Max 80300
67 51 5 COOL The Jonas Brothers 48450
69 56 5 KING JAMES Anderson .Paak 39200
70 70 2 SUMMER DAYS Martin Garrix featuring Macklemore & Patrick Stump pf Fall Out Boy 12000
71 71 2 LOVE ME ANYWAY P!nk featuring Chris Stapleton 11600
74 10 9 LIFTED Parker Bossley 187650
75 75 1 OVERKILL Motorhead 5000

 

 

5th March 2019

It’s a second week on top for Raleigh Ritchie’s lovely track which speaks to me as much as him, I expect – the sentiment is something I can relate to, being as my life is a rollercoaster of busy-ness interspersed with the odd bit of time doing charts. Just sitting and enjoying life gently passing by isn’t something I get to do much. Madonna is still at 2 for a second week and Harry James & Kitty Kallen shoot up to 3, which easily makes it the highest-placed charting track to predate the 1950’s, courtesy of Endgame’s closing credits.

Mark Ronson makes it 2 in a row top 10’s, and his 4th in total, Lykke Li getting her first, while Dennis Lloyd does the same. Bruce Springsteen leaps into the 20 in a single bound, his first top 20 charting track in 5 years, or his 10th in the last 20 years, and umpteenth since his first in 1975. Yes that one. Born To Run peaked outside the top 10 first time round but topped my chart in 2009. Vargas and Legoland get a second simultaneous top 30 as As Long As I Have To enters, while Selfish goes top 20, and a debut for New Hope Club at 30 outdoes more established acts entering like Noel Gallagher at 53, making 26 Oasisfestfilled years, Kylie in New York City – with some way to go to match T.Rex’s 1975 song of the same name – Redbone returning for a fourth run courtesy of Avengers again, one from 1974 and the rest from Marvel film boosts.

Kool & The Gang have never charted with Jungle Boogie, which is a bit surprising for a track and I knew at the time and quite liked, but then my chart was limited to a top 30 in those days – even Redbone only just scraped in, and turnover was fast to try and squeeze records in back in 1974. It’s also one of their best records and is currently getting blanket TV ad plays, much better than their bland disco phase that lasted for eternity. So, 27 years since they last charted, and 46 years since it was released, that would be impressive if Harry James wasn’t making it look quite recent in comparison.

It’s been 9 years since Hot Chip last charted, but they belatedly get their 6th some 13 years after their first, in at 61 with a funky workout, Georgia gets a second, Shocking Blue get a 3rd-time-round hit with a World Record Store vinyl release of Venus almost 50 years since the first time, Taron Egertin is about to star in the Fantasy Elton John biopic, and enters with Rocket Man, his second charting song (the first was in 2016 with Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark & Hugh Jackman, from the Eddie The eagle biopic spin-off album, Thrill Me), a former Elton chart-topper from 1972, and Motorhead return for a third WRS Day vinyl-pushed blowout with a spot of Overkill.

1 1 1 3 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 373000
2 2 2 3 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 259000
3 15 3 2 IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME Harry James & His Orchestra & Kitty Kallen 112000
4 29 4 3 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 90200
5 3 3 9 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 436100
6 12 6 3 NEVERMIND Dennis Lloyd 110000
7 7 7 9 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 231600
8 5 5 9 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 277500
9 4 1 6 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 729000
10 6 1 9 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 702000

11 14 11 7 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs featuring Nile Rodgers 163000
12 18 12 9 OLD WILD MEN 10cc 130700
13 10 1 6 JACKIE Scott Walker 539000
14 8 6 9 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 429000
15 17 15 4 WEDDING BELL BLUES Morrissey 91500
16 32 16 5 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 90850
17 20 17 7 PATIENCE Tame Impala 130400
18 21 18 4 SOS Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc 78000
19 19 19 3 OLD TOWN ROAD Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus 60200
20 68 20 2 HELLO SUNSHINE Bruce Springsteen 26400

21 11 7 9 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 204600
22 33 22 4 BORDERLINE Tame Impala 55100
23 9 3 6 ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation 317250
24 NEW 24 1 AS LONG AS I HAVE TO Vargas & Lagola 19000
25 28 25 3 FEELINGS John Newman 47650
26 13 1 11 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 622300
27 27 27 4 HUSTLE P!nk 73200
28 35 28 6 MY SHIP IS COMING IN The Walker Brothers 78550
29 16 16 5 STRETCH Louise 92200
30 NEW 30 1 LOVE AGAIN New Hope Club 18000

31 34 31 3 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 41900
32 46 32 4 SHOW ME ABC 44450
33 26 2 12 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 579700
34 22 9 9 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 264350
35 66 35 2 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 24300
36 38 36 4 PIECE OF YOUR HEART Meduza featuring GOODBOYS 64100
37 25 3 12 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 571900
38 24 10 12 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 342200
39 60 39 2 ME! Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 27100
40 50 40 3 SO CLOSE NOTD, Felix Jaehn & Captain Cuts featuring Georgia Ku 39000

41 23 2 8 SPARROW Emeli Sande 436250
42 30 30 9 WE’RE THROUGH The Hollies 122950
43 39 39 3 YOU AND I LEON 42700
44 37 37 6 HERE WITH ME Marshmello Featuring CHVRCHES 66800
45 58 45 3 RAINBOW Kacey Musgraves 29800
46 49 46 3 THINK OF ME The Veronicas 30850
47 62 47 4 DATE STAMP ABC 30300
48 43 1 10 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 429750
49 69 49 2 LOVE IS ON THE LINE Jack Savoretti 18300
50 52 50 2 SUPERSONIC ROCKETSHIP The Kinks 23500

51 55 51 3 MAIN TITLE (GAME OF THRONES) Ramin Djawadi 32650
52 53 52 2 YOU SAY Lauren Daigle 22750
53 NEW 53 1 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 11250
54 40 1 9 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 524300
55 36 36 4 DRUM Noa Kirel 62900
56 NEW 56 1 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 10600
57 31 9 6 MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF The Walker Brothers 139500
58 NEW 58 1 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Redbone 10200
59 72 59 2 JENNY OF OLDSTONES (GAME OF THRONES) Florence + The Machine 15700
60 NEW 60 1 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 10000

61 NEW 61 1 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 7500
62 65 62 3 ONE STEP BEYOND Madness 20600
63 45 13 9 NEVER COMIN DOWN Keith Urban 181400
64 41 28 9 CASIO Jungle 127100
65 NEW 65 1 ABOUT WORK THE DANCEFLOOR Georgia 7000
66 47 47 9 SO AM I Ava Max 80300
67 51 51 5 COOL The Jonas Brothers 48450
68 75 68 2 LE FREAK (12” MIX) Chic 11400
69 56 56 5 KING JAMES Anderson .Paak 39200
70 70 70 2 SUMMER DAYS Martin Garrix featuring Macklemore & Patrick Stump pf Fall Out Boy 12000

71 71 71 2 LOVE ME ANYWAY P!nk featuring Chris Stapleton 11600
72 NEW 72 1 VENUS Shocking Blue 5600
73 NEW 73 1 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 5400
74 42 10 9 LIFTED Parker Bossley 187650
75 NEW 75 1 OVERKILL Motorhead 5000

DROP OUTS
44 39 8 THE BIRD SYML 87500
48 40 7 HURRICANES Dido 80650
54 13 8 WHAT MORE CAN I DO? Jack Savoretti 155100
57 14 10 WALK ME HOME P!nk 179900
59 14 11 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 193200
61 5 8 SON OF MAN GG/06 aka 10cc (Kevin Godley & Graham Gouldman) featuring Hotlegs 220400
63 33 6 ALL THE SONGS Will Young 74850
64 2 14 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 463900
67 64 4 JUST YOU AND I Tom Walker 25300
73 73 3 MIRACLE Alan Parsons featuring Jason Mraz 15800
74 21 9 KILLING MY TIME G-Flip 147350