My Top 20 Fave Sitcoms

20. FRASIER (1993-2004)

Spin-off of the long-running Cheers, Frasier also ran for 11 years and was record-award-winning, giving Kelsey Grammer the unique record of playing the same character for a record-breaking 20 years for a sitcom character. A huge fave of critics, the scriptwriting was sharp, smart and full of great one-liners. The cast was superb, now moved from Boston to Seattle, divorced from Lilith, a radio Shrink, and newly-reacquainted with his family, Frasier had a great supporting cast of characters in his pernickity pyschiatrist brother Niles, his ex-cop disabled no-nonsense dad Martin, and his dog, his radio producer Man-eating Roz, and Martin’s live-in carer from Manchester the blunt Daphne. All beautifully acted, and invariably the cast either were nominated or won Emmys each year of it’s run. Millicent Martin played Daphne’s mum, which was a nice bit of 60’s UK TV nostalgia for older viewers, and one of my fave characters was Frasier’s ruthless Manager, Bebe.

One of the fun bits were the celebrity cameo voice-overs popping in as radio phone-in’s with issues for Frasier to advise on: Christopher Reeve, Daryl Hannah, John Lithgow, Ben Stiller, and oodles of others. The relationships between the main characters provided the backbone to the show, but the most-popular was probably married-man Niles falling secretly in love with Daphne, and the show ran with it for years – peaking with Daphne finding out, Niles being divorced from his never-seen-much-talked-about-wife Maris by then, and them eloping to get married on impulse. Thereafter the show lost it’s sparkle, which is generally a huge no-no in TV’s: once you lose the flirting and longing, you get cosy and boring as the replacement, or else tedious melodrama. One of my fave spin-offs were Frasier and Niles essentially morphing into Sideshow Bob and his brother Cecil in the Simpsons. Both poised and dignified, the loss of dignity and murderous intent for Bart Simpson in the show is hilarious.

 

19. RED DWARF (1988-2018)

The show that never dies, and an unlikely long-runner (sporadically) being as it’s a cast of 4 or 5 set in the distant future on a mining space ship Red Dwarf after the end of the rest of the human race bar one – Dave Lister, beer-swilling laddy Scouser inspiring a whole TV channel in his name, and latterly paying for 2 great revival series (with one more to go). Rob Grant & Doug Naylor started, executive-produced and scripted the early episodes and series, and following the partnership split, Doug Naylor carried on alone from series 7.

As I’m a sci-fi nerd you’d expect I’d get into the show right off the bat – not so. Sci-fi comedy had always been crap, so I expected this to be the same, especially with the premise: former street-poet Craig Charles as Dave, a descendant of a cat (Cat – Danny John-Jules), and an obnoxious dead now-hologram Arnold Rimmer (impressionist comic actor Chris Barrie) together with sarcastic seemingly-simple Norman Lovett as a computer. My mum enjoyed it though, and I gradually started watching it series 2 and 3 and it just got better as it went on with the addition of android Kryten (Robert Llewellyn) and computer Holly replaced by Hilly (stand-up Hattie Hayridge). Peaking around series 5 or 6, the next two series went onto film and the whole mood changed, it needed the studio audience. Plus the whole banter and interplay changed for the worse with the addition of Kochanski (Lister’s long-crush, originally an occasional welcome guest played by pop star Claire Grogan) – played by Chloe Annett, which waters down the basic concept of the last human and his frustrations, kept sane by his non-human mates and escapades. A total lads show.

The BBC run ended in 1999 and it took channel Dave to commission a 2008 filmed 3-episode special to boost it back to life, as the cast became available in between other work, like Coronation Street (Craig Charles). It didn’t quite work, but did let Dave bring the show back proper, studio audience and cast of 4, in 2012 for series 10, then series 11 and 12 2016 and 2017, all of which caught the classic mood of the early 90’s. Great one-liners, great sci-fi homages, great characters, fun plotting and a very warm unsentimental ensemble make for a show that is still good fun. I hope they do more!

18. THE BIG BANG THEORY (2007-2019?)

Still running, though not quite as sharp and geeky as it’s earlier seasons, The Big bang Theory is a sci-fi nerd’s wet dream: so many pop culture, science and sci-fi/fantasy references run through the show that you would imagine it would be a minority interest sitcom. Not so. It’s huge worldwide. The premise, 4 geeky scientists/engineers in their 20’s, is a sort of nerdy version of Friends, minus the women – the only regular female cast mate is neighbour Penny to flat-sharing Sheldon & Leonard (named after sitcom legend Sheldon Leonard), a not at-all nerd, hot and popular and self-assured. Over the seasons Leonard and Penny get together and marry, and she gets 2 scientist girlfriends to hang out with (Bernadette, Howard’s future wife, and Amy, Sheldon’s future wife) leaving poor old Raj unhitched to date). With more female cast members the balance of the show got less nerdy and more soap, but still maintained it’s sci-fi credentials, notably the number of Star Trek actors passing through, not least semi-regular former child actor and Next Gen star Will Wheaton playing himself.

Overall I prefer it to it’s obvious ancestor Friends, not just for the sci-fi/pop culture elements that I can relate to, but because the characters aren’t as annoying – more lovable than irritating, as Ross, Chandler, Monica and co could be at times. There’s also a sort of spiritual Roseanne going on (only not as tedious, and thank goodness no Roseanne Barr) with 3 cast members featuring, 2 as semi-regulars, and Johnny Galecki as star. The break-out star though is Jim Parsons as award-winning super-ego-super-nerd-super-IQ scientist Sheldon, complete with all his many many hang-ups, quirks and foibles. My introduction to the show came through my niece who said I should watch it (3 seasons in I’d not heard much of it really) as it was so Me. Apparently I’m a bit like Sheldon. Well, not in my universe am I anything remotely like Sheldon! (Except in the less annoying ways). I did love it though, right from the Barenaked Ladies theme song down to the endless guest stars from the sci-fi genre that I admire, and the long-running worship of Stephen Hawking, and the lads-together comics-fans camaraderie. The Comic Shop is a world I know every well.

Currently I’m one and a half seasons behind so can’t comment on recent quality, but it remains enjoyable if no longer my fave live-acted sitcom – that baton has been passed on to another still to come. There is at least one more season (the 12th) to go, after that probably renogotiating all the contracts will become too expensive and onerous I’m guessing…

17. BOTTOM (1991-1995)

Who doesn’t love a great Bottom? No, not Shakespeare, not naughtiness, but Bottom Of The Heap. The late great Rik Mayall & the equally great Ade Edmondson are basically playing older, less niche, less animated, versions of their Young Ones characters, but this time it’s Richie and Eddie, a couple of unemployed flatmate losers obsessed with trying to have sex with a woman. Any woman (Richie is till a 40-year-old Virgin). Slapstick, sentiment-free, aggressive, joyful, loveable, annoying, conscienceless, manic, pitiable, and very very funny. It spawned a stageshow version during the TV run, and a movie Guest House Paradiso in 1999, and was created by the duo as a sort of logical extension of their Comedy Club routines in the early 80’s The Dangerous Brothers.

Fellow “Young Ones” actor Christopher Ryan joined the cast, a mere 18 episodes were filmed over 3 series, and the stupid BBC brass turned down the fourth series someone on high just not getting the jokes. Not a man. Of the sexes, men more likely find the show very funny, because it’s men as losers, it’s easy to see bits of oneself in it, in a cartoon Tom & Jerry violent fashion, and it’s Ade & Rik at the top of their game. It’s not as innovative and game-changing as The Young Ones but it works way better as a sitcom. The Young Ones, apart from less than a handful of episodes tends to feel a bit disjointed and hit ‘n’ miss it’s approach, not unlike Python where bits of it remain brilliant, but chunks of it are less so.

Best episode: I think the gas man taped to the ceiling…here’s the lead-up

and for good measure here’s a bunch of stage ad-libbing equally funny…

16. SOAP (1977-81)

A complete parody of US daytime soap operas, Soap was madcap, chock-full of great outrageous characters, smart and takes soap plotting to fantastical extremes, such as sex-change, gangsters, cheating politicians, gay relationships, murder and onwards through devil-child possession, alien abduction and south-american dictators. The casting was genius, not least Katherine Helmond as well-off matriarch of the richer of two main squabbling-related families The Tates & The Campbells, Jessica Tate. She was flirty, naive, genuinely funny (she later turned up in the UK Girls On Top series). Then there was Robert Guillarme as butler Benson, black, sarcastic, caustic and pretty disliked and commented on most people in the show and all their bad traits. So popular the character got his own spin-off show set in the world politics.

Billy Crystal was innovative as gay son Jody Campbell, at first stereotypically camp but settling in to become not-remotely-camp and a proper role model in a UK TV world that didn’t have any non-camp recurring characters of gay men. It also made him a huge movie star. Then there was the ventriloquist half brother who though his doll was real and had ongoing arguments with him, the doll offending everyone at ever opportunity – Chuck & Bob. Dinah Manoff & Richard Mulligan also starred in another TV sitcom sort-of-spinoff Empty Nest (also by Soap creator Susan “Golden Girls” Harris), while Dinah was one of the pink ladies in Grease to boot. The large supporting cast was equally manic and inventive throughout the 4 series, and is regularly and rightly played as one of, if not the greatest ever, ensembles ever put together.

Very daring for it’s time, and subject to outrage and criticism from some more conservative quarters, I loved the first 3 series especially, recording them on reel-to-reel tape and playing them over and over until the advent of video-recorders came along, and then DVD’s. It only played late night on various ITV regions in the UK, so it was a bit sporadic to catch and meant dedication to staying up late. Totally worth it. These days it rarely ever gets shown (BOOOOOOO!) but as the template for later styled shows like Third Rock From The Sun, The Golden Girls (the former equally manic, the latter equally wise-cracking and pop-culture-smart), not to mention animated shows like The Simpsons, Family Guy and others, it deserves the kudos it has had from Time Magazine (one of the 100 Best TV shows of all-time), The Huffington Post (“timeless”) and The Museum of Broadcast Communications “arguably one of the most creative efforts by network television before or after”. It’s also bloody hilarious.

15. MARRIED WITH CHILDREN (1987-97)

The new Fox TV’s low-brow sitcom success (for Fox, very much an infant network) was anti-PC, broad innuendo and toilet humour writ large on American TV for the very first time. The British know all about that genre, though, it’s basically the format of the Carry-On movie series. When I’ve said how much I love the show, I’m more likely to get sighs of despair than I am anyone agreeing with me that it’s beautifully written, at least the early series are, and the characters are just terrific with spot-on performances from Ed O’Neill (later of Modern Family), Katey Sagal (who will appear again on this list), Christina Applegate (later of various comedy movies), and David Faustino as the Bundy family, selfish all – from shoe-salesman failure father Al, his lazy sex-staved wife Peggy, sneaky, conniving son Bud, and dumb babe daughter Kelly. Throw in the nagging Marcie (Amanda Bearse), Peg’s neighbour and friend & her 2 hubbies, and you have a show littered with unsentimental ridicule, one-liners, insults, social commentary, and any number of -ism-based comments, notably sexism.

It might sound like a no-hoper in these PC-days, and it was attcked at the time by many groups taking offense at it’s crudity and non-pc lines, but it does actually break the mould in the US where nobody had ever gone to the bathroom in over 30 years (except to have a bath), or talked about males with low sex-drives, or slagged off the neighbour for her chicken legs. The actors make it endearing, no question, it’s very much influential in attitude, at which point I refer to any Seth MacFarlane show, unafraid to make statements that might challenge, but at the same time make it plain that the Bundy’s are not NICE people, and they only reluctantly stand-up for each other when they are under attack from non-Bundy’s. The format was nicked by many networks in other countries, including the UK (ITV did a 7-episode attempt which showed how much you need a great cast, cos it was utter rubbish headed by Russ Abbot). As for me, I’m not generally offended by comedy, especially when words come out the mouths of characters not meant to be role models – that is, after all, real life, and ignoring it and pretending it doesn’t exist is just sticking your head in the sand. And the baser universal side of human existence can be smart and beautifully-written too, and worthy of taking the piss out of, or allowing it to take the piss out of pretentiousness and insincerity. It IS cruel at times though, so you have been warned!

14. THE IT CROWD (2006-2013) 25 episodes

The first of 2 Graham Linehan-written shows in the top 20, and a wacky joy for me – great scripts, off-the-wall eccentricity, characters, a great cast (most of whom have popped up in films since), and anyone who has an IT department at work can see little nuggets of absurd recognition in some of this. Granted it’s taken to extremes, but beautifully done. I particularly loved Noel Fielding as goth Richmond, banished to a mystery room and with the ability to seemingly hang from the ceiling at will, IT nerd Moss (Richard Ayoade), and the IT-illiterate Jen (nominally in charge but thinks she has the whole of the internet in a box). Throw in later seasons manic ego Matt Berry as Douglas Reynholm, and this Channel 4 gem is a wonder to watch and enjoy.

13. BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (2013-2019)

One of the great ensemble US comedies of the last decade, packed with great actors and characters, minority-supporting, loveable, smart, sharp, witty, fast-paced, character-driven scripts, leading to one of the great mysteries in modern TV – why on Earth Fox cancelled it in 2018! Fox, to be fair, have consistency in cancelling the greatest sitcoms on their books, clearly not having a clue what quality is. Happily NBC picked it up, and I’m still waiting to see the result of that. The break-out character was stand-up Chelsea Peretti as Gina, though the star and backbone is comedian-actor Andy Samberg, and the creative force was Parks & Recreation creators Dan Goor & Michael Schur. The whole cast is great though!

12. MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE (2000-2006)

Stylistically borrowing heavily from the earlier Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, this filmed sitcom had no studio audience and no laugh track, leaving the viewer to work out what was funny and clever and exaggerated. One of many Fox shows at the top end of my listings (much as it pains to me to admit it, Fox have made quality comedy shows, pushing the boundary away from traditional sitcoms), this was a fabulous ensemble cast, full of charm, wackiness, character, and based around a dysfunctional household of boys and an over-bearing mother and laddish father, played brilliantly by Jane Kaczmarek and the now-big-movie-star Bryan Cranston. Any show with a lot of child actors usually is a sign to turn off right away, but the boys are all played sentiment-free, much more rounded and flawed, like real kids, and wholesomeness and goody-goodness is an actual target of the family, but not in a broad Married With Children way. I especially love the supporting cast, the large, geeky Craig, co-worker of the family’s mom Lois, who is infatuated with her, the grandma (Cloris Leachman as always providing OTT greats, this time a bitter, vindictive humorless ogre) and the German immigrant rancher Otto (Kenneth Mars honing the same character he played to brilliance in What’s Up Doc and Young Frankenstein screwball comedy movies). Cloris Leachman was Phyllis in Mary Tyler Moore, and Phyllis her spin-off, and also was in Young Frankenstein, Mel Brook’s genius pastiche of horror movies, among many films and TV shows. It’s a great show.

11. THE CLEVELAND SHOW (2009-2013)

One of 3 Seth McFarlane animated sitcoms in the top 11, This Family Guy spin-off lasted 4 years before the cast was assimilated back into Family Guy (in the case of Cleveland Brown, notoriously dull friend and neighbour of Peter Griffin) and newly-added in the case of the rest of the family, Donna, Rallo, Cleveland Jr & Roberta who were all newly-created or revamped for the new location of Stoolbend. Cleveland was much wackier in his new role, and dull was dropped, and his sidekicks included Tim The Bear (voiced by Seth McFarlane) & his wife (voiced by news magnate Ariana Huffington), redneck Lester & His wife, mobile scooter-bound and overweight, Gus the barman (film director David Lynch), short-arse Holt (Jason Sudeikis) & a host of other great characters.

I was sad the show never really caught on & got prematurely cancelled (not least because they only released the first 2 seasons on DVD boo!), to me it was almost on a par with other McFarlane shows – who has since moved into movies like A Million Ways To Die In The West & Ted, and the fab new Star Trek parody comedy-drama The Orville on Fox. Yes, it’s another Fox show, yes, it’s often broad and crude and cruel, but it’s also culturally observant, politically-commenting & socially-smart with great and silly dialogue and situations. It’s also free from gooey sentiment & has a host of famous guest stars like Kanye West & Bruno Mars. Top notch.

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My Top 30 Fave Sitcoms

30. CHELMSFORD 123 (1988-90)

Running for only 13 episodes over 2 series, this Channel 4/Hat Trick Productions Roman Empire Chelmsford-set historical sitcom is largely forgotten these days which is a huge shame. 123 AD is the year, and it was created by, and starred in, and written by Jimmy Mulville and Rory McGrath, a sort of piss-take on damp, miserable Britain populated by conniving and stupid Brits and Lording-it-over resentful Romans posted overseas to keep the peasants in check. Character-based, but with a delightful sense of knowing anachronism (especially Howard Lew Lewis as Blag, a simple hulk with a penchant to making references to 20th century stuff when he comes over all giddy), and a cast of many familiar writers, actors and comics of the 80’s and 90’s (and beyond) such as Andy Hamilton (Drop The Dead Donkey), Neil Pearson (ditto), Philip Pope (Blackadder), and others. The two creators played a Roman Governor Aulus Polinus (Mulville) and a sarcastic tribe-leader Badvoc (McGrath).

In some ways it was the precursor to current good sitcom Plebs (also set in Roman times), also very contemporary in approach, despite the setting. Mostly though, like all short-run sitcoms it was the scripts (daft and snappy in this case) that carried it, only unlike some lower-down the list I haven’t become tired-through-repetition of them. Never likely to be, either, as it’s never repeated anywhere. Boo hiss!

29. FRIENDS (1994-2004)

OK here’s a shock – one of the most-successful sitcoms ever is only at 29! This smart, sassy, wise-cracking group of mates was a twist on the concept of what constitutes “family” – at the root of almost all sitcoms in traditional settings based on character and plot. The cast became internationally famous, and gave Jennifer Aniston a decent comedy movie actor career, Matt Le Blanc a Top Gear stint and various sitcoms, and the others popped up in movies and TV shows, or the stage: Courtney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer. Relationships tended to be external to the group in the early days, other than the “burning” Ross/Rachel future romance, and the guest cast (many of whom were very good and went on to big things – see Antman Paul Rudd) could be either one-off or recurring for a while, before the storyline wore out.

The characters were very well-defined, though I never found them that endearing myself, whiny professor Ross grated, and his sis Monica was a bit loud, Rachel a bit annoyingly scatty, and Chandler – despite his long-running sarcastic quips – also left me a tad on the sighing side. Joey’s loveable lech was fun at the start of the series, but got tiresome as the series dragged on for two series too many. That left the main attraction, kookie Phoebe, in a world of her own, and the main reason to watch the show, other than the sharp scripts. That, and the theme tune.

It all got very incestuous (with all but the actual brother/sister, and Phoebe) in the internal relationships in the later silly seasons, but those early ones had some gems, such as The One With The Prom Video. Genuinely amusing running gags helped, as did wacky parents (Teri Garr, for one, after I’d already seen her in real life in the audience on a US movie quiz TV show pilot), but I wish they’d ended it after series 7, or 8 at a pinch. I still struggle to sit through those final series. Still enormously popular though, the show remains rated as one of the greats, and it’s influence can be seen in the biggest current sitcom in America – of which more later.

 

28. NEWHART (1982-1990)

Bob Newhart is one of my all-time comics, either as stand-up (his records sold well in the 60’s, such as his classic The Driving Instructor sketch) or comic actor on TV or movies. His finest moments, for me, though are in this second hit TV series set in in New England, as an Inn owner, and peopled by a great eccentric supporting cast of characters, and with a gorgeous Henry Mancini theme tune. Initially it started off more or less in the same decent classy mode as his 70’s hit series The Bob Newhart Show (which co-starred I Dream Of Jeannie’s Bill Daley and Marcia Wallace aka Mrs Krabappel in The Simpsons – I saw them both in the audience of the USA version of Blankety Blank and even got Bill’s autograph – and one of my fave actresses as a teen, Suzanne Pleshette, star of many a Disney movie) but as the series progressed it got increasingly bizarre and fantastical.

The more off-the-wall it got the more I liked it, Bob was just perfect as the sane, exasperated anchor at the centre of madness (much like the 60’s classic Green Acres sitcom), and went on to feature in similar kindly elderly roles in comedy movies of hot comics who were inspired by him. My fave characters though were selfish, lazy, spoilt-rich-girl maid Stephanie, and the 3 backwoods brothers, “Hi I’m Larry. This is my brother Daryl, and this is my other brother Daryl”. The two Daryl’s never uttered a word until the very last episode, and the famous (in America) last episode was a major treat as Dick (Bob) gets hit by a golf ball and wakes up in bed next to Suzanne Pleshette realising the whole 8 series have been a dream (a la Dallas, and as more recently borrowed in Breaking Bad). Perfect way to go, really! Sadly, not much in the way of classic clips for Newhart, just whole episodes, as it doesn’t lend itself to isolated one-liners so much…

27. THE YOUNG ONES (1982-84)

One of my all-time fave shows in the 80’s and 90’s, this one is another 12-episode classic run that has worn off over the decades a bit, partly due to the pacing, partly due to repeat watching over and over. By this time I had a betamax videorecorder and I could watch fave shows often – which if anything makes the flaws stand out more. Some of the episodes though, especially second season ones like Bambi (a University Challenge piss-take that is still funny) never tire. Written by Ben Elton, Rik Mayall & Lise Mayer, setting up for Blackadder, the anarchic show about repulsively selfish, violent, hippie, and conniving students living in digs together was a riotous mickey-take of Uni life, but while it had extreme elements of recognition in it, it was more comic-strip violence and playfully playing with the sitcom format. Most episodes had bands as guests, like Madness and Motorhead, and characters could at any time address the audience directly – not exactly a TV first, but something I’ve always enjoyed – while in their flights of fancy.

Starring the fab much-missed Rik Mayall as Rik (a pretentious slimy poet anarchist with a penchant for Cliff Richard – hence the series name and a later charity collaboration – who everyone hates instantly), and Ade Edmondson as Vivyan (a punk with destructive tendencies, self-or-otherwise), Neil (Nigel Planer as the grimiest, most-depressed hippie ever – so popular he had a solo hit record covering Traffic’s Hole In My Shoe in character) and Mike, the character that was supposed to be Comic Strip mainman Peter Richardson, but wasn’t (it was taken on by Christopher Ryan) – Richardson was a driving force behind co-contemporary new wave of comedy series The Comic Strip Presents, which also starred Ade Edmondson, his future wife Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French and many other live venue Comedy Store regulars who also crossed-over to guest on The Young Ones. The full list of guests is a veritable who’s who of Alternative Comedy of the early 80’s, and a veritable Giants Of British TV & Film Comedy of the next 30 years. Influential much!

Ben Elton, like the other main character-writer-stand-up Alexei Sayle (as various Balowski family members), specialised in politically-charged anti-Tory left-wing venomous stand-up. Not necessarily funny out-of-time, but ohmyword could we do with some of that right now. Thatcher then, May now. The other feature of the show were the cutaways (now a staple of Family Guy and the like), albeit to puppet-replicas of rats, bits of food, and anything really where the fancy took the writers. Best of all was the use of Rik & Ade as antagonists, based on their slapstick, insult-based, stand-up live routines, and which they took to perfection in their later TV sitcom Bottom. So anyway, “Daddy’s got a Jaguar”, get out the lentils, and put on Cliff singing Devil Woman cos here’s some clips…

 

26. Police Squad! (1982!)

Developed by the makers of Airplane, that classic zany movie pisstake of the Airport movies, David & Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and starring one of the main cast from that movie, Leslie Nielsen gaining a new lease of life as a comic actor having played the leading man for most of his career, this mickeytake of the 70’s cop show was hilarious. Just like the movies they specialised in it was a hit and miss collection of visual gags in the background, literal sentence word-play, childish gags, and comic-strip style violence and playing with and aping the television format, especially then-big Quinn Martin cop shows. The pacing was fast, very fast for the time, but ultra-modern if compared to current sitcoms in the post-Simpsons era, and it still works. Guest stars, such as Lorne Green, could be killed off in the opening scene without uttering a word. The voice-over episode title was always wrong compared to the text version. Just tickled me every time!
Leslie Neilsen was poker-faced brilliant, the supporting cast good (including Mission: Impossible’s Peter Lupus) and the show lasted a mere 6 episodes, one those bizarre instances of being ahead of it’s time. It did well in re-run’s though, despite being only half the episodes of even UK TV series like Fawlty Towers and The Young Ones. The producers had the last laugh though – they did the 3 Naked Gun movies on the back of the success in reruns, which were even better than the TV series. The show would rate higher – had they made more episodes – as I’m not including the Naked Gun movies in the rating: the first movie is firmly inside my all-time fave top 100 movies, as listed a few years back. Probably time for a review of that list what with some fab movies over the last 3 or 4 years that need adding…

25. THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES (1962-71)

This show should never have worked, and the critics were out in force from day one at the concept: a family of hick hillbillies discover oil on their backwoods land become instant millionaires and move to the ultimate rich playground of Beverly Hills in a mansion next door to their conniving and greedy banker, so he can control their naivety. Coming over as if they had dropped complete out of 1865 with no awareness of the modern world (you have to accept the premise to get the love, and also forgive Granny’s otherwise loveably cantankerous gun-toting moonshine-making non-PC viewpoints) the show was actually a brilliant inverted way of looking at 1960‘s America which remains pretty relevant today in it’s targets (the pursuit of money, unscrupulous bankers, the condescending moneyed rich). The Clampetts, Jed (the widower family-leader), his nephew Jethro (dumb as good-natured dishwater, but hot and athletic), and daughter Ellie-May and her tomboy-yet-gorgeous animal lover innocent, along with wiry Granny, Jed’s mother-in-law, are loveable. Jed is not dumb, just unworldly, and there is a real moral backbone to the show, I’d go so far as to call it satire, albeit hidden amongst low-brow gags and lines. The cast is balanced by the slimy banker Milburn Drysdale, trying to keep the Clampett’s cash in his bank, usually by getting his Jethro-obsessed spinster secretary Miss Jane to do his bidding to keep the Clampett’s happy.

The cast is fabulous, including many guest stars and recurring characters, from Buddy Ebsen as Jed (who was the original Tin Man in the Wizard Of Oz till the body paint caused him to become ill and be replaced), Max Baer Jr (Jethro), Donna Douglas (Ellie-May) and Granny (Irene Ryan), Miss Jane Hathaway (Nancy Kulp, gay in real life and with a tendancy for plain dress suits in the show, quite unusual at the time), and tragically, Sharon Tate, who became world-famous as the pregnant murder victim of evil Charles Manson and his cult followers during the show’s run. The creator behind the show was Paul Henning, who proved he had the magic touch with 2 spin-offs, with related cast-members, Petticoat Junction, starring Bea Benaderet (who played Jethro’s ma in the Hillbilllies), and Green Acres – of which more later), but the shows various audiences proved to be the undoing of them – the “rural” comedies were seen to appeal to low-brow non-advertising-target-audiences, so despite high ratings and Emmies throughout the runs, they were cancelled in an attempt to replace them with more young, urban, advert-friendly shows in 1970/71.

The show’s TV theme pretty sets up the premise with a great country banjo track, and my own love is seeing how great character-actors use the “aliens-seeing-us-for-first-time” take on modern life, I don’t think there were any shows prior to Hillbillies that did that, and it fit right in to the fantasy sitcom explosion of the 60’s. Plus, I loved the characters, the warmth, and my Beverly Hillbillies comic annual 1965 or so, which I still have. As an adult, I kinda went cold then hot on the show during various re-runs over the decades, but have come back to it in recent years following the world banking crisis, cos this show kind of said all you needed to know about greedy bankers 50 years earlier. Some cliches remain evergreen because of the nuggets of truth in them. Oh, and Max Baer, hunky to the max, dressed in 19th century drag as Jethro’s sister Jethrine has to be seen. Fab!


24. RISING DAMP (1974-78)

Maybe a little flattered here in rankings, and somewhat dated these days, but this was the very rare beast back in the day: a great British ITV sitcom. They were as rare as unicorns in a hurricane. Eric Chappell was the creator and writer and takes the most credit: by 2004 it was still the highest-rated ITV sitcom of all time in the BBC’s Top 100 all-time list. What makes it work is the setting, a crummy series of bedsits and flats in a house run by a tight-fisted, bored, interfering, letching, right-wing landlord – as played to perfection by Leonard Rossiter – Rigsby could have become unlikeable, as the main antagonist in each episode as he forces himself on his lodgers Alan (played by the already-loveable Richard Beckinsale ex of decent sitcom The Lovers with Paula Wilcox, and father of actress Kate) and Philip (played by Don Warrington to smooth perfection). Both shared a bedsit, Alan as a poor medical student, a bit naive, and Philip more worldly and second generation black – chased by Miss Jones (the wonderful Frances De La Tour, more recently of Hogwarts) the single, sophisticated lady on hard times in the flat below. Philip has some fun pretending to be the son of an African Chief getting a British education, and Rigsby has the hots for Miss Jones (and every other woman).

The chemistry between the actors and the characters is a delight, and the scripts sharp. Maybe students don’t have such crummy digs anymore, but it was pretty common back in the day (see The Young Ones for a comic-strip version), and the setting allows more than a touch of farce, and some social commentary – Rigsby is politically-incorrect and outspoken and rude (when he’s not creeping to Miss Jones) but he’s not a bigot, which is a bit of a saving grace compared to other sitcoms at the time featuring mixed casts – the godawful Love Thy Neighbour springs to mind as a cast trying to rise above a terrible premise.

The guest actors were also fabulous and the plots whimsical – the episode where Rigsby thinks he’s run over his beloved cat Vienna is a goodie (It’s a fur-stole related to his social-climbing aspirations), as is the one where he tries to woo Miss Jones with waving in front of her nose some burning wood from an African Love-Tree (Philip’s wardrobe bottom, actually), guaranteed to make her fall for him (it doesn’t). Richard Beckinsale alternated between Porridge and Rising Damp, 2 giants of 70’s sitcom, until his very early death in 1979 the year after both series had finished. Leonard Rossiter had further success with The Rise & Fall Of Reggie Perrin in the 70’s, also working on 2 sitcoms, and he too died far too soon in 1984. Influence: Rossiter/Rigsby’s vocal style, I would suggest, not unlike Eddie Izzard…

23. THE PHIL SILVERS SHOW (AKA YOU’LL NEVER GET RICH AKA BILKO) (1955-59)

The greatest sitcom of the late 50’s no contest, nothing else comes close, and a perennial re-run right through to the 90’s, this black & white show has been absent for too long, probably thanks to being in b&w which does the heads of younger TV viewers in – so they say. Poor things, so sensitive. Filmed live in front of an audience, mistakes and all, it was more of a stage show set in a backwards quiet Fort Baxter army motor pool in Kansas. In some ways the show is very 1950’s and of-its-time, a bit quaint, optimistic, nothing too demanding or dark but it works for 2 reasons: Creator & main writer Nat Hiken (who went on to write other hits like Car 54 Where Are You?) had snappy dialogue, and great characters, with an eye for comic actors (not necessarily skilled, just “right” for the role) and included early spots for future greats like Alan Alda and Dick Van Dyke; the other reason is Phil Silvers. The man was a force of nature with his break-neck delivery of dialogue, and his scheming, money-obsessed, gambling, lazy, but big-hearted and loyal Sgt Bilko was one of the great TV characters. Bilko was smart, inventive, and could pull the wool over the Jet Set socialites, and the army brass led by his adorably gullible Colonel Hall, and it made Phil Silvers a star – albeit typecast (even in Mad Mad Mad Mad World and Carry On…Follow That Camel he’s still brilliantly Bilko).

The back-up cast were equally endearing, and for the 50’s relatively ethnically mixed – as is only right for conscription representing the whole of the USA as it was comprised at the time. In one episode they even aped Elvis’ induction into the army, keeping it sitcom-“real”. Favourite characters for me are Colonel Hall as played scattily by Paul Ford, the sluggish Pvt Doberman (Maurice Gosfield, later Benny The Ball in the Bilko-based animated 60’s gem Top Cat), and Joe E. Ross as hopeless gambling Army Camp cook Sgt Ritzik and his nagging wife played by Beatrice Pons. So good they ended up starring in Nat Hiken’s next show Car 54 Where Are You in essentially the same roles, albeit police-based not army. The show won loads of awards, inspired later greats, and was beloved of many for decades. Quite right too.

22. PARKER LEWIS CAN’T LOSE (1990-93)

Probably the sitcom I most want on DVD, it’s hard to get hold of being as it was a Fox show only shown on SKY in the UK, which meant hardly anyone saw it. A real tragedy as it was very much a precursor to later fast-paced format-breaking, pop-culture-referencing, cool shows like Malcolm In The Middle. Parker Lewis went further though, breaking the barriers between audience and show in a way first seen in the 60’s on Green Acres, and it took use of camera-techniques into the realm of art. Smart, sassy and likeable, the show was basically a good vs evil fun look at High School, starring the cool Parker Lewis (Corin Nemec, later of Stargate) and his cool wannaberockstar mate Mikey, as they deal with plotlines involving the bratty short little sister, girlfriends, schoolwork, loud shirts, a prefect/vampire-like snitch of the Principal, and a huge bully/dim gentle giant obsessed with “eat now”. And what a Principal Grace Musso is. Far and away the highlight of the series is her loud, plotting, sneering character as played brilliantly by Melanie Chartoff – she shouts and the glass on her door smashes into pieces in every episode.

If you like surreal, want to get the vibes of the early 90’s US in a wholesome non-school-shooting world, a bit tongue-in-cheek, and engaging inventiveness, then you may wish to check out the show. it grows on you and deserves to be better known…

21. THE ADDAMS FAMILY (1964-66)

Written in part and originated by Marx Brothers scriptwriter Nat Perrin, the fantasy b&w show was based on a series of cartoons by Charles Addams, and ran opposite rival The Munsters. The Munsters won the ratings war, but The Addams Family was COOL. Siouxsie modelled her look on Morticia, the wife and mother of the Gothic household containing a bizarre extended well-off family of misfits and creatures that viewed themselves as normal and the rest of the world as distasteful and bizarre, but had hearts of gold in amongst the death-macabre-obsessions and lack of concern with shuffling off the mortal coil.

The characters and the cast are sheer brilliance, no less, and the scripts mildly amusing mickey-takes and distorted views of 1960’s America’s pop culture and values, and the black and white actually helps the monster mood of the show – colour would have been awful! It still comes over as charmingly classy, a bit dated, but the performances of Carolyn Jones as Morticia and John Astin as Gomez, deeply-in-love parents to Wednesday and Pugsley, are still just fabulously skilfull while the key mad-cap former child actor Jackie Coogan as Uncle Fester, together with lesser faves like Lurch the Butler, Thing (a hand in a box), Grandmama, and Cousin It (a short mass of hair and nothing else much) give great support. They even had Morticia’s mother played by the terrific Margaret Hamilton, the immortal Wicked Witch Of The West in Wizard Of Oz.

Spawning remake TV series, TV movies, 2 fab feature films with an equally great cast, which made the fab Vic Mizzy finger-snapping theme tune a 90’s hit (albeit in remake), and cartoon TV series have all helped keep The Addams Family alive in pop culture as The Munsters have dropped out of favour. The episodes are those which give the stars a chance to shine, like Gomez driven by passion when Morticia speaks French. “Cara Mia!” “You Rang”, blowing up toy trains, chalking an x on Morticia’s sleeve to note where Gomez had got to kissing her hand and arm, and general anarchy fits totally in with the groundbreaking style of The Marx Brothers and is the 2nd-rated sitcom of the 60’s by me.

So, at last, only 20 to go…

1 from the 60’s
2 from the 70s
5 from the 80s
6 from the 90’s
5 from the 00’s
1 from the 10’s

My Retro February 1969 Charts

16th February 1969

It’s a first week on top for the 1965 classic that keeps coming back again and again in the UK charts, because it’s epic Phil Spector and epic vocals from Bill & Bobby. Highest new entry are The Bee Gees replacing themselves in the top 10 with the gorgeous First Of May, possibly their least-covered early great, which bewilders me somewhat, subtle and brilliant as it is. It keeps up the top 2 chart runs of most of their singles to date in my charts, as Glen Campbell keeps up a classic run of top 5 tracks with Jimmy Webb’s brilliant Galveston in at 4 appearing 6 months earlier than I associate it with, as it enters the US charts.

The top 10 has had a big make-over, as Ike & Tina get a first top 10, and Dean Martin gets his first too covering Glen Campbell. Dusty Springfield’s follow-up single in the US hasn’t charted here, off the forthcoming classic Dusty In Memphis album, but the B side has: Breakfast In Bed, a future biggie in the 80’s for UB40 and Chrissie Hynde. The Beatles latest album also not yet featured, but next week should fix that! Cilla & The Monkees climb into the 40, and The Love Affair get a 4th chart entry at 40.

Other newies, Barry Ryan follows up with another histrionic track, albeit not quite the complete song that was Eloise, at 50, as more bubblegum joins the newies for Crazy Elephant, reggae Stevie Wonder for David Isaacs, jazzrock Blood, Sweat & Tears, and the Cowsills return with another Hair cover, this one the unlikely choice of Hair itself for the youngsters. Sly & his family also return to keep the family band connections in the chart many and varied, as Inez & Charlie Foxx do the same as the brother-sister duo bring their 1963 track into the UK charts belatedly but 5 years ahead of husband-wife Carly Simon & James Taylor’s hit cover. Lastly one-man band, with no familial links, does it all himself again for the 3rd time as he breakfasts on Pluto. I assume he means the frozen downgraded dwarf planet (it’s round, let’s just call them “worlds” regardless of where they orbit or size) as opposed to the dog, which would be unhygienic and might annoy Disney.

1 ( 2 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers
2 ( NEW ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
3 ( 1 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
4 ( NEW ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
5 ( 3 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
6 ( 16 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner
7 ( 4 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
8 ( 10 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone
9 ( 17 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
10 ( 5 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

11 ( 7 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
12 ( 12 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas
13 ( 14 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips
14 ( 9 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren
15 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
16 ( 8 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
17 ( 6 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies
18 ( 13 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
19 ( 21 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone
20 ( 26 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass

21 ( 15 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
22 ( 18 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
23 ( 19 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
24 ( 20 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
25 ( 22 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick
26 ( 28 ) THE TRA LA LA SONG (ONE BANANA TWO BANANA) The Banana Splits
27 ( 27 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
28 ( 23 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
29 ( 40 ) I’M LIVIN’ IN SHAME Diana Ross & The Supremes
30 ( 38 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE FOR MY ROSE Marv Johnson

31 ( 37 ) I GUESS I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Isley Brothers
32 ( 24 ) THE SOUND OF SILENCE Simon & Garfunkel
33 ( 34 ) BABY MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD The Five Stairsteps
34 ( 25 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
35 ( 30 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
36 ( NEW ) BREAKFAST IN BED Dusty Springfield
37 ( 43 ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
38 ( 31 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
39 ( 56 ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees
40 ( NEW ) ONE ROAD The Love Affair

41 ( 32 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
42 ( 44 ) ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD Consortium
43 ( 54 ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
44 ( 41 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
45 ( 50 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdick
46 ( 48 ) GIVE IT AWAY The Chi-Lites
47 ( 39 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
48 ( 35 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
49 ( 29 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
50 ( NEW ) LOVE IS LOVE Barry Ryan

51 ( 33 ) MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU Jose Feliciano
52 ( 42 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
53 ( 36 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
54 ( 59 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Barbara Acklin
55 ( 45 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
56 ( 52 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
57 ( 60 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY Stevie Wonder
58 ( 65 ) LOVIN’ THINGS The Grass Roots
59 ( NEW ) GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVIN’ Crazy Elephant
60 ( 64 ) MY WHOLE WORLD ENDED (THE MOMENT YOU LEFT ME) David Ruffin

61 ( 46 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
62 ( 47 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
63 ( 57 ) ELENORE The Turtles
64 ( 67 ) SOMEBODY LOVES YOU The Delfonics
65 ( 68 ) LOVEY DOVEY Johnny Nash
66 ( 71 ) ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE Jerry Butler
67 ( 69 ) RUNAWAY CHILD RUNNING WILD The Temptations
68 ( NEW ) PLACE IN THE SUN David Isaacs
69 ( NEW ) YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY Blood, Sweat & Tears
70 ( 75 ) MY DECEIVING HEART The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield

71 ( NEW ) HAIR The Cowsills
72 ( NEW ) SING A SIMPLE SONG Sly & The Family Stone
73 ( 74 ) APRICOT BRANDY Rhinoceros
74 ( NEW ) MOCKINGBIRD Inez & Charlie Foxx
75 ( NEW ) BREAKFAST ON PLUTO Don Partridge

wot I liked that week then

1 ( 2 ) IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
2 ( 6 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
3 ( 1 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
4 ( 5 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
5 ( 4 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
6 ( 3 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
7 ( 10 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
8 ( 8 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
9 ( 13 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdinck
10 ( 14 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers

11 ( NEW ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
12 ( 7 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
13 ( 9 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
14 ( 15 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE Marv Johnson
15 ( 11 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
16 ( 12 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
17 ( NEW ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
18 ( 16 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
19 ( 18 ) SOUL SISTER BROWN SUGAR Sam & Dave
20 ( NEW ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY Nina Simone

 

 

9th February 1969

It’s a first week on top for the classic Where Do You Go To, Peter Sartedt’s only chart-topper, just holding off the highest new entry from The Righteous Brothers, their 1965 classic Phil Spector UK chart-topper, while the 2nd highest is also a Phil Spector epic production for Ike & Tina Turner at 16, which peaked at 2 in 1966 in the UK – and stiffed in the US, shockingly. My mum absolutely loved You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling (and still does) at the time, and I liked it too. As the years went by, like turned to love, then adore, then worship. It’s one of the greatest records of all-time no question, no male duo vocal performance can get even close to Bobby Hatfield & Bill Medley’s battling, and the production is perfect. Contrast with Cilla’s pleasant hit version, and just see the difference. Cilla gets the highest new entry by way of compensation with Surround Yourself With Sorrow, a record I liked even more than The Righteous Brothers at the time.

Nazz go top 10 5 years ahead of Todd Rundgren’s version going top 5, Nina Simone goes top 10 31 years ahead of Sonique’s big hit version, River Deep goes top 20 2 years ahead of the Supremes and Four Tops cover, & The Banana Splits go top 30, as the first TV group enter with Teardrop City, The Monkees being down to 3 at this time, as Peter Tork had left the building for the first in a still-continuing rotating membership – The last Monkees album came out at Christmas 2018 with contributions from the surviving 3 members, but they usually feature an old Davy track revamped. Still love ’em. Seen them 2 or 3 times, always brings tears of joyful nostalgia to my eye.

Sandie Shaw was a huge childhood fave, still is, but she never liked Monsieur Dupont and it was generally excluded from hits collections, which annoyed me cos I loved it way back when. 50 years later, I can see why she isn’t over-fond, it’s a bit twee with those backing girlie la-la’s, but still I have affection for it’s dated charm. Jerry Butler gets a 3rd entry with a song covered by Billy Paul 4 or 5 years on, while Curtis Mayfield’s band keeps them coming at a frantic pace, always classy.

1 ( 3 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
2 ( NEW ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers
3 ( 1 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
4 ( 2 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
5 ( 8 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
6 ( 4 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies
7 ( 5 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
8 ( 6 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
9 ( 14 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren
10 ( 17 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone

11 ( 11 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 7 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas
13 ( 10 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
14 ( 19 ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips
15 ( 9 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
16 ( NEW ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner
17 ( 20 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
18 ( 16 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
19 ( 12 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
20 ( 13 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits

21 ( 23 ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone
22 ( 18 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick
23 ( 15 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
24 ( 30 ) THE SOUND OF SILENCE Simon & Garfunkel
25 ( 21 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
26 ( 31 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass
27 ( 22 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
28 ( 47 ) THE TRA LA LA SONG (ONE BANANA TWO BANANA) The Banana Splits
29 ( 32 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
30 ( 29 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes

31 ( 28 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
32 ( 26 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
33 ( 27 ) MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU Jose Feliciano
34 ( 54 ) BABY MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD The Five Stairsteps
35 ( 24 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
36 ( 25 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
37 ( 42 ) I GUESS I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Isley Brothers
38 ( 44 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE FOR MY ROSE Marv Johnson
39 ( 36 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
40 ( 43 ) I’M LIVIN’ IN SHAME Diana Ross & The Supremes

41 ( 37 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
42 ( 35 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
43 ( NEW ) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH SORROW Cilla Black
44 ( NEW ) ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD Consortium
45 ( 38 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
46 ( 40 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
47 ( 41 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
48 ( 50 ) GIVE IT AWAY The Chi-Lites
49 ( 33 ) STONEY END Peggy Lipton
50 ( 57 ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdick

51 ( 34 ) MAY I Bill Deal & The Rhondels
52 ( 48 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
53 ( 46 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
54 ( NEW ) MONSIEUR DUPONT Sandie Shaw
55 ( 39 ) THE YOU I NEED Tommy Roe
56 ( NEW ) TEARDROP CITY The Monkees
57 ( 53 ) ELENORE The Turtles
58 ( 45 ) YOU SHOWED ME The Turtles
59 ( 61 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Barbara Acklin
60 ( 62 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY Stevie Wonder

61 ( 58 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
62 ( 59 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
63 ( 60 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
64 ( 64 ) MY WHOLE WORLD ENDED (THE MOMENT YOU LEFT ME) David Ruffin
65 ( 65 ) LOVIN’ THINGS The Grass Roots
66 ( 56 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY Nina Simone
67 ( 67 ) SOMEBODY LOVES YOU The Delfonics
68 ( 71 ) LOVEY DOVEY Johnny Nash
69 ( 69 ) RUNAWAY CHILD RUNNING WILD The Temptations
70 ( 49 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles

71 ( NEW ) ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE Jerry Butler
72 ( 51 ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
73 ( NEW ) BACK DOOR MAN Derek aka Johnny Cymbal
74 ( NEW ) APRICOT BRANDY Rhinoceros
75 ( NEW ) MY DECEIVING HEART The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield

RETRO THEN
1 ( 1 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
2 ( 6 ) IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
3 ( 2 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
4 ( 3 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
5 ( 13 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
6 ( 12 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
7 ( 4 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
8 ( 8 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
9 ( 7 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
10 ( 16 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell

11 ( 10 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
12 ( 15 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
13 ( NEW ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdinck
14 ( NEW ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
15 ( 19 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE Marv Johnson
16 ( 18 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
17 ( 17 ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
18 ( NEW ) SOUL SISTER BROWN SUGAR Sam & Dave
19 ( 20 ) HEY JUDE Wilson Pickett
20 ( NEW ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr

 

 

2nd February 1969

It’s a first week on top for Amen Corner with their fab UK chart-topper knocking off a future UK chart-topper, with both holding off the highest new entry from another future UK chart-topper: Peter Sarstedt and his Frenchified folk classic Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)? I knew every word to the song, being as I loved it, and had the words cut out of Weekend magazine along with most big hits of 1969 to read, singalong to and learn. Just because I can, I’m going to say of this chart I’ve seen the following in concert: Andy Fairweather-Low, Tommy Roe, Peter Sarstedt, The Zombies & Colin Blunstone, The Bee Gees, Fleetwood Mac, Roy Wood, Peter Noone, The Manfreds & Paul Jones, Glen Campbell, Dionne Warwick, The Rolling Stones, Dave Edmunds, Mary Wilson, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Marv Johnson, The Temptations, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, The Chi-Lites, Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich…so I’m pretty loyal all in all and no wonder my hearing in one ear is damaged a bit.

The Zombies are up to 4 as Colin Blunstone disguises himself badly in the UK for a cover of his own classic with Rod Argent, She’s Not There, a future Santana hit as well (who I’ve also seen in concert), in at 23. Second highest entry is the 1944 song covered by Esther Phillips, I love her voice, have never heard this track before (a previous hit for Glen Campbell & future Ronnie Milsap US smash) but it’s so classy she enters at 19 a full 6 years ahead of her UK hit update of a similarly fab classic song What A Diffrence A Day Makes. Deano is in too at 20 with his laidback vocal cover of a previous Glen Campbell hit, Gentle On My Mind, as featured no doubt on his entertaining variety show of the time – that’ll be both Dean and Glen.

The Five Stairsteps get yet another entry, not bad for a band I’d never heard of until a year ago – think a black soulful Cowsills, as in 5 kids from the same family – while The Hump keeps the ballads coming too. Stevie Wonder turns 18 and returns with another goodie, and The Tempts also return with a marathon social soulfunk effort just as solo Temptation David Ruffin debuts 7 years ahead of his UK debut with the fab Walk Away With Love. The Grass Roots cover Marmalade, Paul Jones covers Hair classic Aquarius, Carla Thomas returns, The Delfonics return, Johnny Nash gets his You Got Soul B-side sneaking in, Johnny Johnson gets top billing with the Bandwagon, and Badfinger debut. Well, called The Iveys, on Apple, I have the album, but this was the flop single.

In my charts of the time Donald Peers is at 3, and doesn’t chart at all in 2019, The Move top my charts, and a lot of tracks are about the same position, and some aren’t!

1 ( 10 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
2 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
3 ( NEW ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
4 ( 13 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies
5 ( 3 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
6 ( 2 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
7 ( 14 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas
8 ( 12 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
9 ( 4 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
10 ( 8 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan

11 ( 9 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
12 ( 7 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
13 ( 6 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
14 ( 17 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren
15 ( 5 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
16 ( 11 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
17 ( 20 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone
18 ( 26 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick
19 ( NEW ) TOO LATE TO WORRY, TOO BLUE TO CRY Esther Phillips
20 ( NEW ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin

21 ( 21 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
22 ( 16 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
23 ( NEW ) SHE’S NOT THERE Neil McArthur aka Colin Blunstone
24 ( 15 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
25 ( 19 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
26 ( 18 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
27 ( 27 ) MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU Jose Feliciano
28 ( 23 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
29 ( 24 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
30 ( 30 ) THE SOUND OF SILENCE Simon & Garfunkel

31 ( 38 ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass
32 ( 43 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
33 ( 22 ) STONEY END Peggy Lipton
34 ( 39 ) MAY I Bill Deal & The Rhondels
35 ( 29 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
36 ( 28 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
37 ( 34 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
38 ( 31 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
39 ( 44 ) THE YOU I NEED Tommy Roe
40 ( 33 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield

41 ( 35 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
42 ( 53 ) I GUESS I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Isley Brothers
43 ( 48 ) I’M LIVIN’ IN SHAME Diana Ross & The Supremes
44 ( 50 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE FOR MY ROSE Marv Johnson
45 ( 25 ) YOU SHOWED ME The Turtles
46 ( 32 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
47 ( 64 ) THE TRA LA LA SONG (ONE BANANA TWO BANANA) The Banana Splits
48 ( 42 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
49 ( 36 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
50 ( 68 ) GIVE IT AWAY The Chi-Lites

51 ( 37 ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
52 ( 40 ) SLEEP IN THE GRASS Lee Hazlewood & Ann-Margret
53 ( 49 ) ELENORE The Turtles
54 ( NEW ) BABY MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD The Five Stairsteps
55 ( 41 ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
56 ( 58 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY Nina Simone
57 ( NEW ) THE WAY IT USED TO BE Engelbert Humperdick
58 ( 55 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
59 ( 56 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
60 ( 57 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark

61 ( 66 ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Barbara Acklin
62 ( NEW ) I DON’T KNOW WHY Stevie Wonder
63 ( 54 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
64 ( NEW ) MY WHOLE WORLD ENDED (THE MOMENT YOU LEFT ME) David Ruffin
65 ( NEW ) LOVIN’ THINGS The Grass Roots
66 ( 47 ) RAINBOW RIDE Andy Kim
67 ( NEW ) SOMEBODY LOVES YOU The Delfonics
68 ( 62 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
69 ( NEW ) RUNAWAY CHILD RUNNING WILD The Temptations
70 ( NEW ) I LIKE WHAT YOU’RE DOING (TO ME) Carla Thomas

71 ( NEW ) LOVEY DOVEY Johnny Nash
72 ( NEW ) YOU Johnny Johnson & The Bandwagon
73 ( 51 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
74 ( NEW ) AQUARIUS Paul Jones
75 ( NEW ) MAYBE TOMORROW The Iveys

2nd Feb Retro-Then
1 ( 2 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
2 ( 1 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
3 ( 6 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
4 ( 4 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
5 ( 3 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
6 ( NEW ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner
7 ( 5 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
8 ( 9 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
9 ( 13 ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel
10 ( 8 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade

11 ( 7 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
12 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
13 ( NEW ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
14 ( 11 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
15 ( 10 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
16 ( NEW ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
17 ( 16 ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
18 ( 14 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
19 ( NEW ) I’LL PICK A ROSE Marv Johnson
20 ( NEW ) HEY JUDE Wilson Pickett

My January 1987 Charts

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me with hairdo

6th January 1987

It’s 3 weeks on top for Madonna as Slade get a post-christmas high entry at 2, a new peak for the track 13 years late in one of it’s many festive appearances until I got so sick of it I can’t bear charting it any more. I’ve not gone mad, oldies only made my charts if they made the UK singles chart, at the time, and Slade sneaked in in the published charts over the Christmas period, so the delay is due to that.

Elkie Brooks gets her first top 10 since Sunshine After The Rain a decade earlier, David Cassidy has a live EP of his biggest 70’s UK singles enter at 17, and by this time I was well into 70’s nostalgia, the lead track turning out to be the under-appreciated (by me) version of How Can I Be Sure, now one of my all-time fave records and better even then Dusty’s version (the roiginal 1972 studio version that is, not this live cover).

Little Richard is back with his first ballad to make my charts, 30 years since his heyday predating me never mind my charts! Siouxsie covers This Wheel’s On Fire nicely, albeit not as classic as the original, for 9 years of hits, Swing Out Sister get a soundalike follow-up, UB40 change lead vocalist for the rat in the iamspamspamami Dead Or Alive keep the string of SAW-pop hits coming 2 years on, The Bangles sneak in with a lesser track, and Lou Reed covers Sam n Dave’s Soul Man, and brings along Sam to boot…

1 ( 1 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
2 ( NEW ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
3 ( 4 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
4 ( 2 ) CANDY Cameo
5 ( 9 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
6 ( 7 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
7 ( 5 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
8 ( 8 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
9 ( 15 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
10 ( 6 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones

11 ( 3 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
12 ( 14 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
13 ( 10 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
14 ( 12 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
15 ( 11 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
16 ( 16 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
17 ( NEW ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
18 ( 13 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
19 ( 19 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
20 ( 18 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper

21 ( 17 ) THIS LOVE Bad Company
22 ( 21 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
23 ( 25 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
24 ( 26 ) SANTA CLAUS IS ON THE DOLE Spitting Image
25 ( 29 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
26 ( 27 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
27 ( 32 ) IN MY LIFE Rod Stewart
28 ( 22 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
29 ( 33 ) REAL WILD CHILD Iggy Pop
30 ( 34 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders

31 ( 20 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard
32 ( 47 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
33 ( 36 ) DREAMING Status Quo
34 ( 23 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
35 ( 40 ) A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh
36 ( 28 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
37 ( 24 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
38 ( 38 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
39 ( 30 ) ONLY LOVE REMAINS Paul McCartney
40 ( 50 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers

41 ( 41 ) HUMAN Human League
42 ( 42 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
43 ( 31 ) I WASN’T BORN YESTERDAY Daryl Hall
44 ( NEW ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
45 ( 35 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
46 ( NEW ) WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees
47 ( 39 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
48 ( 55 ) YOU CAN DANCE Go Go Lorenzo
49 ( 46 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
50 ( 65 ) OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY Gary Moore

51 ( 43 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
52 ( 52 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
53 ( 45 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
54 ( 60 ) BIG IN AMERICA The Stranglers
55 ( 48 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 71 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
58 ( 49 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
59 ( NEW ) SURRENDER Swing Out Sister
60 ( 61 ) NO ROPE AS LONG AS TIME Latin Quarter

61 ( 54 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
62 ( 44 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
63 ( 63 ) GOLDMINE The Pointer Sisters
64 ( 53 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
65 ( 67 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
66 ( 58 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
67 ( NEW ) RAT IN MI KITCHON UB40
68 ( 68 ) HE SAID LOVE Barclay james Harvest
69 ( 62 ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
70 ( NEW ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive

71 ( 51 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
72 ( NEW ) WALKING DOWN YOUR STREET The Bangles
73 ( 72 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
74 ( 74 ) BALLERINA GIRL Lionel Richie
75 ( NEW ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore

6th Jan
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 ROCK AND ROLL (Live at the BIC) Gary Glitter
2 MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
3 DEVIL GATE DRIVE Suzi Quatro

13th January 1987

It’s a first week on top for David Cassidy since 1972 when he had 2 of 3 chart-toppers with The Partridge Family, but my residual affection for his solo singles – none of them topped my chart – is enough for these lesser versions to top my chart in combination by way of compensation in particular for How Can I Be Sure which remains one of my tear-jerking singles in the original version, but which fell short of my top 10 at the time. a-ha keep the top 10’s coming, Paul Simon makes it 2 in a row for the first time in 14 years, and Alison Moyet gets a 4th solo or 7th in total.

A big climb for Siouxsie’s Wheel into the 20, Little Richard goes top 40, and Randy Crawford is the highest new entry 8 years since she had her Streetlife with The Crusaders debut a run of solo follow-ups. In at 44, it’s annoying Jacking sparking off – obviously I quite liked it at first, but it led to dross and this off-spin of House got annoying quickly. Steve Silk Hurley’s minute in the sun. At 53, it’s 5-years since her last hit so it must be Carly Simon: check out the dates: 1972/1977/1982/1987 are all debuts or comebacks regular as clockwork!

In at 58 it’s Drum Theatre who I think supported the Human League who I saw at the Poole Arts Centre (now The Lighthouse, despite not being any such thing) this week, which explains their tracks going back up, and my listing of my fave tracks that night (they were fab, despite me being quite high at the back and having to watch the girls legs only when they sang on a raised platform at the back of the stage) has a lovely co-incidence: Rock & Roll was my top Gary Glitter track the week before for his annual Xmas/New Year gig (it was always hits-packed party-time) and the same song was done good by Phil & co, the Human League being the current regular reliably fab hits-packed party time leading up to christmas most years for the last couple of decades. Happily you can still say you like the Human League.

1 ( 17 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
2 ( 1 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
3 ( 3 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
4 ( 5 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
5 ( 4 ) CANDY Cameo
6 ( 9 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
7 ( 2 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
8 ( 12 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
9 ( 19 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
10 ( 16 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet

11 ( 7 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
12 ( 6 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
13 ( 8 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
14 ( 10 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
15 ( 15 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
16 ( 29 ) REAL WILD CHILD Iggy Pop
17 ( 25 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
18 ( 23 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
19 ( 46 ) WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees
20 ( 30 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders

21 ( 13 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
22 ( 11 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
23 ( 26 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
24 ( 44 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
25 ( 14 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
26 ( 18 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
27 ( 22 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
28 ( 20 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
29 ( 40 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
30 ( 59 ) SURRENDER Swing Out Sister

31 ( 41 ) HUMAN Human League
32 ( 32 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
33 ( 33 ) DREAMING Status Quo
34 ( 21 ) THIS LOVE Bad Company
35 ( 27 ) IN MY LIFE Rod Stewart
36 ( NEW ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
37 ( 28 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
38 ( 57 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
39 ( 38 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
40 ( 50 ) OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY Gary Moore

41 ( 34 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
42 ( 42 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
43 ( 24 ) SANTA CLAUS IS ON THE DOLE Spitting Image
44 ( NEW ) JACK YOUR BODY Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley
45 ( 45 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
46 ( 48 ) YOU CAN DANCE Go Go Lorenzo
47 ( 36 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
48 ( 67 ) RAT IN MI KITCHON UB40
49 ( 31 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard
50 ( 37 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush

51 ( 47 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
52 ( 52 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
53 ( NEW ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
54 ( 49 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
55 ( 74 ) BALLERINA GIRL Lionel Richie
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 39 ) ONLY LOVE REMAINS Paul McCartney
58 ( NEW ) EL DORADO Drum Theatre
59 ( 71 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
60 ( 35 ) A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh

61 ( NEW ) HEARTACHE Pepsi & Shirlie
62 ( 53 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
63 ( 51 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
64 ( 65 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
65 ( 70 ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive
66 ( 62 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
67 ( 75 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore
68 ( 58 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
69 ( 72 ) WALKING DOWN YOUR STREET The Bangles
70 ( NEW ) TRAMPOLINE Julian Cope

71 ( 55 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
72 ( 61 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
73 ( NEW ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
74 ( NEW ) FACTS AND FIGURES Hugh Cornwell
75 ( 73 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star

Human League at Poole Arts Centre
1 LOVE ACTION (I BELIEVE IN LOVE)
2 THE LEBANON
3 ROCK AND ROLL

20th January 1987

It’s a first week on top for the highest entry, a remix of Hot Chocolate’s 12-year-old goodie which failed to top my charts first-time round, despite being a huge Hot Choc fan, and becomes a belated 5th number one for them. Lots of yet more 70’s new entries from The Doobie Brothers 1979 top tenner, cashing in on Michael McDonald’s recent big hits, in at 9, Freeez’ remixed 1983 top 10 enters lower down, the late Phil Lynott’s 1980 track is back, Barbara Jones reggae cover of Olivia Newton-John’s 1975 top 30 track sneaks in, Age Of Chance sort-of cover Prince ahead of Art Of Noise, and the chart goes ballistic as 1987 arrives with a bang and 18 new entries, and big climbs into the top 10 for Robbie Nevil, Little Richard and an instant new entry for Aretha & George on a fab duet, Aretha’s best track since her glorious Atlantic days, and George’s best track since his previous record.

Dead Or Alive rocket into the 20, Carly Simon into the 30, and new entries galore between 42 and 75, the most notable being the fab debut of Curioisty Killed The Cat bringing jazzpop into teen idol branding, The Style Council returning, the bouncy pop of The Jets, Rosie Vela’s delicious sultry Magic Smile, The Blow Monkeys brilliant It Doesn’t Have To be This Way (note sax very much the thing in 1987), and another Jack-track for Raze, who would return in a year with the fab Break 4 Love. Stevie Wonder makes it 19 years of charting in my charts, and Kool & The Gang a mere 8 years.

1 ( NEW ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
2 ( 1 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
3 ( 6 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
4 ( 17 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
5 ( 2 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
6 ( 24 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
7 ( 10 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
8 ( 3 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
9 ( NEW ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
10 ( NEW ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael

11 ( 5 ) CANDY Cameo
12 ( 16 ) REAL WILD CHILD (WILD ONE) Iggy Pop
13 ( 4 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
14 ( 8 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
15 ( 19 ) WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees
16 ( 18 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
17 ( 65 ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive
18 ( 20 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders
19 ( 23 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
20 ( 13 ) SOMETIMES Erasure

21 ( 9 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
22 ( 14 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
23 ( 11 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
24 ( 15 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
25 ( 7 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
26 ( 30 ) SURRENDER Swing Out Sister
27 ( 53 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
28 ( 29 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
29 ( 12 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
30 ( 33 ) DREAMING Status Quo

31 ( 36 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
32 ( 32 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
33 ( 38 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
34 ( NEW ) IOU (REMIX) Freeez
35 ( 44 ) JACK YOUR BODY Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley
36 ( 22 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
37 ( 40 ) OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY Gary Moore
38 ( 27 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
39 ( 26 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
40 ( 48 ) RAT IN MI KITCHON UB40

41 ( 31 ) HUMAN Human League
42 ( NEW ) I LOVE MY RADIO Taffy
43 ( 21 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
44 ( 70 ) TRAMPOLINE Julian Cope
45 ( NEW ) DOWN TO EARTH Curiosity Killed The Cat
46 ( 42 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
47 ( 61 ) HEARTACHE Pepsi & Shirlie
48 ( 55 ) BALLERINA GIRL Lionel Richie
49 ( 25 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
50 ( NEW ) IT DIDN’T MATTER The Style Council

51 ( 45 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
52 ( 52 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
53 ( 73 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
54 ( 74 ) FACTS AND FIGURES Hugh Cornwell
55 ( 28 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
56 ( 34 ) THIS LOVE Bad Company
57 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
58 ( 58 ) EL DORADO Drum Theatre
59 ( 39 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
60 ( 69 ) WALKING DOWN YOUR STREET The Bangles

61 ( NEW ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
62 ( NEW ) KING’S CALL Philip Lynott
63 ( 37 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
64 ( 67 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore
65 ( NEW ) KISS Age Of Chance
66 ( NEW ) MAGIC SMILE Rosie Vela
67 ( 64 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
68 ( 54 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
69 ( NEW ) IT SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY The Blow Monkeys
70 ( NEW ) PLEASE MISTER PLEASE Barbara Jones

71 ( NEW ) VICTORY Kool & The Gang
72 ( NEW ) BEAUTIFUL IMBALANCE Thrashing Doves
73 ( NEW ) STRANGER ON THE SHORE OF LOVE Stevie Wonder
74 ( NEW ) WASTELAND The Mission
75 ( NEW ) JACK THE GROOVE Raze

Playlist oldies
1 SECONDS Human League
2 LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy
3 NIGHT IN THE CITY E.L.O.

27th January 1987

It’s 2 weeks on top for Hot Choc as Aretha gets her highest chart position since 1971, and her highest to date, and George almost makes it his 5th chart-topper. Dead Or Alive grab yet another top 10 single, having not missed at all since Spin Me Round, and Iggy Pop gets his first ever. Siouxsie adds to her long list of top 10’s over 9 years, and Steve Hurley jacks it up to 14, surprising me at how much I liked it when I thought I didn’t rate it. Memory is such a fickle thing!

Lots of big climbs this week from the rush of new entries last week, and before, including UB40 into the 20, Style Council, Curiosity, Phil Lynott, Rosie Vela into the 40, while new entries from China Crisis, Heaven 17, Red Box and Stevie Winwood extends their runs of entries, but more interesting are the debuts from Georgia Satellites, and Timbuk 3, both goodies. I was clearly into a rock frame of mind when it comes to spinning singles in my bedroom, especially the Wishing Well remix which I’d not charted, having missed it when it came out, but which is fab Free at their best.

1 ( 1 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
2 ( 10 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
3 ( 2 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
4 ( 17 ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive
5 ( 3 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
6 ( 4 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
7 ( 6 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
8 ( 9 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
9 ( 12 ) REAL WILD CHILD (WILD ONE) Iggy Pop
10 ( 15 ) WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees

11 ( 5 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
12 ( 16 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
13 ( 18 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders
14 ( 35 ) JACK YOUR BODY Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley
15 ( 8 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
16 ( 27 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
17 ( 7 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
18 ( 19 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
19 ( 40 ) RAT IN MI KITCHON UB40
20 ( 26 ) SURRENDER Swing Out Sister

21 ( 21 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
22 ( 11 ) CANDY Cameo
23 ( 33 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
24 ( 31 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
25 ( 32 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
26 ( 14 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
27 ( 20 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
28 ( 28 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
29 ( 22 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
30 ( 13 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins

31 ( 50 ) IT DIDN’T MATTER The Style Council
32 ( 45 ) DOWN TO EARTH Curiosity Killed The Cat
33 ( 62 ) KING’S CALL Philip Lynott
34 ( 34 ) IOU (REMIX) Freeez
35 ( 47 ) HEARTACHE Pepsi & Shirlie
36 ( 42 ) I LOVE MY RADIO Taffy
37 ( 24 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
38 ( 44 ) TRAMPOLINE Julian Cope
39 ( 23 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
40 ( 66 ) MAGIC SMILE Rosie Vela

41 ( 25 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
42 ( 38 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
43 ( 41 ) HUMAN Human League
44 ( NEW ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis
45 ( 53 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
46 ( 36 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
47 ( 74 ) WASTELAND The Mission
48 ( 39 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
49 ( 60 ) WALKING DOWN YOUR STREET The Bangles
50 ( 64 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore

51 ( 29 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
52 ( 46 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
53 ( 54 ) FACTS AND FIGURES Hugh Cornwell
54 ( 37 ) OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY Gary Moore
55 ( 52 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
56 ( 65 ) KISS Age Of Chance
57 ( 57 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
58 ( 58 ) EL DORADO Drum Theatre
59 ( NEW ) KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF Georgia Satellites
60 ( 69 ) IT SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY The Blow Monkeys

61 ( 61 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
62 ( NEW ) TROUBLE Heaven 17
63 ( NEW ) FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT (GOTTA WEAR SHADES) Timbuk 3
64 ( 73 ) STRANGER ON THE SHORE OF LOVE Stevie Wonder
65 ( 43 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
66 ( 51 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
67 ( 67 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
68 ( 72 ) BEAUTIFUL IMBALANCE Thrashing Doves
69 ( 71 ) VICTORY Kool & The Gang
70 ( 30 ) DREAMING Status Quo

71 ( 63 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
72 ( 75 ) JACK THE GROOVE Raze
73 ( 68 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
74 ( NEW ) HEART OF THE SUN Red Box
75 ( NEW ) BACK IN THE HIGHLIFE AGAIN Stevie Winwood

Oldies Playlist of that week
1 WISHING WELL (REMIX) Free
2 SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
3 FIREBALL Deep Purple

My Retro January 1969 Charts

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Me & brother Mark around this time in our front-room, taken with dad’s new toy – a Polaroid Instamatic – at RAF Swinderby, 3 Sheepwalk. These charts are what I like now, based on what was available anywhere in the world at the time, as if there was streaming and global releases, and not what I liked then – those are the top 20’s at the end, and can be very different!

 

5th January 1969

It’s straight in at 1 for the most important record in my record collection – a Singapore-bought single, the first record I ever bought with my own money in October 1969. OK, it’s a bit early, Dizzy hit in the USA before it topped the UK chart and I went ab fab on it for months – one of my friends had bought the single at RAF Swinderby, which made me envious as my pocket money certainly didn’t stretch far enough for new records. When we left for Singapore, though, my dad’s grandparents on his dad’s side gave me and my brother a ten-shilling note each, which was a huge sum of money, to spend for the trip to Singapore. Some of it I spent on Adventure Comics 373, starring my other obsession, DC Comics’ Legion Of Super-Heroes to read on the plane, some of it got changed into Singapore dollars and I bought 2 singles when we went to Changi Village evening market and I found a record stall. They didn’t have the single I REALLY wanted (In The Year 2525), so I settled for 2 I loved from earlier in the year: Dizzy, and Elvis’ In The Ghetto. So began my ongoing hobby of music collection!

Tommy Roe’s Greatest Hits was also the first CD album I ever bought, appropriately enough, and my affection for the track has remained lifelong, including love for the heavily-sampled rhythms from it on Bassomatic’s fab 1990 Fascinating Rhythm (that’ll be William Orbit, then). Back in the 80’s I also got to see ol’ Tommy in concert, yay! Oh yes, and the much-played B side also charts. This all means The Move’s Blackberry Way, which was a chart-topper for me at the time, is stuck at 2 for teen hero Roy Wood.

Betty Everett has a smart climb into the 30, the song sounds like one that be could be covered quite nicely on The Voice and be given a bit of belated appreciation, while The Zombies’ USA oldies radio staple, and non-UK-hit, Time Of The Season enters at 39. I saw the boys the other year, it was basically a Zombies/Argent/Colin Blunstone hits appreciation, still in good voice. Simon & Garfunkel’s Mrs Robinson EP has 4 tracks, 2 of them have already charted, so the one that hasn’t charted (pre-dating 1967) enters at 44: The Sound Of Silence, thankfully no Bachelors involved.

Thanks to a reminder from Alex, Lee Hazelwood & Ann-Margret enter with two tracks from their single, taken from the Cowboy & The Lady album which is in my collection. I love Lee Hazelwood, best with Nancy Sinatra, but Ann-Margret is also fab, she was a fave from US TV variety shows, guesting on The Flintstones as Ann-Margrock, and films like Bye Bye Birdie: a long-forgotten musical with a great cast including Dick Van Dyke – who is on a few tracks elsewhere in the chart! Lee Hazelwood is pure poetry, evocative imagery and a soundscape to match.

Dorsey Burnette, brother of the late Johnny Burnette, enters with a Joe South song (his second on the chart), and an MOR pop ditty from female-vocal-led Peppermint Rainbow enter at 75 – from the same folk who went on to write movie songs like The Morning After for The Poseidon Adventure, and some musicals.

1 ( NEW ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 2 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
3 ( 1 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
4 ( 3 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
5 ( 4 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
6 ( 6 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
7 ( 5 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
8 ( 8 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
9 ( 11 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
10 ( 19 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann

11 ( 9 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
12 ( 7 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
13 ( 10 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
14 ( 14 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
15 ( 12 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
16 ( 16 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
17 ( 13 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
18 ( 18 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
19 ( 17 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
20 ( 15 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles

21 ( 20 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
22 ( 22 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
23 ( 21 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
24 ( 25 ) CRIMSON AND CLOVER Tommy James & The Shondells
25 ( 27 ) YOU SHOWED ME The Turtles
26 ( 29 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
27 ( 23 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
28 ( 35 ) STONEY END Peggy Lipton
29 ( 37 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
30 ( 44 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett

31 ( 28 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
32 ( 34 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
33 ( 33 ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
34 ( 30 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
35 ( 26 ) CATCHING UP ON FUN The Archies
36 ( 24 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
37 ( 40 ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
38 ( 31 ) I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr
39 ( NEW ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies
40 ( 42 ) TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Sally Ann Howes, Adrian Hall & Heather Ripley”

41 ( 36 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
42 ( 38 ) ELENORE The Turtles
43 ( 32 ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
44 ( NEW ) THE SOUND OF SILENCE Simon & Garfunkel
45 ( 51 ) CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Dick Van Dyke, Adrian Hall & Heather Ripley”
46 ( 41 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
47 ( 50 ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Tremeloes
48 ( 59 ) RAINBOW RIDE Andy Kim
49 ( 47 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
50 ( 46 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin

51 ( 48 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
52 ( 49 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
53 ( 45 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
54 ( 60 ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (S.K.O.O.B.Y-.D.O.O) The Archies
55 ( 55 ) ARCHIE’S THEME The Archies
56 ( 39 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE The Mamas & The Papas
57 ( 66 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
58 ( 65 ) MAY I Bill Deal & The Rhondels
59 ( 63 ) OB-LA-DI-OB-LA-DA Marmalade
60 ( 54 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles

61 ( 70 ) LOVE STORY Jethro Tull
62 ( 56 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
63 ( NEW ) SLEEP IN THE GRASS Lee Hazelwood & Ann-Margret
64 ( 57 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
65 ( 69 ) NOT ON THE OUTSIDE The Moments
66 ( NEW ) THE YOU I NEED Tommy Roe
67 ( 67 ) POOR SIDE OF TOWN Al Wilson
68 ( 68 ) WHEN I STOP DREAMING Ray Charles
69 ( 64 ) I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin
70 ( 52 ) RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child

71 ( 72 ) ME OL’ BAMBOO “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Dick Van Dyke”
72 ( NEW ) DOLL ON A MUSIC BOX “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Sally Ann Howes”
73 ( NEW ) CHICO Lee Hazelwood & Ann-Margret
74 ( NEW ) THE GREATEST LOVE Dorsey Burnette
75 ( NEW ) WILL YOU BE STAYING AFTER SUNDAY Peppermint Rainbow

5th Jan Retro-Then
1 ( 1 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
2 ( 6 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
3 ( 2 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
4 ( 3 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
5 ( 4 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
6 ( 5 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
7 ( 8 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
8 ( 13 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
9 ( NEW ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
10 ( 10 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu

11 ( 7 ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
12 ( 12 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
13 ( 11 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
14 ( 16 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
15 ( 14 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
16 ( 19 ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
17 ( 20 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
18 ( 18 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
19 ( RE ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
20 ( RE ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold

 

12th January 1969

It’s 2 weeks on top for Tommy Roe as no new classics enter high or climb high, giving the existing ones time to tread water waiting. The nearest to excitement are top 20 climbers for Herman’s Hermits (up to 14 in comparison to being top 5 way back when was I was a lad), Peggy Lipton, & The Turtles’ 4th top 20.

Highest new entry is Martha & The Reeves Motown oldie Dancing In The Street into the 40, but there are more oldies lower down, not to mention 2 Nina Simone covers, a Dionne Warwick original of a cover that was released after the cover, a Ruby Winters debut with a cover 8 years ahead of her UK hit cover of another song, The Tymes cover of a Barbra Streisand Funny Girl song, still lower than her own classic Don’t Rain from the same movie, Glen & Bobbie covering Let It Be Me, and some actual new material from Diana Ross & The Supremes (Love Child part 2 essentially, not a patch on the first one), Cream, and of all people the 1910 Fruitgum Co. with another bubblegum jolly big hit in the States that I didn’t know even though I had it on a bubblegum compilation for decades.

1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 3 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
3 ( 2 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
4 ( 4 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
5 ( 5 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
6 ( 6 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
7 ( 9 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
8 ( 8 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
9 ( 10 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
10 ( 7 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics

11 ( 11 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
12 ( 12 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
13 ( 13 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
14 ( 26 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
15 ( 15 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
16 ( 14 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
17 ( 16 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
18 ( 28 ) STONEY END Peggy Lipton
19 ( 25 ) YOU SHOWED ME The Turtles
20 ( 17 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band

21 ( 18 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
22 ( 29 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
23 ( 30 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
24 ( 19 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
25 ( 22 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
26 ( 21 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
27 ( 23 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
28 ( 39 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies
29 ( 33 ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
30 ( 32 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash

31 ( 24 ) CRIMSON AND CLOVER Tommy James & The Shondells
32 ( 20 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
33 ( 37 ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
34 ( 31 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
35 ( 44 ) THE SOUND OF SILENCE Simon & Garfunkel
36 ( NEW ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas
37 ( 47 ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Tremeloes
38 ( 27 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
39 ( 48 ) RAINBOW RIDE Andy Kim
40 ( 57 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension

41 ( 36 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
42 ( 34 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
43 ( 42 ) ELENORE The Turtles
44 ( 41 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
45 ( 38 ) I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr
46 ( 35 ) CATCHING UP ON FUN The Archies
47 ( 43 ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
48 ( 58 ) MAY I Bill Deal & The Rhondels
49 ( 54 ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (S.K.O.O.B.Y-.D.O.O) The Archies
50 ( 46 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone

51 ( 49 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
52 ( 51 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
53 ( 52 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
54 ( 50 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
55 ( 63 ) SLEEP IN THE GRASS Lee Hazelwood & Ann-Margret
56 ( NEW ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick
57 ( 66 ) THE YOU I NEED Tommy Roe
58 ( NEW ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone
59 ( 53 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
60 ( 61 ) LOVE STORY Jethro Tull

61 ( 40 ) TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Sally Ann Howes, Adrian Hall & Heather Ripley”
62 ( 55 ) ARCHIE’S THEME The Archies
63 ( 45 ) CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack “”Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”” featuring Dick Van Dyke, Adrian Hall & Heather Ripley”
64 ( 64 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
65 ( NEW ) I’M LIVIN’ IN SHAME Diana Ross & The Supremes
66 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANT TO CRY Ruby Winters
67 ( NEW ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY Nina Simone
68 ( NEW ) I GUESS I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Isley Brothers
69 ( 60 ) REVOLUTION The Beatles
70 ( 73 ) CHICO Lee Hazelwood & Ann-Margret

71 ( NEW ) LET IT BE ME Glen Campbell & Bobbie Gentry
72 ( 62 ) RIDE MY SEE-SAW The Moody Blues
73 ( NEW ) INDIAN GIVER 1910 Fruitgum Co.
74 ( NEW ) WHITE ROOM Cream
75 ( NEW ) PEOPLE The Tymes

RETRO THEN
1 ( 1 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
2 ( 9 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
3 ( 2 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
4 ( 8 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
5 ( 3 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
6 ( 7 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
7 ( 6 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
8 ( 4 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
9 ( 5 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
10 ( 10 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu

11 ( 12 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
12 ( 17 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
13 ( NEW ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
14 ( 15 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
15 ( 11 ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
16 ( 13 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
17 ( 18 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
18 ( 16 ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
19 ( 20 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
20 ( 14 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture

 

19th January 1969

It’s 3 weeks on top for Dizzy and a static top 10, bar Herman’s Hermits replacing other kiddie fave Manfred Mann. Big climbs for Martha Reeves, Dionne Warwick & Nina Simone, and yet more old Motown entries from Marv Johnson, who I saw sing his I’ll Pick A Rose (and You Got What It Takes) on a Motown package tour back in the 80’s, & 2 from Marvin & Tammi (not old), plus a Motown cover from Jose Feliciano as the highest new entry outdoing the Supremes latest to boot.

Todd Rundgren is back with his future 1973 West Coast solo smash song Hello It’s Me – it’s not quite as brilliant as the ’73 version, but it has it’s charm cos it’s a great song, in at 50. That leaves Classics IV getting a 3rd chart entry, Traces. Very quiet week again overall, though, few fresh major classics turning up. Back in the day, my chart-topper was Fox On The Run, with Donald Peers highest new entry – how times change with maturity! Dancing In The Street is 20 in both charts though, synchronicity at last!

1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 2 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
3 ( 3 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
4 ( 4 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
5 ( 5 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
6 ( 7 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
7 ( 6 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
8 ( 8 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
9 ( 14 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
10 ( 10 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics

11 ( 9 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
12 ( 22 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
13 ( 11 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
14 ( 12 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
15 ( 18 ) STONEY END Peggy Lipton
16 ( 23 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
17 ( 13 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
18 ( 28 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies
19 ( 19 ) YOU SHOWED ME The Turtles
20 ( 36 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas

21 ( 17 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
22 ( 15 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
23 ( 16 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
24 ( 29 ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
25 ( 20 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
26 ( 21 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
27 ( 33 ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
28 ( 24 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
29 ( 25 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
30 ( 27 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers

31 ( 26 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
32 ( 35 ) THE SOUND OF SILENCE Simon & Garfunkel
33 ( 56 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick
34 ( 40 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
35 ( 37 ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Tremeloes
36 ( 58 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone
37 ( 39 ) RAINBOW RIDE Andy Kim
38 ( 34 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
39 ( 48 ) MAY I Bill Deal & The Rhondels
40 ( 31 ) CRIMSON AND CLOVER Tommy James & The Shondells

41 ( 55 ) SLEEP IN THE GRASS Lee Hazlewood & Ann-Margret
42 ( 32 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
43 ( NEW ) MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU Jose Feliciano
44 ( 38 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
45 ( 30 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
46 ( 43 ) ELENORE The Turtles
47 ( 49 ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (S.K.O.O.B.Y-.D.O.O) The Archies
48 ( 44 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
49 ( 57 ) THE YOU I NEED Tommy Roe
50 ( NEW ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren

51 ( 42 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
52 ( 41 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
53 ( 51 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
54 ( 52 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
55 ( 53 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
56 ( 65 ) I’M LIVIN’ IN SHAME Diana Ross & The Supremes
57 ( 47 ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
58 ( 54 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
59 ( NEW ) I’LL PICK A ROSE FOR MY ROSE Marv Johnson
60 ( 68 ) I GUESS I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Isley Brothers

61 ( 66 ) I DON’T WANT TO CRY Ruby Winters
62 ( 67 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY Nina Simone
63 ( 60 ) LOVE STORY Jethro Tull
64 ( 45 ) I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr
65 ( 50 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
66 ( 46 ) CATCHING UP ON FUN The Archies
67 ( 70 ) CHICO Lee Hazlewood & Ann-Margret
68 ( 64 ) DON’T RAIN ON MY PARADE Barbra Streisand
69 ( 71 ) LET IT BE ME Glen Campbell & Bobbie Gentry
70 ( 73 ) INDIAN GIVER 1910 Fruitgum Co.

71 ( 59 ) MY WORLD Cupid’s Inspiration
72 ( 74 ) WHITE ROOM Cream
73 ( NEW ) TRACES Classics IV featuring Dennis Yost
74 ( NEW ) GOOD LOVIN’ AIN’T EASY TO COME BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
75 ( NEW ) YOU AIN’T LIVIN’ TILL YOUR LOVIN’ Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

retro what I liked then  
1 ( 2 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
2 ( 4 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
3 ( 1 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
4 ( 3 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
5 ( 5 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
6 ( 8 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
7 ( 13 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
8 ( 7 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
9 ( 6 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder
10 ( 9 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield

11 ( 12 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
12 ( 10 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
13 ( 11 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
14 ( 18 ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
15 ( 15 ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
16 ( NEW ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
17 ( 16 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
18 ( 19 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold
19 ( 17 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
20 ( NEW ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

26th January 1969

It’s 4 weeks on top for Dizzy as great newcomers remain thin on the ground, so much so that records that didn’t peak as high as they deserved a few weeks back are doing so now, so The Archies go back up to 4, Manfred Mann to 5 – it was after all my fave record at the time – while in at 10 the highest new entry is from Amen Corner, and the great Half As Nice.

Nazz & Todd Rundgren shoot up to 17, cos I love the song so, even in this slower earlier version, and Johnny Nash about-faces as I suddenly properly listen to the backing grooves of the track after a while of not noticing them, and into the top 20. Nina Simone gloriously orchestrated oldie outdoes her less good cover of The Bee Gees great song, and into the 40 goes Jose Feliciano for the second time with another cover. These days he charts every Christmas with a song none of us had ever heard of in the 60’s. Or 70’s. Or 80’s. Or 90’s. Or 00’s. Yes, Felice Navidad, that old Chestnut.

Harmony Grass enter at 38 with a great pop song later in the year covered even better by Mama Cass, and The Banana Splits signature tune enters lower down, a great show for us kids – not only did it have Arabian Nights (“Size of A Water-Buffalo”) and The Three Musketeers (Tooly was a laugh), but it had bad puns and dumb gags cool-stylee from the men-in-animal-suits, the hippie Drooper voiced by Alan Melville – him of Phil Silvers Bilko show Corporal Henshaw if you thought he sounded familiar – and some great groovy funky tracks. Betcha never knew folk like Barry White, Gene Pitney, Joey Levine, and music industry types like Al Kooper & Jimmy Radcliffe were behind them, which is why they sounded so good. The Dickies did that fab punk cover in 1979 to boot.

The Chi-Lites debut, one of the great vocal soul groups of the era, and their fab lead singer and songwriter Eugene Record, who now has 3 songs on the chart, with Give It Away new at 68, Am I The Same Girl debuting a bit higher for his co-writer Barbara Acklin (she co-wrote many of their great records), and of course the first hit instrumental version a bit higher up as Soulful Strut. Barbara wasn’t a great singer, it took Dusty to cover it later in the year to do it real justice, but Eugene was a terrific performer. He’d been doing stuff for Jackie Wilson up to this point, but as their career took off, The Chi-Lites got the best stuff, much of it covered or sampled, most notably by Beyonce when she borrowed one of them for Crazy In Love, still her best record.

1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 4 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
3 ( 2 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
4 ( 13 ) LOVE LIGHT The Archies
5 ( 11 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
6 ( 9 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
7 ( 3 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
8 ( 5 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan
9 ( 7 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
10 ( NEW ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner

11 ( 8 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell
12 ( 12 ) BABY, BABY DON’T CRY Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
13 ( 18 ) TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies
14 ( 20 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha & The Vandellas
15 ( 6 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL The Rolling Stones
16 ( 16 ) THERE’LL COME A TIME Betty Everett
17 ( 50 ) HELLO IT’S ME Nazz featuring Todd Rundgren
18 ( 10 ) READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) The Delfonics
19 ( 45 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
20 ( 36 ) I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Nina Simone

21 ( 14 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
22 ( 15 ) STONEY END Peggy Lipton
23 ( 17 ) SABRE DANCE Love Sculpture
24 ( 21 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
25 ( 19 ) YOU SHOWED ME The Turtles
26 ( 33 ) THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Dionne Warwick
27 ( 43 ) MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU Jose Feliciano
28 ( 22 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL The Gun
29 ( 26 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
30 ( 32 ) THE SOUND OF SILENCE Simon & Garfunkel

31 ( 25 ) I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
32 ( 23 ) STOP HER ON SIGHT (SOS) Edwin Starr
33 ( 29 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
34 ( 30 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (IS WEAK FOR YOU) The Isley Brothers
35 ( 31 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
36 ( 28 ) BACK IN THE USSR The Beatles
37 ( 24 ) (THERE’S GONNA BE A) SHOWDOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
38 ( NEW ) MOVE IN A LITTLE CLOSER BABY Harmony Grass
39 ( 39 ) MAY I Bill Deal & The Rhondels
40 ( 41 ) SLEEP IN THE GRASS Lee Hazlewood & Ann-Margret

41 ( 27 ) PROUD MARY Creedence Clearwater Revival
42 ( 38 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
43 ( 34 ) CALIFORNIA SOUL The 5th Dimension
44 ( 49 ) THE YOU I NEED Tommy Roe
45 ( 35 ) I SHALL BE RELEASED The Tremeloes
46 ( 40 ) CRIMSON AND CLOVER Tommy James & The Shondells
47 ( 37 ) RAINBOW RIDE Andy Kim
48 ( 56 ) I’M LIVIN’ IN SHAME Diana Ross & The Supremes
49 ( 46 ) ELENORE The Turtles
50 ( 59 ) I’LL PICK A ROSE FOR MY ROSE Marv Johnson

51 ( 42 ) OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA The Beatles
52 ( 44 ) WHILE MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS The Beatles
53 ( 60 ) I GUESS I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Isley Brothers
54 ( 48 ) THEME FROM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY Ennio Morricone
55 ( 53 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
56 ( 54 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
57 ( 55 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
58 ( 62 ) TO LOVE SOMEBODY Nina Simone
59 ( 61 ) I DON’T WANT TO CRY Ruby Winters
60 ( 51 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins

61 ( 52 ) GOOD NIGHT The Beatles
62 ( 58 ) THOSE WERE THE DAYS Mary Hopkin
63 ( 57 ) SOULFUL STRUT Young-Holt Unlimited
64 ( NEW ) THE TRA LA LA SONG (ONE BANANA TWO BANANA) The Banana Splits
65 ( 69 ) LET IT BE ME Glen Campbell & Bobbie Gentry
66 ( NEW ) AM I THE SAME GIRL Barbara Acklin
67 ( 70 ) INDIAN GIVER 1910 Fruitgum Co.
68 ( NEW ) GIVE IT AWAY The Chi-Lites
69 ( 72 ) WHITE ROOM Cream
70 ( 73 ) TRACES Classics IV featuring Dennis Yost

71 ( 74 ) GOOD LOVIN’ AIN’T EASY TO COME BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
72 ( 47 ) FEELIN’ SO GOOD (S.K.O.O.B.Y-.D.O.O) The Archies
73 ( 75 ) YOU AIN’T LIVIN’ TILL YOUR LOVIN’ Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
74 ( NEW ) HEAVEN The Rascals
75 ( NEW ) IT’S TOO LATE NOW Long John Baldry

what I liked then
1 ( 1 ) FOX ON THE RUN Manfred Mann
2 ( 2 ) BLACKBERRY WAY The Move
3 ( 3 ) BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP The Foundations
4 ( 7 ) YOU GOT SOUL Johnny Nash
5 ( 5 ) SOMETHING’S HAPPENING Herman’s Hermits
6 ( 16 ) PLEASE DON’T GO Donald Peers
7 ( 4 ) LOVE CHILD Diana Ross & The Supremes
8 ( 6 ) OB LA DI OB LA DA Marmalade
9 ( 20 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
10 ( 9 ) FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE Stevie Wonder

11 ( 8 ) AIN’T GOT NO…I GOT LIFE Nina Simone
12 ( 10 ) SON OF A PREACHER MAN Dusty Springfield
13 ( NEW ) MRS ROBINSON Simon & Garfunkel
14 ( 11 ) ALBATROSS Fleetwood Mac
15 ( 12 ) I’M A TIGER Lulu
16 ( 14 ) PRIVATE NUMBER William Clay & Judy Bell
17 ( 19 ) THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY Hugo Montenegro
18 ( 15 ) ONE TWO THREE O’LEARY Des O’Connor
19 ( 17 ) (I’M THE) URBAN SPACEMAN Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
20 ( 18 ) LILY THE PINK The Scaffold

My January-April 2019 Charts

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Gran Canaria, Las Palmas view (& a mate)

17th February 2019

It’s a new entry and first week on top for a symphonic version of Echo & The Bunnymen’s stunningly great 1984 The Killing Moon, as effectively showcased in the cult movie Donnie Darko. I got the Symphonic 80’s album as a CD prezzie, and this was the remaining stand-out version I’d not charted – It originally peaked at 2 in my charts, and the revamp isn’t quite as good as the original, but the record has severely under-performed in my charts compared to how I feel about it these days (“absolute classic”) so an excuse to chart it is welcome by me. By way of compensation there has been a massive clear-out of oldies from my charts and lots of new stuff.

Dua Lipa gets her 2nd number 2, equalling Be The One, and falling short of chart-topper Hotter Than Hell. Zedd’s back in the top 20 after his top 20 with Liam Payne in 2017, and Katy Perry is guesting, and back in the top 20 since her swathe of 2017 chart peaks, including a number one with Chained To The Rhythm. The Chainsmokers drag along 5 Seconds Of Summer for another top 40 before the last one has left the 20, while Bob Sinclar gives Robbie Williams his 2nd top 40 guest spot of the year, Robbie’s span of hits a surprising 23 years since he gained his Freedom from Take That, or 27 years including the lads.

Jungle are back with another top 40, Sigrid pops back with a 3rd, Khalid gets a 2nd in the chart, CHVRCHES are back with another, Kelsea Ballerini gets a 2nd on the chart, and CNCO and Grace Carter both follow-up recent chart action.

1 NEW 1 1 THE KILLING MOON (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Echo & The Bunnymen 170000
2 10 2 4 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 188000
3 3 3 5 STARTED OUT Georgia 272200
4 1 1 8 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 460100
5 9 5 4 TRAMPOLINE SHAED 174000
6 4 4 4 JUICE Lizzo 207000
7 12 7 4 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 121000
8 8 8 5 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 154200
9 16 9 3 ME & U Tommy Trash featuring Anna Lunoe 81750
10 2 2 6 MY OCTOBER SYMPHONY Pet Shop Boys 297900

11 14 4 8 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 350500
12 6 1 13 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 806000
13 20 13 3 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 57400
14 11 6 8 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 249500
15 7 1 12 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 953050
16 19 16 2 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RICH? Pet Shop Boys 46000
17 17 17 5 GIVE YOU UP Dido 76100
18 13 13 5 VOTE FOR ME The Specials 115150
19 38 19 3 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 48800
20 NEW 20 1 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 20000

21 15 5 7 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 247850
22 18 15 7 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 150500
23 5 1 6 JEALOUSY (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 619250
24 27 24 8 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 113300
25 30 25 6 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 94850
26 29 26 2 GIVE STUPIDITY A CHANCE Pet Shop Boys 36700
27 NEW 27 1 WHO DO YOU LOVE The Chainsmokers & 5 Seconds Of Summer 18400
28 31 28 4 CRY TO ME Solomon Burke 58800
29 23 19 6 HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING Lana Del Ray 116050
30 35 30 3 FARAWAY LOOK Yola 42300

31 21 5 8 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 288150
32 26 1 11 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1068050
33 42 33 3 WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Ruelle 38050
34 NEW 34 1 ELECTRO ROMANTICO Bob Sinclar featuring Robbie Williams 17600
35 22 16 8 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 133100
36 33 20 8 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 141150
37 37 37 6 LONGSHOT Catfish & The Bottlemen 75500
38 40 38 3 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 41600
39 NEW 39 1 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 17100
40 34 10 7 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 155700

41 24 14 6 GIANT Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man 116550
42 25 25 6 WITHOUT ME Halsey 68300
43 28 28 5 SUCH A REMARKABLE DAY Charlotte Gainsbourg 72800
44 32 1 18 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 996050
45 36 36 6 HELLO MY LOVE Westlife 88350
46 NEW 46 1 DON’T FEEL LIKE CRYING Sigrid 12750
47 39 6 11 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 307650
48 51 48 4 SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Rumer 41450
49 43 6 15 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 479500
50 68 50 2 ON SOCIAL MEDIA Pet Shop Boys 18400

51 60 51 3 FAVOURITE THING Fleur East 28850
52 45 7 14 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 307750
53 46 1 16 SHADOWS Black Atlass 810100
54 NEW 54 1 TALK Khalid 11000
55 59 55 3 TOKYO White Lies 25900
56 41 29 8 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 104750
57 44 35 7 PLAY Jax Jones & Years & Years 83500
58 47 29 8 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 109800
59 49 43 7 LONELY NIGHTS (ANGEL FACE) Captain & Tennille 77000
60 50 46 5 DANCE MUSIC Bananarama 51350

61 48 48 3 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 32100
62 NEW 62 1 GRAFFITI CHVRCHES 7400
63 56 7 16 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 464800
64 53 20 7 NO PLACE Backstreet Boys 102150
65 62 1 35 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2052500
66 NEW 66 1 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 6800
67 55 3 12 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 488000
68 NEW 68 1 PRETEND CNCO 6400
69 71 69 2 THE FORGOTTEN CHILD Pet Shop Boys 12000
70 70 70 4 A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl 23200

71 NEW 71 1 HEAL ME Grace Carter 5800
72 73 72 2 HANDMADE HEAVEN MARINA 11000
73 57 1 13 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 636050
74 NEW 74 1 MISS ME MORE Kelsea Ballerini 5200
75 69 9 13 RISE Raaginder 246050

DROP OUTS
52 9 6 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN (401250) Tom Jones 138900
54 54 4 IN DREAMS Roy Orbison 35700
58 58 3 SEPTEMBER Earth, Wind & Fire 25800
61 49 4 MY LOVE GOES ON James Morrison featuring Joss Stone 37050
63 30 7 SIXTEEN Thomas Rhett 80850
64 64 4 PARTY FOR ONE Carly Rae Jepsen 25100
65 15 12 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 215250
66 66 4 LAND OF THE FREE The Killers 25200
67 67 5 DON’T THROW YOUR LOVE AWAY The Searchers 30200
72 1 14 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 818800
74 24 11 DREAM ON Aerosmith 141200
75 5 12 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 254550

 

 

10th February 2019

It’s a first week on top for Bobbie Gentry’s fabulously moody Sermon, from 1967 the song, giving Mercury Rev a second chart-topper just over 17 years since the last one, the gorgeous The Dark Is Rising. Margo Price gets her first doing a pretty good job of competing with the much-missed Bobbie Gentry (missed as in she stopped her music career over 40 years ago). That keeps the Pet Shop Boys 1990 album track at 2 in a week when they release an EP of political or social commentary tracks, called Agenda – as in commenting on those with agendas, while having an agenda (but a worthy one, being as I agree with every word of every song). All four enter my charts, giving Chris n Neil 6 tracks in my chart. The highest new entry is What Are We Going To Do About The Rich at 19 – tax ’em heavily and force ’em to reveal all their interests worldwide, I say! Give Stupidity A Chance is an ode to Trump, or Brexit, or anything really that puts opinion, hatred and lies over facts, and is quite amusing and as clever as always. The Forgotten Child is clearly about the thousands of illegal immigrant children that have gone missing under Trump. Nobody knows where they are, and if they are even alive.

Jack Savoretti gets a 4th top 10 in 4 years, Dua Lipa a 7th, huge climbs for Tommy Trash & The Chemical Brothers into the 20 as I’m clearly in a mood for clubbing. Yola, Galantis & The Revivalists get big climbs into the 40, and the only new track that doesn’t feature “Pet” in the name is from Marina getting a follow-up to her Clean Bandit collab, her 9th chart entry in 9 years, including a top 10 in Prima Donna in 2012.

This week I finally got to see Tears For Fears in concert for the first time – they were still fab, Curt still looking good, and a back catalogue of hits to impress. If I don’t get many new entries again next week I may have to rechart Head Over Heels which under-performed in my charts! When I heard it in Donnie Darko I realised the error of my ways. Alison Moyet supported, but Ive seen her headline already with a much bigger setlist. I have to say there can be few touring acts that can start a set with a huge classic on the scale of Everybody Wants To Rule The World.

1 5 1 7 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 395100
2 4 2 5 MY OCTOBER SYMPHONY Pet Shop Boys 255900
3 7 3 4 STARTED OUT Georgia 187200
4 6 4 3 JUICE Lizzo 152000
5 2 1 5 JEALOUSY (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 600000
6 3 1 12 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 771000
7 1 1 11 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 926050
8 18 8 4 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 106200
9 10 9 3 TRAMPOLINE SHAED 114000
10 23 10 3 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 73000

11 11 6 7 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 220500
12 17 12 3 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 71000
13 13 13 4 VOTE FOR ME The Specials 93150
14 8 4 7 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 313500
15 9 5 6 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 228100
16 51 16 2 ME & U Tommy Trash featuring Anna Lunoe 36750
17 20 17 3 GIVE YOU UP Dido 53100
18 15 15 6 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 131000
19 NEW 19 1 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RICH? Pet Shop Boys 21000
20 73 20 2 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 25400

21 12 5 7 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 270250
22 16 16 7 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 115600
23 19 19 5 HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING Lana Del Ray 97850
24 14 14 5 GIANT Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man 102550
25 26 25 5 WITHOUT ME Halsey 54550
26 21 1 10 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1050250
27 30 27 7 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 94300
28 28 28 4 SUCH A REMARKABLE DAY Charlotte Gainsbourg 59300
29 NEW 29 1 GIVE STUPIDITY A CHANCE Pet Shop Boys 18200
30 32 30 5 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 76100

31 36 31 3 CRY TO ME Solomon Burke 40500
32 22 1 17 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 982800
33 25 20 7 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 123750
34 24 10 6 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 138700
35 71 35 2 FARAWAY LOOK Yola 24300
36 39 36 5 HELLO MY LOVE Westlife 75350
37 40 37 5 LONGSHOT Catfish & The Bottlemen 58200
38 56 38 2 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 27800
39 27 6 10 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 295150
40 62 40 2 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 24400

41 29 29 7 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 94150
42 67 42 2 WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Ruelle 20350
43 37 6 14 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 467400
44 35 35 6 PLAY Jax Jones & Years & Years 73100
45 33 7 13 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 296250
46 34 1 15 SHADOWS Black Atlass 798850
47 38 29 7 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 99600
48 48 48 2 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 24600
49 43 43 6 LONELY NIGHTS (ANGEL FACE) Captain & Tennille 66900
50 46 46 4 DANCE MUSIC Bananarama 41350

51 55 51 3 SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Rumer 29150
52 31 9 6 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones 138900
53 42 20 6 NO PLACE Backstreet Boys 95050
54 54 54 4 IN DREAMS Roy Orbison 35700
55 45 3 11 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 481400
56 44 7 15 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 457600
57 47 1 12 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 630650
58 58 58 3 SEPTEMBER Earth, Wind & Fire 25800
59 75 59 2 TOKYO White Lies 15100
60 64 60 2 FAVOURITE THING Fleur East 17100

61 49 49 4 MY LOVE GOES ON James Morrison featuring Joss Stone 37050
62 60 1 34 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2045500
63 50 30 7 SIXTEEN Thomas Rhett 80850
64 65 64 4 PARTY FOR ONE Carly Rae Jepsen 25100
65 57 15 12 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 215250
66 66 66 4 LAND OF THE FREE The Killers 25200
67 68 67 5 DON’T THROW YOUR LOVE AWAY The Searchers 30200
68 NEW 68 1 ON SOCIAL MEDIA Pet Shop Boys 6400
69 59 9 12 RISE Raaginder 241050
70 72 70 3 A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl 17200

71 NEW 71 1 THE FORGOTTEN CHILD Pet Shop Boys 5800
72 63 1 14 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 818800
73 NEW 73 1 HANDMADE HEAVEN MARINA 5400
74 52 24 11 DREAM ON Aerosmith 141200
75 53 5 12 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 254550

DROP OUTS
41 31 5 REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade 80250
61 32 6 MAY LOVE TRAVEL WITH YOU Paul Weller 79650
69 50 5 I JUST WANT PEOPLE TO LIKE ME Robbie Williams 41100
70 39 6 COO COO COO Santigold 70550
74 18 6 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Robbie Williams 90450

 

 

3rd February 2019

It’s a first week on top for Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus after a 10-week wait: it’s Mark Ronson’s second chart-topper, 2014 with Bruno Mars his last one, and MIley Cyrus’ first. Pet Shop Boys meanwhile add to their mighty long list of top 5’s with a great track off Behaviour. Big climbs for Ten Tonnes, Dido, Dua Lipa & Solomon Burke. New entries from OneRepublic and Galantis adding to their chart tallies, The O’My’s return with the same song they got into the top 3 last year, The Revivalists get a second chart entry, ditto Fleur East, and The Chemical Brothers extend their chart entries another year, to 24 years.

1 2 1 10 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 876050
2 1 1 4 JEALOUSY (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 540000
3 3 1 11 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 716000
4 12 4 4 MY OCTOBER SYMPHONY Pet Shop Boys 140900
5 8 5 6 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 225100
6 13 6 2 JUICE Lizzo 87000
7 10 7 3 STARTED OUT Georgia 102200
8 4 4 6 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 284500
9 5 5 5 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 201100
10 15 10 2 TRAMPOLINE SHAED 69000

11 6 6 6 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 183500
12 7 5 6 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 250500
13 25 13 3 VOTE FOR ME The Specials 61150
14 23 14 4 GIANT Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man 83550
15 18 15 5 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 109000
16 24 16 6 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 96100
17 45 17 2 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 36000
18 26 18 3 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 58200
19 19 19 4 HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING Lana Del Ray 78600
20 59 20 2 GIVE YOU UP Dido 30100

21 11 1 9 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1031750
22 14 1 16 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 965000
23 51 23 2 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 31000
24 16 10 5 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 121100
25 20 20 6 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 106050
26 37 26 4 WITHOUT ME Halsey 54550
27 17 6 9 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 278050
28 39 28 3 SUCH A REMARKABLE DAY Charlotte Gainsbourg 41000
29 33 29 6 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 80150
30 30 30 6 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 75900

31 9 9 5 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones 127400
32 36 32 4 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 58100
33 21 7 12 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 283250
34 22 1 14 SHADOWS Black Atlass 786100
35 38 35 5 PLAY Jax Jones & Years & Years 59850
36 74 36 2 CRY TO ME Solomon Burke 22600
37 32 6 13 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 453900
38 29 29 6 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 87100
39 40 39 4 HELLO MY LOVE Westlife 57950
40 58 40 4 LONGSHOT Catfish & The Bottlemen 40900

41 31 31 5 REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade 80250
42 28 20 5 NO PLACE Backstreet Boys 83800
43 49 43 5 LONELY NIGHTS (ANGEL FACE) Captain & Tennille 54800
44 35 7 14 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 447000
45 27 3 10 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 470600
46 55 46 3 DANCE MUSIC Bananarama 29350
47 41 1 11 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 620250
48 NEW 48 1 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 12300
49 53 49 3 MY LOVE GOES ON James Morrison featuring Joss Stone 29550
50 42 30 6 SIXTEEN Thomas Rhett 73650

51 NEW 51 1 ME & U Tommy Trash featuring Anna Lunoe 11750
52 34 24 10 DREAM ON Aerosmith 136000
53 43 5 11 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 249550
54 64 54 3 IN DREAMS Roy Orbison 24700
55 67 55 2 SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Rumer 17400
56 NEW 56 1 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 10600
57 47 15 11 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 208250
58 73 58 2 SEPTEMBER Earth, Wind & Fire 15600
59 54 9 11 RISE Raaginder 234850
60 60 1 33 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2038100

61 46 32 6 MAY LOVE TRAVEL WITH YOU Paul Weller 79650
62 NEW 62 1 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 7400
63 52 1 13 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 813200
64 NEW 64 1 FAVOURITE THING Fleur East 7100
65 70 65 3 PARTY FOR ONE Carly Rae Jepsen 18000
66 68 66 3 LAND OF THE FREE The Killers 18400
67 NEW 67 1 WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Ruelle 6600
68 69 68 4 DON’T THROW YOUR LOVE AWAY The Searchers 23600
69 50 50 5 I JUST WANT PEOPLE TO LIKE ME Robbie Williams 41100
70 48 39 6 COO COO COO Santigold 70550

71 NEW 71 1 FARAWAY LOOK Yola 5800
72 72 72 2 A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl 11200
73 NEW 73 1 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 5400
74 44 18 6 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Robbie Williams 90450
75 NEW 75 1 TOKYO White Lies 5000

DROP OUTS
56 56 5 NORMAL BOY Boyzone 40000
57 32 11 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 122200
61 4 15 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 503000
62 3 12 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 361500
63 63 4 EVERLASTING Take That 27200
65 65 3 LOST IN THE FIRE Gesaffelstein & The Weeknd 19200
66 19 9 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 135150
71 13 13 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 235000
75 75 1 SMOOTH Santana featuring Rob Thomas 5000

 

 

27th January 2019

It’s 2 weeks on top for Pet Shop Boys great 1992 single Jealousy, presiding over a shuffling top 10, with Mark Ronson yet again being denied the top spot due to oldies. Tom Jones The Voice-pushed itunes charting oldie is peaking at 9 for thee second time this century – it last did it in 2003, and charted again in 2011 – had I been charting in 1967 it would have gone top 10 then too, and again in 1969 when it became a US hit (had I been aware of it). Georgia rockets to 10 from 58, one I’d missed late last year, followed closely by the highest new entries from Lizzo, and SHAED, the former on Radio 1 & 2 playlists, the latter an Apple Music advert.

Big climbs for The Specials back in the top 30 for at least the 10th time, or 20th counting Fun Boy Three and solo projects, Halsey finally cracks the 40 with her current smash, and Charlotte Gainsbourg does it on her second chart feature, a mere 44 years since her mum & dad were dropping having topped my chart over the new year 1974/75 with a very naughty banned record that I bought. Dua Lipa’s back, so many hits so little time for a breather in between, and Dido returns for the first time in years, extending her run to 19 years solo. Both Dua and Dido have topped my charts previously. Trevor Horn does a mellow version of his own production for Grace Jones – this time with Rumer – and at the bottom end, 4 tracks boosted by TV adverts, singing comps and stuff, all in the itunes charts. Only Solomon Burke has never charted before (a 1962 oldie featured in Dirty Dancing) and only Smooth has topped my charts before.

1 1 1 3 JEALOUSY (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 425000
2 3 2 9 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 706050
3 2 1 10 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 631000
4 6 4 5 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 236500
5 7 5 4 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 156100
6 8 6 5 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 146500
7 5 5 5 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 215500
8 9 8 5 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 165100
9 15 9 4 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones 109500
10 58 10 2 STARTED OUT Georgia 52200

11 4 1 8 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1012000
12 17 12 3 MY OCTOBER SYMPHONY Pet Shop Boys 75900
13 NEW 13 1 JUICE Lizzo 32000
14 11 1 15 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 945500
15 NEW 15 1 TRAMPOLINE SHAED 27000
16 10 10 4 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 102100
17 12 6 8 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 259650
18 19 18 4 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 82000
19 27 19 3 HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING Lana Del Ray 57600
20 26 20 5 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 87300

21 14 7 11 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 265550
22 16 1 13 SHADOWS Black Atlass 768500
23 28 23 3 GIANT Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man 54550
24 29 24 5 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 71100
25 57 25 2 VOTE FOR ME The Specials 29150
26 33 26 2 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 36200
27 13 3 9 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 457600
28 20 20 4 NO PLACE Backstreet Boys 70050
29 36 29 5 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 69900
30 35 30 5 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 57900

31 31 31 4 REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade 66250
32 22 6 12 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 436600
33 40 33 5 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 61950
34 24 24 9 DREAM ON Aerosmith 124500
35 23 7 13 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 433750
36 37 36 3 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 40300
37 53 37 3 WITHOUT ME Halsey 36050
38 46 38 4 PLAY Jax Jones & Years & Years 42350
39 72 39 2 SUCH A REMARKABLE DAY Charlotte Gainsbourg 22700
40 44 40 3 HELLO MY LOVE Westlife 40850

41 21 1 10 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 607750
42 30 30 5 SIXTEEN Thomas Rhett 61650
43 18 5 10 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 238300
44 25 18 5 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Robbie Williams 85250
45 NEW 45 1 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 13000
46 32 32 5 MAY LOVE TRAVEL WITH YOU Paul Weller 72150
47 34 15 10 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 197850
48 39 39 5 COO COO COO Santigold 64550
49 52 49 4 LONELY NIGHTS (ANGEL FACE) Captain & Tennille 41300
50 55 50 4 I JUST WANT PEOPLE TO LIKE ME Robbie Williams 34900

51 NEW 51 1 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 11750
52 41 1 12 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 806000
53 69 53 2 MY LOVE GOES ON James Morrison featuring Joss Stone 17450
54 43 9 10 RISE Raaginder 224750
55 71 55 2 DANCE MUSIC Bananarama 16600
56 56 56 5 NORMAL BOY Boyzone 40000
57 38 32 11 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 122200
58 64 58 3 LONGSHOT Catfish & The Bottlemen 23900
59 NEW 59 1 GIVE YOU UP Dido 10100
60 60 1 32 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2028100

61 47 4 15 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 503000
62 54 3 12 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 361500
63 65 63 4 EVERLASTING Take That 27200
64 67 64 2 IN DREAMS Roy Orbison 13700
65 68 65 3 LOST IN THE FIRE Gesaffelstein & The Weeknd 19200
66 45 19 9 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 135150
67 NEW 67 1 SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Rumer 6600
68 74 68 2 LAND OF THE FREE The Killers 11600
69 70 69 3 DON’T THROW YOUR LOVE AWAY The Searchers 17200
70 75 70 2 PARTY FOR ONE Carly Rae Jepsen 11000

71 48 13 13 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 235000
72 NEW 72 1 A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl 5600
73 NEW 73 1 SEPTEMBER Earth, Wind & Fire 5400
74 NEW 74 1 CRY TO ME Solomon Burke 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SMOOTH Santana featuring Rob Thomas 5000

DROP OUTS

42 7 7 DOES THE HOMOSAPIEN KNOW Abba vs Pete Shelley 227750
49 28 10 OOH LA LA The Faces 118600
50 50 3 TRIP A LITTLE LIGHT FANTASTIC Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Blunt, Tarik Frimpong, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Nathaneal Saleh & Leeries 28650
51 8 9 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 237750
59 33 7 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Morrissey 86900
61 61 3 HAPPY NOW Kygo featuring Sandro Cavazza 19300
62 37 9 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 114500
63 63 4 JAVELIN (CALLING OUT YOUR NAME) Adelphi Music Factory 27600
66 4 15 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 418450
73 25 13 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 184200

 

 

20th January 2019

It’s a first week on top for 1991 top 10 track Jealousy, a classic orchestral ballad that grows, and grows with time, and with prestige, for me. With such a vast quality back catalogue, it’s no surprise that reissues give me a chance to let under-appreciated gems from Pet Shop Boys do better, and this one deserved better at the time. In terms of decades, all-time faves, it’s Beatles for the 60’s, Abba for the 70’s, Pet Shop Boys for the 80’s, 90’s, 00’s and most likely the 10’s too, though it’s a bit early to judge yet, but I hear new music is on the way once the 2-year-tour is done (I saw it 3 times).

Tame Impala get a 4th top 10 and 6th top 20, Mercury Rev a 3rd top 10 18 years since the last one, Wicked games topped my chart in 1990 for Chris Issak and returns for REIGN to the top 10, and Mary Poppins pops in to my top 10. Superfragilisticexpialidocious! Highest new entry is Jack Savoretti, his 8th chart feature, and it’s a very welcome & unlikely return to The Specials (well, the Fun Boy Two plus a Special, really) for the first time in 34 years with new material, though Terry Hall chartered in the interim with Colourfield and topped my charts with The Lightning Seeds’ Sense in 1992, as well as Fun Boy Three’s Our Lips Are Sealed in 1983 and Special’s Ghost Town in 1981. Fun Boy Three had 2 hits with Bananarama, and kick-started their career, so it’s bizarre they also return this week after reuniting for a tour – and then just the 2 long-serving Keren and Sarah doing the new album yet again, sadly. The ‘Nanas have been away for 7 years, though they grabbed 7 21st century chart entries to add to their oodles in the 80’s and 90’s.

James Morrison has been MIA from my charts since 2011, but gets his 7th entry 8 years on, along with Joss Stone getting an 11th (ignoring charity combos) and her first since 2012. James has 13 years of charting, Joss 15 years and she’s barely over 30! Charlotte Gainsbourg gets a second chart entry – which is one more than her chart-topping parents ever managed! Je T’Aime! Carly Rae returns for a 6th on the list, and The Killers keep that run going with a political statement 15 years on from debut, and 14 years on from topping my chart. Brandon Flowers has topped more times solo, though, and they have a very long run of hits over a decade and a half.

1 3 1 2 JEALOUSY (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 255000
2 1 1 9 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 546000
3 4 2 8 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 591050
4 2 1 7 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 975000
5 8 5 4 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 165500
6 6 6 4 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 171500
7 14 7 3 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 96100
8 27 8 4 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 91500
9 12 9 4 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 117100
10 16 10 3 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 77100

11 7 1 14 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 916500
12 9 6 7 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 236650
13 10 3 8 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 439200
14 11 7 10 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 245800
15 20 15 3 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones 64500
16 15 1 12 SHADOWS Black Atlass 749000
17 31 17 2 MY OCTOBER SYMPHONY Pet Shop Boys 40900
18 5 5 9 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 224800
19 21 19 3 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 60000
20 23 20 3 NO PLACE Backstreet Boys 51750

21 13 1 9 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 593750
22 22 6 11 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 418800
23 17 7 12 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 416250
24 24 24 8 DREAM ON Aerosmith 106900
25 18 18 4 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Robbie Williams 72000
26 26 26 4 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 67300
27 29 27 2 HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING Lana Del Ray 36600
28 40 28 2 GIANT Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man 35300
29 37 29 4 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 52100
30 39 30 4 SIXTEEN Thomas Rhett 47900

31 38 31 3 REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade 48350
32 36 32 4 MAY LOVE TRAVEL WITH YOU Paul Weller 59400
33 NEW 33 1 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 17700
34 30 15 9 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 185350
35 54 35 4 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 39900
36 50 36 4 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 51700
37 72 37 2 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 22900
38 43 32 10 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 111800
39 46 39 4 COO COO COO Santigold 52250
40 44 40 4 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 44250

41 25 1 11 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 794500
42 19 7 7 DOES THE HOMOSAPIEN KNOW Abba vs Pete Shelley 227750
43 33 9 9 RISE Raaginder 213750
44 56 44 2 HELLO MY LOVE Westlife 23850
45 34 19 8 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 128350
46 63 46 3 PLAY Jax Jones & Years & Years 25150
47 35 4 14 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 495500
48 41 13 12 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 229200
49 28 28 10 OOH LA LA The Faces 118600
50 53 50 3 TRIP A LITTLE LIGHT FANTASTIC Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Blunt, Tarik Frimpong, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Nathaneal Saleh & Leeries 28650

51 32 8 9 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 237750
52 58 52 3 LONELY NIGHTS (ANGEL FACE) Captain & Tennille 29200
53 61 53 2 WITHOUT ME Halsey 18750
54 47 3 11 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 354100
55 64 55 3 I JUST WANT PEOPLE TO LIKE ME Robbie Williams 22900
56 62 56 4 NORMAL BOY Boyzone 29400
57 NEW 57 1 VOTE FOR ME The Specials 10400
58 NEW 58 1 STARTED OUT Georgia 10200
59 45 33 7 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Morrissey 86900
60 59 1 31 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2018100

61 69 61 3 HAPPY NOW Kygo featuring Sandro Cavazza 19300
62 48 37 9 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 114500
63 66 63 4 JAVELIN (CALLING OUT YOUR NAME) Adelphi Music Factory 27600
64 67 64 2 LONGSHOT Catfish & The Bottlemen 13700
65 65 65 3 EVERLASTING Take That 20000
66 55 4 15 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 418450
67 NEW 67 1 IN DREAMS Roy Orbison 6600
68 71 68 2 LOST IN THE FIRE Gesaffelstein & The Weeknd 12200
69 NEW 69 1 MY LOVE GOES ON James Morrison featuring Joss Stone 6200
70 75 70 2 DON’T THROW YOUR LOVE AWAY The Searchers 11000

71 NEW 71 1 DANCE MUSIC Bananarama 5800
72 NEW 72 1 SUCH A REMARKABLE DAY Charlotte Gainsbourg 5600
73 57 25 13 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 184200
74 NEW 74 1 LAND OF THE FREE The Killers 5200
75 NEW 75 1 PARTY FOR ONE Carly Rae Jepsen 5000

DROP OUTS
42 4 7 SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers 233750
49 18 5 WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME The Monkees 83150
51 10 9 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 222750
52 5 9 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 245100
60 28 6 TIMBUKTU Cassper Nyovest & Los Unidades (Coldplay) featuring Stormzy & Jess Kent 91900
68 30 10 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 138350
70 33 7 PUNK RIGHT NOW HYO & 3LAU 79550
73 8 13 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 282850
74 1 16 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 694750

 

 

13th January 2019

It’s a first week on top, and a first chart-topper for Chainsmokers, and also for Kelsea Ballerini. Having fallen short with all of their previous huge hits, they do with a track that is mysteriously not doing that well – I guess that Chainsmokers sound has been passed over now in favour of poppier stuff, which is a shame, cos it’s very good. Pet Shop Boys’ Jealousy (and also My October Symphony) charted last year in the UK albums on the revamp of Behaviour, and as neither version has previously charted, they do now that I’ve finally played the deluxe CD I bought then. This means Jealousy goes top 10 for the second time, the single orchestral version having previously done it in 1991, but never as high as the new peak of 3, one of their very first songs written in the early 80’s, it still sounds fab in concert.

The Love Affair never charted in 1968 for me – it was a few months too early for my charting starting – but it would very easily have been top 5, so better late than never! The new version of Wicked Games leaps into the 20, though she’s going to have to go some to top Chris Isaak’s 1990 chart-topper, and the Mary Poppins returns film intro shoots up to 16 cos it’s just fab. Tom Jones goes top 20 with that song for the 2nd time, Backstreet Boys get their biggest chart action since 2001 as No Place shoots into the 30, and highest new track comes from Lana Del Ray going all moody and interesting, just how I like her, at 29.

Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man do a collab that sounds good at 40, Westlife join the 90’s boybands clogging up my charts in a way I could never have predicted 20 years ago, with their first entry in 8 years and highest charting in a decade – not that they actually ever had that many chart high: 4 top 10’s and 2 other top 20’s is the current total, pretty much all the non-ballads. Halsey has finally entered my charts after slipping by me, despite being a huge worldwide hit, it has grown on me as I hear it here and there. Sam Smith is back, ditto The Weeknd, and sneaking in it’s The Seachers, a big band of the 60’s who just kept going and touring for 55 years while not ever troubling the singles chart beyond the 60’s, and only the occasional hits album package to keep them being noticed. Now they have finally called it a day and had anpther chart album to say goodvbye with – hits of course. When I was quite literally 6 years old and mad on pop chart hits and popstars, the record of theirs I was maddest on was Don’t Throw Your Love Away, a tuneful cover of an American Orlons B side. I loved, and still love, a good melody, as proven by spine-tingling swooning at some of Lloyd-Webber’s best in Phantom Of The Opera which I saw in London on saturday.

1 3 1 8 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 431000
2 1 1 6 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 910000
3 NEW 3 1 JEALOUSY (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 85000
4 2 2 7 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 506050
5 14 5 8 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 202800
6 8 6 3 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 116500
7 5 1 13 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 879500
8 9 8 3 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 105500
9 6 6 6 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 201650
10 4 3 7 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 407200

11 7 7 9 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 216800
12 16 12 3 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 72100
13 10 1 8 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 574000
14 39 14 2 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 46100
15 12 1 11 SHADOWS Black Atlass 724000
16 59 16 2 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 35100
17 13 7 11 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 397000
18 20 18 3 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Robbie Williams 53250
19 11 7 6 DOES THE HOMOSAPIEN KNOW Abba vs Pete Shelley 214000
20 35 20 2 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones 37500

21 23 21 2 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 39000
22 17 6 10 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 399300
23 47 23 2 NO PLACE Backstreet Boys 31750
24 27 24 7 DREAM ON Aerosmith 87900
25 21 1 10 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 780500
26 37 26 3 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 48800
27 34 27 3 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 43500
28 31 28 9 OOH LA LA The Faces 106500
29 NEW 29 1 HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING Lana Del Ray 18200
30 30 15 8 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 167750

31 NEW 31 1 MY OCTOBER SYMPHONY Pet Shop Boys 17900
32 29 8 8 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 226000
33 28 9 8 RISE Raaginder 200250
34 19 19 7 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 115350
35 22 4 13 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 483000
36 40 36 3 MAY LOVE TRAVEL WITH YOU Paul Weller 41600
37 60 37 3 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 33900
38 44 38 2 REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade 30450
39 62 39 3 SIXTEEN Thomas Rhett 29900
40 NEW 40 1 GIANT Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man 17000

41 24 13 11 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 216900
42 15 4 7 SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers 233750
43 32 32 9 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 94600
44 65 44 3 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 27250
45 33 33 6 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Morrissey 76800
46 50 46 3 COO COO COO Santigold 35150
47 38 3 10 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 343100
48 49 37 8 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 107100
49 18 18 5 WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME The Monkees 83150
50 52 50 3 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 34300

51 26 10 9 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 222750
52 25 5 9 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 245100
53 73 53 2 TRIP A LITTLE LIGHT FANTASTIC Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Blunt, Tarik Frimpong, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Nathaneal Saleh & Leeries 16650
54 71 54 3 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 22400
55 42 4 14 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 411650
56 NEW 56 1 HELLO MY LOVE Westlife 10600
57 41 25 12 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 178800
58 61 58 2 LONELY NIGHTS (ANGEL FACE) Captain & Tennille 17700
59 57 1 30 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2008100
60 36 28 6 TIMBUKTU Cassper Nyovest & Los Unidades (Coldplay) featuring Stormzy & Jess Kent 91900

61 NEW 61 1 WITHOUT ME Halsey 7500
62 68 62 3 NORMAL BOY Boyzone 18800
63 74 63 2 PLAY Jax Jones & Years & Years 12400
64 75 64 2 I JUST WANT PEOPLE TO LIKE ME Robbie Williams 12100
65 70 65 2 EVERLASTING Take That 13000
66 66 66 3 JAVELIN (CALLING OUT YOUR NAME) Adelphi Music Factory 20400
67 NEW 67 1 LONGSHOT Catfish & The Bottlemen 6600
68 43 30 10 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 138350
69 72 69 2 HAPPY NOW Kygo featuring Sandro Cavazza 11800
70 46 33 7 PUNK RIGHT NOW HYO & 3LAU 79550

71 NEW 71 1 LOST IN THE FIRE Gesaffelstein & The Weeknd 5800
72 NEW 72 1 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 5600
73 53 8 13 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 282850
74 58 1 16 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 694750
75 NEW 75 1 DON’T THROW YOUR LOVE AWAY The Searchers 5000

DROP OUTS
45 26 9 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 133700
48 29 9 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 122700
51 20 9 ALGORITHM Muse 149650
54 2 8 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 352050
55 55 6 PAPER DREAMS Jamie N Commons 45900
56 56 6 SPEECHLESS Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola 47100
63 38 7 SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee 90150
64 3 13 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 354900
67 2 16 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 613900
69 12 10 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 211500

 

 

 

6th January 2019

It’s a 6th total week on top for the Carpenters, as the new year brings fresh music, fresh climbs, and oldies dropping, xmas songs exiting again. Camelphat get a 2nd top 10, Alan Walker joins himself in the top 10, his 4th, and Albin Lee Meldau his first. Mercury Rev get a 4th top 20, Monkees an umpteenth, depending on how EP’s count, and Robbie gets yet another top 20 as he also brings in a low-key lead track off his fansite only 3rd album. What with Take That, Boyzone, Backstreet Boys, it’s quite the 90’s boyband theme.

Andy Burrows is the highest new entry, he’s previously topped my chart twice, once with Razorlight, once with I Am Arrows, and gone top 10 solo a few times too. Tom Jones did a flawless off-the-cuff vocal performance on The Voice, with the son of Lonnie Donegan, writer of I’ll Never Fall In Love Again, Tom’s fab 1967 hit ballad – and has sold loads on itunes as a result. So an excuse to make my charts for the 3rd time then, as I loved it when I was 9 years old and I wasn’t quite charting at the time, or else it would have been 4th time round. Other oldies in: lead vocalist of Marmalade Dean Ford died this week, sadly, so Reflections Of My Life is also back, their best record of many minor gems, and also the Captain (Daryl Dragon) of Captain & Tennille has died, so Neil Sedaka’s 1976 song top 5 hit for them (in my charts and the USA, but not the UK) is back in.

A Chris Isaac moody cover is in for RAIGN, Backstreet Boys get a swift 2nd entry on their latest comeback, and Mary Poppins Returns with the 2 best songs from the new fab movie. It’s underperforming at the box office and charts, but I see a future children’s classic there.

1 1 1 5 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 795000
2 2 2 6 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 441050
3 7 3 7 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 261000
4 3 3 6 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 365200
5 5 1 12 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 829500
6 8 6 5 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 156650
7 15 7 8 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 179800
8 43 8 2 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 61500
9 47 9 2 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 57500
10 6 1 7 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 542000

11 13 7 5 DOES THE HOMOSAPIEN KNOW Abba vs Pete Shelley 193000
12 9 1 10 SHADOWS Black Atlass 69700
13 11 7 10 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 374000
14 16 14 7 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 142800
15 4 4 6 SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers 220000
16 49 16 2 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 37100
17 10 6 9 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 379800
18 23 18 4 WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME The Monkees 71050
19 20 19 6 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 97750
20 53 20 2 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Robbie Williams 31250

21 17 1 9 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 761750
22 12 4 12 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 465500
23 NEW 23 1 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 19250
24 24 13 10 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 202900
25 14 5 8 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 233600
26 19 10 8 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 211000
27 34 27 6 DREAM ON Aerosmith 68900
28 22 9 7 RISE Raaginder 182550
29 18 8 7 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 208200
30 21 15 7 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 149750

31 40 31 8 OOH LA LA The Faces 88200
32 32 32 8 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 81100
33 35 33 5 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Morrissey 63800
34 61 34 2 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 25100
35 NEW 35 1 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones 17500
36 28 28 5 TIMBUKTU Cassper Nyovest & Los Unidades (Coldplay) featuring Stormzy & Jess Kent 81900
37 45 37 2 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 30300
38 27 3 9 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 330600
39 NEW 39 1 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 17100
40 63 40 2 MAY LOVE TRAVEL WITH YOU Paul Weller 24200

41 25 25 11 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 168400
42 31 4 13 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 400850
43 30 30 9 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 127950
44 NEW 44 1 REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade 13250
45 26 26 9 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 133700
46 33 33 6 PUNK RIGHT NOW HYO & 3LAU 73550
47 NEW 47 1 NO PLACE Backstreet Boys 12500
48 29 29 9 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 122700
49 37 37 7 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 94800
50 57 50 2 COO COO COO Santigold 22400

51 36 20 9 ALGORITHM Muse 149650
52 55 52 2 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 22300
53 41 8 12 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 277450
54 46 2 8 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 352050
55 58 55 6 PAPER DREAMS Jamie N Commons 45900
56 59 56 6 SPEECHLESS Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola 47100
57 56 1 29 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1998000
58 51 1 15 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 689550
59 NEW 59 1 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 10100
60 67 60 2 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 16600

61 NEW 61 1 LONELY NIGHTS (ANGEL FACE) Captain & Tennille 7500
62 73 62 2 SIXTEEN Thomas Rhett 12800
63 38 38 7 SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee 90150
64 42 3 13 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 354900
65 65 65 2 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 14000
66 66 66 2 JAVELIN (CALLING OUT YOUR NAME) Adelphi Music Factory 13600
67 64 2 16 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 613900
68 75 68 2 NORMAL BOY Boyzone 11400
69 48 12 10 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 211500
70 NEW 70 1 EVERLASTING Take That 6000

71 72 71 2 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 11400
72 NEW 72 1 HAPPY NOW Kygo featuring Sandro Cavazza 5600
73 NEW 73 1 TRIP A LITTLE LIGHT FANTASTIC Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Blunt, Tarik Frimpong, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Nathaneal Saleh & Leeries 5400
74 NEW 74 1 PLAY Jax Jones & Years & Years 5200
75 NEW 75 1 I JUST WANT PEOPLE TO LIKE ME Robbie Williams 5000

DROP OUTS
39 22 4 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 66400
44 25 10 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 150850
50 18 4 EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS Buzzcocks 71650
52 52 4 LOVE YOU MORE Buzzcocks 40600
54 54 5 TERE NAAL NACHNA Badshah & Sunanda Sharma 44300
60 45 7 TINTS Anderson .Paak featuring Kendrick Lamar 74050
62 35 3 A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh 31100
68 40 2 MARY’S BOY CHILD/OH MY LORD Boney M 23400
69 20 9 LOVE Boyzone 131350
70 46 7 HUFF + PUFF Just A Band 66750
71 53 6 HANDS UP Merk & Kremont featuring DNCE 52650
74 41 6 SAIL AWOLNATION 60100

My December 1986 Charts

2nd December 1986

2 weeks on top for Erasure, as Madonna’s True Blue album delivers the highest new entry at 6 with the fab Open Your Heart. The even-fabber La Isla Bonita is in my playlist as ineligible for my singles-only listings. She also replaces one of her own songs in the top 10 as Nick Kamen drops, and keeps her hot streak of top 10’s going. Bucks Fizz add to their long-list of top 10’s with a warm Christmassy ballad – or at least a cocoa-advert-ey ballad. Oran ‘Juice’ Jones gets another big leap into the 20, and big top 40 leapers include Cameo, Gregory Abbott, Genesis and Cliff & Elton. The late Jackie Wilson is reinvented in plasticine video form and makes fifties biggie Reet Petite about to become the oldest record to top the UK charts – but not mine.

Billy Ocean is big in 1986, so why not remix his first hit from 1976? In at 57, and the Motown-flavoured original still sounds better than most of his 80’s hits these days. Daryl Hall keeps the solo entries coming, also from the Class of ’76 debuts, while George Benson shivers a bit (Winter is here!) and a run of 11 chart years since Supership. Quo can beat that – 1973 they debuted in my charts, and now have 2 in the listings, how greedy! Of course Macca beats the lot of ’em, being as he debuted with The Beatles on top of my first retro charts in 1968 with Hey Jude, and is back with another Press To Play track.

1 ( 1 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
2 ( 2 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
3 ( 6 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
4 ( 4 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
5 ( 3 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
6 ( NEW ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
7 ( 8 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
8 ( 5 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
9 ( 11 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
10 ( 19 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz

11 ( 7 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
12 ( 9 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
13 ( 18 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
14 ( 10 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
15 ( 14 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
16 ( 12 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
17 ( 17 ) WE LOVE YOU OMD
18 ( 13 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
19 ( 40 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
20 ( 16 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles

21 ( 30 ) WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND Frankie Goes To Hollywood
22 ( 26 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
23 ( 51 ) CANDY Cameo
24 ( 15 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
25 ( 20 ) ARIZONA SKY China Crisis
26 ( 34 ) MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
27 ( 22 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
28 ( 29 ) ALL FALL DOWN Ultravox
29 ( NEW ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
30 ( 27 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo

31 ( 21 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
32 ( 41 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
33 ( 56 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
34 ( 35 ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet
35 ( 25 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
36 ( NEW ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
37 ( 53 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
38 ( 38 ) ANYTHING The Damned
39 ( 28 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
40 ( 69 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard

41 ( 32 ) HUMAN Human League
42 ( 24 ) EMOTION IN MOTION Ric Okasek
43 ( 33 ) DON’T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
44 ( 31 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
45 ( 60 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
46 ( 48 ) DON’T FORGET ME Glass Tiger
47 ( 23 ) WATERLOO Doctor & The Medics featuring Roy Wood
48 ( 44 ) TWO PEOPLE Tina Turner
49 ( 36 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
50 ( 71 ) IF I SAY YES Five Star

51 ( 49 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
52 ( 45 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
53 ( 61 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
54 ( 66 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
55 ( 50 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
56 ( 54 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( NEW ) LOVE REALLY HURTS WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) Billy Ocean
58 ( 59 ) YOU LOOK MARVELLOUS Billy Crystal
59 ( 42 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
60 ( NEW ) I WASN’T BORN YESTERDAY Daryl Hall

61 ( 37 ) SOUL LOVE/SOUL MAN Womack & Womack
62 ( 47 ) GHOSTDANCING Simple Minds
63 ( 67 ) YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU…DON’T YOU Howard Jones
64 ( 64 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
65 ( 62 ) CRY Godley & Creme
66 ( NEW ) SHIVER George Benson
67 ( 72 ) WAR Bruce Springsteen
68 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( NEW ) DREAMING Status Quo
70 ( 39 ) LOVE IS THE SLUG We’ve Got A Fuzzbox and We’re Gonna Use It

71 ( 73 ) I’M NOT PERFECT (BUT I’M PERFECT FOR YOU) Grace Jones
72 ( 43 ) WHEN THE WIND BLOWS David Bowie
73 ( 65 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
74 ( NEW ) ONLY LOVE REMAINS Paul McCartney
75 ( 70 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz

2nd Dec
PLAYIST OLDIES – all future chart-toppers in my charts in 1992, 1987, 2000’s respectively!

1 DANCING QUEEN Abba
2 LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
3 YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black

 

9th December 1986

It’s 3 weeks on top for Erasure as Madonna threatens her 3rd chart-topper in a row at 2, and the chart starts to feel a little festive with The Housemartins leaping up to 13 with the Isleys cover, The Ronettes topping my oldies playlist (had I charted oldies in those days that means it would have been invading my top 75), and Chris De Burgh’s 3rd good single entering at 74, a perennial of course these days that never quite got the chart positions you might think. His other 2 good ones are High On Emotion and Don’t Pay The Ferryman.

Europe go top 5, that’ll please Brexiteers aiming for The Final Countdown, while Communards leap right into the top 10 from 32 with one of their very best tracks, So Cold The Night. Gregory Abbot & Jackie Wilson have good leaps into the 20, that’ll be the 3rd time Jackie has done that with oldies starting with Higher & Higher in 1969, I Get The Sweetest feeling in 1972, both of them going top 30 in 1975 as a double A, and now Reet Petite posthumously triggering the same 2 to come back and hit even higher peaks in 1987!!

Highest new entry is a-ha crying wolf, another winner from Morten & the lads yet to put a foot wrong, at 32, as Rod the Mod enters with In My Life at 35 the touching John Lennon Beatles song. As is always the case with Rod covers, bar Oh No Not My Baby and Ooh La La, it’s not as good as the original. Paul Simon’s good Boy In The Bubble is in at 45, giving him 17 years of chart success, 2 more than Rod, and 7 more than Elkie Brooks who returns with her last very good hit, No More The Fool at 62.

1 ( 1 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
2 ( 6 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
3 ( 3 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
4 ( 13 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
5 ( 2 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
6 ( 19 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
7 ( 4 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
8 ( 5 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
9 ( 9 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
10 ( 32 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards

11 ( 10 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
12 ( 8 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
13 ( 45 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
14 ( 7 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
15 ( 33 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
16 ( 36 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
17 ( 12 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
18 ( 23 ) CANDY Cameo
19 ( 11 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
20 ( 21 ) WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND Frankie Goes To Hollywood

21 ( 26 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
22 ( 29 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
23 ( 37 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
24 ( 14 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
25 ( 18 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
26 ( 40 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard
27 ( 15 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
28 ( 16 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
29 ( 20 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
30 ( 38 ) ANYTHING The Damned

31 ( 17 ) WE LOVE YOU OMD
32 ( NEW ) CRY WOLF a-ha
33 ( 27 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
34 ( 22 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
35 ( NEW ) IN MY LIFE Rod Stewart
36 ( 30 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
37 ( 24 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
38 ( 31 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
39 ( RE ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
40 ( 44 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham

41 ( 41 ) HUMAN Human League
42 ( 54 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
43 ( 35 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
44 ( 53 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
45 ( NEW ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
46 ( 25 ) ARIZONA SKY China Crisis
47 ( 60 ) I WASN’T BORN YESTERDAY Daryl Hall
48 ( 39 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
49 ( 66 ) SHIVER George Benson
50 ( 50 ) IF I SAY YES Five Star

51 ( 28 ) ALL FALL DOWN Ultravox
52 ( 51 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
53 ( 43 ) DON’T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
54 ( 69 ) DREAMING Status Quo
55 ( 34 ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 57 ) LOVE REALLY HURTS WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) Billy Ocean
58 ( 74 ) ONLY LOVE REMAINS Paul McCartney
59 ( 52 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
60 ( 42 ) EMOTION IN MOTION Ric Okasek

61 ( 63 ) YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU…DON’T YOU Howard Jones
62 ( NEW ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
63 ( 71 ) I’M NOT PERFECT (BUT I’M PERFECT FOR YOU) Grace Jones
64 ( 64 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
65 ( 55 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
66 ( 67 ) WAR Bruce Springsteen
67 ( 65 ) CRY Godley & Creme
68 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( 48 ) TWO PEOPLE Tina Turner
70 ( 47 ) WATERLOO Doctor & The Medics featuring Roy Wood

71 ( 61 ) SOUL LOVE/SOUL MAN Womack & Womack
72 ( 49 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
73 ( 59 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
74 ( NEW ) A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh
75 ( 46 ) DON’T FORGET ME Glass Tiger

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 SLEIGH RIDE The Ronettes
2 BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
3 DREAM WEAVER Gary Wright

 

16th December 1986

It’s the hat-trick for Madonna, as Open Your Heart gives her 3 chart-toppers in a row, holding The Final Countdown at 2. Cameo get a 3rd top 10, Jackie Wilson ditto, and Genesis a 4th. Daryl Hall makes it solo top40 hits, and Human League does a turnabout and leaps into the 30 after looking perilously like it was heading for the lowest chart position of any track from them (ignoring reissues) since the EP in 1980 debuted and peaked outside the 40. Also Spirit Of ’80 debut acts The Gap Band return, as does chart-topping Dexy’s Midnight Runners now back with a TV theme tune, while 1980 chart-toppers The Pretenders are also back with the lovely Hymn To Her.

Bad Company return for the first time since the mid-70’s, minus vocalist Paul Rodgers, ex-Free lead singer, but some of the band still technically date back to 1970 Free-era, and Mott The Hoople 1972-era. Spitting Image return with a Xmas novelty song. Thankfully, no I don’t remember it either. I can’t imagine it’s worse than their appalling chart-topper. Quo are beside themsleves in the top 40, and Elkie Brooks keeps the 70’s blues rock vibe going just behind them. Meanwhile my oldies chart shows me obviously revisiting December 1971 reel-to-reel tapes, and opting for the rock tracks and ex-Godspell soul singers.

1 ( 2 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
2 ( 4 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
3 ( 1 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
4 ( 6 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
5 ( 18 ) CANDY Cameo
6 ( 3 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
7 ( 9 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
8 ( 16 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
9 ( 23 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
10 ( 10 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards

11 ( 7 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
12 ( 13 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
13 ( 15 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
14 ( 5 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
15 ( 8 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
16 ( 12 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
17 ( 21 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
18 ( 11 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
19 ( 32 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
20 ( 22 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine

21 ( 47 ) I WASN’T BORN YESTERDAY Daryl Hall
22 ( 26 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard
23 ( 14 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
24 ( 19 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
25 ( 17 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
26 ( 25 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
27 ( 72 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
28 ( 42 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
29 ( 45 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
30 ( 20 ) WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND Frankie Goes To Hollywood

31 ( 24 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
32 ( 39 ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
33 ( 35 ) IN MY LIFE Rod Stewart
34 ( 29 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
35 ( 40 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
36 ( 33 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
37 ( NEW ) THIS LOVE Bad Company
38 ( 36 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
39 ( 54 ) DREAMING Status Quo
40 ( 62 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks

41 ( 41 ) HUMAN Human League
42 ( 38 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
43 ( 44 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
44 ( 37 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
45 ( 28 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
46 ( NEW ) SANTA CLAUS IS ON THE DOLE Spitting Image
47 ( 49 ) SHIVER George Benson
48 ( 27 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
49 ( 61 ) YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU…DON’T YOU Howard Jones
50 ( 30 ) ANYTHING The Damned

51 ( 58 ) ONLY LOVE REMAINS Paul McCartney
52 ( 31 ) WE LOVE YOU OMD
53 ( 52 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
54 ( 34 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
55 ( NEW ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
56 ( 43 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
57 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
58 ( 71 ) SOUL LOVE/SOUL MAN Womack & Womack
59 ( 48 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
60 ( NEW ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders

61 ( 64 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
62 ( 46 ) ARIZONA SKY China Crisis
63 ( 50 ) IF I SAY YES Five Star
64 ( 59 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
65 ( NEW ) REAL WILD CHILD Iggy Pop
66 ( 53 ) DON’T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
67 ( 74 ) A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh
68 ( 67 ) CRY Godley & Creme
69 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
70 ( NEW ) BECAUSE OF YOU Dexy’s Midnight Runners

71 ( 55 ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet
72 ( 60 ) EMOTION IN MOTION Ric Okasek
73 ( NEW ) RADIO MUSICOLA Nik Kershaw
74 ( 65 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
75 ( NEW ) SOME PEOPLE Paul Young

Playlist oldies
1 FIREBALL Deep Purple
2 HOLD YOUR HEAD UP Argent
3 WHEN YOU GET RIGHT DOWN TO IT Ronnie Dyson

 

 

23rd December 1986

It’s straight in at 1 for recent Xmas classic Last Christmas, making it the 3rd xmas period in a row it had topped my chart – back in the day I was charting those not-so-old xmas faves year after year if they had made the UK charts at all (to qualify). Without that qualification my charts would have looked like the usual UK Xmas charts, chock full of the classic oldies. I did it first though, starting in Christmas 1974 and onwards, and yes the same songs that still chart. Shaky also charts for the second xmas in a row. Ahead of my time! That explains why I tend not to chart the same ones these days – been doing it for 44 years oops!

Eurythmics get another in a long line of top 10 singles, and Housemartins make it 2, as Jennifer Rush gets some recharting action in the UK singles chart, and thus mine too, a year on. Berlin come back with a good follow-up single that didn’t sell well in the real world, annoyingly, in at 28 and The Gap Band go top 30, and that Spitting Image Xmas song inexplicably climbs to 29. I’m guessing the video was amusing, as I still don’t recall it and can’t be bothered to youtube it.

Macca & The Pretenders keep the top 40’s coming, Paul McCartney making it 18 years and counting. Spoiler: he’s still making my charts 50 years on from Hey Jude. The Pointer Sisters return some 14 years on from first hearing of them (Yes We Can Can), Kool & The Gang keep the decade-long run of hits going blissfully unaware that House Music is about to end all that, Gary Moore is back again, ditto The Stranglers coming to a decade of charting, and James Brown makes his comeback last a bit longer. Not Sex Machine, but hey Get On Up…

1 ( NEW ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
2 ( 1 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
3 ( 5 ) CANDY Cameo
4 ( 4 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
5 ( 8 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
6 ( 3 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
7 ( 10 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
8 ( 9 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
9 ( 17 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
10 ( 12 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins

11 ( 2 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
12 ( 20 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
13 ( 7 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
14 ( 6 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
15 ( 19 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
16 ( 13 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
17 ( 11 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
18 ( 21 ) I WASN’T BORN YESTERDAY Daryl Hall
19 ( 28 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
20 ( 18 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz

21 ( 16 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
22 ( 22 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard
23 ( NEW ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
24 ( 37 ) THIS LOVE Bad Company
25 ( 14 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
26 ( 29 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
27 ( 15 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
28 ( NEW ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
29 ( 46 ) SANTA CLAUS IS ON THE DOLE Spitting Image
30 ( 55 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band

31 ( 40 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
32 ( 43 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
33 ( 33 ) IN MY LIFE Rod Stewart
34 ( 27 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
35 ( 26 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
36 ( 39 ) DREAMING Status Quo
37 ( 24 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
38 ( 23 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
39 ( 51 ) ONLY LOVE REMAINS Paul McCartney
40 ( 60 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders

41 ( 41 ) HUMAN Human League
42 ( 36 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
43 ( 71 ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet
44 ( 25 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
45 ( 31 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
46 ( 42 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
47 ( 38 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
48 ( 34 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
49 ( 65 ) REAL WILD CHILD Iggy Pop
50 ( 67 ) A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh

51 ( 35 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
52 ( 53 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
53 ( 58 ) SOUL LOVE/SOUL MAN Womack & Womack
54 ( 44 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
55 ( 32 ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
56 ( 61 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
57 ( 57 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
58 ( 30 ) WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND Frankie Goes To Hollywood
59 ( 45 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
60 ( 73 ) RADIO MUSICOLA Nik Kershaw

61 ( 56 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
62 ( NEW ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens
63 ( 47 ) SHIVER George Benson
64 ( 59 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
65 ( NEW ) YOU CAN DANCE Go Go Lorenzo
66 ( 70 ) BECAUSE OF YOU Dexy’s Midnight Runners
67 ( NEW ) GOLDMINE The Pointer Sisters
68 ( 69 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( 68 ) CRY Godley & Creme
70 ( 64 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star

71 ( NEW ) VICTORY Kool & The Gang
72 ( NEW ) OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY Gary Moore
73 ( 48 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
74 ( NEW ) HOW DO YOU STOP James Brown
75 ( NEW ) BIG IN AMERICA The Stranglers

Playlist Oldies
1 GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
2 IF IT WASN’T FOR THE NIGHTS Abba
3 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate

 

 

30th December 1986

It’s the final chart of 1986 and Madonna is back up on top for a second week on top. Notably Shaky & Chris De Burgh’s christmas classics scraped into the 40 for me, and A Spaceman Came Travelling has peaked higher this christmas in 2018 in my charts than back in the day, while Merry Christmas Everyone was getting a second bite of christmas chart action in a row. Cameo reach a new career chart peak of 2 with Candy, and Gregoray Abbott gets his only moment in the top 10.

Elkie Brooks goes top 20 for the first time in 3 years, 9 years after her first time, Bad Company for the first time in 11 years with This Love, snuggling up to Is This Love, Alison Moyet’s climbing hit. To which the answer from those who hounded her off twitter in 2018 for asking people to be nice to women and listen and support their needs is a resounding “no”. Paul Simon makes it 2 top 20’s in a row for the first time in about 13 years, Elton & Cliff also add to their extensive run of top 20’s, 1971 and 1968 respectively, with a song no-one remembers but which was quite pleasant.

Iggy Pop gets his first ever top 40, 13 years later than one might have expected, but got there in the end. Highest new entry is Eric Clapton’s cover of his bandmate’s non-hit, Behind The Mask was big in my charts for Greg Philinganes, and Eric’s version was pedestrian to my ears, but fine to anyone who hadn’t heard the superior original. Latin Quarter return with a 3rd song, Barclay James Harvest adapt to the end of Prog Rock by charting in the 80’s after stiffing in the 70’s, Vesta Williams has a decent dance song, Go West don’t cover Cyndi, this song has an extra “u”, Lionel Richie tries a ballerina, presumably dancing on the ceiling, and Sheena pops in with a Christmas record no-one has ever heard, except those that have seen Santa Claus: The Movie. As I’ve not heard it in 32 years I can’t comment whether that is fair or not…until I just played it. So 80’s, so dreary. I liked Sheena. The only reason it charted!

1 ( 2 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
2 ( 3 ) CANDY Cameo
3 ( 1 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
4 ( 5 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
5 ( 7 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
6 ( 4 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
7 ( 9 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
8 ( 6 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
9 ( 10 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
10 ( 16 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott

11 ( 8 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
12 ( 11 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
13 ( 12 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
14 ( 15 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
15 ( 31 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
16 ( 19 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
17 ( 24 ) THIS LOVE Bad Company
18 ( 13 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
19 ( 26 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
20 ( 22 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard

21 ( 21 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
22 ( 17 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
23 ( 14 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
24 ( 23 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
25 ( 28 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
26 ( 29 ) SANTA CLAUS IS ON THE DOLE Spitting Image
27 ( 30 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
28 ( 20 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
29 ( 32 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
30 ( 39 ) ONLY LOVE REMAINS Paul McCartney

31 ( 18 ) I WASN’T BORN YESTERDAY Daryl Hall
32 ( 33 ) IN MY LIFE Rod Stewart
33 ( 49 ) REAL WILD CHILD Iggy Pop
34 ( 40 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders
35 ( 27 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
36 ( 36 ) DREAMING Status Quo
37 ( 62 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens
38 ( 35 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
39 ( 25 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
40 ( 50 ) A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh

41 ( 41 ) HUMAN Human League
42 ( 42 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
43 ( 38 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
44 ( 51 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
45 ( 37 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
46 ( 46 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
47 ( NEW ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
48 ( 45 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
49 ( 48 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
50 ( 56 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers

51 ( 34 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
52 ( 52 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
53 ( 44 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
54 ( 47 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
55 ( 65 ) YOU CAN DANCE Go Go Lorenzo
56 ( 57 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 60 ) RADIO MUSICOLA Nik Kershaw
58 ( 54 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
59 ( 53 ) SOUL LOVE/SOUL MAN Womack & Womack
60 ( 75 ) BIG IN AMERICA The Stranglers

61 ( NEW ) NO ROPE AS LONG AS TIME Latin Quarter
62 ( 55 ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
63 ( 67 ) GOLDMINE The Pointer Sisters
64 ( 43 ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet
65 ( 72 ) OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY Gary Moore
66 ( 66 ) BECAUSE OF YOU Dexy’s Midnight Runners
67 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
68 ( NEW ) HE SAID LOVE Barclay james Harvest
69 ( 71 ) VICTORY Kool & The Gang
70 ( 64 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders

71 ( NEW ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
72 ( 70 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
73 ( NEW ) TRUE COLOURS Go West
74 ( NEW ) BALLERINA Lionel Richie
75 ( NEW ) CHRISTMAS ALL OVER THE WORLD Sheena Easton

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 LIFE’S TOO SHORT Rescue Company No.1
2 CAN’T LET YOU GO Barry Ryan
3 IT’S TOO LATE Carole King