My 2004 Charts – Sept to Dec

Gran Canaria 2004

Gran Canaria 2004

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SEPTEMBER 2004

The 60’s oldies continue to dominate my chart, R Dean Taylor grabbing another 3 weeks on top, which leaves Morrissey peaking at 3 and denied a 3-week run on top, and Jojo, who declares “Leave (Get Out)” also at 3 as she is also denied a chart-topper for the same reason. Happily, Robbie Williams is a bit more assertive as he tunes his Radio in at 1, his 9th number one (or 11th including Take That) and a good pop romp.

Kanye West peaks at 4 with the record of the month, the one that really SHOULD have been a number one, while Duran Duran have a proper comeback (again) reaching up for the Sunrise at 6, 23 years on from Planet Earth. That’s nowt though, Brian Wilson, genius of the Beach Boys hits 5 with a new solo track Soul Searching, his first actual new Top 5 material err, ever, cos the Brian Wilson Beach Boys tracks pre-date my charts. Yikes!

I Monster get a top 10 entry with Hey Missus, always was partial to them, while The Killers get a proper hit with All These Things That I’ve Done, which reminded me a bit of Queen as I heard it on the radio passing through Bath at the time. 12 is under-rating, though, due to oldies, it really should be Top 3. Alison Krauss, the woman that convinced me country music had a heart again, bluegrasses her way to 7, ain’t she the Lucky One!

Rocketing to 18 it’s Jamie Scott. Just. Actually not just Jamie Scott, it’s the start of a pretty big career. Who he? The man behind future number 2 (in my charts) Annie You Save Me (as Graffiti6), and the man behind hits for Enrique (Heartbeat), Matt Cardle (Loving You), The Vamps (Wild Heart), and most of One Direction’s Midnight Memories album.

5th Sept 2004

THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE/ GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor 1 1 1 2
IT’S OVER Roy Orbison 2 2 2 3
WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKENHEARTED/FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin 3 11 19 21
FIRST OF THE GANG TO DIE Morrissey 4 3 13 19
SAND IN MY SHOES Dido 5 5 15 25
JESUS WALKS Kanye West 6 4 9 8
WAR Edwin Starr 7 7 18 33
LEAVE (GET OUT) Jojo 8 6 3 4
SICK AND TIRED Anastacia 9 13 26 34
THESE WORDS Natasha Bedingfield 10 19 34 46

REAL TO ME Brian McFadden 11 22 25 35
LOLA’S THEME Shapeshifters 12 16 16 16
BABY LOVE/ WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO The Supremes 13 25 41 53
FREE Beth Nielsen Chapman 14 14 14 12
MAKING MUSIC Chungking 15 10 11 11
(REACH UP FOR THE ) SUNRISE Duran Duran 16 9 6 10
DANCING IN THE STREET/ FORGET ME NOT Martha Reeves & The Vandellas 17 17 4 22
IS IT COS I’M COOL? Mousse T/ Emma Lanford 18 18 22 13
IS MAKING A LITTLE LOVE OUT OF THE QUESTION Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 19 31 58
TEARS OF A CLOWN/ TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 20 8 45

WALK AWAY RENEE/ I CAN’T HELP MYSELF The Four Tops 21 21 21 9
FRIDAY’S CHILD Will Young 22 28 49 51
WHATEVER I CHOOSE I LOSE Fried 23 34
PUT ‘EM HIGH Stonebridge/ Therese 24 24 20 15
EVERYTIME Britney Spears 25 35 52 73
SHINING Kristian Leontiou 26 26 31 42
SOUL SEARCHING Brian Wilson 27 20 5 5
HELP YOURSELF Amy Winehouse 28 23 17 23
YESTER-ME YESTER-YOU YESTERDAY/ UPTIGHT Stevie Wonder 29 29 29 26
BEDSHAPED Keane 30 49 59

REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE/ BERNADETTE The Four Tops 31 43 44 45
LET ME KISS YOU/ ANYWAY YOU CAN Nancy Sinatra & Morrissey 32 55 35 31
LAURA Scissor Sisters 33 33 36 36
WON’T GIVE IN The Finn Brothers 34 62
I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield 35 36 38 41
ANGEL CITY Helicopter Girl 36 50 61
SHE WILL BE LOVED Maroon 5 37 54 62
I WANT YOU BACK/ DOCTOR MY EYES Jackson 5 38 32 63
RADIO Robbie Williams 39 39 8 1
OPEN ROAD Bryan Adams 40 38 23 20

YOU KEEP ME HANGIN ON The Supremes 41 41 42 43
THIS OLD HEART OF MINE/ BEHIND THE PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers 42 42 43 52
HOLD ME NOW Polyphonic Spree 43 61
DON’T WALK AWAY Javine 44
CRY Kealer 45
SPITTING GAMES Snow Patrol 46
PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE/ CLOUD 9 The Temptations 47 47 47 38
WONDERFUL LAND The Shadows 48 53 56 56
HEY MISSUS I Monster 49 44 10 6
MY GIRL/ AIN’T TOO PROUD TO BEG The Temptations 50

DIFFERENT DRUM Linda Ronstadt/Stone Ponies 51 52 55 55
DROGOSTEA DIN TEI O-Zone 52 65
THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO Busted 53 66
FLY Matt Goss 54 15 32 44
CHOCOLATE Kylie Minogue 55
MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens 56 59 64
I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE/WHAT’S GOING ON Marvin Gaye 57 57 57 50
UP AND DOWN Scent 58
GRAVITY Embrace 59 48 28 17
I’M STILL WAITING/ TOUCH ME IN THE MORNING Diana Ross 60 60 60 54

LSF Kasabian 61 45 40 61
BEST OF MY LOVE Javine 62
NEHEMIAH Hope Of The States 63
MARY Scissor Sisters 64 51 51 40
LONG TRAIN RUNNING Doobie Brothers 65
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO COREY HAIM? The Thrills 66 46 46 64
GEORGIA ON MY MIND Ray Charles 67 67
WE ARE Ana Johnsson 68
WISHING ON A STAR Paul Weller 69 68 54 30
ALL THESE THINGS THAT I’VE DONE The Killers 70 12 12 28

THIS ONE’S FOR YOU Ed Harcourt 71
LEAVING NEW YORK REM 72 64 39 39
CAUGHT IN A MOMENT Sugababes 73 72
YEAH Usher/L’il Jon/ Ludacris 74
DUMB The 411 75 75

12th Sept new entries

LUCKY ONE Alison Krauss/ Union Station 27 7 7
GET UP STAND UP Stellar Project/ Brandi Emma 30 30 14
LIVIN THING The Beautiful South 37 37 47
MOVE…NOW Mark B/ Tommy Evans 40 24 24
LOVE MACHINE Girls Aloud 56 48 32
MOMMA’S CRY Loretta Lynn 58 53 37
YOU REALLY GOT ME The Kinks 63 33
WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE/ PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Marvelettes 69
YOU HAD ME Joss Stone 70
I WANNA THANK YOU Angie Stone/Snoop Dogg 71
I WANT MORE Faithless 73 67
SUNSHINE Twista 74 68 68

19th Sept 2004

JUST Jamie Scott 27 18
INTO THE FIRE Thirteen Senses 50 29
I LIKE THAT Houston 65 57
LET’S WORK IT OUT Raghav/ Jahaziel 66 49
YOU SHOULD REALLY KNOW The Pirates/ Enya/ Shola Ama/ Naila Boss/ Ishani 67 27
MY MY MY Armand Van Helden 69 48
NATURE BOY Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 70
MORE MORE MORE Rachel Stevens 71 58
MY PLACE Nelly 72 65
FREEDOM FIGHTERS The Music 73
ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN The Finn Brothers 74 74
EVERYTHING I’VE GOT IN MY POCKET Minnie Driver 75

26th Sept 2004

VELOCITY U2 59
SLOW HANDS Interpol 60
LOVE THEM HO’S Eamon/ Ghostface 62
WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney 63
YOU’LL COME ‘ROUND Status Quo 66
PERSONAL JESUS Marilyn Manson 69
IN FRANCE THEY KISS ON MAIN STREET Joni Mitchell 70
PIECES OF ME Ashlee Simpson 71
BREEZE ON BY Donny Osmond 72
CALL ON ME Eric Prydz/ Steve Winwood 75

October 2004

More oldies chart-toppers of previously uncharted tracks, courtesy album-chart compilations: The Four Tops classic version of Walk Away Renee from 1967 featuring the voice of one of the greatest singers of all-time, Levi Stubbs just breaks my heart when he sings, and John Denver’s 1975 ode to undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau, Calypso, both terrific singles. That leaves only one 2004 track from Embrace, Gravity on top. Other biggies come from Jojo, I Monster, U2, Gwen Stefani, The Beautiful South covering ELO, Scissor Sisters and Girls Aloud, but most are overshadowed somewhat by the Motown double-A-side reissue campaign which continues to dominate the chart and pushes the new stuff down a few places lower than they ought to be.

me 2004

me 2004

3rd October chart

WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops 1 2 2 2 4
GRAVITY Embrace 2 1 1 4 7
RADIO Robbie Williams 3 3 3 3 8
IT’S OVER Roy Orbison 4 4 4 11 11
THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE/ GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor 5 6 11 13 13
HEY MISSUS I Monster 6 5 14 21 28
LEAVE (GET OUT) Jojo 7 7 7 17 36
SOUL SEARCHING Brian Wilson 8 13 23 33 33
MAKING MUSIC Chungking 9 9 9 18 22
JESUS WALKS Kanye West 10 11 17 25 38

FREE Beth Nielsen Chapman 11 23 33 49 53
IS IT COS I’M COOL? Mousse T/ Emma Lanford 12 10 27 44
LUCKY ONE Alison Krauss/ Union Station 13 15 24 42 30
YOU SHOULD REALLY KNOW The Pirates/ Enya/ Shola Ama/ Naila Boss/ Ishani 14 14 30 36 37
PUT ‘EM HIGH Stonebridge/ Therese 15 27 38 30 44
JUST Jamie Scott 16 16 21 26 34
OPEN ROAD Bryan Adams 17 31 52
LOVE MACHINE Girls Aloud 18 18 18 10 29
INTO THE FIRE Thirteen Senses 19 19 29 37 42
(REACH UP FOR THE ) SUNRISE Duran Duran 20 17 15 28 43

GET UP STAND UP Stellar Project/ Brandi Emma 21 32 37 47 62
LOLA’S THEME Shapeshifters 22 22 22 22 27
FIRST OF THE GANG TO DIE Morrissey 23 26 34 38 40
WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKENHEARTED/FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin 24 24 25 31 31
HAPPY PEOPLE R Kelly 25 21 13 12 10
YESTER-ME YESTER-YOU YESTERDAY/ UPTIGHT Stevie Wonder 26 12 12 7 24
WONDERFUL Brian Wilson 27 20 26 35 35
DANCING IN THE STREET/ FORGET ME NOT Martha Reeves & The Vandellas 28 43 56
WE ALL STAND TOGETHER/ TROPIC ISLAND HUM Paul McCartney 29 53 73
WISHING ON A STAR Paul Weller 30 54

LET ME KISS YOU/ ANYWAY YOU CAN Nancy Sinatra & Morrissey 31 25 19 19 21
HELP YOURSELF Amy Winehouse 32 44 64
VERTIGO U2 33 8 8 16 25
THIS IS THE WORLD WE LIVE IN Alcazar 34 34 44 14 23
MARY Scissor Sisters 35 30 5 5 14
BREEZE ON BY Donny Osmond 36 36 36 43 20
MOVE…NOW Mark B/ Tommy Evans 37 56
PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE/ CLOUD 9 The Temptations 38 37 35 8 32
LEAVING NEW YORK REM 39 60
LAURA Scissor Sisters 40 42 42 45 47

I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield 41 41 41 41 41
SAND IN MY SHOES Dido 42 49 49 63
LOVE THEM HO’S Eamon/ Ghostface 43 35 54 62
YOU KEEP ME HANGIN ON The Supremes 44 45 45 48 49
REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE/ BERNADETTE The Four Tops 45 46 47 51 51
ALL THESE THINGS THAT I’VE DONE The Killers 46 67
REAL TO ME Brian McFadden 47 52 57 72
SICK AND TIRED Anastacia 48 51 51 56 58
MORE MORE MORE Rachel Stevens 49 47 40 53
I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE/WHAT’S GOING ON Marvin Gaye 50 40 31 27 2

SHINING Kristian Leontiou 51
FLY Matt Goss 52 64
WAR Edwin Starr 53
I’M STILL WAITING/ TOUCH ME IN THE MORNING Diana Ross 54 50 46 46 3
MOMMA’S CRY Loretta Lynn 55
MY MY MY Armand Van Helden 56
DIFFERENT DRUM Linda Ronstadt/Stone Ponies 57 59 59 59 60
ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN The Finn Brothers 58 58 58
WONDERFUL LAND The Shadows 59 61 61 61 61
SLOW HANDS Interpol 60 69

THESE WORDS Natasha Bedingfield 61
THIS OLD HEART OF MINE/ BEHIND THE PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers 62 73
WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO/ BABY LOVE The Supremes 63 48 48 52 52
FRIDAY’S CHILD Will Young 64
MY PLACE/FLAP YOUR WINGS Nelly 65 65 63
YOU’LL COME ‘ROUND Status Quo 66
I WANT MORE Faithless 67
PERSONAL JESUS Marilyn Manson 68 38 16 23 39
AFRODISIAC Brandy 69 63 32 32 48
IN FRANCE THEY KISS ON MAIN STREET Joni Mitchell 70 57 53 34

PIECES OF ME Ashlee Simpson 71 55 55 70
THE RIGHT WAY Peter Andre 72
LET’S WORK IT OUT Raghav/ Jahaziel 73
MY PREROGATIVE Britney Spears 74 74 72 68 56
CAR WASH Christina Aguilera/ Missy Elliott 75 75 65 65

10th October new entries

WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 28 28 24 5
1985″ Bowling For Soup 29 20 20 26
LIVIN THING The Beautiful South 33 6 6 6
EVERYTHING I’VE GOT IN MY POCKET Minnie Driver 39 43 55 55
JUST LOSE IT Eminem 62 62 50 46
WALK INTO THE SUN Dirty Vegas 66 66
THE LOVE OF RICHARD NIXON Manic Street Preachers 68 65 60 19
YOU HAD ME Joss Stone 70 67
I HOPE YOU DANCE Ronan Keating 71 71 66
I SEE YOU BABY Groove Armada 72

17th OCTOBER new entries

TITS ON THE RADIO Scissor Sisters 10 15 15
LET ME KISS YOU Morrissey 39 29 17
MILLIONAIRE Kelis/ Andre 3000 50 40 16
PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 60 57 50
WHATEVER U WANT Christina Milian/ Joe Budden 68 54
WALKING IN THE SUN Travis 69 39 18
WHAT YOU’RE MADE OF Lucie Silvas 70 67
FREE Estelle 74 73
ALL THAT I’M ALLOWED Elton John 75 58 45

24th October new entries

CALYPSO John Denver 1 1
BULERIA David Bisbal 9 9
FLASHDANCE Deep Dish 64 64
LOSE MY BREATH Destiny’s Child 69 63
MAKE IT HOT Vs 71
PROCESSED BEATS Kasabian 74 72
VOLARE (NEL BLU DIPINTO DI BLU) Dean Martin 75 67

31st October new entries

I BELIEVE IN YOU Kylie Minogue 12
NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU The Finn Brothers 54
A PITCHER TO GO Loretta Lynn 57
ENJOY THE SILENCE 04 Depeche Mode 59
RIOT RADIO The Dead 60’s 66
YOURS FATALLY Big Brovaz 68
STILL PRETENDING Tiff Merritt 69
FRENCH KISSES Jentina 70
I GO CRAZY (DO YOU KNOW) Angel City 71
STOP/DJ Jamelia 73
KEEP WHAT YOU GOT Ian Brown/ Noel Gallagher 74
THEY DON’T GIVE A f*** Super Furry Animals 75

me again 2004

me again 2004


NOVEMBER 2004

Gwen Stefani hit the top spot, going where No Doubt couldn’t quite, with the fabulous What You Waiting For. She just keeps Kylie off yet another chart-topper as her Scissor Sisters track I Believe In You settles for 2 before both tracks are shoved aside by my 1969 Number One anthem, the 3rd single I ever bought (in Singapore) Something In The Air by Thunderclap Newman. Once upon a time very famous, it needs another boost for new generations. Tyler James, friend of Amy Winehouse, gets a top 10 debut hit, as Jamie Scott (future One Direction hit songwriter) falls.

Hard to believe, but R Kelly is in the top 5 again, seems to be in there for Autumn every 5 years going back to 1994. Happy People, apparently. Kelis and Andre 3000 have a millionaire at 9, Morrissey does what he did for Nancy Sinatra, and takes Let Me Kiss You into the top 10, and Dannii Minogue gets one of her periodic dance hits, this time with Flower Power at 5 helping You Won’t Forget About Me peak. Scissor Sisters also pop back at 3 with an album track that’s better than almost all of the official singles, the gorgeous It Can’t Come Quickly Enough.

7th November chart

WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 1 2 2 2
I BELIEVE IN YOU Kylie Minogue 2 3 4 5
SOMETHING IN THE AIR Thunderclap Newman 3 1 1 1
CALYPSO John Denver 4 11 21 27
WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops 5 10 13 13
HAPPY PEOPLE R Kelly 6 4 8 11
GRAVITY Embrace 7 13 15 17
RADIO Robbie Williams 8 8 11 18
MILLIONAIRE Kelis/ Andre 3000 9 9 14 19
LET ME KISS YOU Morrissey 10 18 23 35

IT’S OVER Roy Orbison 11 12 12 12
LIVIN THING The Beautiful South 12 17 19 22
THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE/ GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor 13 16 16 16
BULERIA David Bisbal 14 23 36 36
TITS ON THE RADIO Scissor Sisters 15 15 43
STOLEN Jay Sean 16 7 5 8
YOU WON’T FORGET ABOUT ME Dannii Minogue vs Flower Power 17 5 6 9
WALKING IN THE SUN Travis 18 26 38 38
MARY Scissor Sisters 19 27 27 34
ENJOY THE SILENCE 04 Depeche Mode 20 6 3 6

LET ME KISS YOU/ BOSSMAN Nancy Sinatra & Morrissey 21 28 39 51
LOLA’S THEME Shapeshifters 22 22 22 25
I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE/WHAT’S GOING ON Marvin Gaye 23 32 32 33
MAKING MUSIC Chungking 24 24 37 43
VERTIGO U2 25 25 25 20
THE LOVE OF RICHARD NIXON Manic Street Preachers 26 35 70
THIS IS THE WORLD WE LIVE IN Alcazar 27 38 65
HEY MISSUS I Monster 28 36 56 68
BREEZE ON BY Donny Osmond 29 51
LUCKY ONE Alison Krauss/ Union Station 30 30 61

WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKENHEARTED/FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin 31 31 33 37
PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 32 21 7 4
SOUL SEARCHING Brian Wilson 33 33 45 62
1985″ Bowling For Soup 34 44 9 7
CINNAMON GIRL Prince 35 29 29 28
LEAVE (GET OUT) Jojo 36 40 42 45
JUST LOSE IT Eminem 37 37 26 26
JESUS WALKS Kanye West 38 48 48 54
ALL THAT I’M ALLOWED Elton John 39 39 52 61
FIRST OF THE GANG TO DIE Morrissey 40 45 51 53

I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield 41 41 41 41
WONDERFUL Brian Wilson 42
JUST Jamie Scott 43 43 62
YESTER-ME YESTER-YOU YESTERDAY/ UPTIGHT Stevie Wonder 44
YOU SHOULD REALLY KNOW The Pirates/ Enya/ Shola Ama/ Naila Boss/ Ishani 45 57
I’M STILL WAITING Diana Ross 46
RIDE IT Geri Halliwell 47 47 46 46
AFRODISIAC Brandy 48 64
YOU KEEP ME HANGIN ON The Supremes 49 49 47 32
LOSE MY BREATH Destiny’s Child 50 20 18 15

LAURA Scissor Sisters 51 56 72
WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO/ BABY LOVE The Supremes 52 52 35 31
REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE/ BERNADETTE The Four Tops 53 53 53 52
NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU The Finn Brothers 54 19 17 21
LOVE MACHINE Girls Aloud 55
MY PREROGATIVE Britney Spears 56 34 28 39
A PITCHER TO GO Loretta Lynn 57
PERSONAL JESUS Marilyn Manson 58
RIOT RADIO The Dead 60’s 59
DIFFERENT DRUM Linda Ronstadt/Stone Ponies 60 60 60 60

SICK AND TIRED Anastacia 61
WONDERFUL LAND The Shadows 62 62 64 64
YOURS FATALLY Big Brovaz 63
VOLARE (NEL BLU DIPINTO DI BLU) Dean Martin 64 42 20 57
FRENCH KISSES Jentina 65
FREE Beth Nielsen Chapman 66
FREE Estelle 67
STILL PRETENDING Tiff Merritt 68 68
THIS FIRE Franz Ferdinand 69 69 69 69
OLD HABITS DIE HARD Mick Jagger/ Dave Stewart 70 70

STOP/DJ Jamelia 71 50 30 30
PROCESSED BEATS Kasabian 72
I’LL STAND BY YOU Girls Aloud 73 73 54 40
FREAKIN’ OUT Graham Coxon 74 59
THIS IS THE LAST TIME Keane 75

14th November new entries

WHY DO I DO? Tyler James 14 10 10
DON’T WORRY BABY Beach Boys 46 31 14
CURTAIN FALLS Blue 54 34 23
FLASHDANCE Deep Dish 55 55 55
CAR WASH Christina Aguilera/ Missy Elliott 58
SUNNY AFTERNOON Kinks 61 44 44
DESERT DRIVE Brian Wilson 63 63 42
WALKIE TALKIE MAN Steriogram 65 24 24
BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS Green Day 66 49 49
NOTHING HURTS LIKE LOVE Daniel Bedingfield 67 67 63
WONDERFUL Ja Rule/ R Kelly/ Ashanti 71 57 48
OPEN ARMS Tina Turner 72
BRIDGING THE GAP Nas/ Olu Dara 74
THE BLOWERS DAUGHTER Damien Rice 75

21st November new entries

THINKING OF YOU Paul Weller 40 29
DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid 20 50 50
IF THERE’S ANY JUSTICE Lemar 58 58
BURNIN’ DOWN THE SPARK Nancy Sinatra 59 47
LIKE TOY SOLDIERS Eminem 66 66
UNWRITTEN Natasha Bedingfield 68 65
PUMP IT UP Danzel 71 67
BABY IT’S YOU Jo Jo 73 70
WELCOME TO MY TRUTH Anastacia 74 74
RIGHT TO BE WRONG Joss Stone 75 73

28th November new entries

IT CAN’T COME QUICKLY ENOUGH Scissor Sisters 3
LET’S GET IT STARTED Black Eyed Peas 56
YE MI CANTO N.O.R.E. 59
SHE WILL BE LOVED Maroon 5 71
MY BOO Usher/ Alicia Keys 72
NOBODY’S HOME Avril Lavigne 75

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My 2004 Charts – May to August

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May 2004

Another bad month this year as my grandad died suddenly on Bank Holiday Saturday night while I was in London. My parents had driven up to Mansfield to stay with grandma by the time I got home. I went up the following weekend and as I’d already booked a holiday for the middle of May, with a friend who wouldn’t have gone on his own, grandma told me to go rather then the funeral, and instead I went to the memorial service the week after. Didn’t stop me feeling bad though.

That’s why I was again opting for oldies in my charts again, Elton John’s non-UK hit from 1970, the soaring gospel gorgeous Border Song, and The Shadows best record, the lovely Wonderful Land instrumental, the oldest recording to top my chart to that date at 42 years. Finally, the Supremes 60’s classic You Keep Me Hangin’ On topped the chart at the end of the month for the second time (the 80’s was the last time) and their 4th re-issued topper (the Diana Ross line-up) or 5th (for the Mary Wilson line-up). Other oldies from Lou Read (remixed) and Abba (30th anniversary re-issue of Waterloo) join them in the top 10.

Current songs that unfairly got knocked further down the chart: The Rasmus, Sarah McLachlan, Anastacia (2 weeks at 3 with Left Outside Alone, and would otherwise have had a number one), Goldfrapp’s Strict Machine at 9, Usher’s Yeah (at 4), Maroon 5’s This Love at 8, Christina Milian’s Dip It Low with a 3-week run at 4, Jet’s fabulous Are You Gonna Be My Girl (peaked at 2, would have topped the chart), Scissor Sisters Laura (at 7). At least all the oldies kept Lostprophets out of my Top 40, with their least-bad record. They were consistently crap, and it turns out one of them was morally far worse than any of their records.

2nd May Chart

BORDER SONG Elton John 1 7 14 21 21
IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Agnetha Faltskog 2 3 7 14 18
I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield 3 2 2 9 11
DON’T LEAVE HOME Dido 4 11 24 29 33
IN THE SHADOWS The Rasmus 5 5 13 13 13
FALLEN Sarah McLachlan 6 6 11 23 32
LEFT OUTSIDE ALONE Anastacia 7 13 3 3 8
TOXIC Britney Spears 8 17 12 12 16
STRICT MACHINE Goldfrapp 9 9 15 27 28
YEAH Usher/L’il Jon/ Ludacris 10 4 6 11 14

TAKE YOUR MAMA Scissor Sisters 11 16 26 35 44
THIS LOVE Maroon 5 12 12 8 8 12
MATINEE Franz Ferdinand 13 10 16 26 37
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY Ennio Morricone 14 38 56
LONG BLACK VEIL The Stranglers 15 24 27 40 52
f*** IT (I DON’T WANT YOU BACK) Eamon 16 14 10 22 27
NEARER THAN HEAVEN The Delays 17 25 38 43 43
AMAZING George Michael 18 31 41 54 58
YOU WILL BE MY AIN TRUE LOVE Alison Krauss 19 19 19 25 25
NOT IN LOVE Enrique Iglesias/ Kelis 20 26 34 47 56

HOME Simply Red 21 41 45 45 47
SATURDAY NIGHT Bay City Rollers 22 22 22 15 10
THIS DAY The Sleepy Jackson 23 46
HEARTBEAT ACCELERATING Linda Ronstadt 24 32 40 44 49
FLAMBOYANT Pet Shop Boys 25 42 46 59 69
DIP IT LOW Christina Milian 26 8 4 4 4
EVERYBODY’S CHANGING Keane 27 20 20 20 20
TAKE ME OUT Franz Ferdinand 28 28 32 32 35
COMFORTABLY NUMB Scissor Sisters 29 29 31 39 39
LAST TO KNOW Pink 30 21 18 34 51

SINGLE Natasha Bedingfield 31 23 23 19 22
DIFFERENT DRUM Linda Ronstadt/Stone Ponies 32 36 36 36 36
MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens 33 35 35 38 38
JUST A LITTLE WHILE Janet Jackson 34 34 51
STRAIGHT AHEAD Tube & Berger/ Chrissie Hynde 35 44 21 33 41
SOMEONE LIKE ME Atomic Kitten 36 48 48 41 29
RELEASE ME Engelbert Humperdinck 37 37 28 28 23
I LIKE IT Narcotic Thrust 38 30 30 30 48
ORPHEUS Ash 39 27 17 24 26
REPTILIA The Strokes 40 43 25 31 42

LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Jet 41 50 58 72
FOUR TO THE FLOOR Starsailor 42 51 54 68 70
LONESOME Shelby Lynne 43 63
TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu 44 47 47 52 53
FLAWLESS (GO TO THE CITY) George Michael 45 45 33 17 17
SUPER DUPER LOVE Joss Stone 46 33 29 18 15
IF I AIN’T GOT YOU Alicia Keys 47 67
LOVE WILL COME THROUGH Travis 48 65
SUNRISE Norah Jones 49 70 70
THE MEANING OF LOVE Michelle 50 68

HEY YA Outkast 51 61 53 65 65
DISTANT DRUMS Jim Reeves 52 62 62 62 62
MY BAND D12/ Eminem 53 53 44 56
THE WAY YOU MOVE Outkast/ Sleepy Brown 54 54 63
HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART? The Bee Gees 55 58 61 63 67
YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 56 57 57 58 59
CHOCOLATE Snow Patrol 57 39 39 53
SHE WANTS TO MOVE NERD 58 55
COME CLEAN Hilary Duff 59 52 52 67
WALK ON BY Dionne Warwick 60 60 60 60 60

CALL OFF THE SEARCH Katie Melua 61
FOR LOVERS Wolfman/ Pete Doherty 62
SAY SOMETHING ANYWAY Bellefire 63 71
YOU’RE GONE Marillion 64 64 64 64
RIDE WIT U Joe/ G-Unit 65 56 43 51
REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes 66 66 66 66
CREEPIN’ IN Norah Jones/ Dolly Parton 67
MUSICOLOGY Prince 68 59 59
AERODYNAMIC Kraftwerk 69 69 69
IT’S MY LIFE No Doubt 70

NAUGHTY GIRL Beyonce 71 40 42 61
LOVE IS ONLY A FEELING The Darkness 72
I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney 73 74 74 74 74
AIR HOSTESS Busted 74 73 55 55 55
HOLD ON TO OUR LOVE James Fox 75 75 75 73

9th May New Entries

WONDERFUL LAND The Shadows 1 1 1 2
ARE YOU GONNA BE MY GIRL Jet 15 5 2 5
LAURA Scissor Sisters 18 9 7 7
BLOWIN’ ME UP JC Chasez 49 49 49 61
SATELLITE Oceanlab 72 72

16th May New Entries

HAPPY JACK The Who 37 37 31
SHUT UP Black Eyed Peas 50 42 57
SHE’S SO HIGH Kurt Nilsen 65 10 9
KISS OF LIFE Supergrass 67 48 34
SUNNY Boogie Pimps 68 50 45
STOLEN CAR Sting 71 71
LAST THING ON MY MIND Ronan Keating/ LeAnn Rimes 73 57 40

23rd May New Entries

SATELLITE OF LOVE (REMIX) Lou Reid 5 3
WATERLOO Abba 6 24
STORY OF MY LIFE Kristian Leontiou 16 6
WAKE UP (MAKE A MOVE) Lostprophets 46 46
DING DONG SONG Gunther & the Sunshine Girls 69 64
IRISH BLOOD ENGLISH HEART Morrissey 70 30
STAY THE SAME Gabrielle 75

30th May New Entries

YOU KEEP ME HANGIN ON The Supremes 1
MAGIC Nick Drake 19
I DON’T WANNA KNOW Mario Winans/ Enya/ P Diddy 50
OUR LIVES The Calling 54
ROSES Outkast 63
BURN Usher 66
TRICK ME Kelis 68
SUMMER SUNSHINE The Corrs 71
FIT BUT YOU KNOW IT The Streets 72
THE LETTER PJ Harvey 73
DON’T TELL ME Avril Lavigne 75

JUNE 2004

Number Ones this month: a Motown classic from The Supremes at long last tops my chart, I’d known it since I was a nought but a kiddie, and it’s a great record, still the definitive version. Then the danced-up version of Lou Reed’s Satellite Of Love gets to the top 30 years on since I first went a bit mad on the original (but which didn’t qualify to chart oddly). Finally, Will Young gets a chart-topper, his one and only, and it’s none of his famous ones, it’s the delicate Friday’s Child which did the trick. Subtle and lovely.

Bad news for Christina Milian who gets stuck at 3 for most of the month with the good Dip It Low, and Scissor Sisters Laura which peaks at 4. George Michael is Flawless at 8, 22 years into his career, and the very late uncharted great Nick Drake gets a top 20 Magic hit. Natashe Bedingfield gets another Top 10 Single, and Britney’s Number 1 follow-up, the sublime haunting Everything is at 5.

The Divine Comedy get yet another Top 10 hit (in my charts, at least) with their Absent Friends, and Helicopter Girl also flies up to 9 with Angel City. In at 4 from nowhere, though, it’s Polyphonic Spree and Hold Me Now, never as big as it deserved. One of the most unlikely duets? Nancy Sinatra and Morrissey, he even gave away a great song for her new fab album, Let Me Kiss You. The Streets Dry Your Eyes mate, at 14, and that song used in a recent jail parody amusing mini-movie (Drogostea Din Tei) yodels in at 16 just ahead of Bowie’s last material for a decade, Rebel Never gets Old, and sneaking in it’s Pharrell, Maybe, N.E.R.D.

6th July Chart

YOU KEEP ME HANGIN ON The Supremes 1 6 6 7
WONDERFUL LAND The Shadows 2 7 7 11
SATELLITE OF LOVE (REMIX) Lou Reed 3 1 2 2
DIP IT LOW Christina Milian 4 3 3 3
ALLTOGETHERNOW 2004 The Farm 5 5 15 22
FRIDAY’S CHILD Will Young 6 2 1 1
LAURA Scissor Sisters 7 4 8 6
STORY OF MY LIFE Kristian Leontiou 8 8 20 32
YOU WILL BE MY AIN TRUE LOVE Alison Krauss 9 19 31 47
ARE YOU GONNA BE MY GIRL Jet 10 18 23 23

I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield 11 11 11 12
LEFT OUTSIDE ALONE Anastacia 12 20 27 33
FLAWLESS (GO TO THE CITY) George Michael 13 13 13 8
YEAH Usher/L’il Jon/ Ludacris 14 14 18 18
SUPER DUPER LOVE Joss Stone 15 15 17 21
THIS LOVE Maroon 5 16 22 28 35
SHE’S SO HIGH Kurt Nilsen 17 17 21 25
IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Agnetha Faltskog 18 21 25 31
MAGIC Nick Drake 19 12 12 19
RELEASE ME Engelbert Humperdinck 20 28 51

IN THE SHADOWS The Rasmus 21 16 22 24
SINGLE Natasha Bedingfield 22 10 16 17
LAST TO KNOW Pink 23 23 35
TOXIC Britney Spears 24 32 36 46
IRISH BLOOD ENGLISH HEART Morrissey 25 24 24 44
BORDER SONG Elton John 26 31 32 43
HAPPY JACK The Who 27 41
STRICT MACHINE Goldfrapp 28 53 49
ORPHEUS Ash 29 52
I LIKE IT Narcotic Thrust 30 25 42

SATURDAY NIGHT Bay City Rollers 31
FALLEN Sarah McLachlan 32 47
DON’T LEAVE HOME Dido 33 48 55
KISS OF LIFE Supergrass 34 44
SURFING ON A ROCKET Air 35 62
DIFFERENT DRUM Linda Ronstadt/Stone Ponies 36 37 37 41
CINNAMON GIRL Prince 37 51
MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens 38 39 39 42
TAKE ME OUT Franz Ferdinand 39 49 53 55
LAST THING ON MY MIND Ronan Keating/ LeAnn Rimes 40 35 47

EVERYBODY’S CHANGING Keane 41 34 44 71
COMFORTABLY NUMB Scissor Sisters 42 42 45 48
NEARER THAN HEAVEN The Delays 43 33 43 51
f*** IT (I DON’T WANT YOU BACK) Eamon 44
WATERLOO Abba 45
REPTILIA The Strokes 46 55 65 65
STRAIGHT AHEAD Tube & Berger/ Chrissie Hynde 47 56 66
SATELLITE Oceanlab 48 43 63
SURRENDER Lasgo 49 65
I DON’T WANNA KNOW Mario Winans/ Enya/ P Diddy 50 36 62

TAKE YOUR MAMA Scissor Sisters 51 64
LONG BLACK VEIL The Stranglers 52 27 41 53
SOMEONE LIKE ME Atomic Kitten 53
OUR LIVES The Calling 54
EVERYTHING Britney Spears 55 9 5 5
WASH IN THE RAIN The Bees 56 45
ROSES Outkast 57 54 54 27
TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu 58 58 60 63
YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 59 59 59 62
TRICK ME Kelis 60 60 34 34

WALK ON BY Dionne Warwick 61 61 61 61
WAKE UP (MAKE A MOVE) Lostprophets 62
DISTANT DRUMS Jim Reeves 63 63 64 64
DING DONG SONG Gunther & the Sunshine Girls 64
MATINEE Franz Ferdinand 65
SUNNY Boogie Pimps 66
HEARTBEAT ACCELERATING Linda Ronstadt 67
COME AS YOU ARE Beverley Knight 68 29 29 20
FLAMBOYANT Pet Shop Boys 69
THIS DAY The Sleepy Jackson 70 46 46

AMAZING George Michael 71
HEY YA Outkast 72
ON MY KNEES The 411/ Ghostface Killa 73 72 72
CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ Bobby Womack 74 68 40 40
99 PROBLEMS Jay-Z 75

13th June New Entries

CRICKETS SING FOR ANA-MARIA Emma Bunton 26 26 26
WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM Agnetha Faltskog 30 10 10
WORLD ON FIRE Sarah McLachlan 38 33 28
CHOCOLATE Kylie Minogue 40 19 15
ABSENT FRIENDS The Divine Comedy 50 14 9
LOVE COMES AGAIN Tiesto/ BT 57 57 57
EVERYBODY’S FOOL Evanescence 66 30 30
OBVIOUSLY McFly 67 67 67
BUBBLIN’ Blue 69 69 69
NEVER FELT LIKE THIS BEFORE Shaznay Lewis 70 70 60
ANGEL CITY Helicopter Girl 71 9 13
SING FOR ABSOLUTION Muse 73
LAST DROP Kevin Lyttle 74 56 56
TALK ABOUT OUR LOVE Brandy/ Kanye West 75 RE 59

20th June new entries

HOLD ME NOW Polyphonic Spree 4 4
LET ME KISS YOU Nancy Sinatra & Morrissey 38 38
DRY YOUR EYES The Streets 48 14
ALL NITE (DON’T STOP) Janet Jackson 49 45
PUSHIN’ ME OUT D-Side 50 58
LOLA’S THEME Shapeshifters 52 52
MASS DESTRUCTION Faithless 58 36
IN & OUT Speedway 68
NOW WE ARE FREE Gladiator/ Izzy 71
TAKE MY HAND Jurgen Vries 73
MISREAD Kings Of Convenience 74
CH-CHECK IT OUT Beastie Boys 75 73

27th June new entries

DROGOSTEA DIN TEI O-Zone 16
REBEL NEVER GETS OLD David Bowie 29
SOME GIRLS Rachel Stevens 37
BEST OF MY LOVE Javine 39
WALK IDIOT WALK The Hives 50
GOLDEN TOUCH Razorlight 54
LIGHT IN YOUR EYES Sheryl Crow 66
CANNONBALL Damien Rice 68
FORCA Nelly Furtado 70
TOUCH ME (ALL NIGHT LONG) Angel City 72
I LOVE U CAUSE I HAVE TO Dogs Die In Hot Cars 74
MAYBE N.E.R.D. 75

JULY 2004

Britney gets her 4th and final Number One with the gorgeous Everytime, though Will Young’s gorgeous Friday’s Child pops back up again too before Anastacia’s Sick And Tired goes one higher than I’m Outta Love to give her a chart-topper. Hmmm. All gay icons on top…..

Kylie gets to 9 with some Chocolate, 16 years of hits, while Nancy & Morrissey go top 10 for 33 years and 21 years of hits each. That’s over half a century! But that’s not all, Nancy Sinatra is also back with Lee Hazelwood 33 years since their last new duet charted, with the whimsical Is making A Little Love Out Of The Question. Morrissey’s also back with his best single in a decade, First Of The Gang To Die at 26.

Shaznay Lewis, meanwhile, brings another Top 10 for ex-All Saints acts, and Shapeshifter’s excellent Lola’s Theme sits at 2.

4th July Charts

EVERYTIME Britney Spears 1 2 5 3
FRIDAY’S CHILD Will Young 2 1 4 4
SATELLITE OF LOVE (REMIX) Lou Reed 3 3 3 5
HOLD ME NOW Polyphonic Spree 4 4 6 6
DIP IT LOW Christina Milian 5 8 12 20
SICK AND TIRED Anastacia 6 5 1 1
DROGOSTEA DIN TEI O-Zone 7 7 17 23
FLAWLESS (GO TO THE CITY) George Michael 8 11 15 15
ABSENT FRIENDS The Divine Comedy 9 9 19 22
YOU KEEP ME HANGIN ON The Supremes 10 10 11 11

LAURA Scissor Sisters 11 16 16 19
I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield 12 12 13 13
ANGEL CITY Helicopter Girl 13 13 14 14
WONDERFUL LAND The Shadows 14 21 23 27
CHOCOLATE Kylie Minogue 15 15 9 21
WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM Agnetha Faltskog 16 25 31 31
BEST OF MY LOVE Javine 17 17 26 12
LET ME KISS YOU/ ANYWAY YOU CAN Nancy Sinatra & Morrissey 18 18 18 8
NEVER FELT LIKE THIS BEFORE Shaznay Lewis 19 14 8 7
CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ Bobby Womack 20 24 32 52

LOLA’S THEME Shapeshifters 21 6 2 2
CRICKETS SING FOR ANA-MARIA Emma Bunton 22 32 49 49
ROSES Outkast 23 22 27 35
SOME GIRLS Rachel Stevens 24 19 10 10
YEAH Usher/L’il Jon/ Ludacris 25 33 35 48
SINGLE Natasha Bedingfield 26 34 53
ARE YOU GONNA BE MY GIRL Jet 27 38 34 34
WORLD ON FIRE Sarah McLachlan 28 28 40 40
REBEL NEVER GETS OLD David Bowie 29 29 39
IS MAKING A LITTLE LOVE OUT OF THE QUESTION Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 30 30 30 18

MAGIC Nick Drake 31 44 54
DRY YOUR EYES The Streets 32 43 43 57
COME AS YOU ARE Beverley Knight 33 36 44 56
IN THE SHADOWS The Rasmus 34 51 57 71
ALL RIGHT NOW Lemonescent 35 35 29 42
LEFT OUTSIDE ALONE Anastacia 36 52 60 61
THIS LOVE Maroon 5 37 37 37 39
IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Agnetha Faltskog 38 46 52 60
PUSHIN’ ME OUT D-Side 39 54 63
WALK IDIOT WALK The Hives 40 40 36 46

DIFFERENT DRUM Linda Ronstadt/Stone Ponies 41 41 41 41
MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens 42 42 42 43
BORDER SONG Elton John 43 45 45 45
ALLTOGETHERNOW 2004 The Farm 44
SHE’S SO HIGH Kurt Nilsen 45 69
STORY OF MY LIFE Kristian Leontiou 46 55 72
TRICK ME Kelis 47 47 47 58
GOLDEN TOUCH Razorlight 48 48 64
MASS DESTRUCTION Faithless 49 56
FORCA Nelly Furtado 50 50 50 38

SUPER DUPER LOVE Joss Stone 51 66
EVERYBODY’S FOOL Evanescence 52 72
PUSH UP Freestylers 53 53 46 64
COMFORTABLY NUMB Scissor Sisters 54 59 59 68
TOXIC Britney Spears 55 64 73 74
STRICT MACHINE Goldfrapp 56
ALL NITE (DON’T STOP) Janet Jackson 57 57
OBVIOUSLY McFly 58 70 58
TALK ABOUT OUR LOVE Brandy/ Kanye West 59 26 20 16
BUBBLIN’ Blue 60 58 38 33

WALK ON BY Dionne Warwick 61 61 61 62
YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 62 62 62 63
WHEN YOU GET OUT OF JAIL Fried 63 63
TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu 64 65 65 67
I LOVE U CAUSE I HAVE TO Dogs Die In Hot Cars 65 27 25 32
LET’S GET IT STARTED Black Eyed Peas 66 31 22 25
BLOOD SWEAT AND TEARS V 67 67 67
MAYBE N.E.R.D. 68 60 48 53
WITH YOU Jessica Simpson 69 68 68
INSANIA Peter Andre 70

WILD BOYS Phixx 71
TOUCH ME (ALL NIGHT LONG) Angel City 72 71 71
BOOKS Belle & Sebastian 73
WOO HOO The 5678’s 74 73 69 59
THE BOTTLE Paul Weller 75

11th July new entries

THAT’S ALRIGHT MAMA Elvis Presley 20 7 9
GOOD LUCK Basement Jaxx/ Lisa Kekaula 23 21 17
LAST DROP Kevin Lyttle 39 51 51
THE SHOW Girls Aloud 49 33 30
WHAT AM I TO YOU? Norah Jones 74 74 65
CALIFORNIA Lenny Kravitz 75

18th July new entries

GEORGIA ON MY MIND Ray Charles 24 24
LONG TRAIN RUNNING Doobie Brothers 28 28
SEE IT IN A BOY’S EYES Jamelia 55 55
THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO Busted 56 36
CANNONBALL Damien Rice 66
HAPPY Max Sedgley 70
THE REASON Hoobastank 75

25th July new entries

FIRST OF THE GANG TO DIE Morrissey 26
SPITTING GAMES Snow Patrol 29
CRY Kealer 37
BEYOND THE SEA Bobby Darin 44
IN & OUT Speedway 47
HOW ‘BOUT I LOVE YOU MORE Mull Historical Society 50
ACCIDENTALLY IN LOVE Counting Crows 54
CALL U SEXY Vs 66
DON’T HURT YOURSELF Marillion 69
ONE PERFECT SUNRISE Orbital 70
WON’T GIVE IN The Finn Brothers 72
TIPSY J-Kwon 73
THESE WORDS Natasha Bedingfield 75

AUGUST 2004

A Motown double-sided reissue campaign dominates my charts this month, knocking off Anastacia, who’s mighty Sick And Tired of it – but I don’t care, that BRILLIANT Isley Brothers pair of classics, This Old Heart Of Mine and Behind A Painted Smile get a 3rd chart run, from the 60’s, 1976 (when they hit the top together) and returning to Number 1 23 years later. Smile needs to be heard LOUD in a club, so exciting. Bung in 2 Four Tops classics at 3, Jimmy Ruffin at 8, Temptations at 15, Smokey Robinson at 25, Stevie Wonder 29, Edwin Starr at 12, Martha Reeves at 17, The Supremes at 3, and most of all, the Northern Soul double-pairing R. Dean Taylor classics There’s A Ghost In My House and Gotta See Jane, both returning to the top spot 30 years on, even though they were 60’s tracks and R. Dean was white, they hit the spot.

Yet more oldies, though, as the Big O gets an instant hits album number one, as the timeless It’s Over grabs 2 weeks on top 44 years late. If you ever want a break-up record to express how miserable you feel – play this loudly and cry along with it. Awesome! All these oldies, of course, mean contemporary records suffer much lower chart peaks, sadly, but there’s still plenty to mention:

Nancy Sinatra is back with Morrissey at 8, on his Let Me Kiss You, so good he released his own version after nancy unfairly didn’t get that comeback hit she deserved – this was her first new material to chart in an incredible 28 years. Morrissey, to double the unfairness of it all, would have had his first chart-topper with his best record in a decade, First Of The Gang To Die, first track off his terrif album, just as Nancy’s was off her terrif album. 4’s not bad, but what a pity, as he’s yet to top my chart. Nancy, meanwhile, is back with Lee Hazelwood on the album, and at 16 in my chart, cos he did all her classic records, bar one.

Natasha Bedingfield has These Words at 10, and shockingly Brian McFadden gets to 3 with the forgotten Real To Me, and that’s higher than any Westlife record. Dido’s Sand In My Shoes is ingrained (ouch!) at 5, it’s a great catchy pop track, while Maroon 5 meander in the 30’s. My advice is do a duet with Christina Aguilera! Straight in at 7, it’s the brilliant Jesus Walks, Kanye West at his best, and I’m shocked to see Kasabian at 45. Crikey is it really 10 years they’ve been having hits! Wow!

2nd August chart

THIS OLD HEART OF MINE/ BEHIND THE PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers 1 4 9 20 33
SICK AND TIRED Anastacia 2 2 3 5 6
REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE/ BERNADETTE The Four Tops 3 3 6 13 21
LOLA’S THEME Shapeshifters 4 5 5 6 11
GEORGIA ON MY MIND Ray Charles 5 9 22 43 56
EVERYTIME Britney Spears 6 12 13 14 18
FRIDAY’S CHILD Will Young 7 11 11 11 14
LET ME KISS YOU/ ANYWAY YOU CAN Nancy Sinatra & Morrissey 8 8 14 16 20
BEST OF MY LOVE Javine 9 21 29 52 62
FIRST OF THE GANG TO DIE Morrissey 10 10 7 4 4

HOLD ME NOW Polyphonic Spree 11 16 21 27 43
NEVER FELT LIKE THIS BEFORE Shaznay Lewis 12 22 32 59
TALK ABOUT OUR LOVE Brandy/ Kanye West 13 27 39 49 64
ANGEL CITY Helicopter Girl 14 14 18 25 36
YOU KEEP ME HANGIN ON The Supremes 15 26 41 41 41
IS MAKING A LITTLE LOVE OUT OF THE QUESTION Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 16 15 15 15 19
FLAWLESS (GO TO THE CITY) George Michael 17 17 17 21 39
DROGOSTEA DIN TEI O-Zone 18 18 26 33 49
LAURA Scissor Sisters 19 19 19 22 27
SOME GIRLS Rachel Stevens 20 31 37 46 63

I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield 21 24 31 32 34
ABSENT FRIENDS The Divine Comedy 22 34 48 57 65
CHOCOLATE Kylie Minogue 23 23 23 28 44
SPITTING GAMES Snow Patrol 24 20 20 18 31
THAT’S ALRIGHT MAMA Elvis Presley 25 42 52
WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKENHEARTED/FAREWELL IS A LONELY SOUND Jimmy Ruffin 26 13 10 8 8
SATELLITE OF LOVE (REMIX) Lou Reed 27 45 45 51 61
LONG TRAIN RUNNING Doobie Brothers 28 6 8 31 53
LET’S GET IT STARTED Black Eyed Peas 29 46 54 69
ACCIDENTALLY IN LOVE Counting Crows 30 30 30 55

DIP IT LOW Christina Milian 31 50 50 56 60
BUBBLIN’ Blue 32 32 42 65
CRY Kealer 33 29 24 24 24
THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO Busted 34 36 36 61 67
MY GIRL/ AIN’T TOO PROUD TO BEG The Temptations 35 35 34 30 15
THE SHOW Girls Aloud 36 51 59 70
I LOVE YOU ‘CAUSE I HAVE TO Dogs Die In Hot Cars 37 43 62
FORCA Nelly Furtado 38 62
TEARS OF A CLOWN/ TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 39 37 33 29 25
WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM Agnetha Faltskog 40 55 66

WONDERFUL LAND The Shadows 41 41 44 44 47
DIFFERENT DRUM Linda Ronstadt/Stone Ponies 42 44 46 48 51
GOOD LUCK Basement Jaxx/ Lisa Kekaula 43 47 49
BEYOND THE SEA Bobby Darin 44 64
ARE YOU GONNA BE MY GIRL Jet 45 58 64 75
MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens 46 49 51 53 55
IN & OUT Speedway 47 70
THESE WORDS Natasha Bedingfield 48 28 16 10 10
THIS LOVE Maroon 5 49 59 72 72 72
HOW ‘BOUT I LOVE YOU MORE Mull Historical Society 50 40 53 67

BORDER SONG Elton John 51 53 61
ROSES Outkast 52
ALL RIGHT NOW Lemonescent 53 63
YEAH Usher/L’il Jon/ Ludacris 54 65 69 74 74
LAST DROP Kevin Lyttle 55
CRICKETS SING FOR ANA-MARIA Emma Bunton 56
WORLD ON FIRE Sarah McLachlan 57 39 47 47 57
TRICK ME Kelis 58 65
DON’T HURT YOURSELF Marillion 59 38 43 62
IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Agnetha Faltskog 60 61

LEFT OUTSIDE ALONE Anastacia 61 69
DRY YOUR EYES The Streets 62
SEE IT IN A BOY’S EYES Jamelia 63 57 57 66
WALK IDIOT WALK The Hives 64
CALL U SEXY Vs 65
WOO HOO The 5678’s 66 54 71
MAYBE N.E.R.D. 67
COMFORTABLY NUMB Scissor Sisters 68 72
1980″ Estelle 69 60 58 54 58
ONE PERFECT SUNRISE Orbital 70

TIPSY J-Kwon 71
WON’T GIVE IN The Finn Brothers 72 56 56 26 26
END OF THE WORLD The Cure 73 73
STARCROSSED Ash 74 68 68
FLY Matt Goss 75 25 25 35 54

8th August new entries

THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE/ GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor 1 2 2 1
REAL TO ME Brian McFadden 7 4 3 9
DANCING IN THE STREET/ FORGET ME NOT Martha Reeves & The Vandellas 33 27 19 17
BABY LOVE/ WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO The Supremes 48 12 9 3
LEAVE (GET OUT) Jojo 52 28 23 13
CANNONBALL Damien Rice 66 63
LOVE WON’T LET YOU DOWN Swing Out Sister 67 67
SHINING Kristian Leontiou 71 60 58 35
LOVE IS GONNA GET YA Macy Gray 74
DON’T WALK AWAY Javine 75 55 39 28

15th August new entries

IT’S OVER Roy Orbison 1 1 2
SAND IN MY SHOES Dido 35 17 5
SHE WILL BE LOVED Maroon 5 38 37 37
IS IT COS I’M COOL? Mousse T/ Emma Lanford 40 40 30
WHATEVER I CHOOSE I LOSE Fried 70 50 23
BEDSHAPED Keane 73 73 38
GET UP STAND UP Stellar Project/ Brandi Emma 74 68
SUNSHINE Duran Duran 75 60 22

22nd August new entries

JESUS WALKS Kanye West 7 7
WAR Edwin Starr 12 12
HELP YOURSELF Amy Winehouse 34 42
YESTER-ME YESTER-YOU YESTERDAY/ UPTIGHT Stevie Wonder 36 29
UP AND DOWN Scent 38 48
WALK AWAY RENEE/ I CAN’T HELP MYSELF The Four Tops 42 32
LSF Kasabian 45 45
PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE/ CLOUD 9 The Temptations 63 59
I WANT YOU BACK/ DOCTOR MY EYES Jackson 5 64 50
MORE MORE MORE Rachel Stevens 71 71

29th August new entries

FREE Beth Nielsen Chapman 16
PUT ‘EM HIGH Stonebridge/ Therese 40
OPEN ROAD Bryan Adams 46
NEHEMIAH Hope Of The States 52
I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE/WHAT’S GOING ON Marvin Gaye 66
WE ARE Ana Johnsson 68
MICHAEL Franz Ferdinand 69
WISHING ON A STAR Paul Weller 70
LEAVING NEW YORK REM 73
HOW COME D12/ Eminem 75

MY 2004 Charts – January to April

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Me in Gran Canaria 2004, a little too heavy on the facial decs:)

JANUARY 2004 CHARTS

Back to the old monthly format for the 2000’s as I’m getting behind as february approaches (the weekly charts take much longer to sort). Dance still rules, fairly obviously as Nelly Furtado’s fab banjo dance continues at the top into the new year, with basement Jaxx and that amazing Lisa Kekaula vocal takes over at the end of the month. Simon & Garfunkel’s 60’s classic interrupts at the top, Paul Simon wrote it on a dull British railway station (points for naming it…) it certainly made me homesick for America – and I’d never been there (just grew up with it on TV).

Jay-Z, Kylie and R Kelly in the Top 10 (is this my 2014 chart!?), look at that Pink Floyd dance cover rocket up to 3 (Scissor Sisters debut hit) and new band Franz Ferdinand with a new classic rock hit – hooray! Rock is back! Highest new entry of the month is Sugababes at 11. Who’da thought it!? Quiz-time, the title is clearly wrong (I think) so what’s the real title Sugababe fans?

No personal chit chat this time as it was a year of family tragedy and loss in Feb and May and it sort of wiped out a lot of stuff in my mind.

4th Jan chart
weekly chart positions for January follow the track)

POWERLESS (SAY WHAT YOU WANT) Nelly Furtado 1 3 3 5
DIFFERENT DRUM Linda Ronstadt/Stone Ponies 2 4 4 4
GOOD LUCK Basement Jaxx/ Lisa Kekaula 3 2 2 1
TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu 4 5 5 14
CHOCOLATE Kylie Minogue 5 10 17 27
MIRACLES Pet Shop Boys 6 9 9 16
CHANGES Kelly & Ozzy Osbourne 7 7 12 19
INSTANT KARMA John & Yoko/ Plastic Ono Band 8 16 24 28
I’LL SEE IT THROUGH Texas 9 20 31 51
CHANGE CLOTHES Jay-Z 10 18 26 43

MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens 11 11 11 13
CAN’T DO RIGHT FOR DOING WRONG Erin Rocha 12 8 8 8
YOU DON’T KNOW MY NAME Alicia Keys 13 24 19 26
SUPERSTAR Jamelia 14 13 13 15
HEY YA Outkast 15 15 15 17
STEP IN THE NAME OF LOVE/ THOIA THONG R Kelly 16 6 6 18
SAND IN MY SHOES Dido 17 17 22 39
IT’S MY LIFE No Doubt 18 30 33 46
CRY LITTLE SISTER Lost Brothers/ G Tom Mac 19 14 14 23
THE CLOSEST THING TO CRAZY Katie Melua 20 12 10 9

HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART? The Bee Gees 21 21 21 21
I WON’T CHANGE YOU Sophie Ellis-Bextor 22 35 36 56
HOMEWARD BOUND Simon & Garfunkel 23 1 1 2
STAND BACK Linus Loves/Sam Obernik 24 32 46 61
LOVE PROFUSION Madonna 25 37 48 57
PEACEMAKER Fleetwood Mac 26 22 27 47
MAD WORLD Michael Andrews/Gary Jules 27 27 32 52
LIFE FOR RENT Dido 28 28 28 33
REPTILIA The Strokes 29 26 20 31
LADIES NIGHT Atomic Kitten/ Kool & The Gang 30 25 25 25

HURT Johnny Cash 31 31 38 53
SLOW Kylie Minogue 32 34 45 45
STATE OF MIND Holly Valance 33 33 37 49
THE BEAUTIFUL OCCUPATION Travis 34 23 23 38
CHRISTMAS TIME (DON’T LET THE BELLS END) The Darkness 35 46 59
JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones 36 19 7 7
HYSTERIA Muse 37 47 58
HOW DID YOU KNOW Kurtis Mantronix/ Chamonix 38 44 44 44
JUMP Girls Aloud 39 29 47 71
I’M LOVIN IT Justin Timberlake 40 40 53

YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 41 41 41 41
DISTANT DRUMS Jim Reeves 42 42 42 42
SURRENDER (YOUR LOVE) Javine 43 45 52 67
ONE MORE CHANCE Michael Jackson 44 54 63
MIXED UP WORLD Sophie Ellis-Bextor 45 51 61 72
SEXED UP Robbie Williams 46 49 57
PLAN A The Dandy Warhols 47 38 30 22
ARE YOU READY FOR LOVE Elton John 48 48 51 54
THANK YOU BABY (FOR MAKING SOMEDAY COME SO SOON)! Shania Twain 49 52 54 60
THE VOICE WITHIN Christina Aguilera 50 39 35 35

PROPER CRIMBO Bo Selecta 51
LEAVE RIGHT NOW Will Young 52 61
WHITE FLAG Dido 53 53 56 59
BORN AGAIN Starsailor 54 56 71
WALK ON BY Dionne Warwick 55 55 55 55
WATERLOO SUNSET/ NEVER GET OLD David Bowie 56 62
SWING LOW UB40/ United Colours Of Sound 57 72
BILL MCCAI The Coral 58 67
YOU MAKE ME FEEL BRAND NEW Simply Red 59 68
IF YOU COME TO ME Atomic Kitten 60 60 70

GOOD BOYS Blondie 61 64 68
GET IT TOGETHER Seal 62 63 67
BREATHE Blu Cantrell/ Sean Paul 63 71
TOO LOST IN YOU Sugababes 64
REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes 65 65 65 65
SOMEBODY TO LOVE Boogie Pimps/ Jefferson Airplane 66 66 66
THE HARDEST BUTTON TO BUTTON The White Stripes 67
THIS GROOVE/ LET YOUR HEAD GO Victoria Beckham 68 57 50 36
I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney 69 69 69 69
GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE Ocean Colour Scene 70 70

SANTA’S LIST Cliff Richard 71
BABY I LOVE YOU Jennifer Lopez 72 50 49 29
GOD ONLY KNOWS Beach Boys 73 73 73 73
MY IMMORTAL Evanescence 74 59 34 48
FEELIN’ FINE Ultrabeat 75 58 62 62

11th Jan new entries

DON’T TELL ME YOU’RE SORRY S Club 8 36 16 12
YOU DON’T MISS YOUR WATER Craig David 43 43 58
FELL IN LOVE WITH A BOY Joss Stone 74 64 64
SAY IT ISN’T SO Gareth Gates 75

18th Jan new entries

ALL THIS TIME Michelle McManus 18 6
COMFORTABLY NUMB Scissor Sisters 29 3
I’LL BE THERE Emma Bunton 39 24
TAKE ME OUT Franz Ferdinand 40 10
AS THE RUSH COMES Motorcycle 60 20
I’M ON STANDBY Grandaddy 72 68
ANIMAL REM 74 34
HIT THAT EPIC The Offspring 75 70

25th Jan new entries

I’M SO CRAZY Sugababes 11
RED BLOODED WOMAN Kylie Minogue 30
AMAZING George Michael 32
DON’T LEAVE HOME Dido 37
KICK IT Peaches/ Iggy Pop 40
CHERRY BLOSSOM GIRL Air 50
MILKSHAKE Kelis 63
ME MYSELF & I Beyonce 66
I’M STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Sean Paul/ Sasha 74
ALL I WANNA DO Amy Studt 75

 

FEBRUARY CHARTS 2004

Still with the monthly format due to lack of time, and also a family suicide tragedy this month has left the charts all a bit odd to me, still, from the last week of the month onwards. I kept on with charts to keep my mind off stuff, but things were very emotional, and still are.

A quick review, Scissor Sisters become my band of that period, all retro and perfect on record and live, appropriately on top with their first single hit a la Pink Floyd. Katy Melua gently sings her way into the top 10, charming stuff. Kylie gets another Top 10 with one I’ve mostly forgotten, and Cathy Dennis’ Toxic gives Britney another chart-topper, one of the best records of the decade, and possibly my fave dance track of the decade. Awesome!

The Offspring return to the 20, ditto Dido, and The Strokes belatedly get a Number One with a record fairly obscure and after the event for their big debut. I think it fitted my mind-set that week, angry and forlorn. Snow Patrol get a famous record into my Top 20, though not generlly a fan of theirs, fab Chrissie Hynde comes back with a dance track (Tube & Berger) and it’s great, and Pet Shop Boys are Flamboyant at 23.

1st Feb Chart

COMFORTABLY NUMB Scissor Sisters 1 1 2 4 4
GOOD LUCK Basement Jaxx/ Lisa Kekaula 2 2 4 7 9
TAKE ME OUT Franz Ferdinand 3 5 8 6 3
DIFFERENT DRUM Linda Ronstadt/Stone Ponies 4 9 10 11 11
JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones 5 14 19 33 42
ALL THIS TIME Michelle McManus 6 11 14 17 22
HOMEWARD BOUND Simon & Garfunkel 7 22 41 51 61
CAN’T DO RIGHT FOR DOING WRONG Erin Rocha 8 8 11 23 34
THE CLOSEST THING TO CRAZY Katie Melua 9 6 9 12 15
POWERLESS (SAY WHAT YOU WANT) Nelly Furtado 10 10 5 8 8

I’M SO CRAZY Sugababes 11 31 38
LONG TIME COMING The Delays 12 12 12 9 13
HEY YA Outkast 13 13 6 3 5
MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens 14 16 16 16 16
DON’T TELL ME YOU’RE SORRY S Club 8 15 19 23 35 51
SUPERSTAR Jamelia 16 24 24 34 40
I’LL BE THERE Emma Bunton 17 15 21 37 44
AS THE RUSH COMES Motorcycle 18 34 39 55 71
CHERRY BLOSSOM GIRL Air 19 17 17 13 21
LADIES NIGHT Atomic Kitten/ Kool & The Gang 20 23 30 53 66

TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu 21 25 25 25 28
MIRACLES Pet Shop Boys 22 30 31 31 36
HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART? The Bee Gees 23 26 26 26 31
AMAZING George Michael 24 21 15 14 14
RED BLOODED WOMAN Kylie Minogue 25 18 13 10 7
STEP IN THE NAME OF LOVE R Kelly 26 44 51 68
CHANGES Kelly & Ozzy Osbourne 27 33 33 42 50
TOXIC Britney Spears 28 4 1 1 2
I’M STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Sean Paul/ Sasha 29 7 7 5 6
LET YOUR HEAD GO/THIS GROOVE Victoria Beckham 30 41 47 72

INSTANT KARMA John & Yoko/ Plastic Ono Band 31 46 46 50 53
HIT THAT The Offspring 32 20 18 15 25
CHOCOLATE Kylie Minogue 33 57
ANIMAL REM 34 29 29 48 55
THE VOICE WITHIN Christina Aguilera 35 61
YOU DON’T KNOW MY NAME Alicia Keys 36 49 53 66 74
DON’T LEAVE HOME Dido 37 35 35 43 20
CRY LITTLE SISTER Lost Brothers/ G Tom Mac 38 48 57
PLAN A The Dandy Warhols 39
MILKSHAKE Kelis 40 55 55

YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 41 42 44 44 46
DISTANT DRUMS Jim Reeves 42 43 45 45 45
SAND IN MY SHOES Dido 43
REPTILIA The Strokes 44 3 3 2 1
BABY I LOVE YOU Jennifer Lopez 45 52 52
IT’S MY LIFE No Doubt 46 36 36 41 41
CHANGE CLOTHES Jay-Z 47 51 59
HOW DID YOU KNOW Kurtis Mantronix/ Chamonix 48 54 54 57 57
GIVE IT AWAY Deepest Blue 49 58 70 60 49
FRIDAY NIGHT The Darkness 50 53 63

KICK IT Peaches/ Iggy Pop 51 28 28 47 54
LIFE FOR RENT Dido 52
MY IMMORTAL Evanescence 53 27 20 28 39
STATE OF MIND Holly Valance 54
WALK ON BY Dionne Warwick 55 56 56 56 56
ARE YOU READY FOR LOVE Elton John 56 59 61 64 64
HARDER TO BREATHE Maroon 5 57 40 43 62
SLOW Kylie Minogue 58
I’LL SEE IT THROUGH Texas 59
ME MYSELF & I Beyonce 60

PEACEMAKER Fleetwood Mac 61
MAD WORLD Michael Andrews/Gary Jules 62
WHITE FLAG Dido 63 68 71
FELL IN LOVE WITH A BOY Joss Stone 64
REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes 65 65 65 65 65
THE BEAUTIFUL OCCUPATION Travis 66 66
THANK YOU BABY (FOR MAKING SOMEDAY COME SO SOON)! Shania Twain 67
PRESSURE POINT The Zutons 68 63
I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney 69 69 69 69 69
ALL I WANNA DO Amy Studt 70 70 60

I WON’T CHANGE YOU Sophie Ellis-Bextor 71
MOVIE STAR Stereophonics 72 67 67
GOD ONLY KNOWS Beach Boys 73 73 73 73 73
RUNNIN’ (DYING TO LIVE) 2Pac/ Notorious B.I.G. 74 38 42 61
SO ALIVE Ryan Adams 75
8th FEB 2004 New Entries

REAL Plumb 32 32 19 33
TAKE CONTROL Jamieson/ Angel Blu/ CK 37 37 52 63
RUN Snow Patrol 39 27 21 18
BREATHE DON’T STOP Mr Ron vs The Jungle 45 40 40 58
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN The Jeevas 47 22 22 35
STRAIGHT AHEAD Tube & Berger/ Chrissie Hynde 50 34 20 12
SO CONFUSED 2Play / Raghav/ Jucxi 60 48 58 67
EVERYBODY CRIES Liberty X 62 62
TAKE ME TO THE CLOUDS ABOVE LMC vs U2 64 64
SHINE YOUR LIGHT The Mavericks 71
OBVIOUS Westlife 72 58 29 29
GOD IS A DJ Pink 74
SUBURBAN ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Space 75

15th FEB 2004 New Entries

BIG THING COMING The Stranglers 49 36 48
YOUR GAME Will Young 50 30 30
FOUR TO THE FLOOR Starsailor 66 46 19
DA HYPE Junior Jack/ Robert Smith 68 38 38
THANK YOU Jamelia 72 18 10
HERE 4 ONE Blazin’ Squad 74 59 59
BLACK CHERRY Goldfrapp 75 75

22nd FEB 2004 New Entries

CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN Tears For Fears 24 24
TRUCK ON Simple Kid 27 27
I CAN’T STOP Al Green 32 32
WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Sam & Mark 39 43
NOT IN LOVE Enrique Iglesias/ Kelis 49 26
FALLEN Sarah McLachlan 54 47
SUNRISE Norah Jones 63 17
CAN’T TURN BACK Speedway 67 60
SATURDAY NIGHT UD Project 70 70
THE REAL SLIM SHADY Eminem 71
WHO’S DAVID? Busted 74 62

29th FEB 2004 New Entries

FLAMBOYANT Pet Shop Boys 23
MYSTERIOUS GIRL Peter Andre 37
LAST TRAIN HOME Lostprophets 52
HOME Zero 7 68
CRY Alex Parks 72
FEELIN’ WAY TOO DAMN GOOD Nickelback 75

MARCH 2004 CHARTS

I was living through a traumatic funeral and aftermath this month, and my chart-toppers showed my mixed-up state of mind a bit: The Strokes brittle rock at 1, Tube & Berger dance with Chrissie Hynde (her first chart-topper since 1980!), and taking refuge in a Dusty classic, the epic 1968 single I Close My Eyes, her best record and emotions on the max setting.

Britney got knocked a bit by events, then recovered cos it’s just soooo classic. Keane peak at 4 (and then came back in 2013 to top my chart), Starsailor are strong, Pet Shop Boys are Flamboyant, and George Michael Amazing. George was the last song played at my sister-in-laws funeral (Careless Whisper) cos she loved George.

The charts, it must be said, were a damn sight more varied than the 2014 charts are, genres galore, a sign of a healthy music scene

7th March Chart

REPTILIA The Strokes 1 4 12 17
TOXIC Britney Spears 2 5 4 2
FOUR TO THE FLOOR Starsailor 3 3 5 11
SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW Keane 4 8 11 15
TAKE ME OUT Franz Ferdinand 5 11 21 31
FLAMBOYANT Pet Shop Boys 6 6 6 10
RED BLOODED WOMAN Kylie Minogue 7 15 29 42
DON’T LEAVE HOME Dido 8 14 17 12
STRAIGHT AHEAD Tube & Berger/ Chrissie Hynde 9 2 1 7
COMFORTABLY NUMB Scissor Sisters 10 10 18 18

NOT IN LOVE Enrique Iglesias/ Kelis 11 7 9 5
DIFFERENT DRUM Linda Ronstadt/Stone Ponies 12 19 24 24
LONG TIME COMING The Delays 13 13 26 40
POWERLESS (SAY WHAT YOU WANT) Nelly Furtado 14 31 68
GOOD LUCK Basement Jaxx/ Lisa Kekaula 15 22 43 64
HEY YA Outkast 16 32 32 35
I’M STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Sean Paul/ Sasha 17 17 31 44
RUN Snow Patrol 18 42 42 52
CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN Tears For Fears 19 12 19 32
MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens 20 23 27 27

CHERRY BLOSSOM GIRL Air 21 27 47 57
OBVIOUS Westlife 22 20 36 47
THANK YOU Jamelia 23 35 35 45
TRUCK ON Simple Kid 24 21 33 49
HIT THAT The Offspring 25 41 61
DA HYPE Junior Jack/ Robert Smith 26 48
AMAZING George Michael 27 9 8 6
MYSTERIOUS GIRL Peter Andre 28 25 48 67
SUNRISE Norah Jones 29 26 45 55
YOUR GAME Will Young 30 30 30 20

TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu 31 38 38 41
I CAN’T STOP Al Green 32 28 28 51
HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART? The Bee Gees 33 43 44 46
ALL THIS TIME Michelle McManus 34 34 52
THE CLOSEST THING TO CRAZY Katie Melua 35 51 69 69
CAN’T DO RIGHT FOR DOING WRONG Erin Rocha 36 52
CAN’T TURN BACK Speedway 37 29 39 56
MIRACLES Pet Shop Boys 38 44 54 61
GIVE IT AWAY Deepest Blue 39 36 57 19
ENGLISH SUMMER RAIN Placebo 40 40 73

IT’S MY LIFE No Doubt 41 24 41 43
REAL Plumb 42 59
WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Sam & Mark 43 60
JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones 44 56
DISTANT DRUMS Jim Reeves 45 46 49 50
YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 46 49 53 54
FALLEN Sarah McLachlan 47 47 15 21
BIG THING COMING The Stranglers 48
SUPERSTAR Jamelia 49 62
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN The Jeevas 50

DON’T TELL ME YOU’RE SORRY S Club 8 51 68
LAST TRAIN HOME Lostprophets 52
LITTLE MISS PERFECT Summer Matthews 53 53
MY IMMORTAL Evanescence 54
LOVE YOU LIKE MAD Vs 55 39 51
WALK ON BY Dionne Warwick 56 57 59 59
WHO’S DAVID? Busted 57
LOVE IS ONLY A FEELING The Darkness 58 37 25 16
HERE 4 ONE Blazin’ Squad 59
HOW DID YOU KNOW Kurtis Mantronix/ Chamonix 60 64

I’LL BE THERE Emma Bunton 61
INSTANT KARMA John & Yoko/ Plastic Ono Band 62
HOME Zero 7 63 63 63
ANIMAL REM 64
REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes 65 65 66 66
CHANGES Kelly & Ozzy Osbourne 66
KICK IT Peaches/ Iggy Pop 67
ARE YOU READY FOR LOVE Elton John 68 70
I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney 69 69 72 72
THE WAY YOU MOVE Outkast/ Sleepy Brown 70 61 60 38

CRY Alex Parks 71
TRY Nelly Furtado 72 72 64 26
GOD ONLY KNOWS Beach Boys 73
NOT A JOB Elbow 74
JUST FOR YOU Lionel Richie 75 33 20 33

14th March new entries

I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield 1 2 1
LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Jet 16 7 9
TAKE YOUR MAMA OUT Scissor Sisters 18 14 14
COME HOME BILLY BIRD The Divine Comedy 45 34 34
LEFT OUTSIDE ALONE Anastacia 50 16 8
LOVE WILL COME THROUGH Travis 54 46 28
IT MUST BE LOVE FYA/ Smujji 55 55
BLACK CHERRY Goldfrapp 58 58 71
LONESOME Shelby Lynne 66 62 62
I MISS YOU Blink 182 67 67 53
THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Kelly Llorenna 71 71
STACY’S MOM Fountains Of Wayne 73 50 29
HOME Simply Red 74 74 63
IF I CAN’T 50 Cent 75 75

21st March new entries

IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Agnetha Faltskog 3 3
HEARTBEAT ACCELERATING Linda Onstadt 10 13
NEARER THAN HEAVEN The Delays 13 4
SUNG LOW Erin McKewan 22 22
BORDER SONG Elton John 23 23
LOVE REVOLUTION Phixx 37 37
RIDE The Vines 40 36
CALL OFF THE SEARCH Katie Melua 56 25
BROKE WINDOW Gary Jules 65 65
THERE’S NO HOME FOR YOU HERE The White Stripes 70 70

28th March new entries

YEAH Usher/L’il Jon/ Ludacris 30
THIS DAY The Sleepy Jackson 39
PLUG IT IN Basement Jaxx 48
HEART Seraphim Suite 58
CREEPIN’ IN Norah Jones/ Dolly Parton 60
MY BAND D12/ Eminem 68
IN THE MIDDLE Sugababes 73
SHE WANTS TO MOVE NERD 74
FRONTIN’ Jamie Cullum 75

 
APRIL 2004

Well, 10 years ago, and what a gay gay gay Top 10. Dido gets her 2nd chart topper, Agnetha gets her first ever solo chart-topper to add to her zillions with Abba – and it’s with a Cilla Black song! Who’da thunk it?! Both are, however, gorgeous.

Elswhere Enrique and Kelis, Scissor Sisters (gayyyy!), The Rasmus (not gay!) and oldies The Stranglers bounce back along with Linda Ronstadt all into the Top 10. In the UK charts it’s that naughty, and in retrospect not that great, Eamon having 5 minutes of fame. Sadly, it was a line-crossed and now it’s effing obligatory to get that effing word into every effing song in an effing attempt to sound cool cos effing 14-year-olds think it’s effing daring. Cliched! (say it in a gay high-pitched voice, sweetie…)

4th April Chart

DON’T LEAVE HOME Dido 1 1 2 3
TOXIC Britney Spears 2 2 5 8
IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Agnetha Faltskog 3 3 1 1
I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield 4 4 4 4
NOT IN LOVE Enrique Iglesias/ Kelis 5 5 10 13
NEARER THAN HEAVEN The Delays 6 6 6 11
LEFT OUTSIDE ALONE Anastacia 7 7 11 5
HEARTBEAT ACCELERATING Linda Ronstadt 8 8 8 19
FALLEN Sarah McLachlan 9 12 12 7
AMAZING George Michael 10 11 13 18

STRAIGHT AHEAD Tube & Berger/ Chrissie Hynde 11 14 20 22
TAKE YOUR MAMA Scissor Sisters 12 10 7 14
LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE Jet 13 13 19 24
FLAMBOYANT Pet Shop Boys 14 16 16 21
FOUR TO THE FLOOR Starsailor 15 15 21 25
IN THE SHADOWS The Rasmus 16 9 9 6
CALL OFF THE SEARCH Katie Melua 17 22 28 41
COMFORTABLY NUMB Scissor Sisters 18 18 24 29
REPTILIA The Strokes 19 24 26 30
YEAH Usher/L’il Jon/ Ludacris 20 17 14 10

TAKE ME OUT Franz Ferdinand 21 23 25 28
SUNG LOW Erin McKewan 22 19 33 54
BORDER SONG Elton John 23 21 3 2
LONG BLACK VEIL The Stranglers 24 20 17 9
LOVE WILL COME THROUGH Travis 25 38 18 31
TRY Nelly Furtado 26 29 44 61
LOVE IS ONLY A FEELING The Darkness 27 27 27 43
THIS DAY The Sleepy Jackson 28 28 38 16
STACY’S MOM Fountains Of Wayne 29 33 50
SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW Keane 30 37 42 68

DIFFERENT DRUM Linda Ronstadt/Stone Ponies 31 31 31 32
MATTHEW AND SON Cat Stevens 32 32 32 33
CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN Tears For Fears 33 44 52
COME HOME BILLY BIRD The Divine Comedy 34 47 57
YOUR GAME Will Young 35 35 39 59
RIDE The Vines 36 36 36 64
GIVE IT AWAY Deepest Blue 37 52
THE WAY YOU MOVE Outkast/ Sleepy Brown 38 34 34 47
HOME Simply Red 39 25 15 15
HEY YA Outkast 40 40 40 44

TO SIR WITH LOVE Lulu 41 41 41 42
RED BLOODED WOMAN Kylie Minogue 42 42 48 72
IT’S MY LIFE No Doubt 43 43 43 49
I’M STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Sean Paul/ Sasha 44 51 55
JUST FOR YOU Lionel Richie 45 53 58
LONESOME Shelby Lynne 46 39 35 26
HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART? The Bee Gees 47 48 49 52
LONG TIME COMING The Delays 48 69
TRUCK ON Simple Kid 49 56 56
DISTANT DRUMS Jim Reeves 50 50 51 51

I CAN’T STOP Al Green 51 55 61
LOVE REVOLUTION Phixx 52 70
I WANNA GET BACK WITH YOU Mary Griffin 53 49 47
YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 54 54 54 55
RUN Snow Patrol 55 61
CAN’T TURN BACK Speedway 56 58 62
CHERRY BLOSSOM GIRL Air 57 64 69
HEART Seraphim Suite 58
WALK ON BY Dionne Warwick 59 59 59 60
CREEPIN’ IN Norah Jones/ Dolly Parton 60 46 46 36

SUNRISE Norah Jones 61 30 23 35
OBVIOUS Westlife 62 62 68
I MISS YOU Blink 182 63 63 63
MIRACLES Pet Shop Boys 64 73
SHE WANTS TO MOVE NERD 65 65 64 58
REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes 66 66 66 66
MYSTERIOUS GIRL Peter Andre 67 74
MY BAND D12/ Eminem 68 60 60 53
PLUG IT IN Basement Jaxx 69
THANK YOU Jamelia 70

JUST A LITTLE WHILE Janet Jackson 71 57 53 34
I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney 72 72 72 73
THE CLOSEST THING TO CRAZY Katie Melua 73
SURFING ON A ROCKET Air 74 67 67 56
HEY MAMA Black Eyed Peas 75

11th April new entries

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY Ennio Morricone 26 22 17
RELEASE ME Engelbert Humperdinck 45 37 37
IF I AIN’T GOT YOU Alicia Keys 68 65 40
THIS LOVE Maroon 5 71 29 12
MUSICOLOGY Prince 75 74 72

18th April new entries

SATURDAY NIGHT Bay City Rollers 30 23
F*CK IT (I DON’T WANT YOU BACK) Eamon 45 20
SINGLE Natasha Bedingfield 70 39
NAUGHTY GIRL Beyonce 71 71
ORPHEUS Ash 73 57
THE MEANING OF LOVE Michelle 75 50

25th April new entries

MATINEE Franz Ferdinand 27
LAST TO KNOW Pink 38
FLAWLESS George Michael 45
SOMEONE LIKE ME Atomic Kitten 46
I LIKE IT Narcotic Thrust 48
COME CLEAN Hilary Duff 62
SAY SOMETHING ANYWAY Bellefire 63
CHOCOLATE Snow Patrol 65
FOR LOVERS Wolfman/ Pete Doherty 67
AERODYNAMIC Kraftwerk 69
BLOWIN’ ME UP JC Chasez 70
SUPER DUPER LOVE Joss Stone 74
COME WITH ME Special D 75