My 2009 Charts – Sept to Dec

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SEPTEMBER 2009

In which Agnes gets on top after a few weeks of runner-upping. What a fantastic record it is, a brilliant heart-break song, earnest and passionate and melodic. If I’ve had a couple of pints I’ll be there belting it out on a dancefloor believing every word I sing. Shame she had to be knocked off after 1 week, but, hey, it’s The Beatles. It’s the astounding, influential otherworldly Tomorrow Never Knows, John Lennon’s hypnotic, druggy anthem that wasn’t even a single, but influences right through to the Chemical Brothers/Noel Gallagher’s Setting Sun are clear. Then She’s Leaving Home, a Sgt Pepper poetically sad song about children leaving, Macca at his bitter-sweetest. Finally Magical Mystery Tour, EP, TV mini-movie, and B Side, and fantastic rock track, urgent, pounding and inventive. By Beatles standards, the TV show was considered a flop, by sales standards the very expensive EP, with Booklet and 2 singles was only kept off the top of the singles charts by….The Beatles Hello Goodbye. The Beatles could do in a year what most bands dream of doing in a career. I’m a bit of a fan….

So who lost out to the Fab invasion? Agnes would have had 3 weeks on top, and Paloma Faith’s epic New York would have had one week on top this month. What a fantastic record that is, less known than the rival New York State Of Mind, but just as good. Others: Cascada get to 3 on the dancefloor, Noisettes have a Wild Young Heart throbbing at 5, while Little Boots has a Remedy for that at 6.

Pixie Lott keeps the girl pop stars a-coming in my top 10, as Boys And Girls also hit 6, as Madonna Celebrates at 8, 25 years of non-stop Top 10’s virtually, give or take the odd Hanky Panky. Robbie Williams Bodies slumps up to 4, Mika’s Golden at 7, and The Beatles get a 4th Top 10 with George Harrison’s I Need You: 3 great songwriters in one band. Shakira shows a bit of the She Wolf at 9, 7 years on from topping my chart. Whatever…

6th Sept Chart

RELEASE ME Agnes 1 2 3 11
HEARTBREAK (MAKE ME A DANCER) Freemasons/ Sophie Ellis Bextor 2 5 8 14
EVACUATE THE DANCEFLOOR Cascada 3 3 10 18
CONFUSION GIRL (SHAME SHAME SHAME) Frankmusic 4 12 23 37
WILD YOUNG HEARTS Noisettes 5 9 12 22
I’M IN LOVE WITH A GERMAN FILM STAR (PET SHOP BOYS REMIX) The Passions 6 21 32 56
SUPERHUMAN TOUCH Athlete 7 13 21 26
REMEDY Little Boots 8 8 11 6
FIRE BURNING Sean Kingston 9 18 18 24
AUDACITY OF HUGE Simian Mobile Disco 10 11 17 21

WHO’S LOVING YOU? The Jackson 5 11 26 42 61
NEVER FORGET YOU Noisettes 12 19 22 27
READY FOR THE WEEKEND Calvin Harris 13 25 33 33
AND I’M TELLING YOU I’M NOT GOING Jennifer Holliday 14 22 44 69
BOYS AND GIRLS Pixie Lott 15 10 6 12
RABBIT HEART (RAISE IT UP) Florence & The Machine 16 41 59 72
CELEBRATION Madonna 17 17 15 8
WHEN LOVES TAKES OVER David Guetta/ Kelly Rowland 18 27 31 31
BULLETPROOF La Roux 19 23 28 30
DON’T TRUST ME 3oH!3 20 45 62

LOVE COMES Bananarama 21 37 48 71
DON’T WANNA RUN NO MORE Vagabond 22 31 41 42
SUPERNOVA Mr Hudson/Kanye West 23 24 26 36
GET SHAKY The Ian Carey Project 24 30 35 35
BEAUTIFUL NIGHT Beverley Knight 25 20 20 29
NEW YORK Paloma Faith 26 16 5 4
WORK The Saturdays 27 33 45 59
BODIES Robbie Williams 28 4 4 5
THE CARNIVAL IS OVER The Seekers 29 29 19 13
HUMAN NATURE Michael Jackson 30 46 69

I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF Dusty Springfield 31 44 49 50
JUMP Flo-Rida/ Nelly Furtado 32 32 54 54
MY SWEET LORD George Harrison 33 51 51 51
LOVEGAME Lady Gaga 34 34 34 25
STRAWBERRY SWING Coldplay 35 53 53 53
BATTLEFIELD Jordin Sparks 36 54
I GOTTA FEELING Black Eyed Peas 37 56
DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson 38 52 52 52
GET SEXY Sugababes 39 35 55
NEVER LEAVE YOU Tinchy Stryder/ Amelle 40 66

THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 41 42 43 43
AIN’T NO SUNSHINE Michael Jackson 42
BORN TO RUN Bruce Springsteen 43 43 39 34
NEVER GIVE YOU UP Raphael Saadiq 44
UPRISING Muse 45
I’LL GO CRAZY IF I DON’T GO CRAZY TONIGHT U2 46 14 16 16
WANNA BE STARTIN’ SOMETHIN’ Michael Jackson 47
LOOK WHAT THEY’VE DONE TO MY SONG, MA The New Seekers 48 48 46 44
22″ Lily Allen 49
HOLIDAY Dizzee Rascal 50 40 30 41

BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson 51
LEGACY Pet Shop Boys 52
NOTHING IS KEEPING YOU HERE A-Ha 53 39 27 19
GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell 54 58 61 62
MAKE IT TAKE IT Amanda Blank 55 55
GO WEST Pet Shop Boys 56 61
ONE MORE CHANCE Bloc Party 57
MORE THAN A DREAM Pet Shop Boys 58 62 63 66
WHERE DID ALL THE LOVE GO Kasabian 59
CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 60

PAPARAZZI Lady Gaga 61
IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 62 65 66 68
HAPPY HOUSE The Juan McLean 63 63
SONG 2 Blur 64 64 64 60
LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 65 67 67 67
WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys 66 71
BIRTHDAY SEX Jeremih 67 47 36 28
WARM HEART OF AFRICA The Very Best 68
OUTTA HERE Esmee Denters 69 69
NOBODY SAID IT WOULD BE EASY Cerys Matthews 70 36 24 17

WONDERWALL Oasis 71
SHARK IN THE WATER VV Brown 72
WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker 73 73 68 64
SEXY CHICK David Guetta/ Akon 74 74
I KNOW YOU WANT ME (CALLE OCHO) Pitbull 75

13th Sept new entries

TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS The Beatles 1 2 3
SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 6 1 2
WE ARE GOLDEN Mika 7 7 7
MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles 15 9 1
SHE WOLF Shakira 28 14 9
RAIN The Beatles 38 29 23
SWEET DISPOSITION The Temper Trap 49 37 57
NORWEGIAN WOOD (THIS BIRD HAS FLOWN) The Beatles 50 25 20
LEFT MY HEART IN TOKYO Mini Viva 57 38 38
I NEED YOU The Beatles 59 13 10
RELATOR Pete Yorn/ Scarlett Johnasson 60 40 40
CHILLIN’ Wale/ Lady Gaga 68
HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 70 50 39
SAY IT Booty Luv 72
LUCKY Jason Mraz/ Colbe Caillot 75

20th Sept new entries

I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER The Beatles 47 32
TWIST AND SHOUT The Beatles 56 45
CANDY Paolo Nutini 57
OUT FROM UNDER Ali Campbell 58
TWO OF US The Beatles 60 48
NO REPLY The Beatles 65 58
MAMA DO Pixie Lott 70
ALL MY LOVING The Beatles 71 63
DEAR PRUDENCE The Beatles 72 70
VIVA LA VIDA Coldplay 73 73
SINGING THE BLUES Cliff Richard & The Shadows 74 74
BILLION DOLLAR BILL Whitney Houston 75 49

27th Sept new entries

GETTING UP WITH YOU The Yeah You’s 15
WALKING ON A DREAM Empire Of The Sun 46
HAPPY Leona Lewis 47
OH MY GOD Nerina Pallot 55
SUPERSTITION Stevie Wonder 65
BREAK YOUR HEART Taio Cruz 75

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October 2009

Paloma Faith grabs her first chart-topper with the wondrous epic ballad New York, somehow being strong enough to hold off a Beatles invasion, as their albums all chart again in the UK, giving me an excuse to cherry-pick one track from each that had never made my charts before. The Beatles album tracks, no exaggeration, could have been taken as singles (they weren’t) and each album mined for 1 or 2 years (as is the standard practice in 2014). Their 7-year 2-albums and 3-singles per year output could have easily been spread out over 20 years for other acts. Number One here? I Need You, a George Harrison track from Help!

Robbie also bangs back with another chart-topper, Bodies, his 11th solo number 1, plus 2 with Take That. The last spot of the month is taken by Broooce, and his classic 1975 Phil-Spector wall-of-sound epic Born To Run. First-time round it fell short of my top 10, criminally, so it was a justified number one 34 years on. Still, at least it made my charts, more than it did in the UK – the original version has still never made the UK top 75, though it came close to the then-50 chart in 1975, so probably would have had there been a 75 list then.

Other newer noteworthy tracks: Madonna’s back at 3 with Celebration, Cerys Matthews is solo fro Catatonia and hits 2 up Arlington Way, Mika has a couple of hits with We Are Golden and the mystifyingly minor hit Rain – not to be confused with also-charting Beatles B-side classic. Real Late Starter is at 6 for the equally mystifyingly fab minor singer-songwriter Nerina Pallot, and Shakira’s a She Wolf at 9. Chuck in Little Boots, Pixie Lott, the brilliant Empire State Of Mind, and it’s otherwise a fairly quiet, oldies-dominated month.

4th October chart

NEW YORK Paloma Faith 1 2 3 8
MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles 2 3 4 9
TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS The Beatles 3 7 11 21
ARLINGTON WAY Cerys Matthews 4 8 2 5
GETTING UP WITH YOU The Yeah You’s 5 5 9 16
CELEBRATION Madonna 6 9 5 3
WE ARE GOLDEN Mika 7 18 26 35
I NEED YOU The Beatles 8 1 7 15
SHE WOLF Shakira 9 16 19 19
SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 10 17 41 41

REMEDY Little Boots 11 13 21 33
BOYS AND GIRLS Pixie Lott 12 12 13 23
BODIES Robbie Williams 13 4 1 2
NORWEGIAN WOOD (THIS BIRD HAS FLOWN) The Beatles 14 11 10 4
REAL LATE STARTER Nerina Pallot 15 6 6 6
RELEASE ME Agnes 16 21 32 39
GARDEN PARTY John Fogerty/ Don Henley/ Timothy B Schmidt 17 10 8 7
RAIN The Beatles 18 15 12 12
NOTHING IS KEEPING YOU HERE A-Ha 19 25 44 63
HAPPY Leona Lewis 20 20 14 18

HEARTBREAK (MAKE ME A DANCER) Freemasons/ Sophie Ellis Bextor 21 26 37 48
AUDACITY OF HUGE Simian Mobile Disco 22 31 48
MILLION DOLLAR BILL Whitney Houston 23 19 17 13
WALKING ON A DREAM Empire Of The Sun 24 14 33 51
I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER The Beatles 25 22 22 20
RELATOR Pete Yorn/ Scarlett Johnasson 26 36 57
BORN TO RUN Bruce Springsteen 27 23 15 1
BIRTHDAY SEX Jeremih 28 28 23 44
EVACUATE THE DANCEFLOOR Cascada 29 34 51 57
I’LL GO CRAZY IF I DON’T GO CRAZY TONIGHT U2 30 65

FIRE BURNING Sean Kingston 31 42 42 56
THE CARNIVAL IS OVER The Seekers 32 58
LOVEGAME Lady Gaga 33 57
HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 34 30 25 25
WILD YOUNG HEARTS Noisettes 35 56 64 71
NEVER FORGET YOU Noisettes 36 43 63 69
BULLETPROOF La Roux 37 46
SUPERHUMAN TOUCH Athlete 38 47 30 38
TWIST AND SHOUT The Beatles 39 33 31 31
RAIN Mika 40 40 18 11

LOOK WHAT THEY’VE DONE TO MY SONG, MA The New Seekers 41 37 35 32
SUPERNOVA Mr Hudson/Kanye West 42 60
BEAUTIFUL NIGHT Beverley Knight 43 66
THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 44 45 46 46
TWO OF US The Beatles 45 41 40 37
WHEN LOVES TAKES OVER David Guetta/ Kelly Rowland 46 69
SWEET DISPOSITION The Temper Trap 47 27 62
DON’T WANNA RUN NO MORE Vagabond 48 62 69
STILL SO FAR TO GO Chris Rea 49 49 36 30
NO REPLY The Beatles 50 44 43 43

I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF Dusty Springfield 51 51 54 54
DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson 52 52 53 53
MY SWEET LORD George Harrison 53 53 55 55
GET SHAKY The Ian Carey Project 54
SONG 2 Blur 55 55 52
FIGHT FOR THIS LOVE Cheryl Cole 56 39 39 36
ALL MY LOVING The Beatles 57 48 45 42
CONFUSION GIRL (SHAME SHAME SHAME) Frankmusic 58
LEFT MY HEART IN TOKYO Mini Viva 59 59
WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker 60 54 50 45

READY FOR THE WEEKEND Calvin Harris 61
SUPERSTITION Stevie Wonder 62 61 60 52
GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell 63 64 65 68
HOLIDAY Dizzee Rascal 64
STRAWBERRY SWING Coldplay 65
DEAR PRUDENCE The Beatles 66 63 61 60
LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 67 67 67 67
MORE THAN A DREAM Pet Shop Boys 68
FALLING FOR YOU Colbe Caillot 69 28 17
BREAK YOUR HEART Taio Cruz 70 50

IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 71 71 72 72
KISS OF LIFE Friendly Fires 72 59 58
BAD BOYS Alexandra Burke 73 73 73 66
SECOND TIME AROUND Nell Bryden 74
KISS FROM A ROSE Seal 75


11th October new entries

EMPIRE STATE OF MIND Jay-Z/ Alicia Keys 24 16 10
GHOSTS AND STUFF Deadmau5/ Rob Swire 29 29 26
SOS (LET THE MUSIC PLAY) Jordin Sparks 32 24 24
ONCE MORE Spandau Ballet 35 20 14
DRUMMING SONG Florence & The Machine 38 70
I’M NOT YOUR TOY La Roux 68 58 64
DIRTEE CASH Dizzee Rascal 70 68 65
RUN THIS TOWN Jay-Z/ Rihanna/ Kanye West 72
WHAT ABOUT NOW Daughtry 74 74 70
I’M ALL OVER IT Jamie Cullum 75 27 27

18th October new entries

SAY IT Booty Luv 34 34
PENCIL FULL OF LEAD Paulo Nutini 38 28
MY MAN Jade Ewan 47 47
ABOUT A GIRL Sugababes 49 49
SEXY CHICK David Guetta/ Akon 56 61
CHILLIN’ Wale/ Lady Gaga 66
WHITE LIES Mr Hudson 71 59
WHEELS Foo Fighters 75 62

25th October new entries

WATCH THE SUN COME UP Example 22
IN HER SHOES Beverley Knight 29
HAVEN’T MET YOU YET Michael Buble 40
WILD HORSES Susan Boyle 50
NO REGRETS Robbie Williams 73
FOREVER IS OVER The Saturdays 74
PAPILLON The Editors 75

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November 2009

In which yet more Beatles album tracks turnover on top, starting with the eastern-flavoured gentle John Lennon Norwegian Wood, as good as any of their singles. Fab! The experimental Rain, B-side to 1966 Paperback Writer, should have been a double A Side, cos it’s awesome, grabbing a week on top before being kicked off by Rain, Mika’s only number one, and the only occasion when 2 identically-titled songs hit the top consecutively. Hah! Mika’s followed by Pixie Lott, and her only chart-topper, the sweet Cry Me Out. Both have had UK number one’s as well, but not with these lesser-known/obscure tracks. I like to be different sometimes! Finally, it’s Twist And Shout, The Beatles stunning version of Twist And Shout, where John shouts himself hoarse. Huge in the States, this one was also huge in the UK – but not in the singles charts. It was an EP and they didn’t qualify in those days, but it was HUGE, trust me, I was there (age 5 or 6). It charted once available on download. Hooray!!!

Other biggies: Colbe Caillot’s Falling For You, Example’s watching The Sun Come Up at 3, Cheryl’s Fight For This Love at 7, Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ at 9, Susan Boyle’s Rolling Stones cover Wild Horses at 4, Lady Gaga at 8 (Bad Romance), Pet Shop Boys at 2 with a remixed All Over The World, Norah Jones, Westlife, Chase & Status, and a bunch of oldies.

1st November chart

NORWEGIAN WOOD (THIS BIRD HAS FLOWN) The Beatles 1 6 13 31 42
BORN TO RUN Bruce Springsteen 2 2 7 12 22
BODIES Robbie Williams 3 4 12 19 31
REAL LATE STARTER Nerina Pallot 4 3 11 13 25
CELEBRATION Madonna 5 9 16 32 48
GARDEN PARTY John Fogerty/ Don Henley/ Timothy B Schmidt 6 11 24 37 44
RAIN Mika 7 7 1 4 4
FALLING FOR YOU Colbe Caillot 8 8 8 16 30
MILLION DOLLAR BILL Whitney Houston 9 16 29 43 51
RAIN The Beatles 10 1 9 44

GETTING UP WITH YOU The Yeah You’s 11 12 23 47
WATCH THE SUN COME UP Example 12 5 3 6 11
ARLINGTON WAY Cerys Matthews 13 26 48 48 66
MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles 14 21 21 21 21
NEW YORK Paloma Faith 15 18 27 36 40
EMPIRE STATE OF MIND Jay-Z/ Alicia Keys 16 17 28 28 28
GHOSTS AND STUFF Deadmau5/ Rob Swire 17 19 38
I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER The Beatles 18 13 2 11 13
IN HER SHOES Beverley Knight 19 14 14 14 24
FIGHT FOR THIS LOVE Cheryl Cole 20 15 10 7 20

HERE COMES THE SUN The Beatles 21 20 17 3 6
SHE WOLF Shakira 22 22 36 49 62
BOYS AND GIRLS Pixie Lott 23 34 52 60 64
I NEED YOU The Beatles 24 32 43 51 55
YOU KNOW ME Robbie Williams 25 25 19 15 15
ONCE MORE Spandau Ballet 26 38
COME SO FAR YET STILL SO FAR TO GO Chris Rea 27 31 55
LOOK WHAT THEY’VE DONE TO MY SONG, MA The New Seekers 28 23 5 57
TWIST AND SHOUT The Beatles 29 24 22 18 1
THIS IS IT Michael Jackson 30 30 59

TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS The Beatles 31 41 41 41 41
I’M ALL OVER IT Jamie Cullum 32 52
HAPPY Leona Lewis 33 33 32 33 37
TWO OF US The Beatles 34 29 26 22 19
WE ARE GOLDEN Mika 35 40
REMEDY Little Boots 36 45
PENCIL FULL OF LEAD Paulo Nutini 37 37 44 56
BIRTHDAY SEX Jeremih 38 51 60
DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’ Journey 39 27 15 9 12
KISS OF LIFE Friendly Fires 40 61

SHE’S LEAVING HOME The Beatles 41 43 45 46 46
ALL MY LOVING The Beatles 42 39 35 29 26
NO REPLY The Beatles 43 42 40 38 35
SOS (LET THE MUSIC PLAY) Jordin Sparks 44
WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker 45 44 42 39 33
HAVEN’T MET YOU YET Michael Buble 46
THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 47 48 51 53 54
SUPERHUMAN TOUCH Athlete 48 53
ABOUT A GIRL Sugababes 49 63
WILD HORSES Susan Boyle 50 10 4 5 5

RELEASE ME Agnes 51 54
SUPERSTITION Stevie Wonder 52 47 47 45 39
FOREVER IS OVER The Saturdays 53 35 62
I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF Dusty Springfield 54 55 56 61 61
DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson 55 71
HEARTBREAK (MAKE ME A DANCER) Freemasons/ Sophie Ellis Bextor 56 65
SHADOWSIDE A-ha 57 57 67 58
MY SWEET LORD George Harrison 58 60 61 65 67
DEAR PRUDENCE The Beatles 59 56 54 54 49
NICE MEN Dame Shirley Bassey 60 58

FIRE BURNING Sean Kingston 61
WHEELS Foo Fighters 62 59
SAY IT Booty Luv 63
I’M NOT YOUR TOY La Roux 64
WHAT ABOUT NOW Daughtry 65 62
BAD BOYS Alexandra Burke/ Flo-Rida 66 64
WE WEREN’T BORN TO FOLLOW Bon Jovi 67 28 18 23 38
LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 68 68 69 70 71
NO REGRETS Robbie Williams 69 66 63 63 63
SEXY CHICK David Guetta/ Akon 70

GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell 71
MY MAN Jade Ewan 72
IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 73
DOMINOES The Big Pink 74 70
BAD ROMANCE Lady Gaga 75 73 25 8 8

8th November new entries

CRY ME A RIVER Michael Buble 36 46
MONSTER MASH Bobby Boris Pickett & The Crypt Kickers 46
MEET ME HALFWAY Black Eyed Peas 49 20 20 27
INNOCENT Stereophonics 50 30 26 45
CRY ME OUT Pixie Lott 67 31 1 3
YOU GOT THE LOVE Florence & The Machine 69
AT LAST Etta James 72 64 58 43
I GOT SOUL Young Soul Rebels 74 69
QUICKSAND La Roux 75 50 50 56

15th November new entries

ALL OVER THE WORLD (REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 6 2 2
ANYWAY Duck Sauce 33
MAYBE Ingrid Michaelson 34 27 36
EVERYBODY IN LOVE JLS 37 25 23
CHASING PIRATES Norah Jones 39 10 9
TIK TOK Kesha 49 35 17
GOOD GIRLS GO BAD Cobra Starship 53 34 34
WHAT ABOUT NOW Westlife 57 18 10
3 WORDS Cheryl Cole/ will.i.am 58 42 18
FLASHBACK Calvin Harris 65 40 47
JUST SAY YES Snow Patrol 66 66
GO YOUR OWN WAY Fleetwood Mac 67 64 53
UNDERDOG Kasabian 68 59
DOWN Jay Sean/ L’il Wayne 70 30 14
BLACK SWAN SONG Athlete 71
LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi 72
U SHOULD HAVE KNOWN Laura White 73 52 52
UNDISCLOSED DESIRES Muse 74 68 65
EARTHQUAKE Little Boots 75 75

22nd November new entries

I NEED YOU NOW Agnes 24 16
END CREDITS Chase & Status/ Plan B 55 7
PARTY IN THE USA Miley Cyrus 62 50
GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees 71 59
OPEN UP YOUR DOOR Richard Hawley 72
3″ Britney Spears 73 72
HOPES & FEARS Will Young 74

29th November new entries

THE OFFICIAL BBC CHILDREN IN NEED MEDLEY Peter Kay’s All Star Band 29
SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Taken By Trees 32
I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Mariah Carey 57
FIREFLIES Owl City 60
YOU’RE NOT ALONE Tinchy Stryder 68
SEA OF HEARTBREAK Roseanne Cash/Bruce Springsteen 69
IT’S THE SAME OLD SONG Rod Stewart 70
ONE LOVE David Guetta/ Estelle 73
DID IT AGAIN Shakira 74
MOON RIVER Andy Williams 75

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My 2009 Charts – May to August

May 2009 Charts

The Pet Shop Boys invasion of my charts continues apace, with More Than A Dream grabbing a 4th week on top, after being interrupted by Ike & Tina’s 60’s classic River Deep Mountain High, the huge USA flop (and huge UK hit) that sent Phil Spector into a sulk for years. It IS genius, though. Another PSB track King Of Rome pops into the top 10, while Did You See Me Coming gets a proper single release and yet another PSB number one for 2 weeks, knocking themselves off the top for the 4th time in 2009. Just to sum up the stats to May, only Lady Gaga, of new acts, interrupted a run of 3 oldies and 3 newies from Neil & Chris on top. Bit of a fan, me….

All this PSB action keeps off Lily Allen from getting a number one, peaking at 2 with the fab Not Fair. It’s not fair, no! Girls Aloud were Untouchable at 4, and Empire Of The Sun get a second Top 5 in 2 months with We Are The People at 4. Meanwhile Eurovision was fab, making itself heard with Alexander Rybak getting to be one of the few Eurovision winners to top my chart. The third one, in fact, after Abba and Teach-In. Other Euro entries from Ukraine, Iceland, France, Finland err I’ll just total them: 13 including UK’s Jade peaking at a lowly 56!

3rd May Chart

RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner 1 2 11 13 21
MORE THAN A DREAM Pet Shop Boys 2 1 3 9 11
NOT FAIR Lily Allen 3 3 2 6 12
TAKIN’ BACK MY LOVE Enrique Iglesias/Ciara 4 11 17 22 29
WALKING ON A DREAM Empire Of The Sun 5 12 22 28 28
DON’T UPSET THE RHYTHM Noisettes 6 14 23 23 23
UNTOUCHABLE Girls Aloud 7 5 4 4 9
ALL OVER THE WORLD Pet Shop Boys 8 17 19 29 48
PRAYING FOR RAIN Sibrydion 9 9 5 3 3
THIS USED TO BE THE FUTURE Pet Shop Boys/ Phil Oakey 10 21 64

WE ARE THE PEOPLE Empire Of The Sun 11 10 8 7 4
POKER FACE Lady Gaga 12 15 25 35 43
PANDEMONIUM Pet Shop Boys 13 25
WHOAH BILLY Lucky Soul 14 18 30 52
LOVE ETC Pet Shop Boys 15 19 26 32 37
PLEASE DON’T LEAVE ME Pink 16 27 43 67
DANIEL Bat For Lashes 17 26 37 37 44
FAREWELL TO THE FAIRGROUND White Lies 18 28 50 59 59
DUST DEVIL Madness 19 16 16 16 26
GHOSTS Lightning Seeds 20 13 13 15 27

JUST DANCE Lady Gaga 21 23 29 34 35
JAI HO A R Rahman/Pussycat Dolls/Nicole Scherzinger 22 22 32 50 50
THE WORLD WE LIVE IN The Killers 23 20 20 18 16
KING OF ROME Pet Shop Boys 24 7 12 17 25
METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Saint Etienne 25 30 35 45 52
IF YOU SEEK AMY Britney Spears 26 31 34 54
MAGNIFICENT U2 27 8 18 33
THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 28 29 31 31 31
MAKE IT MINE Jason Mraz 29 44
WRONG Depeche Mode 30 51 70 75

IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 31 35 39 41 41
RELEASE ME Agnes 32 32 21 11 6
I’M NOT ALONE Calvin Harris 33 33 52 44 18
SOMETHING IS SQUEEZING MY SKULL Morrissey 34 52
GO WEST Pet Shop Boys 35 41 41 42 45
GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell 36 24 24 21 13
IN FOR THE KILL La Roux 37 43 55 69 69
LOVE & SEX & MAGIC Ciara/ Justin Timberlake 38 34 33 27 17
ROCKETS Simple Minds 39 37 54 57 64
BROKEN Eg 40 6 14 19 15

WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys 41 42 42 43 51
DID YOU SEE ME COMING? Pet Shop Boys 42 4 1 1 2
LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 43 45 51 53 55
NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT Peter Bjorn & John 44 38 45 65
BROKEN STRINGS James Morrison/ Nelly Furtado 45 48 65
WILD YOUNG HEART Noisettes 46 54
HALO Beyonce 47 58
BLOWING IN THE WIND Bob Dylan 48 40
KILOMETER Sebastien Tellier 49 59
I REMEMBER Deadmau5 & Kaskade 50 50 36 26 22

WE MADE YOU Eminem 51 46 72
APOLOGISE Ben’s Brother 52 47 40 36 19
THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 53 49 44 40 34
NO MILK TODAY Herman’s Hermits 54 55 61 61 61
UP ALL NIGHT Take That 55 67
THE SOUND OF SILENCE Simon & Garfunkel 56 53 49 47 47
WARRIOR’S DANCE The Prodigy 57 57 47 39 39
NUMBER 1 Tinchy Stryder/ N-Dubz 58 39
CAN’T STOP THE RAIN Shena 59 63
NEW IN TOWN Little Boots 60 60 48 8 5

THESE DAYS Glen Campbell 61 61
KINGDOM OF RUST Doves 62
I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF Dusty Springfield 63 56 53 51 42
THE CLIMB Miley Cyrus 64 64 58 55 53
IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT Star Pilots 65 65 57
RUBBER LOVER Marmaduke Duke 66 66
SO FAR AWAY Carole King 67 62 62 58 56
I LOVE COLLEGE Asher Roth 68 68 63 63
SURFIN BIRD Trashmen 69
SHAKE IT Metro Station 70 70

HOEDOWN THROWDOWN Miley Cyrus 71 71 71 68
MY SHARONA The Knack 72 69 67 64 62
BOOM BOOM POW Black Eyed Peas 73 73 72
LOVE HAS LEFT THE ROOM A Camp 74 74
WHO’S LOVING YOU The Jackson 5 75 72

10th May new entries

STONE COLD SOBER Paloma Faith 36 69
CHANT NO 1 (I DON’T NEED THIS PRESSURE ON) Spandau Ballet 75 75 71 68

17th May new entries

BE MY VALENTINE (ANTI-CRISIS GIRL) (Ukraine) Svetlana Loboda 6 12 24
FAIRYTALE (Norway) Alexander Rybak 7 2 1
AIN’T NO SUNSHINE Bill Withers 9 5 7
IS IT TRUE (Iceland) Yohanna 10 10 10
ET S’IL FALLAIT LE FAIRE (France) Patricia Kaas 15 14 14
LOSE CONTROL (Finland) Waldo’s People 27 24 33
ALWAYS (Azerbaijan) Aysel & Aresh 28 25 32
LEGACY Pet Shop Boys 38 38 38
TODAS AS ROAS DO AMOR (Portugal) Fler-de-lis 46 30 30
URBAN SYMPHONY (Estonia) Randjad 56 49 49
HEARTBREAK Freemasons/ Sophie Ellis Bextor 57 46 46
SHE’S GOT ME DANCING Tommy Sparks 59 48 40
LA VOIX (Sweden) Malena Ernman 60 60
IT’S MY TIME Jade Ewan 66 56
WHAT IF WE (Malta) Chiara 68
RETURN THE FAVOUR Keri Hilson/ Timbaland 73 73
TINY DANCER (HOLD ME CLOSER) Ironik/ Chipmunk/ Elton John 74 66 66

24th May new entries

FIRE Kasabian 20 20
MAMA DO Pixie Lott 62 54
BELIEVE AGAIN (Denmark) Brinck 70
LOVE CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS The Proclaimers 72 36
CANDY Paolo Nutini 74 8

31st May 2009

HER DIAMONDS Rob Thomas 58
SHOW ME WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR Carolina Liar 60
UNTOUCHED The Veronicas 63
BLUE EYES Mika 65
WAKING UP IN VEGAS Katy Perry 67
BONKERS Dizzee Rascal/ Armand Van Helden 70
MISS KISS KISS BANG (Germany) Alex Swings Oscar Sings 71
LOVE’S A MYSTERY The Pretenders 73
RED Daniel Merriweather 74
STUCK WITH EACH OTHER Shontelle/ Akon 75 

 

JUNE 2009

While I was busy doing amateur fanzines and photogroups, whaddya know a hero went ahead and died suddenly. Yes, Michael Jackson, and on balance he’d have been better off just having a quiet life and avoiding debt. In the rush of re-entries of his back catalogue there were lots of opportunities for me to push some faves, so Billie-Jean gets back at 1 for the third time, and Earth Song gets another go in the top 10, while Man In The Mirror, the track that became the main one to focus on in 2009, made my top 20 having already been a chart-topper in 1988. I always was mystified why it was such a minor hit in the UK.

Other oldies, Glen Campbell’s classic Gentle On My Mind finally gets a chart run and a chart-topper, while Pet Shop Boys 2nd single off the new album also hits Number One, Did You See Me Coming? I did! It’s all a Fairytale though, as Eurovision gets it’s first chart-topper in 15 years (Love City Groove the last one), but Alexander Rybak is the first winner to top my chart since Teach-In in 1975.

Pet Shop Boys get an album track to 5 (Legacy), as does La Roux who is Bulletproof, shortly before I saw both of them Live in concert. Other Eurovision success stories? Patricia Kaas, Svetlana Loboda, Randjad, as I go Euro-mad. Pixie Lott gets a Top 10, joined by The Noisettes, shortly before I also saw them live.

7th June Chart

DID YOU SEE ME COMING? Pet Shop Boys 1 2 8 12
CANDY Paolo Nutini 2 6 11 15
FAIRYTALE (Norway) Alexander Rybak 3 1 2 2
RELEASE ME Agnes 4 4 3 6
WE ARE THE PEOPLE Empire Of The Sun 5 3 5 10
AIN’T NO SUNSHINE Bill Withers 6 23
NEW IN TOWN Little Boots 7 12 12 14
PRAYING FOR RAIN Sibrydion 8 13 19 28
LEGACY Pet Shop Boys 9 5 13 30
NEVER FORGET YOU Noisettes 10 8 17 22

STONE COLD SOBER Paloma Faith 11 14 15 17
GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell 12 11 1 7
IS IT TRUE (Iceland) Yohanna 13 29 38 56
MORE THAN A DREAM Pet Shop Boys 14 21 26 36
BROKEN Eg 15 25 32 46
NOT FAIR Lily Allen 16 26 41 66
FIRE Kasabian 17 17 14 21
I’M NOT ALONE Calvin Harris 18 30 30 47
UNTOUCHABLE Girls Aloud 19 40
BULLETPROOF La Roux 20 9 9 5

THE WORLD WE LIVE IN The Killers 21 32
LOVE & SEX & MAGIC Ciara/ Justin Timberlake 22 22 25 35
ET S’IL FALLAIT LE FAIRE (France) Patricia Kaas 23 19 6 3
THE CHAIN Fleetwood Mac 24 16
LONGING FOR LULLABIES Kleerup 25 15 21 34
BE MY VALENTINE (ANTI-CRISIS GIRL) (Ukraine) Svetlana Loboda 26 7 7 18
TODAS AS ROAS DO AMOR (Portugal) Fler-de-lis 27 24 20 13
DON’T UPSET THE RHYTHM Noisettes 28 35 44 53
LOSE CONTROL (Finland) Waldo’s People 29 38 22 31
ALWAYS (Azerbaijan) Aysel & Aresh 30 18 42

THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 31 31 31 32
RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner 32 36 36 41
WALKING ON A DREAM Empire Of The Sun 33 33 35 43
I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF Dusty Springfield 34 27 18 16
URBAN SYMPHONY (Estonia) Randjad 35 10 4 4
APOLOGISE Ben’s Brother 36 45
TAKIN’ BACK MY LOVE Enrique Iglesias/Ciara 37 37 37 42
MAMA DO Pixie Lott 38 20 10 9
BLUE EYES Mika 39 34 23 26
HEARTBREAK Freemasons/ Sophie Ellis Bextor 40 47 24 19

I REMEMBER Deadmau5 & Kaskade 41 53 46 67
JUST DANCE Lady Gaga 42 42 53 71
IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 43 43 43 51
LOVE ETC Pet Shop Boys 44 44 52 58
THE SOUND OF SILENCE Simon & Garfunkel 45 41 29 29
LOVE CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS The Proclaimers 46 62
DUST DEVIL Madness 47
GHOSTS Lightning Seeds 48
WARRIOR’S DANCE The Prodigy 49
KING OF ROME Pet Shop Boys 50

GO WEST Pet Shop Boys 51 51 51 52
POKER FACE Lady Gaga 52 52 47 49
DANIEL Bat For Lashes 53 70
METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Saint Etienne 54 56 63
JAI HO A R Rahman/Pussycat Dolls/Nicole Scherzinger 55 55 67
LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 56 57 58 61
IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT Star Pilots 57
HER DIAMONDS Rob Thomas 58
MY SHARONA The Knack 59
SHE’S GOT ME DANCING Tommy Sparks 60

WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys 61 61 61 63
NO MILK TODAY Herman’s Hermits 62 63 64
UNTOUCHED The Veronicas 63 40 38
ROCKETS Simple Minds 64 64
CHANT NO 1 (I DON’T NEED THIS PRESSURE ON) Spandau Ballet 65
LA VOIX (Sweden) Malena Ernman 66 46 56
WAKING UP IN VEGAS Katy Perry 67 60 70
BONKERS Dizzee Rascal/ Armand Van Helden 68 59 59 59
BUILDING A WALL Pet Shop Boys 69 49 45 45
BELIEVE AGAIN (Denmark) Brinck 70 58

MISS KISS KISS BANG (Germany) Alex Swings Oscar Sings 71 66 60
LOVE’S A MYSTERY The Pretenders 72 50 69
RED Daniel Merriweather 73 69
TUBULAR BELLS Mike Oldfield 74 65 50 50
PALLADIO Escala 75

14th June new entries

BISTRA VODA (Bosnia & herzogovina) Regina 28 16 11
OUR HOUSE IS DADLESS Kid British/ Madness 39 55
PEARL’S DREAM Bat For Lashes 48 48 54
SHOW ME WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR Carolina Liar 54
IN FOR THE KILL La Roux 67 49 60
CON TE PARTIRO Andrea Bocelli 68 68 68
THE HIGHEST HEIGHTS (Switzerland) Lovebugs 71
KNOCK YOU DOWN Keri Hilson/ Kanye West/ Ne-Yo 72 39 37
THE SHOW Lenka 73 34 44
OUT FROM UNDER Ali Campbell 74
AND I’M TELLING YOU I’M NOT GOING Jennifer Holliday 75 57 57

21st June new entries

WHEN LOVES TAKES OVER David Guetta/ Kelly Rowland 27 24
15 MINUTES The Yeah You’s 28 25
HEAVY CROSS Gossip 33 23
WORK The Saturdays 54 27
THE CARNIVAL IS OVER The Seekers 62 62
SAID IT ALL Take That 65 65
PAPARAZZI Lady Gaga 66 39
STORY OF A HEART Benny Andersson Band 69 48
NEW DIVIDE Linkin Park 71 40
HUSH HUSH (I WILL SURVIVE) Pussycat Dolls 72 55
THIS IS OUR NIGHT (Greece) Sakis Rouvas 73
BE THE ONE Jack Penate 74
SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT Nirvana 75

28th June new entries

BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson 1
EARTH SONG Michael Jackson 8
MAN IN THE MIRROR Michael Jackson 20
BROKEN STRINGS James Morrison/ Nelly Furtado 33
RABBIT HEART (RAISE IT UP) Florence & The Machine 64
BOOM BOOM POW Black Eyed Peas 70
CARRY ME IN YOUR DREAMS (Albania) Kejsi Tola 72
FOOT OF THE MOUNTAIN a-ha 73
KISS ME THROUGH THE PHONE Soulja Boy/ Sammie 74
BATTLEFIELD Jordin Sparks 75

 

 

JULY 2009

THis month I was on holiday in Sitges and Barcelona (Spain)…plus ca change, been there this week too. Anyhow, apart from the holiday pubbing and beaches, I deliberately aimed to be there for a Pet Shop Boys concert live at a gorgeous outdoor historic courtyard venue Poble Espanya in Barcelona, one hot sunny summer’s day. I was there because I didn’t get tickets to their 02 gig thanks to an unannounced top secret arrival from Michael Jackson at the 02 meaning the box office was shut (I’d taken the day off work to get the tickets!). Plan B was Barcelona, the tickets were half the price of 02, there is no ticket touting or secondary ticket selling w*n**r rip-offs, you pay by credit card and you take your credit card and passport to the venue to get in. Heaven! I loathe the internet touts with venom ripping off the real fans, buying in bulk and selling-on at inflated prices. If Spain can stop this, if Pet Shop Boys and Kate Bush can do it, so can all artists and tour venues.

I digress, the concert took place on the day of Michael Jackson’s funeral (who, you may recall, was the reason I was there – bizarre!) and it remains my all-time fave concert, not just for Pet Shop Boys (and they are always fabulous) but for any act, even classic memorable ones from the likes of Beach Boys, U2, Madonna, and certainly better than poor ol’ Jacko himself at Wembley. There’s a list of the set-list in order, but I was virtually the lone mousy-haired Brit near the front in a sea of gorgeous black-haired younger Spanish girls and boys (and some older ones), PSB’s seemed to attract a much younger crowd in Spain for the standing-only concert. Or possibly UK ticket prices are so high you need to be old and rich these days to go. The boys did marvels with boxes and lights and a few dancers, an arty ever-changing stage presentation, and a beautiful mix of the new stuff and the classic stuff, high quality songs. One of the marvels of pop is how a studio-based act turned out to be one of the great live draws, and with current material. Absolutely Fabulous, as they once said.

Back in chart-land July, and Jackson oldies dominate the charts UK and mine, but my preference is for his 70’s stuff, because that’s the Michael Jackson I most missed. We were the same age, and literally grew up “together” from age 12 onwards, I was a fan at 12, so it’s only right that the heart-breaking Ain’t No Sunshine and I’ll Be There should get to 1 and 2 first, followed my entry to his 80’s period Can You Feel It returning to the top ahead of One Day In Your Life and She’s Out Of Life. In fact, no room for many of them in my chart, many a classic booted out – but those that had already had good chart runs.

Keeping up the oldies theme, Dusty’s childhood classic fave I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself, gets to the top. Loved it at 5, love it still. All these oldies, of course, punishes the new stuff, and Records that would otherwise have topped my chart fall short: so mega condolences to La Roux’s Bulletproof the main victim who would have had 3 weeks on top. Other biggies, The Saturdays Work, Paolo Nutini’s Candy, Freemason’s Sophie Ellis-Bextor fabbie Heartbreak, David Guetta and Kelly Rowland’s clubtastic When Love Takes Over, and Florence & The Machine’s Rabbit Heart. Among others!

5th July Charts

AIN’T NO SUNSHINE Michael Jackson 1 2 2 5
I’LL BE THERE The Jackson 5 2 6 21 31
CAN YOU FEEL IT The Jacksons 3 1 7 21
BULLETPROOF La Roux 4 4 4 3
FAIRYTALE (Norway) Alexander Rybak 5 5 11 17
ONE DAY IN YOUR LIFE Michael Jackson 6 3 3 13
ET S’IL FALLAIT LE FAIRE (France) Patricia Kaas 7 14 30 36
RANDAJAD (Estonia) Urban Symphony 8 8 12 18
RELEASE ME Agnes 9 13 13 6
BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson 10 21 31 32

MAMA DO Pixie Lott 11 25 39 37
GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell 12 31 43 45
BISTRA VODA (Bosnia & Herzogovina) Regina 13 39
NEW IN TOWN Little Boots 14 11 19 26
CANDY Paolo Nutini 15 9 15 16
I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF Dusty Springfield 16 12 1 1
STONE COLD SOBER Paloma Faith 17 17 22 22
WE ARE THE PEOPLE Empire Of The Sun 18 18 18 25
HEARTBREAK (MAKE ME A DANCER) Freemasons/ Sophie Ellis Bextor 19 10 5 2
MAN IN THE MIRROR Michael Jackson 20

FIRE Kasabian 21 34 41 41
DID YOU SEE ME COMING? Pet Shop Boys 22 22 27 30
HEAVY CROSS Gossip 23 15 26 35
NEVER FORGET YOU Noisettes 24 24 8 11
TODAS AS ROAS DO AMOR (Portugal) Fler-de-lis 25 45
SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson 26 16 14 10
WORK The Saturdays 27 7 10 7
UNTOUCHED The Veronicas 28 28 38 38
THE SOUND OF SILENCE Simon & Garfunkel 29 29 28 19
I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson/ Siedah Garrett 30 42

WHEN LOVES TAKES OVER David Guetta/ Kelly Rowland 31 19 9 9
15 MINUTES The Yeah You’s 32 23 36
THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 33 33 33 33
EARTH SONG Michael Jackson 34
RABBIT HEART (RAISE IT UP) Florence & The Machine 35 35 25 4
MORE THAN A DREAM Pet Shop Boys 36 41 44 53
KNOCK YOU DOWN Keri Hilson/ Kanye West/ Ne-Yo 37 43 24 24
BLUE EYES Mika 38 26 37 44
PAPARAZZI Lady Gaga 39 38 16 14
BEN Michael Jackson 40 37

BE MY VALENTINE (ANTI-CRISIS GIRL) (Ukraine) Svetlana Loboda 41 50
PRAYING FOR RAIN Sibrydion 42 53 57
TAKIN’ BACK MY LOVE Enrique Iglesias/Ciara 43 54 54
RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner 44 46 46 46
BROKEN STRINGS James Morrison/ Nelly Furtado 45
LOVE & SEX & MAGIC Ciara/ Justin Timberlake 46 56 71
HUSH HUSH (I WILL SURVIVE) Pussycat Dolls 47
WALKING ON A DREAM Empire Of The Sun 48 55 55 60
TUBULAR BELLS Mike Oldfield 49 49 45 40
SAID IT ALL Take That 50 36 42

IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 51 52 53 54
LOSE CONTROL (Finland) Waldo’s People 52
POKER FACE Lady Gaga 53 60 63 63
GO WEST Pet Shop Boys 54 51 51 52
LONGING FOR LULLABIES Kleerup 55 32 34 42
DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson 56 30 23 12
AND I’M TELLING YOU I’M NOT GOING Jennifer Holliday 57 57 52 43
STORY OF A HEART Benny Andersson Band 58 44 20 20
LEGACY Pet Shop Boys 59
NEW DIVIDE Linkin Park 60

LOVE ETC Pet Shop Boys 61 58 60 62
THE CARNIVAL IS OVER The Seekers 62 62 58 48
LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 63 63 64 64
WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys 64 61 61 61
JUST DANCE Lady Gaga 65 59 59 59
DON’T UPSET THE RHYTHM Noisettes 66
THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT US Michael Jackson 67 40
CON TE PARTIRO Andrea Bocelli 68 65 65
MY SWEET LORD George Harrison 69 69 66 55
FOOT OF THE MOUNTAIN a-ha 70 70 70 39

CARRY ME IN YOUR DREAMS (Albania) Kejsi Tola 71
BATTLEFIELD Jordin Sparks 72 47 35 28
IN FOR THE KILL La Roux 73 75 75
OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson 74 67 56
ABC The Jackson 5 75 66

12th July new entries

SHOW ME WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR Carolina Liar 20 29 34
SHARK IN THE WATER VV Brown 27 6 8
WANNA BE STARTIN’ SOMETHIN’ Michael Jackson 40 32 29
ROCKETS Simple Minds 48 48 66
LA NOCHA ES PARA MI (THE NIGHT IS FOR ME) Spain Soraya 64
I DON’T WANT TO HEAR ANYMORE The Eagles 68 68
BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE The Jacksons 71
ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson 72 50
SMOOTH CRIMINAL Michael Jackson 73 62
HUMAN NATURE Michael Jackson 74 67 51

19th July new entries

WHO’S LOVING YOU? The Jackson 5 17 15
I’M NOT ALONE Calvin Harris 47 47
STICKS N’ STONES Jamie T 49 49
HUSH HUSH (I WILL SURVIVE) Pussycat Dolls 69 69
I’LL GO CRAZY IF I DON’T GO CRAZY TONIGHT U2 72 72
EVERY STEP Beverley Knight 73 73
POPPIHOLLA Chicane 74 50

26th July new entries

NEVER GIVE YOU UP Raphael Saadiq 23
DON’T TRUST ME 3oH!3 27
SUPERHUMAN TOUCH Athlete 56
JUST 4 TONITE Paul Carrack 57
BORN TO RUN Bruce Springsteen 58
LOVE COMES Bananarama 65
LOOK WHAT THEY’VE DONE TO MY SONG, MA The New Seekers 67
EVACUATE THE DANCEFLOOR Cascada 68
WHAT DOES IT TAKE Nell Bryden 70
CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 71
21 GUNS Green Day 74
BEAUTIFUL Eminem 75

PET SHOP BOYS LIVE AT POBLE ESPANYA BARCELONA SPAIN

1. GO WEST
2. Heart
3. Left To My Own Devices/Closer To Heaven
4. Did You See Me Coming?
5. Suburbia
6. West End Girls
7. It’s A Sin
8. Love etc
9. Jealousy
10. Viva La Vida/Domino Dancing

11. Love Comes Quickly
12. Pandemonium/Can You Forgive Her
13. Being Boring
14. Se A Vide Es
15. All Over The World
16. Always On My Mind
17. King’s Cross
18. Why Don’t We Live Together?
19. Building A Wall/Integral
20. Two Divided By Zero
21. The Way It Used To Be
22. Do I Have To?

AUGUST 2009

The big record 5 years ago was Sophie Ellis-Bextor and the Freemasons fab dance (minor) hit Heartbreak (Make Me A Dancer). It deserved to be bigger. They’d both topped my chart before, but for some reason this under-performed. 4 weeks at one this month here, though. Bad news for runners-up Florence And The Machine and the deliciously OTT Rabbit Heart at 2, Agnes at 2 for 2 weeks with the marvellous Release Me, I still cry when I singalong to it. The lyrics spoke to me at the time. Also at 2, Frankmusic and Confusion Girl, a UK 27 hit. Yes, I’d forgotten it too, already! It’s catchy enough though.

Coldplay had a Strawberry Swing at 9, and Kanye West helps Mr Hudson into the Top 10 like a Supernova. Meanwhile Evacuating the Dancefloor, Casacada hit 6 cos it sounded good in da clubs to me. Athlete came back with a good single at 5, Superhuman Touch, while clubbing in the Canaries also brings back Black Eyed Peas tracks. Bananarama get a good comeback non-hit with Love Comes at 10, for 28 years of hits since Aimwana. Bung in some more Pet Shop Boys tracks and remixes of oldies (The Passions) and that’s about that for my dancetastic chart.

2nd August chart

I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF Dusty Springfield 1 5 11 11 22
HEARTBREAK (MAKE ME A DANCER) Freemasons/ Sophie Ellis Bextor 2 1 1 1 1
RABBIT HEART (RAISE IT UP) Florence & The Machine 3 2 4 4 7
BULLETPROOF La Roux 4 6 6 10 19
DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson 5 9 13 14 21
RELEASE ME Agnes 6 3 2 2 4
NEVER FORGET YOU Noisettes 7 7 12 12 12
WHEN LOVES TAKES OVER David Guetta/ Kelly Rowland 8 10 14 16 16
PAPARAZZI Lady Gaga 9 11 18 26 52
CONFUSION GIRL (SHAME SHAME SHAME) Frankmusic 10 4 3 3 2

AIN’T NO SUNSHINE Michael Jackson 11 16 21 21 31
SHARK IN THE WATER VV Brown 12 14 23 31 51
WORK The Saturdays 13 22 31 42 24
STRAWBERRY SWING Coldplay 14 12 9 18 35
WHO’S LOVING YOU? The Jackson 5 15 20 37 48 3
SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson 16 26 42 54
KNOCK YOU DOWN Keri Hilson/ Kanye West/ Ne-Yo 17 15 10 23 62
WANNA BE STARTIN’ SOMETHIN’ Michael Jackson 18 13 5 13 27
DON’T TRUST ME 3oH!3 19 19 19 33 9
BATTLEFIELD Jordin Sparks 20 17 15 15 28

CANDY Paolo Nutini 21 21 26 41
ONE DAY IN YOUR LIFE Michael Jackson 22 35 51
NEVER GIVE YOU UP Raphael Saadiq 23 23 45 9 18
STONE COLD SOBER Paloma Faith 24 27 44
FAIRYTALE (Norway) Alexander Rybak 25 37 49 71
RANDAJAD (Estonia) Urban Symphony 26 31 47 51
WE ARE THE PEOPLE Empire Of The Sun 27 32 38 49
SUPERNOVA Mr Hudson/Kanye West 28 8 7 6 14
STORY OF A HEART Benny Andersson Band 29 52
CAN YOU FEEL IT The Jacksons 30 41

NEW IN TOWN Little Boots 31 38 48
TUBULAR BELLS Mike Oldfield 32 25 16 8 44
DID YOU SEE ME COMING? Pet Shop Boys 33 44 54 59
THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 34 34 35 36 41
BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson 35 42 43 44 49
EVACUATE THE DANCEFLOOR Cascada 36 28 22 22 6
UNTOUCHED The Veronicas 37 47
AND I’M TELLING YOU I’M NOT GOING Jennifer Holliday 38 33 29 24 17
FOOT OF THE MOUNTAIN a-ha 39 74 27 46
HUMAN NATURE Michael Jackson 40 36 33 30 30

I’LL BE THERE The Jackson 5 41
SHOW ME WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR Carolina Liar 42
MAMA DO Pixie Lott 43 46
THE CARNIVAL IS OVER The Seekers 44 39 39 35 32
MY SWEET LORD George Harrison 45 43 41 38 36
RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner 46 54 61 61
THE SOUND OF SILENCE Simon & Garfunkel 47
POPPIHOLLA Chicane 48 48 70
ET S’IL FALLAIT LE FAIRE (France) Patricia Kaas 49
I’M NOT ALONE Calvin Harris 50 55 62 62 73

GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell 51 51 52 52 53
GO WEST Pet Shop Boys 52 53 53 53 54
MORE THAN A DREAM Pet Shop Boys 53 57 57 57 57
BORN TO RUN Bruce Springsteen 54 49 46 43 43
IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 55 56 58 58 61
SUPERHUMAN TOUCH Athlete 56 29 25 5 5
JUST 4 TONITE Paul Carrack 57
FIRE Kasabian 58
JUST DANCE Lady Gaga 59
WALKING ON A DREAM Empire Of The Sun 60

WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys 61 62 63 63 64
LOOK WHAT THEY’VE DONE TO MY SONG, MA The New Seekers 62 61 60 50 48
I’LL GO CRAZY IF I DON’T GO CRAZY TONIGHT U2 63 63 40 37 23
LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 64 65 65 65 65
SWEET DREAMS Beyonce 65 40 36 28 38
POKER FACE Lady Gaga 66
BREATH AGAIN JLS 67 58 56 66
CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 68 68 68 64 63
RADAR Britney Spears 69 69 71
IN FOR THE KILL La Roux 70 70

LOVE ETC Pet Shop Boys 71
21 GUNS Green Day 72 64 64
READY FOR THE WEEKEND Calvin Harris 73 45 20 17 26
THE CALCULATION Regina Spektor 74
BEAUTIFUL Eminem 75 60

9th August new entries

BOOM BOOM POW Black Eyed Peas 18 17 29 58
GET SHAKY The Ian Carey Project 24 24 7 13
THE HARDEST THING Mica Paris 30 30 47
YOU’VE GOT THE LOVE Florence & The Machine 50 50
I GOTTA FEELING Black Eyed Peas 59 59 40 39
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Ben’s Brother 66
CRYING LIGHTNING Arctic Monkeys 67 67 60
GET SEXY Sugababes 71 34 34 34
FIRE BURNING Sean Kingston 72 55 55 37
REMEDY Little Boots 73 66 27 8
UPRISING Muse 75 32 32 29

16th August new entries

DON’T WANNA RUN NO MORE Vagabond 8 20 11
WILD YOUNG HEARTS Noisettes 28 25 42
22″ Lily Allen 69 45 40
FUNHOUSE Pink 72 70 60
SIMPLE LOVE Alison Krauss 73 73
HOLIDAY Dizzee Rascal 74 67 67
SONG 2 Blur 75 68 66

23rd August new entries

LOVE COMES Bananarama 19 10
BEAUTIFUL NIGHT Beverley Knight 39 25
KEEP YOUR HEAD UP Girls Can’t Catch 56 56
NEW YORK Paloma Faith 69 45
SWEET DISPOSITION The Temper Trap 72
BOYS AND GIRLS Pixie Lott 74 33
WONDERWALL Oasis 75 75

30th August new entries

I’M IN LOVE WITH A GERMAN FILM STAR (PET SHOP BOYS REMIX) The Passions 15
AUDACITY OF HUGE Simian Mobile Disco 20
LEGACY Pet Shop Boys 46
JUMP Flo-Rida/ Nelly Furtado 47
NEVER LEAVE YOU Tinchy Stryder/ Amelle 50
MAKE IT TAKE IT Amanda Blank 55
WHERE DID ALL THE LOVE GO Kasabian 59
FOREVER YOUNG Madness 68
GHOSTS AND STUFF Deadmau5/ Rob Swire 69
ONE MORE CHANCE Bloc Party 70
SHE WOLF Shakira 71
YOUR PROTECTOR Fleet Foxes 72
I’M SO EXCITED Alesha Dixon 74

My 2009 Charts – January to April

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JANUARY 2009

A mere 5 years ago (unless you’re 15, in which case “a third of a lifetime ago”) and yes, shockingly The Saturdays were around. That seems so wrong…. However, a new year means, err a leather-clad, whip-cracking Spanish melodrama from 1968 was still dominating my charts, leaving only one current record to hit the top: Kevin Rudolf, yes that household name shot in at 3 and up to 1, amazing for essentially a one-hit wonder. L’il Wayne, though, has had a longer career. Regardless, it’s a great record!

Oasis at 2, still having big hits for me, Katy Perry at 2 with Hot n Cold, both denied a number one unfairly by my love affair with DD,D,B,M&T as they were sometimes called even more confusingly. Sugababes prove they actually had far more big hits in my chart than I remember, at 6, Girls Aloud at 7, with new act Lady Gaga (5 years!?) and Lily Allen making for a heavily female-pop chart joining them in the Top 10. Britney at 20 with one I used to holiday jig along to in the video club – I won’t say dance, as it’s more a sort of swaying shuffle from one foot to another, bottle of beer in each hand (2 for 1 midnight till 1am) and I mostly had the floor to myself till the younger clubbers arrived at 10 to 1 to get the cheap drink offer and mime along to Single Ladies dance movements a perfect copy of Beyonce. And that’s just the boys. I digress. Womaniser sounded great. The thing about 2 bottles of beer is, the more drink, the better your own dancing seems to get as you go along. Amazing.

Anyways, elsewhere, non-girlie stuff includes Jason Mraz (an ongoing big-seller these days) at 4, White Lies, Tinchy Stryder & Taio Cruz (lost in transit these days), and Fleet Foxes – surely THAT’S not 5 years old! Honestly these all seem like, what, 2 years old at the most!!

3rd Jan chart

weekly chart positions for january follow artist name…

THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 1 1 2 1
I’M OUTTA TIME Oasis 2 8 19 34
HOT ‘N’ COLD Katy Perry 3 2 4 11
FRANCOISE Sharleen Spiteri 4 4 14 22
WARM THIS WINTER Gabriella Cilmi 5 9 13 21
THESE DAYS Glen Campbell 6 7 3 3
7 THINGS Miley Cyrus 7 5 18 28
ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Val Doonican 8 13 21 32
BEAT GOES ON Madonna/ Kanye West 9 22 22 40
NO CAN DO Sugababes 10 6 6 6

LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 11 11 11 12
I DON’T CARE Fall Out Boy 12 16 28 44
HALLELUJAH Alexandra Burke 13 24 61
THE LAST OF THE MELTING SNOW The Leisure Society 14 14 26 14
HUMAN The Killers 15 18 20 23
GROW OLD WITH ME Glen Campbell 16 21 29 13
BROKEN STRINGS James Morrison/ Nelly Furtado 17 15 15 19
GREATEST DAY Take That 18 25 25 37
RUN Leona Lewis 19 29 56 56
WOMANIZER Britney Spears 20 31 49 58

WILLIAM’S BLOOD Grace Jones 21 30 41 54
THE BOY DOES NOTHING Alesha Dixon 22 43 43 71
SO WHAT Pink 23 26 35 46
THE PROMISE Girls Aloud 24 32 32 35
WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2 25 23 23 16
NO ONE LIKE YOU Al Green/ Corrinne Bailey Rae 26 35 48 55
MILES AWAY Madonna 27 37 59
LOVE LOCKDOWN Kanye West 28 28 36 48
RIGHT NOW NA NA NA Akon 29 45 53 53
ULYSSES Franz Ferdinand 30 19 24 24

USE SOMEBODY Kings Of Leon 31 47 69 69
HALLELUJAH Jeff Buckley 32 50 16 26
LIFE IN TECHNICOLOUR II Coldplay 33 33 30 18
DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 34
WALLS Glen Campbell 35 41 46 51
GOOD DAYS BAD DAYS Kaiser Chiefs 36 36 71
THE LOVING KIND Girls Aloud 37 10 8 7
SANTA BABY Eartha Kitt 38
GRACE Will Young 39 39 39 60
BETTER Boyzone 40 73

NO MILK TODAY Herman’s Hermits 41 42 42 42
THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Abba 42 44 45 47
MAMMA MIA Abba 43 46 47 49
UP The Saturdays 44 51 51 52
TRAINS & WINTER RAINS Enya 45 68
WHAT ABOUT US? John Barrowman 46 63
THE YOUNG ONES Cliff Richard 47 40
PERFECT SYMMETRY Keane 48 34 17 17
IF HE SHOULD EVER LEAVE YOU Tom Jones 49 55 55 64
WE WALK Ting Tings 50 67

TIME OF THE SEASON The Zombies 51 61
SEE YOU AGAIN Miley Cyrus 52 52 52 59
TIMES LIKE THESE Glen Campbell 53 56 74
GRANITE Pendulum 54 65
THE LOVERS ARE LOSING Keane 55 66
SEX ON FIRE Kings Of Leon 56 59 63 63
EVERYBODY KNOWS The Dave Clark 5 57 49 44 41
VIVA LA VIDA Coldplay 58 58 66 66
SAY AHA Santogold 59 69
NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley 60 54 50 45

ANOTHER WAY TO DIE Jack White/ Alicia Keys 61
HAPPY XMAS WAR IS OVER John & Yoko/ Plastic Ono Band 62
FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues/ Kirsty Maccoll 63
KEEP THIS FIRE BURNING Outsiders/ Amanda Wilson 64 62
RAIN ON YOUR PARADE Duffy 65
ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Brenda Lee 66
GIVE A LITTLE LOVE Tom Jones 67
ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo 68 64 64 61
WINTER WONDERLAND Macy Gray 69
WHAT IS HAPPENING Alphabeat 70

HEARTLESS Kanye West 71 48 62 72
LIVE YOUR LIFE T.I./ Rihanna 72
LOVE YOU ANYWAY Boyzone 73
JOHNNY GOT A BOOM BOOM Imelda May 74 74 65 50
ISSUES Saturdays 75 71

10th Jan new entries

LET IT ROCK Kevin Rudolf/ L’il Wayne 3 1 2
TO LOSE MY LIFE White Lies 12 12 9
I’M YOURS Jason Mraz 17 7 4
JUST DANCE Lady Gaga 20 9 8
LA LA LA Ava Leigh 27 27 20
SOBER Pink 38 38 38
MYKONOS Fleet Foxes 53 37 15
MAD Ne-Yo 57 57 43
IT’S A MAN’S MAN’S MAN’S MAN’S WORLD Seal 60 58 30
ONE STEP AT A TIME Jordin Sparks 70 67 67
WORKING ON A DREAM Bruce Springsteen 72 40 29
THE FEAR Lily Allen 75 5 5

18th Jan new entries

TAKE ME BACK Tinchy Stryder/ Taio Cruz 10 10
DAY ‘N’ NITE Kid Cudi/ Crookers 31 31
GET UP 50 Cent 33 33
GANGSTA’S PARADISE Coolio/ LV 34 25
CIRCUS Britney Spears 54 36
I DON’T WANT YOUR LOVE (I NEED YOUR LOVE) Paul Carrack 60 39
KIDS MGMT 68 68
SPACEMAN The Killers 70 65
CHANGE Daniel Merriweather 72
MY! MY! TIME FLIES! Enya 73 27
SINGLE LADIES (PUT A RING ON IT) Beyonce 75 62

25th Jan new entries

GET ON YOUR BOOTS U2 57
POKER FACE Lady Gaga 70
FEARLESS Bryn Christopher 73
IT’S AMAZING Jem 74
BREATHE SLOW Alesha Dixon 75

 

FEBRUARY 2009 CHARTS

1968 Whip-crackin’ classic Legend Of Xanadu continues to pop up and down from the top of the charts, allowing debut newcomer Lady Gaga to grab 2 weeks at the top in between. Just Dance is the first of guess how many toppers for Gaga She hit the pop scene with a breath of fresh air and a great album. I’m Yours, chart staple these days, makes my Top 10 along with the fab Girls Aloud single, Fleet Foxes, Coldplay, and…yes Lady Gaga again, already, with her Ra-Ra-Rasputin rhythmed Poker Face.

U2 meanwhile swap oldie for newie in the 10, Miley Cyrus makes my Top 10 4 years before managing it in the UK (hey it was a good single!), Annie Lennox makes a 10 comeback, and new entries include Santogold (Santigold these days), Muse covering Nina Simone (also a chart staple these days), Pet Shop Boys going straight into the Top 5, as does Saint Etienne with yet another chart-flop (SO unfair charts sometimes), while Elbow slip in with a future classic and future big hit, Sam Gold ditto, and Taylor Swift debuts with Love Story. If I were her I’d move into pop and away from Country….
1st FEB Chart

THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 1 3 4 1
LET IT ROCK Kevin Rudolf/ L’il Wayne 2 2 2 4
JUST DANCE Lady Gaga 3 1 1 2
THE FEAR Lily Allen 4 4 9 6
NO CAN DO Sugababes 5 5 14 18
I’M YOURS Jason Mraz 6 6 8 13
THE LOVING KIND Girls Aloud 7 7 7 17
THESE DAYS Glen Campbell 8 8 11 12
TO LOSE MY LIFE White Lies 9 16 3 9
WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2 10 63

CHANGE Daniel Merriweather 11 11 13 25
TAKE ME BACK Tinchy Stryder/ Taio Cruz 12 12 12 14
GROW OLD WITH ME Glen Campbell 13 14 20 31
MYKONOS Fleet Foxes 14 9 15 26
LIFE IN TECHNICOLOUR II Coldplay 15 10 16 27
LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 16 19 19 19
WE WALK Ting Tings 17 17 27 16
CIRCUS Britney Spears 18 18 18 28
BROKEN STRINGS James Morrison/ Nelly Furtado 19 25 25 30
HOT ‘N’ COLD Katy Perry 20 27 30 33

THE LAST OF THE MELTING SNOW The Leisure Society 21 13 17 21
POKER FACE Lady Gaga 22 15 10 7
GANGSTA’S PARADISE Coolio/ LV 23 20
WORKING ON A DREAM Bruce Springsteen 24 24 24 32
GET ON YOUR BOOTS U2 25 21 21 8
LA LA LA Ava Leigh 26 42 50 58
MY! MY! TIME FLIES! Enya 27 22 28 41
HUMAN The Killers 28 37 38 39
I DON’T WANT YOUR LOVE (I NEED YOUR LOVE) Paul Carrack 29 33 46 71
IT’S A MAN’S MAN’S MAN’S MAN’S WORLD Seal 30 26 37 45

FRANCOISE Sharleen Spiteri 31 32 33 37
PERFECT SYMMETRY Keane 32 48 62
WARM THIS WINTER Gabriella Cilmi 33 45 49 57
JOHNNY GOT A BOOM BOOM Imelda May 34 34 42 48
EVERYBODY KNOWS The Dave Clark 5 35 30 23 15
GIVES YOU HELL All-American Rejects 36 36 48 59
MAD Ne-Yo 37 43 47 62
SOBER Pink 38 38 22 22
GREATEST DAY Take That 39 47 55 46
FLY ON THE WALL Miley Cyrus 40 31 26 10

ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Val Doonican 41 41 41 42
DAY ‘N’ NITE Kid Cudi/ Crookers 42 53 58 61
THE PROMISE Girls Aloud 43 57 63 63
NO MILK TODAY Herman’s Hermits 44 44 44 44
NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley 45 40 31 29
ULYSSES Franz Ferdinand 46 46 57 70
HALLELUJAH Jeff Buckley 47 61
7 THINGS Miley Cyrus 48 67
THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Abba 49 52 52 54
SPACEMAN The Killers 50 50 32 23

MAMMA MIA Abba 51 51 51 51
I’M OUTTA TIME Oasis 52 71
SO WHAT Pink 53 64 74
UP The Saturdays 54 54 54 56
SINGLE LADIES (PUT A RING ON IT) Beyonce 55
WALLS Glen Campbell 56 61 64
GET UP 50 Cent 57
GIVE A LITTLE LOVE Tom Jones 58 29 29 24
IT’S GROWING James Taylor 59 59 59
LOVE LOCKDOWN Kanye West 60

ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo 61 58 53 49
TIME TO PRETEND MGMT 62 62 69
USE SOMEBODY Kings Of Leon 63 66 66 66
IT’S AMAZING Jem 64 60 60
KIDS MGMT 65 65 65 60
RUN Leona Lewis 66
SHINING LIGHT Annie Lennox 67 23 6 11
SEX ON FIRE Kings Of Leon 68 68 68 55
ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY Anastacia 69 69
NO ONE LIKE YOU Al Green/ Corrinne Bailey Rae 70

VIVA LA VIDA Coldplay 71 72 72 73
BREATHE SLOW Alesha Dixon 72 55 40 35
RIGHT NOW NA NA NA Akon 73
IN FOR THE KILL La Roux 74
I’M THROWING MY ARMS AROUND PARIS Morrissey 75 70 34 34

8th FEB New Entries

FEARLESS Bryn Christopher 28 36 52
SAY AHA Santogold 35 35 43
FEELIN’ GOOD Muse 39 45 53
I’LL BE AROUND Detroit Spinners 49 39 36
TONIGHT Jay Sean 56 56 67
I THOUGHT I LOST YOU John Travolta & Miley Cyrus 73 73
GIMME A CALL Tommy Reilly 74
LET IT GO Will Young 75 75 74

15th FEB New Entries

LOVE ETC Pet Shop Boys 5 3
OMEN The Prodigy 43 38
T SHIRT Shontelle 67 50
CRACK A BOTTLE Eminem 70 65
IT DOESN’T MATTER ANYMORE Buddy Holly 71 68

22nd FEB New Entries

METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Saint Etienne 5
UP ALL NIGHT Take That 20
JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH The Saturdays 40
SOMETHING IS SQUEEZING MY SKULL Morrissey 47
TROUBLE Stone Walters 64
ONE DAY LIKE THIS Elbow 69
BLACK AND GOLD Sam Sparro 72
LOVE STORY Taylor Swift 75

 

 

MARCH 2009 CHARTS

It was a Pet Shop Boys revival going on, awards and downloads, and a Pet Shop Boys on-form return with Love etc, to give a Very Pet Shop Boys chart, Actually. Yes. Quite deserved, being as they are the best act of the last 30 years – this is not open for discussion, let’s just call it fact, eh? By the end of the month they have 5 new tracks joining classic oldies in my chart. Gawd bless’em British institutions.

So anyway, Gaga was new and peaking, her Poker Face grabbing the top in between Pet Shop Boys, So. U2 were also getting their boots on, Miley Cyrus was in my Top 5 with a good little single flying on the wall, Take That were Up All Night at the relative undeserved flop of the single in the UK charts, but not in mine. Empire Of The Sun at 3 with the fabulous Walking On A Dream, and Tony Christie getting a bona fide NEW actual single in my top 10. What!? Not Amarillo?! Jai Ho, also joins it, sounding all fab and Indian-rhythmed, a great pop single to end the Pussycat Dolls popchart career on.

1st March chart

WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys 1 2 6 11 14
METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Saint Etienne 2 4 4 5 4
LOVE ETC Pet Shop Boys 3 3 3 2 1
JUST DANCE Lady Gaga 4 8 14 15 15
POKER FACE Lady Gaga 5 1 2 1 2
GET ON YOUR BOOTS U2 6 7 11 16 31
FLY ON THE WALL Miley Cyrus 7 5 7 9 16
UP ALL NIGHT Take That 8 6 5 4 10
TO LOSE MY LIFE White Lies 9 18 29 34 50
WE WALK Ting Tings 10 11 20 28 44

THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 11 21 21 21 21
LET IT ROCK Kevin Rudolf/ L’il Wayne 12 14 22 25 33
THE FEAR Lily Allen 13 13 15 23 27
I’M YOURS Jason Mraz 14 22 30 30 40
I’M THROWING MY ARMS AROUND PARIS Morrissey 15 15 28 44
CAN’T STOP THE RAIN Shena 16 9 9 12 23
SPACEMAN The Killers 17 24 49
THESE DAYS Glen Campbell 18 23 32 33 41
SHINING LIGHT Annie Lennox 19 16 16 20 39
OMEN The Prodigy 20 12 18 19 37

LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 21 31 31 31 32
TAKE ME BACK Tinchy Stryder/ Taio Cruz 22 34 42 49
THE LOVING KIND Girls Aloud 23 39 45 55 71
CHANGE Daniel Merriweather 24 26 36 41 56
BREATHE SLOW Alesha Dixon 25 25 25 38 60
NO CAN DO Sugababes 26 48 56 70
PARIS IS BURNING Ladyhawke 27 45 57
WALKING ON A DREAM Empire Of The Sun 28 41 8 8 3
DEAD AND GONE T.I./ Justin Timberlake 29 17 13 13 25
I’LL BE AROUND Detroit Spinners 30 30 26 22 19

SOBER Pink 31
THE LAST OF THE MELTING SNOW The Leisure Society 32 42 48 54 61
I LOVE MY BABY Napoleon 33 32 43 61
BROKEN STRINGS James Morrison/ Nelly Furtado 34 40 33 26 34
JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH The Saturdays 35 35 35 56
GIVE A LITTLE LOVE Tom Jones 36 54
NO LINE ON THE HORIZON U2 37 37 54
RAINDROPS (ENCORE UNE FOIS) Sash 38 59
HUMAN The Killers 39 47 47 47 52
ICE IN THE SUN Status Quo 40 38 34

GROW OLD WITH ME Glen Campbell 41 65
FRANCOISE Sharleen Spiteri 42 63 63 65 69
ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Val Doonican 43
NO MILK TODAY Herman’s Hermits 44 51 51 51 51
MYKONOS Fleet Foxes 45 56 62
f*** YOU Lily Allen 46 69
SOMETHING IS SQUEEZING MY SKULL Morrissey 47 27 37 46
T SHIRT Shontelle 48 55 55 63
HOT ‘N’ COLD Katy Perry 49 70 70 74
CRACK A BOTTLE Eminem/ Dr Dre/ 50 Cent 50 50 59

MAMMA MIA Abba 51 52 53 53 54
CIRCUS Britney Spears 52 57
WATCHA THINK ABOUT THAT Pussycat Dolls 53 44 44 62
YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Sylvester 54 53 46 42 42
LIFE IN TECHNICOLOUR II Coldplay 55 71
THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Abba 56 61 61
LOVE STORY Taylor Swift 57 46 40 29 48
WONDERFUL Gary Go 58 49 66
UP The Saturdays 59 66
FALLING DOWN Oasis 60 28 23 10 22

GREATEST DAY Take That 61
WORKING ON A DREAM Bruce Springsteen 62
THE PROMISE Girls Aloud 63 74
TROUBLE Stone Walters 64
IT DOESN’T MATTER ANYMORE Buddy Holly 65 62 50 40 35
ONE DAY LIKE THIS Elbow 66
TIME TO PRETEND MGMT 67 43 38
PAPER PLANES MIA 68
SHOW ME LOVE Steve Angello & Laidback/ Robin S 69 52 48 66
EVERY WORD SHE SAID Tony Christie 70 29 10 14 18

SEX ON FIRE Kings Of Leon 71 75
VIVA LA VIDA Coldplay 72 72 72 72 72
BETTER THAN THIS Keane 73 73 37 13
THE LAKE Antony & The Johnsons 74
MY LIFE SUCKS WITHOUT YOU Kelly Clarkson 75 68 39 39

8th March new entries

IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 10 1 3 11
DON’T UPSET THE RHYTHM Noisettes 19 17 17 17
GO WEST Pet Shop Boys 20 12 7 6
BEGGIN’ Frankie Valli/Four Seasons 33 41
DID YOU SEE ME COMING? Pet Shop Boys 36 19 6 5
I CAN’T HELP MYSELF Sparks 58 58
NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT Peter Bjorn & John 60 27 27 20
FLY AWAY Honeyrider 64 64
IN A MATTER OF TIME The Leisure Society 67 67

15th March new entries

HALO Beyonce 24 24 24
BEAUTIFUL Akon/Kardinall Offishall/Colby O’Donis 60 32 28
STRONG AGAIN N-Dubz 65 52 46
DESOLATION ROW My Chemical Romance 68
WEIGHT OF THE WORLD Lemar 69 69
RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner 71 45 43
SHAKE IT Metro Station 73 35 29
RIGHT ROUND Flo-Rida 74 66 62
REVELRY Kings Of Leon 75

22nd March new entries

TAKIN’ BACK MY LOVE Enrique Iglesias/Ciara 18 9
LIGHTEN UP MORRISSEY Sparks 36 59
JAI HO A R Rahman/Pussycat Dolls 43 8
ISLANDS IN THE STREAM Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton 50 47
NO YOU GIRLS Franz Ferdinand 57 64
IN FOR THE KILL La Roux 58 30
CAN’T GET OVER September” 59 58
ISLANDS IN THE STREAM Ruth Jones/ Rob Brydon/ Tom Jones/ Robin Gibb 60 57
NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S’ Annie Lennox 64
FAREWELL TO THE FAIRGROUND White Lies 67 67
BLOWING IN THE WIND Bob Dylan 68 65
IT’S ALRIGHT Seal 71 55
SHOW ME LOVE Robin S 73
WALKING ON BROKEN GLASS Annie Lennox 75

29th March new entries

ALL OVER THE WORLD Pet Shop Boys 7
MORE THAN A DREAM Pet Shop Boys 12
PANDEMONIUM Pet Shop Boys 26
JUST GO Lionel Richie 36
DUST DEVIL Madness 38
MAKE IT MINE Jason Mraz 45
BIG BAD HANDSOME MAN Imelda May 49
KINGDOM OF RUST Doves 53
GENTLE ON MY MIND Glen Campbell 63
BREAKING APART Chris Isaak/ Trisha Yearwood 68
NUMBER 1 Tinchy Stryder/ N-Dubz 70
WHITE WINTER HYMNAL Fleet Foxes 73
CATHY’S CLOWN Everly Brothers 74
THINKING OF YOU Katy Perry 75