Top 100 of 2014

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Based on chart-point “sales”..

1 1 21 COLOURS IN THE SKY Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1614150
2 1 19 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE Molly 1259400
3 1 18 INTO THE BLUE Kylie Minogue 1224950
4 1 26 CHANGING Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1189950
5 1 17 I WALK ALONE Cher 1029200
6 1 24 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS Paloma Faith 1009550
7 1 28 BECOME Midge Ure 988400
8 1 17 LOVE RUNS OUT OneRepublic 978650
9 1 20 THESE DAYS Take That 911800
10 1 18 DERNIERE DANSE Indila 794700

11 1 19 LET THE NIGHT Dirty Vegas 752700
12 1 25 CALL Francesco Yates 744200
13 1 18 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 724200
14 3 19 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS Train 702600
15 1 16 SHE’S NOT YOU Jenny Lewis 696950
16 1 16 YOU RUIN ME The Veronicas 686050
17 1 14 WHO’S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Neil Young 670300
18 1 14 UPTOWN FUNK! Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 662000
19 1 14 ONE Order Of Era 656300
20 2 16 SAY SOMETHING A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera 654150

21 1 15 DUST HALOS 650500
22 1 14 ANYTIME Cosmonaut Grenchko 636550
23 1 17 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 598900
24 1 9 EMPIRE Shakira 582300
25 4 20 HIDEAWAY Kiesza 568700
26 2 11 HOLDING ON FOR LIFE Broken Bells 560900
27 1 12 STAY HIGH Tove Lo featuring Hippie Sabotage 535050
28 5 20 SHAKE IT OFF Taylor Swift 528550
29 4 15 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 511050
30 2 12 SING Ed Sheeran 497000

31 2 11 GLOW Ella Henderson 454450
32 4 13 SOS IN BEL AIR Phoenix 442500
33 2 9 DARK DARK IN THE NIGHT Hang The DJ 434500
34 4 12 HOME Naughty Boy featuring Sam Romans 429650
35 3 10 LONG BLACK ROAD ELO 425800
36 6 15 MY TYPE Saint Motel 416250
37 7 20 HAPPY Pharrell Williams 397400
38 3 12 DO WHAT U WANT Lady Gaga featuring R Kelly 393950
39 7 17 KINGS The Pierces 392700
40 3 9 LET ME DOWN EASY Paolo Nutini 389250

41 2 10 COME WITH ME NOW KONGOS 376950
42 4 11 I WAS GONNA CANCEL Kylie Minogue 376850
43 3 11 CHANDELIER SIA 376250
44 5 12 SUNDREAM RUFUS 372500
45 3 10 FLY BOY BLUE/ LUNETTE Elbow 369050
46 3 11 UGLY HEART G.R.L. 363150
47 4 11 LOVERS ON THE SUN David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 362950
48 5 12 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT The Pierces 350000
49 4 10 ISN’T IT STRANGE Parralox 342950
50 3 14 SOLO DANCING Indiana 336000

51 5 12 LET ME GO Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger 335850
52 6 11 WASTED Tiesto featuring Matthew Koma 328450
53 4 11 FACE TO FACE Gary Barlow and Elton John 328400
54 3 8 CALM AFTER THE STORM (NETHERLANDS) The Common Linnets 327250
55 6 10 JUBEL Klingande 326700
56 5 11 GENTLE ON MY MIND The Band Perry 322700
57 9 17 I LOVED YOU Blonde featuring Melissa Steele 322550
58 5 10 KISS ME ONCE Kylie Minogue 321400
59 7 11 WON’T BE BROKEN Keane 318500
60 3 9 THE HANGING TREE James Newton Howard featuring Jennifer Lawrence 316800

61 4 12 BUSY EARNIN’ Jungle 313200
62 6 12 DO IT AGAIN Royksopp and Robyn 304400
63 9 12 GIRLS/GIRLS/BOYS Panic! At The Disco 302150
64 7 12 IF U GOT IT Chris Malinchak (featuring Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations) 301700
65 5 9 BULLIT Watermat 299600
66 6 8 THE CHAMBER Lenny Kravitz 297950
67 6 12 DOWN IN THE HOLE Bruce Springsteen 297500
68 4 10 IN YOUR BED Ariana & The Rose 296650
69 7 13 BELIEVE IN ME The Pierces 295250
70 5 10 ELLE Shy’m 294450

71 7 12 OUTSIDE Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Golding 291500
72 4 8 LET IT BE Labrinth 291000
73 7 13 IF YOU LET ME GO Salt Ashes 290450
74 4 9 FALLINLOVE2NITE Prince with Zooey Deschanel 283450
75 6 8 YOU CAN’T STOP THE BEAT Wally Lopez featuring Jamie Scott of Graffiti6 281550
76 6 12 I GOT YOU Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones 276950
77 5 12 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN James Blunt 276600
78 7 9 RED CASSETTE Mamas Gun 276500
79 12 17 SOS Indila 273800
80 3 8 ONCE UPON A DREAM Lana Del Ray 273650

81 8 15 CHIMES Hudson Mohawke 266850
82 13 13 READY FOR YOUR LOVE Gorgon City featuring MNEK 265200
83 7 12 CHANGES Faul and Wad Ad versus Pnau 265000
84 4 8 CRYSTALLIZE Kylie Minogue 264500
85 9 12 BLANK SPACE Taylor Swift 263900
86 5 10 SLEEP LIKE A BABY TONIGHT U2 263200
87 9 10 OVER YOU Ingrid Michaelson featuring A Great Big World 263100
88 5 12 EMMYLOU First Aid Kit 262550
89 9 13 OPEN DOORS Electric Lady Lab 261150
90 5 9 ALL THESE ROADS Sultan and Ned Shepard featuring Zella Day and Sam Martin 259050

91 5 8 WAITING FOR YOU Kris Menace featuring Black Hills 258950
92 7 10 FROM NOWHERE Dan Croll 255150
93 10 13 A PLACE WITH NO NAME Michael Jackson 253400
94 8 15 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 252400
95 8 13 HELLO GOODNIGHT Mamas Gun 251950
96 10 12 LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD Michael Jackson featuring Justin Timberlake 251450
97 6 11 IF I LOSE MYSELF OneRepublic vs Alesso 250200
98 9 15 DOSES AND MIMOSAS Cherub 250150
99 6 9 MY SILVER LINING First Aid Kit 242300
100 4 10 DARK HORSE Katy Perry featuring Juicy J 241500

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My 2014 Charts – October to December

me sitges 2014

me sitges 2014

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28th December 2014

It’s Mark Ronson hitting the top spot for the first time, with Bruno Mars getting his 3rd chart-topper, and the fabulous funky Uptown Funk! The top end of the chart looks like Halloween with devils and ghosts, lower down it’s a christmas bonanza as the ghosts of xmas past enter drop climb or drop out. Not to mention movie themes from SIA (Annie’s You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile) and The Weeknd climbing to 12 and entering at 7 with his theme to 50 Shades Of Grey, Earned It – greedy The Weeknd has 2 in the 10 (and his 3rd in total), and so has Madonna as Devil Pray enters at 9, and Ghosttown climbs to 4 proving she’s back on form, and with most of the album and singles yet to be released. For the record, that’s pretty much Top 10’s from 1984 for 30 years barring 10 or 15 or so that underperfomed, and Hanky Panky which is unlistenable these days.

Meanwhile Paul McCartney re-enters the top 40 with his computer game track, just behind ex-partner John Lennon back for the millionth time with Happy Xmas War Is Over, first hitting my number one in 1972, the first ever christmas chart-topper, the one that has hit the top spot way more times than any other record, and the one that has charted several times in every decade since with a grand total of chart points only beaten by 1 or 2 tracks, Abba’s Dancing Queen and on a par (I need to check after this run) with California Dreamin’ from The Mamas And The Papas.

Talking of Lennon and McCartney, Joe Cocker’s brilliant With A Little Help From My Friends returns at 5 with his epic version of The Beatles song, which first hit my top 10 46 years ago, but never quite made the top 5, and following his sad death last week. He now has two notable feats: one of the very rare covers of a Beatles song that improves on the original, I still recall being surprised and attracted and repulsed simultaneously when I first heard it on Top Of The Pops with his strange singing and body gyrations. The others: longest gap between leaving the charts and returning, almost exactly 46 years, and the longest time taken to reach a chart peak (46 years 2 months).

Another welcome return to a veteran as Linda Lewis is back after a very long break of about 15 years, thanks to a plug on Never Mind The Buzzcocks where Phil Jupetus knew instantly who she was in the mystery line-up, as do I for a long-time fave. For those who know her not, she was originally a British singer-songwriter albums artist who never quite made it big, but grabbed a hit with Rock A Doodle Doo in 1973, with it’s soul/folk sounds and her incredible vocal range. The new entry is a recently released archive BBC version, and it’s great to have her back. To check out her Mariah-Carey-ish vocal range have a look at It’s In His Kiss her 1975 disco hit cover of The Shoop Shoop Song. It pisses over every other version from a great height.


1 2 1 2 UPTOWN FUNK! Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 270000
2 1 1 6 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 429900
3 3 1 10 THESE DAYS Take That 731000
4 28 4 2 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 83200
5 NEW 5 1 WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker 60000
6 4 4 4 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 151750
7 NEW 7 1 EARNED IT (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) The Weeknd 50000
8 5 5 8 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT The Pierces 264300
9 NEW 9 1 DEVIL PRAY Madonna 45000
10 14 3 5 THE HANGING TREE James Newton Howard featuring Jennifer Lawrence 252000

11 7 7 5 OUTSIDE Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Golding 128000
12 25 12 5 YOU’RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE SIA 98150
13 8 8 2 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 80000
14 17 14 4 LIKE I CAN Sam Smith 107000
15 22 13 8 WELCOME TO NEW YORK Taylor Swift 153600
16 9 9 10 I LOVED YOU Blonde featuring Melissa Steele 227250
17 6 1 10 YOU RUIN ME The Veronicas 610100
18 12 9 6 BLANK SPACE Taylor Swift 156200
19 11 4 7 SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd 234600
20 10 10 5 DESIRE Years And Years 136100

21 13 5 7 GENTLE ON MY MIND The Band Perry 256750
22 15 2 7 REAL LOVE Tom Odell 310000
23 26 23 27 OUR LAST SUMMER Abba 343750
24 37 24 4 DANGEROUS David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 58800
25 34 25 2 SOMETHING I NEED Ben Haenow 36350
26 16 1 9 ANYTIME Cosmonaut Grenchko 581100
27 31 27 13 STORM IN A TEACUP Lynsey De Paul 155000
28 23 1 10 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 508550
29 NEW 29 1 ROCK A DOODLE DOO (RADIO STUDIO SESSION) Linda Lewis 18200
30 24 1 9 WHO’S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Neil Young 616000

31 21 1 10 DUST HALOS 589150
32 50 32 4 REAL LOVE Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 45500
33 20 20 4 THANK GOD IT’S NOT CHRISTMAS Sparks 59700
34 RE 34 3 COOL KIDS Echosmith 28000
35 18 18 2 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 39500
36 33 19 9 ADRENALINA Wisin featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin 129800
37 64 37 3 BAILANDO Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona 29500
38 40 38 2 SHAKE THAT Danssun and Marlon Hofstadt 34200
39 NEW 39 1 HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir 17100
40 RE 40 3 HOPE FOR THE FUTURE Paul McCartney 30200

41 30 5 17 SHAKE IT OFF Taylor Swift 493850
42 NEW 42 1 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 13750
43 19 19 3 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake 53750
44 27 12 11 SOS Indila 204400
45 32 26 6 WAIT ON ME Rixton 74100
46 46 32 5 TELL ‘EM I’M GONE Cat Stevens 73250
47 45 1 20 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10C.C. 943050
48 42 4 10 BUSY EARNIN’ Jungle 295150
49 49 49 3 LEAVE WHILE I’M NOT LOOKING Paloma Faith 36500
50 55 50 2 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 22800

51 48 12 11 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) Marlon Roudette 234950
52 44 5 12 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN James Blunt 276600
53 43 6 9 SAVE ME NOW Billy Idol 229950
54 57 54 9 SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon And Garfunkel 73900
55 54 1 17 HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush 587650
56 69 56 2 HOME AGAIN Ashley Campbell 16800
57 29 29 4 YOU GIVE ME LOVE Idris Elba featuring Maverick Sabre 54000
58 60 58 6 SOMEBODY TO LOVE Queen 48300
59 68 59 2 FADE TO GREY (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Visage 16500
60 53 1 21 CHANGING Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1154950

61 61 1 42 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel 826150
62 59 1 13 SHE’S NOT YOU Jenny Lewis 675650
63 65 63 7 MY GENERATION The Who 46600
64 NEW 64 1 7/11 Beyonce 7100
65 41 15 8 27 CLUB Chloe Black 154900
66 66 66 2 I’M AN ALBATROZ AronChupa 13600
67 NEW 67 1 THINKING ABOUT IT Just Kiddin 6600
68 67 1 20 CALL Francesco Yates 714200
69 52 52 2 STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John 17700
70 NEW 70 1 DIAMONDS Josef Salvat 6000

71 71 71 2 REBEL HEART Madonna 11600
72 NEW 72 1 IT DON’T MEAN A THING Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga 5600
73 73 1 26 BECOME Midge Ure 977600
74 74 8 13 HELLO GOODNIGHT Mamas Gun 251950
75 NEW 75 1 JEALOUS Labrinth 5000

DROP OUTS
35 27 6 I DON’T CARE Cheryl 83200
36 27 3 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 53200
38 38 3 CADILLAC, CADILLAC Train 44800
39 20 8 ANIMALS Maroon 5 106550
47 35 5 BLUE SMOKE Dolly Parton 81800
51 39 3 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN (ACOUSTIC) Status Quo 41350
56 7 13 IF YOU LET ME GO Salt Ashes 290450
58 58 1 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud 10200
62 16 10 REASON Erasure 180700
63 45 3 SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO Jools Holland Rhythm n Blues Orchestra featuring Kylie Minogue 32600
70 70 1 SLEIGH RIDE The Ronettes 6000
72 72 1 TOCA TOCA Fly Project 5600
75 75 2 FLY ME TO THE MOON Julie London 10000

me, dec 2014

me, dec 2014

21st December 2014

Ariane Grande and The Weeknd both get their first tuneful number one, holding off Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars new retrotastic entry at 2 by a whisker. Uptown Funk! Olly Murs gets another top 10 hit, aided by Demi Lovato getting her first. Great video too.

Calvin Harris also gets yet another top 10, ditto Ellie Golding, up to 7 together, just ahead of Gary Barlow’s duet with Agnetha Faltskog, giving her 31 years of solo hits or 40 years with Abba. Abba meanwhile keep on slipping upwards with 1980’s Our Last Summer to 26.

Loads of Christmas oldies pop back again, the order changes, some don’t make it this year, but only one that has never charted before, the anti-xmas Sparks track from 1974 at 20. Madonna gets two new entries, the highest one is a leaked album track Ghosttown which sounded pretty good to me on one listen!

OneRepublic cover from Ben X-Factor Haenow pops in, just ahead of some Spanish club tunes like Shake That at 40. Finally, Ashley Campbell, Glen’s daughter joins her father in the charts too, off the same EP as Glen’s number one and The Band Perry’s cover of Gentle On My Mind.

1 2 1 5 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 314900
2 NEW 2 1 UPTOWN FUNK! Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 100000
3 1 1 9 THESE DAYS Take That 646000
4 21 4 3 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 96750
5 5 5 7 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT The Pierces 216300
6 3 1 9 YOU RUIN ME The Veronicas 587100
7 29 7 4 OUTSIDE Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Golding 90900
8 NEW 8 1 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 48000
9 11 9 9 I LOVED YOU Blonde featuring Melissa Steele 202250
10 10 10 4 DESIRE Years And Years 116100

11 4 4 6 SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd 213600
12 9 9 5 BLANK SPACE Taylor Swift 134200
13 7 5 6 GENTLE ON MY MIND The Band Perry 237000
14 6 3 4 THE HANGING TREE James Newton Howard featuring Jennifer Lawrence 210000
15 8 2 6 REAL LOVE Tom Odell 290500
16 12 1 8 ANYTIME Cosmonaut Grenchko 562600
17 14 14 3 LIKE I CAN Sam Smith 78000
18 NEW 18 1 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 22000
19 23 19 2 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake 40250
20 40 20 3 THANK GOD IT’S NOT CHRISTMAS Sparks 42000

21 15 1 9 DUST HALOS 571250
22 13 13 7 WELCOME TO NEW YORK Taylor Swift 126600
23 16 1 9 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 490250
24 17 1 8 WHO’S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Neil Young 598000
25 25 25 4 YOU’RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE SIA 63150
26 28 26 26 OUR LAST SUMMER Abba 324050
27 18 12 10 SOS Indila 191150
28 NEW 28 1 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 18200
29 30 29 3 YOU GIVE ME LOVE Idris Elba featuring Maverick Sabre 43500
30 22 5 16 SHAKE IT OFF Taylor Swift 479850

31 33 31 12 STORM IN A TEACUP Lynsey De Paul 136600
32 26 26 5 WAIT ON ME Rixton 61100
33 19 19 2 ADRENALINA Wisin featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin 38700
34 NEW 34 1 SOMETHING I NEED Ben Haenow 17600
35 27 27 6 I DON’T CARE Cheryl 83200
36 36 27 3 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 53200
37 52 37 3 DANGEROUS David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 39800
38 38 38 3 CADILLAC, CADILLAC Train 44800
39 20 20 8 ANIMALS Maroon 5 106550
40 NEW 40 1 SHAKE THAT Danssun and Marlon Hofstadt 17000

41 24 15 7 27 CLUB Chloe Black 147900
42 31 4 9 BUSY EARNIN’ Jungle 282850
43 34 6 8 SAVE ME NOW Billy Idol 218700
44 41 5 11 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN James Blunt 265100
45 44 1 19 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10C.C. 930550
46 32 32 4 TELL ‘EM I’M GONE Cat Stevens 60500
47 35 35 5 BLUE SMOKE Dolly Parton 81800
48 37 12 10 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) Marlon Roudette 223200
49 49 49 2 LEAVE WHILE I’M NOT LOOKING Paloma Faith 24400
50 59 50 3 REAL LOVE Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 27700

51 39 39 3 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN (ACOUSTIC) Status Quo 41350
52 NEW 52 1 STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John 11500
53 42 1 20 CHANGING Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1144950
54 54 1 16 HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush 576850
55 NEW 55 1 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 10800
56 51 7 13 IF YOU LET ME GO Salt Ashes 290450
57 57 57 8 SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon And Garfunkel 62900
58 NEW 58 1 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud 10200
59 53 1 12 SHE’S NOT YOU Jenny Lewis 668250
60 60 60 5 SOMEBODY TO LOVE Queen 38100

61 61 1 41 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel 818650
62 48 16 10 REASON Erasure 180700
63 45 45 3 SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO Jools Holland Rhythm n Blues Orchestra featuring Kylie Minogue 32600
64 RE 64 1 BAILANDO Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona 7100
65 65 65 6 MY GENERATION The Who 39400
66 NEW 66 1 I’M AN ALBATROZ AronChupa 6800
67 64 1 19 CALL Francesco Yates 706800
68 NEW 68 1 FADE TO GREY (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Visage 6400
69 NEW 69 1 HOME AGAIN Ashley Campbell 6200
70 NEW 70 1 SLEIGH RIDE The Ronettes 6000

71 NEW 71 1 REBEL HEART Madonna 5800
72 NEW 72 1 TOCA TOCA Fly Project 5600
73 72 1 25 BECOME Midge Ure 972200
74 66 8 12 HELLO GOODNIGHT Mamas Gun 246750
75 75 75 2 FLY ME TO THE MOON Julie London 10000

DROP OUTS
43 9 8 MALACHITE Lydia Ainsworth 180700
46 29 6 LOUDER THAN WORDS Pink Floyd 80350
47 10 13 A PLACE WITH NO NAME Michael Jackson 253400
50 11 5 IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 116750
55 8 15 CHIMES Hudson Mohawke 266850
56 22 6 SADNESS DISEASE Urban Cone 102400
58 58 1 SISSY THAT WALK RuPaul 10200
62 2 11 GLOW Ella Henderson 454450
63 49 2 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 19300
67 67 2 DYNAMO Johnny Marr 13200
68 68 2 THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE Shirley Bassey 12800
69 69 1 COLA SONG Inna featuring J Balvin 6200
70 70 2 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey 12000
71 71 1 THINKING OUT LOUD Ed Sheeran 5800
73 73 2 REAL HOPE Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott 10800
74 74 2 COOL KIDS Echosmith 10400


14th December 2014

It’s Take That on top for the 4th time in 21 years, following Pray, Back For Good, and The Flood, though Mark Owen also has one solo, putting him ahead of Gary Barlow, but not missing Robbie. For some inexplicable reason Ariana Grande’s best record has failed to go top 40, so I’m sure it’s small consolation that she’s shot up to 2 with her Love Me Harder, which also gives The Weeknd a second number 2 – an act who also just never seems to get the hits he deserves.

Pink Floyd finally go top 5 with Emily, and The Pierces get yet another top 5, yet never quite top the chart. Years and Years at 10, a re-entry for the fab floppy Wisin Adrenalina latin dance track at 19, one I wanted to enter into Buzzjack, and still getting played over here in the Canaries in the clubs. As is Inna, RuPaul, and a bunch of others, including Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off which pops back up in response to me shaking it off along with her in the video. Good thing I look cool dancing a bit, not at all like a dancing dad. I don’t move enough for that unless I’m drunk.

The X-Factor pushes a few records in and up, most notably Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud which has finally charted after being ignored by me for 6 months. Ben has a much less whiny overly-emotive voice than Ed, which allowed the actual song to come through better. Paloma Faith is back again, Sissy That Walk sounded good in the club in a thumping dance mix, so also belatedly enters my chart after being ignored in Buzzjack Song Contest, and giving RuPaul a 3rd or 4th hit some 22 years on from the first. Going top 40, Quo, Sparks and Train add to their lists of hits.

1 2 1 8 THESE DAYS Take That 561000
2 28 2 4 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 144900
3 1 1 8 YOU RUIN ME The Veronicas 532100
4 7 4 5 SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd 175600
5 8 5 6 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT The Pierces 156300
6 3 3 3 THE HANGING TREE James Newton Howard featuring Jennifer Lawrence 182000
7 5 5 5 GENTLE ON MY MIND The Band Perry 205000
8 4 2 5 REAL LOVE Tom Odell 263500
9 9 9 4 BLANK SPACE Taylor Swift 99200
10 18 10 3 DESIRE Years And Years 74100

11 15 11 8 I LOVED YOU Blonde featuring Melissa Steele 157250
12 10 1 7 ANYTIME Cosmonaut Grenchko 537600
13 14 13 6 WELCOME TO NEW YORK Taylor Swift 107100
14 16 14 2 LIKE I CAN Sam Smith 55000
15 13 1 8 DUST HALOS 551500
16 6 1 8 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 471000
17 11 1 7 WHO’S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Neil Young 579000
18 12 12 9 SOS Indila 172750
19 RE 19 1 ADRENALINA Wisin featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin 21000
20 23 20 7 ANIMALS Maroon 5 89450

21 50 21 2 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 31750
22 41 5 15 SHAKE IT OFF Taylor Swift 461850
23 NEW 23 1 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake 19250
24 17 15 6 27 CLUB Chloe Black 133900
25 25 25 3 YOU’RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE SIA 44350
26 43 26 4 WAIT ON ME Rixton 43300
27 32 27 5 I DON’T CARE Cheryl 65700
28 30 28 25 OUR LAST SUMMER Abba 305450
29 38 29 3 OUTSIDE Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Golding 40900
30 62 30 2 YOU GIVE ME LOVE Idris Elba featuring Maverick Sabre 25400

31 19 4 8 BUSY EARNIN’ Jungle 269100
32 34 32 3 TELL ‘EM I’M GONE Cat Stevens 47700
33 40 33 11 STORM IN A TEACUP Lynsey De Paul 118700
34 20 6 7 SAVE ME NOW Billy Idol 205200
35 35 35 4 BLUE SMOKE Dolly Parton 69200
36 27 27 2 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 35800
37 22 12 9 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) Marlon Roudette 210800
38 57 38 2 CADILLAC, CADILLAC Train 27600
39 47 39 2 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN (ACOUSTIC) Status Quo 29600
40 75 40 2 THANK GOD IT’S NOT CHRISTMAS Sparks 22000

41 21 5 10 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN James Blunt 251850
42 31 1 19 CHANGING Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1133700
43 26 9 8 MALACHITE Lydia Ainsworth 180700
44 42 1 18 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10C.C. 917550
45 48 45 2 SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO Jools Holland Rhythm n Blues Orchestra featuring Kylie Minogue 25300
46 29 29 6 LOUDER THAN WORDS Pink Floyd 80350
47 39 10 13 A PLACE WITH NO NAME Michael Jackson 253400
48 37 16 9 REASON Erasure 173300
49 NEW 49 1 LEAVE WHILE I’M NOT LOOKING Paloma Faith 12100
50 24 11 5 IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 116750

51 51 7 12 IF YOU LET ME GO Salt Ashes 279850
52 54 52 2 DANGEROUS David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 22500
53 45 1 11 SHE’S NOT YOU Jenny Lewis 658150
54 53 1 15 HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush 565850
55 55 8 15 CHIMES Hudson Mohawke 266850
56 33 22 6 SADNESS DISEASE Urban Cone 102400
57 58 57 7 SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon And Garfunkel 52600
58 NEW 58 1 SISSY THAT WALK RuPaul 10200
59 72 59 2 REAL LOVE Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 15700
60 64 60 4 SOMEBODY TO LOVE Queen 28100

61 60 1 40 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel 811150
62 52 2 11 GLOW Ella Henderson 454450
63 49 49 2 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 19300
64 61 1 18 CALL Francesco Yates 700200
65 66 65 5 MY GENERATION The Who 32400
66 63 8 11 HELLO GOODNIGHT Mamas Gun 241550
67 67 67 2 DYNAMO Johnny Marr 13200
68 68 68 2 THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE Shirley Bassey 12800
69 NEW 69 1 COLA SONG Inna featuring J Balvin 6200
70 70 70 2 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey 12000

71 NEW 71 1 THINKING OUT LOUD Ed Sheeran 5800
72 69 1 24 BECOME Midge Ure 966800
73 73 73 2 REAL HOPE Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott 10800
74 74 74 2 COOL KIDS Echosmith 10400
75 NEW 75 1 FLY ME TO THE MOON Julie London 5000

DROP OUTS
36 36 3 DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS (2014) Band Aid 30 41500
44 10 6 HIDE FROM THE SUN GOAT 157350
46 26 6 GUST OF WIND Pharrell Williams 86950
56 24 7 CLOSER Rae Morris 108200
59 19 6 I LIVED OneRepublic 104200
65 25 6 THE ONE Lane 8 featuring Patrick Baker 86050
71 71 3 NO ENEMIESZ Kiesza 16600

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!


7th December 2014

It’s a 2nd week on top for The Veronicas, just holding off Take That who get to runners-up, and bronze spot for The Hunger Games song. The Pierces run of top 10 sungles remains unbroken as the latest pops up to 8, and Taylor Swift gets 2 in a row as number 3 hovers just outside the top 10! Highest new entry is Sam Smith, Like I Can belatedly giving him his best position in a while, he might have had some number ones, and my top record of 2013 (La La La) but his ballad overdose this year has become annoying, as they just will NOT go away.

Lots of jumping up of chart stuff, some Christmas songs (as usual) but one “not a christmas song” from Sparks 1974 album which is getting a proper single release, making it the 5th off Kimono My House to chart since This Town Ain’t Big Enough hit number one over 40 years ago. Status Quo do an acoustic version of debut classic psychedelic pop 1968 hit Pictures Of Matchstick Men, Kylie does Clash with Jools, Olly Murs replaces his own underperforming first single off the album, aided by Demi Lovato, Train are back and also replacing themselves in the chart, Johnny Marr gets a solo hit some 31years after This Charming Man announced The Smiths, and Idris Elba, actor/musician/all-round talent enlists Maverick Sabre for a chart entry. Idris not only does adverts, he appears in everything these days, American and British, but I especially like him in the Avengers/Thor films and Prometheus, just because that’s my thing.

1 1 1 7 YOU RUIN ME The Veronicas 447100
2 3 2 7 THESE DAYS Take That 391000
3 10 3 2 THE HANGING TREE James Newton Howard featuring Jennifer Lawrence 127000
4 2 2 4 REAL LOVE Tom Odell 215500
5 5 5 4 GENTLE ON MY MIND The Band Perry 155000
6 4 1 7 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 446000
7 9 7 4 SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd 110600
8 20 8 5 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT The Pierces 96300
9 11 9 3 BLANK SPACE Taylor Swift 54200
10 6 1 6 ANYTIME Cosmonaut Grenchko 501600

11 8 1 6 WHO’S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Neil Young 556000
12 15 12 8 SOS Indila 150750
13 7 1 7 DUST HALOS 524500
14 28 14 5 WELCOME TO NEW YORK Taylor Swift 75100
15 16 15 7 I LOVED YOU Blonde featuring Melissa Steele 119250
16 NEW 16 1 LIKE I CAN Sam Smith 25000
17 23 15 5 27 CLUB Chloe Black 114900
18 59 18 2 DESIRE Years And Years 32100
19 12 4 7 BUSY Jungle 251200
20 13 6 6 SAVE ME NOW Billy Idol 187600

21 17 5 9 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN James Blunt 237850
22 24 12 8 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) Marlon Roudette 193500
23 30 23 6 ANIMALS Maroon 5 69450
24 14 11 4 IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 104700
25 66 25 2 YOU’RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE SIA 25550
26 19 9 7 MALACHITE Lydia Ainsworth 167200
27 NEW 27 1 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 18400
28 71 28 3 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 29900
29 29 29 5 LOUDER THAN WORDS Pink Floyd 67600
30 34 30 24 OUR LAST SUMMER Abba 287250

31 21 1 18 CHANGING Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1119950
32 50 32 4 I DON’T CARE Cheryl 47300
33 33 22 5 SADNESS DISEASE Urban Cone 91800
34 48 34 2 TELL ‘EM I’M GONE Cat Stevens 29900
35 38 35 3 BLUE SMOKE Dolly Parton 51700
36 40 36 3 DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS (2014) Band Aid 30 41500
37 21 16 8 REASON Erasure 161000
38 72 38 2 OUTSIDE Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Golding 22800
39 18 10 12 PLACE WITHOUT NO NAME Michael Jackson 244900
40 44 40 10 STORM IN A TEACUP Lynsey De Paul 101000

41 25 5 14 SHAKE IT OFF Taylor Swift 442350
42 41 1 17 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10C.C. 904300
43 56 43 3 WAIT ON ME Rixton 24700
44 31 10 6 HIDE FROM THE SUN GOAT 157350
45 27 1 10 SHE’S NOT YOU Jenny Lewis 646900
46 26 26 6 GUST OF WIND Pharrell Williams 86950
47 NEW 47 1 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN (ACOUSTIC) Status Quo 12500
48 NEW 48 1 SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO Jools Holland Rhythm n Blues Orchestra featuring Kylie Minogue 12300
49 NEW 49 1 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 12100
50 NEW 50 1 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 12000

51 37 7 11 IF YOU LET ME GO Salt Ashes 268100
52 43 2 10 GLOW Ella Henderson 447050
53 52 1 14 HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush 554850
54 NEW 54 1 DANGEROUS David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 11000
55 55 8 14 CHIMES Hudson Mohawke 256050
56 32 24 7 CLOSER Rae Morris 108200
57 NEW 57 1 CADILLAC, CADILLAC Train 10400
58 62 58 6 SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon And Garfunkel 42200
59 39 19 6 I LIVED OneRepublic 104200
60 60 1 39 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel 803650

61 58 1 17 CALL Francesco Yates 693100
62 NEW 62 1 YOU GIVE ME LOVE Idris Elba featuring Maverick Sabre 7400
63 51 8 10 HELLO GOODNIGHT Mamas Gun 234750
64 70 64 3 SOMEBODY TO LOVE Queen 18100
65 36 25 6 THE ONE Lane 8 featuring Patrick Baker 86050
66 67 66 4 MY GENERATION The Who 25400
67 NEW 67 1 DYNAMO Johnny Marr 6600
68 NEW 68 1 THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE Shirley Bassey 6400
69 65 1 23 BECOME Midge Ure 961200
70 NEW 70 1 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey 6000

71 73 71 3 NO ENEMIESZ Kiesza 16600
72 NEW 72 1 REAL LOVE Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 5600
73 NEW 73 1 REAL HOPE Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott 5400
74 NEW 74 1 COOL KIDS Echosmith 5200
75 NEW 75 1 THANK GOD IT’S NOT CHRISTMAS Sparks 5000


30th November 2014

It’s The Veronicas! 5 years after debut hit Untouched peaked at 29 for the Aussies, the delayed follow-up goes all the way to 1, a fab ballad mystifyingly not getting airplay. Given the turgid ballads getting dreary play after dreary play on British radio and streaming sites, month after endless month, it’s time to shout out loud, ENOUGH! Give the airplay instead to this one, and the fab number 2 cover version of The Beatles 1996 hit – Tom Odell has outdone the Fabs in my charts!

Glen Campbell’s EP is now downloaded and he heads back upwards along with another track, The Band Perry’s version of his Gentle On My Mind, the third version to go top 5, and 45 years since Dean Martin took it there first. Pink Floyd finally get another Top 10, 35 years on from number one Another Brick In The Wall, and it’s their first 60’s single, the terrific psychedelic pop of See Emily Play, up 47 to 9, just ahead of the highest new entry, yes it’s Jennifer Lawrence’s powerful performance of the song from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 at 10. Haunting.

Taylor Swift has to make do with 11 for now (Blank Space) and 28 (Welcome To New York), while Blonde are back at a new peak of 16, ahead of UK single release, and The Pierces keep up their top 20 record with every single so far. Cat Stevens is back for the first time in well over 35 years, with a blues cover version at 48 – OK, technically he has charted in the interim as Yusuf, and with oldies, but it’s great to have the brand name back in use.


1 6 1 6 YOU RUIN ME – The Veronicas 277100
2 26 2 3 REAL LOVE – Tom Odell 150500
3 4 3 6 THESE DAYS – Take That 276000
4 12 1 6 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU – Glen Campbell 391000
5 18 5 3 GENTLE ON MY MIND – The Band Perry 95000
6 2 1 6 ANYTIME – Cosmonaut Grechko 459600
7 1 1 6 DUST – >HALOS< 492500
8 3 1 5 WHO'S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL) – Neil Young 518000
9 56 9 3 SEE EMILY PLAY – Pink Floyd 60600
10 NEW 10 1 THE HANGING TREE – James Newton Howard featuring Jennifer Lawrence 42000

11 38 11 2 BLANK SPACE – Taylor Swift 54200
12 5 4 6 BUSY EARNING – Jungle 230250
13 8 6 5 SAVE ME NOW – Billy Idol 167600
14 11 11 4 IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 85700
15 17 15 7 S.O.S. – Indila 115750
16 63 16 6 I LOVED YOU – Blonde featuring Melissa Steel 92250
17 7 5 8 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN – James Blunt 218100
18 10 10 11 PLACE WITH NO NAME – Michael Jackson 227800
19 9 9 6 MALACHITE – Lydia Ainsworth 148700
20 49 20 4 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT – The Pierces 48300

21 16 16 7 REASON – Erasure 143700
22 15 15 4 27 CLUB – Chloe Black 91900
23 14 1 17 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1102050
24 13 12 7 THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) – Marlon Roudette 174000
25 20 5 13 SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift 428350
26 32 26 5 GUST OF WIND – Pharrell Williams 74200
27 21 1 9 SHE’S NOT ME – Jenny Lewis 633900
28 50 28 4 WELCOME TO NEW YORK – Taylor Swift 46100
29 55 29 4 LOUDER THAN WORDS – Pink Floyd 49400
30 44 30 5 ANIMALS – Maroon 5 50250

31 19 10 5 HIDE FROM THE SUN – GOAT 141200
32 24 24 6 CLOSER – Rae Morris 97800
33 22 22 4 SADNESS DISEASE – Urban Cone 74100
34 34 34 23 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 269250
35 27 27 6 DANGEROUS – Rumer 91700
36 36 25 5 THE ONE – Lane 8 featuring Patrick Baker 79050
37 23 7 10 IF YOU LET ME GO – Salt Ashes 256350
38 40 38 2 BLUE SMOKE – Dolly Parton 34200
39 25 19 5 I LIVED – OneRepublic 94100
40 65 40 2 DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? (2014) – Band Aid 30 24000

41 41 1 16 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 890550
42 30 30 8 WICKED GAMES – Parra For Cuva featuring Anna Naklab 94200
43 31 2 9 GLOW – Ella Henderson 435550
44 46 44 9 STORM IN A TEACUP – Lynsey De Paul 84000
45 29 29 5 AND IT’S BETTER NOW – Status Quo 72100
46 33 20 5 STEPPING STONE – Paul Carrack 79850
47 61 47 5 16″ – Dreamshow 48500
48 NEW 48 1 TELL ‘EM I’M GONE – Cat Stevens 12300
49 54 49 4 READY FOR THE GOOD LIFE – Paloma Faith 38600
50 57 50 3 I DON’T CARE – Cheryl 29500

51 42 8 9 HELLO GOODNIGHT – Mamas Gun 227550
52 51 1 13 HOUNDS OF LOVE – Kate Bush 543600
53 28 26 6 HEARTBEAT LOUD – Andy C featuring Fiora 88150
54 45 45 3 BLACK SWEAT – Prince 30400
55 59 8 13 CHIMES – Hudson Mohawke 245250
56 72 56 2 WAIT ON ME – Rixton 11200
57 52 3 19 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 702600
58 58 1 16 CALL – Francesco Yates 685600
59 NEW 59 1 DESIRE – Years and Years 10100
60 60 1 38 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 793650

61 35 35 8 ZOMBIE – Jamie T 90900
62 66 62 5 SONG FOR THE ASKING – Simon & Garfunkel 32000
63 37 26 5 LUCIFER’S EYES – T.O.L.D. 78600
64 68 64 5 WRAPPED UP – Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy 30300
65 64 1 22 BECOME – Midge Ure 954000
66 NEW 66 1 YOU’RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE – SIA 6800
67 70 67 3 MY GENERATION – The Who 18600
68 NEW 68 1 ONE WAY – Paolo Nutini 6400
69 69 69 2 STEVIE – Kasabian 12400
70 75 70 2 SOMEBODY TO LOVE – Queen 11000

71 71 71 2 LOVE ME HARDER – Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 11600
72 NEW 72 1 OUTSIDE – Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding 5600
73 73 73 2 NO ENEMIESZ – Kiesza 10800
74 NEW 74 1 SOMETHING FROM NOTHING – Foo Fighters 5200
75 NEW 75 1 I – Kendrick Lamarr 5000

DROP OUTS
39 39 4 GUNSHOT – Lykke Li 44100
43 18 6 BREAK FREE – Ariana Grande featuring Zedd 88300
47 4 8 LET IT BE – Labrinth 291000
48 34 3 GHOSTS – Higher Self featuring Lauren Mason 42000
53 3 11 UGLY HEART – G.R.L. 363150
62 47 4 I WISH I WAS A GIRL LIKE YOU – Deacon Blue 42900
67 43 4 PLATEAU – r.e.l. 50600
74 74 2 FEET ON THE GROUND – Nicky Romero featuring Anouk 10400

23rd November 2014

HALOS take the top spot with the haunting Dust, and I expect to hear HALOS happening in 2015. Or else! Up 50 places and The Veronicas outdo their earlier hits from 5 years back, now at 6, while Noel Gallagher almost makes it at 11, edged out by Michael Jackson, still grabbing top 10 hits, despite being inconveniently late, and 44 years on from the first ones.

The Band Perry take Gentle On My Mind into the top 20, classy country, and the 3rd time the song has done that, since Dean Martin had the first entry back in 1969. Taylor Swift has another new entry in the 75, Blank Space popping in at 38, just ahead of veteran Dolly with her Blue Smoke. Band Aid 30 becomes the 4th version to chart, I support the cause strongly, and had a long blurb in response to Janet Street-Porter’s article and all the slaggers-off. End of the day, it’s a response to save lives, nothing else matters, if anyone is offended or embarrassed by pop stars trying to do something, tough, if you’ve got anything better to suggest RIGHT NOW (as in, not leaving it months until more people have died) then speak up or shut up with the petty whingeing. Hypocrites. Geldof is a mouthy, arrogant SOB, and always has been, but he’s invariably spot on with his observations on situations, and does what has to be done, even if that means swallowing his pride and going on X-Factor, because that’s not important in the scheme of things. Saving lives is. Nuff said. PS the UN asked him to do it because only 3 countries have responded so far in any significant way. UK, USA, France.

1 3 1 5 DUST – >HALOS< 442500
2 1 1 5 ANYTIME – Cosmonaut Grechko 404600
3 2 1 4 WHO'S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL) – Neil Young 470000
4 9 4 5 THESE DAYS – Take That 191000
5 4 4 5 BUSY EARNING – Jungle 195250
6 56 6 5 YOU RUIN ME – The Veronicas 107100
7 5 5 7 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN – James Blunt 195100
8 6 6 4 SAVE ME NOW – Billy Idol 135600
9 11 9 5 MALACHITE – Lydia Ainsworth 127700
10 12 10 10 PLACE WITH NO NAME – Michael Jackson 205800

11 47 11 3 IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 56700
12 7 1 5 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU – Glen Campbell 326000
13 16 12 6 THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) – Marlon Roudette 155000
14 8 1 16 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1082800
15 15 15 3 27 CLUB – Chloe Black 72400
16 18 16 6 REASON – Erasure 123950
17 23 17 6 S.O.S. – Indila 88750
18 45 18 2 GENTLE ON MY MIND – The Band Perry 35000
19 10 10 4 HIDE FROM THE SUN – GOAT 123300
20 17 5 12 SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift 409600

21 13 1 8 SHE’S NOT ME – Jenny Lewis 615500
22 22 22 3 SADNESS DISEASE – Urban Cone 56400
23 14 7 9 IF YOU LET ME GO – Salt Ashes 239050
24 24 24 5 CLOSER – Rae Morris 80000
25 19 19 4 I LIVED – OneRepublic 77000
26 40 26 2 REAL LOVE – Tom Odell 35500
27 27 27 5 DANGEROUS – Rumer 74200
28 RE 26 5 HEARTBEAT LOUD – Andy C featuring Fiora 76900
29 29 29 4 AND IT’S BETTER NOW – Status Quo 59100
30 36 30 7 WICKED GAMES – Parra For Cuva featuring Anna Naklab 80450

31 21 2 8 GLOW – Ella Henderson 422050
32 37 32 4 GUST OF WIND – Pharrell Williams 55700
33 20 20 4 STEPPING STONE – Paul Carrack 67100
34 38 34 22 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 251650
35 39 35 7 ZOMBIE – Jamie T 83400
36 25 25 4 THE ONE – Lane 8 featuring Patrick Baker 61650
37 26 26 4 LUCIFER’S EYES – T.O.L.D. 71400
38 NEW 38 1 BLANK SPACE – Taylor Swift 17200
39 49 39 4 GUNSHOT – Lykke Li 44100
40 NEW 40 1 BLUE SMOKE – Dolly Parton 17000

41 41 1 15 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 876550
42 32 8 8 HELLO GOODNIGHT – Mamas Gun 215800
43 31 18 6 BREAK FREE – Ariana Grande featuring Zedd 88300
44 65 44 4 ANIMALS – Maroon 5 32250
45 RE 45 2 BLACK SWEAT – Prince 19400
46 54 46 8 STORM IN A TEACUP – Lynsey De Paul 70750
47 35 4 8 LET IT BE – Labrinth 291000
48 34 34 3 GHOSTS – Higher Self featuring Lauren Mason 42000
49 57 49 3 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT – The Pierces 28300
50 58 50 3 WELCOME TO NEW YORK – Taylor Swift 27800

51 46 1 12 HOUNDS OF LOVE – Kate Bush 532100
52 44 3 18 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 692200
53 42 3 11 UGLY HEART – G.R.L. 363150
54 59 54 3 READY FOR THE GOOD LIFE – Paloma Faith 26500
55 RE 55 3 LOUDER THAN WORDS – Pink Floyd 31200
56 75 56 2 SEE EMILY PLAY – Pink Floyd 15600
57 64 57 2 I DON’T CARE – Cheryl 17500
58 52 1 15 CALL – Francesco Yates 675400
59 RE 8 12 CHIMES – Hudson Mohawke 234450
60 60 1 37 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 783650

61 53 53 4 16″ – Dreamshow 36000
62 51 47 4 I WISH I WAS A GIRL LIKE YOU – Deacon Blue 42900
63 RE 26 5 I LOVED YOU – Blonde featuring Melissa Steel 67250
64 62 1 21 BECOME – Midge Ure 947000
65 NEW 65 1 DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? (2014) – Band Aid 30 7000
66 66 66 4 SONG FOR THE ASKING – Simon & Garfunkel 24600
67 43 43 4 PLATEAU – r.e.l. 50600
68 68 68 4 WRAPPED UP – Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy 23200
69 NEW 69 1 STEVIE – Kasabian 6200
70 70 70 2 MY GENERATION – The Who 12000

71 NEW 71 1 LOVE ME HARDER – Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 5800
72 NEW 72 1 WAIT ON ME – Rixton 5600
73 NEW 73 1 NO ENEMIESZ – Kiesza 5400
74 74 74 2 FEET ON THE GROUND – Nicky Romero featuring Anouk 10400
75 NEW 75 1 SOMEBODY TO LOVE – Queen 5000

DROP OUTS:
28 5 10 SLEEP LIKE A BABY TONIGHT – U2 263200
30 30 11 BABOOSHKA – Kate Bush 151650
33 10 7 BLAME – Calvin Harris featuring John Newman 158250
48 48 11 THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES – Kate Bush 103100
50 50 4 BLAME IT ON ME – George Ezra 29800
55 55 2 CHEAP SUNGLASSES – RAC featuring Matthew Koma 18200
61 54 2 PEOPLE LOVING PEOPLE – Garth Brooks 18500
63 35 5 DO IT AGAIN – The Ting Tings 57950
67 67 1 RESONANCE – Luvbug featuring Talay Riley 6600
69 69 1 BREAK THE RULES – Charlie XCX 6200
71 71 1 LOOP DE LI – Bryan Ferry 5800
72 72 1 MR SANDMAN – Bette Midler 5600
73 73 1 DRUNK AND INCAPABLE – Krishane featuring Melissa Steel 5400

16th November 2014

It’s a new number one from Cosmonaut Grechko, Russian retro dance producer, love those laid back 70’s soul vibes in Anytime. Jungle go top 5, funk class, and James Blunt gets his 5th top 5 hit 8 years since the last one, in fact all of his top 5 hits peaked at 5, except for Wisemen which hit 3. Billy Idol can do better, though, he hasn’t made the top 10 since 1988 when Hot In the City (remixed) became his 7th, and only Mony Mony (5) has done better since Eyes Without A face hit 1 in 1984.

Take That have had loads of top 10 hits over the last 22 years of course, so it’s no surprise for their new single to be at 9, and Paul carrack has had plenty of top 20 hits over 40 years, so ditto! Pharrell gets another top 40 entry, and so does Tom Odell covering The Beatles rework of John Lennon’s demo cassette vocal, Real Love is the last ever Beatles recording, and it’s great to see it getting belated recognition after having largely been forgotten for almost 20 years.

The Band Perry cover Glen Campbell’s Gentle On My Mind for the tribute EP which includes number 7 I’m Not Gonna Miss You, and it’s a really good version at 45. Down the bottom end, Bryan Ferry extends his run to over 42 years of hits, while Bette Midler covers the gorgeous 50’s song Mr Sandman (made immortal in Back To The Future) on her covers album, giving her one of her very occasional chart entries that date back to 1977.

1 4 1 4 ANYTIME – Cosmonaut Grechko 289600
2 1 1 3 WHO’S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL) – Neil Young 385000
3 2 2 4 DUST – >HALOS< 272500
4 9 4 4 BUSY EARNING – Jungle 135250
5 16 5 6 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN – James Blunt 145100
6 18 6 3 SAVE ME NOW – Billy Idol 87600
7 3 1 4 I'M NOT GONNA MISS YOU – Glen Campbell 291000
8 5 1 15 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1053800
9 13 9 4 THESE DAYS – Take That 126000
10 10 10 3 HIDE FROM THE
SUN – GOAT 102300

11 19 11 4 MALACHITE – Lydia Ainsworth 82700
12 15 12 9 PLACE WITH NO NAME – Michael Jackson 163800
13 6 1 7 SHE’S NOT ME – Jenny Lewis 595750
14 7 7 8 IF YOU LET ME GO – Salt Ashes 219800
15 27 15 2 27 CLUB – Chloe Black 45400
16 12 12 5 THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) – Marlon Roudette 123000
17 17 5 11 SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift 389600
18 20 18 5 REASON – Erasure 98950
19 25 19 3 I LIVED – OneRepublic 58250
20 39 20 3 STEPPING STONE – Paul Carrack 49400

21 11 2 7 GLOW – Ella Henderson 404150
22 36 22 2 SADNESS DISEASE – Urban Cone 36900
23 33 23 5 S.O.S. – Indila 65750
24 30 24 4 CLOSER – Rae Morris 61000
25 28 25 3 THE ONE – Lane 8 featuring Patrick Baker 44250
26 26 26 3 LUCIFER’S EYES – T.O.L.D. 54100
27 40 27 4 DANGEROUS – Rumer 55800
28 14 5 10 SLEEP LIKE A BABY TONIGHT – U2 263200
29 37 29 3 AND IT’S BETTER NOW – Status Quo 40900
30 34 30 11 BABOOSHKA – Kate Bush 151650

31 22 18 5 BREAK FREE – Ariana Grande featuring Zedd 74800
32 21 8 7 HELLO GOODNIGHT – Mamas Gun 202050
33 23 10 7 BLAME – Calvin Harris featuring John Newman 158250
34 49 34 2 GHOSTS – Higher Self featuring Lauren Mason 29700
35 24 4 7 LET IT BE – Labrinth 278500
36 46 36 6 WICKED GAMES – Parra For Cuva featuring Anna Naklab 62450
37 56 37 3 GUST OF WIND – Pharrell Williams 37900
38 38 38 21 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 234050
39 45 39 6 ZOMBIE – Jamie T 65900
40 NEW 40 1 REAL LOVE – Tom Odell 17000

41 41 1 15 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 862550
42 35 3 10 UGLY HEART – G.R.L. 351900
43 43 43 3 PLATEAU – r.e.l. 44000
44 31 3 17 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 680700
45 NEW 45 1 GENTLE ON MY MIND – The Band Perry 13000
46 44 1 11 HOUNDS OF LOVE – Kate Bush 520350
47 63 47 2 IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 19700
48 48 48 11 THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES – Kate Bush 103100
49 61 49 3 GUNSHOT – Lykke Li 27000
50 RE 50 4 BLAME IT ON ME – George Ezra 29800

51 47 47 3 I WISH I WAS A GIRL LIKE YOU – Deacon Blue 35500
52 42 1 14 CALL – Francesco Yates 665200
53 53 53 3 16″ – Dreamshow 28500
54 55 54 7 STORM IN A TEACUP – Lynsey De Paul 58000
55 62 55 2 CHEAP SUNGLASSES – RAC featuring Matthew Koma 18200
56 RE 38 4 YOU RUIN ME – The Veronicas 52100
57 71 57 2 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT – The Pierces 16200
58 RE 58 2 WELCOME TO NEW YORK – Taylor Swift 15800
59 73 59 2 READY FOR THE GOOD LIFE – Paloma Faith 15500
60 60 1 36 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 773650

61 54 54 2 PEOPLE LOVING PEOPLE – Garth Brooks 18500
62 59 1 20 BECOME – Midge Ure 939900
63 51 35 5 DO IT AGAIN – The Ting Tings 57950
64 NEW 64 1 I DON’T CARE – Cheryl 7100
65 69 65 3 ANIMALS – Maroon 5 19000
66 70 66 3 SONG FOR THE ASKING – Simon & Garfunkel 17800
67 NEW 67 1 RESONANCE – Luvbug featuring Talay Riley 6600
68 74 68 3 WRAPPED UP – Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy 16800
69 NEW 69 1 BREAK THE RULES – Charlie XCX 6200
70 NEW 70 1 MY GENERATION – The Who 6000

71 NEW 71 1 LOOP DI LI – Bryan Ferry 5800
72 NEW 72 1 MR SANDMAN – Bette Midler 5600
73 NEW 73 1 DRUNK AND INCAPABLE – Krishane featuring Melissa Steel 5400
74 NEW 74 1 FEET ON THE GROUND – Nicky Romero featuring Anouk 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SEE EMILY PLAY – Pink Floyd 5000

DROP OUTS
8 8 23 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 366300
29 19 3 TOAST AND MARMALADE FOR TEA – Tin Tin 58700
32 15 9 SUNLIGHT – The Magician featuring Years and Years 130000
50 9 11 TAKE ME TO CHURCH – Hozier 232700
52 10 6 WHO GETS YOUR LOVE – Vanilla 139500
57 13 6 OCEAN (PROBLEM REMIX) – Andreas Moe 110150
58 58 2 LOUDER THAN WORDS – Pink Floyd 20400
64 64 1 MISTAKES I’VE MADE – Eelke Kleijn 7100
65 65 2 SOMEBODY’S TALKING – The Preatures 13200
66 66 2 HOPE FOR THE FUTURE – Paul McCartney 13600
67 67 1 SEA OF VOICES – Porter Robinson 6600
68 68 1 BLACK SWEAT – Prince 6400
72 72 1 AQUA VITAE – Future World Music 5600
75 75 1 LULLABY – Professor Green featuring Tori Kelly 5000

9th November 2014

It’s Neil Young, a modern orchestral hippie anthem, which is fine by lil ol tree-hugger me, giving Neil his first ever chart-topper a whopping 42 years after debuting in my chart. That beats Petula Clark’s 41-year gap to top my chart with new material (though oldies did it earlier). HALOS have to settle for runners-up with the haunting Dust, for now. Dorothy Moore has also taken a large 38 years to finally make my top 10 with Misty Blue, after peaking a fair bit lower first time round – got there in the end!

Jungle and GOAT also get their first Top 10’s. Blunt’y’s back at 16 with a track that almost made the UK Top 40 sales chart, but completely failed to make the “Official” UK chart. That’s the shit, boring Streaming-dominated heap of steaming manure that induces anyone listening to it to fall into a long coma. Other new sales hits like Queen also miss out.

Billy Idol gets a quick second Top 20 hit, his singles back on form, love that riff. Status Quo keep the Top 40 hits coming, too, as does Rumer and Paul Carrack. Garth Brooks, country legend that never did much for me finally gets another hit over 20 years later, as he returns to recording with rather a good song. Nice bloke. Noel Gallagher also returns, but he’s had hits throughout the last 20 years, unlike Garth. Prince also sneaks in, keeping his comeback up, too.


1 2 1 2 WHO’S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL) – Neil Young 270000
2 6 2 3 DUST – >HALOS< 187500
3 1 1 3 I'M NOT GONNA MISS YOU – Glen Campbell 241000
4 8 4 3 ANYTIME – Cosmonaut Grechko 119600
5 3 1 14 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1005800
6 5 1 6 SHE'S NOT ME – Jenny Lewis 563750
7 7 7 7 IF YOU LET ME GO – Salt Ashes 189800
8 14 8 23 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 366300
9 23 9 3 BUSY EARNING – Jungle 70250
10 28 10 2 HIDE FROM THE SUN – GOAT 60300

11 4 2 6 GLOW – Ella Henderson 384400
12 15 12 4 THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) – Marlon Roudette 98000
13 13 13 3 THESE DAYS – Take That 81000
14 9 5 9 SLEEP LIKE A BABY TONIGHT – U2 244900
15 17 15 8 PLACE WITH NO NAME – Michael Jackson 128400
16 46 16 5 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN – James Blunt 85100
17 16 5 10 SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift 366600
18 56 18 2 SAVE ME NOW – Billy Idol 32600
19 34 19 3 MALACHITE – Lydia Ainsworth 45700
20 20 20 4 REASON – Erasure 76950

21 12 8 6 HELLO GOODNIGHT – Mamas Gun 184250
22 18 18 4 BREAK FREE – Ariana Grande featuring Zedd 56900
23 10 10 6 BLAME – Calvin Harris featuring John Newman 140550
24 11 4 6 LET IT BE – Labrinth 261000
25 26 25 2 I LIVED – OneRepublic 37250
26 39 26 2 LUCIFER’S EYES – T.O.L.D. 35600
27 NEW 27 1 27 CLUB – Chloe Black 18400
28 63 28 2 THE ONE – Lane 8 featuring Patrick Baker 25500
29 19 19 3 TOAST AND MARMALADE FOR TEA – Tin Tin 58700
30 32 30 3 CLOSER – Rae Morris 42000

31 21 3 16 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 667450
32 22 15 9 SUNLIGHT – The Magician featuring Years and Years 130000
33 38 33 4 S.O.S. – Indila 46500
34 37 34 10 BABOOSHKA – Kate Bush 133650
35 24 3 9 UGLY HEART – G.R.L. 351900
36 NEW 36 1 SADNESS DISEASE – Urban Cone 17400
37 73 37 2 AND IT’S BETTER NOW – Status Quo 22700
38 40 38 20 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 216850
39 48 39 2 STEPPING STONE – Paul Carrack 29400
40 RE 40 3 DANGEROUS – Rumer 37400

41 41 1 14 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 848550
42 29 1 13 CALL – Francesco Yates 653700
43 65 43 2 PLATEAU – r.e.l. 20500
44 42 1 10 HOUNDS OF LOVE – Kate Bush 507600
45 49 45 5 ZOMBIE – Jamie T 48800
46 61 46 5 WICKED GAMES – Parra For Cuva featuring Anna Naklab 45050
47 53 47 2 I WISH I WAS A GIRL LIKE YOU – Deacon Blue 23750
48 50 48 10 THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES – Kate Bush 90800
49 NEW 49 1 GHOSTS – Higher Self featuring Lauren Mason 12100
50 33 9 11 TAKE ME TO CHURCH – Hozier 232700

51 35 35 4 DO IT AGAIN – The Ting Tings 50750
52 30 10 6 WHO GETS YOUR LOVE – Vanilla 139500
53 70 53 2 16″ – Dreamshow 17250
54 NEW 54 1 PEOPLE LOVING PEOPLE – Garth Brooks 11000
55 57 55 6 STORM IN A TEACUP – Lynsey De Paul 47000
56 60 56 2 GUST OF WIND – Pharrell Williams 20600
57 27 13 6 OCEAN (PROBLEM REMIX) – Andreas Moe 110150
58 58 58 2 LOUDER THAN WORDS – Pink Floyd 20400
59 55 1 19 BECOME – Midge Ure 932500
60 59 1 35 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 763650

61 62 61 2 GUNSHOT – Lykke Li 14900
62 NEW 62 1 CHEAP SUNGLASSES – RAC featuring Matthew Koma 7400
63 NEW 63 1 IN THE HEAT OF THE MOMENT – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 7200
64 NEW 64 1 MISTAKES I’VE MADE – Eelke Kleijn 7100
65 69 65 2 SOMEBODY’S TALKING – The Preatures 13200
66 66 66 2 HOPE – Paul McCartney 13600
67 NEW 67 1 SEA OF VOICES – Porter Robinson 6600
68 NEW 68 1 BLACK SWEAT – Prince 6400
69 71 69 2 ANIMALS – Maroon 5 12000
70 75 70 2 SONG FOR THE ASKING – Simon & Garfunkel 11000

71 NEW 71 1 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT – The Pierces 5800
72 NEW 72 1 AQUA VITAE – Future World Music 5600
73 NEW 73 1 READY FOR THE GOOD LIFE – Paloma Faith 5400
74 74 74 2 WRAPPED UP – Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy 10400
75 NEW 75 1 LULLABY – Professor Green featuring Tori Kelly 5000

DROP OUTS
25 6 7 THE MIRACLE (OF JOEY RAMONE) – U2 212250
31 23 5 DREAMERS (UNKNOWN SOUND EDIT) – Hopium featuring Pheobe Lou 73600
36 16 8 CAN’T BREAK ME DOWN – Billy Idol 143250
43 28 6 PRAYER IN C – Robin Schulz and LILLYWOOD 88850
44 26 4 I LOVED YOU – Blonde 60050
45 4 4 YOU’RE MY WORLD – Cilla Black 178000
47 26 4 HEARTBEAT LOUD – Andy C featuring Fiora 58600
51 1 17 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 978650
52 12 9 ALL ABOUT THAT BASS – Meghan Trainor 179950
54 5 9 BULLIT – Watermat 299600
64 38 3 YOU RUIN ME – The Veronicas 41500
67 67 1 MURMURS – Hundred Waters 6600
68 17 5 BEAUTY QUEEN (SEAN FINN REMIX) – April Kry 89400
72 72 1 WELCOME TO NEW YORK – Taylor Swift 5600

2nd November 2014

It’s Glen Campbell at number one for the 12th time with his last heart-breaking record, the lyrics say it all, his vocal adds more, and it’s a brilliant way to say goodbye. Glen has Alzheimers, like my mum who also has loved Glen for as long as me. It was mum’s 76th birthday last week and I took her to my brothers in Weymouth for his 55th, playing her my current playlist records. She liked Ariana Grande best (up to 18 from 60) among several and tried to singalong. Still cool at 76.

Glen’s 78, and highest of 23 incredible new entries at 2 is a sprightly 69-year-old with his biggest hit ever, despite charting now for 42 years on and off. It’s Neil Young, and his new sweeping orchestral “State Of The World Today” themed record. I believe in the message of this record, and have done since I was a kid buying Save The World themed songs. They get more relevant with every passing year. The chart, meanwhile is highly volatile, records dropping out from high to make way for the invasion of the new.

HALOS shoot up to 6 with haunting Dust, and the laid-back retro groove of the gorgeous Cosmonaut Grechko just sends me (man) up 59 places to 8. Take That get another big hit 21 years on, at 13, Michael Jackson borrows heavily from Horse (Place) With No Name to climb to 17 and Jungle re-enter at 23 with a terrific Busy single. Others: OneRepublic bounce back, GOAT offer some Swedish psychedelia rock which I happily take, Rae Morris goes top 40, Paul Carrack has 40 years of hits this month, Deacon Blue are back again, ditto Billy Idol, and stunningly Pink Floyd have a classic-period new old track out in at 58 louder than words. If you can follow that sentence you’re doing well! Finally, at 75, one of the 3 uncharted tracks off possibly the greatest album of all-time (Bridge Over Troubled Water, back in the UK charts nearly 45 years on)! Gorgeous.

1 19 1 2 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU – Glen Campbell 166000
2 NEW 2 1 WHO’S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL) – Neil Young 100000
3 2 1 13 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 945800
4 3 2 5 GLOW – Ella Henderson 347400
5 1 1 5 SHE’S NOT ME – Jenny Lewis 503750
6 35 6 2 DUST – >HALOS< 72500
7 10 7 6 IF YOU LET ME GO – Salt Ashes 139800
8 67 8 2 ANYTIME – Cosmonaut Grechko 54600
9 5 5 8 SLEEP LIKE A BABY TONIGHT – U2 215900
10 14 10 5 BLAME – Calvin Harris featuring John Newman 121300

11 4 4 5 LET IT BE – Labrinth 242000
12 8 8 5 HELLO GOODNIGHT – Mamas Gun 164500
13 40 13 2 THESE DAYS – Take That 49000
14 16 14 22 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 318300
15 30 15 3 THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) – Marlon Roudette 63000
16 7 5 9 SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift 343600
17 36 17 7 PLACE WITH NO NAME – Michael Jackson 101400
18 60 18 3 BREAK FREE – Ariana Grande featuring Zedd 37400
19 22 19 2 TOAST AND MARMALADE FOR TEA – Tin Tin 40500
20 25 20 3 REASON – Erasure 56950

21 13 3 15 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 649550
22 15 15 8 SUNLIGHT – The Magician featuring Years and Years 112200
23 RE 23 2 BUSY – Jungle 25250
24 12 3 8 UGLY HEART – G.R.L. 334400
25 11 6 7 THE MIRACLE (OF JOEY RAMONE) – U2 212250
26 NEW 26 1 I LIVED – OneRepublic 18500
27 18 13 5 OCEAN (PROBLEM REMIX) – Andreas Moe 99750
28 NEW 28 1 HIDE FROM THE SUN – GOAT 18300
29 17 1 12 CALL – Francesco Yates 639950
30 20 10 5 WHO GETS YOUR LOVE – Vanilla 128000

31 23 23 5 DREAMERS (UNKNOWN SOUND EDIT) – Hopium featuring Pheobe Lou 73600
32 69 32 2 CLOSER – Rae Morris 24000
33 29 9 10 TAKE ME TO CHURCH – Hozier 220700
34 64 34 2 MALACHITE – Lydia Ainsworth 24700
35 52 35 3 DO IT AGAIN – The Ting Tings 39000
36 21 16 8 CAN'T BREAK ME DOWN – Billy Idol 143250
37 42 37 9 BABOOSHKA – Kate Bush 116050
38 71 38 3 S.O.S. – Indila 28800
39 NEW 39 1 LUCIFER'S EYES – T.O.L.D. 17100
40 44 40 19 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 199650

41 31 1 13 I'M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 834550
42 34 1 9 HOUNDS OF LOVE – Kate Bush 494350
43 28 28 6 PRAYER IN C – Robin Schulz and LILLYWOOD 88850
44 37 26 4 I LOVED YOU – Blonde 60050
45 9 4 4 YOU'RE MY WORLD – Cilla Black 178000
46 46 37 4 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN – James Blunt 60100
47 26 26 4 HEARTBEAT LOUD – Andy C featuring Fiora 58600
48 NEW 48 1 STEPPING STONE – Paul Carrack 12300
49 59 49 4 ZOMBIE – Jamie T 35800
50 54 50 9 THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES – Kate Bush 78500

51 41 1 17 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 978650
52 39 12 9 ALL ABOUT THAT BASS – Meghan Trainor 179950
53 NEW 53 1 I WISH I WAS A GIRL LIKE YOU – Deacon Blue 11250
54 32 5 9 BULLIT – Watermat 299600
55 51 1 18 BECOME – Midge Ure 922500
56 NEW 56 1 SAVE ME NOW – Billy Idol 10600
57 61 57 5 STORM IN A TEACUP – Lynsey De Paul 36200
58 NEW 58 1 LOUDER THAN WORDS – Pink Floyd 10200
59 57 1 34 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 753650
60 NEW 60 1 GUST OF WIND – Pharrell Williams 10000

61 RE 55 4 WICKED GAMES – Parra For Cuva featuring Anna Naklab 32300
62 NEW 62 1 GUNSHOT – Lykke Li 7400
63 NEW 63 1 THE ONE – Lane 8 (featuring Patrick Baker) 7200
64 38 38 3 YOU RUIN ME – The Veronicas 41500
65 NEW 65 1 PLATEAU – r.e.l. 7000
66 NEW 66 1 HOPE – Paul McCartney 6800
67 NEW 67 1 MURMURS – Hundred Waters 6600
68 24 17 5 BEAUTY QUEEN (SEAN FINN REMIX) – April Kry 89400
69 NEW 69 1 SOMEBODY'S TALKING – The Preatures 6200
70 NEW 70 1 16" – Dreamshow 6000

71 NEW 71 1 ANIMALS – Maroon 5 5800
72 NEW 72 1 WELCOME TO NEW YORK – Taylor Swift 5600
73 NEW 73 1 AND IT'S BETTER NOW – Status Quo 5400
74 NEW 74 1 WRAPPED UP – Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SONG FOR THE ASKING – Simon & Garfunkel 5000

DROP OUTS:
6 6 17 CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 312550
27 22 2 THERE MUST BE MORE TO LIFE THAN THIS – Queen and Michael Jackson 37900
33 33 3 COME BACK – Ella Eyre 45500
43 43 3 XTC – Liz 32000
45 10 9 NATURE'S CALL – Shaun Escoffery 191200
47 10 9 DAYS WITH YOU – Snakehips featuring Sinead Harnett 190600
48 8 11 CHIMES – Hudson Mohawke 224350
49 49 1 BABY DON'T LIE – Gwen Stefani 12100
50 30 3 GOD ONLY KNOWS – Brian Wilson and Various Artists 44000
53 40 3 HONEST TOWN – Simple Minds 45250
55 55 2 MY FLOWER – IAmDotter 16800
56 1 14 ONE – Order Of Era 656300
58 58 2 DANGEROUS – Rumer 20400
62 9 10 FORGOTTEN MAN – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 214150
63 63 2 TRIGGER – Maluca Lala 14400
65 1 21 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1614150
66 1 13 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE (594100) – Redbone 558900
68 9 15 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 250150
70 1 22 TIME IN A BOTTLE (969050) – Jim Croce 897350
72 49 2 HOLD ON – Minx featuring Hannah Joy 17700
73 1 62 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD (3160100) – Tears For Fears 1108550
74 74 3 SOMETHING BLUE – Neil Diamond 10600
75 75 2 BEAUTIFUL – Mali Music 10000

26th October 2014

It’s Jenny Lewis again on top for a second week, produced by Ryan Adams and some fab guitar work and strings. Great song, great singer, and an actress who’s been in Pleasantville and American Dad. Immaculate. U2 kick themselves out of the top 10 with the best track on their great (slagged-off) album, subtle and dark, quirky and inventive, giving them their first Top 5 hit for 8 years. Just cos it’s free doesn’t mean it’s not a great album (it is).

Frankie Valli gets the long-awaited Top 10 hit with Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – it was Andy Williams who had the UK hit. And Boystown Gang. And Pet Shop Boys in a hilariously brilliant mix with U2’s Where The Streets Have No Name, easily as good as both originals, if not much better. Andy and Pet Shop Boys both got a number one out of it, but the Four Seasons had to wait for the latest hits album following the movie of the hit stage show Jersey Boys – it’s basically a Four Seasons record.

There’s some song contest mystery records in the chart – all will be revealed eventually – but the highest new entry isn’t available in the UK: it’s Glen Campbell’s final record, recorded before he became based in a care home with alzheimers, and a heartbreaking final farewell to his loved ones, charting in the Hot 100 following a youtube video and documentary.

At 22, Tin Tin enters. Not Herge, it’s an Australian band from 1971 with a Maurice Gibb-pushed 60’s psychedelic pop track I heard for the first time on Steve Wright’s show this week. It’s fab. Take That are back at 40. Well, 60% of Take That are back. Gwen Stefani’s back at 49 after a long absence (apart from No Doubt tracks), with a record I can’t buy till January in the UK. Bet it ends up being March.

1 1 1 4 SHE’S NOT ME – Jenny Lewis 443750
2 3 1 12 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 860800
3 2 2 4 GLOW – Ella Henderson 282400
4 5 4 4 LET IT BE – Labrinth 205000
5 12 5 7 SLEEP LIKE A BABY TONIGHT – U2 170900
6 11 6 17 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 312550
7 8 5 8 SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift 318600
8 9 8 4 HELLO GOODNIGHT – Mamas Gun 129500
9 4 4 3 YOU’RE MY WORLD – Cilla Black 165000
10 27 10 5 IF YOU LET ME GO – Salt Ashes 89800

11 6 6 6 THE MIRACLE (OF JOEY RAMONE) – U2 193500
12 15 3 7 UGLY HEART – G.R.L. 315400
13 14 3 14 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 629800
14 19 14 4 BLAME – Calvin Harris featuring John Newman 79300
15 18 15 7 SUNLIGHT – The Magician featuring Years and Years 92700
16 20 16 21 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 289300
17 7 1 11 CALL – Francesco Yates 621750
18 13 13 4 OCEAN (PROBLEM REMIX) – Andreas Moe 81350
19 NEW 19 1 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU – Glen Campbell 21000
20 10 10 4 WHO GETS YOUR LOVE – Vanilla 110000

21 16 16 7 CAN’T BREAK ME DOWN – Billy Idol 125850
22 NEW 22 1 TOAST AND MARMALADE FOR TEA – Tin Tin 19500
23 23 23 4 DREAMERS (UNKNOWN SOUND EDIT) – Hopium featuring Pheobe Lou 55700
24 17 17 4 BEAUTY QUEEN (SEAN FINN REMIX) – April Kry 83000
25 29 25 2 REASON – Erasure 36950
26 35 26 3 HEARTBEAT LOUD – Andy C featuring Fiora 46100
27 22 22 2 THERE MUST BE MORE TO LIFE THAN THIS – Queen and Michael Jackson 37900
28 28 28 5 PRAYER IN C – Robin Schulz and LILLYWOOD 75350
29 31 9 9 TAKE ME TO CHURCH – Hozier 203000
30 30 30 2 THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) – Marlon Roudette 36000

31 21 1 12 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 820550
32 45 5 8 BULLIT – Watermat 288600
33 34 33 3 COME BACK – Ella Eyre 45500
34 24 1 8 HOUNDS OF LOVE – Kate Bush 480600
35 NEW 35 1 DUST – >HALOS< 17500
36 36 36 6 PLACE WITH NO NAME – Michael Jackson 78400
37 26 26 3 I LOVED YOU – Blonde 46800
38 38 38 2 YOU RUIN ME – The Veronicas 34400
39 25 12 8 ALL ABOUT THAT BASS – Meghan Trainor 168450
40 NEW 40 1 THESE DAYS – Take That 17000

41 33 1 16 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 966900
42 44 42 8 BABOOSHKA – Kate Bush 98750
43 43 43 3 XTC – Liz 32000
44 46 44 18 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 182650
45 32 10 9 NATURE'S CALL – Shaun Escoffery 191200
46 37 37 3 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN – James Blunt 47350
47 42 10 9 DAYS WITH YOU – Snakehips featuring Sinead Harnett 190600
48 39 8 11 CHIMES – Hudson Mohawke 224350
49 NEW 49 1 BABY DON'T LIE – Gwen Stefani 12100
50 41 30 3 GOD ONLY KNOWS – Brian Wilson and Various Artists 44000

51 48 1 17 BECOME – Midge Ure 911700
52 60 52 2 DO IT AGAIN – The Ting Tings 21500
53 40 40 3 HONEST TOWN – Simple Minds 45250
54 59 54 8 THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES – Kate Bush 66500
55 70 55 2 MY FLOWER – IAmDotter 16800
56 50 1 14 ONE – Order Of Era 656300
57 56 1 33 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 743550
58 58 58 2 DANGEROUS – Rumer 20400
59 66 59 3 ZOMBIE – Jamie T 23700
60 73 60 2 BREAK FREE – Ariana Grande featuring Zedd 15400

61 64 61 4 STORM IN A TEACUP – Lynsey De Paul 25800
62 47 9 10 FORGOTTEN MAN – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 214150
63 63 63 2 TRIGGER – Maluca Lala 14400
64 NEW 64 1 MALACHITE – Lydia Ainsworth 7100
65 61 1 21 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1614150
66 62 1 13 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE – Redbone 558900
67 NEW 67 1 ANYTIME – Cosmonaut Grechko 6600
68 68 9 15 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 250150
69 NEW 69 1 CLOSER – Rae Morris 6200
70 67 1 22 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 897350

71 71 71 2 S.O.S. – Indila 11600
72 49 49 2 HOLD ON – Minx featuring Hannah Joy 17700
73 72 1 62 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 1108550
74 74 74 3 SOMETHING BLUE – Neil Diamond 10600
75 75 75 2 BEAUTIFUL – Mali Music 10000

DROP OUTS
51 6 8 THE CHAMBER – Lenny Kravitz 297950
52 31 6 ACROSS 110TH STREET – Bobby Womack 98300
53 15 5 U GOT ALL I'M LOOKING 4 – Summer Heart 92950
54 54 1 THE YEARS (PROLOGUE) – The Midnight 11000
55 35 3 CENTRAL PARK ARREST – Lynsey De Paul 45500
57 4 11 LOVERS ON THE SUN – David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 362950
65 28 5 SNOWSHIP (THOMAS JACK REMIX) – Benjamin Franklin Leftwich 77900
69 69 3 PLEASE DON'T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD – Jamie Cullum featuring Gregory Porter 17300

19th October 2014

It’s Jenny by the slimmest of margins, the gorgeous melody just pipped Ella’s dramatic epic, but both are great. Mama’s Gun get a 2nd Top 10 in a row, while Calvin harris and John Newman finally break into the 20, and Ella Eyre into the 40.

The big news though is the release, after decades of waiting, and long after the deaths of both singers, of the Queen and Michael Jackson duet There Must Be More To Life Than This. Jacko of course has another one climbing further down, and no doubt plenty more in the vaults, but this may well be the last Queen scoop left unreleased. I like it on one hearing quite a bit!

Erasure get another Top 40 hit, 2 in quick succession, while The Veronicas bang in on one hearing at 38, ruining me with that tune. Rumer and Indila are both back with classy ballads, and that’s about that!

1 3 1 3 SHE’S NOT ME – Jenny Lewis 273750
2 4 2 3 GLOW – Ella Henderson 197400
3 1 1 11 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 745800
4 6 4 2 YOU’RE MY WORLD – Cilla Black 120000
5 9 5 3 LET IT BE – Labrinth 140000
6 10 6 5 THE MIRACLE (OF JOEY RAMONE) – U2 156500
7 2 2 10 CALL – Francesco Yates 598750
8 5 5 7 SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift 268600
9 24 9 3 HELLO GOODNIGHT – Mamas Gun 81500
10 15 10 3 WHO GETS YOUR LOVE – Vanilla 90000

11 11 11 16 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 257550
12 16 12 6 SLEEP LIKE A BABY TONIGHT – U2 110900
13 23 13 3 OCEAN (PROBLEM REMIX) – Andreas Moe 61350
14 8 3 13 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 597800
15 7 3 6 UGLY HEART – G.R.L. 280400
16 18 16 6 CAN’T BREAK ME DOWN – Billy Idol 106100
17 17 17 3 BEAUTY QUEEN (SEAN FINN REMIX) – April Kry 64000
18 36 18 6 SUNLIGHT – The Magician featuring Years and Years 65700
19 26 19 3 BLAME – Calvin Harris featuring John Newman 50300
20 25 20 20 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 264300

21 14 1 11 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 802650
22 NEW 22 1 THERE MUST BE MORE TO LIFE THAN THIS – Queen and Michael Jackson 19500
23 50 23 3 DREAMERS (UNKNOWN SOUND EDIT) – Hopium featuring Pheobe Lou 36450
24 13 1 7 HOUNDS OF LOVE – Kate Bush 463000
25 12 12 7 ALL ABOUT THAT BASS – Meghan Trainor 151350
26 54 26 2 I LOVED YOU – Blonde 29500
27 49 27 4 IF YOU LET ME GO – Salt Ashes 47800
28 39 28 4 PRAYER IN C – Robin Schulz and LILLYWOOD 57050
29 NEW 29 1 REASON – Erasure 18200
30 NEW 30 1 THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) – Marlon Roudette 18000

31 20 9 8 TAKE ME TO CHURCH – Hozier 184800
32 22 10 8 NATURE’S CALL – Shaun Escoffery 178200
33 27 1 15 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 952900
34 58 34 2 COME BACK – Ella Eyre 27800
35 59 35 2 HEARTBEAT LOUD – Andy C featuring Fiora 27600
36 38 36 5 PLACE WITH NO NAME – Michael Jackson 62000
37 37 37 2 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN – James Blunt 34600
38 NEW 38 1 YOU RUIN ME – The Veronicas 17200
39 19 8 10 CHIMES – Hudson Mohawke 212150
40 40 40 2 HONEST TOWN – Simple Minds 34000

41 30 30 2 GOD ONLY KNOWS – Brian Wilson and Various Artists 32000
42 32 10 8 DAYS WITH YOU – Snakehips featuring Sinead Harnett 178100
43 75 43 2 XTC – Liz 18500
44 45 44 7 BABOOSHKA – Kate Bush 85000
45 RE 5 7 BULLIT – Watermat 270800
46 48 46 17 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 169400
47 34 9 9 FORGOTTEN MAN – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 206750
48 46 1 16 BECOME – Midge Ure 899950
49 NEW 49 1 HOLD ON – Minx featuring Hannah Joy 12100
50 42 1 13 ONE – Order Of Era 645700

51 29 6 8 THE CHAMBER – Lenny Kravitz 297950
52 31 31 6 ACROSS 110TH STREET – Bobby Womack 98300
53 33 15 5 U GOT ALL I’M LOOKING 4 – Summer Heart 92950
54 NEW 54 1 THE YEARS (PROLOGUE) – The Midnight 11000
55 35 35 3 CENTRAL PARK ARREST – Lynsey De Paul 45500
56 55 1 32 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 733150
57 44 4 11 LOVERS ON THE SUN – David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 362950
58 NEW 58 1 DANGEROUS – Rumer 10200
59 60 59 7 THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES – Kate Bush 55500
60 NEW 60 1 DO IT AGAIN – The Ting Tings 10000

61 56 1 20 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1607150
62 57 1 12 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE – Redbone 552100
63 NEW 63 1 TRIGGER – Maluca Lala 7200
64 69 64 3 STORM IN A TEACUP – Lynsey De Paul 18300
65 28 28 5 SNOWSHIP (THOMAS JACK REMIX) – Benjamin Franklin Leftwich 77900
66 66 66 2 ZOMBIE – Jamie T 13600
67 64 1 21 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 891350
68 62 9 14 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 243750
69 70 69 3 PLEASE DON’T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD – Jamie Cullum featuring Gregory Porter 17300
70 NEW 70 1 MY FLOWER – IAmDotter 6000

71 NEW 71 1 S.O.S. – Indila 5800
72 71 1 61 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 1103150
73 NEW 73 1 BREAK FREE – Ariane Grande featuring Zedd 5400
74 74 74 2 SOMETHING BLUE – Neil Diamond 10400
75 NEW 75 1 BEAUTIFUL – Mali Music 5000

DROP OUTS
21 2 3 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART – Cilla Black 184750
41 7 9 WON’T LOOK BACK – Duke Dumont featuring Yolande 241000
43 2 10 COME WITH ME NOW – KONGOS 376950
47 7 9 RED CASSETTE – Mamas Gun 276500
51 39 4 HELP OUR SOULS (URBAN CONTACT REMIX) – NIHILS 58250
52 37 5 NEVERMIND – Claudia Brucken 52300
53 21 4 (I ALWAYS KILL) THE THINGS I LOVE – The Real Tuesday Weld 67100
61 46 5 I ALWAYS KILL THE THINGS I LOVE – The Real Tuesday Weld featuring Claudia Brucken 49750
63 6 15 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 416250
65 30 8 STRANGER – Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko 91450
67 24 4 CENTURIES – Fall Out Boy 56600
68 26 5 MEANT TO BE KIND – Hannah Grace 64650
72 72 1 I KNOW – Sh1ft K3y 5600
73 1 24 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 1009550

12th October 2014

It’s back on top for Sigma and Paloma, 2 weeks in total, holding an invasion by the girls, Jenny Lewis’s great 90’s-stylee ballad leaping up to 3 just ahead of Ella Henderson’s terrific military-rhythmed follow-up Glow, lighting up my chart at 4, 32 places jumping. The highest new entry is Cilla again, and again a record I was mad on aged 6, though it any case had two runs topping my chart in 1977 and 2003: You’re My World. It would have peaked at 74 in the singles chart (sales) giving Cilla 2 chart hits at the same time, and of course due to ITV’s Cilla. The BBC also get some action in too, with The Beach Boys multi-star cover recording of God Only Knows. It’s a great video, and it’s for charity, but I stick with my previous quote: God Only Knows is a perfect record (having topped my chart twice), an all-time classic, with intricate melodies and harmonies, and heart-warming lyrics and it’s impossible to cover without sounding vastly inferior.

James Blunt’s back with another corker, Simple Minds add to the 32 years of hits with a goodie, Lillywood finally makes my top 40, but my word what a bitter lyric, get over yourself dear, what did he do, murder your family! Oh, and Neil Diamond’s back with a new track, that’s 44 years of hits in my chart…That’s not bad!

1 2 1 10 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 680800
2 1 2 9 CALL – Francesco Yates 548750
3 25 3 2 SHE’S NOT ME – Jenny Lewis 103750
4 36 4 2 GLOW – Ella Henderson 82400
5 5 5 6 SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift 220600
6 NEW 6 1 YOU’RE MY WORLD – Cilla Black 55000
7 3 3 5 UGLY HEART – G.R.L. 253400
8 4 3 12 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 568800
9 12 9 2 LET IT BE – Labrinth 80000
10 10 10 4 THE MIRACLE (OF JOEY RAMONE) – U2 101500

11 18 11 15 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 220550
12 14 12 6 ALL ABOUT THAT BASS – Meghan Trainor 132600
13 6 1 6 HOUNDS OF LOVE – Kate Bush 444000
14 11 1 10 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 782900
15 19 15 2 WHO GETS YOUR LOVE – Vanilla 48000
16 27 16 5 SLEEP LIKE A BABY TONIGHT – U2 75900
17 30 17 2 BEAUTY QUEEN (SEAN FINN REMIX) – April Kry 41000
18 20 18 5 CAN’T BREAK ME DOWN – Billy Idol 81100
19 8 8 9 CHIMES – Hudson Mohawke 195050
20 9 9 7 TAKE ME TO CHURCH – Hozier 166900

21 7 2 3 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART – Cilla Black 184750
22 13 10 7 NATURE’S CALL – Shaun Escoffery 160400
23 59 23 2 OCEAN (PROBLEM REMIX) – Andreas Moe 29350
24 35 24 2 HELLO GOODNIGHT – Mamas Gun 36500
25 28 25 19 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 244300
26 55 26 2 BLAME – Calvin Harris featuring John Newman 29300
27 16 1 14 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 935200
28 32 28 4 SNOWSHIP (THOMAS JACK REMIX) – Benjamin Franklin Leftwich 70900
29 17 6 7 THE CHAMBER – Lenny Kravitz 286200
30 NEW 30 1 GOD ONLY KNOWS – Brian Wilson and Various Artists 18000

31 33 31 5 ACROSS 110TH STREET – Bobby Womack 86800
32 21 10 7 DAYS WITH YOU – Snakehips featuring Sinead Harnett 164350
33 15 15 4 U GOT ALL I’M LOOKING 4 – Summer Heart 81700
34 29 9 8 FORGOTTEN MAN – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 194250
35 38 35 2 CENTRAL PARK ARREST – Lynsey De Paul 34700
36 64 36 5 SUNLIGHT – The Magician featuring Years and Years 43700
37 NEW 37 1 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN – James Blunt 17300
38 40 38 4 PLACE WITH NO NAME – Michael Jackson 44600
39 53 39 3 PRAYER IN C – Robin Schulz and LILLYWOOD 38750
40 NEW 40 1 HONEST TOWN – Simple Minds 17000

41 24 7 9 WON’T LOOK BACK – Duke Dumont featuring Yolande 241000
42 26 1 12 ONE – Order Of Era 633700
43 23 2 10 COME WITH ME NOW – KONGOS 376950
44 22 4 10 LOVERS ON THE SUN – David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 352550
45 45 45 6 BABOOSHKA – Kate Bush 71750
46 42 1 15 BECOME – Midge Ure 887650
47 34 7 9 RED CASSETTE – Mamas Gun 276500
48 49 48 16 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 156650
49 RE 49 3 IF YOU LET ME GO – Salt Ashes 29400
50 74 50 2 DREAMERS (UNKNOWN SOUND EDIT) – Hopium featuring Pheobe Lou 17200

51 39 39 4 HELP OUR SOULS (URBAN CONTACT REMIX) – NIHILS 58250
52 37 37 5 NEVERMIND – Claudia Brucken 52300
53 31 21 4 (I ALWAYS KILL) THE THINGS I LOVE – The Real Tuesday Weld 67100
54 NEW 54 1 I LOVED YOU – Blonde 11000
55 54 1 31 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 722550
56 44 1 19 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1599650
57 41 1 11 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE – Redbone 544700
58 NEW 58 1 COME BACK – Ella Eyre 10200
59 NEW 59 1 HEARTBEAT LOUD – Andy C featuring Fiora 10100
60 60 60 6 THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES – Kate Bush 45400

61 46 46 5 I ALWAYS KILL THE THINGS I LOVE – The Real Tuesday Weld featuring Claudia Brucken 49750
62 58 9 13 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 237350
63 57 6 15 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 416250
64 61 1 20 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 884750
65 50 30 8 STRANGER – Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko 91450
66 NEW 66 1 ZOMBIE – Jamie T 6800
67 43 24 4 CENTURIES – Fall Out Boy 56600
68 RE 26 5 MEANT TO BE KIND – Hannah Grace 64650
69 75 69 2 STORM IN A TEACUP – Lynsey De Paul 11200
70 RE 70 2 PLEASE DON’T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD – Jamie Cullum featuring Gregory Porter 11000

71 70 1 60 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 1097550
72 NEW 72 1 I KNOW – Sh1ft K3y 5600
73 73 1 24 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 1009550
74 NEW 74 1 SOMETHING BLUE – Neil Diamond 5200
75 NEW 71 1 XTC – Liz 5000

DROP OUTS
47 15 19 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 274000
48 28 5 CREATION – The Pierces 79250
51 27 3 GAY 4 IT – $WAGGOT 48550
52 52 2 SHE MOVES (FAR AWAY) – Alle Farben featuring Graham Candy 23000
56 40 3 MOONWALK AWAY (MOONLANDING MIX) – Goldfish 39600
62 62 3 LOW – Inna 21600
63 9 10 SWEETNESS ALIVE – Goldroom featuring Say Lou Lou 184400
65 6 17 SUMMER IN THE CITY – The Lovin’ Spoonful 334250
66 66 2 WHY CAN’T I BE YOU – R.A.B.B.I.I. 12800
67 67 2 IN YOUR ARMS – Michael Woods featuring Lauren Dyson 13200
68 15 10 ELEVATION – Erasure 178350
69 19 6 SUPERHEROES – The Script 94650
71 65 3 BLAME IT ON ME – George Ezra 17800
72 72 2 AS GOOD AS GONE – Andy Burrows 10800

5th October 2014

It’s an 18-year old Canadian who’s played on Pharrell’s records, and who has a stunning voice. In a pop scene crowded by emotionless teeniepop singers, Francesco Yates is the real deal. Looks like a boy, sounds mature, this track just grows, and why it’s not a worldwide smash (yet) is mystifying. It’s another buzzjack song contest non-winner and everyone who didn’t vote for it needs a slap!

GRL is also a great pop song, up at 3, Sigma is still brilliant at 2, and Taylor Swift goes top 5 with the song that just gets catchier week on week. Hudson Hawke (Ugh!) has no lyrics (Ugh!) but is another Buzzjack choon and a half that didn’t even make the semis: more slaps please! U2 get a double leaping, the single up at 10 with all those terrif riffs, and the subtle album track up to 27. To all the whingers annoyed at getting something for free – just no pleasing some folk, it’s a great album.

Highest new entry, Labrinth goes gospel experimental and is instantly in at 12, great stuff. Huge smash megan’s up to 14 with her bass, and Billy Idol goes Top 20 for the first time in 2 decades with a great frantic guitarpop track. Mamas Gun get 2 in the 40, Ella Henderson has a good follow-up at 36, and finally two fab Lynsey de Paul songs which were hits for The Fortunes and Thunderthighs sneak in to my chart, as they never charted, and I’ve changed my chart rules to allow never-charted stuff as a last goodbye to departing favourites. Lynsey was a fave of mine from age 14, largely for her songwriting, and had number ones with Storm In A Teacup and Sugar Me in 1972.

1 19 2 8 CALL – Francesco Yates 433750
2 1 1 9 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 510800
3 4 3 4 UGLY HEART – G.R.L. 203400
4 5 3 11 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 520800
5 9 5 5 SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift 160600
6 3 1 5 HOUNDS OF LOVE – Kate Bush 412000
7 2 2 2 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART – Cilla Black 165000
8 25 8 8 CHIMES – Hudson Mohawke 174050
9 14 9 6 TAKE ME TO CHURCH – Hozier 146900
10 49 10 3 THE MIRACLE (OF JOEY RAMONE) – U2 59500

11 11 1 9 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 753900
12 NEW 12 1 LET IT BE – Labrinth 35000
13 10 10 6 NATURE’S CALL – Shaun Escoffery 140900
14 34 14 5 ALL ABOUT THAT BASS – Meghan Trainor 97600
15 26 15 3 U GOT ALL I’M LOOKING 4 – Summer Heart 64000
16 8 1 13 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 916800
17 7 6 6 THE CHAMBER – Lenny Kravitz 268000
18 22 18 14 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 183550
19 NEW 19 1 WHO GETS YOUR LOVE – Vanilla 21000
20 43 20 4 CAN’T BREAK ME DOWN – Billy Idol 59100

21 17 10 6 DAYS WITH YOU – Snakehips featuring Sinead Harnett 146550
22 12 4 9 LOVERS ON THE SUN – David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 339300
23 13 2 9 COME WITH ME NOW – KONGOS 363450
24 20 7 8 WON’T LOOK BACK – Duke Dumont featuring Yolande 227000
25 NEW 25 1 SHE’S NOT ME – Jenny Lewis 18750
26 23 1 11 ONE – Order Of Era 619950
27 61 27 4 SLEEP LIKE A BABY TONIGHT – U2 50900
28 33 28 18 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 225550
29 16 9 7 FORGOTTEN MAN – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 176650
30 NEW 30 1 BEAUTY QUEEN (SEAN FINN REMIX) – April Kry 18000

31 21 21 3 (I ALWAYS KILL) THE THINGS I LOVE – The Real Tuesday Weld 55850
32 36 32 3 SNOWSHIP (THOMAS JACK REMIX) – Benjamin Franklin Leftwich 52600
33 38 33 4 ACROSS 110TH STREET – Bobby Womack 68900
34 18 7 8 RED CASSETTE – Mamas Gun 264000
35 NEW 35 1 HELLO GOODNIGHT – Mamas Gun 17500
36 NEW 36 1 GLOW – Ella Henderson 17400
37 55 37 4 NEVERMIND – Claudia Brucken 40800
38 NEW 38 1 CENTRAL PARK ARREST – Lynsey De Paul 17200
39 39 39 3 HELP OUR SOULS (URBAN CONTACT REMIX) – NIHILS 46500
40 74 40 3 PLACE WITH NO NAME – Michael Jackson 27400

41 32 1 10 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE – Redbone 534300
42 31 1 14 BECOME – Midge Ure 874900
43 24 24 3 CENTURIES – Fall Out Boy 50000
44 37 1 18 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1589050
45 46 45 5 BABOOSHKA – Kate Bush 58750
46 48 46 4 I ALWAYS KILL THE THINGS I LOVE – The Real Tuesday Weld featuring Claudia Brucken 42250
47 15 15 19 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 274000
48 28 28 5 CREATION – The Pierces 79250
49 50 49 15 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 144350
50 30 30 7 STRANGER – Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko 84450

51 27 27 3 GAY 4 IT – $WAGGOT 48550
52 52 52 2 SHE MOVES (FAR AWAY) – Alle Farben featuring Graham Candy 23000
53 57 53 2 PRAYER IN C – Robin Schulz and LILLYWOOD 21650
54 53 1 30 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 711750
55 NEW 55 1 BLAME – Calvin Harris featuring John Newman 10800
56 40 40 3 MOONWALK AWAY (MOONLANDING MIX) – Goldfish 39600
57 44 6 14 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 409050
58 58 9 12 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 229950
59 NEW 59 1 OCEAN (PROBLEM REMIX) – Andreas Moe 10100
60 63 60 5 THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES – Kate Bush 35400

61 60 1 19 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 877650
62 62 62 3 LOW – Inna 21600
63 47 9 10 SWEETNESS ALIVE – Goldroom featuring Say Lou Lou 184400
64 66 64 4 SUNLIGHT – The Magician featuring Years and Years 26300
65 6 6 17 SUMMER IN THE CITY – The Lovin’ Spoonful 334250
66 70 66 2 WHY CAN’T I BE YOU – R.A.B.B.I.I. 12800
67 67 67 2 IN YOUR ARMS – Michael Woods featuring Lauren Dyson 13200
68 42 15 10 ELEVATION – Erasure 178350
69 35 19 6 SUPERHEROES – The Script 94650
70 68 1 59 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 1091750

71 65 65 3 BLAME IT ON ME – George Ezra 17800
72 RE 72 2 AS GOOD AS GONE – Andy Burrows 10800
73 71 1 23 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 1004150
74 NEW 74 1 DREAMERS (UNKNOWN SOUND EDIT) – Hopium featuring Pheobe Lou 5200
75 NEW 75 1 STORM IN A TEACUP – Lynsey De Paul 5000

DROP OUTS
29 29 6 ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) – Rupert Holmes 105400
41 22 6 I AM THE WORLD – Robin Gibb 94650
45 17 4 POP 101 – Marianas Trench barely featuring Anami Vice 76900
51 39 6 MAPS – Maroon 5 72550
54 4 12 HOME – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Romans 429650
56 9 13 OPEN DOORS – Electric Lady Lab 261150
59 59 2 IF YOU LET ME GO – Salt Ashes 17300
64 5 13 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 252500
69 69 1 OH CECILIA (BREAKING MY HEART) – The Vamps featuring Shawn Mendes 6200
72 3 11 MUSIC – John Miles 251350
73 73 1 GLASS HEART – Eagles For Hands featuring Holly Partridge 5400
75 75 1 BAILANDO – Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona 5000
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My 2014 Charts – July to Sept

28th September 2014

Sigma get their first number one, and Paloma Faith gets her 3rd, and 2nd of the year, 5 years after New York became her first. Rather shockingly, it also might well be the first drum n bass track to top my chart since 2002’s Kosheen had a 6-week run with Harder. Keeping up the fab female vocalist theme as Kate drops to 3, it’s a new entry at 2 for Cilla, thanks to the fab gear ITV drama, as Anyone Who Had A Heart reactivates in the UK charts, and pops back into my chart for the second time in 2 years – it grabbed a week on top in 2012, 48 years after it would have first topped my chart if I’d been compiling them then. I was 6, and I was mad on the record and Cilla. The record is still brilliant, much better than Dionne Warwick’s smooth original, and the TV show brilliantly captures the times – it’s not understating the case to say that Bobby’s home-life was pretty much what Liverpool was to me and my family in 1964-66 when we lived there and went to 2 schools. We were very poor, and that’s exactly how we lived and how Liverpudlians spoke and acted, it’s spot-on. It also brings Cilla her long-overdue kudos after becoming a mumsy TV host kind of took it all away in popular memory.

Elsewhere, G.R.L.’s great pop track hits 4, Taylor Swift gets a 2nd Top 10 hit, and Hozier gets into the top 20 again with Take Me To Church a year after first doing it. A couple of European biggies enter lower down (Alle Farben and Robin Schulz) courtesy of my week in Sitges, Spain, amongst others climbing as a result. I was very happy to hear Dirty Vegas’ popchartfreak topper from february also getting played, never thought I’d ever hear it anywhere. Hooray!

1 2 1 8 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 395800
2 NEW 2 1 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART – Cilla Black 115000
3 1 1 4 HOUNDS OF LOVE – Kate Bush 357000
4 8 4 3 UGLY HEART – G.R.L. 118400
5 3 3 10 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 455800
6 12 6 16 SUMMER IN THE CITY – The Lovin’ Spoonful 327250
7 7 6 5 THE CHAMBER – Lenny Kravitz 245000
8 6 1 12 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 891800
9 20 9 4 SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift 100600
10 14 10 5 NATURE’S CALL – Shaun Escoffery 108900

11 4 1 8 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 716900
12 11 4 8 LOVERS ON THE SUN – David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 319800
13 5 2 8 COME WITH ME NOW – KONGOS 344200
14 28 14 5 TAKE ME TO CHURCH – Hozier 101900
15 18 15 18 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 261500
16 9 9 6 FORGOTTEN MAN – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 158450
17 10 10 5 DAYS WITH YOU – Snakehips featuring Sinead Harnett 126800
18 13 7 7 RED CASSETTE – Mamas Gun 246400
19 15 4 7 CALL – Francesco Yates 263750
20 16 7 7 WON’T LOOK BACK – Duke Dumont featuring Yolande 208000

21 29 21 2 (I ALWAYS KILL) THE THINGS I LOVE – The Real Tuesday Weld 37950
22 24 22 13 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 161550
23 19 1 10 ONE – Order Of Era 601450
24 35 24 2 CENTURIES – Fall Out Boy 36500
25 17 17 7 CHIMES – Hudson Mohawke 126050
26 26 26 2 U GOT ALL I’M LOOKING 4 – Summer Heart 37000
27 27 27 2 GAY 4 IT – $WAGGOT 36800
28 33 28 4 CREATION – The Pierces 66950
29 34 29 6 ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) – Rupert Holmes 105400
30 44 30 6 STRANGER – Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko 72450

31 23 1 13 BECOME – Midge Ure 861150
32 25 1 9 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE – Redbone 520300
33 37 33 17 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 207250
34 67 34 4 ALL ABOUT THAT BASS – Meghan Trainor 68600
35 21 19 5 SUPERHEROES – The Script 88250
36 36 36 2 SNOWSHIP (THOMAS JACK REMIX) – Benjamin Franklin Leftwich 34800
37 30 1 17 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1575800
38 40 38 3 ACROSS 110TH STREET – Bobby Womack 51200
39 48 39 2 HELP OUR SOULS (URBAN CONTACT REMIX) – NIHILS 29400
40 50 40 2 MOONWALK AWAY (MOONLANDING MIX) – Goldfish 29000

41 22 22 6 I AM THE WORLD – Robin Gibb 94650
42 32 15 9 ELEVATION – Erasure 171950
43 43 43 3 CAN’T BREAK ME DOWN – Billy Idol 39100
44 38 6 13 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 398650
45 31 17 4 POP 101 – Marianas Trench barely featuring Anami Vice 76900
46 49 46 4 BABOOSHKA – Kate Bush 45750
47 42 9 9 SWEETNESS ALIVE – Goldroom featuring Say Lou Lou 177200
48 56 48 3 I ALWAYS KILL THE THINGS I LOVE – The Real Tuesday Weld featuring Claudia Brucken 29500
49 73 49 2 THE MIRACLE (OF JOEY RAMONE) – U2 17500
50 52 50 14 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 132250

51 39 39 6 MAPS – Maroon 5 72550
52 NEW 52 1 SHE MOVES (FAR AWAY) – Alle Farben featuring Graham Candy 11500
53 46 1 29 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 700750
54 41 4 12 HOME – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Romans 429650
55 64 55 3 NEVERMIND – Claudia Brucken 23500
56 53 9 13 OPEN DOORS – Electric Lady Lab 261150
57 NEW 57 1 PRAYER IN C – Robin Schulz and LILLYWOOD 10400
58 57 9 11 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 219750
59 63 59 2 IF YOU LET ME GO – Salt Ashes 17300
60 59 1 18 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 870150

61 47 47 3 SLEEP LIKE A BABY TONIGHT – U2 32500
62 66 62 2 LOW – Inna 14200
63 65 63 4 THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES – Kate Bush 25400
64 60 5 13 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 252500
65 75 65 2 BLAME IT ON ME – George Ezra 12000
66 69 66 3 SUNLIGHT – The Magician featuring Years and Years 19200
67 NEW 67 1 IN YOUR EYES – Michael Woods featuring Lauren Dyson 6600
68 68 1 58 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 1085750
69 NEW 69 1 OH CECILIA (BREAKING MY HEART) – The Vamps featuring Shawn Mendes 6200
70 NEW 70 1 WHY CAN’T I BE YOU – R.A.B.B.I.I. 6000

71 71 1 22 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 998750
72 72 3 11 MUSIC – John Miles 251350
73 NEW 73 1 GLASS HEART – Eagles For Hands featuring Holly Partridge 5400
74 74 74 2 PLACE WITH NO NAME – Michael Jackson 10400
75 NEW 75 1 BAILANDO – Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona 5000

DROP OUTS
45 35 4 FIGURE IT OUT – Royal Blood 46500
51 37 4 LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME – Dolly Parton 59650
54 4 8 FOOLED AROUND AND FELL IN LOVE – Elvin Bishop 264400
55 6 9 PERFUME – Sparks 210700
58 58 4 BLACK WIDOW – Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora 32000
61 5 12 SUNDREAM – RUFUS 372500
62 18 10 GHOSTCITY – Thomas Azier 147000
70 70 1 WHEN IT’S BUSY EARNING – Jungle 6000

21st September 2014

It’s Kate Bush returning to number one with Hounds Of Love 28 years after dropping off the top slot. Partly it’s the Archive charting of it, but it’s also cos London readers Wyfes played it at Duckies Sitges as “our most favourite record in the world” as is traditional with one great oldie. I sang along like a madman in the opera-house venue and had a fab time dancing till 3am. Yes at my age, outrageous. Smiths, Bowie, Icona Pop, Gossip, Fifth Dimension, Diana Ross, Donna Summer, zillions of others and also the classic song shooting up to 24 which had everyone singing along, and Stealers Wheel going back up to 46.

Bad news for Sigma and Paloma who have to make do with 2, but Paloma’s already had a chart-topper this year, and 2 is pretty good! G.R.L. rocket from 73 to 8 with a great pop song, it’s got actual good lyrics and a great tune, while a bit of rock joins KONGOS in the top 10 as Tom Petty gets one of his rare Top 10 hits. Tom tends not to have big ones but he’s been charting now since 1977 with a long list of lesser hits. In the week that co-writer Bob Crewe died, Frankie Valli’s Can’t take My Eyes Off You hits 24, while The Real Tuesday Weld smooth tune charts twice, once with Claudia Brucken, who also has two on the climb. Fall Out Boy keep up the run of Top 40 hits, running Centuries, and U2 also have 2 from the new album pottering about lower down.

1 5 1 3 HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
2 16 2 7 CHANGING Sigma featuring Paloma Faith
3 3 3 9 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS Train
4 1 1 7 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10C.C.
5 2 2 7 COME WITH ME NOW KONGOS
6 4 1 11 LOVE RUNS OUT OneRepublic
7 6 6 4 THE CHAMBER Lenny Kravitz
8 73 8 2 UGLY HEART G.R.L.
9 14 9 5 FORGOTTEN MAN Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
10 11 10 4 DAYS WITH YOU Snakehips featuring Sinead Harnett

11 8 4 7 LOVERS ON THE SUN David Guetta featuring Sam Martin
12 12 12 15 SUMMER IN THE CITY The Lovin’ Spoonful
13 9 7 6 RED CASSETTE Mamas Gun
14 20 14 4 NATURE’S CALL Shaun Escoffery
15 15 4 6 CALL Francesco Yates
16 7 7 6 WON’T LOOK BACK Duke Dumont featuring Yolande
17 22 17 6 CHIMES Hudson Mohawke
18 18 18 17 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel
19 10 1 9 ONE Order Of Era
20 27 20 3 SHAKE IT OFF Taylor Swift

21 19 19 4 SUPERHEROES The Script
22 23 22 5 I AM THE WORLD Robin Gibb
23 13 1 12 BECOME Midge Ure
24 44 24 12 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
25 21 1 8 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Redbone
26 NEW 26 1 U GOT ALL I’M LOOKING 4 Summer Heart
27 NEW 27 1 GAY 4 IT $WAGGOT
28 28 28 4 TAKE ME TO CHURCH Hozier
29 NEW 29 1 (I ALWAYS KILL) THE THINGS I LOVE The Real Tuesday Weld
30 25 1 16 COLOURS IN THE SKY Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD

31 17 17 3 POP 101 Marianas Trench barely featuring Anami Vice
32 24 15 8 ELEVATION Erasure
33 33 33 3 CREATION The Pierces
34 34 34 5 ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
35 NEW 35 1 CENTURIES Fall Out Boy
36 NEW 36 1 SNOWSHIP (THOMAS JACK REMIX) Benjamin Franklin Leftwich
37 38 37 16 MISTY BLUE Dorothy Moore
38 30 6 12 MY TYPE Saint Motel
39 39 39 5 MAPS Maroon 5
40 40 40 2 ACROSS 110TH STREET Bobby Womack

41 29 4 11 HOME Naughty Boy featuring Sam Romans
42 32 9 8 SWEETNESS ALIVE Goldroom featuring Say Lou Lou
43 49 43 2 CAN’T BREAK ME DOWN Billy Idol
44 36 36 5 STRANGER Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko
45 35 35 4 FIGURE IT OUT Royal Blood
46 60 1 28 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel
47 47 47 2 SLEEP LIKE A BABY TONIGHT U2
48 NEW 48 2 HELP OUR SOULS (URBAN CONTACT REMIX) NIHLS
49 55 49 3 BABOOSHKA Kate Bush
50 NEW 50 1 MOONWALK AWAY (MOONLANDING MIX) Goldfish

51 37 37 4 LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Dolly Parton
52 52 52 13 OUR LAST SUMMER Abba
53 26 9 12 OPEN DOORS Electric Lady Lab
54 31 4 8 FOOLED AROUND AND FELL IN LOVE Elvin Bishop
55 43 6 9 PERFUME Sparks
56 67 56 2 (I ALWAYS KILL) THE THINGS I LOVE The Real Tuesday Weld featuring Claudia Brucken
57 48 9 10 DOSES AND MIMOSAS Cherub
58 58 58 4 BLACK WIDOW Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora
59 54 1 17 TIME IN A BOTTLE Jim Croce
60 46 5 12 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

61 42 5 12 SUNDREAM RUFUS
62 50 18 10 GHOSTCITY Thomas Azier
63 NEW 63 1 IF YOU LET ME GO Salt Ashes
64 72 64 2 NEVERMIND Claudia Brucken
65 71 65 3 THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES Kate Bush
66 NEW 66 1 LOW Inna
67 57 40 3 ALL ABOUT THAT BASS Meghan Trainor
68 68 1 57 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
69 69 69 2 SUNLIGHT The Magician featuring Years and Years
70 NEW 70 1 WHEN IT’S BUSY EARNING Jungle

71 62 1 21 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS Paloma Faith
72 63 3 10 MUSIC John Miles
73 NEW 73 1 THE MIRACLE (OF JOEY RAMONE) U2
74 NEW 74 1 PLACE WITH NO NAME Michael Jackson
75 NEW 75 1 BLAME IT ON ME George Ezra

DROP OUTS
41 27 5 STARING AT THE SUN Anastacia
45 45 4 I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE Sam Smith
51 14 7 PROBLEM Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea
53 30 7 YOUR LOVE Nicole Scherzinger
56 36 5 SILHOUETTE Ali Campbell
59 10 6 UNITED KIDS OF THE WORLD Headhunterz featuring Krewella

61 39 11 WRONG CLUB The Ting Tings
64 33 4 MUST BE LOVE Christina Grimmie
65 65 2 DOWN THE WRONG WAY Chrissie Hynde and Neil Young
66 10 9 BOOM CLAP Charli XCX
70 25 6 CHERRY BOMB The Runaways
74 74 1 AS GOOD AS GONE Andy Burrows
75 75 1 PLEASE DON’T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD Jamie Cullum featuring Gregory Porter

14th September 2014

It’s a 2nd week for classic 10CC on top, 3rd in total, and well deserved. KONGOS is fab too though just edging out Train this week which Ive yet to download and Kate Bush which I may well hear on my holiday in a week in an 80’s club that lurves Kate Bush.

Big climbs for Snakehips, very smooth, and The Script also go top 20 (not The Call as I mistyped for some reason) with Superheroes joining all the Guardians Of The Galaxy oldies! Appropriate. Talking of oldies, highest new entry is the late Bobby Womack’s 1972 minor US hit, which I only heard for the first time the other week, incredibly, as it’s featured in 2 movies (neither of which I’ve seen). It’s fab.

Meanwhile rock veterans return, U2 courtesy of a free album download, and the best track on it, and Billy Idol, back after a couple of decades away, and 35 years after his Generation X charting days. U2, in comparison have a mere 33 years of chart hits. Pah! Finally Claudia Brucken pops in with 2 new tracks, greedy girl, one with someone claiming to be the Real Tuesday Weld, I’m fairly sure that’s not true as she was a pin-up actress over 50 years ago…


1 1 1 6 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 614900
2 5 2 6 COME WITH ME NOW – KONGOS 252200
3 3 3 8 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 310800
4 2 1 10 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 788800
5 10 5 2 HOUNDS OF LOVE – Kate Bush 102000
6 8 6 3 THE CHAMBER – Lenny Kravitz 145000
7 9 7 5 WON’T LOOK BACK – Duke Dumont featuring Yolande 163000
8 4 4 6 LOVERS ON THE SUN – David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 247800
9 11 7 5 RED CASSETTE – Mamas Gun 192400
10 6 1 8 ONE – Order Of Era 561200

11 32 11 3 DAYS WITH YOU – Snakehips featuring Sinead Harnett 61800
12 16 12 14 SUMMER IN THE CITY – The Lovin’ Spoonful 237350
13 13 1 11 BECOME – Midge Ure 824000
14 19 14 4 FORGOTTEN MAN – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 88250
15 7 4 5 CALL – Francesco Yates 215750
16 20 16 6 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 110800
17 17 17 2 POP 101 – Marianas Trench barely featuring Anami Vice 46000
18 21 18 16 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 212500
19 30 19 3 SUPERHEROES – The Script 51000
20 26 20 3 NATURE’S CALL – Shaun Escoffery 37900

21 14 1 7 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE – Redbone 483750
22 18 18 5 CHIMES – Hudson Mohawke 84300
23 24 23 4 I AM THE WORLD – Robin Gibb 61150
24 15 15 7 ELEVATION – Erasure 140400
25 25 1 15 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1540500
26 35 9 11 OPEN DOORS – Electric Lady Lab 239300
27 38 27 2 SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift 35600
28 28 28 3 TAKE ME TO CHURCH – Hozier 54600
29 34 4 10 HOME – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Romans 404650
30 12 6 11 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 368200

31 22 4 7 FOOLED AROUND AND FELL IN LOVE – Elvin Bishop 253400
32 23 9 7 SWEETNESS ALIVE – Goldroom featuring Say Lou Lou 150950
33 44 33 2 CREATION – The Pierces 30950
34 36 34 4 ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) – Rupert Holmes 69600
35 54 35 3 FIGURE IT OUT – Royal Blood 33500
36 57 36 4 STRANGER – Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko 41200
37 39 37 3 LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME – Dolly Parton 47900
38 41 38 15 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 172250
39 55 39 4 MAPS – Maroon 5 43700
40 NEW 40 1 ACROSS 110TH STREET – Bobby Womack 17000

41 27 27 5 STARING AT THE SUN – Anastacia 74900
42 33 5 11 SUNDREAM – RUFUS 365000
43 29 6 8 PERFUME – Sparks 199900
44 45 44 11 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 123050
45 47 45 4 I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE – Sam Smith 43600
46 31 5 11 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 235400
47 NEW 47 1 SLEEP LIKE A BABY TONIGHT – U2 12500
48 48 9 9 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 199150
49 NEW 49 1 CAN’T BREAK ME DOWN – Billy Idol 12100
50 50 18 9 GHOSTCITY – Thomas Azier 139600

51 37 14 7 PROBLEM – Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea 129450
52 53 52 12 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 108750
53 49 30 7 YOUR LOVE – Nicole Scherzinger 76950
54 52 1 16 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 850050
55 59 55 2 BABOOSHKA – Kate Bush 20900
56 43 36 5 SILHOUETTE – Ali Campbell 60850
57 40 40 2 ALL ABOUT THAT BASS – Meghan Trainor 44400
58 70 58 3 BLACK WIDOW – Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora 21800
59 42 10 6 UNITED KIDS OF THE WORLD – Headhunterz featuring Krewella 145350
60 60 1 27 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 676750

61 46 39 11 WRONG CLUB – The Ting Tings 97500
62 58 1 20 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 987150
63 63 3 9 MUSIC – John Miles 240150
64 51 33 4 MUST BE LOVE – Christina Grimmie 54250
65 75 65 2 DOWN THE WRONG WAY – Chrissie Hynde and Neil Young 12000
66 66 10 9 BOOM CLAP – Charli XCX 170550
67 NEW 67 1 I ALWAYS KILL THE THINGS I LOVE – The Real Tuesday Weld featuring Claudia Brucken 6600
68 68 1 56 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 1072950
69 NEW 69 1 SUNLIGHT – The Magician featuring Years and Years 6200
70 64 25 6 CHERRY BOMB – The Runaways 79050

71 73 71 2 THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES – Kate Bush 11200
72 NEW 72 1 NEVERMIND – Claudia Brucken 5600
73 NEW 73 1 UGLY HEART – G.R.L. 5400
74 NEW 74 1 AS GOOD AS GONE – Andy Burrows 5200
75 NEW 75 1 PLEASE DON’T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD – Jamie Cullum featuring Gregory Porter 5000

DROP OUTS
56 48 4 ONE DAY (VANDAAG) – Bakermat 41400
61 26 4 MEANT TO BE KIND – Hannah Grace 58250
62 62 3 CRY FOR FREEDOM – Jay Dabhi and Moises Modesto 21600
65 18 4 STRANGE ENOUGH – VERITE 59600
67 67 3 I DIDN’T BELIEVE – Flight Facilities featuring Elizabeth Rose 19400
69 19 6 LOVING YOU – Michael Jackson 85600
71 37 3 SAY IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT – Maria Hazell 40400
72 72 1 RIGHT HERE – Jess Glynne 5600
74 74 2 ULTRAVIOLENCE – Lana Del Ray 10400

7th September 2014

A little late this week, but not as late as I’m Not In Love, the first song in Guardians Of The Galaxy, and ending a 39-year wait for 10CC to get that second week at number one, their 3rd of 5 number ones, and a multi-tracked harmony classic. Godley and Creme featured on 4 of the number ones, but grabbed a further two for themselves in the 80’s. All 4 members were brilliant.

A very competitive chart this week, any of the top 10 could have been a contender to top, really, but biggest mover is KONGOS, sons of John Kongos now matching their dad in grabbing a top 5 hit a few months after it peaked at 19, but now on full release and the tribal rock charms bang on my car cd beautifully. Another number one pops in at 10 for Kate Bush, 1986 number one, and one of three (The Man With The Child In His Eyes, and Babooshka being lower). The only reason there isn’t a Kate invasion is a) I didn’t get tickets and b) the other UK charting tracks have already had extra chart runs in the last few years.

In at 17, Canadian rockers Marianas Trench do a great hatchet job on formula, mass-produced, record company cash-making, committee-designed dance pop. That’s not to say there aren’t great pop songwriters about (see Ryan Tedder at 2), but really, it’s all becoming a bit incestuous and back-scratching now. You know, artist can’t write a decent pop song, so hires rentasongwriter to spruce it up a bit while making sure they get songwriting royalties. Anyway, it’s a very funny track.

At 24, the late Robin Gibb’s poignant reworking of a 50-year-old very 1960’s Bee Gees song leaps up, and Taylor Swift pops into the Top 40 with one of her catchiest popsongs.

1 2 1 5 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 444900
2 1 1 9 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 723800
3 3 3 7 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 235800
4 5 4 5 LOVERS ON THE SUN – David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 199800
5 RE 5 5 COME WITH ME NOW – KONGOS 137200
6 4 1 7 ONE – Order Of Era 519200
7 6 4 4 CALL – Francesco Yates 188750
8 10 8 2 THE CHAMBER – Lenny Kravitz 90000
9 14 9 4 WON’T LOOK BACK – Duke Dumont featuring Yolande 113000
10 NEW 10 1 HOUNDS OF LOVE – Kate Bush 42000

11 7 7 4 RED CASSETTE – Mamas Gun 147400
12 8 6 10 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 350200
13 12 1 10 BECOME – Midge Ure 792000
14 9 1 6 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE – Redbone 464000
15 17 15 6 ELEVATION – Erasure 121400
16 18 16 13 SUMMER IN THE CITY – The Lovin’ Spoonful 202350
17 NEW 17 1 POP 101 – Marianas Trench barely featuring Anami Vice 23000
18 29 18 4 CHIMES – Hudson Mohawke 64800
19 22 19 3 FORGOTTEN MAN – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 59250
20 20 20 5 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 85800

21 31 21 15 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 190500
22 13 4 6 FOOLED AROUND AND FELL IN LOVE – Elvin Bishop 235500
23 11 9 6 SWEETNESS ALIVE – Goldroom featuring Say Lou Lou 133150
24 55 24 3 I AM THE WORLD – Robin Gibb 41900
25 19 1 14 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1521750
26 32 26 2 NATURE’S CALL – Shaun Escoffery 17900
27 27 27 4 STARING AT THE SUN – Anastacia 60900
28 30 28 2 TAKE ME TO CHURCH – Hozier 36300
29 16 6 7 PERFUME – Sparks 186400
30 50 30 2 SUPERHEROES – The Call 30000

31 21 5 10 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 222650
32 65 32 2 DAYS WITH YOU – Snakehips featuring Sinead Harnett 24800
33 23 5 10 SUNDREAM – RUFUS 351250
34 34 4 9 HOME – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Romans 386450
35 35 9 10 OPEN DOORS – Electric Lady Lab 220800
36 36 36 3 ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) – Rupert Holmes 52000
37 24 14 6 PROBLEM – Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea 117700
38 NEW 38 1 SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift 17200
39 43 39 2 LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME – Dolly Parton 30600
40 40 40 2 ALL ABOUT THAT BASS – Meghan Trainor 34000

41 41 41 14 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 155050
42 15 10 5 UNITED KIDS OF THE WORLD – Headhunterz featuring Krewella 135250
43 42 36 4 SILHOUETTE – Ali Campbell 50250
44 NEW 44 1 CREATION – The Pierces 13250
45 45 45 10 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 109800
46 39 39 10 WRONG CLUB – The Ting Tings 90000
47 47 47 3 I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE – Sam Smith 30600
48 44 9 8 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 186850
49 49 30 6 YOUR LOVE – Nicole Scherzinger 65700
50 RE 18 8 GHOSTCITY – Thomas Azier 127600

51 33 33 3 MUST BE LOVE – Christina Grimmie 47150
52 46 1 15 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 839050
53 54 53 11 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 97250
54 75 54 2 FIGURE IT OUT – Royal Blood 16000
55 56 55 3 MAPS – Maroon 5 26600
56 48 48 4 ONE DAY (VANDAAG) – Bakermat 41400
57 66 57 3 STRANGER – Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko 23800
58 52 1 19 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 979750
59 NEW 59 1 BABOOSHKA – Kate Bush 10100
60 59 1 26 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 666750

61 26 26 4 MEANT TO BE KIND – Hannah Grace 58250
62 64 62 3 CRY FOR FREEDOM – Jay Dabhi and Moises Modesto 21600
63 60 3 8 MUSIC – John Miles 232950
64 25 25 5 CHERRY BOMB – The Runaways 73050
65 28 18 4 STRANGE ENOUGH – VERITE 59600
66 51 10 8 BOOM CLAP – Charli XCX 163750
67 68 67 3 I DIDN’T BELIEVE – Flight Facilities featuring Elizabeth Rose 19400
68 67 1 55 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 1066550
69 38 19 6 LOVING YOU – Michael Jackson 85600
70 72 70 2 BLACK WIDOW – Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora 11600

71 37 37 3 SAY IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT – Maria Hazell 40400
72 NEW 72 1 RIGHT HERE – Jess Glynne 5600
73 NEW 73 1 THE MAN WITH THE CHILD IN HIS EYES – Kate Bush 5400
74 74 74 2 ULTRAVIOLENCE – Lana Del Ray 10400
75 NEW 75 1 DOWN THE WRONG WAY – Chrissie Hynde and Neil Young 5000

DROP OUTS
53 45 3 WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING – Within Temptation featuring Dave Pirner 34450
57 15 9 HERE FOR YOU – Gorgon City featuring Laura Walsh 152000
58 52 3 CIRCLES – Vanic x Machineheart 31700
61 61 3 FIVE HOURS – Deorro 22500
62 62 5 GIANT IN MY HEART – Kiesza 34600
63 24 7 ME AND MY BROKEN HEART – Rixton 94650
69 69 2 THE SHIP – Black Rivers 12400
70 70 2 I BELIEVE IN YOU (2013) – Kylie Minogue 12000
71 71 2 FADED – Zhu 11000
73 73 2 I WANT IT THAT WAY – Backstreet Boys 10400

31st August 2014

It’s OneRepublic for a 2nd week on top, though 10CC’s summer love classic holds at 2 as Guardians Of The Galaxy charts all over Europe, and the soundtrack is in a lot of cinema lobbies. Train get yet another Top 3 hit, but have yet to top the chart – it’s looking good though as it’s not available yet and this is on radio plays alone.

Highest new entry is Lenny Kravitz at 10, a cracking new single that is also not yet available to buy in the UK, and his biggest hit for 15 years, and his 4th Top 10 in 24 years. Big climb for Sigma and Paloma Faith, and that will also one day be available to buy, along with Duke Dumont next week’s UK number one. Hozier is back a year on with the great Take Me To Church. It would be nice if it was a hit this time but I won’t hold my breath as you can’t dance to it and it doesn’t have Ed Sheeran on the credit.

enjoy:)

1 1 1 8 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 608800
2 2 2 4 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 274900
3 20 3 6 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 160800
4 3 1 6 ONE – Order Of Era 464200
5 5 5 4 LOVERS IN THE SUN – David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 134800
6 4 4 3 CALL – Francesco Yates 138750
7 10 7 3 RED CASSETTE – Mamas Gun 110400
8 6 6 9 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 315200
9 7 1 5 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE – Redbone 435000
10 NEW 10 1 THE CHAMBER – Lenny Kravitz 42000

11 9 9 5 SWEETNESS ALIVE – Goldroom featuring Say Lou Lou 113900
12 8 1 9 BECOME – Midge Ure 760000
13 14 4 5 FOOLED AROUND AND FELL IN LOVE – Elvin Bishop 216000
14 22 14 3 WON’T LOOK BACK – Duke Dumont 68000
15 12 10 4 UNITED KIDS OF THE WORLD – Headhunterz featuring Krewella 121500
16 13 6 6 PERFUME – Sparks 168200
17 17 17 5 ELEVATION – Erasure 94400
18 21 18 12 SUMMER IN THE CITY – The Lovin’ Spoonful 177350
19 15 1 13 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1503000
20 57 20 4 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 65800

21 11 5 9 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 204750
22 25 22 2 FORGOTTEN MAN – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 38250
23 16 5 9 SUNDREAM – RUFUS 333550
24 19 14 5 PROBLEM – Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea 100400
25 27 25 4 CHERRY BOMB – The Runaways 65950
26 26 26 3 MEANT TO BE KIND – Hannah Grace 50750
27 35 27 3 STARING AT THE SUN – Anastacia 42500
28 18 18 3 STRANGE ENOUGH – VERITE 52600
29 29 29 3 CHIMES – Hudson Mohawke 42800
30 NEW 30 1 TAKE ME TO CHURCH – Hozier 18000

31 34 31 14 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 170750
32 NEW 32 1 NATURE’S CALL – Shaun Escoffrey 17800
33 33 33 2 MUST BE LOVE – Christina Grimmie 35400
34 23 4 8 HOME – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Romans 368850
35 31 9 9 OPEN DOORS – Electric Lady Lab 203300
36 38 36 2 ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) – Rupert Holmes 34600
37 37 37 2 SAY IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT – Maria Hazell 34600
38 24 19 5 LOVING YOU – Michael Jackson 79400
39 46 39 9 WRONG CLUB – The Ting Tings 77250
40 NEW 40 1 ALL ABOUT THAT BASS – Meghan Trainor 17000

41 41 41 13 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 141050
42 36 36 3 SILHOUETTE – Ali Campbell 36750
43 NEW 43 1 LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME – Dolly Parton 13500
44 28 9 7 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 174550
45 47 45 9 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 96800
46 43 1 14 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 827550
47 72 47 2 I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE – Sam Smith 18100
48 48 48 3 ONE DAY (VANDAAG) – Bakermat 30800
49 30 30 5 YOUR LOVE – Nicole Scherzinger 53600
50 NEW 50 1 SUPERHEROES – The Call 12000

51 32 10 7 BOOM CLAP – Charli XCX 156950
52 42 1 18 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 969550
53 45 45 3 WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING – Within Temptation featuring Dave Pirner 34450
54 56 54 10 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 86000
55 49 49 2 I AM THE WORLD – Robin Gibb 22900
56 RE 56 2 MAPS – Maroon 5 15800
57 39 15 9 HERE FOR YOU – Gorgon City featuring Laura Walsh 152000
58 52 52 3 CIRCLES – Vanic x Machineheart 31700
59 58 1 25 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 656750
60 54 3 7 MUSIC – John Miles 225750

61 61 61 3 FIVE HOURS – Deorro 22500
62 62 62 5 GIANT IN MY HEART – Kiesza 34600
63 44 24 7 ME AND MY BROKEN HEART – Rixton 94650
64 64 64 2 CRY FOR FREEDOM – Jay Dabhi and Moises Modesto 14200
65 65 65 3 NO OTHER WAY EP – Sinead Harnett featuring Snakehips 19000
66 67 66 2 STRANGER – Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko 13400
67 66 1 54 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 1060150
68 68 68 2 I DIDN’T BELIEVE – Flight Facilities featuring Elizabeth Rose 12800
69 69 69 2 THE SHIP – Black Rivers 12400
70 70 70 2 I BELIEVE IN YOU (2013) – Kylie Minogue 12000

71 74 71 2 FADED – Zhu 11000
72 NEW 72 1 BLACK WIDOW – Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora 5600
73 75 73 2 I WANT IT THAT WAY – Backstreet Boys 10400
74 NEW 74 1 ULTRAVIOLENCE – Lana Del Ray 5200
75 NEW 75 1 FIGURE IT OUT – Royal Blood 5000

DROP OUTS
40 3 11 CHANDELIER – SIA 376250
50 18 7 GHOSTCITY – Thomas Azier 115600
51 35 5 CRAZY STUPID LOVE – Cheryl Cole featuring Tinie Tempah 56700
53 38 5 I WILL NEVER LET YOU DOWN – Rita Ora 56650
55 5 8 ONE MORE DAY (STAY WITH ME) – Example 194100
59 40 4 WOULD YOU FIGHT FOR MY LOVE – Jack White 51400
60 39 7 AM I WRONG – Nico And Vinz 79500
63 36 4 TRY – Dolly Parton 51900
71 71 2 TELL HER – Rizzle Kicks 11600
73 1 31 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 1002500

24th August 2014

A bit late this week, as I was bank holidaying it in Kent.

After 8 Top 10 attempts, Onerepublic finally get that elusive chart-topper, with the stomping thumping Love Runs Out, just keeping off 1975 Number One I’m Not In Love at 2 for 10CC. That song is from Guardians Of The Galaxy, of course, as a 7th track enters at 38 for Rupert Holmes, a Top 10 hit from 1979 for me, Escape (The Pina Colada Song) was a huge American hit while I was on my first adventure holiday in the States that year. The album of the soundtrack has done very well, and despite all the hoopla about Ed Sheeran having weeks at number one, it wasn’t the best selling album for the last few weeks: the latest Now album was, and at one point it was out-sold by Guardians Of The Galaxy, and several of the tracks were in the Archive Top 40 last week, amongst all those Streaming-dominated tracks older than 12 months which make up most of the chart. So there!

Francesco Yates is an 18-year-old Canadian with a gorgeous pop record, and leaps up to 4 with Call, just ahead of one mighty leap for David Guetta as he returns yet again to the top 5, up a whopping 57 places with Sam Martin. David has had 2 previous chart-toppers. Mamas Gun also leap into the Top 10, the London band’s fab retro Red Cassette up 17 places. Train get a 7th Top 20 hit, while Tom Petty is highest new entry at 25 with his 2nd Top 40 hit of the year, 37 years of hits and counting. The late Robin Gibb, meanwhile is in at 49 with one of his last recordings, giving him an amazing 45 years of chart entries solo, 46 years as a Bee Gee, including my first chart in 1968.

1 2 1 7 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 438800
2 15 2 3 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 159900
3 1 1 5 ONE – Order Of Era 399200
4 25 4 2 CALL – Francesco Yates 83750
5 62 5 3 LOVERS IN THE SUN – David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 74800
6 11 6 8 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 267200
7 3 1 4 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE – Redbone 390000
8 8 1 8 BECOME – Midge Ure 725000
9 9 9 4 SWEETNESS ALIVE – Goldroom featuring Say Lou Lou 76900
10 27 10 2 RED CASSETTE – Mamas Gun 60400

11 5 5 8 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 185000
12 10 10 3 UNITED KIDS OF THE WORLD – Headhunterz featuring Krewella 94500
13 6 6 5 PERFUME – Sparks 143200
14 4 4 4 FOOLED AROUND AND FELL IN LOVE – Elvin Bishop 184000
15 12 1 12 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1482000
16 13 5 8 SUNDREAM – RUFUS 314300
17 17 17 4 ELEVATION – Erasure 71400
18 48 18 2 STRANGE ENOUGH – VERITE 34300
19 14 14 4 PROBLEM – Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea 81400
20 29 20 5 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 85800

21 21 21 11 SUMMER IN THE CITY – The Lovin’ Spoonful 155350
22 22 22 2 WON’T LOOK BACK – Duke Dumont 39000
23 7 4 7 HOME – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Romans 351250
24 19 19 4 LOVING YOU – Michael Jackson 62200
25 NEW 25 1 FORGOTTEN MAN – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 18750
26 42 26 2 MEANT TO BE KIND – Hannah Grace 32250
27 30 27 3 CHERRY BOMB – The Runaways 47200
28 16 9 6 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 161300
29 68 29 2 CHIMES – Hudson Mohawke 24600
30 59 30 4 YOUR LOVE – Nicole Scherzinger 41500

31 26 9 8 OPEN DOORS – Electric Lady Lab 185800
32 20 10 6 BOOM CLAP – Charli XCX 145200
33 NEW 33 1 MUST BE LOVE – Christina Grimmie 17700
34 37 34 13 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 152850
35 67 35 2 STARING AT THE SUN – Anastacia 24100
36 72 36 2 SILHOUETTE – Ali Campbell 23000
37 NEW 37 1 SAY IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT – Maria Hazell 17300
38 NEW 38 1 ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) – Rupert Holmes 17200
39 18 15 8 HERE FOR YOU – Gorgon City featuring Laura Walsh 141600
40 23 3 11 CHANDELIER – SIA 376250

41 43 41 12 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 127050
42 34 1 17 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 958050
43 41 1 13 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 814800
44 31 24 6 ME AND MY BROKEN HEART – Rixton 87450
45 58 45 2 WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING – Within Temptation featuring Dave Pirner 23200
46 50 46 8 WRONG CLUB – The Ting Tings 60150
47 49 47 8 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 83800
48 69 48 2 ONE DAY (VANDAAG) – Bakermat 18500
49 NEW 49 1 I AM THE WORLD – Robin Gibb 12100
50 24 18 7 GHOSTCITY – Thomas Azier 115600

51 35 35 5 CRAZY STUPID LOVE – Cheryl Cole featuring Tinie Tempah 56700
52 60 52 2 CIRCLES – Vanic x Machineheart 21500
53 38 38 5 I WILL NEVER LET YOU DOWN – Rita Ora 56650
54 44 3 6 MUSIC – John Miles 215750
55 28 5 8 ONE MORE DAY (STAY WITH ME) – Example 194100
56 56 56 9 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 75000
57 33 33 3 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 45800
58 57 1 24 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 646650
59 40 40 4 WOULD YOU FIGHT FOR MY LOVE – Jack White 51400
60 39 39 7 AM I WRONG – Nico And Vinz 79500

61 61 61 2 FIVE HOURS – Deorro 15000
62 63 62 4 GIANT IN MY HEART – Kiesza 27200
63 36 36 4 TRY – Dolly Parton 51900
64 NEW 64 1 CRY FOR FREEDOM – Jay Dabhi and Moises Modesto 7100
65 74 65 2 NO OTHER WAY – Sinead Harnett featuring Snakehips 12000
66 65 1 53 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 1053550
67 NEW 67 1 STRANGER – Chris Malinchak featuring Mikky Ekko 6600
68 NEW 68 1 I DIDN’T BELIEVE – Flight Facilities featuring Elizabeth Rose 6400
69 NEW 69 1 THE SHIP – Black Rivers 6200
70 NEW 70 1 I BELIEVE IN YOU (2013) – Kylie Minogue 6000

71 71 71 2 TELL HER – Rizzle Kicks 11600
72 NEW 72 1 I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE – Sam Smith 5600
73 73 1 31 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 1002500
74 NEW 74 1 FADED – Zhu 5200
75 NEW 75 1 I WANT IT THAT WAY – Backstreet Boys 5000

DROP OUTS
32 5 6 BULLIT – Watermat 257800
45 20 8 UPTIGHT DOWNTOWN – La Roux 117200
46 8 7 GOOD KISSER – Usher 184550
47 26 5 URL BADMAN – Lily Allen 66100
51 18 4 GATES – Speak 52700
52 52 3 JUNGLE (REMIX) – X Ambassadors and Jamie N Common featuring Jay-Z 28500
53 30 6 COMING OF AGE – Foster The People 76850
54 54 4 RUDE – MAGIC! 38000
55 55 2 DON’T – Ed Sheeran 17400
64 64 1 MILLION QUESTIONS – Urban Contact 7100
66 34 4 WHEN I LOOK – Bobmo featuring Shaun J. Wright 55000
70 70 2 LOUDER – Neon Jungle 12000
75 75 1 IT’S MY BIRTHDAY – will.i.am featuring Cody 5000

17th August 2014

It’s OneRepublic vs Guardians Of The Galaxy vs AXE advert.

It’s the advert! If you’ve been to the cinema there’s an epic advert showing a couple through the ages fated to meet in the modern world. It’s terrific, sells male deodorant and features a cover version of a brilliant Harry Nilsson record that is just as good as the original, One (Is The Loneliest Number). I presume the estate of Nilsson weren’t playing ball…

There are 5 tracks in the Top 30, and 3 in the top 5, from Guardians Of The Galaxy, the soundtrack was outselling all albums on itunes last week, bar the Now album, and that includes Sheeran, so hooray for good taste and a great compilation album that shows invention and love for less-obvious oldies. The only other place in my top 5 is for OneRepublic, stopping at 2, and frustratingly close to that elusive number one with a record that easily deserves to be on top, it’s stomping, stonking, tuneful and fab.

Sparks go up to 6, their equal 5th biggest hit, and 8 years late. better late than never! Goldroom and Say Lou Lou, join Headhunterz and Krewella inside the top 10, which seems to cover USA, Australia, Sweden and the Netherlands in one fell swoop. How very cosmopolitan! 10CC bide their time, up to 15, Erasure keep the run of top 20 entries at 28 years (Vince 33 years), Michael Jackson, very late, but still getting new Top 20 hits 45 years on.

Highest new entry is Duke Dumont, with a Black Box-a-like track that even has a vocalist sounding uncannily like Loleatta Holloway. Pity there’s no featuring credit. Rita Ora and Cheryl Cole finally go top 40, OK I give in! They’re in! Lower down Anastacia, Rizzle Kicks, will.i.am and Ali Campbell all return. Ali was the lead singer of UB40 who had an unbroken run of chart entries till he left the band really, starting in 1980. The band, now his brother on lead, returned earlier in the year, and now Ali (with a couple of UB40 mates) returns, giving him a 19-year-span as solo “hit”-maker, and 34 years as chart-er.

1 2 1 4 ONE – Order Of Era 314200
2 3 2 6 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 268800
3 1 1 3 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE – Redbone 340000
4 4 4 3 FOOLED AROUND AND FELL IN LOVE – Elvin Bishop 155000
5 8 5 7 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 148000
6 10 6 4 PERFUME – Sparks 111200
7 11 4 6 HOME – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Romans 332000
8 5 1 7 BECOME – Midge Ure 677000
9 28 9 4 SWEETNESS ALIVE – Goldroom featuring Say Lou Lou 76900
10 35 10 2 UNITED KIDS OF THE WORLD – Headhunterz featuring Krewella 59500

11 13 7 7 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 212200
12 6 1 11 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1455000
13 7 5 7 SUNDREAM – RUFUS 289300
14 19 14 3 PROBLEM – Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea 60400
15 31 15 2 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 44900
16 9 9 5 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 143000
17 27 17 3 ELEVATION – Erasure 48400
18 15 15 7 HERE FOR YOU – Gorgon City featuring Laura Walsh 124500
19 40 19 3 LOVING YOU – Michael Jackson 43200
20 14 10 5 BOOM CLAP – Charli XCX 127400

21 21 21 10 SUMMER IN THE CITY – The Lovin’ Spoonful 135600
22 NEW 22 1 WON’T LOOK BACK – Duke Dumont 19500
23 12 3 10 CHANDELIER – SIA 359250
24 18 18 6 GHOSTCITY – Thomas Azier 103600
25 NEW 25 1 CALL – Francesco Yates 18750
26 23 9 7 OPEN DOORS – Electric Lady Lab 167900
27 NEW 27 1 RED CASSETTE – Mamas Gun 18400
28 16 5 7 ONE MORE DAY (STAY WITH ME) – Example 183300
29 RE 29 4 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 65800
30 55 30 2 CHERRY BOMB – The Runaways 28800

31 24 24 5 ME AND MY BROKEN HEART – Rixton 74200
32 17 5 6 BULLIT – Watermat 257800
33 33 33 2 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 35400
34 32 1 16 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 944300
35 53 35 4 CRAZY STUPID LOVE – Cheryl Cole featuring Tinie Tempah 44950
36 38 36 3 TRY – Dolly Parton 44700
37 42 37 12 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 135250
38 50 38 4 I WILL NEVER LET YOU DOWN – Rita Ora 45400
39 39 39 6 AM I WRONG – Nico And Vinz 69500
40 48 40 3 WOULD YOU FIGHT FOR MY LOVE – Jack White 41300

41 41 1 12 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 801300
42 NEW 42 1 MEANT TO BE KIND – Hannah Grace 13750
43 46 43 11 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 113050
44 22 3 5 MUSIC – John Miles 204750
45 20 20 8 UPTIGHT DOWNTOWN – La Roux 117200
46 29 8 7 GOOD KISSER – Usher 184550
47 26 26 5 URL BADMAN – Lily Allen 66100
48 NEW 48 1 STRANGE ENOUGH – VERITE 12300
49 52 49 7 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 71300
50 RE 50 7 WRONG CLUB – The Ting Tings 47400

51 25 18 4 GATES – Speak 52700
52 54 52 3 JUNGLE (REMIX) – X Ambassadors and Jamie N Common featuring Jay-Z 28500
53 30 30 6 COMING OF AGE – Foster The People 76850
54 56 54 4 RUDE – MAGIC! 38000
55 67 55 2 DON’T – Ed Sheeran 17400
56 60 56 8 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 64400
57 57 1 23 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 636450
58 NEW 58 1 WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING – Within Temptation featuring Dave Pirner 10200
59 63 59 3 YOUR LOVE – Nicole Scherzinger 23500
60 NEW 60 1 CIRCLES – Vanic x Machineheart 10000

61 NEW 61 1 FIVE HOURS – Deorro 7500
62 62 62 2 LOVERS IN THE SUN – David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 14800
63 66 63 3 GIANT IN MY HEART – Kiesza 19800
64 NEW 64 1 MILLION QUESTIONS – Urban Contact 7100
65 64 1 52 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 1046750
66 34 34 4 WHEN I LOOK – Bobmo featuring Shaun J. Wright 55000
67 NEW 67 1 STARING AT THE SUN – Anastacia 6600
68 NEW 68 1 CHIMES – Hudson Mohawke 6400
69 NEW 69 1 ONE DAY (VANDAAG) – Bakermat 6200
70 70 70 2 LOUDER – Neon Jungle 12000

71 NEW 71 1 TELL HER – Rizzle Kicks 5800
72 NEW 72 1 SILHOUETTE – Ali Campbell 5600
73 72 1 30 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 997100
74 NEW 74 1 NO OTHER WAY – Sinead Harnett featuring Snakehips 5200
75 NEW 75 1 IT’S MY BIRTHDAY – will.i.am featuring Cody 5000

DROP OUTS
36 6 5 HURRICANE – Chassio 186400
37 26 5 TIME – Jungle 89100
43 19 8 CLASSIC – MKTO 108250
44 5 9 ALL THESE ROADS – Sultan and Ned Shepard featuring Zella Day and Sam Martin 259050
45 25 5 ONE IN A MILLION – Paul Carrack 64000
47 6 11 WASTED – Tiesto featuring Matthew Koma 328450
49 24 4 FOOL – Pamela Myburgh 56100
51 10 3 THE SWEET SONG (FUKUSHIMA MON AMOUR) – The Penelopes 74750
58 58 2 THERE’S A BEAST AND WE ALL FEED IT – Jake Bugg 16800
59 2 12 SING – Ed Sheeran 497000
61 20 5 U GET ME HIGH – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 81800
65 40 4 ARGENTINA (PARTS I, II, III) – Tokyo Police Club 52250
68 68 2 HITTING THE FAN – David Buckley 11800
69 69 2 TWO WEEKS – FKA twigs 11400
71 71 2 OVERDRIVE – Oliver Heldens X Becky Hill 10800
73 73 1 TROUBLE WITH MY BABY – Paloma Faith 5400
74 74 1 MAPS – Maroon 5 5200
75 75 1 ISTANBUL – Morrissey 5000

10th August 2014

It’s Redbone, from Guardians Of The Galaxy which I saw again, and enjoyed even more. As a result, Elvin Bishop’s gorgeous 1976 oldie is 4, 10CC’s 1975 number one I’m Not In Love is in at 31 and The Runaways (aka Joan Jett) are in at 55 with Cherry Bomb, first time to chart. Redbone have one previous Number One, Witch Queen Of New Orleans, which charted in 1971 and then topped my chart in 1977. Come And Get Your Love has had to wait 40 years to finally get there after charting in 1974, one of the longest waits in my charts.

My charts meanwhile go mad with big climbers and fallers, leading with the Harry Nilsson track One, used in advert as recorded by Order Of Era. Fab, One is the loneliest number… Onerepublic keep on with the top 5 hits, but have yet to go all the way, but 3 is pretty good! Marvin & Tammi finally get a Top 10 hit 45 years after their first, and 44 years since Tammi died tragically of a brain tumor and 31 years since Marvin was tragically shot dead by his father. Sparks, meanwhile, go top 10 yet again with a fairly recent oldie that I somehow missed, so Ive put that right! 40 years of top 10 hits, pretty much throughout the decades.

Other advert and film tracks: Hercules (X Ambassadors), ads: Lovin Spoonful, Goldroom,

1 3 1 2 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE – Redbone 255000

2 38 2 3 ONE – Order Of Era 144200

3 20 3 5 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 153800

4 16 4 2 FOOLED AROUND AND FELL IN LOVE – Elvin Bishop 90000

5 1 1 6 BECOME – Midge Ure 629000

6 2 1 10 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1420000

7 9 5 6 SUNDREAM – RUFUS 257300

8 29 8 6 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 88000

9 14 9 4 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 118000

10 64 10 3 PERFUME – Sparks 56200

11 4 4 5 HOME – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Romans 282000

12 8 3 9 CHANDELIER – SIA 340000

13 7 7 6 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 175200

14 10 10 4 BOOM CLAP – Charli XCX 107400

15 15 15 6 HERE FOR YOU – Gorgon City featuring Laura Walsh 102500

16 5 5 6 ONE MORE DAY (STAY WITH ME) – Example 165000

17 6 5 5 BULLIT – Watermat 240000

18 28 18 5 GHOSTCITY – Thomas Azier 84600

19 57 19 2 PROBLEM – Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea 31400

20 33 20 7 UPTIGHT DOWNTOWN – La Roux 104200

21 27 21 9 SUMMER IN THE CITY – The Lovin’ Spoonful 115850

22 11 3 4 MUSIC – John Miles 191500

23 17 9 6 OPEN DOORS – Electric Lady Lab 149400

24 39 24 4 ME AND MY BROKEN HEART – Rixton 56300

25 18 18 3 GATES – Speak 40950

26 32 26 4 URL BADMAN – Lily Allen 53600

27 65 27 2 ELEVATION – Erasure 25400

28 66 28 3 SWEETNESS ALIVE – Goldroom featuring Say Lou Lou 31900

29 12 8 6 GOOD KISSER – Usher 171800

30 35 30 5 COMING OF AGE – Foster The People 65600

31 NEW 31 1 I’M NOT IN LOVE – 10C.C. 17900

32 22 1 15 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 926700

33 NEW 33 1 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 17700

34 34 34 3 WHEN I LOOK – Bobmo featuring Shaun J. Wright 48200

35 NEW 35 1 UNITED KIDS OF THE WORLD – Headhunterz featuring Krewella 17500

36 13 6 5 HURRICANE – Chassio 186400

37 26 26 5 TIME – Jungle 89100

38 59 38 2 TRY – Dolly Parton 27300

39 48 39 5 AM I WRONG – Nico And Vinz 52400

40 RE 40 2 LOVING YOU – Michael Jackson 22200

41 37 1 11 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 787300

42 43 42 11 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 117950

43 30 19 8 CLASSIC – MKTO 108250

44 23 5 9 ALL THESE ROADS – Sultan and Ned Shepard featuring Zella Day and Sam Martin 259050

45 25 25 5 ONE IN A MILLION – Paul Carrack 64000

46 47 46 10 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 99550

47 21 6 11 WASTED – Tiesto featuring Matthew Koma 328450

48 50 48 2 WOULD YOU FIGHT FOR MY LOVE – Jack White 24300

49 24 24 4 FOOL – Pamela Myburgh 56100

50 58 50 3 I WILL NEVER LET YOU DOWN – Rita Ora 28200

51 19 10 3 THE SWEET SONG (FUKUSHIMA MON AMOUR) – The Penelopes 74750

52 52 52 6 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 59200

53 55 53 3 CRAZY STUPID LOVE – Cheryl Cole featuring Tinie Tempah 27450

54 70 54 2 JUNGLE (REMIX) – X Ambassadors and Jamie N Common featuring Jay-Z 17000

55 NEW 55 1 CHERRY BOMB – The Runaways 10800

56 56 56 3 RUDE – MAGIC! 27000

57 54 1 22 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 626050

58 67 58 2 THERE’S A BEAST AND WE ALL FEED IT – Jake Bugg 16800

59 36 2 12 SING – Ed Sheeran 497000

60 60 60 7 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 53800

61 31 20 5 U GET ME HIGH – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 81800

62 NEW 62 1 LOVERS IN THE SUN – David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 7400

63 69 63 2 YOUR LOVE – Nicole Scherzinger 13400

64 63 1 51 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 1039750

65 40 40 4 ARGENTINA (PARTS I, II, III) – Tokyo Police Club 52250

66 71 66 2 GIANT IN MY HEART – Kiesza 12600

67 NEW 67 1 DON’T – Ed Sheeran 6600

68 73 68 2 HITTING THE FAN – David Buckley 11800

69 74 69 2 TWO WEEKS – FKA twigs 11400

70 NEW 70 1 LOUDER – Neon Jungle 6000

71 75 71 2 OVERDRIVE – Oliver Heldens X Becky Hill 10800

72 72 1 29 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 991700

73 NEW 73 1 TROUBLE WITH MY BABY – Paloma Faith 5400

74 NEW 74 1 MAPS – Maroon 5 5200

75 NEW 75 1 ISTANBUL – Morrissey 5000

41 14 8 HALF LIGHT – Wilkinson Featuring Tom Cane 154700

42 17 7 I’M ALIVE (LIFE SOUNDS LIKE) – Michael Franti and Spearhead 114500

44 30 4 SUNSHINE – The Teddybears 54250

45 37 3 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 47600

46 39 4 USED TO BE MY FRIEND – Odysseus featuring Ruby Goe 53150

49 38 4 LOST YOU – Zeds Dead featuring Twin Shadow and D’Angelo Lacy 49000

51 26 4 SHATTER ME – Lindsey Sterling featuring Lzzy Hale 55750

53 20 5 HERO – Family Of The Year 78000

61 2 9 DARK DARK IN THE NIGHT – Hang The DJ 434500

62 10 9 LIVING WITHOUT YOU – Monarchy 182200

68 4 20 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 568700

3rd August 2014

It’s Midge for a second week on top, a synthpop return to form most welcome. Highest new entry at 3 though is native american band Redbone and the terrific 1974 hit and US smash hit (in my charts peaking at 27 or so) Come And Get Your Love. It’s their second Top 10 following the even-better smash-UK hit from 1971 Witch Queen Of New Orleans. Featured in the “Guardians Of The Galaxy” movie, I’m really getting into these great obscure 70’s and 80’s revivals in blockbuster movies – Blue Swede and Jim Croce have already charted from 1974 alone this year. Joining them, Elvin Bishop and Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell’s singles as featured in the same movie, Ain’t No Mountain having previously topped for Diana Ross, and been a minor 2010 reissued hit at 55 in my chart for the original Marvin & Tammi version. Elvin also charted back in 1976 or so.

Saint Motel is among the tracks still not available to download, as Nico and Vinz is finally out today after hitting it big in every single country in the world long ago. I like it but I’m not buying it in protest as the tosspot record companies holding back music from the UK and no other nation. They can piss off as far as I’m concerned. It’s a pity everyone else doesn’t follow suit as it’s guaranteed to be number one after years of being held back.

Jack White is the highest new track to chart, but lots of advert-related stuff, and chart hits lower down, while Erasure extend their run of hits and Dolly Parton does the same, since debuting in 1976 with Jolene.

1 1 1 5 BECOME – Midge Ure 569000

2 2 1 9 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1365000

3 NEW 3 1 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE – Redbone 85000

4 4 4 4 HOME – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Romans 245000

5 9 5 5 ONE MORE DAY (STAY WITH ME) – Example 140000

6 5 5 4 BULLIT – Watermat 217000

7 12 7 5 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 143200

8 7 3 8 CHANDELIER – SIA 305000

9 11 5 5 SUNDREAM – RUFUS 207300

10 14 10 3 BOOM CLAP – Charli XCX 78400

11 3 3 3 MUSIC – John Miles 172000

12 8 8 5 GOOD KISSER – Usher 153600

13 6 6 4 HURRICANE – Chassio 169000

14 15 14 3 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 73000

15 33 15 5 HERE FOR YOU – Gorgon City featuring Laura Walsh 75500

16 NEW 16 1 FOOLED AROUND AND FELL IN LOVE – Elvin Bishop 25000

17 21 9 5 OPEN DOORS – Electric Lady Lab 130150

18 58 18 2 GATES – Speak 32200

19 10 10 2 THE SWEET SONG (FUKUSHIMA MON AMOUR) – The Penelopes 63000

20 41 20 4 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 68800

21 13 6 10 WASTED – Tiesto featuring Matthew Koma 315950

22 16 1 14 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 908900

23 17 5 8 ALL THESE ROADS – Sultan and Ned Shepard featuring Zella Day and Sam Martin 245800

24 24 24 3 FOOL – Pamela Myburgh 44000

25 25 25 4 ONE IN A MILLION – Paul Carrack 51000

26 28 26 4 TIME – Jungle 71800

27 29 27 8 SUMMER IN THE CITY – The Lovin’ Spoonful 96100

28 32 28 4 GHOSTCITY – Thomas Azier 62600

29 RE 29 5 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 40000

30 19 19 7 CLASSIC – MKTO 94750

31 20 20 4 U GET ME HIGH – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 74300

32 48 32 3 URL BADMAN – Lily Allen 35100

33 27 27 6 UPTIGHT DOWNTOWN – La Roux 84200

34 45 34 2 WHEN I LOOK – Bobmo featuring Shaun J. Wright 30600

35 35 35 4 COMING OF AGE – Foster The People 47600

36 22 2 11 SING – Ed Sheeran 486900

37 23 1 10 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 773300

38 50 38 2 ONE – Order Of Era 29200

39 59 39 3 ME AND MY BROKEN HEART – Rixton 37300

40 40 40 3 ARGENTINA (PARTS I, II, III) – Tokyo Police Club 45250

41 34 14 8 HALF LIGHT – Wilkinson Featuring Tom Cane 154700

42 31 17 7 I’M ALIVE (LIFE SOUNDS LIKE) – Michael Franti and Spearhead 114500

43 44 43 10 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 104200

44 30 30 4 SUNSHINE – The Teddybears 54250

45 37 37 3 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 47600

46 39 39 4 USED TO BE MY FRIEND – Odysseus featuring Ruby Goe 53150

47 49 47 9 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 86800

48 66 48 4 AM I WRONG – Nico And Vinz 35300

49 38 38 4 LOST YOU – Zeds Dead featuring Twin Shadow and D’Angelo Lacy 49000

50 NEW 50 1 WOULD YOU FIGHT FOR MY LOVE – Jack White 12000

51 26 26 4 SHATTER ME – Lindsey Sterling featuring Lzzy Hale 55750

52 56 52 5 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 47700

53 42 20 5 HERO – Family Of The Year 78000

54 53 1 21 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 615650

55 73 55 2 CRAZY STUPID LOVE – Cheryl Cole featuring Tinie Tempah 16200

56 71 56 2 RUDE – MAGIC! 16400

57 NEW 57 1 PROBLEM – Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea 10400

58 70 58 2 I WILL NEVER LET YOU DOWN – Rita Ora 16200

59 NEW 59 1 TRY – Dolly Parton 10100

60 65 60 6 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 43800

61 43 2 9 DARK DARK IN THE NIGHT – Hang The DJ 434500

62 54 10 9 LIVING WITHOUT YOU – Monarchy 182200

63 62 1 50 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 1032650

64 64 64 2 PERFUME – Sparks 14200

65 NEW 65 1 ELEVATION – Erasure 7000

66 67 66 2 SWEETNESS ALIVE – Goldroom featuring Say Lou Lou 13600

67 NEW 67 1 THERE’S A BEAST AND WE ALL FEED IT – Jake Bugg 6600

68 57 4 20 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 568700

69 NEW 69 1 YOUR LOVE – Nicole Scherzinger 6200

70 NEW 70 1 JUNGLE – XAmbassadors featruing Jamie N Common 6000

71 NEW 71 1 GIANT IN MY HEART – Kiesza 5800

72 72 1 28 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 986100

73 NEW 73 1 HITTING THE FAN – David Buckley 5400

74 NEW 74 1 TWO WEEKS – FKA twigs 5200

75 NEW 75 1 OVERDRIVE – Oliver Heldens X Becky Hill 5000

DROP OUTS

18 18 5 ANOTHER STAR – Stevie Wonder 97400

36 36 4 DIRTY CASH (ALAN FITZPATRICK JADED VOCAL MIX) – The Adventures Of Stevie V 54500

46 4 8 CRYSTALLIZE – Kylie Minogue 264500

47 6 9 GHOST – Ella Henderson 195150

51 27 8 NICE AND SLOW – Boy George 93650

52 6 12 DO IT AGAIN – Royksopp and Robyn 304400

55 6 10 JUBEL – Klingande 326700

60 60 2 MAKE BELIEVE – Meghan And Lucas 16000

61 38 4 MEANWHILE UP IN HEAVEN – Kaiser Chiefs 48100

63 63 6 WRONG CLUB – The Ting Tings 35400

68 68 1 DANGEROUS LOVE – Fuse ODG featuring Sean Paul 6400

69 69 2 I BELIEVE – Bright Light Bright Light 11800

74 74 1 WIGGLE – Jason Derulo featuring Snoop Dogg 5200

75 75 1 MOLDING OF A FOOL – Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbot 5000

27th July 2014

It’s Midge Ure, getting his second solo number one 29 years after his last one. That’s got to be one of the biggest gaps between chart-toppers of all-time (with new material) – Pet Shop Boys started their run of 40 number ones just after If I Was in late 1985, by way of comparison.

John Miles gets his 3rd Top 3 (oldie) hit, and Example gets a top 10 hit again, his first since his Pet Shop Boys duet hit the top last year. In at 10, it’s back again for The Penelopes, after they went Top 40 in 2013, thanks to being runner-up in Unknown Pleasures song comp, while Charli XCX (kisses not a bad Roman Numeral) gets her first solo Top 20 hit. MKTO get their 2nd, and Tom Petty gets his umpteenth. Paul Carrack’s run of Top 40 hits extends to almost 40 years. How Long? Not ‘Arf!

Foster The People get another Top 40 hit, while in at 50, and from an advert, a cover of the great Harry Nilsson’s One Is The Loneliest Number. A Sparks (fairly recent) oldie also pops in thanks to another Buzzjacker, while a clutch of UK chart hits finally pop into the chart after bubbling under for ages. Just not enough room for them till now!

1 2 1 4 BECOME – Midge Ure 399000

2 1 1 8 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1250000

3 7 3 2 MUSIC – John Miles 135000

4 4 4 3 HOME – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Romans 180000

5 5 5 3 BULLIT – Watermat 162000

6 6 6 3 HURRICANE – Chassio 137000

7 3 3 7 CHANDELIER – SIA 257000

8 10 8 4 GOOD KISSER – Usher 118600

9 34 9 4 ONE MORE DAY (STAY WITH ME) – Example 80000

10 NEW 10 1 THE SWEET SONG (FUKUSHIMA MON AMOUR) – The Penelopes 42000

11 8 5 4 SUNDREAM – RUFUS 162300

12 12 12 4 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 93200

13 9 6 9 WASTED – Tiesto featuring Matthew Koma 296200

14 62 14 2 BOOM CLAP – Charli XCX 36400

15 40 15 2 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 44000

16 15 1 13 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 889400

17 14 5 7 ALL THESE ROADS – Sultan and Ned Shepard featuring Zella Day and Sam Martin 226550

18 19 18 5 ANOTHER STAR – Stevie Wonder 97400

19 25 19 6 CLASSIC – MKTO 76750

20 29 20 3 U GET ME HIGH – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 56400

21 13 9 4 OPEN DOORS – Electric Lady Lab 107150

22 16 2 10 SING – Ed Sheeran 469500

23 21 1 9 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 756000

24 70 24 2 FOOL – Pamela Myburgh 25000

25 64 25 3 ONE IN A MILLION – Paul Carrack 32250

26 26 26 3 SHATTER ME – Lindsey Sterling featuring Lzzy Hale 44000

27 39 27 5 UPTIGHT DOWNTOWN – La Roux 66500

28 35 28 3 TIME – Jungle 53300

29 31 29 7 SUMMER IN THE CITY – The Lovin’ Spoonful 77700

30 30 30 3 SUNSHINE – The Teddybears 41000

31 17 17 6 I’M ALIVE (LIFE SOUNDS LIKE) – Michael Franti and Spearhead 100750

32 44 32 3 GHOSTCITY – Thomas Azier 44300

33 57 33 4 HERE FOR YOU – Gorgon City featuring Laura Walsh 48500

34 18 14 7 HALF LIGHT – Wilkinson Featuring Tom Cane 140700

35 67 35 3 COMING OF AGE – Foster The People 30100

36 36 36 4 DIRTY CASH (ALAN FITZPATRICK JADED VOCAL MIX) – The Adventures Of Stevie V 54500

37 37 37 2 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 34600

38 47 38 3 LOST YOU – Zeds Dead featuring Twin Shadow and D’Angelo Lacy 36900

39 48 39 3 USED TO BE MY FRIEND – Odysseus featuring Ruby Goe 40400

40 53 40 2 ARGENTINA (PARTS I, II, III) – Tokyo Police Club 28250

41 33 33 3 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 48800

42 20 20 4 HERO – Family Of The Year 66750

43 22 2 8 DARK DARK IN THE NIGHT – Hang The DJ 427000

44 46 44 9 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 90700

45 NEW 45 1 WHEN I LOOK – Bobmo featuring Shaun J. Wright 13000

46 24 4 8 CRYSTALLIZE – Kylie Minogue 264500

47 23 6 9 GHOST – Ella Henderson 195150

48 75 48 2 URL BADMAN – Lily Allen 17300

49 50 49 8 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 74300

50 NEW 50 1 ONE – Order Of Era 12000

51 27 27 8 NICE AND SLOW – Boy George 93650

52 28 6 12 DO IT AGAIN – Royksopp and Robyn 304400

53 52 1 20 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 604650

54 45 10 8 LIVING WITHOUT YOU – Monarchy 174800

55 43 6 10 JUBEL – Klingande 326700

56 56 56 4 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 36200

57 49 4 19 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 562300

58 NEW 58 1 GATES – Speak 10200

59 59 59 2 ME AND MY BROKEN HEART – Rixton 20200

60 RE 60 2 MAKE BELIEVE – Meghan And Lucas 16000

61 38 38 4 MEANWHILE UP IN HEAVEN – Kaiser Chiefs 48100

62 61 1 49 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 1025450

63 71 63 6 WRONG CLUB – The Ting Tings 35400

64 NEW 64 1 PERFUME – Sparks 7100

65 65 65 5 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 33800

66 55 55 3 AM I WRONG – Nico And Vinz 23000

67 NEW 67 1 SWEETNESS ALIVE – Goldroom featuring Say Lou Lou 6600

68 NEW 68 1 DANGEROUS LOVE – Fuse ODG featuring Sean Paul 6400

69 72 69 2 I BELIEVE – Bright Light Bright Light 11800

70 NEW 70 1 I WILL NEVER LET YOU DOWN – Rita Ora 6000

71 NEW 71 1 RUDE – MAGIC! 5800

72 68 1 27 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 980500

73 NEW 73 1 CRAZY STUPID LOVE – Cheryl Cole featuring Tinie Tempah 5400

74 NEW 74 1 WIGGLE – Jason Derulo featuring Snoop Dogg 5200

75 NEW 75 1 MOLDING OF A FOOL – Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbot 5000

DROP OUTS

11 1 4 A HORSE WITH NO NAME – America 276000

32 19 6 PILLS ‘N’ POTIONS – Nicki Minaj 111900

41 12 6 AROUND TOWN – The Kooks 142650

42 3 9 LET ME DOWN EASY – Paolo Nutini 389250

51 36 6 BUDAPEST – George Ezra 90650

54 10 10 MOVING ON – James 225100

58 58 2 SOMEBODY TO YOU – The Vamps featuring Demi Levato 17300

60 10 12 LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD – Michael Jackson featuring Justin Timberlake 251450

63 16 7 COLD – Rae Morris featuring Fryars 114950

66 66 1 LAY ME DOWN – Avicii 6800

69 17 7 LIAR LIAR – Cris Cab 112100

73 1 19 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly 1259400

74 74 1 LOVING YOU – Michael Jackson 5200

20th July 2014

Back up to 1 for a 6th week for Miami Horror and CLEOPOLD, it’s such a toon. Which means it’s runner-up for Midge Ure, his second-biggest solo single after If I Was hit 1 in 1985. His other toppers were with Visage, Ultravox and Band Aid, and you should know which ones they are….if not, google Midge Ure!

Chassio goes Top 10, singalong pop for the summer, while a TV show on BBC for the Commonwealth Games lets the show-closer back into the Top 10 for the first time in 38 years, Music, at 7. If a song ever had lyrics that summed up my life, it’s that one. A bit of an epic, and it’s great to have John Miles back and sounding in great voice.

Usher gets his 4th Top 10 hit, with Good Kisser, one of his best records, and I’m not generally a fan, much less so his earlier stuff. Saint Motel isn’t out for some weeks (like numbers 4, 5, 6, 14 and many many more in my chart) but it leaps to 12 on radio play. Shatter Me cracks up to 26, Sunshine lights up at 30, while Train keep up the run of consecutive Top 40 hits with new song Angel In Blue Jeans at 37. That’s 8 or so hits over 14 years, not that many, but 7 of them were top 10’s, so they tend to be biggies.

1 2 1 7 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 1135000

2 3 2 3 BECOME – Midge Ure 229000

3 4 3 6 CHANDELIER – SIA 207000

4 7 4 2 HOME – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Romans 115000

5 10 5 2 BULLIT – Watermat 102000

6 15 6 2 HURRICANE – Chassio 82000

7 NEW 7 1 MUSIC – John Miles 50000

8 5 5 3 SUNDREAM – RUFUS 125300

9 6 6 8 WASTED – Tiesto featuring Matthew Koma 264200

10 34 10 3 GOOD KISSER – Usher 70600

11 1 1 4 A HORSE WITH NO NAME – America 276000

12 32 12 3 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 58200

13 9 9 3 OPEN DOORS – Electric Lady Lab 87400

14 8 5 6 ALL THESE ROADS – Sultan and Ned Shepard featuring Zella Day and Sam Martin 203550

15 12 1 12 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 864400

16 16 2 9 SING – Ed Sheeran 450000

17 21 17 5 I’M ALIVE (LIFE SOUNDS LIKE) – Michael Franti and Spearhead 82850

18 14 14 6 HALF LIGHT – Wilkinson Featuring Tom Cane 123100

19 24 19 4 ANOTHER STAR – Stevie Wonder 75400

20 22 20 3 HERO – Family Of The Year 53000

21 13 1 8 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 736750

22 11 2 7 DARK DARK IN THE NIGHT – Hang The DJ 413500

23 17 6 8 GHOST – Ella Henderson 182650

24 18 4 7 CRYSTALLIZE – Kylie Minogue 251750

25 30 25 5 CLASSIC – MKTO 55750

26 65 26 2 SHATTER ME – Lindsey Sterling featuring Lzzy Hale 25500

27 27 27 7 NICE AND SLOW – Boy George 81900

28 20 6 11 DO IT AGAIN – Royksopp and Robyn 292900

29 29 29 2 U GET ME HIGH – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 36400

30 75 30 2 SUNSHINE – The Teddybears 23000

31 48 31 6 SUMMER IN THE CITY – The Lovin’ Spoonful 59500

32 19 19 6 PILLS ‘N’ POTIONS – Nicki Minaj 111900

33 39 33 2 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 34800

34 56 34 3 ONE MORE DAY (STAY WITH ME) – Example 35000

35 35 35 2 TIME – Jungle 35000

36 43 36 3 DIRTY CASH (ALAN FITZPATRICK JADED VOCAL MIX) – The Adventures Of Stevie V 37100

37 NEW 37 1 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 17300

38 40 38 3 MEANWHILE UP IN HEAVEN – Kaiser Chiefs 40600

39 45 39 4 UPTIGHT DOWNTOWN – La Roux 48100

40 NEW 40 1 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 17000

41 23 12 6 AROUND TOWN – The Kooks 142650

42 25 3 9 LET ME DOWN EASY – Paolo Nutini 389250

43 33 6 9 JUBEL – Klingande 315900

44 44 44 2 GHOSTCITY – Thomas Azier 26500

45 26 10 7 LIVING WITHOUT YOU – Monarchy 163500

46 50 46 8 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 77450

47 63 47 2 LOST YOU – Zeds Dead featuring Twin Shadow and D’Angelo Lacy 19700

48 54 48 2 USED TO BE MY FRIEND – Odysseus featuring Ruby Goe 23300

49 41 4 18 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 551900

50 55 50 7 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 62200

51 36 36 6 BUDAPEST – George Ezra 90650

52 51 1 19 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 593400

53 NEW 53 1 ARGENTINA (PARTS I, II, III) – Tokyo Police Club 11250

54 38 10 10 MOVING ON – James 225100

55 73 55 2 AM I WRONG – Nico And Vinz 16200

56 61 56 3 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 25600

57 57 57 3 HERE FOR YOU – Gorgon City featuring Laura Walsh 30800

58 64 58 2 SOMEBODY TO YOU – The Vamps featuring Demi Levato 17300

59 NEW 59 1 ME AND MY BROKEN HEART – Rixton 10100

60 58 10 12 LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD – Michael Jackson featuring Justin Timberlake 251450

61 60 1 48 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 1018050

62 NEW 62 1 BOOM CLAP – Charli XCX 7400

63 28 16 7 COLD – Rae Morris featuring Fryars 114950

64 68 64 2 ONE IN A MILLION – Paul Carrack 13500

65 67 65 4 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 26800

66 NEW 66 1 LAY ME DOWN – Avicii 6800

67 RE 67 2 COMING OF AGE – Foster The People 12600

68 66 1 26 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 974900

69 31 17 7 LIAR LIAR – Cris Cab 112100

70 NEW 70 1 FOOL – Pamela Myburgh 6000

71 71 71 5 WRONG CLUB – The Ting Tings 28200

72 NEW 72 1 I BELIEVE – Bright Light Bright Light 5600

73 52 1 19 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly 1259400

74 NEW 74 1 LOVING YOU – Michael Jackson 5200

75 NEW 75 1 URL BADMAN – Lily Allen 5000

DROP OUTS

37 37 5 WORLD OF DREAMS – Galavant featuring Mary Jane Smith 60700

42 20 6 LET ME DOWN (TUBE & BERGER REMIX) – Daniel Steinberg 100750

46 8 6 ON MY MIND – Somethingalamode featuring DWNTWN 168250

47 47 3 CHANGE – Mapei 29600

49 20 6 LET IT GO – Felix Cartal featuring Lily Elise 90850

53 33 5 NOW – Chicago 69150

59 8 11 KISS THE DEVIL – Bel Heir 234800

62 23 4 BREAK OF DAWN – Out Of Office 70450

69 6 9 MY SILVER LINING – First Aid Kit 242300

70 70 1 MAKE BELIEVE – Meghan And Lucas 6000

72 72 4 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 21800

74 1 12 STAY HIGH – Tove Lo featuring Hippie Sabotage 535050

13th July 2014

It’s a 43-year-old oldie at the top. Hang on that can’t be right….2014 minus 1971 equals errr agghhhh! Yes 43 years. It’s a record that nicked Neil Young’s sweet folk sound, by a band of American teens in the UK with their USAF fathers, so they happened in the UK first, and I recall seeing them on Top Of The Pops for the first time around New Year 1972. They went on to make some great records for over a decade, none of them big in the UK, but the USA took to them more. Anyway, thanks to an advert it re-charted in 2014, hooray, and it finally beats it’s original number 5 peak to top my charts.

The rest of the chart goes frantic, with massive clear-outs and chart jumps, Midge Ure gets his first Top 10 since 2001’s Under A Spielberg Sky, and his biggest hit since topping in 1985 (If I Was). SIA gets her first solo Top 5 hit since 2000 when Taken For Granted peaked at 4, though in the interim she’s had several with others including massive Number One (twice) with Titanium (David Guetta). Dance act RUFUS go top 10, and Naughty Boy is the highest new entry at 7, chasing his 2013 classic Number One La La La.

Lots of new dancepop new entries and climbers, some 2013 biggies are back (Family Of The Year, Thomas Azier) and MKTO get their second Top 40 hit, after the great Top 5 single Thank You. Fingers-crossed it gets reissued cos it deserves to be a UK hit. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, meanwhile, get their first (Beatles-sounding) chart entry for 20 years, and now stretch back to 1977 for 37 years of hits. eek! Talking of long chart runs, Paul Carrack’s back, he’s never far away from my charts or Radio 2 airplay, first gracing my charts in 1974 with How Long (as singer-writer for band Ace), so 40 years of hits, official!

1 11 1 3 A HORSE WITH NO NAME – America 239000

2 1 1 6 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror featuring CLEOPOLD 965000

3 14 3 2 BECOME – Midge Ure 29000

4 25 4 5 CHANDELIER – SIA 122000

5 37 5 2 SUNDREAM – RUFUS 77300

6 9 6 7 WASTED – Tiesto featuring Matthew Koma 219200

7 NEW 7 1 HOME – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Romans 50000

8 5 5 5 ALL THESE ROADS – Sultan and Ned Shepard featuring Zella Day and Sam Martin 174550

9 57 9 2 OPEN DOORS – Electric Lady Lab 55400

10 NEW 10 1 BULLIT – Watermat 42000

11 3 2 6 DARK DARK IN THE NIGHT – Hang The DJ 394000

12 7 1 11 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 837400

13 2 1 7 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 717000

14 24 14 5 HALF LIGHT – Wilkinson Featuring Tom Cane 101100

15 NEW 15 1 HURRICANE – Chassio 27000

16 4 2 8 SING – Ed Sheeran 425000

17 6 6 7 GHOST – Ella Henderson 163400

18 8 4 6 CRYSTALLIZE – Kylie Minogue 232750

19 22 19 5 PILLS ‘N’ POTIONS – Nicki Minaj 94100

20 10 6 10 DO IT AGAIN – Royksopp and Robyn 274600

21 26 21 4 I’M ALIVE (LIFE SOUNDS LIKE) – Michael Franti and Spearhead 59850

22 42 22 2 HERO – Family Of The Year 33000

23 15 12 5 AROUND TOWN – The Kooks 128650

24 28 24 3 ANOTHER STAR – Stevie Wonder 54400

25 13 3 8 LET ME DOWN EASY – Paolo Nutini 375500

26 12 10 6 LIVING WITHOUT YOU – Monarchy 150500

27 39 27 6 NICE AND SLOW – Boy George 63500

28 16 16 6 COLD – Rae Morris featuring Fryars 107750

29 NEW 29 1 U GET ME HIGH – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 18200

30 RE 30 4 CLASSIC – MKTO 37000

31 17 17 6 LIAR LIAR – Cris Cab 105900

32 73 32 2 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 23200

33 21 6 8 JUBEL – Klingande 302450

34 54 34 2 GOOD KISSER – Usher 28600

35 NEW 35 1 TIME – Jungle 17500

36 38 36 5 BUDAPEST – George Ezra 78900

37 RE 37 5 WORLD OF DREAMS – Galavant featuring Mary Jane Smith 60700

38 18 10 9 MOVING ON – James 214100

39 NEW 39 1 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 17100

40 68 40 2 MEANWHILE UP IN HEAVEN – Kaiser Chiefs 23400

41 31 4 17 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 539800

42 29 20 6 LET ME DOWN (TUBE & BERGER REMIX) – Daniel Steinberg 100750

43 69 43 2 DIRTY CASH (ALAN FITZPATRICK JADED VOCAL MIX) – The Adventures Of Stevie V 19700

44 NEW 44 1 GHOSTCITY – Thomas Azier 13250

45 50 45 3 UPTIGHT DOWNTOWN – La Roux 31000

46 19 8 6 ON MY MIND – Somethingalamode featuring DWNTWN 168250

47 RE 47 3 CHANGE – Mapei 29600

48 58 48 5 SUMMER IN THE CITY – The Lovin’ Spoonful 41600

49 20 20 6 LET IT GO – Felix Cartal featuring Lily Elise 90850

50 52 50 7 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 64700

51 49 1 18 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 581900

52 34 1 18 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly 1254000

53 33 33 5 NOW – Chicago 69150

54 NEW 54 1 USED TO BE MY FRIEND – Odysseus featuring Ruby Goe 11000

55 55 55 6 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 50200

56 66 56 2 ONE MORE DAY (STAY WITH ME) – Example 17400

57 60 57 2 HERE FOR YOU – Gorgon City featuring Laura Walsh 20400

58 46 10 11 LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD – Michael Jackson featuring Justin Timberlake 241450

59 41 8 11 KISS THE DEVIL – Bel Heir 234800

60 59 1 47 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 1010550

61 61 61 2 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU – Frankie Valli 15000

62 23 23 4 BREAK OF DAWN – Out Of Office 70450

63 NEW 63 1 LOST YOU – Zeds Dead featuring Twin Shadow and D’Angelo Lacy 7200

64 NEW 64 1 SOMEBODY TO YOU – The Vamps featuring Demi Levato 7100

65 NEW 65 1 SHATTER ME – Lindsey Sterling featuring Lzzy Hale 7000

66 64 1 25 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 968500

67 67 67 3 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 19800

68 NEW 68 1 ONE IN A MILLION – Paul Carrack 6400

69 27 6 9 MY SILVER LINING – First Aid Kit 242300

70 NEW 70 1 MAKE BELIEVE – Meghan And Lucas 6000

71 71 71 4 WRONG CLUB – The Ting Tings 22400

72 72 72 4 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 21800

73 NEW 73 1 AM I WRONG – Nico And Vinz 5400

74 51 1 12 STAY HIGH – Tove Lo featuring Hippie Sabotage 535050

75 NEW 75 1 SUNSHINE – The Teddybears 5000

DROP OUTS

30 19 8 WILD WOMAN – Imelda May 114000

32 10 4 I WANT U – Alison Wonderland 114550

35 7 17 KINGS – The Pierces 392700

36 36 5 EEZ-EH – Kasabian 68200

40 40 2 SILVER LADY – David Soul 34000

43 14 5 I TRY TO TALK TO YOU – Hercules and Love Affair featuring John Grant 90700

44 29 6 SALUTE – Little Mix 78700

45 16 5 THE LAST SLED – Tuomas Holopainen 100600

47 47 13 IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo Starr 100800

48 11 4 YOUR SOUL – RHODES 100050

53 43 5 GOLDEN – Brett 43750

56 46 3 BLOOD – Archis 30550

62 7 20 HAPPY – Pharrell Williams 397400

63 63 3 FEELS GOOD – Healyum 20600

65 65 2 TAKE A MINUTE – Sharon Corr 12400

70 70 1 COMING OF AGE – Foster The People 6000

74 74 1 BAILANDO – Enrique Iglesias 5200

75 75 2 PRETTY FLY (FOR A WHITE GUY) – The Offspring 10000

6th July 2014

5 weeks on top for Miami Horror, and another BJSC entry goes top 5 – Sultan and Ned Shepard. I’m on holiday in Sitges, Spain till tomorrow (weekend break) and all of the wall-to-wall Kylie tracks in the bars here have had an effect – she’s dropped! Hey ho… Not that many current dance tracks on show in the clubs, which is a pity.

Highest new entry is Midge Ure in 80’s vogue, his biggest hit for some years, and stretches his run of hits to 38 years when he first charted as singer of boyband Slik (Forever And Ever) in 1976. He then had Rich Kids power-pop, New Romantic Visage (number 1 Fade To Grey) and Ultravox, Band Aid, and of course solo hits including number one If I Was. Good to have him back with a pretty current-sounding track, of sorts.

Others: SIA goes top 40 again, she’s had a surprisingly long span of hits too for someone who’s suddenly hot again (thanks to Titanium). Ditto Usher, back 19 years into his run of hits. Family Of The Year and Pharrell oldies from 2013 pop back again, both still popular on radio.

1 1 1 5 COLOURS IN THE SKY Miami Horror
2 2 1 6 TIME IN A BOTTLE Jim Croce
3 3 2 5 DARK DARK IN THE NIGHT Hang The DJ
4 5 2 7 SING Ed Sheeran
5 14 5 4 ALL THESE ROADS Sultan and Ned Shepard featuring Zella Day and Sam Martin
6 8 6 6 GHOST Ella Henderson
7 7 1 10 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS Paloma Faith
8 4 4 5 CRYSTALLIZE Kylie Minogue
9 9 9 6 WASTED Tiesto featuring Matthew Koma
10 6 6 9 DO IT AGAIN Royksopp and Robyn

11 13 11 2 A HORSE WITH NO NAME America
12 10 10 5 LIVING WITHOUT YOU Monarchy
13 11 3 7 LET ME DOWN EASY Paolo Nutini
14 NEW 14 1 BECOME Midge Ure
15 12 12 4 AROUND TOWN The Kooks
16 22 16 5 COLD Rae Morris featuring Fryars
17 35 17 5 LIAR LIAR Cris Cab
18 16 10 8 MOVING ON James
19 17 8 5 ON MY MIND Somethingalamode featuring DWNTWN
20 25 20 5 LET IT GO Felix Cartal featuring Lily Elise

21 15 6 7 JUBEL Klingande
22 26 22 4 PILLS ‘N’ POTIONS Nicki Minaj
23 28 23 3 BREAK OF DAWN Out Of Office
24 18 18 4 HALF LIGHT Wilkinson Featuring Tom Cane
25 44 25 4 CHANDELIER SIA
26 54 26 3 I’M ALIVE (LIFE SOUNDS LIKE) Michael Franti and Spearhead
27 24 6 8 MY SILVER LINING First Aid Kit
28 39 28 2 ANOTHER STAR Stevie Wonder
29 20 20 5 LET ME DOWN (TUBE & BERGER REMIX) Daniel Steinberg
30 19 19 8 WILD WOMAN Imelda May

31 23 4 16 HIDEAWAY Kiesza
32 21 10 4 I WANT U Alison Wonderland
33 33 33 4 NOW Chicago
34 31 1 17 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE Molly
35 32 7 17 KINGS The Pierces
36 36 36 5 EEZ-EH Kasabian
37 NEW 37 1 SUNDREAM RUFUS
38 38 38 4 BUDAPEST George Ezra
39 50 39 5 NICE AND SLOW Boy George
40 40 40 2 SILVER LADY David Soul

41 30 8 10 KISS THE DEVIL Bel Heir
42 NEW 42 1 HERO Family Of The Year
43 27 14 5 I TRY TO TALK TO YOU Hercules and Love Affair featuring John Grant
44 29 29 6 SALUTE Little Mix
45 34 16 5 THE LAST SLED Tuomas Holopainen
46 37 10 10 LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD Michael Jackson featuring Justin Timberlake
47 49 47 13 IT DON’T COME EASY Ringo Starr
48 42 11 4 YOUR SOUL RHODES
49 48 1 17 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel
50 70 50 2 UPTIGHT DOWNTOWN La Roux

51 47 1 11 STAY HIGH Tove Lo featuring Hippie Sabotage
52 55 52 6 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel
53 43 43 5 GOLDEN Brett
54 NEW 54 1 GOOD KISSER Usher
55 57 55 5 MISTY BLUE Dorothy Moore
56 46 46 3 BLOOD Archis
57 NEW 57 1 OPEN DOORS Electric Lady Lab
58 61 58 4 SUMMER IN THE CITY The Lovin’ Spoonful
59 58 1 46 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
60 NEW 60 1 HERE FOR YOU Gorgon City featuring Laura Walsh

61 NEW 61 1 CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU Frankie Valli
62 RE 7 20 HAPPY Pharrell Williams
63 63 63 3 FEELS GOOD Healyum
64 62 1 24 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE Percy Faith
65 RE 65 2 TAKE A MINUTE Sharon Corr
66 NEW 66 1 ONE MORE DAY (STAY WITH ME) Example
67 67 67 2 OUR LAST SUMMER Abba
68 NEW 68 1 MEANWHILE UP IN HEAVEN Kaiser Chiefs
69 NEW 69 1 DIRTY CASH (ALAN FITZPATRICK JADED VOCAL MIX) The Adventures Of Stevie V
70 NEW 70 1 COMING OF AGE Foster The People

71 73 71 3 WRONG CLUB The Ting Tings
72 72 72 3 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
73 NEW 73 1 MY TYPE Saint Motel
74 NEW 74 1 BAILANDO Enrique Iglesias
75 75 75 2 PRETTY FLY (FOR A WHITE GUY) The Offspring

DROP OUTS
41 35 7 YOU OR NO ONE Chrissie Hynde
45 45 4 WORLD OF DREAMS Galavant featuring Mary Jane Smith
51 3 8 CALM AFTER THE STORM (NETHERLANDS) The Common Linnets
52 52 4 KID FROM LONDON Ulla Nova
53 53 3 SNAP OUT OF IT The Arctic Monkeys
56 30 4 SMOKE Lisa Lois
59 20 6 STAY WITH ME Sam Smith
60 60 2 CHANGE Mapei
64 4 11 I WAS GONNA CANCEL Kylie Minogue
65 65 3 CLASSIC MKTO
66 26 11 ADDICTED TO YOU Avicii
68 68 1 STOLEN DANCE Milky Chance
69 6 8 UNDO (SWEDEN) Sanna Nielsen
71 5 12 I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Billie Davis
74 74 1 LOVE IS A CAMERA Sophie Ellis-Bextor

My 2014 Charts – April to June

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29th June 2014

Yes, still a 4th week on top for Miami Horror, and still no other record coming close to unseating it. Love it. I went to see X-Men again, which has boosted Time In A Bottle again, I just love that Quicksilver slow-mo scene, the record sets it off beautifully. Elsewhere Ryan Tedder gets another Top 10 song (aka Ella Henderson), and highest new entry is back for the third time thanks to a car advert. Horse With No Name peaked in my top 5 January 1972, then popped back again for another top 20 run the other year.

Other returns this week? Another Star and Silver Lady both charted October 1977, so it’s fitting they should come back again together. Stevie Wonder made my Top 10 first time round – but was a minor UK hit – and it’s back selling well again thanks to the World Cup coverage. No idea why Silver Lady is selling again though, but it is! Imelda May gets another Top 20 hit, that’s at least 4 to date, about time she had a proper single hit, great guitar work in this retro rocker.

Milky Chance are also back a year on from initially charting (thanks to Buzzjack). Begs two questions, as ever – why do Pan European blockbusters do so badly in the BJSC, and why do the fr*gg*n’ record companies take so f**k*n long to release them in the UK when every other country gets them immediately. Release them when they are hot, not when potential record buyers have become bored with them, or acquired it another way. Record labels are such d**ks. It’s not as if Milky Chance are appearing all over TV and radio to promote…..

1 1 1 4 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror 680000
2 3 1 5 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 570000
3 2 2 4 DARK DARK IN THE NIGHT – Hang The DJ 272000
4 5 4 4 CRYSTALLIZE – Kylie Minogue 162750
5 4 2 6 SING – Ed Sheeran 335000
6 9 6 8 DO IT AGAIN – Royksopp and Robyn 212600
7 7 1 9 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 752400
8 38 8 5 GHOST – Ella Henderson 85400
9 18 9 5 WASTED – Tiesto featuring Matthew Koma 119200
10 20 10 4 LIVING WITHOUT YOU – Monarchy 97000

11 6 3 6 LET ME DOWN EASY – Paolo Nutini 325250
12 14 12 3 AROUND TOWN – The Kooks 82400
13 NEW 13 1 A HORSE WITH NO NAME – America 32000
14 21 14 3 ALL THESE ROADS – Sultan and Ned Shepard featuring Zella Day and Sam Martin 66550
15 13 6 6 JUBEL – Klingande 265000
16 15 10 7 MOVING ON – James 174900
17 8 8 4 ON MY MIND – Somethingalamode featuring DWNTWN 134500
18 24 18 3 HALF LIGHT – Wilkinson Featuring Tom Cane 53100
19 28 19 7 WILD WOMAN – Imelda May 96000
20 26 20 4 LET ME DOWN (TUBE & BERGER REMIX) – Daniel Steinberg 69050

21 10 10 3 I WANT U – Alison Wonderland 96750
22 19 19 4 COLD – Rae Morris featuring Fryars 64450
23 22 4 15 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 507900
24 12 6 7 MY SILVER LINING – First Aid Kit 217700
25 40 25 4 LET IT GO – Felix Cartal featuring Lily Elise 58750
26 31 26 3 PILLS ‘N’ POTIONS – Nicki Minaj 53600
27 17 14 4 I TRY TO TALK TO YOU – Hercules and Love Affair featuring John Grant 77200
28 43 28 2 BREAK OF DAWN – Out Of Office 43800
29 33 29 5 SALUTE – Little Mix 65450
30 32 8 9 KISS THE DEVIL – Bel Heir 211200

31 25 1 16 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly 1224900
32 23 7 16 KINGS – The Pierces 375200
33 37 33 3 NOW – Chicago 40200
34 16 16 4 THE LAST SLED – Tuomas Holopainen 87600
35 27 27 4 LIAR LIAR – Cris Cab 65000
36 36 36 4 EEZ-EH – Kasabian 50800
37 29 10 9 LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD – Michael Jackson featuring Justin Timberlake 218500
38 39 38 3 BUDAPEST – George Ezra 44300
39 NEW 39 1 ANOTHER STAR – Stevie Wonder 17100
40 NEW 40 1 SILVER LADY – David Soul 17000

41 35 35 7 YOU OR NO ONE – Chrissie Hynde 102800
42 11 11 3 YOUR SOUL – RHODES 87750
43 62 43 4 GOLDEN – Brett 32500
44 47 44 3 CHANDELIER – SIA 38250
45 45 45 4 WORLD OF DREAMS – Galavant featuring Mary Jane Smith 43400
46 63 46 2 BLOOD – Archis 19950
47 34 1 10 STAY HIGH – Tove Lo featuring Hippie Sabotage 518100
48 48 1 16 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 558050
49 50 49 12 IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo Starr 88300
50 RE 50 4 NICE AND SLOW – Boy George 28000

51 42 3 8 CALM AFTER THE STORM (NETHERLANDS) – The Common Linnets 327250
52 52 52 4 KID FROM LONDON – Ulla Nova 35600
53 55 53 3 SNAP OUT OF IT – The Arctic Monkeys 28650
54 56 54 2 I’M ALIVE (LIFE SOUNDS LIKE) – Michael Franti and Spearhead 21600
55 59 55 5 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 41200
56 30 30 4 SMOKE – Lisa Lois 57600
57 66 57 4 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 28600
58 57 1 45 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 990450
59 41 20 6 STAY WITH ME – Sam Smith 87100
60 64 60 2 CHANGE – Mapei 17100

61 70 61 3 SUMMER IN THE CITY – The Lovin’ Spoonful 19100
62 61 1 23 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 954600
63 69 63 2 FEELS GOOD – Healyum 13400
64 44 4 11 I WAS GONNA CANCEL – Kylie Minogue 376850
65 65 65 3 CLASSIC – MKTO 19000
66 46 26 11 ADDICTED TO YOU – Avicii 129050
67 NEW 67 1 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 6600
68 NEW 68 1 STOLEN DANCE – Milky Chance 6400
69 49 6 8 UNDO (SWEDEN) – Sanna Nielsen 225500
70 NEW 70 1 UPTIGHT DOWNTOWN – La Roux 6000

71 60 5 12 I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY – Billie Davis 251300
72 75 72 2 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 10600
73 73 73 2 WRONG CLUB – The Ting Tings 10800
74 NEW 74 1 LOVE IS A CAMERA – Sophie Ellis-Bextor 5200
75 NEW 75 1 PRETTY FLY (FOR A WHITE GUY) – The Offspring 5000

DROP OUTS
51 39 7 DIY – Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott 77100
53 9 10 OVER YOU – Ingrid Michaelson featuring A Great Big World 263100
54 54 3 STAY – Lewis Watson 31200
58 40 6 A SKY FULL OF STARS – Coldplay 72400
67 67 4 WEST COAST – Lana Del Ray 23000
68 5 12 EMMYLOU – First Aid Kit 262550
71 71 1 HEARTBREAK FREE – Ji Nilsson 5800
72 72 1 NOBLE ENGLAND – Rik Mayall 5600
74 74 1 HEART AND SOUL – Twin Atlantic 5200

 

22nd June 2014

Yes, a third easy week on top for the gorgeous Miami Horror track, play it every day, still not bored, there’s so much in it to love. Runner-up is Hang The DJ (hello Morrissey/Marr) and the Eels-styled Dark Dark Is The Night, a great record. Kylie gets a quick 3rd Top 5 in 3 months with her charity non-album single – the credits seem to suggest it’s Scissor Sisters helping out again. Breaking into the 10 at last, is Royksopp and Robyn, giving Robyn 16 years of Top 10 hits in my charts.

That’s nothing though, Chicago make my Top 40 with the smooth jazz sounds of Now, it’s their 8th Top 40 hit, but the first 7 were spread over 20 years (1990 being the last time they did it), so, not exactly prolific as far as my charts go, but they did have a number one in 1976 (If You Leave Me Now) and can claim 44 years of hits…! The Kooks have also had 7 chart hits, their biggest being She Moves In Her Own Way in 2006 at 13 – the current track is one mere place behind that (and it’s a better record) so fingers-crossed next week!

Tiesto first made my charts in 2004, but Naked, I mean Wasted, is the biggest by far for him at 18. I still say it’s basically a cover version though. Finally, popping in at the rear end of the chart is Rik Mayall’s footie song, a hit following his untimely death. Bit of a hero to me, but music-wise not really troubled my chart much, though his span of hits is now 28 years.
1 1 1 3 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror 510000
2 7 2 3 DARK DARK IN THE NIGHT – Hang The DJ 187000
3 3 1 4 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 455000
4 2 2 5 SING – Ed Sheeran 275000
5 24 5 3 CRYSTALLIZE – Kylie Minogue 97750
6 5 3 5 LET ME DOWN EASY – Paolo Nutini 288250
7 4 1 8 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 702400
8 9 8 3 ON MY MIND – Somethingalamode featuring DWNTWN 111500
9 19 9 7 DO IT AGAIN – Royksopp and Robyn 157600
10 12 10 2 I WANT U – Alison Wonderland 77000

11 11 11 2 YOUR SOUL – RHODES 74000
12 6 6 6 MY SILVER LINING – First Aid Kit 198700
13 8 6 5 JUBEL – Klingande 238000
14 27 14 2 AROUND TOWN – The Kooks 47400
15 10 10 6 MOVING ON – James 149900
16 16 16 3 THE LAST SLED – Tuomas Holopainen 70000
17 14 14 3 I TRY TO TALK TO YOU – Hercules and Love Affair featuring John Grant 58800
18 36 18 4 WASTED – Tiesto featuring Matthew Koma 74200
19 25 19 3 COLD – Rae Morris featuring Fryars 44950
20 33 20 3 LIVING WITHOUT YOU – Monarchy 55000

21 32 21 2 ALL THESE ROADS – Sultan and Ned Shepard featuring Zella Day and Sam Martin 37550
22 15 4 14 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 488650
23 13 7 15 KINGS – The Pierces 357400
24 49 24 2 HALF LIGHT – Wilkinson Featuring Tom Cane 31100
25 23 1 15 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly 1207000
26 37 26 3 LET ME DOWN (TUBE & BERGER REMIX) – Daniel Steinberg 49050
27 39 27 3 LIAR LIAR – Cris Cab 47500
28 28 28 6 WILD WOMAN – Imelda May 75000
29 18 10 8 LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD – Michael Jackson featuring Justin Timberlake 201200
30 30 30 3 SMOKE – Lisa Lois 47000

31 38 31 2 PILLS ‘N’ POTIONS – Nicki Minaj 35100
32 31 8 8 KISS THE DEVIL – Bel Heir 193200
33 42 33 4 SALUTE – Little Mix 47250
34 17 1 9 STAY HIGH – Tove Lo featuring Hippie Sabotage 505600
35 35 35 6 YOU OR NO ONE – Chrissie Hynde 88800
36 55 36 3 EEZ-EH – Kasabian 33400
37 74 37 2 NOW – Chicago 22500
38 65 38 4 GHOSTS – Ella Henderson 37400
39 60 39 2 BUDAPEST – George Ezra 27100
40 52 40 3 LET IT GO – Felix Cartal featuring Lily Elise 40000

41 20 20 5 STAY WITH ME – Sam Smith 77000
42 21 3 7 CALM AFTER THE STORM (NETHERLANDS) – The Common Linnets 315500
43 50 43 1 BREAK OF DAWN – Out Of Office 25500
44 22 4 10 I WAS GONNA CANCEL – Kylie Minogue 369750
45 57 45 3 WORLD OF DREAMS – Galavant featuring Mary Jane Smith 30400
46 26 26 10 ADDICTED TO YOU – Avicii 122250
47 47 47 2 CHANDELIER – SIA 25000
48 48 1 15 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 545750
49 29 6 7 UNDO (SWEDEN) – Sanna Nielsen 219300
50 62 50 11 IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo Starr 76200

51 41 39 7 DIY – Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott 77100
52 66 52 3 KID FROM LONDON – Ulla Nova 24100
53 34 9 10 OVER YOU – Ingrid Michaelson featuring A Great Big World 263100
54 59 54 3 STAY – Lewis Watson 31200
55 67 55 2 SNAP OUT OF IT – The Arctic Monkeys 17400
56 NEW 56 1 I’M ALIVE (LIFE SOUNDS LIKE) – Michael Franti and Spearhead 10600
57 56 1 44 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 980250
58 40 40 6 A SKY FULL OF STARS – Coldplay 72400
59 64 59 4 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 30400
60 58 5 11 I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY – Billie Davis 245500

61 61 1 22 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 947200
62 69 62 3 GOLDEN – Brett 19000
63 NEW 63 1 BLOOD – Archis 7200
64 NEW 64 1 CHANGE – Mapei 7100
65 RE 65 2 CLASSIC – MKTO 12000
66 68 66 3 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 18200
67 70 67 4 WEST COAST – Lana Del Ray 23000
68 46 5 12 EMMYLOU – First Aid Kit 262550
69 NEW 69 1 FEELS GOOD – Healyum 6200
70 72 70 2 SUMMER IN THE CITY – The Lovin’ Spoonful 11600

71 NEW 71 1 HEARTBREAK FREE – Ji Nilsson 5800
72 NEW 72 1 NOBLE ENGLAND – Rik Mayall 5600
73 NEW 73 1 WRONG CLUB – The Ting Tings 5400
74 NEW 74 1 HEART AND SOUL – Twin Atlantic 5200
75 NEW 75 1 AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell 5000

 

DROP OUTS
43 43 2 THERE GOES MY BABY – Enrique Iglesias featuring Flo Rida 26250
44 12 9 CLOSER – Thief 153000
45 18 7 SO BE IT – Lisa Stansfield 107650
51 16 7 NOT A BAD THING – Justin Timberlake 114550
53 30 9 SUMMER – Calvin Harris 111000
54 19 6 RAINMAKER – Emmelie De Forest 103100
63 55 3 ONE MINUTE MORE – Capital Cities 24800
71 71 1 SIGHTS – London Grammar 5800
73 73 1 TAKE A MINUTE – Sharon Corr 5400
75 75 1 HOME – Dolly Parton 5000

 

 

15th June 2014

Yet another big influx of new entries, many buzzjack song contest related. Australian Miami Horror hold easily at the top for a 2nd week by virtue of it being ab fab, I so hope Brian Wilson gets to hear it, it’s pure gorgeousness. This is bad news for Ed Sheeran who’s held off the top at 2, though it’s fairly obvious from previous Sheeran tracks and previous Pharrell Williams tracks who the bulk of the credit goes to. The only non-buzzjack track to go top 10 is James, adding to a fair few they racked up in the 90’s.

The Kooks are back with a great single after being AWL for some years, in at 27, while Fryars get a second Top 40 hit (with Rae Morris), and Nicki Minaj returns after a short break at 38. Others popping back after a break: SIA, Dolly Parton, Sharon Corr (first solo hit outside the string of Corrs hits) sounding a bit Carpenters, and Chicago, back after nearly 25 years away from my charts. Considering it’s nearly 45 years since they first charted, that’s worth mentioning, as is the fact that they sound exactly the same….
1 1 1 2 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror 290000
2 5 2 4 SING – Ed Sheeran 210000
3 2 1 3 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 370000
4 4 1 7 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 652400
5 3 3 4 LET ME DOWN EASY – Paolo Nutini 233250
6 6 6 5 MY SILVER LINING – First Aid Kit 163700
7 18 7 2 DARK DARK IN THE NIGHT – Hang The DJ 72000
8 8 6 4 JUBEL – Klingande 206000
9 26 9 2 ON MY MIND – Somethingalamode featuring DWNTWN 63500
10 14 10 5 MOVING ON – James 122900

11 NEW 11 1 YOUR SOUL – RHODES 37000
12 NEW 12 1 I WANT U – Alison Wonderland 35000
13 7 7 14 KINGS – The Pierces 338150
14 66 14 2 I TRY TO TALK TO YOU – Hercules and Love Affair featuring John Grant 35800
15 11 4 13 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 469150
16 20 16 2 THE LAST SLED – Tuomas Holopainen 45000
17 9 1 8 STAY HIGH – Tove Lo featuring Hippie Sabotage 488000
18 10 10 7 LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD – Michael Jackson featuring Justin Timberlake 183000
19 22 19 6 DO IT AGAIN – Royksopp and Robyn 112600
20 27 20 4 STAY WITH ME – Sam Smith 63000

21 13 3 6 CALM AFTER THE STORM (NETHERLANDS) – The Common Linnets 301750
22 12 4 9 I WAS GONNA CANCEL – Kylie Minogue 356500
23 15 1 14 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly 1188250
24 25 24 2 CRYSTALLISE – Kylie Minogue 37750
25 74 25 2 COLD – Rae Morris featuring Fryars 23950
26 32 26 9 ADDICTED TO YOU – Avicii 109500
27 NEW 27 1 AROUND TOWN – The Kooks 18400
28 29 28 5 WILD WOMAN – Imelda May 56700
29 16 6 6 UNDO (SWEDEN) – Sanna Nielsen 207200
30 54 30 2 SMOKE – Lisa Lois 29000

31 17 8 7 KISS THE DEVIL – Bel Heir 175400
32 NEW 32 1 ALL THESE ROADS – Sultan and Ned Shepard featuring Zella Day and Sam Martin 17800
33 37 33 2 LIVING WITHOUT YOU – Monarchy 35000
34 19 9 9 OVER YOU – Ingrid Michaelson featuring A Great Big World 251850
35 35 35 5 YOU OR NO ONE – Chrissie Hynde 71300
36 36 36 3 WASTED – Tiesto featuring Matthew Koma 52200
37 44 37 2 LET ME DOWN (TUBE & BERGER REMIX) – Daniel Steinberg 30550
38 NEW 38 1 PILLS ‘N’ POTIONS – Nicki Minaj 17200
39 50 39 2 LIAR LIAR – Cris Cab 29100
40 40 40 5 A SKY FULL OF STARS – Coldplay 62200

41 39 39 6 DIY – Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott 65350
42 57 42 3 SALUTE – Little Mix 29550
43 46 43 2 THERE GOES MY BABY – Enrique Iglesias featuring Flo Rida 26250
44 21 12 9 CLOSER – Thief 153000
45 23 18 7 SO BE IT – Lisa Stansfield 107650
46 34 5 11 EMMYLOU – First Aid Kit 256150
47 NEW 47 1 CHANDELIER – SIA 12500
48 47 1 14 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 533450
49 NEW 49 1 HALF LIGHT – Wilkinson Featuring Tom Cane 12100
50 NEW 50 1 BREAK OF DAWN – Out Of Office 12000

51 28 16 7 NOT A BAD THING – Justin Timberlake 114550
52 52 52 2 LET IT GO – Felix Cartal featuring Lily Elise 23000
53 30 30 9 SUMMER – Calvin Harris 111000
54 31 19 6 RAINMAKER – Emmelie De Forest 103100
55 RE 55 2 EEZ-EH – Kasabian 16000
56 62 1 43 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 969850
57 65 57 2 WORLD OF DREAMS – Galavant featuring Mary Jane Smith 17400
58 56 5 10 I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY – Billie Davis 235500
59 59 59 2 STAY – Lewis Watson 20200
60 NEW 60 1 BUDAPEST – George Ezra 10000

61 60 1 21 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 939700
62 63 62 10 IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo Starr 64200
63 55 55 3 ONE MINUTE MORE – Capital Cities 24800
64 67 64 3 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 20300
65 RE 65 3 GHOSTS – Ella Henderson 20200
66 71 66 2 KID FROM LONDON – Ulla Nova 12600
67 NEW 67 1 SNAP OUT OF IT – The Arctic Monkeys 6600
68 75 68 2 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 11400
69 73 69 2 GOLDEN – Brett 11600
70 RE 70 3 WEST COAST – Lana Del Ray 16400

71 NEW 71 1 SIGHTS – London Grammar 5800
72 NEW 72 1 SUMMER IN THE CITY – The Lovin’ Spoonful 5600
73 NEW 73 1 TAKE A MINUTE – Sharon Corr 5400
74 NEW 74 1 NOW – Chicago 5200
75 NEW 75 1 HOME – Dolly Parton 5000
DROP OUTS
24 24 6 THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE – Roberta Flack 101750
33 15 6 GOODBYE JUST GO – Belinda Carlisle 114950
38 20 6 CRAZY SOMETHING NORMAL – Donkeyboy 105000
41 5 10 ELLE – Shy’m 294450
42 20 6 MARILYN MONROE – Pharrell Williams 94000
43 16 8 NICOTINE – Panic! At The Disco 144500
45 30 6 I WANT TO DRAG YOU AROUND – Blondie 87100
48 9 6 DO YOU FEEL WHAT I FEEL – Rex The Dog featuring Jamie McDermott 165300
49 8 5 RISE LIKE A PHOENIX (AUSTRIA) – Conchita Wurst 142850
51 32 5 IT’S ON AGAIN – Alicia Keys featuring Kendrick Lamarr 74950
53 6 12 I GOT YOU – Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones 276950
58 58 5 WAVES – Mr Probz 34600
61 22 7 BIRTHDAY – Katy Perry 93000
64 18 7 NOBODY TO LOVE – Sigma 101800
68 1 19 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 752700
69 2 16 SAY SOMETHING – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera 654150
70 12 6 I’M ONLY JOKING – KONGOS 126000
72 72 3 NICE AND SLOW – Boy George 16000

 

8th June 2014

It’s been a long time since I went mad instantly mad on a new record, enough that it enters my chart at 1 – but it’s happened this week with Miami Horror. As the week went on (and after voting) I became more obsessed by it. It’s essentailly a cross between Empire Of The Sun and The Beach Boys, with a heavenly vocal melody and harmony that Brian Wilson would kill for. The structure of the song is fabulous, and the production of the record has so much packed into it, little nuances, a great bridge, an instrumental flourish, some 60’s references in the sounds, it’s like a pure piece of delicious summer joy wrapped up in a perfect little wrapper. Goooooorgeous!

19 new entries, most of them Buzzjack songs from both semis, shove a load of great records down the chart, including Time In A Bottle, a different piece of heaven in mood. Ed Sheeran gets his first top 5 with the great Sing, First Aid Kit get their 2nd Top 10 in a month with a fab country ballad, and the Pierces (now fully released) get a second go inside the top 10, also their second one of the year. Michael Jackson gets his 19th Top 10 of the 21st Century, but only 4 of them have made it for the first time, the last being 2010 with Akon.

James get their biggest hit since the remix of Sit Down, at 14, Kylie’s got her 4th top 40 of the year with a charity track, Chrissie Hynde gets her 2nd top 40 of the year, and 35 years of hits. Coldplay also get their second top 40 hit of 2014 – but only just, and they haven’t had many singles peak lower! Enrique’s back again, 15 years on, and even having Flo Rida on the record doesn’t stop it being a bit of fun. Mostly though, it’s a cast of new unknowns thanks to the Buzzjack Song Contest. Cheers everyone!
1 NEW 1 1 COLOURS IN THE SKY – Miami Horror 145000
2 1 1 2 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 285000
3 3 3 3 LET ME DOWN EASY – Paolo Nutini 173250
4 2 1 6 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 587400
5 17 5 3 SING – Ed Sheeran 95000
6 31 6 4 MY SILVER LINING – First Aid Kit 108700
7 33 7 13 KINGS – The Pierces 306150
8 6 6 3 JUBEL – Klingande 158000
9 5 1 7 STAY HIGH – Tove Lo featuring Hippie Sabotage 465000
10 14 10 6 LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD – Michael Jackson featuring Justin Timberlake 161000

11 11 4 12 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 442150
12 4 4 8 I WAS GONNA CANCEL – Kylie Minogue 337000
13 7 3 5 CALM AFTER THE STORM (NETHERLANDS) – The Common Linnets 282000
14 37 14 4 MOVING ON – James 80900
15 9 1 13 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly 1169000
16 10 6 5 UNDO (SWEDEN) – Sanna Nielsen 189000
17 8 8 6 KISS THE DEVIL – Bel Heir 157500
18 NEW 18 1 DARK DARK IN THE NIGHT – Hang The DJ 22000
19 13 9 8 OVER YOU – Ingrid Michaelson featuring A Great Big World 234250
20 NEW 20 1 THE LAST SLED – Tuomas Holopainen 20000

21 12 12 8 CLOSER – Thief 139750
22 24 22 5 DO IT AGAIN – Royksopp and Robyn 91600
23 18 18 6 SO BE IT – Lisa Stansfield 94650
24 29 24 6 THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE – Roberta Flack 101750
25 NEW 25 1 CRYSTALLISE – Kylie Minogue 18750
26 NEW 26 1 ON MY MIND – Somethingalamode featuring DWNTWN 18500
27 38 27 3 STAY WITH ME – Sam Smith 43000
28 16 16 6 NOT A BAD THING – Justin Timberlake 102800
29 62 29 4 WILD WOMAN – Imelda May 38400
30 39 30 8 SUMMER – Calvin Harris 99750

31 19 19 5 RAINMAKER – Emmelie De Forest 92100
32 54 32 8 ADDICTED TO YOU – Avicii 91000
33 15 15 6 GOODBYE JUST GO – Belinda Carlisle 114950
34 22 5 10 EMMYLOU – First Aid Kit 243400
35 49 35 4 YOU OR NO ONE – Chrissie Hynde 53800
36 36 36 2 WASTED – Tiesto featuring Matthew Koma 34800
37 NEW 37 1 LIVING WITHOUT YOU – Monarchy 17300
38 28 20 6 CRAZY SOMETHING NORMAL – Donkeyboy 105000
39 53 39 5 DIY – Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott 51350
40 50 40 4 A SKY FULL OF STARS – Coldplay 45200

41 21 5 10 ELLE – Shy’m 294450
42 20 20 6 MARILYN MONROE – Pharrell Williams 94000
43 26 16 8 NICOTINE – Panic! At The Disco 144500
44 NEW 44 1 LET ME DOWN (TUBE & BERGER REMIX) – Daniel Steinberg 13250
45 30 30 6 I WANT TO DRAG YOU AROUND – Blondie 87100
46 NEW 46 1 THERE GOES MY BABY – Enrique Iglesias featuring Flo Rida 12750
47 47 1 13 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 521150
48 23 9 6 DO YOU FEEL WHAT I FEEL – Rex The Dog featuring Jamie McDermott 165300
49 25 8 5 RISE LIKE A PHOENIX (AUSTRIA) – Conchita Wurst 142850
50 NEW 50 1 LIAR LIAR – Cris Cab 12000

51 32 32 5 IT’S ON AGAIN – Alicia Keys featuring Kendrick Lamarr 74950
52 NEW 52 1 LET IT GO – Felix Cartal featuring Lily Elise 11500
53 35 6 12 I GOT YOU – Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones 276950
54 NEW 54 1 SMOKE – Lisa Lois 11000
55 66 55 2 ONE MINUTE MORE – Capital Cities 17600
56 45 5 9 I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY – Billie Davis 225200
57 73 57 2 SALUTE – Little Mix 15800
58 RE 58 5 WAVES – Mr Probz 34600
59 NEW 59 1 STAY – Lewis Watson 10100
60 58 1 20 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 932000

61 40 22 7 BIRTHDAY – Katy Perry 93000
62 61 1 42 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 959250
63 63 63 9 IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo Starr 56800
64 27 18 7 NOBODY TO LOVE – Sigma 101800
65 NEW 65 1 WORLD OF DREAMS – Galavant featuring Mary Jane Smith 7000
66 NEW 66 1 I TRY TO TALK TO YOU – Hercules and Love Affair featuring John Grant 6800
67 67 67 2 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 13200
68 56 1 19 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 752700
69 55 2 16 SAY SOMETHING – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera 654150
70 41 12 6 I’M ONLY JOKING – KONGOS 126000

71 NEW 71 1 KID FROM LONDON – Ulla Nova 5800
72 74 72 3 NICE AND SLOW – Boy George 16000
73 NEW 73 1 GOLDEN – Brett 5400
74 NEW 74 1 COLD – Rae Morris featuring Fryars 5200
75 NEW 75 1 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 5000

DROP OUTS
34 17 11 TAKE ME HOME – Cash Cash featuring Bebe Rexha 148300
42 3 14 SOLO DANCING – Indiana 336000
43 1 9 EMPIRE – Shakira 582300
44 44 4 DANCING IN THE RAIN (SPAIN) – Ruth Lorenzo 35650
46 46 6 THE HUNGRY YEARS – Engelbert Humperdinck and Neil Sedaka 55900
48 25 7 STUPID LITTLE THINGS – Anastacia 109850
51 38 8 SWORDS OF A THOUSAND MEN – TenpoleTudor 124750
52 40 6 ANDRENALINA – Wisin featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin 74700
57 1 18 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 1224950
59 59 3 HOLD ON – Colbie Caillat 23700
60 60 8 THE WHOLE OF THE MOON – The Waterboys 57900
64 64 2 TURN DOWN FOR WHAT – DJ Snake and Lil John 13500
65 65 1 PRAY FOR LOVE – Kwabs 7000
68 68 1 AUTOMATIC – Miranda Lambert 6400
69 59 3 EXTRAORDINARY – Clean Bandit featuring Sharna Bass 26400
70 70 1 POSTCARDS – James Blunt 6000
71 71 2 HOLDING ON TO HEAVEN – Foxes 10800
72 72 5 SIT DOWN – James 26600
75 75 1 CLASSIC – MKTO 5000

 

1st June 2014

It’s not Paloma. It’s Jim Croce and his classic Time In A Bottle, as featured in X Men: Days Of Future Past, the scene where Quicksilver runs round the walls of the prison room, shifting bullets, moving arms, cool as cucumber, everything in slow-motion. The song fitted beautifully. Poor old singer-songwriter Jim died in a plane crash in 1973 just as his career was taking off. He made my charts a few times, and the US charts especially, though never made it in the UK, appallingly. Time In A Bottle gave him a posthumous American number one in 1974 and it peaked at 15 in my charts. So, 40 years on it finally gets to the top, where it should have gone first time round, thanks to the fabulous X Men.

Paulo Nutini shoots into the Top 3 for the second time (Candy was the last one) with his terrific Marvin Gaye-ish new single, while Ed Sheeran gets his biggest hit shooting up to 17, on the very Justin Timberlake-sounding Sing (the intro is pure Like I Love You which peaked at 2). Justin’s not fussed though he has 2 tracks higher than that this week! The other oldie from X Men (Roberta Flack) pops back in for a 4th chart run. Highest new track is Tiesto. I say new, it sounds a lot like a 2008 track from Ida Maria I Like You Much Better When You’re Naked. Maybe it’s just me….

 

1 NEW 1 1 TIME IN A BOTTLE – Jim Croce 170000
2 2 1 5 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 522400
3 44 3 2 LET ME DOWN EASY – Paulo Nutini 88250
4 4 4 7 I WAS GONNA CANCEL – Kylie Minogue 302000
5 1 1 6 STAY HIGH – Tove Lo featuring Hippie Sabotage 420000
6 6 6 2 JUBEL – Klingande 110000
7 7 3 4 CALM AFTER THE STORM (NETHERLANDS) – The Common Linnets 250000
8 14 8 5 KISS THE DEVIL – Bel Heir 134500
9 3 1 12 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly 1142000
10 10 6 4 UNDO (SWEDEN) – Sanna Nielsen 164000

11 8 4 11 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 405150
12 33 12 7 CLOSER – Thief 120000
13 9 9 7 OVER YOU – Ingrid Michaelson featuring A Great Big World 213250
14 15 14 5 LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD – Michael Jackson featuring Justin Timberlake 119000
15 21 15 5 GOODBYE JUST GO – Belinda Carlisle 97250
16 19 16 5 NOT A BAD THING – Justin Timberlake 84500
17 50 17 2 SING – Ed Sheeran 35000
18 22 18 5 SO BE IT – Lisa Stansfield 75400
19 29 19 4 RAINMAKER – Emmelie De Forest 74200
20 23 20 5 MARILYN MONROE – Pharrell Williams 80250

21 5 5 9 ELLE – Shy’m 280450
22 11 5 9 EMMYLOU – First Aid Kit 225900
23 12 9 5 DO YOU FEEL WHAT I FEEL – Rex The Dog featuring Jamie McDermott 153000
24 30 24 4 DO IT AGAIN – Royksopp and Robyn 72100
25 13 8 4 RISE LIKE A PHOENIX (AUSTRIA) – Conchita Wurst 130750
26 16 16 7 NICOTINE – Panic! At The Disco 131000
27 18 18 6 NOBODY TO LOVE – Sigma 94700
28 20 20 5 CRAZY SOMETHING NORMAL – Donkeyboy 87800
29 RE 29 5 THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE – Roberta Flack 82750
30 39 30 5 I WANT TO DRAG YOU AROUND – Blondie 74100

31 31 31 3 MY SILVER LINING – First Aid Kit 53700
32 34 32 4 IT’S ON AGAIN – Alicia Keys featuring Kendrick Lamarr 63200
33 36 10 12 KINGS – The Pierces 256150
34 17 17 11 TAKE ME HOME – Cash Cash featuring Bebe Rexha 148300
35 32 6 11 I GOT YOU – Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones 265700
36 NEW 36 1 WASTED – Tiesto featuring Matthew Koma 17400
37 37 37 3 MOVING ON – James 51900
38 62 38 2 STAY WITH ME – Sam Smith 24600
39 70 39 7 SUMMER – Calvin Harris 81750
40 26 22 6 BIRTHDAY – Katy Perry 85500

41 24 12 5 I’M ONLY JOKING – KONGOS 120000
42 25 3 14 SOLO DANCING – Indiana 336000
43 27 1 9 EMPIRE – Shakira 582300
44 55 44 4 DANCING IN THE RAIN (SPAIN) – Ruth Lorenzo 35650
45 41 5 8 I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY – Billie Davis 214600
46 53 46 6 THE HUNGRY YEARS – Engelbert Humperdinck and Neil Sedaka 55900
47 45 1 12 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 508650
48 28 25 7 STUPID LITTLE THINGS – Anastacia 109850
49 49 49 3 YOU OR NO ONE – Chrissie Hynde 36300
50 58 50 3 A SKY FULL OF STARS – Coldplay 28200

51 38 38 8 SWORDS OF A THOUSAND MEN – TenpoleTudor 124750
52 40 40 6 ANDRENALINA – Wisin featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin 74700
53 54 53 4 DIY – Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott 34250
54 35 35 7 ADDICTED TO YOU – Avicii 73200
55 51 2 15 SAY SOMETHING – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera 647950
56 46 1 18 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 746300
57 42 1 18 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 1224950
58 56 1 19 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 922000
59 RE 59 3 HOLD ON – Colbie Caillat 23700
60 60 60 8 THE WHOLE OF THE MOON – The Waterboys 57900

61 61 1 41 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 951850
62 66 62 3 WILD WOMAN – Imelda May 20200
63 63 63 8 IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo Starr 49600
64 68 64 2 TURN DOWN FOR WHAT – DJ Snake and Lil John 13500
65 NEW 65 1 PRAY FOR LOVE – Kwabs 7000
66 NEW 66 1 ONE MINUTE MORE – Capital Cities 6800
67 NEW 67 1 WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE – Billy Joel 6600
68 NEW 68 1 AUTOMATIC – Miranda Lambert 6400
69 59 59 3 EXTRAORDINARY – Clean Bandit featuring Sharna Bass 26400
70 NEW 70 1 POSTCARDS – James Blunt 6000

71 75 71 2 HOLDING ON TO HEAVEN – Foxes 10800
72 72 72 5 SIT DOWN – James 26600
73 NEW 73 1 SALUTE – Little Mix 5400
74 74 74 2 NICE AND SLOW – Boy George 10400
75 NEW 75 1 CLASSIC – MKTO 5000

DROP OUTS
43 23 6 DANCE (WHILE THE MUSIC STILL GOES ON) – Abba 108550
47 9 9 DARK SUNGLASSES – Chrissie Hynde 205300
48 48 3 RISE UP (GREECE) – Freaky Fortune featuring Riskykidd 33400
52 4 9 FALLINLOVE2NITE – Prince with Zooey Deschanel 283450
57 57 2 WE SINK – Chvrches 20800
64 1 18 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 794700
65 65 4 WAVES – Mr Probz 24400
67 67 1 TOUCH – Shift K3y 6600
69 69 1 WILD WILD LOVE – Pitbull featuring GRL 6200
71 71 2 STILL – Katy B 11600
73 73 1 LOYAL – Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga 5400

 

25th May 2014

…and Tove pip Dove (aka Paloma) but it was close in a 3-way fight with Molly still strong. Tove-Lo is just so insistent it forces it’s way in. 2 returns to the top 10, Shy’m still sounds great and bounces back, and Klingande is highest new entry at 6 (well, actually a top 10 re-entry but that was last year and this is a new chart run) now that it’s finally at long last out in the UK. It’s only been about 63 years waiting.

There’s much chart-shuffling going on as so many of them still sound good to me, leaving not much room for new stuff, though the Pierces album taster which peaked at 10 a couple of months ago is now a single and rebounds back in. Wisin goes Top 40, a banging Spanish dance track with J-Lo and Ricky Martin, I’m hoping (no doubt in vain) that it crosses over. It certainly won’t get picked up by the BBC, not in a million years, they never pick up Spanish-language tracks. While I’m BBC moaning, what’s with the Chart Show removal yet again for the rubbish One Big Weekend. I haven’t heard so much breathless undeserving toadying sycophantic hyperbole for minor performers, well, not since the last One Big Weekend. Slaps all round, especially for the ongoing constant apologies and warning for all the bullshit’s and assorted other swearwords bandied around liberally by Rita Ora and various other kiddie pop acts. Shut up apologising. If you don’t want kids to hear swearwords don’t broadcast it, the singers who should be grateful for the opportunity to self-promote will soon stop doing it if they think they won’t get out on the radio. It’s nothing new, Madonna did it 20 years ago, and she used the F word several dozen times loudly and clearly in between songs, not during.

As you may tell, I’m annoyed at the Chart Show being dropped.
1 3 1 5 STAY HIGH – Tove Lo featuring Hippie Sabotage 360000
2 1 1 4 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 407400
3 2 1 11 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly 1097000
4 7 4 6 I WAS GONNA CANCEL – Kylie Minogue 237000
5 24 5 8 ELLE – Shy’m 260700
6 NEW 6 1 JUBEL – Klingande 55000
7 4 3 3 CALM AFTER THE STORM (NETHERLANDS) – The Common Linnets 200000
8 5 4 10 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 368150
9 10 9 6 OVER YOU – Ingrid Michaelson featuring A Great Big World 181250
10 6 6 3 UNDO (SWEDEN) – Sanna Nielsen 122000

11 11 5 8 EMMYLOU – First Aid Kit 206400
12 9 9 4 DO YOU FEEL WHAT I FEEL – Rex The Dog featuring Jamie McDermott 133750
13 8 8 3 RISE LIKE A PHOENIX (AUSTRIA) – Conchita Wurst 112000
14 15 14 4 KISS THE DEVIL – Bel Heir 86500
15 17 15 4 LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD – Michael Jackson featuring Justin Timberlake 90000
16 16 16 6 NICOTINE – Panic! At The Disco 112500
17 19 17 10 TAKE ME HOME – Cash Cash featuring Bebe Rexha 130700
18 29 18 5 NOBODY TO LOVE – Sigma 80300
19 25 19 4 NOT A BAD THING – Justin Timberlake 59500
20 20 20 4 CRAZY SOMETHING NORMAL – Donkeyboy 69500

21 18 18 4 GOODBYE JUST GO – Belinda Carlisle 70250
22 39 22 4 SO BE IT – Lisa Stansfield 53400
23 26 23 4 MARILYN MONROE – Pharrell Williams 60250
24 12 12 4 I’M ONLY JOKING – KONGOS 106000
25 13 3 13 SOLO DANCING – Indiana 322250
26 22 22 5 BIRTHDAY – Katy Perry 68500
27 14 1 8 EMPIRE – Shakira 568800
28 27 25 6 STUPID LITTLE THINGS – Anastacia 97550
29 33 29 3 RAINMAKER – Emmelie De Forest 53200
30 30 30 3 DO IT AGAIN – Royksopp and Robyn 53100

31 31 31 2 MY SILVER LINING – First Aid Kit 35800
32 21 6 10 I GOT YOU – Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones 248200
33 28 28 6 CLOSER – Thief 85000
34 36 34 3 IT’S ON AGAIN – Alicia Keys featuring Kendrick Lamarr 45400
35 35 35 6 ADDICTED TO YOU – Avicii 62200
36 RE 10 11 KINGS – The Pierces 238450
37 37 37 2 MOVING ON – James 34600
38 38 38 7 SWORDS OF A THOUSAND MEN – TenpoleTudor 113000
39 40 39 4 I WANT TO DRAG YOU AROUND – Blondie 56100
40 47 40 5 ANDRENALINA – Wisin featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin 63200

41 34 5 7 I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY – Billie Davis 201600
42 32 1 17 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 1214550
43 23 23 6 DANCE (WHILE THE MUSIC STILL GOES ON) – Abba 108550
44 NEW 44 1 LET ME DOWN EASY – Paolo Nutini 13250
45 43 1 11 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 496150
46 42 1 17 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 735700
47 41 9 9 DARK SUNGLASSES – Chrissie Hynde 205300
48 54 48 3 RISE UP (GREECE) – Freaky Fortune featuring Riskykidd 33400
49 49 49 2 YOU OR NO ONE – Chrissie Hynde 24200
50 NEW 50 1 SING – Ed Sheeran 12000

51 44 2 14 SAY SOMETHING – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera 637150
52 45 4 9 FALLINLOVE2NITE – Prince with Zooey Deschanel 283450
53 55 53 5 THE HUNGRY YEARS – Engelbert Humperdinck and Neil Sedaka 43150
54 68 54 3 DIY – Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott 23000
55 69 55 3 DANCING IN THE RAIN (SPAIN) – Ruth Lorenzo 22400
56 56 1 18 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 911800
57 57 57 2 WE SINK – Chvrches 20800
58 RE 58 2 A SKY FULL OF STARS – Coldplay 16200
59 59 59 2 EXTRAORDINARY – Clean Bandit featuring Sharna Bass 20200
60 64 60 7 THE WHOLE OF THE MOON – The Waterboys 47900

61 60 1 40 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 944350
62 NEW 62 1 STAY WITH ME – Sam Smith 7400
63 66 63 7 IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo Starr 42400
64 63 1 18 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 794700
65 65 65 4 WAVES – Mr Probz 24400
66 70 66 2 WILD WOMAN – Imelda May 12800
67 NEW 67 1 TOUCH – Shift K3y 6600
68 NEW 68 1 TURN DOWN FOR WHAT – DJ Jon featuring …. 6400
69 NEW 69 1 WILD WILD LOVE – Pitbull featuring GRL 6200
70 46 44 6 SUMMER – Calvin Harris 64650

71 71 71 2 STILL – Katy B 11600
72 73 72 4 SIT DOWN – James 21000
73 NEW 73 1 LOYAL – Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga 5400
74 NEW 74 1 NICE AND SLOW – Boy George 5200
75 NEW 75 1 HOLDING ON TO HEAVEN – Foxes 5000
DROP OUTS
48 5 10 KISS ME ONCE – Kylie Minogue 321400
50 12 6 ORDINARY LOVE – U2 121050
51 29 9 SHE USED TO LOVE ME A LOT – Johnny Cash 119300
52 5 8 WAITING FOR YOU – Kris Menace featuring Black Hills 258950
53 34 8 WIZARD – Martin Garrix and Jay Hardway 110050
58 58 2 THE MAN – Aloe Blacc 16200
61 61 2 RUNNING (HUNGARY) – Andras Kallay-Saunders 14700
62 62 2 MIRACLE (ROMANIA) – Paula Seling and OVI 13000
67 67 2 GHOSTS – Ella Henderson 13200
72 72 1 LOVERS ON THE RUN – Echo & The Bunnymen 5600
74 74 1 EEZ-EH – Kasabian 5200
75 75 1 WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE – Neon Jungle 5000

 

18th May 2014

It’s Paloma, her 2nd Number One exactly 5 years since bumped off Agnes’ Release Me from my top spot with New York. Molly is at 2, heading 4 Eurovision Top 10’s, one of the highest ever Top 10 influxes. In the UK chart, all four have made it Top 40, the biggest Eurovision total since 1974. Hooray! To be honest the entire Top 5 could easily be my number one this week, loving them all, and the UK chart is sounding better than it has in ages.

First Aid Kit get the highest new entry as their old track leaves the Top 10 (unfairly, it still sounds great), My Silver Lining has been picked up by Radio 2 (yay!). Belinda Carlisle gets her 3rd Top 20 of the last year or so, it’s a great ballad that builds nicely. If Adele was singing it instead it would be huge everywhere. Pharrell’s back in the 40, with Marilyn Monroe. That’s a duet I never thought I’d see. Kidding! Justin is also in the top 40, giving him 2, and 90’s stalwarts James are back, new track at 37 Moving On joining Sit Down in my charts. Not to be left out, Chrissie Hynde has 2, Kylie 3, A Great Big World 2, and that’s the end of the chart results.

 

1 2 1 3 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 292400
2 1 1 10 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly 1012000
3 6 3 4 STAY HIGH – Tove Lo featuring Hippie Sabotage 190000
4 3 3 2 CALM AFTER THE STORM (NETHERLANDS) – The Common Linnets 150000
5 4 4 9 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 320150
6 16 6 2 UNDO (SWEDEN) – Sanna Nielsen 80000
7 7 7 5 I WAS GONNA CANCEL – Kylie Minogue 172000
8 13 8 2 RISE LIKE A PHOENIX (AUSTRIA) – Conchita Wurst 80000
9 12 9 3 DO YOU FEEL WHAT I FEEL – Rex The Dog featuring Jamie McDermott 98750
10 10 10 5 OVER YOU – Ingrid Michaelson featuring A Great Big World 136250

11 5 5 7 EMMYLOU – First Aid Kit 169400
12 14 12 3 I’M ONLY JOKING – KONGOS 87000
13 9 3 12 SOLO DANCING – Indiana 303500
14 8 1 7 EMPIRE – Shakira 550400
15 27 15 3 KISS THE DEVIL – Bel Heir 57500
16 22 16 5 NICOTINE – Panic! At The Disco 87500
17 20 17 3 LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD – Michael Jackson featuring Justin Timberlake 63000
18 35 18 3 GOODBYE JUST GO – Belinda Carlisle 50500
19 33 19 9 TAKE ME HOME – Cash Cash featuring Bebe Rexha 107700
20 30 20 3 CRAZY SOMETHING NORMAL – Donkeyboy 49500

21 18 6 9 I GOT YOU – Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones 230400
22 40 22 4 BIRTHDAY – Katy Perry 50000
23 23 23 5 DANCE (WHILE THE MUSIC STILL GOES ON) – Abba 95050
24 11 8 7 ELLE – Shy’m 200700
25 46 25 3 NOT A BAD THING – Justin Timberlake 38500
26 49 26 3 MARILYN MONROE – Pharrell Williams 41000
27 25 25 5 STUPID LITTLE THINGS – Anastacia 79250
28 32 28 5 CLOSER – Thief 67300
29 45 29 4 NOBODY TO LOVE – Sigma 58300
30 39 30 2 DO IT AGAIN – Royksopp and Robyn 35100

31 NEW 31 1 MY SILVER LINING – First Aid Kit 17900
32 17 1 16 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 1200800
33 36 33 2 RAINMAKER – Emmelie De Forest 35000
34 15 5 6 I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY – Billie Davis 187600
35 55 35 5 ADDICTED TO YOU – Avicii 44700
36 57 36 2 IT’S ON AGAIN – Alicia Keys featuring Kendrick Lamarr 27800
37 NEW 37 1 MOVING ON – James 17300
38 38 38 6 SWORDS OF A THOUSAND MEN – TenpoleTudor 95800
39 56 39 3 SO BE IT – Lisa Stansfield 33900
40 50 40 3 I WANT TO DRAG YOU AROUND – Blondie 39000

41 19 9 8 DARK SUNGLASSES – Chrissie Hynde 192800
42 26 1 16 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 722950
43 41 1 10 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 483150
44 31 2 13 SAY SOMETHING – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera 625400
45 21 4 8 FALLINLOVE2NITE – Prince with Zooey Deschanel 271950
46 48 46 5 SUMMER – Calvin Harris 58650
47 47 47 4 ANDRENALINA – Wisin featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin 46200
48 24 5 10 KISS ME ONCE – Kylie Minogue 321400
49 NEW 49 1 YOU OR NO ONE – Chrissie Hynde 12100
50 28 12 6 ORDINARY LOVE – U2 121050

51 29 29 9 SHE USED TO LOVE ME A LOT – Johnny Cash 119300
52 42 5 8 WAITING FOR YOU – Kris Menace featuring Black Hills 258950
53 37 34 8 WIZARD – Martin Garrix and Jay Hardway 110050
54 59 54 2 RISE UP (GREECE) – Freaky Fortune featuring Riskykidd 21100
55 64 55 4 THE HUNGRY YEARS – Engelbert Humperdinck and Neil Sedaka 31900
56 54 1 17 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 901200
57 NEW 57 1 WE SINK – Chvrches 10400
58 70 58 2 THE MAN – Aloe Blacc 16200
59 NEW 59 1 EXTRAORDINARY – Clean Bandit featuring Sharna Bass 10100
60 60 1 39 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 936850

61 63 61 2 RUNNING (HUNGARY) – Andras Kallay-Saunders 14700
62 72 62 2 MIRACLE (ROMANIA) – Paula Seling and OVI 13000
63 58 1 17 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 787600
64 66 64 6 THE WHOLE OF THE MOON – The Waterboys 37900
65 74 65 3 WAVES – Mr Probz 17400
66 68 66 6 IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo Starr 35200
67 67 67 2 GHOSTS – Ella Henderson 13200
68 RE 68 2 DIY – Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott 12000
69 73 69 2 DANCING IN THE RAIN (SPAIN) – Ruth Lorenzo 11600
70 NEW 70 1 WILD WOMAN – Imelda May 6000

71 NEW 71 1 STILL – Katy B 5800
72 NEW 72 1 LOVERS ON THE RUN – Echo & The Bunnymen 5600
73 75 73 3 SIT DOWN – James 15400
74 NEW 74 1 EEZ-EH – Kasabian 5200
75 NEW 75 1 WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE – Neon Jungle 5000

DROP OUTS
34 19 4 COME WITH ME NOW – KONGOS 77200
43 20 6 SCARRED FOR LIFE – Sabina Ddumba 95800
44 7 13 BELIEVE IN ME – The Pierces 295250
51 7 12 CHANGES – Faul and Wad Ad versus Pnau 265000
52 28 3 IF IT TAKES FOREVER – Connie Francis 47700
53 36 4 FANCY – Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX 56150
61 4 13 SOS IN BEL AIR – Phoenix 442500
62 1 13 UE O MUITE ARUKO (SUKIYAKI) – Kyu Sakamoto 575700
65 65 1 WHO YOU ARE – Natural Animal 7000
69 69 1 HEAD OVER HEELS – Nause 6200
71 71 1 ROUND AND ROUND (SLOVENIA) – Tinkara Kovac 5800

 

11th May 2014

Yes it’s Eurovision, and it was the battle of the big ballads this year. Sadly, Molly only came 17th though I’m going to be seeing what the final televote result would have been (for instance the UK televote – with a large Polish community – gave the 12 points to Poland, but they got none whatsoever because a handful of “experts” didn’t like it. Neither did i but that’s not the point!).

Anyway it’s still a great song and has a 3rd week atop my list, joined by the gorgeous Netherlands country ballad, an instant fave the minute I heard it. I have suspicions the almost-as-good Conchita (in at 13) may have been overhauled in the popular vote by them, judging by the itunes sales. With First Aid Kit going up to 5, that’s 2 country tunes in the Top 5, but the big news is a massive climb for Paloma Faith 62 to 2, chasing her second number one (New York the first).

Kylie replaces herself in the top 10, Tove Lo enter the 10 along with Ingrid Michaelson – if it wasn’t for the joint male vocalists on 2 tracks it would be a female whitewash! Other Eurovision, the 4th great ballad this year, from Sweden (Sanna Nielsen) also goes Top 20, Rex The Dog sniffs at the heels of the Top 10, Emmelie de Forest follows up her 2013 win, and Royksopp and Robyn go top 40 – 15 years of hits for Robyn now!

1 1 1 9 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly 912000
2 62 2 2 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 122400
3 NEW 3 1 CALM AFTER THE STORM (NETHERLANDS) – The Common Linnets 85000
4 4 4 8 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 260150
5 10 5 6 EMMYLOU – First Aid Kit 132400
6 16 6 3 STAY HIGH – Tove Lo featuring Hippie Sabotage 105000
7 11 7 4 I WAS GONNA CANCEL – Kylie Minogue 122000
8 2 1 6 EMPIRE – Shakira 521400
9 3 3 11 SOLO DANCING – Indiana 271500
10 14 10 4 OVER YOU – Ingrid Michaelson featuring A Great Big World 94250

11 8 8 6 ELLE – Shy’m 181700
12 25 12 2 DO YOU FEEL WHAT I FEEL – Rex The Dog featuring Jamie McDermott 53750
13 NEW 13 1 RISE LIKE A PHOENIX (AUSTRIA) – Conchita Wurst 32000
14 17 14 2 I’M ONLY JOKING – KONGOS 52000
15 5 5 5 I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY – Billie Davis 170000
16 NEW 16 1 UNDO (SWEDEN) – Sanna Nielsen 25000
17 6 1 15 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 1183000
18 15 6 8 I GOT YOU – Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones 210650
19 9 9 7 DARK SUNGLASSES – Chrissie Hynde 178800
20 20 20 2 LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD – Michael Jackson featuring Justin Timberlake 40000

21 7 4 7 FALLINLOVE2NITE – Prince with Zooey Deschanel 258950
22 24 22 4 NICOTINE – Panic! At The Disco 62500
23 23 23 4 DANCE (WHILE THE MUSIC STILL GOES ON) – Abba 75800
24 13 5 9 KISS ME ONCE – Kylie Minogue 309100
25 32 25 4 STUPID LITTLE THINGS – Anastacia 60850
26 18 1 15 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 709200
27 49 27 2 KISS THE DEVIL – Bel Heir 30500
28 12 12 5 ORDINARY LOVE – U2 109050
29 29 29 8 SHE USED TO LOVE ME A LOT – Johnny Cash 107550
30 52 30 2 CRAZY SOMETHING NORMAL – Donkeyboy 29500

31 21 2 12 SAY SOMETHING – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera 612150
32 RE 32 4 CLOSER – Thief 49000
33 35 33 8 TAKE ME HOME – Cash Cash featuring Bebe Rexha 86700
34 19 19 4 COME WITH ME NOW – KONGOS 77200
35 54 35 2 GOODBYE JUST GO – Belinda Carlisle 28500
36 NEW 36 1 RAINMAKER – Emmelie De Forest 17300
37 34 34 7 WIZARD – Martin Garrix and Jay Hardway 98800
38 38 38 5 SWORDS OF A THOUSAND MEN – TenpoleTudor 78600
39 NEW 39 1 DO IT AGAIN – Royksopp and Robyn 17100
40 64 40 3 BIRTHDAY – Katy Perry 30500

41 31 1 9 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 469650
42 27 5 7 WAITING FOR YOU – Kris Menace featuring Black Hills 247450
43 26 20 6 SCARRED FOR LIFE – Sabina Ddumba 95800
44 22 7 13 BELIEVE IN ME – The Pierces 295250
45 40 40 3 NOBODY TO LOVE – Sigma 40100
46 65 46 2 NOT A BAD THING – Justin Timberlake 19750
47 56 47 3 ANDRENALINA – Wisin featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin 33700
48 50 48 4 SUMMER – Calvin Harris 45900
49 57 49 2 MARILYN MONROE – Pharrell Williams 22500
50 60 50 2 I WANT TO DRAG YOU AROUND – Blondie 22000

51 30 7 12 CHANGES – Faul and Wad Ad versus Pnau 265000
52 28 28 3 IF IT TAKES FOREVER – Connie Francis 47700
53 36 36 4 FANCY – Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX 56150
54 48 1 16 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 890600
55 71 55 3 ADDICTED TO YOU – Avicii 21600
56 69 56 2 SO BE IT – Lisa Stansfield 16800
57 NEW 57 1 IT’S ON AGAIN – Alicia Keys featuring Kendrick Lamarr 10400
58 47 1 16 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 780400
59 NEW 59 1 RISE UP (GREECE) – Freaky Fortune featuring Riskykidd 10100
60 59 1 38 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 926850

61 42 4 13 SOS IN BEL AIR – Phoenix 442500
62 46 1 13 UE O MUITE ARUKO (SUKIYAKI) – Kyu Sakamoto 575700
63 NEW 63 1 RUNNING (HUNGARY) – Andras Kallay-Saunders 7200
64 RE 64 3 THE HUNGRY YEARS – Engelbert Humperdinck and Neil Sedaka 21100
65 NEW 65 1 WHO YOU ARE – Natural Animal 7000
66 66 66 5 THE WHOLE OF THE MOON – The Waterboys 30800
67 NEW 67 1 GHOSTS – Ella Henderson 6600
68 68 68 5 IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo Starr 28400
69 NEW 69 1 HEAD OVER HEELS – Nause 6200
70 NEW 70 1 THE MAN – Aloe Blacc 6000

71 NEW 71 1 ROUND AND ROUND (SLOVENIA) – Tinkara Kovac 5800
72 NEW 72 1 MIRACLE (ROMANIA) – Paula Seling and OVI 5600
73 NEW 73 1 DANCING IN THE RAIN (SPAIN) – Ruth Lorenzo 5400
74 74 74 2 WAVES – Mr Probz 10400
75 75 75 2 SIT DOWN – James 10000
DROP OUTS
33 17 6 IF I COULD CHANGE YOUR MIND – HAIM 118950
37 9 7 COMING HOME – The Kaiser Chiefs 183300
39 39 6 SAMBA DO MUNDO – Fatboy Slim Presents Gregor Salto featuring Saxsymbol & Todorov 72400
41 32 5 THIS IS THE LIFE – Sweet California 69000
43 8 7 GO BACK – Crabby Appleton 180000
44 8 7 NASTY – Pixie Lott 173550
45 17 9 MAGIC – Coldplay 179300
51 4 10 IN YOUR BED – Ariana & The Rose 296650
53 14 5 YOUR LOVE – Frankie Knuckles 96250
55 55 4 CA PLANE POUR MOI – Plastic Bertrand 34100
58 58 2 SCREAM (FUNK MY LIFE UP) – Paolo Nutini 16800
61 27 6 SINCE I SAW YOU LAST – Gary Barlow 76200
63 63 6 FORTUNATE SON – Creedence Clearwater Revival 37200
67 67 3 OUR TIME – Lily Allen 17400
70 70 1 A SKY FULL OF STARS – Coldplay 6000
72 72 1 DIY – Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott 5600
73 73 1 INSIDE MY HEAD – Riton 5400

 

4th May 2014

Molly presides over an all-female Top 10 (plus Prince as part of his male-female duet), and she goes into Eurovision week in a strong position in my chart, if not the UK singles chart. It’s inexplicably absent, given it’s far and away the best ever UK entry, and among the best-ever Eurovision entries of all countries. Hey ho…

The chart is pretty active this week, Nottingham girl Indiana shoots up to 3 from 30 (coming from nearby Mansfield I have to support this fabulous Gossip-sounding track). Kiesza goes dance top 5, as does 60’s Duffy template Billie Davis, which sounds remarkably fresh, considering it’s 50-years old and I’d never heard it before this year. Mercy! Rocketing from 60 to 10 a lovely recent country song about country singers, from a young female duo First Aid Kit, happening in the Scandi-block with their new track (yet to chart here).

Kylie gets 3 Top 20 hits as I Was Gonna Cancel leaps to 11, and South African four rockstar sons of 70’s rockstar John Kongos borrow their dad’s tribal rhythms and smash America with the hit single at 19 holding, but leapfrogged by the only UK track of theirs available to buy in at 17 – happily it’s also great. Bloody UK record labels, so piss me off. There’s no wonder people download illegally when you can’t buy the tracks you want.

MIchael Jackson is back, assisted by Justin Timberlake, on a tinkered unreleased classic-period Jacko track, and it’s rather good, in at 20. Justin, who benefitted from Jacko’s idiot team turning down Pharrell Williams songs (they ended up forming the bulk of Justified, that very Michael Jackson album), also enters at 65 with his new solo single. In at 25, it’s Rex The Dog, fab dance track, a bit Moroder, a bit Communards, a bit Anthony & The Johnsons, a bit avante-garde, a bit catchy fun.

Anastacia makes the Top 40 for the first time in 9 years – has it been that long!?! – while Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott bring the Beautiful South (more or less) into the charts for the first time in 8 years. Yike!

Fingers crossed for that important song competition final this coming week. And Eurovision too.

1 2 1 8 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly 742000
2 1 1 5 EMPIRE – Shakira 473400
3 30 3 10 SOLO DANCING – Indiana 226500
4 7 4 7 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 195150
5 10 5 4 I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY – Billie Davis 143000
6 3 1 14 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 1160000
7 4 4 6 FALLINLOVE2NITE – Prince with Zooey Deschanel 239200
8 8 8 5 ELLE – Shy’m 144700
9 9 9 6 DARK SUNGLASSES – Chrissie Hynde 157800
10 60 10 5 EMMYLOU – First Aid Kit 72400

11 33 11 3 I WAS GONNA CANCEL – Kylie Minogue 72000
12 22 12 4 ORDINARY LOVE – U2 90750
13 5 5 8 KISS ME ONCE – Kylie Minogue 290100
14 50 14 3 OVER YOU – Ingrid Michaelson featuring A Great Big World 52250
15 6 6 7 I GOT YOU – Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones 188650
16 16 16 2 STAY HIGH – Tove Lo featuring Hippie Sabotage 50000
17 NEW 17 1 I’M ONLY JOKING – KONGOS 23000
18 14 1 14 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 690700
19 19 19 3 COME WITH ME NOW – KONGOS 59600
20 NEW 20 1 LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD – Michael Jackson featuring Justin Timberlake 20000

21 11 2 11 SAY SOMETHING – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera 594250
22 12 7 12 BELIEVE IN ME – The Pierces 282000
23 24 23 3 DANCE (WHILE THE MUSIC STILL GOES ON) – Abba 56550
24 47 24 3 NICOTINE – Panic! At The Disco 43000
25 NEW 25 1 DO YOU FEEL WHAT I FEEL – Rex The Dog featuring Jamie McDermott 18750
26 20 20 5 SCARRED FOR LIFE – Sabina Ddumba 82300
27 13 5 6 WAITING FOR YOU – Kris Menace featuring Black Hills 233700
28 31 28 2 IF IT TAKES FOREVER – Connie Francis 36200
29 29 29 7 SHE USED TO LOVE ME A LOT – Johnny Cash 88350
30 15 7 11 CHANGES – Faul and Wad Ad versus Pnau 253250

31 23 1 8 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 455650
32 48 32 3 STUPID LITTLE THINGS – Anastacia 42100
33 17 17 6 IF I COULD CHANGE YOUR MIND – HAIM 118950
34 39 34 6 WIZARD – Martin Garrix and Jay Hardway 81500
35 64 35 7 TAKE ME HOME – Cash Cash featuring Bebe Rexha 69000
36 36 36 3 FANCY – Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX 44900
37 21 9 7 COMING HOME – The Kaiser Chiefs 183300
38 38 38 4 SWORDS OF A THOUSAND MEN – TenpoleTudor 61400
39 40 39 6 SAMBA DO MUNDO – Fatboy Slim Presents Gregor Salto featuring Saxsymbol & Todorov 72400
40 59 40 2 NOBODY TO LOVE – Sigma 27100

41 32 32 5 THIS IS THE LIFE – Sweet California 69000
42 25 4 12 SOS IN BEL AIR – Phoenix 435000
43 18 8 7 GO BACK – Crabby Appleton 180000
44 28 8 7 NASTY – Pixie Lott 173550
45 37 17 9 MAGIC – Coldplay 179300
46 41 1 12 UE O MUITE ARUKO (SUKIYAKI) – Kyu Sakamoto 568300
47 42 1 15 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 770200
48 44 1 15 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 879600
49 NEW 49 1 KISS THE DEVIL – Bel Heir 12100
50 54 50 3 SUMMER – Calvin Harris 33600

51 35 4 10 IN YOUR BED – Ariana & The Rose 296650
52 NEW 52 1 CRAZY SOMETHING NORMAL – Donkeyboy 11500
53 26 14 5 YOUR LOVE – Frankie Knuckles 96250
54 NEW 54 1 GOODBYE JUST GO – Belinda Carlisle 11000
55 57 55 4 CA PLANE POUR MOI – Plastic Bertrand 34100
56 56 56 2 ANDRENALINA – Wisin featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin 21200
57 NEW 57 1 MARILYN MONROE – Pharrell Williams 10400
58 67 58 2 SCREAM (FUNK MY LIFE UP) – Paolo Nutini 16800
59 58 1 37 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 916850
60 NEW 60 1 I WANT TO DRAG YOU AROUND – Blondie 10000

61 27 27 6 SINCE I SAW YOU LAST – Gary Barlow 76200
62 NEW 62 1 ONLY LOVE CAN HURT LIKE THIS – Paloma Faith 7400
63 66 63 6 FORTUNATE SON – Creedence Clearwater Revival 37200
64 68 64 2 BIRTHDAY – Katy Perry 13500
65 NEW 65 1 NOT A BAD THING – Justin Timberlake 7000
66 69 66 4 THE WHOLE OF THE MOON – The Waterboys 24000
67 73 67 3 OUR TIME – Lily Allen 17400
68 72 68 4 IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo Starr 22000
69 NEW 69 1 SO BE IT – Lisa Stansfield 6200
70 NEW 70 1 A SKY FULL OF STARS – Coldplay 6000

71 75 71 2 ADDICTED TO YOU – Avicii 10800
72 NEW 72 1 DIY – Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott 5600
73 NEW 73 1 INSIDE MY HEAD – Riton 5400
74 NEW 74 1 WAVES – Mr Probz 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SIT DOWN – James 5000
DROP OUTS
34 1 5 A DIFFERENT CORNER – George Michael 332350
43 4 10 ISN’T IT STRANGE – Parralox 342950
45 30 6 BRAVE – Sara Bareilles 71100
46 12 8 DESTROY EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH – Ladytron 165750
49 14 6 HIT MY HEART – Matt Cardle 125350
51 22 7 WE KNOW – Momofoko 98350
52 48 3 FOLLOW YOU HOME – Embrace 30900
53 13 13 READY FOR YOUR LOVE – Gorgon City featuring MNEK 265200
55 55 2 HEAVY SEAS OF LOVE – Damon Albarn 21600
61 16 11 EVERY LITTLE THING – Maxi Priest 192600
62 7 10 FROM NOWHERE – Dan Croll 255150
63 7 19 HAPPY – Pharrell Williams 390000
65 65 4 SHE LOOKS SO PERFECT – 5 Seconds Of Summer 26200
70 70 2 THE KNIFE – Kyla La Grange 12000
71 1 17 I WALK ALONE – Cher 1029200
74 74 2 WEST COAST – Lana Del Ray 10400

 

27th April 2014

Columbian world pop star Shakira’s done it, back at the top after a gap of over 12 years: Whenever Wherever was the last time, bang smack when I started going to clubs a bit later than my teens and twenties. Better late than never! I was at a sunny and hot Gran Canaria club this week, which explains the current Spanish number 2 entering my chart at 56. Adrenalina sounded great and looked great on the video screen, all banging latino rhythms and J Lo and Ricky Martin do a lot of guest vocals on it, over 15 years since they both debuted in my charts. The Fatboy Slim world cup Brazilian sounds of Samba Da Mundo also go top 40. It’s all about latino music this week, hooray!

Kiesza gets into my top 10 a few weeks after I first saw the fab video, an exercise in how to do it right. An exercise in how to do it wrong is Katy Perry’s awful, terrible cake lyrics video for Birthday, in at 68 despite that. Had it been poetry, it would have been tolerable, but it’s largely lyrically twee and one wouldn’t really want to draw attention to them too much….!

Highest new entry, a little late, is Tove Lo. It suddenly grabbed me last week and rushes in at 16. Another oldie pops in at 31, Connie Francis hasn’t really made my charts much before, being as she dates back to 50’s and I wasn’t born, but this is the track I first came across in an episode of Futurama (Fry’s pet dog pining for him and eventually dying after years of waiting in vain, full of pathos) and it’s now used in a TV ad quite effectively, with a cat. Cats, dogs, aaahhhh!
1 2 1 4 EMPIRE Shakira
2 1 1 7 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE Molly
3 3 1 13 INTO THE BLUE Kylie Minogue
4 4 4 5 FALLINLOVE2NITE Prince with Zooey Deschanel
5 5 5 7 KISS ME ONCE Kylie Minogue
6 10 6 6 I GOT YOU Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones
7 24 7 6 HIDEAWAY Kiesza
8 19 8 4 ELLE Shy’m
9 13 9 5 DARK SUNGLASSES Chrissie Hynde
10 18 10 3 I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY Billie Davis

11 6 2 10 SAY SOMETHING A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera
12 7 7 11 BELIEVE IN ME The Pierces
13 9 5 5 WAITING FOR YOU Kris Menace featuring Black Hills
14 11 1 13 LET THE NIGHT Dirty Vegas
15 15 7 10 CHANGES Faul and Wad Ad versus Pnau
16 NEW 16 1 STAY HIGH Tove Lo featuring Hippie Sabotage
17 17 17 5 IF I COULD CHANGE YOUR MIND HAIM
18 8 8 6 GO BACK Crabby Appleton
19 34 19 2 COME WITH ME NOW KONGOS
20 26 20 4 SCARRED FOR LIFE Sabina Ddumba

21 12 9 6 COMING HOME The Kaiser Chiefs
22 23 22 3 ORDINARY LOVE U2
23 22 1 7 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel
24 28 24 2 DANCE (WHILE THE MUSIC STILL GOES ON) Abba
25 16 4 11 SOS IN BEL AIR Phoenix
26 14 14 4 YOUR LOVE Frankie Knuckles
27 27 27 5 SINCE I SAW YOU LAST Gary Barlow
28 20 8 6 NASTY Pixie Lott
29 32 29 6 SHE USED TO LOVE ME A LOT Johnny Cash
30 40 30 9 SOLO DANCING Indiana

31 NEW 31 1 IF IT TAKES FOREVER Connie Francis
32 35 32 4 THIS IS THE LIFE Sweet California
33 37 33 2 I WAS GONNA CANCEL Kylie Minogue
34 21 1 5 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
35 29 4 9 IN YOUR BED Ariana & The Rose
36 59 36 2 FANCY Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX
37 25 17 8 MAGIC Coldplay
38 43 38 3 SWORDS OF A THOUSAND MEN TenpoleTudor
39 47 39 5 WIZARD Martin Garrix and Jay Hardway
40 49 40 5 SAMBA DO MUNDO Fatboy Slim Presents Gregor Salto featuring Saxsymbol & Todorov

41 41 1 11 UE O MUITE ARUKO (SUKIYAKI) Kyu Sakamoto
42 39 1 14 DERNIERE DANSE Indila
43 36 4 10 ISN’T IT STRANGE Parralox
44 42 1 14 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE Percy Faith
45 30 30 6 BRAVE Sara Bareilles
46 38 12 8 DESTROY EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH Ladytron
47 52 47 2 NICOTINE Panic! At The Disco
48 50 48 2 STUPID LITTLE THINGS Anastacia
49 33 14 6 HIT MY HEART Matt Cardle
50 53 50 2 OVER YOU Ingrid Michaelson featuring A Great Big World

51 31 22 7 WE KNOW Momofoko
52 48 48 3 FOLLOW YOU HOME Embrace
53 44 13 13 READY FOR YOUR LOVE Gorgon City featuring MNEK
54 56 54 2 SUMMER Calvin Harris
55 55 55 2 HEAVY SEAS OF LOVE Damon Albarn
56 NEW 56 1 ANDRENALINA Wisin featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin
57 64 57 3 CA PLANE POUR MOI Plastic Bertrand
58 58 1 36 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
59 NEW 59 1 NOBODY TO LOVE Sigma
60 60 60 4 EMMYLOU First Aid Kit

61 46 16 11 EVERY LITTLE THING Maxi Priest
62 54 7 10 FROM NOWHERE Dan Croll
63 RE 1 HAPPY Pharrell Williams
64 67 57 6 TAKE ME HOME Cash Cash featuring Bebe Rexha
65 66 65 4 SHE LOOKS SO PERFECT 5 Seconds Of Summer
66 68 66 5 FORTUNATE SON Creedence Clearwater Revival
67 NEW 67 1 SCREAM (FUNK MY LIFE UP) Paolo Nutini
68 NEW 68 1 BIRTHDAY Katy Perry
69 72 69 3 THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
70 70 70 2 THE KNIFE Kyla La Grange

71 65 1 17 I WALK ALONE Cher
72 75 72 3 IT DON’T COME EASY Ringo Starr
73 73 73 2 OUR TIME Lily Allen
74 74 74 2 WEST COAST Lana Del Ray
75 NEW 75 1 ADDICTED TO YOU Avicii

 

 

20th April 2014

It’s Molly! That means the first UK Eurovision chart-topper since Love City Groove. I’m hoping she does better than they did in the competition! It’s a great song. Hot off the press that means Shakira is just pipped at the post for her 2nd number one, 12 years after the last (Whenever Wherever). Next week?

I compile my charts during the chart show and have done so for years and years and years, the cut-off point is 4 o’clock and any new entry has to be smoking’ hot by then. That’s bad news for Tove Lo who really clicked with me when Jameela played it half an hour ago, and would be high Top 40 otherwise. I have to give Most Improved DJ award to Jameela too, she’s improved no end since she first started presenting the rundown, helped in part by not talking as if listeners were 10 years old. We aren’t, for the most part.

Prince gets his first Top 5 in 20 years. Hooray! It was tragic how a consistent talent like his evaporated overnight right up his own symbol. Chrissie Hynde goes Top 20, and that’s a round 35 years of them for her. Seems like yesterday. Highest new entry is a 40-year-old track, courtsey of the 40th anniversary re-charting edition of Waterloo. Yes, 40 years on since they won, and I was an instant fan and still am. The album charting gives me an excuse to chart Dance, the best track not to be a single.

In at 34 is band KONGOS, currently taking America on, and 43 years after father South African John Kongos had 2 UK Top 5 hits, both brilliant (and one of which was later covered by The Happy Mondays, Step On, turning a drum-heavy menacing romp into a madchester whimsy, to lesser effect). I’m going to whinge again about not being able to buy singles on download in the UK. KONGOS is fab and I want it now, but have to wait until September. The record companies in the UK are evil monsters and need teaching a lesson. By the time they get round to trying to get an instant number one by holding back and creating pent-up demand on tracks the rest of the world can buy weeks, months and even years earlier, frankly, I’ve lost interest in buying them. We live in one huge internet world and they should be selling product immediately, everywhere. Hype is not needed, witness Pharrell available for months before it sold a million and hit number one and outsold all of the Johnny-Come-Latelys that knocked it off the top and plummeted down the charts. The current weekly new entry at the top cheapens it, and it’s the music industry’s fault. We need a strike on purchases till On-Air On-Sale is the norm. So there!

Phew! Back to music. Kylie gets 3 in the 40, and comebacks galore for the ladies, headed by Anastacia back after a very long gap. Ingrid Michaelson gets her 2nd chart hit with A Great Big World (their 2nd in the chart), her first hit (and Buzzjack non-winner) now climbing the US charts. Iggy Azalea has a proper hit, her first really, as she’s mainly just annoyed me so far, but this is a good ‘un.
1 3 1 6 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly 472000
2 6 2 3 EMPIRE – Shakira 188400
3 2 1 12 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 1020000
4 9 4 4 FALLINLOVE2NITE – Prince with Zooey Deschanel 124200
5 7 5 6 KISS ME ONCE – Kylie Minogue 198100
6 4 2 9 SAY SOMETHING – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera 537500
7 8 7 10 BELIEVE IN ME – The Pierces 227500
8 12 8 5 GO BACK – Crabby Appleton 144500
9 5 5 4 WAITING FOR YOU – Kris Menace featuring Black Hills 183300
10 19 10 5 I GOT YOU – Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones 106650

11 10 1 12 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 639700
12 11 9 5 COMING HOME – The Kaiser Chiefs 146250
13 27 13 4 DARK SUNGLASSES – Chrissie Hynde 67800
14 20 14 3 YOUR LOVE – Frankie Knuckles 66500
15 15 7 9 CHANGES – Faul and Wad Ad versus Pnau 208250
16 13 4 10 SOS IN BEL AIR – Phoenix 402500
17 21 17 4 IF I COULD CHANGE YOUR MIND – HAIM 78250
18 24 18 2 I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY – Billie Davis 41000
19 35 19 3 ELLE – Shy’m 48700
20 14 8 5 NASTY – Pixie Lott 142000

21 1 1 4 A DIFFERENT CORNER – George Michael 314750
22 18 1 6 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 418500
23 40 23 2 ORDINARY LOVE – U2 36250
24 39 24 5 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 80150
25 17 17 7 MAGIC – Coldplay 149000
26 32 26 3 SCARRED FOR LIFE – Sabina Ddumba 43800
27 28 27 4 SINCE I SAW YOU LAST – Gary Barlow 50300
28 NEW 28 1 DANCE (WHILE THE MUSIC STILL GOES ON) – Abba 18300
29 16 4 8 IN YOUR BED – Ariana & The Rose 267400
30 36 30 5 BRAVE – Sara Bareilles 58100

31 22 22 6 WE KNOW – Momofoko 86600
32 51 32 5 SHE USED TO LOVE ME A LOT – Johnny Cash 51950
33 23 14 5 HIT MY HEART – Matt Cardle 113250
34 NEW 34 1 COME WITH ME NOW – KONGOS 17600
35 47 35 3 THIS IS THE LIFE – Sweet California 37200
36 25 4 9 ISN’T IT STRANGE – Parralox 329450
37 NEW 37 1 I WAS GONNA CANCEL – Kylie Minogue 17300
38 26 12 7 DESTROY EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH – Ladytron 153000
39 33 1 13 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 743950
40 63 31 8 SOLO DANCING – Indiana 123500

41 34 1 10 UE O MUITE ARUKO (SUKIYAKI) – Kyu Sakamoto 541550
42 41 1 13 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 854050
43 43 43 2 SWORDS OF A THOUSAND MEN – TenpoleTudor 27000
44 31 13 12 READY FOR YOUR LOVE – Gorgon City featuring MNEK 253950
45 29 29 6 IT’S GOOD TO BE ALIVE – Imelda May 69100
46 38 16 10 EVERY LITTLE THING – Maxi Priest 185100
47 54 47 4 WIZARD – Martin Garrix and Jay Hardway 46800
48 64 48 2 FOLLOW YOU HOME – Embrace 19400
49 50 49 4 SAMBA DO MUNDO – Fatboy Slim Presents Gregor Salto featuring Saxsymbol & Todorov 38300
50 NEW 50 1 STUPID LITTLE THINGS – Anastacia 12000

51 37 37 7 TSUNAMI – Dvbbs and Bourgeous featuring Tinie Tempah 97750
52 NEW 52 1 NICOTINE – Panic! At The Disco 11500
53 NEW 53 1 OVER YOU – Ingrid Michaelson featuring A Great Big World 11250
54 44 7 9 FROM NOWHERE – Dan Croll 247750
55 NEW 55 1 HEAVY SEAS OF LOVE – Damon Albarn 10800
56 NEW 56 1 SUMMER – Calvin Harris 10600
57 30 8 9 INVISIBLE – U2 208700
58 57 1 35 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 896550
59 NEW 59 1 FANCY – Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX 10100
60 74 60 3 EMMYLOU – First Aid Kit 20400

61 65 55 3 FLUORESCENT – Pet Shop Boys 25300
62 56 1 21 UNDER CONTROL – Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts 1115100
63 49 49 3 STEREOTYPE – Samsaya 31400
64 71 64 2 CA PLANE POUR MOI – Plastic Bertrand 12900
65 61 1 16 I WALK ALONE – Cher 1023400
66 66 66 3 SHE LOOKS SO PERFECT – 5 Seconds Of Summer 19200
67 RE 57 5 TAKE ME HOME – Cash Cash featuring Bebe Rexha 44400
68 69 68 4 FORTUNATE SON – Creedence Clearwater Revival 23200
69 48 8 9 HEAVEN KNOWS – The Pretty Reckless 213150
70 NEW 70 1 THE KNIFE – Kyla La Grange 6000

71 NEW 71 1 SIDEWALK – Loreen 5800
72 73 72 2 THE WHOLE OF THE MOON – The Waterboys 11000
73 NEW 73 1 OUR TIME – Lily Allen 5400
74 NEW 74 1 WEST COAST – Lana Del Ray 5200
75 75 75 2 IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo Starr 10000
DROP OUTS
42 17 10 DRUNK IN LOVE – Beyonce and Jay-Z 163000
45 16 7 AIR BALLOON – Lily Allen 116700
46 20 17 RED LIGHT SPELLS DANGER – Billy Ocean 264700
52 40 8 FULL CIRCLE – Half Moon Run 96000
53 38 7 HOOKED ON A FEELING – Blue Swede 84300
55 10 11 CAN’T RELY ON YOU – Paloma Faith featuring Pharrell Williams 229900
58 6 12 DOWN IN THE HOLE – Bruce Springsteen 297500
59 10 10 KINGS – The Pierces 221050
60 4 10 DARK HORSE – Katy Perry featuring Juicy J 241500
62 7 12 IF U GOT IT – Chris Malinchak (featuring Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations) 301700
67 67 2 DOLLHOUSE – Melanie Martinez 12600
68 68 2 HIGH – Peking Duk featuring Nicole Millar 12800
70 70 2 ONE DAY LIKE THIS – Elbow 11000
72 72 1 DO THAT DANCE – Shit Robot (featuring Nancy Whang) 5600

 

13th April 2014

It’s an 80’s classic back at number one – George Michael got there in 1986, his second solo topper, and 4th in total at that point. It’s by far his most touching, minimal single, amazingly mature for a young pop star and just a plain fabulous song. Shakira’s back in the Top 10 with possibly her most interesting release to date, I love the grand scale of it. The Pierces get their second Top 10 of 2014, and have yet to fail to make my Top 10 with any single. Under-rated band. Prince grabs an actress (the likeable Zooey) and does his mid-80’s unisex-styled vocal circa Sign O The Times, to give him his best single in well over 20 years and a huge leap to 9. About time!

The late Frankie Knuckles belatedly goes Top 20, Billie Davis (60’s pop star) gets a new entry with a 60’s song I heard for the first time the other week – I think it’s fair to say Duffy’s Mercy owes quite a lot to it! Chrissie Hynde also makes a welcome return to the Top 30, 35 years of hits and counting. Gazza Barlow does better than Robbie’s 3rd single off the latest album at 28, U2 get a second Top 40 hit, Kylie gets a second Top 10 hit, and a bunch of oldies enter thanks to a lull in new releases (thanks to movies, TV and World Record Day releases making them eligible).
1 4 1 3 A DIFFERENT CORNER – George Michael 295000
2 1 1 11 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 935000
3 3 2 5 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly Smitten-Downes 327000
4 2 2 8 SAY SOMETHING – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera 482500
5 5 5 3 WAITING FOR YOU – Kris Menace featuring Black Hills 138300
6 27 6 2 EMPIRE – Shakira 73400
7 12 7 5 KISS ME ONCE – Kylie Minogue 138100
8 34 8 9 BELIEVE IN ME – The Pierces 177500
9 64 9 3 FALLINLOVE2NITE – Prince with Zooey Deschanel 59200
10 10 1 11 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 602700

11 9 9 4 COMING HOME – The Kaiser Chiefs 111250
12 18 12 4 GO BACK – Crabby Appleton 96500
13 13 4 9 SOS IN BEL AIR – Phoenix 377500
14 8 8 4 NASTY – Pixie Lott 122000
15 7 7 8 CHANGES – Faul and Wad Ad versus Pnau 181250
16 6 4 7 IN YOUR BED – Ariana & The Rose 249200
17 17 17 6 MAGIC – Coldplay 130250
18 11 1 5 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 399000
19 23 19 4 I GOT YOU – Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones 64650
20 35 20 2 YOUR LOVE – Frankie Knuckles 37500

21 28 21 3 IF I COULD CHANGE YOUR MIND – HAIM 55250
22 30 22 5 WE KNOW – Momofoko 68700
23 14 14 4 HIT MY HEART – Matt Cardle 95550
24 NEW 24 1 I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY – Billie Davis 19000
25 15 4 8 ISN’T IT STRANGE – Parralox 312050
26 19 12 6 DESTROY EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH – Ladytron 135700
27 50 27 3 DARK SUNGLASSES – Chrissie Hynde 35800
28 66 28 3 SINCE I SAW YOU LAST – Gary Barlow 31900
29 33 29 5 IT’S GOOD TO BE ALIVE – Imelda May 56100
30 16 8 8 INVISIBLE – U2 198300

31 26 13 11 READY FOR YOUR LOVE – Gorgon City featuring MNEK 240700
32 61 32 2 SCARRED FOR LIFE – Sabina Ddumba 25300
33 25 1 12 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 726850
34 29 1 9 UE O MUITE ARUKO (SUKIYAKI) – Kyu Sakamoto 527550
35 58 35 2 ELLE – Shy’m 27700
36 59 36 4 BRAVE – Sara Bareilles 40100
37 37 37 6 TSUNAMI – Dvbbs and Bourgeous featuring Tinie Tempah 86000
38 38 16 9 EVERY LITTLE THING – Maxi Priest 172350
39 42 39 4 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 61150
40 NEW 40 1 ORDINARY LOVE – U2 17000

41 32 1 12 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 840300
42 24 17 10 DRUNK IN LOVE – Beyonce and Jay-Z 163000
43 NEW 55 1 SWORDS OF A THOUSAND MEN – TenpoleTudor 13500
44 22 7 8 FROM NOWHERE – Dan Croll 236750
45 21 16 7 AIR BALLOON – Lily Allen 116700
46 20 20 17 RED LIGHT SPELLS DANGER – Billy Ocean 264700
47 63 47 2 THIS IS THE LIFE – Sweet California 19700
48 31 8 8 HEAVEN KNOWS – The Pretty Reckless 206950
49 49 49 2 STEREOTYPE – Samsaya 24200
50 64 50 3 SAMBA DO MUNDO – Fatboy Slim Presents Gregor Salto featuring Saxsymbol & Todorov 26200

51 54 51 4 SHE USED TO LOVE ME A LOT – Johnny Cash 34150
52 40 40 8 FULL CIRCLE – Half Moon Run 96000
53 67 38 7 HOOKED ON A FEELING – Blue Swede 84300
54 47 47 3 WIZARD – Martin Garrix and Jay Hardway 34300
55 36 10 11 CAN’T RELY ON YOU – Paloma Faith featuring Pharrell Williams 229900
56 46 1 20 UNDER CONTROL – Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts 1107700
57 56 1 34 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 886350
58 43 6 12 DOWN IN THE HOLE – Bruce Springsteen 297500
59 44 10 10 KINGS – The Pierces 221050
60 53 4 10 DARK HORSE – Katy Perry featuring Juicy J 241500

61 45 1 15 I WALK ALONE – Cher 1016400
62 48 7 12 IF U GOT IT – Chris Malinchak (featuring Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations) 301700
63 39 31 7 SOLO DANCING – Indiana 106500
64 NEW 64 1 FOLLOW YOU HOME – Embrace 7100
65 55 55 2 FLUORESCENT – Pet Shop Boys 17800
66 72 66 2 SHE LOOKS SO PERFECT – 5 Seconds Of Summer 12400
67 70 67 2 DOLLHOUSE – Melanie Martinez 12600
68 68 68 2 HIGH – Peking Duk featuring Nicole Millar 12800
69 73 69 3 FORTUNATE SON – Creedence Clearwater Revival 16800
70 75 70 2 ONE DAY LIKE THIS – Elbow 11000

71 NEW 71 1 CA PLANE POUR MOI – Plastic Bertrand 5800
72 NEW 72 1 DO THAT DANCE – Shit Robot (featuring Nancy Whang) 5600
73 NEW 73 1 THE WHOLE OF THE MOON – The Waterboys 5400
74 74 74 2 EMMYLOU – First Aid Kit 10400
75 NEW 75 1 IT DON’T COME EASY – Ringo Starr 5000
DROP OUTS
41 29 6 SINCE I LOST MY BABY – Engelbert Humperdinck with Cliff Richard 89300
51 32 4 THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE (221050 + 1972 sales) – Roberta Flack 64550
52 3 8 ONCE UPON A DREAM – Lana Del Ray 273650
57 10 7 REBEL REBEL (152600) – David Bowie 116350
60 60 3 HUMAN – Christina Perri 30000
62 62 2 HOLD ON – Colbie Caillat 13600
65 65 2 THE HUNGRY YEARS – Engelbert Humperdinck and Neil Sedaka 14000
69 69 2 I’M A FREAK – Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull 12000
71 7 18 HAPPY – Pharrell Williams 382800

 

6th April 2014

3 weeks for Kylie at 1, while A Great Big World just can’t quite get there. Kylie’s title track meanwhile goes up to 12, I hope it’s a future single cos it’s fab. Kris Menace shoots up to 5, a rather catchy up tempo pop toon dontchaknow. Pixie Lott, up to 8, gets her biggest hit since 2009 number one Cry Me Out, and is clearly going down the same retro route as Paloma Faith, only in this case Nasty is essentially a KC & The Sunshine Band could-been circa 1975 – check out That’s The Way I Like It, Shake Shake Shake (Shake Your Booty) or other tracks to get the references.

P’nau also get their biggest hit since those Elton John remixes, including Number One Sad, and go up to 7 with Faul & Wad Ad. Kaiser Chiefs also get their biggest hit in a while, 2008 being the last time they hit Top 10, and previously they had 3 number ones with I Predict A Riot, Oh My God and Everything Is Average Nowadays. Good to have them back on form!

Highest new entry is an ambitious, epic-sounding one might say, track from Shakira which brings a bit of variety to the dance-dominated UK singles chart. Phew! Who’da put money on that?! Shakira also had a previous number 1 (bit of a theme here) with Whenever Wherever in 2002. The late Frankie Knuckles brings Your Love into my charts for the first time, obviously the House influences being stronger than ever these days, the bulk of the backing track having charted as part of The Source and Candi Staton’s You Got The Love, which (you guessed it) was a number one in remixed form on 2 occasions, and my biggest single (in chart points) of the 90’s.

Pet Shop Boys also were huge influences on modern dance music, and they pop in with a forthcoming limited edition World Record Day track off the last album. I won’t list their previous chart-toppers or we’d be here all day. Other than that? Lots of new names from various Buzzjack song competitions – thanks guys!

1 1 1 10 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 820000
2 3 2 7 SAY SOMETHING – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera 417500
3 2 2 4 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly Smitten-Downes 252000
4 5 4 2 A DIFFERENT CORNER – George Michael 125000
5 28 5 2 WAITING FOR YOU – Kris Menace featuring Black Hills 78300
6 4 4 6 IN YOUR BED – Ariana & The Rose 224200
7 13 7 7 CHANGES – Faul and Wad Ad versus Pnau 154250
8 15 8 3 NASTY – Pixie Lott 93000
9 30 9 3 COMING HOME – The Kaiser Chiefs 337250
10 10 1 10 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 560700

11 6 1 4 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 377000
12 26 12 4 KISS ME ONCE – Kylie Minogue 88100
13 11 4 8 SOS IN BEL AIR – Phoenix 345500
14 14 14 3 HIT MY HEART – Matt Cardle 76300
15 7 4 7 ISN’T IT STRANGE – Parralox 293300
16 8 8 7 INVISIBLE – U2 180300
17 17 17 5 MAGIC – Coldplay 107250
18 19 18 3 GO BACK – Crabby Appleton 61500
19 12 12 5 DESTROY EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH – Ladytron 117200
20 20 20 16 RED LIGHT SPELLS DANGER – Billy Ocean 251950

21 16 16 6 AIR BALLOON – Lily Allen 103700
22 9 7 7 FROM NOWHERE – Dan Croll 223500
23 34 23 3 I GOT YOU – Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones 43650
24 25 17 9 DRUNK IN LOVE – Beyonce and Jay-Z 149250
25 18 1 11 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 709150
26 24 13 10 READY FOR YOUR LOVE – Gorgon City featuring MNEK 222800
27 NEW 27 1 EMPIRE – Shakira 18400
28 38 28 2 IF I COULD CHANGE YOUR MIND – HAIM 35500
29 21 1 8 UE O MUITE ARUKO (SUKIYAKI) – Kyu Sakamoto 509950
30 54 30 4 WE KNOW – Momofoko 49200

31 23 8 7 HEAVEN KNOWS – The Pretty Reckless 194650
32 22 1 11 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 826300
33 58 33 4 IT’S GOOD TO BE ALIVE – Imelda May 37900
34 68 23 8 BELIEVE IN ME – The Pierces 129500
35 NEW 35 1 YOUR LOVE – Frankie Knuckles 17500
36 27 10 10 CAN’T RELY ON YOU – Paloma Faith featuring Pharrell Williams 219100
37 37 37 5 TSUNAMI – Dvbbs and Bourgeous featuring Tinie Tempah 68700
38 35 16 8 EVERY LITTLE THING – Maxi Priest 155150
39 31 31 6 SOLO DANCING – Indiana 99300
40 46 40 7 FULL CIRCLE – Half Moon Run 84500

41 29 29 6 SINCE I LOST MY BABY – Engelbert Humperdinck with Cliff Richard 89300
42 49 42 3 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 44050
43 39 6 11 DOWN IN THE HOLE – Bruce Springsteen 287300
44 33 10 9 KINGS – The Pierces 210950
45 40 1 14 I WALK ALONE – Cher 1008900
46 42 1 19 UNDER CONTROL – Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts 1097100
47 55 47 2 WIZARD – Martin Garrix and Jay Hardway 23300
48 41 7 11 IF U GOT IT – Chris Malinchak (featuring Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations) 294300
49 NEW 49 1 STEREOTYPE – Samsaya 12100
50 73 50 2 DARK SUNGLASSES – Chrissie Hynde 17400

51 32 32 4 THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE – Roberta Flack 64550
52 36 3 8 ONCE UPON A DREAM – Lana Del Ray 273650
53 45 4 9 DARK HORSE – Katy Perry featuring Juicy J 231500
54 RE 54 3 SHE USED TO LOVE ME A LOT – Johnny Cash 22400
55 NEW 55 1 FLUORESCENT – Pet Shop Boys 10800
56 56 1 33 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 875950
57 47 10 7 REBEL REBEL – David Bowie 116350
58 NEW 58 1 ELLE – Shy’m 10200
59 63 59 3 BRAVE – Sara Bareilles 22700
60 60 60 3 HUMAN – Christina Perri 30000

61 NEW 61 1 SCARRED FOR LIFE – Sabina Ddumba 7500
62 69 62 2 HOLD ON – Colbie Caillat 13600
63 NEW 63 1 THIS IS THE LIFE – Sweet California 7200
64 64 64 2 FALLINLOVE2NITE – Prince with Zooey Deschanel 14200
65 65 65 2 THE HUNGRY YEARS – Engelbert Humperdinck and Neil Sedaka 14000
66 66 66 2 SINCE I SAW YOU LAST – Gary Barlow 13600
67 52 38 6 HOOKED ON A FEELING – Blue Swede 73050
68 NEW 68 1 HIGH – Peking Duk featuring Nicole Millar 6400
69 71 69 2 I’M A FREAK – Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull 12000
70 NEW 70 1 DOLLHOUSE – Melanie Martinez 6000

71 50 7 18 HAPPY – Pharrell Williams 382800
72 NEW 72 1 SHE LOOKS SO PERFECT – 5 Seconds Of Summer 5600
73 74 73 2 FORTUNATE SON – Creedence Clearwater Revival 10600
74 NEW 74 1 EMMYLOU – First Aid Kit 5200
75 NEW 75 1 ONE DAY LIKE THIS – Elbow 5000

DROP OUTS
43 27 11 LET GO FOR TONIGHT – Foxes 138900
44 3 10 FLY BOY BLUE/ LUNETTE – Elbow 369050
48 20 7 WE GOT MUSIC – Dario G and Dame Shirley Bassey 88500
51 18 6 WHERE WE BELONG – Fedde Le Grand and Di-Rect 104350
53 17 9 RATHER BE – Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 153400
57 57 3 CLOSER – Thief 31200
59 20 2 DON’T YOU WANT ME – Human League 30100
61 47 4 HEY NOW – London Grammar 34000
62 10 9 BEST DAY OF OUR LIVES – American Authors 176550
67 67 1 KIDS AGAIN – Example 6600
70 70 1 LIGHT THAT MATCH – Down Like Silver 6000
72 72 1 ADDICTED TO YOU – Avicii 5600
75 75 1 SAVE US – Paul McCartney 5000

2014 charts part 1

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30th March 2014

2 weeks for Blue Kylie, just holding off the leap up from the best British Eurovision song since chart-topper Love City Groove in 1995, as Children Of The Universe hits 2. Singerpurear, in the Buzzjack Song Contest, is hoping to qualify for the first time with the fab Ariana And The Rose, up at 4. I wouldn’t want to influence anyone to vote for it, but this week it’s Top 5 in both the UK Upfront Club Top 40 and Commercial Pop Top 30, ahead of all those pretenders clogging up the singles chart. Yes, cool people love Ariana, and Buzzjack voters ARE cool, right?

Blatant plug over, it’s in at 5 for George Michael’s greatest, most moving and emotional record, and 1986 huge number one for me. It made the UK Archive Top 5 last week which is enough for me to rechart it, and help it into my all-time Top 100 “sales” hits. It’s WAY better than his current single…

Lots of returning Top 20 acts climbing up, and one from 1970 – Crabby Appleton, biker pop metal missing my charts at the time on the grounds that I only got to hear it for the first time 3 years ago. HAIM pop back with their strongest track to date, while at the lower end some oldies are back, Prince (with actress Zooey), Macca “Beatles” McCartney, Engelbert with his second duet (with Neil Sedaka, absent unjustly for decades, here with his great song The Hungry Years), and finally goddess Chrissie Hynde of Pretenders fame. Meanwhile Blue Swede go up a bit after heavy coverage in a forthcoming comic-book superhero “Guardians Of The Galaxy” blockbuster movie tr
1 1 1 9 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 650000
2 12 2 3 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly Smitten-Downes 177000
3 3 3 6 SAY SOMETHING – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera 302500
4 6 4 5 IN YOUR BED – Ariana & The Rose 169200
5 NEW 5 1 A DIFFERENT CORNER – George Michael 60000
6 2 1 3 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 340000
7 4 4 6 ISN’T IT STRANGE – Parralox 266300
8 8 8 6 INVISIBLE – U2 155300
9 7 7 6 FROM NOWHERE – Dan Croll 204000
10 5 1 9 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 518700

11 9 4 7 SOS IN BEL AIR – Phoenix 313500
12 16 12 4 DESTROY EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH – Ladytron 96200
13 25 13 6 CHANGES – Faul and Wad Ad versus Pnau 104250
14 28 14 2 HIT MY HEART – Matt Cardle 47300
15 30 15 2 NASTY – Pixie Lott 45000
16 29 16 5 AIR BALLOON – Lily Allen 83950
17 19 17 4 MAGIC – Coldplay 84250
18 18 1 10 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 690400
19 26 19 2 GO BACK – Crabby Appleton 39500
20 23 20 15 RED LIGHT SPELLS DANGER – Billy Ocean 231950

21 14 1 7 UE O MUITE ARUKO (SUKIYAKI) – Kyu Sakamoto 491750
22 13 1 10 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 808500
23 11 8 6 HEAVEN KNOWS – The Pretty Reckless 176750
24 15 13 9 READY FOR YOUR LOVE – Gorgon City featuring MNEK 204300
25 17 17 8 DRUNK IN LOVE – Beyonce and Jay-Z 130250
26 37 26 3 KISS ME ONCE – Kylie Minogue 53100
27 10 10 9 CAN’T RELY ON YOU – Paloma Faith featuring Pharrell Williams 201700
28 NEW 28 1 WAITING FOR YOU – Kris Menace featuring Black Hills 18300
29 33 29 5 SINCE I LOST MY BABY – Engelbert Humperdinck with Cliff Richard 75300
30 53 30 2 COMING HOME – The Kaiser Chiefs 29250

31 RE 31 5 SOLO DANCING – Indiana 82200
32 32 32 3 THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE – Roberta Flack 52800
33 22 10 8 KINGS – The Pierces 197700
34 66 34 2 I GOT YOU – Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones 24400
35 31 16 7 EVERY LITTLE THING – Maxi Priest 137950
36 21 3 7 ONCE UPON A DREAM – Lana Del Ray 262150
37 39 37 4 TSUNAMI – Dvbbs and Bourgeous featuring Tinie Tempah 51400
38 NEW 38 1 IF I COULD CHANGE YOUR MIND – HAIM 17200
39 38 6 10 DOWN IN THE HOLE – Bruce Springsteen 273800
40 34 1 13 I WALK ALONE – Cher 995900

41 40 7 10 IF U GOT IT – Chris Malinchak (featuring Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations) 282000
42 41 1 18 UNDER CONTROL – Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts 1084350
43 27 27 11 LET GO FOR TONIGHT – Foxes 138900
44 36 3 10 FLY BOY BLUE/ LUNETTE – Elbow 369050
45 35 4 8 DARK HORSE – Katy Perry featuring Juicy J 220250
46 48 46 6 FULL CIRCLE – Half Moon Run 67500
47 43 10 6 REBEL REBEL – David Bowie 105950
48 24 20 7 WE GOT MUSIC – Dario G and Dame Shirley Bassey 88500
49 55 49 3 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 30300
50 50 7 17 HAPPY – Pharrell Williams 377000

51 45 18 6 WHERE WE BELONG – Fedde Le Grand and Di-Rect 104350
52 62 38 5 HOOKED ON A FEELING – Blue Swede 66450
53 42 17 9 RATHER BE – Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 153400
54 59 54 3 WE KNOW – Momofoko 31200
55 NEW 55 1 WIZARD – Martin Garrix and Jay Hardway 10800
56 56 1 32 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 865350
57 57 57 3 CLOSER – Thief 31200
58 75 58 3 IT’S GOOD TO BE ALIVE – Imelda May 20200
59 20 20 2 DON’T YOU WANT ME – Human League 30100
60 60 60 2 HUMAN – Christina Perri 20000

61 47 47 4 HEY NOW – London Grammar 34000
62 49 10 9 BEST DAY OF OUR LIVES – American Authors 176550
63 73 63 2 BRAVE – Sara Bareilles 12600
64 NEW 64 1 FALLINLOVE2NITE – Prince with Zooey Deschanel 7100
65 NEW 65 1 THE HUNGRY YEARS – Engelbert Humperdinck and Neil Sedaka 7000
66 NEW 66 1 SINCE I SAW YOU LAST – Gary Barlow 6800
67 NEW 67 1 KIDS AGAIN – Example 6600
68 46 23 7 BELIEVE IN ME – The Pierces 111900
69 NEW 69 1 HOLD ON – Colbie Caillat 6200
70 NEW 70 1 LIGHT THAT MATCH – Down Like Silver 6000

71 NEW 71 1 I’M A FREAK – Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull 5800
72 NEW 72 1 ADDICTED TO YOU – Avicii 5600
73 NEW 73 1 DARK SUNGLASSES – Chrissie Hynde 5400
74 NEW 74 1 FORTUNATE SON – Creedence Clearwater Revival 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SAVE US – Paul McCartney 5000
DROP OUTS
44 19 5 STATION – Lapsley 79250
51 33 5 F FOR YOU – Disclosure featuring Mary J. Blige 67000
52 34 5 BABA YETU – Christopher Tin featuring Soweto Gospel Choir 81900
54 3 10 LONG BLACK ROAD – ELO 425800
58 19 6 COME ALIVE – Chromeo featuring Toro Y Moi 90300
61 12 10 XO – Beyonce 220550
63 26 8 CARRY ON – Lisa Stansfield 103100
64 64 2 SAMBA DO MUNDO – Fatboy Slim Presents Gregor Salto featuring Saxsymbol & Todorov 14200
65 65 3 RED LIGHTS – Tiesto 19600
67 67 2 SHINE MY SHOES – Robbie Williams 12800
68 68 2 BEAUTIFUL – Kylie Minogue and Enrique Iglesias 12200
69 69 2 WHEN WE’RE FIRE – Lo-Fang 11800
70 70 2 SHE USED TO LOVE ME A LOT – Johnny Cash 11400
71 71 1 SCREAM (FUNK MY LIFE UP) – Paulo Nutini 5800
72 72 1 THEA – Goldfrapp 5600
74 1 49 PHOTOGRAPH – Ringo Starr 658050

23rd March 2014

It’s Kylie, getting that 9th number one after all, 3 years after Aphrodite did it (Kylie has a long tradition of picking the wrong singles off albums, though I love Into The Blue even if it didn’t set the charts alight). In terms of female singers, only Madonna has more toppers (of course).

The top 10 shuffle a bit, with Ariana And The Rose shooting up to 6 with a subtle EDM moody grower, while U2 get their first top 10 since 2009, and their 25th. Often derided for doing the right thing (for some reason do-gooders seem to incur the wrath of cynics, cynics who do eff-all to make the world a better place, they just moan about anyone that tries), the lads are one of the great bands of music.

Paloma gets her 7th Top 10, Human League pop back with 1981 number one at 20, first time it’s been back since 2011. Takes me back to the frozen snowy winter of December 1981 – how cold was it in Mansfield? I bought Abba’s The Visitors album in town (vinyl of course) and it had warped by the time I got home. Another Buzzjack comp oldie at 26, from obscure American rock band Crabby Appleton who had a minor US hit in 1970 with this forgotten goodie, Matt Cardle pops in unexpectedly at 28, and Pixie Lott returns to my Top 40 after a 4-year absence. Lower down, the Kaisers are welcome back – Coming home!

1 2 1 8 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 480000
2 1 1 2 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 285000
3 4 3 5 SAY SOMETHING – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera 217500
4 5 4 5 ISN’T IT STRANGE – Parralox 216300
5 3 1 8 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 476700
6 24 6 4 IN YOUR BED – Ariana & The Rose 104200
7 7 7 5 FROM NOWHERE – Dan Croll 159000
8 17 8 5 INVISIBLE – U2 107300
9 9 4 6 SOS IN BEL AIR – Phoenix 276500
10 14 10 8 CAN’T RELY ON YOU – Paloma Faith featuring Pharrell Williams 183300

11 8 8 5 HEAVEN KNOWS – The Pretty Reckless 157500
12 10 10 2 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly Smitten-Downes 77000
13 11 1 9 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 789000
14 6 1 6 UE O MUITE ARUKO (SUKIYAKI) – Kyu Sakamoto 472000
15 13 13 8 READY FOR YOUR LOVE – Gorgon City featuring MNEK 185300
16 26 16 3 DESTROY EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH – Ladytron 61200
17 18 17 7 DRUNK IN LOVE – Beyonce and Jay-Z 111500
18 16 1 9 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 668400
19 19 19 3 MAGIC – Coldplay 61250
20 NEW 20 1 DON’T YOU WANT ME – Human League 20000

21 12 3 6 ONCE UPON A DREAM – Lana Del Ray 244750
22 15 10 7 KINGS – The Pierces 180000
23 25 23 14 RED LIGHT SPELLS DANGER – Billy Ocean 211950
24 20 20 6 WE GOT MUSIC – Dario G and Dame Shirley Bassey 76200
25 29 25 5 CHANGES – Faul and Wad Ad versus Pnau 72250
26 NEW 26 1 GO BACK – Crabby Appleton 18500
27 43 27 10 LET GO FOR TONIGHT – Foxes 125400
28 NEW 28 1 HIT MY HEART – Matt Cardle 18300
29 39 29 4 AIR BALLOON – Lily Allen 58950
30 NEW 30 1 NASTY – Pixie Lott 18000

31 23 16 6 EVERY LITTLE THING – Maxi Priest 120450
32 38 32 2 THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE – Roberta Flack 35000
33 36 33 4 SINCE I LOST MY BABY – Engelbert Humperdinck with Cliff Richard 57100
34 28 1 12 I WALK ALONE – Cher 978900
35 21 4 7 DARK HORSE – Katy Perry featuring Juicy J 207250
36 27 3 9 FLY BOY BLUE/ LUNETTE – Elbow 355800
37 37 37 2 KISS ME ONCE – Kylie Minogue 34600
38 40 6 9 DOWN IN THE HOLE – Bruce Springsteen 256700
39 55 39 3 TSUNAMI – Dvbbs and Bourgeous featuring Tinie Tempah 34100
40 32 7 9 IF U GOT IT – Chris Malinchak (featuring Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations) 268000

41 41 1 17 UNDER CONTROL – Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts 1070600
42 22 17 8 RATHER BE – Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 142150
43 42 10 5 REBEL REBEL – David Bowie 93450
44 30 19 5 STATION – Lapsley 79250
45 31 18 5 WHERE WE BELONG – Fedde Le Grand and Di-Rect 92600
46 35 23 6 BELIEVE IN ME – The Pierces 105500
47 RE 47 3 HEY NOW – London Grammar 26500
48 48 48 5 FULL CIRCLE – Half Moon Run 54750
49 49 10 8 BEST DAY OF OUR LIVES – American Authors 169150
50 50 7 16 HAPPY – Pharrell Williams 365000

51 33 33 5 F FOR YOU – Disclosure featuring Mary J. Blige 67000
52 34 34 5 BABA YETU – Christopher Tin featuring Soweto Gospel Choir 81900
53 NEW 53 1 COMING HOME – The Kaiser Chiefs 11250
54 46 3 10 LONG BLACK ROAD – ELO 425800
55 62 55 2 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 18200
56 56 1 31 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 854750
57 57 57 2 CLOSER – Thief 20800
58 58 19 6 COME ALIVE – Chromeo featuring Toro Y Moi 90300
59 59 59 2 WE KNOW – Momofoko 20200
60 NEW 60 1 HUMAN – Christina Perri 10000

61 51 12 10 XO – Beyonce 220550
62 44 38 4 HOOKED ON A FEELING – Blue Swede 54950
63 54 26 8 CARRY ON – Lisa Stansfield 103100
64 64 64 2 SAMBA DO MUNDO – Fatboy Slim Presents Gregor Salto featuring Saxsymbol & Todorov 14200
65 65 65 3 RED LIGHTS – Tiesto 19600
66 NEW 66 1 I GOT YOU – Duke Dumont featuring Jax Jones 6800
67 69 67 2 SHINE MY SHOES – Robbie Williams 12800
68 71 68 2 BEAUTIFUL – Kylie Minogue and Enrique Iglesias 12200
69 72 69 2 WHEN WE’RE FIRE – Lo-Fang 11800
70 73 70 2 SHE USED TO LOVE ME A LOT – Johnny Cash 11400

71 NEW 71 1 SCREAM (FUNK MY LIFE UP) – Paulo Nutini 5800
72 NEW 72 1 THEA – Goldfrapp 5600
73 NEW 73 1 BRAVE – Sara Bareilles 5400
74 74 1 49 PHOTOGRAPH – Ringo Starr 658050
75 75 75 2 IT’S GOOD TO BE ALIVE – Imelda May 10000

DROP OUTS
45 45 3 WE BUILT THIS CITY – Starship 30300
47 40 5 BRAVEHEART – Neon Jungle 54200
52 32 4 SOLO DANCING – Indiana 64300
53 33 5 YOUNG GIRLS – Bruno Mars 77650
60 60 4 SHOT ME DOWN – David Guetta featuring Skylar Grey 32100
61 14 6 MEANT – Elizavet 111500
63 7 11 WON’T BE BROKEN – Keane 318500
66 6 11 IF I LOSE MYSELF – OneRepublic vs Alesso 250200
67 67 3 JUST LIKE FIRE WOULD – Bruce Springsteen 18200
68 1 29 ANIMALS – Martin Garrix 935200
70 70 2 MY LOVE – Route 94 featuring Jess Glynne 12000

16th March 2014

41 years late, Stealers Wheel finally get to Number 1 – a classic that I mildly liked at the time (peaked at 20 in 1973), and after Gerry Rafferty (the main man) hit my number one on 3 occasions with all-time-fave Baker Street (1978, 1990, 2011), and again with Get It Right Next Time in 1979, it became a major favourite oldie, not hurt by Quentin Tarantino’s movie exposure and other media spotlights. I’ve been waiting for it to sell enough in one week to make the Official Charts Company archive Top 40, which it did last week. Hooray! Stuck In The Middle With You at 1 at last.

Bad news for Kylie, as she’s halted at 2, and otherwise she’d have had her 9th number 1 in 26 years, instead it’s her first number 2 since Wow in 2008. 2 more entries for her, the new album title track, and one with Enrique Iglesias, giving him 15 years of chart hits – his actual current UK chart hit being absent in all it’s Pitbullishness – including a number one, but not one you’d expect, no I went for Be With You in 2000, in sync with the USA.

Elsewhere the fab new UK Eurovision entry is straight in at 10 for Molly, fingers-crossed for her as it’s our best shot at a win since Come Back, Jessica Garlick’s 2002 entry. Dan Croll gets a 2nd Top 10 to join his UK album chart entry, U2, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Coldplay, Dario G and Shirley Bassey all get a Top 20 entry to add to their lists of John hits and all of them have had previous number ones. You can’t say that’s not varied!

New entries, Roberta Flack’s back again thanks to BBC promos, third time round (1972, 2010, 2014) for her. She was in the picture round of a pub quiz I went to the other week. Given that she’s not been in the media for 30 years plus, no team got the answer right. I only wish I’d thought of exclaiming “Well that’s the first time ever I saw her face!” out loud when the answer was announced. Instead of 20 minutes later in the car. Imelda May, a Johnny Cash unreleased gem and Robbie Williams sneak in at the lower end, meanwhile.

1 NEW 1 1 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU – Stealers Wheel 170000
2 7 2 7 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 335000
3 1 1 7 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 416700
4 9 4 4 SAY SOMETHING – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera 132500
5 5 5 4 ISN’T IT STRANGE – Parralox 151300
6 2 1 5 UE O MUITE ARUKO (SUKIYAKI) – Kyu Sakamoto 443000
7 13 7 4 FROM NOWHERE – Dan Croll 109000
8 12 8 4 HEAVEN KNOWS – The Pretty Reckless 120500
9 4 4 5 SOS IN BEL AIR – Phoenix 231500
10 NEW 10 1 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly Smitten-Downes 42000

11 3 1 8 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 757000
12 6 3 5 ONCE UPON A DREAM – Lana Del Ray 225000
13 15 13 7 READY FOR YOUR LOVE – Gorgon City featuring MNEK 158300
14 20 14 7 CAN’T RELY ON YOU – Paloma Faith featuring Pharrell Williams 141300
15 10 10 6 KINGS – The Pierces 160500
16 8 1 8 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 646400
17 27 17 4 INVISIBLE – U2 59300
18 26 18 6 DRUNK IN LOVE – Beyonce and Jay-Z 88500
19 23 19 2 MAGIC – Coldplay 40250
20 30 20 5 WE GOT MUSIC – Dario G and Dame Shirley Bassey 57200

21 11 4 6 DARK HORSE – Katy Perry featuring Juicy J 189750
22 17 17 7 RATHER BE – Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 128400
23 16 16 5 EVERY LITTLE THING – Maxi Priest 102550
24 29 24 3 IN YOUR BED – Ariana & The Rose 49200
25 25 25 13 RED LIGHT SPELLS DANGER – Billy Ocean 192700
26 33 26 2 DESTROY EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH – Ladytron 36200
27 14 3 8 FLY BOY BLUE/ LUNETTE – Elbow 338400
28 21 1 11 I WALK ALONE – Cher 961300
29 48 29 4 CHANGES – Faul and Wad Ad versus Pnau 53500
30 19 19 4 STATION – Lapsley 66000

31 18 18 4 WHERE WE BELONG – Fedde Le Grand and Di-Rect 79600
32 22 7 8 IF U GOT IT – Chris Malinchak (featuring Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations) 251000
33 39 33 4 F FOR YOU – Disclosure featuring Mary J. Blige 55250
34 34 34 4 BABA YETU – Christopher Tin featuring Soweto Gospel Choir 70400
35 35 23 5 BELIEVE IN ME – The Pierces 92750
36 50 36 3 SINCE I LOST MY BABY – Engelbert Humperdinck with Cliff Richard 39400
37 NEW 37 1 KISS ME ONCE – Kylie Minogue 17300
38 NEW 38 1 THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE – Roberta Flack 17200
39 44 39 3 AIR BALLOON – Lily Allen 40750
40 31 6 8 DOWN IN THE HOLE – Bruce Springsteen 239500

41 36 1 16 UNDER CONTROL – Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts 1056600
42 24 10 4 REBEL REBEL – David Bowie 79950
43 43 36 9 LET GO FOR TONIGHT – Foxes 107000
44 38 38 3 HOOKED ON A FEELING – Blue Swede 47550
45 49 45 3 WE BUILT THIS CITY – Starship 30300
46 37 3 9 LONG BLACK ROAD – ELO 414800
47 40 40 5 BRAVEHEART – Neon Jungle 54200
48 66 48 4 FULL CIRCLE – Half Moon Run 42450
49 51 10 7 BEST DAY OF OUR LIVES – American Authors 157050
50 46 7 15 HAPPY – Pharrell Williams 353000

51 28 12 9 XO – Beyonce 213050
52 32 32 4 SOLO DANCING – Indiana 64300
53 41 33 5 YOUNG GIRLS – Bruno Mars 77650
54 42 26 7 CARRY ON – Lisa Stansfield 95900
55 69 55 2 TSUNAMI – Dvbbs and Bourgeous featuring Tinie Tempah 17000
56 56 1 30 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 844150
57 NEW 57 1 CLOSER – Thief 10400
58 45 19 5 COME ALIVE – Chromeo featuring Toro Y Moi 80100
59 NEW 59 1 WE KNOW – Momofoko 10100
60 60 60 4 SHOT ME DOWN – David Guetta featuring Skylar Grey 32100

61 47 14 6 MEANT – Elizavet 111500
62 NEW 62 1 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 7400
63 52 7 11 WON’T BE BROKEN – Keane 318500
64 NEW 64 1 SAMBA DO MUNDO – Fatboy Slim Presents Gregor Salto featuring Saxsymbol & Todorov 7100
65 72 65 2 RED LIGHTS – Tiesto 12600
66 57 6 11 IF I LOSE MYSELF – OneRepublic vs Alesso 250200
67 67 67 3 JUST LIKE FIRE WOULD – Bruce Springsteen 18200
68 63 1 29 ANIMALS – Martin Garrix 935200
69 NEW 69 1 SHINE MY SHOES – Robbie Williams 6200
70 70 70 2 MY LOVE – Route 94 featuring Jess Glynne 12000

71 NEW 71 1 BEAUTIFUL – Kylie Minogue and Enrique Iglesias 5800
72 NEW 72 1 WHEN WE’RE FIRE – Lo-Fang 5600
73 NEW 73 1 SHE USED TO LOVE ME A LOT – Johnny Cash 5400
74 73 1 48 PHOTOGRAPH – Ringo Starr 652850
75 NEW 75 1 IT’S GOOD TO BE ALIVE – Imelda May 5000

DROP OUTS
53 10 8 MAKE IT WONDERFUL – Erasure 201850
54 13 8 10538 OVERTURE (AMERICAN HUSTLE SOUNDTRACK VERSION) – ELO 162800
55 46 3 GIRLS CHASE BOYS – Ingrid Michaelson 36300
58 24 16 SUNNY – Bobby Hebb 219350
59 59 2 DON’T WAIT – Mapei 16700
61 2 11 HOLDING ON FOR LIFE – Broken Bells 560900
62 5 15 HEY BROTHER – Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 453850
64 40 5 SEE YOU ON FRIDAY – IU featuring Jang Yi-jeong 62300
65 19 11 RIPTIDE – Vance Joy 160850
68 68 4 GOODNESS GRACIOUS – Eliza Doolittle 24400
71 71 2 CURTAIN CALL – Steed Lord 11600
74 74 1 FEELIN’ MYSELF – will.i.am featuring Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa and French Montana 5200
75 75 1 STAY THE NIGHT – Zedd featuring Hayley Williams 5000

9th March 2014

10 years since last making my charts, 13 years after peaking at 4 (and 3 a year later) with the great Days Go By, Dirty Vegas finally get a belated number one. It’s terrif. Parralox, meanwhile, a track a few years old and very obviously inspired by Depeche Mode’s People Are People shoots up to 5, exciting sounds, as also a few years old track from Ladytron debuting in the Top 40 belatedly.

A big climber for fab ballad Say Something up at 9, a first Top 10 for A Great Big World, and only Christina’s 4th, including her debut Genie In A Bottle which peaked at 8. The Pierces taster for the next album goes to 10 and a 5th Top 10 – so far they only do Top 10’s depending on whether next single Believe In Me recovers when it goes on sale. The very under-rated Dan Croll shoots up to 13, a Radio 1 fave, I really don’t understand why he doesn’t sell records. Maybe Radio 2 needs to push him. Maybe he’s too quirky.

Highest new entry? Coldplay, obviously. Had to be. Bound to go higher than 23! Dario G had a number one in 1998, and he’s back at 30 along with diva legend Dame Shirley Bassey, and a jolly good romp it is too. U2 are back in the 40, with a very retro-U2-sounding Invisible, more early 80’s than late 80’s. Great stuff.

1 2 1 6 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 331700
2 1 1 4 UE O MUITE ARUKO (SUKIYAKI) – Kyu Sakamoto 388000
3 6 1 7 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 720000
4 5 4 4 SOS IN BEL AIR – Phoenix 186500
5 24 5 3 ISN’T IT STRANGE – Parralox 91300
6 3 3 4 ONCE UPON A DREAM – Lana Del Ray 190000
7 7 7 6 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 235000
8 4 1 7 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 621400
9 37 9 3 SAY SOMETHING – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera 67500
10 11 10 5 KINGS – The Pierces 133500

11 8 4 5 DARK HORSE – Katy Perry featuring Juicy J 170000
12 25 12 3 HEAVEN KNOWS – The Pretty Reckless 72500
13 41 13 3 FROM NOWHERE – Dan Croll 59000
14 9 3 7 FLY BOY BLUE/ LUNETTE – Elbow 320000
15 15 15 6 READY FOR YOUR LOVE – Gorgon City featuring MNEK 126300
16 17 16 4 EVERY LITTLE THING – Maxi Priest 83300
17 20 17 6 RATHER BE – Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 108900
18 18 18 3 WHERE WE BELONG – Fedde Le Grand and Di-Rect 61700
19 19 19 3 STATION – Lapsley 48000
20 28 20 6 CAN’T RELY ON YOU – Paloma Faith featuring Pharrell Williams 112300

21 14 1 10 I WALK ALONE – Cher 943000
22 13 7 7 IF U GOT IT – Chris Malinchak (featuring Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations) 233200
23 NEW 23 1 MAGIC – Coldplay 19250
24 10 10 3 REBEL REBEL – David Bowie 66200
25 27 25 12 RED LIGHT SPELLS DANGER – Billy Ocean 173950
26 49 26 5 DRUNK IN LOVE – Beyonce and Jay-Z 66500
27 47 27 3 INVISIBLE – U2 36300
28 12 12 8 XO – Beyonce 201300
29 50 29 2 IN YOUR BED – Ariana & The Rose 30200
30 RE 30 4 WE GOT MUSIC – Dario G and Dame Shirley Bassey 37200

31 16 6 7 DOWN IN THE HOLE – Bruce Springsteen 222500
32 32 32 3 SOLO DANCING – Indiana 52800
33 NEW 33 1 DESTROY EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH – Ladytron 17700
34 34 34 3 BABA YETU – Christopher Tin featuring Soweto Gospel Choir 52800
35 23 23 4 BELIEVE IN ME – The Pierces 75250
36 31 1 15 UNDER CONTROL – Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts 1042600
37 21 3 8 LONG BLACK ROAD – ELO 402050
38 39 38 2 HOOKED ON A FEELING – Blue Swede 34300
39 44 39 3 F FOR YOU – Disclosure featuring Mary J. Blige 37550
40 52 40 4 BRAVEHEART – Neon Jungle 41700

41 33 33 4 YOUNG GIRLS – Bruno Mars 66400
42 26 26 6 CARRY ON – Lisa Stansfield 84900
43 54 36 8 LET GO FOR TONIGHT – Foxes 93500
44 57 44 2 AIR BALLOON – Lily Allen 23650
45 30 19 4 COME ALIVE – Chromeo featuring Toro Y Moi 69900
46 48 7 14 HAPPY – Pharrell Williams 341000
47 22 14 5 MEANT – Elizavet 104000
48 RE 48 3 CHANGES – Faul and Wad Ad versus Pnau 35300
49 74 49 2 WE BUILT THIS CITY – Starship 17300
50 60 50 2 SINCE I LOST MY BABY – Engelbert Humperdinck with Cliff Richard 22000

51 29 10 6 BEST DAY OF OUR LIVES – American Authors 144950
52 36 7 10 WON’T BE BROKEN – Keane 311300
53 38 10 8 MAKE IT WONDERFUL – Erasure 201850
54 45 13 8 10538 OVERTURE (AMERICAN HUSTLE SOUNDTRACK VERSION) – ELO 162800
55 46 46 3 GIRLS CHASE BOYS – Ingrid Michaelson 36300
56 55 1 29 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 833550
57 42 6 10 IF I LOSE MYSELF – OneRepublic vs Alesso 243400
58 35 24 16 SUNNY – Bobby Hebb 219350
59 67 59 2 DON’T WAIT – Mapei 16700
60 64 60 3 SHOT ME DOWN – David Guetta featuring Skylar Grey 22100

61 56 2 11 HOLDING ON FOR LIFE – Broken Bells 560900
62 58 5 15 HEY BROTHER – Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 453850
63 59 1 28 ANIMALS – Martin Garrix 928800
64 40 40 5 SEE YOU ON FRIDAY – IU featuring Jang Yi-jeong 62300
65 62 19 11 RIPTIDE – Vance Joy 160850
66 53 49 3 FULL CIRCLE – Half Moon Run 30150
67 75 67 2 JUST LIKE FIRE WOULD – Bruce Springsteen 11600
68 68 68 4 GOODNESS GRACIOUS – Eliza Doolittle 24400
69 NEW 69 1 TSUNAMI – Dvbbs and Bourgeous featuring Tinie Tempah 6200
70 NEW 70 1 MY LOVE – Route 94 featuring Jess Glynne 6000

71 71 71 2 CURTAIN CALL – Steed Lord 11600
72 NEW 72 1 RED LIGHTS – Tiesto 5600
73 73 1 47 PHOTOGRAPH – Ringo Starr 647650
74 NEW 74 1 FEELIN’ MYSELF – will.i.am featuring Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa and French Montana 5200
75 NEW 75 1 STAY THE NIGHT – Zedd featuring Hayley Williams 5000

DROP OUTS
43 43 6 UN NOUVEAU SOLEIL – M83 69200
51 14 8 KNEE DEEP IN MY HEART – Shane Filan 131600
61 53 3 MILLION POUND GIRL (BADDER THAN BAD) – Fuse ODG 24950
63 50 3 SELFIES – Nina Nesbitt 29300
65 65 2 LET HER DOWN EASY – George Michael 13200
66 3 16 SAIL – Awolnation 510300
69 69 4 MONEY ON MY MIND – Sam Smith 21400
70 70 2 LOVER NOT A FIGHTER – Tinie Tempah featuring Labrinth 11600
72 72 2 TEAM – Lorde 10800

2nd March 2014

It’s the easy-listening 50-year-old Japanese language international hit that clinches it. 50 years ago, when I wasn’t compiling charts and watching Doctor Who and Thank Your Lucky Stars with the pop stars of the day (as written in my school books of the time, yes I have them still) I loved this record, so it’s overdue a chart-topper. Kyu tragically died young in a horrific airline crash.

Dirty Vegas last had a big hit over a decade ago, but shoot up to 2 with the fab Let The Night. The video features a dancing middle-aged man playing his vinyl records. Errr, me, anyone?! Speaking of clubbing, I was out on the town for the first time in ages and ages last night (RVT Vauxhall of course) and had a great time dancing to top oldies and some recent pop hits, including Rebel Rebel, which re-enters after dropping out last week – shockingly, it’s the first time this Bowie gem has made my Top 10, 40 years late. I would have recharted Icona Pop, Gorillaz, Diana Ross, Depeche Mode and Disco Tex among many others if I had the excuse (and chart room) as they sounded fab. I was happy to see such a wide range of people and ages there, including some very young folk singing along happily to Clash and other classics. Hooray! I was less happy to see full beards making a big comeback fashion-wise. I haven’t seen so many big beards since the last ZZ Top convention was in town.

Other charts stuff: Lana gets yet another top 3 with a Disney classic; Blue Swede feature in a TV ad and pop back into my charts 40 years after making my Top 10. It was an American Number 1 in 1974, and the Swedish band rather cheekily stole the exact arrangement that Jonathan King created in 1971 (which topped my charts) – the oog a cha ga’s – when he covered the 1969 B.J.Thomas country and pop hit (in the USA); Lapsley (Scouse band) shoot into my Top 20 with a gorgeous track; Christina Aguilera has a rare Top 40 hit (these days) lending a vocal hand; Starship’s back again thanks to a cat in a basket, 29 years on, and lastly, Engelbert and Cliff are back, duetting for the first time both having featured in my first 1968 charts. 45 years of new hits for both, then!

1 6 1 3 UE O MUITE ARUKO (SUKIYAKI) – Kyu Sakamoto 273000
2 29 2 5 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 161700
3 13 3 3 ONCE UPON A DREAM – Lana Del Ray 135000
4 1 1 6 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 573400
5 10 5 3 SOS IN BEL AIR – Phoenix 121500
6 2 1 6 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 635000
7 7 7 5 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 185000
8 4 4 4 DARK HORSE – Katy Perry featuring Juicy J 133000
9 3 3 6 FLY BOY BLUE/ LUNETTE – Elbow 291000
10 RE 10 2 REBEL REBEL – David Bowie 47200

11 20 11 4 KINGS – The Pierces 91500
12 12 12 7 XO – Beyonce 183000
13 8 7 6 IF U GOT IT – Chris Malinchak (featuring Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations) 213700
14 9 1 9 I WALK ALONE – Cher 923250
15 17 15 5 READY FOR YOUR LOVE – Gorgon City featuring MNEK 99300
16 11 6 6 DOWN IN THE HOLE – Bruce Springsteen 204600
17 28 17 3 EVERY LITTLE THING – Maxi Priest 58300
18 33 18 2 WHERE WE BELONG – Fedde Le Grand and Di-Rect 39700
19 70 19 2 STATION – Lapsley 27000
20 26 20 5 RATHER BE – Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 85900

21 5 3 7 LONG BLACK ROAD – ELO 384750
22 14 14 4 MEANT – Elizavet 91500
23 23 23 3 BELIEVE IN ME – The Pierces 57750
24 48 24 2 ISN’T IT STRANGE – Parralox 31300
25 25 25 2 HEAVEN KNOWS – The Pretty Reckless 37500
26 39 26 5 CARRY ON – Lisa Stansfield 71150
27 31 27 11 RED LIGHT SPELLS DANGER – Billy Ocean 155200
28 30 20 5 CAN’T RELY ON YOU – Paloma Faith featuring Pharrell Williams 92300
29 15 10 5 BEST DAY OF OUR LIVES – American Authors 133200
30 19 19 3 COME ALIVE – Chromeo featuring Toro Y Moi 56900

31 22 1 14 UNDER CONTROL – Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts 1025200
32 38 32 2 SOLO DANCING – Indiana 35000
33 35 33 3 YOUNG GIRLS – Bruno Mars 52400
34 34 34 2 BABA YETU – Christopher Tin featuring Soweto Gospel Choir 35200
35 24 24 15 SUNNY – Bobby Hebb 209150
36 16 7 9 WON’T BE BROKEN – Keane 299800
37 74 37 2 SAY SOMETHING – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera 22500
38 18 10 7 MAKE IT WONDERFUL – Erasure 190600
39 NEW 39 1 HOOKED ON A FEELING – Blue Swede 17100
40 40 40 4 SEE YOU ON FRIDAY – IU featuring Jang Yi-jeong 55200

41 45 41 2 FROM NOWHERE – Dan Croll 27000
42 21 6 9 IF I LOSE MYSELF – OneRepublic vs Alesso 233000
43 44 43 6 UN NOUVEAU SOLEIL – M83 69200
44 63 44 2 F FOR YOU – Disclosure featuring Mary J. Blige 20450
45 32 13 7 10538 OVERTURE (AMERICAN HUSTLE SOUNDTRACK VERSION) – ELO 151800
46 46 46 2 GIRLS CHASE BOYS – Ingrid Michaelson 25500
47 RE 47 2 INVISIBLE – U2 17900
48 51 7 13 HAPPY – Pharrell Williams 328250
49 36 36 4 DRUNK IN LOVE – Beyonce and Jay-Z 48000
50 NEW 50 1 IN YOUR BED – Ariana & The Rose 12000

51 27 14 8 KNEE DEEP IN MY HEART – Shane Filan 131600
52 67 52 3 BRAVEHEART – Neon Jungle 24700
53 49 49 2 FULL CIRCLE – Half Moon Run 23350
54 64 36 7 LET GO FOR TONIGHT – Foxes 80000
55 54 1 28 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 822950
56 43 2 10 HOLDING ON FOR LIFE – Broken Bells 553400
57 NEW 57 1 AIR BALLOON – Lily Allen 10400
58 42 5 14 HEY BROTHER – Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 446450
59 59 1 27 ANIMALS – Martin Garrix 921600
60 NEW 60 1 SINCE I LOST MY BABY – Engelbert Humperdinck with Cliff Richard 10000

61 53 53 3 MILLION POUND GIRL (BADDER THAN BAD) – Fuse ODG 24950
62 47 19 10 RIPTIDE – Vance Joy 153850
63 50 50 3 SELFIES – Nina Nesbitt 29300
64 75 64 2 SHOT ME DOWN – David Guetta featuring Skylar Grey 12100
65 69 65 2 LET HER DOWN EASY – George Michael 13200
66 56 3 16 SAIL – Awolnation 510300
67 NEW 67 1 DON’T WAIT – Mapei 6600
68 71 68 3 GOODNESS GRACIOUS – Eliza Doolittle 18000
69 RE 69 4 MONEY ON MY MIND – Sam Smith 21400
70 72 70 2 LOVER NOT A FIGHTER – Tinie Tempah featuring Labrinth 11600

71 NEW 71 1 CURTAIN CALL – Steed Lord 5800
72 RE 72 2 TEAM – Lorde 10800
73 73 1 46 PHOTOGRAPH – Ringo Starr 642250
74 NEW 74 1 WE BUILT THIS CITY – Starship 5200
75 NEW 75 1 JUST LIKE FIRE WOULD – Bruce Springsteen 5000

DROP OUTS
37 6 8 YOU CAN’T STOP THE BEAT – Wally Lopez featuring Jamie Scott of Graffiti6 281550
41 16 7 HIGH HOPES – Bruce Springsteen 100500
52 5 12 LET ME GO – Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger 335850
55 4 11 FACE TO FACE – Gary Barlow and Elton John 328400
57 46 4 CAN’T REMEMBER TO FORGET YOU – Shakira featuring Rihanna 38550
58 58 2 SLEEPING WITH A FRIEND – Neon Trees 20400
60 16 10 NEW LIFE – Kim Wilde 151900
61 27 5 BEAUTIFUL MORNING – Rod Stewart 73600
62 62 2 I’D RATHER BE HIGH (VENETIAN MIX WASTED EDIT) – David Bowie 14800
65 65 2 HEY NOW – London Grammar 14000
66 34 5 LIQUID SPIRIT – Gregory Porter 75400
68 68 2 L’AMOUR ET MOI – Jenifer 12800

23rd FEB 2014

Back up for a 2nd week, Indila, still sounding good, and joined in the Top 3 by Elbow – it’s not even the track now pushed by Radio 2, but it’s a bit of an epic, covering a range of moods and multiple electric guitars throbbing deliciously. Almost as good as the famous Elbow track for me! The BRITS effect on my charts? Katy Perry going that bit higher with Dark Horse, and returning to her usual Top 10 place after the bit floppy Unconditionally. That applies time 3 for Kylie, and 25 years of Top 10’s with the odd floppy track (but never missed my chart I think). Phoenix, meanwhile get a second Top 10, it’s fab.

Highest new entry for new band The Pretty Reckless, Radio listed, and pretty damn good. New at 34, a Swahili record, joining the foreign language invasion of the Top 40, Hooray! Lots of new names jumping in, and some oldies include George Michael’s cover of a Terence Trent D’Arby hit, Mary J. Blige back after some time away, and 20-odd years on the charts now, while David Guetta brings back Bang Bang to the charts for the 3rd version, after Cher and Nancy Sinatra’s fab versions.

1 2 1 5 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 508400
2 1 1 5 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 580000
3 5 3 5 FLY BOY BLUE/ LUNETTE – Elbow 246000
4 47 4 3 DARK HORSE – Katy Perry featuring Juicy J 85000
5 3 3 6 LONG BLACK ROAD – ELO 365000
6 8 6 2 UE O MUITE ARUKO (SUKIYAKI) – Kyu Sakamoto 103000
7 12 7 4 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 135000
8 7 7 5 IF U GOT IT – Chris Malinchak (featuring Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations) 181700
9 4 1 8 I WALK ALONE – Cher 894250
10 22 10 2 SOS IN BEL AIR – Phoenix 61500

11 6 6 5 DOWN IN THE HOLE – Bruce Springsteen 179600
12 15 12 6 XO – Beyonce 148000
13 30 13 2 ONCE UPON A DREAM – Lana Del Ray 50000
14 17 14 3 MEANT – Elizavet 72000
15 10 10 4 BEST DAY OF OUR LIVES – American Authors 115000
16 11 7 8 WON’T BE BROKEN – Keane 282400
17 19 17 4 READY FOR YOUR LOVE – Gorgon City featuring MNEK 72300
18 13 10 6 MAKE IT WONDERFUL – Erasure 173400
19 31 19 2 COME ALIVE – Chromeo featuring Toro Y Moi 38900
20 36 20 3 KINGS – The Pierces 54500

21 9 6 8 IF I LOSE MYSELF – OneRepublic vs Alesso 219250
22 14 1 13 UNDER CONTROL – Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts 1007300
23 23 23 2 BELIEVE IN ME – The Pierces 38500
24 25 24 14 SUNNY – Bobby Hebb 191650
25 NEW 25 1 HEAVEN KNOWS – The Pretty Reckless 18750
26 29 26 4 RATHER BE – Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 65900
27 21 14 7 KNEE DEEP IN MY HEART – Shane Filan 119850
28 40 28 2 EVERY LITTLE THING – Maxi Priest 35300
29 37 29 4 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 46700
30 20 20 4 CAN’T RELY ON YOU – Paloma Faith featuring Pharrell Williams 74000

31 33 31 10 RED LIGHT SPELLS DANGER – Billy Ocean 136850
32 18 13 6 10538 OVERTURE (AMERICAN HUSTLE SOUNDTRACK VERSION) – ELO 138800
33 NEW 33 1 WHERE WE BELONG – Fedde Le Grand and Di-Rect 17700
34 NEW 34 1 BABA YETU – Christopher Tin featuring Soweto Gospel Choir 17600
35 38 35 2 YOUNG GIRLS – Bruno Mars 34700
36 52 36 3 DRUNK IN LOVE – Beyonce and Jay-Z 35900
37 26 6 8 YOU CAN’T STOP THE BEAT – Wally Lopez featuring Jamie Scott of Graffiti6 281550
38 NEW 38 1 SOLO DANCING – Indiana 17200
39 39 39 4 CARRY ON – Lisa Stansfield 52650
40 56 40 3 SEE YOU ON FRIDAY – IU featuring Jang Yi-jeong 38200

41 16 16 7 HIGH HOPES – Bruce Springsteen 100500
42 24 5 13 HEY BROTHER – Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 436250
43 28 2 9 HOLDING ON FOR LIFE – Broken Bells 542800
44 50 44 5 UN NOUVEAU SOLEIL – M83 55700
45 NEW 45 1 FROM NOWHERE – Dan Croll 13000
46 NEW 46 1 GIRLS CHASE BOYS – Ingrid Michaelson 12750
47 51 19 9 RIPTIDE – Vance Joy 146450
48 NEW 48 1 ISN’T IT STRANGE – Parralox 12300
49 NEW 49 1 FULL CIRCLE – Half Moon Run 12100
50 59 50 2 SELFIES – Nina Nesbitt 22100

51 49 7 12 HAPPY – Pharrell Williams 315950
52 35 5 12 LET ME GO – Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger 335850
53 69 53 2 MILLION POUND GIRL (BADDER THAN BAD) – Fuse ODG 17450
54 53 1 27 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 812150
55 32 4 11 FACE TO FACE – Gary Barlow and Elton John 328400
56 42 3 15 SAIL – Awolnation 503500
57 46 46 4 CAN’T REMEMBER TO FORGET YOU – Shakira featuring Rihanna 38550
58 58 58 2 SLEEPING WITH A FRIEND – Neon Trees 20400
59 55 1 26 ANIMALS – Martin Garrix 911500
60 45 16 10 NEW LIFE – Kim Wilde 151900

61 27 27 5 BEAUTIFUL MORNING – Rod Stewart 73600
62 62 62 2 I’D RATHER BE HIGH (VENETIAN MIX WASTED EDIT) – David Bowie 14800
63 NEW 63 1 F FOR YOU – Disclosure featuring Mary J. Blige 7200
64 64 36 6 LET GO FOR TONIGHT – Foxes 69000
65 65 65 2 HEY NOW – London Grammar 14000
66 34 34 5 LIQUID SPIRIT – Gregory Porter 75400
67 67 67 2 BRAVEHEART – Neon Jungle 13200
68 68 68 2 L’AMOUR ET MOI – Jenifer 12800
69 NEW 69 1 LET HER DOWN EASY – George Michael 6200
70 NEW 70 1 STATION – Lapsley 6000

71 71 71 2 GOODNESS GRACIOUS – Eliza Doolittle 11600
72 NEW 72 1 LOVER NOT A FIGHTER – Tinie Tempah featuring Labrinth 5600
73 72 1 45 PHOTOGRAPH – Ringo Starr 636850
74 NEW 74 1 SAY SOMETHING – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SHOT ME DOWN – David Guetta featuring Skylar Grey 5000

DROP OUTS
41 9 12 GIRLS/GIRLS/BOYS – Panic! At The Disco 302150
43 25 5 EMPIRE – Kids Of The Apocalypse 80500
44 32 4 TIGERHEAD – Iiris 56250
48 48 9 NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) – Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer 76300
54 3 12 DO WHAT U WANT – Lady Gaga featuring R Kelly 393950
57 57 4 TAKE ME HOME – Cash Cash featuring Bebe Rexha 37800
60 26 8 DEMONS – Imagine Dragons 123100
61 23 6 TIMBER – Pitbull featuring Kesha 86750
63 63 2 CONTROL – Matrix and Futurebound featuring Marshall 14400
66 66 3 WE GOT MUSIC – Dario G and Dame Shirley Bassey 19200
70 1 23 THE BEST JEWEL THIEF IN THE WORLD – Prefab Sprout 752550
73 73 1 INVISIBLE – U2 5400
74 74 1 REBEL REBEL – David Bowie 5200
75 1 37 LA LA LA – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith 1773550

16th FEB 2014

It’s a Canadian orchestra leader born in 1908 at the top, with his easy-listening instrumental classic. Taken from a 1959 teen-flick A Summer Place, it took on a world-wide life of it’s own, and has since been featured in the Batman movie, Buffy and The Simpsons, and currently the Butlins advert. A US number one in 1960, at 54 years old it’s the oldest record in number of years to top my chart (and 2nd-oldest chronologically, behind Neil Sedaka‘s Oh Carol). It was a major early childhood fave tune (I can’t resist a great melody) from about age 6, as was other tuneful classic in at 8 from Kyu Sakamoto, a cute 21-year-old Japanese singer who also topped the US charts in 1963 with this great song, the melody so strong it overcome the acute disadvantage of being sung in Japanese. Covered by oodles of folk, notably Mary J Blige using it in “Everything”, and featured in Malcolm In The Middle, it still occasionally crops up (but not enough!). Kyu sadly was one of the 520 people to die in the terrible 1985 Japan Airlines Flight 123 disaster, the largest loss of life in a single plane crash. Amazingly, 4 people survived, 2 girls and 2 women, though I was additionally shocked to hear Kyu was on board too when it came on the news.

Back in current chart-mood, Indila is unlucky to be knocked off (still strong), and the charts generally are highly competitive, there’s about 20 bubbling under the Top 75 desperate to get in! Highest new song is a second hit for Phoenix, Lana Del Ray covers an old Disney song in her own style, The Pierces get 2 in the 40, Bruno Mars is back (as always making the Top 40), and Maxi Priest reggaes back into the Top 40 after a decade or two away. Lower down, Bowie’s back with an oldie and a newie, Jenifer brings a second French-language song into the charts, to join Japanese and Korean records, and U2 sneak in for a 33-year run of hits, pretty much all have charted I think.

1 2 1 4 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 465000
2 1 1 4 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 338400
3 4 3 5 LONG BLACK ROAD – ELO 305000
4 3 1 7 I WALK ALONE – Cher 849250
5 5 5 4 FLY BOY BLUE/ LUNETTE – Elbow 161000
6 7 6 4 DOWN IN THE HOLE – Bruce Springsteen 142600
7 8 7 4 IF U GOT IT – Chris Malinchak (featuring Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations) 133700
8 NEW 8 1 UE O MUITE ARUKO (SUKIYAKI) – Kyu Sakamoto 48000
9 6 6 7 IF I LOSE MYSELF – OneRepublic vs Alesso 199500
10 15 10 3 BEST DAY OF OUR LIVES – American Authors 88000

11 11 7 7 WON’T BE BROKEN – Keane 257400
12 16 12 3 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 85000
13 10 10 5 MAKE IT WONDERFUL – Erasure 151400
14 9 1 12 UNDER CONTROL – Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts 987800
15 17 15 5 XO – Beyonce 113000
16 18 16 6 HIGH HOPES – Bruce Springsteen 86500
17 20 17 2 MEANT – Elizavet 43000
18 13 13 5 10538 OVERTURE (AMERICAN HUSTLE SOUNDTRACK VERSION) – ELO 121000
19 34 19 3 READY FOR YOUR LOVE – Gorgon City featuring MNEK 49300
20 30 20 3 CAN’T RELY ON YOU – Paloma Faith featuring Pharrell Williams 56000

21 14 14 6 KNEE DEEP IN MY HEART – Shane Filan 101450
22 NEW 22 1 SOS IN BEL AIR – Phoenix 19500
23 NEW 23 1 BELIEVE IN ME – The Pierces 19250
24 22 5 12 HEY BROTHER – Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 422500
25 27 25 13 SUNNY – Bobby Hebb 172650
26 21 6 7 YOU CAN’T STOP THE BEAT – Wally Lopez featuring Jamie Scott of Graffiti6 264250
27 28 27 4 BEAUTIFUL MORNING – Rod Stewart 66100
28 12 2 8 HOLDING ON FOR LIFE – Broken Bells 529300
29 38 29 3 RATHER BE – Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 47400
30 NEW 30 1 ONCE UPON A DREAM – Lana Del Ray 18000

31 NEW 31 1 COME ALIVE – Chromeo featuring Toro Y Moi 17900
32 19 4 10 FACE TO FACE – Gary Barlow and Elton John 317600
33 35 33 9 RED LIGHT SPELLS DANGER – Billy Ocean 118950
34 40 34 4 LIQUID SPIRIT – Gregory Porter 68600
35 23 5 11 LET ME GO – Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger 324350
36 39 36 2 KINGS – The Pierces 34500
37 72 37 3 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 28500
38 NEW 38 1 YOUNG GIRLS – Bruno Mars 17200
39 44 39 3 CARRY ON – Lisa Stansfield 35550
40 NEW 40 1 EVERY LITTLE THING – Maxi Priest 17000

41 26 9 12 GIRLS/GIRLS/BOYS – Panic! At The Disco 302150
42 29 3 14 SAIL – Awolnation 492900
43 25 25 5 EMPIRE – Kids Of The Apocalypse 80500
44 32 32 4 TIGERHEAD – Iiris 56250
45 31 16 9 NEW LIFE – Kim Wilde 141900
46 57 46 3 CAN’T REMEMBER TO FORGET YOU – Shakira featuring Rihanna 28150
47 61 47 2 DARK HORSE – Katy Perry featuring Juicy J 20000
48 48 48 9 NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) – Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer 76300
49 41 7 11 HAPPY – Pharrell Williams 304200
50 50 50 4 UN NOUVEAU SOLEIL – M83 42450

51 24 19 8 RIPTIDE – Vance Joy 133950
52 65 52 2 DRUNK IN LOVE – Beyonce and Jay-Z 18500
53 51 1 26 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 801150
54 33 3 12 DO WHAT U WANT – Lady Gaga featuring R Kelly 393950
55 49 1 25 ANIMALS – Martin Garrix 901400
56 56 56 2 SEE YOU ON FRIDAY – IU featuring Jang Yi-jeong 21200
57 58 57 4 TAKE ME HOME – Cash Cash featuring Bebe Rexha 37800
58 NEW 58 1 SLEEPING WITH A FRIEND – Neon Trees 10200
59 NEW 59 1 SELFIES – Nina Nesbitt 10100
60 43 26 8 DEMONS – Imagine Dragons 123100

61 37 23 6 TIMBER – Pitbull featuring Kesha 86750
62 NEW 62 1 I’D RATHER BE HIGH (VENETIAN MIX WASTED EDIT) – David Bowie 7400
63 63 63 2 CONTROL – Matrix and Futurebound featuring Marshall 14400
64 36 36 5 LET GO FOR TONIGHT – Foxes 61900
65 NEW 65 1 HEY NOW – London Grammar 7000
66 69 66 3 WE GOT MUSIC – Dario G and Dame Shirley Bassey 19200
67 NEW 67 1 BRAVEHEART – Neon Jungle 6600
68 NEW 68 1 L’AMOUR ET MOI – Jenifer 6400
69 NEW 69 1 MILLION POUND GIRL (BADDER THAN BAD) – Fuse ODG 6200
70 62 1 23 THE BEST JEWEL THIEF IN THE WORLD – Prefab Sprout 752550

71 NEW 71 1 GOODNESS GRACIOUS – Eliza Doolittle 5800
72 71 1 44 PHOTOGRAPH – Ringo Starr 631450
73 NEW 73 1 INVISIBLE – U2 5400
74 NEW 74 1 REBEL REBEL – David Bowie 5200
75 66 1 37 LA LA LA – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith 1773550

DROP OUTS
42 42 6 WILD HEART – The Vamps 67850
45 45 3 CRYING FOR NO REASON – Katy B 29800
46 12 13 MIRROR MARU – Cashmere Cat 239850
47 2 10 ONE MORE SLEEP – Leona Lewis 494500
52 52 2 CHANGES – Faul and Wad Ad versus Pnau 23000
53 14 17 JUBEL – Klingande 277150
54 46 3 101 VULTURES (NICITA REMIX) – Alex Winston 36500
55 55 3 WICKED GAMES – Parra For Cuva featuring Anna Naklab 24800
59 59 2 YOUNG BLOOD – Sophie Ellis-Bextor 16100
60 60 4 I PREDICT A RIOT – Kaiser Chiefs 28200
64 1 25 SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW – Keane 519350
67 67 2 THIS HEART IS YOURS – 4 Strings featuring Neev Kennedy 13200
68 68 2 EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE – The Police 11800
70 70 1 YES SIR I CAN BOOGIE – Baccara 6000
73 73 1 WHEN IT WAS DARK – Elli Ingram 5400
74 74 1 TEAM – Lorde 5200
75 75 1 IT’S RAINING MEN – The Weather Girls 5000

9th Feb 2014

A bit of everything this week, genre-wise and worldwide-wise, headed by the gorgeous French-language Indila beating off Cher from the top. Percy faith, childhood fave instrumental still has smooth-strings tuneful appeal at 2, and Elbow, Bruce place a bit of rock and ballad into the Top 10 along with sould-retro sampling dance Chris malinchak.

Highest new entry at 20 is Russian-American obscure (but fab) Elizaveta, the album produced by someone who produces Katy Perry, Pink & other superstars. Look him up, and hoping Elizaveta gets up there too. Class pop-soul-operatic appeal I say! Elsewhere The Pierces are back, vocal harmony poprock appeal in a West Coast fashion, a pretty Eastern-flavoured ballad from IU, and Baccara adding a bit of oldie Spanish cheese disco. Acts from all over the world, in short! Fab. Pity the UK singles chart isn’t anything like as varied. Pretty much dance, dance, dance of varying styles, or huge hits hanging about forever …

1 12 1 3 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 223400
2 2 2 3 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 295000
3 1 1 6 I WALK ALONE – Cher 784250
4 3 3 4 LONG BLACK ROAD – ELO 220000
5 18 5 3 FLY BOY BLUE/ LUNETTE – Elbow 101000
6 6 6 6 IF I LOSE MYSELF – OneRepublic vs Alesso 154500
7 20 7 3 DOWN IN THE HOLE – Bruce Springsteen 87600
8 28 8 3 IF U GOT IT – Chris Malinchak (featuring Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations) 83700
9 4 1 11 UNDER CONTROL – Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts 958800
10 10 10 4 MAKE IT WONDERFUL – Erasure 119400

11 7 7 6 WON’T BE BROKEN – Keane 220400
12 5 2 7 HOLDING ON FOR LIFE – Broken Bells 511000
13 15 13 4 10538 OVERTURE (AMERICAN HUSTLE SOUNDTRACK VERSION) – ELO 99000
14 27 14 5 KNEE DEEP IN MY HEART – Shane Filan 81700
15 24 15 2 BEST DAY OF OUR LIVES – American Authors 46000
16 16 16 2 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 50000
17 17 17 4 XO – Beyonce 86000
18 39 18 5 HIGH HOPES – Bruce Springsteen 61500
19 8 4 9 FACE TO FACE – Gary Barlow and Elton John 299800
20 NEW 20 1 MEANT – Elizavet 20000

21 9 6 6 YOU CAN’T STOP THE BEAT – Wally Lopez featuring Jamie Scott of Graffiti6 245750
22 13 5 11 HEY BROTHER – Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 403500
23 11 5 10 LET ME GO – Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger 306850
24 19 19 7 RIPTIDE – Vance Joy 122200
25 25 25 4 EMPIRE – Kids Of The Apocalypse 67000
26 14 9 11 GIRLS/GIRLS/BOYS – Panic! At The Disco 288150
27 29 27 12 SUNNY – Bobby Hebb 153900
28 37 28 3 BEAUTIFUL MORNING – Rod Stewart 47700
29 21 3 13 SAIL – Awolnation 479150
30 30 30 2 CAN’T RELY ON YOU – Paloma Faith featuring Pharrell Williams 36000

31 26 16 8 NEW LIFE – Kim Wilde 128900
32 32 32 3 TIGERHEAD – Iiris 43000
33 22 3 11 DO WHAT U WANT – Lady Gaga featuring R Kelly 382950
34 56 34 2 READY FOR YOUR LOVE – Gorgon City featuring MNEK 28200
35 38 35 8 RED LIGHT SPELLS DANGER – Billy Ocean 101250
36 36 36 4 LET GO FOR TONIGHT – Foxes 54800
37 23 23 5 TIMBER – Pitbull featuring Kesha 79250
38 50 38 2 RATHER BE – Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 29200
39 NEW 39 1 KINGS – The Pierces 17100
40 40 40 3 LIQUID SPIRIT – Gregory Porter 51000

41 34 7 10 HAPPY – Pharrell Williams 292100
42 47 42 6 WILD HEART – The Vamps 67850
43 43 26 7 DEMONS – Imagine Dragons 113100
44 74 44 2 CARRY ON – Lisa Stansfield 18450
45 55 45 3 CRYING FOR NO REASON – Katy B 29800
46 35 12 13 MIRROR MARU – Cashmere Cat 239850
47 41 2 10 ONE MORE SLEEP – Leona Lewis 494500
48 57 48 8 NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) – Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer 64000
49 49 1 24 ANIMALS – Martin Garrix 890600
50 53 50 3 UN NOUVEAU SOLEIL – M83 30450

51 51 1 25 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 789900
52 52 52 2 CHANGES – Faul and Wad Ad versus Pnau 23000
53 45 14 17 JUBEL – Klingande 277150
54 46 46 3 101 VULTURES (NICITA REMIX) – Alex Winston 36500
55 63 55 3 WICKED GAMES – Parra For Cuva featuring Anna Naklab 24800
56 NEW 56 1 SEE YOU ON FRIDAY – IU featuring Jang Yi-jeong 10600
57 75 57 2 CAN’T REMEMBER TO FORGET YOU – Shakira featuring Rihanna 15400
58 58 58 3 TAKE ME HOME – Cash Cash featuring Bebe Rexha 27400
59 70 59 2 YOUNG BLOOD – Sophie Ellis-Bextor 16100
60 66 60 4 I PREDICT A RIOT – Kaiser Chiefs 28200

61 NEW 61 1 DARK HORSE – Katy Perry featuring Juicy J 7500
62 60 1 22 THE BEST JEWEL THIEF IN THE WORLD – Prefab Sprout 746550
63 NEW 63 1 CONTROL – Matrix and Futurebound featuring Marshall 7200
64 64 1 25 SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW – Keane 519350
65 NEW 65 1 DRUNK IN LOVE – Beyonce and Jay-Z 7000
66 65 1 36 LA LA LA – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith 1768550
67 67 67 2 THIS HEART IS YOURS – 4 Strings featuring Neev Kennedy 13200
68 73 68 2 EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE – The Police 11800
69 69 69 2 WE GOT MUSIC – Dario G and Dame Shirley Bassey 12400
70 NEW 70 1 YES SIR I CAN BOOGIE – Baccara 6000

71 71 1 43 PHOTOGRAPH – Ringo Starr 625850
72 72 72 2 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 11200
73 NEW 73 1 WHEN IT WAS DARK – Elli Ingram 5400
74 NEW 74 1 TEAM – Lorde 5200
75 NEW 75 1 IT’S RAINING MEN – The Weather Girls 5000

DROP OUTS
31 10 8 ODD MAN OUT – Pet Shop Boys 196300
33 14 9 LOSING SLEEP – John Newman 195800
42 10 10 HARD OUT HERE – Lily Allen 205300
44 9 9 DREAM A LITTLE DREAM – Robbie Williams featuring Lily Allen 183750
48 25 13 SORROW – David Bowie 178650
54 54 2 DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN – Elyar Fox 21200
59 2 18 LET ME GO – Gary Barlow 817250
61 17 10 ANTHEM FOR A LOST CAUSE – Manic Street Preachers 155500
62 62 4 JESUS WALKS – Kanye West 25800
68 1 29 THURSDAY – Pet Shop Boys featuring Example 1176800

2nd FEB 2014

It’s a 4th week at Number one for Cher, that means of her 6 previous chart-toppers (2 with Sonny) only Believe at 5 weeks had a longer run at the top: The others being I Got You Babe, All I Ever Need Is You, Dark Lady, Just Like Jesse James, One By One. All of them are completely-different in sound. Not bad for a lass that was having hits when I was 7 years old. About the time I was loving the Percy Faith Butlin’s ad track behind her at 2… Keeping the oldie theme going, ELO go top 3 with an unreleased track, (WHAT were they thinking, it’s fab!) giving Jeff 42 years of top 3 hits – the first one (a number one, first of 14) is at 15!

Back in 2014, Alesso gets his second Top 10 hit following his number one with Calvin Harris, and Onerepublic get their 6th Top 10 (Ryan plus however many as songwriter!). Erasure get their 1st Top 10 in 7 years, and extend the run to 28 years (2 number ones, Vince with an additional one with Yazoo). Big jump for Buzzjack winner Indila and her French language Gotye-rhythmed gem, and Kylie’s back new at 16 in a very volatile chart – will it become her 10th number one?

Elsewhere, Paloma’s back (hooray!) and with guess who? Yes, him, Pharrell, 6th Top 40 inside about 10 months. Workaholic much! There’s some Animals sprinkled about still – Martin Garrix theme for a couple of Foxes, a cat, some Pet Shops boys), a tiger head (a gem), vultures and a dragon. Tenuous that last one… Dario G is also back after 11 years, with a Dame in tow. This Dame has been occasionally troubling my charts since 1971, though my dad bought her 1950’s hits album when I was 8, our first record player 1966, Liverpool one-bed flat slum. It was so small the mice were hunch-backed. Boom boom. Oh the tales I could tell, honestly you’d be weeping in sympathy, or with laughter…

1 1 1 5 I WALK ALONE – Cher 699250
2 4 2 2 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 180000
3 12 3 3 LONG BLACK ROAD – ELO 155000
4 3 1 10 UNDER CONTROL – Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts 913800
5 2 2 6 HOLDING ON FOR LIFE – Broken Bells 476000
6 28 6 5 IF I LOSE MYSELF – Alesso vs OneRepublic 99500
7 8 7 5 WON’T BE BROKEN – Keane 183400
8 6 4 8 FACE TO FACE – Gary Barlow and Elton John 278800
9 7 6 5 YOU CAN’T STOP THE BEAT – Wally Lopez featuring Jamie Scott of Graffiti6 226000
10 32 10 3 MAKE IT WONDERFUL – Erasure 77400

11 5 5 9 LET ME GO – Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger 287600
12 27 12 2 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 53400
13 11 5 10 HEY BROTHER – Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 384000
14 9 9 10 GIRLS/GIRLS/BOYS – Panic! At The Disco 269650
15 20 15 3 10538 OVERTURE (AMERICAN HUSTLE SOUNDTRACK VERSION) – ELO 67000
16 NEW 16 1 INTO THE BLUE – Kylie Minogue 25000
17 19 17 3 XO – Beyonce 63000
18 24 18 2 FLY BOY BLUE/ LUNETTE – Elbow 41000
19 26 19 6 RIPTIDE – Vance Joy 103200
20 34 20 2 DOWN IN THE HOLE – Bruce Springsteen 37600

21 22 3 12 SAIL – Awolnation 460950
22 14 3 10 DO WHAT U WANT – Lady Gaga featuring R Kelly 365250
23 29 23 4 TIMBER – Pitbull featuring Kesha 61950
24 NEW 24 1 BEST DAY OF OUR LIVES – American Authors 19000
25 30 25 3 EMPIRE – Kids Of The Apocalypse 48250
26 16 16 7 NEW LIFE – Kim Wilde 111000
27 39 27 4 KNEE DEEP IN MY HEART – Shane Filan 52700
28 36 28 2 IF U GOT IT – Chris Malinchak (featuring Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations) 35700
29 33 29 11 SUNNY – Bobby Hebb 135500
30 NEW 30 1 CAN’T RELY ON YOU – Paloma Faith featuring Pharrell Williams 18000

31 10 10 8 ODD MAN OUT – Pet Shop Boys 196300
32 62 32 2 TIGERHEAD – Iiris 25200
33 15 14 9 LOSING SLEEP – John Newman 195800
34 13 7 9 HAPPY – Pharrell Williams 278100
35 21 12 12 MIRROR MARU – Cashmere Cat 227100
36 60 36 3 LET GO FOR TONIGHT – Foxes 37400
37 49 37 2 BEAUTIFUL MORNING – Rod Stewart 29400
38 38 38 7 RED LIGHT SPELLS DANGER – Billy Ocean 83750
39 57 39 4 HIGH HOPES – Bruce Springsteen 39500
40 40 40 2 LIQUID SPIRIT – Gregory Porter 34000

41 23 2 9 ONE MORE SLEEP – Leona Lewis 482000
42 17 10 10 HARD OUT HERE – Lily Allen 205300
43 43 26 6 DEMONS – Imagine Dragons 99600
44 18 9 9 DREAM A LITTLE DREAM – Robbie Williams featuring Lily Allen 183750
45 35 14 16 JUBEL – Klingande 265900
46 46 46 2 101 VULTURES (NICITA REMIX) – Alex Winston 25500
47 54 47 5 WILD HEART – The Vamps 54100
48 25 25 13 SORROW – David Bowie 178650
49 37 1 23 ANIMALS – Martin Garrix 878500
50 NEW 50 1 RATHER BE – Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 12000

51 47 1 24 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 778150
52 NEW 52 1 CHANGES – Faul and Wad Ad versus Pnau 11500
53 63 53 2 UN NOUVEAU SOLEIL – M83 18450
54 58 54 2 DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN – Elyar Fox 21200
55 70 55 2 CRYING FOR NO REASON – Katy B 16800
56 NEW 56 1 READY FOR YOUR LOVE – Gorgon City featuring MNEK 10600
57 59 57 7 NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) – Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer 51700
58 65 58 2 TAKE ME HOME – Cash Cash featuring Bebe Rexha 17200
59 41 2 18 LET ME GO – Gary Barlow 817250
60 52 1 21 THE BEST JEWEL THIEF IN THE WORLD – Prefab Sprout 739150

61 31 17 10 ANTHEM FOR A LOST CAUSE – Manic Street Preachers 155500
62 67 62 4 JESUS WALKS – Kanye West 25800
63 66 63 2 WICKED GAMES – Parra For Cuva featuring Anna Naklab 14000
64 64 1 24 SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW – Keane 512250
65 61 1 35 LA LA LA – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith 1761750
66 69 66 3 I PREDICT A RIOT – Kaiser Chiefs 18200
67 NEW 67 1 THIS HEART IS YOURS – 4 Strings featuring Neev Kennedy 6600
68 56 1 29 THURSDAY – Pet Shop Boys featuring Example 1176800
69 NEW 69 1 WE GOT MUSIC – Dario G and Dame Shirley Bassey 6200
70 NEW 70 1 YOUNG BLOOD – Sophie Ellis-Bextor 6000

71 71 1 42 PHOTOGRAPH – Ringo Starr 620050
72 NEW 72 1 LET THE NIGHT – Dirty Vegas 5600
73 NEW 73 1 EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE – The Police 5400
74 NEW 74 1 CARRY ON – Lisa Stansfield 5200
75 NEW 75 1 CAN’T REMEMBER TO FORGET YOU – Shakira featuring Rihanna 5000

DROP OUTS
42 32 4 I’LL WAIT – Bebe Black 50400
44 10 9 HAND ON HEART – Olly Murs 210000
45 30 8 LIMPIDO – Laura Pausini with Kylie Minogue 86000
48 27 10 ALL THAT WE HAD IS LOST (HOW WILL I KNOW) – Postiljonen 149700
50 50 2 LOVE SUBLIME – Tensnake featuring Nile Rodgers and Fiora 24000
51 19 3 SEPTEMBER” – Earth, Wind and Fire 52250
53 53 4 TRUMPETS – Jason Derulo 33450
55 34 5 ONE FOR THE ROAD – Arctic Monkeys 70600
68 4 10 CHUTES AND LADDERS – Dave Edmunds 295650
72 72 3 HEART TO HEART – James Blunt 16800
73 1 15 GO GENTLE – Robbie Williams 665300
74 74 3 MONEY ON MY MIND – Sam Smith 15200
75 75 1 FOLLOW YOUR ARROW – Kacey Musgraves 5000

26th JAN 2014

A 3rd week at the top for Cher, and one of her greatest vocal performances on one of her greatest records. Pity it’s not a hit anywhere… I should also note the second-oldest woman to get a number one with new material (behind Petula Clark).

Highest new entry is a theme from a Butlins advert, or as I know it, Theme From A Summer Place. Percy Faith had a huge hit with it 50 years ago, and it’s a great toon and delicious strings. I loved it when I was 6 and I love it still. Highest proper new entry is a marathon track from Elbow, oh those guitars breaking-in are sooo spine-tingly! Followed by a French huge hit from Indila and a Springsteen album track that’s better than the first single, and a dance track from Chris Malinchak. I heard it on Radio One and thought, “Diana Ross and Eddie Kendricks on Radio 1? Shorely shome mishtake!”. It’s a sample from 1969 number 2 John fave I’m Gonna Make You Love Me but with no actual credit. I find that very annoying, as their vocal contribution is more than, say, an 8-second half-hearted rap from Rentarapper or a quick one-line vocal from Singalongacashregister, who then claim a “featuring” hit out of it. So I’ve given them credit, as I always do for substantial uncredited contributions.

1 1 1 4 I WALK ALONE – Cher 529250
2 2 2 5 HOLDING ON FOR LIFE – Broken Bells 416000
3 3 1 9 UNDER CONTROL – Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts 848800
4 NEW 4 1 THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith 65000
5 5 5 8 LET ME GO – Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger 250600
6 4 4 7 FACE TO FACE – Gary Barlow and Elton John 230800
7 6 6 4 YOU CAN’T STOP THE BEAT – Wally Lopez featuring Jamie Scott of Graffiti6 181000
8 8 8 4 WON’T BE BROKEN – Keane 133400
9 13 9 9 GIRLS/GIRLS/BOYS – Panic! At The Disco 240650
10 14 10 7 ODD MAN OUT – Pet Shop Boys 178400

11 18 5 9 HEY BROTHER – Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 352000
12 12 12 2 LONG BLACK ROAD – ELO 70000
13 7 7 8 HAPPY – Pharrell Williams 260500
14 11 3 9 DO WHAT U WANT – Lady Gaga featuring R Kelly 345750
15 21 14 8 LOSING SLEEP – John Newman 178100
16 16 16 6 NEW LIFE – Kim Wilde 92500
17 10 10 9 HARD OUT HERE – Lily Allen 191550
18 9 9 8 DREAM A LITTLE DREAM – Robbie Williams featuring Lily Allen 170500
19 24 19 2 XO – Beyonce 40000
20 20 20 2 10538 OVERTURE (AMERICAN HUSTLE SOUNDTRACK VERSION) – ELO 40000

21 23 12 11 MIRROR MARU – Cashmere Cat 209600
22 22 3 11 SAIL – Awolnation 441200
23 15 2 8 ONE MORE SLEEP – Leona Lewis 468000
24 NEW 24 1 FLY BOY BLUE/ LUNETTE – Elbow 19000
25 25 25 12 SORROW – David Bowie 166350
26 28 26 5 RIPTIDE – Vance Joy 82200
27 NEW 27 1 DERNIERE DANSE – Indila 18400
28 45 28 4 IF I LOSE MYSELF – Alesso vs OneRepublic 44500
29 39 29 3 TIMBER – Pitbull featuring Kesha 42700
30 52 30 2 EMPIRE – Kids Of The Apocalypse 29500

31 17 17 9 ANTHEM FOR A LOST CAUSE – Manic Street Preachers 148000
32 34 32 2 MAKE IT WONDERFUL – Erasure 35400
33 36 33 10 SUNNY – Bobby Hebb 117300
34 NEW 34 1 DOWN IN THE HOLE – Bruce Springsteen 17600
35 37 14 15 JUBEL – Klingande 252900
36 NEW 35 1 IF U WANT IT – Chris Malinchak (featuring Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations) 17400
37 26 1 22 ANIMALS – Martin Garrix 866400
38 44 38 6 RED LIGHT SPELLS DANGER – Billy Ocean 66550
39 RE 39 3 KNEE DEEP IN MY HEART – Shane Filan 34300
40 NEW 40 1 LIQUID SPIRIT – Gregory Porter 17000

41 31 2 17 LET ME GO – Gary Barlow 807150
42 32 32 4 I’LL WAIT – Bebe Black 50400
43 33 26 5 DEMONS – Imagine Dragons 86100
44 29 10 9 HAND ON HEART – Olly Murs 210000
45 30 30 8 LIMPIDO – Laura Pausini with Kylie Minogue 86000
46 NEW 46 1 101 VULTURES (NICITA REMIX) – Alex Winston 12750
47 47 1 23 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 766400
48 27 27 10 ALL THAT WE HAD IS LOST (HOW WILL I KNOW) – Postiljonen 149700
49 NEW 49 1 BEAUTIFUL MORNING – Rod Stewart 12100
50 50 50 2 LOVE SUBLIME – Tensnake featuring Nile Rodgers and Fiora 24000

51 19 19 3 SEPTEMBER” – Earth, Wind and Fire 52250
52 48 1 20 THE BEST JEWEL THIEF IN THE WORLD – Prefab Sprout 729150
53 57 53 4 TRUMPETS – Jason Derulo 33450
54 56 54 4 WILD HEART – The Vamps 41600
55 35 34 5 ONE FOR THE ROAD – Arctic Monkeys 70600
56 42 1 28 THURSDAY – Pet Shop Boys featuring Example 1170400
57 70 57 3 HIGH HOPES – Bruce Springsteen 22400
58 NEW 58 1 DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN – Elyar Fox 10200
59 62 59 6 NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) – Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer 41300
60 60 60 2 LET GO FOR TONIGHT – Foxes 20000

61 55 1 34 LA LA LA – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith 1754750
62 NEW 62 1 TIGERHEAD – Ilris 7400
63 NEW 63 1 UN NOUVEAU SOLEIL – M83 7200
64 58 1 23 SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW – Keane 505150
65 NEW 65 1 TAKE ME HOME – Cash Cash featuring Bebe Rexha 7000
66 NEW 66 1 WICKED GAMES – Parra For Cuva featuring Anna Naklab 6800
67 68 67 3 JESUS WALKS – Kanye West 18400
68 43 4 10 CHUTES AND LADDERS – Dave Edmunds 295650
69 74 69 2 I PREDICT A RIOT – Kaiser Chiefs 11400
70 NEW 70 1 CRYING FOR NO REASON – Katy B 6000

71 71 1 41 PHOTOGRAPH – Ringo Starr 614250
72 72 72 3 HEART TO HEART – James Blunt 16800
73 54 1 15 GO GENTLE – Robbie Williams 665300
74 RE 74 3 MONEY ON MY MIND – Sam Smith 15200
75 NEW 75 1 FOLLOW YOUR ARROW – Kacey Musgraves 5000

DROP OUTS
38 38 3 UNCONDITIONALLY – Katy Perry 44800
40 2 14 SOUND AND VISION – David Bowie 355900
41 18 3 MR. BRIGHTSIDE – The Killers 56000
46 3 4 JUST KIDS – F.U.R.S. 172000
49 49 2 JUST ANOTHER GIRL – The Killers 24200
51 35 9 THE MONSTER – Eminem featuring Rihanna 106100
53 2 14 YOU’RE THE ONE FOR ME – Great Good Fine OK 458350
59 4 12 QUEENIE EYE – Paul McCartney 397350
61 1 18 SHOW ME LOVE (AMERICA) – The Wanted 819900
63 8 11 SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW – Lily Allen 312550
64 4 23 COUNTING STARS – OneRepublic 626000
65 65 3 LITTLE ME – Little Mix 20000
66 40 5 I SEE FIRE – Ed Sheeran 64550
67 67 1 LET HER GO – Passenger 6600
69 69 1 BEAUTIFUL WAR – Kings Of Leon 6200
73 3 18 THIS IS THE NIGHT – Toploader 494000
75 75 1 BLOW – Martin Solveig featuring Laidback Luke 5000

19th JAN 2014

Second week at the top for Cher. It’s a shame the track isn’t getting heavy exposure, it’s just so perfect…banjo, electric guitar, frantic BMP clap-heavy rhythm, gypsy “I’m a survivor and it ain’t over till it’s over” Cher defiance at ageism lyrics, unusual breaks, catchy chorus and then that flamenco guitar, electric guitar and abrupt ending. Fab! One of her best ever records.

Gary gets, meanwhile his fourth solo Top 5 (albeit only one alone) and Elton gets his first actual new top 5 hit since either the similarly-jaunty I Don’t Feel Like Dancing (if you count his uncredited Scissor Sisters blockbuster) or for 20 years (The Lion King singles).

Keane get yet another Top 10 to add to the long run, Robbie ditto, and Lily gets two at the same time to make it 4 in 6 months. Meanwhile movie American Hustle has a great soundtrack and adds two instant Top 20 hits for ELO, a re-recording of their first ever hit (and number one in my chart 42 years ago) 10538 Overture (minus Roy Wood, sadly), and a newly-released rocking gem from the vaults Long Black Road at 12 for 45 years or so of Jeff Lynne charting (with The Move).

Beyonce gets a high new entry with her long-awaited move into more interesting musical areas, Erasure come up with another good pop release (28 years of Top 40 hits, 33 for Vince Clarke), Nile Rodgers gets yet another modern dance credit with Tensnake, and Southampton gal Foxes pops in too .

1 1 1 3 I WALK ALONE – Cher 359250
2 2 2 4 HOLDING ON FOR LIFE – Broken Bells 301000
3 3 1 8 UNDER CONTROL – Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts 763800
4 12 4 6 FACE TO FACE – Gary Barlow and Elton John 175800
5 9 5 7 LET ME GO – Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger 190600
6 6 6 3 YOU CAN’T STOP THE BEAT – Wally Lopez featuring Jamie Scott of Graffiti6 131000
7 7 7 7 HAPPY – Pharrell Williams 228500
8 20 8 3 WON’T BE BROKEN – Keane 85400
9 17 9 7 DREAM A LITTLE DREAM – Robbie Williams featuring Lily Allen 148500
10 13 10 8 HARD OUT HERE – Lily Allen 168550

11 5 3 8 DO WHAT U WANT – Lady Gaga featuring R Kelly 316750
12 NEW 12 1 LONG BLACK ROAD – ELO 35000
13 10 10 8 GIRLS/GIRLS/BOYS – Panic! At The Disco 195650
14 24 14 6 ODD MAN OUT – Pet Shop Boys 136400
15 8 2 7 ONE MORE SLEEP – Leona Lewis 448750
16 30 16 5 NEW LIFE – Kim Wilde 67500
17 19 17 8 ANTHEM FOR A LOST CAUSE – Manic Street Preachers 130100
18 11 5 8 HEY BROTHER – Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 315000
19 22 19 2 SEPTEMBER” – Earth, Wind and Fire 40500
20 NEW 20 1 10538 OVERTURE (AMERICAN HUSTLE SOUNDTRACK VERSION) – ELO 20000

21 21 14 7 LOSING SLEEP – John Newman 151100
22 14 3 10 SAIL – Awolnation 421700
23 31 12 10 MIRROR MARU – Cashmere Cat 189850
24 NEW 24 1 XO – Beyonce 19000
25 28 25 11 SORROW – David Bowie 147600
26 15 1 21 ANIMALS – Martin Garrix 849100
27 27 27 9 ALL THAT WE HAD IS LOST (HOW WILL I KNOW) – Postiljonen 137400
28 32 28 4 RIPTIDE – Vance Joy 63700
29 16 10 8 HAND ON HEART – Olly Murs 196750
30 37 30 7 LIMPIDO – Laura Pausini with Kylie Minogue 73000

31 29 2 16 LET ME GO – Gary Barlow 793250
32 44 32 3 I’LL WAIT – Bebe Black 36650
33 26 26 4 DEMONS – Imagine Dragons 72600
34 NEW 34 1 MAKE IT WONDERFUL – Erasure 17600
35 34 34 4 ONE FOR THE ROAD – Arctic Monkeys 59800
36 36 36 9 SUNNY – Bobby Hebb 99600
37 48 14 14 JUBEL – Klingande 235400
38 38 38 3 UNCONDITIONALLY – Katy Perry 44800
39 62 39 2 TIMBER – Pitbull featuring Kesha 24500
40 4 2 14 SOUND AND VISION – David Bowie 355900

41 18 18 3 MR. BRIGHTSIDE – The Killers 56000
42 33 1 27 THURSDAY – Pet Shop Boys featuring Example 1159800
43 25 4 9 CHUTES AND LADDERS – Dave Edmunds 289250
44 47 44 5 RED LIGHT SPELLS DANGER – Billy Ocean 49350
45 67 45 3 IF I LOSE MYSELF – Alesso vs OneRepublic 26200
46 23 3 4 JUST KIDS – F.U.R.S. 172000
47 46 1 22 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 753900
48 39 1 19 THE BEST JEWEL THIEF IN THE WORLD – Prefab Sprout 717650
49 49 49 2 JUST ANOTHER GIRL – The Killers 24200
50 NEW 50 1 LOVE SUBLIME – Tensnake featuring Nile Rodgers and Fiora 12000

51 35 35 9 THE MONSTER – Eminem featuring Rihanna 106100
52 NEW 52 1 EMPIRE – Kids Of The Apocalypse 11500
53 45 2 14 YOU’RE THE ONE FOR ME – Great Good Fine OK 458350
54 42 1 14 GO GENTLE – Robbie Williams 659900
55 52 1 33 LA LA LA – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith 1747250
56 RE 56 3 WILD HEART – The Vamps 30600
57 68 57 3 TRUMPETS – Jason Derulo 22200
58 57 1 22 SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW – Keane 498050
59 41 4 12 QUEENIE EYE – Paul McCartney 397350
60 NEW 60 1 LET GO FOR TONIGHT – Foxes 10000

61 51 1 18 SHOW ME LOVE (AMERICA) – The Wanted 819900
62 66 62 5 NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) – Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer 31200
63 43 8 11 SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW – Lily Allen 312550
64 56 4 23 COUNTING STARS – OneRepublic 626000
65 65 65 3 LITTLE ME – Little Mix 20000
66 40 40 5 I SEE FIRE – Ed Sheeran 64550
67 NEW 67 1 LET HER GO – Passenger 6600
68 73 68 2 JESUS WALKS – Kanye West 11800
69 NEW 69 1 BEAUTIFUL WAR – Kings Of Leon 6200
70 70 70 2 HIGH HOPES – Bruce Springsteen 12000

71 71 1 40 PHOTOGRAPH – Ringo Starr 608450
72 72 72 2 HEART TO HEART – James Blunt 11200
73 53 3 18 THIS IS THE NIGHT – Toploader 494000
74 NEW 74 1 I PREDICT A RIOT – Kaiser Chiefs 5200
75 NEW 75 1 BLOW – Martin Solveig featuring Laidback Luke 5000

DROP-OUTS
50 50 2 MY CALCULATOR – Zowie 24000
54 54 3 NIGHTCALL – London Grammar 28800
55 1 17 BETTER – Cat And The Menagerie 984600
58 5 11 HIGHER THAN THE SUN – Keane 336800
59 59 2 KNEE DEEP IN MY HEART – Shane Filan 17200
60 15 4 2000 MILES (281550) – The Pretenders 69750
61 16 11 DISCO LOVE – The Saturdays 158700
63 63 3 STOLEN DANCE – Milky Chance 19000
64 47 3 FOREVER – HAIM 32100
69 69 2 LET IT GO – Demi Lovato 12400
74 1 137 GOD ONLY KNOWS – The Beach Boys 2053650
75 75 2 MONEY ON MY MIND – Sam Smith 10000

12th JAN 2014

Yes, it’s a shock leap for Cher with her great stomping dance tune, a lil’ bit hee haww country, a lil’ bit stompy, a lot lyrically very This Is Me for Cher, and a bit of flamenco guitar thrown in to the mix. Crackin’, and her first topper since Believe, her 4th solo topper and 6th in all, for a 42 year span. Just pipped at the post, the fab Broken Bells with the best Bee Gees record (well soundalike at any rate, not actually) since the Bee Gees final single This Is Where I Came In.

Elsewhere Jamie Scott gets his 2nd Top 10, previously hit 2 with the awesome Graffiti6 track Annie You Save Me. Avril gets her first ever Top 10, Chad his 2nd. Kim Wilde goes top 40 again, 33 years on from Kids In America, Kylie n Katy are back too, and earth Wind & Fire have a 35th anniversary goodie disco oldie back in (from the movie Last Vegas, and Top Of The Pops 1979).

1 23 1 2 I WALK ALONE – Cher 189250
2 7 2 3 HOLDING ON FOR LIFE – Broken Bells 186000
3 1 1 7 UNDER CONTROL – Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts 678800
4 2 2 13 SOUND AND VISION – David Bowie 338900
5 3 3 7 DO WHAT U WANT – Lady Gaga featuring R Kelly 279750
6 19 6 2 YOU CAN’T STOP THE BEAT – Wally Lopez featuring Jamie Scott of Graffiti6 76000
7 10 7 6 HAPPY – Pharrell Williams 178500
8 4 2 6 ONE MORE SLEEP – Leona Lewis 421750
9 16 9 6 LET ME GO – Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger 130600
10 12 10 7 GIRLS/GIRLS/BOYS – Panic! At The Disco 163650

11 5 5 7 HEY BROTHER – Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 293000
12 17 12 5 FACE TO FACE – Gary Barlow and Elton John 110800
13 13 13 7 HARD OUT HERE – Lily Allen 126550
14 8 3 9 SAIL – Awolnation 402200
15 9 1 20 ANIMALS – Martin Garrix 830600
16 11 10 7 HAND ON HEART – Olly Murs 178550
17 30 17 6 DREAM A LITTLE DREAM – Robbie Williams featuring Lily Allen 103500
18 20 18 2 MR. BRIGHTSIDE – The Killers 42000
19 22 19 7 ANTHEM FOR A LOST CAUSE – Manic Street Preachers 107100
20 36 20 2 WON’T BE BROKEN – Keane 37400

21 14 14 6 LOSING SLEEP – John Newman 131350
22 NEW 22 1 SEPTEMBER” – Earth, Wind and Fire 19500
23 6 3 3 JUST KIDS – F.U.R.S. 159250
24 15 15 5 ODD MAN OUT – Pet Shop Boys 107400
25 18 4 8 CHUTES AND LADDERS – Dave Edmunds 275750
26 29 26 3 DEMONS – Imagine Dragons 54900
27 27 27 8 ALL THAT WE HAD IS LOST (HOW WILL I KNOW) – Postiljonen 119000
28 28 28 10 SORROW – David Bowie 128850
29 21 2 15 LET ME GO – Gary Barlow 775350
30 59 30 4 NEW LIFE – Kim Wilde 42500

31 52 12 9 MIRROR MARU – Cashmere Cat 170600
32 35 32 3 RIPTIDE – Vance Joy 45400
33 25 1 26 THURSDAY – Pet Shop Boys featuring Example 1146050
34 37 34 3 ONE FOR THE ROAD – Arctic Monkeys 42300
35 39 35 8 THE MONSTER – Eminem featuring Rihanna 94350
36 38 36 8 SUNNY – Bobby Hebb 82200
37 58 37 6 LIMPIDO – Laura Pausini with Kylie Minogue 55000
38 57 38 2 UNCONDITIONALLY – Katy Perry 27600
39 33 1 18 THE BEST JEWEL THIEF IN THE WORLD – Prefab Sprout 705350
40 40 40 4 I SEE FIRE – Ed Sheeran 57750

41 24 4 11 QUEENIE EYE – Paul McCartney 387250
42 32 1 13 GO GENTLE – Robbie Williams 648900
43 31 8 10 SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW – Lily Allen 305350
44 72 44 2 I’LL WAIT – Bebe Black 18850
45 34 2 13 YOU’RE THE ONE FOR ME – Great Good Fine OK 447100
46 46 1 21 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 741400
47 56 47 4 RED LIGHT SPELLS DANGER – Billy Ocean 36100
48 61 14 13 JUBEL – Klingande 218100
49 NEW 49 1 JUST ANOTHER GIRL – The Killers 12100
50 50 50 2 MY CALCULATOR – Zowie 24000

51 44 1 17 SHOW ME LOVE (AMERICA) – The Wanted 812400
52 51 1 32 LA LA LA – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith 1736450
53 43 3 17 THIS IS THE NIGHT – Toploader 486600
54 54 54 3 NIGHTCALL – London Grammar 28800
55 48 1 17 BETTER – Cat And The Menagerie 984600
56 49 4 22 COUNTING STARS – OneRepublic 618900
57 55 1 21 SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW – Keane 487850
58 45 5 11 HIGHER THAN THE SUN – Keane 336800
59 64 59 2 KNEE DEEP IN MY HEART – Shane Filan 17200
60 41 15 4 2000 MILES – The Pretenders 69750

61 53 16 11 DISCO LOVE – The Saturdays 158700
62 NEW 62 1 TIMBER – Pitbull featuring Kesha 7400
63 66 63 3 STOLEN DANCE – Milky Chance 19000
64 47 47 3 FOREVER – HAIM 32100
65 70 65 2 LITTLE ME – Little Mix 13000
66 68 66 4 NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) – Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer 23800
67 67 67 2 IF I LOSE MYSELF – OneRepublic 13200
68 73 68 2 TRUMPETS – Jason Derulo 11800
69 69 69 2 LET IT GO – Demi Lovato 12400
70 NEW 70 1 HIGH HOPES – Bruce Springsteen 6000

71 71 1 39 PHOTOGRAPH – Ringo Starr 602650
72 NEW 72 1 HEART TO HEART – James Blunt 5600
73 NEW 73 1 JESUS WALKS – Kanye West 5400
74 74 1 137 GOD ONLY KNOWS – The Beach Boys 2053650
75 75 75 2 MONEY ON MY MIND – Sam Smith 10000

DROP OUTS
26 1 4 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS – Greg Lake 266500
42 7 26 THE LAST TIME – The Rolling Stones 375350
60 60 2 WILD HEART – The Vamps 20000
62 10 10 SHOT AT THE NIGHT – The Killers 203600
63 16 9 OF THE NIGHT – Bastille 133450
65 57 4 SKYSCRAPER – Sam Bailey 37500

5th JAN 2014

It’s a new year, which always mean add one to my age and goodbye to the xmas songs, usually, bar a couple of hangovers. I did go to London to see the fireworks, but no actual hangovers just a couple of bacardi’s.

3rd week at the top for the fab Calvin, Alessi, Hurts dance track. It’s still very strong, the only real competition is from a 1977 Bowie number 3 in my chart, largely instrumental and EDM of it’s time, it was ground-breaking and unlike anything before it, and this time round it goes one better. Gaga’s back on form, another Top 3, her 6th, and R Kelly’s first ever.

Broken Bells get a second Top 10, Pharrell a 4th or 5th (depending on what you count as him), and highest new entry is a second hit for Graffiti6’s Jamie Scott (with Wally Lopez) and a great dance track. Incredibly, Killers Mr Brightside enters at 20 and unless my chart compiling went haywire in 2004 (quite possible till I can check the charts later in the year) it’s the first time it’s done that! Agh!

Gazza’s Let Me Go drops out the 20, but also enters – for Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger. A sort of Lily & Herman Munster showbiz couple to me, it would be fair to say not a big fan of either, but this is surprisingly good! Gazza meanwhile enters with Elton into the 20, so fair swap. Cher gets a new entry in yet another new year, exactly as she did 40 years ago this week (see my 1974 Retro section charts!), and was still around with her Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves 42 years ago. Legend!

1 1 1 6 UNDER CONTROL – Calvin Harris and Alesso featuring Hurts 593800
2 18 2 12 SOUND AND VISION – David Bowie 273900
3 4 3 6 DO WHAT U WANT – Lady Gaga featuring R Kelly 219750
4 2 2 5 ONE MORE SLEEP – Leona Lewis 373750
5 5 5 6 HEY BROTHER – Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 256000
6 3 3 2 JUST KIDS – F.U.R.S. 140000
7 19 7 2 HOLDING ON FOR LIFE – Broken Bells 71000
8 8 3 8 SAIL – Awolnation 373200
9 9 1 19 ANIMALS – Martin Garrix 803600
10 13 10 5 HAPPY – Pharrell Williams 128500

11 10 10 6 HAND ON HEART – Olly Murs 153550
12 20 12 6 GIRLS/GIRLS/BOYS – Panic! At The Disco 121650
13 25 13 6 HARD OUT HERE – Lily Allen 94550
14 14 14 5 LOSING SLEEP – John Newman 111600
15 17 15 4 ODD MAN OUT – Pet Shop Boys 88400
16 31 16 5 LET ME GO – Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger 85600
17 28 17 4 FACE TO FACE – Gary Barlow and Elton John 75800
18 11 4 7 CHUTES AND LADDERS – Dave Edmunds 257000
19 NEW 19 1 YOU CAN’T STOP THE BEAT – Wally Lopez featuring Jamie Scott of Graffiti6 21000
20 NEW 20 1 MR. BRIGHTSIDE – The Killers 20000


21 12 2 14 LET ME GO – Gary Barlow 757150
22 30 22 6 ANTHEM FOR A LOST CAUSE – Manic Street Preachers 86100
23 NEW 23 1 I WALK ALONE – Cher 19250
24 16 4 10 QUEENIE EYE – Paul McCartney 373250
25 22 1 25 THURSDAY – Pet Shop Boys featuring Example 1128350
26 6 1 4 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS – Greg Lake 266500
27 39 27 7 ALL THAT WE HAD IS LOST (HOW WILL I KNOW) – Postiljonen 100600
28 38 28 9 SORROW – David Bowie 110550
29 29 29 2 DEMONS – Imagine Dragons 36400
30 36 30 5 DREAM A LITTLE DREAM – Robbie Williams featuring Lily Allen 80500

31 21 8 9 SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW – Lily Allen 291850
32 23 1 12 GO GENTLE – Robbie Williams 635150
33 32 1 17 THE BEST JEWEL THIEF IN THE WORLD – Prefab Sprout 688250
34 34 2 12 YOU’RE THE ONE FOR ME – Great Good Fine OK 434100
35 59 35 2 RIPTIDE – Vance Joy 27600
36 NEW 36 1 WON’T BE BROKEN – Keane 17400
37 62 37 2 ONE FOR THE ROAD – Arctic Monkeys 24700
38 54 38 7 SUNNY – Bobby Hebb 64800
39 RE 39 7 THE MONSTER – Eminem featuring Rihanna 76850
40 42 40 3 I SEE FIRE – Ed Sheeran 40750

41 15 15 3 2000 MILES – The Pretenders 59750
42 7 7 26 THE LAST TIME – The Rolling Stones 375350
43 33 3 16 THIS IS THE NIGHT – Toploader 475350
44 35 1 16 SHOW ME LOVE (AMERICA) – The Wanted 800650
45 24 5 10 HIGHER THAN THE SUN – Keane 326600
46 45 1 20 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD – Tears For Fears 728650
47 47 47 2 FOREVER – HAIM 25000
48 43 1 16 BETTER – Cat And The Menagerie 973800
49 48 4 21 COUNTING STARS – OneRepublic 608300
50 NEW 50 1 MY CALCULATOR – Zowie 12000


51 51 1 31 LA LA LA – Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith 1724950
52 26 12 8 MIRROR MARU – Cashmere Cat 156700
53 46 16 10 DISCO LOVE – The Saturdays 151200
54 66 54 2 NIGHTCALL – London Grammar 17800
55 55 1 20 SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW – Keane 477450
56 65 56 3 RED LIGHT SPELLS DANGER – Billy Ocean 23600
57 NEW 57 1 UNCONDITIONALLY – Katy Perry 10400
58 63 58 5 LIMPIDO – Laura Pausini with Kylie Minogue 37700
59 RE 59 3 NEW LIFE – Kim Wilde 24500
60 60 60 2 WILD HEART – The Vamps 20000

61 53 14 12 JUBEL – Klingande 205800
62 41 10 10 SHOT AT THE NIGHT – The Killers 203600
63 49 16 9 OF THE NIGHT – Bastille 133450
64 NEW 64 1 KNEE DEEP IN MY HEART – Shane Filan 7100
65 57 57 4 SKYSCRAPER – Sam Bailey 37500
66 75 66 2 STOLEN DANCE – Milky Chance 11800
67 NEW 67 1 IF I LOSE MYSELF – OneRepublic 6600
68 72 68 3 NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) – Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer 17000
69 NEW 69 1 LET IT GO – Demi Lovato 6200
70 NEW 70 1 LITTLE ME – Little Mix 6000

71 71 1 38 PHOTOGRAPH – Ringo Starr 596850
72 NEW 72 1 I’LL WAIT – Bebe Black 5600
73 NEW 73 1 TRUMPETS – Jason Derulo 5400
74 74 1 136 GOD ONLY KNOWS – The Beach Boys 2048450
75 NEW 75 1 MONEY ON MY MIND – Sam Smith 5000

DROP OUTS:
27 4 10 IT’S FOR YOU – Cilla Black 270500
37 15 7 WINTER SONG – Sarah McLachlan 121200
40 40 3 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN – The Crystals 29200
44 7 5 EVERYDAY – Slade 178000
50 21 6 FREE – Rudimental featuring Emeli Sande 77550
52 10 7 I LOVE MUSIC – Dave Edmunds 161450
56 19 7 I CHASE THE DEVIL (OUTA SPACE) – Madness 104700
58 4 11 THE PERFECT LIFE – Moby featuring Wayne Coyne 279750
61 6 13 I HOPE YOU FIND IT – Cher 326100
64 64 2 HOW LONG WILL I LOVE YOU – Ellie Goulding 12500
67 1 17 HERO – Family Of The Year 795150
68 6 20 ROAR – Katy Perry 355800
69 69 2 WHAT NOW – Rihanna 11800
70 70 1 BERLIN – Ry X 6000
73 73 1 WIZARD – Martin Garrix and Jay Hardway 5400