My May-Aug 2020 Charts

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Salisbury Cathedral June 2020

5th July 2020

It’s a second week on top for REYKO in an unchanged top 3, as Kim Petras gets a first top 5 with Malibu and Harry Styles leaps up to 5 having peaked at 3 at the end of 2019 with Watermelon Sugar, still sounding fab 6 months later. James Blunt also leaps up to 6 with Should I Give It All Up, the latest track off his (extended) album to go top 10 – 6 have charted, 4 gone top 10, and one peaked at 2 (Halfway with ward Thomas). Sparks also return to the top 10 with all that as the new album gets critical acclaim and a physical release this week.

Biggest climber is Pretenders’ Didn’t Want To Be This Lonely, that Bo Diddley rhythm giving them a first top 40 for 3 years, and Eurovision (the film) gives Iceland another top 40 track in 2020, the feel-good rom-com taking Will Ferrell into the top 40 as he interrupts the fab vocals of Rachel McAdams & Molly Sanden. Marilyn meanwhile gets a first top 40 since 1984, Travis a second of the year, and Lenny Kravitz a first for 2 years.

As I manage to chop my chart down to 95, there are only 5 new entries, the highest being 3rd time round for 1993 chart=topper classic Ordinary World from Duran Duran, selling in itunes again. The other 4 occupy the lowest births, Bob Sinclar returning after his top in 2019 with Robbie Williams, and extending his chart run to 17 years since debuting with The Beat Goes On in 2003, Andt Grammer gets his first for 2 years and a 9-year chart-span as guest this time on a Don Diablo track, Dua Lipa’s 5th entry from her current album pops in as a new single, and Bright Light Bright Light is back for a 4th chart entry in 6 years.

1 1 1 3 SPINNING OVER YOU REYKO 455000
2 2 1 8 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 698300
3 3 1 5 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 540000
4 8 4 2 MALIBU Kim Petras 113000
5 22 5 2 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 79500
6 29 6 2 SHOULD I GIVE IT ALL UP (DEMO) James Blunt 73200
7 5 5 7 SUMMER FEELINGS Lennon Stella featuring Charlie Puth 238350
8 4 1 8 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 863000
9 6 3 8 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 475000
10 12 10 8 ALL THAT Sparks 217800

11 7 7 8 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 300400
12 20 12 3 SAVIOUR (EXTENDED MIX) Dimension & Sharlene Hector 73750
13 30 13 3 FADED Izzy Bizu 57400
14 11 1 15 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 1173100
15 10 3 8 MOVE The Mamas 444000
16 18 16 7 I FLY Galantis featuring Faouzia 124000
17 19 17 7 WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (LEBROCK REMIX) Boston Manor featuring LeBrock 111600
18 9 2 8 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 582000
19 16 16 6 BLAME IT ON ME Melanie C 115500
20 24 20 5 ((TRANCE)) The S.L.P. 81000

21 14 2 11 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 618750
22 25 22 5 DREAM GIRL Anna Of The North 74200
23 23 23 7 FET HOUSE MODE Rebecca & Fiona 97750
24 13 9 9 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 235100
25 38 25 2 OH WHAT A FEELING Walk Off The Earth 35950
26 28 26 6 ALICE Lady Gaga 87600
27 15 10 8 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 235400
28 54 28 3 HALLUCINOGENICS (SEEB REMIX) Matt Maeson 35400
29 86 29 2 DIDN’T WANT TO BE THIS LONELY Pretenders 21000
30 40 30 4 LOVE IS LIKE OXYGEN The Sweet 57200

31 17 7 8 UNIVERSO Blas Canto 266800
32 27 12 8 FAI RUMORE Diodato 182500
33 26 7 11 SECRETS Regard & Raye 285550
34 39 34 3 MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING The Killers 39900
35 47 35 5 POMEGRANATE deadmau5 & The Neptunes 54250
36 88 36 2 HUSAVIK Will Ferrell & My Marianne 19800
37 65 37 3 BREATHE Marilyn 30900
38 33 1 19 SAY SO Doja Cat 1014650
39 56 39 5 A GHOST Travis 47100
40 73 40 2 RIDE (EDIT) Lenny Kravitz 22400

41 31 18 9 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 154000
42 34 18 8 LAWNMOWER Sparks 149750
43 21 1 4 THE BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 268250
44 44 44 5 SAVE A KISS Jessie Ware 54450
45 37 37 5 LITTLE BIT OF LOVE JP Cooper 68300
46 49 46 8 BIG LOG Robert Plant 60250
47 48 47 8 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 65500
48 51 48 4 THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet 40650
49 60 49 3 THE WRITER Four Of Diamonds & Mr Eazi 27700
50 32 32 7 ONE WORLD, ONE PRAYER The Wailers featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy & Cedella Marley 96700

51 36 36 5 HEY NOW (THINK I GOT A FEELING) Erasure 69250
52 53 52 8 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 66550
53 42 42 5 WOMAN Andreya Triana 60200
54 35 35 7 X Jonas Brothers featuring KAROL G 96900
55 50 1 9 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 375550
56 59 56 5 GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp 38100
57 57 57 3 FIRE AND FURY Overcoats 28300
58 58 58 4 LEARN TO FLY Surfaces & Elton John 31200
59 45 29 8 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 107250
60 66 60 5 CANDY TOWN Brand New Heavies featuring Candy Dulfer 31000

61 89 61 2 OLD ME 5 Seconds Of Summer 9700
62 52 52 5 DREAMING OF YOU (IN ISOLATION) The Coral & Blossoms 41000
63 46 5 17 CAUTION The Killers 537450
64 67 64 4 CO-CO The Sweet 24700
65 43 43 7 POLAROID Keith Urban 67450
66 NEW 66 1 ORDINARY WORLD Duran Duran 6800
67 41 35 7 FINGERTIPS Tom Gregory 76600
68 94 68 2 ARISTOCRATS Raleigh Ritchie 8000
69 81 69 2 MARCH MARCH The Chicks 10000
70 71 70 3 CAN’T START OVER AGAIN Dion featuring Jeff Beck 17200

71 75 71 2 MY HURRICANE Jamie Scott 10800
72 74 72 3 PYRAMIDS Noonie Bao 15600
73 55 48 7 HURT BY YOU Donna Missal 52950
74 82 74 4 ACTION The Sweet 15600
75 77 75 4 HIGH ON YOU Sigma & John Newman 15800
76 78 76 4 TAKE CARE OF YOU Ella Henderson 17000
77 80 77 5 HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN Creedence Clearwater Revival 18200
78 93 78 2 HEAVEN ON MY MIND Becky Hill & Sigala 6100
79 79 79 4 BREAKING ME Topic & A7S 16600
80 97 80 2 WHERE I’M COMING FROM Lila Ike 5300

81 63 63 6 NO LOVE Skip Marley 29200
82 76 76 5 THE FUNK IS BACK Brand New Heavies featuring Simon Bartholomew 19800
83 64 64 5 LOOK FOR THE GOOD Jason Mraz 29100
84 84 84 3 SONG FOR SAM COOKE (HERE IN AMERICA) Dion featuring Paul Simon 9400
85 61 2 15 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 591450
86 91 86 2 KARAOKE BooDaBash & Alessandra Omaroso 4700
87 90 87 2 SQUARES Raleigh Ritchie 4600
88 72 36 7 RAIN ON ME Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande 78900
89 95 89 2 CRAZY IN LOVE Beyonce featuring Jay-Z 3700
90 83 83 3 WE’LL MEET AGAIN Vera Lynn 8800

91 100 91 2 THE TIME IS NOW Moloko 2900
92 NEW 92 1 I’M ON MY WAY Bob Sinclar 1800
93 NEW 93 1 THOUSAND FACES Don Diablo & Andy Grammer 1700
94 NEW 94 1 HALLUCINATE Dua Lipa 1600
95 NEW 95 1 I USED TO BE COOL Bright Light Bright Light 1500

DROP OUTS
62 32 6 NHS70 Only Sun 81400
68 19 8 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 115350
69 24 8 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 113350
70 20 7 VOICES Hurts 109300
85 71 5 SINE FROM ABOVE Lady Gaga & Elton John 19800
87 50 6 EL TEJANO Lauv featuring Sofia Reyes 43200
92 39 10 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 102650
96 20 9 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 118450
98 17 7 YES Ben Tan featuring B-OK 113700
99 28 8 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 95100

 

 

29th June 2020

It’s a new chart-topper for REYKO after entering at 2 last week, just edging out the still-fab Robin Schulz track, while a largely static top 10 is enlivened by Kim Petras in at 8 with Malibu, not the place, the drink. Your kisses are like Malibu, she sings – presumably too many and you feel sickly before throwing up. It’s not entirely unlike The Jacksons Shake Your Body rhythmically, and gives Kim a second top 20 2 years on from Heart To Break.

Harry Styles is back with Watermelon Sugar, after going top 5 with it on a lengthy run at the end of 2019. Yes, that’s right, pre-coronavirus days. Seems positively nostalgic now! Still a career high though, and his solo career already beats the crap out of everything One Direction did. James Blunt is doing an extended edition with a fab track addition bizarrely missed off the album, in at 29, I think in the long run this stage of his career will turn out to be my fave James Blunt period. Walk Off The Earth are also back, 8 years into lots of chart entries in my charts, without ever bothering the UK charts. Not necessarily a bad thing considering what streaming companies plug into the charts these days.

The Killers replace themselves in the 40, Lenny Kravitz is back again for a 30-year-run with new material, and I’ve had to extend my charts again to 100 as the sheer volume of good tracks entering and going up overwhelms my ability to chop it down to 75, which is what I want to do! Jamie Scott had some hits back in the mid-noughties, and a had a monster with his alter-ego Graffiti 6 before that, and has popped in occasionally since as songwriter for One Direction, or guest vocals, but I’d missed his 2014 track My Hurricane which popped up when I let his new track on youtube drift on while I was distracted. It’s better than the new one.

The Dixie Chicks return after a very brief absence, minus the Dixie. Not that it’ll lose them any right-wing fans, they all buggered off 20 years ago when they slagged off Bush as the poor dears couldn’t cope with the concept of someone holding a different political point of view. Probably the same ones refusing to wear face masks and voting Trump. Chrissie Hynde & the boys are also back for a second 2020 track, 41 years since Stop Your Sobbin’ debuted Pretenders, the becky Hill & Sigala production-line of entries rolls on, Raleigh Ritchie charts 2 new album tracks in the wake of his brilliant chart-topper (also on the album) Time In A Tree and his surviving to the very end of Game Of Thrones. There’s also a new Eurovision hit – sort of. Will Ferrell’s new comedy film ‘representing’ Iceland who were actually cruelly denied a win in 2020 (guaranteed!) due to Coronavirus cancellation.

1 2 1 1 SPINNING OVER YOU REYKO 285000
2 1 1 7 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 583300
3 3 1 4 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 455000
4 5 1 7 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 815000
5 8 5 6 SUMMER FEELINGS Lennon Stella featuring Charlie Puth 188350
6 6 3 7 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 430000
7 7 7 7 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 263400
8 NEW 8 1 MALIBU Kim Petras 48000
9 9 2 7 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 560000
10 10 3 7 MOVE The Mamas 417000

11 11 1 14 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 1144100
12 12 10 7 ALL THAT Sparks 175800
13 13 9 8 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 216100
14 14 2 10 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 599000
15 15 10 7 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 217000
16 16 16 5 BLAME IT ON ME Melanie C 94500
17 17 7 7 UNIVERSO Blas Canto 249000
18 18 18 6 I FLY Galantis featuring Faouzia 99000
19 20 19 6 WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (LEBROCK REMIX) Boston Manor featuring LeBrock 88600
20 25 20 2 SAVIOUR (EXTENDED MIX) Dimension & Sharlene Hector 38750

21 4 1 3 THE BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 254750
22 NEW 22 1 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 19500
23 23 23 6 FET HOUSE MODE Rebecca & Fiona 78500
24 26 24 4 ((TRANCE)) The S.L.P. 61000
25 29 25 4 DREAM GIRL Anna Of The North 54700
26 21 7 10 SECRETS Regard & Raye 267850
27 28 12 7 FAI RUMORE Diodato 164700
28 30 28 5 ALICE Lady Gaga 69100
29 NEW 29 1 SHOULD I GIVE IT ALL UP (DEMO) James Blunt 18200
30 62 30 2 FADED Izzy Bizu 25400

31 22 18 8 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 140000
32 36 32 6 ONE WORLD, ONE PRAYER The Wailers featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy & Cedella Marley 84700
33 27 1 18 SAY SO Doja Cat 997450
34 33 18 7 LAWNMOWER Sparks 136000
35 37 35 6 X Jonas Brothers featuring KAROL G 85900
36 40 36 4 HEY NOW (THINK I GOT A FEELING) Erasure 57500
37 42 37 4 LITTLE BIT OF LOVE JP Cooper 55300
38 NEW 38 1 OH WHAT A FEELING Walk Off The Earth 17200
39 74 39 2 MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING The Killers 22300
40 49 40 3 LOVE IS LIKE OXYGEN The Sweet 39200

41 35 35 6 FINGERTIPS Tom Gregory 70000
42 45 42 4 WOMAN Andreya Triana 48950
43 44 43 6 POLAROID Keith Urban 60450
44 52 44 4 SAVE A KISS Jessie Ware 41200
45 34 29 7 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 97150
46 38 5 16 CAUTION The Killers 530250
47 53 47 4 POMEGRANATE deadmau5 & The Neptunes 36750
48 54 48 7 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 53300
49 57 49 7 BIG LOG Robert Plant 47500
50 46 1 8 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 364750

51 58 51 3 THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet 28350
52 59 52 4 DREAMING OF YOU (IN ISOLATION) The Coral & Blossoms 33600
53 55 53 7 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 55050
54 69 54 2 HALLUCINOGENICS (SEEB REMIX) Matt Maeson 17200
55 48 48 6 HURT BY YOU Donna Missal 47550
56 60 56 4 A GHOST Travis 30000
57 61 57 2 FIRE AND FURY Overcoats 17900
58 65 58 3 LEARN TO FLY Surfaces & Elton John 21000
59 63 59 4 GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp 27500
60 72 60 2 THE WRITER Four Of Diamonds & Mr Eazi 15600

61 47 2 14 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 588450
62 32 32 6 NHS70 Only Sun 81400
63 66 63 5 NO LOVE Skip Marley 25400
64 64 64 4 LOOK FOR THE GOOD Jason Mraz 25700
65 67 65 2 BREATHE Marilyn 13600
66 68 66 4 CANDY TOWN Brand New Heavies featuring Candy Dulfer 21000
67 70 67 3 CO-CO The Sweet 17600
68 19 19 8 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 115350
69 24 24 8 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 113350
70 31 20 7 VOICES Hurts 109300

71 73 71 2 CAN’T START OVER AGAIN Dion featuring Jeff Beck 11200
72 41 36 6 RAIN ON ME Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande 76500
73 NEW 73 1 RIDE (EDIT) Lenny Kravitz 5400
74 76 74 2 PYRAMIDS Noonie Bao 10000
75 NEW 75 1 MY HURRICANE Jamie Scott 5000
76 77 76 4 THE FUNK IS BACK Brand New Heavies featuring Simon Bartholomew 16200
77 84 77 3 HIGH ON YOU Sigma & John Newman 10800
78 78 78 3 TAKE CARE OF YOU Ella Henderson 12200
79 79 79 3 BREAKING ME Topic & A7S 12400
80 80 80 4 HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN Creedence Clearwater Revival 13600

81 NEW 81 1 MARCH MARCH The Chicks 3800
82 82 82 3 ACTION The Sweet 10400
83 83 83 2 WE’LL MEET AGAIN Vera Lynn 6800
84 85 84 2 SONG FOR SAM COOKE (HERE IN AMERICA) Dion featuring Paul Simon 6200
85 71 71 5 SINE FROM ABOVE Lady Gaga & Elton John 19800
86 NEW 86 1 DIDN’T WANT TO BE THIS LONELY Pretenders 2800
87 50 50 6 EL TEJANO Lauv featuring Sofia Reyes 43200
88 NEW 88 1 HUSAVIK Will Ferrell & My Marianne 2400
89 NEW 89 1 OLD ME 5 Seconds Of Summer 2200
90 NEW 90 1 SQUARES Raleigh Ritchie 2000

91 NEW 91 1 KARAOKE BooDaBash & Alessandra Omaroso 1900
92 39 39 10 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 102650
93 NEW 93 1 HEAVEN ON MY MIND Becky Hill & Sigala 1700
94 NEW 94 1 ARISTOCRATS Raleigh Ritchie 1600
95 NEW 95 1 CRAZY IN LOVE Beyonce featuring Jay-Z 1500
96 51 20 9 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 118450
97 NEW 97 1 WHERE I’M COMING FROM Lila Ike 1300
98 56 17 7 YES Ben Tan featuring B-OK 113700
99 43 28 8 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 95100
100 NEW 100 1 THE TIME IS NOW Moloko 1000

DROP OUTS
75 65 5 CAN’T BE LIFE Mary J. Blige 19800
81 22 10 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 135050

 

 

21st June 2020

It’s Robin Schulz and Alida on top, both getting a first number one with a huge European hit that means nowt in the UK. What planet are we on, eh?! Different universe… Meanwhile REYKO are in at 2 with the brilliant Spinning Over You, SO catchy from the London-based synthpop duo, leaving Lennon Stella to grab her first top 10 with a bit of assist from Charlie Puth who had a previous best of 12 with Marvin Gaye. The song Marvin Gaye that is.

In at 25, a rousing club anthem from Dimension who gives Sharlene Hector a credit, unlike her previous grouchy mate Duke Dumont on the brilliant Therapy. Sharlene back in the day worked with Basement Jaxx and can be seen in Ronnie Scotts when it’s open next, presumably. US band Overcoats enter with Fire and Fury, girl band delight, Four Of Diamonds return, another Seeb remix pops in, and The Killers follow-up lower down.

In veterans corner we lost Vera Lynn this week aged 103, so it’s about time I charted the 80-odd-year-old We’ll Meet Again in tribute, possibly the oldest record ever to debut in my charts in terms of time taken to chart, although not in recording age. It was never one I loved as I was growing up, it was always on The Good Old Days and other oldtime variety shows and didn’t fit in with my current chart interests, but time mellows one, and it’s rather endearing these days. Marilyn is also back, a bit battered and bruised emotionally & financially of late, and needing a record deal, but Mazza’s posted some tracks lately including this lovely ballad with the late Miss Claudia back on support vocals, and a best-ever vocal performance from them both, Breathe is in at 67. That’s a chart gap of 35 years since Baby U Left Me, but now a chart span of 36 years, hooray!

Finally we have Dion back with a blues album with oodles of featured famous music buddies, and I’ve cherry-picked two tracks, one with Jeff Beck, who’s guitar always gives added class and who gets a chart-span of 48 years, and another track with Paul Simon, who’s chart career expands to a whopping 51 years and 6 months with new material, a new record. It’s possible Tom Jones, or Lulu, or another act still with us who first charted in 1968 could grab the title from him but it seems unlikely for a while. Paul was charting earlier than that of course, back in 1966 in the UK, and Dion was even longer ago with classics like The Wanderer (which charted for me in 1976 as an oldie) and Runaround Sue, so technically he has to make do with a chart span of 44 years rather than 60, but Can’t Start Over Again and Song For Sam Cooke (at 3 in my chart with his Civil Rights song recorded a few months before he was shot and killed in 1964, and someone who toured with Dion in the early 60’s) are Dion’s first appearance with new material since 1990 – when he also got an assist from Paul Simon.

1 3 1 6 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 468300
2 NEW 2 1 SPINNING OVER YOU REYKO 115000
3 2 1 3 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 370000
4 1 1 2 THE BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 235000
5 4 1 6 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 750000
6 7 3 6 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 375000
7 8 7 6 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 213400
8 15 8 5 SUMMER FEELINGS Lennon Stella featuring Charlie Puth 128350
9 5 2 6 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 515000
10 6 3 6 MOVE The Mamas 375000

11 11 1 13 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 1107100
12 10 10 6 ALL THAT Sparks 140800
13 9 9 7 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 184100
14 14 2 9 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 570000
15 13 10 6 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 190000
16 17 16 4 BLAME IT ON ME Melanie C 69500
17 12 7 6 UNIVERSO Blas Canto 226000
18 25 18 5 I FLY Galantis featuring Faouzia 77000
19 23 19 7 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 108950
20 22 20 5 WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (LEBROCK REMIX) Boston Manor featuring LeBrock 67600

21 16 7 9 SECRETS Regard & Raye 249350
22 18 18 7 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 122100
23 26 23 5 FET HOUSE MODE Rebecca & Fiona 59250
24 27 24 7 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 107150
25 NEW 25 1 SAVIOUR (EXTENDED MIX) Dimension & Sharlene Hector 18750
26 33 26 3 ((TRANCE)) The S.L.P. 42000
27 21 1 17 SAY SO Doja Cat 979750
28 19 12 6 FAI RUMORE Diodato 146300
29 46 29 3 DREAM GIRL Anna Of The North 35950
30 31 30 4 ALICE Lady Gaga 50800

31 20 20 6 VOICES Hurts 103300
32 32 32 5 NHS70 Only Sun 74000
33 24 18 6 LAWNMOWER Sparks 118400
34 29 29 6 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 84150
35 39 35 5 FINGERTIPS Tom Gregory 56000
36 37 36 5 ONE WORLD, ONE PRAYER The Wailers featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy & Cedella Marley 66900
37 38 37 5 X Jonas Brothers featuring KAROL G 68400
38 30 5 15 CAUTION The Killers 516500
39 44 39 9 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 100850
40 47 40 3 HEY NOW (THINK I GOT A FEELING) Erasure 40100

41 36 36 5 RAIN ON ME Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande 70900
42 45 42 3 LITTLE BIT OF LOVE JP Cooper 38000
43 28 28 7 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 94000
44 48 44 5 POLAROID Keith Urban 46950
45 49 45 3 WOMAN Andreya Triana 35200
46 42 1 7 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 352750
47 40 2 13 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 580950
48 51 48 5 HURT BY YOU Donna Missal 36750
49 59 49 2 LOVE IS LIKE OXYGEN The Sweet 22200
50 50 50 5 EL TEJANO Lauv featuring Sofia Reyes 40600

51 34 20 8 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 117050
52 53 52 3 SAVE A KISS Jessie Ware 27950
53 55 53 3 POMEGRANATE deadmau5 & The Neptunes 24250
54 60 54 6 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 41000
55 56 55 6 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 43800
56 35 17 6 YES Ben Tan featuring B-OK 112500
57 62 57 6 BIG LOG Robert Plant 35400
58 68 58 2 THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet 16600
59 63 59 3 DREAMING OF YOU (IN ISOLATION) The Coral & Blossoms 22100
60 74 60 3 A GHOST Travis 19400

61 NEW 61 1 FIRE AND FURY Overcoats 7500
62 NEW 62 1 FADED Izzy Bizu 7400
63 66 63 3 GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp 17400
64 64 64 3 LOOK FOR THE GOOD Jason Mraz 18600
65 81 65 2 LEARN TO FLY Surfaces & Elton John 10800
66 67 66 4 NO LOVE Skip Marley 18200
67 NEW 67 1 BREATHE Marilyn 6600
68 76 68 3 CANDY TOWN Brand New Heavies featuring Candy Dulfer 14200
69 NEW 69 1 HALLUCINOGENICS (SEEB REMIX) Matt Maeson 6200
70 75 70 2 CO-CO The Sweet 11000

71 73 71 4 SINE FROM ABOVE Lady Gaga & Elton John 16800
72 NEW 72 1 THE WRITER Four Of Diamonds & Mr Eazi 5600
73 NEW 73 1 CAN’T START OVER AGAIN Dion featuring Jeff Beck 5400
74 NEW 74 1 MY OWN SOUL’S WARNING The Killers 5200
75 65 65 5 CAN’T BE LIFE Mary J. Blige 19800
76 NEW 76 1 PYRAMIDS Noonie Bao 4800
77 79 77 3 THE FUNK IS BACK Brand New Heavies featuring Simon Bartholomew 11400
78 83 78 2 TAKE CARE OF YOU Ella Henderson 7800
79 80 79 2 BREAKING ME Topic & A7S 8200
80 82 80 3 HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN Creedence Clearwater Revival 9600

81 54 22 10 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 135050
82 84 82 2 ACTION The Sweet 6800
83 NEW 83 1 WE’LL MEET AGAIN Vera Lynn 3400
84 85 84 2 HIGH ON YOU Sigma & John Newman 6200
85 NEW 85 1 SONG FOR SAM COOKE (HERE IN AMERICA) Dion featuring Paul Simon 3000

DROPPED OUT
41 26 8 IF YOU’RE TOO SHY (LET ME KNOW) The 1975 108500
43 20 6 NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY The Stranglers 100000
52 52 6 BRAZIL Doves 51500
57 10 14 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 238350
58 2 18 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 837700
61 1 19 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 1082250
69 30 5 ON FIRE The Roop 72500
70 32 7 SAVED MY LIFE Sia 76400
71 27 5 THINK ABOUT THINGS Dadi Freyr 72800
72 72 4 BLACK AND WHITE Niail Horan 19000
77 57 5 LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Ronan Keating 52300
78 1 42 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1303500

 

 

14th June 2020

It’s a 70’s classic knocking off a 60’s classic, as The Ballroom Blitz returns to the top spot 47 years on from topping for 2 weeks in late 1973 as I moved from Lincoln to Gloucester, and Glam Rock rules the roost with Wizzard and The Sweet. I loved The Sweet, and this week saw the third member of the original line-up pass away, Steve Priest. They were often described a rock band of roadie-types decked out in glitter and mascara, but the one who camped-it-up to the limit was Steve in his outrageous outfits and blowin’ kisses. His voice was the one with the short catchy noticeable bits. Still an exciting record, and a few other Sweet tracks pop back in – those needing a “sales” boost, as opposed to bigger tracks that already are well into my “million’sellers” territory.

New Order go top 10 for the first time in 15 years, Sparks get a 3rd top 10 in 6 months as they replace themselves with All That, track 1 on the new album, and Mel C gets a big climb for a 2nd top 20 of the year. Lady Gaga leapfrogs herself with Alice, The S.L.P. rocket in for a second top 40, who needs Kasabian?! Actual new tracks are thin on the ground giving me an opportunity to chop the chart down in size to 85, but there’s Topic, Surfaces & Elton John, giving him 2 actual new tracks in the chart for the first time in yonks and yonks, Ella Henderson extending her run and ditto Sigma and John Newman.

1 NEW 1 1 THE BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 170000
2 1 1 2 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 285000
3 3 3 5 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 298300
4 2 1 5 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 690000
5 4 2 5 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 470000
6 5 3 5 MOVE The Mamas 333000
7 6 3 5 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 320000
8 7 7 5 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 163400
9 12 9 6 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 152100
10 17 10 5 ALL THAT Sparks 105800

11 8 1 12 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 1070100
12 9 7 5 UNIVERSO Blas Canto 203000
13 10 10 5 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 163000
14 11 2 8 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 541000
15 15 15 4 SUMMER FEELINGS Lennon Stella featuring Charlie Puth 80350
16 13 7 8 SECRETS Regard & Raye 229600
17 37 17 3 BLAME IT ON ME Melanie C 44500
18 19 18 6 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 102600
19 14 12 5 FAI RUMORE Diodato 128000
20 24 20 5 VOICES Hurts 85400

21 16 1 16 SAY SO Doja Cat 961350
22 35 22 4 WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (LEBROCK REMIX) Boston Manor featuring LeBrock 47600
23 29 23 6 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 87950
24 18 18 5 LAWNMOWER Sparks 100700
25 25 25 4 I FLY Galantis featuring Faouzia 55000
26 47 26 4 FET HOUSE MODE Rebecca & Fiona 40000
27 30 27 6 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 88150
28 31 28 6 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 80500
29 32 29 5 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 66550
30 21 5 14 CAUTION The Killers 499300

31 52 31 3 ALICE Lady Gaga 32800
32 33 32 4 NHS70 Only Sun 56200
33 71 33 2 ((TRANCE)) The S.L.P. 23500
34 22 20 7 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 105300
35 27 17 5 YES Ben Tan featuring B-OK 101900
36 36 36 4 RAIN ON ME Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande 56900
37 38 37 4 ONE WORLD, ONE PRAYER The Wailers featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy & Cedella Marley 49500
38 39 38 4 X Jonas Brothers featuring KAROL G 51100
39 55 39 4 FINGERTIPS Tom Gregory 38500
40 28 2 12 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 568450

41 26 26 8 IF YOU’RE TOO SHY (LET ME KNOW) The 1975 108500
42 23 1 6 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 340000
43 20 20 6 NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY The Stranglers 100000
44 45 44 8 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 83750
45 53 45 2 LITTLE BIT OF LOVE JP Cooper 24250
46 75 46 2 DREAM GIRL Anna Of The North 17750
47 56 47 2 HEY NOW (THINK I GOT A FEELING) Erasure 23100
48 58 48 4 POLAROID Keith Urban 33700
49 59 49 2 WOMAN Andreya Triana 22200
50 60 50 4 EL TEJANO Lauv featuring Sofia Reyes 28600

51 64 51 4 HURT BY YOU Donna Missal 24450
52 54 52 6 BRAZIL Doves 51500
53 74 53 2 SAVE A KISS Jessie Ware 16450
54 34 22 9 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 131250
55 89 55 2 POMEGRANATE deadmau5 & The Neptunes 13000
56 62 56 5 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 33000
57 40 10 14 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 238350
58 42 2 18 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 837700
59 NEW 59 1 LOVE IS LIKE OXYGEN The Sweet 10100
60 65 60 5 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 30000

61 50 1 19 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 1082250
62 70 62 5 BIG LOG Robert Plant 25000
63 76 63 2 DREAMING OF YOU (IN ISOLATION) The Coral & Blossoms 12000
64 78 64 2 LOOK FOR THE GOOD Jason Mraz 11500
65 80 65 4 CAN’T BE LIFE Mary J. Blige 14800
66 83 66 2 GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp 10200
67 88 67 3 NO LOVE Skip Marley 11400
68 NEW 68 1 THE SIX-TEENS The Sweet 6400
69 43 30 5 ON FIRE The Roop 72500
70 44 32 7 SAVED MY LIFE Sia 76400

71 41 27 5 THINK ABOUT THINGS Dadi Freyr 72800
72 72 72 4 BLACK AND WHITE Niail Horan 19000
73 86 73 3 SINE FROM ABOVE Lady Gaga & Elton John 11000
74 79 74 2 A GHOST Travis 9400
75 NEW 75 1 CO-CO The Sweet 5000
76 85 76 2 CANDY TOWN Brand New Heavies featuring Candy Dulfer 7800
77 57 57 5 LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Ronan Keating 52300
78 77 1 42 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1303500
79 87 79 2 THE FUNK IS BACK Brand New Heavies featuring Simon Bartholomew 6800
80 NEW 80 1 BREAKING ME Topic & A7S 4000

81 NEW 81 1 LEARN TO FLY Surfaces & Elton John 3800
82 90 82 2 HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN Creedence Clearwater Revival 5600
83 NEW 83 1 TAKE CARE OF YOU Ella Henderson 3400
84 NEW 84 1 ACTION The Sweet 3200
85 NEW 85 1 HIGH ON YOU Sigma & John Newman 3000

DROP OUTS
46 12 10 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 188950
48 10 12 WHO I AM Melanie C 281650
49 9 11 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 261500
51 17 8 WHO YOU LOVIN’ LEON 120750
61 39 5 LEVEL OF CONCERN Twenty One Pilots 47000
63 63 4 CLEOPATRA Efendi 18200
66 6 14 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 363550
67 19 11 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 137000
68 60 4 DAISIES Katy Perry 22100
69 1 27 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1445550
73 47 5 NOTHING LEFT BUT FAMILY Rebecca Ferguson featuring Nile Rodgers 49400
81 9 14 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 314100
82 34 7 LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN The Rolling Stones 77900
84 84 3 TIME TO SAY GOODBYE (LIVE) Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli 7800

 

7th June 2020

It’s straight in at 1 for a track that never stops being relevant, Sam Cooke’s A Change Is Gonna Come, a second week in total 2 years since it last topped and it’s 3rd chart run in all. Sam had already been shot dead for 6 or 7 years by the time I was aware of him as a teenager, and this track is the jewel in his very bejewelled crown, dating from 1964 and the Civil Rights movement.

Sparks take All That into the top 20, giving them 3 this week, Galantis gets a 2nd top 40, Mel C replaces herself in the 40, and new entries include JP Cooper getting his 2nd of 2020, Erasure returning after a gap of 5 years, which gives Andy a span of 34 years, and Vince a glittering span of 39 years including his Depeche days. Andreya Triana returns belatedly with a 2-year-old track I missed but which is selling on itunes, as is Sam Cooke, The S.L.P. finally follows-up his chart-topper, Jessie Ware replaces herself in the chart, Anna Of The North get a 4th entry in 5 years.

The Coral return after a 13-year absence, thanks to a Lockdown Blossoms cover of their 2002 top 10 Dreaming Of You, Jason Mraz is back after an 8-year gap, Travis extend their run to 23 years of chart entries, Deadmau5 to 9 years, and Candy Dulfer to 30 years after keeping her sax absent for almost 30 years, but now she’s on a track from the returning Brand New Heavies who grab 2 this week after a gap of 22 years, having had quite a run from 1991 through 1998. Hooray!

1 NEW 1 1 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 170000
2 1 1 4 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 625000
3 5 3 4 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 213300
4 2 2 4 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 410000
5 3 3 4 MOVE The Mamas 278000
6 4 3 4 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 270000
7 9 7 4 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 115400
8 8 1 11 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 1033100
9 7 7 4 UNIVERSO Blas Canto 168000
10 10 10 4 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 131000

11 6 2 7 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 512000
12 14 12 5 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 107100
13 11 7 7 SECRETS Regard & Raye 204600
14 12 12 4 FAI RUMORE Diodato 107000
15 23 15 3 SUMMER FEELINGS Lennon Stella featuring Charlie Puth 53350
16 15 1 15 SAY SO Doja Cat 941600
17 33 17 4 ALL THAT Sparks 63800
18 18 18 4 LAWNMOWER Sparks 81700
19 19 19 5 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 80600
20 24 20 5 NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY The Stranglers 86500

21 16 5 13 CAUTION The Killers 481300
22 20 20 6 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 87700
23 13 1 5 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 326250
24 26 24 4 VOICES Hurts 65400
25 48 25 3 I FLY Galantis featuring Faouzia 36250
26 27 26 7 IF YOU’RE TOO SHY (LET ME KNOW) The 1975 94500
27 17 17 4 YES Ben Tan featuring B-OK 84400
28 21 2 11 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 551450
29 38 29 5 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 68700
30 40 30 5 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 69750

31 36 31 5 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 62200
32 37 32 4 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 48350
33 43 33 3 NHS70 Only Sun 38400
34 22 22 8 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 120250
35 62 35 3 WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (LEBROCK REMIX) Boston Manor featuring LeBrock 28100
36 49 36 3 RAIN ON ME Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande 39500
37 79 37 2 BLAME IT ON ME Melanie C 21500
38 56 38 3 ONE WORLD, ONE PRAYER The Wailers featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy & Cedella Marley 32200
39 55 39 3 X Jonas Brothers featuring KAROL G 33900
40 28 10 13 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 227950

41 29 27 4 THINK ABOUT THINGS Dadi Freyr 68000
42 25 2 17 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 827500
43 30 30 4 ON FIRE The Roop 66300
44 32 32 6 SAVED MY LIFE Sia 70400
45 46 45 7 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 70500
46 31 12 10 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 188950
47 69 47 3 FET HOUSE MODE Rebecca & Fiona 21500
48 34 10 12 WHO I AM Melanie C 281650
49 35 9 11 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 261500
50 42 1 18 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 1074750

51 44 17 8 WHO YOU LOVIN’ LEON 120750
52 83 52 2 ALICE Lady Gaga 14900
53 NEW 53 1 LITTLE BIT OF LOVE JP Cooper 11250
54 54 54 5 BRAZIL Doves 40000
55 65 55 3 FINGERTIPS Tom Gregory 21400
56 NEW 56 1 HEY NOW (THINK I GOT A FEELING) Erasure 10600
57 59 57 4 LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Ronan Keating 27700
58 63 58 3 POLAROID Keith Urban 21400
59 NEW 59 1 WOMAN Andreya Triana 10100
60 78 60 3 EL TEJANO Lauv featuring Sofia Reyes 16600

61 39 39 5 LEVEL OF CONCERN Twenty One Pilots 47000
62 67 62 4 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 22400
63 66 63 4 CLEOPATRA Efendi 18200
64 80 64 3 HURT BY YOU Donna Missal 12700
65 70 65 4 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 20000
66 51 6 14 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 363550
67 45 19 11 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 137000
68 60 60 4 DAISIES Katy Perry 22100
69 64 1 27 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1445550
70 72 70 4 BIG LOG Robert Plant 17600

71 NEW 71 1 ((TRANCE)) The S.L.P. 5800
72 73 72 3 BLACK AND WHITE Niail Horan 13400
73 47 47 5 NOTHING LEFT BUT FAMILY Rebecca Ferguson featuring Nile Rodgers 49400
74 NEW 74 1 SAVE A KISS Jessie Ware 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DREAM GIRL Anna Of The North 5000
76 NEW 76 1 DREAMING OF YOU (IN ISOLATION) The Coral & Blossoms 4800
77 75 1 41 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1299100
78 NEW 78 1 LOOK FOR THE GOOD Jason Mraz 4400
79 NEW 79 1 A GHOST Travis 4200
80 87 80 3 CAN’T BE LIFE Mary J. Blige 7800

81 57 9 14 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 314100
82 58 34 7 LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN The Rolling Stones 77900
83 NEW 83 1 GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp 3400
84 84 84 3 TIME TO SAY GOODBYE (LIVE) Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli 7800
85 NEW 85 1 CANDY TOWN Brand New Heavies featuring Candy Dulfer 3000
86 86 86 2 SINE FROM ABOVE Lady Gaga & Elton John 5600
87 NEW 87 1 THE FUNK IS BACK Brand New Heavies featuring Simon Bartholomew 2600
88 88 88 2 NO LOVE Skip Marley 4800
89 NEW 89 1 POMEGRANATE deadmau5 & The Neptunes 2200
90 NEW 90 1 HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN Creedence Clearwater Revival 2000

41 7 4 GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers 130000
50 50 4 STRANGERS IN THE STREET The Fratellis featuring P.P. Arnold 35600
52 17 10 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 163200
53 53 7 JUST THE TWO OF US Grover Washington Jr & Bill Withers 52250
61 7 17 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 313300
68 4 14 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 452300
71 14 10 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 175600
74 74 3 WHERE IS THE LOVE Betty Wright 9900
76 36 6 NEW BOY Pet Shop Boys 75550
77 37 7 HARD TIMES FOR LOVERS Rumer 71750
81 15 13 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 197550
82 82 3 TOP OF THE WORLD Carpenters 6900
85 6 15 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 375350
89 89 2 FAIRYTALE Alexander Rybak 3200
90 90 1 KOKOMO The Beach Boys 2000

 

 

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Where I should have been early May, had coronavirus not been a thing….Playa Del Ingles, Gran Canaria

31st May 2020

It’s Ben Dolic at 1 for the 3rd week, holding off 3 Eurovision rivals, as Huey Lewis & The News get a second top 10 track 38 years since they got their first – no not the Back To The Future Power Of Love, it’s 1982’s Heart And Soul which did it twice in the 80’s. That’s probably the longest ever wait for a 2nd top 10 with new material. Sparks a thing or two about top 10’s, and also gaps between them, and now extend their run to 46 years with Left Out In The Cold, with at least their 11th, though it might be more. To boot, they make it 3 simultaneous top 40’s, which is a first for them.

Cher goes top 20, which would in theory extend her run of solo entries to 54 years, cos I loved Bang Bang to bits back in 1966 when I wasn’t charting yet. Lissie gets a 4th top 20, and like Cher, both are former chart-toppers, and Lennon Stella brings Charlie Puth back into the 40, with Summer Feelings matching the hot weather, Ariana & Justin B add to their top 40’s.

New entries from Melanie C, following up while still top 40, 2 new Lady Gaga tracks to give her 3 simultaneously, and it’s probably 9 years since she last did that, and one of them an unlikely dance track with Elton John, who has charted with millions of acts: Kiki Dee, John Lennon, Scissor Sisters, RuPaul, Cliff Richard, George Michael, among many. More importantly, that makes it 49 years of chart activity since Your Song started it off. Skip Marley gets a second chart credit this week, solo and with his grandad’s band, and The Beach Boys are back with Kokomo cos it’s selling on itunes, not sure why, after charting 32 years back with it.

1 1 1 3 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 510000
2 2 2 3 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 345000
3 3 3 3 MOVE The Mamas 218000
4 4 3 3 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 215000
5 7 5 3 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 128300
6 5 2 6 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 475000
7 8 7 3 UNIVERSO Blas Canto 123000
8 6 1 10 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 985100
9 38 9 3 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 65400
10 15 10 3 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 89000

11 11 7 6 SECRETS Regard & Raye 172600
12 16 12 3 FAI RUMORE Diodato 78000
13 9 1 4 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 307000
14 20 14 4 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 72100
15 12 1 14 SAY SO Doja Cat 916600
16 13 5 12 CAUTION The Killers 461550
17 18 17 3 YES Ben Tan featuring B-OK 66000
18 22 18 3 LAWNMOWER Sparks 59700
19 36 19 4 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 59600
20 24 20 5 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 68200

21 14 2 10 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 533150
22 25 22 7 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 102650
23 64 23 2 SUMMER FEELINGS Lennon Stella featuring Charlie Puth 26350
24 30 24 4 NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY The Stranglers 66500
25 17 2 16 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 814250
26 35 26 3 VOICES Hurts 46400
27 29 27 6 IF YOU’RE TOO SHY (LET ME KNOW) The 1975 76000
28 10 10 12 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 210950
29 27 27 3 THINK ABOUT THINGS Dadi Freyr 54000
30 32 30 3 ON FIRE The Roop 52800

31 21 12 9 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 176200
32 39 32 5 SAVED MY LIFE Sia 57150
33 47 33 3 ALL THAT Sparks 40800
34 23 10 11 WHO I AM Melanie C 269350
35 26 9 10 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 249400
36 48 36 4 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 44300
37 53 37 3 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 30550
38 43 38 4 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 50500
39 50 39 4 LEVEL OF CONCERN Twenty One Pilots 39500
40 46 40 4 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 51850

41 19 7 4 GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers 130000
42 34 1 17 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 1062750
43 63 43 2 NHS70 Only Sun 20700
44 28 17 7 WHO YOU LOVIN’ LEON 109000
45 33 19 10 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 130400
46 51 46 6 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 57500
47 52 47 4 NOTHING LEFT BUT FAMILY Rebecca Ferguson featuring Nile Rodgers 44000
48 74 48 2 I FLY Galantis featuring Faouzia 17500
49 60 49 2 RAIN ON ME Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande 22100
50 57 50 4 STRANGERS IN THE STREET The Fratellis featuring P.P. Arnold 35600

51 37 6 13 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 356750
52 31 17 10 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 163200
53 58 53 7 JUST THE TWO OF US Grover Washington Jr & Bill Withers 52250
54 68 54 4 BRAZIL Doves 29000
55 70 55 2 X Jonas Brothers featuring KAROL G 16800
56 78 56 2 ONE WORLD, ONE PRAYER The Wailers featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy & Cedella Marley 15000
57 42 9 13 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 309300
58 45 34 6 LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN The Rolling Stones 74300
59 73 59 3 LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Ronan Keating 17300
60 79 60 3 DAISIES Katy Perry 15700

61 40 7 17 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 313300
62 84 62 2 WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (LEBROCK REMIX) Boston Manor featuring LeBrock 10600
63 80 63 2 POLAROID Keith Urban 11200
64 62 1 26 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1439350
65 82 65 2 FINGERTIPS Tom Gregory 10600
66 87 66 3 CLEOPATRA Efendi 11000
67 72 67 3 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 15000
68 44 4 14 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 452300
69 86 69 2 FET HOUSE MODE Rebecca & Fiona 9000
70 76 70 3 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 13000

71 41 14 10 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 175600
72 81 72 3 BIG LOG Robert Plant 11600
73 88 73 2 BLACK AND WHITE Niail Horan 7800
74 85 74 3 WHERE IS THE LOVE Betty Wright 9900
75 75 1 40 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1294500
76 55 36 6 NEW BOY Pet Shop Boys 75550
77 49 37 7 HARD TIMES FOR LOVERS Rumer 71750
78 89 78 2 EL TEJANO Lauv featuring Sofia Reyes 6600
79 NEW 79 1 BLAME IT ON ME Melanie C 4200
80 94 80 2 HURT BY YOU Donna Missal 5600

81 56 15 13 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 197550
82 91 82 3 TOP OF THE WORLD Carpenters 6900
83 NEW 83 1 ALICE Lady Gaga 3400
84 96 84 2 TIME TO SAY GOODBYE (LIVE) Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli 4600
85 59 6 15 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 375350
86 NEW 86 1 SINE FROM ABOVE Lady Gaga & Elton John 2800
87 98 87 2 CAN’T BE LIFE Mary J. Blige 3800
88 NEW 88 1 NO LOVE Skip Marley 2400
89 100 89 2 FAIRYTALE Alexander Rybak 3200
90 NEW 90 1 KOKOMO The Beach Boys 2000

DROP OUTS
54 11 12 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 270850
61 24 8 HOLD ON, WE’RE GOING HOME Nerina Pallot 102400
65 65 3 MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie 18400
66 53 5 TIMES LIKE THESE Live Lounge Allstars 41150
67 35 9 LIMITLESS Richard Marx 85650
69 27 9 STORM The Fizz 88000
71 61 5 THE BUZZ Pretenders 32600
77 77 2 HALLELUJAH Milk and Honey 8600
83 33 9 RESERVATION The Fizz 75300
90 39 6 IF YOU THINK THIS IS REAL LIFE Blossoms 55050
92 12 11 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 183050
93 93 2 SUPERGIRL Stefania 3000
95 95 2 UNO Little Big 2600
97 97 2 SHOORAH! SHOORAH! Betty Wright 2500
99 99 2 CLEAN-UP WOMAN Betty Wright 2100

 

 

 

24th May 2020

It’s 2 weeks on top for Ben Dolic, heading a Eurovision top 4, half of the top 10, and almost quarter of the top 40 – whichever you look at it, that makes the biggest Eurovision on my charts – EVER! Ironic that it’s the Contest That Never Was. What a ridiculous decision not to play the entries in full on the night! I predict 2021 will be a complete letdown of second-rate tracks as the chances of all the great tracks being equalled must be quite low! Anyway, Ben is the 13th Eurovision chart-topper, starting with Dana in 1970, New Seekers, 1972, Abba 1974, Teach-In 1975 and then a huge gap until 1995 Love City Groove, 2009 Alexander Rybak, 2010 Chane & N’Evergreen and also Paula Selig & OVI, 2011 Getter Jaani, 2014 Molly, 2018 Saara Alto, 2019 Duncan Laurence. 6 of them were contest winners, 7 of them weren’t. Only 3 UK entries have ever topped my chart – though Sandie Shaw would have had I been charting then, as well.

Robin Schulz has a big climb into the 10, his first 6 years on from his debut, Neil Young returns to the top 10 28 years on with Harvest Moon, The 1975 finally get a top 40 track, Hurts get yet another, ditto Cher who gets a 2nd Abba track into the 40, and Huey Lewis top 40 for the first time since 1986!

New entries from Gaga & Ariana joined up, in at 60, Jonas Brothers returning, Galantis & faouzia both following up tracks higher up in the chart, but joining together this time, and The Wailers return Bob-Marley-less, but keep it in the family with Skip Marley following up on his Katy Perry chart-topper, and Cedella Marley, grandson and daughter of the late Bob. Shaggy is also along for the ride for his 27 years of charting. I’m assuming the only member of The Wailers present is Aston Barrett who still tours under the name with family members, and who backed Marley from 1974 through 1980, and so is back with new material for the first time in 40 years, and has a span of 45 years now. The other absentee back after a decade away is Mary J. Blige, some 28 years since her debut, more recently seen in a fab role on fab Netflix series The Umbrella Academy – a hard ass ruthless pissed-off time travelling hit-person. Not typecast!

1 1 1 2 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 340000
2 2 2 2 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 230000
3 8 3 2 MOVE The Mamas 133000
4 3 3 2 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 150000
5 4 2 5 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 420000
6 6 1 9 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 937100
7 28 7 2 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 68300
8 16 8 2 UNIVERSO Blas Canto 73000
9 5 1 3 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 275000
10 13 10 11 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 192650

11 7 7 5 SECRETS Regard & Raye 135600
12 12 1 13 SAY SO Doja Cat 889600
13 11 5 11 CAUTION The Killers 436550
14 10 2 9 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 513400
15 20 15 2 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 47000
16 30 16 2 FAI RUMORE Diodato 43000
17 14 2 15 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 795500
18 19 18 2 YES Ben Tan featuring B-OK 43000
19 9 7 3 GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers 116000
20 39 20 3 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 43100

21 21 12 8 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 158300
22 29 22 2 LAWNMOWER Sparks 37700
23 18 10 10 WHO I AM Melanie C 251750
24 38 24 4 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 48200
25 26 25 6 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 83150
26 15 9 9 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 231900
27 36 27 2 THINK ABOUT THINGS Daoi Freyr 35800
28 17 17 6 WHO YOU LOVIN’ LEON 95750
29 47 29 5 IF YOU’RE TOO SHY (LET ME KNOW) The 1975 57600
30 35 30 3 NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY The Stranglers 47500

31 22 17 9 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 151700
32 40 32 2 ON FIRE The Roop 34800
33 31 19 9 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 117400
34 27 1 16 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 1049000
35 57 35 2 VOICES Hurts 27900
36 54 36 3 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 38600
37 24 6 12 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 345000
38 84 38 2 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 20400
39 53 39 4 SAVED MY LIFE Sia 39350
40 23 7 16 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 305800

41 25 14 9 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 169800
42 34 9 12 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 298900
43 48 43 3 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 33300
44 32 4 13 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 445900
45 41 34 5 LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN The Rolling Stones 64100
46 52 46 3 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 34850
47 56 47 2 ALL THAT Sparks 23100
48 62 48 3 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 26900
49 37 37 6 HARD TIMES FOR LOVERS Rumer 67150
50 74 50 3 LEVEL OF CONCERN Twenty One Pilots 22400

51 55 51 5 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 44750
52 60 52 3 NOTHING LEFT BUT FAMILY Rebecca Ferguson featuring Nile Rodgers 31500
53 90 53 2 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 13250
54 33 11 12 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 270850
55 43 36 5 NEW BOY Pet Shop Boys 70750
56 42 15 12 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 193750
57 67 57 3 STRANGERS IN THE STREET The Fratellis featuring P.P. Arnold 23600
58 66 58 6 JUST THE TWO OF US Grover Washington Jr & Bill Withers 41000
59 44 6 14 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 372350
60 NEW 60 1 RAIN ON ME Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande 10000

61 45 24 8 HOLD ON, WE’RE GOING HOME Nerina Pallot 102400
62 58 1 25 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1432250
63 NEW 63 1 NHS70 Only Sun 7200
64 NEW 64 1 SUMMER FEELINGS Lennon Stella featuring Charlie Puth 7100
65 70 65 3 MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie 18400
66 59 53 5 TIMES LIKE THESE Live Lounge Allstars 41150
67 46 35 9 LIMITLESS Richard Marx 85650
68 71 68 3 BRAZIL Doves 18000
69 49 27 9 STORM The Fizz 88000
70 NEW 70 1 X Jonas Brothers featuring KAROL G 6000

71 61 61 5 THE BUZZ Pretenders 32600
72 86 72 2 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 8400
73 92 73 2 LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Ronan Keating 7200
74 NEW 74 1 I FLY Galantis featuring Faouzia 5200
75 75 1 39 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1289500
76 87 76 2 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 7000
77 80 77 2 HALLELUJAH Milk and Honey 8600
78 NEW 78 1 ONE WORLD, ONE PRAYER The Wailers featuring Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy & Cedella Marley 4400
79 95 79 2 DAISIES Katy Perry 5700
80 NEW 80 1 POLAROID Keith Urban 4000

81 89 81 2 BIG LOG Robert Plant 6000
82 NEW 82 1 FINGERTIPS Tom Gregory 3600
83 51 33 9 RESERVATION The Fizz 75300
84 NEW 84 1 WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (LEBROCK REMIX) Boston Manor featuring LeBrock 3200
85 93 85 2 WHERE IS THE LOVE Betty Wright 4700
86 NEW 86 1 FET HOUSE MODE Rebecca & Fiona 2800
87 94 87 2 CLEOPATRA Efendi 4200
88 NEW 88 1 BLACK AND WHITE Niail Horan 2400
89 NEW 89 1 EL TEJANO Lauv featuring Sofia Reyes 2200
90 65 39 6 IF YOU THINK THIS IS REAL LIFE Blossoms 55050

91 96 91 2 TOP OF THE WORLD Carpenters 3300
92 50 12 11 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 183050
93 97 93 2 SUPERGIRL Stefania 3000
94 NEW 94 1 HURT BY YOU Donna Missal 1600
95 99 95 2 UNO Little Big 2600
96 NEW 96 1 TIME TO SAY GOODBYE (LIVE) Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli 1400
97 98 97 2 SHOORAH! SHOORAH! Betty Wright 2500
98 NEW 98 1 CAN’T BE LIFE Mary J. Blige 1200
99 100 99 2 CLEAN-UP WOMAN Betty Wright 2100
100 NEW 100 1 FAIRYTALE Alexander Rybak 1000

DROP OUTS
63 29 7 THE MAN Taylor Swift 84500
64 25 8 BLUE SKIES Music from Star Trek: Picard featuring Isa Briones 121300
68 18 14 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 204250
69 57 8 GHOST TOWN The Specials 58600
72 23 11 SOMETIMES Kodaline 130550
73 42 5 I LOVE YOU NOW CHANGE Twinnie 46550
76 40 9 FREAKS Fisher 76650
77 46 5 I CONTAIN MULTITUDES Bob Dylan 38550
78 43 5 THE GREATEST James Blunt 47400
79 54 4 HOUSE PARTY New Kids On The Block featuring BoyzIIMen, Big Freedia, Naughty By Nature & Jordin Sparks 27700
81 19 11 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 172500
82 1 15 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 1289150
83 30 10 KINGS & QUEENS Ava Max 103550
85 2 15 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 533550
88 3 16 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 551300
91 24 11 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 128950

 

 

17th May 2020

It’s a first week on top, and new entry, from the German Eurovision entry Ben Dolic, a frantic fab disco rattling tune, just ahead of Malta’s Destiny diva dance tune new in at 2, and Bulgaria’s Billie-Eilish-alike Victoria new at 3 with her gorgeous strings-swept ballad. There’s never been a Eurovision 1,2,3 entering my charts ever before, so that’s a reflection of how good this year’s Eurovision would have been had the numpties allowed a public vote on the official videos, which would have crowned quirky Iceland as the winner (new in at 36). That’s not all, we have Sweden in at 8, Spain with Legion Of Super-Heroes villain namechecking Universo at 16, Denmark at 19, Italy at 30, Lithuania at 40, Azerbaijan at 94, Greece at 97 with Legion Of Super-Heroes member Supergirl in song, and Russia at 99. So many I’ve been forced to expand my chart to 100, and loads of tracks that would be climbing instead drop!

The other mini-invasion is from Sparks new A Steady Drip Drip Drip album, proving that the boys still have it in spades some 46 years since debuting instantly at 2 in my charts with This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us. Proving they are as good as ever, and following up album chart-topping track Please Don’t Fuck Up My World, and I’m Toast, we have Left Out In The Cold at 20, new single Lawnmower at 29, and All That at 56.

Betty Wright also stages a mini-invasion 45 years since she debuted with two of the tracks listed, following her sad death: Shoorah Shoorah, and Where Is The Love, and her big 1971 US hit Clean-Up Woman while still very much a teenager. Amongst a chart of huge drops and new entries, a few tracks manage to climb big anyway: Beoga & Lissie, and New Order go top 40, and more low-key debuts include Hurts at 57 with Voices, not yet hitting the chart-topping heights of the previous album singles, and 1979 top 10 Hallelujah, Israel’s 1979 winner of Eurovision, after selling well following Saturday’s special TV show version featuring original singer Gali Atari, in at 80.

At 84, Huey Lewis gets his first chart entry in 26 years, that’s quite a gap! On the plus side it extends his chart career to 38 years or so, followed closely by a bunch of oldies selling well-enough to feature in the itunes top 200, Buffalo Springfield’s classic For What’s It Worth was never a UK hit in 1966 or since, despite featuring Neil Young in the line-up – also back at 13 with his 1992 great Harvest Moon – and never having charted for me before. Ditto Stevie Wonder’s album track Isn’t She Lovely, a 1977 inferior copycat chart-topper for David Parton, since Stevie refused to release it as a single, and Robert Plant’s fab 1983 Big Log after Led Zep were no more. Marshmello and Halsey team up at 90, Ronan Keating follows-up his recent duet, Katy Perry returns with some Daisies, and Carpenters’ 1973 Top Of The World pops back in 47 years later, 37 years after poor Karen died at 32. She’s now been gone longer than she was alive. Tragic.
1 NEW 1 1 VIOLENT THING Ben Dolic 170000
2 NEW 2 1 ALL OF MY LOVE Destiny & B.O.K. 115000
3 NEW 3 1 TEARS GETTING SOBER VICTORIA 85000
4 2 2 4 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 360000
5 1 1 2 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 230000
6 3 1 8 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 882100
7 16 7 4 SECRETS Regard & Raye 98600
8 NEW 8 1 MOVE The Mamas 48000
9 7 7 2 GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers 95000
10 4 2 8 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 484400

11 5 5 10 CAUTION The Killers 404550
12 8 1 12 SAY SO Doja Cat 854600
13 18 13 10 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 150650
14 6 2 14 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 772500
15 9 9 8 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 213400
16 NEW 16 1 UNIVERSO Blas Canto 25000
17 25 17 5 WHO YOU LOVIN’ LEON 77450
18 10 10 9 WHO I AM Melanie C 232500
19 NEW 19 1 YES Ben Tan featuring B-OK 21000
20 NEW 20 1 LEFT OUT IN THE COLD Sparks 20000

21 12 12 7 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 138550
22 17 17 8 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 133800
23 11 7 15 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 288800
24 13 6 11 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 331700
25 14 14 8 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 155800
26 28 26 5 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 64400
27 20 1 15 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 1031400
28 NEW 28 1 IN YOUR EYES Robin Schulz featuring Alida 18300
29 NEW 29 1 LAWNMOWER Sparks 18200
30 NEW 30 1 FAI RUMORE Diodato 18000

31 19 19 8 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 99700
32 21 4 12 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 432650
33 15 11 11 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 259850
34 23 9 11 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 285150
35 50 35 2 NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY The Stranglers 29500
36 NEW 36 1 THINK ABOUT THINGS Daoi Freyr 17400
37 38 37 5 HARD TIMES FOR LOVERS Rumer 55050
38 69 38 3 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 29200
39 70 39 2 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 23100
40 NEW 40 1 ON FIRE The Roop 17000

41 34 34 4 LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN The Rolling Stones 51100
42 30 15 11 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 183150
43 36 36 4 NEW BOY Pet Shop Boys 59950
44 26 6 13 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 362250
45 24 24 7 HOLD ON, WE’RE GOING HOME Nerina Pallot 94900
46 35 35 8 LIMITLESS Richard Marx 79150
47 48 47 4 IF YOU’RE TOO SHY (LET ME KNOW) The 1975 39400
48 61 48 2 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 19800
49 27 27 8 STORM The Fizz 81800
50 29 12 10 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 181250

51 33 33 8 RESERVATION The Fizz 71900
52 56 52 2 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 22100
53 72 53 3 SAVED MY LIFE Sia 22250
54 58 54 2 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 21200
55 55 55 4 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 33000
56 NEW 56 1 ALL THAT Sparks 10600
57 NEW 57 1 VOICES Hurts 10400
58 49 1 24 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1424850
59 53 53 4 TIMES LIKE THESE Live Lounge Allstars 34350
60 60 60 2 NOTHING LEFT BUT FAMILY Rebecca Ferguson featuring Nile Rodgers 20000

61 62 61 4 THE BUZZ Pretenders 26800
62 63 62 2 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 14600
63 32 29 7 THE MAN Taylor Swift 84500
64 31 25 8 BLUE SKIES Music from Star Trek: Picard featuring Isa Briones 121300
65 39 39 5 IF YOU THINK THIS IS REAL LIFE Blossoms 53050
66 66 66 5 JUST THE TWO OF US Grover Washington Jr & Bill Withers 30800
67 67 67 2 STRANGERS IN THE STREET The Fratellis featuring P.P. Arnold 13200
68 22 18 14 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 204250
69 57 57 8 GHOST TOWN The Specials 58600
70 73 70 2 MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie 11400

71 71 71 2 BRAZIL Doves 11600
72 37 23 11 SOMETIMES Kodaline 130550
73 42 42 5 I LOVE YOU NOW CHANGE Twinnie 46550
74 74 74 2 LEVEL OF CONCERN Twenty One Pilots 10400
75 68 1 38 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1284500
76 40 40 9 FREAKS Fisher 76650
77 46 46 5 I CONTAIN MULTITUDES Bob Dylan 38550
78 43 43 5 THE GREATEST James Blunt 47400
79 54 54 4 HOUSE PARTY New Kids On The Block featuring BoyzIIMen, Big Freedia, Naughty By Nature & Jordin Sparks 27700
80 NEW 80 1 HALLELUJAH Milk and Honey 4000

81 44 19 11 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 172500
82 47 1 15 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 1289150
83 45 30 10 KINGS & QUEENS Ava Max 103550
84 NEW 84 1 WHILE WE’RE YOUNG Huey Lewis & The News 3200
85 51 2 15 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 533550
86 NEW 86 1 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Buffalo Springfield 2800
87 NEW 87 1 ISN’T SHE LOVELY Stevie Wonder 2600
88 59 3 16 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 551300
89 NEW 89 1 BIG LOG Robert Plant 2200
90 NEW 90 1 BE KIND Marshmello & Halsey 2000

91 41 24 11 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 128950
92 NEW 92 1 LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Ronan Keating 1800
93 NEW 93 1 WHERE IS THE LOVE Betty Wright 1700
94 NEW 94 1 CLEOPATRA Efendi 1600
95 NEW 95 1 DAISIES Katy Perry 1500
96 NEW 96 1 TOP OF THE WORLD Carpenters 1400
97 NEW 97 1 SUPERGIRL Stefania 1300
98 NEW 98 1 SHOORAH SHOORAH Betty Wright 1200
99 NEW 99 1 UNO Little Big 1100
100 NEW 100 1 CLEAN-UP WOMAN Betty Wright 1000

DROP OUTS
52 39 7 BOYFRIEND Mabel 64900
64 59 4 LIGHT OF LOVE Florence + The Machine 27400
65 9 11 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 275600
75 75 1 TUTTI FRUTTI Little Richard 5000

 

 

10th May 2020

it’s straight in at 1 for Kraftwerk, following the loss of Ralf Hutter in a terrible week or so for veteran pop star losses: The Model was originally released in it’s German-language version in 1978, but didn’t get to chart in the UK until this English-language version was released in 1981 on the B side of Computer Love. The Model got the airplay, and topped the UK charts in early 1982 and peaked at 2 in my charts, and belatedly now tops my chart 39-years later, cos it’s fab. Autobahn is also back 45 years since it went top 10 in all it’s ground-breaking glory. Also in the charts at the same time as The Model was Golden Brown, The Stranglers most-famous track, which hit UK 2 and also fell-short of topping my chart until a 90’s re-issue did the trick. Following the loss of co-writer & keyboardist extraordinaire Dave Greenfield to coronavirus it’s back in the top 10 for a third occasion, along with No More Heroes, a fab punk anthem that charted in 1977 as I started uni, in at 61, and Nice ‘n’ Sleazy at 50 from 1978. I could easily have charted many others of their long list of great singles though…

Inside the 40, Regard and Raye climb briskly into the top 20, shhh it’s a Secret, while The Rolling Stones get a first top 40 for 8 years with the lockdown anthem, Rumer returns to the top 40, and Blossoms make it a 4th, and Fisher Freaks out at 40 as the original Le Freak returns at 60 with Rebecca Ferguson, her 5th chart entry some 7 years since her last one, and Nile Rodgers umpteenth to extend his run to over 42 years. Highest new track is Cher’s Spanish-language UNICEF-charity cover of Chiquitita, a sensitive cover of Abba’s UNICEF-profiting original from 1979 – she’s not the oldest-charting living female-singer with original material (that’s Doris Day aged 89 in 2011 – but it was originally recorded in the 80’s) so at 73 technically she pips Doris as oldest female with newly-recorded-new-material, and extends her run of solo charted entries to 49 years (or 55 years had I been charting in 1965, I adored I Got You Babe as a kid).

Another charity track by Ariana & Justin pops in at 63, Stuck With U giving Ms Grande 6 years of activity and Mr Bieber 8 years. The Fratellis comeback extends to 2 with a bit of an assist from minor soul-legend P.P. Arnold still on form on her second track of her rebirth after her first comebacks on dance tracks of the 80’s and 90’s from her original chart-runs in 1968, just predating my charts. New Order pop in with single remix of a 2010’s album track that I’d missed, Doves are back with Brazil, 11-years absent, to give them a 7th chart entry and an 18-year run. Finally Millie Small’s My Boy Lollipop returns to the chart over 30-years since it went top 10, following her passing, but young Millie’s fab-ska classic was an obsession by 6-year-old me back in 1964, so might as well say it was a chart-topper 56 years ago. Little Richard also died this week, the influential rock ‘n’ roll revolutionary charted for me right into the late 80’s, but his 1955 showstopping debut Tutti Frutti has never charted before, so it pops in as tribute 65 years late.

1 NEW 1 1 THE MODEL Kraftwerk 170000
2 2 2 3 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 295000
3 1 1 7 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 827100
4 3 2 7 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 442400
5 6 5 9 CAUTION The Killers 367550
6 4 2 13 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 743500
7 NEW 7 1 GOLDEN BROWN The Stranglers 50000
8 5 1 11 SAY SO Doja Cat 819600
9 9 9 7 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 186400
10 10 10 8 WHO I AM Melanie C 210500

11 7 7 14 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 269550
12 12 12 6 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 118800
13 8 6 10 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 312700
14 15 14 7 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 137050
15 11 11 10 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 242150
16 38 16 3 SECRETS Regard & Raye 48600
17 17 17 7 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 114300
18 27 18 9 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 118650
19 20 19 7 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 81800
20 14 1 14 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 1013000

21 13 4 11 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 414850
22 18 18 13 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 197850
23 16 9 10 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 267550
24 26 24 6 HOLD ON, WE’RE GOING HOME Nerina Pallot 81900
25 36 25 4 WHO YOU LOVIN’ LEON 54450
26 19 6 12 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 349000
27 28 27 7 STORM The Fizz 69700
28 40 28 4 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 45900
29 21 12 9 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 169250
30 22 15 10 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 169400

31 25 25 7 BLUE SKIES Music from Star Trek: Picard featuring Isa Briones 114200
32 29 29 6 THE MAN Taylor Swift 77300
33 33 33 7 RESERVATION The Fizz 60150
34 48 34 3 LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN The Rolling Stones 37100
35 35 35 7 LIMITLESS Richard Marx 66400
36 37 36 3 NEW BOY Pet Shop Boys 46450
37 23 23 10 SOMETIMES Kodaline 124950
38 42 38 3 HARD TIMES FOR LOVERS Rumer 37750
39 46 39 4 IF YOU THINK THIS IS REAL LIFE Blossoms 46050
40 53 40 8 FREAKS Fisher 71850

41 24 24 10 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 127050
42 52 42 4 I LOVE YOU NOW CHANGE Twinnie 41150
43 43 43 4 THE GREATEST James Blunt 43000
44 31 19 10 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 168700
45 30 30 9 KINGS & QUEENS Ava Max 100150
46 54 46 4 I CONTAIN MULTITUDES Bob Dylan 33950
47 32 1 14 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 1285550
48 56 48 3 IF YOU’RE TOO SHY (LET ME KNOW) The 1975 26900
49 49 1 23 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1414650
50 NEW 50 1 NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY The Stranglers 12000

51 34 2 14 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 530550
52 39 39 7 BOYFRIEND Mabel 64900
53 62 53 3 TIMES LIKE THESE Live Lounge Allstars 24250
54 61 54 3 HOUSE PARTY New Kids On The Block featuring BoyzIIMen, Big Freedia, Naughty By Nature & Jordin Sparks 23500
55 63 55 3 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 22200
56 NEW 56 1 AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk 10600
57 60 57 7 GHOST TOWN The Specials 52400
58 NEW 58 1 CHIQUITITA (SPANISH VERSION) Cher 10200
59 50 3 15 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 548900
60 NEW 60 1 NOTHING LEFT BUT FAMILY Rebecca Ferguson featuring Nile Rodgers 10000

61 NEW 61 1 NO MORE HEROES The Stranglers 7500
62 64 62 3 THE BUZZ Pretenders 19300
63 NEW 63 1 STUCK WITH U Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber 7200
64 59 59 4 LIGHT OF LOVE Florence + The Machine 27400
65 41 9 11 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 275600
66 69 66 4 JUST THE TWO OF US Grover Washington Jr & Bill Withers 24000
67 NEW 67 1 STRANGERS IN THE STREET The Fratellis featuring P.P. Arnold 6600
68 68 1 37 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1279500
69 71 69 2 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 12000
70 NEW 70 1 PEOPLE ON THE HIGH LINE (RICHARD X RADIO EDIT) New Order 6000

71 NEW 71 1 BRAZIL Doves 5800
72 73 72 2 SAVED MY LIFE Sia 11000
73 NEW 73 1 MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie 5400
74 NEW 74 1 LEVEL OF CONCERN Twenty One Pilots 5200
75 NEW 75 1 TUTTI FRUTTI Little Richard 5000

DROP OUTS
44 32 8 CRASHING Illenium featuring Bahari 105800
45 25 7 LIMITLESS Bon Jovi 86450
47 47 9 MAMA Genesis 92200
51 36 7 THROW MY BONES Deep Purple 79950
55 39 8 I’M TOAST Sparks 71800
57 57 6 I LOVE YOU’S Hailee Steinfeld 29800
58 4 14 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 459750
70 13 5 LEAN ON ME Bill Withers 108500
65 60 7 NO JUDGEMENT Niaill Horan 44600
66 10 12 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 230850
67 8 14 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 310350
72 72 4 THANK U VERY MUCH FOR THE NHS The Scaffold 17800
74 14 10 COME ON OUTSIDE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 152250
75 14 13 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 239100

 

 

 

3rd May 2020

It’s a 4th week on top for Dua Lipa’s Levitating, as she drops one with Break My Heart to make a Lipa sandwich of Galantis & Wrabel’s The Lake, the new challenger to her throne. Melanie C gets an 8th top 10 in 22 years of solo entries and is starting to catch up on the Spice Girls total, The Fizz get a second track in this week’s top 40, one day I’ll count how many they’ve had in total, but it’s pretty much every single they released under the name Bucks Fizz and The Fizz, plus some recent album tracks!

One day I’ll also do the same for Pet Shop Boys and UB40, as I Don’t Wanna’s B side also enters the 40, and Ali Campbell’s cover of Lean On Me becomes his latest top 40 in 40 years-worth of them, and goes where Bill Withers went only 2 weeks ago, or 48 years ago, depending on how you look at it. Pet Shop Boys total of entries in my charts is likely to be higher than any other act – unless you count solo stuff from bands in with band totals in which case it’ll be The Beatles by a country mile, and maybe Abba will give them a good run too.

As I finally get my chart back down to a more-manageable 75 there are only 2 new entries: Lissie back In A Rocket with someone I don’t know, and Sia adding to her 20 years of charting. As I type this I should be somewhere over Portugal in an alternate universe where coronavirus didn’t happen, so I’ve just been been consoling myself that the ghost town of Playa Del Ingles in Gran Canaria is starting to wake up this morning on webcams, more activity going on, more traffic, more people going out – still no tourists, but the Canaries seem to be preparing for at least locals to be eased outside and things coming open again. I’ll try again in October, hopefully, if Tui get me the promised voucher to re-book through soon.

1 1 1 6 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 742100
2 4 2 2 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 180000
3 2 2 6 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 377400
4 3 2 12 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 688500
5 5 1 10 SAY SO Doja Cat 771600
6 6 5 8 CAUTION The Killers 307550
7 7 7 13 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 232550
8 8 6 9 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 280700
9 12 9 6 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 141400
10 15 10 7 WHO I AM Melanie C 168500

11 11 11 9 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 215150
12 16 12 5 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 83800
13 9 4 10 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 395100
14 10 1 13 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 993000
15 17 15 6 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 108050
16 13 9 9 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 248300
17 20 17 6 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 91300
18 21 18 12 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 178350
19 18 6 11 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 330500
20 24 20 6 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 60800

21 14 12 8 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 151050
22 19 15 9 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 151400
23 30 23 9 SOMETIMES Kodaline 107650
24 27 24 9 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 113050
25 25 25 6 BLUE SKIES Music from Star Trek: Picard featuring Isa Briones 96300
26 29 26 5 HOLD ON, WE’RE GOING HOME Nerina Pallot 62900
27 38 27 8 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 96650
28 35 28 6 STORM The Fizz 51300
29 33 29 5 THE MAN Taylor Swift 59500
30 34 30 8 KINGS & QUEENS Ava Max 87150

31 22 19 9 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 155450
32 23 1 13 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 1273050
33 46 33 6 RESERVATION The Fizz 42450
34 26 2 13 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 518800
35 40 35 6 LIMITLESS Richard Marx 48900
36 49 36 3 WHO YOU LOVIN’ LEON 35700
37 51 37 2 NEW BOY Pet Shop Boys 29050
38 68 38 2 SECRETS Regard & Raye 23600
39 45 39 6 BOYFRIEND Mabel 53400
40 69 40 3 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 27600

41 28 9 10 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 268600
42 66 42 2 HARD TIMES FOR LOVERS Rumer 20550
43 54 43 3 THE GREATEST James Blunt 29500
44 32 32 8 CRASHING Illenium featuring Bahari 105800
45 31 25 7 LIMITLESS Bon Jovi 86450
46 56 46 3 IF YOU THINK THIS IS REAL LIFE Blossoms 28950
47 47 47 9 MAMA Genesis 92200
48 63 48 2 LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN The Rolling Stones 19500
49 41 1 22 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1402550
50 37 3 14 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 538800

51 36 36 7 THROW MY BONES Deep Purple 79950
52 59 52 3 I LOVE YOU NOW CHANGE Twinnie 27400
53 58 53 7 FREAKS Fisher 54850
54 70 54 3 I CONTAIN MULTITUDES Bob Dylan 21200
55 39 39 8 I’M TOAST Sparks 71800
56 80 56 2 IF YOU’RE TOO SHY (LET ME KNOW) The 1975 14600
57 64 57 6 I LOVE YOU’S Hailee Steinfeld 29800
58 42 4 14 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 459750
59 73 59 3 LIGHT OF LOVE Florence + The Machine 20300
60 62 60 6 GHOST TOWN The Specials 4200

61 75 61 2 HOUSE PARTY New Kids On The Block featuring BoyzIIMen, Big Freedia, Naughty By Nature & Jordin Sparks 12500
62 72 62 2 TIMES LIKE THESE Live Lounge Allstars 13000
63 79 63 2 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 11400
64 76 64 2 THE BUZZ Pretenders 11900
65 60 60 7 NO JUDGEMENT Niaill Horan 44600
66 44 10 12 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 230850
67 55 8 14 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 310350
68 67 1 36 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1273100
69 71 69 3 JUST THE TWO OF US Grover Washington Jr & Bill Withers 17200
70 43 13 5 LEAN ON ME Bill Withers 108500

71 NEW 71 1 IN A ROCKET Beoga & Lissie 5800
72 77 72 4 THANK U VERY MUCH FOR THE NHS The Scaffold 17800
73 NEW 73 1 SAVED MY LIFE Sia 5400
74 53 14 10 COME ON OUTSIDE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 152250
75 65 14 13 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 239100

DROP OUTS
48 23 6 YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE Gerry & The Pacemakers 92550
50 26 4 LOVELY DAY Bill Withers 66300
52 3 6 STAY Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko 265700
57 25 6 100 WAYS Jackson Wang 86550
61 24 9 YOU SHOULD BE SAD Halsey 131350
74 64 6 IS EVERYBODY GOING CRAZY? Nothing But Thieves 34600
78 16 10 WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Avalanches featuring Blood Orange 161000

My Jan-Apr 2020 Charts

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Kim Wilde, Ricky Wilde 2019 December, Sturminster Newton, Dorset

 

26th April 2020

It’s 3 weeks on top for Levitating as Break My Heart hits 2 to give Dua Lipa a chart double-top as she also contributes the opening line to the charity Foo Fighters cover at 72. Times Like These peaked at a relatively lowly 20 in my charts 17 years ago (2003 was a terrible year for me, and it impacted on what I liked) while Glen Campbell’s fab cover of it did much better in 2008 when it peaked at 8. Highest new entry is from Galantis & Wrabel, the brand new The Lake, in at 4 to give Galantis a 3rd top 5, including chart-topper True Feeling in 2017.

Up 43 places to 7, it’s the latest Pet Shop Boys single I Don’t Wanna, which had peaked in the 30’s as an album track – it’s the longest climb ever for a PSB single to peak (12 weeks!) and the video gives the lyrics a boost in impact: the boy in the story is basically Young Me. That was me that was, talk about identifying with a lyric! The B side, New Boy, enters at 51, and it’s a song they half-wrote but never finished over 35 years ago. Now it’s finished! Kygo meanwhile gets a 4th top 20 in 5 years as I’ll Wait leaps up to 16, and The Weeknd gets at least his 12th top 40 as In Your Eyes pushes out Blinding Lights.

The Fizz keep their resurgence strong as Storm makes it yet another top 40 for Bucks Fizz (give or take a Bobby G) and a chart span of 39 years. That’s really not bad for a British Eurovision entry is it?! No other UK Eurovision discovery act (as opposed to previously successful) comes close by a margin of 35 years, and no Eurovision act at all has a longer chart span with new material – pending the yet-to-be-released new Abba songs of course, and excluding established stars in the UK like Cliff, Lulu, Engelbert etc.

New entries include: The Rolling Stones returning after a break of 7 years, their best track in a decade, and most relevant new song (I’d venture) in almost 37 years, as a direct result of Lockdown: Living In A Ghost Town; New Kids On The Block, back again after a short break from 2018’s 80’s Baby, and a chart span of 31 years; Rumer back after a 5-year MIA sequence; Pretenders back after a gap of 3 years, and a chart span of 41 years for Chrissie Hynde & drummer; Alanis Morrissette back swiftly; The 1975 finally get a follow-up to 2013’s Chocolate which limped in at 74 – so If You’re Too Shy only has to climb 7 places next week to beat it! Shocking I know that I’ve never rated the Critically-acclaimed band beyond a peak of 74. Ah well, it would be boring if we all liked the same thing…

1 1 1 5 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 572100
2 3 2 5 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 292400
3 2 2 11 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 623500
4 NEW 4 1 THE LAKE Galantis & Wrabel 65000
5 4 1 9 SAY SO Doja Cat 711600
6 5 5 7 CAUTION The Killers 252550
7 50 7 12 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 182550
8 6 6 8 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 232700
9 7 4 9 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 363100
10 8 1 12 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 964000

11 11 11 8 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 178150
12 17 12 5 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 96400
13 9 9 8 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 223300
14 12 12 7 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 131300
15 16 15 6 WHO I AM Melanie C 126500
16 39 16 4 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 48800
17 20 17 5 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 81050
18 14 6 10 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 309500
19 15 15 8 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 131900
20 32 20 5 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 68300

21 24 21 11 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 156350
22 19 19 8 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 137550
23 10 1 12 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 1255250
24 62 24 5 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 40800
25 27 25 5 BLUE SKIES Music from Star Trek: Picard featuring Isa Briones 77550
26 18 2 12 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 501200
27 33 27 8 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 94050
28 21 9 9 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 254600
29 38 29 4 HOLD ON, WE’RE GOING HOME Nerina Pallot 44400
30 34 30 8 SOMETIMES Kodaline 88400

31 25 25 6 LIMITLESS Bon Jovi 73450
32 35 32 7 CRASHING Illenium featuring Bahari 92550
33 45 33 4 THE MAN Taylor Swift 41300
34 46 34 7 KINGS & QUEENS Ava Max 69150
35 63 35 5 STORM The Fizz 33000
36 36 36 6 THROW MY BONES Deep Purple 68200
37 30 3 13 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 526800
38 41 38 7 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 78250
39 48 39 7 I’M TOAST Sparks 61000
40 66 40 5 LIMITLESS Richard Marx 31400

41 40 1 21 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1390450
42 28 4 13 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 449550
43 13 13 4 LEAN ON ME Bill Withers 102500
44 22 10 11 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 224050
45 57 45 5 BOYFRIEND Mabel 36300
46 68 46 5 RESERVATION The Fizz 24750
47 47 47 8 MAMA Genesis 79700
48 23 23 6 YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE Gerry & The Pacemakers 92550
49 69 49 2 WHO YOU LOVIN’ LEON 18300
50 26 26 4 LOVELY DAY Bill Withers 66300

51 NEW 51 1 NEW BOY Pet Shop Boys 11750
52 29 3 6 STAY Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko 265700
53 31 14 9 COME ON OUTSIDE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 147050
54 75 54 2 THE GREATEST James Blunt 16000
55 43 8 13 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 303750
56 72 56 2 IF YOU THINK THIS IS REAL LIFE Blossoms 16200
57 37 25 6 100 WAYS Jackson Wang 86550
58 58 58 6 FREAKS Fisher 43600
59 71 59 2 I LOVE YOU NOW CHANGE Twinnie 15900
60 60 60 6 NO JUDGEMENT Niaill Horan 37600

61 42 24 9 YOU SHOULD BE SAD Halsey 131350
62 65 62 5 GHOST TOWN The Specials 32000
63 NEW 63 1 LIVING IN A GHOST TOWN The Rolling Stones 7200
64 70 64 5 I LOVE YOU’S Hailee Steinfeld 19400
65 49 14 12 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 234100
66 NEW 66 1 HARD TIMES FOR LOVERS Rumer 6800
67 67 1 35 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1266700
68 NEW 68 1 SECRETS Regard & Raye 6400
69 78 69 2 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 10600
70 79 70 2 I CONTAIN MULTITUDES Bob Dylan 10200

71 74 71 2 JUST THE TWO OF US Grover Washington Jr & Bill Withers 11000
72 NEW 72 1 TIMES LIKE THESE Live Lounge Allstars 5600
73 76 73 2 LIGHT OF LOVE Florence + The Machine 10200
74 64 64 6 IS EVERYBODY GOING CRAZY? Nothing But Thieves 34600
75 NEW 75 1 HOUSE PARTY New Kids On The Block featuring BoyzIIMen, Big Freedia, Naughty By Nature & Jordin Sparks 5000
76 NEW 76 1 THE BUZZ Pretenders 4800
77 77 77 3 THANK U VERY MUCH FOR THE NHS The Scaffold 12200
78 44 16 10 WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Avalanches featuring Blood Orange 161000
79 NEW 79 1 DIAGNOSIS Alanis Morrissette 4200
80 NEW 80 1 IF YOU’RE TOO SHY (LET ME KNOW) The 1975 4000

DROP OUTS
51 12 9 BROKEN SLEEP Agnes Obel 206300
52 17 9 INSTANT DESTINY Tame Impala 140400
53 36 8 STUPID LOVE Lady Gaga 82650
54 54 5 I’M IN LOVE Danny Dove featuring The Flirtations 37600
55 1 17 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 1148100
56 4 13 WILL-O-THE-WISP Pet Shop Boys 458900
59 39 7 THE STEPS HAIM 80350
61 20 9 CUZ I LOVE YOU Lizzo 147550
73 73 5 FALLING Harry Styles 16900
80 80 1 WILD THING The Goodies 4000

 

 

19th April 2020

It’s 2 weeks on top for Levitating as Dua Lipa makes a Billie Eilish sandwich with her INXS-inspired Break My Heart at 3. When we reflect back on Lockdown in years to come, for me it’ll be Dua Lipa that brightened it up. It’s a quiet chart generally, as I’m not getting to hear my itunes purchases in the car in beautiful surround-sound – not getting out and about, while my home CD player is faulty and PCWorld is shut, doh! Plus I want to chop it down to 75 anyway, almost there this week.

Two big climbers into the 40 from Nerina Pallot and Kygo, and new entries from LEON returning with a goodie pop number, as The Goodies return in tribute to the late Tim Brooke-Taylor – Wild Thing was a B side (and excerpt from a TV episode) and a cover of The Troggs classic, both amusing and about as cool as they got musically, as they parodied the mid-70’s music scene. Blossoms return, James Blunt gets a 5th track off his album in my charts as his previous single remains top 20, Florence + The Machine return with a Lockdown present, while Ali Campbell covers the already-charting late Bill Withers classic Lean On Me for NHS charity causes, and giving the UB40 brand a chart career of exactly 40 years since Food For Thought went top 3, and at least the 4th version of Lean On Me to chart.

Bob Dylan also returns with a new track. He doesn’t quite have the chart span of The Scaffold (a few months short for new material, a mere 51 years give or take), and he’s never been consistent with new material (though some of his classic 60’s period have charted over the years, notably Like A Rolling Stone), a mere 5 chart entries solo, the last of them 30 years ago. That would normally make a notable comment for the entry of I Contain Multitudes after such a lengthy gap, were it not for The Scaffold and Deep Purple already having pissed all over that gap at 52 years and 49 years, respectively, in the chart. Bob, of course was a Traveling Wilbury too, and had some chart hits with his mates, and oodles of covers of his songs over the decades from the likes of Bryan Ferry, Adele, The Rolling Stones, and many others.

1 1 1 4 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 402100
2 2 2 10 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 538500
3 6 3 4 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 177400
4 3 1 8 SAY SO Doja Cat 651600
5 5 5 6 CAUTION The Killers 197550
6 9 6 8 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 184700
7 7 4 8 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 363100
8 8 1 11 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 922000
9 10 9 7 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 191300
10 4 1 11 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 1236000

11 14 11 7 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 141150
12 20 12 6 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 102300
13 13 13 3 LEAN ON ME Bill Withers 89000
14 11 6 9 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 287500
15 18 15 7 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 110900
16 17 16 5 WHO I AM Melanie C 99500
17 21 17 4 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 61400
18 12 2 11 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 482700
19 23 19 7 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 118050
20 27 20 4 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 58050

21 16 9 8 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 236300
22 15 10 10 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 210800
23 28 23 5 YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE Gerry & The Pacemakers 80250
24 33 24 10 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 136600
25 34 25 5 LIMITLESS Bon Jovi 55550
26 30 26 3 LOVELY DAY Bill Withers 54300
27 29 27 4 BLUE SKIES Music from Star Trek: Picard featuring Isa Briones 58800
28 24 4 12 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 435800
29 19 3 5 STAY Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko 254200
30 26 3 12 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 509500

31 22 14 8 COME ON OUTSIDE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 135800
32 37 32 4 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 48300
33 46 33 7 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 75650
34 43 34 7 SOMETIMES Kodaline 70400
35 39 35 6 CRASHING Illenium featuring Bahari 74750
36 40 36 5 THROW MY BONES Deep Purple 50800
37 25 25 5 100 WAYS Jackson Wang 76150
38 73 38 3 HOLD ON, WE’RE GOING HOME Nerina Pallot 26200
39 74 39 3 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 23800
40 32 1 20 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1376450

41 44 41 6 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 61050
42 36 24 8 YOU SHOULD BE SAD Halsey 123850
43 31 8 12 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 292950
44 35 16 9 WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Avalanches featuring Blood Orange 156600
45 62 45 3 THE MAN Taylor Swift 23600
46 54 46 6 KINGS & QUEENS Ava Max 51550
47 50 47 7 MAMA Genesis 67200
48 56 48 6 I’M TOAST Sparks 43900
49 45 14 11 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 227100
50 52 35 11 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 132550

51 38 12 9 BROKEN SLEEP Agnes Obel 206300
52 41 17 9 INSTANT DESTINY Tame Impala 140400
53 42 36 8 STUPID LOVE Lady Gaga 82650
54 55 54 5 I’M IN LOVE Danny Dove featuring The Flirtations 37600
55 49 1 17 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 1148100
56 51 4 13 WILL-O-THE-WISP Pet Shop Boys 458900
57 67 57 4 BOYFRIEND Mabel 23300
58 65 58 5 FREAKS Fisher 33400
59 47 39 7 THE STEPS HAIM 80350
60 68 60 5 NO JUDGEMENT Niaill Horan 27600

61 48 20 9 CUZ I LOVE YOU Lizzo 147550
62 71 62 4 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 21800
63 78 63 4 STORM The Fizz 15500
64 64 64 5 IS EVERYBODY GOING CRAZY? Nothing But Thieves 29400
65 69 65 4 GHOST TOWN The Specials 24600
66 79 66 4 LIMITLESS Richard Marx 14400
67 66 1 34 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1260100
68 83 68 4 RESERVATION The Fizz 12000
69 NEW 69 1 WHO YOU LOVIN’ LEON 6200
70 81 70 4 I LOVE YOU’S Hailee Steinfeld 12300

71 NEW 71 1 I LOVE YOU NOW CHANGE Twinnie 5800
72 NEW 72 1 IF YOU THINK THIS IS REAL LIFE Blossoms 5600
73 77 73 5 FALLING Harry Styles 16900
74 NEW 74 1 JUST THE TWO OF US Grover Washington Jr & Bill Withers 5200
75 NEW 75 1 THE GREATEST James Blunt 5000
76 NEW 76 1 LIGHT OF LOVE Florence + The Machine 4800
77 85 77 2 THANK U VERY MUCH FOR THE NHS The Scaffold 7600
78 NEW 78 1 LEAN ON ME UB40 featuring Ali Campbell & Astro 4400
79 NEW 79 1 I CONTAIN MULTITUDES Bob Dylan 4200
80 NEW 80 1 WILD THING The Goodies 4000

DROP OUTS
53 17 9 KNOW YOUR WORTH Khalid & Disclosure 129150
57 25 8 SIX DAYS IN JUNE The Fratellis 115500
58 58 7 SECOND CHANCE The Shapeshifters featuring Kimberly Davis 45200
59 59 4 THE SUN RISING The Beloved 25700
60 33 6 DEAD WEIGHT PVRIS 87500
61 16 12 LONELY Joel Corry featuring HARLEE 209300
63 5 12 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 374300
70 3 12 FOREVER Will Young 412100
72 2 7 DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears 252200
75 75 2 KEEP ON MOVIN’ Five 8400
76 30 8 GREAT UNKNOWN X Ambassadors 108050
80 80 2 TOUCH TOO MUCH Arrows 6600
82 58 6 REVIVAL Gregory Porter 39800
84 21 10 REACT Pussycat Dolls 143150

 

 

12th April 2020

It’s a first week on top for the best track on Dua Lipa’s new album, the outrageously catchy sci-fi-pop-dance of Levitating, her second chart-topper, following Hotter Than Hell in 2016, while she simultaneously grabs another top 10 with the INXS-themed Break My Heart, her 9th in total the same week Paloma Faith gets her 15th with Jonas Blue’s Mistakes – his first top 10, and Paloma herself has charted with a version of Never Tear Us Apart, the under-pinning rhythm of Break My Heart. Billie Eilsh is stranded at 2 for 2 weeks now, with The Killers going top 5, Caution giving them an 11th top 10, or 15th including Brandon Flowers solo stuff. Roisin Murphy gets her first new solo top 10 in 13 years, and 5th in total including Moloko stuff spanning 22 years.

Greyson Chance gets the highest climber to enter the 40 at 21, Jessie Ware gets her first in a while, and Bon Jovi their highest-charting in 11 years. That’s nuttin’ though, this week, as Deep Purple get a first top 40 in, gasp, over 48 years since Fireball dropped out my charts (though lead singer Ian Gillan had 8 of them in the early 80’s). For new material that would be seriously impressive.

If it weren’t for the only new entry this week, that is – a charity track for the NHS in times of need, and a rewritten-song that predates my charts, back to when I was a lad of 9 years old learning how to do arts and craft-y girlie stuff at school to avoid playing football. Thank U Very Much was a huge Scouse, and kiddie anthem for The Scaffold, the Liverpool band which included Mike McGear, Paul McCartney’s brother. I’d been living in Liverpool for a year just before so all things Scouse were fab by me. By late 1968 I did my first charts, and included in them was Lily The Pink, the UK chart-topping novelty song about the lady who invented Medicinal Compound, something we all could do with right now – no-one knows what it was, but it solved a lot of problems! So, it’s been 51 years since the Scaffold had their one and only chart action. It seems unlikely that any other 60’s act will ever have to wait any longer for a newly-recorded track to stop them having One-Hit Wondership, or such a long gap between chart hits. Mike McGear, though, doesn’t share that record personally as Macca donated him a fab minor hit record in 1974 (Leave It), the same year that The Scaffold had a UK hit with Liverpool Lou, a record I didn’t chart as I was too interested in exciting new stuff from obscure bands like Abba, Queen and Sparks, and bands with a “The” were uncool now.

1 7 1 3 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 232100
2 2 2 9 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 423500
3 1 1 7 SAY SO Doja Cat 586600
4 3 1 10 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 1194000
5 13 5 5 CAUTION The Killers 137550
6 15 6 3 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 92400
7 4 4 7 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 313100
8 5 1 10 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 874000
9 14 9 7 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 129700
10 12 10 6 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 146300

11 6 6 8 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 258500
12 8 2 10 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 460700
13 16 13 2 LEAN ON ME Bill Withers 57000
14 19 14 6 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 104150
15 10 10 9 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 191300
16 11 9 7 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 216550
17 17 17 4 WHO I AM Melanie C 74500
18 20 18 6 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 83900
19 9 3 4 STAY Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko 236000
20 30 20 5 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 67300

21 53 21 3 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 38400
22 18 14 7 COME ON OUTSIDE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 117900
23 24 23 6 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 97050
24 21 4 11 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 417500
25 34 25 4 100 WAYS Jackson Wang 58850
26 26 3 11 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 491500
27 44 27 3 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 38050
28 33 28 4 YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE Gerry & The Pacemakers 61000
29 40 29 3 BLUE SKIES Music from Star Trek: Picard featuring Isa Briones 40400
30 32 30 2 LOVELY DAY Bill Withers 35800

31 22 8 11 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 279450
32 28 1 19 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1359450
33 37 33 9 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 117600
34 54 34 4 LIMITLESS Bon Jovi 36800
35 25 16 8 WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Avalanches featuring Blood Orange 143350
36 29 24 7 YOU SHOULD BE SAD Halsey 110100
37 67 37 3 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 30500
38 23 12 8 BROKEN SLEEP Agnes Obel 194550
39 51 39 5 CRASHING Illenium featuring Bahari 57250
40 55 40 4 THROW MY BONES Deep Purple 33400

41 27 17 8 INSTANT DESTINY Tame Impala 128900
42 36 36 7 STUPID LOVE Lady Gaga 82650
43 49 43 6 SOMETIMES Kodaline 52800
44 48 44 5 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 47050
45 35 14 10 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 215000
46 50 46 6 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 57950
47 39 39 6 THE STEPS HAIM 70250
48 31 20 8 CUZ I LOVE YOU Lizzo 140050
49 42 1 16 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 1137300
50 52 50 6 MAMA Genesis 54700

51 45 4 12 WILL-O-THE-WISP Pet Shop Boys 448300
52 59 35 10 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 120550
53 38 17 9 KNOW YOUR WORTH Khalid & Disclosure 129150
54 60 54 5 KINGS & QUEENS Ava Max 38800
55 62 55 4 I’M IN LOVE Danny Dove featuring The Flirtations 26600
56 63 56 5 I’M TOAST Sparks 31600
57 43 25 8 SIX DAYS IN JUNE The Fratellis 115500
58 65 58 7 SECOND CHANCE The Shapeshifters featuring Kimberly Davis 45200
59 66 59 4 THE SUN RISING The Beloved 25700
60 41 33 6 DEAD WEIGHT PVRIS 87500

61 46 16 12 LONELY Joel Corry featuring HARLEE 209300
62 84 62 2 THE MAN Taylor Swift 10600
63 47 5 12 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 374300
64 69 64 4 IS EVERYBODY GOING CRAZY? Nothing But Thieves 22300
65 70 65 4 FREAKS Fisher 23200
66 64 1 33 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1253500
67 75 67 3 BOYFRIEND Mabel 12900
68 73 68 4 NO JUDGEMENT Niaill Horan 17600
69 71 69 3 GHOST TOWN The Specials 17600
70 56 3 12 FOREVER Will Young 412100

71 77 71 3 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 14400
72 58 2 7 DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears 252200
73 82 73 2 HOLD ON, WE’RE GOING HOME Nerina Pallot 9000
74 95 74 2 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 6700
75 83 75 2 KEEP ON MOVIN’ Five 8400
76 61 30 8 GREAT UNKNOWN X Ambassadors 108050
77 85 77 4 FALLING Harry Styles 11500
78 89 78 3 STORM The Fizz 8300
79 92 79 3 LIMITLESS Richard Marx 7600
80 87 80 2 TOUCH TOO MUCH Arrows 6600

81 97 81 3 I LOVE YOU’S Hailee Steinfeld 6300
82 79 58 6 REVIVAL Gregory Porter 39800
83 99 83 3 RESERVATION The Fizz 5600
84 57 21 10 REACT Pussycat Dolls 143150
85 NEW 85 1 THANK U VERY MUCH FOR THE NHS The Scaffold 3000

DROP OUTS
68 46 5 GASLIGHTER Dixie Chicks 55050
72 32 9 REASONS I DRINK Alanis Morrissette 120550
74 9 13 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 284800
76 58 7 INSTANT HISTORY Biffy Clyro 48800
78 17 9 IN MY ARMS Purple Disco Machine featuring Inner Life & Jocelyn Brown, with Al Stewart 135000
80 59 6 ROSES (IMANBEK REMIX) SAINt JHN 36100
81 6 11 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 295450
86 86 3 IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT (AND I FEEL FINE) REM 7500
88 38 9 BETTER OFF WITHOUT YOU Becky Hill featuring Shift K3Y 83700
90 90 3 EARTH BEAT Paul Weller 5600
91 5 12 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 401400
93 6 14 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 301500
94 94 2 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell 2600
96 96 1 USE ME Bill Withers 1400
98 98 1 MY LAST NIGHT WITH YOU Arrows 1200
100 100 1 I LOVE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Arrows 1000

 

5th April 2020

It’s Doja Cat on top, finally getting past Barry White to the top spot, but challenged by Billie Eilish at 2 with her highest-charting track to date, No Time To Die not quite overtaking Say So. Dua Lipa pushes herself out the top 20, but not to worry she has two massive climbs for album cut Levitating (hoping this is the next single) and current INXS-sampling single Break My Heart. She’s in a pop class of her own right now.

The highest new entry is the late Bill Withers’ 1972 chart-topper Lean On Me, plus a couple of others lower down in tribute to the great man, and also 3 new entries from forgotten mid-70’s teen stars Arrows as lead singer, and writer of I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll, Alan Merrill dies of coronavirus. Bill’s Use Me and Arrows original version of the Joan Jett biggie have never charted before – cos I didn’t know them at the time! If radio didn’t play them – and they didn’t – that was it, no chance of hearing them.

Paloma Faith gets over a decade of top 20’s, Mel C makes it 22 years of solo top 20’s, and Lauv gets 2 simultaneous top 20’s. Actual new entries with current material are thin on the ground, thank goodness, as I dont have the space and will never expand beyond 100, that takes too long to do as it is! laugh.gif Nerina Pallot, though, is back after a gap of 5 years, when she topped my chart with Rousseau (and then failed to follow-up!). Her previous chart-topper was Turn Me On Again in 2012, and she now spans 15 years, 10 top 10’s and no other track that has charted without going top 10 – so no pressure on her fab low-key version of the 2013 Drake hit, then. Only me and two-dozen people had even checked out the youtube!

Yet another track from the latest Taylor Swift album charts, The Man, Five return with their best track selling on itunes again, and finally Kygo is also back with a newie.

1 2 1 6 SAY SO Doja Cat 501600
2 6 2 8 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 308500
3 1 1 9 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 1129000
4 4 4 6 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 263100
5 5 1 9 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 826000
6 7 6 7 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 221500
7 49 7 2 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 62100
8 8 2 9 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 425700
9 3 3 3 STAY Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko 215000
10 13 10 8 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 164300

11 9 9 6 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 191550
12 18 12 5 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 104300
13 19 13 4 CAUTION The Killers 77550
14 30 14 6 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 84700
15 57 15 2 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 37400
16 NEW 16 1 LEAN ON ME Bill Withers 25000
17 35 17 3 WHO I AM Melanie C 51500
18 14 14 6 COME ON OUTSIDE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 98400
19 26 19 5 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 75150
20 34 20 5 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 61900

21 10 4 10 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 398500
22 11 8 10 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 261550
23 12 12 7 BROKEN SLEEP Agnes Obel 177350
24 28 24 5 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 77800
25 16 16 7 WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Avalanches featuring Blood Orange 125850
26 15 3 10 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 473000
27 17 17 7 INSTANT DESTINY Tame Impala 114900
28 21 1 18 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1341650
29 24 24 6 YOU SHOULD BE SAD Halsey 92700
30 31 30 4 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 47300

31 20 20 7 CUZ I LOVE YOU Lizzo 127750
32 NEW 32 1 LOVELY DAY Bill Withers 17800
33 45 33 3 YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE Gerry & The Pacemakers 42700
34 39 34 3 100 WAYS Jackson Wang 40100
35 22 14 9 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 202000
36 37 36 6 STUPID LOVE Lady Gaga 68900
37 40 37 8 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 99900
38 23 17 8 KNOW YOUR WORTH Khalid & Disclosure 117900
39 47 39 5 THE STEPS HAIM 57750
40 74 40 2 BLUE SKIES Music from Star Trek: Picard featuring Isa Briones 22200

41 33 33 5 DEAD WEIGHT PVRIS 77500
42 38 1 15 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 1125200
43 25 25 7 SIX DAYS IN JUNE The Fratellis 105100
44 68 44 2 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 19650
45 32 4 11 WILL-O-THE-WISP Pet Shop Boys 436550
46 27 16 11 LONELY Joel Corry featuring HARLEE 201800
47 29 5 11 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 367100
48 52 48 4 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 33800
49 55 49 5 SOMETIMES Kodaline 39300
50 54 50 5 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 45200

51 51 51 4 CRASHING Illenium featuring Bahari 40150
52 60 52 5 MAMA Genesis 42700
53 62 53 2 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 18650
54 70 54 3 LIMITLESS Bon Jovi 19200
55 82 55 3 THROW MY BONES Deep Purple 16400
56 41 3 11 FOREVER Will Young 406100
57 36 21 9 REACT Pussycat Dolls 139950
58 43 2 6 DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears 246600
59 63 35 9 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 109050
60 66 60 4 KINGS & QUEENS Ava Max 27800

61 42 30 7 GREAT UNKNOWN X Ambassadors 103250
62 71 62 3 I’M IN LOVE Danny Dove featuring The Flirtations 15800
63 75 63 4 I’M TOAST Sparks 21000
64 61 1 32 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1246700
65 76 65 6 SECOND CHANCE The Shapeshifters featuring Kimberly Davis 35000
66 78 66 3 THE SUN RISING The Beloved 15600
67 67 67 2 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 13200
68 46 46 5 GASLIGHTER Dixie Chicks 55050
69 69 69 3 IS EVERYBODY GOING CRAZY? Nothing But Thieves 15200
70 73 70 3 FREAKS Fisher 16200

71 72 71 2 GHOST TOWN The Specials 11400
72 44 32 9 REASONS I DRINK Alanis Morrissette 120550
73 83 73 3 NO JUDGEMENT Niaill Horan 11200
74 56 9 13 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 284800
75 97 75 2 BOYFRIEND Mabel 6300
76 58 58 7 INSTANT HISTORY Biffy Clyro 48800
77 80 77 2 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 8600
78 48 17 9 IN MY ARMS Purple Disco Machine featuring Inner Life & Jocelyn Brown, with Al Stewart 135000
79 79 58 5 REVIVAL Gregory Porter 36200
80 59 59 6 ROSES (IMANBEK REMIX) SAINt JHN 36100

81 53 6 11 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 295450
82 NEW 82 1 HOLD ON, WE’RE GOING HOME Nerina Pallot 3600
83 NEW 83 1 KEEP ON MOVIN’ Five 3400
84 NEW 84 1 THE MAN Taylor Swift 3200
85 89 85 3 FALLING Harry Styles 6900
86 86 86 3 IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT (AND I FEEL FINE) REM 7500
87 NEW 87 1 TOUCH TOO MUCH Arrows 2600
88 50 38 9 BETTER OFF WITHOUT YOU Becky Hill featuring Shift K3Y 83700
89 93 89 2 STORM The Fizz 3900
90 90 90 3 EARTH BEAT Paul Weller 5600

91 65 5 12 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 401400
92 94 92 2 LIMITLESS Richard Marx 3400
93 77 6 14 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 301500
94 100 94 2 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell 2600
95 NEW 95 1 I’LL WAIT Kygo & Sasha Sloan 1500
96 NEW 96 1 USE ME Bill Withers 1400
97 98 97 2 I LOVE YOU’S Hailee Steinfeld 2500
98 NEW 98 1 MY LAST NIGHT WITH YOU Arrows 1200
99 99 99 2 RESERVATION The Fizz 2200
100 NEW 100 1 I LOVE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Arrows 1000

DROP OUTS
64 64 2 RUBY, DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition 13100
81 64 5 ALWAYS Waze & Odyssey vs Tommy Theo featuring George Michael & Mary J. Blige 29500
84 55 5 MY LAST BREATH James Newman 41000
85 15 9 BLUE MOON RISING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 139600
87 57 6 DEAR JEALOUSY MIKA 40700
88 88 2 SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition 4200
91 91 2 ISLANDS IN THE STREAM Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton 3400
92 39 6 CHANGE MY MIND Celine Dion 58450
95 75 4 NEVER WORN WHITE Katy Perry 14500
96 4 13 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 430200

 

29th March 2020

It’s 5 weeks on top for the unstoppable Birds Of Prey-promoted 1973 classic soul track from Barry White – it peaked at 9 first-time-round! Noel Gallagher grabs another top 20 track back-to-back, The Avalanches make it for the first time in almost 2 decades, and even Roisin Murphy gets her first top 20 in 13 years. The Killers leap into the 20 from outside the 40 following a great acoustic youtube performance from home of it by Brandon Flowers, to give them a first top 20 for 3 years, and Jonas Blue and Paloma Faith keep the list of top 40’s growing.

Lauv grabs a second top 40 track with South Korean boyband BTS, while his other track is still top 10, and China-supertar Jackson Wang rockets into the 40, 100 Ways has a great video, very Michael Jackson. New entries into my even-more-expanded chart include Dua Lipa’s new single and a track off her new album, the latter getting the higher chart position, for a total of 3 – it would have been 4 if she hadn’t pushed her own track out this week.

Jessie Ware is back, her 5th chart track in 8 years, back in the Spotlight, and 1981 social-commentary ska classic is back for The Specials – Ghost Town topped my chart then, as mass unemployment included me at the time and the sentiment of the song resonated strongly, and does now for different reasons – coronavirus has made actual Ghost Cities. That’s also responsible for the
return of Ralph McTell’s 1969/1974 classic Streets Of London, a song for the homeless I missed first-time-round (living in tropical Singapore) until a re-recorded version was a monster early 1975 UK number 2.

At 74, the act isn’t Music From Star Trek: Picard (but that’s what the listed act is!) it’s star of the show Isa Briones, covering the Irving Berlin standard Blue Skies, which plays over a tear-jerking goodbye to Data, the android from Next Generation who died already in the final movie starring the cast, and who had sung the sung himself (Brent Spiner that is, as data). I won’t do a spoiler, but it’s lovely, and the song is an old fave that has never charted before, not in any version. At 94-years-old it’s one of the oldest songs to make my charts (ignoring classical music or hymns, I can’t think of any other “pop music” songs older).

The Fizz get another 2 tracks from the new album in the chart, The Weeknd does the same with one track, Mable and Hailee Steinfeld both return with newies, and Richard Marx is also back with a song called Limitless which is not the same song Bon Jovi have in the chart. Richard is a good Tweeter to follow, and first charted ooh 32 years ago, topping my chart with Hazard in the early 90’s, and his first new entry since 2012.

1 1 1 8 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 1044000
2 2 2 5 SAY SO Doja Cat 331600
3 3 3 2 STAY Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko 170000
4 6 4 5 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 198100
5 5 1 8 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 766000
6 9 6 7 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 193500
7 8 7 6 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 166500
8 4 2 8 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 377700
9 10 9 5 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 154550
10 7 4 9 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 378750

11 11 8 9 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 242050
12 12 12 6 BROKEN SLEEP Agnes Obel 158100
13 24 13 7 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 122300
14 34 14 5 COME ON OUTSIDE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 76400
15 15 3 9 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 454500
16 27 16 6 WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Avalanches featuring Blood Orange 107100
17 22 17 6 INSTANT DESTINY Tame Impala 96500
18 35 18 4 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 69300
19 42 19 3 CAUTION The Killers 45550
20 20 20 6 CUZ I LOVE YOU Lizzo 109950

21 13 1 17 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1323350
22 14 14 8 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 184500
23 17 17 7 KNOW YOUR WORTH Khalid & Disclosure 100700
24 28 24 5 YOU SHOULD BE SAD Halsey 74500
25 25 25 6 SIX DAYS IN JUNE The Fratellis 91600
26 36 26 4 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 54150
27 16 16 10 LONELY Joel Corry featuring HARLEE 189050
28 29 28 4 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 58800
29 19 5 10 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 354600
30 45 30 5 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 55700

31 66 31 3 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 29300
32 18 4 10 WILL-O-THE-WISP Pet Shop Boys 423550
33 37 33 4 DEAD WEIGHT PVRIS 63500
34 47 34 4 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 41900
35 54 35 2 WHO I AM Melanie C 28500
36 21 21 8 REACT Pussycat Dolls 129550
37 40 37 5 STUPID LOVE Lady Gaga 51500
38 23 1 14 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 1111450
39 73 39 2 100 WAYS Jackson Wang 22500
40 41 40 7 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 82600

41 26 3 10 FOREVER Will Young 395500
42 30 30 6 GREAT UNKNOWN X Ambassadors 95750
43 31 2 5 DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears 236400
44 32 32 8 REASONS I DRINK Alanis Morrissette 114950
45 50 45 2 YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE Gerry & The Pacemakers 25000
46 46 46 4 GASLIGHTER Dixie Chicks 48650
47 49 47 4 THE STEPS HAIM 40650
48 33 17 8 IN MY ARMS Purple Disco Machine featuring Inner Life & Jocelyn Brown, with Al Stewart 130600
49 NEW 49 1 LEVITATING Dua Lipa 12100
50 38 38 8 BETTER OFF WITHOUT YOU Becky Hill featuring Shift K3Y 81300

51 53 51 3 CRASHING Illenium featuring Bahari 28400
52 72 52 3 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 21500
53 39 6 10 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 291650
54 60 54 4 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 33200
55 63 55 4 SOMETIMES Kodaline 27200
56 43 9 12 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 279600
57 NEW 57 1 BREAK MY HEART Dua Lipa 10400
58 61 58 6 INSTANT HISTORY Biffy Clyro 44000
59 67 59 5 ROSES (IMANBEK REMIX) SAINt JHN 32100
60 62 60 4 MAMA Genesis 31200

61 56 1 31 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1239600
62 NEW 62 1 DANCING NEXT TO ME Greyson Chance 7400
63 71 35 8 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 98950
64 70 64 2 RUBY, DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition 13100
65 44 5 11 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 399500
66 69 66 3 KINGS & QUEENS Ava Max 17800
67 NEW 67 1 ANTISOCIAL SOCIALITES Kyan Palmer, nicopop & Yuri Joness 6600
68 NEW 68 1 SPOTLIGHT Jessie Ware 6400
69 86 69 2 IS EVERYBODY GOING CRAZY? Nothing But Thieves 9000
70 89 70 2 LIMITLESS Bon Jovi 8200

71 87 71 2 I’M IN LOVE Danny Dove featuring The Flirtations 8400
72 NEW 72 1 GHOST TOWN The Specials 5600
73 76 73 2 FREAKS Fisher 10200
74 NEW 74 1 BLUE SKIES Music from Star Trek: Picard featuring Isa Briones 5200
75 77 75 3 I’M TOAST Sparks 13800
76 65 65 5 SECOND CHANCE The Shapeshifters featuring Kimberly Davis 28000
77 51 6 13 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 299800
78 78 78 2 THE SUN RISING The Beloved 8800
79 58 58 4 REVIVAL Gregory Porter 32000
80 NEW 80 1 IN YOUR EYES The Weeknd 4000

81 64 64 5 ALWAYS Waze & Odyssey vs Tommy Theo featuring George Michael & Mary J. Blige 29500
82 90 82 2 THROW MY BONES Deep Purple 5600
83 88 83 2 NO JUDGEMENT Niaill Horan 5800
84 55 55 5 MY LAST BREATH James Newman 41000
85 52 15 9 BLUE MOON RISING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 139600
86 91 86 2 IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT (AND I FEEL FINE) REM 4700
87 57 57 6 DEAR JEALOUSY MIKA 40700
88 92 88 2 SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition 4200
89 93 89 2 FALLING Harry Styles 3900
90 94 90 2 EARTH BEAT Paul Weller 3600

91 95 91 2 ISLANDS IN THE STREAM Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton 3400
92 59 39 6 CHANGE MY MIND Celine Dion 58450
93 NEW 93 1 STORM The Fizz 1700
94 NEW 94 1 LIMITLESS Richard Marx 1600
95 75 75 4 NEVER WORN WHITE Katy Perry 14500
96 74 4 13 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 430200
97 NEW 97 1 BOYFRIEND Mabel 1300
98 NEW 98 1 I LOVE YOU’S Hailee Steinfeld 1200
99 NEW 99 1 RESERVATION The Fizz 1100
100 NEW 100 1 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell 1000

DROP OUTS
48 29 8 WINNING WAYS The Fizz 117650
68 58 5 MELTDOWN Jake Shears 43100
79 8 10 THE VOID Muse 250500
80 12 9 ALL MY LOVE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 189350
81 17 10 JULY Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges 165000
82 9 10 OH YEAH! Green Day 228600
83 67 5 WHAT IF I NEVER GET OVER YOU Lady Antebellum 27600
84 7 16 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 392350
85 3 21 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 702950

 

22nd March 2020

It’s 4 weeks on top for the Barry White 1973 lush soul goodie, as Doja Cat becomes the latest current track to be kept off the top by the Birds Of Prey oldie – ironically Doja Cat is also on the soundtrack, oops! Meanwhile, Rihanna’s second-best track is back in at 3 following some itunes sales, having topped my chart in 2013: it shows what you can do with a stripped-back song when you have an amazing duo vocal, a great song, and a sensitive arrangement. Just brilliant. Lauv, future big star I hope, debuts in the top 10 with his great Modern Loneliness, Billie Eilish gets a 3rd, and most other tracks shuffle a few places inside the top 40 as there are so many good ones – in fact so many new ones I’ve been forced to extend the chart to 95, which i would rather not do, but have been forced to for now.

Biggest climber is Lady Gaga, back in the top 40 for the first time in 3 years, her 23rd top 40 track, Stupid Love. There’s another former chart-topper at 50, as Gerry & The Pacemakers return yet again, this time nothing to do with football bringing it back: You’ll Never Walk Alone has been played across Europe as a song of inspiration for the coronovirus self-isolating and those losing loved ones. First out in 1963, the song dates even further back from the 1945 musical Carousel, but it was Gerry and his Merseybeat pals who recorded the definitive rousing version, latterly an Anfield anthem. It topped my chart in 2010 in lieu of me not doing charts in 1963, though 5-year-old me prob would have put it on top as I loved Gerry & The Pacemakers as a kiddie.

More oldies entering, also coronavirus-related in the case of R.E.M’s 1987 It’s The End Of The World As We Know It returning 33 years on thanks to those with an cynical sense of humour, with a bunch of Kenny Rogers tracks returning in tribute to the death of the Country Music icon at the weekend. The Beloved’s 30-year-old The Sun Rising is back in the itunes chart, not sure why, but it’s still fab, and in at 87 it’s a dance track with a sample of UK 70’s TV staples The Flirtations as it’s backbone. The US group never charted, but backed many a legend vocally, toured, and featured on variety shows and music shows without ever getting a hit or entering my charts – better-50-years-late-than-never!

Melanie C gets the highest new track, extending her run of solo tracks to 21 years, and 24 Spice years, while Chinese star Jackson Wang, former boyband member, does a good video and interesting song to enter at 73, big in the Far East and bubbling under in the wake of BTS’ success here. Harry Styles gets a 5th track off his new album, Falling in line with veteran returns at the lower end from Paul Weller, 2 years since his entry, 27 years since his first solo hit, and 43 years since he Jam-med up in the punk era. Bon Jovi date only back to 1986, chart-wise, and haven’t charted for 7 years: back in 1999 I was backstage filming Jon Bon Jovi doing a live concert at King’s Park Bournemouth (it’s on Youtube) on a radio 1 Roadshow – it’s not what you know it’s who you know….

Finally, a mention for Deep Purple. No, not the Donny & Marie hit from 1976, the even-older Rock Actual Legends fronted by 80’s hitster Ian Gillan, back on board 50 years since Black Night riffed-it-out. Hush charted in the USA in 1968, but had to wait until 2008 to make my charts, so, err, this is the first new track to chart since 1977’s Smoke On The Water (live version) and first new studio song to chart since their best record Fireball hit my top 10 in 1971, a mind-boggling 49 years ago. Phew!

1 1 1 7 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 874000
2 5 2 4 SAY SO Doja Cat 216600
3 NEW 3 1 STAY Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko 85000
4 2 2 7 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 329700
5 3 1 7 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 706000
6 7 6 4 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 133100
7 4 4 8 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 336750
8 19 8 5 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 116500
9 23 9 6 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 138500
10 10 10 4 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 109550

11 8 8 8 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 205050
12 12 12 5 BROKEN SLEEP Agnes Obel 123100
13 9 1 16 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1303600
14 14 14 7 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 165000
15 11 3 8 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 427500
16 16 16 9 LONELY Joel Corry featuring HARLEE 170650
17 25 17 6 KNOW YOUR WORTH Khalid & Disclosure 81450
18 13 4 9 WILL-O-THE-WISP Pet Shop Boys 405750
19 15 5 9 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 336400
20 20 20 5 CUZ I LOVE YOU Lizzo 89950

21 24 21 7 REACT Pussycat Dolls 112150
22 33 22 5 INSTANT DESTINY Tame Impala 73500
23 17 1 13 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 1094250
24 26 24 6 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 90300
25 27 25 5 SIX DAYS IN JUNE The Fratellis 72850
26 18 3 9 FOREVER Will Young 381500
27 28 27 5 WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Avalanches featuring Blood Orange 82100
28 37 28 4 YOU SHOULD BE SAD Halsey 55500
29 49 29 3 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 40500
30 30 30 5 GREAT UNKNOWN X Ambassadors 82000

31 6 2 4 DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears 222900
32 34 32 7 REASONS I DRINK Alanis Morrissette 101700
33 21 17 7 IN MY ARMS Purple Disco Machine featuring Inner Life & Jocelyn Brown, with Al Stewart 118300
34 38 34 4 COME ON OUTSIDE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 47400
35 35 35 3 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 47300
36 44 36 3 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 35650
37 40 37 3 DEAD WEIGHT PVRIS 45800
38 45 38 7 BETTER OFF WITHOUT YOU Becky Hill featuring Shift K3Y 69300
39 22 6 9 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 280400
40 70 40 4 STUPID LOVE Lady Gaga 34200

41 41 41 6 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 65600
42 55 42 2 CAUTION The Killers 24550
43 31 9 11 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 269000
44 32 5 10 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 392500
45 48 45 4 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 37700
46 46 46 3 GASLIGHTER Dixie Chicks 35900
47 62 47 3 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 24300
48 29 29 8 WINNING WAYS The Fizz 117650
49 53 49 3 THE STEPS HAIM 28150
50 NEW 50 1 YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE Gerry & The Pacemakers 12000

51 42 6 12 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 295200
52 36 15 8 BLUE MOON RISING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 136600
53 73 53 2 CRASHING Illenium featuring Bahari 16650
54 NEW 54 1 WHO I AM Melanie C 11000
55 56 55 4 MY LAST BREATH James Newman 35800
56 54 1 30 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1232100
57 61 57 5 DEAR JEALOUSY MIKA 38100
58 59 58 3 REVIVAL Gregory Porter 27800
59 39 39 5 CHANGE MY MIND Celine Dion 56650
60 68 60 3 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 22200

61 63 61 5 INSTANT HISTORY Biffy Clyro 33800
62 65 62 3 MAMA Genesis 21200
63 75 63 3 SOMETIMES Kodaline 16400
64 66 64 4 ALWAYS Waze & Odyssey vs Tommy Theo featuring George Michael & Mary J. Blige 25700
65 72 65 4 SECOND CHANCE The Shapeshifters featuring Kimberly Davis 23200
66 77 66 2 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 11400
67 74 67 4 ROSES (IMANBEK REMIX) SAINt JHN 22000
68 58 58 5 MELTDOWN Jake Shears 43100
69 76 69 2 KINGS & QUEENS Ava Max 11000
70 NEW 70 1 RUBY, DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition 6000

71 RE 35 7 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 91750
72 78 72 2 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 10000
73 NEW 73 1 100 WAYS Jackson Wang 5400
74 43 4 12 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 428800
75 80 75 3 NEVER WORN WHITE Katy Perry 13000
76 NEW 76 1 FREAKS Fisher 4800
77 79 77 2 I’M TOAST Sparks 8800
78 NEW 78 1 THE SUN RISING The Beloved 4400
79 51 8 10 THE VOID Muse 250500
80 50 12 9 ALL MY LOVE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 189350

81 47 17 10 JULY Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges 165000
82 52 9 10 OH YEAH! Green Day 228600
83 67 67 5 WHAT IF I NEVER GET OVER YOU Lady Antebellum 27600
84 57 7 16 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 392350
85 71 3 21 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 702950
86 NEW 86 1 IS EVERYBODY GOING CRAZY? Nothing But Thieves 2800
87 NEW 87 1 I’M IN LOVE Danny Dove featuring The Flirtations 2600
88 NEW 88 1 NO JUDGEMENT Niaill Horan 2400
89 NEW 89 1 LIMITLESS Bon Jovi 2200
90 NEW 90 1 THROW MY BONES Deep Purple 2000

91 NEW 91 1 IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT (AND I FEEL FINE) REM 1900
92 NEW 92 1 SOMETHING’S BURNING Kenny Rogers & The First Edition 1800
93 NEW 93 1 FALLING Harry Styles 1700
94 NEW 94 1 EARTH BEAT Paul Weller 1600
95 NEW 95 1 ISLANDS IN THE STREAM Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton 1500

SROP OUTS
60 40 7 TENNIS FAN Banoffee featuring Empress Of 69100
64 1 19 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 958250
69 23 8 TASTES LIKE KARMA Madilyn 122550

 

 

15th March 2020

It’s 3 weeks on top for the Barry White 1973 track that takes me back to much-less-stressed times, holding off James Blunt and Ward Thomas from the top spot, the highest-charting of the singles off the new album, poor ol’ James has never quite managed to top my chart, though this is his 5th top 5 and beats his previous peak of 3 for Wisemen in 2006, a track that went top 5 in 2005 as well. Doja Cat and Marina Kaye both get top 10 debuts, SZA gets her 2nd since topping with the Black Panther track with Kendrick Lamarr, All The Stars, in 2018. Justin T gets his 12th top 10, but much more with contributions to other artists and N’Sync tracks.

Roisin Murphy gets 2 top 40’s in a row, both with 8-minute-plus disco-era-styled boogies, Halsey does that too with much shorter tracks that have no disco-boogies in sight, and Noel Gallagher yet again gets 2 simultaneous top 40 new songs on the list, they just overlap with the frequency of releases recently. Against all the odds, and I never expected to write this sentence, Celine Dion continues her comeback artistically with another good top 40 off the new album. She’s had at least 15 top 40’s over the last 30 years, but very few top 10’s – just 4, peaking at 2 in 2002 with A New Day has Come.

New entries from The Killers urging Caution, extending their run to 16 years, Ava Max getting a 3rd chart entry, Neil Young bringing his fab 1992 Harvest Moon ballad back after selling on itunes due to some sort of advert promo, I expect, and last, but not least, Sparks follow-up their Christmas chart-topper with the whimsical I’m Toast, making it 46 years of non-stop quality, paving their own unique path through whatever music scenes are around, always relevant, always cool, always inventive lyrically and musically, touring, and occasionally selling albums and singles. The titles of tracks on the forthcoming album make it worth buying already…!


1 1 1 6 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 704000
2 7 2 6 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 264700
3 3 1 6 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 646000
4 4 4 7 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 286750
5 12 5 3 SAY SO Doja Cat 101600
6 2 2 3 DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears 205000
7 19 7 3 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 78100
8 9 8 7 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 168050
9 6 1 15 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1271600
10 25 10 3 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 67550

11 5 3 7 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 400500
12 18 12 4 BROKEN SLEEP Agnes Obel 88100
13 8 4 8 WILL O’THE WISP Pet Shop Boys 383750
14 14 14 6 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 136000
15 10 5 8 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 315400
16 16 16 8 LONELY Joel Corry featuring HARLEE 145650
17 11 1 12 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 1075000
18 15 3 8 FOREVER Will Young 363000
19 24 19 4 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 68500
20 23 20 4 CUZ I LOVE YOU Lizzo 69950

21 17 17 6 IN MY ARMS Purple Disco Machine featuring Inner Life & Jocelyn Brown, with Al Stewart 100600
22 13 6 8 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 263300
23 20 20 5 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 93500
24 26 24 6 REACT Pussycat Dolls 92400
25 28 25 5 KNOW YOUR WORTH Khalid & Disclosure 58450
26 29 26 5 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 71300
27 32 27 4 SIX DAYS IN JUNE The Fratellis 54100
28 36 28 4 WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Avalanches featuring Blood Orange 63700
29 30 29 7 WINNING WAYS The Fizz 105350
30 35 30 4 GREAT UNKNOWN X Ambassadors 64000

31 27 9 10 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 255500
32 21 5 9 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 379250
33 38 33 4 INSTANT DESTINY Tame Impala 54000
34 37 34 6 REASONS I DRINK Alanis Morrissette 83900
35 48 35 2 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 29800
36 22 15 7 BLUE MOON RISING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 125100
37 43 37 3 YOU SHOULD BE SAD Halsey 37200
38 68 38 3 COME ON OUTSIDE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 29800
39 53 39 4 CHANGE MY MIND Celine Dion 46550
40 52 40 2 DEAD WEIGHT PVRIS 28500

41 44 41 5 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 51600
42 31 6 11 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 283450
43 34 4 11 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 423600
44 75 44 2 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 18250
45 55 45 6 BETTER OFF WITHOUT YOU Becky Hill featuring Shift K3Y 52100
46 57 46 2 GASLIGHTER Dixie Chicks 23150
47 33 17 9 JULY Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges 161200
48 65 48 3 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 24700
49 58 49 2 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 22300
50 39 12 8 ALL MY LOVE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 185450

51 40 8 9 THE VOID Muse 246300
52 41 9 9 OH YEAH! Green Day 224800
53 76 53 2 THE STEPS HAIM 16050
54 51 1 29 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1221500
55 NEW 55 1 CAUTION The Killers 10800
56 63 56 3 MY LAST BREATH James Newman 25000
57 42 7 15 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 389150
58 59 58 4 MELTDOWN Jake Shears 36700
59 61 59 2 REVIVAL Gregory Porter 17600
60 49 40 6 TENNIS FAN Banoffee featuring Empress Of 69100

61 62 61 4 DEAR JEALOUSY MIKA 27700
62 78 62 2 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 11800
63 64 63 4 INSTANT HISTORY Biffy Clyro 26300
64 50 1 19 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 958250
65 66 65 2 MAMA Genesis 13800
66 70 66 3 ALWAYS Waze & Odyssey vs Tommy Theo featuring George Michael & Mary J. Blige 18600
67 69 67 4 WHAT IF I NEVER GET OVER YOU Lady Antebellum 24200
68 71 68 2 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 12200
69 47 23 8 TASTES LIKE KARMA Madilyn 122550
70 72 70 3 STUPID LOVE Lady Gaga 17200

71 56 3 20 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 699950
72 73 72 3 SECOND CHANCE The Shapeshifters featuring Kimberly Davis 16200
73 NEW 73 1 CRASHING Illenium featuring Bahari 5400
74 74 74 3 ROSES (IMANBEK REMIX) SAINt JHN 15400
75 79 75 2 SOMETIMES Kodaline 9200
76 NEW 76 1 KINGS & QUEENS Ava Max 4800
77 NEW 77 1 GOLIATH Smith & Thell 4600
78 NEW 78 1 HARVEST MOON Neil Young 4400
79 NEW 79 1 I’M TOAST Sparks 4200
80 80 80 2 NEVER WORN WHITE Katy Perry 8000

DROP OUTS
45 34 6 HAPPY PEOPLE Pet Shop Boys 88800
46 22 8 LOST IN YESTERDAY Tame Impala 128050
54 29 7 FOREVER YOURS Kygo, Avicii & Sandro Cavazza 100800
60 60 3 ON BTS featuring Sia 23700
67 3 16 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 489100
77 33 6 NARCISSUS Roisin Murphy 71950

 

8th March 2020

It’s 2 weeks on top for Barry White who first topped my chart in 1974 in his guise of the Love Unlimited Orchestra, Love’s Theme being a lush gorgeous soul instrumental, a mere 6 months after this track debuted in my charts. At 2 Sniff ‘n’ The Tears finally get the chart position they deserved (but didn’t get) during a very competitive period for amazing music in 1979 – though it was a big American hit for the UK band. Music lately is so strong I’m having to extend to 80 again as there are no more tracks I can evict, and many have already been booted out a bit early!

Dua Lipa adds to her run of top 10’s, must be about 6 or so, Doja Cat gets the biggest climb up to 12 from 67, it’s a good pop track, Billie Eilish gets another top 20 with her Bond theme, and Marina kaye debuts inside the top 20. Sza gets her biggest track since her chart-topper with Kendrick Lamarr 2 years ago, at 25 with Justin Timberlake who is now 22 years into NSync’ing top 40’s, while Khalid and Disclosure both add to their tally of top 40’s. The Fratellis grab a 7th top 40, Tame Impala a 3rd in the last 6 months to add to the 7 dating back to 2015, and the highest new entry is another from Roisin Murphy, giving her 2 8-minute grooves in my chart, and a 12-year career since Moloko kick-started singing it back.

Other newies: PVRIS debut, Dixie Chicks stage a catchy comeback 15 years since they last charted, and with their 7th chart entry extending their chart career to 21 years, Kiesza also has a comeback 6 years since her 3rd entry and also debut with Hideaway. That also applies to Gregory Porter who debuted with Liquid Spirit in 2014, and is now having a Revival, while Genesis announce their first tour since the noughties and boost itunes sales of their greatest singles, including their absolute best, the moody, dark Mama which topped my chart in 1983 and returns to give it some extra “sales”.

Cashier No.9 return with an oldie that didn;t chart last decade, a second chart entry for them a mere 9 years since topping my lists with Oh Pity, HAIM also return with some good old-fashioned electric guitar riffs and drum fills, it’s so refreshing to hear them, even if it does sound rather a lot like Sheryl Crow. Lauv gets a 2nd concurrent chart entry, as he shapes up to be the next Big Thing, if there’s any justice, and assists BTS to do the same, Kodaline follow-up their recent comeback, 7 years into their charting, and Katy Perry makes it a sweet dozen years of hits – at least 26 of ’em, including 3 chart-toppers.

1 1 1 5 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 534000
2 12 2 2 DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears 150000
3 2 1 5 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 561000
4 7 4 6 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 221750
5 3 3 6 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 363500
6 4 1 14 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1226600
7 9 7 5 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 149700
8 5 4 7 WILL O’THE WISP Pet Shop Boys 351750
9 14 9 6 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 120050
10 6 5 7 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 288400

11 8 1 11 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 1052000
12 67 12 2 SAY SO Doja Cat 41600
13 11 6 7 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 243800
14 16 14 5 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 107000
15 10 3 7 FOREVER Will Young 341000
16 17 16 7 LONELY Joel Corry featuring HARLEE 120650
17 20 17 5 IN MY ARMS Purple Disco Machine featuring Inner Life & Jocelyn Brown, with Al Stewart 80850
18 24 18 3 BROKEN SLEEP Agnes Obel 53100
19 64 19 2 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 28100
20 25 20 4 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 74250

21 13 5 8 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 361450
22 15 15 6 BLUE MOON RISING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 107700
23 29 23 3 CUZ I LOVE YOU Lizzo 49950
24 26 24 3 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 47500
25 66 25 2 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 25550
26 27 26 5 REACT Pussycat Dolls 73400
27 19 9 9 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 237600
28 57 28 4 KNOW YOUR WORTH Khalid & Disclosure 39700
29 33 29 4 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 52800
30 30 30 6 WINNING WAYS The Fizz 87150

31 18 6 10 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 269700
32 49 32 3 SIX DAYS IN JUNE The Fratellis 35700
33 23 17 8 JULY Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges 148700
34 22 4 10 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 410100
35 35 35 3 GREAT UNKNOWN X Ambassadors 46000
36 36 36 3 WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Avalanches featuring Blood Orange 45400
37 39 37 5 REASONS I DRINK Alanis Morrissette 66300
38 47 38 3 INSTANT DESTINY Tame Impala 36300
39 21 12 7 ALL MY LOVE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 173450
40 32 8 8 THE VOID Muse 234550

41 28 9 8 OH YEAH! Green Day 213300
42 31 7 14 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 378750
43 68 43 2 YOU SHOULD BE SAD Halsey 19900
44 51 44 4 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 37600
45 34 34 6 HAPPY PEOPLE Pet Shop Boys 88800
46 37 22 8 LOST IN YESTERDAY Tame Impala 128050
47 38 23 7 TASTES LIKE KARMA Madilyn 116350
48 NEW 48 1 MURPHY’S LAW Roisin Murphy 12300
49 40 40 5 TENNIS FAN Banoffee featuring Empress Of 59100
50 42 1 18 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 951150

51 43 1 28 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1210500
52 NEW 52 1 DEAD WEIGHT PVRIS 11500
53 54 53 3 CHANGE MY MIND Celine Dion 29450
54 48 29 7 FOREVER YOURS Kygo, Avicii & Sandro Cavazza 100800
55 58 55 5 BETTER OFF WITHOUT YOU Becky Hill featuring Shift K3Y 39100
56 50 3 19 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 694150
57 NEW 57 1 GASLIGHTER Dixie Chicks 10400
58 NEW 58 1 ALL OF THE FEELINGS Kiesza 10200
59 60 59 3 MELTDOWN Jake Shears 26500
60 61 60 3 ON BTS featuring Sia 23700

61 NEW 61 1 REVIVAL Gregory Porter 7500
62 62 62 3 DEAR JEALOUSY MIKA 20200
63 63 63 2 MY LAST BREATH James Newman 14400
64 65 64 3 INSTANT HISTORY Biffy Clyro 19100
65 73 65 2 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 12400
66 NEW 66 1 MAMA Genesis 6800
67 59 3 16 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 489100
68 69 68 2 COME ON OUTSIDE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 12600
69 70 69 3 WHAT IF I NEVER GET OVER YOU Lady Antebellum 17600
70 71 70 2 ALWAYS Waze & Odyssey vs Tommy Theo featuring George Michael & Mary J. Blige 11800

71 NEW 71 1 LOOK AFTER YOU Aron Wright 5800
72 72 72 2 STUPID LOVE Lady Gaga 11200
73 74 73 2 SECOND CHANCE The Shapeshifters featuring Kimberly Davis 10600
74 75 74 2 ROSES (IMANBEK REMIX) SAINt JHN 10200
75 NEW 75 1 LOST AT SEA Cashier No.9 5000
76 NEW 76 1 THE STEPS HAIM 4800
77 44 33 6 NARCISSUS Roisin Murphy 71950
78 NEW 78 1 WHO Lauv featuring BTS 4400
79 NEW 79 1 SOMETIMES Kodaline 4200
80 NEW 80 1 NEVER WORN WHITE Katy Perry 4000

DROP OUTS
41 3 6 SUPERNATURE (795450) Cerrone 287000
45 45 4 AT ROCK BOTTOM Pet Shop Boys 46000
46 20 7 RARE Selena Gomez 118700
52 24 6 LAZY LOVE Bobbi Storm 98650
53 35 6 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 85950
55 1 11 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 733350
56 20 7 ORDINARY MAN Ozzy Osbourne featuring Elton John & Slash 114750

 

1st March 2020

It’s a first week on top for Barry White’s classic sexy soul debut from 1973, as featured in Birds Of Prey, and which first-time round hit my top 5 but had a short chart run because it was only in the UK top 30 for a few weeks (I based my charts exclusively on tracks inside the top 30 in those days). So, only taken almost 47 years to get there, and his 2nd chart-topper following Let The Music Play which topped in 2000 a mere 24 years late, this one nearly doubles that gap. James Blunt grabs another top 10 from his current album, he’s really back on top form of late, and 1979 top 20 track (for me) Driver’s Seat, returns Sniff ‘n’ The Tears to the charts at 12, 41 years on, thanks to my entering it into a music competition – now it can get a much better chart placing for such a great record.

Another big batch of new entries means that there are virtually no records dropping outside the top 50 – they’ve all had to be evicted to make way for all the fresh stuff! Big climbs into the 40 for Agnes Obel, Lauv, Lizzo, Ronan & Emeli (Ronan Keating having been away for 8 years, but extending his chart run of solo stuff to 21 years), X Ambassadors & The Avalanches. Newies include the UK Eurovision entry from John Newman’s brother James, probably our best chance to do well since Blue’s entry; SZA back with Justin Timberlake in tow, his chart run now 17 years solo (with 5 chart-toppers) or 21 years with N’Sync (plus another chart-topper).

It’s another month so it must be another Noel Gallagher single, he usually has 2 charting simultaneously the last year or so; Lady Gaga is back doing dance music, and returns to my chart for the first time in 6 years – that’s longer than her entire prolific career up to that point, but extends her run to 11 years, including 4 chart-toppers in her early Fame-hot days. Paloma Faith returns assisting Jonas Blue, she is also of the Class of 2009, but her 4 chart-toppers are spread-out over her entire career and she has only missed out on charting in 2019. Finally, The Shapeshifters return 14 years since they last troubled my charts, and 16 years since Lola’s Theme was a big debut. Unexpected returns are always welcome in my charts!


1 2 1 4 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 364000
2 1 1 4 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 476000
3 3 3 5 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 303500
4 4 1 13 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1171600
5 7 4 6 WILL O’THE WISP Pet Shop Boys 303750
6 6 5 6 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 246400
7 10 7 5 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 156750
8 5 1 10 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 1015000
9 13 9 4 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 99700
10 9 3 6 FOREVER Will Young 314000

11 8 6 6 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 211800
12 NEW 12 1 DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears 35000
13 11 5 7 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 341700
14 36 14 5 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 75050
15 20 15 5 BLUE MOON RISING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 88200
16 19 16 4 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 78000
17 34 17 6 LONELY Joel Corry featuring HARLEE 95650
18 16 6 9 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 251800
19 15 9 8 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 219200
20 30 20 4 IN MY ARMS Purple Disco Machine featuring Inner Life & Jocelyn Brown, with Al Stewart 57850

21 12 12 6 ALL MY LOVE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 156350
22 14 4 9 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 392500
23 17 17 7 JULY Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges 131000
24 49 24 2 BROKEN SLEEP Agnes Obel 31100
25 27 25 3 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 54250
26 60 26 2 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 28500
27 28 27 4 REACT Pussycat Dolls 54900
28 18 9 7 OH YEAH! Green Day 199300
29 47 29 2 CUZ I LOVE YOU Lizzo 30700
30 40 30 5 WINNING WAYS The Fizz 69150

31 25 7 13 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 365000
32 21 8 7 THE VOID Muse 217550
33 52 33 3 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 34600
34 41 34 5 HAPPY PEOPLE Pet Shop Boys 75800
35 54 35 2 GREAT UNKNOWN X Ambassadors 28500
36 56 36 2 WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Avalanches featuring Blood Orange 28000
37 22 22 7 LOST IN YESTERDAY Tame Impala 115300
38 23 23 6 TASTES LIKE KARMA Madilyn 103850
39 42 39 4 REASONS I DRINK Alanis Morrissette 49000
40 48 40 4 TENNIS FAN Banoffee featuring Empress Of 47000

41 24 3 6 SUPERNATURE Cerrone 287000
42 32 1 17 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 939150
43 38 1 27 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1198750
44 33 33 5 NARCISSUS Roisin Murphy 67350
45 45 45 4 AT ROCK BOTTOM Pet Shop Boys 46000
46 26 20 7 RARE Selena Gomez 118700
47 67 47 2 INSTANT DESTINY Tame Impala 19100
48 29 29 6 FOREVER YOURS Kygo, Avicii & Sandro Cavazza 89800
49 71 49 2 SIX DAYS IN JUNE The Fratellis 17900
50 44 3 18 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 683550

51 62 51 3 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 24350
52 31 24 6 LAZY LOVE Bobbi Storm 98650
53 35 35 6 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 85950
54 63 54 2 CHANGE MY MIND Celine Dion 18200
55 37 1 11 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 733350
56 39 20 7 ORDINARY MAN Ozzy Osbourne featuring Elton John & Slash 114750
57 70 57 3 KNOW YOUR WORTH Khalid & Disclosure 21400
58 64 58 4 BETTER OF WITHOUT YOU Becky Hill featuring Shift K3Y 28300
59 43 3 15 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 482500
60 68 60 2 MELTDOWN Jake Shears 16400

61 69 61 2 ON BTS featuring Sia 13700
62 74 62 2 DEAR JEALOUSY MIKA 12800
63 NEW 63 1 MY LAST BREATH James Newman 7200
64 NEW 64 1 THE WHOLE 9 Marina Kaye 7100
65 75 65 2 INSTANT HISTORY Biffy Clyro 12000
66 NEW 66 1 THE OTHER SIDE SZA, Justin Timberlake 6800
67 NEW 67 1 SAY SO Doja Cat 6600
68 NEW 68 1 YOU SHOULD BE SAD Halsey 6400
69 NEW 69 1 COME ON OUTSIDE Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 6200
70 73 70 2 WHAT IF I NEVER GET OVER YOU Lady Antebellum 11400

71 NEW 71 1 ALWAYS Waze & Odyssey vs Tommy Theo featuring George Michael & Mary J. Blige 5800
72 NEW 72 1 STUPID LOVE Lady Gaga 5600
73 NEW 73 1 MISTAKES Jonas Blue & Paloma Faith 5400
74 NEW 74 1 SECOND CHANCE The Shapeshifters featuring Kimberly Davis 5200
75 NEW 75 1 ROSES (IMANBEK REMIX) SAINt JHN 5000

DROP OUTS
46 19 7 THE KEEPER Blossoms 130900
50 50 5 SIMMER Hayley Williams 50600
51 32 6 WHAT A MAN GOTTA DO Jonas Brothers 86100
53 21 7 TREAT PEOPLE WITH KINDNESS Harry Styles 110200
55 55 4 AMOUREUSE (608550) Kiki Dee 35000
57 57 4 WEDDING IN BERLIN Pet Shop Boys 33300
58 24 7 ORIGINAL Sia 108450
59 59 3 PALE HORSES Ina Wroldsen 23000
61 61 4 NEW ME Ella Eyre 25100
65 65 5 RUNAROUND SUE Dion 30600
66 16 12 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 173300
72 1 24 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 1003450

 

23rd February 2020

It’s 2 weeks on top for Faouzia, passionate at 1 where runner-up Barry White is sensual soul with his template song reaching a new peak 47 years late (it went top 5 for me in the Summer of ’73), thanks to the Birds Of Prey movie. Duke Dumont outdoes his previous 3 top 10’s for a new peak position of 3 for Therapy and an amazing vocal performance from Sharlene Hector. Pet Shop Boys make it, ooh, 4 or 5 top 10’s this year already. One day I’ll top up how many chart entries they’ve had – I can’t believe any other act outdoes them except The Beatles, maybe.

James Blunt also adding yet another top 20 to the 3 off the album already, and a first for Ward Thomas, Nile Rodgers is on 42 years of Dance Dance Dance-ing in the top 20, and Noel Gallagher is on around 4 or 5 in the last 12 months to add to his 26-year run of many others. Pussycat Dolls get a first top 40 entry in 12 years, their 6th in all, and heading the new influx is Lizzo with a great vocal at 47 with not-the-Slade-song Coz I Love You. Her 4th entry. Agnes Obel returns with a Kate-Bush-esque dark ballad, X Ambassadors return with a rousing singalong, The Avalanches make a welcome return err 19 years since they had back to back top 10’s with Since I Left You & Frontier Psychiatrist – and then nothing else ever again! Better late than never…

Lauv is sounding good with a debut, Celine continues to surprise with her comeback stuff for 30 chart years, Tame Impala enter with an album track, Jake Shears gets a second solo entry 2 years since Creep City hit the 20, and 16 years since Comfortably Numb gave Scissor Sisters the first of 5 number ones. BTS bring a spot of South Korean boyband action to my charts with a debut featuring Sia and a great rhythm track, The Fratellis bring some fun back to extend their run to 14 years, and Lady Antebellum get a 6th entry since debuting a decade ago with the fab Need You Now. MIKA’s pushing 20 chart entries over 13 years, and Biffy Clyro take a more pop route to get a 3rd entry 9 years since Many Of Horror, a 12 years since Mountains.

1 1 1 3 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 361000
2 10 2 3 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 194000
3 9 3 4 THERAPY Duke Dumont featuring Sharlene Hector 218500
4 2 1 12 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1106600
5 3 1 9 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 967000
6 5 5 5 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 191400
7 7 4 5 WILL O’THE WISP Pet Shop Boys 243750
8 6 6 5 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 174800
9 4 3 5 FOREVER Will Young 272000
10 13 10 4 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 106750

11 8 5 6 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 309700
12 12 12 5 ALL MY LOVE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 136600
13 37 13 3 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 54700
14 11 4 8 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 373000
15 15 9 7 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 198200
16 16 6 8 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 229800
17 19 17 6 JULY Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges 111750
18 18 9 6 OH YEAH! Green Day 181000
19 26 19 3 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 53000
20 32 20 4 BLUE MOON RISING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 61200

21 17 8 6 THE VOID Muse 199750
22 23 22 6 LOST IN YESTERDAY Tame Impala 98000
23 27 23 5 TASTES LIKE KARMA Madilyn 86650
24 14 3 5 SUPERNATURE Cerrone 273000
25 21 7 12 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 347100
26 20 20 6 RARE Selena Gomez 105950
27 39 27 2 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 35500
28 45 28 3 REACT Pussycat Dolls 36500
29 29 29 5 FOREVER YOURS Kygo, Avicii & Sandro Cavazza 77500
30 46 30 3 IN MY ARMS Purple Disco Machine featuring Inner Life & Jocelyn Brown, with Al Stewart 37850

31 24 24 5 LAZY LOVE Bobbi Storm 87150
32 25 1 16 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 925400
33 40 33 4 NARCISSUS Roisin Murphy 54100
34 30 30 5 LONELY Joel Corry featuring HARLEE 72650
35 35 35 5 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 74700
36 53 36 4 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 46050
37 22 1 10 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 722550
38 33 1 26 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1185250
39 28 20 6 ORDINARY MAN Ozzy Osbourne featuring Elton John & Slash 104150
40 42 40 4 WINNING WAYS The Fizz 51150

41 38 38 4 HAPPY PEOPLE Pet Shop Boys 58300
42 51 42 3 REASONS I DRINK Alanis Morrissette 31900
43 34 3 14 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 472400
44 36 3 17 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 671550
45 47 45 3 AT ROCK BOTTOM Pet Shop Boys 33000
46 31 19 7 THE KEEPER Blossoms 130900
47 NEW 47 1 CUZ I LOVE YOU Lizzo 12500
48 49 48 3 TENNIS FAN Banoffee featuring Empress Of 30000
49 NEW 49 1 BROKEN SLEEP Agnes Obel 12100
50 52 50 5 SIMMER Hayley Williams 50600

51 41 32 6 WHAT A MAN GOTTA DO Jonas Brothers 86100
52 73 52 2 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 16900
53 43 21 7 TREAT PEOPLE WITH KINDNESS Harry Styles 110200
54 NEW 54 1 GREAT UNKNOWN X Ambassadors 11000
55 58 55 4 AMOUREUSE Kiki Dee 35000
56 NEW 56 1 WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU The Avalanches featuring Blood Orange 10600
57 59 57 4 WEDDING IN BERLIN Pet Shop Boys 33300
58 44 24 7 ORIGINAL Sia 108450
59 64 59 3 PALE HORSES Ina Wroldsen 23000
60 NEW 60 1 MODERN LONELINESS Lauv 10000

61 67 61 4 NEW ME Ella Eyre 25100
62 74 62 2 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 12600
63 NEW 63 1 CHANGE MY MIND Celine Dion 7200
64 70 64 3 BETTER OF WITHOUT YOU Becky Hill featuring Shift K3Y 18100
65 69 65 5 RUNAROUND SUE Dion 30600
66 50 16 12 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 173300
67 NEW 67 1 INSTANT DESTINY Tame Impala 6600
68 NEW 68 1 MELTDOWN Jake Shears 6400
69 NEW 69 1 ON BTS featuring Sia 6200
70 75 70 2 KNOW YOUR WORTH Khalid & Disclosure 11000

71 NEW 71 1 SIX DAYS IN JUNE The Fratellis 5800
72 66 1 24 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 1003450
73 NEW 73 1 WHAT IF I NEVER GET OVER YOU Lady Antebellum 5400
74 NEW 74 1 DEAR JEALOUSY MIKA 5200
75 NEW 75 1 INSTANT HISTORY Biffy Clyro 5000

DROP OUTS
48 48 4 YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING The Real Thing 46650
54 8 8 DECIDE Pet Shop Boys 180000
55 40 6 STOP THIS FLAME Celeste 82100
56 56 5 DARE Gorillaz featuring Shaun Ryder 38900
57 9 14 EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish 273000
60 46 4 MAYDAY!!! FIESTA FEVER AWOLNATION featuring Alex Ebert 45050
61 5 8 THE KILLING OF GEORGIE PARTS I & II Rod Stewart featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 236300
62 1 16 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 1027000
63 8 16 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 396550
65 36 6 WHEREVER YOU ARE Kodaline 77050
68 35 6 ONE WORLD Billy Ocean 77950
71 9 13 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 214600
72 9 13 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 289200

 

 

 

16th February 2020

It’s a first week on top for Canadian-Morrocan singer Faouzia, who first appeared in Casablanca. Not with Humphrey Bogart, though, it’s where she was born. Tears Of Gold is fab. Adam Lambert & Niles Rodgers go top 40, James Blunt & Ward Thomas climb bigly into the 40, and highest new entry is the new Bond theme from Billie Eilish, who unexpectedly stretches for a big note and wins, in at 39. Lots of good climbs lower down and not much in the way of new entries, just Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande, Khalid & Disclosure, & an oldie from Louis Armstrong, the classic 1945 Edith Piaf torch-ballad La Vie En Rose made my top 10 in 1985 for Grace Jones, and this recording pre-dates that by some 35 years, or at 70 years-old one of the oldest recordings to make my charts, the only older one that springs to mind is the closing sequence from The Avengers”Endgame.

1 19 1 2 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 191000
2 1 1 11 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 1041600
3 2 1 8 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 907000
4 3 3 4 FOREVER Will Young 227000
5 8 5 4 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 136400
6 10 6 4 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 126800
7 4 4 4 WILL O’THE WISP Pet Shop Boys 193750
8 5 5 5 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 272700
9 9 9 4 THERAPY Duke Dumont 133500
10 11 10 2 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 79000

11 7 4 7 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 344000
12 14 12 4 ALL MY LOVE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 101600
13 20 13 3 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 64750
14 6 3 4 SUPERNATURE Cerrone 254000
15 15 9 6 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 171200
16 13 6 7 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 204800
17 12 8 5 THE VOID Muse 180000
18 16 9 5 OH YEAH! Green Day 159000
19 24 19 5 JULY Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges 88750
20 22 20 5 RARE Selena Gomez 87450

21 17 7 11 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 329350
22 18 1 9 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 705250
23 28 23 5 LOST IN YESTERDAY Tame Impala 78500
24 25 24 4 LAZY LOVE Bobbi Storm 69250
25 21 1 15 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 907600
26 43 26 2 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 32000
27 27 27 4 TASTES LIKE KARMA Madilyn 67400
28 23 20 5 ORDINARY MAN Ozzy Osbourne featuring Elton John & Slash 87050
29 36 29 4 FOREVER YOURS Kygo, Avicii & Sandro Cavazza 59300
30 37 30 4 LONELY Joel Corry featuring HARLEE 55050

31 26 19 6 THE KEEPER Blossoms 118150
32 38 32 3 BLUE MOON RISING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 41200
33 33 1 25 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1168050
34 34 3 13 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 458900
35 35 35 4 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 57200
36 30 3 16 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 658300
37 73 37 2 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 22700
38 40 38 3 HAPPY PEOPLE Pet Shop Boys 44300
39 NEW 39 1 NO TIME TO DIE Billie Eilish 17100
40 48 40 3 NARCISSUS Roisin Murphy 36400

41 32 32 5 WHAT A MAN GOTTA DO Jonas Brothers 74350
42 45 42 3 WINNING WAYS The Fizz 34150
43 31 21 6 TREAT PEOPLE WITH KINDNESS Harry Styles 98950
44 29 24 6 ORIGINAL Sia 98250
45 74 45 2 REACT Pussycat Dolls 18200
46 64 46 2 IN MY ARMS Purple Disco Machine featuring Inner Life & Jocelyn Brown, with Al Stewart 19850
47 61 47 2 AT ROCK BOTTOM Pet Shop Boys 20000
48 49 48 4 YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING The Real Thing 46650
49 72 49 2 TENNIS FAN Banoffee featuring Empress Of 17700
50 39 16 11 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 166500

51 68 51 2 REASONS I DRINK Alanis Morrissette 18150
52 52 52 4 SIMMER Hayley Williams 38600
53 57 53 3 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 28650
54 41 8 8 DECIDE Pet Shop Boys 180000
55 54 40 6 STOP THIS FLAME Celeste 82100
56 59 56 5 DARE Gorillaz featuring Shaun Ryder 38900
57 42 9 14 EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish 273000
58 63 58 3 AMOUREUSE Kiki Dee 24200
59 66 59 3 WEDDING IN BERLIN Pet Shop Boys 22900
60 46 46 4 MAYDAY!!! FIESTA FEVER AWOLNATION featuring Alex Ebert 45050

61 50 5 8 THE KILLING OF GEORGIE PARTS I & II Rod Stewart featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 236300
62 55 1 16 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 1027000
63 56 8 16 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 396550
64 71 64 2 PALE HORSES Ina Wroldsen 12900
65 47 36 6 WHEREVER YOU ARE Kodaline 77050
66 62 1 23 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 997850
67 70 67 3 NEW ME Ella Eyre 17600
68 44 35 6 ONE WORLD Billy Ocean 77950
69 69 69 4 RUNAROUND SUE Dion 23600
70 75 70 2 BETTER OF WITHOUT YOU Becky Hill featuring Shift K3Y 11000

71 60 9 13 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 214600
72 67 9 13 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 289200
73 NEW 73 1 ONE OF A KIND Ronan Keating & Emeli Sande 5400
74 NEW 74 1 LA VIE EN ROSE Louis Armstrong 5200
75 NEW 75 1 KNOW YOUR WORTH Khalid & Disclosure 5000

DROP OUTS
51 51 5 DON’T WALK AWAY Jade 39950
53 1 9 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (BASSFLOW REMAKE) Roxette 653450
58 1 17 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 1406000
65 4 18 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 604700

 

 

9th February 2020

It’s 3 weeks on top for Blinding Lights as Will Young gets his biggest track since Love Revolution hit 2 in 2015 and his 3rd top 3 in 18 years – Friday’s Child topped my chart in 2004. Nathaniel Rateliff outpeaks his debut hit SOB by 6 places, while Duke Dumont gets his 4th top 10 in 6 years, and slightly more succesful in the dance arena, David Guetta gets his first top 10 in 5 years, his 11th top 10 in 17 years of hits, and over 25 chart entries.

Highest new entry at 11 is Barry White’s debut hit from 1973, the very very sexy, sultry I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby which had a short chart run in my top 10 back in the day, but was evicted early due to a short UK chart run (I only allowed current UK top 30 hits in my actual charts of the time) despite still being probably his best record. Thanks to a prime spot in Birds Of Prey, it now gets to set things right some errr 47 years late and just a few months before I changed my chart rules to allow all current singles and album tracks into my charts.

Highest actual new song is at 19 from Faouzia, a 19-year-old Canadian-Moroccan, it’s fab, while Pet Shop Boys dominate the chart even more with a number of climbers, notably You Are The One into the top 20, and another new entry – B Side of Monkey Business is At Rock Bottom at 61. That’s 9 tracks or over 12% of the chart. Noel Gallagher adds yet another top 40 to his increasingly long list of top 40 tracks, and newies include Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers, the latter extending his run to a not-unimpressive 42 years since I first disco-danced to Dance Dance Dance.

Purple Disco return, talking of discos, and sample some vintage Jocelyn Brown, who’s charted with numerous dance acts, and solo, across her 5th decade now. The track doesn’t give credit to Al Stewart, but I do – his classic Year Of The Cat riff is nicked for a key backdrop to the track, and I adore the original, so in he goes to extend his mentions to 43 years. Alanis Morissette hasn’t troubled my listings for 12 years, but she’s back, and makes it a sweet 25 years since her jaw-droppingly bitter You Oughta Know hit my top 10, kick-starting a brilliant album and run of singles. Pussycat Dolls also return after an absence of 11 years, their 4 years of singles being followed by a number of Nicole Scherzinger hits, who’s back on board 9 years since she topped my charts with Right There, which unfortunately also gave the usually unlistenable 50 Cent billing on a chart-topper.

1 1 1 10 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 927600
2 2 1 7 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 822000
3 6 3 3 FOREVER Will Young 162000
4 5 4 3 WILL O’THE WISP Pet Shop Boys 143750
5 7 5 4 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 224700
6 3 3 3 SUPERNATURE Cerrone 225000
7 4 4 6 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 307000
8 18 8 3 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 76400
9 13 9 3 THERAPY Duke Dumont 88500
10 17 10 3 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 71800

11 NEW 11 1 I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY Barry White 37000
12 10 8 4 THE VOID Muse 157000
13 8 6 6 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 179800
14 15 14 3 ALL MY LOVE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 66600
15 9 9 5 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 144200
16 12 9 4 OH YEAH! Green Day 137000
17 14 7 10 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 309600
18 11 1 8 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 686000
19 NEW 19 1 TEARS OF GOLD Faouzia 21000
20 46 20 2 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 32750

21 16 1 14 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 888850
22 23 22 4 RARE Selena Gomez 67450
23 20 20 4 ORDINARY MAN Ozzy Osbourne featuring Elton John & Slash 68750
24 27 24 4 JULY Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges 67750
25 26 25 3 LAZY LOVE Bobbi Storm 50250
26 19 19 5 THE KEEPER Blossoms 100250
27 28 27 3 TASTES LIKE KARMA Madilyn 49000
28 32 28 4 LOST IN YESTERDAY Tame Impala 59250
29 24 24 5 ORIGINAL Sia 85000
30 22 3 15 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 640900

31 21 21 5 TREAT PEOPLE WITH KINDNESS Harry Styles 85450
32 37 32 4 WHAT A MAN GOTTA DO Jonas Brothers 60350
33 34 1 24 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1150350
34 25 3 12 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 441300
35 50 35 3 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 39700
36 39 36 3 FOREVER YOURS Kygo, Avicii & Sandro Cavazza 41100
37 42 37 3 LONELY Joel Corry featuring HARLEE 37050
38 69 38 2 BLUE MOON RISING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 23400
39 29 16 10 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 154500
40 59 40 2 HAPPY PEOPLE Pet Shop Boys 27100

41 30 8 7 DECIDE Pet Shop Boys 169000
42 31 9 13 EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish 262600
43 NEW 43 1 ROSES Adam Lambert & Nile Rodgers 13500
44 35 35 5 ONE WORLD Billy Ocean 71550
45 62 45 2 WINNING WAYS The Fizz 20400
46 48 46 3 MAYDAY!!! FIESTA FEVER AWOLNATION featuring Alex Ebert 35050
47 36 36 5 WHEREVER YOU ARE Kodaline 70050
48 64 48 2 NARCISSUS Roisin Murphy 19400
49 53 49 3 YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING The Real Thing 34350
50 33 5 7 THE KILLING OF GEORGIE PARTS I & II Rod Stewart featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 228800

51 60 51 5 DON’T WALK AWAY Jade 39950
52 56 52 3 SIMMER Hayley Williams 27100
53 38 1 9 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (BASSFLOW REMAKE) Roxette 653450
54 40 40 5 STOP THIS FLAME Celeste 71300
55 43 1 15 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 1019600
56 44 8 15 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 389350
57 65 57 2 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 17400
58 41 1 17 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 1406000
59 63 59 4 DARE Gorillaz featuring Shaun Ryder 28300
60 47 9 12 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 208800

61 NEW 61 1 AT ROCK BOTTOM Pet Shop Boys 7500
62 57 1 22 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 991050
63 66 63 2 AMOUREUSE Kiki Dee 14000
64 NEW 64 1 IN MY ARMS Purple Disco Machine featuring Inner Life & Jocelyn Brown, with Al Stewart 7100
65 49 4 18 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 604700
66 70 66 2 WEDDING IN BERLIN Pet Shop Boys 12800
67 52 9 12 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 283600
68 NEW 68 1 REASONS I DRINK Alanis Morrissette 6400
69 72 69 3 RUNAROUND SUE Dion 17400
70 75 70 2 NEW ME Ella Eyre 11000

71 NEW 71 1 PALE HORSES Ina Wroldsen 5800
72 NEW 72 1 TENNIS FAN Banoffee featuring Empress Of 5600
73 NEW 73 1 HALFWAY James Blunt featuring Ward Thomas 5400
74 NEW 74 1 REACT Pussycat Dolls 5200
75 NEW 75 1 BETTER OF WITHOUT YOU Becky Hill featuring Shift K3Y 5000

DSROP OUTS
45 20 2 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 33000
51 34 9 FINALLY//BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Halsey 104250
54 10 8 HOPE Kim Wilde 168050
55 55 4 HURT Louise 39500
58 58 4 LOVE REMEDY Roachford 35900
61 61 3 THOSE KINDA NIGHTS Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran 21500
67 67 2 IN THESE ARMS JP Cooper 11800
68 68 2 BROKEN LAND The Adventures 12600
71 20 9 WE GOT LOVE Sigala featuring Ella Henderson 116350
73 5 9 THE NIGHT Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 250400
74 18 6 KISSING IN THE WIND Travis 85200

 

 

2nd February 2020

It’s The Weeknd on top for a 2nd week as the top 20 gets very volatile with lots of movement, Pet Shop Boys getting 2 top 5 tracks off Hotspot, the highest new entry at 46 with the lovely You Are The One, and a total of 8 tracks in the chart, 7 of them off the album. I’ve probably never mentioned I’m a fan….! Will Young adds to his top 10 list as Forever climbs to 6, Duke Dumont rockets up to 13 for some banging dance therapy, Jeff Lynne continues his habit of going top 20 even after 50 years or so, as the tuneful All My Love shoots up to 15, and David Guetta and Raye add to their top 20’s with leaps up from the 60’s, as does Nathaniel Rateliff getting his 2nd top 20.

Ozzy, Elton and Slash all go up to 20, Ozzy getting his 2nd Top 20 of this century, Elton getting his 4th with new material and his first for 7 years – but he’s constantly been in the charts with oldies, guest spots (eg uncredited Scissor Sisters, Pet Shop Boys) and revamps (eg Pnau). The Fizz are back with yet another simultaneous charting track, they weren’t this prolific even in their heyday! Dua Lipa does the same, as she gets Physical, Roisin Murphy makes it 22 years of Moloko and solo activity, Ella Eyre pops in again with a newie, Noel Gallagher also is another who can’t stop releasing new tracks at a furious pace, for 26 years of non-stop chart action, pretty much, and Kiki Dee brings her 1973 Elton-John-pushed classic Amoureuse back into my charts as it’s selling on itunes for some reason, having popped back into my charts in 1976 but not since.

1 1 1 9 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 757600
2 2 1 6 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 707000
3 3 3 2 SUPERNATURE Cerrone 170000
4 5 4 5 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 257000
5 25 5 2 WILL O’THE WISP Pet Shop Boys 78750
6 18 6 2 FOREVER Will Young 77000
7 7 7 5 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 164700
8 6 6 5 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 147800
9 10 9 4 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 117200
10 8 8 3 THE VOID Muse 122000

11 4 1 7 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 664000
12 9 9 3 OH YEAH! Green Day 112000
13 52 13 2 THERAPY Duke Dumont 43500
14 14 7 9 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 286600
15 56 15 2 ALL MY LOVE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 37600
16 11 1 13 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 869100
17 66 17 2 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 29800
18 68 18 2 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 28400
19 19 19 4 THE KEEPER Blossoms 81750
20 38 20 3 ORDINARY MAN Ozzy Osbourne featuring Elton John & Slash 49500

21 22 21 4 TREAT PEOPLE WITH KINDNESS Harry Styles 67550
22 13 3 14 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 622900
23 33 23 3 RARE Selena Gomez 47950
24 26 24 4 ORIGINAL Sia 66800
25 21 3 11 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 423700
26 45 26 2 LAZY LOVE Bobbi Storm 31500
27 39 27 3 JULY Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges 48750
28 48 28 2 TASTES LIKE KARMA Madilyn 30600
29 24 16 9 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 137400
30 17 8 6 DECIDE Pet Shop Boys 155000

31 23 9 12 EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish 248850
32 46 32 3 LOST IN YESTERDAY Tame Impala 40950
33 12 5 6 THE KILLING OF GEORGIE PARTS I & II Rod Stewart featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 216800
34 29 1 23 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1132650
35 36 35 4 ONE WORLD Billy Ocean 58300
36 37 36 4 WHEREVER YOU ARE Kodaline 57550
37 44 37 3 WHAT A MAN GOTTA DO Jonas Brothers 42550
38 16 1 8 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (BASSFLOW REMAKE) Roxette 642200
39 67 39 2 FOREVER YOURS Kygo, Avicii & Sandro Cavazza 23700
40 40 40 4 STOP THIS FLAME Celeste 60300

41 27 1 16 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 1395800
42 70 42 2 LONELY Joel Corry featuring HARLEE 19750
43 28 1 14 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 1008800
44 31 8 14 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 378750
45 20 20 2 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 33000
46 NEW 46 1 YOU ARE THE ONE Pet Shop Boys 12750
47 47 9 11 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 198800
48 60 48 2 MAYDAY!!! FIESTA FEVER AWOLNATION featuring Alex Ebert 22300
49 32 4 17 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 597700
50 58 50 2 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 22200

51 34 34 9 FINALLY//BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Halsey 104250
52 35 9 11 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 277000
53 54 53 2 YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING The Real Thing 22250
54 30 10 8 HOPE Kim Wilde 168050
55 55 55 4 HURT Louise 39500
56 75 56 2 SIMMER Hayley Williams 15600
57 51 1 21 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 983650
58 59 58 4 REMEDY Roachford 35900
59 NEW 59 1 HAPPY PEOPLE Pet Shop Boys 10100
60 63 60 4 DON’T WALK AWAY Jade 28200

61 62 61 3 THOSE KINDA NIGHTS Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran 21500
62 NEW 62 1 WINNING WAYS The Fizz 7400
63 71 63 3 DARE Gorillaz featuring Shaun Ryder 18200
64 NEW 64 1 NARCISSUS Roisin Murphy 7100
65 NEW 65 1 PHYSICAL Dua Lipa 7000
66 NEW 66 1 AMOUREUSE Kiki Dee 6800
67 74 67 2 IN THESE ARMS JP Cooper 11800
68 69 68 2 BROKEN LAND The Adventures 12600
69 NEW 69 1 BLUE MOON RISING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 6200
70 NEW 70 1 WEDDING IN BERLIN Pet Shop Boys 6000

71 41 20 9 WE GOT LOVE Sigala featuring Ella Henderson 116350
72 72 72 2 RUNAROUND SUE Dion 11200
73 43 5 9 THE NIGHT Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 250400
74 42 18 6 KISSING IN THE WIND Travis 85200
75 NEW 75 1 NEW ME Ella Eyre 5000

DROP OUTS
15 4 2 CA PLANE POUR MOI (ORIGINAL 1977 VERSION) Plastic Bertrand 92000
49 36 10 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 94700
50 14 12 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 192700
53 38 4 HIGH HEELS Melanie C featuring Sink The Pink 48350
57 15 17 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 285200
61 1 26 I TRANCE Agnes 1681900
64 64 3 UNDERDOG Alicia Keys 20100
65 65 3 TRASH GLAM BABY The Boomtown Rats 19000
73 27 9 CLEAN Hey Violet 110650

 

 

26th January 2020

It’s a first solo number one for The Weeknd after 3 previous 2’s, and a topper with Ariana Grande, holding off a challenge from a return from 1978 classic ahead-of-it’s-time dance track Supernature, Cerrone’s only big hit in the UK which went top 3 for me around the same time as Blue Oyster Cult went top 10 with (Don’t Fear) The Reaper. “More Cowbell!”. 4th time round for that one, all of them top 20, and joining fellow 1978 chart-topper Ca Plane Pour Moi for a mini-invasion of a good Uni year for me.

Friendly fires get a 3rd top 10, including a chart-topper in 2011 with Hurting, Muse make it 6 top 10’s as The Void expands upwards, and Green Day make it a 3rd top 10, having had two peaks of 4 for ballads early in their career – and then nothing big since. The Fizz make it a 5th top 10 in their current incarnation, including a number one with Amen in 2017, but add in some Bucks and increase the top 10’s by 13 to 18, and the chart-toppers by 5 to 6. Cheryl also has another top 10 with Coco.

Highest new track is Will Young, Forever! His 16th top 20, and in at 18, including hotting the top in 2004 with Friday’s Child. Pet Shop Boys drop the new album, and get instant new entries for the 2 most-commercial tracks, Wil o’the wisp at 25, and I Don’t Wanna at 58. I’ve just bought the CD to play it through properly, but Hotspot is sounding pretty good on one quick runthrough as a whole, but minus the clear individual track highlights that the last few albums have had.

Jeff Lynne’s back, making it 50 years of chart activity in various guises, mostly ELO, and with numerous chart-toppers, at least 15 to date, Duke Dumont is also returning, for a 7th year of chart entries, The Real Thing 1976 classic is back for a 3rd time, You To Me Are Everything peaked at 3 in 1986, Dion is back with another oldie, he first charted with a reissue of The Wanderer in 1976, Runaround Sue dates from 1961 making it 59 years-old and one of the oldest-recordings to chart in terms of release date to chart-date.


1 2 1 8 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 587600
2 1 1 5 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 592000
3 NEW 3 1 SUPERNATURE Cerrone 85000
4 3 1 6 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 627000
5 5 5 4 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 192000
6 19 6 4 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 99800
7 10 7 4 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 114700
8 13 8 2 THE VOID Muse 80000
9 18 9 2 OH YEAH! Green Day 67000
10 17 10 3 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 72200

11 8 1 12 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 844100
12 6 5 5 THE KILLING OF GEORGIE PARTS I & II Rod Stewart featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 199100
13 11 3 13 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 603400
14 9 7 8 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 257600
15 4 4 2 CA PLANE POUR MOI (ORIGINAL 1977 VERSION) Plastic Bertrand 92000
16 7 1 7 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (BASSFLOW REMAKE) Roxette 625000
17 12 8 5 DECIDE Pet Shop Boys 137000
18 NEW 18 1 FOREVER Will Young 22000
19 20 19 3 THE KEEPER Blossoms 60750
20 NEW 20 1 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 20000

21 15 3 10 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 404950
22 28 22 3 TREAT PEOPLE WITH KINDNESS Harry Styles 47800
23 14 9 11 EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish 230950
24 16 16 8 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 119200
25 NEW 25 1 WILL O’THE WISP Pet Shop Boys 18750
26 32 26 3 ORIGINAL Sia 47800
27 22 1 15 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 1381800
28 25 1 13 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 995300
29 29 1 22 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1115050
30 21 10 7 HOPE Kim Wilde 157050

31 26 8 13 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 365500
32 27 4 16 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 585600
33 54 33 2 RARE Selena Gomez 28700
34 34 34 8 FINALLY//BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Halsey 92500
35 30 9 10 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 265500
36 40 36 3 ONE WORLD Billy Ocean 40800
37 46 37 3 WHEREVER YOU ARE Kodaline 40150
38 48 38 2 ORDINARY MAN Ozzy Osbourne featuring Elton John & Slash 29500
39 44 39 2 JULY Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges 30350
40 41 40 3 STOP THIS FLAME Celeste 43300

41 31 20 8 WE GOT LOVE Sigala featuring Ella Henderson 110550
42 23 18 5 KISSING IN THE WIND Travis 80000
43 24 5 8 THE NIGHT Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 245000
44 50 44 2 WHAT A MAN GOTTA DO Jonas Brothers 25250
45 NEW 45 1 LAZY LOVE Bobbi Storm 13000
46 57 46 2 LOST IN YESTERDAY Tame Impala 23150
47 33 9 10 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 186300
48 NEW 48 1 TASTES LIKE KARMA Madilyn 12300
49 36 36 10 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 94700
50 35 14 12 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 192700

51 42 1 20 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 973250
52 NEW 52 1 THERAPY Duke Dumont 11500
53 38 38 4 HIGH HEELS Melanie C featuring Sink The Pink 48350
54 NEW 54 1 YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING The Real Thing 11000
55 55 55 3 HURT Louise 28700
56 NEW 56 1 ALL MY LOVE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 10600
57 47 15 17 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 285200
58 NEW 58 1 I DON’T WANNA Pet Shop Boys 10200
59 60 59 3 REMEDY Roachford 25700
60 NEW 60 1 MAYDAY!!! FIESTA FEVER AWOLNATION featuring Alex Ebert 10000

61 58 1 26 I TRANCE Agnes 1681900
62 67 62 2 THOSE KINDA NIGHTS Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran 14000
63 70 63 3 DON’T WALK AWAY Jade 18200
64 65 64 3 UNDERDOG Alicia Keys 20100
65 66 65 3 TRASH GLAM BABY The Boomtown Rats 19000
66 NEW 66 1 MAKE IT TO HEAVEN David Guetta & MORTEN with Raye 6800
67 NEW 67 1 FOREVER YOURS Kygo, Avicii & Sandro Cavazza 6600
68 NEW 68 1 AND IT’S STILL ALRIGHT Nathaniel Rateliff 6400
69 NEW 69 1 BROKEN LAND The Adventures 6200
70 NEW 70 1 LONELY Joel Corry 6000

71 74 71 2 DARE Gorillaz featuring Shaun Ryder 11000
72 NEW 72 1 RUNAROUND SUE Dion 5600
73 39 27 9 CLEAN Hey Violet 110650
74 NEW 74 1 IN THESE ARMS JP Cooper 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SIMMER Hayley Williams 5000

DROP OUTS
37 28 10 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 143500
43 40 7 THIS IS REAL Jax Jones & Ella Henderson 64500
45 23 11 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 163850
49 30 4 WINTER SONG Kim Wilde 49100
51 14 9 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 173150
52 52 4 EVERYDAY LIFE Coldplay 34800
53 4 12 TOMIE GHOST DATA 402900
56 7 9 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 260250
59 36 6 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Kim Wilde 69450
61 26 12 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 170600
62 62 6 THE LOOK Roxette 35400
63 38 7 HAMMER Louise 79550
64 8 13 ORPHANS Coldplay 312300
68 16 9 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 154550
69 24 15 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 191100
71 62 6 FADING LIKE A FLOWER (EVERY TIME YOU LEAVE) Roxette 37200
72 10 11 MONSTERS James Blunt 232350
73 9 16 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 323850
75 28 12 THE TRUTH James Blunt 148150

 

 

19th January 2020

It’s Avicii on top for a second week as the charts start to wake up and get moving, with The Weeknd getting his 4th number 2 and highest new entry is a former 1978 chart-topper from Plastic Bertrand, the Belgian New Wave act who hit across Europe with his deliciously fab and fun Ca Plane Pour Moi while I was a student at Uni. For some reason it’s in the itunes charts and seeling again (Number 100 on sales last week) so that’s good enough reason for me to re-chart it, in at 4! Ca plane pour moi, as it were!

Seeb get a second top 10 inside 6 months, after getting the top track during 2019 for me on chart “sales”, this time assisting Julie Bergan who gets a first. Highest contemporary track is Muse’s The Void, the 4th track to chart off their last album to go top 20, shooting in at 13 by virtue of me watching Dr Brian Cox’s brilliant The Planets series again and loving the theme snippet from the song they use. Evocative! That’s 13 top 20’s in 20 years. Meanwhile The Fizz recycle an old SAW hook to great effect and leap into the 20 as they keep the new material clicking at a good pace 39 years on.

Green Day enter at 18, shockingly their first new entry for 11 years, and some 22 years since Time Of Your Life hit 4 on their chart debut (and a future chart-topper for Glen Campbell). What got them back on chart-course? Err sampling a hook from an old Joan Jett track, that was a cover of a huge UK Glamrock hit from 1973. Oh Yeah! is the bracketed bit in the title Do You Wanna Touch Me, which would be uncoverable these days given who wrote the words, but at least the lads have donated proceeds to charity having realised who Mr Paul Gadd is on the songwriting credits. I’m happy to give main credit to Mike Leander who most likely wrote the tune, produced the song, worked with The Beatles, and Executive-produced Jesus Christ Superstar, the album.

Harry Styles makes it 4 tracks in the top 30, SO greedy, Billy Ocean shoots into the top 40 with his first new top 40 track since errr the 80’s, I think! Noah Cyrus returns with at least her 4th chart entry in 3 years, including 2 top 10’s, and July. Ozzy Osbourne hasn’t troubled my rundown since 2003’s Changes with daughter Kelly, but now extends his chart career to 37 years as solo act, and 50 years as lead-singer of Black Sabbath, aided by Elton John making it 49 years of hits, and Slash getting a credit from me for the fab guitar solo 33 years since Guns ‘n’ Roses debuted.

Chart returns from Selena Gomez, Jonas Brothers, Tame Impala, Eminem (now on 21 years of chart success), Ed Sheeran, and a former chart-topper from Gorillaz popping back in, round off the busy week.

1 1 1 4 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 477000
2 3 2 7 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 417600
3 2 1 5 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 562000
4 NEW 4 1 CA PLANE POUR MOI (ORIGINAL 1977 VERSION) Plastic Bertrand 65000
5 9 5 3 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 132000
6 5 5 4 THE KILLING OF GEORGIE PARTS I & II Rod Stewart featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 164100
7 4 1 6 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (BASSFLOW REMAKE) Roxette 600000
8 6 1 11 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 807100
9 7 7 7 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 228600
10 35 10 3 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 64700

11 11 3 12 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 571400
12 8 8 4 DECIDE Pet Shop Boys 114000
13 NEW 13 1 THE VOID Muse 32000
14 12 9 10 EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish 211700
15 13 3 9 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 385200
16 16 16 7 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 100200
17 38 17 2 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 30200
18 NEW 18 1 OH YEAH! Green Day 22000
19 29 19 3 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 44800
20 21 20 2 THE KEEPER Blossoms 39750

21 10 10 6 HOPE Kim Wilde 139050
22 15 1 14 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 1363400
23 18 18 4 KISSING IN THE WIND Travis 66250
24 14 5 7 THE NIGHT Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 231500
25 22 1 12 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 977000
26 17 8 12 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 347600
27 19 4 15 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 567800
28 60 28 2 TREAT PEOPLE WITH KINDNESS Harry Styles 28300
29 24 1 21 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1096850
30 26 9 9 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 248000

31 20 20 7 WE GOT LOVE Sigala featuring Ella Henderson 96550
32 52 32 2 ORIGINAL Sia 29300
33 23 9 9 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 173800
34 34 34 7 FINALLY//BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Halsey 74900
35 25 14 11 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 180700
36 39 36 9 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 82600
37 28 28 10 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 143500
38 43 38 3 HIGH HEELS Melanie C featuring Sink The Pink 37100
39 27 27 8 CLEAN Hey Violet 105250
40 68 40 2 ONE WORLD Billy Ocean 23400

41 48 41 2 STOP THIS FLAME Celeste 26300
42 37 1 19 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 961500
43 40 40 7 THIS IS REAL Jax Jones & Ella Henderson 64500
44 NEW 44 1 JULY Noah Cyrus & Leon Bridges 13250
45 32 23 11 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 163850
46 59 46 2 WHEREVER YOU ARE Kodaline 22850
47 46 15 16 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 274800
48 NEW 48 1 ORDINARY MAN Ozzy Osbourne featuring Elton John & Slash 12300
49 30 30 4 WINTER SONG Kim Wilde 49100
50 NEW 50 1 WHAT A MAN GOTTA DO Jonas Brothers 12000

51 33 14 9 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 173150
52 56 52 4 EVERYDAY LIFE Coldplay 34800
53 41 4 12 TOMIE GHOST DATA 402900
54 NEW 54 1 RARE Selena Gomez 11000
55 64 55 2 HURT Louise 17900
56 47 7 9 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 260250
57 NEW 57 1 LOST IN YESTERDAY Tame Impala 10400
58 58 1 25 I TRANCE Agnes 1674400
59 36 36 6 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Kim Wilde 69450
60 72 60 2 REMEDY Roachford 15600

61 31 26 12 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 170600
62 66 62 6 THE LOOK Roxette 35400
63 42 38 7 HAMMER Louise 79550
64 49 8 13 ORPHANS Coldplay 312300
65 70 65 2 UNDERDOG Alicia Keys 13000
66 74 66 2 TRASH GLAM BABY The Boomtown Rats 12000
67 NEW 67 1 THOSE KINDA NIGHTS Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran 6600
68 44 16 9 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 154550
69 51 24 15 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 191100
70 75 70 2 DON’T WALK AWAY Jade 11000

71 62 62 6 FADING LIKE A FLOWER (EVERY TIME YOU LEAVE) Roxette 37200
72 45 10 11 MONSTERS James Blunt 232350
73 54 9 16 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 323850
74 NEW 74 1 DARE Gorillaz featuring Shaun Ryder 5200
75 53 28 12 THE TRUTH James Blunt 148150

drop outs
50 17 8 TIME FOR CHANGE Robbie Williams 120800
55 2 4 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 178800
57 4 5 ISOBEL’S DREAM (370900) Kim Wilde 59400
61 13 6 DON’T START WITHOUT ME (2019 RADIO EDIT) The Fizz 127250
63 18 12 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 176200
65 8 15 ECHOES Lola Marsh 343900
67 10 17 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 312350
69 34 10 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 126050
71 36 9 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 108750
73 33 11 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 125900

 

 

 

12th January 2020

It’s a first week at one for Avicii – ever! That gives him a unique chart record, the first posthumous chart-topper with current material by an act who has never topped my chart previously. He’s been as high as 2, but never managed that extra spot up. Far too many acts have hit my top spot posthumously before with current material, but none for the first time – although Mama Cass in 1974 was already topping my chart when she died, and she would in any case have had chart-toppers with The Mamas & The Papas had I been charting when they were active. Fades Away, like most of his last album, is so sad and full of cries for help,

The Weeknd gets his 6th top 3 as main artist, but he’s yet to top in that respect, but has as guest on Ariana Grande’s Love Me Harder, and Pet Shop Boys add another 2 top 10’s with latest single Monkey Business, and last B side Decide. Kim Wilde also gets an 8-year-late top 10 with Hope. There’s a lot of songs with important messages in my charts right now, which, given the state of the world, is at it should be. Sting gets his highest chart credit in 20 years, up to 16, Blossoms are the highest entry, and top all previous singles bar one in one fell swoop, in at 21.

Big climbs for Friendly Fires, Kim Wilde and Julie Bergan, all into the top 40, and The Fizz get a quick follow-up to their revamped xmas song, in at 38, given Cheryl, Jay and Mike a span of 39 years since Eurovision debut Making Your Mind Up, with added Bucks. Stormzy gets a second top 40, Ella Henderson gets a second simultaneous climber inside the 40 (joining Pet Shop Boys and Kim Wilde), while Celeste gets a 2nd chart entry – that’s not Strange at all! – Sia does another movie theme (Dr. Doolittle), Kodaline are back again, Harry Styles charts a 4th track off his album, and Louise gets her 2nd simultaneous a bit Hurt.

So, time for some oldies. New songs, that is, by veterans: at 68, Billy Ocean gets his first new entry for 2 years, and an increased span of 44 years of hits solo, or 46 years including Scorched Earth who debuted the same month as Sparks (now number 2). Bob Geldof hasn’t charted in 26 years – and still hasn’t. Except that he has returned, as lead singer and mainman of The Boomtown Rats, who quietly sneak in with Trash Glam Baby at 75: the band hasn’t troubled my charts with new material since 1985 (or even existed, I think) when they went top 20 with A Hold Of You after I’d seen them in concert at Poole Arts Centre as it was known in those days. So they leap from an 8-year chart-span to err, 43 years since they punked onto the scene. Roachford is also back after a 22 year chart lay-off, and Alicia Keys after a few months but almost 2 decades of entries.

1 2 1 3 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 307000
2 1 1 4 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 477000
3 4 3 6 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 302600
4 3 1 5 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (BASSFLOW REMAKE) Roxette 550000
5 13 5 3 THE KILLING OF GEORGIE PARTS I & II Rod Stewart featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 109100
6 6 1 10 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 759100
7 7 7 6 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 183600
8 19 8 3 DECIDE Pet Shop Boys 79000
9 15 9 2 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 72000
10 14 10 5 HOPE Kim Wilde 119300

11 11 3 11 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 534400
12 9 9 9 EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish 182700
13 8 3 8 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 358200
14 5 5 6 THE NIGHT Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 212500
15 10 1 13 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 1344100
16 35 16 6 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 75200
17 12 8 11 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 329100
18 20 18 3 KISSING IN THE WIND Travis 47000
19 17 4 14 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 549400
20 25 20 6 WE GOT LOVE Sigala featuring Ella Henderson 78650

21 NEW 21 1 THE KEEPER Blossoms 19750
22 21 1 11 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 958250
23 18 9 8 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 156100
24 24 1 20 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1078650
25 23 14 10 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 163200
26 16 9 8 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 230000
27 27 27 7 CLEAN Hey Violet 88150
28 28 28 9 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 126200
29 72 29 2 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 23800
30 50 30 3 WINTER SONG Kim Wilde 37000

31 26 26 11 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 163100
32 32 23 10 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 150850
33 22 14 8 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 161400
34 47 34 6 FINALLY//BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Halsey 57300
35 74 35 2 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 22700
36 45 36 5 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Kim Wilde 59350
37 37 1 18 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 947750
38 NEW 38 1 THE WORLD WE LEFT BEHIND The Fizz 17200
39 57 39 8 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 65200
40 60 40 6 THIS IS REAL Jax Jones & Ella Henderson 51000

41 29 4 11 TOMIE GHOST DATA 391650
42 38 38 6 HAMMER Louise 72350
43 68 43 2 HIGH HEELS Melanie C featuring Sink The Pink 19900
44 31 16 8 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 148150
45 33 10 10 MONSTERS James Blunt 226750
46 46 15 15 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 262300
47 36 7 8 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 249650
48 NEW 48 1 STOP THIS FLAME Celeste 12300
49 39 8 12 ORPHANS Coldplay 305200
50 34 17 8 TIME FOR CHANGE Robbie Williams 120800

51 44 24 14 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 184900
52 NEW 52 1 ORIGINAL Sia 11500
53 43 28 11 THE TRUTH James Blunt 143150
54 49 9 15 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 318450
55 30 2 4 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 178800
56 64 56 3 EVERYDAY LIFE Coldplay 23300
57 40 4 5 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 59400
58 56 1 24 I TRANCE Agnes 1664200
59 NEW 59 1 WHEREVER YOU ARE Kodaline 10100
60 NEW 60 1 TREAT PEOPLE WITH KINDNESS Harry Styles 10000

61 42 13 6 DON’T START WITHOUT ME (2019 RADIO EDIT) The Fizz 127250
62 65 62 5 FADING LIKE A FLOWER (EVERY TIME YOU LEAVE) Roxette 31400
63 48 18 12 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 176200
64 NEW 64 1 HURT Louise 7100
65 61 8 15 ECHOES Lola Marsh 343900
66 69 66 5 THE LOOK Roxette 28000
67 67 10 17 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 312350
68 NEW 68 1 ONE WORLD Billy Ocean 6400
69 51 34 10 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 126050
70 NEW 70 1 UNDERDOG Alicia Keys 6000

71 52 36 9 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 108750
72 NEW 72 1 REMEDY Roachford 5600
73 53 33 11 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 125900
74 NEW 74 1 TRASH GLAM BABY The Boomtown Rats 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DON’T WALK AWAY Jade 5000

DROP OUTS
41 29 5 WANDERING STAR Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 73100
54 29 8 I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Doris Day 83250
55 48 6 LYING DOWN Celine Dion 56850
58 50 6 CALIFORNIA HALO BLUE AWOLNATION 59000
59 59 6 NEVER TEAR US APART INXS 46500
62 62 8 JUMP AROUND House Of Pain 51500
63 49 7 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 66100
66 3 13 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 465650
70 40 3 LIGHT THE NIGHT Andy Burrows 34750
71 71 5 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon 25000
73 2 15 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 591250
75 19 14 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 200650

 

5th January 2020

It’s a quiet week for a new decade starting in terms of new entries and Sparks on top for a second week, holding off the new Avicii track to give him a second runner-up inside 6 months, with a climb of 16 places for Fades Away. Billie Eilish gets another top 10, Rod takes Georgie back into the 20 for the second time and reaches a new peak of 13 34 years late. Highest new entry is Pet Shop Boys new single Monkey Business, at 15, pure disco Radio 2-friendly, as previous single drops, and it’s B side is a high climber to 19 from 60. Anyone would think they have a new album pending…

Travis are the highest climbers, and into the 20 for the first time in 7 years, and Sigala and Ella Henderson both a nice leap into the 30, having been there on other tracks before. Sting and his mates are into the 40, Mel C is seeking the pink pound lower down, 4 years since her last chart action, Friendly Fires continue to mine the recent album, and Julie Bergan debuts with former chart-topper Seeb on tow.

1 1 1 3 PLEASE DON’T f*** UP MY WORLD Sparks 362000
2 18 2 2 FADES AWAY Avicii featuring Mishcatt 137000
3 2 1 4 THE SWEET HELLO THE SAD GOODBYE (BASSFLOW REMAKE) Roxette 485000
4 5 4 5 BLINDING LIGHTS The Weeknd 217600
5 6 5 5 THE NIGHT Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons 183500
6 3 1 9 THIS IS HOW (WE WANT YOU TO GET HIGH) George Michael 704100
7 8 7 5 ADORE YOU Harry Styles 133600
8 7 3 7 WATERMELON SUGAR Harry Styles 326200
9 13 9 8 EVERYTHING I WANTED Billie Eilish 147700
10 4 1 12 YOU AND ME AS ONE Sigma & Jack Savoretti 1317100

11 10 3 10 DON’T START NOW Dua Lipa 497400
12 11 8 10 NO PLACE RUFUS DU SOL 306100
13 39 13 2 THE KILLING OF GEORGIE PARTS I & II Rod Stewart featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 49100
14 19 14 4 HOPE Kim Wilde 77300
15 NEW 15 1 MONKEY BUSINESS (RADIO EDIT) Pet Shop Boys 27000
16 16 9 7 BOB DYLAN Fall Out Boy 211500
17 17 4 13 LIGHTS UP Harry Styles 528400
18 9 9 7 BURNING THE HEATHER Pet Shop Boys 136850
19 60 19 2 DECIDE Pet Shop Boys 31000
20 75 20 2 KISSING IN THE WIND Travis 25000

21 15 1 10 ONE SHY MORNING Amon Tobin 938750
22 14 14 7 CAN I KEEP YOU Efisio Cross 143700
23 21 14 9 STAY HAPPY AU/RA 144450
24 24 1 19 NOBODY ELSE The S.L.P. 1059650
25 47 25 5 WE GOT LOVE Sigala featuring Ella Henderson 58650
26 28 26 10 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR? Gwen Stefani 145200
27 33 27 6 CLEAN Hey Violet 69750
28 36 28 8 BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS Taylor Swift 107900
29 23 4 10 TOMIE GHOST DATA 377650
30 12 2 3 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 168000

31 22 16 7 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING Bastille featuring Contemporary London Orchestra 134900
32 32 23 9 STONE Collard featuring Bakar 133050
33 26 10 9 MONSTERS James Blunt 213750
34 27 17 7 TIME FOR CHANGE Robbie Williams 108800
35 54 35 5 2 IN A MILLION Steve Aoki, Sting & SHAED 50200
36 25 7 7 DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO) Frank Wilson 237150
37 35 1 17 DEAR FUTURE SELF (HANDS UP) Fall Out Boy featuring Wyclef Jean 930450
38 43 38 5 HAMMER Louise 58600
39 31 8 11 ORPHANS Coldplay 293100
40 20 4 4 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 49000

41 29 29 5 WANDERING STAR Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 73100
42 30 13 5 DON’T START WITHOUT ME (2019 RADIO EDIT) The Fizz 119750
43 34 28 10 THE TRUTH James Blunt 131900
44 40 24 13 GOOD LUCK Broken Bells 173150
45 55 45 4 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE Kim Wilde 41950
46 46 15 14 DREAMS OF YOU Icarus featuring Rae Morris 249550
47 57 47 5 FINALLY//BEAUTIFUL STRANGER Halsey 39700
48 38 18 11 SYMPHONY OF YOU Pete Tong & HERO featuring Boy George 169000
49 45 9 14 TURN ME ON Riton & Oliver Heldens featuring Vula 307450
50 65 50 2 WINTER SONG Kim Wilde 19000

51 41 34 9 STACK IT UP Liam Payne featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie 119850
52 42 36 8 MAI TAIS Train & Skylar Grey 102950
53 44 33 10 YOUNGER Jonas Blue & HRVY 120500
54 37 29 8 I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Doris Day 83250
55 48 48 6 LYING DOWN Celine Dion 56850
56 53 1 23 I TRANCE Agnes 1654000
57 63 57 7 OWN IT Stormzy featuring Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy 48100
58 50 50 6 CALIFORNIA HALO BLUE AWOLNATION 59000
59 59 59 6 NEVER TEAR US APART INXS 46500
60 66 60 5 THIS IS REAL Jax Jones & Ella Henderson 34000

61 52 8 14 ECHOES Lola Marsh 336900
62 62 62 8 JUMP AROUND House Of Pain 51500
63 49 49 7 THUMBS Sabrina Carpenter 66100
64 72 64 2 EVERYDAY LIFE Coldplay 12700
65 68 65 4 FADING LIKE A FLOWER (EVERY TIME YOU LEAVE) Roxette 24000
66 58 3 13 FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Jeff Lynne’s ELO 465650
67 56 10 16 DON’T CALL ME ANGEL (CHARLIE’S ANGELS) Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus & Lana Del Ray 305750
68 NEW 68 1 HIGH HEELS Melanie C featuring Sink The Pink 6400
69 71 69 4 THE LOOK Roxette 21200
70 51 40 3 LIGHT THE NIGHT Andy Burrows 34750

71 73 71 5 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon 25000
72 NEW 72 1 OFFLINE Friendly Fires & Friend Within 5600
73 64 2 15 MOUNTAINS Bjorn Olav Edvardson & Arcteec 591250
74 NEW 74 1 KISS SOMEBODY Julie Bergan with Seeb 5200
75 70 19 14 NICE TO MEET YA Niall Horan 200650

DROP OUTS
61 25 6 HEYO The Makemakes 72200
67 45 9 PUMP IT UP Endor 87800
69 6 14 YOU. Lucy Daydream 371750
74 18 10 AN OPEN MIND Pet Shop Boys 157700