My Charts 2018 Jan-April

 

15th April 2018

It’s Canadian Ria Mae on top with the classy and clever EDM of Bend heading off the mighty singalong yee haw of Kylie’s A Lifetime To Repair, surely it must be a single! Of last week’s deluge of album tracks, Eels leapfrog themselves to grab a second top 10 of 2018, and that surely must be the next single. Lana Del Ray’s definitively touching version of You Must Love Me gives her a 6th top 10, 3 of them covers – Blue Velvet from the 60’s, You Must Love Me from the 90’s, and Disney’s Once Upon A Dream from 1959. It’s rare that I like covers better than the originals, but Lana has a knack for it.

Kylie gets a 4th top 10 of the year with Jack Savoretti, a 6th top 20, and a 7th top 30, and it’s only April. I don’t know how many times she’s featured in my charts (my stats are not anywhere near complete yet) but she’s had at least 55 since 1997, and I’m guessing at least 25 prior to that so well on the way to 100. Not bad from someone I dismissed as a weedy-voiced SAW novelty soap-star 30 years ago, and who I’m paying £80 to see in September (again).

The Weeknd replaces himself in my top 20, his 3rd of the year, Kacey Musgraves goes top 30, Florence is back in the 40, her 19th chart entry in 9 years. There are only 2 new entries, at 74 another single from P!nk (wrong choice though, Where We Go was the commercial one) and yet another Pet Shop Boys album track from their debut Please, and the last one lined up to debut in my chart. Actually will get attention next, the deluxe version.

1 5 1 7 BEND Ria Mae 396300
2 2 2 2 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 230000
3 1 1 2 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 255000
4 3 1 4 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 368000
5 4 1 10 BEST DAYS Lissie 779000
6 6 1 11 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 926350
7 7 7 5 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 172300
8 28 8 2 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 66300
9 50 9 2 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 57000
10 36 10 2 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 59400

11 17 11 2 SWEET SCORCHED EARTH Eels 60000
12 8 4 5 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue 251000
13 13 13 3 RAINING GLITTER Kylie Minogue 83750
14 9 9 3 NOTHING TO REGRET Robinson 103000
15 12 3 12 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 597000
16 19 16 11 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 204600
17 30 17 2 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 41000
18 11 6 9 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 292100
19 16 4 10 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 400200
20 25 20 2 CALL OUT MY NAME The Weeknd 38750

21 14 11 6 SANCTIFY Years & Years 161850
22 10 10 9 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 217300
23 15 15 5 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 82650
24 56 24 2 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 29600
25 18 10 6 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 178750
26 20 20 2 HURT YOU The Weeknd featuring Gesaffelstein 38500
27 54 27 2 HIGH HORSE Kacey Musgraves 29400
28 21 14 8 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 153900
29 24 1 10 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 887200
30 32 30 6 VINCENT Don McLean 98400

31 22 6 8 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 263000
32 27 27 5 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 78000
33 37 33 4 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 59400
34 59 34 2 TINY DANCER Florence + The Machine 27700
35 35 35 3 INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT Robbie Williams 52500
36 26 18 4 YARADA LIJ Mikael Seifu 76900
37 40 37 6 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 76400
38 31 31 3 WHITE FLAG Bishop Briggs 53000
39 23 3 5 PANINARO (ITALIAN REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 231350
40 39 5 13 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 396750

41 29 18 6 LUCID DREAM Owl City 101700
42 42 42 2 EVERYTHING Lisa Stansfield 27500
43 33 20 4 SLIGHTLY ALL THE TIME Garden City Movement 69950
44 44 44 2 CASTLES Lissie 26500
45 34 9 7 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 170850
46 38 25 6 HANDERNA MOT HIMLEN Petra Marklund 96850
47 41 5 12 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 359850
48 55 48 3 FLAMES David Guetta & Sia 34850
49 49 1 19 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1017250
50 52 50 5 IN THE NIGHT Pet Shop Boys 47400

51 48 1 12 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 715500
52 47 3 17 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 735850
53 RE 53 4 NAKED AND SACRED Maria Naylor 37750
54 43 2 11 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 503700
55 58 55 2 CRAZY GIRL Lissie 21000
56 45 12 8 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 174250
57 57 12 10 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 199200
58 66 58 4 BLAZE UP Mai Lan 29400
59 64 59 3 LADY POWERS Vera Blue 22200
60 69 60 2 BILLIONAIRE Lisa Stansfield 16200

61 46 28 7 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 104700
62 62 62 4 PARADISE George Ezra 27400
63 63 49 5 FLOWER OF THE UNIVERSE Sade 38400
64 51 42 6 YOU ARE THE REASON (DUET VERSION) Calum Scott & Leona Lewis 71450
65 65 5 29 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 763050
66 53 53 4 SOMEONE OUT THERE Rae Morris 35500
67 RE 18 11 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 191350
68 RE 68 3 YOU & I Asmik Shiroyan 18000
69 74 69 2 NO ROOTS Alice Merton 11400
70 60 4 10 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 328050

71 75 71 2 SPACE COWBOY Kacey Musgraves 10800
72 68 1 21 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 1024700
73 73 25 7 SLIDE LPX 88000
74 NEW 74 1 WHATEVER YOU WANT P!nk 5200
75 NEW 75 1 I WANT A LOVER Pet Shop Boys 5000

DROP OUTS
61 46 6 MUTINY Think Up Anger featuring Crazy Vocal 52100
67 14 8 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 165550
70 63 4 STORM SuRie 25600
71 39 4 BLACK AND BLUE (WARRIOR) Paloma Faith & Sia 49150
72 20 8 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals 108700

 

8th April 2018

It’s straight in for a 40th anniversary vinyl picture disc reissue on top – or rather the B side of Take A Chance On Me – just ahead of World Record Day when another Abba 1978 classic gets that treatment. Back in the day I didn’t allow Abba B sides and album tracks in my charts (or any other acts) because my top 10’s would have been Ed Sheeran invasions and there was too much to love equally as much. Well now streaming has pooed on that in the real charts, so have I changed my rules. So a huge fave in 1978 finally gets it’s own chance to shine, having previously popped into my top 10 in 1999 during an Abba invasion sparked by a Box-set of rarity singles. I’m A Marionette was the key track in a mini-musical of The Album and The Movie. It would sound great in Mamma Mia 2, is all I’m suggesting…

So 44 years of Abba chart-toppers (pretty much all singles and as many album tracks) which stops a gloriously singalong cheesy country track from Kylie doing it (A Lifetime To Repair), but gives her a 3rd top 10 off Golden – along with another 3 new ones, making it a very greedy 6 scattered around the chart – it is a very good album though, most of the tracks stand out as potential singles. That’s not all, though, it’s been a very good week for new albums, 2 big ones from The Weeknd enter, 2 biggies from Eels, 2 from Lissie (all now having 3 in the list), 2 from Lisa Stansfield, and 2 from Kacey Musgraves. Phew!

I saw Kim Wilde headlining her first tour in decades with a new album Hear Come The Aliens, on Saturday, and rather fab she was too, really rocking it family-style with bruv Ricky and niece Scarlet. Some of the new stuff sounded as fab as the old classics, which gives a boost to Kandy Krush into the 20 some 37 years since show-closer stormer Kids In America. She is still as engaging as ever and a great back-catalogue to boot.

The mass invasion is bad news for a lot of records which fall or drop out prematurely when they should be climbing, but hey that’s chart-life, if it’s chockablock there’s only 75 spots available! Meanwhile another album track (Lloyd Webber at 70) from Lana Del Ray enters, covering the Evita add-on for Madonna’s film version, and I must say I much prefer Lana’s reading. Meanwhile Florence covers Tiny Dancer for an Elton/Bernie multi-artist effort, a fab song that was not a hit single in the early 70’s, and she has the best track on the album. That leaves only Alice Merton returning her No Roots to the chart a year on as it finally becomes a UK radio/chart presence. Better late than never.

1 NEW 1 1 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 170000
2 NEW 2 1 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 115000
3 1 1 3 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 303000
4 2 1 9 BEST DAYS Lissie 719000
5 5 5 6 BEND Ria Mae 226300
6 3 1 10 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 871350
7 8 7 4 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 122300
8 4 4 4 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue 216000
9 14 9 2 NOTHING TO REGRET Robinson 74000
10 15 10 8 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 197800

11 6 6 8 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 270100
12 12 3 11 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 570000
13 21 13 2 RAINING GLITTER Kylie Minogue 51750
14 11 11 5 SANCTIFY Years & Years 142100
15 30 15 4 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 63400
16 9 4 9 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 379200
17 NEW 17 1 SWEET SCORCHED EARTH Eels 23000
18 10 10 5 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 160000
19 19 19 10 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 179600
20 NEW 20 1 HURT YOU The Weeknd featuring Gesaffelstein 20000

21 17 14 7 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 135600
22 13 6 7 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 245100
23 7 3 4 PANINARO (ITALIAN REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 214250
24 16 1 9 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 869000
25 NEW 25 1 CALL OUT MY NAME The Weeknd 18750
26 18 18 3 YARADA LIJ Mikael Seifu 59500
27 29 27 4 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 60200
28 NEW 28 1 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 18300
29 22 18 5 LUCID DREAM Owl City 87700
30 NEW 30 1 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 18000

31 31 31 2 WHITE FLAG Bishop Briggs 35800
32 32 32 5 VINCENT Don McLean 80400
33 20 20 3 SLIGHTLY ALL THE TIME Garden City Movement 56450
34 24 9 6 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 157850
35 35 35 2 INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT Robbie Williams 35000
36 NEW 36 1 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 17400
37 37 37 3 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 41700
38 25 25 5 HANDERNA MOT HIMLEN Petra Marklund 84100
39 23 5 12 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 379750
40 40 40 5 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 59100

41 27 5 11 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 347350
42 NEW 42 1 EVERYTHING Lisa Stansfield 13750
43 33 2 10 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 492700
44 NEW 44 1 CASTLES Lissie 13250
45 26 12 7 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 163650
46 28 28 6 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 97200
47 44 3 16 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 724350
48 41 1 11 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 703750
49 47 1 18 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1005150
50 NEW 50 1 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 12000

51 42 42 5 YOU ARE THE REASON (DUET VERSION) Calum Scott & Leona Lewis 64350
52 52 52 4 IN THE NIGHT Pet Shop Boys 35400
53 53 53 3 SOMEONE OUT THERE Rae Morris 28700
54 NEW 54 1 HIGH HORSE Kacey Musgraves 11000
55 51 51 2 FLAMES David Guetta & Sia 22550
56 NEW 56 1 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 10600
57 34 12 9 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 188800
58 NEW 58 1 CRAZY GIRL Lissie 10200
59 NEW 59 1 TINY DANCER Florence + The Machine 10100
60 36 4 9 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 322050

61 46 46 6 MUTINY Think Up Anger featuring Crazy Vocal 52100
62 62 62 3 PARADISE George Ezra 20000
63 49 49 4 FLOWER OF THE UNIVERSE Sade 31200
64 75 64 2 LADY POWERS Vera Blue 12100
65 50 5 28 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 756050
66 66 66 3 BLAZE UP Mai Lan 19200
67 38 14 8 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 165550
68 60 1 20 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 1019100
69 NEW 69 1 BILLIONAIRE Lisa Stansfield 6200
70 63 63 4 STORM SuRie 25600

71 39 39 4 BLACK AND BLUE (WARRIOR) Paloma Faith & Sia 49150
72 48 20 8 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals 108700
73 55 25 6 SLIDE LPX 82600
74 NEW 74 1 NO ROOTS Alice Merton 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SPACE COWBOY Kacey Musgraves 5000

DROP OUTS
43 33 4 NOT ABOUT YOU HAIKU HANDS 62200
45 18 10 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 184750
54 10 11 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 297900
56 56 3 NAKED AND SACRED Maria Naylor 26500
57 22 7 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 109350
58 8 12 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 273350
59 29 6 NEXT TO ME Imagine Dragons 83400
61 1 19 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 672250
64 33 5 NO EXCUSES Meghan Trainor 65650
65 65 4 HOLY WAR Rainbow Kitten Surprise 24000
67 67 1 STAY Shakespear’s Sister 6600
68 68 2 YOU & I Asmik Shiroyan 11600
69 24 6 SUICIDE GIRLS DANCE CAIN 85450
70 70 1 KOTO Cloze 6000
71 71 1 FLY TO PARADISE Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir 4 5800
72 60 5 A PLACE IN THE SUN UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 36200
73 56 5 WHAT GOOD IS LOVE Paul Rey 35500
74 74 1 FEDERKLEID FAUN 5200

 

1st april 2018

It’s a first week on top for the haunting You’re So Cool, giving New Zealander Jonathan Bree his first solo hit and first chart-topper. He’s actually made my chart before, as co-vocalist & producer on Princess Chelsea’s The Cigarette Song a couple of years ago, both tracks also having fab arty videos which he was behind. Talented! Meanwhile Paloma Faith grabs yet another quick top 10 hit with her lively version of Mama Cass’ 1969 minor hit up 30 places to 8.

Highest new entry is pop goodie from Robinson at 14, while Kylie gets a second in the 40 with grat track and obvious future single Raining Glitter in at 21. Kim Wilde gets a 2nd top 40 of 2018, I am hoping to see her at the weekend again, and Robbie is back with the lead track off his fan-club-only album of bonus tracks B sides & bits n pieces. Sia’s back with David Guetta, Flames isn’t quite Titanium, but it’s not bad for over half-a-decade on.

1 8 1 2 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 218000
2 1 1 8 BEST DAYS Lissie 654000
3 2 1 9 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 816350
4 6 4 3 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue 168000
5 7 5 5 BEND Ria Mae 166300
6 9 6 7 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 243100
7 3 3 3 PANINARO (ITALIAN REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 195000
8 38 8 3 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 72300
9 4 4 8 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 354200
10 10 10 4 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 138000

11 11 11 4 SANCTIFY Years & Years 113100
12 5 3 10 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 535000
13 13 6 6 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 225600
14 NEW 14 1 NOTHING TO REGRET Robinson 29000
15 15 15 7 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 155800
16 12 1 8 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 850000
17 14 14 6 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 115850
18 24 18 2 YARADA LIJ Mikael Seifu 41000
19 19 19 9 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 158600
20 25 20 2 SLIGHTLY ALL THE TIME Garden City Movement 38750

21 NEW 21 1 RAINING GLITTER Kylie Minogue 19750
22 18 18 4 LUCID DREAM Owl City 69500
23 16 5 11 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 362650
24 17 9 5 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 149250
25 28 25 4 HANDERNA MOT HIMLEN Petra Marklund 66900
26 21 12 6 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 150650
27 20 5 10 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 333350
28 30 28 5 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 84450
29 40 29 3 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 41800
30 50 30 3 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 36400

31 NEW 31 1 WHITE FLAG Bishop Briggs 17900
32 32 32 4 VINCENT Don McLean 62600
33 22 2 9 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 479200
34 26 12 8 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 178400
35 NEW 35 1 INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT Robbie Williams 17500
36 31 4 8 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 312050
37 64 37 2 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 24400
38 23 14 7 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 158950
39 44 39 3 BLACK AND BLUE (WARRIOR) Paloma Faith & Sia 43350
40 48 40 4 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 42100

41 29 1 10 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 691450
42 43 42 4 YOU ARE THE REASON (DUET VERSION) Calum Scott & Leona Lewis 52600
43 33 33 4 NOT ABOUT YOU HAIKU HANDS 62200
44 34 3 15 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 711850
45 39 18 10 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 184750
46 53 46 5 MUTINY Think Up Anger featuring Crazy Vocal 44600
47 45 1 17 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 993050
48 37 20 7 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals 103100
49 66 49 3 FLOWER OF THE UNIVERSE Sade 24000
50 62 5 27 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 749050

51 NEW 51 1 FLAMES David Guetta & Sia 11750
52 68 52 3 IN THE NIGHT Pet Shop Boys 23900
53 69 53 2 SOMEONE OUT THERE Rae Morris 17450
54 35 10 11 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 297900
55 36 25 5 SLIDE LPX 77200
56 59 56 3 NAKED AND SACRED Maria Naylor 26500
57 42 22 7 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 109350
58 49 8 12 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 273350
59 41 29 6 NEXT TO ME Imagine Dragons 83400
60 57 1 19 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 1012700

61 58 1 19 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 672250
62 75 62 2 PARADISE George Ezra 12400
63 63 63 3 STORM SuRie 19600
64 46 33 5 NO EXCUSES Meghan Trainor 65650
65 70 65 4 HOLY WAR Rainbow Kitten Surprise 24000
66 72 66 2 BLAZE UP Mai Lan 12400
67 NEW 67 1 STAY Shakespear’s Sister 6600
68 74 68 2 YOU & I Asmik Shiroyan 11600
69 52 24 6 SUICIDE GIRLS DANCE CAIN 85450
70 NEW 70 1 KOTO Cloze 6000

71 NEW 71 1 FLY TO PARADISE Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir 4 5800
72 60 60 5 A PLACE IN THE SUN UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 36200
73 56 56 5 WHAT GOOD IS LOVE Paul Rey 35500
74 NEW 74 1 FEDERKLEID FAUN 5200
75 NEW 75 1 LADY POWERS Vera Blue 5000

DROP OUTS
27 27 2 SUBURBIA (THE FULL HORROR) Pet Shop Boys 35900
47 3 10 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 395500
51 7 9 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 289450
54 54 4 FRIENDS Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie 39200
55 49 4 MY NAME IS RUIN Gary Numan 43700
61 51 4 FEELING GOOD Strobe! featuring KIDDO 41100
65 65 5 WANT YOU BACK 5 Seconds Of Summer 33200
67 34 6 LABYRINTH MONDO GROSSO featuring Hikari Mitsushima 71600
71 4 12 WHERE WE GO P!nk 329400
73 3 18 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 603050

 

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25th March 2018

It’s a first chart-topper for Lissie and her fab fab melody and vocal, as 2 great videos charge Ria Mae up to 8, and a new entry from Jonathan Bree which has to be seen, 60’s pastiche and a haunting song. Beca goes top 10 with me and no-one else in the world who does personal charts (I expect!) which is a shame.

The rest of the chart is Paloma and Pet Shop Boys oldies chock-a-block, Panic! At The Disco are back for a 12th year of chart-bothering, and Mai Lan gets a solo entry to add to her big top 3 track 2 years ago with M83.

1 2 1 7 BEST DAYS Lissie 539000
2 1 1 8 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 731350
3 5 3 2 PANINARO (ITALIAN REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 145000
4 4 4 7 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 309200
5 3 3 9 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 500000
6 8 6 2 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue 103000
7 22 7 4 BEND Ria Mae 106300
8 NEW 8 1 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 48000
9 10 9 6 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 188100
10 13 10 3 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 96000

11 18 11 3 SANCTIFY Years & Years 76100
12 7 1 7 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 825000
13 6 6 5 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 193600
14 20 14 5 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 92850
15 16 15 6 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 128800
16 11 5 10 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 343400
17 9 9 4 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 130250
18 30 18 3 LUCID DREAM Owl City 50000
19 29 19 8 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 137600
20 12 5 9 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 314950

21 15 12 5 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 132150
22 17 2 8 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 461500
23 14 14 6 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 141750
24 NEW 24 1 YARADA LIJ Mikael Seifu 19000
25 NEW 25 1 SLIGHTLY ALL THE TIME Garden City Movement 18750
26 19 12 7 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 160800
27 35 27 2 SUBURBIA (THE FULL HORROR) Pet Shop Boys 35900
28 39 28 3 HANDERNA MOT HIMLEN Petra Marklund 48150
29 23 1 9 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 677450
30 38 30 4 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 66150

31 21 4 7 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 294650
32 42 32 3 VINCENT Don McLean 44800
33 40 33 3 NOT ABOUT YOU HAIKU HANDS 48700
34 27 3 14 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 697600
35 24 10 10 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 286900
36 25 25 4 SLIDE LPX 66400
37 28 20 6 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals 90700
38 64 38 2 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 24300
39 26 18 9 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 171750
40 67 40 2 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 23600

41 31 29 5 NEXT TO ME Imagine Dragons 73300
42 32 22 6 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 98950
43 44 43 3 YOU ARE THE REASON (DUET VERSION) Calum Scott & Leona Lewis 38850
44 45 44 2 BLACK AND BLUE (WARRIOR) Paloma Faith & Sia 26250
45 41 1 16 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 980450
46 33 33 4 NO EXCUSES Meghan Trainor 58550
47 34 3 10 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 395500
48 66 48 3 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 25100
49 37 8 11 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 263150
50 68 50 2 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 18400

51 36 7 9 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 289450
52 47 24 5 SUICIDE GIRLS DANCE CAIN 79250
53 60 53 4 MUTINY Think Up Anger featuring Crazy Vocal 31800
54 56 54 4 FRIENDS Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie 39200
55 49 49 4 MY NAME IS RUIN Gary Numan 43700
56 61 56 4 WHAT GOOD IS LOVE Paul Rey 30100
57 54 1 18 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 1002700
58 46 1 18 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 664750
59 71 59 2 NAKED AND SACRED Maria Naylor 15900
60 62 60 4 A PLACE IN THE SUN UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 30600

61 51 51 4 FEELING GOOD Strobe! featuring KIDDO 41100
62 59 5 26 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 737050
63 74 63 2 STORM SuRie 12400
64 NEW 64 1 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 7100
65 65 65 5 WANT YOU BACK 5 Seconds Of Summer 33200
66 75 66 2 FLOWER OF THE UNIVERSE Sade 11800
67 48 34 6 LABYRINTH MONDO GROSSO featuring Hikari Mitsushima 71600
68 70 68 2 IN THE NIGHT Pet Shop Boys 12400
69 NEW 69 1 SOMEONE OUT THERE Rae Morris 6200
70 72 70 3 HOLY WAR Rainbow Kitten Surprise 17000

71 52 4 12 WHERE WE GO P!nk 329400
72 NEW 72 1 BLAZE UP Mai Lan 5600
73 58 3 18 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 603050
74 NEW 74 1 YOU & I Asmik Shiroyan 5200
75 NEW 75 1 PARADISE George Ezra 5000

DROP OUTS
43 8 17 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 361000
50 36 6 MEXICO Mexican Institute Of Sound 80200
53 19 8 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 131450
55 13 9 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 184200
57 26 8 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 107400
63 50 7 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 59650
69 5 18 PHASES Alma & French Montana 561350
73 73 2 DON’T MAKE ME WAIT Sting featuring Shaggy 10400

 

18th March 2018

It’s a 3rd week on top for Kendrick and SZA, still sounding great, as are the whole top 10, all of them lower than they deserve (bar one). Lissie gets her highest-ever peak of 2, and JT goes top 3 for a full 20 years of ’em. In at 5 it’s the original B side to the new entry at 35 for the Pet Shop Boys – Paninaro was equally loved by me in 1986 as A side and chart-topper Suburbia, but I didnt allow B sides and album tracks in those to avoid swamping my charts with fave acts like Abba and Pet Shop Boys. These days, since Sheeran & the stupid streaming takeovers of the UK & US charts, I’ve said sod it, I’m doing the same – so as Please (one of 3 deluxe 80’s album versions to chart last week) is back I’m recharting tracks I would have charted (but didn’t). That means the banging 12″ mix of Paninaro (Italian fashion movement) enters at 5, having peaked in the top 5 in the mid 90’s in a belated inferior remake, and Suburbia is back again also in an 8 minute plus extended version. In The Night also enters (better known as The Clothes Show TV theme tune back in the day), while Two Divided By Zero climbs.

They aren’t the only act taking over the charts though – Paloma Faith’s chart-topper drops out, but two new ones enter giving her 4 tracks: Til I’m Done revives in my CD playlists, love the manic ending and her vocal, back up to 11 leapfrogging the top 20 combo with Sigala. Another duet, with Sia, and clearly a Sia OTT ballad for a Game or something, enters at 45 (not available to buy) as an advert track (I think) also enters at 64: Paloma’s version of the fab Mama Cass 1969 hit of the Barry Mann & Cynthia Weill song. Kylie meanwhile keeps the dance yee-haws a-coming at jumps straight in at 8 for 2 top 10’s in a row.

Big climbs for Years & Years, and Owl City, the latter getting a second top 30 hit, and Lykke Li covers the 1973 Jim Croce classic Time In A Bottle which topped my chart thanks to an X-Men movie sequence a couple or 3 years back. Kim Wilde’s new album is out, and she grabs another chart entry out of it, Sade return for the first time in 7 years, and 34 years on from Your Love Is King jazzing up the charts, and the UK Eurovision song sneaks in as the Finland entry drops a bit at the top end of my chart. Expect that ratio to be repeated on the day…

1 1 1 7 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 626350
2 3 2 6 BEST DAYS Lissie 369000
3 4 3 8 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 440000
4 5 4 6 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 244200
5 NEW 5 1 PANINARO (ITALIAN REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 60000
6 6 6 4 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 161600
7 2 1 6 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 790000
8 NEW 8 1 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue 48000
9 9 9 3 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 107250
10 10 10 5 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 143100

11 31 5 9 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 318400
12 7 5 8 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 294950
13 18 13 2 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 54000
14 14 14 5 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 122500
15 12 12 4 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 112400
16 16 16 5 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 101800
17 11 2 7 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 442000
18 39 18 2 SANCTIFY Years & Years 39100
19 15 12 6 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 142300
20 21 20 4 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 63850

21 13 4 6 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 276750
22 27 22 3 BEND Ria Mae 56300
23 19 1 8 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 659250
24 17 10 9 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 269400
25 25 25 3 SLIDE LPX 49000
26 26 18 8 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 154650
27 23 3 13 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 680000
28 20 20 5 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals 73400
29 30 29 7 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 116600
30 60 30 2 LUCID DREAM Owl City 28000

31 29 29 4 NEXT TO ME Imagine Dragons 59300
32 22 22 5 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 85200
33 33 33 3 NO EXCUSES Meghan Trainor 45800
34 24 3 9 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 383000
35 NEW 35 1 SUBURBIA (THE FULL HORROR) Pet Shop Boys 17500
36 28 7 8 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 277700
37 32 8 10 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 251050
38 38 38 3 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 48150
39 46 39 2 HANDERNA MOT HIMLEN Petra Marklund 29850
40 41 40 2 NOT ABOUT YOU HAIKU HANDS 31000

41 37 1 15 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 967450
42 44 42 2 VINCENT Don McLean 27000
43 8 8 17 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 361000
44 49 44 2 YOU ARE THE REASON (DUET VERSION) Calum Scott & Leona Lewis 25350
45 NEW 45 1 BLACK AND BLUE (WARRIOR) Paloma Faith & Sia 13000
46 42 1 17 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 654550
47 35 24 4 SUICIDE GIRLS DANCE CAIN 67750
48 34 34 5 LABYRINTH MONDO GROSSO featuring Hikari Mitsushima 65000
49 55 49 3 MY NAME IS RUIN Gary Numan 32900
50 36 36 6 MEXICO Mexican Institute Of Sound 80200

51 51 51 3 FEELING GOOD Strobe! featuring KIDDO 33600
52 43 4 11 WHERE WE GO P!nk 323600
53 40 19 8 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 131450
54 53 1 17 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 992300
55 47 13 9 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 184200
56 58 56 3 FRIENDS Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie 28200
57 45 26 8 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 107400
58 52 3 17 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 597650
59 56 5 25 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 729650
60 72 60 3 MUTINY Think Up Anger featuring Crazy Vocal 20600

61 67 61 3 WHAT GOOD IS LOVE Paul Rey 19500
62 62 62 3 A PLACE IN THE SUN UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 20600
63 50 50 7 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 59650
64 NEW 64 1 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 7100
65 68 65 4 WANT YOU BACK 5 Seconds Of Summer 26200
66 70 66 2 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 12800
67 NEW 67 1 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 6600
68 NEW 68 1 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 6400
69 63 5 18 PHASES Alma & French Montana 561350
70 NEW 70 1 IN THE NIGHT Pet Shop Boys 6000

71 NEW 71 1 NAKED AND SACRED Maria Naylor 5800
72 73 72 2 HOLY WAR Rainbow Kitten Surprise 11000
73 75 73 2 DON’T MAKE ME WAIT Sting featuring Shaggy 10400
74 NEW 74 1 STORM SuRie 5200
75 NEW 75 1 FLOWER OF THE UNIVERSE Sade 5000

DROP OUTS
48 40 5 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 58950
54 30 6 TWO HIGH Moon Taxi 92150
57 1 11 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 582450
59 2 8 DANCING Kylie Minogue 450850
61 49 5 SHE LOVES ME NOW UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 48800
64 1 28 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1177200
65 65 3 FEEL THE LOVE GO Franz Ferdinand 18600
66 23 7 NEVER BE THE SAME Camila Cabello 99050
69 50 7 WAIT Turin Brakes 58800
71 55 4 MIDNIGHT X River 34000
74 6 10 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 213350

 

11th March 2018

It’s a second week on top for Kendrick Lamarr and SZA, a great movie song for the closing credits, leading a static top 4, all still sounding fab. The Partridge Family’s 1970 album track and TV show performance finally makes my top 10, err, 47 years late – the episode featured around a Black urban area show for charity, so fits in nicely with a blockbuster black superhero movie. In 1971 (when I first saw the TV show) I was into DC comics with social conscience themes, like Teen Titans and many others. It was a time of optimism that things were changing.

Killer makes the top 10 for the 3rd time for Seal, all versions different, and The Fratellis make it a 4th top 10, while highest new entry is from a newish US singer called Beca who popped up on my twitter with her new mid-80’s sounding track, We exchanged some messages, I bought it, and here it is in at 18, ironically ahead of the lead track from Pet Shop Boys first album – it’s sort of late 80’s Pet Shop Boys-sounding in some respects with the synth chords. The PSB’s have 3 reissues with bonus tracks, giving me an opportunity to own them on CD as well as vinyl, charting in the UK top 75, and a chance to chart all those tracks that I excluded because I didnt let album tracks into my charts once I started buying Abba albums – or else the chart would have been Ed-Sheeran-ed to death.

Big climbs for LPX and Meghan Trainor, Years & Years return, Don McLean’s classic 1972 UK chart-topper is back for the first time in 46 years as it re-enters the UK top 75 sales chart this week, giving me a perfect reason to let it have a decent chart run – I preferred American Pie at the time, and it was much better than I rated it at the time. Vincent isn’t about me (my middle name), but is about Van Gogh. His great great nephew lives locally running a transport service: Vincent Van Hire. Maybe.

Others: Leona Lewis is back, Owl City is back, both after breaks, Rainbow Kitten Surprise is not as cuddly as it sounds at all, alt-rock pretty much, but good, and in at the bottom end it’s Sting back with an assist from Shaggy. Some have commented on the Youtube video that they are surprised at the pairing, never saw that one coming, and the like. Being old, I’m more surprised it took this long for them to pair up: Sting had non-stop reggae-rock monsters for 3 years in The Police, almost 40 years ago, and by 1993 when Shaggy was huge, so was reggae huge again, including Sting having more reggae hits with reggae acts on loan. The new one’s more gentle and less gutsy or poppy than the older ones, but nice to have them both back.

1 1 1 6 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 456350
2 2 1 5 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 740000
3 3 3 5 BEST DAYS Lissie 254000
4 4 4 7 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 355000
5 6 5 5 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 179200
6 9 6 3 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 106600
7 5 5 7 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 259950
8 11 8 16 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 347500
9 23 9 2 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 62250
10 16 10 4 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 101100

11 7 2 6 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 419000
12 13 12 3 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 85400
13 8 4 5 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 257000
14 15 14 4 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 93500
15 12 12 5 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 121300
16 19 16 4 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 76800
17 10 10 8 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 250400
18 NEW 18 1 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 22000
19 14 1 7 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 640000
20 29 20 4 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals 55100

21 28 21 3 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 43850
22 26 22 4 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 67400
23 21 3 12 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 661600
24 17 3 8 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 365400
25 52 25 2 SLIDE LPX 30250
26 18 18 7 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 136150
27 27 27 2 BREAK Ria Mae 36800
28 20 7 7 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 260300
29 38 29 3 NEXT TO ME Imagine Dragons 41400
30 35 30 6 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 98400

31 22 5 8 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 281400
32 25 8 9 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 233750
33 57 33 2 NO EXCUSES Meghan Trainor 28100
34 36 34 4 LABYRINTH MONDO GROSSO featuring Hikari Mitsushima 52700
35 24 24 3 SUICIDE GIRLS DANCE CAIN 55250
36 37 36 5 MEXICO Mexican Institute Of Sound 68200
37 33 1 14 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 953450
38 42 38 2 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 30950
39 NEW 39 1 SANCTIFY Years & Years 17100
40 30 19 7 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 120200

41 NEW 41 1 NOT ABOUT YOU HAIKU HANDS 14000
42 31 1 16 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 641800
43 32 4 10 WHERE WE GO P!nk 312100
44 NEW 44 1 VINCENT Don McLean 13250
45 34 26 7 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 97000
46 NEW 46 1 HANDERNA MOT HIMLEN Petra Marklund 12750
47 39 13 8 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 173400
48 40 40 5 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 58950
49 NEW 49 1 YOU ARE THE REASON (DUET VERSION) Calum Scott & Leona Lewis 12100
50 53 50 6 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 52450

51 59 51 2 FEELING GOOD Strobe! featuring KIDDO 21850
52 44 3 16 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 587450
53 51 1 16 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 981300
54 43 30 6 TWO HIGH Moon Taxi 92150
55 60 55 2 MY NAME IS RUIN Gary Numan 20800
56 45 5 24 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 719550
57 46 1 11 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 582450
58 62 58 2 FRIENDS Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie 17600
59 41 2 8 DANCING Kylie Minogue 450850
60 NEW 60 1 LUCID DREAM Owl City 10000

61 49 49 5 SHE LOVES ME NOW UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 48800
62 71 62 2 A PLACE IN THE SUN UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 13200
63 56 5 17 PHASES Alma & French Montana 555150
64 61 1 28 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1177200
65 67 65 3 FEEL THE LOVE GO Franz Ferdinand 18600
66 48 23 7 NEVER BE THE SAME Camila Cabello 99050
67 73 67 2 WHAT GOOD IS LOVE Paul Rey 12000
68 68 68 3 WANT YOU BACK 5 Seconds Of Summer 19200
69 50 50 7 WAIT Turin Brakes 58800
70 NEW 70 1 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 6000

71 55 55 4 MIDNIGHT X River 34000
72 75 72 2 MUTINY Think Up Anger featuring Crazy Vocal 10600
73 NEW 73 1 HOLY WAR Rainbow Kitten Surprise 5400
74 58 6 10 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 213350
75 NEW 75 1 DON’T MAKE ME WAIT Sting featuring Shaggy 5000

DROP OUTS
47 10 7 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 183900
54 24 7 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 109600
63 9 9 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 179600
64 27 7 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 98850
65 28 8 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 108450
66 3 21 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 608400
69 20 6 IMAGINARY PARTIES SUPERFRUIT 95700
70 10 9 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 190000
72 72 3 WHERE IS LOVE (RADIO VERSION) Mel & Kim 16000
74 46 7 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 71500

 

4th March 2018

It’s a first chart-topper for Kendrick Lamar and SZA as they leapfrog Kendrick’s other Black Panther soundtrack hit with The Weeknd who has to be content with yet another number 2 peak. Lissie goes up to 3 with her 6th chart entry, beating the 6 peak of When I’m Alone in 2010, and Hailee Steinfeld gets a first top 10, and a 2nd top 20 in one fell swoop. Florida Georgia Line similarly get a first top 10 and almost get a second one in the same week.

Janelle Monae gets her 3rd top 10 in 6 years since she hit 2 with fun. but her first solo entry with the very Prince-inspired and highest-climbing Make Me Feel. Funktastic. The Fratellis get their 5th top 20 entry, the first for 11 years, while highest new entry has gone all Pete Tong – as he turns into a Killer with his 2nd top 40 classic dance cover, featuring Seal, who thus gets a 3rd version of the 1990 Adamski chart-topper into my charts. He got no credit for what is essentially his own song, sung by himself (how times have changed, these days you get a label credit for farting in the background accidentally). He did record his own hit version a few years later but it wasn’t as good, though he did get another 2 chart-toppers himself alone in the 90’s. Just to rub it in, his 1990 classic debut hit, Crazy, has been covered in a very different style by Think Up Anger, and renamed Mutiny. No idea why Crazy isn’t the title.

New act Ria Mae is the highest new song, at 27, as Sigala and Paloma Faith both add to their list of top 40 tracks as Lullaby rockets into the 30. Alan Walker gets a 3rd top 40, Noah Cyrus a second, Imagine Dragons 4 out of 4 from the new album, and Rosemary Martins covers Donna Summer reggae-style spearheading a reggae-presence of 3 as UB40 also cover Stevie Wonder to get a 2nd in the chart. Or 2 UB20’s (almost, 3 members at any rate) which adds up to UB40 pretty much, given the actual vocalist Ali is singing.

Meghan Trainor is back, ditto Marshmello, Anne-Marie, and Gary Numan – Gazza has been absent since 2002, so he now extends his chart career to 39 years since Are ‘Friends’ Electric topped my chart in the summer of ’79. My Name Is Ruin is his best effort in a decade and a half.

1 3 1 5 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 286350
2 1 1 4 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 625000
3 9 3 4 BEST DAYS Lissie 169000
4 6 4 6 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 290000
5 5 5 6 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 209950
6 13 6 4 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 119200
7 2 2 5 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 382000
8 4 4 4 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 226000
9 67 9 2 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 51600
10 10 10 7 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 227400

11 12 11 15 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 289500
12 17 12 4 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 94300
13 27 13 2 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 50400
14 7 1 6 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 619000
15 20 15 3 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 64500
16 39 16 3 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 59100
17 8 3 7 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 346400
18 18 18 6 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 117650
19 32 19 3 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 51800
20 11 7 6 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 242000

21 15 3 11 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 642350
22 14 5 7 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 263500
23 NEW 23 1 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 19250
24 25 24 2 SUICIDE GIRLS DANCE CAIN 37750
25 16 8 8 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 215950
26 36 26 3 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 47900
27 NEW 27 1 BREAK Ria Mae 18400
28 71 28 2 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 24100
29 59 29 3 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals 35100
30 19 19 6 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 103200

31 24 1 15 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 628050
32 22 4 9 WHERE WE GO P!nk 298600
33 29 1 13 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 936150
34 26 26 6 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 84000
35 35 35 5 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 80400
36 49 36 3 LABYRINTH MONDO GROSSO featuring Hikari Mitsushima 35100
37 40 37 4 MEXICO Mexican Institute Of Sound 50800
38 70 38 2 NEXT TO ME Imagine Dragons 23200
39 28 13 7 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 160900
40 46 40 4 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 46650

41 21 2 7 DANCING Kylie Minogue 440750
42 NEW 42 1 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 13750
43 30 30 5 TWO HIGH Moon Taxi 81150
44 34 3 15 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 575950
45 33 5 23 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 708950
46 38 1 10 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 572050
47 31 10 7 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 183900
48 23 23 6 NEVER BE THE SAME Camila Cabello 92250
49 50 49 4 SHE LOVES ME NOW UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 41300
50 58 50 6 WAIT Turin Brakes 52600

51 47 1 15 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 970050
52 NEW 52 1 SLIDE LPX 11500
53 57 53 5 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 40450
54 37 24 7 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 109600
55 55 55 3 MIDNIGHT X River 28200
56 45 5 16 PHASES Alma & French Montana 547950
57 NEW 57 1 NO EXCUSES Meghan Trainor 10400
58 42 6 9 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 208150
59 NEW 59 1 FEELING GOOD Strobe! featuring KIDDO 10100
60 NEW 60 1 MY NAME IS RUIN Gary Numan 10000

61 56 1 27 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1170100
62 NEW 62 1 FRIENDS Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie 7400
63 43 9 9 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 179600
64 52 27 7 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 98850
65 44 28 8 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 108450
66 65 3 21 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 608400
67 75 67 2 FEEL THE LOVE GO Franz Ferdinand 11600
68 68 68 2 WANT YOU BACK 5 Seconds Of Summer 12800
69 41 20 6 IMAGINARY PARTIES SUPERFRUIT 95700
70 53 10 9 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 190000

71 NEW 71 1 A PLACE IN THE SUN UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 5800
72 73 72 3 WHERE IS LOVE (RADIO VERSION) Mel & Kim 16000
73 NEW 73 1 WHAT GOOD IS LOVE Paul Rey 5400
74 51 46 7 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 71500
75 NEW 75 1 MUTINY Think Up Anger featuring Crazy Vocal 5000

DROP OUTS
48 37 6 INTERNATIONAL BLUE Manic Street Preachers 72700
54 38 5 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 68100
60 60 5 LA LOUZE SHANGUY 35800
61 26 6 17 MK 82100
62 26 7 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 91050
63 9 10 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 207050
64 28 7 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 80550
66 59 6 CALL ME Imelda May & Jack Savoretti 44800
69 69 4 CURIOUS Hayley Kiyoko 23200
72 1 20 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 783350
74 10 10 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 190150

 

25th february 2018

It’s Saara Aalto on top for a 3rd week, chasing by 2 Black Panther tracks (which I saw this week), giving Kendrick Lamar 2 of the top 3. No relation to Austrian inventor and movie actress Hedy Lamarr, who basically invented bluetooth in the 30’s (sort of) as part of a radio-wave missile-guidance system for allied troops and then became a gorgeous movie star in Hollywood. I can however listen to Kendrick Lamar now via bluetooth, so sort of linked. No relation in either case to fictional Hedley Lamarr in Blazing Saddles. Hedy had a film-worthy life, though.

Florida Georgia Line and Hailee Steinfeld both have 2 top 20, and top 40, respectively, while CAIN (who?!) have the highest new entry with an unavailable Witchhouse track. Janelle Monae is back 3 years from her last chart entry – with Duran Duran – and 6 years since her monster fun. track. I now have a complete 1997-2017 database so can quote accurate stats from my charts during that period. Just 1968-1996 to add now…

5 Seconds of Summer get a second chart entry 4 years since the first, Imagine Dragons make it 4 off the latest album, Paloma Faith links with Sigala to give her 3 on the chart, and 23 in total. Sigala have had 4, and Franz Ferdinand get their 11th chart entry 9 years on from the last one (excluding their FFS project with Sparks).

1 1 1 3 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 510000
2 2 2 4 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 332000
3 25 3 4 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 116350
4 4 4 3 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 178000
5 8 5 5 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 149950
6 6 4 5 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 225000
7 3 1 5 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 590000
8 5 3 6 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 323400
9 15 9 3 BEST DAYS Lissie 84000
10 10 10 6 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 185400

11 7 7 5 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 222000
12 13 12 14 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 252500
13 18 13 3 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 64200
14 9 5 6 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 244000
15 12 3 10 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 622600
16 14 8 7 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 197200
17 28 17 3 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 59300
18 21 18 5 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 95650
19 20 19 5 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 85200
20 35 20 2 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 37500

21 11 2 6 DANCING Kylie Minogue 426750
22 17 4 8 WHERE WE GO P!nk 280800
23 27 23 5 NEVER BE THE SAME Camila Cabello 79950
24 16 1 14 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 610150
25 NEW 25 1 SUICIDE GIRLS DANCE CAIN 18750
26 32 26 5 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 66400
27 NEW 27 1 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 18400
28 19 13 6 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 143800
29 23 1 12 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 918450
30 30 30 4 TWO HIGH Moon Taxi 67650

31 22 10 6 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 171400
32 45 32 2 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 30800
33 29 5 22 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 695950
34 31 3 14 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 562700
35 36 35 4 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 62900
36 50 36 2 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 29400
37 24 24 6 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 98600
38 26 1 9 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 559300
39 40 39 2 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 34100
40 52 40 3 MEXICO Mexican Institute Of Sound 33500

41 34 20 5 IMAGINARY PARTIES SUPERFRUIT 89500
42 39 6 8 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 197950
43 38 9 8 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 172200
44 33 28 7 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 101450
45 42 5 15 PHASES Alma & French Montana 537350
46 55 46 3 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 30650
47 43 1 14 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 958300
48 37 37 6 INTERNATIONAL BLUE Manic Street Preachers 72700
49 72 49 2 LABYRINTH MONDO GROSSO featuring Hikari Mitsushima 17700
50 57 50 3 SHE LOVES ME NOW UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 29200

51 46 46 6 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 66300
52 44 27 6 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 91750
53 47 10 8 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 184000
54 48 38 5 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 68100
55 67 55 2 MIDNIGHT X River 17400
56 53 1 26 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1162600
57 66 57 4 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 29200
58 60 58 5 WAIT Turin Brakes 40600
59 65 59 2 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital farm Animals 17100
60 63 60 5 LA LOUZE SHANGUY 35800

61 41 26 6 17 MK 82100
62 51 26 7 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 91050
63 56 9 10 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 207050
64 58 28 7 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 80550
65 62 3 20 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 601600
66 59 59 6 CALL ME Imelda May & Jack Savoretti 44800
67 NEW 67 1 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 6600
68 NEW 68 1 WANT YOU BACK 5 Seconds Of Summer 6400
69 71 69 4 CURIOUS Hayley Kiyoko 23200
70 NEW 70 1 NEXT TO ME Imagine Dragons 6000

71 NEW 71 1 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 5800
72 69 1 20 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 783350
73 75 73 2 WHERE IS LOVE (RADIO VERSION) Mel & Kim 10400
74 64 10 10 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 190150
75 NEW 75 1 FEEL THE LOVE GO Franz Ferdinand 5000

DROP OUTS
49 30 5 WHATEVER IT TAKES Imagine Dragons 72300
54 36 5 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 74450
61 44 6 GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD BORNS & Lana Del Ray 55050
68 18 7 YOUR DOMINO Jessie Ware 111550
70 1 21 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 967900
73 1 24 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 1003050
74 1 16 AMEN The Fizz 901350

 

18th February 2018

It’s 2 weeks on top for the Eurovision hopeful, as Al Green gets a first top 5 since Let’s Stay Together in 1972 (and it’s reissue in 2010 when it topped my chart). He last made my top 10 with new material in 2008, and would have been charting for 50 years had I compiled charts in early 1968. The Eels grab a 5th top 10 some 21 years after the first one, while Lissie gets a top 20 8 years on from her first rocketing up 35 places.

Hailee Steinfeld gets greedy, up 40 spots into the 20, while also entering at 45 with BloodPop assisting, t’other assistants Florida Georgia Line leapfrog themselves. Kendrick Lamar joins himself in the 30, SZA gets a second top 40. Highest new entry is MIKA, last in my top 10 in 2013, and first in with Grace Kelly in 2007, in between topping with flop Rain in 2009. The Fratellis also enter, having been absent for almost a decade, but having 3 top 10’s in 2006/7. Kishi Bashi grabs a 7th chart hit, Alan Walker a 3rd, Noah Cyrus a second, and sneaking in with an unreleased track (at least until friday) is Mel & Kim. Poor Mel died at a very young age at the height of their success, and are owed another bit of chart success, as it’s not bad at all from what I’ve heard so far, 30 years on.

1 1 1 2 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 340000
2 3 2 3 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 217000
3 2 1 4 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 540000
4 8 4 2 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 113000
5 4 3 5 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 275400
6 5 4 4 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 230000
7 7 7 4 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 185000
8 23 8 4 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 89950
9 9 5 5 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 215000
10 10 10 5 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 143400

11 6 2 5 DANCING Kylie Minogue 407000
12 12 3 9 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 595600
13 16 13 13 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 217500
14 14 8 6 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 172200
15 50 15 2 BEST DAYS Lissie 39000
16 11 1 13 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 591150
17 15 4 7 WHERE WE GO P!nk 261300
18 58 18 2 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 32200
19 13 13 5 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 125500
20 22 20 4 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 64200

21 24 21 4 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 73650
22 17 10 5 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 153500
23 18 1 11 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 900250
24 25 24 5 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 81300
25 62 25 3 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 31350
26 19 1 8 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 542100
27 34 27 4 NEVER BE THE SAME Camilla Cabello 60700
28 30 28 2 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 36300
29 21 5 21 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 678250
30 31 30 3 TWO HIGH Moon Taxi 49650

31 20 3 13 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 545100
32 45 32 4 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 47900
33 28 28 6 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 88200
34 27 20 4 IMAGINARY PARTIES SUPERFRUIT 75500
35 NEW 35 1 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 17500
36 41 36 3 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 45400
37 47 37 5 INTERNATIONAL BLUE Manic Street Preachers 60400
38 29 9 7 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 158700
39 39 6 7 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 184200
40 NEW 40 1 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 17000

41 26 26 5 17 MK 74600
42 33 5 14 PHASES Alma & French Montana 524350
43 43 1 13 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 945800
44 32 27 5 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 80250
45 NEW 45 1 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 13000
46 48 46 5 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 54550
47 40 10 7 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 172750
48 38 38 4 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 57100
49 37 30 5 WHATEVER IT TAKES Imagine Dragons 72300
50 NEW 50 1 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 12000

51 35 26 6 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 83650
52 75 52 2 MEXICO Mexican Institute Of Sound 16500
53 49 1 25 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1152000
54 36 36 5 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 74450
55 64 55 2 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 17900
56 46 9 9 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 199850
57 66 57 2 SHE LOVES ME NOW UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 17200
58 42 28 6 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 73450
59 61 59 5 CALL ME Imelda May & Jack Savoretti 38000
60 63 60 4 WAIT Turin Brakes 30400

61 44 44 6 GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD BORNS & Lana Del Ray 55050
62 55 3 19 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 594600
63 67 63 4 LA LOUZE SHANGUY 25800
64 54 10 9 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 184950
65 NEW 65 1 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital farm Animals 7000
66 70 66 3 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 18800
67 NEW 67 1 MIDNIGHT X River 6600
68 51 18 7 YOUR DOMINO Jessie Ware 111550
69 57 1 19 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 777750
70 65 1 21 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 967900

71 72 71 3 CURIOUS Hayley Kiyoko 17000
72 NEW 72 1 LABYRINTH MONDO GROSSO featuring Hikari Mitsushima 5600
73 69 1 24 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 1003050
74 52 1 16 AMEN The Fizz 901350
75 NEW 75 1 WHERE IS LOVE (RADIO VERSION) Mel & Kim 5000

DROP OUTS
53 46 5 DOOM OR DESTINY Blondie featuring Joan Jett 56000
56 38 6 STRANGERS Sigrid 73800
59 59 3 RIVER Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran 24400
60 50 3 IDGAF Dua Lipa 34000
68 7 13 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 287250
71 71 2 SPANISH SEA Toto 10800
73 19 14 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 186700
74 7 9 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 205500

 

11th February 2018

Straight in at 1 it’s a record from Saara Alto, Finnish runner-up in X-Factor UK, and former The Voice Finland candidate. That makes her twice a song contest fave, but I have to say I don’t watch either shows anywhere these days. That makes it pretty extraordinary that a record I’d never heard until yesterday enters on top. Essentially, she’s engaging, and it sounds like a Eurovision Song Contest winning track – if only the BBC could come up with one like it. I rarely have singing competition singers top my chart (excluding Eurovision), and usually it’s well into their career when they do: Adam Lambert did it in 2017, Olly Murs in 2013, Agnes in 2009, Girls Aloud did it twice in 2007, and that’s about it for the 21st Century, none of them doing so with the first single after appearing. There is precedence though – Mary Hopkin won multiple weeks in a 60’s show called Opportunity Knocks, Paul McCartney signed her up to Apple Records, and she had 3 chart-toppers in 1968, 1969 and 1970 – only missing out on making it 3 in a row thanks to being the UK singer for Eurovision in 1970 with a cheesy entry, which slipped in before her final one.

Elsewhere, Florida Georgia Line get a double debut, both as featuring act, The Weeknd rockets to 3 with his Black Panther single, the film not even out yet, and giving him 5 years of top 3’s since Twenty Eight hit 2, and including a chart-topper with Ariana Grande. Disclosure eclipse their Sam Smith 2012 Latch single (peaked at 10) in one fell swoop by sampling the brilliant Al Green, one of the greatest soul singers of all-time. Lissie’s back after a slight gap, UB40 (or at least 3/8ths of them) string out a chart run to a whopping 38 years, and a six-year-old Mexican political track sneaks in at the bottom.

1 NEW 1 1 MONSTERS Saara Alto 170000
2 1 1 3 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 455000
3 40 3 2 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 102000
4 3 3 4 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 215400
5 4 4 3 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 175000
6 2 2 4 DANCING Kylie Minogue 370000
7 7 7 3 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 135000
8 NEW 8 1 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 48000
9 5 5 4 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 170000
10 14 10 4 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 101400

11 9 1 12 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 566150
12 12 3 8 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 560600
13 13 13 4 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 104500
14 8 8 5 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 143200
15 6 4 6 WHERE WE GO P!nk 238300
16 16 16 12 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 185500
17 10 10 4 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 134000
18 15 1 10 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 881000
19 11 1 7 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 523600
20 18 3 12 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 527200

21 17 5 20 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 660050
22 22 22 3 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 44200
23 35 23 3 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 41950
24 33 24 3 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 53900
25 25 25 4 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 62300
26 29 26 4 17 MK 60600
27 20 20 3 IMAGINARY PARTIES SUPERFRUIT 57900
28 34 28 5 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 70500
29 19 9 6 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 141500
30 NEW 30 1 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 18000

31 42 31 2 TWO HIGH Moon Taxi 31650
32 27 27 4 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 67000
33 21 5 13 PHASES Alma & French Montana 510600
34 37 34 3 NEVER BE THE SAME Camilla Cabello 42300
35 26 26 5 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 71900
36 36 36 4 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 63450
37 30 30 4 WHATEVER IT TAKES Imagine Dragons 60100
38 38 38 3 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 44800
39 23 6 6 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 167100
40 24 10 6 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 160250

41 41 41 2 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 28000
42 28 28 5 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 63250
43 32 1 12 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 932300
44 57 44 5 GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD BORNS & Lana Del Ray 47550
45 60 45 3 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 30100
46 44 9 8 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 189250
47 47 47 4 INTERNATIONAL BLUE Manic Street Preachers 43100
48 48 48 4 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 41800
49 43 1 24 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1140750
50 NEW 50 1 BEST DAYS Lissie 12000

51 31 18 6 YOUR DOMINO Jessie Ware 105150
52 45 1 15 AMEN The Fizz 896150
53 46 46 5 DOOM OR DESTINY Blondie featuring Joan Jett 56000
54 39 10 8 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 177850
55 49 3 18 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 587200
56 51 38 6 STRANGERS Sigrid 73800
57 55 1 18 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 771550
58 NEW 58 1 LET ME GO Halee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 10200
59 61 59 3 RIVER Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran 24400
60 50 50 3 IDGAF Dua Lipa 34000

61 62 61 4 CALL ME Imelda May & Jack Savoretti 27900
62 74 62 2 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 12600
63 65 63 3 WAIT Turin Brakes 20400
64 NEW 64 1 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 7100
65 63 1 20 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 961900
66 NEW 66 1 SHE LOVES ME NOW UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 6800
67 68 67 3 LA LOUZE SHANGUY 18600
68 58 7 13 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 287250
69 67 1 23 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 997650
70 70 70 2 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 12000

71 75 71 2 SPANISH SEA Toto 10800
72 72 72 2 CURIOUS Hayley Kiyoko 11200
73 64 19 14 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 186700
74 71 7 9 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 205500
75 NEW 75 1 MEXICO Mexican Institute Of Sound 5000

DROP OUTS
52 35 8 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 90800
53 40 5 PEOPLE WILL TALK Shed Seven 60800
54 1 14 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 942750
56 37 5 THE WEEKEND (FUNK WAV REMIX) SZA & Calvin Harris 53450
59 14 11 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 227250
66 66 3 ALONE Jessie Ware 18000
69 69 3 MAGIC Simple Minds 16800
73 73 3 IF ALL I WAS WAS BLACK Mavis Staples 15400

 

4th February 2018

It’s 2 weeks on top for the Irma Thomas 1964 soul gem fresh from Black Mirror. That keeps Kylie in her place as Revivalists have a god climb to 3 leapfrogging Justin Timberlake’s under-rated new track and Paloma’s 3rd single from the album. Kim Wilde rockets with Ricky to 22 from 74 – Ricky’s biggest chart credit since Mrs Malinski made my top 30 in 1974. No you don’t have to pretend you know it and it won’t be on Spotify. His voice has dropped quite a bit since then! Mine too.

The Eels return to my top 40 for the first time in 13 years, quite a gap, while Camilla Cabello outdoes Havana here and becomes her 2nd top 40. The Weeknd has an instant top 40 highest new entry, aided by Kendrick Lamar, who also enters lower with another track, both songs from the forthcoming 50 Shades film. Fleetwood Mac’s classic Rhiannon is well over 40 years old, and was last in my charts exactly 40 years ago – this is the album version, though, so the new Fleetwood Mac deluxe has given me an excuse to chart this uncharted version. Fab. Finally, Toto are back after a 30-year gap (bar reissues) with a souped-up version of an old unreleased very Rosanna period Toto, sadly I would prefer Hold The Line-period Toto, though Africa was fab.

1 1 1 2 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 340000
2 2 2 3 DANCING Kylie Minogue 315000
3 8 3 3 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 150400
4 7 4 2 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 115000
5 6 5 3 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 125000
6 4 4 5 WHERE WE GO P!nk 211300
7 12 7 2 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 85000
8 10 8 4 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 114200
9 3 1 11 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 529150
10 11 10 3 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 111000

11 5 1 6 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 502600
12 9 3 7 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 327800
13 17 13 3 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 72500
14 27 14 3 NEVER Embrace 59400
15 13 1 9 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 859000
16 20 16 11 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 160500
17 14 5 19 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 640300
18 15 3 11 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 507200
19 16 9 5 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 123300
20 22 20 2 IMAGINARY PARTIES SUPERFRUIT 39500

21 21 5 12 PHASES Alma & French Montana 492900
22 74 22 2 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 24700
23 23 6 5 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 150000
24 19 10 5 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 143250
25 33 25 3 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 43550
26 28 26 4 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 54400
27 32 27 3 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 49200
28 30 28 4 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 49500
29 31 29 3 17 MK 42100
30 34 30 3 WHATEVER IT TAKES Imagine Dragons 42800

31 18 18 5 YOUR DOMINO Jessie Ware 93400
32 24 1 11 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 918800
33 38 33 2 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 34900
34 39 34 4 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 52200
35 63 35 2 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 24700
36 36 36 3 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 46050
37 62 37 2 NEVER BE THE SAME Camilla Cabello 24700
38 57 38 2 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 27600
39 25 10 7 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 166850
40 NEW 40 1 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 17000

41 NEW 41 1 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 14000
42 NEW 42 1 TWO HIGH Moon Taxi 13750
43 37 1 23 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1128650
44 26 9 7 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 176500
45 43 1 14 AMEN The Fizz 884650
46 47 46 4 DOOM OR DESTINY Blondie featuring Joan Jett 44750
47 52 47 3 INTERNATIONAL BLUE Manic Street Preachers 30600
48 54 48 3 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 29500
49 41 3 17 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 576400
50 50 50 2 IDGAF Dua Lipa 24000

51 45 38 5 STRANGERS Sigrid 63200
52 35 35 8 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 90800
53 40 40 5 PEOPLE WILL TALK Shed Seven 60800
54 42 1 14 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 942750
55 48 1 17 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 761150
56 46 37 5 THE WEEKEND (FUNK WAV REMIX) SZA & Calvin Harris 53450
57 58 57 4 GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD BORNS & Lana Del Ray 34300
58 51 7 12 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 280850
59 29 14 11 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 227250
60 64 60 2 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 17100

61 66 61 2 RIVER Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran 14300
62 67 62 3 CALL ME Imelda May & Jack Savoretti 20400
63 60 1 19 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 954900
64 56 19 13 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 181300
65 69 65 2 WAIT Turin Brakes 13200
66 71 66 3 ALONE Jessie Ware 18000
67 61 1 22 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 991450
68 72 68 2 LA LOUZE SHANGUY 12000
69 73 69 3 MAGIC Simple Minds 16800
70 NEW 70 1 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 6000

71 49 7 8 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 200300
72 NEW 72 1 CURIOUS Hayley Kiyoko 5600
73 75 73 3 IF ALL I WAS WAS BLACK Mavis Staples 15400
74 NEW 74 1 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SPANISH SEA Toto 5000

DROP OUTS
44 21 6 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 107650
53 4 12 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 312650
55 13 6 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 123750
59 20 6 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 103800
65 8 11 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 295450
68 30 8 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 90900
70 26 2 LINGER The Cranberries 24500

 

28th January 2018

It’s in at 1 for a record I didn’t know a week ago – Irma Thomas’ brilliant 1964 soul ballad fresh from use in an episode of Black Mirror (via Buzzjack Song Contest). Hauntingly fab. That stops Kylie grabbing another chart-topper, but she adds to her long list of 2’s anyway. Paloma Faith gets a 3rd top 10 a in a row in a frantic chart, up 54 places. It’s been a long time since so many tracks were climbing at a pace like this, and bar the number one they are all new or recent-ish. That means a clear-out of 2017 tracks.

In at 7, highest new song is the first good track off Justin T’s forthcoming album, while The Revivalists shoot up to 8, and Liam Payne gets more solo top 10’s than One Direction managed, joined by Rita Ora getting a rare one. At 12, SSion, is a video mix of a ballad, pop song and pyscho Jesus & Mary Chain/Jesus Jones Info freako-ish popchartfreakout. Epic. Fall Out Boy get a 2nd top 20 in a row, Rudimental are back with Macklemore and Jess Glynne in tow, Dua Lipa doesn’t give a … about being late into my chart, ditto Tom walker, Eminem and Camilla cabello. Oldies Eels are back for over 20 years of hits including a chart-topper with Last Stop: This Time. Turin Brakes return, but it’s nothing next to Kim Wilde’s 37 year run aided by bruv (as ever) who gets a credit for the first time as he’s actually singing. Ricky first charted in 1972 with his flop (but well-played) pre-teen track I Am An Astronaut, and hit my top 10 with Teen Wave in 1974, a template for Kim’s 80’s smashes (sort of). So, Rick makes it 46 years (gasp!) and he’s younger than me…!

1 NEW 1 1 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 170000
2 3 2 2 DANCING Kylie Minogue 200000
3 1 1 10 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 484150
4 8 4 4 WHERE WE GO P!nk 156300
5 2 1 5 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 465600
6 60 6 2 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 65000
7 NEW 7 1 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 50000
8 36 8 2 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 65400
9 4 3 6 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 292800
10 27 10 3 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 66200

11 13 11 2 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 69000
12 NEW 12 1 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 35000
13 5 1 8 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 832000
14 7 5 18 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 617300
15 6 3 10 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 485200
16 9 9 4 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 102300
17 35 17 2 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 40500
18 18 18 4 YOUR DOMINO Jessie Ware 75500
19 10 10 4 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 124250
20 24 20 10 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 135500

21 12 5 11 PHASES Alma & French Montana 473150
22 NEW 22 1 IMAGINARY PARTIES SUPERFRUIT 19500
23 11 6 4 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 130750
24 15 1 10 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 901000
25 20 10 6 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 149750
26 17 9 6 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 163250
27 50 27 2 NEVER Embrace 30400
28 56 28 3 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 35900
29 14 14 10 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 217150
30 66 30 3 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 31200

31 70 31 2 17 MK 23900
32 45 32 2 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 30800
33 64 33 2 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 24800
34 63 34 2 WHATEVER IT TAKES Imagine Dragons 24800
35 40 35 7 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 79300
36 53 36 2 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 28650
37 33 1 22 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1115150
38 NEW 38 1 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 17200
39 57 39 3 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 34600
40 44 40 4 PEOPLE WILL TALK Shed Seven 49550

41 28 3 16 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 564300
42 19 1 13 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 931750
43 23 1 13 AMEN The Fizz 871650
44 21 21 6 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 107650
45 38 38 4 STRANGERS Sigrid 51450
46 37 37 4 THE WEEKEND (FUNK WAV REMIX) SZA & Calvin Harris 42850
47 49 47 3 DOOM OR DESTINY Blondie featuring Joan Jett 32000
48 31 1 16 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 750350
49 22 7 7 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 194500
50 NEW 50 1 IDGAF Dua Lipa 12000

51 34 7 11 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 270650
52 67 52 2 INTERNATIONAL BLUE Manic Street Preachers 18100
53 16 4 12 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 312650
54 69 54 2 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 17200
55 25 13 6 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 123750
56 42 19 12 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 174200
57 NEW 57 1 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 10400
58 61 58 3 GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD BORNS & Lana Del Ray 23900
59 29 20 6 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 103800
60 52 1 18 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 947700

61 54 1 21 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 984850
62 NEW 62 1 NEVER BE THE SAME Camilla Cabello 7400
63 NEW 63 1 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 7200
64 NEW 64 1 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 7100
65 32 8 11 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 295450
66 NEW 66 1 RIVER Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran 6800
67 68 67 2 CALL ME Imelda May & Jack Savoretti 13000
68 30 30 8 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 90900
69 NEW 69 1 WAIT Turin Brakes 6200
70 26 26 2 LINGER The Cranberries 24500

71 73 71 2 ALONE Jessie Ware 11200
72 NEW 72 1 LA LOUZE SHANGUY 5600
73 74 73 2 MAGIC Simple Minds 10600
74 NEW 74 1 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 5200
75 75 75 2 IF ALL I WAS WAS BLACK Mavis Staples 10000

DROP OUTS
39 10 10 GUILTY Paloma Faith 216450
41 9 20 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 453800
43 33 6 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 76100
46 34 4 LAY DOWN FOR FREE Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 59450
47 4 24 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 504800
48 24 8 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 127950
51 3 17 READY TO GO Hurts 650750
55 4 12 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 423100
58 58 3 THE LOVING KIND (MONITOR MIX) Pet Shop Boys 26700
59 1 17 WAIT UP Hurts 820950
62 10 10 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 209850
65 8 11 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 296800
71 1 45 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1043350
72 52 4 GORGEOUS Taylor Swift 34550

 

 

21st January 2018

It’s back into the top 10 for the 3rd time and all the way to the top for Craig David and Bastille, one of those tracks that doesn’t pall with repeat hearings. It’s the 3rd chart-topper for Craig (Walking Away and Hot Stuff, the former based on U2’s One, the latter Bowie’s Let’s Dance) and Bastille’s first. Hot on their heels though, Kylie’s back with a contemporary-sounding dance-country crossover and she’s Dancing to enter at 3, giving her a sweet 30 years of top 10 hits since I Should Be So Lucky hit 6.

Portugal. The Man are also back into the top 7 months on with Feel It Still, and also with new track Live In The Moment, sandwiching P!nk at 8 – her second top 10 off the new album and a sweet 18 years since There You Go hit 9. New at 13 it’s The Straw Hats – well, actually it’s Troyboi, but the Norwegian dance troupe have done a fab video for the short-but-sweet dance track in a Japanese-stylee. Appropriating culture or taking it to a wider audience? Actually most modern pop music is appropriated culture, and that includes Japanese acts, so whatever it looks terrific.

As a load of oldies depart the chart, some also pop in, topped by the late Dolores O’Riordan’s Cranberries, and their best record, Linger. Dolores died suddenly, and far too young, last week. The Revivalists is a couple or 3 years old, but one I missed, and Fall Out Boy are new in at 35 with the new album track, and are besides themselves. Amongst the deluge of new tracks, The Chainsmokers return, as does Noel Gallagher, that’ll be 24 years-worth of entries then.

Paloma Faith sneaks in with a dance track, for a hat-trick, Embrace enter 21 years since All You Good Good People hit 10 (and 14 years since they topped my chart with Gravity), Imagine Dragons keep the new entries coming 6 years since topping with Radioactive (well, nearer 5, but hey, it was 2012), as The Manics make it at least 25 years of newies, Bruno makes it 8 years (including 2 chart-toppers in Grenade and Marry You), Simple Minds return with only the one chart-topper in 1995 (She’s A River) but 36 years of hits. Finally, Mavis Staples pops in solo, after assisting Gorillaz last year, having been helped by Prince in 1991 with Melody Cool and on his tours wot-I-saw, and 46 years since I’ll Take You There hit my number 3 for The Staple Singers, Mavis’ sisters and dad.

1 11 1 9 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 399150
2 1 1 4 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 405600
3 NEW 3 1 DANCING Kylie Minogue 85000
4 3 3 5 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 247800
5 2 1 7 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 800000
6 5 3 9 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 458200
7 19 5 17 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 588300
8 16 8 3 WHERE WE GO P!nk 91300
9 20 9 3 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 77300
10 10 10 3 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 103250

11 6 6 3 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 111500
12 8 5 10 PHASES Alma & French Montana 453400
13 NEW 13 1 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 32000
14 15 14 9 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 198950
15 7 1 9 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 882000
16 4 4 11 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 301400
17 9 9 5 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 144750
18 22 18 3 YOUR DOMINO Jessie Ware 53500
19 12 1 12 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 918000
20 14 10 5 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 131000

21 21 21 5 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 94400
22 13 7 6 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 182400
23 18 1 12 AMEN The Fizz 858250
24 27 24 9 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 115500
25 17 13 5 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 112950
26 NEW 26 1 LINGER The Cranberries 18500
27 71 27 2 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 24200
28 24 3 15 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 550300
29 26 20 5 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 93700
30 32 30 7 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 84500

31 29 1 15 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 738050
32 23 8 10 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 288450
33 31 1 21 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1098150
34 30 7 10 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 258900
35 NEW 35 1 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 17500
36 NEW 36 1 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 17400
37 66 37 3 THE WEEKEND (FUNK WAV REMIX) SZA & Calvin Harris 30100
38 53 38 3 STRANGERS Sigrid 38450
39 25 10 10 GUILTY Paloma Faith 216450
40 50 40 6 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 61800

41 28 9 20 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 453800
42 35 19 11 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 163600
43 33 33 6 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 76100
44 48 44 3 PEOPLE WILL TALK Shed Seven 32550
45 NEW 45 1 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 13000
46 34 34 4 LAY DOWN FOR FREE Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 59450
47 41 4 24 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 504800
48 36 24 8 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 127950
49 62 49 2 DOOM OR DESTINY Blondie featuring Joan Jett 19500
50 NEW 50 1 NEVER Embrace 12000

51 40 3 17 READY TO GO Hurts 650750
52 42 1 17 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 937400
53 NEW 53 1 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 11250
54 49 1 20 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 977350
55 39 4 12 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 423100
56 65 56 2 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 17600
57 64 57 2 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 17500
58 59 58 3 THE LOVING KIND (MONITOR MIX) Pet Shop Boys 26700
59 43 1 17 WAIT UP Hurts 820950
60 NEW 60 1 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 10000

61 69 61 2 GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD BORNS & Lana Del Ray 13700
62 44 10 10 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 209850
63 NEW 63 1 WHATEVER IT TAKES Imagine Dragons 7200
64 NEW 64 1 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 7100
65 46 8 11 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 296800
66 68 66 2 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 13200
67 NEW 67 1 INTERNATIONAL BLUE Manic Street Preachers 6600
68 NEW 68 1 CALL ME Imelda May & Jack Savoretti 6400
69 NEW 69 1 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 6200
70 NEW 70 1 17 MK 6000

71 67 1 45 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1043350
72 52 52 4 GORGEOUS Taylor Swift 34550
73 NEW 73 1 ALONE Jessie Ware 5400
74 NEW 74 1 MAGIC Simple Minds 5200
75 NEW 75 1 IF ALL I WAS WAS BLACK Mavis Staples 5000

DROP OUTS
37 5 8 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 243800
38 1 7 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 369250
45 1 9 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 352850
47 17 11 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 199650
51 46 5 RUT The Killers 53000
54 17 11 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 186700
55 1 28 DREAMS Grace Slick 742300
56 8 9 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 210400
57 1 19 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 939350
58 6 22 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 499350
60 10 14 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 274100
61 18 12 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 195900
63 24 10 GO BANG PNAU 145000
70 29 13 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 135550
72 19 15 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 191000
73 73 1 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST David Bowie 5400
74 3 19 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 485650
75 15 10 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 162550

 

 

14th January 2018

It’s Oh Wonder on top in an otherwise quiet chart week, their second chart entry, and a fab record, it borrows somewhat from Elton John’s fantastic Benny & The Jets, which topped my charts 44 years ago – at least the backbone of the record anyway. Midge Ure is also back in the top 10 with the same track 23 years on, a good version of Breathe. Sister Sledge make it a 5th top 10, 33 years on since the last one (albeit a 38-year-old record). Naughty Boy adds to his list of top 10’s (his 5th, including a number one – La La La), P!nk gets a 3rd top 20 in a row off the album, and Portugal. The Man get 2 top 20 entries – Feel It Still is back over 6 months later, and new track Live In The Moment is just below it.

Big climb for Jessie Ware, Bleachers finally got top 40, and Blondie are back again a very sweet 40 years from their debut with Denis (almost) and with Joan Jett in tow some 36 years since I Love Rock N Roll. She hasn’t troubled my charts since ILRNR was reissued in 1994, and not with new material since the 80’s! Lily Allen returns, not before time, 12 years since her debut and still yet to top my chart. Lana Del Ray and Anna Of The North return, and Wolf Alice get a debut at last.

1 2 1 3 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 290600
2 1 1 6 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 740000
3 6 3 4 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 182800
4 5 4 10 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 276400
5 3 3 8 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 403200
6 22 6 2 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 74500
7 4 1 8 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 855000
8 8 5 9 PHASES Alma & French Montana 418400
9 14 9 4 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 121750
10 23 10 2 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 61250

11 12 8 8 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 229150
12 9 1 11 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 897000
13 7 7 5 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 162900
14 10 10 4 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 111000
15 17 15 8 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 169950
16 28 16 2 WHERE WE GO P!nk 43300
17 13 13 4 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 94200
18 11 1 11 AMEN The Fizz 839000
19 26 5 16 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 538300
20 48 20 2 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 32300

21 25 21 4 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 74650
22 50 22 2 YOUR DOMINO Jesse Ware 31500
23 15 8 9 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 270650
24 19 3 14 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 532000
25 16 10 9 GUILTY Paloma Faith 199350
26 20 20 4 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 75500
27 34 27 8 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 96500
28 18 9 19 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 439800
29 29 1 14 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 720150
30 27 7 9 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 241300

31 31 1 20 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1080450
32 47 32 6 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 66500
33 40 33 5 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 62600
34 39 34 3 LAY DOWN FOR FREE Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 46700
35 35 19 10 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 149850
36 24 24 7 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 115650
37 33 5 8 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 243800
38 21 1 7 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 369250
39 32 4 11 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 412300
40 37 3 16 READY TO GO Hurts 639000

41 41 4 23 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 492300
42 42 1 16 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 925900
43 43 1 16 WAIT UP Hurts 810850
44 30 10 9 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 202450
45 44 1 9 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 352850
46 38 8 10 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 289800
47 36 17 11 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 199650
48 65 48 2 PEOPLE WILL TALK Shed Seven 19300
49 45 1 19 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 966350
50 57 50 5 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 44800

51 46 46 5 RUT The Killers 53000
52 53 52 3 GORGEOUS Taylor Swift 28950
53 60 53 2 STRANGERS Sigrid 21250
54 52 17 11 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 186700
55 55 1 28 DREAMS Grace Slick 742300
56 49 8 9 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 210400
57 54 1 19 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 939350
58 56 6 22 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 499350
59 68 59 2 THE LOVING KIND (MONITOR MIX) Pet Shop Boys 16500
60 59 10 14 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 274100

61 61 18 12 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 195900
62 NEW 62 1 DOOM OR DESTINY Blondie featuring Joan Jett 7400
63 58 24 10 GO BANG PNAU 145000
64 NEW 64 1 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 7100
65 NEW 65 1 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 7000
66 70 66 2 THE WEEKEND (FUNK WAV REMIX) SZA & Calvin Harris 12800
67 67 1 44 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1037550
68 NEW 68 1 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 6400
69 NEW 69 1 GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD BORNS & Lana Del Ray 6200
70 69 29 13 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 135550

71 NEW 71 1 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 5800
72 71 19 15 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 191000
73 NEW 73 1 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST David Bowie 5400
74 74 3 19 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 485650
75 62 15 10 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 162550

DROP OUTS
51 20 5 YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 86600
63 59 4 F**K YOU KRISTMAS! (SWEARY VERSION) Kim Wilde & Lawnmower Deth 37400
64 54 2 WHEN A CHILD IS BORN Johnny Mathis 18100
66 29 3 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 30000
72 39 3 STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John 29700
73 34 8 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 89900
75 36 5 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 66800

7th January 2018

It’s a second week for the lush Aretha Franklin ballad 44 years on, just holding off a massive 70-place leap for Oh Wonder, now getting well-deserved Radio 2 support. Radio 2 seems to have gone full on-board with the sort of new tracks that Radio 1 would have played a few years ago, which is good news. It’s a mass xmas song drop-out week, as 3 songs with Home in the title are in my top 10, ironically, as I’m still trapped at home caring for my mum with dad back in hospital, and me unable to get to work.

Midge Ure’s 1995 UK flop (but big with me) Breathe is back, in the orchestral vogue, which suits it better than some of the bigger hits on the album, while Naughty Boy is back with a Jonas brother in tow at 23, leaping over another Jonas brother at 24. Both doing better than any actual Jonas Brothers records ever did in my charts. Portugal. The Man’s 2017 oldie is back in the 40, as their new one enters at 48.

P!nk has a 3rd top 40 off the latest album, Lindsey & Christine get a 3rd of 5 album tracks to hit the 40, Pet Shop Boys version of their Girls Aloud/Xenomania hit belatedly pops in, Shed Seven return for over 20 years of entries, and Jessie ware has a welcome return.

1 1 1 5 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 625000
2 72 2 2 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 120600
3 4 3 7 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 343200
4 3 1 7 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 805000
5 12 5 9 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 211400
6 16 6 3 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 97800
7 9 7 4 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 130900
8 6 5 8 PHASES Alma & French Montana 370400
9 5 1 10 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 862000
10 18 10 3 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 82000

11 7 1 10 AMEN The Fizz 817000
12 8 8 7 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 192150
13 19 13 3 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 71200
14 14 14 3 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 76750
15 13 8 8 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 251400
16 10 10 8 GUILTY Paloma Faith 180600
17 17 17 7 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 142950
18 11 9 18 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 421500
19 15 3 13 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 513000
20 20 20 3 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 57000

21 2 1 6 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 352050
22 NEW 22 1 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 19500
23 NEW 23 1 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 19250
24 24 24 6 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 98250
25 25 25 3 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 54900
26 56 5 15 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 517300
27 22 7 8 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 223300
28 NEW 28 1 WHERE WE GO P!nk 18300
29 23 1 13 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 701950
30 21 10 8 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 189200

31 27 1 19 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1062550
32 26 4 10 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 395200
33 28 5 7 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 226500
34 38 34 7 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 78100
35 31 19 9 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 132350
36 32 17 10 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 187150
37 35 3 15 READY TO GO Hurts 622000
38 34 8 9 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 277050
39 50 39 2 LAY DOWN FOR FREE Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 29100
40 49 40 4 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 44900

41 37 4 22 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 478300
42 42 1 15 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 912150
43 40 1 15 WAIT UP Hurts 797350
44 41 1 8 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 339850
45 45 1 18 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 954150
46 47 46 4 RUT The Killers 41250
47 71 45 5 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 48700
48 NEW 48 1 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 12300
49 33 8 8 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 199800
50 NEW 50 1 YOUR DOMINO Jesse Ware 12000

51 30 20 5 YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 86600
52 44 17 10 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 175700
53 69 53 2 GORGEOUS Taylor Swift 17450
54 48 1 18 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 928950
55 55 1 27 DREAMS Grace Slick 731500
56 51 6 21 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 489150
57 57 57 4 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 32800
58 43 24 9 GO BANG PNAU 137800
59 46 10 13 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 264100
60 NEW 60 1 STRANGERS Sigrid 10000

61 53 18 11 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 188400
62 52 15 9 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 157550
63 59 59 4 F**K YOU KRISTMAS! (SWEARY VERSION) Kim Wilde & Lawnmower Deth 37400
64 54 54 2 WHEN A CHILD IS BORN Johnny Mathis 18100
65 NEW 65 1 PEOPLE WILL TALK Shed Seven 7000
66 29 29 3 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 30000
67 67 1 43 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1030950
68 NEW 68 1 THE LOVING KIND (MONITOR MIX) Pet Shop Boys 6400
69 68 29 12 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 129550
70 NEW 70 1 THE WEEKEND (FUNK WAV REMIX) SZA & Calvin Harris 6000

71 58 19 14 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 185400
72 39 39 3 STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John 29700
73 63 34 8 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 89900
74 66 3 18 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 480450
75 36 36 5 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 66800

DROP OUTS
60 37 6 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 87350
61 40 6 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 59100
62 16 7 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 121800
64 64 1 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 7100
65 65 1 HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko & The Plastic Ono Band (with the Harlem Community Choir) 7000
70 70 1 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 6000
73 73 1 FELIZ NAVIDAD Jose Feliciano 5400
74 74 1 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens 5200
75 75 1 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 5000

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Pet Shop Boys at Royal Albert Hall April 2017

cos this is a fab review of a concert I was at, sumptuous settings, a great cause, and a lush evening…:

http://www.nme.com/news/music/johnny-marr-joins-pet-shop-boys-royal-philharmonic-orchestra-royal-albert-hall-2032100

 

The Real Thing at Canvas, Bournemouth 17th March 2016

This was fab night out from the energetic band, working hard to get the crowd of mostly 40-somethings and 50-somethings dancing and cheering in a terrific venue setting (the former Bumbles). Liverpool lads all, Chris Amoo still handled the lead vocals well, assisted by main-audience communicator and brother Eddie Amoo and Dave Smith. Now into year 44 of their career, I was there for the first single I recall Vicious Circle (I feel sure it was first played on Fluff Freeman’s show in 1972) though obviously all the tracks performed stuck with the late 70’s golden disco soul period, including that trio of crowd-pleasers You To Me Are Everything, Can’t By Without You, and Can You Feel The Force. They did a handful of lesser hits, and with a great backing band, funktastic, and a fab soul lead from eddie for Children Of The Ghetto, but also kept the party moving fast with a number of 70’s disco covers.

While I would have liked to hear a few of the missing minor hits and some early stuff, it wasn’t really about that, it as about having a fun time, and they went down fabulously, energy-levels for 60-somethings (as I approach the big 6-0 myself) pretty impressive. The last time I caught them, it was backstage at the Radio One roadshow in 1986 as they were going through a remixed hit revival and I was appearing as a contestant on Mike Read’s Pop Quiz on the actual radio – he took the piss out of my jumper, and I won a mug and sweatshirt, but I managed to get some sneaky pics of The Real Thing from the back of the stage. Got some new ones now, too! If you get the chance, go to see them, it’s a great retro night out.

ABC live at Bournemouth Pavilion 28th Oct 2016

What a classy, fab evening this was! I’ve seen Martin Fry do a truncated ABC hits set about a decade ago on an 80’s tour but this was proper lush, with a full band and 40-plus South Bank Sinfonia a young-looking orchestra conducted by Anne Dudley – her of 80’s Trevor Horn art-pop project Art Of Noise. She orchestrated both Lexicon Of Love in 1981/2 and Lexicon Of Love II in 2016, and gave both projects class, and the live sound a full-bodied experience. Martin Fry was in five fettle, dapper, and the whole concert oozed romantic class.

The first half was basically the best ABC hits that didn’t feature on either Lexicon album, the fab When Smokey Sings to start with a bang, The Night You Murdered Love, equally great, How To Be A Millionaire, Be Near Me and others sprinkled in between tracks from Lexicon Of Love II. The 4 key tracks have all featured in my personal chart and are as good as anything in the first half, the terrific Viva Love, Flames Of Desire, Ten Below Zero and my personal fave Kiss Me Goodbye, just gorgeous, while I was also impressed by Anne Dudley co-write The Love Inside The Love.

Martin obviously hasn’t the range for the top notes these days, but he had fab support from 2 female singers for the more upper range bits, just as well as in part 2 they did the whole Lexicon Of Love album track by track in order, the classic hit singles require a touch of histrionics (I did my bit singing along, unhelpfully!) Tears Are Not Enough, All Of My Heart, and the show-stoppers Poison Arrow and The Look Of Love. Poison Arrow got the 40/50-something audience on it’s feet and stayed there for the reprise encore of Look Of Love (It’s impossible to follow that one). The album sounded fab – I checked my record collection and I don’t have it – yes, I bought all the singles and never got round to the album, which is something I need to correct as every track on it is a winner, a true classic album. Valentine’s Day, Many Happy Returns and Show Me could easily have been pulled off as further hit singles, for instance.

All in all, well worth the extra money to have the orchestra and a fantastic night out. Sing it loud!

 

Pet Shop Boys Royal Opera House July 20th 2016

image (01)Fabulous Show, Inner Sanctum, in a fabulous venue, I even bought a programme and 12″ single, something I haven’t done this century in either case, and above I even managed a photo as Chris & Neil entered in 2 large balls – I hardly ever get decent mobile phone pics so don’t bother as a rule.

The Sun gives a good review with photos showcasing the innovative stage design from the Olympics-designer:

https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/14785…al-opera-house/

I’d add some key tracks off Super were missing (Happiness and Say It To Me), along with many of the 80’s classics and early 90’s classics, more recent key album singles were present and correct, and many oldies were reinvented quite substantially, especially Home And Dry, a pleasant acoustic single that had a bit more depth to it in a new lush arrangement. Left To My Own Devices and others were more playful, not least the end tracks which had hordes of dancers in inflated fat suits, amusingly.

Such is the depth of their back catalogue, though, and the quality of the new material, the PSB’s are NEVER Being Boring (and yes that one was missing too!). I may be biased, but they’ve never let me down in concert or on record yahoo.gif

 

http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/pet-shop-boy…nd-bff7dca.html

The main surprise is that In The Night (Clothes Show TV theme from the 80’s) hasn’t been done before in concert! That was always the track I liked to play when friends said “I hate the Pet Shop Boys, everything they’ve done” then get them to say, “ooh I like that one, who is it?” before they backtrack about it being neil’s voice they have a problem with.. laugh.gif

 

My highlights:

1. Love Comes Quickly

2. Burn

3. Se a Vide Es

4. Left To My Own Devices

5. Domino Dancing

6. The Sodom & Gomorrah Show

7. Go West

8. It’s A Sin

9. The Pop Kids

10. Inner Sanctum

11. Love Is A Bourgeois Construct

12. Love etc

13. Twenty-Something

14. West End Girls

15. In The Night

16. Home And Dry

17. Vocal

18. Always On My  Mind

19. New York City Boy

20. The Dictator Decides

21. Inside A Dream

22. Winner

 

Jon Bon Jovi live in Bournemouth 1997

Jon Bon Jovi singing Livin’ On A Prayer King’s Park, Bournemouth 1997 August.

I’ve finally got round to uploading stuff to youtube – and this is the first one. It’s a video I took from the side of the stage (I had work colleagues who organised the Radio One Roadshow each year, who knew I was and am pop mad – they still work for the local Council, as do I – so I got quite up close to special guest star Jon Bon Jovi, flown in the lunchtime live broadcast). Simon Mayo was host, Jon was acoustic, and there was a support live act, 90’s minor popstars The Supernaturals. It was a good day, and the highlight was easily this song….

NIK KERSHAW, GO WEST and T’PAU at Bournemouth Pavilion 7th Nov 2015

NIK KERSHAW, GO WEST and T’PAU at Bournemouth Pavilion 7th Nov 2015

31 years since I first saw young Nik Kershaw in Bournemouth, and over a decade since I saw Peter Cox on tour with Tony Hadley, it’s a surprisingly great low-key evening of oldies and more recent covers, with support from Carol Decker as T’Pau on board to act, as she said, fluffer for the boys. She did good, still in fine voice and looking great, and though I was never a huge fan T’Pau’s best trio of tracks were present and correct, Valentine’s Day, Heart And Soul (which I adore, but was always going to be tough to match in concert) and of course China In Your Hand, which I overdosed on at the time, but shows itself to be a great song and an audience motivator. The new stuff was the equal of the other oldies, some great guitar work too, almost a lost art form these pop days.

The format of the concert from here was unusual, and it worked beautifully, essentially Nik, Peter and Richard did joint covers old and new, then 2 each Go West and Nik Kershaw, then repeat till the climax when they did one each alternated for the big ones. Despite a pretty rubbish sound quality from where I was sitting, side balcony, they put on a great show. It would be fair to say the boys, and those of us in the audience, weren’t looking as young and fresh as we once did, but Peter Cox still has a great soulful voice, and Nik Kershaw still has charm and quirky individuality for a pop star. He never sounded much like anyone else, and had his own music style which still pretty much sounds like no-one else, and in a very good way. I was reminded just how good some of the back catalogue was and picked up new appreciation for some tracks I’d never been big on at the time: Don Quixote especially came over fabulously.

Go West’s finest moments for me were Call Me, Don’t Look Down and the classic “Pretty Woman” soundtrack King Of Wishful Thinking, which really when down a treat along with eternally popular We Close Our Eyes, while they also covered Sam Sparro’s Black And Gold and one of Nik’s oldies, and he in return covered one of theirs. On those Peter sung with Nik, there were a few 80’s faves such as Everybody Wants To Rule The World and Would I Lie To You, Seal’s Crazy, Nik’s great song for Chesney Hawkes’ monster hit The One And Only, and Birdy’s Wings, which came over all grungy and would make a terrific single (hint hint) for those of us that found Birdy’s version a little too simpering. As Nik quipped, up next is a Birdie Song – not that one! Nik’s catalogue impressed, Wide Boy, I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me and especially the fantastic The Riddle and Wouldn’t It Be Good. Finally, the encore was an unexpected joint cover Kings Of Leon treat, Sex On Fire, which went down as well as any of their own stuff, and was a cracking version. The band were excellent, and a everyone went away very happy. Now, all I want is an album of corking contemporary covers by Go West Nik Kershaw!, or GWNK a la FFS (Franz Ferdinand Sparks)!