Eurovision Song Contest 2017 – my quips!

Kyiv, or Kiev, amusing, well-presented show, and a good final after one semi looked a bit weak. Here were my thoughts on the final on the night..

 

1.  Israel | IMRI | I feel alive: 

No longer behind others, he now has his muscles upfront. Imri has a lot going for him – mostly above the waist it has to be said. Great production and commitment to this one, but the song’s not that special.

2.  Poland | Kasia Moś |Flashlight: 

Blondes in white gowns always a Eurovision speciality and she has a nice pair. Of lungs. She’s much better than the awful lyrics. Songs which rhyme “fire” with “higher” are ALWAYS “dire”. Modern cliche. Plodding and obv top marks from the UK.

3.  Belarus | Naviband | Story of my life: 

HAI! HAI! Jolly hippie folk, bonus marks for not singing in English. Dressed in white, happy, clappy, smiley, it’s just a bit annoying. Not awful, just annoying.

4.  Austria | Nathan Trent |Running on air: 

I can imagine Ed Sheeran destrying this song. Nathan’s quite cute, and has opted for the safe white-coloured outfit, and is likeable in an off-key sort of way.

5.  Armenia | Artsvik | Fly with me: 

Fond of rings I see. Precious! Sultry and moody, not a million miles away from Madonna’s Frozen, albeit more ethnic. Good singer, good song, and a drum n bass crescendo finale, the early song to beat in terms of quality. Excellent.

6.  Netherlands | O’G3NE | Lights and shadows: 

It’s the Beverley Sisters! (google them) OK, more buxom, and without the harmony abilities. The vaguely country-tinged feel won’t hurt it’s chances but it’s a bit MOR for me. Not bad as such, just a bit forced.

7.  Moldova | SunStroke Project |Hey mamma: 

genuinely fun, lively, catchy. Love the sax hooks and eurodance rhythms. Sounds like a chart hit circa 2015/16 which is pretty good for ESC. 3 Brides For 3 Brothers finale – 3 Bridegrooms for 3 Brothers would have been funnier. Fab!

8.  Hungary | Joci Pápai |Origo: 

Men with tight buns need attacking with scissors. At least those with tight hair buns do. I like the Adam Ant outfit, and ethnic sounds, but his voice is dull, the rap bits are better. Average.

9.  Italy | Francesco Gabbani |Occidentali’s karma: 

pre-contest fave, which I didn’t quite get. The gorilla-ist suit almost certainly lost votes, but Italians always have cool appeal, even when being upbeat like this. Good singer, good song, good performance and a real contender. One of the best entries.

10.  Denmark | Anja | Where I am: 

I’m off to Denmark in June and I hope to meet blonde Aussies myself. She’s like a taller, less Scouse, Sonia. She has a couple of good points that may appeal to some, though the song is OK the delivery is a tad off-key here and there.

11.  Portugal | Salvador Sobral |Amar pelos dois: 

Salvador, with medical problems, sings with gentle emotion and conviction, classy and understated, his sister’s song very La La Land or Randy Newman-ish and a sweet breath of fresh air to the contest. My immediate fave on one viewing, it was a total marmite song, the younger folks online loathing it. I loved it. Totally deserves to win, for him and for Portugal at long last.

12.  Azerbaijan | Dihaj |Skeletons: 

quite unexpectedly daring and adventurous for such an oil-rich dodgy-on-rights country. Bizarre! I like the darkness of the song and simplicity of the setting. The melody is low-key, and the horse head is distracting, but generally a good ‘un.

13.  Croatia | Jacques Houdek | My friend: 

Popopera schizophrenia, and a BIG vocal performance. Hideous outfit and novelty attempts ruin what is actually 2 very different, very decent versions of the same song. Either version would have been fine, and he has the vocal ability to carry it, but together it’s just a gimmicky mess.

14.  Australia | Isaiah | Don’t come easy: 

The only main singer who can claim to be “diverse” ethically isn’t actually from Europe. So much for the theme! Only 17, and a bit nervous in the semi, I was glad to see him through as he’s a good singer and the song is pretty good too. I think the obligatory “golden shower” in the background at a song climax is best-avoided for 17-year-olds though! Good effort!

15.  Greece | Demy | This is love: 

Something for everyone here, as Graham comments, there’s the beautiful girl dressed in white (natch) and 2 semi-naked muscle-bound dancers gyrating in paddling pool water. And who hasn’t done that! No? Just me then. A jolly dance number which could have done well in the right year. Judging by the production, the right year being 2008.

16.  Spain | Manel Navarro | Do it for your lover: 

“Mon-El” says Graham (UK presenter) of the lead singer as I miss-hear him. Sorry, MY Mon-El (see Supergirl TV show) is in a different league, and this one has no super-powers. Actually he’s trying engagingly hard to be cool surfer ballad-dude Jack Johnson about 10 years on, only not as tuneful, or as good a singer. Pity, as I want to like it more than I do.

17.  Norway | JOWST | Grab the moment: 

Graham not fond. He’s clearly lost the plot! One of the top 2 in semi 2, and a very “current” sound to it, the melody structure is very current (under-stated good but not in-yer-face hooks) – I suspect it will underperform in the popular vote, sadly.

18.  United Kingdom | Lucie Jones| Never give up on you: 

For an Ex-X-Factor she’s a very good singer and performer. Writer Emmelie must have not made the finals in Denmark so I assume she went to the BBC who are desperate to get a “name” songwriter these days. I’ve heard it many times, and it’s still forgettable, a rent-a-ballad-eurosong. About as playing-it-safe as you get…

19.  Cyprus | Hovig |Gravity: 

Rag’n’bone Man clone, (you older folk refer to google, he’s huge) this is a great-sounding song that would fit into the 2017 music scene well. Hovig also sings it very well, gives a great performance, and looks pretty easy on the eye. Compare this to the blandness of the UK entries year after year and don’t wonder why the UK flops.

20.  România | Ilinca featuring Alex Florea | Yodel it!: 

Frank Ifield must be so happy, he can make a yodelling comeback! (youngsters refer to google, he was huge). It’s not a patch on The Lonely Goatherder. Where’s a singing nun when you want one! They look great, make a lovely pair, and he’s not bad either. She can belt it out, he can rap, but y’know, yodelling? No excuse! Not forgiven!

21.  Germany | Levina | Perfect life: 

Everyone’s lying on the floor these days! Loic Nottet did it best (Belgium goodie of last year or 2). Someone’s ripped her sleeves off! How rude! It’s OK. Decent. Not bad – not great. Chunders along nicely down the middle with an unremarkable vocal.

22.  Ukraine| O.Torvald | Time: 

Making very sure they don’t have to fork out for the contest next year. Unremarkable rock. Nice production actually, the band are good, but the song is nothing to write home about. Unless you’re writing to Vladimir so he can have a laugh….

23.  Belgium | Blanche | City lights: 

Very Lorde, very now, takes a couple of listens to register properly, especially with her 17-year-old nerves, but it’s really good as a pop record. Credible and typically-understated melody as kids so love in these disruptive times.

24.  Sweden | Robin Bengtsson | I can’t go on: 

Funktastic, the Swedish hitmaking pop scene continues to prosper worldwide, and they never fail to use ESC as an opportunity to show off their songwriting and production talents. Totally the opposite of the UK. Very Bruno Mars/Justin Timberlake styled, polished performance, this would fit nicely into music charts worldwide.

25.  Bulgaria | Kristian Kostov |Beautiful mess: 

He’s very self-assured for a teeny 17-year-old, a great vocal on a good pop ballad, he even manages to rise above his “fashion tips from will.i.am” sleeveless outfit. I’d have a word with the tailor..

26.  France | Alma |Requiem: 

ooh, French just sounds so classy in song, and the 60’s miniskirt dress is a welcome change from the evening gowns in white. Spinning Tardis’ on stage. What is the plural of Tardis? Tardises? Tardisii? Not as good as it could have been and everyone will be making a cuppa by now anyway.

Who do you want to win, and why? 

Portugal, it’s the best song, the best vocal performance, the most emotion, and Portugal have waited long enough for the win – we (the UK) moan about not winning (for 20 years now) year after year, and they go for 53 without a whinge!

Who do you think will win, and why?

Portugal. It’s one of those “Oh my word!” moments on first viewing, either OMG I love it, or OMG I hate it. Those that love it will REALLY love it.

Eurovision Song Contest 2016

  1. Belgium – What’s the Pressure. Bruno Mars vs Chic, disco basslines and a great pop song. Love the silver outfit, love the record, good vocal and performance, a real contender, it could easily chart and sound like it fitted. Fab. 92/100
  2. Czech Republic – I Stand. Well hooray for a debut final performance for the C.R. I see she’s recycling her wedding frock. After the fab intro of Belgium this is a real mood-killer. She can sing, and the wind machine tries to make it sound less-dirge-like. Unsuccessfully.
  3. The Netherlands – Slow Down. So slow, it stops! I like having a bit of Country Music in the final though, it’s nice. Love his fake Vulcan ears. At least I think they’re fake. It’s very good, though not a Common Linnets scale vote-winner. He’s a good singer, though, like the song. 84/100
  4. Azerbaijan – Miracle. Her golden cat-suit will be worth a few votes. It’s got the 2016 production-values for dance-pop (or EDM as it is called now) but she’s not quite got the vocals, and the song doesn’t quite click enough. Not bad though. 78/100
  5. Hungary – Pioneer. He still hasn’t tucked his shirt in. Cue whistles. He’s a bit hot, should be worth a few votes, though his constipated vocal style detracts a little from the passionate delivery. Love the Munchkin-style-dancing of the backing singers. Not bad, a good effort. 74/100
  6. Italy – No Degree Of Separation. Last year’s Real Actual Winners, Italy, always classy. She looks fab, apart from her 1975-era clothes. Love the Italian lyrics sound, and a good ballad, performed with conviction, even if not the best singer in the competition. Grazzi. 82/100
  7. Israel – Made Of Stars. An accurate enough statement, Woodstock’s we are stardust said it first though. Needs a haircut. I like it’s simplicity (the song, not the act) and the last half pick-up, but it just doesn’t quite gel for me. I think the golden shower behind him might be an unfortunate reference point.
  8. Bulgaria – If Love Was A Crime. One of the best in the final, this one. She has a great voice, and a 60‘s sci-fi costume what’s not to love!? The production is terrific and the song is really song, catchy, stylish, I actually like the verses more than the chorus. I appreciate the absence of backing dancers. She doesn’t need any distractions. Fab! 95/100
  9. Sweden – If I Were Sorry. Aww so cute, on a youth training programme I think. Needs a haircut. A little bit too Bieber-ish (only this one can sing) but pleasant and inoffensive. He will go down VERY well with young girls and some boys. A contender, but middling good for me. 80/100.
  10. Germany – Ghost. Very Lorde. Not Lordi, I stress. She appears to have managed to combine Carmen Miranda with Shirley Temple for her costume. Not to mention The Cat In The Hat socks. Sadly that detracts from the song, which is not bad in a depressing sort of way, should have stuck with the moonlight night intro.
  11. France – J’ai Cherche. Fabulous record, loved this before I knew it was Eurovision. He’s a handsome smiley chap, a good singer, and the uptempo French/English singalong EDM is very “now”. One of my absolute faves this year, and France’s best of many good efforts since the fab Sebastien Tellier. I hope it beats Russia! 98/100.
  12. Poland – Color Of Your Life. Missing the “U” in colour. It probably ran for the hills when it saw his hair. Needs a huge haircut. Whiny, with or without the Ringmaster coat. Where’s a lion when you want one… Bet it gets points from the UK, hah!
  13. Australia – Sound Of Silence. Dami Im is a fantastic South Korean-born Aus singer, with a pretty big career so it’s fab to have her in the final, and with a FAB.U. LOUS. ballad, sung brilliantly. Love it! Love the performance. Now THAT’s how you do a Eurovision ballad. Awesome! Shouts WINNER! to me. I do so hope so! 99/100.
  14. Cyprus – Alter Ego. Starts off Bon Jovi on one of their better days, like the guitar-riffs, and the chorus is pretty good. Great to see old-fashioned rock surviving in the Med, cos it’s pretty much been wiped out in the UK in 2016. Not gonna get many points, obv. 70/100.
  15. Serbia – Goodbye (Shelter). Well-meaning song. I feel I should like it more than I do. It’s perfectly decent, sung perfectly-fine, but there’s plenty of better entries. 72/100.
  16. Lithuania – I’ve Been Waiting For The Night. No blindfold this time, just a horrible jacket. Happily it comes off. He’s also easy on the eye, which won’t hurt his chances with this singalong pop ditty. Again, a reasonable pop song, but not outstanding. Needs a haircut. 76/100.
  17. Croatia – Lighthouse. I need a cup of tea at this point. That dress is a good enough reason in itself to leave the room…. Dreary.
  18. Russia – You Are The Only One. Great to hear last year’s winner reprised so well. Russia has spared no expense, hired the best British/Greek hit pop songwriters, great presentation, great Russian pop singer, they really want to win. I hope they come 2nd again. Hah! It’s good of course. 88/100.
  19. Spain – Say yay. Another great EDM pop song entry, Spain always under-achieve unfairly. This is their most-commercial effort in a while, being in English not least of all. Credible current pop song, great singer, bounding dance beats, love it. 94/100.
  20. Latvia – Heartbeat. I know a couple of Latvians who used to lodge with a friend. Turned out to be drug dealers. Nothing to do with this OK pop song, and the nice-looking-boy singer’s passionate vocal, but it is slightly more interesting than talking about the song.
  21. Ukraine – 1944. Another worthy song. Rhythmically interesting, and a serious topic from a troubled country. A grower, it’s quite subtle. 81/100.
  22. Malta – Walk On Water. The second-best song in semi 2 for me. I hope she doesn’t have 5 backers or she’ll technically break the 6-person limit, what with being preggers and all. It’s a good EDM song, the standard of good quality songs this year is quite high. 86/100.
  23. Georgia – Midnight Gold. More rock! More contemporary-sounding this time, hooray! Good to see Noel Gallagher joining on guitar, never thought he would do Eurovision! It’s not a “song” in the verse/chorus sense, but it sound fabulous, and is refreshingly energetic and different. Excellent. 83/100.
  24. Austria – Loin D’ici. Fresh from the Eurovision finals in 1973. I may need to check that fact. Pretty frock. I was hoping Conchita Wurst was going to burst out of it, but she’s much prettier and sans beard. Pretty tune, pretty voice, stands no chance. 73/100.
  25. UK – You’re Not Alone. Now it’s those 2 loveable Voice chaps, good to see we are still going for talent show hopefuls. They are cute, of course, the song is bouncy in a non-bouncy contest, and that might save them from the dreaded bottom 5. Actual drummers on stage too. Oh it’s good pop, just accept it, better than most of One Direction’s entire career. 90/100.
  26. Armenia – Lovewave. As everyone dashes to the kettle, as is traditional during the last song, I will hold off for any woman in a cape. She could easily be a super-hero and her legs will be worth a few points. It’s good diva-drama without being memorable in any way. She is quite the belter vocally, though. Good performance. 75/100.

My top 12:

1 – Australia

2 – France

3 – Bulgaria

4 – Spain

5 – Belgium

6 – UK

7 – Russia

8 – Malta

9 – Netherlands

10 – Georgia

11 – Italy

12 – Sweden

My 2016 Charts May-Aug

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London from the Tate Modern
28th August 2016

It’s Dusty for a second week on top keeping off ABC grabbing a second chart-topper of the year, ABC is just pure class, but Dusty is an anthem! That leaves Frances sneaking into the top 10, Richard Ashcroft getting a second top 20 of the year, and Banks having a good move into the 20. Highest new entry at 26 is Dua Lipa, following up number one Hotter Than Hell, (Mwah!), sounds like a hit to me!

At 29 it’s the sultry soul of a very Prince-ish Gallant and Bourbon, while new at 36 it’s BETSY, not unlike Cher vocally, which is a good thing in my book. Big jumps for Florence and Petula Clark outside the 40, and debuts for the critically lauded RAT BOY at 56, not far ahead of another superhero-sounding Rag’n’Bone Man, presumably one turns into a rat, the other does superhero clothes for cash. RAT BOY has gone for a 70’s-funk-styled rap & singing chorus, and it’s fab too. Billy Fury pops in with another childhood oldie I didn’t know I knew till I caught up with again the other week, very Up On The Roof-ish, and one I must have loved as a kid cos it’s very familiar to me yet I don’t recall hearing it much since. Lastly, welcome back Empire Of The Sun after a break, and Frank Ocean’s most-commercial track off his new album, featuring Beyonce. He even samples The actual Beatles on the album, that’s rare! Rare they allow it. The meanie won’t let me download individual tracks though.

1 1 1 25 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 661050
2 5 2 5 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 277800
3 2 2 5 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 354200
4 4 4 2 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 130000
5 9 5 2 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 105000
6 6 6 3 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 128400
7 3 1 17 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 903550
8 7 1 7 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 648000
9 11 1 16 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1007200
10 16 10 4 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 106000

11 12 11 3 LOVE YOU WITH THE LIGHTS ON (MONSIEUR ADI REMIX) Morgxn 97000
12 14 12 5 TROUBLE Offaiah 118600
13 22 13 4 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 88750
14 8 3 7 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 356250
15 25 15 2 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 45750
16 19 16 7 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 114950
17 10 1 15 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 717700
18 20 9 6 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 187250
19 33 19 4 GEMINI FEED Banks 59700
20 24 20 4 I STARTED A JOKE ConfidentialMX featuring Becky Hanson 75800

21 17 1 14 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1188050
22 15 15 3 WHO’S LOVING YOU PART 1 High Contrast and Clare Maguire 68500
23 23 23 5 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 64550
24 13 6 6 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 177800
25 30 25 2 DON’T YOU KNOW Kungs featuring Jamie N Commons 36750
26 NEW 26 1 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 18500
27 29 27 4 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 71800
28 28 2 10 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 474800
29 NEW 29 1 BOURBON Gallant 18200
30 32 30 4 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 55900

31 31 31 3 LITTLE BABYLON Polina 53600
32 26 26 5 MIDNIGHT RIVER Vaults 63300
33 18 10 7 HEY Willa 171500
34 21 14 6 KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS Selena Gomez 115350
35 36 35 2 FALL ON ME Kitten 34900
36 NEW 36 1 LOST & FOUND BETSY 17400
37 52 37 2 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 28800
38 48 38 2 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 29500
39 49 39 2 ARCADE SUMMER FM-84 29200
40 35 1 16 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1102550

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41 44 41 10 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 112600
42 41 1 11 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 618650
43 34 13 8 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 157450
44 38 38 2 I DO I DO SYMPHOBIA 30450
45 27 12 7 PORCELAIN Skott 148900
46 50 46 2 HIGHER The Naked And Famous 24750
47 58 47 3 I THINK I’M FALLIN’ (MANOTETT REMIX) Dominique 24900
48 37 37 6 FINAL SONG MO 74500
49 40 40 5 MOMBASA Stadium X 51050
50 74 50 2 TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH Florence + The Machine 17200

51 43 3 15 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 541450
52 39 14 7 WILD WEST Lissie 113500
53 67 53 4 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 27250
54 89 54 2 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 13200
55 55 1 20 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 596500
56 NEW 56 1 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 10600
57 46 6 20 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 552200
58 RE 58 3 ASHES OF MY PARADISE Kelly Sweet 13200
59 59 59 5 TAKE IT FROM ME KONGOS 36200
60 60 60 3 SHE GETS DOWN ON HER KNEES Yoko Ono featuring Penguin Prison 27000

61 51 4 15 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 362350
62 42 22 6 TILTED Christine And The Queens 88900
63 NEW 63 1 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 7200
64 65 64 4 PURE AND SIMPLE Dolly Parton 24500
65 66 65 2 COME WITH US (F9 RADIO EDIT) Sophie Ellis-Bextor 13800
66 56 32 6 CLOSER Josef Salvat 79800
67 53 35 7 CRUEL Snakehips featuring ZAYN 78850
68 76 1 20 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 938050
69 47 3 10 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 332600
70 70 70 2 GHOST Matilda 12000

71 57 47 6 LIFE ITSELF Glass Animals 44000
72 78 72 4 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 16600
73 93 73 2 NEW ORLEANS Naxxos 7100
74 64 1 18 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 762400
75 61 32 6 LATE AT NIGHT Generik 73500

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76 54 38 6 ONCE IN A WHILE Timeflies 52100
77 84 77 2 ILUMBARADA Ortiga 7800
78 NEW 78 1 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 4400
79 73 30 9 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 95200
80 80 1 19 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 463750

81 45 33 7 GHOSTBUSTERS (I’M NOT AFRAID) Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliot 81500
82 82 27 9 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 113650
83 83 10 13 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 227600
84 92 84 2 A WALK IN THE BLACK FOREST Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass 5000
85 NEW 85 1 CONCRETE Tom Odell 3000
86 91 86 2 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 4700
87 87 26 9 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 93250
88 90 88 2 HOME Henri Pfr 4400
89 NEW 89 1 YOUTH Glass Animals 2200
90 88 14 13 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 209050

91 NEW 91 1 IN SUMMER Billy Fury 1900
92 94 92 2 DOPE Beware Of Darkness 3400
93 NEW 93 1 BITTER SALT Jake Bugg 1700
94 95 94 2 WATER FROZEN TWRR 3100
95 96 95 2 ONE IN A MILLION Midnight To Monaco 2900
96 NEW 96 1 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 1400
97 99 97 2 I WENT TOO FAR (MK REMIX) AURORA 2400
98 71 34 7 MAKE ME… Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy 58300
99 100 99 2 T SHIRT Thomas Rhett 2100
100 NEW 100 1 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 1000

DROP OUTS
62 3 14 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 485300
63 45 6 PALMS Rationale 60900
68 68 17 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 74800
69 69 2 HERO Namie Amuro 12400
72 4 15 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 477500
75 36 5 MAKE YOU STAY The Girl And The Dreamcatcher 69000
77 77 3 GIVE LOVE A TRY Aelyn 9200
79 20 7 INVINCIBLE Firebeatz and DubVision featuring Ruby Prophet 95450
81 21 8 HIGH Jesper Jenset 114700
85 5 17 PARADISE Josef Salvat 386700
86 86 2 ALL I WANNA DO Martin Jensen 5600
97 73 5 PRIVATE NUMBER Beverley Knight featuring Jamie Cullum 17900
98 90 3 COLD WATER Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MO 5200

21st Aug 2016

It’s Dusty’s 1966 classic finally topping my chart 50 years late. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me topped the UK chart that year, but predated my charts (though she would have certainly topped my fictional chart in 1964, cos I was mad as a hatter for I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself age 6, which topped as an album track eventually). It’s therefore her 7th Number One since she first did it with the Pet Shop Boys in 1987.

Highest new entry is at 4 for FMLYBND, very in the synth pop tradition of a few years back, and fab, while in at 9 it’s Francis & The Lights joining Fitz & The Tantrums in the top 10, with some help from Bon Iver (and in the video Kanye West), and terrific new single, Friends. Fab. GLADES jumps into the 10, Kungs replace themselves in the top 40 with a great new track that seems to have a Lightning Seeds riff in it, and the producer Roberto Rosan of German-based classical-pop act Sweetbox (hit in 1997 with Everything’s Gonna Be Alright and active onwards since then) has a new project SYMPHOBIA who have dabbled with a bit of Tchaikovski also to good hip hop effect, I Do I Do believe.

In a deluge of new acts, I’ve had to expand my chart once again to 100, just when I was hoping to chop it down to 75! Doh! Happily that means room for new singles from Sophie Ellis-Bextor, 14 years on since she murdered the dancefloor on top of my charts, not to mention Spiller, Florence + The Machine, and an oldie from Herb Alpert (a light-hearted instrumental jazz cover of the 1965 hit A Walk In The Black Forest – another track I was big on at the time, as done by German Horst Jankowski). I was only 7 but I loved a good pop tune! Talking of golden oldies, Petula Clark is back at the age of 83 with a good contemporary-sounding ballad 4 years after topping my charts for the second time, and the oldest person to do that with new material (Cut Copy Me). Pet was having hits before I was born, hard as that is to believe, and I intend to see her in concert later this year to enjoy the new and recent stuff and the huge list of golden 60’s singles (I hope). Legend!

1 11 1 24 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 491050
2 2 2 4 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 269200
3 1 1 16 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 853550
4 NEW 4 1 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 65000
5 8 5 4 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 162800
6 27 6 2 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 73400
7 4 1 6 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 600000
8 3 3 6 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 327250
9 NEW 9 1 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 45000
10 5 1 14 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 694700

11 6 1 15 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 962200
12 16 12 2 LOVE YOU WITH THE LIGHTS ON (MONSIEUR ADI REMIX) Morgxn 60000
13 13 6 5 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 158800
14 15 14 4 TROUBLE Offaiah 83600
15 18 15 2 WHO’S LOVING YOU PART 1 High Contrast and Clare Maguire 49000
16 19 16 3 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 64000
17 7 1 13 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1168300
18 10 10 6 HEY Willa 153800
19 20 19 6 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 89950
20 9 9 5 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 165250

21 14 14 5 KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS Selena Gomez 97750
22 25 22 3 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 56750
23 23 23 4 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 45300
24 26 24 3 I STARTED A JOKE ConfidentialMX featuring Becky Hanson 55800
25 NEW 25 1 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 18750
26 29 26 4 MIDNIGHT RIVER Vaults 45500
27 12 12 6 PORCELAIN Skott 135900
28 17 2 9 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 456500
29 30 29 3 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 53400
30 NEW 30 1 DON’T YOU KNOW Kungs featuring Jamie N Commons 18000

31 32 31 2 LITTLE BABYLON Polina 35700
32 43 32 3 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 37900
33 36 33 3 GEMINI FEED Banks 38700
34 21 13 7 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 143950
35 28 1 15 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1085550
36 NEW 36 1 FALL ON ME Kitten 17400
37 39 37 5 FINAL SONG MO 62200
38 NEW 38 1 I DO I DO SYMPHOBIA 17200
39 31 14 6 WILD WEST Lissie 102000
40 51 40 4 MOMBASA Stadium X 38950

41 40 1 10 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 604900
42 22 22 5 TILTED Christine And The Queens 81500
43 24 3 14 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 529700
44 49 44 9 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 98850
45 33 33 6 GHOSTBUSTERS (I’M NOT AFRAID) Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliot 76700
46 37 6 19 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 541800
47 34 3 9 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 326400
48 NEW 48 1 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 12300
49 NEW 49 1 ARCADE SUMMER FM-84 12100
50 NEW 50 1 HIGHER The Naked And Famous 12000

51 41 4 14 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 354850
52 NEW 52 1 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 11500
53 35 35 6 CRUEL Snakehips featuring ZAYN 72250
54 38 38 5 ONCE IN A WHILE Timeflies 47300
55 53 1 19 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 585700
56 56 32 5 CLOSER Josef Salvat 73000
57 47 47 5 LIFE ITSELF Glass Animals 38200
58 89 58 2 I THINK I’M FALLIN’ (MANOTETT REMIX) Dominique 12400
59 60 59 4 TAKE IT FROM ME KONGOS 26100
60 65 60 2 SHE GETS DOWN ON HER KNEES Yoko Ono featuring Penguin Prison 17000

61 48 32 5 LATE AT NIGHT Generik 68500
62 42 3 14 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 485300
63 45 45 6 PALMS Rationale 60900
64 59 1 17 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 757200
65 67 65 3 PURE AND SIMPLE Dolly Parton 17400
66 NEW 66 1 COME WITH US (F9 RADIO EDIT) Sophie Ellis-Bextor 6800
67 74 67 3 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 16000
68 68 68 17 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 74800
69 69 69 2 HERO Namie Amuro 12400
70 NEW 70 1 GHOST Matilda 6000

71 46 34 6 MAKE ME… Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy 57100
72 55 4 15 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 477500
73 61 30 8 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 91000
74 NEW 74 1 TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH Florence + The Machine 5200
75 50 36 5 MAKE YOU STAY The Girl And The Dreamcatcher 69000

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76 63 1 19 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 931650
77 88 77 3 GIVE LOVE A TRY Aelyn 9200
78 83 78 3 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 11000
79 52 20 7 INVINCIBLE Firebeatz and DubVision featuring Ruby Prophet 95450
80 76 1 18 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 459750
81 54 21 8 HIGH Jesper Jenset 114700
82 57 27 8 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 110050
83 70 10 12 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 224200
84 NEW 84 1 ILUMBARADA Ortiga 3200
85 71 5 17 PARADISE Josef Salvat 386700
86 86 86 2 ALL I WANNA DO Martin Jensen 5600
87 62 26 8 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 90650
88 58 14 12 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 207050
89 NEW 89 1 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 2200
90 NEW 90 1 HOME Henri Pfr 2000
91 NEW 91 1 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 1900
92 NEW 92 1 A WALK IN THE BLACK FOREST Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass 1800
93 NEW 93 1 NEW ORLEANS Naxxos 1700
94 NEW 94 1 DOPE Beware Of Darkness 1600
95 NEW 95 1 WATER FROZEN TWRR 1500
96 NEW 96 1 ONE IN A MILLION Midnight To Monaco 1400
97 73 73 5 PRIVATE NUMBER Beverley Knight featuring Jamie Cullum 17900
98 90 90 3 COLD WATER Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MO 5200
99 NEW 99 1 I WENT TOO FAR (MK REMIX) AURORA 1100
100 NEW 100 1 T SHIRT Thomas Rhett 1000

DROP OUTS
44 22 5 BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 87850
64 30 10 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 108500
66 39 5 REALITY IN MOTION Tame Impala 60700
72 72 5 BEAUTIFUL THING The Stone Roses 20400
75 75 4 FANTASY (SOKKO REMIX) Alexa Lusader 12600
77 16 12 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 187000
78 17 12 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 162900
79 7 11 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 316400
80 8 14 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 333050
81 25 4 LA FEMME A LA BLEUE (CHEZ TOI) Vendredi sur Mer 55050
82 54 7 MIRACLE ALIGNER The Last Shadow Puppets 41300
84 68 5 INTO YOU Ariana Grande 24000
85 46 5 GOOD TIMES The Monkees featuring Harry Nilsson 37050
87 87 2 WHERE WE ARE Ryos featuring Karra 4800

14th August 2016

It’s Dua Lipa with Hotter Than hell finally topping chart after 15 weeks, a very long time for a record to hit my top spot, but it just still sounds so fab, fresh. Should have been a bigger UK chart hit, at least it made the top 10 on sales. Shooting up to 2 is my Buzzjack Song Contest entry, the clappy happy Fitz & The Tantrums, while highest new entry is also from the BJSC, Morgxn, and a fab Years And Years-ish remix of Love With The Lights On, while ditto for new at 18 High Contrast with Clare Maguire gracing my top 20 not for the first time, but this time with a dance stormer.

It’s a big climb for Twenty One Pilots’ Suicide Squad Track (yay Harley!) leapfrogging the other one (I Started A Joke), with big climbs for Vaults and Banks as they both pull a heist of my chart, with Timeflies always there in any heist. Ouch! Further down, with some penguins, it’s octogenarian legend, Beatles widow, and avant-garde Japanese musician and artist Yoko Ono, back again some 35 years since she topped my chart solo with Walking On Thin Ice, the final track she worked on with husband John Lennon the night he was murdered. Together they both first topped my chart as the Plastic Ono Band with the timeless chant Give Peace A Chance in 1969, giving her a span of 47 years of hits – and she was already in her 30’s then!

http://youtube.com/v/fEOyePhElr4

1 3 1 15 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 768550
2 19 2 3 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 154200
3 4 3 5 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 279250
4 1 1 5 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 550000
5 5 1 13 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 652700
6 7 1 14 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 925200
7 2 1 12 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1145300
8 8 8 3 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 102800
9 9 9 4 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 145250
10 14 10 5 HEY Willa 131800

http://youtube.com/v/Y2V6yjjPbX0

fitz

11 12 11 23 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 321050
12 17 12 5 PORCELAIN Skott 117500
13 6 6 5 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 158800
14 20 14 4 KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS Selena Gomez 78000
15 16 15 3 TROUBLE Offaiah 54600
16 NEW 16 1 LOVE YOU WITH THE LIGHTS ON (MONSIEUR ADI REMIX) Morgxn 25000
17 11 2 8 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 438200
18 NEW 18 1 WHO’S LOVING YOU PART 1 High Contrast and Clare Maguire 22000
19 30 19 2 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 39000
20 33 20 5 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 68950

http://youtube.com/v/1N5_YeLbYZU

High contrast

21 15 13 6 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 126350
22 23 22 4 TILTED Christine And The Queens 67750
23 77 23 3 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 26050
24 10 3 13 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 516200
25 26 25 2 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 37250
26 28 26 2 I STARTED A JOKE ConfidentialMX featuring Becky Hanson 36800
27 NEW 27 1 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 18400
28 21 1 14 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1068050
29 70 29 3 MIDNIGHT RIVER Vaults 27000
30 38 30 2 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 35200

http://youtube.com/v/SeKy5XG8RwA

polina

31 13 14 5 WILD WEST Lissie 84900
32 NEW 32 1 LITTLE BABYLON Polina 17800
33 40 33 5 GHOSTBUSTERS (I’M NOT AFRAID) Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliot 63700
34 18 3 8 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 313900
35 37 35 5 CRUEL Snakehips featuring ZAYN 61000
36 82 36 2 GEMINI FEED Banks 21000
37 29 6 18 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 529050
38 48 38 4 ONCE IN A WHILE Timeflies 36300
39 50 39 4 FINAL SONG MO 44900
40 31 1 9 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 590900

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41 25 4 13 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 343100
42 24 3 13 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 477950
43 67 43 2 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 20100
44 22 22 5 BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 87850
45 47 45 5 PALMS Rationale 53700
46 34 34 5 MAKE ME… Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy 51300
47 64 47 4 LIFE ITSELF Glass Animals 27800
48 43 32 4 LATE AT NIGHT Generik 61000
49 49 49 8 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 85600
50 36 36 4 MAKE YOU STAY The Girl And The Dreamcatcher 64000

51 69 51 3 MOMBASA Stadium X 21950
52 27 20 6 INVINCIBLE Firebeatz and DubVision featuring Ruby Prophet 91250
53 53 1 18 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 574900
54 45 21 7 HIGH Jesper Jenset 110900
55 55 4 14 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 471900
56 32 32 4 CLOSER Josef Salvat 62400
57 44 27 7 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 106450
58 46 14 11 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 204650
59 59 1 16 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 750100
60 80 60 3 TAKE IT FROM ME KONGOS 16000

61 52 30 7 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 85600
62 42 26 7 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 88050
63 60 1 18 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 926850
64 76 30 10 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 108500
65 NEW 65 1 SHE GETS DOWN ON HER KNEES Yoko Ono featuring Penguin Prison 7000
66 39 39 5 REALITY IN MOTION Tame Impala 60700
67 81 67 2 PURE AND SIMPLE Dolly Parton 10400
68 71 68 16 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 68400
69 NEW 69 1 HERO Namie Amuro 6200
70 61 10 11 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 220800

71 58 5 16 PARADISE Josef Salvat 383700
72 RE 72 5 BEAUTIFUL THING The Stone Roses 20400
73 75 73 4 PRIVATE NUMBER Beverley Knight featuring Jamie Cullum 16600
74 79 74 2 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 9400
75 86 75 4 FANTASY (SOKKO REMIX) Alexa Lusader 12600

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76 72 1 17 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 455750
77 63 16 12 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 187000
78 65 17 12 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 162900
79 57 7 11 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 316400
80 51 8 14 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 333050

81 41 25 4 LA FEMME A LA BLEUE (CHEZ TOI) Vendredi sur Mer 55050
82 66 54 7 MIRACLE ALIGNER The Last Shadow Puppets 41300
83 84 83 2 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 6600
84 68 68 5 INTO YOU Ariana Grande 24000
85 83 46 5 GOOD TIMES The Monkees featuring Harry Nilsson 37050
86 NEW 86 1 ALL I WANNA DO Martin Jensen 2800
87 88 87 2 WHERE WE ARE Ryos featuring Karra 4800
88 89 88 2 GIVE LOVE A TRY Aelyn 4600
89 NEW 89 1 I THINK I’M FALLIN’ (MANOTETT REMIX) Dominique 2200
90 90 90 2 COLD WATER Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MO 4000

DROP OUTS
35 35 4 RISE Katy Perry 69300
54 54 4 THE OCEAN Mike Perry featuring Shy Martin 32400
56 56 6 KEEP ON LOVING YOU Cigarettes After Sex 34700
62 50 9 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 62400
73 33 4 BLUSH TP4Y 50850
74 25 6 TIR NA NOG Celtic Woman featuring Oonagh 92350
78 32 7 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 72050
85 28 8 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 83200
87 3 15 VIVA LOVE ABC 386050

 

 

7th August 2016

It’s ABC for a second week on top as another great track from The Lexicon Of Love II, Kiss Me Goodbye, rockets up 58 places to 8, giving them a 3rd top 10 of the year. It’s gorgeous and I hope it’s the next single. Meanwhile, their 5th chart entry of the year and also from the album sneaks in at 67, Ten Below Zero. Highest climber is Offaiah, up 71 and causing Trouble at 16.

Highest new entry is Richard Ashcroft, They Don’t Own Me at 26, giving him 2 inside the 30, while at 28 is a cut from the new Suicide Squad movie from ConfidentialMX, a haunting semi-orchestral version of the Bee Gees brilliant I Started A Joke. Probably their most under-rated 60’s song, it’s already topped my chart for The Bee Gees and in a cover from Pet Shop Boys, both this century. Fingers-crossed this version takes it to a wider audience!

Others: Frances gets a 3rd chart entry at 30, the lovely Say It Again, Blossoms enter at 38 with Charlemagne, Bieber sneaks in twice at the lower end guesting for DJ Snake and Major Lazer: he certainly knows which way his dance-producer bread is buttered, though to be honest he could record himself farting into a microphone, set it to a 2016 production and his fans would make it number one. Just saying….. smile.gifThat leaves a newie from golden oldie Dolly Parton, giving her a span of 40 years of charting, and an oldie from Nancy Sinatra, her version of Neil Diamond’s 60’s Holly Holy, probably the best version I’ve heard, even over the previously charted Junior Walker & The All Stars (1973) and UB40 (1998) and Neil’s original. Nancy has an official chart run of 45 years, but it should be 50 years (cos These Boots would have topped my imaginary chart in 1966, being as I was mad on it aged 8).

1 1 1 4 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 485000
2 2 1 11 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1095300
3 4 2 14 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 598550
4 6 4 4 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 194250
5 3 1 12 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 592700
6 7 6 4 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 126800
7 9 1 13 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 870200
8 66 8 2 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 54800
9 10 9 3 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 100250
10 8 3 12 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 497200

http://youtube.com/v/TrJP2vnc37A

ABC

11 5 2 7 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 415200
12 14 12 22 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 284050
13 15 14 4 WILD WEST Lissie 67000
14 16 15 4 HEY Willa 89800
15 13 13 5 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 106600
16 87 16 2 TROUBLE Offaiah 27600
17 17 17 4 PORCELAIN Skott 82500
18 11 3 7 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 296300
19 29 19 2 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 39200
20 30 20 3 KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS Selena Gomez 49000

http://youtube.com/v/_9zLg08v6aI

Offaiah

21 12 1 13 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1049750
22 22 22 4 BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 74600
23 24 23 3 TILTED Christine And The Queens 48250
24 18 3 12 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 464200
25 19 4 12 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 329100
26 NEW 26 1 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 18500
27 20 20 5 INVINCIBLE Firebeatz and DubVision featuring Ruby Prophet 79750
28 NEW 28 1 I STARTED A JOKE ConfidentialMX featuring Becky Hanson 18300
29 21 6 17 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 511750
30 NEW 30 1 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 18000

http://youtube.com/v/gOdeIP-Wxuo

ConfidentialMX

31 23 1 8 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 573900
32 40 32 3 CLOSER Josef Salvat 51800
33 44 33 4 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 48950
34 46 34 4 MAKE ME… Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy 38550
35 35 35 4 RISE Katy Perry 69300
36 36 36 3 MAKE YOU STAY The Girl And The Dreamcatcher 52000
37 49 37 4 CRUEL Snakehips featuring ZAYN 43500
38 NEW 38 1 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 17200
39 39 39 4 REALITY IN MOTION Tame Impala 53900
40 55 40 4 GHOSTBUSTERS (I’M NOT AFRAID) Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliot 46000

http://youtube.com/v/WBtVjjLtEY8

Blossoms

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41 25 25 3 LA FEMME A LA BLEUE (CHEZ TOI) Vendredi sur Mer 51250
42 26 26 6 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 80650
43 32 32 3 LATE AT NIGHT Generik 48700
44 27 27 6 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 96050
45 45 21 6 HIGH Jesper Jenset 99900
46 31 14 10 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 194450
47 52 47 4 PALMS Rationale 40700
48 77 48 3 ONCE IN A WHILE Timeflies 19100
49 57 49 7 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 73500
50 60 50 3 FINAL SONG MO 27800

51 28 8 13 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 329050
52 43 30 6 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 78100
53 51 1 17 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 563650
54 62 54 4 THE OCEAN Mike Perry featuring Shy Martin 32400
55 37 4 13 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 461100
56 63 56 6 KEEP ON LOVING YOU Cigarettes After Sex 34700
57 38 7 10 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 312200
58 53 5 15 PARADISE Josef Salvat 377900
59 47 1 15 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 740000
60 58 1 17 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 919650

61 48 10 10 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 214800
62 50 50 9 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 62400
63 33 16 11 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 182400
64 74 64 3 LIFE ITSELF Glass Animals 15300
65 34 17 11 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 158500
66 54 54 6 MIRACLE ALIGNER The Last Shadow Puppets 37700
67 NEW 67 1 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 6600
68 68 68 4 INTO YOU Ariana Grande 20800
69 80 69 2 MOMBASA Stadium X 10200
70 86 70 2 MIDNIGHT RIVER Vaults 8800

71 71 71 15 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 62000
72 70 1 16 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 449950
73 41 33 4 BLUSH TP4Y 50850
74 42 25 6 TIR NA NOG Celtic Woman featuring Oonagh 92350
75 79 75 3 PRIVATE NUMBER Beverley Knight featuring Jamie Cullum 11200

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76 65 30 9 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 101400
77 89 77 2 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 6800
78 59 32 7 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 72050
79 NEW 79 1 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 4200
80 90 80 2 TAKE IT FROM ME KONGOS 6000

81 NEW 81 1 PURE AND SIMPLE Dolly Parton 3800
82 NEW 82 1 GEMINI FEED Banks 3600
83 72 46 4 GOOD TIMES The Monkees featuring Harry Nilsson 34050
84 NEW 84 1 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 3200
85 69 28 8 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 83200
86 88 86 3 FANTASY (SOKKO REMIX) Alexa Lusader 7600
87 64 3 15 VIVA LOVE ABC 386050
88 NEW 88 1 WHERE WE ARE Ryos featuring Karra 2400
89 NEW 89 1 GIVE LOVE A TRY Aelyn 2200
90 NEW 90 1 COLD WATER Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MO 2000

DROP OUTS
56 48 6 PERFECT STRANGERS Jonas Blue featuring JP Cooper 44600
61 43 2 PAZZO! Pet Shop Boys 21000
67 67 3 JUMP START Turin Brakes 14800
73 73 5 LEAVE ME ALONE Santana 16200
75 75 4 BEAUTIFUL THING The Stone Roses 14800
76 33 5 SLEDGEHAMMER Rihanna 60250
78 8 13 INNER SANCTUM/12 INCH MIXES Pet Shop Boys 265050
81 7 14 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 250050
82 1 22 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 748500
83 60 5 WIEDERSEHEN Pet Shop Boys 34400
84 36 5 ANGELS ON MY SIDE Rick Astley 47700
85 77 5 I WANNA KNOW Alesso featuring Nico And Vinz 15400

 

31st July 2016

It’s ABC burning Flames of Desire over 34 years since The Look Of Love gave them their only other chart topper. Pure class. Up 25 places to 7 it’s Kwamie Liv, Danish Singer-songwriter with her sultry gorgeous Higher. A real grower. Meanwhile the under-rated American solo singer Max Jury gets his 2nd top 10 with the lovely Love That Grows Old, rocketing to 10 from 44.

Another under-rated act for some years is American singer-songwriter Lissie, she’s had quite a few charts entries with me, and a couple of top 10’s, but is yet to taste real chart success. Lissie, Max and Kwamie all have vocal passion, something that seems out of fashion give or take Adele, at least in the singles charts. Christine And The Queens shoot into the top 40, side by side with another French act, while highest new entry is from Fitz And The Tantrums, HandClap, is a fab slice of indiepop EDM from the L.A. band.

http://youtube.com/v/96Xz6G8l8Lc

ABC

1 3 1 3 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 315000
2 2 1 10 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 980300
3 1 1 11 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 532700
4 7 2 13 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 513550
5 4 2 6 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 378200
6 6 6 3 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 129250
7 32 7 3 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 71800
8 5 3 11 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 455200
9 11 1 12 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 820200
10 44 10 2 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 55250

http://youtube.com/v/ERLwV_FSeAI

Max

11 9 3 6 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 274300
12 10 1 12 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1030000
13 15 13 4 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 79600
14 19 14 21 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 249050
15 74 15 3 WILD WEST Lissie 35000
16 29 16 3 HEY Willa 60800
17 24 17 3 PORCELAIN Skott 59500
18 12 3 11 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 445200
19 14 4 11 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 310350
20 23 20 4 INVINCIBLE Firebeatz and DubVision featuring Ruby Prophet 61350

http://youtube.com/v/PbCaoEsHX0M

Lissie

21 13 6 16 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 493550
22 28 22 3 BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 55100
23 21 1 7 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 556000
24 60 24 2 TILTED Christine And The Queens 29000
25 26 25 2 LA FEMME A LA BLEUE (CHEZ TOI) Vendredi sur Mer 37250
26 35 26 5 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 66900
27 27 27 5 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 82800
28 8 8 12 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 317300
29 NEW 29 1 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 18200
30 54 30 2 KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS Selena Gomez 29000

http://youtube.com/v/Y2V6yjjPbX0

Fitz

31 20 14 9 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 181700
32 36 32 2 LATE AT NIGHT Generik 35200
33 16 16 10 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 175200
34 17 17 10 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 151500
35 37 35 3 RISE Katy Perry 51800
36 38 36 2 MAKE YOU STAY The Girl And The Dreamcatcher 34600
37 18 4 12 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 450300
38 22 7 9 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 301800
39 39 39 3 REALITY IN MOTION Tame Impala 36800
40 40 40 2 CLOSER Josef Salvat 34000

*****************************

41 33 33 3 BLUSH TP4Y 45450
42 25 25 5 TIR NA NOG Celtic Woman featuring Oonagh 87150
43 30 30 5 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 66600
44 45 44 3 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 31250
45 31 21 5 HIGH Jesper Jenset 86900
46 70 46 3 MAKE ME… Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy 20950
47 34 1 14 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 729900
48 41 10 9 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 207300
49 49 49 3 CRUEL Snakehips featuring ZAYN 26200
50 50 50 8 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 55000

51 47 1 16 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 552400
52 59 52 3 PALMS Rationale 28200
53 51 5 14 PARADISE Josef Salvat 367700
54 64 54 5 MIRACLE ALIGNER The Last Shadow Puppets 30900
55 55 55 3 GHOSTBUSTERS (I’M NOT AFRAID) Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliot 29000
56 48 48 6 PERFECT STRANGERS Jonas Blue featuring JP Cooper 44600
57 58 57 6 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 61400
58 53 1 16 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 909650
59 42 32 6 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 67650
60 71 60 2 FINAL SONG MO 15800

61 43 43 2 PAZZO! Pet Shop Boys 21000
62 65 62 3 THE OCEAN Mike Perry featuring Shy Martin 21400
63 63 63 5 KEEP ON LOVING YOU Cigarettes After Sex 24100
64 62 3 14 VIVA LOVE ABC 383450
65 81 30 8 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 96600
66 NEW 66 1 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 6800
67 75 67 3 JUMP START Turin Brakes 14800
68 79 68 3 INTO YOU Ariane Grande 14400
69 52 28 7 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 80200
70 67 1 15 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 444350

71 73 71 14 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 56200
72 46 46 3 GOOD TIMES The Monkees featuring Harry Nilsson 30650
73 82 73 5 LEAVE ME ALONE Santana 16200
74 85 74 2 LIFE ITSELF Glass Animals 8200
75 78 75 4 BEAUTIFUL THING The Stone Roses 14800

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76 66 33 5 SLEDGEHAMMER Rihanna 60250
77 89 77 2 ONCE IN A WHILE Timeflies 6800
78 56 8 13 INNER SANCTUM/12 INCH MIXES Pet Shop Boys 265050
79 90 79 2 PRIVATE NUMBER Beverley Knight featuring Jamie Cullum 6200
80 NEW 80 1 MOMBASA Stadium X 4000

81 69 7 14 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 250050
82 72 1 22 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 748500
83 76 60 5 WIEDERSEHEN Pet Shop Boys 34400
84 RE 36 5 ANGELS ON MY SIDE Rick Astley 47700
85 RE 77 5 I WANNA KNOW Alesso featuring Nico And Vinz 15400
86 NEW 86 1 MIDNIGHT RIVER Vaults 2800
87 NEW 87 1 TROUBLE Offaiah 2600
88 88 88 2 FANTASY (SOKKO REMIX) Alexa Lusader 4800
89 NEW 89 1 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 2200
90 NEW 90 1 TAKE IT FROM ME KONGOS 2000

DROP OUTS
57 10 12 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 239100
61 40 8 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 65400
68 68 20 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 71100
77 71 7 LOVE, HOPE AND MISERY Jake Bugg 22000
80 57 7 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH Dierks Bentley 31800
83 9 10 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 203050
84 30 7 DUELE EL CORAZON Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin 90800
86 1 19 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 879500
87 87 2 ALL IN MY HEAD (FLEX) Fifth Harmony featuring Fetty Wap 5000

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24th July 2016

It’s Javiera Mena after 10 weeks charting on top, I’ve been a little bit obsessed with her Otra Era this week, the subtle, insistent, tuneful Chilean vibes are juuuuust gorgeous. I still love Salt Ashes almost as much though, even though it’s at 2, and ABC go up to 3, their 3rd top 3. The exciting No Wyld shoot up to 6, and there’s a few Pet Shop Boys tracks in and back and about, following their storming Royal Opera House concert. Not bad for 30 years in the biz!

Olly Murs has a nice top 20 leap, and Dusty’s classic at long last also makes the 20 50 years on. Highest new entry is a classy French language delight from Vendredi sur Mer at 26, and French act Christine And The Queens at 60, with other returnees being Max Jury, Josef Salvat on a roll – 3 top 40’s in a row – Selena Gomez, and Beverley Knight extending her run to over 20 years with a song that I first charted over 47 years ago in its’ original version: Private Number hit my top 10 for William Bell & Judy Clay in early 1969.

http://youtube.com/v/NUCZG09ehLM

javiera

1 20 1 10 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 447700
2 1 1 9 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 865300
3 5 3 2 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 145000
4 2 2 5 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 318200
5 3 3 10 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 407200
6 23 6 2 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 74250
7 4 2 12 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 448550
8 8 8 11 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 299000
9 6 3 5 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 237300
10 9 1 11 BURN Pet Shop Boys 995000

http://youtube.com/v/cAU7zsnH3Go

olly

11 7 1 11 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 775200
12 12 3 10 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 423200
13 13 6 15 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 473800
14 11 4 10 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 289350
15 36 15 3 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 47600
16 16 16 9 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 157500
17 17 17 9 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 133900
18 18 4 11 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 433000
19 29 19 20 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 220050
20 14 14 8 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 163800

http://youtube.com/v/M1n3TcYYJIc

vendredi

21 10 1 6 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 536750
22 15 7 8 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 284600
23 26 23 3 INVINCIBLE Firebeatz and DubVision featuring Ruby Prophet 41350
24 35 24 2 PORCELAIN Skott 36500
25 25 25 4 TIR NA NOG Celtic Woman featuring Oonagh 73400
26 NEW 26 1 LA FEMME A LA BLEUE (CHEZ TOI) Vendredi sur Mer 18500
27 27 27 4 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 64400
28 37 28 2 BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 35600
29 34 29 2 HEY Willa 35800
30 30 30 4 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 53100

31 21 21 4 HIGH Jesper Jenset 73900
32 80 32 2 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 21800
33 42 33 2 BLUSH TP4Y 31450
34 24 1 13 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 717400
35 39 35 4 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 48400
36 NEW 36 1 LATE AT NIGHT Generik 17400
37 40 37 2 RISE Katy Perry 34300
38 NEW 38 1 MAKE YOU STAY The Girl And The Dreamcatcher 17200
39 87 39 2 REALITY IN MOTION Tame Impala 19700
40 NEW 40 1 CLOSER Josef Salvat 17000

http://youtube.com/v/SbYV5FZIDqU

dreamcatcher

41 22 10 8 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 195000
42 32 32 5 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 57550
43 NEW 43 1 PAZZO! Pet Shop Boys 13500
44 NEW 44 1 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 13250
45 75 45 2 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 18000
46 48 46 2 GOOD TIMES The Monkees featuring Harry Nilsson 25050
47 44 1 15 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 540650
48 50 48 5 PERFECT STRANGERS Jonas Blue featuring JP Cooper 34000
49 90 49 2 CRUEL Snakehips featuring ZAYN 14100
50 63 50 7 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 43000

51 38 5 13 PARADISE Josef Salvat 356450
52 28 28 6 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 74000
53 45 1 15 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 899450
54 NEW 54 1 KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS Selena Gomez 11000
55 62 55 2 GHOSTBUSTERS (I’M NOT AFRAID) Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliot 18200
56 RE 8 12 INNER SANCTUM/12 INCH MIXES Pet Shop Boys 260650
57 31 10 12 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 239100
58 58 58 5 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 51000
59 67 59 2 PALMS Rationale 16700
60 NEW 60 1 TILTED Christine And The Queens 10000

61 51 40 8 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 65400
62 46 3 13 VIVA LOVE ABC 376350
63 70 63 4 KEEP ON LOVING YOU Cigarettes After Sex 16900
64 74 64 4 MIRACLE ALIGNER The Last Shadow Puppets 19900
65 65 65 2 THE OCEAN Mike Perry featuring Shy Martin 14000
66 33 33 4 SLEDGEHAMMER Rihanna 55450
67 61 1 14 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 438350
68 68 68 20 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 71100
69 54 7 13 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 246250
70 89 70 2 MAKE ME… Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy 8200

71 NEW 71 1 FINAL SONG MO 5800
72 66 1 21 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 744900
73 73 73 13 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 50400
74 86 74 2 WILD WEST Lissie 8000
75 84 75 2 JUMP START Turin Brakes 8200

**************************

76 60 60 4 WIEDERSEHEN Pet Shop Boys 31000
77 71 71 7 LOVE, HOPE AND MISERY Jake Bugg 22000
78 83 78 3 BEAUTIFUL THING The Stone Roses 9800
79 81 79 2 INTO YOU Ariane Grande 8000
80 57 57 7 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH Dierks Bentley 31800

81 RE 30 7 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 89600
82 82 82 4 LEAVE ME ALONE Santana 10800
83 41 9 10 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 203050
84 53 30 7 DUELE EL CORAZON Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin 90800
85 NEW 85 1 LIFE ITSELF Glass Animals 3000
86 RE 1 19 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 879500
87 88 87 2 ALL IN MY HEAD (FLEX) Fifth Harmony featuring Fetty Wap 5000
88 NEW 88 1 FANTASY (SOKKO REMIX) Alexa Lusader 2400
89 NEW 89 1 ONCE IN A WHILE Timeflies 2200
90 NEW 90 1 PRIVATE NUMBER Beverley Knight featuring Jamie Cullum 2000

DROP OUTS
19 19 28 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 347550
43 15 21 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 240900
47 28 5 THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Kylie Minogue 61300
49 49 3 NO SOY COMO TU CREES Ana Mena 28500
52 14 8 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 132800
55 22 6 DON’T YOU NEED SOMEBODY RedOne featuring Enrique Igelsias, R.City, Serayah & Shaggy 102650
56 24 13 KISS Prince 192050
59 36 4 ANGELS ON MY SIDE Rick Astley 44500
64 40 7 SING ME TO SLEEP Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 55800
69 26 7 LOVE GONE COLD Protoje featuring Sevana 94300
72 8 12 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 267000
76 7 17 VENUS Frankie Avalon 376600
77 77 4 I WANNA KNOW Alesso featuring Nico And Vinz 12400
78 78 3 MAKE YOUR MOVE Croatia Squad & Lika Morgan 9800
79 6 10 SAY YAY! Barei 279950
85 39 9 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 79150

17th July 2016

It’s 3 weeks at 1 for the fab Salt Ashes, holding off Grace, Richard Ashcroft and the highest new entry from ABC, the next single from the sophisticated Lexicon Of Love II album, the lovely The Flames Of Desire makes it 2 top 5 in a row for Martin Fry for the first time in 34 years. Pet Shop Boys meantime make it 5 from Super to go top 10, as Twenty Something hits 8 ahead of my Royal Opera House concert live performance. I say “my”, I mean “their”.

In at 23, the fab dramatic No Wyld with Let Me Know, a bit early 2000’s in style, while Katy Perry has an Olympic return, and she is High straight into the 40, some 8 years or so since she kissed a girl and a couple of chart-toppers in between. Yasmin has previously topped my chart in 2011 with Finish Line, this time she’s back with Infinity Ink at 30. At 37, it’s in an advert, and it’s in the trailer for DC/warners new Suicide Squad film, which gives me an excuse to rechart my 1973 number one from The Sweet. Ballroom Blitz is glamtastic fab and I’m 15 years old all over again.

http://youtube.com/v/r8pYpii2Atg

Elsewhere, The Monkees re-do a 60’s duet with the very late Harry Nilsson, using his vocals on his song for them, giving them 3, and Harry his first “new” entry since 1977. One of his songs has topped my chart in recent years though for Order Of Era, one I entered into Buzzjack Song Contest, as I have with Firebeatz, at 26. Fall Out Boy keep ’em coming, a reinvention of Ghostbusters with Missy Elliot, now into her 3rd decade of hits in not much under 20 years. It’s from the movie of course. That Missy comment also applies to Britney Spears who’s back too, 18 years since she was in her school outfit asking to be belted.

1 1 1 8 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 750300
2 2 2 4 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 253200
3 9 3 9 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 347200
4 4 2 11 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 398550
5 NEW 5 1 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 60000
6 3 3 4 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 192300
7 5 1 10 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 738200
8 11 8 10 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 251000
9 8 1 10 BURN Pet Shop Boys 953000
10 7 1 5 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 517000

http://youtube.com/v/96Xz6G8l8Lc

ABC

11 13 4 9 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 260350
12 12 3 9 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 388200
13 6 6 14 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 441800
14 17 14 7 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 143800
15 10 7 7 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 265100
16 21 16 8 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 132500
17 22 17 8 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 110900
18 18 4 10 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 411000
19 27 19 28 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 347550
20 20 6 9 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 277700

http://youtube.com/v/2d4VvEVeau0

Rochelle

21 25 21 3 HIGH Jesper Jenset 56000
22 14 10 7 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 181000
23 NEW 23 1 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 19250
24 16 1 12 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 699800
25 26 25 3 TIR NA NOG Celtic Woman featuring Oonagh 54650
26 82 26 2 INVINCIBLE Firebeatz and DubVision featuring Ruby Prophet 22100
27 38 27 3 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 46000
28 29 28 5 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 62500
29 34 29 19 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 199050
30 48 30 3 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 35100

http://youtube.com/v/kGIgqwv7dxQ

No Wyld

31 19 10 11 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 228700
32 35 32 4 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 43800
33 33 33 3 SLEDGEHAMMER Rihanna 48650
34 NEW 34 1 HEY Willa 17600
35 NEW 35 1 PORCELAIN Skott 17500
36 84 36 2 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 20600
37 NEW 37 1 BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 17300
38 23 5 12 PARADISE Josef Salvat 344700
39 54 39 3 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 30900
40 NEW 40 1 RISE Katy Perry 17000

http://youtube.com/v/lFIIMEe2Ht0

Katy Perry

****************************

41 30 9 9 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 199650
42 NEW 42 1 BLUSH TP4Y 13750
43 15 15 21 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 240900
44 43 1 14 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 528150
45 39 1 14 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 888200
46 37 3 12 VIVA LOVE ABC 368950
47 28 28 5 THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Kylie Minogue 61300
48 NEW 48 1 GOOD TIMES The Monkees featuring Harry Nilsson 12300
49 50 49 3 NO SOY COMO TU CREES Ana Mena 28500
50 67 50 4 PERFECT STRANGERS Jonas Blue featuring JP Cooper 21700

51 44 40 7 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 57900
52 32 14 8 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 132800
53 42 30 6 DUELE EL CORAZON Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin 87600
54 47 7 12 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 240050
55 31 22 6 DON’T YOU NEED SOMEBODY RedOne featuring Enrique Igelsias, R.City, Serayah & Shaggy 102650
56 24 24 13 KISS Prince 192050
57 59 57 6 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH Dierks Bentley 27800
58 58 58 4 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 40800
59 36 36 4 ANGELS ON MY SIDE Rick Astley 44500
60 60 60 3 WIEDERSEHEN Pet Shop Boys 26200

http://youtube.com/v/2AQ44nPrRTM

Fall Out Boy

61 56 1 13 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 431750
62 NEW 62 1 GHOSTBUSTERS (I’M NOT AFRAID) Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliot 7400
63 66 63 6 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 31000
64 40 40 7 SING ME TO SLEEP Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 55800
65 NEW 65 1 THE OCEAN Mike Perry featuring Shy Martin 7000
66 63 1 20 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 739300
67 NEW 67 1 PALMS Rationale 6600
68 69 68 19 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 64700
69 41 26 7 LOVE GONE COLD Protoje featuring Sevana 94300
70 87 70 3 KEEP ON LOVING YOU Cigarettes After Sex 9700

71 74 71 6 LOVE, HOPE AND MISERY Jake Bugg 17400
72 49 8 12 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 267000
73 73 73 12 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 45000
74 75 74 3 MIRACLE ALIGNER The Last Shadow Puppets 12800
75 NEW 75 1 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 5000

*******************************

76 51 7 17 VENUS Frankie Avalon 376600
77 77 77 4 I WANNA KNOW Alesso featuring Nico And Vinz 12400
78 80 78 3 MAKE YOUR MOVE Croatia Squad & Lika Morgan 9800
79 53 6 10 SAY YAY! Barei 279950
80 NEW 80 1 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 4000

81 NEW 81 1 INTO YOU Ariane Grande 3800
82 88 82 3 LEAVE ME ALONE Santana 7200
83 90 83 2 BEAUTIFUL THING The Stone Roses 5400
84 NEW 84 1 JUMP START Turin Brakes 3200
85 72 39 9 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 79150
86 NEW 86 1 WILD WEST Lissie 2800
87 NEW 87 1 REALITY IN MOTION Tame Impala 2600
88 NEW 88 1 ALL IN MY HEAD (FLEX) Fifth Harmony featuring Fetty Wap 2400
89 NEW 89 1 MAKE ME… Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy 2200
90 NEW 90 1 CRUEL Snakehips featuring ZAYN 2000

DROP OUTS
45 45 4 GIVE ME YOUR LOVE Sigala featuring John Newman and Nile Rodgers 36500
46 17 7 THE TOUCH KOLAJ 110950
52 52 12 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 106300
55 38 9 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 78000
57 57 7 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 39700
61 40 7 TU BA MANI Meghan Kabir 72100
62 45 6 HOLD UP Beyonce 51950
64 17 12 ALPHABET STREET Prince 203000
65 65 15 VICTIMS Culture Club 86000
68 1 26 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1453650
70 70 7 SURVIVING Sondra featuring Joe Cleere 28000
71 71 12 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 34600
76 22 9 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 144350
78 12 11 UP&UP Coldplay 173400
79 65 5 IN COMMON Alicia Keys 25800
81 81 4 YOU MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE Daryl Hall & John Oates 14400
83 3 9 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 306450
85 1 17 NIRVANA Squeeze 644500
86 86 3 LET ME ROLL IT Paul McCartney & Wings 6800
89 89 3 LET’S STICK TOGETHER Bryan Ferry 4800

 

10th July 2016

It’s Salt Ashes for a second week with the fab Save It, just ahead of Grace leaping to 8 and her second top 5 following You Don’t Own Me. She’s a Hell Of A Girl, but When The Night Comes it’s ELO I turn to, with their highest charting of the year, and extending Jeff Lynne’s top 10 run to just over 44 years.

As I at long last take advantage of only 3 new entries to chop my chart to 90, fingers crossed I can get it back to 75 soon! Olly Murs is back, but that’s nothing compared to The Stone Roses chart return after a gap of 20 odd years, and 27 years since debuting. Inside the 40, going up is Rick Astley grabbing his 2nd top 40 of the year, Alan Walker does the same, while Bob Marley’s Is This Love is back inside the 40 after a gap of 38 years, albeit remix stylee. Bob has now had more remixed and reissued chart entries since he died than hits when he was alive. Rihanna’s Star Trek movie theme does better than any of her latest album tracks in my chart, and returns her to the 40, just as well as it’s unheard of for any of her previous albums not to have at least ONE top 40 track.

1 1 1 7 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 580300
2 18 2 3 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 138200
3 12 3 3 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 137300
4 2 2 10 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 333550
5 4 1 9 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 688200
6 6 6 13 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 409800
7 3 1 4 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 475000
8 5 1 9 BURN Pet Shop Boys 908000
9 9 4 8 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 262200
10 7 7 6 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 238100

http://youtube.com/v/0KCVmOQ1q6Y

Pet Shop Boys

11 14 11 9 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 203000
12 8 3 8 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 353200
13 13 4 8 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 223350
14 10 10 6 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 161500
15 17 15 20 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 227400
16 15 1 11 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 680800
17 19 17 6 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 114800
18 16 4 9 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 389000
19 11 10 10 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 210800
20 20 6 8 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 257700

http://youtube.com/v/mbf6HbKZSMk

The Monkees

21 25 21 7 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 107500
22 28 22 7 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 87900
23 23 5 11 PARADISE Josef Salvat 327500
24 27 24 12 KISS Prince 181450
25 35 25 2 HIGH Jesper Jenset 36250
26 36 26 2 TIR NA NOG Celtic Woman featuring Oonagh 35900
27 34 27 27 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 326550
28 32 28 4 THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Kylie Minogue 48800
29 37 29 4 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 44200
30 21 9 8 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 185650

http://youtube.com/v/ynFTWGub5VA

Sweet Coffee

31 22 22 5 DON’T YOU NEED SOMEBODY RedOne featuring Enrique Igelsias, R.City, Serayah & Shaggy 91850
32 24 14 7 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 121300
33 44 33 2 SLEDGEHAMMER Rihanna 30950
34 39 34 18 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 180850
35 66 35 3 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 26000
36 54 36 3 ANGELS ON MY SIDE Rick Astley 34400
37 31 3 11 VIVA LOVE ABC 356200
38 57 38 2 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 27600
39 33 1 13 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 875200
40 52 40 6 SING ME TO SLEEP Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 48700

http://youtube.com/v/BXhIT4MpRis

Rihanna

41 26 26 6 LOVE GONE COLD Protoje featuring Sevana 88100
42 30 30 5 DUELE EL CORAZON Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin 76350
43 42 1 13 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 514900
44 40 40 6 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 46150
45 47 45 4 GIVE ME YOUR LOVE Sigala featuring John Newman and Nile Rodgers 36500
46 29 17 7 THE TOUCH KOLAJ 110950
47 41 7 11 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 229050
48 76 48 2 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 17100
49 43 8 11 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 261400
50 78 50 2 NO SOY COMO TU CREES Ana Mena 16400

51 46 7 16 VENUS Frankie Avalon 371800
52 53 52 12 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 106300
53 49 6 9 SAY YAY! Barei 275750
54 86 54 2 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 13800
55 38 38 9 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 78000
56 55 1 12 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 424250
57 60 57 7 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 39700
58 58 58 3 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 30600
59 83 59 5 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH Dierks Bentley 17400
60 69 60 2 WIEDERSEHEN Pet Shop Boys 16200

61 50 40 7 TU BA MANI Meghan Kabir 72100
62 45 45 6 HOLD UP Beyonce 51950
63 61 1 19 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 732500
64 62 17 12 ALPHABET STREET Prince 203000
65 67 65 15 VICTIMS Culture Club 86000
66 68 66 5 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 23800
67 93 67 3 PERFECT STRANGERS Jonas Blue featuring JP Cooper 9700
68 63 1 26 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1453650
69 72 69 18 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 58300
70 70 70 7 SURVIVING Sondra featuring Joe Cleere 28000

71 71 71 12 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 34600
72 64 39 8 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 76150
73 73 73 11 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 39600
74 89 74 5 LOVE, HOPE AND MISERY Jake Bugg 11600
75 87 75 2 MIRACLE ALIGNER The Last Shadow Puppets 7600

******************************************

76 51 22 9 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 144350
77 94 77 3 I WANNA KNOW Alesso featuring Nico And Vinz 7800
78 56 12 11 UP&UP Coldplay 173400
79 65 65 5 IN COMMON Alicia Keys 25800
80 96 80 2 MAKE YOUR MOVE Croatia Squad & Lika Morgan 5400

81 81 81 4 YOU MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE Daryl Hall & John Oates 14400
82 NEW 82 1 INVINCIBLE Firebeatz and DubVision featuring Ruby Prophet 3600
83 59 3 9 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 306450
84 NEW 84 1 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 3200
85 84 1 17 NIRVANA Squeeze 644500
86 90 86 3 LET ME ROLL IT Paul McCartney & Wings 6800
87 99 87 2 KEEP ON LOVING YOU Cigarettes After Sex 3700
88 98 88 2 LEAVE ME ALONE Santana 3600
89 95 89 3 LET’S STICK TOGETHER Bryan Ferry 4800
90 NEW 90 1 BEAUTIFUL THING The Stone Roses 2000

http://youtube.com/v/OKxq85v39Vw

Firebeatz

DROP OUTS
48 21 11 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 208550
74 26 7 LIVING INSIDE MY HEART ABC 92050
75 50 7 SOUND OF YOUR HEART Shawn Hook 40400
77 2 11 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 410700
79 15 11 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 177550
80 2 15 YES McAlmont & Butler 359750
82 1 11 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 414600
85 85 2 GOODBYE GIRL Squeeze 6000
88 1 20 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1087250
91 4 11 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 234000
92 6 29 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 461050
97 35 8 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 61300
100 100 2 TVC15 David Bowie 2000

3rd July 2016

It’s Salt Ashes on top, hopefully a future smash, such a fab dance track, and their second top 20 hit, just ahead of Dua Lipa climbing from 13 to 2. ELO get another top 20, they’ve not been on this form (or rather Jeff Lynne hasn’t been) since 1981! Neil Sedaka takes his Deadpool oldie into the 20 giving him his first oldie in my top 20 since Oh Carol in 1972, and his first since 1975. Meanwhile Grace gets a second top 20 as Hell Of A Girl rockets up 80 places.

Highest entry is Jesper Jenset just pipping Celtic Woman and their celtic goodie, as Kylie grabs another top 40 28 years on from her debut, this time with the second version of This Wheels On Fire to chart (Siouxsie & The Banshees was the last one, the classic cover from Julie Driscoll & co is yet to chart), from the Ab Fab movie.

http://youtube.com/v/vPo1ehHrrQE

1 5 1 6 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 410300
2 13 2 9 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 268550
3 1 1 3 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 425000
4 3 1 8 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 628200
5 2 1 8 BURN Pet Shop Boys 860000
6 7 6 12 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 354800
7 9 7 5 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 196100
8 8 3 7 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 318200
9 4 4 7 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 217200
10 11 10 5 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 132500

http://youtube.com/v/fEOyePhElr4

11 10 10 9 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 189800
12 37 12 2 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 52300
13 6 4 7 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 181350
14 18 14 8 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 166000
15 15 1 10 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 655800
16 16 4 8 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 367000
17 25 17 19 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 200400
18 98 18 2 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 23200
19 19 19 5 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 91800
20 20 6 7 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 237700

http://youtube.com/v/YYrdW4EFAto

21 12 9 7 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 167650
22 23 22 4 DON’T YOU NEED SOMEBODY RedOne featuring Enrique Igelsias, R.City, Serayah & Shaggy 73950
23 22 5 10 PARADISE Josef Salvat 308250
24 14 14 6 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 103500
25 30 25 6 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 87750
26 26 26 5 LOVE GONE COLD Protoje featuring Sevana 74100
27 28 27 11 KISS Prince 162450
28 29 28 6 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 68400
29 17 17 6 THE TOUCH KOLAJ 98200
30 34 30 4 DUELE EL CORAZON Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin 62600

31 24 3 10 VIVA LOVE ABC 338900
32 54 32 3 THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Kylie Minogue 30500
33 27 1 12 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 858100
34 35 34 26 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 308150
35 NEW 35 1 HIGH Jesper Jenset 17500
36 NEW 36 1 TIR NA NOG Celtic Woman featuring Oonagh 17400
37 66 37 3 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 26000
38 45 38 8 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 67200
39 44 39 17 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 163250
40 62 40 5 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 32900

http://youtube.com/v/mabaKE-xNUo

41 32 7 10 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 216550
42 41 1 12 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 501400
43 31 8 10 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 249300
44 NEW 44 1 SLEDGEHAMMER Rihanna 13250
45 47 45 5 HOLD UP Beyonce 44550
46 43 7 15 VENUS Frankie Avalon 360050
47 60 47 3 GIVE ME YOUR LOVE Sigala featuring John Newman and Nile Rodgers 23500
48 21 21 11 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 208550
49 33 6 8 SAY YAY! Barei 264500
50 40 40 6 TU BA MANI Meghan Kabir 64600

51 38 22 8 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 139550
52 57 52 5 SING ME TO SLEEP Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 31700
53 53 53 11 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 94800
54 70 54 2 ANGELS ON MY SIDE Rick Astley 17000
55 49 1 11 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 413650
56 42 12 10 UP&UP Coldplay 169000
57 NEW 57 1 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 10400
58 58 58 2 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 20400
59 46 3 8 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 303050
60 61 60 6 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 29300

61 48 1 18 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 725300
62 52 17 11 ALPHABET STREET Prince 195900
63 56 1 25 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1447050
64 39 39 7 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 70550
65 65 65 4 IN COMMON Alicia Keys 21600
66 93 66 2 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 8500
67 67 67 14 VICTIMS Culture Club 79000
68 71 68 4 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 17000
69 NEW 69 1 WIEDERSEHEN Pet Shop Boys 6200
70 74 70 6 SURVIVING Sondra featuring Joe Cleere 22000

71 73 71 11 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 28800
72 72 72 17 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 52100
73 75 73 10 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 34200
74 51 26 7 LIVING INSIDE MY HEART ABC 92050
75 50 50 7 SOUND OF YOUR HEART Shawn Hook 40400

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76 NEW 76 1 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 4800
77 64 2 11 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 410700
78 NEW 78 1 NO SOY COMO TU CREES Ana Mena 4400
79 55 15 11 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 177550
80 68 2 15 YES McAlmont & Butler 359750

81 81 81 3 YOU MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE Daryl Hall & John Oates 10600
82 77 1 11 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 414600
83 95 83 4 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH Dierks Bentley 7300
84 78 1 16 NIRVANA Squeeze 641500
85 85 85 2 GOODBYE GIRL Squeeze 6000
86 NEW 86 1 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 2800
87 NEW 87 1 MIRACLE ALIGNER The Last Shadow Puppets 2600
88 69 1 20 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1087250
89 89 89 4 LOVE, HOPE AND MISERY Jake Bugg 6400
90 90 90 2 LET ME ROLL IT Paul McCartney & Wings 4000

91 82 4 11 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 234000
92 83 6 29 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 461050
93 96 93 2 PERFECT STRANGERS Jonas Blue featuring JP Cooper 3100
94 94 94 2 I WANNA KNOW Alesso featuring Nico And Vinz 3200
95 99 95 2 LET’S STICK TOGETHER Bryan Ferry 2600
96 NEW 96 1 MAKE YOUR MOVE Croatia Squad & Lika Morgan 1400
97 86 35 8 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 61300
98 NEW 98 1 LEAVE ME ALONE Santana 1200
99 NEW 99 1 KEEP ON LOVING YOU Cigarettes After Sex 1100
100 100 100 2 TVC15 David Bowie 2000

DROP OUTS
36 36 10 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 164750
59 3 9 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 375650
63 38 9 EMPTY Garbage 78700
76 25 10 WAITING Alice Boman 114450
79 8 11 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 258500
80 34 8 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 72500
84 66 7 HAIR Little Mix featuring Sean Paul 26200
87 87 4 FIVE O’CLOCK WORLD The Vogues 7600
88 37 9 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 71500
91 10 8 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 146500
92 9 14 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 224150
97 97 2 SEPTEMBER Earth, Wind & Fire 2400

26th June 2016

It’s fabulous Bread on top for a second week as the country tries to turn the clock back 46 years to join Bread in 1970. That can only turn out well as there is no actual thing as a time machine. Red Hot Chili Peppers hit the top 10, only the 4th time they’ve done that, By The Way, and The Zephyr Song both peaked at 4 in 2002, and, Universally Speaking in 2003 hit 8, so it’s been 13 years waiting! Dua Lipa finally breaks into the 20 cos she’s Hotter Than Hell, while Deadpool on DVD Bluray boosts Neil Sedaka and Juice Newton.

Hot off Glastonbury, 70’s legend and huge fave of mine, Jeff Lynne has the highest ELO entry at 37, When The Night Comes being the 4th off his current album to make my 40. Back in the Vinyl Age, he first charted with The Move and a Brontosaurus, in 1970. The Beach Boys 1966 classic Pet Sounds is specially editioned back into the album charts, and that allows the fab track You Still Believe In Me to chart 50 years on. The boys were number 2 in my first ever chart in 1968, behind The Beatles and ahead of Dusty Springfield. Whaddya know, they all in my chart still with uncharted 60’s classics!

Rick Astley gets his second comeback chart entry, a Squeeze oldie from 1978 joins their current former chart-topper, as Macca enters with another track off Pure McCartney with another Band On The Run track, Let Me Roll It, which leaves only 3 of the tracks off that 1974 classic album yet to chart. Another 1978 oldie is back, in remixed form, for Bob Marley – Is This Love.

http://youtube.com/v/K4R93xnKink

Bread

1 1 1 2 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 340000
2 2 1 7 BURN Pet Shop Boys 800000
3 3 1 7 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 563200
4 6 4 6 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 172100
5 5 5 5 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 240300
6 4 4 6 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 149350
7 8 7 11 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 299800
8 7 3 6 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 270200
9 10 9 4 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 146100
10 13 10 8 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 152800

http://youtube.com/v/Q0oIoR9mLwc

Chili Peppers

11 20 11 4 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 95500
12 9 9 6 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 147900
13 33 13 8 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 153550
14 17 14 5 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 84500
15 15 1 9 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 628800
16 11 4 7 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 342000
17 23 17 5 THE TOUCH KOLAJ 80000
18 18 18 7 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 137000
19 19 19 4 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 70800
20 12 6 6 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 217700

http://youtube.com/v/eS_korRhTDk

lemaitre

21 21 21 10 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 196250
22 16 5 9 PARADISE Josef Salvat 289000
23 29 23 3 DON’T YOU NEED SOMEBODY RedOne featuring Enrique Igelsias, R.City, Serayah & Shaggy 54450
24 14 3 9 VIVA LOVE ABC 321000
25 31 25 18 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 177400
26 27 26 4 LOVE GONE COLD Protoje featuring Sevana 55600
27 24 1 11 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 840400
28 30 28 10 KISS Prince 144050
29 45 29 5 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 50100
30 43 30 5 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 69000

31 22 8 9 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 235800
32 32 7 9 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 202550
33 28 6 7 SAY YAY! Barei 252400
34 40 34 3 DUELE EL CORAZON Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin 44600
35 37 35 25 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 290550
36 36 36 10 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 164750
37 NEW 37 1 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 17300
38 39 22 7 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 127800
39 47 39 6 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 63450
40 50 40 5 TU BA MANI Meghan Kabir 52600

http://youtube.com/v/aZfCNLRsNBU

ELO

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41 41 1 11 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 487650
42 26 12 9 UP&UP Coldplay 158400
43 25 7 14 VENUS Frankie Avalon 347300
44 48 44 16 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 146150
45 54 45 7 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 50000
46 38 3 7 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 292950
47 53 47 4 HOLD UP Beyonce 31550
48 55 1 17 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 717800
49 46 1 10 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 402850
50 69 50 6 SOUND OF YOUR HEART Shawn Hook 35400

51 34 26 6 LIVING INSIDE MY HEART ABC 86850
52 49 17 10 ALPHABET STREET Prince 188500
53 56 53 10 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 83550
54 93 54 2 THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Kylie Minogue 12700
55 35 15 10 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 173350
56 52 1 24 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1439850
57 71 57 4 SING ME TO SLEEP Alan Walker 20200
58 NEW 58 1 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 10200
59 44 3 9 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 375650
60 RE 60 2 GIVE ME YOUR LOVE Sigala featuring John Newman and Nile Rodgers 11000

61 75 61 5 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 19300
62 72 62 4 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 15900
63 51 38 9 EMPTY Garbage 78700
64 61 2 10 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 406100
65 73 65 3 IN COMMON Alicia Keys 14600
66 91 66 2 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 8700
67 70 67 13 VICTIMS Culture Club 72400
68 67 2 14 YES McAlmont & Butler 355750
69 65 1 19 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1084850
70 NEW 70 1 ANGELS ON MY SIDE Rick Astley 6000

71 88 71 3 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 10600
72 77 72 16 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 46500
73 81 73 10 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 23000
74 84 74 5 SURVIVING Sondra featuring Joe Cleere 16000
75 80 75 9 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 28800

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76 57 25 10 WAITING Alice Boman 114450
77 74 1 10 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 411000
78 76 1 15 NIRVANA Squeeze 638300
79 59 8 11 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 258500
80 64 34 8 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 72500

81 85 81 2 YOU MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE Daryl Hall & John Oates 6800
82 79 4 10 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 232100
83 87 6 28 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 459250
84 66 66 7 HAIR Little Mix featuring Sean Paul 26200
85 NEW 85 1 GOODBYE GIRL Squeeze 3000
86 63 35 7 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 60000
87 90 87 4 FIVE O’CLOCK WORLD The Vogues 7600
88 62 37 9 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 71500
89 100 89 3 LOVE, HOPE AND MISERY Jake Bugg 4200
90 NEW 90 1 LET ME ROLL IT Paul McCartney & Wings 2000

91 68 10 8 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 146500
92 82 9 14 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 224150
93 NEW 93 1 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 1700
94 NEW 94 1 I WANNA KNOW Alesso featuring Nico And Vinz 1600
95 97 95 3 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH Dierks Bentley 3900
96 NEW 96 1 PERFECT STRANGERS Jonas Blue featuring JP Cooper 1400
97 99 97 2 SEPTEMBER Earth, Wind & Fire 2400
98 NEW 98 1 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 1200
99 NEW 99 1 LET’S STICK TOGETHER Bryan Ferry 1100
100 NEW 100 1 TVC15 David Bowie 1000

DROP OUTS
42 29 9 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 155350
58 54 21 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 156200
60 60 9 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 68900
78 47 6 TREATY (DANCE MIX) Yothu Yindi 46550
83 43 5 ANGEL (CLUB MIX) Polyna 42900
86 86 4 SHOSHALOZA The Flavor 8300
89 74 5 EAGLE WILL FLY AGAIN Howard Jones 18200
92 92 2 LOVE IS A LONELY DANCER Antony & Cleopatra 3000
94 1 42 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2926900
95 95 2 ASHES OF MY PARADISE Kelly Sweet 3000
96 12 14 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 182800
98 1 18 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 876700

19th June 2016

 

It’s a classic ballad from 1970 on top, a gorgeous song that peaked at 2 in my charts of the time, and one which topped my chart in a over by Let Loose 20 years ago. Make It With You is being heavily featured in an advert and has duly made the UK sales top 100 – not the streaming chart, the one I actually still care about where old folk like me still buy with actual money and the number ones are way better. I always loved the song so 46 years late it climbs one spot higher to give Bread, and main singer-songwriter girlie heart-throb David Gates his first chart-topper. Bread never made the uk trek to TOTP back in the day so they charted on the song, and I never got see Bread at their peak. Looking back now, he was quite the good-looker wholesome teen appeal on top of the songwriting talent and angelic voice.

Elton John gets his first top 5 with new material since he topped the chart uncredited a decade ago with Scissor Sisters I Dont Feel Like Dancing, this time assisting Bright Light Bright Light. You can see the Elton influence on both pop gems which makes me wonder why his solo albums are so dreary year after year. He’s down with current music trends – he just avoids them on his recordings. He needs a kick up the ass. Meanwhile another old 70s star who also needs a kickstart is back up – I’m supporting Bob Geldofs showdown of the loathesome racist Nigel Farage, drowning him out with the original version of The In Crowd on the River Thames, and as done definitively here from 1974 and Bryan Ferrys version.

1 NEW 1 1 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 170000
2 2 1 6 BURN Pet Shop Boys 685000
3 1 1 6 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 478200
4 46 4 5 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 94350
5 5 5 4 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 180300
6 15 6 5 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 107100
7 3 3 5 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 222200
8 9 8 10 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 249800
9 13 9 5 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 112900
10 10 10 3 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 101100

11 4 4 6 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 317000
12 6 6 5 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 197700
13 18 13 7 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 110800
14 8 3 8 VIVA LOVE ABC 302000
15 11 1 8 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 601800
16 31 5 8 PARADISE Josef Salvat 269500
17 32 17 4 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 55500
18 19 18 6 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 115000
19 27 19 3 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 49800
20 20 20 3 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 58500

21 21 21 9 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 176500
22 12 8 8 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 217900
23 25 23 4 THE TOUCH KOLAJ 57000
24 14 1 10 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 822000
25 7 7 13 VENUS Frankie Avalon 333800
26 16 12 8 UP&UP Coldplay 144650
27 38 27 3 LOVE GONE COLD Protoje featuring Sevana 37100
28 22 6 6 SAY YAY! Barei 234700
29 39 29 2 DON’T YOU NEED SOMEBODY RedOne featuring Enrique Igelsias, R.City, Serayah & Shaggy 35200
30 34 30 9 KISS Prince 125750

31 33 31 17 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 158650
32 24 7 8 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 185050
33 44 24 7 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 121550
34 26 26 5 LIVING INSIDE MY HEART ABC 75100
35 23 15 9 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 162550
36 36 36 9 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 147350
37 40 37 24 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 273050
38 30 3 6 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 280200
39 28 22 6 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 110600
40 60 40 2 DUELE EL CORAZON Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin 27000

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41 41 1 10 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 473650
42 29 29 9 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 155350
43 43 43 4 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 51000
44 37 3 8 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 365550
45 59 45 4 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 31900
46 42 1 9 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 390750
47 56 47 5 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 46350
48 49 48 15 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 132900
49 17 17 9 ALPHABET STREET Prince 177000
50 50 50 4 TU BA MANI Meghan Kabir 35600

51 51 38 8 EMPTY Garbage 715000
52 52 1 23 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1429250
53 67 53 3 HOLD UP Beyonce 19050
54 65 54 6 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 37000
55 55 1 16 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 705500
56 58 56 9 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 72300
57 45 25 9 WAITING Alice Boman 109650
58 54 54 21 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 156200
59 77 8 10 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 254300
60 62 60 9 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 68900

61 53 2 9 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 399000
62 48 37 8 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 69100
63 35 35 6 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 57200
64 64 34 7 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 68500
65 57 1 18 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1078650
66 72 66 6 HAIR Little Mix featuring Sean Paul 23000
67 66 2 13 YES McAlmont & Butler 329350
68 61 10 7 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 144600
69 69 69 5 SOUND OF YOUR HEART Shawn Hook 23400
70 70 70 12 VICTIMS Culture Club 65800

71 85 71 3 SING ME TO SLEEP Alan Walker 9800
72 91 72 3 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 8500
73 89 73 2 IN COMMON Alicia Keys 7600
74 68 1 9 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 406400
75 81 75 4 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 11800

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76 71 1 14 NIRVANA Squeeze 633900
77 80 77 15 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 40900
78 47 47 6 TREATY (DANCE MIX) Yothu Yindi 46550
79 78 4 9 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 228500
80 83 80 8 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 23800

81 87 81 9 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 17600
82 82 9 13 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 222350
83 63 43 5 ANGEL (CLUB MIX) Polyna 42900
84 84 84 4 SURVIVING Sondra featuring Joe Cleere 10800
85 NEW 85 1 YOU MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE Daryl Hall & John Oates 3000
86 86 86 4 SHOSHALOZA The Flavor 8300
87 79 6 27 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 455850
88 88 88 2 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 4800
89 74 74 5 EAGLE WILL FLY AGAIN Howard Jones 18200
90 93 90 3 FIVE O’CLOCK WORLD The Vogues 4800

91 NEW 91 1 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 1900
92 98 92 2 LOVE IS A LONELY DANCER Antony & Cleopatra 3000
93 NEW 93 1 THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Kylie Minogue 1700
94 92 1 42 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2926900
95 95 95 2 ASHES OF MY PARADISE Kelly Sweet 3000
96 96 12 14 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 182800
97 99 97 2 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH Dierks Bentley 2400
98 90 1 18 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 876700
99 NEW 99 1 SEPTEMBER Earth, Wind & Fire 1100
100 100 100 2 LOVE, HOPE AND MISERY Jake Bugg 2000

DROP OUTS
73 12 8 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 145700
75 74 5 YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE Sergey Lazarev 23400
76 76 8 TAKE ME WITH U Prince & The Revolution 32600
94 3 22 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 635650
97 97 1 A/B MACHINES Sleigh Bells 1300

P1070833
12th June 2016

It’s 67-year-old Jean-Michel Jarre electronica legend and 80’s quirky popstress 62-year-old Cyndi Lauper on top with the cool, and soon to be a single, Swipe To The Right, something we all do daily these days. It’s a banging dance choon and the first chart-topper for both acts, Cyndi’s been waiting patiently over 32 years, and Jean-Michel hanging in there 39 years since his classic Oxygene Part IV peaked at 2 when I just started Uni. Meanwhile 50’s popstar Frankie Avalon finally gets his 1959 Venus into my top 10, so that’s the oldest duo to top my chart, the oldest track to hit my top 10 (57 years old), and with The Monkees at 10, the oldest band to hit my top 10 with new material (Micky is 71, Peter 74 and Mike 73), and the last time Mike was in my top 10 solo was the year Jean-Michel Jarre debuted – 1977. Had I been charting in 1967 they would also have the longest span of top 10 hits, 50 years give or take. They also enter the top 40 with their official single,

Talking of 60’s veterans, and bangin’ EDM pensioners, back in at 13 is 73-year-old Paul McCartney’s 1974 album track, Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five as re-imagined by Timo Maas and James Teej, that’s the 5th track off Band On The Run to make my top 20. Paul slips out obscure dance tracks under his pseudonym The Fireman, with producer-partner Youth, of 80’s fab dance-synthpop act Brilliant who never made it, but charted with me several times. Not a lot of people know that. 90’s veteran Richard Ashcroft returns to the top 20 with the fab Hold On, up there with his best material solo and with The Verve. Other 90’s veterans Red Hot Chili Peppers do the same with one of their best tracks, Dark Necessities is a grower.

Top 40 entries for Primal Scream, yet another 90’s veteran act (with Jean-Michel), Protoje gets a 2nd top 40, and OneRepublic extend their run back 8 years or so. Just behind them is someone who’s been absent for 7 years as an act – RedOne debuted with Lady Gaga with chart-topper Just Dance, and now is back with yet more 90’s veterans Enrique Iglesias and Shaggy. They have all topped my chart. Greedy Enrique also enters with his Latin monster Duele El Corazon, featuring Wisin.

http://youtube.com/v/MJmS5cCwUQk

Jean Michel & Cyndi

1 2 1 5 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 393200
2 1 1 5 BURN Pet Shop Boys 570000
3 6 3 4 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 172200
4 5 4 5 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 280000
5 10 5 3 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 120300
6 9 6 4 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 162700
7 13 7 12 VENUS Frankie Avalon 315000
8 3 3 7 VIVA LOVE ABC 273000
9 14 9 9 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 201800
10 39 10 2 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 59100

http://youtube.com/v/XoUiJR2vBrA

Macca

11 4 1 7 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 574800
12 8 8 7 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 198400
13 RE 13 4 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 67900
14 11 1 9 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 803000
15 28 15 4 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 52100
16 12 12 7 UP&UP Coldplay 126050
17 17 17 8 ALPHABET STREET Prince 164800
18 27 18 6 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 78800
19 19 19 5 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 93000
20 26 20 2 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 38500

http://youtube.com/v/YMjgA_EslBY

Richard Ashcroft

21 21 21 8 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 156750
22 7 6 5 SAY YAY! Barei 216500
23 15 15 8 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 144650
24 23 7 7 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 167250
25 35 25 3 THE TOUCH KOLAJ 37750
26 30 26 4 LIVING INSIDE MY HEART ABC 57500
27 57 27 2 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 28800
28 22 22 5 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 93500
29 29 29 8 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 141600
30 16 3 5 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 263000

31 18 5 7 PARADISE Josef Salvat 244500
32 49 32 3 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 32500
33 47 33 16 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 140750
34 40 34 8 KISS Prince 107750
35 48 35 5 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 49900
36 36 36 8 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 129950
37 20 3 7 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 352300
38 95 38 2 LOVE GONE COLD Protoje featuring Sevana 18700
39 NEW 39 1 DON’T YOU NEED SOMEBODY RedOne featuring Enrique Igelsias, R.City, Serayah & Shaggy 17100
40 45 40 23 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 255750

http://youtube.com/v/6fBZBntjEOA
RedOne

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41 31 1 9 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 459650
42 32 1 8 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 377950
43 50 43 3 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 37500
44 24 24 6 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 103850
45 25 25 8 WAITING Alice Boman 99250
46 52 46 4 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 29350
47 53 47 5 TREATY (DANCE MIX) Yothu Yindi 42150
48 37 37 7 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 61700
49 51 49 14 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 120500
50 58 50 3 TU BA MANI Meghan Kabir 23600

51 38 38 7 EMPTY Garbage 59750
52 46 1 22 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1417750
53 41 2 8 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 391500
54 56 54 20 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 145900
55 55 1 15 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 694700
56 59 56 4 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 33750
57 44 1 17 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1071650
58 60 58 8 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 61700
59 68 59 3 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 18900
60 NEW 60 1 DUELE EL CORAZON Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin 10000

61 33 10 6 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 138200
62 62 62 8 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 58900
63 43 43 4 ANGEL (CLUB MIX) Polyna 39500
64 34 34 6 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 61400
65 70 65 5 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 26000
66 64 2 12 YES McAlmont & Butler 322750
67 98 67 2 HOLD UP Beyonce 7800
68 66 1 8 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 401200
69 72 69 4 SOUND OF YOUR HEART Shawn Hook 17200
70 73 70 11 VICTIMS Culture Club 59800

71 69 1 13 NIRVANA Squeeze 629100
72 80 72 5 HAIR Little Mix featuring Sean Paul 16200
73 63 12 8 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 145700
74 75 74 4 EAGLE WILL FLY AGAIN Howard Jones 16000
75 77 74 5 YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE Sergey Lazarev 23400

***********************

76 78 76 8 TAKE ME WITH U Prince & The Revolution 32600
77 67 8 9 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 244200
78 71 4 8 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 224300
79 79 6 26 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 453250
80 81 80 14 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 36300

81 92 81 3 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 6800
82 74 9 12 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 218750
83 85 83 7 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 19800
84 88 84 3 SURVIVING Sondra featuring Joe Cleere 7600
85 97 85 2 SING ME TO SLEEP Alan Walker 4300
86 96 86 3 SHOSHALOZA The Flavor 5500
87 89 87 8 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 13800
88 NEW 88 1 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 2400
89 NEW 89 1 IN COMMON Alicia Keys 2200
90 83 1 17 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 875500

91 100 91 2 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 2900
92 87 1 41 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2925300
93 99 93 2 FIVE O’CLOCK WORLD The Vogues 2800
94 90 3 22 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 635650
95 NEW 95 1 ASHES OF MY PARADISE Kelly Sweet 1500
96 93 12 13 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 181400
97 NEW 97 1 A/B MACHINES Sleigh Bells 1300
98 NEW 98 1 LOVE IS A LONELY DANCER Antony & Cleopatra 1200
99 NEW 99 1 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH Dierks Bentley 1100
100 NEW 100 1 LOVE, HOPE AND MISERY Jake Bugg 1000

DROP OUTS
42 33 4 WHAT’S THE PRESSURE Laura Tesoro 33650
54 37 6 YOU AND ME Penny & The Quarters 69350
61 36 4 THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna 59100
65 8 22 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 460600
76 68 11 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 65600
82 19 8 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 106200
84 5 11 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 346950
86 51 8 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 54150
91 10 8 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 195800
94 57 6 YOU’RE NOT ALONE Joe and Jake 27600

5th June 2016

It’s the Pet Shop Boys Burn-ing on top for a second week, and holding off the joint challenge of Jean-Michel Jarre (who they join with at 22 themselves) and Cyndi Lauper. That’s Jean-Michel’s 2nd number 2 39 years since the first, and Cyndi’s first in 32 years of trying. Sigma grab another top 10 with Cry, which also gives Take That another year of top 10’s 23 years since the first, Pray.

Highest new entry at 26 is from an advert, Lemaitre turning up a year late in my chart, though not as late as another advert song, at 99, for The Vogues – Five O’Clock World was an American 60’s hit that flopped in the UK, but one which I regularly used to hear on Florida’s then-60s-oldies radio station on my regular Florida holidays in the 90’s. The advert reminded me I never did manage to find a compilation CD in the States with it on, so it’s in my download basket right now.

Talking of the 60’s, I can’t understate my surprise to see a new album turn up from The Monkees. It’s literally been 30 years since their last one, and that was basically just Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork. The new one has the late Davy Jones on an unreleased 60’s track, but otherwise features Micky, Peter and Mike “Michael” Nesmith – and a host of guest stars writing them songs. Best of the tracks are the ex-XTC Andy Partridge song You Bring The Summer, in at 57, and a Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher joint 60’s psychedelic-sounding song, in at 39 for the fab gear Birth Of An Accidental Hipster. Now, 49 years ago I was a pre-teen, and I was mad on The Monkees records and the TV sitcom-with-music quirky antics. The Beatles were fans, the press loathed them (being dicks) and a generation of musicians were influenced by them anyway, despite the snotty music critics. Cos they were genuinely good! So, 30 years since the first and last time they had a new track in my chart, they are back. The Monkees have topped my chart loads of times with oldies, though, starting in 1974, as their singles chart career just pre-dated my chart starting up in 1968. Phew!

1 1 1 4 BURN Pet Shop Boys 455000
2 8 2 4 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 223200
3 4 3 6 VIVA LOVE ABC 225000
4 2 1 5 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 537800
5 5 5 4 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 215000
6 18 6 3 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 87200
7 6 6 4 SAY YAY! Barei 197000
8 12 8 6 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 163400
9 9 9 3 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 107700
10 28 10 2 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 60300

http://youtube.com/v/vPo1ehHrrQE

salt ashes

11 10 1 8 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 774000
12 14 12 6 UP&UP Coldplay 101050
13 13 13 11 VENUS Frankie Avalon 265000
14 16 14 8 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 156800
15 15 15 7 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 125400
16 7 3 4 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 245000
17 17 17 7 ALPHABET STREET Prince 141800
18 11 5 6 PARADISE Josef Salvat 226600
19 19 19 4 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 72000
20 3 3 6 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 335000

http://youtube.com/v/JnRPl4uQIUQ

prince

21 21 21 7 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 137000
22 22 22 4 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 75200
23 20 7 6 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 148250
24 26 24 5 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 90600
25 29 25 7 WAITING Alice Boman 86250
26 NEW 26 1 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 18500
27 30 27 5 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 56800
28 71 28 3 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 25100
29 31 29 7 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 123400
30 32 30 3 LIVING INSIDE MY HEART ABC 39000

http://youtube.com/v/eS_korRhTDk

Lemaitre

31 25 1 8 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 445650
32 27 1 7 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 364200
33 24 10 5 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 130700
34 35 34 5 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 54300
35 95 35 2 THE TOUCH KOLAJ 19000
36 38 36 7 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 112550
37 49 37 6 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 49400
38 55 38 6 EMPTY Garbage 48000
39 NEW 39 1 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 17100
40 42 40 7 KISS Prince 90150

http://youtube.com/v/oX_8YLY9OFk

The Monkees
**********************41 23 2 7 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 380250
42 33 33 4 WHAT’S THE PRESSURE Laura Tesoro 33650
43 45 43 3 ANGEL (CLUB MIX) Polyna 32300
44 39 1 16 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1061250
45 46 45 22 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 238750
46 40 1 21 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1406250
47 48 47 15 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 123050
48 54 48 4 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 32400
49 87 49 2 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 14700
50 50 50 2 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 2400051 51 51 13 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 108400
52 80 52 3 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 16600
53 58 53 4 TREATY (DANCE MIX) Yothu Yindi 29650
54 37 37 6 YOU AND ME Penny & The Quarters 69350
55 47 1 14 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 683900
56 56 56 19 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 134900
57 NEW 57 1 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 10400
58 96 58 2 TU BA MANI Meghan Kabir 11600
59 53 53 3 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 23150
60 61 60 7 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 5150061 36 36 4 THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna 59100
62 62 62 7 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 51500
63 41 12 7 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 140300
64 52 2 11 YES McAlmont & Butler 315950
65 34 8 22 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 460600
66 43 1 7 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 394800
67 44 8 8 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 239600
68 88 68 2 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 8800
69 59 1 12 NIRVANA Squeeze 623300
70 76 70 4 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 1900071 63 4 7 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 219900
72 79 72 3 SOUND OF YOUR HEART Shawn Hook 11000
73 73 73 10 VICTIMS Culture Club 53800
74 57 9 11 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 215150
75 81 75 3 EAGLE WILL FLY AGAIN Howard Jones 10800*************************76 68 68 11 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 65600
77 74 74 4 YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE Sergey Lazarev 18400
78 78 78 7 TAKE ME WITH U Prince & The Revolution 27800
79 75 6 25 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 449050
80 85 80 4 HAIR Little Mix featuring Sean Paul 1060081 82 81 13 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 32300
82 60 19 8 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 106200
83 64 1 16 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 873500
84 77 5 11 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 346950
85 86 85 6 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 16400
86 70 51 8 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 54150
87 83 1 40 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2923500
88 90 88 2 SURVIVING Sondra featuring Joe Cleere 4400
89 91 89 7 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 11200
90 84 3 21 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 63405091 66 10 8 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 195800
92 98 92 2 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 3000
93 93 12 12 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 180000
94 65 57 6 YOU’RE NOT ALONE Joe and Jake 27600
95 NEW 95 1 LOVE GONE COLD Protoje featuring Sevana 1500
96 97 96 2 SHOSHALOZA The Flavor 2700
97 NEW 97 1 SING ME TO SLEEP Alan Walker 1300
98 NEW 98 1 HOLD UP Beyonce 1200
99 NEW 99 1 FIVE O’CLOCK WORLD The Vogues 1100
100 NEW 100 1 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 100067 67 4 FLY Andy Bell 22400
69 16 5 FADED Kallay Saunders Band 83950
72 72 5 6 INCH Beyonce featuring The Weeknd 16600
89 89 2 DON’T TOUCH ME THERE The Tubes 3800
92 92 3 MIDNIGHT GOLD Nika Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolitas 4500
94 4 15 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 399250
99 30 8 WILD HORSES Birdy 89900
100 100 1 NO DEGREE OF SEPARATION Francesca Michielin 1000

29th May 2016

It’s the Pet Shop Boys with their 3rd chart-topper of 2016. It’s a great dance anthem, and I’m nothing if not loyal. Shame the actual single is up to only 19, with the Jean-Michel Jarre combo up to 22 for the lads. Jean-M J is up to 8 and 54 with 80’s veteran Cyndi and 90’s veterans Primal Scream. ABC get their first (or rather Martin Fry does, as it is only he these days) top 5 since 1987, tha fab Viva Love while their Gary Barlow combo is into the top 30. Gary’s new combo with Sigma leaps into the 20 with his Take That mates, giving the lads 24 years of top 20’s.

Big climbs for Javiera Mena, Coldplay, Laura Tesoro, Kungs vs Cookin (hooray an actual UK hit for a great single in a rubbish chart dominated by the album tracks and singles of tedious superstars to the exclusion of everyone else. Hi to the awful Drake who deserves all of the criticism he gets from fellow rappers, dull Rihanna, the long-overstayed-his-welcome Justin Bieber and a host of other singles which stopped selling ages ago but hang around due to obsessive fans still streaming them. Stop it! It’s not clever, and you should be embarrassed, play something else and give us all a break! PLEASE!).

Highest new entry the excellent Salt Ashes at 28, while OneRepublic return after a break.

1 2 1 3 BURN Pet Shop Boys 285000
2 1 1 4 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 472800
3 5 3 5 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 315000
4 12 4 5 VIVA LOVE ABC 140000
5 7 5 3 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 155000
6 6 6 3 SAY YAY! Barei 147000
7 3 3 3 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 220000
8 10 8 3 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 108200
9 33 9 2 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 62700
10 4 1 7 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 737000

http://youtube.com/v/cNQH3QeZoL8

frankie avalon

11 8 5 5 PARADISE Josef Salvat 204600
12 16 12 5 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 115400
13 14 13 10 VENUS Frankie Avalon 233000
14 32 14 5 UP&UP Coldplay 66050
15 17 15 6 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 98400
16 31 16 7 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 127800
17 19 17 6 ALPHABET STREET Prince 118800
18 58 18 2 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 32200
19 30 19 3 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 51000
20 9 7 5 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 129000

http://youtube.com/v/BPNTC7uZYrI

coldplay

21 21 21 6 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 117250
22 24 22 3 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 55700
23 15 2 6 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 366250
24 13 10 4 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 113000
25 18 1 7 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 427750
26 27 26 4 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 71600
27 20 1 6 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 346400
28 NEW 28 1 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 18300
29 35 29 6 WAITING Alice Boman 67500
30 40 30 4 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 38400

http://youtube.com/v/2Y6Nne8RvaA

Kungs

31 34 31 6 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 105200
32 84 32 2 LIVING INSIDE MY HEART ABC 21000
33 69 33 3 WHAT’S THE PRESSURE Laura Tesoro 19900
34 11 8 21 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 453600
35 63 35 4 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 36700
36 39 36 3 THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna 51600
37 44 37 5 YOU AND ME Penny & The Quarters 58350
38 38 38 6 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 95150
39 36 1 15 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1048000
40 37 1 20 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1393500

http://youtube.com/v/0KCVmOQ1q6Y

Pet Shop Boys

**************************

41 26 12 6 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 133100
42 48 42 6 KISS Prince 73150
43 22 1 6 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 388000
44 25 8 7 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 233000
45 71 45 2 ANGEL (CLUB MIX) Polyna 18800
46 46 46 21 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 225750
47 42 1 13 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 673100
48 49 48 14 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 110550
49 55 49 5 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 32100
50 NEW 50 1 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 12000

51 52 51 12 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 96650
52 45 2 10 YES McAlmont & Butler 308850
53 92 53 2 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 13050
54 64 54 3 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 20100
55 60 55 5 EMPTY Garbage 30800
56 56 56 18 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 124300
57 23 9 10 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 209950
58 66 58 3 TREATY (DANCE MIX) Yothu Yindi 18400
59 47 1 11 NIRVANA Squeeze 617100
60 29 19 7 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 102600

61 61 61 6 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 41500
62 62 62 6 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 44100
63 43 4 6 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 214100
64 50 1 15 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 870100
65 57 57 5 YOU’RE NOT ALONE Joe and Jake 26000
66 28 10 7 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 193900
67 67 67 4 FLY Andy Bell 22400
68 68 68 10 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 60800
69 41 16 5 FADED Kallay Saunders Band 83950
70 51 51 7 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 51350

71 100 71 2 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 6800
72 72 72 5 6 INCH Beyonce featuring The Weeknd 16600
73 73 73 9 VICTIMS Culture Club 48400
74 77 74 3 YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE Sergey Lazarev 13800
75 75 6 24 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 444850

**************************

76 76 76 3 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 13000
77 53 5 10 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 343750
78 78 78 6 TAKE ME WITH U Prince & The Revolution 23400
79 98 79 2 SOUND OF YOUR HEART Shawn Hook 5400
80 99 80 2 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 5100

81 90 81 2 EAGLE WILL FLY AGAIN Howard Jones 5800
82 83 82 12 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 28700
83 80 1 39 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2920900
84 74 3 20 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 632050
85 88 85 3 HAIR Little Mix featuring Sean Paul 6600
86 86 86 5 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 13400
87 NEW 87 1 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 2600
88 NEW 88 1 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 2400
89 94 89 2 DON’T TOUCH ME THERE The Tubes 3800
90 NEW 90 1 SURVIVING Sondra featuring Joe Cleere 2000

91 91 91 6 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 9000
92 93 92 3 MIDNIGHT GOLD Nika Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolitas 4500
93 59 12 11 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 178300
94 70 4 15 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 399250
95 NEW 95 1 THE TOUCH KOLAJ 1500
96 NEW 96 1 TU BA MANI Meghan Kabir 1400
97 NEW 97 1 SHOSHALOZA The Flavor 1300
98 RE 98 1 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 1200
99 79 30 8 WILD HORSES Birdy 89900
100 NEW 100 1 NO DEGREE OF SEPARATION Francesca Michielin 1000

DROP OUTS
54 30 5 GROOVY Pet Shop Boys 61850
65 3 6 RIDING INTO BLUE (COWBOY SONG) Inga Humpe 205400
81 7 13 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 275100
82 18 5 STARFISH AND COFFEE Prince 79350
85 36 6 WORK FROM HOME Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign 56500
87 87 3 A SIMPLE GAME Billy Ocean 5900
89 44 6 PRISONER ROMANS featuring Rejjie Snow 47150
95 95 2 SLOW DOWN Douwe Bob 2600
96 93 3 DADDY LESSONS Beyonce 4800
97 97 2 THE LAST OF OUR KIND Rykka 2600

 

 

22nd May 2016

It’s Justin for a second week on top, holding off the highest new entry, the best album track not charted from the Pet Shop Boys Super, Burn, an EDM disco gem, and a much better choice of single (as would number 4) than the official single up to 30. Even Jean-Michel Jarre’s collaboration is at 24, outperforming it. Talking of J-MJ, his Cyndi Lauper track hits the top 10, his first (I think) in 39 years, and Cyndi’s first over 20 years. The top 10 is eurovision dominated, Dami Im at 3, Barei up to 6, and Poli Genova up to 7 swapping with Amir at 9.

In at 33 it’s the cool Otra Era from Javiera Mena, a lovely EDM gem from the Chilean female EDM artist. Keeping the music international Yothu Yindi has a dance mix of his aboriginal-based Treaty up into the 75. Red Hot Chili Peppers go top 40 for the first time in years, extending their run to over 20 years, while there’s a sudden release surprising me, Sigma and Take That, who knew! It’s good though. ABC get a second chart entry, this one from Take That’s Gary Barlow’s project to the Eddie The Eagle Movie, Fly. Living Inside My Heart joins Viva Love at 12, to give ABC a Lexicon Of Love-stylee revival just as I paid a fortune for good seats for their Orchestral tour of the original album and it’s forthcoming sequel. Also from that album, Howard Jones returns for the first time in over 20 years too at 90, Eagle Will Fly Again, while Ricard Ashcroft is back 19 years since his debut number one, first of 3 (2 with The Verve, one solo). Finally, The Tubes get an uncharted oldie some 36 years since their last new one and 39 years since their first chart hit.

http://youtube.com/v/b1nUIN_Vp3c

PSB’s

1 1 1 2 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 187800
2 NEW 2 1 BURN Pet Shop Boys 115000
3 3 3 2 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 170000
4 2 1 6 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 695000
5 5 5 4 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 230000
6 11 6 2 SAY YAY! Barei 92000
7 9 7 2 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 95000
8 6 5 4 PARADISE Josef Salvat 167600
9 7 7 4 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 109000
10 29 10 2 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 60200

http://youtube.com/v/jBmkNzFZUW4

Barei

11 8 8 20 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 436000
12 20 12 4 VIVA LOVE ABC 75000
13 10 10 3 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 94000
14 14 14 9 VENUS Frankie Avalon 201000
15 4 2 5 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 347000
16 24 16 4 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 80400
17 28 17 5 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 71400
18 15 1 6 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 409000
19 23 19 5 ALPHABET STREET Prince 95800
20 17 1 5 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 328000

http://youtube.com/v/o1KWG3yRd2k

Audien

21 21 21 5 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 97500
22 12 1 5 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 374500
23 18 9 9 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 199550
24 38 24 2 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 36200
25 16 8 6 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 219750
26 22 12 5 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 119000
27 34 27 3 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 53100
28 13 10 6 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 187100
29 19 19 6 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 92600
30 50 30 2 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 30000

31 36 23 6 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 102800
32 51 32 4 UP&UP Coldplay 37050
33 NEW 33 1 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 17700
34 35 34 5 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 87300
35 37 35 5 WAITING Alice Boman 49300
36 26 1 14 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1030900
37 33 1 19 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1376500
38 40 38 5 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 77950
39 39 39 2 THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna 34200
40 88 40 3 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 20400

http://youtube.com/v/NUCZG09ehLM

Javiera

*****************

41 25 16 4 FADED Kallay Saunders Band 77750
42 42 1 12 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 660600
43 27 4 5 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 206900
44 48 44 4 YOU AND ME Penny & The Quarters 41050
45 44 2 9 YES McAlmont & Butler 297350
46 47 46 20 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 213000
47 41 1 10 NIRVANA Squeeze 607000
48 49 48 5 KISS Prince 59400
49 52 49 13 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 98250
50 32 1 14 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 863000

51 54 51 6 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 45350
52 55 52 11 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 84900
53 31 5 9 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 339150
54 30 30 5 GROOVY Pet Shop Boys 61850
55 75 55 4 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 20000
56 56 56 17 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 113700
57 78 57 4 YOU’RE NOT ALONE Joe and Jake 19000
58 NEW 58 1 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 10200
59 53 12 10 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 176600
60 74 60 4 EMPTY Garbage 20000

61 64 61 5 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 34000
62 62 62 5 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 36700
63 66 63 3 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 19200
64 90 64 2 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 9100
65 45 3 6 RIDING INTO BLUE (COWBOY SONG) Inga Humpe 205400
66 96 66 2 TREATY (DANCE MIX) Yothu Yindi 8200
67 72 67 3 FLY Andy Bell 15800
68 68 68 9 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 54400
69 70 69 2 WHAT’S THE PRESSURE Laura Tesoro 12200
70 60 4 14 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 397650

71 NEW 71 1 ANGEL (CLUB MIX) Polyna 5800
72 89 72 4 6 INCH Beyonce featuring The Weeknd 11000
73 73 73 8 VICTIMS Culture Club 43000
74 69 3 19 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 628850
75 81 6 23 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 439850

*************************

76 83 76 2 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 8200
77 80 77 2 YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE Sergey Lazarev 8600
78 79 78 5 TAKE ME WITH U Prince & The Revolution 19000
79 43 30 7 WILD HORSES Birdy 88800
80 67 1 38 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2917500

81 61 7 13 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 275100
82 46 18 5 STARFISH AND COFFEE Prince 79350
83 84 83 11 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 25100
84 NEW 84 1 LIVING INSIDE MY HEART ABC 3200
85 57 36 6 WORK FROM HOME Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign 56500
86 87 86 4 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 10600
87 92 87 3 A SIMPLE GAME Billy Ocean 5900
88 98 88 2 HAIR Little Mix featuring Sean Paul 3600
89 59 44 6 PRISONER ROMANS featuring Rejjie Snow 47150
90 NEW 90 1 EAGLE WILL FLY AGAIN Howard Jones 2000

91 95 91 5 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 7100
92 NEW 92 1 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 1800
93 100 93 2 MIDNIGHT GOLD Nika Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolitas 2700
94 NEW 94 1 DON’T TOUCH ME THERE The Tubes 1600
95 99 95 2 SLOW DOWN Douwe Bob 2600
96 93 93 3 DADDY LESSONS Beyonce 4800
97 97 97 2 THE LAST OF OUR KIND Rykka 2600
98 NEW 98 1 SOUND OF YOUR HEART Shawn Hook 1200
99 NEW 99 1 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Lights Bright Lights featuring Elton John 1100
100 NEW 100 1 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 1000

DROP OUTS
58 33 12 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 182300
63 38 5 UNDER THE INFLUENCE Elle King 49400
65 8 10 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 215150
71 39 3 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 35900
76 50 6 MOTHERLAND Natalie Merchant 39500
77 77 12 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 32000
82 59 8 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 43700
85 8 10 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 237750
86 86 2 DON’T WORRY ABOUT ME Frances 4400
91 27 7 I’M IN CONTROL AlunaGeorge featuring Popcaan 68500
94 94 3 AIN’T YOUR MAMA Jennifer Lopez 3900

15th May 2016

It’s Justin Timberlake at 1, fresh off Eurovision and sealing the Eurovision invasion of my chart following a great contest, highly entertaining, if it was marred by a rubbish new voting system which robbed the real winners (Australia or Russia, depending on whether you choose the previous system or the public vote). Justin has already had 3 solo toppers, 1 with Madonna, and one with ‘NSync, for a total of 6 in 16 years. Australian Dami Im is in at 3 with the highest new entry Sound Of Silence, an awesome vocal performance at Eurovision, with France’s Amir leaping to 7, Bulgaria’s Poli Genova at 9 and Spain’s Barei at 11. Kygo gets another top 10, as do the Beatles, 49 years late (it was never a single, and I’ve never charted the classic Sgt Pepper track before) and 48 years since they topped my first chart. The act that just keeps on giving half a century on!

ABC go top 20, a run of 35 years, and it’s both a Jean-Michel Jarre and Pet Shop Boys mini-invasion, the PSB’s with their new single at 50, and also with JMJ at 38, one of the best tracks off Jean-Michel’s new album. It’s 39 years since Oxygene Part IV peaked at 2, and he has 3 new entries this week, with Cyndi lauper’s thumping EDM track at 29, and a quirky semi-novelty with Primal Scream lower down. Calvin Harris and Rihanna return with a single that’s an improvement on Rihanna’s recent stuff, at 39.

http://youtube.com/v/2EG_Jtw4OyU

1 32 1 2 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 187800
2 1 1 5 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 630000
3 NEW 3 1 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 85000
4 2 2 4 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 320000
5 6 5 3 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 170000
6 5 5 3 PARADISE Josef Salvat 119600
7 58 7 3 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 64000
8 11 8 19 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 399000
9 NEW 9 1 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 45000
10 20 10 2 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 62000

http://youtube.com/v/boYQovCybYQ

11 NEW 11 1 SAY YAY! Barei 37000
12 3 1 4 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 355000
13 10 10 5 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 168800
14 14 14 8 VENUS Frankie Avalon 172000
15 9 1 5 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 387000
16 8 8 5 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 201000
17 7 1 4 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 308000
18 15 9 8 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 180300
19 19 19 5 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 74400
20 28 20 3 VIVA LOVE ABC 40000

http://youtube.com/v/yKsNfccUTuk

21 21 21 4 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 77750
22 12 12 4 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 100500
23 23 23 4 ALPHABET STREET Prince 74800
24 29 24 3 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 55400
25 16 16 3 FADED Kallay Saunders Band 63750
26 13 1 13 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1013500
27 4 4 4 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 193400
28 31 28 4 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 48400
29 NEW 29 1 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 18200
30 37 30 4 GROOVY Pet Shop Boys 50850

http://youtube.com/v/m_JNV8_h_vg

31 17 5 8 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 327900
32 22 1 13 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 851000
33 24 1 18 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1359200
34 39 34 2 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 34700
35 35 35 4 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 69700
36 25 23 5 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 84900
37 67 37 4 WAITING Alice Boman 31800
38 NEW 38 1 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 17200
39 NEW 39 1 THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna 17100
40 40 40 4 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 60750

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41 26 1 9 NIRVANA Squeeze 594500
42 34 1 11 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 646850
43 30 30 6 WILD HORSES Birdy 84600
44 41 2 8 YES McAlmont & Butler 284350
45 27 3 5 RIDING INTO BLUE (COWBOY SONG) Inga Humpe 198400
46 18 18 4 STARFISH AND COFFEE Prince 75750
47 47 47 19 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 200250
48 48 48 3 YOU AND ME Penny & The Quarters 27800
49 49 49 4 KISS Prince 47100
50 NEW 50 1 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 12000

51 70 51 3 UP&UP Coldplay 19250
52 52 52 12 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 86150
53 42 12 9 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 165500
54 64 54 5 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 33600
55 60 55 10 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 73400
56 56 56 16 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 103100
57 36 36 5 WORK FROM HOME Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign 53500
58 33 33 12 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 182300
59 44 44 5 PRISONER ROMANS featuring Rejjie Snow 44950
60 43 4 13 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 391650

61 54 7 12 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 271300
62 62 62 4 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 29300
63 38 38 5 UNDER THE INFLUENCE Elle King 49400
64 65 64 4 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 26500
65 46 8 10 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 215150
66 74 66 2 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 12000
67 61 1 37 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2913500
68 69 68 8 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 48000
69 55 3 18 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 623650
70 NEW 70 1 WHAT’S THE PRESSURE Laura Tesoro 6000

71 45 39 3 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 35900
72 82 72 2 FLY Andy Bell 9200
73 73 73 7 VICTIMS Culture Club 37600
74 88 74 3 EMPTY Garbage 10000
75 86 75 3 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 9200

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76 50 50 6 MOTHERLAND Natalie Merchant 39500
77 79 77 12 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 32000
78 89 78 3 YOU’RE NOT ALONE Joe and Jake 8600
79 80 79 4 TAKE ME WITH U Prince & The Revolution 14600
80 NEW 80 1 YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE Sergey Lazarev 4000

81 81 6 22 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 434850
82 59 59 8 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 43700
83 NEW 83 1 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 3400
84 85 84 10 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 21700
85 66 8 10 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 237750
86 94 86 2 DON’T WORRY ABOUT ME Frances 4400
87 87 87 3 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 7800
88 100 88 2 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 3400
89 90 89 3 6 INCH Beyonce featuring The Weeknd 5400
90 NEW 90 1 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 2000

91 71 27 7 I’M IN CONTROL AlunaGeorge featuring Popcaan 68500
92 95 92 2 A SIMPLE GAME Billy Ocean 3300
93 93 93 2 DADDY LESSONS Beyonce 3400
94 97 94 3 AIN’T YOUR MAMA Jennifer Lopez 3900
95 96 95 4 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 5200
96 NEW 96 1 TREATY (DANCE MIX) Yothu Yindi 1400
97 NEW 97 1 THE LAST OF OUR KIND Rykka 1300
98 NEW 98 1 HAIR Little Mix featuring Sean Paul 1200
99 NEW 99 1 SLOW DOWN Douwe Bob 1100
100 NEW 100 1 MIDNIGHT GOLD Nika Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolitas 1000

DROP OUTS
51 4 4 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Redbone 114300
53 16 9 REAL LOVE Florrie 131400
57 6 10 ONE STRIKE All Saints 313100
63 5 12 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 308400
68 68 3 10,000 LUCHTBALLONEN K3 18400
72 72 4 TANZ MIT MIR Faun and Santiano 19800
75 5 17 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 419950
76 28 4 UNDERTOW Pet Shop Boys 47100
77 72 4 IT JUST HAPPENS Roxette 20800
78 20 13 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 198050
83 9 13 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 246750
84 6 10 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 231650
91 91 2 SOUR CANDY Bleached 3800
92 92 3 MELLOW BRICK ROAD Pogo 5400
98 98 2 BIRDLAND Weather Report 2300
99 99 1 ILYSB LANY 1100

8th May 2016

It’s the Pet Shop Boys with a spot of revenge on top – back in 1988 Left To My Own Devices knocked off I Wish U Heaven from the top spot (back up to 4 28 years later), and in 1989 Sheena Easton (and Prince’s) 101 knocked off the Pet Shop Boys It’s Alright from the top spot. Now 101 gets knocked off by the Pet Shop Boys Say It To Me, and the Pet Shop Boys hold off Sign O’ The Times at 2 – the second time it has hit 2.

Biggest climber is up 72 places to give Josef Salvat a second top 40 and first top 5, with the fab Paradise. In at 20 Kygo is back for a 6th time, this time with Kodaline Raging in. Joining the 80’s acts, ABC leap from 93 to 28 with Viva Love, as Andy Bell of Erasure becomes the latest “Fly” album veteran to grab a return, at 82. 90’s veterans also join the club, Justin Timberlake at 32 with CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! No need to shout Justin, I noticed it..! 19 years of entries for JT, Red Hot Chili Peppers are also back and dark and now well over 26 years into a chart run, albeit only at 100 so far.

Beyonce is also into her 18th year, and grabs another entry to join her other Lemonade track, Daddy Lessons is the new one. Beyonce samples Andy Williams’ Can’t Get Used To Losing You on her biggest UK singles hit from the album Hold Up, but Andy outdoes her (quite rightly) with his version of the classic song The Impossible Dream – currently featuring in an advert – from the musical Man Of La Mancha. Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine last charted with it over 20 years ago. Another advert song (and movie, thanks to Ryan Reynolds) from obscure early 70’s act Penny And The Quarters hits the top 50, it’s quite lovely, sounds older, and was never released until the 21st century, making unlikely success for the surviving then-teenage non-pop-star band members.

Vaults is also back (with Gorgon City) following her chart-topper, and Billy Ocean returns after a break of over 20 years (barring oldies) with a cover of a Moody Blues 60’s classic album track which was a UK hit for the The Four Tops in a brilliant 1971 version. (A) Simple Game topped my chart that year, Billy’s version isn’t up to that, but good to have him back 42 years since his chart debut – he made my top 10 twice in 1974 with On The Run, under the band-name Scorched Earth, a fantastic track that remains obscure but is as good as anything he has recorded, a terrific vocal performance and a dramatic rock melodrama.

http://youtube.com/v/J50nLCeTHIk

1 2 1 4 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 515000
2 3 2 3 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 255000
3 1 1 3 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 320000
4 7 4 3 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 175000
5 77 5 2 PARADISE Josef Salvat 64600
6 6 6 2 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 110000
7 4 1 3 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 285000
8 8 8 4 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 176000
9 5 1 4 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 360000
10 10 10 4 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 136800

11 16 11 18 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 351000
12 17 12 3 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 81000
13 11 1 12 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 995000
14 18 14 7 VENUS Frankie Avalon 143000
15 9 9 7 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 158300
16 20 16 2 FADED Kallay Saunders Band 45000
17 12 5 7 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 310000
18 19 18 3 STARFISH AND COFFEE Prince 63000
19 24 19 4 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 53400
20 NEW 20 1 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 20000

http://youtube.com/v/ZhzN7-Q00KU

21 21 21 3 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 58000
22 14 1 12 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 833200
23 28 23 3 ALPHABET STREET Prince 55550
24 22 1 17 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1341500
25 23 23 4 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs 67500
26 15 1 8 NIRVANA Squeeze 580500
27 13 3 4 RIDING INTO BLUE (COWBOY SONG) Inga Humpe 185400
28 93 28 2 VIVA LOVE ABC 20000
29 29 29 2 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 36400
30 30 30 5 WILD HORSES Birdy 71100

http://youtube.com/v/xLlaq4zGYwg

31 65 31 3 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 30100
32 NEW 32 1 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 17800
33 33 33 11 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 172100
34 26 1 10 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 633100
35 35 35 3 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 52200
36 37 36 4 WORK FROM HOME Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign 43100
37 46 37 3 GROOVY Pet Shop Boys 32850
38 40 38 4 UNDER THE INFLUENCE Elle King 42200
39 NEW 39 1 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 17100
40 42 40 3 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 43750

http://youtube.com/v/p5RobDomh5U

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41 38 2 7 YES McAlmont & Butler 271100
42 25 12 8 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 154250
43 31 4 12 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 381650
44 45 44 4 PRISONER ROMANS featuring Rejjie Snow 34850
45 39 39 2 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 30100
46 27 8 9 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 208150
47 47 47 18 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 187750
48 84 48 2 YOU AND ME Penny & The Quarters 15500
49 49 49 3 KISS Prince 35000
50 52 50 5 MOTHERLAND Natalie Merchant 34700

51 32 4 4 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Redbone 114300
52 53 52 11 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 74650
53 34 16 9 REAL LOVE Florrie 131400
54 43 7 11 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 263800
55 51 3 17 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 617450
56 58 56 15 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 92500
57 36 6 10 ONE STRIKE All Saints 313100
58 81 58 2 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 14000
59 59 59 7 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 40100
60 60 60 9 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 62600

61 56 1 36 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2906900
62 62 62 3 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 21900
63 48 5 12 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 308400
64 64 64 4 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 22600
65 67 65 3 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 19400
66 50 8 9 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 234750
67 68 67 3 WAITING Alice Boman 14500
68 70 68 3 10,000 LUCHTBALLONEN K3 18400
69 69 69 7 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 41600
70 95 70 2 UP&UP Coldplay 7500

71 41 27 6 I’M IN CONTROL AlunaGeorge featuring Popcaan 66600
72 76 72 4 TANZ MIT MIR Faun and Santiano 19800
73 73 73 6 VICTIMS Culture Club 32200
74 NEW 74 1 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 5200
75 61 5 17 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 419950

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76 66 28 4 UNDERTOW Pet Shop Boys 47100
77 72 72 4 IT JUST HAPPENS Roxette 20800
78 54 20 13 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 198050
79 79 79 11 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 27400
80 83 80 3 TAKE ME WITH U Prince & The Revolution 10400

81 78 6 21 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 431050
82 NEW 82 1 FLY Andy Bell 3600
83 71 9 13 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 246750
84 82 6 10 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 231650
85 86 85 9 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 18500
86 96 86 2 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 4200
87 87 87 2 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 5200
88 88 88 2 EMPTY Garbage 4800
89 90 89 2 YOU’RE NOT ALONE Joe and Jake 4200
90 98 90 2 6 INCH Beyonce featuring The Weeknd 3200

91 91 91 2 SOUR CANDY Bleached 3800
92 92 92 3 MELLOW BRICK ROAD Pogo 5400
93 NEW 93 1 DADDY LESSONS Beyonce 1700
94 NEW 94 1 DON’T WORRY ABOUT ME Frances 1600
95 NEW 95 1 A SIMPLE GAME Billy Ocean 1500
96 97 96 3 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 3700
97 100 97 2 AIN’T YOUR MAMA Jennifer Lopez 2300
98 99 98 2 BIRDLAND Weather Report 2300
99 NEW 99 1 ILYSB LANY 1100
100 NEW 100 1 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 1000

DROP OUTS
44 10 11 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 206700
55 10 9 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 169900
57 5 11 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 265250
63 37 8 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 71700
74 25 6 ONE-HIT WONDER Pet Shop Boys 76700
75 30 4 KEEP SINGING Rick Astley 57800
80 40 4 PILLOWTALK ZAYN 40350
85 85 3 AMANECER Edurne 6800
89 89 1 ONE DANCE Drake featuring Wizkid & Kyla 2200
94 65 7 THE DREAMER Anna Of The North 31800

1st May 2016

It’s the Pet Shop Boys…at 2 for a 3rd week! Prince replaces himself on top, sort of, with his fabulous gift to Sheena Easton, one hundred nights without you babe, just won’t do. Still love it. So it gets a second week on top of my chart after a gap of 27 years. In the week when rumours about the death of Prince surfaced – and given his recent health and chest problems and religious convictions, I suspected that the reference in Sign O’ The Times (up to 3) to a big disease with a skinny name might become a sad reference – he continues to dominate my chart. I Wish U Heaven, Prince.

Highest new entry at 6 is Clare Maguire with Elizabeth Taylor. Not featuring the late great Liz, of course, she didn’t sing much as far as I know, but it’s a great ballad. Clare is just (DJ) Fresh off a hit record (How Love Begins, which went top 10 here) but was sadly uncredited for her vocals, but she’s charted before dating back to 2011 and The Shield And The Sword. Gwen Stefani grabs another quick top 10 with her album track (and hopefully future single) Where Would I Be – skatastic. There’s another faded entering the top 20 – Kallay Saunders Band – as Above And Beyond do what it says on the label, and shoot up into the 40, as do Lady Antebellum, new with a dance guest vocal for Audien.

Fifth Harmony finally get a top 40 hit here, and Paul McCartney’s great track from his best album (1974’s Band On The Run) is about to get a full release remixed drastically by Timo Maas and James Teej, complete with dance buzz around it. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five is fab. There are two Eurovision new entries from 2016 joining the Spanish entry from 2015 (Amir, Joe and Jake, and Edurne respectively), as old faves garbage return, Josef Salvat gets a second entry, and 80’s classic faves ABC return to their polished class soul sound (sadly minus Trevor Horn, who would have really done the business – as can be seen on Inga Humpe’s track higher up). That gives them a sweet 35 years of hits. J-Lo is back after a gap, and there’s a debut for Weather Report, and their 1977 jazz classic Birdland. It wasn’t eligible for my chart at the time, but my College room-mate in 1977 played their album. So, almost 40 years late, but better late than never, though the song did chart in the early 80’s in a vocal version for Manhattan Transfer.

http://youtube.com/v/1BBk78WFJPA

1 4 1 2 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 235000
2 2 2 3 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 345000
3 6 3 2 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 140000
4 1 1 2 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 235000
5 3 1 3 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 315000
6 NEW 6 1 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 55000
7 5 5 2 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 110000
8 8 8 3 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 128000
9 15 9 6 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 131300
10 12 10 3 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 94800

http://youtube.com/v/CAID_2iKO5Y

11 11 1 11 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 963000
12 13 5 6 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 287000
13 7 3 3 RIDING INTO BLUE (COWBOY SONG) Inga Humpe 167000
14 10 1 11 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 813700
15 9 1 7 NIRVANA Squeeze 562000
16 19 16 17 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 314000
17 17 17 2 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 46000
18 24 18 6 VENUS Frankie Avalon 114000
19 20 19 2 STARFISH AND COFFEE Prince 41000
20 NEW 20 1 FADED Kallay Saunders Band 20000

http://youtube.com/v/NycIHcifSxI

21 26 21 2 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 38250
22 14 1 16 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1322500
23 35 23 3 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs 48750
24 48 24 3 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 32400
25 23 12 7 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 140500
26 16 1 9 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 615500
27 18 8 8 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 195400
28 30 28 2 ALPHABET STREET Prince 36300
29 NEW 29 1 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 18200
30 40 30 4 WILD HORSES Birdy 53100

31 22 4 11 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 368150
32 21 4 3 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Redbone 102550
33 36 33 10 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 154400
34 25 16 8 REAL LOVE Florrie 120150
35 38 35 2 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 34700
36 29 6 9 ONE STRIKE All Saints 302700
37 75 37 3 WORK FROM HOME Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign 25700
38 31 2 6 YES McAlmont & Butler 257100
39 NEW 39 1 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 17100
40 80 40 3 UNDER THE INFLUENCE Elle King 25000

41 27 27 5 I’M IN CONTROL AlunaGeorge featuring Popcaan 60800
42 45 42 2 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 26750
43 41 7 10 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 252800
44 39 10 11 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 206700
45 68 45 3 PRISONER ROMANS featuring Rejjie Snow 21600
46 86 46 2 GROOVY Pet Shop Boys 15550
47 47 47 17 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 175250
48 42 5 11 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 301200
49 55 49 2 KISS Prince 22900
50 34 8 8 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 227950

51 49 3 16 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 606650
52 77 52 4 MOTHERLAND Natalie Merchant 22700
53 61 53 10 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 63150
54 57 20 12 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 193650
55 32 10 9 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 169900
56 50 1 35 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2899400
57 43 5 11 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 265250
58 60 58 14 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 81900
59 67 59 6 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 30000
60 62 60 8 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 52600

61 52 5 16 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 414950
62 64 62 2 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 14500
63 37 37 8 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 71700
64 79 64 3 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 15500
65 74 65 2 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 12200
66 28 28 3 UNDERTOW Pet Shop Boys 42300
67 71 67 2 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince 12400
68 95 68 2 WAITING Alice Boman 7900
69 69 69 6 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 35400
70 70 70 2 10,000 LUCHTBALLONEN K3 12000

71 44 9 12 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 243350
72 72 72 3 IT JUST HAPPENS Roxette 16200
73 73 73 5 VICTIMS Culture Club 26800
74 53 25 6 ONE-HIT WONDER Pet Shop Boys 76700
75 33 30 4 KEEP SINGING Rick Astley 57800
76 76 76 3 TANZ MIT MIR Faun and Santiano 14200
77 NEW 77 1 PARADISE Josef Salvat 4600
78 78 6 20 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 427250
79 83 79 10 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 23200
80 46 40 4 PILLOWTALK ZAYN 40350

http://youtube.com/v/rQfYmvzBXqU

81 NEW 81 1 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 3800
82 56 6 9 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 228450
83 85 83 2 TAKE ME WITH U Prince 6400
84 NEW 84 1 YOU AND ME Penny & The Quarters 3200
85 91 85 3 AMANECER Edurne 6800
86 88 86 8 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 15500
87 NEW 87 1 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 2600
88 NEW 88 1 EMPTY Garbage 2400
89 NEW 89 1 ONE DANCE Drake featuring Wizkid & Kyla 2200
90 NEW 90 1 YOU’RE NOT ALONE Joe and Jake 2000

91 NEW 91 1 SOUR CANDY Bleached 1900
92 92 92 2 MELLOW BRICK ROAD Pogo 3600
93 NEW 93 1 VIVA LOVE ABC 1700
94 65 65 7 THE DREAMER Anna Of The North 31800
95 NEW 95 1 UP&UP Coldplay 1500
96 NEW 96 1 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 1400
97 100 97 2 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 2300
98 NEW 98 1 6 INCH Beyonce featuring The Weeknd 1200
99 NEW 99 1 BIRDLAND Weather Report 1100
100 NEW 100 1 AIN’T YOUR MAMA Jennifer Lopez 1000

DROP OUTS
51 12 10 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 129050
54 54 5 LUSH LIFE Zara Larsson 38300
58 11 6 THRILL ME Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark featuring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman 138500
59 29 6 WELCOME TO THE SHOW Adam Lambert featuring Laleh 67700
63 12 6 SANCTUARY Markus Feehily featuring Clannad 130100
66 58 9 ROSES The Chainsmokers featuring Rozes 27800
81 19 10 THE GREATEST KING 152100
82 82 1 LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince 3600
84 10 10 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 193850
87 87 1 PURPLE RAIN Prince & The Revolution 2600
89 55 6 EVERYTHING YOU’VE COME TO EXPECT The Last Shadow Puppets 34400
90 86 3 100 PERSONALITIES Wildflowers 6800
93 93 2 FEELING BB Diamond 3400
94 94 2 PARTY FEARS TWO The Associates 3100
96 96 1 I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Prince 1400
97 71 6 HANDS TO MYSELF Selena Gomez 22500
98 98 1 NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor 1200
99 34 6 AIN’T IT A DRAG Jeff Lynne’s ELO 60300

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Eurovision Song Contest 2015 – My irreverant ratings on the night

Slovenia – Ginger Spice in headphones and a frock. Drum n bass meets a violin, with helium-inspired vocals. I like it!

France – La chanson Francaise elle est marveillieuse. Spelling! Grammar! Ironic title I suspect, but she can belt it out fine and I like it.

Israel – 16 years old, very mature-looking goldenboy with an appealing voice, and I like the bits where the N’Sync-ish dancepop morphs into ethnic hebrew rhythms

Estonia – boy/girl, the song’s not bad actually, but the shaky performance from the male singer knocks it back a tad, and it’s just a bit wishy washy, but good.

UK – flawless vocal performance, great presentation, engaging and different. Fab. Such online hatred for it though from UK fans. Unfairly, at worst it’s forgettably pleasant. I think it’s terrifically retro.

Armenia – Bit of a Greek-Chorus going on (in the Greek Lit sense) costume wise, who all contribute to much wailing. All a bit bizarre!

Lithuania – A skirt of many colours. Another duo. A bit of uptempo country fiddling disguises a bland song. Not very well.

Serbia – Big woman, big voice, big finish. Camp as a row of drama queen tents in a big beats festival. The second half is fab.

Norway – Good singer, pretty tune – till Veronica Lake adds her two-pennorth. Impresses as it goes on actually, pretty good.

Sweden – Great staging, Avicii/Guetta-inspired dancepop taking a leaf out of Loreen’s winning-book. Being easy on the eye doesn’t hurt, either. Bloody excellent!

Cyprus – Euro-fan mate Hass’ interview on youtube with John, ahh he so sweet-natured and sensible. The gentleness of the song, and especially without the obligatory rousing climax, is most welcome.

Australia – Oh I wish they were in it every year! Guy is a fab singer in a Bruno Mars groove, and this is a proper pop song, sounding credible, good quality and a fab performance.

Belgium – Lorde-inspired alternative EDM-pop (genre-wise), inspiringly different and written and sung by a 19-year-old who has a nap half-way through. Unusual, classy, great hook, great staging, good singing. Fab!

Austria – 70’s rock throwbacks in the old sense of the word (poprock) complete with long hair and a song. Where’s a fire extinguisher when you need one. I like it.

Greece – long-hair, female, sparkly dress, it can only be a Celine Dion moment. Let’s wait and see. Oh, yes, here comes that wind-machine and the OTT volume-raising at the end. Pass!

Montenegro – The ethnic instruments, the non-English lyrics, a good singer, and a good song all have to compete with Botoxism. Which will win?

Germany – Cat-suit – is it Selina Kyle? Hate the hair-bun and the winking, though the shuffling souldance groove is most welcome. Wot! Ella Eyre wrote this?! She’s a hot UK songwriter/hitmaker, no wonder it sounded good [NB voters have cloth-ears obviously, the UK could do with using it’s hot young songwriters for Eurovision!]

Poland – Points for perseverance in the face of adversity. I approve of the sentiment and everything about it…but I feel mean finding it a bit forgettable and a bit off-key. Now I feel guilty!

Latvia – FKA-Twigs-inspired (as I’m sure all you trend-followers spotted!) this has credibility and 2015 written all over it, VERY cool and I love it, I love the lack of cliches, the EDM sounds (Electronic dance music is THE sound of the teenies decade) and a great singer.

Romania – a giant-diamond-encrusted scarab beetle seems to have perched on his throat. It’s a worthy song that isn’t sickening, nor is it forgettable, but it’s not a winner, just pleasant.

Spain – Lady In Red. Spanish lady. Then in white. Good singer but not as good as the recorded version, comes over a bit anti-climactic, ironically.

Hungary – Like the astronomy backdrop. Worthy and dreary. A good tune never hurts a message song, and this has not a good tune.

Georgia – Lily Munster in hotpants, crossed with a bit of Hawkwoman. Thumping rock chick drama though. great drums. Striking and a great performance.

Azerbaijan – I hate distracting mimes. The singer thinks he’s Neo in the Matrix. He’s not bad actually, but it’s also worthy and dull.

Russia – Tipped to win despite politics, it’s yet another worthy ballad, but less ploddy and more rousing. A bit shrill for me, I don’t get it’s popularity…

Albania – Another plodding ballad, but this time not worthy. In every sense of the word. I was annoyed this drivel qualified over the fab Denmark in semi 1. So in a strop I called her a shrieking harpy. I suppose I should revise that as it was a bit unfair and I was in a bad mood…

Italy – Il Divo. There are so many of these handsome young male operatic/pop crossover groups on the hotel circuit these days, it’s a virtual Italian industry. Great singers though, they piss over half the so-called singers in the competition. fab!

My rating on the night:

1.Belgium (4th)
2.Sweden (1st)
3.Latvia (6th)
4.Australia (5th)
5.Italy (3rd – or 1st in the televote only, yes they wuz robbed by the panels!)
6.UK (24th)
7.Germany (26th Nul points!)
8.Norway (8th)
9.Israel (9th)
10.Georgia (11th)
11.Serbia (10th)
12.Montenegro (13th)

So how did the others do?
Russia (2nd)
Estonia (7th)
Azerbaijan (12th)

That is officially the most in-tune I have ever been with Eurovision, and UK itunes sales seem to agree with the results, with the notable exception of Italy who are much lower.

My 2015 Charts May to Aug

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30th August 2015

It’s Niia just edging out Royksopp, and her so lovely Body. Not far behind though there’s a brace of girlies all challenging with big jumps into the 10: Selena Gomez, Foxes and Nerina Pallot. It’s not Nerina’s first time in the top 5 by any means, and as I’m generally a fan I hope it’s not the last time either. The highest new entry at 8 is a bizarrely beautiful track from Kishi Bashi, Japanese American classical violinist with avant-garde electronic tendencies.

Maroon 5 and Jess Glynne both grab another top 10 of several, the very Joan Armatrading-sounding Rationale shoots up to 11 (he may not thank for that comparison though), while the Sugarhill Gang get a 2nd top 20 record at long last. Talking of veteran old skool rap, Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis are back with a huge supporting cast, notably Melle Mel making his first appearance in 20 years, and lengthening his run to 31 years since the classic White Lines. Duran Duran (at 5) also covered White Lines in 1995 with a top version with assistance from an original rapper or two. It’s a sprawling show-piece of Mark Ronson-style retro rap delight. No bragging about long they can keep it up and how*, you can hear the words, and no swearing. Just like the cliche-free old days!

(I choose to view “going downtown” as completely innocent in content, as this was certainly nothing Pet Clark had in mind when she went downtown!

Dusty shoots up as the soulful delight of Spooky makes my serious playlist along with former friend and duet partner Cilla’s remixed version of Step Inside Love, a song I loved in 1968 just before my charts started, and written by Paul McCartney for Cilla and her new TV show. Long overdue a chart position by about ooh 47 years. a-ha return too, for a second comeback hit, more uptempo despite the title, Simply Red also pop back with a another to add to the long list, and look see – it’s a Pink Floyd-er getting a new chart entry for the first time in about 20-odd years: Dave Gilmour with a bunch of singing convicts. I’m not kidding….! Oldies: the late Lynn Anderson pops back in 44 years on, as a goodbye tribute, and Elton John’s Tiny Dancer (as previously sampled by Ironik) is back in the UK top 100 sales chart (though not in the made-up chart that most people don’t care about anymore, and don’t even notice) thanks to an advert. Never made my chart in the 70’s, as it was fairly obscure at that time.

1 3 1 3 BODY Niia 290000
2 1 1 5 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 436500
3 15 3 3 GOOD FOR YOU Selena Gomez featuring A$AP Rocky 33400
4 26 4 2 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 83500
5 2 1 9 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 573600
6 25 6 3 BODY TALK Foxes 79550
7 7 7 3 YOUNG AND RESTLESS Benjamin 177000
8 NEW 8 1 I AM THE ANTICHRIST TO YOU Kishi Bashi 48000
9 11 9 5 DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF Jess Glynne 115400
10 20 10 5 THIS SUMMER Maroon 5 91600

11 33 11 2 FUEL TO THE FIRE Rationale 54700
12 5 5 7 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 257700
13 22 13 3 APACHE (JUMP ON IT!) The Sugarhill Gang 69100
14 6 6 6 IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN Gladys Knight And The Pips 162500
15 4 1 12 SHINE Years And Years 1122450
16 24 16 3 OH MY LOVE The Score 55000
17 12 12 10 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 165200
18 NEW 18 1 DOWNTOWN Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Caz 22000
19 9 9 6 POWERFUL Major Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley 187200
20 10 2 9 ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 661000

21 8 2 9 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 522950
22 64 22 10 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 77400
23 19 8 7 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 229250
24 13 5 8 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 277000
25 37 25 3 RESTLESS YEAR Ezra Furman 42050
26 16 4 9 WHEN M+A 378400
27 23 10 6 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 159650
28 28 28 4 TIDAL WAVE EVVY 60100
29 17 8 5 IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black 155200
30 14 14 4 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART Cilla Black 85200

31 18 18 6 SWEET HARMONY Monarchy featuring The Pledge Choir 91850
32 34 32 3 DON’T WORRY Madcon and Ray Dalton 42900
33 38 33 3 ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING AND ANYTHING AT ALL Kylie Minogue 40100
34 36 34 3 CLOAKED Woolf And The Wondershow 41200
35 35 35 6 INSOMNIA 2.0 (AVICII REMIX) Faithless 79000
36 21 16 5 BLACK Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi featuring Norah Jones 92150
37 NEW 37 1 THE GATES Young Empires 17300
38 55 38 2 STITCHES Shawn Mendes 28000
39 NEW 39 1 THE WAKE a-ha 17100
40 NEW 40 1 90’s LOVE (ACID PT. II) The Caulfield Beats 17000

41 44 3 9 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 350450
42 NEW 42 1 STEP INSIDE LOVE (ALMIGHTY RADIO EDIT) CIlla Black 13750
43 30 30 6 GHOST TOWN BLUES Lauren Housley 82400
44 52 44 2 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 24750
45 27 18 10 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 154300
46 32 32 3 NIGHTS LIKE THIS W. Darling 43050
47 58 47 2 I WANT YOU Wrabel 22700
48 66 48 3 OMEN Disclosure featuring Sam Smith 25900
49 43 2 14 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 618100
50 60 50 3 HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE Calvin Harris and Disciples 28600

51 47 1 18 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1547500
52 49 1 12 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 569900
53 57 53 7 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 57850
54 53 1 17 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 552050
55 54 1 25 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 1032950
56 31 17 7 HURTS Kove featuring Moko 117000
57 69 57 2 GOOD TIMES Ella Eyre featuring Sigma 16600
58 40 40 6 RUN AWAY WITH ME Carly Rae Jepsen 56600
59 NEW 59 1 I AM Leona Lewis 10100
60 41 25 7 ORGAN The Hardkiss 86250

61 39 39 4 WATERFALL Vok 46700
62 61 1 17 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 710300
63 56 10 19 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 330300
64 70 64 3 INSTANT CRUSH Natalie Imbruglia 18100
65 73 65 3 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 17600
66 NEW 66 1 INTOXICATED Martin Solveig and GTA 6800
67 74 67 2 HAPPY DAYS Squeeze 11800
68 71 68 2 KING GRADES 12200
69 NEW 69 1 TINY DANCER Elton John 6200
70 75 70 2 RESTLESS New Order 11000

71 68 4 20 HOME Max Jury 442450
72 NEW 72 1 (I NEVER PROMISED YOU A) ROSE GARDEN Lynn Anderson 5600
73 NEW 73 1 RATTLE THAT LOCK David Gilmour 5400
74 46 20 7 UNDER THE MAKEUP a-ha 111200
75 NEW 75 1 GHOST OF LOVE Simply Red 5000

29 29 3 YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 53100
42 4 10 COME AND GET IT John Newman 348700
45 25 4 SOMETHING LIKE HAPPINESS The Maccabees 67350
48 36 5 GET STUPID Aston Merrygold 59700
50 50 3 DIGGIN’ UP THE HEART Brandon Flowers 32200
51 7 8 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 233050
59 10 9 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 214500
62 17 7 FREEDOM Pharrell Williams 120800
63 34 5 WHAT YOU DON’T DO Lianne La Havas 67550
65 43 5 WITHOUT YOU Tobias Jesso Jr 54700
67 67 1 SEARCH PARTY Sam Bruno 6600
72 72 1 SAVAGES Five Knives 5400


23rd August 2015

It’s Royksopp getting their first ever chart-topper after over a decade of not coming close before, and following in the tradition of Norwegian bands like, err a-ha who are also back lower down, and at unofficial position of 76 with new single The Wake – there just aren’t enough chart places for another 20 tracks this week! Somebody explain to me how this brilliant track has not been a hit! American singer Niia meanwhile is at 3 with the gorgeous Body. Here’s a shocking statistic (for me) – the fabulous Gladys Knight has only had 2 previous top 10 songs in my charts, Van McCoy’s Baby Don’t Change Your Mind hit 3 in 1977 and the Bond Theme Licence To Kill hit 7 in 1989, so this classic oldie is long overdue at 6 – If I Were Your Woman hits 6, her 19th chart hit in 43 years and her 2nd biggest hit. What?! So many other oldies of hers could do the same.

Big climbs for Selena Gomez, Maroon 5, Foxes, Madcon, Woolf And The Wondershow, eccentric alternative act Ezra Furman, Carly Rae Jepsen and Kylie Minogue getting a second top 40 hit in the same week. New at 26, Nerina Pallot is back philosophising about Rousseau for a 9th year of chart action which includes a number one for herself, and one written for Kylie – Aphrodite, criminally never a single. Down the bottom end of the chart, 2 veterans return relatively quietly after not being together some years: New Order stretch their run of hits (including 2 chart-toppers) to 34 years, and Squeeze have a run of 37 years, with not even a sniff of a number one amongst a quality songbook – Take Me I’m Yours in 1978 came closest when it went top 3.

1 3 1 4 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 321300
2 1 1 8 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 513600
3 12 3 2 BODY Niia 120000
4 2 1 11 SHINE Years And Years 1095450
5 5 5 6 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 222700
6 14 6 5 IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN Gladys Knight And The Pips 133500
7 7 7 3 YOUNG AND RESTLESS Benjamin 127000
8 4 2 8 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 503200
9 9 9 5 POWERFUL Major Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley 166200
10 6 2 8 ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 641000

11 19 11 4 DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF Jess Glynne 70400
12 22 12 9 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 142200
13 11 5 7 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 258000
14 20 14 3 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART Cilla Black 67200
15 68 15 2 GOOD FOR YOU Selena Gomez featuring A$AP Rocky 33400
16 13 4 8 WHEN M+A 359900
17 8 8 4 IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black 137000
18 23 18 5 SWEET HARMONY Monarchy featuring The Pledge Choir 73950
19 10 8 6 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 210000
20 40 20 4 THIS SUMMER Maroon 5 49600

21 16 16 4 BLACK Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi featuring Norah Jones 74750
22 34 22 2 APACHE (JUMP ON IT!) The Sugarhill Gang 37100
23 15 10 5 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 141250
24 54 24 2 OH MY LOVE The Score 30000
25 71 25 2 BODY TALK Foxes 24550
26 NEW 26 1 ROUSSEAU Nerina Pallot 18500
27 18 18 9 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 141300
28 31 28 3 TIDAL WAVE EVVY 41800
29 33 29 3 YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 53100
30 30 30 5 GHOST TOWN BLUES Lauren Housley 68900

31 17 17 6 HURTS Kove featuring Moko 106400
32 47 32 2 NIGHTS LIKE THIS W. Darling 30300
33 NEW 33 1 FUEL TO THE FIRE Rationale 17700
34 61 34 2 DON’T WORRY Madcon and Ray Dalton 25100
35 50 35 5 INSOMNIA 2.0 (AVICII REMIX) Faithless 61500
36 69 36 2 CLOAKED Woolf And The Wondershow 23600
37 70 37 2 RESTLESS YEAR Ezra Furman 23300
38 73 38 2 ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING AND ANYTHING AT ALL Kylie Minogue 22400
39 39 39 3 WATERFALL Vok 39200
40 60 40 5 RUN AWAY WITH ME Carly Rae Jepsen 46400

41 25 25 6 ORGAN The Hardkiss 76250
42 21 4 10 COME AND GET IT John Newman 348700
43 26 2 13 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 606000
44 24 3 8 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 336450
45 32 25 4 SOMETHING LIKE HAPPINESS The Maccabees 67350
46 41 20 6 UNDER THE MAKEUP a-ha 106000
47 37 1 17 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1535750
48 36 36 5 GET STUPID Aston Merrygold 59700
49 38 1 11 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 558400
50 58 50 3 DIGGIN’ UP THE HEART Brandon Flowers 32200

51 28 7 8 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 233050
52 NEW 52 1 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 11500
53 48 1 16 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 541050
54 49 1 24 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 1022150
55 NEW 55 1 STITCHES Shawn Mendes 10800
56 46 10 18 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 323200
57 57 57 6 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 46600
58 NEW 58 1 I WANT YOU Wrabel 10200
59 42 10 9 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 214500
60 67 60 2 HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE Calvin Harris and Disciples 16600

61 56 1 16 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 703100
62 29 17 7 FREEDOM Pharrell Williams 120800
63 44 34 5 WHAT YOU DON’T DO Lianne La Havas 67550
64 64 64 9 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 57900
65 45 43 5 WITHOUT YOU Tobias Jesso Jr 54700
66 66 66 2 OMEN Disclosure featuring Sam Smith 13600
67 NEW 67 1 SEARCH PARTY Sam Bruno 6600
68 59 4 19 HOME Max Jury 436650
69 NEW 69 1 GOOD TIMES Ella Eyre featuring Sigma 6200
70 75 70 2 INSTANT CRUSH Natalie Imbruglia 11000

71 NEW 71 1 KING GRADES 5800
72 NEW 72 1 SAVAGES Five Knives 5400
73 74 73 2 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 10600
74 NEW 74 1 HAPPY DAYS Squeeze 5200
75 NEW 75 1 RESTLESS New Order 5000

DROP OUTS
27 27 12 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 173150
35 35 4 FOUND YOUR LOVE Oliver Nelson featuring Heir 59600
43 7 20 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 330750
51 22 6 WEEKEND MILLIONAIRES (YOUNG BOMBS REMIX) Katelyn Tarver 92700
52 6 17 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 504000
53 42 5 OPEN HEART Morgan Page featuring Lissie 51750
55 55 4 LOVE IS Rod Stewart 31700
62 24 8 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 111900
63 16 6 BROTHER NEEDTOBREATHE featuring Gavin DeGraw 103200
65 3 12 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 481450
72 56 4 KISS ME QUICK Nathan Sykes 28800


16th August 2015

It’s finally a new number one and it’s Duran Duran, Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers keeping the pressure on for years and years, and toppling them. It’s the Durannies 4th number one, spanning 31 years since their first Wild Boys – appropriately that was produced by Nile Rodgers (and no doubt he would’ve had a featuring credit if they did that in those days). For all their classics, Chic never climbed higher than 2, though Sister Sledge managed it with Lost In Music with a bit of help from Duran Duran on a remix 12” for a reissue of it around about Wild Boys time. They are all Nile Rodgers of course. Duran Duran had 2 more chart-toppers in 1993 so it’s a been a 22-year wait for another one. Janelle Monae almost made the top with fun. and We Are Young, and they did it with the follow-up without her assistance, so it’s only fair she gets one at last too! It’s a great single, sounding both contemporary and yet also sounds like it could have been the follow-up to Wild Boys.

Royksopp get their biggest hit after a decade of trying, the fab I Had This Thing at 3, and Galantis outdo the previous top 10 single, as does Major Lazer at 9. Highest new entry is the cool Niia at 12, a sultry delight, and Jess Glynne leaps up 50 places to 19 for one of her bigger hits, while in at 34 it’s a 33-year-old track being featured in an ad for confused.com with some robots. Apache has already topped my chart as an instrumental oldie for The Shadows, still one of the 3 or 4 oldest records (in terms of year-of-release) dating from 1960, this version came out in 1982 for the Sugarhill Gang, the boys who were ground zero for rap in the charts, Rapper’s Delight hitting the top 10 in 1979, having borrowed Niles Rodgers’ Chic backing track to Good Times for the record. They never really managed to follow it up though, sadly, even with this great track, so belatedly here it is, and at over 35 years wait for a follow-up hit that’s one of the longest waits ever to avoid being a one-chart-hit-wonder.

Other oldies returning: Donovan’s back with the first-time entry for 60’s classic Mellow Yellow (thanks to the Minions soundtrack), though all of his singles would have charted had I been charting before 1968, but he has to make do with a mere 46 years of chart entries. Kylie’s back, with a new (movie) track, giving her 2 at once in the chart, and Natalie Imbruglia is back after ages away for a 17-year run of chart entries. Austastic.

1 4 1 7 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 398600
2 1 1 10 SHINE Years And Years 1030450
3 8 3 3 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 151300
4 2 2 7 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 465200
5 12 5 5 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 162700
6 3 2 7 ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 599000
7 15 7 2 YOUNG AND RESTLESS Benjamin 77000
8 9 8 3 IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black 114000
9 13 9 4 POWERFUL Major Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley 121200
10 11 8 5 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 189000

11 5 5 6 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 226000
12 NEW 12 1 BODY Niia 35000
13 6 4 7 WHEN M+A 334900
14 19 14 4 IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN Gladys Knight And The Pips 78500
15 10 10 4 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 122000
16 24 16 3 BLACK Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi featuring Norah Jones 55000
17 21 17 5 HURTS Kove featuring Moko 88500
18 26 18 8 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 123000
19 69 19 3 DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF Jess Glynne 33400
20 29 20 2 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART Cilla Black 38200

21 7 4 9 COME AND GET IT John Newman 334950
22 28 22 8 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 107200
23 31 23 4 SWEET HARMONY Monarchy featuring The Pledge Choir 51950
24 16 3 7 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 323200
25 35 25 5 ORGAN The Hardkiss 62250
26 18 2 12 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 592500
27 30 27 12 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 173150
28 14 7 7 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 221300
29 17 17 6 FREEDOM Pharrell Williams 113400
30 39 30 4 GHOST TOWN BLUES Lauren Housley 50900

31 72 31 2 TIDAL WAVE EVVY 23500
32 25 25 3 SOMETHING LIKE HAPPINESS The Maccabees 54350
33 38 33 2 YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 34900
34 NEW 34 1 APACHE (JUMP ON IT!) The Sugarhill Gang 17600
35 37 35 4 FOUND YOUR LOVE Oliver Nelson featuring Heir 59600
36 40 36 4 GET STUPID Aston Merrygold 47400
37 33 1 16 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1523250
38 32 1 10 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 546300
39 75 39 2 WATERFALL Vok 22100
40 RE 40 3 THIS SUMMER’S GONNA HURT Maroon 5 29600

41 20 20 5 UNDER THE MAKEUP a-ha 93250
42 27 10 8 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 204400
43 23 7 20 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 330750
44 34 34 4 WHAT YOU DON’T DO Lianne La Havas 60350
45 43 43 4 WITHOUT YOU Tobias Jesso Jr 47700
46 44 10 17 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 312600
47 NEW 47 1 NIGHTS LIKE THIS W. Darling 12500
48 47 1 15 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 529800
49 48 1 23 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 1011150
50 50 50 4 INSOMNIA 2.0 (AVICII REMIX) Faithless 44000

51 42 22 6 WEEKEND MILLIONAIRES (YOUNG BOMBS REMIX) Katelyn Tarver 92700
52 45 6 17 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 504000
53 53 42 5 OPEN HEART Morgan Page featuring Lissie 51750
54 NEW 54 1 OH MY LOVE The Score 11000
55 59 55 4 LOVE IS Rod Stewart 31700
56 54 1 15 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 695600
57 63 57 5 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 36200
58 60 58 2 DIGGIN’ UP THE HEART Brandon Flowers 20200
59 55 4 18 HOME Max Jury 430250
60 65 60 4 RUN AWAY WITH ME Carly Rae Jepsen 29400

61 NEW 61 1 DON’T WORRY Madcon and Ray Dalton 7500
62 36 24 8 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 111900
63 41 16 6 BROTHER NEEDTOBREATHE featuring Gavin DeGraw 103200
64 64 64 8 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 50800
65 46 3 12 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 481450
66 NEW 66 1 OMEN Disclosure featuring Sam Smith 6800
67 NEW 67 1 HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE Calvin Harris and Disciples 6600
68 NEW 68 1 GOOD FOR YOU Selena Gomez featuring A$AP Rocky 6400
69 NEW 69 1 CLOAKED Woolf And The Wondershow 6200
70 NEW 70 1 RESTLESS YEAR Ezra Furman 6000

71 NEW 71 1 BODY TALK Foxes 5800
72 56 56 4 KISS ME QUICK Nathan Sykes 28800
73 NEW 73 1 ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING AND ANYTHING AT ALL Kylie Minogue 5200
74 NEW 74 1 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 5200
75 NEW 75 1 INSTANT CRUSH Natalie Imbruglia 5000

DROP OUTS
22 9 17 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 385500
49 31 4 I CAN’T LOSE Mark Ronson featuring Keyone Starr 59600
51 5 8 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 237550
52 2 14 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 583200
57 57 7 SONGBIRD Fleetwood Mac 71800
58 38 4 GIRLS CHASE BOYS Ingrid Michaelson 49900
61 33 4 ANNIE Neon Indian 44300
62 47 4 BREATH AWAY Stacey Solomon 42600
66 50 4 BLACK MAGIC Little Mix 35400
67 3 13 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 476350
68 68 3 CURE Disa 16800
70 1 27 SPEED KILLS 10CC 707000
71 71 2 FIRE MEET GASOLINE SIA 10800
73 9 8 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 185950
74 74 1 BITCH I’M MADONNA Madonna featuring Nicki Minaj 5200

9th August 2015

It’s still Years And Years who have been on top for years and years (or 5 weeks) presiding over a static top 3, while Sigala take the Jackson 5 sample of ABC 2 places higher than the original managed 45 years ago. Royksopp celebrate 14 years of chart entries with a top 10 climber, and the late Cilla Black moves up to 9 with If I Thought You’d Ever Change Your Mind, her 7th top 10 and belatedly giving a hat-trick of top 10 singles from 1969 48 years after Surround Yourself With Sorrow peaked at 2. As Cilla enters the sales chart for the 3rd time with her two UK chart-toppers, that’s enough excuse for me to chart them for the 3rd time too and they both enter the top 40 (or re-enter, if you like but I like to count tracks that chart in individual years as separate chart runs).

Kylie notches up 27 years of top 10’s, Jake Shears has 11 years, Niles Rodgers has 37 years thanks to NERVO. Highest new entry is from Benjamin, who appears to be a young Scandipop singer, Young And Reckless sounds like a hit single to me. Gladys Knight gets her first top 20 in 26 years with a 45-year-old soul classic of hers, and Norah Jones is welcomed back into the top 40 along with Danger Mouse. Elsewhere, both Brandon Flowers and Madonna add to their rather large run of entries from their latest albums, just a shame none of them have been big hits because the singles chart is stupidly ignoring anyone who looks more than 16 years old. Hey ho…


1 1 1 9 SHINE Years And Years 915450
2 2 2 6 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 400200
3 3 2 6 ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 544000
4 5 4 6 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 228600
5 10 5 5 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 189000
6 6 4 6 WHEN M+A 302900
7 4 4 8 COME AND GET IT John Newman 315200
8 28 8 2 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 66300
9 19 9 2 IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black 66000
10 13 10 3 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 95000

11 8 8 4 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 147000
12 16 12 4 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 102700
13 15 13 3 POWERFUL Major Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley 76200
14 7 7 6 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 203000
15 NEW 15 1 YOUNG AND RESTLESS Benjamin 27000
16 11 3 6 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 304200
17 17 17 5 FREEDOM Pharrell Williams 95200
18 12 2 11 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 574000
19 40 19 3 IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN Gladys Knight And The Pips 49500
20 20 20 4 UNDER THE MAKEUP a-ha 79250

21 21 21 4 HURTS Kove featuring Moko 65500
22 9 9 17 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 385500
23 14 7 19 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 317250
24 54 24 2 BLACK Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi featuring Norah Jones 30000
25 32 25 2 SOMETHING LIKE HAPPINESS The Maccabees 36550
26 26 26 7 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 101000
27 18 10 7 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 190650
28 29 28 7 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 87700
29 NEW 29 1 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART Cilla Black 18200
30 30 30 11 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 154750

31 62 31 3 SWEET HARMONY Monarchy featuring The Pledge Choir 32700
32 22 1 9 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 529100
33 23 1 15 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1505950
34 35 34 3 WHAT YOU DON’T DO Lianne La Havas 47100
35 58 35 4 ORGAN The Hardkiss 43500
36 24 24 7 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 104500
37 37 37 3 FOUND YOUR LOVE Oliver Nelson featuring Heir 42100
38 NEW 38 1 YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 17200
39 55 39 3 GHOST TOWN BLUES Lauren Housley 32900
40 63 40 3 GET STUPID Aston Merrygold 30000

41 25 16 5 BROTHER NEEDTOBREATHE featuring Gavin DeGraw 96000
42 27 22 5 WEEKEND MILLIONAIRES (YOUNG BOMBS REMIX) Katelyn Tarver 80950
43 56 43 3 WITHOUT YOU Tobias Jesso Jr 34700
44 43 10 16 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 298850
45 41 6 16 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 492500
46 36 3 11 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 474450
47 45 1 14 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 517500
48 46 1 22 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 999050
49 31 31 4 I CAN’T LOSE Mark Ronson featuring Keyone Starr 59600
50 60 50 3 INSOMNIA 2.0 (AVICII REMIX) Faithless 32000

51 39 5 8 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 237550
52 34 2 14 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 583200
53 42 42 4 OPEN HEART Morgan Page featuring Lissie 40500
54 49 1 14 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 685000
55 51 4 17 HOME Max Jury 420150
56 65 56 3 KISS ME QUICK Nathan Sykes 23200
57 57 57 7 SONGBIRD Fleetwood Mac 71800
58 38 38 4 GIRLS CHASE BOYS Ingrid Michaelson 49900
59 73 59 3 LOVE IS Rod Stewart 20900
60 NEW 60 1 DIGGIN’ UP THE HEART Brandon Flowers 10000

61 33 33 4 ANNIE Neon Indian 44300
62 47 47 4 BREATH AWAY Stacey Solomon 42600
63 66 63 4 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 25800
64 64 64 7 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 43700
65 68 65 3 RUN AWAY WITH ME Carly Rae Jepsen 19400
66 50 50 4 BLACK MAGIC Little Mix 35400
67 53 3 13 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 476350
68 74 68 3 CURE Disa 16800
69 69 69 2 DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF Jess Glynne 12400
70 70 1 27 SPEED KILLS 10CC 707000

71 75 71 2 FIRE MEET GASOLINE SIA 10800
72 NEW 72 1 TIDAL WAVE EVVY 5600
73 52 9 8 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 185950
74 NEW 74 1 BITCH I’M MADONNA Madonna featuring Nicki Minaj 5200
75 NEW 75 1 WATERFALL Vok 5000

DROP OUTS
44 28 6 ARE YOU WITH ME Lost Frequencies 80500
48 48 6 GOLD IN THE ETERNAL FLAME Monarchy 53600
59 1 17 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 734850
61 3 11 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 483150
67 40 4 SPITFIRE Public Service Broadcasting 48600
71 34 3 GET IT ON Elin Overfjord 30500
72 45 4 HONEY I’M GOOD Andy Grammer 41200


2nd August 2015

4 weeks for Shine, Years and Years look being on top that long, holding off Conrad Sewell at 2, and Duran Duran who go up to 5 for the first time in 20-odd years. In at 19, it’s Cilla Black following her shock death today, very unexpected following on from the great TV series “Cilla” showcasing her singing career and back catalogue. Cilla has been a lovely, likeable mainstay in my life since I was 6 years old, and I will miss her. If I Thought You’d Ever Change Your Mind was one I missed at the time it was a UK hit in late 1969, as I was living in Singapore, but one I grew to love after Agnetha Faltskog covered it and took it to number one in my charts a decade ago. Most of Cilla’s greatest hits have already made my charts as oldies, but this one has missed out, so here it is.

Others: Royksopp return at 28, The Maccabees are at 32, and Danger Mouse is back at 54 with the help of Norah Jones – Norah has had 13 years of chart hits, far outdoing her dad Ravi Shankar who had only 5 years of charting from 1969 to 1974, though he did have a chart-topper and she hasn’t yet; Danger Mouse has also topped my chart with Cee-Lo, as Gnarls Barkley, Crazy in 2006, and had a top 5 as part of Broken Bells.

1 1 1 8 SHINE Years And Years 745450
2 3 2 5 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 285200
3 2 2 5 ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 459000
4 4 4 7 COME AND GET IT John Newman 265200
5 7 5 5 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 163600
6 5 4 5 WHEN M+A 247900
7 8 7 5 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 174000
8 10 8 3 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 110000
9 14 9 16 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 366000
10 13 10 4 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 129000

11 6 3 5 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 279200
12 9 2 10 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 552000
13 19 13 2 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 53000
14 11 7 18 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 298000
15 38 15 2 POWERFUL Major Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley 44200
16 16 16 3 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 67700
17 18 17 4 FREEDOM Pharrell Williams 72200
18 12 10 6 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 172250
19 NEW 19 1 IF I THOUGHT YOU’D EVER CHANGE YOUR MIND Cilla Black 21000
20 20 20 3 UNDER THE MAKEUP a-ha 59250

21 26 21 3 HURTS Kove featuring Moko 45750
22 15 1 8 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 511300
23 17 1 14 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1488250
24 25 24 6 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 87100
25 21 16 4 BROTHER NEEDTOBREATHE featuring Gavin DeGraw 82000
26 29 26 6 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 82500
27 22 22 4 WEEKEND MILLIONAIRES (YOUNG BOMBS REMIX) Katelyn Tarver 67200
28 NEW 28 1 I HAD THIS THING Royksopp 18300
29 30 29 6 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 69400
30 33 30 10 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 136750

31 37 31 3 I CAN’T LOSE Mark Ronson featuring Keyone Starr 47500
32 NEW 32 1 SOMETHING LIKE HAPPINESS The Maccabees 17800
33 47 33 3 ANNIE Neon Indian 36800
34 23 2 13 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 571700
35 50 35 2 WHAT YOU DON’T DO Lianne La Havas 29500
36 24 3 10 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 461700
37 61 37 2 FOUND YOUR LOVE Oliver Nelson featuring Heir 24800
38 48 38 3 GIRLS CHASE BOYS Ingrid Michaelson 39700
39 27 5 7 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 225800
40 52 40 2 IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN Gladys Knight And The Pips 28500

41 34 6 15 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 479500
42 59 42 3 OPEN HEART Morgan Page featuring Lissie 29250
43 39 10 15 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 285600
44 28 28 6 ARE YOU WITH ME Lost Frequencies 80500
45 43 1 13 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 505000
46 42 1 21 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 986750
47 49 47 3 BREATH AWAY Stacey Solomon 35200
48 53 48 6 GOLD IN THE ETERNAL FLAME Monarchy 53600
49 44 1 13 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 674000
50 55 50 3 BLACK MAGIC Little Mix 28600

51 36 4 16 HOME Max Jury 409350
52 32 9 7 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 180550
53 35 3 12 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 469750
54 NEW 54 1 BLACK Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi featuring Norah Jones 11000
55 75 55 2 GHOST TOWN BLUES Lauren Housley 15800
56 56 56 2 WITHOUT YOU Tobias Jesso Jr 21200
57 57 57 6 SONGBIRD Fleetwood Mac 61400
58 58 58 3 ORGAN The Hardkiss 26000
59 46 1 17 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 734850
60 60 60 2 INSOMNIA 2.0 (AVICII REMIX) Faithless 20000

61 31 3 11 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 483150
62 62 62 2 SWEET HARMONY Monarchy featuring The Pledge Choir 14800
63 71 63 2 GET STUPID Aston Merrygold 13000
64 64 64 6 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 36600
65 72 65 2 KISS ME QUICK Nathan Sykes 12600
66 66 66 3 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 18600
67 40 40 4 SPITFIRE Public Service Broadcasting 48600
68 70 68 2 RUN AWAY WITH ME Carly Rae Jepsen 12400
69 NEW 69 1 DON’T BE SO HARD ON YOURSELF Jess Glynne 6200
70 69 1 26 SPEED KILLS 10CC 701000

71 RE 34 3 GET IT ON Elin Overfjord 30500
72 45 45 4 HONEY I’M GOOD Andy Grammer 41200
73 73 73 2 LOVE IS Rod Stewart 10800
74 74 74 2 CURE Disa 10400
75 NEW 75 1 FIRE MEET GASOLINE SIA 5000

DROP OUTS
41 6 7 A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes 199400
51 10 6 JOAN OF ARC Madonna 163050
54 8 6 A MONSTER LIKE ME (Norway) Morland & Debrah Scarlett 146900
63 63 2 DON’T WAIT UP Robert DeLong 14400
65 17 9 THANK YOU Will Young 121750
67 67 2 SHADOW LEV 12200
68 60 3 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 22800

26th July 2015

It’s Years And Years for a 3rd week at one, still keeping the fantastic Tame Impala at 2, and holding off a rising Conrad Sewell with his biggest track to date, Hold Me Up. In a hectic, packed chart it’s a terrific top 20 and all records under-perform except for the record on top, of course. Duran Duran get a cool 34 years of Top 10 singles, not to mention Nile Rodgers extending his run to 37 years as he simultaneously assists NERVO to enter at 19, as the Aussie twin lady DJ’s come back with Kylie in tow, for her 2nd guest vocal of the year (after Giorgio Moroder hit 2 with her help), and Jake Spears gets his first solo credit outside Scissor Sisters for 11 years of top 20 tracks since they hit 1 with Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb, not to mention co-writing a number for Kylie, I Believe In You. Phew!

Avicii adds to his run of big singles at 10, as Simon Aldred, and Janelle Monae (with Duran) add to their’s after a bit of a gap. Elsewhere: Galantis, Kove, Sigma have big leaps while Major Lazer enter over themselves, Diplo-matically, and Lianne La Havas, Moncarchy (with a Beloved cover), Carly Rae Jepsen, Rod Stewart, and some ex-boy-band-ers in Aston Merrygold and Nathan Sykes newly pop in for a visit.


1 1 1 7 SHINE Years And Years 575450
2 2 2 4 ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 374000
3 5 3 4 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 170200
4 6 4 6 COME AND GET IT John Newman 200200
5 4 4 4 WHEN M+A 192900
6 3 3 4 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 242200
7 24 7 4 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 103600
8 11 8 4 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 124000
9 9 2 9 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 517000
10 20 10 2 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 62000

11 7 7 17 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 269000
12 10 10 5 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 150250
13 13 13 3 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 87000
14 14 14 15 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 321000
15 8 1 7 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 491800
16 33 16 2 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 42700
17 12 1 13 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1469000
18 18 18 3 FREEDOM Pharrell Williams 49200
19 NEW 19 1 THE OTHER BOYS NERVO featuring Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears and Nile Rodgers 21000
20 23 20 2 UNDER THE MAKEUP a-ha 39250

21 16 16 3 BROTHER NEEDTOBREATHE featuring Gavin DeGraw 63250
22 26 22 3 WEEKEND MILLIONAIRES (YOUNG BOMBS REMIX) Katelyn Tarver 48800
23 17 2 12 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 554100
24 19 3 9 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 444000
25 25 25 5 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 68100
26 61 26 2 HURTS Kove featuring Moko 26000
27 15 5 6 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 208700
28 28 28 5 ARE YOU WITH ME Lost Frequencies 67250
29 49 29 5 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 64000
30 36 30 5 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 51200

31 21 3 10 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 475650
32 22 9 6 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 169050
33 37 33 9 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 118750
34 29 6 14 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 465500
35 30 3 11 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 458500
36 31 4 15 HOME Max Jury 397600
37 48 37 2 I CAN’T LOSE Mark Ronson featuring Keyone Starr 29600
38 NEW 38 1 POWERFUL Major Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley 17200
39 44 10 14 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 272100
40 45 40 3 SPITFIRE Public Service Broadcasting 42000

41 27 6 7 A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes 199400
42 42 1 20 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 974000
43 43 1 12 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 492000
44 41 1 12 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 661900
45 50 45 3 HONEY I’M GOOD Andy Grammer 35600
46 39 1 16 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 724750
47 66 47 2 ANNIE Neon Indian 19100
48 58 48 2 GIRLS CHASE BOYS Ingrid Michaelson 22500
49 56 49 2 BREATH AWAY Stacey Solomon 22700
50 NEW 50 1 WHAT YOU DON’T DO Lianne La Havas 12000

51 32 10 6 JOAN OF ARC Madonna 163050
52 NEW 52 1 IF I WERE YOUR WOMAN Gladys Knight And The Pips 11500
53 53 53 5 GOLD IN THE ETERNAL FLAME Monarchy 41300
54 35 8 6 A MONSTER LIKE ME (Norway) Morland & Debrah Scarlett 146900
55 71 55 2 BLACK MAGIC Little Mix 16600
56 NEW 56 1 WITHOUT YOU Tobias Jesso Jr 10600
57 57 57 5 SONGBIRD Fleetwood Mac 51000
58 RE 58 2 ORGAN The Hardkiss 15800
59 73 59 2 OPEN HEART Morgan Page featuring Lissie 15500
60 NEW 60 1 INSOMNIA 2.0 (AVICII REMIX) Faithless 10000

61 NEW 61 1 FOUND YOUR LOVE Oliver Nelson 7500
62 NEW 62 1 SWEET HARMONY Monarchy featuring The Pledge Choir 7400
63 63 63 2 DON’T WAIT UP Robert DeLong 14400
64 67 64 5 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 29500
65 65 17 9 THANK YOU Will Young 121750
66 75 66 2 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 11800
67 72 67 2 SHADOW LEV 12200
68 60 60 3 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 22800
69 68 1 25 SPEED KILLS 10CC 695000
70 NEW 70 1 RUN AWAY WITH ME Carly Rae Jepsen 6000

71 NEW 71 1 GET STUPID Aston Merrygold 5800
72 NEW 72 1 KISS ME QUICK Nathan Sykes 5600
73 NEW 73 1 LOVE IS Rod Stewart 5400
74 NEW 74 1 CURE Disa 5200
75 NEW 75 1 GHOST TOWN BLUES Lauren Housley 5000

DROP OUTS
34 34 2 GET IT ON Elin Overfjord 24700
38 29 7 BAD BLOOD Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar 89150
40 9 11 ROADS Lawson 202800
46 19 5 WE ALL WANT THE SAME THING Rixton 82050
47 22 7 WANT TO WANT ME Jason Derulo 121500
51 9 8 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 222550
52 20 7 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 84000
54 43 3 TIME Jungle 31950
55 4 10 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 333500
59 38 8 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 85950
62 53 4 WAVES Nell Bryden featuring Tom McRae 35850
64 37 6 YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE Conchita Wurst 70700
69 69 2 MERCY Muse 11200
70 60 4 THE WAY YOU WERE Shayne Ward 32400
74 10 14 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 212350


19th July 2015

A second week for Years And Years on top, with Shine, which may have been cruelly pipped at the post in the UK singles chart, but at least they got a number one album out of it. Conrad Sewell gets his 2nd top 10, and Kacey Musgraves her first, as Pharrell Williams rockets into the 20 screaming Freedom, well over a decade since he first did it with NERD. That includes quite a few biggies along the way… meanwhile highest new entry is Avicii, keeping his run of big singles alive at 20, with uncredited vocal duties from Simon Aldred of Cherry Ghost, who have previously topped my charts with Mathematics in 2007, before getting the Birdy cover treatment (People Help The People).

In at 23, just ahead of fellow 80’s act Duran Duran’s new single, it’s a-ha with a lush new ballad, Under The Makeup, and an incredible 30 years since they topped my chart with Take On Me and The Sun Always Shines On TV. Lots of new acts and acts following up big hits entering lower down, but in at 75 it’s a childhood fave Happy Together from The Turtles, a fab 1967 single which predates my charts by a year, so it’s about time it was an entry and the new Minions movie features it over the title credits to give me a great excuse. The Turtles did, however, hit my number one in late 1968 with Elenore, so technically speaking that gives them a nice run of singles: 2. While they appeared in the interim as guests on other big name singles as Flo and Eddie (Get It On by T.Rex being just one), and their songs have been covered by Jason Donovan, The Lightning Seeds and Salt ‘n’ Pepa (among others) that means that they by far are the act who have had to wait the longest for a second hit, and a follow-up to a number one (they were the first One-Hit Wonders in my chart) – 46 and a half years. What?!! Surely it was just a couple of decades ago….

1 1 1 6 SHINE Years And Years 405450
2 2 2 3 ‘CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 259000
3 3 3 3 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 187200
4 7 4 3 WHEN M+A 132900
5 20 5 3 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 85200
6 8 6 5 COME AND GET IT John Newman 135200
7 10 7 16 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 232000
8 4 1 6 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 464800
9 5 2 8 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 472000
10 15 10 4 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 115250

11 18 11 3 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 76000
12 6 1 12 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1446000
13 17 13 2 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 55000
14 16 14 14 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 292000
15 11 5 5 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 190300
16 26 16 2 BROTHER NEEDTOBREATHE featuring Gavin DeGraw 43500
17 9 2 11 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 534850
18 74 18 2 FREEDOM Pharrell Williams 27200
19 13 3 8 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 425000
20 NEW 20 1 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (Of Cherry Ghost) 20000

21 12 3 9 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 457750
22 21 9 5 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 151250
23 NEW 23 1 UNDER THE MAKEUP a-ha 19250
24 37 24 3 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 53600
25 33 25 4 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 49350
26 55 26 2 WEEKEND MILLIONAIRES (YOUNG BOMBS REMIX) Katelyn Tarver 29300
27 14 6 6 A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes 185400
28 35 28 4 ARE YOU WITH ME Lost Frequencies 48950
29 25 6 13 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 447900
30 30 3 10 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 441000

31 28 4 14 HOME Max Jury 380200
32 22 10 5 JOAN OF ARC Madonna 151300
33 NEW 33 1 PEANUT BUTTER JELLY Galantis 17700
34 64 34 2 GET IT ON Elin Overfjord 24700
35 19 8 5 A MONSTER LIKE ME (Norway) Morland & Debrah Scarlett 135900
36 RE 36 4 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 33200
37 48 37 8 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 101050
38 29 29 7 BAD BLOOD Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar 89150
39 31 1 15 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 712000
40 24 9 11 ROADS Lawson 202800

41 39 1 11 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 648650
42 42 1 19 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 960250
43 41 1 11 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 478500
44 23 10 13 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 258000
45 50 45 2 SPITFIRE Public Service Broadcasting 25000
46 32 19 5 WE ALL WANT THE SAME THING Rixton 82050
47 36 22 7 WANT TO WANT ME Jason Derulo 121500
48 NEW 48 1 I CAN’T LOSE Mark Ronson featuring Keyone Starr 12300
49 49 49 4 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 45800
50 56 50 2 HONEY I’M GOOD Andy Grammer 22600

51 27 9 8 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 222550
52 34 20 7 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 84000
53 66 53 4 GOLD IN THE ETERNAL FLAME Monarchy 30050
54 RE 43 3 TIME Jungle 31950
55 43 4 10 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 333500
56 NEW 56 1 BREATH AWAY Stacey Solomon 10600
57 59 57 4 SONGBIRD Fleetwood Mac 40600
58 NEW 58 1 GIRLS CHASE BOYS Ingrid Michaelson 10200
59 38 38 8 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 85950
60 68 60 2 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 16400

61 NEW 61 1 HURTS Kove featuring Moko 7500
62 65 53 4 WAVES Nell Bryden featuring Tom McRae 35850
63 NEW 63 1 DON’T WAIT UP Robert DeLong 7200
64 40 37 6 YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE Conchita Wurst 70700
65 52 17 8 THANK YOU Will Young 114750
66 NEW 66 1 ANNIE Neon Indian 6600
67 71 67 4 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 22400
68 67 1 24 SPEED KILLS 10CC 688800
69 75 69 2 MERCY Muse 11200
70 60 60 4 THE WAY YOU WERE Shayne Ward 32400

71 NEW 71 1 BLACK MAGIC Little Mix 5800
72 NEW 72 1 SHADOW LEV 5600
73 NEW 73 1 OPEN HEART Morgan Page featuring Lissie 5400
74 63 10 14 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 212350
75 NEW 75 1 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 5000

DROP OUTS
44 39 6 NEW YORK RAINING Charles Hamilton featuring Rita Ora 64900
45 23 4 BLACK SMOKE (Germany) Ann Sophie 62450
46 5 28 ALFIE Cilla Black 401150
47 16 6 GHOST TOWN Adam Lambert 87100
51 11 8 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 196100
53 36 5 MONTANA James Taylor 61950
54 28 4 DREAMS Beck 65600
57 29 5 GET UP Chinese Man featuring Ex-l, Lush One & Plex Rock 75600
58 20 7 SHOTS Imagine Dragons 101750
61 19 13 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 162700
62 25 12 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 157100
69 6 8 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 189050
70 57 2 INDIAN SUMMER Jai Wolf 16400
72 72 1 ORGAN The Hardkiss 5600
73 1 25 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 991400


12th July 2015

It’s Years And Years getting a second number one of 2015, equalling Brandon Flowers, with the fab Shine which rockets to the top. They should have been the UK number one but wuz robbed by a few sales by a much lesser record, and it’s going to happen again this week. Hey ho. Tame Impala also get a second of the year – number 2 that is, as Cause I’m A Man follows Feels Like We Only Go Backwards in the runners-up slot. Tame Impala are a positively joyous hotchpotch of old records for me, albeit in an EDM stylee – The Beatles, Hot Chocolate, Mercury Rev all leap out at me, and there’s been one bugging me about Cause I’m A Man – it’s The Delfonics Didn’t I Blow My Mind vocal and melody very much inspiring this one. Fab. Up 35 spots in a top 3 clearout, there’s X Ambassadors and Renegades, a fab track if ever I heard one. If it’s not a UK chart hit I will complain.

Big jumps for Petite Meller finally hitting the 10 after 15 weeks, for John Newman with another top 10, and a top 10 debut for M+A’s lush track. Mmmm. Highest new entry is Sigala sampling dance record Easy Love, which has more than a bit of The Jackson 5’s ABC at 17. Conrad Sewell is also back shooting up to 20, fresh from his previous “featuring” credit with Kygo’s Firestone. Other artists coming back: Gavin DeGraw, Andy Grammer, Tinie Tempah, Jess Glynne, Pharrell Williams and Muse.


1 35 1 5 SHINE Years And Years 235450
2 14 2 2 CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 144000
3 38 3 2 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 102200
4 1 1 5 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 416800
5 3 2 7 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 427000
6 2 1 11 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1411000
7 31 7 2 WHEN M+A 67900
8 30 8 4 COME AND GET IT John Newman 80200
9 4 2 10 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 511850
10 65 10 15 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 182000

11 5 5 4 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 163300
12 7 3 8 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 438000
13 11 3 7 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 404000
14 6 6 5 A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes 167000
15 15 15 3 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 73250
16 16 16 13 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 263000
17 NEW 17 1 EASY LOVE Sigala featuring The Jackson 5 23000
18 40 18 2 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 39000
19 8 8 4 A MONSTER LIKE ME (Norway) Morland & Debrah Scarlett 118400
20 74 20 2 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 25200

21 9 9 4 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 131750
22 10 10 4 JOAN OF ARC Madonna 133500
23 17 10 12 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 244750
24 24 9 10 ROADS Lawson 185800
25 21 6 12 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 429700
26 NEW 26 1 BROTHER NEEDTOBREATHE featuring Gavin DeGraw 18500
27 12 9 7 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 210800
28 22 4 13 HOME Max Jury 362300
29 29 29 6 BAD BLOOD Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar 71950
30 18 3 9 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 423000

31 25 1 14 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 694900
32 19 19 4 WE ALL WANT THE SAME THING Rixton 69300
33 64 33 3 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 30600
34 20 20 6 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 72500
35 46 35 3 ARE YOU WITH ME Lost Frequencies 30650
36 27 22 6 WANT TO WANT ME Jason Derulo 109000
37 37 37 2 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 34600
38 44 38 7 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 75850
39 32 1 10 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 634650
40 43 37 5 YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE Conchita Wurst 63600

41 41 1 10 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 465000
42 42 1 18 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 946500
43 33 4 9 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 322700
44 39 39 6 NEW YORK RAINING Charles Hamilton featuring Rita Ora 64900
45 23 23 4 BLACK SMOKE (Germany) Ann Sophie 62450
46 13 5 28 ALFIE Cilla Black 401150
47 26 16 6 GHOST TOWN Adam Lambert 87100
48 48 48 7 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 83750
49 55 49 3 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 33700
50 NEW 50 1 SPITFIRE Public Service Broadcasting 12000

51 34 11 8 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 196100
52 52 17 7 THANK YOU Will Young 107750
53 36 36 5 MONTANA James Taylor 61950
54 28 28 4 DREAMS Beck 65600
55 NEW 55 1 WEEKEND MILLIONAIRES (YOUNG BOMBS REMIX) Katelyn Tarver 10800
56 NEW 56 1 HONEY I’M GOOD Andy Grammer 10600
57 50 29 5 GET UP Chinese Man featuring Ex-l, Lush One & Plex Rock 75600
58 51 20 7 SHOTS Imagine Dragons 101750
59 59 59 3 SONGBIRD Fleetwood Mac 30200
60 60 60 3 THE WAY YOU WERE Shayne Ward 26400

61 45 19 13 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 162700
62 58 25 12 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 157100
63 54 10 13 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 207150
64 NEW 64 1 GET IT ON Elin Overfjord 7100
65 53 53 3 WAVES Nell Bryden featuring Tom McRae 28450
66 70 66 3 GOLD IN THE ETERNAL FLAME Monarchy 18800
67 67 1 23 SPEED KILLS 10CC 682400
68 NEW 68 1 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 6400
69 61 6 8 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 189050
70 57 57 2 INDIAN SUMMER Jai Wolf 16400

71 75 71 3 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 15800
72 NEW 72 1 ORGAN The Hardkiss 5600
73 69 1 25 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 991400
74 NEW 74 1 FREEDOM Pharrell Williams 5200
75 NEW 75 1 MERCY Muse 5000

DROP OUTS
47 36 8 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 95500
49 45 3 ONE LAST TIME Ariana Grande 32200
56 9 8 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 182650
62 62 3 TREASURED SOUL Michael Calfan 21700
63 63 3 SHUT UP AND DANCE WALK THE MOON 20000
66 2 13 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 563300
68 68 2 THIS SUMMER’S GONNA HURT Maroon 5 12600
71 29 9 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 102200
72 35 5 TONIGHT AGAIN (Australia) Guy Sebastian 57550
73 73 3 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 15800


5th July 2015

Back yesterday from a week in the Gran Canaria sun, battery recharging, and last night from seeing the amazing 71-year-old Gladys Knight in concert (see my review), and just now sitting through the last ever UK Top 40 show on a Sunday – I first listened to Alan ‘Fluff’ Freeman’s Pick Of The Pops in September 1968, age 10, and became instantly hooked on the chart show right up to the point when streaming was incorporated into the singles rundown. From then on it became mired in increasing dullness as nothing much ever happened apart from record-company held-back instant number ones. I’ll believe the new On-Air On-Sale World Friday release promises when I see them, but it’s not so much the start of a new era for me, so much as a mercy killing. The chart of course still has a handful of fresh new good singles, but mostly it’s tracks that have long outstayed their welcome, with some that were never welcomed in in the first place. The UK Top 100 sales chart is more interesting and more representative of active music fans, just as it’s always been, as opposed to casual passive music fans content to stick with familiar stuff for months on end.

Thankfully, my charts are more changeable, only Brandon Flowers I Can Change has ironically been around for a 6-week run on top and 10 weeks in my upper rundown. This week he’s replaced by Giorgio Moroder and Britney Spears cover of Suzanne Vega’s Tom’s Diner, that’s Giorgio’s first ever as a credited lead artist (though of course I Feel Love did it in 1977, and many since as producer or writer), so at 75 years old I reckon that makes him the oldest artist to have a first chart-topper with new product, and a mere 38 year wait since his first chart hit with From Here To Eternity, not to mention a full 43 years since he first had chart action as producer/writer of Chicory Tip and actual synthesisers wrapped up as the main appeal of the hit singles. Pioneer!

Britney, a comparatively recent hit-maker has only 16 years of hits, but it’s a chart span of 16 years of chart-toppers since ..Baby One More Time started the ball rolling. Followed up with Lucky, Toxic and Everytime for her 5th number one in 3 consecutive decades. At 16, oldie of the week is Os Mutantes Portuguese psychedelic rock fabness. Play it on youtube! Madonna scrapes into the 10 from Holiday to Joan Of Arc, 1984 to 2015, and never straying far from it even if her actual new single from the album has yet to chart. Highest new entry is fromTame Impala, giving them 2 in the 20, top-notch varied retro Aus rock, and Holly Johnson like Madonna stretches a run back to 1984 of top 20 tracks. Even more veteran Duran Duran are back with Nile Rodgers at 37, giving the lads 34 years of good singles since Planet Earth, and Nile 37 years since he first charted with Chic, Dance Dance Dance (Yowsah Yowsah Yowsah). Hooray!


1 2 1 4 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 351800
2 1 1 10 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1356000
3 3 2 6 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 367000
4 4 2 9 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 466850
5 8 5 3 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 126300
6 14 6 4 A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes 138000
7 7 3 7 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 403000
8 13 8 3 A MONSTER LIKE ME (Norway) Morland & Debrah Scarlett 97400
9 10 9 3 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 112000
10 11 10 3 JOAN OF ARC Madonna 114000

11 6 3 6 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 372000
12 9 9 6 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 192400
13 5 5 27 ALFIE Cilla Black 388400
14 NEW 14 1 CAUSE I’M A MAN Tame Impala 29000
15 23 15 2 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 46250
16 18 16 12 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 238000
17 20 10 11 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 225500
18 15 3 8 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 405000
19 30 19 3 WE ALL WANT THE SAME THING Rixton 51500
20 33 20 5 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 54900

21 12 6 11 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 410950
22 17 4 12 HOME Max Jury 344000
23 31 23 3 BLACK SMOKE (Germany) Ann Sophie 49450
24 24 9 9 ROADS Lawson 166800
25 19 1 13 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 677000
26 16 16 5 GHOST TOWN Adam Lambert 74600
27 27 22 5 WANT TO WANT ME Jason Derulo 91600
28 28 28 3 DREAMS Beck 54600
29 46 29 5 BAD BLOOD Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar 53750
30 RE 30 3 COME AND GET IT John Newman 32200

31 NEW 31 1 WHEN M+A 17900
32 26 1 9 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 617550
33 22 4 8 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 309200
34 21 11 7 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 184350
35 35 35 4 SHINE Years And Years 65450
36 39 36 4 MONTANA James Taylor 50700
37 NEW 37 1 PRESSURE OFF Duran Duran featuring Janelle Monae and Nile Rodgers 17300
38 NEW 38 1 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 17200
39 53 39 5 NEW YORK RAINING Charles Hamilton featuring Rita Ora 51650
40 NEW 40 1 BURN WITH ME Whilk And Misky 17000

41 34 1 9 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 451000
42 41 1 17 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 932750
43 37 37 4 YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE Conchita Wurst 46600
44 38 38 6 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 58650
45 25 19 12 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 155200
46 57 46 2 ARE YOU WITH ME Lost Frequencies 23150
47 36 36 8 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 95500
48 48 48 6 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 71450
49 45 45 3 ONE LAST TIME Ariana Grande 32200
50 29 29 4 GET UP Chinese Man featuring Ex-l, Lush One & Plex Rock 65200

51 32 20 6 SHOTS Imagine Dragons 91550
52 42 17 6 THANK YOU Will Young 96250
53 58 53 2 WAVES Nell Bryden featuring Tom McRae 21450
54 51 10 12 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 199950
55 55 55 2 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 21600
56 40 9 8 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 182650
57 NEW 57 1 INDIAN SUMMER Jai Wolf 10400
58 52 25 11 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 149700
59 60 59 2 SONGBIRD Fleetwood Mac 20100
60 68 60 2 THE WAY YOU WERE Shayne Ward 16400

61 44 6 7 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 182650
62 62 62 3 TREASURED SOUL Michael Calfan 21700
63 63 63 3 SHUT UP AND DANCE WALK THE MOON 20000
64 71 64 2 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 12900
65 74 20 14 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 140000
66 54 2 13 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 563300
67 67 1 22 SPEED KILLS 10CC 675800
68 69 68 2 THIS SUMMER’S GONNA HURT Maroon 5 12600
69 65 1 24 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 986000
70 70 70 2 FIRE IN ETERNAL FLAME Monarchy 12000

71 43 29 9 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 102200
72 RE 35 5 TONIGHT AGAIN (Australia) Guy Sebastian 57550
73 73 73 3 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 15800
74 NEW 74 1 HOLD ME UP Conrad Sewell 5200
75 75 75 2 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 10000

DROP OUTS
47 40 5 PERFECT LOVE AFFAIR Shaun Escoffrey 53000
49 33 6 APART Kasper Bjorke featuring Sisy Ey 72000
50 50 6 SHE AIN’T ME Sinead Harnett 58700
56 1 12 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 580500
59 19 8 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 129750
61 27 7 ALL CRIED OUT Blonde featuring Alex Newell 73950
64 64 2 HEY MAMA David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj Bebe Rexha & Afrojack 13100
66 1 18 KING Years And Years 725600
72 26 6 VINTAGE High Dive Heart 82700


28th June 2015

It’s still Brandon Flowers for a 6th week on top, a run not seen since Keane’s Disconnected did 7 weeks, and one week short of Brandon’s Crossfire! Giorgio Moroder gets a second number 2 of the year, still short of a number one as an act, technically – though of course had producers been given artist credit back in the day may as well say I Feel Love the first actual EDM track (if one ignores the more novelty Hot Butter instrumental Popcorn from 1972) in 1977 was Giorgio Moroder featuring Donna Summer. Let’s be honest, it’s no different from Calvin Harris or David Guetta in any way whatsoever, excepting that Giorgio invented the genre. Britney gets her highest chart placing since Everytime and Toxic topped the chart in succession, while Cilla Black gets yet another oldie top 5 entry, the third in the last year – this time it’s Burt Bacharach’s classic film theme Alfie, which pre-dated my first chart (but which would have been a big chart hit cos I loved Cilla when I wuz a kiddie).

Paul Weller gets another top 10 to add to his long list of ’em, stretching back to 1978 and The Jam, while the highest new entry is from country star Kacey Musgraves, finally getting a biggie in my charts. Holly Johnson has a welcome loooooong overdue top 40 return (say, 25 years or so), though Frankie stuff has charted in the interim many a time. James Taylor also hasn’t troubled my top 40 since the 80’s, most likely – I still have no access to my old chartfile, doh! Meanwhile I saw the classic Rumour’s Fleetwood Mac line-up this week at the O2, and they were fab, fab, fab, so Songbird, the closing track, much-covered pops in. There aren’t many tracks off that album that haven’t made my charts, as each time it enters the UK album chart it gives me another excuse to chart another one. Yay!


1 1 1 9 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1241000
2 5 2 3 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 181800
3 2 2 5 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 282000
4 4 2 8 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 401850
5 20 5 26 ALFIE Cilla Black 356400
6 3 3 5 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 335000
7 6 3 6 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 353000
8 28 8 2 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 66300
9 10 9 5 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 157400
10 16 10 2 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 67000

11 12 11 2 JOAN OF ARC Madonna 72000
12 7 6 10 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 391200
13 36 13 2 A MONSTER LIKE ME (Norway) Morland & Debrah Scarlett 49400
14 14 14 3 A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes 83000
15 8 3 7 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 383000
16 26 16 4 GHOST TOWN Adam Lambert 56100
17 17 4 11 HOME Max Jury 324500
18 18 18 11 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 213000
19 15 1 12 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 658250
20 24 10 10 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 202500

21 11 11 6 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 166750
22 13 4 7 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 291500
23 NEW 23 1 HIGH TIME Kacey Musgraves 19250
24 9 9 8 ROADS Lawson 147800
25 19 19 11 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 142200
26 21 1 8 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 599750
27 22 22 4 WANT TO WANT ME Jason Derulo 73200
28 30 28 2 DREAMS Beck 36300
29 35 29 3 GET UP Chinese Man featuring Ex-l, Lush One & Plex Rock 53200
30 47 30 2 WE ALL WANT THE SAME THING Rixton 30500

31 48 31 2 BLACK SMOKE (Germany) Ann Sophie 30200
32 27 20 5 SHOTS Imagine Dragons 79800
33 68 33 4 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 34900
34 31 1 8 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 437000
35 38 35 3 SHINE Years And Years 47950
36 39 36 7 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 83000
37 60 37 3 YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE Conchita Wurst 33100
38 69 38 5 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 45400
39 56 39 3 MONTANA James Taylor 33300
40 23 9 7 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 172050

41 41 1 16 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 919000
42 25 17 5 THANK YOU Will Young 84750
43 29 29 8 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 96400
44 34 6 6 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 175150
45 64 45 2 ONE LAST TIME Ariana Grande 20100
46 54 46 4 BAD BLOOD Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar 35550
47 40 40 5 PERFECT LOVE AFFAIR Shaun Escoffrey 53000
48 49 48 5 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 59150
49 33 33 6 APART Kasper Bjorke featuring Sisy Ey 72000
50 57 50 6 SHE AIN’T ME Sinead Harnett 58700

51 50 10 11 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 188950
52 55 25 10 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 139500
53 59 53 4 NEW YORK RAINING Charles Hamilton featuring Rita Ora 34550
54 43 2 12 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 556500
55 NEW 55 1 GLITTERBALL Sigma featuring Ella Henderson 10800
56 45 1 12 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 580500
57 NEW 57 1 ARE YOU WITH ME Lost Frequencies 10400
58 NEW 58 1 WAVES Nell Bryden featuring Tom McRae 10200
59 42 19 8 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 129750
60 NEW 60 1 SONGBIRD Fleetwood Mac 10000

61 44 27 7 ALL CRIED OUT Blonde featuring Alex Newell 73950
62 65 62 2 TREASURED SOUL Michael Calfan 14300
63 72 63 2 SHUT UP AND DANCE WALK THE MOON 12800
64 70 64 2 HEY MAMA David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj Bebe Rexha & Afrojack 13100
65 62 1 23 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 979800
66 63 1 18 KING Years And Years 725600
67 66 1 21 SPEED KILLS 10CC 669200
68 NEW 68 1 THE WAY YOU WERE Shayne Ward 6400
69 NEW 69 1 THIS SUMMER’S GONNA HURT Maroon 5 6200
70 NEW 70 1 FIRE IN ETERNAL FLAME Monarchy 6000

71 NEW 71 1 CAN’T FEEL MY FACE The Weeknd 5800
72 32 26 6 VINTAGE High Dive Heart 82700
73 75 73 2 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 10400
74 74 20 13 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 133000
75 NEW 75 1 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 5000

DROP OUTS
37 37 5 GRANDE AMORE (Italy) Il Volo 73350
46 12 8 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 160950
51 16 9 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 169900
52 52 1 HERE FOR YOU (Slovenia) Maraaya 11500
53 43 3 TIME Jungle 31950
58 38 7 I REALLY LIKE YOU Carly Rae Jepsen 73200
61 49 4 THAT’S ALRIGHT WITH ME Andreya Triana 35500
67 46 5 QUICKSAND Caro Emerald 46850
71 61 3 AMERICA’S SWEETHEART Elle King 19500
73 7 16 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 364400


21st June 2015

It’s Brandon Flowers on top for a 5th week, he says he can change but no change here, he’s even seen off himself and Hurts who are at 2 for the their second-biggest hit. I Can Change is now only 2 weeks short of the run on top that Crossfire had. Highest new track is a re-entry for Giorgio Moroder and Britney Spears at 5, making a second top 10 appearance for Tom’s Diner (last time was DNA and Suzanne Vega in 1990), a second top 10 for Giorgio in 2015, while his 3rd track with SIA breaks into the 20. Britney gets her highest chart position for a decade, though she has made the top 10 in the interim, most recently with will.i.am, and it extends her run of hits to 17 years.

Talking of long-running female hitmakers, Madonna’s back with another track off her latest album at 12, the fab Joan Of Arc, her 5th top 20 of the year and 31 years of chart entries, she must be pushing closer and closer to 100 hits, as she’s had 75 UK top 75 entries, and quite a number of American-only singles and album tracks and non-hits have charted for me. In at 16, Jack Savoretti has a quick top 20 follow-up with Written In Scars, Paul Weller picks the wrong first single from Saturns Pattern and the one that should have been first is in at 28, Going My Way giving him 38 Style Jam-tastic years of chart entries. Beck’s also back for the first time in years with a great new single, Dreams at 30, for 21 years since he was first a Loser.

Some more Eurovision entries as I belatedly play them more, and that also applies to a bunch of UK top 40 tracks that have been pottering around outside my top 75 for a while. Finally Marvin Gaye’s at 10, but he’s also at 75 – as a song title. It’s not the first time he’s featured in song (Diana Ross, and The Commodores both did it in 1985) though he’s not had his name as the title before. Marvin The Paranoid Android had a hit with Marvin, though. Brain the size of a planet and here I am handing out trivia….or something like that!


1 1 1 8 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 1071000
2 4 2 4 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 197000
3 3 3 4 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 280000
4 2 2 7 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 336850
5 RE 5 2 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 66800
6 6 3 5 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 303000
7 7 6 9 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 359200
8 8 3 6 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 356000
9 15 9 7 ROADS Lawson 128800
10 10 10 4 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 112400

11 11 11 5 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 147000
12 NEW 12 1 JOAN OF ARC Madonna 35000
13 12 4 6 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 272000
14 16 14 2 A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes 54000
15 9 1 11 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 637200
16 NEW 16 1 WRITTEN IN SCARS Jack Savoretti 25000
17 13 4 10 HOME Max Jury 301500
18 19 18 10 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 191000
19 23 19 10 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 123450
20 25 20 25 ALFIE Cilla Black 296400

21 5 1 7 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 599750
22 29 22 3 WANT TO WANT ME Jason Derulo 54800
23 14 9 6 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 155050
24 18 10 9 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 182500
25 17 17 4 THANK YOU Will Young 71000
26 63 26 3 GHOST TOWN Adam Lambert 31100
27 20 20 4 SHOTS Imagine Dragons 62000
28 NEW 28 1 GOING MY WAY Paul Weller 18300
29 32 29 7 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 82900
30 NEW 30 1 DREAMS Beck 18000

31 21 1 7 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 419400
32 26 26 5 VINTAGE High Dive Heart 77100
33 36 33 5 APART Kasper Bjorke featuring Sisy Ey 59900
34 28 6 5 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 161900
35 35 35 2 GET UP Chinese Man featuring Ex-l, Lush One & Plex Rock 35000
36 NEW 36 1 A MONSTER LIKE ME (Norway) Morland & Debrah Scarlett 17400
37 37 37 5 GRANDE AMORE (Italy) Il Volo 73350
38 44 38 2 SHINE Years And Years 30450
39 54 39 6 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 65600
40 48 40 4 PERFECT LOVE AFFAIR Shaun Escoffrey 40500

41 41 1 15 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 905000
42 24 19 7 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 119650
43 22 2 11 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 545500
44 27 27 6 ALL CRIED OUT Blonde featuring Alex Newell 66450
45 34 1 11 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 569900
46 30 12 8 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 160950
47 NEW 47 1 WE ALL WANT THE SAME THING Rixton 12500
48 NEW 48 1 BLACK SMOKE (Germany) Ann Sophie 12300
49 50 49 4 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 46850
50 40 10 10 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 177200

51 33 16 9 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 169900
52 NEW 52 1 HERE FOR YOU (Slovenia) Maraaya 11500
53 43 43 3 TIME Jungle 31950
54 70 54 3 BAD BLOOD Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar 22800
55 42 25 9 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 128000
56 72 56 2 MONTANA James Taylor 16200
57 57 57 5 SHE AIN’T ME Sinead Harnett 46700
58 38 38 7 I REALLY LIKE YOU Carly Rae Jepsen 73200
59 67 59 3 NEW YORK RAINING Charles Hamilton featuring Rita Ora 23300
60 71 60 2 YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE Conchita Wurst 15800

61 49 49 4 THAT’S ALRIGHT WITH ME Andreya Triana 35500
62 52 1 22 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 972800
63 53 1 17 KING Years And Years 718800
64 NEW 64 1 ONE LAST TIME Ariana Grande 7100
65 NEW 65 1 TREASURED SOUL Michael Calfan 7000
66 66 1 20 SPEED KILLS 10CC 662600
67 46 46 5 QUICKSAND Caro Emerald 46850
68 RE 68 3 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 17200
69 74 56 4 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 28200
70 NEW 70 1 HEY MAMA David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj Bebe Rexha & Afrojack 6000

71 61 61 3 AMERICA’S SWEETHEART Elle King 19500
72 NEW 72 1 SHUT UP AND DANCE WALK THE MOON 5600
73 RE 7 16 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 364400
74 RE 20 12 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 127800
75 NEW 75 1 MARVIN GAYE Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor 5000

DROP OUTS
31 10 19 HERE I GO AGAIN (959900) Archie Bell And The Drells 433400
39 26 4 SEE YOU AGAIN Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth 61000
45 34 7 JEALOUS Nick Jonas 84200
47 35 8 HALLELUJAH Panic! At The Disco 99650
51 16 6 SHIP TO WRECK Florence And The Machine 105900
55 31 6 STILL WANT YOU Brandon Flowers 87050
56 8 12 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 220500
58 32 4 LOVE INJECTED (Latvia) Aminata 57800
59 9 9 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 220900
60 30 4 NIGHTCLUB NIRVANA Lo-Fi-Fnk 53000
62 8 10 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 237200
64 64 2 COME AND GET IT John Newman 14200
65 65 3 BREAK THE RULES (AQUOSTIC LIVE VERSION) Status Quo 18800
68 25 5 SORRY Meg Myers 68200
69 11 9 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 160550
73 35 4 TONIGHT AGAIN (Australia) Guy Sebastian 51950
75 9 15 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 256000


14th June 2015

It’s Brandon Flowers versus Brandon Flowers for the top spot, but I Can Change just edges out Lonely Town as it returns for a 4th week on top, Lonely Town peaking at 2 so far. Tame Impala hit 3 and Hurts rocket to 4 to claim their biggest of several top 10 singles, bar the number one with Calvin Harris. Kygo remixes Marvin Gaye, and Sexual Healing goes top 10 for the first time since 1982.

Highest new entry at 16? Portuguese 1960’s psychedelic rock classic? Ring a bell? You may know the cover by the Bees, but I prefer the original quirky fab original, having discovered it the other week. So it’s new to me, even though it’s 47 years old or so. Love that guitar riff! Imagine Dragons have some Shots inside the 20, as per usual for them, while among the new entries is James Taylor, singer-songwriter veteran who once upon a time had some Fire and Rain, and noted You’ve Got A Friend back in 1971. Montana is getting plays on Radio 2, for a cool 44 years of new chart entries in my poptastic chartfreak lists.

1 2 1 7 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 901000
2 3 2 6 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 271850
3 4 3 3 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 195000
4 60 4 3 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 82000
5 1 1 6 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 580000
6 5 3 4 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 248000
7 8 6 8 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 309200
8 6 3 5 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 308000
9 7 1 10 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 610200
10 18 10 3 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 70400

11 13 11 4 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 110000
12 12 4 5 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 240000
13 11 4 9 HOME Max Jury 278500
14 9 9 5 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 135800
15 15 15 6 ROADS Lawson 83800
16 NEW 16 1 A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes 25000
17 23 17 3 THANK YOU Will Young 52250
18 17 10 8 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 163500
19 20 19 9 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 169000
20 36 20 3 SHOTS Imagine Dragons 43600

21 21 1 6 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 401500
22 22 2 10 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 532000
23 37 23 9 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 102450
24 19 19 6 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 105900
25 27 25 24 ALFIE Cilla Black 276400
26 32 26 4 VINTAGE High Dive Heart 59300
27 29 27 5 ALL CRIED OUT Blonde featuring Alex Newell 53200
28 14 6 4 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 144300
29 39 29 2 WANT TO WANT ME Jason Derulo 35300
30 24 12 7 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 148200

31 10 10 19 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 433400
32 38 32 6 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 64700
33 16 16 8 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 157150
34 28 1 10 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 556900
35 NEW 35 1 GET UP Chinese Man featuring Ex-l, Lush One & Plex Rock 17500
36 47 36 4 APART Kasper Bjorke featuring Sisy Ey 42200
37 44 37 4 GRANDE AMORE (Italy) Il Volo 56050
38 40 38 6 I REALLY LIKE YOU Carly Rae Jepsen 63000
39 26 26 4 SEE YOU AGAIN Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth 61000
40 33 10 9 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 165200

41 41 1 14 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 891000
42 25 25 8 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 117200
43 63 43 2 TIME Jungle 20700
44 NEW 44 1 SHINE Years And Years 13250
45 34 34 7 JEALOUS Nick Jonas 84200
46 58 46 4 QUICKSAND Caro Emerald 40250
47 35 35 8 HALLELUJAH Panic! At The Disco 99650
48 72 48 3 PERFECT LOVE AFFAIR Shaun Escoffrey 23500
49 59 49 3 THAT’S ALRIGHT WITH ME Andreya Triana 28000
50 52 50 3 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 34750

51 43 16 6 SHIP TO WRECK Florence And The Machine 105900
52 49 1 21 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 965400
53 50 1 16 KING Years And Years 711600
54 56 54 5 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 48500
55 31 31 6 STILL WANT YOU Brandon Flowers 87050
56 45 8 12 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 220500
57 57 57 4 SHE AIN’T ME Sinead Harnett 36300
58 48 32 4 LOVE INJECTED (Latvia) Aminata 57800
59 42 9 9 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 220900
60 30 30 4 NIGHTCLUB NIRVANA Lo-Fi-Fnk 53000

61 69 61 2 AMERICA’S SWEETHEART Elle King 13700
62 54 8 10 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 237200
63 RE 63 2 GHOST TOWN Adam Lambert 12600
64 64 64 2 COME AND GET IT John Newman 14200
65 RE 65 3 BREAK THE RULES (AQUOSTIC LIVE VERSION) Status Quo 18800
66 66 1 19 SPEED KILLS 10CC 655800
67 67 67 2 NEW YORK RAINING Charles Hamilton featuring Rita Ora 13200
68 46 25 5 SORRY Meg Myers 68200
69 53 11 9 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 160550
70 71 70 2 BAD BLOOD Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar 11800

71 NEW 71 1 YOU ARE UNSTOPPABLE Conchita Wurst 5800
72 NEW 72 1 MONTANA James Taylor 5600
73 51 35 4 TONIGHT AGAIN (Australia) Guy Sebastian 51950
74 RE 56 3 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 22000
75 75 9 15 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 256000

DROP OUTS
55 7 8 COOL ENOUGH Spada and Elen Levon 169800
61 2 9 OVERLOADED Life Of Dillon 429500
62 1 10 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 599550
65 1 18 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 703150
68 62 5 SHINE ON Simply Red 29800
70 70 2 KILLING ALL MY DARLINGS Maria Hazell 11200
73 73 2 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 10800
74 1 25 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 981800


7th June 2015

Hot Chocolate get their 2nd topper of the year with an oldie, for the late Errol Brown, their first hit from 1970 which I charted but never got it’s just dues as I barely heard it until 1975, due to living In Singapore when it was a hit. I love it, still, and it’s their 8th number one. Brandon Flowers gets knocked down to 2 – but he’s also up to 3 with Lonely Town, his 3rd top 3 of the year, and a previous number one holds at 7, and a 4th goes up to 31. Good thing I haven’t bought the album yet or the chart might get invaded!

Tame Impala sounding like Beatles circa 1966 are at 4, cos it’s fab gear, while Lawson return with a bang hitting the roads at 15. Kygo leapfrogs himself (times 2) as his remix of Marvin Gaye shoots up to 18, 33 years since the original was last in the 20. Highest actual new entry is Jason Derulo at 39, Jungle come back a year after it was last in my chart (with Time, a long enough break for it to qualify as a new hit rather than re-entry: I mean you HAVE to have some point in time to stop calling them re-entries, as it just doesn’t make sense once there are 2 very different chart runs separated by years. Others; Rita Ora, Taylor Swift and John Newman are all back with new hits, with or without the obligatory featuring credit.

1 2 1 5 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 520000
2 1 1 6 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 731000
3 15 3 5 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 156850
4 9 4 2 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 110000
5 3 3 3 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 193000
6 5 3 4 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 260000
7 7 1 9 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 565200
8 8 6 7 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 259200
9 16 9 4 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 106800
10 11 10 18 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 415500

11 4 4 8 HOME Max Jury 246500
12 6 4 4 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 205000
13 14 13 3 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 73000
14 10 6 3 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 126000
15 RE 15 5 ROADS Lawson 56800
16 17 16 7 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 139450
17 12 10 7 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 141500
18 68 18 2 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 28400
19 24 19 5 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 86900
20 23 20 8 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 148000

21 13 1 5 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 381750
22 19 2 9 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 512500
23 60 23 2 THANK YOU Will Young 29250
24 18 12 6 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 130200
25 30 25 7 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 103450
26 27 26 3 SEE YOU AGAIN Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth 43900
27 29 27 23 ALFIE Cilla Black 257650
28 20 1 9 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 539300
29 67 29 4 ALL CRIED OUT Blonde featuring Alex Newell 34800
30 34 30 3 NIGHTCLUB NIRVANA Lo-Fi-Fnk 43000

31 33 31 5 STILL WANT YOU Brandon Flowers 76250
32 36 32 3 VINTAGE High Dive Heart 40800
33 22 10 8 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 148200
34 39 34 6 JEALOUS Nick Jonas 71200
35 37 35 7 HALLELUJAH Panic! At The Disco 87150
36 69 36 2 SHOTS Imagine Dragons 23600
37 47 37 8 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 83200
38 49 38 5 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 46900
39 NEW 39 1 WANT TO WANT ME Jason Derulo 17100
40 50 40 5 I REALLY LIKE YOU Carly Rae Jepsen 45800

41 41 1 13 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 877000
42 21 9 8 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 210800
43 28 16 5 SHIP TO WRECK Florence And The Machine 94150
44 46 44 3 GRANDE AMORE (Italy) Il Volo 38750
45 26 8 11 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 209900
46 25 25 4 SORRY Meg Myers 61800
47 64 47 3 APART Kasper Bjorke featuring Sisy Ey 24800
48 32 32 3 LOVE INJECTED (Latvia) Aminata 47600
49 44 1 20 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 953900
50 42 1 15 KING Years And Years 700350

51 35 35 3 TONIGHT AGAIN (Australia) Guy Sebastian 46550
52 53 52 2 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 22750
53 31 11 8 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 154350
54 45 8 9 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 229800
55 43 7 8 COOL ENOUGH Spada and Elen Levon 169800
56 56 56 4 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 37500
57 59 57 3 SHE AIN’T ME Sinead Harnett 25900
58 52 52 3 QUICKSAND Caro Emerald 27500
59 71 59 2 THAT’S ALRIGHT WITH ME Andreya Triana 15900
60 65 60 2 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 17000

61 48 2 9 OVERLOADED Life Of Dillon 429500
62 40 1 10 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 599550
63 NEW 63 1 TIME Jungle 7200
64 NEW 64 1 COME AND GET IT John Newman 7100
65 58 1 18 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 703150
66 66 1 18 SPEED KILLS 10CC 649000
67 NEW 67 1 NEW YORK RAINING Charles Hamilton featuring Rita Ora 6600
68 RE 62 5 SHINE ON Simply Red 29800
69 NEW 69 1 AMERICA’S SWEETHEART Elle King 6200
70 74 70 2 KILLING ALL MY DARLINGS Maria Hazell 11200

71 NEW 71 1 BAD BLOOD Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamarr 5800
72 72 72 2 PERFECT LOVE AFFAIR Shaun Escoffrey 11200
73 73 73 2 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 10800
74 70 1 25 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 981800
75 63 9 14 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 251000

DROP OUTS
38 20 6 ARE YOU READY Texas 97350
51 14 11 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 238850
54 15 8 WE HAVE TO TALK About The Girl 170700
55 55 3 CUT ME LOOSE LYON 27600
57 4 12 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 312500
61 51 3 ON A TRAIN Northbrook 29350
62 38 10 BILLS Lunchmoney Lewis 114000
75 75 1 TROUBLE Iggy Azalea featuring Jennifer Hudson 5000


31st May 2015

3 weeks for Brandon Flowers, I Can Change, but I don’t want to I still love it to bits, fab song, fab Bronski Beat samples and fab Neil Tennant voicemail message in it. Just for the record Pet Shop Boy Neil has featured on other chart-toppers outside the band by Liza Minelli, Dusty Springfield, David Bowie, and now Brandon. Of course I love it! Both of them have impeccable taste in music! Brandon now has 3 tracks in the top 15, 4 in the 40.

That leaves the Swedish Eurovision winner up to 3, Heroes, and a very Beatles/John Lennon track I missed the other year as highest new entry at 9 from Australia’s Tame Impala, Feels Like We Only Go Backwards. In at 53 it’s a record that dropped out of my charts 43 years ago – and it was already a few years old by then! It’s currently getting a featuring credit for Rod Stewart, though it’s really Python Lee Jackson (Rod didn’t even get a credit as he was hired in for the track before he became famous), and the track using it is not in my chart (A$AP Rocky, and Everyday). I’ll take the original, which was reissued on World Record Store Day a few weeks back, and is thus eligible to chart again.

Others back: Will Young getting all interesting with his new album tracks, Hurts back after a longish gap, Kygo getting a 3rd entry as remixer of the Marvin Gaye soul classic, Imagine Dragons keeping the chart entries coming (though not the UK single), and Holly Johnson is back again. Frankie Says About Time!


1 1 1 5 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 616000
2 2 2 4 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 350000
3 8 3 2 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 133000
4 5 4 7 HOME Max Jury 209500
5 3 3 3 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 205000
6 4 4 3 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 170000
7 7 1 8 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 515200
8 11 6 6 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 211200
9 NEW 9 1 FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS Tame Impala 45000
10 6 6 2 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 97000

11 13 11 17 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 373500
12 10 10 6 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 118500
13 9 1 4 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 362000
14 50 14 2 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 41000
15 21 15 4 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 71850
16 22 16 3 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 61800
17 18 17 6 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 114450
18 12 12 5 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 111200
19 15 2 8 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 493000
20 19 1 8 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 521000

21 17 9 7 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 197050
22 14 10 7 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 130500
23 25 23 7 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 128000
24 24 24 4 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 65900
25 28 25 3 SORRY Meg Myers 49050
26 26 8 10 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 196900
27 65 27 2 SEE YOU AGAIN Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth 25400
28 16 16 4 SHIP TO WRECK Florence And The Machine 79650
29 32 29 22 ALFIE Cilla Black 239250
30 30 30 6 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 84700

31 20 11 7 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 143100
32 35 32 2 LOVE INJECTED (Latvia) Aminata 35300
33 36 33 4 STILL WANT YOU Brandon Flowers 58350
34 62 34 2 NIGHTCLUB NIRVANA Lo-Fi-Fnk 25000
35 37 35 2 TONIGHT AGAIN (Australia) Guy Sebastian 34800
36 72 36 2 VINTAGE High Dive Heart 23000
37 49 37 6 HALLELUJAH Panic! At The Disco 69650
38 23 20 6 ARE YOU READY Texas 97350
39 45 39 5 JEALOUS Nick Jonas 53600
40 27 1 9 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 592150

41 39 1 12 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 863000
42 42 1 14 KING Years And Years 688350
43 43 7 7 COOL ENOUGH Spada and Elen Levon 159000
44 40 1 19 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 941800
45 34 8 8 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 218800
46 46 46 2 GRANDE AMORE (Italy) Il Volo 25500
47 56 47 7 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 65900
48 33 2 8 OVERLOADED Life Of Dillon 422000
49 63 49 4 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 29700
50 68 50 4 I REALLY LIKE YOU Carly Rae Jepsen 28800

51 29 14 11 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 238850
52 71 52 2 QUICKSAND Caro Emerald 17300
53 NEW 53 1 IN A BROKEN DREAM Python Lee Jackson featuring Rod Stewart 11250
54 38 15 8 WE HAVE TO TALK About The Girl 170700
55 57 55 3 CUT ME LOOSE LYON 27600
56 59 56 3 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 26900
57 31 4 12 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 312500
58 54 1 17 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 696150
59 73 59 2 SHE AIN’T ME Sinead Harnett 15500
60 NEW 60 1 THANK YOU Will Young 10000

61 51 51 3 ON A TRAIN Northbrook 29350
62 52 38 10 BILLS Lunchmoney Lewis 114000
63 58 9 13 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 246000
64 74 64 2 APART Kasper Bjorke featuring Sisy Ey 12300
65 NEW 65 1 SOME KIND OF HEAVEN Hurts 7000
66 64 1 17 SPEED KILLS 10CC 642200
67 75 67 3 ALL CRIED OUT Blonde featuring Alex Newell 16600
68 NEW 68 1 (SEXUAL) HEALING (KYGO REMIX) Marvin Gaye 6400
69 NEW 69 1 SHOTS Imagine Dragons 6200
70 66 1 24 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 976600

71 NEW 71 1 THAT’S ALRIGHT WITH ME Andreya Triana 5800
72 NEW 72 1 PERFECT LOVE AFFAIR Shaun Escoffrey 5600
73 NEW 73 1 DANCING WITH NO FEAR Holly Johnson 5400
74 NEW 74 1 KILLING ALL MY DARLINGS Maria Hazell 5200
75 NEW 75 1 TROUBLE Iggy Azalea featuring Jennifer Hudson 5000

DROP OUTS
41 9 5 THE WAY YOU ARE (Denmark) Anti Social Media 126250
44 13 7 UNDAUNTED Wibi Soerjadi 174750
47 28 5 I’M IN LOVE Zhala 71800
48 15 11 STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Electro Velvet 182550
53 53 2 NEVER LET YOU GO Dash Berlin and John Dahlback featuring BullySongs 18350
55 55 3 SOMEONE NEW Hozier 27400
60 60 4 TALK ABOUT YOU MIKA 32400
61 61 2 STATE LINES The Shires 14100
67 20 3 STAND BY ME Ben E. King 40600
69 56 2 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 16800
70 70 2 BREAK THE RULES (AQOUSTIC LIVE VERSION) Status Quo 11800


24th May 2015

It’s Brandon Flowers fantastic I Can Change grabbing a second week at 1, and holding off the mass onslaught of classic Hot Chocolate (Love Is Life peaking at 2 for the second time 45 years on) and Grace’s revamp of You Don’t Own Me, the song hitting the top 3 for the second time this year. Not to mention Jax Jones at 4, two new Eurovision entries from Belgium and Sweden (the winner) inside the top 10, and Max Jury a 21-year-old singer-songwriter currently supporting Rufus Wainwright at 5 with the gorgeous atmospheric Home. Lean On also belatedly goes top 10, as I finally get hooked on Major Lazer’s goodie.

Fair to say my chart is totally dominated by two song contests, Eurovision and online Buzzjack, the UK singles chart now having less and less effect by the week, being as I don’t bother listening to it anymore now that brilliant top 40 sales hits barely scrape into the 75 as the terminally dull months and months runs in the charts of some singles from streaming make it unlistenable. Which will of course make the charts even worse as people hook onto the few new entries late in the day and make them hang around even longer. For example I just bought the Whiz Khalifa single weeks late as I don’t get to hear it much and it took a while to sink in. Ah well, the record industry only has itself to blame….

1 1 1 4 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 446000
2 3 2 3 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 235000
3 5 3 2 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 145000
4 7 4 2 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 115000
5 17 5 6 HOME Max Jury 144500
6 NEW 6 1 RHYTHM INSIDE (Belgium) Loic Nottet 55000
7 4 1 7 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 465200
8 NEW 8 1 HEROES (Sweden) Mans Zelmerlow 48000
9 2 1 3 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 330000
10 40 10 5 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 83500

11 6 6 5 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 163200
12 15 12 4 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 89200
13 14 13 16 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 336500
14 10 10 6 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 111000
15 8 2 7 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 472000
16 25 16 3 SHIP TO WRECK Florence And The Machine 61350
17 13 9 6 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 177300
18 18 18 5 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 91450
19 9 1 7 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 501000
20 11 11 6 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 125200

21 34 21 3 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 44850
22 37 22 2 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 36800
23 20 20 5 ARE YOU READY Texas 80150
24 32 24 3 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 46900
25 27 25 6 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 108750
26 26 8 9 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 178400
27 19 1 8 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 575150
28 50 28 2 SORRY Meg Myers 30300
29 22 14 10 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 227100
30 30 30 5 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 66700

31 16 4 11 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 302100
32 35 32 21 ALFIE Cilla Black 221050
33 12 2 7 OVERLOADED Life Of Dillon 409700
34 29 8 7 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 205800
35 NEW 35 1 LOVE INJECTED (Latvia) Aminata 17500
36 44 36 3 STILL WANT YOU Brandon Flowers 40650
37 NEW 37 1 TONIGHT AGAIN (Australia) Guy Sebastian 17300
38 23 15 7 WE HAVE TO TALK About The Girl 159700
39 31 1 11 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 849000
40 33 1 18 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 928550

41 21 9 5 THE WAY YOU ARE (Denmark) Anti Social Media 126250
42 39 1 13 KING Years And Years 674600
43 36 7 6 COOL ENOUGH Spada and Elen Levon 145750
44 24 13 7 UNDAUNTED Wibi Soerjadi 174750
45 47 45 4 JEALOUS Nick Jonas 36500
46 NEW 46 1 GRANDE AMORE (Italy) Il Volo
47 28 28 5 I’M IN LOVE Zhala 71800
48 61 15 11 STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Electro Velvet 182550
49 53 47 5 HALLELUJAH Panic! At The Disco 52350
50 NEW 50 1 PUSH A-Track featuring Andrew Wyatt 12000

51 59 51 2 ON A TRAIN Northbrook 21850
52 38 38 9 BILLS Lunchmoney Lewis 106600
53 64 53 2 NEVER LET YOU GO Dash Berlin and John Dahlback featuring BullySongs 18350
54 49 1 16 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 685950
55 55 55 3 SOMEONE NEW Hozier 27400
56 65 50 6 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 53400
57 68 57 2 CUT ME LOOSE LYON 16800
58 58 9 12 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 238800
59 69 59 2 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 16300
60 60 60 4 TALK ABOUT YOU MIKA 32400

61 67 61 2 STATE LINE The Shires 14100
62 NEW 62 1 NIGHTCLUB NIRVANA Lo-Fi-Fnk 7400
63 74 63 3 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 17600
64 63 1 16 SPEED KILLS 10CC 635400
65 NEW 65 1 SEE YOU AGAIN Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth 7000
66 57 1 23 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 970600
67 41 20 3 STAND BY ME Ben E. King 40600
68 73 68 3 I REALLY LIKE YOU Carly Rae Jepsen 16800
69 56 56 2 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 16800
70 71 70 2 BREAK THE RULES (AQOUSTIC LIVE VERSION) Status Quo 11800

71 NEW 71 1 QUICKSAND Caro Emerald 5800
72 NEW 72 1 VINTAGE High Dive Heart 5600
73 NEW 73 1 SHE AIN’T ME Sinead Harnett 5400
74 NEW 74 1 APART Kasper Bjorke featuring Sisy Ey 5200
75 75 75 2 ALL CRIED OUT Blonde featuring Alex Newell 10000

DROP OUTS
42 19 8 THE OTHER SIDE OF LOVE Jack Savoretti 142200
43 37 5 DYNAMITE Asta featuring Allday 78500
45 27 5 I’M MISSING YOU Ali Campbell 72600
46 35 6 CURTAINS Last Lynx 92350
48 4 9 DIMITTO (LET GO) Kato and Safri Duo featuring Bjornskof 328400
51 36 5 INSOMNIA Audien featuring Parson James 68400
52 4 9 I’LL BE THERE Chic featuring Nile Rodgers 339750
54 43 6 BIG GIRLS CRY SIA 50000
62 62 4 SHINE ON Simply Red 23400
66 54 4 ROADS Lawson 39800
70 7 15 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 359000
72 72 1 SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN Billy Joel 5600


17th May 2015

It’s Brandon Flowers second number one of the year, his 3rd solo topper, and his 4th in total including the Killers, with the fabulous Bronski Beat sampling I Can Change, which means Jimmy Somerville not only had to wait 31 years to get a number one from his debut Smalltown Boy, he then only had to wait another 3 weeks for a second (sort of) based loosely around said first hit. Hot Chocolate, and the late Errol Brown, get knocked off the top only to go up to join themselves in the top 3 with the 1970 Love Is Life, as they push out Brandon Flowers previous number one to 4. Just to keep the repeat themes going, and the tributes, the late Lesley Gore hit number one a couple of months ago with You Don’t Own me, her fab 60’s defiant girl-power ballad, and now it’s back updated by Grace, the highest new entry at 5.

Jax Jones enters at 7 with a Massive Attack-borrowed riff, the soulful fabulous Yeah Yeah Yeah, the vocal hook sampling Nina Simone’s 50-year-old Be My Husband, which was co-incidentally written by her then-husband. As I’ve given Nina a featuring credit (I always do where the main vocal of a song is a key sample, but not where the hook is more of a template, so nothing for Massive Attack or Jimmy Somerville) that also means she has a 47-year span of new chart entries (she hit number one for me in late 68 with Ain’t Got No..I Got Life, before it took 30-odd years to come back big again). That makes Nina the new record-holder if I discount Paul McCartney as part of The Beatles.

Freemasons get another top 10, having had 2 previous chart-toppers in the noughties, and FFS hit 15, giving Franz Ferdinand their biggest hit in years, and Sparks a run of 41 years of top 20 hits. They hit the top 20 in every decade since topping in 1974. Never huge, but always consistent and always back with interesting stuff. Elsewhere: 4 Brandon tracks in the charts, Leona Lewis is back with one of her better singles, and Quo keep the 1974 theme going as their hit from the spring of 74 returns acoustic and live, Break The Rules, boys!


1 2 1 3 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 276000
2 1 1 2 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 285000
3 6 3 2 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 120000
4 3 1 6 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 415200
5 NEW 5 1 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 60000
6 8 6 4 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 126200
7 NEW 7 1 YEAH YEAH YEAH Jax Jones featuring Nina Simone 50000
8 4 2 6 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 445000
9 5 1 6 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 480000
10 30 10 5 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 82050

11 19 11 5 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 105200
12 10 2 6 OVERLOADED Life Of Dillon 392000
13 9 9 5 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 154300
14 14 14 15 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 304500
15 40 15 3 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 54200
16 7 4 10 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 284200
17 17 17 5 HOME Max Jury 84500
18 23 18 4 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 69450
19 11 1 7 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 556750
20 29 20 4 ARE YOU READY Texas 60900

21 12 9 4 THE WAY YOU ARE (DENMARK) Anti Social Media 112250
22 18 14 9 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 208900
23 15 15 6 WE HAVE TO TALK About The Girl 142500
24 13 13 6 UNDAUNTED Wibi Soerjadi 161500
25 34 25 2 SHIP TO WRECK Florence And The Machine 36350
26 22 8 8 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 159900
27 28 27 5 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 90000
28 RE 28 4 I’M IN LOVE Zhala 59300
29 16 8 6 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 188200
30 33 30 4 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 48700

31 24 1 10 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 831900
32 59 32 2 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 27900
33 31 1 17 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 911550
34 61 34 2 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 25100
35 38 35 20 ALFIE Cilla Black 203250
36 25 7 5 COOL ENOUGH Spada and Elen Levon 122250
37 NEW 37 1 SHUT OUT OF PARADISE SLO 17300
38 49 38 8 BILLS Lunchmoney Lewis 95100
39 21 1 12 KING Years And Years 660850
40 55 40 4 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 41500

41 20 20 2 STAND BY ME Ben E. King 34000
42 26 19 8 THE OTHER SIDE OF LOVE Jack Savoretti 142200
43 37 37 5 DYNAMITE Asta featuring Allday 78500
44 60 44 2 STILL WANT YOU Brandon Flowers 23250
45 27 27 5 I’M MISSING YOU Ali Campbell 72600
46 35 35 6 CURTAINS Last Lynx 92350
47 70 47 3 JEALOUS Nick Jonas 23500
48 32 4 9 DIMITTO (LET GO) Kato and Safri Duo featuring Bjornskof 328400
49 46 1 15 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 674950
50 NEW 50 1 SORRY Meg Myers 12000

51 36 36 5 INSOMNIA Audien featuring Parson James 68400
52 42 4 9 I’LL BE THERE Chic featuring Nile Rodgers 339750
53 47 47 4 HALLELUJAH Panic! At The Disco 40250
54 43 43 6 BIG GIRLS CRY SIA 50000
55 71 55 2 SOMEONE NEW Hozier 16600
56 NEW 56 1 FIRE UNDER MY FEET Leona Lewis 10600
57 48 1 22 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 963800
58 52 9 11 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 228600
59 NEW 59 1 ON A TRAIN Northbrook 10100
60 66 60 3 TALK ABOUT YOU MIKA 22400

61 41 15 10 STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Electro Velvet 170250
62 72 62 4 SHINE ON Simply Red 23400
63 62 1 15 SPEED KILLS 10CC 628300
64 NEW 64 1 NEVER LET YOU GO Dash Berlin and John Dahlback featuring BullySongs 7100
65 50 50 5 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 42800
66 54 54 4 ROADS Lawson 39800
67 NEW 67 1 STATE LINE The Shires 6600
68 NEW 68 1 CUT ME LOOSE LYON 6400
69 NEW 69 1 FERRARI Coyote Kisses 6200
70 57 7 15 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 359000

71 NEW 71 1 BREAK THE RULES (AQOUSTIC LIVE VERSION) Status Quo 5800
72 NEW 72 1 SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN Billy Joel 5600
73 75 73 2 I REALLY LIKE YOU Carly Rae Jepsen 10400
74 74 74 2 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 10400
75 NEW 75 1 ALL CRIED OUT Blonde featuring Alex Newell 5000

DROP OUTS
39 10 6 LOST STARS Stevie McCrorie 132100
44 1 12 LOST STARS Adam Levine 663400
45 12 8 ELECTRIC LOVE Burns 201750
51 4 9 BULLETPROOF PICASSO Train 334400
53 24 5 EGO Tove Styrke 62250
56 25 5 I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Elicit featuring Prince 79350
58 42 4 SHY Stacey Solomon 35750
63 20 10 SUGAR DADDY Spada 156350
64 38 5 ELECTRIC BONES Findlay 62900
65 48 5 DEAR FUTURE HUSBAND Megan Trainor 38700
67 67 3 TETHER Eric Prydz vs Chvrches 18600
68 20 11 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 122600
69 2 15 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 673000
73 73 1 GHOST TOWN Adam Lambert 5400


10th May 2015

It’s Hot Chocolate’s 1977 classic So You Win Again in at 1, in tribute to the late great Errol Brown, one of pop music’s good people, and the lead singer of one of the most consistent acts of the 70’s and half the 80’s. there were so many faves I could have gone for as tribute, but this is the one really that deserves it. It originally peaked at 2 in my chart, even though I adored it, because it came up against a little music-changing ditty called I Feel Love. It was also written by a great songwriter (not Errol this time) Russ Ballard of Argent. The other Errol track was one of his, the first Hot Chocolate hit from 1970 while he was a hit songwriter for Mickie Most, the fantastic Love Is Life, a track I largely missed while living in Singapore, so now I’m paying just dues. It also has a positive message while I’m not feeling at all positive, not helped by the awful General Election result in the UK. So You Win Again just had to top my chart, cos “here I stand the loser” indeed. My very difficult home-caring duties and home-working life is about to become impossible once the Tories get their hatchets going. Not that I get any practical help anyway (though I am eligible for a free cinema ticket to have a night out on the taxpayer, whoopee), but I’m sure they’ll find a way to make it worse. I loathe most politicians and the 2 I had time for both got booted out. Happy days….

All of which overshadows the Brandon Flowers invasion, as all four advance tracks chart, his number one from last week dropping to 3 as new track I Can Change catapults from 70 to 2, and samples Jimmy Somerville heavily, (Bronski Beat’s Smalltown Boy) as Jimmy is knocked down to 5 himself. Alesso gets another top 10, following Number One Under Control with Calvin Harris and Hurts, and Parson James gets 2 top 40 entries as featured vocalist, one with Kygo (who also has 2 in the 40) and one with Audien. The late Ben E. King also returns to the chart for the 4th time with 1987 chart-topper classic Stand By Me, a song that had previously hit number one as a cover by John Lennon in 1975. What can I say, it’s a great song, and even the timeless Lennon can’t improve on Ben’s original.

Sparks are back in the 40, 41 years on, as FFS with Franz Ferdinand youngsters of only a decade or so, and both having had one previous chart-topper each. Florence is back with a ship to wreck, another goodie inside the top 40, and that’s about that…

1 NEW 1 1 SO YOU WIN AGAIN Hot Chocolate 170000
2 70 2 2 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 106000
3 1 1 5 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 350200
4 2 2 5 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 397000
5 3 1 5 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 435000
6 NEW 6 1 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate 55000
7 4 4 9 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 259200
8 32 8 3 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 71200
9 10 9 4 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 122300
10 5 2 5 OVERLOADED Life Of Dillon 357000

11 6 1 6 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 535750
12 9 9 3 THE WAY YOU ARE (DENMARK) Anti Social Media 92500
13 13 13 5 UNDAUNTED Wibi Soerjadi 142500
14 16 14 14 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 275500
15 15 15 5 WE HAVE TO TALK About The Girl 123250
16 14 8 5 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 170000
17 26 17 4 HOME Max Jury 61500
18 18 14 8 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 189400
19 20 19 4 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 68200
20 NEW 20 1 STAND BY ME Ben E. King 20000

21 17 1 11 KING Years And Years 643750
22 8 8 7 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 141400
23 30 23 3 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 47450
24 12 1 9 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 814000
25 7 7 4 COOL ENOUGH Spada and Elen Levon 104850
26 19 19 7 THE OTHER SIDE OF LOVE Jack Savoretti 128450
27 29 27 4 I’M MISSING YOU Ali Campbell 59600
28 28 28 4 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 71600
29 37 29 3 ARE YOU READY Texas 40900
30 53 30 4 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 40050

31 27 1 16 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 893850
32 11 4 8 DIMITTO (LET GO) Kato and Safri Duo featuring Bjornskof 316100
33 63 33 3 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 30700
34 NEW 34 1 SHIP TO WRECK Florence And The Machine 17600
35 35 35 5 CURTAINS Last Lynx 79600
36 44 36 4 INSOMNIA Audien featuring Parson James 56650
37 38 37 4 DYNAMITE Asta featuring Allday 65000
38 39 38 19 ALFIE Cilla Black 185750
39 21 10 6 LOST STARS Stevie McCrorie 132100
40 58 40 2 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 27200

41 46 15 9 STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Electro Velvet 162750
42 22 4 8 I’LL BE THERE Chic featuring Nile Rodgers 328250
43 64 43 5 BIG GIRLS CRY SIA 39000
44 31 1 12 LOST STARS Adam Levine 663400
45 23 12 8 ELECTRIC LOVE Burns 201750
46 34 1 14 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 662850
47 52 47 3 HALLELUJAH Panic! At The Disco 29000
48 33 1 21 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 953400
49 50 49 7 BILLS Lunchmoney Lewis 77900
50 55 50 4 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 35800

51 36 4 9 BULLETPROOF PICASSO Train 334400
52 40 9 10 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 218400
53 24 24 5 EGO Tove Styrke 62250
54 54 54 3 ROADS Lawson 33000
55 61 55 3 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 24500
56 41 25 5 I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Elicit featuring Prince 79350
57 69 7 14 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 353000
58 42 42 4 SHY Stacey Solomon 35750
59 NEW 59 1 LOUD PLACES Jamie xx featuring Romy 10100
60 NEW 60 1 STILL WANT YOU Brandon Flowers 10000

61 NEW 61 1 LONELY TOWN Brandon Flowers 7500
62 60 1 14 SPEED KILLS 10CC 621100
63 25 20 10 SUGAR DADDY Spada 156350
64 49 38 5 ELECTRIC BONES Findlay 62900
65 48 48 5 DEAR FUTURE HUSBAND Megan Trainor 38700
66 72 66 2 TALK ABOUT YOU MIKA 12400
67 RE 67 3 TETHER Eric Prydz vs Chvrches 18600
68 68 20 11 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 122600
69 62 2 15 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 673000
70 75 70 2 JEALOUS Nick Jonas 11000

71 NEW 71 1 SOMEONE NEW Hozier 5800
72 74 72 3 SHINE ON Simply Red 16000
73 NEW 73 1 GHOST TOWN Adam Lambert 5400
74 NEW 74 1 RUNAWAY (U & I) Galantis 5200
75 NEW 75 1 I REALLY LIKE YOU Carly Rae Jepsen 5000

DROP OUTS
43 18 5 PEACE AND TRANQUILITY ABC 90750
45 45 6 COLD WAR Niykee Heaton 61400
47 7 8 HIGHER Sigma featuring Labrinth 242900
51 27 7 SUMMERTIME BOY Seasick Steve 109250
56 35 6 LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE The Summer Set 85200
57 57 2 GERONIMO Sheppard 17900
59 59 2 CRYSTALS Of Monsters And Men 20200
65 40 3 I’M IN LOVE Zhala 41000
66 66 1 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 6800
67 6 16 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 418700
71 71 1 SOMETHING’S MISSING Sheppard 5800
73 4 10 EDGE OF SEVENTEEN Stevie Nicks 255650


3rd May 2015

Brandon Flowers gets his 2nd solo chart-topper and 3rd including The Killers, keeping poor ol’ Will Young at 2. Mumford go top 5, Spada replace themselves in the top 20 and even go top 10 to boot. Giorgio Moroder is also replacing himself lower down the chart, SIA and Kylie swapping places inside the 60 while Britney joins him for a new entry and cover of Suzanne Vega’s DNA version of Tom’s Diner, last in the top 10 25 years ago. Markus Feehily does what Westlife managed once (got into the top 10), but Love Is A Drug is better than Bop Bop Baby.

The top early Eurovision fave from me is Denmark, up to 9, Ali Campbell is back in the 40 35 years after debuting with UB40, ditto Texas but a mere 26 years, while FFS enter inside the 60. Who? It’s Franz Ferdinand and Sparks combining on an album project, Johnny Delusional being very much in the Sparks tradition, quirky now lo these 41 years of love from me.


1 5 1 4 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 265200
2 2 2 4 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 332000
3 1 1 4 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 375000
4 9 4 8 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 209200
5 6 2 4 OVERLOADED Life Of Dillon 315000
6 3 1 5 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 498750
7 26 7 3 COOL ENOUGH Spada and Elen Levon 86100
8 RE 8 6 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 121900
9 47 9 2 THE WAY YOU ARE (DENMARK) Anti Social Media 57500
10 32 10 3 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 77300

11 4 4 7 DIMITTO (LET GO) Kato and Safri Duo featuring Bjornskof 288300
12 7 1 8 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 795000
13 13 13 4 UNDAUNTED Wibi Soerjadi 110500
14 8 8 4 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 145000
15 16 15 4 WE HAVE TO TALK About The Girl 96250
16 17 16 13 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 246500
17 11 1 10 KING Years And Years 624000
18 14 14 7 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 167400
19 19 19 6 THE OTHER SIDE OF LOVE Jack Savoretti 109950
20 39 20 3 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 47200

21 10 10 5 LOST STARS Stevie McCrorie 115000
22 12 4 7 I’LL BE THERE Chic featuring Nile Rodgers 314500
23 22 12 7 ELECTRIC LOVE Burns 188750
24 30 24 4 EGO Tove Styrke 51000
25 20 20 9 SUGAR DADDY Spada 149150
26 60 26 3 HOME Max Jury 38500
27 28 1 15 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 875950
28 34 28 3 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 53300
29 50 29 3 I’M MISSING YOU Ali Campbell 41200
30 58 30 2 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 28200

31 23 1 11 LOST STARS Adam Levine 650150
32 RE 32 2 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 23200
33 24 1 20 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 941100
34 31 1 13 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 650100
35 37 35 4 CURTAINS Last Lynx 62100
36 15 4 8 BULLETPROOF PICASSO Train 322650
37 73 37 2 ARE YOU READY Texas 22700
38 40 38 3 DYNAMITE Asta featuring Allday 47700
39 42 39 18 ALFIE Cilla Black 168550
40 36 9 9 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 206900

41 25 25 4 I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Elicit featuring Prince 68750
42 66 42 3 SHY Stacey Solomon 25550
43 21 18 5 PEACE AND TRANQUILITY ABC 90750
44 44 44 3 INSOMNIA Audien featuring Parson James 39250
45 45 45 6 COLD WAR Niykee Heaton 61400
46 29 15 8 STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Electro Velvet 148750
47 18 7 8 HIGHER Sigma featuring Labrinth 242900
48 65 48 4 DEAR FUTURE HUSBAND Megan Trainor 31700
49 38 38 4 ELECTRIC BONES Findlay 55800
50 51 50 6 BILLS Lunchmoney Lewis 65800

51 33 27 7 SUMMERTIME BOY Seasick Steve 109250
52 75 52 2 HALLELUJAH Panic! At The Disco 16500
53 72 53 3 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 22050
54 54 54 2 ROADS Lawson 22000
55 63 55 3 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 23800
56 35 35 6 LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE The Summer Set 85200
57 61 57 2 GERONIMO Sheppard 17900
58 NEW 58 1 JOHNNY DELUSIONAL FFS (Franz Ferdinand and Sparks) 10200
59 59 59 2 CRYSTALS Of Monsters And Men 20200
60 53 1 13 SPEED KILLS 10CC 613700

61 69 61 2 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 13700
62 41 2 14 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 666800
63 71 63 2 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 13000
64 67 64 4 BIG GIRLS CRY SIA 25500
65 RE 40 3 I’M IN LOVE Zhala 41000
66 NEW 66 1 TOM’S DINER Giorgio Moroder featuring Britney Spears 6800
67 48 6 16 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 418700
68 RE 20 10 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 116200
69 49 7 13 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 342600
70 NEW 70 1 I CAN CHANGE Brandon Flowers 6000

71 NEW 71 1 SOMETHING’S MISSING Sheppard 5800
72 NEW 72 1 TALK ABOUT YOU MIKA 5600
73 46 4 10 EDGE OF SEVENTEEN Stevie Nicks 255650
74 74 74 2 SHINE ON Simply Red 10400
75 NEW 75 1 JEALOUS Nick Jonas 5000

DROP OUTS
27 27 8 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 113950
43 12 6 FAITH IN YOU Lulu 124850
52 52 4 YE ISHQ HAI Shreya Ghoshal 39400
55 55 2 WHEN I FOUND YOU Franceso Yates 21000
56 56 3 THIEF The Beach 28300
57 57 5 LONESOME STREET Blur 46800
62 62 3 WABI SABI The Ting Tings 20500
64 64 4 BAD TO ME Marc Almond 23900
68 68 2 TETHER Eric Prydz vs Chvrches 12000
70 70 2 RUN COIN 12000
60 60 4 MY HEART WOULD TAKE YOU BACK Shayne Ward 33400
33 14 5 GOLD Andreya Triana 110800

Eurovision 2014 – Copenhagen

UKRAINE

Tick Tock. That hamster-wheel is very distracting which is a shame as the hot singer should be getting all the attention. If looks were points she’d run away with it tonight. Sexiest performance of the night, from both man in wheel and singer. Shame about the shrillness of the singing. It’s OK – 70

BELARUS

Cheesecake. More a boyband shuffle than a proper song. I say boyband, looks a bit tired and emotional the lead singer. If haircuts were points….last place. It’s fairly bland. Should have changed the title to Beefcake, would’ve got the gay vote. 50

AZERBAIJAN

Here’s another distraction. Girl on swing really not needed on a slow ballad. The singer’s very pretty and the frock isn’t as ridiculous as we’ve come to expect these days. In a competition with so many strong ballads this sounds dull. Very dull. Somnambulant. 40

ICELAND

Pollopunk, a besuited quirky band. Lively, what a relief after the dreary ones so far. Starts off well, then goes all nursery rhyme, in sound and in lyric. I think a 7-year-old must have written it! Colourful and energetic though. 75

NORWAY

Carl’s not a professional singer, apparently. Has an Indie whiney credibility to it, and black is so slimming. Not a chance in hell of winning, but it’s sort of sweet in a depressing way and picks up as it goes along. Best so far. 80

ROMANIA

Paula & Ovi are back. I absolutely loved their 2010 song (came 3rd). This is also about the best dance track this year. This one’s not as good, the verses are a bit blah, but the chorus is anthemic. Sort of half a great record. OVI needs a shave. 85

ARMENIA

MP3. One of the faves. Nice lights. Huge bags under the eyes make me wonder if he “parties” too hard. First minute is dreary. Second minute is dramatic. I’m sure there’s a song in there amongst all the passion. He’s not a great singer though. 82

MONTENEGRO

Oh no not skaters again! He’s a bit suave. Like the violins. Another dreary first minute upping the passion half-way through. So many half-songs this contest. Shame cos the last minute is pretty good. 78

POLAND

Ethic Polish rapping. Odd mixture. Points deducted for sexual innuendo with the milkmaid butterchurning pumping and pouting and bosoming. A bit shouty. Slavik girls seemingly a bit slutty and proud of it. good for them. 65

GREECE

Another blokey Greece entry, at odds with most entries. Thank goodness! Pogoing dance, great riffs, catchy song, good-looking rapper. This could be a shock winner with so many ballads. Great. 90

AUSTRIA

Conchita. Beards very fashionable with lads apparently. This ballad is brilliant, dramatic, great singer, great performance. Good enough to be a movie theme. I love this and hope it’s getting points from the Eastern Block. 95

GERMANY

accordian oompah lumbering crossed with Pink-styled pop. It’s not actually bad, it’s just not very exciting or moving and falls in the middle a bit. 68

SWEDEN

She keeps trying to get in Eurovision. Good thing too, this is a great song. A real fave for weeks with the Euro fans. It’s classy and builds properly, not drearily. Good singer, well on a par with Austria, could well pip them to the post. 93

FRANCE

As unpredictable as ever, is France. Ripping off big French act Stromae this one. Not so endearing this year though, a bit of a non-song, though the performance is fun and the group lively and entertaining. 55

RUSSIA

Didn’t we just have twins? Oh, sisters…? Nice dresses, the hair-twining is a bit naff, the see-saw annoying, and the song very competent and does all the right things yet oddly leaves me a bit under-whelmed, even though they can sing fine and look pretty. 83

ITALY

Caesar-fashions back in Italy it seems. Laurel-tastic. I like feisty Italian divas and rock, this rocks along nicely but isn’t memorable as a song. Sounds great though. 81

SLOVENIA

flute! Round and round again, crikey she’s got wide hips. Oh it’s the dress! good song, very memorable, no cheesy bits. Good singer, not bad at all. 88

FINLAND

Pretty boy rock, a bit 2006 though they’ve got the Coldplay wooh oh’s in there. It’s not bad but the song isn’t brilliant, though the energy is and the actual instruments are most welcome. 79

SPAIN

Ruth! She was one on my fave x faxtor acts, an actual good singer. Good to see her popping up again. She always did like an anthem, and whaddya know she’s written one. In a normal year this would stand out as a great ballad. This year though it’s overshadowed. 84.5

SWITZERLAND

Whistle-tastic. Uptempo chuntering folkrock, again I love the sound, and again there’s not much of a songtune in there, but it’s sounds different, and fresh. 82.5

HUNGARY

Running, a great club dance tune, that’s normally the default position for Eurovision, but not this year. I like his voice and frills-free presentation. Slap the dancers though. 89

MALTA

Barlow and Sons, as everyone has commented. He really should have changed his T shirt since the semis. It’s sweet but it’s not a winner. 83.5

DENMARK

He’s short enough to be Bruno Mars, actually. It’s a knowing lyric, and a catchy chorus, should do well. The crowd singing along won’t hurt either! 84

NETHERLANDS

Country duet, classy, great singers great song. He’s got great eyes, and I LOVE this. I want it to come second after Molly! Sometimes less is more, no gimmicks needed. 98

SAN MARINO

Finally through to the final, Valentina gets a hurrah for trying above and beyond. I suspect this got through on the jury votes, feeling sorry for her. Still, she’s enjoying herself, bless. 45

UK

Ohh she’s a bit nervous, not a good sign. Dress, not sure, but her voice is gorgeous as she gets into it. I got tingles down the spine! One of the best eurovision songs ever. Honest! I hope it does well. 100

1. UK
2. The Netherlands
3. Austria
4. Sweden
5. Greece
6. Hungary
7. Slovenia
8. Romania
9. Spain
10. Denmark

EUROVISION 2013 – MALMO

OK, I’ve been watching these song contests since 1967. Love ’em.

 

Here’s my rating of the final songs this year, with irreverent comments attached (apologies to the performers who all tried hard, well done!)

1. DENMARK: Only Teardrops – Emelie de Forest (finished 1st)

Love the military drums & flute, the dramatic performance, and a great song. Far and away my favourite this year, and so obviously the hot fave to win. FAB!

2. UK: BELIEVE IN ME – Bonnie Tyler (19th)

Shaky start but yay for Bonnie: I’ve got £50 on this to finish Top 12. (NB Doh!) Ah well, great song, well done Bonnie (NB and yah boo sucks to the BBC who need to go for young acts and hit songwriters, we have hundreds but they don’t want to pay for the contest. Not bitter…!)

3. NETHERLANDS: BIRDS – Anouk (9th)

A grower, this sounds better the second-time around, actually a good song albeit in a miserable style. Affecting and classy.

4. NORWAY: I FEED YOU MY LOVE – Margaret Berger (4th)

Thumping dance love the intro. A good strong club song, nothing cheesy about it all and a contender. Excellent.

5. RUSSIA:WHAT IF – Dina Garapova (5th)

Lyrically a bit daring (and sort of laudable in an Imagine vein), a strong song and unquestionably a contender to win. Most frocks this year inspired by Nana Mouskouri. Really good.

6. MALTA: TOMORROW – Gianluca (8th)

Aah, so sweet you just want to cuddle him and the sweet song. A Diary Of Horace Wimp for 2013, and anyone that can convincingly put risk assessment and IT into a song deserves points. Fab.

7. SWEDEN:YOU – Robin Stjernberg (14th)

Gets going a minute in, the record is better than his weak vocal. Not a bad pop record. A tad gay though, and we know how eurovision loves gay when dishing out votes (as in not.at.all)

from here-on I can’t be bothered to look up the acts and songs, countries only!

8.  GEORGIA: (15th)

duet. Not many of those these days. Right out of a musical climax, OTT finale. Very OTT. I like it!

9. FRANCE: (23rd, boo!)

More than a whiff of Courtney Love in appearance, but at least her Hole wasn’t on show (NB name of her band). Like the dress, like the guitar riffs, like the performance, like the song. It’s too “rock” to do well, but it’s good, of course, it’s France, they are always good, always unpredictable.

10. ITALY:  (7th)

No gimmicks for Italy. Ever. Bless ‘em! They let the song and singer do the work. Nice eyes, nice voice, nice suit. A classy strings ballad, how can I not like it!

11. FINLAND:  (24th, boo!)

Funny, amiable, poppy number. The songs not that great but it’s catchy. Likeable. Ding dong! Will do well. (Note: oh no it didn’t!)

12. BELARUS:  (16th)

Tassles-dress and big (mirror) balls. Cha Cha Hey Cossack disco. I like it, she’s got a big voice too. Singalong.

13. UKRAINE:  (3rd)

Politically incorrect “Giant” is a gimmick mistake. The cameraman likes her arse. Comes over a tad over-confident, though she is a good singer, and the “Dancing Queen” rhythms are good.

14. BELGUIM:  (11th)

Simon Le Bon lookalike with a monobrow (almost) does One Direction. I like his voice, he seems more mature than 18 and the song writing pedigree (UK of course, why would the BBC feel the need to hire current UK hit songwriters and risk winning) is impressive. The hook’s a bit weak but a solid pop song.

15. ICELAND:  (17th)

Got the lead role in Jesus Christ Superstar when people kept seeing his massively long hair and exclaimed “j*sus chr*st!” Good singer actually, nice melody, not bad.

16. AZERBAIJAN:  (2nd)

His “shadow” in the glass box is even fitter than he is (NB and explains the runners-up position)!. Good singer, well dressed, oddly appealing though it’s a trifle mundane.

17. ESTONIA:  (20th)

aah traditional Eurovision singalong. Bit foggy down below (NB stage mist was a must unless fire is already being used to liven up a dull song). Song’s not as good as she is.

18. ROMANIA:  (13th)

Opera falsetto disco. Doctor Who villain outfit, and really going for it. Clubbily catchy, no idea how this will do!

19. IRELAND:  (26th – last place!)

Leather-clad semi-naked men, gay disco number. The singer carries it off but as gay traditionally bombs in Eurovision, clearly the Irish TV want to pay to host even less than the BBC….

20. SPAIN:  (25th)

Latino bagpipes – didn’t see that one coming! She sounds nervous poor dear. A song of 2 halves, 2nd half a decent rocky singalong. I like it but the ample bosom and legs wont be enough to gather many votes.

21. GERMANY:  Hit pop star Cascada (21st)

There’s a bit more of her than was on show on her fab UK no. 1 Evacuate The Dancefloor! Not as good as her big hits. Hits. Pumps along nicely though.

22. HUNGARY:  (10th)

Still hasn’t washed his hair since the semis, apparently (woolly hat still in place). Or shaved.  Inoffensive acoustic ditty but just doesn’t grab me.

23. ARMENIA: (18th)

One suspects Black Sabbath fans got together to vote this through (Sab’s Iommi wrote it). If Ozzy was singing it it might sound good. The guitar solo made me weep with nostalgia for a bygone age. Another British songwriter who finished higher than the BBC’s choice – to be fair Bonnie’s was a great song, it’s just voters prefer young people on the whole.

24. MOLDOVA:  (11th)

Erupting with hair gel. I wish she’d explode over the annoying dancers. Not a bad song. Not a good one either. Votes will largely be for the gimmicky massive volcano dress.

25. GREECE:  (6th!! People like fun, obviously)

Pogues meet ska Greek piss up in kilts. Would prefer it if they weren’t wearing kilts. No, really! Energetically ramshackle.

26. LITHUANIA:  (22nd)

if this was any more wooden he’d have woodpeckers knocking holes into his very pretty head. Dull. If this goes Top 10 I’ll eat my hat.