Eurovision 2019 – an irreverent love-in Guide to the Songs

 

A list of comments as I watched, with a few add-in’s where I was hopelessly wrong or pleasantly right….

 

1. Malta | Michela | Chameleon:

Nice to see Malta in the final. The verses are fab, in the style of the late Avicii, the chorus is a bit naff, but it’s got that 2010’s vibe overall, and a great way to start the show, she does a fab performance and won me over. 78/100

    2. Albania | Jonida Maliqi | Ktheju tokës:

Darkly-dressed lady, ethnic rhythms. The black lace frills and golden earrings work, not sure about the wailing. She gives some wallop vocally, but that doesn’t disguise a morose melody. I feel I should like it more than I do, as I enjoy ethnic toons. 55/100.

  3. Czech Republic | Lake Malawi | Friend of a friend:

Smiley canary-coloured singer, drummer clearly not drumming, and a mockney accent, sort of gentlejazzboyband. Mildly pleasant in bland Hue & Cry fashion (80’s jazzed-up band), enjoyed the windows featuring again in the visuals. 63/100

  4. Germany | S!sters | Sister:

They’re tired poor dears. Know how they feel, I’m effin’ knackered. Presumably adopted sisters, as I see no resemblance. This P!nk-inspired current obsession with using “!” instead of “i” is getting on my t!t. It’s OK, nothing bad, nothing great. 66/100

  5. Russia | Sergey Lazarev | Scream:

Sergey’s gone overboard on the hair gel. I find myself talking about the dress-sense rather than the song. Just as well, or I’d be screaming too. Earnest, yet strangely forgettable. Great singer though. 58/100

  6. Denmark | Leonora | Love is forever:

Pretty little ditty this one, I hope they all sit on the giant chair and sway comically together in unison. Oh good here, come the ladders. Hope they don’t fall! That would change the mood a bit. 70/100

  7. San Marino | Serhat | Say na na na:

33,000 population. Not so much a country as a suburb of Bournemouth. Under those circumstances, the Leonard-Cohen-voiced disco oldie is a pretty good effort. No chance of big points of course, disco always dies the death at Eurovision. Cheesy and repetitive. I quite like it. 60/100

  8. North Macedonia | Tamara Todevska | Proud:

Green-frocked blonde gives a piano-led low-key ballad. Adele could probably have jazzed it up a bit more. A bit dull for me. It’s not bad as such, but I’d never sing along to it. Not unless I was blind drunk and it was the only song on the screen in a karaoke bar and they wanted everyone to leave quickly. 50/100

  9. Sweden | John Lundvik | Too late for love:

He co-wrote our UK song, and has a great voice. Must have pissed himself laughing at fobbing that one off when he had this one for himself. It’s very John Legend and a great hook to it, though as a cohesive whole, it’s lacking in parts. Rousing with those backing ladies, though. Best track so far. 82/100

  10. Slovenia | Zala Kralj and Gašper Šantl | Sebi:

Are the horror-movie vampire lovers simpering along to each other? They really should be dressed in black, and singing it over the end of a Twilight movie credits. Poor young dears can’t afford trousers that fit them, so we should be kind. Not a winner. 45/100

  11. Cyprus | Tamta | Replay:

Still pissed Fuego didn’t win last year. Best Eurovision song of 2018. She’s had a few tips from Madonna on dress sense, but she hasn’t the legs for leather/pvc. The song, though, is really bangin’. Great dance rhythms, at last 11 songs in we’re getting to the good stuff. 88/100

  12. Netherlands | Duncan Laurence | Arcade:

Bought this before I knew it was a Eurovision track, the song style is very Coldplay (as commentator Graham Norton stole my thunder stating, how very dare he). The best actual SONG in the contest, which is why it’s been a hit in Europe already. I would be happy for it to win [NB yay it won!], but it takes a couple of listens to register properly. Just fab, sung well, no flash outfits, no stage gimmicks. 95/100

  13. Greece | Katerine Duska | Better love:

Very hippie frilly lace-obsessed, expecting Swan lake! Her voice is unusual and endearingly off-key at times, though I like the stomping chorus. A bit odd, a bit OK. 68/100

  14. Israel | Kobi Marimi | Home [defending champions]:

The Kobyashi Maru was a test in Star Trek with no winning solution. The Kobi Marimi was the earlier version, also with no winning solution. Dinner jackets? Check. Operatic pop? check. Leaves me cold? Check. Look at the size of my errr vocals. Biased crowd much! 47/100.

  15. Norway | KEiiNO | Spirit in the sky:

Already in the UK itunes charts this one (ie the ones that make up 5% of the actual chart “sales”) and quite deserves to be big. The 3-vocalist set-up has personality, the big Avicii-ish arrangements and chorus are fab, the hooks great, the bald novelty hey-o’s work in small doses, and a great tune. Contender to win, easily [NB it won the popular vote quite rightly]. Possibly my fave! Love it 97/100

  16. United Kingdom | Michael Rice | Bigger than us:

Not even the best version of this song in the UK A Song For Europe, so not normally expecting great things were it not for the number of duff songs this year. It must be pretty big if it’s bigger than him and his partner. It’s not bad, quite reasonable in comparison, really. He has a good voice and gave it wollop. 74/100

  17. Iceland | Hatari | Hatrið mun sigra:

They’ve escaped from the Gran Canaria fetish week by the looks of it. Where’s the gimp masks? They want to be Slipknot basically, with a hint of Depeche Mode synths. The shouty one can carry off the leather trousers though. I mean I wouldn’t play it again, but I approve of being different. 57/100

  18. Estonia | Victor Crone | Storm:

He has a good pop-star face, a nicely country-ish style, and a very catchy Eurovision singalong chorus that builds. Now this is the sort of bloody song called Storm the UK should be entering and this is bloody Estonia, not the all-conquering UK music scene! Pretty good. 86/100

  19. Belarus | Zena | Like it:

16 is barely legal, so the boots are prob a bit dodgy. Kids will love this one though, identifying with it, and it sounds 2019. It’s professional, has a chart-hit song structure to it, should do well [oops it didn’t!]. 84/100

  20. Azerbaijan | Chingiz | Truth:

Truth be told, he’s hot, the track is fab, and the robot-workers don’t hurt. Got to hand it to Azerbaijan, all that oil money goes towards buying the best songs they can get, are you listening skinflints BBC? Of course not. Classy, and what a fab hook. One of the best 5 or 6, easily. 92/100

  21. France | Bilal Hassani | Roi:

Think the singer has modelled themself on Game Of Thrones Dragon Queen so it’s odd the song is called “King”. Full marks for the stereotype-breaking performance & dancers, but the song is shrill and annoying. One of my least-fave French entries in years 53/100

  22. Italy | Mahmood | Soldi:

What no opera? No torch ballads? No it’s Italian rap with some singing. He can carry it off. Great eyes, naff shirt. The track’s one of the better, classier, more original and contemporary songs. Like it. 83/100

  23. Serbia | Nevena Božović | Kruna:

It’s Serbia so it must be another funeral song. Sure enough. I approve of the dustbin lid recycling as a neck ornament and the Wonder Woman bracelets. That’ll be handy to metaphorically dodge all the bullets music fans metaphorically aim at her. Got a gob on her though, and that always goes down well. 52/100

  24. Switzerland | Luca Hänni | She got me:

Luca is very endearing, good-looking lad, and the Latin rhythms are also irresistible. The Dirty Dancing refs will go down well, and it’s a proper bangin’ dance tune. Honestly I would SO dance to this in a Gran Canaria club after a couple of bacardi & cokes. Swing those hips! 90/100

  25. Australia | Kate Miller-Heidke | Zero gravity:

OK, it would be fab if this operatic odd tune had some balancing on the end of poles as if they were defying gravity. Oh f… it, it works! You’d have to have a heart of stone not to love her. The song isnt in anyway the best song in the competition (it’s all over the place stylistically), but its memory will last decades. Frozen fans will love it. 91/100

  26. Spain | Miki | La venda:

It’s got energy, and  great performance to end on. In a normal year this might go top 5 [err bottom in the popular vote cos a) Spanish music rhythms bomb in eurovision and b) everyone buggers off for a cuppa tea when the last song comes on)? There are 10 fab entries and 16 yawnsome ones. 83/100

 

RESULTS:

 

MINE:

  1. Norway 2. Netherlands 3. Azerbaijan 4. Australia 5. Switzerland 6. Cyprus 7. Estonia 8. Belarus 9. Italy 10. Spain

FINAL RESULT:

  1. Netherlands 2. Italy 3. Russia 4. Switzerland 5. Norway 6. Sweden 7. Azerbaijan 8. North Macedonia 9. Australia 10. Iceland

PUBLIC VOTE:

  1. Norway 2. Netherlands 3. Italy 4. Russia 5. Switzerland 6. Iceland 7. Australia 8. Azerbaijan 9. Sweden 10. San Marino

So, 6 of the final top 10 were in my top 10 faves, and 6 of the public vote (Sweden were my 11th fave so pretty much 70% in both cases) but the public vote matches my top 2 and 3 of the top 5 exactly. Bring back public votes only!

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Pop Music From a Kiddie POV 1960 part 2

TIE ME KANGAROO DOWN SPORT – Rolf Harris (3 weeks)

 

Banished from the airwaves these days due to a court case a few years ago, Rolf was everyones fave Aussie/Artist/novelty-singer back in the 60’s, and beyond – and sure enough I loved his records, Jake The Peg, this one, and especially two more yet to come. I even once had a page from Reveille (a newspaper way back mum bought that regularly published song lyrics) with Rolf’s lyrics printed out, a handy singalong for a kiddie. This track set forth the Monty Python “Bruce” Aussie stereotype, I expect, but it tickled young kids throughout the 60’s on the variety shows it regularly turned up on, and was an actual chart hit, setting Rolf on the path to belovedness, falling out of favour, comeback at Glastonbury with a Led Zep cover of Stairway To Heaven didgeridoo-style, and then his shock-arrest. And yet people still moan about character perception changes in the fictional Game Of Thrones when it’s a daily event in real world! I’m not overly fond of Tie Me Kangaroo these days, but I’ll still stand by Rolf’s 2 gems, those tracks and Rolf in those days had committed no crimes.

 

 

ONLY THE LONELY (KNOW THE WAY I FEEL) – Roy Orbison (3 weeks)

 

Roy was one of mum and dad’s absolute fave singers growing up, they had his Greatest HIts album, so this song featured in my childhood – though NOT as early as 1960, my first contemporary Roy fave was still 4 years away, and his amazing power vocals and melodramatic ballads were not yet honed; Only The Lonely is fairly modest vocally, and he had yet to move onto the trademark sunglasses, bar the bit 2-minutes in which stretched him up the register a bit. Ask me which song I preferred at age 5 and Rolf would win, at 10 and Roy would win. That’s called growing up and maturing, by age 10 I still liked novelty records, but a great pop song was what I really got passionate about, novelty records got boring quite quickly in comparison.

 

 

IT’S NOW OR NEVER – Elvis Presley (4 weeks)

 

Almost 60 years on it’s hard to recall a time when Elvis wasn’t everywhere – even dying at 42 did nothing to stop the juggernaut of Presley fame and success. In our household, Elvis was mum’s fave singer bar none, and now 80 with advanced alzheimers unable to feed herself or talk coherently, she’ll still get up and bop to Elvis, happy as if she was 22 again as she was when this topped the charts. Elvis is for life. So, Elvis was inescapable in the 60’s, films at the pictures, records topping the charts, on jukeboxes, on the radio, on TV: and this was one of his iconic, most-famous tracks, the big dramatic monster ballad. I can’t recall ever not knowing it, but then all of his big hits were just universally known in the company we kept, the younger generation and quite a few older – though my grandparents generation were more likely to not approve of his records, they were very much aware of them! This, needless to say, isn’t the last Elvis track on the list….

 

 

GOODNESS GRACIOUS ME – Peter Sellers & Sophia Loren (14 weeks)

 

14 weeks on top for this, this was a real aching-love on my part for this movie oddity – Sellers was starring in The Millionairess with huge movie star Sophia, as an Indian doctor having a romance with a rich European woman – in those days nobody blinked twice that a white comic could pull that off, these days of course it would be disastrous. Sadly, that kinda means this track is now also politically-incorrect along with the film. Me, I just loved the boom-buddy-booms, the title talked by the brilliant Peter Sellers, and Sophia’s Italian accent. Charming and catchy, and a huge hit in the UK, unlike most novelty records I’ve never not-loved this whimsical one, and it remained fairly popular on radio for 20 years or so. Possibly because it was impeccably produced by The Beatles’ George Martin – you can’t have better credentials than that! – and also the Sellers association, a man who remained beloved by many as he moved from his Goons-days into huge movie stardom, not least the fab Pink Panther movies. It’s also not the last Peter Sellers/George Martin track to feature in the rundown.

 

 

My Retro May 1969 Charts

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3rd May 1969

It’s a key week on top of both my retro review charts and my original charts – as Elvis’ In The Ghetto tops the anniversary reviews, and Tommy Roe tops the original. They were the first 2 records I bought with my own money in Singapore later in the year. Tommy had already topped the retro countdown in the first chart of 1969, Elvis is also a bit early, but not 5 months early! Up 24 places to 3 is The Hit Parade’s unknown gem Ah, Ha, Ha, Do Your Thing – I can’t find out anything about the band, or the record – except the writer/producer/arranger Sonny Casella started in 1964 and carried on releasing stuff right through the disco 70’s, 80’s and into the early 90’s under various names. He does a grand job on this new obsession of mine!

Val Doonican goes top 5, and Junior Walker & The All Stars enter at 6 with one of their best records, the glorious What Does It Take – so good it was totally “borrowed” by Stock Aitken Waterman in spirit if not the courts, for their terrific 1990 charity track You’ve Got A Friend. In at 10, The Monkees last great single for ooh 17 years or so, though not Mike Nesmith’s last great song for anything near that length of time – about a year or so in fact. Listen To The Band was on the budget Monkees compilation I bought in 1974, and became an obsession of mine for a while along with the other track new to me, She.

Smokey Robinson’s classic weepie Tracks Of My Tears is in at 41, Christine McVie is in at 51 with the blues classic, later covered by the likes of Ruby Turner, and earlier by the great Etta James. Chrissie of course is currently (back) in Mac, though she wasn’t for this week in 1969, but was not too far into the future with future hubbie John McVie. Dave Dee & co are back at 60 with their final catchy single, Snake In The Grass was another fave of the time, and I was pleased to get hold of a batch of oldies including this one from a Mansfield second-hand shop in 1975. I think they were actually shop closure stock rather than second-hand, so hooray for my good fortune!

In at 63 Andy Kim is back, not long before his own monster song appears to dominate world charts, but content to do a cover of Baby I Love You a song by Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich (& Phil Spector) as hit for The Ronettes. The Ronettes & Spector are in my charts, though on the original track the backing vocalists were Darlene Love & Cher! Cher also recorded a version, as did Dave Edmunds, who’d been in my charts with Love Sculpture, in multi-Wall-Of-Sound Phil Spector style in early 1973 when he topped my charts. That version was very much indebted to Andy Kim’s version. Andy Kim was on Jeff Barry’s record label and together they wrote Sugar Sugar and many other Archies tracks, which will have a mini invasion of my charts over the next 2 years, being as I was 11-years-old and I adored the cartoon group and TV show. The Ramones also had a 1980 hit with Baby I Love You – also produced by Phil Spector. I love it when facts are circular. The best version is Dave Edmunds’.

In the lower reaches, The Sir Douglas Quintet are not she’s about a mover, they are on a good flop single instead (shame!), while The Rascals have a style change before ending their career together (shame!), The Moody Blues flop (shame!), Dionne Warwick has a less obviously Bacharach melody, but still classy, and J.J. Jackson is funky groovesome.

1 ( 3 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
2 ( 2 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
3 ( 27 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 3
4 ( 1 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
5 ( 9 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
6 ( NEW ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 6
7 ( 4 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
8 ( 6 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
9 ( 5 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 5
10 ( NEW ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 10

11 ( 23 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 11
12 ( 12 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
13 ( 11 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
14 ( 20 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 14
15 ( 15 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 15
16 ( 8 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
17 ( 7 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
18 ( 10 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10
19 ( 14 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
20 ( 13 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4

21 ( 16 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
22 ( 18 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
23 ( 17 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
24 ( 21 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
25 ( 22 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
26 ( 28 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 26
27 ( 19 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 19
28 ( 29 ) ANY DAY NOW Elvis Presley # 28
29 ( 38 ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas # 29
30 ( 35 ) DON’T LET ME DOWN The Beatles # 30

31 ( 24 ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 18
32 ( 25 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 11
33 ( 31 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
34 ( 30 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
35 ( 46 ) I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE Dusty Springfield # 35
36 ( 26 ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 26
37 ( 39 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye # 37
38 ( 59 ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 38
39 ( 52 ) ROSE GARDEN Joe South # 39
40 ( 34 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1

41 ( NEW ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 41
42 ( 37 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
43 ( 32 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
44 ( 40 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
45 ( 41 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
46 ( 70 ) MAMA SOUL The Soul Survivors # 46
47 ( 60 ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 47
48 ( 50 ) SOMEDAY MAN The Monkees # 48
49 ( 55 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe # 49
50 ( 56 ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 50

51 ( NEW ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack # 51
52 ( 33 ) IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW Shirley MacLaine # 33
53 ( 36 ) I’M ALIVE Johnny Thunder # 30
54 ( 63 ) WHAT IS A MAN The Four Tops # 54
55 ( 66 ) THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Dusty Springfield # 55
56 ( 42 ) HAIR The Cowsills # 19
57 ( 71 ) DARKNESS, DARKNESS The Youngbloods # 57
58 ( 53 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
59 ( 54 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
60 ( NEW ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 60

61 ( 43 ) STAND Sly & The Family Stone # 43
62 ( 44 ) CAROLINA IN MY MIND James Taylor # 44
63 ( NEW ) BABY I LOVE YOU Andy Kim # 63
64 ( 65 ) LOVE THEME FROM “ROMEO AND JULIET” Henry Mancini # 64
65 ( 49 ) I CAN’T SEE MYSELF LEAVING YOU Aretha Franklin # 49
66 ( 61 ) WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell # 1
67 ( 69 ) LOVE IS STRANGE Buddy Holly # 67
68 ( 51 ) (IF PARADISE IS) HALF AS NICE Amen Corner # 1
69 ( NEW ) IT DIDN’T EVEN BRING ME DOWN The Sir Douglas Quintet # 69
70 ( 72 ) LET ME Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay # 70

71 ( NEW ) SEE The Rascals # 71
72 ( NEW ) BUT IT’S ALRIGHT J.J. Jackson # 72
73 ( NEW ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 73
74 ( NEW ) NEVER COMES THE DAY The Moody Blues # 74
75 ( 48 ) BADGE Cream # 48

3rd May Retro-Then
1 ( 3 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 1 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
3 ( 2 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
4 ( 9 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits
5 ( 6 ) GET BACK The Beatles
6 ( 4 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
7 ( 5 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
8 ( 8 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
9 ( 7 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
10 ( 18 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel

11 ( 14 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
12 ( NEW ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
13 ( 11 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
14 ( 10 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl
15 ( 20 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
16 ( 19 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin
17 ( 16 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
18 ( 17 ) GAMES PEOPLE PLAY Joe South
19 ( NEW ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
20 ( 13 ) IN THE BAD BAD OLD DAYS The Foundations

 

 

10th May 1969

It’s 2 weeks on top for Elvis at the top of his game, run closely by obscure new-to-me The Hit Parade and a Junior Walker classic. Highest new entry at 5 is yet another Hair musical cover – this from Oliver, melodic tuneful style version of Good Morning Starshine. As I headed abroad in just over 3 months time, this track, and one yet to come, were my obsessions. I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to be mad on a song – and then not be able to hear it again! Having to wait years to hear music is an alien concept these days, but way back then if radio didn’t play it and it wasn’t available to buy, then that was that! I eventually bought it in California in 1979, hooray, though I had by then taped it from the 5 Years Ago chart rundowns on Radio 1 in 1974.

The Manfreds & The Hermits both get another top 10, not too far behind their chart positions of that time for me, Creedence get that Bad Moon rising into the 20, & another future reissued chart-topper in the 90’s for me enters at 32 for Jethro Tull – Living In The Past is apt, and also their finest moment by far. Tom Jones is back with another jolly romp, Love Me Tonight entering much lower than it did 50 years ago for me, Herb Alpert covers Nilsson, making it the 3rd version of Without Her to chart, after Jack Jones also had a good ol go. Herb’s version isn;t quite as good but it’s not bad, the song is indestructible – even James Arthur would struggle to kill it dead.

Microbe enters with Groovy Baby, a longtime Juniors Choice fave for kids of my age and younger, and it’s still charming and it’s still groovy, baby. The Dells drop by with a song I associate with Cilla, I Can Sing A Rainbow, and one I associate with melodicas and Paul Mauriat, Love Is Blue. This soulfunk version isn’t bad, but not as good as the aforementioned. Sly & co enter as the previous single drops out, they certainly were prolific in 1969, I Wanna Take You Higher clearly influencing the 90’s Was (Not Was) big hit Walk The Dinosaur. The Bee Gees were about to combust internally as Robin buggered off and it showed in the odd choice of single Tomorrow Tomorrow, very much sub par compared to those that went before and after. That leaves a cover of Let’s Dance, the old Chris Montez track, from a band I’ve never heard of. Ola!

1 ( 1 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
2 ( 3 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
3 ( 6 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 3
4 ( 2 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
5 ( NEW ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 5
6 ( 4 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
7 ( 5 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
8 ( 10 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 8
9 ( 11 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 9
10 ( 15 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 10

11 ( 7 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
12 ( 26 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 12
13 ( 8 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
14 ( 9 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 5
15 ( 12 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
16 ( 13 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
17 ( 14 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 14
18 ( 18 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10
19 ( 19 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
20 ( 20 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4

21 ( 16 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
22 ( 17 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
23 ( 21 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
24 ( 22 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
25 ( 28 ) ANY DAY NOW Elvis Presley # 25
26 ( 24 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
27 ( 23 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
28 ( 29 ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas # 28
29 ( 37 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye # 29
30 ( 35 ) I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE Dusty Springfield # 30

31 ( 25 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
32 ( NEW ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 32
33 ( 38 ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 33
34 ( 41 ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 34
35 ( 47 ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 35
36 ( 39 ) ROSE GARDEN Joe South # 36
37 ( 27 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 19
38 ( 46 ) MAMA SOUL The Soul Survivors # 38
39 ( 31 ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 18
40 ( 54 ) WHAT IS A MAN The Four Tops # 40

41 ( 32 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 11
42 ( 30 ) DON’T LET ME DOWN The Beatles # 30
43 ( 34 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
44 ( 40 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
45 ( 33 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
46 ( 50 ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 46
47 ( 43 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
48 ( 42 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1
49 ( 45 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
50 ( 44 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4

51 ( 51 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack # 51
52 ( 48 ) SOMEDAY MAN The Monkees # 48
53 ( 55 ) THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Dusty Springfield # 53
54 ( 60 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 54
55 ( NEW ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones # 55
56 ( 49 ) HEATHER HONEY Tommy Roe # 49
57 ( 57 ) DARKNESS, DARKNESS The Youngbloods # 57
58 ( NEW ) WITHOUT HER Herb Alpert # 58
59 ( 36 ) THESE EYES The Guess Who # 26
60 ( 63 ) BABY I LOVE YOU Andy Kim # 60

61 ( NEW ) GROOVY BABY Microbe # 61
62 ( 69 ) IT DIDN’T EVEN BRING ME DOWN The Sir Douglas Quintet # 62
63 ( 58 ) ELOISE Barry Ryan # 1
64 ( 59 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye # 1
65 ( 73 ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 65
66 ( 70 ) LET ME Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay # 66
67 ( 71 ) SEE The Rascals # 67
68 ( 64 ) LOVE THEME FROM “ROMEO AND JULIET” Henry Mancini # 64
69 ( NEW ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 69
70 ( 67 ) LOVE IS STRANGE Buddy Holly # 67

71 ( 72 ) BUT IT’S ALRIGHT J.J. Jackson # 71
72 ( 74 ) NEVER COMES THE DAY The Moody Blues # 72
73 ( NEW ) I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER Sly & The Family Stone # 73
74 ( NEW ) LET’S DANCE Ola and The Janglers # 74
75 ( NEW ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees # 75

RETRO THEN
1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 2 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
3 ( 4 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits
4 ( 3 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
5 ( 5 ) GET BACK The Beatles
6 ( 12 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
7 ( 11 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
8 ( 10 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
9 ( 6 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
10 ( 8 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces

11 ( 7 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
12 ( 15 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
13 ( 9 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
14 ( NEW ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones
15 ( 19 ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
16 ( 13 ) BOOM BANG A BANG Lulu
17 ( NEW ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
18 ( NEW ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
19 ( 14 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl
20 ( 16 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin

 

 

17th May 1969

It’s a first chart-topper for Junior Walker and that fab melody and sax riffs just pipping the new sheer pop joy of The Hit Parade – I could see this obscure catchy track in a spot in a big movie and taking off, all it would need is a Guardians Of The Galaxy placing :) The Monkees fave from my teen years is up to 3, and Creedence finally get a top 10. It won’t be the last. Big climbs for the soul fabness of Black Pearl and Mama Soul, neither tracks I knew a month ago, though the reggae version of Black Pearl lies in the near future.

Highest new entry is Mama Cass, It’s Getting Better at 33, another fave from those Music For Pleasure budget compilations of the early 70’s – this one, like The Monkees, I bought in 1974, by which time I was avidly buying records from my youth that I loved (I was 16 and already huge on pop nostalgia, being as I’d been loving music a decade already). Oddly, the other Monkees track at 36 isn’t one I knew until more recent compilations, as it didn’t feature on any early hits compilations or the TV episodes screened by the BBC – which were not always the same track listings as the US TV shows.

The Sir Douglas Quintet is another obscure gem I’ve taken a liking to, at 40, and new entries from Joni Mitchell with her own more subdued take on her Judy Collins hit song, Jackie Wilson getting a return chart run after his 1967 Retro chart run, and not for the last time – see 1975 and 1987. The Turtles are still making good records, this one I don’t know, at 65, The Isley Brothers funk phase is underway as they enter while charting big with their Motown phase, The Arbors enter, an obscure band with an obscure track that I’ve also taken a shine to, and finally Des O’Connor enters both my retro chart (scraping in) and my Then Charts with a kiddie song I liked at the time, though didn’t love as much as One Two Three O’Leary.

1 ( 3 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
2 ( 2 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
3 ( 8 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
4 ( 5 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 4
5 ( 1 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
6 ( 4 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
7 ( 7 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5
8 ( 6 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
9 ( 12 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 9
10 ( 10 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 10

11 ( 9 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 9
12 ( 17 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 12
13 ( 11 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
14 ( 13 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
15 ( 15 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
16 ( 16 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
17 ( 38 ) MAMA SOUL The Soul Survivors # 17
18 ( 35 ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 18
19 ( 14 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 5
20 ( 32 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 20

21 ( 19 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
22 ( 28 ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas # 22
23 ( 18 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10
24 ( 20 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4
25 ( 21 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
26 ( 29 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye # 26
27 ( 23 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
28 ( 22 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
29 ( 24 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
30 ( 33 ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 30

31 ( 26 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
32 ( 34 ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 32
33 ( NEW ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 33
34 ( 40 ) WHAT IS A MAN The Four Tops # 34
35 ( 27 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
36 ( 52 ) SOMEDAY MAN The Monkees # 36
37 ( 25 ) ANY DAY NOW Elvis Presley # 25
38 ( 30 ) I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE Dusty Springfield # 30
39 ( 46 ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 39
40 ( 62 ) IT DIDN’T EVEN BRING ME DOWN The Sir Douglas Quintet # 40

41 ( 31 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
42 ( 55 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones # 42
43 ( 36 ) ROSE GARDEN Joe South # 36
44 ( 37 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 19
45 ( 51 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack # 45
46 ( 54 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 46
47 ( 39 ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 18
48 ( 65 ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 48
49 ( 44 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
50 ( 42 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7

51 ( 60 ) BABY I LOVE YOU Andy Kim # 51
52 ( 45 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
53 ( 53 ) THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Dusty Springfield # 53
54 ( 49 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
55 ( NEW ) BOTH SIDES NOW Joni Mitchell # 55
56 ( 41 ) BABY DRIVER Simon & Garfunkel # 11
57 ( 47 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
58 ( 58 ) WITHOUT HER Herb Alpert # 58
59 ( NEW ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson # 59
60 ( 48 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt # 1

61 ( 61 ) GROOVY BABY Microbe # 61
62 ( 50 ) RIVER DEEP MOUNTAIN HIGH Ike & Tina Turner # 4
63 ( 69 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 63
64 ( 68 ) LOVE THEME FROM “ROMEO AND JULIET” Henry Mancini # 64
65 ( NEW ) YOU DON’T HAVE TO WALK IN THE RAIN The Turtles # 65
66 ( 72 ) NEVER COMES THE DAY The Moody Blues # 66
67 ( 73 ) I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER Sly & The Family Stone # 67
68 ( 42 ) DON’T LET ME DOWN The Beatles # 30
69 ( NEW ) I TURNED YOU ON The Isley Brothers # 69
70 ( 71 ) BUT IT’S ALRIGHT J.J. Jackson # 70

71 ( NEW ) I CAN’T QUIT HER The Arbors # 71
72 ( 74 ) LET’S DANCE Ola and The Janglers # 72
73 ( NEW ) SPINNING WHEEL Blood Sweat & Tears # 73
74 ( 75 ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees # 74
75 ( NEW ) DICK-A-DUM-DUM Des O’Connor # 75

wot I liked that week then

1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 2 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
3 ( 6 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
4 ( 3 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits
5 ( 4 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
6 ( 8 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
7 ( 7 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
8 ( 5 ) GET BACK The Beatles
9 ( NEW ) GROOVY BABY Microbe
10 ( 14 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones

11 ( 15 ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
12 ( 10 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
13 ( 17 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
14 ( 9 ) CUPID Johnny Nash
15 ( 11 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who
16 ( 13 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison
17 ( 18 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
18 ( 12 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
19 ( NEW ) DICK A DUM DUM Des O’Connor
20 ( 20 ) GENTLE ON MY MIND Dean Martin

 

24th May 1969

It’s a first week on top for the latest song from “Hair” to make my top 10 – this time, Oliver gets his only big hit (for me) with Good Morning Starshine, such a great tune bounding with flower power optimism amongst the dark themes in the musical. Straight in at 2 it’s another fab melody, the glorious Way Of Life was a huge fave in the summer of ’69, showcasing the lost arts of vocal male-female harmonies a la The Mamas & The Papas, and duelling hook-lines simultaneously playing over one another for the climax. Just brilliant. The Family Dogg was a UK/US combo featuring hitmaking songwriters Albert Hammond & Mike Hazelwood, and producer (and former movie star) Steve Rowland, who’d had a hand in some of the best Dave Dee & co, and The Herd, productions. All featured on vocals, along with Christine Holmes on backing vocals, later Kristine Sparkle wife of J.J. Barrie, and she co-wrote the actual Devil Woman classic for Cliff. Want more street-cred? Err, most of Led Zep played on tracks on the album of the same name, probably Bonham & Page on this track, and the star of a current movie – Rocketman – is definitely playing piano on it, though the film sadly avoids mentioning Elton John’s Lulu songwriting, Family Dogg ivory-tinkling, & Top Of The Pops albums covers lead vocals :)

In at 8, it’s the second-best track from Tommy James & The Shondells, the gorgeous Crystal Blue Persuasion, their second top 10, a track I knew of – but didn’t know for many years later. It was one of the songs featured in a couple of expensive books I bought which had some of the biggest hits of latter 1969 in, from an actual musical instruments shop in Changi Village, Singapore, a few months later. It was actual sheet music, one book was blue, one was orange, and it was designed for the Far East booming cover-version market, I’d say, being locally printed and probably publishing-avoiding. I’ll post some scans when I get a chance. Anyway, I so wanted to hear this record (having already got Mony Mony on album by this time), and when I did get to hear it properly in the 80’s I loved it. Still do.

In at 23, Kenny Rogers is back, with his greatest record, the Viet-Nam war referencing Ruby Don’t Take Your Love To Town – a paralysed Vet’s wife goes off to play about, quite adult in theme, and one ol’ Ken never bettered – yes I’m looking at you “You picked a fine time to leave me loose-heel”. Peter Sarstedt replaces himself in my chart with his follow-up, largely forgotten these days, but I’ve always had a soft spot for the tuneful Frozen Orange Juice, Cliff is back with his endless run of pop fodder in these days, Big Ship not being one of his best, and ditto Diana Ross & The Supremes who had just the one great record left in them before going their own ways.


1 ( 4 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
2 ( NEW ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 2
3 ( 2 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
4 ( 1 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
5 ( 3 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
6 ( 6 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
7 ( 5 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
8 ( NEW ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 8
9 ( 9 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 9
10 ( 7 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5

11 ( 8 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
12 ( 10 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 10
13 ( 18 ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 13
14 ( 17 ) MAMA SOUL The Soul Survivors # 14
15 ( 13 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
16 ( 11 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 9
17 ( 15 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1
18 ( 20 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 18
19 ( 16 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
20 ( 33 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 20

21 ( 14 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
22 ( 12 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 12
23 ( NEW ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 23
24 ( 21 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
25 ( 22 ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas # 22
26 ( 23 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10
27 ( 32 ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 27
28 ( 30 ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 28
29 ( 19 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 5
30 ( 24 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4

31 ( 25 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
32 ( 34 ) WHAT IS A MAN The Four Tops # 32
33 ( 27 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
34 ( 36 ) SOMEDAY MAN The Monkees # 34
35 ( 28 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1
36 ( 29 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
37 ( 39 ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 37
38 ( 26 ) TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY Marvin Gaye # 26
39 ( 40 ) IT DIDN’T EVEN BRING ME DOWN The Sir Douglas Quintet # 39
40 ( 42 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones # 40

41 ( 31 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
42 ( 46 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 42
43 ( 59 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson # 43
44 ( 35 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
45 ( 45 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack # 45
46 ( 48 ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 46
47 ( NEW ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt # 47
48 ( 65 ) YOU DON’T HAVE TO WALK IN THE RAIN The Turtles # 48
49 ( 41 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
50 ( 61 ) GROOVY BABY Microbe # 50

51 ( 51 ) BABY I LOVE YOU Andy Kim # 51
52 ( 55 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Joni Mitchell # 52
53 ( 49 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
54 ( 37 ) ANY DAY NOW Elvis Presley # 25
55 ( 58 ) WITHOUT HER Herb Alpert # 55
56 ( 38 ) I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE Dusty Springfield # 30
57 ( 63 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 57
58 ( 54 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
59 ( 69 ) I TURNED YOU ON The Isley Brothers # 59
60 ( 67 ) I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER Sly & The Family Stone # 60

61 ( RE ) LET ME Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay # 61
62 ( 47 ) CUPID Johnny Nash # 18
63 ( 52 ) WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND Noel Harrison # 6
64 ( 50 ) I CAN HEAR MUSIC The Beach Boys # 7
65 ( 43 ) ROSE GARDEN Joe South # 36
66 ( 44 ) HAPPY HEART Andy Williams # 19
67 ( 70 ) BUT IT’S ALRIGHT J.J. Jackson # 67
68 ( 71 ) I CAN’T QUIT HER The Arbors # 68
69 ( 72 ) LET’S DANCE Ola and The Janglers # 69
70 ( 74 ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees # 70

71 ( 57 ) PINBALL WIZARD The Who # 7
72 ( 73 ) SPINNING WHEEL Blood Sweat & Tears # 72
73 ( NEW ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard # 73
74 ( NEW ) NO MATTER WHAT SIGN YOU ARE Diana Ross & The Supremes # 74
75 ( NEW ) MOODY WOMAN Jerry Butler # 75

Then charts

1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 2 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
3 ( 3 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
4 ( 6 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 13 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
6 ( 10 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones
7 ( 4 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits
8 ( 8 ) GET BACK The Beatles
9 ( 5 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
10 ( 11 ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension

11 ( 19 ) DICK A DUM DUM Des O’Connor
12 ( NEW ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich
13 ( 7 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
14 ( 18 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
15 ( 9 ) GROOVY BABY Microbe
16 ( 17 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
17 ( 12 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker and The Aces
18 ( NEW ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
19 ( NEW ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack
20 ( NEW ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson

 

 

31st May 1969

It’s a first week on top for the gorgeous Way Of Life, Family Dogg claiming the latest of one-week chart-toppers. I say that because there are 2 high new entries yet again challenging, The Beatles (or rather Paul & John’s dual effort on the tale of John & Yoko’s recent shenanigans) at 4, and in at 2 In The Year 2525, a pounding futuristic folkrock bleak view on the future of homo sapiens – 50 years on and it seems, if anything, far too optimistic given how many things mentioned are already here 500 years early. Dystopia? Just look around. Zager & Evans imagined we’d be picking our test tube kids millennia in the future; having ruined the planet, taken and put back nothing. Yes, FAR too optimistic. Back in August 1969 when this topped the UK charts I was insanely-mad on this record, the message, the sci-fi feel, the tune, the passing years of the lyrics, and in an alternate universe this would have been the first record I ever bought, in Singapore. Sadly I never found it on release and Dizzy became the first one as a good alternative. 10 years later and I was in the South-West USA and finally bought the single along with others (Aquarius/In The Ghetto from 1969) from the oldies racks in a department store.

Marmalade enter at 24 with another fave, Baby Make It Soon showing their move more and more into ballads, this time with a Tony MacAuley song (just one of myriad huge hits he wrote or co-wrote from 1967 through 1976. Build Me Up Buttercup and Love Grows are probably the best-remembered). Peter Sarstedt’s Orange Juice (Frozen) is just behind with a climb, and it’s mostly slow moves elsewhere as the deluge of new entries keeps on a coming, both classic and lesser unknowns: at 61 Jackie DeShannon’s original hit version of the Annie Lennox & Al Green 80’s hit cover, Put A Little Love In Your Heart; a failed Hannah-Barbera cartoon project that resulted in a gloriously schizophrenic bubblegum/psychedelia track that stiffed – Captain Groovy must be heard it’s in entirety for the last-minute wig-out, the vocal sung by Joey Levine (he of Ohio Express, Kazenatz-Katz, and the future fab Life Is A Rock from Reunion in 1974).

Edwin Starr returns again, ditto Archie Bell, & the soul funk groove continues with the debut of Candi Staton a full 7 years early on her blissfully good Young Hearts Run Free UK debut, and a career that is still going.

1 ( 2 ) A WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg # 1
2 ( NEW ) IN THE YEAR 2525 Zager & Evans # 2
3 ( 1 ) GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver # 1
4 ( NEW ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO The Beatles # 4
5 ( 8 ) CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells # 5
6 ( 4 ) WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) Junior Walker & The All Stars # 1
7 ( 6 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers # 1
8 ( 3 ) AH, HA, HA, DO YOUR THING The Hit Parade # 2
9 ( 5 ) LISTEN TO THE BAND The Monkees # 3
10 ( 10 ) RING OF BRIGHT WATER Val Doonican # 5

11 ( 9 ) BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival # 9
12 ( 7 ) IN THE GHETTO Elvis Presley # 1
13 ( 18 ) LIVING IN THE PAST Jethro Tull # 13
14 ( 11 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers featuring Dorothy Combs Morrison # 1
15 ( 20 ) IT’S GETTING BETTER Mama Cass Elliot # 15
16 ( 23 ) RUBY DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN Kenny Rogers & The First Edition # 16
17 ( 12 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits # 10
18 ( 15 ) THE BOXER Simon & Garfunkel # 1
19 ( 16 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann # 9
20 ( 17 ) FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees # 1

21 ( 13 ) BLACK PEARL Sonny Charles & The Checkmates # 13
22 ( 27 ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles # 22
23 ( 19 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell # 1
24 ( NEW ) BABY MAKE IT SOON Marmalade # 24
25 ( 14 ) MAMA SOUL The Soul Survivors # 14
26 ( 47 ) FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt # 26
27 ( 21 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston # 6
28 ( 28 ) WHERE’S THE PLAYGROUND SUSIE Glen Campbell # 28
29 ( 24 ) MY CHERIE AMOUR Stevie Wonder # 5
30 ( 22 ) JUST A LITTLE LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield # 12

31 ( 26 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac # 10
32 ( 37 ) LODI Creedence Clearwater Revival # 32
33 ( 43 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson # 33
34 ( 31 ) HURTING EACH OTHER Ruby & The Romantics # 5
35 ( 30 ) ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker & The Aces # 4
36 ( 40 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones # 36
37 ( 33 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE Bob & Earl # 2
38 ( 42 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 38
39 ( 29 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers # 5
40 ( 35 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin # 1

41 ( 36 ) AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN (THE FLESH FAILURES) (MEDLEY) The 5th Dimension # 1
42 ( 52 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Joni Mitchell # 42
43 ( 46 ) THE APRIL FOOLS Dionne Warwick # 43
44 ( 45 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack # 44
45 ( 41 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING The Righteous Brothers # 1
46 ( 50 ) GROOVY BABY Microbe # 46
47 ( 39 ) IT DIDN’T EVEN BRING ME DOWN The Sir Douglas Quintet # 39
48 ( 48 ) YOU DON’T HAVE TO WALK IN THE RAIN The Turtles # 48
49 ( 25 ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas # 22
50 ( 34 ) SOMEDAY MAN The Monkees # 34

51 ( 51 ) BABY I LOVE YOU Andy Kim # 51
52 ( 49 ) DON JUAN Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich # 4
53 ( 57 ) I CAN SING A RAINBOW/LOVE IS BLUE The Dells # 53
54 ( 55 ) WITHOUT HER Herb Alpert # 54
55 ( 59 ) I TURNED YOU ON The Isley Brothers # 55
56 ( 53 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe # 1
57 ( 44 ) YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Ronettes # 9
58 ( 32 ) WHAT IS A MAN The Four Tops # 32
59 ( 60 ) I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER Sly & The Family Stone # 59
60 ( 61 ) LET ME Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark Lindsay # 60

61 ( NEW ) PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART Jackie DeShannon # 61
62 ( 58 ) I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees # 1
63 ( NEW ) CAPTAIN GROOVY AND HIS BUBBLEGUM ARMY Captain Groovy And His Bubblegum Army # 63
64 ( 68 ) I CAN’T QUIT HER The Arbors # 64
65 ( 70 ) TOMORROW TOMORROW The Bee Gees # 65
66 ( 67 ) BUT IT’S ALRIGHT J.J. Jackson # 66
67 ( NEW ) I’M STILL A STRUGGLING MAN Edwin Starr # 67
68 ( 69 ) LET’S DANCE Ola and The Janglers # 68
69 ( NEW ) GIRL YOU’RE TOO YOUNG Archie Bell & The Drells # 69
70 ( NEW ) THE PROPHECY OF DANIEL AND JOHN THE DIVINE (SIX-SIX-SIX) The Cowsills # 70

71 ( 73 ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard # 71
72 ( 72 ) SPINNING WHEEL Blood Sweat & Tears # 72
73 ( 74 ) NO MATTER WHAT SIGN YOU ARE Diana Ross & The Supremes # 73
74 ( NEW ) I’D RATHER BE AN OLD MAN’S SWEETHEART (THAN A YOUNG MAN’S FOOL) Candi Staton # 74
75 ( NEW ) THE BOOGALOO PARTY The Flamingos # 75

Retro Then
1 ( 1 ) DIZZY Tommy Roe
2 ( 5 ) GALVESTON Glen Campbell
3 ( 3 ) RAGAMUFFIN MAN Manfred Mann
4 ( 2 ) GOODBYE Mary Hopkin
5 ( 4 ) THE BOXER Simon And Garfunkel
6 ( 11 ) DICK A DUM DUM Des O’Connor
7 ( 8 ) GET BACK The Beatles
8 ( 6 ) LOVE ME TONIGHT Tom Jones
9 ( 10 ) AQUARIUS/ LET THE SUN SHINE IN The Fifth Dimension
10 ( 7 ) MY SENTIMENTAL FRIEND Herman’s Hermits

11 ( 19 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Chicken Shack
12 ( 18 ) OH HAPPY DAY The Edwin Hawkins Singers
13 ( NEW ) BIG SHIP Cliff Richard
14 ( 14 ) MY WAY Frank Sinatra
15 ( 13 ) BEHIND A PAINTED SMILE The Isley Brothers
16 ( 16 ) MAN OF THE WORLD Fleetwood Mac
17 ( NEW ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
18 ( 9 ) COME BACK AND SHAKE ME Clodagh Rodgers
19 ( 12 ) SNAKE IN THE GRASS Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich
20 ( 20 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson

My May-Aug 2019 Charts

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Ruthless megalomaniac at the London Film & Comic Con, and some Daleks.

 

18th August 2019

It’s 3 weeks on top for Agnes, still Trancing strongly, what a fabulous track it is, so strong it holds off an 80’s grade A classic from a-ha, as 1986 chart-topper The Sun Always Shines On TV returns at 2 following a feature in the good Blinded By The Light movie, set in 1987, and showcasing pop at that time (see It’s A Sin entering lower down) and Bruce Springsteen songs – though not the track up to 13 off his new album, still making great music 44 years since Born To Run debuted in my chart – and which is also back thanks to the film.

Highest climber is Paul Kalkbrenner up 63 to 4 – I could do with some decent clubs to jiggle about a bit to this and Agnes, chances are low I’ll find one with a DJ to my taste that opens from 6pm to 9.30pm! Highest new track is Liam Gallagher, replacing himself in my 40 with his second Oasis-sounding top 10 of the year – One Of Us is not an Abba cover, it’s clearly another mouthing off about his older, more-talented brother. Yes, Noel, the one who drops out the top 10 and who wrote a good song called Slide Away. No, not the Slide Away entering at 8 for Miley Cyrus, that’s another fab new song, her second top of the year, and I’m really rating her new stuff lately.

Kaiser Chiefs also get a second top 10 of the year, Shallou and Colin get a big top 40 climb, Lana Del Ray gets a second top 40 of 2019 with Looking For America. So am I, but I think it may be some time. LEON has a decent climb, she’s not Falling at all, and P.P. Arnold gets her first-ever solo top 40 only 51 years late….! Dario G is back 5 years on from his top 20 track with Shirley Bassey, and 21 years on from topping with his Carnaval De Paris, and finally Dolly Parton’s Here You Come Again returns 41 years on since it fell short of my top 40. It’s sounding fab in a current advert, so that peak chart position needs correcting belatedly!


1 1 1 2 I TRANCE Agnes 340000
2 NEW 2 1 THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV a-ha 115000
3 2 2 4 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 255100
4 67 4 2 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 71600
5 3 1 14 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1386500
6 6 4 14 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 571900
7 NEW 7 1 ONE OF US Liam Gallagher 50000
8 NEW 8 1 SLIDE AWAY Miley Cyrus 48000
9 10 9 8 SUNFLOWER Post Malone & Swae Lee 220750
10 15 10 6 PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER The Kaiser Chiefs 146700

11 5 1 9 LIVIN’ THING Electric Light Orchestra 1092000
12 11 3 12 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 657000
13 19 13 3 THE WAYFARER Bruce Springsteen 63500
14 4 3 10 SAIL ON Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 557500
15 8 8 8 MAD LOVE Mabel 214450
16 16 16 3 TIME WON’T GO SLOWLY Snow Patrol 67400
17 7 5 13 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 430450
18 18 18 10 YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN Taylor Swift 177400
19 20 19 3 FRIENDS Dido 58100
20 12 12 8 DON’T LET ME BE LONELY Mark Ronson featuring YEBBA 193800

21 9 1 8 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 401550
22 45 22 3 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 37700
23 13 6 11 MOTHER’S DAUGHTER Miley Cyrus 346250
24 14 5 7 I DARE YOU The Regrettes 272000
25 26 25 3 EMOTION Purple Disco Machine featuring The Emotions 50250
26 28 26 6 YOUR GIRLFRIEND Blossoms 83000
27 39 27 5 FORGIVE OR FORGET Ina Wrolsden 60900
28 35 28 3 DAYS GO BY (CAMELPHAT REMIX) Dirty Vegas 46800
29 23 23 7 GOOD AS HELL Lizzo 115750
30 37 30 3 GREYHOUND Collard 45900

31 17 7 13 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 358650
32 32 32 3 I’M GOOD Wafia 43000
33 74 33 2 LOOKING FOR AMERICA Lana Del Ray 22900
34 40 34 3 FAVORITE SOUND Audien & Echosmith 46700
35 48 35 3 FALLING LEON 36600
36 21 10 15 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 315750
37 43 37 3 BABY BLUE P.P. Arnold 40900
38 38 26 10 WISH YOU WELL Sigala featuring Becky Hill 140100
39 24 8 13 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 283950
40 31 1 15 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 972250

41 36 36 4 SOMEONE LIKE YOU (ATARI HERO REMIX) The Sugarhill Gang Grandmaster Mele Mel & SCORPIO Furious5 featuring Barshon 54800
42 53 42 3 ONLY WHEN YOU’RE AROUND The Dualers 35000
43 34 29 7 YOUTH & LOVE Jack Savoretti featuring Mika 98900
44 22 10 7 DESTINY Zero 7 featuring Sia 159100
45 46 45 5 GO! Public Service Broadcasting 56400
46 27 5 11 SHOCKWAVE Liam Gallagher 353050
47 25 11 7 RESCUE ME OneRepublic 166550
48 50 48 5 SCHOOL’S OUT Alice Cooper 54900
49 49 49 4 FADE OUT Seeb & Olivia O’Brien & Space Primates 37500
50 58 50 6 CAN WE PRETEND Pink featuring Cash Cash 51000

51 44 1 18 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 889400
52 30 22 8 SEX MONEY FEELINGS DIE Lykke Li 111350
53 56 53 5 CASTLES Freya Ridings 35450
54 59 54 3 MONEY Michael Kiwanuka & Tom Misch 28600
55 33 20 7 BLOW Ed Sheeran, Chris Stapleton & Bruno Mars 116100
56 NEW 56 1 SHOOT ME DOWN Fiona Walden 10600
57 65 57 3 TRUE LOVE Ariana & The Rose 23000
58 60 58 4 HOW GLAD I AM Chrissie Hynde with the Valve Bone Woe Ensemble 32800
59 77 59 2 LOVE TOO MUCH Keane 14700
60 63 60 3 HIGHER LOVE Kygo & Whitney Houston 23400

61 41 3 15 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 607900
62 54 1 12 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John 563050
63 29 29 10 STAY (DON’T GO AWAY) David Guetta featuring Raye 121100
64 66 64 3 YOUNG AND IN LOVE Ingrid Michaelson 18700
65 69 65 3 SILHOUETTES Friendly Fires 18200
66 68 66 3 TWO NIGHTS PART II Lykke Li, Skrillex & Ty Dolla $ign 19600
67 NEW 67 1 BORN TO RUN Bruce Springsteen 6600
68 76 20 8 FLYING ON MY OWN Celine Dion 121150
69 47 35 8 6AM Max Pope 88100
70 NEW 70 1 IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys 6000

71 72 71 2 TRUTH Mark Ronson featuring Alicia Keys & The Last Artful, Dodgr 11400
72 75 72 3 MINE RIGHT NOW Sigrid 14600
73 73 73 3 EVER AGAIN (SINGLE MIX) Robyn 15400
74 79 74 2 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 9400
75 78 75 3 MEN BEHAVING BADLY Chiedu Oraka & Deezkid featuring Jacob Aaron 13800
76 NEW 76 1 HERE YOU COME AGAIN Dolly Parton 4800
77 80 77 2 LITTLE HELP The BossHoss featuring Mimy & Josy 8600
78 42 17 8 RENAISSANCE Culture Shock 134500
79 NEW 79 1 HUNGRY HEART Bruce Springsteen 4200
80 NEW 80 1 HOLA (RADIO EDIT) Dario G 4000

DROP OUTS
51 34 7 SENORITA Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello 85650
52 37 7 THE WAY I FEEL Keane 75300
55 55 6 LULLABY The Cure 47000
57 43 6 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Ed Sheeran featuring Khalid 51700
61 30 6 ALL THE LOVERS Kylie Minogue 74600
62 62 4 BRIGHT BLUE SKIES Mitch James 25600
64 48 5 DEATH OF ME PVRIS 39900
70 70 4 SHINE Emeli Sande 22400
71 71 3 GONE Charli XCX & Christine And The Queens 17400

 

11th August 2019

It’s a 2nd week on top for the fab Agnes I Trance, holding off the late Avicii and his Vargas & Lagola combo Peace Of Mind at 2, his highest-charting track, beating Hey Brother which peaked at 5. Post malone & Swae Lee get a first top 10, Snow Patrol climb bigly into the 20, their first to do that since Chasing Cars 12 years back, Dido gets another top 20 of this year, and Brooooce also does the same on the day I saw the fab Blinded By The Light. Springsteen still has it, 44 years on from his debut Born To Run – which featured in the movie, quite rightly.

A second top 40 in a row for Purple Disco Machine, Wafia climbs up fast, loads of others climb in a week of few new entries – there just is no more room in my chart with so many climbing! Highest is Paul Kalkbrenner, who charted with a Leonard Cohen remix previously, Mark Ronson also pops back with a 5th track off his album, giving Alicia Keys a rare chart entry these days – 18 years since Fallin’ and 9 years since Empire State Of Mind topped with Jay-Z. Lana Del Ray and Keane make swift chart returns on the previous singles, JOnas Brothers get a 3rd off the new LP, and The BossHoss are back 2 years on from Word Up.

1 1 1 2 I TRANCE Agnes 340000
2 8 2 3 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 170100
3 2 1 13 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1326500
4 4 3 9 SAIL ON Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 528500
5 3 1 8 LIVIN’ THING Electric Light Orchestra 1055000
6 7 4 13 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 516900
7 5 5 12 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 407450
8 10 8 7 MAD LOVE Mabel 187450
9 6 1 7 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 381800
10 14 10 7 SUNFLOWER Post Malone & Swae Lee 175750

11 11 3 11 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 622000
12 13 12 7 DON’T LET ME BE LONELY Mark Ronson featuring YEBBA 173800
13 9 6 10 MOTHER’S DAUGHTER Miley Cyrus 327000
14 12 5 6 I DARE YOU The Regrettes 253000
15 15 15 5 PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER The Kaiser Chiefs 104700
16 36 16 2 TIME WON’T GO SLOWLY Snow Patrol 42400
17 23 7 12 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 341750
18 18 18 9 YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN Taylor Swift 155400
19 57 19 2 THE WAYFARER Bruce Springsteen 31500
20 39 20 2 FRIENDS Dido 37100

21 19 10 14 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 298350
22 16 10 6 DESTINY Zero 7 featuring Sia 145850
23 25 23 6 GOOD AS HELL Lizzo 97550
24 24 8 12 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 266850
25 17 11 6 RESCUE ME OneRepublic 153950
26 45 26 2 EMOTION Purple Disco Machine featuring The Emotions 31500
27 21 5 10 SHOCKWAVE Liam Gallagher 340300
28 32 28 5 YOUR GIRLFRIEND Blossoms 64500
29 33 29 9 STAY (DON’T GO AWAY) David Guetta featuring Raye 113900
30 22 22 7 SEX MONEY FEELINGS DIE Lykke Li 99850

31 26 1 14 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 955250
32 62 32 2 I’M GOOD Wafia 25200
33 20 20 6 BLOW Ed Sheeran, Chris Stapleton & Bruno Mars 105550
34 29 29 6 YOUTH & LOVE Jack Savoretti featuring Mika 85400
35 54 35 2 DAYS GO BY (CAMELPHAT REMIX) Dirty Vegas 28500
36 40 36 3 SOMEONE LIKE YOU (ATARI HERO REMIX) The Sugarhill Gang Grandmaster Mele Mel & SCORPIO Furious5 featuring Barshon 40800
37 56 37 2 GREYHOUND Collard 27900
38 28 26 9 WISH YOU WELL Sigala featuring Becky Hill 122900
39 52 39 4 FORGIVE OR FORGET Ina Wrolsden 42500
40 49 40 2 FAVORITE SOUND Audien & Echosmith 29100

41 31 3 14 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 600400
42 27 17 7 RENAISSANCE Culture Shock 130100
43 59 43 2 BABY BLUE P.P. Arnold 23600
44 38 1 17 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 877650
45 74 45 2 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 18200
46 46 46 4 GO! Public Service Broadcasting 43400
47 35 35 7 6AM Max Pope 81900
48 66 48 2 FALLING LEON 19100
49 64 49 3 FADE OUT Seeb & Olivia O’Brien & Space Primates 25400
50 51 50 4 SCHOOL’S OUT Alice Cooper 42600

51 34 34 7 SENORITA Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello 85650
52 37 37 7 THE WAY I FEEL Keane 75300
53 60 53 2 ONLY WHEN YOU’RE AROUND The Dualers 21250
54 47 1 11 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John 555650
55 55 55 6 LULLABY The Cure 47000
56 73 56 4 CASTLES Freya Ridings 24200
57 43 43 6 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Ed Sheeran featuring Khalid 51700
58 58 58 5 CAN WE PRETEND Pink featuring Cash Cash 39000
59 61 59 2 MONEY Michael Kiwanuka & Tom Misch 17600
60 65 60 3 HOW GLAD I AM Chrissie Hynde with the Valve Bone Woe Ensemble 22600

61 30 30 6 ALL THE LOVERS Kylie Minogue 74600
62 67 62 4 BRIGHT BLUE SKIES Mitch James 25600
63 69 63 2 HIGHER LOVE Kygo & Whitney Houston 13400
64 48 48 5 DEATH OF ME PVRIS 39900
65 72 65 2 TRUE LOVE Ariana & The Rose 12600
66 76 66 2 YOUNG AND IN LOVE Ingrid Michaelson 11600
67 NEW 67 1 NO GOODBYE Paul Kalkbrenner featuring Chiara Hunter 6600
68 68 68 2 TWO NIGHTS PART II Lykke Li, Skrillex & Ty Dolla $ign 12800
69 75 69 2 SILHOUETTES Friendly Fires 11200
70 70 70 4 SHINE Emeli Sande 22400

71 71 71 3 GONE Charli XCX & Christine And The Queens 17400
72 NEW 72 1 TRUTH Mark Ronson featuring Alicia Keys & The Last Artful, Dodgr 5600
73 77 73 2 EVER AGAIN (SINGLE MIX) Robyn 10000
74 NEW 74 1 LOOKING FOR AMERICA Lana Del Ray 5200
75 80 75 2 MINE RIGHT NOW Sigrid 9000
76 42 20 7 FLYING ON MY OWN Celine Dion 114750
77 NEW 77 1 LOVE TOO MUCH Keane 4600
78 78 78 2 MEN BEHAVING BADLY Chiedu Oraka & Deezkid featuring Jacob Aaron 8800
79 NEW 79 1 ONLY HUMAN The Jonas Brothers 4200
80 NEW 80 1 LITTLE HELP The BossHoss featuring Mimy & Josy 4000

DROP OUTS
41 24 7 RUNAWAY RUNAWAY Mars Argo 102200
44 28 8 GOD CONTROL Madonna 100450
50 37 4 SING IT WITH ME JP Cooper & Astrid S 50950
53 53 5 PRAYING Keiino 44100
63 63 4 STILL THE GOOD OLD DAYS Sheryl Crow featuring Joe Walsh 19800
79 10 12 FOCUS ON ME MARUV 236250

 

 

4th August 2019

It’s straight in on top for a track I’ve known for less than 24 hours, Agnes and her self-descriptive fab single I Trance. Her 2009 chart-topper Release Me was a bit of an anthem in my Gran Canaria late-night holiday club days, but she hasnt charted since 2012, and this is only her 4th chart entry. At 8 a huge leap for Avicii, posthumously claiming his 5th top 10 with the sad-themed Peace Of Mind, with Vargas & Lagola also getting a 2nd top 10 of the year. Mabel gets a 2nd too.

All the action is lower-down the chart though, as there is another mass invasion, this time new tracks, and I’ve had to extend my chart to 80 again to accomodate them. In at 36 Snow Patrol get a first top 40 in 9 years (and that was a re-entry) and their 8th in total after a break of 8 years away, with Time Won’t Go Slowly. So true! Dido’s back for a 3rd top 40 0f 2019, The Sugarhill gang get a 3rd top 40 40 years since their first, and Grandmaster Flash/Mele Mel a 4th 36 years on. Purple Disco Machine replace themselves in my chart at 45 with the Emotions-sampling Emotion, which charted 42 years ago as I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love and has been sampled heavily since, notably by Primal Scream in 1990 on Loaded.

Dirty Vegas have been camelphat-ed at 54, a shocking 18 years on from Days Go By peaking at 4, and 17 years since the remix peaked at 3 in my charts. 3rd time lucky? Collard’s Greyhound is a smooth new soul track which came up as an advert on Youtube just for me, as I was looking at 60’s soul tracks, and which made a change from being bombarded endlessly by a bloody Grammarly hype. Collard is one of the few times in my life when an advert has got a sale out of me. Cos it’s good. Springsteen is back with a 2nd hit of the year, still Born To Run 44 years on. That’s nothing though…

In at 59 with Baby Blue gives P.P. Arnold her first-ever solo hit – 52 years late. P.P. had UK soul success in the late 60’s, but too early for my first charts, despite later failed attempts by Barry Gibb to get an album release for her of stuff he had produced. Following the death of her daughter she concentrated on guest vocals in the 70’s onwards, and last charted with Ocean Colour Scene in 1998. Steve Cradock is a huge fan, and drafted in his big mate, also a fan, Paul Weller for a brand new album, of which this is the first track. So, 52 years-late here she is, still soulful. Check her guest spots on, ooh 3am Eternal (KLF), Itchycoo Park (The Small faces), the original version of Cat Stevens’ First Cut Is The Deepest, Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer, Beatmasters Burn It Up and more.

Whitney is also back, a decade literally late, with her Kygo revamp of her cover of Steve Winwood’s Higher Love. The first track on the aforementioned PP arnold Barry Gibb album was a Steve Winwood track – the album eventually got released a few years back thanks to the efforts of Steve Cradock. I love a circular anecdote.

1 NEW 1 1 I TRANCE Agnes 170000
2 3 1 12 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1241500
3 2 1 7 LIVIN’ THING Electric Light Orchestra 995000
4 4 3 8 SAIL ON Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 463500
5 5 5 11 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 357450
6 1 1 6 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 336800
7 7 4 12 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 461900
8 64 8 2 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 55100
9 6 6 9 MOTHER’S DAUGHTER Miley Cyrus 295000
10 12 10 6 MAD LOVE Mabel 139450

11 9 3 10 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 585000
12 8 5 5 I DARE YOU The Regrettes 224000
13 15 13 6 DON’T LET ME BE LONELY Mark Ronson featuring YEBBA 138800
14 16 14 6 SUNFLOWER Post Malone & Swae Lee 133750
15 19 15 4 PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER The Kaiser Chiefs 77700
16 10 10 5 DESTINY Zero 7 featuring Sia 126350
17 11 11 5 RESCUE ME OneRepublic 135200
18 18 18 8 YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN Taylor Swift 133400
19 13 10 13 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 278600
20 22 20 5 BLOW Ed Sheeran, Chris Stapleton & Bruno Mars 87850

21 14 5 9 SHOCKWAVE Liam Gallagher 321900
22 23 22 6 SEX MONEY FEELINGS DIE Lykke Li 81850
23 20 7 11 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 318750
24 17 8 11 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 247850
25 25 25 5 GOOD AS HELL Lizzo 78300
26 21 1 13 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 937350
27 27 17 6 RENAISSANCE Culture Shock 116350
28 31 26 8 WISH YOU WELL Sigala featuring Becky Hill 105700
29 30 29 5 YOUTH & LOVE Jack Savoretti featuring Mika 67800
30 40 30 5 ALL THE LOVERS Kylie Minogue 67100

31 26 3 13 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 586400
32 34 32 4 YOUR GIRLFRIEND Blossoms 46200
33 33 33 8 STAY (DON’T GO AWAY) David Guetta featuring Raye 95700
34 35 34 6 SENORITA Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello 73900
35 36 35 6 6AM Max Pope 69400
36 NEW 36 1 TIME WON’T GO SLOWLY Snow Patrol 17400
37 38 37 6 THE WAY I FEEL Keane 63800
38 32 1 16 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 864400
39 NEW 39 1 FRIENDS Dido 17100
40 68 40 2 SOMEONE LIKE YOU (ATARI HERO REMIX) The Sugarhill Gang Grandmaster Mele Mel & SCORPIO Furious5 featuring Barshon 23400

41 24 24 7 RUNAWAY RUNAWAY Mars Argo 102200
42 29 20 6 FLYING ON MY OWN Celine Dion 109950
43 50 43 5 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Ed Sheeran featuring Khalid 41300
44 28 28 8 GOD CONTROL Madonna 100450
45 NEW 45 1 EMOTION Purple Disco Machine featuring The Emotions 13000
46 49 46 3 GO! Public Service Broadcasting 30650
47 39 1 10 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John 544650
48 52 48 4 DEATH OF ME PVRIS 32800
49 NEW 49 1 FAVORITE SOUND Audien & Echosmith 12100
50 37 37 4 SING IT WITH ME JP Cooper & Astrid S 50950

51 51 51 3 SCHOOL’S OUT Alice Cooper 30600
52 59 52 3 FORGIVE OR FORGET Ina Wrolsden 25400
53 53 53 5 PRAYING Keiino 44100
54 NEW 54 1 DAYS GO BY (CAMELPHAT REMIX) Dirty Vegas 11000
55 55 55 5 LULLABY The Cure 36200
56 NEW 56 1 GREYHOUND Collard 10600
57 NEW 57 1 THE WAYFARER Bruce Springsteen 10400
58 58 58 4 CAN WE PRETEND Pink featuring Cash Cash 28800
59 NEW 59 1 BABY BLUE P.P. Arnold 10100
60 NEW 60 1 ONLY WHEN YOU’RE AROUND The Dualers 10000

61 NEW 61 1 MONEY Michael Kiwanuka & Tom Misch 7500
62 NEW 62 1 I’M GOOD Wafia 7400
63 63 63 4 STILL THE GOOD OLD DAYS Sheryl Crow featuring Joe Walsh 19800
64 69 64 2 FADE OUT Seeb & Olivia O’Brien & Space Primates 13300
65 72 65 2 HOW GLAD I AM Chrissie Hynde with the Valve Bone Woe Ensemble 12600
66 NEW 66 1 FALLING LEON 6800
67 67 67 3 BRIGHT BLUE SKIES Mitch James 18200
68 NEW 68 1 TWO NIGHTS PART II Lykke Li, Skrillex & Ty Dolla $ign 6400
69 NEW 69 1 HIGHER LOVE Kygo & Whitney Houston 6200
70 70 70 3 SHINE Emeli Sande 16400

71 71 71 2 GONE Charli XCX & Christine And The Queens 11600
72 NEW 72 1 TRUE LOVE Ariana & The Rose 5600
73 75 73 3 CASTLES Freya Ridings 13600
74 NEW 74 1 COUNT ON Shallou & Colin 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SILHOUETTES Friendly Fires 5000
76 NEW 76 1 YOUNG AND IN LOVE Ingrid Michaelson 4800
77 NEW 77 1 EVER AGAIN (SINGLE MIX) Robyn 4600
78 NEW 78 1 MEN BEHAVING BADLY Chiedu Oraka & Deezkid featuring Jacob Aaron 4400
79 46 10 12 FOCUS ON ME MARUV 236250
80 NEW 80 1 MINE RIGHT NOW Sigrid 4000

DROP OUTS
41 28 7 STRANGER NIGHTS Patrick Martin 93300
42 12 13 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 239500
43 43 7 CHUNG KUO Vangelis 61700
44 26 9 NEVER REALLY OVER Katy Perry 123300
45 18 12 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 208550
47 47 5 WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG The Killers 39850
48 36 5 CROWN Stormzy 77000
54 9 12 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 299650
56 40 5 STARRY NIGHT Peggy Gou 56800
57 57 2 INFO FREAKO Jesus Jones 15000
60 60 5 THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths 30200
61 1 15 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 632400
62 9 13 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 278650
65 65 4 WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Craig David 24400
66 46 6 WOKE UP LATE Drax Project featuring Hailee Steinfeld 49350
73 1 21 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 846900
74 74 2 FEEL THE BENEFIT 10c.c. 8200

 

 

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That’s Conchita Wurst on stage in Gran Canaria – you’ll have to take my word for it! 🙂

 

28th July 2019

It’s a return to the top spot for classic 2011 chart-topper Titanium, now getting it’s 3rd week on top. It was the first of 2 chart-toppers from the Nothing But The Beat album which I bought in a posh Florida shopping mall record store – one of the few left that I could find in the 21 years since my first visit when stores were everywhere and malls were full. It’s still also Sia’s only chart-topper, though her other oldie (with Zero 7) gives a double top ten week.

Kaiser Chiefs also meet themselves in the top 20 as the new climbs to 19, Jack Savoretti keeps his top 40’s going, and Mika gets a credit to boot – his 16th top 40 in 12 years, including one number one (not the one you think, either, it’s Rain). Blossoms get a big climb into the 40 and I cut my chart down to 75, having a bit of a clear-out of oldies now Glasto is gone. There are few new entries, but Seeb get a second in the 75 with Fade Out entering, Avicii gets another posthumous entry, this one with Vargas & Lagola’s 3rd chart entry, Charli XCX joins forces with Christine and both return – and some golden oldies return, both from 1979 debuts:

Chrissie Hynde debuted with The Pretenders’ Stop Your Sobbing and has never really stopped charting since, just not as regularly as of old – well, she’s back with an orchestra (of sorts) and a cover of the 1964 Nancy Wilson blues/jazz classic How Glad I Am – which belatedly made my top 10 in 2013, and first charted for me in a version by Kiki Dee in 1975. The other comeback? The Sugarhill Gang! First charting with Rapper’s Delight, the first proper “rap” record as such to be a crossover hit. Most recently in my top 10 in 2015 with oldie Apache, this is their first new material to chart since the early 80’s! It’s also bringing back Grandmaster Mele Mel – why the ‘L’ he’s dropped an L from his name I don’t know but he’s the brains and voice behind The Message and White Lines, the greatest rap records of the 80’s for me, not to mention Chaka Khan, Chaka Khan, let me love Chaka Khan on I Feel For You. He brings along his Furious5, who are probably livid rather than furious these days.

1 6 1 5 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 281800
2 1 1 6 LIVIN’ THING Electric Light Orchestra 910000
3 2 1 11 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1126500
4 3 3 7 SAIL ON Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 398500
5 7 5 10 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 297450
6 8 6 8 MOTHER’S DAUGHTER Miley Cyrus 250000
7 4 4 11 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 411900
8 5 5 4 I DARE YOU The Regrettes 189000
9 9 3 9 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 548000
10 14 10 4 DESTINY Zero 7 featuring Sia 101350

11 11 11 4 RESCUE ME OneRepublic 112200
12 16 12 5 MAD LOVE Mabel 97450
13 10 10 12 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 257600
14 12 5 8 SHOCKWAVE Liam Gallagher 302150
15 17 15 5 DON’T LET ME BE LONELY Mark Ronson featuring YEBBA 106800
16 18 16 5 SUNFLOWER Post Malone & Swae Lee 104750
17 13 8 10 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 228850
18 21 18 7 YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN Taylor Swift 111400
19 33 19 3 PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER The Kaiser Chiefs 50700
20 19 7 10 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 299500

21 15 1 12 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 918850
22 25 22 4 BLOW Ed Sheeran, Chris Stapleton & Bruno Mars 67850
23 35 23 5 SEX MONEY FEELINGS DIE Lykke Li 62350
24 27 24 6 RUNAWAY RUNAWAY Mars Argo 88200
25 37 25 4 GOOD AS HELL Lizzo 59550
26 24 3 12 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 568500
27 22 17 5 RENAISSANCE Culture Shock 97950
28 30 28 7 GOD CONTROL Madonna 87200
29 20 20 5 FLYING ON MY OWN Celine Dion 96200
30 41 30 4 YOUTH & LOVE Jack Savoretti featuring Mika 49600

31 26 26 7 WISH YOU WELL Sigala featuring Becky Hill 87400
32 29 1 15 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 847200
33 40 33 7 STAY (DON’T GO AWAY) David Guetta featuring Raye 78000
34 70 34 3 YOUR GIRLFRIEND Blossoms 28400
35 38 35 5 SENORITA Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello 56300
36 45 36 5 6AM Max Pope 51900
37 53 37 3 SING IT WITH ME JP Cooper & Astrid S 38950
38 43 38 5 THE WAY I FEEL Keane 46500
39 39 1 9 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John 532150
40 42 40 4 ALL THE LOVERS Kylie Minogue 49100

41 28 28 7 STRANGER NIGHTS Patrick Martin 93300
42 23 12 13 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 239500
43 52 43 7 CHUNG KUO Vangelis 61700
44 31 26 9 NEVER REALLY OVER Katy Perry 123300
45 34 18 12 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 208550
46 32 10 11 FOCUS ON ME MARUV 232050
47 51 47 5 WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG The Killers 39850
48 36 36 5 CROWN Stormzy 77000
49 71 49 2 GO! Public Service Broadcasting 17900
50 63 50 4 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Ed Sheeran featuring Khalid 27800

51 64 51 2 SCHOOL’S OUT Alice Cooper 18850
52 72 52 3 DEATH OF ME PVRIS 20500
53 54 53 4 PRAYING Keiino 32850
54 44 9 12 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 299650
55 66 55 4 LULLABY The Cure 25400
56 50 40 5 STARRY NIGHT Peggy Gou 56800
57 77 57 2 INFO FREAKO Jesus Jones 15000
58 69 58 3 CAN WE PRETEND Pink featuring Cash Cash 18600
59 81 59 2 FORGIVE OR FORGET Ina Wrolsden 13900
60 68 60 5 THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths 30200

61 59 1 15 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 632400
62 60 9 13 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 278650
63 83 63 3 STILL THE GOOD OLD DAYS Sheryl Crow featuring Joe Walsh 12600
64 NEW 64 1 PEACE OF MIND Avicii featuring Vargas & Lagola 7100
65 67 65 4 WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Craig David 24400
66 46 46 6 WOKE UP LATE Drax Project featuring Hailee Steinfeld 49350
67 75 67 2 BRIGHT BLUE SKIES Mitch James 11600
68 NEW 68 1 SOMEONE LIKE YOU (ATARI HERO REMIX) The Sugarhill Gang Grandmaster Mele Mel & SCORPIO Furious5 featuring Barshon 6400
69 NEW 69 1 FADE OUT Seeb & Olivia O’Brien & Space Primates 6200
70 78 70 2 SHINE Emeli Sande 10400

71 NEW 71 1 GONE Charli XCX & Christine And The Queens 5800
72 NEW 72 1 HOW GLAD I AM Chrissie Hyne with the Valve Bone Woe Ensemble 5600
73 73 1 21 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 846900
74 85 74 2 FEEL THE BENEFIT 10c.c. 8200
75 84 75 2 CASTLES Freya Ridings 8200

DROP OUTS
47 47 6 IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU Shawn Mendes 54600
48 20 9 MY LOVE Will Young 135200
49 32 5 THE GLAMOROUS LIFE Prince 76600
55 55 3 LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT Kylie Minogue 24300
56 5 10 ZERO GRAVITY Kate Miller-Heidke 326950
57 3 10 SPIRIT IN THE SKY Keiino 374350
58 9 10 DOIN’ TIME Lana Del Ray 256100
61 8 12 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 279000
62 29 11 I DON’T CARE Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber 144600
65 28 9 ALONE Richard Hawley 103900
74 48 6 INTO HAPPINESS Phantogram 50150
76 76 3 CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD Kylie Minogue 11400
79 79 3 BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue 12200
80 10 12 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 220450
82 6 15 DATE STAMP ABC 291950

 

 

21st July 2019

It’s four weeks on top for ELO, 6 in total, as nothing new comes along to challenge it, the nearest fresh challenger is The Regrettes at 5, their second chart hit, and first top 40. Fun! Titanium goes top 10 7 years after topping my chart, and Sia’s other oldie beats it’s previous peak of 16 in 2000 for Zero 7’s lovely Destiny, which I under-rated at the time. Dominic Fike finally makes the top 10 after 11 weeks of trying.

Meanwhile, 50 years ago on the 21st July I was watching footage of the Moon Landing on our black and white TV, specially allowed to broadcast overnight and in the morning – though I didn’t get woken up for the glorious actual moment which contrary to media coverage happened in the UK on the 21st, not the 20th! I still say GMT should be the primary source when events happen off-planet laugh.gif It was enormously impressive as any achievement to this 11-year-old, and hugely risky, so all the more awesome. As a sort-of tribute, Public Service Broadcasting enter belatedly with Go! based on Apollo 11, and sampling Nasa heavily, in at 71. While School’s Out made the itunes chart, and although it was 3 years too late for Apollo, it was sort of appropriate as Primary School was indeed Out for me around that time. Alice Cooper made my top 5 in 1972, and charted again in 1974.

The Kaisers get a big climb into the 40, Lykke Li gets a second top 40, ditto Lizzo, and Shawn Mendes overtakes himself with Camila,as Senorita goes into the 40. Shawn’s 3rd top 40, and Camila’s 3rd too. I finally get to cut down the size of the chart to 85 in a quiet week for newcomers, as a load of Glasto oldies depart in a rush, Mitch James being the highest actual new current track at 75! Even with PVRIS and P!nk climbing into the 75 that’s historically low for a top 75 chart. It has been manic of late though, so it gives room for lots of climbers to grab a more representative chart position. Jesus Jones return 29 years on with the fab Info Freako, a non-hit of the time that deserved better.

1 1 1 5 LIVIN’ THING Electric Light Orchestra 795000
2 2 1 10 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 1041500
3 3 3 6 SAIL ON Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 333500
4 4 4 10 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 361900
5 5 5 3 I DARE YOU The Regrettes 141000
6 11 6 4 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 111800
7 8 7 9 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 237450
8 9 8 7 MOTHER’S DAUGHTER Miley Cyrus 195000
9 6 3 8 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 503000
10 14 10 11 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 225600

11 19 11 3 RESCUE ME OneRepublic 75200
12 7 5 7 SHOCKWAVE Liam Gallagher 273150
13 10 8 9 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 205850
14 34 14 3 DESTINY Zero 7 featuring Sia 59350
15 13 1 11 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 899100
16 33 16 4 MAD LOVE Mabel 62450
17 20 17 4 DON’T LET ME BE LONELY Mark Ronson featuring YEBBA 79800
18 18 18 4 SUNFLOWER Post Malone & Swae Lee 79750
19 15 7 9 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 279500
20 21 20 4 FLYING ON MY OWN Celine Dion 78000

21 25 21 6 YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN Taylor Swift 89400
22 17 17 4 RENAISSANCE Culture Shock 79550
23 12 12 12 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 225750
24 16 3 11 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 550000
25 39 25 3 BLOW Ed Sheeran, Chris Stapleton & Bruno Mars 48350
26 35 26 6 WISH YOU WELL Sigala featuring Becky Hill 69500
27 30 27 5 RUNAWAY RUNAWAY Mars Argo 69200
28 28 28 6 STRANGER NIGHTS Patrick Martin 79300
29 24 1 14 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 829400
30 36 30 6 GOD CONTROL Madonna 68900

31 26 26 8 NEVER REALLY OVER Katy Perry 110050
32 23 10 10 FOCUS ON ME MARUV 219300
33 50 33 2 PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER The Kaiser Chiefs 29700
34 22 18 11 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 195550
35 59 35 4 SEX MONEY FEELINGS DIE Lykke Li 43100
36 37 36 4 CROWN Stormzy 64700
37 47 37 3 GOOD AS HELL Lizzo 40800
38 58 38 4 SENORITA Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello 38800
39 29 1 8 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John 515050
40 49 40 6 STAY (DON’T GO AWAY) David Guetta featuring Raye 60300

41 54 41 3 YOUTH & LOVE Jack Savoretti featuring Mika 31600
42 53 42 3 ALL THE LOVERS Kylie Minogue 32100
43 70 43 4 THE WAY I FEEL Keane 29300
44 38 9 11 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 288650
45 63 45 4 6AM Max Pope 34500
46 60 46 5 WOKE UP LATE Drax Project featuring Hailee Steinfeld 42550
47 56 47 6 IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU Shawn Mendes 54600
48 31 20 9 MY LOVE Will Young 135200
49 32 32 5 THE GLAMOROUS LIFE Prince 76600
50 40 40 4 STARRY NIGHT Peggy Gou 46200

51 62 51 4 WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG The Killers 27350
52 55 52 6 CHUNG KUO Vangelis 48200
53 57 53 2 SING IT WITH ME JP Cooper & Astrid S 21650
54 68 54 3 PRAYING Keiino 21600
55 64 55 3 LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT Kylie Minogue 24300
56 46 5 10 ZERO GRAVITY Kate Miller-Heidke 326950
57 44 3 10 SPIRIT IN THE SKY Keiino 374350
58 45 9 10 DOIN’ TIME Lana Del Ray 256100
59 52 1 14 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 624900
60 51 9 12 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 271250

61 42 8 12 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 279000
62 43 29 11 I DON’T CARE Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber 144600
63 75 63 3 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Ed Sheeran featuring Khalid 15800
64 NEW 64 1 SCHOOL’S OUT Alice Cooper 7100
65 41 28 9 ALONE Richard Hawley 103900
66 77 66 3 LULLABY The Cure 14600
67 72 67 3 WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Craig David 17400
68 73 68 4 THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths 20200
69 89 69 2 CAN WE PRETEND Pink featuring Cash Cash 8400
70 76 70 2 YOUR GIRLFRIEND Blossoms 10800

71 NEW 71 1 GO! Public Service Broadcasting 5800
72 83 72 2 DEATH OF ME PVRIS 9000
73 69 1 20 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 841500
74 48 48 6 INTO HAPPINESS Phantogram 50150
75 NEW 75 1 BRIGHT BLUE SKIES Mitch James 5000
76 81 76 3 CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD Kylie Minogue 11400
77 NEW 77 1 INFO FREAKO Jesus Jones 4600
78 NEW 78 1 SHINE Emeli Sande 4400
79 79 79 3 BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue 12200
80 61 10 12 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 220450

81 NEW 81 1 FORGIVE OR FORGET Ina Wrolsden 3800
82 27 6 15 DATE STAMP ABC 291950
83 90 83 2 STILL THE GOOD OLD DAYS Sheryl Crow featuring Joe Walsh 5400
84 NEW 84 1 CASTLES Freya Ridings 3200
85 NEW 85 1 FEEL THE BENEFIT 10c.c. 3000

DROP OUTS
65 50 6 JOY Bastille 50600
66 18 9 TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose 164750
67 67 3 SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince 18000
71 1 13 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 647200
74 13 12 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 221700
78 78 2 THE LOVECATS The Cure 7400
80 80 2 CLOSE TO ME The Cure 8000
82 82 2 WHERE THE WILD ROSES GROW Kylie Minogue & Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 7000
84 84 2 HUMAN The Killers 5200
85 15 11 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 168450
86 86 2 SPINNING AROUND Kylie Minogue 5000
87 87 2 IN BETWEEN DAYS The Cure 5200
88 88 2 BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure 4800

 

 

14th July 2019

It’s 3 weeks on top for ELO, 5 weeks in total, cos it still sounds so fab played loud these 43 years later, and becomes their longest-running number one. Noel Gallagher gets his highest-charting solo record, ahead of AKA..What A Life which peaked at 5 in 2011, with Sail On – though obviously not quite up their Oasis chart-toppers like Whatever, Wonderwall, Don’t Look Back In Anger and The Importance Of Being Idle. Up debuting inside the top 5, with their second chart hit, it’s The Regrettes and the fab I Dare You, while Keith Urban gets his second top 10, following 2017 number 2 The Fighter with Drop Top Down. Miley Cyrus gets her 6th top 10, as Titanium rockets up 30 places to 11 – 8 years on from topping my charts and it still sounds fresh and exciting, one of the great singles of the decade.

OneRepublic shoot up into the top 20 for the 9th time, Mark Ronson for the 7th, while Madonna goes top 40 with God Control, her 4th of the year. Ed Sheeran replaces himself in the 40, which is a bit of a BLOW, I’m sure, while highest new entry is Kaiser Chiefs at 50 with People Know How To Love One Another, their 2nd on the list. JP Cooper returns with a newie at 57. Sing It With Me! Blossoms also return with Your Girlfriend. She certainly isn’t mine. PVRIS enter in my still-extended chart rundown of 90, at 83, much lower than they would be without all the Glasto oldies hogging the chart spots, Pink gets a 5th track off Hurts 2 B Human entering, and Sheryl Crow returns, extending her run to 25 years of chart hits – this time bringing along Joe Walsh. Joe has charted umpteen times as part of The Eagles, going back to New Kid In Town around the time Livin’ Thing was charting, but he’d been on records back in the 60’s, 70’s and beyond, for his guitar skills, a whole who’s who in music it is too from The Beach Boys to The Foo Fighters. As a solo act, though, he debuted in 1978 with Life’s Been Good, a fab single, and…that was it. 41 years later and he gets a follow-up co-credit, that must be a record wait for a follow-up to a one-hit-wonder with new material!

1 1 1 4 LIVIN’ THING Electric Light Orchestra 625000
2 2 1 9 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 926500
3 4 3 5 SAIL ON Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 248500
4 7 4 9 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 296900
5 19 5 2 I DARE YOU The Regrettes 81000
6 3 3 7 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 458000
7 5 5 6 SHOCKWAVE Liam Gallagher 238150
8 12 8 8 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 187450
9 11 9 6 MOTHER’S DAUGHTER Miley Cyrus 147000
10 8 8 8 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 173850

11 41 11 3 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 56800
12 13 12 11 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 206500
13 6 1 10 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 872100
14 14 14 10 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 183600
15 9 7 8 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 258500
16 10 3 10 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 531000
17 23 17 3 RENAISSANCE Culture Shock 60050
18 25 18 3 SUNFLOWER Post Malone & Swae Lee 57750
19 38 19 2 RESCUE ME OneRepublic 38200
20 26 20 3 DON’T LET ME BE LONELY Mark Ronson featuring YEBBA 56800

21 22 21 3 FLYING ON MY OWN Celine Dion 58000
22 18 18 10 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 177950
23 15 10 9 FOCUS ON ME MARUV 201500
24 17 1 13 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 811200
25 30 25 5 YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN Taylor Swift 69650
26 31 26 7 NEVER REALLY OVER Katy Perry 92150
27 16 6 14 DATE STAMP ABC 288350
28 35 28 5 STRANGER NIGHTS Patrick Martin 61000
29 21 1 7 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John 497950
30 36 30 4 RUNAWAY RUNAWAY Mars Argo 50800

31 20 20 8 MY LOVE Will Young 122900
32 37 32 4 THE GLAMOROUS LIFE Prince 64500
33 42 33 3 MAD LOVE Mabel 37450
34 46 34 2 DESTINY Zero 7 featuring Sia 30350
35 48 35 5 WISH YOU WELL Sigala featuring Becky Hill 51000
36 49 36 5 GOD CONTROL Madonna 50900
37 40 37 3 CROWN Stormzy 47300
38 24 9 10 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 275400
39 47 39 2 BLOW Ed Sheeran, Chris Stapeleton & Bruno Mars 29600
40 55 40 3 STARRY NIGHT Peggy Gou 34200

41 28 28 8 ALONE Richard Hawley 96900
42 27 8 11 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 271500
43 29 29 10 I DON’T CARE Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber 137200
44 33 3 9 SPIRIT IN THE SKY Keiino 363950
45 34 9 9 DOIN’ TIME Lana Del Ray 245900
46 39 5 9 ZERO GRAVITY Kate Miller-Heidke 316350
47 54 47 2 GOOD AS HELL Lizzo 23500
48 53 48 5 INTO HAPPINESS Phantogram 44950
49 56 49 5 STAY (DON’T GO AWAY) David Guetta featuring Raye 43300
50 NEW 50 1 PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER The Kaiser Chiefs 12000

51 45 9 11 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 261250
52 44 1 13 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 614800
53 64 53 2 ALL THE LOVERS Kylie Minogue 18350
54 67 54 2 YOUTH & LOVE Jack Savoretti featuring Mika 17600
55 59 55 5 CHUNG KUO Vangelis 36700
56 57 56 5 IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU Shawn Mendes 42100
57 NEW 57 1 SING IT WITH ME JP Cooper & Astrid S 10400
58 70 58 3 SENORITA Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello 21600
59 61 59 3 SEX MONEY FEELINGS DIE Lykke Li 25600
60 62 60 4 WOKE UP LATE Drax Project featuring Hailee Steinfeld 29800

61 43 10 11 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 216450
62 77 62 3 WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG The Killers 16600
63 63 63 3 6AM Max Pope 21500
64 68 64 2 LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT Kylie Minogue 13500
65 50 50 6 JOY Bastille 50600
66 32 18 9 TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose 164750
67 71 67 3 SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince 18000
68 79 68 2 PRAYING Keiino 10600
69 69 1 19 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 836100
70 73 70 3 THE WAY I FEEL Keane 15800

71 60 1 13 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 647200
72 74 72 2 WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Craig David 10800
73 78 73 3 THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths 13800
74 51 13 12 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 221700
75 82 75 2 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Ed Sheeran featuring Khalid 8600
76 NEW 76 1 YOUR GIRLFRIEND Blossoms 4800
77 84 77 2 LULLABY The Cure 7800
78 85 78 2 THE LOVECATS The Cure 7400
79 81 79 2 BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue 8000
80 80 80 2 CLOSE TO ME The Cure 8000

81 86 81 2 CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD Kylie Minogue 6600
82 83 82 2 WHERE THE WILD ROSES GROW Kylie Minogue & Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 7000
83 NEW 83 1 DEATH OF ME PVRIS 3400
84 90 84 2 HUMAN The Killers 5200
85 75 15 11 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 168450
86 89 86 2 SPINNING AROUND Kylie Minogue 5000
87 87 87 2 IN BETWEEN DAYS The Cure 5200
88 88 88 2 BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure 4800
89 NEW 89 1 CAN WE PRETEND Pink featuring Cash Cash 2200
90 NEW 90 1 STILL THE GOOD OLD DAYS Sheryl Crow featuring Joe Walsh 2000

DROP OUTS
52 44 7 ONE TOUCH Jess Glynne & Jax Jones 64950
58 23 6 TINY DANCER Elton John 88750
65 65 6 FIND U AGAIN Mark Ronson featuring Camila Cabello 33400
66 50 7 THIS LIFE Vampire Weekend 62250
72 72 5 DREAM GLOW BTS & Charli XCX 23600
76 48 8 NAKED ALONE L Devine & INDIIA 69550

 

 

7th July 2019

It’s a second week on top, and the fourth week in total, for 1976 sweeping strings classic Livin’ Thing, not the first chart-topping ELO oldie by any means. Noel Gallagher leapfrogs his younger brother at 4, and Bananarama get a second top 10 of the year 38 years since their debut. The highest new entry is from The Regrettes channeling The Strokes in a poppy fashion, and the chart has been extended thanks to an invasion of Kylie & Cure tracks from Glastonbury which sold well on itunes for a few days afterwards.

OneRepublic return, straight in the 40 at 38 for Rescue Me, giving them 11 years of entries since Stop And Stare went top 3 in 2008. Sia has 2 oldies on the chart as her 2000 top 20 returns, the lovely Destiny with Zero 7, at 47, and Ed Sheeran gets a hat-trick with 2 more tracks off his collaborations album doing what none of his previous albums has managed, at least simultaneously. Highest placed is a right old rock-it-up with Chris Stapleton and Bruno Mars, t’other a more soulful Sheeran with Khalid lending a hand, both of them vast improvements on Whiny Romantic Ed.

Lizzo gets a second chart entry, Jack Savoretti is back yet again like a bullet, this time in a collab with Mika, who’s knocking on 15 years of hits before too long, nestling by a former chart-topper from his previous duet partner Kylie. Craig David is on the re-re-wind for 2 decades of hits as his latest pops in, and Keiino get a quick follow-up with a track that’s not entirely unlike their Eurovision popular-vote-winner.

1 1 1 3 LIVIN’ THING Electric Light Orchestra 455000
2 2 1 8 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 811500
3 3 3 6 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 403000
4 9 4 4 SAIL ON Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 163500
5 5 5 5 SHOCKWAVE Liam Gallagher 188150
6 4 1 9 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 840100
7 8 7 8 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 231900
8 22 8 7 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 131850
9 11 7 7 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 231500
10 7 3 9 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 506000

11 16 11 5 MOTHER’S DAUGHTER Miley Cyrus 102000
12 14 12 7 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 139450
13 19 13 10 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 171500
14 23 14 9 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 154600
15 10 10 8 FOCUS ON ME MARUV 191250
16 6 6 13 DATE STAMP ABC 269950
17 13 1 12 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 792200
18 21 18 9 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 158450
19 NEW 19 1 I DARE YOU The Regrettes 21000
20 30 20 7 MY LOVE Will Young 105000

21 12 1 6 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John 479750
22 25 22 2 FLYING ON MY OWN Celine Dion 38250
23 32 23 2 RENAISSANCE Culture Shock 37050
24 15 9 9 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 258200
25 40 25 2 SUNFLOWER Post Malone & Swae Lee 35750
26 28 26 2 DON’T LET ME BE LONELY Mark Ronson featuring YEBBA 36800
27 17 8 10 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 257750
28 29 28 7 ALONE Richard Hawley 82900
29 31 29 9 I DON’T CARE Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber 123700
30 37 30 4 YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN Taylor Swift 50900

31 36 31 6 NEVER REALLY OVER Katy Perry 73650
32 18 18 8 TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose 157950
33 20 3 8 SPIRIT IN THE SKY Keiino 350700
34 24 9 8 DOIN’ TIME Lana Del Ray 232900
35 49 35 4 STRANGER NIGHTS Patrick Martin 42700
36 54 36 3 RUNAWAY RUNAWAY Mars Argo 32800
37 39 37 3 THE GLAMOROUS LIFE Prince 46700
38 NEW 38 1 RESCUE ME OneRepublic 17200
39 26 5 8 ZERO GRAVITY Kate Miller-Heidke 303600
40 45 40 2 CROWN Stormzy 30000
41 41 42 2 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 19800
42 42 43 2 MAD LOVE Mabel 19750
43 43 10 10 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 208950
44 44 1 12 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 603300
45 45 9 10 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 249500
46 46 47 1 DESTINY Zero 7 featuring Sia 12750
47 47 48 1 BLOW Ed Sheeran, Chris Stapeleton & Bruno Mars 12500
48 48 49 4 WISH YOU WELL Sigala featuring Becky Hill 33500
49 49 50 4 GOD CONTROL Madonna 33500
50 50 51 5 JOY Bastille 43600

51 51 13 11 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 216500
52 52 44 7 ONE TOUCH Jess Glynne & Jax Jones 64950
53 53 54 4 INTO HAPPINESS Phantogram 32650
54 54 55 1 GOOD AS HELL Lizzo 11000
55 55 56 2 STARRY NIGHT Peggy Gou 17200
56 56 57 4 STAY (DON’T GO AWAY) David Guetta featuring Raye 31200
57 57 58 4 IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU Shawn Mendes 31500
58 58 23 6 TINY DANCER Elton John 88750
59 59 60 4 CHUNG KUO Vangelis 25900
60 60 1 12 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 641400

61 61 62 2 SEX MONEY FEELINGS DIE Lykke Li 14500
62 62 63 3 WOKE UP LATE Drax Project featuring Hailee Steinfeld 19800
63 63 64 2 6AM Max Pope 14300
64 NEW 64 1 ALL THE LOVERS Kylie Minogue 7100
65 69 65 6 FIND U AGAIN Mark Ronson featuring Camila Cabello 33400
66 50 50 7 THIS LIFE Vampire Weekend 62250
67 NEW 67 1 YOUTH & LOVE Jack Savoretti featuring Mika 6600
68 NEW 68 1 LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT Kylie Minogue 6400
69 63 1 18 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 829900
70 73 70 2 SENORITA Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello 11400

71 72 71 2 SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince 11400
72 75 72 5 DREAM GLOW BTS & Charli XCX 23600
73 78 73 2 THE WAY I FEEL Keane 9800
74 NEW 74 1 WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Craig David 5200
75 47 15 10 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 165450
76 48 48 8 NAKED ALONE L Devine & INDIIA 69550
77 77 77 2 WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG The Killers 9200
78 80 78 2 THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths 8400
79 NEW 79 1 PRAYING Keiino 4200
80 NEW 80 1 CLOSE TO ME The Cure 4000

81 NEW 81 1 BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue 3800
82 NEW 82 1 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE Ed Sheeran featuring Khalid 3600
83 NEW 83 1 WHERE THE WILD ROSES GROW Kylie Minogue & Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 3400
84 NEW 84 1 LULLABY The Cure 3200
85 NEW 85 1 THE LOVECATS The Cure 3000
86 NEW 86 1 CAN’T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD Kylie Minogue 2800
87 NEW 87 1 IN BETWEEN DAYS The Cure 2600
88 NEW 88 1 BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure 2400
89 NEW 89 1 SPINNING AROUND Kylie Minogue 2200
90 NEW 90 1 HUMAN The Killers 2000

 

 

DROP OUTS
41 6 12 SHOW ME ABC 241000
42 20 7 EL MUNDO Offer Nissim Presents Jimmy Fontana 116900
46 7 7 TRUTH (RADIO EDIT) Chingiz 205200
51 23 5 TAKE YOU HOME Dido 79600
52 36 7 I RISE Madonna 95500
53 3 10 IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME Harry James & His Orchestra & Kitty Kallen 357050
57 4 10 HELLO SUNSHINE Bruce Springsteen 292650
61 17 10 ME! Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 162450
74 19 11 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 167650
76 20 9 ABOUT WORK THE DANCEFLOOR (EDIT) Georgia 127550
79 16 9 LOVE AGAIN New Hope Club 150000

 

30th June 2019

It’s a third week on top for ELO as Livin’ Thing returns to the top almost 43 years later, since Steely Dan knocked them off the top with a Haitian Divorce. Thanks to the Toy Story 4 trailer, which is a solid 8/10 film, still got it does Pixar. I also bought the Spiderman multiverse DVD which belatedly brings Sunflower into my chart for Post Malone & Swae Lee, while voice actor in it Hailee Steinfeld goes up a few spots with her guest vocal. I saw Hailee support Katy Perry in Barcelona a year or two back, she was good, and Katy was fab, she makes the top 40 with her latest, just ahead of former frenemy Taylor Swift. Talking of concerts, Stormzy got a boost at Glasto and enters with Crown, while The Killers return with When We were Young due to back catalogue itunes boosting after their set with the Pet Shop Boys and Johnny Marr. Only fair since the Pets got his support at the Brits a decade ago, and they have also worked with Johnny consistently over the years, The Smiths entering again with their Glasto cover from Brandon. His two fave acts and albums don’t cha know, both together. Suedey and I both saw Marr, Tennant & Lowe them in The Royal Albert Hall t’other year. They were fab. Name-dropper!

2 Gallaghers sailing in the top 10 for the price of one, bit of a Shockwave, MIley Cyrus grabs another top 20, Kool & The Gang also get one after decades of drought, with their earliest track and one that never charted for me originally. The advert is good too! Highest new entry – prepare yourselves – is, err Celine Dion. 6 years since she last graced my top 20, and 30 years since she first scraped into my chart, she’s only gone and done a dance banger where for once her OTT vocals suit it. Celine has had the occasional top 10 from me (around one a decade on average and she’s overdue another…). Mark Ronson gets a 3rd album track in my chart, another goodie, while Lykke Li fresh of his chart-topper, also enters with her own track. Mabel’s back with a follow-up, David Guetta gets a second – well Titanium is back, thanks to an advert, for a third run in my chart. Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello both get a simultaneous 2nd charter, and Keane sneak in extending their chart run to knocking on 15 years.

1 2 1 2 LIVIN’ THING Electric Light Orchestra 285000
2 1 1 7 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 696500
3 4 3 5 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 318000
4 3 1 8 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 785100
5 9 5 4 SHOCKWAVE Liam Gallagher 128150
6 8 6 12 DATE STAMP ABC 244950
7 5 3 8 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 464000
8 10 8 7 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 181900
9 12 9 3 SAIL ON Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 98500
10 16 10 7 FOCUS ON ME MARUV 164250

11 7 7 6 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 186500
12 6 1 5 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John 460000
13 13 1 11 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 769200
14 22 14 6 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 104450
15 15 9 8 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 239200
16 29 16 4 MOTHER’S DAUGHTER Miley Cyrus 65000
17 11 8 9 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 239350
18 18 18 7 TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose 140150
19 27 19 9 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 139500
20 14 3 7 SPIRIT IN THE SKY Keiino 333000

21 24 21 8 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 136450
22 28 22 6 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 83850
23 26 23 8 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 125600
24 17 9 7 DOIN’ TIME Lana Del Ray 215300
25 NEW 25 1 FLYING ON MY OWN Celine Dion 18750
26 19 5 7 ZERO GRAVITY Kate Miller-Heidke 286500
27 20 10 9 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 195450
28 NEW 28 1 DON’T LET ME BE LONELY Mark Ronson featuring YEBBA 18300
29 37 29 6 ALONE Richard Hawley 64600
30 35 30 6 MY LOVE Will Young 85000

31 38 31 8 I DON’T CARE Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber 105500
32 NEW 32 1 RENAISSANCE Culture Shock 17800
33 25 13 10 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 204750
34 23 23 5 TINY DANCER Elton John 78550
35 30 9 9 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 236500
36 42 36 5 NEVER REALLY OVER Katy Perry 55750
37 56 37 3 YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN Taylor Swift 32900
38 40 1 11 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 590050
39 48 39 2 THE GLAMOROUS LIFE Prince 29400
40 NEW 40 1 SUNFLOWER Post Malone & Swae Lee 17000

41 21 6 12 SHOW ME ABC 241000
42 32 20 7 EL MUNDO Offer Nissim Presents Jimmy Fontana 116900
43 31 1 11 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 631400
44 49 44 6 ONE TOUCH Jess Glynne & Jax Jones 53450
45 NEW 45 1 CROWN Stormzy 13000
46 33 7 7 TRUTH (RADIO EDIT) Chingiz 205200
47 44 15 9 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 160450
48 50 48 7 NAKED ALONE L Devine & INDIIA 64750
49 64 49 3 STRANGER NIGHTS Patrick Martin 25200
50 53 50 6 THIS LIFE Vampire Weekend 55450

51 34 23 5 TAKE YOU HOME Dido 79600
52 36 36 7 I RISE Madonna 95500
53 46 3 10 IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME Harry James & His Orchestra & Kitty Kallen 357050
54 78 54 2 RUNAWAY RUNAWAY Mars Argo 15400
55 60 55 4 JOY Bastille 31600
56 73 56 3 INTO HAPPINESS Phantogram 21400
57 43 4 10 HELLO SUNSHINE Bruce Springsteen 292650
58 70 58 3 STAY (DON’T GO AWAY) David Guetta featuring Raye 20600
59 71 59 3 IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU Shawn Mendes 21100
60 67 60 3 WISH YOU WELL Sigala featuring Becky Hill 21200

61 45 17 10 ME! Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 162450
62 62 62 3 GOD CONTROL Madonna 21400
63 61 1 17 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 823700
64 NEW 64 1 6AM Max Pope 7100
65 NEW 65 1 SEX MONEY FEELINGS DIE Lykke Li 7000
66 72 66 2 WOKE UP LATE Drax Project featuring Hailee Steinfeld 12400
67 74 67 3 CHUNG KUO Vangelis 15800
68 NEW 68 1 STARRY NIGHT Peggy Gou 6400
69 69 69 5 FIND U AGAIN Mark Ronson featuring Camila Cabello 26400
70 NEW 70 1 MAD LOVE Mabel 6000

71 NEW 71 1 TITANIUM David Guetta featuring Sia 5800
72 NEW 72 1 SUMMERTIME DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince 5600
73 NEW 73 1 SENORITA Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello 5400
74 52 19 11 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 167650
75 76 75 4 DREAM GLOW BTS & Charli XCX 18000
76 54 20 9 ABOUT WORK THE DANCEFLOOR (EDIT) Georgia 127550
77 NEW 77 1 WHEN WE WERE YOUNG The Killers 4600
78 NEW 78 1 THE WAY I FEEL Keane 4400
79 51 16 9 LOVE AGAIN New Hope Club 150000
80 NEW 80 1 THIS CHARMING MAN The Smiths 4000

DROP OUTS
39 39 6 LET ME KNOW (RADIO EDIT) (168900) Roisin Murphy 73950
41 41 4 BENNIE AND THE JETS Elton John 50500
47 31 6 REPLAY Tamta 91200
55 48 6 LIKE IT ZENA 63600
57 37 6 SHE GOT ME Luca Hanni 71450
58 58 5 YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Emma Bunton featuring Jade Jones 39600
59 8 9 JENNY OF OLDSTONES (GAME OF THRONES) Florence + The Machine 186700
63 10 12 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 218500
65 65 4 SATURDAY NIGHT’S ALRIGHT (FOR FIGHTING) Elton John 25800
66 66 4 CROCODILE ROCK (947700) Elton John 25600
68 52 7 BLAST OFF Gesaffelstein & Pharrell Williams 55700
75 39 6 (I’M GONNA) LOVE ME AGAIN Elton John & Taron Egerton 67950
77 57 7 BAD GUY Billie Eilish 54400
79 53 7 TALK (SINGLE EDIT) Two Door Cinema Club 59400
80 1 13 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 811800

 

 

23rd June 2019

It’s 2 weeks on top for the two Norwegian duos as ELO enter at 2 following Livin’ Thing’s use in Toy Story 4’s movie trailer – possibly my fave ELO song, topping my charts around December 1976 as we headed into huge snowfalls in Mansfield (where I lived at that time aged 18). Ah memories, nice to see it featuring again. ABC also get an oldies top 10, this time it’s the turn of Date Stamp from The Lexicon Of Love, the 6th following on the heels of the 5th top 10 from the classic album. If you haven’t heard the album, shame! (rings bell) Shame! (rings bell) Shame! (rings bell)

Liam Gallagher knocks his older bruv out my top 10, as Noel gets 11 and 12, so they are both winners really. I’m sure if they saw my charts they would approve of both getting one up on the other. Now, now children! Richard Hawley gets his 12th top 40 entry in 17 years. Liam’s on his 3rd top 10 and 5th top 40, some way to go to catch up with Noel or Oasis. Sheeran & Bieber go top 40 too, so how many have they had? Justin is on 7 now, over 7 years, which is one more a year than I was expecting – HHOK – while Ed’s on his 4th. In fact Sheeran has only had 10 including collaborations make my chart at all in 8 years and only 2 of them went top 10. Hey ho, over-rated IMHO. Nice bloke though.

Few new entries this week, bit of a relief, I:m hoping to get back to a 75 soon, but Prince has a new album of his original versions of his songs gifted to others – I’m sure he would have not approved of breaking into his sealed vault and bunging them out, most of them not a patch on the hit versions, sounding a bit demo-ey for a reason, but The Glamorous Life is a pretty good version of his production/song for Sheila E, his protege. Which is a polite way of saying girlfriend and co-worker. Sheila’s version only peaked at 33 in my 1985 charts, so just 15 places to go to equal it then!

1 1 1 6 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 581500
2 NEW 2 1 LIVIN’ THING Electric Light Orchestra 115000
3 3 1 7 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 720100
4 5 4 4 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 233000
5 4 3 7 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 414000
6 2 1 4 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John 425000
7 7 7 5 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 149500
8 16 8 11 DATE STAMP ABC 189950
9 25 9 3 SHOCKWAVE Liam Gallagher 68150
10 15 10 6 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 133900

11 8 8 8 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 216350
12 26 12 2 SAIL ON Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 53500
13 9 1 10 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 737200
14 10 3 6 SPIRIT IN THE SKY Keiino 313000
15 14 9 7 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 212200
16 17 16 6 FOCUS ON ME MARUV 122250
17 11 9 6 DOIN’ TIME Lana Del Ray 196300
18 19 18 6 TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose 118150
19 13 5 6 ZERO GRAVITY Kate Miller-Heidke 268000
20 12 10 8 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 177050

21 6 6 11 SHOW ME ABC 227000
22 27 22 5 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 75450
23 29 23 4 TINY DANCER Elton John 60950
24 30 24 7 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 116700
25 18 13 9 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 187050
26 28 26 7 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 106350
27 31 27 8 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 118500
28 33 28 5 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 64350
29 38 29 3 MOTHER’S DAUGHTER Miley Cyrus 40000
30 22 9 8 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 219000

31 24 1 10 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 617900
32 20 20 6 EL MUNDO Offer Nissim Presents Jimmy Fontana 103150
33 21 7 6 TRUTH (RADIO EDIT) Chingiz 192450
34 23 23 4 TAKE YOU HOME Dido 67850
35 36 35 5 MY LOVE Will Young 67000
36 40 36 6 I RISE Madonna 84000
37 58 37 5 ALONE Richard Hawley 46400
38 45 38 7 I DON’T CARE Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber 87600
39 42 39 6 LET ME KNOW (RADIO EDIT) Roisin Murphy 73950
40 32 1 10 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 572850

41 43 41 4 BENNIE AND THE JETS Elton John 50500
42 50 42 4 NEVER REALLY OVER Katy Perry 38350
43 34 4 9 HELLO SUNSHINE Bruce Springsteen 282250
44 39 15 8 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 147950
45 35 17 9 ME! Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 154950
46 37 3 9 IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME Harry James & His Orchestra & Kitty Kallen 345800
47 41 31 6 REPLAY Tamta 91200
48 NEW 48 1 THE GLAMOROUS LIFE Prince 12300
49 56 49 5 ONE TOUCH Jess Glynne & Jax Jones 40200
50 53 50 6 NAKED ALONE L Devine & INDIIA 52450

51 44 16 8 LOVE AGAIN New Hope Club 145800
52 46 19 10 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 162450
53 54 53 5 THIS LIFE Vampire Weekend 43450
54 47 20 8 ABOUT WORK THE DANCEFLOOR (EDIT) Georgia 122750
55 48 48 6 LIKE IT ZENA 63600
56 75 56 2 YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN Taylor Swift 15600
57 51 37 6 SHE GOT ME Luca Hanni 71450
58 60 58 5 YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Emma Bunton featuring Jade Jones 39600
59 49 8 9 JENNY OF OLDSTONES (GAME OF THRONES) Florence + The Machine 186700
60 71 60 3 JOY Bastille 20800

61 55 1 16 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 816500
62 67 62 2 GOD CONTROL Madonna 14000
63 57 10 12 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 218500
64 70 64 2 STRANGER NIGHTS Patrick Martin 13100
65 65 65 4 SATURDAY NIGHT’S ALRIGHT (FOR FIGHTING) Elton John 25800
66 66 66 4 CROCODILE ROCK Elton John 25600
67 77 67 2 WISH YOU WELL Sigala featuring Becky Hill 11200
68 59 52 7 BLAST OFF Gesaffelstein & Pharrell Williams 55700
69 76 69 4 FIND U AGAIN Mark Ronson featuring Camila Cabello 20200
70 78 70 2 STAY (DON’T GO AWAY) David Guetta featuring Raye 10400

71 74 71 2 IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU Shawn Mendes 11000
72 NEW 72 1 WOKE UP LATE Drax Project featuring Hailee Steinfeld 5600
73 73 73 2 INTO HAPPINESS Phantogram 10800
74 80 74 2 CHUNG KUO Vangelis 9200
75 52 39 6 (I’M GONNA) LOVE ME AGAIN Elton John & Taron Egerton 67950
76 79 76 3 DREAM GLOW BTS & Charli XCX 13000
77 63 57 7 BAD GUY Billie Eilish 54400
78 NEW 78 1 RUNAWAY RUNAWAY Mars Argo 4400
79 61 53 7 TALK (SINGLE EDIT) Two Door Cinema Club 59400
80 64 1 13 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 811800

DROP OUTS
62 28 5 FUTURE Madonna & Quavo 75250
68 59 5 STORM Victor Crone 35900
69 56 5 SOLDI Mahmood 42000
72 72 4 RUNAWAY TRAIN Boy George & Culture Club featuring Gladys Knight 20000

 

16th June 2019

It’s a first week on top for 2 Norwegian duo’s Seeb, and Highasakite, Free To Go comfortably beating previous chart entries, Seeb’s Under YOur Skin hit 10 in 2017, and Highasakite err, none at all. ABC belatedly get a 5th top 10 from The Lexicon Of Love album 37 years late, and Kaiser Chiefs make it 15 years of top 10’s since they started with a bang, chart-toppingly I Predict A Riot. Liam Gallagher creates shockwaves rocketing up one place above the new entry from his older brother Noel – though Noel still has one in the top 10, to throw raspberries at each other.

Miley Cyrus climbs big into the 40, Madonna gets a 4th track on the chart with the last remaining good track on her new album. I’m guessing she got an autotune programmer for Xmas cos it quite gets on yer tits over the course of an album when overdone. Or even done. I’m getting severely teed-off at the cliched drivel disguised by the bleepings and fartings on numerous chart tracks when it’s totally unnecessary. If you can’t sing hire someone who can. If you want to remove all emotion from a song, hire a robot. Suddenly Ed Sheeran sounds super-human in comparison!

Still waiting for chart spaces, new entries cluster round the bottom end, Shawn Mendes belatedly adding to his modest handful of chart entries, Sigala a few more, David Guetta oodles and oodles (well, 20-odd) since 2006, including 2 number ones. That leaves Vangelis oldie Chung Kuo sneaking in, one I rated muchly back in the 80’s but which never charted as I only discovered it as an oldie (and they were banned unless they were in the UK charts) – it was written inspirationally based on music from China, back in those days still behind an Iron Curtain culturally and politically. I loved Chinese instruments and sounds from my days in Singapore as a child/teen, and the synth sounds made it sound modern. Vangelis had topped my chart in 1980 with Jon Anderson, and first charted in 1975 with Aphrodite’s Child, along with Demis Roussos.

1 2 1 5 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 411500
2 1 1 3 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John 370000
3 3 1 6 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 635100
4 4 3 6 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 354000
5 5 5 3 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 168000
6 14 6 10 SHOW ME ABC 207250
7 15 7 4 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 99500
8 8 8 7 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 179350
9 6 1 9 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 705200
10 11 3 5 SPIRIT IN THE SKY Keiino 284000

11 9 9 5 DOIN’ TIME Lana Del Ray 173300
12 10 10 7 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 157050
13 7 5 5 ZERO GRAVITY Kate Miller-Heidke 247000
14 12 9 6 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 185200
15 24 15 5 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 91900
16 22 16 10 DATE STAMP ABC 141950
17 17 17 5 FOCUS ON ME MARUV 97250
18 13 13 8 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 168300
19 20 19 5 TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose 96150
20 23 20 5 EL MUNDO Offer Nissim Presents Jimmy Fontana 85350

21 16 7 5 TRUTH (RADIO EDIT) Chingiz 174750
22 18 9 7 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 201000
23 26 23 3 TAKE YOU HOME Dido 50250
24 19 1 9 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 600000
25 78 25 2 SHOCKWAVE Liam Gallagher 23150
26 NEW 26 1 SAIL ON Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 18500
27 27 27 4 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 55950
28 30 28 6 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 87800
29 35 29 3 TINY DANCER Elton John 41700
30 33 30 6 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 97700

31 34 31 7 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 100100
32 28 1 9 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 555850
33 51 33 4 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 46050
34 21 4 8 HELLO SUNSHINE Bruce Springsteen 268750
35 29 17 8 ME! Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 141950
36 44 36 4 MY LOVE Will Young 49500
37 25 3 8 IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME Harry James & His Orchestra & Kitty Kallen 333050
38 77 38 2 MOTHER’S DAUGHTER Miley Cyrus 21800
39 41 15 7 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 134700
40 40 40 5 I RISE Madonna 66600

41 31 31 5 REPLAY Tamta 78700
42 45 42 5 LET ME KNOW (RADIO EDIT) Roisin Murphy 56850
43 50 43 3 BENNIE AND THE JETS Elton John 36500
44 36 16 7 LOVE AGAIN New Hope Club 134050
45 46 45 6 I DON’T CARE Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber 70400
46 32 19 9 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 150950
47 38 20 7 ABOUT WORK THE DANCEFLOOR (EDIT) Georgia 111750
48 49 48 5 LIKE IT ZENA 52800
49 37 8 8 JENNY OF OLDSTONES (GAME OF THRONES) Florence + The Machine 176600
50 65 50 3 NEVER REALLY OVER Katy Perry 24600

51 43 37 5 SHE GOT ME Luca Hanni 61050
52 39 39 5 (I’M GONNA) LOVE ME AGAIN Elton John & Taron Egerton 62950
53 55 53 5 NAKED ALONE L Devine & INDIIA 40450
54 60 54 4 THIS LIFE Vampire Weekend 32200
55 47 1 15 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 809000
56 64 56 4 ONE TOUCH Jess Glynne & Jax Jones 28100
57 48 10 11 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 211300
58 61 58 4 ALONE Richard Hawley 29100
59 52 52 6 BLAST OFF Gesaffelstein & Pharrell Williams 49300
60 62 60 4 YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Emma Bunton featuring Jade Jones 29400

61 53 53 6 TALK (SINGLE EDIT) Two Door Cinema Club 55200
62 42 28 5 FUTURE Madonna & Quavo 75250
63 57 57 6 BAD GUY Billie Eilish 49800
64 58 1 12 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 807800
65 66 65 3 SATURDAY NIGHT’S ALRIGHT (FOR FIGHTING) Elton John 18800
66 67 66 3 CROCODILE ROCK Elton John 18800
67 NEW 67 1 GOD CONTROL Madonna 6600
68 59 59 5 STORM Victor Crone 35900
69 56 56 5 SOLDI Mahmood 42000
70 NEW 70 1 STRANGER NIGHTS Patrick Martin 6000

71 75 71 2 JOY Bastille 10800
72 72 72 4 RUNAWAY TRAIN Boy George & Culture Club featuring Gladys Knight 20000
73 NEW 73 1 INTO HAPPINESS Phantogram 5400
74 NEW 74 1 IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU Shawn Mendes 5200
75 NEW 75 1 YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN Taylor Swift 5000
76 76 76 3 FIND U AGAIN Mark Ronson featuring Camila Cabello 14000
77 NEW 77 1 WISH YOU WELL Sigala featuring Becky Hill 4600
78 NEW 78 1 STAY (DON’T GO AWAY) David Guetta featuring Raye 4400
79 80 79 2 DREAM GLOW BTS & Charli XCX 8200
80 NEW 80 1 CHUNG KUO Vangelis 4000

DROP OUTS
54 54 8 ONE STEP BEYOND (439400) Madness 66600
63 6 8 NEVERMIND Dennis Lloyd 237850
68 68 2 I GUESS THAT’S WHY THEY CALL IT THE BLUES (553100) Elton John 12600
69 5 5 BLACK HILLS OF DAKOTA Doris Day & Howard Keel 129600
70 70 2 BOYS GO WILD LP 11200
71 71 2 DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART (606450) Elton John & Kiki Dee 10400
73 73 2 IN THESE SHOES (134100) Kirsty MacColl 9600
74 30 8 RAINBOW Kacey Musgraves 81900
79 79 2 LA VENDA Miki Nunez 8200

 

 

9th June 2019

It’s a first week on top for a key biopic track on Elton John, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road came out during a period of great records back in late 1973 as I was moving to Gloucester and a new school, and so never topped the chart as Crocodile Rock had done, and Bennie & The Jets would do in 1974, but better 45 years late than never, it becomes his 13th chart-topper – or 14th if you count Scissor Sisters’ I Don’t Feel Like Dancing co-write which has Elton written large all over it. See his Taron Egerton duet for more examples of that style, while Taron takes Rocket Man into the 10. Pity his solo stuff since 1990 has ignored fun in favour of “serious” music styles.

Seeb and Highasakite just miss out on top spot, as KDA give Angie Stone a career peak almost 2 decades on, and a higher peak than Human League’s Sound Of The Crowd has had to date. Oops! Unfair! A sudden big climb for Noel Gallagher as his younger estranged brother enters low with a Shockwave, Noel’s third solo top 10 in 8 years to add to the 14 or 15 Oasis have. Big climbs for Kaiser Chiefs 11th top 20 in 14 years, Dido and Keith Urban go top 40, and the only other newies are Bastille with a spot of Joy at getting a 6th chart entry, Miley Cyrus replacing her dad in the chart, and BTS debuting helping Charli XCX to another notch on the bedpost of her chart positions – 5th.


1 3 1 2 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John 255000
2 4 2 4 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 241500
3 2 1 5 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 550100
4 5 3 5 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 289000
5 8 5 2 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 108000
6 1 1 8 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 660200
7 7 5 4 ZERO GRAVITY Kate Miller-Heidke 215000
8 26 8 6 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 131350
9 10 9 4 DOIN’ TIME Lana Del Ray 136300
10 11 10 6 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 122050

11 6 3 4 SPIRIT IN THE SKY Keiino 242000
12 9 9 5 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 156200
13 15 13 7 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 146300
14 18 14 9 SHOW ME ABC 152250
15 35 15 3 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 49500
16 13 7 4 TRUTH (RADIO EDIT) Chingiz 155000
17 23 17 4 FOCUS ON ME MARUV 74250
18 16 9 6 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 181500
19 14 1 8 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 581000
20 25 20 4 TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose 75150

21 12 4 7 HELLO SUNSHINE Bruce Springsteen 251150
22 32 22 9 DATE STAMP ABC 116950
23 31 23 4 EL MUNDO Offer Nissim Presents Jimmy Fontana 65350
24 29 24 4 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 64900
25 17 3 7 IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME Harry James & His Orchestra & Kitty Kallen 315750
26 49 26 2 TAKE YOU HOME Dido 31000
27 46 27 3 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 37550
28 21 1 8 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 538050
29 24 17 7 ME! Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 124450
30 34 30 5 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 69500

31 33 31 4 REPLAY Tamta 64700
32 19 19 8 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 138200
33 38 33 5 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 79700
34 39 34 6 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 82200
35 70 35 2 TINY DANCER Elton John 23500
36 27 16 6 LOVE AGAIN New Hope Club 120800
37 22 8 7 JENNY OF OLDSTONES (GAME OF THRONES) Florence + The Machine 164500
38 20 20 6 ABOUT WORK THE DANCEFLOOR (EDIT) Georgia 99250
39 40 39 4 (I’M GONNA) LOVE ME AGAIN Elton John & Taron Egerton 51450
40 43 40 4 I RISE Madonna 49600

41 30 15 6 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 117600
42 28 28 4 FUTURE Madonna & Quavo 67850
43 37 37 4 SHE GOT ME Luca Hanni 49300
44 44 44 3 MY LOVE Will Young 32100
45 47 45 4 LET ME KNOW (RADIO EDIT) Roisin Murphy 43100
46 48 46 5 I DON’T CARE Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber 57400
47 41 1 14 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 798200
48 42 10 10 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 200900
49 50 49 4 LIKE IT ZENA 40500
50 54 50 2 BENNIE AND THE JETS Elton John 23000

51 57 51 3 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 28350
52 52 52 5 BLAST OFF Gesaffelstein & Pharrell Williams 39200
53 53 53 5 TALK (SINGLE EDIT) Two Door Cinema Club 47700
54 59 54 8 ONE STEP BEYOND Madness 66600
55 64 55 4 NAKED ALONE L Devine & INDIIA 29200
56 56 56 4 SOLDI Mahmood 35800
57 60 57 5 BAD GUY Billie Eilish 42600
58 51 1 11 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 800700
59 62 59 4 STORM Victor Crone 29500
60 68 60 3 THIS LIFE Vampire Weekend 21200

61 65 61 3 ALONE Richard Hawley 18900
62 67 62 3 YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Emma Bunton featuring Jade Jones 19400
63 36 6 8 NEVERMIND Dennis Lloyd 237850
64 71 64 3 ONE TOUCH Jess Glynne & Jax Jones 17500
65 72 65 2 NEVER REALLY OVER Katy Perry 12600
66 75 66 2 SATURDAY NIGHT’S ALRIGHT (FOR FIGHTING) Elton John 11800
67 73 67 2 CROCODILE ROCK Elton John 12000
68 69 68 2 I GUESS THAT’S WHY THEY CALL IT THE BLUES Elton John 12600
69 45 5 5 BLACK HILLS OF DAKOTA Doris Day & Howard Keel 129600
70 74 70 2 BOYS GO WILD LP 11200

71 77 71 2 DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Elton John & Kiki Dee 10400
72 76 72 3 RUNAWAY TRAIN Boy George & Culture Club featuring Gladys Knight 14400
73 79 73 2 IN THESE SHOES Kirsty MacColl 9600
74 55 30 8 RAINBOW Kacey Musgraves 81900
75 NEW 75 1 JOY Bastille 5000
76 78 76 2 FIND U AGAIN Mark Ronson featuring Camila Cabello 9200
77 NEW 77 1 MOTHER’S DAUGHTER Miley Cyrus 4600
78 NEW 78 1 SHOCKWAVE Liam Gallagher 4400
79 80 79 2 LA VENDA Miki Nunez 8200
80 NEW 80 1 DREAM GLOW BTS & Charli XCX 4000

DROP OUTS
58 18 7 OLD TOWN ROAD Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus 125150
61 3 13 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 510250
63 15 8 WEDDING BELL BLUES Morrissey featuring Billie Joe Armstrong & Lydia Night 142950
66 1 10 JACKIE (1685300) Scott Walker 583200

 

2nd June 2019

It’s a first week on top at last for Mark Ronson and Lykke Li, Mark’s 2nd of the year and 3rd in total, and Lykke Li’s first-ever. They just overhauled Arcade and the highest new entry from the Elton John chart invasion off the back of Rocketman – which I’ve seen twice already and is rather fab. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road has a key feature in the climax of the film, Taron Egerton does a fantastic acting job, and a singing job too, the new versions are often great in new ways, not least Rocket man rocketing up to 11 for Taron’s version – Elton’s version has already charted 3 times and topped my chart. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road has always been a fave Elton track from the Autumn of 1973 when it just fell short of Number 1 in my charts – but it’s never had another run until now.

It’s another load of new entries pushing out great tracks far too early, and not allowing me to reduce my chart back to 75 – quite frankly I could easily have expanded it to 100, but am trying not to as it’s too much work! In at 8 it’s a KDA re-imagining of Angie Stone’s 2002 I Wish I Didn’t Miss You, which peaked at 23 first time round in my charts, backed up with the non-credited rhythm-track to Human League’s Sound Of The Crowd. It works so well! Lana Del ray grabs yet another top 10, her 9th in 8 years, and The Kaiser Chiefs shoot into the 40 with the very La Roux Bulletproof-inspired Record Collection, their 16th in 14 years.

Dido gets a 3rd chart entry of the year, her 17th in 18 years, and the Elton John mini-invasion continues with my 1974 chart-topper (it was banished in the UK to a B-side of the tedious Candle In The Wind) Bennie & The Jets, the 1972 chart-topper Crocodile Rock, 1976 chart-topper Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, and a batch of others, with other huge Elton tracks not charting as they’ve already had big runs. Elton has had a load of Number Ones in my charts….

Lower down, Katy Perry returns with her 2nd of the year, LP is back with Boys Go Wild, but songs charting in different years are not re-entries to me, they are new chart runs, Mark Ronson gets a 3rd of 2019, this time with Camila Cabello, the late great Kirsty is back with her shoes, a 2000 number 16 track shortly before she died tragically, and Miki Nunez sneaks in with his Spanish Eurovision entry as I have a fab gatefold CD with lyric sheets from Eurovision in Israel especially for me – via a friend who was there.

1 2 1 7 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 605200
2 1 1 4 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 465100
3 NEW 3 1 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John 85000
4 8 4 3 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 126500
5 3 3 4 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 224000
6 4 3 3 SPIRIT IN THE SKY Keiino 205000
7 5 5 3 ZERO GRAVITY Kate Miller-Heidke 165000
8 NEW 8 1 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 48000
9 9 9 4 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 121200
10 13 10 3 DOIN’ TIME Lana Del Ray 91300

11 36 11 5 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 80050
12 6 4 6 HELLO SUNSHINE Bruce Springsteen 231400
13 7 7 3 TRUTH (RADIO EDIT) Chingiz 130000
14 10 1 7 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 560000
15 15 15 6 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 114300
16 11 9 5 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 159500
17 12 3 6 IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME Harry James & His Orchestra & Kitty Kallen 297000
18 20 18 8 SHOW ME ABC 123250
19 22 19 7 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 120400
20 21 20 5 ABOUT WORK THE DANCEFLOOR (EDIT) Georgia 82050

21 16 1 7 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 519750
22 14 8 6 JENNY OF OLDSTONES (GAME OF THRONES) Florence + The Machine 147200
23 25 23 3 FOCUS ON ME MARUV 51250
24 17 17 6 ME! Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 106250
25 26 25 3 TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose 55150
26 28 26 5 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 83350
27 18 16 5 LOVE AGAIN New Hope Club 103400
28 29 28 3 FUTURE Madonna & Quavo 54100
29 35 29 3 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 45900
30 19 15 5 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 103600

31 38 31 3 EL MUNDO Offer Nissim Presents Jimmy Fontana 46100
32 32 32 8 DATE STAMP ABC 97450
33 40 33 3 REPLAY Tamta 46800
34 37 34 4 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 51500
35 75 35 2 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 22500
36 23 6 7 NEVERMIND Dennis Lloyd 230650
37 43 37 3 SHE GOT ME Luca Hanni 35800
38 39 38 4 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 62000
39 41 39 5 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 64600
40 46 40 3 (I’M GONNA) LOVE ME AGAIN Elton John & Taron Egerton 34350

41 33 1 13 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 785700
42 24 10 9 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 188600
43 47 43 3 I RISE Madonna 32600
44 72 44 2 MY LOVE Will Young 18850
45 27 5 4 BLACK HILLS OF DAKOTA Doris Day & Howard Keel 123400
46 68 46 2 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 19150
47 55 47 3 LET ME KNOW (RADIO EDIT) Roisin Murphy 30100
48 51 48 4 I DON’T CARE Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber 44650
49 NEW 49 1 TAKE YOU HOME Dido 12100
50 50 50 3 LIKE IT ZENA 28400

51 45 1 10 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 790500
52 52 52 4 BLAST OFF Gesaffelstein & Pharrell Williams 27700
53 54 53 4 TALK (SINGLE EDIT) Two Door Cinema Club 36450
54 NEW 54 1 BENNIE AND THE JETS Elton John 11000
55 30 30 7 RAINBOW Kacey Musgraves 76700
56 56 56 3 SOLDI Mahmood 25200
57 69 57 2 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 16600
58 42 18 7 OLD TOWN ROAD Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus 125150
59 59 59 7 ONE STEP BEYOND Madness 55600
60 60 60 4 BAD GUY Billie Eilish 32200

61 44 3 13 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 510250
62 63 62 3 STORM Victor Crone 19400
63 53 15 8 WEDDING BELL BLUES Morrissey featuring Billie Joe Armstrong & Lydia Night 142950
64 64 64 3 NAKED ALONE L Devine & INDIIA 18400
65 78 65 2 ALONE Richard Hawley 11400
66 61 1 10 JACKIE Scott Walker 583200
67 73 67 2 YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Emma Bunton featuring Jade Jones 12000
68 76 68 2 THIS LIFE Vampire Weekend 11200
69 NEW 69 1 I GUESS THAT’S WHY THEY CALL IT THE BLUES Elton John 6200
70 NEW 70 1 TINY DANCER Elton John 6000

71 77 71 2 ONE TOUCH Jess Glynne & Jax Jones 10400
72 NEW 72 1 NEVER REALLY OVER Katy Perry 5600
73 NEW 73 1 CROCODILE ROCK Elton John 5400
74 NEW 74 1 BOYS GO WILD LP 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SATURDAY NIGHT’S ALRIGHT (FOR FIGHTING) Elton John 5000
76 80 76 2 RUNAWAY TRAIN Boy George & Culture Club featuring Gladys Knight 8800
77 NEW 77 1 DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Elton John & Kiki Dee 4600
78 NEW 78 1 FIND U AGAIN Mark Ronson featuring Camila Cabello 4400
79 NEW 79 1 IN THESE SHOES Kirsty MacColl 4200
80 NEW 80 1 LA VENDA Miki Nunez 4000

DROP OUTS
31 18 4 AS LONG AS I HAVE TO Vargas & Lagola 79900
34 11 10 PATIENCE Tame Impala 204250
48 7 12 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 284450
49 25 3 MOVE OVER DARLING (508150) Doris Day 49050
57 6 12 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 470100
58 7 12 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 240300
62 22 7 BORDERLINE Tame Impala 99200
65 65 4 VENUS Shocking Blue 23800
66 11 10 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs featuring Nile Rodgers 202800
67 38 6 THINK OF ME The Veronicas 66400
70 1 13 AMERICAN GENERATION (457750) The Ritchie Family 452550
71 5 12 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 325700
74 74 3 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 15600
79 79 1 BOYS KEEP SWINGING (550650) David Bowie 4200

 

 

26th May 2019

It’s a second week on top for Arcade, meaning poor ol Mark Ronson & Lykke Li get 3 weeks stuck at 2. Eurovision songs consolidate their hold throughout the chart, and it remains an expanded 80 due to more great new tracks out. Caravan Palace climb to 3, while massive climbs for SEEB & Highasakite to enter the top from outside the 40, and Sam Bluer climbs to 9.

Lana Del Ray gets a great climb to 13 with her Summertime rewrite, still clocking up regular high chart slots several years on from her debut, Jax Jones & co go top 20, as does Taylor Swift and Brendan whose run of hits is Lana Del Ray-ish in terms of years, longer for PATD. ABC get a 5th track from absolute classic album The Lexicon Of Love to go top 20 – some 37 years since the last one – MARUV and Pnau go top 40, Taron Egerton gets a top 40 with an Elton song as they both climb with a new combo, and climbers galore outside the top 40 in a massively busy chart.

New entries from Keith Urban, clearly all pop not country right now, Bananarama’s 3rd off the new album to chart, Will Young’s 2nd, Kaiser Chief’s return after a couple of years away, and a 14-year chart run since they started with a couple of chart-toppers in 2005. Emma BUnton is spicefully back with a Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell cover, Vampire Weekend, Jess Glynne, Jax Jones getting a 2nd in the chart, all return, while Richard Hawley is back after 4-years away and extends his chart run to 17 years. Bowie returns after being released and making the sales charts, 3rd-time round for Boys Keep Swinging his 1979 cross-dressing gem, and Bog George & Culture Club sneak in with a duet with Gladys Knight, certainly one I never expected to see! Runaway Train means George gets his first chart entry for 5 years, Culture Club get their first for 20 years, and Gladys for getting on 30 years (barring oldies)! Culture Club first charted 37 years ago, Gladys 47 years ago, though her career predates my personal charts and she def would have charted in 1967 had I started earlier.

1 1 1 3 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 350100
2 2 2 6 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 435200
3 7 3 3 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 164000
4 3 3 2 SPIRIT IN THE SKY Keiino 150000
5 6 5 2 ZERO GRAVITY Kate Miller-Heidke 115000
6 4 4 5 HELLO SUNSHINE Bruce Springsteen 196400
7 8 7 2 TRUTH (RADIO EDIT) Chingiz 98000
8 43 8 2 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 61500
9 19 9 3 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 76200
10 5 1 6 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 531000

11 9 9 4 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 134500
12 10 3 5 IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME Harry James & His Orchestra & Kitty Kallen 274000
13 37 13 2 DOIN’ TIME Lana Del Ray 49300
14 12 8 5 JENNY OF OLDSTONES (GAME OF THRONES) Florence + The Machine 127700
15 29 15 5 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 87300
16 11 1 6 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 500000
17 21 17 5 ME! Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 87250
18 16 16 4 LOVE AGAIN New Hope Club 85000
19 15 15 4 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 85600
20 26 20 7 SHOW ME ABC 101250

21 28 21 4 ABOUT WORK THE DANCEFLOOR (EDIT) Georgia 62050
22 22 22 6 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 99400
23 14 6 6 NEVERMIND Dennis Lloyd 213250
24 17 10 8 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 174850
25 44 25 2 FOCUS ON ME MARUV 32000
26 31 26 2 TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose 36400
27 13 5 3 BLACK HILLS OF DAKOTA Doris Day & Howard Keel 110400
28 33 28 4 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 64850
29 34 29 2 FUTURE Madonna & Quavo 35800
30 30 30 6 RAINBOW Kacey Musgraves 65900

31 18 18 4 AS LONG AS I HAVE TO Vargas & Lagola 79900
32 32 32 7 DATE STAMP ABC 79650
33 20 1 12 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 771700
34 23 11 10 PATIENCE Tame Impala 204250
35 58 35 2 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 27700
36 46 36 4 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 43050
37 55 37 3 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 33900
38 54 38 2 EL MUNDO Offer Nissim Presents Jimmy Fontana 28200
39 39 39 3 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 44800
40 49 40 2 REPLAY Tamta 29100

41 47 41 4 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 47500
42 24 18 6 OLD TOWN ROAD Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus 114950
43 75 43 2 SHE GOT ME Luca Hanni 18500
44 27 3 12 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 502750
45 40 1 9 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 778750
46 77 46 2 (I’M GONNA) LOVE ME AGAIN Elton John & Taron Egerton 17350
47 67 47 2 I RISE Madonna 19100
48 35 7 12 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 284450
49 25 25 3 MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day 49050
50 78 50 2 LIKE IT ZENA 16400

51 56 51 3 I DON’T CARE Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber 32350
52 61 52 3 BLAST OFF Gesaffelstein & Pharrell Williams 26200
53 41 15 7 WEDDING BELL BLUES Morrissey featuring Billie Joe Armstrong & Lydia Night 135750
54 64 54 3 TALK (SINGLE EDIT) Two Door Cinema Club 25200
55 66 55 2 LET ME KNOW (RADIO EDIT) Roisin Murphy 17600
56 80 56 2 SOLDI Mahmood 14600
57 48 6 12 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 470100
58 52 7 12 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 240300
59 62 59 6 ONE STEP BEYOND Madness 45500
60 69 60 3 BAD GUY Billie Eilish 22200

61 50 1 9 JACKIE Scott Walker 576400
62 38 22 7 BORDERLINE Tame Impala 99200
63 76 63 2 STORM Victor Crone 12000
64 79 64 2 NAKED ALONE L Devine & INDIIA 11300
65 72 65 4 VENUS Shocking Blue 23800
66 42 11 10 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs featuring Nile Rodgers 202800
67 51 38 6 THINK OF ME The Veronicas 66400
68 NEW 68 1 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 6400
69 NEW 69 1 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 6200
70 70 1 13 AMERICAN GENERATION (457750) The Ritchie Family 352550

71 36 5 12 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 325700
72 NEW 72 1 MY LOVE Will Young 5600
73 NEW 73 1 YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Emma Bunton featuring Jade Jones 5400
74 74 74 3 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 15600
75 NEW 75 1 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 5000
76 NEW 76 1 THIS LIFE Vampire Weekend 4800
77 NEW 77 1 ONE TOUCH Jess Glynne & Jax Jones 4600
78 NEW 78 1 ALONE Richard Hawley 4400
79 NEW 79 1 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 4200
80 NEW 80 1 RUNAWAY TRAIN Boy George & Culture Club featuring Gladys Knight 4000

DROP OUTS
45 25 6 HUSTLE P!nk 104950
53 39 5 SO CLOSE NOTD, Felix Jaehn & Captain Cuts featuring Georgia Ku 67350
57 18 6 SOS Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc 106400
59 35 6 PIECE OF YOUR HEART Meduza featuring GOODBOYS 91700
60 48 4 LOVE IS ON THE LINE Jack Savoretti 40600
63 2 14 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 600150
65 46 5 MAIN TITLE (GAME OF THRONES) Ramin Djawadi 52400
68 52 4 YOU SAY Lauren Daigle 36150
71 37 2 SECRET LOVE (133950) Doris Day 22800
73 3 14 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 589800

 

19th May 2019

It’s a huge climb of 58 places for the Eurovision winner from Duncan Laurence – I didn’t actually know it was entered last week, oops, I just liked it! Arcade is the highest climb to the top for ages, and also the first Eurovision song to top for 5 years and the first winner to top since 2010. An actual great Coldplay-ish song, and deserved winner for The Netherlands who topped my chart in 1975 with Ding A Dong (Teach-In). Elsewhere there’s a Eurovision invasion, I’ve had to expand my charts to 80 to cope with the huge influx of new tracks and not enough dropping out. Keiino won the popular vote and enter at 3 for Norway, Australia did an amazing performance and are at 6, and Azerbaijan as always put their oil money where their music mouth is and buy in another great pop song, in at 8. That all means Mark Ronson stays at 2, and a bunch of hot tracks are kicked out of the 10.

Sam Bluer rockets into the 20, an old early 70’s soul fave has made the itunes chart (I’ve no idea why but it gives me an excuse to finally chart it 20-odd years after I’d come across it on US oldies stations): Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose’s Too Late To Turn Back Now, in at 31. Madonna gets 2 new entries, fresh from her Eurovision performance of Future, in at 34, and I Rise at 67. A one-time popular pop star plugging his greatest hits said this week that Madonna would do anything for money, as criticism of her turning up in Israel. 1. No she doesn’t, you dont catch her doing TV adverts for cash like many I could mention 2. You can rely on Madonna to be controversial and make political or social comments ESPECIALLY if she’s told not to do something 3. It’s a music competition, slag off her, slag off every country for taking part, and every performer, or accept it’s supposed to be above politics as sporting events are.

Lana Del Ray is back with a rewrite of the classic Summertime, a George Gershwin cover hit for Fun Boy Three in 1983, and dating back to 1934 and the definitive Billie Holliday version sometime after. The number of ancient songs in my chart just grows, not least the 60’s Jimmy Fortuna song heavily unnoficially reworked by Offer Nissim in at 54! Highasakite are back after a gap of a few years, Pnau also return as Empire Of The Sun hang on to a top 20 spot, spot the connection! Finally, Elton has a film soundtrack duet with Taron Egerton to go with Taron’s climbing Rocket Man cover.

1 59 1 2 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 180100
2 2 2 5 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 320200
3 NEW 3 1 SPIRIT IN THE SKY Keiino 85000
4 7 4 4 HELLO SUNSHINE Bruce Springsteen 141400
5 1 1 5 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 489000
6 NEW 6 1 ZERO GRAVITY Kate Miller-Heidke 55000
7 14 7 2 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 79000
8 NEW 8 1 TRUTH (RADIO EDIT) Chingiz 48000
9 9 9 3 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 97500
10 3 3 4 IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME Harry James & His Orchestra & Kitty Kallen 239000

11 4 1 5 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 475000
12 8 8 4 JENNY OF OLDSTONES (GAME OF THRONES) Florence + The Machine 98700
13 5 5 2 BLACK HILLS OF DAKOTA Doris Day & Howard Keel 92000
14 6 6 5 NEVERMIND Dennis Lloyd 194000
15 15 15 3 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 64600
16 20 16 3 LOVE AGAIN New Hope Club 63000
17 10 10 7 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 155850
18 19 18 3 AS LONG AS I HAVE TO Vargas & Lagola 62000
19 58 19 2 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 31200
20 13 1 11 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 754000

21 36 21 4 ME! Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 64250
22 26 22 5 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 79900
23 11 11 9 PATIENCE Tame Impala 186650
24 18 18 5 OLD TOWN ROAD Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus 101200
25 29 25 2 MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day 36950
26 28 26 6 SHOW ME ABC 81250
27 12 3 11 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 489500
28 40 28 3 ABOUT WORK THE DANCEFLOOR (EDIT) Georgia 42300
29 32 29 4 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 60300
30 33 30 5 RAINBOW Kacey Musgraves 47900

31 NEW 31 1 TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose 17900
32 42 32 6 DATE STAMP ABC 61850
33 34 33 3 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 46550
34 NEW 34 1 FUTURE Madonna & Quavo 17600
35 17 7 11 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 272100
36 16 5 11 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 319900
37 NEW 37 1 DOIN’ TIME Lana Del Ray 17300
38 22 22 6 BORDERLINE Tame Impala 91800
39 56 39 2 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 27700
40 21 1 8 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 765750

41 24 15 6 WEDDING BELL BLUES Morrissey featuring Billie Joe Armstrong & Lydia Night 124500
42 23 11 9 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs featuring Nile Rodgers 196000
43 NEW 43 1 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 13500
44 NEW 44 1 FOCUS ON ME MARUV 13250
45 25 25 6 HUSTLE P!nk 104950
46 61 46 3 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 25650
47 54 47 3 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 33500
48 27 6 11 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 459700
49 NEW 49 1 REPLAY Tamta 12100
50 31 1 8 JACKIE Scott Walker 568900

51 38 38 5 THINK OF ME The Veronicas 59800
52 41 7 11 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 230100
53 39 39 5 SO CLOSE NOTD, Felix Jaehn & Captain Cuts featuring Georgia Ku 67350
54 NEW 54 1 EL MUNDO Offer Nissim Presents Jimmy Fontana 11000
55 71 55 2 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 16600
56 60 56 2 I DON’T CARE Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber 20600
57 30 18 6 SOS Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc 106400
58 NEW 58 1 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 10200
59 35 35 6 PIECE OF YOUR HEART Meduza featuring GOODBOYS 91700
60 48 48 4 LOVE IS ON THE LINE Jack Savoretti 40600

61 63 61 2 BLAST OFF Gesaffelstein & Pharrell Williams 14700
62 62 62 5 ONE STEP BEYOND Madness 35400
63 44 2 14 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 600150
64 64 64 2 TALK (SINGLE EDIT) Two Door Cinema Club 14200
65 46 46 5 MAIN TITLE (GAME OF THRONES) Ramin Djawadi 52400
66 NEW 66 1 LET ME KNOW (RADIO EDIT) Roisin Murphy 6800
67 NEW 67 1 I RISE Madonna 6600
68 65 52 4 YOU SAY Lauren Daigle 36150
69 70 69 2 BAD GUY Billie Eilish 12200
70 55 1 12 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 446550

71 37 37 2 SECRET LOVE Doris Day 22800
72 72 72 3 VENUS Shocking Blue 16800
73 47 3 14 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 589800
74 74 74 2 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 10400
75 NEW 75 1 SHE GOT ME Luca Hanni 5000
76 NEW 76 1 STORM Victor Crone 4800
77 NEW 77 1 (I’M GONNA) LOVE ME AGAIN Elton John & Taron Egerton 4600
78 NEW 78 1 LIKE IT ZENA 4400
79 NEW 79 1 NAKED ALONE L Devine & INDIIA 4200
80 NEW 80 1 SOLDI Mahmood 4000

DROP OUTS
43 25 4 FEELINGS John Newman 61150
45 1 12 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 635300
49 12 10 OLD WILD MEN 10cc 142800
50 50 3 SUPERSONIC ROCKETSHIP (352900) The Kinks 35500
51 28 7 MY SHIP IS COMING IN The Walker Brothers 90300
52 9 10 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 275850
53 16 6 STRETCH Louise 103450
57 57 2 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE (729000) Redbone 20600
66 10 13 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 349000
67 67 1 WHATEVER WILL BE, WILL BE (QUE SERA, SERA Doris Day 6600
68 68 3 LE FREAK (12” MIX) (672200) Chic 17800
69 39 4 YOU AND I LEON 48900
73 1 10 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 529700
75 75 1 ALL THIS LOVE Robin Schulz featuring Harloe 5000

 

 

12th May 2019

It’s a first week on top for Madonna & Maluma, ahead of her Eurovision appearance, with the fab latin rhythms of Medellin, which came swanning out of speakers by my gloriously sunny and hot hotel pool in Gran Canaria last week. How appropriate! Hence the lateness of this chart. That becomes Madonna’s first number one in 4 years, and her 20th in total, her oldest track to top my chart being 1984’s Holiday, though the first was 1986’s Papa Don’t Preach.

As yet another legend passes away, the 97-year-old movie star fave Doris Day – who I was watching in a movie musicals bar only days before – enters with 4 tracks that meant the most to me, largely from Calamity Jane or Move Over Darling (my fave movies of hers), the highest being the debut for Black Hills Of Dakota at 5. Move Over Darling topped my charts in 1987. With the 40’s Harry James at 3, and Doris’ 50’s track at 5, and the Raleigh Ritchie’s featured 30’s sounding sample at 4, it’s easily the oldest top 5 ever for me, and bung in 60-year-old Madonna as well, a positive youngster compared to Doris!

The top end of the chart gets frantic as loads of great new tracks take my fancy, headed by Springsteen’s first top 10 in a few years, Florence + The Machine’s haunting Game Of Thrones song taking her back into the top 10 for a 10th occasion in 10 years, and Hot Chip getting a second top 10 11 years late. Bruce ‘n’ Flo have both topped my charts previously. Highest new track is Caravan Palace with a very naughty video at 14, fab, and a massive climb into the 20 for Kylie – never far away from my charts since 1988 – and New York City.

Noel Gallagher goes top 40, Georgia gets a biggie climb for a second top 40 in a row, Purple Disco Machine debut with a Funkytown-ish funk-out, the first Eurovision song this year pops in at 59, Gesaffelstein (bless you!), Pharrell, Two-Door Cinema Club all return at the lower end, Pharrell will be knocking on 16 years with his NERD debut, Billie Eilish yet again gets 2 in the chart simultaneously, and a former Buzzjack song that I heard on my hols also pops in at 74.

1 2 1 4 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 429000
2 4 2 4 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 205200
3 3 3 3 IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME Harry James & His Orchestra & Kitty Kallen 197000
4 1 1 4 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 438000
5 NEW 5 1 BLACK HILLS OF DAKOTA Doris Day & Howard Keel 60000
6 6 6 4 NEVERMIND Dennis Lloyd 165000
7 20 7 3 HELLO SUNSHINE Bruce Springsteen 76400
8 59 8 3 JENNY OF OLDSTONES (GAME OF THRONES) Florence + The Machine 63700
9 61 9 2 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 52500
10 16 10 6 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 132850

11 17 11 8 PATIENCE Tame Impala 167400
12 5 3 10 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 471100
13 10 1 10 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 734000
14 NEW 14 1 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 29000
15 56 15 2 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 37600
16 8 5 10 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 302500
17 7 7 10 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 254600
18 19 18 4 OLD TOWN ROAD Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus 82200
19 24 19 2 AS LONG AS I HAVE TO Vargas & Lagola 40000
20 30 20 2 LOVE AGAIN New Hope Club 38000

21 9 1 7 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 748750
22 22 22 5 BORDERLINE Tame Impala 74600
23 11 11 8 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs featuring Nile Rodgers 182250
24 15 15 5 WEDDING BELL BLUES Morrissey featuring Billie Joe Armstrong & Lydia Night 110500
25 27 25 5 HUSTLE P!nk 91950
26 31 26 4 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 60400
27 14 6 10 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 447400
28 32 28 5 SHOW ME ABC 62750
29 NEW 29 1 MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day 18200
30 18 18 5 SOS Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc 96000

31 13 1 7 JACKIE Scott Walker 556900
32 35 32 3 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 42100
33 45 33 4 RAINBOW Kacey Musgraves 29900
34 53 34 2 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 28850
35 36 35 5 PIECE OF YOUR HEART Meduza featuring GOODBOYS 81600
36 39 36 3 ME! Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 44500
37 NEW 37 1 SECRET LOVE Doris Day 17300
38 46 38 4 THINK OF ME The Veronicas 48050
39 40 39 4 SO CLOSE NOTD, Felix Jaehn & Captain Cuts featuring Georgia Ku 56100
40 65 40 2 ABOUT WORK THE DANCEFLOOR Georgia 24000

41 21 7 10 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 218600
42 47 42 5 DATE STAMP ABC 44050
43 25 25 4 FEELINGS John Newman 61150
44 33 2 13 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 592950
45 26 1 12 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 635300
46 51 46 4 MAIN TITLE (GAME OF THRONES) Ramin Djawadi 45400
47 37 3 13 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 584400
48 49 48 3 LOVE IS ON THE LINE Jack Savoretti 30600
49 12 12 10 OLD WILD MEN 10cc 142800
50 50 50 3 SUPERSONIC ROCKETSHIP The Kinks 35500

51 28 28 7 MY SHIP IS COMING IN The Walker Brothers 90300
52 34 9 10 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 275850
53 29 16 6 STRETCH Louise 103450
54 60 54 2 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 21000
55 48 1 11 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 440550
56 NEW 56 1 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 10600
57 58 57 2 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Redbone 20600
58 NEW 58 1 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 10200
59 NEW 59 1 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 10100
60 NEW 60 1 I DON’T CARE Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber 10000

61 73 61 2 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 12900
62 62 62 4 ONE STEP BEYOND Madness 28000
63 NEW 63 1 BLAST OFF Gesaffelstein & Pharrell Williams 7200
64 NEW 64 1 TALK (SINGLE EDIT) Two Door Cinema Club 7100
65 52 52 3 YOU SAY Lauren Daigle 29750
66 38 10 13 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 349000
67 NEW 67 1 WHATEVER WILL BE, WILL BE (QUE SERA, SERA Doris Day 6600
68 68 68 3 LE FREAK (12” MIX) Chic 17800
69 43 39 4 YOU AND I LEON 48900
70 NEW 70 1 BAD GUY Billie Eilish 6000

71 NEW 71 1 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 5800
72 72 72 2 VENUS Shocking Blue 11200
73 54 1 10 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 529700
74 NEW 74 1 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 5200
75 NEW 75 1 ALL THIS LOVE Robin Schulz featuring Harloe 5000

DROP OUTS
23 3 6 ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation 317250
41 2 8 SPARROW Emeli Sande 436250
42 30 9 WE’RE THROUGH The Hollies 122950
44 37 6 HERE WITH ME Marshmello Featuring CHVRCHES 66800
55 36 4 DRUM Noa Kirel 62900
57 9 6 MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF The Walker Brothers 139500
63 13 9 NEVER COMIN DOWN Keith Urban 181400
64 28 9 CASIO Jungle 127100
66 47 9 SO AM I Ava Max 80300
67 51 5 COOL The Jonas Brothers 48450
69 56 5 KING JAMES Anderson .Paak 39200
70 70 2 SUMMER DAYS Martin Garrix featuring Macklemore & Patrick Stump pf Fall Out Boy 12000
71 71 2 LOVE ME ANYWAY P!nk featuring Chris Stapleton 11600
74 10 9 LIFTED Parker Bossley 187650
75 75 1 OVERKILL Motorhead 5000

 

 

5th March 2019

It’s a second week on top for Raleigh Ritchie’s lovely track which speaks to me as much as him, I expect – the sentiment is something I can relate to, being as my life is a rollercoaster of busy-ness interspersed with the odd bit of time doing charts. Just sitting and enjoying life gently passing by isn’t something I get to do much. Madonna is still at 2 for a second week and Harry James & Kitty Kallen shoot up to 3, which easily makes it the highest-placed charting track to predate the 1950’s, courtesy of Endgame’s closing credits.

Mark Ronson makes it 2 in a row top 10’s, and his 4th in total, Lykke Li getting her first, while Dennis Lloyd does the same. Bruce Springsteen leaps into the 20 in a single bound, his first top 20 charting track in 5 years, or his 10th in the last 20 years, and umpteenth since his first in 1975. Yes that one. Born To Run peaked outside the top 10 first time round but topped my chart in 2009. Vargas and Legoland get a second simultaneous top 30 as As Long As I Have To enters, while Selfish goes top 20, and a debut for New Hope Club at 30 outdoes more established acts entering like Noel Gallagher at 53, making 26 Oasisfestfilled years, Kylie in New York City – with some way to go to match T.Rex’s 1975 song of the same name – Redbone returning for a fourth run courtesy of Avengers again, one from 1974 and the rest from Marvel film boosts.

Kool & The Gang have never charted with Jungle Boogie, which is a bit surprising for a track and I knew at the time and quite liked, but then my chart was limited to a top 30 in those days – even Redbone only just scraped in, and turnover was fast to try and squeeze records in back in 1974. It’s also one of their best records and is currently getting blanket TV ad plays, much better than their bland disco phase that lasted for eternity. So, 27 years since they last charted, and 46 years since it was released, that would be impressive if Harry James wasn’t making it look quite recent in comparison.

It’s been 9 years since Hot Chip last charted, but they belatedly get their 6th some 13 years after their first, in at 61 with a funky workout, Georgia gets a second, Shocking Blue get a 3rd-time-round hit with a World Record Store vinyl release of Venus almost 50 years since the first time, Taron Egertin is about to star in the Fantasy Elton John biopic, and enters with Rocket Man, his second charting song (the first was in 2016 with Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark & Hugh Jackman, from the Eddie The eagle biopic spin-off album, Thrill Me), a former Elton chart-topper from 1972, and Motorhead return for a third WRS Day vinyl-pushed blowout with a spot of Overkill.

1 1 1 3 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 373000
2 2 2 3 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 259000
3 15 3 2 IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME Harry James & His Orchestra & Kitty Kallen 112000
4 29 4 3 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 90200
5 3 3 9 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 436100
6 12 6 3 NEVERMIND Dennis Lloyd 110000
7 7 7 9 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 231600
8 5 5 9 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 277500
9 4 1 6 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 729000
10 6 1 9 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 702000

11 14 11 7 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs featuring Nile Rodgers 163000
12 18 12 9 OLD WILD MEN 10cc 130700
13 10 1 6 JACKIE Scott Walker 539000
14 8 6 9 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 429000
15 17 15 4 WEDDING BELL BLUES Morrissey 91500
16 32 16 5 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 90850
17 20 17 7 PATIENCE Tame Impala 130400
18 21 18 4 SOS Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc 78000
19 19 19 3 OLD TOWN ROAD Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus 60200
20 68 20 2 HELLO SUNSHINE Bruce Springsteen 26400

21 11 7 9 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 204600
22 33 22 4 BORDERLINE Tame Impala 55100
23 9 3 6 ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation 317250
24 NEW 24 1 AS LONG AS I HAVE TO Vargas & Lagola 19000
25 28 25 3 FEELINGS John Newman 47650
26 13 1 11 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 622300
27 27 27 4 HUSTLE P!nk 73200
28 35 28 6 MY SHIP IS COMING IN The Walker Brothers 78550
29 16 16 5 STRETCH Louise 92200
30 NEW 30 1 LOVE AGAIN New Hope Club 18000

31 34 31 3 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 41900
32 46 32 4 SHOW ME ABC 44450
33 26 2 12 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 579700
34 22 9 9 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 264350
35 66 35 2 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 24300
36 38 36 4 PIECE OF YOUR HEART Meduza featuring GOODBOYS 64100
37 25 3 12 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 571900
38 24 10 12 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 342200
39 60 39 2 ME! Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 27100
40 50 40 3 SO CLOSE NOTD, Felix Jaehn & Captain Cuts featuring Georgia Ku 39000

41 23 2 8 SPARROW Emeli Sande 436250
42 30 30 9 WE’RE THROUGH The Hollies 122950
43 39 39 3 YOU AND I LEON 42700
44 37 37 6 HERE WITH ME Marshmello Featuring CHVRCHES 66800
45 58 45 3 RAINBOW Kacey Musgraves 29800
46 49 46 3 THINK OF ME The Veronicas 30850
47 62 47 4 DATE STAMP ABC 30300
48 43 1 10 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 429750
49 69 49 2 LOVE IS ON THE LINE Jack Savoretti 18300
50 52 50 2 SUPERSONIC ROCKETSHIP The Kinks 23500

51 55 51 3 MAIN TITLE (GAME OF THRONES) Ramin Djawadi 32650
52 53 52 2 YOU SAY Lauren Daigle 22750
53 NEW 53 1 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 11250
54 40 1 9 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 524300
55 36 36 4 DRUM Noa Kirel 62900
56 NEW 56 1 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 10600
57 31 9 6 MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF The Walker Brothers 139500
58 NEW 58 1 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Redbone 10200
59 72 59 2 JENNY OF OLDSTONES (GAME OF THRONES) Florence + The Machine 15700
60 NEW 60 1 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 10000

61 NEW 61 1 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 7500
62 65 62 3 ONE STEP BEYOND Madness 20600
63 45 13 9 NEVER COMIN DOWN Keith Urban 181400
64 41 28 9 CASIO Jungle 127100
65 NEW 65 1 ABOUT WORK THE DANCEFLOOR Georgia 7000
66 47 47 9 SO AM I Ava Max 80300
67 51 51 5 COOL The Jonas Brothers 48450
68 75 68 2 LE FREAK (12” MIX) Chic 11400
69 56 56 5 KING JAMES Anderson .Paak 39200
70 70 70 2 SUMMER DAYS Martin Garrix featuring Macklemore & Patrick Stump pf Fall Out Boy 12000

71 71 71 2 LOVE ME ANYWAY P!nk featuring Chris Stapleton 11600
72 NEW 72 1 VENUS Shocking Blue 5600
73 NEW 73 1 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 5400
74 42 10 9 LIFTED Parker Bossley 187650
75 NEW 75 1 OVERKILL Motorhead 5000

DROP OUTS
44 39 8 THE BIRD SYML 87500
48 40 7 HURRICANES Dido 80650
54 13 8 WHAT MORE CAN I DO? Jack Savoretti 155100
57 14 10 WALK ME HOME P!nk 179900
59 14 11 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 193200
61 5 8 SON OF MAN GG/06 aka 10cc (Kevin Godley & Graham Gouldman) featuring Hotlegs 220400
63 33 6 ALL THE SONGS Will Young 74850
64 2 14 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 463900
67 64 4 JUST YOU AND I Tom Walker 25300
73 73 3 MIRACLE Alan Parsons featuring Jason Mraz 15800
74 21 9 KILLING MY TIME G-Flip 147350

 

My April 1987 Charts

7th April 1987

It’s a quartet of chart-toppers for Madonna from the True Blue album, something only Abba had managed previously (Voulez-Vous was the album). That holds off Prince in runners-up again, though he would top with it at last after his untimely death in 2016. Labi Siffre gets his first top 10 since Watch Me in 1972, Rod Stewart finally makes the top 10 12 years late (The Sutherland Brothers original from 1972 was WAY better), and U2 finally get cracking with a huge jump to 11 for With Or Without You. Ken Boothe gets a second-time top 20 with the same song.

Dead Or Alive keep the top 40 run going, Terence Trent D’Arby gets his first, and David Grant gets a big climb into the 40 7 years since he was in Linx with You’re Lying. High new entries from Julian Cope (Eve’s Volcano explodes at 33) Gary Numan combines with Radio Heart for an 8-year run since he started with a Tubeway Army chart-topper, and Bowie enters at 40 with Day-In Day-Out, one of those rare occasions when he was slagged off by the rock media for both the album and the Glass Spider tour. I rather liked the singles off the album, and saw the tour from right at the back of Wembley Stadium – a bit like being at the back of a big outdoor rock festival where people talking at the side of you dominate more than the busy stuff going on in the far distance. It was a bit self-indulgent, and the new album was plugged heavily, sadly, I wanted the great stuff.

Starship pop in with a classic 80’s anthem at 50, though I still prefer the Jefferson and Grace Slick versions from 1980, or the Jefferson Airplane 60’s versions. Kim Wilde does a duet with Junior, which gives them both some chart comeback action nicely, she’s still fab in concert to this day, and The Cure return with Why Can’t I Be You – for me this was the point at which they lost the quirkiness and got all serious and Big In America. Whitesnake return with the Rock, Steve Miller Band get a 13-year chart-span, albeit it ain’t no The Joker. Or Rock’n’Me. Or Abracadabra. Down the tail end returns from 4 current chart acts of the time.

1 ( 4 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
2 ( 2 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
3 ( 1 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
4 ( 9 ) LET IT BE Ferry Aid
5 ( 3 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
6 ( 8 ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate
7 ( 15 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
8 ( 16 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
9 ( 19 ) SAILING Rod Stewart
10 ( 10 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert

11 ( 31 ) WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2
12 ( 14 ) LEAN ON ME Club Nouveau
13 ( 7 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
14 ( 6 ) WEAK IN THE PRESENCE OF BEAUTY Alison Moyet
15 ( 5 ) RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim
16 ( 24 ) LET’S WAIT AWHILE Janet Jackson
17 ( 17 ) THE MAGICIAN Secession
18 ( 29 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Ken Boothe
19 ( 13 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
20 ( 12 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles

21 ( 11 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
22 ( 20 ) SEVERINA The Mission
23 ( 28 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
24 ( 18 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
25 ( 21 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
26 ( 32 ) BIG TIME Peter Gabriel
27 ( 22 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
28 ( 38 ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE Fine Young Cannibals
29 ( 47 ) HOOKED ON LOVE Dead Or Alive
30 ( 46 ) IF YOU LET ME STAY Terence Trent D’Arby

31 ( 26 ) (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY The Beastie Boys
32 ( 25 ) WHAT YOU GET IS WHAT YOU SEE Tina Turner
33 ( NEW ) EVE’S VOLCANO Julian Cope
34 ( 42 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
35 ( 27 ) JIMMY LEE Aretha Franklin
36 ( 39 ) MY BABY The Pretenders
37 ( NEW ) RADIO HEART Radio Heart & Gary Numan
38 ( 40 ) THE PASSENGER Siouxsie & The Banshees
39 ( 65 ) TAKE ME BACK David Grant
40 ( NEW ) DAY-IN DAY-OUT David Bowie

41 ( 33 ) LOVING YOU IS SWEETER THAN EVER Nick Kamen
42 ( 36 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION ’87 T.Rex
43 ( 34 ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
44 ( 48 ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
45 ( 23 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE Erasure
46 ( 35 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
47 ( 72 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
48 ( 50 ) CRAZY Patsy Cline
49 ( 52 ) TONIGHT TONIGHT TONIGHT Genesis
50 ( NEW ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship

51 ( 30 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
52 ( 49 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
53 ( 43 ) MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics
54 ( 41 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
55 ( 62 ) BRING HIM BACK HOME Hugh Masekela
56 ( 55 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 57 ) SELA Lionel Richie
58 ( 37 ) MANHATTAN SKYLINE a-ha
59 ( NEW ) CRAWFISH Stan Campbell
60 ( NEW ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior

61 ( 60 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
62 ( NEW ) WHY CAN’T I BE YOU The Cure
63 ( 61 ) HUMAN Human League
64 ( 63 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
65 ( 70 ) JUST TO SEE HER Smokey Robinson
66 ( NEW ) STILL OF THE NIGHT Whitesnake
67 ( 56 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY The Blow Monkeys
68 ( NEW ) I WANT TO MAKE THE WORLD TURN AROUND The Steve Miller Band
69 ( 59 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
70 ( 69 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite

71 ( NEW ) CAN’T BE WITH YOU TONIGHT Judy Boucher
72 ( NEW ) DOMINOES Robbie Nevil
73 ( 73 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
74 ( NEW ) ORDINARY DAY Curiosity Killed The Cat
75 ( NEW ) OUT WITH HER The Blow Monkeys

7th April
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 CHUNG KUO Vangelis
2 NATHALIE Gilbert Becaud
3 LOVING YOU AIN’T EASY Pagliaro

14th April 1987

It’s 3 weeks on top for Madonna and 3 weeks at 2 for Prince as Hot Chocolate take their 1978 number 3 back to 3 in remix format. Lean On Me makes the top 10 for the 3rd act, since topping for Bill Withers in 1972. There are big climbs for John Farnham, Wet Wet Wet, Radio Heart & Gary Numan into the 20, and Starship into the 30. Highest new entry is Living In A Box debuting at 32 with their brilliant eponymous song just ahead of OMD keeping the run of top 40 hits at 7 years, and that’s not a Shame.

Johnny Hates Jazz debut and start a good run of singles with the great Shattered Dreams at 42, with the cool Sly & Robbie having a hit in their own right, the quirky Boops, rather than being backroom producers, in at 43. Elvis is back with another oldie, this time the fun Bossa Nova Baby from one of my fave childhood Elvis films, Fun In Acapulco (the title track was my brothers first-ever single he bought in 1969) and was another Lieber & Stoller song, one of many he recorded.

Five Star & Bon Jovi follow-up, That Petrol Emotion debut, the SOS Band keep the revival going, The Smiths bow out, and Elkie Brooks tries to break the chain. One thing I’ve noticed, in terms of highlighting which tracks I remain eternally loving, the best guide isn’t chart position of songs at the time they were hits – it’s the tracks that crop-up in my weekly playlist faves of the week, by and large oldies that I loved years after the event remain faves forever more, while big faves of a moment in time can suffer from overplay or being “of their time”. My fave current tracks in the 1987 chart these days is Prince, which didn’t top my chart then, and Living In A Box, which did. While U2 peaked at 11, and is very much a classic that took years to grown on me properly.

1 ( 1 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
2 ( 2 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
3 ( 6 ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate
4 ( 4 ) LET IT BE Ferry Aid
5 ( 7 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
6 ( 3 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
7 ( 10 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
8 ( 8 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
9 ( 5 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
10 ( 12 ) LEAN ON ME Club Nouveau

11 ( 34 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
12 ( 16 ) LET’S WAIT AWHILE Janet Jackson
13 ( 30 ) IF YOU LET ME STAY Terence Trent D’Arby
14 ( 13 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
15 ( 28 ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE Fine Young Cannibals
16 ( 11 ) WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2
17 ( 47 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
18 ( 37 ) RADIO HEART Radio Heart & Gary Numan
19 ( 14 ) WEAK IN THE PRESENCE OF BEAUTY Alison Moyet
20 ( 26 ) BIG TIME Peter Gabriel

21 ( 18 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Ken Boothe
22 ( 33 ) EVE’S VOLCANO Julian Cope
23 ( 23 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
24 ( 15 ) RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim
25 ( 19 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
26 ( 17 ) THE MAGICIAN Secession
27 ( 50 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
28 ( 20 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
29 ( 29 ) HOOKED ON LOVE Dead Or Alive
30 ( 40 ) DAY-IN DAY-OUT David Bowie

31 ( 9 ) SAILING Rod Stewart
32 ( NEW ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
33 ( 27 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
34 ( 36 ) MY BABY The Pretenders
35 ( 21 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
36 ( 38 ) THE PASSENGER Siouxsie & The Banshees
37 ( 24 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
38 ( 25 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
39 ( 71 ) CAN’T BE WITH YOU TONIGHT Judy Boucher
40 ( NEW ) SHAME OMD

41 ( 22 ) SEVERINA The Mission
42 ( NEW ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
43 ( NEW ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
44 ( 39 ) TAKE ME BACK David Grant
45 ( 31 ) (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY The Beastie Boys
46 ( 75 ) OUT WITH HER The Blow Monkeys
47 ( 42 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION ’87 T.Rex
48 ( 55 ) BRING HIM BACK HOME Hugh Masekela
49 ( 62 ) WHY CAN’T I BE YOU The Cure
50 ( 65 ) JUST TO SEE HER Smokey Robinson

51 ( 43 ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
52 ( 32 ) WHAT YOU GET IS WHAT YOU SEE Tina Turner
53 ( 60 ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior
54 ( NEW ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
55 ( 52 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( NEW ) BOSSA NOVA BABY Elvis Presley
58 ( 46 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
59 ( NEW ) THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH Five Star
60 ( 66 ) STILL OF THE NIGHT Whitesnake

61 ( NEW ) WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE Bon Jovi
62 ( 61 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
63 ( 64 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
64 ( 63 ) HUMAN Human League
65 ( NEW ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
66 ( 35 ) JIMMY LEE Aretha Franklin
67 ( 53 ) MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics
68 ( NEW ) BIG DECISION That Petrol Emotion
69 ( 54 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
70 ( 70 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite

71 ( 74 ) ORDINARY DAY Curiosity Killed The Cat
72 ( NEW ) MY LIES The SOS Band
73 ( NEW ) SHEILA TAKE A BOW The Smiths
74 ( 58 ) MANHATTAN SKYLINE a-ha
75 ( NEW ) BREAK THE CHAIN Elkie Brooks

Playlist Oldies of that week
1 I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
2 FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
3 LIVIN’ THING ELO

21st April 1987

It’s a first week on top, and straight in, for 1964 oldie Move Over Darling, Doris Day’s classic theme to the movie of the same name, of her best and areal feel-good fave of mine as a boy, adult, and right now too. Tracey Ullman had a hit with it a few years earlier too, but Doris’ original is the best and charted all over again thanks to an advert. Living In A Box rocket into the ten, along with Wet Wet Wet and Terence Trent D’Arby all getting a top 10 debut.

Crowded House enter with the top-notch classic Don’t Dream It’s Over, not the last time it would chart for the former NZ Split-Enz brothers, who had a few top 10’s in the early 80’s. Irish Rover is an old song, brought back by The Pogues – the presence of The Dubliners put me off, as they were responsible for one of the records of my childhood that used to annoy me (Seven Drunken Nights), but it’s not bad and also into the 30.

Down the bottom end 60’s legend Tom Jones is back with a theatrical big ballad, and three country girls join as a Trio for a cover of the 50’s song To Know Him Is To Love Him. The late Warren Zevon is in with his fab Werewolves Of London, and Latin Quarter keep on being right on again with another newie.

1 ( NEW ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
2 ( 1 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
3 ( 7 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
4 ( 8 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
5 ( 5 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
6 ( 32 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
7 ( 17 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
8 ( 13 ) IF YOU LET ME STAY Terence Trent D’Arby
9 ( 2 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
10 ( 3 ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate

11 ( 15 ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE Fine Young Cannibals
12 ( 6 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
13 ( 18 ) RADIO HEART Radio Heart & Gary Numan
14 ( 11 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
15 ( 9 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
16 ( 22 ) EVE’S VOLCANO Julian Cope
17 ( 27 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
18 ( 12 ) LET’S WAIT AWHILE Janet Jackson
19 ( 23 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
20 ( 10 ) LEAN ON ME Club Nouveau

21 ( 4 ) LET IT BE Ferry Aid
22 ( 16 ) WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2
23 ( NEW ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
24 ( 14 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
25 ( NEW ) IRISH ROVER The Pogues & The Dubliners
26 ( 30 ) DAY-IN DAY-OUT David Bowie
27 ( 25 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
28 ( 65 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
29 ( 19 ) WEAK IN THE PRESENCE OF BEAUTY Alison Moyet
30 ( 42 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz

31 ( 20 ) BIG TIME Peter Gabriel
32 ( 49 ) WHY CAN’T I BE YOU The Cure
33 ( 43 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
34 ( 28 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
35 ( 39 ) CAN’T BE WITH YOU TONIGHT Judy Boucher
36 ( 33 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
37 ( 37 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
38 ( 40 ) SHAME OMD
39 ( 24 ) RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim
40 ( 53 ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior

41 ( 58 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
42 ( 54 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
43 ( 26 ) THE MAGICIAN Secession
44 ( 38 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
45 ( 68 ) BIG DECISION That Petrol Emotion
46 ( 72 ) MY LIES The SOS Band
47 ( NEW ) SUPER POPOID GROOVE Win
48 ( 35 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
49 ( 59 ) THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH Five Star
50 ( 21 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Ken Boothe

51 ( 61 ) WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE Bon Jovi
52 ( NEW ) SEE ME Luther Vandross
53 ( 47 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION ’87 T.Rex
54 ( 51 ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
55 ( 57 ) BOSSA NOVA BABY Elvis Presley
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 29 ) HOOKED ON LOVE Dead Or Alive
58 ( 60 ) STILL OF THE NIGHT Whitesnake
59 ( 46 ) OUT WITH HER The Blow Monkeys
60 ( 36 ) THE PASSENGER Siouxsie & The Banshees

61 ( 55 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
62 ( 34 ) MY BABY The Pretenders
63 ( 41 ) SEVERINA The Mission
64 ( 62 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
65 ( 63 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
66 ( 64 ) HUMAN Human League
67 ( 73 ) SHEILA TAKE A BOW The Smiths
68 ( 31 ) SAILING Rod Stewart
69 ( NEW ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones
70 ( NEW ) TO KNOW HIM IS TO LOVE HIM Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton & Linda Ronstadt

71 ( 45 ) (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY The Beastie Boys
72 ( 70 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
73 ( NEW ) WEREWOLVES OF LONDON Warren Zevon
74 ( NEW ) TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN Level 42
75 ( NEW ) NOMZAMO (ONE PEOPLE ONE CAUSE) Latin Quarter

Playlist oldies of the week
1 ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
2 SARA Fleetwood Mac
3 YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE The Monkees

 

 

28th April 1987

It’s back up on top for La Isla Bonita giving Madonna 3 weeks in total, as Doris drops to 3 and Herb Alpert gets his 2nd equal-biggest chart position 19 years on from This Guy’s In Love, and thanks to Jam & Lewis. Starship get a second top 10, though they Jefferson’s when Jane did it in 1980, John Farnham gets his first since Little River Band’s 1979 Lonesome Loser, Fine Young Cannibals get Buzzcocks a top 10 song at last with Ever fallen In Love, and Gary Numan gets his 7th top 10 8 years since Are ‘Friends’ Electric topped.

The Damned get a good top 20 climb with the Love classic, OMD leap up even more, not a Shame! Two footballers get the highest new entry, not that footie meant anything much to me, and footie singers generally had dire results, but there you go, in at 33! The Smiths & Tom Jones get big climbs into the 40, and lower down Jaki Graham keeps the string of hits coming, Slade have a final chart entry after a whopping chart run of 16 years, Paul Simon sneaks in with his album title track – never a huge fave of mine off the album – and Cameo keep coming Back & Forth.

1 ( 2 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
2 ( 3 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
3 ( 1 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
4 ( 6 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
5 ( 5 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
6 ( 7 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
7 ( 17 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
8 ( 14 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
9 ( 11 ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE Fine Young Cannibals
10 ( 13 ) RADIO HEART Radio Heart & Gary Numan

11 ( 4 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
12 ( 8 ) IF YOU LET ME STAY Terence Trent D’Arby
13 ( 9 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
14 ( 10 ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate
15 ( 28 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
16 ( 12 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
17 ( 19 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
18 ( 23 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
19 ( 38 ) SHAME OMD
20 ( 30 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz

21 ( 16 ) EVE’S VOLCANO Julian Cope
22 ( 15 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
23 ( 26 ) DAY-IN DAY-OUT David Bowie
24 ( 22 ) WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2
25 ( 25 ) IRISH ROVER The Pogues & The Dubliners
26 ( 18 ) LET’S WAIT AWHILE Janet Jackson
27 ( 40 ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior
28 ( 45 ) BIG DECISION That Petrol Emotion
29 ( 35 ) CAN’T BE WITH YOU TONIGHT Judy Boucher
30 ( 33 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie

31 ( 20 ) LEAN ON ME Club Nouveau
32 ( 24 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
33 ( NEW ) DIAMOND LIGHTS Glen & Chris
34 ( 27 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
35 ( 46 ) NO LIES The SOS Band
36 ( 42 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
37 ( 37 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
38 ( 49 ) THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH Five Star
39 ( 67 ) SHEILA TAKE A BOW The Smiths
40 ( 69 ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones

41 ( 32 ) WHY CAN’T I BE YOU The Cure
42 ( 36 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
43 ( 47 ) SUPER POPOID GROOVE Win
44 ( 41 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
45 ( 34 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
46 ( NEW ) REAL FASHION REGGAE STYLE Carey Johnson
47 ( 29 ) WEAK IN THE PRESENCE OF BEAUTY Alison Moyet
48 ( NEW ) STILL IN LOVE Jaki Graham
49 ( 39 ) RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim
50 ( NEW ) YOU’RE SO STRONG Mental As Anything

51 ( 51 ) WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE Bon Jovi
52 ( 44 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
53 ( 31 ) BIG TIME Peter Gabriel
54 ( 21 ) LET IT BE Ferry Aid
55 ( 43 ) THE MAGICIAN Secession
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 48 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
58 ( 53 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION ’87 T.Rex
59 ( NEW ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Slade
60 ( NEW ) NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE Spear Of Destiny

61 ( 52 ) SEE ME Luther Vandross
62 ( 54 ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
63 ( 50 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Ken Boothe
64 ( 61 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
65 ( 65 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
66 ( 66 ) HUMAN Human League
67 ( 64 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
68 ( NEW ) DOMINOES Robbie Nevil
69 ( 55 ) BOSSA NOVA BABY Elvis Presley
70 ( 74 ) TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN Level 42

71 ( NEW ) GRACELAND Paul Simon
72 ( 72 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
73 ( 73 ) WEREWOLVES OF LONDON Warren Zevon
74 ( NEW ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
75 ( NEW ) EMOTIONAL Falco

Oldies Playlist
1 LONG TIME Arrow
2 HEY NINETEEN Steely Dan
3 JOHNNY REMEMBER ME John Leyton

Pop Music from a Child’s POV: 1960 part 1

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Me & Grandma just before 1960 started, in Gloucester in our Sunday best.

 

Right. I was born in January 1958 right at the start of the year, and Harry Belafonte topped the charts with Mary’s Boy Child in the UK. I was born in the house we lived in, in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, as was my mum, and my younger brother. Dad joined the RAF, and pretty much by 1960 we are off travelling about on postings, Gloucester and Germany first up. My earliest memories are of Germany. Just fragments. I got into music pretty much as soon as I can remember, though everything is a bit jumbled up for the first five years – I can’t place where or when I heard the records on the list for the most part, I just know that I have always remembered loving, or at least liking, them.

 

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Tin Bath time, outdoors in Mansfield, boiled from a kettle, no hot water, no central heating, outside WC, no bathroom. “You were lucky! We lived in a paper bag! But we were ‘appy!”

Obviously I wasn’t aware of the music charts in 1960 through to early 1963, but I was very aware of pop music. Dad and mum both loved it, dad had some old 78’s of David Whitfield and the like and some sort of ancient player to listen to them on. The first specific music memory I have is of a 78rpm shellac record I loved getting sat on and broken. Life can be so cruel! I was probably 3 or 4, as we were back in Mansfield again. We may have had a couple from the movie, I kind of think Some Day My Prince Will Come also featured, but I very much know we had one of them:

I’M WISHING/WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK from Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs

 

I loved the song I’m Wishing, and the echoes from the wishing well. Back in those days Disney songs were always on holiday specials devoted to keeping the back catalogue and new stuff popular on TV and resissued in the cinema. The first film I saw was Bambi, mum took me in and cried on my head when Bambi’s mum got shot, apparently – I was a toddler and have no memory of it at all!

So on with the rundown of 1960, the first year when some songs meant something to me as I grew up, most probably as oldies in the first few years afterwards. The rules? Just the one song I loved most that was in the UK charts of that week (My “Number One”) until another track came along that I loved more, or the same, or until it dropped out of the charts. This gives it a rough chronological accuracy, even if the order may be haywire and later than I think:

So the oldest record to chart that I loved first?

 

LITTLE WHITE BULL – Tommy Steele (9 weeks)

 

Tommy Steel was everywhere in the early 60’s and I’m pretty sure I saw the movie it came from Tommy The Toreador. Tommy was big in the 50’s as a sort of Brit rocker/showman, but by this time he was well into family entertainer mode. The song appealed to kids, and popped up for many years afterwards on Ed Stewart’s Juniors Choice, a show where kids requested songs they wanted to hear. Released in late 1959, and certainly a song I was very fond of, and knew well.

 

THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE – Percy Faith and His Orchestra (3 weeks)

A theme tune I wouldn’t know about, an instrumental I couldnt have named at all throughout the 60’s and an orchestra leader I didn’t know about till the 70’s, but this gorgeous melody seems to have always been there and evokes waves of nostalgia without being associated with anything in particular. It just sounds great. Still. It’s been in The Simpsons and a myriad pop culture spots over the years, and quite rightly too.

 

MY OLD MAN’S A DUSTMAN – Lonnie Donegan (11 weeks)

 

The British skifflemaster passed me by apart from his novelty songs, as novelty songs go this one was HUGE. It was everywhere and was still being sung by kids at school years later, it was referenced by adults, sung by them for fun about me, and I don’t remember never not knowing it. Would it make my list of fave records these days? Nah. Wouldn’t even make my top 100 of 1960, but then I’m not 4-years old anymore 🙂

 

GOOD TIMIN’ – Jimmy Jones (4 weeks)

 

I didn’t know who sang it, and I still don’t know much about American black singer Jimmy Jones, I have no memories of Jimmy the singer at all, but I do remember liking this catchy falsetto pop chart-topper whenever I heard it on the radio as an oldie. Jimmy influenced subsequent singers like Del Shannon, and it still sounds fresh to my biased ears. As a kid the best bit? “Tick-a-tick-a-tick-a——TIMIN'” of course!

 

ITSY BITSY TEENY WEENY YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI – Brian Hyland (10 weeks)

If there’s a record that could be called my first pop record obsession, it’s this one, the kiddie-pleasing rhyming title and the subject matter about a shy girl in a bikini, a cultural thing at the time was jolly, catchy, good-natured, and gave Brian a few years of good singles success with decent ballads, such as Sealed With A Kiss, a record so good it charted all over again in 1975 for Brian and topped the charts for Jason Donovan in 1989. Sadly this song also topped the charts again for manic DJ Timmy Mallet under his pseudonym Bombalurina in 1990, doing his very best to kill all my nostalgic fondness for the original. I mean, I was glad kids got to love the song the same way I did almost 20 years earlier – I loved singing the title as pre-school and for at least a decade afterwards! – it was just a shame wholesome clean-cut wistful charm had been replaced with tacky cheese. Mind you I was 32 and not the target audience in any way 🙂

 

My Top 10 Fave Sitcoms

10. AMERICAN DAD (2005-2019)

Another Seth McFarlane animated Fox show – albeit dropped in 2014 and picked up by TBS – starring McFarlane as a redneck CIA agent Stan Smith with a typecast homebody housewife (at least she seems to be at first, but Fran’s as mad as Stan is). The nerd son Steve hangs about with his nerd friends, one of them voiced by Moonlighting’s Curtis Armstrong, while Steve is voiced by Scott Grimes, currently starring alongside Seth in the fab The Orville. Last family members are left-wing protestor hippie Hailey (Rachel McFarlane, Seth keeping it in the family) and Roger the alien (also Seth), a moral-free gender-fluid selfish alien taken in by the Smiths, and who has a million disguises. Lastly there’s Klaus the German fish – or rather a former spy in the body of a goldfish, still hoping to be a man again and as mad as the rest of the clan.

The mix is pretty fine for plots, social commentary, sci-fi, political, parodies, surreal (even the apocalypse end of days!) and sometimes very dark humour, and also features oodles of famous guest stars, notably the recurring role of Stan’s CIA boss – Patrick “Captain Picard” Stewart sending himself up beautifully. As with other Seth shows Walter Murphy is on hand to score the show fabulously – for oldies like me he’s the bloke who had a 1976 hit with A Fifth Of Beethoven, a disco classical bit of fun. Some of my fave guest stars: Alyson Hanigan, Andy Samberg, Bryan Cranston, Burt reynolds, Chris Isaak, David Boreanaz, Eartha Kitt, Ed Asner, George takei – and that’s just a selection of A to G on the full list! For cult TV fans like me (and clearly the show’s stars and creators) it’s a paradise of riches. Some of the episodes don’t always work, some of the stuff the characters do can make you feel a bit icky – but it’s not real! It’s got a talking walking goldfish and an alien! Still great.

 

9. CHEERS (1982-1993)

Great theme tune, heartwarming song and concept, that you can get a “family”, friends & romance by going out and drinking alcohol regularly – not sure about the last bit, but it certainly can help joining a club! Anyway, classy show which took time to become a huge hit, great writing, great cast (Shelley Long, Ted Danson, Woody Harrelson, Kelsey Grammer, Bebe Neuwirth, Kirstie Alley, and many more who have appeared in things Star Trek, Star Wars, Pixar). Frasier was the spin-off success which is making a comeback soon, and while individual episodes were variable in belly-laughs, they tended to revolve around the Sam/Diane verbal sparring – he a former baseball star now running a bar, she a pretentious intellectual having to work as a barmaid – and their ongoing love/hate relationship. When Shelley Long left the show, Kirstie Alley brought in a new dynamic as hot-desperate-loser and corporate ownership of the bar as an extra. Still very watchable and the first of 2 American 80’s shows in the top 10.

8. BLACKADDER (1983-89)

Covering all 4 series & specials of the decade, this show falls only behind the over-rated Only Fools & Horses in polls to find the best comedy series of all-time in the UK, I would place it either 2nd or first in terms of UK series – today it’s second, but a year from now it might be top again, depends on how I’m feeling on the day. Richard Curtis, Rowan Atkinson & Ben Elton staked a unique premise – the same characters in different time-periods and different roles, which gave great opportunity to comment on themselves, the time-period, and contemporary society – this is currently being used again in Ben Elton’s great Upstart Crow series, a show that would definitely be included in my list of faves if I were to start from scratch today. The dialogue is sharp & witty & biting, the acting (or rather the cartoon over-acting) is fab, and the cast top-notch, the best of the 80’s pop up along the way, not least Rowan Atkinson & Tony Robinson as the conniving Blackadder & his put-upon dumb servant Baldrick, the core of each show. My fave series was Blackadder II in the Elizabethan period with Miranda Richardson, Stephen Fry & a host of memorable guest spots from the likes of Rik Mayall & Tom Baker. The final scene of the final World War 1 episode (let’s just forget that Millennium Dome special) was as heart-breaking a moment as you can get in cartoon whimsy. Unlike most short-run series (just 24 episodes) I’ve never got bored with these 24 (plus specials).

 

7. THIRD ROCK FROM THE SUN (1996-2001)

Manic, slapstick, quirky, this endearingly mad sitcom was broad in it’s humour, but followed the tradition of The Addams Family & Mork & Mindy in having central other-worldly characters able to shine a light on the quirks of the society they find themselves in – in this case 4 aliens are assigned a mission to observe culture from the point of view humans, and they masquerade as a family (The Solomons) led by the brilliant John Lithgow, a great actor who is in overdrive here, as Dick, the father, future movie-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the son Tommy (the oldest, wisest of the 4 aliens), Kristen Johnson as Sally, her militaristic alien having to cope with changing sex to a leggy female hot blonde, and Harry (French Stewart) as the sender of their messages to home through his seemingly-quite-damaged brain. The fab Jane Curtin (of sitcom Kate ‘n’ Allie, and Saturday Night Live 70’s fame) plays Dick’s co-Professor love interest, and Seinfeld’s Wayne Knight (also of Jurassic Park) plays a loveable tubby Police Officer with a crush on blunt Sally.

The humour comes from the antics of the aliens misunderstanding social niceties, having a ball let loose with all the nicer things in life, and yet still having anxieties about the bosses coming (William Shatner doing OTT fabulously, as The Big Giant Head, & John Cleese, trying to steal Mary away from Dick, being an extreme version of John Cleese). The cast were regulalrly rewarded with performance nominations, but the writing and show were never that highly-regarded, probably because it appeals to kids with it’s slapstick, manic broadness. I love it though, sometimes character, plot and acting is more than enough to be funny.

 

6. M*A*S*H (1972-83)

One of the most unlikely premises for a sitcom ever, never mind one that hit high ratings for a decade, the show was essentially a spin-off of the 1970 movie of the same title which was a dark comedy cult success. Set in the early 50’s Korean War, the show ran 3 times longer than the war did, but what it really was a political and socially liberal criticism of the Viet-Nam war, which had been running for 7 years by this time as the US plunged into the Watergate crisis along with the realisation that they can actually lose wars. So how did it work? There was a Marx Brothers disrespectfulness of stupid authority (later borrowed by Blackadder), lead Alan Alda (who had been in the Phil Silvers Show back in the 50’s) was even showed as a Groucho Marx fan, but this was tempered with the realisation that these 2 surgeons (drafted into military service to work in the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) were entirely brilliant at their job – saving lives of young injured men. Co-star Wayne Rogers was a good foil for lead Hawkeye Pierce, as they weaved amongst a great cast of characters and actors (Loretta Swit, Head Nurse Hotlips Houlihan, who played it by the military book but wasnt above dalliances with prestigious military officers, or her weasel regular Frank Burns, a not-great surgeon with right-wing selfish views, and the butt of many a prank and caustic comment – played comically by Larry Linville).

One of the strengths of the show was the coming and going of cast members and characters: clumsy well-meaning Commnder Henry Blake was actually memorably and tearfully killed off when actor McLean Stevenson left, and was replaced by the great Dragnet-actor, and sitcom veteran Harry Morgan. A one-off character, Cpl KIlnger (Jamie Farr), dressed in drag to get a discharge from the army on mental grounds, became a huge fave and cast regular as his outfits got ever-more extravagant (no-one explained where he got the cash!) and his antics ever-more extreme to get that never-acquired discharged. The madness of living with war & death was the theme, and the show swung from black humour, farce to stark reality, commenting on the inhumanity of man to others. The show ran with the then-traditional laugh-track (against the producers, cast & writers wishes) in the States, except during the surgery scenes, but in the UK from day one there was no laugh track. This was a major plus in the critical acclaim of the show, leaving you to decide what was funny. I used to watch re-runs in the USA with the laugh track and it cheapens the impact quite considerably, the themes were too important for tackiness. Eventually some of the cast moved on to a spin-off, after Alda decided he’d had enough – by that time his power and influence over the show had moved it too much into maudlin self-righteousness at the expense of the darker edge that the early years had in spades – and the War ended in the most-watched final TV episode of all-time in the States. With 106 million, and viewing figures now split amongst online media, that will easily remain the biggest none-sporting or event moment of all-time. Biggest Ever TV episode of any show.

 

5. FATHER TED (1995-1998)

Gentle, amiable, loveable comedy set amongst witless priests in Ireland, this is the top-rated UK (Channel 4) sitcom on the list. It was irreverent, silly, had running character gags, cartoon-styled surreal plots and visuals, taking the piss out of the format, pop culture and people. Some of the great moments include “I don’t believe it” with Victor Meldrew actor Richard Wilson on location going apeshit at hearing his tired catch-phrase, Father Ted trying to explain to simple Father Dougal about cows in the distance not being the same as toy cows just because they looked the same size, a milk-float with a bomb on it a la Speed, and A Song For Europe’s My Lovely Horse.

Writer’s Arthur Matthews & Graham Linehan were men on a mission, inspired by Seinfeld, and Fawlty Towers, and the cast and characters were great OTT extremes: Dermot Morgan’s conniving Father (“the money was just resting in my account!”) Ted, Ardal O’Hanlan’s simple Father (“That’s mad Ted”) Dougal on hearing something religious, Frank Kelly’s angry alcoholic woman-chasing Father (“GIRLS! BOOZE! FECK!”) Jack, Pauline McLynn’s tea-obssessed Mrs (“tea father? Ah go on go on go on go on, GO ON!”) Doyle and a host of great supporting characters, not least Graham Norton as a hyperactive priest riverdancing with some students in a small unstable caravan.

The wistful irish theme tune and original songs were composed by Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy. Fans of the show were many and famous, Maurice Gibb being buried with a DVD box set of the show, and it just runs and runs to this day in the UK & Ireland. Sadly, 3 series was all there is, following actor Dermot Morgan’s sudden death shortly after the wrap-up of 3rd series filming and the decision to leave it there was made.

 

 

4. GREEN ACRES (1965-71)

The oldest sitcom in the top 20, the highest-placed non-animation show, and one of the most inventive and surreal shows, well ahead of it’s time. I watched it as a boy and loved it, watched it as a teen in Singapore and loved it, watched it as an adult and still loved it, and bought the book of the series with a foreword by Matt Groening who was inspired and influenced by it. Is it dated? Well yes, but also no: it exists in it’s own version of reality – in the first series it starts off traditional sitcom: an affluent New York City attorney (Eddie Albert) gets fed-up with the soul-less rat-race and moves to the country, buying a farm deep, deep in rural from an engaging conman Mr Haney (Pat Buttram) and drags his Hungarian socialite wife (Eva Gabor, the younger more talented sister of Zsa Zsa) kicking & screaming to a ramshackle farm in Hooterville, location of sister show Petticoat Junction, and including some of the cast as supporting occasional characters. Executive Producer Paul Henning had already had major success with The Beverley Hillbillies – Hick hillbillies strike oil and move to affluent Beverley Hills – and Petticoat Junction, and offered the show to writer/producer Jay Sommers, which was a stroke of genius.

From the first second the bouncy memorable theme tune burst into action the show hit the ground running, (the Vic Mizzy theme later popped up in many a hit record, notably Groove Is In The Heart (Deee-Lite) and Just Buggin’ (Whistle), Mizzy already having struck TV theme immortality with The Addams Family, and reportedly Green Acres was being planned to become a musical, starting with the theme song, but has yet to appear) parodying the famous 1930 painting American Gothic. Plotwise, the local community citizens seem to be a bit eccentric and out-of-time, treating anything more recent than the 20’s or 30’s and newly fandangles, or naive, or bizarre (not least Arnold The Pig, the most-famous TV pig ever, who appropriately loved watching TV and getting involved in people’s lives, with dreams of becoming a Hollywood star). Yes, this is 1965, and yes it’s a real pig.

The cast is brilliant, the characters live in their own universe with their own logic – at first Lisa Douglas (Gabor) seems utterly out of place and hates it, while the community views husband Oliver as a sad city dweller with no clue (but they are all supportive and utterly loveable and free from malice) – he drives a tractor dressed in his best NYC lawyers suit – but by the second season it’s Lisa who joins their mad world and lives by their inverted logic. The show isn’t really in the countryside, it’s painted backdrops, the credit sequences are aware that they are TV credits and pop up anywhere, on chicken eggs (even square ones laid by the square-egg chicken), side of buildings, and the cast (usually Eva Gabor) muse on them and what is happening this week with them, pure breaking-the-fourth-wall years before any other show did. They pioneered a return to nature a decade ahead of The Good Life. The Douglas’ farmhouse never got improved (The Monroe Brothers worked on it for 6 years and never managed to improve anything, Alf & Ralf quarrelled, Ralf always looked forlornly for a man – she was a girl, breaking stereotype barriers years ahead of other shows where women were housewives, even the fantasy shows, not manual labourers/”skilled” workers), Hank Kimball was the local agricultural advisor – who turned up, rambled in a chain of thought that he interrupted himself on, lost the plot quickly, and had to be prompted to get back to the point (sound familiar? Ronnie Corbett, The Two Ronnies?) and as played by Alvy Moore I never tire of the wordplay. All episodes were written by Jay Sommers, which gave the show continuity, running gags, and increasing playfulness with the format as it went on. Kids loved the slapstick and wacky characters, adults appreciate the wordplay and knowing winks.

Sadly, healthy ratings couldn’t save any of the rural shows surviving a massive purge of any rural-based or themed shows in 1971 when CBS decided they weren’t pulling in enough ad revenue. They opted instead for more urban-based shows missing the point that these were parodies of modern America, not dumb hick shows appealing to “dumb hicks” with no spending money.

Happily, TV Guide listed 2 of the episodes amongst the Top 100 Greatest Episodes Of All-Time, and it lives on in spirit in The Simpsons. Not bad for a 55-year-old daft show that no-one has heard of these days….

 

3. FAMILY GUY (1999-2019)

I didn’t take to this Fox show immediately – coming after The Simpsons it seemed harsher, brasher, less loveable, and walked a thin line between edgy humour and bad taste, something it has retained throughout the 20 years of production. Fox seemed to think so too, as it was cancelled in the early years, but always sprung back following strong performances on DVD and reruns. Creator & star Seth McFarlane (of which I’m a huge fan, still, with latest sci-fi show The Orville, movies like A Million Ways To Die In The West & Ted, & spin-off animated shows like American Dad & The Cleveland Show) based Family Guy on The Simpsons & the US 70’s sitcom All In The Family (itself a rewrite of UK Till Death Us Do Part) – which is why irreverence, politics, society, pop culture, relationships, get the same unsentimental, critical treatment. Being animated (taking the piss is protected under US law) allows them to go places other shows can’t, but also allows affection parody, most notably the trio of episodes based around the original Star Wars movies, which are brilliantly accurate and amusing without losing the love.

The Griffin family is led by Peter, a loud-mouthed buffoon with no social skills or boundaries (in one episode he is turned gay) is clearly modelled on Archie Bunker, and his wife Lois (Alex Borstein) on Edith Bunker, right down the parody of All In The Family’s TV theme song, while dumb Chris (voiced by Buffy’s Seth Green), plain, unpopular Meg, the butt of everyone’s bullying (voiced by movie star Mila Kunis), Stewie (a matricidal, genius-inventor talking baby) make up the kids, and talking , walking conceited racist dog Brian (voiced by MacFarlane, along with Peter & Stewie) completes the family. Back-up characters include Mayor West (Batman’s Adam West playing a scatty version of himself), ancient wanna-be paedophile Herbert, sex-obssessed borderline-abuser Quagmire, dull Cleveland, and disabled angry cop Joe, among many many more.

So….not surprising it’s not to everyone’s taste! There is no subject they won’t tackle or ridicule, sometimes go too far (for me it was the ridiculing of Amy Winehouse’s behaviour before she died, or the AID’s song) more often they hit the right note, showing a wide range of viewpoints but generally taking the “right” stance from my point of view, and the cult shows they reference are a joy to me. The violence? It’s the same as Tom & Jerry where Tom gets sliced into pieces, only to come back to life immediately, just bloodier. Usually. Sometimes the point is to lampoon, say, the media’s response to a tragedy, rather than laugh at the tragedy (it’s a cartoon, it’s not real!) and that point might get missed by some.

Anyway, still running, still on TV every night…

here’s some good bits from season 11, quality is pretty much consistent throughout.

2. FUTURAMA (1999-2013)

A Simpsons Matt Groening spin-off, stylistically, and probably my fave sitcom by virtue of the futuristic, sci-fi nerd worshipping setting and cast, and in-references to all things sci-fi/fantasy (long before Big Bang Theory). Problem was, it was never as big as The Simpsons, due to it’s more niche appeal, and kept getting cancelled, first time in 2003, from thereafter living on through DVD issues, one-off DVD’s, re-commissioning, and ultimately going for a good 140 episodes and 7 seasons. More compact than The Simpsons, the plots obviously have a wider remit, as they can take place anywhere, anytime (though The Simpsons did this, it wasn’t every episode) and they had brilliant writers, including key mover David X Cohen, who’d written many of the best Simpsons episodes. It’s no shock that the dip in quality of The Simpsons was directly attributable to the instant quality of Futurama, appealing to people you might not expect it to – such as Private Eye editor Ian Hislop. It didn’t hurt that they had talking heads in jars of 20th century politicians to keep commentaries contemporary, if less obvious. It also didn;t hurt that the writers were by far the most “over-educated” PHD-galore cast of sci-fi nerds in TV history (probably), packing as much into a show as they could, honing it constantly.

The cast was set around 20th century delivery-boy loser Fry getting frozen, awoken in the far future to become…a spaceship-based delivery boy (Played by Billy West, a regular voice-over in animation, and playing multiple characters like Zapp Branigan & Jewish crustacean Dr Zoidberg, and Professor Farnsworth, Fry’s distant and ancient mad-scientist nephew). He yearns for one-eyed assertive Leela, a mutant from the sewers of New New York (played by the fab Katey Sagal of Married: With Children fame), and his best mate moral-free loudmouth robot Bender, more into floozy female robots, beer and money than actual bending and working deliveries.

Amazingly, even after years away, the cast & crew all came back renewed with the same high quality as if they’d never been away, still dragging in guest stars (like the one with most of the Star Trek: Next Gen cast as their characters as if they were real and set in the future, or the one where Leonard Nimoy is the guest head in the water-filled bottle nibbling on fish food, or the one with Vice President Al Gore doing his Global Warming stuff – but funny). Overall the show has more consistency than Groening’s other show….but that other show at it’s best was as good as Futurama, AND was influential, so for that it’s getting top spot (even though I’d rather rewatch Futurama).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjvdnzCkBGQ

 

1. THE SIMPSONS (1989-19 so far)

From primitive Matt Groening shorts featured in The Tracey Ullman Show to the longest-running sitcom in US TV history. Sitcoms elsewhere may have lasted longer than 30 years (Last Of The Summer Wine ran from 1973 to 2010) but that involved complete cast changes and comparatively fewer episodes – 295 over 31 series (it regularly missed years during it’s run – while The Simpsons is still going, 656 episodes, 30 series, and commissioned for more, so apart from chronologically it will overhaul Wine shortly. Sadly, the quality hasn;t kept up with the decades. The first series was quirky and charming, but slow compared to it’s prime run (series 2 through 10 or 11) after which it became increasingly patchy. At it’s best though, oh my goodness it was a cultural phenomenon and completely changed the sitcom format in terms of what became possible: lampooning, satire, media references, a vast cast of recurring characters, a Tom & Jerry attitude to violence (Itchy & Scratchy were a pisstake of what it really look like), an awesome cast of famous guest voices, either as themselves, or as characters, and a whole mini-universe of musings on human beings and their quirks with elements of truth to them. More, it often went off at tangents and experimented with the animated format – computer-graphics, annual halloween gore-fests set outside the regular family Simpson “reality”, future-world guessing (in one famous instance they predict President Trump), but always good-natured – even when faced with actual monsters like Mr. Burns.

Bart Simpson, the son, was geared around being the centrepiece of the show initially, with his rascally catchphrases and conscience-lite “Just do it” attitude – he even got Michael Jackson on board with a chart-topping single Do The Bartman, and guesting too as an inmate who thinks he’s Michael Jackson. Don;t expect to see that one in future, though. Elsewhere, comics, games, a fab movie spin-off very late in the run, the fun Simpsons 3D ride at Universal Studios, and lucrative salaries for it’s ongoing stable of voice-over actors: Dan Castellenata as Homer, the actual star of the show once it found it’s feet, was also in the Tracey ullman Show along with Marge Simpson (and her sisters) actor Julie Kavner. Julie was long-familiar to me as beloved sister of Rhoda (The Mary Tyler Moore Show spin-off which was widely-screened in the UK in the mid-70’s), while Hank Azaria (A NIght At The Museum’s Boris Karloff-a-like, Friends) and Harry Shearer (Spinal tap and much more) made up the bulk of the voices of most of the subsidiary characters. liberal hippie daughter Lisa (Yeardley Smith) & brash Bart (Nancy Cartwright, who also does a lot of the other kid voices) make up the main cast. One regular famous guest voice was Marcia Wallace (Mrs Krabappel – “Hah!” – Bart’s teacher, who’d been a fave of mine from 70’s sitcoms like The Bob Newhart Show, and guest spots in Bewitched, Taxi and many more. She became a fixture on US gameshows (being as she was funny) and I got to see her in 1979, guesting in The Match Game aka Blankety Blank, while in LA (they were giving out free audience tickets on Sunset Boulevard).

Name dropper.

Fave characters? Comic Book Guy. Chief Wiggum. Ned Flanders. Krusty The Clown. Kelsey Grammar as Sideshow Bob. The wacky style of characters can be traced back to Green Acres, one of Groening’s TV show inspirations. Fave running gag? Bart phoning Mo for made-up people: “Phone call for Amanda. Last name Huggenkiss”. Mo (to the Bar): I’m looking for Amanda. Anyone seen Amanda. I’m after AmandaHuggenkiss”. Well, aren’t we all….

Greatest TV comedy show ever? Very probably. There isn’t a great compilation overview though, so here’s a Halloween cartoon within a cartoon clip cos you’ve all seen The Simpsons, and if you haven’t where have you been for 30 years!?