My January-April 2019 Charts

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Gran Canaria, Las Palmas view (& a mate)

28th April 2019

It’s a first week on top for Raleigh Ritchie aka Jacob Anderson, Grey Worm in Game Of Thrones – I’m expecting him to get killed off when I see the latest episode, along with loads of fave regulars. I could do with Time In A Tree, though the White Walkers did kill off the magic tree north of the wall. Regardless it’s a great song with hints of the 30’s about it. Talking about fantasy, I just caught the fab Avengers: Endgame and the song played over the end credits dates back to 1945 – and it’s in at 15, the wonderful big band sounds of Harry James and 50’s hitmaker Kitty Kallen. It’s Been A Long, Long Time isn’t the oldest recording to enter my charts, not chronologically at any rate, but it is the oldest recording to wait to enter my chart at 74 years, 13 years before I was born.

Talking of 60-year-old’s, Madonna gets a 7th number 2 with newie Medellin – she is more likely top top my chart than peak at 2, so we’ll see next week if that happens! It’s 35 years since Holiday hit my top 5. Billie Eilsh gets her first top 10, 10cc go top 20 45 years late, John Newman and Mark Ronson both get big leaps into the 30, and also from Avengers: Endgame in at 52 after a gap of 47 years since it went top 10 for me as a 14-year-old into superhero comics and records with a sci-fi theme, and so it’s perfectly fair that that should be reflected in movies catching up with my tastes at long last, I had to wait 6 years for a decent superhero film, and well into the next century for a great one.

Taylor Swift is back dragging in Brendon Urie to give her comeback track a bit of oomph, Springsteen is back 44 years since Born To Run made my top 20, and he’s opted for an Eric Morecombe catchphrase, Hello Sunshine. Sort of. Jack Savoretti can’t be bothered waiting for each single to have a decent run before bunging out the next one these days, Macklemore & Fall Out Boy’s Patrick give good support to Martin Garrix, P!nk gets a 3rd album track, this time with Chris Stapleton getting his 2nd chart entry, and Florence returns with a Game Of Thrones song after the floppiness of her recent single which didn’t grab me much, joining Grey Worm on top, and the theme tune going up a few places. Shame! (rings bell). Shame! (rings bell). Shame! (rings bell)….

1 17 1 2 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 193000
2 14 2 2 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 144000
3 5 3 8 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 376100
4 1 1 5 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 687000
5 6 5 8 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 229500
6 4 1 8 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 660000
7 13 7 8 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 181600
8 8 6 8 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 400000
9 3 3 5 ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation 298000
10 2 1 5 JACKIE Scott Walker 507000

11 7 7 8 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 184850
12 20 12 2 NEVERMIND Dennis Lloyd 55000
13 10 1 10 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 603800
14 15 14 6 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs featuring Nile Rodgers 126000
15 NEW 15 1 IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME Harry James & His Orchestra & Kitty Kallen 27000
16 16 16 4 STRETCH Louise 74000
17 18 17 3 WEDDING BELL BLUES Morrissey 64500
18 30 18 8 OLD WILD MEN 10cc 95700
19 29 19 2 OLD TOWN ROAD Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus 39200
20 22 20 6 PATIENCE Tame Impala 107400

21 25 21 3 SOS Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc 56000
22 12 9 8 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 246750
23 11 2 7 SPARROW Emeli Sande 422250
24 19 10 11 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 325000
25 21 3 11 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 554600
26 26 2 11 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 562000
27 27 27 3 HUSTLE P!nk 54800
28 56 28 2 FEELINGS John Newman 28900
29 65 29 2 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 25200
30 34 30 8 WE’RE THROUGH The Hollies 109200

31 9 9 5 MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF The Walker Brothers 129100
32 32 32 4 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 65850
33 55 33 3 BORDERLINE Tame Impala 35600
34 68 34 2 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 24000
35 42 35 5 MY SHIP IS COMING IN The Walker Brothers 60250
36 36 36 3 DRUM Noa Kirel 52100
37 44 37 5 HERE WITH ME Marshmello Featuring CHVRCHES 53550
38 38 38 3 PIECE OF YOUR HEART Meduza featuring GOODBOYS 46700
39 49 39 2 YOU AND I LEON 29200
40 23 1 8 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 513250

41 28 28 8 CASIO Jungle 120000
42 24 10 8 LIFTED Parker Bossley 182450
43 33 1 9 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 417450
44 39 39 8 THE BIRD SYML 87500
45 37 13 8 NEVER COMIN DOWN Keith Urban 174200
46 61 46 3 SHOW ME ABC 26650
47 50 47 8 SO AM I Ava Max 73500
48 40 40 7 HURRICANES Dido 80650
49 70 49 2 THINK OF ME The Veronicas 18100
50 60 50 2 SO CLOSE NOTD, Felix Jaehn & Captain Cuts featuring Georgia Ku 22000

51 51 51 4 COOL The Jonas Brothers 41850
52 NEW 52 1 SUPERSONIC ROCKETSHIP The Kinks 11500
53 NEW 53 1 YOU SAY Lauren Daigle 11250
54 35 13 8 WHAT MORE CAN I DO? Jack Savoretti 155100
55 59 55 2 MAIN TITLE (GAME OF THRONES) Ramin Djawadi 20900
56 57 56 4 KING JAMES Anderson .Paak 33000
57 41 14 10 WALK ME HOME P!nk 179900
58 67 58 2 RAINBOW Kacey Musgraves 16800
59 46 14 11 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 193200
60 NEW 60 1 ME! Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 10000

61 48 5 8 SON OF MAN GG/06 aka 10cc (Kevin Godley & Graham Gouldman) featuring Hotlegs 220400
62 74 62 3 DATE STAMP ABC 17800
63 43 33 6 ALL THE SONGS Will Young 74850
64 52 2 14 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 463900
65 69 65 2 ONE STEP BEYOND Madness 13200
66 NEW 66 1 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 6800
67 64 64 4 JUST YOU AND I Tom Walker 25300
68 NEW 68 1 HELLO SUNSHINE Bruce Springsteen 6400
69 NEW 69 1 LOVE IS ON THE LINE Jack Savoretti 6200
70 NEW 70 1 SUMMER DAYS Martin Garrix featuring Macklemore & Patrick Stump pf Fall Out Boy 6000

71 NEW 71 1 LOVE ME ANYWAY P!nk featuring Chris Stapleton 5800
72 NEW 72 1 JENNY OF OLDSTONES (GAME OF THRONES) Florence + The Machine 5600
73 73 73 3 MIRACLE Alan Parsons featuring Jason Mraz 15800
74 47 21 9 KILLING MY TIME G-Flip 147350
75 NEW 75 1 LE FREAK (12” MIX) Chic 5000

DROP OUTS
31 19 6 BARON SAMEDI 10cc 101350
45 45 4 CAN’T GET USED TO LOSING YOU The Beat 48200
53 53 4 FOLLOW YOU FOLLOW ME Genesis 38050
54 54 2 PUMPED UP KICKS (883500) Foster The People 21000
58 39 6 HALFWAY THERE ROZES 72750
62 62 5 JUST ONE LIFETIME Sting & Shaggy 31600
63 63 2 TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder 13200
66 1 10 THE KILLING MOON (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Echo & The Bunnymen 542850
71 63 5 MACHO MAN Suzi Quatro 31200
72 3 14 STARTED OUT Georgia 478800
75 75 1 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW (826750) Fatboy Slim 5000

 

 

21st April 2019

It’s back on top for The Walker Brothers for a second week this year, and an 8th week in total. Bananarama get their first top 10 since they covered Moves Like Jagger in 2012 and highest-placed track since Love Don’t Live Here/The Runner (yes I was still listing double A’s together then) peaked at 6 in 2010. Mabel finally cracks the top 10, emulating her mum and uncle, and the highest new entry is a new musical direction for 60-year-old Madonna, still not giving a toss what people think she should do, quite rightly. In at 14 for Medellin and a joint effort with Maluma for some Columbian chart action that isn’t Shakira.

Raleigh Ritchie returns after 3 years away, and grabs his 3rd chart entry and equal-highest chart peak in one fell swoop since Bloodsports also peaked at 17. Better known as Grey Worm in Game Of Thrones these days, I just found out a bit late, as he was a recording artist before he was an actor for me – I didn’t start GOT until 2 years ago and didn’t make the connection. He has a great voice, singing and talking. The old-time samples add to the sad-mood of Time In A Tree. Dennis LLoyd meanwhile debuts at 20. Nevermind the name, it’s a pseudonym just like Raleigh Ritchie is, only RR is British and DL is Israeli.

At 29, Lil Nas X debuts, and drags along Billy Ray Cyrus for some country/urban crossover action, BRC of course more famous for his charting daughters these days, both have had a much better career in terms of recordings, but here you go, an unlikely return after 27 years away or so, and it’s way better than Achy Breaky Bloody Heart. Talking of Game Of Thrones, the theme tune finally charts, John Newman makes a comeback after a couple of years away for a 6-year run of entries, Mark Ronson is back again, this time with Lykke Li who charted in 2014 with Gunshot, Kacey Musgraves gets another entry, while former chart-toppers The Veronicas are also back after not following up their 2014 number one You Ruin Me, but get a 3rd entry 10 years since their debut.

1 2 1 4 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 625000
2 1 1 4 JACKIE Scott Walker 465000
3 4 3 4 ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation 253000
4 3 1 7 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 605000
5 6 5 7 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 291100
6 14 6 7 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 169500
7 16 7 7 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 147850
8 8 6 7 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 352000
9 15 9 4 MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF The Walker Brothers 111200
10 5 1 9 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 571800

11 7 2 6 SPARROW Emeli Sande 403000
12 9 9 7 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 227250
13 17 13 7 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 131600
14 NEW 14 1 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 29000
15 18 15 5 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs featuring Nile Rodgers 97000
16 27 16 3 STRETCH Louise 49000
17 NEW 17 1 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 23000
18 22 18 2 WEDDING BELL BLUES Morrissey 41500
19 12 10 10 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 306000
20 NEW 20 1 NEVERMIND Dennis Lloyd 20000

21 11 3 10 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 535850
22 24 22 5 PATIENCE Tame Impala 87400
23 13 1 7 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 496250
24 10 10 7 LIFTED Parker Bossley 168700
25 35 25 2 SOS Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc 36250
26 20 2 10 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 543500
27 30 27 2 HUSTLE P!nk 36400
28 29 28 7 CASIO Jungle 106000
29 NEW 29 1 OLD TOWN ROAD Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus 18200
30 38 30 6 OLD WILD MEN 10cc 73700

31 19 19 6 BARON SAMEDI 10cc 101350
32 40 32 3 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 48050
33 26 1 8 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 403950
34 36 34 7 WE’RE THROUGH The Hollies 91200
35 21 13 7 WHAT MORE CAN I DO? Jack Savoretti 144100
36 37 36 2 DRUM Noa Kirel 34700
37 23 13 7 NEVER COMIN DOWN Keith Urban 161200
38 48 38 2 PIECE OF YOUR HEART Meduza featuring GOODBOYS 29500
39 44 39 7 THE BIRD SYML 74250
40 47 40 6 HURRICANES Dido 68350

41 28 14 9 WALK ME HOME P!nk 169500
42 49 42 4 MY SHIP IS COMING IN The Walker Brothers 42750
43 33 33 5 ALL THE SONGS Will Young 67650
44 50 44 4 HERE WITH ME Marshmello Featuring CHVRCHES 36250
45 45 45 4 CAN’T GET USED TO LOSING YOU The Beat 48200
46 25 14 10 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 183100
47 31 21 8 KILLING MY TIME G-Flip 142150
48 34 5 7 SON OF MAN GG/06 aka 10cc (Kevin Godley & Graham Gouldman) featuring Hotlegs 212900
49 NEW 49 1 YOU AND I LEON 12100
50 54 50 7 SO AM I Ava Max 61000

51 53 51 3 COOL The Jonas Brothers 30100
52 41 2 13 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 456800
53 55 53 4 FOLLOW YOU FOLLOW ME Genesis 38050
54 60 54 2 PUMPED UP KICKS Foster The People 21000
55 64 55 2 BORDERLINE Tame Impala 17900
56 NEW 56 1 FEELINGS John Newman 10600
57 65 57 3 KING JAMES Anderson .Paak 22400
58 42 39 6 HALFWAY THERE ROZES 72750
59 NEW 59 1 MAIN TITLE (GAME OF THRONES) Ramin Djawadi 10100
60 NEW 60 1 SO CLOSE NOTD, Felix Jaehn & Captain Cuts 10000

61 68 61 2 SHOW ME ABC 13900
62 67 62 5 JUST ONE LIFETIME Sting & Shaggy 31600
63 70 63 2 TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder 13200
64 69 64 3 JUST YOU AND I Tom Walker 18700
65 NEW 65 1 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 7000
66 51 1 10 THE KILLING MOON (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Echo & The Bunnymen 542850
67 NEW 67 1 RAINBOW Kacey Musgraves 6600
68 NEW 68 1 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 6400
69 NEW 69 1 ONE STEP BEYOND Madness 6200
70 NEW 70 1 THINK OF ME The Veronicas 6000

71 71 63 5 MACHO MAN Suzi Quatro 31200
72 59 3 14 STARTED OUT Georgia 478800
73 75 73 2 MIRACLE Alan Parsons featuring Jason Mraz 10400
74 74 74 2 DATE STAMP ABC 10400
75 NEW 75 1 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Fatboy Slim 5000

DROP OUTS
32 32 2 YEKE YEKE (818450) Mory Kante 35600
39 39 5 SOMEWHERE IN HOLLYWOOD 10cc 58800
43 25 5 WATERFALLS TLC 78550
46 6 9 ELECTRO ROMANTICO Bob Sinclar featuring Robbie Williams 306950
52 29 6 SAY THE WORD Hornal with Graham Gouldman & Kevin Godley 94600
56 18 9 DON’T FEEL LIKE CRYING Sigrid 157150
57 57 3 MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM (550100) The Beat 27700
58 35 6 LO/HI The Black Keys 79300
61 30 6 EVERY STEP Gabrielle 82700
62 9 10 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RICH? Pet Shop Boys 265800
63 1 16 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 629600
66 46 7 DOVE Pillar Point 69200
72 29 8 DESIRE Sub Focus & Dimension 88150
73 17 11 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 177400

 

 

14th April 2019

It’s a first week on top for Jackie, the late Scott Walker’s brilliant dramatic and naughty solo track from 1968, banned on the radio way back and written by the great Jacques Brel, a French star who could pen a great song at the drop of a hat back in the 60’s. It’s the second time on top, for a second week, both in the 21st century, being as it predated my charts by a couple of months, and was ineligible when I went mad on it in 1976/77 and beyond. Rock The Boat goes top 5 for a second time, thanks to Record Store Day releases (with more waiting to chart), Olly Murs gets another top 20, helped by Niles Rodgers who can claim a sweet 41-year chart-span as a result since Dance Dance Dance went top 10 in my first year at Uni, ah memories of recording onto cassette so I could play them when my room-mates were out or in – I like an audience for my music taste laugh.gif

Talking of oldies Baron Samedi gets top 20 some 45 years late (and outdoing the single off the album Silly Love) for 10cc, Morrissey has a second chart cover, the highly-unlikely version of Mozza crooning Laura Nyro’s Wedding Bell Blues, as hit for the The 5th Dimension in 1969, lo those 50 years back. Still a great song and a nice version at 22. P!nk also has 2 on the charts as she hustles her way into the 30, just behind Louise who leaps above her with a great comeback single, one of her best efforts.

The late Avicii gets a posthumous chart entry (a growing club at the moment) with Aloe Blacc helping on SOS, 6 years for Avicii, 8 years for Aloe. Foster The People started selling downloads again on the back of articles stating how they are shifting streaming “sales” in bucketloads to become the biggest track of 2011 since streaming started despite peaking at 18 in the UK charts. It topped my charts back then, so good to see the world catch up with me…. laugh.gif Tame Impala get a second charter, and ABC get two Lexicon Of Love debuts 37-years late. To be frank every track on the classic album is a gem, and Martin Fry is still fab in concert (which I saw last week).

Finally an advert is popularizing Together In Electric Dreams again, so I might as well chart it again, and Alan Parsons is back after a gap of at least 35 years, I’d say. Apart from being an Austin Powers gag, Alan was a music engineer on Abbey Road (The Beatles) and Dark Side Of The Moon (Pink Floyd) just to namedrop 2 classics, before producing brilliant hit records from the likes of Pilot, The Hollies, Al Stewart in the 70’s just ahead of his 80’s Alan Parsons Project hits like Eye In The Sky. A bit of a veteran then! Jason Mraz lends a vocal hand, 11 years since make It Mine debuted.

1 2 1 3 JACKIE Scott Walker 350000
2 1 1 3 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 455000
3 3 1 6 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 540000
4 6 4 3 ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation 168000
5 5 1 8 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 529800
6 7 6 6 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 231100
7 4 2 5 SPARROW Emeli Sande 366000
8 8 6 6 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 304000
9 10 9 6 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 182250
10 15 10 6 LIFTED Parker Bossley 149700

11 11 3 9 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 516100
12 12 10 9 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 285000
13 9 1 6 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 477000
14 16 14 6 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 114500
15 18 15 3 MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF The Walker Brothers 66200
16 17 16 6 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 97850
17 20 17 6 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 99600
18 28 18 4 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs featuring Nile Rodgers 70000
19 23 19 5 BARON SAMEDI 10cc 83450
20 19 2 9 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 525000

21 13 13 6 WHAT MORE CAN I DO? Jack Savoretti 126600
22 NEW 22 1 WEDDING BELL BLUES Morrissey 19500
23 31 13 6 NEVER COMIN DOWN Keith Urban 143900
24 29 24 4 PATIENCE Tame Impala 67900
25 14 14 9 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 170350
26 21 1 7 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 386250
27 72 27 2 STRETCH Louise 24000
28 22 14 8 WALK ME HOME P!nk 155500
29 30 29 6 CASIO Jungle 87700
30 NEW 30 1 HUSTLE P!nk 18000

31 26 21 7 KILLING MY TIME G-Flip 129650
32 32 32 2 YEKE YEKE Mory Kante 35600
33 33 33 4 ALL THE SONGS Will Young 54150
34 24 5 6 SON OF MAN GG/06 aka 10cc (Kevin Godley & Graham Gouldman) featuring Hotlegs 200600
35 NEW 35 1 SOS Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc 17500
36 38 36 6 WE’RE THROUGH The Hollies 73600
37 NEW 37 1 DRUM Noa Kirel 17300
38 45 38 5 OLD WILD MEN 10cc 55700
39 41 39 5 SOMEWHERE IN HOLLYWOOD 10cc 58800
40 44 40 2 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 30250

41 27 2 12 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 445300
42 39 39 5 HALFWAY THERE ROZES 62550
43 25 25 5 WATERFALLS TLC 78550
44 52 44 6 THE BIRD SYML 57150
45 49 45 3 CAN’T GET USED TO LOSING YOU The Beat 35200
46 34 6 9 ELECTRO ROMANTICO Bob Sinclar featuring Robbie Williams 306950
47 48 47 5 HURRICANES Dido 51350
48 NEW 48 1 PIECE OF YOUR HEART Meduza featuring GOODBOYS 12300
49 59 49 3 MY SHIP IS COMING IN The Walker Brothers 29000
50 70 50 3 HERE WITH ME Marshmello Featuring CHVRCHES 23000

51 43 1 9 THE KILLING MOON (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Echo & The Bunnymen 536050
52 36 29 6 SAY THE WORD Hornal with Graham Gouldman & Kevin Godley 94600
53 64 53 2 COOL The Jonas Brothers 18350
54 57 54 6 SO AM I Ava Max 49000
55 60 55 3 FOLLOW YOU FOLLOW ME Genesis 26800
56 42 18 9 DON’T FEEL LIKE CRYING Sigrid 157150
57 58 57 3 MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat 27700
58 35 35 6 LO/HI The Black Keys 79300
59 51 3 13 STARTED OUT Georgia 473200
60 NEW 60 1 PUMPED UP KICKS Foster The People 10000

61 37 30 6 EVERY STEP Gabrielle 82700
62 47 9 10 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RICH? Pet Shop Boys 265800
63 56 1 16 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 629600
64 NEW 64 1 BORDERLINE Tame Impala 7100
65 75 65 2 KING JAMES Anderson .Paak 12000
66 46 46 7 DOVE Pillar Point 69200
67 67 67 4 JUST ONE LIFETIME Sting & Shaggy 24200
68 NEW 68 1 SHOW ME ABC 6400
69 73 69 2 JUST YOU AND I Tom Walker 11600
70 NEW 70 1 TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder 6000

71 63 63 4 MACHO MAN Suzi Quatro 25400
72 54 29 8 DESIRE Sub Focus & Dimension 88150
73 55 17 11 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 177400
74 NEW 74 1 DATE STAMP ABC 5200
75 NEW 75 1 MIRACLE Alan Parsons featuring Jason Mraz 5000

DROP OUTS
40 40 4 CLOCKWORK CREEP 10cc 60100
50 50 4 CONNECTION Elastica 47500
53 10 6 IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk 143350
61 46 6 SAVE A LITTLE LOVE Junior J featuring John Gibbons & Therese 55400
62 20 10 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 153400
65 13 10 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 181700
66 7 11 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 252350
68 68 3 NO SOUL/ NO CONTROL Suzi Quatro 18600
69 62 4 ONLY HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS Garbage 27200
71 71 2 EXPERIMENT IV (EXTENDED MIX) Kate Bush 11200
74 74 1 BRONTOSAURUS The Move 5200

 

 

7th April 2019

It’s 2 weeks on top for The Walker Brothers, as the late great Scott challenges himself at 2 with the epic drama of Jackie. Mostly a quiet week chartwise as Ive not been able to listen to new music much. Mory Kante’s super 1988 number 2 is back yet again, Yeke Yeke is still a great dance track, in at 32, as the highest new track is at 44 for Vargas & Lagola, a bit selfish of them. The Jonas Brothers get a second chart entry, they are Cool with being at 10, and entering at 64 – wouldn’t have predicted that a decade ago! Back in the mid-90’s Eternal managed half a dozen top 40 entries in my charts, but they rarely troubled the top end of my lists, being as they weren’t good enough for that – eventually Louise bailed out for a pop career of about half a dozen years of just over half a dozen top 40 entries, including one biggie with her cover of Stuck In The Middle With You. Well, she’s back after a gap of 16 years! In at 72, it’s a bit of a stretch. Tom Walker gets a 3rd entry, Anderson .Paak a second, and The Move aka Roy Wood & future ELO, enter at 74 with the 49-year-old Brontosaurus. We’ve got Bones, the Son Of Man is also listed, so we just need T.Rex for a themed chart.

1 1 1 2 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 340000
2 4 2 2 JACKIE Scott Walker 180000
3 3 1 5 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 455000
4 2 2 4 SPARROW Emeli Sande 316000
5 5 1 7 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 469800
6 8 6 2 ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation 103000
7 10 6 5 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 176100
8 6 6 5 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 256000
9 7 1 5 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 445000
10 12 10 5 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 137250

11 9 3 8 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 479100
12 11 10 8 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 250000
13 15 13 5 WHAT MORE CAN I DO? Jack Savoretti 106850
14 19 14 8 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 151600
15 17 15 5 LIFTED Parker Bossley 107500
16 22 16 5 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 85500
17 23 17 5 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 72850
18 38 18 2 MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF The Walker Brothers 39200
19 13 2 8 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 505000
20 25 20 5 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 76600

21 16 1 6 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 367750
22 18 14 7 WALK ME HOME P!nk 137200
23 28 23 4 BARON SAMEDI 10cc 62450
24 14 5 5 SON OF MAN GG/06 aka 10cc (Kevin Godley & Graham Gouldman) featuring Hotlegs 183000
25 26 25 4 WATERFALLS TLC 65050
26 21 21 6 KILLING MY TIME G-Flip 111750
27 27 2 11 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 431300
28 34 28 3 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs 48000
29 33 29 3 PATIENCE Tame Impala 48900
30 35 30 5 CASIO Jungle 69500

31 20 13 5 NEVER COMIN DOWN Keith Urban 124900
32 NEW 32 1 YEKE YEKE Mory Kante 17800
33 46 33 3 ALL THE SONGS Will Young 36450
34 24 6 8 ELECTRO ROMANTICO Bob Sinclar featuring Robbie Williams 294200
35 36 35 5 LO/HI The Black Keys 69100
36 29 29 5 SAY THE WORD Hornal with Graham Gouldman & Kevin Godley 83100
37 30 30 5 EVERY STEP Gabrielle 77200
38 43 38 5 WE’RE THROUGH The Hollies 56200
39 45 39 4 HALFWAY THERE ROZES 48800
40 40 40 4 CLOCKWORK CREEP 10cc 60100

41 49 41 4 SOMEWHERE IN HOLLYWOOD 10cc 41700
42 32 18 8 DON’T FEEL LIKE CRYING Sigrid 146550
43 37 1 8 THE KILLING MOON (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Echo & The Bunnymen 524300
44 NEW 44 1 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 13250
45 54 45 4 OLD WILD MEN 10cc 38500
46 52 46 6 DOVE Pillar Point 62400
47 31 9 9 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RICH? Pet Shop Boys 258400
48 53 48 4 HURRICANES Dido 38850
49 59 49 2 CAN’T GET USED TO LOSING YOU The Beat 22200
50 50 50 4 CONNECTION Elastica 47500

51 42 3 12 STARTED OUT Georgia 463100
52 55 52 5 THE BIRD SYML 43900
53 39 10 6 IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk 143350
54 44 29 7 DESIRE Sub Focus & Dimension 82550
55 47 17 10 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 172000
56 48 1 15 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 622400
57 60 57 5 SO AM I Ava Max 38000
58 64 58 2 MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat 17300
59 66 59 2 MY SHIP IS COMING IN The Walker Brothers 16900
60 70 60 2 FOLLOW YOU FOLLOW ME Genesis 16000

61 51 46 6 SAVE A LITTLE LOVE Junior J featuring John Gibbons & Therese 55400
62 41 20 10 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 153400
63 65 63 3 MACHO MAN Suzi Quatro 19600
64 NEW 64 1 COOL The Jonas Brothers 7100
65 57 13 10 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 181700
66 56 7 11 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 252350
67 71 67 3 JUST ONE LIFETIME Sting & Shaggy 17600
68 68 68 3 NO SOUL/ NO CONTROL Suzi Quatro 18600
69 62 62 4 ONLY HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS Garbage 27200
70 75 70 2 HERE WITH ME Marshmello Featuring CHVRCHES 11000

71 73 71 2 EXPERIMENT IV (EXTENDED MIX) Kate Bush 11200
72 NEW 72 1 STRETCH Louise 5600
73 NEW 73 1 JUST YOU AND I Tom Walker 5400
74 NEW 74 1 BRONTOSAURUS The Move 5200
75 NEW 75 1 KING JAMES Anderson .Paak 5000

DROP OUTS
58 58 4 BUTTERFLY LOONA 34600
61 40 4 LEARN TO LET GO Welshly Arms 52750
63 63 4 ME QUEDO CONTIGO Rosalia 25800
67 67 4 NEW HOUSE Rex Orange County 24400
69 5 11 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 305700
72 4 14 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 442650
74 19 7 GRAFFITI CHVRCHES 103750

31st March 2019

It’s a 6th week (in total) on top for the Walker Brothers 1966 classic Four Seasons cover, the third time it has topped my chart as an oldie – The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore is the jewel in the crown of the great back catalogue of Scott Walker and his magnificent voice, and quirky, dramatic, often-banned solo career outside the more widely-loved (in the UK) Walker Brothers career. An American who was bigger in Europe, and more influenced by Europe, his death this week was a loss to me, hence the entries lower down, including the naughty Jackie, later covered well by Marc Almond, in at 4, having topped my charts before, as has Make It Easy On Yourself. With the loss of Ranking Roger from The Beat, and oldies from cinema and elsewhere there is only one new entry this week, at 75! That’ll be Marshmello and CHVRCHES then!

Number 2 in 1974, The Hues Corporation disco classic is back after a key moment in the movie Fishermen’s Friends, about the Cornish band of singing Fishermen (in the album chart again this week) – Rock The Boat, err well, it’s about the sea, I suppose, in at 8, Jack Savoretti gets another top 20, Tame Impala & Olly Murs go top 40, Will Young has a big climb, and that’s about it for the new stuff. Kate Bush pops in with a remix from her 4-track CD which I’ve bought, and the reason there’s not much new stuff is I’ve been to Liverpool to see friends and to revisit the much-changed city centre since the days of my childhood, teens and 20’s (my grandma lived there, and so did I back in 1966, the year The Walker Brothers topped the UK charts as it does this week). Beatles songs everywhere you go, quite rightly, in The Cavern, museums, bars, River Mersey seafront…. Just be thankful I didn;t re-chart them too! laugh.gif

1 NEW 1 1 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 170000
2 2 2 3 SPARROW Emeli Sande 251000
3 1 1 4 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 370000
4 NEW 4 1 JACKIE Scott Walker 65000
5 3 1 6 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 409800
6 7 6 4 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 208000
7 4 1 4 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 400000
8 NEW 8 1 ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation 48000
9 5 3 7 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 442100
10 6 6 4 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 126100

11 10 10 7 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 215000
12 15 12 4 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 95250
13 11 2 7 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 484000
14 8 5 4 SON OF MAN GG/06 aka 10cc (Kevin Godley & Graham Gouldman) featuring Hotlegs 164000
15 24 15 4 WHAT MORE CAN I DO? Jack Savoretti 74850
16 9 1 5 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 348000
17 17 17 4 LIFTED Parker Bossley 80500
18 14 14 6 WALK ME HOME P!nk 117700
19 19 19 7 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 122600
20 13 13 4 NEVER COMIN DOWN Keith Urban 107000

21 23 21 5 KILLING MY TIME G-Flip 93250
22 28 22 4 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 60500
23 26 23 4 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 49850
24 12 6 7 ELECTRO ROMANTICO Bob Sinclar featuring Robbie Williams 276600
25 34 25 4 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 56600
26 33 26 3 WATERFALLS TLC 46300
27 21 2 10 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 412900
28 35 28 3 BARON SAMEDI 10cc 43200
29 30 29 4 SAY THE WORD Hornal with Graham Gouldman & Kevin Godley 65700
30 36 30 4 EVERY STEP Gabrielle 59900

31 16 9 8 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RICH? Pet Shop Boys 245900
32 25 18 7 DON’T FEEL LIKE CRYING Sigrid 132800
33 45 33 2 PATIENCE Tame Impala 30700
34 49 34 2 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs 29700
35 40 35 4 CASIO Jungle 51500
36 38 36 4 LO/HI The Black Keys 51600
37 22 1 7 THE KILLING MOON (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Echo & The Bunnymen 510800
38 NEW 38 1 MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF The Walker Brothers 17200
39 18 10 5 IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk 132100
40 41 40 3 CLOCKWORK CREEP 10cc 43100

41 20 20 9 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 146000
42 27 3 11 STARTED OUT Georgia 451350
43 47 43 4 WE’RE THROUGH The Hollies 39000
44 29 29 6 DESIRE Sub Focus & Dimension 71550
45 48 45 3 HALFWAY THERE ROZES 31700
46 70 46 2 ALL THE SONGS Will Young 18750
47 32 17 9 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 161200
48 31 1 14 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 611800
49 56 49 3 SOMEWHERE IN HOLLYWOOD 10cc 27700
50 50 50 3 CONNECTION Elastica 35500

51 46 46 5 SAVE A LITTLE LOVE Junior J featuring John Gibbons & Therese 47900
52 52 52 5 DOVE Pillar Point 49650
53 59 53 3 HURRICANES Dido 26550
54 61 54 3 OLD WILD MEN 10cc 25500
55 60 55 4 THE BIRD SYML 32400
56 44 7 10 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 245550
57 43 13 9 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 174700
58 58 58 4 BUTTERFLY LOONA 34600
59 NEW 59 1 CAN’T GET USED TO LOSING YOU The Beat 10100
60 66 60 4 SO AM I Ava Max 27600

61 53 40 4 LEARN TO LET GO Welshly Arms 52750
62 65 62 3 ONLY HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS Garbage 21000
63 67 63 4 ME QUEDO CONTIGO Rosalia 25800
64 NEW 64 1 MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat 7100
65 73 65 2 MACHO MAN Suzi Quatro 12400
66 NEW 66 1 MY SHIP IS COMING IN The Walker Brothers 6800
67 69 67 4 NEW HOUSE Rex Orange County 24400
68 71 68 2 NO SOUL/ NO CONTROL Suzi Quatro 12200
69 51 5 11 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 305700
70 NEW 70 1 FOLLOW YOU FOLLOW ME Genesis 6000

71 74 71 2 JUST ONE LIFETIME Sting & Shaggy 11000
72 57 4 14 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 442650
73 NEW 73 1 EXPERIMENT IV (EXTENDED MIX) Kate Bush 5400
74 42 19 7 GRAFFITI CHVRCHES 103750
75 NEW 75 1 HERE WITH ME Marshmello Featuring CHVRCHES 5000

DROP OUTS
37 4 4 FIRESTARTER (433750) The Prodigy 147300
39 14 4 LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT (450350) Talk Talk 81700
54 5 9 TRAMPOLINE SHAED 309750
55 38 6 PRETEND CNCO 81550
62 43 6 HEAL ME Grace Carter 63000
63 1 18 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 877350
64 15 10 GIVE YOU UP Dido 160900
68 37 6 MISS ME MORE Kelsea Ballerini 71750
72 4 9 JUICE Lizzo 317800
75 1 40 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2082500

25th March 2019

It’s a first week on top for yet another act to debut in 2009, following Paloma Faith, this time Empire Of The Sun and Chrysalis. They’ve come close 3 or 4 times, but previous highest peak slot was 2 for the Aussies. Well, I say first number one – actually Nick Littlemore hit the top as Pnau in 2012 along with Elton John on Sad, while Luke Steele almost topped my charts 18 years ago in The Sleepy Jackson and their Good Dancers.

Emeli Sande gets her second biggest hit (behind chart-topper Hurts) at 2, while her Sparrow is joined by a rat in the top – Rat City at 6. What with Cat in there too it’s a Jungle at the top. Mabel has a huge climb into the 30, the third family Cherry to do that, the Nanas are back in the 30 for a tasty 37th year. Go back to 1982, ask me what are the chances I would still be charting new Bananarama records in 2019, and I would have said, pretty much zero. Pretty much are though!

4 10cc album tracks climb, TLC are back in the 40 for the first time since it topped in 1995, Jungle get a 2nd simultaneous top 40, and Billie Eilish gets a 3rd of the year. New entries from Tame Impala, keeping them coming fresh off their top 10 collab, Olly Murs keeping the pop run going in my charts even if he’s not a UK chart regular anymore (I’ve always been much more faithful to acts than the ever-trend-chasing chart-mirroring average teen), Will Young is back knocking on 17 years since his early bland Evergreen and 15 years since he topped my chart with Friday’s Child. Sting & Shaggy are also back with another collab, Shaggy makes it 26 years, Sting solo 36 years, and with The Police 40 years. So a total of 66 years charting.

Bananarama 37 years? That’s nothing. Back when I was 15 Suzi Quatro joined RAK records in the UK, Nicky Chinn & Mike Chapman churned out glam rock stompers for The Sweet, Mud and many others including Suzi, who was pretty much the first female rocker to top the charts with Can The Can & Devil Gate Drive. So, Suzi is back with a new album collaboration with her son, and gets the first 2 tracks off it into my charts. Not too far from Glam Rock, it’s fair to say. So, 46 years later and she still charts, and still has never topped my charts. Outrageous! That must be the longest chart career of anyone who has never had a number one for me, despite having at least 3 that deserved to, her last serious effort was in 2011 when she went top 10 with a great cover of Goldfrapp’s Strict Machine.

1 4 1 3 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 285000
2 19 2 2 SPARROW Emeli Sande 136000
3 1 1 5 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 349800
4 2 1 3 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 350000
5 3 3 6 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 397100
6 28 6 3 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 84100
7 6 6 3 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 153000
8 5 5 3 SON OF MAN GG/06 aka 10cc (Kevin Godley & Graham Gouldman) featuring Hotlegs 135000
9 8 1 4 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 323000
10 11 10 6 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 179000

11 7 2 6 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 452000
12 9 6 6 ELECTRO ROMANTICO Bob Sinclar featuring Robbie Williams 257600
13 13 13 3 NEVER COMIN DOWN Keith Urban 87000
14 16 14 5 WALK ME HOME P!nk 95700
15 20 15 3 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 60250
16 12 9 7 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RICH? Pet Shop Boys 228000
17 18 17 3 LIFTED Parker Bossley 57500
18 10 10 4 IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk 115000
19 23 19 6 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 101600
20 29 20 8 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 132000

21 21 2 9 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 394500
22 15 1 6 THE KILLING MOON (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Echo & The Bunnymen 493500
23 25 23 4 KILLING MY TIME G-Flip 73500
24 34 24 3 WHAT MORE CAN I DO? Jack Savoretti 47850
25 22 18 6 DON’T FEEL LIKE CRYING Sigrid 115000
26 64 26 3 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 30600
27 24 3 10 STARTED OUT Georgia 437600
28 48 28 3 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 41000
29 36 29 5 DESIRE Sub Focus & Dimension 58300
30 35 30 3 SAY THE WORD Hornal with Graham Gouldman & Kevin Godley 47500

31 26 1 13 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 599500
32 32 17 8 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 148700
33 59 33 2 WATERFALLS TLC 27800
34 46 34 3 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 37850
35 62 35 2 BARON SAMEDI 10cc 24900
36 39 36 3 EVERY STEP Gabrielle 41900
37 17 4 4 FIRESTARTER The Prodigy 147300
38 56 38 3 LO/HI The Black Keys 34200
39 14 14 4 LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk 81700
40 57 40 3 CASIO Jungle 34000

41 49 41 2 CLOCKWORK CREEP 10cc 26100
42 27 19 6 GRAFFITI CHVRCHES 98550
43 31 13 8 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 164300
44 33 7 9 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 234950
45 NEW 45 1 PATIENCE Tame Impala 13000
46 60 46 4 SAVE A LITTLE LOVE Junior J featuring John Gibbons & Therese 36150
47 66 47 3 WE’RE THROUGH The Hollies 25500
48 68 48 2 HALFWAY THERE ROZES 18700
49 NEW 49 1 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs 12100
50 52 50 2 CONNECTION Elastica 23500

51 37 5 10 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 299500
52 53 52 4 DOVE Pillar Point 38150
53 40 40 3 LEARN TO LET GO Welshly Arms 45250
54 30 5 9 TRAMPOLINE SHAED 309750
55 38 38 6 PRETEND CNCO 81550
56 75 56 2 SOMEWHERE IN HOLLYWOOD 10cc 15600
57 41 4 13 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 437050
58 63 58 3 BUTTERFLY LOONA 24400
59 74 59 2 HURRICANES Dido 15300
60 69 60 3 THE BIRD SYML 21600

61 65 61 2 OLD WILD MEN 10cc 14500
62 43 43 6 HEAL ME Grace Carter 63000
63 50 1 18 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 877350
64 44 15 10 GIVE YOU UP Dido 160900
65 67 65 2 ONLY HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS Garbage 13600
66 72 66 3 SO AM I Ava Max 17600
67 70 67 3 ME QUEDO CONTIGO Rosalia 18600
68 42 37 6 MISS ME MORE Kelsea Ballerini 71750
69 71 69 3 NEW HOUSE Rex Orange County 17800
70 NEW 70 1 ALL THE SONGS Will Young 6000

71 NEW 71 1 NO SOUL/ NO CONTROL Suzi Quatro 5800
72 45 4 9 JUICE Lizzo 317800
73 NEW 73 1 MACHO MAN Suzi Quatro 5400
74 NEW 74 1 JUST ONE LIFETIME Sting & Shaggy 5200
75 73 1 40 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2082500

DROP OUTS
47 9 7 ME & U Tommy Trash featuring Anna Lunoe 160550
51 25 5 WHO DO YOU LOVE The Chainsmokers & 5 Seconds Of Summer 83950
54 24 7 FARAWAY LOOK Yola 108450
55 55 2 MURDER ON THE DANCEFLOOR (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Sophie Ellis-Bextor 21400
58 13 9 VOTE FOR ME The Specials 175850
61 1 22 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 1040050

 

17th March 2019

It’s a first week on top for Paloma faith’s Your Ex, 10 years on from New York becoming her first chart-topper, with 2 others and a guest spot with Sigma making 5 in total. 10CC (sort of) get another top 5 to belatedly add to their 49-year total (sort of) incorporating their 1970 hit Neanderthal Man. Emeli Sande gets the highest new entry, 8 years on from debut Heaven, as Sparrow flies into the top 20, fluttering in between high climbs for Parker Bossley and Jonas Brothers. Rat City go top 30, as a handful of tracks from 10CC’s first two albums enter my charts for the first time, following seeing them in concert: Those were two of my key albums of the 70’s, I adored them at the time, but didn;t allow album tracks in my charts at the time, so justice at last!

1995 chart-topper Waterfalls brings TLC back, Elastica’s pounding Connection is back, and Garbage’s Top 5 Only Happen When It Rains pours in, all thanks to Captain Marvel, while Dido gets another track entering, and Rozes returns.

1 4 1 4 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 264800
2 1 1 2 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 285000
3 3 3 5 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 337100
4 7 4 2 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 115000
5 15 5 2 SON OF MAN GG/06 aka 10cc (Kevin Godley & Graham Gouldman) featuring Hotlegs 87000
6 8 6 2 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 103000
7 2 2 5 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 415000
8 5 1 3 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 278000
9 6 6 5 ELECTRO ROMANTICO Bob Sinclar featuring Robbie Williams 222600
10 14 10 3 IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk 93000

11 12 11 5 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 137000
12 9 9 6 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RICH? Pet Shop Boys 203000
13 17 13 2 NEVER COMIN DOWN Keith Urban 55000
14 30 14 3 LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk 64600
15 11 1 5 THE KILLING MOON (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Echo & The Bunnymen 474000
16 22 16 4 WALK ME HOME P!nk 66700
17 10 4 3 FIRESTARTER The Prodigy 130000
18 47 18 2 LIFTED Parker Bossley 34500
19 NEW 19 1 SPARROW Emeli Sande 21000
20 44 20 2 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 33250

21 13 2 8 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 374750
22 18 18 5 DON’T FEEL LIKE CRYING Sigrid 96250
23 25 23 5 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 80600
24 16 3 9 STARTED OUT Georgia 419200
25 27 25 3 KILLING MY TIME G-Flip 54250
26 20 1 12 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 581600
27 19 19 5 GRAFFITI CHVRCHES 84800
28 55 28 2 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 29100
29 34 29 7 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 112000
30 21 5 8 TRAMPOLINE SHAED 298750

31 26 13 7 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 150800
32 28 17 7 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 130900
33 24 7 8 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 221700
34 53 34 2 WHAT MORE CAN I DO? Jack Savoretti 28850
35 50 35 2 SAY THE WORD Hornal with Graham Gouldman & Kevin Godley 29500
36 49 36 4 DESIRE Sub Focus & Dimension 40100
37 23 5 9 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 287750
38 38 38 5 PRETEND CNCO 70750
39 62 39 2 EVERY STEP Gabrielle 24500
40 40 40 2 LEARN TO LET GO Welshly Arms 34000

41 31 4 12 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 426650
42 37 37 5 MISS ME MORE Kelsea Ballerini 65350
43 46 43 5 HEAL ME Grace Carter 55600
44 33 15 9 GIVE YOU UP Dido 153800
45 29 4 8 JUICE Lizzo 312200
46 61 46 2 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 20250
47 32 9 7 ME & U Tommy Trash featuring Anna Lunoe 160550
48 57 48 2 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 22700
49 NEW 49 1 CLOCKWORK CREEP 10cc 12100
50 41 1 17 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 870150

51 35 25 5 WHO DO YOU LOVE The Chainsmokers & 5 Seconds Of Summer 83950
52 NEW 52 1 CONNECTION Elastica 11500
53 58 53 3 DOVE Pillar Point 26650
54 36 24 7 FARAWAY LOOK Yola 108450
55 56 55 2 MURDER ON THE DANCEFLOOR (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Sophie Ellis-Bextor 21400
56 68 56 2 LO/HI The Black Keys 17000
57 67 57 2 CASIO Jungle 17000
58 43 13 9 VOTE FOR ME The Specials 175850
59 NEW 59 1 WATERFALLS TLC 10100
60 66 60 3 SAVE A LITTLE LOVE Junior J featuring John Gibbons & Therese 23400

61 54 1 22 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 1040050
62 NEW 62 1 BARON SAMEDI 10cc 7400
63 65 63 2 BUTTERFLY LOONA 14200
64 75 64 2 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 12100
65 NEW 65 1 OLD WILD MEN 10cc 7000
66 69 66 2 WE’RE THROUGH The Hollies 13000
67 NEW 67 1 ONLY HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS Garbage 6600
68 NEW 68 1 HALFWAY THERE ROZES 6400
69 73 69 2 THE BIRD SYML 11600
70 70 70 2 ME QUEDO CONTIGO Rosalia 12000

71 71 71 2 NEW HOUSE Rex Orange County 11600
72 74 72 2 SO AM I Ava Max 10800
73 72 1 39 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2077500
74 NEW 74 1 HURRICANES Dido 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SOMEWHERE IN HOLLYWOOD 10cc 5000

DROP OUTS
39 39 3 FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees 42350
42 1 15 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 1004600
45 24 12 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 181100
48 33 6 WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Ruelle 85750
51 6 12 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 316100
52 30 5 ON SOCIAL MEDIA Pet Shop Boys 64900
59 1 14 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1105400
60 60 3 YOUR AUNTY GRIZELDA The Monkees 23200
63 5 10 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 286750
64 25 9 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 134250

 

10th March 2019

It’s a new entry at for for Morrissey’s cover of Roy Orbison’s classic chart-topper, It’s Over, aided and abetted (without credit) by LP. I never knew he had the vocal croon in him, but it’s an emotive song and he does a jolly good job, even if he is a miserable sod generally. That means: his first top 3 since 2004’s The First Of The Gang To Die, and his first-ever solo chart-topper after 31 years of trying, AND outdoing near-misses from the Smiths (This Charming Man & How Soon Is Now). Long overdue, and LP gets a second top 10 to boot.

There are 24 new entries this week in a massive clear-out of my chart, there are some classic oldies stacked up flying in circles waiting for a gap too, cos I’ve been to see Captain Marvel & it’s 1995 nostalgia-fest of indie tracks, and fab 10cc in Concert (headed by Graham Gouldman) some 37 years since I last saw them – Eric Stewart was still in the band then, but Godley & Creme were long-departed. Amazingly, the rest of the 1982 line-up are still playing, with the addition of new vocalist Hornal, who enters with his co-write with Graham & featuring Kevin Godley to boot – so it’s basically a 10cc track, both in style and substance. The concert started with a 2006 track that escaped me at the time by GG/06 – Gouldman/Godley, a sample of Hotlegs 1970 Neanderthal Man – who were 10cc minus Gouldman – and a great storyline telling the 10cc story. So all 4 members feature on it, making it the first new original-line-up track since 1976 and in at 15. Graham Gouldman wrote Bus Stop for The Hollies in 1966, a teenage songwriter, and appropriately they enter at 69 with a track featured on Netflix’ The Umbrella Academy, 1964’s We’re Through, a goodie I have never really noticed before, but which vaguely sounds familiar (I was watching pop shows on TV in those days).

Empire Of The Sun enter at 7 with a spruced-up ten-year-old unreleased track (I think!), their highest-charting since the same-period top 3’s We Are The People & Walking On A Dream. Cat Pierce debuts at 8 with another TV feature, very Lana Del Ray-ish and cool, and Paloma Faith vaults up to 4, her biggest for 2 years, and keeps her run of top 5 singles at 11 years and counting. Pink rockets into the 30, Welshly Arms debut at 40, and the Jonas Brothers get a second hit 11 years late. They previously charted SOS at 75 for one week, and bust that comprehensively now they are all growed up and have charted solo and in DNCE in the interim with some great singles. That has to be the longest ever wait for a follow-up chart feature for an act that peaked at 75!

Jack Savoretti is back again before he’s even left, Bananarama get a second entry of the year 38 years on, Sophie Ellis-Bextor orchestrates her 2001 chart-topper for some clubbing nostalgia for me (a big track when I was out every weekend in Southampton), Gabrielle also returns fairly quickly with her comeback 27 years on, Billie Eilish gets a 3rd as the previous 2 drop out, Jungle chart a second track, SYML gets that follow-up entry, as does Ava Max, and Mabel pops in some 30 years after her mum first popped in my charts – that’s be Neneh Cherry then…

1 NEW 1 1 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 170000
2 2 2 4 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 365000
3 3 3 4 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 252100
4 35 4 3 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 94800
5 1 1 2 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 230000
6 6 6 4 ELECTRO ROMANTICO Bob Sinclar featuring Robbie Williams 177600
7 NEW 7 1 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 50000
8 NEW 8 1 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 48000
9 10 9 5 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RICH? Pet Shop Boys 168000
10 4 4 2 FIRESTARTER The Prodigy 107000

11 5 1 4 THE KILLING MOON (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Echo & The Bunnymen 437000
12 13 12 4 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 100000
13 7 2 7 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 355000
14 18 14 2 IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk 51000
15 NEW 15 1 SON OF MAN GG/06 aka 10cc (Kevin Godley & Graham Gouldman) featuring Hotlegs 27000
16 8 3 8 STARTED OUT Georgia 400200
17 NEW 17 1 NEVER COMIN’ DOWN Keith Urban 23000
18 19 18 4 DON’T FEEL LIKE CRYING Sigrid 76750
19 20 19 4 GRAFFITI CHVRCHES 66400
20 12 1 11 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 563100

21 9 5 7 TRAMPOLINE SHAED 280750
22 49 22 3 WALK ME HOME P!nk 41700
23 11 5 8 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 270450
24 15 7 7 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 204000
25 29 25 4 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 61350
26 16 13 6 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 132900
27 39 27 2 KILLING MY TIME G-Flip 35500
28 17 17 6 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 113100
29 14 4 7 JUICE Lizzo 299200
30 34 30 2 LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk 35600

31 23 4 11 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 412650
32 22 9 6 ME & U Tommy Trash featuring Anna Lunoe 148050
33 21 15 8 GIVE YOU UP Dido 140550
34 36 34 6 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 93800
35 25 25 4 WHO DO YOU LOVE The Chainsmokers & 5 Seconds Of Summer 72200
36 24 24 6 FARAWAY LOOK Yola 97450
37 40 37 4 MISS ME MORE Kelsea Ballerini 51600
38 38 38 4 PRETEND CNCO 53550
39 42 39 3 FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees 42350
40 NEW 40 1 LEARN TO LET GO Welshly Arms 17000

41 27 1 16 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 858150
42 28 1 15 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 1004600
43 26 13 8 VOTE FOR ME The Specials 165650
44 NEW 44 1 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 13250
45 31 24 12 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 181100
46 48 46 4 HEAL ME Grace Carter 42100
47 NEW 47 1 LIFTED Parker Bossley 12500
48 33 33 6 WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Ruelle 85750
49 72 49 3 DESIRE Sub Focus & Dimension 22700
50 NEW 50 1 SAY THE WORD Hornal with Graham Gouldman & Kevin Godley 12000

51 32 6 12 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 316100
52 30 30 5 ON SOCIAL MEDIA Pet Shop Boys 64900
53 NEW 53 1 WHAT MORE CAN I DO? Jack Savoretti 11250
54 47 1 21 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 1032550
55 NEW 55 1 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 10800
56 NEW 56 1 MURDER ON THE DANCEFLOOR (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Sophie Ellis-Bextor 10600
57 NEW 57 1 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 10400
58 74 58 2 DOVE Pillar Point 15400
59 44 1 14 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1105400
60 62 60 3 YOUR AUNTY GRIZELDA The Monkees 23200

61 NEW 61 1 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 7500
62 NEW 62 1 EVERY STEP Gabrielle 7400
63 43 5 10 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 286750
64 41 25 9 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 134250
65 NEW 65 1 BUTTERFLY LOONA 7000
66 67 66 2 SAVE A LITTLE LOVE Junior J featuring John Gibbons & Therese 13400
67 NEW 67 1 CASIO Jungle 6600
68 NEW 68 1 LO/HI The Black Keys 6400
69 NEW 69 1 WE’RE THROUGH The Hollies 6200
70 NEW 70 1 ME QUEDO CONTIGO Rosalia 6000

71 NEW 71 1 NEW HOUSE Rex Orange County 5800
72 65 1 38 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2072100
73 NEW 73 1 THE BIRD SYML 5400
74 NEW 74 1 SO AM I Ava Max 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 5000

DROP OUT
37 2 8 MY OCTOBER SYMPHONY Pet Shop Boys 335200
45 26 4 GIVE STUPIDITY A CHANCE Pet Shop Boys 67500
46 15 9 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 181150
50 5 10 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 317250
51 37 8 LONGSHOT Catfish & The Bottlemen 104550
52 28 6 CRY TO ME Solomon Burke 87800
53 1 8 JEALOUSY (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 647900
54 19 8 HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING Lana Del Ray 140800
55 47 5 FAVOURITE THING Fleur East 52150
56 10 9 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 178050
57 16 10 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 157000
58 20 10 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 164600
59 59 6 A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl 40400
60 6 17 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 500500
61 61 2 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 14300
63 49 5 TOKYO White Lies 45200
64 64 4 HANDMADE HEAVEN MARINA 24500
66 6 13 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 324850
68 7 16 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 324350
69 69 4 THE FORGOTTEN CHILD Pet Shop Boys 24400
70 1 18 SHADOWS Black Atlass 826100
71 71 1 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany 5800
73 73 1 TODAY Talk Talk 5400
75 75 1 BREATHE The Prodigy 5000

3rd March 2019

It’s straight in at 1 for 1978 Eurodisco obscure goodie American Generation, giving The Ritchie Family a belated chart-topper 40 years after it peaked around 40 places lower, and thanks to my rediscovering it and entering it into the BJSC. I’ve gone slightly mad on it’s hooks and retro-charm! The sisters first charted in 1975 for me, then hit my top 10 with The Best Disco In Town in 1976, and have had to wait a whopping 44 years to get that chart-topper.

This week I’ve been on holiday in Gran Canaria, and haven’t had any time to listen to new music, or current music for the most part, so mostly oldies enter my charts. I was at the airport when I heard the sad news about the death of Keith Flint, hence his greatest moment back in my top 5 23 years on, on top of the loss of Talk Talk mainman Mark Hollis, which has also brought their best tracks back in my chart for the 3rd time in the case of chart-topper It’s My Life, and twice top tenner Life’s What You Make It.

1 NEW 1 1 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 170000
2 2 2 3 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 250000
3 4 3 3 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 167100
4 NEW 4 1 FIRESTARTER The Prodigy 65000
5 1 1 3 THE KILLING MOON (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Echo & The Bunnymen 400000
6 7 6 3 ELECTRO ROMANTICO Bob Sinclar featuring Robbie Williams 122600
7 3 2 6 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 323000
8 6 3 7 STARTED OUT Georgia 375200
9 10 5 6 TRAMPOLINE SHAED 261000
10 12 10 4 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RICH? Pet Shop Boys 123000

11 5 5 7 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 251200
12 8 1 10 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 543100
13 18 13 3 TALK Khalid 65000
14 9 4 6 JUICE Lizzo 281000
15 11 7 6 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 185000
16 13 13 5 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 114400
17 17 17 5 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 94800
18 NEW 18 1 IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk 22000
19 19 19 3 DON’T FEEL LIKE CRYING Sigrid 54750
20 30 20 3 GRAFFITI CHVRCHES 45400

21 15 15 7 GIVE YOU UP Dido 122850
22 14 9 5 ME & U Tommy Trash featuring Anna Lunoe 130250
23 16 4 10 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 394750
24 25 24 5 FARAWAY LOOK Yola 80050
25 27 25 3 WHO DO YOU LOVE The Chainsmokers & 5 Seconds Of Summer 54700
26 26 13 7 VOTE FOR ME The Specials 152150
27 21 1 15 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 844150
28 22 1 14 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 990850
29 34 29 3 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 42600
30 40 30 4 ON SOCIAL MEDIA Pet Shop Boys 53400

31 31 24 11 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 168100
32 32 6 11 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 304350
33 33 33 5 WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Ruelle 73450
34 NEW 34 1 LIFE’S WHAT YOU MAKE IT Talk Talk 17600
35 48 35 2 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 29800
36 38 36 5 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 76200
37 20 2 8 MY OCTOBER SYMPHONY Pet Shop Boys 335200
38 46 38 3 PRETEND CNCO 36350
39 NEW 39 1 KILLING MY TIME G-Flip 17100
40 50 40 3 MISS ME MORE Kelsea Ballerini 34300

41 28 25 8 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 127150
42 52 42 2 FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees 25250
43 29 5 9 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 279550
44 41 1 13 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1095300
45 32 26 4 GIVE STUPIDITY A CHANCE Pet Shop Boys 67500
46 31 15 9 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 181150
47 45 1 20 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 1021550
48 53 48 3 HEAL ME Grace Carter 29350
49 59 49 2 WALK ME HOME P!nk 22200
50 39 5 10 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 317250

51 37 37 8 LONGSHOT Catfish & The Bottlemen 104550
52 35 28 6 CRY TO ME Solomon Burke 87800
53 36 1 8 JEALOUSY (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 647900
54 42 19 8 HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING Lana Del Ray 140800
55 47 47 5 FAVOURITE THING Fleur East 52150
56 51 10 9 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 178050
57 43 16 10 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 157000
58 44 20 10 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 164600
59 64 59 6 A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl 40400
60 54 6 17 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 500500

61 66 61 2 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 14300
62 71 62 2 YOUR AUNTY GRIZELDA The Monkees 13200
63 49 49 5 TOKYO White Lies 45200
64 68 64 4 HANDMADE HEAVEN MARINA 24500
65 65 1 37 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2066500
66 57 6 13 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 324850
67 NEW 67 1 SAVE A LITTLE LOVE Junior J featuring John Gibbons & Therese 6600
68 58 7 16 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 324350
69 69 69 4 THE FORGOTTEN CHILD Pet Shop Boys 24400
70 60 1 18 SHADOWS Black Atlass 826100

71 NEW 71 1 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany 5800
72 75 72 2 DESIRE Sub Focus & Dimension 10600
73 NEW 73 1 TODAY Talk Talk 5400
74 NEW 74 1 DOVE Pillar Point 5200
75 NEW 75 1 BREATHE The Prodigy 5000

DROP OUTS
55 14 7 GIANT Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man 127350
56 48 5 SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Rumer 52050
61 36 7 HELLO MY LOVE Westlife 95850
62 25 7 WITHOUT ME Halsey 75700
63 28 6 SUCH A REMARKABLE DAY Charlotte Gainsbourg 80000
67 46 6 DANCE MUSIC Bananarama 57950
70 35 8 PLAY Jax Jones & Years & Years 89500
72 29 9 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 115400
73 29 9 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 110150
74 7 17 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 470000

 

 

24th February 2019

It’s 2 weeks on top for the symphonic Killing Moon, just holding off Zedd grabbing his first chart-topper, and Katy Perry her 4th, so she has to make do with equalling 2008’s Hot ‘n’ Cold instead at 2. There’s big climb to 4 for Jungle, their highest chart position to date, and Bob Sinclar to 7, beating his peak of 9 in 2006 with World Hold On. Robbie of course has never stopped having top 10’s in 26 years, with Take That or solo.

Khalid gets his 2nd top 20 of the year already, and Sigrid gets her second ever with big climbs. CHVRCHES grab a top 30 with a hfty move upwards, boyband Why Don’t We go Bieber-soundalike and do it quite well into the 40, Pet Shop Boys get a 5th top 40 of the week, while highest new entry is from paloma’s deluxe version, of the album which thankfully I didn’t buy or I would have been pissed off at belated tracks being released.

The Monkees get 2 new (old) entries following the death of Peter Tork – For Pete’s Sake is the closing credits song to the ground-breaking 60’s TV show, written by Peter, and Your Aunty Grizelda is a Peter-sung quirky track which in the UK was the soundtrack to a sequence in the horror parody episode I Was A Teenage Monster. For some reason the UK totally messed around with the songs in UK-screened episodes, but in this case it worked much better than the US original. I recorded the episode on reel-to-reel tape back in the day, and was most disappointed to find the US box set has a lot of wrong songs in the wrong episodes (for my boyhood memories).

P!nk gets a BRITS boost this week and wham! she’s back in chart fashion, while never dropping out of being in chart fashion in my charts – some of the last album’s tracks were well-worthy of single release and counted in these charts – whcih is what really counts tongue.gif

1 1 1 2 THE KILLING MOON (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Echo & The Bunnymen 340000
2 20 2 2 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 135000
3 2 2 5 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 273000
4 39 4 2 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 82100
5 8 5 6 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 214200
6 3 3 6 STARTED OUT Georgia 327200
7 34 7 2 ELECTRO ROMANTICO Bob Sinclar featuring Robbie Williams 67600
8 4 1 9 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 508100
9 6 4 5 JUICE Lizzo 252000
10 5 5 5 TRAMPOLINE SHAED 216000

11 7 7 5 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 158000
12 16 12 3 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RICH? Pet Shop Boys 81000
13 13 13 4 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 89400
14 9 9 4 ME & U Tommy Trash featuring Anna Lunoe 110750
15 17 15 6 GIVE YOU UP Dido 103100
16 11 4 9 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 375500
17 19 17 4 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 71800
18 54 18 2 TALK Khalid 33000
19 46 19 2 DON’T FEEL LIKE CRYING Sigrid 33750
20 10 2 7 MY OCTOBER SYMPHONY Pet Shop Boys 317900

21 12 1 14 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 825750
22 15 1 13 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 972550
23 14 6 9 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 268750
24 24 24 9 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 132300
25 30 25 4 FARAWAY LOOK Yola 61050
26 18 13 6 VOTE FOR ME The Specials 133650
27 27 27 2 WHO DO YOU LOVE The Chainsmokers & 5 Seconds Of Summer 36800
28 25 25 7 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 113150
29 21 5 8 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 266050
30 62 30 2 GRAFFITI CHVRCHES 25400

31 22 15 8 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 168400
32 26 26 3 GIVE STUPIDITY A CHANCE Pet Shop Boys 54500
33 33 33 4 WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Ruelle 55750
34 66 34 2 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 24400
35 28 28 5 CRY TO ME Solomon Burke 76300
36 23 1 7 JEALOUSY (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 636650
37 37 37 7 LONGSHOT Catfish & The Bottlemen 92800
38 38 38 4 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 58800
39 31 5 9 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 305250
40 50 40 3 ON SOCIAL MEDIA Pet Shop Boys 35400

41 32 1 12 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1082050
42 29 19 7 HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING Lana Del Ray 129800
43 35 16 9 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 146600
44 36 20 9 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 154400
45 44 1 19 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 1009050
46 68 46 2 PRETEND CNCO 19150
47 51 47 4 FAVOURITE THING Fleur East 41350
48 NEW 48 1 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 12300
49 55 49 4 TOKYO White Lies 38000
50 74 50 2 MISS ME MORE Kelsea Ballerini 17300

51 40 10 8 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 167450
52 NEW 52 1 FOR PETE’S SAKE The Monkees 11500
53 71 53 2 HEAL ME Grace Carter 17050
54 49 6 16 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 490500
55 41 14 7 GIANT Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man 127350
56 48 48 5 SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Rumer 52050
57 47 6 12 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 318050
58 52 7 15 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 317950
59 NEW 59 1 WALK ME HOME P!nk 10100
60 53 1 17 SHADOWS Black Atlass 820100

61 45 36 7 HELLO MY LOVE Westlife 95850
62 42 25 7 WITHOUT ME Halsey 75700
63 43 28 6 SUCH A REMARKABLE DAY Charlotte Gainsbourg 80000
64 70 64 5 A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl 30300
65 65 1 36 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2059500
66 NEW 66 1 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 6800
67 60 46 6 DANCE MUSIC Bananarama 57950
68 72 68 3 HANDMADE HEAVEN MARINA 17400
69 69 69 3 THE FORGOTTEN CHILD Pet Shop Boys 18200
70 57 35 8 PLAY Jax Jones & Years & Years 89500

71 NEW 71 1 YOUR AUNTY GRIZELDA The Monkees 5800
72 58 29 9 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 115400
73 56 29 9 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 110150
74 63 7 17 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 470000
75 NEW 75 1 DESIRE Sub Focus & Dimension 5000

DROP OUTS
59 43 7 LONELY NIGHTS (ANGEL FACE) Captain & Tennille 77000
61 48 3 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 32100
64 20 7 NO PLACE Backstreet Boys 102150
67 3 12 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 488000
73 1 13 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 636050
75 9 13 RISE Raaginder 246050

 

 

17th February 2019

It’s a new entry and first week on top for a symphonic version of Echo & The Bunnymen’s stunningly great 1984 The Killing Moon, as effectively showcased in the cult movie Donnie Darko. I got the Symphonic 80’s album as a CD prezzie, and this was the remaining stand-out version I’d not charted – It originally peaked at 2 in my charts, and the revamp isn’t quite as good as the original, but the record has severely under-performed in my charts compared to how I feel about it these days (“absolute classic”) so an excuse to chart it is welcome by me. By way of compensation there has been a massive clear-out of oldies from my charts and lots of new stuff.

Dua Lipa gets her 2nd number 2, equalling Be The One, and falling short of chart-topper Hotter Than Hell. Zedd’s back in the top 20 after his top 20 with Liam Payne in 2017, and Katy Perry is guesting, and back in the top 20 since her swathe of 2017 chart peaks, including a number one with Chained To The Rhythm. The Chainsmokers drag along 5 Seconds Of Summer for another top 40 before the last one has left the 20, while Bob Sinclar gives Robbie Williams his 2nd top 40 guest spot of the year, Robbie’s span of hits a surprising 23 years since he gained his Freedom from Take That, or 27 years including the lads.

Jungle are back with another top 40, Sigrid pops back with a 3rd, Khalid gets a 2nd in the chart, CHVRCHES are back with another, Kelsea Ballerini gets a 2nd on the chart, and CNCO and Grace Carter both follow-up recent chart action.

1 NEW 1 1 THE KILLING MOON (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Echo & The Bunnymen 170000
2 10 2 4 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 188000
3 3 3 5 STARTED OUT Georgia 272200
4 1 1 8 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 460100
5 9 5 4 TRAMPOLINE SHAED 174000
6 4 4 4 JUICE Lizzo 207000
7 12 7 4 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 121000
8 8 8 5 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 154200
9 16 9 3 ME & U Tommy Trash featuring Anna Lunoe 81750
10 2 2 6 MY OCTOBER SYMPHONY Pet Shop Boys 297900

11 14 4 8 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 350500
12 6 1 13 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 806000
13 20 13 3 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 57400
14 11 6 8 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 249500
15 7 1 12 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 953050
16 19 16 2 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RICH? Pet Shop Boys 46000
17 17 17 5 GIVE YOU UP Dido 76100
18 13 13 5 VOTE FOR ME The Specials 115150
19 38 19 3 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 48800
20 NEW 20 1 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 20000

21 15 5 7 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 247850
22 18 15 7 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 150500
23 5 1 6 JEALOUSY (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 619250
24 27 24 8 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 113300
25 30 25 6 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 94850
26 29 26 2 GIVE STUPIDITY A CHANCE Pet Shop Boys 36700
27 NEW 27 1 WHO DO YOU LOVE The Chainsmokers & 5 Seconds Of Summer 18400
28 31 28 4 CRY TO ME Solomon Burke 58800
29 23 19 6 HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING Lana Del Ray 116050
30 35 30 3 FARAWAY LOOK Yola 42300

31 21 5 8 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 288150
32 26 1 11 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1068050
33 42 33 3 WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Ruelle 38050
34 NEW 34 1 ELECTRO ROMANTICO Bob Sinclar featuring Robbie Williams 17600
35 22 16 8 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 133100
36 33 20 8 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 141150
37 37 37 6 LONGSHOT Catfish & The Bottlemen 75500
38 40 38 3 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 41600
39 NEW 39 1 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 17100
40 34 10 7 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 155700

41 24 14 6 GIANT Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man 116550
42 25 25 6 WITHOUT ME Halsey 68300
43 28 28 5 SUCH A REMARKABLE DAY Charlotte Gainsbourg 72800
44 32 1 18 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 996050
45 36 36 6 HELLO MY LOVE Westlife 88350
46 NEW 46 1 DON’T FEEL LIKE CRYING Sigrid 12750
47 39 6 11 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 307650
48 51 48 4 SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Rumer 41450
49 43 6 15 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 479500
50 68 50 2 ON SOCIAL MEDIA Pet Shop Boys 18400

51 60 51 3 FAVOURITE THING Fleur East 28850
52 45 7 14 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 307750
53 46 1 16 SHADOWS Black Atlass 810100
54 NEW 54 1 TALK Khalid 11000
55 59 55 3 TOKYO White Lies 25900
56 41 29 8 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 104750
57 44 35 7 PLAY Jax Jones & Years & Years 83500
58 47 29 8 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 109800
59 49 43 7 LONELY NIGHTS (ANGEL FACE) Captain & Tennille 77000
60 50 46 5 DANCE MUSIC Bananarama 51350

61 48 48 3 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 32100
62 NEW 62 1 GRAFFITI CHVRCHES 7400
63 56 7 16 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 464800
64 53 20 7 NO PLACE Backstreet Boys 102150
65 62 1 35 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2052500
66 NEW 66 1 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 6800
67 55 3 12 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 488000
68 NEW 68 1 PRETEND CNCO 6400
69 71 69 2 THE FORGOTTEN CHILD Pet Shop Boys 12000
70 70 70 4 A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl 23200

71 NEW 71 1 HEAL ME Grace Carter 5800
72 73 72 2 HANDMADE HEAVEN MARINA 11000
73 57 1 13 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 636050
74 NEW 74 1 MISS ME MORE Kelsea Ballerini 5200
75 69 9 13 RISE Raaginder 246050

DROP OUTS
52 9 6 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN (401250) Tom Jones 138900
54 54 4 IN DREAMS Roy Orbison 35700
58 58 3 SEPTEMBER Earth, Wind & Fire 25800
61 49 4 MY LOVE GOES ON James Morrison featuring Joss Stone 37050
63 30 7 SIXTEEN Thomas Rhett 80850
64 64 4 PARTY FOR ONE Carly Rae Jepsen 25100
65 15 12 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 215250
66 66 4 LAND OF THE FREE The Killers 25200
67 67 5 DON’T THROW YOUR LOVE AWAY The Searchers 30200
72 1 14 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 818800
74 24 11 DREAM ON Aerosmith 141200
75 5 12 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 254550

 

 

10th February 2019

It’s a first week on top for Bobbie Gentry’s fabulously moody Sermon, from 1967 the song, giving Mercury Rev a second chart-topper just over 17 years since the last one, the gorgeous The Dark Is Rising. Margo Price gets her first doing a pretty good job of competing with the much-missed Bobbie Gentry (missed as in she stopped her music career over 40 years ago). That keeps the Pet Shop Boys 1990 album track at 2 in a week when they release an EP of political or social commentary tracks, called Agenda – as in commenting on those with agendas, while having an agenda (but a worthy one, being as I agree with every word of every song). All four enter my charts, giving Chris n Neil 6 tracks in my chart. The highest new entry is What Are We Going To Do About The Rich at 19 – tax ’em heavily and force ’em to reveal all their interests worldwide, I say! Give Stupidity A Chance is an ode to Trump, or Brexit, or anything really that puts opinion, hatred and lies over facts, and is quite amusing and as clever as always. The Forgotten Child is clearly about the thousands of illegal immigrant children that have gone missing under Trump. Nobody knows where they are, and if they are even alive.

Jack Savoretti gets a 4th top 10 in 4 years, Dua Lipa a 7th, huge climbs for Tommy Trash & The Chemical Brothers into the 20 as I’m clearly in a mood for clubbing. Yola, Galantis & The Revivalists get big climbs into the 40, and the only new track that doesn’t feature “Pet” in the name is from Marina getting a follow-up to her Clean Bandit collab, her 9th chart entry in 9 years, including a top 10 in Prima Donna in 2012.

This week I finally got to see Tears For Fears in concert for the first time – they were still fab, Curt still looking good, and a back catalogue of hits to impress. If I don’t get many new entries again next week I may have to rechart Head Over Heels which under-performed in my charts! When I heard it in Donnie Darko I realised the error of my ways. Alison Moyet supported, but Ive seen her headline already with a much bigger setlist. I have to say there can be few touring acts that can start a set with a huge classic on the scale of Everybody Wants To Rule The World.

1 5 1 7 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 395100
2 4 2 5 MY OCTOBER SYMPHONY Pet Shop Boys 255900
3 7 3 4 STARTED OUT Georgia 187200
4 6 4 3 JUICE Lizzo 152000
5 2 1 5 JEALOUSY (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 600000
6 3 1 12 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 771000
7 1 1 11 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 926050
8 18 8 4 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 106200
9 10 9 3 TRAMPOLINE SHAED 114000
10 23 10 3 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 73000

11 11 6 7 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 220500
12 17 12 3 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 71000
13 13 13 4 VOTE FOR ME The Specials 93150
14 8 4 7 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 313500
15 9 5 6 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 228100
16 51 16 2 ME & U Tommy Trash featuring Anna Lunoe 36750
17 20 17 3 GIVE YOU UP Dido 53100
18 15 15 6 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 131000
19 NEW 19 1 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THE RICH? Pet Shop Boys 21000
20 73 20 2 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 25400

21 12 5 7 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 270250
22 16 16 7 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 115600
23 19 19 5 HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING Lana Del Ray 97850
24 14 14 5 GIANT Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man 102550
25 26 25 5 WITHOUT ME Halsey 54550
26 21 1 10 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1050250
27 30 27 7 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 94300
28 28 28 4 SUCH A REMARKABLE DAY Charlotte Gainsbourg 59300
29 NEW 29 1 GIVE STUPIDITY A CHANCE Pet Shop Boys 18200
30 32 30 5 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 76100

31 36 31 3 CRY TO ME Solomon Burke 40500
32 22 1 17 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 982800
33 25 20 7 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 123750
34 24 10 6 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 138700
35 71 35 2 FARAWAY LOOK Yola 24300
36 39 36 5 HELLO MY LOVE Westlife 75350
37 40 37 5 LONGSHOT Catfish & The Bottlemen 58200
38 56 38 2 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 27800
39 27 6 10 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 295150
40 62 40 2 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 24400

41 29 29 7 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 94150
42 67 42 2 WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Ruelle 20350
43 37 6 14 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 467400
44 35 35 6 PLAY Jax Jones & Years & Years 73100
45 33 7 13 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 296250
46 34 1 15 SHADOWS Black Atlass 798850
47 38 29 7 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 99600
48 48 48 2 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 24600
49 43 43 6 LONELY NIGHTS (ANGEL FACE) Captain & Tennille 66900
50 46 46 4 DANCE MUSIC Bananarama 41350

51 55 51 3 SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Rumer 29150
52 31 9 6 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones 138900
53 42 20 6 NO PLACE Backstreet Boys 95050
54 54 54 4 IN DREAMS Roy Orbison 35700
55 45 3 11 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 481400
56 44 7 15 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 457600
57 47 1 12 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 630650
58 58 58 3 SEPTEMBER Earth, Wind & Fire 25800
59 75 59 2 TOKYO White Lies 15100
60 64 60 2 FAVOURITE THING Fleur East 17100

61 49 49 4 MY LOVE GOES ON James Morrison featuring Joss Stone 37050
62 60 1 34 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2045500
63 50 30 7 SIXTEEN Thomas Rhett 80850
64 65 64 4 PARTY FOR ONE Carly Rae Jepsen 25100
65 57 15 12 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 215250
66 66 66 4 LAND OF THE FREE The Killers 25200
67 68 67 5 DON’T THROW YOUR LOVE AWAY The Searchers 30200
68 NEW 68 1 ON SOCIAL MEDIA Pet Shop Boys 6400
69 59 9 12 RISE Raaginder 241050
70 72 70 3 A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl 17200

71 NEW 71 1 THE FORGOTTEN CHILD Pet Shop Boys 5800
72 63 1 14 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 818800
73 NEW 73 1 HANDMADE HEAVEN MARINA 5400
74 52 24 11 DREAM ON Aerosmith 141200
75 53 5 12 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 254550

DROP OUTS
41 31 5 REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade 80250
61 32 6 MAY LOVE TRAVEL WITH YOU Paul Weller 79650
69 50 5 I JUST WANT PEOPLE TO LIKE ME Robbie Williams 41100
70 39 6 COO COO COO Santigold 70550
74 18 6 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Robbie Williams 90450

 

 

3rd February 2019

It’s a first week on top for Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus after a 10-week wait: it’s Mark Ronson’s second chart-topper, 2014 with Bruno Mars his last one, and MIley Cyrus’ first. Pet Shop Boys meanwhile add to their mighty long list of top 5’s with a great track off Behaviour. Big climbs for Ten Tonnes, Dido, Dua Lipa & Solomon Burke. New entries from OneRepublic and Galantis adding to their chart tallies, The O’My’s return with the same song they got into the top 3 last year, The Revivalists get a second chart entry, ditto Fleur East, and The Chemical Brothers extend their chart entries another year, to 24 years.

1 2 1 10 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 876050
2 1 1 4 JEALOUSY (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 540000
3 3 1 11 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 716000
4 12 4 4 MY OCTOBER SYMPHONY Pet Shop Boys 140900
5 8 5 6 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 225100
6 13 6 2 JUICE Lizzo 87000
7 10 7 3 STARTED OUT Georgia 102200
8 4 4 6 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 284500
9 5 5 5 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 201100
10 15 10 2 TRAMPOLINE SHAED 69000

11 6 6 6 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 183500
12 7 5 6 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 250500
13 25 13 3 VOTE FOR ME The Specials 61150
14 23 14 4 GIANT Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man 83550
15 18 15 5 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 109000
16 24 16 6 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 96100
17 45 17 2 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 36000
18 26 18 3 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 58200
19 19 19 4 HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING Lana Del Ray 78600
20 59 20 2 GIVE YOU UP Dido 30100

21 11 1 9 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1031750
22 14 1 16 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 965000
23 51 23 2 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 31000
24 16 10 5 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 121100
25 20 20 6 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 106050
26 37 26 4 WITHOUT ME Halsey 54550
27 17 6 9 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 278050
28 39 28 3 SUCH A REMARKABLE DAY Charlotte Gainsbourg 41000
29 33 29 6 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 80150
30 30 30 6 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 75900

31 9 9 5 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones 127400
32 36 32 4 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 58100
33 21 7 12 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 283250
34 22 1 14 SHADOWS Black Atlass 786100
35 38 35 5 PLAY Jax Jones & Years & Years 59850
36 74 36 2 CRY TO ME Solomon Burke 22600
37 32 6 13 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 453900
38 29 29 6 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 87100
39 40 39 4 HELLO MY LOVE Westlife 57950
40 58 40 4 LONGSHOT Catfish & The Bottlemen 40900

41 31 31 5 REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade 80250
42 28 20 5 NO PLACE Backstreet Boys 83800
43 49 43 5 LONELY NIGHTS (ANGEL FACE) Captain & Tennille 54800
44 35 7 14 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 447000
45 27 3 10 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 470600
46 55 46 3 DANCE MUSIC Bananarama 29350
47 41 1 11 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 620250
48 NEW 48 1 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 12300
49 53 49 3 MY LOVE GOES ON James Morrison featuring Joss Stone 29550
50 42 30 6 SIXTEEN Thomas Rhett 73650

51 NEW 51 1 ME & U Tommy Trash featuring Anna Lunoe 11750
52 34 24 10 DREAM ON Aerosmith 136000
53 43 5 11 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 249550
54 64 54 3 IN DREAMS Roy Orbison 24700
55 67 55 2 SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Rumer 17400
56 NEW 56 1 BONES Galantis featuring OneRepublic 10600
57 47 15 11 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 208250
58 73 58 2 SEPTEMBER Earth, Wind & Fire 15600
59 54 9 11 RISE Raaginder 234850
60 60 1 33 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2038100

61 46 32 6 MAY LOVE TRAVEL WITH YOU Paul Weller 79650
62 NEW 62 1 ALL MY FRIENDS The Revivalists 7400
63 52 1 13 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 813200
64 NEW 64 1 FAVOURITE THING Fleur East 7100
65 70 65 3 PARTY FOR ONE Carly Rae Jepsen 18000
66 68 66 3 LAND OF THE FREE The Killers 18400
67 NEW 67 1 WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Ruelle 6600
68 69 68 4 DON’T THROW YOUR LOVE AWAY The Searchers 23600
69 50 50 5 I JUST WANT PEOPLE TO LIKE ME Robbie Williams 41100
70 48 39 6 COO COO COO Santigold 70550

71 NEW 71 1 FARAWAY LOOK Yola 5800
72 72 72 2 A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl 11200
73 NEW 73 1 GOT TO KEEP ON The Chemical Brothers 5400
74 44 18 6 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Robbie Williams 90450
75 NEW 75 1 TOKYO White Lies 5000

DROP OUTS
56 56 5 NORMAL BOY Boyzone 40000
57 32 11 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 122200
61 4 15 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 503000
62 3 12 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 361500
63 63 4 EVERLASTING Take That 27200
65 65 3 LOST IN THE FIRE Gesaffelstein & The Weeknd 19200
66 19 9 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 135150
71 13 13 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 235000
75 75 1 SMOOTH Santana featuring Rob Thomas 5000

 

 

27th January 2019

It’s 2 weeks on top for Pet Shop Boys great 1992 single Jealousy, presiding over a shuffling top 10, with Mark Ronson yet again being denied the top spot due to oldies. Tom Jones The Voice-pushed itunes charting oldie is peaking at 9 for thee second time this century – it last did it in 2003, and charted again in 2011 – had I been charting in 1967 it would have gone top 10 then too, and again in 1969 when it became a US hit (had I been aware of it). Georgia rockets to 10 from 58, one I’d missed late last year, followed closely by the highest new entries from Lizzo, and SHAED, the former on Radio 1 & 2 playlists, the latter an Apple Music advert.

Big climbs for The Specials back in the top 30 for at least the 10th time, or 20th counting Fun Boy Three and solo projects, Halsey finally cracks the 40 with her current smash, and Charlotte Gainsbourg does it on her second chart feature, a mere 44 years since her mum & dad were dropping having topped my chart over the new year 1974/75 with a very naughty banned record that I bought. Dua Lipa’s back, so many hits so little time for a breather in between, and Dido returns for the first time in years, extending her run to 19 years solo. Both Dua and Dido have topped my charts previously. Trevor Horn does a mellow version of his own production for Grace Jones – this time with Rumer – and at the bottom end, 4 tracks boosted by TV adverts, singing comps and stuff, all in the itunes charts. Only Solomon Burke has never charted before (a 1962 oldie featured in Dirty Dancing) and only Smooth has topped my charts before.

1 1 1 3 JEALOUSY (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 425000
2 3 2 9 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 706050
3 2 1 10 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 631000
4 6 4 5 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 236500
5 7 5 4 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 156100
6 8 6 5 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 146500
7 5 5 5 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 215500
8 9 8 5 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 165100
9 15 9 4 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones 109500
10 58 10 2 STARTED OUT Georgia 52200

11 4 1 8 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1012000
12 17 12 3 MY OCTOBER SYMPHONY Pet Shop Boys 75900
13 NEW 13 1 JUICE Lizzo 32000
14 11 1 15 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 945500
15 NEW 15 1 TRAMPOLINE SHAED 27000
16 10 10 4 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 102100
17 12 6 8 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 259650
18 19 18 4 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 82000
19 27 19 3 HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING Lana Del Ray 57600
20 26 20 5 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 87300

21 14 7 11 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 265550
22 16 1 13 SHADOWS Black Atlass 768500
23 28 23 3 GIANT Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man 54550
24 29 24 5 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 71100
25 57 25 2 VOTE FOR ME The Specials 29150
26 33 26 2 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 36200
27 13 3 9 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 457600
28 20 20 4 NO PLACE Backstreet Boys 70050
29 36 29 5 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 69900
30 35 30 5 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 57900

31 31 31 4 REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade 66250
32 22 6 12 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 436600
33 40 33 5 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 61950
34 24 24 9 DREAM ON Aerosmith 124500
35 23 7 13 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 433750
36 37 36 3 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 40300
37 53 37 3 WITHOUT ME Halsey 36050
38 46 38 4 PLAY Jax Jones & Years & Years 42350
39 72 39 2 SUCH A REMARKABLE DAY Charlotte Gainsbourg 22700
40 44 40 3 HELLO MY LOVE Westlife 40850

41 21 1 10 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 607750
42 30 30 5 SIXTEEN Thomas Rhett 61650
43 18 5 10 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 238300
44 25 18 5 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Robbie Williams 85250
45 NEW 45 1 BETTER THAN ME Ten Tonnes 13000
46 32 32 5 MAY LOVE TRAVEL WITH YOU Paul Weller 72150
47 34 15 10 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 197850
48 39 39 5 COO COO COO Santigold 64550
49 52 49 4 LONELY NIGHTS (ANGEL FACE) Captain & Tennille 41300
50 55 50 4 I JUST WANT PEOPLE TO LIKE ME Robbie Williams 34900

51 NEW 51 1 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 11750
52 41 1 12 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 806000
53 69 53 2 MY LOVE GOES ON James Morrison featuring Joss Stone 17450
54 43 9 10 RISE Raaginder 224750
55 71 55 2 DANCE MUSIC Bananarama 16600
56 56 56 5 NORMAL BOY Boyzone 40000
57 38 32 11 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 122200
58 64 58 3 LONGSHOT Catfish & The Bottlemen 23900
59 NEW 59 1 GIVE YOU UP Dido 10100
60 60 1 32 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2028100

61 47 4 15 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 503000
62 54 3 12 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 361500
63 65 63 4 EVERLASTING Take That 27200
64 67 64 2 IN DREAMS Roy Orbison 13700
65 68 65 3 LOST IN THE FIRE Gesaffelstein & The Weeknd 19200
66 45 19 9 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 135150
67 NEW 67 1 SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Rumer 6600
68 74 68 2 LAND OF THE FREE The Killers 11600
69 70 69 3 DON’T THROW YOUR LOVE AWAY The Searchers 17200
70 75 70 2 PARTY FOR ONE Carly Rae Jepsen 11000

71 48 13 13 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 235000
72 NEW 72 1 A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl 5600
73 NEW 73 1 SEPTEMBER Earth, Wind & Fire 5400
74 NEW 74 1 CRY TO ME Solomon Burke 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SMOOTH Santana featuring Rob Thomas 5000

DROP OUTS

42 7 7 DOES THE HOMOSAPIEN KNOW Abba vs Pete Shelley 227750
49 28 10 OOH LA LA The Faces 118600
50 50 3 TRIP A LITTLE LIGHT FANTASTIC Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Blunt, Tarik Frimpong, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Nathaneal Saleh & Leeries 28650
51 8 9 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 237750
59 33 7 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Morrissey 86900
61 61 3 HAPPY NOW Kygo featuring Sandro Cavazza 19300
62 37 9 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 114500
63 63 4 JAVELIN (CALLING OUT YOUR NAME) Adelphi Music Factory 27600
66 4 15 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 418450
73 25 13 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 184200

 

 

20th January 2019

It’s a first week on top for 1991 top 10 track Jealousy, a classic orchestral ballad that grows, and grows with time, and with prestige, for me. With such a vast quality back catalogue, it’s no surprise that reissues give me a chance to let under-appreciated gems from Pet Shop Boys do better, and this one deserved better at the time. In terms of decades, all-time faves, it’s Beatles for the 60’s, Abba for the 70’s, Pet Shop Boys for the 80’s, 90’s, 00’s and most likely the 10’s too, though it’s a bit early to judge yet, but I hear new music is on the way once the 2-year-tour is done (I saw it 3 times).

Tame Impala get a 4th top 10 and 6th top 20, Mercury Rev a 3rd top 10 18 years since the last one, Wicked games topped my chart in 1990 for Chris Issak and returns for REIGN to the top 10, and Mary Poppins pops in to my top 10. Superfragilisticexpialidocious! Highest new entry is Jack Savoretti, his 8th chart feature, and it’s a very welcome & unlikely return to The Specials (well, the Fun Boy Two plus a Special, really) for the first time in 34 years with new material, though Terry Hall chartered in the interim with Colourfield and topped my charts with The Lightning Seeds’ Sense in 1992, as well as Fun Boy Three’s Our Lips Are Sealed in 1983 and Special’s Ghost Town in 1981. Fun Boy Three had 2 hits with Bananarama, and kick-started their career, so it’s bizarre they also return this week after reuniting for a tour – and then just the 2 long-serving Keren and Sarah doing the new album yet again, sadly. The ‘Nanas have been away for 7 years, though they grabbed 7 21st century chart entries to add to their oodles in the 80’s and 90’s.

James Morrison has been MIA from my charts since 2011, but gets his 7th entry 8 years on, along with Joss Stone getting an 11th (ignoring charity combos) and her first since 2012. James has 13 years of charting, Joss 15 years and she’s barely over 30! Charlotte Gainsbourg gets a second chart entry – which is one more than her chart-topping parents ever managed! Je T’Aime! Carly Rae returns for a 6th on the list, and The Killers keep that run going with a political statement 15 years on from debut, and 14 years on from topping my chart. Brandon Flowers has topped more times solo, though, and they have a very long run of hits over a decade and a half.

1 3 1 2 JEALOUSY (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 255000
2 1 1 9 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 546000
3 4 2 8 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 591050
4 2 1 7 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 975000
5 8 5 4 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 165500
6 6 6 4 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 171500
7 14 7 3 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 96100
8 27 8 4 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 91500
9 12 9 4 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 117100
10 16 10 3 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 77100

11 7 1 14 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 916500
12 9 6 7 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 236650
13 10 3 8 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 439200
14 11 7 10 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 245800
15 20 15 3 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones 64500
16 15 1 12 SHADOWS Black Atlass 749000
17 31 17 2 MY OCTOBER SYMPHONY Pet Shop Boys 40900
18 5 5 9 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 224800
19 21 19 3 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 60000
20 23 20 3 NO PLACE Backstreet Boys 51750

21 13 1 9 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 593750
22 22 6 11 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 418800
23 17 7 12 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 416250
24 24 24 8 DREAM ON Aerosmith 106900
25 18 18 4 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Robbie Williams 72000
26 26 26 4 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 67300
27 29 27 2 HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING Lana Del Ray 36600
28 40 28 2 GIANT Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man 35300
29 37 29 4 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 52100
30 39 30 4 SIXTEEN Thomas Rhett 47900

31 38 31 3 REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade 48350
32 36 32 4 MAY LOVE TRAVEL WITH YOU Paul Weller 59400
33 NEW 33 1 CANDLELIGHT Jack Savoretti 17700
34 30 15 9 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 185350
35 54 35 4 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 39900
36 50 36 4 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 51700
37 72 37 2 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 22900
38 43 32 10 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 111800
39 46 39 4 COO COO COO Santigold 52250
40 44 40 4 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 44250

41 25 1 11 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 794500
42 19 7 7 DOES THE HOMOSAPIEN KNOW Abba vs Pete Shelley 227750
43 33 9 9 RISE Raaginder 213750
44 56 44 2 HELLO MY LOVE Westlife 23850
45 34 19 8 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 128350
46 63 46 3 PLAY Jax Jones & Years & Years 25150
47 35 4 14 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 495500
48 41 13 12 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 229200
49 28 28 10 OOH LA LA The Faces 118600
50 53 50 3 TRIP A LITTLE LIGHT FANTASTIC Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Blunt, Tarik Frimpong, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Nathaneal Saleh & Leeries 28650

51 32 8 9 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 237750
52 58 52 3 LONELY NIGHTS (ANGEL FACE) Captain & Tennille 29200
53 61 53 2 WITHOUT ME Halsey 18750
54 47 3 11 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 354100
55 64 55 3 I JUST WANT PEOPLE TO LIKE ME Robbie Williams 22900
56 62 56 4 NORMAL BOY Boyzone 29400
57 NEW 57 1 VOTE FOR ME The Specials 10400
58 NEW 58 1 STARTED OUT Georgia 10200
59 45 33 7 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Morrissey 86900
60 59 1 31 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2018100

61 69 61 3 HAPPY NOW Kygo featuring Sandro Cavazza 19300
62 48 37 9 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 114500
63 66 63 4 JAVELIN (CALLING OUT YOUR NAME) Adelphi Music Factory 27600
64 67 64 2 LONGSHOT Catfish & The Bottlemen 13700
65 65 65 3 EVERLASTING Take That 20000
66 55 4 15 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 418450
67 NEW 67 1 IN DREAMS Roy Orbison 6600
68 71 68 2 LOST IN THE FIRE Gesaffelstein & The Weeknd 12200
69 NEW 69 1 MY LOVE GOES ON James Morrison featuring Joss Stone 6200
70 75 70 2 DON’T THROW YOUR LOVE AWAY The Searchers 11000

71 NEW 71 1 DANCE MUSIC Bananarama 5800
72 NEW 72 1 SUCH A REMARKABLE DAY Charlotte Gainsbourg 5600
73 57 25 13 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 184200
74 NEW 74 1 LAND OF THE FREE The Killers 5200
75 NEW 75 1 PARTY FOR ONE Carly Rae Jepsen 5000

DROP OUTS
42 4 7 SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers 233750
49 18 5 WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME The Monkees 83150
51 10 9 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 222750
52 5 9 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 245100
60 28 6 TIMBUKTU Cassper Nyovest & Los Unidades (Coldplay) featuring Stormzy & Jess Kent 91900
68 30 10 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 138350
70 33 7 PUNK RIGHT NOW HYO & 3LAU 79550
73 8 13 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 282850
74 1 16 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 694750

 

 

13th January 2019

It’s a first week on top, and a first chart-topper for Chainsmokers, and also for Kelsea Ballerini. Having fallen short with all of their previous huge hits, they do with a track that is mysteriously not doing that well – I guess that Chainsmokers sound has been passed over now in favour of poppier stuff, which is a shame, cos it’s very good. Pet Shop Boys’ Jealousy (and also My October Symphony) charted last year in the UK albums on the revamp of Behaviour, and as neither version has previously charted, they do now that I’ve finally played the deluxe CD I bought then. This means Jealousy goes top 10 for the second time, the single orchestral version having previously done it in 1991, but never as high as the new peak of 3, one of their very first songs written in the early 80’s, it still sounds fab in concert.

The Love Affair never charted in 1968 for me – it was a few months too early for my charting starting – but it would very easily have been top 5, so better late than never! The new version of Wicked Games leaps into the 20, though she’s going to have to go some to top Chris Isaak’s 1990 chart-topper, and the Mary Poppins returns film intro shoots up to 16 cos it’s just fab. Tom Jones goes top 20 with that song for the 2nd time, Backstreet Boys get their biggest chart action since 2001 as No Place shoots into the 30, and highest new track comes from Lana Del Ray going all moody and interesting, just how I like her, at 29.

Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man do a collab that sounds good at 40, Westlife join the 90’s boybands clogging up my charts in a way I could never have predicted 20 years ago, with their first entry in 8 years and highest charting in a decade – not that they actually ever had that many chart high: 4 top 10’s and 2 other top 20’s is the current total, pretty much all the non-ballads. Halsey has finally entered my charts after slipping by me, despite being a huge worldwide hit, it has grown on me as I hear it here and there. Sam Smith is back, ditto The Weeknd, and sneaking in it’s The Seachers, a big band of the 60’s who just kept going and touring for 55 years while not ever troubling the singles chart beyond the 60’s, and only the occasional hits album package to keep them being noticed. Now they have finally called it a day and had anpther chart album to say goodvbye with – hits of course. When I was quite literally 6 years old and mad on pop chart hits and popstars, the record of theirs I was maddest on was Don’t Throw Your Love Away, a tuneful cover of an American Orlons B side. I loved, and still love, a good melody, as proven by spine-tingling swooning at some of Lloyd-Webber’s best in Phantom Of The Opera which I saw in London on saturday.

1 3 1 8 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 431000
2 1 1 6 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 910000
3 NEW 3 1 JEALOUSY (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 85000
4 2 2 7 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 506050
5 14 5 8 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 202800
6 8 6 3 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 116500
7 5 1 13 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 879500
8 9 8 3 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 105500
9 6 6 6 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 201650
10 4 3 7 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 407200

11 7 7 9 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 216800
12 16 12 3 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 72100
13 10 1 8 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 574000
14 39 14 2 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 46100
15 12 1 11 SHADOWS Black Atlass 724000
16 59 16 2 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 35100
17 13 7 11 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 397000
18 20 18 3 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Robbie Williams 53250
19 11 7 6 DOES THE HOMOSAPIEN KNOW Abba vs Pete Shelley 214000
20 35 20 2 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones 37500

21 23 21 2 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 39000
22 17 6 10 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 399300
23 47 23 2 NO PLACE Backstreet Boys 31750
24 27 24 7 DREAM ON Aerosmith 87900
25 21 1 10 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 780500
26 37 26 3 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 48800
27 34 27 3 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 43500
28 31 28 9 OOH LA LA The Faces 106500
29 NEW 29 1 HOPE IS A DANGEROUS THING Lana Del Ray 18200
30 30 15 8 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 167750

31 NEW 31 1 MY OCTOBER SYMPHONY Pet Shop Boys 17900
32 29 8 8 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 226000
33 28 9 8 RISE Raaginder 200250
34 19 19 7 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 115350
35 22 4 13 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 483000
36 40 36 3 MAY LOVE TRAVEL WITH YOU Paul Weller 41600
37 60 37 3 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 33900
38 44 38 2 REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade 30450
39 62 39 3 SIXTEEN Thomas Rhett 29900
40 NEW 40 1 GIANT Calvin Harris & Rag’n’Bone Man 17000

41 24 13 11 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 216900
42 15 4 7 SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers 233750
43 32 32 9 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 94600
44 65 44 3 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 27250
45 33 33 6 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Morrissey 76800
46 50 46 3 COO COO COO Santigold 35150
47 38 3 10 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 343100
48 49 37 8 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 107100
49 18 18 5 WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME The Monkees 83150
50 52 50 3 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 34300

51 26 10 9 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 222750
52 25 5 9 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 245100
53 73 53 2 TRIP A LITTLE LIGHT FANTASTIC Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Blunt, Tarik Frimpong, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Nathaneal Saleh & Leeries 16650
54 71 54 3 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 22400
55 42 4 14 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 411650
56 NEW 56 1 HELLO MY LOVE Westlife 10600
57 41 25 12 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 178800
58 61 58 2 LONELY NIGHTS (ANGEL FACE) Captain & Tennille 17700
59 57 1 30 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 2008100
60 36 28 6 TIMBUKTU Cassper Nyovest & Los Unidades (Coldplay) featuring Stormzy & Jess Kent 91900

61 NEW 61 1 WITHOUT ME Halsey 7500
62 68 62 3 NORMAL BOY Boyzone 18800
63 74 63 2 PLAY Jax Jones & Years & Years 12400
64 75 64 2 I JUST WANT PEOPLE TO LIKE ME Robbie Williams 12100
65 70 65 2 EVERLASTING Take That 13000
66 66 66 3 JAVELIN (CALLING OUT YOUR NAME) Adelphi Music Factory 20400
67 NEW 67 1 LONGSHOT Catfish & The Bottlemen 6600
68 43 30 10 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 138350
69 72 69 2 HAPPY NOW Kygo featuring Sandro Cavazza 11800
70 46 33 7 PUNK RIGHT NOW HYO & 3LAU 79550

71 NEW 71 1 LOST IN THE FIRE Gesaffelstein & The Weeknd 5800
72 NEW 72 1 DANCING WITH A STRANGER Sam Smith & Normani 5600
73 53 8 13 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 282850
74 58 1 16 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 694750
75 NEW 75 1 DON’T THROW YOUR LOVE AWAY The Searchers 5000

DROP OUTS
45 26 9 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 133700
48 29 9 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 122700
51 20 9 ALGORITHM Muse 149650
54 2 8 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 352050
55 55 6 PAPER DREAMS Jamie N Commons 45900
56 56 6 SPEECHLESS Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola 47100
63 38 7 SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee 90150
64 3 13 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 354900
67 2 16 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 613900
69 12 10 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 211500

 

 

 

6th January 2019

It’s a 6th total week on top for the Carpenters, as the new year brings fresh music, fresh climbs, and oldies dropping, xmas songs exiting again. Camelphat get a 2nd top 10, Alan Walker joins himself in the top 10, his 4th, and Albin Lee Meldau his first. Mercury Rev get a 4th top 20, Monkees an umpteenth, depending on how EP’s count, and Robbie gets yet another top 20 as he also brings in a low-key lead track off his fansite only 3rd album. What with Take That, Boyzone, Backstreet Boys, it’s quite the 90’s boyband theme.

Andy Burrows is the highest new entry, he’s previously topped my chart twice, once with Razorlight, once with I Am Arrows, and gone top 10 solo a few times too. Tom Jones did a flawless off-the-cuff vocal performance on The Voice, with the son of Lonnie Donegan, writer of I’ll Never Fall In Love Again, Tom’s fab 1967 hit ballad – and has sold loads on itunes as a result. So an excuse to make my charts for the 3rd time then, as I loved it when I was 9 years old and I wasn’t quite charting at the time, or else it would have been 4th time round. Other oldies in: lead vocalist of Marmalade Dean Ford died this week, sadly, so Reflections Of My Life is also back, their best record of many minor gems, and also the Captain (Daryl Dragon) of Captain & Tennille has died, so Neil Sedaka’s 1976 song top 5 hit for them (in my charts and the USA, but not the UK) is back in.

A Chris Isaac moody cover is in for RAIGN, Backstreet Boys get a swift 2nd entry on their latest comeback, and Mary Poppins Returns with the 2 best songs from the new fab movie. It’s underperforming at the box office and charts, but I see a future children’s classic there.

1 1 1 5 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 795000
2 2 2 6 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 441050
3 7 3 7 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 261000
4 3 3 6 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 365200
5 5 1 12 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 829500
6 8 6 5 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 156650
7 15 7 8 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 179800
8 43 8 2 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 61500
9 47 9 2 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 57500
10 6 1 7 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 542000

11 13 7 5 DOES THE HOMOSAPIEN KNOW Abba vs Pete Shelley 193000
12 9 1 10 SHADOWS Black Atlass 69700
13 11 7 10 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 374000
14 16 14 7 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 142800
15 4 4 6 SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers 220000
16 49 16 2 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 37100
17 10 6 9 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 379800
18 23 18 4 WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME The Monkees 71050
19 20 19 6 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 97750
20 53 20 2 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Robbie Williams 31250

21 17 1 9 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 761750
22 12 4 12 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 465500
23 NEW 23 1 BARCELONA Andy Burrows & Matt Haig 19250
24 24 13 10 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 202900
25 14 5 8 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 233600
26 19 10 8 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 211000
27 34 27 6 DREAM ON Aerosmith 68900
28 22 9 7 RISE Raaginder 182550
29 18 8 7 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 208200
30 21 15 7 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 149750

31 40 31 8 OOH LA LA The Faces 88200
32 32 32 8 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 81100
33 35 33 5 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Morrissey 63800
34 61 34 2 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 25100
35 NEW 35 1 I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Tom Jones 17500
36 28 28 5 TIMBUKTU Cassper Nyovest & Los Unidades (Coldplay) featuring Stormzy & Jess Kent 81900
37 45 37 2 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 30300
38 27 3 9 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 330600
39 NEW 39 1 WICKED GAMES RAIGN 17100
40 63 40 2 MAY LOVE TRAVEL WITH YOU Paul Weller 24200

41 25 25 11 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 168400
42 31 4 13 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 400850
43 30 30 9 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 127950
44 NEW 44 1 REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade 13250
45 26 26 9 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 133700
46 33 33 6 PUNK RIGHT NOW HYO & 3LAU 73550
47 NEW 47 1 NO PLACE Backstreet Boys 12500
48 29 29 9 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 122700
49 37 37 7 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 94800
50 57 50 2 COO COO COO Santigold 22400

51 36 20 9 ALGORITHM Muse 149650
52 55 52 2 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 22300
53 41 8 12 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 277450
54 46 2 8 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 352050
55 58 55 6 PAPER DREAMS Jamie N Commons 45900
56 59 56 6 SPEECHLESS Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola 47100
57 56 1 29 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1998000
58 51 1 15 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 689550
59 NEW 59 1 (UNDERNEATH THE) LOVELY LONDON SKY Lin-Manuel Miranda 10100
60 67 60 2 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 16600

61 NEW 61 1 LONELY NIGHTS (ANGEL FACE) Captain & Tennille 7500
62 73 62 2 SIXTEEN Thomas Rhett 12800
63 38 38 7 SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee 90150
64 42 3 13 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 354900
65 65 65 2 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 14000
66 66 66 2 JAVELIN (CALLING OUT YOUR NAME) Adelphi Music Factory 13600
67 64 2 16 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 613900
68 75 68 2 NORMAL BOY Boyzone 11400
69 48 12 10 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 211500
70 NEW 70 1 EVERLASTING Take That 6000

71 72 71 2 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 11400
72 NEW 72 1 HAPPY NOW Kygo featuring Sandro Cavazza 5600
73 NEW 73 1 TRIP A LITTLE LIGHT FANTASTIC Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Blunt, Tarik Frimpong, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Nathaneal Saleh & Leeries 5400
74 NEW 74 1 PLAY Jax Jones & Years & Years 5200
75 NEW 75 1 I JUST WANT PEOPLE TO LIKE ME Robbie Williams 5000

DROP OUTS
39 22 4 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 66400
44 25 10 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 150850
50 18 4 EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS Buzzcocks 71650
52 52 4 LOVE YOU MORE Buzzcocks 40600
54 54 5 TERE NAAL NACHNA Badshah & Sunanda Sharma 44300
60 45 7 TINTS Anderson .Paak featuring Kendrick Lamar 74050
62 35 3 A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh 31100
68 40 2 MARY’S BOY CHILD/OH MY LORD Boney M 23400
69 20 9 LOVE Boyzone 131350
70 46 7 HUFF + PUFF Just A Band 66750
71 53 6 HANDS UP Merk & Kremont featuring DNCE 52650
74 41 6 SAIL AWOLNATION 60100

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My August 1970 Charts

4th August 1970

3 weeks for Cliff on top, and Elvis is on his heels at 2, how appropriate since Cliff modeled himself on early Elvis! Marmalade go for a 4th top 5, a melancholy Rainbow, and The Archies get a 5th Top 10 with a record that still has never been officially released in either the UK or the USA. Smokey Robinson gets a top ten song about tears, no not The Tracks Of My, this time it’s the equally classic Of A Clown.

Motown labelmates The Jackson 5, the hottest pop group around, enter at 13 with a third hit The Love You Save, a big improvement on ABC for me. They were the darlings of US variety shows of the time, not least the Ed Sullivan Show, which we had on TV in Singapore, albeit a while later. Look at the clip and marvel at Michael’s precociousness as performer. Fab. The other new record is at 20, Fairweather’s Natural Sinner. I’ve added it in retroactively as I didn’t hear it until 1975 while Andy Fairweather-Low was undergoing a solo career revival, having already had the hit pop group success with Amen Corner, including topping my charts in 1969 with Half As Nice. Not his finest hour, in all honesty.

1 ( 1 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
2 ( 4 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
3 ( 3 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
4 ( 2 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 12 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
6 ( 5 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
7 ( 13 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
8 ( 14 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
9 ( 8 ) LOLA The Kinks
10 ( 10 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles

11 ( 9 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
12 ( 6 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( NEW ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
14 ( 17 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
15 ( 16 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
16 ( 15 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
17 ( 19 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
18 ( 18 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
19 ( 20 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
20 ( NEW ) NATURAL SINNER Fairweather


Talking of Ed Sullivan. As I’ve said before, in many ways my TV world of the 60’s and early 70’s was much more American than British, and that held true especially in Singapore – there were UK shows but they tended to be the sci-fi shows like Doctor Who and UFO, which was the latest, most exciting. mind-blowing show for me to get hooked on. Gerry Anderson had gone into live action TV, keeping the model-making for the space-age vehicles and flying saucers, as we called them in those days. I loved it. I also loved American variety shows like Ed Sullivan, though he was very, very dull. He also regularly had an awful cute mime mouse on far too often (once was more than enough, never mind 50 times in 8 years) Topo Gigio. If I’ve repeated myself here, apologies, just take it as a warning as it’s still on youtube! Avoid!

11th August 1970

A second number one from The Archies, Love Vibrations was featured on Archie’s Funhouse, an hour-long mix of songs and sketches and short stories, with a supposed live audience of kids. See lower down for more info! On an otherwise still-dull chart, Smokey Robinson goes top 5, Jackson 5 top 10, both Motown, and there are 2 new entries, both songs Tom Jones has recorded. Just as well as his version of I (Who Have Nothing) is in at 16, a terrific dramatic ballad, with The Voice on fine form. Shirley Bassey had the UK 1963 hit version (produced by George Martin) but this was a cover of Ben E. King’s US original English-language version of an Italian hit 1961 song by Joe Sentieri.

At 20, is another cover by Three Dog Night, this time Randy Newman’s Mama Told Me Not To Come, typically lyrically quirky and interesting and 2 or 3 decades before he became a big-deal movie composer for Pixar and others. I’d prefer to hear Randy, but this passed the time till Tom Jones covered it for his Reloaded album with Stereophonics.
1 ( 7 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
2 ( 2 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
3 ( 3 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
4 ( 5 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
5 ( 8 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
6 ( 4 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
7 ( 1 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
8 ( 6 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
9 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
10 ( 13 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5

11 ( 9 ) LOLA The Kinks
12 ( 10 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
13 ( 14 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
14 ( 11 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
15 ( 16 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
16 ( NEW ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones
17 ( 15 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
18 ( 18 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
19 ( 17 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
20 ( NEW ) MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME Three Dog Night


Archie’s Funhouse and Love Vibrations: I’ve bought the series DVD in haze of rose-tinted bliss, and it’s excruciating to sit through – except for the songs. I enjoyed the Archie comics, but I loved the cartoon band pop to bits and recorded this direct off the TV at the time, tinny and all from a hand microphone onto my mid-60’s reel-to-reel (well, technically dad’s recorder but my need was greater and I acquired it pretty much so I could record every song I loved from that moment on. That was a LOT of songs and a lot of blank reel-to-reel tapes for me to save up to buy for the next 20 years. I’m obviously biased but I still love this song, written by one Neil Brian Goldberg, a songwriter who never made it but who impacted me and I hope other young kids of the time.

What happened was that music maestro and Archies producer/songwriter Jeff Barry was moving on (he of hit songwriting married couple Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich, many a legendary song like Be My Baby, Da Do Ron Ron, Leader Of The Pack, River Deep Mountain High, and of course Sugar Sugar also for the Archies without Ellie). He took on Neil who ignored instructions to dumb down the hit machine and aim for 7-year-olds – instead his subject matter for songs was the world, the environment, civil rights, fairly serious topics for kiddie-pop. I noticed. I also noticed the promo cartoon videos to accompany and the fab tunes still sung by Ron Dante. Only 4 of the dozens of songs ever made it to limited release and none are available to buy to this day, including this one. So this will be the only chart it has ever appeared in. Boo! Hiss! It’s sweet (or twee), ever-so-slightly hippie psychedelic and melodic bubblegum.

18th August 1970

It’s Elvis on top, with his second number one in just over a year, following on from In The Ghetto. The Wonder Of You was originally a 1959 hit for Ray Peterson, but Elvis notched up the drama, now entering his Las Vegas phase and it was essentially Showbiz City from here on. I was still mad on Elvis and it would be another 2 years before the increasingly naff singles caused me to lose my love – in retrospect it all started here, really, give or take, as Parody Elvis killed off Gospel Elvis. These days, The Wonder Of You is nowhere near the top of my list of classic Presley.

Cat Stevens gets to 2, just ahead of a new entry for a new act, Bread. Bread was essentially David Gates, a great songwriter with an angelic sweet vocal, which I loved, but which provoked the same reaction amongst musos as The Carpenters – sweet equals sickly in their eyes, totally unable to appreciate the song quality. Make It With You is gorgeous, and was covered in the 90’s by Let Loose, to reasonable effect.

In at 5, one of my all-time fave bands of the 70’s debut – Hot Chocolate, fresh off The Beatles Apple label, and now with Micky Most’s RAK Records, loved that yacht logo on the vinyl. Errol Brown led the mixed race combo, in itself a statement at that time, and Errol and bandmate Tony Wilson showed they were nifty songwriters pretty much immediately (writing for other acts like Mary Hopkin). The organ and strings riffs of Love Is Life and that shuffling percussive rhythm were irresistible to me, and that soaring melody just fabulous. Still love it to bits.

Also in, at 19, Andy Williams is back with It’s So Easy, my top-rated crooner of the time. Andy was never bad, and I loved that he covered current hits on his show and albums. Just look at him singing this bouncy joyous pop ditty live – effortless and stylish.

1 ( 2 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
2 ( 3 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
3 ( NEW ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
4 ( 7 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
5 ( NEW ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate

6 ( 1 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
7 ( 4 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
8 ( 6 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
9 ( 5 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
10 ( 8 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry

11 ( 10 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
12 ( 9 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( 11 ) LOLA The Kinks
14 ( 13 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
15 ( 16 ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones

16 ( 19 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
17 ( 15 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
18 ( 14 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
19 ( NEW ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
20 ( 18 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free

Back in Singapore, time for some end-of-holiday musings and summary: the long summer holiday from school was pretty literal there, hot days, comics, music, TV, swimming pool, beach, catching fish for my tank, and yet more comics. I was getting a pretty good set of new Action Comics by this time, as well as back issues of Adventure Comics, all featuring my beloved Legion Of Super-Heroes (and Superboy and Superman). I can’t understate how shaky and sweaty I would get when I came across a new issue – the surge of excitement overcame everything else. I had to have them, no matter what. By this time I was off on longer bus journeys, to Katong and Siglap bookstores and roadside kiosks, to Changi Village second-hand bookstores, and to Singapore City plush department stores newsagent sections (with grown-ups, that one, it was just that bit too daunting to go into the city on my own). Just as well I didn’t always tell where I’d been (I used to say Bedok, near where we first lived, and bring back fish from the tropical fish store for the tank as proof). Ah happy days, and I even got friend Dale to accompany me too, eventually – his parents also didn’t know. Given the red-flag bombs left locally aimed at us kids, as I’ve already said, I had to get my priorities right. I knew the risks, took no chances straying from the main bus route and the shops, and I wouldn’t have trusted strangers, but those comics were meant for me, I had to have them! I still have them….

I noticed by now that the comics I brought over from the UK were getting a bit brown and stained round the edges, so hot and humid was it, constantly. I had moth balls in the draw I kept them in, but that didn’t stop it. The expensive new ones needed to be kept as mint as possible in my obsessive eyes. I came up with a solution. Bread rolls. Or rather the bags the rolls came in, labelled with Bakers logos and so on, but otherwise transparent – I washed them out, dried them off for a day or two, and stored my comics in them one in each bag. Then inside a larger bag. It worked – they are still inside the same bags 46 years later, fairly airtight and stacked in my childhood wooden box. Some might call that anal retentive and they’d be right. But my comics are still near mint and worth a bob or two now.

25th August 1970

School hols nearly over, and it’s a reggae new entry at 1 for Desmond Dekker, finally getting the top spot after peaking at with Israelites the previous year. Written by Jamaican reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, You Can Get It If You Really Want was a fab melodic pop groove released on the super-cool reggae label Trojan. Back in 1970, though, Desmond was the big reggae star. Hot Chocolate go up to 2 with the fantastic Love Is Life, and Marmalade hold at 3 with the lovely Rainbow. New at 11, a future Kylie cover, the soulful funk of Chairmen Of The Board, starting their string of hits with one of their great singles, Give Me Just A Little More Time. Lead singer General Johnson had a terrific voice, and the creative team was ex-Motown legends Holland-Dozier-Holland on their new Invictus record label. Funkier, but still fab.

1 ( NEW ) YOU CAN GET IT IF YOU REALLY WANT Desmond Dekker
2 ( 5 ) LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
3 ( 3 ) MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread
4 ( 1 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 2 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
6 ( 6 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
7 ( 7 ) RAINBOW Marmalade
8 ( 8 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
9 ( 10 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
10 ( 9 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

11 ( NEW ) GIVE ME JUST A LITTLE MORE TIME Chairmen Of The Board
12 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( 13 ) LOLA The Kinks
14 ( 11 ) THE LOVE YOU SAVE The Jackson 5
15 ( 15 ) I (WHO HAVE NOTHING) Tom Jones
16 ( 14 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
17 ( 19 ) IT’S SO EASY Andy Williams
18 ( 16 ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
19 ( 18 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
20 ( 20 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free


Back in the tropics, what kind of games were popular in our house? I got a fab game called Battling Tops for christmas which dad and his RAF mates also pissed themselves over – it was like an old amphitheatre but curved. Basically you wrapped up to 4 spinning tops in nylon rope, placed them in the 4 starter blocks at 90 degrees around the arena, and pulled hard. They then went mad, spinning towards each other and colliding, and the winner was the one who didn’t get chucked out the arena and who spun the longest.

The grown-ups were big on Canasta, very much a social thing among young married couples, or a ladies-only bit of fun – I still adore card games but they seem to be a thing of the past generally these days. Anyway, I watched avidly behind each grown-up watching how they played till I picked it up, and eventually I got to play too. Yay!

The other big social do, again for couples, but also men’s beer-drinking gatherings at our house (cos we had a dartboard) was darts. Mum and dad went onto the main RAF camp for nights out (we stayed on our own, brother & I, locked indoors with neighbours opposite keeping an eye on the house), I was quite sensible from an early age, these days you’d be done for child abandonment but at 12 or 13 years old I certainly didn’t feel I needed a baby sitter to control my younger brother and a bit of squabbling now and then. Anyway, they won loads of team darts awards, albeit some as runners-up (still have the little wooden plaques and cups) and I got to play darts as much as I wanted. Never did get great at it, though, preferred DC Comics and pop music and American TV.

Other board games: Monopoly (of course), Careers, Scrabble, Mouse Trap, and minor ones like draughts, snakes and ladders, ludo and so on. My big new board game, though, was Chess. I joined the chess club at Seletar Secondary Modern in my first year, and liked it, and ended up getting my own super-funky magnetic chess board (still have it) which I took to my new upcoming school, where I basically spent breaks with the other nerds playing chess. Yes my days of hanging about with the cool kids running round school playgrounds and playing fields were over, the new RAF Changi Grammar School was a whole different ball game, so to speak, and I pretty quickly got labelled a “swot” which was the social kiss of death for any shy boy. To be continued in September, and day one at school…

 

My 1970 Charts – July

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7th July 1970

5 weeks and Everything Is still Beautiful for Ray Stevens. Simon & Garfunkel go up to 4 with Cecilia up in my bedroom, Lady D’Arbanville gives Cat Stevens a royal climb to 6, and Lola gives The Kinks a manly leg-up into the top 10. New at 10, and The King is back, fresh from a run of classic 1969 singles, including chart-topper In The Ghetto, but this time it’s not cool soulful gospel Elvis, it’s the start of Las Vegas live cabaret Elvis who covers other people’s records for a living. This one is 1959 Ray Peterson hit The Wonder Of You, and is still his best cabaret period track, well OTT but a bit of fun, and Elvis had yet to become a caricature of himself.

In at 14, and back in the chart groove, Jimmy Ruffin keeps those Motown soul-sounds going with I’ll Say Forever My Love, a terrific record in a run of great singles from Jimmy. In at 19, Joni Mitchell finally charts in her own right, having been covered by others prior to Big Yellow Taxi. It’s a great song, still popular, but not by any means my favourite Joni song, not even close. 5 years on she took a re-recorded version into my charts, and it would be 4 years before she actually got a follow-up chart track enter my charts.

1 ( 1 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
2 ( 2 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
3 ( 3 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
4 ( 5 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 4 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
6 ( 10 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
7 ( 6 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
8 ( 13 ) LOLA The Kinks
9 ( 7 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
10 ( NEW ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley

http://youtube.com/v/NQH_Wj5lj5g

11 ( 8 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe
12 ( 9 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
13 ( 12 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
14 ( NEW ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
15 ( 14 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
16 ( 18 ) REACH OUT AND TOUCH (SOMEBODY’S HAND) Diana Ross
17 ( 15 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR. BLOE Mr. Bloe
18 ( 19 ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey
19 ( NEW ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
20 ( 16 ) WHO’S YOUR BABY?/SENORITA RITA The Archies

http://youtube.com/v/ZgMEPk6fvpg


So, as they like to start sentences with these days, Singapore lazy hazy days of summer. My school popcorn transfer collection was becoming pretty comprehensive – I’d covered my cardboard hardboard suitcase-style school bag (everyone had them) in them, inside and out, and I’d decided to save them for posterity in a DIY mini-album made from A4 sheets cut in half and folded over, and stapled together. I still have it of course, and I am right now gazing at my gorgeous Neal Adams figures of Superman, Batman, Batgirl and Robin, still the best DC Comics artist of all time. I also had my el cheapo Far east rip-off versions of Batman/ Superman which had the hair the wrong colour, the costumes the wrong colour, and other hilarity I guess was intentionally done to avoid copyright prosecution. Either that or the artist was colour-blind. Then there’s my 2001: A Space Odyssey transfers, still sexy and still futuristic even though it’s 14-years beyond 2001 now. Not to mention my “Monkey” animation transfers (I’m sure I have already mentioned these, but y’know, whatever!) as Far East culture was just as much fair game as American to kids like me. Think of it as an early version of Kung Fu Panda! Then there’s the Cowboy transfers (think Toy Story’s Woody), the Daktari TV show transfers (Clarence The Cross-Eyed Lion was a hit long before The Lion King), and loads of Anime superheroes in the style of hit Japanese TV show Marine Boy. Anime was big news in Singapore for kids, and I have vague memories of an obscure series called Phantoma so I googled and I youtubed and he looks nothing like I recall (see link) so I’m thinking it may have been a local TV station rename for Space Ghost who does look like I recall (a Hanna Barbera cartoon) so here’s the Japanese language version. Anyways, all in all, a big yah-boo-sucks to later trends and cults for kids, beat ya all to it, so there hah (raspberry!).

http://youtube.com/v/DEFxejz3g18


14th July 1970

Mungo Jerry finally get on top in the summertime, or in Singapore where it’s perpetually summer, summer sounds seemed doubly appropriate. Once upon a time it was fresh and new and unusual, before a plethora of adverts, TV spots, film slots and a cover by Shaggy rendered it all a bit old hat, but I retain affection for it as long as I don’t hear it too often! Highest new entry at 12 is Hotlegs with the insistent plodding beat of Neanderthal Man. It seemed like a novelty record, which is not quite right as the band went on to become 75% of 10CC, who also started off with what seemed to be a novelty record, before it became quite clear that they specialised in musical pastiches, witty lyrics and versatility of sound. Prior to Hotlegs, Eric Stewart was in and sang lead vocal on the Mindbenders gorgeous Groovy Kind Of Love, another of many childhood faves of mine. After leaving the chart, Graham Gouldman joined Lol Creme, Kevin Godley and Eric (joint owner of Strawberry Studios, where they recorded, along with Graham) and that was essentially 10CC formed.

1 ( 2 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
2 ( 1 ) EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
3 ( 3 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
4 ( 4 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
5 ( 8 ) LOLA The Kinks
6 ( 6 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
7 ( 5 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
8 ( 10 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
9 ( 7 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
10 ( 9 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie

 

http://youtube.com/v/wiWu7Csn2HY

11 ( 14 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
12 ( NEW ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
13 ( 11 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe
14 ( 12 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
15 ( 13 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
16 ( 18 ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey
17 ( 15 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
18 ( 19 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
19 ( 16 ) REACH OUT AND TOUCH (SOMEBODY’S HAND) Diana Ross
20 ( 17 ) GROOVIN’ WITH MR. BLOE Mr. Bloe


Around about this time dad started buying colour slide films for the new half-frame camera – this was quite a revelation, as once he’d got a screen and slide projector we had the multicolour 60’s experience recorded for posterity at 72 shots a roll of film, and shown in glorious multicolour afterwards as big as you wanted. This was amazing, as it just captured everything about a largely-disappearing period-piece, our youth, and in the years (and decades) afterwards it kept the whole tropical Singapore world fresh and vivid. I still have boxes and boxes of slides (now sometimes looking worse for wear as time starts to let fungus and the like creep in) and no way of transferring to digital which does them justice – the focus is not quite right, the colours too pastel, the bits of dust and stuff on them stands out too much. What I need is time and expensive kit to have them back to life and saved. Here’s one of mum, dad, brother and life then ins Singapore city: mum’s crocheted handbag (arts and crafts were big with the housewives), the bottle of fanta (you needed lotsa bottles of fizzy drinks on a day out), the umbrella (when it rained it poured), the cool fashions: I’m sorry, for me fashion peaked in 1970 and it has been at it’s best since when it’s returning to similar styles of the late 60’s and very early 70’s. Call me old-fashioned…!


21st July 1970

Cliff gets his first chart-topper after a couple of number 2’s. I say first, actually Cliff’s career was the same age as me (still is, obviously!) and he’d moved over into family pop fairly early into his career and pretty much stayed there, but with an increasingly bubblegum tendency that didn’t go down well with music critics. Goodbye Sam Hello Samantha was melodic pop that appealed well enough to 12 year-old’s, about a boy dumping his mates for girls, not about tomboys blossoming into women, or boys going the Lola route (sadly, as that would have been quite a media sensation). In a hypothetical world where I started my pop charts at age 5, not 10, Cliff would have had Summer Holiday, Bacholer Boy, All My Love, The Day I Met Marie and maybe Congratulations hit the top spot, cos I loved them all. The Day I Met Marie eventually did top my chart, and there’s still time for The Next Time (double A with Bacholer Boy) to do the same, though the others have all passed that point now.

Simon & Garfunkel get yet another single fall just short of the top spot, the fab Cecilia at 2, as Elvis and Cat go top 5, Hotlegs go top 10, and the highest new entry at 13 is one I was mad on, recorded direct off the TV with a hand microphone from The Archies Fun House show. Love Vibrations inexpicably remains unreleased 45 years later, and of course is therefore the record I most want to be available on download, or CD, or vinyl. It’s just a great tune, and much better than a number of their rather odd singles choices following the monster that was Sugar Sugar. Pretty sure it never appeared in any chart, therefore, on the whole Planet Earth, so I’m singing it’s praises a lone voice in the wilderness, albeit through childhood rose-tinted specs. At 18, and much better-known, it’s Stevie Wonder again, Signed, Sealed, Delivered he’s yours. Even covered by Stevie himself in 2003 with Blue (it wasn’t an improvement on the original) it gave him a 21st century UK chart hit that wasn’t Superstition (it usually is). The youtube clip is a gem, cool Stevie and spot missus Syreeta on backing vocals. At 20, Pickettywich sneak in briefly again with a sad old movie, kinda. S’OK.

http://youtube.com/v/Po1ffbk5JA0

1 ( 3 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
2 ( 4 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
3 ( 1 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
4 ( 6 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
5 ( 8 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
6 ( 5 ) LOLA The Kinks
7 ( 7 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
8 ( 12 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
9 ( 9 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles
10 ( 10 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie

http://youtube.com/v/zxexKLsLpw0

11 ( 11 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
12 ( 18 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
13 ( NEW ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
14 ( 14 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops
15 ( 15 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
16 ( 13 ) SALLY Gerry Monroe
17 ( 17 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys
18 ( NEW ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
19 ( 16 ) SOMETHING Shirley Bassey
20 ( NEW ) (IT’S LIKE A) SAD OLD KINDA MOVIE Pickettywich

http://youtube.com/v/cbKVfq49tII

What was reading at this time, apart from comics? Just William books (very British), The Bobbsey Twins books (very American), Enid Blyton books (still) though I’d moved more into the “Secret” and “Adventure” books and away from The Famous Five and The Secret Seven (very Dorset). I’d already dipped into Arthur C. Clarke (Dolphin Island, a long-forgotten pro-dolphin sci-fi yarn aimed at kids) which whetted my appetite for science-fiction, without actually being aware that was what it was, or that more was available in that genre. My fave books of all-time, though were The Secret Island (Blyton) and Dolphin Island (Clarke) and the 1858 R. M. Ballantyne novel The Coral Island. Hmmm, I seem to have a thing for being marooned on/or living on isolated islands, particularly tropical ones, and ones with animals I can love (as opposed to eat). It all seemed so glamorous being able to do exactly what you want, in co-operation, on a marvellous adventure. Or maybe I just liked living in my own world cos the real one is quite cruel. No change there then….

28th July 1970

2 weeks for Cliff and Samantha, Cat hits 3 with his lady, and Jimmy Ruffin gets a 2nd top 10 in a row. In at 12 it’s another country-flavoured melodic ballad from the under-rated Scottish band Marmalade, Rainbow is another sweet-sad pop song in the style of The Hollies or Crosby Stills & Nash, and follows-up my chart-topper Reflections Of My Life. Like The Monkees they generally (against their wishes) were forced to record songs by professional songwriters, (good records all the same) but in 1969 switched to Decca and produced their own songs. Their line-up had Junior Campbell, later of solo gospel-tinged singles success, and they rather sensibly changed the band name from The Gaylords. Pity they didn’t choose The Jam rather than The Marmalade though! Hendrix was an early supporter, little-known fact.

At 14, it’s an oldie, and a classic. Yes, shockingly, Tears Of A Clown was an obscure 1967 Smokey Robinson & The Miracles album track which Motown bizarrely failed to recognise as a smash hit classic. The UK was a big supporter of 60’s Motown tracks well into the 70’s, and this one actually topped the UK singles chart before happening in the USA – it also stopped Smokey leaving the band for another 2 years! The record? It’s perfect. The circus-themed riffs, the clever lyrics, the great vocal, and the tune, all perfect. No cover version, including the hit ska cover by The Beat, comes close to matching the sheer beauty of the original. Smokey is a much-admired songwriter by other professional songwriters, and he even had a song all about him: ABC’s When Smokey Sings. Nuff said. In at 19, Chicago are back with 25 Or 6 To 4 – no I still have no idea what it means either. It’s a great jazz-tinged rock groove though, with some mighty riffs. The future held decades of tedious ballads (mostly) but in 1970 they were still cool.

1 ( 1 ) GOODBY SAM HELLO SAMANTHA Cliff Richard
2 ( 2 ) CECILIA Simon And Garfunkel
3 ( 4 ) LADY D’ARBANVILLE Cat Stevens
4 ( 5 ) THE WONDER OF YOU Elvis Presley
5 ( 3 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry

6 ( 8 ) NEANDERTHAL MAN Hotlegs
7 ( 7 ) HONEY COME BACK Glen Campbell
8 ( 6 ) LOLA The Kinks
9 ( 11 ) I’LL SAY FOREVER MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
10 ( 9 ) THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles

http://youtube.com/v/MeMS8SuHPs0

11 ( 10 ) YELLOW RIVER Christie
12 ( NEW ) RAINBOW Marmalade
13 ( 13 ) LOVE VIBRATIONS The Archies
14 ( NEW ) TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
15 ( 14 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Four Tops

http://youtube.com/v/HsI-DB-25e8

16 ( 12 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Joni Mitchell
17 ( 18 ) SIGNED SEALED DELIVERED I’M YOURS Stevie Wonder
18 ( 15 ) ALL RIGHT NOW Free
19 ( NEW ) 25 OR 6 TO 4 Chicago
20 ( 17 ) COTTONFIELDS The Beach Boys

http://youtube.com/v/WLiuMkGCOC4


The youtube clip of Tears Of A Clown is taken from The Andy Williams Show, Andy was coolest of the crooners and a family fave, his variety show had his extended family on it (actual wife Claudine Longet, and unrelated regulars The Osmond Brothers) and big big Hollywood and TV superstars, and big singers and up and coming upstarts like Elton John and The Jackson 5. The Cookie Bear was a running gag beloved of kids like me, and in this clip you have Ray Stevens doing his novelty hit Along Came Jones with Andy doing the female role, comic Danny Thomas joining in, and 7-year-old Jimmy Osmond as cowboy hero Jones. Cute!

http://youtube.com/v/0d4ahG7kh-Y

My 1975 Charts – June

Gloucester way back when on a dull day

Gloucester way back when on a dull day


75 vids….click click

3rd June 1975

It’s another in a long run of one-weeker’s on top as Roy Wood gets his final solo number one, Oh What A Shame, and his last ever bar numerous returns of the Wizzard christmas classic. To be fair, it’s OK but nothing special, I just happened to be a major Roy Wood fan, so that gives him a grand total of 3 consecutive solo number ones in 3 years, plus 4 consecutive Wizzard chart-toppers, the first 1972 Electric Light Orchestra single and number one (10538 Overture) and a chart-topper in 1969 with Blackberry Way. A total of 9 number ones means the only act that could compete in terms of numbers of chart-toppers were song-writers Chinn-Chapman who also had 9 (with Mud and Sweet), although if I cheated and included Beatles solo singles it would be 12 for the Fabs (plus loads pre-chart, frankly they would be clear in front anyway).

In at 6, it’s a new entry for 10CC and their 6th Top 10 (including Hotlegs, which was 10CC more or less), and it’s a radical departure as they bring in lush multi-tracked vocals on one of the great ballads of all-time, a gorgeous love song which is all about lost love despite the title I’m Not In Love. The lads always, always clever, and in this case heart-breakingly showing they can be clever-emotional as well as clever-witty or clever-bitter or clever-playful. For me, the most consistently under-rated act of the 70’s, musically varied and with a 60’s pedigree already as teenage hit-makers. I’m Not In Love was recently featured to great effect at the start of Guardians Of The Galaxy, Marvel movie sci-fi blockbuster. Quite right too…

Elsewhere, Neil Sedaka’s poignant The Immigrant goes top 10, his 3rd, Kenny grab an instant top 20 hit with new entry Baby I Love You OK at 18 outdoing both their previous UK singles chart big hits in my charts, where they didn’t quite grab me much. At 22 the fantastic Jackie Blue is up 24 places, just ahead of fab smooth soul track Walkin’ In Rhythm, from The Blackbyrds. At 25 the fun African-rhythm chugging disco sounds of Hamilton Bohannon’s Disco Stomp give him 2 top 40 hits in a row, as Billy Swan re-enters his original version of the cover of Elvis Presley’s Don’t Be Cruel into my charts after Mike Berry beat him to it, in at 28.

Speedy Keen gets his first top 40 since mega-number one Something In The Air in 1969, while actual 1969 hit I’m Gonna Make You Mine is back again for Lou Christie at 31. At 40 Tony Orlando is now top-billing Dawn, and getting less bubblegum and increasingly MOR on his 8th chart hit in 4 years, and another UK flop, though it was enormous in the USA. In at 41, it’s Jason Sinclair doing a reggae cover of a song I loved from way back, End Of The World, and which had already charted when reissued for Skeeter Davis earlier in the year. The arrangement is pure Ken Boothe, the vocal is pretty naff, not altogether unsurprisingly as it’s an attempt at a proper hit from the very rude, crude and successful Judge Dread. None of his UK chart hits got radio play, and though I did have Big Six on a compilation album I didn’t chart it, or Big Seven, or Big Eight, or…you get the picture.

Finally, at 50, it’s a Bad Time with Grand Funk Railroad, who had already hit my top 5 with their version of The Locomotion in 1974, following in the wake of Little Eva’s original in 1972. Bad Time is their own song, and was eventually covered in 1995 by The Jayhawks to great effect when it finally became a UK hit 20 years late for Grand Funk to chart with it. As I like music-links, Neil Sedaka went out with Carole King in High School and wrote Oh Carol for her, which became a hit. Carole wrote her own songs (with boyfriend/future hubby Gerry Goffin) when she was also a teenager, and like Neil had a creative singer-songwriter resurgence in the early 70’s. Oh Carol was a hit all over again in the UK in 1972, as was Carole’s It Might As Well Rain Until September. As was Carole’s hit song for her babysitter Little Eva, The Locomotion, which Grand Funk covered successfully in 1974. Another song much covered written by Carole was Halfway To Paradise, as recorded originally by Tony Orlando in the early 60‘s before the hits dried up and he morphed along into the group Dawn bigger and better. The other weekend I went to see the Carole King Musical, Beautiful, which I enjoyed much, albeit in a more domestic style than the similarly life-story-based Jersey Boys. I do enjoy linked themes.

1 ( 6 ) OH WHAT A SHAME Roy Wood
2 ( 4 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker
3 ( 3 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
4 ( 2 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
5 ( 5 ) LISTEN TO WHAT THE MAN SAID Wings
6 ( NEW ) I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC
7 ( 7 ) THREE STEPS TO HEAVEN Showaddywaddy
8 ( 1 ) SAVE ME Silver Convention
9 ( 8 ) IMAGINE ME IMAGINE YOU Fox
10 ( 14 ) THE IMMIGRANT Neil Sedaka

11 ( 19 ) ROLL OVER LAY DOWN Status Quo
12 ( 11 ) I WANNA DANCE WIT’ CHOO (DO DAT DANCE) Disco Tex And The Sex-o-lettes
13 ( 9 ) AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk
14 ( 15 ) THE PROUD ONE The Osmonds
15 ( 18 ) HEY YOU Bachman-Turner Overdrive
16 ( 10 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
17 ( 12 ) STAND BY ME John Lennon
18 ( NEW ) BABY I LOVE YOU O.K. Kenny
19 ( 16 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Eric Clapton
20 ( 13 ) THE WAY WE WERE/TRY TO REMEMBER Gladys Knight And The Pips

21 ( 21 ) SEND IN THE CLOWNS Judy Collins
22 ( 46 ) JACKIE BLUE Ozark Mountain Daredevils
23 ( NEW ) WALKIN’ IN RHYTHM The Blackbyrds
24 ( 32 ) THE STRIPPER Quill
25 ( NEW ) DISCO STOMP Hamilton Bohannon
26 ( 28 ) DISCO QUEEN Hot Chocolate
27 ( 22 ) SEND SOME LOVE Lelly Boone
28 ( RE ) DON’T BE CRUEL Billy Swan
29 ( 45 ) SOMEONE TO LOVE Speedy Keen
30 ( 25 ) MONY MONY Tommy James And The Shondells

31 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie
32 ( 20 ) PAPA OOM MOW MOW The Sharonettes
33 ( 29 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
34 ( 40 ) SENDING OUT AN S.O.S. Retta Young
35 ( 17 ) WOMBLING WHITE TIE AND TAILS The Wombles
36 ( 23 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
37 ( 24 ) DING-A-DONG Teach-In
38 ( 41 ) JIVE TALKING The Bee Gees
39 ( 31 ) I LOVE YOU FOR YOUR MIND (NOT YOUR BODY) A Raincoat
40 ( NEW ) HE DON’T LOVE YOU (LIKE I LOVE YOU) Tony Orlando and Dawn

41 ( NEW ) END OF THE WORLD Jason Sinclair
42 ( 30 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
43 ( 27 ) CHILD OF LOVE Caston And Majors
44 ( 34 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
45 ( 35 ) HURT SO GOOD Susan Cadogan
46 ( 36 ) FOX ON THE RUN The Sweet
47 ( 37 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
48 ( 38 ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
49 ( 39 ) SKIING IN THE SNOW Wigan’s Ovation
50 ( NEW ) BAD TIME Grand Funk Railroad


The weather in 1975 was hot hot hot. I know this cos I was well into revision mode for GCE O Levels, at home and at school in free periods. Happy days, to be honest, I enjoyed myself thoroughly in the 6th form block, there were no bullies for the first time in my school life, and it was the best school year I’d had since 1970, socially. I probably should have just gone straight into A levels in retrospect as I wouldn’t have been trying to play catch-up on coursework for a change. Hey ho, the past is the past. Music was still my main love, of course, at 17.


10th June 1975

10CC get their 3rd number one inside 3 years, as heartbreaker I’m Not In Love breezes deservedly to the top. Donna in 1972 was a 50’s teen pastiche of sorts, and Wall Street Shuffle in 1974 was a bitter brilliant rock attack on greedy brokers and bankers, so they certainly could never be accused of sticking to a format. Highest new entry is 1972 soul classic Have You Seen Her returning the top 5, as it is a reissued double A side hit with 1972 former-chart-topper of mine Oh Girl, which enters at 19 listed on it’s own. I never understood how the huge US hit was such a minor UK hit. Both tracks would be covered in the 90’s minus the Eugene Record soulfulness.

This all bad news for Status Quo who hit 6 with Roll Over Lay Down for a 5th top 10, but who would otherwise have a new peak of 2 if not for all the oldies hogging the top 5. Hamilton Bohannon and The Blackbyrds also go top 10, as 2 major classics (for me) enter at 11 and 15. The Hustle was a new sophisticated disco instrumental (mostly) sound signaling in a new disco dance and a chorus of Do It and Do The Hustle under the creative production of Van McCoy who was also busy writing and producing other soul acts at the time. Fab! Ray Stevens had continued to pop into my charts since his 1970 chart-topper Everything Is Beautiful, but most of them were novelty tracks. This was his first proper comeback with a seriously brilliant country re-invention cover of Johnny Mathis’ haunting ballad Misty. Uptempo, catchy, great arrangement, and for my money the best country record since Johnny Cash hit my top spot in 1972 with A Thing Called Love.

Funk and soul rules as Earth, Wind & Fire debut at 20 with Shining Star, a UK flop, but a good record. Verdine White is currently back with Flo Rida in the singles charts, and the band had a recent good new single some 39 years on. Nuff said. Another more novelty-ish example of the genre is in at 21 for Tony Camillo, the shouty, funky Dy-no-mite. Lynn Paul is back at 29, with new advert-song It Oughta Sell A Million, and Nazereth return at 38 with a fab rock-it-up cover of cult 60’s Tomorrow single My White Bicycle, their 4th chart entry. At 48, another rock cover, this time The Doobie Brothers get a 2nd hit with the fab Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While) a Holland-Dozier-Holland gem that hit for Kim Weston and The Isley Brothers in the 60’s.

1 ( 6 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC
2 ( 2 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker
3 ( 3 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
4 ( 4 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
5 ( NEW ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER The Chi-Lites
6 ( 11 ) ROLL OVER LAY DOWN Status Quo
7 ( 25 ) DISCO STOMP Hamilton Bohannon
8 ( 1 ) OH WHAT A SHAME Roy Wood
9 ( 23 ) WALKIN’ IN RHYTHM The Blackbyrds
10 ( 10 ) THE IMMIGRANT Neil Sedaka

11 ( NEW ) THE HUSTLE Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
12 ( 22 ) JACKIE BLUE Ozark Mountain Daredevils
13 ( 18 ) BABY I LOVE YOU O.K. Kenny
14 ( 9 ) IMAGINE ME IMAGINE YOU Fox
15 ( 5 ) LISTEN TO WHAT THE MAN SAID Wings
16 ( NEW ) MISTY Ray Stevens
17 ( 8 ) SAVE ME Silver Convention
18 ( 13 ) AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk
19 ( NEW ) OH GIRL The Chi-Lites
20 ( NEW ) SHINING STAR Earth, Wind And Fire

21 ( NEW ) DYNOMITE Tony Camillo’s Bazuka
22 ( 12 ) I WANNA DANCE WIT’ CHOO (DO DAT DANCE) Disco Tex And The Sex-o-lettes
23 ( 7 ) THREE STEPS TO HEAVEN Showaddywaddy
24 ( 26 ) DISCO QUEEN Hot Chocolate
25 ( 38 ) JIVE TALKING The Bee Gees
26 ( 16 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
27 ( 17 ) STAND BY ME John Lennon
28 ( 15 ) HEY YOU Bachman-Turner Overdrive
29 ( NEW ) IT OUGHTA SELL A MILLION Lynn Paul
30 ( 31 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie

31 ( 14 ) THE PROUD ONE The Osmonds
32 ( 24 ) THE STRIPPER Quill
33 ( 19 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Eric Clapton
34 ( 28 ) DON’T BE CRUEL Billy Swan
35 ( 27 ) SEND SOME LOVE Lelly Boone
36 ( 40 ) HE DON’T LOVE YOU (LIKE I LOVE YOU) Dawn featuring Tony Orlando
37 ( 34 ) SENDING OUT AN S.O.S. Retta Young
38 ( NEW ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Nazereth
39 ( 37 ) DING-A-DONG Teach-In
40 ( 36 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band

41 ( RE ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE Joe And Didi
42 ( 29 ) SOMEONE TO LOVE Speedy Keen
43 ( 30 ) MONY MONY Tommy James And The Shondells
44 ( 20 ) THE WAY WE WERE/TRY TO REMEMBER Gladys Knight And The Pips
45 ( 32 ) PAPA OOM MOW MOW The Sharonettes
46 ( 33 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
47 ( 50 ) BAD TIME Grand Funk Railroad
48 ( NEW ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS (ROCK ME) The Doobie Brothers
49 ( 39 ) I LOVE YOU FOR YOUR MIND (NOT YOUR BODY) A Raincoat
50 ( 21 ) SEND IN THE CLOWNS Judy Collins


In TV, Captain Pugwash finally ended, to my relief, as I’d hated it as long as it had been running, cheap crap compared to Top Cat, Flintstones, Tom & Jerry, any Hanna Barbera and even The Magic Roundabout. Jaws premiered in the States a few days after this chart, and became a sensation, moving on to be all-time box-champ (not allowing for inflation, of course, as Gone With The Wind was and still is the biggest film of all-time). It made Steven Spielberg the Director of the moment and along with the great TV movie Duel, made me a fan of his. The John Williams score, that head dropping out of the hole in the boat, the camera angles, all top stuff. There was a shark too!


17th June 1975

The chart goes haywire as I get to be home-based, left-alone unsupervised in our RAF Innsworth, Gloucester, house for a week as my parents and brother go to Skeggy for a week’s holiday while I revise and do exams. The weather was scorching, and my record player was faulty so I was playing my 2 new singles in the downstairs radiogram, notably The Hustle which leaps to number 1 and well over 2 months of 1-week-only number ones. The Hustle was, and is, fab. Even better is the one at 2, Misty, with Ray Stevens leaping to get his second-highest chart hit. Fab. An even bigger jump for Tony Camillo’s Bazuka as funky Dynomite hits 3 for a top 5 clear-out, bar The Chi-Lites up to 4.

Highest new entry at 6 is a Mud oldie dating from their 1973 tango-glam days, which I loved, Moonshine Sally, and was a RAK cash-in as they changed labels and went self-written. It’s also their 8th top 10, and sounds not entirely (and unsurprisingly) like early Sweet – some of their hits were rejected singles for The Sweet. The gorgeous Jackie Blue hits the 10, Nazereth cycle into the top 20, the Bee Gees jive in, and in at 16 3 years after it failed to make my charts (non-top-30 hits were excluded, sadly) the brilliant Break from Aphrodite’s Child, a Greek prog-rock outfit that spawned Demis Roussos and Vangelis, neither of whom feature much on this track as the group was disintegrating, but what a record to go out on, just brilliant.

At 21, new in thanks to a free flexi-disc music magazine giveaway I bought, Olivia Newton-John’s rather good Please Mr. Please – it would get a formal release 2 years later, after hitting the US charts. Van McCoy’s B side cover of Disco Tex pops in at 28, just behind the man himself, as my Roxy fandom brings in Eno’s second chart entry, a year after Seven Deadly Fins (which I still can’t buy) he does possibly the most unlikely cover ever (which is also not available on itunes) – The Lion Sleeps Tonight. Had I been charting tracks outside the UK top 30 in 1972 there would have been 2 versions in my charts from Robert John (the big US hit) and Dave Newman (the UK minor hit), but Eno gets my first official chart entry with it a good 7 years ahead of Tight Fit. Wimoweh! In at 31, Steve Harley has a 4th chart entry with another Mr. – Raffles this time, not Soft. Tammy Wynette has another country oldie chart in the UK and in at 36, the rather oddly juxtaposed song about divorce to follow-on her standing by her man. No pleasing some people! At 41, Bobby Goldsboro is back for the 4th time, following up his 1968 oldie chart-topper with a newie not quite in the same league. Finally, the fab Johnny Nash returns after a 3 year absence with Tears On My Pillow, his 7th hit since his 1968 debut, Hold Me Tight.

1 ( 11 ) THE HUSTLE Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
2 ( 16 ) MISTY Ray Stevens
3 ( 21 ) DYNOMITE Tony Camillo’s Bazuka
4 ( 5 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER The Chi-Lites
5 ( 7 ) DISCO STOMP Hamilton Bohannon
6 ( NEW ) MOONSHINE SALLY Mud
7 ( 9 ) WALKIN’ IN RHYTHM The Blackbyrds
8 ( 10 ) THE IMMIGRANT Neil Sedaka
9 ( 1 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC
10 ( 12 ) JACKIE BLUE Ozark Mountain Daredevils

11 ( 4 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
12 ( 2 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker
13 ( 3 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
14 ( 8 ) OH WHAT A SHAME Roy Wood
15 ( 6 ) ROLL OVER LAY DOWN Status Quo
16 ( NEW ) BREAK Aphrodite’s Child
17 ( 19 ) OH GIRL The Chi-Lites
18 ( 20 ) SHINING STAR Earth, Wind And Fire
19 ( 38 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Nazereth
20 ( 25 ) JIVE TALKING The Bee Gees

21 ( NEW ) PLEASE MR. PLEASE Olivia Newton-John
22 ( 14 ) IMAGINE ME IMAGINE YOU Fox
23 ( 13 ) BABY I LOVE YOU O.K. Kenny
24 ( 18 ) AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk
25 ( 29 ) IT OUGHTA SELL A MILLION Lynn Paul
26 ( 17 ) SAVE ME Silver Convention
27 ( 22 ) I WANNA DANCE WIT’ CHOO (DO DAT DANCE) Disco Tex And The Sex-o-lettes
28 ( NEW ) GET DANCING Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
29 ( NEW ) THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT Eno
30 ( 15 ) LISTEN TO WHAT THE MAN SAID Wings

31 ( NEW ) MR. RAFFLES (MAN IT WAS MEAN) Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
32 ( 30 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie
33 ( 48 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS (ROCK ME) The Doobie Brothers
34 ( 27 ) STAND BY ME John Lennon
35 ( 26 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
36 ( NEW ) D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Tammy Wynette
37 ( 24 ) DISCO QUEEN Hot Chocolate
38 ( 35 ) SEND SOME LOVE Lelly Boone
39 ( 39 ) DING-A-DONG Teach-In
40 ( 40 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band

41 ( NEW ) AND THEN THERE WAS GINA Bobby Goldsboro
42 ( 28 ) HEY YOU Bachman-Turner Overdrive
43 ( 23 ) THREE STEPS TO HEAVEN Showaddywaddy
44 ( 36 ) HE DON’T LOVE YOU (LIKE I LOVE YOU) Dawn featuring Tony Orlando
45 ( NEW ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Johnny Nash
46 ( 47 ) BAD TIME Grand Funk Railroad
47 ( 41 ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE Joe And Didi
48 ( 37 ) SENDING OUT AN S.O.S. Retta Young
49 ( 33 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Eric Clapton
50 ( 31 ) THE PROUD ONE The Osmonds

As I said, I’d been left Home Alone at 17, and enjoyed having the place to myself, making a daily Instant Whip to cool off from the heat, playing tennis with schoolmate Pete when not revising or in school doing exams, watching exciting Ebola-predicting Survivors on TV, and Top Of The Pops in colour for a change instead of on my black and white portable. I fancied a frozen sweet to cool down so tried freezing a banana in the deep freeze. When I thawed it out a bit it turned to brown mush. Worth trying that one for yourself! I was left in charge of brother’s hamster, who lived in the shed in his cage – and the little bugger escaped never to return. I still get the blame for that one, though I don’t see how I would have left the door open! The shed wasn’t locked mind you. All in all I was having the best time in my life since leaving Singapore 4 years earlier, cos exams have never worried me – I find revision tedious, and just have to have background music on (Radio 1) which would explain the frantic chart activity as I got to hear so much of the playlist, a bit overkill for poor 10CC who plummeted with an actual classic, from the top.


24th June 1975

yet another one-weeker on top as fab Van McCoy is ejected by fabber Ray Stevens and Misty, one of the oldest songs to top my chart at that point, a whopping 20 years old. Well, it WAS before I was born! 20 years old is quite recent to me these days! Anyway the terrific country arrangement gives Ray his 3rd chart-topper, following Everything Is Beautiful in 1970 and The Streak in 1974. Nazereth’s My White Bicycle meanwhile changes gear and pedals to 5, a second top 5 for them surpassed only by Bad Bad Boy in 1973 which hit 2. After slowly climbing, The Bee Gees finally jive into the top 10 with the funktabulous Jive Talkin’, and get their biggest track since 1971 and 8th top 10 in total (including Robin’s solo hits) or 10th top 10 song, including The Marbles and Nina Simone covers.

The highest new entry is in at 7 for pop husband and wife team Captain And Tenille, a great US chart-topping cover of Neil Sedaka’s Love Will Keep Us Together, one which not only wasn’t a single for him, it was released as a freebie flexi-disc at the time to boot. Rather co-incidentally his own The Immigrant is booted out of the top 10. In at 19 Syreeta’s back with some help from ex-husband Stevie Wonder, both on the song, the production and backing vocals, for the caribbean-sounding uptempo Harmour Love. They’d been working together for 5 years by then (just take a look at any early 70’s writing credits for Stevie Wonder songs, she’s the other half of the Wonder/Wright credits, including songs they gave away like It’s A Shame (to the Motown – or Detroit – Spinners).

At 23 it’s a chart debut for Sister Sledge with a 2-year-old pop soul funky dance track which sounded like a Jackson 5 record at the time, due to 14-year-old Kathy Sledge’s lead vocal. Sadly the Top Of The Pops performance seems to have been wiped cos I recall they looked as young as they sounded. It would be another 4 years before they claimed their Chic-tastic bit of immortality that just kept on giving through the following decades, but this was a great little pop track. In at 27, veteran Frankie Valli is back again with his 3rd chart entry, and after many a Four Seasons cover version, with the soulful and under-rated Swearin’ To God, which is a more laid-back MOR groove following on from Can’t Take My Eyes Off You 8 years earlier, without the hook, but with that fab guitar solo that pops up, and a female duet vocal assist from Patti Austin. Like all of his greatest hits, bar one (Grease), it was sort of a Four Seasons song, insasmuch as Bob Crewe co-wrote it but without Bob Gaudio’s usual leading melody – but it was great anyway.

In at 40, The Three Degrees get a 5th entry (including MFSB tracks), with Long Lost Lover, as The Rubettes exclaim Foe Dee O Dee for a 5th chart visit, and as the 50‘s glam-rock sound brings diminishing returns ahead of some subsequent actual varied singles releases. At 48, Dean Martin’s 50’s crooner classic Memories Are Made Of This brings back memories of his TV Variety show for me as it gets reissued to give him a second chart entry 6 years on from Gentle On My Mind. At 49, Alvin Stardust’s glam-days are also on the diminishing returns bandwagon, Sweet Cheatin’ Rita being his 6th entry, but an improvement on his two previous dull ballads. Finally, popping in briefly at 50, an American chart hit, or rather an America Chart hit 3 years after their last one, the fab Horse With No Name and that fantastically-riffed Ventura Highway, as substantially borrowed by Janet Jackson 30 years later. Although they got their break in the UK, as sons of American servicemen in the UK, they became rather big in the States and rather not-very-big-at-all in the UK forever after, which is a shame cos their pseudo-Neil Young beginnings became rather sweetly pseudo-Eagles harmony singles which carried on well into the 80’s. Sister Golden Hair was a chart-topper in the States, and hardly a hit anywhere else, but I liked it at least!

1 ( 2 ) MISTY Ray Stevens
2 ( 1 ) THE HUSTLE Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
3 ( 5 ) DISCO STOMP Hamilton Bohannon
4 ( 4 ) HAVE YOU SEEN HER The Chi-Lites
5 ( 19 ) MY WHITE BICYCLE Nazereth
6 ( 20 ) JIVE TALKING The Bee Gees
7 ( NEW ) LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER Captain And Tenille
8 ( 6 ) MOONSHINE SALLY Mud
9 ( 3 ) DYNOMITE Tony Camillo’s Bazuka
10 ( 10 ) JACKIE BLUE Ozark Mountain Daredevils

11 ( 7 ) WALKIN’ IN RHYTHM The Blackbyrds
12 ( 8 ) THE IMMIGRANT Neil Sedaka
13 ( 16 ) BREAK Aphrodite’s Child
14 ( 11 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
15 ( 12 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker
16 ( 13 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
17 ( 9 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC
18 ( NEW ) HARMOUR LOVE Syreeta
19 ( 15 ) ROLL OVER LAY DOWN Status Quo
20 ( 25 ) IT OUGHTA SELL A MILLION Lynn Paul

21 ( 21 ) PLEASE MR. PLEASE Olivia Newton-John
22 ( 29 ) THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT Eno
23 ( NEW ) MAMA NEVER TOLD ME Sister Sledge
24 ( 18 ) SHINING STAR Earth, Wind And Fire
25 ( 33 ) TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS (ROCK ME) The Doobie Brothers
26 ( 17 ) OH GIRL The Chi-Lites
27 ( NEW ) SWEARING TO GOD Frankie Valli
28 ( 14 ) OH WHAT A SHAME Roy Wood
29 ( 46 ) BAD TIME Grand Funk Railroad
30 ( 31 ) MR. RAFFLES (MAN IT WAS MEAN) Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel

31 ( 26 ) SAVE ME Silver Convention
32 ( 24 ) AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk
33 ( 22 ) IMAGINE ME IMAGINE YOU Fox
34 ( 32 ) I’M GONNA MAKE YOU MINE Lou Christie
35 ( 41 ) AND THEN THERE WAS GINA Bobby Goldsboro
36 ( 30 ) LISTEN TO WHAT THE MAN SAID Wings
37 ( 45 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Johnny Nash
38 ( 28 ) GET DANCING Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
39 ( 27 ) I WANNA DANCE WIT’ CHOO (DO DAT DANCE) Disco Tex And The Sex-o-lettes
40 ( NEW ) LONG LOST LOVER The Three Degrees

41 ( 34 ) STAND BY ME John Lennon
42 ( 35 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
43 ( 40 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
44 ( 39 ) DING-A-DONG Teach-In
45 ( 38 ) SEND SOME LOVE Lelly Boone
46 ( 23 ) BABY I LOVE YOU O.K. Kenny
47 ( NEW ) FOE-DEE-O-DEE The Rubettes
48 ( NEW ) MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS Dean Martin
49 ( NEW ) SWEET CHEATIN’ RITA Alvin Stardust
50 ( NEW ) SISTER GOLDEN HAIR America

My 2015 Charts – January to April

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26th April 2015

It’s Jimmy Somerville edging out Will Young, and it’s a first chart-topper for Jimmy including all of his previous incarnations, so he’s only had to wait patiently for, ooh, nigh on 31 years to get there with his lovely 70’s Philly-sounding soul retro pop track. Some wonder! Will has had one previous chart-topper (Friday’s Child in 2004) so Love Revolution is his 2nd biggest in 13 years or so. Brandon Flowers has also had one previous solo number one (a huge 7-weeker) Crossfire in 2010, and Somebody Told Me with The Killers in 2004, so up at 5 Can’t Deny My Love is his biggest track in 5 years.

Eurovision already has 2 tracks in my charts now, Denmark joining the UK as an early favourite at 47. I’ve flicked through the album on itunes giving each track a few seconds and they seem to fall into the “let’s copy Conchita Wurst” category or the “let’s do pop dance” category, so I’d guess that any track that doesn’t sound like all the others will do better than expected. Hello Electro Velvet! Some previous recent number one acts also return, Miami Horror featuring Cleopold, and Of Monsters And Men, and some older number one acts – Texas and Simply Red. Texas had loads in the 90’s and early 2000’s, Simply Red had two: Fairground in 1995 and Sunrise in 2003.

1 4 1 3 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 290000
2 5 2 3 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 217000
3 1 1 4 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 443750
4 8 4 6 DIMITTO (LET GO) Kato and Safri Duo featuring Bjornskof 251300
5 30 5 3 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 95200
6 2 2 3 OVERLOADED Life Of Dillon 255000
7 3 1 7 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 760000
8 9 8 3 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 116000
9 20 9 7 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 144200
10 17 10 4 LOST STARS Stevie McCrorie 95250

11 6 1 9 KING Years And Years 601000
12 7 4 6 I’LL BE THERE Chic featuring Nile Rodgers 295000
13 15 13 3 UNDAUNTED Wibi Soerjadi 78500
14 14 14 6 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 145400
15 10 4 7 BULLETPROOF PICASSO Train 305250
16 16 16 3 WE HAVE TO TALK About The Girl 69250
17 19 17 12 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 221500
18 11 7 7 HIGHER Sigma featuring Labrinth 230400
19 25 19 5 THE OTHER SIDE OF LOVE Jack Savoretti 88950
20 27 20 8 SUGAR DADDY Spada 130400

21 18 18 4 PEACE AND TRANQUILITY ABC 77250
22 12 12 6 ELECTRIC LOVE Burns 169500
23 13 1 10 LOST STARS Adam Levine 632250
24 31 1 19 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 923400
25 29 25 3 I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Elicit featuring Prince 54750
26 34 26 2 COOL ENOUGH Spada and Elen Levon 36100
27 32 27 8 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 113950
28 23 1 14 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 857550
29 22 15 7 STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Electro Velvet 136000
30 62 30 3 EGO Tove Styrke 32000

31 24 1 12 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 632500
32 35 32 2 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 35300
33 33 27 6 SUMMERTIME BOY Seasick Steve 97500
34 36 34 2 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 35000
35 RE 35 5 LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE The Summer Set 74600
36 26 9 8 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 189900
37 39 37 3 CURTAINS Last Lynx 44600
38 44 38 3 ELECTRIC BONES Findlay 43700
39 59 39 2 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 27200
40 43 40 2 DYNAMITE Asta featuring Allday 30500

41 27 2 13 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 659400
42 45 42 17 ALFIE Cilla Black 151450
43 21 12 6 FAITH IN YOU Lulu 124850
44 46 44 2 INSOMNIA Audien featuring Parson James 26000
45 RE 45 5 COLD WAR Niykee Heaton 48400
46 41 4 9 EDGE OF SEVENTEEN Stevie Nicks 250250
47 NEW 47 1 THE WAY YOU ARE (DENMARK) Anti Social Media 12500
48 37 6 15 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 412100
49 38 7 12 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 336400
50 54 50 2 I’M MISSING YOU Ali Campbell 23000

51 51 51 5 BILLS Lunchmoney Lewis 53800
52 52 52 4 YE ISHQ HAI Shreya Ghoshal 39400
53 48 1 12 SPEED KILLS 10CC 603700
54 NEW 54 1 ROADS Lawson 11000
55 58 55 2 WHEN I FOUND YOU Franceso Yates 21000
56 56 56 3 THIEF The Beach 28300
57 57 57 5 LONESOME STREET Blur 46800
58 NEW 58 1 LOVE LIKE MINE Miami Horror featuring Cleopold 10200
59 NEW 59 1 CRYSTALS Of Monsters And Men 10100
60 60 60 2 HOME Max Jury 20000

61 NEW 61 1 GERONIMO Sheppard 7500
62 64 62 3 WABI SABI The Ting Tings 20500
63 71 63 2 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 13000
64 69 64 4 BAD TO ME Marc Almond 23900
65 65 65 3 DEAR FUTURE HUSBAND Megan Trainor 19400
66 75 66 2 SHY Stacey Solomon 11800
67 67 67 3 BIG GIRLS CRY SIA 18400
68 72 68 2 TETHER Eric Prydz vs Chvrches 12000
69 NEW 69 1 LEAN ON Major Lazer featuring MO and DJ Snake 6200
70 70 70 2 RUN COIN 12000

71 NEW 71 1 STOLE THE SHOW Kygo featuring Parson James 5800
72 74 72 2 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 10800
73 NEW 73 1 ARE YOU READY Texas 5400
74 NEW 74 1 SHINE ON Simply Red 5200
75 NEW 75 1 HALLELUJAH Panic! At The Disco 5000

DROP OUTS
40 40 2 I’M IN LOVE Zhala 34000
42 5 27 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT Marlon Roudette 616100
47 47 2 NAN GANG Ulrik Munther 23500
49 6 8 BEAUTY REMAINS Paloma Faith 223050
50 50 1 AMERICAN PIE Don McLean 12000
53 12 9 STYLE Taylor Swift 162000
55 2 13 LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO Ellie Goulding 443200
61 20 9 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 109800
63 11 11 WE’RE ALL WE NEED Above & Beyond featuring Zoe Johnston 250050
66 9 12 SUGAR Maroon 5 233750
68 68 2 PAPER LIGHT (HIGHER) Loreen 11400


19th April 2015

2 weeks on top for a Bollywood Hit Hit, I’m still playing it a lot, it’s a creation of Bollywood musical maestro Pritam, regular award winner dating from 2009, and it’s so chocka hooks! Mumford & Sons bounce back at 20, you better Believe it, and Spada are cool enough to get a second top 40 entry (with Elen Levon) at 34 as Sugar Daddy goes up to 27. At 36, The Zombies 60’s classic She’s Not There is in thanks to Record Store Day and an advert – it’s been a hit many times before starting with the Santana 1977 hit cover, but the original remains the best.

At 50, news of the lyric sale of American Pie pushed sales of the classic 1972 top 10 hit enough to qualify for my charts, a belated number one for me in the 90’s on one of it’s regular chart re-appearances for Don McLean, while Ali Campbell gets a solo hit again, extending his run to 22 years, or 35 years as the voice of UB40, this time with a reggae version of Diana Ross’ 1985 US hit (and top 10 charter for me) Missing You. Written by Lionel Richie, the video was originally Diana’s tribute to the late Marvin Gaye, Florence Ballard of The Supremes and Paul Williams of The Temptations, all Motown friends at one time. Giorgio Moroder is back with a second chart entry (with SIA), Deja VU, the senior act of the chart getting good diva support from Kylie still, higher up. At 74 the Freemasons, former number one act are back after a fair break with True Love Survivor.

1 1 1 3 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 358750
2 3 2 2 OVERLOADED Life Of Dillon 200000
3 2 1 6 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 710000
4 6 4 2 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 120000
5 10 5 2 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 102000
6 4 1 8 KING Years And Years 564000
7 9 4 5 I’LL BE THERE Chic featuring Nile Rodgers 260000
8 5 5 5 DIMITTO (LET GO) Kato and Safri Duo featuring Bjornskof 186300
9 17 9 2 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 68000
10 7 4 6 BULLETPROOF PICASSO Train 278250

11 11 7 6 HIGHER Sigma featuring Labrinth 208400
12 20 12 5 ELECTRIC LOVE Burns 150000
13 8 1 9 LOST STARS Adam Levine 613000
14 16 14 5 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 116400
15 22 15 2 UNDAUNTED Wibi Soerjadi 46500
16 23 16 2 WE HAVE TO TALK About The Girl 44250
17 25 17 3 LOST STARS Stevie McCrorie 53250
18 29 18 3 PEACE AND TRANQUILITY ABC 57500
19 19 19 11 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 198500
20 41 20 6 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 99200

21 12 12 5 FAITH IN YOU Lulu 111350
22 15 15 6 STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Electro Velvet 117800
23 13 1 13 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 839250
24 14 1 11 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 614600
25 30 25 4 THE OTHER SIDE OF LOVE Jack Savoretti 67950
26 24 9 7 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 172500
27 18 2 12 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 645400
27 28 27 7 SUGAR DADDY Spada 110400
29 32 29 2 I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Elicit featuring Prince 36000
30 38 30 2 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 35200

31 35 1 18 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 904400
32 42 32 7 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 95550
33 27 27 5 SUMMERTIME BOY Seasick Steve 79800
34 NEW 34 1 COOL ENOUGH Spada and Elen Levon 17600
35 NEW 35 1 KINGS & QUEENS Brooke Fraser 17500
36 NEW 36 1 SHE’S NOT THERE The Zombies 17400
37 37 6 14 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 399800
38 36 7 11 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 324300
39 58 39 2 CURTAINS Last Lynx 27300
40 40 40 2 I’M IN LOVE Zhala 34000

41 26 4 8 EDGE OF SEVENTEEN Stevie Nicks 237500
42 31 5 27 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT Marlon Roudette 616100
43 NEW 43 1 DYNAMITE Asta featuring Allday 13500
44 44 44 2 ELECTRIC BONES Findlay 26500
45 49 45 16 ALFIE Cilla Black 137700
46 NEW 46 1 INSOMNIA Audien featuring Parson James 12750
47 54 47 2 NAN GANG Ulrik Munther 23500
48 45 1 11 SPEED KILLS 10CC 592450
49 21 6 8 BEAUTY REMAINS Paloma Faith 223050
50 NEW 50 1 AMERICAN PIE Don McLean 12000

51 59 51 4 BILLS Lunchmoney Lewis 42050
52 60 52 3 YE ISHQ HAI Shreya Ghoshal 27900
53 43 12 9 STYLE Taylor Swift 162000
54 NEW 54 1 I’M MISSING YOU Ali Campbell 11000
55 48 2 13 LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO Ellie Goulding 443200
56 64 56 2 THIEF The Beach 17700
57 57 57 4 LONESOME STREET Blur 36400
58 NEW 58 1 WHEN I FOUND YOU Franceso Yates 10200
59 NEW 59 1 CAN’T STOP PLAYING (MAKES ME HIGH) Dr. Kucho! and Gregor Salton featuring Ane Brun 10100
60 NEW 60 1 HOME Max Jury 10000

61 63 20 9 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 109800
62 67 62 2 EGO Tove Styrke 14000
63 50 11 11 WE’RE ALL WE NEED Above & Beyond featuring Zoe Johnston 250050
64 70 64 2 WABI SABI The Ting Tings 13100
65 73 65 2 DEAR FUTURE HUSBAND Megan Trainor 12400
66 65 9 12 SUGAR Maroon 5 233750
67 74 67 2 BIG GIRLS CRY SIA 11800
68 75 68 2 PAPER LIGHT (HIGHER) Loreen 11400
69 72 69 3 BAD TO ME Marc Almond 16800
70 NEW 70 1 RUN COIN 6000

71 NEW 71 1 DEJA VU Giorgio Moroder featuring SIA 5800
72 NEW 72 1 TETHER Eric Prydz vs Chvrches 5600
73 NEW 73 1 COOL Alesso featuring Roy English 5400
74 NEW 74 1 TRUE LOVE SURVIVOR Freemasons featuring Solah 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SHY Stacey Solomon 5000

DROP OUTS
33 14 5 GOLD Andreya Triana 110800
34 18 5 EMMENEZ MOI Charles Aznavour 77050
39 39 4 LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE The Summer Set 57100
46 22 3 SAVE ME NOW Billy Idol 51750
47 31 5 IT HAPPENS EVERY TIME Tim Buckley 61350
51 17 6 THE RIGHT TIME Brian Wilson featuring Al Jardine and David Marks 119250
52 38 2 STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Yuna 28700
53 1 8 YOU DON’T OWN ME Lesley Gore 316650
55 20 7 WOULD YOU BELIEVE Ace Of Base 105550
56 56 4 COLD WAR Niykee Heaton 35400
61 40 6 KING OF THE WORLD Blue 74850
62 4 13 LIVING FOR LOVE Madonna 327700
66 42 4 HOW WILL I KNOW Jermain Jackman 43900
68 68 1 HABIB GALBI A-WA 6400
69 8 9 HOLD TIGHT Madonna 215100
71 48 4 SEASONS Olly Murs 40400

12th April 2015

It’s a Bollywood dance anthem on top, I’m just loving the rhythms, the tune, the production, the structure of the track, not to mention the cool singing and that fab cheesy dance movie video. This is bad news for highest new entry from London band Life Of Dillon, whose terrific Overloaded might well have topped the chart, bringing steel drums back into the current europop sound, and the singer sounding more like Sam Smith ought to sound – that’ll be La La La Sam Smith as opposed to Snore Me Down Sam Smith. In at 6, it’s Jimmy Somerville with a retro-tribute soul track, a bit of Love Unlimited Orchestra here, a touch of The Stylistics there, and it’s been an aeon since he was in the Top 10: I hadn’t realised just how much I’d missed Jimmy Somerville till I heard this one, welcome back Jimmy, 31 years of top 10 hits!

It’s also welcome back to Will Young with a cracking re-versioning of the fab 2003 chart-topper Loneliness (Tomcraft) – one of Will’s biggest hits in my chart, already. It’s a chart invasion of new names, and one re-imagining of Prince’s actual first hit from 1980, I Wanna Be Your Lover, and it’s pretty fine at 32. Brandon Flowers is back on the solo hit scene, presumably on a Killers break, and he’s been doing well in my charts for over a decade now. That leaves new hits for recent regulars like The Ting Tings, SIA, and Loreen. Phew!

1 25 1 2 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 188750
2 2 1 5 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 625000
3 NEW 3 1 OVERLOADED Life Of Dillon 85000
4 1 1 7 KING Years And Years 509000
5 10 5 4 DIMITTO (LET GO) Kato and Safri Duo featuring Bjornskof 138300
6 NEW 6 1 SOME WONDER Jimmy Somerville 55000
7 5 4 5 BULLETPROOF PICASSO Train 236250
8 3 1 8 LOST STARS Adam Levine 581000
9 4 4 4 I’LL BE THERE Chic featuring Nile Rodgers 210000
10 NEW 10 1 LOVE REVOLUTION Will Young 42000

11 7 7 5 HIGHER Sigma featuring Labrinth 171400
12 15 12 4 FAITH IN YOU Lulu 91600
13 8 1 12 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 820000
14 11 1 10 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 595600
15 20 15 5 STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Electro Velvet 98300
16 17 16 4 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 87400
17 NEW 17 1 FIRESTONE Kygo featuring Conrad Sewell 23000
18 14 2 11 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 627000
19 19 19 10 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 177500
20 12 12 4 ELECTRIC LOVE Burns 115000

21 6 6 7 BEAUTY REMAINS Paloma Faith 210950
22 NEW 22 1 UNDAUNTED Wibi Soerjadi 19500
23 NEW 23 1 WE HAVE TO TALK About The Girl 19250
24 9 9 6 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 154000
25 52 25 2 LOST STARS Stevie McCrorie 30250
26 21 4 7 EDGE OF SEVENTEEN Stevie Nicks 223500
27 27 27 4 SUMMERTIME BOY Seasick Steve 62100
28 30 28 6 SUGAR DADDY Spada 92000
29 37 29 2 PEACE AND TRANQUILITY ABC 35500
30 33 30 3 THE OTHER SIDE OF LOVE Jack Savoretti 49200

31 13 5 26 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT Marlon Roudette 602350
32 NEW 32 1 I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Elicit featuring Prince 17800
33 16 14 5 GOLD Andreya Triana 110800
34 18 18 5 EMMENEZ MOI Charles Aznavour 77050
35 35 1 17 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 886500
36 24 7 10 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 307100
37 29 6 13 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 382500
38 NEW 38 1 CAN’T DENY MY LOVE Brandon Flowers 17200
39 41 39 4 LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE The Summer Set 57100
40 NEW 40 1 I’M IN LOVE Zhala 17000

41 28 28 5 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 79200
42 45 42 6 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 77750
43 23 12 8 STYLE Taylor Swift 150750
44 NEW 44 1 ELECTRIC BONES Findlay 13250
45 43 1 10 SPEED KILLS 10CC 580150
46 22 22 3 SAVE ME NOW Billy Idol 51750
47 31 31 5 IT HAPPENS EVERY TIME Tim Buckley 61350
48 34 2 12 LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO Ellie Goulding 432400
49 51 49 15 ALFIE Cilla Black 124700
50 32 11 10 WE’RE ALL WE NEED Above & Beyond featuring Zoe Johnston 242850

51 26 17 6 THE RIGHT TIME Brian Wilson featuring Al Jardine and David Marks 119250
52 38 38 2 STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Yuna 28700
53 44 1 8 YOU DON’T OWN ME Lesley Gore 316650
54 NEW 54 1 NAN GANG Ulrik Munther 11000
55 39 20 7 WOULD YOU BELIEVE Ace Of Base 105550
56 56 56 4 COLD WAR Niykee Heaton 35400
57 57 57 3 LONESOME STREET Blur 26000
58 NEW 58 1 CURTAINS Last Lynx 10200
59 59 59 3 BILLS Lunchmoney Lewis 30300
60 68 60 2 YE ISHQ HAI Shreya Ghoshal 16400

61 40 40 6 KING OF THE WORLD Blue 74850
62 36 4 13 LIVING FOR LOVE Madonna 327700
63 63 20 8 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 102300
64 NEW 64 1 THIEF The Beach 7100
65 50 9 11 SUGAR Maroon 5 226950
66 46 42 4 HOW WILL I KNOW Jermain Jackman 43900
67 NEW 67 1 EGO Tove Styrke 6600
68 NEW 68 1 HABIB GALBI A-WA 6400
69 61 8 9 HOLD TIGHT Madonna 215100
70 NEW 70 1 WABI SABI The Ting Tings 6000

71 48 48 4 SEASONS Olly Murs 40400
72 75 72 2 BAD TO ME Marc Almond 10600
73 NEW 73 1 DEAR FUTURE HUSBAND Megan Trainor 5400
74 NEW 74 1 BIG GIRLS CRY SIA 5200
75 NEW 75 1 PAPER LIGHT (HIGHER) Loreen 5000

DROP OUTS
42 29 3 WIN Deacon Blue 39350
47 5 6 TOWARDS THE SUN Rihanna 201550
49 33 6 MASTER PRETENDER First Aid Kit 77000
53 35 5 LONG STRETCH OF LOVE Lady Antebellum 80850
54 54 5 FADE OUT LINES The Avener and Phoebe Killdeer 42200
55 30 6 SACRED Erasure 93200
58 19 5 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 73900
60 60 4 MY HEART WOULD TAKE YOU BACK Shayne Ward 33400
62 50 4 DANCING IN THE CORNER Monarchy 38000
64 64 4 BLOODSTREAM Ed Sheeran and Rudimental 23900
65 19 7 FALLING AWAKE The Kaiser Chiefs 100200
66 66 4 NAIL ON THE HEAD Duke Special 22600
67 55 4 DRIVING ME WILD Bryan Ferry 34300
69 10 10 WHAT I DID FOR LOVE David Guetta featuring Emeli Sande 200600
70 70 3 BERYL Mark Knopfler 17200
71 6 10 THE NIGHTS Avicii 288300
72 1 14 INSIDE OUT Spoon 433550
73 73 1 INVISIONS Luca C & Brigante featuring Roisin Murphy 5400
74 74 1 IRRESISTIBLE Fall Out Boy 5200


4th April 2015

King finally climbs to the top, edging The Ronettes off after 2 weeks, but it took Years And Years! Great record. Meanwhile, following a boost on The Voice, Lost Stars returns to the top 3 for Adam Levine, former number one, as a cover version for The Voice winner Stevie enters at 52. Ahhh, he’s a fireman you know! I’m happy cos the song deserves to top the UK chart, I know a great tune when I hear one and it’s a great tune, trust me.

Chic get their first top 5 hit since I Want Your Love in 1979, when I was a student at uni. I love Nile Rodgers, and not just cos those were the days! Safri Duo get a second hit, and Kato a first, as they go top 10 with a great dance track, though I do wonder where the both The Green Hornet and Inspector Clouseau are. Lulu hits 15 with a bullet, her biggest self-written song, and it gives her top 20 hits in the 60’s, the 70’s, the 80’s, the 90’s, the 00’s and the 10’s – I make that 6 consecutive decades, and still looking good and sounding good, and now writing songs good. Lulu is a musical chameleon, and an under-rated national treasure. I have Faith In You, Lulu!

The UK Eurovision entry hits 20, and peaks higher (so far) than the vast majority of UK entries since 1977, though it has some way to go to beat last year’s chart-topper. At 25, it’s a fab Indian dance track from a fillum, with another one at 68 – Billum Barber and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel respectively. Love Mera Hit Hit is Bollywood playback singer-songwriter Neeraj Shridhar plus feamle vocalist Tulsi Kumar (and ditto playback singer, that’s singers who actors/dancers mime to in Bollywood musicals). Just to keep it current, Shreya Ghoshal is also a playback singer, though the track in the Hotel movie is on radio, and Shreya is a star in her own right in India. Another Eastern star enters at 38, courtesy of an H&M ad – it’s Yuna, from Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) but now getting quite the Norah Jones buzz round LA – she’s covered the fantastic Brothers Johnson 1970‘s dance track Strawberry Letter 23 (they had the hit version with that gorgeous instrumental hook and sophisticated melody).

Others: ABC are back with a 2001 track I somehow missed at the time, Marc Almond returns for a melodrama-filled 34 years of hits, and Roisin Murphy guests, and keeps the Moloko 90’s sounds a-going strong.


1 2 1 6 KING Years And Years 444000
2 1 1 4 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 510000
3 12 1 7 LOST STARS Adam Levine 533000
4 6 4 3 I’LL BE THERE Chic featuring Nile Rodgers 165000
5 4 4 4 BULLETPROOF PICASSO Train 186250
6 7 6 6 BEAUTY REMAINS Paloma Faith 191200
7 9 7 4 HIGHER Sigma featuring Labrinth 134400
8 3 1 11 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 788000
9 10 9 5 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 135000
10 26 10 3 DIMITTO (LET GO) Kato and Safri Duo featuring Bjornskof 78300

11 5 1 9 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 566600
12 13 12 3 ELECTRIC LOVE Burns 95000
13 11 5 25 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT Marlon Roudette 584450
14 8 2 10 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 605000
15 39 15 3 FAITH IN YOU Lulu 56600
16 14 14 4 GOLD Andreya Triana 93100
17 19 17 3 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 62400
18 27 18 4 EMMENEZ MOI Charles Aznavour 59450
19 24 19 9 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 156500
20 38 20 4 STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Electro Velvet 71300

21 18 4 6 EDGE OF SEVENTEEN Stevie Nicks 205000
22 22 22 2 SAVE ME NOW Billy Idol 39000
23 23 12 7 STYLE Taylor Swift 137250
24 21 7 9 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 289750
25 NEW 25 1 LOVE MERA HIT HIT (BILLU BARBER ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK) Neeraj Shridhar and Tulsi Kumar 18750
26 17 17 5 THE RIGHT TIME Brian Wilson featuring Al Jardine and David Marks 107500
27 28 27 3 SUMMERTIME BOY Seasick Steve 43700
28 37 28 4 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 65200
29 16 6 12 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 365200
30 49 30 5 SUGAR DADDY Spada 73700

31 44 31 4 IT HAPPENS EVERY TIME Tim Buckley 48850
32 15 11 9 WE’RE ALL WE NEED Above & Beyond featuring Zoe Johnston 230850
33 43 33 2 THE OTHER SIDE OF LOVE Jack Savoretti 31200
34 31 2 11 LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO Ellie Goulding 420100
35 54 1 16 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 869000
36 25 4 12 LIVING FOR LOVE Madonna 320300
37 NEW 37 1 PEACE AND TRANQUILITY ABC 17300
38 NEW 38 1 STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Yuna 17200
39 20 20 6 WOULD YOU BELIEVE Ace Of Base 94750
40 40 40 5 KING OF THE WORLD Blue 67350

41 45 41 3 LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE The Summer Set 40000
42 29 29 3 WIN Deacon Blue 39350
43 41 1 9 SPEED KILLS 10CC 567150
44 36 1 7 YOU DON’T OWN ME Lesley Gore 305400
45 46 45 5 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 64000
46 42 42 3 HOW WILL I KNOW Jermain Jackman 37100
47 32 5 6 TOWARDS THE SUN Rihanna 201550
48 48 48 3 SEASONS Olly Murs 34600
49 33 33 6 MASTER PRETENDER First Aid Kit 77000
50 34 9 10 SUGAR Maroon 5 219950

51 53 51 14 ALFIE Cilla Black 112600
52 NEW 52 1 LOST STARS Stevie McCrorie 11500
53 35 53 5 LONG STRETCH OF LOVE Lady Antebellum 80850
54 57 54 5 FADE OUT LINES The Avener and Phoebe Killdeer 42200
55 30 30 6 SACRED Erasure 93200
56 64 56 3 COLD WAR Niykee Heaton 24800
57 74 57 2 LONESOME STREET Blur 15600
58 58 19 5 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 73900
59 59 59 2 BILLS Lunchmoney Lewis 20200
60 60 60 4 MY HEART WOULD TAKE YOU BACK Shayne Ward 33400

61 47 8 8 HOLD TIGHT Madonna 208900
62 50 50 4 DANCING IN THE CORNER Monarchy 38000
63 65 20 7 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 95100
64 70 64 4 BLOODSTREAM Ed Sheeran and Rudimental 23900
65 52 19 7 FALLING AWAKE The Kaiser Chiefs 100200
66 72 66 4 NAIL ON THE HEAD Duke Special 22600
67 55 55 4 DRIVING ME WILD Bryan Ferry 34300
68 NEW 68 1 YE ISHQ HAI Shreya Ghoshal 6400
69 66 10 10 WHAT I DID FOR LOVE David Guetta featuring Emeli Sande 200600
70 71 70 3 BERYL Mark Knopfler 17200

71 56 6 10 THE NIGHTS Avicii 288300
72 67 1 14 INSIDE OUT Spoon 433550
73 NEW 73 1 INVISIONS Luca C & Brigante featuring Roisin Murphy 5400
74 NEW 74 1 IRRESISTIBLE Fall Out Boy 5200
75 NEW 75 1 BAD TO ME Marc Almond 5000

DROP OUTS
51 40 6 MIRROR MAN Ella Henderson 74750
61 32 4 THEY DON’T KNOW The Disciples 60300
62 62 2 BLACK ROSES Claire Bowen 13400
63 63 4 CONGREGATION Foo Fighters 28800
68 2 10 BACK HOME (MATOMA REMIX) MYNGA featuring Cosmo Klein 420600
69 3 14 EARNED IT (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) The Weeknd 589050
73 73 1 FROZEN SILENCE Fahrenhaidt 5400
75 8 15 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 252400


29th February 2015

It’s 2 weeks for The Ronettes on top – well it’s still a classic! Holding off Years And Years, not quite King of the castle, and Train with yet another top 5. Sigma and Labrinth both return to the top 10, but together this time, as Noel Gallagher gets 2 in row top 20 and Ace Of Base their first since the 90’s. Billy Idol’s top 10 from last year returns at 22, and Charles Aznavour gets his first ever top 30 entry 41 years since She.

It’s a Eurovisoion trio at 38, 39, 40, almost as if it was planned, as Electro Velvet re-enter one place ahead of Lulu and 2 ahead of Blue. Lulu’s Eurovision peaked at 2 and Blue’s top 10, still time for Still In Love With You though! Blur are back, too, for a neat 25 years or so of chart entries.

1 1 1 3 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 395000
2 3 2 5 KING Years And Years 274000
3 2 1 10 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 740000
4 10 4 3 BULLETPROOF PICASSO Train 126250
5 4 1 8 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 529600
6 9 6 2 I’LL BE THERE Chic featuring Nile Rodgers 100000
7 7 7 5 BEAUTY REMAINS Paloma Faith 136200
8 8 2 9 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 576000
9 19 9 3 HIGHER Sigma featuring Labrinth 84400
10 17 10 4 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 90000

11 5 5 24 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT Marlon Roudette 552450
12 6 1 6 LOST STARS Adam Levine 448000
13 16 13 2 ELECTRIC LOVE Burns 57000
14 14 14 3 GOLD Andreya Triana 68100
15 11 11 8 WE’RE ALL WE NEED Above & Beyond featuring Zoe Johnston 213050
16 13 6 11 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 347000
17 18 17 4 THE RIGHT TIME Brian Wilson featuring Al Jardine and David Marks 89000
18 12 4 5 EDGE OF SEVENTEEN Stevie Nicks 185250
19 27 19 2 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 39400
20 25 20 5 WOULD YOU BELIEVE Ace Of Base 77650

21 15 7 8 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 270750
22 NEW 22 1 SAVE ME NOW Billy Idol 19500
23 21 12 6 STYLE Taylor Swift 118000
24 24 24 8 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 135500
25 22 4 11 LIVING FOR LOVE Madonna 302900
26 32 26 2 DIMITTO (LET GO) Kato and Safri Duo featuring Bjornskof 36300
27 44 27 3 EMMENEZ MOI Charles Aznavour 37450
28 65 28 2 SUMMERTIME BOY Seasick Steve 25300
29 62 29 2 WIN Deacon Blue 25600
30 30 30 5 SACRED Erasure 82400

31 26 2 10 LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO Ellie Goulding 402500
32 23 5 5 TOWARDS THE SUN Rihanna 189050
33 33 33 5 MASTER PRETENDER First Aid Kit 64900
34 29 9 9 SUGAR Maroon 5 207950
35 35 35 4 LONG STRETCH OF LOVE Lady Antebellum 69600
36 34 1 6 YOU DON’T OWN ME Lesley Gore 292150
37 37 37 3 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 46900
38 RE 38 3 STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Electro Velvet 51300
39 47 39 2 FAITH IN YOU Lulu 29600
40 43 40 4 KING OF THE WORLD Blue 50350

41 31 1 8 SPEED KILLS 10CC 553650
42 56 42 2 HOW WILL I KNOW Jermain Jackman 24350
43 NEW 43 1 THE OTHER SIDE OF LOVE Jack Savoretti 13500
44 52 44 3 IT HAPPENS EVERY TIME Tim Buckley 30950
45 45 45 2 LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE The Summer Set 26000
46 46 46 4 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 51000
47 20 8 7 HOLD TIGHT Madonna 201400
48 60 48 2 SEASONS Olly Murs 22300
49 39 39 4 SUGAR DADDY Spada 55700
50 50 50 3 DANCING IN THE CORNER Monarchy 30600

51 40 40 6 MIRROR MAN Ella Henderson 74750
52 28 19 6 FALLING AWAKE The Kaiser Chiefs 93200
53 55 53 13 ALFIE Cilla Black 100850
54 48 1 15 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 851500
55 59 55 3 DRIVING ME WILD Bryan Ferry 27700
56 36 6 9 THE NIGHTS Avicii 282500
57 58 57 4 FADE OUT LINES The Avener and Phoebe Killdeer 31200
58 42 19 4 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 63700
59 NEW 59 1 BILLS Lunchmoney Lewis 10100
60 68 60 3 MY HEART WOULD TAKE YOU BACK Shayne Ward 23400

61 38 32 4 THEY DON’T KNOW The Disciples 60300
62 70 62 2 BLACK ROSES Claire Bowen 13400
63 63 63 4 CONGREGATION Foo Fighters 28800
64 64 64 2 COLD WAR Niykee Heaton 14200
65 41 20 6 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 87900
66 49 10 9 WHAT I DID FOR LOVE David Guetta featuring Emeli Sande 194400
67 54 1 13 INSIDE OUT Spoon 427950
68 53 2 10 BACK HOME (MATOMA REMIX) MYNGA featuring Cosmo Klein 420600
69 51 3 14 EARNED IT (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) The Weeknd 589050
70 73 70 3 BLOODSTREAM Ed Sheeran and Rudimental 16800

71 72 71 2 BERYL Mark Knopfler 11200
72 74 72 3 NAIL ON THE HEAD Duke Special 15800
73 NEW 73 1 FROZEN SILENCE Fahrenhaidt 5400
74 NEW 74 1 LONESOME STREET Blur 5200
75 75 8 15 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 252400

DROP OUTS
57 50 4 SOMETHING FROM NOTHING Foo Fighters 39600
61 33 5 WHAT KIND OF MAN Florence And The Machine 62100
66 7 14 FADE TO GREY (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Visage 291450
67 1 18 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 724200
69 17 9 NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Cobra Starship featuring Icona Pop 119450
71 1 14 UPTOWN FUNK! Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 662000

22nd March 2015

It’s The Ronettes 1963 classic Be My Baby at 1, currently amusing some meerkats on TV adverts in the UK. The Phil Spector classic has a gap of over 40 years since it last topped my chart, in 1974 (in an oldies-only chart), or else it’s taken 49 years from the time I went mad on it, when my dad bought the single in 1966, to get to be a proper chart topper. At 52 years old it’s also one of the oldest records to top my chart. That’s bad news for Outlines which stays at 2, and Years And Years who go up to 3. Paloma Faith and Train get yet another top 10 each, in long lists of top tenners, while the highest new entry is Chic (aka Nile Rodgers and friends) and the unearthed lost disco Chic track I’ll Be There, now rejigged and more contemporary-sounding. They were so prolific in the late 70’s they gave half their stuff away, and actually forgot about this track entirely, so they never got back to it until the old record company dug it out recently and sent it to Niles. Hooray! That gives Chic a span of 37 years of top 10 hits.

Noel Gallagher replaces himself in the chart with a very Wonderwall-ish ambitious Riverman, at 27 and fab, Lulu returns with a self-written track at 47, Faith In You carrying on where Tina Turner’s cover of her song I Don’t Wanna Fight left off, in giving Lu songwriting credits after a lifetime of singing other people’s songs, such as David Bowie, nestled just above her at 46, who spearheaded one of her many many comeback reinventions in 1974. Lulu charted with I’m A Tiger at 2, in my chart in 1968 – which gives her a run of a whopping 47 years of new chart entries, pretty much throughout the 47 years too. Only Paul McCartney can beat that (with The Beatles, and by a few weeks only). Other oldies with comebacks: Mark Knofler doing a Sultans Of Swing-ish track, Beryl, for 36 years, and Deacon Blue, getting on for 30 years, with Seasick Steve being one of the oldest “new” (ish) acts to chart. Fifty Shades Of Grey in my chart, at least!

1 6 1 2 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 225000
2 2 1 9 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 655000
3 7 3 4 KING Years And Years 159000
4 1 1 7 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 469600
5 5 5 23 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT Marlon Roudette 515450
6 3 1 5 LOST STARS Adam Levine 413000
7 16 7 4 BEAUTY REMAINS Paloma Faith 86200
8 9 2 8 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 528000
9 NEW 9 1 I’LL BE THERE Chic featuring Nile Rodgers 45000
10 23 10 2 BULLETPROOF PICASSO Train 61250

11 11 11 7 WE’RE ALL WE NEED Above & Beyond featuring Zoe Johnston 186050
12 4 4 4 EDGE OF SEVENTEEN Stevie Nicks 163250
13 14 6 10 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 322000
14 59 14 2 GOLD Andreya Triana 39100
15 15 7 7 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 251000
16 NEW 16 1 ELECTRIC LOVE Burns 25000
17 30 17 3 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 48000
18 18 18 3 THE RIGHT TIME Brian Wilson featuring Al Jardine and David Marks 66000
19 27 19 2 HIGHER Sigma featuring Labrinth 39400
20 8 8 6 HOLD TIGHT Madonna 188900

21 12 12 5 STYLE Taylor Swift 98750
22 10 4 10 LIVING FOR LOVE Madonna 284150
23 13 5 4 TOWARDS THE SUN Rihanna 171250
24 24 24 7 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 116500
25 28 25 4 WOULD YOU BELIEVE Ace Of Base 57650
26 17 2 9 LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO Ellie Goulding 384600
27 NEW 27 1 RIVERMAN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 18400
28 19 19 5 FALLING AWAKE The Kaiser Chiefs 81700
29 29 9 8 SUGAR Maroon 5 190350
30 37 30 4 SACRED Erasure 64400

31 21 1 7 SPEED KILLS 10CC 539650
32 NEW 32 1 DIMITTO (LET GO) Kato and Safri Duo featuring Bjornskof 17800
33 53 33 4 MASTER PRETENDER First Aid Kit 47200
34 31 1 5 YOU DON’T OWN ME Lesley Gore 274750
35 35 35 3 LONG STRETCH OF LOVE Lady Antebellum 52100
36 26 6 8 THE NIGHTS Avicii 271900
37 48 37 2 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 29600
38 32 32 3 THEY DON’T KNOW The Disciples 52800
39 43 39 3 SUGAR DADDY Spada 43600
40 47 40 5 MIRROR MAN Ella Henderson 63000

41 20 20 5 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 80900
42 25 19 3 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 53500
43 44 43 3 KING OF THE WORLD Blue 33350
44 71 44 2 EMMENEZ MOI Charles Aznavour 19050
45 NEW 45 1 LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE The Summer Set 13000
46 46 46 3 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 38250
47 NEW 47 1 FAITH IN YOU Lulu 12500
48 38 1 14 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 840500
49 22 10 8 WHAT I DID FOR LOVE David Guetta featuring Emeli Sande 187600
50 67 50 2 DANCING IN THE CORNER Monarchy 18600

51 34 3 13 EARNED IT (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) The Weeknd 582850
52 69 52 2 IT HAPPENS EVERY TIME Tim Buckley 17700
53 42 2 9 BACK HOME (MATOMA REMIX) MYNGA featuring Cosmo Klein 414200
54 41 1 12 INSIDE OUT Spoon 421350
55 58 55 12 ALFIE Cilla Black 89600
56 NEW 56 1 HOW WILL I KNOW Jermain Jackman 10600
57 50 50 4 SOMETHING FROM NOTHING Foo Fighters 39600
58 72 58 3 FADE OUT LINES The Avener and Phoebe Killdeer 20800
59 66 59 2 DRIVING ME WILD Bryan Ferry 16900
60 NEW 60 1 SEASONS Olly Murs 10000

61 33 33 5 WHAT KIND OF MAN Florence And The Machine 62100
62 NEW 62 1 WIN Deacon Blue 7400
63 63 63 3 CONGREGATION Foo Fighters 21600
64 NEW 64 1 COLD WAR Niykee Heaton 7100
65 NEW 65 1 SUMMERTIME BOY Seasick Steve 7000
66 52 7 14 FADE TO GREY (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Visage 291450
67 49 1 18 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 724200
68 65 65 2 MY HEART WOULD TAKE YOU BACK Shayne Ward 13400
69 61 17 9 NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Cobra Starship featuring Icona Pop 119450
70 NEW 70 1 BLACK ROSES Claire Bowen 6000

71 60 1 14 UPTOWN FUNK! Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 662000
72 NEW 72 1 BERYL Mark Knopfler 5400
73 73 73 2 BLOODSTREAM Ed Sheeran 10800
74 75 74 2 NAIL ON THE HEAD Duke Special 10200
75 70 8 14 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 247400


15th February 2015

It’s Calvin Harris getting his second number one, but this time it’s not Hurts, it’s another “H”, Haim. The pattern is clear! It’s a terrific record and has finally made the UK Top 40, after being in the sales Top 40 charts a few weeks. Stevie Nicks has that rhythm, and she finally gets into the top 5, 34 years on, with Edge Of Seventeen. Marlon Roudette hasn’t had to wait quite so long, but it’s still taken 22 weeks to peak at 5, I’ve never gotten bored with it any stage. Highest new entry? Phil Spector’s classic, Dirty Dancing-used, TV advert pushed, Brian Wilson all-time fave (yes him at 18), Be My Baby by The Ronettes. The record would have been number one in my charts for weeks and weeks in 1966 (had I been doing charts) as dad bought the record when we lived in Liverpool and got our first record player, and I was a bit mad on it. It finally topped my chart as an oldie in 1974, so that’s a 41-year gap for a 52-year-old girl-group classic.

Paloma is singing in Bournemouth tonight, and shoots up to 16 even though I couldn’t get tickets to watch Beauty Remains done live. Last night, though, I did get to see actual legend Morrissey in concert, as irascible, witty and political as always. He has an enormous catalogue of classic hits, sadly he chose not to do any faves of mine, bar one, in favour of his new album. On the plus side, his pre-show videos had a handful of fab oldies for me to search out and download – the man has taste when he’s passionate about music. Which explains Charles Aznavour and Tim Buckley, father of Jeff (both of them dying young) as new entries. There would have been another had I been able to find out who the punk-bhangra singer was!

Train are back, the long run of chart entries gets longer, with Bulletproof Picasso at 23, and Sigma and Labrinth both add to theirs, together Higher at 27. Ace Of Base go top 40 for the first time since the 90’s, Jess Glynne wants to Hold My hand at 30, and Mumford And Sons have a welcome return, Believe it! Shayne Ward has unlikely return of the week, and Bryan Ferry extends his run of chart entries to oooh, a mere 43 years. Gosh! He’s Driving Me Wild, in a very low-key way. Marvin Gaye gave it up a long time ago, but his family crossed some blurred lines recently, which boosted sales of the 1977 soul disco classic enough to hit the sales charts lower down, and re-enter mine 38 years on.

1 2 1 6 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 404600
2 1 1 8 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 540000
3 3 1 4 LOST STARS Adam Levine 358000
4 7 4 3 EDGE OF SEVENTEEN Stevie Nicks 128250
5 17 5 22 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT Marlon Roudette 455450
6 NEW 6 1 BE MY BABY The Ronettes 55000
7 24 7 3 KING Years And Years 74000
8 8 8 5 HOLD TIGHT Madonna 168900
9 4 2 7 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 480000
10 6 4 9 LIVING FOR LOVE Madonna 264650

11 13 11 6 WE’RE ALL WE NEED Above & Beyond featuring Zoe Johnston 149050
12 20 12 4 STYLE Taylor Swift 79000
13 5 5 3 TOWARDS THE SUN Rihanna 152000
14 10 6 9 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 290000
15 11 7 6 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 224000
16 72 16 3 BEAUTY REMAINS Paloma Faith 36200
17 9 2 8 LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO Ellie Goulding 366100
18 18 18 2 THE RIGHT TIME Brian Wilson featuring Al Jardine and David Marks 44000
19 26 19 4 FALLING AWAKE The Kaiser Chiefs 63400
20 27 20 4 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 66900

21 14 1 6 SPEED KILLS 10CC 521750
22 15 10 7 WHAT I DID FOR LOVE David Guetta featuring Emeli Sande 175500
23 NEW 23 1 BULLETPROOF PICASSO Train 19250
24 25 24 6 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 97500
25 19 19 2 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 39750
26 16 6 7 THE NIGHTS Avicii 254500
27 NEW 27 1 HIGHER Sigma featuring Labrinth 18400
28 56 28 3 WOULD YOU BELIEVE Ace Of Base 38900
29 21 9 7 SUGAR Maroon 5 172150
30 65 30 2 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 25000

31 23 1 4 YOU DON’T OWN ME Lesley Gore 257150
32 32 32 2 THEY DON’T KNOW The Disciples 35600
33 48 33 4 WHAT KIND OF MAN Florence And The Machine 54600
34 22 3 12 EARNED IT (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) The Weeknd 571100
35 39 35 2 LONG STRETCH OF LOVE Lady Antebellum 34600
36 30 20 5 TEACH ME Bakermat 80600
37 49 37 3 SACRED Erasure 46400
38 41 1 13 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 828200
39 40 39 2 STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Electro Velvet 34100
40 12 8 10 SOLID GOLD EASY ACTION T.Rex 351000

41 31 1 11 INSIDE OUT Spoon 410350
42 33 2 8 BACK HOME (MATOMA REMIX) MYNGA featuring Cosmo Klein 402950
43 45 43 2 SUGAR DADDY Spada 26500
44 67 44 2 KING OF THE WORLD Blue 19850
45 29 26 4 WINDFALL TheFatRat 66800
46 46 46 2 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 25500
47 50 47 4 MIRROR MAN Ella Henderson 46000
48 NEW 48 1 BELIEVE Mumford And Sons 12300
49 36 1 17 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 717600
50 54 50 3 SOMETHING FROM NOTHING Foo Fighters 29200

51 34 34 5 LANA DEL DRE Tep No 71750
52 52 7 13 FADE TO GREY (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Visage 284650
53 53 53 3 MASTER PRETENDER First Aid Kit 29500
54 37 12 7 THE BALLAD OF THE MIGHTY I Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 149850
55 28 15 9 COMING WITH YOU Ne-Yo 143500
56 35 35 5 MINE Phoebe Ryan 68700
57 38 1 21 TAKE ME TO CHURCH Hozier 893050
58 60 58 11 ALFIE Cilla Black 78800
59 NEW 59 1 GOLD Andreya Triana 10100
60 59 1 13 UPTOWN FUNK! Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 656200

61 42 17 8 NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Cobra Starship featuring Icona Pop 113250
62 43 4 15 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 511050
63 63 63 2 CONGREGATION Foo Fighters 14400
64 44 18 9 HEROES (WE COULD BE) Alesso featuring Tove Lo 111600
65 NEW 65 1 MY HEART WOULD TAKE YOU BACK Shayne Ward 7000
66 NEW 66 1 DRIVING ME WILD Bryan Ferry 6800
67 NEW 67 1 DANCING IN THE CORNER Monarchy 6600
68 RE 68 2 LAY ME DOWN Sam Smith featuring John Legend 11800
69 NEW 69 1 IT HAPPENS EVERY TIME Tim Buckley 6200
70 57 8 13 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 242400

71 NEW 71 1 EMMENEZ MOI Charles Aznavour 5800
72 75 72 2 FADE OUT LINES The Avener and Phoebe Killdeer 10600
73 NEW 73 1 BLOODSTREAM Ed Sheeran 5400
74 NEW 74 1 GOT TO GIVE IT UP Marvin Gaye 5200
75 NEW 75 1 NAIL ON THE HEAD Duke Special 5000

Me with Iron Man the other week

Me with Iron Man the other week


8th March 2015

It’s Mike Mago and Dragonette, that melody just never lets up and I never tire of it, such a pretty, touching dancepop song. In an age when dreary repeat album plays keep tedious tracks in the singles charts for month after terminal month, I’m a bit miffed that this little gem exited so quickly. It’s possibly because it’s on Ministry Of Sound and the streaming sites don’t like MoS I suspect….

Calvin Harris goes up to 2, 1 place short of equalling Under Control. Stevie Nicks classic Edge Of Seventeen finally makes my top 10 34 years late, Stevie’s 2nd of 2015, showing she can rock out as well as she can tender ballad, and the riff features at 2 as well, having previously been sampled heavily by Destiny’s Child. Stevie says she borrowed the inspiration for it from The Police. Hooray!

Highest new entry is from The Beach Boys. Actually, it’s just 3 of the original Beach Boys line-up, Brian Wilson (sometimes Beach Boys genius) plus Al Jardine (who’s been a Beach Boy throughout pretty much) and David Marks (boyhood neighbour of the Wilson brothers, and 60‘s occasional Beach Boy) but minus Mike Love (cousins Brian and Mike have been falling out for 50 years at least). Carl and Dennis Wilson of course, sadly no longer with us. It’s the single to Brian’s new album, and sounds like a decent latter-day Beach Boys record thanks to the harmonies. Just behind at 19, it’s an ex-member of Westlife, and I really need exclamation marks for the arrival of Markus Feehily who I couldn’t even have named before this great new track that is way better than any of his former band’s hits.

Back in the top 20, 20 weeks on, and finally a UK hit, it’s Marlon Roudette’s great single. He’s on Syco, but I forgive him as much as I forgive Labrinth. A big climb for Years And Years, getting their second top 40 entry with King, while at 39 Lady Antebellum prove they aren’t just about ballads, as they get a bit rocky, just ahead of the UK’s fun, catchy, jazzy Eurovision entry – seems to be splitting opinion right down the middle, possibly due to the modern singles chart scene having had the “fun” element of pop surgically removed, give or take the odd Taylor Swift or Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars hit. We are, of course, only allowed to be depressed or to dance in the charts since the Tories legislated for it. Well, I blame them anyway, for keeping everyone miserable. Talking of Eurovision, Blue are back as well, hey I still like them, and unlike Westlife, I can actually name them all.


1 2 1 7 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 425000
2 3 2 5 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 234600
3 1 1 3 LOST STARS Adam Levine 273000
4 9 2 6 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 435000
5 5 5 2 TOWARDS THE SUN Rihanna 120000
6 4 4 8 LIVING FOR LOVE Madonna 222650
7 44 7 2 EDGE OF SEVENTEEN Stevie Nicks 63250
8 10 8 4 HOLD TIGHT Madonna 120900
9 6 2 7 LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO Ellie Goulding 343100
10 13 6 8 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 261000

11 11 7 5 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 197000
12 12 8 9 SOLID GOLD EASY ACTION T.Rex 334000
13 16 13 5 WE’RE ALL WE NEED Above & Beyond featuring Zoe Johnston 112050
14 8 1 5 SPEED KILLS 10CC 502000
15 14 10 6 WHAT I DID FOR LOVE David Guetta featuring Emeli Sande 156000
16 15 6 6 THE NIGHTS Avicii 236000
17 36 12 21 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT Marlon Roudette 395450
18 NEW 18 1 THE RIGHT TIME Brian Wilson featuring Al Jardine and David Marks 22000
19 NEW 19 1 LOVE IS A DRUG Markus Feehily 21000
20 30 20 3 STYLE Taylor Swift 44000

21 19 9 6 SUGAR Maroon 5 153950
22 18 3 11 EARNED IT (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) The Weeknd 553500
23 7 1 3 YOU DON’T OWN ME Lesley Gore 239250
24 75 24 2 KING Years And Years 24000
25 25 25 5 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 78500
26 28 26 3 FALLING AWAKE The Kaiser Chiefs 42400
27 33 27 3 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 46900
28 17 15 8 COMING WITH YOU Ne-Yo 132700
29 26 26 3 WINDFALL TheFatRat 53800
30 20 20 4 TEACH ME Bakermat 63200

31 23 1 10 INSIDE OUT Spoon 396350
32 NEW 32 1 THEY DON’T KNOW The Disciples 17800
33 22 2 7 BACK HOME (MATOMA REMIX) MYNGA featuring Cosmo Klein 389200
34 35 34 4 LANA DEL DRE Tep No 60000
35 37 35 4 MINE Phoebe Ryan 58100
36 29 1 16 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 705500
37 32 12 6 THE BALLAD OF THE MIGHTY I Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 138850
38 21 1 20 TAKE ME TO CHURCH Hozier 882650
39 NEW 39 1 LONG STRETCH OF LOVE Lady Antebellum 17100
40 NEW 40 1 STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU Electro Velvet 17000

41 34 1 12 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 811000
42 24 17 7 NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Cobra Starship featuring Icona Pop 105750
43 31 4 14 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 503650
44 27 18 8 HEROES (WE COULD BE) Alesso featuring Tove Lo 104500
45 NEW 45 1 SUGAR DADDY Spada 13000
46 NEW 46 1 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 12750
47 59 47 3 I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Annie Lennox 28400
48 48 48 3 WHAT KIND OF MAN Florence And The Machine 36900
49 40 40 2 SACRED Erasure 29100
50 52 50 3 MIRROR MAN Ella Henderson 33500

51 55 51 3 WHERE YOU BELONG The Weeknd 27750
52 43 7 12 FADE TO GREY (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Visage 273150
53 65 53 2 MASTER PRETENDER First Aid Kit 18250
54 69 54 2 SOMETHING FROM NOTHING Foo Fighters 17200
55 39 39 5 DOING IT Charli XCX featuring Rita Ora 47700
56 60 56 2 WOULD YOU BELIEVE Ace Of Base 20600
57 57 8 12 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 236400
58 56 9 11 ROCK A DOODLE DOO (RADIO STUDIO SESSION) Linda Lewis 218900
59 49 1 12 UPTOWN FUNK! Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 646200
60 63 60 10 ALFIE Cilla Black 68600

61 38 30 6 THE DAY IS MY ENEMY The Prodigy 89900
62 47 47 3 WON’T BACK DOWN (BOEHM REMIX) Benjamin Francis Leftwich 31900
63 NEW 63 1 CONGREGATION Foo Fighters 7200
64 42 8 10 LET THE DAY BEGIN Simple Minds 232000
65 NEW 65 1 HOLD MY HAND Jess Glynne 7000
66 64 1 30 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC 1049300
67 NEW 67 1 KING OF THE WORLD Blue 6600
68 66 1 27 HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush 681750
69 45 28 6 LET IN THE SUN Take That 89500
70 70 1 52 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel 895650

71 62 1 20 THESE DAYS Take That 911800
72 72 72 2 BEAUTY REMAINS Paloma Faith 11200
73 NEW 73 1 SOMETHING NEW Axford & Ingrosso 5400
74 74 74 2 JULIA Jungle 10400
75 NEW 75 1 FADE OUT LINES The Avener and Phoebe Killdeer 5000

DROP OUTS
41 41 2 FIRST AND LAST (GLASTROPHOBIA REMIX) Gemology 28000
46 46 3 TV Eves The Behaviour 35900
50 50 2 SWAY (THE CHAINSMOKERS REMIX) Anna Of The North 22200
51 16 6 LITTLE BY LITTLE (LULLEAUX AND GEORGE WHYMAN REMIX) Ulf Nilsson 112450
53 20 6 PORCELAIN Rachel Taylor 103450
54 26 6 LOVE KILLS Queen 87100
58 58 2 AVENIR Louane 15600
61 25 5 FOURFIVESECONDS Rihanna and Kanye West and Paul McCartney 81100
67 67 1 TETHER Eric Prydz vs CHVRCHES 6600
68 54 6 ELASTIC HEART SIA featuring The Weeknd and Diplo 54200
71 71 2 HEELS OFF Sandra Lyng 10800
73 73 1 LAY ME DOWN Sam Smith 5400

P1070310


1st March 2015

Adam Levine pips by a hair’s-breadth, as any of the top 5 should have been on top this week, the charts are electric for me at the moment, records falling that should be climbing, and a queue forming outside the top 75 there’s just no room! Adam Levine’s Lost Stars should have won this week’s Oscar, and I’m miffed it didn’t as he gives a brilliant vocal performance and it’s a fantastic song, typically-structured to build climactically and melodically like the best Gregg Alexander songs always do – it’s Adam’s 2nd chart-topper (after Maroon 5’s Moves Like Jagger) and Gregg’s 4th as songwriter (New Radicals’ You Get What You Give, Texas’ Inner Smile, and Ronan Keating’s Life Is A Rollercoaster).

Beaten by a whisker, the fantastic Outlines is up to 2, I love the lyrics and tune, and that only just keeps off Calvin Harris and HAIM, who rocket into the top 40 at 3 with Pray To God, HAIM’s biggest hit by far, though Calvin has a topper with Hurts. That riff sounds very familiar (Oh yes, there it is at 44 as Stevie Nicks Edge Of Seventeen and it’s John Lennon-murder-inspired lyrics and bootylicious riffs returns after under-achieving first time round in 1981, thanks to The Voice this week). Allt his love keeps Madonna’s BRIT’s gravity-bound performance out of the top 3, as Living For Love shoots up to 4, but as consolation she also has album track Hold Tight at 10, giving her 4 top 10’s so far in 2015. That really is pretty good, even for Madonna!

Just as Adam Levine replaces himself in the top 10 (as Maroon 5 drop), so too Rihanna’s new soundtrack film track Towards The Sun from film Home is straight in at 5, overshadowing her superstar collaboration big hit as far as I’m concerned – I love the marching mood and melody. Like Adam Levine, she also gives a great vocal performance. Elsewhere: Kaiser Chiefs big jump to 28, Taylor Swift to 30, and Erasure in at 40 with yet another new track, Sacred, and more consistent than they have been for years in my charts. Ace Of Base are back! It’s been a decade or more, so it’s good to see a sweet new pop toon from them at 60 – Would You Believe they still look great too, 22 years on from All That She Wants? They do!

1 30 1 2 LOST STARS Adam Levine 188000
2 4 2 6 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 255000
3 49 3 4 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 119600
4 42 4 7 LIVING FOR LOVE Madonna 167650
5 NEW 5 1 TOWARDS THE SUN Rihanna 60000
6 2 2 6 LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO Ellie Goulding 298100
7 1 1 2 YOU DON’T OWN ME Lesley Gore 220000
8 3 1 4 SPEED KILLS 10CC 473000
9 5 2 5 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 370000
10 27 10 3 HOLD TIGHT Madonna 72900

11 7 7 4 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 160000
12 12 8 8 SOLID GOLD EASY ACTION T.Rex 299000
13 6 6 7 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 219000
14 10 10 5 WHAT I DID FOR LOVE David Guetta featuring Emeli Sande 129000
15 11 6 5 THE NIGHTS Avicii 211000
16 23 16 4 WE’RE ALL WE NEED Above & Beyond featuring Zoe Johnston 80050
17 15 15 7 COMING WITH YOU Ne-Yo 114400
18 16 3 10 EARNED IT (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) The Weeknd 534000
19 9 9 5 SUGAR Maroon 5 134200
20 20 20 3 TEACH ME Bakermat 45200

21 8 1 19 TAKE ME TO CHURCH Hozier 865450
22 13 2 6 BACK HOME (MATOMA REMIX) MYNGA featuring Cosmo Klein 371500
23 14 1 9 INSIDE OUT Spoon 378450
24 17 17 6 NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Cobra Starship featuring Icona Pop 92000
25 34 25 4 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 59750
26 39 26 2 WINDFALL TheFatRat 35600
27 18 18 7 HEROES (WE COULD BE) Alesso featuring Tove Lo 91250
28 72 28 2 FALLING AWAKE The Kaiser Chiefs 23900
29 25 1 15 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 688100
30 70 30 2 STYLE Taylor Swift 24000

31 22 4 13 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 490150
32 21 12 5 THE BALLAD OF THE MIGHTY I Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 121550
33 55 33 2 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 28500
34 29 1 11 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 797000
35 35 35 3 LANA DEL DRE Tep No 42400
36 45 12 20 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT Marlon Roudette 372450
37 37 37 3 MINE Phoebe Ryan 40600
38 36 30 5 THE DAY IS MY ENEMY The Prodigy 82400
39 64 39 4 DOING IT Charli XCX featuring Rita Ora 36900
40 NEW 40 1 SACRED Erasure 17000

41 41 41 2 FIRST AND LAST (GLASTROPHOBIA REMIX) Gemology 28000
42 19 8 9 LET THE DAY BEGIN Simple Minds 225900
43 31 7 11 FADE TO GREY (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Visage 261650
44 NEW 44 1 EDGE OF SEVENTEEN Stevie Nicks 13250
45 28 28 5 LET IN THE SUN Take That 83300
46 46 46 3 TV Eves The Behaviour 35900
47 50 47 2 WON’T BACK DOWN (BOEHM REMIX) Benjamin Francis Leftwich 24500
48 48 48 2 WHAT KIND OF MAN Florence And The Machine 24600
49 40 1 11 UPTOWN FUNK! Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 636100
50 58 50 2 SWAY (THE CHAINSMOKERS REMIX) Anna Of The North 22200

51 24 16 6 LITTLE BY LITTLE (LULLEAUX AND GEORGE WHYMAN REMIX) Ulf Nilsson 112450
52 60 52 2 MIRROR MAN Ella Henderson 21500
53 32 20 6 PORCELAIN Rachel Taylor 103450
54 26 26 6 LOVE KILLS Queen 87100
55 74 55 2 WHERE YOU BELONG The Weeknd 16000
56 53 9 10 ROCK A DOODLE DOO (RADIO STUDIO SESSION) Linda Lewis 208700
57 51 8 11 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 226000
58 73 58 2 AVENIR Louane 15600
59 71 59 2 I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Annie Lennox 15900
60 NEW 60 1 WOULD YOU BELIEVE Ace Of Base 10000

61 33 25 5 FOURFIVESECONDS Rihanna and Kanye West and Paul McCartney 81100
62 56 1 19 THESE DAYS Take That 906000
63 63 63 9 ALFIE Cilla Black 58600
64 57 1 29 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC 1042500
65 NEW 65 1 MASTER PRETENDER First Aid Kit 7000
66 62 1 26 HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush 675350
67 NEW 67 1 TETHER Eric Prydz vs CHVRCHES 6600
68 54 54 6 ELASTIC HEART SIA featuring The Weeknd and Diplo 54200
69 NEW 69 1 SOMETHING FROM NOTHING Foo Fighters 6200
70 69 1 51 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel 889650

71 75 71 2 HEELS OFF Sandra Lyng 10800
72 NEW 72 1 BEAUTY REMAINS Paloma Faith 5600
73 NEW 73 1 LAY ME DOWN Sam Smith 5400
74 NEW 74 1 JULIA Jungle 5200

DROP OUTS:
38 10 7 LADY Stevie Nicks 145050
43 2 9 DEVIL PRAY Madonna 532950
44 14 6 FIRE Gavin DeGraw 110650
47 10 7 READY OR NOT Sarah Cracknell 157200
52 28 6 START A FAMILY Texas 84700
59 59 2 ALL FOR THE TAKING Meanwhile 20200
61 61 2 RUNNING IN CIRCLES POP ETC 14300
65 65 2 JOHNNY BLOSSOM Ride Into The Sun 13600
66 40 3 CASSY O’ George Ezra 35800
67 39 5 SOMETHING IN THE WATER Carrie Underwood 65050
68 68 3 PAPER PLANE (ACOUSTIC) Status Quo 17000
75 NEW 75 1 KING Years And Years 5000


22nd February 2015

It’s the late Lesley Gore in at 1 with her classic girl-power anthem ballad, one of the early pop songs for females (and she was 17-years-old) to make a stand for girls, an American chart-topper but a UK flop, criminally lost amongst Beatlemania. Lesley later came out as gay, one of the very few girls around in the 60’s music scene. It’s also her first popchartfreak entry, although 2 of her 60‘s hits were covered, Maybe I Know hit for The Seashells in 1972 and It’s My Party Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin in 1981 took it to number 2.

Bad news for Ellie Goulding, then, up to 2 with her great UK chart-topper, with Mister Magoo at 4, with it’s terrific melody and a great new twist on describing attraction in lyrics. Just when you think it’s all been said…! David Guetta adds another top 10 to his quite long list now, with Emeli Sande grabbing a few herself so far. Ne-yo jumps into the 20, but not as rapidly as Bakermat, who can Teach Me a few things with some fab gospel hooks. At 30 Adam Levine gets his 2nd top 30 hit in the same chart, Maroon 5 holding at 9, and his movie theme up for an Oscar at 30, Lost Stars is essentially a Gregg Alexander song from his soundtrack to the movie, a man who’s written a few chart-toppers in my chart, starting with his band New Radicals in 1997 and the brilliant You Get What You Give.

Florence and The Machine are back at 50, after a bit of a gap, though nowhere as big a gap as Annie Lennox has managed from time to time, as she brings about the 5th or 6th track from 50 Shades Of Grey into my chart, I Put A Spell On You being a 1956 Jay Hawkins classic covered by Nina Simone and Alan Price in the 60’s UK charts, while more recently Sonique had a big hit with it in 2000-ish. Annie now has solo chart entries dating back 27 years, and as singer dating back to the Tourists 36 years ago. Not bad! The Weeknd copies Madonna and grabs a 4th current chart track, how greedy are they!


1 NEW 1 1 YOU DON’T OWN ME Lesley Gore 170000
2 3 2 5 LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO Ellie Goulding 238100
3 1 1 3 SPEED KILLS 10CC 425000
4 10 4 5 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 140000
5 4 2 4 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 325000
6 6 6 6 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 187000
7 7 7 3 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 123000
8 2 1 18 TAKE ME TO CHURCH Hozier 845700
9 9 9 4 SUGAR Maroon 5 113200
10 18 10 4 WHAT I DID FOR LOVE David Guetta featuring Emeli Sande 100000

11 11 6 4 THE NIGHTS Avicii 184000
12 12 8 7 SOLID GOLD EASY ACTION T.Rex 264000
13 5 2 5 BACK HOME (MATOMA REMIX) MYNGA featuring Cosmo Klein 352000
14 8 1 8 INSIDE OUT Spoon 359200
15 37 15 6 COMING WITH YOU Ne-Yo 91400
16 13 3 9 EARNED IT (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) The Weeknd 512000
17 22 17 5 NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Cobra Starship featuring Icona Pop 73000
18 27 18 6 HEROES (WE COULD BE) Alesso featuring Tove Lo 72850
19 15 8 8 LET THE DAY BEGIN Simple Minds 212150
20 74 20 2 TEACH ME Bakermat 25200

21 14 12 4 THE BALLAD OF THE MIGHTY I Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 103750
22 17 4 12 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 472250
23 28 23 3 WE’RE ALL WE NEED Above & Beyond featuring Zoe Johnston 55050
24 16 16 5 LITTLE BY LITTLE (LULLEAUX AND GEORGE WHYMAN REMIX) Ulf Nilsson 100700
25 23 1 14 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 669900
26 32 26 5 LOVE KILLS Queen 76100
27 47 27 2 HOLD TIGHT Madonna 30900
28 36 28 4 LET IN THE SUN Take That 70300
29 19 1 10 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 779400
30 NEW 30 1 LOST STARS Adam Levine 18000

31 31 7 10 FADE TO GREY (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Visage 248150
32 20 20 5 PORCELAIN Rachel Taylor 92200
33 25 25 4 FOURFIVESECONDS Rihanna and Kanye West and Paul McCartney 73600
34 38 34 3 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 41000
35 62 35 2 LANA DEL DRE Tep No 24900
36 30 30 4 THE DAY IS MY ENEMY The Prodigy 65200
37 70 37 2 MINE Phoebe Ryan 23300
38 21 10 7 LADY Stevie Nicks 145050
39 NEW 39 1 WINDFALL TheFatRat 17100
40 34 1 10 UPTOWN FUNK! Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 624000

41 NEW 41 1 FIRST AND LAST (GLASTROPHOBIA REMIX) Gemology 14000
42 26 22 6 LIVING FOR LOVE Madonna 102650
43 33 2 9 DEVIL PRAY Madonna 532950
44 24 14 6 FIRE Gavin DeGraw 110650
45 45 12 19 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT Marlon Roudette 355050
46 57 46 2 TV Eves The Behaviour 23150
47 29 10 7 READY OR NOT Sarah Cracknell 157200
48 NEW 48 1 WHAT KIND OF MAN Florence And The Machine 12300
49 49 49 3 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 34600
50 NEW 50 1 WON’T BACK DOWN (BOEHM REMIX) Benjamin Francis Leftwich 12000

51 43 8 10 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 215600
52 52 28 6 START A FAMILY Texas 84700
53 44 9 9 ROCK A DOODLE DOO (RADIO STUDIO SESSION) Linda Lewis 198100
54 55 54 5 ELASTIC HEART SIA featuring The Weeknd and Diplo 47800
55 NEW 55 1 BABY LOVE Petite Meller 10800
56 50 1 18 THESE DAYS Take That 898600
57 56 1 28 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC 1035400
58 NEW 58 1 SWAY (THE CHAINSMOKERS REMIX) Anna Of The North 10200
59 59 59 2 ALL FOR THE TAKING Meanwhile 20200
60 NEW 60 1 MIRROR MAN Ella Henderson 10000

61 66 61 2 RUNNING IN CIRCLES POP ETC 14300
62 60 1 25 HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush 668550
63 63 63 8 ALFIE Cilla Black 51400
64 64 64 3 DOING IT Charli XCX featuring Rita Ora 19800
65 67 65 2 JOHNNY BLOSSOM Ride Into The Sun 13600
66 40 40 3 CASSY O’ George Ezra 35800
67 39 39 5 SOMETHING IN THE WATER Carrie Underwood 65050
68 73 68 3 PAPER PLANE (ACOUSTIC) Status Quo 17000
69 65 1 50 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel 883650
70 NEW 70 1 STYLE Taylor Swift 6000

71 NEW 71 1 I PUT A SPELL ON YOU Annie Lennox 5800
72 NEW 72 1 FALLING AWAKE The Kaiser Chiefs 5600
73 NEW 73 1 AVENIR Louane 5400
74 NEW 74 1 WHERE YOU BELONG The Weeknd 5200
75 NEW 75 1 HEELS OFF Sandra Lyng 5000

DROP OUTS
35 19 10 LEAVE WHILE I’M NOT LOOKING Paloma Faith 134900
41 13 6 COME HOME BABY The Charlatans 123000
42 26 6 LIPS ARE MOVIN’ Meghan Trainor 89100
46 39 4 PEOPLE IIIII (featuring Adele Kosman) 55400
48 48 3 MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel 32300
51 40 6 UNDER THE SHADOWS Rae Morris 58750
53 15 10 COOL KIDS Echosmith 177250
54 10 11 LIKE I CAN Sam Smith 265100
58 7 12 OUTSIDE Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Golding 291500
61 11 11 DANGEROUS David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 191650
68 1 17 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 598900
69 5 8 WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker 204050
71 9 17 I LOVED YOU Blonde featuring Melissa Steele 322550
72 72 1 LIGHTS Kartell 5600
75 75 1 HOLD BACK THE RIVER James Bay 5000


15th February 2015

1 1 1 2 SPEED KILLS 10CC 340000
2 2 1 17 TAKE ME TO CHURCH Hozier 797700
3 43 3 4 LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO Ellie Goulding 123100
4 3 2 3 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 265000
5 5 2 4 BACK HOME (MATOMA REMIX) MYNGA featuring Cosmo Klein 320000
6 15 6 5 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 132000
7 17 7 2 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 73000
8 4 1 7 INSIDE OUT Spoon 330200
9 29 9 3 SUGAR Maroon 5 68200
10 20 10 4 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 75000

11 6 6 3 THE NIGHTS Avicii 147000
12 8 8 6 SOLID GOLD EASY ACTION T.Rex 229000
13 7 3 8 EARNED IT (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) The Weeknd 487000
14 12 12 3 THE BALLAD OF THE MIGHTY I Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 84000
15 11 8 7 LET THE DAY BEGIN Simple Minds 191150
16 23 16 4 LITTLE BY LITTLE (LULLEAUX AND GEORGE WHYMAN REMIX) Ulf Nilsson 81700
17 9 4 11 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 452750
18 24 18 3 WHAT I DID FOR LOVE David Guetta featuring Emeli Sande 58000
19 13 1 9 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 761200
20 28 20 4 PORCELAIN Rachel Taylor 74400

21 10 10 6 LADY Stevie Nicks 127850
22 37 22 4 NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Cobra Starship featuring Icona Pop 50000
23 18 1 13 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 651150
24 14 14 5 FIRE Gavin DeGraw 97400
25 25 25 3 FOURFIVESECONDS Rihanna and Kanye West and Paul McCartney 55900
26 RE 22 5 LIVING FOR LOVE Madonna 88900
27 44 27 5 HEROES (WE COULD BE) Alesso featuring Tove Lo 50850
28 35 28 2 WE’RE ALL WE NEED Above & Beyond featuring Zoe Johnston 35800
29 16 10 6 READY OR NOT Sarah Cracknell 144700
30 32 30 3 THE DAY IS MY ENEMY The Prodigy 47800

31 49 7 9 FADE TO GREY (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Visage 230250
32 34 32 4 LOVE KILLS Queen 57600
33 21 2 8 DEVIL PRAY Madonna 519450
34 27 1 9 UPTOWN FUNK! Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 607000
35 19 19 10 LEAVE WHILE I’M NOT LOOKING Paloma Faith 134900
36 36 36 3 LET IN THE SUN Take That 52000
37 38 37 5 COMING WITH YOU Ne-Yo 64400
38 69 38 2 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 23400
39 39 39 4 SOMETHING IN THE WATER Carrie Underwood 58450
40 50 40 2 CASSY O’ George Ezra 29000

41 22 13 6 COME HOME BABY The Charlatans 123000
42 26 26 6 LIPS ARE MOVIN’ Meghan Trainor 89100
43 33 8 9 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 203850
44 31 9 8 ROCK A DOODLE DOO (RADIO STUDIO SESSION) Linda Lewis 186850
45 53 12 18 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT Marlon Roudette 342050
46 48 39 4 PEOPLE IIIII (featuring Adele Kosman) 55400
47 NEW 47 1 HOLD TIGHT Madonna 12500
48 60 48 3 MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel 32300
49 57 49 2 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 22500
50 45 1 17 THESE DAYS Take That 888000

51 40 40 6 UNDER THE SHADOWS Rae Morris 58750
52 41 28 5 START A FAMILY Texas 73200
53 30 15 10 COOL KIDS Echosmith 177250
54 51 10 11 LIKE I CAN Sam Smith 265100
55 56 55 4 ELASTIC HEART SIA featuring The Weeknd and Diplo 36800
56 54 1 27 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC 1025000
57 NEW 57 1 TV Eves The Behaviour 10400
58 47 7 12 OUTSIDE Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Golding 291500
59 NEW 59 1 ALL FOR THE TAKING Meanwhile 10100
60 59 1 24 HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush 661150

61 55 11 11 DANGEROUS David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 191650
62 NEW 62 1 LANA DEL DRE Tep No 7400
63 65 63 7 ALFIE Cilla Black 44200
64 72 64 2 DOING IT Charli XCX featuring Rita Ora 12700
65 64 1 49 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel 877450
66 NEW 66 1 RUNNING IN CIRCLES POP ETC 6800
67 NEW 67 1 JOHNNY BLOSSOM Ride Into The Sun 6600
68 62 1 17 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 598900
69 58 5 8 WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker 204050
70 NEW 70 1 MINE Phoebe Ryan 6000

71 68 9 17 I LOVED YOU Blonde featuring Melissa Steele 322550
72 NEW 72 1 LIGHTS Kartell 5600
73 74 73 2 PAPER PLANE (ACOUSTIC) Status Quo 10600
74 NEW 74 1 TEACH ME Bakermat 5200
75 NEW 75 1 HOLD BACK THE RIVER James Bay 5000

DROP OUTS
42 24 6 SHE MOVES (FAR AWAY) Alle Farben featuring Graham Candy 101350
46 4 11 YOU’RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE SIA 345650
52 27 6 REACH OUT Rumer 73400
61 9 12 BLANK SPACE Taylor Swift 263900
63 33 3 BANG! Sandy River featuring April 42200
66 23 9 HOPE FOR THE FUTURE Paul McCartney 102750
67 35 3 GHOST Megan Vice 41600
70 1 16 YOU RUIN ME The Veronicas 686050
71 71 3 BREATHE Glude 16600
73 12 17 SOS Indila 273800
75 75 2 GRAVITY DJ Fresh featuring Ella Eyre 10000

8th February 2015

It’s a record I’ve worshipped since I first heard it in 1976 when Pete Lambert in the 6th form loaned me his 10CC album, Speed Kills, but which wasn’t eligible for my charts as it was an old album track. I’ve been waiting for an excuse to chart it ever since, and Buzz Jack Song Contest is good enough for me as an excuse. Those driving guitars, those harmonies, the exciting pulsating rhythms, the lyrics which are sort of anti-drug while the record has it’s own musical rush. Should have been a single. So, 42 years late, it joins T.Rex (also from that period) in my top 10, and gives 10CC 2 chart-toppers in 2 years, a span of 43 years of number ones, and the 6th under the 10CC name – though one of those is just Graham Gouldman (who wrote Bus Stop, as reworked melody-wise by Noel Gallagher at 12) and Eric Stewart, but the missing Lol Creme and Kevin Godley had another 2 as a duo in the 80’s as Godley & Creme, so they are actually on 7 each.

Another veteran Stevie Nicks adds to her 39-year haul, I’ve lost count if I include Fleetwood Mac, quite a Lady! Imagine Dragons are back in the top 40 again at 16 as the hits roll on – you bet your life! Fall Out Boy are also back with the highest new proper record, a tribute to Uma Thurman. I say new – actually about one-third of it a lengthy sample of the brilliant theme tune from the lovable 60’s fantasy sit-com, The Munsters, and a brilliant theme tune it is too, all surfer-instrumental-rock Halloween flavoured. The record blends it perfectly in.

Mr Magoo is at 20 (one for the older folk there), though he’s lost his other O, clumsy, but a great record. In fact the charts are pretty volatile with new stuff battling it out, records that should be going up are static or dropping a little. Boo! Maroon 5 are sweet as Sugar and rocketing up to 29, Queen get 41 years of top 40 hits with a 31-year-old song, actually it’s better than Freddie’s dance version, I think, which scraped into my 20 in 1984. Synth Indie act Above And Beyond also enter at 38, after I heard it on Paul Gambaccini’s USA chart run-down driving back from London yesterday – Paul is still giving me great musical tips after well over 40 years, thanks Paul!

Also back: Cobra Starship get another top 40 hit, ditto Rae Morris and Ne-Yo. George Ezra gets a 3rd entry with Cassy O’. I assume that’s the missing O from Mike Mago, who pronounces it Magoo. Calvin Harris and HAIM are busy praying to God, they might want to have a word with Hozier though, as he’s at 2, a bit higher than 57. Another 1973 song enters at 74 (joining Linda Lewis in being an alternative version of a 1973 chart hit), Paper Plane from Status Quo, while a 1972 number one in my chart, the brilliant 1968 US northern soul hit from Archie Bell And The Drells, Here I Go Again, is back again thanks to a current advert on TV.


1 NEW 1 1 SPEED KILLS 10CC 170000
2 1 1 16 TAKE ME TO CHURCH Hozier 682700
3 2 2 2 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 200000
4 4 1 6 INSIDE OUT Spoon 382200
5 3 2 3 BACK HOME (MATOMA REMIX) MYNGA featuring Cosmo Klein 260000
6 6 6 2 THE NIGHTS Avicii 110000
7 5 3 7 EARNED IT (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) The Weeknd 455000
8 9 8 5 SOLID GOLD EASY ACTION T.Rex 194000
9 12 4 10 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 429750
10 16 10 5 LADY Stevie Nicks 108100

11 8 8 6 LET THE DAY BEGIN Simple Minds 164150
12 20 12 2 THE BALLAD OF THE MIGHTY I Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 55000
13 7 1 8 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 740200
14 18 14 4 FIRE Gavin DeGraw 78400
16 10 10 5 READY OR NOT Sarah Cracknell 126500
16 41 16 4 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 75000
17 NEW 17 1 UMA THURMAN Fall Out Boy 23000
18 17 1 12 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 631900
19 19 19 9 LEAVE WHILE I’M NOT LOOKING Paloma Faith 117400
20 63 20 3 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 33000

21 11 2 7 DEVIL PRAY Madonna 501750
22 13 13 5 COME HOME BABY The Charlatans 109000
23 23 23 3 LITTLE BY LITTLE (LULLEAUX AND GEORGE WHYMAN REMIX) Ulf Nilsson 56700
24 40 24 2 WHAT I DID FOR LOVE David Guetta featuring Emeli Sande 36000
25 30 25 2 FOURFIVESECONDS Rihanna and Kanye West and Paul McCartney 36750
26 26 26 5 LIPS ARE MOVIN’ Meghan Trainor 75350
27 14 1 8 UPTOWN FUNK! Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 589400
28 28 28 3 PORCELAIN Rachel Taylor 54400
29 75 29 2 SUGAR Maroon 5 23200
30 15 15 9 COOL KIDS Echosmith 166000

31 22 9 7 ROCK A DOODLE DOO (RADIO STUDIO SESSION) Linda Lewis 173600
32 50 32 2 THE DAY IS MY ENEMY The Prodigy 29800
33 29 8 8 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 190350
34 49 34 3 LOVE KILLS Queen 39800
35 NEW 35 1 WE’RE ALL WE NEED Above & Beyond featuring Zoe Johnston 17500
36 38 36 2 LET IN THE SUN Take That 34600
37 67 37 3 NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Cobra Starship featuring Icona Pop 30500
38 48 38 4 COMING WITH YOU Ne-Yo 47100
39 44 39 3 SOMETHING IN THE WATER Carrie Underwood 41350
40 56 40 5 UNDER THE SHADOWS Rae Morris 47000

41 36 28 4 START A FAMILY Texas 61700
42 24 24 6 SHE MOVES (FAR AWAY) Alle Farben featuring Graham Candy 101350
43 47 43 3 LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO Ellie Goulding 38100
44 66 44 4 HEROES (WE COULD BE) Alesso featuring Tove Lo 32450
45 37 1 16 THESE DAYS Take That 876000
46 21 4 11 YOU’RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE SIA 345650
47 32 7 11 OUTSIDE Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Golding 281300
48 39 39 3 PEOPLE IIIII (featuring Adele Kosman) 42650
49 25 7 8 FADE TO GREY (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Visage 212350
50 NEW 50 1 CASSY O’ George Ezra 12000

51 34 10 10 LIKE I CAN Sam Smith 256100
52 27 27 6 REACH OUT Rumer 73400
53 53 12 17 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) Marlon Roudette 329050
54 52 1 26 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10CC 1014400
55 31 11 10 DANGEROUS David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 184150
56 58 56 3 ELASTIC HEART SIA featuring The Weeknd and Diplo 26000
57 NEW 57 1 PRAY TO GOD Calvin Harris featuring HAIM 10400
58 45 5 7 WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker 197850
59 57 1 23 HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush 651150
60 60 60 2 MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel 20000

61 46 9 12 BLANK SPACE Taylor Swift 263900
62 51 1 16 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 592500
63 33 33 3 BANG! Sandy River featuring April 42200
64 62 1 48 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel 870450
65 65 65 6 ALFIE Cilla Black 37000
66 43 23 9 HOPE FOR THE FUTURE Paul McCartney 102750
67 35 35 3 GHOST Megan Vice 41600
68 54 9 16 I LOVED YOU Blonde featuring Melissa Steele 316750
69 NEW 69 1 HERE I GO AGAIN Archie Bell And The Drells 6200
70 61 1 16 YOU RUIN ME The Veronicas 686050

71 73 71 3 BREATHE Glude 16600
72 NEW 72 1 DOING IT Charli XCX featuring Rita Ora
73 59 12 17 SOS Indila 273800
74 NEW 74 1 PAPER PLANE (ACOUSTIC) Status Quo 5200
75 RE 75 2 GRAVITY DJ Fresh featuring Ella Eyre 10000

DROP OUTS
42 25 3 SOLO DANCING Indiana 51000
55 55 2 SAVE ME Listenbee 21600
64 1 15 DUST HALOS 650500
68 68 2 TILL IT HURTS Yellow Claw featuring Ayden 12800
69 1 26 CHANGING Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1189950
70 58 2 HIYHIY Lostboycrow 16200
71 1 14 ANYTIME Cosmonaut Grenchko 636550
72 1 14 WHO’S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Neil Young 670300
74 1 25 CALL Francesco Yates 744200


1st February 2015

It’s Hozier, finally getting on top after two previous chart runs in previous years, and his fantastic passionate anti-hymn, Take Me To Church a well-deserved world-wide hit. Of course, here on Buzz Jack, it becomes yet another example of a classic record well-under-appreciated by voters – sorry boys and girls, but as long as we voters keep not voting for brilliant records I’m going to keep on mentioning it! It knocks off another (non-hit) example, Spoon, and keeps off a MYNGA, as well, all fab.

Highest new entry is from 74-year-old Giorgio Moroder and much much younger Kylie Minogue, and the terrific Right Here Right Now, the hook is just fabulous. Giorgio first came close to topping my charts in 1972 as writer-producer of one of the first ever synthpop song chart-toppers, Son Of My Father, before topping in 1977 with the instant classic, force of nature that is Donna Summer’s I Feel Love, pretty much all modern dance music can be traced back to that one. He had his first solo top 10 hit later that year (From Here To Eternity), then appeared again with Phil Oakey in 1984 on the classic Together In Electric Dreams, and it’s only taken him 31 years to get his 3rd, entering straight in at 2! Kylie, of course, has a zillion top 10 hits, and I think has yet not to chart with anything she’s released. So I like her!

Avicii is back with another big new entry and top 10 hit, with The Nights, at 6, while Sarah Cracknell adds to her list of top 10 entries. Paloma Faith adds to her top 20 list, and Noel Gallagher extends his run (including with Oasis) to 21 years with The Ballad Of The Mighty I, and it’s little hint of The Hollies Bus Stop. At 30 it’s a superstar bunch, as Rihanna takes lead vocals, Kanye West adds a bit, and Paul McCartney tinkles on some instruments. That’s a decade each for the first two of chart entries, and combined they still don’t have half the span of chart entries of Macca, my first ever chart number one with The Beatles Hey Jude in 1968. Legend!

Others returning: Take That, David Guetta, Emeli Sande, The Prodigy, and Maroon 5. With the new stupid dull streaming charts keeping genuine Top 40 sales hits out of the UK charts, only Maroon 5 breaks in to the UK charts, though at least The Weeknd finally gets in a few weeks late, resting still at 5 in my charts. Hey ho!


1 6 1 15 TAKE ME TO CHURCH Hozier 567700
2 NEW 2 1 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Giorgio Moroder featuring Kylie Minogue 115000
3 2 2 2 BACK HOME (MATOMA REMIX) MYNGA featuring Cosmo Klein 200000
4 1 1 5 INSIDE OUT Spoon 317200
5 5 3 6 EARNED IT (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) The Weeknd 405000
6 NEW 6 1 THE NIGHTS Avicii 55000
7 4 1 7 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 708200
8 8 8 5 LET THE DAY BEGIN Simple Minds 127150
9 11 9 4 SOLID GOLD EASY ACTION T.Rex 146000
10 14 10 4 READY OR NOT Sarah Cracknell 101500

11 3 2 6 DEVIL PRAY Madonna 482000
12 12 4 9 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 384750
13 17 13 4 COME HOME BABY The Charlatans 89500
14 10 1 7 UPTOWN FUNK! Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 571000
15 15 15 8 COOL KIDS Echosmith 148000
16 19 16 4 LADY Stevie Nicks 66100
17 18 1 11 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 609900
18 36 18 3 FIRE Gavin DeGraw 49400
19 39 19 8 LEAVE WHILE I’M NOT LOOKING Paloma Faith 96400
20 NEW 20 1 THE BALLAD OF THE MIGHTY I Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 20000

21 7 4 10 YOU’RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE SIA 332900
22 9 9 6 ROCK A DOODLE DOO (RADIO STUDIO SESSION) Linda Lewis 155700
23 29 23 2 LITTLE BY LITTLE (LULLEAUX AND GEORGE WHYMAN REMIX) Ulf Nilsson 37450
24 24 24 5 SHE MOVES (FAR AWAY) Alle Farben featuring Graham Candy 87600
25 13 7 7 FADE TO GREY (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Visage 200250
26 26 26 4 LIPS ARE MOVIN’ Meghan Trainor 56850
27 27 27 5 REACH OUT Rumer 61900
28 32 28 2 PORCELAIN Rachel Taylor 36100
29 22 8 7 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 172650
30 NEW 30 1 FOURFIVESECONDS Rihanna and Kanye West and Paul McCartney 18000

31 16 11 9 DANGEROUS David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 173350
32 20 7 10 OUTSIDE Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Golding 268800
33 37 33 2 BANG! Sandy River featuring April 35000
34 21 10 9 LIKE I CAN Sam Smith 244350
35 35 35 2 GHOST Megan Vice 35000
36 28 28 3 START A FAMILY Texas 47700
37 31 1 15 THESE DAYS Take That 863000
38 NEW 38 1 LET IN THE SUN Take That 17200
39 44 39 2 PEOPLE IIIII (featuring Adele Kosman) 30350
40 NEW 40 1 WHAT I DID FOR LOVE David Guetta featuring Emeli Sande 17000

41 30 30 3 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 50000
42 25 25 3 SOLO DANCING Indiana 51000
43 23 23 8 HOPE FOR THE FUTURE Paul McCartney 95950
44 54 44 2 SOMETHING IN THE WATER Carrie Underwood 24250
45 40 5 6 WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker 187650
46 33 9 11 BLANK SPACE Taylor Swift 256400
47 49 47 2 WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Ellie Goulding 24600
48 50 48 3 COMING WITH YOU Ne-Yo 29900
49 59 49 2 LOVE KILLS Queen 22200
50 NEW 50 1 THE DAY IS MY ENEMY The Prodigy 12000

51 45 1 15 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 585100
52 51 1 25 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10C.C. 1003400
53 47 12 16 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) Marlon Roudette 317800
54 38 9 15 I LOVED YOU Blonde featuring Melissa Steele 310350
55 55 55 2 SAVE ME Listenbee 21600
56 63 56 4 UNDER THE SHADOWS Rae Morris 30000
57 56 1 22 HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush 641050
58 74 58 2 ELASTIC HEART SIA featuring The Weeknd and Diplo 15400
59 48 12 16 SOS Indila 268400
60 NEW 60 1 MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel 10000

61 52 1 15 YOU RUIN ME The Veronicas 680050
62 62 1 47 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel 863350
63 71 63 2 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 13000
64 57 1 15 DUST HALOS 650500
65 70 65 5 ALFIE Cilla Black 30000
66 69 66 3 HEROES (WE COULD BE) Alesso featuring Tove Lo 19200
67 67 67 2 NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Cobra Starship featuring Icona Pop 13200
68 68 68 2 TILL IT HURTS Yellow Claw featuring Ayden 12800
69 66 1 26 CHANGING Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1189950
70 58 58 2 HIYHIY Lostboycrow 16200

71 61 1 14 ANYTIME Cosmonaut Grenchko 636550
72 65 1 14 WHO’S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Neil Young 670300
73 73 73 2 BREATHE Glude 10800
74 72 1 25 CALL Francesco Yates 744200
75 NEW 75 1 SUGAR Maroon 5 5000

DROP OUTS
34 19 9 SADNESS DISEASE Urban Cone 160500
41 14 10 HEARTBEAT LOUD Andy C featuring Fiora 178550
42 22 4 LIVING FOR LOVE Madonna 70400
43 5 12 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT The Pierces 350000
46 5 11 GENTLE ON MY MIND The Band Perry 322700
53 10 9 DESIRE Years And Years 203650
60 3 9 THE HANGING TREE James Newton Howard featuring Jennifer Lawrence 316800
64 64 1 PRETTY GREEN Spinee 7100
75 75 1 GRAVITY DJ Fresh featuring Ella Eyre 5000

25th January 2015

It’s a big clearout of oldies this week, as an invasion of buzz jack contest entries forces them out earlier than I’d have liked – but it was them or current stuff I still love, and the oldies lost! So that means it’s a Buzz Jack 1 and 2 as semi-finalist’s Spoon climb on to the top with the fab Inside Out, and a great John Lennon-styled vocal performance. Just behind, and new in at 2, it’s the equally good MYNGA featuring Cosmo Klein, and the falsetto soul dance fabulousness of Back Home. Support MYNGA’s!

Up to 8, Simple Minds best record in 20 years, the not-very-rocky Let The Day Begin, it’s more synth-period Simple Minds with that throbbing beat they turned to in 1983, and it’s very good. Linda Lewis gets Rock A Doodle Do, an archive live BBC version that’s virtually as good as the original, into the top 10 42 years on. I love her voice, her range is amazing, it’s like 3 singers in one, and look forward to her new material. Sarah Cracknell extends her top 20 hits run (with Saint Etienne) to 22 years, and the sweet Ready Or Not, while The Charlatans do the same, only 26 years. That’s nothing, though, the classy Stevie Nicks goes top 20 with a bound, the Lady has 38 years of hit-songs (with Mac of course, and solo, and with ex-Lindsay Buckingham).

Paul McCartney, Texas, and Paloma Faith all go top 40, while Queen’s version of the 1984 Freddie Mercury dance top 20 hit Love Kills, pops in as Somebody To Love is pushed out. The Weeknd makes it 3 in the chart, finally, as his featuring with SIA enters, as SIA and The Weeknd’s Top 10 tracks drop a bit, leaving his other featuring, former number one with Ariana Grande, a bit lower down. Not bad, and about time he had a solo hit.

1 9 1 4 INSIDE OUT Spoon 252200
2 NEW 2 1 BACK HOME (MATOMA REMIX) MYNGA featuring Cosmo Klein 115000
3 2 2 5 DEVIL PRAY Madonna 445000
4 1 1 6 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 658200
5 3 3 5 EARNED IT (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) The Weeknd 345000
6 5 5 14 TAKE ME TO CHURCH Hozier 397700
7 4 4 9 YOU’RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE SIA 313150
8 25 8 4 LET THE DAY BEGIN Simple Minds 79150
9 16 9 5 ROCK A DOODLE DOO (RADIO STUDIO SESSION) Linda Lewis 136200
10 6 1 6 UPTOWN FUNK! Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 542000

11 13 11 3 SOLID GOLD EASY ACTION T.Rex 101000
12 8 4 8 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 349750
13 7 7 6 FADE TO GREY (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Visage 181500
14 23 14 3 READY OR NOT Sarah Cracknell 59500
15 15 15 7 COOL KIDS Echosmith 121000
16 11 11 8 DANGEROUS David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 155450
17 35 17 3 COME HOME BABY The Charlatans 57500
18 12 1 10 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 586900
19 59 19 3 LADY Stevie Nicks 41100
20 14 7 9 OUTSIDE Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Golding 251000

21 17 10 8 LIKE I CAN Sam Smith 226750
22 38 8 6 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 154450
23 71 23 7 HOPE FOR THE FUTURE Paul McCartney 82450
24 24 24 4 SHE MOVES (FAR AWAY) Alle Farben featuring Graham Candy 68600
25 26 25 2 SOLO DANCING Indiana 37250
26 44 26 3 LIPS ARE MOVIN’ Meghan Trainor 38350
27 49 27 4 REACH OUT Rumer 43500
28 50 28 2 START A FAMILY Texas 30300
29 NEW 29 1 LITTLE BY LITTLE (LULLEAUX AND GEORGE WHYMAN REMIX) Ulf Nilsson 18200
30 30 30 2 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 36000

31 18 1 14 THESE DAYS Take That 845700
32 NEW 32 1 PORCELAIN Rachel Taylor 17800
33 21 9 10 BLANK SPACE Taylor Swift 243650
34 19 19 9 SADNESS DISEASE Urban Cone 160500
35 NEW 35 1 GHOST Megan Vice 17500
36 60 36 2 FIRE Gavin DeGraw 27400
37 NEW 37 1 BANG! Sandy River featuring April 17300
38 28 9 14 I LOVED YOU Blonde featuring Melissa Steele 299350
39 73 39 7 LEAVE WHILE I’M NOT LOOKING Paloma Faith 75400
40 31 5 5 WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker 174650

41 27 14 10 HEARTBEAT LOUD Andy C featuring Fiora 178550
42 22 22 4 LIVING FOR LOVE Madonna 70400
43 29 5 12 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT The Pierces 350000
44 NEW 44 1 PEOPLE IIIII (featuring Adele Kosman) 13250
45 40 1 14 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 573350
46 36 5 11 GENTLE ON MY MIND The Band Perry 322700
47 33 12 15 WHEN THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) Marlon Roudette 306550
48 34 12 15 SOS Indila 258300
49 NEW 49 1 WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Ellie Goulding 12100
50 72 50 2 COMING WITH YOU Ne-Yo 17600

51 48 1 24 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10C.C. 991900
52 41 1 14 YOU RUIN ME The Veronicas 672550
53 32 10 9 DESIRE Years And Years 203650
54 NEW 54 1 SOMETHING IN THE WATER Carrie Underwood 11000
55 NEW 55 1 SAVE ME Listenbee 10800
56 55 1 21 HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush 630650
57 47 1 14 DUST HALOS 643400
58 NEW 58 1 HIYHIY Lostboycrow 10200
59 NEW 59 1 LOVE KILLS Queen 10100
60 39 3 9 THE HANGING TREE James Newton Howard featuring Jennifer Lawrence 316800

61 52 1 13 ANYTIME Cosmonaut Grenchko 630750
62 62 1 46 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel 855950
63 67 63 3 UNDER THE SHADOWS Rae Morris 19400
64 NEW 64 1 PRETTY GREEN Spinee 7100
65 54 1 13 WHO’S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Neil Young 664700
66 63 1 25 CHANGING Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1183750
67 NEW 67 1 NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Cobra Starship featuring Icona Pop 6600
68 NEW 68 1 TILL IT HURTS Yellow Claw featuring Ayden 6400
69 69 69 2 HEROES (WE COULD BE) Alesso featuring Tove Lo 12400
70 70 70 4 ALFIE Cilla Black 23000

71 NEW 71 1 OUTLINES Mike Mago and Dragonette 5800
72 68 1 24 CALL Francesco Yates 739000
73 NEW 73 1 BREATHE Glude 5400
74 NEW 74 1 ELASTIC HEART SIA featuring The Weeknd and Diplo 5200
75 NEW 75 1 GRAVITY DJ Fresh featuring Ella Eyre 5000

DROP OUTS

10 10 30 OUR LAST SUMMER Abba 448750
20 20 16 STORM IN A TEACUP Lynsey De Paul 212750
37 37 4 TOCA TOCA Fly Project 50100
42 2 10 REAL LOVE Tom Odell 359250
43 43 12 SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon And Garfunkel 112000
45 36 5 HOME AGAIN Ashley Campbell 59950
46 46 9 SOMEBODY TO LOVE Queen 84150
51 13 11 WELCOME TO NEW YORK Taylor Swift 205150
53 15 10 27 CLUB Chloe Black 176250
56 5 20 SHAKE IT OFF Taylor Swift 528550
57 57 10 MY GENERATION The Who 77400
58 47 5 I’M AN ALBATRAOZ AronChupa 48600
61 25 5 SOMETHING I NEED Ben Haenow 76600
64 37 5 SHAKE THAT Danssun and Marlon Hofstadt 71600
65 33 6 BAILANDO Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona 65700
66 1 16 SHE’S NOT YOU Jenny Lewis 696950
74 74 1 TONGUE TIED Alvin Stardust 5200
75 75 2 BLACK BETTY Ram Jam 10000
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18th January 2015

3 weeks for Madonna on top, getting close to catching up her long runners at number one (I think 4 weeks is the longest, or do I mean Four Minutes). Still at 2 too! Not much change at the top at all in fact, though Spoon go top 10, and SIA gets her 4th Top 5. Sarah Cracknell gets a solo top 40 entry (yay!), and Indiana is back with Solo Dancing after doing well with it last year. The Radio One playlist is starting to look like an old Buzzjack song contest listing. Just saying….

Imagine Dragons are back with a new track, hooray! In at 30, I Bet My Life, giving them, ooo it must be 6 or so top 40 hits and a number one with Radioactive about a year before Radio one picked up on it. Just saying…

Texas are back, also hooray, looking to start a family at 50, while Gavin DeGraw pops in on fire at 60, sounding suspiciously like Maroon 5, but he’s been around long enough to have a Greatest Hits coming out. True fact! Ne-Yo is also back, extending his long run of chart action, just ahead of the late Alvin Stardust and his new track, very retro-sounding in a Johnny Cash sort of fashion, quite probably his first chart hit in 25 years, and extends his run wayyyy back to 1973, when I became mad on My Coo Ca Choo and sent it all the way to number one.

1 1 1 5 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 593200
2 2 2 4 DEVIL PRAY Madonna 360000
3 3 3 4 EARNED IT (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) The Weeknd 285000
4 6 4 8 YOU’RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE SIA 263150
5 7 5 13 TAKE ME TO CHURCH Hozier 342700
6 5 1 5 UPTOWN FUNK! Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 500000
7 8 7 5 FADE TO GREY (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Visage 149500
8 4 4 7 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 314750
9 24 9 3 INSIDE OUT Spoon 82200
10 10 10 30 OUR LAST SUMMER Abba 448750

11 19 11 7 DANGEROUS David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 130450
12 9 1 9 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 564900
13 13 13 2 SOLID GOLD EASY ACTION T.Rex 64000
14 11 7 8 OUTSIDE Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Golding 231000
15 20 15 6 COOL KIDS Echosmith 94000
16 16 16 4 ROCK A DOODLE DOO (RADIO STUDIO SESSION) Linda Lewis 91200
17 12 10 7 LIKE I CAN Sam Smith 207000
18 15 1 13 THESE DAYS Take That 828000
19 22 19 8 SADNESS DISEASE Urban Cone 142900
20 23 20 16 STORM IN A TEACUP Lynsey De Paul 212750

21 17 9 9 BLANK SPACE Taylor Swift 225950
22 25 22 3 LIVING FOR LOVE Madonna featuring Alicia Keys 56650
23 53 23 2 READY OR NOT Sarah Cracknell 30500
24 34 24 3 SHE MOVES (FAR AWAY) Alle Farben featuring Graham Candy 49600
25 38 25 3 LET THE DAY BEGIN Simple Minds 31150
26 NEW 26 1 SOLO DANCING Indiana 18500
27 14 14 9 HEARTBEAT LOUD Andy C featuring Fiora 164550
28 28 9 13 I LOVED YOU Blonde featuring Melissa Steele 282150
29 18 5 11 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT The Pierces 336500
30 NEW 30 1 I BET MY LIFE Imagine Dragons 18000

31 21 5 4 WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker 157650
32 26 10 8 DESIRE Years And Years 192400
33 27 12 14 THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) Marlon Roudette 294050
34 50 12 14 SOS Indila 246000
35 40 35 2 COME HOME BABY The Charlatans 34500
36 31 5 10 GENTLE ON MY MIND The Band Perry 309950
37 39 37 4 TOCA TOCA Fly Project 50100
38 30 8 5 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 134950
39 29 3 8 THE HANGING TREE James Newton Howard featuring Jennifer Lawrence 306800
40 37 1 13 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 560350

41 33 1 13 YOU RUIN ME The Veronicas 661050
42 35 2 10 REAL LOVE Tom Odell 359250
43 46 43 12 SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon And Garfunkel 112000
44 67 44 2 LIPS ARE MOVIN’ Meghan Trainor 19850
45 36 36 5 HOME AGAIN Ashley Campbell 59950
46 49 46 9 SOMEBODY TO LOVE Queen 84150
47 42 1 13 DUST HALOS 633000
48 48 1 23 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10C.C. 980150
49 62 49 3 REACH OUT Rumer 25100
50 NEW 50 1 START A FAMILY Texas 12000

51 32 13 11 WELCOME TO NEW YORK Taylor Swift 205150
52 44 1 12 ANYTIME Cosmonaut Grenchko 623250
53 59 15 10 27 CLUB Chloe Black 176250
54 43 1 12 WHO’S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Neil Young 657700
55 55 1 20 HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush 620050
56 56 5 20 SHAKE IT OFF Taylor Swift 528550
57 57 57 10 MY GENERATION The Who 77400
58 47 47 5 I’M AN ALBATRAOZ AronChupa 48600
59 60 59 2 LADY Stevie Nicks 20100
60 NEW 60 1 FIRE Gavin DeGraw 10000

61 41 25 5 SOMETHING I NEED Ben Haenow 76600
62 61 1 45 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel 848550
63 63 1 24 CHANGING Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1176550
64 45 37 5 SHAKE THAT Danssun and Marlon Hofstadt 71600
65 52 33 6 BAILANDO Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona 65700
66 64 1 16 SHE’S NOT YOU Jenny Lewis 696950
67 72 67 2 UNDER THE SHADOWS Rae Morris 12200
68 68 1 23 CALL Francesco Yates 733400
69 NEW 69 1 HEROES (WE COULD BE) Alesso featuring Tove Lo 6200
70 70 70 3 ALFIE Cilla Black 17000

71 58 40 6 HOPE FOR THE FUTURE Paul McCartney 63200
72 NEW 72 1 COMING WITH YOU Ne-Yo 5600
73 69 49 6 LEAVE WHILE I’M NOT LOOKING Paloma Faith 58300
74 NEW 74 1 TONGUE TIED Alvin Stardust 5200
75 75 75 2 BLACK BETTY Ram Jam 10000

DROP OUTS
51 4 9 SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd 260350
54 19 11 ADRENALINA Wisin featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin 157900
65 20 6 THANK GOD IT’S NOT CHRISTMAS Sparks 73700
66 4 12 BUSY EARNIN’ Jungle 313200
71 71 3 JEALOUS Labrinth 16600
73 1 28 BECOME Midge Ure 988400
74 74 1 EVERY BREAKING WAVE U2 5200


11th January 2015

It’s bad news for Madonna, Devil Pray is held off the top spot by Madonna, and a second good news week for Ghosttown. That’s frustrating as Devil Pray would have been her 21st number one! I think it’s probably fair to say Madonna is back on peak form at the age of 56, even if the rest of the album is merely OK (I like all the tracks I’ve heard so far). The Weeknd meanwhile gets his 3rd Top 3 hit, Olly and Demi go back up to 4, SIA goes up to 6 and Hozier is a re-entry at 7, though it’s really his 3rd run in 3 different years in my chart, 2013 he went top 20, 2014 hit 9, and thanks to a Graham Norton performance and BBC radio at loooooong last properly picking up on it it’s back at a new peak of 7. Hozier is completely absent from the top 50 radio chart, despite being 3 on streaming and consistently selling downloads over a long period. I think that says a lot about current British radio programming and “target audiences” instead of just going for quality new music.

Abba finally creep into the top 10 with Mamma Mia song, and Super Trouper album track, Our Last Summer from 1980. It’s only taken 34 years to get there (cos I didn’t allow album tracks during Abba’s years or else they would have taken over the whole chart). Also back, 42 years on, it’s T.Rex and Solid Gold Easy Action, thanks to an advert., at 13. I was mad on this one when I was 14, and bought it the same week I bought John & Yoko’s Happy Xmas, Lennon & Bolan being heroes of mine. Tragically, within 8 years they had both died violently.

Highest proper new track is from The Charlatans, great to have them back with a good single at 40, and a chart run of around 25 years now… while also back, it’s Sarah Cracknell (thanks AH) and a sweet ballad, Saint Etienne dating back regularly in my charts since the early 90’s. Under-rated throughout. At 60, it’s Stevie Nicks, who’s been having solo hits since the 70’s, and with Fleetwood Mac since 1976, and like Sarah Cracknell a long-time fave female vocalist. I have my tickets for the long-awaited classic Rumours line-up in the summer, having seen them all previously in various line-ups of Fleetwood Mac, but never together on one stage. Always brilliant.


1 1 1 4 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 423200
2 3 2 3 DEVIL PRAY Madonna 245000
3 4 3 3 EARNED IT (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) The Weeknd 200000
4 7 4 6 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 266750
5 2 1 4 UPTOWN FUNK! Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 445000
6 9 6 7 YOU’RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE SIA 198150
7 RE 7 12 TAKE ME TO CHURCH Hozier 282700
8 12 8 4 FADE TO GREY (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Visage 99500
9 6 1 8 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 529900
10 19 10 29 OUR LAST SUMMER Abba 406750

11 11 7 7 OUTSIDE Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Golding 202000
12 10 10 6 LIKE I CAN Sam Smith 184000
13 NEW 13 1 SOLID GOLD EASY ACTION T.Rex 32000
14 14 14 8 HEARTBEAT LOUD Andy C featuring Fiora 146150
15 8 1 12 THESE DAYS Take That 806000
16 16 16 3 ROCK A DOODLE DOO (RADIO STUDIO SESSION) Linda Lewis 68200
17 15 9 8 BLANK SPACE Taylor Swift 206200
18 13 5 10 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT The Pierces 318300
19 42 19 6 DANGEROUS David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 93450
20 24 20 5 COOL KIDS Echosmith 67000

21 5 5 3 WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker 139750
22 RE 22 7 SADNESS DISEASE Urban Cone 121900
23 26 23 15 STORM IN A TEACUP Lynsey De Paul 192750
24 29 24 2 INSIDE OUT Spoon 37200
25 27 25 2 LIVING FOR LOVE Madonna featuring Alicia Keys 37150
26 20 10 7 DESIRE Years And Years 174600
27 17 12 13 THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) Marlon Roudette 276350
28 28 9 12 I LOVED YOU Blonde featuring Melissa Steele 263850
29 22 3 7 THE HANGING TREE James Newton Howard featuring Jennifer Lawrence 289700
30 21 8 4 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 117750

31 31 5 9 GENTLE ON MY MIND The Band Perry 292550
32 18 13 10 WELCOME TO NEW YORK Taylor Swift 193400
33 23 1 12 YOU RUIN ME The Veronicas 647050
34 45 34 2 SHE MOVES (FAR AWAY) Alle Farben featuring Graham Candy 30600
35 30 2 9 REAL LOVE Tom Odell 345500
36 46 36 4 HOME AGAIN Ashley Campbell 46950
37 35 1 12 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 543350
38 74 38 2 LET THE DAY BEGIN Simple Minds 22400
39 59 39 3 TOCA TOCA Fly Project 32800
40 NEW 40 1 COME HOME BABY The Charlatans 17000

41 25 25 4 SOMETHING I NEED Ben Haenow 69100
42 34 1 12 DUST HALOS 620500
43 38 1 11 WHO’S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Neil Young 646700
44 36 1 11 ANYTIME Cosmonaut Grenchko 611750
45 37 37 4 SHAKE THAT Danssun and Marlon Hofstadt 64500
46 49 46 11 SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon And Garfunkel 98750
47 48 47 4 I’M AN ALBATROAZ AronChupa 38400
48 47 1 22 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10C.C. 967850
49 54 49 8 SOMEBODY TO LOVE Queen 71400
50 50 12 13 SOS Indila 228400

51 41 4 9 SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd 260350
52 33 33 5 BAILANDO Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona 58700
53 NEW 53 1 READY OR NOT Sarah Cracknell 11250
54 39 19 11 ADRENALINA Wisin featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin 157900
55 55 1 19 HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush 609250
56 43 5 19 SHAKE IT OFF Taylor Swift 517950
57 60 57 9 MY GENERATION The Who 67000
58 40 40 5 HOPE FOR THE FUTURE Paul McCartney 57400
59 RE 15 9 27 CLUB Chloe Black 165000
60 NEW 60 1 LADY Stevie Nicks 10000

61 61 1 44 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel 841150
62 72 62 2 REACH OUT Rumer 13000
63 63 1 23 CHANGING Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1169350
64 62 1 15 SHE’S NOT YOU Jenny Lewis 690150
65 65 20 6 THANK GOD IT’S NOT CHRISTMAS Sparks 73700
66 53 4 12 BUSY EARNIN’ Jungle 313200
67 NEW 67 1 LIPS ARE MOVIN’ Meghan Trainor 6600
68 68 1 22 CALL Francesco Yates 727000
69 58 49 5 LEAVE WHILE I’M NOT LOOKING Paloma Faith 52900
70 75 70 2 ALFIE Cilla Black 11000

71 71 71 3 JEALOUS Labrinth 16600
72 NEW 72 1 UNDER THE SHADOWS Rae Morris 5600
73 73 1 28 BECOME Midge Ure 988400
74 NEW 74 1 EVERY BREAKING WAVE U2 5200
75 NEW 75 1 BLACK BETTY Ram Jam 5000

4th January 2015

It’s Madonna – but which one? Not the highest new entry, at 27, that’s new single Living For Love. Not Devil Prey which climbs to 3 to give Madonna 2 consecutive top 3’s for the first time in yonks and yonks, if yonks means 1985, I think. No, the one on top is the fab Ghosttown, and it’s not even a single, with most of the album yet to be revealed. So how many chart-toppers does that make for Her Madgeness? The 1st was Papa Don’t Preach in 1986, the oldest Holiday from 1984, and the most recent 4 Minutes in 2008, so it’s been a long gap of almost 7 years, but gives a grand total of 20, I reckon. 29 years of chart-toppers, not bad!

The Weeknd meanwhile replaces himself in the top 5 as it starts to chart in the USA, and SIA gets a 2nd solo top 10 of the year, and Sam Smith gets his first, shockingly given he had the top record of 2014 (La La La), but then Like I Do isn’t as whingey as the previous album singles. Visage take Fade To Grey back into the top 20 34 years on from topping my chart, Linda Lewis top 20 doodle do-ing 42 years on from first time round, and some reactivated dance tracks shoot up and back from Andy C and Fiora, Marlon Roudette, a new mystery song (all to be revealed in a week or two), and Alle Farben moves a bit closer to the 40 2nd time around around after hitting 49 last september – Radio 2 is playing it now, so it may even chart, shock! As may the Albatross song. Not Fleetwood Mac, it’s the sweary AronChupa track. I like it despite the the potty-mouth lyrics, which I’m getting fed up with in pop music, it’s become such a contrived cliche. I mean I can swear like a trooper but even so….

For my birthday, born the same year as Madonna, I went ice skating with the young niece and nephew, trying not to fall over and look even more ridiculous as kiddies zipped in and about and danced on ice. I was comfortably the oldest skating, singing along to the music: Iiiiiim gonna swing (wobble) from the chande (slide) lieeeeerrrrrrr (wibble) froooom (bump) the chandeleee (wobble) eeeeeerrrrrrrrr (glide). I got series 7 Doctor Who, too, so yay!

1 4 1 3 GHOSTTOWN Madonna 253200
2 1 1 3 UPTOWN FUNK! Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars 385000
3 9 3 2 DEVIL PRAY Madonna 130000
4 7 4 2 EARNED IT (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) The Weeknd 115000
5 5 5 2 WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS Joe Cocker 120000
6 2 1 7 LOVE ME HARDER Ariana Grande featuring The Weeknd 484900
7 6 4 5 UP Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato 201750
8 3 1 11 THESE DAYS Take That 779000
9 12 9 6 YOU’RE NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE SIA 143150
10 14 10 5 LIKE I CAN Sam Smith 149000

11 11 7 6 OUTSIDE Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Golding 165000
12 59 12 3 FADE TO GREY (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Visage 51500
13 8 5 9 THE DEVIL IS A LONELY NIGHT The Pierces 296300
14 RE 14 7 HEARTBEAT LOUD Andy C featuring Fiora 117150
15 18 9 7 BLANK SPACE Taylor Swift 183200
16 29 16 2 ROCK A DOODLE DOO (RADIO STUDIO SESSION) Linda Lewis 43200
17 51 12 12 THE BEAT DROPS OUT (BLONDEE & HAGEN RADIO EDIT) Marlon Roudette 257950
18 15 13 9 WELCOME TO NEW YORK Taylor Swift 175600
19 23 19 28 OUR LAST SUMMER Abba 364750
20 20 10 6 DESIRE Years And Years 156100

21 13 8 3 I SHOULD HAVE FOLLOWED YOU HOME Agnetha Faltskog and Gary Barlow 99750
22 10 3 6 THE HANGING TREE James Newton Howard featuring Jennifer Lawrence 271500
23 17 1 11 YOU RUIN ME The Veronicas 629350
24 34 24 4 COOL KIDS Echosmith 47000
25 25 25 3 SOMETHING I NEED Ben Haenow 55100
26 27 26 14 STORM IN A TEACUP Lynsey De Paul 173500
27 NEW 27 1 LIVING FOR LOVE Madonna 18400
28 16 9 11 I LOVED YOU Blonde featuring Melissa Steele 245550
29 NEW 29 1 INSIDE OUT SPOON 18200
30 22 2 8 REAL LOVE Tom Odell 328000

31 21 5 8 GENTLE ON MY MIND The Band Perry 274650
32 32 32 5 REAL LOVE Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne 63300
33 37 33 4 BAILANDO Enrique Iglesias featuring Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno and Gente De Zona 47200
34 31 1 11 DUST HALOS 606750
35 28 1 11 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 526050
36 26 1 10 ANYTIME Cosmonaut Grenchko 598500
37 38 37 3 SHAKE THAT Danssun and Marlon Hofstadt 51500
38 30 1 10 WHO’S GONNA STAND UP? (ORCHESTRAL VERSION) Neil Young 633200
39 36 19 10 ADRENALINA Wisin featuring Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin 146900
40 40 40 4 HOPE FOR THE FUTURE Paul McCartney 47200

41 19 4 8 SEE EMILY PLAY Pink Floyd 248600
42 24 24 5 DANGEROUS David Guetta featuring Sam Martin 72450
43 41 5 18 SHAKE IT OFF Taylor Swift 507350
44 67 44 2 THINKING ABOUT IT Just Kiddin 19850
45 NEW 45 1 SHE MOVES (FAR AWAY) Alle Farben featuring Graham Candy 13000
46 56 46 3 HOME AGAIN Ashley Campbell 29550
47 47 1 21 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10C.C. 955550
48 66 48 3 I’M AN ALBATROAZ AronChupa 25900
49 54 49 10 SONG FOR THE ASKING Simon And Garfunkel 86000
50 44 12 12 SOS Indila 216400

51 43 19 4 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake 65500
52 39 39 2 HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir 28600
53 48 4 11 BUSY EARNIN’ Jungle 306400
54 58 54 7 SOMEBODY TO LOVE Queen 59300
55 55 1 18 HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush 598450
56 53 6 10 SAVE ME NOW Billy Idol 240550
57 45 26 7 WAIT ON ME Rixton 84500
58 49 49 4 LEAVE WHILE I’M NOT LOOKING Paloma Faith 46700
59 RE 59 2 TOCA TOCA Fly Project 15700
60 63 60 8 MY GENERATION The Who 56600

61 61 1 43 STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU Stealers Wheel 833650
62 62 1 14 SHE’S NOT YOU Jenny Lewis 683050
63 60 1 22 CHANGING Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 1162150
64 64 64 2 7/11 Beyonce 14200
65 33 20 5 THANK GOD IT’S NOT CHRISTMAS Sparks 66700
66 35 18 3 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 46300
67 42 42 2 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 20350
68 68 1 21 CALL Francesco Yates 720600
69 50 50 3 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 29000
70 70 70 2 DIAMONDS Josef Salvat 12000

71 75 71 2 JEALOUS Labrinth 10800
72 NEW 72 1 REACH OUT Rumer 5600
73 73 1 27 BECOME Midge Ure 983000
74 NEW 74 1 LET THE DAY BEGIN Simple Minds 5200
75 NEW 75 1 ALFIE Cilla Black 5000

DROP OUTS
46 32 5 TELL ‘EM I’M GONE Cat Stevens 73250
52 5 12 WHEN I FIND LOVE AGAIN James Blunt 276600
57 29 4 YOU GIVE ME LOVE Idris Elba featuring Maverick Sabre 54000
65 15 8 27 CLUB Chloe Black 154900
69 52 2 STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John 17700
71 71 2 REBEL HEART Madonna 11600
72 72 1 IT DON’T MEAN A THING Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga 5600
74 8 13 HELLO GOODNIGHT Mamas Gun 251950

My 2014 Charts – July to Sept

28th September 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21st September 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14th September 2014

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7th September 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

31st August 2014

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

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

enjoy:)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

24th August 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17th August 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10th August 2014

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

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

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

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

2 38 2 3 ONE – Order Of Era 144200

3 20 3 5 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 153800

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

5 1 1 6 BECOME – Midge Ure 629000

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

7 9 5 6 SUNDREAM – RUFUS 257300

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

9 14 9 4 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 118000

10 64 10 3 PERFUME – Sparks 56200

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

12 8 3 9 CHANDELIER – SIA 340000

13 7 7 6 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 175200

14 10 10 4 BOOM CLAP – Charli XCX 107400

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

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

17 6 5 5 BULLIT – Watermat 240000

18 28 18 5 GHOSTCITY – Thomas Azier 84600

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

20 33 20 7 UPTIGHT DOWNTOWN – La Roux 104200

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

22 11 3 4 MUSIC – John Miles 191500

23 17 9 6 OPEN DOORS – Electric Lady Lab 149400

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

25 18 18 3 GATES – Speak 40950

26 32 26 4 URL BADMAN – Lily Allen 53600

27 65 27 2 ELEVATION – Erasure 25400

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

29 12 8 6 GOOD KISSER – Usher 171800

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

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

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

33 NEW 33 1 CHANGING – Sigma featuring Paloma Faith 17700

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

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

36 13 6 5 HURRICANE – Chassio 186400

37 26 26 5 TIME – Jungle 89100

38 59 38 2 TRY – Dolly Parton 27300

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

40 RE 40 2 LOVING YOU – Michael Jackson 22200

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

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

43 30 19 8 CLASSIC – MKTO 108250

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

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

46 47 46 10 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 99550

47 21 6 11 WASTED – Tiesto featuring Matthew Koma 328450

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

49 24 24 4 FOOL – Pamela Myburgh 56100

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

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

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

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

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

55 NEW 55 1 CHERRY BOMB – The Runaways 10800

56 56 56 3 RUDE – MAGIC! 27000

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

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

59 36 2 12 SING – Ed Sheeran 497000

60 60 60 7 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 53800

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

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

63 69 63 2 YOUR LOVE – Nicole Scherzinger 13400

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

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

66 71 66 2 GIANT IN MY HEART – Kiesza 12600

67 NEW 67 1 DON’T – Ed Sheeran 6600

68 73 68 2 HITTING THE FAN – David Buckley 11800

69 74 69 2 TWO WEEKS – FKA twigs 11400

70 NEW 70 1 LOUDER – Neon Jungle 6000

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

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

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

74 NEW 74 1 MAPS – Maroon 5 5200

75 NEW 75 1 ISTANBUL – Morrissey 5000

41 14 8 HALF LIGHT – Wilkinson Featuring Tom Cane 154700

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

44 30 4 SUNSHINE – The Teddybears 54250

45 37 3 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 47600

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

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

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

53 20 5 HERO – Family Of The Year 78000

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

62 10 9 LIVING WITHOUT YOU – Monarchy 182200

68 4 20 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 568700

3rd August 2014

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

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

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

1 1 1 5 BECOME – Midge Ure 569000

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

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

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

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

6 5 5 4 BULLIT – Watermat 217000

7 12 7 5 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 143200

8 7 3 8 CHANDELIER – SIA 305000

9 11 5 5 SUNDREAM – RUFUS 207300

10 14 10 3 BOOM CLAP – Charli XCX 78400

11 3 3 3 MUSIC – John Miles 172000

12 8 8 5 GOOD KISSER – Usher 153600

13 6 6 4 HURRICANE – Chassio 169000

14 15 14 3 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 73000

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

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

17 21 9 5 OPEN DOORS – Electric Lady Lab 130150

18 58 18 2 GATES – Speak 32200

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

20 41 20 4 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 68800

21 13 6 10 WASTED – Tiesto featuring Matthew Koma 315950

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

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

24 24 24 3 FOOL – Pamela Myburgh 44000

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

26 28 26 4 TIME – Jungle 71800

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

28 32 28 4 GHOSTCITY – Thomas Azier 62600

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

30 19 19 7 CLASSIC – MKTO 94750

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

32 48 32 3 URL BADMAN – Lily Allen 35100

33 27 27 6 UPTIGHT DOWNTOWN – La Roux 84200

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

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

36 22 2 11 SING – Ed Sheeran 486900

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

38 50 38 2 ONE – Order Of Era 29200

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

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

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

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

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

44 30 30 4 SUNSHINE – The Teddybears 54250

45 37 37 3 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 47600

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

47 49 47 9 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 86800

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

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

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

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

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

53 42 20 5 HERO – Family Of The Year 78000

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

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

56 71 56 2 RUDE – MAGIC! 16400

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

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

59 NEW 59 1 TRY – Dolly Parton 10100

60 65 60 6 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 43800

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

62 54 10 9 LIVING WITHOUT YOU – Monarchy 182200

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

64 64 64 2 PERFUME – Sparks 14200

65 NEW 65 1 ELEVATION – Erasure 7000

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

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

68 57 4 20 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 568700

69 NEW 69 1 YOUR LOVE – Nicole Scherzinger 6200

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

71 NEW 71 1 GIANT IN MY HEART – Kiesza 5800

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

73 NEW 73 1 HITTING THE FAN – David Buckley 5400

74 NEW 74 1 TWO WEEKS – FKA twigs 5200

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

DROP OUTS

18 18 5 ANOTHER STAR – Stevie Wonder 97400

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

46 4 8 CRYSTALLIZE – Kylie Minogue 264500

47 6 9 GHOST – Ella Henderson 195150

51 27 8 NICE AND SLOW – Boy George 93650

52 6 12 DO IT AGAIN – Royksopp and Robyn 304400

55 6 10 JUBEL – Klingande 326700

60 60 2 MAKE BELIEVE – Meghan And Lucas 16000

61 38 4 MEANWHILE UP IN HEAVEN – Kaiser Chiefs 48100

63 63 6 WRONG CLUB – The Ting Tings 35400

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

69 69 2 I BELIEVE – Bright Light Bright Light 11800

74 74 1 WIGGLE – Jason Derulo featuring Snoop Dogg 5200

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

27th July 2014

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

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

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

1 2 1 4 BECOME – Midge Ure 399000

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

3 7 3 2 MUSIC – John Miles 135000

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

5 5 5 3 BULLIT – Watermat 162000

6 6 6 3 HURRICANE – Chassio 137000

7 3 3 7 CHANDELIER – SIA 257000

8 10 8 4 GOOD KISSER – Usher 118600

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

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

11 8 5 4 SUNDREAM – RUFUS 162300

12 12 12 4 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 93200

13 9 6 9 WASTED – Tiesto featuring Matthew Koma 296200

14 62 14 2 BOOM CLAP – Charli XCX 36400

15 40 15 2 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 44000

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

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

18 19 18 5 ANOTHER STAR – Stevie Wonder 97400

19 25 19 6 CLASSIC – MKTO 76750

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

21 13 9 4 OPEN DOORS – Electric Lady Lab 107150

22 16 2 10 SING – Ed Sheeran 469500

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

24 70 24 2 FOOL – Pamela Myburgh 25000

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

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

27 39 27 5 UPTIGHT DOWNTOWN – La Roux 66500

28 35 28 3 TIME – Jungle 53300

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

30 30 30 3 SUNSHINE – The Teddybears 41000

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

32 44 32 3 GHOSTCITY – Thomas Azier 44300

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

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

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

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

37 37 37 2 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 34600

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

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

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

41 33 33 3 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 48800

42 20 20 4 HERO – Family Of The Year 66750

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

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

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

46 24 4 8 CRYSTALLIZE – Kylie Minogue 264500

47 23 6 9 GHOST – Ella Henderson 195150

48 75 48 2 URL BADMAN – Lily Allen 17300

49 50 49 8 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 74300

50 NEW 50 1 ONE – Order Of Era 12000

51 27 27 8 NICE AND SLOW – Boy George 93650

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

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

54 45 10 8 LIVING WITHOUT YOU – Monarchy 174800

55 43 6 10 JUBEL – Klingande 326700

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

57 49 4 19 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 562300

58 NEW 58 1 GATES – Speak 10200

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

60 RE 60 2 MAKE BELIEVE – Meghan And Lucas 16000

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

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

63 71 63 6 WRONG CLUB – The Ting Tings 35400

64 NEW 64 1 PERFUME – Sparks 7100

65 65 65 5 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 33800

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

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

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

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

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

71 NEW 71 1 RUDE – MAGIC! 5800

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

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

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

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

DROP OUTS

11 1 4 A HORSE WITH NO NAME – America 276000

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

41 12 6 AROUND TOWN – The Kooks 142650

42 3 9 LET ME DOWN EASY – Paolo Nutini 389250

51 36 6 BUDAPEST – George Ezra 90650

54 10 10 MOVING ON – James 225100

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

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

63 16 7 COLD – Rae Morris featuring Fryars 114950

66 66 1 LAY ME DOWN – Avicii 6800

69 17 7 LIAR LIAR – Cris Cab 112100

73 1 19 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly 1259400

74 74 1 LOVING YOU – Michael Jackson 5200

20th July 2014

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

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

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

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

2 3 2 3 BECOME – Midge Ure 229000

3 4 3 6 CHANDELIER – SIA 207000

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

5 10 5 2 BULLIT – Watermat 102000

6 15 6 2 HURRICANE – Chassio 82000

7 NEW 7 1 MUSIC – John Miles 50000

8 5 5 3 SUNDREAM – RUFUS 125300

9 6 6 8 WASTED – Tiesto featuring Matthew Koma 264200

10 34 10 3 GOOD KISSER – Usher 70600

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

12 32 12 3 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 58200

13 9 9 3 OPEN DOORS – Electric Lady Lab 87400

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

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

16 16 2 9 SING – Ed Sheeran 450000

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

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

19 24 19 4 ANOTHER STAR – Stevie Wonder 75400

20 22 20 3 HERO – Family Of The Year 53000

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

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

23 17 6 8 GHOST – Ella Henderson 182650

24 18 4 7 CRYSTALLIZE – Kylie Minogue 251750

25 30 25 5 CLASSIC – MKTO 55750

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

27 27 27 7 NICE AND SLOW – Boy George 81900

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

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

30 75 30 2 SUNSHINE – The Teddybears 23000

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

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

33 39 33 2 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 34800

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

35 35 35 2 TIME – Jungle 35000

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

37 NEW 37 1 ANGEL IN BLUE JEANS – Train 17300

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

39 45 39 4 UPTIGHT DOWNTOWN – La Roux 48100

40 NEW 40 1 DOSES AND MIMOSAS – Cherub 17000

41 23 12 6 AROUND TOWN – The Kooks 142650

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

43 33 6 9 JUBEL – Klingande 315900

44 44 44 2 GHOSTCITY – Thomas Azier 26500

45 26 10 7 LIVING WITHOUT YOU – Monarchy 163500

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

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

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

49 41 4 18 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 551900

50 55 50 7 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 62200

51 36 36 6 BUDAPEST – George Ezra 90650

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

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

54 38 10 10 MOVING ON – James 225100

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

62 NEW 62 1 BOOM CLAP – Charli XCX 7400

63 28 16 7 COLD – Rae Morris featuring Fryars 114950

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

65 67 65 4 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 26800

66 NEW 66 1 LAY ME DOWN – Avicii 6800

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

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

69 31 17 7 LIAR LIAR – Cris Cab 112100

70 NEW 70 1 FOOL – Pamela Myburgh 6000

71 71 71 5 WRONG CLUB – The Ting Tings 28200

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

73 52 1 19 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly 1259400

74 NEW 74 1 LOVING YOU – Michael Jackson 5200

75 NEW 75 1 URL BADMAN – Lily Allen 5000

DROP OUTS

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

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

46 8 6 ON MY MIND – Somethingalamode featuring DWNTWN 168250

47 47 3 CHANGE – Mapei 29600

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

53 33 5 NOW – Chicago 69150

59 8 11 KISS THE DEVIL – Bel Heir 234800

62 23 4 BREAK OF DAWN – Out Of Office 70450

69 6 9 MY SILVER LINING – First Aid Kit 242300

70 70 1 MAKE BELIEVE – Meghan And Lucas 6000

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

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

13th July 2014

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

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

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

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

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

3 14 3 2 BECOME – Midge Ure 29000

4 25 4 5 CHANDELIER – SIA 122000

5 37 5 2 SUNDREAM – RUFUS 77300

6 9 6 7 WASTED – Tiesto featuring Matthew Koma 219200

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

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

9 57 9 2 OPEN DOORS – Electric Lady Lab 55400

10 NEW 10 1 BULLIT – Watermat 42000

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

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

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

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

15 NEW 15 1 HURRICANE – Chassio 27000

16 4 2 8 SING – Ed Sheeran 425000

17 6 6 7 GHOST – Ella Henderson 163400

18 8 4 6 CRYSTALLIZE – Kylie Minogue 232750

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

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

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

22 42 22 2 HERO – Family Of The Year 33000

23 15 12 5 AROUND TOWN – The Kooks 128650

24 28 24 3 ANOTHER STAR – Stevie Wonder 54400

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

26 12 10 6 LIVING WITHOUT YOU – Monarchy 150500

27 39 27 6 NICE AND SLOW – Boy George 63500

28 16 16 6 COLD – Rae Morris featuring Fryars 107750

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

30 RE 30 4 CLASSIC – MKTO 37000

31 17 17 6 LIAR LIAR – Cris Cab 105900

32 73 32 2 MY TYPE – Saint Motel 23200

33 21 6 8 JUBEL – Klingande 302450

34 54 34 2 GOOD KISSER – Usher 28600

35 NEW 35 1 TIME – Jungle 17500

36 38 36 5 BUDAPEST – George Ezra 78900

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

38 18 10 9 MOVING ON – James 214100

39 NEW 39 1 LOVE RUNS OUT – OneRepublic 17100

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

41 31 4 17 HIDEAWAY – Kiesza 539800

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

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

44 NEW 44 1 GHOSTCITY – Thomas Azier 13250

45 50 45 3 UPTIGHT DOWNTOWN – La Roux 31000

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

47 RE 47 3 CHANGE – Mapei 29600

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

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

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

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

52 34 1 18 CHILDREN OF THE UNIVERSE – Molly 1254000

53 33 33 5 NOW – Chicago 69150

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

55 55 55 6 MISTY BLUE – Dorothy Moore 50200

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

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

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

59 41 8 11 KISS THE DEVIL – Bel Heir 234800

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

67 67 67 3 OUR LAST SUMMER – Abba 19800

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

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

70 NEW 70 1 MAKE BELIEVE – Meghan And Lucas 6000

71 71 71 4 WRONG CLUB – The Ting Tings 22400

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

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

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

75 NEW 75 1 SUNSHINE – The Teddybears 5000

DROP OUTS

30 19 8 WILD WOMAN – Imelda May 114000

32 10 4 I WANT U – Alison Wonderland 114550

35 7 17 KINGS – The Pierces 392700

36 36 5 EEZ-EH – Kasabian 68200

40 40 2 SILVER LADY – David Soul 34000

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

44 29 6 SALUTE – Little Mix 78700

45 16 5 THE LAST SLED – Tuomas Holopainen 100600

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

48 11 4 YOUR SOUL – RHODES 100050

53 43 5 GOLDEN – Brett 43750

56 46 3 BLOOD – Archis 30550

62 7 20 HAPPY – Pharrell Williams 397400

63 63 3 FEELS GOOD – Healyum 20600

65 65 2 TAKE A MINUTE – Sharon Corr 12400

70 70 1 COMING OF AGE – Foster The People 6000

74 74 1 BAILANDO – Enrique Iglesias 5200

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

6th July 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My 1974 Charts – June

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A blurred American Museum 1974 photo, near Bath. I still have the can of uncooked popcorn we bought and never used. Ewwww!

4th June 1974

O level GCE’s drawing to a close, lots of radio listening still, and summer days were here. I had a new friend start at the school, Ian Galloway, who just seemed to rub everyone the wrong way as new boy, but he more or less latched onto me as he lived down the road from us and was into music. I even got him to do a chart in July, but that’ll be a bonus alternative chart to mine then. Ooooh!

In music, Elton’s B side finally topped my chart after yo-yoing up and down randomly as I got to hear it (or not) on radio. Bennie And The Jets is still fab, and it was his second number one (Crocodile Rock being the first). Keeping off The Monkees at 2, it also knocks R. Dean Taylor down prematurely (under my old chart rules that would still be topping). Ronnie Lane goes Top 5, something he’d managed once with the Faces (Stay With Me), and Roy Wood’s album track entry from the start of the year finally gets a single release and enters at 9, bagpipes and all.

Mouth & Macneal go up to 10, thus giving Eurovision 1974 3 top 10 hits. Not to be repeated until well into the 21st century either! The gorgeous Laughter In The Rain is new at 21 for Neil Sedaka, which gave him a new lease of life in the states in 1975 (he was UK based at this time). New also, Mott’s final hit of note, the rather mellow Foxy Foxy; Hudson-Ford’s final hit the very mellow Floating In The Wind; Cher’s Train Of Thought following up a chart-topper, new act Christopher Rainbow with a good (flop) unusual single vocally. Haven’t heard it for 40 years, hoping youtube will help me. 10CC, of course, sneak in at 30 with the very classic Wall Street Shuffle, a song for our times being as it’s a bitter searing attack on bankers greed. See, even pop stars knew it to be a truism, just the equally greedy politicians who felt that people dealing in greed and power were perfectly fine to regulate themselves and do as they please. Should have listened to Godley, Creme, Gouldman and Stewart. 10CC were serious artists, musically versatile and inventive, but having a sense of humour in music (as they often did) really does you no favours with the critics.

1 ( 38 ) BENNIE AND THE JETS Elton John
2 ( 4 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
3 ( 1 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
4 ( 9 ) THE POACHER Ronnie Lane
5 ( 3 ) THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US Sparks
6 ( 2 ) THE MAN IN BLACK Cozy Powell
7 ( 7 ) SUMMER BREEZE The Isley Brothers
8 ( 8 ) THE IN CROWD Bryan Ferry
9 ( RE ) GOING DOWN THE ROAD Roy Wood
10 ( 20 ) I SEE A STAR Mouth and MacNeal

11 ( 5 ) THE STREAK Ray Stevens
12 ( 6 ) CENTRAL PARK ARREST Thunderthighs
13 ( 13 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
14 ( 23 ) BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William De Vaughan
15 ( 15 ) BEACH BABY First Class
16 ( 17 ) OOH I DO Lynsey De Paul
17 ( 11 ) HEY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Showaddywaddy
18 ( 10 ) AMERICA David Essex
19 ( 12 ) JUDY TEEN Cockney Rebel
20 ( 16 ) LOSE TO LOVE AGAIN Melanie

21 ( NEW ) LAUGHTER IN THE RAIN Neil Sedaka
22 ( 22 ) MONKEES THEME The Monkees
23 ( 18 ) WATERLOO Abba
24 ( 29 ) IF YOU’RE READY (COME GO WITH ME) The Staple Singers
25 ( 19 ) GO (BEFORE YOU BREAK MY HEART) Gigliola Cinquetti
26 ( NEW ) FOXY FOXY Mott The Hoople
27 ( NEW ) SOLID STATE BRAIN Christopher Rainbow
28 ( NEW ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT Cher
29 ( NEW ) FLOATING IN THE WIND Hudson-Ford
30 ( NEW ) WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10C.C.

31 ( 21 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL WINTER Wizzard
32 ( 14 ) THE LOCOMOTION Grand Funk Railroad
33 ( 24 ) I’M IN LOVE Aretha Franklin
34 ( 26 ) SUGAR BABY LOVE The Rubettes
35 ( 25 ) THE BOOGIE MAN The Jackson 5
36 ( 28 ) GETTING OVER YOU Andy Williams
37 ( 27 ) THE JARROW SONG Alan Price
38 ( 30 ) THE SHOW MUST GO ON Three Dog Night
39 ( NEW ) I WON’T LAST A DAY WITHOUT YOU The Carpenters
40 ( NEW ) GUILTY The Pearls

 

11th June 1974

Oldies dominate the Top end if the chart (and elsewhere) as the Monkees get to the top with I’m A Believer, while in at 2 was the record that won the Radio 1 All-time listeners poll earlier in the year. Reissued on the back of that, and a hit all over again, Young Girl was a gem, and Gary Puckett a magnificent vocalist. Times change, and Young Girl is regarded as a bit lyrically dodgy these obsessively pc days (it wasn’t then, at all, not least by all the girls who voted for it). I don’t know why, as the singer makes it clear his attraction for the girl who’s chasing him is a no no cos she’s far too young (despite looking all grown up). Surely in these rewriting history days it’s a model to hold up for men to follow! Hey ho, my charts right from the get go have featured oldies. If it’s good it’s good…

William De Vaughan’s divine Be Thankful goes up to 8, Band On The Run finally breaks into the top 10 as a single release happens and Elton drops from 1 (out of the 30) as he’d used up his allotted Top 30 weeks-on-chart quota permitted for non-singles-hits. New in at 13, on one listen, Jim Stafford’s follow-up to Spiders and Snakes (though release still a way off in the UK) My Girl Bill. Elton John reviewed the new singles releases in one music mag and said he was all ready to see one bloke about to ravish another, and then end goes and spoils it! Yes, the charts weren’t QUITE ready yet for a gay relationship song describing two men kissing – they were actually fighting over the same girl cos she’s My Girl, comma, Bill. Funny!

In at 18, future hit-makers Pilot with the fabulous debut single Just A Smile. I seem to be alone in loving this track, but it’s fabulous. Still. It took over a year for a re-release to chart, but I was right from the beginning. So there! The gorgeous, still regarded well, jazzy, sultry Midnight At The Oasis enters for Maria Muldaur at 19, already way higher than the rubbish UK chart peaks for so many great records in 1974. The Jackson 5, meanwhile get their last big hit. In the USA that is, stiffed in the UK, sadly, but the funky Dancing Machine deserved better. Radio 1 didn’t play it, so that was that really in those days. No hit. Theme tune to TV Show Zoo Gang pops in at 23 for Jungle Juice. I say theme tune, actually it’s a cover – the original theme tune was a Paul & Linda McCartney instrumental (TV show had Brian Keith, John Mills, Barry Morse) – by Tony Hiller of Brotherhood Of Man songwriter note. Talking of Paul, another of his songs slides in, all pleasantly countrified, courtesy Anne Murray having her first hit for 2 years – You Won’t See Me, a great Beatles album track. Also a big US hit. Bit of a theme going on here, not one single current new UK chart hit entering. No Lena Zavaroni, Peters & Lee, Cliff, Cassidy, Perry Como for me, sorry!

1 ( 2 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
2 ( NEW ) YOUNG GIRL Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
3 ( 4 ) THE POACHER Ronnie Lane
4 ( 9 ) GOING DOWN THE ROAD Roy Wood
5 ( 5 ) THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US Sparks
6 ( 3 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
7 ( 6 ) THE MAN IN BLACK Cozy Powell
8 ( 14 ) BE THANKFUL FOR WAHT YOU’VE GOT William De Vaughan
9 ( 13 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
10 ( 7 ) SUMMER BREEZE The Isley Brothers

11 ( 11 ) THE STREAK Ray Stevens
12 ( 15 ) BEACH BABY First Class
13 ( NEW ) MY GIRL BILL Jim Stafford
14 ( 12 ) CENTRAL PARK ARREST Thunderthighs
15 ( 10 ) I SEE A STAR Mouth and MacNeal
16 ( 27 ) SOLID STATE BRAIN Christopher Rainbow
17 ( 30 ) WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10C.C.
18 ( NEW ) JUST A SMILE Pilot
19 ( NEW ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Maria Muldaur
20 ( NEW ) DANCING MACHINE The Jackson 5

21 ( 21 ) LAUGHTER IN THE RAIN Neil Sedaka
22 ( 16 ) OOH I DO Lynsey De Paul
23 ( NEW ) ZOO GANG Jungle Juice
24 ( 8 ) THE IN CROWD Bryan Ferry
25 ( 26 ) FOXY FOXY Mott The Hoople
26 ( 28 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT Cher
27 ( NEW ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray
28 ( 17 ) HEY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Showaddywaddy
29 ( NEW ) (SITTING ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
30 ( 22 ) MONKEES THEME The Monkees

31 ( 1 ) BENNY AND THE JETS Elton John
32 ( 18 ) AMERICA David Essex
33 ( 19 ) JUDY TEEN Cockney Rebel
34 ( 20 ) LOSE TO LOVE AGAIN Melanie
35 ( 23 ) WATERLOO Abba
36 ( 24 ) IF YOU’RE READY (COME GO WITH ME) The Staple Singers
37 ( 25 ) GO (BEFORE YOU BREAK MY HEART) Gigliola Cinquetti
38 ( 29 ) FLOATING IN THE WIND Hudson-Ford
39 ( NEW ) I CAN’T STOP The Osmonds
40 ( NEW ) ONE MAN BAND Leo Sayer

 

18th June 1974

Another new number one, and it’s Roy Wood’s reggae bagpipes. I was a huge Roy Wood fan, which explains why this peaked above two much better records (Ronnie Lane at 2 and First Class at 3) who deserved to top my chart more. Anyhoo, it was Roy’s second solo topper, plus 4 with Wizzard, 1 with ELO, and 1 with The Move, for a grand total of 8 in just over 5 years.

10CC meanwhile shuffle up again to 4 for a fourth Top 10 hit, and Pilot and Maria Muldaur join them in the Top 10. Anne Murray starts to catch up on Paul McCartney with one of his old songs, Neil Sedaka cracks the 20 with the gorgeous Laughter In The Rain, and there’s a bunch of familiar names popping in. Gary Glitter gets the highest new entry at 11 with his last UK number one, Always Yours (it’s pretty good, though obviously perma-banned from radio and TV), while Suzi Quatro reckons it’s Too Big at 23. Responses on a postcard…

The Wombles get an unlikely 3rd hit, and change style abruptly, Mike Batt opting for Calypso wombling this time at 25. Another unlikely entry from Rolling Stone Bill Wyman and his Monkey Grip Glue. Sadly, he had to wait another 7 years for a UK solo chart hit. Si Si? Je Suis Un Rock Star..

The Scaffold are back, 5 years since Lily The Pink was in my top 3, keeping up the McCartney presence in the charts (Macca’s brother Mike), with Liverpool Lou, a city I was very familiar with from 1965 through to 1989, even went to two primary schools there. The local pride for Scouse stuff rubs off on non-natives! Meanwhile Albert Hammond gets a re-entry (sort of) of his 2-year-old USA hit classic It Never Rains In Southern California. It’s fab. And finally, those one-hit-Eurovision-wonders Abba decide they want more as Ring Ring rings in at 29, following-up instant Number One Waterloo.

1 ( 4 ) GOING DOWN THE ROAD Roy Wood
2 ( 3 ) THE POACHER Ronnie Lane
3 ( 12 ) BEACH BABY First Class
4 ( 17 ) WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10C.C.
5 ( 5 ) THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US Sparks
6 ( 9 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
7 ( 1 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
8 ( 2 ) YOUNG GIRL Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
9 ( 18 ) JUST A SMILE Pilot
10 ( 19 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Maria Muldaur

11 ( NEW ) ALWAYS YOURS Gary Glitter
12 ( 27 ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray
13 ( 6 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
14 ( 7 ) THE MAN IN BLACK Cozy Powell
15 ( 13 ) MY GIRL BILL Jim Stafford
16 ( 16 ) SOLID STATE BRAIN Christopher Rainbow
17 ( 11 ) THE STREAK Ray Stevens
18 ( 8 ) BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William De Vaughan
19 ( 20 ) DANCING MACHINE The Jackson 5
20 ( 21 ) LAUGHTER IN THE RAIN Neil Sedaka

21 ( 26 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT Cher
22 ( 23 ) ZOO GANG Jungle Juice
23 ( NEW ) TOO BIG Suzi Quatro
24 ( 14 ) CENTRAL PARK ARREST Thunderthighs
25 ( NEW ) BANANA ROCK The Wombles
26 ( 25 ) FOXY FOXY Mott The Hoople
27 ( NEW ) MONKEY GRIP GLUE Bill Wyman
28 ( NEW ) LIVERPOOL LOU The Scaffold
29 ( NEW ) RING RING Abba
30 ( NEW ) IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond

31 ( 10 ) SUMMER BREEZE The Isley Brothers
32 ( 15 ) I SEE A STAR Mouth and MacNeal
33 ( 22 ) OOH I DO Lynsey De Paul
34 ( 24 ) THE IN CROWD Bryan Ferry
35 ( 28 ) HEY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Showaddywaddy
36 ( 29 ) (SITTING ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
37 ( 30 ) MONKEES THEME The Monkees
38 ( 31 ) BENNIE AND THE JETS Elton John
39 ( NEW ) I’D LOVE YOU TO WANT ME Lobo
40 ( NEW ) SHE Charles Aznavour

 

 

25th June 1974

Another new number one: 10CC’s classic rock track, I still rate this one enormously, hasn’t dated at all and sounds pretty much unlike any other rock band. Crescendo guitars and whopping rhythms and biting lyrics. Brilliant. Keeps off Beach Baby, though, sadly, cos the retro 60’s harmony pop is pure and delightful.

Not much new entry-wise going on so a bit of shuffling, mostly, not quite sure why but if it was nearing term-end-time we may have gone visiting relatives Oop North meaning not so much radio listening (and no reel-to-reel tape listening). Upwards, though, for Maria Muldaur’s Oasis to 4, ahead of Anne Murray’s Beatles cover leaping past Band On The Run. With Zoo Gang at 21 that’s 3 McCartney songs…but’s that not all! Mike Wombles Batt gets his first solo hit (a year ahead of his UK chart debut) with a delightful 1969 cover of Your Mother Should Know – another Macca Beatles track. With his own Wombles at 22, it’s a bit of a Batt n Mac chart!

Paul Da Vinci falsetto’s his way into the charts at 30. Who? Well, he was the actual vocalist on the Rubettes’ Sugar Baby Love, but a session musician infighting strop led to the group and he parting ways, so the Rubettes mimed along for their first single (but became a good songwriting band a few hits down the line) and Paul had his own solo moment in the sun with the very soundalike (to Sugar Baby Love) but fab Your Baby Ain’t Your Baby Anymore. Cher finally chugs her train of thought into the 20, and it was quite a cool state of mind. As opposed to Chris Rainbow’s Solid State Brain which was a little more racing.

Back in at 29, 2 years on, School’s Out – so I’m guessing it was getting radio plays and reissued action cos school was out. For me, that was the end of my 5th year, old enough to leave school, and no plan whatsoever on what I was going to do. Work didn’t appeal much, and my exams promised not so much what with changing schools and all recently. Stay tuned in for results to both after the glorious summer of ’74, when Top Of The Pops and other shows were taken off the air due to strikes at the BBC, and the effect this had on the charts…

1 ( 4 ) WALL STREET SHUFFLE 10C.C.
2 ( 3 ) BEACH BABY First Class
3 ( 2 ) THE POACHER Ronnie Lane
4 ( 10 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Maria Muldaur
5 ( 12 ) YOU WON’T SEE ME Anne Murray
6 ( 6 ) BAND ON THE RUN Paul McCartney & Wings
7 ( 1 ) GOING DOWN THE ROAD Roy Wood
8 ( 7 ) I’M A BELIEVER The Monkees
9 ( 8 ) YOUNG GIRL Gary Puckett And The Union Gap
10 ( 5 ) THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US Sparks

11 ( 16 ) SOLID STATE BRAIN Christopher Rainbow
12 ( 11 ) ALWAYS YOURS Gary Glitter
13 ( 13 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE R. Dean Taylor
14 ( 14 ) THE MAN IN BLACK Cozy Powell
15 ( 9 ) JUST A SMILE Pilot
16 ( 19 ) DANCING MACHINE The Jackson 5
17 ( 17 ) THE STREAK Ray Stevens
18 ( 21 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT Cher
19 ( 23 ) TOO BIG Suzi Quatro
20 ( 20 ) LAUGHTER IN THE RAIN Neil Sedaka

21 ( 22 ) ZOO GANG Jungle Juice
22 ( 25 ) BANANA ROCK The Wombles
23 ( 18 ) BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William De Vaughan
24 ( 24 ) CENTRAL PARK ARREST Thunderthighs
25 ( 26 ) FOXY FOXY Mott The Hoople
26 ( 29 ) RING RING Abba
27 ( 30 ) IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond
28 ( NEW ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW Mike Batt
29 ( NEW ) SCHOOL’S OUT Alice Cooper
30 ( NEW ) YOUR BABY AIN’T YOUR BABY ANYMORE Paul Da Vinci

31 ( 15 ) MY GIRL BILL Jim Stafford
32 ( 27 ) MONKEY GRIP GLUE Bill Wyman
33 ( 28 ) LIVERPOOL LOU The Scaffold
34 ( 31 ) SUMMER BREEZE The Isley Brothers
35 ( 32 ) I SEE A STAR Mouth and MacNeal
36 ( 33 ) OOH I DO Lynsey De Paul
37 ( 34 ) THE IN CROWD Bryan Ferry
38 ( 35 ) HEY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Showaddywaddy
39 ( 38 ) BENNIE AND THE JETS Elton John
40 ( NEW ) DIAMOND DOGS David Bowie